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Homeopathic medicine can help enormously in the prenatal period, with the birth of the baby and in avoiding or reducing some of the problems associated with labor, as well as in dealing with postnatal symptoms.
Labor-like contractions may occur in the last few weeks of pregnancy and are felt irregularly, usually in the lower part of the abdomen. These are said to occur because the uterus (womb) is ‘toning-up’ in preparation for the birth. If the contractions become very frequent or regular, or if there is a ‘show’ of blood, the doctor or midwife should be called.
Symptoms: Contractions that occur in the last few weeks of pregnancy. Inertia of the uterus. Labor delayed. Contractions have no coordination and may change in location. Labor is ineffectual. Prime indications for the remedy are the typical uterine dysfunction, with weakness and trembling, neuralgic or rheumatic pains mainly in the bladder, vagina and intestines. These pains are sharp, short and spasmodic and tend to fly about from place to place. Generally cold and worse from cold. There may also be apprehension and nervous excitability. Medicine: Caulophyllum
Symptoms: Contractions that occur early in the pregnancy. Pain shoots across the abdomen, causing doubling up. Uterine dysfunction with pessimism, fear, and mental fragmentation. Feels something terrible is going to happen. Terrifying memories of previous births or miscarriages. May say something like “I feel enveloped by a black cloud.” Gloomy, morose, fears insanity. Sighing. Hysteria. Pain, headache, neuralgia, rheumatism, arthritis, chilly; worse cold (except headache which improves from cold.) Nervous phenomena (nausea, insomnia, palpitations, numbness, etc..) The mental state differentiates this remedy from Caulophyllum. Medicine: Cimicifuga
Symptoms: Pain goes up the back and into the hips. Splendid remedy for dysfunctional labor with failure to dilate, especially when coupled with acute inflammation and fever, chilly, thirstless, achy muscles, great fatigue; profound muscular weakness, trembling, shivering, comes on from emotional excitement and/or anticipation. Vertigo. Face flushed and sleepy looking. “worn out” expression. Sleepy and weak during labor. Timid, quiet, reserved. Medicine: Gelsemium
Symptoms: Specific remedy for uterine dysfunction, false labor and after pains. Keynotes are that the pains raidate from the sacrum into the pelvis and into the upper, inner thighs. Colicky, cramp-like pains. Medicine: Viburnum opulus
Dosage: Use the 12c potency.Take every hour until the pains cease.
Preparing for delivery Taking Caulophyllum in the last weeks of the pregnancy and Arnica, before delivery, will minimize much of the bruising and bleeding. Caulophyllum is also said to ‘tone up’ the uterus, helping to produce good contractions and lessening the chances of becoming over tired during labor.
Symptoms: Reduces the bruising and bleeding of normal labor. Medicine: Arnica montana Dosage: Arnica should be taken in the highest potency you can obtain — the 10m potency powder form if possible. If not, use the 30c potency in powder form. If you cannot obtain a powder, simply crush one tablet for one dose. Take one dose at the start of labor and one during labor just before delivery. It is useful to take a 30c dose three times a day for three days after the birth of the baby.
Symptoms: Used routinely to help uterine contractions and to bring about a smooth delivery. Medicine: Caulophyllum Dosage: Caulophyllum should be taken in the 30c potency — three doses on the same day each week from the 34th week onwards. There is no clinical evidence that this Homeopathic medicine causes women to go into labor too early. This is specifically mentioned because Caulophyllum in normal — that is, non-Homeopathic doses — may cause early labor. Used Homeopathically, it is given to prevent premature labor and to help normal labor.
Symptoms: May help if there was heavy bleeding in a previous pregnancy. Medicine: Millefolium Dosage: Millefolium should be taken in the 30c potency. Take three doses on one day in the last week of the pregnancy.
In early labor
A normal pregnancy lasts for 40 weeks. For a few weeks before the birth occasional painless ‘contractions’ may be felt in the lower abdomen (see False Labor above). When labor proper begins, the contractions become noticeable but may be infrequent and irregular. As labor proceeds, they become more frequent and occur at regular intervals. They may also produce some discomfort. At first they are often felt in the back. The start of labor may be indicated by a small blood loss called a ‘bloody show’.
At some stage the membranes in which the baby is contained will rupture, producing a loss of a watery fluid from the vagina. This is perfectly normal. The actual duration of labor varies tremendously, but is lengthier with a first pregnancy, so there is usually plenty of time in which to get to hospital, birth center, or for the midwife to arrive if delivery is to be at home.
Symptoms: When the labor pains are frequent, but irregular. A good remedy if restless, anxious and frightened and convinced of dying during labor. Medicine: Aconitum
Symptoms: Painful labor, with the pain starting in lower back and radiating to inner part of the thighs.The woman may be over-excited and angry, and resent being examined. Exquisitely intolerant of pain. Medicine: Chamomilla
Symptoms: Spasmodic irregular pains in the small of the back. Feelings of exhaustion and being out of control. Medicine: Cocculus
Symptoms: Contractions are very painful but ineffective. The woman is restless and agitated. Medicine: Coffea cruda
Symptoms: Intermittent, relatively painless contractions with little progress. Excessive tiredness. Medicine: Gossypium
Symptoms: Early labor pains in back. Medicine: Kali carbonicum
Dosage: Use the 12c potency. Take every 30 minutes until relief is maintained.
Immediately after delivery
The Mother’s main problems after the birth will be related to bruising in the birth passage and surrounding organs, such as the bladder and urethra.
With a prolonged labor, especially one that has caused much sleep deprivation, fatigue can also be a problem, but this is easily remedied by a good night’s sleep. The main problems after a birth by Caesarean section tend to be those that can occur after any surgical procedure.
Most of these complications are unlikely, however, if the woman has been treated with Arnica and Caulophyllum, as described above.
(See also the section on After-pains below.)
Once a baby is delivered, the uterus normally continues to contract (tightening of uterine muscles) and expels the placenta. After the placenta is delivered, these contractions help compress the bleeding vessels in the area where the placenta was attached. If the uterus does not contract strongly enough, called uterine atony, these blood vessels bleed freely and hemorrhage occurs. This is the most common cause of Postpartum Hemorrhage (PPH). If small pieces of the placenta remain attached, bleeding is also likely.
Postpartum Hemorrhage is excessive bleeding following the birth of a baby. About 1% to 5% of women have Postpartum Hemorrhage and it is more likely with a cesarean birth. Hemorrhage most commonly occurs after the placenta is delivered. The average amount of blood loss after the birth of a single baby in vaginal delivery is about 500 ml (or about a half of a quart). The average amount of blood loss for a cesarean birth is approximately 1,000 ml (or one quart). Most Postpartum Hemorrhage occurs right after delivery, but it can occur later as well.
PPH is a medical emergency. Excessive and rapid blood loss can cause a severe drop in the Mother’s blood pressure and may lead to shock and death if not treated.
*The use of Homeopathy should be in conjunction with seeking immediate medical attention.
Symptoms: Postpartum Hemorrhage. Bleeding is typically forceful and gushing, with bright red blood and Dark Clots. Girdle-like pains from sacrum to pubis in the process of expelling them. Retained placenta or after pains my also complicate the picture. Medicine: Sabina
Symptoms: Postpartum Hemorrhage. Bright red blood; No Clots. This remedy should be considered when other important keynotes are present such as tremendous thirst for cold drinks, fear of being alone and of the dark, open, bright suggestible patients, who are anxious, and easily reassured. Medicine: Phosphorus
Symptoms: Postpartum Hemorrhage. Splendid remedy for the treatment of passive uterine bleeding with muscle fatigue and general exhaustion with persistent oozing of dark, this or even watery blood. . Leading indications are shock-like symptoms, as would be expected from excessive blood loss: Faintness, thirst, and extreme chilliness with nervous shivering and relief from warmth in any form. Gassy distension, headache, heightened sensitivity to touch, noise, or other external stimulation. Medicine: China
Symptoms: Difficulty passing urine. Restless, sleepless and frightened. Medicine: Aconitum
Symptoms: Constipation. Rectum feels sore and anus itches. Even a soft stool is passed with difficulty. Medicine: Alumina
Symptoms: Problems passing urine Medicine: Arsenicum album
Symptoms: Irritation of the vulva. Cramp-like pains occur in the uterus (womb), mainly at night. Medicine: Caladium seguinum
Symptoms: Retention of urine, especially after a long labor. Medicine: Causticum
Symptoms: Nervousness and restlessness. Medicine: Chamomilla
Symptoms: Excited, oversensitive and suffers from insomnia. Abdominal pains. Medicine: Coffea cruda
Symptoms: Flatulence and abdominal colic. Medicine: Nux moschata
Symptoms: Back pain. Itching between the breasts. Apathy. Medicine: Phosporic acid
Symptoms: Hemorrhoids and anal prolapse occur. Medicine: Podophyllum
Symptoms: Total exhaustion and overheating. Medicine:Secale cornutum
Symptoms: To aid healing if there has been catheterization or an episiotomy. Medicine: Staphysagria
Dosage: Use the 12c potency. Take three times a day for five days.
These pains are similar to labor pains and may occur after childbirth. They are a result of the uterus (womb) contracting as it reduces to its size before the pregnancy.
The pains are more likely to occur to Breastfeeding Mothers, as Breastfeeding causes the pituitary gland to release the hormone Oxytocin, which helps with milk production, and may also stimulate some uterine contractions. Natures way of stopping the bleeding and reducing the uterus back to it’s normal size.
