Tuesday, 29 January 2019

Alliance of Registered Homeopaths Members offering CEASE Therapy

The Alliance of Registered Homeopaths (ARH) are indifferent to concerns regarding members offering CEASE therapy and the associated marketing claims. This is unsurprising - there is a history of indifference to legislation, regulation and ethical concerns. It counts among its members some who are extreme in their anti-medicine rhetoric. From experience, ARH members tend to be somewhat stranger than those of the Society of Homeopaths.

Code of Ethics
The ARH Code of Ethics states -
16 Registrants will be aware of the limits of their professional competence and where appropriate will refer to other practitioners.
Oh dear.
23 The registrant is required, when there is evidence of a child being at risk of any abuse, to contact the appropriate officer at the Social Services Department. 
Using homeopathy for primary care of a vulnerable child or adult is a safeguarding red flag. Testimonials, etc, published by various ARH members have also revealed autistic children being subjected to chelation and hyperbaric therapy (by third parties). This seems to be of no concern.
36 All advertising must be published in a way that conforms to the law and to the guidance issued in the British Code of Advertising Practice.  
37 Professional advertising must be factual and not seek to mislead or deceive, or make unrealistic or extravagant claims. Advertising may indicate special interests but must not make claims of superiority or disparage professional colleagues or other professionals. 
38 Advertising content and the way it is distributed must not put prospective patients under pressure to consult or seek treatment from a registrant.
Lip service as some ARH members frequently mislead, make unrealistic claims and disparage doctors. 

Advertising Standards Authority Compliance Checking
The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) have found lay homeopaths a problem. Although previous posts have mentioned it, it is worth emphasising that the ASA did write to all homeopaths they knew of. They stated in the letter what was expected and that they would do checks, write to non-compliant homeopaths and those that did still not comply could face referral to Trading Standards (TS).

It's not clear how far the ASA got with the compliance exercise. That there are so many UK lay homeopath websites that are obviously in breach of the CAP code suggests either not very far or that lay homeopaths tended to ignore ASA communications. There's no sign of Trading Standards Referrals.

It is known that the ASA have received specific complaints regarding CEASE therapy practitioners. They are concerned by it. It is known that some practitioners have been contacted as part of a compliance exercise as well. The activities of one particular homeopath (who is a former member of the ARH) are known to have sparked a lot of public complaints.

Whilst a few ARH members have been discussed in previous posts, most haven't.

Andrea Holbrook
Holbrook spells out Complete Elimination of Autistic Spectrum Disorder and repeats Smits including the line that vaccines cause autism. She links to the CEASE website.

Holbrook also offers food intolerance testing in the form of applied kinesiology. To quote NICE guidance on assessment and diagnosis of food allergies.

Do not use the following alternative diagnostic tests in the diagnosis of food allergy:
  • vega test
  • applied kinesiology
  • hair analysis.
More bizarrely...
Prior to training as a homeopath, Andrea was a nurse for 13 years before going on to run her own Perthshire Homeopath complementary therapy business. She also taught at a private complementary therapy college and was a lecturer in complementary therapies at a Higher Education College in North-East Scotland. While continuing to practice in Perthshire, Andrea is actively involved in the management of a major healing ministry and homeopathic training college in central Scotland.
Healing ministry? Does that mean faith healing?

Carol Fieldhouse
Fieldhouse's page on CEASE is bad - clearly, the more that is said about CEASE, the greater the likelihood of content that breaches codes of ethics, advertising regulations and consumer protection law. Although Fieldhouse doesn't say there that vaccines cause autism the linked videos do. They also spell out the acronym. There is a link to a Japanese porn site on that page. The URL used to belong to Kim Kalina who did a lot of the English language CEASE training but no longer seems to. Fieldhouse also has a page on what CEASE training involves. Worryingly -

  • how to manage CEASE cases – this is perhaps the single most important aspect of the training, and Kim uses several of her own cases (not just autism cases), as well as FAQ’s from clients and practitioners, to take participants through many follow-ups, crises, etc. so that practitioners can learn how to handle the many case management issues that can arise and how to correctly interpret and manage each one
  • how to manage herxheimer reactions – don’t know what these are? This is essential info if you want to use CEASE safely and appropriately!
How to correctly interpret? CEASE is based on erroneous interpretations, full stop. As for the Jarisch–Herxheimer reaction - this is specifically the result of toxins released by dying bacteria as the result of antibiotic treatment. And the treatment for it is anti-inflammatories. But CEASE says no antibiotics should be used! Homeopaths have a habit of appropriating words and changing their meaning.

