No more homeopathy on the Spanish national health service

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NO MORE HOMEOPATHY ON THE SPANISH NHS

SPANISH Ministry of Universal and Public Health has sent an instruction to all health departments to remind them that homeopathy is excluded from the portfolio of national health services.  Furthermore, it outlaws practices described as pseudoscience and their promotion and development in public health centres.

In addition, Health Minister Carmen Montón has sent a letter to the Valencian Health Authorities to request that homeopathic medicines be withdrawn as granted by Royal Legislative Decree 1/2015.

“Good medical practice is linked to scientific evidence and we must clearly differentiate between products that have evidence-based medicine support rather than those products and practices that have not proved their effectiveness”, said Carmen Montón.

The official list of activities that are not considered as health care include naturopathic medicine, naturopathy, traditional Chinese medicine, acupuncture, herbal medicine, nutritional therapy or vitamin treatments.

Also excluded are manipulation and body-based practices, osteopathy, chiropractic, lymphatic drainage, reflexology, shiatsu or aromatherapy, mind and body techniques, yoga, meditation, prayer, kinesiology, hypnotherapy, sophistry, art therapy, energy-based techniques, Qi-Gong or Chi-Kung, Reiki, floral therapy, biomagnetic therapy and any other similar activity.

Apart from the instruction, the Ministry has asked to withdraw recognition of homeopathy as a medicine. “The available scientific evidence concludes that homeopathy has not proved its efficacy in any particular clinical situation,” it states, adding that “considering homeopathy as a medicine represents a real risk that directly influences the protection and restoration of health and may lead to their use in place of recognised and proven medicinal products”.

This decision in Spain comes in the same week that NHS England chief executive Simon Stevens described homeopathy as “at best a placebo and a misuse of scarce NHS funds”.  Over the last five years it has cost the NHS at least £578,000 for treatments using heavily diluted forms of plants, herbs and minerals.  NHS England says there is no “robust evidence” homeopathy works at all and has launched a consultation to stop GPs prescribing it.

Plans first announced back in March of this year have been confirmed to make UK NHS patients pay for items available cheaply in supermarkets and chemists.

56 COMMENTS

  1. I believe that this is a political decision taken by Spain with the influence of other medical practitioners body. I doubt that the way homeopathy treatment spreads across the glob, other branch of medical practitioners are feeling heat of that. So probably they all approach to the Spain govt to eradicate this create treatment from the country to save guard their bread and butter. No doubt the will come everybody will prefer homeopathy treatment over other type of treatments. I am following the homeopathy treatment for all members of my family. It is a great treatment base on strong philosophy. I urge people to accept and observe it with so much of patience for total cure and live a healthy life.

  2. It’s so encouraging to see more and more countries wake up to the incontrovertible fact that homeopathy is fake. Let’s hope the momentum continues and that my country, the U.S., finally eliminates the FDA provisions that exclude homeopathy from having to prove their effectiveness.

    • First, the FDA would have to eliminate Tylenol (kills 400,000 people a year just in the US alone) and many other drugs peddled by Big Pharma because they actively harm people, even when used as directed! Until they do that, it will continue to be futile. Problem is, it’s been proven that the FDA is largely controlled by the very industry it’s supposed to be policing.

      • If the FDA is (largely) controlled – as you assert – by Big Pharma, why have they not eliminated homeopathy already? Many conspiracy-mongers claim homeopathy is such a great threat to Big Pharma business, after all.

        Then perhaps you could provide independent evidence of these 400,000 deaths a year from Tylenol (in the US alone)?

        Then, explain how any of that affects the evidence for homeopathy?

        • Because big Pharma rep– Bayer and other big Pharma are actually buying up homeopathic pharmacies– Boiron being one. BTW they are older than most Pharma companies. Now how could they survive– Why would people pay for placebo? huh?

          • Sorry, what was that an answer to?

            But to add to your list of unanswered points from your previous comment: please provide evidence that Big Pharma are buying homeopathic pharmacies; that Boiron is (has? is in the process of?) being bought (not that they’re a pharmacy, of course).

            Using the age of something to justify its efficacy is a fallacious appeal to antiquity and if you believe homeopathy has specific effects over placebo, please present evidence of that claim.

      • “First, the FDA would have to eliminate Tylenol…”

        No, they wouldn’t have to do that first. They could do it at the same time and one would not have to be dependent on the other.

