Wednesday, 4 March 2015

Croup? Why Homeopathy is the safest, and most effective treatment

Croup is a common childhood ailment marked by a harsh barking cough that arises from a viral infection of the larynx. It is often associated with mild upper respiratory symptoms such as a runny nose and cough. Croup is usually not serious and most children recover within a few days, but may need medical attention if the child develops breathing difficulties.

Conventional Medical Treatment for Croup
NHS Choices says that the treatment of croup depends on how severe the symptoms are, and that most cases are mild and can be managed at home. It warns that if the child has severe croup an urgent hospital admission might be required.

The treatment at home recommended is:
  • comforting the child (!)
  • encouraging the child to drink plenty of fluids.
  • taking ‘children's paracetamol’ to ease any pain associated with the condition, and to lower temperature if there is a fever. However, it should be noted that this advice comes with strong warnings about the use of painkilling drugs for children.
  • a single dose of “an oral corticosteroid medication called dexamethasone or prednisolone to help reduce swelling in your child's throat”. It mentions that the side effects of these medications include restlessness, vomiting, upset stomach and headache.
NHS Choices also warns not to use cough medicines or decongestants “as these do not help ease the symptoms of croup”, and “often have drowsy side effects, which can be dangerous when a child has breathing difficulties”.

Hospital treatment
In severe cases of croup, where there are breathing problems, such as shortness of breath, NHS Choices says that hospital treatment may be required, and to ring for an ambulance immediately.

The Homeopathic Treatment of Croup
Note. Homeopathy does not treat illness or diseases. It treats an individual who has been diagnosed with a particular illness or disease. The distinction is important. Click here to read more about “Illness Diagnosis”. 

Homeopathy works by matching the symptoms of illness with the known symptoms of remedies. These short remedy descriptions may guide you to a remedy that can work for you, but consulting with a qualified homeopath will enhance the chances of a good match. When a close match is found the remedy will work successfully, without any side effects, or adverse reactions.

These remedy description are taken from Dana Ullman’s website, Homeopathic Educational Services. These descriptions apply to children with croup, and to most people with a cough. They will usually be capable of preventing croup requiring hospital admission.

Aconitum
These children wake from sleep with a dry, hoarse, croupy cough, which tends to be worse at night and after midnight. They are apt to develop a cold or cough during dry cold weather. Along with their dry cough, they will have a dry mouth and shortness of breath. They are usually very thirsty. The cough is worse from being cold, drinking cold water, from tobacco smoke, lying on either side, and at night, especially after midnight. This remedy is very commonly given for the initial stages of croup, bronchitis, pleurisy, and pneumonia. These children are often restless and anxious.

Antimonium tart
A loud rattling cough with an inability to expectorate mucus is characteristic of this medicine. Sometimes precipitated after being angered or annoyed, the respiratory difficulties cause these children to feel drowsy, weak, and feeble. Their symptoms are usually worse at 4 a.m. Their difficulty in breathing may cause them to sit up rather than lie down. Concurrent with these breathing difficulties are anxiousness, restlessness, and irritability. They feel chilly but are averse to stuffy warm rooms. They instead desire cool rooms and open windows. This remedy is rarely given at the beginning of an illness.

Belladonna
When cough symptoms appear suddenly and the child has a dry cough with laryngitis, consider this remedy. These children are restless, drowsy, and have wild dreams. Their symptoms are worse at night.

Bryonia
When a common cold starts with a nasal discharge and then moves down into the chest, Bryonia is often given, especially when the cough is dry and worse by motion or breathing in. It is painful to move and to inspire, so these children tend to hold their chest as they breathe in order to limit the motion of the chest. The cough is also aggravated by warm rooms and during or after eating. These children tend to be sensitive to drafts and are always catching cold. They may feel some tickling in the larynx which irritates the cough. Sometimes nausea and vomiting or a headache accompany the cough.

