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Common symptoms include:

  • Difficulty waking in the morning
  • Need caffeine to get going
  • Feeling overwhelmed by everyday tasks
  • Pronounced fatigue in the afternoon between 2-5pm
  • Feel better in the evening and more alert around 10-11pm
  • Waking between 2-3am with busy or anxious thoughts
  • Eyes over-sensitive to bright light
  • Weakness or dizziness if you don’t eat frequently
  • Anxiety over things that didn’t bother you before
  • Increased irritability
  • Mild depression

If you have four or more of the above symptoms then you may have adrenal fatigue. This is a complaint we commonly treat at the clinic. A saliva test can assess your cortisol and DHEA levels and a combination of therapies are used to best address your individual needs. For further details call the clinic or PM me.

Homeopathic medication

Tissue salts or ‘cell salts’ are mineral salts which are naturally present in our bodies.  These minerals have an important role in the healthy structure and functioning of our body, such as bone formation, building brain cells, nerve development, muscle elasticity, fluid balance and much more.   Homoeopathic tissue salts can be used to support health is many ways, particularly at times when our bodies are undergoing change or growth, or for recovery from acute or chronic illness.

Tissue salts are excellent for children when they are going through major milestones and growth phases.  The calcium tissue salts are particularly useful at these times, and can be used for teething problems and growing pains.   Potassium tissue salts are used to support the nervous system and are very useful for teenagers when studying for exams, or for anyone who is under mental or emotional stress.

Pregnancy is an excellent time to take a tissue salt programme.  At each stage of the pregnancy tissue salts are taken to support the extra demands on the woman’s body and to support the development of the baby. Another ideal time to take tissue salts is during and after menopause, to support bone density.

Tissue salts can also be taken if you are feeling tired and ‘run down’, or during an illness.  The correct tissue salt can help increase energy levels, and speed recovery.  Tissue salts are also used to promote healing of broken or fractured bones.

Other complaints where tissue salts are commonly used are; heartburn/acid reflux, menstrual pain, muscle cramps and dry skin.

If you would like more information please contact Anu Health

Hayfever crop

It’s that time of year again! For hay-fever sufferers spring time can herald weeks or even months of symptoms of allergic rhinitis.

Allergic rhinitis is a condition where the mucous membranes in the nose have a hypersensitive reaction to specific substances or allergens.  The symptoms of allergic rhinitis are similar to the common head cold.  Typical symptoms include a blocked nose, with watery discharge and bouts of sneezing.  Eyes become irritated and itchy.  The throat or soft palate may also be itchy and in some cases asthmatic symptoms may accompany the attack.  There are two main types of allergic rhinitis; seasonal allergic rhinitis and perennial allergic rhinitis.

 Seasonal Allergic Rhinitis

Seasonal allergic rhinitis is more commonly called ‘hay-fever’. Attacks typically occur during the spring or summer months in response to certain pollens, grasses, flowers, and trees.

 Perennial Allergic Rhinitis

Perennial allergic rhinitis can occur all year round.  The factors which trigger attacks of perennial rhinitis are varied, and often non-specific, such as exposure to dust, smoke, chemicals, petrol fumes, animal hair, perfumes etc.  The attacks may also come on after eating certain foods, drinking alcohol, excessive mental activity, tiredness and other situations or activities where the body is under extra stress.

Both seasonal and perennial allergic rhinitis can respond effectively to constitutional homeopathic treatment.   This involves a consultation with a qualified homeopath after which a remedy is prescribed according to your specific symptoms and health history.  Remedies can also be used to give symptomatic relief from acute episodes.  Some of the common acute remedies include:

 Allium Cepa

This is one of the most frequently used remedies for the typical ‘summer hay-fever’, where there is a great sensitivity to flowers and pollens. The nose is blocked but ‘drips like a tap’.  The discharge from the nose irritates the skin around the nose or upper lip.  There is violent sneezing and the eyes are watering.

