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Interview with DANA ULLMAN, M.P.H. by Louise Mclean, Editor, Zeus Information Service

Posted by Dr.Mukhtar Ahmad on August 15, 2008


INTERVIEW with DANA ULLMAN, M.P.H. ,Author of The Homeopathic Revolution:

Why Famous People and Cultural Heroes Choose Homeopathy. www.homeopathicrevolution.com

Dana Ullman has written numerous articles for magazines, academic journals, authored many books, organized conferences for homeopaths (for 20 years he organized the annual conference for the National Center for Homeopathy in the US) and is often quoted in various media and internet sites.

His main website is: www.homeopathic.com

14th August 2008.

By Louise Mclean,

Editor, Zeus Information Service www.zeusinfoservice.com

 

Early on Sunday morning, 3rd August, I rushed out to Heathrow Airport to meet Dana, who was flying home to San Francisco after his summer holiday in Italy. Despite a little mix up, we nonetheless found each other and managed to fit in a breakfast interview. Dana was full of energy and enthusiasm and here is what he had to say on a multitude of topics concerning homeopathy.

LOUISE: How long did it take you to research your book, The Homeopathic Revolution?!

DANA: I’m laughing because it is something that I have been working on for several decades! In fact I have always collected what I consider fascinating facts and figures about homeopathy. So I have collected the historical and present day information in various files about famous people. Good writing is weaving together bodies of information but the actual writing of the book went relatively fast, over a year’s period of time. I also admit to experiencing a fair amount of magic on a regular basis. What I mean is that whenever I would start working on a chapter on politicians or peacemakers, corporate leaders or philanthropists, I would actively seek, read books, go online and then all of a sudden someone would email me some vital information which would just happen to be about the chapter that I was working on!

Amazing synchronicity!

Yes, even beyond synchronicity. I am just always amazed at the regular experiences of ‘coincidence’. It is remarkable and it also let me know I was on the right track. The 16th century French essayist, Michel de Montaigne, once wrote: “No wind blows on a ship without a port of destination.” When we are doing good work, the Universe ultimately supports it. A wind seems to come to help one’s journey. That’s not to say there aren’t obstacles. To me part of the hero’s journey is accepting the obstacles and not being put off by them but seeing them as steps on the way and then all of a sudden some gift would be given to me of yet more evidence that I should consider.

The idea for the book came shortly after Coretta Scott King (Martin Luther King’s wife) passed away and the media in America highlighted the fact that she died in an alternative medicine hospital in Mexico where she was seeking out homeopathic treatment. As soon as I read that, I literally threw down the gauntlet and said to myself, ‘That does it! Here’s yet another person people know and respect who sought out and/or appreciated homeopathy.’ Maybe it was too late in her life but at least she sought it out. And I said I am going to connect the dots of all the most famous people who had some kind of treatment or experience of homeopathy.

At first I wasn’t certain that I was going to have enough information for a book. Well the book ended up being almost 400 pages! I had more than enough information. It is like the work that Sue Young http://homeopathy.wildfalcon.com/ is doing on a regular basis which I appreciate greatly. She has been running with a lot of this historical information and the internet certainly makes our lives a lot easier in terms of finding it.

I never expected to find stories of 7 different Popes, let alone 11 American Presidents and so many other Heads of State. I never expected to find so many literary greats and so many cultural heroes, names we all know and respect.

I will tell you a personal story about my father who was a paediatrician and an allergist. When I got into homeopathy he was sceptical because he didn’t know what it was. In the 1980s I mentioned to him that Yehudi Menhuin was the President of one of the top homeopathy organisations in the UK. My father had once had the opportunity to become a professional violinist and he had always had the highest regard for Yehudi Menhuin because he was not only a great musician but also a wonderful philanthropist and so he was very moved to hear that this man was an advocate of homeopathy.

Sometimes a person needs convincing about homeopathy by research, others need a personal experience and other times people need to know that someone they have heard of and admire uses it. I simply try and tell people whatever they need to know to convince them that they should investigate it or try it.

I have written a lot about research in homeopathy and I’ve written a lot about how people can use the medicines at home to treat themselves and their families.  The third strategy is to simply show that so many of the most successful, most respected and even most famous people in the last 200 years have been advocates. This is all part of a body of evidence that will encourage people who may not be familiar with homeopathy to consider becoming familiar with it.

And so have you found a lot of outlets for the book or is it mainly on your website and on the internet?

I have to admit that it is challenging getting the word out. There is a lot of noise we all experience from the news, various medias and the internet. So although the book has gone into its second printing, I expected it to be into its eight printing or tenth printing by now. I expected this book to really hit a nerve in a profound way and even possibly be on a best sellers list. So it has not reached my personal expectations. It’s a very popular book but I expected it to be more of a breakthrough book.

Are you able to get it into bookshops?

