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Why spend £4m of our taxes on homeopathy ‘rubbish’?We should spend the money on remedies that have proven benefits to society.
BMJ - Re: Good medicine: homeopathy
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'Understanding Homeopathy and the explanation and importance of the memory of water and the power of increased dilution'
Arnica Montana Pty Ltd was set up as a sister company to Arnica Montana Ltd in the UK in October 2000. Arnica Montana Ltd and Arnica Montana Pty Ltd are committed to providing Homeopathic information and services world wide. The aim is to raise the awareness and profile of Homeopathy as a mainstream system of medicine throughout the world from both hemispheres, the white swan protected by Royal Charter representing the UK, and the black swan representing Perth in West Australia.
Kate Diamantopoulo, Managing Director of both companies, has 40 years experience as a health professional in both the orthodox and alternative fields of medicine. She is a registered Homeopath since 1987 with the Society of Homeopaths (SOH) UK, and with the Australian Register of Homeopaths (AROH) since 2002 and arriving in Australia. She also assesses trained Homeopaths wishing to enter the AROH,and represents West Australia on the National Council for the Australian Homeopathic Association (AHA). In West Australia she is Vice President of the AHA. Similar duties were carried out in the UK prior to coming out to Australia including serving as a Director on the Board of the Society of Homeopaths for 3 years, assessing trained Homeopaths wishing to enter the Register for the SOH, and teaching, examining, moderating as well as sitting on all the Academic Boards at the College of Homeopathy (COH) London for 17 years. She is an experienced Registered Nurse (RGN Guy's Hospital London), State Certified Midwife (SCM St Thomas' Hospital London) and Health Visitor (HV). She is aware of the need for an individual approach to the health problems of each person and is convinced that the answer to the current health problems of the day lies in educating the general public to be more aware of, and take responsibility for, their health and well being.
She commutes between the UK and Australia twice a year to continue practising and teaching in both hemispheres to promote the connection and cooperation between the two very different countries. She is based in the Hills above Perth living amongst the trees, kookaburras, parrots, blue tongued lizards, possums,and other wildlife which inhabit her garden.
By providing comprehensive websites, seminars in local venues, and quality Homeopathic products, Arnica Montana will educate and support the increase in awareness of Homeopathy as a viable mainstream therapy, complementing current health services in the community.
Working to promote and foster the use of Homeopathy in Australia as a recognized main stream therapy, and therefore encourage the development of self empowerment in preventative health.
- To bring Homeopathy to every household in Australia so that it is recognized as a main stream therapy to help in any situation e.g. first aid, accidents and chronic illnesses.
- To make available the homeopathic knowledge through metropolitan and rural seminars, teaching sessions and a comprehensive interactive web site.
- To make available adequate supplies of Homeopathic remedies through the import of high quality homeopathic kits and individual remedies and literature.
- To manufacture high quality Homeopathic products in Australia for general local use and for export.
- This will allow for a better understanding of Homeopathy and enhance the development of self help in health matters. It will assist in reducing the demands on the Australian Health care system, and encourage empowerment in preventative health care in metropolitan and rural communities.
The AHA is a member of the Complementary Healthcare Council of Australia (CHC), a collaborative effort between professional bodies, manufactures and industry. This is one of the avenues we contribute to, in order to cooperate with the larger CAM profession and advance the cause of homœopathy and natural medicine. Please see the below notice from the CHC regarding the appearance of Dr Wendy Morrow on Channel Ten’s The Project on Tuesday 20th November, and also a link to view the episode.
Best regards, Greg Cope - National President
“Missed Dr Wendy Morrow's Appearance on Channel Ten's The Project?”
“As advised yesterday, the CHC's Executive Director Dr Wendy Morrow appeared on last night's episode of The Project, which aired on Channel Ten at 6pm.
“Wendy's appearance was in response to the Consumers Health Forum's (CHF) launch of their ‘Know Your Product’ campaign, focusing on Complementary Medicines (CMs).
“Although the project may be well intended, many of the claims being made by the CHF around the regulation of CMs are misleading. Wendy's appearance on The Project was positioned to provide the voice of the Complementary Medicines Industry on the matter.
