Tuesday, December 7, 2010

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Friday, December 3, 2010

More evidence that homeopathy works!

Homeopathy, Mastitis and Cows
More evidence that homeopathy works! You can find a summary of the evidence, and the reference at

http://www.homeopathy-ich.org

In brief, this is an EU funded research project that found that homeopathy protects cows against potential udder infection. Over 100 cows in Switzerland took part in the trial, and results showed that homeopathy gave 9-fold better protection compared to the control groups.

The homeopathy denialists, and homeophobes will undoubtedly claim two things. First, the cows knew they were being treated, so it was just placebo effect! And/or that the quality of the research was not good enough! But then, who cares about what they think. This is just further proof of the power of homeopathy, and so is welcome additional evidence.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

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Monday, November 29, 2010

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Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Great Quotes about Homeopathy

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Friday, November 5, 2010

The use of homeopathy during the Influenza Pandemic of 1918

The May 1921 edition of the Journal of the American Institute for Homeopathy had an article about the use of homeopathy during the Influenza Pandemic of 1918. Dr. T. A. McCann, from Dayton, Ohio reported that 24,000 cases of flu treated with conventional medicine had a mortality rate of 28.2%, while 26,000 cases of flu treated homeopathically had a mortality rate of 1.05%.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Alternative to Vaccines

What are my options? A personal quest.

By Elena Cecchetto DCH, CCH
Certified Homeopath

For a while I had been reading about homeopathy and knew that Homeopathic Remedies for Immunizations existed (Homeoprophylaxis). I knew that somehow you could use Homeopathic Remedies for the purpose of protection against targeted infectious diseases. I just didn’t know exactly how to do this. My fear of needles (specifically the vaccine dangers) sent me on this quest. So I called a few people to find out if they knew how. I called my friend’s cousin who had studied Homeopathy. I
called a few Homeopaths listed in the yellow pages (yes, back in the days of the yellow pages). I told them what I would like to do and asked if they knew how. I got a few different responses.

They all agreed that indeed it is entirely fitting for the system of medicine known as homoeopathy to be able to perform this function. But they just weren’t sure exactly how to do this. Keep in mind that I was investigating this many years ago. Now there are many Homeopaths internationally working with Homeopathic Remedies for Immunization.

Homeopathy has been well known for its incredible results during epidemics. In the era of the 1912 epidemic, the Homeopathic Remedy called Gelsemium had high success rates among the Homeopathic Doctors of the day. Yes, in the early 1900’s, in North America, Homeopaths were considered Doctors. Some excellent anecdotes and statistics that stick in my mind describing the use of Homeopathy for epidemics go something
like this:

1. One of the earliest tests of the homeopathic system was in the treatment of Typhus Fever (spread by lice) in an 1813 epidemic which followed the devastation of Napoleon’s army marching through Germany to attack Russia, followed by their retreat. When the epidemic came through Leipzig as the army pulled back from the east, Samuel Hahnemann, the founder of homeopathy, was able to treat 180 cases of Typhus, only losing two (1.11%). This was at a time when the conventional treatments were having a mortality rate of over 30%.

2. Within three years of the Diphtheria outbreak in Broome County, NY from 1862 to 1864, there was a report of an 83.6% mortality rate amongst the conventional medical Doctors and a 16.4% mortality rate amongst the Homeopaths.

3. The May 1921 edition of the Journal of the American Institute for Homeopathy had an article about the use of homeopathy during the Influenza Pandemic of 1918. Dr. T. A. McCann, from Dayton, Ohio reported that 24,000 cases of flu treated with conventional medicine had a mortality rate of 28.2%, while 26,000 cases of flu treated homeopathically had a mortality rate of 1.05%.

My quest wasn’t successful and I got the shots to go travelling. Luckily, I had no side effects that I know of, so far. Even better, I spent months reading the Homeopathic literature that I carted around with me and became completely enamored with the Philosophy of Homeopathy.

More than a decade later and I am finally one of the handful of Homeopaths in Vancouver with the level of education and accreditation that gives me the title of “Certified Classical Homeopath”. Even better, I have the opportunity to offer Homeopathic Remedies to help people be protected for specific infectious diseases. There are various protocols that can be used depending on the disease.

There is a great personal satisfaction that I get when I receive postcards from the travellers who have received excellent Homeopathic Care. Imagine going to India without experiencing any gastro-intestinal complaints! Amazing! Fun! That is how travel is meant to be. I am determined to be able to support people in attaining this kind of travel experience.

Monday, November 1, 2010

A Randomized, Controlled Clinical Trial of the Homeopathic Medication TRAUMEEL in the Treatment of Chemotherapy-Induced Stomatitis in Children Und

