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Anne O'Reilly MVB MRCVS MFHOM
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Anne O'Reilly MVB MRCVS MFHOM
1 year 3 months ago
I would like to confirm what Peter has spoken about in his reply letter in the times. I own a practice in the North of Ireland for the past 30 years, twenty of which I have been prescribing successfully Homeopathic therapies. I’m afraid as usual those of our colleagues who are blinded by narrow minded views will never see the major benefits these therapies bring to our patients in a gentle healing way. I always strive to use all the diagnostic tools and clinical expertise in my practice to make a informed diagnosis and I would not be in a… Read more »
Em Colley
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1 year 3 months ago
As a homeopath I’ve seen and used homeopathy with animals – albeit always under the use of a veterinary homeopath. My introduction, as an utter skeptic, was as a teen and our horse was diagnosed with recurrent uveitis which we were told was incurable although steroid injections (which she had to be sedated for) on a 6 weekly basis appeared to keep it at bay. We were also told (by our conventional vets) that there was a possibility we may have to remove her eye, and have subsequently met people who’s animals had the same condition and ended up without… Read more »
Dr Brian Kaplan
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1 year 3 months ago
Yes, indeed. The ‘intolerance’ of the very existence of homeopathy in society has become a very ugly thing indeed. It has come to the point where the fact that vets or doctors, trained in the orthodox methods, but using natural approaches when appropriate and taking FULL MEDICAL RESPONSIBILITY for their actions, are not only trashed, bullied and ridiculed for their views, but have petitions created to prevent them doing their jobs in the way they think is ethically best. If an animal dies when it was treated with homeopathy and could have obviously been saved by antibiotics or surgery, then… Read more »
Lori
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1 year 3 months ago

Wise words, Peter. You make several very good points. That one vet would be so against his own peers is unacceptable and unbelievable.

William Swift MRCVS
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William Swift MRCVS
1 year 3 months ago

The pleas posted regarding deprivation of animals of a life-saving treatment are wide of the mark. All that would happen is that homeopaths would no longer be able to shelter behind the RCVS, consigning them to where they belong with the crystal-rubbers and pendulum-swingers. Clients who wanted to avail themselves or their animals of unconventional treatments that are unsupported by the principles of evidence-based medicine could continue to do so, consulting practitioners registered with their own “professional” body.

Andy Lewis
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1 year 3 months ago

Look at how much fuss a few vets are making over their right to sell magic sugar pills to animal owners.

Simon Baker
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Simon Baker
1 year 3 months ago
Peter Gregory repeats a familiar set of tired tropes. He invites us to believe that homeopathy is a powerful, reliable and lifesaving therapy whose power disappears into the margins of statistical noise as soon as it is examined objectively. Even Robert Mathie, the lead author of the Fac Hom’s most recent meta-analysis has to concede that the most optimistic possible interpretation of his data is that any clinical effects are small. To someone not professionally vested in the retailing of sugar pills a far more plausible interpretation is that eking out a few apparently positive but clinically trivial results in… Read more »
Brett
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Brett
1 year 3 months ago
Wow, this is disingenuous at best and logically dishonest. Author quotes a meta-analysis from 2014 as support for use of homeopathy. The meta study referenced has been debunked for it’s shortcomings (see http://edzardernst.com/2014/12/homeopaty-proof-of-concept-or-proof-of-misconduct/ comment exchange between Edzard Ernst and study’s author.) The dishonesty part is his exclusion referencing a much more relevant and encompassing meta analysis of homeopathy, completed by Australia’s National Health and Medical Research Council. The fact that the details are easily found online (see: https://www.nhmrc.gov.au/guidelines-publications/cam02 ) begs the question why was this larger meta analysis report ignored (seems the author is ignorant of how scientific debate is… Read more »
Catherine O'Driscoll
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1 year 3 months ago
Speaking as an animal advocate and one who champions the rights of veterinary clients, I am astounded that any conventional veterinary surgeon should have the audacity to seek to ban anything other than many of their own forms of harmful conventional veterinary treatment! Mr Chambers’ letter reminds me of the Biblical parable, ‘Get the beam out of your own eye before seeking to remove the splinter from someone else’s’. Conventional veterinary surgeons are still promoting over-vaccination – despite research published in 1978 in Kirk’s Veterinary Therapy, and over a decade of advice from the WSAVA, which tells us that, once… Read more »
Alison Tapp
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Alison Tapp
1 year 3 months ago

I would dismiss conventional medicine as quackery as it so seldom works. However I find , so far, that my homeopathic first aid kit has been positive every time…….

