The average Brit will spend more than £65,000 over their lifetime – looking after their basic health.

A poll of 2,000 adults found Brits spend an average of £1,091.26 each year on gym memberships, vitamins and supplements, prescriptions, exercise classes and healthy foods.

And over the course of a 60.3 year average adult lifespan, that adds up to a staggering £65,802.98

The average Brit spends an average of £113.46 each year on gym memberships, another £123.60   on vitamins and supplements, and an extra £66 on protein powders.

They’ll also spend £28.98 a year on new exercise gear, clothing and equipment to help with their workouts.

And those who use alternative medicines and therapies will spend £31.98 a year on the treatments.

The research was conducted by 4Homeopathy, in support of Homeopathy Awareness Week (10-16th April).

A spokesperson for 4Homeopathy said: “Looking after your health is one of the most important things you can do.

“There are so many ways you can dedicate funds to improve your health and wellbeing, and we are encouraged by the results of the study which indicate many Brits would be open to alternative therapies in the future.

“We know that many people – with Prince Harry and Meghan Markle being the latest high-profile examples – are already enjoying or exploring the positive health benefits of complementary and alternative medicines.”

A third of adults would consider using complementary or homeopathic alternatives for an ailment in the future, and one in six are already using alternative methods to help with their illness.

The survey, conducted by OnePoll.com, also explored attitudes to healthcare and wellness.

Seven in 10 Brits think about the state of their health on a regular basis, with the average adult visiting the doctor three times a year.

Men are more likely to spend money on vitamins, protein powders and exercise supplements to stay healthy, while women prioritise their spend on healthy foods.

And one in 10 have put off visiting their doctor in case it resulted in a costly diagnosis they would struggle to afford.

However, 12 per cent are already currently suffering with a medical condition that causes them significant expense to treat.

But only 14 per cent of adults surveyed in the study currently have a savings account reserved specifically in case of emergency.

Londoners are most likely to fret about the state of their health, while those living in the North West are the most relaxed about their physical wellbeing.

Residents of Oxford are most likely to rate their general health as excellent, while those living in Cambridge are most likely to rate their health poorly.

4Homeopathy’s spokesperson added: “A health issue can feel daunting, putting strain on physical, psychological and financial elements.

“This Homeopathy Awareness Week we would encourage Brits to explore other alternative avenues of healthcare especially if traditional routes are causing anxiety or are proving ineffective”.

To read the full results of this study visit: FindAHomeopath.org

4Homeopathy is an alliance of 11 of the UK’s largest homeopathic organisations working together to promote the benefits of homeopathy.

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Homeopathy – a doctor speaks

It’s been a week of more homeopathy bashing. It’s not quite a national sport (actually far off as so many people are actually open to homeopathy) but those denialists do have loud voices.

So it felt like a good time to share a reasoned response from a doctor who has recently used homeopathy and to hear what they had to say. Here you go:

‘As a doctor, I realize how our conventional training does not really embrace complementary treatments that have been so inherent in treating people over the centuries. We are now living in a climate where a ‘treatments worth’ only seems to be legitimate if proven with a clinical trials sponsored by a variety sources. The irony for me is that homeopaths were the first to create these trials to prove their remedies did work, but this seems to have been largely ignored with trials now testing the validity of pharmaceuticals.

I am a GP, and have undergraduate degrees in Biochemistry and Pharmacology. I am currently very fortunate to be studying the art of holistic medicine in the form of a Masters level Diploma in Integrative medicine at the National centre of Integrative medicine where we look to combine conventional medicine with complementary and traditional medicine, looking at an individual not just from the physical realm as we are often trained to do as doctors but addressing their mind, body and emotions. I have been fascinated by the wealth of complementary treatments out there and learning about them all in a scientific way has been no short of phenomenal. In particular my experience of homeopathy has been quite remarkable with significantly positive effects on my wellbeing. Discovered by Samuel Hahnemann and based on the principle ‘like cures like’ using a minimum dose, homeopathy is the second most commonly used medicine in the world as stated by WHO and is used by 200 million people worldwide.

I met [the homeopath] at one of our Integrative medicine training days in Bristol. An experienced homeopath of many years, she lives on the edge of the beautiful Yorkshire Dales. I was impressed by her empathy and thoroughness in taking a full history, and really understanding my past so she could move forward with me in terms of selecting the best remedy to match my current life situation. Aware of my propensity to easily burn myself out and ‘do too much for others’ she was able to provide an incredibly bespoke homeopathic remedy, from a place of ‘feeling overwhelmed by my mind’ to a place where I felt calmer and happier, improving my fatigue and sleep. Her remedies worked gently with no side effects and the feeling of wellbeing became obviously pertinent over the weeks. She continues to have follow-up consultations with me every 6 weeks and is able to offer me Face time appointments to save time travelling. I feel she is extremely supportive and really helps nurture my resilience.’

Find a homeopath to work with you: www.findahomeopath.org

 

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Homeopathy works for me: Chronic Pressure Urticaria

I had Chronic Pressure Urticaria (CPU) for 15 years, I had seen several Doctors and finally two Consultant Dermatologists with no relief, a colleague is a Homeopath and felt that she could help me.

I was prescribed anti-histamines by the Doctors and Consultants, which I constantly took. The anti-histamines became less effective then was prescribed steroids and after this my last alternative was immunosuppressents.

I looked to alternative sources, the Homeopathic remedies given to me have completely relieved me of ALL symptoms. It is only very occasionally that I get the itchy hives/swellings that plagued me before my treatment and when I do get them I just get a top to my treatment.

www.findahomeopath.org to find a homeopath near you.