Menachem Oberbaum, M.D.1 Isaac Yaniv, M.D.2 Yael Ben-Gal, R.N.2 Jerry Stein, M.D.2
Nurit Ben-Zvi, R.N.2 Laurence S. Freedman, Ph.D.3 David Branski, M.D.4
1 The Institute of Research on Complementary Medicine, The Center of Integrated Complementary Medicine, Shaare Zedek Medical Center, Jerusa- lem, Israel.
2 Bone Marrow Transplantation Unit, The Schnei- der Children’s Medical Center of Israel, Rabin Med- ical Center, Petach Tikva, Sackler School of Med- icine, Tel-Aviv University, Israel.
3 Department of Mathematics, Statistics, and Computer Sciences, Bar-Ilan University. Ramat- Gan, Israel.
4 Department of Pediatrics, Shaare Zedek Medical Center, Hebrew University Medical School, Jerusa- lem, Israel.
Supported by a grant from the International Society of Homotoxicology, Baden-Baden, Germany.
The authors are grateful to Dr. Yoram Neumann from the Department of Pediatric Hematology On- cology at The Chaim Sheba Medical Center (Tel- Aviv, Israel) for his help in the planning and design of the first version of the study protocol. They also thank Nitzan Teva, R.N., for her initiative and enthusiastic work at the beginning of the study. Finally, the authors thank the nurses of the Bone Marrow Transplantation Unit at The Schneider Children’s Medical Center of Israel for their support and patience during this study.
Address for reprints: Menachem Oberbaum, M.D., The Institute of Research on Complementary Med- icine, The Center of Integrated Complementary Medicine, Shaare Zedek Medical Center, P.O. Box 3235, Jerusalem 91031, Israel; Fax: 972-2- 6666975; E-mail: oberbaum@netvision.net.il
Received December 21, 2000; revision received March 27, 2001; accepted April 9, 2001.
BACKGROUND. Stomatitis is a common consequence of chemotherapy and a con- dition for which there is little effective treatment. Although the management of patients with other chemotherapy-related toxicities has improved in recent years, the incidence of stomatitis is increasing because of more intensive treatment and is often a dose limiting factor in chemotherapy. The authors assessed the efficacy of a homeopathic remedy, TRAUMEEL, in the management of chemotherapy- induced stomatitis in children undergoing bone marrow transplantation. METHODS. A randomized, placebo-controlled, double-blind clinical trial was con- ducted in 32 patients ages 3–25 years who had undergone allogeneic (16 patients) or autologous (16 patients) stem cell transplantation. Of the 30 evaluable patients, 15 were assigned placebo, and 15 were assigned TRAUMEEL S both as a mouth rinse, administered five times daily from 2 days after transplantation for a mini- mum of 14 days, or until at least 2 days after all signs of stomatitis were absent. Stomatitis scores were evaluated according to the World Health Organization grading system for mucositis.
RESULTS. A total of five patients (33%) in the TRAUMEEL S treatment group did not develop stomatitis compared with only one patient (7%) in the placebo group. Stomatitis worsened in only 7 patients (47%) in the TRAUMEEL S treatment group compared with 14 patients (93%) in the placebo group. The mean area under the curve stomatitis scores were 10.4 in the TRAUMEEL S treatment group and 24.3 in the placebo group. This difference was statistically significant (P0.01). CONCLUSIONS. This study indicates that TRAUMEEL S may reduce significantly the severity and duration of chemotherapy-induced stomatitis in children undergoing bone marrow transplantation. Cancer 2001;92:684–90.
© 2001 American Cancer Society.
KEYWORDS: TRAUMEEL, stomatitis, mucositis, autologous, allogeneic, stem cell transplantation, bone marrow transplantation, randomized, placebo-controlled, ho- meopathy, complementary medicine.
Stomatitis occurs commonly as part of general inflammatory dam- age to the mucous membranes in patients receiving chemother- apy or radiation therapy to the oropharyngeal region. The overall incidence of reactive stomatitis is about 40%.1,2 However, it is partic- ularly common in patients receiving 5-fluorouracil (5-FU) treat- ment1–4 and is even more common in those undergoing radiation therapy for malignancies of the head and neck, in which approxi- mately 80% of patients are affected.2 In patients undergoing bone marrow transplantation (BMT), the incidence of stomatitis reaches 95%.1
The mechanism of development of stomatitis is primarily cytotoxic,1,5
© 2001 American Cancer Society
although neutropenia,1,6 periodontal pathology,1,7 poor oral hygiene,1,8 poor nutritional status,1 and infections also contribute to the condition. Morphologic character- istics can vary from slight erythema and edema of the oral mucosa to severe, focal, or widespread ulceration, bleeding and exudation.1,5 In addition to pain and dis- comfort, loss of the mechanical barrier together with the large surface of necrotic mucosa and neutropenia can lead to secondary local infections, sepsis, and even life- threatening systemic infections.1,6,9,10 Severe cases of stomatitis often necessitate the interruption of chemo- therapy treatment or dose reduction and may affect pa- tient compliance with further treatment.1 Compared with other chemotherapy-related toxicities, such as my- elosuppression, the incidence of mucositis and the sig- nificance of its toxicity is increasing. Consequently, oral mucositis is becoming the most common dose-limiting toxicity of chemotherapy.1,2
The current treatment of patients with stomatitis is essentially symptomatic. This includes stringent oral hygiene, avoiding irritating and abrasive foods, good oral and dental care, and the use of bland rinses, topical anesthetics, and systemic analgesics.11 Such treatments, however, are of limited value and have shown improvement only in patients with mild to moderate stomatitis.1,2,12
TRAUMEEL is a homeopathic-complex remedy that has been sold over the counter in pharmacies in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland for over 50 years. It contains extracts from the following plants and min- erals, all of them highly diluted (10��1–10��9 of the stem solution): Arnica montana, Calendula officinalis, Achillea millefolium, Matricaria chamomilla, Symphy- tum officinale, Atropa belladonna, Aconitum napellus, Bellis perennis, Hypericum perforatum, chinacea an- gustifolia, Echinacea purpurea, Hamamelis virginica, Mercurius solubilis, and Hepar sulfuris. Information from the manufacturer indicates that TRAUMEEL S is used normally to treat trauma, inflammation, and de- generative processes.
Informal experience in patients with chemother- apy-related stomatitis suggests that the condition may respond to treatment with TRAUMEEL S homeopath- ic-complex remedy. Based on this and subsequent positive results from a preliminary open study in 20 patients with stomatitis who were treated with TRAUMEEL S compared with 7 untreated, randomly selected patients,13 we decided to conduct the ran- domized, placebo-controlled, double-blind clinical trial reported here.
MATERIALS AND METHODS Patients Thirty-two consecutive patients who were admitted to Schneider Children’s Medical Center, ages 3–25 years,
suffering from malignant diseases and underwent BMT were enrolled. Patients had undergone alloge- neic or autologous stem cell transplantation.14 The study was approved by the ethical committee at the Rabin Medical Center, and informed, written consent was obtained from parents and/or guardians of all children prior to their enrolment in the study after a full explanation of the benefits, potential hazards, and procedures involved in the study to the patients and their parents and/or guardians.
Study Medication
For this study, both TRAUMEEL S and placebo were provided by the HEEL Company (Baden-Baden, Ger- many) in sterile, 2.2-mL ampoules. Solutions of TRAUMEEL S were prepared by diluting the active substance in saline, according to the German Homeo- pathic Pharmacopoeia (HAB). The placebo consisted only of saline. The active medication and placebo did not differ in color, taste, or odor.
TRAUMEEL S is manufactured according to the European Union Guidelines on Good Manufacturing Practice for Medicinal Products15 and in accordance with the HAB. The physical and microbiologic controls of the medications were according to the European Pharmacopoeia specifications.
Extensive safety data from a large survey of TRAUMEEL S showed adverse events in only 0.0035% of patients, despite its use in over 3.5 million patients (manufacturer’s own survey). Adverse effects reported were mostly skin reactions to the cream or local pru- ritus as a reaction to injection. However, because TRAUMEEL S contains dilutions of substances that may be regarded as toxic, we calculated the content of one of the most toxic substances, a mercury salt, in the medication. Assuming that a patient will have to be treated with TRAUMEEL S for 1 week, he or she will receive 35 ampoules. The mercury concentration of one ampoule is 0.5 ng/mL, giving a total amount of ingested mercury of approximately 17.5 ng per week. This compares favorably with the permitted mercury content of drinking water according to German law (0.001 mg/L).16 Thus, a 1-week treatment of TRAUMEEL S contains approximately 10��3 of the amount of mercury deemed permissible in 1 L of drinking water.
Study Procedures
Thirty-two patients received various conditioning reg- imens for 5–8 days followed by autologous (16 pa- tients) or allogeneic (16 patients) stem cell infusion on Day 0. Patients were randomized to receive either placebo or TRAUMEEL S on Day 2 of the study in addition to twice-daily mouth washes with chlorohex- imide, oral amphoterin B, and gentle tooth brushing
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TABLE 1 World Health Organization Grading System for Mucositis
Grade Status
0 No change 1 Soreness/erythema (painless) 2 Erythema (painful), ulcers; can eat solids 3 Ulcers; requires liquid diet only 4 Alimentation not possible
(institutional standard for mouth care). Packages of TRAUMEEL S and placebo were prepared by the HEEL Company and were identified by serial number only. The code showing the treatment corresponding to each serial number was kept by the company, the study coordinator (M.O.), and the statistician (L.S.F.). The code was not broken until the completion of the trial. Treatment was started on Day 2 after stem cell transplantation, so that treatment began before the first symptoms of stomatitis (e.g., dryness and/or sore- ness of the mouth) were observed. The peak incidence of mucositis is typically 5–7 days after transplantation. Fifteen evaluable patients received placebo, and 15 evaluable patients received TRAUMEEL S. Patients were instructed to rinse their mouths vigorously with the solution for a minimum of 30 seconds before swallowing. In addition, patients were directed to keep the liquid as long as possible on particularly trouble- some lesions in their mouth. This procedure was re- peated five times daily.
The World Health Organization (WHO) grading system for mucositis (Table 1) was used to evaluate stomatitis in each patient.17 In addition, a subjective scoring system was used in which either the patient or the parents were asked to judge the degree of oral pain and discomfort, dryness of mouth and tongue, dys- phagia, and ability to swallow. A five-grade system was used (Grade 0, no complaints; Grade 4, very severe complaints, unable even to swallow liquids). The time to worsening of stomatitis was evaluated as the time from randomization to the day when the mucositis score increased from that recorded at baseline. Pa- tients were evaluated at least once every 2 days. All evaluations were performed blind by the same ob- server (the study nurse). The trial continued until the patient symptomology had been scored as Grade 0 on 2 consecutive days or until a minimum of 14 days after the start of TRAUMEEL S or placebo treatment in patients in whom no symptoms developed.
The trial was carried out at the Bone Marrow Transplantation Unit, The Schneider Children’s Med- ical Center of Israel, Rabin Medical Center, Petach Tikva, Israel. All study forms were collected, stored, and transferred to computer for analysis by the study
coordinator (M.O.). Statistical analysis was performed at the Department of Mathematics, Statistics, and Computer Sciences, Bar-Ilan University, Ramat-Gan, Israel (L.S.F.). The randomization code was prepared by the manufacturer (HEEL Company) and was re- vealed only on completion of the study. Neither the manufacturer, the study coordinator, nor the statisti- cian was involved in any aspect of the treatment of participating patients.
Statistical Analysis
All statistical analyses were done on an intent-to-treat basis unless indicated otherwise. That is, each patient was considered to be allocated randomly to a group regardless of the treatment actually received. The two main treatment comparisons, as specified in the pro- tocol, were of the area under the curve (AUC) for stomatitis symptoms, and the time to first worsening of stomatitis symptoms. Both are based on the WHO grading system.
The AUC is equivalent to the sum of the grade on each day from the start of TRAUMEEL S or placebo treatment. It therefore incorporates both severity and duration of symptoms. When grades were recorded every other day, we used linear interpolation to esti- mate the stomatitis score on those days when evalu- ation did not occur. Because the AUC score distribu- tion was not normal, statistical comparison was performed using the two-sample Wilcoxon rank-sum test.
Most patients (77%) started TRAUMEEL S or pla- cebo treatment before the onset of symptoms. In these patients, therefore, the time to worsening of symp- toms was the same as the time to the start of symp- toms. Consequently, the time to worsening differed from time to first development of symptoms in only 23% of patients (17% with Grade 1 symptoms and 6% with Grade 2 symptoms). The statistical comparison of this endpoint was performed using the log-rank test. All P values reported are two-sided.
