Supermodels vs. superskeptics: “Homeopathy made me beautiful” and “It’s all in your mind!”
Supermodels Gisele Bundchen, Heidi Klum, Kate Moss, Adriana Lima, Doutzen Kroes, Alessandra Ambrosio, Natalia Vodianova, Daria Werbowy, Miranda Kerr, Carolyn are all now suspects in what super skeptics such as James “the Amazing” Randi, Edzard Ernst, Ben Goldacre, Steven Novella, David Colquhoun say is one of the biggest scams of time! HOMEOPATHY!
DATELINE NEW YORK: The fashion world is all abuzz with this correspondent in reports from the runway that homeopathy makes you beautiful. According to the New York Times, after traveling and working hard, New York fashion designer Phillip Lim was getting a bit puffy, so he tried out a secret remedy that had escaped the runway: Homeopathic Arnica Montana.
“I FELT MY SKIN GLOW”
“I heard of models and other designers taking Arnica before big events or photo shoots, so I thought I’d try it out,” he said. The newspaper reported Mr. Lim tried a three-day oral regimen of arnica. He was pleased with the results. “I did feel like my skin glowed afterwards,” he reportedly said.
International models say, HOMEOPATHY MADE THEM BEAUTIFUL
But does it really work? Or is it all in our minds? According to TOP NEWS, Arnica Montana adds “a special element of attraction to personalities, flushing out impurities and embedding freshness in the skin.” They say the use of homeopathy in the fashion world appears to be so successful that it is said “the fashion industry has had no option but to accept it with open arms.”
But according to skeptics, it just can’t work because they know of no chemistry by which it can work. They say what homeopaths purvey as “Arnica” doesn’t have any detectable Arnica in it at all!
James Randi, a 5’4” 85 year old bald stage magician is very angry.
“These are swindlers liars, cheats, frauds, fakes, criminals,” he says in a Youtube video rant.
“Come on, sue me!” he yells.
He looks at his shoes. “No they won’t sue me, they know damn well their case won’t stand up in a court of law! It doesn’t stand up in science at all, it falls apart, and they say ‘but we’ve got these affidavits,’” he pauses, chuckles and goes off the rails with a strange non sequitor.
Affidavits? What’s he talking about?
“Yeah,” he says, “and Nixon said he didn’t now about Watergate . . and he was the President of the United States! Now am I understandably angry about this thing? Have I got a good cause to be angry?”
“Not really,” says John Benneth, homeopath. “Actually the opposite is the truth. If what he said was true, then he’d be suing us, and winning.”
At the end of the video the enterainer makes a rambling pitch for his “educational” foundation in Ft, Lauderdale: “To run this foundation in Florida and try to attract people to it so they subscribe to the foundation and help to support us.” He starts to mumble, “ . . what I’m shamelessly doing for you right now . . if you want to do it on a more local level . .”
Contrary to what Randi says, people who have made an in depth study of homeopathy say you don’t have to know how it works to know that it does. In fact, too much use can be dangerous!
DANGER: Overuse may have adverse side effects!
At the New York Fashion Week, the homeopathic remedy was reportedly used topically by models as a gel to cure puffiness and get an instant glow. Some report they have also used it orally.
Lim says, ““It’s supposed to slim you down because it flushes you out. And it clears up your skin.”
But one manufacturer of an Arnica based skin cream says too much too often may be harmful. Despite her use of Arnica in a topical product, Dr. Alexiades-Armenakas remains concerned about long-term oral use.
“I would be O.K. if they did it for a few days for a photo shoot once a month,” she said of those who take it orally. “But if they’re having a photo shoot every week, and they’re regularly on it, I would be very worried. Especially for models, they’re very thin, and it’s easier to get toxicity.”
The NY Times reports that in online homeopathy forums Arnica oil has also been touted as a remedy for alopecia, or hair loss. Others reported that it clears up skin inflammations. Nelsons Pure and Clear Acne Gel lists Arnica as one of four active ingredients. In an Elle magazine interview, the model Gisele Bundchen touted Nelson’s gel as a gentle way to clear up blemishes.
As a homeopath I (John Benneth) am interested in Arnica for deeper things than as just a superficial beauty aid, but as an internal beauty aid as well . . for what it does to the human Spirit. I have seen it happen with my clients. A kind of beauty comes over them. They seem happier.
Arnica serves as a wonderful introduction to homeopathy. It is the most popular homeopathic remedy sold.
Since ancient times Arnica, which is made from a yellow mountain daisy, has been a chief vulnerary, i.e. healer of wounds. Homeopaths have long recognized it as a “traumatic” par excellence.
According to the N.Y. Times, orthopedic surgeons prescribe arnica; dermatologists recommend it after plastic surgery and after injections of Botox and Restylane.
When the fashion designer Diane Von Furstenberg was injured in a ski accident in January, during her recovery she tweeted, “Arnica gel is the best thing you can do for bruises. … I cannot say it enough …,”
One of the odd indicators that Arnica is needed as a remedy for an illness is “coldness of the nose.” For example, John Clarke, MD, notes a case of facial neuralgia on the left side, the face swollen, dark red, very painful to touch. He writes it was cured with Arnica, the guiding symptom being “cold nose.”
A warning here: Arnica is often used topically for wounds, but it should not be used directly on broken skin. If it must be used as an ointment, it should be applied to the part that is not injured. This may seem counterintuitive, but there are many things about homeopathy that do not make sense to those who have not studied it.
Here are clinical conditions listed by Clarke which indicates treatment with an oral dose of homeopathic Arnica is neeeded:
“Abscess. Apoplexy. Back, pains in. Baldness. Bed-sores. Black-eye. Boils. Brain, affections of. Breath, fetid. Bronchitis. Bruises. Carbuncle. Chest, affections of. Chorea. Corns. Cramp. Diabetes. Diarrhœa. Dysentery. Ecchymosis. Excoriations. Exhaustion. Eyes, affections of. Feet, sore. Hæmatemesis. Hæmaturia. Headache. Heart, affections of. Impotence. Labour. Lumbago. Meningitis. Mental alienation. Miscarriage. Nipples, sore. Nose, affections of. Paralysis. Pelvic hæmatocele. Pleurodynia. Purpura. Pyæmia. Rheumatism. Splenalgia. Sprain. Stings. Suppuration. Taste, disorders of. Thirst. Traumatic fever. Tumours. Voice, affections of. Whooping-cough. Wounds. Yawning.”
Before taking Arnica for any condition, consult your homeopath!
There are also mental indications which suggest Arnica’s use broadly in quantum psychiatry as a pre-emptive strike on pandemic mental conditions.
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