I'm angry. And disappointed.
Recently, I talked about using homeopathic remedies to prevent and treat the flu - even the virulent strain that could result in a global pandemic. I mentioned that The Lancet, a prestigious British medical journal, published the results of a large meta-analysis on the subject and found that homeopathics were worthless. Even though they had previously found that homeopathics work. I told you that this was a biased report, and it was.
The meta-analysis fiddled with all of the studies on homeopathics to come up with the "worthless" conclusion. When all studies were considered, it was obvious that homeopathics is a system that has immense value. In the case of the flu, it can save lives.
Now my anger and disappointment with The Lancet is a result of a quote I read from its senior editor, Zoe Mullan about the lead writer of this meta-analysis. She admitted that "Professor Eggers stated at the outset that he expected to find that homeopathy had no effect other than that of placebo. His "conflict? was, therefore, transparent. We saw this as sufficient."
Excuse me, but are you saying that if a medical journal knows that a study is biased, it?s still a valid study? I didn?t read anything in the published study that admitted this bias. There was no way for anyone to be able to evaluate the results in light of this bias. And, of course, the entire subject is overlooked in the media except, perhaps, in a few websites on homeopathics - and in my e-alerts.
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What does all of this mean to you and me?
First, it?s sad that a publication like The Lancet has sold out. There?s no excuse for this type of biased reporting in a scientific journal. Fortunately, I can?t be swayed by the big money these publications (or at least their researchers) get from the pharmaceutical companies. I will continue to look behind the headlines to separate the good from the bad studies, and the truth from the hype. And I?ll report it all to you so you can know how to take care of yourself.
Second, it means that you should know that while homeopathy - energy medicine - is a subtle therapy, it doesn?t mean it?s worthless. It means that it?s difficult to explain. Medical doctors, homeopathic doctors, naturopathic doctors, and other health care practitioners around the world use it daily, either by itself or in conjunction with other therapies. They know it has value.
Please share this information with your friends who may have heard that homeopathy is worthless. Let them know that my recommendations for homeopathics to ward off and treat the flu are in past e-alerts. All of my e-alerts are available free on my website: www.womenshealthletter.com.
Your voice of reason in Women's Health,
Dr. Janet Zand
"Condemnation for The Lancet?s stance on homeopathy," EH News Bureau, Mumbai, October 2005.