“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. …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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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