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Taking the sugar pill

12 July 2010

“When your baby dies, don’t sue me,” warned the angry obstetrician when my wife (as she then wasn’t) refused his advice to stay in hospital because her as yet unborn son was stubbornly in the breech position. The obstetrician said there was no hope of turning him and he insisted she should have a caesarean. She on the other hand really wanted to have a home birth; the problem was solved when her midwife administered a homeopathic remedy. Within hours the baby turned and was born naturally. Last year that baby achieved first class honours at Oxford Brookes University.

Homeopathy, according to the recent resolution by the British Medical Association and the opinions of countless science correspondents, bloggers of the world and self-appointed quack watchers, does not work and cannot work because, so these experts say, homeopathic pills are so diluted that you would need a dose the size of Saturn to get one active molecule inside you.

So when my wife (as she now ...

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