Drosera
Bouts of continuous, dry, barking coughing are characteristic of children who need this remedy. They may experience a spasmodic tickling cough that is accompanied by choking, cold sweats, and vomiting. Their cough is aggravated by lying down and after midnight, especially at 2 a.m. The cough is irritated by talking, eating, or drinking cold fluids. These children are usually seen holding onto the chest for support during the coughing spells. They become very chilly and tend to perspire profusely, especially at night. They may also develop a deep hoarse voice.

Ferrum phos
Children who will benefit from this remedy do not get symptoms that arise suddenly, nor are the symptoms very intense. These children may, however, be anemic and become ill after being exposed to cold. The cough becomes worse from cold air, in early morning, and after eating. It is a dry hacking cough, and the expectoration may have some blood in it. The children may experience a stitching pain on inspiration and during a cough. They usually have a poor appetite with an aversion to meat and milk and a desire for sour foods. Hoarseness may accompany the cough.

Hepar sulph
This remedy is good for a barking, croupy cough, especially when it is exacerbated by exposure to cold. The cough may also be excited by dryness or dust in the larynx, eating or drinking cold things, deep inspiration, or a draft. There may be much coughing up of mucus or rattling of the chest without the ability to cough the mucus out. These children sweat during their coughing spells, and they may actually feel better in damp weather. They are very irritable while ill.

Ipecac
When children have a hacking cough with a tendency to retch or vomit, this remedy should be considered. These children have blood-strained mucus, constriction of the chest, and a tickling in the throat, causing a cough. They tend to cough with every breath and experience excessive salivation. The cough is worse in hot, humid weather or in changing weather. They may also have sneezing and hoarseness. This remedy is a common medicine for infants with a cough and vomiting.

Kali bich
Known to frequently cough up stringy, ropy, yellow mucus, these children are worse after eating, drinking, uncovering, cold weather, and at 3 a.m. They experience some relief from expectorating the stringy mucus, warmth, warm weather, and lying down in a warm bed. They have a sensation of a hair in the back of the throat that irritates the cough. They may have a hoarse voice and may feel pain from sticking out the tongue. In some instances they are known to have pain in the mid-sternum extending through to the back. This remedy is not useful at the beginning stages of a cough.

Phosphorus
These children have a dry hard cough, sometimes with a persistent tickle felt behind the sternum. The cough is aggravated by lying down, especially on the left side, and they are wakened at night and need to sit up to cough. They are also aggravated by talking, moving, going from a warm room to cold air, or from strong odors. To decrease pain from coughing, they usually hold their chest. The tightness in their chest is relieved by the warmth of a bed. They crave ice drinks. Their illness exhausts them, and they sometimes have an empty, all-gone feeling or burning in the chest. Their nasal discharge may have some blood streaked in it, and they may become hoarse. This medicine is commonly given in more serious respiratory conditions like pneumonia.

Pulsatilla
This remedy is related to some characteristic cough symptoms, but it is more commonly prescribed based on a child's General Characteristics. The cough symptoms are aggravated in a warm room or warm weather, by lying down to sleep, and at night. Walking in the cool air provides some relief. Also, the child must sit up in bed to breathe better. Typically, she has a dry cough during the day, and a productive cough with yellow or greenish expectoration at night and upon waking. The key General Characteristics of Pulsatilla children are that they are affectionate, moody, weepy, indecisive, and always seek to please others. They crave affection and sympathy and cannot get enough of it. They have fears of being abandoned, so when parents get ready to go out for whatever reason, these children may beg them not to leave.

Rumex
The most distinctive characteristic of children who need this remedy is that their cough is extremely sensitive to cold air. They may even place a blanket or towel over their head to avoid breathing cold air. They experience a tickling in the throat and an irritation below the larynx that is aggravated by touching or pressing the pit of the throat. They have a dry cough and usually become hoarse. They are aggravated in the night and by motion and feel better in warmth.

Spongia
This remedy is one of the primary medicines for a dry, barking, croupy cough. The air passages are dry, the sputum is absent, and the voice is hoarse. The coughing can be exacerbated by cold air, warm rooms, tobacco smoke, talking, lying with the head low, drinking cold fluids, or eating sweets. The cough also tends to be worse in the early part of the night. Warm food or drinks, even in small doses, provide some relief, as does sitting up and leaning forward. This remedy is considered a second stage croup remedy, after Aconitum and before Hepar and Kali bic.