 Euphrasia

This is the remedy to take if the main problem is the eyes.  The eyes are inflamed, extremely irritated, itchy, and hot.  There is sneezing and a watery discharge from the nose, but unlike with Allium Cepa, the discharge from the nose does not irritate the skin.  There may also be a tickly cough.

 Sabadilla

This remedy is used when the main symptom is tremendous, severe, bouts of sneezing.  The sneezing is so severe it is debilitating.  There is a constant itching and tingling inside the nose.  Symptoms are slightly relieved by warm drinks.

 Apis

Apis is used where there is allergic swellings accompanying a hay-fever attack.  The eyes become very swollen, and the face feels burning and hot.  An allergic rash may also be present.

 For further information regarding the treatment of hay-fever contact Thérèse at anu-health.com

Extract from Irish Times Article:

Autism – it’s not all about genetics

What I was told at diagnosis – that autism is an inborn genetic disorder – has been debunked in recent years

Adrienne Murphy, The Irish Times

Tue, Mar 18, 2014, 01:00

The journey of knowledge-acquisition that I began when I attended an international conference in Edinburgh last year called Changing the Course of Autism , has led me to finding professionals in Ireland who are educated in the biochemistry of ASD and its underlying “comorbidities” (one or more additional disorders or diseases which co-occur with the primary disorder). And through reading and research, I am becoming a lay expert.

What I was told eight years ago at diagnosis – that autism is an inborn genetic disorder – has been debunked by scientific research over the past couple of years.

Genetic disorders don’t explode in prevalence the way autism has done, with the US Centre for Disease Control now stating that one in 88 children will become autistic.

We’re on the cusp of a massive paradigm shift, which understands autism to be the result of a complex intermeshing of degenerative diseases and comorbidities, largely created and exacerbated by environmental factors.

While this new, scientifically backed understanding of autism has shocking implications, it is also an immense source of hope. Underlying comorbidities can be investigated, diagnosed and treated.

Harmful environmental exposures can be reduced. Children with autism who are being tested and treated for biomedical problems are improving and even fully recovering.

With the help of Dr Goodwin McDonnell, a Dublin GP who is also a homeopath and an osteopath, Caoimh was diagnosed with gastrointestinal disease, including permeable gut, bacterial dysbiosis and candida infection. He had aluminium toxicity. He was severely deficient in zinc, vitamin C and serotonin.
Gut and brain inflammation
These issues had been causing gut and brain inflammation, allergic reactions, compromised immunity, neurological impairment, learning disability, mood and sleep disorders, chronic anxiety and chronic pain.

As treatment, Caoimh’s father, his step-mother and I began the Gaps grain-free, sugar-free, lactose-free, organic-only diet, developed by neurologist/ nutritional scientist, Dr Natasha Campbell-McBride, and described in her book, Gut and Psychology Syndrome.

McBride is particularly condemnatory of fluoride, a known neurotoxin, and cutting out Caoimh’s exposure to dangerous contaminants in Irish tap water via reverse osmosis filtration was the crucial first step on his healing path.

Five months into the two-year Gaps dietary programme, painkillers are now a thing of the past. Caoimh loves going to bed, falls asleep easily and generally sleeps for 10 hours.

He is able to breathe through his nose at night, and his stomach, which was distended for years, has flattened. He is calm and happy, often to the point of serenity. He looks much healthier. His temper rarely flares and, when it does, he knows how to get it under control.

He has lost his self-injurious, aggressive and hyperactive behaviours. His ability to concentrate has increased dramatically. His comprehension of speech and his ability to follow instruction have leapt ahead.

His vocal articulation and clarity are improving. He is learning piano, drumming and art.

For the first time in our lives, we can sit down with him and enjoy picture books together. He is learning to read.

The new science shows that when medically assessed, the majority of autistic people test positive across a wide range of comorbid medical conditions, many of which are progressive if left undiagnosed and untreated.

