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Saturday, 23 February 2008

BBC Health Website Deletes Complementary Medicine

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Dear All, This may be of interest to you, and it would be really helpful if you could take the time to contact the BBC feedback link. If we all did this, the BBC would receive over five thousand emails in support of health freedom. Stephen Kane
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BBC Health Website Deletes Complementary Medicine

Last week the controllers of BBC Health (
http://www.bbc.co.uk/health) , the health section on one of the most accessed websites in the world, decided to remove all coverage of complementary medicine!They used to have substantial coverage with over 40 pages on this subject covering all the major therapies, their pros and cons, evidence for their effectiveness, how to find a qualified practitioner, etc. However the site has in recent months been sent a deluge of letters and emails claiming that complementary therapies such as homeopathy and cranial osteopathy should be removed.

As a result large chunks of this part of the site were simply removed overnight and now, following recent cutbacks, it was decided that,rather than update this part of the site, it should simply be removed altogether!

It may seem incredible that a public service site this prominent can deem complementary medicine so insignificant that it no longer warrants any coverage other than the odd news story. This is despite the fact that complementary medicine is used favourably by a significant proportion of the population(recent surveys have estimated that around 1 in 5 Britons use it at some point or other) and that increasing numbers of people are now seeking to train in these therapies.

However, as the 'quack busters' become more organised and active, evidence of the backlash against complementary medicine is appearing all over the place -such as the removal of PCT funding for homeopathy, the threatened closure of the homeopathic hospitals, many negative news stories in the press and soon.Rather than taking a reasoned view and considering the evidence from good research studies on complementary medicine some groups seem simply hell bentontrying to 'stamp out' complementary medicine in any way possible.

The BBC removal of complementary medicine coverage (which has been in place for almost15 years!) is one example.

If you believe information pages on it should be returned to BBC, please,please take just a minute to express your views using their online comment format:
http://www.bbc..co.uk/feedback to make your view known.

As a public service company they have to listen to your views so your email will make a difference.

Apparently for all the many letters and emails that they received that were against complementary medicine they only received a handful in support. Therefore if you are in support please let them know so they may revise their thinking on this subject.Please act as soon as possible and pass on these details to anyone else you know who may also be willing to write in support of complementary medicine.
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Mary O'Meara Complementary & Alternative Medicine Researchers Network (CAMRN)

Research Council for Complementary Medicine
The Royal London Homoeopathic Hospital,
UCLH NHS Foundation Trust
60 Great Ormond Street
LondonWC1 3HR

Email:
camrn@rccm.org.uk
Website:
www.rccm.org.uk

Developing the evidence base for complementary medicine The RCCM is a charitable trust dependent entirely upon grants and voluntary donations

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