  3. For those people who want evidence the best evidence would be to experience cure through homoeopathy. I have seen excellent results with homoeopathic medicines and thereby pursued my undergraduate course in the same. The system is based on strong philosophy which cannot be denied by modern medical science. True, there are many concepts that science cannot explain but that doesn’t mean that the system is not genuine. It only means that there is a lot of scope for research and discoveries. Let me remind the world that science is never static, it has never been nor will it ever be. Just like how history talks about evolution of the model of atom, how with years man discovered more components and have succeeded in coming up with a better structure for atom this is a system tat calls for a lot of research. There are a lot of queries which science is unable to answer now but will be able to in the future.

  4. The attacks on homeopathy and other holistic therapies are part of a worldwide coordinated attempt to remove all options for people except toxic and expensive Pharmaceutical drugs. Much unnecessary suffering and death will result from this One can only assume that the people responsible for this have exchanged lost their souls.

    • Alan Schmukler said:

      “The attacks on homeopathy and other holistic therapies are part of a worldwide coordinated attempt to remove all options for people except toxic and expensive Pharmaceutical drugs. Much unnecessary suffering and death will result from this One can only assume that the people responsible for this have exchanged lost their souls.”

      Oh! Please do tell us more about this ‘worldwide conspiracy’ and what led you to believe in it?

      • Oh come on Alan, it’s a well known, proven fact that drugs and doctor’s malpractice is the third cause of death in the world. And they want to get rid of homeopathy and other natural healing methods that never killed anyone!! Are people blind or what?? Are you so brainwashed that you cannot see that the billions of profit of Big Pharma are threatened by natural therapies, as people open their eyes and minds more and more? People are getting killed, for god’s sake, by big pharma and their buddies!!! And they don’t pay for it? Is nobody going to do anything about it? Of course not, because drugs are a huge money maker, and they will destroy anyone that dares to point their finger at them. I don’t know if homeopathy works as a placebo or not, I just know that the third cause of death in the world is medicines, and no one does anything about it. It’s disgusting that they have so many zombies defending them.

        • LOL!

          There’s still a chance for you to provide some, erm… what’s it called? Ah, yes. Evidence. For your claims. Yes, evidence, please.

          Oh! And also explain what any of that has to do with the evidence – or lack thereof – for homeopathy.

  5. Thanks Debasish
    I m a Homoeopathic physician and has been practising since 16 years my patients appreciate for marvolous results of homeopathy after got frustrated with other mode of treatment

      • Maybe you have some honest and robust evidence to prove homeopathy doesn`t work. You now where to find the trials , in fact, anybody can find them, all you need to do is just prove that they irrefutably prove homeopathy does not work. Fake diatribe will not do I am afraid .

        • I don’t know why you expect me to do that: I’ve made no claims about homeopathy so I have no work to do here. But don’t you think there’s an onus – nay, a public responsibility – on those who make claims about homeopathy to substantiate them? Surely homeopaths have that evidence, don;t they?

        • Why on earth should you expect me to do that? Was the article about aspirin? Have I made any claim about aspirin?

          Can you provide some independent evidence for the claims made about homeopathy?

  6. Compared to conventional “drugs”, homeopathic medicines are inexpensive and many people here in the United States can afford to pay out of pocket for a homeopathic consultation and the appropriate remedies. I have used homeopathy for myself, my family and our pets for over 30 years.

    I have taken the time to educate myself about the benefits of homeopathy and via local study groups, thousands of people are learning about the benefits of homeopathy. The non-profit society for homeopathy in the United States has seen a 600% rise in the interest and request for the free study group materials they provide. I practice preventive medicine and know when I can use homeopathy instead of more costly prescription drugs. I have seasonal allergies & homeopathy helps immensely. When I have an upset stomach, a homeopathic remedy helps. Toothache, a homeopathic remedy helps relieve the pain and swelling until I can see my dentist. I have not needed an antibiotic or an antacid for over 20 years. I’ve had a car door slammed shut on a finger. Homeopathic Hypericum relieved the crushing pain and I did not lose the fingernail.

  7. How foolish of the Spanish government to have allowed itself to be held hostage by those lobbying for big pharma. The reality is that homeopathy doesn’t just work it works beautifully. It works without causing iatrogenic diseases. It is non-toxic and non-addictive. It is inexpensive and often curative where conventional treatments fail. People who want to see actual, documented case records of cures of conditions from cancer to Grave’s disease to type 2 diabetes to addiction to prescription drugs can find them by googling “homeopathy cured cases”.

