Comment on “When Homeopathy Fails……”

LizW wrote the following comment on my post “When Homeopathy Fails…..”dated May 12, 2009.

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“I know a family where the father is a doctor in homeopathy and has been one for many years. They recently had their first child, a boy. He was born at home with the father assisting in the childbirth. For the first few weeks all was fine until the child developed a mild cold and simply did not get better. No amount of homeopathic remedies helped. The child developed an infection that raged on with no relief from homeopathy. The child’s breathing was very compromised, he wheezed and the skin sunk in between his ribs. Finally when the child passed out from lack of Oxygen did they take the child to the hospital where he was intubated and it was discovered the child had Cystic fibrosis. After a month in the hospital the child went home and the parents were instructed to go to a CF clinic so the child could begin the therapy that he would need for the rest of his life. But the Father refused and when the authorities intervened the father the parents took the baby out of the country (Canada) so they could freely treat him solely with homeopathy. Sadly the child developed another pulmonary infection and again almost died despite continued homeopathic treatment. At the hospital in Vancouver they discovered the child’s history and child protection services were called. Currently the child is much better undergoing court ordered mainstream science based Therapies for Cystic fibrosis. The father is still fruitlessly using homeopathy but not exclusively. Sadly the child’s lungs have lost some permanent function so it is unlikely he will live very long as othe children born with CF.

If the proof is in the eating… Spare me. I’ve seen this first hand. It’s quackery.”

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Rather than just reply to LizW personally, I thought I would write a post on this.

LizW has stated things as s(he) saw it, and made some conclusions.  I reply as follow –

Dear LizW:

Thank you for your comment and for taking the time to write.

I am really sorry to hear about this child’s condition.  I assume that you have stated everything about the case as accurately as you can, and give my reply based on that assumption.

First of all, as a parent myself, I try to do what is best for my children regardless of my beliefs about any particular system of treatment. The father in this case seems to have been very dogmatic.

  • As I mentioned in my post, a lot of factors play a part in determining whether a patient gets well or not. There are some cases that do not respond to Homeopathy and as a homeopath, I try to learn from them.
  • If I had been in the father’s place, I would have asked another homeopath to look at my child’s case as it would have been very difficult for me to remain objective about my own child’s case.  If it appeared that Homeopathy could not help my child, I woud have not have hesitated to use other medical systems to help my child.
  • Dogmatism in any healthcare practitioner (of any system of medicine) is not good for his patients/clients. It is common sense that if something is not working for you, you try something else.
  • I do not know how much you know about Homeopathy or whether you are able to assess the father’s ability to treat his own child. Not every homeopath is equally competent. If another homeopath had looked into this case, he may have been able to help this child.
  • About your conclusion – from just one case you have seen, you have concluded Homeopathy is quackery. Is that “scientific” reasoning?
  • Is it “scientific”  to blame a system when you do not even know if the father followed Homeopathic principles properly, whether he was able to treat his child objectively, etc?
  • If so-called “science-based” or “evidence-based” medicine is the only way to go for everyone everywhere, why are there so many failures in conventional medical treatment, why are there so many side-effects (some even irreversible)? Why don’t you call that system quackery?  You probably don’t (and I don’t either) because conventional medicine has helped many (even if not all) people.
  • I am not against conventional medicine, but I am against the notion that that system is the only treatment option for every health problem.
  • I heard of patients who were put on new anti-diabetic drugs and suffered a stroke, and the drug was recalled. If this had happened to someone you know, you would not be supporting conventional medicine quite so much, would you?
  • That does not mean that conventional medicine as a whole is useless or unscientific, does it?  Likewise, if Homeopathy did fail in one case (yes, the case you wrote about is very sad), we need to look at what happened, why Homeopathy failed and learn from it rather than conclude that Homeopathy (the system that has helped hundreds of thousands of people, particularly in India) is quackery.

Once again, thank you for your comment.

My prayers are with the child you mentioned, and the family.

Vimala

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Homeopathy can help you quit smoking

Ok, this weeks’ post is not just for women, but I know it can help if you are a smoker or know someone who smokes. 

You want to quit smoking, tried many things but could not rid yourself of this addiction permanently. Well, you’ve come to the right place. Homeopathic remedies can help you.

Besides helping you quit smoking, Homeopathic remedies can also help reduce withdrawal symptoms like cravings, tension, irritability and moodiness that can result when you stop smoking. Homeopathic remedies also work on the psychological level thus removing the psychological craving/temptation to resume smoking.

Homeopathic remedies are non-addictive, do not product side-effects or complications, do no harm, produce no unwanted reactions when used as directed.