Symptoms: Used routinely after all labors, especially if labor has been protracted. Medicine: Arnica montana
Symptoms: After pains with a headache, flushed face, nervousness, restlessness. Medicine: Belladonna
Symptoms: Soreness felt all through the pelvis, making walking and standing painful. Medicine: Bellis perennis
Symptoms: Spasmodic pains occur which move across the lower abdomen, especially after a prolonged and exhausting labor. Quite specifically for after-pains. Medicine: Caulophyllum
Symptoms: Severe pain causing great irritability. Medicine: Chamomilla
Symptoms: Intense pains like electric shocks in the groin. Agitated and intolerant of pain. Medicine: Cimicifuga
Symptoms: Pains which feel as if they are in the intestines rather than the uterus. Medicine:Cocculus
Symptoms: Extreme pain causing sleeplessness. Medicine: Coffea cruda
Symptoms: Distressing after-pains after pregnancy that is not the first. Medicine: Cuprum metallicum
Symptoms: Anxious, apprehensive, sleepless. Medicine: Gelsemium
Symptoms: Severe after-pains shoot down the thighs and are worse on the right. Pain appears to be in the rectum or the bladder. Medicine: Lac caninum
Symptoms: Large blood clots may be passed. Much flatulence. Medicine: Nux vomica
Symptoms: Pain shoots forwards from behind. Medicine: Sabina
Symptoms: A sensation of a weight in the lower bowel. Pelvic organs feel as though they are about to drop out. More often indicated after labor than in the middle of it, this is a great remedy and can relieve the characteristic heaviness and bearing down pains. Used chiefly for bleeding, retained placenta, prolapse, and other postpartum complaints.Pain radiates upwards. Medicine: Sepia
Symptoms: Use this, if there are no other symptoms and no other Homeopathic remedy seems to fit. Medicine: Xanthoxylum
Dosage: Use the 30c potency. Take four times a day for two days after delivery.
Happy Healthy Mother and Baby
Note: The information here is not intended to replace medical advice offered by your Health Care Provider, Midwife or Homeopath.
Please see your health care professional.
Desktop Guide by, Roger Morrison, M.D.
Homeopathic Medicines for Pregnancy and Childbirth by, Richard Moskowitz, M.D.
Homeopathy for Women by, Dr Barry Rose and Dr Christina Scott-Moncrieff, published by Collins & Brown.
*Homeopathy is also safe and effective while Breastfeeding! Homeopathy is often useful in situations such as low-milk supply and/or over-supply, sore nipples, breast infection, weaning, etc.. This is a helpful modality of healing for new Mothers, as it is completely safe while breastfeeding, and for babies and children.
Dr. Luc Montagnier, the French virologist who won the Nobel Prize in 2008 for discovering the AIDS virus, has surprised the Scientific Community with his strong support for Homeopathic medicine.
In a remarkable interview published in Science magazine of December 24, 2010, (1) Professor Luc Montagnier, has expressed support for the often maligned and misunderstood medical specialty of Homeopathic medicine. Although Homeopathy has persisted for 200+ years throughout the world and has been the leading alternative treatment method used by physicians in Europe, (2) most conventional physicians and scientists have expressed skepticism about its efficacy, due to the extremely small doses of medicines used.
Most clinical research conducted on Homeopathic medicines that has been published in peer-review journals have shown positive clinical results,(3, 4) especially in the treatment of respiratory allergies (5, 6), influenza, (7) fibromyalgia, (8, 9) rheumatoid arthritis, (10) childhood diarrhea, (11) post-surgical abdominal surgery recovery, (12) attention deficit disorder, (13) and reduction in the side effects of conventional cancer treatments. (14) In addition to clinical trials, several hundred basic science studies have confirmed the biological activity of Homeopathic medicines. One type of basic science trials, called in vitro studies, found 67 experiments (1/3 of them replications) and nearly 3/4 of all replications were positive. (15, 16)
In addition to the wide variety of basic science evidence and clinical research, further evidence for Homeopathy resides in the fact that they gained widespread popularity in the U.S. and Europe during the 19th century due to the impressive results people experienced in the treatment of epidemics that raged during that time, including cholera, typhoid, yellow fever, scarlet fever, and influenza.
Montagnier, who is also founder and president of the World Foundation for AIDS Research and Prevention, asserted, “I can’t say that Homeopathy is right in everything. What I can say now is that the high dilutions (used in Homeopathy) are right. High dilutions of something are not nothing. They are water structures which mimic the original molecules.”
Here, Montagnier is making reference to his experimental research that confirms one of the controversial features of Homeopathic medicine that uses doses of substances that undergo sequential dilution with vigorous shaking in-between each dilution. Although it is common for modern-day scientists to assume that none of the original molecules remain in solution, Montagnier’s research (and other of many of his colleagues) has verified that electromagnetic signals of the original medicine remains in the water and has dramatic biological effects.
Montagnier has just taken a new position at Jiaotong University in Shanghai, China (this university is often referred to as “China’s MIT”), where he will work in a new institute bearing his name. This work focuses on a new scientific movement at the crossroads of physics, biology, and medicine: the phenomenon of electromagnetic waves produced by DNA in water. He and his team will study both the theoretical basis and the possible applications in medicine.
Montagnier’s new research is investigating the electromagnetic waves that he says emanate from the highly diluted DNA of various pathogens. Montagnier asserts, “What we have found is that DNA produces structural changes in water, which persist at very high dilutions, and which lead to resonant electromagnetic signals that we can measure. Not all DNA produces signals that we can detect with our device. The high-intensity signals come from bacterial and viral DNA.”
Montagnier affirms that these new observations will lead to novel treatments for many common chronic diseases, including, but not limited to Autism, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, and Multiple Sclerosis.
Montagnier first wrote about his findings in 2009, (17) and then, in mid-2010, he spoke at a prestigious meeting of fellow Nobelists where he expressed interest in Homeopathy and the implications of this system of medicine. (18)
French retirement laws do not allow Montagnier, who is 78 years of age, to work at a public institute, thereby limiting access to research funding. Montagnier acknowledges that getting research funds from Big Pharma and certain other conventional research funding agencies is unlikely due to the atmosphere of antagonism to Homeopathy and natural treatment options.
Support from Another Nobel Prize winner
Montagnier’s new research evokes memories one of the most sensational stories in French science, often referred to as the ‘Benveniste affair.’ A highly respected immunologist Dr. Jacques Benveniste., who died in 2004, conducted a study which was replicated in three other university laboratories and that was published in Nature (19). Benveniste and other researchers used extremely diluted doses of substances that created an effect on a type of white blood cell called basophils.
Although Benveniste’s work was supposedly debunked, (20) Montagnier considers Benveniste a “modern Galileo” who was far ahead of his day and time and who was attacked for investigating a medical and scientific subject that orthodoxy had mistakenly overlooked and even demonized.
In addition to Benveniste and Montagnier is the weighty opinion of Brian Josephson, Ph.D., who, like Montagnier, is a Nobel Prize-winning scientist.
Responding to an article on Homeopathy in New Scientist, Josephson wrote:
Regarding your comments on claims made for Homeopathy: criticisms centered around the vanishingly small number of solute molecules present in a solution after it has been repeatedly diluted are beside the point, since advocates of Homeopathic remedies attribute their effects not to molecules present in the water, but to modifications of the water’s structure.
Simple-minded analysis may suggest that water, being a fluid, cannot have a structure of the kind that such a picture would demand. But cases such as that of liquid crystals, which while flowing like an ordinary fluid can maintain an ordered structure over macroscopic distances, show the limitations of such ways of thinking. There have not, to the best of my knowledge, been any refutations of Homeopathy that remain valid after this particular point is taken into account.
A related topic is the phenomenon, claimed by Jacques Benveniste’s colleague Yolène Thomas and by others to be well established experimentally, known as “memory of water.” If valid, this would be of greater significance than Homeopathy itself, and it attests to the limited vision of the modern scientific community that, far from hastening to test such claims, the only response has been to dismiss them out of hand. (21)
Following his comments Josephson, who is an emeritus professor of Cambridge University in England, was asked by New Scientist editors how he became an advocate of unconventional ideas. He responded:
I went to a conference where the French immunologist Jacques Benveniste was talking for the first time about his discovery that water has a ‘memory’ of compounds that were once dissolved in it — which might explain how Homeopathy works. His findings provoked irrationally strong reactions from scientists, and I was struck by how badly he was treated. (22)
Josephson went on to describe how many scientists today suffer from “pathological disbelief;” that is, they maintain an unscientific attitude that is embodied by the statement “even if it were true I wouldn’t believe it.”
Even more recently, Josephson wryly responded to the chronic ignorance of Homeopathy by its skeptics saying, “The idea that water can have a memory can be readily refuted by any one of a number of easily understood, invalid arguments.”
In the new interview in Science, Montagnier also expressed real concern about the unscientific atmosphere that presently exists on certain unconventional subjects such as Homeopathy, “I am told that some people have reproduced Benveniste’s results, but they are afraid to publish it because of the intellectual terror from people who don’t understand it.”
Montagnier concluded the interview when asked if he is concerned that he is drifting into pseudoscience, he replied adamantly: “No, because it’s not pseudoscience. It’s not quackery. These are real phenomena which deserve further study.”
The Misinformation That Skeptics Spread
It is remarkable enough that many skeptics of Homeopathy actually say that there is “no research” that has shows that Homeopathic medicines work. Such statements are clearly false, and yet, such assertions are common on the Internet and even in some peer-review articles. Just a little bit of searching can uncover many high quality studies that have been published in highly respected medical and scientific journals, including the Lancet, BMJ, Pediatrics, Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal, Chest and many others. Although some of these same journals have also published research with negative results to Homeopathy, there is simply much more research that shows a positive rather than negative effect.
Misstatements and misinformation on Homeopathy are predictable because this system of medicine provides a viable and significant threat to economic interests in medicine, let alone to the very philosophy and worldview of biomedicine. It is therefore not surprising that the British Medical Association had the sheer audacity to refer to Homeopathy as “witchcraft.” It is quite predictable that when one goes on a witch hunt, one inevitable finds “witches,” especially when there are certain benefits to demonizing a potential competitor (Homeopathy plays a much larger and more competitive role in Europe than it does in the USA).
Skeptics of Homeopathy also have long asserted that Homeopathic medicines have “nothing” in them because they are diluted too much. However, new research conducted at the respected Indian Institutes of Technology has confirmed the presence of “nanoparticles” of the starting materials even at extremely high dilutions. Researchers have demonstrated 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. (24) In the light of this research, it can now be asserted that anyone who says or suggests that there is “nothing” in Homeopathic medicines is either simply uninformed or is not being honest.
Because the researchers received confirmation of the existence of nanoparticles at two different homeopathic high potencies (30C and 200C) and because they tested four different medicines (Zincum met./zinc; Aurum met. /gold; Stannum met./tin; and Cuprum met./copper), the researchers concluded that this study provides “concrete evidence.”
