"When I die, don’t open up a museum of magic in my name. Don’t give me a big stupid fancy coffin. No, what I want is to be cremated. Cremate me, and then blow my ashes into the eyes of Uri Geller." - James Randi.
Calling things like homeopathy ‘alternative medicine’ or ‘complementary treatment’ is misleading and potentially damaging. Alternative implies that it is equal to medicine and therefore you have a choice of the two treatments which will both work just as well. Complementary treatment implies that it has some benefit and is worth trying alongside effective treatment.
I propose the new term ‘predatory treatments’. It should be obvious why: they prey upon the minds and bank accounts of people who do not know any better, often at times of desperate need.
The NHS spend four million pounds a year on homeopathy. Four million. Pardon?
I’d save them so much money if they hired me. Give me £2 for a few plastic cups and I’ll make you a homeopathic remedy from the kitchen tap. It’ll have fuck all effect on you, just like a real homeopathy wanker would prescribe, but you’ll feel lovely and hydrated.
Got a fair few new followers lately, hello to you all!
I’m going to start doing a weekly series of posts called Workings of the Cell, inspired in part by this tumblr. I’ll tag them with WOTC and also cell biology, as well as their individual unique tags, so please consider watching out for these if you are interested.
I hope to go into some depth with this. If I get time, I’ll take it further and create subseries on my areas of interest: immunology and cancer biology.
I’ll start today with a post on peroxisomes. Gimme a few minutes!