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Thursday 23 July 2015

Should doctors recommend Homeopathy?

A doctor has recently published a bold statement about the value of conventional medical treatment. It is doing the rounds on the website, the Natural and Integrative Medicine group. I quote it here in full.
As a retired physician I can honestly say unless you are in a serious accident, your best chance of living to a ripe old age is to avoid doctors and hospitals and learn about nutrition, herbal medicine and other forms of natural medicine unless you are fortunate enough to have a naturopathic physician available.
Almost all drugs are toxic and are designed only to treat symptoms and not to cure anyone. 
Vaccines are highly dangerous, have never, been adequately studied or proven to be effective and have a poor risk/reward ratio. 
Most surgery is unnecessary and most textbooks of medicine are inaccurate and deceptive. Almost every disease is said to be idiopathic (without known cause) or genetic-although this is untrue. In short our mainstream medical system is hopelessly inept/and or corrupt. 
The treatment of cancer and degenerative diseases is a national scandal. The sooner you learn this the better off you will be"
The dangers and lack of effectiveness of conventional medicine, and its huge and unacceptable costs, are not as well known as they should be. Our media is silent on all the health issues raised in the doctor's statement, although regular readers of this blog will be better informed.

What this doctor is saying, honestly, is that conventional medicine is not something anyone should seek, except perhaps in an emergency.

There does appear to be a move away by the conventional medical establishment that dominates the NHS from their slavish long-term slavish adherence to pharmaceutical drugs and vaccines. For example, exercise and nutritional guidance is being given more attention, as is the hitherto unquestioned trust in antipsychotic and antidepressant drugs in favour of counselling and psychological-based therapies.

And the British Medical Journal, (BMJ), one of the pillars of conventional medical establishment in Britain, has recently published an article, and conducted a poll, asking the simple question:

Should doctors recommend Homeopathy?

The article consisted of Peter Fisher, director of research, Royal London Hospital for Integrated Medicine, arguing for "Yes", and Edzard Ernst, emeritus professor, University of Exeter, arguing for "No".

Such BMJ polls have sometimes attracted as many as 500 votes, although most barely attract 100 votes. This particular poll attracted over 5,000 votes!

Homeopathy is always capable of provoking a good discussion!

The result has surprised many homeopaths, including myself, who expected the rabid 'homeopathy denialists' from Sense about Science, and conventional doctors, would come out in large numbers to support the "No" vote. However, the "Yes" vote won, convincingly.

Yes: 3,193 (62%)
No: 1,944 (38%)
Total votes cast: 5,137

So the tide certainly seems to be turning. Conventional drugs and vaccines are proving to be so dangerous that doctors are increasingly unable to prescribe them, and so ineffective there is little point doing so.

Meanwhile, the pharmaceutical companies seem entirely intent on maximising their profits, and continually lie about the safety and effectiveness of their products. Their regular corruption and fraudulent activity, their apparent inability to keep themselves out of court, must be deeply nauseating to supporters of conventional drug-based medicine.

And as evidence of drug harm begins to filter through, patients are increasingly looking for safer and more effective medical therapies.

The time for more choice in health care is on its way in Britain. Perhaps the NHS is now being forced to recognise that will no longer be able to support the conventional medical monopoly it has been running for much longer.