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Dysfunction on Wikipedia on Homeopathic Medicine

According to the Washington Post the two most controversial subjects on Wikipedia are Jesus Christ and Homeopathy.

Unfortunately, Wikipedia describes homeopathy as being a ‘pseudoscience’. Based on their definition a pseudoscience “is a claim, belief or practice which is presented as scientific, but does not adhere to a valid scientific method, lacks supporting evidence or plausibility, cannot be reliability tested, or otherwise lacks scientific status.”

The “editors” at Wikipedia have deemed homeopathy to be a “pseudoscience” even though randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled studies have been published in many of the best medical journals in the world and have shown efficacy of homeopathic treatment for many common and serious health problems. These include chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, hay fever, asthma, fibromyalgia, childhood diarrhea and ADHD.

A comprehensive Swiss government funded study found a strong body of evidence to support the homeopathic treatment of upper respiratory tract infections and respiratory allergies. The report found 24 of 29 studies had a positive result in favor of homeopathy. Six out
of 7 controlled studies compared homeopathic treatment with conventional medical
interventions found homeopathy to be more effective than conventional medical treatment.

Also, recently, the World Health Organization has deemed France to have the best health care in the world. It is therefore not surprising to note that, according to a survey recently published in the respected medical journal Family Practice, 95% of French pediatricians, dermatologists, and general practitioners use homeopathic medicines!

It is not a surprise that any of the above references to the above studies can be found on Wikipedia.

Terry Pfau DO, HMD

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