RESULTS Patients A total of 32 patients were enrolled in this trial. How- ever, two patients (one in the TRAUMEEL S treatment group and the other in the placebo group) received a single dose of study drug but then refused further treatment, complaining of nausea. These patients were not evaluated subsequently for stomatitis and, thus, cannot be included in this analysis. Fifteen pa- tients each remained in the TRAUMEEL S group and the placebo group. The distribution of patient charac- teristics for each group is shown in Table 2. The groups were comparable with regard to age, gender, type of BMT, granulocyte-colony stimulating factor
TABLE 2 Patient Characteristics
Characteristic
Patients (no.) Age (yrs)
Mean (SD) Distribution
3–4 5–9 10–14 15–19 20–25
Gender (no. of men) (%) Diagnosis (%)
AML ALL CML Lymphoma Othera BMT (%) Allogeneic Autologous
GCSF GVHD prophylaxis (%)
CSA only CSA methotrexate CSA steroids None
TABLE 3 Stomatitis Area Under the Curve Scores and Time to First Worsening of Symptoms by Allocated Treatment
AML: acute myelogenous leukemia; ALL: acute lymphoblastic leukemia; CML: chronic myelogenous leukemia; BMT: bone marrow transplantation; GCSF: granulocyte-colony stimulating factor; GVHD: graft versus host disease; CSA: cyclosporin A; SD: standard deviation. a Other diagnoses in the TRAUMEEL group: one neuroblastoma, one aplastic anemia, one thalas- semia, one Ewing sarcoma, and one medulloblastoma. Other diagnoses in the placebo group: one neuroblastoma, one Wilms tumor, two aplastic anemia, one thalassemia, one Ewing sarcoma, and one Fanconi syndrome.
treatment and prophylaxis against graft versus host disease (GVHD). However, there were some differ- ences in the distribution of diseases between the groups: There were seven patients versus three pa- tients with acute myelogenous leukemia (AML) and zero patients versus three patients with lymphoma in the TRAUMEEL S and placebo groups, respectively. In addition, the three patients who underwent a higher risk BMT (haploidentical or cord blood) all were allo- cated randomly to the TRAUMEEL S treatment group. The use of concomitant medication, including analge- sic treatment, was comparable in both treatment groups.
There was doubt regarding the stomatitis score of Patient 12 as a result of an administrative error. Our policy in areas of doubt was to take the value less favorable to the TRAUMEEL S treatment group. In this instance, the choice was between an AUC score of either 38 or 0, and we used the score of 38. In addition, one patient who was allocated to the placebo group inadvertently received TRAUMEEL S. However, this
AUC: area under the curve. a Test for difference in AUC: Wilcoxon rank sum score, 167.5; expected score, 232.5 (P �� 0.01). b Test for difference in time to worsening: chi-square test, 13.4 with 1 degree of freedom (P �� 0.001). c The patient received TRAUMEEL S�� accidentally. d There was doubt regarding the AUC score and time to worsening. An alternative interpretation would be AUC, 0; time �� 19 days. e Means and medians of uncensored times only are shown.
patient was still considered part of the placebo treat- ment group, and it is interesting to note that this patient had the second lowest stomatitis AUC score in the placebo treatment group. This patient was in- cluded in the analysis according to the intent-to-treat principle and to guard against any bias in the study. Exclusion of this patient from the analysis would have increased the difference between the treatment groups (in favor of TRAUMEEL S). In view of the double-blind design and the intention-to-treat analy- sis used, it seems unlikely that these irregularities would have substantially affected the results of the study.
Efficacy
The stomatitis AUC scores, together with the times to first worsening, are summarized in Table 3. Stomatitis AUC scores range from 0 to 56. Five patients (33%) allocated to the TRAUMEEL S group did not develop stomatitis (AUC score, 0) compared with 1 patient (7%) from the placebo group. The mean AUC scores were 10.4 in the TRAUMEEL S group and 24.3 in the placebo group. This difference was statistically signif-
TRAUMEEL Placebo
15 15
10.1 (7.0) 3 5
TRAUMEEL
Patient AUCa
1 9 3 0 6 4 7 20 9 11 12d 38 13 0 15 0 17 0 19 17 22 0 23 17 25 3 28 5 30 26.5 Mean 10.4 Median 5.0
Placebo
6 2 3 1 8 (53)
3 (20) 1 (7) 1 (7) 3 (20) 7 (47)
8 (53) 7 (47) 4 (27)
1 (7) 3 (20) 3 (20) 8 (53)
9.7 (5.7)
3 3 3 1 9 (60)
7 (47) 2 (13) 1 (7) 0 (0) 5 (33)
7 (47) 8 (53) 4 (27)
2 (13) 4 (27) 1 (7) 8 (53)
worsening AUCa (days)b
27.5 4 16 4 16 2–3 36 1–2 4 6–7 56 4 14 2–3 20 2–3 31 10–11 21 3
0 ��6 26.5 5 45 4 35 10 16 4 24.3 4.3e 21.0 4.0e
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Time to worsening (days)b Patient
��8 2 ��18 4 ��9 5 4–5 8 3–5 10c 20 11 ��13 14 ��13 16 ��5 18 5 20 ��10 21 4–7 24 ��8 26 7 27 2–3 29 6.9e — 4.7e —
Time to
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icant (Wilcoxon rank-sum score, 167.5; expected score, 232.5; P �� 0.01) and suggests that TRAUMEEL S treatment reduced the severity and/or duration of sto- matitis compared with placebo.
In the group of 22 patients age �� 15 years, the mean AUC score for stomatitis was 11.0 in the TRAUMEEL S group and 25.9 in the placebo group. The Wilcoxon rank-sum test for the difference re- mained statistically significant (Wilcoxon rank-sum score, 93.0; expected score, 126.5; P �� 0.01). Thus, the difference remains only if younger patients are con- sidered.
Seven patients (47%) in the TRAUMEEL S treat- ment group and 14 patients (93%) in the placebo group experienced worsening of symptoms during treatment. The log-rank test indicated that there was a statistically significant difference (chi-square test, 13.4 with 1 degree of freedom; P �� 0.001) between the two groups in the time to worsening of symptoms. In those patients whose symptoms worsened, the median time to worsening was 4.7 days in the TRAUMEEL S group and 4.0 days in the placebo group. These results indi- cate that symptoms were much less likely to worsen in patients receiving TRAUMEEL S treatment than in those receiving placebo, but that, among those whose symptoms did worsen, there was little difference in the median time to worsening of stomatitis between the two treatment groups.
Subjective Symptom Score
The maximum symptom scores for dryness of mouth, oral pain, and eating difficulty over the first 7 days of TRAUMEEL S and placebo treatment are shown in Figure 1. These data were recorded at regular intervals over the 7-day treatment period. These results are very similar to the stomatitis AUC score results: Patients in the TRAUMEEL S group showed a clear reduction in severity of symptoms in all three categories, as indi- cated by changes in the symptom grading system, compared with the placebo group.
Safety and Tolerability
There was a high incidence of serious complications but with no significant difference between the groups, as expected in a group of patients undergoing BMT. GVHD occurred in three patients in the TRAUMEEL S group compared with six patients in the placebo group, sepsis occurred in three patients in the TRAUMEEL S group compared with eight patients in the placebo group, and gastrointestinal complications occurred in no patients in the TRAUMEEL S group compared with five patients in the placebo group. Four patients with venous-occlusive disease occurred in the TRAUMEEL S group compared with none in the placebo group, and pneumonitis occurred in four pa-
FIGURE 1. The maximum subjective score (0, no complaints; 4, very severe complaints/parenteral nutrition necessary) during the first 7 days of study treatment with TRAUMEEL (n �� 15 patients) or placebo (n �� 15 patients) for dryness of mouth (a), oral pain (b), and eating difficulty (c).
tients in the TRAUMEEL S group compared with none in the placebo group. Some patients developed more than one of these complications. There was no differ- ence in the incidence or duration of severe neutrope- nia between the two treatment groups.
There was no significant difference in the number of deaths between the TRAUMEEL S and placebo groups in a follow-up of 44 weeks. Only one death occurred during the study period (to Day 20).
DISCUSSION
Currently available treatments for chemotherapy-in- duced stomatitis are of limited efficacy in preventing or ameliorating it. The effect of local treatment is short lived, and the medications often have an unpleasant taste. Moreover, the risk of absorption limits the fre- quency with which some of these drugs may be used in small children and in the elderly. For these reasons, the potential benefits of treatment with TRAUMEEL S are of particular interest.
This study demonstrated a statistically significant and clinically relevant difference in efficacy between TRAUMEEL S and placebo in the treatment of stoma- titis in children undergoing stem cell transplantation. The strategy of analysis employed in this trial protects against any bias toward TRAUMEEL S. For example, a patient who developed stomatitis on the day that TRAUMEEL S was discontinued (Day 20) was classed as having stomatitis despite developing the condition after treatment was stopped. Patient 10, who acciden- tally received TRAUMEEL S instead of placebo, still was considered part of the placebo group and, in fact, had the second lowest stomatitis AUC score in this group. In addition, there was an excess of patients with lymphoma and a deficit of those with AML in the TRAUMEEL S group. Because it was observed that AML patients had, on average, slightly lower AUC scores compared with other patients in this trial (data not shown), any resulting bias would not benefit the TRAUMEEL S group. Finally, the three transplant pa- tients who were at the highest risk were allocated randomly to the TRAUMEEL S group. These patients subsequently died, two of them within 3 months of BMT. This may account for the somewhat higher number of deaths among patients in the TRAUMEEL S group. Because the AUC scores for these three patients were 0, 17, and 38, there is no evidence that these higher risk transplantation patients had less severe stomatitis.
Initial observations of treatment with TRAUMEEL S suggest that it is almost free from adverse effects. In addition to the patients in this trial, TRAUMEEL S has been given to over 80 patients receiving chemotherapy on an outpatient basis at the Schneider Children’s Medical Center. With the exception of one patient in the trial who stopped treatment on the first day and two other children who complained of nausea, no other acute adverse effects have been reported.
The mechanism of action of TRAUMEEL S re- mains unknown. It also is unclear whether only one of its components is biologically active or whether the effects are due to the action of several components. The marked effects seen in this study were achieved using a solution of TRAUMEEL S containing ingredi-
ents in very low concentrations. Some of the ingredi- ents of TRAUMEEL S are regarded by homeopaths as remedies with anti-inflammatory properties (Bella- donna, Aconitum, Mercurius, Hepar, and Chamo- milla) or mucoprotective properties (Calendula and Hamamelis). Arnica is one of the main remedies used in homeopathic treatment of trauma. Arnica, Calen- dula, Hamamelis, and Milefolium are believed to have antihemorrhagic properties. Echinacea angustifolia and Echinacea purpurea are thought to be immunos- timulatory. Hypericum has been used in patients with neural injury. This suggests that several components may play a role in the mechanism of action of TRAUMEEL S. Indeed, the observation that such a strong response is associated with such small quanti- ties of the different remedies in TRAUMEEL S suggests that a synergistic effect may be involved. However, further research is needed to identify which compo- nent(s) are the active compound(s).
The effect of orally administered TRAUMEEL S seems to be isolated to the oral mucosa. Patients with mucositis of other areas of the alimentary tract, for example, esophagitis, enteritis, or proctitis as assessed by subjective complaint (diarrhea and rectal or esoph- ageal pain), did not respond to the TRAUMEEL S administered orally in our trial. Furthermore, there was no difference between the two groups in the me- dian number of days with severe neutropenia. This supports the hypothesis that the effect of this homeo- pathic drug is a local one.
The localized effect of TRAUMEEL S also is im- portant for another reason, which has relevance to the general problem of complementary medicine in the treatment of patients with malignant disease. If com- plementary medical treatment in reality has no bio- logic effect, then at least it will do no harm. However, if it does have a biologic effect, and given our lack of understanding of the mechanisms of action of TRAUMEEL S and homeopathic medicine in general, concerns may be raised about deleterious systemic effects, for example, increasing the resistance of the malignant cells to chemotherapy. Because the effect of TRAUMEEL S appears to be only local, this concern becomes less relevant.
In conclusion, this double-blind, controlled study showed that TRAUMEEL S significantly reduces the severity and duration of chemotherapy-induced sto- matitis in children undergoing BMT. TRAUMEEL S appears capable, at least in part, of ameliorating a problem that not only causes considerable suffering to patients but often limits the possibilities of aggressive treatment with chemotherapy. Because there are few effective, conventional treatments for patients with chemotherapy-induced stomatitis currently available, the significance of treatment with TRAUMEEL S be-
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comes apparent. An effective treatment for stomatitis would allow more aggressive chemotherapy treat- ments, particularly in children, and, consequently, would be likely to improve the success rates of many chemotherapy programs. Our study population is small and includes patients with a variety of diagnoses who received several different forms of conditioning regimens. Confirmation of our results in a larger trial in patients receiving BMT or other intensive chemo- therapy protocols is needed. Therefore, we are plan- ning to extend our investigations to a large-scale, mul- ticenter study to evaluate the efficacy and safety of TRAUMEEL S in the treatment of adults who are at risk for chemotherapy-induced stomatitis.
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Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Check out this awesome directory of Homeopaths