Homeopathic Remedies that can help you Quit Smoking :-

Lobelia Inflata Q (Mother Tincture) or 6c: Useful if you are addicted to tobacco, but can’t stand its smell. 5 -10 drops in 1/4 cup of water each time.

Caladium 30c:  You have great desire to smoke; your breathing becomes obstructed as in asthma.

Tabacum 30c:  To reduce the craving when you stopped smoking.

Plantago Major 30c: Especially useful for tobacco chewers. Helps produce disgust for tobacco. 

Nux Vomica 30c: You’ve stopped smoking but your appetite has increased greatly or you are experiencing nausea or insomnia. Helps overcome stress symptoms related to quitting smoking.

From the above list, select the remedy that most closely matches your symptoms. Take the remedies as directed below. See my earlier posts on How to Use Homeopathic Remedies At Home Parts 1 & 2 for detailed instructions.

My father who is a homeopath with over 30 years experience recommends the following  combination of homeopathic remedies to quit smoking – Caladium 30c + Asarum Europium 30c + Tabacum 30c + Daphne Indica 30c + Ignatia 30c.

You can buy these remedies individually and make up your own combination or ask your homeopathic pharmacist to make up the combination for you.

Take up to 4 to 6 times daily for 2 weeks. Then, reduce to 4 times daily for another 2 weeks.  Continue if you still feel the need for it, up to another month.  If you do not see improvement, please consult with a qualified homeopathic practitioner.

If you are pregnant or breastfeeding or want to give these remedies to small children, please use the remedies only under guidance from a qualified homeopathic practitioner.

Remember, quitting smoking may be the single most important thing you do to improve your health.  To your tobacco-free life……

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Is Your Health Their “Real” Agenda?

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With hundreds of thousands of pharmaceutical drugs, we are no closer to becoming a healthy world. Chemical drugs make the pharmaceutical companies (and everyone else connected with them) richer. While they laugh their way to the bank with our money, we end up at their mercy when we give in to the fear/paranoia that we cannot live without such chemical drugs.

While I do not suggest that every chemical drug is bad or useless, even the ones that are ‘necessary’ bring with them complications, many side-effects and so on.

I have seen patients who have been on long-term use of chemical drugs suffer terrible, itchy skin eruptions with smelly oozing so bad that they stopped going out of their houses unless totally necessary, and stopped mixing with others. 

As their doctors told them they cannot stop the chemical drugs, the patients seem to have no choice.

We always have a choice.

Question is – do we want to make the choice, take the bold step forward and give complementary/alternative medicine such as Homeopathy a chance to really help us?

It’s your call………..

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Become the expert on your own health

Fact:
            We have a ‘sick’ care system, not a health care system.
            We get sick first and then we get “treatment”. America spends 2+ trillion dollars a year on “sick care”, but less than 2% of that on preventing illnesses, including America’s #1 health problem–STRESS    (World Health Organization)
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            THIS IS OUTRAGEOUS…
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            And according to a landmark study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, doctors and hospitals are the third leading cause of death in America.
            Not good news. It may be safer joining a motorcycle gang whose members drive blindfolded than it is to get sick in America. So don’t be casual about your health.
           

Tip:
            Don’t be passive assuming that your doctor will take care of things. Learning how to be healthy and live well is one of the best investments you can make.
            Read, learn, experiment…work to understand what it takes to get and stay healthy. Reduce your stress hormones. There are many sources of reliable health and quality of life information.  
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            BE DISCRIMINATING…CHOOSE WISELY
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           Be careful when you review health information. Make sure it’s reliable and valid–before you invest your time and money buying things or following a program.

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Note from Vimala –

Above is an extract from Dr Jim Manganiello Stress Facts & Tips, on www.StressRadio.com. I really like the fact that Dr Manganiello puts the responsibility for our health right where it belongs – with each of us.

Each of us is the best expert on our own bodies and emotions. We need to get educated on what works for us, what doesn’t, what is safe, what is not.

Start right now to manage your stress, and reap great health benefits in the process.

Get my F.r.e.e.  ebook by signing up on the right, and learn how you can reduce (even eliminate) stress with Bach Flower Remedies.

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When Homeopathy Fails….

For over 200 years since it was “discovered” by Dr Hahnemann, Homeopathy has received many negative comments specifically about the fact that homeopathic remedies are diluted beyond comprehensible levels, that they contain (in most cases) no biologically active ingredient, that till today we do not know how Homeopathy works, why it works.

Knowing that I am a homeopathic practitioner now (an educated one at that – in my previous career I was a Certifed Public Accountant for 15 years), people ask me how can you believe in a system that has no “scientific”basis . 

