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Sars Cov2 pneumonia treated with Homeopathy

Sars Cov2 pneumonia treated with Homeopathy (Case 2)

All the cases of Dr. Guillermo Zamora presented here come from his daily clinical practice. However, even with the patient’s consent for its publication, some details have been modified to preserve their anonymity.

Professionals at the Institute for Homoeopathic Medicine have already been treating enough COVID-19 cases during this dangerous and very unfortunate pandemic to establish experience. We have also been working from a preventive point of view with very good results.

The homeopathic remedy selected in the case was based on individual symptoms, which means that it works in that case but not in all those who suffer from that disease. The IHM recommendation is that the doctor (and the homeopath who practices genuine homeopathy ) be consulted  and that the measures declared by the health authorities be followed.

A homeopathic prescription that is done without modalities might seem somewhat imprecise, however once the concomitant symptoms are successfully combined they can give a clear homoeopathic diagnosis, as seen in the following case:

On January 26, 2021, I was contacted by a retired high command of the Mexican Army. It was his son CS. 53-year-old male, temporary employee who had tested positive for Sars Cov2 antigen. With apparent limitations of the intellect that prevent him from expressing himself adequately due to epilepsy from birth for which he takes Epamin 1-0-2, an indirect interrogation is carried out with the father. It refers to a cough with white expectorations and constant chills day and night. He reports that the day before, he fainted in the morning, losing consciousness only momentarily. For this reason, he was taken to a physician who tried to give an injection with dexamethasone but the patient did not allow it (even becoming somewhat aggressive), which is why he was only prescribed an antibiotic for 8 days. He is seen unusually serious and with little appetite; he asks for something to eat and when it is brought to him he does not eat it. No other information could be collected. Rubrics taken:

Using Boenninghausen’s P&W Therapeutic Pocket Book 1846 in Spanish

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Hahnemann-Chronic Diseases-The Remedies-Lycopodium

335. Pale, plaintive complexion.

336. Paler face, pulled.

337. Change of countenance, and sunken eyes.

519. Lack of appetite (after 3 days).

520. He does not crave his food, he has no appetite.

523. She cannot eat, she is always full and without appetite, and when she eats anything, she feels disgusted, even vomiting.

957. Expectoration of whitish mucus. [Gll.]

959. Thick, whitish yellow expectoration with violent cough.

1428. Sudden failure of strength, like fainting; she has to hold onto something; at the same time, blurred vision for half an hour.

1571. Chill (after 14 days).

1575. Continuous chill with sensitive coldness throughout the body, worse towards evening.

1597. Chills every day.

Rx.-Lycopodium Clavatum 30c Solution.

On January 27, considerable improvement is reported in the morning, the patient has eaten well and has a better face, but in the afternoon he returns to the state he was in. The father is asked to get a pulse oximeter. Oxygen saturation results in 83. The unsuccessful search for oxygen begins. The peak of the pandemic in the region has reached its maximums. There are no oxygen tanks or concentrators available. There are no beds available in hospitals. People emigrating to other states looking for a place to intern. The situation is critical. However, contact is made with the municipal government where there are some reserves of the essential element and the patient is registered in line for a later call once patients with lower records and in more critical condition are first treated at the discretion of a doctor assigned by the government in turn. Homeopathic treatment continues.

January 28- Simple chest CT is ordered:

In the lung window, parahilar bronchiectasis is observed, an area of ​​greater right parahilar density, poorly defined with reticular images in relation to interstitial pneumonia or atypical pneumonitis. Bilateral intracisural pleurisy.

We can also take a look at   Cyrus Maxwell Boger’s Boenninghausen´s Repertory in the chapter Chest-Inner Chest-Phenomena-Pneumonia. It is not recommended but only out of curiosity. One can observe remedies that were useful to the great masters in pneumonia:

Rx.-Lyc 30c Solution

01/29/2021

Fortunately, the oxygen saturation has started to rise: 85. The patient eats well and has a better face.

02/04/2021

Through a punctual and daily log reported by the father at 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., it is observed that saturation has gradually increased by 1-2 units per day. Today 93-94. It is worth mentioning that the interval of repetition of the doses of the homeopathic remedy was carried out with admirable discipline and without putting any obstacles to the therapy.

