Homeopathy has a long history in France, and today it is widely used and hugely popular. To illustrate this, in 2003, 62 % of French mothers used homeopathic medicines 1 and 94.5 % of pharmacists helped pregnant women select remedies.2 Most of the pharmacy schools teach homeopathy, as do seven medical schools. Twenty-five thousand doctors prescribe the remedies.3 Oscillococcinum is one of the best selling flu remedies in France.
In spite of that, Lille University School of Medicine, the largest medical teaching center, suspended its Diploma of Homeopathy program for the 2018-19 academic year. The diploma has been in existence for 30 years, and those teaching the course were never consulted about the decision. This was the result of an open letter to the newspaper Le Figaro, signed by 124 healthcare practitioners, calling for a ban on alternative medicines.4 The dean of the Faculty of Medicine, Didier Gosset, declared:
“It has to be said that we teach medicine based on proof – we insist on absolute scientific rigour – and it has to be said that homeopathy has not evolved in the same direction, that it is a doctrine that has remained on the margins of the scientific movement, that studies on homeopathy are rare, that they are not very substantial….”
Every homeopath reading that statement, along with the millions of lay people who have been cured by homeopathy, will recognize all the falsehoods in it. It is conventional drugs that are not based on scientific rigor. The drug testing process is performed by the drug companies, and is fraught with corruption. Test results are often falsified to hide side effects, and the drugs are constantly recalled for causing injury or death. On the other hand, most basic research in homeopathy, including provings, is done by people who have nothing to gain but knowledge. Homeopathy is affirmed by hundreds of excellent studies done with people, animals, plants and in vitro.5 Cases cured by homeopathy number in the tens of thousands, spanning 200 years.
It strains credulity that the dean of Lille University School of Medicine, could be totally unaware of all this. Rather, this latest attack is part of the worldwide, orchestrated assault on homeopathy that has already occurred in the UK, Spain, Italy, Australia and the US. It is carried out secretly by Pharma surrogates who, nevertheless, are rather easy to identify. In the press, it will be the editor of the magazine or paper. In government, it will be the head of the regulatory agency, and in academia, the official who would remove homeopathy from the curriculum. You can readily find their names.
Next time you read an official attack on homeopathy, you’ll know who’s been compromised. Let them know that you know who they really work for.
(1) Transactions, Nutrition Business Journal, July 7 2004.
(2) Damase-Michel, C., Vie, C., Lacroix, I., Lapeyre-Mestre, M., Montastruc, J.L. Drug Counselling in Pregnancy: An Opinion Survey of French Community Pharmacists, Pharmacoepidemiol Drug Saf. 2004 March, 18;13(10):711.
In This Issue:
Interview – Paola Brown is interviewed by Alan V. Schmukler – Paola Brown is the President of Americans for Homeopathy Choice (HomeopathyChoice.org) and a passionate activist for homeopathy. She’s currently challenging the U.S. FDA’s attempt to ban homeopathic remedies.
Repertory Round-Up, part 6– Elaine Lewis
– The Acute Prescription -Making it Easier Part I – Dr. Shrikant Talari
– The Soul of Remedies -Staphysagria – Dr. Rajan Sankaran
– The Quantum Dynamics of Homeopathic Succussion -Christina Munns
– Freedom of Choice – Balance in Medicine – Gill Graham
– A Second Look at the Database Provings.info – Jörg Wichmann
– Research in Contemporary Culture – Why Words Matter – Part I – Loretta Butehorn
– The Many Faces of Psorinum – Dr. Arshi Tank
– Insight Into the Mind Chapter of Lesser Known Remedies – Dr. Abhishek Choudhary
– Concordance – Remedy Relationships – Dr. NeerajaKshirsagar
TIPS & SECRETS – Alan Schmukler & Dr. Sneha Thakkar
– Anxiety in a Man of 17 – Petr Zacharias
– Autism in a Child of 3 – Drs. Prajakta Vaida&Preety Shah-Chauhan
– Daily Urticarial Patches in a Boy of 3
– Venous Ulcer in a Man of 48 – Dr. Pravin Pente
– Pyrexia of Unknown Origin – Dr. Rajiv Peres
– Bell’s Palsy in a Woman of 55 – Dr. Bhanu Sharma
– Perennial Allergic Rhinitis – Dr. Rajni Mishra
– Different Cases – Different Approaches – Dr. Gaurang Gaikwad
– Headache of 10 years and Cough in a Child of 3 – Dr. Shishir Paranjape
– Argon – by Jeremy Sherr is reviewed by Rochelle Marsden.
– September 2018 – Ask the Holistic Vet – Dr. Deva Khalsa
– New Horizons in Water Science – Seminar at Royal Society of Medicine – Jacqueline Smith
– Crossword September 2018 – Alan V. Schmukler
SOLVE THE CASE QUIZ
-Revisiting:– Elaine Lewis
– The Plant Doctor – September 2018 – RadkoTichavsky