Points of view – the INH takes a stand

Here you will find generally statements and pieces of information (including international developments), as well as open letters of the Information Network Homeopathy to decision makers, institutions and associations on questions of homeopathy in public health.

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Beliebtheit von Homöopathie und Freibier – finde den Unterschied!

Ein wesentlicher “Link” zwischen den Vertretern der Homöopathie und der Politik ist das Beschwören einer vorgeblichen „Beliebtheit“ der Zuckerkugeltherapie. Oft genug hat das INH vorgebracht, dass dies ja schließlich kein Argument in einem medizinisch-wissenschaftlichen Diskurs ...
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Offener Brief an die bayerischen Landtagsabgeordneten: Homöopathie ist keine Antibiotika-Alternative!

Am 24. Oktober berichtete das kritische Portal “MedWatch”, dass dem Bayerischen Landtag ein Antrag der Fraktionen von CSU und Freien Wählern vorliegt, in dem die Beforschung von alternativmedizinischen Methoden, “namentlich der Homöopathie”, zur Verringerung / ...
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Die spanische Online-Zeitung eldiario.es über Homöopathiekritik in Deutschland

Ein Gespräch mit Dr. Natalie Grams Spanien eilt uns davon in Sachen Homöopathie im Gesundheitssystem, England ist noch weiter, Frankreich ist bald gleichauf – und Deutschland? Nun ja… nähere Ausführungen an dieser Stelle erübrigen sich ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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”, also of neither wanting to inform nor being willing to discuss. ...
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Spanish doctors withdraw credit from homeopathy

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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 , in which it is claimed ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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. ...
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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  in rats“. The paper concludes that homeopathic high potencies ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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A dialogue and its end – (no) discussion about homeopathy…

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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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”, ...
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INH’s statement on NHMRC

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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 ...
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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 ...
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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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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 ...
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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 ...
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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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