Yes, I have a new book out. It is on homeopathy, and the publisher thought it important enough to issue a press-release. I thought you might be interested in reading it – if nothing else, it could be a welcome distraction from the catastrophic new from America. Here it is:
As a junior doctor, Edzard Ernst worked in a homeopathic hospital, practised homeopathy, and was impressed with its results. As his career progressed and he became a research scientist, he investigated the reasons for this efficacy and began to publish the evidence. This new book Homeopathy – The Undiluted Facts presents what he has learned to a lay audience. As an authoritative guide, it is complemented by an 80-page lexicon on the subject, covering definitions, key ingredients and protagonists in its history from founder Samuel Hahnemann to supporter Prince Charles.
Edzard Ernst says: “Homeopathy has been with us for more than 200 years and today millions of patients and consumers swear use its remedies on a daily basis. While some people seem to believe in it with a quasi-religious fervor, others loath it with a similarly deeply-felt passion. In this climate, it is far from easy for consumers to find simple, factual and reliable material on this subject. My book aims to fill this gap.”
There are many misconceptions and myths surrounding homeopathy which Ernst is able to dispel. In the final chapter, he covers both spurious arguments made by proponents of homeopathy and spurious arguments made by its opponents.
For example, in countering the notion that patients who use homeopathy must be stupid, he points out that many patients consult homeopaths because they have needs which are not met by conventional medicine. During a consultation with a homeopath, patients often experience more sympathy, empathy, and compassion. To dismiss this as stupidity would mean missing a chance to learn a lesson.
Ernst encourages both skepticism and openness to new ideas. He says: “This book is based on the all-important principle that good medicine must demonstrably generate more good than harm. Where this is not the case, I will say so without attempting to hide the truth.”
As I emphasise in ‘Real Secrets of Alternative Medicine’ (Amazon), folks who like to consult with a homeopath (or any other camist) should be supported in their needs. But they do need to fully understand why it is so many regular healthcare professionals do not support the use of homeopathic remedies – for which there is no plausible evidence of any effect beyond that as placebo.
The therapist should not be confused with the therapy; the practitioner with the remedy.
Patients do need to give fully informed consent with that understanding.
The GMC is currently drawing up new guidance on ‘consent’. I hope it will require homeopaths who are registered medical practitioners to properly inform their patients.
I am campaigning to see that it does so.
No one should purchase a homeopathic remedy without having read Edzard’s new book.
The facts may not be what many users of homeopathy want but it is important to have them laid out. Nobody is better qualified than Edzard to do so.
here is the 1st book review:
this book has just been published in a German edition
Dr Ernst: Is it time to update your book to a more accurate interpretation of the origin of homeopathic materia medica, and your explanation of ‘provings’. You got that wrong in your book, didn’t you?