Fieldhouse has "hosted" thermography. And in this page strongly implies that it can be used to screen for breast cancer because of the linked to video and the use of words like "breast disease" and neoplasia - in layman's terms a malign neoplasm is cancer. Fieldhouse also gets a commission. 

Fieldhouse also uses a radionic machine and communicates with animals.
Trained by Catherine O'Driscoll in Animal Communication, especially for dogs though other animals can be communicated with. This is all done remotely from a photograph and some basic information about the animal sent by email/post.
It will come as no surprise that Fieldhouse is involved with CAM4Animals and engaged in -
SURVEILLANCE- (probably best to go undercover with an 'alternative' profile/Avatar): - 'like' all their pages, sign up to all their blogs and forums, and screenshot any and everything that they post that may incriminate them or show their true colours. SPECIFICALLY DANNY CHAMBERS. 
Carolyn Frost
Frost is not a doctor. 
My qualifications are as follows:
  • A Masters Degree in Homeopathy from the University of Johannesburg in 2003
  • A Postgraduate Diploma in Homeopathic pediatrics
  • A diploma in Allergy and Environmental Therapy
  • A Reflexology Diploma from the International Academy of Reflexology and Meridian Therapy.
  • Certificate in Homeopathic Mesotherapy.
  • CEASE Therapy
Being registered with the Alliance of Registered Homeopaths, one of the main registering bodies for Homeopaths in the UK, I am bound by their code of ethics and am fully insured to practice.
The ARH Code of Ethics says -
Potential misrepresentation 40 The use of the title ‘Doctor’ should be avoided, when the use of that title may create a false impression that the individual concerned is a registered medical practitioner.
The South African M.Tech is considered equivalent to UK Masters degree. It does not confer the "Doctor" title as far as can be determined. Those diplomas? No.

Frost spells out the acronym and links to the CEASE website here. She also quotes Tinus Smits here - Post Vaccination Syndrome is an invention of Smits (which predates CEASE) and whilst rarely mentioned by Anglophone homeopaths, is widely cited by Dutch homeopaths. "Prevention" of it is used as a means to sell homeopathy to parents who do decide to vaccinate their children. Frost mentions homeoprophylaxis but it is not clear if she offers it.

Frost also offers allergy de-sensitisation - (likely this) - which includes testing for allergies with applied kinesiology. Allergen immunotherapy is real but its use for food allergies is not recommended due to the high risk of serious adverse effects and a lack of evidence of lasting effect. Anaphylaxis can kill. From personal experience, even if not fatal it is extremely unpleasant and frightening.

Frost offers mesotherapy -  in this case injections of homeopathic solutions using products that are unlicensed medicines. Some are distributed in the UK as "specials" but legally can only be supplied to doctors. If Frost is misrepresenting herself as a doctor in order to obtain them...

Charlotte Batchelor
Disclaimer: Charlotte Batchelor is not providing medical diagnosis or treatment in her role at Quintessence Portal as a homeopath and the advice she offers related to diet and nutritional products. Any advice given is not intended as a medical substitute or cure for any disease or health condition. Please see your regular medical practitioner with any new or unexplained symptoms and for ongoing medical treatment you maybe receiving. No direct, indirect or implied claim of efficacy for Homeopathy, CEASE therapy or Homeopathic Detox Therapy is made for the treatment or cure of any new or previous condition or history of medical or psychiatric conditions. Although some scientific evidence does exist for the use of homeopathy in certain conditions, its effective use remains disputed. All information shared is related to Charlotte Batchelor's direct experience. The choice to participate and use homeopathy is left entirely to the responsibility of the individual.
Really? Batchelor doesn't actually make any real claims for CEASE but does for homeoprophylaxis.
Supervision of a 44 month Homeoprophylaxis program as part of the Free & Healthy Children International Program is offered for any parent who has chosen not to vaccinate or would like to use homeopathy alongside the traditional medical vaccination program. Tailor made programs are also available. 
Travel homeoprophylaxis supervision is also offered.
Free and Healthy Children International is a US-based outfit found by homeopaths Katie Birch and Cilla Whatcott. The marketing/supply of products for homeoprophylaxis is illegal in the US. Most of the practitioners promote CEASE too.

Batchelor offers something called AOA Hieros Gamos System (HGS) "energetic sessions". Heiros gamos does not presuppose actual sexual activity and likely HGS has no real connection to it -
These sessions address the non-manifest world of our subtle energy systems and their impact on our physical realities. The holographic projections from our multidimensional subtle body energy systems create our perceptions, emotions and experiences within our physical lives. The system works with these subtle energy bodies and blueprint layers removing miasma and blockages, clearing emotion, inorganic structures and implants, repairing DNA, reclaiming fragments and aspects and working with our ancestral lines to improve overall feelings of health and wellbeing.
If anyone can explain what that means in English, please go ahead.

Coral Byford
Byford does not make much in the way of claims for CEASE, does not spell out the acronym or link to the CEASE website. But she does seem to have fallen victim to the DoTerra MLM scam.

Jacqueline Smirl
Smirl's About page is worrying not for the specific claims but -
I am an accredited CEASE Therapist with many years of experience in all therapeutic approaches for children & adults on the Autistic Spectrum.
I have a special interest in ASD with extensive (over 18 years) knowledge in treatments such as nutritional therapies, gluten-free/casein-free diets, food allergies and intolerance, Tinus Smits homeopathic detoxification (CEASE), behavioural therapy (ABA/VB), sensory integration and many more therapies. I have found that homeopathy and acupuncture work very well together to support any other treatment used by individuals on autistic spectrum.
The testimonials do not make for easy reading either.

Jolanda Rocklin
Rocklin's page on CEASE links to the CEASE website, states vaccination causes autism but does not spell out the acronym.
Jolanda Rocklin has been a Homeopath for over 20 Years and one of 200 certified CEASE therapists worldwide. She has also taught in Primary and Secondary Schools and has first-hand experience of the difficulties Autistic children face on a daily basis.
Presumably medical neglect has been encountered? Rocklin also offers workshops including CEASE.

Judith von Bradsky
Her page on CEASE links to the CEASE website, spells out the acronym but does not explicit state vaccines cause autism.

June Sayer
The page on CEASE does link to the CEASE website but avoids spelling out the acronym or stating that vaccines cause autism.

The page on nutrition reveals the use of a bizarre machine for allergy/intolerance testing and that Sayer uses overpriced supplements.

Katy Haigh
Here Haigh makes a startling claim.
I also specialise in helping children and young adults who have behavioural problems and who are on the autistic spectrum .I have attended an intensive course on using the CEASE therapy, which stands for Complete Elimination of Autistic Expression. This I have achieved with several clients through diet, nutritional supplements and homeopathy. I am a certified CEASE therapist and you can find me on the CEASE website and information how CEASE can help your child.
She also offers other therapies including allergy testing (unknown if she uses a bizarre machine) and Activated Oxygen Therapy which makes some bizarre claims to say the least. It doesn't produce ozone or increase oxygen concentration. How it is supposed to work is incomprehensible.

Lynne Shrubb
Shrubb's CEASE page links to the CEASE website, makes the claim that vaccines cause autism but does not spell out the acronym. It is very clear that Shrubb is an anti-vaxxer and links to bogus studies and websites.

Shrubb also hosts Safe Breast Screening - this is worse than Fieldhouse in some ways it makes explicit claims about breast cancer screening. The website seems to have expired but an archived version here but would appear to be the same outfit that Fieldhouse uses. 

