According to this article (in The Register, which I don’t recognize – anyone?), the UK Advertising Standards Authority ruled that people with doctoral degrees in Essential Oils, Homeopathy, etc. are “scientists.”
Is this for real?
This is not a video but an audio rendering of an excellent song by Tim Minchin, with text displayed (for those without sound, you can read along, but you miss his charming British Aussie expat accent, and the funny rhymes).
A while ago, I wrote a rambling post on my private livejournal (before I started this blog) about natural medicines and how they are handled poorly and need more regulation. Ephedra (“Mormon Tea”) was my main gripe: Look at this, a natural medicine that really works, and because it wasn’t regulated, it got out of control and people died. So now it’s banned. It serves as evidence that the natural medicine industry is a disorganized, unscientific pile of scam artists and loonies.
Over the weekend, we had some hilarious news from those plucky skeptics in the UK, a country that on dit seems to be having a resurgence of free thought. The topic? Homeopathic medicine. Now this is different from “natural medicine” in that homeopathic medicine is, mgs per ml, a whole lot crazier. But easy targets make good television (and blogging!).