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    • Evidence based homeopathy

      2. Evidence-based medicine (EBM)?

      2.1. As first formulated, EBM was ''an approach to health care that promotes the collection, interpretation, and integration of . . . patient-reported, clinician-observed, and research-derived evidence. The best available evidence, moderated by patient circumstances and preferences, is applied to improve the quality of clinical judgments.''6


      2.2. Thus, the double-blind randomised placebo-controlled trial (DBRCT) was meant originally as part of an evidence ''package'' derived from multiple sources. David Sackett, one of EBM's founders, emphasized this in 1992: ''Evidence-based medicine is not restricted to randomised trials and meta-analyses. It involves tracking down the best external evidence with which to answer our clinical questions....If no randomised trial has been carried out for our patient's predicament, we follow the trail to the next best external evidence and work from there.''7

      2.3. EBM as currently practiced, now concentrates solely on the ''gold-standard'' double-blind randomized-controlled trial (DBRCT) and meta-analyses as the only acceptable scientific evidence for a therapy or procedure.8

      2.4. Supposedly, this enables purely objective clinical decisions to be taken: other forms of evidence Sackett referred to as essential parts of the decision-making process, have been effectively downgraded or ignored. EBM's original intentions therefore, have been subsumed by over-emphasis on medicine's science to the exclusion of its art.9, 10

      2.5. Complex procedures (where it is virtually impossible to separate the therapy from the context in which it is delivered e.g., CBT, homeopathy, etc) do not readily lend themselves to the DBRCT - itself, implicitly flawed11-14 - and are seemingly left out in the cold.

      2.6. This much narrower interpretation of EBM has elicited trenchant responses, even from within conventional medicine,15-17 but in particular for its intolerance of therapeutic pluralism.4

      2.7. The change in EBM's emphasis equates with rapid increases in our biochemical understanding of life, health, and disease, combined with globalization of the pharmaceutical industry's commercial and political reach. From this has arisen a desire to place medicine on a similar intellectual footing as other sciences.

      2.8. Its concomitant is a resurgence of logical positivism[*] as an accessible (media-friendly) interpretation of science, and ultimately to justification of the globalised pharmaceutical industry's attempts to monopolize the health care market.

      2.9. Though out-dated18-28 within the physical sciences (especially quantum physics), logical positivism goes unchallenged, especially in public arenas (e.g., the media and in political debates about science), and still holds sway in biomedicine.

      2.10. Logical positivism effectively dominates the discourse of EBM, resulting not only in a downgrading and/or ignoring of other valid forms of evidence; it now means the medical research community potentially has saddled funding agencies and taxpayers with a huge and expensive problem: that of subjecting all medical procedures and therapies to the DBRCT, so they can be judged fit for clinical use.

      2.11. This will not be easy because ''Of around 2500 treatments covered, 13% are rated as beneficial, 23% likely to be beneficial, 8% as trade off between benefits and harms, 6% unlikely to be beneficial, 4% likely to be ineffective or harmful, and 46%, the largest proportion, as of unknown effectiveness....The figures above suggest that the research community has a large task ahead and that most decisions about treatments still rest on the individual judgements of clinicians and patients.''29

      2.12. Therefore, the charge often levelled at homeopathy that it is ''unscientific'' rings hollow when compared to this clear lack of evidence for many conventional medical treatments and procedures.

      2.13. Thus, if the challenge against homeopathy raised by EBM is to be at all taken seriously then, by default, it has to be applied with equal rigour to conventional therapies, which will mean that roughly half of all procedures, including nearly all surgical ones, will have to be banned.


      3. EBM and conventional medicine

      3.1. Such a procedure is set to become a double-edged sword for biomedicine, as the following example shows. Thus trials of one of the world's biggest selling drugs Prozac, recently found it to be no better than placebo.30

      3.2. Interestingly, homeopathy/CAM detractors are not campaigning for the removal of Prozac, as they do so vociferously against homeopathy/CAM (even when Prozac and Prozac-like drugs have been known to induce suicidal tendencies). Fortunately, such scientistic[†] 'fundamentalism'2 is not shared by all in medicine.

