In the February 2010 issue of Your Baby magazine, there is an article about using homeopathy to treat babies and children for various ailments. Now, while I have nothing against informed adults dabbling in a bit of woo to make themselves feel better, I am strongly against homeopathy being used to treat babies, children and animals.
I am writing a letter to protest their article and would like Skeptic S A members to write to the magazine as well to tell them exactly how homeopathy works and why it is wrong to use it as an alternative remedy in children.
I have tried to find a copy of the article online, without any luck. If you can get hold of a copy, or read it while standing in a queue, you will see that the article is pro homeopathy. The writer of the article does try to present a balanced article but fails by interviewing a paediatrician who works with, and supports, homeopaths…
" ...A lot of people say that homeopathy takes time. Well, many illnesses are resolved by time anyway. It is part of my training to want to see trials, to know how much of what is happening in the patient taking homeopathic remedies can be assigned to the placebo effect and how much to actual physiological intervention." Yet **** works closely with a small group of homeopaths and has come to trust and respect their judgements and methods. "It would be foolish of me to claim that Western medicine provides all the answers to all health problems, so I keep an open mind. I find the homeopaths I work with to be very astute and observant, often picking up on small problems. I work very well with these doctors and have seen some fantastic results in my own patients because of homeopathic intervention. The danger is a parent who believes so thoroughly in it, that he or she does not take other steps when a child is in danger. You're not going to take your child to a homeopath when he or she's been in an accident, for instance, or has meningitis symptoms. A serious asthma attack could result in death. When it comes to the safety and well being of your child, you cannot respond only in an emotional, principled way against mainstream medicine; you have to do what's best for your child.In order to do this, it is critical that you are informed and that you do your research. But if you do your own research, especially via the internet, make sure you read peer-reviewed articles and check out the cross referrals."
The homeopath in the article says that there are “tons” of credible research articles on the internet about homeopathy.