One never knows where a book is. You see it on Amazon, you see it on various sources, I don’t know where it is in the world.

I feel there is a kind of media censorship with homeopathy.

Sadly the world doesn’t know much about homeopathy, so I have some sensitivity to bookshop stores that may not want to sell the homeopathy books because they don’t sell that well. The difference with The Homeopathic Revolution is that whether one is interested in homeopathy or not, we all have an interest in knowing what successful people do to help them become successful. How they become healthy is an integral part of someone’s creativity and/or success so I thought this book would touch a nerve in people. It has begun to but of course we have a long way to go.

I think that homeopathy has just started to have a revival in America since the days when the AMA contributed to making it almost die out. I am very pleased to see that homeopathy is taking off there at the moment. Mike Adams who runs www.naturalnews.com and Dr. Joseph Mercola www.mercola.com have both recently been putting out articles on homeopathy which they didn’t do in the past and they have huge email lists reaching millions. It’s great because we’ve got to get it promoted which you and I are both in to. Get the word out: ‘It works, it works, it works!’

But what we are worried about at the moment over here, is that via EU regulation, they might say only people who have state registered qualifications will be allowed to practise. That will mean the qualifications gained at our private colleges may not be recognised. But EU regulation can only be imposed when all 27 member countries have ratified it which has not happened yet.

I think one of the reasons why the attacks are getting stronger is also because the professional homeopaths are stronger here in Europe. So they are going after them here.

Homeopathy is still quite small in the US. I think what is happening in England is interesting in terms of all the attacks. I think the attacks are taking place because of homeopathy’s integration within the mainstream, that it is being taught in various Universities and the medicines are being sold in Boots and various mainstream pharmacies. So that is threatening. To be candid, I look forward to the time when homeopathy is attacked in America because that will mean that homeopathy is achieving some degree of integration that is threatening.

It’s almost like there’s no such thing as bad news. If it’s attacked in the newspapers, then people will ask ‘what’s this?’ and want to know about it. Before that, they may never have heard of it.

I don’t want to say the attacks homeopathy is experiencing is good news and I don’t think any bad news is good news. I am just saying it is a symptom of a disease and it’s a symptom of homeopathy’s successes that it is being attacked and that it’s worthy of attack.

What they do is first they completely ignore you. For years there was nothing in the media at all about homeopathy in the UK, nothing. They kept it out. Homeopathy has become so popular and they don’t know what to do, so then they have to attack it.

The media is funny because they will cover you to bring you up and they’ll cover you to bring you down – this sells in newspapers, magazines and TV.

Are there any restriction for homeopathic practitioners in America – I suppose it depends upon the state you live in?

Every state has its own laws. California and Minnesota are the freer states. Most other states are not enforcing restrictions because the medical board are investigating doctors doing dangerous medical practices, which is a higher risk problem than a natural healer. I do predict there will be some district attorneys who might go after homeopaths if they think that they are dangerous, charging a lot of money, making exaggerated claims or if someone complains. I also predict that some of the spooks, as you call them, will create these bogus complaints just to get more investigations going.

They do that and make a big thing in the newspapers, holding one practitioner up as an example, in order to send a clear message to the rest of us. Fortunately there are few legal cases against natural practitioners.

I read that great book by Martin Walker, Dirty Medicine http://www.slingshotpublications.com/ I love him. When his book came out I bought 100 copies from him and I sold some and I gave a bunch away. He is one of these people who has a backbone and he really showed how the quackbusters are so much more livid in England compared to anywhere else. These guys are just crazed, they are so certain of their limited point of view. They diminish anything. You are damned if you do and damned if you don’t. You point to research and they want more. I’m all for more but you just have to acknowledge what’s there. When you look at the body of evidence – all the basic science, all the empirical work, all the historical work. I think one has to be very sceptical to believe it is all psychic abilities and placebo response. When these spooks say homeopathy is for the birds, I agree with them it is for the birds and every other living creature on the planet!

Ultimately in the 21st century, I strongly believe that homeopathy represents the very modern if not futuristic medical paradigm because to me it is a form of nano-pharmacology. I like that word because nano is the only word in our language which means both very very small AND very powerful. I encourage my colleagues to use it too and use the word nanodoses. Part of its definition means one billionth but its real origins comes from the word which simply means very small and so I don’t think of it as simply a billionth. It is very small and very powerful.

If you think of what an ideal drug should do, to me an ideal drug should be something that augments immuno-competence and that’s what homeopathy does. I don’t mean simply strengthen the immune system because the immune system doesn’t always need strengthening. Sometimes it’s too hyperactive and that is what auto-immune disease is all about. In other words homeopathic medicines can and will augment immune response when necessary and they will tonify it when it’s overactive … and that’s what we are seeing again and again in the clinical practice of homeopathy.

Balances out the system.