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Homeopathic and holistic advice to support cervical cancer prevention and treatment

Cervical cancer prevention week (21 to 27 January2019

Public Health England (PHE) are launching a campaign, starting in March 2019 to bring awareness to cervical cancer screening. This week however starts a campaign aimed at prevention of this insidious disease.

The purpose of this article is to highlight the current conventional approach to treatment whilst outlining government guidelines.  The intention is to demonstrate how an integrated approach to prevention and treatment could benefit the patient; for this reason, homeopathic, nutritional and naturopathic advice is given adding a different perspective, taking into account mind/body influences. It has been written to help further educate patients in their own self-care. In no way is the information given here meant to take the place of that of your primary physician, it should be seen as a useful adjunct.

The article is divided into sections, government guidelines/screening tests, what is cervical cancer and its possible causes, symptoms, risk factors, leading onto conventional /homeopathic treatment and nutritional and naturopathic support.  

Government Guidelines – Cervical Screening Tests

The NHS Cervical Screening Programme has made a significant impact on cervical cancer mortality since it was established in 1988, saving an estimated 5,000 lives a year. However, coverage is at a 20-year low. Figures published by NHS Digital show that, at 31 March 2018, the percentage of eligible women (aged 25 to 64) screened adequately was 71.4%.  It is the intention of the campaign to encourage woman to attend screening and undergo smear tests.  The campaign will:

  • Highlight the risks of cervical cancer
  • Highlight the preventative benefits of the often-misunderstood screening test
  • Encourage women of all ages to respond to their screening invitation
  • Encourage women to consider booking an appointment if they have missed previous invitations
  • Aim to tackle issues of fear and embarrassment

(Stubbs, R. November 2018)

What is cervical cancer?

Cervical cancer is a type of cancer that occurs in the cells of the cervix — the lower part of the uterus that connects to the vagina. Various strains of the human papillomavirus (HPV), a sexually transmitted infection, play a role in causing most cervical cancer. When exposed to HPV, a woman’s immune system typically prevents the virus from doing harm. In a small group of women, however, the virus survives for years, contributing to the process that causes some cells on the surface of the cervix to become cancer cells. (Mayo Clinic)

Symptoms

Early-stage cervical cancer generally produces no signs or symptoms. Signs and symptoms of more-advanced cervical cancer include:

  • Vaginal bleeding after intercourse, between periods or after menopause
  • Watery, bloody vaginal discharge that may be heavy and have a foul odour
  • Pelvic pain or pain during intercourse

(Mayo Clinic)

Causes

It isn’t clear what causes cervical cancer, but it’s certain that HPV plays a role. HPV is very common, and most women with the virus never develop cervical cancer. This means other factors, such as your environment or your lifestyle choices, also determine whether you’ll develop cervical cancer.

Risk factors

Risk factors for cervical cancer according to the Mayo Clinic include:

  • Many sexual partners.The greater your number of sexual partners — and the greater your partner’s number of sexual partners — the greater your chance of acquiring HPV.
  • Early sexual activity.Having sex at an early age increases your risk of HPV.
  • Other sexually transmitted infections (STIs).Having other STIs — such as chlamydia, gonorrhoea, syphilis and HIV/AIDS — increases your risk of HPV.
  • A weak immune system.You may be more likely to develop cervical cancer if your immune system is weakened by another health condition and you have HPV.
  • Smoking is associated with squamous cell cervical cancer.

In addition, according to Dr Andrew Weil of The Arizona Centre for Integrative Health, suggests the following factors could be implicated:

  • Birth control pills: A 2003 scientific review of 28 studies found that compared to women who never took oral contraceptives, those who were on the pill for less than five years had a 10 percent increased risk of cervical cancer; those who took it for five to nine years had a 60 percent increased risk. The same study found that the risk returns to normal 10 years after a woman stops taking oral contraceptives.
  • Pregnancies: More than three full term pregnancies are associated with an increased risk. The reason is unknown.
  • DES: Daughters of women who took the drug diethylstilbestrol (DES) during pregnancy between the years 1940 and 1971 may be at increased risk of a rare form of cervical cancer. DES is no longer given to pregnant women.

Prevention

  • Have routine Pap tests. Pap tests can detect precancerous conditions of the cervix, so they can be monitored or treated in order to prevent cervical cancer. Long before any symptoms occur, a Pap test may reveal abnormal cell growth in the cervix (this is called cervical dysplasia), which causes no symptoms but is considered a precancerous condition.
  • Most medical organizations suggest women begin routine Pap tests at age 21 and repeat them every few years.
  • Practice safe sex. Using a condom, having fewer sexual partners and delaying intercourse may reduce your risk of cervical cancer.
  • Don’t smoke.
  • The Government advise getting vaccinatedagainst HPV.(Before doing this, I would strongly suggest that extensive research is done as to any side effects that could affect your child,taking into account your child’s current state of health. I propose that this is the responsible approach.)  Vaccination is available for girls and women ages 9 to 26.

(Mayo Clinic)

Conventional Treatment of cervical cancer

Treatment – Treatment for cervical cancer depends on several factors, such as the stage of the cancer, other health problems you may have and your preferences. Surgery, radiation, chemotherapy or a combination of the three may be used.

Surgery -Early-stage cervical cancer is typically treated with surgery to remove the uterus (hysterectomy). A hysterectomy can cure early-stage cervical cancer and prevent recurrence. But removing the uterus makes it impossible to become pregnant.

