Consumer protection is a priority for the EU. Directive 2005/29/EC defines and condemns unfair commercial practices of all kinds, misleading advertising and aggressive sales methods. Health is also a priority, which led to the creation of the Directorate General for Health and Consumers that was tasked “to help make Europe's citizens healthier, safer and more confident, to make laws on the safety of food and other products, and to check that the rules are properly applied by the member states”.
Today marks the start of the exhibition of the Shroud of Turin. Three central pieces of evidence show it to be the work of a medieval artist. Each in itself is sufficient to refute the claim that is was the burial cloth of Jesus Christ.
The question remains why the Shroud legends are so persistent. It appears that the Shroud proponents have made up their minds based on their religious prejudices. There seems to be no lack of creativity in negating even the hardest pieces of evidence. It looks like the Shroud legends are here to stay and the work of scientists and skeptics will be a permanent one.
The homeopaths are franctically spreading the good news. A new study published in the International Journal of Oncology proves that extreme dilutions not only have a biologic effect but also selectively kill cancer cells.
On February 20th 2010 a UK parliamentary committee published a report on the use of National Health Service (NHS) money to provide patients with homeopathic treatment. The report was the work of the House of Commons Science and Technology Committee. This consists of 14 MPs drawn from the three main political parties. According to its website 'The Committee exists to ensure that Government policy and decision-making are based on good scientific and engineering advice and evidence.' It invites written and oral evidence from experts and interested parties in whatever subject it is investigating. Its meetings are open to the press and the public and its reports are available on its website. The committee makes recommendations the Government but it has no statuary authority.