MYTHs of Homeopathy - A Series. Ep. 4

“Homeopathy is just a placebo effect”

It is frequently argued that homeopathic medicines are ‘just sugar pills’ that don’t contain any active ingredients, so any benefits patients report are due purely to the placebo effect i.e. people believe the pills are going to help and this belief alone triggers a healing response.

With any medical treatment there is likely to be some degree of ‘placebo effect’ and in this respect homeopathy is no different, but the theory that homeopathy’s effects are only a placebo response is not supported by the scientific evidence.

If homeopathy is really just a placebo effect, how does one explain:

  1. The existence of positive high quality placebo-controlled trials? These trials are designed specifically to separate out the placebo effect from the real clinical effect of the treatment being tested.
  2. Homeopathic medicines having effects in laboratory experiments? Effects have been seen on white blood cells, frogs and wheat plants to name just a few examples.
  3. The fact that homeopathy works in animals? A rigorous research study found that homeopathy can prevent E. coli diarrhoea in piglets1 – a big problem in commercial farmingMore


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Influence of pediatric vaccines on social behavior in the rhesus monkey


Influence of pediatric vaccines on social behavior in the rhesus monkey


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.

Priorities and methods for developing the evidence profile of homeopathy

Priorities and methods for developing the evidence profile of homeopathy Recommendations of the ECH General Assembly and XVIII Symposium of GIRI

M. Van Wassenhovencorrespondence
Vice president of the GIRI, Research Coordinator of ECH.



To achieve scientific acceptance, homeopathy must investigate several questions:

  • 1.

    The activity of very highly diluted preparations. The consensus of the meeting was that there is clear evidence of this.

  • 2.

    The content of very highly diluted homeopathic preparations. More research is needed but evidence exists that a specific signal is present in homeopathic preparations.

  • 3.

    A theoretical framework in which the effects of homeopathic diluted preparations can be explained. The ‘Body Information Theory’ is such a theory.

  • 4.

    The clinical effectiveness of homeopathy. Because they avoid the placebo effect, animal studies are a priority.

For human trials using Quality of Life questionnaires, studies on the activity, content and theoretical basis of homeopathic preparations were reviewed approximately 70% of cases; more in children showed improvement. Homeopathy reduced costs and allowed a better improvement in work-days lost compared with conventional practice. Randomised controlled trials (RCTs) implicitly test the placebo hypothesis; RCTs have been performed and meta-analyses conclude that there is clear evidence of efficacy which cannot be attributed to placebo effect.

Priorities depend on the audience. More research is needed especially regarding the content of homeopathic preparations and the transmission of information. Theoretical issues are also important to avoid incorrect design of research protocols. More effort should be dedicated to veterinary research. Clinical effects analysis in humans remains important. Many other questions should be prioritised, such as the potential of homeopathy to avoid invasive procedures in children and the long-term effects of homeopathy in preventing chronic complications.

TESTIMONIAL for Certified Homeopathic Practitioner, Elena Cecchetto (AKA 'EL')

TESTIMONIAL for Certified Homeopathic Practitioner, Elena Cecchetto (AKA 'EL')
When I first went to see El I was have excruciatingly painful periods with little to no blood flow. My hormones were all out of whack and I was feeling really run down and tired all the time. Within three weeks of receiving my first constitutional remedy I got my period and I was surprised by the changes right away; the cramps were far less intense and only lasted a day, on and off. I also noticed an improvement in the quality of sleep I was getting and overall, I just felt more able to handle my stress and move through emotional obstacles. During the following months I have continued to see improvements on several levels including a healthier flowing cycle and less painful cramping. I'm so glad I found Homeopathy and El! The results have been astounding and El has been amazing to work with. I feel genuinely cared for and heard when I visit with her and I believe this is the moment the healing begins! When El chooses a remedy for me I can trust that she has made a well thought out and careful decision. As they say, the proof is in the pudding and the results I've had have been astonishing, proof enough for both me and my partner. We plan to start a family later this year and we both feel more at ease about it knowing that we have El and Homeopathy on our side.

