Sunday, 14 May 2017

Homeopathy and Autism - Ireland - Part Two

The previous post outlined the legislation and regulations that limit the marketing claims that Irish lay homeopaths can make as well as highlighting issues regarding competence. It may be helpful to read this post that explains the various therapies used by UK lay homeopaths in their "treatment" of ASD.

As per what could be considered the "name and shame" post on UK lay homeopaths marketing "treatment", the fault not lies not so much with the individuals but rather a regulatory system that seems not to be functioning. The problem with regulation that is notionally non-permissive and a regulator that behaves in a permissive way is that the regulator can change its behaviour, especially if it put under scrutiny.

Irish Homeopaths who make claims about Autism
This is not an exhaustive list. 

Carmel O'Keeffe claims to be a CEASE therapist and whilst does not link to the CEASE therapy website makes many claims for it. O'Keeffe repeats the debunked theories of ASD causation and applies them more widely and also offers phone or Skype consultation. The testimonials page is problematic.

SinĂ©ad Hurley claims to be a CEASE therapist and does link to the CEASE therapy website. Hurley makes metntion of Gardasil which is of concern in the current Irish climate. Bogus claims are made about all manner of issues. Something else of concern is placenta encapsulation. Whilst it may make some queasy, properly done it should pose no health risks but it also offers no health benefits. The idea that homeopathic placenta remedies offer any benefit is dubious to say the least. It is not clear what Irish legislation has to say about ingestion of placental products but it is unlikely to be permissive.


Carolina Manthei claims to be a CEASE therapist but does not link to the CEASE therapy website.

Paula Seth seems to run a clinic with her husband Gideon who is an osteopath. Seth has a MSc in Homeopathy from the University of Central Lancashire. This is a rarity. She also has qualifications in psychotherapy and has an interest in eating disorders. Seth claims to be a CEASE therapist and links to the CEASE therapy website. Her page on CEASE makes a number of claims that can not be substantiated as well as linking to dubious research and publications.

Geraldine Walsh offers Reiki and Shamanic therapy in addition to homeopathy. To be fair, the website feels, in some ways, very New Age/Pagan especially this. Walsh claims to offer CEASE therapy but does not link to the CEASE therapy website.

Maura Duignan offers CEASE therapy and links to the CEASE therapy website.

Elisabeth Cussen offers CEASE therapy and links to the CEASE therapy website. Cussen also lists the diseases that homeopathy can "help" with. There are items on fertility and cancer "support" that are also worrying. Cussen also suggests that homeopathy can treat erectile dysfunction.

Clare Adams claims to be a CEASE therapist but does not link to the CEASE therapy website.

Kelly CS Johnson offers telephone consultations but much more alarmingly offers homeoprophylaxis. The Irish Society of Homeopaths (ISoH) do not seem to have a position on vaccination. It is clear that Johnson is anti-vaccination and has been seen to promote the VAXXED film in various places.

Sinead Prendergast claims to be a CEASE therapist but does not link to the CEASE therapy website. The claim to treat ASD is clearly made.

Niki Taylor and Sarah Jane Hewitt both claim to be CEASE therapists. Hewitt offers Skype and telephone consultation.

Eileen Scullion claims to be a CEASE therapist but does not link to the CEASE therapy website.

Next?
The ISoH should probably consider issuing a position statement on vaccination. Most would regard advising parents not to vaccinate as unethical and that would also apply to providing unbalanced information.

In light of the landmark ruling by the Advertising Standards Authority for Ireland (ASAI), the ISoH would be well advised to issue marketing guidance to members. The ruling has caught the attention of the media and it is possible that some will be inspired to make more complaints to the ASAI.

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