Newsletter June 2009

Dear Reader,

G'day! For the last time for a couple of months while working in UK and Europe.

Recently the Therapeutic Goods Administration in Australia has reviewed my website under their Advertising rules and regulations and decided that I have made unlawful claims about Homeopathy in order to sell Homeopathic products on my website www.arnica.com.au

In my opinion this is libellous.

My responses to this are featured underneath the Retraction Notice I was forced to put on the front page for the next 120 days. If you have time please take the trouble to read these and respond to the TGA via their website, with a copy to Arnica Montana.

I'm sure that it will be of interest to you to see the robust response from a UK reader of the Financial Times to the latest scandalous misrepresentation from the 'true scientists' about complementary and alternative medicine in our midst.

Financial Review article

http://www.ft.com/cms/s/2/e2772e34-45a0-11de-b6c8-00144feabdc0,dwp_uuid=a712eb94-dc2b-11da-890d-0000779e2340.html

A response to this letter.

A bilious attack on complementary medicine Published: May 30 2009 03:00 | Last updated: May 30 2009 03:00
From Mr Allen Parrott.

Sir, Like many journalists, Richard Tomkins has been over-impressed by the scientific credentials of Professors David Colquhoun and Edzard Ernst as they carry on their absurdly over-stated, arrogant and irresponsible campaign against complementary medicine ("The retreat of reason", May 23). Just because they believe it to be "mumbo-jumbo" does not make it so.

Absence of evidence is not evidence of absence. Scepticism towards the unfamiliar is appropriate, but their kind of scientific fundamentalism is unattractive and, frankly, unscientific. When millions of people in the western world – and billions in the east – are quite certain that complementary therapies have benefited them, the only genuine scientific approach is to go on asking questions. To claim mass charlatanism is both silly and arrogant. To close down the debate, as Prof Colquhoun wishes, implies that any further scientific exploration of complementary medicine must now stop simply because the researches of Prof Ernst have found very little hard evidence. But Prof Ernst’s findings are hotly disputed, just as he disputes those studies that have claimed more positive findings. This is the way of all empirical science; rational debate continues and must be allowed to do so. The irresponsibility comes with wishing to close down degree courses in these subjects. Take acupuncture for example. Many thousands of doctors, midwives, physiotherapists and nurses in Britain have seen acupuncture work for their patients and are pleased to regard fully qualified acupuncture practitioners as their valued colleagues. Their testimony, as scientifically-trained practitioners of western medicine, ought to be more convincing than the ivory tower condemnations of two bilious and prejudiced academics.

Allen Parrott,
Yeovil, Somerset, UK


Our website shows excellent statistics prior to the edict.

 
Daily Page Views
Daily Visits
Monthly Visits
Monthly Page Views
Jun 2009
848
326
6199
16130
May 2009
588
207
6440
18236
Apr 2009
395
202
6062
11858
May 2009
428
213
6622
13294
Feb 2009
451
224
6277
12640
Jan 2009
518
219
6815
16069
Dec 2008
399
193
6013
12399
Nov 2008
460
211
6359
13817
Oct 2008
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6545
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Sep 2008
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Aug 2008
486
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6906
15094
Jul 2008
156
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3448
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The anti natural medicine brigade has now reached us down under via a doctor objecting to my article on 'Homeopathy for Burns and Scalds' featured on the front page of the website during the recent Victorian bush fires which killed over 200 people and destroyed an entire town.

Of course it was represented with the idea of helping these poor people.

Initially this article was written following the Bali bomb incident after I first arrived in Australia to assist the Australian public. It was peer reviewed, and printed in 'Simillia' the professional journal for Homeopaths in Australia. It was well received, copied and printed off with my permission, and displayed in many libraries in Australia for the education of the public. No problems that time round 6 years ago.

However, with the advent of the caring scientific thought police amongst us, this article was deemed to be misleading and deliberately written to raise false hopes that Homeopathy could actually help in serious conditions, and was merely there to entice people onto my shopping cart. As this shopping cart sells a small number of kits and topical products it is unlikely that it would ever pay for a week's personal food shopping never mind make me a millionaire-something the drug companies are much more experienced at.

Every word on my website was written by me, always truthful and based on over 26 years as an experienced jobbing Homeopath, with a sound appreciation of clinical medicine having been an employee of the UK National Health Service prior to this.

I am not in the habit of reinventing the truth to my own advantage; there are many others with big investments in their own egos and financial position far better qualified to do this.

For 42 years I have been looking after people as a health professional and continue to be proud to do so. It is a great honour and a vocation.

Off tomorrow - no - not flying by Air France but I will be travelling with my Helios Travellers kit as usual. It has already saved the life of a passenger on an Emirates flight in September 2006. This can be checked out with Emirates as the Chief Steward and I had to write and sign an Incident report for their Administration Department once the collapsed patient had recovered and was back in his seat.

All the best
Until next time,

Kate Diamantopoulo
www.arnica.com.au

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