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 91 
 on: December 12, 2014, 01:34:48 AM 
Started by FRAUENPOWER - Last post by FRAUENPOWER
Stadtverordnetenversammlung in Offenbach stimmt für Tugce-Brücke

Tugce Albayrak
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Der Totschläger hatte 1 Promille Alkohol im Blut, heißt es. Schon ist die Strafbemessung reduziert.

Alkohol, die Generalausrede für Alles, von Zerstörungsorgien bis zur Gewalt gegen Frauen. Selbst bei Tod durch brutalste Gewalt, Alkohol als Ausrede zieht immer.

Irgend so ein blödes Ding im Betonland heißt demnächst nicht Hafenbrücke oder Meier-Brücke, sondern Tugce-Brücke. So billig kommen sie wieder davon.

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 on: December 10, 2014, 10:09:38 PM 
Started by ama - Last post by ama
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URLAUB UND REISEN

Zauberhafte Türkeireise oder Kaffeefahrt zum Teppichhändler?

Als besonderes Dankeschön als Leser einer Zeitschrift haben Verbraucher letzthin  ein wirklich "einzigartiges" Angebot bekommen: eine Pauschalreise in die Türkei zum Spezialpreis ab 149 Euro. Aber wie kann eine Traumreise so billig sein? Eine kurze Recherche im Internet ergibt, dass es sich um Rundreisen handelt, die aus einer zauberhaften Türkeireise eine Kaffeefahrt zum Teppich-, Leder- und Schmuckhändler machen! Gut, dass das türkische Recht für solche Haustürgeschäfte ein Rücktrittsrecht kennt. Ein Haustürgeschäft liegt nämlich auch dann vor, wenn der Vertrag zwar direkt in den Räumlichkeiten der Teppichfirma unterschrieben wurde, jedoch Verbraucher im Rahmen einer Reise vom Reiseveranstalter zum Vertragsabschluss überrumpelt werden. Jedenfalls muss auch letzterer die türkische Rechtslage kennen und seine Reisenden darüber aufklären. Zum EVZ in Bozen sind in den letzten Jahren auch Konsumentinnen gekommen, die bei solchen Besuchen Schmuck gekauft hatten.  Herausgestellt hat sich hinterher meistens, dass sie die (Schmuck)Stücke zu einem weitaus überteuerten Preis gekauft hatten. Weitere Informationen zum Thema finden Sie auf der Homepage des Europäischen Verbraucherzentrums Bozen:
http://www.euroconsumatori.org/wdb.php?lang=de&modul=new&action=v&b=0&folder_id=0&oid=121


URLAUB UND REISEN

Flugtickets und Transparenz


Was passiert, wenn der gebuchte Flug nicht in Anspruch genommen wird und man gern erfahren würde, ob man Anrecht auf eine, wenn auch nur teilweise, Rückerstattung hat?  Die Aufschlüsselung des Ticketpreises ist hilfreich, wenn man einen Flug unvorhersehbar absagen muß, und zumindest das Anrecht auf Rückerstattung von Gebühren und Steuern geltend machen möchten. Nützliches hierzu findet man auch auf der Homepage der italienischen Zivilluftfahrtsbehörde ENAC (Ente Nazionale per l'Aviazione Civile) unter
https://www.enac.gov.it/I_Diritti_dei_Passeggeri/Trasparenza_delle_tariffe/index.html

Low-cost-Tickets sind in ihren Bedingungen in Bezug auf Rückerstattung meist sehr restriktiv, währenddessen hochpreisige Tickets oft eine beinahe vollständige Rückerstattung und auch Umbuchung zulassen. Aus verbraucherrechtlicher Sicht  interessant ist jedenfalls die Tatsache, dass sich häufig irgendwo zwischen Artikel 1 und Artikel 20 der Allgemeinen Transportbedingungen der Fluggesellschaft die Information findet, dass auf ausdrückliche Anfrage und unter Hinterlegung der Unterlagen in gewissen, schwerwiegenden Fällen eine Rückerstattung des gesamten Ticketpreises auch bei low-cost-Flügen genehmigt wird.

Fall des Monats

Eine niederländische Verbraucherin hatte auf der Internetseite eines italienischen Unternehmens eine Handtasche entdeckt, die ihr nicht nur wegen des Aussehens, sondern auch wegen des Preises gefiel: Sie war nämlich um 50% reduziert und sollte daher "nur" 650 Euro kosten. Um sicher zu gehen, dass der angegebene Preis auch tatsächlich stimmte, hatte die Verbraucherin diesbezüglich beim Unternehmen nachgefragt. Nachdem ihre Email unbeantwortet blieb, bestellte sie die Tasche und war sehr überrascht, als ihr das Unternehmen mitteilte, man habe ihre Bestellung storniert, da die Preisangabe falsch sei: Das gewünschte Modell gehöre der aktuellen Kollektion an und sei deshalb nicht reduziert. Da die Verbraucherin das Problem nicht allein lösen konnte, wandte sie sich an das Europäische Verbraucherzentrum (EVZ) Niederlande, welches das EVZ Italien um eine Intervention bat. Nachdem das Unternehmen zunächst nicht reagiert hatte, ging dann alles ganz schnell. Die Verbraucherin konnte die gewünschte Handtasche zum reduzierten Preis bestellen und in Empfang nehmen.

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 93 
 on: December 10, 2014, 09:55:40 PM 
Started by ama - Last post by ama
If read correctly, this is another encroachment of what David Gorski refers to as “quackademic” medicine.

https://www.cmcc.ca/cmcc-uoft-agreement

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College and University of Toronto Sign an Historic Memorandum of Understanding to Explore Education and Research Collaborations

CMCC-U of T agreement

Front Row (L to R): Heather Boon, Dean, Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy, U of T, David J. Wickes, President, CMCC; Catharine Whiteside, Dean of Medicine and Vice-Provost Relations with Healthcare Institutions, U of T Back Row (L to R): Silvano Mior, Senior Advisor to the President, CMCC, Lynda Balneaves, Director, Centre for Integrative Medicine U of T, Maurine Kwok, Project Manager, Integrative Medicine, Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy & Faculty of Medicine U of T. Not pictured: Professor Ira Jacobs, Dean of the Faculty of Kinesiology and Physical Education.

Toronto, December 9, 2014: The Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College (CMCC) have signed an official Memorandum of Understanding with the University of Toronto (U of T), through the Faculty of Medicine, Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy, and the Faculty of Kinesiology and Physical Education to explore education and research collaborations.

