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Serious Attack on Homeopathy

Dear Homeopathic Colleague

Homeopathy has suffered a very serious attack. The Voices of Young Science, a UK based group from Sense About Science, dedicated to eliminating homeopathy, sent a letter to the World Health Organization asking WHO to condemn homoeopathy in developing countries, especially in  the areas of influenza, childhood diarrhoea, malaria and AIDS. WHO replied  last week with statements from various Departmental Heads saying there is  no indication of effectiveness of homoeopathy in any of these areas. VoYS  has circulated the response of WHO to the media and have amplified the  letter as if it is a public announcement from WHO, WHICH IT IS NOT.

Additionally, VoYS has stated on its website that it will be contacting the  Health Ministries of all countries in the world to let them know about the WHO response and press them to condemn homoeopathy in their country.

The BBC online then spread this false item, as WHO Warns Against Homeopathy Use They have since apologised and admitted that it was hasty  and mistaken in posting the article as an official statement, without  checking the facts and without balancing the article with input from  official homeopathy organizations, and have changed the headline. But the  original BBC version has been picked up by newspapers worldwide and every  day more and more online sites and blogs are copying the article.  If we  let this go it will be too late, people will believe this dirty trick  campaign.

WE ARE ASKING YOU TO DO TWO ACTIONS IMMEDIATELY:

PROTEST TO THE BBC AND NEWSPAPERS SPREADING THIS ARTICLE:

1. Please send emails or letters to the BBC complaint department  AND to  other newspapers publishing the statement.  Tell them that this headline is  false and BBC has since changed the article.  (Below see: BBC response and  list of Media reporting the article)

newsonline.complaints@bbc.co.uk
http://www.bbc.co.uk/complaints/handle.shtml

LAUNCH A MASS PROTEST TO WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION:

It is important that WHO hear from as MANY INDIVIDUALS AS POSSIBLE READ THE ATTACHED LETTER WHICH HAS BEEN SENT BY "HOMEOPATHY LIVES!" TO WHO.  ADAPT IT TO YOUR OWN WORDING, WHILE KEEPING THE MAIN POINTS. IT IS BEST  TO HAVE A VARIETY OF LETTERS.  DON'T FORGET TO SIGN YOU NAME.

SEND IT TO ONE OR MORE OF THE WHO EMAIL ADDRESSES BELOW

PLEASE FORWARD THIS ENTIRE EMAIL TO ALL OF YOUR HOMOEOPATHY CONTACTS.
PLEASE BLIND COPY THE EMAIL ADDRESSES AND ERASE THE SENDER EMAIL ADDRESS.
PLEASE ASK YOUR PATIENTS TO JOIN THE PROTEST.

Just Forwarding is not enough! Make sure to send at least two letters.

IT IS IMPORTANT THAT THE HOMOEOPATHY COMMUNITY AROUND THE WORLD STAND UP  AGAINST THIS MALICIOUS ATTACK.

WHY THIS NEEDS YOUR ACTION NOW-

If you are living in the US or have no contact with developing countries,  you may wonder why this is an important issue for you to act upon. In fact  some suggest that no response be made and that we continue to focus our  energies on our good work.

However, this attack is different-

1. This is a group (VoYS) that is aggressively dedicated to destroying  homoeopathy. They have stated this on their website and in their letter to  their members announcing the WHO letter. While located in the UK, they are  reaching out to all countries. They have tried to influence India and right  now they have specifically targeted several homoeopathy projects in Africa. They contact governmental offices, national health ministries, academic  medical departments and other organizations in these countries and warn  them against homoeopathy using distortion and half truths. They use every  means at their disposal to disrupt or end the projects. They have only one  goal-to end homeopathy in the world and they are effective and dangerous to  homoeopathy.

2. Existing homoeopathy projects will suffer because of these attacks,  hindering raising of funds and initiating research. We are a holistic  healing community. When one of our practitioners or one location of our  profession is attacked, it is an attack against all of us. Just as we would  not turn our backs on treating patients with acute attacks of cholera or  malaria, who without homeopathic treatment might die, we should not be  complacent about this group. This is a serious acute attack and needs a  like response.

