One of the strengths of modern medical education is its emphasis on basic science. Conversely, the basic weakness of so-called alternative medicine is its profound ignorance of science and its reliance on magical thinking. Nowhere is this more apparent than in the attempts of altmed cults to conduct and publish research. From “quantum water memory” to “almost as good as placebo”, the altmed literature is filled with basic failures in the proper formulation and testing of hypotheses.
One of the finest examples of these failures was just published in the journal Homeopathy. Leaving aside for the moment the absurdity of a journal devoted to magic, let’s see what they did here. (more…)