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Racketeering in Medicine: The Campaign to Marginalize Natural Therapies

“Alternative medicine is here to stay. It is no longer an option to ignore it or treat it as something outside the normal processes of science and medicine. “ Wayne B. Jonas, M.D., JAMA, November 11, 1998, Vol. 280, No. 18, p. 1617

Notes

This article was originally submitted to the CAM Educational Project of the Program on Integrative Medicine, University of North Carolina School of Medicine, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, September 2001. It was updated in 2003 to reflect recent developments in anti-CAM activities in North Carolina.

 

 

Natural Medicine Marginalized as CAM?

As the term “Complementary and Alternative Medicine” (CAM) becomes a household word in government and academic texts, it is worthwhile to reexamine its significance. “Complementary” and “alternative” imply a juxtaposition to “mainstream” medicine that is questionable for a variety of reasons. The term distorts the real role a diverse group of traditional ethnic and innovative therapies, lumped together under the term CAM, play in the lives of a majority of the world’s population. The term obscures the long-standing exclusion of these treatments by the medical and pharmaceutical power structure from the practice of medicine, which, until a few years ago, labeled (libeled?) these therapies “quackery” and “health fraud”. Today it continues to marginalize them by relegating them to a fictitious category of Complementary and Alternative Medicine, invoking scientific arguments to rationalize this exclusion while avoiding any reference to economic motives. This robs legitimate, but unorthodox, medical paradigms of their rightful place within medical science, and may even be harmful to people’s health.

Millions in Africa, Russia, China, India, Central and South America, Europe, Australia, Canada and the United States claim to benefit from homeopathy, acupuncture, ayurveda, herbalism, nature cures, and many other approaches as their main or only method of health care. Most people in those countries neither perceive these therapies as an alternative nor as complementary to “mainstream” medicine. Considering that far more people are treated with “CAM” therapies worldwide than by “Western” medicine, it is a mystery, to say the least, that the definition of the term CAM has not been more widely questioned.

 

According to an article in the 1999 Bulletin of the World Health Organization, during attempts to study the prevalence of “CAM” in the “developing” world, surveys failed to meet the selection criteria[1]. This is partly due to the fact that “users of traditional therapies in developing countries would almost certainly have different characteristics (than those in the industrialized world)”[2]. The author of the article concludes, “The prevalence and use of CAM is likely to vary according to factors that are not fully understood. The available data are both contradictory and unreliable.” To eliminate these uncertainties he recommends that future studies deal with “named therapies rather than CAM in general.”[3] Could the reason for these uncertainties lie in the murky definition of CAM itself?

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Free Acute Homeopathic Materia Medica (downloadable)

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Download homeopath Manfred Mueller’s free Acute Homeopathic Materia Medica.

Contains 49 of the most commonly used homeopathic remedies for acute/emergency treatment; Principles of Healing; Homeopathic definitions, homeopathic antidotes, how to make and take remedies; and how to repotentize a homeopathic remedy.

Homeopathic Treatment of Brain Hemorrhage: Several Cases

By Manfred Mueller, RSHom (NA), CCH

first appeared in The American Homeopath, vol 19

Cerebrovascular injuries, whether from trauma, surgery or internal chronic conditions, are all too often the cause of permanent disability, if not fatal outcomes. It is perhaps because of the very severity and hopelessness of these cases that they constitute some of the most frustrating and at the same time most rewarding work a homeopath can engage in. In this article I hope to convey some of the triumphs, as well as difficulties, we homeopaths may encounter while working with the victims of brain injury and their families.

