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Does Homeopathy Work?

homeopathy works well

First let’s start by defining homeopathy. Essentially this form of medicinal treatment involves using extremely diluted substances to form a remedy. The intent behind these remedies is to illicit the body’s natural mechanism to heal itself. The real art of homeopathy comes in identifying the symptoms and then correctly pairing up the appropriate remedy.

The core concept behind homeopathy is the concept of treating a “like with a like” This concept has long been understood and practices to this day in modern medicine. For instance a traditional modern medicine treatment for certain cases of severe allergies is to introduce small amounts of pollen to the patient, and slowly over time to increase the levels of pollen. By using this technique the body naturally starts to grow a tolerance and thereby the severe allergy patient suffers no more. In the same vein of treatment via “like with a like” Doctor’s commonly prescribe a stimulant Ritalin for children with ADHD. A stimulant for a child that is hyperactive. Like with a like. The key difference in homeopathy and modern medicine is that the dosages are highly diluted to the point that the medicines are non-toxic.

Let us now look at the homeopathic approach to treatment. First the homeopath must identify the symptoms. For instance if a patient is suffering from sleep deprivation and agitation, the homeopath must then decide which remedy causes these symptoms. Coffee in high doses can cause both of these symptoms. In this case using small doses of caffeinated coffee is just what the homeopathic doctor orders.

The treatments known as remedies are created by pharmacists that practice homeopathy. By using dilution and succession, which is a vigorous form of shaking, the pharmacist separates the original material into tiny particulates which then bond with the water and alcohol. It is believed that this succession forms nanostructures, which are the active ingredient in the remedies.

Although modern science can not yet explain how homeopathy works there are empirical data to back up the efficacy. In one study a homeopath created a remedy using thyroxine, a hormone produced by the thyroid that is responsible for maintaining normal growth. With extremely diluted levels of thyroxine, tadpoles were administered the remedy. The metamorphosis process was dramatically slowed and the time it took the frogs to reach adulthood was recorded. This process was repeated and measured using the scientific method. Although the results can not be explained the efficacy is in black and white.

A German doctor Samuel Hahnemann is the father of homeopathy. He did not approve of many of the medical practices of the time, such as using poisons like arsenic and mercury. He found the practices of blood-letting and purging to be of little use as well. Additionally he notices that often time the cures were causing more harm than the disease. This led him to start experimenting with the dosages. He would dilute the medicines more and more. He found that the more diluted the medicine, the better the results and the side effects were fewer. He also drew the correlation that the most effective drugs of the time caused the same symptoms as the disease. From all of these studies he laid the groundwork for what is today modern homeopathy.


Malpractice Suits are Raising the Price of Healthcare and Lowering the Quality

Doctors make mistakes

There is a reason it is called “Practicing Medicine”

Depending on the specialty of a doctor, they can spend up to 27% of their careers with open malpractice cases pending. This stress, and the amount of money needed to defend against these claims is staggering. The majority of claims are unfounded and no payout is ever rewarded to the plaintiff. The fact remains however that the Doctors need to spend their time and money in an effort to keep their name clear. Often times the stress of these pending malpractice cases can cause poor work performance, and may cause the physician to second guess themselves more often than they should. By profession it is understood that a physician is practicing medicine.

Of all medical mistakes that happen less than 5% are ever pursued in a malpractice case. In addition the cost of medical malpractice insurance is constantly going up. Therefore the cost for the doctors to operate is increasing. Meanwhile, Obamacare and other government sanctions are resulting in the doctors getting paid less per patient. This in turn drives the doctor to see more patients in order to maintain the same standard of living. Author Thomas Sharon covers this in his book “With Liberty and Coverage for All

All of these factors combine for fertile ground for the stressed out doctors to have even less time to prepare for surgeries, or to properly prepare for their patients procedures, checklists are skipped, and ultimately lead to mistakes. Some mistakes can be as small as a nurse forgetting to wash her hands before inserting an IV. The chances are nothing will happen. If something does happen, say a mystery infection manifests itself shortly after the hospitalization; it is unlikely the cause will be traced back to that one nurse that didn’t wash her hands that one time. In all likelihood the patient suffers as the result of the carelessness of a medical professional tasked with our well being.

There are thousands of seemingly insignificant events that can cause grave results. Doctors are trained in a way as to minimize these results, it is however still called medical practice for a reason. In this case practice will never make perfect.

As patients it would do well for us to realize that doctors are only human. As a society we would be better served to accept the things that happen as a result of medical professionals caring for our loved ones and ourselves. This does not me we should dismiss claims in which retribution is called for. EX: Cutting off the wrong leg. Clearly something has to be done here.

The change is in the mindset of basically going for it all. I understand that the legal jargon “For Pain and Suffering” has some merit to it. I also believe there needs to be some cap on that amount. In our “sue happy” culture we will jump at the opportunity to sue if it presents itself to us. Embrace the person you want to be, not the person your lawyer wants you to be.