PROOFS FOR HOMEOPATHY
I wonder sometimes what would happen, and what the world would be like, if homeopathy was the medicine of first choice. It certainly wouldn’t flourish under the current requirements that it monetarily support a huge health care industry. Some of these billionaires would have to go out and get jobs!
The focus of homeopathy is cure, not cash.
As you may already know, ad nauseam, homeopathy works on the minimum dose, and presumably, following that doctrine, if this information here alone was viewed by only 5% of the public, the results would be profound.
The following was inspired by a skeptic’s WordPress blog on homeopathy called “Skepticmind.” It has the usual misconceptions about homeopathy, and being that it’s been years now since the seminal article for this blog “Proof for Homeopathy,” I felt compelled to add to it here tonight.
The major objection, or claim, by lamestream medicine, is that homeopathy is simply a “placebo,” that it’s vehicles of water, sugar and alcohol are biologically inert and any clinical effects are imaginary, or due to false or erroneous reporting. Tests that show the action of homeopathics 0n both human and non human subjects are dismissed by these skepti as being poorly conducted and of low quality.
However, a closer look at the literature that reports on the action on the materials in question, tells a different story that can be disappointing, if not disturbing, to see how reactionary, if not vicious, the medical establishment can be when faced with a challenge to it.
A REAL CHALLENGE
It is often said that no test has ever shown homeopathy to work or be effective. But the fact is that there is more truth in an opposite assertion. No major meta-analysis or review of the literature has ever been able to conclude that homeopathy is a placebo.
Cucherat, which the author of ”Skeptic Mind” links to here, is no exception. The only meta that came close to being an exception was Shang, which stated that there was “a weak effect,” but that it was still equivalent to a placebo. Subsequent analysis however revealed that Shang had doctored the results . For a while the researchers refused to even reveal what studies they were reviewing. A closer look showed something completely different. Statistical analysis of Shang’s data by Ludtke and Rutten revealed a significant effect!
And yet Shang remains the cornerstone for the case against homeopathy!
Here are a list of the reviews and meta analyses of studies, tests and trials of homeopathy. And it does not include all of them, there is more, there’s a lot more studies, tests and trials that prove homeopathy works. And once again, from the data these reviews analyze, none of them conclude or are able to prove (Shang) that homeopathy is a “placebo.”
BORNHOFT: Homeopathy in Healthcare
FISHER: Homeopathy: the Evidence from Basic Research “hi quality experiments yield positive results”.“
JOHNSON: ‘meta-analyses conclude homeopathic treatment significantly better than placebo‘
SHANG>Ludtke Rutten: ‘find significant effect beyond placebo‘
LINDE: “results incompatible with placebo hypothesis” http://www.tinyurl.com/84xt56k
CUCHERAT homeopathy more effective than placebo http://www.tinyurl.com/cucherat
KLEIJNEN clinical trial evidence positive http://www.tinyurl.com/kleijnen
WITT The in vitro evidence for an effect of high homeopathic potencies—–A systematic review of the literature
(in vitro review) http://www.tinyurl.com/7n9sedq
It should be noted about Witt, that it reviews, with explicit criteria and weighted value, 50 years of in vitro research showing the biochemical action of homeopathics.
These metas and reviews represent only a part of the growing research database for homeopathy. The medical materials reference base alone is a rich source of clinical studies that spans observations by medical doctors over 200 years to present, as can be seen in the following materia medica
I estimate that there are now over 400 of these “materia medica.”
Homeopathy is now being used in the nation’s top cancer hospital.
INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF ONCOLOGY 23: 975-982, 2003
Ruta 6 selectively induces cell death in brain cancer cells but proliferation in normal peripheral blood lymphocytes: A novel treatment for human brain cancer
Integr Cancer Ther. 2006 Dec;5(4):343-9.
Can homeopathic treatment slow prostate cancer growth? Homeopathic remedies for the present study have no direct cellular anticancer effects but appear to significantly slow the progression of cancer and reduce cancer incidence and mortality in Copenhagen rats
It’s been said there are no physical differences between potentized homeopathic remedies and their vehicles of water, sugar and alcohol. There are, however, a growing number of studies that contradict that notion.
ROY Structure of Liquid Water http://www.tinyurl.com/7fap5m4
RAO Epitaxy http://www.tinyurl.com/6nbl9jv
CHAPLIN Memory http://www.tinyurl.com/78445jp
ELIA Thermodynamics http://www.tinyurl.com/6w7t4bf
JOSEPHSON Molecular Memories http://www.tinyurl.com/bdjosephson
TILLER thermodynamics http://www.tinyurl.com/billtiller
And this is merely a sampling of the online data base. PubMed now lists over 4500 references to homeopathy.
I wonder how many people know there’s now a medical college devoted to training MD’s to use homeopathy in their pratices?
Homeopathy is now a licensed practice in Arizona.
MASS TRIALS, EPIDEMICS
WITT: Homeopathic medical practice: long-term results of a cohort study with 3981 patients. Institute for Social Medicine, Epidemiology and Health Economics, Charité University Medical Center, D-10098 Berlin, Germany http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16266440
BMC Public Health. 2008 Dec 17;8:413
The anti-homeopathy crowd may crow how they win all the battles. They may go around telling all their friends it doesn’t work, and it’s just a placebo, but I think it’s safe to say they’ll’ never win the war. They’ve had two hundred year to do it, and their stupid arguments haven’t changed since then.
Mark Twain wrote about homeopathy in 1867. He said you can choose allopathy and die of an overdose, or you can choose homeopathy and die of an under.
Twain chose homeopathy and made exclusive use of medical doctors trained in the use of homeopathics, just like John D. Rockefeller, Mahatma Gandhi , the Queen, the British Royal family, and countless others have done. No doubt they will continue to do for many years to come. No matter how much ridicule, abuse and cyberbullying can be heaped on it, homeopathy will remain the wise woman’s and intelligent man’s curative medicine of choice.
John Benneth,PG Hom – London (Hons)
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