Your doctor may recommend:

  • Simple hysterectomy.The cervix and uterus are removed along with the cancer. Simple hysterectomy is usually an option only in very early-stage cervical cancer.
  • Radical hysterectomy.The cervix, uterus, part of the vagina and lymph nodes in the area are removed with the cancer.

Minimally invasive surgery may be an option for early-stage cervical cancer.

Surgery that preserves the possibility of becoming pregnant also may be an option, if you have very early-stage cervical cancer without lymph node involvement.

(Mayo Clinic)

The homeopathic and holistic approach and how it can complement the conventional route to treatment.

You are unique, the condition manifests in a way that is peculiar to just YOU. The homeopathic approach is highly individualised. The presenting symptoms of the disease, in this case cervical cancer, will be seen in conjunction with all other factors, mind, body, spirit, and the correct remedy prescribed on this totality of symptoms. On many occasions’ homeopathy is used alongside the conventional approach; this is a route chosen by many patients.

Basic homeopathic facts

In order to fully embrace homeopathy, it is helpful to understand basic homeopathic philosophy. With patients, and those that wish to learn, I repeatedly refer to the mind/body connection and how symptoms should be treated in their totality as opposed to being seen as separate problems.  The fundamental tenet of homeopathic medicine is to treat any imbalances in the body leading to ill health as a whole, ideally with one remedy which matches the symptoms of the mind, body and spirit (this remedy is known as the Simillimum.) This is known as ‘classical homeopathy’ where each person is seen as a unique individual; even if they have the same physical condition, the remedy given will invariably be different in each case, as the mind symptoms and aetiology (cause) are most likely unique to the individual who presents with the physical disease. Conventional (allopathic) medicine generally focuses on treating a patient’s physical symptoms, without also taking into consideration the presenting mental and emotional state. This is where both systems of medicine could work beautifully together.  Homeopathy does not seek to remove or suppress symptoms. Its goal is to recognise and remove the underlying cause of these symptoms. This is why a homeopath will work toward understanding the whole person, including their body, mind and emotional state before prescribing a remedy. In other words, a homeopath would prescribe on the ‘totality of symptoms’ as opposed to seeing each part of the body as separate to the rest. This approach could hugely benefit a worried cancer patient, and help to balance the body. 

Other homeopathic routes in the treatment of cancer

Banerji Protocols

There are specific homeopath protocols for the treatment of cancer as practiced and researched by 2 Indian Doctors, Dr Prasanta Banerji and Dr Pratip Banerji at The Prasanta Banerji Homeopathic Research Foundation, India. Details can be found here: https://cdn.intechopen.com/pdfs/26491/InTech-Homeopathy_treatment_of_cancer_with_the_banerji_protocols.pdf

Dr AU Ramakrishnan

In addition, Dr AU Ramakrishnan, author of “A Homeopathic Approach to Cancer” is one of the most well-known specialists in the treatment of cancer worldwide. Over the last thirty years, he has treated more than 15,000 cancer patients and has developed a highly specific homeopathic method for treating different kinds of tumours including his famous plussing method. You can find his book here: https://homeopathic.com/product/cancer-my-homeopathic-method/

Adjunctive advice – Lifestyle and a holistic approach to prevention and during treatment

The NHS centre for Integrative care in Glasgow frequently cites the work of Dr Andrew Weil, an MD in Arizona who encourages and integrated ‘whole person’ approach to all medical treatment.  Details can be found here:  Dr Andrew Weil Arizona Centre for Integrative Medicine https://integrativemedicine.arizona.edu/He states: ‘Integrative medicine is healing-oriented medicine that takes account of the whole person (body, mind, and spirit), including all aspects of lifestyle. It emphasises the therapeutic relationship, is informed by evidence, and makes use of all appropriate therapies, both conventional and alternative.’

What therapies does Dr Weil recommend for cervical cancer?

It is Dr Weil’s opinion that the first line of treatment in cervical cancer should be conventional treatments including surgery, chemotherapy and radiation. However, he strongly recommends that patients seek treatment from an integrative oncologist, who can combine conventional treatment with complementary therapies, including acupuncture, mind body medicine, and medical marijuana.

Dr Weil recommends the following Dietary Changes: 

  • Eat a plant-based diet focusing on a wide variety of coloured fruits and vegetables. Cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli, cauliflower and cabbage contain a cancer-preventing compound so potent that is being investigated as a chemotherapy agent. Berries are rich in beneficial phytonutrients and antioxidants. Overall, a diet that emphasizes fruits and vegetables, whole grains, nuts, cold water fish that provide omega-3 fatty acids (fish eaters have a reduced risk of cancer) is the best nutritional strategy.
  • Decrease your intake of animal fats in general and red meat and dairy products in particular to control cancer-promoting inflammation in the body.
  • Avoid refined sugar and highly processed carbohydrates, which are not beneficial for individuals living with cancer because of their effect on insulin production and insulin-like growth factors, which promote inflammation and are also associated with cancer cell division.
  • Choose organic fruits and vegetables. While expensive, they are the best options for cancer patients, not only because they’re grown without pesticides and other agricultural chemicals but because plants grown outdoors organically need to protect themselves from other plants, predators (insects, birds and animals) and the sun. Organically grown plants do this by producing more intense protective chemicals, known as phytonutrients, which are beneficial to us.

