It is interesting that Europe is becoming less religious over time. There have been many explanations for the decline and I do not pretend to know the reason. It is curious the a lack of faith in the supernatural apparently is occurring in pseudo-medicine.

In England homeopathy is institutionalized. There are homeopathic hospitals (which I imagine as have no walls, floors and ceilings), homeopathy is included in the NHS, and there is a Royal Homeopath, like having an exorcist or dowser on staff.

Despite the institutional homeopathic habit in the UK, it is refreshing as a drink of Bull Run water to discover that homeopathy is on the decline in England. Because it is part of the NHS, there is data on the number of homeopathy prescriptions through the Prescription Cost Analyses for England.

In 1996 there were abuot 170,000 homeopathic prescription items, in 2012 18,000, amost a 10 fold reduction in nonsense.

In 1996 £900,000 were wasted on homeopathy, in 2012 it was  £130,000 wasted.

In the same time the average cost of a prescription almost doubled, going from £5 to slightly over £9, perhaps because the price of water in England has been increasing.

There is some suggestion of an association between spiritualism/religiosity and CAM use and it is interesting that both are falling in England. Why? That is an interesting question about which I could speculate, but I somehow suspect it has little to do with education about either topic.

Less than a quarter of non-users said that they had avoided homeopathy because they didn’t believe that it worked, or that conventional medicine worked better.

And how does it relate to the association between pseudo-medicine and belief in conspiracy theories? There is an insight to be gained in understanding why these associations, but I will leave that to others.