New Film on Homeopathy Released

A new film on homeopathy has been released by Laurel Chiten (Blind Dog FIlms) who is the Producer and Director. “Just One Drop” explores the people who have been dramatically helped by homeopathy as well as the history and controversy of homeopathy.

 

Successful Experiment Shows Homeopathic Arnica Stimulates Wound Healing Genes

arnicaA new complex scientific experiment tested Arnica montana to see if it would change genes that are related to wound healing. As the authors said: “This work tested Arnica m. effects on gene expression using an in vitro model of macrophages polarized towards a “wound-healing” phenotype” The experiment showed that even highly diluted and potentized Arnica had a noticable effect!

Arnica montana prepared homoeopathically has been used for over 200 years by homeopaths and consumers to heal injuries especially bruises.

Here are some excerpts from the successful experiment:

Given the central role of macrophages in tissue repair and regeneration, we formulated the hypothesis that one of the cellular targets of Arnica m. action is the macrophage, and accordingly decided to evaluate this plant’s effects in vitro on the THP-1 human cell line, a widely used model for immune modulation [15,16]. This cell line is widely used in laboratories for the study of macrophage biochemistry and molecular biology. The advantage of a cell line resides essentially in the easier reproducibility of experiments in the same conditions, avoiding the variations due to individual sensitivity of different donors. Since we used very low doses of drugs—even with the highest Arnica m. 2c dilution, in assay medium the sesquiterpene lactones are in the 10−8 Mol/L dose—we expected small effect sizes and so preferred to use a highly reproducible model. THP-1 cells resemble primary monocytes, but when treated with low doses of phorbol esters (PMA) they differentiate to cells with the morphological and functional features of tissue macrophages. On the basis of environmental cues and molecular mediators, macrophages differentiate to either a pro-inflammatory type (M1) or to an anti-inflammatory or pro-reparatory type (M2) [1720]. Accordingly, we used THP-1 macrophages polarized by interleukin-4 (IL-4) treatment to a phenotype that takes on characteristic properties functional to immune regulation, wound healing, and tissue remodelling [16,21].

The results of this work indicate that Arnica m. acts on macrophages by modulating a number of genes and by increasing cell motility. RNA-seq analysis allowed the identification of several genes which are particularly sensitive to ultra-low doses and high dilutions of this plant extract. Molecular analysis of gene expression suggests that a primary action of this medicinal plant is the stimulation of tissue matrix synthesis. These findings provide new insights into wound-associated molecular events and specifically point to macrophage fibronectin production as a potential therapeutic target of Arnica m. for the treatment of wound repair.

See the full research article in the highly regarded PLOS ONE: Arnica montana Stimulates Extracellular Matrix Gene Expression in a Macrophage Cell Line Differentiated to Wound-Healing Phenotype

Depression Fastest Growing Condition in UK and Homeopathy Can Help

In spite of billions of GBPs and billions of dollars spent on pharmaceutical medication for depression, it is growing at an alarming rate and poorly controlled.  The Society of Homeopaths reports:

According to a recent report in GP online(1) depression is now the fastest growing condition in the UK.

470,000 new cases were reported in 2015/16, which exceeded obesity, hypertension and diabetes. This leaves the total number of patients over the age of 18 with recorded depression standing at 3.8m people, or 8.3% of the population.

The report is based on analysis prevalence data from Quality and Outcomes Framework(QOF), published in NHS digital.2 In the meanwhile, waiting times for patients to access talking therapies such as Cognigive Behavioural Therapy is, according to the General Practitioners Committee deputy chairman Dr Richard Vautrey unacceptably long.

Homeopathy and depression

Given that women are up to three times more likely to develop major depressive order, findings from a recent trial where homeopathy was given to peri-menopausal and menopausal women with depressive symptoms is very interesting.

This randomised, placebo controlled trial took place in Mexico and included 133 women. 54.5% of women responded positively to homeopathic treatment, which was similar to the response to fluoxetine but significantly higher than from placebo. Only homeopathic treatment led to a reduction on menopausal symptoms, which is in line with its whole person effects.

1. http://www.gponline.com/depression-fastest-growing-condition-gps-record-470000-new-cases-2015-16/mental-health/depression/article/1414006

2. http://content.digital.nhs.uk/QOF

3. Aguilar-Faisal L, Asbun-Bojalil J (2015) IndividualizedHomeopathic Treatment and Fluoxetine for Moderateto Severe Depression in Peri- and Postmenopausal Women (HOMDEP-MENOP Study): A Randomized,Double-Dummy, Double-Blind, Placebo-Controlled Trial. PLoS ONE 10(3): e0118440. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0118440

Veterinary Homeopathy Has A Long History of Safety and Efficacy

 

With our  livestock being overrun by pharmaceutical drugs and corporations, as well as the phenomenal increase of serious chronic diseases in pets as a result of conventional veterinarian medicine or in spite of it, homeopathy as an alternative has been a life saver for many animals.