(Weil, A: Cervical Cancer)

A naturopathic approach could also focus on the supplementation of specific vitamins and minerals in addition to overhauling the diet.  These could include:

  • Folate: Studies have shown a connection between folate deficiency and an increased risk of cervical dysplasia. In two separate double-blind trials and one uncontrolled trial, doses of 5-10 mg per day for one to three months were found to be effective for cervical dysplasia in women taking oral contraceptives. Dosage: 2-10 mg daily for treatment, or 1-3 mg for prevention.
  • Vitamin C: Vitamin C exerts both anticancer and antiviral effects. It’s also involved in collagen synthesis and helps to detoxify potential carcinogens. Dosage: 1,000-5,000 mg daily to bowel tolerance.
  • Vitamin B12Methylcobalamin: Vitamins B12, B6, and folate help to decrease homocysteine levels. When elevated, homocysteine has been associated with an increased risk of cervical cancer. Methylcobalamin is the preferred form of B12 because it is utilized more efficiently in the body.
  • Carotenoids: Studies of cervical dysplasia and carotenoids indicate that low concentrations of selected serum carotenoids (alpha carotene, beta carotene, lycopene, zeaxanthin, and beta cryptoxanthin) are associated with an increased risk of cervical dysplasia. Dosage: 75,000 IUs of mixed natural carotenoids twice daily for treatment Flaxseed and/or Pure Fish Oil:
  • Essential fatty acids, in the form of flaxseed or uncontaminated fish oil, decrease the formation of PGE2, a type of prostaglandin that acts as a messenger molecule to promote inflammatory pathways in the body. Some prostaglandins can actually inhibit cancer growth and support healthy immune function, while other prostaglandins promote cancer. Omega-3s (found in fish oil and flax oil) support the “healthy” prostaglandin pathways, preventing disease and abnormal cell growth. Dosage: Take up to 2 Tbs. of flax oil daily and/or up to 3,000 mg fish oil daily with a minimum of 1,000 mg of EPA and 600 mg of DHA.
  • Vitamin E-Mixed Tocopherols:Vitamin E is a potent antioxidant, and low levels of this vitamin have been associated with an increased risk of all stages of cervical dysplasia. Supplementing with vitamin E to raise serum levels is associated with a decreased risk. Vitamin E also promotes tissue healing. Dosage: 400-800 IU daily.
  • Selenium-L-selenomethionine: Selenium is another important antioxidant that protects against many cancers, including cervical cancer. It is an important mineral for activating optimal immune functioning. L-selenomethionine is more bioavailable and more easily absorbed in the gastrointestinal tract.
  • Dosage: 200-400 mcg daily.
  • Zinc: This is another important immunity-building mineral. It also helps heal tissue.
  • Dosage: 30 mg daily.
  • Probiotics-Lactobacillus acidophilus and Bifidobacterium spp.: Probiotics are known to have an important role in the maintenance of normal flora in the gastrointestinal tract. They are also essential for the detoxification of excess oestrogens from the body through the bowel along with dietary fibre. Probiotics also support optimal immune function, as 70 percent of our immune cells reside in the gut.
  • Dosage: at least 10 billion CFU daily with food.
  • Green tea extract: This has been shown to prevent and/or treat HPV-related lesions. Epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG) inhibits cervical cell proliferation and induces cell death (apoptosis) for cancer cells. It therefore possesses antitumor effects.
  • Dosage300 mgs daily.
  • Indole-3-Carbinol (I3C):This chemical compound is found in cruciferous vegetables, including cabbage, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, and kale. I3C has been shown to prevent abnormal cell growth and tumor progression. 13C increases the protective 2-hydroxyestrone without increasing the other harmful oestrogens.

(Schauch, M: 2017)

To conclude, a comprehensive outline has been given as to the possible causes, treatment and the prevention of cervical cancer, on every level, conventional, integrative and holistic. The advice given here is to acknowledge that treatment or prevention does not have to be confined to one modality. Integration of the best of both the conventional and holistic approaches has proven in many conditions to be beneficial and positive outcomes are our only concern.

Should you wish to consult a registered homeopath, please go to: www.findahomeopath.org.

Gill Graham www.consultanthomeopath.com

 

 

References:

 

Cervical Cancer, Mayo Clinic, [on-line] Available at: https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/cervical-cancer/symptoms-causes/syc-20352501

 

Homeopathic treatment of cancer with Banerji protocols [online]  Available at:  https://cdn.intechopen.com/pdfs/26491/InTech-Homeopathy_treatment_of_cancer_with_the_banerji_protocols.pdf

 

Weil, A. Cervical Cancer. [on-line] Available at: https://www.drweil.com/health-wellness/body-mind-spirit/cancer/cervical-cancer/

 

Schauch, M (2017) Cervical Dysplasia & Cervical Cancer: Natural Therapies for Treatment and Prevention [online] Available at: https://www.betternutrition.com/features-dept/cervical-dysplasia-cervical-cancer-treatment-prevention

Stubbs, R. November 2018, NHS cervical screening Programme. [on-line] Available at:  https://phescreening.blog.gov.uk/2018/11/30/phe-to-launch-national-cervical-screening-campaign-in-march-2019/

 

 

 

 

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MPs want complementary, traditional and natural medicine to rescue NHS from financial crisis

PRESS RELEASE 13TH DECEMBER 2018

Changing health needs requires different approach, says new report

In 70 years of the NHS patients’ health needs have changed. Growing numbers of people suffering from long-term illnesses pose significant threats to the future sustainability of the NHS, a new report released by the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Integrated Healthcare warns.

MPs urge the NHS to embrace complementary, traditional and natural medicine to ease the mounting burden on service provision.

The report says that the rising costs to the health system require a whole person approach to health delivery which focuses on prevention and tackles the root cause of illness.

More patients suffer from multimorbidity (suffering from 2 or more long-term health conditions) than ever before, with the number of people in England with one or more long-term condition projected to increase to around 18 million by 2025.

