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Skeptical Scientists Baffled By Homeopathy Results

Posted by Sanjib Sarkar on Tue, Jun 30, 2009 @ 05:19 PM

Tags: Homeopathy Scientific Research

  Skeptical scientists were observing a trial with homeopathic histaminum.  The trial was to determine if a diluted histaminum would have any effects on blood cells in the body.  Four trials were done to see if the dilute histaminum would have any effect.  The histaminum was diluted more than Avagardo's number so the assumption is that no way could this medicine have any effect on any blood cells.  Four trials were done to see if this dilute histaminum would affect blood cells.  Also four trials showed an effect on the blood cells. 

  Scientists concluded that there seems to be an effect with this scientific studies.  However, scientists cautioned that more trials need to be done to reproduce this phonemena.

  Scientists say if these results would hold true that the law of physics would need to be rewritten.  They still hold their skepticism but their minds are opening up a little bit more.

  Are there are scientific trials that show homeopathy works that are well done?  I know there were some other trials in France that showed homeopathy to work scientifically.  However, these trials were later proved to be false and tainted.  

Zicam Recalled By FDA

Posted by Sanjib Sarkar on Wed, Jun 17, 2009 @ 01:11 AM

Tags: Zicam recall

  Zicam makes popular homeopathic products  such as nasal sprays that are widely available through out the US. Zicam carries 19 products in their line of inventory.  2 products out of 19 were recalled by the FDA.  FDA claims that 2 products, Zicam cold nasal gel and Zicam cold nasal swabs, were creating a loss of smell to people that are using these products.  The other 17 products have not produced any know consumer compliants.  

  The permanent loss of smell can be life threatening and create discomfort to the people that have this reaction.  Medical records have show Zicam to be the main cause of the loss of smell in about 130 known cases.  Doctors and consumers reported these cases.  800 more cases of the loss of smell has been reported to Zicam themselves.  Zicam claims the loss of smell was created by a virus rather than the product itself.  Zicam did a settle a lawsuit with 340 people who used their product which caused a loss of smell. 

  Zicam also states that it has been proven in scientific studies to be effective and are supported by scienctists.  However, no government scientists have supported this remedy.  Furthermore, Zicam has no double blind studies showing it is effective for any single condition. 

   The active ingrident in Zicam cold products is zincum gluconicum.  Oddly enough, I can not find this product in online homeopathic websites.  I even checked websites in England which carry pretty much most homeopathic remedies since homeopathy is very popular in that country.  There are other homeopathic zinc variations such as zincum metallicum available on Internet websites but not specifically this homeopathic remedy.

  Zicam claims to be a homeopathic product but their active ingredient can not be found on any homeopathic websites.  Critics and supporters of homeopathy can agree only on one thing which is homeopathic medicine has no side effects.  I am very curious to see how this FDA case plays out.  The FDA will not act unless there are many consumers compliants.  FDA also does a pretty good job of verifying the compliants.  Zicam sells over 100 million dollars of their products every year.

  Zicam was able to get around FDA approval for their drug since they claimed it was homeopathic.  FDA does allow homeopathic products not to go under FDA approval since the ingredients are so diluted.  The FDA concludes the homeopathic products are too dilute to cause any type of harm to the consumer.  

  Is it possible that Zicam has other ingredients that can potentially cause some bad side effects?  Is it also possible that the Zicam remedies were not homeopathic as once labeled?  

Homeopathy Links Of The Week June 7th thru June 12th

Posted by Sanjib Sarkar on Fri, Jun 12, 2009 @ 04:47 PM

Tags: homeopathy links

New links have been added to our homeopathy links blog.  Vote for your favorite homeopathic link on our blog.

Rock Legend Roger Daltrey Praises Homeopathy and Prince Charles Support of Homeopathy « Official Homeopathy Resource  Roger Daltrey, the lead singer of Who, supports was a guest speaker at Prince Charles organization for Integrated Health. Roger told the crowd how homeopathy saved the life of their son.

 

Alternative Medicine is Going Mainstream « Official Homeopathy ResourceThis article discusses how popular alternative medicine are becoming in the US.

