I have no cause but to be a pin beneath the saddle of those who ride roughshod over ordinary people.
You really can’t take these people seriously, can you? Did you hear about the guy who forgot to take his homeopathy medicine? He died of an overdose!!
Last week, following yet another report on the dubious science of ‘homeopathy’ we wrote to the company who first alerted us to the idea that there was ‘magic in the air’. That company/firm/organisation/ lunatic fringe is headed by a Dr. Susan Jamieson. This was the reply:
Please can you confirm who you are and who you are representing.
Phillipa Carson | Practice Manager
Holistic Central Medical Practice
Our question is this, Phillipa, do you demand the names of the organisations with your clients are connected, or are you scared that a substantial organisation may be ‘gunning’ for you and thereby prevent you/your organisation from conning even more people out of their hard earned cash?
NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde: Withdraw funding for Glasgow Homeopathic Hospital
The Deputy Chairman of the junior doctors committee of the British Medical Association (BMA) has called homeopathy “witchcraft” and “nonsense on stilts”, whilst the BMA conference declared in 2010 that homeopathy has “no place in the modern health service”.
The NHS Choices website states that “there is no good-quality evidence that homeopathy is effective as a treatment for any health condition”, whilst the BMA’s director of science and ethics, Dr Vivienne Nathanson, has said that “the funding of the homeopathic hospital should stop”.
It is therefore requested that NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde withdraw funding for Glasgow Homeopathic Hospital.
What is homeopathy? Homeopathy originated in 1796 by Samuel Hahnemann based upon the doctrine that like cures like. Well we all know that that statement contains an undeniable truth. Flu jabs are, perhaps, the best known.
The remedies are prepared by repeatedly diluting a chosen substance in alcohol or distilled water,…..OK so far? So we take a substance and dilute it – then dilute it again – and again.
Scientific research has found homeopathic remedies ineffective and their postulated mechanisms of action implausible. The scientific community regards homeopathy as a sham; the American Medical Association considers homeopathy to be quackery, and homeopathic remedies have been criticized as unethical.
Now get this:
Modern advocates of homeopathy have suggested that “water has a memory” – that during mixing and succussion, the substance leaves an enduring effect on the water, perhaps a “vibration”, and this produces an effect on the patient. This notion has no scientific support.
If these theories were postulated by old ladies in their nineties whose education had been in the hills and vales of some far off land then we might listen. And then a ‘There, there,’ and an ‘of course, she never had any schooling.’
But they are not. Dr. Susan Jamieson is, as far as I know, a real doctor. Although her mouth piece Pillipa Carson places no qualifications after her name.
The conclusion then is simple and, unless either one of the two ladies wish to refute the accusation, that these two ladies (and they are far from being alone) are blatantly using their qualifications in other fields to pick the metaphorical pockets of the ignorant and innocent. There is no law to stop these quacks from practicing in Hong Kong, but there are ethics and there are morals.
Our challenge must, then, be for them to deny that homeopathy is a sham, quackery and blatant dishonesty and to tell the truth. If they wish to reclassify homeopathy as a ‘placebo’ then that is fine, but their clients have a right to know. Their clients have a right to the truth. Their clients have the right not to be treated as if they are dumb, stupid, ignorant children.
How say you ladies?
Quote: Homeopathic remedies have been the subject of numerous clinical trials. Taken together, these trials showed at best no effect beyond placebo, at worst that homeopathy could be actively harmful.
Quote: Patients who choose to use homeopathy rather than evidence based medicine risk missing timely diagnosis and effective treatment of serious conditions.
At Best, the “Remedies” Are Placebos
Just try for a minute to get your heads round the figures that follow. They are truly mind boggling. I want to know, Phillipa, how much do you charge for this con? How much money do you make per day by selling this quackery. Are you proud of your lies?
Homeopathic products are made from minerals, botanical substances, and several other sources. If the original substance is soluble, one part is diluted with either nine or ninety-nine parts of distilled water and/or alcohol and shaken vigorously (succussed); if insoluble, it is finely ground and pulverized in similar proportions with powdered lactose (milk sugar). One part of the diluted medicine is then further diluted, and the process is repeated until the desired concentration is reached. Dilutions of 1 to 10 are designated by the Roman numeral X (1X = 1/10, 3X = 1/1,000, 6X = 1/1,000,000). Similarly, dilutions of 1 to 100 are designated by the Roman numeral C (1C = 1/100, 3C = 1/1,000,000, and so on). Most remedies today range from 6X to 30X, but products of 30C or more are marketed.