Check out this awesome directory of Homeopaths

Alternative to Vaccines. A Personal Quest

By Elena Cecchetto DCH, CCH, RSHom(NA)
Certified Homeopath

For a while I had been reading about homeopathy and knew that Homeopathic Remedies for Immunizations existed (Homeoprophylaxis). I knew that somehow you could use Homeopathic Remedies for the purpose of protection against targeted infectious diseases. I just didn’t know exactly how to do this. My fear of needles (specifically the vaccine dangers) sent me on this quest. So I called a few people to find out if they knew how. I called my friend’s cousin who had studied Homeopathy. I
called a few Homeopaths listed in the yellow pages (yes, back in the days of the yellow pages). I told them what I would like to do and asked if they knew how. I got a few different responses.

They all agreed that indeed it is entirely fitting for the system of medicine known as homoeopathy to be able to perform this function. But they just weren’t sure exactly how to do this. Keep in mind that I was investigating this many years ago. Now there are many Homeopaths internationally working with Homeopathic Remedies for Immunization.

Homeopathy has been well known for its incredible results during epidemics. In the era of the 1912 epidemic, the Homeopathic Remedy called Gelsemium had high success rates among the Homeopathic Doctors of the day. Yes, in the early 1900’s, in North America, Homeopaths were considered Doctors. Some excellent anecdotes and statistics that stick in my mind describing the use of Homeopathy for epidemics go something
like this:

1. One of the earliest tests of the homeopathic system was in the treatment of Typhus Fever (spread by lice) in an 1813 epidemic which followed the devastation of Napoleon’s army marching through Germany to attack Russia, followed by their retreat. When the epidemic came through Leipzig as the army pulled back from the east, Samuel Hahnemann, the founder of homeopathy, was able to treat 180 cases of Typhus, only losing two (1.11%). This was at a time when the conventional treatments were having a mortality rate of over 30%.

2. Within three years of the Diphtheria outbreak in Broome County, NY from 1862 to 1864, there was a report of an 83.6% mortality rate amongst the conventional medical Doctors and a 16.4% mortality rate amongst the Homeopaths.

3. The May 1921 edition of the Journal of the American Institute for Homeopathy had an article about the use of homeopathy during the Influenza Pandemic of 1918. Dr. T. A. McCann, from Dayton, Ohio reported that 24,000 cases of flu treated with conventional medicine had a mortality rate of 28.2%, while 26,000 cases of flu treated homeopathically had a mortality rate of 1.05%.

My quest wasn’t successful and I got the shots to go travelling. Luckily, I had no side effects that I know of, so far. Even better, I spent months reading the Homeopathic literature that I carted around with me and became completely enamored with the Philosophy of Homeopathy.

More than a decade later and I am finally one of the handful of Homeopaths in Vancouver with the level of education and accreditation that gives me the title of “Certified Classical Homeopath”. Even better, I have the opportunity to offer Homeopathic Remedies to help people be protected for specific infectious diseases. There are various protocols that can be used depending on the disease.

There is a great personal satisfaction that I get when I receive postcards from the travellers who have received excellent Homeopathic Care. Imagine going to India without experiencing any gastro-intestinal complaints! Amazing! Fun! That is how travel is meant to be. I am determined to be able to support people in attaining this kind of travel experience.

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Homeopathy defended by visiting Swiss expert

Homeopathy defended by visiting Swiss expert

2010/09/20

A FAMOUS homeopath has defended the much-debated practice after a physician to Japanese Emperor Akihito as well as top scientists slammed homeopathy as “absurd” and urged health workers to steer clear of this alternative treatment which is growing in popularity.

Carlo Odermatt, a Swiss homeopath and chemist with more than 25 years’ experience in classical homeopathy, spoke on the subject in Port Elizabeth this week.

Homeopathy, an independent system of healing which seeks to stimulate the body’s ability to heal itself, is practised in 41 of 42 European countries. It is believed to work in harmony with the immune system.

Odermatt said the greater the success of homeopathy, the fiercer the opposition – to the extent that the evidence supporting the efficacy of homeopathic treatment was completely ignored.

“When a homeopathic study is not successful, this is often widely publicised by opponents of homeopathy. If a mainstream study fails, this is merely acknowledged (for instance, the devastating studies on antidepressants or hormone replacement therapy).

“It’s all about business. What is more, mainstream medicine has much more money at its disposal for propaganda – and funding clinical studies,” Odermatt said.

There are estimated to be more than 500000 physicians practising homeopathy worldwide, with an estimated 500 million people receiving treatment.

Odermatt said the public interest in and acceptance of homeopathic treatment was growing worldwide.

“Last year, 67% of Swiss people demanded that complementary medicine must be promoted in future. Furthermore, US market research shows that sales of homeopathic medicines have grown at a rate of 25-50% a year during the past 10 years,” he said.

A number of studies have already pointed to the efficacy of homeopathic products, Odermatt said, for instance in the treatment of hay-fever, rheumatoid arthritis and childhood diarrhoea.

The mere fact that homeopathy had been around for almost 200 years was proof of its efficacy, he said.

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Elena Cecchetto is officially 'Certified' by the Council for Homeopathic Certification

Elena Cecchetto is officially 'Certified' by the Council for Homeopathic Certification: CCH. Next set of letters = second year of "HMC" course starting next week. North Vancouver

One of our cutest little Homeopathic Immunization Program participants and the Homeopath (Elena Cecchetto).



One of our cutest little Homeopathic Immunization Program participants and the Homeopath (Elena Cecchetto).

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Homoeoprophylaxis on the Farm

Homeoprphylaxis on Veterinary Wednesday, 10, December, 2008 Homeoprofilaxis en Veterinaria Miércoles 10, Diciembre, 2008
Homoeoprophylaxis on the Farm
Tony Pinkus

Director and Homoeopathic Pharmacist, Ainsworths, London, UK The credibility of homoeopathy as a serious alternative to conventional medicine needs to be recognized and experienced at a grass root level in order to persuade a larger audience of its value. Empirocal evidence from commercial dairy and sheep farms demonstrates there is wide scope from veterinary use of remedies to engender a reappraisal of homoeopathy for disease control. Homoeopathy as both a logical alternative to conventional medicine and an economic imperative in commercial sheep and dairy farms can be demonstrated by the introduction of homoeoprophylaxis and treatment with nosodes as the initial learning step for farmers. Pilot studies on two separate farms within the UK demonstrate a significant and maintained reduction in somatic cell count at both a herd and individual level. A study on a third farm demonstrates the rapid resolution of a common, stress related viral infection in sheep after treatment with a nosode. As a result of this work, over 5000 UK farms have used homoeopathy for prophylaxis and treatment of commercial animal stock, including cattle, pigs, sheep, goats and chickens.

