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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.

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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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What is the rebound effect?

In the case of some drugs, when a patient stops taking them there can be a significant return of the original symptoms, and abrupt withdrawal can even have fatal consequences. This is knowm as the rebound effect.

This response indicates that the patient's body is reacting against the medication, and that it takes a significant time for such behaviour to change, during which time the original symptoms are being actively generated by the body to a greater extent than before treatment. It is exactly the same scenario as is seen in comedies, when a door is released while someone is attempting to push it open. The more violent the attempt to open the door, and the more sudden the release of the door, so the more extreme the result.

As such the rebound effect indicates that, in those cases at least, the drugs are actively opposing the self-regulatory (homeostatic) processes of the body and encouraging it to increase the symptoms being treated rather than decrease them. This raises serious questions, such as:
 

  • Are all drugs which oppose the symptoms actually stimulating the production of those symptoms rather than reducing them?
  • Is it appropriate to treat in opposition to the homeostatic system of the body?
  • When a drug is 'successful' in treating a condition, what is the general process which has taken place?
  • If the effect of drugs is to overwhelm the homeostatic system of the body, what consequences does this have for the patient's future health?

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