Homeopathy Congress: Senator for Science and the Miracle Healer

Homeopathy Congress: Senator for Science and the Miracle Healer

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The 26th The Bremen Senator for Science, Health and Consumer Protection, Eva Quante-Brandt (SPD) took over the patronage, which critics denounce as a state ticket for miracle healers.

An esoteric model
The doctor Samuel Hahnemann (1755-1843) came up with homeopathy. He adhered to an idea of ​​medicine in the Middle Ages: something similar had to be fought with something similar. So he looked for substances that caused symptoms similar to those of the patient, but, in contrast to vaccinations, diluted them to a degree that the substance actually no longer existed chemically.

According to Hahnemann, it was not about the chemical-material material, but about the “spirit”, the information. This would allegedly become more and more concentrated through constant dilution and shaking.

Leading Nazis contrasted Hahnemann's theory as Germanic medicine with empirical modern medicine.

Alternative medicine or superstition?
So far, natural science has not been able to provide any evidence for Hahnemann's theory, and his teaching is therefore not part of evidence-based medicine or empirical science. The critics therefore equated them with ecclesiastical miracles and other religious fantasies.

Religious fantasies
Ms. Quante-Brandt wrote herself that the effectiveness of homeopathic therapies cannot be proven by conventional medicine. For example, the conference is about “the unconscious of a person knowing the right homeopathic remedy”, about “subtle research” or “quantum vacuum”. For critics, scientific-sounding spells from the esoteric scene. The lecturer Uwe Friedrich, for example, claims that a tumor can be cured with homeopathy.

Petition against patronage for esoteric congress
Edzard Ernst, a former professor of alternative medicine and dentist Hans-Werner Bertelsen launched a petition to protest the patronage of the senator. Bertelsen says that doctors in the statutory healthcare system have little time to talk to patients; this gap filled homeopaths. Therefore, especially legally insured cancer patients should be able to receive intensive advice, "so as not to drive them into the hands of charlatans."

Ernst sees irrationality in its origins; Homeopaths are not interested in science, and their teaching is more religion than medicine. He concludes: "There can be no scientific explanation of homeopathy."

The Bremen Chamber of Physicians awards continuing education points for doctors attending the conference. Ernst provocatively asks whether such training points will soon be awarded to clairvoyance and divining. In his view, patients are being fooled here.

Pure greed for profit?
Behind the advertising slogans of homeopaths is not always just greed for profit or bad will. The homeopath critic and ex-homeopath Natalie Grams says: “Calling on scientific-sounding phrases or whole theories makes an impression - especially among homeopaths themselves. Nanoparticles, quantum physics, vibration, energy and the reference to the future: It all sounds hopeful and saves the knowledge that with today's knowledge we can easily explain why when shaking an aqueous solution with increasing dilution, no “energy” or “information” arises. ”

Placebo effect
An Australian meta-study on 176 experimental studies and 58 overview studies came to clear results: First, homeopathic remedies do not work better than placebos in a number of diseases. These include asthma, anxiety disorders, headaches, migraines, diarrhea in children, colds, warts, pain before the period and many more. Secondly, studies confirming that these remedies are effective for a few diseases are neither random nor controlled - they are therefore not very meaningful. Third, there are no studies at all on the effectiveness of certain diseases that use homeopathic drugs.

Dangerous loss of time due to superstition
According to the critics, the globules called sugar globules and the homeopathic solutions made from water and alcohol are not only ineffective, but “therapy” with them can even endanger life - namely if cancer patients delay surgery or chemotherapy. A localized tumor that can be removed easily could become a deadly cancer.

Homeopathy often sails across the esoteric ocean under the “natural medicine” flag. Naturopathic treatments originally have little in common with homeopathy. Healing with water, earth, fire and air, in the form of baths, mud massages, heat and cold therapy or staying in spas is medically effective - and this has been empirically proven.

Herbal medicine as part of evidence-based medicine is also far from homeopathic treatment. Medicinal herbs contain strong active ingredients - in contrast to the ineffective sugar balls.

Does Homeopathy Work?
Patients often report an improved state through homeopathic treatment. On the one hand, this is due to how the placebo effect can work - the belief in the effect works alone. On the other hand, homeopaths usually deal intensively with their patients. Those affected, often mentally affected people who feel left alone, see that a specialist listens to them. So physician or alternative practitioner and patient actually conduct a conversation therapy in which the sugar balls have symbolic meaning.

Talk instead of globules
This psychotherapy activates self-healing, which can explain the success of treatment and make it clear why many people still do not care about the lack of scientific evidence on the effects of homeopathy: their experience is more important than studies. (Dr.Utz Anhalt)

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