Research


The Ghost in the research machine


Big Pharma firms spend twice as much on promotion as on research and development (R&D). But it is worse than that: more and more medical R&D is organized as promotional campaigns to make physicians aware of products. The bulk of the industry’s external funding for research now goes to contract research organizations to produce studies that feed into large numbers of articles submitted to medical journals.

Read on: Dr. Marc Andre Gagnon

 

Homeopathy's role in cancer care


The following article in BioMedCentral (2011) investigates the impact classical homeopathy has on Quality of life, mental and physical fatigue in the treatment of cancer patients. Compared with a group of patients who only received conventional treatment the homeopathic group showed statistically and clinically relevant  improvement in the above mentioned parameters.

Full article: Dr. Matthias Rostock on BioMed

 

Homeopathy is cheap, with no side effects and may save on your NHS prescriptions and referrals to specialists and consultants


There is a demand for natural treatment options more and more these days as less people are willing to take conventional drugs with side effects - especially if the side effects are worse than the original symptoms. Integrating homeopathy into conventional treatment givers health professionals another option for  for those patients who cannot be helped with conventional treatment or for those patients for whom conventional treatment has not worked. 

Please read on: Faculty of Homeopathy


Nobel laureate Montagnier valides homeopathy active principles


In a truly remarkable interview published in SCIENCE magazine of 24 December, Professor Luc Montagnier, a French virologist who co-discovered HIV and who won the Nobel Prize in 2008, describes his newest work that has significant implications on homeopathy.   

Montagnier, who is also founder and president of the World Foundation for AIDS Research and Prevention, makes the following strong statement for homeopathy and homeopathic doses: ”I can’t say that homeopathy is right in everything. What I can say now is that the high dilutions are right. High dilutions of something are not nothing. They are water structures which mimic the original molecules.” 

In a study that was published in 2009, Montagnier demonstrated that some bacterial DNA sequences are able to induce electromagnetic waves, even at high aqueous dilutions up to 10^18. This study was an important contribution to the growing evidence base in fundamental research with direct relevance to homeopathy.

Montagnier will take on the leadership of a new research institute at Jiaotong University in Shanghai and plans to study the phenomenon of electromagnetic waves produced by DNA in water. His research team will study both the theoretical basis and the possible applications in medicine.

In the interview Montagnier says that he cannot pursue this research in France because he does not have much funding there. Because of French retirement laws, he is no longer allowed to work at a public institute. But there is another reason as well. When he applied for funding from other sources, he was turned down. Montagnier argued that there is a kind of fear around this topic in Europe. 

In this context he refers to Dr Jacques Benveniste, a French physician/scientist who conducted research on homeopathic doses. Montagnier regards him as a “modern Galileo.” “Benveniste was rejected by everybody, because he was too far ahead. He lost everything, his lab, his money. … I think he was mostly right, but the problem was that his results weren’t 100% reproducible.” “I am told that some people have reproduced Benveniste’s results, but they are afraid to publish it because of the intellectual terror from people who don’t understand it.” 

Montagnier is not worried that his colleagues will think he has drifted into pseudoscience. He replied adamantly: “No, because it’s not pseudoscience. It’s not quackery. These are real phenomena which deserve further study.” 

The complete interview is available at the website of Science.