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90-cow Cork man leading the way as homeopath farmer

That’s Farming, spoke to Pat Aherne, the homeopath farmer Pat Aherne is located on “properly the last piece of farmland” between Cork Airport and Cork city. He holds the title of ...

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90-cow Cork man leading the way as homeopath farmer

That’s Farming, spoke to Pat Aherne, the homeopath farmer

Pat Aherne is located on “properly the last piece of farmland” between Cork Airport and Cork city.

He holds the title of being the last farmer in his parish of Ballyphene, a once-thriving farming community and home to the famous CMP Dairies.

He owns 90 cows under the AnnaMaria prefix, which he named after his two daughters. He is the third generation on the farm, which his grandmother bought in 1958. Pat’s father, Patrick, acquired it in 1970 before he took its reins in 2014.

 

Life-changing discovery

By happy accident, he discovered homeopathy in 2010 – an event that would change his life.

Two years later, he was so impressed with the dramatic reduction in his use of antibiotics on the herd that he began to research more into homeopathy.

His herd’s health improved so much that it led to a string of co-op milk quality awards for supplying the best quality milk to Dairygold Co-op throughout 2016.

Pat describes himself as a “conventional farmer, with an unconventional outlook”.

He has transformed his herd health and fertility whilst reducing antibiotic use through a homeopath approach learned over the last ten years.

He is passionate about a naturopathic approach to his herd of 90 dairy cows and now leads the way in Ireland and the UK as a homeopath farmer.

However, he admits it has been a journey of ups and downs, though. Pat still has cases of mastitis, but he prevents most cases from worsening and improves recovery time just by using homeopathy and holistic approaches.

The whole article about how the homeopath farmer reduced his use of antibiotics.

Narrative Review : Evidence-based homeopathy and veterinary homeopathy

Narrative Review “Evidence-based homeopathy and veterinary homeopathy, and its potential to help overcome the antimicrobial resistance problem – an overview” published in a conventional peer-reviewed journal in October 2020

 

Dr Petra Weiermayer, Prof Michael Frass, Dr Thomas Peinbauer and Dr Liesbeth Ellinger, two human physicians and two veterinarians, have written a narrative review in the spirit of “One Health”, entitled “Evidence-based homeopathy and veterinary homeopathy, and its potential to help overcome the antimicrobial resistance problem – an overview”, which was published in a conventional peer-reviewed journal.1

The authors clarify the factual situation, which shows evidence for the effectiveness of human and veterinary homeopathy in general, and in homeopathic treatment of infections in particular.  On the basis of evidence, they criticize the approach taken in the second Australian NHMRC (National Health and Medical Research Council) Report and the EASAC (European Academies Science Advisory Council) Statement.2, 3

This review serves, among other things, as a foundation for a cooperation with universities in Austria, Germany and Switzerland regarding research projects to evaluate the potential of homeopathy and phytotherapy for the reduction of antibiotics. In view of the demands of the European Green Deal (Farm2Fork Strategy) and the EU Organic Regulation 2018/848:

1) to reduce the use of antibiotics by 50% throughout the EU by 20304

2) to increase the number of organic farms in the EU from 8% to 25% by 20304

3) to give preference to homeopathy and phytotherapy in organic farms before conventional medicines including antibiotics are used5

the application of these complementary medical disciplines in the sense of integrative veterinary medicine, i.e. to combine conventional and complementary medical therapy procedures (“best practices”), is proactive and innovative.

The conclusion of the narrative review clearly discusses the legal and scientific foundations of homeopathy.  Evidence level 1a studies are reviewed regarding external evidence on the general use of human and veterinary homeopathy, and, when focusing on external evidence on the use of homeopathy in infections, some evidence level 1a, 1b, 2c studies are described in more detail.  They conclude:

“The current national laws (Switzerland, Austria, Germany) and EU legislation guarantee the quality and safety of homeopathic medicinal products as well as the safety of homeopathic therapies carried out lege artis.6 – 15

Evidence for the effectiveness of human and veterinary homeopathy in general, and in particular in the treatment of infections, is sufficiently proven for further research in this field. Five of the six meta-analyses on different indications up to 2014 (see Table 2) concluded that the effectiveness of homeopathic therapy differs from placebo.16 – 20 Only the systematic review with meta-analysis of 2005 as well as the second Australian NHMRC Report and the EASAC Statement, where more than 90% of the studies were excluded from the analysis in each case, did not show any effectiveness of homeopathy beyond placebo.21, 2, 3 A review in 2013 already confirmed that more than 90% of all studies must be excluded in order to conclude that homeopathy is not effective.22  Individualized homeopathy especially demonstrates effects at all quality levels according to Cochrane criteria, even in the methodologically high-quality studies. Obviously non-scientific interests consequently led to misinformation about homeopathy.23

In addition to studies on the proof of effectiveness of homeopathy for infections, data from health care research, so-called Real World Data, show the potential for a significant reduction in the use of antibiotics through homeopathic treatments (see Table 3). Not least because of the global threat posed by the problem of antibiotic resistance, further methodologically high-quality studies are urgently needed in human homeopathy just as in veterinary homeopathy.

