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In defence of homeopathy

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There's currently apoll asking if homoeopathy should be funded by the NHS.  I think it's entirely the wrong question toask.  We should be asking if drugs shouldbe funded by the NHS.  Allow me toexplain.

Many consider homeopathy to beexpensive, but in comparison to some branded drugs homeopathy is much cheaper.  A wholesale switch from medicines tohomeopathy would save the NHS millions. In the current period of austerity, this would be a welcome boon.

We know medicine relatedemergency admissions are a big problem. No such problem would exist in the homeopathy era.  Patients can't overdose, interactions aren'tan issue and there are no onerous monitoring requirements.  Patients are also likely to be more compliantgiven the absence of bothersome side effects.

Every pharmacist is pushed fortime.  With homeopathy, it doesn't reallymatter what you dispense.  Your clinicaland accuracy check needn't be as thorough. In fact, it needn't happen at all. Millions of pharmacist working hours would be recovered.

You may argue homeopathy has noevidence proving its effectiveness.  Butyou're clearly looking in the wrong place, or not being sufficientlyopen-minded.  You'll find ampleevidence here.

I hope I've convinced you to donyour tin hat and join me in the fight for a better NHS.  Expensive water, prepared in fantasticallyelaborate ways, labelled with impressive terminology, will one day be themainstay of treatment.

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