Once again a major politician has said something good about homeopathy – and this time it was the Prime Minister, the right honourable David Cameron himself. In defence of his NHS reforms on Channel 4, the main man said: ‘I’m going to sound like a homeopath but this is like looking at the whole of the patient.’ Well I don’t know how much the top dog in the country knows about homeopathy but he seems to understand that classical homeopathy does try to treat the whole person by trying to use a medicine to stimulate the body to heal itself. Nice one, Dave!
It’s interesting to reflect that when a major politician has something to say about homeopathy, it is usually positive or supportive of it remaining on the NHS.
Mike O’Brien: Labour’s Minister of Health (Feb 2010) ‘We take the view that it is not our job to stop clinicians prescribing these medications if they feel they are appropriate.’
Anne Milton: Coalition Minister of Health (July 2010) ‘The Government … remains of the view that the local National Health Service and clinicians are best placed to make decisions on what treatment is appropriate for their patients’ – as she kicked into touch recommendations to scrap NHS homeopathy.
The Queen: Well the Queen has not said anything and we don’t expect anything. Nevertheless it is well known that the Royal Family appoints a Royal homeopathic doctor and has supported homeopathy since the early 19th Century.
I find it interesting indeed that although major politicians and the head of state clearly do not support the current assault on homeopathy and CAM by the sceptics, the media are only too keen to put the boot in and seldom allow homeopaths a level playing field to defend what they do.
From Great Britain to Sad Britain Meantime Great Britain seems to have become Sad Britain, as the prescription of anti-depressants has hit an all time high. Actually in spite of a huge NHS bill for these drugs alone (it dwarfs the bill for NHS homeopathic prescriptions by at least 20 to 1) there is little evidence that they are much better than placebo for mild and moderate cases of depression – and that does mean the majority of cases of depression. A major study showed that most prescribed anti-depressants are no better than placebo for most cases of depression – but you don’t see much about that in the media. It’s a pity that these drugs don’t work on the managed depression of the Economy (aka ‘The Recession’) either. I’m starting to think of Aldous Huxley and Soma now – but I digress…