Homeopathy for Bikram Yoga

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As an experienced homeopath who has reaped the benefits of Bikram Yoga for many years, I would like to share some holistic and homeopathic tips that will help Bikram/hot yoga enthusiasts with their yoga practice.

Balancing Electrolytes

This is one of the most common problems encountered with Bikram Yoga practitioners. The intense heat and sweating can lead to an imbalance of electrolytes, which can then lead to dizziness, nausea, tiredness and/or headache.

2010_06_KombuchaIt is now trendy to sell coconut water in Bikram Yoga studios. Drinking a can or bottle of good quality coconut water before, during or after practice will balance electrolytes. Personally, I enjoy drinking a bottle of kombucha during practice, which contains natural probiotics, naturally detoxes the body, and balances out electrolytes.

HYL-10682-0Having a pinch of sea salt after practice can also help balance electrolytes, but I also recommend taking homeopathic cell salts. I recommend the Hyland’s brand Bio-XII (aka Bioplasma), a blend of all 12 homeopathic cell salts. Before class, take 6 pellets in a clean dry mouth without water, or the pellets can be put in your water bottle that you take with you into yoga class, and sipped during your practice. If feeling a bit depleted a few hours after your class, another 6 pellets of Bio-XII can be taken.

Headache, Nausea and/or Dizziness from Overheating

vertigo-newMost practitioners of Bikram Yoga have experienced headache, nausea and/or dizziness at some point during their practice. Usually headache, nausea and dizziness can be avoided by drinking plenty of water before, during, and after practice, along with also ensuring to balance electrolytes (see above suggestions). I also feel that one is more prone to headache, nausea and dizziness when one is new to Bikram Yoga, before the body has gotten used to doing yoga in hot conditions. Once you start coming regularly, your body becomes used to the heat and will be less susceptible to nausea, dizziness and headache.

Taking a cool shower at the studio or after returning home will help to cool down your body and can help relieve symptoms of nausea, dizziness and headache. If you are really feeling like you need to leave the yoga room at any point during your practice, please listen to your intuition and do so. Of course it is always best to stay in the yoga room if you can (you can lie down and rest at any point during your practice for as long as you need to).

If you are drinking enough water and are balancing electrolytes but are still suffering from a headache, homeopathic remedies can help. Glonoinum 30C and Belladonna 30C or 200C are the main remedies for headache after overheating.

headachePeople needing the remedy Belladonna will typically have dilated pupils and a red face, whereas people needing Glonoinum would have contracted pupils, a pale face and low pulse. A person with a Belladonna headache is better from bending the head backward, worse in the open air and better from holding the head still; whereas a person needing Glonoinum is worse from bending the head backward, relieved in open air and cannot keep still.

Nux Vomica 30C is the first remedy to think of for persistent nausea after overexertion/overheating. The nausea may also be accompanied by an intense headache.

Cocculus 30C is the first remedy to think of if there is nausea accompanied by vertigo (dizziness). There may also be a feeling of lightheadedness.

Dosage for Headache, Nausea and Dizziness: Give 1 dose every 20-30 minutes for up to 3 doses. Repeat thereafter only after symptoms return. Try a new remedy if there is no relief within 15 minutes after the 3rd dose.

Yoga Injuries from Overstretching

stk62884cor_XSMany people go to yoga to help them heal from injuries. Note that yoga combined with homeopathic first aid remedies will help the body heal naturally from injuries.

However, people can occasionally injure themselves by overstretching and pushing themselves too hard in the yoga poses. Please try not to push yourself too hard, or let an overzealous teacher push you too hard, otherwise you do risk injuring yourself.

The first remedy to take after injury due to overstretching of the ligaments and tendons is Arnica 30C or 200C, but only if there is a lot of swelling. Arnica Cream can also be used topically. Once the swelling has improved, switch to one of the two remedies below:

Rhus Tox 30C is the most common remedy for injuries from overstretching. The pain is worse after initial motion, but improves after continued motion.

Bryonia 30C should be used if the pain is worse by any motion whatsoever.

Dosage for Yoga Injuries: Take the indicated remedy every 3 hours for the first 2 days, then twice a day after that. Discontinue after the pain decreases significantly.

Commonsense Measures: Rest, elevate the injured part, ice the affected area, and apply firm pressure to the injured part. After 1-2 days, switch to warm compresses, or continue using ice if preferred.

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Homeopathy for Holidays

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Holiday-party1Holidays are supposed to be relaxing, but sometimes they can also be stressful, especially if one has to spend a lot of time with family members or if traveling to a foreign country.

Holiday gatherings often involve overindulging in too much food and alcohol. To soothe or avoid a hangover, take Nux Vomica 30C the night of the event before bed, and again three times per day on the day after the event.

After overindulgence in too much sweet and/or fatty foods, take Pulsatilla 30C, one dose before bed that same night and a few doses the day after the event.

Food poisoning can be common during the holidays, whether the culprit is foreign food or holiday party food. The most common remedy for food poisoning is Arsenicum 30C. For an acute case, take the remedy as often as every half hour for 3 doses. The day after food poisoning, repeat the remedy three times throughout the day.

holiday shopping copyHoliday shopping, hosting holiday parties and seeing long-lost relatives can often lead to a feeling of anxiety. For anticipatory anxiety with much weakness and trembling, try Gelsemium 30C, taken a few times during the day of the event. For over-excitement with insomnia, a dose of Coffea 30C can help (this remedy could be especially beneficial for kids who are having trouble sleeping due to excitement and anticipation during the holidays).

Ignatia 30C, a common remedy for grief, can be taken a few times throughout the day; Ignatia can be helpful for somebody who is missing a loved one over the holiday season. For exhaustion and sleep deprivation, try Cocculus 30C taken a few times throughout the day. If you are feeling angry and resentful of relatives but are too polite to express your thoughts, try a few doses throughout the day of Staphysagria 30C.

Another remedy that generally alleviates stress and anxiety is Bach Flower Rescue Remedy. It can be taken a few times per day during the duration of your holiday, as needed.

Vacationing Overseas

holidayTo avoid jet lag, take a dose of Arnica 30C before departure, and a few doses the day of arrival.

For fear of flying, take Gelsemium 30C if there is a lot of weakness and trembling, or Aconite 30C if there is extreme fear and panic. Take a dose before the flight, and a few doses of the indicated remedy during the flight.

Interested in the homeopathic prevention of disease during your next vacation? Read more about Homeopathic Travel Vaccines.

