Advocates for the rights of consumers said last February 5 against the use of homeopathy and alternative medicine.

Countries like the U.S., Canada, Argentina, Germany and Hungary, were added simultaneously to the event that was followed in several Spanish cities. During the demonstration, several groups in support of the campaign 10:23, symbolically committed suicide by consuming pills homeopathic As a sign of protest and skepticism about its efficacy healing.

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Michael Marschall, international coordinator of the campaign, said “In the 200 years of existence of these treatments has never been any evidence that they work . because they are just sugar and water, it is impossible for them to do what homeopaths claim they do. They spend billions per year on these treatments ineffective and, when we say what we really are and how they are made, most people are surprised that they continue to be sold at a public not well informed”.

Homeopathy in the world

The Saxon physician Samuel Hahnemann (1755-1843), was the pioneer of homeopathy in the late nineteenth century. Despite the growing popularity it has gained in recent years, homeopathy is still designated as Pseudoscience or alternative medicine and there are many who argue that no scientific basis. Studies show that its effectiveness is not greater than that of any placebo effect.

In June 2010 the British Medical Association agreed to describe homeopathy as “nonsense”. Still, in countries such as France remains partially covered by 35% by Social Security. In Germany there is D.Z.H.A. (German Union of Homeopathic Physicians) dedicated to the study and research on this field, although this treatment is no longer covered by Social Security.

In the U.S. the number of the sector has exceeded the 15,000 million dollars, however these products come to market need not be approved by the FDA (Food and Drug Administration). They do not require safety testing or labeling its products, or indicate its expiration, or to verify their content and potential. no limitations are not considered as medicines.

In Spain, Valladolid and Seville schools offer the homeopathic medical specialty and in cities like Santiago of Compostela, Granada and Murcia are integrated studies on homeopathy to medical school and graduate. On 14 December 2009 the Medical College of Spain approved homeopathy as “medical act” in order to prevent the practice is carried out by individuals without appropriate training and that this be restricted to qualified personnel and accredited centers .

The campaign 10:23

The campaign 10:23 began a year ago in the UK, as a protest against the statements of the main British pharmacy chain (Boots), Which justified the sale of tablets of this kind “because customers buy them, not because they are effective”. The campaign takes its name from the number of Avogadro, The constant number serving to determine the number of molecules in a mol. This is the constant in underpinning the development of any homeopathic substance.

In clearer language, homeopathy advocates that using minute quantities of active substances and repeatedly dissolving in water, the formula remains equally effective in curing diseases. It also states that water molecules have memory, allowing them to retain the benefits of active substances dissolved in them. Although some may argue that the failure to take a tiny amount of substances diluted in water and sugar can not do any harm to the activists for the rights of consumers are concerned that pharmacies and health personnel to defend their use as they can pose a risk to people with serious diseases who really need treatment.