“If you were unable to view the show, which aired at 6pm on Tuesday 20th November, you are now able to access the full show on the Channel Ten website by clicking here”... Select 'Guest Interviews' in the right panel – select ‘The Project, Tuesday 20 November’. “You are able to view the whole show or choose Segment 3: Complementary Medicines to view the relevant section of the show.
“The CHC also yesterday distributed a press release in response to CHF's project launch. To view the full release click here”.
Update - Healthy Kids Checks and Healthy Start to School - Help needed!
Firstly, I want to thank you all from the bottom of my heart for your assistance over the last 2 days since we first started looking into the frightening and anti-choice actions of the government in instituting legislation that can possibly take even more rights away from parents and place our children at ever-greater risk of forced medication. So many of you forwarded the last email to friends and family and I was contacted by many, many people who had never heard of the AVN but who were motivated enough by getting that email to want to help. Even though some people told me that they received some angry responses from those who don't really want to know about this issue, the majority of you who shared the last message were met with shock, concern and a deep-seated need to be involved in ensuring that our rights and the rights of our children will be protected. (My apology as well for not being able to write back to everyone personally - I tried, I really did - but time is finite and jobs seem to be infinite at the present time!)
I will not repeat what was said in the last e-newsletter but if anyone wants to have a look at it for the full story, please click here. Remember, keep forwarding this message far and wide by using the link below or simply by hitting forward in your email program. Anyone who receives this and wants to subscribe, just click on the link to the left that says Join Our List.
Below, I have highlighted the jobs that will require volunteers. If you can help, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call on 02 6687 1699.
Now, I spent most of yesterday contacting members of the Federal Parliament and the Department of Health to try and get as much information as possible about how these two policies - The Healthy Kids Check and the Healthy Start to School - came about. It turns out that the legislation that enabled these potentially discriminatory requirements to come about was in the following Bill:
This legislation came into effect on the 1st of July, 2011 and even though it passed through Parliament, not one of the policy advisors I spoke with yesterday had ever heard of the Healthy Kids or Healthy Start to School policies. Never you fear though - they have heard of it now!
This Bill (linked above) is 597 pages long. We urgently need to know what is in it but to be perfectly honest, I don't have the time to read through the entire thing myself.What I am hoping, therefore, is that 20 people (or more) to come forward who can read up to 50 pages each (the more volunteers we get - the fewer pages we will each have to read) before the end of this week, highlight anything they think is of interest or relevant to health rights, vaccination, mental health testing for children, etc - and forward that to the list of people who have volunteered to be readers. Together, we can nut out where this Bill needs to be changed so that we can implement step two which is lobbying Parliament for changes to protect our rights and to overturn the requirement for parents to subject their children to what virtually amounts to an oversight of their parenting and their health choices before they are allowed to get the Family Tax Benefit Part A Supplement.
The form that I sent in the last e-newsletter is not actually the letter that has been sent to families. It is, instead, the 'template' of questions that doctors are supposed to ask parents in order to say that they are good enough parents (eg obedient to policies on feeding, behaviour and vaccination) to receive the Family Tax Benefit Supplement payment. I have not had the time to do a very close search yet of the policies, but it appears that children MUST receive their vaccinations up to the age of 4 years old AND submit to the 'health check' before their parents are eligible for this money. Now remember, vaccination is NOT compulsory in Australia - so anything that requires parents to vaccinate in order to receive a government entitlement has to be illegal. What the further implications are - other than loss of this payment - for refusal or failure to submit to this rule are unknown at this time.
We are going to be in Canberra in September to lobby politicians regarding this legislation. If there are any lobbyists on this list who feel they would like to help, please contact me at the contact details listed above.
Now, as I said, the form I sent out with the last newsletter was the template for doctors. We have been able to obtain the letter that is being sent to parents and attach a copy here. As you can see, there are no exemptions listed though the representative of the Department of Health that I spoke with yesterday said that there are exemptions. I will get more information on that as soon as possible.
