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About 70-80% of patients taking homeopathic treatment for chronic disease report improvement, and in at least one study they prefer it over conventional treatment, according to a collection of studies written up by our friends down under, Homeopathy Plus.
Possibly you are aware of the six-year Bristol Homeopathic Hospital study, which showed that out of 6,544 patients with chronic disease, sometimes of many years’ duration, 70.7 per cent reported positive health changes.
But there’s more.
A study on several alternative health modalities in Northern Ireland shows homeopathy narrowly edging out acupuncture with 79 per cent of patients reporting positive outcomes.
A study carried out at a health clinic in Dorset, England shows 84 per cent of patients reported improvement, and 81 per cent attribute their improvement to homeopathy.
A German study found that most parents with cancer-stricken kids who had them treated homeopathically rated their satisfaction rate as “very high” and would recommend homeopathy to other parents.
A large-scale Swiss study comparing patient satisfaction with homeopathic treatment to conventional medicine for chronic disease showed homeopathy scoring significantly better, with greater improvement and fewer side effects.
Finally, a 103-centre study in Switzerland and Germany followed 3,079 patients over eight years, and found:
* On average, disease severity decreased dramatically and improvements were sustained
* Three in ten patients stopped treatment because of major improvement
* Mental and physical quality of life scores increased substantially
* Biggest and fastest improvements happened for children and the patients who started out the most sick.
Conditions treated ran the gamut, covering both physical and emotional afflictions.
Those who wonder why homeopathy continues to grow in popularity worldwide despite a mechanism of action that defies common “wisdom” and a well-funded and highly-motivated opposition should take note of these studies.
Read the original article, which has more details and full citations, here.
Pediatric vaccines have been considered controversial due to potential negative effects on development, particularly impaired social interaction and communication, hyperactivity, and repetitive stereotyped behaviors that are characteristic of autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Some reports suggest that exposure to ethyl mercury (EtHg), in the form of thimerosal, in pediatric vaccines may play a causative role in such negative effects. Male infant rhesus macaques (n = 79) were assigned at birth to one of six study groups (12–16 subjects/group) as follows: (1) the pediatric vaccination schedule from the 1990s including thimerosal-containing vaccines (TCVs), (2) the same 1990s schedule but accelerated to accommodate the developmental trajectory of the infant rhesus macaque, (3) TCVs only (saline placebo for Mumps–Measles–Rubella [MMR]), (4) MMR only (other injections replaced with saline placebo), (5) the expanded vaccine regimen from 2008 (where fewer vaccines contained thimerosal), or (6) a control group following the 1990s schedule with all vaccines replaced with saline placebo. Subjects began socializing at approximately 25 days of age and were socialized 5 days per week in a 4-monkey peer group. Social behavior data, collected between 15 and 18 months of age using a computer system capturing a variety of social and non-social behaviors, were included in this analysis. Data were analyzed using repeated measure ANOVAs with Dunnett’s test post-hoc procedures following significant experimental group or group × age interactions. No significant differences in non-social or social behavior were found when comparing the animals in the vaccine groups to controls. The data do not provide any evidence of abnormal social behavior in rhesus macaques exposed to low-dose thimerosal and should provide reassurance that TCVs do not contribute to the negative effects associated with ASD. Support from the Johnson Family, the Ted Lindsay Foundation, and SafeMinds is gratefully acknowledged.
Copyright © 2014 Published by Elsevier Inc.
Ottawa has approved 8,500 homeopathic products, including remedy made from rabid dog saliva
Bethany Lindsay · CBC News · Posted: Apr 18, 2018 4:00 AM PT | Last Updated: April 18
More than 8,500 homeopathic treatments are approved by Health Canada. (Josh Reynolds/Associated Press)
The long list of so-called homeopathic nosodes approved by Health Canada include remedies made from the bacteria that causes chlamydia, the cerebral fluid of meningitis patients and cancer cells — to name just a few.
After B.C.'s senior physician questioned the federal approval of one of these remedies, a substance developed from the saliva of a rabid dog, Health Canada will only say that it takes the safety of health products "very seriously."
- B.C. health official voices 'grave concerns' after child given homeopathic remedy using rabid-dog saliva
A Health Canada spokesperson said no one was available Tuesday for an interview about the remedy used by a Victoria naturopath to treat a small boy's behaviour problems, but offered a written statement instead.
