Safety

Publication Title: 
Forschende Komplementärmedizin Und Klassische Naturheilkunde = Research in Complementary and Natural Classical Medicine

INTRODUCTION: In homeopathy ARNICA is widely used as a woundhealing medication and for the treatment of hematomas. OBJECTIVE: In this pilot study the efficacy and safety of ARNICA D12 in patients following varicose vein surgery were investigated. DESIGN: Prospective, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled pilot trial according to ICH GCP guidelines. SETTING: The study was conducted by a surgeon at the Angiosurgical Clinic, Berlin- Buch. INTERVENTION: After randomized allocation, 60 patients received either ARNICA D12 or placebo.

Author(s): 
Wolf, M.
Tamaschke, C.
Mayer, W.
Heger, M.
Publication Title: 
Forschende Komplementärmedizin (2006)

INTRODUCTION: The Health Technology Assessment report on effectiveness, cost-effectiveness and appropriateness of homeopathy was compiled on behalf of the Swiss Federal Office for Public Health (BAG) within the framework of the 'Program of Evaluation of Complementary Medicine (PEK)'. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Databases accessible by Internet were systematically searched, complemented by manual search and contacts with experts, and evaluated according to internal and external validity criteria.

Author(s): 
Bornhöft, Gudrun
Wolf, Ursula
von Ammon, Klaus
Righetti, Marco
Maxion-Bergemann, Stefanie
Baumgartner, Stephan
Thurneysen, Andr Eacute
Matthiessen, Peter F.
Publication Title: 
Harefuah

Patients with respiratory tract infections are frequently treated by complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) modalities. This editorial reviews current literature on the most popular CAM modalities used by these patients: acupuncture, herbal therapy, vitamins and homeopathy. Several good quality trials in acupuncture, herbal therapy and homeopathy have reported positive effects in allergic rhinitis and asthma.

Author(s): 
Gamus, Dorit
Kokia, Ira
Publication Title: 
Forschende Komplementärmedizin (2006)

BACKGROUND: Homeopathic aggravation is a temporary worsening of existing symptoms following the administration of a correct homeopathic prescription. The aim of this study was to explore and compose criteria that may differentiate homeopathic aggravations from adverse effects. MATERIAL AND METHODS: A qualitative approach was employed using focus group interviews. 2 interviews, with 11 experienced homeopaths, were performed in Oslo, Norway. The practitioners have practiced classical homeopathy over a period of 10-32 years. Qualitative content analysis was used to analyze the text data.

Author(s): 
Stub, Trine
Salamonsen, Anita
Alraek, Terje
Publication Title: 
PloS One

BACKGROUND: One in five children visiting a homeopathic physician suffers from atopic eczema. OBJECTIVES: We aimed to examine the long-term effectiveness, safety and costs of homoeopathic vs. conventional treatment in usual medical care of children with atopic eczema. METHODS: In this prospective multi-centre comparative observational non-randomized rater-blinded study, 135 children (48 homoeopathy, 87 conventional) with mild to moderate atopic eczema were included by their respective physicians.

Author(s): 
Roll, Stephanie
Reinhold, Thomas
Pach, Daniel
Brinkhaus, Benno
Icke, Katja
Staab, Doris
Jäckel, Tanja
Wegscheider, Karl
Willich, Stefan N.
Witt, Claudia M.
Publication Title: 
Voprosy Pitaniia

Different methodological approaches were elaborated to evaluate quality and safety of genetically modified food products. The new engineering is proposed to rate medical, biological, genetic and technological advantage of these products. Using the same engineering, a complete analysis of the genetically modified soybean 40-3-2 ("Monsanto Co", USA) has been performed.

Author(s): 
Onishchenko, G. G.
Tutel'ian, V. A.
Petukhov, A. I.
Korolev, A. A.
Aksiuk, I. N.
Sorokina, E. Iu
Publication Title: 
The Medical Journal of Australia

We would be wise to hold off until we know more about the health, ecological and economic effects of genetically modified food.

Author(s): 
Leeder, S. R.
Publication Title: 
FEBS letters

The potential for transfer of antibiotic resistance genes from genetically modified (GM) plant material to microbes through genetic recombination in the human or animal gut is a consideration that has engendered caution in the use of GM foods. This study was aimed at defining the optimal physical and chemical conditions necessary to ensure sufficient fragmentation of DNA in plant tissues to a size where it would be unlikely to be stably transferred to bacterial gut microflora.

Author(s): 
Chiter, A.
Forbes, J. M.
Blair, G. E.
Publication Title: 
Risk Analysis: An Official Publication of the Society for Risk Analysis

Previous research has reported strong consumer perception that genetically modified (GM) food crops may lead to adverse outcomes in a number of different areas. This is despite the widespread promulgation of the potential benefits and opportunities ascribed to the same technology by many scientists and other experts.

Author(s): 
Wilson, Carlene
Evans, Greg
Leppard, Phil
Syrette, Julie
Publication Title: 
Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology

It has been predicted that by 2025 there will be an annual shortfall of cereals for feeding the human population of 68.5 million tones. One possible solution is the use of genetically modified (GM) crops, which are already grown extensively (59 million ha of GM crops were planted in 2002) in the USA, South America, Africa and China. Nevertheless, there is considerable disagreement about the advisability of using such crops, particularly in Europe. Obviously, the safety of the food derived from the GM crops is a primary consideration.

Author(s): 
Purchase, Iain F. H.

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