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"Homeopathy: Concerns About Training and Certification"
Homeopathy: Concerns About Training and Certification
By Ridgely Ochs, Staff Writer
'What bothers me is when I get a call from ... ... hospital about a child who's come into the emergency room with an acute asthma attack, and they say a homeopath, who turns out to have no medical training, has been treating the child," Dr. Jennifer Jacobs said.
Jacobs has her MD and a master's degree in public health and is a member of the faculty at the School of Public Health and Community Medicine at the University of Washington. But she is no enemy of homeopathy. In fact, she says about "95 percent of the time" she uses it in her own practice. Nevertheless, she worries that well-meaning "lay people" using homeopathy -- those who are not also trained in conventional medicine or who are not working with mainstream health practitioners -- could inadvertently do harm.
Homeopathy is a medical system based not on treating a symptom but on treating the whole person. Infinitesimal amounts of remedies are used -- in fact, the amounts can be so small that none of the molecules from the starting medicine may remain.
A remedy is chosen based on an assessment of the patient's "constitutional type," so two people with, say, ear infections might be given very different remedies.
As much as she is an adherent of homeopathy, Jacobs said mainstream medicine provides useful tools and technology. "The biggest fear is that something serious will be overlooked, that someone will come in with a headache who has a brain tumor," she said.
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