One of our members (grassroots assistance is the BEST way to get information out there - never for a moment doubt your own power to fix this broken system) sent me some information that she had just received from the CCHR (Citizens Committee on Human Rights). The CCHR has been lobbying for years against forced psychiatric treatment and medication - a huge problem in Australia and around the world. In much the same way that doctors are considered the final word in what treatment our children do and do not get even if that means ignoring the wishes and knowledge of their parents, psychiatrists are also considered to be omnipotent when it comes to conditions which we have no laboratory test for and which, when it comes down to it, are often diagnosed in a purely subjective manner.
CCHR found out about this legislation well before the AVN did and have prepared an information flyer as well as an exemption form which they hope will help parent who are faced with mandatory mental health screenings (due to come into effect next year).
I am attaching the information sheet here and the exemption form here. Please read them and forward to friends and family. CCHR have printed up tens of thousands of these forms so if you have a group, associations or other organisation and would like to get some to share, I am sure they will be very happy to send them to you. Just contact them on the number on the form.
That is all I have time for right now. Please keep your eyes open for another email message by the end of this week. We will be starting a letter-writing campaign and will announce that here along with giving you some ideas on what to include in your letters and who to target. Keep forwarding this to friends and family and share on your facebook, twitter, LinkedIn and other social networking sites.
Together, we will be able to overturn these requirements. We did it together when a group of parents from the AVN went to Canberra to amend the Childcare Payments Act to include a conscientious objection clause; we did it again a few years later when we were successful in lobbying for a non-health professional's right to report reactions to drug and vaccines; today, we will do it again when we ensure that Parliament is held accountable for the legislation they enact. Ours is a government for the people of Australia - not for the multinational corporations and medical lobby groups.
With your help, we will remind our elected representatives to do their job and protect our rights. Together, there is no force that can overcome us!
Thanks so much,
Regulation of Unregistered Health Practitioners - Consultation Submissions
I will be attending as President of the West Australian Australian Homeopathic Association
From: Lenton, Kate | Kate.Lenton@health.wa.gov.au
Subject: Regulation of Unregistered Health Practitioners - Consultation Submissions
Sent: Mar 08 '11 11:37
I am writing to advise that a national consultation has commenced under the auspice of the Australian Health Ministers’ Advisory Council (AHMAC) to seek feedback from the community about regulatory protections available to consumers who use the services of unregistered health practitioners. Unregistered health practitioners are those people who provide health services to members of the public and who are not required to be registered under the National Registration and Accreditation Scheme.
A consultation paper titled _Options for regulation of unregistered health practitioners_ has been published on the AHMAC website ([LINK:http://www.ahmac.gov.au] www.ahmac.gov.au) under ‘Related Links’.
The purpose of the national consultation is to invite submissions on whether existing protections for consumers who use the services of unregistered health practitioners are adequate and if further public protection measures are required. The results of the consultation will inform a report to the Australian Health Ministers Conference, a Ministerial Council made up of State, Territory and Commonwealth Health Ministers.
You are invited to make a submission addressing the issues raised in the
paper. Questions have been placed throughout the paper and a Quick
Response Form is available to assist in framing responses. Details of how
to make a submission are available at the website above. Submissions
should be received by 14 April 2011.
If you are unable to access the website to obtain a copy of the paper,
Senior Project Officer
Health Practitioner Regulation Unit
Department of Health Victoria
Ph: 03 9096 1160
A/Senior Policy Officer
Workforce Policy, Planning & Reviews Branch
Workforce Directorate - WA Health
PO Box 8172 PERTH BUSINESS CENTRE WA 6849
P (08) 9222 4211 F (08) 9222 0278
Invitation to House of Commons Reception
I will be attending this reception as a registered Member with the Society of Homeopaths UK since 1987. The House of Commons is the major part of the UK Parliament at Westminster London.
Sent: Mar 09 2011
I am delighted to invite you to a reception hosted by the Homeopathy Research Institute at the House of Commons on the 17th of May, 2011. This reception is being held to promote scientific research in the field of homeopathy. There is currently a growing body of scientific evidence suggesting that homeopathy offers an inexpensive, effective treatment option for many chronic conditions, however the only way to know definitively is by conducting further high quality research.
