Response of George Vithoulkas to 10.23 anti-homeopathy campaign (23.1.2010)
The end of sceptics ?
The Sceptics lost a battle before it has even started. Trying to ridicule homeopathy they ridiculed themselves.
Homeopaths for years have claimed that a homeopathic remedy highly diluted (beyond the Avogadro number) will never act unless the symptoms of the patient fit the symptoms that the remedy has produced in the healthy.
The homeopathic doctor has to be trained well and then devote a lot of his time in searching in a huge homeopathic pharmacopoea (called Materia Medica) in order to find the correct remedy that fits the symptoms of the patient. All other remedies will be ineffective.
In the same way that an infinitesimal amount of an allergen will affect only those who are very sensitive to it.
Homeopaths have always claimed that even a child can swallow a whole bottle of a remedy by accident and not be affected !
Why then they have programmed such a foolish move ?
Only God knows, to whom also they do not believe !
What may happen with the sceptics who will swallow all these remedies ? Maybe by accident in one of them the remedy will fit and then he will find out the next day that his...chronic constipation is gone !
The remedy I suggest for them to swallow is Alumina 200. Good luck.
Right Livelihood Award 1996 (Alternative Nobel Prize)
Prof. University of the Aegean, Greece
Prof. Kiev Medical Academy
Hon. Professor Moscow Medical Academy (Department Restorative Medicine)
Collaborating Professor Basque Medical University
DAILY MAIL.CO.UKSceptics plan 'mass overdose' in protest against homeopathic medicine
Last updated at 12:12 PM on 22nd January 2010
Hundreds of people will swallow a bottle of pills in protest against the prolific sale of homeopathic medicine
Hundreds of homeopathy sceptics are planning a 'mass overdose' of pills in protest at the continued marketing of the 'useless' medicines by high street chemist Boots.
More than 300 people will each swallow an entire bottle of pills or drink large quantities of homeopathic fluids in order to prove their claim that the medicines are ineffective.
The protest will take place on high streets across the country at 10.23 on January 30.
The group behind the stunt, known as 10.23, has lobbied the NHS to reduce its £4billion annual budget on homeopathic medicines and is now targeting Boots.
The popular chemist boasts large quantities of remedies including arnica, St John's wort, flower remedies and calendula cream.
The system of complementary medicine claims to treat and prevent disease by using greatly diluted forms of herbs and minerals.
It has grown into a multi-million pound industry in the UK, with Prince Charles among its advocates.
But critics say there is little scientific backing for its claims to ease conditions including asthma, migraine, irritable bowel syndrome, arthritis and depression.
Group 10.23 has accused Boots of profiting from what is an 'unscientific and absurd pseudoscience.'
Martin Robbins, a spokesman for the society, said: 'The remedies themselves may not be directly harmful, but there is a real danger in misleading customers into thinking that homeopathy is somehow equivalent to real medicine.
'Patients may believe that they are treating themselves or their children adequately, and delay seeking appropriate treatment; or they may receive dangerous advice after consulting with homeopaths rather than their GPs.'
Boots sells a wide range of homeopathic medicines including rhus tox, belladonna, sulphur and nux vom
He added: 'The 'overdose' is a dramatic way of demonstrating to the public that these remedies have literally nothing in them. If eating an entire box of homeopathic sleeping pills fails to send one person to sleep, then how on Earth can their sale be justified?'
The debate over homeopathic medicine was reignited in October when Boots' professional standards director Paul Bennett told a committee of MPs that there was no medical evidence that homeopathic pills and potions work.
'There is certainly a consumer demand for these products,' he said. 'I have no evidence to suggest they are efficacious.
'It is about consumer choice for us and a large number of our customers believe they are efficacious.'
Mr Bennett made his comments to the House of Commons Science and Technology Committee, which is investigating the scientific evidence behind homeopathy.
This week Mr Bennett defended the chemist's right to sell homeopathic remedies.
'Boots UK is committed to providing our customers with a wide range of healthcare products to suit their individual needs, we know that many people believe in the benefits of complementary medicines and we aim to offer the products we know our customers want,' he said.
'Our pharmacists are trained healthcare professionals and are on hand to offer advice on the safe use of complementary medicines.'
The protests will take place in Edinburgh, Manchester, Bristol, Liverpool, Glasgow, Birmingham, Southampton and London, with sympathy demonstrations in Australia, Canada and the United States.