In fact there is a new study that is coming out shortly which is a re-analysis of the 2005 Lancet review of Shang. The researchers got it accepted in a major international journal of research. What they have finally done is what Shang didn’t do. He didn’t review ALL of the high calibre research but only a small part of it. He ignored comprehensive analysis entirely. I think he knew exactly what it was but he didn’t want to report on it, as it was too positive. Instead he only reported on trials with very large numbers of subjects because when you do that, most of those studies use one remedy for everybody without any degree of individuality.

We individualise.

We do individualise but sometimes the single remedy or the formulas will work for a broad number of people.

Like Mixed Pollen for hayfever.

That’s right or Oscillococcinum. But for some reason they did not include any of David Reilly’s research. http://www.bmj.com/cgi/content/abstract/321/7259/471

I don’t know why they ignored it.

It was too positive.

In fact they had a remark in the Shang article published in the Lancet, where they specifically made reference to trials on respiratory ailments and that the results were robust, but they said they couldn’t trust them because there were only 8 studies. But then again they based their entire analysis on 8 homeopathic studies and 6 conventional ones. So they can’t have it both ways and this new journal article in the Journal of Clinical Epidemiology which is ranked as one of the top international journals of reviews of research, has accepted the new studies.

I also want to let you know there have been a number of new plant studies that some Swiss and Italian researchers have conducted, showing powerful effects of homeopathic doses on plants.

I don’t think that’s the Placebo Effect!!  So did you meet the researchers when you were on holiday in Italy?

No, I met them two years ago in London at the Royal London Homeopathic Hospital conference. Stephan Baumgartner is a leader in the group.

Very interesting.

There was a group of mostly physicians and scientists who I also met in London 2 years ago at the same conference. They came with a large contingent of researchers.  If you have read the journal Homeopathy of the UK Faculty of Homeopathy, it is the best academic journal with the best information on research.

I heard that Professor Edzard Ernst is on the Editorial board of Homeopathy.

Yes, he is on their editorial board but I don’t mind having dialogue with our critics.

He used homeopathy and he thought it was great and now he is saying the opposite.

It is a tad ironic that one of his own studies in 1990 tested a homeopathic formula in the treatment of people with varicose veins, and it showed positive results!

This thing about plants is interesting as a homeopathic practitioner in the US, Phyllis Geordic, was also telling me about this and how they use it in their garden and how their plants grow so much better.

There is a book that has come out called Homeopathy for Farming and Gardening and I want more people to investigate and read it and expand upon it further to see what works and what doesn’t. I believe that homeopathy really is going to be one of the important technologies for the future, not just for medicine but for planetary health, plant health, for ecological disasters even. I wonder what we can do there?

It’s amazing and once we start proving how it works in the garden, they really do have to shut up about the placebo effect!

One of my other bodies of information that I am very proud of, which alot of people are not familiar with, is the ebook I wrote called Homeopathic Family Medicine.

http://www.homeopathic.com/store/hfm/ebook_hfm.jsp

This is the most up to date and comprehensive body of information on clinical research verifying the efficacy of homeopathy and it is an ebook because I update it every 3 or 4 months. I have several hundred clinical trials that are referenced. Each of them is referenced according to the disease for which they are known to treat. As an ebook, it is organised according to a disease, so you can read about what research has been done to treat people with asthma or allergies or arthritis or ADD or whatever. There is over a 100 ailments provided in this ebook.  There isn’t research on every one of them but it is amazing how many for which there is research. It is usually double blind, placebo controlled trials, though sometimes there are other types of studies that are done that have been published in peer reviewed journals which are worthy of reference.

Because a number of people really do need convincing through seeing the research, I am always shocked about how few homeopaths know anything about our scientific evidence. It is not that homeopaths need this information for their own convincing, they don’t. Even the patient in front of them doesn’t need it but the patient’s spouse does, the patient’s neighbours do, the patient’s in-laws do. We are all surrounded by certain people who are sceptical for whom it is good to have this information.

I have been disappointed many times at the ignorance of homeopaths about our body of scientific evidence. It’s almost as though most homeopaths don’t give a damn about what evidence there is or isn’t. Some homeopaths even say that research is impossible with homeopathy because the medicines have to be individualised. They don’t understand that you can do research that allows for individual treatment. It’s tricky to do that but it’s all doable and more important, it has been done. There have been studies of some of the single remedies and some of the formula products which have shown beneficial results. Not all research is positive and you can do a trial in a tricky way so it fails and there have been plenty of those studies done but still the bulk of research on homeopathy has had positive results.

And even when you put all that evidence to the Quackbusters on these websites and blogs, they still ignore it, don’t they?