Monday, August 16, 2010

addressing prevention of infectious diseases, we are focused on homeo prophylaxis as strategy to attenuate the impact of preventable diseases on devel

Dr. Concepción Campa, Dr. Luis E. Varela, Dr. Esperanza Gilling, MCs. Rolando Fernández, Tec. Bárbara Ordaz, Dr. Gustavo Bracho, Dr. Luis García, Dr. Jorge Menéndez, Lic. Natalia Marzoa, Dr. Rubén Martínez.

Despite, the Finlay Institute is a centre dedicated to development and production of vaccines; we also bring our WHO qualified facilities for all homeopaths and homeopathic medicine. The Finlay Institute acts as supporting institution for research, production and development of high quality homeopathic products. However, according with the social objective addressing prevention of infectious diseases, we are focused on homeo prophylaxis as strategy to attenuate the impact of preventable diseases on developing world, the ones that need it the most.
Thus, development and evaluation of nosodes, appears to be our main approach to fill up the breakthrough on current conventional strategies based on vaccination. Similarly with vaccination interventions, massive applications of prophylactic nosodes give rise to a greater impact on population health compared with individualized therapies. In addition, the easy administration and low economics resources needed, become this alternative really suitable and accessible for developing countries and almost the best for emergency situations comprising epidemic outbreaks and natural disasters. The Cuban experiences of massively administrated nosodes supports it use as promising solution to confront epidemiological dangerous situations.
On October November 2007, three provinces of the eastern region of Cuba were affected by strong rainfalls causing floods of big areas and several damages to sanitary and health systems. The risk of leptospirosis infection raised extremely dangerous levels with about 2 million of peoples exposed to potentially contaminated water.
Considering this situation, the Finlay Institute prepared a leptospira nosode 200 CH using 4 circulating strains and following international quality standards. A multidisciplinary team travelled to the affected regions to conduct the massive administration of the nosode. Coordinated action with public health system infrastructures allowed the administration of a preventive treatment consisting in two doses (7 9 days apart) of the nosode to about 2,4 million of people (4,8 million of doses). The coverage of the intervention rose up to 95% percent of total population of the three provinces at risk.
The epidemiology surveillance after the intervention showed a dramatic decrease of morbidity two weeks after and a reduction to cero of mortality of hospitalized patient. The number of confirmed leptospirosis cases remains at low levels and bellow the expected levels according with the trends and rain regimens. A reinforcing application was given after the hit of the hurricane IKE but using the nosode diluted up to 10 MC. Strict epidemiologic surveillance is carried out on this provinces. Up to date result will be presented. The results supported the design of new strategies for leptospirosis control. This experience could be extended to other diseases and other countries. The Finlay Institute is offering our facilities and specialists to spread this alternative to all regions needing emergent alternatives for epidemic control and prevention.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

"Breastfeeding should continue for up to two years of age or beyond," the World Health Organization recommends

(NaturalNews) "Breastfeeding should continue for up to two years of age or beyond," the World Health Organization recommends -- yet in many countries such as the United Kingdom or United States, breastfeeding a child past the age of a few months is still considered odd or deviant, even by some doctors.

"One health professional just this week said to me that there is no nutritional value to feeding a child once they are eating solids from around six months," said breastfeeding advocate Rachel Maudsley.

The benefits of breastfeeding for both infant health and the mother-infant relationship are well-established, and the majority of human cultures throughout history have breast-fed past the age of one. Yet many government health regulations focus on encouraging breastfeeding only for the first six months, out of fear that expecting more from women might scare them out of breastfeeding entirely.

Already, only 25 percent of British mothers are breastfeeding six months after giving birth, down from 76 percent immediately after birth.

"There is a lot of guilt surrounding breastfeeding," said Maggie Fisher, chair of the Health Visitors' Forum. "We want to support people to make healthy choices, but they've also got to do what's comfortable and feels right for them."

"In practice, as a health visitor, my biggest problem is getting parents to start breastfeeding, and if you can get them going beyond six months you really think you're winning."

But breastfeeding advocates like Maudsley and Ann Sinnott, author of "Breastfeeding Older Children," argue that with increased education and support, many more women would indeed breastfeed for longer.

"I went to a breastfeeding group when [my daughter] was two," Maudsley said, "and some of the mums of the newborns were shocked. They said: 'Oh my goodness, you're still feeding her?' They didn't know you could feed a child of that age."

Friday, July 16, 2010

successful malaria preventative medicine

Malaria Prevention & Treatment in Endemic Areas of Kenya
Barbara Lynne
Abha Light Foundation P.O. Box 471 00606 Nairobi, KENYA tel: +254 204450181 mobile: +254 733895466 email: info@abhalight.org website: www.abhalight.org

Over ten years of successful malaria preventative medicine has been practiced by the Abha Light Foundation in Kenya. From this experience, and based on the simple principles of homeopathy, effective homeopathic medicines have been developed as prophylaxis utilizing nosodes and other remedies. It is a cheap, effective protocol of remedies that can be readily distributed throughout endemic areas. In 2008, ALF supplied a local group for a project in which 1000 families, from the malaria high risk area of Lake Victoria, were supplied with malaria prophylaxis with great success.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

I don't know how, but homeopathy really does work

More of a mystery is why scientists continue to debunk it despite mounting evidence that homeopathy is effective

I was a dedicated scientist about to begin a PhD in neuroscience when, out of the blue, homeopathy bit me on the proverbial bottom.

Science had been my passion since I began studying biology with Mr Hopkinson at the age of 11, and by the age of 21, when I attended the dinner party that altered the course of my life, I had still barely heard of it. The idea that I would one day become a homeopath would have seemed ludicrous.

That turning point is etched in my mind. A woman I'd known my entire life told me that a homeopath had successfully treated her when many months of conventional treatment had failed. As a sceptic, I scoffed, but was nonetheless a little intrigued.

She confessed that despite thinking homeopathy was a load of rubbish, she'd finally agreed to an appointment, to stop her daughter nagging. But she was genuinely shocked to find that, after one little pill, within days she felt significantly better. A second tablet, she said, "saw it off completely".

I admit I ruined that dinner party. I interrogated her about every detail of her diagnosis, previous treatment, time scales, the lot. I thought it through logically – she was intelligent, she wasn't lying, she had no previous inclination towards alternative medicine, and her reluctance would have diminished any placebo effect.

Scientists are supposed to make unprejudiced observations, then draw conclusions. As I thought about this, I was left with the highly uncomfortable conclusion that homeopathy appeared to have worked. I had to find out more.

So, I started reading about homeopathy, and what I discovered shifted my world for ever. I became convinced enough to hand my coveted PhD studentship over to my best friend and sign on for a three-year, full-time homeopathy training course.

Now, as an experienced homeopath, it is "science" that is biting me on the bottom. I know homeopathy works, not only because I've seen it with my own eyes countless times, but because scientific research confirms it. And yet I keep reading reports in the media saying that homeopathy doesn't work and that this scientific evidence doesn't exist.

The facts, it seems, are being ignored. By the end of 2009, 142 randomised control trials (the gold standard in medical research) comparing homeopathy with placebo or conventional treatment had been published in peer-reviewed journals – 74 were able to draw firm conclusions: 63 were positive for homeopathy and 11 were negative. Five major systematic reviews have also been carried out to analyse the balance of evidence from RCTs of homeopathy – four were positive (Kleijnen, J, et al; Linde, K, et al; Linde, K, et al; Cucherat, M, et al) and one was negative (Shang, A et al). It's usual to get mixed results when you look at a wide range of research results on one subject, and if these results were from trials measuring the efficacy of "normal" conventional drugs, ratios of 63:11 and 4:1 in favour of a treatment working would be considered pretty persuasive.

Of course, the question of how homeopathy works is another matter. And that is where homeopathy courts controversy. It is indeed puzzling that ultra-high dilutions of substances, with few or no measurable molecules of the original substance left in them, should exert biological effects, but exert biological effects they do.

There are experiments showing that homeopathic thyroxine can alter the rate of metamorphosis of tadpoles into frogs, that homeopathic histamine can alter the activity of white blood cells, and that under the right conditions, homeopathic sodium chloride can be made to release light in the same way as normal sodium chloride. The idea that such highly-diluted preparations are not only still active, but retain characteristics of the original substances, may seem impossible, but these kinds of results show it's a demonstrable fact.

Surely science should come into its own here – solving the riddles of the world around us, pushing the frontiers of knowledge. At least, that is the science I fell in love with. More of a puzzle to me now is the blinkered approach of those who continue, despite increasing evidence, to deny what is in front of them.

In the last few years, there has been much propaganda and misinformation circulated, much of it heralding the death of homeopathy, yet the evidence shows that interest in complementary and alternative medicine is growing.

In February, the "sceptics" campaign had a breakthrough – a report from the House of Commons Science and Technology Committee recommended no further NHS funding for homeopathy, despite a deeply flawed hearing.

The Society of Homeopaths – the largest body representing professional homeopaths – was refused permission to give oral evidence. Also notable by their absence from the panel were primary care trusts who currently commission homeopathy and representatives of patients who use homeopathy. Yet oral evidence was heard from a journalist previously investigated by the Press Complaints Commission for unsubstantiated criticism of homeopaths, and a spokesperson for a charity that has long publicly opposed homeopathy. It is significant that one of the four MPs asked to vote on the report abstained due to concerns about the lack of balance in the evidence heard.

