UK: Doctors attack ‘bogus’ therapies


Richard Moore

     Some of Britain's leading doctors have urged NHS trusts to
     stop using complementary therapies and to pay only for
     medicine "based on solid evidence".

I consider this article to be a good example of 
how the Matrix works. We are presented with a 
certain scenario - the Prince vs. the Doctors - 
which we are expected to interpret as Science vs. 
Sentiment. Also the reader is to see this as a UK 
issue, a scientific debate within the UK health 

The underlying reality, not mentioned at all in 
the article, is that a worldwide campaign is 
being pursued by the pharmaceutical industry to 
eliminate those forms of health care and those 
health products which do not bring maximum 
profits to the industry.  This campaign began 
with Codex Alimentarius, a set of rules drafted 
by representatives of the pharmaceutical 
industry. Codex has an official website 
( with this PR 

     The Codex Alimentarius Commission was created in 1963 by FAO
     and WHO to develop food standards, guidelines and related
     texts such as codes of practice under the Joint FAO/WHO Food
     Standards Programme. The main purposes of this Programme are
     protecting health of the consumers and ensuring fair trade
     practices in the food trade, and promoting coordination of
     all food standards work undertaken by international
     governmental and non-governmental organizations.

As globalization has proceeded, implementation of 
Codex has been mandated by treaties: each nation 
is obligated to pass legislation to enforce the 
Codex rules. If politicians were to say "We are 
forced to do this because of Codex", that would 
raise public awareness of the emerging globalist 
government. In order to avoid this, the 
implementing legislation is always presented as a 
domestic issue, as in this article.


Original source URL:

Doctors attack 'bogus' therapies

Some of Britain's leading doctors have urged NHS 
trusts to stop using complementary therapies and 
to pay only for medicine "based on solid 

The group raised concerns that the NHS is funding 
"unproven or disproved treatments", like 

One doctor told the Times the NHS was funding 
"bogus" therapies when patients struggled to get 
drugs like Herceptin.

But Prince Charles has said "proven" therapies 
should be integrated with conventional medicine.

Orthodox medicine has so much to learn
Prince Charles
Prince's comments

He told the World Health Assembly in Geneva: "The 
proper mix of proven complementary, traditional 
and modern remedies, which emphasises the active 
participation of the patient, can help to create 
a powerful healing force in the world."

He added: "Many of today's complementary 
therapies are rooted in ancient traditions that 
intuitively understood the need to maintain 
balance and harmony with our minds, bodies and 
the natural world.

"Much of this knowledge, often based on oral 
traditions, is sadly being lost, yet orthodox 
medicine has so much to learn from it."

He called on countries to look at how they could 
improve the health of their populations, using a 
more integrated approach.

'Implausible treatment'

In their letter, from 13 doctors and sent to 476 
acute and primary care trusts, is being seen as a 
direct challenge to the prince's campaign.

The public and the NHS are best served by using 
the available funds for treatments that are based 
on solid evidence

Letter to NHS trusts

Organised by Michael Baum, emeritus professor of 
surgery at University College London, the letter 
said he and fellow doctors believed alternative 
medicine was being promoted despite a lack of 
evidence and "at a time when the NHS is under 
intense pressure".

It criticised two initiatives - a 
government-funded guide on homeopathy for 
patients, and the Smallwood report, commissioned 
by Prince Charles, which suggested greater access 
to complementary therapies in the NHS might lead 
to widespread benefits.

The letter described homeopathy as an 
"implausible treatment for which over a dozen 
systematic reviews have failed to produce 
convincing evidence of effectiveness".

The doctors say while "medical practice must 
remain open to new discoveries", it would "be 
highly irresponsible to embrace any medicine as 
though it were a matter of principle".

There is so much anecdotal evidence that 
thousands of people gain benefit from using 
complementary medicines

Terry Cullen, British Complementary Medicine Association

The letter continues: "The public and the NHS are 
best served by using the available funds for 
treatments that are based on solid evidence."

Signatories on the letter include Nobel 
Prize-winner Sir James Black and Sir Keith 
Peters, president of the Academy of Medical 

Edzard Ernst, the UK's first professor of complementary medicine, also signed.

He said: "The wholesale integration of 
complementary medicine, simply because it's 
alternative, and people may want it, and feel 
satisfied with it, is not a good reason for 

"I believe we need one single standard in 
medicine and that is the standard of evidence 
based medicine."

Dr Peter Fisher, of the Royal London Homeopathic 
Hospital, described the letter as an attempt to 
introduce a form of "medical apartheid" into the 

Terry Cullen, chairman of the British 
Complementary Medicine Association, said: "It's 
very frustrating that senior responsible people 
dismiss complementary medicine for the sole 
reason that it doesn't have the definitive 
scientific proof that other drugs have.

"There is so much anecdotal evidence that 
thousands of people gain benefit from using 
complementary medicines. We shouldn't dismiss 

Madeleine Craggs, chief executive of the General 
Osteopathic Council, said: "All recognise the 
value of evidence-based practice, but given the 
lack of funding for controlled trials, an interim 
solution may be to pilot more integrated 

'Needs evidence'

One signatory to the letter, consultant clinical 
scientist Leslie Rose, said its purpose was to 
instil equal vigour in gathering evidence for 
every treatment prescribed to NHS patients.

"The NHS should not be spending money where the 
evidence base is much weaker than it is for 
conventional treatments," he told BBC Breakfast.

He said a business plan for the refurbishment of 
the Royal London Homeopathic Hospital - which 
cost £20m to set up - did not put any emphasis on 

Complementary therapies also include reflexology, 
aromatherapy and a range of 'hands on healing' 
techniques such as reiki and shiatsu.

Prince Charles first advocated the use of 
complementary medicines more than 20 years ago, 
and has established the Prince's Foundation for 
Integrated Health.

A spokeswoman for the Department of Health said 
it was up to clinicians and trusts to decide on 
the best treatment for a patient.

She said good evidence and clear information was 
required for patients to make their choice.

She said the department said it did not have 
figures on the amount spent by the NHS on 
complementary medicines because decisions were 
taken locally.

About half of GPs are thought to refer patients to alternative therapists.

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Published: 2006/05/23 13:53:24 GMT


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