Posted 09 February 2020
The Association to Protect the Sick from Pseudoscientific Therapies (APETP in Spanish), a civil society association formed by victims of pseudoscientific therapies along with scientists, doctors, nurses, physiotherapists, computer scientists, lawyers, and other professionals has published the European Manifesto Against Pseudo-Therapies. Scientific and medical personnel who add their names as signatories of the manifesto declare that:
- Scientific knowledge is incompatible with what pseudo-therapies postulate, as in the case of homeopathy.
- European laws that protect homeopathy are not acceptable in a scientific and technological society that respects the right of the patients not to be deceived.
- Homeopathy is the best known pseudo-therapy, but it is not the only one nor the most dangerous one. Others, such as acupuncture, reiki, German New Medicine, iridology, biomagnetism, orthomolecular therapy and many more, are gaining ground and causing victims.
- Measures must be taken to stop pseudo-therapies, since they are harmful and result in thousands of people being adversely affected.
- Europe needs to work towards creating legislation that will help stop this problem.
Collaborators with APETP include the Skeptic Circle, the AARP Society for the Advancement of Critical Thinking, the Association of Pharmacists in Favor of Scientific Evidence, and Red UNE. The APSPT Web site is in Spanish but can be read in English with Google Translate.