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New Mandatory Flu Shot Policy for BC Healthcare Workers is a Tyrannical Violation of Human Rights

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On December 1, 2012, all health care workers in BC will be forced to get a flu shot, or wear a mask while at work. Health care workers are also expected to wear a distinctive badge indicating they’ve had the shot. The BC Nurses’ Union has filed a grievance against the policy because they question the credibility of the studies used to justify it.

The Cochrane Collaboration is a not-for-profit international network of researchers,
practitioners and consumers who prepare and update systematic reviews of the effects
of healthcare interventions. Based upon systematic reviews of 274 influenza vaccine studies between 1948 and 2007, the Cochrane Collaboration concluded that vaccines have a weak or non existent evidence base against influenza. Conclusions favourable to the use of influenza vaccines were associated with lower quality studies and industry funded (biased) studies.

When asked about the new policy, Dr. Jefferson of the Cochrane Collaboration wrote: “It is not my place to judge the policies underway in British Columbia, but coercion and forcing public ridicule on human beings (for example by forcing them to wear distinctive badges or clothing) is usually the practice of tyrants,”

References

Cochrane Review of Flu Vaccine not as Definitive as Health Officer Suggests by Dr. Tom Jefferson

Flu Shot Policy for Health-Care Workers Sparks Backlash by Rod Mickleburg

Influenzae Reviewer, Cochrane Acute Respiratory Infections Group
and Cochrane Vaccines Field by Dr. Tom Jefferson

Nurses Demand Withdrawal of Coercive Flu Shot Policy by BC Nurses Union

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Homeopathic Travel Vaccines

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Originally published in Fitness Goop

Many people in the alternative health world are now seeking out alternatives to conventional vaccines. Homeopathy offers a safe, effective alternative to conventional vaccination. Homeopathic vaccines have been used for hundreds of years to prevent epidemic disease, and a number of studies prove their effectiveness.

Cuba Uses Homeopathic Vaccines to Protect 2.3 million people from Leptospirosis

In 2007, a homeopathic vaccine was administered to 2.3 million people in 3 provinces of Cuba to protect against Leptospirosis. A significant decrease in disease incidence was observed in the intervention region, whereas no such decrease in disease incidence was noticed in non-intervention regions (regions where homeopathic vaccines were not given for Leptospirosis). In the intervention region the incidence of Leptospirosis fell below the historic median. The homeopathic vaccination approach was associated with a large reduction of disease incidence and control of the epidemic.

Homeopathic Cholera Vaccines

In 1831 Samuel Hahnemann prevented and treated cholera during the 1831 Asiatic cholera epidemic with the remedies Camphor, Cuprum metallicum and Veratrum album. In 1849 Dr Clemens von Boenninghausen treated and prevented untold numbers of cholera infections during the 1949 European epidemic with the above remedies recommended by Hahnemann. While a death rate of 54-90% occurred with conventional treatment, Boenninghausen’s patients had a mortality rate of only 5-16%.

Homeopathic Polio Vaccines

In 1850 during an epidemic of poliomyelitis, Dr Taylor Smith of Johannesburg, South Africa protected 82 people with homoeopathic Lathyrus sativus. Of the 82 so immunised, 12 came into direct contact with disease. None were infected. Dr Grimmer of Chicago prophylactically treated 5,000 young children with Lathyrus sativus. None developed polio.

In 1957 a severe poliomyelitis epidemic occurred in Buenos Aires. The majority of homoeopathic doctors prescribed Lathyrus sativus as a preventative. Drug stores distributed thousands of doses to the public. None of those who used the prophylactic registered a case of contagion (Eizayaga). In 1975 during another poliomyelitis epidemic in Buenos Aires, 40,000 were given the homeopathic prophylactic Lathyrus sativus. None developed poliomyelitis (Eizayaga).

Homeopathic Japanese B Encephalitis Vaccines

In 1999 the Department of Indian Medicine and Homeopathy started distribution of homeopathic vaccines for Japanese Encephalitis in a systematic way throughout the Indian state of Andrha Pradesh. JE mortality rates had touched a high of 638 deaths from 2038 cases in 1986, but fell to four from 33 cases in 2001, following the implementation of the homeopathic immunization program. Even the World Health Organisation and the Medical and Health Department acknowledge that homeopathic vaccines have been a vital factor in the sharp decline of Japanese Encephalitis cases in Andrha Pradesh.

A study published in 2010 by researchers at Kolkata’s School of Tropical Medicine and the Central Council for Research in Homeopathy showed that the homeopathic medicine Belladonna prevented infection in chick embryos infected with the Japanese Encephalitis virus.

The study showed significant decrease in the viral load when treated with the homeopathic medicine Belladonna in different potencies, in comparison to placebo, said principal investigator Dr. Bhaswati Bandopadhyay, assistant professor of virology, School of Tropical Medicine.

Homeopathic Diptheria Vaccines

A laboratory experiment in 1932 published by Dr Chavanon showed that 45 children became Schick test negative (indicating the presence of antibodies to diphtheria) after being treated with Diphtherinum. The test was repeated by Drs Patterson and Boyd with 23 out of 33 children becoming Schick test negative after being given Diphtherinum. In 1947 Dr Roux repeated the test and produced a similar result (Eizayaga).

Learn more about homeopathic vaccines:http://www.littlemountainhomeopathy.com/vaccine-alternatives

References

Bandyopadhyay, Bhaswati et al. “Decreased Intensity of Japanese Encephalitis Virus Infection in Chick Chorioallantoic Membrane Under Influence of Ultradiluted Belladonna Extract,” American Journal of Infectious Diseases, Diseases 6 (2): 24-28, 2010

Bracho G, Varela E, Fernandez R, et al. “Large-scale application of highly-diluted bacteria for Leptospirosis epidemic control.” Homeopathy 2010; 99: 156-166.

Chavanon, P. 1952. La Dipterie, 4th Ed, St Denis, Niort: Imprimerie.

Eisfelder, HW, “Poliomyelitis Immunization: A Final Report.” Journal of the American Institute of Homeopathy. V. 54, Nov-Dec 1961, pp. 166-167.

Eizayaga. F. “Tratamiento Homeopatico de las Enfermedades Agudas y Su Prevension.” Homeopatia. 1985; 51(324): pp. 352-362.

Eizayaga, Dr. F. X., Treatise on Homeopathic Medicine. (E. Marecel, Buenos Aires, pp. 282-286).

Hahnemann, Dr. Samuel. “Cause and Prevention of the Asiatic Cholera.”Archiv. f. hom. Helik., vol. xi, 1831.

Patterson, J. and Boyd, W.E. “Potency Action: A Preliminary Study of the Alternation of the Schick Test by a Homeopathic Potency.” British Homeopathic Journal. 1941; 31: pp.301-309.

