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Putting Down Homeopathy
I just read another news media article with an emphasis on putting homeopathy down. The reporters do a lot of quoting from those opposed to homeopathy and much less, if any, to those who are interested in learning more.
The article in question comes from Radio Netherlands WorldWide with hashtags: cure, Dutch healthcare, homeopathy, medical science, quacks, and science.
We see that they are pitting homeopathy against Western medicine with a slant that only allopathy is "scientific." It would be good to have a definition of what constitutes 'science' each time it is referred to as a gospel. But, what we really must look at is the fact that when people get relief from their symptoms and live a happier life when taking homeopathics what more scientific proof do we need?
I mean, what really is the aim and purpose for a health professional? Don't they want their patients to feel good, be happy, cope with daily stressors and get on with their lives?
The heading claims: Dutch universities should teach homeopathy, the KVHN association of patients undergoing the therapy has urged as the new academic year is about to be opened.
Published on : 25 August 2009 - 3:32pm | By Klaas den Tek | (RNW translation: rk)
This is all fine and dandy. The students are literally ASKING to be taught this 200-year old medical science. Why? Because they see that people are using it and they wouldn't keep purchasing the little white sugar pillules if they didn't work for their symptoms. Plus, when speaking to patients, it makes sense that doctors become knowledgeable about this form of medicine. Education is the key to becoming a well-rounded physician and to be able to converse on all topics with a balanced view of the world.
What might happen when medical students begin to learn about homeopathy? They may want to use homeopathy as a first course of healing and this might turn the establishment upside-down.
Maybe the elder physicians are stuck in their old ways and don't want to learn anything new? Who knows? They say it is because it is unscientific, but let them give it a try and prove their point.
Here is what the aricle states: A growing number of doctors are prescribing homeopathic treatment, but not a single medical faculty is willing to become involved in homeopathy. The reason is simple: it is scientifically unproven that homeopathy is really effective.
It seems that homeopathy IS being used, it is just the faculty who are not ready to take a closer look. Where are the statements from those who are using homeopathic treatments so we can hear their viewpoint?
Politics: It would be interesting to understand and learn the politics of bringing in a privately funded homeopathic instructor whose own courses in the hospital do not count for credits. Very strange. I'm not sure I understand how all this works.
Additional treatment: The Free University is host to a privately sponsored chair in homeopathy, funded by KVHN. But that does not turn homeopathy into an academic subject which can earn students credits. Dr Gio Meijer, a homeopath, is often approached by students who want to know more about the subject, and she regrets that universities remain aloof:"Patients should be able to discuss everything with their GP. The patient benefits when doctors are well-informed, and are aware when they can resort to homeopathy. That is, as a treatment in addition to regular medicine."
Sticky Wicket: What a difficult situation really has a bug somewhere. If a medical student goes to all the course requirements and does an additional study in homeopathy they get all a flitter. What's up with that? If the student is well-trained, works well with colleagues, nurses and patients and performs well under stress AND has another valuable healing tool then why should the diploma be removed. Absurd. It is a conflict of belief systems. But does the professor say remove the diploma if they are of another faith than his?
"Hand back your diploma" Opponents remain resolutely negative. Emeritus professor of pharmachemistry at the Free University, Henk Timmerman, is one of them. And he does not mince his words: "Homeopathy is nonsense. Research keeps showing time and again that it does not work. Doctors who engage in it would do well to hand in their doctor's diploma. They are deceiving the patient by all kinds of tomfoolery that makes no sense."
The Last Cut: It is true that a good number of European Countries have a long tradition with homeopathy. And Asian countries even more so. I would love to know the absolute facts about the "powerful homeopathy lobby" of which I would absolutely LOVE it if there was such a thing. Unfortunately, the US does not have a homeopathic lobby. Boo-hoo.
Show Me The Beef: In some other Western countries (like the UK, France and Switzerland, which has a long tradition in the field) students can qualify in homeopathy. That may be due to the fact that homeopathy is held in higher regard there, or, as in the US, that professors are partially paid by the university and partially by the powerful homeopathy lobby. Be that as it may, nowhere is homeopathy considered uncontroversial.
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