Homeopathy4health

10 December 2007

Growing acceptance of Homeopathy – under threat in UK

Homeopathy is gaining acceptance in large economies such as India and France.  Unfortunately a small group of skeptic scientists  are impeding its use in Britain by a concerted propaganda campaign against NHS homeopathic hospitals, homeopathy and homeopathic professionals.   Is it moral to prevent the UK taxpayer access to a form of medicine that many people find effective worldwide?  Will we all end up having to go abroad for treatment?

Homeo biz to touch $500m: Times of India 10th December 2007

‘Sujata Dutta Sachdeva | TNN

New Delhi: For years, it has grown quietly in the shadows of the pharma industry, settling for second place to allopathy. But now things are changing fast. Finally, the Indian homeopathy industry is coming out on its own. Estimated to be worth Rs 1,250 crore, the industry is now growing at 25-30% and by 2010, it’s expected to touch Rs 2,600 crore. In fact, more and more people are turning to homeopathy as a first line of treatment, especially for chronic ailments. That’s because it has effective remedies for many diseases now. Perhaps this explains the sudden mushrooming of practitioners in every corner of urban India. Realising its importance, many hospitals too have started enlisting homeopaths in their panel of doctors.
   Interestingly, not only India, the homeopathy industry has seen exceptional growth across the globe. The size of the global industry has gone beyond Rs 135 billion and it’s growing at around 25% per annum. At Rs 45 billion, France has the largest homeopathy industry in the world. This was revealed by a study done by Assocham. ‘

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29 Comments »

  1. Why am I not surprised? I use homeopathy. We haven’t needed a doctor NEARLY as much.
    Homeopathy is the only way to go in my opinion. But, it does indeed treaten the giants, like eveything else that is wholesome and good.

    Thanks for the alert.

    Comment by slivermoon22 — 10 December 2007 @ 1:21 pm

  2. Right on!

    It is time the consumers speak up- this is an issue of freedom of choice.

    I too have used homeopathy for myself and my family for going on 27 YEARS! Four kids! Hardly ever had to see my GP; they never had antibiotics, not other drugs. All treated by our wonderful homeopath. And all healthy, productive, young people. Now, at age 55, I am often mistaken for someone 20 years younger- I too take no medication and have more energy now than I did in my 20s (before I discovered homeopathy). I am also a former registered nurse- I know what conventional medicine’s strengths and weaknesses are.

    Consumers need to ensure that the skeptic scientists not take away our freedom of choice in keeping ourselves healthy. They are becoming too vocal, too righteous and too quick to judge and condemn. Homeopathy, indeed, is under attack as are the homeopaths. We need to speak out and help to protect our homeopaths and homeopathy itself

    -GG

    Comment by GaleG — 10 December 2007 @ 2:28 pm

  3. Thank you both for your support. Please visit the website http://www.hmc21.org and also give your support there, tell your friends!

    Comment by homeopathy4health — 10 December 2007 @ 4:09 pm

  4. Hello,

    I’ve been reading & commenting on a few of the ‘homeopathy blogs’ with interest. However, on one blog, freetochoosehealth, almost all my comments are being deleted, however polite. Today I have had two posts deleted that were just saying ‘Happy Christmas’.

    This confused me. I think that everybody should be free to make choices about their health based on all the best information we have. Censoring comments suggests an unwillingness to engage in debate. If you hold strong beliefs, you should be prepared to defend them with argument and evidence, or re-evaluate them if you can’t do so. Censorship doesn’t help anyone.

    I’ve put up a blog of my own, just containing the titles & a link to each of FTCH’s posts. I won’t delete comments on there (if I have no choice, I will always explain why), and anyone from any side of the debate is welcome to write whatever they want, without censorship. I would rather hope that you can all manage polite & reasoned discussions, but I won’t delete what’s not.

    Please join me, and submit comments on both freetochoosehealth and http://freefromcensorship.wordpress.com/

    Many thanks,
    ‘Duck’.

    Comment by freefromcensorship — 11 December 2007 @ 10:08 pm

  5. 1. The first part of your comment consists of a complaint about freetochoosehealth. This has nothing to do with me.

    2..”Today I have had two posts deleted that were just saying ‘Happy Christmas’. This confused me.” You may have to accept that people can choose which comments they allow onto their blog, even if they seem reasonable to you. You can choose to accept as many as you like on your blog but other people do not have to do the same as you, they can choose to do things differently. I take the stance that it’s my blog and I can do with it as I see fit.

    3. “suggests an unwillingness to engage in debate. If you hold strong beliefs, you should be prepared to defend them with argument and evidence, or re-evaluate them if you can’t do so.” This is a sceptic/scientism mantra. You expect people to engage in the way scientists engage. There is however freedom to choose not to engage.

