Sunday, January 30, 2011

Water Has A Memory (But We Understand Fraud)

As usual, homeopaths are lying their asses off, but - on the positive side - at least, with Israel on board, another country is on record as being aware of what they're up to:
The Health Ministry’s pharmaceutical division will prevent further TV advertising of an unregistered homeopathic preparation, called Traumeel, that makes illegal therapeutic claims.

According to the law, only registered drugs can claim to provide medical benefits.

Division head Batya Haran thanked The Jerusalem Post this week for informing her that Channel 2 has been running ads for months on behalf of Traumeel, which claims to successfully treat back pain.

“We will investigate and deal with it,” said Haran, who added that she would inform the networks that they may not allow advertising of alternative medications that claim to treat serious medical conditions.

After the ministry initially failed to take action against that preparation, a different one, RD 49, was advertised on TV and claimed to treat nasal congestion.

They were apparently the first ads for homeopathic preparations to appear on Israeli television.

Packages of homoeopathic preparations sold in pharmacies must by law carry a printed disclaimer stating “This is a homeopathic preparation without an approved medical indication; This product is approved by the Health Ministry only from the safety aspect.”

The disclaimer is required, Haran said, “because homeopathy’s medical efficacy has not been proven scientifically as are registered medications.”

The TV ads did not bear any disclaimers, yet the product’s presenters claimed they treated medical conditions effectively.
Of course they did. Considering the supposed healing power of their magic water, it kind of makes you wonder why we have hospitals at all, doesn't it?