My answer is “the proof is in the eating” – you will only ever know if something works when you try it for yourself or someone close to you or someone you trust has tried it.

Homeopathy does not directly treat your illnesses. When you use Homeopathic remedies, you are improving what homeopaths call your “Vital Force” – your life energy, your defence mechanism, your immunity. Your now stronger Vital Force manages your illnesses and restores health. 

When Homeopathy FAILS, it can be due to several reasons –

  • The client did not provide true and full information, especially about his/her emotional and mental symptoms – this can be due to embarrassment, fear of being judged, or because (s)he did not realise that the symptom may be important
  • Lack of skill of the homeopath in eliciting the required information
  • Lack of skill of the homeopath in correctly identifying the client’s driving forces and the under-currents of the case i.e.what needs to healed
  • Lack of objectivity on the part of the Homeopath
  • Poor skill of the homeopath in finding the “remedy of best fit” for the client 
  • Client did not take the prescribed remedies properly
  • Remedies were stored in improper conditons thus nullifying their effect
  • While on homeopathic treatment, client continued to drink black coffee (which is known to antidote homeopathic remedies)
  • Client felt that the progress was too slow and abandoned homeopathy
  • Client is not truly ready to let go of the illness – crazy as it sounds, there are people who want to hold on to their illness – could be in order to get attention, or they are so used to their sickness that they do not see any other way of living, or they do not believe in their own recovery, etc 
  • Client had the wrong expectations of homeopathy. While homeopathy can go a long way to help you manage your illnesses, it cannot compensate for improper lifestyle, poor nutrition, lack of exercise, and so on. For example, a client suffering from bronchitis who continues to smoke is not going to get much result from homeopathic remedies if he does not quit smoking.

globules.jpgWhile no Homeopath can help every client, Homeopathy can certainly help with most health conditions. It is sad that people attack Homeopathy without really understanding it or trying it, and in the process miss out on all its benefits.

So..  I wish you all a safe and gentle journey back to health with Homeopathy!!

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Sleep better with Homeopathy

893666_sleep.jpgWhen was the last time you slept really well?  

According to the 2009 results of the National Sleep Foundation’s annual Sleep in America poll, 64 percent of adults in the U.S. have trouble sleeping at least a few nights a week, and 41 percent say it’s a nightly occurrence.

What’s more, the same survey found that women are 10 percent more likely than men to report insomnia.

So what’s causing you to regularly lose sleep? Experts say that they most likely cause is Stress. Whether it is children, sick parents, job (or loss of job), lack of time, lack of money, relationships (or lack of meaningful relationships), state of the economy or the zillion other issues that we deal with each and every day, stress is a part-and-parcel of modern living.

So, short of giving up everything and going to live in an Himalayan ashram (or some such place), what can we do?

Well, we could try Valium (and worry about its side-effects or whether we would become dependent on it), we could practise meditation (if only we had the time………), change our attitude and stop worrying (easier said than done……) or we could find easy, simple, natural remedies that can help us get good sleep.

Welcome to the world of Homeopathy.  Homeopathic remedies for Insomnia work gently, safely and effectively. While you can try the following remedies at home, if your problem is a chronic (long-term or serious) or you have a medical condition that causes your sleeplessness, please consult with a professional homeopath. 

Top remedies for Insomnia are –

Kali Phos 30c or 6x – for mental strain or overwork, restless mind, business or job worries that plague the mind and cause sleeplessness.

Coffea Cruda 30c – for mental excitement and nervous stimulation, e.g. about an upcoming event; for sleeplessness from overuse of caffeine; for very light sleepers

Passiflora 30c – Useful for most types of insomnia.

Cocculus 30c – For those who are “too tired to sleep” from over-exertion, jet lag, disruptive work schedule or long-term caring for a sick relative.

Nux Vomica 30c – Sleeplessness from over-indulgence in food, alcohol or other stimulants;  from overwork. light sleepers who wake up around 3am and toss and turn. Often impatient, irritable, fidgety. Sleeplessness in alcoholics.

Ignatia 30c – Insomnia due to grief, loss or sadness. Very light sleeper with lot of anxious thoughts.

Select the remedy that best fits your symptoms.  For detailed instructions on using the selected remedy, see my blog posts on “How To Use Homeopathic Remedies At Home Part 1” and “Part 2” posted on 20th and 23rd Sept 2008.

You can also try the Bach Flower Remedies listed in my post “Flower Remedies for Insomnia” dated 16 Dec 2007.

Wishing you peaceful, relaxing sleep…..

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Homeopathy – Celebrity-based medicine ?

