Russian Academy of Sciences Calls Homeopathy Pseudoscience

Feb 9, 2017

By Steven Novella

Despite our many political differences, here is one topic about which the United States and Russia should be able to completely agree – homeopathy is pure pseudoscience. In fact Russia may have just taken the lead on this topic.

The Commission Against Pseudoscience and Falsification of Scientific Research of the Presidium of the Russian Academy of Sciences just published a memorandum (“№2”, so I assume it is only their second) called: “About pseudoscientific homeopathy.” (It’s in Russian but just hit the Google Translate button.) Like the UK and Australia before them, members of the commission reviewed all the evidence regarding homeopathy and concluded:

The Commission argues that the treatment of ultra-low doses of various substances used in homeopathy has no scientific basis. This conclusion is based on a thorough analysis of publications in scientific journals, clinical study reports, compilation and systematic reviews. The Commission confirms that the principles of homeopathy and theoretical explanation of the mechanisms of its alleged actions contradict the known chemical, physical and biological laws and convincing experimental confirmation of its effectiveness are not available. Homeopathic diagnosis and treatment should be qualified as pseudoscientific.

In other words, homeopathy cannot possibly work, and when studied it does not work. How many scientific organizations around the world have to come to this conclusion before governments wake up and do their job?

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2 comments on “Russian Academy of Sciences Calls Homeopathy Pseudoscience

  • We really need better standards for pseudoscience. After all, shouldn’t a proposal have at least some vaguely scientific-sounding plausibility in order to be called pseudoscience? Homeopathy clearly belongs in the “blatant nonsense/utter rubbish” category, and not debasing good pseudoscience with its comedic levels of ridiculousness.



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  • NorthernVoice #1
    Feb 9, 2017 at 4:05 pm

    Homeopathy clearly belongs in the “blatant nonsense/utter rubbish” category, and not debasing good pseudoscience with its comedic levels of ridiculousness.

    Is there such stuff as “good” pseudo science?

    I thought pretty well all pseudo science was regarded as “blatant nonsense/utter rubbish with its comedic levels of ridiculousness”, by people who actually study real science.

    Hovindian fizziks, Watts-up-Climate-change deniers, and Hamster YEC flood-myth geology come to mind! 🙂

    Anti-vaxers and some carbonaceous-Luddite climate change deniers, are usually simply into cheer-leading for fraud, although some dabble in pseudo-science to try to add a little credibility to their claims!



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