    Homeopathy is the second most used system of medicine in the world today with more than 550 million patients. Its use is growing annually at rates of between 20% and 30% in countries around the world because of its attributes.

    The U.S. takes an active role in the Banerji Protocols International Collaborative Research Consortium. Sitting on the board are Joyce Frye, DO, MBA, MSCE, University of Maryland Medical Center; Elena Ladas, RD, Director, Integrative Therapies Program for Children with Cancer, Pediatric Oncology, Columbia University; Isis Mikhail, M.D., National Cancer Institute; Barbara Sarter, Ph.D., FNB-BC, DiHom, University of San Diego.; Subrata Sen, Ph.D., M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, Texas University. I doubt these organizations and people would be involved with the Banerji homeopathy protocols if homeopathy did not work.

    Finally, homeopathy is recognized as a system of medicine or medical specialty by the governments of 20 countries including Belgium, the UK, Switzerland and Brazil. It is supported on national health care programs by 8 countries including Switzerland, Brazil and the U.S.

    • Christine said:

      “How foolish of the Spanish government to have allowed itself to be held hostage by those lobbying for big pharma.”

      I’m sure RTN would welcome the scoop on how the Spanish Government has been so held hostage – that would be a matter all Spaniards would be deeply interested in. I look forward to reading the story.

  8. Thank you Christine for such an informed and eloquent statement. Homeopathy is the light and those who have used it have seen that light. Those who oppose it do so out of ignorance or corruption, and neither of those reasons is anything to be proud of. Homeopathy is about the life force, which every living thing experiences. Its best expression is in love and service to humanity.

  9. Pardon.
      Allan but you will be forced to use homeopathy one day to survive. Ministers and elected members have shares in medicine companies and want a benefit from these, so they try to get it banned. With the Spanish sick in 1930, the survival was 99.9% with homepathic treatment where doctors had a rate of over 80% died, study it and stick to the truth, you do not know anything about homeopathy

  10. ”The
    Journal of the American Institute
    of Homeopathy, May 1921”
    berettede følgende data:
    Journalerne af Dr. T.A. McCann
    fra Dayton, Ohio, beskrev, at i
    24.000 influenzatilfælde, der
    blev behandlet med
    konventionel medicin, var
    dødelighedsraten 28.2%, mens
    hos dem, der blev behandlet
    homøopatisk, var
    dødelighedsraten kun 1.05%.
    Sorry the officiel numbers is this pleas look it up

  11. Sorry here is the same tranlated
    “The
    Journal of the American Institute
    Of Homeopathy, May 1921 ”
    Reported the following data:
    The journals of Dr. TOE. McCann
    From Dayton, Ohio, described that in
    24,000 influenza cases, there
    Was treated with
    Conventional medicine, var
    Mortality rate 28.2%, while
    Among those who were treated
    Homeopathic, var
    Mortality rate only 1.05%.
    I do not know who you are and you probably believe what you are writing, but please examine the difference between treatment on your own body and not just a theory.
    There is a lot of money in sick people but no money in healthy people and with your opinions, you may be guilty to weak people so they think i can not be better by trying out an untraditional treatment, so beware of yourself and karma.

    • No, that doesn’t help at all.

      “I do not know who you are and you probably believe what you are writing, but please examine the difference between treatment on your own body and not just a theory.
      There is a lot of money in sick people but no money in healthy people and with your opinions, you may be guilty to weak people so they think i can not be better by trying out an untraditional treatment, so beware of yourself and karma.”

      I have no idea why you think any of that is relevant.

      Now, to get back to your conspiracy theory: any evidence for it yet?

  12. Homoeopathy is Based on Natural law,has principle that is fixed,treats the person as a whole…not his individual parts,gives prime importance to mind ,asks how are u feeling. ….It cares cures rapidly and gently. Physicians who practices carelessly this masterpiece should be criticized not the system.

  13. Homeopathy works, there is no disputing that. Some are here only to stir the pot, and this is also known as a ‘troll’ in social media. Let’s not waste our time on people like this. Let him do his own research. And to Alan: questions to ponder…what are you getting out of posting these messages… what would it mean if you succeeded at your intention/goal.. And if you fail?… Tell us about conspiracy and your experience of that …
    After that journal entry (please share), here’s some more homework:
    Can you explain why the UT MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston is working with the Banerji’s currently, and let us know of your findings on that.