      3.3. Thus, cancer clinician Karol Sikora (60% of whose patients use some form of CAM as adjuvant therapies) has uncompromisingly castigated the more vociferous homeopathy/CAM detractors as 'inexperienced armchair physicians', while berating their 'Stalinist' attempts to rid the NHS of its CAM services.31

      3.4. Sir Michael Rawlins (Chair of NICE and no supporter of homeopathy/CAM) in his Harveian Oration last year,15 warned: "RCTs, long regarded as the 'gold standard' of evidence, have been put on an undeserved pedestal. Their appearance at the top of hierarchies of evidence is inappropriate; and hierarchies are illusory tools for assessing evidence. They should be replaced by a diversity of approaches that involve analysing the totality of the evidence base."

      3.5. In this respect, Sir Michael Rawlins simply echoes David Sackett's much earlier concern that EBM would turn into an evidence 'mono-culture', where the primacy of an assumed 'ideal' scientifically-determined efficacy would subsume other no less important forms of patient and clinician derived evidence.7

      3.6. That over a decade later, voices in the nursing profession have been raised concerning EBM's intolerance of therapeutic pluralism in healthcare systems,4 suggests Sackett's early warning went completely unheeded. This scientistic version of EBM throws up for itself several alarming contradictions.

      3.8. Thus, in a recent German randomised controlled back-pain study, acupuncture 'placebo' was shown to be nearly twice as effective as the best conventional medicine has to offer. So, according to the principles of EBM as currently practiced, conventional medicine is less effective than an acupuncture placebo.19

      3.9. The H1N1 swine flu vaccine is being rushed into production and distribution with little evidence from trials of its effectiveness or safety in humans,

      3.10. One of the most frequently quoted studies (by the sceptical literature and the media), supposedly demonstrating homeopathy is no better than placebo, is a 2005 Lancet meta-analysis,32 which has been shown by leading researchers to be thoroughly biased,33-36

      3.11. In addition, two recent studies have concluded this meta-analysis was also a scientifically seriously flawed piece of work,37, 38 which broke the Lancet's own strict guidelines on methodological and publication transparency.39

      3.12. The question arises therefore as to why it was ever allowed to appear in such an eminent journal as the Lancet in the first place. This leads onto the whole thorny issue of abuse of science in medical and pharmacological research,40 reported recently in the magazine Prospect.41

      3.13. In 2008, the journal Nature, stated that "in the US around 1000 incidents of suspected fabrication, falsification, and plagiarism go unreported every year".42 In the UK, the Committee on Publication Ethics estimates that there are about 50 cases per year of serious fraud in biomedical research, and that academia has been trying to cover up this abuse of science.

      3.14. The Prospect article concludes, 'We may have to wait for fresh scandals before anyone acts. Until then, patients will remain in real danger of taking expensive drugs whose risk of harm or inability to cure, have been fraudulently suppressed.' And there is clear evidence of harm perpetrated by conventional medical practice.

      3.15. The House of Commons Public Accounts Committee concluded that in 2006 alone, at least 2.68 million people in Britain were harmed by conventional medical interventions: a staggering 4.5% of the UK population.43 In the US, the situation is even worse.44

      3.16. When no such evidence of fraud or large-scale danger of homeopathy in clinical practice have been reported, one wonders why so much energy is expended trying to demonise homeopathy/CAMs and those who practice them, as 'unproven, unscientific, deadly and dangerous'.

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        • Evidence-based Modern Homeopathy

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            • Originally posted by Dr. Nancy Malik View Post
              Infants: Homeopathic medicines and treatments are successfully used by parents for common infant ailments such as colic, teething pain and some infections.

