Homeopathy sceptic Dame Sally Davies among delegates to hear prince say he treats his cows with alternative medicine
Prince Charles spoke about using homeopathy on his own dairy herd during a speech on antimicrobial resistance at the Royal Society in London. Prince Charles has proposed a solution to the growing crisis of antibiotic over-use in animals and humans, telling an international gathering of scientists and government officials in London that he treats his own cows and sheep with homeopathy.
In front of the government’s chief medical officer, Dame Sally Davies, the prince explained to delegates from 20 nations and organisations why he had turned to homeopathic remedies for animals.
“It was one of the reasons I converted my farming operation to an organic – or agro-ecological – system over 30 years ago and why we have been successfully using homeopathic – yes, homeopathic – treatments for my cattle and sheep as part of a programme to reduce the use of antibiotics,” he said.
The prince did not give details or stay for questions, but Clarence House later said: “Homeopathy is used on a case-by-case basis at Home Farm, in combination with more conventional medicine, to minimise dependence on antibiotics.”
The prince’s belief in homeopathic medicines for humans has long been known, as well as his support for Homoeopathy on the NHS.
Cows and sheep do not know they are receiving medication so there is no placebo effect here! A group called HAWL which trains farmers in the use of Homoeopathy and is funded by the prince, said it can help animals that are stressed.
Numerous animal studies assessing the efficacy of Homoeopathy in the treatment and prophylaxis of mastitis have been carries out. Results show that Homoeopathy has a superior efficacy over conventional treatment in preventing mastitis.
“It is now well accepted that problems come at times of stress (weaning, transportation, separation etc), and giving animals remedies at these times may well avoid disease, but it may also improve production,” its website stated.
There are 500 farmers trained in homeopathy and 38 homeopathic vets, according to the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs in the UK who along with the prince’s absolute condemnation of the over use of antibiotics in animals and in humans, however, will be universally welcomed.
“Given the potentially disastrous scenario we face with antibiotic resistance and the emergence of serious and life threatening Hospital Super bugs”, I find it difficult to understand how we can continue to allow most of the antibiotics used in farming, many of which are also used in human medicine, to be administered to animals some prophylactically,” he said. “Would we, I wonder, advise adding antibiotics to our own food or water on a daily basis, just in case we became ill?”