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EFFECT OF HOMEOPATHIC REMEDIES ON BREAST CANCER CELLS

That this House welcomes the study published in the International Journal of Oncology, 2010 Feb; 36(2): 395-403 which revealed that homeopathic remedies have a beneficial effect on breast cancer cells; notes that researchers at the University of Texas conducted an in vitro study to determine whether products prescribed by a clinic in India have any effect on breast cancer cell lines; further notes that the researchers studied four ultra-diluted remedies, carcinosin, phytolacca, conium and thuja against two human breast adenocarcinoma cell lines, MCF-7 and MDA-MB-231 and a cell line derived from immortalized normal human mammary epithelial cells, HMLE; observes that the remedies exerted preferential cytotoxic effects against the two breast cancer cell lines, causing cell cycle delay/arrest and apoptosis; believes that the findings demonstrate biological activity of these natural products when presented at ultra-diluted doses; and calls for further research in this important area.

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Name Party Constituency Date Signed
Berger, Luciana Labour Party Liverpool Wavertree 23.06.2010
Brine, Steve Conservative Party Winchester 22.06.2010
Campbell, Gregory Democratic Unionist Party Londonderry East 23.06.2010
Elliott, Julie Labour Party Sunderland Central 24.06.2010
Gray, James Conservative Party North Wiltshire 23.06.2010
Halfon, Robert Conservative Party Harlow 22.06.2010
Hancock, Mike Liberal Democrats Portsmouth South 29.06.2010
Harrington, Richard Conservative Party Watford 24.06.2010
McCrea, Dr William Democratic Unionist Party South Antrim 23.06.2010
Meale, Alan Labour Party Mansfield 28.06.2010
Simpson, David Democratic Unionist Party Upper Bann 30.06.2010
Stephenson, Andrew Conservative Party Pendle 29.06.2010
Stewart, Bob Conservative Party Beckenham 23.06.2010
Tredinnick, David Conservative Party Bosworth 21.06.2010
Vaz, Keith Labour Party Leicester East 28.06.2010
Walley, Joan Labour Party Stoke-on-Trent North 23.06.2010

Amendment 285A1 - EFFECT OF HOMEOPATHIC REMEDIES ON BREAST CANCER CELLS

leave out from `403' to end and insert `as an example of the failure of adequate scientific peer review because the paper provides no statistical analysis to support any conclusion, indicates that the experimental control, 87 per cent. alcohol solution, was itself toxic to the cell cultures, does not illustrate or explain the different chromatographic profiles of the solvent and the test substances, and does not provide sufficient data to allow proper evaluation of the study; notes that the lead author has retired and runs a homeopathy website which falsely claims that homeopathy is as effective as a conventional chemotherapy agent, Taxol, in treating breast cancer; further notes that one of the authors, Alison Pawlus, has publicly disowned the paper; regrets that isolated poor-quality studies are cited by proponents of homeopathy to endorse dangerous and exploitative cancer-curing claims in the face of overwhelming weight of scientific evidence against them; and agrees with the conclusions of the Science and Technology Select Committee's Fourth Report of Session 2009-10, Evidence Check 2: Homeopathy, HC45, that putting patients through pointless further clinical trials, and the spending of scarce public sector funds on research into homeopathy cannot be justified.'.

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Campbell, Ronnie Labour Party Blyth Valley 19.07.2010
Cunningham, Tony Labour Party Workington 13.07.2010
Flynn, Paul Labour Party Newport West 29.06.2010
Gilmore, Sheila Labour Party Edinburgh East 02.12.2010
Huppert, Julian Liberal Democrats Cambridge 24.06.2010
McDonnell, Alasdair Social Democratic and Labour Party Belfast South 10.11.2010
Sanders, Adrian Liberal Democrats Torbay 01.11.2010
Swales, Ian Liberal Democrats Redcar 09.11.2010
Swinson, Jo Liberal Democrats East Dunbartonshire 20.07.2010
Williams, Roger Liberal Democrats Brecon and Radnorshire 01.07.2010