Staff Reporter. “Japanese Encephalitis on the Decline in State,” The Hindu, April 1, 2003.

Taylor-Smith, A. “Poliomyelitis and prophylaxis.” Br Homeopath J, 1950 Apr;40(2):65-77.

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Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease

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By Ronald D. Whitmont, M.D.
Classical Homeopathic Physician

A- Demographics

Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease or GERD is a fairly common illness in the United States today.  An estimated 40 million Americans suffer from recurrent heartburn, and when it happens at least twice weekly it is designated GERD.[1] This condition has many causes, but perhaps most common is error of diet and lifestyle.

There are many symptoms of GERD including heartburn, acid indigestion, reflux, chest pain, abdominal pain, foul taste in the mouth, regurgitation, hoarseness, chronic cough, asthma and sinusitis.

Conventional management of GERD typically requires long-term drug therapy that ultimately fails to control the symptoms.  Treatment can cause significant long-term side effects including osteoporosis and infections.  Most cases of GERD can be cured through a simple program modifying lifestyle, diet and exercise coupled with classical homeopathic treatment.

B- Causes

Reflux into the esophagus is a natural phenomenon that affects everyone on occasion.  GERD is the frequent occurrence of the backward motion of stomach acids (and sometimes bile) through the lower esophageal sphincter (LES) and into the esophagus.  The LES is the mechanical, circular valve that separates the esophagus from the stomach.  GERD is much more common in cases of chronic disease, obesity, pregnancy as well as in smokers.

C- Physiology

The stomach relies on acid to initiate the digestive process to break foods apart. Acidification is essential for proper enzyme action and absorption but it also appears to play an important role in activating the immune system.

Stomach acid is one of the body’s first lines of defense against many infectious organisms.  Acid inactivates most bacteria, viruses and fungi, preventing them from causing infections of the GI and respiratory tracts.  Dysfunction of the acid barrier can lead to a cascade of events that not only alters nutritional status, but also affects immune integrity, allergy and hypersensitivity.

D- Treatment of GERD

1- Conventional Treatment

  1. a. Medications

The main components of conventional treatment are drugs that either neutralize acid (antacids), suppress acid production (H2Blockers and Proton Pump Inhibitors) or stimulate motility in the stomach.  The short-term effect of these interventions provides temporary relief of GERD symptoms in about 68% of patients.[2] These medications were never intended for long-term use, particularly since their side effects can be significant.[3]

When acid production is initially suppressed, the body rapidly endeavors to restore it. Over time, the body ultimately overcomes most of the effects of these drugs and restores some acid production. The end result of this interplay between drugs and the body is that the efficacy of these suppressive medicines is reduced and more medications are needed to produce the same level of symptom relief.  Stronger medicines, combination drugs or simply more frequent dosing is required to achieve the same level of symptom suppression.

Long-term side effects of acid suppression therapy include osteoporosis, hip fractures, vitamin and mineral deficiencies and infections.[4] Since stomach acid is essential for proper digestion and absorption of nutrients, long-term suppression will cause deficiency states.  This is particularly true for calcium and vitamin B12, which rely on the presence of an acid environment for proper absorption.

Another long-term effect of acid suppression therapy is increased frequency of respiratory tract infections including sinusitis, bronchitis and pneumonia.  Since the acid environment inside the stomach is one of the first lines of immune defense, it makes sense that once this chemical barrier is eliminated the door to infection swings wide open.

  1. b. Lifestyle modifications

Conventional wisdom advocates a series of seemingly logical, but ultimately irresponsible modifications of lifestyle that increase the risk of developing chronic GERD.   These modifications include: raising the head of the bed at night, not lying down within 3 hours after eating, wearing only loose fitting clothing, eating only small and frequent meals, avoiding spicy foods, and eliminating the consumption of food in the evening before bed.   Complying with these modifications actually weakens the LES and, over time, further reduces the chances of recovery from GERD.   If a muscle or a sphincter like the LES is weak, then stressing it with exercise is one of the best ways to strengthen it.  Avoiding exercise and eliminating stress will ultimately weaken the muscle more, leaving room for dependency on medications rather than cure.

Cold-Turkey withdrawal of these medications is usually associated with a significant worsening of symptoms.  This, of course, encourages long-term adherence to these products and fosters the belief that this condition is incurable.  The real reason why treatment withdrawal is so difficult is that the condition is actually made worse by these treatments!

GERD has also been found to be more common if the bacterium H.pylori has been eradicated from the stomach.  When H.pylori is eliminated (through the use of antibiotics) there is an increased tendency to develop GERD and its associated complications.[5]

There is a known association between GERD and a condition known as Barrett’s Esophagus (BE).  BE carries an increased risk of cancerous transformation of the esophagus and does require periodic monitoring by a gastroenterologist. GERD does not cause BE, nor does GERD cause cancer of the esophagus.  One thing is certain: conventional medications do not reduce the incidence of cancerous transformation,[6] although the presence of H.pylori in the stomach does appear to act protectively against both the development of BE and cancer in the esophagus.[7]

2- Alternative Treatment

A combination of lifestyle changes can help strengthen the LES and promote a healthier digestive tract while lowering the incidence of GERD and other GI disturbances.   Treatment involves dietary modification, supplementation, specific physical exercises and homeopathy.  Smoking cessation and weight loss (if obese) offer universal benefit to most medical conditions including GERD.

  1. a. Dietary Modification

Refined carbohydrates have been found to directly contribute to the incidence of GERD.  Elimination of refined sugars and highly processed foods, while substituting complex carbohydrates and whole grains significantly reduces the risk of GERD.   Whole food based diets assist in preventing GERD.

A diet high in complex carbohydrates and low in simple sugars is helpful in maintaining LES integrity.  Whole foods that include the skins of fruits and vegetables, whole grains, seeds and foods with high fiber content in their natural state are beneficial. Highly processed and refined foods, low in fiber should be avoided altogether.

High fiber diets not only assist the LES, but they also stimulate gastric motility and peristalsis, leading to more rapid emptying of the stomach contents into the small intestines.  When food is emptied more rapidly from the stomach into the intestine, it is less likely to regurgitate backwards through the LES into the esophagus.

Eating meals slowly is also an effective means for reducing the risk of developing GERD, since gastric emptying can be outpaced by the process of overzealous eating and swallowing.  Food may back up in the stomach and lead to regurgitation if it is consumed too rapidly without pause.[8]

There also appears to be evidence that consumption of spicy food including cayenne pepper reduces the symptoms of chronic indigestion and GERD.  Capsaicin, a chemical in red peppers, can block nerve signals and lead to diminished pain sensation.  Evidence suggests that spicy foods relieve symptoms of GERD, even though they don’t cure it.[9]

b. Supplementation

Several supplements have been found to be helpful in correcting GERD naturally without inducing the common side effects of conventional medications.  It is important to understand that these supplements are not just milder, more natural forms of conventional therapies, which is so often the case with natural medicines, but they act differently in the GI tract, which makes them more effective. Because their mode of action is altogether different, they support the function of the stomach rather than erode it.  They promote healing from GERD rather than prolongation of it.