Painful constipation is reported. Diet is recommended.

02/12/2021

Oxygen saturation 96-97. Clinic, Laboratories and Cabinet indicating remission of the pathology.

High.

This case demonstrates four significant points:

1. Not always a case shows pathognomonic symptoms of the pathology in question. Here there were never, bouts of suffocation or suffocation, fever, chest pain, loss of taste or smell, etc. and yet the patient had pneumonia. Probably the underlying pathology or the anticonvulsant treatment suppressed some of these symptoms. Either way common sense and medical knowledge must be on the alert.

2. The effective application of Boenninghausen’s Therapeutic Pocket Book requires a complete understanding of the meaning of the rubrics and their applicability in each clinical situation.

3. Even in the absence of modalities, the precise combination of the symptoms of the current illness with the concomitant symptoms that present independently, together can provide a sufficient differential for homoeopathic diagnosis after consultation of Materia Medica Pura.

4. The use of advanced technologies such as tomography provides us with greater planimetric precision of the lesions, in this case of the thorax, which gives us an advantage in defining the location that is more akin to some remedies than others.

Still, it’s always good to keep in mind trying to define each of the symptoms as much as possible.

https://institutodemedicinahomoeopaticaamericalatina.wordpress.com/2021/02/15/neumonia-por-sars-cov2-tratada-con-homeopatia-caso-2/

Further thoughts on choices……..

While COVID has everyone in the UK locked down, We at the I.H.M. are taking a tentative look forward to the future. When and how are the 2 questions.

Im in conversation with my colleagues with regard to these questions, simply because I have no idea as to whether Homoeopathy as a profession still exists in the UK or whether indeed there are enough practitioners who want to improve their skills in applying Hahnemanns successful methodology in their casework.

We will outline our plans again. We are looking at purchasing a small 8 bedroom guest house hotel on the seafront of a south-west town for use as a clinic/teaching centre and in stay patient treatment facility. We have decided to not go the medical licencing route and just run it as a guest stay:

a/. with daily homoeopathic evaluation by our staff.

b/. We would like to have student homoeopaths observe and be involved in the discussions for treatment for the patients.

c/. seminars.

e/. teaching first aid to small groups.

f/. A four day in depth training for inclusion of the homoeopath on the I.H. M. Register.

We will be able to offer low cost room rentals to students during seminars and FREE for overseas students taking the IHM training for the Register.

We understand that the IHM centre will be outside of London, yet only 60/90 minutes by train or 60 minutes by car. We aimed for sunshine, fresh sea air and a cheaper locale.

I can operate the premises as a guest house, and have my clinic in it, so as to offset the ongoing bills, but much prefer to have as a teaching and patient care centre if possible.

We hope to have guest speakers from other countries to give seminars.

 

Choices

The I.H.M. has the opportunity to purchase a small 8-10 bed hotel on the south coast of England to make a wellness centre for teaching and inpatient care in the bedrooms.

As with all things homoeopathy, there is a mild uncertainty as to the future, especially when considering a three-quarter of a million-pound property purchase.

I will explain the concept first. We will offer a one or two-week stay for patients who would like a thorough evaluation and treatment via homoeopathy with daily observation and case management.

We will offer a balanced diet to be taken during the stay. Where possible, we will encourage walks along the seafront and complete relaxation from the daily routine of the patient’s life. We can arrange for the spouse to stay as well.

We are hoping for multiple homoeopaths to share in the case taking and then via discussion arrive at a course of treatment for the patient.

We will have a clinic on the premises staffed by professional homoeopaths and medical homoeopaths where possible to cover all eventualities. We will have osteopathic treatment available for misaligned joint issues if required.

We will have space available for student training in case taking and repertory understanding. There will be an opportunity to assist in live case taking and case management under supervision.  Seminars will be a regular occurrence. We aim to be all-inclusive in terms of Hahnemannian homoeopathy.

Just looking for the incentive to get out the cheque book and commit to the future.

 

 

 

Is there room for us?