Kim Lummis
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Kim Lummis
1 year 3 months ago

Well said Peter. The only people that seem to criticise homeopathy and other natural treatments seem to be those with no actual experience of it. Frankly they are poorer as a result.

I’ve seen how homeopathy has helped both my and my pet’s health. Any attempt at unethical bans is a step too far.

Carol Ann carlton
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1 year 3 months ago

Thank you Peter Gregory for your stand on Homeopathy. It is rather short-sighted and very sad that some vets feel so threatened by the vets who do prescribe Homeopathic remedies to heal their patients. I avoid all the conventional drugs which are so harmful long term and always have side effects. REMEDIES vs DRUGS?? I know from my 9 dogs and 1 native pony which is better!!!

Arlo Guthrie
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1 year 3 months ago
Dear Peter, As a proponent of homeopathy, you ask me to believe that substances such as – and these are real examples – Hadrian’s Wall, placenta (Welsh), light from the planet Venus and condoms have been proven to cause a variety of symptoms, and by extension are indicated for the treatment of various illnesses. Not only that, you then ask me to believe that the effectiveness of these ingredients is increased by diluting it until such time as there is not one single molecule of it remaining in the preparation. Now to be clear from the outset, I have nothing… Read more »
Philippa Williams
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1 year 3 months ago

I have successfully used Homeopathy for the past sixty years as did my mother before me & I wish to continue to do so.

Martin Whitehead
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1 year 3 months ago
As Peter Gregory says, “there is no conclusive evidence supporting the therapeutic benefits of homeopathy”. Yet homeopaths all claim that homeopathy is highly effective in their everyday practice. How can it possibly be the case, after hundreds of clinical trials, that there is no conclusive evidence supporting the therapeutic benefits of homeopathy if the homeopaths are right in their belief that it is highly effective in practice? Which is right, the homeopaths or the trials? Randomised, controlled trials are designed to eliminate both (i) subjective biases in judging treatment efficacy, and (ii) the influence of confounding factors such as regression… Read more »
Leslie Kaufman
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Leslie Kaufman
1 year 3 months ago
I have taken my dogs to homeopathic vets for years as well as using conventional treatments. I started taking my Addisonian dog to an holistic vet when she had’ existed’ for a year solely on conventional treatments. The poor dog, who had, before developing Addison’s disease been a true, full of life hunting terrier, now had no energy or spark left. On starting homeopathic treatment, within two days, she frightened the life out of me by giving voice to her ‘hunting cry’ and chased after a hare! This girl had QUALITY of life for the remainder of her time with… Read more »
Andrew Sikorski
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Andrew Sikorski
1 year 3 months ago
Paraphrasing Niall:’ people who defend anything most vigorously are those who sell it for a living! You don’t need to have experience of anything to criticise it, you just need a knowledge of basic science and common sense.’ The BMJ’s Clinical Evidence handbook shows that at most 13% of conventional interventions are absolutely evidence based and another 23% probably of benefit and the rest harmful, unknown effect etc. Nobody is calling for those to be banned even though the NHS expenditure on SSRIs is about 30x it’s entire homeopathic budget! “The case against science is straightforward: much of the scientific… Read more »
Niall Taylor
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Niall Taylor
1 year 3 months ago
Or, putting it another way, the people who defend homeopathy most vigorously are those who sell it for a living! You don’t need to have experience of homeopathy to criticise it, you just need a knowledge of basic science and common sense. Homeopathy is treating animals with sugar or water on the basis that onions can cure a cold or putrid duck innards can help fight flu. It is deeply irrational and has no real-world credibility. This isn’t about defending conventional medicine, no one has ever said conventional medicine is perfect. But that has no bearing on the fact that… Read more »
Catherine O'Driscoll
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1 year 3 months ago
I am unaware of putrid duck innards being used in homeopathy to fight flu. Surely, if you are at all rational, you will use facts rather than make them up in order to ridicule a system you know little about? We do know, though, that aborted foetuses are used in vaccines, as well as heavy metal neurotoxins such as aluminium and mercury salts. And then, in the face of side-effects, we have the pharma industry seeking to obfuscate the obvious. You talk about homeopathy offering nothing but sugar and water. Homeopathy appears to have no basis when you’re looking at… Read more »
Karen Kinnin
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Karen Kinnin
1 year 3 months ago

