Dana Ullman

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Dana Ullman
BornGregory Dana Ullman
(1951-12-22) December 22, 1951 (age 70)
Hollywood, California, U.S.
🏳️ Nationality
🏳️ CitizenshipUnited States
🏫 EducationMPH, University of California, Berkeley
🎓 Alma materUniversity of California at Berkeley
💼 Occupation
Instructor, academic, journalist
Promotion of homeopathy and integrative medicine, alternative medicine
🌐 Websitehttp://www.homeopathic.com

Gregory Dana Ullman (born December 22, 1951) is an American practitioner and promoter of homeopathy. He has authored a number of books on the subject.[1]

Career[edit]

Ullman received his MPH from the University of California at Berkeley, and co-taught a course on homeopathy at University of California at San Francisco for four years.[2]

Ullman served as a member of the Advisory Council of the Alternative Medicine Center at Columbia University's College of Physicians and Surgeons.[3]

Journalist John Stossel of ABC News described Ullman as "homeopathy's foremost spokesman."[4] Anastasia Toufexis of Time Magazine described him as a "leading proselytizer of homeopathy".[5]

Views and controversies[edit]

In 2004 Ullman was interviewed on the American Broadcasting Company program 20/20 in a segment about homeopathy.[4] He claimed that homeopathic preparations of extremely high dilution, i.e. those likely to contain zero molecules of the original substance, are effective because, he said, "the water gets impregnated with the information or memory of the original substance."[4]

In an editorial in The Journal of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology,[6] editor-in-chief Gerald Weissmann criticized the scientific basis of homeopathy and included Dana Ullman in his criticism. Weissmann criticized Ullman for recommending, during the 2001 anthrax attacks in the USA, the use of the homeopathic preparation called Anthracinum to prevent infection.[7]

Ullman claimed he recommended Anthracinium for people who are at high risk of infection and who decline ciprofloxacin because of concerns over its side effects. While Ullman expressed concern about vendors "taking advantage of people wrapped up in the fear of the situation", he said "It would be irresponsible for us not to provide something that might be helpful."[7] There is no evidence for the efficacy of Anthracinum, which is derived from nosodes gathered from infected pigs, and then diluted to "a point where no molecules of the disease product remain."[6][7] In a right-of-reply letter, Ullman depicted Weissmann's editorial as an "unscientific critique" of homeopathy and cited five peer-reviewed studies.[8] Weissmann responded: "Mr. Ullman is clearly a devotee of his art, and I respect his opinions. I'm afraid that I view Mr. Ullman’s references to the efficacy of homeopathy as modern versions of those Dr Holmes distrusted," and went on to quote from a well-known critique of homeopathy by Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.: "such cases deserve very little confidence. Yet they may sound well enough, one at a time, to those who are not fully aware of the fallacies of medical evidence".[9][10]

In a 2017 class action against Green Pharmaceuticals, makers of the homeopathy remedy SnoreStop, Ullman was called by the company to testify as an expert witness. In response to his testimony, the court found that:

Mr. Ullman's credibility was undermined by his admission that he advocated the use of a radionics machine, whereby a physician puts a picture of his patient on one side, and a few medicines on the other side, and then sees which of the medicines the needle points towards. Mr. Ullman's testimony was unhelpful in understanding the purported efficacy of the ingredients of SnoreStop to reduce the symptoms of snoring. Although he is familiar with the theory of homeopathic treatment, his opinions regarding its effectiveness [were] unsupported and biased.[11]

The Judge noted:

The Court found Mr. Ullman’s testimony to be not credible. Mr. Ullman’s bias in favor of homeopathy and against conventional medicine was readily apparent from his testimony. He admitted that he was not an impartial expert but rather is a passionate advocate of homeopathy. He posted on Twitter that he views conventional medicine as witchcraft. He opined that conventional medical science cannot be trusted.

— Hon. Bryan F. Foster (J), Rosendez and others v. Green Pharmaceuticals, CIVDS 1108022, III. A.[12]

Bibliography[edit]

  • Everybody's Guide to Homeopathic Medicines (with Stephen Cummings, MD), Tarcher 1984, 2004; ISBN 0-87477-843-3 Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png..
  • Discovering Homeopathy: Medicine for the 21st Century, North Atlantic Books 1991; ISBN 1-55643-108-2 Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png.
  • Homeopathic Medicines for Children and Infants, Tarcher 1992; ISBN 0-87477-692-9 Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png.
  • The Consumer's Guide to Homeopathy, Tarcher 1995; ISBN 0-87477-813-1 Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png.
  • The Steps to Healing: Wisdom from the Sages, the Rosemarys, & the Times, Hay House Inc 1999; ISBN 1-56170-657-4 Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png..
  • Essential Homeopathy, 2002; ISBN 1-57731-206-6 Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png.
  • The One-Minute (or so) Healer, Hay House 2004; ISBN 1-55643-494-4 Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png.
  • The Homeopathic Revolution: Why Famous People and Cultural Heroes Choose Homeopathy, North Atlantic Books October, 2007; ISBN 1-55643-671-8 Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png.

References[edit]

  1. Dana Ullman, WorldCat
  2. California Alumni Association (February 1999). "Q&A with Dana Ullman". Alumni Magazine. University of California Berkeley's California Alumni Association. Archived from the original on 20 August 2013. Retrieved 2008-01-22.
  3. "Dana Ullman profile". Archived from the original on 27 July 2009. Retrieved 2008-01-25.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Stossel, John (2008). "Homeopathic Remedies-Can Water Really Remember?". 20/20. ABC News. Retrieved 2008-01-22.
  5. Toufexis, Anastasia (1995-09-25). "Is Homeopathy Good Medicine?". Time Magazine. Retrieved 2008-01-22.
  6. 6.0 6.1 Weissmann, Gerald (2006). "Homeopathy: Holmes, Hogwarts, and the Prince of Wales". The FASEB Journal. Retrieved 2008-05-21.
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 Garsombke, Kate (2001-10-29). "Alternative Remedies for Anthrax". AlterNet. Archived from the original on June 30, 2004. Retrieved 2013-04-08.
  8. Ullman, Dana (2006). "Let's have a serious discussion of nanopharmacology and homeopathy". The FASEB Journal.
  9. Weissmann, Gerald (2006). "Response to: Let's have a serious discussion of nanopharmacology and homeopathy". The FASEB Journal.
  10. Holmes, O. H. (1892) "Homeopathy and Its Kindred Delusions" at Wikisource; retrieved 2013-11-27.
  11. Rachel Rosendez et al., Plaintiffs and Appellants, v. Green Pharmaceuticals, Defendant and Respondent, Docket No. D071073, 2017 WL 4400011 (Cal. Ct. App. Oct. 4, 2017) WestLaw (Superior Court of the State of California, County of San Bernardino 4 October 2017). (subscription required)
  12. Rosendez and others v. Green Pharmaceuticals, CIVDS 1108022

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