Homeopathy is polarizing. In private life as well as in politics and even in parliament. The Bavarian state parliament has now decided on a study of homeopathy.
- The Bavarian State Parliament has decided on a controversial study of homeopathy.
- The medical study will now clarify whether antibiotic administration with homeopathic remedies can be reduced.
- Critics are furious and consider it a departure from science.
– Homeopathy is polarized. In private life as well as in politics and even in parliament. The state parliament decided on Thursday to conduct a scientific study on whether antibiotic administration could be reduced by homeopathic remedies. There have been heated debates earlier.
The controversial study featured CSU and Free Voters in it A package of measures against multidrug-resistant bacteria embedded. Other components – such as the prevention of bottlenecks in the supply of antibiotics – were unanimously agreed by the state parliament. But the investigation was voted on separately. It should be examined whether "additionally applied homeopathic preparations" may contribute to the fact that fewer antibiotics are used, and microorganisms may not become so rapidly resistant.
Bavarian Parliament: Opposition angered by study of homeopathy
For SPD member Ruth Waldmann (SPD) is a departure from science. Homeopathic remedies were based on the "assumption of mental effects" created from a time "when bacteria and viruses were still unknown." There are already plenty of studies that clearly show that the impact is appropriately manageable. The government coalition can say so, please, if they now have new findings that make further study necessary.
Waldmann passed the next CSU and sharply released the voters and the Greens. A party that is "always concerned with climate science" supported a controversial study on the Health Committee. In Waldmann's eyes, "not to upset the clientele."
CSU, Free Voters and Greens opt for homeopathy study
FDP considers the study an unpleasant tax waste. The project was also "negligent, as it suggests the question already raised that homeopathic remedies like globules could fight bacteria with more resistance," said Dominic Spitzer.
A completely different perception is that of Susann Enders. "Stop beating homeopathy," demanded Free Voters. In order to reduce the use of antibiotics, it was "necessary" to look for alternatives. "Whoever heals is right whether or not it suits you."
CSU also defended its plan. "We must not leave any stone untidy," emphasized Bernhard Seidenath. "If we take seriously what people are discussing outside, it would be good for us to do that research," Klaus Holetschek said. And Health Minister Melanie Huml stressed that it was simply about supplementing homeopathy "at the top." Because you could "safely see what effects it has".
In the poll, the coalition finally prevailed – and was backed by the opposition. The study was voted on by 120 lawmakers, eight more than CSU and Free Voters. On the other hand, 47 deputies voted, three abstentions.
How much does a controversial homeopathy study cost?
Who should now conduct the controversial study of homeopathy is not yet clear. Costs are estimated at € 300,000 to € 400,000.
SPD health expert Lauterbach demanded that health insurance no longer pay for homeopathy.