In collaboration with our host, David Tredinnick MP, the Institute is bringing together experts in healthcare provision, regulation and research, the fundamental sciences and patrons of homeopathy research. The event will also be attended by high profile users of homeopathy and media commentators.
At this unprecedented event, there will be brief thought-provoking presentations by experts such as Professor Kate Thomas – Honorary Professor of Health Services Research, and the chance to exchange views with this diverse group of attendees.
We look forward to seeing you at this event. Once we have received confirmation of your attendance, we will send a printed invitation giving you access to the Members’ Dining Room from 4.00 – 6.00 p.m. If you would like to bring a guest, please let us know their name and contact details.
I look forward to hearing from you (RSVP by the 31st of
Rachel Roberts BSc(Hons) MCH RSHom
Homeopathy Research Institute
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If homeopathy is just water and sugar pills, why do doctors get so upset about it?
James Delingpole, 19th February 2011
Just because you’re a hypochondriac doesn’t mean you’re not suffering from an obscure and terrible disease which is going to kill you very horribly.
Just because you’re a hypochondriac doesn’t mean you’re not suffering from an obscure and terrible disease which is going to kill you very horribly. That’s why, high on the long list of osteopaths, chiropractors, acupuncturists and other alternative practitioners I spend fortunes on every year, is a miracle worker called Fiona Gross.
In another age, Fiona would surely have been burned as a witch: the things she does with her array of potions baint natural. Just recently, for example, she cured a woman (a successful author) of a mysterious respiratory illness acquired on holiday in Greece. The woman’s GP was flummoxed, as were the various specialists she consulted. So in despair, she went to Fiona — the Sherlock Holmes of inexplicable medical conditions.
Fiona got into the business quite by accident. She was a middle-class north London housewife who suddenly acquired a mission in life when her young daughter broke out in eczema that conventional medicine couldn’t cure. After much reading, research and experimentation, Fiona did cure it, and decided thereafter to make a career of her new-found expertise — which now extends from allergies to anti-ageing.
She cured the author by asking the right questions. Gradually — Greece, holiday, outdoor sneezing — Fiona narrowed down the culprit to olive blossom. She then had some olive blossom sent to a Welsh firm called Ffynnonwen, which made it into a remedial tincture. They can do this with cat hairs, tree pollen, MSG, anything to which you’re allergic or intolerant. The author took the remedy for a week and, lo, her symptoms vanished.
You can imagine how her GP reacted, can’t you? That’s right. He said it was an utter nonsense. Clearly the woman’s illness had been psychosomatic — for homeopathic cures work only in the mind. That’s why the medical establishment is putting pressure on the regulators to have homeopathic remedies printed with a warning saying something like: ‘This product has no active ingredients and only works because of the placebo effect.’
I’m a bit puzzled by this antipathy towards homeopathic medicine. If it’s a Hippocratic principle to ‘first do no harm’, then what is the problem with tinctures so dilute that you couldn’t overdose on them if you tried? For some, homeopathy is a ludicrous quack cure — and that’s fine, no one is forcing anyone to take Nux Vomica instead of Anadin. But for other people it really works — and if it does, isn’t that something to be thankful for: a inexpensive medicine with no side effects?
This isn’t to say I’d use it for everything. For cancer, I daresay chemotherapy or radiotherapy may offer better outcomes than extract of belladonna. For piles — I speak from experience — surgery on the NHS is just the ticket. And if I were going to the tropics, I still think I’d personally place more faith in malaria pills and hep B jabs than I would in the ‘natural’ alternative.
But as a general principle, when it comes to complementary medicine my sympathies are with the Prince of Wales (unusually) and with another, more famous prince: ‘There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy.’