Raw organic apple cider vinegar (1-2 teaspoons daily) is extremely effective in reducing the incidence of GERD.  At first glance, the use of this supplement appears counter-intuitive, since vinegar is a weak acid (5% acidity).  Supplementation with a weak acid in a hyperacidic situation is, by definition, “homeopathic”.[10] Adding a small amount of acid back into the system (in the form of vinegar) can strengthen the tone of the LES.

Supplementing with a variety of probiotics and a diet rich in probiotics reinforces this biological symbiosis and fortifies digestion.

  1. b. Exercise

Doing the proper exercises is extremely important to ensuring recovery from GERD.   These exercises are primarily oriented toward strengthening and reinforcing the LES.  Conventional treatments weaken the LES, but if the LES is stressed though the proper procedures it can recover function and end the cycle of GERD.  The following exercises are recommended to strengthen both the LES and diaphragm and thus ensure the long-term recovery from GERD.

Since the diaphragm surrounds and augments the LES, and it is under voluntary control, it is the focus of most of these exercises. Strengthening the diaphragm involves the voluntary conscious exercise of “diaphragmatic breathing”.  Diaphragmatic breathing means expanding the abdomen and forcing the abdominal muscles to relax while inhaling and doing the opposite, contracting the abdominal muscles and forcing the air out, while exhaling.  Both inhalation and exhalation should be used actively and forcefully to alternately flex and relax the diaphragm.  These techniques are counter-intuitive and opposite to the way in which most people naturally breathe.  Most people breathe unconsciously, utilizing the muscles of the chest wall, and allow the diaphragm to remain inactive until it is atrophied.

Conscious, forced abdominal breathing reinforces the activity of the LES and also stimulates mechanical emptying of the stomach and peristalsis of the intestines.  Other benefits of abdominal breathing include improved biliary activity, regulation of bowel activity and stimulation of the gastro-colic reflex, promoting regular bowel movements.

Other important exercises that help strengthen the diaphragm include inversion exercises.  These can be accomplished either on an inversion table or through certain carefully executed yoga postures including the “plough”, the shoulder stand and the headstand.  These exercises should only be performed with proper supervision and training.  They should always be utilized in conjunction with deep abdominal/diaphragmatic breathing.  These postures force the diaphragm and the LES to contract more tightly under pressure and against added postural stress. The results of these exercises impart greater strength and integrity of the LES in normal everyday conditions.

These exercises are the opposite of conventional recommendations since they foster increased muscle tone and greater sphincter control.

d. Homeopathy

Homeopathy can be very effective in achieving full recovery and in preventing recurrence. Proper evaluation and repertorization of each individual case is important.  Classical Homeopathy requires individualization of treatment and attention to rare, peculiar and constitutional details.  Evaluation is best performed by individuals trained in classical homeopathy.  Generic homeopathy and combination remedies have very limited application, thus the best results are obtained if the remedy is selected individually to match to the particulars of each case.

Conclusion

Modifications of lifestyle include a group of exercises, dietary guidelines and supplements that, when used in combination with classical homeopathic treatment can restore normal gastrointestinal functioning and relieve the symptoms of GERD.  These techniques are inexpensive, simple, and effective.  Adherence to these guidelines not only relieves symptoms of GERD, but also prevents recurrences and helps maintain health.


[1] http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2003/07/30/recognize-heartburn.aspx

[2] Kirn TF. Few GERD Patients Find Full Relief, Even With Prescription. Int Med News. Aug 1, 2005:64.

[3] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Proton-pump_inhibitor#Adverse_effects

[4] Landers SJ. Long-term use of acid reflux drugs weighed. Am Med News. September 1, 2008:27.

[5] Schiezer J. H Pylori May Protect against Asthma, Other Respiratory Conditions. Int Med World Rep. December 2007: 15.

[6] Chang JT, KLatzka DA, Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease, Barrett Esophagus, and Esophageal Adenocarcinoma. Arch Intern Med, July 26, 2004, 164:1482-88.

[7] Kuznar W. H pylori May Protect Against Esophageal Cancer. Int Med World Rep. July 2003:12.

[8] Evans S, McNeill H. Quantum Sufficit. Just Enough. Am Fam Phys. Feb 1, 2004. 69(3):474.

[9] Evans S. McNeill H. Quantum Sufficit. Just Enough. Am Fam Phys. Aug 1, 2002.66(3):367.

[10] Homeopathy is based on the principle of Similars:  “Let Likes be Cured by Likes”.  In this case, an “acid” condition being treated with a mild acid.

Vidatox for Cancer: 2012 Update

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About a year ago I introduced the followers of this blog to the Cuban homeopathic medication Vidatox: A Scientifically Proven Treatment for Cancer

On September 26, 2012, in Havana, Cuban scientists presented the benefits of the homeopathic drug Vidatox 30 CH, in cancer therapy, which has raised life expectancy and quality of life to a group of patients. During the 2012 LABIOFAM International Congress Dr. Eva Solomon, head of the Cancer Control Group and the Center of Disease in Havana, said the drug was administered to 845 people with cancer in advanced stages in breast, lungs, colons, prostate and cervix, with favorable results.

The drug is administered in five sublingual drops every 12 hours, and after six months 87 percent of patients improved their appetite and felt pain had decreased, so they stop taking morphine, said Solomon, who works as a researcher at the LABIOFAM Business Group, which develops the product obtained from the venom of the Rhopalurus junceus scorpion.

It also reduces swelling and improves overall mental and emotional conditions of patients and families, Solomon stressed.

The drug has proven effective and is used after concluding the traditional therapy (surgery, chemotherapy and radiotherapy), said the specialist, who participated in a Symposium on Natural Products in Cancer Therapy, being held as part of this congresss.

Meanwhile, Master in Experimental Pharmacology at LABIOFAM, Alexis Diaz, announced that in the trials with that scorpion venom, endemic to Cuba, from which the homeopathic product is made, checked for analgesic and anti-inflammatory effects and has wide demand in the international market.

The expert pointed out that the experiences with this scorpion toxin, show great efficacy on tumors of epithelial origin, and not on lymphomas and leukaemia. Patients suffering from tumors in the pancreas, bone marrow, prostate, lungs and other organs have dramatically improved their quality of life thanks to the use of Vidatox 30CH, the scorpion venom product with no known side effects.