The Memorandum, a first between the two institutions, will provide opportunities to foster cooperative relationships in areas of research and education. This cooperation could be realized in such areas as research and joint applications for funding; joint educational courses; graduate and undergraduate student mobility; exchange of faculty and participation in, and co-hosting of lectures, meetings, seminars, symposia and conferences.

“We are delighted to have reached this historic moment between our two institutions. CMCC is deeply committed to developing meaningful partnerships with health care professionals and educators of all disciplines to study ways and models to improve the care and ultimately the health of our patients. We look forward to developing many collaborative activities with our colleagues at the University of Toronto,” commented CMCC President Dr. David J. Wickes.

“Collaboration between the Faculty of Medicine and CMCC shows our commitment to expanding research and educational opportunities across the health care spectrum,” said Professor Catharine Whiteside, U of T’s Dean of Medicine and Vice-Provost, Relations with Healthcare Institutions. “We’re delighted to partner with an organization committed to improving health with an evidence-based approach.”

The agreement between CMCC and the three U of T faculties is an important step forward in advancing research initiatives. “This agreement formalizes research collaborations which have been ongoing between the two institutions for many years,” said Professor Heather Boon, Dean of U of T’s Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy. “We look forward to continuing to collaborate on studies that answer important health system and patient care questions.”

“Our scientists are already engaged in some research collaborations with CMCC colleagues and many of our students use their undergraduate kinesiology degrees as a foundation for subsequent studies in a variety of health disciplines, including chiropractic,” said Professor Ira Jacobs, Dean of U of T’s Faculty of Kinesiology and Physical Education. “We look forward to expanding our collaborative health science education and research network to include CMCC.”

Instrumental in bringing this agreement to fruition is Dr. Silvano Mior, CMCC research scientist and Senior Advisor to the President. Mior spearheaded this important partnership as well as many other such initiatives that continue to build models of collaboration between academic institutions and between chiropractors and physicians in the community primary health care setting.

“We have worked collaboratively with a number of U of T faculty in areas of research and education. This agreement is an acknowledgement of the quality of that work and provides a wonderful opportunity to expand into new areas of mutual benefit,” added Dr. Mior.

About CMCC

The Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College is recognised for creating leaders in spinal health. With graduates practicing in 37 countries and faculty who are leaders in their fields, CMCC delivers world class chiropractic education, research, and patient care. The campus features modern teaching and laboratory space, including new simulation and biomechanics laboratories, and is extended across Toronto through its network of community based interprofessional clinics that serve diverse patient populations. CMCC offers a four-year undergraduate program leading to a Doctor of Chiropractic Degree. This degree program is offered under the written consent of Ontario’s Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities for the period from 24/3/11 to 24/3/21. For more information, visit www.cmcc.ca or follow us on Twitter and Facebook and Linkedin.

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There science goes down the drain.


 94 
 on: December 10, 2014, 06:48:05 PM 
Started by Robotnick - Last post by Robotnick
Politicians ought to be well-educated and rationally think persons. Are they? In case of David Tredinnick the answer is NO. A brief look in the Guardian 2010, Tredinnick is an utter failure:

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http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2010/jun/25/health-select-committee-david-redinnick

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Health select committee lunacy

Giving influence on medical policy to David Tredinnick – a man who believes moon phases affect surgery – is a bad move

Adam Rutherford
theguardian.com, Friday 25 June 2010 16.59 BST   

Depending on the phase of the moon, "surgeons will not operate because blood clotting is not effective and the police have to put more people on the street".

These are the words of David Tredinnick. Being of a somewhat sceptical disposition, I had a sneaking suspicion that this statement, vomited forth in the House of Commons on 14 October 2009, might not be entirely correct.
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The Parliament publications are online.

http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm200809/cmhansrd/cm091014/debtext/91014-0022.htm

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    That this House welcomes Professor Steele's review report and its endorsement that the principle of local commissioning introduced by the 2006 reforms provides a firm basis on which to develop NHS dentistry; agrees with the vision set out in the review of improving incentives to support dentists in delivering access and quality; acknowledges the Government's commitment to working with the dentistry profession and other stakeholders to ensure through careful piloting that it implements the recommendations in a way that delivers the best possible system for patients, dentists
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    and the NHS; acknowledges that children's oral health in England is already among the best in the world; welcomes the commitment of the NHS to deliver access for all who seek it by March 2011 at the latest, supported by some £2 billion in central funding for dentistry, and understands that access is now growing again; notes that in the last four quarters the number of people seeing an NHS dentist in the previous 24-month period has grown by 720,000; further notes that the dental workforce is growing, with 655 more dentists working in the NHS in 2007-08 and a further 528 in 2008-09; and recognises the support that the dental access programme of the Department of Health is providing to clinicians and managers to help them rapidly expand NHS dental services where necessary.

Business without Debate

Motion made, and Question put forthwith (Standing Order No. 41A(3)),

Deferred Divisions

    That at this day's sitting, Standing Order No. 41A (Deferred divisions) shall not apply to the Motion in the name of Huw Irranca-Davies relating to Common Fisheries Policy.-( Mark Tami.)

Question agreed to.
European Union Documents

Motion made, and Question put forthwith (Standing Order No. 119 (11),

Common Fisheries Policy

    That this House takes note of European Union Documents No. 15869/08. Commission Communication on the Proposal for a Council Regulation establishing a Community control system for ensuring compliance with the rules of the Common Fisheries Policy, and No. 15694/08, draft Council Regulation establishing a Community control system for ensuring compliance with the rules of the Common Fisheries Policy; and supports the Government's objective of ensuring that this proposal delivers stronger, proportionate, more effective control provisions which contribute to the long-term sustainability of fish stocks.-( Mark Tami.)

Question agreed to.
Delegated Legislation
Standards and Privileges

Ordered ,

    That Sir George Young be discharged from the Committee on Standards and Privileges and Mr David Curry be added .-(Mark Tami.)

Access to Parliament (United Kingdom Members of the European Parliament)

Motion made,

    That the Resolutions of the House of 30 January 1989 relating to House of Commons Services and 6 December 1991 relating to Access (Former members and United Kingdom members of the European Parliament) shall cease to have effect insofar as they relate to United Kingdom members of the European Parliament.

Hon. Members: Object.
Regional Select Committee (West Midlands)

Motion made,

    That Dr Richard Taylor be a member of the West Midlands Regional Select Committee .-(Mark Tami.)

Hon. Members: Object.

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Regional Select Committee (Yorkshire and the Humber)

Motion made,

    That Mary Creagh be discharged from the Yorkshire and the Humber Regional Select Committee and Mr Austin Mitchell be added.-( Mark Tami.)

