Friday, July 31, 2009

Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) Web site.

Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) Web site.

http://vaers.hhs.gov/

The Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System is a cooperative program for vaccine safety of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). VAERS is a post-marketing safety surveillance program, collecting information about adverse events (possible side effects) that occur after the administration of US licensed vaccines.

This Web site provides a nationwide mechanism by which adverse events following immunization (AEFI) may be reported, analyzed and made available to the public. The VAERS Web site also provides a vehicle for disseminating vaccine safety-related information to parents/guardians, healthcare providers, vaccine manufacturers, state vaccine programs, and other constituencies.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Homeopathic Treatment for Tinnitus

Homeopathic Treatment for Tinnitus

If you suffer from ringing, roaring, humming or other noises in the ear that are unrelated to external sounds, you could be suffering from tinnitus. This is a very real and serious condition. It may be intermittent or continuing and it can change over time as you’ve got the condition. Tinnitus can be distracting, annoying and in a few cases even related to or making a contribution to hearing loss to some level. It can meddle with your job, your sleep patterns and your general well being. However, there are treatment alternatives available for tinnitus. One of these is homeopathic treatment for tinnitus.

Many people are shocked to hear that there are homeopathic treatments available for tinnitus. As with any other homeopathic cures, you should always seek the aid a professional for proper dosage amounts. The required amounts can change from person to person and too much of even natural products can be dangerous.

Here are some samples of homeopathic treatments for tinnitus that may be helpful to your case:

• Calcarea carbonica- this may help people with tinnitus with vertigo, hearing problems, cracking or pulsing sensations in the ears and more. They may feel easily fatigued, chilly, have cravings for sweets and get anxious easily.
• Carbo vegetabilis: This can help people who experience ringing in the ears during colds or flu. Symptoms may feel worse at night and the person may feel cold or have a craving for fresh air.
• Cinchona officinalis: This is helpful with tinnitus sufferers who feel weak, nervous and over sensitive.
• Cimicifuga: If you have tinnitus with a sensitivity to noise, you may benefit from this type of homeopathic treatment for tinnitus. You may also have pain and muscle tension in the neck and back. May be typically energetic and happy but when not feeling well become depressed or fearful.
• Graphites: Can help with a tinnitus sufferer with associated deafness. This person may hear hissing and clicking sounds.
• Kali carbonicum: This can be helpful to tinnitus sufferers with roaring, cracking or itching in the ears.

It is also necessary to remember that the cause of the tinnitus will affect the type of homeopathic treatment you use. Step 1 before using any kind of treatment for tinnitus should be to try to trace the original reason for your condition. This will help you know the way to correctly treat it and possible cure yourself.

These are just a few homeopathic treatments for tinnitus. To discover the exact one that is your bag and how much you need to take will require consultation with a specialist in homeopathic drugs. You’ll need to find the homeopathic treatment that most matches your kind of tinnitus symptoms. Then you need to establish the correct quantity of the homeopathic remedy to meet your needs. In a few cases it is also important to try multiple kinds of homeopathic treatments until you find the right one for your case. Just like no 2 folk are precisely alike, neither are two cases of tinnitus.

The advice found here is for research purposes only. No advice is meant. As with any condition it is recommended for you to talk with a doctor before taking any medical advice.

Monday, July 20, 2009

Homeopathy is to be available on the National Health System in Bath

Homeopathy is to be available on the National Health System in Bath after a hospital set up an outreach clinic in the city.

The clinic at a doctors' surgery in London Road will accept referrals from GPs from all over the south west.

It will involve staff from the Bristol Homeopathic Hospital - which is one of only five in the country to offer homeopathic treatments.

The clinic at the Grosvenor Surgery will offer treatments for complex conditions including rheumatology, allergies, asthma, eczema, anxiety and depression, digestive and bowel problems, as well as cancer care support.

The subject of homeopathy has been clouded in a degree of controversy, with some scientists arguing that such treatments have an effect that can be compared to that of a placebo, and referrals to the Bristol hospital fell by 20 per cent last year.

But a year-long pilot study carried out in Northern Ireland has concluded that an integrated approach where complementary medicine was used alongside conventional techniques could offer significant health improvements.

