Our friend James Randi has been promoting critical thinking and opposing ridiculous nonsensical and unproven beliefs for decades, including homeopathy. It’s therefore not really news that he is actively going after the medical sham that has taken hold across the world.
However, a renewed effort by the James Randi Educational Foundation, the 10:23 campaign and others has recently kicked in to take on quackery. Efforts now have begun to target the mainstream companies that support this scam and are focused on raising awareness of the ineffectiveness of homeopathy, which, as it was recently pointed out, is becoming increasingly integrated into pharmacies, right along side real medicine.
For his part, Mr. Randi has been promoting the fact that his foundation is offering one million dollars to prove homeopathy works.
It seems to be working, as major news outlets are picking up on this.
Magician James Randi, skeptics launch attack on makers of homeopathic ‘drugs’
Magician James Randi, who has devoted the latter part of his career to exposing fraud, scams and charlatans, and a network of skeptics known as the 10:23 Campaign launched a major campaign Saturday against the manufacturers of so-called homeopathic drugs, charging that the companies that sell the drugs are packaging worthless products that are cheating customers out of their money.
In an online video, Randi consumed an overdose of homeopathic sleeping pills to demonstrate that they have no effect, and skeptics elsewhere consumed large overdoses of other homeopathic drugs in similar demonstrations. Randi also offered $1 million of his own money to any manufacturer of a homeopathic product who could prove that the product actually worked as claimed, and challenged major retailers like CVS, Rite-Aid and Walgreens to remove the products from their shelves.
“Consumers have the right to know what they are buying,” he said. “No one should walk out of a drugstore with a homeopathic product without knowing these basic facts: There is no credible evidence that the product does what it says. There is not one bit — not a single atom — of the claimed ‘active ingredient’ in the package, and no U.S. health agency has tested or approved the product.”
The fact that the press is taking wind of this at all is a very big thing, because it’s extremely difficult to get the attention of the press or general public focused on this. Therefore, everyone should be encouraged to continue to stoke the fires that will ultimately consume this quackery. If nothing else, keep posting comments on blogs, videos and forums, keep telling your friends what a load of bull it. Together, we can make a difference and bring this important issue to the forefront, exposing homeopathy for what it is.
Most people still don’t even realize what homeopathy is. That is beginning to change, potentially undermining the scam. When the light of skeptical inquiry is focused on homeopathy it crumbles like a vampire in the sun.
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