Homeopathy is well-established in the UK, having been available through the NHS since its inception in 1948. More than 400 GPs use homeopathy in their everyday practice and the Society of Homeopaths has 1,500 registered members, from a variety of previous professions including pharmacists, journalists, solicitors and nurses.

And yet the portrayal of homeopathy as charlatanism and witchcraft continues. There is growing evidence that homeopathy works, that it is cost-effective and that patients want it. As drugs bills spiral, and evidence emerges that certain drugs routinely prescribed on the NHS are no better than placebos, maybe it's time for "sceptics" to stop the witch hunt and look at putting their own house in order.

It's all a far cry from the schoolgirl biologist who envisioned spending her life in a laboratory playing with bacteria.

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Homeopathic Immunization

No one is legally required to get vaccinated. To enter schools or to travel overseas - there are choices that you are legally allowed to make.

Do your research and make your own decision whether to vaccinate or what kind of vaccination schedule that you decide you want for your child. It is a decision for you - yourself to make and the decision should be made, free of pressure from outside biased perspectives. There are choices out there for you.

If you are not sure if the vaccination route suits you, find out about Homeopathic Immunization.

Also known as Homeoprophylaxis, this Protocol for Homeopathic Immunization against infectious diseases has been proven to be safe and effective with over 15 years of research.

Call 604-568-4663 to find out more.

Homeopathy can help restore health for any problems correlated to vaccinations. Homeopathy helps the immune system which means it helps for auto-immune diseases such as arthritis, Crohnes disease, allergies and eczema. Homeopathy can also help for Autism and Asperger's.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Homeopaths I've met at the LIGA Homoeopathic Conference in California


Vonette from Whole Health Now... the lovely Doula and Homeopathic book advisor voice on the other end of the phone line...

and me and Twyla

Monday, June 14, 2010

Homoeopathic Pharmacist of C.E.M.O.N. from Napoli (Naples, Italy), Luca Scotto di Vettima

Pictures from the Homeopathic Doctors I've met at the LIGA Homeopathic Congress in California May 22nd, 2010
Homoeopathic Pharmacist of C.E.M.O.N. from Napoli (Naples, Italy), Luca Scotto di Vettima between Dr. Loridawn Fawcett and myself, Elena Cecchetto

Friday, June 11, 2010

Placenta

Placenta Story with Nane Jordan.

Have your placenta preserved for a lifetime as medicine by making it into a homeopathic remedy. Call us at Access Natural Healing to find out how.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Dr. Frederik Schroyens Author of “Synthesis. Repertorium Homeopathicum Syntheticum”


Dr. Frederik Schroyens

Author of “Synthesis. Repertorium Homeopathicum Syntheticum”

Pictures from the Homeopathic Doctors I've met at the LIGA Homeopathic Congress in California May 22nd


Pictures from the Homeopathic Doctors I've met at the LIGA Homeopathic Congress in California May 22nd, 2010


Todd Rowe
MD, CCH, DHt, RSHom
(1958 - )
Todd Rowe was born October 14, 1958 in Lake Forest, Illinois. He can be reached at American Medical College of Homeopathy, 2001 W. Camelback, Suite 150, Phoenix, Arizona 85015.
His phone is (602) 347-7950
His fax is (602) 864-2949
His email address is toddrowe@igc.org
The college website is www.AMCofH.org
Dr. Todd Rowe is a licensed homeopathic physician who has been practicing homeopathy for over 23 years and has a full time practice in classical homeopathy. He is certified by the American Board of Homeotherapeutics and the Council for Homeopathic Certification. He is the director and president of the newly-forming medical school — the American Medical College of Homeopathy.

Monday, June 7, 2010

Natural Remedies for Children with Autism


Team Access Homeopaths with Dr. Sunil Anand for a seminar on Treating Autism with Homeopathy.

Natural Remedies for Children with Autism

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Pictures from the Homeopathic Doctors I've met at the LIGA Homeopathic Congress in California May 22nd, 2010


Dana Ullman, MPH, is one of America's leading advocates for homeopathy. He has authored 10 books, including The Homeopathic Revolution: Why Famous People and Cultural Heroes Choose Homeopathy. He is the founder of Homeopathic Educational Services, America's leading resource center for homeopathic books, tapes, medicines, software, and correspondence courses. Homeopathic Educational Services has co-published over 35 books on homeopathy with North Atlantic Books. Dana writes a regular column for the wildly popular website www.huffingtonpost.com

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Italian Day 2010 on Commercial Drive

Italian Day 2010 on Commercial Drive!

Sunday, June 6, 2010 on Commercial Drive from Venables to Grandview Cut.
The Commercial Drive Business Society, in partnership with the Italian Cultural Centre is excited to welcome people of all ages to celebrate the long-anticipated return of Italian Day. This beloved festival, is remembered by many as the best ethnic celebration in the City!
See us in front of our clinic on the street between Grant and Kitchener (two blocks north of 1st Avenue). Complementary Homeopathic Consultations and Discounted Reiki, Massage and Cranio Sacral Sessions.

Festival Attractions
The event will include the very best in Italian food, sports and activities, cultural exhibits, musical performances and a variety of interactive entertainment. From pizza tossing to grape crushing, bocce ball to soccer ball, and art exhibits to auto displays, the Italian Day festival promises to be a fun-filled day for everyone to enjoy. The streets will be lined with activities and entertainment, and stages will engage the audience with performances for the love of all things Italian!

Don' fugeddaboudit!

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Distant Healing Treatments

Distant Healing Treatments

Reiki Master, Laurence Frederick is offering our clients the option of distant healing treatments. In order to do this form of treatment, what is required is a picture of the
clients' head, feet, torso (back & front). This can be snail mailed or emailed.

This form of treatment will be for a total of one hour, the recession price for such a treatment will be $50.00($75.00 at regular price) If you need any more information
for such an offer please feel free to contact Laurence@accessnaturalhealing.com or call 604-568-4663 to schedule with Laurence.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Constipation is a North American epidemic.

Homeopathic Solutions for Constipation
Homeopathic Solutions for Constipation
By Heather Caruso B.Sc., DHMS, HD

Constipation is a North American epidemic. According to some U.S. statistics, 3.1 million people suffer with constipation. Our bowels are a holding tank for our body’s waste. Our waste is not only what we eat and drink but our manufactured toxins such as hormones, acids, alcohols and cholesterol. We are exposed to many toxins every day and we must ensure our organs work effectively to eliminate these poisons.
Constipation is a serious health concern and can lead to many other health disorders. These disorders are appendicitis, arthritis, bad breath, bloating, body odour, candida, depression, diverticulitis, fatigue, gas, headaches, hemorrhoids, hernia, insomnia and indigestion. With this long list of diseases caused by constipation it is a wonder why more people do not seek an immediate and natural cure.
The Causes of Constipation
There are many causes of constipation, the primary two are a lack of fibre in the diet and not enough water intake. Some other causes are a sedentary lifestyle (motion helps to move food along which stimulates contractions of the intestinal tract), an insufficiency of bile (bile from the liver and gallbladder helps to lubricate stools), side effects from medications (pain killers, iron, anti-depressants etc), candida and parasites. Candida is an overgrowth of a type of yeast in the intestinal tract. It is caused from an imbalance of good and bad bacteria in the intestines.
Dietary Solutions for Constipation
Eat high fiber foods such as oatmeal, brown rice, whole wheat, legumes and fruits and vegetables. Drink plenty of water to hydrate the stools which helps elimination. Eating cheese and refined carbohydrates like white bread, rice and sugars tend to promote constipation. Be sure to balance your plate, half fruits or veggies, one quarter protein and one quarter whole grains. This ensures a balanced diet with proper proportions of fiber.
Supplements for Constipation
Aloe vera gel is a great healer internally and externally. If you take one ounce per day or more, it can help with hard stools. Psyllium hulls are another good remedy for constipation that should be taken with a lot of fluids. If you take psyllium and are not a water drinker, you will become more constipated. Many herbal laxatives are habit forming (they create a dependency), such as senna and cascara sagrada. For that reason I am not a fan of these herbs.
Homeopathic Remedies for Constipation
There are many homeopathic remedies for constipation. Homeopathic remedies are suited to the individual’s emotional and physical symptoms. Some common remedies for constipation are called Alumina, Bryonia, Calcarea Carbonicum and Nux Vomica. If you cannot find a remedy suited to you, or find you are not improving or your symptoms get worse, seek the help of a professional homeopath or your medical doctor.
Many people are needlessly suffering with constipation. People’s causes are very individual. It is best to improve your diet to relieve your symptoms. Eating a healthy diet and using natural remedies are a positive step towards digestive health. Homeopathic remedies are safe and gentle and suited to all ages. Typical dosage for homeopathic remedies is a 12 or 30CH potency, taken one to two times a day for ten days. If there is no change after this time, you may need to seek the help of a professional homeopath.

For the past decade, Heather Caruso has been a homeopath in Guelph Ontario and author of “Your Drug Free Guide to Digestive Health”. This new book covers 39 common digestive disorders and their natural solutions through diet, homeopathic remedies and supplements. It covers disorders such as acid reflux, celiac, crohn’s, colitis, IBS, parasites, candida and food allergies for example. For more information go to www.carusohomeopathy.com .

Friday, April 23, 2010

providing homeopathic treatment for socially and economically marginalized people in the Downtown Eastside (DTES) of Vancouver.

