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“Homeopathy is not science”
There are critics who claim that homeopathy is ‘pseudoscience’ and only non-scientists are interested in the subject.
In fact, scientists in highly respected universities, research institutions and hospitals around the world are carrying out research into homeopathy using the same research techniques as those used to investigate conventional medical treatments.
Homeopathy research is a relatively new field, but the number of articles published in peer reviewed journals has risen significantly over the past 40 years.
This lag behind conventional medicine is hardly surprising when one considers the lack of funding available e.g. in the UK less than 0.0085% of the medical research budget is spent on research into complementary and alternative medicines.1
International Research Conferences
The inaugural HRI International Homeopathy Research Conference was held in Barcelona in June 2013. The programmed included presentations by 5 Professors and 40 doctors (PhDs or medics) from over 20 countries, covering clinical, experimental and veterinary research. Abstracts, filmed presentations and the conference report can be viewed here.
The 2nd HRI International Research Conference, held in Rome on 5-7 June 2015, continued the ongoing theme of Cutting Edge Research. The programme included presentations on clinical, fundamental and basic research, by 6 Professors and 28 doctors (PhDs or medics) from 17 countries. The abstracts, filmed presentations and conference report can be viewed here.
So in what way is homeopathy ‘unscientific’?
Well-qualified scientists in respected institutions are now carrying out high quality basic research, clinical research and veterinary research in homeopathy, and are reporting positive results which are published in the peer-reviewed scientific literature. Therefore the only basis for the argument that it is ‘pseudoscience’ is that we do not know how homeopathy works.
Usually, when a phenomenon is observed which cannot be explained by what ‘science’ already knows, this triggers fresh scientific enquiry – it is not dismissed as ‘unscientific’ purely because it has yet to be understood.
Homeopathic Medical history than is longer than other licenced medicines. Lyssin is a safer choice. Part B
Homeopathy has been used before conventional medicines ever existed (in the 1700’s) while some of these ‘medicines’ are much more new as is the whole North American Medical Industry as we know it (1900’s) (See reference to Theodore Roosevelt https://www.griffinbenefits.com/employeebenefitsblog/history_of_healthcare. And Saskatchewan https://canadiandimension.com/articles/view/the-birth-of-medicare
You think Rabid Dog Saliva (Lyssinum is one made with on drop of the saliva of a rabid dog preserved in alcohol medicine) is weird…
In our NEW predominant medical system there are so many things that are going on that are sooo much more weird (and way more NEW/experimental). Here are some fun (gross) examples:
1. How about the mouse virus injected as part of chemotherapy that goes on everyday times millions of people. YES millions of people in hospitals are injected with an experimental version of chemotherapy that includes first injecting Rituximab which is a virus made in mice or rats…
2. How about Belladonna and Opium (still used) http://www.businessinsider.com/yes-bayer-promoted-heroin-for-children-here-are-the-ads-that-prove-it-2011-11#bayers-heroina-for-irritation-and-bronchitis-1. Opium was a common cough suppressant not too long ago and is still used in many various forms in hospitals every day.
3. ACE inhibitors (a common blood pressure medicine) such as captopril were based on an ingredient of the venom of the poisonous Brazilian Viper (Bothrops Jararaca) ehem do I hear snake oil coming to mind now? Yet these ‘discoveries’ … (remember which modalities are older and more well used with history of success)
This list really could go on and on and on. I’ve read soooo much about this because the fact that homeopathy was developed in reaction to how harmfully archaic practices of bloodletting and so on were in the beginning days of homeopathy when everyone should’ve just learned from the best (homeopaths) instead of trying to degrade their practices with misinformation.
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.
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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.
Includes worldwide 'visual testimonials'! A much anticipated release.
People who have used homeopathy have a lot of positive and dramatic stuff to say about it!
Creates opportunity for homeopathy
by Larry Malerba, DO, DHt
All indications are that whooping cough (pertussis) is on the rise in the U.S. this year. More than 32,000 cases had been reported by late October 2012 along with 16 deaths, almost double last year’s 18,719 total cases with 13 deaths. Some say this year is on track to be the worst for whooping cough since the 1950s.
It is incumbent upon the medical profession to become educated about the use of homeopathy in cases of acute whooping cough—precisely because there is no truly viable alternative.
Early blame for the increasing incidence of this highly contagious illness had been directed toward the small population of unvaccinated children, but recent data shows that the large majority of cases are those who have already been vaccinated according to CDC guidelines. Correspondingly, medical authorities have recently begun suggesting that additional pertussis booster shots beyond what are already required may be necessary because the vaccine may lose its effectiveness over time. Public health authorities are now urging pregnant women, adults, and teens to get vaccinated.
