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Fibromyalgia: Science validates homeopathy (again) Daaa :O)

The following words came from an article written by our friend Dr. Dana Ullman an amazing healer and teacher. Please read his words and share them with all you and ask them to do the same. Sincerely yours, Dr. Blake and Dr. Louie http://www.naturalnews.com/031353_fibromyalgia_homeopathy.html

Skepticism of homeopathy, like skepticism of any subject, can be healthy, except when this skepticism is based on ignorance of the subject and except when one maintains a closed mind or denies good scientific evidence. Sadly, the vast majority of people who express skepticism about homeopathy do not maintain a “healthy skepticism” but tend to be uninformed, misinformed, and simply in denial about homeopathy and the body of evidence that confirms its benefits.

It is more than a tad ironic that those people who hold themselves out as “defenders of medical science” tend to have such an unscientific attitude towards homeopathy. These people tend to show evidence of both ignorance about homeopathy and (worse) arrogance about their viewpoints. These people who are “medical fundamentalists” love to attack homeopathy saying that “there is no evidence that homeopathy works.” In fact, they make this assertion so often that they have gotten some people to actually believe them. Needless to say, anyone who says that there is no scientific evidence that homeopathic medicines work is simply proving their ignorance of the subject (as this article on fibromyalgia validates) or verifying their propensity for misinformation.

These fundamentalists also love to assert that “there is no plausible mechanism” for how homeopathic medicines work. Such statements display a serious ignorance of medical history because people who say this ignore the fact that it was only relatively recently did physicians understood how aspirin worked, and yet, no doctor (or patient) chose to not use this drug simply because the mechanism of action was not adequately understood.

Whenever good scientists or physicians make reference to the many clinical and laboratory studies that verify the efficacy of homeopathic medicines, the “deniers” assert that the scientist is only “cherry-picking” the good studies and ignoring the others. In reference to fibromyalgia, there have been no studies that have shown that homeopathic medicines don’t work. The only studies that have been conducted to date have shown efficacy of homeopathic treatment. Obviously, there is no cherry-picking here.

Sadly, many people who claim to be skeptics are simply representatives of Big Pharma. In England, the leading anti-homeopathy organization, Sense about Science, is led by a former public relations expert who has a long history of representing Big Pharma companies (SourceWatch.org – see link in References).

Some “deniers” are audacious enough to suggest that the “weight of evidence” evaluating homeopathy shows that these medicines do not have any benefit beyond that of a placebo. Was Thomas Edison’s discovery of electricity false because 999 experiments failed to produce electricity and only one that was successful? Is the weight of evidence that he failed?

Deniers will inevitably assert that Edison’s discovery is proven every day, and yet, homeopaths likewise will say that homeopathy is proven every day by the hundreds of millions of its users worldwide, including many of the most respected scientists, physicians, corporate leaders, political leaders, clergy and spiritual leaders, literary greats, sports superstars, and everyday average people.

The bottom line about research on homeopathy is that the denialists tend to evaluate a study by determining whether it was “well-conducted” according to inappropriate scientific standards. They do not evaluate whether the homeopathic medicine tested was the RIGHT medicine for the patient or not. For instance, if a researcher gave every patient the SAME drug no matter what disease they had, this study would not be a good test of that drug, even if it was “well-designed” (ie, it was randomized, double-blind, and placebo controlled). And yet, it is common for these denialists to assume that just because a study testing homeopathy was well-controlled does NOT mean that it was a fair or adequate test of the homeopathic method.

People still skeptical about homeopathy might benefit from reading of body of previous articles that I have written, including website.

Perhaps the best evidence to verify the value of homeopathic medicines and the serious threat that homeopathy plays occurred in mid-2010 when the British Medical Association deemed homeopathy to be “witchcraft” (Donnelly, 2010). Because history confirms that “witches” were women healers, herbalists, and intuitives who were a threat to local doctors and the church, many of us who are involved in homeopathy are honored to be aligned with witches.

Finally, it may be appropriate for the medical fundamentalists to heed to words of the founder of homeopathic medicine, Samuel Hahnemann, M.D. On his gravestone are the Latin words, “Aude sapere,” which translates as “dare to taste, to experience.” Indeed, despite whatever skepticism one has, the proof is in the pudding. Try it yourself and see for yourself.

Special appreciation to June Riedlinger, R.Ph, Pharm.D., ND, who contributed to an earlier version of this article.

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Bell IR, et al: Electroencephalographic cordance patterns distinguish exception clinical responders with fibromyalgia to individualized homeopathic medicines. J Alt Comp Med, 10(2):285-299, 2004c.

Bell et al, Individual differences in response to randomly assigned active individualized homeopathic and placebo treatment in fibromyalgia: implications of a double-blinded optional crossover design. J Alt Comp Med, 10(2):269-283, 2004d. Chakrabarty S, Zoorob R: Fibromyalgia, Am Fam Physician, 76:247-54, 2007.

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Donnelly L. Homeopathy is witchcraft, says doctors. The Daily Telegraph, May 15, 2010.

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SourceWatch.org: http://www.sourcewatch.org/index.ph

FOOTNOTE:

[1] People who are interested in understanding how and why homeopathic medicines have this increased effect will benefit from reading, “The Case FOR Homeopathic Medicine: Historical and Scientific Evidence” (http://www.naturalnews.com/029419_h… ). Further, interested individuals will benefit from reviewing the writings of Professor Martin Chaplin, a world renowned expert on water: http://www.lsbu.ac.uk/water/homeop.html and http://www.lsbu.ac.uk/water/memory.html .

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