Yes, absolutely (laughs). I have in front of me a very powerful statement by one of the world’s leading skeptics of not just homeopathy but of other alternative stuff. It’s a man named Martin Gardner and it comes from a magazine called The Skeptical Enquirer – one of those magazines full of articles published by skeptics. They have a special article about Sir Arthur C. Clark, the science fiction writer who wrote the book which became the movie ‘2001 A Space Odyssey’. Martin Gardner quotes Clark and I love this quote: ‘A sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic. When a distinguished but elderly scientist states that something is possible, he is almost certainly right; that something is impossible, he is very probably wrong.’ I fully agree.

Ultimately many of our skeptics insist that homeopathy is magic or that it is completely placebo but guess what, you can’t do what we do in homeopathy through placebo. Besides all the body of scientific evidence, when one does even a cursory review of homeopathy’s history, you cannot explain so many of the successes that we’ve experienced – in treating infectious diseases, epidemics, treating people with very serious chronic illness and life-saving conditions that would normally kill people and having such good results with homeopathy.

Absolutely and when you see a child’s high fever go down within minutes or a haemorrhage stop practically instantly after the right remedy, you have to see it to believe it. In acutes, that’s when you really see the magic happen. Do you have a busy practice?

No, I don’t. I don’t see patients. I spend all my time writing about homeopathy, teaching homeopathy, publishing books.  You may or may not know it, my company Homeopathic Educational Services has co-published about 35 different books with a Berkeley company called North Atlantic Books. I usually bring the books to them and we co-publish them together. North Atlantic and my company have published some of the best modern homeopathic books, ranging from a couple of books by Whitmont, Bailey’s Homeopathic Psychology, Paul Herscu’s The Homeopathic Treatment of Children, Hamilton’s Homeopathic Medicines for Cats and Dogs, Peter Chappell’s Emotional Healing with Homeopathy . These are an integral part of the modern body of information and if you notice, all these books are extremely reasonably priced. So I have always been committed to making information available at as reasonable a price as possible. To me that is part of my own personal ethic.

In a way you’re more into promoting homeopathy, which is really good, because that’s what we need to do.

I myself took it seriously and at the same time found the means of providing information about it. I think there’s a tendency among homeopaths to talk to themselves and to talk to the already converted and just expect people to come to them when they’re ready. I think sometimes you need to rattle the bushes and wake people up who may not initially have a prediliction towards homeopathy – to at least have them consider it.

I also found in writing the book The Homeopathic Revolution that not only were there 7 different Popes that used or advocated for it but I found a whole host of other clergy and spiritual leaders ranging from leading Muslim clerics and Rabbis to Eastern gurus and so my hope is that homeopathy becomes one of the means for common ground that can be used to realise that we are all in this together. Even if we have different beliefs, we can have some agreed upon understandings about health and healing which we can share with each other and benefit from each other and heal each other.

Yes, unite the religions a bit.

Boy, do we need that one!

Is there anything else that you would like to say?

I hope that homeopaths will consider the importance of supporting homeopathic companies first. If a homeopathic company has a product, buy it from them. Support our own organisations. Support our own companies before rushing off to Amazon and some of the other discount websites. I have also read that some people use machines to make homeopathic medicines as a way of not having to buy them from the pharmacies.

Radionics machines.

I really hope that people realise how damaging that can be to our industry and I do believe that it is important that we support our industry in order to achieve the success that we’re due.

Keep it alive. I agree.

I do devote a lot of my time and effort in getting the word out for homeopathy.  However, due to all of my volunteer efforts, I need support from fellow advocates for homeopathy.  I need people to consider donating money to these active media efforts.  If, by chance, someone could come forward with some significant financial support, I would hire a professional PR person with whom I could create an active media response team that would make homeopathy a "household word." 
If your life (or someone close to you) has benefitted greatly from homeopathy, I sincerely hope that you reach out to me and/or to other individuals or organizations who are really making a difference.  It is amazing how a reasonable little amount of money can create a significant effect.  I hope that someone out there reaches out to help me put homeopathy on the map.

Copyright Louise Mclean 2008

Author’s Note: Interviews are conducted to present the opinions and ideas of people who are doing important work to further the cause of Homeopathy.  The views expressed may not always necessarily reflect those of the Author.

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Top 50 Homoeopathic Blogs

Posted by Dr.Mukhtar Ahmad on July 22, 2008


Top 50 Homeopathy Blogs

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July 22nd, 2008

By Laura Milligan

Homeopathy, a controversial form of holistic healing that uses very diluted forms of natural elements to cure ailments and diseases, is catching on in the alternative medicine world and through online health blogs. The following list of homeopathy blogs explain the processes and remedies associated with homeopathy, share news and research study findings that affect homeopathic treatments, and give information on holistic healing in general.

Explaining and Discovering Homeopathy

Get an overview of homeopathic practices, treatments, education and philosophies by reading these blogs.