Randomised Controlled Tests (RCTs)

To my knowledge there have been no RCT’s directly on the homeopathic treatment of croup.


The information on this webpage represents the views and opinion of the author, based on his clinical experience, and the traditions of Homeopathy. This material is provided for information only, and should not be construed as medical advice or instruction. Always consult with a suitably qualified and registered Homeopath, or with a medical doctor for advice about the treatment they offer, especially in serious or life threatening medical conditions, or if you are already taking medical drugs.’



To Vaccinate - Or Not to Vaccinate? A Simple Suggestion?

Many parents face the dilemma whether to vaccinate their children, especially when faced with the pressure that conventional doctors, and the mainstream media, place on us to do so.

One solution that is offered is to agree to vaccination, but on the condition that the doctor signs an undertaking, a Vaccine Consent form, written something like this....

Vaccine Consent Form
Child's Name…………..
I give my consent for my child to be vaccinated with the vaccine(s) subject to the following conditions:

1. That the information which has been supplied is fully accurate both as to the safety and the efficacy of the vaccines.

2. That the doctor or nurse performing the vaccine, the Health Authority, the manufacturer of the vaccines, and the Department of Health will accept full joint and several responsibility for any injury caused to my child as a result of the vaccine being administered.

3. That, in the event of any such injury being caused, my child will receive full compensation, assessed in accordance with the normal principles of English Tort Law.

If these conditions are not acceptable, the vaccination should not take place

Tempted? On the surface the idea of a consent form is an interesting idea. But unfortunately they are  fatally flawed as the conventional medical establishment has demonstrated that it is adept at avoiding all these provisions.

1. The conventional medical establishment is already obliged to give us full and accurate information on the safety and efficiency of vaccines, but it has never done so.
  • we are told that vaccines are safe when they are not, and any evidence supporting their dangers are dismissed, discounted, or not acted upon.
  • the benefits and effectiveness of the vaccines are always heavily hyped.
  • the dangers of the vaccine are discounted.
2. The conventional medical establishment is likely to deny that the vaccine caused any injury to you, or your child.
  • vaccine damage is regularly and routinely denied.
  • vaccine damage can always be blamed on something else.
  • in order for us to place responsibility then requires us to prove the link, against the massed forces of government, the NHS, Big Pharma, et al!
3. It has been regularly proven to be very difficult to get matters of vaccine, or indeed drug damage to the courts, particularly in Britain. In many cases, the Big Pharma companies have already negotiated with governments to win 'immunity from prosecution'.

And the conventional medical establishment is entirely used to holding on to this position regardless of any evidence to the contrary.

The only way to be safe from the harm, the 'disease-inducing-effects' of conventional drugs and vaccines is to say "No", firmly and decisively.

More and more people are doing this, which is one of the main reasons for moves, particularly in the USA and Australia, to make vaccination mandatory on everyone, and accordingly to infringe our health freedom. 

It is time for everyone to stand up to what is rapidly becoming the conventional medical mafia!

Tuesday, 3 March 2015

Bronchitis. Is conventional or homeopathic treatment best?

Bronchitis is an inflammation of the air passages between the nose and the lungs, the bronchial tubes. People with bronchitis usually cough up thickened mucus, which can be discoloured. Acute, short-term bronchitis is usually caused by a viral infection, and usually heals without complication. Chronic, or long-term bronchitis is a sign of serious lung disease for which conventional medicine has no cure.

Conventional Medical Treatment for Bronchitis
NHS Choices says that “most cases of bronchitis do not require treatment from a GP, and the symptoms can be easily managed at home” and that “there is no cure for chronic bronchitis, but healthy living will help”. The advice is to stop smoking, get plenty of rest, drink lots of fluids, and use painkillers like paracetamol or ibuprofen to manage headaches, fever, and aches and pains. They say, quite correctly, that cough medicine do not work, and that in any case the drug regulator, MHRA, has recommended that cough medicine should not be given to children under six. It recommends, itself, to “try making your own mixture of honey and lemon, which can help soothe a sore throat and ease your cough”.

