All articles in the category “Points of view”

Here you find all published articles of the category “Points of view” in descending chronological order.


Decision on Homeopathy in France – and Germany? – An Interim Conclusion

This week, French Health Minister Agnès Buzyn announced the French government’s decision to remove homeopathy completely from the statutory health insurance scheme by 2021. For a transitional year, the reimbursement rate for homeopathic medicines is to be halved from 30 to 15 per cent. According to Mme Buzyn, she also wants to use this “transitional …

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Medical homeopathy and patient safety – touchstone homeopathy congress

The German Central Association of Homeopathic Physicians (DZVhÄ) presents its members to the public as guarantors of good medical care. Among other things, this is necessary to counter the criticism that the use of homeopathy may delay the timely medical treatment of serious illnesses. Also from the policy the position of the DZVhÄ is stressed …

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Hello! We’re from INH and want to talk about homeopathy with you!

In an interview with Pharma Relations, Mathias Hevert, Managing Director of Hevert Arzneimittel, accused the “skeptics” of taking a “clearly biased stance towards homeopathy”, of neither wanting to inform nor being willing to discuss. We do not know who the “skeptics” are supposed to be here. We regret, however, that Mr. Hevert obviously did not …

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The INH on its own account – Notes to the public discourse

The INH is pleased to note that the critical debate on homeopathy is gaining in breadth. But now, criticism of homeopathy is increasingly expressed in a form that we cannot approve of, because it exceeds the limits of legitimate intensification, irony or satire. The INH therefore sees reason to refer to principles for the discourse …

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Does homeopathy work? – A guest contribution by Abhijit Chanda (berationable.com)

Introduction Again and again we hear of India as the “promised land” of homeopathy. Again and again the critics are reproached of India as a shining example when it comes to constructing a “proof” of its validity through the widespread spread of homeopathy. All the more we are pleased to be able to present here …

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Open letter of the INH to the German Federal Minister of Health on the “internal consensus” of the German medical law

Yesterday, on 13.06.2019, German TV satirist Jan Böhmermann so satirically as accurately analysed homeopathy in his programme “Neo Magazin Royale” and thus articulated in his special way the – in our opinion –  widespreaded displeasure about the role of the sham method homeopathy in public health care. We regard the time as appropriate to turn …

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France: Negative opinion on homeopathy submitted by the Supreme Health Authority

On several occasions we have reported on the progress of the critical debate on the role of homeopathy in the French health system. In almost breathtaking speed, a protest article of the group #NoFakeMed in Le Figaro has developed into a debate, which in the meantime has yielded statements of the supreme French Medical Association …

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Belgium: Consumer protectors take position – “Homeopathy is ineffective, even dangerous”.

The Brussels Times reports under this title on 15 May 2019 and quotes Simon November, spokesman for the consumer protection organisation “Test Achats”: “The requirements of effectiveness, safety and quality to bring a product to market and be allowed to use the name of medication are sadly not the same for all products,” commented Simon …

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Open letter to the Prime Minister of Mecklenburg-Western Pomeriana on her patronage of the Homeopathic Medical Congress 2019

This year’s Homeopathic Medical Congress of the Central Association of Homeopathic Physicians will take place in Stralsund from 29 May to 1 June 2019. As usual with such meetings, the DZVhÄ assured itself also this time again of the support in the policy, by offering  the patronage over the meeting to the Prime Minister of …

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France: Academies of science position themselves against homeopathy

More than a year ago, the discussion about homeopathy in health care in France began, triggered by the merger of 124 doctors (the #NoFakeMed initiative), who made a clear statement to the public. The waves went up quickly, the public debate flared up, #NoFakeMed members were even sued before the Medical Association – and probably …

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… and they know what they are doing (and they do it anyway) – Pseudoscience with Academics

A guest contribution by Dr. phil. Susanne Dietz There are existing, unfortunately, the Jakeszs, Hubers, Broers, Burkarts, Dahlkes, etc. of this world, who spread esoterically and spiritually veiled beliefs (in addition to the occasionally available professional competence in their field) and earn money with them. Since I myself have been active in the academic sector …

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Open Letter by the GWUP Science Board and the INH to Melanie Huml, Secretary of State for Health, Bavaria

On 13 December 2018, the CSU parliamentary group in the Bavarian state parliament published a press release entitled “Naturopathy should be more firmly anchored at Bavarian universities”. This corresponded both with a similar parliamentary motion from the middle of the year and without doubt with the decision of the state government of Baden-Württemberg to establish …

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Spain – Homeopathy criticism now also government official

We had reported that on 22 June this year, the Madrid Medical Association, de facto the supreme medical association of Spain, issued a very clear declaration against the use of homeopathy in medical practice and referred to the medical obligations in the Code of Ethics of the Spanish Medical Profession. Now this position is also …

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Infinite Stories – once again to the Australian NHMRC’s 2015 review on homeopathy