              Animals: There are many veterinarians using homeopathic medicines to treat domestic pets such as cats, dogs and birds, as well as barnyard animals like goats, horses and cows. Is it possible to have a placebo effect with animals?

              The effects of homeopathic medicines have been observed repeatedly on neonates, unconscious patients.
              For once a serious, if often answered question.

              The reason we observe a placebo effect with non-communicating patients (and this is a fact, not only with homeopathy), is that exactly because the patients cannot communicate, someone else has to evaluate how they feel. And that person is, of course, prone to bias.

              And, of course, you must keep in mind that placebo effect is not the only explanation for the reported effect of homeopathy.

              Hans
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              • Homeopathy offers long lasting to permanent cure
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                      • [b]This discussion fell off the grid due to inactivity, but I invested heavily in it and was amazed that so many others on both sides also did, so I want to keep it up front for a while so that people can easily see it.

                        It's a very good question with only one answer since homeopathy is the actual Science of Medicine due to its 10 Laws of Medicine, nine of which are specific to homeopathy.

                        It's actually quite a no-brainer that easily exposes brainwashed fools and other hyper-dangerous morons. Speak up, you morons. Show us some more nonsense from your blood-cult system of medicine based upon 10% knowledge of human physiology (life and death decisions, mind you), a system that has no cures for 99.99% of the deadly illnesses in industrialized countries, a system that yet further admits to killing 71% of patients by euthansia with another 26% ending up in civil suits for wrongful death, a system that is totally responsible for all of the horrors of industrial chemistry since it is allopathic medicine that insanely holds with toxic levels of poisons (an extreme oxymoron, you morons), and a system of medicine that . . . who knows the other astonishing admission by these self-admitted quacks? [b/]
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                        • Originally posted by Hahnemannian444 View Post
                          [b]This discussion fell off the grid due to inactivity,
                          Well, you know, when all the activity on the homeopathic side is Nancy spamming links, it is hardly worth the time.

                          but I invested heavily in it and was amazed that so many others on both sides also did, so I want to keep it up front for a while so that people can easily see it.
                          Well, sure. But are you ready for discussion? Do you even know what the word means?

                          It's a very good question with only one answer since homeopathy is the actual Science of Medicine due to its 10 Laws of Medicine, nine of which are specific to homeopathy.
                          Laws? What makes them laws?

                          It's actually quite a no-brainer that easily exposes brainwashed fools and other hyper-dangerous morons. Speak up, you morons.
                          Show me that you're worth speaking to.

                          Show us some more nonsense from your blood-cult system of medicine based upon 10% knowledge of human physiology (life and death decisions, mind you),
                          Two questions: How do you know what the whole is?

                          Explain the parts we don't know.

                          a system that has no cures for 99.99% of the deadly illnesses in industrialized countries,
                          How do you define 'deadly'? I define deadly as one we can't treat. Which means that, obviously, we can't treat those we can't treat.

                          a system that yet further admits to killing 71% of patients by euthansia
                          Evidence?

                          with another 26% ending up in civil suits for wrongful death,
                          Evidence?

                          a system that is totally responsible for all of the horrors of industrial chemistry since it is allopathic medicine that insanely holds with toxic levels of poisons (an extreme oxymoron, you morons), and a system of medicine that . . . who knows the other astonishing admission by these self-admitted quacks? [b/]
                          Which self-admitted quacks? -Oh, and define 'quack', ... for your own sake use a definition I can't easily fit to homeopaths.

                          OK; now you have a choice: Enter discussion, or rant on. In the latter case, find yourself solo.

                          Hans
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                          • controversy

                            Before arguing which is good ,allopathy or homeopathy, let us raise the standard of homoeopaths. For example I had cured chikungunya with one single dose of polyporus pinicola but other homoeopaths had been giving various medicines for days. So also I had cured swine flu with one single dose of Merc.sol.

