Society of Homeopaths (SoH) to withdraw from an accreditation scheme.

Posted 25 May 2023

The UK’s Professional Standards Authority (PSA) has announced new Standards for voluntary registers of healthcare providers, causing the Society of Homeopaths (SoH) to withdraw from the accreditation scheme.

The PSA – the government body which oversees and accredits healthcare bodies – has included in their new Standards a ‘public interest’ test, which will weigh up whether the evidence for the benefits of a treatment covered by a register outweigh any risks. The new Standards come after a public consultation on the scope of the Accredited Registers programme, to which Good Thinking made a submission arguing that practitioners who offer therapies whose health benefits are not demonstrated by reliable, high-quality evidence should not be accredited.

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Russian Academy of Sciences Labels Homeopathy a ‘Health Hazard’

Posted 07 February 2017

CamCheck does not focus on homeopathy but limits its focus to other CAMS. However, occasionally a relevant article that has broader implications, and may be of interest to our readers, will be posted.

It has just been reported that the Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS) has labelled homeopathic medicine a health hazard. The organization is now petitioning Russia’s Ministry of Health to abandon the use of homeopathic medicine in the country’s state hospitals.

A RAS committee warns that some patients were rejecting standard medicine for serious conditions in favour of homeopathic remedies, a move that almost inevitably puts their lives in danger. The committee also noted that, because of sloppy quality control during the manufacturing processes, some unlicensed homeopathic remedies contain toxic substances which harm patients in a direct fashion.

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USA: Homeopathic ‘treatments’ to obey the same labelling standards as medicines

Posted 22 November 2016

CamCheck does not focus on homeopathy but limits its focus to other CAMS.

Here are two articles that relate to homeopathy, scientific evidence, and claims:
“[T]he Federal Trade Commission issued a statement this month which said that homeopathic remedies have to be held to the same standard as other products that make similar claims. In other words, American companies must now have reliable scientific evidence for health-related claims that their products can treat specific conditions and illnesses”.

This is interesting for many other CAMS in the USA do not. Similarly in South Africa, as CamCheck points out, many CAMS do not have reliable scientific evidence for health-related claims.

  • The US government is finally telling people that homeopathy is a sham
  • A new ruling finally requires homeopathic ‘treatments’ to obey the same labelling standards as real medicines

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Jimmy Wales, founder of Wikipedia, on homeopathy (and Oscillococcinum)

Jimmy Wales, the founder of Wikipedia, has written a hard hitting opinion on homeopathy (and Oscillococcinum).

He writes:


[quote]Oscillococcinum is a complete hoax product. The method of production is to take an extract of duck liver and heart and dilute it in a 1:100 ratio with water, and to do that dilution over and over, 200 times. Wikipedia, in the article I linked up above, eloquently explains what this means: “Mathematically, in order to have a reasonable chance to obtain one molecule of the original extract, the patient would have to consume an amount of the remedy roughly 10^321 times the number of atoms in the observable universe.”[/quote]

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