MD, PhD, FMedSci, FRSB, FRCP, FRCPEd

This article could well be proof that homeopathy is ineffective against paranoia.

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Given the fact that homeopathy has met with resistance simultaneously on multiple fronts, many are wondering if this is an organized effort. Dr. Larry Malerba, who has practiced homeopathic medicine for more than 25 years, says that he has never witnessed this level of antipathy toward holistic medicine before:

“When one considers the broad array of recent anti-homeopathy activities that cross international borders, it would be naïve to think that there wasn’t a common motivating influence. One has to wonder who stands to gain the most from this witch hunt.”

Homeopathy, in particular, is a thorn in the side of Pharma because of the fact that its unique medicines are FDA regulated, safe, inexpensive, and can’t be patented. Malerba asked the question,

“Could it be that the media is missing the larger story here, that a powerful medical monopoly is seeking to destroy one of its most successful competitors?”

In India, where homeopathy enjoys tremendous popularity, there are an estimated 250 thousand homeopathic practitioners. Indian homeopath, Dr Sreevals G Menon, seems to agree that there is something fishy going on. He recently wrote:

“The renewed and more vigorous attack on the efficacy of homoeopathy as a curative therapy picked up internationally by the media is nothing but a sinister pogrom by the powerful pharmaceutical corporations the world over.” 

… Homeopathic supporters have long suspected that Pharma is secretly funding skeptic organizations. It appears that Pharma astroturfs by taking advantage of skeptic organizations that have strong anti-holistic medicine beliefs, encouraging them to spread false information about homeopathy.

But questions remain. Does this constitute an anti-democratic assault on freedom of medical choice? Are media outlets that have been manipulated by corporate medical interests feeding false information to consumers? Why is an increasingly popular medical therapy known for its long track record of safety suddenly receiving so much negative attention?…

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I do sympathize with those poor homeopathy fans!

Paranoia is a nasty condition!

And their placebos are useless for alleviating it.

Sad – really sad.

15 Responses to ‘BIG PHARMA’ is secretly funding skeptic organizations to defame homeopathy

  • I really love the “they can not be patented” part. Most homeopaths want to make you believe homeopathic drugs can not be patented because they use generally available substances. Well, the reason is completely different. Every patent has to include examples that the inventions actually *works* – and this is where homeopathic patents generally fail …..

  • In 40 years of working in the pharmaceutical industry I actually had a very hard time getting anyone to discredit any CAM. Everyone was far too busy developing drugs that work. CAM is simply not on their radar, and their reaction if any was hilarity, not fear. What these idiot homeopaths don’t grasp is that a relatively small body of people with evidence on their side can be far more effective than huge sums of money being used to promote silly ideas.

    https://majikthyse.wordpress.com/2014/02/21/the-myth-of-big-pharma/#more-430

  • Curses.We’ve been riumbled.

  • This discussion is ridiculous. If homeopathic remedies could be proven to work for clinical conditions, big pharma would take those remedies and market them as medicines.

    The number of medicines derived from plants and herbs (herbalism and naturopathy) are numerous and pharmaceutical drugs are more effective and better to use than the herbal originals because they are purified of ‘unwanted’ elements, and purity and strength are standardised.

    The fact the ‘Big Pharma’ has not taken over homeopathy suggests that it has not found evidence that particular homeopathic remedies are efficacious for medical conditions.

  • So basically a homeopath has reached a conclusion which isn’t supported by any evidence. Leopards and spots spring to mind.

  • This is, of course, what homeopaths would love to believe is the truth rather than confront the reality that their favourite therapy is a crock of complete nonsense.

    A friend of mine is a professional Big Pharma shill. She runs a PR company and spends her time papering over the cracks for GSK and trying to keep Ben Goldacre quiet. Alt Med, as Les has said above, doesn’t even register on the radar of pharmaceutical companies no matter how much the fans would wish it to be otherwise.

  • Larry Malerba is an osteopath, not a doctor of medicine.

  • Oh you lucky skeptical bastards in the US!
    Over here in Germany we critics of homeopathy are in trouble: Big Pharma won’t pay us! The two major societies of “Big Pharma” in Germany, the BPI (“Bundesverband der Pharmazeutischen Industrie”) and BAH (Bundesverband der Arzneimittelhersteller”) expressed their opposition to dropping the law that requires homeopathic remedies to be sold in pharmacies only. Furthermore they insist on public health to cover homeopathic treatments.

    See here:
    http://www.pharma-relations.de/news/bpi-und-bah-aeussern-sich-pro-homoeopathie
    https://www.deutsche-apotheker-zeitung.de/news/artikel/2017/06/20/pharmaverband-verteidigt-homoeopathie

    (both in German)

  • When I type “larry malerba” into google, the next word it suggests is “quack”. Enough said.

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