For the rest of the article go to: http://www.aolnews.com/health/article/uk-panel-says-homeopathy-is-no-better-than-smarties/19368530 To see the 275 page report go to: http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm200910/cmselect/cmsctech/45/45.pdf FYI, I have no idea what Smarties are. gap Feb. 22) -- Homeopathic treatments are nothing more than glorified placebos, and the British government needs to stop spending public tax dollars to fund them, a committee reported. The Science and Technology Committee, a panel of British MPs established to evaluate the merits of homeopathic remedies, released its report today. While Britain's National Health Service (NHS) has been paying for homeopathic treatments since 1948, the committee wants that public money pulled from the procedures. "It sets an unfortunate precedent for the department of health to consider that the existence of a community which believes that homeopathy works is 'evidence' enough to continue spending public money on it," committee chairman Phil Willis said in a statement. "This also sends out a confused message and has potentially harmful consequences." Willis also expressed concern that serious illnesses would go undiagnosed, all while patients were being prescribed remedies that "are basically no better than sugar pills or Smarties." The committee added that the government should impose tighter regulations on homeopathic medicine, to prevent manufacturers from making unsubstantiated claims on product labels.