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Anti-homeopathy opponents no longer plan actions
Under the title 10:23 - Homeopathy, there's nothing in it In 2010 and 2011, opponents of homeopathy staged the public taking of an "overdose" of homeopathic medicines to demonstrate the ineffectiveness of homeopathic drugs under the eyes of the media. The campaign was started by the "Merseyside Skeptics Society" in Great Britain. In Germany, the Society for the Scientific Study of Para Sciences (GWUP) took over the implementation and the mobilization of anti-homeopathic campaigners.
The campaign was originally designed so that once a year a “public overdose” campaign takes place simultaneously in different locations. The logic of the GWUP: “What does not even trigger side effects in an enormous overdose probably has no main effect. Where there is no effect, there is no side effect. "
The German Central Association of Homeopathic Doctors (DZVhÄ) had already pointed out in the run-up to the "Action Overdose" on the "meaninglessness and unscientificness of the 10:23 campaign" and criticized the fact that the GWUP had children swallowing whole bottles of globules. For this year, the GWUP has announced no "overdose campaign".
BfArM: Calls for overdoses are not a clearing up. The striking PR campaign with the aim of triggering negative reporting on homeopathy is likely to have failed for the time being. Against the background of the reporting, this is understandable: the German media echo was not only quantitatively lean, many journalists also recognized the lack of substance of the “Show by Kügelchen critics” (Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger). WDR television invited a homeopathic doctor to classify the action. Homeopathic doctors visited the action sites and made themselves available to journalists who were interested in “speech and counter-speech” on the subject. But in addition to the fact that journalists are rarely instrumentalized by PR campaigns like 10:23, the organizers seem to have another problem: Last year, the GWUP largely lacked the participants, even their own members could hardly be mobilized . In most cities, fewer than 20 people took part in the announced mass action. The Federal Ministry of Drugs and Medical Devices (BfArM) has already denied the campaign's meaning: "From the BfArM's point of view, calls to take drugs in overdoses do not help to educate and sensitize patients." (Pm)
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