Hon. Members: Object.
Regional Select Committee (South West)

Motion made,

    That Linda Gilroy be discharged from the South West Regional Select Committee and Roger Berry be added.-(Mark Tami.)

Hon. Members: Object.

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Complementary and Alternative Medicines

Motion made, and Question proposed, That this House do now adjourn. -(Mark Tami.)
7.15 pm

David Tredinnick (Bosworth) (Con): I am grateful for the opportunity to address the House on this important issue and I am glad to see the Minister in her place this evening. I wish to consider the House of Lords Science and Technology Committee's report on complementary medicine 10 years on. I shall cover three points: regulation, how we can widen the number of therapies available in the NHS, and the case for more research.

The Committee first met in 1999 and its report states in section 5.53:

    "The Osteopathic and Chiropractic professions are now regulated by law. It is our opinion that acupuncture and herbal medicine are the two therapies"-

which at this stage would most benefit from regulation. I shall start by considering the position of osteopathy and then of herbal medicine.

The Osteopaths Act 1993, mentioned in the report, has been a huge success, but there is a postcode lottery at work. Only 16 per cent. of primary care trusts allow GPs to refer patients to osteopaths on the NHS and an additional 25 per cent. allow GPs to refer patients in exceptional cases. That is wrong, and I ask the Minister to address the problem. Where osteopathy is used in the NHS, its use increases year on year, suggesting patient and GP satisfaction, so the barrier is in the approach of the primary care trusts.

The Minister will be aware that the report from the Department of Health steering group on the regulation of acupuncture, herbal medicine and traditional Chinese medicine was published on 16 June. This followed the work done by Professor Pittilo and the late Lord Chan on herbal medicine and Chinese medicine respectively. The report recommended that in the interests of public health and patient safety all practitioners should be required to attain high standards of competence through the Health Professions Council as soon as practicable.

The Government responded by launching a consultation that will seek views on whether a regulatory system should be established. What is the position of that consultation? I suspect that it has been pushed gently into the long grass. The regulation of traditional Chinese medicine, acupuncture and herbal medicine has been a long and arduous process on which many people have worked-I have met many of them-and we need to know whether the Government are still committed to the process. What is the likely timetable? If nothing happens, we will soon be in the ludicrous situation of the herbal medicinal products directive coming into force in 2011 without appropriately regulated practitioners.

Another issue that we need to address this evening is homeopathy. Section 5.50 of the report says that therapies should be able to seek statutory regulation, and homeopathy is the one therapy in group 1 in the report-the Minister will remember that there are different classifications-that is not statutorily regulated. I am informed by the Society of Homeopaths, which is the largest organisation representing non-medical homeopaths, that there is a move towards statutory regulation through the Health Professions Council. Will the Government look favourably on that application?

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Homeopathy has had a long tradition in the health service; it was actually used by Aneurin Bevan-all those years ago-who helped to put it in the health service. However, homeopathy has been under attack, despite the new Royal London Homeopathic hospital. The hospital and those who support homeopathy have faced difficult times, not least the attacks by the so-called scientific establishment and a letter that purported to come from the NHS-it had the NHS logo on it-in May 2007 which was signed by many retired professors of medicine. That letter should never have been sent out under the NHS letterhead.

Attacks have also been made on the efficacy of homeopathy. A letter was sent to the World Health Organisation warning against the use of homeopathy, but it ignored the very clear randomised, double-blind trials that proved that it is effective in the particular area of childhood diarrhoea on which it was criticised. Will the Government therefore be robust in their support for homeopathy and consider what can be done so that it is used more effectively in the health service?

There are also serious problems in chiropractic, which one might call an assisted discipline to osteopathy. The General Chiropractic Council has been bombarded by complaints from bloggers-spurious complaints I would say-which it is obliged by law to investigate. I am very concerned that genuine complaints will not get through and that any practitioner against whom a genuine complaint had been lodged could continue to practise. Will the Minister look at this very unsatisfactory situation, which arose following an individual losing a court case against the British Chiropractic Association?

I would like the scope of complementary and alternative medicine to be widened. Way back in 2001, when I spoke on this subject, I quoted a Minister as saying in Committee that:

    "Services that were considered outlandish several years ago are now almost considered to be part of conventional health care".-[ Official Report, Standing Committee G, 6 June 2000; c. 81.]

That was in 2001. Now we have a situation in which we can move on even further. The Government have done well with the guidelines from the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence that allow for osteopathy and chiropractic for lower back pain. That is definitely a step in the right direction. It has come about only because of the rigorous research carried out, resulting in acupuncture and, as I said, osteopathy and chiropractic being made available.

We now need to bring in other therapies and to ensure that they are made available. That can be done in different ways. The Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council has been set up to regulate some therapies, such as massage therapy, nutritional therapy, reflexology and aromatherapy. However, the numbers are less than expected. Can the Minister help in any way by publicising the benefits of this council to those who might join it?

The Science and Technology Committee reported in four sections. I shall not go through all the different categories, but all those listed-I have reviewed them all-have some validity.

Before turning to research, I want to focus on ethnic treatments, which are used by many people in this country. I am thinking of Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine. I want to look at how they are part of those cultures and at how those cultures look at the sky as part of their medical disciplines. Chinese medicine is closely aligned to feng shui, which is popular in this country and has a
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sub-discipline called "right directions", and it relies on Chinese astronomy and astrology. I was on the last parliamentary delegation to Hong Kong before we gave it back to the Chinese, where I met Chris Patten's Chinese astronomer and astrologer-it was important to the Chinese that he should have one. Ayurvedic medicine also has a long tradition of looking at astronomical and astrological factors, and Lahiri is the official astrological system of the Indian Government.

In 2001 I raised in the House the influence of the moon, on the basis of the evidence then that at certain phases of the moon there are more accidents. Surgeons will not operate because blood clotting is not effective and the police have to put more people on the street.

I am arguing for more research. I have been criticised for raising the subject, but the criticism is generally based on a misunderstanding. It is based on the idea that I am talking about the stuff that we see in the newspapers about star sign astrology, but I am not. I am talking about a long-standing discipline-an art and a science-that has been with us since ancient Egyptian, Roman, Babylonian and Assyrian times. It is part of the Chinese, Muslim and Hindu cultures. Criticism is deeply offensive to those cultures, and I have a Muslim college in my constituency.

The opposition is based on what I call the SIP formula-superstition, ignorance and prejudice. It tends to be based on superstition, with scientists reacting emotionally, which is always a great irony. They are also ignorant, because they never study the subject and just say that it is all to do with what appears in the newspapers, which it is not, and they are deeply prejudiced, and racially prejudiced too, which is troubling.

