Homeopathic Legislation in Portugal 2013

portugalWith thanks to ECCH European Central Council of Homeopaths 17.9.2013:

From http://www.homeopathy-ecch.org/Progressive Portuguese Government Shows Belgian Government The Error of Its Reactionary Way  

lei_n._71-2013_tnc.pdf   NB The wording of the new Portuguese law begins at the bottom right of the first page. An approximate English translation is available here: port – eng law.pdf

‘… On the 2 September 2013 the Health Minister of the Portuguese Government, Paulo Macedo, introduced the enacting legislation that lays down the future legal framework for the regulation of the practice homeopathy and 6 other CAM disciplines in Portugal. Lei 71/2013 is the product of a long process extending over a number of years and clearly sets out the requirements in terms of education and regulation for practitioners of CAM disciplines who do not have a conventional medical training but who wish to practise their discipline competently and responsibly.  Read the rest of this entry »

Secrets of trial data revealed Records of side effects seen in clinical tests are missing from publicly available documents.

Nature cover 10.10.13With thanks to Nature Vol. 502. 10.10.2013. Pages 153-155. Secrets of Trial date revealed: records of side effects seen in clinical tests are missing from publicly available documents.

See also http://avilian.co.uk/2013/10/11/undue-industry-influences-that-distort-healthcare-research-strategy-expenditure-and-practice-a-review/

‘… Drug companies, regulatory bodies and research groups are in a deadlock over plans to throw open the vaults of sensitive data gleaned from clinical trials. But just as the battle seems to be coming to a head, a study (B. Wieseler et al. PLoS Medicine 10, e1001526; 2013) has revealed exactly why the restricted information could be so valuable to researchers. Read the rest of this entry »

Undue industry influences that distort healthcare research, strategy, expenditure and practice: a review

Conflict of InterestsUndue industry influences that distort healthcare research, strategy, expenditure and practice: a review European Journal of Clinical Investigation, Volume 43, Issue 5, pages 469–475, May 2013. Emmanuel Stamatakis1,2,, Richard Weiler3, John P.A. Ioannidis4,5, Article first published online: 25 MAR 2013

See also http://avilian.co.uk/2012/09/14/false-positives-fraud-and-misconduct-are-threatening-scientific-research/

See also http://avilian.co.uk/2013/10/18/secrets-of-trial-data-revealed-records-of-side-effects-seen-in-clinical-tests-are-missing-from-publicly-available-documents/

From http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/eci.12074/full

Abstract: Background: Expenditure on industry products (mostly drugs and devices) has spiraled over the last 15 years and accounts for substantial part of healthcare expenditure. The enormous financial interests involved in the development and marketing of drugs and devices may have given excessive power to these industries to influence medical research, policy, and practice.

Material and methods: Review of the literature and analysis of the multiple pathways through which the industry has directly or indirectly infiltrated the broader healthcare systems. We present the analysis of the industry influences at the following levels: (i) evidence base production, (ii) evidence synthesis, (iii) understanding of safety and harms issues, (iv) cost-effectiveness evaluation, (v) clinical practice guidelines formation, (vi) healthcare professional education, (vii) healthcare practice, (viii) healthcare consumer’s decisions.

Results: We located abundance of consistent evidence demonstrating that the industry has created means to intervene in all steps of the processes that determine healthcare research, strategy, expenditure, practice and education. As a result of these interferences, the benefits of drugs and other products are often exaggerated and their potential harms are downplayed, and clinical guidelines, medical practice, and healthcare expenditure decisions are biased. 

Conclusion: To serve its interests, the industry masterfully influences evidence base production, evidence synthesis, understanding of harms issues, cost-effectiveness evaluations, clinical practice guidelines and healthcare professional education and also exerts direct influences on professional decisions and health consumers. There is an urgent need for regulation and other action towards redefining the mission of medicine towards a more objective and patient-, population- and society-benefit direction that is free from conflict of interests.  Read the rest of this entry »

Robert Downey junior seeks homeopathic help for his son

Robert Downey Junior and Indigo juniorWith thanks to CelebritydirtyLaundry.com 3.10.13 and Contact Music.com 2.10.13:

