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Homeopaths and swine flu

The Alliance of Registered Homeopaths (ARH) is a UK professional organisation that 'supports and promotes a high standard of safe, effective homeopathic practice'. Its members comprise around 700 practising homeopaths. In a press release dated 21 September 2009 they asked: How safe is the swine flu vaccine?

The Alliance of Registered Homeopaths (ARH) is a UK professional organisation that 'supports and promotes a high standard of safe, effective homeopathic practice'. Its members comprise around 700 practising homeopaths. In a press release dated 21 September 2009 they asked: How safe is the swine flu vaccine?

As you may guess from the press release, the ARH is not in favour of swine flu vaccination. The press release claims it is 'linked to Guillain-Barré Syndrome, a ‘killer' nerve disease'. The evidence they cite comes from an article in the Daily Mail!

Steve Scrutton, the director of the ARH, is quoted as saying: 'Homeopaths have been successfully treating people suffering from influenza for over two centuries. The remedies homeopaths frequently prescribe to treat influenza, such as Gelsemium, Bryonia Alba and Eupatorium Perfoliatum, are both highly effective and entirely safe.'

The press release does not tell us where the evidence for this bold statement was published. Could it be the Daily Mail again?

Professor Edzard Ernst Professor Edzard Ernst

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