Over the past few years I have looked at the issue in detail, as well as at the impact of astronomy and astrology on western herbalism, as taught by Culpeper, whose book "Culpeper's Complete Herbal" has been in print longer than any other book in this country besides the Bible. There are now people who teach, such as Jane Ridder-Patrick, who published "A Handbook of Medical Astrology". They look at aspects of the subject and how it affects people's health. Whatever one believes personally, the issue is one that we should look into and consider. We must get away from this awful, mediaeval superstition.

Finally, I want to appeal to the Minister to fund a little more research. Research into complementary medicine is usually done with individuals, but I am seeking perhaps £5 million and for the research to be placed with the King's Fund, or perhaps another body, for use in universities. It takes about £125,000 to fund a trial. At the moment we just do not know how effective some complementary medicines are in surgeries where different therapies are used. The Government have helped and some useful steps have been taken, but if we are really going to understand the best way of using such therapies, which are increasingly popular, we need more research. I appeal to the genial nature and the good judgment of the Minister to help in this way.
7.28 pm

The Minister of State, Department of Health (Gillian Merron): I congratulate the hon. Member for Bosworth (David Tredinnick) on securing this debate on the important matter of complementary and alternative medicine, which was the subject of an important report by the House of
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Lords Science and Technology Committee, which the Government welcomed at the time and responded to in 2001.

I hope that the hon. Gentleman, whom I listened to carefully, will find it reassuring that the Government's position on complementary and alternative medicines, which I shall refer to as CAM, is the same as our position on mainstream medicines. First, decisions about care are best made by clinicians on the ground. Doctors and health professionals are best equipped to make the right choices for their patients, and local NHS services are best placed to decide which treatments will benefit their communities best. Secondly, the decision to embark on any course of treatment has to be made on the basis of robust clinical evidence. That means clinical trials, peer-reviewed papers, and guidance from the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence. Thirdly, the way in which the Department funds new research is through the National Institute for Health Research. The NIHR provides substantial funding for a wide variety of studies that meet strict scientific criteria and that reflect the needs of the national health service. Finally, we should always be open to new methods and ideas. That means using the NHS's world-leading innovation and research facilities to ensure that health professionals get the latest and best clinical information, and that patients get the best, safest care available.

I want to address the main points that the hon. Gentleman has raised. On the question of research, as he has pointed out, the Lords Select Committee report made recommendations on strengthening the evidence base and investing more to encourage new research. The Department of Health is one of the largest mainstream UK funders of research into CAM. It is investing record sums in health research in general, with the NIHR spending nearly £1 billion in 2010-11. Our research strategy, Best Research for Best Health, is being delivered by the NIHR and has resulted in significant new funding opportunities for health research. A number of awards have been made in the past year or so in support of studies directly concerned with demonstrating whether specific CAM therapies work and whether they represent good value. That builds on the 100-plus projects that were funded in the past 12 years and recorded in the national research register.

Current projects funded by the NIHR include a £1.3 million study into the effectiveness and cost of acupuncture, a £500,000 clinical trial into acupressure for the control and management of chemotherapy-related nausea and a clinical trial looking at the use of self-hypnosis by pregnant women to reduce pain and anxiety during labour. In each case, these awards have been made following rigorous peer review and in open competition.

The Government also run a £3.4 million award scheme, which has supported 18 researchers, including those engaged in post-doctoral studies. They have completed a number of reports on topics ranging from acupuncture to Chinese medicine. In addition, the Department has funded research on the role of CAM in the care of cancer patients, and on the use of complementary medicine in primary care. It is safe to say that, if CAM researchers continue to come up with high quality proposals, there is no reason why they should not continue to attract NIHR support.
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How can we save the NHS when such idiots are in power?

 95 
 on: December 10, 2014, 05:10:56 PM 
Started by Omegafant - Last post by Omegafant
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 96 
 on: December 10, 2014, 01:04:22 AM 
Started by worelia - Last post by worelia
The NHS is breaking homeopathy. Some regions already declare homeopathy as junk. What will the remaining parts of the NHS do? Will they continue to keep up support for a fraud system, sacrificing their patients for it?

http://www.nightingale-collaboration.org/news/169-nhs-lanarkshire-to-end-referrals-to-glasgow-homeopathic-hospital.html

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NHS Lanarkshire to end referrals to Glasgow Homeopathic Hospital
The long-awaited report on NHS Lanarkshire's review of homeopathy services has finally been published

The Board of NHS Lanarkshire has this afternoon received the final report into referrals to the Glasgow Homeopathic Hospital (GHH) — or the Centre for Integrative Care (CIC) as it is sometime called.

The report recommends that:

    NHS Lanarkshire should cease new referrals of Lanarkshire residents to the CIC as of 31 March 2015 on the basis of the lack of clinical effectiveness evidence for homoeopathy, and other health interventions noted in this paper, delivered by the CIC.

It is expected that the Board will accept its recommendations this afternoon at their extraordinary meeting.

[Updated at 14:55] NHS Lanarkshire have just announced their Board's decision to accept the report's recommendation to stop all referrals to the Glasgow Homeopathic Hospital after next March.
No evidence

Their Director of Public Health and Health Policy, Dr Harpreet Kohli, and his team (which included the homeopath and Lead Clinician at the GHH, Dr Bob Leckridge) conducted a thorough review:

    In reaching a consensus on recommendations for the future of the homoeopathy service, the Group considered all the evidence gathered during the course of the review and also took account of A Healthier Future and NHS Scotland’s Strategy Ambitions.

    …

    Following full consideration and deliberation, the Group concluded that, whilst the subjective evidence from patients expressing benefit from and support for the service was strong, there was clear and unambiguous evidence that homoeopathy and associated services were lacking in terms of therapeutic benefit. In addition there was a strength of clinical opinion across the UK that homeopathic treatments should not be provided by the NHS. On that basis, the Group’s view was not to recommend referral to the CIC, which offers homoeopathy and associated services.

They conducted a literature review for the treatments provided by the GHH, concluding:

    Homeopathy

    The literature reviewed in relation to homoeopathic care for various conditions including fibromyalgia (coping with pain and depression), prevention and treatment of influenza and influenza-like illness, therapy for preventing or treating the adverse effects of cancer treatment, attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and insomnia, found insufficient or no evidence to support homoeopathy.

    Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy

    Reviews of MBCT for the treatment of various conditions including fibromyalgia, chronic diseases, stress reduction for breast cancer, chronic fatigue syndrome and anxiety and depression concluded that there is some evidence that MBCT improves psychological health in breast cancer patients and improves mental health and symptom management in patients with chronic disease.

    HeartMath

    No systematic reviews or meta-analyses were identified for HeartMath.

    Mistletoe for cancer symptoms

    Reviews of mistletoe extracts for cancer patients had differing results – a Cochrane Review concluded that there was insufficient evidence while two other studies concluded that mistletoe extract may be associated with better survival and that there was some evidence to support the effects on quality of life. Limitations of the studies were highlighted however and a caveat added to treat the findings with caution.

    Music and movement therapy

    Some reviews of music and movement therapy, while concluding that listening to music may help to reduce anxiety, reduce pain and respiratory rate and have a beneficial effect on the quality of life for people in end-of-life care, did not have strong evidence. The therapy appeared to have benefit for patients with Parkinson’s disease but concluded that future studies should include greater numbers of patients.

For homeopathy, their Homeopathy Review Group built on the work carried out by the House of Commons Science and Technology Select Committee in their Evidence Check on homeopathy, looking at appropriate evidence published since then, up to October 2014. They found that the report's conclusions were unaffected by any new evidence.
Consultation

As well as surveying existing patients and GPs, and visiting the GHH and its outreach clinics in Coatbridge and Carluke, a public consultation was also carried out by NHS Lanarkshire — the results of that have also just been published. Nearly 6,000 responses were received with the majority in favour of continuing to refer to the GHH. Our response to the consultation can be read here.

However, the report notes that there had been a concerted campaign to 'Save the Glasgow Homeopathic Hospital', including an online petition, instigated by homeopath Louise Mclean of the Homeopathy Heals website. It also noted that an analysis showed most signers were from outwith Lanarkshire. We have been made aware that Mclean has called for supporters intending to demonstrate outside the building where this afternoon's meeting is being held and to write to MSPs and the Scottish Health Minister to complain.

Of the responses expressing support, the main themes were:

    Patient choice
    No side effects of remedies
    Not needing to go to hospital
    Homoeopathy works
    Cost effective

Of the responses expressing no support, the main themes were:

    No basis in science
    Waste of time and money
    Homoeopathy has never been proven to work
    Homoeopathy is useless

Despite the praise for the services (mostly from those not actually using them), we commend NHS Lanarkshire for going with the best evidence rather than popularity in deciding what treatments to provide.
Alternative arrangements

Patients will not be left high and dry by this decision. New referrals will cease on 30 March 2015, but those currently attending the GHH or the two outreach clinics will continue to receive the treatments.

New patients from April will be able to receive a wide range of conventional, evidence-based, treatments such as those provided by psychosocial services, the addictions service and a number of condition-specific services already provided by NHS Lanarkshire.
Closure

Overall, this is a damning indictment of the services provided by the GHH. It can only be an embarrassment to NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde to have a 'hospital' that is providing treatments for which their Lanarkshire colleagues have concluded there is no good evidence.

After the closure of its pharmacy in 2011, the withdrawal of referrals from NHS Highland in 2010 and from NHS Lothian in 2013 and the decline in outpatient attendances over the last ten years, this must surely be the final nail in the coffin of the Glasgow Homeopathic Hospital.
Documents

Homoeopathy Services Board Paper Dec 2014 0.1

Appendix I Review of Homoeopathy Services for Lanarkshire Residents Aug 2013

Appendix II Public Consultation Document Jan 2014

Appendix III Report on the Public Consultation Exercise Sept 2014

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 on: December 09, 2014, 03:47:40 PM 
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Debby Bruck does it again: she publishes an email by Richard Hiltner, one of the charlatans who were sent out to the ebola stricken city of Ganta in Liberia to cheat patients with homeopathy.

(Here is, for comparison, the email by Ortrud Lindemann:
http://transgallaxys.com/~kanzlerzwo/index.php?topic=8275.msg19254#msg19254 )

http://homeopathyworldcommunity.ning.com/forum/topics/ebola-and-the-vanishing-homeopaths?page=1&commentId=3101571%3AComment%3A282898&x=1#3101571Comment282898

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    UPDATE NOVEMBER 30, 2014

    RICHARD HILTNER SENDS MESSAGE ABOUT TRIP TO LIBERIA


    Well, it’s been three weeks since I arrived back from Liberia. Things are going well here.   All of my team colleagues are also doing very well. I feel fine and trying to catch up on my work. I wish also to thank very much Karl Robinson for his volunteering to go to Liberia in the next team.

    I wish to especially thank my dear friends and colleagues of the Ebola project team: Ortrud Lindemann (Barcelona, Spain), Medha Durge (India) and Ed Broussalian (Switzerland).  I learned a great deal from them and saw how deeply their warm hearts wish  to ease the pain of people not only with the Ebola virus but also the patients  in the Ganta  hospital.

    Much thanks to Renzo Galassi, president of the LMHI

    (LIGA)  (International Homeopathic Medical League), whose enthusiasm and warm heart and organizational skill has  greatly brought this about.

    I also wish to thank especially Altunay  (treasurer for the LMH I and project coordinator)  for all the tremendous work she did to help us on this  journey.

   Ortrud gave in her excellent final report a much more detail summary of the main people that were so helpful to our team; to  name just a few:  Curt Kösters, Cornelia Bajic, Andre  Saine,  all of the Executive Committee,  the pharmacies  donation of medicines, Karen Allen and many others.

    She also listed the various members of the Ganta hospital, such as Victor, Dr Willicore, Head Nurse Nora and so many others for their compassion, advice and cooperation.

    The people in Liberia were very friendly and caring and there was much beauty in its green rolling hills.

    I’m very happy that I participated in this project. Even though we did not obtain all that we wished due to bureaucracy in treating Ebola patients, the Ganta hospital was able to see the value of homeopathy.

My Colleagues and I treated approximately 30 patients, including doctors, nurses, pharmacists, inpatients and outpatients with generally good results. Hopefully, with the follow-up of other teams,

Liberia will be able to help much of its illnesses with homeopathy.

    Leaving you on a happy note, Ortrud and Medha took a picture of the rear of a large truck on a bumpy road with a sign saying:  WHY WORRY

    Onwards and upwards.

    Richard
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Ortrud gave in her excellent final report

a much more detail summary of the main people

that were so helpful to our team; to  name just a few: 

Curt Kösters, Cornelia Bajic, Andre  Saine,

all of the Executive Committee,  the pharmacies  donation of medicines, Karen Allen and many others.
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Cornelia Bajic and Curt Kösters is, respectively was, the president and vice-president of the DZVhAe (Deutscher Zentralverein homöopathischer Ärzte)

Bajic was seen in TV reports on several occasions, always waffling some nonsense about homeopathy. To get her caught in being involved in such an insane attempt like the Ganta affair, by Thor, Debby Bruck has no idea what a big kick in the ass she gave to these two...

