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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

The EU, homeopathy and Norwegian vets
For better or worse, homeopathic remedies are certainly promoted in EU organic food standards. But they're not the only alternative to ordinary medicine, and organic farmers are allowed to call in the vet if "natural" methods don't work.
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EU orders Britain's organic farmers to treat sick animals with homeopathy
British organic farmers are being forced to treat their livestock with homeopathic remedies under new European Commission rules branded scientifically illiterate by vets. Although homeopathy has been branded as rubbish by the governments Chief Medical Officer Dame Sally Davies, organic farmers have been told they must try it first under a new EU directive which came into force in January.
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FDA Ponders Putting Homeopathy To A Tougher Test
In 1988, the Food and Drug Administration decided not to require homeopathic remedies to go through the same drug-approval process as standard medical treatments. Now the FDA is revisiting that decision. It will hold two days of hearings this week to decide whether homeopathic remedies should have to be proven safe and effective.
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FDA to revisit its policies on homeopathic products
Homeopathy has long been a magnet for controversy, earning a devoted following among patients who insist its remedies are safe and effective, while attracting criticism from many doctors and researchers who say its treatments offer no more help than a placebo.
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Health Q&A: FDA to review safety of homeopathic medicines
The FDA said it will hold a two-day meeting in April on regulations for homeopathic medicines, which are designed to treat specific medical conditions but are not required to prove effectiveness. The FDA will ask attendees if there is data to better assess the risks and benefits of homeopathic medicines, the Associated Press reported.
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Homeopathy's Shaky Science Gets Boost From New Law
Last week in Ontario, Canada's most populous province, a new law was enacted that regulates practitioners of homeopathic medicine. The Ontario Homeopathy Act provides a mechanism for homeopaths to self-regulate in a similar manner to doctors and nurses.
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Liverpool CCG set to rethink homeopathy funding
Liverpool CCG has decided to review its funding of homeopathic medicine treatments on the NHS following the threat of a judicial review, brought by charity The Good Thinking Society. Opponents of homeopathy have welcomed the decision amid calls for other CCGs to reconsider their own stance on funding the treatment.
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Health Canada pulls licence for homeopathic product Filix Mas
Health Canada has suspended the licence of Filix Mas, a homeopathic product, because it contains the ingredient male fern at levels that may pose a serious health risk.
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Presence of Nanoparticles in Homeopathic Medicines: Study
A research conducted at the Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam, has proved that homeopathic medicines contain nanoparticles that are vital for medical treatment. The study conducted by Dr E S Rajendran at the Nano-Science Lab of the university, using "Aurum Metallicum 6C to CM potency", has conclusively proved that homeopathic dilutions contain nanoparticles.The dilutions were studied under high-resolution transmission electronic microscope and energy dispersive spectrometer. "We are in a position to conclusively prove the presence of nanoparticles in all the high dilutions of homeopathic drugs," Dr Rajendran said at a press conference here on Monday.A similar study by Dr Jayesh Bellare of IIT-B had also demonstrated the presence of nanoparticles in homeopathic medicines. Dr Jayesh is expected to present the report of the study at the two-day World Homeopathy Summit to be held in Mumbai from April 11, 2015.
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UP Minister Calls for More Research in Homeopathy
UP minister Bhagwat Saran Gangwar today laid emphasis on the need to carry out more research work in Homeopathy which has deep roots in the ancient medical history of India to popularise the system of medicine. The UP Minister of State for Small Scale Industries and Export Promotion said even today people have faith in Homeopathy and patients suffering from severe diseases such as cancer are being successfully treated through it.
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Homeopathy is not a placebo science
Contrary to popular belief, homeopathy is not a placebo science, said a group of eminent scientists at the World Homeopathy Summit being held in the city this weekend. It has been long believed that consuming homeopathic medicine has a psychological effect on the patient which leads to some of them getting cured. Busting this and other myths, scientists from Haffkine Institute in Parel, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre BARC at Chembur, Indian Institute of Technology IIT-B in Powai, and the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research TIFR shared their research at the summit, which has attracted scientists and doctors from different parts of the world including Italy, Brazil and Austria.
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