Homeopathic remedies are ‘nonsense and risk significant harm’ say 29 European scientific bodies | The Independent

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A scientific organisation intended to influence EU policy has called for tougher regulations of alternative medicine, branding homeopathy“nonsense” and warning the “promotion and use of homeopathic products risks significant harms”. The statement was made by the European Academies Science Advisory Council (EASAC).

Homeopathy uses vastly diluted amounts of a substance that causes symptoms in the hope of curing a person.Homeopathy industry was valued at around €1 billion in the EU in 2015. 

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  1. Tomi Engdahl says:

    FDA takes more aggressive stance toward homeopathic drugs
    https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/to-your-health/wp/2017/12/18/fda-to-target-homeopathic-drugs-that-pose-safety-risks/?sw_bypass=true&utm_term=.469d9355e4ed

    The Food and Drug Administration on Monday proposed a tougher enforcement policy toward homeopathic drugs, saying it would target products posing the greatest safety risks, including those containing potentially harmful ingredients or being marketed for cancer, heart disease and opioid and alcohol addictions.

    Homeopathy is based on an 18th-century idea that substances that cause disease symptoms can, in very small doses, cure the same symptoms. Modern medicine, backed up by numerous studies, has disproved the central tenets of homeopathy and shown that the products are worthless at best and harmful at worst.

    more than a year after homeopathic teething tablets and gels containing belladonna were linked to 400 injuries and the deaths of 10 children. An FDA lab analysis later confirmed that some of the products “contained elevated and inconsistent levels of belladonna,” a toxic substance, the agency said.

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  2. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Once a niche field, homeopathy has grown into to a $3 billion industry that peddles treatments for everything from cancer to colds

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  3. Tomi Engdahl says:

    An Intro to Homeopathy
    https://www.csicop.org/specialarticles/show/an_intro_to_homeopathy

    Homeopathy is an alternative system of medicine that was invented by a German doctor at the beginning of the nineteenth century. Scientific knowledge about chemistry, physics, and biology tells us it should not work; careful testing has shown that it does not work.

    Today we can calculate that by the thirteenth 1:100 dilution (13C), no molecules of the original substance remain. Hahnemann typically used 30C remedies. At 30C, it would take a container 30 million times the size of the Earth to hold enough of the remedy to make it likely that it would contain a single molecule of the original substance. The most popular homeopathic cold and flu remedy is sold as a 200C dilution. And there are even higher dilutions.

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  4. Tomi Engdahl says:

    FDA takes more aggressive stance toward homeopathic drugs
    https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/to-your-health/wp/2017/12/18/fda-to-target-homeopathic-drugs-that-pose-safety-risks/?utm_term=.fffc9a81a00f

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    To Your Health
    FDA takes more aggressive stance toward homeopathic drugs
    By Laurie McGinley
    December 18

    Scott Gottlieb, commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration, testifies in October at a House hearing on the opioid epidemic. On Monday, Gottlieb proposed a new, tougher approach to regulating homeopathic drugs. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
    The Food and Drug Administration on Monday proposed a tougher enforcement policy toward homeopathic drugs, saying it would target products posing the greatest safety risks, including those containing potentially harmful ingredients or being marketed for cancer, heart disease and opioid and alcohol addictions.

    Homeopathy is based on an 18th-century idea that substances that cause disease symptoms can, in very small doses, cure the same symptoms. Modern medicine, backed up by numerous studies, has disproved the central tenets of homeopathy and shown that the products are worthless at best and harmful at worst.

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  5. Tomi Engdahl says:

    News › Health
    Cancer patients who use homeopathy and alternative remedies as part of treatment twice as likely to die from disease, study finds
    https://www.independent.co.uk/news/health/cancer-treatment-patients-acupuncture-herbal-medicine-homeopathy-death-rate-higher-a8454791.html

    Complementary medicine advocates more likely to refuse recommended parts of treatment which could save their life

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  6. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Peer-reviewed homeopathy study sparks uproar in Italy
    https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-018-06967-0

    Advocates of homeopathy say that the rat study is evidence of the practice’s efficacy, but some scientists have cast doubt on the paper.

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  7. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Spain wages war on dubious homeopathy meds
    https://www.thelocal.es/20181031/spain-wages-war-on-dubious-homeopathy-meds

    Spain’s Health Ministry has blacklisted thousands of alternative medicine products in a bid to crack down on phony ailments and health treatments it considers to have “no scientific basis”.
    If you’re a big believer in homeopathic treatments, Spain is no longer the place with the biggest range of remedies that can be bought over the counter.

    The country’s Ministry of Health has released a list of only 2,008 homeopathic products whose manufacturers will have to apply for an official government license for if they wish to continue selling them.

    The homeopathic producers on the list have until April 2019 to prove that their remedies actually work, which may very well slash homeopathic products in Spain to the bare minimum.

    The rest of the more than 12,000 homeopathic ‘meds’ circulating around Spain for the past few years will no longer have the right to be sold in Spain nor the right to apply for the license.

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  8. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Hundreds of Spanish scientists ask for action against pseudoscience “that kills”
    https://elpais.com/elpais/2018/09/24/inenglish/1537804324_083016.html

    More than 400 people have signed an open letter triggered by the case of a cancer patient who died after refusing regular medical treatment

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