Queen's Physician Calls for More Homeopathy on NHS

Homeopathy is safe, popular with patients and reduces the need for antibiotics, the Queen's phyisician has claimed

14th July 2015

The Queen’s physician has called for homeopathy to be prescribed alongside traditional medicines saying that NHS doctors need to get over their bias towards complimentary therapies.

Dr Peter Fisher, who is also Clinical Director and Director of Research at the Royal London Hospital for Integrated Medicine, said that homeopathy was ‘safe’, ‘popular with patients’ and reduced the need for antibiotics.

Writing in the British Medical Journal Dr Fisher said that alternative therapies were often ‘misunderstood’ and questioned research which suggested they only work through a placebo effect.

“The fact that one homeopathic treatment for a condition is ineffective doesn’t mean that another is also ineffective,” he said.

He also pointed to several studies that showed integrating homeopathy with conventional medicines led to better patient outcomes and the reduced use of potentially hazardous drugs.

“Doctors should put aside bias based on the alleged implausibility of homeopathy. When integrated with standard care homeopathy is safe, popular with patients, improves clinical outcomes without increasing costs, and reduces the use of potentially hazardous drugs, including antimicrobials.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/health/news/11739270/Queens-physician-calls-for-more-homeopathy-on-NHS.html

 

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14th July 2015

Peter Fisher criticises the methods of a recent Australian review that found no evidence to support homeopathy. But inconclusive evidence, lack of rational explanation, and questions about safety make Edzard Ernst question Europe’s €1bn annual spend on such remedies.

Listen to the Debate here:

http://www.bmj.com/content/351/bmj.h3735

Some excellent comments by homeopaths here!  Send your comments and Vote in the Poll on this link: 

http://www.bmj.com/content/351/bmj.h3735/rapid-responses

 

 

Alternative Medicine Exported to China ?

30th June 2015 

Colombo: A Sri Lanka - China Business and Investment forum will take place in coincidence with the Ayurveda Expo 2015 international medical symposium which opens today.

The three-day International Indigenous Healthcare Exhibition, Ayurveda Expo 2015 opens at the BMICH Colombo today.

The exhibition will focus on manufacturers of Ayurveda, herbal, nature friendly health foods and beverages, health resorts and spas, Ayurveda hospitals and clinics, educational institutions, yoga, acupuncture, homeopathy, beauty care products, and herbal cosmetic products.

Foreign delegations from India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Nepal, Japan and China are expected to attend the exhibition.

The Sri Lanka-China Business and Investment Forum will be held Friday from 12 noon to 4:30 p.m. at the National Chamber auditorium.

http://www.colombopage.com/archive_15B/Jul03_1435906995CH.php

 

The Boiron Medicinal Garden

25th June 2015

The flowers at Rodale Institute’s newest garden look nice but they also were planted for their medicinal properties.

The Boiron Medicinal Garden was planted to show visitors to the Kutztown site about natural healing properties of plants. The garden will open to the public Friday night.

The nonprofit institute focused on organic farming partnered with Boiron USA, a homeopathic medicine company that makes Oscillococcinum, a flu medication.

http://lancasteronline.com/features/home_garden/rodale-opens-medicinal-garden-filled-with-homeopathic-plants-in-kutztown/article_ee2d171c-1b40-11e5-ac80-47c3c81a595d.html

 

Homeopathy Industry Seeks Statutory Body for Clinical Trials in India

23rd June 2015
 
India:  In a bid to promote research and innovation of drugs, the homeopathy industry now seeks an independent statutory body that would have sufficient jurisdiction to sanction new clinical trials.

According to Rajesh Shah, director of Homeopathy India Foundation, while the Drug Controller General of India (DCGI) is supposed to look after homeopathic medicines too, there is no clarity or no clear mechanism that would approve a new drug discovery. "There is also no adequate infrastructure in the country at the moment that would encourage and support homeopathic research. As a result, not many new homeopathic medicines have been discovered in the last century," he claimed.

http://www.business-standard.com/article/companies/homeopathy-industry-seeks-statutory-body-for-clinical-trials-115062301269_1.html

 

David Tredinnick wants to chair House of Commons Health Select Committee

10th June 2015
 
David Tredinnick, Parliament’s out-spoken advocate of alternative medicines, is well-known among watchers of the respected House of Commons Health Select Committee.
 
Now, the Conservative MP for Bosworth, who has also said that he sees astrology as a “useful diagnostic tool”, wants to chair the committee.
 
He has secured the required 15 nominations from members of his own party (along with one Labour, one Plaid Cymru and one DUP nod) and go head-to-head next week in a ballot of MPs, against Dr Sarah Wollaston, a former GP who is seeking re-election to the chair.
 

Prince Charles Demanded More Homeopathy on the NHS

Prince Charles demanded more Homeopathy on the NHS

Prince Charles lobbied ministers to use more alternative medicine such as homeopathy on the NHS because he 'couldn't bear people suffering unnecessarily', new spider memos revealed today.

The Prince of Wales told then-health secretary Alan Johnson in September 2007 than an 'anti-homeopathy campaign' was damaging the health service.

4th June 2015

On this link you can read the letters Prince Charles sent the Government about homeopathy and the homeopathic hospitals.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3111004/Prince-Charles-demanded-homeopathy-NHS-farmers-food-available-hospitals-new-spider-memos-released-today.html

'Black spider memos': Prince Charles lobbied over NHS homeopathy funding

He opposed “large and threatened cuts” in the funding of homeopathic hospitals and their possible closure. He complained that referrals to the Royal London homeopathic hospital were increasing “until what seems to amount to a recent ‘anti-homeopathic campaign’”. He warned against cuts despite “the fact that these homeopathic hospitals deal with many patients with real health problems who otherwise would require treatment elsewhere, often at greater expense”.