A 30X dilution means that the original substance has been diluted 1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 times. Assuming that a cubic centimeter of water contains 15 drops, this number is greater than the number of drops of water that would fill a container more than 50 times the size of the Earth. Imagine placing a drop of red dye into such a container so that it disperses evenly. Homeopathy’s “law of infinitesimals” is the equivalent of saying that any drop of water subsequently removed from that container will possess an essence of redness. Robert L. Park, Ph.D., a prominent physicist who is executive director of The American Physical Society, has noted that since the least amount of a substance in a solution is one molecule, a 30C solution would have to have at least one molecule of the original substance dissolved in a minimum of 1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 molecules of water. This would require a container more than 30,000,000,000 times the size of the Earth.
Actually, the laws of chemistry state that there is a limit to the dilution that can be made without losing the original substance altogether. This limit, which is related to Avogadro’s number, corresponds to homeopathic potencies of 12C or 24X (1 part in 1024). Hahnemann himself realized that there is virtually no chance that even one molecule of original substance would remain after extreme dilutions. But he believed that the vigorous shaking or pulverizing with each step of dilution leaves behind a “spirit-like” essence—”no longer perceptible to the senses”—which cures by reviving the body’s “vital force.” Modern proponents assert that even when the last molecule is gone, a “memory” of the substance is retained. This notion is unsubstantiated. Moreover, if it were true, every substance encountered by a molecule of water might imprint an “essence” that could exert powerful (and unpredictable) medicinal effects when ingested by a person.
NOTE: If you can show, by scientific evidence, that our opinions are flawed, then your position, in your own words, will be posted here. Unless you think we are being unfair…..
We have written to the IMI (Integrated Medicine Institute) regarding their claims about homeopathy. They have (as did other organisations of dubious intent) refused to answer! Well, we are getting used to the Hong Kong way of ostrich management. However the IMI website says:
Homeopathy is a form of medicine developed in Germany over 200 years ago. This gentle yet deep acting medicine balances the body and allows it to heal. It works very differently from modern medicine, which normally uses medicines to fight or suppress symptoms. In the case of chronic diseases, the drugs are needed continuously. Homeopaths believe that by suppressing symptoms, drugs often do more harm than good. Homeopathy, however, stimulates the body to heal itself.
I have underlined a statement above and, without fear or favour, we will say that that is a lie. Homeopathy does NOT ‘work’ at all (in the usual meaning of the word). It CANNOT ‘work’. Verb: Have a desired or expected effect or outcome.
This from the Daily Telegraph:
Homeopathy is ‘rubbish’, says chief medical officer
Professor Dame Sally Davies, the chief medical officer. Photo: Getty Images
By Rosa Silverman
6:30AM GMT 24 Jan 2013
Professor Dame Sally Davies said she was “perpetually surprised” homeopathy was provided on the NHS, and branded homeopaths “peddlers.”
Giving evidence to the Commons Science and Technology committee, she also expressed fears about the prescription of homeopathic remedies to treat malaria and other illnesses.
‘I’m very concerned when homeopathic practitioners try to peddle this way of life to prevent malaria or other infectious disease,” she said.
“I am perpetually surprised that homeopathy is available on the NHS.”
Dame Sally, who is England’s most senior doctor, concluded by remarking that homeopathy “is rubbish”.
The Department of Health said it was up to local NHS organisations to decide whether to fund homeopathic treatments.
Complementary therapies have been famously championed by the Prince of Wales, while Jeremy Hunt, the Health Secretary, has also backed homeopathy.
Its supporters believe it can treat everything from depression to hay fever, the theory being that substances that produce the symptoms of an ailment can cure it once they have been watered down many times to reduce their strength.
Advocates of the practice claim the water retains a “memory” of the original substance.
But critics say the only benefits are in the mind, with a Lancet study concluding that homeopathy was no more effective than the standard sugar pill given as a placebo in clinical trials.
