By Dana Ullman, MPH, CCH and Lionel Milgrom, Ph.D., RHom, MARH
If the widespread doctor, scientist and educated shopper had been to consider Wikipedia, they might assume that there’s completely no analysis that exhibits the efficacy of homeopathic medicines within the remedy of any ailment. Furthermore, they might conclude homeopathic medicines are so small in dose, there’s actually “nothing” in a homeopathic medication.
And, in case you are this gullible and susceptible to Big Pharma propaganda, then we have got an island to promote you for $24! According to The Washington Post, Wikipedia’s article on homeopathy and Jesus Christ are the 2 most controversial on that web site in 4 main languages (English, French, German and Spanish).
Research Shows Efficacy of Homeopathic Medicine
The reality of the matter is that analysis displaying the efficacy of homeopathic medicines has been printed in a number of the world’s most revered medical journals. Here’s a roll name of just some of them:
The Lancet;1 BMJ2,3(British Medical Journal); Chest (the publication of the American College of Chest Physicians);4 Pediatrics (publication of the American Academy of Pediatrics);5 Cancer(journal of the American Cancer Society);6 Journal of Clinical Oncology;7 Pediatrics Infectious Disease Journal (publication of the European Society of Pediatric Infectious Diseases);8 European Journal of Pediatrics (publication of the Swiss Society of Pediatrics and the Belgium Society of Pediatrics).9
Would you be shocked to study that Wikipedia would not point out eight of the 9 references right here? Not solely have particular person research discovered efficacy in homeopathic medicines, however varied systematic critiques or meta-analyses have likewise concluded the results of homeopathic medicines are totally different to these of a placebo. The latest assessment of homeopathic analysis printed in Systematic Reviews10 confirmed a distinction between the results of homeopathic remedy and of placebo.
In reviewing the “highest quality studies,” the researchers discovered that sufferers given homeopathic remedy had been nearly twice as more likely to expertise a therapeutic profit as these given a placebo.
Further, in reviewing a complete of twenty-two scientific trials, sufferers given homeopathic cures skilled larger than 50 % probability to have benefited from the remedy than these given a placebo. Once once more, Wikipedia would not even point out this new assessment of scientific analysis in homeopathy.
This necessary assessment of scientific analysis additionally acknowledged that 4 of the 5 main earlier systematic critiques of homeopathic analysis discovered a profit from homeopathic remedy over that of placebo:
“Five systematic reviews have examined the RCT research literature on homeopathy as a whole, including the broad spectrum of medical conditions that have been researched and by all forms of homeopathy: four of these ‘global’ systematic reviews reached the conclusion that, with important caveats, the homeopathic intervention probably differs from placebo.”
And if that wasn’t sufficient, the biggest and most complete assessment of fundamental science analysis (basic physiochemical analysis, botanical research, animal research and in vitro research utilizing human cells) and scientific analysis into homeopathy ever sponsored by a governmental company was undertaken not too long ago in Switzerland.11
This Swiss report affirmed that homeopathic high-potencies appear to induce regulatory results and particular modifications to cells and dwelling organisms. It additionally reported that 20 of the 22 systematic critiques of scientific analysis testing homeopathic medicines detected not less than a pattern in favor of homeopathy. Would it puzzle you that this necessary assessment of homeopathic analysis shouldn’t be even talked about or referenced by Wikipedia?
Homeopathic Conference on the Royal Society of Medicine
July 14, 2018, we attended a groundbreaking convention in London entitled “New Horizons in Water Science — ‘The Evidence for Homeopathy?'” within the hallowed halls of the U.Ok.’s Royal Society of Medicine.
Held on the behest of (Lord) Aaron Kenneth Ward-Atherton, who organized and chaired the occasion, Ward-Atherton not solely is a practising homeopath and built-in medical doctor, but in addition has been a proper adviser on built-in medication to a member of the U.Ok. authorities’s Department of Health and Social Care, and had ongoing help from varied friends within the British House of Lords.
This convention will little question have despatched shockwaves around the globe, as delegates from over 20 nations listened in awe to 2 Nobel Laureates (Cambridge physicist Professor Emeritus Brian Josephson and AIDS virus discoverer, Dr. Luc Montagnier) and several other world-class scientists of equal educational stature from the U.S., U.Ok., Israel and Russia.
