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55 Facts About Homeopathy

Posted by Dr.Mukhtar Ahmad on December 19, 2008


Presenting 55 Facts About Homeopathy
By Louise Mclean, LCCH MHMA.

In the last few years there have been many articles in the newspapers attacking
homeopathy, claiming it contains nothing more than water, ignoring all the positive
studies and saying it works through the placebo effect. Therefore I decided to
compile a list of facts to counter this criticism and present the salient points as
clearly as possible. So far I have come up with 55.

 

How Homeopathy Works


FACT 1: Hippocrates ‘The Father of Medicine’ of Ancient Greece said there were two
Laws of Healing: The Law of Opposites and the Law of Similars. Homeopathy treats
the patient with medicines using the Law of Similars, orthodox medicine uses the Law of
Opposites, e.g. antibiotics, anti-inflammatories, anti-convulsants, anti-hypertensives,
anti-depressants, anti-psychotics.

FACT 2: Homeopathic theories are based on fixed principles of the Laws of Nature
which do not change – unlike medical theories which are constantly changing!

FACT 3: Homeopathy is an evidence-based, empirical medicine.

FACT 4: Homeopathy is both an art and a science.

FACT 5: The Homeopathic PROVINGS of medicines are a more scientific method of
testing than the orthodox model.

FACT 6: Homeopathic medicine awakens and stimulates the body’s own curative
powers. The potentised remedy acts as a catalyst to set healing into motion.

FACT 7: Homeopathic medicines work by communicating a current/pattern/frequency of
energy via the whole human body to jump start the body’s own inherent healing
mechanisms.

FACT 8: Homeopathy assists the body to heal itself, to overcome an illness which brings
the patient to a HIGHER level of health. Orthodox medicine suppresses the illness,
bringing the patient to a lower level of health.

FACT 9: The homeopathic practitioner endeavours to search for and treat the CAUSE of
the disease in order to heal the EFFECT.

FACT 10: Outcomes of homeopathic treatment are measured by the LONG TERM
curative effects of prescribing and complete eradication of the disease state.

FACT 11: The homeopathic practitioner treats the WHOLE PERSON, believing all
symptoms are interrelated and seeks to select a medicine which most closely covers them
all.

FACT 12: Homeopathy works FAST in acute illnesses, slower in chronic illness.

FACT 13: Homeopathic medicine has been proven extremely effective in Epidemics
such as cholera, typhoid, diptheria, yellow fever, polio and influenza and were used
extensively in 19th century. http://www.whale.to/v/winston.html

Homeopathic Medicines


FACT 14: Homeopathic remedies are cheap.

FACT 15. Pharmaceutical medicines are expensive.

FACT 16: Homeopathy is the 2nd most popular and widely used medicine in the world.

FACT 17: There are more than 4,000 homeopathic medicines.

FACT 18: Homeopathic medicines have no toxic side-effects.

FACT 19: Homeopathic medicines are NON-ADDICTIVE.

FACT 20: In 200 years, there has never been a single homeopathic medicine recalled,
unlike pharmaceutical medicines.

FACT 21: Every true homeopathic medicine is made using ONE SUBSTANCE –
whether plant, mineral, metal, etc. The exact substance is known, unlike most modern
drugs where we are rarely informed of the ingredients.

FACT 22: Any remedy up to a 12c or a 24x potency still contains the original molecules
of the substance and this is known as Avogadro’s number.

FACT 23: Every Patient is Unique so homeopathic medicines are individualised.

FACT 24: Homeopaths treat genetic illness, tracing its origins to 6 main genetic causes
or ‘miasms’: Tuberculosis, Syphilis, Gonorrhoea, Psora (scabies), Cancer, Leprosy.

FACT 25: High fevers will drop within minutes after taking the homeopathic medicine
Belladonna and Aconite.

FACT 26: There are thousands of homeopathic books, available at specialist outlets, not
sold in the high street.

Homeopathic Hospitals


FACT 27: There are 5 homeopathic hospitals in the UK – in London, Tunbridge Wells,
Bristol, Liverpool and Glasgow. They cost the NHS under £10 million a year compared
to the £100 billion for the total annual NHS budget for 2008!

FACT 28: At one of the earliest debates on the NHS Act of 1948 the Government
pledged that homoeopathy would continue to be available on the NHS, as long as there
were "patients wishing to receive it and doctors willing to provide it".

FACT 29: There is a campaign by certain UK Professors to oust homeopathy completely
from the NHS after they wrote on NHS headed paper to all Primary Care Trusts in 2006
telling managers not to refer patients to the homeopathic hospitals.

FACT 30: The Homeopathic Hospitals are clean, with friendly, well informed staff. The
patients are generally pleased with their treatment unlike many orthodox National Health
Service hospitals.

FACT 31: The chances of contracting MRSA or C. Difficile at a Homeopathic Hospital
are extremely rare.