Dr Elizabeth Thompson, consultant homeopathic physician at the Bristol hospital, said: "The evidence from this study will support colleagues in offering patients the choice of high quality homeopathic care on the NHS.

"This new outreach clinic will mean that patients from the local community will be able to access a wide range of treatments nearer to their homes."

Dr Claire Stanford, the speciality doctor who is conducting the clinic, added: "Patients are very appreciative of the integrated approach to care, combining the best of conventional and homeopathic medicine. In very many instances it has not only brought enormous relief but has also allowed them to enjoy life to the full."

The Bristol hospital was built in 1921 and offers homeopathic remedies on the NHS for more than 50 medical conditions from cancer and arthritis to depression and irritable bowel syndrome.

A recent study by the Bristol hospital reported that 70 per cent of patients said their chronic conditions had improved since seeking treatment there.

Homeopathy is a system of healing based on the theory of treating "like with like" using diluted natural remedies that, if used in a healthy person, would create similar symptoms to the condition being treated.

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Healthy, travel with homeopathy

Healthy, travel with homeopathy: don't let jet lag, motion sickness, diarrhea, or sunburn ruin your next trip. Pack these simple, effective homeopathic remedies...

Dana Ullman is a world renowned homeopathic educator and writer. Here is some useful tips he offered in the summer of 2001.

TRAVEL CAN BE STRESSFUL, wreaking havoc on your mind and body. During my more than 25 years of teaching people about homeopathy, I've recommended to countless travelers the remedies they should pack to prevent or treat this havoc. Tailored homeopathic remedies --made from minute preparations of natural substances that in larger amounts would cause the same symptoms you're trying to cure--are fast-acting, and rather than masking the symptoms, they stimulate your body to heal itself.
If you know you won't be near a store that sells homeopathic medicine, you can create your own traveling remedy kit in advance. For each of the following ailments, look for the primary symptoms that most closely match the ones you tend to get, and buy a vial of the corresponding medicine. Be forewarned: Building your kit may take a little trial and error. Note that some homeopaths believe luggage X-rays weaken the potency of homeopathic remedies, so if you're traveling by air, put the vials in your pocket instead of a bag.

Jet Lag

Telltale jet lag symptoms like fatigue and an erratic appetite occur when you travel across time zones. The brain cells that control your circadian rhythms are exposed to daylight and darkness at different times than they are accustomed to, and your inner clock (which tells you when it's time to eat and sleep) gets out of sync with real time.

FIND YOUR REMEDY:

If your symptoms include fatigue and foggy thinking, your best remedy is Arnica montana.

If your symptoms include feeling so tired that you have a difficult time keeping your eyes open, or your arm and leg muscles tend to feel weak, your best remedy is Gelsemium.

If your symptoms include nausea and dizziness, your best remedy is Cocculus.

RECOMMENDED DOSAGE:

Take the appropriate remedy in the 6, 12, or 3 [degrees] C potency every two hours after your arrival for intense symptoms and every four hours for mild ones. Take it until symptoms abate.

To prevent jet lag, use Arnica in the 6, 12, or 3 [degrees] C potency just prior to boarding your plane and then once every four hours during your flight. If you still develop jet lag symptoms, continue taking Arnica every four hours during the first day at your destination. If Arnica doesn't work, try one of the other two remedies on your next flight. Again take the 6, 12, or 3 [degrees] C potency before boarding and then every four hours during the flight.

Motion Sickness

An estimated one-third to one-half of airline passengers experience some degree of motion sickness--dizziness, fatigue, nausea, or vomiting --during a turbulent flight. Some people get motion sickness when their inner ear (which maintains balance) senses movement but their eyes tell them that they're standing still.

FIND YOUR REMEDY:

If your symptoms include dizziness, severe nausea brought on by the sight or smell of food (particularly if it makes you want to lie down), vomiting, dry throat, and lightheadedness, and if these symptoms worsen in cold temperatures, your best remedy is Cocculus.