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 on: December 09, 2014, 03:20:48 PM 
Started by Thymian - Last post by ama
Debby Bruck seems to be deeply involved in making big bucks by pushing homeopathy, recklessly denying facts and pushing and spreading lies.

We know her already. She published the email by Ortrud Lindemann:

http://transgallaxys.com/~kanzlerzwo/index.php?topic=8275.msg19254#msg19254

Debby Bruck appears to have done it again, this time with an email by Richard Hiltner, the astrology numb-nickel of the gang of four:

http://homeopathyworldcommunity.ning.com/forum/topics/ebola-and-the-vanishing-homeopaths?page=1&commentId=3101571%3AComment%3A282898&x=1#3101571Comment282898

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Where is the homeopathic work force that is going to Africa to fight the Ebola epidemic.  I have heard of no one who is going although some write that within the books there are remedies that can be used.  I am appalled that the community is letting this opportunity to put Homeopathy into the news is being foregone and that sufferers in an epidemic not being served.  No one has stepped up to the plate.

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Permalink Reply by Ranga Sai on August 21, 2014 at 12:02am

    Apalling in deed.

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Permalink Reply by Dr. Wequar Ali Khan on September 15, 2014 at 11:28am

    This is where homeopathy is weak,and for reason not understood. But one thing that may be the cause is financial implications. Only few have dared. Jeremy is one working on AIDS. We need more the likes of Jeremy.

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Permalink Reply by Madeleine Innocent on October 24, 2014 at 8:50pm

    Three people are critical but none have volunteered to go themselves...

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    paulherscuepidemics.blogspot.com/2014/10/ebolavirus-2014-outbreak_2...
    THURSDAY, OCTOBER 23, 2014 From Dr Herscu
    Ebolavirus 2014 Outbreak - #3

    Ebolavirus 2014 Outbreak
    October 16, 2014 Update #3
    Paul Herscu, ND, DHANP, MPH
    Herscu Laboratory
    DON’T PANIC!
    When you turn on the news just now, there is a great deal of media attention on the Ebolavirus outbreak. And as importantly, there is a sort of hysteria in the general public, as well as in the healthcare community, including those in CAM. In this recent Kaiser poll about half of all Americans believe their family is at risk of contracting Ebola. ( http://tinyurl.com/ol6xr57)
    Let me say here clearly, that unless something unusual occurs such as 1) a change in the transmission mode, as in it becoming airborne (which is a difficult thing to happen and despite what some at CDC and in the government have said, has absolutely NOT happened. Ebolavirus has not become airborne. They are wrong here, but will explain their mistake in the next post), 2) a change in vectors, as in animals that have yet to transmit to humans, and/or 3) a change in incubation time, as in a lengthening of incubation time while still being contagious (which both may be difficult to occur at the same time), there will NOT be an epidemic in the USA, in North America, or in Europe. Nor will there be a greatly widening epidemic within Africa itself. And as shocking as it seems to you just now, the average person will hardly, sadly, think about it by the end of the year. I have tried to say this in a variety of ways, but I thought I would say it again here. In essence people are worrying about the wrong thing, the wrong epidemic, the wrong focus. I hope that by reading these communiqués, you will be better prepared to handle the media, assess the information you hear, and not become overly anxious because of hyped up media offerings. As promised, I wanted to discuss treatments that occur at this time.

    As mentioned in the first post, aside from treatment aimed at supportive care, we have at least two major pathways for treatment—antivirals and plasma products. While no drug is yet approved, there are a host of medications being tested.

    Emerging treatments
    As predicted, a great deal of media has shifted to reporting on any number of antiviral drugs tested for the treatment of Ebolavirus Disease. It is not going to be just the antiviral medication that make sense but, ‘as long as we have drugs, let’s try any of them, and see what success might be had.’ There has been a plethora of articles on this topic already, using a variety of existing drugs. Here are some highlights:
    Interferon is currently thought to help slow down but not change mortality rate, but new research may show that earlier use might help there. It is just in the last month that a mechanism of action helps us understand why Interferon may be helpful as part of a regimen for Ebolavirus Disease.
    http://jid.oxfordjournals.org/content/early/2012/12/19/infdis.jis921
    http://www.cell.com/cell-host-microbe/pdf/S1931-3128(14)00263-7.pdf
     
    Lamivudine, by GlaxoSmithKline, is an antiretroviral used for HIV and Hepatitis B patients. Specifically, it is a reverse-transcriptase inhibitor, which is the enzyme that helps make the cDNA complementary DNA, off of a RNA template. Retroviruses need to do this reverse transcription to replicate and therefore if you inhibit this process, you slow down replication.
    http://www.cnn.com/2014/09/27/health/ebola-hiv-drug/
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lamivudine
     
    Brincidofovir, made by Chimerix, originally designed for other viruses such as cytomegalovirus is in the experimental stage for Ebolavirus Disease treatment as well. As you may have heard the patient Thomas Eric Duncan, in Dallas, was treated with this medication died, but that does not necessarily mean that the drug is a failure as that particular patient may have been too far progressed in the disease. In short, it is too early to tell, but I suspect this drug is going to be used to treat some virus in the future.
     
    TKM-Ebola, by Tekmira Pharmaceuticals, is a combination of Small or Short, or Silencing interfering RNA (siRNA), aiming at 3 of the 7 proteins in Ebolavirus. siRNA are double stranded RNA molecules with a length of 20-25 base pairs. Primarily interesting in that they cause RNA interference by stopping expression of specific genes with complementary nucleotide sequences, making mRNA break after transcription, so no translation. So in a way, we are giving the virus a virus. Oddly interesting.
     
    BCX4430 made by BioCryst Pharmaceuticals was tried originally for Hepatitis C, but more recently has been used for Ebolavirus. BCX4430 is a viral Nucleoside RNA-dependent RNA polymerase (RdRp) inhibitor, which gets metabolized to a nucleotide form, binding to viral enzyme active sites, becoming part of the viral RNA which prematurely shortens the RNA, stopping efficient replication.
    http://globalbiodefense.com/2014/03/03/broad-spectrum-antiviral-eff...
     
