Homeopathy4health

18 January 2008

Homeopathy myths: It’s a drop in the ocean

A response to my explanation today by Jeff Garrington:

“In homeopathy each succussion takes place in the small environment of a closed test tube and involves a relatively very small amount of water.” Surely this isn’t the case with Helios, Nelsons and other manufacturers of Homeopathic Water.
Or am I mistaken, are thousands employed shaking test tubes.

My reply:

“JG: You are mistaken.

Remedies were laboriously handmade but now many homeopathic pharmacies use Korsakoff machines where ONE vial is emptied (the small residue in the bottle being considered the ‘one drop’) and refilled and succussed to the required potency over hours or days.”

Here is Helios’s page: http://www.helios.co.uk/Helios%20Potentising%20machine.html

Here is a picture of the machine:

Helios Homoeopathy High Potency Korsakoff Machine

No swimming pools or oceans required.

More myth-busting at http://www.homeopathyworkedforme.org/

It continues to amaze me how skeptics are ignorant of the facts of the therapy they love to hate (although to be fair to Jeff he isn’t too bad).

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3 January 2008

Malignant tumour cases regressed with homeopathy

Homeopathy is gaining acceptance in large economies such as India and France  and Indian medicine is starting to integrate modern diagnostic techniques with homeopathic treatment.  This report is by Prasanta Banerji and Pratip Banerji of the PBH Research Foundation.

http://www.virtualtrials.com/ruta/ruta2007.cfm

Presented 6/7/2007 at the Central NJ Brain Tumor Support Group

“In this lecture I have presented only seven proved malignant tumor cases who were regressed following treatment with specific homeopathic medicines – Kali Carbonicum and Ferrum Phosphoricum for bronchogenic carcinoma, Condurango for oesophageal carcinoma, Ruta and Calcarea Phosphorica for brain tumors and Symphytum for the Osteogenic Sarcoma.

Most of these cases were followed up and found normal even after five years. We have studied thousands of similar cases and promising results have been obtained in many instances.

The National Institutes of Health (NIH), USA, was very interested in our research into various types of cancers and had asked us to produce records of our successes. This we had done by submitting a “Best Case Series” on Cancer to the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) and the National Cancer Institute (NCI) at the NIH. On acceptance of our series, we were invited to present the same before the Cancer Advisory Panel for Complementary and Alternative Medicines in July 1999. As a result of our presentation, the NCI, USA, is at present devising a “Practice Outcomes Monitoring and Evaluation Systems Study for Bronchogenic Carcinoma” at our clinic in Kolkata, India, with a view to arrive at a protocol for treatment of these cases at institutions in the US. Therefore, scientific progress demands that we continuously carry on more and more experiments and keep observational records.

Along with the Professor of Cell Biology and Genetics, at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, one paper has been published entitled “Ruta 6 selectively induces cell death in brain cancer cells but proliferation in normal peripheral blood lymphocytes: A novel treatment for human brain cancer” in the International Journal of Oncology in October 2003 where our method of treatment with Ruta and Calcarea Phosphorica was followed with excellent results.

Of interest in this context is the fact that the brain tumor community in the US has shown an immense response to this protocol of treatment. We all know that patients suffering from serious diseases often acquire a good deal of knowledge about their diseases. Lately, we have been receiving 60 to 70 mails a day from patients all over the world who have found the paper on Ruta and in an uncontrolled manner have started taking the medicines themselves. When after 3 to 4 months of treatment, they find that their tumor has regressed or become static, they contact us to fine tune the treatment for them.

Some have even gone so far as to set up user groups on the internet which are showing remarkable results. One such group is run by Mr. Alex Fidelibus and can be accessed on the projected URL: “http://health.groups.yahoo.com/group/Ruta6/

We have treated thousands of cancer patients in the last four decades. Here we now highlight some outcome of our treatment in the recent past.

This Graph shows general outcome of treatment of 17,324 cancer patients from 1990 to 2005 at our clinics. In 19% cases the malignant tumors were completely regressed which appeared to us very significant. In 21% cases they were static or improved after treatment. Over the last two years, there has been a spurt in the number of cancer cases visiting our clinics. It may be mentioned here that the above in-house figure is mainly based on those cases with complete documentation such as scan plates, biopsy slides and such, and the actual number of cancer cases under our treatment exceeds this figure. On an average about 1000 new cancer cases are registered in our clinics every month and in December 2006 we have treated 1136 new such cases.

Thus presently it appears from all these findings that our new method of treatment with homeopathic medicines may be regarded as the future drug for cancer research and treatment for the benefit of mankind. ”

The presentation includes diagnostic slides, scans and x-rays.

20 December 2007

Homeopathic dilutions and plant growth, there is an effect and no placebo.

Karger ‘Forschender Komplementarmedezin’ Research in Complementary Medicine’:  Vol 12 No 5 2005

This study replicates the findings of a previous study on the growth of wheat seedlings that have been stressed by exposure to arsenic trioxide.  The wheat seedlings were treated with various potentised ultradilutions of arsenic trioxide, various potentised ultradilutions of water or various dilutions of arsenic trioxide (non-potentised).  Significant increases in growth were indicated in the groups treated with arsenic trioxide to the potency 45x and with water 45x.  Plants are not subject to the placebo effect. 

It is interesting that effects were noticed at the 45X potency, this is not a potency commonly used to treat people.  The X scale of potency is less commonly used in the UK but may have been used in this experiment as it is much quicker to generate potency scale increases in the scale of 1:10 rather than 1:100 (the C potency scale).  It is really interesting that simliar results were found for H20 45X which causes me to wonder whether the substance is key or the potency. Update: or whether this is an entanglement effect.

 “Summary:

Plant-based bioassays are suitable for basic research – lacking the placebo effect and ensuring large data samples for structured statistical analyses.

The aim of the study was to reproduce a previous experiment on the effects of arsenic trioxide (As2O3) high dilutions on wheat seedling growth in order to verify whether the same significant results could be obtained working in a different place and with a different experimental team. A further goal was to investigate high dilution effects on variability.

 A structured experiment was performed blind over 9 weeks, using wheat seeds previously stressed with a sublethal dose of As2O3. The seeds were then treated with either potentized As2O3 (5x, 15x, 25x, 35x, 45x), potentized water (equivalent potencies) or diluted As2O3 (10-5, 10-15, 10-25, 10-35, 10-45).

The working variable was the stem length, measured after 4, 5, 6 and 7 days.

Results: Some potencies (As2O3 45x and H2O 45x) induced a relevant increase in seedling growth and/or a variability decrease. Diluted As2O3 did not induce any significant results.

Conclusions: Confirmation of a significant stimulating effect on seedling growth and a significant decrease of variability was obtained with ultra-high dilutions at the 45x potency. The model of wheat germination and growth has been confirmed to be a good tool for basic research in homeopathy.”

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