The official body for Australian GPs, Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP), has formally asked pharmacists not stock homeopathic products and warned doctors not to prescribe them because they do nothing.
Many people around the world feel that it is about time that someone made such a move. Legitimate health care practitioners — i.e. trained doctors and nurses — have been warning people for years as to the dangers of following so called alternative medicine. It is not based on any scientific proof, not having passed genuine research studies.
Recent findings by the National Health and Medical Research Council found that homeopathy produces no health benefits over and above a placebo. So yes if you are a hypochondriac then it will help you to feel better. Homeopathic concoctions may also help alleviate people’s symptoms which they have as a result of very real diseases.
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But they do not really treat illnesses and people who take them may fail to get real medical treatment in a timely fashion.
The RACGP position statement on homeopathy, released on Wednesday, warned people who turned to homeopathic products to address health issues could be putting themselves at risk.
The RACGP president, Dr Frank Jones, said such unproven products might cause them to delay seeking out proper medical care, or lead them to reject conventional medical approaches entirely.
Homeopathy is basically the arbitrary system of making potions for illnesses based on ingredients known to cause the very problem from which a person suffers.
So if you suffer from insomnia they might make you a pill with caffeine in it.
Does this sound strange to you? Well it should.