Case # 1: Hemiplegia after Hemorrhagic Stroke with Hematoma

Harriet called from Roanoke, VA, about six hours from Durham, NC, where I then practiced. Her older sister Eleanor, aged 70, had collapsed after she suffered a hemorrhagic stroke and, “was now in a bad way.” She was lying in the hospital bed, nearly unconscious, and tests showed she was completely paralyzed on the left side. Her breathing was noisy, with a snoring sound. Eleanor was currently on a ventilator and taking several medications. Harriet, aged 62, was a retired hospital administrator and did not trust that conventional treatment was going to do her sister much good. She reasoned, “At the very least she can use all the help she can get!” Read more

H1N1, Fear Mongering & Homeopathy: Safer Alternatives to the Flu Shot

By Manfred Mueller, MA, DHM, RSHom(NA), CCH

The flu propaganda machine is currently in full gear. Supposedly, the H1N1- swine flu is rearing its ugly head again. Dire consequences and even deaths are regularly reported on the nightly news. Scary enough to make you run to your local drug store and get a flu shot!

Learning From History
1918 Spanish Flu Beds

– H1N1 1918 Spanish Flu

The 1918 Spanish Flu epidemic was also an outbreak of the H1N1[1],[2]. During that outbreak, conventional hospitals reported around 30% fatalities[3]. We now know that most of these deaths happened because doctors prescribed, among other things, aspirin, which is contraindicated during the flu because it causes Reye’s Syndrome.[4] In contrast, in homeopathic hospitals (hospitals where only homeopathic medicines were used), 1.05% or less total fatalities were reported.[3]

The good news is, under homeopathic treatment, neither the swine flu, nor the seasonal flu are likely to be a serious threat. And, there is a homeopathic way to prevent it altogether.

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A New Year’s Message from Manfred Mueller

I’ve been thinking…

In May 1987, I flew into Los Angeles and took the bus north to one of California’s most beautiful, picturesque towns. Before I boarded the bus, I stopped at a nearby convenience store and to my surprise, found the shelves empty. Later that day, my host explained that everyone in LA was fleeing to the mountains. Didn’t I know that Nostradamus had predicted a horrific earthquake that day? 90% of the population of LA was buying up blankets, non-perishables, milk, eggs, etc. and had left town.

Nothing happened. Read more

Homeopathic Treatment for Psychological Trauma (Car Accident)

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One of my clients called very concerned about her parents. They had been involved in a terrible car accident. Although they had not been hurt, not even a scratch, they were suffering from emotional trauma from the experience. I did not have a chance to talk to them directly. But my client got their symptoms as best as she could and related them to me over the phone.

Her mother had been crying incessantly day and night. They both had been without sleep for five days. Her father had also cried when he told the story of the wreck. He had lost his appetite completely and was nervous and jumpy. He felt unable to cope and also complained of a headache that caused him to vomit. They were both fearful and did not dare to get into their car to drive. They felt like their life had been destroyed by the event.

First, I reviewed the physical facts of the accident. The driver of the other car was a young woman who had caused the accident. She had been talking on her cell phone and ran into them as they drove through an intersection. She clipped the edge of their front fender, drove down an embankment at full speed whereby her car turned over. She was badly injured, trapped in her car and screaming with pain. My client’s father tried to help but was unable to get the girl out of the car. He had no choice but to wait for the medics and fire department to use a welding torch to free her. She died on the way to the hospital. Even with their lack of physical injury, the emotional shock had taken its toll on the couple.

I considered the following remedies: Arnica as it is a wonderful remedy for right after an accident, especially if there is shock from physical causes. Emotional shock and fright is often helped by Aconite. However, this was a different situation. It had been several days since the accident and it was the emotions caused by the event that were the source of their trouble.

I decided that Ignatia amara was a good choice for this situation. Ignatia is well suited for ailments resulting from grief, fright and worry – all of which this couple had endured as a result of this accident.

According to the daughter, after a few doses of Ignatia amara in water in the 200C potency, the couple were at ease again and able to sleep through the night.