In 2010, the Science and Technology Committee agreed there was no evidence the drugs were any more effective than a placebo.
But then health minister Anne Milton said the Government still believed the local NHS and clinicians were best placed to make decisions on what treatment was appropriate for their patients, and homeopathy has continued to be available on the NHS.
Homeopathy is a scam.
In Canada Provincial health care generally does not cover homeopathy.Homeopathy is a scam.
In 2004, Germany which formerly offered homeopathy under its public health insurance scheme withdrew this privilege, with a few exceptions. In June 2005, the Swiss Government, after a 5-year trial, withdrew insurance coverage for homeopathy and four other complementary treatments, stating that they did not meet efficacy and cost-effectiveness criteria. However, following the result of a referendum in 2009 the five therapies were reinstated for a further 6-year trial period from 2012.
In the US Homeopathic drugs must be tested for scope of effect, manufactured, and labeled according to the Federal FD&C Act and the HPUS before they are considered official homeopathic drugs.
Homeopathic pharmaceutical techniques are not technologically complicated, and the drugs are generally considered to be biologically safe because they are so diluted to the point where there are no molecules from the original solution left in a dose of the final remedy.
India has the largest homeopathic infrastructure in the world, with low estimates at about 64,000, but going as high as 300,000 practising homeopaths. In addition, there are 180 colleges teaching courses, and 7500 government clinics and 307 hospitals which dispense homeopathic remedies. In China and Japan, homeopathy appears to be almost unknown.
Even the homeopathic industry will not produce evidence:
When describing the Efficacy of homeopathic treatments, Boiron, a US leader in the supply of homeopathic treatments says:
Efficacy — Homeopathy has been used for more than 200 years, building a remarkable safety record and generating a great body of knowledge.
Instead they concentrate on safety:
Safe — Homeopathic medicines are one of the safest choices for self-treatment.
– No known side effects such as drowsiness Neither has water
– No interactions with conventional medications or herbal remedies Neither has water
– No contraindications with pre-existing conditions Neither has water
– No masking of symptoms Neither has water.
So let’s say it loud and strong.
Homeopathy is BULLSHIT and the people who make money from this scam have, at the very least, dubious ethical standards.
And once again to IMI and to Doctor xxxxx xxxxxxxxx & Holistic Central Medical Practice. who’d ‘love to be your doctor in Hong Kong’ we ask the same question that the Parliamentary committee asked:
Is homeopathy more efficacious than a placebo?
26 February 2013
Quote: What would you think of a Chancellor who believed chocolate gold coins could solve the economic crisis?
The following email was sent, today, to the doctor who sent the circular below:
Jeremy Hunt UK Minister of Health, presently doing his best to destroy the NHS to justify its eventual privatisation believes in homeopathy!
5 January 2013
Several years ago I was undergoing a post cardiac check at a HK hospital and sitting in as an observer was another person I assumed to be a doctor.
When he had not been introduced I asked (nicely) who he was. I was told he was a doctor of Chinese medicine. I had never been in such close proximity to a practitioner of Chinese medicine so I asked whether he had an opinion about my general health in the months following my heart attack.
He said something to the effect (it was a few years ago) that he knew that ‘westerners’ generally did not accept Chinese medicine so he preferred to keep his thoughts to himself. I told him I had heard encouraging reports of such things as acupuncture, but even my enthusiasm for his trade failed to squeeze any more from him.
The other day I received an email from a well respected if extortionate, western Hong Kong doctor who started by telling me this:
‘It’s been a great Christmas for me so far, treating Sir [name witheld] and his family!’
Was I supposed to care? I guess so.
Then there was this gem:
Combine modern biology, ancient Chinese wisdom and the Earth’s healing energies to gain maximum health and happiness.
Not quite sure what modern biology is. Have the basic principles of the biology I learned at school changed?
I certainly appreciate ancient Chinese wisdom as I appreciate all and any wisdom, but then we float off into the fanciful. The earth’s healing energies? What? Are we entering the world of witches and elves and demons? Is this person, so erudite in other matters honestly trying to tell us that this remnant of the big bang, one of trillions and trillions of similar bodies speeding through the universe, has healing properties? Or is it simple a spin on the home cures of my old grandmother in Manchester. Dock leaves and nettle soup.