NHS Choices goes on to recommend Antibiotic drugs, even though this illness is usually caused by a virus, despite the dangers of these drugs, and growing resistance to them because of overuse, and misuse. The side-affects admitted are  nausea, vomiting and diarrhoea.

For chronic bronchitis NHS Choices say it is treated in the same way as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (or COPD). This includes
  • an exercise programme known as pulmonary rehabilitation can help you cope better with your symptoms
  • Drugs call Mucolytics, which make mucus easier to cough up. NHS Choices mentions no side effects, but the patient.co.uk website states that some people have reported bleeding from the gastrointestinal tract, and that they should not be taken if you develop black stools, as this is a sign of bleeding from the gut.
The Homeopathic Treatment of Bronchitis
Note. Homeopathy does not treat illness or diseases. It treats an individual who has been diagnosed with a particular illness or disease. The distinction is important. Click here to read more about “Illness Diagnosis”. 

Homeopathy works by matching the symptoms of illness with the known symptoms of remedies. These short remedy descriptions may guide you to a remedy that can work for you, but consulting with a qualified homeopath will enhance the chances of a good match. When a close match is found the remedy will work successfully, without any side effects, or adverse reactions.

These remedy descriptions are taken from the Hpathy website, and can be used for both acute and chronic bronchitis.

Aconite
The sphere of Aconite in bronchitis is limited to the onset of the affection, and here it must be distinguished carefully from other remedies also suitable to this stage. When, as a result of checked perspiration, exposure to cold, drafts or dry, cold winds,a cold is taken starting in with a coryza, frequent sneezing, chilliness, restless sleep, full, hard pulse, and the characteristic mental condition, Aconite will come in, though its stage is a brief one is usually over before the physician sees the case. It is of use, therefore,only before the inflammation is localized. If the cases are characterised by lassitude and physical weakness and indisposition with a full flowing pulse and moderate congestion, then Aconite is supplanted by Gelsemium. Often times it is difficult to determine which of these remedies is indicated, when Ferrum phos must be considered, and more especially so in the bronchitis of children,where it will often check the trouble. It stands therefore midway between Aconite and Gelsemium, with less restlessness and bounding pulse than the former and less flowing pulse and drowsiness than the latter remedy. It corresponds to cases where every little cold adds to trouble, the cough is short and dry, the lungs are sore, and the breathing is somewhat oppressed. Veratrum viride suits violent cases from the first where there is high temperature, full, hard rapid pulse, and great heat of the body. It differs from Aconite in having no anxiety and no restlessness. When the arterial turgescence is over its period of usefulness is past.

Belladonna
Belladonna suits cases of bronchitis with a violent fever, short, dry, continual, distressing cough, worse at night and on lying down,where the breathing is irregular and hurried, no expectoration, or ,if present, it is apt to be blood-streaked, fulness in chest without any pain, though children will cry when coughing,the skin is hot and inclined to moisture, not dry like Aconite or Veratrum viride. There is a tendency to drowsiness, the patient does not sleep, but dozes in semiconscious manner and starts frequently. Do not be too great hurry a change to another remedy when the cough is spasmodic and the child cries after each paroxysm. Belladonna is still the remedy.

Bryonia
Probably this remedy is seldom indicated in pure bronchitis, though very frequently given. It is of especial good service when the cough is very severe, hurting the head and distant parts of the body. The patient presses the hands on the sides of the chest while coughing to relieve the pain. There is great pressure over the sternum, dyspnoea, and a dry cough,which seems to start from the stomach. It is worse after a meal and there is but little expectoration. The cough is more the result of an irritation in the larger bronchi than in the finger tubes, and the hacking produces sore spots in the trachea and chest. Stitching pains in the sides, of course, further indicate Bryonia. The cough is aggravated by coming into a warm room from the cold air. Hughes says that it is the best remedy after Aconite for what is known as a cold on the chest. If the expectoration becomes copious, loose, thick and muco-purulent, Pulsatilla may be indicated. If accompanied by nausea and vomiting of mucus, then give Ipecacuanha. When bronchitis follows measles and whooping cough, Chelidonium is an excellent remedy.