Although skeptics of Homeopathy may assume that Homeopathic doses are still too small to have any biological action, such assumptions have also been proven wrong. The multi-disciplinary field of small dose effects is called “hormesis,” and approximately 1,000 studies from a wide variety of scientific specialties have confirmed significant and sometimes substantial biological effects from extremely small doses of certain substances on certain biological systems.
A special issue of the peer-review journal, Human and Experimental Toxicology (July 2010), devoted itself to the interface between hormesis and Homeopathy. (25) The articles in this issue verify the power of Homeopathic doses of various substances.
In closing, it should be noted that skepticism of any subject is important to the evolution of science and medicine. However, as noted above by Nobelist Brian Josephson, many scientists have a “pathological disbelief” in certain subjects that ultimately create an unhealthy and unscientific attitude blocks real truth and real science. Skepticism is at its best when its advocates do not try to cut off research or close down conversation of a subject but instead explore possible new (or old) ways to understand and verify strange but compelling phenomena. We all have this challenge as we explore and evaluate the biological and clinical effects of Homeopathic medicines.
(1) Enserink M, Newsmaker Interview: Luc Montagnier, French Nobelist Escapes “Intellectual Terror” to Pursue Radical Ideas in China. Science 24 December 2010: Vol. 330 no. 6012 p. 1732. DOI: 10.1126/science.330.6012.1732
(2) Ullman D. Homeopathic Medicine: Europe’s #1 Alternative for Doctors. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/dana-ullman/homeopathic-medicine-euro_b_402490.html
(3) Linde L, Clausius N, Ramirez G, et al., “Are the Clinical Effects of Homoeopathy Placebo Effects? A Meta-analysis of Placebo-Controlled Trials,” Lancet, September 20, 1997, 350:834-843.
(4) Lüdtke R, Rutten ALB. The conclusions on the effectiveness of homeopathy highly depend on the set of analyzed trials. Journal of Clinical Epidemiology. October 2008. doi: 10.1016/j.jclinepi.2008.06/015.
(5) Taylor, MA, Reilly, D, Llewellyn-Jones, RH, et al., Randomised controlled trial of homoeopathy versus placebo in perennial allergic rhinitis with overview of four trial Series, BMJ, August 19, 2000, 321:471-476.
(6) Ullman, D, Frass, M. A Review of Homeopathic Research in the Treatment of Respiratory Allergies. Alternative Medicine Review. 2010:15,1:48-58. http://www.thorne.com/altmedrev/.fulltext/15/1/48.pdf
(7) Vickers AJ. Homoeopathic Oscillococcinum for preventing and treating influenza and influenza-like syndromes. Cochrane Reviews. 2009.
(8) Bell IR, Lewis II DA, Brooks AJ, et al. Improved clinical status in fibromyalgia patients treated with individualized homeopathic remedies versus placebo, Rheumatology. 2004:1111-5.
(9) Fisher P, Greenwood A, Huskisson EC, et al., “Effect of Homoeopathic Treatment on Fibrositis (Primary Fibromyalgia),” BMJ, 299(August 5, 1989):365-6.
(10) Jonas, WB, Linde, Klaus, and Ramirez, Gilbert, “Homeopathy and Rheumatic Disease,” Rheumatic Disease Clinics of North America, February 2000,1:117-123.
(11) Jacobs J, Jonas WB, Jimenez-Perez M, Crothers D, Homeopathy for Childhood Diarrhea: Combined Results and Metaanalysis from Three Randomized, Controlled Clinical Trials, Pediatr Infect Dis J, 2003;22:229-34.
(12) Barnes, J, Resch, KL, Ernst, E, “Homeopathy for Post-Operative Ileus: A Meta-Analysis,” Journal of Clinical Gastroenterology, 1997, 25: 628-633.
(13) M, Thurneysen A. Homeopathic treatment of children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder: a randomised, double blind, placebo controlled crossover trial. Eur J Pediatr. 2005 Dec;164(12):758-67. Epub 2005 Jul 27.
(14) Kassab S, Cummings M, Berkovitz S, van Haselen R, Fisher P. Homeopathic medicines for adverse effects of cancer treatments. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2009, Issue 2.
(15) Witt CM, Bluth M, Albrecht H, Weisshuhn TE, Baumgartner S, Willich SN. The in vitro evidence for an effect of high homeopathic potencies–a systematic review of the literature. Complement Ther Med. 2007 Jun;15(2):128-38. Epub 2007 Mar 28.
(16) Endler PC, Thieves K, Reich C, Matthiessen P, Bonamin L, Scherr C, Baumgartner S. Repetitions of fundamental research models for homeopathically prepared dilutions beyond 10-23: a bibliometric study. Homeopathy, 2010; 99: 25-36.
(17) Luc Montagnier, Jamal Aissa, Stéphane Ferris, Jean-Luc Montagnier, Claude Lavallee, Electromagnetic Signals Are Produced by Aqueous Nanostructures Derived from Bacterial DNA Sequences. Interdiscip Sci Comput Life Sci (2009) 1: 81-90.
(18) Nobel laureate gives homeopathy a boost. The Australian. July 5, 2010. http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/health-science/nobel-laureate-gives-homeopathy-a-boost/story-e6frg8y6-1225887772305
(19) Davenas E, Beauvais F, Amara J, et al. (June 1988). “Human basophil degranulation triggered by very dilute antiserum against IgE”. Nature 333 (6176): 816-8.
(20) Maddox J (June 1988). “Can a Greek tragedy be avoided?”. Nature 333 (6176): 795-7.
(21) Josephson, B. D., Letter, New Scientist, November 1, 1997.
(22) George A. Lone Voices special: Take nobody’s word for it. New Scientist. December 9, 2006.
(23) Personal communication. Brian Josephson to Dana Ullman. January 5, 2011.
(24) Chikramane PS, Suresh AK, Bellare JR, and Govind S. Extreme homeopathic dilutions retain starting materials: A nanoparticulate perspective. Homeopathy. Volume 99, Issue 4, October 2010, 231-242.
(25) Human and Experimental Toxicology, July 2010: http://het.sagepub.com/content/vol29/issue7/
To access free copies of these articles, see: http://www.siomi.it/siomifile/siomi_pdf/BELLE_newsletter.pdf
*Homeopathy is also safe and effective while Breastfeeding! This is a helpful modality of healing for new Mothers, as it is completely safe while breastfeeding, and for babies and children.
There is a good reason that 11 American presidents, 7 popes, Charles Darwin, J.D. Rockefeller, David Beckham, Tina Turner, and Mother Teresa have used and advocated for Homeopathic treatment: Homeopathy works!
Just Some of the Famous People who use Homeopathy
The majority of people in Western society seek out conventional medical treatment, but an amazing and impressive number of cultural heroes and celebrities of the past 200 years have been treated with and raved about Homeopathic medicine. Through a cutting-edge explanation of Homeopathy as “nanopharmacology,” Dana Ullman’s book: Homeopathic Revolution: Why Famous People and Cultural Heroes Choose Homeopathy presents a strong case for this internationally respected, but often misunderstood, medical practice.
In his book: The Homeopathic Revolution, Dana Ullman uncovers a veritable treasure – trove of stories from cultural heroes of the past 200 years. Of special interest are the riveting anecdotes of literary greats, sports superstars, physicians, scientists, celebrities, musicians, artists, fashionistas, corporate leaders, philanthropists, clergy, spiritual leaders, and monarchs.
Modern-day cultural heroes and their Homeopathic treatment:
• Tina Turner – tuberculosis (Chapter 7: Musicians, Pages 162-163)
• Cher – recurrent pneumonia and chronic fatigue (Chapter 7: Musicians, Pages 165-166)
• David Beckham – a broken foot just prior to the 2002 World Cup (Chapter 4: Sports Superstars, Pages 89-90)
• Pete Townshend – hearing difficulties (Chapter 7: Musicians, Pages 164-165)
• Nancy Davis – (philanthropist), multiple sclerosis (Chapter 11: Corporate Leaders and Philanthropists, Pages 266-267)
• Nelly Furtado – jet lag (Chapter 7: Musicians, Page 168)
• Bill Clinton-recurrent laryngitis (Chapter 9: Politicians and Peacemakers, Page 208)
• Robin McGraw – (wife of “Dr. Phil” McGraw), hot flashes of menopause (Chapter 6: Stage, Film and Television Celebrities, Page 145)
• Jade Jagger – chronic eczema (Chapter 8: Artists and Fashionistas, Page 179)
• Catherine Zeta-Jones – sprains and strains from overexertion during the filming of Chicago (Chapter 6: Stage, Film and Television Celebrities, Pages 139-140)
• Jose Maria Olazabal – (pro golfer), rheumatoid polyarthritis (arthritis in multiple joints) (Chapter 4: Sports Superstars, Page 91)
• Pamela Anderson – hepatitis C (Chapter 6: Stage, Film and Television Celebrities, Pages 141-142)
Stories from the past:
• Ludwig van Beethoven – spitting blood and colitis (Chapter 7: Musicians, Pages 154-156)
• Charles Darwin – chronic and persistent nausea and vomiting, heart palpitations, fainting spells, and spots before his eyes (Chapter 5: Physicians and Scientists, Pages 104-114)
• Alfred Tennyson – (poet), petit mal seizures and a nervous breakdown (Chapter 3: Literary Greats, Page 80)
• George Bernard Shaw – (playwright), hydrocele (Chapter 3: Literary Greats, Pages 77-78)
• Washington Irving – (author), asthma, recurrent dizziness, and chronic headaches (Chapter 3: Literary Greats, Pages 70-71)
• Richard Wagner – (composer and conductor), typhoid (saved his life) (Chapter 7: Musicians, Pages 159-160)
• General George B. McClellan – (head of the Union Army during the U.S. Civil War), typhoid (Chapter 9: Politicians and Peacemakers, Pages 184-185.
• Benjamin Disraeli – (British Prime Minister), asthma and gout (Chapter 9: Politicians and Peacemakers, Pages 199-200)
• Harold Griffith, MD – (one of the fathers of modern anesthesia), diphtheria (Chapter 5: Physicians and Scientists, Pages 122-124)
Dana Ullman, America’s leading spokesperson for Homeopathy, has authored 10 books on the subject, and has taught or served on advisory boards of alternative medicine institutes at Harvard, Columbia, University of Arizona, and University of Alaska. He lives in Berkeley, CA.