And what they had been saying was pure heresy to standard medication! As it seems, analysis in water science appears to help the notion there’s a vital distinction between the organic and bodily actions of homeopathic medicines and plain extraordinary water.
We ought to level out that this particular convention didn’t attempt to assessment the physique of scientific analysis (above) that verifies the efficacy of homeopathic medicines, nor did it search to explain all the fundamental science research that present that homeopathic medicines have organic or bodily results.
Instead, this convention selected to deal with extra basic questions: Does the method of treatment manufacturing in homeopathy (i.e., dilution and succession — vigorous shaking — of a medicinal substance in water/alcohol) impact the water’s long-range construction that’s totally different from easy pure water? And, second, are their sound and believable explanations for the way homeopathic medicines persist in water options regardless of a number of dilutions?
Because most physicians and scientists are fully unfamiliar with the fascinating and wonderful qualities and talents of water, their assertions on what’s and is not attainable with homeopathic medicines signify an embarrassingly uninformed viewpoint.
Such assertions are at greatest unscientific; at worst, they merely signify sheer ignorance. The greatest scientists are humble of their assertions as a consequence of the truth that they know their data is all the time restricted. The common doctor or scientist, nevertheless, could are inclined to conceitedness, notably on these topics which they really know nothing about.
Biomolecules Communicate Over Distance
Brian Josephson Ph.D., of University of Cambridge, U.Ok., was the primary speaker. He echoed remarks he had made within the journal New Scientist, saying:
“Simple-minded evaluation would possibly recommend that water, being a fluid, it can’t have a construction of the type that such an image would demand. But instances comparable to that of liquid crystals, which whereas flowing like an extraordinary fluid can keep an ordered construction over macroscopic distances, present the restrictions of such methods of considering.
There haven’t, to the very best of my data, been any refutations of homeopathy that stay legitimate after this specific level is taken under consideration.”
Josephson powerfully critiqued typically accepted theories of how biomolecules react with their substrates. Conventionally, these are thought to “match” like a lock and a key, however solely when they’re in direct bodily contact. Not so, says Josephson.
Like his well-known predecessor, Jacques Benveniste (who Josephson hosted at Cambridge’s Cavendish Laboratory again in March 1999), he argues that they will “communicate” over a ways lengthy earlier than they arrive collectively, and that such interactions are greatest described by quantum principle and electromagnetic signaling.
Josephson additionally lambasted these scientists who demand that homeopathic medicines have to get “chemically analyzed.” He asserted that making use of chemical evaluation to homeopathic cures will inform you no extra about their properties than making use of chemical evaluation to a CD will inform you what music is on it. Chemical evaluation is just too restricted a instrument for both.
Further, Josephson went on to point out some remarkably lovely photographs and movies that present highly effective proof of how hypersensitive water is to sound. Using a powerful new expertise known as cymascopy (developed by acoustics engineer John Stuart Reid),12 Josephson was capable of exhibit the unimaginable affect sound has on water utilizing this expertise, producing beautiful dynamic wave patterns in water that comply with modifications in a sound’s pitch.13
This video exhibits dramatically how the dynamic construction of water modifications as music is performed. And for this to happen, there must be an ordering of molecules inside the water to present it that dynamic construction, what is usually known as a “memory.”
“Such is life,” Josephson concluded. “Order arises spontaneously. Creation of order (ordering) is a part of nature. Order includes disorder (fluctuations), so order requires order to be present. With crystals, the order is static; with life it is dynamic. There we have ordering within activity. Up until now, our present understanding of all this is qualitative and limited, but this must be the next step for science.”
Finally, Josephson wryly responded to the power ignorance of homeopathy by its skeptics saying, “The idea that water can have a memory can be readily refuted by any one of a number of easily understood, invalid arguments.”
Physical Properties of Aqueous Systems
Next to talk was Vladimir Voeikov from the Lomonosov Moscow State University in Russia. A world skilled on the chemical and bodily properties of aqueous methods and their key position within the very important processes of dwelling methods, Voeikov additionally took goal at critics who scoff at homeopathy’s plausibility.
