11 Mar 2015

Homeopathy not effective for treating any condition, Australian report finds

Homeopathy is not effective for treating any health condition, Australia’s top body for medical research has concluded, after undertaking an extensive review of existing studies.
Homeopaths believe that illness-causing substances can, in minute doses, treat people who are unwell.
By diluting these substances in water or alcohol, homeopaths claim the resulting mixture retains a “memory” of the original substance that triggers a healing response in the body.
These claims have been widely disproven by multiple studies, but the NationalHealth and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) has for the first time thoroughly reviewed 225 research papers on homeopathy to come up with its position statement, released on Wednesday.
“Based on the assessment of the evidence of effectiveness of homeopathy, NHMRC concludes that there are no health conditions for which there is reliable evidence that homeopathy is effective,” the report concluded.
“People who choose homeopathy may put their health at risk if they reject or delay treatments for which there is good evidence for safety and effectiveness.”
An independent company also reviewed the studies and appraised the evidence to prevent bias.
Chair of the NHMRC Homeopathy Working Committee, Professor Paul Glasziou, said he hoped the findings would lead private health insurers to stop offering rebates on homeopathic treatments, and force pharmacists to reconsider stocking them.
“There will be a tail of people who won’t respond to this report, and who will say it’s all a conspiracy of the establishment,” Glasziou said.
“But we hope there will be a lot of reasonable people out there who will reconsider selling, using or subsiding these substances.”
While some studies reported homeopathy was effective, the quality of those studies was poor and suffered serious flaws in their design, and did not have enough participants to support the idea that homeopathy worked any better than a sugar pill, the report found.
In making its findings the NHMRC also analysed 57 systematic reviews, a high-quality type of study that assesses all existing, quality research on a particular topic and synthesises it to make a number of strong, overall findings.
Glasziou said homeopathy use declined in the UK following a House of Commons report released in 2010 which found the treatments were ineffective, and that he hoped the NHMRC report would have a similar effect in Australia.
Dr Ken Harvey, a medicinal drug policy expert and health consumer advocate, said private colleges were charging thousands of dollars for courses in homeopathy, and he hoped students would reconsider taking them.
The government’s Tertiary Education Quality Standards Agency (TEQSA) should stop accrediting homeopathic courses, he said, while the private health insurance rebate should be not be offered on any policies covering homeopathy and other unproven treatments.
“I have no problems with private colleges wanting to run courses on crystal-ball gazing, iridology and homeopathy, and if people are crazy enough to pay for it, it’s their decision,” Harvey said.
“But if those courses are approved by a commonwealth body, that’s a different story and a real problem.”
Approved courses are reviewed by TESQA every seven years, with its own guidelines stating the content of a course should be “drawn from a substantial, coherent and current body of knowledge and scholarship in one or more academic disciplines and includes the study of relevant theoretical frameworks and research findings”.

8 comments:

  1. Homeopathy BAAAD ! Chemo / radiation GOOOOD!

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  2. Look up a James Randy presentation at Princeton on youtube. He gives a compelling case around 30 minutes in regarding the mathematics of these placebo solutions. Not that big pharma are angels, but homeopathy appears to be hokum. If he is indeed correct.

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  3. Galen Aesclipius11 March 2015 at 11:36

    Death by M.D. is a leading cause of transition in Modern America. How many people die from Homeopathic treatment each year? None that I know of. How about you?

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  4. Steve Jobs. I have read that his illness was treatable. Again, not defending big pharma, but not all of it is bad.

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  5. How mutch damaged have any of you been.
    I almoust broke my spine, and the bollocs of present "setled science" about what the medics de facto is able to do is close to real humbug/bohus, I know, I have walked thrue that for years.
    Nevrologic whatever is pure bogus.

    Kiropractic destroyed me further.

    Physilogic training/exerises scam, is not only humbug but downright dangerous, when EVERYBODY insist upon "training" witch made me mutch wurse and non of them could give me any certain answer on anything.
    Despite crinic diarea.
    Partial lame, from face to toe.
    Difficoultis with eyes.
    The full range of problems, and thrue it all, all I gott was mumblings.
    aka blah, blah, blah

    And so on.

    The ONLT remedy to deal with this from the scam artists, was Pain killers.
    huh
    Dont talk about moder scam medisine anyone if you dont have been thrue real life problems.
    Its then you awake to the fatcs, and you see their shortcomings.
    I have nothing but contempt to the "profesion".
    And their listings of what "works" is bogus, as mutch bogus as their own, aproved "medisine".
    Like the Vacsine, bogus all the way. to the bank.

    peace

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  6. He's a disinformation agent. He's here to reassure you that Big Brother is always right.

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  7. Yup, ain't none of natures remedies good for anybody. Just watch this video and it will show you that just one of them ain't worth taking. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E96vow07OJc

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