homeopathic treatments

  1. New attacks on homeopathy

    It was a stunt tailor-made for the Internet age: People around the world "overdosed" on homeopathic remedies, and then posted videos of the experience online.

    And, naturally, nothing happened to them... supposedly proving that homeopathy is just a big fraud.

    After all, if these things were medicines, overdosing should have killed some of these people--or at least made them very sick, right?

    It's logical... but it's also wrong.

    Most of the treatments used in these videos were, in fact, pretty useless-- because just about all of the "overdosers" used the supposed homeopathic treatments that give the rest of the field a bad name.

    These are the store-bought meds you've probably seen in your local supermarkets, and many of them are everything their critics claim them to be-- which is why you should only get your homeopathic remedies from a genuine homeopathic doctor.

    But there's also another problem with the overdose stunt: A failure to get sick or die doesn't mean the med is ineffective.

    Look at it another way, and it could mean the med is simply exceedingly safe.

    Isn't that worth celebrating here in the age of drug side effects?

    There's no denying that some of the research on homeopathy is thin and often inconclusive. Studies often end with researchers saying they can't really explain what just happened--but many of them are just as sure that something did, in fact, happen.

    It's clear more study is needed--but many researchers are afraid to even look: The quickest way to lose friends, colleagues, jobs, and grant money today is to casually mention that you're studying homeopathic treatments.

    And you can almost see why: It's a very easy target. After all, it's hard--maybe impossible--to explain the "active" ingredient, which is highly diluted in water to the point where it's no longer detectable by standard means.

    But does that mean it's no longer there?

    "I can't say that homeopathy is right in everything," Dr. Luc Montagnier recently said. "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."

    Dr. Montagnier is the man who discovered the AIDS virus, which helped him to win a Nobel Prize in 2008.

    He recently found evidence proving some of the basic tenets of homeopathy-- and he's been ostracized as a result. He now lives in China, which he says is more open to his research.

    But let's get back to those protests, because there's one detail I left out. The ringleader of the stunt, and one of the leading mainstream voices against homeopathy, was magician James Randi.

    So you have a magician leading the mainstream... and a Nobel prize winner practically in hiding.

    It would be funny--if it wasn't so sad.

  2. Homeopathic medicine under assault

    Some people are blind, while others just refuse to see.

    Unfortunately, many in the medical mainstream aren't just blind to alternative treatments--they refuse to see, and some comments in the British press show just what we're up against.

    The British Medical Association's junior doctors committee has called homeopathy--the entire field--"witchcraft" and a "disgrace," and wants the government to deny all funding and access to homeopathic treatments.

    They also declared that there's no scientific evidence in support of homeopathy... turning a blind eye to a wide body of work to the contrary. If you'd like to see what I'm talking about, take a look at the studies listed on the Web site of the National Center for Homeopathy.

    There are hundreds of studies here--high-quality papers published in the world's leading medical journals, and many of these papers found homeopathic treatments that really and truly had some effect that can't be explained by the placebo response.

    This isn't witchcraft--this is science.

    One 2005 study looked at homeopathic treatments for chronic diseases, including allergic rhinitis in men, headaches in women and atopic dermatitis in children. The researchers concluded that "disease severity and quality of life demonstrated marked and sustained improvements following homeopathic treatment period."

    That one, ironically, was published in BMJ--the British Medical Journal. You'd think the British Medical Association's junior doctors would pick that up from time to time.

    Many of studies on homeopathic treatments end with the researchers saying more study is needed--it's repeated so regularly it starts to sound like a plea. Of course, that will never happen as long as Big Pharma keeps its chokehold on medical research.

    In fact, it's amazing that these studies were ever published at all.

    But let's get back to the "witchcraft" thing, which only shows that some powerful forces in the mainstream have no interest in having a real discussion here.

    You have to ask yourself: What are they so afraid of? Is it the fact that millions of people already swear by homeopathic treatments? Or is it the threat to their livelihoods as more people discover that the mainstream really doesn't have all the answers after all?

    The truth is, mainstream medicine is governed by far more guesswork than most people realize--and in an honest moment, even many doctors will admit that.

    After all, most doctors today don't heal or cure. They simply look for symptoms, then find a drug or two to match. If those drugs don't work, they throw in a few more prescriptions... or maybe we should call them "potions."

    And if those don't work... well, magic spells may not be next on their list--but if Big Pharma was selling them, you know they would be.

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