Rylie T. Lowry ~ Massage Practitioner

Pregnancy Easier with Homeopathy

Homeopathic Treatment can be a wonderful, fulfilling and quite a mystical journey. These words are often used to describe pregnancy. So, it makes sense that using Homeopathic Medicine during pregnancy is ideal. Your body is going through so many changes after you become pregnant. They are the types of changes that affect your whole being.

Hormonal shifts, morning sickness, nausea, fatigue, poor digestion, hemorrhoids, pelvic and back pain, varicose veins, and heartburn can all be helped with Homeopathy. Seeing a Homeopath during pregnancy can help create the type of pregnancy that resolves many lingering health concerns instead of potentially creating more of them in the future.

Even if all you are looking for is to ease the pain of delivery, Homeopathic Treatment is a good choice. To prepare your body to give birth, there is a series of nutritive Homeopathic remedies that I recommend to be taken during each trimester that help the specific tissues in the body to develop and support the development of your baby. These are commonly known as the Homeopathic Remedies called Tissue Salts.

I’ve formulated three separate combinations for each trimester to support what your body is working towards in each trimester. Some of the Tissue Salts that are included in my Pregnancy Protocol include the following:

• For bone development and elasticity of connective tissue (helping to prevent stretch marks), Calcarea Fluoraticum is the tissue salt to use. It also is helpful in preventing circulatory problems, hemorrhoids and varicose veins.

• For nerve and muscle development, which will reduce the chances of heartburn and cramps, use Magnesium Phosphoricum.

• To prevent a tendency towards anemia by increasing blood oxygenation, use Ferrum Phosphoricum.

• For supporting nerves and muscles (including the heart) and to help control fluid balance (swollen hands or ankles) preventing and high blood pressure (and putting on that extra weight), use Natrum Muriaticum.

• Silica (which is one of the most ubiquitous substances on earth and in our bodies) made into a Tissue Salt Homeopathic Remedy helps to build strong teeth, bones and hair of the fetus plus pubic bones and the supportive conjunctive tissues for your delivery.

If you are looking for emotional support and meaning within your journey towards motherhood, then seeing a Homeopath is a perfect choice for you. Emotions that rise up during pregnancy are important to consider. Homeopathy works great on this level because it is a very holistic medicine that works with your whole system to help you feel like you can respond appropriately with strength and balance.

If this is your first pregnancy, this may be one of the last times you have the opportunity to indulge in healing sessions focused on yourself. Seeing a Homeopath means that you spend quality time thinking about your emotional and physical health and tendencies. The process of the Homeopathic Consultation facilitates an understanding of yourself that help you to resolve old patterns or emotional tendencies and maintain your overall wellbeing. This is an exceptional way to enter your journey into motherhood.

By Elena Cecchetto CCH, RSHom(NA)
Certified Homeopath
Access Natural Healing

Testimonial  Lisa Petrie Gilmore: "Those people said everything I would say about our holistic healing family (Peter Dobias, Dean Smith, Julie Anne Lee & Elena Cecchetto) We are so very fortunate to have such caring and compassionate healers in our lives. We have seen the positive effects of homeopathy for our dog and as a result, now use homeopathy for our entire family!"

Testimonial for Homeopath

I was in such turmoil about vaccinations and all the controversy around the topic when my son was born...and then I found a homeopathic immunization article in the newspaper and it felt like the way to go....we have never looked back, finding El was like, finding heaven, she has always been there for us, whether it be, immunizations, or an illness.  El is extremely knowledegable, honest, kind, warm and most of all, reliable in all aspects of what she does, she is definitely, in her realm.  We love her!  Keep doing what you love, El.




