Wednesday, 21 December 2011

Healthy Medicine (7) Patient Choice

"If the people let government decide what foods they eat and what medicines they take, their bodies will soon be in as sorry a state as are the souls of those who live under tyranny." 
Thomas Jefferson.

Jefferson, a powerful advocate of personal liberty, knew over 200 years ago that patient choice is one of the most important elements of human rights. He would undoubtedly be upset by what is happening in the USA today - with government and health authorities trying to impose conventional drugs and vaccines on people who would rather not have them. He would also be opposed to a UK NHS that in many (most) areas of the country is imposing a conventional, drug-based medical monopoly on its patients.

This is particularly so when a growing, and now substantial part of the population, is looking for safer, more effective, drug-free solutions to their health problems. The reason is not just the failure of conventional medicine to deliver health. It is the growing awareness that homeopathy, and indeed, other natural therapies, provide them with just this - safe and effective therapy for a range of illnesses and ailments.

So here are just a few of the articles about homeopathy that can be found on the internet - but not, of course, in the national media. Nor, regrettably, will you hear about any of this within our NHS.

* Homeopathy and skin conditions

* Homeopathy and itching

* Homeopathy, smoking, and other addictions

* Homeopathy and heartburn

* Homeopathy and Breast Pain

* Homeopathy and Endometriosis

* Homeopathy and Genital Warts

* Homeopathy and Diabetes

* Homeopathy and Nightmares, Night-Terrors

* Homeopathy and Ulcerative Colitis

* Homeopathy and Fatigue (Tiredness)

* Homeopathy for anger and mortification

As one great Indian politician and statesman once said:

Homeopathy cures a greater percentage of cases than any other method of treatment. Homeopathy is the latest and most refined method of treating patients economically and non-violently.
                                                                                                                            - Mahatma Gandhi

Tuesday, 13 December 2011

Homeopathy Heals (3) Ill? Allow homeopathy to help!

If you are ill, and it does not matter how the illness has been diagnosed, homeopathy can help you. This article explains how it does so - by treating the individual, and his/her symptoms rather than a conventionally diagnosed 'disease'. 

All that is necessary is to find a remedy that matches your symptoms, and it will work. Sometime, in 'first-aid' situations, this can be quite simple - it is something you can try for yourself. In more complex illness the patient will need the expertise of a homeopath.

In this week's 'Homeopathy Heals' I am drawing attention to a series of internet articles that demonstrate the wide range of illnesses that homeopathy can heal!

Vertigo (dizziness). Some simple remedies suggested for common types of vertigo.

Headaches. Several remedy suggestions, with short remedy pictures, in this article

Tetanus. Always have some Ledum around, in case of cuts and grazes.

Chicken Pox. Some sensible non-drug strategies for coping with this illness. Carbo Veg is a homeopathic remedy that can be used when suffering from chicken pox - see a homeopath if it does not ease the condition.

Croup. Some major remedies, with symptom pictures, suggested here.

Nausea and Motion Sickness. Several first-aid remedy suggestions here, with brief symptom pictures.

Sleep disorders. Remedy suggestions here, and remedy descriptions.

Cystitis (bladder infections). Several remedies suggested here, but consult a homeopath if it persists, or is a regular occurance.

Genital Warts.

Gout. Four remedies suggested here - but if condition is chronic, it is advisable to consult a homeopath.

Fibromyalgia. An article by a homeopath who has researched the condition, and treated many cases.

Angina. Not an illness for homeopathic self-prescribing, but some sensible non-drug suggestions and alternative remedies and strategies to cope with the condition.

Heart Problems. Look at this article and video to see what can be achieved

Homeopathy is becoming increasingly popular as many people are now looking for 'non-drug' alternatives to conventional medicine, dominated as it is by Big Pharma drugs.

Monday, 5 December 2011

Healthy Medicine (6) Homeopathy just keeps on being successful

Homeopathy is effective - according to an exhaustive Swiss Federal study conducted over the last 6 years. The full report, in English, is yet to be published, but the summary shows it to be a very positive report for Homeopathy, and will ensure that Swiss patients continue to have access to homeopathy through their State Health Insurance scheme. The ARH plans to report more fully on this in its next edition of its journal, 'Homeopathy in Practice', but it's conclusion can hardly be clearer.

“... we have established that there is sufficient supporting evidence for the pre-clinical (experimental) as well as clinical effects of homeopathy, and that in absolute terms, as well as when compared to conventional therapies, it offers a safe and cost-effective treatment.”

