Campaign group stage 'mass overdose' homeopathy protest
A campaign group called 10:23 have took part on in a 'mass overdose' around various UK cities to put accross their claim that homeopathy remedies do not work.
Paula Ross of the The Society of HomeopathsThis is an ill-advised publicity stunt in very poor taste
10:23 said that over 300 people took part in Birmingham, Bristol, Brighton, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Hampshire, Leeds, Leicester, London, Liverpool, Manchester, Oxford & Sheffield.
The group claims that Alliance Boots are selling the remedies even though the chain it's self have stated that the medicine 'might not work'.
The NHS in the UK spend around £4bn a year on this type of treatment.
The mass overdoes should show that the medicinces "[do] not work beyond the placebo effect" according to the website.
Demonstrations were also planned in Canada, Spain, the US and Australia.
The website says this: "Ask many people what they think homeopathy is, and you'll be told "it's herbal medicine" or "it's all-natural". Few realise that it's been proven not to work; even fewer know it involves substances so dilute that there's nothing left in them. Homeopathy takes advantage of this uncertainty to sit alongside real, proven medicines on the shelves of our major pharmacies."
The Society of Homeopaths website said this of the event: "Homeopathy is a system of medicine which is based on treating the individual with highly diluted substances given in mainly tablet form, which triggers the body’s natural system of healing. Based on their experience of their symptoms, a homeopath will match the most appropriate medicine to the patient."
"The Society would not therefore expect any reaction to the proposed ‘overdose’ by this group unless, by chance, an individual in that group already had symptoms that matched that remedy at the time of taking it."
Chief executive Paula Ross of the The Society of Homeopaths said: "This is an ill-advised publicity stunt in very poor taste, which does nothing to advance the scientific debate about how homeopathy actually works."
It wants the NHS to reduce its £4bn annual budget on homeopathic medicines.
The event in Royal Exchange Square aims to show that the treatment "does not work beyond the placebo effect" and is a "waste of money".
The Society of Homeopaths condemns the planned 'overdose' outside 'Boots' stores in the UK on 30th January 2010 by campaign group '10.23'.
Homeopathy is a system of medicine which is based on treating the individual with highly diluted substances given in mainly tablet form, which triggers the body’s natural system of healing. Based on their experience of their symptoms, a homeopath will match the most appropriate medicine to the patient.