Professional Liability Insurance for Canadian RSHom(NA)’s
ICH Membership and NEWS
Homeopathy: Meta-Analyses of Pooled Clinical Data
General Liability Insurance
Another Member Benefit!
FDA update – another date change
Welcome to our New Members
Membership levels – what are they?
News for Our Canadian Registered Members
The same Professional Liability Insurance that has been made available to our US Registered members is now available to all of our Canadian Registered members. A policy for General Liability can be added to any policy. All Registered members can view the Professional Liability policy by logging in and clicking on the link to the Insurance company. You can request a quote prior to purchasing this insurance.
Nominate an RSHom(NA)
Nominees are being accepted for the Board position of President. Nominate yourself or another RSHom(NA) to serve on the NASH Board. Please submit your nominations by October 31, 2015 to na******@ho********.org.
NASH has Applicant Status
The Board made a decision in the beginning of 2015 to become more involved with the international homeopathic community by making application to the International Council for Homeopathy (ICH) as a voting member. During the first year we will be considered in ‘Applicant Status’.
While NASH is listed as being an Applicant for ICH membership
, we will receive all normal documentation and will be expected to have a nominated representative participate in at least one Council meeting. Kate Birch, CCH, RSHom(NA) has graciously offered to be our representative on ICH and continues to keep us informed of its activities including this recent newsletter. Of particular interest are the following articles:
Federal Jury Clears Producer, Marketer, and Seller of Homeopathic Products in $255m Class Action – click here for the expanded article.
Switzerland sets an example for the rest of Europe in regulating Complementary Medical (CM) practice.Homeopaths practicing in Switzerland are now required to sit and pass the higher professional examination after which they can use the official title ‘naturopath with national diploma specialized in homeopathy’. See the newsletter to read more.
Research entitled “Demonstrating the Reality of the Active Nature of Potentised Medicine” is reported on in the newsletter. To read the entire article, click here.
Homeopathy: Meta-Analyses of Pooled Clinical Data
by Robert G. Hahn
In the first decade of the evidence-based era, which began in the mid-1990s, meta-analyses were used to scrutinize homeopathy for evidence of beneficial effects in medical conditions. In this review, meta-analyses including pooled data from placebo-controlled clinical trials of homeopathy and the aftermath in the form of debate articles were analyzed. In 1997 Klaus Linde and co-workers identified 89 clinical trials that showed an overall odds ratio of 2.45 in favor of homeopathy over placebo. There was a trend toward smaller benefit from studies of the highest quality, but the 10 trials with the highest Jadad score still showed homeopathy had a statistically significant effect. These results challenged academics to perform alternative analyses that, to demonstrate the lack of effect, relied on extensive exclusion of studies, often to the degree that conclusions were based on only 5–10% of the material, or on virtual data. The ultimate argument against homeopathy is the ‘funnel plot’ published by Aijing Shang’s research group in 2005. However, the funnel plot is flawed when applied to a mixture of diseases, because studies with expected strong treatments effects are, for ethical reasons, powered lower than studies with expected weak or unclear treatment effects. To conclude that homeopathy lacks clinical effect, more than 90% of the available clinical trials had to be disregarded. Alternatively, flawed statistical methods had to be applied. Future meta-analyses should focus on the use of homeopathy in specific diseases or groups of diseases instead of pooling data from all clinical trials. Click here to read the entire article.
Did you know?
General Liability Insurance is available as an add on for any Registered member who has their Professional Liability Insurance policy through NASH.
Upcoming Telecast for NASH Student members
Monday, November 9th, 2015 – 5pm(PT), 6pm(MT), 7pm(CT), 8pm(ET)
This is a student only meeting. An agenda for the meeting will be sent to all Student members and School members prior to the meeting. Be sure that your membership is up to date by logging to view Membership Information.
Past Telecasts are available for listening on our website.