  1. Homeopathy4Health: Myths about homeopathy are debunked on this website
  2. Goodscience Weblog: This blog goes into detail about how science and homeopathy are interrelated in an effort to prove the effectiveness of homeopathy treatments.
  3. Sue Young Homeopathy: This London writer and homeopath explains homeopathy by relating it to the works and philosophies of different writers, scientists, physicians and scholars.
  4. Interhomeopathy: This international blog and journal has been fostering discussion and sharing remedies for almost two years.
  5. Homeopathy – A New Approach: Posts feature online seminars, an encyclopedia for homeopathic terms, health studies and more.
  6. Hmedicine.com: Recent posts on this blog include “Classical Homeopathy versus Modern Homeopathy” and the two-part series “Homeopathy:Proven Medicine or a Placebo,” which discusses one of the criticisms of homeopathy.
  7. Glenn Ellis’ Homeopathic Health Blog: Glenn Ellis’ blog appears on the RealHeatlh The Black Wellness Magazine website. Here, he talks about effective remedies and general homeopathic philosophies.
  8. Jo Rodes Homeopathy: Jo Rhodes is a scientist “dedicated to all things homeopathic.” Read his blog to find out how health insurance companies view homeopathic treatments, homeopathy around the world and more.
  9. Homeopathy: Read the guide to homeopathy and then browse posts that discuss homeopathic healing, social and scientific acceptance of homeopathy, and more.

Homeopathy News

Catch up on news, scientific studies and trends in homeopathy here.

  1. Laughing My Socks Off: Here, you can read about science and health news, especially stories and studies related to homeopathy.
  2. PhoenixHomeopathy Blog: This blog’s mission is to inspire and help “you transform your health.” Posts discuss homeopathy in popular culture and various homeopathy treatments.
  3. Minimum Homeopathy Blog: Get reviews of homeopathy books and CDs on this blog, as well as analysis of homeopathy and health news.
  4. SimiliaCare.com: This “complete homeopathy portal” features a seminar on homeopathy, photo gallery, research studies, book reviews and a lot more.
  5. Holistic Health Living Blog: Get holistic health news, read articles about holistic living and view photos of massage and exercise routines that can help your mental and physical body heal.
  6. Homeopathy News: Get “tips for a healthy life” from this blog, which also covers news and updates in the homeopathy sector.
  7. DocRoberts Holistic Health Blog: News stories and holistic health tips are archived in the following categories on this site: men’s health, diabetes, cancer, low back pain, headache, neck pain, and others.
  8. Vibrant Glow: Be sure to check out this stylish news blog that also provides “tips for holistic health and radiant beauty.”
  9. Natural Health News: This blogger shuns the effectiveness of traditional, scientific medicines and is an advocate for natural healing.
  10. Natural Health and Organic Living Blog: The posts on this site analyze health studies and organic living news to share information about natural health and remedies.
  11. Up Date News on Homeopathic and Alternative Medicines: This blog shares all of the news coming out of the homeopathic medical and educational worlds, including international conferences.

Remedies and Treatments

For lists of remedies, treatments, and information about natural elements that help the healing process, click through this list of blogs.

  1. Freetochoosehealth’s Weblog: This blog gives particular attention to homeopathy as a non-addictive way to treat diseases and ailments. Recent posts include “Sensible Homeopathy’ and “Homeopathy Defined — Protect Your Right to Health Freedom.”
  2. Homeopathy Heals You Blog: This blog is all about “the homeopathic healing journey” and has information about vaccines, what to expect when you first try homeopathy, and various treatments.
  3. RemedyReality’s Weblog: Find practitioners and discover how homeopathic treatments work by reading this blog.
  4. 4minnie’s Weblog: 4minnie’s post about “safe and effective healthcare with homeopathy” explains how this healing process works.
  5. Homeopathic Elements Weblog: This blogger goes over each scientific element and how it is used in the homeopathic healing processes.
  6. Homeopathy for Women Blog: Learn about the homeopathic lifestyle and different cures on this women’s website.
  7. homeopathy: Find out which elements and remedies work at different times of the year and for different ailments.
  8. Modern Homeopathic Blog: This website discusses treatments and remedies used with a topical Ibuprofen cream and provides information on various homeopathic processes.
  9. Kitchen Table Healing: Sue Geller is a certified classical homeopath and blogs about scientific studies, her own journey with homeopathy, and natural healing ingredients and elements.
  10. Herbal Household Remedies: Get recipes, learn how to grow your own herbs, and look up ingredients on this natural healing blog.

Homeopathy and Alternative Medicine

Turn to these blogs to learn how homeopathy and alternative medicine can offer natural, gentle cures.