Genetic ‘myth’ of autism
These conditions affect mood, sleep, communication, social interaction, cognitive function and behaviour. Every parent and health practitioner dealing with autism needs to become aware of this.

Perpetuating the myth of autism as a primarily genetic disorder is a disservice to those who might benefit from treatment, and diverts attention from non-genetic causes.

It’s time to take autism beyond the boundaries of psychiatry and neurology, and recognise it as a whole-body disorder, with many of the common behaviours that have been attributed to ASD being surface manifestations of a systemic and complex disease process. When we do this, kids like Caoimh can begin to recover.

Further reading: Medical Com orbidities in Autism Spectrum Disorders: A Primer for Health Care Professionals and Policy Makers , downloadable at autismtreatment.org.uk; The Autism Revolution by Dr Martha Herbert; Gut and Psychology Syndrome by Dr N Campbell-McBride.

Full article available at

http://www.irishtimes.com/life-and-style/health-family/autism-it-s-not-all-about-genetics-1.1728328?page=1

Homeopathy for Women’s Health

Sunday, 6th April, 10am – 5pm

Maldron Hotel, Oranmore, Galway

 

This workshop is the ideal follow-on course for anyone who has attended an introductory workshop and would like to know more. During this 1 day course you will:

  • Learn about acute remedies for treating PMS, Period Pain, and Urinary Tract Infections
  • Understand how stress, diet and hormonal treatments can affect your health
  • Explore common constitutional types for women
  • Improve your home prescribing skills – ideal follow-up for anyone who has previously attended a Get Started in Homeopathy workshop.

 

Workshop Fee: €50

Fees can be paid by cheque or postal order made payable to Irish School of Homeopathy.  Fees are transferable i.e. if you are unable to attend on the day, you may attend our next workshop if you notify the office in advance.

To book your place contact:

Angie Murphy
01-8682581
info@ish.ie

 

(April 08, 2012 by: Dana Ullman, NaturalNews)

The government of Switzerland has a long history of neutrality, and therefore, reports from this government on controversial subjects need to be taken more seriously than other reports from countries that are more strongly influenced by present economic and political constituencies. Further, when one considers that two of the top five largest drug companies in the world have their headquarters in Switzerland, one might assume that this country would have a heavy interest in and bias toward conventional medicine, but such assumptions would be wrong.

In late 2011, the Swiss government’s report on homeopathic medicine represents the most comprehensive evaluation of homeopathic medicine ever written by a governmentand was just published in book form in English (Bornhoft and Matthiessen, 2011). This breakthrough report affirmed that homeopathic treatment is both effective and cost-effective and that homeopathic treatment should be reimbursed by Switzerland’s national health insurance program.

The Swiss government’s inquiry into homeopathy and complementary and alternative (CAM) treatments resulted from the high demand and widespread use of alternatives to conventional medicine in Switzerland, not only from consumers but from physicians as well. Approximately half of the Swiss population have used CAM treatments and value them. Further, about half of Swiss physicians consider CAM treatments to be effective. Perhaps most significantly, 85 percent of the Swiss population wants CAM therapies to be a part of their country’s health insurance program.

It is therefore not surprising that more than 50 percent of the Swiss population surveyed prefer a hospital that provides CAM treatments rather to one that is limited to conventional medical care.

Beginning in 1998, the government of Switzerland decided to broaden its national health insurance to include certain complementary and alternative medicines, including homeopathic medicine, traditional Chinese medicine, herbal medicine, anthroposophic medicine, and neural therapy. This reimbursement was provisional while the Swiss government commissioned an extensive study on these treatments to determine if they were effective and cost-effective. The provisional reimbursement for these alternative treatments ended in 2005, but as a result of this new study, the Swiss government’s health insurance program once again began to reimburse for homeopathy and select alternative treatments. In fact, as a result of a national referendum in which more than two-thirds of voters supported the inclusion of homeopathic and select alternative medicines in Switzerland’s national health care insurance program, the field of complementary and alternative medicine has become a part of this government’s constitution (Dacey, 2009; Rist, Schwabl, 2009).