Disclaimer: The content of these telecasts does not necessarily reflect the views of the Board of the North American Society of Homeopaths. The information presented in these telecasts is for general informational purposes only. While we endeavor to provide accurate and up-to-date information, we make no representations or warranties of any kind, express or implied, about the completeness, accuracy, reliability, suitability or availability of the information provided. Any reliance you place on such information is therefore strictly at your own risk. The information provided should not be used as a substitute for advice from your personal health care practitioner.
A New Member Benefit!
Archibel has announced discounts for all NASH members for RadarOpus. Click here to see what incredible values you are eligible for because you are a member of NASH.
All Registered members are required to complete 20 CEU’s at the time of your renewal date. For a complete list of what can be used for CEU’s, click here. The CEU’s need to occur within the most current year of your membership.
There is still time to fill your comments to the FDA since the
deadline has been extended until November 9th.
Request for comment by November 9, 2015: Homeopathic Product Regulation: Evaluating the Food and Drug Administration’s Regulatory Framework After a Quarter-Century
In the Federal Register of March 27, 2015, FDA published a notice of public hearing with a 60-day comment period following the public hearing and requested comments on a number of specific questions identified throughout the document. Comments on the notice of public hearing will inform FDA’s decision about whether and how to adjust the current enforcement policies for drug products labeled as homeopathic to reflect changes in the homeopathic product marketplace over the last approximately 25 years. In the Federal Register of June 10, 2015, in response to requests for an extension to allow interested persons additional time to submit comments, FDA extended the original comment period for 60 days, until August 21, 2015.
FDA is reopening the comment period for an additional 60 days, until November 9, 2015. The Agency believes that reopening the comment period for an additional 60 days for the notice of public hearing will allow adequate time for interested persons to submit comments without significantly delaying Agency decisionmaking on these important issues. To read the entire Federal Register and to make comments electronically.
MORE INFORMATION ABOUT SENDING COMMENTS TO THE FDA
As you know, FDA’s two-day public hearing to gather information about the current use of products labeled as homeopathic took place in late April.
The hearing focused specifically on FDA regulations of and labeling requirements for OTC homeopathic medicines.
This hearing was not held to discuss the efficacy of homeopathy, the ability of individuals to practice homeopathy or to consider the removal of homeopathic remedies from the retail market.
But, FDA panelists posed several questions about:
• Consumer attitudes about homeopathy;
• Whether or not consumers have enough information to make informed decisions about purchasing homeopathic products over the counter (OTC);
• And whether there is confusion at store shelves with placement of homeopathic medicines next to non-homeopathic medicines.
Now You Can Help
The public hearing was the first phase of information gathering for FDA. The next phase of information gathering is a public comment period – which is now open and will remain open through November 9, 2015.
YOUR assistance at this time will be invaluable!
Help us get the following messages to the FDA:
• Consumers have positive attitudes about access to over-the-counter homeopathic medicines;
• Consumers ARE able to make informed decisions about purchasing homeopathic products vs traditional OTC medications;
• Consumers want to find the right medicine for their symptoms in the appropriate category area of the store.
We encourage everyone who uses homeopathic products to take 5 minutes to submit comments to the FDA about:
• YOUR own personal position and viewpoint regarding homeopathy;
• YOUR understanding and practical knowledge regarding purchasing decisions of OTC homeopathic products.
Guidance for Submitting Comments to the FDA
1. The most effective, meaningful comments will address:
• YOUR attitudes about homeopathy and/or
• YOUR experiences making decisions about purchasing OTC homeopathic products.
Why? Because THOSE TOPICS are what FDA is interested in gathering more information about.
2. Many, many people have amazing stories to tell about how well homeopathy worked for them. For the purposes of this public comment period, those stories are going to be most meaningful when they focus on using homeopathy for common ailments that can be self-diagnosed and treated at home (like colds, allergies, headaches, minor injuries, etc.) rather than chronic or diagnosed-based conditions. Again, FDA is most interested in hearing about consumer attitudes towards and making decisions about purchasing homeopathic products in stores. Please try to limit your comments to these topics.
