THE GREAT HOMEOPATHY DEBATE – Part TwoVitality Magazine February 1, 2011
Homeopaths Weigh In: COMMENTS FROM HOMEOPATHS
To: Sheila Coles, Host of Morning Edition, CBC Radio Saskatchewan
As a certified classical homeopath, I must respond to your discussion about homeopathy on Marketplace.
To begin with, remedy analysis already has been done, so this was hardly newsworthy. In school, homeopaths learn that Avogadro’s number corresponds to a 12C remedy, where the original substance is diluted 12 times in 99 drops of water each time, for clarification purposes. In my practice, I seldom use a remedy below a 200C or 1M potency, where I am assured that none of the material substance remains.
Please realize that the purpose of all these dilutions is to minimize the substance’s side effects while intensifying its curative action. Clearly, homeopathy, as energy medicine in the realm of subatomic particles, is not yet understood. Marketplace should have discussed nano research in an attempt to understand homeopathy rather than just ridiculing it.
We homeopaths do not know how homeopathy works; we just know that it does because we witness it daily in our practices. Our clients feel better as their symptoms wane, usually within days or weeks, and sometimes, within minutes, as in the case of Arnica for the pain and swelling after a soft tissue injury. Arnica after a dental procedure prevents me from taking Advil or stronger analgesia – and it’s natural, prepared from a plant that grows on hillsides. Arnica is the one homeopathic remedy that will convert any sceptic.
My clients also report less acute illness and seldom suffer the flu. I never recommend any vaccination, and I’ve never heard about that reported homeopathic vaccination treatment, which incidentally goes against the principles of classical homeopathy. This reveals that Marketplace consulted naturopaths rather than certified classical homeopaths and sensationalized a non-homeopathic practice to slander homeopathy. This is biased journalism, but be comforted that Health Canada did the same thing when drafting the onerous Natural Health Products (NHP) Regulations.
I also have a very hard time accepting the oft-touted placebo argument when I see homeopathic remedies help toddlers and animals. Incidentally, because of the Natural Health Products Regulations, my imported remedies are seized at the border, proclaiming some as ‘toxic.’ This is hypocritical, and Health Canada simply cannot have it both ways.
I have implored several CBC programs, including the Morning Edition, to talk about the NHP Regulations and their negative impact on my practice, to no avail. Nonetheless, government forcing the closure of my small business and thereby negating my homeopathic education is newsworthy, to me.
Yet another waste of money was ingesting a whole bottle of the remedy, which clearly speaks to its safety and non-toxicity. While a few pellets would be sufficient to trigger the body to heal itself, consuming the whole bottle is equivalent to taking one dose and, therefore, wasteful. However, problems do arise when a person takes a few pellets every day for many days or months, akin to taking any daily medication. In fact, in 1793, Dr. Samuel Hahnemann tested this very experiment, thereby founding homeopathy based on Hippocrates’ Law of Similars. Had Erica’s lackeys tested this, Marketplace would have had to revamp its libellous information.
Marketplace and the medical community also get too hung up on the science rather than giving credence to empirical evidence, which incidentally is the trigger to test the scientific method. However, homeopathy is individualized medicine in that a headache in 10 people will manifest with 10 unique sets of characterizing symptoms. Therefore, giving the same research remedy to all the test subjects is, of course, idiotic, simply revealing a continued lack of understanding about homeopathy.
Incidentally, I think this individualization is one reason that the Royal Family has used homeopathy for over 200 years. I also think that homeopathic remedies contribute to The Queen’s stamina and speak to The Queen Mother’s longevity.
My final criticism is that homeopathy is not covered by any health care plan, although it should be. Because people pay for homeopathic services out-of-pocket, why should Marketplace even concern itself with this health care choice and where people spend their discretionary income?
Consequently, I do not understand why Marketplace and CBC needed to slam homeopathy and its benefits despite its “Live Right Now” proselytizing. Canadians should have health care choice and health freedom rather than be singled out and shamed on-air for choosing homeopathy.
The bottom line is that, believe me, I would not choose to spend my hard-earned money on homeopathy if it didn’t make me feel better. Incidentally, most classical homeopaths are satisfied homeopathic clients themselves. In addition, many homeopaths are medical doctors who gave up their medical practices to embrace homeopathy, like the two I went to school with. Why on earth would we choose a profession that has been under attack the whole of the 20th century if it isn’t beneficial? Furthermore, why would I choose a profession that doesn’t pay my bills?
My dream in life is to practise homeopathy on a full-time basis, so CBC’s inaccurate reporting is not helpful. Right now, I have to work full time, so I see clients only on Saturdays, and I am booking into mid-March. I do not advertise, so my practice grows simply by word of mouth. That alone is a testament to homeopathy – people coming back, spending their own hard-earned dollars, and referring friends and family. In fact, I see 21 people from one extended family.
In September, one police officer expressed his gratitude to homeopathy for, his words, “giving me my son back” – a 10-year-old with a serious tic disorder. A Christmas card I received reads: “I am grateful that you have introduced homeopathy to me. I do believe with all my heart that because of your help, our most precious baby girl (front and centre on the card) is now part of our family.” Fertility clinics should ponder this testimonial.
This Marketplace investigation will not sway public opinion one way or the other, but it will slow the growth of homeopathy and my practice. Consequently, I really wonder what the point of this exposé was. By the way, I didn’t even bother to watch the program.
