Another positive article from the Irish Times Health supplement, published on Tue, Sep 13, '05.
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Parents of children with behavioural difficulties are turning to homeopathy. Elaine Keogh reports.
Parenting is frequently enjoyable but rarely easy and for parents of children with additional learning needs or behavioural problems, the prospects that alternative or holistic treatments could benefit the children are often as welcome as orthodox ones.
This article is a point for point rebuttal of the Lancet article, released by the Society of Homeopaths. Thanks to Gerry Murphy for forwarding it to me.
It is available online at the Society's site.
When Ghandi was employing passive resistance against the British, he came up with the following: "First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win".
The fact that homeopathy is getting so much flak these days is paradoxically because it has been so successful. The second most practiced form of medicine in the world and the same in Europe, recognised by the WHO and with a history of over 200 years it's a little more resilient than many pharmaceutical companies would like.
The press have loved this latest meta-study. The sound counter-arguments put forward by homeopathic companies doctors and associations in the US and Europe have been virtually ignored. The researchers in the Lancet took 114 studies and whittled them down to just eight "scientifically valid" studies on Homeopathy, which just happened to employ methodologies specifically designed to test allopathic drugs. It dismissed the other studies as "biased" (pot = kettle = black) and completely overlooked the fact that Homeopathy is a completely different system of medicine, not fitting into the criteria of allopathic medicine. They were not comparing like with like, yet insisted on proceeding. Why so much noise over such flimsy evidence?
The newswires are abuzz today with the publication of the latest report from "The Lancet", a very prominent medical journal, entitled "The End of Homeopathy". It is not a new study, but rather a review of 8 clinical trials into the effectiveness of Homeopathy.
They appear to have been quite selective, since most of the trials are based on double-blind placebo methodology which assumes that homeopathic medicines work like allopathic ones, in that there are specific remedies for specific diseases. However, homeopaths know that this isn't so and that they are not comparing like with like, since homeopaths treat the whole person and not the specific disease.
This appeared today in response to last week's skeptical article on Homeopathy
Letter: With reference to an article by Paul O'Donoghue of the Irish Skeptics Society (Health Supplement, July 5th), the Irish Society of Homeopaths queries his views on some of the issues.
We agree it is good to take a sceptical approach, particularly to the vast array of potentially confusing health information that people are subjected to these days from conventional and complementary sectors alike.
However, Mr O'Donoghue focuses solely on homeopathy in this article, as he has continually done so in the past, claiming it is not scientific.
The Irish Times continue to stir the debate by adding their latest article on the topic in today's health supplement. Someone else who in the name of rationality, has abandoned curiosity for dogma.
Believe in the impossible and defy science if you think homeopathy works
Irish Times Health Supplement, Tuesday, 5th July 2005
Question all you are asked to believe in and make sure you have a skeptical attitude before using homeopathy, says Paul O'Donoghue
Self regulation, or the "legitimacy" of state regulation of homeopaths? What's the best approach to instil more trust and credibility in Homeopathy in Ireland?
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The Mineke Kamper controversy left the homeopathy world in Ireland reeling, giving skeptics the ammunition they needed and reopening the debate on regulation.
Here's an article summarising the court case following the death of one of the patients of this "homeopath" that is neither registered or qualified.