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You are viewing: News & Views - September 2010 - Level 2

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September 2010
News & Views

Cuba demonstrates effectiveness of Homeopathic vaccination

Each year, during hurricane season, many people throughout the world face flooding, homelessness and often disease; and Cuba is no exception. When the hurricanes hit each Autumn, flooding can often contaminate drinking supplies and the bacteria found in the water can frequently lead to Weil's disease, otherwise known as Leptospirosis which regularly results in a variety of symptoms including fever, muscle aches, jaundice, headaches, abdominal pains, diarrhoea and sometimes even death.

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As Cuba is still subject to heavy embargoes from the United States, they have been economically restricted to sustain themselves on miniscule budgets throughout all areas including health. With an annual problem of Weil's disease and limited finance to provide all those potentially affected with allopathic vaccinations, the Ministry of Public Health, embarked on distributing homeopathic remedies to 2.4 million Cubans in the most affected regions of the country.

This campaign comprised of administering two doses of a preventative treatment to these inhabitants. From this mass research, it became apparent there were several key advantages to this method over conventional treatment.

  • Firstly, the cost of the campaign was US$200,000 - significantly lower than the customary vaccination of US$3,000,000.
  • Secondly producing the homeopathic treatment was far quicker than that of a vaccine (the 5 million doses required for the project was manufactured within a week).
  • Thirdly managing the distribution of the doses did not require medical assistance and hence it was more efficient when accessing affected areas.
  • Fourthly and most importantly was the success of the study in terms of recorded illnesses and deaths attributed to Weil's disease. According to reports, there was an 80% reduction in the prevalence of Weils disease in the affected regions where the homeopathic remedies were distributed, with only 10 cases of the infection recorded, in comparison

Van Gogh's "impression" of homeopathy

If you managed to visit the recent Van Gogh exhibition at the Royal Academy in London you may well have seen "Still Life with a plate of Onions" the first Van Gogh painting after the infamous mutilation of his ear. The picture is of a coffee pot, an empty bottle of absinthe and a handbook on homeopathy. This serves to remind us of the difficulties and illnesses that had become such a prominent part of the artist's life.

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As was common in the late 19th century Van Gogh along with many other impressionist painters such as Cezanne, Pissarro, Manet, and Renoir sought help and advice from local homeopathic practitioners. The impressionist physician of choice was Paul Ferdinand Gachet who assisted in Renoir's recovery from pneumonia and also helped alleviate Van Gogh's anxiety following his discharge from a mental asylum in St Remy, France. It was during this time under the care of homeopathy that Van Gogh painted 70 paintings in 70days! As a consequence art historians cite this period of Van Gogh's life as his most prolific.

The price the public pays

With GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) currently battling a governmental lawsuit in the US over the production and marketing of Avandia, a drug for diabetes, it is little wonder that some members of the public have become disillusioned with the pharmaceutical industry.

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A report by the Senate Finance Committee has stated that GSK knew Avandia was linked to thousands of heart attacks but despite this, hid the information from the public and attempted to intimidate doctors and researchers that questioned the drugs safety. According to a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine in 2007, patients who took Avandia were 43% more likely to have cardiovascular problems.

In addition, the current report by the Senate Finance Committee has stated that by taking an alternative "safer" drug, 500 heart attacks and 300 cases of heart failure every month in the US would have been prevented.

Naturally, this case highlights the duty that pharmaceutical and healthcare companies have to warn patients about potential side-effects and adverse reactions. At the same time this appears to suggest that some organizations are prepared to go to considerable lengths in order to boost their profits.

Homeopathy for ADHD sufferers

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is the most commonly diagnosed psychiatric disorder in children and it affects around one child in every school class. Sufferers of ADHD often display impulsive and disruptive characteristics and are frequently described as overactive, inattentive, aggressive and incontrollable with poor learning skills.

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A succession of clinical trials surrounding the application of homeopathy to sufferers of ADHD have been researched and published. It took 263 children diagnosed with the disorder and the results suggest that were considerable positive outcomes for those that were treated with homeopathic remedies - the children's moods were more stable and their short term memory was vastly improved. Simultaneously the children themselves felt their condition to be far better.

The trials also concluded that

  • the beneficial effect experienced as a result of homeopathy continued long after treatment had been completed.
  • Up to 64%of parents with ADHD choose complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) to treat their offspring.
  • No serious side effects have been reported as a result of these homeopathic trials.
  • By contrast the US Food & Drug Administration has issued a warning that conventional ADHD drugs may cause cardiovascular disease.

This suggests that homeopathic remedies may well offer a safer form of treatment fo ADHD than conventional drugs: a fact which could be one of the main controlling factors for parents choosing homeopathy for their children, rather than conventional interventions.


For further information in order to make a fully informed choice contact
(Alternatively pass this to any friend or colleague who could benefit from the information)

H4H

Dr. Peter Darashah

Ph.D.,M.Sc (Lond), B.Sc., DIHom (Pract), FBIH, MARH

Nutrition Consultant & Homeopathic Physician

Tel: +353 (0)87 2621943


Consultations held at:-
The Natural Health Centre, 34 Princes Str., Cork.

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