homeopathic

Homeopathy under attack - Bioethics expert argues for closure of homeopathic hospital

Tuesday, May 24, 2011 by: M.Thornley
Tags: homeopathy, bioethics, health news

eTrust Pro Certified

Most Viewed Articles
Popular on Facebook
Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 now clearly a government cover-up: All evidence contradicts official story
White House admits staging fake vaccination operation to gather DNA from the public
10 other companies that use the same Subway yoga mat chemical in their buns
High-dose vitamin C injections shown to annihilate cancer
Irrefutable proof we are all being sprayed with poison: 571 tons of toxic lead 'chemtrailed' into America's skies every year
EXCLUSIVE: Natural News tests flu vaccine for heavy metals, finds 25,000 times higher mercury level than EPA limit for water
Truvia sweetener a powerful pesticide; scientists shocked as fruit flies die in less than a week from eating GMO-derived erythritol
Senator who attacked Doctor Oz over dietary supplements received over $146,000 in campaign contributions from Big Pharma mega-retailer and Monsanto
Global warming data FAKED by government to fit climate change fictions
HOAX confirmed: Michelle Obama 'GMOs for children' campaign a parody of modern agricultural politics
U.S. treating meat with ammonia, bleach and antibiotics to kill the '24-hour sickness'
Ben and Jerry's switches to non-GMO, Fair Trade ice cream ingredients
Battle for humanity nearly lost: global food supply deliberately engineered to end life, not nourish it
Diet soda, aspartame linked to premature deaths in women
Russia taking McDonald's to court, threatens countrywide shutdown
Cannabis kicks Lyme disease to the curb
Elliot Rodger, like nearly all young killers, was taking psychiatric drugs (Xanax)
Harvard research links fluoridated water to ADHD, mental disorders
Delicious
(NaturalNews) Dr. Kevin Smith, a bioethics expert at the University of Abertay Dundee, Scotland, in the Journal of Bioethics, argued that homeopathy is a waste of valuable resources. In addition, government funding of Glasgow Homeopathic Hospital puts patients at risk by lending credibility to homeopathic treatment.

Glasgow Homeopathic Hospital, also known as the Centre for Integrated Care, is the only homeopathic hospital in Scotland. It opened in 1914.

Due to budget cuts, the hospital is experiencing increasing pressure. The National Health Service of Scotland, which previously provided funding, has not confirmed future funding for the Glasgow Homeopathic Hospital, and it has announced that it will not commission further services there. The hospital, which offers a 15 bed inpatient facility, has an average of 10,000 consults per year.

In 2004, the hospital was threatened with closure but a petition signed by 22,000 people averted this action. However, British Medical Association members urged the NHS to stop funding hospitals like the Glasgow Homeopathic Hospital, citing the lack of evidence of effectiveness of homeopathic remedies.

Dr. Smith criticized the funding of homeopathic treatment as a waste of valuable resources and an ethically reprehensible behavior: on the basis that it leads patients to damage their health under the impression that, since the NHS funds the homeopathic treatment, it is better and has a scientific basis. Dr. Smith notes that those teaching courses in homeopathy were also guilty of a lapse in ethical judgment.

Homeopathic philosophy is based on the law of similars. Ancient healers such as Paracelsus believed that the same substance that produced symptoms in a healthy person could be used to treat the same symptoms in a sick one. Modern homeopathy was begun in the 18th century by Dr. Samuel Hahnemann.
A homeopathic remedy is tailored to the individual and his or her specific symptoms. A homeopathic practitioner may advise lifestyle and dietary changes.

Homeopathic medicines are derived from plants, animals and minerals prepared under strict guidelines recorded in international pharmacopoeias and are considered safe. These may be in the form of a liquid, granules, powder or tablets. Homeopathic remedies are repeatedly diluted and shaken. The original chemical substance may no longer be discernable but the mixture is believed to retain the quality of the original substance.

Like many scientists, Dr. Smith questions how a highly diluted preparation could have a biological effect. Some proponents argue that the placebo effect justifies the use of homeopathy. Dr. Smith rejects this argument, insisting this approach is unethical because a core principle of medical ethics is informed consent.

A top alternative health expert, Dr. Jan De Vries, said that closing the hospital would reduce freedom of choice for patients.

People who use the hospital claim its homeopathic procedures work. Matt McLaughlin, a Glasgow health organizer, says, "When I speak to people who benefit from the hospital, they tell me it works. For me, that`s the no-brainer."

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/05...
http://www.show.scot.nhs.uk/
http://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/bhcv2/bhc...
http://www.nationalcenterforhomeopathy.org/c...
http://www.eveningtimes.co.uk/news/editor-s-...



About the author

M. Thornley enjoys walking, writing and pursuing a raw vegan diet and lifestyle.

Join over four million monthly readers. Your privacy is protected. Unsubscribe at any time.
comments powered by Disqus
Take Action: Support NaturalNews.com by linking back to this article from your website

Permalink to this article:

Embed article link: (copy HTML code below):

Reprinting this article:
Non-commercial use OK, cite NaturalNews.com with clickable link.

Follow Natural News on Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus, and Pinterest

Advertise with NaturalNews...

Support NaturalNews Sponsors:

Advertise with NaturalNews...

GET SHOW DETAILS
+ a FREE GIFT

Sign up for the FREE Natural News Email Newsletter

Receive breaking news on GMOs, vaccines, fluoride, radiation protection, natural cures, food safety alerts and interviews with the world's top experts on natural health and more.

Join over 7 million monthly readers of NaturalNews.com, the internet's No. 1 natural health news site. (Source: Alexa.com)

Your email address *

Please enter the code you see above*

No Thanks

Already have it and love it!

Natural News supports and helps fund these organizations:

* Required. Once you click submit, we will send you an email asking you to confirm your free registration. Your privacy is assured and your information is kept confidential. You may unsubscribe at anytime.