Implementation of studies at university facilities is a prerequisite for quality assurance, which can only be achieved by integrating complementary medicine including homeopathy at the universities. This absolutely necessary consequence and demand in the interest of the patients is already asserted by the American Consensus Guideline for university continuing education in integrative veterinary medicine and is legally anchored in Switzerland according to the Medical Professions Act for teaching and research at the university. 24, 251

 

The full text of the narrative review including the 3 tables can be read here.
References

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South-West Italy shows that nearly 800,000 residents use homeopathic medicines

Campania residents would vote in favour of homeopathy

A new survey of the population of Campania in South-West Italy shows that nearly 800,000 residents use homeopathic medicines.

71% of respondents had heard about homeopathy and 18% used it at least once a year. On average, respondents had been using homeopathy for more than five years. One fifth have used it for over a decade.

The survey was carried out by EMG Acqua in July, on behalf of Omeoimprese, the association representing companies in Italy that produce and distribute homeopathic medicines. It confirms that  users of homeopathy generally have a higher level of education than the average population and are more likely to be in employment. 39% of those who know about it learnt about it from friends or relatives. Only 9% learnt about homeopathy from their doctor and 8% from their pharmacist.

The survey also addressed the need for political support for these products – 56% of all respondents and 90% of users thought it was very or quite important for politicians to pay attention to homeopathic medicines. Giovanni Gorga, President of Omeoimprese, concludes: “This survey sends an unequivocal message to candidates: let us not neglect the sector in electoral programmes and in future regional health policies.”

source: ECHAMP

30 years Advocating for the Homeopathy Profession

Informal discussions on the streets of Dublin in Spring 1990 while the Irish Society of Homeopaths was being formed, led to a first meeting of representatives of homeopathy organizations from Germany, Ireland, the Netherlands, Norway and the UK on 9th June 1990.
Those attending this meeting agreed to establish an organisation to advocate for the homeopathy profession in the EU, harmonise standards and share information. The European Council for Classical Homeopathy (later changed to the “European Central Council of Homeopaths) was born!

Most homeopathy organizations were not thinking outside their national borders at that time. ECCH saw the need to bring the profession together at a European level and create professional solidarity. There was also a growing awareness of the EU’s influence on health and pharmacy regulation.
Stephen Gordon had the political acumen and experience essential to carry ECCH forward and accepted the role of General Secretary. ECCH owes so much to Stephen’s vision and dedication.

Andreas Bjørndal representing NHL, Norway, says “It was a time full of ideas, full of idealism and hope. We saw a future with a place of respect, scientific accepted, well regulated in the sense of our needs and principles been taken care of and a high quality of education, ethics, professional standards as well as remedy production.
We lived in the best time of homeopathy, …schools were established, societies grew, there were many conferences to attend and journals were full of good quality articles.

We felt like being part of something important, something with a lot of potential and prosperity – the limit was only the sky.”

30 years on, it’s good to celebrate that positivity as ECCH continues to carry forward that vision, advocating for homeopaths’ right to practice, and harmonizing standards for the homeopathy profession in Europe.

Pseudoscience award for a sceptic group

The Austrian medical and veterinarian homeopathic associations have awarded the 2019 Pseudoscience Award to a sceptic group. The jury took into consideration that the sceptics try to “agitate against complementary medicine and homeopathy without disclosing its real motives and donors. Also, under the guise of alleged ‘scientific truths’, medically and scientifically wrong conclusions are made by ‘omniscient’ activists without any medical skills. Moreover, the research studies are deliberately misrepresented “. Studies that would, for example, support the fact that homeopathy clearly works beyond the placebo effect are ignored.

Read more about it on the website of ‘Der Standard‘.