From http://www.celebdirtylaundry.com/2013/robert-downey-jr-indio-downey-rehab-drugs-pain-med-addiction-1003/  ‘… Robert Downey Jr. is no stranger to the life of addiction, and now it seems as if his oldest son, 20-year-old Indio Downey, is seeking help in rehab for his addiction to prescription pain medication. Apparently, Indio’s mother, Deborah Falconer, confirmed to the National Enquirer that he has sought treatment. However, she also noted that we wasn’t necessarily “addicted,” as he was only taking one pill a day. But, in my opinion, when you don’t need the meds, then one-a-day is one too many. It’s not a vitamin, folks. If Indio’s addiction is true, then we’re so glad he’s seeking treatment while he’s still young and his body malleable. “He was not addicted,” says Debbie. “He was taking one pill a day,” and his rehab primarily consists of “holistic, natural and orthomolecular” treatments.“We are hoping to do it the homeopathic way rather than with medications.”…’ Read the rest of this entry »

Homeopathy takes hold in the Lebanon

LebanonWith thanks to The Daily Star 10.10.13:

From  http://www.dailystar.com.lb/News/Lebanon-News/2013/Oct-10/234128-alternative-medicine-lacks-regulation.ashx#axzz2hGjKdgpm  BEIRUT: Alternative medical treatments are becoming ever more popular in Lebanon. Holistic treatments such as reiki, acupuncture, homeopathy and Chinese herbal medicine are catching on with the public, thanks to word-of-mouth recommendations and increased international exposure via celebrities including Gwyneth Paltrow, Angelina Jolie and David Beckham, practitioners say. These treatments are currently exempt from state regulation and in the absence of self-regulatory bodies, which often govern non-mainstream medical practices in countries such as the U.S. and the U.K., qualified practitioners say there is little to prevent charlatans from passing themselves off as experts. Read the rest of this entry »

HRI Barcelona 2013: A significant step forward for homeopathy research worldwide

Homeopathy Research Institute

HRI Barcelona 2013 – Key Facts
• 180 delegates from over 30 countries
• Presenters from over 20 countries
• 42 oral presentations + 25 posters
• Diverse programme included basic research, fundamental research, clinical research, qualitative
research, pathogenetic trials, disease prevention, veterinary research and ethics

Read about more about scientific research on homeopathy Read the rest of this entry »

Flu Patients Happier With Homeopathic Treatment than Allopathic Treatment (France: 2009–2010)

happyWith thanks to The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine and The Complementary Medical Association 18.9.13:

From http://online.liebertpub.com/doi/abs/10.1089/acm.2011.0706 See also http://www.the-cma.org.uk/Articles/Flu-Patients-Happier-With-Homeopathic-Treatment-than-Allopathic-Treatment-(France-20092010)-4903/?utm_source=Sign-Up

‘… Management of Influenza-Like Illness by Homeopathic and Allopathic General Practitioners in France During the 2009–2010 Influenza Season, Stéphane Vincent, Antoine Demonceaux, Didier Deswarte, Daniel Scimeca, and Marie-France Bordet. The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine. February 2013, 19(2): 146-152. doi:10.1089/acm.2011.0706. ‘… In France, homeopathy is widely accepted for the treatment of ILI and does not preclude the use of allopathic medications. However, patients treated with homeopathic medications only are more satisfied with their treatment than other patients…’ Read the rest of this entry »

Bringing Homeopathy to Mongolia

flying doctor community.fortunecity.wsWith thanks to Prof. Paulo de Lacerda, MD PhD. (Brazil)  in Rio de Janeiro Brazil 7.7.13:

‘… The following is a brief report on my two full weeks travel as a lonely homeopathic flying doctor in South Mongolia. 

As reported to me by local people I visited in all five villages from South Mongolia, even during the rule of the Soviet government in Mongolia after the Second World War, when there was only basic medical care for the whole population until the fall of the Communist Mongolian government a couple of decades ago, Homeopathy was completely unknown here.  Read the rest of this entry »

Homeopathy Becomes a Popular Treatment in the Arab Emirates

Arab EmiratesWith thanks to Top News Arab Emirates 10.4.13:

From http://topnews.ae/content/215656-homeopathy-becomes-popular-treatment-among-people ’… According to the data provided by district homeopathy authorities, homeopathy has emerged as an effective way of treatment. Homeopathy was earlier used to treat kidney stones. Now, it has gained popularity among people to seek treatment for skin, hair, cyst and other ailments as well. Read the rest of this entry »

Declaring a Truce With Our Microbiological Frenemies

immune systemWith thanks to Matthew Swayne

at Penn State University 28th March 2013, and the American Society for Microbiology Eric T. Harvill 26th March 2013 (who have finally begun to understand what homeopathy has been trying to tell science for over 200 years!): Read the rest of this entry »