UK NHS Considers Rule Banning Doctors from Prescribing Homeopathy

Ministers are considering whether homeopathy should be put on a blacklist of treatments GPs in England are banned from prescribing, the BBC has learned. The controversial practice is based on the principle that "like cures like", but critics say patients are being given useless sugar pills. The Faculty of Homeopathy said patients supported the therapy. A consultation is expected to take place in 2016.

The total NHS bill for homeopathy, including homeopathic hospitals and GP prescriptions, is thought to be about £4m. Homeopathy is based on the concept that diluting a version of a substance that causes illness has healing properties. So pollen or grass could be used to create a homeopathic hay-fever remedy. One part of the substance is mixed with 99 parts of water or alcohol, and this is repeated six times in a "6c" formulation or 30 times in a "30c" formulation. The end result is combined with a lactose (sugar) tablet.

Question and answers on the carcinogenicity of the consumption of red meat and processed meat, WHO

October 2015 

1. What do you consider as red meat?

Red meat refers to all mammalian muscle meat, including, beef, veal, pork, lamb, mutton, horse, and goat.

2. What do you consider as processed meat?

Processed meat refers to meat that has been transformed through salting, curing, fermentation, smoking, or other processes to enhance flavour or improve preservation. Most processed meats contain pork or beef, but processed meats may also contain other red meats, poultry, offal, or meat by-products such as blood. Examples of processed meat include hot dogs (frankfurters), ham, sausages, corned beef, and biltong or beef jerky as well as canned meat and meat-based preparations and sauces.

Evidence-based medicine and acupuncture: old bias for new perspectives in clinical context

by Mariateresa Tassinari MPhil, PhD Candidate1 and Paolo Roberti di Sarsina MD2,3
1Member, 2President, Charity for Person Centred Medicine-Moral Entity, Bologna, Italy, 3Researcher, Observatory and Methods for Health, Department of Sociology and Social Research, University of Milano-Bicocca, Milano, Italy

From the moment that evidence-based medicine (EBM) was accepted by the predominant medical-scientific community, it has increasingly represented a refuge for medicine, which has voluntarily chosen to regard the validity of a theory and the truth in the same way. The introduction of placebo in a randomized controlled trial (RCT) serves as such [1]; in order to analyse the reality by dividing it into two poles, the true and the false and, by tertium non datur principle, effectively excluding any other possibility.

All of this was legitimized by means of a methodic rigour, which not only excluded but also deprived value, resulting in everything that was either impossible to measure or standardize as unjustifiable [2]. If this measure of purification has permitted important and useful discoveries, it has, on the other hand, also deprived medical practice of a vision which does not fit into a characteristically pharmaceutical-centred one; for the present circumstances, the certainties on which that paradigm is based are weakening and creak like the floor upon which Ptolemy founded his theory.

"Medical Science in crisis. Ways of errors and ways to overcome them."

Plenary Speech, TCM Kongress Rothenburg 2015, 14.05.2015
Dr. Andrea Hellwig, President of the AGTCM

Good morning fellow colleagues and most welcomed guests of the TCM Kongress Rothenburg 2015, today I would like to talk about perspectives and paradigms about obstacles and opportunities. How western science and western medicine see the world - their perspective and the set of ideas they use to understand and explain that world - this paradigm will greatly effect the success of western medicine and western healthcare systems.

How many of you out there, agree we are faced with a medical crisis in the western world? Dr. Sean Murphy described this crisis and the challenges our European healthcare system faces at the ETCMA general assembly in Prague this year:

He said, "The rates of common diseases, such as diabetes, overweight and obesity, cardiovascular disease, cancer, etc. in European countries, are increasing dramatically, the patient's satisfaction with conventional medical care is decreasing and at the same time, we are looking at a future with steadily increasing health care costs. "

We are in a medical crisis.


And I would like to talk about the real roots of the crisis, the true core from what our healthcare systems and our understanding of adaequate health-care is suffering itself and how this problem could be solved...
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CAM Animal Practitioners' Statement on EU Proposal for a Regulation on veterinary medicinal products

May 11 2015 - Press release - The Kooperation deutscher Tierheilpraktikerverbände

The European Commission has tabled a proposal to amend or, to be more precise, replace the existing law on veterinary medicinal products (Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on veterinary medicinal products /* COM/2014/0558 final - 2014/0257 (COD) */). Because of the variety of animal species, the legal regulation of veterinary medicinal products is very piecemeal. This has resulted in a variety of supplementary regulations and provisions that render the law very unwieldy and in some respects contradict the rules and objectives of the internal market.

The Kooperation deutscher Tierheilpraktikerverbände, which is an umbrella organization of five professional associations of CAM animal practitioners in Germany, the Fachverband Niedergelassener Tierheilpraktiker and the Ältester Verband der Tierheilpraktiker Deutschlands, issued a joint statement to this proposal:

CAM (Complementary and Alternative Medicine) animal practitioners/Tierheilpraktiker regard themselves as members of a regulated animal health profession. The activities of CAM animal practitioners in Germany are governed by several laws and provisions. In this context, the position of CAM animal practioners is that the reorganization of the veterinary medicinal products legislation and the following core objectives are completely welcome, namely,