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Video: Spain Declared War On Homeopaths And Psychoanalysts
Spain declared war on homeopaths and psychoanalysts
This initiative of the Ministries of Science and Health seeks to avoid the “potential harmful effects” of these methods, especially when they are used as an alternative to or in addition to treatment in health facilities.
The Spanish government has declared war on alternative medicine, including acupuncture and homeopathy. It was announced that it is planned to remove specialists in this field from medical institutions, since such a practice is harmful to health.
This initiative of the Ministries of Science and Health seeks to avoid the “potential harmful effects” of these methods, especially when they are used as an alternative to or in addition to treatment in health facilities. The Spanish government said in a statement that the decision has a scientific evidence base, according to the Guardian.
"Many people still believe that some of these treatments work despite the lack of scientific evidence," the government said in a statement.
According to a 2016 survey, 59.8% of Spaniards believed acupuncture had a healing effect, while 52.7% believed that homeopathic remedies worked.
The Spanish government has said it wants to remove alternative medicine from medical centers, where treatment should only be provided by officially recognized specialists. Those institutions where alternative medicine will continue to be practiced will not be able to be called medical.
In addition, it is planned to remove alternative medicine from the courses of Spanish universities and to end the practice of issuing diplomas in specialties related to alternative medicine.
Spain also wants to change legislation to combat false advertising related to alternative medicine. Recently, this problem has been widely reported in Spain, and scientists are demanding that the ministry take action after several tragic fatalities.
In one such incident, reported by the Spanish Association for the Protection of Patients from Pseudoscientific Therapy, 21-year-old Mario Rodriguez died after refusing hospital treatment for leukemia, preferring a naturopath who promised him to cure cancer with vitamins. Before his death, he confessed to his father that he had made a mistake. Subsequently, the father of Mario Rodriguez sued this naturopath and won the case.
The Association for the Protection of Patients has compiled a long list of practices considered alternative medicine, which includes aromatherapy, acupuncture, which has been practiced in Chinese traditional medicine for centuries, and Sigmund Freud's psychoanalysis.
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