I am then told of Chi. I was taught medical Chi several years ago and can say from personal experience that it is no bad thing. It is gentle exercise and affords one the time to be quiet and introspective. But please don’t tell me it’s magic, doctor.
In this email there was reference to homeopathy and by complete coincidence I had been listening to one of the most respected scientists in the UK, Professor Brian Cox. One speaker explained that the dilution used of a particular ‘curative’ substance would roughly equate to a single molecule of the substance in a sphere of water with a diameter the same as the distance from the earth to the sun.
Well, not to put too fine a point on it they stated that homeopathy was sheer quackery. So I did a bit of quick research and here it is:
Scientific research has found homeopathic remedies ineffective and their postulated mechanisms of action implausible. Within the medical community homeopathy is considered to be quackery.
Homeopathic remedies are prepared by repeatedly diluting a chosen substance in alcohol or distilled water, followed by forceful striking on an elastic body, called succussion. Each dilution followed by succussion is said to increase the remedy’s potency. Dilution usually continues well past the point where none of the original substance remains. Homeopaths select remedies by consulting reference books known as repertories, considering the totality of the patient’s symptoms as well as the patient’s personal traits, physical and psychological state, and life history.
Ernst, E. (2002), “A systematic review of systematic reviews of homeopathy”, British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology
UK Parliamentary Committee Science and Technology Committee – “Evidence Check 2: Homeopathy”
Shang, Aijing; Huwiler-Müntener, Karin; Nartey, Linda; Jüni, Peter; Dörig, Stephan; Sterne, Jonathan AC; Pewsner, Daniel; Egger, Matthias (2005), “Are the clinical effects of homoeopathy placebo effects? Comparative study of placebo-controlled trials of homoeopathy and allopathy”, The Lancet 366
http://nccam.nih.gov/health/homeopathy “Homeopathy: An Introduction” a NCAAM webpage
In conclusion, dear reader, any educated person, and I would include qualified doctors obviously, who promotes, like a can of beans, the hocus pocus of homeopathy and the magic of the earth has to be viewed with certain cynicism.
If you wish to spend your hard earned cash on such stuff then please go ahead, but if you have the sense to do your own research then do it. Don’t be put off by claims that thousands have been ‘helped to health’, it means absolutely nothing. The research is flawed, the figure exaggerated and the whole premise false. A self respecting medical practioner should not stoop this low… its not as if they need the money!
They tell us we should not drink! It’ll ruin your liver, they say. You will DIE! There is a wide spread Hong Kong belief that westerners spend their lives in pubs downing as much alcohol as possible whereas the Chinese do not abuse their bodies.
My doctor at Tuen Mun hospital who, I am convinced must have copied someone else to scrape through her finals, announced that ALL alcoholic drinks were life threatening and that I was overweight and should immediately lose weight. My BM! is, and was at the time, perfect. What she had not remembered from her classes was that the Chinese BMI is a couple of points lower than that of the non Chinese and that, far from being life threatening all alcohol was harmless and red wine has positive benefits for cardiac patients of whic I am one.
So just to support my contention that booze, in moderation, is a GOOD thing here are 10 benefits:-
A compound in red wine called resveratrol has been shown to increase lifespan in animal studies.
Resveratrol has been shown to protect against Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.
Red wine has been shown to reduce the risk of heart and cardiovascular disease thanks to the resveratrol and other anti-oxidants it contains.
Researchers from the University of Santiago de Compostela in Spain found that each glass of red wine per day reduced the risk of lung cancer by 13%.
Prostate CancerFour or more glasses of red wine per week has been shown to reduce men’s overall risk of prostate cancer by 50% and the risk of the most aggressive forms of prostate cancer by 60%.
Moderate consumption of red wine is believed to lower the risk of breast cancer. However, drinking more than 1 or 2 alcoholic drinks per day appears to increase the risk of breast cancer in women, so moderation is key.
Researchers in Spain found that people who drank more than two glasses of red wine per day have 44% fewer colds than people who abstained.
Resveratrol has been shown to have anti-inflammatory properties, which helps overall physical health since many diseases and ailments can be attributed to inflammation.
Resveratrol has been found in studies to lower LDL cholesterol, while another ingredient in red wine, saponins, also have cholesterol lowering properties.