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Should doctors recommend homeopathy?

BMJ 2015; 351 doi: (Published 14 July 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;351:h3735

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Re: Should doctors recommend homeopathy?

This article omits a third representation from the most important people in the discussion - the patients - of whom I one. I have successfully and exclusively used Homeopathy for more than forty years. I find it insulting and demeaning to have my own experience of Homeopathy downgraded to an "anecdote" as do the hundreds of thousands of other patients who regularly use Homeopathy. Edzard Ernst has no mandate to speak for anyone other than himself; he is neither my physical nor my mental guardian. I am more than capable of making my own decisions, based on my own intelligence, research and experiences. Simply put, he should mind his own business. It is high time that due respect was given to the voice of the patient as accorded in Human Right Law and the Equality Act and attention paid to the basic Right on Informed Consent. GP's trained only in allopathic medicine who have neither training nor experience of Homeopathy simply do not have the ability to influence patients' decisions.. I strongly resent anyone who has nothing more than their personal bias and prejudice refusing to give me what I and my family have found to be the most efficacious treatment available. There is a very simple financial argument to this question as well. Patients would not continue to pay for Homeopathy privately if it did not work. Patients are not fools. They clearly understand value for money which is why Homeopathy continues to flourish. GPs would do well to consider the cost savings to be gained from integrating Homeopathy in to their practices.

Competing interests: No competing interests

16 July 2015
Karyse Day
Financial Controller
Swindon, Wiltshire, UK