Yes you read it correctly. That famous/infamous organisation that among other crimes, apparently makes 70% of our laws, has just issued one of the most pro-homeopathic directives in many years.

In a front page article, The Telegraph reports that the European Commission issued a directive for organic farmers stating “it is a general requirement…for production of all organic livestock that (herbal) and homeopathic products… shall be used in preference to chemically-synthesised allopathic veterinary treatment or antibiotics.”

The article is far from being as pro-homeopathic as the EU directive. Even I,  a whole mammal physician (albeit all my patients are humans), have some problems with the wording quoted. I would prefer ‘used as a first choice wherever possible, practical and clinically viable to chemically-synthesised…’

The point is simple: Whole person medicine or whole animal veterinary medicine includes the use of antibiotics and pharmaceuticals. However if there is little risk of morbidity or mortality, there is an opportunity to try an intervention in the form of an holistic stimulus. This could be a change of diet, relaxation or yoga (in humans) an acupuncture treatment and ‘even’ a homeopathic remedy. If this fails or the condition worsens, it is absolutely mandatory for the practitioner to resort to pharmaceuticals or surgery. If this is what the EU Commission means, then they are to be commended for understanding and appreciating the principles and practice of all holistic vets and doctors.

The whole issue of veterinary homeopathy remains very interesting. For many people, the fact that owners of pets claim it works on their cats and dogs and farmers claim it works on their animals too – is powerful testimony to it acting over and above the derided ‘placebo effect’.

By | 2015-04-26T18:39:48+00:00 April 26th, 2015|Current Affairs, Homeopathy|3 Comments

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  1. Marc Baer April 26, 2015 at 10:13 pm - Reply

    More then the wording it is important that farmers who make organic food prefer homoeopathy towards allopathic medicine. Why? Two reasons: 1st with homoeopathy you have no residues, i.e. milk and meat can be used as long as it microbiologically ok and 2nd because it is a strategic advantage. What does this mean? Homoeopathy can be cheaper then conventional medicine and consumers like it. Homoeopathy has therefore many opportunities. Let’s face and grab them and let’s leave the teaching to younger colleagues. One of the reasons why homoeopathy is not growing is, because our generation occupies too much space. That said I am lecturer in homoeopathy at the university of Zurich, but we as the ones over 55 have to encourage younger ones instead of squatting space. Homoeopathy has a bright future, let’s help it to grow.
    Marc Baer, DVM

  2. Andy Lewis April 27, 2015 at 1:18 pm - Reply

    We should always remember not to believe a word we read in the Telegraph.


    • Dr. Kaplan April 27, 2015 at 5:55 pm - Reply

      Thanks Andy,
      This I did not know and would appreciate a directive from you on which newspaper in the UK I should trust.
      In defence of The Telegraph, it does say – even in the article you sent – that the EU has a positive attitude to the use of homeopathy in farm animals. Or am I missing something?

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