It isn’t just homeopathy that conventional medicine rejects. It’s anything that isn’t drugs. Let me illustrate.Thousands of patients in hospitals suffer from Clostridium difficile infection. It’s a bacterium that lodges in the gut, resulting often in severe diarrhea, cramping, dehydration, weight loss and sometimes kidney failure. Each year this infection sickens thousands in the U.S. and 14,000 die of it. It usually occurs from taking antibiotics and the normal treatment is to use… other antibiotics!
A 2004 study done in the Netherlands, treated this condition with whey protein concentrate from the milk of cows that had been immunized with C. difficile. In all but one case, C. difficile toxins disappeared from the patients’ faeces after the treatment. During follow-ups for up to one year, none of the patients suffered any recurrence of C. difficile diarrhoea. That was 9 years ago, yet doctors in the U.S. are still using antibiotics to treat C. difficile.
In other studies on C. difficile going back to 1958, faecal enemas prepared from healthy stools were used to replace healthy flora. The procedure was overwhelmingly successful: “Symptoms disappeared within 24 hours”, “Complete normalization of bowel function”, “Rapid relief of 90% of patients”, “Bowel function, blood pressure and leukocyte count normalized.” The Mayo Clinic first did a fecal transplant in 2011. The patient left the hospital 24 hours after the procedure, after having been bedridden for weeks. Forty five years after that first study, this is still not a first line treatment and is resorted to only after many rounds of antibiotics have failed.
It turns out there may be a simple prophylactic solution to C. difficile. A meta-analysis published in May 2013 of 23 randomized controlled trials1, found that probiotics (the kind you buy at the health food store) are both safe and effective for preventing Clostridium difficile-associated diarrhea. As of this writing, patients on antibiotics are not routinely given prophylactic probiotics.
Of course, homeopathic remedies offer an easier and more elegant solution once the infection has occurred. But that may have to wait until the medical community accepts immunized milk whey and probiotics.
In this issue:
In this issue we have a special presentation from the Canadian College of Homeopathic Medicine (CCHM). Founded in 1994, their programs are based on classical homeopathy and emphasize clinical ability. They present a number of excellent cases and articles you don’t want to miss. I especially enjoyed the blog posts from CCHM graduates about their worldwide travels. Beverly Isla interviews Raymond Edge, founder and dean of the Canadian College of Homeopathic Medicine.
We present the Hoacuoidep International Fiction Contest 2nd prize story, Life and Times by Dimple Kirpalani. A lovely story, so be sure to read it!
We have insightful cases from Dr. A.P. Sivakumaran (Gold Allergy and Hydrosalpinx), Kiran Grover (Asthma), Pauline Ashford (Leg Ulcer) and Dr. Shilpi Gupta (ADHD).
You will find articles from Grant Bentley, Robert Medhurst, Dr. Nahida Mulla, Dr. Rajneesh Kumar Sharma, Andreas Bachmair, Uta Mittelstadt and Iman Navab. We also have an interview by Gill Graham with Iman Navab, who has been producing articles on the history of homeopathy each month.
For our animal lovers we have veterinary cases by Joan Goddard and Dr. Edward De Beukelaer .
Be sure to see: Elaine Lewis’s acute Quiz and her Tidbits, the Plant Doctor, the new Tips & Secrets, Crossword Puzzle and the Cartoon. Send your questions, comments, cases and articles to: [email protected]