Tuesday, December 20, 2005

Someone against homoeopathy

Millions of people get cured by homoeopathy all over the world and still some foolish people try to argue that it is not so. What follows is a article I came across yesterday.

I don't know why don't they conduct research on millions of people suffering from alleviate. I am sure even if they conduct one there are people and companies around to make sure those articles do not get published. I have seen many of my relatives suffering at the hands on the allopathic doctor.

Even if homoeopathy doesn't work at least it doesn't harm anyone like allopathy does.

So why not leave it alone and go after allopathy which does harm ?!

I wish this professor gets a very good disease which cannot be cured by any other medicinal line and comes to beg at the hands of homoeopathy for a cure or may be make him keep drinking water all his life as mentioned by himself.

Professor savages homeopathy

By Robin McKie The Observer London:

Millions of people use it to deal with illnesses ranging from asthma to migraine. Prince Charles believes it is the answer to many of the evils of modern life. But now Britain’s first professor of complementary medicine, Edzard Ernst of Exeter University, has denounced homeopathy as ineffective. “Homeopathic remedies don’t work,” he told The Observer. “Study after study has shown it is simply the purest form of placebo. You may as well take a glass of water than a homeopathic medicine.” Nor is Ernst’s disdain confined to homeopathy. Chiropractic, which involves spine manipulation to treat illnesses, and the laying on of hands to “cure” patients, are equally invalid, he says. Not surprisingly, his views and his studies have provoked furious reactions. Chiropractors and homeopaths have written in droves to Exeter to denounce him. But now the scourge of alternative medicine says he is going to have to quit because Exeter will no longer support him or his department. “They have never provided me with the money they originally promised me. Now we have been told in no uncertain terms that this department is going to close.” The university denied the charge. “Professor Ernst’s department has enough money to go on for a couple of more years,” said a spokesman. “We are trying to raise cash. It is premature to talk of closure.”

Ernst’s department was created in 1993 when Exeter was given £1.5 million by construction magnate Maurice Laing. When accepting these funds, Ernst said the university promised to raise the same amount again. “They never did,” he added. Ernst, then a professor of rehabilitation medicine in Vienna, took the job to bring scientific rigour to the study of alternative medicines, an approach that has made him a controversial figure in the field. An example is provided by Ernst’s study of arnica, given as a standard homeopathic treatment for bruising. Arnica or placebo “We arranged for patients after surgery to be given arnica or a placebo,” he said. “They didn’t know which they were getting. It made no difference. They got better at the same rate, whether they got arnica or the placebo. And arnica is a classic homeopathic remedy. It doesn’t work, however.” In another study, Ernst got five homeopaths to examine children with asthma. “Children are supposed to respond better than adults to homeopathy, and asthma is said to be particularly responsive to homeopathic treatments,” he said. “However, again we found no evidence homeopathy worked.”

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