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Creating Waves of Awareness

What are my options? A personal quest.

By Elena Cecchetto DCH, CCH
Certified Homeopath

For a while I had been reading about homeopathy and knew that Homeopathic Remedies for Immunizations existed (Homeoprophylaxis). I knew that somehow you could use Homeopathic Remedies for the purpose of protection against targeted infectious diseases. I just didn’t know exactly how to do this. My fear of needles (specifically the vaccine dangers) sent me on this quest. So I called a few people to find out if they knew how. I called my friend’s cousin who had studied Homeopathy. I called a few Homeopaths listed in the yellow pages (yes, back in the days of the yellow pages). I told them what I would like to do and asked if they knew how. I got a few different responses. They all agreed that indeed it is entirely fitting for the system of medicine known as homoeopathy to be able to perform this function. But they just weren’t sure exactly how to do this. Keep in mind that I was investigating this many years ago. Now there are many Homeopaths internationally working with Homeopathic Remedies for Immunization.

Homeopathy has been well known for its incredible results during epidemics. In the era of the 1912
epidemic, the Homeopathic Remedy called Gelsemium had high success rates among the Homeopathic Doctors of the day. Yes, in the early 1900’s, in North America, Homeopaths were considered Doctors. Some excellent anecdotes and statistics that stick in my mind describing the use of Homeopathy for epidemics go something like this:

1. One of the earliest tests of the homeopathic system was in the treatment of Typhus Fever (spread by lice) in an 1813 epidemic which followed the devastation of Napoleon’s army marching through Germany to attack Russia, followed by their retreat. When the epidemic came through Leipzig as the army pulled back from the east, Samuel Hahnemann, the founder of homeopathy, was able to treat 180 cases of Typhus, only losing two (1.11%). This was at a time when the conventional treatments
were having a mortality rate of over 30%.

2. Within three years of the Diphtheria outbreak in Broome County, NY from 1862 to 1864, there was a report of an 83.6% mortality rate amongst the conventional medical Doctors and a 16.4% mortality rate amongst the Homeopaths.

3. The May 1921 edition of the Journal of the American Institute for Homeopathy had an article about the use of homeopathy during the Influenza Pandemic of 1918. Dr. T. A. McCann, from Dayton, Ohio reported that 24,000 cases of flu treated with conventional medicine had a mortality rate of 28.2%, while 26,000 cases of flu treated homeopathically had a mortality rate of 1.05%.

My quest wasn’t successful and I got the shots to go travelling. Luckily, I had no side effects that I know of, so far. Even better, I spent months reading the Homeopathic literature that I carted around with me and became completely enamored with the Philosophy of Homeopathy.

More than a decade later and I am finally one of the handful of Homeopaths in Vancouver with the level of education and accreditation that gives me the title of “Certified Classical Homeopath”. Even better, I have the opportunity to offer Homeopathic Remedies to help people be protected
for specific infectious diseases. There are various protocols that can be used depending on the disease.

There is a great personal satisfaction that I get when I receive postcards from the travellers who
have received excellent Homeopathic Care. Imagine going to India without experiencing any gastro-intestinal complaints! Amazing! Fun! That is how travel is meant to be. I am determined to be able to support people in attaining this kind of travel experience.

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Comment by Dr Muhammed Rafeeque on November 13, 2010 at 12:39am
Giving a wrong medicine other than the true genus epidemicus can create bad name for homeopathy-that is what I actually meant! The epidemic is due to some violent fixed miasms affecting an area, hence we can consider that all individuals in that area are affected, but the symptoms are present only in certain individuals. So there is a homeopathicity between the prophylactic drug and unaffected people in that particular area. The preventive medicine can create an artificial disease similar to the natural disease, so that the similar disease can be removed from the affected people, and similar disease affecting the healthy people can be prevented. A well-selected homeopathic prophylaxis works, but the failures are due to wrong selection as a result of human error!
Comment by Gina Tyler DHOM on November 12, 2010 at 7:06pm
Dr Muhammed Rafeeque Posted:
"Blindly giving some medicine as homeopathic prophylaxis is useless, and it will create bad name for homeopathy. No medicine is better than giving a wrongly selected medicine! .."
My reply: Well said I agree 100%!!!! I have Never used Homeopathic Prophylasis because of this reason. When a practicioner does nOT have symptoms How can he prescribe for the individual? Symptoms are NOT only based on "Pathology"
Comment by Dr Muhammed Rafeeque on November 4, 2010 at 2:09am
Thanks for the post on Homeoprophylaxis with the help of some solid evidences on its results. The literature also says that, during the outbreak of scarlet fever, Hahnemann had distributed a pamphlet along with doses of Belladonna as prophylaxis.

In spite of all these historical supports and positive results, a few homeopaths do not encourage the use of prophylaxis. However, they don’t say that homeopathy does not work against prophylaxis, but what they say is, giving a wrongly selected medicine to the mass population will create bad name for homoeopathy. A few doctors also ask, “why should we give a dynamic medicine to a healthy person?”

If we do good case taking and analysis, we can easily select a remedy for one particular patient. At the same time, selecting a prophylaxis for an epidemic may not be easy. When I select a remedy for my patient, I need not ask any body! Whereas, the selection of a prophylaxis has to be done by a team of doctors who are practicing in the same area. A combined decision is very essential. Hence, there is chance for difference in opinion, or even debates. There will be confusion on the selection of the drug, its potency, and the repetition of doses. This is mainly because of the following reasons:
When we approach an epidemic, several remedies come to our mind, because medicines can be selected on different ways.

1. Drug selected on the basis of common symptom of the epidemic.
2. Related nosodes.
3. Genus epidemicus selected after studying the positive cases.
4. Specific remedy
5. Favorite remedy.
6. The remedy proposed by a famous homeopath or organization.
The best among these is the genus epidemicus. But, there is a practical problem in the selection of genus epidemicus. When an epidemic starts in other area, we may not have cases to study for the selection of genus epidemicus. Of course, we can consider the symptoms of positive cases in the affected area. But, the picture of the same epidemic may be different in different areas. Hence, the drug worked in Delhi may not work in Kerala! Practically, we can’t wait till the disease comes to our region, because many people approach us for prophylaxis. Hence, we will have to give a drug before we see some actual cases. Hurriedly giving a wrong remedy is the main reason for our failure!

We actively involve in the drug prophylaxis camps organized by the government and local organizations. The result is quite satisfactory. Last year, we also had some failures due to the wrong selection of medicines (due to the confusion and difference in opinion among different groups). Now the popularity of homeopathic prophylaxis is more due to the previous good results. Due to the increased popularity, nowadays, even for individual diseases, people ask some preventive for other family members (the second best remedy is enough for them). Seeing the increased popularity of homeopathic prophylaxis, many modern medical doctors had ‘itching’, and they propagated critical comments against homeopathy through the local media. But, the ordinary people are more intelligent; their own experience is more valid than the words of skeptics. That is the reason why they still approach us for medicines during the outbreak of epidemics.

My humble suggestion: Whenever we give a prophylaxis medicine, it should be done scientifically and systematically. The record keeping is very essential and the outcome should be monitored. Blindly giving some medicine as homeopathic prophylaxis is useless, and it will create bad name for homeopathy. No medicine is better than giving a wrongly selected medicine!

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