Phosphorus
Especially suitable to sub-acute and lingering cases in delicate, tall, slender, overgrown or phthisical subjects. It thus suits non- resistant individuals. There is a paroxysmal cough with pain under the sternum, suffocative pressure in the upper part of the chest with constriction of the larynx, hoarseness, mucous rales, bloody and mucous sputum or purulent, having a salty or sweetish taste; patient better after sleep. The respiration is embarrassed and the tendency is toward pneumonia. Rumex has a tickling in the supra-sternal fossa; any change in breathing causes cough; must breathe warm air to avoid coughing. With Phosphorus the cough is worse after meals, and a guiding symptom is soreness and rawness of the chest; the cough is also worse going into the open air, being the reverse of Bryonia. Talking, or any use of the voice, aggravates the cough. 

Hepar sulph
When the cough begins to loosen and becomes rattling, fatiguing and choking, with moist rales, Hepar will be the remedy. “Coughing into a choke” is a valuable indication for this remedy. It corresponds more closely to subacute cases. It is particularly adapted to dyscrasias, herein differing from Pulsatilla. Kali carbonicum is also valuable in capillary bronchitis with dyspnoea,a choking cough, and sharp stitches in the chest. The 12x potency is perhaps the best.

Mercurius
The sovereign remedy in inflammatory bronchial catarrh; there is roughness and soreness from the fauces down through the middle of the chest, a dry, raw concussive cough, which is very exhausting ;sputum watery, saliva-like,or yellow and muco-purulent. There is fever and alternation of hills and heat, desire for cold drinks, which aggravate the cough. and pasty sweat without relief. Kali bich has for its indication the tough,tenacious,glutinous character of the expectoration; it can be drawn out in long strings. Hughes considers it useful when bronchitis lingers long in a sub-acute condition. The expectoration may also be of bluish lumps, and the cough is especially troublesome towards morning, the tightness seems to be at the epigastrium.

Antimonium tart
This remedy corresponds to two stages of bronchitis, an early one and a late one. In the beginning of capillary bronchitis in young infants, or in old people, this remedy stands most prominent. There are sub- crepitant rales throughout the chest, wheezing breathing, the cough sounds loose, but no phlegm is raised. In children the cough is infrequent, and the child becomes drowsy, the respiration is superficial, requiring laboured efforts of the respiratory muscles, and vomiting of food and mucus may be present. In these cases carbon dioxide poisoning threatens, and the patient’s own mucous secretion drown him. These are clear indication of Antimonium tartaricum. Ipecacuanha is the most similar drug; the rales are louder and coarser, there is much coughing, but the patient raises little phlegm of infants, the prostration not being as marked as with Antimonium tartaricum. There is great accumulation of mucus, spasmodic cough, nausea and vomiting, and difficulty in breathing. After its use the expectoration becomes less tenacious which permits it to be raised more easily. Baryta carbonica has loud rattling in the chest, but the patient cannot raise. Ammonium causticum has also a copious accumulation of mucus in the lungs with incessant cough. Antimonium arsenicosum is also a most useful remedy and corresponds to dangerous types of capillary bronchitis.

Sulphur
Sulphur corresponds well to inveterate cases of chronic bronchitis, and brilliant results are here obtained. Its catarrh of the bronchial mucous membranes is accompanied with loud rales, a persistent, profuse, thick, muco-purulent expectoration and attended by suffocative attacks. Bronchial catarrh, with loud rales and profuse expectoration; both this remedy and Pix liquida have expectoration of purulent matter. Bacillinum is a remedy highly spoken of by some competent observers; it seems to suit especially individuals who are constantly catching cold, one is hardly gotten rid of before another is contracted. The irritation locates itself in the bronchial mucous membrane leaving troublesome cough.