A questionable strategy
In my medical opinion, this overemphasis on a preventative vaccination strategy is largely due to conventional medicine’s inability to treat whooping cough once it’s diagnosed. Physicians understand that although the Bordatella pertussis bacteria causes whooping cough, antibiotics are likely to have minimal if any effect on the course of the illness once the cough has set in, and the same applies to cough suppressants. If prescribed at the onset of the illness, antibiotics are believed to reduce the duration of symptoms—but the odds of diagnosing whooping cough at this very early stage before symptoms become distinctive are highly unlikely.
Since treatment is so demonstrably inadequate, prevention is promoted as the only game in town. True, administering antibiotics after the cough appears, while doing little for the patient, may reduce the ability to transmit the illness to others. But requiring additional pertussis vaccine boosters fails to take into account the documented dangers associated with the vaccine.* Given the vaccine’s potential side effects and failure to confer sustained immunity in spite of multiple booster shots, it strikes me as counterintuitive to double down on a strategy that is clearly falling short of the goal.
Homeopathy works but …
Homeopathy has a long-standing clinical track record for reducing the duration and severity of symptoms of whooping cough. Although it is a viable option for pertussis, mainstream medicine’s general unwillingness to consider any therapy that is not manufactured by the conventional pharmaceutical industry tends to blind it to potentially new and/or unexplored treatments. And in the case of homeopathy, a long-standing, undeniable bias assumes that it cannot possibly work because it defies conventional medical beliefs about the nature of illness and how illness can be treated.
Over the years, I have successfully treated people with whooping cough and a variety of other intractable coughs that were not responding to repeated courses of antibiotics. Thousands of homeopathic practitioners across the globe can testify to similar results. Unfortunately, the firsthand clinical experiences of unconventional medical practitioners tend to be dismissed by a medical system that has come to rely heavily on research studies that are often funded and influenced by the pharmaceutical industry. To dismiss a treatment for an illness that has no other effective therapy—primarily because of a lack of research studies published in conventional medical journals that “prove” its effectiveness—demonstrates an anti-scientific attitude that, in actuality, amounts to inflexible and uninformed prejudice.
Caught in a Catch-22, while patients suffer
A convenient Catch-22 has been created by a medical system that refuses to consider the homeopathic option while simultaneously and erroneously claiming that there are no research studies to back up homeopathy’s use. Although no specific studies examine homeopathy and pertussis, numerous research studies point to the fact that homeopathy involves significantly more than the placebo effect that naysayers claim it to be. The real bottom line is that this closed-minded attitude, which refuses to entertain promising alternative medical options, does a tremendous disservice to suffering patients in need of care.
Symptoms & solutions
Whooping cough is a particularly violent, prolonged, and debilitating affliction that is especially hard on infants and small children because of their narrow air passages that can get quickly blocked with mucus. After an initial phase that looks a lot like the common cold or a mild flu, a characteristically relentless cough usually develops. The classic whooping sound results from the person’s gasping for breath at the end of a rapid succession of coughs. Making sure the whooping cough sufferer avoids contact with others is important because the illness is highly contagious. If there is any silver lining to the recent rise in whooping cough, it is that it seems to be affecting adolescents more than any other group, and they are generally capable of weathering the illness a little more successfully.
There are usually subtle differences among the symptom patterns of people suffering from whooping cough. Homeopathic treatment is predicated on choosing the one medicine that most closely matches the symptom profile of the afflicted individual. A close match can bring significant relief and shorten the duration of the cough, which, if untreated, can persist for weeks and, sometimes, months.
Although homeopathic medicines are available over the counter, self-treatment for whooping cough is not advisable. Resolving a case of whooping cough may require several homeopathic medicines over time, and it takes knowledge and experience to guide this process effectively. Given the seriousness of the condition, it is best to consult a homeopathic professional, along with other healthcare professionals, as needed. (Some may opt for concurrent antibiotic treatment in an effort to make the patient less contagious.)
Below are brief synopses of the symptom patterns of some commonly indicated homeopathic medicines for whooping cough. These medicines represent just a few of the options available to a homeopathic prescriber. While most cases of whooping cough are characterized by spasmodic, relentless, exhausting coughing attacks, the following descriptions are meant to illustrate how the illness can differ in subtle ways in different people.
Drosera rotundifolia. This homeopathic medicine is indicated when the cough is worse immediately upon lying down to bed at night and/or when the cough flares up after midnight. There is tickling and dryness in the throat, which causes spasmodic coughing. Attempts to bring up phlegm end in retching and vomiting. The violence of the cough may produce nosebleeds. Frequent coughing attacks prevent the person from catching his or her breath.