For Horatio, read any number of celebrity debunkers of religion, magic, pseudoscience and superstition, from Ben Goldacre and Richard Dawkins to Derren Brown, James Randi and Penn and Teller. I like what a lot of them do and I share their belief in the importance of rigour, empiricism and rationalism. But I do wonder whether in their pursuit of post-Enlightenment heresies (from Christianity to homeopathy to climate change ‘denial’), they are not exhibiting just the kind of self-righteous fervour which in earlier times would have made them ideal witchfinders general or Spanish inquisitors.
Can they really afford to be so certain that they know everything there is to know about the scientific truth? Up until the 1880s, the experts would have laughed in your face if you’d suggested that malaria was caused by anything other than the foul air that emanated from swamps; up until the 1970s, you’d have been ridiculed for positing that stomach ulcers were caused by a bacterium; up until 1934, nobody even suspected that the major part of the universe comprised something called ‘dark matter’. Does that mean that everyone was totally thick in the old days and that we have all the answers now?
Perhaps, when we get round to discovering the hidden truth about absolutely everything, it will emerge that homeopathy is a load of old crock. Or perhaps, we’ll be totally amazed to find that despite being so dilute as to contain not a single molecule of the original substance homeopathic remedies yet really do retain a ‘memory’ with incredible curative powers. Until that day, what harm is there in keeping an open mind?
I know I do. On the one hand, almost every sensible article I’ve read confirms me in my assurance that it’s bunk. On the other, I’ve met too many people whose lives have been transformed by homeopathy not to keep trying it. And I’m one of them. Right up until my mid-thirties, my summers were ruined by hayfever. Now, thanks to Fiona, it has all but gone. And I haven’t told you about the even weirder diagnostic machine she has yet. The one that picked up my Lyme disease and my thyroid problems. If you think I’m a fool for believing such nonsense, well hey — in the unlikely event you can get an appointment — there’s always your good old GP.
Testimonial - Sonja Johnson
As I sit here preparing for the forthcoming World Equestrian Games in Kentucky I am busy going through the travel box of “THINGS I MUST HAVE” and realize that my supplies of Arnica Montana are really rather too low.
How as Jag and I keep getting older can I possibly go to a major championship without my Arnica tablets should either of us get a knock, My arnica cream to rub into those sore muscles. My Arnica soap. The natural cleanser and exfoliate in one that is even in a great tin to travel and of course my Arnica Bath soak to really relax and ease the aches away.
Thanks Kate for keeping on making these great Australian products to help keep Champions like Jag and his offsider (me) on the road to the top!
To whom it may concern
Over the past 4 years Kate Diamantopoulo of Arnica Montana has provided me with unlimited access to her expertise and products to assist me as I represent Australia internationally in the equestrian sport of Eventing.
Equestrian is the only Olympic sport where men and women compete on an equal footing. It is also the only Olympic sport which involves a living partner other than a fellow human. Hence for a women to be at the top of the field they must keep their body in tip top form and also their equine partner. Kate with her advice and products has been most helpful in this.
Over the 4 years Kate has provided a CD on the remedies and how to use them. A most invaluable First Aid kit full of remedies that I use on the horses and humans (and keep on having to get Kate to top up). A number of tailor made remedies for specific conditions such as injured knees, ankles etc. Kate also does the most wonderful soap and bath soak. It only has one problem - my mum and dad like it so much it keeps running out!
In this four year period I have competed for Australia at the following Eventing competitions:
World Cup – Pau France 04 (In 04 I won both world cup qualifiers held in Australia) and individual Adelaide CCI**** 05
Member winning team Trans Tasman Trophy 05
Werribee CCI*** (final selection trial for World Championships)
Member Bronze medal team World Championships 06 (this qualified Australia for the Olympics)
1st individual Taupo New Zealand Championships 07
Member 2nd place Trans Tasman team 07
I have also competed in numerous other competitions and am once again leading event rider in WA.
Kate has been a constant support in these endeavors. It is not possible to do it alone and as Kate’s products are all permitted substances under the rules of competition I will continue to use them with great confidence.
Arnica Montana was an exhibitor at the Arab Health EXPO
25th - 28th January 2010
Read the interview of Kate which is featured in the Arab Health News eBook below.
Or READ the entire eBook here