The “death” of the “placebo myth” in Homeopathy
IACH - Prof. G. Vithoulkas
The “death” of the “placebo myth” in Homeopathy
 
Prof. Vithoulkas’ response to an article in the International Journal of Clinical Practice that claimed that homeopathic treatment has side effects.
To the Editor: International Journal of Clinical Practice
 
Sir,
 
I wish to comment on the paper “Adverse effects of homeopathy: a systematic review of published case reports and case series” by Posadzki et al.” 1
The efficacy of homeopathy has always being denied with the argument that the remedies were inactive and therefore the curati ve results were due to placebo effect. In this study becomes apparent that there is actually a strong biological effe ct upon the human organism, something that was maintained all along by homeopaths (ini tial aggravation in serious diseases, proving symptoms etc.).
 
The well researched article by Posadzki et al giving evidence of the adverse effects of homeopathic remedies upon the human organisms, proves clearly that this fact cannot be denied any more. This was previously denied by many sceptics and allied scientists 2 between them Prof. Ernst who signs this study and who, for many years, has denied the efficacy of homeopathy 3 .
 
I believe that this paper is a good starting po int for discussions between the two approaches: homeopathy and conventional medicine in order to be discovered each other’s strengths and weaknesses.
 
1 Posadzki P, Alotaibi A, Ernst E, Adverse effects of homeo pathy: a systematic review of published case reports and case series. Int J Clin Pract. 2012 Dec;66(12):1178-88.
2 Sehon S, Stanley D, Evidence and simplic ity: why we should reject homeopathy. J Eval Clin Pract. 2010 Apr;16(2):276-81 and Shang A, Huwiler-Müntener K, Nartey L, Juni P, Dorig S, Ster ne JA, et al. Are the clinical effects of homoeopathy placebo effects? Comparative study of place bo-controlled trials of homoeopathy a nd allopathy. Lancet. 2005;366:726–32.
3 Ernst E, Homeopathy in severe sepsis. Homeopathy. 2011 Jul;100(3):195; author reply 196-7 and Ernst E, Homeopathy, non-specif ic effects and good medicine. Rheumatology (Oxford). 2011 Jun;50(6):1007-8. The Journal denied to publish this response !!
 
The Journal denied to publish this response !!
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