West Coast Homeopathic Society 2010 Conference Speakers

Side by Side Homeopathy



We are pleased to invite representatives of the Side by Side Homeopathy project to return to discuss the development and effectiveness of the Side by Side Homeopathy project that was first introduced at our 2009 conference. This homeopathic project works in conjunction with Onsite, the detox treatment facility adjoining Insite, North America’s first legal supervised injection site in downtown Vancouver.


FEATURED SPEAKERS:

El Cecchetto, DCH

As a graduate of the Vancouver Homeopathic Academy, El Cecchetto was also a Director of WCHS and, in 2006, a member of the founding Board of the Canadian Society of Homeopaths. Now she practices classical homeopathy at the Access Natural Healing Centre on Commercial Drive in Vancouver. Last year El and other homeopaths started the Side by Side Homeopathy project providing homeopathic treatment for socially and economically marginalized people in the Downtown Eastside (DTES) of Vancouver.

Friday, April 9, 2010

An Excellent Resource for the World Traveller

An Excellent Resource for the World Traveller

By Ming Dinh
DCH, BScOT

If you are considering travel to destinations in tropical and less developed countries, you have many things to check off your to-do list. Along with the usual trip planning, there is the added complication of informing yourself on diseases very different from the ones to be found at home. There are many, and some of them can be very serious.

The World Travellers' Manual of Homeopathy By Dr. Colin B. LESSELL, (available at Whole Health Now: http://www.wholehealthnow.com/books/travellers-manual.html) is an excellent resource for this preparatory stage. It covers a range of conditions that the traveller can be subjected to, from the usual travel sickness, jet-lag and accidents, to infections from bacteria, viruses, parasites, bites, stings, poisonings, etc. There is a special section for women, which includes advice for the pregnant traveler, and even a section at the end of the book that evaluates the quality of water in various regions of the world.

Dr. Lessell spent 5 years preparing this book and the result is a manual that is almost encyclopedic in its scope. It tries to be comprehensive in the multitude of ways in which you could get stung, poisoned, parasitized, bitten, injured, envenomed, infected and infested in the course of travels around the globe. For example, in his chapter on diseases of the skin, he covers windburn, boils, carbuncles, cold sores, impetigo, intertrigo, Dhobi’s itch, ringworm, scalp ringworm, Pityriasis versicolor, surfer’s ear, scabies, louse infestation, human maggot infestation, sandworm infestation, swimmer’s itch, blister beetles, shellfish urticaria, poison ivy rash, stinging tree rash, nettle stings, algae dermatitis, and tropical wood dermatitis.

Aside from vivid descriptions of the conditions you need to be concerned about, he includes commonsense advice on how to avoid getting ill, supportive treatment, when to seek medical advice, and suggestions on homeopathic treatment. This book is an eye opener for the layperson who may have no idea of the myriad things that can befall an unwary traveller when travelling abroad. It is well worth the time to read up on the areas to which you will be travelling, and to assemble a homeopathic kit specific to the conditions to be found there, as an addition to your regular travel kit.

Thursday, April 1, 2010

LIGA Homeopathic Conference

Elena Cecchetto DCH, CCH (pending) is attending the LIGA Homeopathic Conference in Redondo Beach California! Check out how excellent these presenters are...

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Information On Autism

Information On Autism

(See Disclaimer)

Impossible Cure has become an important book for the autism community because it includes a chapter about the homeopathic cure of Amy's son Max from autism. Because many parents contact us to obtain information about the treatment of their autistic children, we have created this page to provide our opinions, pointers to referral information, and more links to pursue.

If you are interested in pursuing homeopathic treatment for your child, we strongly advise that you begin by reading Impossible Cure. It will answer most of your questions and you will know exactly what to expect.

Another important resource for parents is Amy's radio show, "There's Hope with Homeopathy". This show is archived for later listening and supplies an excellent short course on homeopathy with a special focus on autism. The show is aired on Autism One Radio the third Friday of each month at 2pm EST. Amy also has an annotated archive of past shows.

You can also find more links to information about homeopathy and homeopathic products HERE .

For those interested in research studies about homeopathy and autism, here are two papers written by an Indian homeopath Dr. M.A. Rajalakshmi:
Role of Homoeopathy in the Management of Autism: Study of Effects of Homoeopathic Treatment on the Autism Triad
New Dimensions in the Treatment of Autism with Homeopathy

Another wonderful site about the cure of an autistic boy with homeopathy can be found at www.recoveredfromautism.com. This family is one among many who has been guided by Impossible Cure in their journey.

An excellent site with two very interesting papers about autism treatment (with cases) is www.homeopathy4autism.com.

Two films are in the works about the treatment of autism using homeopathy. Please visit these sites and lend the filmmakers your financial support!
From Within, Without (Blind Dog Films, Laurel Chiten)
Saving A Lost Generation (Carol Boyce)

You can see a heartwarming clip of an autistic boy in the process of cure, thanks to homeopathy, on You Tube.

A new open yahoogroup has recently been formed for parents of special needs children to find out more about homeopathy and discuss among themselves. As it grows, homeopaths will also join the group. It is Homeopathy-And-SN.

Finally, please remember to post your successful cure stories to the Cure Stories Data Base on this site. You story can help other children by convincing parents to give homeopathy a try! Even a paragraph or two can do wonders.

On the same subject, join the fight to protect your access to homeopathy. Visit the Homeopathy Worked for Me campaign site.

On this page:

* Homeopathic Treatment of Autism
* Other Therapies
* Referrals to Practitioners
* Autism Links

Please be aware that this page is not intended as medical advice. It is not a replacement for good medical diagnosis and treatment by a licensed physician or for care by certified health-care practitioners. Homeopathic treatment should always be pursued under the supervision of a licensed physician and a certified homeopath. (See Disclaimer)

Homeopathic Treatment of Autism

Homeopathy isn't a "take this for that" medicine. Ten different autistic children might be prescribed ten different remedies. Choice of remedy depends on a child's individual characteristics. However, there are some remedies that are more commonly used than others to treat children in this community.

Autism, unfortunately, is a very serious condition and is not an easy cure. For example, while ADD (ADHD) has an 70% cure rate in many homeopathic practices, autism is much more difficult. However there are definitely many cases of homeopathic autism cures besides Max's. Although complete cures cannot be expected in most cases, the homeopath who treated Max (John Melnychuk -- see below) and many other homeopaths who treat autistic children are seeing significant progress in a majority of cases. If treatment begins early -- especially before age 5 -- there is room for great hope! Even later treatment can find success. But you must have commitment and view treatment as a long term process that will take months and years, not days or weeks.

Note that by "cure," we mean cure without the ongoing need for a heavily restricted diet, therapies, etc. -- i.e. complete recovery, not just functioning better. If you met Max today (at age 15) you would never suspect he had been autistic. He attends regular school at age level, is an excellent student who gets all A's and B's, and is outgoing, friendly, and popular socially. He no longer has any food sensitivities. He still sees his homeopath once or twice a year and takes occasional remedies. But even in Max's case, it took two years of treatment until he was testing at age level and another four or five years until we felt he no longer had any vestiges of autism. So cure is possible, but it requires commitment on your part.

Because autism is difficult to treat, we recommend that you seek out a very experienced classical homeopath (one remedy at a time, no mixtures) and stick with it for at least a year. Do not try to treat your child yourself. If you read Impossible Cure you will learn what classical homeopathic treatment is all about and how to discern if a particular practitioner is classical. Ideally, select a practitioner whose entire practice is devoted to homeopathy.

Many people have inquired about homeopathic "detox" treatments or "sequential therapy" approaches to homeopathy. These kinds of therapies have been successful in some cases. However, such protocols are sometimes implemented in ways that can be drastic and harsh. My own preference and recommendation is to find a well-trained and open-minded classical homeopath instead. Not all practitioners who use nonstandard homeopathic protocols have thorough training. Be sure that you check practitioner qualifications and training in homeopathy. A practitioner who treats autistic children should have at least four years of training in homeopathy and preferably several more years of clinical experience. Ask for patient references.

In our view and experience, properly and individually selected remedies can naturally detox the body in a gradual and natural way. Predetermined protocols that are not tailored to the specific symptoms being exhibited by a child can sometimes be misguided, given the acute sensitivity of autistic children.

As far as sequential therapy goes, it can be used in beneficial ways in the hands of a skilled practitioner. In our view, this approach should be applied in a way that is guided by the presenting symptoms of the child -- which is, after all, the very foundation of the homeopathic approach. The way sequential therapy works is, based on the history of symptoms of a case, a remedy is given to address each "event", in reverse order. The remedies chosen are often based on an idea of "specifics" (see page 157 in Impossible Cure). So you'll get one remedy to treat this vaccine, then a month later another remedy to treat the previous vaccine, etc. Sometimes this approach is applied in a very routine way rather than being based on the actual symptoms being presented by the patient at the given time.

Another method of autism treatment that is emerging in 2009/2010 is the Tinus Smits CEASE therapy, which has some similarities to sequential therapy. I do believe this approach has strong merit, and some classical homeopaths are considering getting trained in it.

