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Following the debate: homeopathy and anthroposophic medicine

03 Oct 2018

Occasionally carefully researched, often misrepresented, homeopathy is never far from the limelight. Co-ordinated challenges to the sector are being countered by increasingly active campaigns from those who use and benefit from the medicines and therapies. Read on for our triannual round up of some of the key stories about homeopathy  and anthroposophic medicine that have cropped up in the European media in recent months….

  • Homöopathie verstehen (Austria): More than 300,000 people have been touched by the new campaign in Austria to inform the public about homeopathy.
  • Dr Peter Fisher: The sad and sudden death of Dr Peter Fisher, President of the Faculty of Homeopathy (UK) and Director of Research at the Royal London Hospital for Integrated Medicine (formerly Royal London Homeopathic Hospital) also received substantial coverage in all the major newspapers in the UK (here and here and here), in the BMJ and elsewhere.
  • Homöopathie. Natürlich. Meine Entscheidung (Homeopathy. Naturally. My choice) – a high profile campaign in Germany is gathering momentum in the media and  on social media. In parallel, a new blog in Germany follows stories on homeopathy in the media and comments on their accuracy.
  • Degree in Homeopathy: while The Faculty of Medicine of Lille University has suspended its degree course in homeopathy, amidst media coverage in France (here and here) the University of Strasbourg confirmed it will continue to teach the subject.
  • German patients want to choose their own treatment: A new survey carried out by Deutsche Finanz-Service Institut GmbH reports that patients want choice of therapy (see here or here in English) and believe they should be able to opt in favour of homeopathy. German media (here and here) also reports on an interview with the German Health Minister, who says that although he does not accept the evidence for homeopathy, he supports freedom of choice by patients.
  • ECHAMP letter to Spanish President: ECHAMP wrote an open letter to His Excellency Dr. Pedro Sánchez, the President of the Government of Spain, concerning the registration process in Spain, in response to public statements against homeopathy by the the Spanish Health Minister, Carmen Montón, who has since resigned.