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Cancer Homeopathy Trials

Posted by Sanjib Sarkar on Tue, Nov 17, 2009 @ 11:12 PM

Tags: Homeopathy Cancer Trials, Cancer

  People with cancer often have to go through radition therapy that has extremely painful side effects.  Oral mucositis is a terrible side effect of radiation therapy for head and neck cancer patients. The severe inflammation of the mouth can make further cancer treatments difficult. 

   Traumeel S is a combination homeopathic medicine which supposedly can reduce the severity of the inflammation of the mouth from chemotherapy and radiation therapy.  Traumeel S is a liquid antiflamatory homeopathic drug that has been used in a couple homeopathic trials.

  The first trial test Traumeel S had 32 participants.  The trial compared the Traumeel S to a placebo. Patients with mucositis were given Traumeel S mouthwash and other were given a placebo mouthwash.  The patients using Traumeel S had far less inflammation and better quality of life compared to the placebo group.  Researchers concluded that Traumeel S demonstrated a superior ability to reduce side effects of mucositis compared to a placebo.  Researchers reported no side effects with these drugs.

  Due to the success of this first initial trial with Traumeel S, another larger trial was performed.  This trial include 189 participants.  All participants were children who were given radiation therapy.  The trial gave some children a placebo based mouthwash and the Traumeel S mouthwash were given to the other children after radiation therapy.  Traumeel S proved to be no better than a placebo in treating in treating mucositis. Traumeel S showed no side effects on the patients.

  Traumeel S showed some promise in reducing inflammation after radiation therapy in a small trial.  However, a larger Traumeel S trial proved to be no better than a placebo in treating inflammation. 

  More Traumeel S trials are being done so we will report those results as soon as we have them.  Trials are being done to see if homeopathy can possibly reduce some side effects of cancer. 

References

Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota,. 2009 Randomized, double-blinded, placebo-controlled trial with 189 children.

Oberbaum et al., 2001 Randomized, double-blinded, placebo-controlled trial in 32 children.

Homeopathic Remedies For H1N1 Virus

Posted by Sanjib Sarkar on Thu, Nov 12, 2009 @ 12:16 AM

Tags: Flu, H1N1, Swine Flu

    There is a general misconception about the H1N1 swine flu.  The misconception is that the swine flu kills people with a strong immune system.  This is totally false. People with a strong immune system are at a much lower risk than people with weak immune systems.  Homeopathic remedies help to trigger the body's own immune system to help fight of ailments such as swine flu quicker than if they had not taken anything at all. 

  Homeopathic remedies unlike allopathic medicine are individualized for most ailments.  Fortunately, colds and flus do not need to be individualized as much as compared to other illness and ailments. 

  Homeopathy was proved to be very effective in dealing with the last swine flu outbreak in 1918.  The homeopathy group had the lowest death rate during this outbreak. The following remedies were effective during the last swine flu outbreak.

  Gelsemium was the most commonly used homeopathic remedy during the last outbreak.  This remedy is to combat feeling chills from the swine flu.  The remedy also combats aches and pains associated with the swine flu.  The remedy should help the body recover quicker from the body aches and chills.  The person will feel really tired and may lay in their bed all day.  They may also experience head aches,a painful dry cough and sneezing with mucus discharge.  The person also has a lack of thirst.

  Aconite was used for milder and more acute flu symptoms.  The person may not necessarily experience the full burnt of the flu. They may experience some sneezing and a runny nose.  The flu seems to come on all of a sudden.  Children would be the best for this type of H1N1 remedy since they typically have milder symptoms of the H1N1.

  Baptisa is used when the flu is causing gastrointestinal problems.  This may be things such as diarrhoea stools and constant stomach aches.  Symptoms of the flu are still present but the gastrointestinal problems are creating the most issues.

   It is recommended to keep some Gelsemium handy during this swine flu season even if you get a vaccine.  The swine flu vaccine does not guarantee saftey.  Also, currently there is a huge shortage of swine flu vaccine so it is very unlikely that everyone will be able to obtain a swine flu vaccination.  Try the remedies to start in a 6X potency.  Take 3 to 5 pills three times a day.  You can take more medicine if you feel the flu is coming on strong.

  

  

        

       

FDA Warns About Unproven Medicine To Fight Swine Flu

Posted by Sanjib Sarkar on Tue, Nov 03, 2009 @ 01:00 AM

Tags: FDA warns homeopathy

  The US Federal Drug Administration is targeting drugs that are unproven to fight the swine flu.  The FDA has launched a campaign to target companies that claim they can treat the swine flu.  The FDA is looking for medicines that fraudulently claim that they can treat or prevent the swine flu.  Homeopathy medicines have become a target.  Critics claim that homeopathy claims to fight the swine flu are unproven. 

  Many consumers are choosing alternatives such as homeopathy instead of going to get the swine flu vaccine.  There is much debate if the swine flu vaccine is necessary or even if it works.  The public still seems not to trust the swine flu vaccine for some reason.  Dealing with the swine flu, no one really knows what medicines will work.  Standardized trials with swine flu patients has never been done.  

  Some of the public distrust comes from the 1974 vaccinations.  A few of the swine flu vaccinations lead to death.  40 million were vaccinated and 400 people had died from the vaccination.  This is an extremely small number.  However, less people died from the swine flu that year than the swine flu vaccination.  Vaccines are not really made to much differently than in the 1970s.  Vaccine companies say this only happened one year out of the last 39 years.  Medical scientists are still not sure what went wrong that year. 

  Deaths from the swine flu so far are approximately 1000+.  The common flu definitely is far larger killer than the swine flu.  The FDA also seems to think that the swine flu vaccine will be effective because medical doctors and people producing the vaccines said that it will.  No doctor can be 100% sure that the vaccine will work against the swine flu because of the virus mutations.  If the  vaccine is a close match to strain of H1N1 coming out this upcoming season, the vaccine will protect you from the strain.

  The FDA fears that homeopathy may hijack vaccination attempts by people.  The FDA has warned homeopathic manufacturers to remove any literature that shows these medicines can treat the H1N1 virus or prevent the virus.  Many homeopathic companies have changed their labeling to comply with FDA regulations. 

The government may mess up the vaccination themselves.  They are not producing nearly enough H1N1 vaccine.  They are way behind schedule on the vaccinations.  People have been waiting in long lines to get the vaccination only to find out that there is no vaccine available.  A distribution plan is being made with the states but there are currently not enough vaccines to come on to the market.

  Most people will be able to fight the H1N1 virus without any medicine at all.  H1N1 does not kill more healthy people than any other type of flu bug.  This is a misconception.  Getting the H1N1 vaccine will not harm you.  If you are a high risk category such as people with weak immune systems, getting the H1N1 vaccine is highly recommended.     

  Homeopathy may help to fight off the swine flu virus.  The medicine was successful in past outbreaks and has always been successful in fighting the seasonal flu.  However, homeopathy has never been proven to  prevent H1N1 or the season flu.  The FDA has stepped in to make sure medicines do not make any claims about preventing or treating the flu.