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Remembering Bob Simon

ZMapp, Ebola and Homeopathy

While watching “60 minutes” on TV, I observed something interesting and sad: Bob Simon's last broadcast on Ebola. Simon was a TV journalist of 47 years experience, who died in a car accident last Wednesday the 11th February 2015. He will be missed by many including me.

Bob's last program dealt with new Ebola medicine named ZMapp. This drug is being developed at most modern facilities in Canada and in Kentucky USA.

The research and production is being carried out in a futuristic lab, where doctors and researchers have to wear special gear as if they were astronauts. All to protect them from fatal germs;

The interesting aspect of this research is the main ingredient, Tobacco Plant; It is worth while to note that Homeopathy has used this plant as a medicine for various diseases. I observed that ZMapp starts with the plant being used to extract a kind of “mother tincture,”  which will probably be further treated to obtain the new medicine. Earlier experimental use of this medicine/ vaccine has proved to be effective, as shown in the TV program. Time will show how much it can be useful in time of an epidemic.

Now let me mention the signs and symptoms of EBOLA.

It has been observed that unfortunately early symptoms of Ebola are non specific and include fever, headache, vomiting, diarrhea, stomach discomfort, decreased appetite, joint and muscular discomfort.

As the disease progresses, patient develops other symptoms such as Rash, Eye redness. Hiccups, sore throat, cough, chest pain. Bleeding both inside and outside the body (for example mucosal surfaces,eyes) and difficulty in breathing and swallowing.

Ebola symptoms and signs may appear for about 2 to 21 days after exposure (average is 8 to 10 days) It is unclear why some patients can survive and others die from this disease, but those who die have a poor immune system.

Let me add here that in Homeopathy the medicine helps the “vital force” to become strong, thus bettering the “immune system”

I would like to add one serious symptom of Ebola, Hemorrhagic Fever. It is a viral disease caused by the Ebola virus, which results in internal and external hemorrhage as the disease progresses. It often proves lethal and mortality rate is high from 50% to 100%.

I will now highlight the symptoms of TABACUM the homeopathic medicine derived from Tobacco Plant and see how much they match the symptoms of Ebola.

I shall quote here extracts from Boreckie's materia medica.

It is understood that homeopathic type of a case taking for Ebola patient has never been undertaken to the best of my knowledge. The four or five homeopathic doctors who had gone to Zaire in 2014 were never allowed to treat Ebola patients, but were sent to hospitals to treat other patients. One doctor was from India. Hence first hand knowledge is not available.

From Boreckie's MM:

“The symptomatology of Tabacum is exceedingly well marked. The nausea giddiness, death like pallor, vomiting icy coldness and sweat...........Complete prostration of the entire muscular system..........diarrhea …...Constriction of throat, chest, bladder,rectum, pallor, breathlessness hard cord like pulse.”

Further we note under:

HEAD----tight feeling as from a band. Sudden pain as if struck by hammer.....secretion from eyes, nose and mouth increased.

EYES.....Rapid blindness, without lesion , followed by venous hyperaemia.

FACE.....Pale blue pinched sunken collapsed , covered with cold sweat.

STOMACH......Incessant nausea, vomiting on least motion …..gastralgia.

ABDOMEN......painful distension.

RECTUM.....Diarrhea, sudden watery with nausea and vomiting.

HEART.....Palpitation when lying on left side....acute dilation caused by shock.

RESPIRATORY.......Difficult violent constriction of chest......cough followed by hiccups.

From above we can observe that there are a lot of similarities between the symptoms.

Though not complete. One thing that Tabacum does not exhibit is Hemorrhagic fever but for such a condition we have other medication in homeopathy.

I hope this article will generate some interest and awareness and homeopathic fraternity can give their input positive or negative both will be appreciated.

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