Monday, June 28, 2010

Is Homeopathy quackery or is it witchcraft?

The University of Minnesota

Academic Health Center actively encourages

the practice of homeopathy

From the British Medical Association:

Homeopathy is "witchcraft" and the National Health Service should not pay for it, the British Medical Association has declared.
From the Daily Mail (UK):

Homeopathy is worse than witchcraft - and the NHS must stop paying for it

From the University of Minnesota Website:


What is Homeopathy?
Homeopathy is a complete system of medicine that works with the body's innate ability to heal. It uses very dilute doses of substances that stimulate the body's own defense mechanism and healing powers and return it to a state of balance-physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually.
Very dilute is the understatement of the century. The probability that a molecule of the so-called active agent is present in a homeopathic dose is infinitely small.

For example, homeopathic substances are very dilute, so much so that they may not have any measurable "substance" left in them. In addition, the action of the remedy is to stimulate a healing response.
And so if there is nothing in the dose, how can it work? Magic? How is this healing response stimulated by nothing?

To make matters even worse, the University of Minnesota Academic Health Center will even help you locate a homeopath!

How Do I Select a Qualified Homeopath?

Homeopathy is a field that attracts many different types of individuals, some with conventional medical training and credentials, and others without. (Some of the most renowned homeopaths in the world today have no formal medical training or licensing.) In addition, there are many different paths of study and regulation, and licensing varies from state to state.

If there is a serious, complex, or chronic health issue, the patient needs a homeopathic practitioner who is classically trained.

[A serious, complex, or chronic health issue should certainly not be treated by a homeopath. For the Academic Health Center to recommend such a course of action is both unethical and unconscionable.]

Below are the various certifying organizations.

Council for Homeopathic Certification (CHC) has been certifying professional homeopaths in the U.S. since 1991.

American Institute of Homeopathy certifies medical and osteopathic doctors in the U.S. via the American Board of Homeotherapeutics.

The Homeopathic Academy of Naturopathic Physicians (HANP) certifies naturopathic doctors in the U.S.

A good resource to help you find a practitioner is the North American Society of Homeopaths (NASH), which registers professional homeopaths in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico.

Homeopaths need to be certified by CHC (above) before they can be registered with the NASH.

Examples of classical training institutions in the U.S. include, but is not limited to, the following:

* Atlantic Academy of Classical Homeopathy in New York
* Arizona Center for Health and Medicine in Scottsdale, Ariz.
* Hahnemann College of Homeopathy in Pt. Richmond, Calif.
* National College of Naturopathic Medicine in Portland, Ore.
* New England School of Homeopathy in Amherst, Mass.
* Northwestern Academy of Homeopathy in Minneapolis, Minn.
* Pacific Academy of Homeopathic Medicine in San Francisco, Ca
Driven to Discover what?

That pushing junk science in an Academic Health Center is acceptable?

Not in an evidence based medical school. Not in an institution that aims to be one of the top three public research universities in the world.

This head in sand behavior of the AHC administration is yet another example of avoiding dealing with a real health issue until forced to.


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