The Swiss Government’s “Health Technology Assessment”

The Swiss government’s “Health Technology Assessment” on homeopathic medicine is much more comprehensive than any previous governmental report written on this subject to date. This report carefully and comprehensively review the body of evidence from randomized double-blind and placebo controlled clinical trials testing homeopathic medicines, plus they also evaluated the “real world effectiveness” as well as safety and cost-effectiveness. The report also conducted a highly-comprehensive review of the wide body of preclinical research (fundamental physio-chemical research, botanical studies, animal studies, and in vitro studies with human cells).

And still further, this report evaluated systematic reviews and meta-analyses, outcome studies, and epidemiological research. This wide review carefully evaluated the studies conducted, both in terms of quality of design and execution (called “internal validity”) and how appropriate each was for the way that homeopathy is commonly practiced (called “external validity”). The subject of external validity is of special importance because some scientists and physicians conduct research on homeopathy with little or no understanding of this type of medicine (some studies tested a homeopathic medicine that is rarely used for the condition tested, while others utilized medicines not commonly indicated for specific patients).

When such studies inevitably showed that the homeopathic medicine did not “work,” the real and accurate assessment must be that the studies were set up to disprove homeopathy… or simply, the study was an exploratory trial that sought to evaluate the results of a new treatment (exploratory trials of this nature are not meant to prove or disprove the system of homeopathy but only to evaluate that specific treatment for a person with a specific condition).

After assessing pre-clinical basic research and the high quality clinical studies, the Swiss report affirmed that homeopathic high-potencies seem to induce regulatory effects (e.g., balancing or normalizing effects) and specific changes in cells or living organisms. The report also reported that 20 of the 22 systematic reviews of clinical research testing homeopathic medicines detected at least a trend in favor of homeopathy.* (Bornhoft, Wolf, von Ammon, et al, 2006)

The Swiss report found a particularly strong body of evidence to support the homeopathic treatment of upper respiratory tract infections and respiratory allergies. The report cited 29 studies in “Upper Respiratory Tract Infections/AllergicReactions,” of which 24 studies found a positive result in favor of homeopathy. Further, six out of seven controlled studies that compared homeopathic treatment with conventional medical treatment showed that homeopathy to be more effective than conventional medical interventions (the one other trial found homeopathic treatment to be equivalent to conventional medical treatment). All of these results from homeopathic treatment came without the side effects common to conventional drug treatment. In evaluating only the randomized placebo controlled trials, 12 out of 16 studies showed a positive result in favor of homeopathy.

The authors of the Swiss government’s report acknowledge that a part of the overall review of research included one negative review of clinical research in homeopathy (Shang, et al, 2005). However, the authors noted that this review of research has been widely and harshly criticized by both advocates and non-advocates of homeopathy. The Swiss report noted that the Shang team did not even adhere to the QUORUM guidelines which are widely recognized standards for scientific reporting (Linde, Jonas, 2005). The Shang team initially evaluated 110 homeopathic clinical trials and then sought to compare them with a matching 110 conventional medical trials. Shang and his team determined that there were 22 “high quality” homeopathic studies but only nine “high quality” conventional medical studies. Rather than compare these high quality trials (which would have shown a positive result for homeopathy), the Shang team created criteria to ignore a majority of high quality homeopathic studies, thereby trumping up support for their original hypothesis and bias that homeopathic medicines may not be effective (Ludtke, Rutten, 2008).

The Swiss report also notes that David Sackett, M.D., the Canadian physician who is widely considered to be one of the leading pioneers in “evidence based medicine,” has expressed serious concern about those researchers and physicians who consider randomized and double-blind trials as the only means to determine whether a treatment is effective or not. To make this assertion, one would have to acknowledge that virtually all surgical procedures were “unscientific” or “unproven” because so few have undergone randomized double-blind trials.