I’m sat on the IHM boat in Hemel Hemsted, currently with either battery or inverter issues…. either way is a fistful of money to fix. Things happen.

Watching the events of the last few months, and how the countries are pushing towards vaccines as the answer, and how the populace are either worried to distraction or are against the lockdowns ………. I’m seeing how homoeopathy is being denigrated and indeed being removed by the fact-checkers on google and Facebook and other sites. We seem to be sidelined in favour of ‘proper treatment’.

Well, I worked out a prophylactic remedy a few months ago, and of the 600 plus people  that I and other members of the IMH have given in 4 countries…. not a single case…

Guillermo Zamora and I have treated individuals with COVID sx to a good resolution………but who is listening…………?

The world is changing. Nothing will ever be the same. WE need to accept and be prepared to change how we do things and still be homoeopaths in mind and action. We need to make the room for us.

We at the IHM do not make claims to ‘cure’ COVID or offer alternative vaccines. We treat each case individually as per our Hahnemann protocols and will give the prophylactic to be taken once a week or every two weeks. Some give daily, my experience with taking more than once a week was a massive proving and difficulties until it wore off…So I advocate once a week simply because, in truth, I don’t know how long the protection lasts……. I know that weekly or even 2 weekly seems to hold.

We have to stand firm on the principles and be sure we know what we are prescribing for, the essential symptoms that need treating…… not just the remedy with the most symptoms covered.

The IHM uses the TPB of Boenninghausen simply because it follows the Hahnemannian protocols, and will work in 98% of cases both acute and chronic. We do not discount the use of other well-proved remedies and advocate a thorough knowledge of them before prescribing. The essence of using the TPB is a well-taken case and extracting the symptoms according to aphorism 153.

Every disease has a centre. The disease symptoms are known, and the patient exhibits symptoms ‘peculiar’ to the patient its either intensity or prominence. These all may have other symptoms not noted as pertaining to the disease state.

WE have to find these symptoms out of the collection of altered sensations that the patient feels. We have to remember that many symptoms are the result of the causative condition and therefore NOT prescribing symptoms per se.

Since 2016We have conducted a 4-day intensive seminar for application to become a member of the IHM. The students are all long time homoeopaths who increased their knowledge base by learning the Boenninghausen method and tidying up the loose ends that were muddied by Kent and others.  The original venue was at our clinic in Seville Spain and has now relocated to The London area on our IHM Widebeam vessel.

We will offer a free bedroom aboard the vessel for individual applicants, and will just ask for a contribution toward food. The fee for the 4 days intensive will remain at the same cost as from 2016. It will be Sterling £900.

We will be fitting out boat for teaching in the next weeks, and be ready for the new year……..to get going government permitting. We already (with the help of members Abdul Malik and Imran Khan) are putting together a clinic for when we are ready to start…

The IHM has a 4 day training opportunity, starting in 2021. We dont claim to have all the answers, but we do feel we can teach the Hahnemanninan methodology in case taking.

What we teach:

  • The rationale of homoeopathic medicine and the use of the Therapeutic Pocket Book in everyday casework.
  • The examination of the patient according to defined parameters of eliciting prescribing symptoms without the filter of all the variants of non-Hahnemann practices as taught by teachers today.
  • An in depth look at the Miasm theory in the light of infection and infectious disease models that are the accepted protocols in modern medicine.
  • Patient management utilising Hahnemannian directives for medicine administration and potency choice, frequency of dose, withdrawal of repetition of medicine on well-indicated grounds, observation of medicinal action and when to change the medicine.
  • Use of LM or Q potencies.
  • Chronic and acute prescribing and when to finish prescribing.
  • In depth explanation and use of the Therapeutic Pocket Book. The T.P.B. was devised by Boenninghausen as a synthetic approach approximating Hahnemanns thoughts on case analysis so as to find a close similimum by extracting the correct proving symptoms that match the disease state.
  • How to understand the meaning of rubrics via the patient’s symptoms.
  • Lots of case examples and analysis by Gary Weaver.
  • Help in re-examining some of the students’ intractable cases.

The long night of darkness.

Coronavirus.