3. These attacks are coming because homoeopathy is gaining approval and  popularity. We must be ready to stand firmly beside the good work that we  are doing and be ready to assure that all people, especially those in  developing countries, have access to this healing modality. If we do not  respond this could affect each and every one of us.

PLEASE TAKE ACTION NOW

WHO Contacts

Director General Dr. Margaret Chan  Media Officer Fadela Chaib  chaibf@who.int

Mr A. Etukudo, Division of AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria at the World  Health Organisation's regional office in Congo, Africa
regafro@afro.who.int

Dr Elisabeth Mason,  Director Department of Child & Adolescent Health  Development  masone@who.int

Dr Mukund Uplekar, TB Strategy and Health Systems, uplekar@who.int

Dr Sergio Spinaci, Associate Director, Global Malaria Programme spinacis@who.int.

Dr Mario Raviglione, Director, Stop TB Department Press Contact Glenn  Thomas thomasg@who.int

Dr Teguest Guerma, Director Ad Interim, HIV/AIDS Department,  Press  contact  Valeri Abramov  abramovv@who.int


BBC response to complaint:

Many thanks for your e-mail. We have since updated this report and it  now includes two comments putting the case for homeopathy - one referring to treatment for diarrhoea - although we accept that it would  have been desirable to have had these in the article earlier.

It became clear from correspondence that some readers found the original  headline - WHO warns against homeopathy use - ambiguous, and this has  been altered to reflect the fact that people are being urged not to rely  on homeopathy.

Best wishes,
BBC News website
http://www.bbc.co.uk/complaints/handle.shtml

MEDIA WHO PUBLISHED ORIGINAL BBC ARTICLE

BBC online Homeopathy not a cure, says WHO  BMJ WHO warns against using homoeopathy to treat serious diseases  The Independent Steve Connor: Lack of waves causes ripples of excitement  Kaiser Family Foundation WHO Recommends Against Using Homeopathic  Treatments For HIV, TB, Malaria, Influenza, Infant Diarrhea  USA Today WHO warns against homeopathy treatments  Rocket News WHO warns against homeopathy use  Digital Journal Medics Condemn Homeopathic Treatments  Newser WHO Sounds Alarm on Homeopathy  World News Network WHO warns against homeopathy use  Drugs and Diseases Homeopathy not a cure, says WHO  NetDoctor Homeopathy 'not a cure' for disease  The Millenium Project WHO does not recommend the use of homeopathy for  HIV, malaria, TB, influenza and infant diarrhoea  hc2d.co.uk Homeopathy not recommended by WHO  PharmiWeb.com Homeopathy: No Science, No Proof, No Cure  Ghana Broadcasting Corporation WHO warns against homeopathy use  Kenya Broadcasting Corporation WHO warns against homeopathy use  El Pais, Spain La OMS desaconseja el uso de la homeopatia para el  tratamiento del sida o la malaria  NU.nl WHO waarschuwt voor homeopathie  Eesti Paevaleht, Estonia WHO hoiatab HIVi ja malaaria homoopaatilise ravi  eest  Helsingin Sanomat, Finland WHO varoittaa homeopaattisista hoidoista  Corriere della Sera, Italy Oms: preoccupazione per la diffusione dell  omeopatia nel terzo mondo 
Delfi, Lithuania Pasauline sveikatos organizacija ispeja del homeopatijos  naudojimo  Polskie Radio, Poland WHO ostrzega przed
homeopatia  Journal of Turkish Weekly WHO warns against homeopathy use The Times of India Homeopathy doesn't help in HIV, TB, malaria  Thaindian News, Thailand People with HIV, TB, malaria should not rely on  homeopathy, says WHO  The News, Pakistan WHO warns against homeopathy treatments  Estadao.com.br, Brazil OMS alerta para risco de homeopatia contra Aids e  malaria  Excelsior, Mexico Desaconseja OMS homeopatia para sida, tuberculosis o  malaria  Radio Netherlands Worldwide Sceptics want homeopathy banned in Africa,  RADIO INTERVIEW.

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