  1. Vital Patterns: A software developer and professional homeopath writes this blog to discuss science vs. scientism, and alternative medicine and homeopathy.
  2. Dr. Joe’s Natural Medicine: Dr. Joe gives special consideration to homeopathy in his natural medicine blog.
  3. The C.A.M. Report: Read about complementary and alternative medicine treatments and news on this site, which gives “fair, balanced, and to-the-point” analysis.
  4. Natural Health Remedies: From diet recommendations to finding natural sources of healing vitamins and minerals, this natural living blog incorporates many of the same philosophies as homeopathy.
  5. Natural Health: This blog is all about natural health, alternative medicine and homeopathic treatments. Look up natural vitamins and minerals and browse categories like holistic health, homeopathic remedies, and natural health news.
  6. Homeopathic 365: Get information on homeopathic remedies and treatment, news, and more on this site.
  7. Alternative Medicine Zone: This blog “covers a wide variety of issues related to alternative medicine” and strives to debunk common myths about CAM.
  8. Your Alternative Health Medicine Blog: Learn about different types of alt medicine here, including natural treatments for acne and internal cleansers.
  9. Alternative Medicine Blog: From chronic fatigue to vitamin C, this blog focuses on natural remedies and alternative medical treatments to boost your energy and cure your ailments.
  10. The Natural Cures Blog: Just like homeopathy, this natural cures blog believes that traditional medicines and vaccines can be more harmful than helpful to your body.

Homeopathy Philosophy

Read about holistic healing, natural medicines and other homeopathic principles when you check out these blogs.

  1. Aspiration of the Soul: This blogger considers how poetry, science, nature and homeopathy unlock “the hidden secrets of the universe.”
  2. Natural Holistic Health Blog: Get reviews of health foods, natural health remedies and more on this site that shares many viewpoints with homeopaths.
  3. Primal Mommies: This blog and network encourages natural child rearing, including avoiding vaccines and natural medical treatments.
  4. Natural Health From Answers for Your Health: Browse posts like “Marketing the Miracle Cure” and “Healing Herbs” to learn more about natural health news and remedies.
  5. Live Life…Organics and Your Health: While not all homeopaths follow an organic lifestyle, the philosophy of pure, natural living is similar.
  6. Jentle Earth Healing: Homeopathy is all about gentle healing, and this blog features natural health news and information.
  7. Revitalize Your Health: Continue learning about natural supplements that are good for your health and natural healing processes here.

Blogs from the Experts

Find advice and information from experts in the field of homeopathy in these informative blogs.

  1. Healing from the Inside Out: Blogger Pam Pappas is also a psychiatry and homeopathy specialist. Read her blog for analysis on society, health and wellness, and popular treatments.
  2. “LIFECARE” Advanced Homeopathy: Dr. Mukhtar Ahmad is a homeopathic consultant physician at the “LIFECARE” Advanced Homeo Clinic & Research Centre in India. Read his blog to find seminars on homeopathy, as well as how homeopathy is an effective method for treating diseases like HIV.
  3. Ask Dr. Luc: Dr. Luc De Schepper doles out advice and tips for homeopathic treatments. Recent posts include “Time to see remedy working” and “Pregnancy morning sickness.”

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Valuable Downloads

Posted by Dr.Mukhtar Ahmad on July 9, 2008


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Very fantasting power point presentations…

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Homoeopathy in general…

Posted by Dr.Mukhtar Ahmad on March 28, 2008


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# Health and homoeopathy

  • By E. Kramer

Your health is the only thing that is really yours. Money cannot buy health once it is lost, and so your health is worth the best investment that you can make. If you invest in your health by being aware of the food you eat, the exercise that you take, your state of mind, and the stress you are under, then you will feel a greater sense of inner peace, of control, a sense of well being and of your ‘vital energy’. Long term health very much depends on taking action to change habits that predispose us to disease.

Homeopathy is an excellent system of medicine, which can support you to make the inner changes necessary to achieve and maintain your health, not only on a physical level but on an emotional level as well. Homeopathic treatment comes from an understanding that we are more then just our outer physical body, that we are an integrated energetic whole in which emotions and thoughts impact on the physical body by effecting the nervous system and the endocrine system. (Next time you feel really angry observe the effect it has on your body – tenseness, headache, tight chest?).

Once we grasp that health depends on an energy level that we cannot ‘see’ but that we can ‘feel’, we can begin to perceive health from a different perspective and take action to maintaining a healthy life style. From an energetic perspective, ill health and disease can be seen as coming from emotional disturbances such as deep sorrow, shocks & traumas, as well as from environmental factors. From this perspective it is not so much the force of the ‘shock’ that is important, but the strength of the individuals vital energy to overcome it. Homeopathic treatment is designed to support the vital energy in its efforts to keep the individual healthy.

Our ‘practical’ homeopaths use a timeline as a tool when taking the client’s case . (A timeline is a history of the client’s life in sequential order of age, paying particular attention to mental/emotional traumas, physical, traumas and poisonings). Life has always been full of risks, accidents and emotional traumas like fear, anger, humiliation, loss, or rejection. Everyone has an individual response to these trials of life, and consequently will present different symptoms of stress at different levels of severity.

