A group of 45 French MPs have written an open letter in favour of homeopathy and in opposition to the government’s decision this month to end all State reimbursement of the medicine by 2021.
Published by newspaper Le Journal du Dimanche (JDD) today (Sunday July 21), the letter was entitled “No to the non-reimbursement of homeopathy”.
It was signed by 45 MPs from across various political parties, including notable names Jean-François Cesarini and Blandine Brocard (who were also key dissenting voices against the government’s decision to make vaccination mandatory).
The letter said: “Homeopathy responds to a real medical need. It undeniably contributes to reduce medical consumption and therefore helps to fight against antibiotic resistance – which is recognised as a major problem in terms of human and animal health on an international scale.”
The letter called for a reversal on the government’s decision, and demanded that the medicine continue to be reimbursed by the State at the previous level of 30%.
It added: “It is difficult to accept [the decision] for this practice – which has long been recognised by authorities and the medical community, undertaken for more than 200 years by trained doctors, and became part of French pharmacy in 1965 – to suddenly be relegated to ‘fake medicine’.
“In the face of strong positions that have emerged in the public debate over the past few weeks, despite the fact that millions of French people confirm [homeopathy’s] benefits, it is interesting to ask ourselves why homeopathy upsets people so much.
“Total de-reimbursement of homeopathy will cause a high percentage of people to switch to traditional medicine, which is more expensive and has increased risk of unwanted and secondary side effects. [We ask] the government to maintain the 30% reimbursement rate for this therapeutic method.”
The government decision to end State reimbursement of homeopathy came after a study by health authority La Haute Autorité de Santé (HAS) judged that the medicine did not demonstrate “sufficient effectiveness” to justify the cost.
From January 1 2020, the medicine will be reimbursed at 15%, dropping to 0% by January 2021.
source: Connection France
The Faculty of Homeopathy is delighted to announce His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales as Patron of the Faculty of Homeopathy
The Faculty of Homeopathy is founded in 1844 and incorporated by Parliament in 1950 the Faculty supports registered medical professionals with their homeopathic practice. This institute is the only homeopathic organisation to be recognised by professional bodies such as the General Medical Council (GMC) and we have nine course providers, including four overseas.
The Faculty was incorporated by an Act of Parliament in 1950. The Act recognises the Faculty’s role in regulating the education, training and practice of homeopathy by the medical profession. Amendments to the Byelaws and Regulations over the years have extended the Faculty’s role to include other statutorily registered healthcare professionals.
Homeopathy is practised in about 80 countries worldwide but nowhere more than in India, where over 150 million people use homeopathy in daily healthcare.
This year the World Integrated Medicine Forum on the regulation of homeopathic medicinal products, was held held in Goa. This event was an opportunity to cast a light on the wide variety of regulation for homeopathic medicinal products in different countries, which ranges from highly advanced structures to none at all.
In view of the lack of plausibility regarding the principles of homeopathy, it has become fashionable to deny its therapeutic efficacy, although the evidence published on this subject suggests that it is effective. Nevertheless, scientific misinformation is being launched as an expression of ignorance or deliberate propaganda against homeopathy. The publication “Homeopathy and Intellectual Honesty. A Commentary”, endorsed by several professors and medical societies in Germany uses three selected recent examples to demonstrate the lack of seriousness of these activities, taking into account the actual evidence.
In the name of the Dialogue Forum on Pluralism in Medicine (DPM) and other established and representative medical organizations, the need for evidence-based integrative medicine and its increasing importance at leading medical faculties in the USA and Germany are presented. It is shown that a fully orchestrated health care system, which seeks to meet the individually different needs and preferences of the population, requires integrative medicine as a critical but unbiased cooperation structure between mainstream medicine and selected complementary medicine approaches.
In this context, reference is made to a basic article on professionalism written by all members of the Dialogue Forum, according to which both conventional medicine and complementary medicine are equally obliged to be scientific. Ludwig Fleck and Thomas Kuhn have already shown that the followers of a certain paradigm strive to privilege their own paradigm through the state. The present article, however, refers to the fact that according to §5 (3) of the Basic Law, the state is fundamentally prohibited from judging a particular paradigm in the sense of seizure by a party. In addition, it is pointed out that the monopolization of a single paradigm goes hand in hand with the formation of totalitarian thought structures. In a concluding vote, the signatories, who consist of a large number of proven doctors and scientists in addition to established medical organisations, oppose the persecution of totalitarian figures of thought in our health system who collide with the Basic Law.
A new report from Italy published on 23 February by health sector research institute DoxaPharma shows a high demand for treatment and a growing market for homeopathic medicinal products. In addition some 20,000 Italian doctors recommend the use of homeopathy for patients.
EU and WHO responses to the threat of Anti-microbial Resistance must include investment in researching alternatives – including homeopathy.
WHO declares its first International Antibiotics Awareness Week and announces its EU annual Antibiotics Awareness Day
It is time both organisations woke up to the potential of homeopathy and other Traditional and Complementary Medicine approaches to playing a key role in providing solutions to the challenge of antibiotic over-use and antimicrobial resistance.
On 9 September 2015 the Swiss State Secretariat for training, research and innovation (SEFRI) approved a Higher Professional Exam for complementary therapists in Switzerland who do not already fall under the category of ‘naturopath’ . With about 12000 practitioners practising a range of therapies this new exam creates a new category of practitioner that will be entitled to use the recognised and protected title ‘complementary therapist with federal diploma’ .
Two new studies show the potential for homeopathy to play an active role in reducing the use of antibiotics and antimicrobial resistance
Two recent trials further demonstrate the potential of homeopathic treatment in acute upper respiratory tract infections (URTIs)and thereby contribute to reducing antibiotic use and antimicrobial resistance.
The first trial published in Pulmonary Pharmacology and Therapeutics in 2014 was a randomized double-blind placebo controlled trial involving the use of homeopathic medicine for acute cough in upper respiratory tract infections and acute bronchitis.
The major criticism that homeopathy’s denialists constantly use is that homeopathic medicines cannot work because their potentised nature means that the high potencies bypass Avogadro’s number and there are therefore no ‘molecules of the source material left in the medicine’. This simplistic understanding of the nature of homeopathy’s medicines has been disseminated to great effect by the denialists to prevent homeopathic medicine’s progress as a valid therapy and to offer its low-cost effectiveness to patients.
It would seem however that the day of the denialists are numbered as a growing body of research from the field of biochemistry and biophysics shows that high potency medicines can be identified and measured. Furthermore, the research offers a means of enhancing and ensuring the quality of homeopathic medicines. Here is the abstract of the latest piece of research to be published in the journal of ‘Cell Biochemistry and Biophysics’.
The use of ultra-diluted natural products in the management of disease and treatment of cancer has generated a lot of interest and controversy. We conducted an in vitro study to determine if products prescribed by a clinic in India have any effect on breast cancer cell lines. We studied four ultra-diluted remedies (Carcinosin, Phytolacca, Conium and Thuja) against two human breast adenocarcinoma cell lines (MCF-7 and MDA-MB-231) and a cell line derived from immortalized normal human mammary epithelial cells (HMLE). The remedies exerted preferential cytotoxic effects against the two breast cancer cell lines, causing cell cycle delay/arrest and apoptosis.