 

MEP Interest Group on AMR has been launched

19 February was the successful launch of the MEP Interest Group on Antimicrobial Resistance in the European Parliament. The event was co-organised by EPHA and Health Care Without Harm (HCWH) Europe with the support of the AMR Stakeholders group. The EU Commissioner for Health and Food Safety, Stella Kyriakides, opened the event. Important stakeholders, such as delegates from WHO, FAO, OIE, permanent representatives from the EU Member States, Commission officials, delegates from numerous NGOs, several MEPs as well as the press were among the 60-70 attendees. EUROCAM joined the launch as the representative of the CAM sector. More information about  MEPs fight AMR and the 2019-2024 work programme of the MEP Interest Group on AMR can be fond on EPHA’s website.

 

Effects of homeopathic arsenicum by treating poisoned duckweed

A Swiss research group led a scientific study that showed homeopathic arsenic to be more effective for treating poisoned duckweed than water alone.

Duckweed is a small, aquatic plant is extremely sensitive to tiny amounts of impurities. For this reason, it is often used for water quality tests.

The article ‘Effects of homeopathic arsenicum album, nosode, and gibberellic acid preparations on the growth rate of arsenic-impaired duckweed (Lemna gibba L.)’  can be read on the PubMed website.

Has homeopathy a role in the AntiMicrobial Resistance crisis?

Bavarian study  will focus on homeopathy

“The state government is requested to conduct a study to investigate or have investigated how a reduced use of antibiotics can be achieved in the medical field. The role of alternative medical methods will also be examined. In this context, a possible positive role of homeopathic preparations administered in addition should also be examined.”

On 07.11.2019 120 MPs voted “Yes” to this motion, which had been submitted to the ‘Landtag’ in August 2019, but 47 were opposed In the run-up to the vote, the Health Committee had already given its positive vote. This means that public funds are now being made available for a clinical study to clarify whether complementary medicine can help to reduce the use of antibiotics. Homeopathy plays a special role in this context and is mentioned by name in the application as the only method.

Background

The WHO has declared antibiotic resistance a serious global threat and is pushing for strategies to improve prescription practice. Every year in German hospitals alone about 1000 – 1500 people die from infections with multi-resistant germs. There is, therefore, an urgent need for action. Antibiotics are indispensable for some diseases, such as blood poisoning. Others, according to the Bavarian state parliament, could possibly be replaced by homeopathic remedies. This question can be answered by appropriate research. For example, a study on upper respiratory tract infections (URTIs), especially in children, would be useful. Pre-school children suffer on average six to eight times a year from URTIs. A survey showed that 46% of all children with URTIs were prescribed antibiotics. If bronchitis is diagnosed, this proportion rises to 75%.

 

Read the whole article at the Carstens-Stiftung website

Suppressed NHMRC 2012 report found ‘encouraging’ evidence homeopathy is effective for some medical conditions

 “The First Report – an evidence review conducted for NHMRC by expert reviewer Prof Karen Grimmer of the University of South Australia (UniSA) – found that “There is encouraging evidence for the effectiveness of homeopathy” for five medical conditions, including otitis media (ear infections), upper respiratory tract infection in adults, and some side effects of cancer treatment. “

Homeopathy Research Institute gave a statement on 9 October 2019 about the suppressed NHMRC 2012 report.

Australia’s leading research institute, the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC), recently bowed to public pressure and released its first report on homeopathy, produced in 2012 but never released to the public.

As expected, the findings of the draft 2012 report are far more positive than those of a second report – the official NHMRC Homeopathy Review published in 2015 – that has caused widespread damage to the reputation of the homeopathy sector.

The First Report – an evidence review conducted for NHMRC by expert reviewer Prof Karen Grimmer of the University of South Australia (UniSA) – found that “There is encouraging evidence for the effectiveness of homeopathy” for five medical conditions, including otitis media (ear infections), upper respiratory tract infection in adults, and some side effects of cancer treatment.

After receiving this draft report in 2012, NHMRC terminated the contract with UniSA, hired a new contractor to review the evidence on homeopathy again and published the findings in their 2015 report. This second report applied arbitrary and unprecedented rules which reduced the number of trials from 176 to 5, resulting in the conclusion that ‘no good-quality studies with sufficient participants for a meaningful result’ showed homeopathy to be effective for any health condition.

As Rachel Roberts, Homeopathy Research Institute Chief Executive, explains, “The first report found some good evidence that homeopathy works for certain medical conditions. More studies are needed to confirm and build on these findings, but some evidence is very different from no evidence.”

 

The statement can be found here

French MPs have written an open letter in favour of homeopathy

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