Homeopathy gets boost in the United Arab Emirates

Palm Island UAEWith thanks to The Gulf Today 20.1.13:

From http://gulftoday.ae/portal/18dc1645-dbc3-4c46-a16e-ae5cedcd1569.aspx

DUBAI: The practice of complementary and alternative medicines (CAM) is gaining momentum in the UAE and other countries in the region, with widespread use of it among patients and general consumers in this part of the world.

Homeopathy, in particular, has gained more acceptance in the UAE, due to various factors including stringent regulatory approval processes from the Ministry of Health (MoH).  Read the rest of this entry »

Majority support for homeopathy in Britain?

MajorityWith thanks to The National Centre for Research Methods and Methods News Winter 2012:

From http://www.ncrm.ac.uk/news/show.php?article=5305 Article by Paul Stoneman and Patrick Sturgis from the NCRM Hub, University of Southampton. This article also appears in the Winter 2012 issue of the MethodsNews newsletter (opens a .pdf file).

The appropriate place for Complementary and Alternative Medicines (CAM) in modern healthcare continues to emerge as a source of controversy in policy debates. The issue attracted media attention again recently, following the appointment in 2012 of the new Secretary of State for Health, Jeremy Hunt, who supports the availability of homeopathic cures through the NHS. Read the rest of this entry »

Homeopathy is the secret to the German’s Hong Kong Cup hope with Feuerblitz

With thanks to South China Morning Post; Racing pages; Michael Cox 6.12.12:

From: http://www.scmp.com/sport/racing/article/1098262/homeopathy-and-holistic-approach-are-secrets-trainers-success Morning trackwork sessions for the Longines Hong Kong International Races are a melting pot of training techniques as diverse as the nationalities that descend upon Sha Tin at this time of year.

But it’s fair to say none are considered to be as far outside the box as the holistic approach and “horse homeopathy” German handler Michael Figge employs with HK$22 million Hong Kong Cup hopeful Feuerblitz. Read the rest of this entry »

Pete Townshend uses homeopathy to help with tinnitus

With thanks to New Magazine 21.11.12:








From http://www.elevatedexistence.com/blog/2012/11/29/pete-townshend-of-the-who-seeks-homeopathy-for-tinnitus/ Peter Townshend from The Who recently told television host, David Letterman, how he turned to alternative medicine to help him deal with hearing issues from Tinnitus, UK-based New Magazine reported.   Read the rest of this entry »

Good medicine: homeopathy

With thanks to Christopher M Johnson, The British Medical Journal 27.11.12:

From http://www.bmj.com/content/345/bmj.e6184/rr/616928‘… Once again it must be said that what passes for ‘scientific’ discussion amongst homeopathic critics is almost entirely lacking in substance. Scientific statements, by definition, must be precise and testable. Unfortunately, criticisms of homeopathy rarely pass this test. Read the rest of this entry »

Homeopathy Popular In India

With thanks to http://www.medindia.net/news/Homeopathy-Popular-In-India-82548-1.htm posted by Rathi Manohar on  March 21, 2011 at 11:09 PM:

http://www.medindia.net/news/Homeopathy-Popular-In-India-82548-1.htm It is not just the fact that the size of the present domestic homeopathy market has been placed around Rs 27,580,000,000 (395 million Euro), but that with a 30 per cent annual increase, it will reach Rs. 46,000,000,000 (659 million Euro) in a few years. These figures place India second to France in the ranking of the homeopathy market. Read the rest of this entry »

Camilla seeks holistic therapy in India

With thanks to Gulf news.com:

http://gulfnews.com/news/world/uk-royal-seeks-holistic-therapy-in-india-1.1097201 Camilla Parker Bowles, the Duchess of Cornwall and wife of Prince Charles, is currently in India for a seven-day holistic healing session.

Having arrived with her daughter, Laura Lopes, and eight personal staff last Saturday (October 27), the Duchess is attending healing sessions at Soukya (http://www.soukya.com/), a Bangalore-based health centre headed by Indian holistic physician, Dr Issac Mathai. Read the rest of this entry »

Review Finds Cost Effectiveness of Complementary and Integrative Medicine in More Than Two Dozen High-Quality Studies

With thanks to The Huffington Post and the article by John Weeks Publisher and Editor, ‘Integrator Blog News & Reports’ 09/27/2012 1:22 pm:

 From http://www.huffingtonpost.com/john-weeks/complementary-integrative-medicine_b_1916514.html Even when research finds that complementary and integrative medicine (CIM) or approaches are effective, these still may be shunned by health care’s major stakeholders. Employers, private insurers and government agencies like Medicare that pay for services often block inclusion due to concerns about costs. 

The findings of an exhaustive, systematic review of cost studies on complementary and integrative medicine from 2001-2010, published in the British Medical Journal Open, begins to provide definitive guidance. The report, led by Patricia Herman, M.S., N.D., Ph.D., will not immediately please every integrative health advocate. Nor will it serve as marching orders for every health care benefits decision maker. Read the rest of this entry »

Homoeopathy to be integrated with healthcare in Uttar Pradesh in India

With thanks to AAJIKhabar Sunday, Sep 16 2012 3:23PM IST:

http://www.aajkikhabar.com/en/News/Health/Yoga-homoeopathy-to-be-integrated-with-healthcare-in-UP/702728.html Lucknow: All systems of medicine and healing, including ayurveda, homeopathy, naturopathy, as well as yoga would be integrated in the system in government hospitals and primary health centres across Uttar Pradesh. The programme, officials here told the sources, would be funded under the National Rural Health Mission ( NRHM). 

In the first phase, an official said, yoga and a therapeutic healthcare option would be tested in 27 districts and would later be integrated with a parallel health plan that includes other systems of medicines such as unani, homoeopathy and ayurveda. The project has been allocated Rs.25 crore (sterling equivanent £2,839,029.10), with the money also being utilised to purchase and distribute ayurvedic, unani and homoeopathic medicines. The programme would be available at all government district hospitals, primary health centres (PHCs) and community health centres (CHCs).

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False positives: fraud and misconduct are threatening scientific research

With thanks to the Guardian , science correspondent 


The questions are certainly intriguing, but unfortunately for anyone wanting truthful answers, some of Smeesters’ work turned out to be fraudulent. The psychologist, who admitted “massaging” the data in some of his papers, resigned from his position in June after being investigated by his university, which had been tipped off by Uri Simonsohn from the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. Simonsohn carried out an independent analysis of the data and was suspicious of how perfect many of Smeesters’ results seemed when, statistically speaking, there should have been more variation in his measurements. Read the rest of this entry »