For a treatment to be determined to be “effective” or “scientifically proven,” a much more comprehensive assessment of what works and doesn’t is required. Ultimately, the Swiss government’s report on homeopathy represents an evaluation of homeopathy that included an assessment of randomized double blind trials as well as other bodies of evidence, all of which together lead the report to determine that homeopathic medicines are indeed effective.

The next article will discuss further evidence provided in this report from the Swiss government on the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of homeopathic care.

REFERENCES:

Bornhoft, Gudrun, and Matthiessen, Peter F. Homeopathy in Healthcare: Effectiveness, Appropriateness, Safety, Costs. Goslar, Germany: Springer, 2011.http://rd.springer.com/book/10.1007/978-3-642-20638-2/page/1(This book is presently available from the German office of the publisher, and it will become available via the American office as well as select booksellers in mid- to late-February, 2012.)(NOTE: When specific facts in the above article are provided but not referenced, this means that these facts were derived from this book.)

Bornhoft G, Wolf U, von Ammon K, Righetti M, Maxion-Bergemann S, Baumgartner S, Thurneysen AE, Matthiessen PF. Effectiveness, safety and cost-effectiveness of homeopathy in general practice – summarized health technology assessment. Forschende Komplementarmedizin (2006);13 Suppl 2:19-29.http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16883077

Dacey, Jessica. Therapy supporters roll up sleeves after vote. SwissInfo.ch, May 19, 2009.http://www.swissinfo.ch

Linde K, Jonas W. Are the clinical effects of homeopathy placebo effects? Lancet 36:2081-2082. DOI:10.1016/S0140-6736(05)67878-6.http://download.thelancet.com

Ludtke R, Rutten ALB. The conclusions on the effectiveness of homeopathy highly depend on the set of analysed trials. Journal of Clinical Epidemiology. October 2008. doi: 10.1016/j.jclinepi.2008.06/015.http://www.jclinepi.com/article/S0895-4356(08)00190-X/abstract

Rist L, Schwabl H: Komplementarmedizin im politischen Prozess. Schweizer Bevolkerungstimmt uber Verfassungsartikel ?Zukunft mit Komplementarmedizin? ab. Forsch Komplementmed 2009, doi 10.1159/000203073.
(Translation: Complementary medicine in the political process: The Swiss population votes on the Constitutional Article “The future with complementary medicine”
http://www.ayurveda-association.eu

*Although this Swiss government report was just published in book form in 2011, the report was finalized in 2006. In light of this date, the authors evaluated systematic reviews and meta-analyses on homeopathic research up until June 2003.

Learn more:http://www.naturalnews.com/035499_homeopathic_medicine_Swiss_report.html#ixzz1sCVvjid1

 

The next introductory workshop will be held on Sunday, 22nd of January 2012, at the Maldron Hotel, Galway.

The aim of this one day workshop is to give you the skills and tools necessary for acute homeopathic prescribing. This course is ideal for health store professionals who would like to guide their customers in the selection and use of remedies, and also for those who would like to use homeopathy at home for themselves and their families. The treatment of common complaints such as coughs and flus will be covered. The course will also teach you how to use homeopathic tissue salts for a variety of conditions including growing pains, heartburn and nervous tension. Chronic ailments require treatment by a professional homeopath and this will be explored throughout the day with our topic on acute and chronic disease.

Workshop Programme (10am -5pm)
  • Introduction to homoeopathy & its principles
  • The homeopathic view of health & disease
  • Acute versus chronic conditions
  • Acute case-taking
  • Introduction to remedies  (Arnica, Belladonna, Gelsemium, Phosphorus and many more)
  • Introduction to repertory and essential skills
  • Understanding potency and dosage
  • Home prescribing including; First Aid; Coughs; Flus; Stomach bugs; Teething; Ear infections; and Exam Nerves
  • Introduction to Homeopathic Tissue Salts
  • Practical work with case studies
  • Healthy Living & Nutrition
  • Questions & Answers

Workshop Fee: €50

Fees can be paid by cheque or postal order made payable to Irish School of Homeopathy.  Fees are transferable i.e. if you are unable to attend on the day, you may attend our next workshop if you notify the office in advance.