*Homeopathy is also safe and effective while Breastfeeding! This is a helpful modality of healing for new Mothers, as it is completely safe while breastfeeding, and for babies and children.
I was a dedicated Scientist about to begin a PhD in Neuroscience when, out of the blue, Homeopathy bit me on the proverbial bottom.
Science had been my passion since I began studying Biology with Mr Hopkinson at the age of 11, and by the age of 21, when I attended the dinner party that altered the course of my life, I had still barely heard of it. The idea that I would one day become a Homeopath would have seemed ludicrous.
That turning point is etched in my mind. A woman I’d known my entire life told me that a Homeopath had successfully treated her when many months of conventional treatment had failed. As a skeptic, I scoffed, but was nonetheless a little intrigued.
She confessed that despite thinking Homeopathy was a load of rubbish, she’d finally agreed to an appointment, to stop her daughter nagging. But she was genuinely shocked to find that, after one little pill, within days she felt significantly better. A second tablet, she said, “saw it off completely”.
I admit I ruined that dinner party. I interrogated her about every detail of her diagnosis, previous treatment, time scales, the lot. I thought it through logically – she was intelligent, she wasn’t lying, she had no previous inclination towards alternative medicine, and her reluctance would have diminished any placebo effect.
Scientists are supposed to make unprejudiced observations, then draw conclusions. As I thought about this, I was left with the highly uncomfortable conclusion that Homeopathy appeared to have worked. I had to find out more.
So, I started reading about Homeopathy, and what I discovered shifted my world for ever. I became convinced enough to hand my coveted PhD studentship over to my best friend and sign on for a three-year, full-time Homeopathy training course.
Now, as an experienced Homeopath, it is “science” that is biting me on the bottom. I know Homeopathy works, not only because I’ve seen it with my own eyes countless times, but because scientific research confirms it. And yet I keep reading reports in the media saying that Homeopathy doesn’t work and that this scientific evidence doesn’t exist.
The facts, it seems, are being ignored. By the end of 2009, 142 randomized control trials (the gold standard in medical research) comparing homeopathy with placebo or conventional treatment had been published in peer-reviewed journals – 74 were able to draw firm conclusions: 63 were positive for Homeopathy and 11 were negative. Five major systematic reviews have also been carried out to analyze the balance of evidence from RCTs of homeopathy – four were positive (Kleijnen, J, et al; Linde, K, et al; Linde, K, et al; Cucherat, M, et al) and one was negative (Shang, A et al). It’s usual to get mixed results when you look at a wide range of research results on one subject, and if these results were from trials measuring the efficacy of “normal” conventional drugs, ratios of 63:11 and 4:1 in favor of a treatment working would be considered pretty persuasive.
Of course, the question of how Homeopathy works is another matter. And that is where Homeopathy courts controversy. It is indeed puzzling that ultra-high dilutions of substances, with few or no measurable molecules of the original substance left in them, should exert biological effects, but exert biological effects they do.
There are experiments showing that Homeopathic thyroxine can alter the rate of metamorphosis of tadpoles into frogs, that Homeopathic histamine can alter the activity of white blood cells, and that under the right conditions, homeopathic sodium chloride can be made to release light in the same way as normal sodium chloride. The idea that such highly-diluted preparations are not only still active, but retain characteristics of the original substances, may seem impossible, but these kinds of results show it’s a demonstrable fact.
Surely science should come into its own here – solving the riddles of the world around us, pushing the frontiers of knowledge. At least, that is the science I fell in love with. More of a puzzle to me now is the blinkered approach of those who continue, despite increasing evidence, to deny what is in front of them.
In the last few years, there has been much propaganda and misinformation circulated, much of it heralding the death of Homeopathy, yet the evidence shows that interest in complementary and alternative medicine is growing.
In February, the “skeptics” campaign had a breakthrough – a report from the House of Commons Science and Technology Committee recommended no further NHS funding for Homeopathy, despite a deeply flawed hearing.
The Society of Homeopaths – the largest body representing professional Homeopaths – was refused permission to give oral evidence. Also notable by their absence from the panel were primary care trusts who currently commission homeopathy and representatives of patients who use Homeopathy. Yet oral evidence was heard from a journalist previously investigated by the Press Complaints Commission for unsubstantiated criticism of Homeopaths, and a spokesperson for a charity that has long publicly opposed Homeopathy. It is significant that one of the four MPs asked to vote on the report abstained due to concerns about the lack of balance in the evidence heard.
Homeopathy is well-established in the UK, having been available through the NHS since its inception in 1948. More than 400 GPs use homeopathy in their everyday practice and the Society of Homeopaths has 1,500 registered members, from a variety of previous professions including pharmacists, journalists, solicitors and nurses.
And yet the portrayal of Homeopathy as charlatanism and witchcraft continues. There is growing evidence that Homeopathy works, that it is cost-effective and that patients want it. As drugs bills spiral, and evidence emerges that certain drugs routinely prescribed on the NHS are no better than placebos, maybe it’s time for “skeptics” to stop the witch hunt and look at putting their own house in order.
It’s all a far cry from the schoolgirl Biologist who envisioned spending her life in a laboratory playing with bacteria.
*Homeopathy is also safe and effective while Breastfeeding! This is a helpful modality of healing for new Mothers, as it is completely safe while breastfeeding, and for babies and children.
Classic Homeopath Receives 2015 Best of Portland Award
Portland Award Program Honors the Achievement
PORTLAND March 10, 2015 — Classic Homeopath has been selected for the 2015 Best of Portland Award in the Health Services category by the Portland Award Program.
Each year, the Portland Award Program identifies companies that we believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and our community. These exceptional companies help make the Portland area a great place to live, work and play.
Various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to choose the winners in each category. The 2015 Portland Award Program focuses on quality, not quantity. Winners are determined based on the information gathered both internally by the Portland Award Program and data provided by third parties.
About Portland Award Program
The Portland Award Program is an annual awards program honoring the achievements and accomplishments of local businesses throughout the Portland area. Recognition is given to those companies that have shown the ability to use their best practices and implemented programs to generate competitive advantages and long-term value.
The Portland Award Program was established to recognize the best of local businesses in our community. Our organization works exclusively with local business owners, trade groups, professional associations and other business advertising and marketing groups. Our mission is to recognize the small business community’s contributions to the U.S. economy.
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*Homeopathy is also safe and effective while Breastfeeding! This is a helpful modality of healing for new Mothers, as it is completely safe while breastfeeding, and for babies and children.
Must-see new video reveals the systematic suppression of evidence of vaccine-damaged children
There is systematic suppression in the United States on the truth about the links between vaccines and autism. Drug companies and the federal government have conspired to deny parents of vaccine-damaged children their day in court by creating a kangaroo “vaccine court” that offers no due process whatsoever (and therefore violates the civil liberties of Americans).
Even so, this court has, numerous times, admitted that vaccines have irrefutably damaged children and caused autism. Parents of those children are offered “hush money” to quietly go away after signing an agreement that mandates they never talk to the press about their ordeal.
This systematic suppression of the truth about vaccine-damaged children is revealed in a must-see new video just released by the Canary Party (www.CanaryParty.org) and narrated by actor Rob Schneider, an outspoken advocate of parental rights when it comes to medicine.
I urge you to share this video with everyone you know! It explains, in clear, rational language, an important part of the true story of how the vaccine industry suppresses the truth about vaccine-damaged children.
Why do vaccines harm children?
The entire vaccine industry — including all its bought-and-paid-for doctors, authors, “scientists” and PR flaks — has for decades knowingly lied to the world in claiming that vaccines have “zero risk” and “zero side effects.”
In truth, even the CDC still admits that vaccines contain four additives, each of which is a potent neurotoxic chemical. Those additives include:
• Mercury (still used as a preservative)
• Aluminum (used as an inflammatory adjuvant)
• Formaldehyde (used to “deactivate” live viruses)
• MSG / Monosodium Glutamate (used to caused immune system inflammation)
All of these substances are toxic to human biology when injected. There is no rational doctor or scientist in the world who can say they believe injecting infants and children with mercury, formaldehyde, MSG and aluminum is somehow “safe,” yet doctors inject children with these substances every single day in the form of vaccines.
Vaccine industry far worse than Big Tobacco
Just as the dental industry has for decades ridiculously denied the toxicity of mercury in dental fillings, the vaccine industry is also living in delusional state of total denial about the toxicity of mercury. What we are witnessing today with modern medicine is a vaccine holocaust that is killing and maiming our children in record numbers. And the “circle the wagons” strategy of suppressing all the scientific evidence to support this makes Big Pharma look even worse than Big Tobacco.
At what point will autism reach 1 in 10 children? It’s not that far off (it’s already over 1 in 100 children born today). If this level of disease were caused by anything other than vaccines, the CDC would have long declared it an epidemic and tried to push a vaccine for it. But because autism is linked to vaccines and mercury, the CDC downplays it and ridiculously pretends children aren’t being harmed. The FDA plays the same game of denial, hoping no one will notice as the condition multiplies to the point where one day potentially every fifth child in America will be autistic after receiving the hundreds of “required” vaccines that will be mandated in the near future.
We are talking about the downfall of a nation here, folks. If this vaccine holocaust is not stopped, America will not survive. No nation can survive the collapse in the health of its citizens. Injecting mercury into the population of America is just as idiotic as feeding the citizens of Rome drinking water laced with lead. Many historians say the lead poisoning of the citizens of Rome exacerbated its downfall. Today, vaccines are strongly contributing to the same sort of downfall of modern civilization.
What can we do about it?
