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.
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.
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.
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
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.