                            Treament of Swine Flu

                            During the years 2006-2008, almost all homoeopathic practitioners had been giving different remedies for chikungunya disease (mainly Rhus. tox and Eup. perf.) to be taken for days and weeks with little relief. The undersigned was the first to declare that the homoeopathic remedy Polyporus Pinicola-10,000x is almost a specific for chikungunya and with this remedy GIVEN IN ONE SINGLE DOSE, my students had cured lakhs and lakhs of chikungunya victims during the years 2006 to 2008. (Rate of success: more than 97%).




                            I don't mind declaring the name of the correct homoeopathic remedy which would be almost a specific for swine flu. Before this I would, first of all, like to teach the practitioners as to how I found out the remedy for chikungunya. This is more important. Such a teaching alone would help the reader to find out by himself a remedy for future epidemics.

                            Chikungunya disease begins with fever, shivering and joint pains. Many patients had to crawl for going to the toilet etc., because of crippling joint pains. Their faces were “gloomy.”


                            (See Calvin B. Knerr’s Repertory—MIND AND DISPOSITION—Gloomy, in ague: Poly.)
                            (ague: malaria or another illness involving fever and shivering)

                            Now, coming to the much dreaded swine flu.
                            (a) those who had died in hospitals with swine flu had lung failure

                            (b) swine flu starts with fever, sore throat and body pain.

                            Step 1: Fever with body pain, sore throat. The rubric that you must take for this in Kent 's Repertory is under GENERALITIES. Inflammation, internal:


                            Step 2: Disease of lung that speedily kills any patient; the equivalent rubric in Kent 's Repertory is Pneumonia (CHEST: Hepatization of lungs)


                            The remedies scoring more points (being common to the above two lists) are Cactus=4, Iodum=5, Kalic-c.=4, Kali-iod.=4, Lach.=5, Lyc.=4, Merc-sol.=4, Nux-v.=5, Phos.=6, Sulph.=5, Tereb.=5

                            These remedies were studied in Samuel Lilienthal's HOMOEOPATHIC THERAPEUTICS under the chapter PNEUMONIA; Under Merc-sol we find the following words
                            “epidemic broncho-pneumonia”.
                            On the same page under the remedy ferrum met. also, we find the words "epidemic pneumonia". But we do not get this remedy in repertorisation.

                            Patients who had come to me after being tested positive for swine flu were given the homoeo medicine Merc-sol-200 one single dose only) and after a week when they tested, the result was negative. All their symptoms disappeared. (Rate of success: 97%).

                            For prevention, the same remedy Merc.sol.200 may be given one dose once a month for three months. This prevents swine flu for six months from the date of taking the first dose.


                            In homoeopathy, cure is easier and quicker than prevention.



                            What is most disappointing is that no one talks about
                            Dr. Lilienthal's work HOMOEOPATHIC THERAPEUTICS, be it in seminar papers, monthly meetings or articles in journals.

                            Said Charles Gatchell in a review of HOMOEOPATHIC THERAPEUTICS, "… it is an extraordinarily useful book and those who add it to their library will never feel regret…"
                            In a review, Samuel A. Jones said about Lilienthal's HOMOEOPATHIC THERAPEUTICS as under:

                            "For the fresh graduate this book will be invaluable… to the older one who says he has no use of this book, we have nothing to say. He is a good one to avoid when well, and to dread when ill."














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                            • Patients who had come to me after being tested positive for swine flu were given the homoeo medicine Merc-sol-200 one single dose only) and after a week when they tested, the result was negative. All their symptoms disappeared. (Rate of success: 97%).
                              97%?? What happend to the remaining 3%. Usually, the recovery rate from swine flu is very nearly 100%.

                              At the point when people have been tested, and the results are in, they have normally been sick for about a week. For 99%, natural recovery follows within another week (the usual duration of the disease is appr. 9 days.

                              So if your result is 97% it is not better than no treatment at all.

                              Hans
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                              • Which is more scientific? Allopathy or Homeopathy medicine

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