"Homeopathic products ... are regulated as natural health products (NHPs) under the Natural Health Products Regulations," the statement reads.
"Health Canada takes the safety of health products on the Canadian market very seriously. Should a product not meet the requirements set out in the associated product monograph and guidance, Health Canada will take action."
The homeopathic remedy, which is marketed as lyssinum, lyssin or hydrophobinum, is one of more than 8,500 homeopathic products regulated by the federal government.
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People who have used homeopathy have a lot of positive and dramatic stuff to say about it!
Homeopathy. 2010 Oct;99(4):231-42.Extreme homeopathic dilutions retain starting materials: A nanoparticulate perspective.
Chikramane PS, Suresh AK, Bellare JR, Kane SG. Department of Chemical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay, Adi Shankaracharya Marg, Powai, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India.
Homeopathy. 2010 Oct;99(4):229-30. Abstract Homeopathy is controversial because medicines in high potencies such as 30c and 200c involve huge dilution factors (10⁶⁰ and 10⁴⁰⁰ respectively) which are many orders of magnitude greater than Avogadro's number, so that theoretically there should be no measurable remnants of the starting materials. No hypothesis which predicts the retention of properties of starting materials has been proposed nor has any physical entity been shown to exist in these high potency medicines. Using market samples of metal-derived medicines from reputable manufacturers, we have demonstrated for the first time by Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM), electron diffraction and chemical analysis by Inductively Coupled Plasma-Atomic Emission Spectroscopy (ICP-AES), the presence of physical entities in these extreme dilutions, in the form of nanoparticles of the starting metals and their aggregates.
Copyright © 2010 The Faculty of Homeopathy. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
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Congratulations, Homeopathy! Homeopathy is now officially a regulated health profession in Ontario under the Homeopathy Act, April 1, 2015!
Homeopathic Products: A Growing Segment in OTC?
Homeopathy is becoming increasingly complementary to allopathic medicine.
The future is very bright for natural homeopathic products. Homeopathy continues to grow as shoppers learn that it may temporarily help relieve symptoms of diagnosed conditions. US retail sales of homeopathic and herbal remedies reached $6.4 billion in 2012—up almost 3% from 2011 and growing 16% over the past 5 years—according to Chicago, IL–based market research firm Mintel.1 Homeopathic remedies are safe to use, without known contraindications, and are relatively inexpensive compared with prescription drugs.
Public awareness of homeopathic medicines has grown not only through advertising of these products but also because homeopathy may be a preferred treatment option for individuals seeking ongoing relief from symptoms of chronic conditions.
What Is Homeopathy?
The word homeopathic is derived from the Greek words homeos, meaning similar, and pathos, meaning disease or suffering. Thus, homeopathy means “to treat with a remedy that produces an effect similar to the disease or suffering.”2 Homeopathic doctors choose the proper remedy by following a special rule of nature called the law of similars. This law states “like cures like” or that a medicine can cure a sick person if it can cause similar sickness in a healthy person.2 Further, this principle states that a sick person can be cured by taking very small amounts of ingredients that cause their pain.
Understanding Homeopathic Drug Potency
The principal tenet of homeopathy is the observation that the medicine is more effective as the active ingredient(s) is diluted and potentiated toward its unique optimal balance. Because many homeopathic ingredients are potent, volatile, and sometimes even harmful in their most natural form, homeopathic ingredients are microdiluted just enough to maintain their healing properties while making them safe for human consumption. On a drug ingredient panel, the active ingredient will be followed by a number, then a “C” or an “X” (eg, 12X). This represents how many times the ingredient has been diluted and potentiated.
The Difference Between Homeopathy and Conventional Allopathic Medicine
It is generally accepted that 3 types of treatments are available:
- Manipulative: to directly impose change on tissue or function, usually via drugs or surgery
- Replacement: to replace necessary elements, such as tears, hormones, or insulin
- Regulatory: to prompt the body’s immune/self-regulating (mechanism of homeostasis) system, as with immunizations, allergy desensitization, acupuncture, and homeopathy
Conventional medicine traditionally utilizes the first 2 treatment types, while homeopathy, the third type, attempts to trigger the body’s self-regulating (immune) system to perform; for example:
- Lubricant eyedrops replace tears; homeopathic eyedrops stimulate tears.