    4. Your post has nothing to do with the subject of ‘Growing acceptance of Homeopathy – under threat in the UK’ but I am accepting it because your confusion and ways of thinking illustrates the sceptic mentality very well.

    Comment by homeopathy4health — 11 December 2007 @ 10:50 pm

  6. freefromcensorship: I can’t allow your next post because it is mainly about freetochoosehealth. Please copy it into your blog and link to whichever item is most appropriate.

    Comment by homeopathy4health — 11 December 2007 @ 11:24 pm

  7. yeshomeopathy! thank you for your comment but further discussion of freefromcensorship’s issues will not be posted here.

    Comment by homeopathy4health — 12 December 2007 @ 12:02 am

  8. where is the threshhold for taxpayer funding?
    NICE decide on an egalitarian system of funding depening on proven worth. I am familiar with homeopath comments along the lines of RCTs dont work with homeopathy, but what stops any particular therapy being touted as a cure? Where do you draw the line in the sand?

    Comment by hairnet — 13 December 2007 @ 1:35 pm

  9. ‘where is the threshhold for taxpayer funding?’ I can’t answer that question, it’s not my mission to understand or reform healthcare funding.

    ‘NICE decide on an egalitarian system of funding depening on proven worth.’ Do they? I have no idea how they work, do you have references? Are you sure?

    ‘I am familiar with homeopath comments along the lines of RCTs dont work with homeopathy, but what stops any particular therapy being touted as a cure?’
    Some RCTs have worked: http://laughingmysocksoff.wordpress.com/2007/12/07/lies-damn-lies-and-socks/. Some haven’t because they have been set up by non-homeopaths and are using the wrong remedy for the wrong acute condition (e.g. Arnica which is for bruising for wrist surgery which would respond to Ruta) or non-individualisation i.e. treating a group of people with one condition with just one remedy when in reality homeopaths would select from a range of remedies depending on the characteristics of the ailment and of the person. There is room for more RCT work and one homeopath is currently researching the most appropriate trial methodology. Current sceptic statements regarding ‘no evidence’ are based on just a very few trials. In contrast there is a huge body of real world anecdotal evidence of success in homeopathic case notes and homeopathic hospital research: http://www.trusthomeopathy.org/case/res_outcomesurveys.html

    ‘what stops any particular therapy being touted as a cure?’ You can’t actually prevent touting, it’s a free country. But RCTs are not an effective measure of how medicines act in the real world: https://homeopathy4health.wordpress.com/2007/12/05/ineffective-medications-call-the-double-blind-placebo-controlled-clinical-trial-into-question/

    ‘Where do you draw the line in the sand?’ So I suppose you are asking me to step into the shoes of the NICE people. It must be hard for them. But they are ignoring the successes of NHS homeopathic treatment at the homeopathic hospitals by taking the sceptic declaration of ‘there is no (scientific) proof’.

    Comment by homeopathy4health — 13 December 2007 @ 3:17 pm

  10. “Homeo biz to touch $500m” – this being the case, I’m sure the industry can now afford to do proper trials.

    Comment by jdc — 18 December 2007 @ 1:06 pm

  11. Oh well, if YOU are sure then it must be true….this is global though and peanuts compared to the pharmaceutical industry.

    Comment by homeopathy4health — 18 December 2007 @ 5:22 pm

  12. “it’s not my mission to understand or reform healthcare funding”

    But that’s exactly what you are asserting – that the current methods to decide upon the most appropriate treatment should be replaced by ones which are bisaed toward homeopathy.

    Comment by woodchopper — 2 January 2008 @ 1:35 pm

  13. “But that’s exactly what you are asserting – that the current methods to decide upon the most appropriate treatment should be replaced by ones which are bisaed toward homeopathy.”

    I said: “‘where is the threshhold for taxpayer funding?’I can’t answer that question, it’s not my mission to understand or reform healthcare funding.”

    You are putting words into my mouth and taking things out of context.

    Comment by homeopathy4health — 2 January 2008 @ 1:48 pm

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  15. Re: “Oh well, if YOU are sure then it must be true….this is global though and peanuts compared to the pharmaceutical industry” – proportionally, Alt-Med companies tend have a bigger gap between advertising and R&D than Big Pharma.

    jdc

    Comment by jdc325 — 14 January 2008 @ 3:24 pm

  16. and…?

    Comment by homeopathy4health — 14 January 2008 @ 3:35 pm

  17. WordPress have omitted the ‘.’ in ‘18.5’, it’s not 185 times, dear reader.

    It’s a capitalist society we live in and alternative medicine in the UK does not have the benefit of the NHS as a large single customer.