To book your place contact:

Angie Murphy
01-8682581
info@ish.ie
Irish School of Homeopathy
 

Dr. Luc Montagnier, the French virologist who won the Nobel Prize in 2008 for discovering the AIDS virus, has surprised the scientific community with his strong support for homeopathic medicine.

In a remarkable interview published in Science magazine of December 24, 2010, (1) Professor Luc Montagnier, has expressed support for the often maligned and misunderstood medical specialty of homeopathic medicine. Although homeopathy has persisted for 200+ years throughout the world and has been the leading alternative treatment method used by physicians in Europe, (2) most conventional physicians and scientists have expressed skepticism about its efficacy due to the extremely small doses of medicines used.

Most clinical research conducted on homeopathic medicines that has been published in peer-review journals have shown positive clinical results,(3, 4) especially in the treatment of respiratory allergies (5, 6), influenza, (7) fibromyalgia, (8, 9) rheumatoid arthritis, (10) childhood diarrhea, (11) post-surgical abdominal surgery recovery, (12) attention deficit disorder, (13) and reduction in the side effects of conventional cancer treatments. (14) In addition to clinical trials, several hundred basic science studies have confirmed the biological activity of homeopathic medicines. One type of basic science trials, called in vitro studies, found 67 experiments (1/3 of them replications) and nearly 3/4 of all replications were positive. (15, 16)

In addition to the wide variety of basic science evidence and clinical research, further evidence for homeopathy resides in the fact that they gained widespread popularity in the U.S. and Europe during the 19th century due to the impressive results people experienced in the treatment of epidemics that raged during that time, including cholera, typhoid, yellow fever, scarlet fever, and influenza.

Montagnier, who is also founder and president of the World Foundation for AIDS Research and Prevention, asserted, “I can’t say that homeopathy is right in everything. What I can say now is that the high dilutions (used in homeopathy) are right. High dilutions of something are not nothing. They are water structures which mimic the original molecules.”

Here, Montagnier is making reference to his experimental research that confirms one of the controversial features of homeopathic medicine that uses doses of substances that undergo sequential dilution with vigorous shaking in-between each dilution. Although it is common for modern-day scientists to assume that none of the original molecules remain in solution, Montagnier’s research (and other of many of his colleagues) has verified that electromagnetic signals of the original medicine remains in the water and has dramatic biological effects.

Montagnier has just taken a new position at Jiaotong University in Shanghai, China (this university is often referred to as “China’s MIT”), where he will work in a new institute bearing his name. This work focuses on a new scientific movement at the crossroads of physics, biology, and medicine: the phenomenon of electromagnetic waves produced by DNA in water. He and his team will study both the theoretical basis and the possible applications in medicine.

Montagnier’s new research is investigating the electromagnetic waves that he says emanate from the highly diluted DNA of various pathogens. Montagnier asserts, “What we have found is that DNA produces structural changes in water, which persist at very high dilutions, and which lead to resonant electromagnetic signals that we can measure. Not all DNA produces signals that we can detect with our device. The high-intensity signals come from bacterial and viral DNA.”

Montagnier affirms that these new observations will lead to novel treatments for many common chronic diseases, including but not limited to autism, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, and multiple sclerosis.

Montagnier first wrote about his findings in 2009, (17) and then, in mid-2010, he spoke at a prestigious meeting of fellow Nobelists where he expressed interest in homeopathy and the implications of this system of medicine. (18)

French retirement laws do not allow Montagnier, who is 78 years of age, to work at a public institute, thereby limiting access to research funding. Montagnier acknowledges that getting research funds from Big Pharma and certain other conventional research funding agencies is unlikely due to the atmosphere of antagonism to homeopathy and natural treatment options.

