Professor Edzard Ernst of Exeter Univeristy took the job to
bring scientific rigour to the study of alternative medicines, an approach that has made him a highly controversial figure in the field
So, as usual, instead of presenting the evidence, the alternatistas take a different tack:
Not surprisingly, Ernst has been attacked by chiropractors and homeopaths who passionately defend their techniques. The latter point to studies which they say show that most patients they treat are satisfied and cite an analysis in the Lancet of 89 trials in which their medicines were found to be effective.
Ho hum. So patients are 'satisfied'? Are we really discussing medical effectiveness here, or simply a customer satisfaction survey? And how quickly the homeopaths have suddenly become blind to the Lancet metastudy showing their particular brand of witchcraft was a placebo effect, even though they're quite happy to bay like rabid dogs about it any other time.
The British Chiropractic Association told the university it would be better served by an individual who was 'genuinely interested' in complementary medicine.
'I think my peers would prefer someone who didn't rock the boat,' said Ernst.
Apparently True Believers must believe All Woo, not just some of them (since Professor Edzard seems to support herbal medicine, acupuncture and hypnotherapy).
Homeopathy. Blind to science. Blind to change. Blind to reality. Blind to criticism.