You know that I am sure homeopathy doesn't work--indeed, it is quackery. "Scotopic Sensitivity" doesn't exist, so it can't be "improved" or "remediated". There are a lot of dyslexia "treatments" that likewise fail the independent research test.
One criticism to all of the fringe efforts--in this instance, especially intelligent design (a proxy for creationism) is that proponents of these ideas have not been able to pass muster in the process of science known as peer review, with implies that the ideas so proposed aren't scientifically verifiable.
There's now an explanation how the peer-review process has been finessed,
This is how it begins: Proponents of a fringe or non-mainstream scientific viewpoint seek added credibility. They're sick of being taunted for having few (if any) peer reviewed publications in their favor. Fed up, they decide to do something about it.
These "skeptics" find what they consider to be a weak point in the mainstream theory and critique it. Not by conducting original research; they simply review previous work. Then they find a little-known, not particularly influential journal where an editor sympathetic to their viewpoint hangs his hat.
They get their paper through the peer review process and into print. They publicize the hell out of it. Activists get excited by the study, which has considerable political implications.
Before long, mainstream scientists catch on to what's happening. They shake their heads. Some slam the article and the journal that published it, questioning the review process and the editor's ideological leanings. In published critiques, they tear the paper to scientific shreds.
Embarrassed, the journal's publisher backs away from the work. But it's too late for that. The press has gotten involved, and though the work in question has been discredited in the world of science, partisans who favor its conclusions for ideological reasons will champion it for years to come.
The scientific waters are muddied. The damage is done.
Previously written stuff (I'm particularly proud of the homeopathy essay and the reviews of various ineffective "treatments" for dyslexia):
- index to homeopathy is quackery essay;
- Part I: Believing in Homeopathy is a Religious Belief;
- Part II: Homeopathy Is A Health Fraud;
- Part III: The Conditions Homeopathy Can't Treat;
- Part IV: Homeopathy Is Big Business; Homeopathy is Globalism.
- This treatment for dyslexia--Irlen Lenses--can't help any condition.
- A state educational department advocates a useless "treatment"
- homeoopathy cannot cure dyslexia
- "Sound Entrainment" therapies only cure the condition that the parents' bank account has too much money in it.
Update April 2010 Homeopathy a systematic review finds no evidence that homeopathy has effects beyond placebo. Dr. Steven Barnett's article, Homeopathy: The Ultimate Fake reviews the status of homeopathy in the United States. Homeopathy lists the critiques published of homeopathy in April, 2010. homeopathyThere's Nothing In It, the 10:23 campaign.