A staggering 70% of total health expenditure on health and care in England is associated with treating the 30% of the population with one long-term condition or more.

The result of these complex health conditions is the growing problem of polypharmacy (the use of several drugs at the same time).

This is perhaps the biggest threat to the future economic viability of the NHS, with increasing costs of pharmaceutical drugs needed to treat patients with multiple illnesses, coupled with largely unknown effects of the long-term use of these drugs in combination.

The PGIH report argues that Government needs to devise a strategy to fully assess the degree of drug interactions, determine the long-term health effects on patients, and arrest the trend of over medicating the population.

A significant part of this strategy is to treat patients as whole persons, with individual needs, rather than with a variety of illnesses that are treated separately.

This strategy should make greater use of natural, traditional and complementary therapies, which are widely used for a variety of conditions. There is a huge under-utilised resource of therapists which could work in collaboration with conventional medicine to improve patient outcomes and ease the burden on the NHS.

Modern medicine has been very effective in tackling many of the health conditions we face today. However, there are areas, often called Effectiveness Gaps (EGs), where available treatments in modern clinical practice are not fully effective.

Musculoskeletal problems are commonly regarded as being affected by EGs. Depression, eczema, allergies, chronic pain, and irritable bowel syndrome are also frequently mentioned.

For these types of conditions a different approach is needed, one which does not involve giving more and more costly but ineffective drugs.

David Tredinnick MP, Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group which produced the report, insisted that the current approach being taken by the Government is unsustainable for the long-term future of the country.

“Despite positive signs that ministers are proving open to change, words must translate into reality. For some time our treasured NHS has faced threats to its financial sustainability and to common trust in the system.”

“Multimorbidity is more apparent now in the UK than at any time in our recent history. As a trend it threatens to swamp a struggling NHS, but the good news is that many self-limiting conditions can be treated at home with the most minimal of expert intervention.”

“Other European governments facing similar challenges have considered the benefits of exploring complementary, traditional and natural medicines. If we are to hand on our most invaluable institution to future generations, so should we.”

 

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Antibiotic Awareness Week 2018: The Problem, A Plan of Action and A Potential Solution

Every year, The World Health Organisation (WHO) designates a week in November (this year 12-18th) to bring awareness to the global problem of antibiotic resistance. A recent article in The Guardian, highlights the ongoing, dangerous issues involved: ‘The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) estimates resistant infections could kill about 2.4 million people in Europe, North America and Australia by 2050 unless more is done to tackle the problem, which it describes as “one of the biggest threats to modern medicine”. This includes about 1.3 million deaths in Europe and 90,000 in Britain.’ (The Guardian, 7thNovember 2018.)

The complex solution to this crisis, is as ever, multi-faceted. A collaborative global approach across all sectors involved in public health is a priority. A major part of any solution would, in my opinion, lie in the education of the public in how to avoid infections in the first place, where ever possible; this will be discussed throughout the article. It is also important to stress that there are actually very few occasions where antibiotics are required. If taken indiscriminately, they will cause far more problems than allowing the body to heal of its own accord, and eventually lead to the resistance discussed above. Taking them only when strongly indicated for severe infections would increase effectiveness and, in most cases, help to avoid resistance. Otherwise, healing through homeopathy is a viable solution; cases of infections being cleared in both people and animals are discussed within the text.

There have been many articles written to highlight the dangers of over prescription but hopefully the following information will summarise concisely and clearly the problem and present sustainable solutions.

The key facts, are as follows:

  • Antibiotic resistance is one of the biggest threats to global health, food security, and development today.
  • Antibiotic resistance can affect anyone, of any age, in any country.
  • Antibiotic resistance occurs naturally, but misuse of antibiotics in humans and animals is accelerating the process.
  • A growing number of infections – such as pneumonia, tuberculosis, and gonorrhoea – are becoming harder to treat as the antibiotics used to treat them become less effective.
  • Antibiotic resistance leads to longer hospital stays, higher medical costs and increased mortality. (World Health Organisation, October 2016)

Different approaches required

Given these facts, we need to seek suitable, practical and effective alternatives, as the situation is escalating out of control, as witnessed by the frightening statistics above. Lifestyle changes are also a very important and integral part of this. It must be made clear that most homeopaths accept that there is a time and a place for antibiotics. In certain difficult, severe bacterial infections, they are potentially lifesaving. However, this being said, there is undeniable over prescription, which has to be addressed, for the sake of world health. It is important that everyone is aware of this and begins to take their own health management seriously and to stop demanding medications for minor ailments that are self-limiting. Frequent antibiotic usage is potentially dangerous to one’s health and is a huge cause of iatrogenic disease. Take with caution and awareness of this proven fact: ‘Iatrogenic disease is the result of diagnostic and therapeutic procedures undertaken on a patient. With the multitude of drugs prescribed to a single patient adverse drug reaction are bound to occur. The physician should take suitable steps to detect and manage them.’ (Krishnan, NR, Kasthuri, AS, 2011)

Ban Ki Moon, the UN General Secretary, at the United Nations conference on drug resistant bacteria in September 2016, stated:‘ It is estimated that more than 700,000 people die each year due to drug-resistant infections, though it could be much higher because there is no global system to monitor these deaths. And there has been trouble tracking those deaths in places where they are monitored, like in the US, where tens of thousands of deaths have not been attributed to superbugs.’ He went on to say: ‘If we fail to address this problem quickly and comprehensively, antimicrobial resistance will make providing high-quality universal healthcare coverage more difficult if not impossible antimicrobial resistance is a “fundamental threat” to global health and safety. (UN: 2016)