Please be aware that many classical homeopaths will use variants of detox and sequentialist approaches if they need to. For example, if treatment is not progressing using the indicated remedies, a vaccine in potency might be used to unblock a case. Similarly, classical homeopaths will use nosodes as remedies when they are indicated. So don't worry that a classical homeopath won't use "detox" or "sequential" techniques if they need to. They just won't do it in a routine way, which (in our view) is very wise. Each case must be treated individually. This is our opinion, based on our experience as well as reports from other parents.

Please also remember that it usually takes a practitioner time to find a good remedy and dosing regimen -- sometimes months of trial and error. In Max's case, there was slow and steady improvement throughout, but that's unusual. It's really a long term process -- but well worth it! Your child's life is at stake -- and your own life as well. Once you begin to see improvement, you will have an easier time sticking with it. Try to be patient. Autism cures are usually slow -- but slow and steady wins the race. If you have no success over a period of time with a particular homeopath, try another. Successful homeopathic treatment, unfortunately, depends on the ability of the practitioner to successfully find the right remedy for your child. See referral information below.

Don't give up hope for recovery.

So many parents with autistic kids become despondent and don't believe their kid can recover. This really works against them. Don't give in to despair. Try as hard as you can to be loving, accepting, but confident that full recovery is possible. In addition, try not to become accommodated to or invested in your child's illness. Don't try to convince yourself that your child is just fine as an autistic person; they will be much better off if they aren't autistic! Striking a balance between love and acceptance of your child and confidence in their improvement can sometimes be difficult, but you can achieve it. Moreover, don't be afraid of potential disappointment. What's worse, experiencing disappointments or never trying at all? You owe it to your child to not let your own fears get in the way.

The sooner you seek treatment the better.

In a way, autistic children "leave" us and the further away they get, the harder it is to bring them back. Besides, as the brain grows and matures, it becomes more set in its ways. When allopathic drugging comes into play, the situation becomes even more difficult. Ideally, you should treat before age 5 or 6. However, even older autistic children can manifest significant improvement that will improve their quality of life.

Give the issue of vaccination serious thought.

There's been a huge rise in autism in the USA over the past twenty years -- from about 1/10,000 to 1/100 -- and the most suspected culprit (at least within the autism community) is vaccination damage. Some believe it is the mercury in the vaccines. Some believe it is the vaccines themselves -- the most suspected ones are the MMR and DPT. If your child experienced convulsions, fever, and shrieking before the onset of autism, DPT is highly suspect. If the onset was more insidious, especially if accompanied by gut problems, MMR is more likely. The Hepatitis B vaccine is also suspected by some parents. Whatever the reason, many believe that vaccines are the cause of 99% of the cases of autism and the reason for the dramatic rise over the past 20 years. The vaccinations trigger autism as a kind of auto-immune disorder. More children are experiencing other kinds of auto-immune diseases as well -- diabetes, severe allergies, etc. The vaccination trigger for autism may be one reason that homeopathy is successful, because it has a good track record in correcting vaccination damage.

Pay attention to potential food allergens.

Many autistic children improve significantly if they adhere to dietary restrictions. It is likely that the vaccinations have triggered severe food allergies in these children that affect their brain, resulting in autism. Eliminating the allergens can unburden their systems and provide relief, though usually not a cure. Homeopathic treatment can then go in and, over time, remove the allergic tendency altogether. However, as this can take a number of years, it is best to remove foods from the diet that are aggravating your child's condition. As homeopathic treatment creates improvement, you can slowly introduce foods back in.

One of the most implicated problem foods is milk -- especially cow's milk. A study at the University of Florida on the effects of milk protein on the brain found that eliminating dairy helped something like 95% of autistic and psychotic kids! Goat milk is not as bad (it contains less milk proteins), but try to cut out all cow milk and dairy in general. Some people also believe that pasteurization is the culprit and advocate using raw milk instead.

Other common food allergens are wheat and gluten. You might also experiment with eliminating corn (why add genetically engineered foods into the problem?) and avoid food colorings as much as possible.

By the way, in 2009 I have heard good things about a diet described by the www.noharmfoundation.org.

Try to keep things constant when you embark upon homeopathy.

Most homeopaths will request that you not add in or remove other treatments in the initial stages of homeopathic treatment. In this way, the homeopath can assess the effects of a remedy on your child. If you change many things at the same time, it is hard to assess what is achieving what effect.

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Homeopathic Remedy Support During Pregnancy:

Homeopathic Remedy Support During Pregnancy:

Schüssler's Tissue Salts
- Calc flu 6X, Mag phos 6X, Ferr phos 6X
- 2nd & 6th month

Schüssler's Tissue Salts
- Calc flu 6X, Mag phos 6X, Nat mur 6X
- 3th & 7th month

Schüssler's Tissue Salts
- Calc flu 6X, Mag phos 6X, Nat mur 6X
- 4th & 8th month

Schüssler's Tissue Salts
- Calc flu 6X, Mag phos 6X, Nat mur 6X
- 5th & 9th month

Calcarea fluorica 6X
- maintain elasticity of the vessels and the tissues
- prevents varicose, hemorrhoids and stretch marks
- helps the growth of teeth and bones of the fetus

Magnesia phosphorica 6X
Protects from heartburns and cramps

Ferrum phosphoricum 6X
Assures or maintains a soft supplement of iron and to prevent anemia

Natrum muriaticum 6X
Maintains the hydrous balance and prevent edema and putting that extra weight

Silicea 6X
Strengthens the pubic bones and the supportive conjunctive tissues

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Natural Health Care Self-care techniques through Energy Work, Homeopathy & Ayurveda With Practitioners Kelly Gordon, Anika Harrer, Ming Dinh and Ocean

Natural Health Care Self-care techniques through Energy Work,
Homeopathy & Ayurveda
With Practitioners Kelly Gordon, Anika Harrer, Ming Dinh and Ocean


Come join us for an afternoon of community building and self-care. Learn natural techniques to reduce stress, sleep better and keep you and your loved ones happier and healthier. Bring home some non-pharmaceutical preventative and first aid remedies and leave feeling relaxed, educated & empowered.

Date and Time: Saturday, March 13th, 2010 from 12:00 - 4:30pm.
Where: Heart & Soul Studio in Kitsilano, 1955 West Broadway.
Cost: $80.00 for the full afternoon, $70 if you register before March 8th.


Registration: Pre-registration is required; space is limited. Cash or cheque only. Please email to register at kelly@essenceenergy.com or call 604-876-1165.

Homeopathic first aid kits will be available for purchase ($75.00) plus Ayurveda Oils!

Workshop details:


Meditation and Tools for Self-care with Kelly Gordon

This workshop is for those who want to learn how to stimulate the body's own natural healing abilities with gentle movement and meditation. We will incorporate key principals from Energy Work and focus on deepening mind-body synchronization and developing your kinesthetic sense of energy. Experience an introduction into blending energy work with mindfulness meditation, learn more about your nervous system and gain new tools to help you deepen your yoga, dance or bodywork practice.

Explore the benefits of the healing art of homeopathy with Anika Harrer & Ming Dinh

Homeopathy is a powerful healing system that is uniquely able to restore health and well-being by correcting the energetic imbalance that lies at the core of all illness. This workshop will provide you with a basic understanding of health and disease from a holistic perspective. Discover how constitutional treatment by a homeopath can stimulate your body’s own defense mechanism, and how homeopathic remedies treat the individual person rather than the disease. Learn how homeopathy can be used effectively as a means of self-care at home for yourself and your family. You will leave with simple first aid and acute remedy knowledge, and a homeopathic first aid remedy to be added to your own kit.
For more information about Ming Dinh, please visit: http://www.accessnaturalhealing.com/our-people/dinh.htm

Ayurvedic Oils & Self-Massage with Ocean

Abhyanga, the art of self-massage, is an essential part of maintaining a long and healthy life in the Ayurvedic tradition. Your skin is the largest organ of your body; it is your interface with the outside world. Daily—or even weekly—self-massage is great way to nourish the skin and stimulate the tissues and nervous system to create healthy, glowing, radiant skin. In this session you will learn the basic steps of Abhyanga so that you can treat yourself to a daily massage as well as learn how to give yourself a foot massage that will help ground your energy at the end of the day so that you can drop into deeper sleep. You will also learn about different oils so that you can choose the best oil for your skin. Treat yourself, treat your body to the art of self-massage.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

The International Journal of Oncology, February 2010, reports from the University of Texas

Cytotoxic effects of ultra-diluted remedies on breast cancer cells.

The use of ultra-diluted natural products in the management of disease and treatment of cancer has generated a lot of interest and controversy. We conducted an in vitro study to determine if products prescribed by a clinic in India have any effect on breast cancer cell lines. We studied four ultra-diluted remedies (Carcinosin, Phytolacca, Conium and Thuja) against two human breast adenocarcinoma cell lines (MCF-7 and MDA-MB-231) and a cell line derived from immortalized normal human mammary epithelial cells (HMLE). The remedies exerted preferential cytotoxic effects against the two breast cancer cell lines, causing cell cycle delay/arrest and apoptosis. These effects were accompanied by altered expression of the cell cycle regulatory proteins, including downregulation of phosphorylated Rb and upregulation of the CDK inhibitor p27, which were likely responsible for the cell cycle delay/arrest as well as induction of the apoptotic cascade that manifested in the activation of caspase 7 and cleavage of PARP in the treated cells. The findings demonstrate biological activity of these natural products when presented at ultra-diluted doses. Further in-depth studies with additional cell lines and animal models are warranted to explore the clinical applicability of these agents.
 
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