For those people who have used homeopathy this will come as no surprise. But it is good news for the homeopathic community, which has been under attack from the vested interests of Big Pharma for so long now. And evidence for the efficacy of homeopathy continue to appear on the internet.

Despite constant attacks on the NHS Homeopathy Hospital's in the UK, they continue to flourish - where they are allowed to do so, of course. This is a recent report on the progress being made in the Glasgow hospital. It is clear that despite attempts by the ConMed dominated NHS, patients who use these services value having the choice of homeopathy for their personal treatment.

Indeed, tales of the efficacy and safety of homeopathy continue to appear on the internet (but not regrettably in our mainstream media, of course!)

Have a look, for instance, at Angie's story, her battle with chronic infections, and the cure she found with homeopathy.

Or this remarkable story, of a filmmaker who contracted MRSA, was treated by ConMed without effect (the condition actually got seriously worse); and who was eventually cured by homeopathy - right in front of his cameras!

More generally, the efficacy of homeopathy for flu is discussed in this article. Quite rightly it looks at one of the main reasons a growing number of people are looking for safer, and more effective alternatives to vaccination, and the poisons, like mercury and aluminium, they contain. Vitamin D is also offered as a better alternative.

The popularity of Homeopathy in India just escalates, and really is quite remarkable. This article shows how Sri Lanka is now trying to use India's success to spread the message to its people. This is, of course, what happens in countries that seek good medical outcomes for its patients, and are not held hostage by large, influential and profitable drug companies.

Homeopathy is a very attractive therapy in many parts of the world, not only because Big Pharma interests are not as strong, but because it is a less expensive (as well as a more effective). For instance, this article describes some work currently being done in Ghana, and outlines several cases that have been managed with homeopathy.

And homeopathy is also proving helpful in some parts of the world that has to deal with problems ConMed has no answer to, and where there is no profit for them doing so. Following the incredible success of homeopathy with Leptospirosis in Cuba, the treatment of Dengue Fever with homeopathy is now showing quite amazing results.

Homeopathy is a very simple therapy, and a very responsive one. The principle of treating 'like with like' means that it can quickly turn its hand to even the most uncommon of diseases. For instance, not many of us know what 'chikungunya' is! But clearly homeopathy can treat is successfully!

What all this means is that alongside the growing failure of Big Pharma and its drug treatments,

Friday, 2 December 2011

So Homeopathy Does Work!

A Swiss Report, which thoroughly investigated the effectiveness of homeopathy, has now been published. The summary of this report is available in English, and it makes good "I told you so" reading for everyone connected with the homeopathy community.

And, indeed, it makes very bad reading for the homeopathy denialists, who have been attacking homeopathy so vehemently and gratuitously for so long through Europe!

The full HTA report will be published in English soon, but the summary shows that it covers three main considerations:
* Effectiveness (looking not just at RCTs, but other evidence more appropriate for homeopathy)
* Appropriateness (looking at the demand and need, as well as the safety of homeopathy
* Cost effectiveness

As far as effectiveness is concerned, the report, over 300 pages long, exhaustively reviews the scientific literature in homeopathy, summarising 22 reviews, 20 of which show 'positive' results for homeopathy. Karin Mont, Chair of ARH, has this to say about these sections of the report:
"The report is balanced in its description of the underlying principles of homeopathy. It stresses the wealth of empirical evidence acquired in clinical practice over two hundred years, which confirms homeopathy to be an effective system of medicine, and it highlights the essential principle of individualisation. 

As far as appropriateness is concerned, the report states that homeopathy training was of high standing, that there was an internationally agreed regulation in the manufacture of homeopathy remedies, and that there was a high degree of safety in homeopathic practice in Switzerland. It also said that homeopathy produced few adverse reactions, and were free from toxic side-effects.

And as far as cost-effectiveness was concerned, the report, whilst concluding there was insufficient data, but the studies available indicated that homeopathy was cost efficient to deliver, could reduce dependence on expensive conventional drugs, and by increasing general wellbeing, could reduce the number of days lost to sickness.

This report comes at the end of a long process, which began in 1999, when it was agreed that 5 Natural Medical Therapies should be included in the Swiss Health Insurance Scheme. In 2005, the Swiss government decided to end this, and sought to suppress the report, but this led to a popular reaction, and a petition that delivered over 145,000 signatories. For more information on this struggle, click here.

It is clear that the conventional medical establishment does not want to 'share' treatment with natural therapies; and certainly it does not want to be subject to comparisons with them. But at last it does seem likely that this report will ensure that it has to do so.