On the Importance of Dose

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Brenda, a 40 year old mother of two, had taken the homeopathic remedy Sabina for a profuse menstrual period with heavy hemorrhaging of bright red blood and dark clots.  During her initial case, I had originally assessed her sensitivity level as “sensitive,” meaning she needed to take an olfactory dose of any of her liquid homeopathic remedies. However, after the first ten days of daily olfactory doses, she experienced a drop in energy, general fatigue, and a dull pain in the liver region (the latter being a chronic symptom that had persisted before she had developed the menstrual symptoms). Read more

Homeopathic Treatment for Post Polio Syndrome

Barbara, a 54 year old woman, called in a crisis. She had unbearable stabbing and piecing pain in both hips and had exhausted all her options. During her follow-up consult, she talked about seeing a doctor, going back on codeine and into a wheelchair, as she had been nine years ago. “There is a black cloud hanging over us,” she sighed. She saw no alternative.

Nine years ago, I had been consulted by her for post polio syndrome. Over time, using multiple daily remedies and many clearing remedies, we had successfully gotten her out of the wheelchair, off pain medications and moving freely with virtually no pain or discomfort. She had been suffering for more than 30 years at the time she consulted with me.

After this follow-up consult I told her I had to study the matter. In the meantime, she was to take MSG 30C (a homeopathic remedy made from potentized Monosodium Glutamate, a food additive that is a potent neurotoxin), followed an hour later by Bryonia alba 30C. That evening at 8PM, the phone rang. It was Barbara, sounding all choked up. My voicemail recorded the following message:

“You did it again, Dr. Mueller. I took the MSG, and an hour later the Bryonia,” she said with a voice full of emotion. “I fell asleep, and woke up, and there was no piercing pain, no excruciating pain, nothing.” She choked up. “I am myself again. Thank you…” She could not go on, so strong was her emotion, and hung up.

If you are interested in the full video testimonial from Barbara of her cure from Post-Polio Syndrome, please click here.

Is Homeopathy an Effective Cancer Treatment?

By Manfred Mueller MA DHM RSHom(NA) CCH | The American Homeopath Volume 18, 2012

In a 2007 research review1 entitled The Evidence: Scientific Studies on Homeopathic Cancer Treatment published in The American Homeopath we concluded:

Introduction

“Homeopathic drugs have proven biological action in cancer; in vitro and in vivo; in animals and humans; in the lower, as well as in the higher potencies. Cancer patients are faced with a life-and-death decision when choosing their treatment. Since most conventional treatments continue to be associated with severe adverse and some- times fatal effects, while homeopathy has been found to be free from such effects, it would seem plausible and worthwhile, even urgent, to step up the research on, and even the provision of, homeopathic treatment of cancer and other diseases.”

For the present paper we have reviewed articles on homeopathic cancer treatment published during the last five years in peer-reviewed scientific journals.

Homeopathic cancer treatment has great promise, given the exceptional safety of the treatment and the relatively frequent observation of beneficial clinical effects.2 However, in our last review we had noted a remarkable confusion among researchers on key concepts in homeopathy and we attributed this to editorial control. We also commented on the fact that virtually all studies of homeopathic cancer treatment are in reality investigating the effects of high potency drugs, not the efficacy of homeopathic treatment. This should be kept in mind when reading the present review. Read more

Homeopathy for Health and Happiness, Part 2

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One time a four year old girl was brought to my practice who refused any and all instructions. This was before the term “oppositional disorder” was coined. She was all dressed up like a little lady and was so well behaved for her age that I could not tell something was wrong at first glance. Yet, she was so hyperactive that in a short time she had turned my office into a disaster area. She only ate specific foods, and in spite of the excellent behavior modification techniques employed by her mother, she repeatedly scolded her mother and brutally bossed her around. The mother finally resorted to physical restriction by holding her on her lap for the remainder of the consultation.

Instead of doing child psychotherapy, I got the relevant information and the family started constitutional treatment. There was considerable improvement by the first follow-up visit. By now also a chronic cough had resolved. Eight months later, even her father, who had been skeptical about the treatment, commented on the improvement in behavior. During that time that girl had received two alternating remedies in different potencies that matched her whole symptom picture. It is interesting to note that she never was diagnosed with any disorder. I received a call from her mother eleven years later.  Her daughter had been doing great all these years.  But now she had some menstrual problems that needed to be resolved. Read more