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August 09 2013

Commentary by David Fuller

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On complementary versus homeopathic treatments
"I have been following your subscriber's contributions and your own related to statins, not least because my wife has been using a low dose of statins on and off for some time. The discussion has been most enlightening.

"However, may I put on my pedant hat and mention that you used the terms "complementary" and "homeopathic" in the same paragraph today, inferring that these two are the same. I don't believe they are. A good definition seems to be here which draws a distinction between alternative medicine (which includes homeopathy) and complementary medicine which is defined as "alternative medicine used together with conventional medical treatment". I can accept complementary approaches but would personally run a mile from homeopathy since numerous scientific studies have been unable to demonstrate any effectiveness. Nevertheless I appreciate that some people would disagree.

"All of the statin approaches which subscribers have discussed seem to me to fall into the alternative camp. My wife will certainly be exploring CoQ10 as a result of the post.

"Best wishes and thanks for your and Eoin's commentary in a puzzling market period."

David Fuller's view Thank you for your kind words and this most tactful reminder of what I should have recalled. You jogged my memory and I was actually referred to a complementary medical physician and heart specialist at Chelsea & Westminster Hospital shortly after I came off statins

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