JOHN BENNETH, FAMOUS FOR MAKING FALSE AND FUNNY CLAIMS ABOUT HOMEOPATHY (SECOND ONLY TO DANA ULLMAN), COMES LATELY WITH A NEW CLAIM: “FDA APPROVES HOMEOPATHIC EBOLA CURE”
John Benneth’s article opens up as follows:
“Despite disbelief and outrage of pseudoscientists posing as skeptics, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) now regulates at least two homeopathic cures for Ebola, the hemorrhagic fever currently terrorizing West Africa.”
Reader will naturally think that FDA has taken a new decision “now” to “regulate” a homeopathic cure for ebola!. Actually, by the title and opening sentence, the author wanted to create such an impression up on readers.
Benneth then quotes Sections 201(g) and 201(j) of the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetics Act (FDCA) of 1938 as the ‘proof’ for his claim. His funny reasoning is, this FDC Act of 1938 has recognized Homeopathic Pharmacopoeia of the United States (HPUS)as the official drug compendium of the United States of America, and Crotalus Horridus and Phosphorous are listed among the “six remedies indicated for the treatment of hemorrhagic fevers such as EBOLA in Clarke’s Materia Medica”! The ACT recommends “A guide to the use of homeopathic drugs (including potencies, dosing, and other parameters) may be found by referring to the following texts: A Dictionary of Practical Materia Medica by John Henry Clarke, M.D., (3 volumes; Health Science Press) and A Clinical Repertory to the Dictionary of Materia Medica by John Henry Clarke, M.D. (Health Science Press)”. More over, “”Clarke claims Crot-h has been used with great success in the treatment of hemorrhagic fevers . . and also as a prophylactic, by inoculation with it!” According to Benneth’s logic, this much is enough for him to claim that “Crot-h is a drug regulated and protected under Sections 201(g) and 201(j) of the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetics Act (FDCA) of 1938”.
According to Benneth, all the 1000+ drugs listed in Clake’s materia medica, and what ever Clarke said about their therapeutic uses are “FDA regulated”!
John Benneth conveniently ignores the important statement in the act:
“A product’s compliance with requirements of the HPUS, USP, or NF does not establish that it has been shown by appropriate means to be safe, effective, and not mis-branded for its intended use.”
On the basis of this wonderful reasoning, only John Benneth can write an article claiming “U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) NOW regulates at least two homeopathic cures for Ebola” and dare to publish it with a catching title “FDA APPROVES HOMEOPATHIC EBOLA CURE”.
Only ‘BLIND homeopaths’ can broadcast this article over internet with out any sense of shame and guilty consciousness. For them, the title is enough, since nobody reads the rest or think over it.
Dear John Benneth, kindly do not make homeopathy a piece of unending mockery and fun for scientific community and science-conscious public, by making this kind of baseless claims!