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Homeopathy Watered Down?

By Peter Bowditch

Homeopaths are worried by changes to British and Dutch legislation, with Australia also under review.

Peter Bowditch is a former President of Australian Skeptics Inc. (

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In June the UK House of Commons issued a report entitled Homeopathy and the Consolidation of UK Medicines Legislation. It was a clarification of the effect that changes in legislation might have on the practice of homeopathy.

It should be noted that the legislative change did not change any laws – it was a consolidation of about 200 regulations that had grown up since the Medicines Act 1968 came into force. The objective was to make the rules about all medicines clearer for all concerned and easier to interpret and administer. The consolidation has been going on since 2009 and came into effect in July this year.

So why should homeopaths be worried? As they never tire of telling us, the Royal Family uses homeopathy and there is even a homeopathic hospital on London.

The views of the homeopathic “profession” can be summed up in the report: “Some homeopathic practitioners are concerned that following the consolidation the law will be enforced”.

Think about that for a moment. Homeopaths aren’t worried that the law might be changed. They are worried that it might be enforced. They are therefore admitting that they are operating outside the law already. Of course any profession that already operates outside the laws of physics, chemistry and the universe is probably not going to be too bothered by the laws of man, but it is rare to see such openness...

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