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Dr Evan Harris, Evidence Check video 1023 London Event - urgent action!

Dr Evan Harris MP, Liberal Democrat Shadow Science Minister and member of the BMA Medical Ethical Committee since 1999, sits on the Science and Technology Committee carrying out the Evidence Check on homeopathy. By his own statement to the committee he has also worked with Sense About Science on numerous issues and 'has argued with Ben Goldacre many times over the years." One might wonder who put forward the witnesses for the Evidence Check, which included Tracy Brown, Director of Sense About Science and Ben Goldacre, journalist with The Guardian.

Dr Harris was notable during the committee meetings for his lines of questioning, his obvious disrespect for the three pro-homeopathy witnesses, and his often puerile questions designed, it seemed to me, to distract the proceedings from the issue at hand.

It was with some interest then that I watched this video from justice4homeopathy and its assertion that by giving a speech to the 1023 London event, in which he amuses the crowd with an account of his ludicrous questions to Dr Peter Fisher, director of the Royal London Homeopathic Hospital, he contravenes the GMC Guidance for Good Practice Sections 1.46 and 1.47 Respect for colleagues.
And furthermore, by taking part in the 1023 'mass overdose' he shows such an extreme bias on the matter of homeopathy that it should disqualify him from serving on the Evidence Check.

Watch the video here and if you agree contact your MP immediately and let them know your feelings.
If it doesn't play, double click the screen and you can watch it at youtube.


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Comment by Dr V P Singh on March 8, 2010 at 10:51am
aawe in India have such annual affairs, which we call NAUCHANDI ka mela(read fair) where juglars play their tricks, tribals dance and there are umpteen number of small shops selling everything from a knife to chair and cattle.

I have a question for these ill informed people and that is where did the last molecule of the drug goes when diluted further and further. Does not the natural law - ' Nothing in this world exhausts-material turns into energy and energy turns into matter' applies in this process? Clinical trial results are doctured to suit one's objective, as whereever human individuals are involved one can not generalise observations. For example, there are people who believe and there are people who do not believe, but they live together. Everyone has his own choice and freedom to chose what he/she thinks is best for him.
Comment by Carol Boyce on March 5, 2010 at 3:34am
The denialists were smart - they did not call for removal of homeopathy because of lack of funds - but because it DOESN'T WORK - and they started that mantra once they got the Shang meta-analysis published in The Lancet. And there's a whole back story to how they managed that and the following press releases. It's an orchestrated campaign from start to finish.
Comment by Carol Boyce on March 5, 2010 at 3:31am
Yes indeed again! I have worked in India and also in Cuba and it is an amazing experience for a homeopath to be part of mainstream for a change!!
There was a reason that they began with the UK I believe - there is still a tendency especially in the developing countries that are just exploring homeopathy that because there is a Royal London Homeopathic Hospital, and the Queen of England uses it, and it is part of the National Health Service it must work - it's reassuring. The denialists have gone after the UK - and the RLHH in particular because the repercussions of closing such a flagship will be felt in all the homeopathic world. I have been shouting and writing and predicting our current situation for years - but it was hard to get anyone in the UK to take it seriously until now when it is clear for everyone to see - and we are fighting a rearguard action! I have also called for years for global co-operation in the homeopathic world - homeopathy is the future and the world needs it more than ever. We have to work together to help the suffering humanity.
And yes the sun has set on that empire a long time ago thank goodness. :)
Comment by Dr. Wequar Ali Khan on March 4, 2010 at 6:20pm
Well said; i agree with your views.It is only with knowledge we can stand up to the skeptics and the champions of the Big Pharma and their paid goons.We have to shed our differences and forge ahead with one voice that placebo or no placebo,it woks and delivers.If in UK Homeopathy is being snuffed out,it's blooming in India,Pakistan,Cuba.In many south American countries it is taking big strides.We should not feel downtrodden.There was a time when SUN never set in that Empire,today we all see where it is.

Homeopathy is there not only to stay but also to lead sooner than later.
Comment by Carol Boyce on March 4, 2010 at 4:36am
Agreed 110%. We need a system where ALL therapeutic options are available for the patient according to their needs - including allopathic medicine - but not when allopathic medicine is considered the main system and everything else a poor relation. And yes absolutely we need to have our own house in order, meticulous records and well designed research. Big Pharma is actually in trouble right now and what you see is a desperate attempt to remove and and all competition. Especially rapidly expanding options like homeopathy.
Comment by Vydyanath.S on March 3, 2010 at 12:23pm
The Persons who oppose Homeopathy are the very same persons who have animosity and acrimony to every that is natural and their reasons are obvious,gaining popularity of homeopathy,naturopathy,ayurveda or Chineseherbal medicine or alternative medicine their cost effectiveness apart from their therapeutic efficacy and safety etc.Therapeutic profile and safety of Tamiflu in the epidemic episode of H1N1is a clear pointer as to why these spokesmen are shouting from the roof tops of the so called edifices of modern medicine against homeopathy and other natural therapeutics.If homeopathy and other natural therapeutic systems keep winning during such epidemics excelling in efficacy,safety and cost effective parameters,the biggest losers are going to be the Pharmaceutical lobby and hence their lampooning of everything that is natural or homeopathic.
Let us keep our eyes and ears open and also let us not have any antagonism towards any medical system whatsoever and at the same time we should set our houses in order,that is in our clinics which are temple to us let us follow our bible Organon of medicine and practice the art of homeopathic healing according to the guidelines of our masters,giving utmost importance to documentation and maintenance of records and let us also make neccessary use of modern implements and scanners if needed before and after treatment to evidence the regression of disease or disorder if possible.
Comment by Carol Boyce on February 22, 2010 at 8:35am
The UK parliamentary select Science and Technology committee have just published the report of their Evidence Check into homeopathy and recommend that funding for NHS homeopathy should be withdrawn. It's a damning report but in itself it cannot change anything only push the government to change policy. However the homeopathic community needs to get busy and rebut all the points made in this biased and narrow investigation. So it's not over yet!!!
Carol
Comment by Elena Zagrebelnaya on February 22, 2010 at 8:06am
The Classic FM program that we have here on cable radio has just said something about NHS stopping to support homeopathy in UK... Is this true? Or was it just a reminder that the committee urged to do so?
Comment by Jennifer Hautman on February 20, 2010 at 6:14am
Dear Gina,
Just so you know, the three orgs you mention, as well as 10:23, are all more or less the same people - for more about this organisaion see George Monbiot's article here and Zac Goldsmiths article here.
Comment by Carol Boyce on February 15, 2010 at 2:45pm
Hi Gina,
Thanks for your encouragement. Actually t More…hese groups cannot be called skeptics - their agenda is pro-corporate - they are equally anti-CAMs, pro-GM food, anti- organic farming, anything natural, pro-technology without exception and irrespective of danger to life or environment. They are powerful lobby groups with powerful friends and plenty of funding from the relevant industries.
Armies of bloggers have been recruited in the last couple of years - Voice of Young Science is a whole new generation of "skeptics" mostly just ill-informed - or should I say misinformed and whipped up into a frenzy, for example about the idea that homeopaths in the developing world are replacing pharmaceutical drugs with placebos and should therefore be banned.
Several more articles about the politics of who these people are can be found on the Articles page on this blog:
http://www.vonsyhomeopathy.wordpress.com

Carol

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