Dr. Carolyn Dean, MD, ND
September 29, 2009
The Indian Department of AYUSH (alternative systems) advises the use of homeopathic Arsenicum alba 30, one dose for three consecutive days as preventive for Swine flu.
"It’s a simple solution with no side effects and available in most health food stores and some pharmacies. I’ll show you how homeopathy has been successful in many epidemics." Homeopathy is not a patented medicine that costs a lot of money. It’s not something we even touched upon in medical school but it’s safe and effective. I learned about homeopathy in my naturopathic training.
The symptoms treated by Arsenicum alba include diarrhea, vomiting, burning pains, restlessness and fever. If you have those symptoms, which are similar to the ones described for H1N1, you can take the remedy and it will treat the symptoms. Another important treatment for H1N1 is hydration. Keep up your fluid intake to match the losses due to vomiting and diarrhea.
Homeopathy and Epidemics
Two of the more well-publicized illustrations of the superiority of homeopathy were the cholera epidemics in England in the 1840s and the Yellow Fever epidemics on the Mississippi River in the 1870s.
In England, after the first cholera epidemic in London, Parliament ordered the public health department to provide complete information on how the epidemic was handled. Allopaths had several ways of treatment, all containing mercury, which resulted in anywhere from 41.3% to 71% mortality rates whereas the homeopath hospital in London had only 11 deaths overall.
Here in the states, plagued by decades of Yellow Fever epidemics, two commissions from Washington were sent to New Orleans to get to the bottom of how to deal with the problem. One was made up of allopaths and the other homeopaths. Hearings were held and reported in detail in the New Orleans Times. While the allopaths focused on trying to figure out how to prevent the disease, homeopaths meticulously combed the actual records of doctors as well as the local boards of health to see how various treatment modalities worked. As a result, it was learned that the average mortality rate of homeopathic patients in various towns was between 5.6% to 7.7% while allopathic patients suffered mortality rates of 16% or higher.
After WWI, and right after the Flexner Report was published, which led to homeopathic schools (along with all the other non-allopathic schools) being closed by political pressure being exerted on their benefactors, homeopathy experienced its greatest and most public triumph in the area of addressing epidemics. Millions of people around the world were dying of influenza. In Chicago, where the great mail order houses were located, Montgomery Ward & Company had a medical clinic for its 8,000 employees and their families staffed by homeopathic physicians. This large cluster of people experienced one lone death instead of the hundreds experienced by Marshall Field and Sears Roebuck. One homeopath practicing at the time later wrote that the allopaths lost 20 to 40% of their patients while homeopaths suffered losses of only 5 to 6% or less.
Australian scientist, Viera Scheibner in her massive research on epidemics found that homeopathic successes stood out everywhere. Scheibner, who testified in Congress in 1999, during hearings on the problems with Hepatitis B vaccine, stated that there is ample evidence in the public record and in published medical journals all over the world, “that the largest epidemics occurred in the most highly vaccinated populations, while those who were unvaccinated, did not have the same epidemics.”
As a naturopath, I must also tell the miraculous story of the founder of naturopathy, Benedict Lust, a German immigrant, who had contracted a very serious case of TB right after he came to America. At the time, TB was so rampant that it was called the White Plague and everyone feared it. Lust went back to Germany to die but fell into the hands of Father Sebastian Kneipp an advocate of “the water cure” to treat the sick. Father Kneipp also believed in teaching people how to support their health by understanding the “balance between work and leisure, stress and relaxation and the harmony between the mental, emotional, physical, social, and ecological planes.” Lust was completely cured by these methods and returned to America, with Kneipp’s blessings, to spread the teachings of natural medicine.
In the chiropractic community, several of Elissa’s personal chiropractors have stories about themselves or immediate family members who were stricken with the paralyzing effects of polio only to be completely healed within two weeks by simply utilizing natural cures available to the average chiropractor. Stories of successful polio treatment are common discussion at chiropractic conventions among the older practitioners.
According to naturopath, Eleanor McBean, author of the “Poisoned Needle – Suppressed Facts About Vaccination” – a survey taken in 1946 regarding polio recovery rates of various schools of medical thought came out with some astounding information. Under chiropractors using a specific treatment had a 91%-100% recovery, a specific Hygienic treatment resulted in a 97% to 100% recovery, Nurse Elizabeth Kenny could produce a 72% recovery, 35% would recover under no professional care, and 17% would recover under what we would call modern medical care.
Meanwhile, in the 1950s, homeopaths in Buenos Aires, where polio was epidemic, were distributing thousands of doses of a homeopathic remedy to the public and thanks to that action, not a single case of polio was reported among those who received it. A similar, worldwide study among 50,000 patients receiving the same remedy resulted in only one non-paralytic case.
However, newspaper headlines here and abroad covered with great fanfare the new Salk polio vaccine, which was being rolled out as a triumph of modern medicine. In less than two weeks headlines reported that the Salk vaccine had turned into a disaster. Of the first group of children to receive this new magic bullet, the great shield against the scourge of polio, 40,000 children developed a mild form of polio, 164 suffered permanent paralysis, ten died and countless others who had contact with inoculated children fell ill with polio.
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And history repeats itself with the current promotion of the swine flu vaccine for an influenza that is reported to be very mild. And it appears that the public is catching on. During a Salt Lake City seasonal flu vaccine clinic on September 21, only 300 people showed up for the 8,000 shots that were available.
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