Australian Research Council Releases First Report Concluding “Encouraging Evidence For the Effectiveness of Homeopathy”

Public pressure especially from the group Releasethefirstreport.com and from the Australian Senate has pushed the NHMRC or The Australian Government National Health and Medical Research Council into releasing a first report on homeopathy that they have said for years was not available.

Skeptics who lied about their bias and became part of the NHMRC research group looking into homeopathy, managed to bury a first independent report that was very positive about homeopathy. They replaced it with a second report that was replete with poor research standards and trickery to put homeopathy in a poor light. This second report was promoted around the world by skeptic organizations and the press as ‘homeopathy being ineffective.’

NHMRC CEO Prof Anne Kelso, now claims that even the NHMRC’s second report “did not conclude that homeopathy was ineffective”, despite claims to that effect by these anti-homeopathy campaigners.

“For over three years NHMRC have refused to release their 2012 draft report on homeopathy, despite Freedom of Information requests and even requests by members of the Australian Senate. To see this document finally seeing the light of day is a major win for transparency and public accountability in research.”  –Rachel Roberts, HRI Chief Executive

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The Australian Senate has ordered the Research Council’s ombudsman to investigate the whole process and the Ombudsman report is imminent.

Research Expert Claims Australian Pharmaceutical Trained Researchers Misrepresented Clinical Evidence in Homeopathy

Australia’s research council has hired pharmaceutical trained “experts” to conclude that homeopathic remedies do not act like pharmaceutical drugs and are therefore “ineffective.”

Dr Robert Mathie, the Research Development Advisor for The British Homeopathy Association also had expressed reservation about the nature of the research being conducted by the NHMRC. “Given that a review of reviews is two stages removed from the original clinical trial evidence, it has the potential to misrepresent the totality of the relevant research”.

During 25 years in the university sector, Dr Mathie published over 100 peer-reviewed papers. Since 2010, he has focused on reviewing and clarifying the research literature on homeopathy by means of a major programme of systematic reviews of randomised controlled trials in human and veterinary homeopathy for The British Homeopathic Association (BHA). He is very positive about the results of research into homeopathy.

Also positive was the Swiss government’s exhaustive research into homeopathy- “After carefully monitoring homeopathic treatment in Switzerland and also taking an extensive overview of all scientific studies of homeopathy it concludes that “taking internal and external validity criteria into account, effectiveness of homeopathy can be supported by clinical evidence and professional and adequate application be regarded as safe”(PubMed).  They concluded that homeopathic treatment should continued to be reimbursed by Switzerland’s national health insurance program.”

The Swiss government researchers had no affiliation with pharmaceutical companies.