To me, journalism always should present both sides of any story using experts both pro and con. Marketplace did homeopathy a real disservice by not consulting certified classical homeopaths and satisfied clients. Interestingly, had Marketplace bothered to present expert homeopathic testimony, I wouldn’t have had to spend all this time refuting all these journalistic errors and omissions.
Homeopathy has withstood the test of time, including last century’s banishment from medical schools. Furthermore, homeopathy will survive CBC’s negative press because its power to help people is as close to miraculous as you ever will find in medical therapeutics. Please point me to any ‘cures’ in the annals of conventional medicine, where I worked for 30 years but saw none.
I am willing to put my money where my mouth is by offering you free homeopathic treatment for one year, which includes the initial consultation and three follow-up visits, remedies included, amounting to $450 – compare this to the $3,150 budgeted annually for each person’s conventional medical treatment – a huge cost saving in itself, let alone the dollars saved in over-the-counter medications like Advil and Tylenol, in addition to the estimated eight prescriptions per person, which all of my clients do not need, take, or want – hardly near the million dollar industry lead-in to the Marketplace story. A bottle of remedy contains about 100 doses and costs $10, so millions aren’t being made there either. And because my clients are on a trajectory to improved health, seeing them a few times a year addresses the benefits of homeopathy, but not my bills. Million dollar industry, indeed.
I ask all of my clients for this same 8-month commitment as a sufficient length of time to reflect on their improved health. I ask the same of you, in addition to equal on-air time for the positive spin on homeopathy. As with any sceptic, my response is: ‘don’t knock it till you try it’ – and you might even like it.
I’m introducing homeopathy on February 24 at the Lifelong Learning Centre noon-hour forum on the College campus. Why don’t you come with an open mind to listen to the other ‘pro’ side, sadly lacking in CBC journalism.
Thank you for your interest.
Dianna Medea MA CCH, Certified Classical Homeopath, Saskatchewan Centre of Classical Homeopathy, Regina, SK, (306) 525-3745, email@example.com
Good Results With Diabetes, ADHD
The search for homeopathy molecules conducted by CBC to prove or disprove it is not a method I’d suggest. Every first year homeopathic student knows that homeopathic medicine is frequently diluted below Avogadro’s number. There is much more to homeopathy than chemistry – it is a vibrational medicine. More like chemistry meets physics meets quantum physics. Read the groundbreaking studies of award-winning scientist Rustum Roy who recently used the Raman Spectra to identify different structures of various homeopathic remedies in varying potencies in water.
Homeopathy is one of the most individualized forms of medicine. Most other forms of medicine treat general conditions – not the person as an individual as homeopathy does. It also happens to be extremely safe with no chance of side effects (unless you take regular doses of high potencies and end up proving the symptoms).
I have a young patient who was diagnosed with childhood diabetes. Within two months of starting his constitutional homeopathic remedy, his blood sugar had dropped to normal. Within four months, he was weaned completely off his insulin injections with the approval of his family doctor. I have another young patient who was diagnosed with ADHD and the mother was under tremendous pressure from the school to place him in a (lower) remedial class. Within five months of starting a remedy, he was fully settled and enjoying his current class and all symptoms of ADHD had vanished. This is not a moneymaking business – it’s a calling of passion for us homeopaths. To see remedies that are so incredibly safe change a patient’s life for the better, and often in the most profound way, is enduringly inspiring.”
Priya Davies, B.A. (Psych), DSHomMed (Hons) www.VibrantHealthWithPriyaDavies.com
Physician Discovers Homeopathy – Changes Career
In my experience as a second-generation family physician, I learned to respect conventional medicine for all the good things it can offer to its patients. And yet, I am now devoting all my work to the practice of classical homeopathy.
My first encounter with homeopathy was as a patient. It helped me with long-standing digestive problems I was having at the time, when conventional medicine couldn’t help. I was impressed with its effectiveness and gentle action. Little did I know at the time that experience would lead to profound changes in the way I practised medicine and my admiration for homeopathy would turn into a passion.
For many years, I studied and practised modern medicine in conjunction with homeopathy. My background in medical science gave me a solid scientific foundation for understanding the human body in health and illness. Homeopathy elevated this understanding to a new level. It was a big step forward, moving away from the linear, cause-effect, stimulus-response model of conventional medicine to the holistic approach in homeopathy, which sees the body as a dynamic and highly integrated system of complex interrelations. The more experience I was gaining in my own conventional practice, the less satisfied I was with what it could offer to my patients. I found treatments with conventional drugs to be only able to offer some relief but no deep healing; some were costly and even harmful, especially long-term therapies. Drugs designed to treat certain symptoms were causing problems in other areas of the body.
With homeopathy, I was able to introduce in my practice a method of treatment that was safer and more effective. A method that was working with the natural ability of the body to heal itself and was able to address the underlying factors influencing the health in a natural way. And the patients were very satisfied with the results. In conventional medicine, drug protocols are used for each disease. The same protocol is applied to large numbers of patients, regardless of their own particular set of symptoms, mental-emotional outlook or level of energy. I preferred the individualized approach in homeopathy because it is capable of dealing successfully with many deep-seated and long-standing problems.
My experience of over 15 years with classical homeopathy has convinced me that it can be highly effective in a large diversity of health problems. It gives me great satisfaction to help people achieve better health gently and permanently with homeopathy.
Liana Mihai, DHom LCCH(UK), RCSHom, TrueHeart Solutions, (Etobicoke); (416) 622-5166 firstname.lastname@example.org