If your symptoms include violent vomiting, cold and pale skin, profuse sweating, and chills (often accompanied by a dazed feeling), and if these symptoms worsen in warm temperatures and improve when you breathe fresh air, your best remedy is Tabacum.

If your symptoms include feelings of anxiety or increased nausea when the vehicle you're traveling in moves downward, your best remedy is Borax.

RECOMMENDED DOSAGE:

Take the 6, 12, or 3 [degrees] C potency every 30 minutes for intense symptoms and every two to four hours for milder ones. Take it until symptoms abate.

To prevent motion sickness, try the 6, 12, or 3 [degrees] C potency of the remedy that best matches the symptoms you tend to get. Take it one hour before departure and every two hours while you're traveling. For boat trips, take one dose of the appropriate remedy before departure and then one every four hours until you've adapted to the motion.

Traveler's Diarrhea

Acute diarrhea is an important defense mechanism that enables your body to expel foreign bacteria and parasites quickly. But if left untreated, it can lead to severe dehydration. Homeopathic medicines can help destroy these microorganisms, taking the burden off your body so it can heal itself.

FIND YOUR REMEDY:

If your symptoms include a burning sensation during elimination of your stools, chills, sweating, anxiety about being alone, extreme thirst for sips of warm drinks, and restlessness during the night, and if these symptoms worsen after midnight, your best remedy is Arsenicum.

If your symptoms include gurgling sounds from your intestinal tract, a weak feeling in your anal sphincter, forceful expulsion of stools that smell bad, headache, gagging, retching, cramps in your feet and legs, and extreme thirst and craving for cold beverages, your best remedy is Podophyllum.

If your symptoms include a constant urge to eliminate, retching while going to the bathroom, blood in your stool, fever and chills, profuse sweating, bad breath, drooling while sleeping, mental and physical sluggishness, and an extreme thirst and craving for cold beverages, your best remedy is Mercurius.

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Why See A Homeopath?

Why See A Homeopath?

Examples of commonly treated conditions include:

* Digestive problems, skin conditions, allergies and asthma
* Women's health issues, hormonal imbalance, menopause and infertility
* Weight gain, high blood pressure, diabetes and heart disease
* Fatigue, insomnia, depression, anxiety, attention deficit disorder
* Joint and muscle pain, sport/athletic injury and healing after surgery
* Cold and flu's, ear and throat infections and headaches and arthritis

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Scorpion Poison Used in Cuba for Treatment of Cancer

Scorpion Poison Used in Cuba for Treatment of Cancer
By Redaction AHORA / Monday, 22 December 2008 / redaccion@ahora.cu

For the first time in Cuba, scientists are using a natural medicine derived from scorpion toxin for the treatment of cancer.




The initiative is part of a national project led by the Pharmaceutical Biological Labs (Labiofam) that seeks to demonstrate the effect of the red scorpion's poison against tumors. The study is the only one being made in the world and it has shown positive results so far, according to Fabio Linares, head of the Homeopathy Department in central Cianfuegos province.

In statements to the Cuban News Agency Linares said that the permission to produce the medicine and to apply it on a small group of patients was requested in 2007. He said the effectiveness of the homeopathic technique lies in the minimum percentage of the active ingredient used in the preparation. More than 20,000 bottles can be prepared with only one drop, said the expert.

In the patients treated with the medicine, the inflammation and pain produced by the action of cancer cells was reduced which in turn improved the quality of life of those cases.

The results achieved so far are very similar to those obtained with the use of dissolved poison, which demands a greater amount of raw material for its production.

For more than three years, a team of doctors and health technicians from Cienfuegos, over 260 km east of Havana, have been working on anti-carcinogenic remedies based on studies by Cuban biologist Misael Bordier Chibas about scorpion toxins.

Source: Radio Habana Cuba

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Homeopathic Remedies for Poison Ivy

NaturalNews offers this useful information about a pesky plant we can encounter while enjoying nature during the summer season...

"Exposure to poison ivy and poison oak can cause rashes and skin eruptions, but homeopathic remedies provide help... The leaves of both plants are easy to identify but hard to avoid. They grow in every area of the United States, except in the desert and at high altitudes. Poison ivy grows in Canada and Northern Mexico as well. The name of the oil that causes the reaction is urushiol. The rash is an allergic reaction to the oil and some people are more reactive than others, or not at all.

