FAQs about Homeopathy
Homeopathy is a medical treatment and pharmaceutical science that pre-dates conventional treatment by at least a hundred years. The German physician and medical genius Dr. Samuel Hahnemann developed homeopathy in the late eighteenth century through the mid-nineteeth century. Homeopathic medicine has been practiced and developed further since, and today homeopathy enjoys great popularity worldwide. The World Health Organization (WHO) recognizes homeopathy as the second most widely practiced system of medicine in the world! nineteenth century medicine
Homeopathy is about curing diseases, not merely about getting rid of symptoms. When you take an aspirin you may alleviate the symptoms, but you do not address the cause of the trouble. Most modern drugs work by merely suppressing or covering up the symptoms. That is why, for example, they have names with the prefix “anti-”, which means “against”- like antihistamines, antidepressants, antispasmodics, antibiotics, anticoagulants, etc.
When you treat by shutting these symptoms down, you work against the body’s self-restorative efforts. It is counterproductive and slows the recovery. There is a better way: help the body in its efforts to get well. Homeopathy boosts the body’s ability to heal itself.
In some studies blood pressure medication showed a higher incidence of stroke and heart attacks. One anti-acne drug can cause mental illness. Antidepressants (SSRI’s and others) can increase suicidal and even homicidal ideation.
The problem is, drugs can cause conditions that are far more harmful when compared to the ones they were treating! And all too often the outcome of suppressive treatment is fatal.
You can see how this could increase the risk of heart attack or ischemic stroke. The reduced pressure can increase the blockage in the heart or brain arteries and cause stagnation of blood flow, resulting in thrombotic stroke, or cause a heart attack. In suppressing symptoms you almost always make a problem worse over the long run.
Not if the substance is given in a small enough dose.
Digitalis purpurea – Foxglove
All drugs have a bi-phasal (dual) action. In large doses, they inhibit biological functions. In minute doses, they stimulate an opposite function. This was known nearly two hundred years ago. Suppose you had symptoms of heart failure with a very slow, irregular heartbeat that seems to stop whenever you move, with swelling of the legs, and other characteristic symptoms. You could benefit from a highly dilute dose of the foxglove, or Digitalis. That drug, in large doses, causes a SLOW HEARTBEAT that is worse from any movement when tested on healthy people. This is why it is given in regular medicine for A-fib (atrial fibrillation) to slow down the heartbeat – in a high dose! If given in a highly dilute dose (small, minute) over a period of time, the body gradually and gently overcomes heart failure. In this case, serious heart disease may sometimes be reversed.
Homeopaths work with a huge database called a materia medica. It is a record of the exact symptoms that have been evoked during controlled experiments with thousands of medicinal substances—substances, which in a diluted form, can then be used to treat and cure a vast array of disorders.
As with all disease entities, not all patients with diabetes have the same symptoms. Some patients are obese, some lose weight. Some crave sweets, some crave starchy foods. Some are very thirsty, some have no thirst. Some are chronically too warm, others too chilly. When the similarity between a given case of diabetes and the drug is great, that medicine is likely to restore health. The homeopathic physician selects a substance that best fits the characteristics and symptoms of each individual patient.
During the examination or consultation, homeopaths question and observe the patient thoroughly to assess their specific characteristics. They tailor the remedy to each individual case of illness, not according to a disease entity.
That is a good question. This can only be answered by showing you the evidence. TV and major media are cooperating in a complete media blackout on homeopathy. There are guys such as “the magician” James Randi who appear as “experts” on TV or over the internet claiming homeopathy is a fraud. Actually, homeopathy is based on good science. The real fraud is the pretense by these debunkers that “they are experts.” Why a magician should be an expert on anything relating to medical science defies common sense. Guys like that never disclose that they work for Big Pharma and are not researchers nor scientists qualified to make any assessment on the matter.
Another character who has been attacking homeopathy on a website is “Dr.” Stephen Barrett. Stephen Barrett has apparently not held an MD license in years and has been called “unworthy of credibility” by at least one US Court. A lawsuit by chiropractors against the America Medical Association has revealed that characters such as these are supported by a covert (covert because it takes a lot of digging to find this information) multi-million dollar Big Pharma operation that was once referred to by the industry as the “anti-quackery campaign.” This campaign apparently libels homeopathy openly with full support of the mainstream media.
For the past hundred years the medical, pharmaceutical and insurance industries have gained increasing influence over the news media and what type of medicine is available* to the public. They have managed to keep factual information about homeopathy from the general public. There are plenty of commercials and advertising for drugs to treat X, Y or Z condition, showcasing the horrible side effects that are often times worse and more life threatening than the condition they purport to treat! Even today, after homeopathy has become more known, there are virtually no fair articles or TV programs that educate people about the benefits, safety and efficacy of homeopathy. After all, “they” may claim that homeopathy is “placebo,” but they haven’t once proven that homeopathy isn’t safe!
