Can homeopathy help me?

Homeopathy is a therapeutic method which can help with a wide range of diseases, whether acute or chronic. Read more

The Clinic

Our Centre has NHS GPs and practitoners of alternative and complementary health services working together under the same roof to offer the most appropriate treatment for our pateints in an integrated way. Read more

Medscape Digest September – the honesty of science

This is a digest of three articles published in the online Medscape September edition. By way of three meta-analyses it takes a look at 1. the risks of taking non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs after having experienced a heart attack, 2. the fact that whooping cough vaccination becomes increasingly less effective from year to year and 3. how good acupuncture is for chronic pain relief.

This is certainly good news for those who are sceptical towards conventional medicine, and favour alternative/complementary therapeutic measures. At the same time, this digest shows that scientific integrity can build bridges. Self-critical apparisal is the key to rational medicine.

 

Three pieces from Medscape Sept 2012

Homeopathy and Podiatry in Ghana

This a report from our last stay in Ghana with the charity Ghanahomeopathy. The project has entered a new phase, and is now for the first combining homeopathy with podiatry in the areas of wound care and diabetes. The first phase of the work has been very encouraging.

Read more here:

Report to Ghana Homeopathy on charity work in Ghana from 10th of July to 24th of July 2012

Health Advice – it doesn’t have to be confusing

All too often, health advice is well meaning, but contradictory and therefore confusing. Prof. Ratcliffe appears to have found a way of giving good, sensible and evidenced-based health advice, which ends much of the confusion. Read here:

http://endtheconfusion.wordpress.com/

It appears to work in Switzerland

The English translation of the Swiss Health Technology
Assessment  (HTA) report on homeopathy was published in December 2011. This extensive and authoritative report offers an unambiguous endorsement of the evidence base for homeopathy. The report also provides strong evidence for the effectiveness of homeopathy in upper respiratory tract infections and allergic reactions (URTI/A). In light of the recent claims in the UK media that there is no ‘scientific evidence’ for homeopathy, this example of robust evidence in favour of homeopathy is of particular importance.

http://www.homeoinst.org/sites/default/files/uploads/u-16/HRI_Newsletter15_Spring2012.pdf?utm_source=Spring+2012+newsletter+-+Swiss+report+FINAL&utm_campaign=HRI+Spring+e-newsletter&utm_medium=email

The Death of Humane Medicine

Always worth a read. A classic in the history of medical literature. Somebody who combined a deep love for the arts with medicine, and who knows how important philosophy is to get a perspective on life.

Petr Skrabanek

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‘Medicine is not about conquering diseases and death, but about the alleviation of suffering, minimising harm, smoothing the painful journey of man to the grave. Medicine has no mandate to be meddlesome in the lives of those who do not need it. ‘

Homeopathy Officially Approved by the Swiss Government

The most comprehensive governmental report ever written on Homeopathy looked at the evidence for Homeopathy from randomized double-blind and placebo controlled clinical trials – and (taking a true scientific approach to the subject) evaluated the scientific evidence from a wide body of preclinical research (fundamental physio-chemical research, botanical studies, animal studies, and in-vitro studies with human cells).

Read more here:

http://sut1.co.uk/l/c.php?c=14306&ct=48581&si=424453&u=pia

It’s that season again – influenza vaccination. What’s the evidence?

Here is a link to the reputable Cochrane Library for you decide whether you should have or recommend the influenza vaccination

http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/14651858.CD004876.pub3/abstract“>http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/14651858.CD004876.pub3/abstract

The Cochrane Library has plenty of information on the influenza vaccination. Have a look around.

We do things because

This is a wonderful rapid response from a doctor about why health professionals do things. There is a link at the end of the quote which gets you to the book Testing Treatments which is probably easily the best book around on Evidence Based Medicine.

WE DO THINGS BECAUSE . . .

‘We [doctors] do things, because other doctors do so and we don’t want to be different, so we do so; or because we were taught so [by teachers, fellows and residents (junior doctors)]; or because we were forced [by teachers, administrators, regulators, guideline developers] to do so, and think that we must do so; or because patient wants so, and we think we should do so; or because of more incentives [unnecessary tests (especially by procedure oriented physicians) and visits], we think we should do so; or because of the fear [by the legal system, audits] we feel that we should do so [so-called ‘covering oneself’]; or because we need some time [to let nature take its course], so we do so; finally and more commonly, that we have to do something [justification] and we fail to apply common sense, so we do so.’

Parmar MS. We do things because (rapid response). BMJ. Posted 1 March 2004 at www.bmj.com.

http://www.testingtreatments.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/TT-interactive.pdf

Homeopathy and psychiatric conditions

Review of clinical trials supports homeopathy in fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue

A well conducted systematic review from colleagues in the USA has scrutinised randomised-placebo-controlled trials (RCTs) of homeopathy for psychiatric conditions. Identified studies were grouped into anxiety or stress, sleep or circadian rhythm complaints, premenstrual problems, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, mild traumatic brain injury, and functional somatic syndromes. Efficacy was found for the functional somatic syndromes group (fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome), but not for anxiety and stress. For other disorders homeopathy produced mixed effects.

Reference:

Davidson, JR, Crawford, C, Ives, JA, Jones, WB. Homeopathic treatments in psychiatry: a systematic review of randomized placebo-controlled studies. J Clin Psychiatry 2011; 72:795-805.

Source: Simile, October 2011

How to disinform and not get away with it

Disinformation about homeopathy is as old as homeopathy itself. There is nothing new here, but it is always instructive to understand the art of creating ‘strawmen’. If you can’t discredit the real thing, you construct something which suits your purposes and then show its weaknesses. Poor thinking. Bad style.  Detractors of homeopathy are good at that. See below:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/dana-ullman/disinformation-homeopathy_b_969627.html“>http://www.huffingtonpost.com/dana-ullman/disinformation-homeopathy_b_969627.html