Monday, July 4, 2011
Society of Homeopath Does Not Endorse 'Homeopathic Vaccination"
Society of Homeopaths does not endorse “homeopathic vaccination”
The Society of Homeopaths, the UK’s largest register of homeopaths
with 1,500 members, does not
endorse the use of homeopathic remedies in place of vaccinations.
It acknowledges that the evidence to support the use of homeopathic
prophylactics, that is, using
homeopathic remedies as a preventative treatment, is largely anecdotal and therefore the use of this method is currently speculative.
The Society believes that individuals should be supported in making
informed decisions on both the short
and long term implications of vaccination and advises them to discuss this issue with their General Practitioner and homeopath.
We know that not all patients are helped by conventional medicine and
that homeopathy is an effective
and cost effective treatment option for many patients.
Although more research is needed, the balance of evidence already
shows that treatment by a
homeopath is clinically effective1, cost-effective 2 and safe.3
By the end of 2009, 142 RCTs of homeopathy had been published in
peer-reviewed journals 4. In terms
of statistically significant results, 74 of these trials were able to draw firm conclusions: 63 were positive (patients given a homeopathic medicine improved significantly more than the comparison group given either an inactive placebo or established conventional treatment) and 11 were negative (no significant difference was seen between the action of the homeopathic medicine and the comparison group)
Is is recommended that anyone interested in homeopathic treatment
consults a member of the Society
(they will have RSHom after their name), who has completed three or four years training and has agreed to abide by a strict code of ethics and practice.
1 Spence D, Thompson E and Barron S. Homeopathic treatment for chronic disease: A 6-Year,
university-hospital outpatient observational study. J Altern Complement Med 2005; 5: 793-8.
2 Witt C, Keil T, Selim D, et al. Outcome and costs of homeopathic and conventional
treatment strategies: a comparative cohort study in patients with chronic disorders. Complement Ther Med, 2005; 13: 79-86
3 Dantas F, Rampes H. Do homeopathic medicines provoke adverse effects? A systematic
review. Br Homeopath J 2000; 89: 535–8
4. Mathie R. The Research Evidence Base for Homeopathy. British Homeopathic Association, 2009.
Society of Homeopaths
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At 91 when the specialist said that her skin cancer was so large it
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pronounced it too small earlier and advised to come back later. As I was
concerned we had come back a month earlier.
As her kidneys only function at about 20% of their potential we did not
know how she would survive an anaesthetic. Knowing that you had helped
someone else with skin cancer we decided to give it a go.
Her doctor was very concerned as the skin cancer measured 3 cms across
and booked an urgent appointment with plastic sugeons at Royal Perth
hospital.. I agreed to use them as a back up if we had poor results. In
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specialist was having no results we were recommended another also. She
reacted badly to it and so we quit that also.
Thanks to your constant monitoring and mental support I was able to keep
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Vaccines NOT SAFE for Children
12/07/2010 - For Immediate Release:
Consumer advocacy and vaccine safety watchdog group, the Australian Vaccination Network (AVN), has announced that it will be investigating all options in order to respond to the outrageous attack on free speech inherent in the recent allegations made against it by a NSW state authority, the Healthcare Complaints Commission (HCCC). The HCCC, in a report just released, has deemed the AVN to be a 'healthcare provider' and, in this capacity, stated that it has published 'misleading and dangerous' information on the risks of vaccination.
Meryl Dorey, media spokesperson for the AVN, says that the organisation does not believe that it falls under the jurisdiction of the HCCC as they are neither healthcare providers nor health educators. According to Ms Dorey, "Vaccination is not compulsory in Australia, nor is it illegal to not vaccinate. In addition, prior to the HCCC's decision, it has not been illegal to publish information that questions a medical procedure."
The primary role of the HCCC is to investigate complaints of medical malpractice. This is the first time that the HCCC has investigated a consumer health watchdog group. According to Ms Dorey, "It is not surprising that a government commission has found us guilty of not saying what the government wants us to say. We wouldn't be doing our job properly if that were not the case. But," says Dorey "the threat to freedom of speech and the implications regarding loss of medical choice inherent in this decision make this an issue that cannot go unchallenged".
The report by the HCCC concludes a year-long probe into the activities of the AVN, instigated by complaints from members of a pro-vaccine, anti natural health group called Stop the AVN (SAVN). The initial complaint to the HCCC predominately argues that freedom of speech is not guaranteed under the Australian Constitution and asks that the AVN should be prohibited from publishing what it considers to be 'anti vaccine' information. It asks that the HCCC put forward a Prohibition Order to gag the AVN and Ms Dorey and to prohibit them from holding public seminars or making comments in the media. Numerous and continuing complaints and allegations made by SAVN members to the HCCC, most of them not made available to the AVN, have been lodged throughout the investigation.
"We have had a tumultuous year with our own and our family's personal details published on the internet. Our advertisers and professional members have been subject to severe and vicious harassment due to their support of the AVN. We have had wild accusations made against us stating that we believe in reptilian monsters. And there have been numerous death threats - the most recent of which was published on Twitter recently and retweeted many times stating that I should die in a fire." Ms Dorey concluded.
To have attacks from those who disagree with us is one thing - to have this attack at a government level is something which must be fought against. The HCCC's decision has taken them out of their normal role of protecting individuals who have been harmed by practitioners and into the realm of suppression, censorship and denial of natural justice, commonsense and fairness. It is time to take a stand on this issue and that is what the AVN will be doing.
About Australian Vaccination Network, Inc.
The AVN is a non-profit, volunteer-run charitable association. Since 1994, the AVN has provided information and support to the general community who are trying to make informed choices about vaccination and health. Their lobbying in Federal Parliament has ensured that compulsory vaccination for children has not come to pass and they are the major reporters of vaccine adverse reactions to ADRAC (The Adverse Drug Reactions Advisory Committee).
For more information visit www.avn.org.au
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