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Complaint Letter About CBC Marketplace's Biased TV Show On Homeopathy

Kirk LaPointe
Ombudsman CBC
P.O. Box 500, Station A
Toronto, Ontario M5W 1E6
Fax: (416) 205-2825
Telephone: (416) 205-2978

Date: March 4th, 2011

RE: CBC’s Marketplace episode “Cure or Con” aired January 14th, 2011

Dear Kirk LaPointe,

I am in disbelief that CBC has allowed such blatant bias to be presented as ‘science’ or facts.

I am writing to have CBC address the following:

1. Who exactly were CBC’s experts quoted by Erica Johnson as ‘numerous Doctors and Scientists’ who reviewed the which of the studies conducted and published on Homeopathic Medicine and claimed them to be problematic for being self published and observational with no control group and so on.
2. What is the expertise that these experts have on Homeopathy over the studies that were given to Marketplace’s research team? Some sample references are listed and complimentary copies enclosed.
3. Retract the inaccurate statements made about Homeopathy in a publically aired apology with an admission that the episode was based on bias, not on facts, nor science. This statement of apology and admission is to be on the Marketplace time slot and on the website or anywhere that the CBC’s Marketplace episode ‘Cure on Con’ has and does appear. The announcement to be made by Peter Mansbridge and by Erica Johnson.
4. The Center for Inquiry is not a scientific organization nor is its media stunt of taking remedies prove anything keeping in mind that scientific studies can only disprove, not prove.

Here is an outline of the inaccurate or inflammatory statements or even outright lies made on CBC’s Marketplace that I am requesting be retracted in a publically aired apology:

1. The difference between Homeopathy and Naturopathy: “Homeopathy is based on these highly diluted Homeopathic medicines we just mentioned…Naturopathy may include Homeopathic medicines but also includes like acupuncture, chiropractic and so on.
2. A multi-million dollar business in Canada based on remedies that contain, well, nothing"
3. "If there's no actual medicine, what is in these pills"
4. "Yup they're basically sugar pills"
5. "Hmmm, this homeopathy is starting to sound pretty suspect"
6. "They [skeptics] are proving a point, there is nothing to these homeopathic medicines"
7. "Homeopathy is an abuse of trust and a waste of money"
8. "Worse than bad medicine, it's no medicine at all"

I spent 4 years learning the science, philosophy and practice of homeopathy on my way to completing my education as a Homeopath. Since graduating, I’ve spent hundreds of hours on valid education maintaining my accreditation with the Council for Homeopathic Certification and the North American Society of Homeopaths.

Here are a few interesting points that I think is important for you to ponder:

•World-wide Use Homeopathy is utilized by over 400 000 healthcare professionals and homeopathic medicines are taken by over 500 million people worldwide.

•Canada's first female doctor, Emily Howard Jennings Stowe (1831-1903), a Canadian physician who led campaigns to provide women access to medical schools. She founded Women's College Hospital in Toronto, and was trained as a Homeopath.

•The Royal Family has historically employed Homeopaths for their health care (currently their main provider is Dr. Peter Fisher, Homeopath to the Queen).

•“Homeopathy .... cures a larger percentage of cases than any other method of treatment and is beyond doubt safer and more economical and most complete medical science."
~Mahatama Gandhi

Here are some of the research studies that I personally handed to the CBC Marketplace team's Erica Johnson and Greg Sadler. Plus I emailed a number of reports to Marlene Mcardle. I did this back in mid October, 2010 when I was told that the Marketplace show would only be giving out information and NOT doing an expose style, manipulative documentary style show.

1. Department of Molecular Pathology, University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, Houston Texas and published in the Journal of Oncology Feb 2010. Four well known homeopathic remedies were tested for their effects on breast cancer cell lines with the remarkable conclusion that "the remedies exerted preferential cytotoxic effects against the two breast cancer cell lines, causing cell cycle delay/arrest and apoptosis".

2. Electromagnetic signals are produced by aqueous nanostructures derived from bacterial DNA

3. HOMOEOPROPHYLAXIS - A FIFTEEN YEAR CLINICAL STUDY: A Statistical Review of the Efficacy and Safety of Long-Term Homœoprophylaxis. 2004. By Dr. Isaac Golden PhD

4. Homeopathy has Clinical Benefits in rheumatoid arthritis patients that are attributable to the consultation process but not the homeopathic remedy: a randomized controlled clinical trial. By Sarah Brien, Laurie Lachance, Phil Prescott, Clare McDermott and George Lewith.

For more information starting with these websites listed as a starting point:

Plus the list of citations compiled by the British Homoeopathic Association enclosed.

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Comment by Claire Zarb on April 4, 2011 at 1:08pm
Keep up the fight, homeopathy is fantastic, it's time it was given a fair hearing! There is just as much of an attack here happening in the UK.
Comment by El Cecchetto DCH, CCH, RSHom(NA) on March 17, 2011 at 2:09am
Thank you. I hope so too.
Comment by Dr Muhammed Rafeeque on March 15, 2011 at 12:47am
Hope your letter will reach the destination, and change their attitude.

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