“The Truth …. about Homeopathy” (German TV channel rbb) – Nothing inside, so what?

The decidedly homeopathy-friendly programme "Die Wahrheit über Homöopathie" (The Truth ... about Homeopathy) by the German television channel rbb, first broadcast on 25 June and repeated by channel tagesschau 24 on 20 August, we have already honoured by publishing of one of our followers' excellent letter to the editors. However, the programme contains so many …

“On Effectiveness of Homeopathy” – The INH on Publications in the “KVH-Journal”, Hamburg

Fortunately,  the German medical profession meanwhile moves forward in the case of homeopathy. This is to be seen at the nine federal physician chambers which adopted new training guidelines without homeopathy within the last twelve months (among them also Hamburg). The attitude of the medical profession is undoubtedly central to the goal of making facts …

Statement of the INH on the publication of the DZVhÄ “Homeopathy can contribute to the treatment of Covid-19 disease”

At the portal "Homöopathie online" of the German Central Association of Homeopathic Physicians a longer article in the form of an interview with a homeopathic physician has been published. It is about the alleged treatment possibilities of Covid-19 disease with homeopathy. As is so often the case, the explanations there present homeopathy as an experiential …

“How would you feel about homeopathy – if you were really be informed?” – The “argument of popularity”

An essential "link" between the representatives of homeopathy and politics is the evocation of an alleged "popularity" of the sugar-ball therapy. The Information Network Homeopathy has often enough explained that and why this is not an argument in a medical-scientific discourse. Popularity of "free beer" is obvious. But by no means it is in homeopathy. …

“So okay”, Minister Spahn? – No way! – A guest article by health economist Prof. Dr. Tina Salomon

Health economics is an established science. It provides the basis for how modern health care systems function in themselves and in economic environments. It defines a framework for decisions on sustainable health policy under the special economic criteria of this field. Tina Salomon is a researching and teaching health economist in Bremen, Germany. She co-signed …

The “Suppressed First Report” of the NHMRC – Source of “Encouraging Evidence”?

The Central Association of Homeopathic Physicians (DZVhÄ) has recently published an article on its website under the heading "Encouraging Evidence on Homeopathy" (in German) and also sent out several press releases. The largest (but by no means the only) review of homeopathic studies currently available is the 2015 "NHMRC" review, published by the Australian Health …

Open letter to Health Minister Spahn on the continuation of the reimbursement of homeopathy in the SHI

Federal Health Minister Jens Spahn declared yesterday, 17.09.2019, that he would adhere further to the reimbursability of homeopathy by the statutory health insurance funds. He cited the comparatively marginal costs compared to the total expenditure of the SHI funds, i.e. the sufficiently strained "peanuts" argument, as the reason for this. There are undoubtedly only bad …

The INH to MEPs on homeopathy in the EU Medicines Directive

In the meantime, the Spanish government has initiated a wide outreach against pseudomedicine. For example, it no longer wants to accept the medicinal status of homeopathy, wants to ban homeopathy from pharmacies and has already "discontinued" the first batch of homoeopathics which could not present a valid proof of efficacy upon request. England is currently …

Open letter to Karin Maag, Member of the Bundestag – Reimbursement of Homeopathy

Mrs. Karin Maag, member of the Health Committee of the German Bundestag, has recently spoken out on several occasions against the reimbursement of homeopathy by the statutory health insurance funds. She did use a number of arguments which, in the opinion of the INH, require clarification. For this reason, Mrs. Maag has received the following …

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 …

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 …

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", also of neither wanting to inform nor being willing to discuss. Although we don't know who Mr. Hevert here means by "the skeptics": at least he obviously hasn't informed himself in …

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 meanwhile, criticism of homeopathy is increasingly expressed in a way 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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Homeopathy Declaration 2019 – The INH takes a Stand

An association of persons and organisations of the accordingly interested scene has published a "Declaration Homoeopathy 2019" inter alia on the website of the Central Association of Homeopathic Physicians [1], in which it is claimed that homeopathy has proven evidence. As a result, homeopathy is to be accorded a place in scientific medicine, what is …

… 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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 on …

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 …

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". …

German Homeopathic Doctors on EASAC Statement: An Answer from the INH

We have reported on the verdict of the Advisory Committee of the Scientific Academies of the European Community on Homeopathy and reactions to it. As expected, the German Central Association of Homeopathic Physicians has also commented on the EASAC statement on its portal Homeopathy online. Parallel to this, a statement of the German Federal Association …

Open letter of the INH to the interview with Dr. Tournier (HRI) on “Homöopathie online”.

Homeopathy online, the online portal of the German Central Association of Homeopathic Physicians, titled on 27 September 2017 : "Interview: How a positive homeopathy study turned into a negative one". Under this heading, an interview is published with the head of the British Homeopathy Research Institute (HRI), Dr. Alexander Tournier, on the mistakes and deficiencies …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Open letter of the INH and the science advice of the GWUP to the “Lecture Series Homeopathy” of the Munich University

In a current publication, the Ludwig-Maximilians-University of Munich is promoting a series of events (lecture series) in the winter semester 2016/17 on the subject of "Homeopathy: From Theory to Practice - With Practical Examples and Patient Presentations". As a glance at the announcement shows, this is a series of lectures which aims to introduce the …

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

„Es wäre gut, wenn in der Medizin gar keine Lücke entstünde, in der sich die Patienten auf die Suche nach "Alternativen" machen müssen.“ - Dr. Natalie Grams Aus aktuellem Anlass Aktuell tobt ein Streit um das Heilpraktikerwesen im deutschen Gesundheitssystem. Nachdem es zu mehreren Todesfällen durch die Krebsbehandlung eines Heilpraktikers vermutlich infolge der Anwendung einer …

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

About Homeopathy and Physics One of the most prominent advocates of homeopathy, Prof. Dr. Dr. Harald Walach, former head of the Institute for Transcultural Health Sciences (IntraG) at the University of Frankfurt/Oder, explains: "In my opinion, homeopathy is simply very systematized magic" and "Homeopathy is first and foremost doing nothing with benevolence". As a physicist …

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