Baltimore Homeopathic Study Group

Local News

Maryland Licenses Naturopathic Doctors

Naturopathic doctors may now be licensed to practice in Maryland. According to Dr. Emily Telfair, president of the Maryland Association of Naturopathic Physicians, "The law will lead to greater access for Marylanders to doctors who emphasize disease prevention, healthy lifestyles, and natural therapies. It will also enable consumers to distinguish between licensed doctors who meet extensive education and training requirements and others who call themselves naturopaths but do not meet the state's rigorous licensing standards." Emily has spoken at our study group meeting in the past.

Press articles about homeopathy from the web

Why childhood eczema should be treated holistically
Having worked with eczema and atopic dermatitis for more than 17 years in my homeopathic practice, I recommend paying attention to the infant's skin early on. Watch out for acne-like eruptions or patches of dryness, as these usually precede dermatitis.
More ...

University of Toronto instructor and speaker boosts 'alternative vaccines'
A homeopath who promotes ineffective "alternative vaccines" and counsels patients about the dangers of immunization is an instructor at the University of Toronto and a headline speaker at a university-sponsored conference on non-traditional health care on Saturday. The university is facing intense criticism from public health experts who question why it is aligning itself with an anti-vaccine advocate and sponsoring a conference focusing on alternative health care, homeopathy and unproven complementary therapies.
More ...

Homeopathy and the ethics of researching magic
With the growth of integrative health at Canadian universities a trend that has been called quackademics it seems likely that we will see more and more clinical trials exploring the efficacy of questionable alternative therapies. Indeed, there are currently ongoing university-based clinical trials that investigate some of the most scientifically preposterous forms of alternative medicine, such as homeopathy and Reiki. Scientific credibility aside, is it ethically acceptable to do this kind of work at institutions that are required to follow internationally recognized research ethics standards?
More ...

Why would anyone think a rigorous clinical trial is a bad idea?
Schwarcz does not seem to find fault with our methods. As a result, I am confused by his assertion that a well-designed clinical trial legitimizes anything, as we don't know what the study will find. In fact, that is the very point of doing this clinical trial, which has received approval from Health Canada and two Research Ethics Review Boards.
More ...

Why would anyone think a homeopathic remedy would help with ADHD?
Academic freedom is sacrosanct in universities. Researchers must be free to pursue their ideas, be they conventional or peculiar. But academic freedom also includes the freedom of others to question those ideas, and scholastic consideration dictates that those questions be addressed, especially when they are posed in a courteous letter signed by 90 scientists and physicians from around the world, including two Nobel laureates. The letter in question was sent to Heather Boon, Dean of the Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy at the University of Toronto and focused on a study she was organizing to investigate the use of homeopathic preparations in the treatment of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder ADHD in children.
More ...

American Medical College of Homeopathy in Phoenix files for bankruptcy, closes doors
The American Medical College of Homeopathy has filed Chapter 7 under the U.S. Bankruptcy Code and closed its doors. When the school closed, it was accredited and in good standing with the Accreditation Commission for Homeopathic Education in North America.
More ...

Health experts question lack of crackdown on 'homeopathic vaccines'
An outbreak of measles in Ontario prompted the provincial and federal health ministers last week to call parents of unvaccinated children irresponsible. But some public health experts are questioning why governments and regulatory bodies are standing back as some licensed health professionals sell ineffective homeopathic "vaccines" and promote anti-vaccine views to patients.
More ...