'Homoeopathy works!' by JENNY HOPE, Daily Mail

Homoeopathy really does work and doctors should recognise its healing effects, say researchers.

A study found that allergy sufferers who were given Homoeopathic treatment were ten times more likely to be cured than those given a dummy pill instead.

Doctors should be more positive about the alternative medicine, which is the only complementary therapy available on the NHS, the researchers said.

Their study attempts to settle the controversy over Homoeopathic treatment, which critics say is not effective because of the tiny level of active substance used in most remedies.

It works on the principle that a substance which in large doses will cause the symptoms of an illness can be used in minute doses to relieve the same symptoms.

Critics argue that the active substance is so diluted that Homoeopathic remedies have no more effect than placebo or dummy treatment.

The study put Homoeopathy to the test in 50 patients suffering from nasal allergies. They were given either a Homoeopathic preparation or a placebo.

Each day for four weeks patients recruited from general practices and a hospital in London measured their nasal air flow and recorded symptoms such as blocked, runny or itchy nose, sneezing or eye irritation.

Both groups reported that they got better - but on average patients who received Homoeopathy had a 28 per cent improvement in nasal air flow compared with 3 per cent among those in the placebo group.

The study was carried out by doctors in Glasgow, led by Dr David Reilly of the Glasgow Homoeopathic Hospital, one of five specialist hospitals in Britain. He said the difference in results from the two treatments was statistically significant.

Dr Reilly said this was the fourth trial carried out by his hospital, all with similar results. In addition, there were positive findings in 70 per cent of a further 180 clinical trials.

'I hope this will encourage doctors to examine the volume of evidence supporting Homoeopathy - they might be quite surprised at the positive outcome in many trials,' he said.

He added that it would take consistent scientific investigation to persuade some doctors, but attitudes were changing.

About 20 per cent of doctors in Scotland have basic Homoeopathic training compared with one per cent 15 years ago.

'It isn't just about the remedies, which can be put to the test in trials, but about a greater holistic approach in encouraging self-healing and self-recovery.'

Dr Bob Leckridge, president of the Faculty of Homoeopathy - the body for doctors, vets, nurses and other health professionals - said: 'This latest research builds on existing evidence that Homoeopathy works, something that hundreds of doctors and their patients have known for 200 years.'

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Regulation of Unregistered Health Practitioners - Consultation Submissions

From: Lenton, Kate |
Subject: Regulation of Unregistered Health Practitioners - Consultation Submissions
Sent: Mar 08 '11 11:37

Dear Kate

I am writing to advise that a national consultation has  commenced under the auspice of the Australian Health Ministers’ Advisory Council (AHMAC) to seek feedback from the community about regulatory protections available to consumers who use the services of unregistered health practitioners. Unregistered health practitioners are those people who provide  health services to members of the public and who are not required to be  registered under the National Registration and Accreditation Scheme.

A consultation paper titled _Options for regulation of unregistered  health practitioners_ has been published on the AHMAC website ([LINK:] under ‘Related Links’.

The purpose of the national consultation is to invite  submissions on whether existing protections for consumers who use the services  of unregistered health practitioners are adequate and if further public protection measures are required.   The results of the consultation will inform a report to the Australian  Health Ministers Conference, a Ministerial Council made up of State, Territory  and Commonwealth Health Ministers.

You are invited to make a submission addressing the  issues raised in the paper. Questions have been placed throughout the paper and  a Quick Response Form is available to assist in framing responses.  Details of how to make a submission are  available at the website above. Submissions
should be received by 14 April 2011.

If you are unable to access the website to obtain a copy  of the paper, please contact:

Glenys Sleeman
Senior Project Officer
Health Practitioner Regulation Unit
Department of Health Victoria

Ph: 03 9096 1160

Yours sincerely

Kate Lenton
A/Senior Policy  Officer
Workforce Policy, Planning  & Reviews Branch
Workforce Directorate - WA  Health

P (08) 9222 4211 F (08) 9222  0278


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