Madeleine Ennis

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Madeleine Ennis is a pharmacologist and researcher at Queen's University in Belfast, Northern Ireland. She generated controversy by publishing results that seemed to show that ultra-dilute solutions of histamine, diluted to the levels used in homeopathic remedies, could affect cells just as the controls did. Her report said, "We are unable to explain our findings and are reporting them to encourage others to investigate this phenomenon", though she remains sceptical.[1][2][3]

A team from the BBC show Horizon failed to replicate these results.[4] These experiments were conducted by scientists from The Royal Society, University College London, Guy's Hospital, Royal London Hospital and St. George's Hospital Medical School, under the protocols set by the James Randi Educational Foundation under its One Million Dollar Paranormal Challenge.[5] Dana Ullman who participated in the show, tried to get the test called off before it even began, saying it was not an exact replica of earlier tests.[6] Ennis stated this as well.[7]

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  1. ^ "13 Things That Do Not Make Sense". New Scientist (2491): 30. March 19, 2005. Retrieved 2007-03-04. 4. Belfast Homeopathy Results 
  2. ^ Brown V, Ennis M (April 2001). "Flow-cytometric analysis of basophil activation: inhibition by histamine at conventional and homeopathic concentrations". Inflammation Research 50 (Suppl 2): S47–8. PMID 11411598. 
  3. ^ Belon P, Cumps J, Ennis M et al. (April 1999). "Inhibition of human basophil degranulation by successive histamine dilutions: results of a European multi-centre trial". Inflammation Research 48 (Suppl 1): S17–8. doi:10.1007/s000110050376. PMID 10350142. 
  4. ^ Horizon failed to reproduce her results. "Homeopathy: The Test - Transcript". BBC. Nov 26, 2002. Retrieved 2007-03-04. 
  5. ^ Horizon Transcripts' "Part 1". ABC. Apr 3, 2003. Retrieved 2007-07-03.  "Part 2". ABC. Apr 10, 2003. Retrieved 2007-07-03. 
  6. ^ ABC News. "Page 2: Stossel: Homeopathic Remedies - ABC News". ABC News. 
  7. ^ "E-mail from Professor Ennis Confirm Serious Problems in the BBC & ABC-TV "Studies"". 

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