Many vets use homeopathic remedies, and many have decided to treat animals solely with homeopathy. Studies and clinical realities have proven homeopathy’s efficacy and safety in the treatment of animals. Not only that, homeopathic remedies given to animals do not poison the food chain or cause further degradation of the health of animals. It is one of the reasons there is such a demand for homeopathy by many practical and knowledgable farmers.

The British Homeopathic Association states:

The benefits
A veterinary surgeon trained in homeopathy will know when it is most effective to use homeopathic medicine, conventional medicine or a combination of both. Homeopathy can be used equally well for minor conditions and for more chronic problems when prolonged treatment may be required.
Veterinary clinical outcomes survey
In October 2010 the Faculty of homeopathy’s data collection study in cats and dogs was published.
In the largest study of its type ever conducted, the clinical outcomes survey has identified a number of clinical conditions in cats and dogs that may be promising targets for future research in veterinary homeopathy.  Twenty-one homeopathic veterinary surgeons in the UK recorded data from their patients over a 12-month period and collected information from a total of 400 cats and 1500 dogs.
The most frequently treated feline conditions were dermatitis, renal failure, over-grooming, arthritis and hyperthyroidism.  The most commonly recorded canine conditions were dermatitis, arthritis, pyoderma (a bacterial infection of the skin), colitis and fear.  By owners’ assessments, a moderate or major improvement was reported overall for 63% of cats and for 68% of dogs1.

British Homeopathic Association

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Queen Elizabeth’s Long Life Attributed to Homeopathy

On her 90th birthday, the London Weekly News reports that in spite of criticism the Queen has used homeopathy all her life and has remarkable good health. In fact, many generations of the Royal family have used homeopathy.

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For as The Queen marks her 90th birthday on April 21, that she has reached such an excellent age is largely due to her lifelong trust in homeopathy. Everywhere that Her Majesty goes she is accompanied by a small case of special cures and tinctures and, although doctors no not care to admit it, it is because of her herbal little helpers that she rarely gets a cold or any other sort of complaint.

Empiricists would argue that as both The Queen and the late Queen Mother have been avid fans of homeopathy and as The Queen Mum died at the age of 101, the glaring probability that it works seems to be rather evident.      -London Weekly News

Serious Irregularities in Australian Flawed Report Surface

In 2015, the Australian National Health Medical Research Council’s (NHMRC) authored a report that designated homeopathy ineffective.

But many serious methodological flaws, procedural irregularities, bias and conflicts of interest have come to light about the whole process. The Australian Homeopathic Association (AHA) has investigated and has taken their report of the serious irregularities to the Council. Because of the nature of the problems that have been uncovered the Council is now having an internal investigation. Probably the most serious being that the head of the NHMRC Homeopathic Working Committee was a member of a pro-pharmaceutical corporate medicine group called FSM.

“AHA, in collaboration with Complementary Medicines Australia (CMA), has been engaged in an active, formal process of making NHMRC accountable for its flawed ‘Review’, which was underpinned by unacceptable bias and conflict of interest.  The CMA/ AHA investigation has revealed a number of critical (previously unknown) procedural and methodological irregularities that invalidate the ‘Review’s’ findings.  Some of these are of a very disturbing nature, for example the undisclosed fact that a Friends of Science in Medicine (FSM) member was appointed as the initial chair of the ‘Homeopathy Working Committee’ in 2012, concomitant to the NHMRC CEO being personally warned of FSM’s lobbying of NHMRC reviewers to its anti-Complimentary Medicine agenda.”

Such factors, amongst many others, bode well for having the ‘Review’ and its findings permanently set aside, which is AHA/ CMA’s goal.

After a lead-up investigation period, in August 2015 CMA provided NHMRC with a dossier outlining critical methodological flaws, procedural irregularities, bias and conflicts of interest associated with the ‘Review’. This successfully brought NHRMC to the negotiating table on September 17, 2015, under threat of further follow up action underpinned by legal support. At the meeting, attended by representatives from the AHA, CMA and their legal representation, NHMRC agreed to undertake a formal internal review of its processes and consider a detailed (61-page) submission prepared by CMA/ AHA detailing these irregularities. NHMRC is currently undertaking this internal review.

