The world of science has been rocked when the largest clinical trial of homoeopathy finalised it's data and published in the respected journal Nature.
"I was astounded," said one local scientist, Hillary Dale, a long time homoeopathy critic. "I'm a long standing homoeopathic critic, mainly down to the difficulty in spelling it, but also as I could see no reasonable way to explain it's mechanism."
Homoeopathy is indeed a difficult word to spell, and is the multiple dilution of the poison that caused an illness being given to the affected.
"Basically, imagine putting one drop of something in Lake Windermere," said Dale, "giving it a good stir, then pouring in the rest of the lakes in the Lake District and a few Scottish Lochs for good measure. Now take a tea spoon from the lake. That spoon is homoeopathy. How can it possibly work?"
Many have considered that the so-called placebo effect is responsible for any success from homoeopathy, however the Nature study tested homoeopathy against placebo, and it out performed it.
"They gave three hundred terminally ill people a homoeopathic remedy and three hundred terminally ill people a placebo," said Dale, summing up the six hundred page thesis. "In the placebo group, five people survived, whilst in the homoeopathy group, seven people survived. This is being seen as statistically significant."
In a similar group that hadn't signed up to the kamikaze mission, but instead took traditional modern synthetic medicine, ten people survived, and homoeopaths are pointing to how close homoeopathy performed compared to so-called "proper medicine".
"But what do you expect?" said Dale. "This is a spoof site."