Some people may not be aware of the nature of the opposition that alternative medicine and homeopathy faces, so I'd like to explain it here. There's a long lived public relations campaign against alternative medicine in the United States and Great Britain. When I say public relations campaign, I mean exactly that: an agency sends out press releases every so often to their friends in the media to reinforce their talking points. Google News makes it easy to notice these press releases. You'll see essentially the same article on different news sites when there was no big event to justify the article. Who's behind the public relations campaign? I don't know, but their motivation is probably economic, as I can't see why someone would hire a public relations agency for the long term without an economic motivation.
So what are the talking points the campaign hits on? I've noticed three main points. First, herbs and supplements are dangerous and should not be used. They've been arguing this for at least forty years. That gives you an idea how entrenched the campaign is. Second, supplements and herbs should be regulated by the FDA. Third, alternative medicine research is a frivolous waste of money and should be ended. A recent article on this theme can be found here
. You'll notice the article quotes well known figures in the quackbuster world.
The last talking point requires a little bit of explanation. If the quackbusters are so sure that alternative medicine is an unscientific fraud, you might think they'd be in favor of more research. Instead, they have all consistently opposed it. There's a con here: the quackbusters want to say that there's no scientific evidence for alternative medicine. The easiest way to accomplish this is to choke off all research. No studies mean no evidence. As long as there's research money there will be a cadre of researchers with the skills to conduct clinical trials of alternative medicine. This is Say's Law in action: supply creates its own demand. And this is something the quackbusters do not want at all.