As a homoeopath, be you a medically qualified professional or not, Coronavirus is at present out of your hands. The allopathic grip on the situation is what it is, and if a person is taken to hospital with the flu, then treatment will be as mandated by the prevailing thoughts at the time. There will be no allowance for any other treatment.

There is a scramble for finding a prophylactic remedy to prevent the virus from taking hold, yet the symptoms of the virus appear to vary from country to country… and the criteria for sx assessment vary from homoeopath to homoeopath… and some are very suspect indeed. Worse than that, there is a scarcity of symptoms that a homoeopath needs for differentiation between remedies.

Recently I have treated about 21 cases of influenza, and  2 cases of pneumonia, both in my locale and in America, and based on the sx of the affected persons, I gave Phos to members of the families, and no one else contracted the flu. (All the patients recovered swiftly) In examining the coronavirus, (for my locale) I see that Phos might be suitable for use as a prophylactic, however, that is only based on what SX I can find from my colleagues in hospitals and the internet.

So my advice is to just keep watching and reading and listening for ‘real’ Sx and not broad generic ones, and then at that point we can help protect our patients.

Facts: 80% of people contracting the virus have it mild. As with any other virus, death occurs in individuals having serious pre-existing disorders, like cancer, diabetes, respiratory problems, heart issues etc. Even in the 20% that have it bad, less than 2% succumb.

The principles of homoeopathy part 4. (final 4/4)

This is the last post in this short series.

Principle:

“a basic truth that explains or controls how something happens or works”

“a fundamental truth or proposition that serves as the foundation for a system of belief or behaviour or for a chain of reasoning.”

We have principles in homoeopathy. Medical principles that should guide us through all aspects of treatment and patient management. We have example after example with thousands of cases that show success in the face of mainstream and herbal medicine failure.

One principle that homoeopaths seem to neglect continuously, is acceptance of the law and principle of similars, this being the bedrock of the therapy of homoeopathy.

Too often I read homoeopaths suggesting or recommending other therapies like naturopathy, vitamins, acupuncture, TCM, reflexology etc as ‘helpful’ in the current coronavirus spread.

I’m disappointed. It would appear that people claiming to be homoeopaths are not prepared to lean on the principles of homoeopathy and pursue them vigorously to cure patients utilising the law of similars. Why is this? Do they think that other therapies are stronger than the law of similars? Did they forget that Hahnemann showed how naturopathy did not and could not work in the curative principle when he translated Cullens work?

For those wanting a prophylactic for the disease in their area, they need to STOP looking outside of the law of similars and find the similar as per the law. It is ridiculous to leave medical principles behind and look for combination remedies, or herbal solutions as the answer. Do not take any suggestions from naturopathy or Thai traditional or TCM or acupuncture as these do not conform to the law of similars. If a person claiming to be a homoeopath keeps pushing ‘solutions’ outside of the therapy, Let me remind them that they have committed to the principle of similars, and if they do not hold to it, my strong suggestion is that they should re-educate themselves or cease being known as a practitioner of Hahnemann’s therapy. They will do more damage than good.

Given that the majority of members of our profession subscribe to a false practice, it is essential that those wanting to be known as effectual practitioners, know what they are doing conforms to the directives as set by Hahnemann.

Don’t let an emergency cloud your training or judgement. Homoeopathy never fails, just the practitioner.

Homoeopathy faces enough criticism for the practice. Let us not add to it by encompassing other ineffective therapies that contradict the principles into it.

 

 

The Homoeopath (Thoughts from the desk)

First, there are many cases of patient suffering, in which, despite investigations of all kinds, a clear diagnosis can not be established, although patients have symptoms and signs. These symptoms are sometimes categorized as psychosomatic, or as nonspecific disorders (eg diarrhoea before any examination, or any major event) and may be the cause of a decrease in quality of life. These can become homoeopathic cases, precisely because there is no disease diagnosis.

Secondly, a patient may experience recurrences, repeat disturbances of either viral (e.g., the common cold) or reaction-type (diarrhoea and bloating at certain foods: milk, fruit, meat, etc.) .). These recurrences may be due to immune deficiencies or are simply peculiarities of the patient’s physiology. Although they can be treated allopathically, they are homoeopathic cases when it comes to treating predispositions or preventing these conditions.

