Depressing Fact of the Day: Arizona state law allows homeopaths to perform “minor surgery,” an ill-defined phrase that can be extended to procedures such as liposuction. A Skeptics’ Guide listener sent this link in today, and I got angrier and angrier the more I read. Like for starters:
A homeopathic doctor was suspended Tuesday for his role in a botched liposuction operation earlier this month that resulted in the death of the patient.
A state regulatory board deemed Dr. Greg Page a “clear and present danger to the public.”
Page performed the liposuction procedure on July 3 at the Anthem office of Dr. Peter J. Normann, whose practice was restricted by the state in May after two other liposuction patients suffered cardiac arrest on the operating table and died.
and then there’s:
Dr. Garry Gordon, a member of the homeopathic board who practices in Payson, focused his questioning on the medications Page used during the procedure. Page said there was nothing out of the ordinary, but acknowledged that he did not know whether the patient had taken pre-surgical vitamins and minerals, as normally required.
Isn’t it comforting to know that there’s an entire board of misinformed twits digging into the facts of this case? I wonder what medications are not “out of the ordinary” for a homeopathic doctor performing surgery. Water? Water that’s been shaken a few times? Water imbued with magical powers?
No one on the homeopathic board asked whether liposuctions fall within the range of procedures that a homeopath is licensed to do. Chris Springer, executive director of the board, declined to comment on the matter because she is not a doctor, and the three doctors on the board also declined to comment.
Did you catch that? Here it is again, with bolding this time:
Chris Springer, executive director of the board, declined to comment on the matter because she is not a doctor…
The executive director of the homeopath board isn’t even pretending to be a doctor. Actually? That kind of honesty is a little refreshing in her field. And then there’s the last line of the article:
Most homeopaths practice various forms of alternative medicine.
Statements don’t get much less informative than that. I’m trying to think of a better way to craft that last sentence, like:
All homeopaths practice made-up faux sorcery.
All homeopaths think water is an effective drug.
All homeopaths are either deluded, gullible, misinformed, conniving, or some combination thereof.
Or maybe just, “Homeopathy doesn’t work.”
I dunno, any thoughts?