From: Jan Drew on
22 February 2010
Steve Scrutton, Director, Alliance of Registered Homeopaths

PRESS STATEMENT
For Immediate Release


Patients' Voice Excluded From Homeopathy Investigation


If you think patients might know about the treatment options that work
best
for them, a parliamentary committee thinks otherwise. The results of a
so
called 'evidence check' into the effectiveness of homeopathy have just
been
released, and they reveal an extraordinarily narrow view of what
constitutes
'evidence'. For one thing, no one has bothered to ask patients what
their
experience of homeopathy has been. In fact, the patients' voice has
been
totally excluded from the investigation! This is strange, because
according
to the Government White Paper (January 2006) 'Our health, our care,
our say:
a new direction for community services,' 'patient centred healthcare'
is
supposed to be at the heart of NHS delivery. Or is this a commitment
which
is upheld, only when it's politically expedient?


Recently, the House of Commons Science and Technology Committee (HoC
S&TC)
were charged to investigate the available evidence in support of the
efficacy of homeopathy. Their survey comprised a combination of
written
submissions and oral presentations. Now you would think that a
specially
convened committee of this nature, would be keen to access information
from
every possible source. You might even think that, given the recent
parliamentary expenses scandal, a parliamentary special committee
would want
to conduct its business in an open, transparent and even handed
manner, and
show that it is using taxpayers' money in a responsible manner. But
you
would be wrong!


Most of the homeopathy profession were not informed directly that an
enquiry
was to take place, and only learned of it via the media, with less
than ten
days to prepare a submission. Is that a serious way to treat an
'evidence
check'? The majority of individuals invited to give oral evidence were
from
the anti homeopathy lobby. Only one practising homeopath was allowed
to
speak (there are about 2,500 registered homeopaths in the UK), and not
a
single patient was asked for their view (there are about 6,000,000
patients
using homeopathy in the UK). Does this sound as though the oral
submissions
represented a balanced perspective?


But wait, there's more! It has been said that this 'evidence check'
was
instigated by Liberal Democrat MP Dr Evan Harris, one of homeopathy's
most
vociferous detractors. Dr Harris belongs to a self appointed pressure
group
that calls itself 'Sense About Science' (SAS, get it?!!) If you want
to know
the particular allegiance of this group, just take a look at who
comprises
SAS's Board of Trustees, and the industries they represent. Did you
know
that Dr Harris was one of the fourteen members of the S&T Committee?
Shortly
after the inquiry closed, Dr Harris took part in a very public
demonstration
against homeopathy. Is this the correct way for an individual in a
privileged and responsible position to behave? Should someone showing
such a
clear bias from the outset, be allowed to sit on a committee of this
nature?
One could be forgiven for thinking that our parliamentary process has
been
hijacked by this influential pressure group, which seems to have
succeeded
in subverting the S&T Committee into convening a 'kangaroo court' with
just
one predetermined agenda; to discredit homeopathy.


As Karin Mont, Chair of the Alliance of Registered Homeopaths said;
'Millions of patients in the UK know that homeopathy works for them,
yet
they are being totally ignored. Also, we see the most amazing results
when
homeopathy is used on animals, but this Committee seems intent on
denying
all the supportive evidence with which it has been presented. If
their
recommendations are acted upon by Government, patients will be denied
the
choice they have a right to receive within the NHS. In short, if they
can't
afford to pay for their homeopathic treatment privately, they'll have
to go
without!'


It appears that hundreds of positive trials, thousands of hospital
reports,
a successful mass immunisation programme in Cuba, and a recent pilot
project
in Northern Ireland, all showing homeopathy to be efficacious and
cost
efficient, don't count as evidence. In fact the conclusions of the
S&T
Committee are so one sided, you could ask if they actually read any of
the
submissions presented to them? The experience of patients obviously
doesn't
count either, because they weren't even invited to contribute to the
enquiry. This is a sad day for our citizens. It makes a mockery of
genuine
scientific enquiry, it brings the democratic process into disrepute,
and it
has the potential to deny patients access to a system of medicine
which is
gentle, safe, effective and cost efficient.


ENDS


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INFORMATION FOR EDITORS


The Alliance of Registered Homeopaths (ARH) is a UK professional
organisation that supports and promotes a high standard of safe,
effective
homeopathic practice. It currently represents over 700 practising
homeopaths.


We are committed to:
... ensuring that quality homeopathy is available to all who wish to
use it
... raising public awareness of the potential of homeopathic treatment
... encouraging a high standard of education for homeopaths
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... encouraging co-operation between our Members and other healthcare
professionals, for the benefit of patients
... engaging in research, publishing and other activities that enhance
our
understanding of homeopathy
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From: Peter B on

"Jan Drew" <jdrew63929(a)aol.com> wrote in message
news:bcf4318a-a656-4332-9dce-27080448ccf0(a)m37g2000yqf.googlegroups.com...
> 22 February 2010
> Steve Scrutton, Director, Alliance of Registered Homeopaths
>
> PRESS STATEMENT
> For Immediate Release
>
>
> Patients' Voice Excluded From Homeopathy Investigation
>

Just proven wrong by Peter Parry. All you care about Janet Drew is
spreading lies. That makes you a liar.
Biblically speaking you are a gossip monger, a spreader of lies. You and
only you are accountable for your actions.

The Ten Commandments are a strong part of the SDA, you are guilty of
breaking most all of them, your continued actions shows your
unrepentance and hardened heart. Your guilt will eat you alive.


