Wednesday, October 20, 2010

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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


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.