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Letter: Wrong diagnosis.

Byline: Phil Hughes

I AM writing in response to the article ``Midwife warns of brain damage to unborn babies'' ( Daily Post, October 6) in which Dame Lorna Muirhead warns that pregnant women should abstain from all forms of medication wherever possible.

As a homoeopath, I couldn't agree more.

Homoeopaths agree that to take medication while pregnant can be very dangerous to both mother and child.

Normally we relate drugs to illness but pregnancy is not an illness or disease which requires potentially dangerous drugs. I am not knocking the article in any way -- it was quite a relief to read a health-related article that wasn' t promoting a drug.

However, I do feel that I must take issue with the comments about homoeopathy in which Dame Lorna says, ``with homoeo-pathic remedies, it is a dangerous assumption that because it appears to be natural it can cause no harm. ''

Homoeopathy doesn't ``assume'' to be natural.

It is a very natural form of medicine.

As for being dangerous, I would strongly disagree. Homoeopathy is a very safe and effective method of medicine for pregnant women.

As Dame Lorna stated, it is known that any orthodox drug taken when pregnant is very dangerous, even if the patient is under the supervision of her doctor.

The correct homoeopathic remedy prescribed by a qualified and registered homoeopath is not dangerous, hence its growing popularity with orthodox medics.

I have treated hundreds of pregnant women and have never had any complaint about the remedies prescribed.

Phil Hughes, D. Hom (med), a member of the Homoeopathic Medical Association (HMA), The Waterloo Homoeopathic Clinic
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Date:Oct 11, 2004
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