Posted Aug 18, 2012 17:40 UTC (Sat) by giraffedata
In reply to: Diluted sugar
Parent article: Garzik: An Andre To Remember
In spite of vast numbers of trials there is no evidence whatsoever that homeopathy works better than placebos
and are actively misleading their patients, which means they are unethical.
But placebos work, on some people. Is it possible a practicioner can legitimately heal someone by prescribing a homeopathic treatment that the patient can read about on the web and develop some faith in?
There is a recognized ethical quandary over whether prescribing placebos is unethical, especially considering that for them to be effective, they typically have to be expensive.
Speaking of placebos, I'll always remember looking at a box of minoxidil hair regrowth medication. It said something like 35% of subjects reported hair regrowth using the drug vs 25% for placebo. It was very expensive and my first thought was, "I'll take the placebo. Sounds like a better deal."
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