He then launched into an outline of the in depth and extremely detailed work on the organic results of ultrahigh dilutions (or UHDs) that has been ongoing in Russia for the reason that Eighties.
One of the unlucky unwanted effects of the perennial mistrust current between Russia and the West has been entry to analysis like this, primarily as a result of it has appeared solely in Russian (i.e., Cyrillic) journals. Consequently, Voeikov had quite a lot of floor to make up — which he did in no unsure phrases!
And, a lot to the viewers’s shock, it seems that Benveniste (who in 1988 was so pilloried by scientists, skeptics and the journal Nature, his fame was trashed and he misplaced his laboratories and his funding) was under no circumstances the primary to recommend that options diluted and strongly agitated to the purpose the place there could not probably be any molecules of the unique substance left may nonetheless exert organic results.
Delving again into the literature, it had been introduced round a century earlier than Benveniste. In 1955, a assessment had already been printed into the motion of UHDs.
Drawing on his and his Russian colleagues’ work, Voeikov concluded that typical concepts of how water dissolves substances is definitely incorrect. Until now, when one thing dissolves in water, its particles had been regarded as randomly distributed all through the solvent. As the answer is frequently diluted, these particles merely cut back in quantity till at a sure dilution (generally known as the Avogadro restrict) they disappear fully.
Consequently, if an answer is diluted past this restrict, as there are apparently no particles left, such UHDs can’t probably exert any results, not to mention on organic methods. Therefore, homeopathy (which typically makes use of dilutions of gear method past the Avogadro restrict) should be full bunkum. So a lot for typical considering.
What Voeikov and his colleagues have proven again and again is that the method of homeopathic dilution and agitation, even down previous the Avogadro restrict (in order that no particles are purported to nonetheless be current), does NOT eliminate all of the dissolved substance.
Instead, microscopically tiny “clumps” of the dissolved substance — generally known as nanoassociates — stay behind and these are biologically lively. What’s extra, varied analytical methods can be utilized to trace these nanoassociates, and so they have an effect on water in lots of ways in which make it totally different from pure water, e.g., electrical conductivity and floor pressure. So, an answer diluted and agitated past the Avogadro restrict is something however pure water.
Nanoassociates Violate Conventional Laws of Behavior
If that wasn’t sufficient, Voeikov and his colleagues have proven that so-called extraordinary options — the type that we make up day by day and that haven’t been sequentially diluted and agitated as homeopaths do — additionally include nanoassociates, violating what has for years been understood as “laws of behavior” prescribed in customary textbooks on aqueous options.
So, not solely are all these skeptics and naysayers going to should get used to homeopathic dilutions and their results being actual, they should fully reassess their understanding of what occurs when ANY substance is dissolved in water. Those whose solemn responsibility it’s to rewrite textbooks are going to have a area day!
Barely capable of catch our breath, we had been then handled to probably the most inspirational talks of the entire convention, delivered by Jerry Pollack, Ph.D., professor of bioengineering at Seattle’s University of Washington. Pollack might be greatest identified for his 2014 guide, “The Fourth Phase of Water: Beyond Solid, Liquid, and Vapor,” during which he outlines in extremely readable phrases a few of his and his staff’s wonderful discoveries about water.
Exclusion Zone Water May Have Significant Implications for Homeopathy
Chiefly, these concern what occurs to water when it’s in touch with a floor, e.g., a membrane. And for any doubting Thomas on the market we should always level out that Pollack’s wonderful discoveries about water have been independently verified many instances.
It seems that the water molecules closest to the membrane floor type an nearly crystalline alignment that has the impact of excluding any dissolved particles within the water. And these exclusion zones — or EZs, as they’re known as — have properties which can be completely totally different from the majority water, and whose penalties can have profound results not solely on our understanding of water, however how we use it.
For instance, relying on the character of the membrane floor, cost separation happens between the EZ layer and the majority water section. Pollack confirmed us how this phenomenon might be used, not solely to provide an extremely easy battery powered solely by radiant vitality, however the way it might be the premise of a water desalination system. At the second, this final software would should be scaled up earlier than it might be of any sensible use, but when it may, there should certainly be a Nobel Prize within the offing.
