Reply to Varley
29 December 2017 (online)
We thank Peter Varley for his comments on our paper using experimental model of dental caries in the rat.[ 1,2 ] However, it seems he did not understand our method. Some relevant points must be clarified:
Varley states that: ‘In this experiment the sugar diet was offered twice a day allowing sufficient time for the lost calcium to be replaced. It is not surprising that caries did not develop.’ In fact the experimental animals received food ad libitum systematically. We just checked if there was enough food twice a day.
The point we raised about the use of cotton swabs was just a possibility not an assumption, and it was mentioned by the Journal referees.
Varley's criticism is based on lack of comprehension of the text. As a suggestion to avoid this kind of trouble, we think that the Editorial Board of ‘Homeopathy’ could wait the answer from the authors before publish letters from readers. As Peter Varley said, he is not ‘familiar with the methods of production of caries in rats’.
- 1 Varley P. Dental caries in rats. Homp (let) 2005; 94: 137.
- 2 Almeida N.T., D’Almeida V., Pustiglione M. The effect of fluorine and homeopathic medicines in rats fed cariogenic diet. Homp 2004; 93: 138-143.