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Anti-Science Authority (ASA) Provokes Rebellion from Homeopaths

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The UK's Advertising Standards Agency (ASA) seems to have hit on the perfect formula to enrage homeopaths, and indeed anyone interested in fair debate and freedom of speech: ignore all the evidence in favor of homeopathy so that homeopaths can say virtually nothing in advertisements. Et voila! Civil disobedience.

Attacking Supplement Adverts (ASA)

When the UK government extended the ASA's mandate to online advertisements in March 2011, and the ASA updated its Code of Advertising Practice (CAP Code) to become an enforcer of the Nutrition and Health Claims Regulation (NHCR; No. 1924/2006), the ASA inevitably became an enemy of natural healthcare.

Homeopaths have been a prime target in this regard. The latest episode in this ongoing saga involved an advertisement by the campaign organization Homeopathy: Medicine for the 21st Century (H:MC21).  H:MC21 appealed the ASA's original 2011 ruling and submitted a complaint about the ASA's investigation process, citing the ASA's refusal to read evidence, misrepresentation of evidence and acting beyond its competence, among other reasons.

Amazingly Slippery Arguments

On 3rd July 2013, the ASA published its decision on H:MC21's appeal. It's essentially similar to its initial adjudication, with the same complaints upheld and rejected. We're not here to take a critical microscope to the ASA's reasoning - anyone interested can read H:MC21's own critique. What we will say is that anyone who can dismiss the evidence on homeopathy in the way the ASA has done simply isn't playing it either fair or objectively.