Homeopathy is a safe and gentile system of medicine which empowers the client’s vital energy to begin healing their physical body. Practical homeopaths look at simple ways to support clients to make the necessary changes towards health.

# Nutrition and Homeopathy

Nutrition is one of the most important aspects of health. (We are what we eat!). Many studies have been done on the link between poor nutrition and disease, (especially on the long term effects of a refined carbohydrate diet). In the West, diets are not particularly healthy due to a high intake of refined carbohydrates, irregular eating habits and the use of stimulants such as alcohol, nicotine, caffeine and recreational drugs, leading to deficiency in nutrition.

The long-term intake of refined carbohydrates, together with the use of stimulants, causes large swings in blood sugar. The blood sugar rises quickly because a diet rich in refined carbohydrate leads to rapid absorption of sugars. Large amounts of insulin are produced in response.

A rapid fall in blood sugar soon follows as there are no complex carbohydrates to be broken down more slowly and to allow gradual absorption of sugar. (The low points of blood sugar are known as hypoglycaemic episodes). These are associated with feelings of hunger, sweating, anxiety, irritability and agitation as stress hormones such as adrenaline and corticosteroids are released in an attempt to normalize blood sugar levels.

Then a mid-meal snack or sugar food will be taken to relieve the symptoms. This causes another peak in blood sugar level with the consequent release of insulin. This leads to constant fluctuations in blood sugar levels, eventually leading to the exhaustion of the pancreas and adrenal glands. The production of insulin declines, leading to permanently raised blood sugar levels, i.e. diabetes mellitus.

The wrong kind of food such as a refined carbohydrate diet, tea, coffee, or other stimulant (smoking) also causes the body to produce the adrenal hormone Cortisol. This competes for the same cell receptor sites as progesterone. It also requires the body to use vital nutrients in order to break down and eliminate the toxic residue.

This pattern of hypoglycaemia with raised insulin and Cortisol levels increases the risk of other inflammatory diseases such as asthma, arthritis, eczema, atherosclerosis, diabetes and Alzheimer’s. (This may also explain why post-menopausal women have a greater risk of cardiovascular disease than pre-menopausal women).

A refined carbohydrate diet is particularly devoid of essential B vitamins and Zinc which support the liver, small intestine, and brain to produce many essential enzymes for the normal functioning of the body. Deficiencies in these essential enzymes result in metabolic imbalances and immune imbalance.

Our practically trained Homeopaths will take into consideration your nutritional states, and support you in developing a healthier approach to your nutritional needs and in taking action to achieve a healthy lifestyle.

 

# Can homeopathy help with Depression?

Depression is a feeling of intense sadness that persists beyond a reasonable period of time, and is limiting the person’s ability to function normally on a daily basis. It can be characterized by a ‘sense of hopelessness’. (Louise Hay sees depression as ‘Anger you feel you do not have a right to have’). Depression may be triggered as a reaction to psychological or physical abuse.

We should be clear that sadness and joy are part of every day life, (and are different from severe depression and mania). Sadness is a natural response to loss, defeat, disappointment, trauma, and catastrophes. Sadness has many psychological benefits because it allows a person to withdraw from stressful upsetting situations to begin healing and recovery. Grief or bereavement are the most common and normal reactions to the loss of a loved one from death, divorce, rejection, abandonment, betrayal.

If this process is assumed to be wrong and therefore needs to be suppressed by drugs (often the busy GP’s answer) it can lead to depression being driven deeper into a chronic state. The process of healing becomes stuck, with all the added problems of drug side effects.

Homeopathy has many remedies that not only allows clients to process the trauma, but at the same time heal, feel and move through the process of depression.

It is important to consult your practical homeopath who will take your case history using a ‘time line’ to understand the context for your depression (they may have to start a weaning program if you have been a long term user of anti- depressants) whilst they use indicated remedies to support you to heal emotionally.

If you have not been on anti-depressants then dealing with depression homeopathically produces excellent results. Homeopathy provides a safe gentle, non addictive alternative to anti-depression drug therapy.

 

# Arthritis and Homeopathy


Approximately 10% of the population have problems related to arthritis. It is more common in women, with the average age of onset being 50 years. Arthritis is related to advancing years, obesity, previous joint injury and joint deformity.

Arthritis is a chronic degenerative disorder of the joints, (characterized by loss of articular hyaline cartilage with sclerosis of underlying bone). The underlying bone is generally thickened but some areas become porous with the formation of bone “cysts”.

The key symptoms of arthritis are pain related to joint use, associated with immobility and deformity. There can be morning stiffness which tends to wear off after 15 minutes of exercise. The symptoms of arthritis are often sensitive to changes in the weather as they appear to be affected by barometric changes.

