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A GIGO review of homeopathic Arnica

 •  • by Paul Ingraham
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A new paper about homeopathic Arnica is a classic example of junk science: garbage in, garbage out (GIGO). The conclusion is weak sauce even with intense bias-powered p-hacking. Dr. Edzard Ernst points out a number of flaws and oddities.

I have cited Gaertner et al. — reluctantly, mostly as a bad example — in my detailed guide to Arnica (homeopathic and herbal), and here’s just my summary of the paper.

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