Support from Another Nobel Prize winner

Montagnier’s new research evokes memories one of the most sensational stories in French science, often referred to as the ‘Benveniste affair.’ A highly respected immunologist Dr. Jacques Benveniste., who died in 2004, conducted a study which was replicated in three other university laboratories and that was published in Nature (19). Benveniste and other researchers used extremely diluted doses of substances that created an effect on a type of white blood cell called basophils.

Although Benveniste’s work was supposedly debunked, (20) Montagnier considers Benveniste a “modern Galileo” who was far ahead of his day and time and who was attacked for investigating a medical and scientific subject that orthodoxy had mistakenly overlooked and even demonized.

In addition to Benveniste and Montagnier is the weighty opinion of Brian Josephson, Ph.D., who, like Montagnier, is a Nobel Prize-winning scientist.

Responding to an article on homeopathy in New Scientist, Josephson wrote:

Regarding your comments on claims made for homeopathy: criticisms centered around the vanishingly small number of solute molecules present in a solution after it has been repeatedly diluted are beside the point, since advocates of homeopathic remedies attribute their effects not to molecules present in the water, but to modifications of the water’s structure.

Simple-minded analysis may suggest that water, being a fluid, cannot have a structure of the kind that such a picture would demand. But cases such as that of liquid crystals, which while flowing like an ordinary fluid can maintain an ordered structure over macroscopic distances, show the limitations of such ways of thinking. There have not, to the best of my knowledge, been any refutations of homeopathy that remain valid after this particular point is taken into account.

A related topic is the phenomenon, claimed by Jacques Benveniste’s colleague Yolene Thomas and by others to be well established experimentally, known as “memory of water.” If valid, this would be of greater significance than homeopathy itself, and it attests to the limited vision of the modern scientific community that, far from hastening to test such claims, the only response has been to dismiss them out of hand. (21)

Following his comments Josephson, who is an emeritus professor of Cambridge University in England, was asked by New Scientist editors how he became an advocate of unconventional ideas. He responded:

I went to a conference where the French immunologist Jacques Benveniste was talking for the first time about his discovery that water has a ‘memory’ of compounds that were once dissolved in it — which might explain how homeopathy works. His findings provoked irrationally strong reactions from scientists, and I was struck by how badly he was treated. (22)

Josephson went on to describe how many scientists today suffer from “pathological disbelief;” that is, they maintain an unscientific attitude that is embodied by the statement “even if it were true I wouldn’t believe it.”

Even more recently, Josephson wryly responded to the chronic ignorance of homeopathy by its skeptics saying, “The idea that water can have a memory can be readily refuted by any one of a number of easily understood, invalid arguments.”

In the new interview in Science, Montagnier also expressed real concern about the unscientific atmosphere that presently exists on certain unconventional subjects such as homeopathy, “I am told that some people have reproduced Benveniste’s results, but they are afraid to publish it because of the intellectual terror from people who don’t understand it.”

Montagnier concluded the interview when asked if he is concerned that he is drifting into pseudoscience, he replied adamantly: “No, because it’s not pseudoscience. It’s not quackery. These are real phenomena which deserve further study.”

The Misinformation That Skeptics Spread

It is remarkable enough that many skeptics of homeopathy actually say that there is “no research” that has shows that homeopathic medicines work. Such statements are clearly false, and yet, such assertions are common on the Internet and even in some peer-review articles. Just a little bit of searching can uncover many high quality studies that have been published in highly respected medical and scientific journals, including the Lancet, BMJ, Pediatrics, Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal, Chest and many others. Although some of these same journals have also published research with negative results to homeopathy, there is simply much more research that shows a positive rather than negative effect.