3. Pay attention to the length of your comments. Try to submit comments that are neither too short nor too long. For example, a comment with only a few words (like “I have no problems deciding which OTC homeopathic products to buy.”) is not really meaningful to those at FDA without some context (like an example of a purchase of an OTC homeopathic purchase that you made) for those at FDA to understand the circumstances of the decision making process. On the other hand, comments that run for pages and pages without really addressing FDA’s questions (or are tedious to read) will not be helpful to FDA’s goal of understanding consumer attitudes and experiences. So how long is just right? Just make sure your comment tells your story so that the FDA reps reading it will understand your experience. (But, if you’d like a little more guidance, we believe that comments between 300-600 words are probably going to be the most valuable.) And be sure to proofread before hitting submit!
4. Finally, remember to keep comments respectful and constructive. (Unfortunately, we have discovered that some individuals in the homeopathic community have sent very negative, disrespectful messages to FDA representatives about the hearing. We request that community members refrain from making any comments that are not respectful and constructive.)
The North American Society of Homeopaths (NASH) is dedicated to promoting, representing and serving as the voice of all professional homeopaths in North America. NASH aims to develop and uphold the highest level of excellence in homeopathic practice while enhancing the role of the homeopathic profession as an integral part of health care delivery.
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The North American Society of Homeopaths has teamed up with Huntington insurance to offer our US Registered Members a Professional Liability Insurance Plan designed specifically for homeopaths.
The policy includes these important coverages:
• $1 million of Bodily Injury coverage
• Claims-made coverage of Acts, Errors, or Omissions
• Payment for all costs assessed against the Named Insured in a suit defended
• Appeal Bonds
• Attorney Fees, Costs, and Expenses from the investigation of claims
The coverage can be purchased online once logged into the NASH website. Registered members can use the easy quoting process, easy credit card payment, and issuance of the policy. This policy is exclusively available to all US Registered NASH members who are in good standing. Policy premiums start at $125 per year. (Similar insurance coverage has previously been available for our Canadian Registered Members. FMI – click here.)
General Liability Insurance is now available with the Professional Liability Insurance policy.
Registered Member Benefit – 20% discount off Washington’s products
As a Registered Member you get 20% off of every order that you make with Washington Homeopathic Products (WHP).
WHP is one of the last of the original homeopathic pharmacies. They make and maintain all the single remedies from a stock of hundreds, and ship to individuals, veterinarians, physicians, etc. WHP also sells through over 50 distributors and does private labeling for over 35 companies.
WHP is the oldest full line homeopathic company in the United States. They strive to make just about everything and will get what you need if they don’t make it. In order to be your one stop shop, WHP has added several specialty lines from other homeopathic companies including Bach, Homeopet, Nature’s Way and Miers Labs.
Washington Homeopathic Products
260 JR Hawvermale Way
Berkeley Springs, WV 25411
Online Orders www.homeopathyworks.com
Online Scheduling Program
An On-line Scheduling Program is offering a 10% discount to NASH Registered Members. Full Slate’s scheduling software has everything you need to manage a busy schedule.
• Let your clients make their own appointments on your website and Facebook page.
• Clients can quickly see when you have availability without having to pick up the phone.
• Collect all the information you need with a custom booking form. Use predefined fields or create your own.
• Get alerted to new appointments immediately so you always know when a spot’s been filled online.
• Review each appointment request and confirm on a case-by-case basis or accept them all automatically.
In loving memory of Liz Bonfig, the “heart” of NASH, the NASH Foundation has created the Elizabeth Bonfig Scholarship Fund. This annual scholarship will be awarded to homeopathic students who demonstrate passion, service and commitment to the profession of homeopathy.To donate to the Elizabeth Bonfig Scholarship Fund, please use the button below or send a check to NASH FOUNDATION, PO Box 115, Troy, ME 04987.
NASH is proud to continue the longstanding tradition of publishing The American Homeopath, the journal of the North American Society of Homeopaths. Created in 1994, this annual journal is a scholarly collection of articles, interviews, case studies, materia medica studies and more.