I fully support naturopathy and homeopathy for animals and humans and may I also point out that the royal family have a naturopathic physician on the payroll if its good enough for them its good enough for us. Double standards everwhere you look.

Noel Thomas
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Noel Thomas
1 year 3 months ago
Arlo Guthrie is correct in pointing out that homeopathy fits not at all with the the scientific paradigm that we rely on to make sense of the world around us. To move from that position – which I agree with- to a position that says it must therefore be fallacious, assumes that there are no corners that science has not explored. Is that a valid supposition ? There are other instances of people thinking that way, over the centuries since the apple fell on Newtons head. An amusing undergrad ditty described how the Master of Balliol College addressed his shaving… Read more »
Arlo Guthrie
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1 year 3 months ago
Noel, you say: “Arlo Guthrie is polite and appears bemused at the credulity of homeopaths. As we are at his reluctance/inability to converse and explore with homeopathic colleagues, what it is that we see happening on a regular basis, that defies our scientific background.” I’m not reluctant or unable to explore the subject. On the contrary, I’ve spent the last few months doing exactly that! Believers in homeopathy often (as you do) talk about what they see happening. I’ve had the experience of observing the treatment of a medical condition in one patient for over a decade. In that time,… Read more »
Jo Radley
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Jo Radley
1 year 3 months ago

I have used homeopathy for myself and my animals for around 30 years. We rarely need any conventional medicines and my dogs and horses have responded favourably to many remedies.

Dr Paul Boland
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1 year 3 months ago

For the record I am not a Homoeopath but a Veterinary Surgeon interested in both allopathic and alternative medicine. I would like to ask the Veterinary Surgeons who want to ban therapies that my clients ask for one question. “What gives you the Almighty right that you can take away the rights of the general public in what therapeutic remedies that they want for their pets? Are you God?” As Anthony de Mello so wisely says “Wisdom tends to grow in proportion to one’s awareness of one’s ignorance.”

Catherine O'Driscoll
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1 year 3 months ago

Bravo!

ross milner B.V.Sc, MRCVS
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ross milner B.V.Sc, MRCVS
1 year 3 months ago

As one of my lecturers said to me at vet school, 9 out of 10 pets will get better anyway without treatment. The solution to me seems simple, all homeopathic medicines should be licensed like any other drug after rigorous clinical trials prove they work and all serious side effects are recorded.It would be interesting to see how many would be licensed on a level playing field !

REBECCA BROWN
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REBECCA BROWN
1 year 3 months ago

As a vet I have successfully used homeopathy on many occasions, including when conventional therapies have nothing left to offer or have had adverse effects. I am in full support of veterinarians using homeopathy as part of their case management.

Andrew Sikorski
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Andrew Sikorski
1 year 3 months ago

Dear Peter

It is fascinating Mr Chambers has not petitioned for a ban on the use of anaesthetics whose mode of action even in bipeds is unknown, scientific evidence for the safety and use of is lacking, mode of action remains a mystery and which carry a high risk and cost.

Safe and effective homeopathic medicine which has worked in bipeds for over 2 decades appears to quicken his interest and disdain more.

How curious, irrational and unscientific to thus obfuscate the public from making truly informed decisions.