Misstatements and misinformation on homeopathy are predictable because this system of medicine provides a viable and significant threat to economic interests in medicine, let alone to the very philosophy and worldview of biomedicine. It is therefore not surprising that the British Medical Association had the sheer audacity to refer to homeopathy as “witchcraft.” It is quite predictable that when one goes on a witch hunt, one inevitable finds “witches,” especially when there are certain benefits to demonizing a potential competitor (homeopathy plays a much larger and more competitive role in Europe than it does in the USA).

Skeptics of homeopathy also have long asserted that homeopathic medicines have “nothing” in them because they are diluted too much. However, new research conducted at the respected Indian Institutes of Technology has confirmed the presence of “nanoparticles” of the starting materials even at extremely high dilutions. Researchers have demonstrated by Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM), electron diffraction and chemical analysis by Inductively Coupled Plasma-Atomic Emission Spectroscopy (ICP-AES), the presence of physical entities in these extreme dilutions. (24) In the light of this research, it can now be asserted that anyone who says or suggests that there is “nothing” in homeopathic medicines is either simply uninformed or is not being honest.

Because the researchers received confirmation of the existence of nanoparticles at two different homeopathic high potencies (30C and 200C) and because they tested four different medicines (Zincum met./zinc; Aurum met. /gold; Stannum met./tin; and Cuprum met./copper), the researchers concluded that this study provides “concrete evidence.”

Although skeptics of homeopathy may assume that homeopathic doses are still too small to have any biological action, such assumptions have also been proven wrong. The multi-disciplinary field of small dose effects is called “hormesis,” and approximately 1,000 studies from a wide variety of scientific specialties have confirmed significant and sometimes substantial biological effects from extremely small doses of certain substances on certain biological systems.

A special issue of the peer-review journal, Human and Experimental Toxicology (July 2010), devoted itself to the interface between hormesis and homeopathy. (25) The articles in this issue verify the power of homeopathic doses of various substances.

In closing, it should be noted that skepticism of any subject is important to the evolution of science and medicine. However, as noted above by Nobelist Brian Josephson, many scientists have a “pathological disbelief” in certain subjects that ultimately create an unhealthy and unscientific attitude blocks real truth and real science. Skepticism is at its best when its advocates do not try to cut off research or close down conversation of a subject but instead explore possible new (or old) ways to understand and verify strange but compelling phenomena. We all have this challenge as we explore and evaluate the biological and clinical effects of homeopathic medicines.

REFERENCES:

(1) Enserink M, Newsmaker Interview: Luc Montagnier, French Nobelist Escapes “Intellectual Terror” to Pursue Radical Ideas in China. Science 24 December 2010: Vol. 330 no. 6012 p. 1732. DOI: 10.1126/science.330.6012.1732

(2) Ullman D. Homeopathic Medicine: Europe’s #1 Alternative for Doctors. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/dana-…

(3) Linde L, Clausius N, Ramirez G, et al., “Are the Clinical Effects of Homoeopathy Placebo Effects? A Meta-analysis of Placebo-Controlled Trials,” Lancet, September 20, 1997, 350:834-843.

(4) Ludtke R, Rutten ALB. The conclusions on the effectiveness of homeopathy highly depend on the set of analyzed trials. Journal of Clinical Epidemiology. October 2008. doi: 10.1016/j.jclinepi.2008.06/015.

(5) Taylor, MA, Reilly, D, Llewellyn-Jones, RH, et al., Randomised controlled trial of homoeopathy versus placebo in perennial allergic rhinitis with overview of four trial Series, BMJ, August 19, 2000, 321:471-476.

(6) Ullman, D, Frass, M. A Review of Homeopathic Research in the Treatment of Respiratory Allergies. Alternative Medicine Review. 2010:15,1:48-58. http://www.thorne.com/altmedrev/.fu…

(7) Vickers AJ. Homoeopathic Oscillococcinum for preventing and treating influenza and influenza-like syndromes. Cochrane Reviews. 2009.

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