A few years ago, a journalist requested information on homeopathy for a show on CBC. I am a typical Canadian and so therefore I have a strong affinity for CBC. I asked clearly to the organizers of the show that this would be a fair and true representation of homeopathy. I know that it is easy to target aspects of homeopathy because of its complex and unique principles of healing. However, the producers of CBC’s Marketplace expressed specifically and clearly that this would not be the way they would use the information they gather. I met with them and they interviewed me at my clinic. I also faithfully gave them a number for one of my clients that had agreed she wouldn’t mind being interviewed. I printed out for them a thick pile of many research reports that presented sound science backing up many of the principles of healing used in the science of homeopathy. That show which has repeated more times than any other episode of CBC’s Marketplace ended up being truly blatantly biased and absolutely NOT scientific. There was no mention of the scientific reports that I and others had given to them.
When that episode was shown, there were many people who posted words of support and commitment to the option of homeopathy in the healing choices. The Marketplace website seemed to edit and only release a certain number of the responses. People writing in support of homeopathy reported that their posts had not been published. People wrote in to CBC’s producers, CBC’s Ombudsman, and the homeopathic community bonded over the outrage of this slander. This fall, CBC plans to release another show about an aspect of homeopathic practice known as homeoprophylaxis. Homeoprophylaxis is the use of homeopathic remedies in anticipation for prevention of a specific health concern. The founder of homeopathy, Samuel Hahnemann writes about using the principles of homeoprophylaxis back in 1798 in his publication on Scarlet Fever called “The Cure and Prevention of Scarlet Fever”, in ‘Lesser Writings’ (B.Jain Publishing. New Delhi. P.369ff). http://www.feg.unesp.br/~ojs/index.php/ijhdr/article/viewFile/360/407 using the homoeopathic remedy called Belladonna. He also refers to the ways to conduct homeoprophylaxis in the Aphorisms number 100, 101, 102 and 241 of his written guide to homeopathy known as ‘The Organon’ first published in 1810 (Hahnemann S. Organon of medicine. 6th Edn. (Translated by William Boericke). New Delhi: B Jain Publishers, 1991). The most contemporary uses of homeoprophylaxis are based on the science conducted mostly by Dr. Isaac Golden http://www.homstudy.net/Research/ and Dr. G. Bracho. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20674839
Despite that currently there exists (and will continually be more of) quality research to demonstrate the effective use of homeopathy to address specific health concerns, CBC will attempt to convince you that there is none. Let me guide you to the BOX WIDGET on my blog https://homeopathiccures.wordpress.com
That is where you’ll be able to access homeopathic experts advice or writings by homeopathic experts. In the words of Merriam-Webster Dictionary (http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/expert), an expert is defined as “having or showing special skill or knowledge because of what you have been taught or what you have experienced”. With this in mind, please QUESTION who CBC will refer to as ‘experts’ on topics of homeopathy.
Instead of truthfully facing the experts on homeopathy (myself and a known few of my colleagues) CBC Marketplace’s approach to get information from us was to plant a fake client into our private practice. A few months later, an email was sent to me stating that they had done this and would I do an interview them?
Instead they chose a mysterious random bunch of people https://homeopathiccures.files.wordpress.com/2014/09/centre-for-inquiry.pdf…random people who don’t know that you can NOT overdose on homeopathic remedies – and that this is a GOOD thing BUT that it is IRRESPONSIBLE to try to do your own ‘experiments’ on a form of medicine that you don’t have a clue about.
Needless to say, I am NOT doing any kind of happy dance http://animalfactoftheday.blogspot.ca/2012/04/manakin-bird-can-moonwalk.html in anticipation of a new episode focussing on Homeoprophylaxis.
The tragic irony is that I have a feeling that CBC Marketplace’s blatant show of ignorance will be apparent to most critical thinkers that are their audience and those people will either look for more information to satisfy their curiosity OR they will stand stronger in their commitment to choices for health care options for Canadians. In case this is the place you’ve come to for more information, let me assure you that maintaining the homeopathy as a choice made available to us is more important than our regular freedoms of choice as it has to do with the most important aspect of our existence because as they say, ‘if we don’t have our health, what do we have?’ That is the essence of what drives most people to homeopathy. In ONE country alone there are over 100 million people using homeopathy (http://drnancymalik.wordpress.com/article/status-of-homeopathy/)(India). Also keep in mind that the top two most debated topics on Wikipedia are Jesus and homeopathy
If you’ve seen the CBC Marketplace’s representation of homeopathy and would like to take part in some discussions about it, please keep in touch at https://www.facebook.com/AccessNaturalHealing/photos/a.119846306893.123640.10145471893/10152470442151894/?type=1&theater
Sincerely Yours in Homeopathy
Elena Cecchetto (EL)
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