Shrubb is a local Arnica group leader. Arnica presents itself as -
... a support group for parents, led by parents. We believe in a holistic approach to health and recognize a grass roots need for debate and practice, especially in this current climate where nutritional supplements, organic food, and homeopathy are under threat.
In reality many of the group leaders are lay homeopaths, naturopaths, nutritional therapists and even placenta encapsulators. Arnica members are a natural market for them. It hosts a lot of advertising from them. It asks for donations, sells things. It produces anti-vaxx propaganda, mounts campaigns and petitions against vaccination. It is clear what it what is does. There does not seem to be a limited company or charity associated with Arnica only a PayPal account.

Margaret Haynes
Here Haynes says -
Over time (you can expect to see a difference in 6 months and many do sooner) the child's body is gently and safely encouraged to cleanse toxins and the symptoms of ASD are alleviated. This has now been replicated many times by CEASE Therapists. At the same time the treatment brings about an improvemnet in general health as the child's body is more able to function efficiently and relax. 
See CEASE Therapy for more information and testimonials from parents. It is wonderful! 
And there are testimonials. Haynes also offers hair mineral tests.

Pam Hemmings
Hemmings says 
'61,570 children in state education have been recorded as having some kind of Autism Spectrum Disorder' - DailyMail/ Health 23rd March 2012
This is up from 39,465 just five years ago

What is going on here?
An increase in incidence is not an increase in prevalence. The page very clearly directs readers to the CEASE website. The testimonials page is of concern.

The About Homeopathy page reveals Hemmings offers homeoprophylaxis. There is also a link to the anti-vaccination Arnica Group.

Paula Lattimer
Lattimer says -
CEASE Therapy is one of many tools in the kitbag of the homeopath. Whist originally created for the treatment of autism and autistic spectrum conditions, CEASE therapy can actually be used successfully to treat many modern diseases, which arise as a result of cumulative toxic onslaughts. Autism and autistic spectrum conditions are obviously just one of the increasing numbers of modern diseases which are either resistant to western medicine or classified as untreatable by western doctors. Autistic spectrum conditions includes Aspergers, ADHD, ADD, ODD, PDD, SPD, tourettes etc. The patient with an autistic spectrum condition is not able to detoxify toxins, medicines, vaccinations, an unhealthy environment or bad food. The body is not able to nurture and protect itself in an effective way.
So don't only do these "toxins" cause autism etc but they also lead to liver and/or kidney disease? That's the implication. The testimonial further down that page are also of concern as are the case studies.

Here she says -
Throughout this twelve years I have specialised in the treatment of autism and autistic spectrum conditions and have had the privilege of working with many wonderful families. I trained as a CEASE Therapist in 2010 and now weave classical homeopathy with this amazing system of detoxification in order to remove toxic blocks so that classical remedies can work to their maximum effect. I have personal experience of autism and this has created a passion for my subject. I have an understanding of autism which can never be learnt from a book but is born from the deep pain of living with special needs.
Roberta Young
Young's page on CEASE spells out the acronym, links to the CEASE website and there are also testimonials relating to CEASE one of which implies autism is caused by heavy metal toxicity.

Young links to very expensive supplements marketed for CEASE. Heavy metal toxicity is mentioned there too.

Sadhna Chaman
Chaman here doesn't spell out the acronym, claim that vaccines cause autism or even link to the CEASE website. 
My specialist training in addressing the complex needs of those on the Autistic spectrum enables me to support you and your child in achieving the most amazing and profound results.
This is not backed up by the quotes on that page. She talks about "Inspiring Homeopathy" which was Smits' version of homeopathy.
Inspiring Homeopathy addresses a person through what Tinus describes as ‘layers’ that a person may have developed through experiences or lack of at some stage in their life. This may be one of feeling like the Victim, Control – wanting to or be controlled, a need or disconnection with one’s inner force, Lack of Self Love, Lack of Incarnation or Protection, Disconnection with the Soul, and finally Duality where there are contradictory energies in a person that need support.
Really? Inspiring Homeopathy was touched on here. It is bizarre. It talks about "individual layers...  caused by vaccination, allopathic drugging or important emotional afflictions". No mention of pathogens. Then there are the "universal layers" -
This is a misch-masch of psychological and esoteric concepts - it might be inspired by Jung, it might not. "Incarnation problems" along with "karmic destiny" are a staple of anthroposophic medicine as an explanation of illness and especially disability.