Carbo veg
Bronchitis of old people with profuse, yellow, foetid expectoration, dyspnoea, much rattling in the chest, and burning calls for this remedy. Among other remedies suiting bronchial troubles in old people are Senega, where the cough is irritating and the phlegm is especially adhesive and the patient complains of a pressing pain in the chest, when respiring, moving or coughing. Lachesis where the cough comes on when the patient is about to drop of to sleep; Arsenicum, fatiguing suffocative cough with violent dyspnoea; Scilla, obstinate chronic coughs with stitches in the chest, expectoration transparent or muco-purulent, easy at times, hard at others; Nux vomica, Rhus Tox and Veratrum album. Dulcamara is a valuable remedy for bronchial catarrhs of old people with a very free greenish expectoration, worse from change of weather to cold and wet.

Randomised Controlled Tests (RCTs)

Information taken from the abstract:
Homeopathic products are often employed by patients to treat cough, but the evidence on their efficacy is scarce. Thus, we tested the efficacy of a homeopathic syrup in treating cough arising from URTIs with a randomized, double blind, placebo controlled clinical trial. Patients were treated with either the homeopathic syrup or a placebo for a week, and recorded cough severity in a diary by means of a verbal category-descriptive score for two weeks……. Sputum was collected from 53 patients: in both groups its viscosity significantly decreased after 4 days of treatment; however, viscosity was significantly lower in the homeopathic group. Instead, the subjective evaluation did not significantly differ between the two groups. No adverse events related to any treatment were reported. We concluded that the homeopathic syrup employed in the study was able to effectively reduce cough severity and sputum viscosity, thereby representing a valid remedy for the management of acute cough induced by URTIs.


The information on this webpage represents the views and opinion of the author, based on his clinical experience, and the traditions of Homeopathy. This material is provided for information only, and should not be construed as medical advice or instruction. Always consult with a suitably qualified and registered Homeopath, or with a medical doctor for advice about the treatment they offer, especially in serious or life threatening medical conditions, or if you are already taking medical drugs.’



Conventional Medical Drugs endanger us on our roads

There are many hazards to encounter when we drive on our roads, and we all know about them. Drink driving, and the dangers of alcohol, have been recognised for a long time, and accordingly it has been heavily restricted. More recently, the dangers of so-called 'recreational' drug taking has been raised as an issue on our roads, and in Britain, action has at last been taken. Now, a conviction for driving under the influence of some doctor-sanctioned 'medicines' will lead to a minimum one-year driving ban, a fine of up to £5,000, and a criminal record.

What is important is that medical drugs have now been implicated within this new legislation. A handful of Big Pharma drugs have been recognised to be equally as damaging to our mental and physical abilities abilities as banned or illegal drugs. The list is too small, and needs to be extended. But at least it is a start - a recognition that these pharmaceutical drugs adversely affect our mental and physical performance, and constitute a danger. These are the drugs named.
  • Clonazepam (a Benzodiazepine drug for seizures and panic disorders)
  • Diazepam, Larium (a Benzodiazepine, anti-anxiety drug)
  • Flunitrazepam, Rohypnol (a Benzodiazepine sedative drug)
  • Lorazepam, Ativan (a Benzodiazepine anti-anxiety drug)
  • Methadone (a heroin substitute)
  • Morphine (a narcotic pain relief drug)
  • Oxazepam (a Benzodiazepine anti-anxiety drug)
  • Temazepam (a Benzodiazepine anti-anxiety and sedative drug)
Most of these drugs are know under a considerable, and confusing number of other names.

The worry is that doctors, who are nominally committed to 'causing no harm', continue to prescribe drugs that cause those who take them such harm, and thereby, put every other road user under threat of harm too.

Benzodiazepine drugs have been known to be harmful to health, with horrendous long-term consequences, for many decades now. Yet they are still being prescribed by doctors, who are being allowed to do so by the conventional medical establishment. I have written about Benzodiazepine drugs before over recent years (see references below). They are certainly drugs worth avoiding!