Unfortunately, what articles do appear in the media are mostly cheap attempts to ridicule homeopathy and homeopathic practitioners, even by the most respectable sources, without citing facts, or worse, misrepresenting the facts. Some feel the Big Pharma campaigns smear and belittle homeopathy because, if it ever became more widely known, widespread education and use of homeopathy would ruin the drug industry’s profits because too many patients would abandon these harmful and ineffective drugs in favor of safe and effective homeopathic treatment.
*Please see the last question to learn more
Most of the TV and newspaper revenue comes from advertisements of the pharmaceutical industry. The industry tolerates no competition from homeopathy. Even mainstream talk shows routinely screen out callers who want to report about their successful homeopathic or other alternative treatment. My clients have reported this to me time and again – they would call into a program to report their story, and the host would not take their call or would cut them off before they finished if they managed to get “on the air.”
It is a question of profit. By nature, homeopathy is not a very profitable profession. Homeopaths work themselves out of the job. This is because homeopathy cures in most cases. This means homeopaths do not rely in permanent patients who keep coming back and stay on expensive medication for the rest of their lives. Homeopathy restores their health and they may never need treatment again. Homeopaths charge for their time, and when the patient is cured the income stops.
Homeopaths simply cannot afford the cost associated with advertising campaigns. As a result, homeopaths simply don’t have the kind of funds needed to advertise on TV. Homeopathic pharmacies aren’t getting rich either. Homeopathic remedies are very inexpensive to manufacture. Additionally, pharmacists sell fewer medicines if patients don’t need treatment for the rest of their lives.
No. The insurance business has no incentive to reduce health care costs. The entire health insurance business is based on predictable risk of catastrophic treatment costs. If there is no risk of expense no insurance is needed. The higher the expense, the higher the risk, the more coverage is needed, the more business, the better the profits for the insurer.
Would you pay out hundreds of dollars a month for insurance if you could afford the treatment? Most people pay less to a homeopath during the few months they need treatment than it costs to have health insurance for that time. It is the fear of catastrophic expense that keeps the health insurance companies in business. Conventional treatment, like surgeries and organ transplants, are expensive.
In most cases surgery could be prevented with homeopathic treatment. For example, most coronary artery disease could by prevented and treated with homeopathic treatment. This was shown already in the 1950s by the famous homeopathic surgeon Dr. Alonzo Shadman in this book Who is Your Doctor and Why.
Many advanced cases of arthritis, heart disease, cancer and many other chronic disorders can be reversed by homeopathic treatment without resorting to dangerous surgeries, radiation or drug therapy.
Yes. While this is very disconcerting news to patients, it is a very lucrative business for the pharmaceutical industry and the doctors. You can refer to any Physicians Desk Reference for the adverse effects of drugs or visit sites like www.rxlist.com or www.drugs.com for more information. Every drug produces a disorder in every patient if taken long enough. These drug disorders do not necessarily disappear when the drug is discontinued.
Yes, it is very safe when conducted in consultation with trained practitioners. Millions of patients enjoy homeopathic care around the world, yet there is not a single documented case of death or injury resulting from homeopathic treatment. There are none. If you search the databases of Poison Control Centers you will not find a single case of sickness or death from poisoning by homeopathic medicines. Conventional drug treatment, on the other hand, causes more than 250,000 deaths annually in the United States alone. And conventional drugs seriously injure an estimated 2.1 million every year in US alone.
Homeopathy is widely accepted in Europe. The British Royal Family has enjoyed homeopathic treatment since the early nineteenth century. In Germany you will find a homeopathic pharmacy in every small town. But even there, after World War II, the international pharmaceutical industry did their best to marginalize and even eradicate homeopathy. The government of India endorses homeopathy. Homeopathy was once very popular in the United States. At the beginning of the twentieth century we had more than twenty homeopathic colleges and more than a hundred homeopathic hospitals in this country.
The banking and pharmaceutical interests that controlled a vast number of private trusts and public corporations decided to get into the pharmaceutical business. With the invention of synthetic drugs — mostly derived from petroleum — they knew they had a way to change medicine into a profitable enterprise. They were building a monopoly – total control over the drug business, as they had already taken over the oil business and the banking business.
In 1910, with the help of the Carnegie Foundation these interests generated the “Flexner Report” (For more on this report click here and here) This report on medical education was very critical of (meaning, “biased against”) homeopathic colleges and any university teaching a form of medicine that would not require synthetic drugs. As a result, funding was withdrawn from these colleges causes most of them to close.
There are many good books about homeopathy. Good general introductions on homeopathy are:
- “Impossible Cure” by Amy L. Lansky, Ph.D.
- “Homeopathy, Sweet Homeopathy: Coming home to perfect health” by Pierre Fontaine CCH, RSHom(NA)
- “Homeopathy: Medicine for the Twenty-First Century” by Dana Ullman
- “The Homeopathic Revolution” by Dana Ullman
- “Divided Legacy Vol III: The conflict between homeopathy and the American Medical Association” by Dr. Harris Coulter, Ph.D., a medical historian, who writes about the decline of homeopathy in the US
Excellent books on the Drug Trust and on the assault on medical freedom are: