Homeopathy Skeptics Purposefully Overdose In Protest
February 1, 2010
The group met at Boots Pharmacies all over the UK, including in Manchester, London, Liverpool, and Glasgow, swallowing down entire bottles of herbal tablets.
The stunt was an attempt to prove that nothing would happen, and that homeopathic medicine should not be used by the NHS in place of proven methods.
“We believe that they shouldn’t be selling sugar pills to people who are sick,” Michael Marshall, a member participating in the protests, said.
“Homeopathy never works any better than a placebo. The remedies are diluted so much that there is nothing in them.”
The NHS has spent £12 on homeopathic medicine between 2005 and 2008.
The Society of Homeopaths has called the protests ‘a stunt’.
“This is an ill advised publicity stunt in very poor taste, which does nothing to advance the scientific debate about how homeopathy actually works,” Executive Chief Paula Ross said.
Boots has defended their sale of homeopathic remedies, though admit that testing should be done.
“Homeopathy is recognised by the NHS and many health professionals and our customers choose to use homeopathy.
“Boots UK is committed to providing our customers with a wide range of healthcare products to suit their individual needs, we know that many people believe in the benefits of complementary medicines and we aim to offer the products we know our customers want.
“We would support the call for scientific research and evidence gathering on the efficacy of homeopathic medicines. This would help our patients and customers make informed choices about using homeopathic medicines.”