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Homeopathy: Medicine for the 21st Century

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Defending Choice in Medicine

H:MC21 is a charity established to counter the unfounded propaganda against homeopathy by informing the public of the facts about homeopathy and its historical and scientific relationship to orthodox medicine.

It will do this through research, publication and campaigning.

Clicking on the links below will take you directly to various aspects of our campaign

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Publications

Nonsense, Not Science

 Halloween Science

Pilot survey of PCTs

Edzard Ernst interview

 Resource pack

CS&TC Report

CS&CT Evidence Check

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Registered address: Poppyseed Cottage,
High Street, Stoke Ferry, Norfolk PE33 9SF

References for the open letter to the Secretary of State for Health

1. Professor Woods, response to Q211, House of Commons Science and Technology Committee, Evidence Check 2: Homeopathy (London: The Stationery Office Limited, 2010), p. Ev 70.

2. The NHS spends less than £12 million on homepathy: Mr O’Brien, response to Q244, House of Commons Science and Technology Committee, Evidence Check 2: Homeopathy (London: The Stationery Office Limited, 2010), p. Ev 73.

3. Para. 2.01, ‘Memorandum submitted by Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain (HO 37)’, House of Commons Science and Technology Committee, Evidence Check 2: Homeopathy (London: The Stationery Office Limited, 2010), p. Ev3.

4. For example, D.S. Spence, E. A. Thompson, S. J. Barron, ‘Homeopathic Treatment for Chronic Disease: A 6-Year, University-Hospital Outpatient Observational Study’, Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, 2005, 11:793-798.

5. Sarah Boseley, ‘Adverse drug reactions cost NHS £2bn’, The Guardian, 3 April 2008, <http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/2008/apr/03/nhs.drugsandalcohol>, accessed 14 November 2008.

6. ‘Call to curb rising NHS drug bill’, BBC News online, 3 April 2008, <http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/health/7190267.stm>, accessed 27 November 2008.

7. Mr O’Brien, response to Q244, House of Commons Science and Technology Committee, Evidence Check 2: Homeopathy (London: The Stationery Office Limited, 2010) p. Ev 73.

8. House of Commons Science and Technology Committee, Evidence Check 2: Homeopathy (London: The Stationery Office Limited, 2010).

9. ‘Formal minutes’, House of Commons Science and Technology Committee, Evidence Check 2: Homeopathy (London: The Stationery Office Limited, 2010), pp. 48-50.

10. Evan Harris joined in the ten23 protest in Red Lion Square on Saturday 30th January 2010, for example.

11. Evan Harris had acknowledged receiving support from Sense About Science. See <http://www.theyworkforyou.com/regmem/?p=10261>, accessed 22 May 2010.

12. Evan Harris has been offered a place on the advisory council of Sense About Science. See <http://www.senseaboutscience.org.uk/index.php/site/other/491/>, accessed 22 May 2010.

13. Sense About Science has organised high-profile campaigns against homeopathy. See section 3 of the ‘Memorandum submitted by Sense About Science’ (HO36), House of Commons Science and Technology Committee, Evidence Check 2: Homeopathy (London: The Stationery Office Limited, 2010), pp. Ev 7-8.

14. Donors to Sense About Science include (for the years indicated): the Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry (2005-2008); Astra Zeneca (2005-2009); Glaxo-Smith-Kline (2005-2008); Pfizer (2005-2008); GE Healthcare (2006-2009). This information is taken from the annual accounts available at the Charity Commission, <http://www.charitycommission.gov.uk>.

15. ‘British Homeopathic Association rebuts unfounded criticism’, ‘BHA Response Part 1: The Policy on NHS funding and provision of homeopathy’ ‘BHA Response Part 2: Expectations of the evidence base’, ‘BHA Response Part 3: NHS funding and provision’, ‘BHA Response Part 4: NICE evaluation and Homeopathy on the NHS’, ‘BHA Response Part 5: Product licensing and pharmacies’ and ‘BHA Response Part 6: Overall conclusions’, all at <http://www.britishhomeopathic.org/media_centre/>, accessed 21 May 2010.

16. William Alderson, Critique of the Commons Science and Technology Committee’s ‘Evidence Check 2: Homeopathy’ (Stoke Ferry: Homeopathy: Medicine for the 21st Century, 2010), available at <http://www.hmc21.org/#/cstc-critique/4539135869>.

17. See Early Day Motion 908.

18. William Alderson, Report of a Pilot Survey of PCTs and Their Provision of Homeopathy (Stoke Ferry: Homeopathy: Medicine for the 21st Century, 2009), available at <http://www.hmc21.org/#/pct-survey/4535660289>.

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