University of California, Irvine—a school long known for embracing “alternative medicine”—has undergone a potent detox: the clinical arm of the institution quietly flushed homeopathy from its online list of medical services, the Los Angeles Times first reported.
The hushed cleanse comes within days of the medical school announcing a new health program dedicated to “integrative medicine,” which embraces a combination of conventional and alternative treatments, including homeopathy. The announcement was met with swift and biting criticism from health experts and medical professionals. Those critics warn that the move could help unproven, potentially dangerous, and blatantly bogus remedies continue to slink into patient care.
The homeopathic dump may ease some of that criticism. But the school still boasts a lengthy menu of other questionable therapies, such as detoxification (which is only truly useful if you have been poisoned or have liver and/or kidney failure) and cupping (which is backed by little evidence). And the …