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NHS to Ban Homeopathy and Herbal Medicine, as 'Misuse of Resources'

The NHS, the U.K.’s health provider, has moved to choke off funding to homeopathy, herbal medicine and omega-3 fatty acid supplements. The Independent reports that the NHS has labeled alternative treatment modalities as low value and will no longer provide coverage. In March, gluten-free diets for celiac sufferers were also removed in order to free up what they described as scarce funds.

The NHS currently spends the equivalent of $120,000 annually on homeopathy. This represents a rounding error when compared to their annual budget of $157 billion. Perhaps the real motivation is an institutional antipathy for alternative and complementary medicine. Simon Stevens, the NHS England’s chief executive, described homeopathy as a “placebo at best.” This does not mean that homeopathy is without allies or advocates in the U.K. Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt and Prince Charles are vocal proponents of homeopathy. 

Why is the NHS so eager to redirect the scant funds devoted to homeopathy, herbal medicine, gluten-free diet prescriptions and omega-3 supplements into the gaping maw of their allopathic medical industry? The savings are hardly commensurate with the drastic impact such a ruling will have on natural health practices and research. 

Studies show that alternative medicine can be an effective treatment for pain relief. Investigating this avenue of research would be in the best interest of patients everywhere. It should also appeal to the NHS bean counters, whose opposition to alternative medicine is ostensibly due to budgetary constraints alone.  

Homeopathic solutions contain miniscule doses of plants, minerals, animal products or other compounds that cause symptoms similar to what you are already experiencing. The remedies have been diluted many times over, and the idea is that the substance will stimulate your body's own healing powers.

One study of 129 people with chronic low back pain found traditional homeopathic treatment was effective for treating low back pain, leading to improvements in health-related quality of life and decreases in the use of conventional treatment and health care services. The number of patients using drugs to treat their back pain was cut in half after homeopathic treatments. It's best to work with an experienced homeopath to guide you in treatment for pain relief. 

Homeopathy is under siege in the U.S. as well. In a notice filed in November 2016, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) stated that in order for homeopathic remedies to claim they are effective, their makers must provide proof. If no proof is provided, the remedies must state there is “no scientific evidence that the product works.” Despite the FTC’s claims that homeopathy has no scientific backing, many studies and experts support its use.

The sad fact is that the NHS and FTC are heavily involved in the health decisions of millions. The reason is because so many suffer from health problems that impair their ability to enjoy life. Pharmaceutical drugs and other conventional methods are Band-Aid-type  solutions that typically result in more harm than good. The good news is that it is possible to significantly improve your health by changing your diet and eating habits. I recommend checking out my nutrition plan. It is designed for beginners and experts alike. It is based on leading edge science but relies on a simple core concept: Consume only nourishing whole foods that have been sustainably sourced. Avoiding all processed foods is your first step on a journey to better health.