 

Upbringing on trial www.smh.com.au Homeopath and wife kills baby daughter by not talking her to emergency room soon enough. The homeopath was treating the child with homeopathy but the child was becoming very ill from eczema as well as an infection.

 

NHS 'faces huge budget shortfall' news.bbc.co.uk National Healthcare Service of England faces huge budget shortfalls. Trying to cut unnecessary services from the NHS.

 

Homeopathy Cancer Centre Makes Research Breakthrough Showing Homeopathy Affects Cancer Cells « Official Homeopathy ResourceResearch showing that homeopathy medicine does have an effect on cancer cells.

Homeopathic Remedies For Seasonal Allergies

Posted by Sanjib Sarkar on Tue, Jun 02, 2009 @ 12:40 PM

Tags: homeopathic remedies for seasonal allergies

  Seasonal allergies usually start around the spring time.  They generally continue all thru the summer and sometimes into the fall.  Seasonal allergies are mainly caused by pollen.  Pollen are powdered grains released from flowering plants.  The flowering plants could be from many species including oak, olive, elm, birch, ash, hickory, poplar, sycamore, maple, cypress and walnut.   The purpose of pollen is to reach other plants to help them flower and grow.  Pollen is usually taken by wind or insects to reach these plants.  Pollen may also exist in grass and weeds.  These type of allergies happen in the summer.   You can see your local doctor to find out what type of pollens that you are allergic to.  This help you formulate a proper plan to tackle the seasonal allergies.  

  Keeping yourself pollen free is near impossible.  However, there are a few things that can be done to limit pollen exposure.  Some things to do would be to stay in the house in the morning.  Pollen is greatest around 05:00AM-10:00AM.   Stay indoors when the pollen count is too high.  A great website that will alert you when the pollen count is too high is www.pollen.com .  Simply put your email address in their subscribe box and you will be automatically alerted.  You also need to keep your windows closed in your home and when you are driving to help reduce the amount of pollen you intake.

  Homeopathic deals with seasonal allergies quite differently than conventional remedies.  Homeopathic remedies are individualized.  Different symptoms require a different remedy.  The remedy may have to be changed from time to time.  If you have severe allergies, a homeopathic doctor should be consulted.  Minor allergies can be self treated with homeopathy.  

  Certain pollen allergies cause watery eyes and burning nasal discharge.  Sneezing happens but may not be constant.  There may be pain in the forehead.   People with these type of conditions feel better when they are inside the house in a cool room.  They feel worse in warm rooms or in cold weather.  Hot foods and drinks make them feel bad as well.  The remedy used to treat this condition is Allium Cepa 6X.

Another type of allergy makes people sneeze constantly followed by an irritation cough.  Nostrils are sore and red from the constant sneezing.  The throat may also burn.  Asthma may accompany the allergy.  People with this type of allergy feel worse from sneezing and warm areas.  The correct remedy to take is Arsenicum Iodatum 6X.

Another instance of allergy affects people primarily in the eyes.  Eyes are swollen and sensitive to bright light.  Eyes are watery.  Little discharge from nose.  The mucus drips to the back of the throat. People generally feel better by resting and sleeping.  Warm weather and hot areas make this allergy feel worse.  Being indoors and out in the evening makes the allergy feel worse. The proper remedy for this situation is Euphrasia 6X.

  The final allergy basically caused a sore throat.  Swallowing is very painful.  Eyes are red and swollen.  Eyes are also watery.  The throat becomes very dry.  Headaches make you feel like your head is shrinking.  People feel better from eating and drink hot foods and drinks.  The allergy is made worse from cold weather and cold drinks.  The remedy for this situation is Sabadilla 6X.

  As you can see, there are many remedies to treat seasonal allergies with homeopathy.  We have just listed 4 of these remedies and the type of allergies needed for each remedy.  There are other allergies and other remedies that can be taken as well.  See a homeopathic doctor if you need help matching your allergies to the homeopathic remedies.  If you know some other type of homeopathic remedies that are used for allergies that are effective list them in the comments.  We hope with the help of homeopathy that you will survive this allergy season.

Reference from Complete Guide To Homeopathy.

Dr. Andrew Lockie and Dr. Nicola Geddes.