This case study makes for disturbing reading.
There’s something special about children on the spectrum however, as Ann so clearly pointed out that day. I remember her saying that, ‘these children are different, they are born to be different and to teach us how to live in a different world in a different way.’
This may be linked to idea about Indigo and Crystal children but is at odds with use of "Complete Elimination of Autistic Spectrum Expression" therapy. Ann is Ann Callaghan. It doesn't matter exactly what Chaman thinks she is treating with CEASE rather that there is confusion and contradiction in homeopathic (as associated esoteric) ideas about autism. On one hand, Smits called autistic children "little creatures who suddenly become wrecks instead of a joy for their parents" and anthroposophic ideas about "incarnation problems" compared to New Age ideas about the next stage of human evolution.

Chaman goes into great detail about the "treatment" but this -
Reactions to the remedies were recorded, which included trying to bite his brothers, stubbornness, good behaviour, diarrhoea and screaming a lot. All this was great for me to hear, lots of elimination taking place, emotionally and physically. His vital force had received a stimulus.
Is symptomatic of CEASE interpreting anything as a positive sign of "elimination" and "detoxification". 
There are so many wonderful therapies out there to support the ever increasing numbers of children diagnosed as being on the Autistic Spectrum. My hope would be to one day see us all working together for the sole benefit of these children and their families. It saddens me to see that many parents turn to natural therapies as a last resort and that they don’t receive encouragement and support from doctors that they initially come to contact with. 
I feel that my journey to support these wonderful children has just begun. I am so grateful for the work that has been done by our great Masters and all the inspirational Homeopaths. Dealing with children on the spectrum enables you to consider many challenges and strive to find the best way forward, taking into account their complex needs.
Great Masters? That phrase is associated with various forms of esotericism.

Sandra Germay
Germay does spell out the acronym, links to the CEASE website and although she does not state that vaccines cause autism she is a local leader of the anti-vaccination Arnica group.

Susan Terry
Terry doesn't spell out the acronym, does link to CEASE website and certainly implies vaccinations etc cause autism.
Over time it has been realised that the protocol is applicable to many modern chronic diseases such as cancer, multiple sclerosis, chronic fatigue, lupus etc. and to the side effects of medication, and this may be termed Homeopathic Detox.

Zoe Thompson
Thompson's CEASE page links to the CEASE website but is otherwise is vague. Thompson offers mesotherapy although she calls it biopuncture.

Thompson has a Resources and Links page.
All external websites linked to and from these pages have been selected and provide information we consider useful and relevant. However, we do not take responsibility for the content of these sites or of further sites that they may link into. Some sites may contain advertising and the inclusion of any company’s name within the pages should not be construed as a recommendation by us of that organisations products and/or services. Responsibility for the contents and opinions expressed on linked sites rests solely with the author. Opinions expressed on linked websites do not necessarilty represent the views and opinions of Harley Homeopaths (HH).
Thompson considers linking to sites promoting bogus cancer treatments useful and relevant? Others might consider it irresponsible. The value of such disclaimers is moot if links are used in the promotion of products/services. Thompson also seems to think the above quote can't be made here. It can.

This is in the same format as list of Society of Homeopaths (SoH) non-compliant members discussed here

The value of the above and the list is moot. Further concerns could be raised with the ARH but they are unlikely to respond. Complaints could be made to the ASA but they will only respond to so many complaints, especially from a single individual but they might find some of it useful in a compliance exercise. Trading Standards are unable to act because of funding restrictions (but more on that in a future post).

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