Thirdly, during ill-defined diseases as a diagnosis, patients exhibit different symptoms  (against defined disease standards), particular, even strange, difficult to explain and difficult to fit in the “typical” picture of the disease. These symptoms are generally considered peripheral and are ignored during allopathic treatment. Sometimes the remission of the diagnosed disease, these symptoms disappear, but sometimes not. Although allopathy considers the disease healed, the patient still suffers from the same problems or always faces the same symptomatic configuration. Is he healed?

The answer in allopathy is an approximate but not as consistent with what the patient feels. He suffers – contiguous or recurrent – but is considered “healed” though he is still not well, he feels ill. In children especially, this situation is very common. The child is “cured” by tonsillitis, bronchitis, etc., but continues to be sensitive, always becoming ill.

To cure, usage of multiple antibiotics, other medicines, but nobody takes into account that the baby, for example, is sensitive to wet weather, fog, rain.

A careful general practitioner will notice this particular sensitivity, but it does not have the conceptual framework to value it, or, in other words, it can not treat it. The allergist will shrug (moisture is not an allergen), the pneumologist, the ENT will treat tonsillitis, but the sensitivity to moisture. As the patient continues to “heal”, but not to be cured and again and again to produce the same tonsillitis (bronchitis, asthma, etc.) until the tonsils are extirpated or to have a suppressive cortisone treatment, often useless and immunodepressed.

The only person who can take this particular sensitivity into account, as well as other sensitivities and peculiarities, physical, mental or reactive, and for which it has a significance is the Homeopath. He (she) is the only one who can value such apparently peripheral disease symptoms that do not relate to the proper diagnosis but to the individual interpretation of suffering. There are particular, strange, uncompromising symptoms in the diagnosis of illness, which relate to the individuality of the patient, but which directly affects him, having a safe recurrence under the same conditions.

The keywords to characterize a homoeopathic case is the individualization of suffering . If we were to describe the characteristics of “homoeopathic cases” these would be:

–         Very individualized, particular symptoms, strange in association or not with certain diseases. Localizations, modalities, sensations and unusual symptoms of some symptoms.

–         Unusual association of illnesses and symptoms, interesting and unexpected configurations of symptoms, signs, illnesses.

–         Recurrence of disorders , whether or not related to certain events or conditions, whether external (eg climatic or food) or in-house (emotions, fears, anxieties, etc.).

–         Changes in the immune system either in excess (allergies, autoimmune diseases) or in deficiency (recurrence, sensitivity).

–         Resistance to allopathic treatment, even better as indicated in the diagnosis

–         residual symptoms after treatment allopathic

– Diseases or symptoms after emotional trauma, professional stress or any other kind. These are afflictions with a strong causality, after which the patient did not feel well (“never well since …”)

A thought for our colleagues in Hong Kong

 

 

From your friends and colleagues here in Europe and Thailand and the USA, we send our wishes and hopes for your safety and a good settlement of the current problems that beset you.

For Arden and Manisha who have worked so hard in the last few years to lay the foundation and potential for homoeopathy in Hong Kong, we send special affection for your dedication. For the students who wanted to do so much for the people of Hong Kong, and are suddenly in this political mess, we send hugs and well wishes.

For those, we love through personal knowledge, for those that rejected us, and for those that are suffering for all sorts of reasons right now… we remember you in our prayers daily.

It is a salutatory lesson that if a country will quash its own people, then internationally the world needs to be aware that they will indeed be ruthless with their dealings with Europe and the USA.

We are all on notice.

 

 

The Institute for Homoeopathic Medicine.

In 1810, Hahnemann presented his groundbreaking new medicine and therapy via the book the Organon of the Medical Art. He presented his method in carefully structured detail. He compiled a database of medical substance proving’s which were listed in the Fragmenta, the Materia Medica Pura and Chronic Diseases. Hahnemann taught his methods to many students and colleagues, but only put his trust in a small number of practitioners, of whom Clemens Maria Franz (Friedrich) Freiherr (Baron) von Bönninghausen was perhaps the most prominent.

