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THE 200 YEAR OLD CONUNDRUM
Homeopathy is a much maligned system of medicine only because it is not understood in its entirety. Modern medicine or `allopathy' (nomenclature used by Dr.Hahnemann) leans heavily on today's science to explain its methodology. Homeopathy does not conform to known scientific tenets. This however does not imply that Homeopathy is unscientific. Science is a changing, developing knowledge bank which can explain today what it could not a few years ago. Modern medicine itself has many explanations it owes to mankind. E.g. How can it justify the human use of drugs prepared in a chemical laboratory and tested on mice, rabbits and monkeys when our anatomy and physiology are incomparable? A common altruism says: `one man's food could be another man's poison'. Let us compare why and how Homeopathy differs from Modern medicine.

HOMEOPATHY

MODERN MEDICINE

Based on the `LAW OF SIMILARS’ or Like cures like.

No fixed principles or mode of treatment

Drugs produced from natural substances:- plants, animals, elements, compounds.

Drugs produced in chemical labs.

Drugs tried and tested solely on healthy humans before incorporating them in the Homoeopathic pharmacopeia (Materia Medica).

Drugs tested on laboratory animals before clinical trials are conducted.

Drugs tested exhaustively on humans in many parts of the world under different climatic conditions on all age groups and both sexes by several reliable and well trained doctors.

Animal drug testing is conducted solely by the manufacturer under a cloak of secrecy until findings are published for scrutiny.

Clinical trials are already adjudged safe since the initial tests were on humans.

Clinical trials are mandatory since the effects on humans are unknown. Here also; conducted by the manufacturer under a cloak of secrecy. Findings released only after due testing.

Secrecy is inherently impossible due to above testing methods.

Secrecy implies selective information may be available to the licensing authorities and to the public.

Since minimal quantity of drug needed is used, side-effects or after-effects are unknown.

Toxic effects are inevitable and at times irreversible due to nature and quantity of raw chemical used.

Evidence of safe drug action is immediate and irrefutable both due to testing methods as well as clinical use.

Beneficial action is evident only after clinical trials which are relatively short and do not account for long term after-effects (Thalidomide, Nimesulide, etc.).

Medicines are inexpensive and easily stored for long periods of time with no deterioration. Can be transported to remote areas without cold storage.

All drugs have a relatively short expiry (2 years) and many need to be refrigerated. If cold chain is not maintained, medicines deteriorate and become ineffective or even dangerous to use. Unsuitable for use in remote areas without cold storage.

No possibility of anaphylactic shock.

Anaphylactic shocks are seen fairly frequently and need specialized treatment and hospital paraphernalia to save life.

Symptoms recorded after administering the drugs include every minutest detail from mind symptoms to changes in pathology if any.

The mind does not matter!! Too much importance given to physiology and pathology, ignoring patient’s personal feeling of well being.

Homoeopathic drugs treat the patient and not the disease, hence does not result in drug resistance nor facilitates mutation in viruses or bacteria.

Drug resistance a major problem in treatment. Viruses and bacteria known to mutate resulting in SUPER-BUGS which do not respond to any treatment.

Homeopathic doctors treat many conditions where otherwise specialist care may be resorted to.

Super-specialization has caused escalation of health-care costs beyond affordable limits except to the rich.

Many drugs (over 2000) added to the Materia medica since inception, making many diseases/ conditions amenably treatable at primary care level.

No significant additions after antibiotics at primary level of treatment, causing diseases to progress to the point of tertiary or specialist (expensive) care.

 

The contrast so far logically tilts heavily in favor of Homeopathy. Then why such vociferous opposition to a system which seems to be so favorably listed to be the most ideal primary health care formula today? The answer lies in a small specious argument – It does not contain a chemically detectable medicinal substance. This further implies two things:

1. How then does it act on the human-body?
2. How can it cure disease?

Answers to these questions have periodically appeared in the published works of several scientists the world over – one such notable person is Ms. Candace Pert who during her research into the cure for HIV/AIDS stumbled upon a possible explanation. She mentions this in her biographical account `Molecules of Emotion’. Another instance is the scientific works of Dr. Robert Becker in his book `Cross Currents’.

When eminent and credible scientists who have worked for the American National Institute of Health have no problems in explaining how Homeopathy works, why does the health care community at large (funded by the pharmaceutical giants) obdurately stick to its rather hollow arguments of evidence based medicine?

Are the millions of patients being cured by Homeopathy not good evidence by themselves? Just because science as we know it today refuses to accept any explanation about how Homeopathy works, do we debunk a system of medicine which can be so beneficial to mankind? The corollary to this argument is that Homeopathic medicines are `placebo’ (inert substance with no curative value) and `faith’ based.


Can anyone then explain how it cures children with infective diseases and even animals? How then is pathology reversed with Homeopathy? How come a large number of allopathic doctors, who publicly decry the system, line up for Homeopathic treatment when the going gets difficult for them or their family members? Lastly if for arguments sake we accept that Homeopathy is placebo medicine, one still cannot deny that millions of people around the globe have benefited from it.

What then is the scientific communities’ justification for administering poorly documented allopathic drugs with such abandon when they carry the potential to create irreversible damage and terrible harm to unsuspecting patients who are already suffering? The questions arise: `are we being held to ransom’? Does the health-care system suffer from the `Stolckholm Syndrome’? If the health care system is so shackled, why are they in the exalted position to judge what is best for us?

My last plea to the non-believers: Does it matter so much to a suffering patient whether he was scientifically cured? Ask the patient! Human ego has launched many a war when backed by plenty of money and resources. The multi-billion dollar pharmaceutical industry is waging a war against homeopathy using the shoulder of science to rest its gun. The smoking gun is evident in a certain South American country where the elected government was reportedly toppled when it attempted to shed the shackles of this giant pharmaceutical industry.

 
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Dr. Dinesh Anand Kowshik: Born and brought up in the megapolis of Bombay (now Mumbai), in India. A student of the CMP Homeopathic Medical College – Irla, Vile Parle, Mumbai, he passed his LCEH in 1981. Later he completed his MD(Hom).
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