FACT 32: Unlike orthodox medicine, where the side-effects of pharmaceutical
medicines bill for negligence claims can run into millions, one UK leading insurance
company reported only ‘a couple’ of claims against homeopaths in a ten year period!
Hence insurance cover for homeopathy is cheap reflecting low risk.
Orthodox Medicine Opposing Homeopathy

FACT 33: In the United States in the early 1900s there were 22 homeopathic medical
schools and over 100 homeopathic hospitals, 60 orphanages and old people’s homes and
1,000+ homeopathic pharmacies.

FACT 34: Members of the American Medical Association had great animosity towards
homeopathy after its formation in 1847 and it was decided to purge all local medical
societies of physicians who were homeopaths.

FACT 35: Big Pharma does not want the Public to find out how well homeopathy works!
Scientific Studies

FACT 36: In 2005 World Health Organisation brought out a draft report which showed
homeopathy was beneficial causing Big Pharma to panic and the Lancet to bring out an
editorial entitled ‘The End of Homeopathy’.

FACT 37: In 2005 the Lancet tried to destroy homeopathy but were only looking at 8
inconclusive trials out of 110 of which 102 were positive. This was a fraudulent analysis.
"The meta-analysis at the centre of the controversy is based on 110 placebo-controlled clinical trials of homeopathy and 110 clinical
trials of allopathy (conventional medicine), which are said to be matched. These were reduced to 21 trials of homeopathy and 9 of
conventional medicine of ‘higher quality’ and further reduced to 8 and 6 trials, respectively, which were ‘larger, higher quality’. The
final analysis which concluded that ‘the clinical effects of homoeopathy are placebo effects’ was based on just the eight ‘larger, higher
quality’ clinical trials of homeopathy. The Lancet’s press release did not mention this, instead giving the impression that the
conclusions were based on all 110 trials."
http://www.pubmedcentral.nih.gov/articlerender.fcgi?artid=1375230

FACT 38: There have been many clinical trials that prove homeopathy works. In the
past 24 years there have been more than 180 controlled, and 118 randomized, trials into
homeopathy, which were analysed by four separate meta-analyses. In each case, the
researchers concluded that the benefits of homeopathy went far beyond that which could
be explained purely by the placebo effect.

FACT 39: The Bristol Homeopathic Hospital carried out a study published in November
2005 of 6500 patients receiving homeopathic treatment. There was an overall
improvement in health of 70% of them.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/bristol/4454856.stm

FACT 40: Homeopathy can never be properly tested through double blind randomised
trials because each prescription is individualised as every patient is unique. Therefore 10
people with arthritis, for example, may all need a different homeopathic medicine.

FACT 41: Homeopathic medicines are not tested on animals.

FACT 42: Homeopathic medicines work even better on animals and babies than on
adults, proving this cannot be placebo effect.

FACT 43: Homeopathy is safe for women to take while pregnant and safe for old people.

FACT 44: Scientists agree that if and when homeopathy is accepted by the scientific
community it will turn established science on its head.

Homeopathic Practitioners


FACT 45: Homeopathic Practitioners train for 4 years in Anatomy and Physiology, as
well as Pathology and Disease, Materia Medica, Homeopathic Philosophy and study of
the Homeopathic Repertory.

FACT 46: Most homeopaths treat patients who have been referred to them by
word of mouth. Most patients seek out homeopathy because conventional treatment has
not benefitted them or because it poses too great a risk of side-effects.

FACT 47: The homeopathic community has thousands, even millions, of
written case notes that demonstrate the positive benefits of their treatment. Some
homeopaths have video proof of their patients before and after treatment.

FACT 48: Homeopaths charge patients an average of £50 an hour. Specialist
Doctors can charge up to £200 or more.

Popularity of Homeopathy


FACT 49: The popularity of homeopathy has grown in the past 30 years, its revival
entirely through word of mouth and estimated to be growing at more than 20% a year the
world over!

FACT 50: Hundreds of famous people throughout the past 200 years have enjoyed the
benefits of homeopathic medicine. www.homeopathicrevolution.com

FACT 51: The aristocratic patronage of homeopathy in the UK extended well into the
1940s and beyond can be easily demonstrated. In the Homeopathic Medical Directories
there are lists of patrons of the dispensaries and hospitals. They read like an extract from
Burke’s or Debrett’s.

FACT 52: The Royal Families of Europe use homeopathic medicine and Queen
Elizabeth II of England never travels anywhere without her homeopathic vials of
medicine.

FACT 53: Homeopathy is practised nowadays in countries all over the world. In
India there are 100 homeopathic medical schools and around 250,000 homeopathic
doctors!

FACT 54: In a recent Global TGI survey where people were asked whether they trust
homeopathy the following percentages of people living in urban areas said YES: 62% in
India, 58% Brazil, 53% Saudi Arabia, Chile 49%, United Arab Emirates 49%, France
40%, South Africa 35%, Russia 28%, Germany 27%, Argentina 25%, Hungary 25%,
USA 18%, UK 15%.

http://www.tgisurveys.com/documents/TGIbarometerhomeopathy_Jan08.pdf

FACT 55: The media as a whole has been unwilling to air a defence of the efficacy of
homeopathy and the validity of this 250 year old profession.

Copyright Louise Mclean © 2008

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