Friday, 27 February 2015

Tinnitus. Why Homeopathy? is the best treatment

Tinnitus is an ailment that produces sound emanating from within the body rather than from an outside source. The condition can cause enormous personal distress, leading to insomnia and depression. The most usual sounds heard are:
     buzzing
     cracking
     grinding
     hissing
     humming
     ringing
     roaring
     rushing
     singing
     sizzling
     wind
     whistling
     whizzing

Conventional Medical Treatment for Tinnitus
NHS Choices says that  most people learn to live with tinnitus , despite the fact that it can have a significant impact on day-to-day life. It says that  in most cases, tinnitus isn t harmful and will often improve over time . Moreover, it admits that the cause of tinnitus  can t be found so the aim of treatment will be to help manage the condition on a daily basis .

There is no drug treatment for Tinnitus, which at least means that conventional medicine is causing patients no harm. Instead, NHS Choices outlines the following 

               Correcting hearing loss, might involve surgery and the fitting of hearing aids
               Sound therapy, using neutral, repetitive sounds  to distract you from the sound of tinnitus .
               Tinnitus counselling, a talking therapy that  plays an important part in learning how to cope with the condition and manage it more effectively .
               Cognitive behavioural therapy, to treat mental health problems arising from Tinnitus, such as anxiety and depression.
               Tinnitus retraining therapy, trying to utilise you natural ability to  get used  to a sound so  it becomes apart of your subconscious, rather than part of your conscious perception .
               Self-Help measures, such as relaxation, listening to music, support groups

So if Tinnitus sufferers are looking to relieve the condition, conventional medicine has little to offer.

The Homeopathic Treatment of Tinnitus
Note. Homeopathy does not treat illness or diseases. It treats an individual who has been diagnosed with a particular illness or disease. The distinction is important. Click here to read more about  Illness Diagnosis . 

Homeopathy works by matching the symptoms of illness with the known symptoms of remedies. These short remedy descriptions may guide you to a remedy that can work for you, but consulting with a qualified homeopath will enhance the chances of a good match. When a close match is found the remedy will work successfully, without any side effects, or adverse reactions.

The following remedy descriptions have been taken from the Hpathy website, and a useful article by Robert Medhurst.

Baryta mur
Buzzing, Roaring.
Worse for chewing or swallowing
Better for sipping cold water

Chenopodium ant.
Buzzing, Roaring
No modalities known for this remedy

China
Humming,Ringing, Singing
Worse after eating, at night.
Better for warmth, open air

Chinin sulph
Ringing
Worse mid to late morning, cold
Better for pressure

Coccus
Cracking
Worse on waking, lying down, worse left side
Better for walking, cold drinks

Dulcamara
Buzzing
Worse for cold, damp air
Better for warmth and dry weather

Elaps
Buzzing, Crackling, Roaring
Worse from wet weather, worse at night
Better from rest

Graphites
Cracking, Hissing, Roaring
Sounds like gunshots
Worse for warmth, worse at night
Better from wrapping up

Kali iod
Ringing
Worse from heat, changing or damp weather, night
Better for motion, cold air, open air

Ledum
Roaring, Rushing, Wind
Worse at night, worse from heat
Better for cold, better for rest

Lycopodium
Humming, Ringing, Roaring, Rushing, Whizzing
Worse for warmth, early evening, right side
Better for motion, warm food and drink

Mag carb
Buzzing, Ringing, Roaring, Whizzing
Worse for warmth of the bed, temperature changes
Better for warm air, open air

Petroleum
Ringing, Cracking, Whizzing, Wind
Worse for motion, cold weather, eating
Better for warm air, dry weather, raised head

Salicylic acid
Ringing, Roaring
Worse for motion, night, cold
Better for dry heat

Silica
Roaring
Worse from cold air and drafts, in the morning
Better for warmth, for wrapping head

Thiosinaminum
Normally used clinically where there is scar tissue, or a thickening of the ear drum causes tinnitus

Medhurst says that these remedies should be used in 6C potencies, three times daily, only while the symptoms that relate specifically to the remedy are present. For any issues that don t resolve in a reasonable period of time or those that increase in severity, the services of a qualified and experienced homoeopath should be sought.