Science for Sale: How the US Government Uses Powerful Corporations and Leading Universities to Support Government Policies, Silence Top Scientists, Jeopardize Our Health, and Protect Corporate Profits Hardcover – June 3, 2014 by, David L. Lewis PhD
Plague: One Scientist’s Intrepid Search for the Truth about Human Retroviruses and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS), Autism, and Other Diseases Hardcover – November 18, 2014 by, Kent Heckenlively, Judy Mikovits
Vaccines 2.0: The Careful Parent’s Guide to Making Safe Vaccination Choices for Your Family Paperback – February 3, 2015 By, Mark Blaxill, Dan Olmsted
The Vaccine Court: The Dark Truth of America’s Vaccine Injury Compensation Program Hardcover – November 11, 2014 by, Wayne Rohde
The Autism War: A Novel Hardcover – April 1, 2014 by, Louis Conte
The Big Autism Cover-Up: How and Why the Media Is Lying to the American Public Hardcover – November 18, 2014 by, Anne Dachel Vaccine Epidemic: How Corporate Greed, Biased Science, and Coercive Government Threaten Our Human Rights, Our Health, and Our Children Paperback – September 1, 2012 by, Louise Kuo Habakus, Mary Holland, Kim Mack Rosenberg
Discuss your concerns with your doctor.
Ask if your doctor vaccinates his or her children.
Avoid any unnecessary vaccines.
Delay your child’s vaccines if at all possible.
See your Homeopath.
If you or your child have already been vaccinated, seek the care of a qualified Classical Homeopath.
Homeopathic medicine can reverse the effects of vaccine related illnesses, including Autism.
*Homeopathy is also safe and effective while Breastfeeding! This is a helpful modality of healing for new Mothers, as it is completely safe while breastfeeding, and for babies and children.
Once in a while, every Homeopath gets to experience the power of Homeopathy by treating themselves. This is what happened to me last Summer.
While vacationing with my family in Germany, seemingly out of the blue, I experienced a sudden inflammation of my right knee joint. I woke up with a swollen, extremely painful knee. Nothing made the swelling or pain better. The only thing that helped was resting with the knee elevated. The knee got stiffer as the day went on and I was unable to bear any weight on it. The knee would just give out. I needed to borrow my mother’s neighbor’s crutches to move around.
[box] After a few days I felt horrible stabbing pains in my knee joint. I was unable to straighten or bend my leg… [/box]
In order to get to the best fitting remedy for my condition, I tried to understand what happened to me. This is just what I would do when I take a patient’s case. Going back to the onset of a health problem can bring an understanding of the case and really help when it comes to selecting a Homeopathic remedy. The only event that I thought could have affected me happened the night before the swelling started. I was really upset by an intense family blow out.
At first I ignored this fact and approached the situation from an acute perspective, just looking at the symptoms of the knee and the obvious remedies for these symptoms. Then an embarrassing amount of Homeopathic remedies followed. I started with Apis for the swelling (but there was no redness of the knee), Causticum (for the stiffness), Symphytum (for the severe bone pain), Arnica (for the injury in general) and at the same time I applied Traumeel crème. Nothing helped. Quite the opposite, I thought some of the remedies aggravated the knee.
After a few days I felt horrible stabbing pains in my knee joint. I was unable to straighten or bend my leg due to the large amount of swelling. I was unable to walk and worried because I had to get back to the US. Once back, after a grueling return trip on crutches and a missed flight in Newark, I went to see an Orthopedic surgeon. He diagnosed me with a knee effusion and Osteoarthritis (caused by many years of competitive running). It seemed like I needed surgery. I was unable to work and was on medical leave for the first time in my nursing career.
[box] After a few days I felt horrible stabbing pains in my knee joint.[/box]
Trying to avoid surgery I went to Physical Therapy and very slowly started to walk again. It was a painful and a very slow process of improvement. I could still not work because the knee flared up whenever I moved around too much. I became more and more depressed, anxious and had difficulty sleeping. Still, I could not find the proper remedy to heal myself. So, one day I thought I no longer wanted to deal with this state of anxiety and remembered that Phosphorus had helped me for another anxiety state in the past. I then took one dose of Phosphorus 200C.
Within one day I noticed that the severe pains in my knee had decreased significantly, then everything improved progressively and then the pains disappeared completely. It was like a miracle cure. It then dawned on me that Phosphorus was a remedy that worked well for me in general. It was a Constitutional Remedy (the remedy that fits the patient’s entire symptom picture) for me. And as a Constitutional Remedy it stimulated my vital energy so much that the remedy addressed the anxiety and could also heal any injury or acute condition I might experience.
Phosphorus is often used for a variety of symptoms in a bright, open, enthusiastic, creative and sympathetic person with poor boundaries. Someone who would be in need of Phosphorus is generally sensitive to external stimuli, becomes anxious easily and is easily reassured. Any idea may become the cause of anxiety, but usually the anxiety of a person in need of Phosphorus stems from health concerns. Homeopaths call Phosphorus a “big” remedy or Polycrest, as it can help with an enormous number of symptoms.
These include mental symptoms, such as anxious when alone, anxiety about health, fear of disease, the dark, thunderstorms, death and that something bad could happen. Physical symptoms include peptic ulcers and gastritis, recurring respiratory infections and left-sided pneumonia, heart palpitations when laying on the left side – and a number of musculoskeletal symptoms. I experienced many of these symptoms including the anxieties, the tearing pain in the knees, and the paralytic weakness in the legs with arthritic rigidity in the knee.
Phosphorus is also a wonderful remedy for children and often does wonders with children of a weak Constitution with recurring respiratory infections.
It often helps children with many or serious nosebleeds, easy bruising and growing pains.
A PERSONAL LETTER TO JIMMY WALES, FOUNDER OF WIKIPEDIA:
In April, 2014, I had the happenstance of running into you on the streets of Vancouver. I was there to lecture to a group of medical professionals, while you were attending the TED talks. I expressed my appreciation to you for creating Wikipedia. I also then expressed concern to you about the “unencyclopedic” tone and information in Wikipedia’s article on Homeopathy. You then encouraged me to express my concerns in writing, and this is that response.
It may surprise and even shock most people to learn that, according to The Washington Post, the two most controversial subjects on Wikipedia in four leading languages (English, French, German and Spanish) are the articles on “Jesus Christ” and “Homeopathy.”
Because I know that we all want Wikipedia to be the best modern resource of reliable information, my intent in writing is to show you where Wikipedia is falling below your high standards, and in fact, Wikipedia’s article on Homeopathy is providing strongly biased, inaccurate information. This strong bias is a symptom of a deeper problem at Wikipedia in select articles on topics that challenge dominant medical and scientific worldviews. After reading the below body of scientific evidence on the subject of Homeopathic medicine, I hope that we can engage in a dialogue that will help reduce the amount of misinformation that pervades certain subjects, such as Homeopathy.
Evidence of the strong bias against Homeopathy and against an objective encyclopedic tone is evident throughout the article. I will first focus on the second sentence of the first paragraph of the article and the six references which purport to substantiate these claims:
Homeopathy (also spelled Homoeopathy; from the Greek homoios which means “like-” and pathos which means “suffering”) is a system of alternative medicine created in 1796 by Samuel Hahnemann based on his doctrine of like cures like, whereby a substance that causes the symptoms of a disease in healthy people will cure similar symptoms in sick people. Homeopathy is considered a pseudoscience. Homeopathy is not effective for any condition, and no remedy has been proven to be more effective than placebo.
References from Wikipedia’s article on “Homeopathy”:
1. Hahnemann, Samuel (1833). The Homeopathic Medical Doctrine, or “Organon of the Healing Art”. Dublin: W.F. Wakeman. pp. iii , 48-49 . “Observation, reflection, and experience have unfolded to me that the best and true method of cure is founded on the principle, similia similibus curentur. To cure in a mild, prompt, safe, and durable manner, it is necessary to choose in each case a medicine that will excite an affection similar to that against which it is employed.” Translator: Charles H. Devrient, Esq.
2. Tuomela R (1987). “Chapter 4: Science, Protoscience, and Pseudoscience”. In Pitt JC, Marcello P. Rational Changes in Science: Essays on Scientific Reasoning. Boston Studies in the Philosophy of Science 98 (Springer). pp. 83-101. doi:10.1007/978-94-009-3779-6_4 . ISBN 978-94-010-8181-8.
3. Smith K (2012). “Homeopathy is Unscientific and Unethical”. Bioethics 26 (9): 508-512. doi:10.1111/j.1467-8519.2011.01956.x .
4. Baran GR, Kiana MF, Samuel SP (2014). “Chapter 2: Science, Pseudoscience, and Not Science: How Do They Differ?” . Healthcare and Biomedical Technology in the 21st Century (Springer). pp. 19-57. doi:10.1007/978-1-4614-8541-4_2 . ISBN 978-1-4614-8540-7. “within the traditional medical community it is considered to be quackery”
5. Ernst, E. (2002). “A systematic review of systematic reviews of homeopathy”. British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology 54 (6): 577-82. doi:10.1046/j.1365-2125.2002.01699.x. PMC 1874503. PMID 12492603.
6. Shang A, Huwiler-Muntener K, Nartey L, et al. (2005). “Are the clinical effects of Homeopathy placebo effects? Comparative study of placebo-controlled trials of Homeopathy and allopathy”. Lancet 366 (9487): 726-32. doi:10.1016/S0140-6736(05)67177-2 . PMID 16125589 .
7. Evidence Check 2: Homeopathy – Science and Technology Committee , British House of Commons Science and Technology Committee, 22 February 2010, retrieved 2014-04-05
Is Homeopathy really a “pseudoscience”?
Wikipedia Misinformation Homeopathy
Wikipedia asserts that “Pseudoscience is a claim, belief or practice which is falsely presented as scientific, but does not adhere to a valid scientific method, lacks supporting scientific evidence or plausibility, cannot be reliably tested, or otherwise lacks scientific status.”
The “editors” at Wikipedia have deemed Homeopathy to be a “pseudoscience” even though randomized double-blind and placebo-controlled studies that have been published in many of the best medical journals in the world have shown efficacy of Homeopathic treatment for many common and serious health problems (below is a partial list of such studies):
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease: Frass, M; Dielacher, C; Linkesch, M; et al. “Influence of potassium dichromate on tracheal secretions in critically ill patients.” Chest. March, 2005;127:936-941. The journal, Chest, is the official publication of the American College of Chest Physicians. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov.
Hay fever: Reilly, D; Taylor, M; McSharry, C; et al., “Is Homeopathy a placebo response? Controlled trial of Homeopathic potency, with pollen in hayfever as model.” The Lancet. October 18, 1986, ii: 881-6. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov.