The homoeopaths have long since discovered the title of Michael Ende’s well-known work “Die unendliche Geschichte” (“The Infinite Story”) as a quiet motto for themselves, as their constantly repeated “arguments” in favour of homeopathy prove. In a special context, they once again prove impressively that they are not about more than a constant warming up …

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Homeopathic study: The legend of the five times eight rats

Scientific Reports, quite a medical journal of good reputation, published on 10.09.2018 a paper entitled “Ultra-diluted Toxicodendron pubescens attenuates pro-inflammatory cytokines and ROS- mediated neuropathic pain [1] in rats“. The paper concludes that homeopathic high potencies based on Rhus toxicondendron (poison ivy, a traditional homeopathic remedy for pain symptoms) are at least as effective as Gabapentin …

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Greeting of the patient representative to the Hahnemannia – further open letter with 52 signatories by name

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Open letter of the INH to the government’s patient representative on the occasion of the greeting message on the 150th birthday of Hahnemannia

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France: In the fast lane in the case of homeopathy

The discussion about alternative medical methods in the health system, especially homeopathy, has quickly and apparently sustaining gained momentum in France. We reported on the request of the National Council of the Medical Chamber of 22 March this year that the National Academy of Medical Sciences and the Ministry of Health should decide on the …

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France: Doctors’ collective #FakeMed – a crystal-clear statement on pseudomedicine

A clear message from the French medical profession On Thursday 12 April 2018, French Health Minister Agnès Buzyn made a brief statement on French television on the question of the reimbursement of homeopathy costs by public health care. She is ” in favour of maintaining the reimbursement of homeopathy, a medicine that probably has a …

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A dialogue and its end – (no) discussion about homeopathy…

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Alternative practitioners on pharmacy-only obligation and labelling of homeopathic remedies – a statement of the INH

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Open letter of the INH to the Siemens health insurance company (SBK)

In the context of the discussion on the reimbursement of homeopathy by statutory health insurance funds, the CEO of SBK drew attention to himself on Twitter with the “argument” that the small amount spent on homeopathy in his company was ultimately irrelevant “from an insurance point of view”. After this position had been contradicted on …

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Criticism on criticism on Homeopathy #1: “There is no evidence”

“There is no scientific evidence that homeopathy works.” It is evident that homeopathy associations are dealing with critical arguments more intensively than before, e.g. with the work of the Information Network on Homeopathy (INH), a Germany-based team of doctors, pharmacists and other scientists with a skeptic’s approach on homeopathy. The Homeopathy Research Institute (HRI) on the …

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Criticism on criticism on Homeopathy #2: “Missing positive trials”

  The second part of our series about the “homeopathic criticism on criticism on homeopathy” covers why critics conclude that there is no reliable evidence for the efficacy of homeopathy beyond placebo. „There is not a single good quality trial showing homeopathy works“ This is how the UK-based Homeopathic Research Institute (HRI) cites their critics …

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Criticism on criticism on homeopathy #3 – “Homeopathy is impossible”

“Scientists claim that homeopathy is not possible” … states the Homeopathy Research Institute as allegedly supposed dictum of critics on homeopathy. The third part of our series about homeopathic criticism on criticism of homeopathy deals with the Homeopathy Research Institute’s statement: “Scientists claim homeopathy is impossible”. Whether scientists would use this wording to express their …

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Criticism on criticism on homeopathy – #4: “They’re just sugar pills!”

“There’s nothing in it – They’re just sugar pills!” … is the next thesis from homeopathic criticism to which the Homeopathy Research Institute dedicates the fourth part of its thirteen-part series in order to refute it. The HRI refers to the alleged evidence from “basic research on homeopathy” that globules are “more” than “sugar balls”. …

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On homeopathy cost studies: Nothing is always too expensive

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Study uncovers: With alternative medicine many cancer patients die earlier than necessary!

If the doctor tells you that he has diagnosed cancer, then this is an incisive event for everyone. What to do now? Conventional treatment, i.e. chemotherapy, radiation, surgery or hormone therapy, depending on the severity and stage of the disease? Or alternative medicine, be it homeopathy, acupuncture, dietary change (dietetics), other approaches such as methods …

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Homeopathy – material or immaterial?

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Naturalness reconsidered – Why babies don’t need globules

Happy without globules! – A guest contribution by Miriam Weissberg, Midwife Dear becoming and become parents! I am a midwife with heart and soul, deeply convinced that homeopathy has no use whatsoever that would make it worthwhile to spend money on it, even though it is recommended by many colleagues. That’s why I’m turning to …

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Homeopathy as “refugee aid” – a medical and ethical problem!

