Detractors call for homeopathic charities to loose charitable status

The Good Think Society (GTS) gave the Charity Commission an ultimatum, on the 15th September, to withdraw the charitable status of charities representing homeopathy by the end of the day or it would initiate High Court proceedings to force it to do so. This followed their initial request earlier in June.

Lawyers acting on behalf of the GTS wrote to the Charity Commission to challenge the refusal to revoke the charitable status of organisations registered as charities which advocate homeopathy – this would include Friends of the RLHIM and the British Homeopathic Association. GTS asked the Charity Commission to either revoke the registration of these charities, or commission a full review regarding organisations promoting complementary medicine that cannot show ‘public benefit based on sound scientific evidence’.

The Charity Commission have now agreed to such a review which, it is said, will be completed by July 1st, 2017.

Mark Taylor, the Chief Executive of the Society of Homeopaths has written to William Shawcross, Chair of the Charity Commission to protest. In it he rejects the GTS’s assertion that these charities should have their charitable status withdrawn.

In the letter, Taylor sets out the case for homeopathy, why these charities offer public benefit and condemns GTS for ‘the PR stunt and spectacular aversion to taking into account any evidence that undermines their own prejudices and interests.’

to read the Society of Homeopath’s letter to the Charity Commission , click here

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New database of clinical trials in homeopathy

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Carstens Stiftung has launched a new database on clinical outcome research in homeopathy, in association with the Homeopathy Research Institute, called Core-HOM.

Launched in May 2014, it was created in answer to the need for a reliable and publicly available source of information in the field of clinical research in homeopathy. It is still under construction and is constantly updated, but currently consists of 1062 clinical trials, observational studies and surveys in the field of homeopathy.

Registration for and use of CORE-Hom are free of charge. The database was designed to offer researchers and the general public a solid foundation from which to assess the quality of homeopathy trials as well as the many clinical fields to which they relate. The search grid offers a way to navigate the data, offering the possibility of searching through clinical condition or clinical field, name of author and more.

In an article to introduce the new database to the public, published online in the Homeopathy Journal on 11 August 2014, the authors identify 352 of the trials referenced in the database were published in peer reviewed journals, 198 of which were randomised controlled trials. The most often used remedy was Arnica montana (n = 103). The most studied medical conditions were respiratory tract infections (n = 126) and traumatic injuries (n = 110). The article describes and explains the interface, features and content of the database.

To read the article click on the title : CORE-Hom: A powerful and exhaustive database of clinical trials in homeopathy, Clausen, Moss, Tournier, Ldtke, Albrecht; Homeopathy, 11 August 2013 or to access the database

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World Health Assembly progress on traditional medicine

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Press Release from WHO: http://www.who.int/mediacentre/news/releases/2014/WHA-20140523/en/

23 May 2014 | GENEVA – The World Health Assembly

Traditional medicine

The Health Assembly approved WHO’s traditional medicine strategy 2014–2023. Traditional medicine covers a wide variety of therapies and practices which vary from country to country and region to region. The strategy aims to build the knowledge base for national policies and strengthen quality assurance, safety, proper use and effectiveness of traditional and complementary medicine through regulation. It also aims to promote universal health coverage by integrating traditional and complementary medicine services into health care service delivery and home care.

Click here to read the report: WHO – Traditional medicine – Report by Secretariat – March 2014

Homeopathy Research Institute responds to flawed Australian report on homeopathy

The Homeopathy Research Institute [HRI] has prepared a full response to the recently published Australian report on homeopathy.

June 2nd 2014
The Homeopathy Research Institute (HRI) welcomes attempts to critically evaluate the evidence base for homeopathy, providing this is done accurately and objectively. Sadly, the draft Information Paper on Homeopathy recently released by Australia’s National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) is based on an evidence review which fails on both these counts.  Click here to read more.

RLHIM Patient Champions Integrated Medicine at Parliamentary Event

Lauren Vaknine with David Amess MP
Lauren Vaknine with David Amess MP

When only 2 years old, Lauren Vaknine was diagnosed with Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis – now termed Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis (JIA) – it was predicted that by the age of twenty she would most likely be wheelchair bound.

With her family’s support, using complementary medicines and, not least, drawing on her own determination and will power, Lauren battled various set-backs and, despite an event which, at 18, saw her confined to a wheelchair, she is now healthier than many 20-30 year olds.

Eight years ago Lauren was invited to speak at a Parliamentary event for young people with arthritis, which was hosted by David Amess.

That day made a huge impact on her as she realised, for the first time, how different she was to other JIA sufferers. She was the only one in the room who had no long-term joint, bone or organ damage, and no deformities. She was also the only one who had been treated with integrated medicine.

On 4th June, David Amess MP hosted another Parliamentary event for young people with arthritis at the House of Commons, which Lauren organised. The event was to raise awareness about JIA among MPs, healthcare professionals, students and patients and their parents, on the importance of early diagnosis, living a healthy lifestyle, and encouraging patients to take their healthcare into their own hands.

Keynote speakers were:

  • Dr Clarissa Pilkington – Paediatric Rheumatologist at Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital
  • Dr Peter Fisher – Consultant Rheumatologist and Clinical Director of the Royal London Hospital for Integrated Medicine
  • Lauren Vaknine – Writer, campaigner, Trustee of the British Homeopathic Association and JIA sufferer
  • Denise Balyoz – Mother of 6 year old child with JIA

Lauren acts as a patient ambassador for the Friends of the Royal London Hospital for Integrated Medicine and also campaigns to help improve paediatric care on the NHS.

Click here to see Lauren’s inspirational and moving talk about her experiences growing up as a child with JIA.