Bönninghausen’s projects of reportorial works culminating in the Therapeutic Pocket Book, was approved by Hahnemann as being an accurate representation of the proving’s database and clinical experience. (The T.P.B. actually is an amazing synthetic approach of how Hahnemann’s mind worked in case analysis.)

Although Hahnemann revised the Organon six times before his death and constantly examined possible changes to the methodology, he never made changes to the central prescribing principle of like cures like, without which homoeopathy (the therapy) cannot exist as a separate modality. If the principle of “like cures like”, with its required database of provings, is abandoned, as has been the case with modern approaches and methods, the certainty offered by prescribing to principle is lost, the path obliterated.

At the IHM we look no further than Hahnemann’s circle of trust. We work with Hahnemann’s structure of method and database, Organon and proving’s. We explore the writings of those whom Hahnemann commended, and study and apply the work of Boenninghausen in great depth.

We do not do this slavishly. In order to validate the method, the works and writings of others claiming to be homoeopaths are examined for similarities and differences in approach to the therapy. Sadly, the decline in homoeopathic integrity began with one of its most able practitioners who was politically naïve.

On the political level, Carroll Dunham was a peacemaker. It was said of him that he had no enemies. His liberal and generous mind made it easier for him to accept compromise. Unfortunately, compromise on the search for the truth leads to error. In 1870 he made a notable presentation before the American Institute of Homœopathy (AIH) called ‘Freedom of Medical Opinion and Action: a Vital Necessity and a Great Responsibility’. He believed, contrary to his predecessors, that liberty of opinion and practice should prevail within the AIH. He said that he was sure that “perfect liberty will sooner bring knowledge of the truth and that purity of practice which we all desire.” His speech provided license to the pseudo-homoeopaths to practice as they wanted and be still identified as homoeopaths. Subsequent to his address knowledge of homoeopathy was removed in 1874 as a requirement for membership in the AIH. Dunham died in 1877 and did not witness the disastrous effect his noble but naïve vision eventually had on the course of homoeopathy in the U.S.A. as most of our institutions disappeared after its members had adopted practices at variance with the teachings of Hahnemann.

(Our Noble and Beloved Carroll Dunham by Dr André Saine, D.C., N.D., F.C.A.H.)

We work with great care and certainty because we value our integrity as homoeopathic practitioners, and we owe it to our patients to treat based on a tried and true principle, to avoid speculation, theorizing, and invented systems whether based on sensation, the periodic table, kabala, shamanism, kingdoms, families and the like.

Hahnemann’s homoeopathy is the modality which achieved tremendous successes in the cholera epidemic of the early 1830s, leading to its acceptance in medical faculties in Europe at the time as a discipline for study. The original works are filled with discussions and cases demonstrating the efficiency of the method across the spectrum of diseases afflicting mankind.

Today homoeopathy is either being outlawed or relegated to treatment of the most minor problems. Its vast ability as a medical modality is being lost. Poor training, poor understanding of the medical science behind its development and a search for novelty in case analysis all have contributed to its demise as a valid therapy and is thought of as an intuitive healing method rather than the effective treatment it really is.

The IHM puts all its efforts into teaching from original materials, working with practitioners to achieve greater certainty and effectiveness in prescribing through a full understanding of the central principle of homoeopathy and the best ways to apply it in homoeopathic practice.

We do not wish to add more novel ideas to the world of homoeopathy. We do see it as part of our professional duty, to keep the standards high and teach the real methodology to all who desire to practice proper medicine in the prescribed manner. We lay no claim to being ‘better’ prescribers. We do however concede that our results based on the instructions of Hahnemann give better resolution to medical problems than other interpretive methods of prescribing. There is great latitude in applying the therapy, however, deviating from its central core or adding a false overlay of psychological analysis and emphasizing or interpreting physical symptoms as delusional states are not the answer.

International and Organized Skeptic Movement Against Homeopathy

International and Organized Skeptic Movement Against Homeopathy

By the ANH Communication Working Group.

HOMEOPATHOSIS, THE ORGANIZED PSEUDO-SCEPTIC MOVEMENT.