Under the flag “Homeopathy for refugees in Germany” the “Homeopaths Without Borders” together with the initiative “Homeopathy in Action” advertise a nationwide network of homeopathy offers for the “treatment of refugees”. Again and again, related “offers” appear in refugee aid associations which – obviously in complete ignorance of the relevant connections – misinterpret and gladly …

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Conversation in medicine

The good conversation between patient and doctor is an essential part of the anamnesis, diagnostics and above all the therapy. Mutual trust between patient and doctor is of decisive importance. Often one hears of a general patients’ unsatisfaction regarding the therapy conversation. It is almost always complained that these conversations are too short, because the …

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Dead child in Italy: Homeopathic doctors association sees “individual medical malpractice”

Malpractice or systemic risk? In Italy, a child died recently because his parents and the doctor who treated him only relied on homeopathy. The German Central Association of Homeopathic Physicians sees here a “medical malpractice”, thus the “famous” regrettable individual case, but no responsibility of homeopathy as such. What is a “malpractice” in the medical …

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INH’s statement on NHMRC

“Täuschung der Öffentlichkeit”? Verschiedene Homöopathie-Verbände und -Vereine üben Kritik an der 2015 erschienenen umfangreichen Übersichtsarbeit des medizinischen Forschungsbeirats des australischen Gesundheitsministeriums zur Wirksamkeit der Homöopathie. Man spricht gar von einer “Täuschung der Öffentlichkeit“. Diese Arbeit kam zu einem für die Homöopathie unvorteilhaften Ergebnis: Man fand kein einziges Krankheitsbild, für das die Wirksamkeit einer homöopathischen Therapie zweifelsfrei erwiesen …

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Open letter of the information network homeopathy to the statutory health insurance “Die Techniker” (TK)

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German Association of Homeopathic Doctors vs. Russian Academies of Science

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On the developments in the USA and the demands of the FTC

A bad day for homeopathy: On November 15, 2016, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) issued its statement that in future, over-the-counter homeopathic remedies will have to be labelled as the product’s efficacy is not proven – unless, of course, the manufacturer can provide such evidence. As expected, the German homeopathy associations reacted immediately by …

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Offener Brief des INH und des Wissenschaftsrats der GWUP zur “Ringvorlesung Homöopathie” der LMU München

Universität und homöopathische Leere In einer aktuellen Veröffentlichung bewirbt die Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München eine Veranstaltungsreihe (Ringvorlesung) im Wintersemester 2016/17 zum Thema “Homöopathie: Von der Theorie zur Praxis – Mit Praxisbeispielen und Patientenvorstellungen”. Dabei handelt es sich, wie ein Blick in die Ankündigung zeigt, um eine Reihe von Vorträgen, die den “homöopathischen Ansatz” bei unterschiedlichsten Krankheitsbildern vorstellen …

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Minister defends the protective fence for homeopathy – INH in response to the Open Letter to the Ministry of Health (2016)

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Rechte und Pflichten von Heilpraktikern – ein Debattenbeitrag aus Sicht des INH

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Declaration of the INH on the publication of WissHom: “The current state of research on homeopathy”

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Homoeopathy in Switzerland – the background to its reimbursement by the health insurance funds

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Homeopathy helps – as a ritual

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The “But homeopathy did help me!” fallacy

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The Placebo Business

Samuel Hahnemann was born on 10 April 1755 Placebo and nocebo effects are not only found in medicine. These effects accompany us in daily life always and everywhere and are not bad in themselves. The ambience of a restaurant makes the schnitzel taste better and if “coffee” and not “café” is on the drinks menu, …

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Scientific medicine and homeopathy – why they can’t work together

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About pharmacy obligation and Latin names of homeopathic remedies

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What does physics say about homeopathy? (And why does it have something to say about it?)

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How homeopathy overrides common sense

What makes common sense? As a university teacher, I try to teach my students one thing above all else: common sense. By this I mean the willingness and ability to adhere to simple reasoning principles when thinking, e.g. the principle of not only considering the pro-arguments for a position, but also the contra-arguments. Each of …

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Miasms in homeopathy –

Psora + Sykose + ererbte Sykose + Tuberkulinie + Lepröses Miasma+Syphilis + Akutes Miasma + Typhus + Ringwurm + Spiegelmiasma + Skrophulose + Egolyse + Miasmensplitting + Egotropie + primäre Psora + Überfunktion+Pseudopsora+Haltepunkt + Krätze + Carcinogenie  – Miasmatische Begrifflichkeiten von damals bis heute Der Begriff Miasma kommt aus dem Griechischen und bedeutet “Befleckung” (oder …

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Freiburg Declaration on Homeopathy

In accordance to the Marburg Declaration *), we wrote the Freiburg Declaration on Homeopathy at our INH foundation meeting. It presents our position focused and can be co-signed here. We declare: Homeopathy is neither naturopathy nor medicine Despite the political support and the silence of those who should know better, homeopathy is and remains a …

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Science and scientific studies in medicine and pseudo-medicine

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Does homeopathy need a unique position in the Medicines Act?

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