    • Moon said:

      “Homeopathy works, there is no disputing that.”

      You say that, yet no one here has provided any evidence to support that position. Can you?

      “Some are here only to stir the pot, and this is also known as a ‘troll’ in social media.”

      Don’t you like questions either? Is there something wrong with expecting people to back up what they claim – particularly when those making them could well be making a living from them?

      “Let’s not waste our time on people like this.”

      You just did, but never mind.

      “Let him do his own research.”

      Oh, I have. But has anyone else here?

      “And to Alan: questions to ponder…what are you getting out of posting these messages… what would it mean if you succeeded at your intention/goal.. And if you fail?… Tell us about conspiracy and your experience of that …”

      What do I get out of it? I might just make someone think for themselves and not simply accept what homeopathy supporters say but who – it seems – are unable to back up their claims. Don’t you think claims – particularly those about health – should be questioned and people given information so that can make fully informed decisions about their healthcare? It would be surprising if you didn’t.

      “After that journal entry (please share), here’s some more homework:
      Can you explain why the UT MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston is working with the Banerji’s currently, and let us know of your findings on that.”

      First, some homework for you: provide evidence that UT MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston is working with the Banerji’s currently. Then we’ll take it from there.

      • An herbal tea that has cured cancer and the patients have lived on beyond 5 years (and way more). What do you think homeopathy is? Aliens from outer space bringing manna from God himself? I have provided the proof you asked for. If you cannot read and comprehend, that is your problem…nobody else’s.

        • Valentina Ivanov said:

          “An herbal tea that has cured cancer and the patients have lived on beyond 5 years (and way more). What do you think homeopathy is? Aliens from outer space bringing manna from God himself? I have provided the proof you asked for. If you cannot read and comprehend, that is your problem…nobody else’s.”

          Oh, it’s not me who doesn’t know what homeopathy is.

          Boiron is the worlds largest manufacturer of homeopathic products. They say:

          “Homeopathy is a therapeutic method that uses highly diluted natural substances to relieve symptoms.”[1]

          The important thing here is the ‘highly diluted’ bit. Most registered or authorised homeopathic products that are on sale in the UK have a dilution of what homeopaths call 30C. That means the substance (natural or otherwise) is diluted one part in 100 raised to the power of 30 parts of water. In long hand, that is a dilution of one part in 1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 parts of water. Boiron’s most dilute product is supposed to be 200C. This is one part in 100 raised to the power 200, or one part in 10,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 parts of water.

          Once you get past 12C, the chances of you finding even just one molecule of the original substance in it (if it’s been manufactured correctly) is zero. Yet homeopaths claim their potions actually get more potent the more they are diluted.

          I kid you not.

          Then there’s the shaking ritual they have to go through at each step in the dilution process, without which, it’s not homeopathic. According to the homeopathy fundamentalists, this has to be done against a leather-bound bible or a horse-hair pad.

          Now, your essiac tea is just a plain old decoction containing material amounts of herbal parts in variable and possibly unknown quantities.

          Another notion of homeopathy is their doctrine of ‘like cures like’: but not all homeopaths can even agree on that, so even if your tea was manufactured according to homeopathic doctrines, it still isn’t homeopathy.

          Would you like me to teach you more about homeopathy?

          __________
          1. www.boironusa.com/education-training/homeopathy/

    • Thanks Valentina! I am aware that Essiac has helped many cancer patients as well as animals. When a person has cancer, their immune system is already compromised. The logic of conventional medicine to bombard patients with radiation and chemicals that are carcinogenic themselves, makes no sense physiologically.

      Don’t give up participating in forms such as this. Have your say and ignore those who can’t think out of the box.

      • According to Wikipedia, “Homeopathy is a system of alternative medicine created in 1796 by Samuel Hahnemann, based on his doctrine of like cures like (similia similibus curentur), a claim that a substance that causes the symptoms of a disease in healthy people would cure similar symptoms in sick people.[1] Homeopathy is a pseudoscience – a belief that is incorrectly presented as scientific.”

        My, my! This means modern medicine practices homeopathy all the time…they call it vaccination!

        • You might like to read the rest of that article, but no, no, it doesn’t. Vaccines contain material quantities of antigens, they act by well-understood mechanisms and their effects can be quantified by measuring antibody titres, None of that applies to homeopathy.

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