Belladonna. This medicine is usually indicated in the early stages of the illness or when fever is present, especially if the fever begins around 3 p.m. The person may feel pressure in the head, and the face is hot and red while the hands and feet are cool. The head feels as if it will burst from coughing. A dry, tickling, spasmodic cough emanates from the larynx.
Coccus cacti. The defining characteristic that indicates the need for this medicine is the production of large amounts of clear, thick, ropey mucus. Paroxysms of choking cough result in vomiting of long strings of mucus that may hang from the mouth and nose. Drinking cold water may bring temporary relief from tickling in the larynx and the coughing spells. The spells may become worse early in the morning and/or around 11–11:30 p.m..
Ipecacuanha. The person who needs this remedy often experiences persistent nausea that is not relieved by vomiting that follows a coughing spell. Due to the nausea, the person is often lacking in thirst and will not want to drink fluids. Their chest may feel constricted and they may have a nosebleed with the cough. Children may stiffen and become rigid with the cough.
Bryonia alba. This is a very commonly indicated cough remedy in general. Its main indication is the presence of symptoms that are worse from motion. The person is compelled to breathe quietly and remain as motionless as possible so as not to aggravate the cough. In addition, the cough is painful due to the motion of the ribcage. Similarly, a headache may become more painful when the person rises to move and walk around.
Antimonium tartaricum. The clue that leads to the prescription of this medicine is the sound of the loud, rattling, mucus-filled chest while coughing. In spite of this, the person struggles unsuccessfully to bring the mucus up from the chest, thus producing little expectoration. One gets the impression that the person will drown in his or her own fluids. The person is usually cross, irritable, and weak from efforts to raise the phlegm.
Cuprum metallicum. This medicine is indicated when we see cramps, muscular spasms, clenched fists, and/or convulsions associated with the whooping cough. Violent paroxysms of severe cough lead to near suffocation, with the lips and face turning blue. As is true with people who need Coccus cacti, cold drinks of water may bring temporary relief from the coughing attacks. Coughing spasms may wake the person around 3 a.m.
Kali carbonicum. For people who benefit from this remedy, the worst phase of the cough comes between 2 a.m. and 4 a.m. The person must sit up and lean forward during the attack and prefers to sleep propped-up with pillows. Think of this medicine when the cough leads to left-sided pneumonia.
*A broad range of adverse effects from the pertussis vaccine has been documented, including high fever, collapse, seizures, encephalitis (brain inflammation), pneumonia, mental regression, and death. Adverse reactions to the current acellular pertussis vaccines (DTaP) are said to be milder than reactions to earlier forms of the whole-cell vaccine (DPT), but they still occur.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
|Larry Malerba, DO, DHt, is the author of Green Medicine: Challenging the Assumptions of Conventional Health Care. Dr. Malerba is a featured author at Natural News and a regular contributor to Huffington Post. He is board certified in Homeotherapeutics and Clinical Assistant Professor at New York Medical College. He is past president of the Homeopathic Medical Society of the State of New York. Dr. Malerba has a private practice in Upstate New York. Visit www.docmalerba.com|
Five Reasons to NOT get the Flu Vaccine by Elena Cecchetto
1. Various chemicals: Formaldehyde, beta-propiolactonethimerosol, sodium taurodeoxycholate, neomycin sulfate, polymyxin B, sodium deoxycholate, polysorbate 80 (Tween 80), hydrocortisone, gentamicin sulfate, ovalbumin, nonylphenol ethoxylate, polymyxin, neomycin, polysorbate 80, octylphenol ethoxylate (Triton X-100), sodium phosphate, gelatin, ethylene diamine tetraacetic acid (EDTA), monosodium glutamate, hydrolyzed porcine gelatin, sucrose, gentamicin sulfate.1
2. Eggs: If you are allergic to eggs, or have asthma, the flu and yellow fever vaccines might be ones to be wary of. You might want to ask for a low-egg vaccine.2
3. Thimerosol (Mercury): This ingredient may or may not have been linked to autism.3
Would febrile seizure4, narcolepsy5, Asthma2, Guillain-Barré syndrome6, or fetal toxicity7 be worse than the flu? These are some of the side effects considered to be linked to flu vaccines.
Or the flu itself? A study published in 2011 made an association about increased likelihood of coming down with the flu after having received the vaccine.8
People are turning to natural sources Vitamin D, Vitamin C, Oregano Oil, turmeric, echinacea, reishi mushrooms and so on to strengthen their immune systems. During the 1918 flu epidemic, the Homeopathic Physicians demonstrated a 1.05% mortality rate while orthodox medicine saw approximately a 30% death rate9.
