Saturday, 6 March 2010

QMUL sells quackery

Just noticed this one my way out of the gym today:
Homeopathy is a safe and natural form of complementary medicine, which has helped many people suffering from all varieties of ailments to regain and retain their health and wellbeing. The Homeopath will look at each patient individually in an attempt to discover the core reasons for their problem and choose specific remedies to change the soil within the person from which the disease stems.
Now, I'm not entirely sure who gets to decide what services are and aren't offered at QMotion - I imagine it's probably owned by the Students Union, and I'm currently trying to figure out who I should complain to. I don't see how the university can possibly justify advertising medicine which just doesn't work. I'm mostly too shocked about this to write anything particularly incisive right now (and anyone reading this is fully aware that homeopathy just doesn't work anyway), but I am genuinely going to try my best to figure out who I should complain to, and how to get these people out of the university-owned gym.

Incidentally, they claim to 'treat' IBS, hayfever, and a long list of other named diseases on the literature that's available inside the gym (and on this page, they appear to be specifically claiming to be able to cure them). I thought homeopaths were banned from claiming to cure specific diseases?

4 comments:

Simon Levey said...

You probably want to write to charlotte.kendrick@qmsu.org, who is the health/fitness manager.

Let us know what she says?

John Faben said...

Simon,

Thank you for the pointer, have emailed her, will post my email and any response I get as soon as I get it.

Matt said...

Count me in for any efforts to remove homeopathic products from QMUL. Or, in the interests of people's right to free and informed choice, make sure they are accurately labeled.

Simon Levey said...

Hi, Just to make it clear, I'm posting in a personal capacity.
Thanks,
Simon