Tonight at 8pm, CBC Marketplace will air a review of homeopathic medicine entitled “Cure or Con?”. This hotly anticipated episode is expected to critically examine the practice of homeopathic medicine, in the name of consumer protection.
As a skeptic, I know it can be dangerous to get my hopes up over stories of this nature presented by the “mainstream media”. The urge to create balance where none exists, or throw in a “what do we know?” at the end of the episode, has been the downfall of many other pieces of otherwise good scientific journalism. That being said, the episode’s description is encouraging.
Watch, as we witness a Vancouver group of skeptics taking part in a group overdose of homeopathic remedies. Perhaps most disturbing we learn that some homeopaths are treating cancer patients with homeopathic remedies — this despite a leading cancer specialist saying there is no role for homeopathy in the treatment of cancer, that it is a “scam that is not evidence-based”.
If the reaction of the homeopathic community is a reliable indicator, tonight’s episode of Marketplace is shaping up to be a really big win for the skeptical community and the practitioners of science-based medicine.
I, for one, look forward to seeing tonight’s episode of Marketplace. At the very least, it will be a good litmus test of the CBC’s willingness to tackle a serious issue using good science for the sake of consumer protection. And we may even get to see a well deserved thorough debunking of homeopathy. Maybe.
In the mean time, if you want to know how homeopathy works, you can follow this link: http://www.howdoeshomeopathywork.com/.
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