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Doctors – Compromised and Kept in the Dark

Last modified on November 29th, 2018

Editorial
Alan V. Schmukler

EDITORIAL November 2018

In spite of homeopathy’s 200 years of success, few allopaths have taken note of it, nor have they questioned the effectiveness or safety of their prescription drugs.To understand this, it would help to know that a national survey by the New England Journal of Medicine 1, found that 94% of physicians had ties to the pharmaceutical industry, receiving either money or free products.

Further, doctors are not likely to read about the successes of homeopathy or the failures of conventional drugs in their medical journals. In a study published in the British Medical Journal in 2017 2, Jessica J. Liu found that, of 713 editors of medical journals, 50.6% received payments from pharmaceutical or medical device manufacturers. The payments ranged from $28,000to over $100,000.

Some Medical Journal editors have acknowledged this problem. Dr. Marcia Angell, former Editor in Chief of New England Journal of Medicine wrote in 2009:

 “It is simply no longer possible to believe much of the clinical research that is published, or to rely on the judgment of trusted physicians or authoritative medical guidelines. I take no pleasure in this conclusion, which I reached slowly and reluctantly over my two decades as an editor.”3      

and…

Dr. A.S. Relman former editor in chief of the NEJM said in 2002:

“The medical profession is being bought by the pharmaceutical industry, not only in terms of the practice of medicine, but also in terms of teaching and research. The academic institutions of this country are allowing themselves to be the paid agents of the pharmaceutical industry. I think it’s disgraceful” 4

and…

Richard Horton, editor in chief of The Lancet said in 2015:

“The case against science is straightforward: much of the scientific literature, perhaps half, may simply be untrue.”His criticisms included “studies with small sample sizes, tiny effects, invalid exploratory analyses, and flagrant conflicts of interest”.He concluded that “science has taken a turn towards darkness.”

In other words, the phrase “evidenced based medicine” doesn’t accurately describe pharmaceutical drugs. Rather, it’s a catch phrase being used to suppress safer, more effective holistic healing methods. Pharma uses government regulatory agencies to carry out this suppression. In the U.S. alone, the pharmaceutical lobby donated over $24 million dollars to legislators in 2017.Members of the FDA’s scientific advisory committees received payments from Pharma ranging from $10,000 to over $100,000.7 Is it any wonder that the FDA is now threatening to ban homeopathic remedies?

If homeopathy is to survive and take its rightful place in the medical world, the homeopathy community will have to make it a household word, which is a job for professional advertising agencies. We must also expose corrupt individuals in government, the media and academia who disparage homeopathy for money.

(1) https://www.nejm.org/doi/pdf/10.1056/NEJMsa064508

(2)https://www.bmj.com/content/359/bmj.j4619

Published in BMJ2017; 359doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.j4619(Published 26 October 2017)Cite this as: BMJ 2017;359:j4619

(3) https://www.nybooks.com/articles/2009/01/15/drug-companies-doctorsa-story-of-corruption/

(4)  https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12561803 – Dr. A.S. Relmanformer editor in chief of the NEJM said this in 2002

(5)https://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736%2815%2960696-1/fulltext

(6) https://www.opensecrets.org/industries/summary.php?ind=H04++

(7) https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2018/07/hidden-conflicts-pharma-payments-fda-advisers-after-drug-approvals-spark-ethical

In this issue

HOMEOPATHS IN THE HOT-SEAT

An interview with the late Dr. Peter Fisher – Vatsala Sperling RSHom, PhD. Dr. Peter Fisher was homeopath to the Queen and director of research at the Royal London Hospital, where he worked for over 35 years.

A live interview with Jan Scholten – (video and transcript)  DavidNortman ND.  Dr. Jan Scholten took a conceptual leap and pioneered the periodic table method of classifying the elements for homeopathy. His works include –Homeopathy and Minerals, Homeopathy and the Elements, Minerals in Plants.

ARTICLES:

–– Decoding Homoeopathic Therapeutic Strategy in Acute Glomerulonephritis (AGN) In PaediatricPractice  –Drs. NavinPawskar&Kalyani Koya

––185 Years of Official Recognition of Homeopathy in Russia – Dr. Leonid Kosmodemyanskiy

–– First Method of Preparing Homoeopathic Medicine – Korsakoff on the Useof Glass Vials – Thomas Lindsley Bradford, M. D

––Soul of Remedies –Theridon – Dr. Rajan Sankaran

––Slipped Disc – Dr.  Manish Bhatia

––Proving of Blue Triangle Butterfly – Heidi Wedd

–– My Journey to Homeopathy – Dr. Khalid Farooqi

–– Homoeoprophylaxis with ZEN Homoeopathy – TorakoYuiPh.D.Hom

–– Tidbits – Elaine Lewis

–– Tips & Secrets – Dr. Sneha Thakkar

CLINICAL CASES

–– Hot Flushes in a woman of 59  – Petr Zacharias

–– Severe constipation in a baby – Lynne ShrubbRHom

–– Asthma and food allergies in a teen – Dr. Rajini Venkatanathan

–– Hypothyroidism &Menorrhagia  – Dr. Shrikant Talari

––Impetigo in a child of 4 – Dr. Jaya Saini

––  Painful urination in a boy of 8 – Azizur RahmanLt.Col MD

––  A brief intervention in kidney failure  –Dr Julius Fernandes

–– A case of African buffalo – Helen Dalton

BOOK REVIEWS

–– The Art of Follow Up by Dr. Rajan Sankaran is reviewed by Vatsala SperlingRSHom, PhD, PDHom

–– Exact,  Complete, Depth – the 8 Box Method of Case Analysis – by Dr Rajan Sankaran – reviewed by Rochelle Marsden MSc, RSHom

VETERINARY

––Ask the Holistic Vet– Dr. Deva Khalsa

––Holistic Health Care for Cats – Madeleine Innocent

––  Aggression in Sows  – Dr. Ferenc Szecsõdi

PLAY CROSSWORDS!

–– Crossword November 2018 – Alan V. Schmukler

CARTOONS

–– Alan V. Schmukler

SOLVE THE CASE QUIZ

–– Elaine  Lewis, Shana Lewis

–– Revisiting… (answer to last month’s quiz):  Elaine  Lewis, Shana Lewis

RESEARCH

–– A Pilot Study of Individualised Homeopathic Treatment of Chronic Constipation – Drs. Farhana Nakhooda&Tebogo Tsele-Tebakang

–– Homeopathic Treatment as an Aid to Inclusive Integrationof Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder  –Dr. M.A. Rajalakshmi

–– Quotable Homeopathic Research–  LorettaButehorn PhD,Robert Medhurst, BNatDHom, Communication Committee, NCH,Dr. Saurav Arora.

AGROHOMEOPATHY

The Plant Doctor – November 2018 – RadkoTichavsky

About the author

Alan V. Schmukler

Alan V. Schmukler

Alan V. Schmukler is a homeopath, Chief Editor of Homeopathy4Everyone and author of ”Homeopathy An A to Z Home Handbook”, (also available in French, German, Greek, Polish and Portuguese). He is Hpathy’s resident cartoonist and also produces Hpathy’s Tips & Secrets column and homeopathy Crossword puzzles each month. You can visit Alan at his website: www.healgently.com

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