Asthma: Reilly, D; Taylor, M; Beattie, N; et al., “Is evidence for Homeopathy reproducible?” Lancet. December 10, 1994, 344:1601-6. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov.
Fibromyalgia: Bell, IR; Lewis II, DA; Brooks, AJ; et al. “Improved clinical status in fibromyalgia patients treated with individualized Homeopathic remedies versus placebo.” Rheumatology. 2004:1111-5. This journal is the official journal of the British Society of Rheumatology. http://rheumatology.oxfordjournals.org.
Fibromyalgia: Fisher, P; Greenwood, A; Huskisson, EC; et al., “Effect of Homoeopathic Treatment on Fibrositis (Primary Fibromyalgia),” BMJ. 299 (August 5, 1989):365-6.
Childhood diarrhea: Jacobs, J; Jimenez, LM; Gloyd, SS. “Treatment of acute childhood diarrhea with Homeopathic medicine: a randomized clinical trial in Nicaragua.” Pediatrics. May, 1994,93,5:719-25. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov.
ADD/ADHD: Frei, H; Everts, R; von Ammon, K; Kaufmann, F; Walther, D; Hsu-Schmitz, SF; Collenberg, M; Fuhrer, K; Hassink, R; Steinlin, M; Thurneysen, A. “Homeopathic treatment of children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder: a randomized, double blind, placebo controlled crossover trial.” Eur J Pediatr. July 27,2005,164:758-767. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov.
Jimmy, can you name ONE other system of “pseudoscience” that has a similar body of randomized, double-blind and placebo-controlled clinical trials published in high-impact medical journals showing efficacy of treatment?
It is more than a tad ironic that this first paragraph in the Wikipedia article on Homeopathy references only one article that was published in a peer-review medical journal. This one article by Shang, et al. has been thoroughly discredited in an article written by Ludtke and Rutten that was published in a leading “high-impact” journal that specializes in evaluating clinical research. The Shang meta-analysis is highlighted on Wikipedia without reference to any critique of it. The fact that there is no hint of any problems in the Shang review, let alone a reference to the Ludtke and Rutten article that provides evidence of bias, is itself a cause for concern.
The Shang article is also the primary reference used by the widely ridiculed “Evidence Check” reports issued by the Science and Technology Committee of the British House of Commons, which also conveniently omits reference to the severe limitations of this one review of research. Further, the “Evidence Check” was signed off by just three of the 15 members of the original committee, never discussed or endorsed by the whole UK Parliament, and had its recommendations ignored by the UK Department of Health.
It should be made clear that the Shang meta-analysis was co-authored by M. Egger, who is a well-known skeptic of Homeopathy and who wrote to The Lancet that his hypothesis before conducting the review was that Homeopathy was only a placebo effect. Readers were never informed of this bias.
The meta-analysis by Shang evaluated and compared 110 placebo-controlled trials testing Homeopathic medicines with 110 testing conventional drugs, finding 21 Homeopathy trials (19%) but only nine (8%) conventional-medicine trials that were of “higher quality.” Ludtke and Rutten found that a positive outcome for Homeopathy would have resulted if Shang had simply compared these high-quality trials against each other. However, with some clever statistical footwork, Shang chose to limit the high-quality trials to only eight Homeopathic and six conventional medical trials, a result that led to a “negative” outcome for Homeopathy. Ludtke and Rutten determined this review as biased for its “arbitrarily defined one subset of eight trials” and they deemed the entire review as “falsely negative.”
By reducing the number of studies, Shang created convoluted logic that enabled his team to avoid evaluation of ANY of the above high-quality studies that were all published in respected medical journals. Further, seven of eight Homeopathic studies only tested one Homeopathic medicine for everyone with the similar disease even though one of the primary tenets of homeopathy requires individualization of treatment. Many other extremely scathing critiques of the Shang research were published in The Lancet shortly after publication, including the exclusion of one high-quality homeopathic study due to the questionable assertion that the researchers could not find a study in all of conventional medical research that treated patients with poly arthritis (arthritis that involves five or more joints).
Skeptics typically assert that the above high-quality studies published in high-impact medical journals are simply “cherry-picking” the positive studies, and then, they begin cherry-picking studies that had negative results. However, skeptics of Homeopathy fail to differentiate good, sound scientific investigations that are respectful of the Homeopathic method and those that are not. Just because a study was conducted with a randomized double-blind and placebo-controlled method does NOT mean that the study gave the appropriate homeopathic medicine for each patient or even each group of patients. This ignorance is akin to someone saying that antibiotics are ineffective for “infections” without differentiating between bacterial infections, viral infections and fungal infections. Ironically, skeptics of Homeopathy consistently show a very sloppy attitude about scientific investigations.
What the most comprehensive review of Homeopathic research found…
Skeptics commonly assert that various meta-analyses verify that Homeopathy doesn’t work and that Homeopathic medicines are equivalent to the effects of a placebo. These skeptics typically chose to ignore various meta-analyses that were published in highly respected medical journals and that show positive benefits from Homeopathic medicines. Skeptics also ignore the largest and most comprehensive review of research ever conducted… one that was funded by the government of Switzerland.
It is useful to know that the Shang/Egger meta-analysis was funded by the same Swiss government’s Complementary Medicine Evaluation Program that also funded a much more detailed and comprehensive review of clinical research, preclinical research (fundamental physio-chemical research, botanical studies, animal studies and in vitro studies with human cells), epidemiological evidence and cost-effectiveness studies.
This more comprehensive Swiss government-funded report found a particularly strong body of evidence to support the Homeopathic treatment of upper respiratory tract infections and respiratory allergies. The report cited 29 studies in “Upper Respiratory Tract Infections/Allergic Reactions,” with 24 studies having a positive result in favor of Homeopathy. Six out of seven controlled studies that compared Homeopathic treatment with conventional medical treatment showed Homeopathy to be more effective than conventional medical interventions. When the researchers evaluated only the randomized placebo-controlled trials, 12 out of 16 studies showed a positive result in favor of Homeopathy.
Ironically, the Shang/Egger meta-analysis acknowledged that there have been at least eight clinical trials of patients with acute infections of the upper respiratory tract and that there is “robust evidence that the treatment under investigation works.” And yet, Shang/Egger assert that this limited number of trials is inadequate for evaluating Homeopathy, while at the same time they assert that eight other trials provided unquestionable evidence for damning homeopathy (it should be noted that Shang/Egger somehow determined that some of the studies on respiratory infection and allergy were not “high quality,” even though numerous other meta-analyses have unanimously defined three trials by David Reilly as high quality (two were published in the British Medical Journal and one was published in The Lancet).
In actual fact, although some meta-analyses have had a “negative” result, there have also been a significant number of meta-analyses that have had positive results, including this partial list:
Linde L, Clausius N, Ramirez G, Jonas W. “Are the clinical effects of Homeopathy placebo effects? A meta-analysis of placebo-controlled trials.” The Lancet. September 20, 1997. 350:834-843. Although a later review by some of these authors found a reduced significance, the authors never asserted that the significance was no longer present. Further, two of the lead authors of this article provided a very sharp critique of the Shang, et al. review of research (2005). Also, both Linde and Jonas wrote to The Lancet after the Shang/Egger article was published and asserted that The Lancet should be “embarrassed” by their publication of this article and the accompanied editorial (The Lancet, 366 December 17, 2005:2081-2). http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov.
Kleijnen J, Knipschild P, ter Riet G. “Clinical trials of Homeopathy.” BMJ. 1991, 302, 316-23. Of the 22 best studies, 15 showed positive results from homeopathic treatment. The researchers concluded, “there is a legitimate case for further evaluation of Homeopathy.” http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov.
Jacobs J, Jonas WB, Jimenez-Perez M, Crothers D. “Homeopathy for childhood diarrhea: combined results and meta analysis from three randomized, controlled clinical trials.” Pediatr Infect Dis J. 2003;22:229-34. This meta analysis of 242 children showed a highly significant result in the duration of childhood diarrhea (P=0.008). http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov.
Kassab S, Cummings M, Berkovitz S, van Haselen R, Fisher P. “Homeopathic medicines for adverse effects of cancer treatments.” Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews. 2009, Issue 2. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov.
Taylor MA, Reilly D, Llewellyn-Jones RH, et al. “Randomized controlled trial of Homeopathy versus placebo in perennial allergic rhinitis with overview of four trial series.” BMJ, August 19, 2000, 321:471-476. The BMJ published an editorial in the issue in which this study was published asserting, “It may be time to confront the conclusion that Homeopathy and placebo differ…… This may be more plausible than the conclusion that their trials have produced serial false positive results” (This week in the BMJ. Homeopathic dilutions may be better than placebo. BMJ 2000;321:0). http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov.
Jonas WB, Linde K, Ramirez G. “Homeopathy and rheumatic disease.” Rheumatic Disease Clinics of North America. February 2000,1:117-123. http://www.researchgate.net.
Is Homeopathy really “implausible”?
The third paragraph in the Wikipedia article, as it appeared July 15, 2014, (since revised) continued to show both strong bias against Homeopathy and inaccurate information.
Homeopathy lacks biological plausibility and the axioms of Homeopathy have been refuted for some time. The postulated mechanisms of action of Homeopathic remedies are both scientifically implausible and not physically possible. Although some clinical trials produce positive results, systematic reviews reveal that this is because of chance, flawed research methods, and reporting bias. Overall there is no evidence of efficacy. Continued Homeopathic practice, despite the evidence that it does not work, has been criticized as unethical because it increases the suffering of patients by discouraging the use of real medicine, with the World Health Organization warning against using Homeopathy to try to treat severe diseases such as HIV and malaria. The continued practice, despite a lack of evidence of efficacy, has led to Homeopathy being characterized within the scientific and medical communities as nonsense, quackery, or a sham.