AHA appreciates members’ and supporters’ patience in this matter. Now that a formal complaints process has been initiated via NHMRC, AHA is more able to keep everyone informed of progress with this situation as it develops.

To this end National Council has set up a Sponsorship Program to financially support our legal costs in the ongoing process outlined above. Any contribution you can make to this fund will directly support these ongoing activities and will make a real difference. For more information please visit the website.” —http://www.homeopathyoz.org

Injuries From Pharmaceutical Drugs Means More Grief for Homeopaths, Homeopathy and Alternative Medicine

A conventional pharmaceutical drug trial in France has left five people seriously injured with one participant becoming brain dead and dying.

A new report says that heartburn medications, proton pump inhibitors called PPIs, which are one of the top ten drugs prescribed in the world- – have damaging effects on the kidneys. The studies also showed that taking PPIs increases your risk of dying prematurely by 76%.

All these add to the overwhelming body of work that shows that the conventional drug clinical trial and what is called the gold standard of double blind studies are not a predictor of safety and ultimately efficacy. It also seriously erodes the whole basis of pharmaceutical drug research and testing.

Homeopathy, on the other hand, has a 200 year old history of incredible safety and clinical efficacy. It is not driven by corporations. Not only that, homeopaths have developed complex and sophisticated clinical methods of evaluating their own therapy and other treatment modalities.

The homeopath’s system of monitoring the positive or negative effects of therapies by their acute observation of the overall effect of any therapy, disease or situation  started with what were called “laws of cure” by one important homeopath in the 1800s. By observing over 20-30 years the health of their general patient population and specific patients, homeopaths have been good at identifying directions of cure and disease in the total body system.  It is one of the reasons why homeopathy is the second largest form of medicine in the world and has millions of patients that can attest to its effectiveness and lack of side effect.

So you would think that with the positive outcomes and safety of homeopathy and other alternative medical therapies that there would be a dramatic support and movement away from pharmaceutical drugs. But there isn’t a dramatic movement albeit an increase in those turning to alternatives.  This is because Drug companies have spent millions on certain kinds of negative aspect public relations, making sure that this does not happen.

The key is to understand that drug companies, many years ago recognized that their drugs were potentially harmful and that non harmful alternatives were taking more market share. They implemented a strategy to attack alternative choices and eliminate competition. As well, by focusing attention of critics on alternative health modalities and making them appear “dangerous” and claiming that drugs are made with the only “scientific” method,  it takes the heat and focus off their own products. There are even organizations and individuals that have been funded by pharmaceutical companies to promote just that method of attack.

There are various names for this type of activity and “Tactical Negative Public Relations” is one of them. With such a deep deep corporate pocket, this activity has had far reaching impacts which have not been good for consumers and causes grief for alternative health practitioners.

It has best been accomplished by a number of methods, including inciting those in the research field who’s jobs depend solely on funding by the pharmaceutical industry  to form and give rigid opinions against homeopathy without actually knowing anything about what they are talking about. Also, they have enlisted many failed academics  who lie about their credentials and knowledge of alternatives to create an aura of credibility yet are attempting to bolster their failed career by spreading self aggrandizing false information about alternatives. As well, there is a concerted attempt to minimize reporting of side effects and reporting of serious problems of modern drugs.

It also has included enlisting individuals and groups who feel that corporations, like drug companies can do no harm and should not be restricted- a philosophy espoused by the teacher of many of the anti-alternative medicine zealots in the United Kingdom.

Usually their arguments are simplistic at best, prejudicial and hate filled at worst. It goes viral on the internet in a better way if it is filled with hate.

An emotional Facebook plea by a woman who turned out to be associated with the pharmaceutical industrywent viral. It was filled with disturbingly false information about the measles vaccine  and those opposing it. It led to a popular pro-vaccine movement and even political changes.

But it was actually part of a larger strategy that started when prominent researchers including the leading vaccine researcher Dr. Gregory Poland  stated  and wrote in peer reviewed journals, that the measles vaccine was failing.  The success of this pharmaceutical industry strategy, which included serious funding of politicians, moved many governments towards even more compulsory drug taking-compulsory injections and even less liability by drug companies supplying them.

Homeopaths are in for even more attacks because of the current failure of drug trials and the revealing of the danger of such a commonly prescribed type of drug as a PPI. On the other hand, those that value their overall health and think more deeply about their well being will appreciate homeopathy even more.