New Horizons in Water Science – Conference a major success

New Horizons in Water Science – Conference a major success

World renowned virologist and Nobel laureate Prof Luc Montagnier was among a number of scientists attending an international seminar in London to discuss the latest groundbreaking research into the properties of water.

Professor Montagnier was awarded the Nobel Prize for Medicine in 2008 for discovering HIV. The French scientist has since become a leading authority in water research, and when interviewed in 2010 said: “High dilutions of something are not nothing, they are water structures which mimic the original molecules. It’s not pseudoscience. It’s not quackery. These are real phenomena which deserve further study.”

The event was hugely positive and showed that there is a substantial body of evidence which may well lead to the identification of a mechanism of action for homeopathy.

Find out more by reading this write-up by Rob Verkerk PhD, from the Alliance for Natural Health, who was one of the scientists presenting at the seminar.

More information can be found at http://thesciencetheevidence.co.uk.

Impact Factor increase for ‘Homeopathy’ Journal

Impact Factor increase for ‘Homeopathy’ Journal

For the second year running there has been an increase in the number of times articles published in the Faculty of Homeopathy’s journal Homeopathy have been cited in articles in other peer-reviewed publications. The figure known as the Impact Factor (IF) has risen from 1.16 to 1.524, which represents a 52% increase in the number of citations.

An IF is used to determine the impact a particular journal has in a given field of research and is therefore widely used as a measure of quality. The latest IF assessment for Homeopathy covers citations during 2017 for articles published in the previous two years (2015 and 2016).

Dr Peter Fisher, Homeopathy’s editor-in-chief, said: “Naturally the editorial team is delighted by this news. This success is due to the quality and international nature of research and other content we publish. So I thank all those who have contributed such high quality papers, maintaining the journal’s position as the world’s foremost publication in the scholarly study of homeopathy. I would particularly like to thank our senior deputy editor, Dr Robert Mathie for all his hard work.”

To download the pdf full article Click HERE

Australian Government blocks homeopathy ban

Australian Government blocks homeopathy ban

Popular natural treatments used to manage hay fever, stress, insomnia, joint aches, teething, and other medical conditions will continue to be sold on pharmacy shelves after a landmark win for consumers.

In June last year a report to the Federal Government recommended natural medicine and treatments, including homeopathic products, be banned or restricted from sale in pharmacies.

Tens of thousands of consumers protested with nearly 80,000 people joining the Your Health Your Choice campaign to call on the Government to protect their right of choice to access natural medicines.

At the Australian Pharmacy Professional Conference on the Gold Coast on May 3, Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt released the Government’s response amid a raft of reform announcements.

The proposed ban was part of the Review of Pharmacy Remuneration and Regulation, known as the King Review which suggested banning homeopathic products and placing restrictions on the sale of other complementary medicine products in PBS pharmacies.

UK Charity takes NHS England to Court

UK Charity takes NHS England to Court

The British Homeopathic Association (BHA) – a charity that supports patients’ rights to homeopathic treatment on the NHS – is awaiting judgement on its legal challenge to NHS England’s 2017 consultation that ended with a recommendation that GPs should not prescribe homeopathic medicines.

After just over three days of lengthy and detailed legal arguments at the Royal Courts of Justice, London, Mr Justice Supperstone adjourned the court to consider his judgement.

Cristal Sumner, BHA chief executive, said: “We are confident of a positive outcome. We took the difficult decision to bring this case because we had ample evidence to demonstrate NHS England failed to properly consult on its proposal to ban prescriptions for homeopathic medicine which, since being implemented, has had an adverse effect on patients’ health.”

The BHA commenced an application for judicial review in October 2017 on the basis that NHS England’s consultation was fundamentally flawed from the outset. It is the charity’s case that the proposal was not formulated with input from any homeopathy experts or practitioners; it was not a genuine attempt to engage the public; and did not provide the public with adequate information or access to provide a considered and informed response.

Whatever the judge’s decision, the BHA through its challenge has made it clear that the NHS needs to be accountable to the public and the patients who use its services.

The judge’s ruling is expected in the coming weeks.