Sherry, & Josel....and Joel...:-)
Elena Cecchetto
Certified Homeopath

Birth and Moving Takes a Village

3 Ways Birth Is Like Moving  by Jessica Austin Moving is like birth 

Photograph by Jo Bourne 

I joked several weeks ago that I was considering rebranding my doula and prenatal class business, Birth Takes a Village to Moving Takes a Village.  This was because, over the last few months, I helped move three separate friends into three separate apartments. This month, I’ve been moving myself. This is getting ridiculous! 

I wish there was such thing as a moving-doula. Although Laura and her girls from Urban Home and Lifestyles did play part of that role in my own move – thank God / Buddha / Ryan Smyth, or whichever god you personally pray to. So did a few of my good friends, and, credit-where-it’s-due, my ex-boyfriend who my break-up with is what led to the move in the first place (or was it vice-versa? It’s difficult to keep track of these things!). Here are three ways moving is akin to birth: 1. It’s unpredictable and impossible to really plan 

I always tell people to avoid getting too carried away with making a birth plan. A general vision for what you want is important, but birth has its own agenda and setting a rigid plan is pretty pointless! 

Same with moving. In my experience, moves rarely go exactly the way you think they will. The sunny forecast will turn to a rainy day, your mattress will get soaked in transit and you’ll have to make an unexpected stop at a recycling depot (cough, speaking from direct experience!), and the details of the place you end up moving to might be different than you expected. 

You might hope to get the whole thing done in a few hours on a Friday, but 3 days later you could still find yourself packing up some final things from the storage locker (including piles of your friend’s belongings and her bicycle. This is a side note, and has nothing to do with birth. You know who you are, friend – COME GET YOUR BIKE!). But, just like birth, things sometimes take longer than you anticipate, and that’s okay. 

In any case,  you’ll at some point get your things where you need to and end up with a comfortable spot to sleep, or in the  case of birth, a newborn baby in the end. It’s just that the course you take to get there might not be the exact one you imagined. 

Note: If you want a template for a basic birth vision that will help you identify what is really important to you during birth, send me an email and I’ll give the one I use with my doula clients. 2. You will need to try a lot of positions during the process 

One of the best things for labour is moving around and trying different positions to help encourage baby to move down as easily as possible. This might have been the first thing that reminded me of what it’s like to give birth. 

Envision trying to get your friend’s gigantic couch out her apartment door. You KNOW it must fit through the door because that’s the way it came in – the apartment wouldn’t have furniture in it that was too big to get out! Just like your body wouldn’t make a baby too big to push. 

However, you will probably try 300 different positions in an attempt to GET said couch out that door. Just when things seem to be moving forward nicely, the armrest will be an inch short of making it around the corner and you’ll have to take a small break and try another angle. 

Eventually, though, with a bit of perseverance, you will get the seemingly impossible feat accomplished and joyfully greet the couch on the other side of the door. Admittedly, every now and then in a baffling turn of events it will ACTUALLY seem like there is no way on earth the couch is fitting out the door and you may have to consider shoving it out through the patio door and over the balcony (again, speaking from recent experience), but just like cesarean births, this is generally unnecessary. 3. A good support team is invaluable 

There are bound to be moments when you want to give up and exclaim, “I don’t want to do this anymore!”. You may burst right into tears in a moment of overwhelm during the intense and sometimes long journey, or because of the challenging physical part of the work and the emotions that come with big change. Although some moves (and births) proceed without a hitch, others have their moments of frustration and fatigue. 

Having one or more emotionally stable, encouraging, and confident support people with you is the key to making the whole experience a bit easier.  They will offer ideas and suggestions of different techniques to try while attempting to maneuver the couch out the door (or baby out your vagina, whichever the case may be), pause to  give you a shoulder rub when it looks like you need it, and remind you everything you are experiencing is normal and that you WILL get through it. 

If you want a doula for your birth, give me a call at 604-700-4115, or visit my doula services page for more info. If you’re looking for help moving, I was kidding about “Moving Takes a Village”; please call someone else!


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