As part of the scientific evidence, congress attendees watched footage of the  venom, destroying tumoral cells.  Studies allowed for the isolation of five peptides armed with the ability to inhibit the growth of tumoral cells and induce cell death through an apoptosis mechanism.  This inhibiting action confirms the certainty of using this substance as a complementary treatment for tumoral diseases.

Vidatox has now been tested with positive results on 65,000 cancer patients. “Unlike any other, Vidatox crosses the blood-brain barrier,” said the president of Labiofam, Jose Antonio Fraga Castro.

Already Vidatox is being used in South & Central America, Europe, Asia, Cuba, and the Caribbean region.  However, knocking down the barriers of incredulity that stand in the way of traditional medicine as opposed to conventional treatments, is a challenge on the road ahead.

References

“Cuba apresenta vacina contra câncer de próstata” Terra

“Cuban Natural Drug for Cancer Has Proven Efficacy, Scientists Say” Radio Cadena Agramonte

“Cuban Research Institute to Introduce Cancer Treatment Protocol” The Malay Mail

“Cuba’s Cancer Fighting Drug from Scorpion Venom” St Lucia Star

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HCG Diet Basics

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Origins of the HCG Diet

The HCG Diet protocol was developed by Dr. Simeons in Italy in the 1950s. Dr. Simeons studied obesity for 40 years, and worked on the HCG diet protocol for 20 years.

During his illustrious career, Dr. Simeons was awarded the Red Cross Order of Merit for the discovery of the use of injectable atebrin for malaria. He had several important posts under the government of India, where he built a model leper colony. Dr. Simeons is the author of several books and has contributed to many scientific publications.

Dr. Simeons’ Theory of Obesity

After 40 years of study, Dr. Simeons strongly believed that obesity was a metabolic disorder, like diabetes. He also believed that overeating was the result and not the cause of obesity.

Because obesity is a metabolic disorder, people suffering from obesity will get fat regardless of what or how they eat. People suffering from obesity can diet, exercise vigorously, take appetite reducing drugs, etc., but if the root cause of the disorder is not addressed the weight loss will only be temporary.

The Root Cause of Obesity

According to Dr. Simeons, there are three types of fat in the human body: structural fat, which fills the gaps between various organs; normal fat that the body draws on when nutritional needs are not met by food; and the third type of fat is the type that is abnormal, that obese people accumulate. The third type of fat is not available for an obese person’s body to draw on when it needs more nutrition; it is locked away.

When an obese person tries regular dieting, first their normal reserves are exhausted, then their structural reserves are drawn upon. Only as a last resort does an obese person’s body draw upon the abnormal reserves, though by that time, the person is so weak and hungry that they have already given up on the diet. The obese person loses the wrong fat when they are on a regular diet – they feel famished and tired but their belly, hips thighs and upper arms show little improvement.

What is HCG?

Human Chorionic Gonadotropin (HCG) is found in the human body only during pregnancy. However, HCG has no direct on the sex hormones, therefore, the HCG Diet can be used safely with no side effects by men and women of any age.

HCG Unlocks Fat Reserves

During some early experiments, Dr. Simeons discovered that when he injected obese patients with small daily doses of HCG, they were able to survive on a restricted 500 calorie daily diet without feeling hungry, and lost one pound per day. There were no signs of normal fat depletion or negative side effects.

How was this possible? Pregnancy (under the influence of HCG) is the only human condition where the body’s fat banking ability is unlimited. During pregnancy, all reserved fat (even abnormal fat) is at the disposal to meet the nutritional needs of the growing fetus. Thus, when an obese person takes HCG, their body is able to draw upon the abnormal “bad” fat reserves that would normally be locked away and unavailable for their body to draw on. Also, while taking HCG, the obese person has no hunger even though they are on a calorie restricted diet, because they are subsisting comfortably on the nutritional fat reserves that have been unlocked by the HCG.

About Homeopathic HCG Drops

Originally, only daily HCG injections were used during the HCG Diet protocol. However, starting in 2009, homeopathic diet drops were introduced as a cheap, easy alternative to the daily injections. After only a few short years, Your HCG (the company that founded the homeopathic diet drops) has grown into a multi-million dollar company because the homeopathic diet drops are so effective and successful. According to Your HGC, no difference in effectiveness has been found between the injections and the homeopathic drops.

Starting the HCG Diet

Women should start the HCG Diet protocol immediately after their period ends. HCG drops should never be taken during menstruation. Men can start the diet anytime.

Homeopathic HCG Diet Drops Protocol

Day 1 and 2 of the HCG diet:

Start taking your HCG drops on day 1, 6 drops 6 times per day.  During these 2 days you need to everything and anything. The more fat, the better. The drops take 48 hours to kick in and this will help significantly with hunger during the next week. Eat foods saturated in fat i.e. whipping cream, butter soaked eggs, bacon, sausage, pizza, etc. Your normal fat reserves must be well-stocked in preparation for your upcoming 500 calorie diet.

Day 3 – 23+ (up to 40 days) of the HCG diet:

During this part of the HCG diet you will continue to take the drops a minimum of 23 days (2 loading days + 21 low calorie days) and a maximum of 40 days. During this time you must follow Dr. Simeons original diet protocol (see below). If during this time, you stray from the HCG diet, there is a risk of weight gain or a stall. These stalls can take anywhere from 3-6 days to break each time. Continue to take the HCG drops consistently each day. You’ll continue the 6 drops 6 times per day. Hold them under your tongue for approximately 15-20 seconds, then don’t eat or drink anything for up to 20 minutes. During this phase, you’ll want to weigh yourself every morning after you wake up and go to the bathroom. To get the most accurate weight, you’ll want to disrobe as well.

Maintenance Phase of the HCG Diet:

This portion of the HCG diet is equally as important as the weight loss period. For 72 hours after your last dose of HCG, you will continue the 500-calorie Very Low Calorie Diet, or VLCD diet. This is how long it will take for the HCG to be eliminated from your system. For 3-6 weeks after your last dose, follow the maintenance protocol. During this part of the HCG diet, you will avoid all sugars and starches. You can slowly reintroduce proteins, fruits and vegetables not allowed on the 500-calorie diet. Watch out for foods that contain too much sugar and starch. After the first 3-6 weeks of maintenance are over, you can start to slowly reintroduce sugars and starches. During this phase, you’ll want to continue to weigh yourself every morning to ensure you are still within 2.0lbs from your last dose weight.