No one will be surprised at this point the certainty that there is an international crusade against homeopathy . Spontaneous? No, obviously not. It is not possible for the same modus operandi, the same media and institutional communication actions, as well as the same messages to be repeated over and over again and repeated in different parts of the globe for infused science.

No. Obviously it is no accident. The pseudo-skeptical movement, which embraces scientism as a new orthodox religion where everything that does not sound like a protocolized drug is considered blasphemy, has expanded as surprisingly as unnaturally.

The skeptical (or pseudo-skeptical) movement is an international, consolidated and well-financed network present in 54 countries worldwide. Its strong point is the English-speaking countries but they have found in Spain their own laboratory to try again and again different ways to approach, discredit and end complementary and / or unconventional therapies, especially with homeopathy. Until they have found the password and exported it.

But why homeopathy? Why invest so many resources, effort and money to end a therapy that does not reach 0.7% of the worldwide expenditure of OTC medicines and that is the equivalent to the pharmaceutical industry what Linux to operating systems?

Well for that. Because it is Linux and because pharmacoepidemiological studies such as EPI3, in France, conclude that patients treated by homeopathic doctors take 71% less psychotropic drugs, 46% less anti-inflammatory drugs and 57% less antibiotics, than those who only resort to conventional medicine . And all this with similar clinical results and without greater risk of complications (without loss of opportunity for the patient). Yes, they will tell us that precisely France is not a good example because the HAS has just concluded that homeopathy has not proved effective enough to justify its reimbursementbut we bring it here just because of that, because to obviate such clear and forceful results as these are proof not only of the bias of the evaluation but of the effect of the media controversy, in the words of France’s own minister of health , more typical of ‘ The Great Carnival ‘by Billy Wilder de Larra.

THE SPANISH INCUBATOR: THE FORMULA OF SUCCESS

Spain may be where the pseudo-skeptical movement has had the most activity, not only because of the variety of actions they have carried out but also because of the time they have invested.

In Spain, the reference group for the skeptical (pseudo) movement was created in the late 80s (1986) as a cultural and scientific association, whose headquarters are located in the Pamplona Planetarium. What began as a movement that sought to dismantle the UFO phenomenon, has evolved into a pressure group, with members as illustrious as the Spanish Minister of Science himself, Pedro Duque, who defend transgenics – where Monsanto , from Bayer, is king – while attacking homeopathy … paradoxical? We leave it to your assessment.

According to their statutes, their financial resources come from: membership fees, results of their activities, private donations (both private and institutional) and also accept public subsidies.

This movement logically has its spokespersons that share the functions among different associations: the Society for the Advancement of Critical Thinking (ARP), the RedUne Association (Network for Sectarian Prevention and Weakness Abuse) and APETP. Among the four associations (including Skeptics), the media and institutional cake is distributed.

As revealed by the digital platform BlastingNews in the news “ The success of the antihomeopathy movement that leads Spain ”, this organized movement has a busy media and institutional agenda that has allowed them, among other things, to influence public opinion as well as important organizations like the WTO and the Government of Pedro Sánchez itself. In this sense, in 2017, the WTO created the Observatory against Pseudoscience, having among its drivers, according to the document published by the WTO, the APETP, the ARP-SAPC and the Skeptic Circle. Just the same associations that appear as institutions that have advised the government in the Plan presented by the Ministries of Science and Health, in November 2018. Chance? No, causality.

However, the “guerrilla plan” and methodology of the pseudo-skeptical movement to corner homeopathy begins in academia . In Spain, for example, in five years, this movement has achieved that no public or private university offers training courses in this therapy. The procedure they have followed is simple:

STEP 1 . Make public and institutional pressure (something similar tried in France with the University of Lille, which suspended a training course in homeopathy but without success , since the Conference of Deans of the Faculties of Medicine and the Conference of Deans of Pharmacy wrote a statement joint in favor of training in homeopathy with an “objective approach” ).