Ironically, the article makes reference to articles written by known antagonists to Homeopathy (such as E. Ernst and K. Atwood) that have not even been published in peer-review scientific or medical journals. Reference #11 by Ernst was published in The Skeptical Inquirer, a magazine that is not listed in Index Medicus or any other respected scientific indexing service, and reference #12 by Atwood wasn’t even published in a magazine but at a website. If and when any person tried to edit the article on Homeopathy in any way in which Homeopathy is presented in a positive light and makes reference to a “magazine” or a “website,” that person would be laughed off of Wikipedia, yet the editors of the Homeopathy article allow and even encourage the use of inappropriate skeptical references (according to Wikipedia‘s usual standards).
In the same way that Wikipedia‘s editors have inappropriately deemed Homeopathy to be “pseudo scientific,” they have also deemed that homeopathy lacks “plausibility.” The definition of plausibility is: “having an appearance of truth or reason; seemingly worthy of approval or acceptance; credible; believable.”
The journal Langmuir is the journal of the American Chemical Society, and in 2012, they published an important article that provided a plausible explanation for the actions of Homeopathic medicines. First, they verified using three different types of spectroscopy that nano particles of six original medicinal agents persisted in solutions even after they were diluted 1:100 six times, 30 times and even 200 times.
Avogadro’s number predicts that none of the original medicinal agents would have ANY persisting molecules of the original medicinal substance after 12 dilutions of 1:100. However, the scientists describe reasonable and even predictable factors that lead to the persistence of nano particles after their multiple dilutions. The scientists note that the use of double-distilled water in glass vials leads to varying amounts of silica fragments that fall into the water, as much as 6 ppm. The vigorous shaking of the glass vial creates bubbles and “nano bubbles” that bring oxygen into the water and increase the water pressure substantially (William Tiller, PhD, the former head of Stanford’s Department of Material Science, estimated this pressure to be 10,000 atmospheres).
Ultimately, this increased water pressure forces whatever medicinal substance that is in the double-distilled water into the silica, and every substance will interact with the silica in its own idiosyncratic way. Then, when 90% of the water is dumped out, the silica fragments predictably cling to the glass walls.
When skeptics of Homeopathy reference Avogadro’s number as “evidence” that Homeopathic medicines beyond 24X or 12C (dilution of 1:1024) have “no remaining molecules left,” they are simply verifying their own ignorance of Avogadro’s number, because this widely recognized principle in chemistry does NOT account for the complexities of the silica fragments, the bubbles or nano bubbles, nor the increased water pressure. In fact, any serious scientist or educated individual who asserts that a Homeopathic medicine is “beyond Avogadro’s number” has no ground on which they stand. And yet, Avogadro’s number is prominently a part of Wikipedia‘s article on Homeopathy.
Despite the obfuscation throughout Wikipedia‘s article on Homeopathy, in actual fact, the Homeopathic pharmaceutical procedure called “potentization” is a clever, perhaps brilliant, method of creating nano particles of whatever substance is originally placed in the glass vial. Even more compelling is the significant and growing body of evidence that nano doses of medicinal agents have several benefits over crude doses of the same substance, including enhanced bio availability, absorptive capacity, intracellular accessibility, increased ability to cross cell membranes and even the blood-brain barrier, and of course, a substantially better safety profile.
The creation of nano doses actually increases various characteristics of a substance’s properties. Once a substance has an extremely small size but has larger surface-area-to-volume ratio, the nano dose properties create increased chemical and biological reactivity, electromagnetic, optical, thermal and quantum effects. Further, the idiosyncratic properties of nano medicines reduce the required doses by orders of magnitude and predictably reduce toxicity.
In light of the above, it is stunning and shocking that Wikipedia’s article on “Nano medicine” has no mention of Homeopathy, which rightly is deemed to be the original nano medicine and nano pharmacology. At a time in the history of medicine and science in which the field of nano medicine is becoming increasingly accepted and respected, Wikipedia seems stuck in the 20th century, or perhaps the 18th century. It is not surprising that there is an international and inter-disciplinary journal that focuses on the power of extremely small doses in various biological systems, not just medicine.
Given the above, it is no longer accurate to consider Homeopathic doses to be “implausible.” Wikipedia’s article on Homeopathy asserts otherwise, deeming Homeopathy to be “biologically implausible” (citing a non-peer-review magazine, called The Skeptical Inquirer, that is not listed in any scientific indexing service), “a sham” (citing a website!), and running “counter to the laws of chemistry and physics” (what is interesting here is that the article cites an article in the journal Homeopathy, and yet, whenever a positive statement, clinical trial or basic sciences trial is published in this same journal, the Wikipedia editors claim that this journal is not worthy of a citation).
Further, just one of the theories of how Homeopathic medicines work has been described as the “memory of water.” The Wikipedia article refers to this concept as “erroneous” without any acknowledgement that it is inaccurate to assert such a black-and-white statement. It is more accurate to say that this theory is “controversial,” because there is, in fact, evidence of a “memory in water,” as both verified by the above research on nanoparticles remaining in Homeopathically potentized water and as evidenced by research conducted by the French virologist Luc Montagnier, who discovered the AIDS virus and won the Nobel Prize for doing so. Dr. Montagnier not only has published research that provides evidence of this “memory of water” but was interviewed in the prestigious journal Science, and on July 5, 2014, the French government’s public television station showed an hour-long documentary entitled We Found the Memory in Water (On a retrouve la memoire de l’eau).
What is shocking about Wikipedia‘s article of Homeopathy is that there is NO reference to this Nobel Prize winner or to his interview in one of the most respected scientific journals in the world today or any reference to the French government’s documentary on this very subject. Obviously, the people who are editing the Homeopathy article have a profound bias.
Numerous people have sought to improve Wikipedia‘s article on Homeopathy, but they have been blocked or prohibited from editing the article. In my case, I was blocked from editing any article to do with Homeopathy because I was deemed to have a “conflict of interest” due to the fact that I am a Homeopath. Ironically, no medical doctor is prohibited from editing on any medical subject just because she or he is a medical doctor! Further, the bias against Homeopathy and against any positive evidence for Homeopathy is so strong that the vast majority of the articles from the high-impact medical and scientific journals are not referenced or described in the Wikipedia article on Homeopathy, while there are numerous low-level references to websites and to non-peer-review magazines that populate Wikipedia‘s article.
I could easily show over a hundred other sentences in Wikipedia‘s article that are either errors of fact or that are evidence of bias or spin against Homeopathy, but I think that I have adequately and accurately provided you with solid testimony proving serious problems with Wikipedia‘s article on Homeopathy.
I await your reply to this letter which you have requested, and I look forward to collaborating with you in improving the article on Homeopathy at Wikipedia as well as in establishing guidelines so that strong bias is minimized throughout your usually excellent website.
Brian Josephson, Ph.D., won a Nobel Prize in 1973 when he was only 23 years old and is presently professor emeritus at Cambridge University. Josephson contends that many scientists today suffer from “pathological disbelief” — that is, an unscientific attitude that is typified by the statement “even if it were true I wouldn’t believe it” (Josephson, 1997).
Josephson asserts that skeptics of homeopathy suffer from a chronic ignorance of this subject, and he maintains that their criticisms of Homeopathy are easily refuted: “The idea that water can have a memory can be readily refuted by any one of a number of easily understood, invalid arguments.”
Dr. Luc Montagnier won a Nobel Prize in 2008 for discovering the AIDS virus, and in an interview in Science (Dec. 24, 2010), he similarly expressed real concern about the unscientific atmosphere that presently exists around certain unconventional subjects such as homeopathy: “I am told that some people have reproduced Benveniste’s results [showing effects from Homeopathic doses], but they are afraid to publish it because of the intellectual terror from people who don’t understand it.”
Montagnier concluded this interview when asked if he is concerned that he is drifting into pseudoscience. He responded adamantly: “No, because it’s not pseudoscience. It’s not quackery. These are real phenomena which deserve further study.”
Ultimately, at Wikipedia there is a certain substantial body of editors who embody “pathological skepticism” and who do not allow good evidence from high-quality studies and meta-analyses published in high-impact journals to be included into the body of evidence for Homeopathy just because they provide a positive spin to the subject. On the other hand, these same editors allow references to non-peer-review sources, such as popular magazine and websites, when the information in these questionably valid sources is offensive to Homeopathy. Today, Wikipedia’s article on Homeopathy is a classic example of a biased, off-balance and non-encyclopedic review of the subject.
Jimmy, I assume that you want your website to be the most reliable resource possible, but it can not and will never become one unless you, as the founder of Wikipedia, provide some guidance and guidelines so that information for OR against a subject is fair and accurate. In 2009, at a TED talk, you claimed that Wikipedia‘s most important virtue is its objective reporting of information; you asserted, “the biggest and the most important thing [about Wikipedia] is our neutral point-of-view policy.”
Larry Sanger, a co-founder of Wikipedia, quit the organization several years ago due to serious concerns about its integrity. He maintained:
“In some fields and some topics, there are groups who ‘squat’ on articles and insist on making them reflect their own specific biases. There is no credible mechanism to approve versions of articles. … The people with the most influence in the community are the ones who have the most time on their hands–not necessarily the most knowledgeable–and who manipulate Wikipedia‘s eminently gameable system.”
Ultimately, there are indeed subjects at Wikipedia that will probably remain highly controversial no matter what is or isn’t said, and it makes sense to inform readers about this issue. However, at present, the article on homeopathy strongly suggests that there is no or inconsequential evidence that Homeopathic medicines have biological activity and/or clinical efficacy, and this letter clearly dispels that myth. Objective reviews of both basic science research and clinical studies suggest that there are simply too many high-quality laboratory and clinical trials that show positive results.
One solution to dealing with Wikipedia’s article is to have two separate sections in the article that present the “skeptics’ point of view” and the “Homeopaths’ point of view.” Although one could have hoped that the article would have evolved into this multi-view perspective, there are simply too many anti-Homeopathy fundamentalists who have squatted on this article and have made it literally impossible to have any positive or even any slightly positive assertions about Homeopathy.
Because this letter proves that skeptics are incapable of presenting information on Homeopathy with even a modicum of objectivity, perhaps the best solution is to enable both viewpoints to be able to express themselves. Some people claim that debate is the best way to understand complex subjects, and therefore, allowing and even encouraging a multi-perspective viewpoint in articles at Wikipedia may be an important and worthwhile change in your website’s policies.
I can provide other specific suggestions for helping Wikipedia create a truly neutral point of view if and when you are open to constructive dialogue.