Repeating the HCG Diet Protocol

For health and safety reasons, as well as to prevent tolerance to the HCG drops, a minimum of 6 weeks should elapse before repeating the protocol, if needed. If repeating the protocol for the 2nd time or more, an even longer time should elapse before repeating the protocol (8 weeks or more).

Dr. Simeons’ Original Diet Protocol: The Very Low Calorie Diet (VLCD)

Breakfast:

Tea or coffee in any quantity without sugar. Only one tablespoonful of milk allowed in 24 hours. Stevia may be used.

Lunch:

1. 100 grams of veal, beef, chicken breast, fresh white fish, lobster, crab, or shrimp. All visible fat must be carefully removed before cooking, and the meat must be
weighed raw. It must be boiled or grilled without additional fat. Salmon, eel, tuna, herring, dried or pickled fish are not allowed. The chicken breast must be removed from the bird.

2. One type of vegetable only to be chosen from the following: spinach, chard, chicory, beet-greens, green salad, tomatoes, celery, fennel, onions, red radishes, cucumbers, asparagus, cabbage.

3. One breadstick (grissino) or one Melba toast.

4. An apple or a handful of strawberries or one-half grapefruit or orange.

Dinner :

The same four choices as lunch.

The juice of one lemon daily is allowed for all purposes. Salt, pepper, vinegar, mustard powder, garlic, sweet basil, parsley, thyme, marjoram, etc., may be used for seasoning, but no oil, butter or dressing.

Tea, coffee, plain water, or mineral water are the only drinks allowed, but they may be taken in any quantity and at all times. In fact, you should be drinking about 2 liters of these fluids per day. Many people are afraid to drink so much because they are afraid that this may make them retain more water. This is wrong, as the body is more inclined to
store water when the intake falls below its normal requirements.

The fruit or the breadstick may be eaten between meals instead of with lunch or dinner, but not more than four items listed for lunch and dinner may be eaten at one meal.

No medicines or cosmetics other than lipstick, eyebrow pencil and powder may he used.
No variations other than those listed may be introduced.

The 100 grams of meat must he scrupulously weighed raw after all visible fat has been removed.

There is no objection to breaking up the two meals. For instance having a breadstick and an apple for breakfast or before going to bed, provided they are deducted from the regular meals. The whole daily ration of two breadsticks or two fruits may not be eaten at the same time, nor can any item saved from the previous day be added on the
following day.

In the beginning patients are advised to check every meal against their diet sheet before starting to eat and not to rely on their memory. Any attempt to observe this diet without HCG will lead to trouble in two to three days.

Two small apples weighing as much as one large one never the less have a higher
caloric value and are therefore not allowed though there is no restriction on the size of one apple. Chicken breast does not mean the breast of any other fowl, nor does it mean a wing or drumstick.

Please do not start counting calories and then come up with modifications to the diet. Dr. Simeons spent years of research trying to make the diet as attractive as possible without jeopardizing the loss of weight.

Interested in Homeopathic HCG Diet Consultations? Contact the clinic for more information.

References

www.poundsandinchesaway.com

“Pounds and Inches: A New Approach to Obesity” by Dr. Simeons

www.yourhcg.com

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The Deadly Dangers of Statin Drugs

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What are Statins (Cholesterol-Lowering Drugs) and How Do They Work?

Statins work by inhibiting the action of an enzyme called HMG coenzyme A reductase. A more technical name for statins is HMG-CoA reductase inhibitors. HMG-CoA reductase is involved in manufacturing cholesterol, so by inhibiting this enzyme, one’s cholesterol does go down, which is why cholesterol-lowering drugs are indeed effective at lowering cholesterol. HMG-CoA reductase is also responsible for manufacturing the body’s coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10), a powerful antioxidant.

The Importance of Cholesterol

Cholesterol has been demonized in recent years by the pharmaceutical industry, but having adequate cholesterol is essential for good health. For example, without adequate cholesterol, the body is not able to produce adequate amounts of vitamin D. Cholesterol is also essential for adequate neurological function,as well as being a precursor to all hormones such as the adrenal hormones. The adrenal hormones are responsible for regulating many processes in the body, such as inflammation, allergic response, libido, and blood sugar, among other things.

The Importance of Vitamin D

Remember that by inhibiting the synthesis of cholesterol, the synthesis of vitamin D is also inhibited. That means that even if you are eating vitamin D rich foods or getting adequate sunlight exposure, your body will still not be able to synthesize adequate amounts of vitamin D if you are also taking cholesterol-lowering drugs. Adequate levels of vitamin D are essential for a healthy immune system, blood sugar metabolism, mental health, and cancer prevention.

The Importance of Coenzyme Q10

HMG-CoA reductase is responsible for the body’s production of both cholesterol and coenzyme Q10. Statin drugs act by blocking the action of HMG-CoA reductase, and therefore, the body also becomes depleted of CoQ10.

Coenzyme Q10 is necessary for the body’s production of ATP, which provides energy to all cells. The heart depends on CoQ10 in order to have adequate energy to pump properly. Statin-induced depletion of CoQ10 leads to fatigue, muscle soreness and weakness, and eventually heart failure. CoQ10 is a potent antioxidant that protects cells from free radical damage, and it also plays a role in maintaining blood glucose (diabetes prevention).

Since statins interfere with the production of CoQ10, it is essential for statin users to supplement with this vital nutrient. Cholesterol expert Dr. Langsjoen recommends that all statin users supplement with 100-200 mg of coenzyme Q10 per day.

The Benefits of High Cholesterol and Dangers of Low Cholesterol

We have been brainwashed by the pharmaceutical companies to think that having high cholesterol is bad, but in fact, good science proves the very opposite. A study in 1994, for example, showed that old people with high cholesterol were half as likely to die from a heart attack as old people with low cholesterol. In fact, most studies of old people show that cholesterol is not a risk factor of coronary artery disease. Studies have also shown that high cholesterol is not a risk factor for women.

Studies have also shown that people with low cholesterol are at a greater risk of dying from gastrointestinal disease and respiratory diseases. Low cholesterol is also associated with greater incidence of HIV, and people with low cholesterol are also much more likely to die of heart failure.

A Meta-Analysis of Studies Disproves the Benefit of Statins

After a thorough analysis of all the major studies done on people who use statins, cholesterol expert Dr. Uffe Ravnskov concluded that the small benefits of using statins are not statistically significant, meaning the percentage of benefit is really no different than benefit from placebo. In fact, it was found that in some studies, more deaths occurred in treatment groups (people who used statins) vs. controls (those who did not use statins).

The Major Side Effects of Statins

Liver Damage

A meta-analysis of studies shows that statin drugs cause liver damage, and sometimes liver failure. To protect the liver, all statin users should take a daily liver detox supplement, such as liver milk thistle.