STEP 2. Take the next leap, to professional institutions and societies. The method is the same as the previous one but, in addition, public opinion and the media come into play here. An example of this is the open letter to Maria Luisa Carcedo, current minister of health in functions, promoted by the four “skeptical” associations mentioned above and signed by some 400 health professionals against pseudotherapies and which erroneously included Homeopathy

We insist that “they erroneously included homeopathy as pseudotherapy” because this therapy is a medical , legal, social and scientific reality , which is also not in the list of 73 pseudotherapies presented by the Government in February 2019. And again we insist wrong to label pseudotherapy homeopathy, because after that open letter came another signed by 600 health professionals who claimed their right to prescribe or recommend homeopathic medicines in freedom and without pressure .

STEP 3. Once enough media controversy has been generated, the assault on the respective governments – local, regional and national – is a piece of cake.

Three simple steps that have been repeated in France : first the University of Lille, then a rostrum against complementary therapies signed by 124 doctors in a national media, then a similar report from the Scientific Council of the Academies of European Sciences (EASAC) against homeopathy, more media pressure , the French minister asking for a report from the HAS and the subsequent decision of the Commission with dyes of little rigor and impartiality .

OTHER EUROPEAN EXAMPLES

And history repeats itself … Now it’s Germany . Since it is fashionable, the president of the association that brings together doctors from Germany’s public health care (KBV), Andreas Gassen, has told the media that medical insurance should not cover homeopathic services to his patients. Strange question now brought to the debate when a little over half a year ago the president of the German WTO, Dr. Frank Ulrich Montgomery said that homeopathy is a complementary medicine that helps many people .

It seems that there is always someone who insists on igniting and maintaining a non-existent debate. It would be funny if it were not because it endangers the health and well-being of patients as well as their free right to choose the best treatment that suits their needs. The German case is paradigmatic since German insurers reimburse the cost of homeopathic medicine not because it is mandatory but because patients so demand it.

In Sweden , in 2011, several scientists and a nationally renowned astronaut (does that sound like it?) Contributed to the media controversy by carrying out sanitary irresponsibility as a public suicide with an overdose of a homeopathic medicine. This resource has also been used in Spain by several representatives of pseudo-skepticism, especially in social networks, with the sole objective of getting an audience.

Switzerland , on the other hand, is the most representative case in the lost art of doing things right. As in the previous examples, in 2011, the controversy led the Swiss Government to commission an exhaustive report on homeopathy that, today, represents the most complete evaluation of Homeopathic Medicine that a Government has published to date.

The Swiss Report concludes that homeopathic treatment is effective, safe and cost-effective, and that it should be included in that country’s national health program. In addition, approximately half of the population of Switzerland uses complementary and alternative medicine treatments and values ​​them positively. At older, approximately half of Swiss doctors consider complementary and alternative treatments effective. Although perhaps the most outstanding fact is that 85% of the Swiss population prefers therapies of this type and also choose that they are part of their national health program. At present, homeopathy is included in the Swiss national health system by popular referendum. In this case, fortunately RIGOR and OBJECTIVITY were imposed  The interests of the pseudo-skeptics and their plan of harassment of homeopathy were frog.

However, Europe is not its only objective. Since the skeptical lobby is international, it is not surprising that similar requests have landed, and almost simultaneously, in letter format, in the respective ministries of health of Peru and Mexico .

History repeats itself. And sadly everything presumes that it will be repeated in other American and European countries: talking about homeopathy is in fashion, and it seems that going against it even more: it makes you look fun among colleagues, it leads you to be trending topic on the Internet, it gets you a lot of likes and retuits. The medicine was never so frivolous. He never trivialized so much with the health of the patients. The professionals have never been so cynical; those who a few years ago were trained in therapies such as acupuncture and homeopathy, today are dedicated to give talks and participate in debates attacking furiously these same therapies.

There is no doubt that the consequence of all this is the erosion, erosion and unreal transformation of what is homeopathy among public opinion. We suffer from “homeopatosis”. And against this, the antidote is simple: professionalism and truthful information without prejudice. An example of a trusted health website to be recommended by everyone is Suma Homeopathy .

In short, defending homeopathy today has become, purely and simply, a matter of freedom. Because like homeopathy, in health we all add up, and that is why both professionals and patients should unite for a More Human Medicine.