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A diploma in ‘magical thinking’: Critics want funding pulled for Ontario college’s homeopathy course

Feb 8, 2018 by

Three years ago, Ontario became the first province to regulate the practice of homeopathy to widespread criticism the government was legitimizing ‘quackery’

Outrage is mounting over a publicly funded Ontario college’s plan to launch a diploma program in homeopathy, a practice based on the philosophy that illness can be treated with massively diluted substances — so super-diluted scientists say the “remedies” are virtually water.

Critics say Georgian College in Barrie has created a three-year course that has no grounding in science, is based on “magical thinking” and could ultimately harm the public by giving the field an air of official credibility. Numerous studies, they argue, have found no reliable evidence from research in humans that homeopathic remedies are any more effective than placebos, or sugar pills.

“Homeopathy is a pseudo-science and this alone should be sufficient to reject the inclusion of such a program at a publicly funded institution,” Barrie physician Chris Giorshev wrote in a letter to Ontario’s minister of advanced education and skills development, Deb Matthews, as well as the community college’s board and president.

Source: A diploma in ‘magical thinking’: Critics want funding pulled for Ontario college’s homeopathy course | National Post

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