Bryan Hubbard
July 4 2018

Health groups are campaigning for the release of a suppressed review that found solid scientific evidence to prove homeopathy works for a range of health conditions.

The report was never published and was instead replaced by a new review that concluded that homeopathy was ineffective, and any benefits were purely down to the placebo effect. "There are no health conditions for which there is reliable evidence that homeopathy is effective," Australia's National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) concluded in its second review, which was released in 2015.

But a first review had been commissioned by the same group in 2012, and this had been favourable to homeopathy. The evaluation process had been scientific and sound, as Prof Fred Mendelsohn, a member of NHMRC's expert committee that oversaw the review process, had declared. "I am impressed by the rigour, thoroughness and systematic approach given to this (the first review) evaluation. Overall, a lot of excellent work has gone into this review and the results are presented in a systematic, unbiased and convincing manner," he said.

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