Simon Baker
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Simon Baker
1 year 3 months ago
Dr Sikorski I fear you may be being a little disingenuous. The mode of action of general anaesthetics may be unknown in detail, but there is nothing in physics or chemistry to say they cannot work. When you have evidence that homeopathy works as reliably as intravenous propofol then let us know. To repeat my previous point. When homeopathy is studied objectively, the claimed effects disappear into the margins of statistical noise. This fundamentally contradicts the claims made by its users and the only reasonable explanation is that they are fooling themselves due to to working out of a number… Read more »
Marlene thompson
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1 year 3 months ago
I called Peter Gregory, vet,, after failure of conventional treatment for my horse. I was sceptical but willing to try anything. I was amazed at the speedy recovery of my horse. I have since used iHomeopathy for my other pets. Not only is it cheaper and safer, IT WORKS!!!!!! Am disgusted the veterinary profession wants to ban Homeopathy. However I am convinced the pharmaceutical industry is behind this move. If you have an industry worth billions of pounds and people began using something better, safer and cheaper that would compromise your profits. What would you do? Discredit the competition and… Read more »
Niall Taylor
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Niall Taylor
1 year 3 months ago
You can’t seriously be suggesting anaesthetic agents are in any way comparible with homeopathy, surely? Anaesthetics have recognised, analysable, physical content. We know exactly what they are. Their mode of action, while not known precisely is likely to involve a number of proposed mechanisms, all grounded in the known facts of neurology, physiology and biochemistry. Anaesthetics follow predictible, rational patterns – if I dilute an anaesthetic it will have a reduced effect, if I use a stronger concentration it will have a more profound effect. And anaesthetics actually work. If I get the dose correct and use the proper delivery… Read more »
Martin Whitehead
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1 year 3 months ago
Paul Boland asks “what gives you (Danny Chambers and those many others of us who are sceptical of homeopathy) the right that you can take away the rights of the general public in what therapeutic remedies that they want for their pets?” Obviously, as private individuals, veterinary surgeons and veterinary nurses, we do not have any right to ban or otherwise limit the use of homeopathy. But we do have the RIGHT of free speech to draw the attention of the profession’s regulator to the irrationality of the homeopathic belief system and to point out that the clinical-trial evidence (as… Read more »
Martin Whitehead
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1 year 3 months ago
Andrew Sikorski Here is a quote from your post: “It is fascinating Mr Chambers has not petitioned for a ban on the use of anaesthetics whose mode of action even in bipeds is unknown, scientific evidence for the safety and use of is lacking, mode of action remains a mystery and which carry a high risk and cost.” The mode of action of anaesthetics is known. I’ll use alfaxan as an example, just because I use it a lot, but we have a similar level of knowledge for most anaesthetics: Alfaxan binds to gamma animo butyric acid (GABA) sub-type A… Read more »
Simon Baker
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Simon Baker
1 year 3 months ago
I first came to examine homeopathy nearly 15 years ago when I heard a vet homeopath on the radio describing a hyperthyroid cat he was treating. He showed the programme’s presenter all the clinical features of an untreated hyperthyroid animal while claiming it as a success for his treatment because its existence had merely continued for the prior 14 months. I was literally stopped in my tracks as I heard this. This is what goes on behind the curtain. If failure can be claimed as success then no wonder homeopaths think they are providing efficacious treatment. I’ll take this opportunity… Read more »
Martin Atkinson
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1 year 3 months ago
It is almost understandable that those with no medical or scientific knowledge may innocently be drawn to the fallacious claims of homoeopaths. However, it beggars belief that intelligent, scientifically educated people with a knowledge of medicine, pharmacology, epidemiology, physics, biochemistry and physiology can for one moment believe in homoeopathy. I would not call for an outright ban on homoeopathy in expectation of stopping the continuation of it’s irrational belief any more than I would call for a ban on religion, the power of faith in the un-provable is too great for that but I support the Campaign for Rational Veterinary… Read more »
Kathy Zablotzky
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Kathy Zablotzky
1 year 3 months ago
Like so many others I tried homoeopathy for one of my dogs who the veterinary profession said they couldn’t help. He was 4 years old and had severe arthritis. He was on high doses of steroids and painkillers and still struggled to walk. I kept ignoring my friend who was encouraging me to try homoeopathy. My reply was always the same, “What is homoeopathy going to do when the steroids and painkillers aren’t helping him?” I was close to deciding his quality of life was too poor for me to expect him to continue on when I stumbled across a… Read more »
Simon Baker
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Simon Baker
1 year 3 months ago
Kathy I had a patient, a 5yr old dog with unremitting elbow pain for months with very little response to painkillers. I referred him for a CT scan in case an orthopaedic specialist might recommend surgery, although I am unconvinced of the benefits of surgery in these cases. The owner went for the appointment, but had forgotten to starve their dog in preparation for the anaesthetic to perform the CT. So the CT was booked for another day. The owners returned home with nothing having been done but from that day onwards the dog was not lame and did not… Read more »
Martin Whitehead
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1 year 3 months ago
Kathy Zablotzky I note from your LinkedIn page and website that, as well as practicing alternative healing, you communicate with companion animals all over the world via a photograph that the owners send you. By speaking with those animals, you can let the owners know, among other things, if their animal is ill or in pain, or whether or not the animal wants to be euthanased at the vets’ or at home, or help the owners to find their pet if is lost, etc. You say “The trouble is homoeopathy can’t be tested on animals in trials, only on people… Read more »
Linda Howells
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Linda Howells
1 year 3 months ago
There will always be people who want to disprove something because it woks in a way they do not understand. I would have been one of those people, and certainly wary of homeopathy, before I turned to it for my pets in desperation and have consequently been amazed at the impact. It is right that we discriminate, that we check, that we are wary. My 12 1/2 year old yellow Labrador has reacted badly to almost every drug he has been given, and yet has responded well to homeopathy. He does not know what he is taking, so there can… Read more »
Simon Baker
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Simon Baker
1 year 3 months ago
Linda See my comments variously above that explain completely why you might think that homeopathy has helped your dog whereas we can be pretty certain it cannot. A sadly consistent feature of advocates of alt.med. is that the only thing that they accept at absolute literal face value from conventional medicine is some doom-laden prognosis given for a particular problem. If you have read earlier comments, you will have noted my story about a hyperthyroid cat. As I see it, the main error in the original handling of that case is that the owner had been led to believe that… Read more »
Simon Baker
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Simon Baker
1 year 3 months ago

