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Bernie Simon's Blog – April 2009 Archive (16)

Medical News

Here's a few articles I found interesting. New research links gluten intolerance to schizophrenia. It's long been noted that autistic children often suffer from gluten intolerance. Maybe this is part of a bigger story.



The Center for Disease Control estimates 36,000 people die from influenza each year. This is without swine flu! I found this number surprisingly high. Here is a page on the CDC… Continue

Added by Bernie Simon on April 30, 2009 at 8:59pm — No Comments

Enlightenment or Madness?

There's an interesting story in the New York Times about a Western Zen Master who needed psychotherapy. It's a good account of how mental illness can masquerade as enlightenment and also an interesting homeopathic case. After reading his case I believe he would be helped by Anhalonium.

Added by Bernie Simon on April 28, 2009 at 8:55pm — 1 Comment

Salt an Antidepressant

It seems that medical science is catching up with homeopathy, salt deficiency is being recognized as a factor in depression. How many times has homeopathy been ridiculed for prescribing natrum muriaticum as a remedy? It seems like homeopathy is having the last laugh. Here's an excerpt from the article:



UI psychologist Kim Johnson and colleagues… Continue

Added by Bernie Simon on April 27, 2009 at 7:30pm — No Comments

Homeopathy and the Spanish Flu

Julian Winston documented how homeopathy successfully treated the Spanish Flu pandemic that followed World War I. I went searching on Google Book Search for accounts in the homeopathic journals of the day and found this doctor's report.



To the Editor:



I have been so busy fighting " Spanish Flu " that I have found time for nothing else for several weeks. I want to tell you my experience… Continue

Added by Bernie Simon on April 27, 2009 at 5:10pm — 2 Comments

The Merck Mafia

Big Pharma is like a rock and if you turn it over some ugly things slither out:



"An international drug company made a hit list of doctors who had to be "neutralised" or discredited because they criticised the anti-arthritis drug the pharmaceutical giant produced. Staff at US company Merck &Co emailed each other about the list of doctors - mainly researchers and academics - who had been negative… Continue

Added by Bernie Simon on April 24, 2009 at 9:00pm — 1 Comment

Beating the Odds with Homeopathy

A British man places a bet with the bookies that he'll survive three years with mesothelioma. So far the bet is paying off. What does he attribute his good health to? His Indian homeopath.



"All the mainstream doctors could prescribe for me was morphine but this healer put me on a course of herbal medicines that have not only changed but prolonged my life," he… Continue

Added by Bernie Simon on April 23, 2009 at 7:47pm — 1 Comment

Treasures of the Past

The Google Book Project has begun digitizing everything they can get their hands on. If the book is out of copyright, they have the complete text. This includes many old homeopathic books and journals. The trick is filtering out the treasures. Here's two links and I encourage other members of this forum to search for more. The first link is to King's History of… Continue

Added by Bernie Simon on April 21, 2009 at 8:42pm — No Comments

A Visit to Hahnemann's House

Julian Winston did a question and answer at the NCH Summer School several years ago. He answered a question about his visit to Hahnemann's house. He later wrote up the visit as an article in Homeopathy Today, but I thought I would share the remarks he made that day.



Q: Tell us about your trip to Hahnemann's house.



A: I spent 10 days with Dr. Gypser. He arranged for train tickets for me to visit Hahnemann's house in Koethen. Andre Saine visited it as soon as the Berlin Wall… Continue

Added by Bernie Simon on April 19, 2009 at 8:47pm — 3 Comments

Anti-Science

Yesteday I was called anti-science for advocating homeopathy. It's a strange term and I'm not sure what it means. I understand anti-technology, which is the belief that technology causes more problems than it solves. I suppose anti-science means advocating some idea the scientific community does not accept. It's a strange inversion of science. What is supposed to be a method for discovering new ideas becomes a tool for criticizing old ones. As if there were some laundry list of things every… Continue

Added by Bernie Simon on April 17, 2009 at 9:32pm — 6 Comments

How to Argue with Nearly Anyone

I spend a lot of time on the Internet, and much of it is spent arguing with people I disagree with. Here are a few tips if you find yourself in an argument.



Stick to what you know. Don't try to argue quantum mechanics, philosophy, or economics if you've never studied them in depth. It's much better to be honest and unassuming.



Keep it short. No one has the patience to read your thousand word argument. Make your point and quit.



Keep it simple. You may think that… Continue

Added by Bernie Simon on April 16, 2009 at 9:08pm — 7 Comments

Dr. Melvyn Smith, RIP

There's another death in the homeopathic community, Dr. Melvyn Smith of Sugarland, Texas died of pancreatic cancer. From his obituary:



Smith, his sister said, was an avid student of mythology and metaphysics. And, well into his career as a medical doctor, he became fascinated by alternative medicine. In 1981 he was co-founder of the Texas Society of Homeopathy; 16 years later he was certified by the Council… Continue

Added by Bernie Simon on April 15, 2009 at 8:56pm — 2 Comments

Sir John Maddox RIP

Sir John Maddox, former editor of Nature, died April 12. He was editor during the "Benveniste affair." He first published Benveniste's paper on the action of infinitesmal doses on mast cells and then sent a team to Benveniste's laboratory to debunk him, publishing the account in the next issue of Nature.

Added by Bernie Simon on April 14, 2009 at 9:06pm — No Comments

Vitalism

This was posted recently on a skeptic's blog as a response to an attack on vitalism and I thought I'd share it here.



Just as we can distinguish between a computer and the program executed upon it, we can distinguish between the physical and chemical basis of life and life itself. Life acts to preserve the narrow set of conditions that make it possible. It's this activity to conserve and propagate itself which is the vital force. And just as problems with a computer usually aren't… Continue

Added by Bernie Simon on April 14, 2009 at 8:12pm — No Comments

The Principles of Homeopathy

Andre Saine gave a talk at the NCH summer school on the principles of homeopathy. It's an interesting presentation of the subject, though obviously not the last word on it. Here are my notes from his talk.



Homeopathy was defined by Hahnemann and must be practiced according to the principles he described. These are:



1. The law of similars, or similia similibus curantur. The sick are most easily, mildly, and permanently cured by the most similar medicine. For example,… Continue

Added by Bernie Simon on April 13, 2009 at 8:56pm — No Comments

Placebo Power

Too many people dismiss homeopathy as a placebo, not stopping to think what a remarkable thing a placebo is. How is it that one can cause a change in one's health simply by believing something is a cure? It's as remarkable as fixing a television set by turning it to a different channel. Our familiarity with the concept of placebo has made it invisible to us. The placebo has become the shadow of medicine, the anti-medicine, when it should point us to a new concept of medicine, one that breaks… Continue

Added by Bernie Simon on April 12, 2009 at 8:20pm — No Comments

The Placebo Paradox

The argument made against homeopathy usually goes like this:



1. There's nothing in homeopathic medicines

2. If there's nothing in them, they can't work

3. Therefore, homeopathic medicines are placebos



It's a strange argument, because placebos work, by definition, and yet there's nothing in a placebo either. So there's at least one example of a kind of medicine with nothing in it that works. So why not two or more? I'm not saying that homeopathy is not a placebo.… Continue

Added by Bernie Simon on April 11, 2009 at 8:51pm — 2 Comments

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