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
BACK INTO THE CLOSET: Why U.S. reporters are not allowed to write about rainbow events in nations where being gay is still condemned
Depopulation test run? 75% of children who received vaccines in Mexican town now dead or hospitalized
A family destroyed: Six-month-old dies after clinic injects baby with 13 vaccines at once without mother's informed consent
INVESTIGATION: Three days before Dr. Bradstreet was found dead in a river, U.S. govt. agents raided his research facility to seize a breakthrough cancer treatment called GcMAF
BAM! Chipotle goes 100% non-GMO; flatly rejecting the biotech industry and its toxic food ingredients
BOMBSHELL: China and America already at war: Tianjin explosion carried out by Pentagon space weapon in retaliation for Yuan currency devaluation... Military helicopters now patrolling Beijing
ECONOMIC SLAVERY FOR ALL: While we were distracted with the Confederate flag flap, Congress quietly forfeited our entire economic future via fast-track trade authority
March Against Monsanto explodes globally... World citizens stage massive protests across 38 countries, 428 cities... mainstream media pretends it never happened
GMO crops totally banned in Russia... powerful nation blocks Monsanto's agricultural imperialism and mass poisoning of the population
SCOTUS same-sex marriage decision may have just legalized the concealed carry of loaded firearms across all 50 states, nullifying gun laws everywhere
Nearly every mass shooting in the last 20 years shares one surprising thing? and it's not guns
Vicious attack on Dr. Oz actually waged by biotech mafia; plot to destroy Oz launched after episode on glyphosate toxicity went viral
Holistic cancer treatment pioneer Dr. Nicholas Gonzalez dies suddenly; patients mourn the loss of a compassionate, innovative doctor who helped thousands heal from cancer
Pepsi drops aspartame from diet soda as consumers reject toxic sweetener
Bride of Frankenfood: Hillary Clinton pushes GMO agenda... hires Monsanto lobbyist... takes huge dollars from Monsanto
STATINS RED ALERT: Widely prescribed drugs act as cellular poisons that accelerate aging... deactivate DNA repair... promote diabetes, muscle fatigue and memory loss
Wild eyes and bowl cuts: Why do mass shooters always share the same hair styles and crazed zombie stares?
Mind control through emotional domination: How we're all being manipulated by the "crisis of the NOW"
(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."


About the author

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

Follow real-time breaking news headlines on
Homeopathy at FETCH.news
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

Colloidal Silver

Advertise with NaturalNews...

Support NaturalNews Sponsors:

Advertise with NaturalNews...


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.