From: Citizen Jimserac on
On Feb 23, 5:07 pm, dr_jeff <u...(a)msu.edu> wrote:
> john wrote:
> >  22 February 2010
> > Steve Scrutton, Director, Alliance of Registered Homeopaths
>
> > PRESS STATEMENT
> > For Immediate Release
>
> > Patients' Voice Excluded From Homeopathy Investigation
>
> > If you think patients might know about the treatment options that work best
> > for them, a parliamentary committee thinks otherwise. The results of a so
> > called 'evidence check' into the effectiveness of homeopathy have just been
> > released, and they reveal an extraordinarily narrow view of what constitutes
> > 'evidence'. For one thing, no one has bothered to ask patients what their
> > experience of homeopathy has been.
>
> The way the patient's have a voice is in good peer-reviewed articles
> that show how effective or ineffective homeopathy is.
>
> Otherwise, all you have is testimonials and anecdotes, which are
> scientifically nearly useless.
>
> Jeff

On the contrary Jeff, patients are the key to the whole deal - let me
explain:

We have here the opportunity to spot one of the things that has gone
wrong in the busted health care systems which are happening in every
major country.

The attempt to divorce patients from the evaluative process is part of
an attempt to "scientize" medicine.
that has nothing to do with the pretend excuse of supposedly providing
a sound scientific evidentiary basis of modern medicine. This is
actually a political and fascist attempt for one group and their
allied pharmacological and other special interests to gain control of
medicine and block and discredit opposing approaches, viewpoints and
modalities. As part of that process, GP MD's have gradually been
turned into nothing more than lab interpretation clerks, gradually
losing much of their Doctor to Patient diagnostic skills, palpation
knowledge and, most importantly, humanistic rapport with the
patient.

The consequences of that trend can be seen in the enormous suffering
which occurs when people with unusual, unfamiliar, or as yet
unidentified syndromes or diseases get test results back which tell
them they are fine and that nothing is wrong. Or worse, the wrong lab
tests are done because the exact nature of their condition is
different than what is expected. OR worse still, exploratory surgery
which finds nothing. The costs mount as the patient desperately goes
from Doctor to Doctor seeking an answer - sometimes over the course of
YEARS. Is it any wonder at the growing popularity of alternative
medicine and Homeopathy with this playing out?

"Evidence" based medicine? WHAT evidence? Take the average 74 yearr
old patient taking 5 or 10 different drugs every day. Does ANYONE
seriously claim that double blinded studies, long term or short, for
all the possible combinations of those drugs have been done? Same for
surgeries.

The REAL 'evidence' is the same in standard medicine and in Homeopathy
and in Chinese medicine and all the others - the case histories,
clinical reports, and expert opinion and analyses of the practitioners
themselves.
That is INDUCTIVE, not lab science deductions. And in the case of
Chinese medicine, those recorded inductive experiences exist over a
multi-thousand year period. In the case of Homeopathy, two
centuries. Modern medicine is the newcomer on the block - with many
dramatic life saving techniques and discoveries to be sure, but still
young compared to the others. To dismiss the older systems or demean
their knowledge base is foolhardy and stupid.

The overuse of Antibiotics has already backfired on us and the full
long term consequences of vaccinations have yet to be fully explored
even acknowledging the good that they have done and the protections
offered.

So to exclude the patient from the evaluative process is the worst
sort of dehumanization, not to mention bad science.

The delusion that medicine rests entirely on lab science is a
dangerous one. One size fits all mechanized medicine is playing
itself out right now. And people are realizing it and rebelling
against it.

Citizen Jimserac
From: john on

"dr_jeff" <utz(a)msu.edu> wrote in message
news:SK-dnRI8U98LzBnWnZ2dnUVZ_oJi4p2d(a)giganews.com...

>
> Otherwise, all you have is testimonials and anecdotes, which are
> scientifically nearly useless.
>
> Jeff

we all know why that is http://www.whale.to/a/anecdotes_h.html


From: dr_jeff on
Citizen Jimserac wrote:
> On Feb 23, 5:07 pm, dr_jeff <u...(a)msu.edu> wrote:
>> john wrote:
>>> 22 February 2010
>>> Steve Scrutton, Director, Alliance of Registered Homeopaths
>>> PRESS STATEMENT
>>> For Immediate Release
>>> Patients' Voice Excluded From Homeopathy Investigation
>>> If you think patients might know about the treatment options that work best
>>> for them, a parliamentary committee thinks otherwise. The results of a so
>>> called 'evidence check' into the effectiveness of homeopathy have just been
>>> released, and they reveal an extraordinarily narrow view of what constitutes
>>> 'evidence'. For one thing, no one has bothered to ask patients what their
>>> experience of homeopathy has been.
>> The way the patient's have a voice is in good peer-reviewed articles
>> that show how effective or ineffective homeopathy is.
>>
>> Otherwise, all you have is testimonials and anecdotes, which are
>> scientifically nearly useless.
>>
>> Jeff
>
> On the contrary Jeff, patients are the key to the whole deal - let me
> explain:
>
> We have here the opportunity to spot one of the things that has gone
> wrong in the busted health care systems which are happening in every
> major country.
>
> The attempt to divorce patients from the evaluative process is part of
> an attempt to "scientize" medicine.

Wrong. You're acting like science a bad thing. It isn't.

Science is the way we find out what really works.

People are horrible at determining what is causing them to be sick and
what is making them better.

<rest of garbage deleted>

Jeff