Plan of action

The problem of resistance has been clearly described and the associated dangers spelled out, in no uncertain terms. It cannot be stressed enough that less is more in terms of antibiotic usage, not only for one’s own health in the short term, but to avoid long term resistance. Save antibiotics, wherever possible, for those times of acute, dangerous infection. This could be one of the most valuable things you do for your own health. Check with your health care provider that their use in your case is essential, or if monitored, is the complaint likely to go away in of its own accord with good self-care. Common viral infections that do not benefit from antibiotic treatment include: (Mayo Clinic: 2012)

  • Colds
  • Flu (influenza
  • Bronchitis
  • Most coughs
  • Most sore throats
  • Some ear infections
  • Some sinus infection
  • Stomach flu (viral gastroenteritis)

Adjunctive advice

  1. Try and avoid illness in the first place by eating a well-balanced diet suitable to you, (taking into account food sensitivities and intolerances.) Exercise and get adequate sleep, supplement with vitamins and minerals and probiotics where necessary. Reduce stress and employ strategies to make this easier (meditation, yoga etc.)
  2. Recognise your health is your responsibility. Prevent disease as much as possible optimising the above approach.
  3. Understand that there are side effects with antibiotics, which can seriously affect your health. Yeast infections, both local and systemic are often the result of indiscriminate antibacterial onslaught which eliminates healthy as well as unhealthy gut flora; this can result in even more prescriptions, creating a cycle which is difficult to break. Avoid wherever possible.
  4. Remove ‘Maintaining Causes (see earlier blog:http://news.findahomeopath.org.uk/2016/07/10/getting-to-the-route-of-sickness-by-removing-maintaining-causes-and-obstacles-to-cure/ ) In other words, as much as possible remove those things that you know make you sick. eg: if you are a smoker with a hacking cough, stop smoking.
  5. Research different approaches should treatment be required, starting with homeopathy, which has been wonderfully beneficial to many. Cases and research links given below.

The Homeopathic Approach/A Solution?

Much of healing witnessed using homeopathy is empirical, in other words, the patient gets better after a consultation and this is easily observed, it simply works; there are numerous examples of this happening in a variety of conditions on this website here. What follows are significantly positive results using homeopathy for animals, in this case using Randomised Control Trials, the current ‘Gold standard’ for measuring efficacy of medications.

Prevention of diarrhoea in piglets

Animals, both domestic and farm, often respond beautifully to homeopathic treatment and destroy any preconceived, limited, judgmental idea that homeopathy is placebo.  The following recent triple blind randomised control trial with piglets is evidence of healing, without the need for antibiotics:

A high-quality placebo-controlled trials identified by Mathie & Clausen was carried out by Wageningen University in the Netherlands: ‘In this triple blind RCT, 52 pregnant sows were treated with either Coli 30K (a homeopathic medicine made from E. coli bacteria) or placebo. The sows gave birth to 525 piglets and those in the group treated with Coli 30K had 6 times less diarrhoea than the piglets in the placebo group. This result was statistically significant (p < 0.0001) meaning that it is extremely unlikely to be a false positive result due to chance alone. The homeopathic medicine used in this study was made from E. colibacteria, alternately diluted and succussed to produce an ultra-high dilution of 10-60, meaning that it should no longer contain any molecules of the original bacteria.

The particular technique used, where the medicine used is made from the same substance which causes the disease being treated, is a sub-type of homeopathy called ‘isopathy’. As the only existing way of preventing this disease in livestock is by using antibiotics, this study should be repeated to confirm its findings, as it may provide an effective way to help reduce overuse of antibiotics. (Veterinary Research: 2015.)

Another trial concerning farm animals (cows) having successful outcomes hails from India:

‘The comparative efficacy of homeopathic and allopathic systems of medicine in the management of Indian dairy cows.’ The results of this study are summarised as follows: ‘We conclude that the combination of phytolacca, calc flour, silica, belladonna, arnica and ipecac is effective and cost effective in the management of fibrotic and non-fibrotic mastitis in lactating dairy cows compared to antibiotics.’ (Varshney, J.P, Naresh, R: 2004)

Thus, it is clear that farm animals respond well to homeopathic treatment and a return to health without resorting to antibiotics.  It is also hugely cost effective. Should you require more research data, in every sphere concerning homeopathy, there are several useful resources, here are 2 sites I highly recommend: http://hpathy.com/scientific-research/database-of-positive-homeopathy-research-studies/and https://www.hri-research.org/

We are an over medicated society, one which has become reliant on doctors to cure our every aliment.  It is time to adopt a strong sense of responsibility for our own health and that of our family that does not include taking medication for minor conditions; consider rather other approaches such as optimum nutrition, lifestyle changes and of course the homeopathic approach, the effectiveness of which has been clearly demonstrated above. We owe it to ourselves, to be as well informed and educated as possible, and not to rely on perceived ‘quick fixes,’ in other words, the presumption that antibiotics are a cure all, when in fact they should only be used in certain potentially dangerous situations. Hahnemann, the founder of homeopathy, was right and prophetic in his prediction: ‘If the disease is treated with violent allopathic drugs, other graver, more life-threatening ailments are created in its place.’ Aphorism 37 (a), The Organon of Medicine.

As ever, should you wish to consult a homeopath: www.findahomeopath.org.

This is an updated version of a blog written by me in 2016, for Antibiotic Awareness Week.