I came across a study done by  Dr. Edzard Ernst, Director of Complementary Medicine  and Dr. Max H Pittler, Senior Research Fellow, Complementary Medicine, Peninsula Medical School, Universities of Exeter and Plymouth, Exeter, UK. (Source: www.mja.com.au/public/issues/185_11_041206/ern11072_fm.html )

To summarize the study, 

Objective: To collect contemporary accounts of celebrity use of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM), to aid clinicians in determining which CAM treatments patients are likely to use.

Design: Articles published during 2005 and 2006 reporting celebrity use of CAM.

Results: 38 celebrities were found to use a wide range of CAM interventions. Homeopathy, acupuncture and Ayurveda were the most popular modalities.

The doctors claimed that as the media did not report what the celebrities were using CAM for, “It is thus difficult to assess whether or not the therapies are employed wisely by celebrities”.

Conclusion: “There may be many reasons why consumers use CAM, and wanting to imitate their idols is one of them.”

My take on this –

As a homeopath and user of homeopathy, I applaud the celebrities for using Homeopathy to maintain or restore their health and for having that fact reported in the media.  While I do not say that celebrities know best or that whatever they do should be emulated,  using Homeopathy is one celebrity-based trend that I can encourage.

Looking at the list of celebrities and well-known personalities who are said to use Homeopathy, I am sure they choose their healthcare options “wisely”. The impressive list includes not just actors, artists, musicians who may be into “new-age therapies”, but fairly conservative people like Queen Elizabeth II and former UK premier Tony Blair. 

Mahatma Gandhi, father of India, whom no one can accuse of peddling quackery, supported homeopathy strongly. In fact, he reportedly said “Homeopathy cures a larger percentage of cases than any other method of treatment.”

Past advocates of Homeopathy included Yehudi Menuhin (violinist), Mark Twain (author, humorist), William James (pioneering psychologist), H W Longfellow (poet, educator), Nathaniel Hawthorne (writer) and Daniel Webster (politician, lawyer).  These were not people who would have supported quackery.

I do not agree with 2nd part of the study’s conclusion. Most people who choose Homeopathy do not do it to imitate their idols. While we may choose clothes or make-up or cars or some such things trying to imitate our idols, we do not choose to use Homeopathy because celebrities do so. Even if that does happen, it would be a very small percentage of the millions of people all over the world who use Homeopathy.

In India, homeopathy enjoys considerable popularity not because celebrities endorse it, but because it has proven itself beneficial and effective. Look into any Indian homeopath’s website and you will see case studies and testimonials even video cases and laboratory investigation reports of people with chronic diseases who have regained health with Homeopathy.

Who would you rather believe – real people who got good results using Homeopathy or some hard-nosed “scientist” who claims that there is no way homeopathy can work because till date we do not know how it works?  I am happy to believe the former…..

Three cheers for the famous supporters of Homeopathy and for us common folk who choose a safe option like  Homeopathy !

 

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Complementary medicine has a place – The Australian

COMMENT: Michael Ellis and Julie Zilko | September 27, 2008

from: http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au/story/0,25197,24402620-23289,00.html#tools-share

COMPLEMENTARY medicine regularly receives sceptical treatment in the media. An example followed the announcement by the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners in June that it planned to introduce a sub-faculty for “integrative medicine” — combining both Western and complementary methods — which would accredit and educate doctors.
 
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Illustration: Michael Perkins

Yet many of the articles that appeared covering this news pointed out that nearly 70 per cent of Australians have sought at least one type of alternative solution to their medical problem each year. These include acupuncture, mind-body medicine such as hypnosis and meditation, and evidence-based nutritional and environmental medicine.

The most common users are higher-educated and higher-earning women in their middle years who are suffering from chronic or painful conditions. In fact, one story reported that in 2005 Australian spending on alternative medicine was $4.13 billion — more than was spent on prescription drugs in that year.

The question is, if western medicine works, then why do nearly three-quarters of the population seek alternatives? The answer is simply because there are no real solutions to chronic medical problems apart from drugs that mostly provide intermittent relief at best, and rarely cure the problem.

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Adverse Drug Effects – No Choice??

Adverse Drug Events (ADEs) result in more than 2.1 million injuries each year and the Journal of the American Medical Association reported that 100,000 Americans die annually of adverse reactions to prescription drugs”

“The FDA’s Office of Drug Risk Assessment calculates only 1% of ADEs are reported.” http://www.centerfordrugsafety.org/PAT_ADEStat.asp

In the UK:

The BMJ’s Clinical Evidence website recently stated that only 15% of the 2,404 orthodox medical treatments reviewed were effective and 47% were of unknown effectiveness. www.clinicalevidence.com

Personally, I’d be keeping quiet about the evidence base of medicine, if I were promoting conventional medicine. I’d be keeping still quieter about the evidence base of other disciplines!

