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Australian Medical Group Opposes Homeopathic Products

| by Michael Allen

Widely used in U.S. and other countries, homeopathic remedies hit a stumbling block in Australia. A major medical group in Australia is calling on doctors to stop prescribing homeopathic preparations and pharmacies to stop selling them.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration website states: "The practice of homeopathy is based on the belief that disease symptoms can be cured by small doses of substances which produce similar symptoms in healthy people."

According to The Guardian, Dr. Frank Jones, the president of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners, said homeopathic vaccines are especially worrisome in a statement on June 3:

"These alternatives do not prevent diseases or increase protective antibodies and there is no plausible biological mechanism by which these alternatives could prevent infection.

"Individuals and the community are exposed to preventable diseases when homeopathic vaccines are used as an alternative to conventional immunisation

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"Given this lack of evidence, it does not make sense for homeopathy products to be prescribed by GPs or sold, recommended or supported by pharmacists."

The Pharmacy Guild of Australia claims pharmacists have to decide for themselves whether or not to sell homeopathic products.

The Australian government's National Health and Medical Research Council released a statement in March: "There is no good quality evidence to support the claim that homeopathy is effective in treating health conditions."

Despite the popularity of homeopathy in the U.S., the National Institutes of Health's National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health website states: "Most rigorous clinical trials and systematic analyses of the research on homeopathy have concluded that there is little evidence to support homeopathy as an effective treatment for any specific condition."

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Sources: The Guardian, FDA.gov, National Health and Medical Research Council, NIH.gov
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