Muscle Pain and Weakness (Rhabdomyolysis)

Muscle pain and weakness, also known as rhabdomyolysis, is a common side effect of taking statins. Most likely, this side effect  is due to statin-induced depletion of coenzyme Q10, which is essential for proper muscle function.

Rhabdomyolysis can lead to kidney injury, kidney failure, and death.

Polyneuropathy

Polyneuropathy is a nerve disease characterized by weakness, tingling and pain in the hands and feet, as well as difficulty walking. Studies have shown that statin use is associated with an increased incidence of this condition. Duration of statin use increases the risk of polyneuropathy, and the nerve damage is often irreversible.

Alzheimer’s & Loss of Brain Function

Adequate cholesterol is essential for proper brain function. Studies have found that older people with high cholesterol have better memory function and reduced dementia. Studies have also shown that people with low cholesterol have a greater risk of Alzheimer’s than those with high cholesterol.

Author and cholesterol expert Dr. Duane Graveline wrote a book about what statins did to his memory, titled Lipitor: Thief of Memory. Six months after Dr. Graveline started using Lipitor, he was diagnosed with transient global amnesia. He was unable to formulate new memories and also had retrograde memory loss. Suspecting that Lipitor was to blame, Dr. Graveline started doing his own research on statin side effects. At present, Dr. Graveline has uncovered over 2,000 cases of transient global amnesia associated with the use of statins.

Cholesterol expert Yeon Kyun Shin explains: “If you deprive cholesterol from the brain, then you directly affect the machinery that triggers the release of neurotransmitters. Neurotransmitters affect the data-processing and memory functions. In other words — how smart you are and how well you remember things.”

Pneumonia

A recent study found that statin use increased the risk of pneumonia by a whopping 62% in elderly patients requiring hospitalization.

Cancer: The Deadly Price of Using Statin Drugs

After a thorough meta-analysis of studies on cancer and statin use, it was found that there was an inverse relationship between low cholesterol levels and cancer. What this means is that those people who were able to lower their cholesterol effectively with statins were at greater risk for developing cancer.

The statin drug Vytorin was taken off the market in 2008 after it was proven to have caused a whopping 64% increase in all types of cancer.

Scientific studies have found that all major statin drugs (Lipitor, Mevacor, Pravachol, Zocor, Crestor) cause cancer in rodents, and warnings about possible carcinogenicity in humans is found on all statin drug labels.

A recent study reported that among obese men, those who used a statin for 5 years or more had a whopping 80% greater risk of developing prostate cancer than those who did not use a statin drug. Other human studies have shown that statin drug use increases the risk of skin cancer and breast cancer.

Heart Failure

Heart failure is a symptom of coenzyme Q10 depletion, therefore it is very important that all statin users supplement with this vital nutrient (100-200 mg per day).

A study done in the UK showed that patients at risk for heart failure benefited from having high cholesterol rather than low. Those patients who had low cholesterol were at a greater risk of dying from heart failure.

Diabetes

A recent large-scale study done on postmenopausal women found that there was a whopping 48% increase in incidence of diabetes in women who took statins vs. women who did not take statins.

A meta-analysis of studies has found that statin use is linked to an increased risk of diabetes in men and women of all age groups.

What is the Real Cause of Heart Disease?

Inflammation Not Cholesterol

According to cardiovascular surgeon Dr. Dwight Lundell, it is chronic inflammation, not cholesterol, that is the cause of heart disease. “Simply stated, without inflammation being present in the body, there is no way that cholesterol would accumulate in the wall of the blood vessel and cause heart disease and strokes. Without inflammation, cholesterol would move freely throughout the body as nature intended. It is inflammation that causes cholesterol to become trapped.”

Any stress, emotional or physical, can also lead to chronic inflammation. Toxins in our food and environment would be examples of physical stresses, and long work hours would be an example of emotional stress.

Eating a diet rich in Omega 3 fatty acids will help reduce inflammation. That means staying away from Omega 6 fats, like corn and soy oil, and eating more Omega 3-rich animal based fats, such as fish, eggs, butter and meat. Heart healthy vegetable based fats that are rich in Omega 3 fats include olive oil, coconut oil, and avocados. Those who cannot get enough Omega 3 fats from foods should take a good Omega 3 fish oil supplement.

Homeopathic treatment is also recommended for people with heart disease, because it gets to the root cause of the problem (chronic inflammation) without causing any of the harmful side effects of statin drugs. Click here to learn more about homeopathic treatment for heart disease.

References

APOE-4: The Clue to Why Low Fat Diet and Statins may Cause Alzheimer’s by Stephanie Seneff

Cancer, Longevity and Statins by Hopkins Technology

Cholesterol-Reducing Drugs May Lessen Brain Function, Says Researcher by ScienceDaily

CoEnzyme Q10 for Healthy Hearts by John Williamson Cameron

Dangers of Statin Drugs: What you Haven’t Been Told about Popular Cholesterol-Lowering Medicines by Sally Fallon and Mary Enig, PhD

Do YOU Take Any of These 11 Dangerous Cholesterol-Lowering Drugs? by Dr. Joseph Mercola

Drugs, Liver Injury, and Cancer: Is there a Connection? by Jay S. Cohen, M.D

Heart Surgeon Speaks out on What Really Causes Heart Disease by Dr. Dwight Lundell 

How Statins Really Work Explains Why They Don’t Really Work by Stephanie Seneff

Prostate cancer risk increased in obese men: study by Michelle Rizzo

Statins Don’t Lower Pneumonia Risk in the Elderly by Medical News Today

Statins, Pregnancy, Sepsis, Cancer, Heart Failure: a Critical Analysis by Stephanie Seneff

The Benefits of High Cholesterol by Uffe Ravnskov

The Cholesterol Myth that Could be Harming Your Health by Dr. Joseph Mercola

The clinical use of HMG CoA-reductase inhibitors (statins) and the associated depletion of the essential co-factor coenzyme Qlo; a review of pertinent human and animal data by Peter H. Langsjoen, M.D., F.A.c.c.