    Gimpy’s research is on a French homeopathic company.

    Comment by homeopathy4health — 14 January 2008 @ 4:30 pm

  18. ‘seem to be doing very well’, ‘making significant sums’, ‘has the same obsession’, are not facts despite your assertions. My fact about the French company are so that UK people are not misled into thinking that UK companies are the same. You are a master of spin.

    Your points about efficacy, testing etc have been made ad nauseum, could you change the record?

    I am a sole homeopath, sole trader, I have been trained to treat people, not to scientifically test to the nth degree as well.

    It’s a pity you use Richard Briars picture, I quite like him.

    If I find you making the same points over and over again on my blog I will delete the post.

    Comment by homeopathy4health — 14 January 2008 @ 6:14 pm

  19. I am a sole homeopath, sole trader, I have been trained to treat people, not to scientifically test to the nth degree as well.

    I think the main and most substantial criticism that I or other critics make of homeopaths is that you practice without an evidence base and you feel no need to create one. We see that as arrogant, dangerous and incompetent. That is why the ‘record does not change’.

    Comment by le canard noir — 14 January 2008 @ 6:44 pm

  20. There is an evidence base.

    Comment by homeopathy4health — 14 January 2008 @ 6:54 pm

  21. Can someone please provide me with some evidence that water has a memory? And just how does a 200 fold dilution of duck liver and heart (with nothing remaining except a lactose pill) prevent or treat the common cold?

    Comment by RationalEyes — 23 March 2008 @ 11:26 pm

  22. Yes there are lots of questions that scientists should put their minds to investigating to answer yours and many others’ many questions to the level of detail that would satisfy you all.

    Comment by homeopathy4health — 24 March 2008 @ 7:59 pm

  23. “RationalEyes” – I suggest you check out the work of Ennis. She skeptically asked the same question, tested the theory and suprised herself by concluding water does indeed have a memory.

    I am shocked that homeopathy is under this horrible attack. My local PCT withdrew funding for a project which gave people access to homeopathy on the NHS free of charge. The feedback had been overwhelmingly positive and many were able to come off medication.

    Shame on the 13 doctors and their repugnant attack on this great form of medicine. Shame especially on Lewis Wolpert, who reputedly suffered with depression, but now wishes to deny Britons a great opportunity to improve their mental well-being.

    Comment by Jake — 23 February 2009 @ 6:21 pm

  24. Nobody is denying anyone anything and nobody is making “horrible” or “repugnant” attacks. We are simply asking homeopaths to prove — properly — that what they do actually works before the government starts subsidising it using our tax money. I think that’s pretty reasonable. Right now the NHS pumps what is, compared to its budget, a tiny amount of money but what is also, compared to the amount of actual evidence that it does any good, an insanely vast sum of money, into propping up a system of medicine which — as far as we know — doesn’t actually work. Whatever your politics on practitioners, and personally I hold them to the same standard, the government at least has a responsibility to act transparently and based on evidence. Why should they fund homeopathy and not other unproven ideas like, say, creationism, dowsing, crystal healing, faith healing, Islam or phlogiston? We simply can’t afford to give government money to anyone who wants it. We have a national debt to think of. If you want money, prove you won’t waste it dishing out fake medicine to the gullible.

    Comment by Andrew — 23 February 2009 @ 9:43 pm

  25. I’ll leave your prejudices, [edited- personal crusade], and delusions of grandeur to stand for themselves.

    Comment by homeopathy4health — 24 February 2009 @ 8:19 am

  26. What prejudices are these? I hold all forms of medicine to the same standard. Can’t get less prejudiced than that.

    If you want to allow homeopathy on the basis of vague and uncontrolled customer satisfaction surveys but demand strict safety checks and effectiveness testing for conventional medicine then that is a prejudice. If you want the NHS to just fund anything people ask for then that’s not a prejudice but it’s very poor resource management. If you genuinely believe that there exists rigorous and scientifically valid proof that homeopathy works then that is not a prejudice either; that’s simply ignorance — whether or not it works, nobody has so far managed to prove it beyond reasonable doubt. With a few regrettable exceptions, every other form of treatment the NHS funds has been proved to that standard. Why is it a prejudice not to hold homeopathy to the same standard?

    Comment by Andrew — 24 February 2009 @ 5:07 pm

  27. (obviously the word ‘not’ should not appear in the last sentence of that post)

    Comment by Andrew — 24 February 2009 @ 5:08 pm

  28. *bored*. Andrew get back to your programming, it’s a better use of your logic. Your comments will no longer be accepted.

    Comment by homeopathy4health — 24 February 2009 @ 10:16 pm


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