In addition, making an allowance for that blood is especially water being pumped via tubes of organic membranes, Pollack instructed that the identical charge-separating mechanism that powered his radiant vitality battery may also help in pushing our blood via slim vessels far faraway from the pumping motion of the guts. If so, such a discovery can have big ramifications for our understanding of physiology.
It seems that Pollack’s semi-crystalline EZs can’t solely be separated, they’re able to electromagnetically retailer data of their molecular construction. And, because the preparation of homeopathic cures additionally includes water options in touch with surfaces, it’s fairly possible his new EZ discoveries can have a huge effect on our understanding of water reminiscence and homeopathy.
In reality, Pollack asserts that water has a HUGE capability to retailer data. Further, he notes that homeopathic strategy of succussion (vigorous shaking of water in glass) creates elevated avenues for EZ water that then creates elevated water storage.
Classic Homeopathic Methods Optimize Storage of Information in Water
The founding father of homeopathy, Dr. Samuel Hahnemann (1755-1843), was each a doctor and the writer of a number one textbook for pharmacists of his day. His many experiments trying to cut back the dangerous unwanted effects of medicinal substances, led him to a technique of dilution and agitation which homeopaths use until this present day.
Intriguingly, what the brand new science introduced at this convention is telling us is that Hahnemann’s methodology appears to optimize storage of medicinal data inside the very construction of water itself! Even after greater than 200 years, Hahnemann’s discovery of homeopathy and his contributions to medication and pharmacology are nonetheless being uncovered.
Nobel Prize winner Luc Montagnier was launched to homeopathy and homeopathic analysis by Benveniste. In a exceptional interview printed in Science journal of December 24, 2010,14 Montagnier expressed help for the usually maligned and misunderstood medical specialty of homeopathic medication.
“What I can say now is that the high dilutions (used in homeopathy) are right. High dilutions of something are not nothing. They are water structures which mimic the original molecules.”
Montagnier concluded the interview when requested if he’s involved that he’s drifting into pseudoscience. He replied adamantly: “No, because it’s not pseudoscience. It’s not quackery. These are real phenomena which deserve further study.”
Montagnier’s research discovered that beneath the best circumstances electromagnetic indicators will be transmitted from check tubes containing a extremely diluted DNA pattern to a special check tube containing solely water, and that when enzymes which copy DNA molecules are then added to this water, they behave as if DNA molecules are current, producing new DNA molecules.15
This “teleportation” impact of the DNA, from one check tube to a different was discovered to happen solely when the homeopathic process of sequential dilution, with vigorous shaking of the check tube, was utilized. Also, Montagnier cowrote with a number of highly-respected scientists one other article that was printed in a number one scientific journal.16 This article posits quantum results past easy chemistry.
Montagnier’s research discovered that extremely diluted DNA from pathogenic bacterial and viral species is ready to emit particular radio waves and that “these radio waves [are] associated with ‘nanostructures’ in the solution that might be able to recreate the pathogen.”
A author for New Scientist journal has asserted that, if its conclusions are true, “these would be the most significant experiments performed in the past 90 years, demanding reevaluation of the whole conceptual framework of modern chemistry.”17
While Montagnier’s work exhibits the affect of electromagnetic fields having a organic impact, different researchers on the convention discovered that nanodoses of the unique homeopathic medication persists in water options. Jayesh Bellare of the distinguished India Institute of Technology described his seminal analysis that was printed in Langmuir, a highly-respected journal printed by the American Chemistry Society.18
Bellare and his colleagues discovered that six totally different homeopathic medicines, all created from minerals (gold, silver, copper, tin, zinc and platinum), that had been diluted 1-to-100, six instances, 30 instances and 200 instances, had been every present in nanodoses from considered one of three several types of spectroscopy.
Bellare and his staff defined that homeopathic medicines are often made in glass bottles, and the vigorous shaking of the water in these bottles releases nanosized fragments of silica from the glass partitions, and the substance being made into a medication is actually pushed into these floating silica “chips.”
