DOES HOMEOPATHY HOLD WATER?
Nick Hilliard's claims (letters, 16th Nov) that no study on Homeopathy which satisfies criteria of objectivity, statistical significance and repeatability has ever happened is incorrect. Many such studies have been done, most notably that published in the Lancet, Sept 20th, 1997. More of such studies may be viewed at www.trusthomeopathy.org.
Personal belief is also key to this issue. Who one believes to be credible, whose orthodoxy one accepts, which scientific paradigm one has received. It is not unusual that there is vocal detraction of Homeopathy's value given the sheer magnitude of scientific, medical and pharmaceutical vested interests potentially upset by its general acceptance. However, the "appalling vista" is not that this happens but rather that it doesn't.
In practice, Homeopathy persists as a popular, safe and effective medicine bringing lasting positive change in heath with no pollution to the environment or side effects to the patient. The public continue to vote with their feet.