There is considerable evidence that emotional states have a major impact on our susceptibility to certain diseases. Homeopaths have observed that the underlying emotional states linked to the development of arthritic conditions appear to be resentment, feeling victimized, bitterness and lacking in love.

How does arthritis develop in the joints?

A healthy joint consists of strong bones, which move against each other. Cartilage on the edge of bones is protected from the opposing bone and cartilage by a sac containing synovial fluid which effectively lubricates the joint. Poor nutrition, allergies, infections and food sensitivities can lead to problems

Overuse and dietary imbalance can lead to a breakdown of cartilage. The synovial fluid becomes less lubricating. Loss of cartilage also leads to breakdown of collagen components in both cartilage and bone. The bone ends become uneven and large bone spurs can form leading to restricted movement and stiffness.

Calcium imbalance can lead to calcium being dumped in the soft tissues causing muscle pain. In rheumatoid arthritis the bone ends can become fused together immobilising joints permanently.

Our practically trained Homeopaths will establish the causes of your symptoms. If they can see clear causes (physical traumas or emotional shock etc), in your time line, they may treat these first before going on to a detox program. Often it is important to address traumas as they have a major impact on the body and may act as a block to your indicated remedy. They will take into consideration your nutritional states, and support you in developing a healthier approach to your nutritional needs and in taking action to achieve a healthy lifestyle.

 

# Allergies and Homeopathy


Allergies are becoming more common. They are autoimmune diseases – a term which is applied to a whole range of diseases where the immune system breaks down and anti-bodies begin to attack the body’s own tissues. (The proper functioning of the immune system is seen as being dependent on ahealthy spleen and damage to this are can create long term problems).

  • There are many types of autoimmune diseases including:

• diabetes mellitus, Addison’s disease and thyroid disease
• pernicious anaemia (which is caused by an immune attack on the stomach and Cardiovascular System).
• allergies such as asthma, hay fever, food allergies etc..

These disorders clearly indicate a deep imbalance in the body. The blood is disturbed as revealed by the presence of antibodies, the body is attacking itself, (which could be termed “suicide by immune reaction”) and the diseases can affect deep internal organs as well as the surface of the body.

  • With allergies homeopaths tend to place the emphasis on:

• physical trauma (such as car accidents)
• emotional factors (grief, divorce, redundancy etc).
• environmental factors (poor housing, air pollution etc)
• inherited factors (genetic and social)
• toxicity (through drugs, diet etc)
• on going stress
• diet (obesity, malnourishment)

Because we are unique individuals, allergies manifest differently in different people depending on their pre-disposition and general inherited weaknesses (which homeopaths call miasms). Homeopathy seeks to look for the root cause/s taking into consideration both internal and external factors. It then seeks to restore this balance by gently stimulating the body to naturally complete its healing process with the indicated remedy/remedies, without any of the side-effects associated with drug therapy. Homeopaths have developed many remedies that can treat allergies and it is also worth find out about other products like allergy relief air purifiers to suit your needs. View our resource page for information and resources on remedies and recommended allergy relief air purifiers.

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HOMOEOPATHY,AUTISM….Click Here

Posted by Dr.Mukhtar Ahmad on March 20, 2008


Short Videos by Dr. Luc De Schepper

Audio: Live Case Notes from Finland 2007 Seminar with Dr. Luc De Schepper

Conference Call Recordings with Dr. Luc De Schepper

PARENTS AND PROFESSIONALS  MUST WATCH VIDEOS WITH DR. LUC!

PARENTS AND PROFESSIONALS – A MUST WATCH VIDEO!
October 25, 2007
About 2 hours in length.
A Public Debate: Is Homeopathy Pure Quackery or Perhaps the Future of Medicine? The University of Connecticut Medical School sponsored a debate that was held last Thursday (October 25th) and broadcast live (and free) over the internet.

Six internationally renowned experts each made a case for or against homeopathy. The panel comprised: Iris Bell, MD, PhD, Rustum Roy PhD , Andre Saine ND, Donald Marcus MD, Steven Novella MD, Naduv Davidovitch MD, PhD. See also http://www.sonicfoundry.com/uconn

PARENTS – A MUST WATCH VIDEO!
Homeopathy Mystery of Healing

46 minutes

This in-depth documentary explores the origins, principles and modern practice of homeopathic medicine. Learn about the movement’s founder Samuel Hahnemann and the work of modern homeopathic practitioners, physicians, veterinarians and pharmacists around the world.

PARENTS – A MUST WATCH VIDEO!
What Is Homeopathy

17 minutes
Explanation of the workings of homeopathy. This is a beautiful short video.

Homeopathy Valuable in Curing Chronic Diseases


May 17, 2007

3 minutes
Naturalpath.com – Check out this video and other great “green living” resources …

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Homoeopathy in Wikipedia

Posted by Dr.Mukhtar Ahmad on March 13, 2008


Homoeopathy

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