Actually, I will pick up on this specific comment.

“9 years later he is still walking, albeit slowly”

Linda, what do you think is a significant sign of significant bilateral elbow pain?

Roger Meacock MRCVS
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1 year 3 months ago
The anti-homeopathy brigade spout about Science as if we know everything. Prof Cox frequently admits we know less than 5% of what there is to know about the universe. As many comments have said, positive results are frequently experienced by owners and homeopathic vets alike. We may not know the mechanism although there are encouraging theories but the probability that the mechanism lies within the 95% of unknown science is high. That doesn’t make it unscientific, just unknown. Arlo, you’re not a vet so why you think you have the right to interfere in our profession I don’t know. You… Read more »
Louise Mclean
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Louise Mclean
1 year 3 months ago

Well it seems to me that this Petition and Open Letter came about PRECISELY because of the growing popularity of homeopathy for animals, as Pharma makes drugs for them too and this will affect their profit margins. Also people curing their pets will want to use it themselves, so that spreads the word, which they don’t want either. Some excellent comments from people using homeopathy, who might know a bit more than the ones who don’t!

Martin Whitehead
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1 year 3 months ago
Linda Howells Your story gets to the crux of the problem. You are so right that we need to be wary. It is great that your labrador improved after having a homeopathic remedy. However, how do you know that he wouldn’t have improved at that time if you had not given him that remedy? That is NOT a silly question. Occasionally dogs (or humans or any other species) just do unexpectedly improve a lot more than expected for no obvious reason – conventional vets and doctors recognise that happens, including to dogs with arthritis. You may be aware of the… Read more »
SImon
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SImon
1 year 3 months ago
BMJ Open. 2014 Aug 27;4(8):e005332. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2014-005332. A 6-year comparative economic evaluation of healthcare costs and mortality rates of Dutch patients from conventional and CAM GPs. Baars EW1, Kooreman P2. Abstract OBJECTIVES: To compare healthcare costs and mortality rates of Dutch patients with a conventional (CON) general practitioner (GP) and patients with a GP who has additionally completed training in complementary and alternative medicine (CAM). DESIGN: Comparative economic evaluation. SETTING: Database from the Dutch insurance company Agis. PARTICIPANTS: 1,521,773 patients (98.8%) from a CON practice and 18,862 patients (1.2%) from a CAM practice. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: Annual information on five… Read more »
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