    ZMapp, by Mapp Biopharmaceutical, is a combination of 3 monoclonal antibodies, essentially created by exposing mice to a part of the Ebola virus and then waiting for a reaction to occur, harvesting the antibodies, and injecting into patient, with hopes that the antibodies attach to the Ebolavirus.  This drug works on passive immunity by attaching to the virus, so the virus cannot attach to the human cell receptor, so it does not enter the cell, and secondly it is easier to recognize the bound virus antibody and the body is able to get rid of it.
     
    Budding drugs. Oddly, any drug that may impact budding off of the new virion may stop the spread of the virus within the individual. Here there are numerous potential drugs, many will likely be tried. And here the main target is VP40. Below are 3 articles on this target and the potential of using chemotherapeutic agents, like leukemia drugs. 
    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24283270
    http://www.rnw.nl/africa/bulletin/cancer-drugs-could-halt-ebola-virus
    http://jvi.asm.org/content/79/8/4709.full
    The most interesting and common treatment though, is the one that is most intuitive, and perhaps I should have mentioned first. Only a minority of people exposed to Ebolavirus contract Ebolavirus Disease, and of those that contract the disease, around half survive. That half that survived fought the disease, and when looking at their blood we can see the effects of that fight. To a certain extent you can think of that blood as rich in the ability to recognize/alert the immune system to fight Ebolavirus successfully. As a result, using other people’s blood makes sense. In fact that is the concept behind using Fresh Frozen Plasma (FFP) as a therapeutic intervention, technically called Human Convalescent Plasma (HCP), which is what you hear when it is reported that a patient has received a survivor’s blood. In fact, using FFP is a common enough treatment for a variety of diseases that are immune mediated but do not have a specific treatment. So with that in mind, it makes sense why some of the treatments above are considered. They are in one way or another trying to mimic our own immune system, to trick the system to act as if it was previously exposed and can easily recognize Ebolavirus. Also, with that in mind, it should be easy to predict how other treatments will develop.
    For example, beside human-derived plasma, hyperimmune equine immunoglobulin G (IgG) has been used as another example of passive immunity. And in one episode, in Russia, goat-derived anti-Ebola immunoglobulin plus interferon was given to individuals exposed to Ebolavirus and all survived.
    In one way or another the best forms of treatment are going to be ones than mimic nature, which is the main point I will come to in another letter. Here I think giving the virus a virus is how to deal with the Ebolavirus itself, and for us to also think of the terrain, the human host, and mimic what it is supposed to do already, give it passive immunity, as in the above examples, help the virus be recognized by the immune system.
    PREVENTION IS STILL THE KEY
    Prevention, and good prevention, is the main focus, and should stay the main focus for everyone. If it is, then no one reading this post, except the folks at CDC and the facilities treating the ill will be exposed to someone who has EVD. And if it goes badly, really badly and out of control, then in the developed world, we are still talking about a nominal few becoming ill and dying, as in less than a 1,000. The reason I am giving a number is that really, in the best case there will be much less than 50 in our whole continent. However this year, even in the best case, in the next few months, 30,000 people are going to die of influenza, and that is not even mentioning other epidemics that are currently in play. I am just trying to keep everyone’s focus where it should be. For those in the CAM world, it is still the wrong question to be asking about the treatment. Absolutely the wrong focus. Prevention needs to be the main focus. Prevention makes this episode become a non-event in the developed world. Prevention helps limit the spread, contain the outbreak, and end this disaster in Western Africa.
    Turn off your TV
    As an aside, when I was younger, during the times of the black power movement in the USA, there was a song written by Gil Scott-Heron named, “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised”. It was about the times when social order changes and how during those times the biggest changes will shift what is ‘commercially acceptable’, what sells newspapers and what glues eyes to the TV screen, and therefore those things will not be televised. Well, I think he might have gotten it partially right and partially wrong. I think closer was Elvis Costello writing the song Invasion Hit Parade: “Incidentally the revolution will be televised, with one head for business and another for good looks, until they started arriving with their rubber aprons.”
    The good things about the media coverage, in no particular order:
     
    More people around the world have heard of a disease that is somewhat endemic to a region and kills people and other species.
    That media coverage allows for more money to be spent on research and treatment and hopefully on the prevention of spreading of the disease.
    As they say, a disaster is a great opportunity to fix chronic problems. As a result, it is conceivable that the extra funds moving into Western Africa may help develop a much improved infrastructure and health care system, long overdue.
    All the money being spent on viral pathways, antiviral prevention and treatment will definitely migrate to other viral infections, both acute and chronic. Just as the space program gave us technology that we all use every day, so will our understanding of viruses improve with the media coverage shifting funds towards research.
    And the panic caused by the media coverage should translate to more funds in medical research in general.
    Because of all of these things, then well, yes, we are seeing that the revolution is being televised is a good thing.
    The bad things about the media coverage, in no particular order:
     
    Ultimately, most people are not aware of what the real issues are. No matter how many times it is said, most do not understand that in fact, the virus is not like the flu, does not pass easily that way, and that ultimately you have to have actual contact with an ill person’s bodily fluids to become ill.
    What is not being explained clearly enough is that the health care structure is such, in the developed world, that when someone falls ill, there are processes in place that will absolutely limit the spread. Can those processes be improved upon? Yes, but will we see in the UK, or the US or France the sort of spread that we see in Liberia? Absolutely not. It is not a medical issue, again. It is an economic one. If we include sunk costs, we spend many millions of dollars into every American who develops Ebolavirus disease. And we continue doing that. That is why unless the virus changes in a drastic fashion, the epidemic that people fear will not arrive here.
    It appears as though the media can only focus on one sensational virus at a time. Even though, as we speak, there are several virus outbreaks that gather no attention, there is HIV that kills so many. There is influenza that kills tens of thousand of people every year, and other viral infections that are present as I write this. My worry, and the worry of many in public health is as follows. When the Ebolavirus epidemic does not develop in developed countries, and as we run into November and December and the epidemic is contained in Western Africa, people will forget about viruses. Governments will stop funding prevention and surveillance, and treatment programs. And then we will have to wait for the next sensational news to continue the innovative and essential work necessary to prevent these events.
    In short, DON’T PANIC. This news will pass you in the next months. Your anxiety will pass. The media will move on to the next sensation. However, to help this along and to help the common good, donate to health agencies, stay informed, donate your time, communities in the developed world can partner with developing world communities to help them encourage health care infrastructure that is needed for this and many other reasons.
    http://www.cnn.com/2014/09/25/health/reporter-notebook-cohen-ebola-...
    Here is one site that seems interesting
    http://lastmilehealth.org/
    In the next update, I want to highlight the threats and nightmares that I described before, and see how those have developed in the news, and I think that by describing those specifically, you will see why you should balance appropriate worry with appropriate action.
    In health,
    Paul Herscu, ND, DHANP, MPH

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    UPDATE NOVEMBER 30, 2014

    RICHARD HILTNER SENDS MESSAGE ABOUT TRIP TO LIBERIA

    Well, it’s been three weeks since I arrived back from Liberia. Things are going well here.   All of my team colleagues are also doing very well. I feel fine and trying to catch up on my work. I wish also to thank very much Karl Robinson for his volunteering to go to Liberia in the next team.