Poison ivy leaves are three-pronged. It grows as a bush, at the beach, up a tree or along a path. Rashes and blisters appear quickly and can last for days and even up to three weeks. Bathing in cold water can remove the toxin from skin, if done immediately after exposure. Washing with alcohol can also help in the first six hours. Poison ivy rash is not contagious once the oils from the plants have been absorbed, but could be contagious right after the immediate exposure, when the toxins from the plants are still on the surface of the skin.

Poison ivy was first mentioned in the 1600s when Captain John Smith named it because of its resemblance to English ivy. Botanists named the plant Rhus toxicodendron in 1635.

Homeopathic Remedies for Poison Ivy

Arnica
Arnica treats a rash that has transparent vesicles. The skin feels hot.

Apis
Apis can be used when the rash is red and filled with a great deal of fluid, or if there is swelling in the area of the rash.

Bryonia
Bryonia is the homeopathic remedy to use for poison ivy when the skin is hot, pale and dry. The person will be better from cool bathing and light pressure to the area.

Kali sulphuricum
Kali sulf is used on poison ivy rash that is yellow or full of pus, especially if the pus is yellow.

Arsenicum album
Arsenicum rash can itch without eruptions. The hands may swell, as well as the feet and the face. The person is worse between 1-2 am and 1-2 pm and they can feel cold. The rash of Arsenicum is dry and rough, and the vesicles are clear or transparent.

Rhus tox
Rhus tox is the remedy made from poison ivy. It can be used homeopathically when the eyes are swollen shut and rash is better from warm water application.

Sulphur
The Sulphur rash is worse when you first get into bed and with scratching or bathing. The rash is dry and crusty. The person needing Sulphur will scratch the itch until it bleeds.

Many homeopathic remedies can be purchased over the counter in health food stores or specialty food stores.

Friday, July 10, 2009

How to avoid Meltdowns and the Candy Counter

How to avoid Meltdowns and the Candy Counter:

Doulatron Doula, Aimee Sturley with Adar Birth Services posted this little clip of one of our Homeopaths, Allyson Burden. She has many ingenious tips on rearing a healthy child.

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

The Use of Ledum in Helping to Treat Lyme Disease

The Use of Ledum in Helping People with Lyme Disease
July 1st, 2009

There is a chance that you have never heard of the term Ledum, much less know what it is used for. Ledum is a shrub that grows in Northern Europe, Canada, and the cold regions of North America. It has dark, narrow leaves that have wooly undersides. The leaves, fresh or dried are used for preparation of the homeopathic remedy. The ability of the shrub to heal tissues from the deepest point and moving up to the surface has made it a great first aid remedy for a number of conditions.

Although, this might be the first time you have heard of Ledum, clearly its benefits are something you should take note of. Ledum is used as a remedy to help in the prevention of infections. It is useful to treat bruises, insect stings, animal bites, and puncture wounds. There are many other uses of Ledum including taking care of the discomfort of painful and stiff joints.

Monday, July 6, 2009

There are over 400,000 registered homoeopaths in the country currently, with approximately 13,000 more being added every year.

India has over 7.5 million qualified doctors, who, according to Assocham, charge 'reasonable professional fees'. There are over 400,000 registered homoeopaths in the country currently, with approximately 13,000 more being added every year.

Amrit Kalsi, Senior Medical Officer, Delhi Government, says, "The demand for homeopathic and ayurvedic medicines has increased in the last few years and to cure chronic ailments such as respiratory diseases, fevers, skin diseases, viral infections, asthma and allergic disorders, people are choosing the traditional way of treatment before allopathic."

There were 28 homoeopathic dispensaries in Delhi in 1978 and the number now has gone up to 78. The number of patients taking homeopathic medicines has increased from around 800,000 patients in 1997 to 13,62,174 patients in 2006, she adds.

Saturday, July 4, 2009

Homeopathy: Another medical treatment against infertility

Homeopathy: Another medical treatment against infertility
By Redaction AHORA / Tuesday, 24 March 2009 / redaccion@ahora.cu

The homeopathic treatment against infertility has contributed to the birth of 67 children in the Cuban province of Holguin.

