Sugaring the pill

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Contrary to Dr Mary Gillies’ assertion (Letters, 23 July), Ian Grant Cumming (Letters, 19 July) did not make “the point that many other countries embed homeopathy in their healthcare systems”.

He referred only to Switzerland, and even then was misleading as a meta-analysis conducted in parallel to the report Mr Cumming mentioned concluded that there was no evidence that homeopathy worked beyond the placebo effect.

It is telling that, rather than facing the fact that homeopathy does not work, its proponents resort to arguments about popularity and economics.

Homeopathy may be fashionable among the ignorant, and it is certainly cheaper to dispense sugar pills than proper medication, but is it really in the patients’ best interests?

(Dr) Stephen Moreton

Marina Avenue

Great Sankey

Warrington, Cheshire

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