The Center for Disease control says that the flu vaccine is the best way to control influenza10. What about getting plenty of rest, exercise, proper nutrition, drinking plenty of fluids and regular hand washing.
Consider other medical authorities’ proactive measures. Europe's drugs regulator has ruled Pandemrix (the swine flu vaccine) should no longer be used in people aged under twenty5. Australia no longer recommends the annual flu shot for children under five years old11.
Everybody is different. Use your right to choose. Or in other words, “educate before you vaccinate”. Consider that our immune system is a highly refined and intellectual system that works naturally and effectively by way of protection through our mucous membranes (skin, mouth, ears) not by way of intramuscular injection.
Homeopathy offers simple help for labour and birthing problems. We’ve collected 14 of the best remedies and the indications for their use.
Commonly Used Birth Remedies
Aconite napellus (Acon): Contractions feel violent and intense, producing a state of fear and anxiety. Restless, agitated and fearful that may die. Baby appears shocked and frightened after birth.
Arnica montana (Arn) – Feel bruised, sore, as if beaten during labour. Don’t want people to touch. To relieve soft tissue damage (perineum or abdomen) following birth or caesarian section – reduces swelling, bruising, and risk of infection, and promotes healing. Caput or cephalohaematoma of newborn.
Arsenicum album (Ars) – Anxious restlessness leading to physical exhaustion. Chilly with anxiety. Perineal infections following childbirth.
Bellis perennis (Bell-p) – For bruised, sore pelvic or abdominal tissues following birth or Caesarean section. Bellis often follows well after Arnica, or when Arnica has failed to relieve the discomfort or pain.
Caulophyllum (Caul) – False labour where pains fly about the abdomen. Rigid cervix with pricking pains – cervix fails to dilate. Contractions become irregular and cease.
Cimicifuga racemosa (Cimic) – Cervix spasms and becomes rigid on examination. Uterus ascends high into the abdomen during contraction. Pains fly from side to side of the abdomen. Irregular but painful contractions. (Note: Caulophyllum and Cimicifuga can be alternated 15 minutes apart when contractions are irregular and it is hard to determine which remedy is needed. Cease upon contractions becoming established and regular).
Chamomilla (Cham) – The pains feel unbearable, even early in the labour. Extremely irritable or angry. No matter what is offered or done, it is not right. Hands and feet cold.
Gelsemium sempervirens (Gels) – Weakness and exhaustion – difficult to support weight. Muscles tremble with the effort of movement. Contractions weaken and cease.
Hypericum perforatum (Hyper) – Shooting nerve pains following perineal damage or caesarian section.
Kali-carbonicum (Kali-c) – Irregular contractions. Pain of contractions felt mainly in the back (ie – with posterior postion babies). Feels as if back may break, much better for firm pressure. Fearful of dying.
Kali-phosphoricum (Kali-p) – Physical exhaustion either during or after labour where few other symptoms may be present (cf – Ars).
Pulsatilla pratensis (Puls) – Changeable and erratic contractions. Very restless. Weepy and wanting support and comfort from others. Happy to be held.
Pyrogenium (Pyrog) – Not likely to be needed but very important remedy if a post-partum infection in the uterus develops following childbirth. Works much better and more rapidly than antibiotics. Can be used for protective effects against infection of mother or baby if the membranes have been ruptured for a long time before the onset of labour, especially if a temperature develops.
Staphysagria (Staph) – Useful following incision, penetration, or stretching of muscle fibres, as happens with a Caesarean sections or dilatation and curettage (d&c). It encourages the quick healing of incisional or lacerated wounds. Relieves the feelings of anger, resentment, disappointment, and emotional upset that may follow a Caesarean birth.
Guidelines for Use
While all remedies can be given as pills, there are advantages to dissolving them in water so they can be given in a liquid form. Further information can be found at: Instructions for Turning Pills into Liquid Remedies.
Not every symptom has to be present for the remedy to help – use the remedy that is the best match.
Commence with a 30C potency, only progressing to a 200C potency if the 30C potency is no longer helping.
During labour remedies can be given as often as every 10 – 15 minutes, if needed. If there has been no improvement in symptoms at all by three doses, stop and change to a better-indicated remedy. Once there is improvement redose only if symptoms returns.
If using remedies for discomfort or pain following labour, take a dose every hour until discomfort is relieved. If there is no improvement at all by three doses, stop and change to a better-indicated remedy. Once there is improvement redose only if the discomfort or pain returns.
If you come across the recommendation that Cimicifuga and Caulophyllum should be given routinely to prepare for labour please disregard this information. Labour can be made more vigorous or painful in ‘sensitive’ people if remedies are given when not needed. It is much better to use remedies when symptoms are present – not in expectation of symptoms.
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