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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  9. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Opinion
    Naturopaths are snake-oil salespeople masquerading as health professionals
    Gary Nunn
    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/mar/25/naturopaths-are-snake-oil-salespeople-masquerading-as-health-professionals?fbclid=IwAR3Z_MBD8s1sE5yN5ExHO-Gi9YC7hrzQqhQg1T6ZODE-oulMWoyexAqsOl0

    Researching for a feature about naturopaths, I was committed to hearing both sides. What I discovered shocked me

    We’ve recently fixated on expunging “fake news” but the medical world also has its charlatans. The snake-oil salespeople, masquerading as health professionals, are naturopaths. They don’t need to go to medical school to put up a sign and declare themselves a “naturopath” – as a doctor would. In fact, anyone can call themselves a naturopath.

    From 1 April, private health customers cannot claim rebates on naturopathic treatments. It’s a wonder it took this long; government subsidies were at best generous, and at the very least, misguided. They bestowed upon naturopaths and homeopaths an undeserved credibility. But from this year, no more.

    The naturopathy rebate is about to go, what does this mean for your health?
    https://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/lifestyle/health-and-wellness/the-naturopathy-rebate-is-going-what-could-this-mean-for-your-health-20190204-p50vkz.html

    Australian Medical Association, come following a 2017 review examining the clinical efficacy, cost effectiveness, safety and quality of number of natural therapies, including naturopathy, aromatherapy, homeopathy, reflexology, yoga and pilates.

    “In most cases there was insufficient evidence to draw definite conclusions regarding the clinical effectiveness of some natural therapies covered by private health insurance,” a Department of Health spokesperson said.

    Consequently, the federal government “will no longer subsidise health insurance products that provide cover for some natural therapies where there’s no clear evidence they’re clinically effective”.

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  10. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Randomized controlled trial of homeopathic nosodes finds, not surprisingly, that they are useless
    https://sciencebasedmedicine.org/randomized-controlled-trial-of-homeopathic-nosodes-finds-not-surprisingly-that-they-are-useless/?fbclid=IwAR0F5vob1P_gW6iM9GAFs6DNJEijGe1QLR5kV6pmTELswHMmNO2oZ0uQ2NM

    Magic sugar pills go head-to-head against actual vaccines in a randomized controlled trial. The results will not surprise you.

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