You have now been given strong evidence that Wikipedia is NOT maintaining a “neutral point-of-view” on the subject of Homeopathy. My question is to you now is: What do you suggest should be done to rectify this problem?
This letter was also signed by:
Michael Frass, MD, Professor of Medicine, Medical University of Vienna (Austria)
Paolo Bellavite, MD, Professor, Universita of Verona (Italy), Department of Pathology and Diagnostics
Paolo Roberti di Sarsina, MD, Observatory and Methods for Health, University of Milano-Bicocca, Italy; Charity for Person Centered Medicine-Moral Entity, Bologna, Italy; Expert for Non-Conventional Medicine (2006-2013), High Council for Health, Ministry of Health, Italy
Dr Clare Relton, Senior Research Fellow (Public Health), School of Health & Related Research, University of Sheffield (UK)
Stephan Baumgartner, PhD, Institute of Complementary Medicine, University of Bern, Switzerland; Institute of Integrative Medicine, University of Witten-Herdecke, Germany
Lex Rutten MD, Homeopathic physician, independent researcher.
Shang A, Huwiler-Muntener K, Nartey L, et al. (2005). “Are the clinical effects of Homoeopathy placebo effects? Comparative study of placebo-controlled trials of Homoeopathy and allopathy.” The Lancet 366 (9487): 726-32. doi:10.1016/S0140-6736(05)67177-2 . PMID 16125589. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov
Ludtke R, Rutten ALB. “The conclusions on the effectiveness of homeopathy highly depend on the set of analyzed trials.” Journal of Clinical Epidemiology. October 2008. doi: 10.1016/j.jclinepi.2008.06/015. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov
Zoe Mullan, senior editor at The Lancet, acknowledged in the publication’s press release for this article, “Professor Egger stated at the onset that he expected to find that Homeopathy had no effect other than that of placebo. His ‘conflict’ was therefore transparent. We saw this as sufficient” EHM News Bureau, 2005). The editors chose not to inform readers of this bias.
Bornhoft G, Wolf U, von Ammon K, Righetti M, Maxion-Bergemann S, Baumgartner S, Thurneysen AE, Matthiessen PF. “Effectiveness, safety and cost-effectiveness of Homeopathy in general practice – summarized health technology assessment.” Forschende Komplementarmedizin. (2006);13 Suppl 2:19-29. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov
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Dana Ullman, MPH, CCH, is America’s leading spokesperson for Homeopathy and is the founder of Homeopathic Educational Services (http://www.homeopathic.com). He is the author of 10 books, including his bestseller, Everybody’s Guide to Homeopathic Medicines. His most recent book is The Homeopathic Revolution: Why Famous People and Cultural Heroes Choose Homeopathy (the Foreword to this book was written by Dr. Peter Fisher, the Physician to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II).
Any chronic mental, emotional, or physical problem that results from severe trauma can be likened to a stubborn energetic vortex that refuses to release the suffering individual from its pull. Traumatic events, like the ones that trigger most cases of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), can easily throw the bioenergetic life force into disarray. Homeopathic treatment is designed to restore balance by prescribing an energy of similar quality and intensity to match the energetic imprint of the illness of the suffering individual.
When homeopathy is applied to PTSD, it can serve to relinquish the condition’s energetic hold on its victim. Since it is the energetic “shock” of a trauma that sets up the subsequent pattern of dysfunction in PTSD, a chemical solution represented by conventional pharmaceutical therapy will commonly yield unsatisfactory results. Drug therapy only serves as a temporary straightjacket to “control” the symptoms precisely because it does not address the underlying energetic nature of the condition. Likewise, while talk therapy may help patients to psychologically manage the effects of PTSD, it is usually not capable of releasing the person from its recurring tendency. An energetically-induced illness like PTSD requires an energy-based therapy in order to achieve true therapeutic success.
Homeopathic medicine has been around for over 200 years and is practiced the world over by a variety of health care professionals. Homeopathy operates by the principle of similars, not unlike that old classic cartoon plot where the main character is hit on the head and loses his or her memory, only to have it return when accidentally hit on the head again. In my home, we routinely use the homeopathic medicine Apis mellifica, made from the honeybee, whenever a wasp or bee stings someone. Likewise, any effective psychotherapeutic process utilizes the same principle of similarity, which hinges upon the client’s willingness and capacity to go back and face the source of his or her suffering. Homeopathic practitioners take the same fundamental approach when treating any physical, mental, or emotional health problem.
The nice thing about homeopathy is that it takes as its basic assumption that body, mind, and emotions cannot be separated and must be treated as a whole. For example, homeopathic Aconite is derived from the poisonous monkshood plant, which when accidentally ingested can induce heart palpitations and a very sudden and intense state of anxiety. As such, it has been successfully employed in its diluted homeopathic form for almost two centuries to treat states of panic and fright that are accompanied by palpitations. Aconite can bridge the gap between mind and body, providing relief for both anxiety and palpitations. I have successfully prescribed Aconite many times in my own practice to treat the chronic consequences resulting from frightening experiences.
One given case of PTSD does not by any means reflect all other cases of PTSD. Therefore, an understanding of the unique nature of each individual case is of paramount importance in successful homeopathic prescribing. Good homeopathic care requires detailed history- and case-taking such that a clear picture of the symptom pattern and core issues of each individual client may be ascertained. All homeopathic medicines used in the United States have been FDA-approved and regulated for many years. I have used homeopathic medicines with good success over the years to treat many cases of PTSD and a variety of ailments resulting from traumatic brain injuries (TBI). The following is the case of Jack, who had survived a war but continued to carry within him deep scars that had been inflicted upon his psyche and soul.
By the time Jack contacted me for help, he had spent 14 years in the VA system receiving treatment for his PTSD, including six years of inpatient psychiatric care. As a combat veteran of Vietnam, he had witnessed and participated in tremendous violence, and had sustained mortar wounds to a shoulder and a knee. Having watched 13 men from his therapy group die over the past couple years, he presented to me complaining about the drug treatment prescribed to him and was determined to find another way. His regimen at that time included Trazadone for depression, Xanax and Restoril for sleep and anxiety, and Oxycodone and a Fentanyl patch for pain.
As he sat in my office, looking lethargic and over-sedated, he struggled to explain that after returning from the war he “wasn’t the same person,” and had become “a wild man” with “no values and no rules.” He had tried to run people over with his car, had stabbed a man during a “flashback,” and had held a knife to his wife’s head during another. At the time he consulted me he was still prone to suicidal thoughts, frequent flashbacks of rage, alcohol abuse, violent knee pains, and relentless nightmares from which he would wake “shaking and scared to death.” His daughter was in the custody of his mother and he was currently living in a hotel where he sat up many sleepless nights rocking in pain holding his knees. Jack believed that most of his trouble had come directly from the trauma of war and that some of it could be attributed to a head injury he had sustained about ten years prior.
After much deliberation, homeopathic treatment was begun with instructions for him to check in by phone or visits to my office on a weekly basis. As he began to show signs of improvement, he very slowly reduced some of the heavy doses of medications that he’d been on. His first observation was that he knew he was feeling better because he felt less suicidal and had begun to help his daughter with her homework. After five weeks the nightmares and knee pains hadn’t changed much but he was no longer suicidal, was helping his mother with some chores, and had decreased the dosage of his Fentanyl patch. At the two-month mark he had completely weaned himself from Fentanyl and the nightmares had subsided dramatically. He had less knee pain, stated that his “paranoia” was “pretty much gone” and, amazingly, he had begun to put in a few hours of work at his mother’s antique store. All the while, he continued his support services at the VA, which included daily AA meetings.
After three months, Jack was down to three of the original five drugs, was no longer having flashbacks, and stated, “My mind is starting to come back to me.” He declared himself “definitely motivated” and ready to enter a program at the VA in order to detox from his pharmaceutical dependency. After successfully completing the program, he began to sleep in four-to-eight-hour chunks at night. Over the ensuing months he continued to have small bouts of various symptoms, but they would always settle down relatively quickly, and his overall status steadily improved. He even began to cut down on his cigarette smoking. Seven months after beginning homeopathic treatment he enrolled in night classes to learn about computers. He was also beginning to identify long-buried emotions. “I’m trying to feel guilt. Before I didn’t know what reality was like. I was always on drugs.” He expressed having difficulty with the third AA step because it was hard to accept God given all the horrible things that he had experienced.
One full year from when I had first met Jack he moved into a new two-bedroom apartment where his daughter stayed with him on weekends. The changes were remarkable. He was no longer suicidal, was not having flashbacks, had minimal knee pain, had been off all medications for months, attended regular AA meetings, and was able to get an acceptable amount of sleep. Noting that he had begun proceedings to regain legal custody of his daughter he remarked, “I leave that up to my higher power.” I felt deeply privileged to be witness to this man’s courageous journey to reclaim his soul and gather together the shattered fragments of his life.
While several different homeopathic medicines had been prescribed for Jack at different points in his treatment, Belladonna had been particularly helpful in his case. It was indicated, among other reasons, because it matched the attacks of rage and the intense throbbing, pulsating pains he felt in his knees. It is important to emphasize that each case is unique, and chronic problems like PTSD are best handled by a qualified homeopathic practitioner.
When combined with proper medical management, emotional support, and spiritual counseling, a well-chosen homeopathic medicine that resonates with the energetic imprint of an individual’s symptom pattern can relieve a great deal of the suffering associated with PTSD.
– Larry Malerba, DO. The Bioenergetic Basis of Illness (part I) (part II). www.docmalerba.com
– Edward Tick. War and the Soul: Healing Our Nation’s Veterans from Post-Traumatic Stress
Disorder. Quest Books, 2005
– Website: Healing Combat Trauma
– Nan Levinson. Mad, Bad, Sad: What’s Really Happened to America’s Soldiers
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Larry Malerba, DO, DHt is a physician, educator, and author whose mission is to build bridges between conventional medicine, holistic healing, and spirituality. For more than 25 years he has been a trailblazer of new paradigm medical thinking. He is the author of Green Medicine: Challenging the Assumptions of Conventional Health Care. He writes for Huffington Post, Natural News, and the American Holistic Medical Association.