    I wish to especially thank my dear friends and colleagues of the Ebola project team: Ortrud Lindemann (Barcelona, Spain), Medha Durge (India) and Ed Broussalian (Switzerland).  I learned a great deal from them and saw how deeply their warm hearts wish  to ease the pain of people not only with the Ebola virus but also the patients  in the Ganta  hospital.

    Much thanks to Renzo Galassi, president of the LMHI

    (LIGA)  (International Homeopathic Medical League), whose enthusiasm and warm heart and organizational skill has  greatly brought this about.

    I also wish to thank especially Altunay  (treasurer for the LMH I and project coordinator)  for all the tremendous work she did to help us on this  journey.

    Ortrud gave in her excellent final report a much more detail summary of the main people that were so helpful to our team; to  name just a few:  Curt Kösters, Cornelia Bajic, Andre  Saine,  all of the Executive Committee,  the pharmacies  donation of medicines, Karen Allen and many others.

    She also listed the various members of the Ganta hospital, such as Victor, Dr Willicore, Head Nurse Nora and so many others for their compassion, advice and cooperation.

    The people in Liberia were very friendly and caring and there was much beauty in its green rolling hills.

    I’m very happy that I participated in this project. Even though we did not obtain all that we wished due to bureaucracy in treating Ebola patients, the Ganta hospital was able to see the value of homeopathy. My Colleagues and I treated approximately 30 patients, including doctors, nurses, pharmacists, inpatients and outpatients with generally good results. Hopefully, with the follow-up of other teams, Liberia will be able to help much of its illnesses with homeopathy.

    Leaving you on a happy note, Ortrud and Medha took a picture of the rear of a large truck on a bumpy road with a sign saying:  WHY WORRY

    Onwards and upwards.

    Richard


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http://www.nutriwatch.org/02Misinfo/conference_1971.html
which was sponsored by the American Medical Association and attended by educators, writers and a high-ranking FDA official. The participants noted:

Susceptable groups include: miracle seekers (seeking therapy); the alienated; ritual or authority seekers; those seeking long life, "super" health, or a "high"; the paranoiac or extremist; "truth" seekers; fashion followers; and the afraid.
Education is probably one of the best defenses against food faddism. However, the health food movement has made this difficult by undermining the credibility of industry, government, medicine, and science.
There will never be sufficient manpower to provide the type of education necessary to meet the needs of tremendous groups of people.
Unless a high priority is established within the regulatory agencies which would permit a strong regulatory arm to go with the informational arm, it will be extremely difficult to combat nutrition quackery.
Even if it were possible to promulgate many types of regulations, they are meaningless unless sufficient funds are also allocated to examine or prosecute those guilty of propagating nutrition quackery.
In the 40+ years since this report was issued, the problems described in the report have become worse. The ability to promote quackery has been greatly enhanced by the Internet; professional organizations and academic institutions have become less aggressive; and government regulation is less effective than it was in 1970.

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Arizona naturopathic board criticized

The Arizona Auditor General has once again reviewed the functioning of the Arizona Naturopathic Physicians Medical Board, which, as of March 2014, regulated 714 naturopathic licensees. The report
http://www.naturowatch.org/licensure/az_performance_audit_2014.pdf
concluded that the board should
(a) screen applicants more carefully,
(b) process complaints more quickly, and
(c) improve its provision of public information.

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Naturopath who offered cancer cure suspended

The Washington Board of Naturopathy has disciplined naturopath John Catanzaro after concluding that he had improperly treated cancer patients with unproven vaccines. Catanzaro operates the Health and Wellness Institute of Integrative Medicine and Cancer Treatment
http://www.hwifc.com/
in Bothell, Washington. In 2013, the clinic's Web site
https://web.archive.org/web/20130826183648/http://hwifc.com/
offered "cancer immunotherapy
 . . . aimed at the root cause of the cancer and reestablishing a condition of immune competence." In January 2014, the board charged that Catanzaro had failed to tell patients that the treatment was experimental and that his research lacked proper approval. He was also charged with keeping inadequate patient records and performing inadequate patient examinations. The charges
http://www.casewatch.org/board/nat/catanzaro/2013_charges.pdf
were accompanied by a summary suspension order
http://www.casewatch.org/board/nat/catanzaro/2013_summary_suspension.pdf
. In October 2014, the case was resolved with an agreed order
http://www.casewatch.org/board/nat/catanzaro/agreed_order_2014.shtml
that called for (a) a fine of $5,000, (b) repayment of a total of $180,750 to ten patients, and (c) continuation of the suspension until January 29, 2015, after which he can apply for reinstatement of his license. The order also called for probation for at least 8 years, during which he and others at his institute must stay within the scope of naturopathy and refrain from administering cancer vaccines or any other cancer treatment for which FDA or Institutional Review Board approval would be required. This was the second time that Catanzano was disciplined for administering questionable treatments. In 2007, he was charged
http://www.casewatch.org/board/nat/catanzaro/2007_allegations.pdf
with treating 18 patients with products that were "not identified on the Legend substance list approved by the Secretary of the Department of Health of Washington State and not exemplified in traditional botanical and herbal pharmacopoeia." The case was settled with a stipulated disposition
http://www.casewatch.org/board/nat/catanzaro/2007_disposition.pdf
under which he was fined $1,500 and placed on probation for one year.

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Continuing request for help from Dr. Barrett

In June 2010, Doctor's Data, Inc. sued Dr. Barrett because it didn't like what he wrote about them on Quackwatch and in this newsletter. The events leading up to the suit are described at
http://www.quackwatch.org/14Legal/dd_suit.html
In November, 2011, about half of the allegations were dismissed, but discovery was permitted for more than a year. The rest of the suit is ripe for dismissal (the court is now considering another motion to dismiss), but the proceedings have cost hundreds of thousands of dollars. Even small donations, if sent by enough subscribers to this newsletter, will be very helpful. Contributions to the defense fund can be made by mail or through
http://www.quackwatch.org/00AboutQuackwatch/donations.html

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