Why Use Homeopathy?

Mani Norland School of Homeopathy The School of Homeopathy and the Homeopathy Action Trust have created short films on topics of interest to the public, patients, and those undecided about homeopathy – to view these, visit: www.youtube.com/user/SchoolofHomeopathy

Faculty of Homeopathy The Faculty of Homeopathy have also put up a YouTube channel presenting videos of practitioners speaking about why they use homeopathy: www.youtube.com/user/facultyofhomeopathy

4homeopathy logo 4Homeopathy have also created a series of videos on homeopathy http://www.findahomeopath.org.uk/WhatIsHomeopathy/Movies

New Web Sites for Homeopathic Research

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http://www.carstens-stiftung.de/core-hom/login.php Core Hom ‘… The CORE-Hom database has emerged from the need for a publicly available and reliable source of information in the field of homeopathy clinical research. The search grid offers a way to navigate this data, offering the possibility of searching the data through clinical condition or clinical field, name of author and more. The database was designed with the strongest scientific rigor in mind, to offer researchers and the general public a solid foundation from which to assess the quality of homeopathy trials as well the many clinical fields to which they relate. Registration and use of CORE-Hom are free of charge…’

http://ayushportal.nic.in/ Ayush Portal ‘… Central Council for Research in Homoeopathy (CCRH) was established as an autonomous organisation in 1978, under the Dept. of AYUSH, Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Govt. of India. Primarily a research body, CCRH has a multi-dimensional approach to research and its varied research activities include ‘Survey, collection and cultivation of medicinal plants’, ‘Drug standardisation’, ‘Drug proving’, ‘Clinical verification’ and ‘Clinical research’. Besides, CCRH also collaborates with other research bodies for researches and monitors extramural researches…’

Sense about Homeopathy

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‘… This website responds to the criticisms of homeopathy made on the Sense About Science website. These criticisms are not valid, and it is unfortunate that a website presenting itself as scientific and sensible can be so unscientific, and so insensible of its subject. The website is criticising nothing but its own mistaken understanding of homeopathy, not homeopathy itself. The same applies to theNightingale Collaboration website. (Some parts of the account of homeopathy given on that website are exactly the same. Is similarity on homeopathy acceptable in small doses?)…’

http://www.senseabouthomeopathy.com/

Homoeopathy healing 80% leprosy patients, claims Ayush

AyushWith thanks to the Times of India 31.1.14:

From http://articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/2014-01-31/raipur/46869136_1_handicapped-persons-sensation-homoeopathy: ‘… RAIPUR: If the claims of the Directorate of Ayurveda, Yoga & Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy (AYUSH), are to be believed, a pilot project of testing homeopathy drugs on leprosy patients has proven successful in restoring sensation to the affected parts of body.

According to officials, the project started for patients from the districts of Raigarh and Janjgir-Champa, had shown encouraging results with over 80% of them recovering senses to their affected body parts.  Read the rest of this entry »

Homeopathic Legislation in Portugal 2013

portugalWith thanks to ECCH European Central Council of Homeopaths 17.9.2013:

From http://www.homeopathy-ecch.org/Progressive Portuguese Government Shows Belgian Government The Error of Its Reactionary Way  

lei_n._71-2013_tnc.pdf   NB The wording of the new Portuguese law begins at the bottom right of the first page. An approximate English translation is available here: port – eng law.pdf

‘… On the 2 September 2013 the Health Minister of the Portuguese Government, Paulo Macedo, introduced the enacting legislation that lays down the future legal framework for the regulation of the practice homeopathy and 6 other CAM disciplines in Portugal. Lei 71/2013 is the product of a long process extending over a number of years and clearly sets out the requirements in terms of education and regulation for practitioners of CAM disciplines who do not have a conventional medical training but who wish to practise their discipline competently and responsibly.  Read the rest of this entry »

Secrets of trial data revealed Records of side effects seen in clinical tests are missing from publicly available documents.

Nature cover 10.10.13With thanks to Nature Vol. 502. 10.10.2013. Pages 153-155. Secrets of Trial date revealed: records of side effects seen in clinical tests are missing from publicly available documents.

