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Posted by on Apr 20, 2016 in Homeopathy | 0 comments

Harvard: Potential Public Health benefits of Homeopathy

An article in the April, 2016 issue of the American Journal of Public Health caught my eye: “Homeopathy Use by US Adults: Results of a National Survey.” I was pleased to see that homeopathy use is actually quite low. The 2012 National Health Survey found that only 2.1% of U.S. adults used homeopathy in the last 12 months, although that was a 15% increase over 2007. Users were mostly young, white, well-educated women, the typical CAM consumer. Even fewer saw a homeopathic practitioner (only 19% of all users), although those who did perceived a greater benefit from homeopathic remedies. This difference, speculate the authors, could be due to several factors, one of which is a more individualized and effective homeopathic prescription by the provider. What? Are the authors suggesting that the series of off-the-wall questions asked by homeopaths leads to a prescription of an “effective” homeopathic remedy? They certainly seem to be. Who are these authors, anyway? They are Michelle L. Dossett, MD, PhD, MPH, Roger B. Davis, ScD,...

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