EU’s crazy homeopathy cure for Norway fish.

I say, medicine and science, meets “unmedicine” and “unscience”!

It’s way past April Fool’s!

Check this out.

Subject: AquaVetMed e-News: Norwegian & UK Vets Protest EU Homeopathy Regulations for Organic Farmed Fish
Sent: 26/04/2015 6:30 pm
From: “Dr. David Scarfe”
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> April 26, 2015
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> EU’s crazy homeopathy cure for Norway fish
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>    Norwegian vets are up in arms about a “scientifically illiterate” European directive that mandates the use of homeopathic medicines as the first line of treatment for organic farmed fish. “We think it’s totally unacceptable from a scientific point of view because there’s no scientific basis for using homeopathy,” Ellef Blakstad, scientific director of the Norwegian Veterinary Association, said after calling on the country’s Food Standards Agency to delay implementing the directive.
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>  “If you start using homeopathy, you prolong the time when the animals are not getting adequate treatment and that’s a threat to animal welfare.” Norway this year began the arduous process of bringing the 2009 European regulation on organic aquaculture into national law. The directive calls on farmers to use “substances from plants, animals or minerals in a homeopathic dilution” as the first line of treatment should farmed fish or shellfish develop health problems.
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>  They are only allowed to resort to mainstream “allopathic” treatments a maximum of two times per year if their product is not to lose its organic certification.  Homeopathy is a field of alternative medicine which claims that diseases can be treated and prevented by using extracts of  herbs and minerals diluted to such low levels that few if any molecules of the original substance remain, due to the ‘memory’ of water.
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>  Drawing on extensive scientific research, the Norwegian Scientific Committee for Food Safety, has already ruled that the homeopathic medicine is ineffective in treating animals.  The ‘placebo effect’, which can make homeopathic treatments helpful simply by raising the patient’s morale, does not apply to farm animals, and certainly not to fish. 
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>  In their official response to a consultation put out by Norway’s Food Standards Agency, the Norwegian Veterinary Association last week called on … … .
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>  See the source (http://tinyurl.com/laewroe) for the full story
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>  — and more –
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>  Vets condemn EU rules which demand organic fish farms must treat any signs of illness using homeopathy
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>  Veterinarians have criticised EU rules on organic farming that demands that fish are treated with homoeopathic remedies. In line with EU regulations, the first line of treatment for organic fish should be ‘substances from plants, animals or minerals in a homeopathic dilution.’ British and Norwegian vets have called the directives ‘scientifically illiterate’, saying that the use of homeopathy could lead to ‘serious animal health and welfare detriment.’
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>  After this, the ‘veterinary treatments’ section outlines that farmers may use ‘plants and their extracts not having anaesthetic effects.’  As well as the directive to use homeopathic treatments, organic fish farmers are only allowed to resort to mainstream medical treatments a maximum of twice per year, or their fish will lose its organic certification.
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>  This has been criticised by the  Norwegian Veterinary Association (NVA) as could mean that fish are not getting the correct treatment in time, causing them unnecessary suffering. ‘We think it’s totally unacceptable from a scientific point of view because there’s no scientific basis for using homeopathy,’ Ellef Blakstad, the head of the Norwegian Veterinary Association, suggested, ‘If you start using homeopathy, you prolong the time when the animals are not getting adequate treatment and that’s a threat to animal welfare.’
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>  Farmers are only allowed to use mainstream medical treatments a twice per year, or their fish will lose its organic certification. The criticism from Norway has been echoed by the British Veterinary Association, saying use of homeopathy could lead to ‘serious animal health and welfare detriment.’ The British Veterinary Association (BVA) cannot endorse the use of homeopathic remedies, or indeed any products, making therapeutic claims, which have no proven efficacy,’ British Veterinary Association President John Blackwell told Mail Online. ‘As with any treatment for disease using medicines, BVA believes that veterinary medicinal products must be … … .
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>  See the source (http://tinyurl.com/n9k3jdn) for the full story.
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>  The amended EU Commission Regulation (EC 710/2009) that addresses rules for the implementation of the original EC 834/2007 regulations for organic aquaculture animal and seaweed production is accessible at http://tinyurl.com/y8zrxaw.
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>  An important note: the US Food & Drug Administration is considering regulating human homeopathic remedies – see http://www.fda.gov/Drugs/NewsEvents/ucm430539.htm for details.  ________________________________
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