- Antibiotics kill bacteria; homeopathic medicines trigger a stronger immune response.3
The Role of the Pharmacist
The aging population and struggling US economy have fostered mounting interest in homeopathic healing methods. The World Health Organization reports that 500 million people use homeopathy worldwide, making it the second-most widely used system of medicine. Although not as common in the United States, homeopathy is growing rapidly as consumers make healthier choices in their diets and lifestyles.
For a number of conditions, after diagnosis by a physician, homeopathic products can provide consumers with much-needed relief that they may be unable to obtain via conventional OTC products and/or prescription drugs alone. Further, homeopathic remedies offer relief without harmful side effects. As consumers become more educated on the benefits of homeopathy, we can expect to see an increase in their search for and use of homeopathic products. As the primary consultant to consumers, pharmacists will be sought after to help consumers understand homeopathy and how it works and to provide a balanced view of the use of homeopathic and allopathic remedies. Pharmacists are scientists and teachers.
Raymond J. Hanson, Jr, executive vice president of The Relief Products (TRP), is responsible for strategic business development services, new product development, and strategic production relationships. Prior to joining TRP, he was the global head for health care and life sciences for Tata Consultancy Services, a global IT outsourcing firm, and was the chief executive liaison with most global pharmaceutical and medical device firms, including more than 70 of the Johnson & Johnson companies, Eli Lilly, Novartis, Merck, GlaxoSmithKline, General Electric, Medtronic, and others.
- US sales of homeopathic & herbal remedies reach $6.4 billion. Nutraceuticals World website. www.nutraceuticalsworld.com/issues/2013-07/view_industry-news/us-sales-of-homeopathic-herbal-remedies-reach-64-billion. Accessed August 20, 2013.
- What is homeopathy? National Center for Homeopathy website. http://nationalcenterforhomeopathy.org/content/what-is-homeopathy-1. Accessed August 20, 2013.
- About homeopathy. The Relief Products website. www.thereliefproducts.com/about/about-homeopathy. Accessed August 20, 2013.
- See more at: http://www.pharmacytimes.com/publications/issue/2013/September2013/Homeopathic-Products-A-Growing-Segment-in-OTC#sthash.ofVXcSOj.dpuf
Hindawi Publishing Corporation | Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine | Volume 2011, Article ID 286320, 12 pages
Modulation of Signal Proteins: A PlausibleMechanism to Explain How a Potentized Drug Secale Cor 30C Diluted beyond Avogadro's Limit Combats Skin Papilloma in Mice
Anisur Rahman Khuda-Bukhsh,1 Soumya Sundar Bhattacharyya,1 Saili Paul,1 Suman Dutta,1 Naoual Boujedaini,2 and Philippe Belon2
1Cytogenetics and Molecular Biology Laboratory, Department of Zoology, University of Kalyani, Kalyani 741235, West Bengal, India 2Boiron Laboratory, Lyon, France
Copyright © 2011 Anisur Rahman Khuda-Bukhsh et al. This is an open access article.
In homeopathy, ability of ultra-high diluted drugs at or above potency 12C (diluted beyond Avogadro's limit) in ameliorating/curing various diseases is often questioned, particularly because the mechanism of action is not precisely known. We tested the hypothesis if suitable modulations of signal proteins could be one of the possible pathways of action of a highly diluted homeopathic drug, Secale cornutum 30C (diluted 1060 times; Sec cor 30). It could successfully combat DMBA + croton oilinduced skin papilloma in mice as evidenced by histological, cytogenetical, immunofluorescence, ELISA and immunoblot findings. Critical analysis of several signal proteins like AhR, PCNA, Akt, Bcl-2, Bcl-xL, NF-κB and IL-6 and of pro-apoptotic proteins like cytochrome c, Bax, Bad, Apaf, caspase-3 and -9 revealed that Sec cor 30 suitably modulated their expression levels along with amelioration of skin papilloma. FACS data also suggested an increase of cell population at S and G2 phases and decrease in sub- G1 and G1 phages in carcinogen-treated drug-unfed mice, but these were found to be near normal in the Sec cor 30-fed mice. There was reduction in genotoxic and DNA damages in bone marrow cells of Sec Cor 30-fed mice, as revealed from cytogenetic and Comet assays. Changes in histological features of skin papilloma were noted. Immunofluorescence studies of AhR and PCNA also suggested reduced expression of these proteins in Sec cor 30-fed mice, thereby showing its anti-cancer potentials against skin papilloma. Furthermore, this study also supports the hypothesis that potentized homeopathic drugs act at gene regulatory level.