Initiated in 1997 by Dr Esperanza Gilling, this alternative treatment to facilitate pregnancy has reported effectiveness in 90 percent of the patients treated and is one of the main achievements of the Provincial Center for Homeopathy, opened 14 years ago with its own pharmacy.

Dr Gilling explained that after rigorous clinical trials and in accordance with their results, infertile patients are administered a homeopathic preparation that facilitates pregnancy.

This institution, located in the city of Holguin, 735 kilometers east of Havana, gives consultations to about 500 patients from the provinces of Granma, Las Tunas, Santiago de Cuba and Havana, each month.

Homeopathy has also achieved good results in the treatment of asthma especially in children, hypertension and other diseases, and it is as rigorous as the scientific conventional medicine.

”The only difference between these procedures is the type of natural cures being used”, said Dr Gilling, who has 17 years of practice in this medical treatment developed by the German doctor Christian Friedrich Samuel Hahnemann in 1792. / AIN

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Sinusitis - A disorder of the sinuses surrounding the nose

Sinusitis - A disorder of the sinuses surrounding the nose, in which one or more of these sinuses are inflamed. Acute sinusitis typically lasts 3 to 8 weeks, whereas chronic sinusitis lasts longer.

The remedies are intended for the relief of symptoms of acute sinusitis. If a stubborn or extremely painful sinusitis occurs please seek professional advice.

Some people never get sinusitis, and others develop sinusitis frequently, It usually follows respiratory infections such as colds. Sinusitis typically follows an upper respiratory infection or allergic reaction, which can cause inflammation and swelling that close off the sinus ostia. This encourages mucous accumulation in the sinuses, and makes the sinus a great place for bacteria and fungus to live and grow rapidly. Individuals with weakened immune systems are at greatest risk since their risk of any infection is high.

Other possible causes include: history of asthma, overuse of nasal decongestants; deviated nasal septum; nasal bone spurs; nasal polyps; foreign bodies; frequent swimming and/or diving; and dental work. Typically, these all cause blockages of the sinus ostia, and are the result of problems that affect the nasal area only.

Remember, these diseases predispose individuals to develop sinusitis because they make the sinuses a better place for infectious organisms, especially bacteria, to grow. Not all individuals with the above conditions develop sinusitis. Homeopathy teaches us that conditions such as sinusitis are an indication of weakened vitality in the sufferer.

Practical steps to try include:

§ Inhaling steam from a vaporizer
§ Applying an ice pack over the bridge of the nose to try and reduce inflammation

Studies have shown that a deficiency of Vitamin A may cause this condition in some people. Eat more carrots, broccoli and fish or consider supplementation if the sufferers diet results in inadequate Vitamin A intake.

Here are a few other tips to try:-

§ Mix onions and garlic together and eat
§ Each day massage underneath the big toe on both feet
§ A tea made from Fenugreek may help

If any of the following develop seek immediate help:

· chronic sinusitis
· spread of infection into the bones of the face (called osteomyelitis)
· spread of infection into the brain (called meningitis)
· abscess formation

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Best of June 2009:

Best of Access Natural Healing's blog - Homeopathy June 2009:

Family Tea with Adar Birth's Aimee Sturley:

We spent some time with some really lovely parents at Little Nest on Commercial Drive. There were discussions of cradle cap, teething, colic, and diaper rash plus some amazing labour/birth experiences. It was a really great way to share and learn. Not only did we talk a bit about how homeopathy can help for children who are moving through these health concerns, but DON'T FORGET support for the moms who need the care, too. In some cases - FIRST! If you're a parent experiencing a child with colic or reflux, make sure you are taking a homeopathic remedy for easing out of the concerns that can result from that level of sleep deprivation and stress. Ask your homeopath for the remedy Kali Phos. Take at least a 200C potency as prescribed by your homeopath.

