Centre for Inquiry

Centre for Inquiry

April 22, 2010 14:58 ET

Centre for Inquiry: Homeopathy Week a Skeptical Success

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - April 22, 2010) - World Homeopathy Awareness Week (WHAW), organized as a celebration of homeopathy, was successfully hijacked by the skeptical community and critical appraisals of homeopathy dominated the Internet.

"The campaign for homeopathy as a treatment for mental health concerns by WHAW is problematic in that it targets vulnerable populations with pseudo-scientific and invalidated claims," wrote Lauren O'Driscoll of the Committee for the Advancement of Scientific Skepticism (CASS).

Kimberly Hebert, at www.skepticnorth.com, detailed such absurd homeopathic remedies as "dog feces 6C-30C" and "Black Hole 6C-50M."

WHAW has gone, but alternative medicine grows. When people leave modern medicine behind, they make themselves vulnerable by delaying definitive care.

Homeopathy is part of a scope of practice used by Naturopaths, embracing a theory of "vitalism" based upon an incorporeal spirit. Naturopathic Medicine Week will be celebrated May 3rd to 9th. CASS will be ready to confront more bad science.

CASS engages with scientific, technological and medical claims made in public discourse, addressing misinformation by promoting evidence-based science. CFI - which runs CASS - is a registered educational charity promoting science and secularism.

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