Imagine what it would be like if you couldn’t use Homeopathy or Arnica when your soccer loving son bangs his head? Or Rescue Remedy when your mum has to go back to England? Imagine a world without homeopathy? If you wish to continue using natural therapies as part of your life, please act now and do something to help and support this campaign.
Currently Australians have the freedom to choose whichever therapy they wish for their health needs. But right now, your right to choose natural therapies is under threat and to fight this, we need your help. In recent years, vested interests have unduly influenced government processes,
designed to take the public’s rights away. This will directly affect your right to choose your own therapies, and your healthcare professional. Medicines, services and rebates you currently enjoy using, may be restricted. Imagine not having Arnica to use for injuries? Or remedies to treat ear infections when antibiotics don’t help?
Background to what is happening to your freedom of choice in healthcare: NHMRC Report on homeopathy
In 2015, the Australian National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) published a report informing Australians that there is “no reliable evidence” that homeopathy is effective. Anyone who has seen the remedies work, looks at that statement and automatically thinks “What?”
NHMRC reviews also concluded there is no evidence for any of 16 other natural therapies Australians use every day, including herbal medicine, naturopathy and massage. Again: “What?” A formal investigation into NHMRC’s procedures and methods has revealed research fraud and misconduct! In Australia, the homeopathic community, the natural medicine community and practitioner associations are joining together to fight this. It can be done and it urgently need funds to challenge the NHMRC report.
This political campaign needs funds and then it can make a huge difference
The natural medicine community needs funds now, to lobby politicians to have this report set aside and to protect the community from further unethical research conduct by taxpayer-funded government institutions. A complaint to the Commonwealth Ombudsman is currently being considered, so the next three months is crucial. This campaign is designed to help protect your healthcare rights. This issue is on a knife edge and is likely to be decided upon by the end of August.
How can you help?
Yes, it all comes down to money and donations. Every donation can make a difference. Click through to the donation page and enter the words HOMEOPATHY CAMPAIGN FUND in the ‘Leave a message why this donation is special to you’ area, at the bottom of the donation page. What do you get in return? Reassurance that you helped make a difference while you still can!
90% of Australian Doctors are asked about alternative medicines
It’s heartening to look at some statistics on how Australians and other countries around the world make use of complementary and alternative medicines. In fact a large number (90%) of Australian doctors get asked about natural medicines by their patients (Australian Family Physician, June 2000, 29, 6, 602-606). In France, 40% of the Doctors themselves prescribe Homeopathy, and the patients using Homeopathy cost the French government half of that for patients who use orthodox treatments (Archives of Family Medicine, 1998, 7, 537-540).
It’s not so heartening hearing about what our own Australian National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) have recently said about homeopathy, one of the most widely used complementary medicines in the world.
Despite such positive statistics about the use of homeopathy by the public, there is a movement across the Western world against homeopathy, in favour of medicines which enjoy funding for research. Despite the fact that there has been precious little funding for study into homeopathy, it is one of the fastest growing areas of research as homeopaths, medical professionals and other scientists around the world unite to answer some of the burning questions Homeopathy brings with it.
The Swiss love Homeopathy
If you are fortunate like the Swiss, your government prefers you to use Homeopathy to treat your health complaints, because of its obvious cost effectiveness. But in Australia, the NHMRC is trying to push homeopathy further and further away from the reach of all Australians. It means that this wonderful system of health care, which offers effective and gentle treatment for all kinds of health issues, as well as potentially providing many alternatives to reduce the antibiotic crisis, may gradually become more and more difficult to practice. You may no longer be able to take your three year old to the homeopath for an earache, despite Homeopathy offering one of the most effective treatments for middle ear issues. If you are suffering from a tummy bug, you may just have to wait it out rather than finding relief in a dose of Arsenicum or Nux vomica from your first aid kit that you have on hand for such occasions. As for chronic, ongoing complaints…….
Scientific evidence and homeopathy
Well, despite the fact that there is quite a mountain of viable evidence that is growing by the day, it continues to be bandied about in conventional circles that there isn’t enough evidence to justify homeopathy’s continued use in Australia. That’s what the NHMRC thinks anyway. The double blind, placebo controlled, randomised clinical trial is considered to be the gold standard of science when looking at the effectiveness of a substance on a particular health issue. The only thing is, if you know anything about homeopathy, one of its strengths is that it works on a highly individual basis. If two people come in with a cough, it’s highly likely each will get a different homeopathic remedy depending on their symptoms: what time the cough is at its worst; how the cough came about; and any other mitigating factors that are relevant.
There is not much chance for such a scenario to fit the double blind placebo controlled randomised trial model, since it is imperative for the homeopath to intimately know the symptoms of their client, as well as to put a lot of thought into their choice of remedy. I call that really good client care, but the NHMRC call it unscientific. They would prefer for such treatments to be a one size fits all type approach like pharmaceuticals, which fit very nicely into the gold standard of research, especially when there are millions of dollars to throw at it.
Even with these restrictions it’s possible to find quite a few gold standard studies on homeopathy and I have included a great (unrefuted) one here. This study makes the very valid point that more research into homeopathy is needed, especially those with more participants.
We’ll say it again: Here’s how can you help
- Now it’s up to you. Even if you take the time to make just one small donation right now that’s great. Maybe $50 (think restaurant money)
- If you can make a small monthly donation that’s even better. Maybe $20 a month (think coffee money)
- If every one of our homeopathy clients did this there would be over three thousand individual donations! That would really help
- You the people hold the power to save homeopathy
- But potentially this is not just about Homeopathy, its about natural health care in general
- If you run a small business or a large corporation please make a bigger donation (think Ethical EOFY Tax Deductions)
- Here’s that link again Make an EOFY Ethical Donation NOW
|This article was first written in 2014 and has been recently edited in May 2017 to reflect the current situation in Australia|
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