See also http://avilian.co.uk/2013/10/11/undue-industry-influences-that-distort-healthcare-research-strategy-expenditure-and-practice-a-review/

‘… Drug companies, regulatory bodies and research groups are in a deadlock over plans to throw open the vaults of sensitive data gleaned from clinical trials. But just as the battle seems to be coming to a head, a study (B. Wieseler et al. PLoS Medicine 10, e1001526; 2013) has revealed exactly why the restricted information could be so valuable to researchers. Read the rest of this entry »

Undue industry influences that distort healthcare research, strategy, expenditure and practice: a review

Conflict of InterestsUndue industry influences that distort healthcare research, strategy, expenditure and practice: a review European Journal of Clinical Investigation, Volume 43, Issue 5, pages 469–475, May 2013. Emmanuel Stamatakis1,2,, Richard Weiler3, John P.A. Ioannidis4,5, Article first published online: 25 MAR 2013

See http://avilian.co.uk/2008/08/25/scientific-research-and-homeopathy-overview/

See also http://avilian.co.uk/2012/09/14/false-positives-fraud-and-misconduct-are-threatening-scientific-research/

See also http://avilian.co.uk/2013/10/18/secrets-of-trial-data-revealed-records-of-side-effects-seen-in-clinical-tests-are-missing-from-publicly-available-documents/

From http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/eci.12074/full

Abstract: Background: Expenditure on industry products (mostly drugs and devices) has spiraled over the last 15 years and accounts for substantial part of healthcare expenditure. The enormous financial interests involved in the development and marketing of drugs and devices may have given excessive power to these industries to influence medical research, policy, and practice.

Material and methods: Review of the literature and analysis of the multiple pathways through which the industry has directly or indirectly infiltrated the broader healthcare systems. We present the analysis of the industry influences at the following levels: (i) evidence base production, (ii) evidence synthesis, (iii) understanding of safety and harms issues, (iv) cost-effectiveness evaluation, (v) clinical practice guidelines formation, (vi) healthcare professional education, (vii) healthcare practice, (viii) healthcare consumer’s decisions.

Results: We located abundance of consistent evidence demonstrating that the industry has created means to intervene in all steps of the processes that determine healthcare research, strategy, expenditure, practice and education. As a result of these interferences, the benefits of drugs and other products are often exaggerated and their potential harms are downplayed, and clinical guidelines, medical practice, and healthcare expenditure decisions are biased. 

Conclusion: To serve its interests, the industry masterfully influences evidence base production, evidence synthesis, understanding of harms issues, cost-effectiveness evaluations, clinical practice guidelines and healthcare professional education and also exerts direct influences on professional decisions and health consumers. There is an urgent need for regulation and other action towards redefining the mission of medicine towards a more objective and patient-, population- and society-benefit direction that is free from conflict of interests.  Read the rest of this entry »

Robert Downey junior seeks homeopathic help for his son

Robert Downey Junior and Indigo juniorWith thanks to CelebritydirtyLaundry.com 3.10.13 and Contact Music.com 2.10.13:

From http://www.celebdirtylaundry.com/2013/robert-downey-jr-indio-downey-rehab-drugs-pain-med-addiction-1003/  ‘… Robert Downey Jr. is no stranger to the life of addiction, and now it seems as if his oldest son, 20-year-old Indio Downey, is seeking help in rehab for his addiction to prescription pain medication. Apparently, Indio’s mother, Deborah Falconer, confirmed to the National Enquirer that he has sought treatment. However, she also noted that we wasn’t necessarily “addicted,” as he was only taking one pill a day. But, in my opinion, when you don’t need the meds, then one-a-day is one too many. It’s not a vitamin, folks. If Indio’s addiction is true, then we’re so glad he’s seeking treatment while he’s still young and his body malleable. “He was not addicted,” says Debbie. “He was taking one pill a day,” and his rehab primarily consists of “holistic, natural and orthomolecular” treatments.“We are hoping to do it the homeopathic way rather than with medications.”…’ Read the rest of this entry »

Homeopathy takes hold in the Lebanon

LebanonWith thanks to The Daily Star 10.10.13:

From  http://www.dailystar.com.lb/News/Lebanon-News/2013/Oct-10/234128-alternative-medicine-lacks-regulation.ashx#axzz2hGjKdgpm  BEIRUT: Alternative medical treatments are becoming ever more popular in Lebanon. Holistic treatments such as reiki, acupuncture, homeopathy and Chinese herbal medicine are catching on with the public, thanks to word-of-mouth recommendations and increased international exposure via celebrities including Gwyneth Paltrow, Angelina Jolie and David Beckham, practitioners say. These treatments are currently exempt from state regulation and in the absence of self-regulatory bodies, which often govern non-mainstream medical practices in countries such as the U.S. and the U.K., qualified practitioners say there is little to prevent charlatans from passing themselves off as experts. Read the rest of this entry »

HRI Barcelona 2013: A significant step forward for homeopathy research worldwide

Homeopathy Research Institute

HRI Barcelona 2013 – Key Facts
• 180 delegates from over 30 countries
• Presenters from over 20 countries
• 42 oral presentations + 25 posters
• Diverse programme included basic research, fundamental research, clinical research, qualitative
research, pathogenetic trials, disease prevention, veterinary research and ethics

Read about more about scientific research on homeopathy Read the rest of this entry »