Consumer rights activists across Australia have today announced their intention to take a mass homeopathic ‘overdose’ next month, as part of a major global protest against the alternative remedies.
Protesters in Brisbane will swallow entire bottles of homeopathic pills on February 5th 2011, in a bid to raise public awareness of the fact that homeopathic ‘remedies’ are ineffective – putting pressure on pharmacists and health-care providers to ensure that products sold as medical treatments actually work.
Jayson Cooke, Queensland spokesman for the group, said: “It’s a terrible irony that Queenslanders seeking remedies are unwillingly purchasing products that are diluted to the point there is no active ingredient. The last thing Queensland residents need right now is to be wasting money on ineffective treatments. Most people aren’t aware that homeopathic pills are not ‘herbal’ or ‘natural’ – even homeopaths agree the pills actually contain nothing but sugar and water. We’re taking part in this protest to show that these so-called remedies are useless, and have no place in health-care today.”
Homeopaths and pharmacists should not be selling these sugar pills to people who are ill – these useless treatments are waste of time and money.”
The demonstration is being organized by local consumer advocacy groups as part of the 10:23 Campaign – a global protest against the homeopathic remedies originating in the United Kingdom. Similar events will be taking place in dozens of countries around the world, with protests announced in Germany, Hungary, Australia and Canada.
Michael Marshall, co-ordinator of the international campaign, said: “We intend to show that there is a growing feeling around the world that enough time and money has been wasted on homeopathic remedies.
In the two hundred years these treatments have existed, there has never been anything to suggest they work – and because they’re nothing but sugar and water, they couldn’t possibly do the things homeopaths claim they can do.
Tens of billions of dollers are spent every year around the world on these ineffective remedies, and when told what they really are, and how they’re made, most people are shocked these useless treatments are still able to be sold to an unsuspecting public”.
The 10:23 Campaign launched a year ago in the UK, with almost 400 protesters taking part in ‘overdose’ events across the country following an admission by Britain’s leading pharmacy that the pills are only sold because consumers will buy them, not because they are effective. The campaign is named after ‘Avogadro’s Number’ – a scientific constant which can be used to show homeopathic potions contain no active ingredients.
Though some would argue dispensing sugar pills may seem harmless, the endorsement of homeopathic potions by pharmacists and health-care providers has grave consequences. As well as undermining public trust in medicine and medical advice, patients with serious conditions can avoid seeking medical attention in the belief that homeopathy can treat their condition. An investigation by the BBC in January 2011 revealed that homeopaths were willing to give travelers ineffective homeopathic ‘preparations’ to use in place of real anti-malarial drugs, as well as ineffective homeopathic alternatives to vaccinations.
The 10:23 Campaign is organising protests in more than twenty three cities across ten counties on February 5th, 2011.
Local contact: Jayson Cooke / email@example.com / 0432 039 122
International contact: Michael Marshall / firstname.lastname@example.org / +44 7841 134 309