Then, when 99 % of the water is poured out, the silica chips cling to the glass partitions. The scientists discovered every of the six minerals persisting within the water regardless of what number of instances they diluted the medication. When one considers that a lot of crucial hormones and cell-signaling brokers of the physique function at nanodose ranges, the nanodoses present in homeopathic medicines could clarify how these medicines work.
Still additional, the truth that nanodoses are way more capable of cross the blood-brain-barrier in addition to most cell membranes offers further perception into how and why homeopathic nanodoses can elicit vital and highly effective immune responses from the physique.
Afterword: Stop Press!
The day after Ullman’s interview with Dr. Joseph Mercola, a vital research on homeopathy was printed on the web site of one of many world’s main scientific journals, Nature.
Nature.com simply printed a group of research that examined totally different homeopathic potencies of Rhus toxicodendron (often known as Rhus tox and Toxicodendron pubescens, generally generally known as poison ivy), together with 2X, 4X, 6X, 8X, 12X, 24X and 30X within the remedy of neuropathy in rats.19
Previous analysis had discovered that Rhus toxicodendron has vital anti-inflammatory, anti-arthritic and immunomodulatory actions. This new analysis evaluated antinociceptive (pain-reducing) efficacy of Rhus tox within the neuropathic ache and delineated its underlying mechanism. More particularly, this analysis discovered that this homeopathic medication confirmed vital antioxidative and anti inflammatory properties.
This research discovered that homeopathic doses of Rhus tox 24X and 30X had dramatic results that equaled the outcomes from a identified typical drug, Gabapentin, and did so in a lot safer doses. Conventional scientists have persistently asserted that these extraordinarily small doses of homeopathic medicines couldn’t have ANY results, however this research, like an rising variety of different such research, has confirmed typical scientists are fallacious.
The above described research did not examine the affect of water in its research, however it did affirm that homeopathic nanodoses can have highly effective organic and scientific results.
This article is devoted to Dr. Peter Fisher, the now-late doctor to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. A graduate of University of Cambridge and a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and the Faculty of Homeopathy, he was a extensively printed skilled in rheumatology and types of complementary and various medication.
Fisher chaired the World Health Organization’s working group on homeopathy and was a member of WHO’s Expert Advisory Panel on Traditional and Complementary Medicine. He served as scientific director for 18 years and director of analysis on the Royal London Hospital for Integrated Medicine (previously the Royal London Homoeopathic Hospital) for 22 years.
He was additionally president of the Faculty of Homeopathy and editor-in-chief of the journal Homeopathy (the main analysis journal within the area). Fisher was awarded the Polish Academy of Medicine’s Albert Schweitzer Gold Medal in 2007. Fisher additionally served as moderator for the second half of the homeopathic analysis convention mentioned on this article.
Besides all of his educational achievements, Fisher had a depraved, dry, even very dry, British humorousness. He was identified to offer scathing critiques of the numerous uninformed and ill-informed skeptics of homeopathy whose criticisms of homeopathy merely proved their sheer ignorance of the topic. Sadly, August 15, 2018, Fisher was driving his bicycle in London on “drive your bike to work day,” and was hit by a truck and killed.
Dana Ullman, MPH, CCH, is a licensed homeopath who has written 10 books on homeopathy and 4 chapters in medical textbooks, and who has printed 40 books on homeopathy by his colleagues (co-published with North Atlantic Books). He directs Homeopathic Educational Services, a number one homeopathic useful resource heart to assist individuals entry homeopathic books, medicines, software program and e-courses (www.homeopathic.com).
He has additionally created a particular e-course on “Learning to Use a Homeopathic Medicine Kit” (particulars at https://homeopathicfamilymedicine.com/). He additionally maintains a homeopathic follow the place he “sees” most of his sufferers through Skype, varied video apps, or the straightforward phone.
Lionel R Milgrom, Ph.D. FRSC FRSA MARH RHom is a registered homeopath who has been a analysis chemist for 40 years (cofounder of a college anticancer biotech spin-out firm) with many publications and a textual content guide to his credit score. He has been a practising homeopath for 20 years.
His essential analysis curiosity today is within the understanding of homeopathy inside each scientific and philosophical contexts, and has printed extensively in these areas. He has additionally printed the primary quantity of an e-book trilogy, “Homeopathy and Science: A Guide for the Perplexed.”