[Zosia Kmietowicz: (News) "Homoeopath society breaks own ethics code by making speculative claims on website, says expert", BMJ 2009; 339:b4605 doi: 10.1136/bmj.b4605(2009/11/11)]

The Society of Homeopaths is in breach of its own code of ethics by posting "speculative," "misleading," and "deceptive" statements on its website, claims a leading UK expert in complementary medicine.


Edzard Ernst, professor of complementary medicine at the Peninsula Medical School in Exeter, identified numerous statements on the society’s website that he claimed could be seen as contravening the code. He was writing in the International Journal of Clinical Practice (doi:10.1111/j.1742-1241.2009.02249.x).

エセクターのPeninsula Medical Schoolの補完医療の教授であるEdzard Ernstは、倫理コードに違反していると見られる多くの記述が英国ホメオパス協会のサイトに見られると言う。これを彼はInternational Journal of Clinical Practiceに書いている。

The code of ethics, which runs to 23 pages, sets out the rules that the society expects its members to abide by. These state that advertising should not make claims to "cure named diseases" or be "false, fraudulent, misleading, deceptive, extravagant or sensational." It adds that "all speculative theories will be stated as such and clearly distinguished."


However, a review of some members’ websites showed a series of violations of the code that led Professor Ernst to scrutinise the society’s own website.


Despite there being no good clinical evidence to substantiate such claims, says Professor Ernst, the society’s website carried statements claiming that homoeopathy can help with various symptoms and illnesses, including fever, sore throat, toothache, arthritis, eczema, asthma, anxiety, insomnia, chicken pox, erectile dysfunction, and prostate problems.

"In my view, they [the statements] do ‘expressly or implicitly’ claim ‘to cure named diseases,’" writes Professor Ernst. "If this is so, they violate the SoH’s [Society of Homeopath’s] own Code of Ethics."

He concludes, "If the SoH wants its members to behave ethically it should evaluate its own website carefully and deliberate whether it is responsible for a professional organisation to make health claims which are not supported by the current best evidence."




Professor Ernst told the BMJ that advertising by members of the Society of Homeopaths "should be more than lip service to evidence based medicine, otherwise it is confusing and potentially harmful."


Paula Ross, the society’s chief executive, said she was grateful to Professor Ernst for highlighting his concerns and that the society would be investigating the concerns and making amendments "where appropriate."

英国ホメオパス協会の事務局長Paula Rossは「Ernst教授には懸念の表明について感謝しており、我々は懸念に関して調査し、必要に応じて修正を行う」と述べた。
[About Homeopathy archived 2009/04/21]

What can homeopathy treat?

Homeopathy treats the person, there is some evidence to suggest it can help a person manage the symptoms of acute fevers, sore throats and toothache, to chronic illnesses such as arthritis, eczema, asthma, anxiety and insomnia.

[About Homeopathy on the Society of Homeopaths]

What can homeopathy help?

Homeopathy treats the person rather than the named “disease” so potentially it can help patients with a wide range of conditions, both acute and chronic. Illnesses commonly seen by homeopaths in the clinic include recurrent infections (such as colds, tonsillitis, cystitis), skin conditions, menstrual and menopausal problems, chronic fatigue, migraine, and stress related symptoms such as anxiety and insomnia.

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At a farewell press briefing in London last week, Ernst called Prince Charles a "snake oil salesman"―a headlinemaking sneer he doesn't regret.

Posted by mmryoki at 2011/08/05 13:18

>The Society of Homoeopaths is the main regulatory body for practitioners without conventional healthcare qualifications and registers about 75% of homoeopathic practitioners in the United Kingdom.

「The Society of Homeopaths」は従来からの医療資格者を持たない実践家のための主要な規制機関であり、イギリス内の実践家の75%が加入

Posted by 多分役立たず(HNです) at 2011/08/05 23:01



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