The Common Drug that Destroys Your Memory by Dr. Joseph Mercola

The Dark Side of This Popular Drug Taken by 1 in 4 Americans Over-45… by Dr. Joseph Mercola

The statin-low cholesterol-cancer conundrum by U. Ravnskov, K.S. McCully and P.J. Rosch

Vitamin D is Synthesized by Cholesterol and Found in Cholesterol-Rich Foods by Chris Masterjohn

What Women on Statins Need to Know About Diabetes by Yunsheng Ma, MD, PhD, MPH

Further Reading: Websites about the Dangers of Statins

Cholesterol-and-Health.com

The International Network of Cholesterol Skeptics

Medicationsense.com

Mercola.com

Spacedoc.com

The Weston A. Price Foundation

Further Reading: Books about the Dangers of Statins

How Statin Drugs Really Lower Your Cholesterol and Kill You One Cell at a Time by James B Yoseph and Hannah Yoseph, MD

Ignore the Awkward: How the Cholesterol Myths are Kept Alive by Dr. Uffe Ravnskov

Lipitor: Thief of Memory by Dr. Duane Graveline

Statin Drugs Side Effects and the Misguided War on Cholesterol by Dr. Duane Graveline

The Cholesterol Delusion by Dr. Ernest M. Curtis

The Cholesterol Myths: Exposing the Fallacy that Saturated Fat and Cholesterol Cause Heart Disease by Dr. Uffe Ravnskov

The Cure for Heart Disease: Truth Will Save a Nation by Dr. Dwight Lundell

The Great Cholesterol Con by Anthony Colpo

The Statin Damage Crisis by Duane Graveline MD and and Malcolm Kendrick

What you Must Know about Statin Drugs and their Natural Alternatives by Jay S. Cohen

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Homeopathic Remedies for Colic

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Originally published online in the October 2010 edition of babyvibe (now savvymom)

Colic is defined as excessive crying in newborns related to difficulties with their digestion. There may be distention of the abdomen with excessive flatulence and burping, signs of abdominal pain, and vomiting. There is usually also be more fussiness directly after eating. Many of my clients have had much success using homeopathic remedies for colic of their newborn babies.

Homeopathic Combination Remedies

These are easy to use and can be found in most supplement and health food stores. Examples of good homeopathic combination remedies for colic are “Cocyntal” by Boiron, “Kids 0-9 Colic” by Homeocan, and “Colic Tablets” by Hyland’s.

Single Homeopathic Remedies

These are a lot cheaper than homeopathic combination remedies, but the downside is that parents can get confused if they are not sure which remedy is indicatedfor their child. Single homeopathic remedies are available in sugar pellet form in small vials. They can be found at most major health food stores, pharmacies, or homeopathic clinics but tend to be less widely available than the combination remedies. I recommend using a 30C potency (strength). Some of the more common remedies for colic are:

Chamomilla: This common remedy for teething is also frequently indicated for colic if the baby is extremely irritable. Nothing satisfies this baby though he’s usually better only when he is being carried. The colic is often accompanied by teething and there is often diarrhea with green stools.

Colocynthis: Another common remedy for newborn colic. The baby feels better after the parent puts pressure to the abdomen and the baby will often bring his knees to his abdomen to obtain relief.

Magnesium Phosphoricum: A good remedy to try if Colocynthis seems indicated but does not work. The baby gets relief from warm applications on her abdomen and she is not particularly irritable.

Pulsatilla: Colic after the mother eats rich foods. The baby is mild, timid, weepy, and craves affection.

Dosage of Single Remedies

One dose every hour; one can adjust the frequency depending on severity. Once the pain diminishes the remedy can be given three times per day, then eventually as seldom as once per day. If the baby has no relief from four consecutive doses of the remedy, then you have probably chosen the wrong remedy and it is time to select another or make an appointment with a classical homeopath for professional advice.

Other Precautions

If breastfeeding, the mother should try to avoid foods from the cabbage family, the citrus family, and cow’s milk. With formula-fed babies, parents may want to consider switching to a different type of formula.

If your baby has severe, chronic symptoms of colic that do not seem to improve from homeopathic remedies, it is important to see your doctor and your classical homeopath for professional advice.

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The Waning Effectiveness of the Whooping Cough Vaccine

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In 2010, California experienced its worst outbreak of whooping cough in 50 years. As usual, the mainstream media blamed unvaccinated people for the outbreak, yet 44 to 83 percent of those diagnosed with whooping cough in California had been vaccinated against whooping cough.

Since the 1980s, the incidence of pertussis (whooping cough) has been rising, and this resurgence is not  related to vaccine refusal. The pertussis rates in California are the same as other US states with higher and lower vaccine rates. According to the CDC, vaccination rates for pertussis in the US have been steady or even on the increase since 1992.

Other areas besides California have experienced this phenomena of whooping cough occurring in heavily vaccinated populations. In Oxford, England, between 2001-2005, 90% of children who contracted whooping cough were fully immunized. During a 2005-2006 outbreak in Toronto, Canada, over 90% of children who contracted whooping cough were fully up to date on their immunizations. During a 2009 outbreak in Hunterdon County, New Jersey, all children who contracted whooping cough had been immunized. During a recent outbreak in Texas and Ohio, between 67-75% of children had been immunized. In Long Island during a 2011 epidemic, all infected children were vaccinated.

In Finland, where the vaccine coverage rate is 98%, a nation wide study of children infected with pertussis between 1994-1997 concluded that pertussis outbreaks can indeed occur in fully vaccinated populations. A study of a 2004 outbreak in Slovenia reveals that all children who became infected with pertussis were fully vaccinated. And last but not least, another example of the ineffectiveness of the pertussis vaccine: during a 1996 pertussis outbreak in the Netherlands, infection rate was actually higher among those who were vaccinated for the disease.

Unvaccinated children have become the scapegoat for pertussis outbreaks, but this belief is not based in reality. According to Dutch scientist Dr. Fritz Mooi, the most obvious culprit is the waning effectiveness of the pertussis vaccine. The answer to the problem, posited by the mainstream press, is to add more booster doses to the vaccination schedule. However, Dr. Mooi’s research into the real reason behind waning vaccine immunity concludes that there is now a new, more virulent strain of whooping cough that is resistant to the pertussis vaccine.

The logical answer to the problem would be to develop a new vaccine that would protect against this new pertussis strain. But Dr. Mooi says, “There is little incentive for pharmaceutical companies to pursue a new vaccine because it would cost billions.”

An increase in pertussis vaccination coverage  is associated with rising incidence of parapertussis infection. The symptoms of parapertussis infection are virtually identical to pertussis infection, thus an MD could easily misdiagnose parapertussis as pertussis. There currently is no vaccine that protects against parapertussis. A recent study found that the risk of parapertussis infection was 40 times as likely in mice that were immunized with the pertussis vaccine.

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References

Immunized People Getting Whooping Cough, Experts Spar Over New Strain
Outbreaks Proof that Whooping Cough Vaccines Don’t Work
Vaccination is Steady, But Pertussis is Surging
Whooping Cough Kills 5 in California – State Declares an Epidemic
Whooping Cough Outbreaks in Vaccinated Children Become More and More Frequent 

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