Press release in response to the demonstration by the Sceptics Society from the New Zealand Council of Homeopaths
We understand that the Sceptics Society in Christchurch plans to draw attention to what they consider to be the ineffectiveness of homeopathy by consuming many doses of different remedies within a short space of time. They plan, in their own words, to “overdose.” They plan to do this in Christchurch this Saturday, Jan. 30th.
Our response is this:
1. The concept of “ overdosing” is one that is peculiar to
conventional medicine where material doses are used. In
homeopathic remedies above the 12th potency no molecule of the
material substance remains. Therefore overdosing cannot happen.
2. Just because there is nothing material in the homeopathic remedy
it does not mean that there is no “active ingredient.” Recent
research has shown that it could be the electromagnetic property
of the homeopathic remedy that is instrumental in its
effectiveness. ( 1)
3. For the homeopathic remedy to be curative the recipient must be
sensitive to the remedy. Not everybody is susceptible to the same
things – some people have hay fever and for others pollen is not
an issue. Some people are allergic to nuts and others can eat them
with impunity. It’s the same with homeopathy – a person will not
respond to the remedy unless they have a susceptibility to it.
4. Recently a small group tried to get the Minister of Health in the United Kingdom to remove homeopathy from the National Health Service. The Minister of Health has stated that it is up to clinicians what they prescribe.
5. Studies show the effectiveness of homeopathy (2)
6. The demonstration does nothing except demonstrate the ignorance of
the participants as to the philosophy and practice of homeopathy.
(1) Recent research by Professor Luc Montagnier, a French virologist who co-discovered HIV and who won the Nobel Prize in 2008, and his team supports the idea that actually the homeopathic remedy has an active” ingredient.” They report the results of a series of rigorous experiments investigating the electromagnetic properties of highly-diluted biological samples. The study demonstrates that some bacterial DNA sequences are able to induce electromagnetic waves at high aqueous dilutions. It appears to be a resonance phenomenon triggered by the ambient electromagnetic background of very low frequency waves.
Montagnier L, Aissa J, Ferris S, Montagnier J-L, Lavallee C (2009). Electromagnetic Signals Are Produced by Aqueous Nanostructures Derived from Bacterial DNA Sequences. Interdisciplinary Sciences: Computational Life Sciences, 1: 81-90.
(2) Dr. Peter Fisher, Medical Director of the London Homeopathic Hospital, reviewed the published homeopathy controlled trials in February 2008. In a briefing to the UK Parliament about the NHS homeopathic hospitals he said:
* There were 134 published RCTs of homeopathy to the end of 2007
* In terms of statistically significant findings, 59 (44%) of the
134 trials showed a positive effect for homeopathy (i.e., more
effective than placebo); 8 (6%) showed a negative effect; 67 (50%)
were inconclusive either way
* Furthermore 4 out of 5 comprehensive systematic reviews of
homeopathy RCTs have concluded that homeopathy is not a placebo.
Submitted by Mary Glaisyer
Media spokesperson for the New Zealand Council of Homeopaths
Contact numbers: 03-5482107
address: 35, Atmore Tce., Nelson
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