All the best in natural health care!
~~~

Synopsis of Ming Dinh's Presentation for Cervical Cancer Week. Get your pap test.

Keys to a healthy and long life:

Five easy steps:
1. Reduce Stress
2. Exercise
3. Good nutrition
4. No Smoking
5. Do things that make you happy

These are preventative. Homeopathy is preventative. It follows the laws of nature. Simply put, Homeopathy uses and supports your body's innate abilities to heal. The homeopathic remedy (when prescribed homeopathically), introduces a similar, but stronger dis-ease. This is the principal behind the system of medicine known as Homeopathy. An analogy that was talked about for "Like Cures Like" is that the Homeopath is introducing the thing that 'TRUMPS' all the other cards (the symptoms) and then they go away.

CANCER... Did you know that it can take 10 years for cancer cells to grow into an 8mm mass (detectable size).

Homeopathic Remedies can help during chemotherapy and it can also prevent the need for it. Come in for a FREE 15 minute Homeopathic Consultation. 604-568-4663.

Homeopathic Arnica as effective as the usual post-operative painkiller

Visit Dr Briffa’s blog for a report on recent research on the comparable effectiveness of homeopathic Arnica D4 (4X) post-operatively after bunion removal compared to the usual painkiller (diclofenac). It was decided that giving placebo would not be ethical. Treatment with Arnica also gave fewer side-effects, greater mobility and was less costly.

References:

Karow J-H, et al. Efficacy of Arnica Montana D4 for healing of wounds after hallux valgus surgery compared to diclofenac. J Altern Comp Med 2008;14(1):17-25

Dr Briffa: ‘Homeopathic arnica found to be an effective post-operative aid’

A positive effect from Homeopathic remedies, study
Thursday, 4 June 2009, 10:36 am
Press Release: Council of Homeopaths

recent homeopathic study:

The New Zealand Council of Homeopaths (NZCH) welcomes a survey of the use of Homeopathic medicines that reported 92% of people who have taken Homeopathic remedies experienced a positive effect.

The study published in the New Zealand Medical Journal surveyed 124 people in Doctors’ surgeries [1]. Of these 65% said they had used homeopathic remedies with 92% reported experiencing a positive result. These findings confirm the results from studies conducted overseas (2,3,4).

This study revealed that positive responses to homeopathic remedies were achieved even though patients did not understand how homeopathic medicines worked.

Gwyneth Evans, spokesperson for the NZCH states, “The results demonstrate that an adult, child or, animal does not have to know how a remedy works for it to be beneficial."

Consumer demand for a system of medicine that is natural, safe and effective has driven the rise of homeopathy in New Zealand and throughout the world. However, very few surveys on homeopathy have been conducted in New Zealand to date so it is pleasing to see that funding is being made available for this purpose.

Homeopathic consultations are individualised to each patient, taking into account all presenting symptoms, together with a detailed family and personal history, including the context in which the patient became unwell.

A homeopathic prescription is then selected based on the client’s unique symptom presentation. Homeopathic treatment facilitates the body’s ability to fight infection and to decrease susceptibility to disease by gently stimulating the body to heal itself.

“This research is the beginning of an exciting development into adding to previous studies understanding homeopathy. I hope that funding will be made available to conduct further surveys and trials with practicing homeopaths in their clinics, to further add to the body of scientific knowledge of the natural healing powers of homeopathic remedies" said Ms Evans.

References -

1. Holt S and Gilbey A,. (2009) Beliefs about homeopathy among patients presenting at GP surgeries, New Zealand Medical Journal, Vol 122 No,1295

2. A meta-analysis of three trials on homeopathic immunotherapy. Result: significant effect in favour of homeopathic treatment.

3. Reilly D, Taylor MA, Beattie NGM, Campbell JH, McSharry C, Aitchison TC, Carter R, Stevenson RD. Is evidence for homoeopathy reproducible? Lancet. 1994; 344:1601-1606.

4. Cucherat, M., Haugh, M. C., Gooch, M., & Boissel, J. P. 2000, "Evidence of clinical efficacy of homeopathy. A meta-analysis of clinical trials. HMRAG. Homeopathic, Medicines Research Advisory Group", Eur.J.Clin.Pharmacol., vol.. 56, no. 1,
 
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