Gill Graham. www.consultanthomeopath.com

 

References

Data Base of positive research studies (2015) Available at: : http://hpathy.com/scientific-research/database-of-positive-homeopathy-research-studies/

Hahnemann, S. (2003) The Organon of Medicine, London:Orion

Krishnan, NR,(Retd)Kasthuri,AS(Retd):Iatrogenic disorders,(2011). Available at:   https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4923397/

Mayo Clinic (2014) Antibiotics misuse puts you and others at risk: Available at: http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/consumer-health/in-depth/antibiotics/art-20045720

The Guardian (2016) UN meeting tackles the ‘fundamental threat’ of antibiotic-resistant superbugs.Available at:  https://www.theguardian.com/society/2016/sep/20/un-declaration-antibiotic-drug-resistance?CMP=share_btn_tw

The Guardian, (2018) Antibiotic resistant superbugs will kill 90, 000 Britons by 2050.’ Available at: https://www.theguardian.com/society/2018/nov/07/antibiotic-resistant-superbugs-will-kill-90000-britons-by-2050?CMP=share_btn_fb

Varshney, J.P, Naresh, R (2004)The comparative efficacy of homeopathic and allopathic systems of medicine in the management of Indian dairy cows.’Available at: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1475491604001201

Veterinary research (2015) available at: https://www.hri-research.org/resources/homeopathy-the-debate/essentialevidence/veterinary-research/

World Health Organisation, October 2016.Available at: http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/antibiotic-resistance/en/)

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Homeopathy helps animals – five people share their animal health stories

On 2ndNovember, 4 Homeopathy (4H) launched its Homeopathy 4 Animals campaign, ‘Healthy animals, naturally’,which will run for 5 weeks. The campaign features dogs, a cat, a pony and even a chicken, who have all been successfully treated with homeopathic medicine.

The campaign launch stars were Claudine and her rough collie, Jackson and the posts have already reached over 26,000 views via social media channels.

Coming from a variety of backgrounds, included among the people interviewed is a gun dog trainer who regularly exhibits at Crufts and a racehorse yard owner. All had many experiences of homeopathy working in their lives and shared many more stories than were used in the campaign.

What comes across is how down to earth and practical all of them are, sharing their experiences of having tried conventional treatment for their animals but, having no success, how they turned to homeopathy as a last resort. All were all incredibly grateful to have found something that helped their animals.

4H is a collaboration between 10 of the UK’s major homeopathy organisations. It promotes and raises awareness of the benefits homeopathy can offeras a useful treatment method to help keep our animals healthy and well.

Following positive responses to the campaign, the 4H group are looking forward to sharing the rest of the videos and images with the world!

For more about the work of 4H: www.findahomeopath.org

Find a homeopathic vet: www.bahvs.com/find-a-vet-2/

Homeopathy, particularly for animals, has been in the firing line over the past year so any support you can give to the CAM4Animals team would be greatly appreciated – do check out their valuable work here: www.cam4animals.co.uk

You can see the first image here on Facebook: https://bit.ly/2RzzZa0or on Instagram: www.instagram.com/p/BprP0IvFNH3/.To view the first YouTube video, go to: www.youtube.com/watch?v=b8saisPel4U.

More coming soon – watch this space!

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Release The First Report

RTFR Twitter

Do you know that NHMRC carried out its review of Homeopathy TWICE?

Do you know that it BURIED any evidence of the first Report?

The public has a right to know the TRUTH. We need your help!

We need as many people as possible, from as many countries as possible, to sign up to the campaign on releasethefirstreport.com.

· Sign up at www.releasethefirstreport.com/join-the-campaign
· Connect with the campaign on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram.

‘Release the First Report’ builds on its sister campaign, ‘Your Health Your Choice’, launched last summer which achieved huge success, generating over 87,000 signatures in Australia.

Now it’s time to go global!

The stakes could not be higher.

The recent High Court ruling to uphold a ban on homeopathic prescriptions in the UK, based primarily on the NHMRC report, sets a dangerous precedent.

As the formal investigation into NHMRC’s conduct has been going on for almost two years, it is time to show the Australian Government that the world is watching and demands that NHMRC explain themselves.

JOIN THE CAMPAIGN NOW!

There is the option to opt-in to the Your Health Your Choice campaign at the same time.
It will be of major political significance if we can simultaneously push the original YHYC campaign to reach 100,000 signatures.

Numbers are crucial, so please sign up and share widely.

It’s time to act!

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Magic Pills Premieres in London at Society of Homeopaths Conference

Magic Pills UK Premiere, School of Pharmacy, April 27th, 2018

If you are part of the homeopathic community, either as a homeopath or as a patient, you may be aware that the cutting-edge film, Magic Pills, produced and directed by Ananda More, had its debut performance in London, last Friday evening. Social Media has been flooded with coverage of the event, which was a high-quality, trailblazing start to The Society of Homeopaths conference and AGM; and did, in my opinion, set the tone for an excellent weekend all round, of high quality presentations and a wonderful eclectic gathering of the world wide homeopathic community.

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The event took place in an auditorium at the School of Pharmacy and was attended by over 160 guests. It was clear that many people had made a real effort to attend; it attracted world-wide attention, also, beautifully merging homeopaths from various registering bodies in the UK.Mark Taylor, the Society of Homeopath’s Chief Executive, introduced the event, thanking Ananda for coming and Marcus Christo for helping to facilitate. Having seen the movie many times, I was not prepared for how I would feel seeing it on ‘the big screen.’ In short, I was moved by the atmosphere and impressed by the quality and professionalism of the production, certainly on a par with major film productions anywhere in the world. The content of film has been discussed and reviewed before so if you would like more details and an analysis of the film read the full review here.

