Deutsche Welle is reporting that Germany's largest physician association has formally called on the government to end financial support for homeopathic treatments and the "remedies" used by homeopaths.
|Dr Stephan Hofmeister, Andreas Gassen, Thomas Kriedel|
The head of the National Association of Statutory Health Insurance Physicians, Andreas Gassen, is not calling for a ban on homeopathic products or a stripping of homeopaths' licenses. But he is pushing for insurers to stop refunding people who buy the medications.
Homeopathic remedies are made by diluting an "active" substance to such a degree that, in some bottles of the finished product, not even a single molecule of the original ingredient remains. Homeopaths explain this inconvenient fact by claiming that the production method, which involves violently shaking or slamming the mother tincture, infuses the remedy with the "energy" of the active ingredient.
Science, as you might expect, is skeptical--at best.
Gassen made the comments earlier today. When (or if) his exact statement appears on the Association's website, we'll add a link.