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Note from Vimala –

From the time of its founding over 200 years ago, Homeopathy has been severely criticized and condemned by many. They argue that Homeopathy is not “scientific”, it is not “evidence-based”, due to the following:

  • The first point of contention is the way Homeopathic remedies are made – by a process of serially diluting and vigorously shaking the original substance known as Potentisation. The dilution renders that no molecule of the original substance remains in the “Potentised remedy” beyond a certain point.
  • The second point of contention is that higher the dilution (or potentisation) the stronger the remedy seems to become
  • The third point of contention is that with such potentised remedies, we need to give only very few doses (unlike in conventional or allopathic medicine)
  • The fourth point of contention is that even though millions of people all over the world have used homeopathic remedies and thousands of clinical records show their efficacy, to date no one has been able to show (or “scientifically prove”) how these remedies work 
  • The fifth point of contention is that Homeopathic remedies did not perform better than placebos, in so-called “scientific” trials.

As a homeopath, I can understand the arguments even though I do not agree with them.  More about that in another post.

However, at this time, the point is this – how many people have died from using homeopathic remedies as directed, how many have been left with irreversible side-effects, how many have been left with severe damage due to doctor/ hospital errors?  Even the critics will agree that Homeopathic remedies, as stated in the Hippocratic oath, above all, do no harm.

The statistics given above by Chris Day show that while conventional or allopathic medicine is doing good, it is also doing a lot of harm.

What would you rather use –

  • a system like Homeopathy that does no harm, at worst does not work, at best gives you good results, all without burning a hole in your pocket  OR
  • a system that claims to be “scientific” or “evidence-based”, and tells you adverse drug side-effects are something that you must suffer if you want to get better (!!!!!!!!). 

For myself and my children, if we can get well with so-called placebos, I am all for it. I have nothing to lose and something to gain, all without adverse side-effects.  Why not? 

I have nothing against conventional or allopathic medicine – it has its place, especially in emergency situations and surgical cases.  But to say that it is the ONLY option is not true.

I have relatives and friends who are physicians, who are well-meaning people who truly want their patients to get well. Yet, when I talk with them about adverse drug side-effects, they tell me there is “no choice”.

My answer to that is – there is a choice, in fact, more than one choice. Today, we have access to an unprecedented number of complementary and alternative treatment options. Besides Homeopathy, we have the several thousand years old Ayurveda (East Indian medicine) and Traditional Chinese medicine that offer complete solutions. Then there is Yoga therapy, Osteopathy, Chiropractic, Acupuncture, Acupressure, Nutritional therapy, etc that can complement your other treatments and aid healing.

Go ahead and explore your “choices”. I wish you fantastic health.

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Homeopathy for Genital Candidiasis (Vaginal Thrush or Yeast Infection) – Part 6

……………… continued from previous post – Homeopathic remedies for treating Vaginal Thrush 

Sepia: Discharge yellow and itchy, or white and curd-like; it may be more profuse in the morning and increased by walking. Sharp, stinging pains in womb, worse in menopause. Low sex drive or decreased libido. Her arms and legs feel cold; she has a weak, sagging or prolapsed feeling in the pelvis; skin looks sallow. She feels better after vigorous exercise. Emotionally, she feels worn down, frustrated and irritable, weepy before periods, and often feels indifferent towards her loved ones.

Sulphur: Yellow or white, offensive-smelling discharge that causes great burning, stinging, itching and vaginal soreness. Burning pain in vagina during intercourse; pain and discharge worse in the week before the period. Thrush worse during convalescence from another acute illness. Symptoms may be aggravated by heat and after bathing. She is somewhat philosophical, creative, has a busy mind with daydreaming, and often sports an unkempt look.

Important Note: Seek professional help immediately if –

  • You have recurrent yeast infections
  • Your infection has lasted more than a week
  • You are getting worse, pain moving up to the bladder and/or the uterus
  • You suspect you may be suffering from allergies, or more severe underlying conditions
  • You have a fever or urinary difficulty or pain in the abdomen
  • You feel really ill for any reason.

Guidelines for using Homeopathic remedies at home
For guidelines on how to select the remedy, dosage and frequency, please see my post – How to use Homeopathic Remedies at home – Parts 1 and 2.

Hope you found this series of posts helpful. If you want me to wrte about particular topics, please leave a comment.

Yours in Natural Healthcare…

 Vimala

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