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A question and answer session with Dr Alison Fixsen, the Society’s Research Consultant and Ananda followed, which raised interesting points and stimulating discussion. Ananda went on to discuss how to host a screening, and generously donated 20% of the profits for all screenings booked over the Conference weekend, to be given to the Judicial Review Crowd Justice fund.  Cristal Sumner, Chief Executive of the British Homeopathic Association is running this campaign. The Judicial Review began on Tuesday 1st May and if you’d like to donate to this you can here: https://www.crowdjustice.com/case/save-homeopathy-on-the-nhs2/. Please contribute if you can. We are hoping for a favourable outcome. The news so far (May 2nd, 2018) from the UK High Court is that there was ‘ample evidence that homeopathy worked but the consultation had been “completely one-sided.’ (Richard Clayton QC)

How to host a screening of Magic Pills

Information on how to host a screening can be found here: http://magicpillsmovie.com/host-screening/. The process is really accessible; you can host a screening in your living room (she just asks for a minimum of 10 people), or hire a village hall, community area or cinema, whatever is easiest for you.

Funding and donations urgently required for the following projects.

Other issues of major importance were discussed,given that many homeopaths were in attendance, and could help to bring awareness, as these worldwide issues affect us all, our credibility and our livelihoods; also, our ability to create a heathier world, so please don’t feel overwhelmed by the pleas for support, just do what you can and share where you can.  It is seriously for the greater good.
The Australian Report is crucial, and they desperately need our support, so please sign the petition and circulate! It is vital to us all, as homeopaths and serious health professionals.    https://www.yourhealthyourchoice.com.au/

Funding and support is also needed for Camilla and Jeremy Sherr’s Homeopathy for Health in Africa Project. They are raising money to buy a CD4- and Viral Load machines to be able to do better data-collection for their AIDS-results: http://homeopathyforhealthinafrica.org/donations/

In short, Magic Pills, with its dynamic, compelling​, honest and engaging content, paved the way ​for an inspirational and uplifting weekend. ​The positive ​themes set out in the film are those of unity, integration and respect​; it inspires balance, fairness and justice, overwhelmingly counteracting, in my opinion the predictable negativity and ignorance of the sceptics. The film opens a dialogue and juxtaposes the criticisms of the sceptic community with large scale, real world use and success of homeopathy and presents some of the genuine scientific data.

Ultimately, it exposes ​a system of medicine which must be taken seriously, given the evidence presented​ and which is​, absolutely, at times, ‘magic’ in its healing potential.

Gill Graham

www.consultanthomeopath.com

For more details on the film, go to: http://magicpillsmovie.com/

 

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Homeopathy Awareness Week 2018

Homeopathy Awareness Week is coming soon. The week, starting with the anniversary of Hahnemann’s birthdate runs from the 10th-16th April 2018. To celebrate this year we’ve…

4 things to do:

1. Make a movie – share your homeopathy story
2. Create links – support HAW
3. Join the march – 16th April in London
4. Watch the documentary – live stream Just One Drop

Make a movie

Share your homeopathy story
#HomeopathyWorksForMe

For HAW2018 we invite you to share your homeopathy story – make your movie and spread the word!

The project will be ongoing through the year and to get started we’re celebrating Hahnemann’s birthday and HAW2018 with some mini movies – starring you (or your friends, family, children, babies, animals or pets)! This year World Homeopathy Awareness Week focuses on mothers, babies and pregnancy.

To help inspire new patients, let people know about the benefits of natural health, film yourself talking about how homeopathy helped you, then share and/or send the movie to us to share on the Homeopathy Worked for Me page www.facebook.com/HoWFMe/.

Click to read further guides.
Click to view other Homeopathy Worked for Me movies.
Click to donate to the 4Homeopathy campaigns.

Create a Link

Together we are stronger

Help promote Homeopathy Awareness Week by sharing the HAW websites on social media and by linking your health website to the HAW websites.

www.homeopathyawarenessweek.com
www.homeopathyawarenessweek.co.uk
www.homeopathyawareness.com

Join the VETs march

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Join the March in London with hundreds of other homeopaths and patients on Monday 16th April 2018 12.30pm.

Demonstration in support of Complementary & Alternative Medicine (CAM)
Meet 12.30pm Parliament Square Gardens, London
March starts at 1pm – Expected finish 3pm. All are welcome
British Association of Homeopathic Veterinary Surgeons
For more details please contact us at: www.bahvs.com

Click to find out more about the march.
Click to sign the petition.
Click to donate to the campaign.

Watch Just One Drop

Live stream the 90 min documentary about homeopathy.

Three live streams of the film. Followed by discussion.

As many of you might already have heard, in honor of World Homeopathy Awareness Week, Just one Drop is hosting a live stream events of the film in three continents/time zones: North America, UK/Europe, and Australia. Each stream will be followed by real time Q&A’s with different panelists for each continent.

UK/Europe
Monday, April 9th
RSVP HERE
7pm UK (BST)
2pm EST

Moderator: Laurel Chiten (filmmaker)
Panelists: Rachel Roberts (CEO Homeopathy Research Institute)
Dr. Peter Fisher (MD/Homeopath to the Royal Family)

Click to find out more about the live stream.

Homeopathy Awareness Website

The School of Homeopathy’s awareness website.

Many people today are confused about homeopathy. The School has created a new website in an attempt to address the need for better information, evidence and facts about homeopathy. The Homeopathy Awareness Week website covers four key areas: about homeopathy, homeopathy on the NHS, the evidence and research and how it works.

www.homeopathyawareness.com

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