CAM and reducing the need for antibiotics
CAM: reducing the need for antibiotics was the title of the CAM Interest Group meeting that was held on 1 April 2014. It was hosted by Ms Sirpa Pietikäinen MEP (Finland) and Mr Alojz Peterle MEP (Slovenia).
Antimicrobial resistance has been identified by WHO and the EU Commission as a major crisis facing the health systems of all countries. In the light of this crisis there is an urgent need to reduce the use of antibiotics. There is sufficient evidence that some CAM modalities offer effective treatment options for a range of human infectious diseases and can significantly reduce our dependency on antibiotics. In addition, they offer an effective alternative to antibiotic use in animal husbandry. They must therefore be seriously considered and investigated by the EU, for both human and animal health.
Speakers from the CAM professional community and academia made presentations outlining CAM’s rich potential for the development of novel antimicrobial therapies that are not susceptible to developing microbial resistance.
Presentations and documents available for downloading:
- Commission Action Plan to Combat the rising threat from Antimicrobial Resistance: activities in the human sector
Ms Herta Adam, Deputy Head of Unit SANCO 3 - Health threats.
- Introduction: The role of CAM in reducing antimicrobial resistance
Dr Ton Nicolai, EUROCAM spokesperson.
- Herbal medicine – its role in combating antimicrobial resistance
Mr Michael McIntyre, Visiting Professor, Middlesex University, London, Chair European Herbal and Traditional Medicine Practitioner Association, UK.
- Integrative approach in anthroposophic hospitals
Dr Thomas Breitkreuz, President Federation of Anthroposophic Medical Associations (IVAA), Senior Consultant at the Paracelsus Hospital, Unterlengenhardt, Germany.
- Homeopathy as an alternative to antibiotics
Professor Dr Michael Frass, Professor of Medicine, Senior Intensivist, Department of Internal Medicine I, Medical University of Vienna, Austria.
- Herbal medicine as an alternative to antibiotics in animal husbandry
Professor Dr Johanna Fink-Gremmels, veterinarian, chair in veterinary pharmacology and toxicology at the Institute for Risk Assessment Sciences (IRAS), Utrecht University, the Netherlands.
- Homeopathy as an alternative to antibiotics in animal husbandry
Ms Liesbeth Ellinger, veterinarian, researcher, Past-President International Association for Veterinary Homeopathy (IAVH), the Netherlands.
More about antimicrobial resistance and the contribution of CAM.