This morning I’ve written to my MP in support of the recent findings, regarding homoeopathy, of the House of Commons Science and Technology Committee.
Thought it might be interesting to make this one public and see where we go.
Dear Vera Baird QC,
I am writing to express my support for the recent House of Commons Science and Technology Committee findings regarding the efficacy of homoeopathy and, in particular, its recommendation that “The government should stop allowing the funding of homoeopathy on the [National Health Service].”
House of Commons Science and Technology Committee Report.
Given that homoeopathic practices have not faced Double-Blind placebo-Controlled Randomised Trial, and that practitioners continually refuse to participate in such (actually extremely fair) testing — and also given that the pseudoscience behind their claims has no actual scientific basis (and is extremely preposterous, to say the least) — I find the very idea of continued government funding of such quackery highly lamentable.
From the above-mentioned report (page 46):
“157. By providing homeopathy on the NHS and allowing MHRA licensing of products which subsequently appear on pharmacy shelves, the Government runs the risk of endorsing homeopathy as an efficacious system of medicine. To maintain patient trust, choice and safety, the Government should not endorse the use of placebo treatments, including homeopathy. Homeopathy should not be funded on the NHS and the MHRA should stop licensing homeopathic products.”
Gary William Murning.
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© 2010 Gary William Murning (except for quotations.)
This is a little late but the Convention on Modern Liberty is taking place today. ‘The “database state”, counter-terrorism laws and press freedom will be among issues discussed’.
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© 2009 Gary William Murning
I was recently approached by Dani Sevilla, who represents a group called Survivor Corps — a group I was up until then unfamiliar with. Dani very politely asked me if I could perhaps help in spreading the word on their efforts to get cluster bombs banned.
After researching them a little and finding out a little bit more about their aims and philosophy, I decided that I would indeed like to help them reach a few more people — hence this post.
“Survivor Corps operates under the credo that no one is better equipped to change the world than those who have been most scarred by what’s wrong with it. There is a way to break the cycle of violence, and it begins with showing survivors a new, more hopeful way forward.”
It’s always seemed to me that in order to solve any kind of humanitarian or social problem it’s vital to, where possible, involve those at the heart of it. In many respects, it’s common sense that they will be the most motivated to bring it to end and be able to speak with real authority on the issues concerned. And, yet, so many groups and organisations still don’t see this. Survivor Corps does.
If the problem of cluster bombs concerns you, please take a moment to read their news release relating to this. If you can help in some way, I’m sure it would be appreciated.
© 2008 Gary William Murning