Randomised Controlled Tests (RCTs)

To my knowledge there have been no RCT s undertaken about the homeopathic treatment of Tinnitis


The information on this webpage represents the views and opinion of the author, based on his clinical experience, and the traditions of Homeopathy. This material is provided for information only, and should not be construed as medical advice or instruction. Always consult with a suitably qualified and registered Homeopath, or with a medical doctor for advice about the treatment they offer, especially in serious or life threatening medical conditions, or if you are already taking medical drugs. 


Tuesday, 24 February 2015

The Dangers of Statin Drugs

Statin drugs are the most widely prescribed drugs in the UK, and indeed throughout the parts of the world dominated by conventional, drug-vaccine based medicine. They are supposed to lower the levels of cholesterol in the blood which drug companies have long considered to be a major cause of heart disease. 

Initially, we were told that all cholesterol was bad, and needed to be reduced. Then we were told that there is a 'good' and a 'bad' cholesterol. Now, increasing evidence seems to indicate that cholesterol, even 'bad' cholesterol, is not only necessary to our health, but beneficial. This evidence has been put together on 'The Cholesterol Truth' website.

For decades the conventional medical establishment have told us that Statins are entirely safe, that even healthy people should take them as a 'preventative' measure, even that they should be added to our water supply!

This is tremendous promotional material for the Big Pharma companies, and it has led to enormous profits for them. But these profits have been made to the detriment of the health of those people who have taken them.

There are many types and brands of Statin drugs, but they all work in much the same way. These are some of the more common names under which these drugs are sold to us.

Altoprev, Lovastatin, Crestor, Rosuvastatin, Lescol, Fluvastatin, Lipitor, Atorvastatin, Livalo,         Pitavastatin, Mevacor, Pravachol, Pravastatin, Zocor, Simvastatin, Advicor, Simcor, Vytorin.

The History of the Drug
Statins have been the wonder drug of wonder drugs in recent times, the anti-cholesterol drugs prescribed now to over 2.5 million patients in the UK alone. We have been repeatedly told that this miracle drug could significantly reduce the risk of heart disease, and that they are entiresy safe and 'well tolerated'.

The discovery of the effects of statin compounds led to the first experimental 'cholesterol inhibitor' drug in the 1970s, Lovastatin. Testing this drug in the 1980s showed it to be effective in reducing cholesterol levels in volunteers, leading to the drug companies making a link between cholesterold and heart disease, and then selling Statins to reduce heart disease.

Until recently, guidelines from NICE recommended that anyone with a 20% risk of cardiovascular disease over the next ten years should be eligible for them, which means the number of people on Statins soared to more than five million within a few years. The Department of Health somehow estimated that Statins were saving 9,700 lives every year! More recently, NICE have recommened that even more people, those with a 10% risk of heart disease, should be prescribed the drugs.

Indeed, until 2009-10 the main criticism about Statins was that they were not prescribed on a sufficient scale, and this argument was raised in a Guardian article (Sarah Boseley, 22 May 2006) which begins 

"Virtually all middle-aged men and older women should be taking statins, the cholesterol-lowering drugs, if Britain is to have any real success in preventing heart attacks and strokes, experts say today"

The cost of the drugs was one concern in making this recommendation, with Statins costing on average £152.52 a year per patient, with the NHS bill for Statins being some £769m in 2004 alone.

Yet even at that time the dangers of Statins were beginning to emerge. A Daily Mail article (Jerome Burne, Daily Mail, 27 June 2006) referred to an article in the British Medical Journal, in which Swedish physician and cholesterol expert Dr Uffe Ravnskov claimed that too little is known about the side effects of taking statins at higher doses. The article claimed that there was a possibility of mental and neurological problems such as severe irritability and memory loss, and muscle weakness (myopathy), which can make walking difficult, cause aches and pains, and in rare cases leads to total muscle cell breakdown, and kidney failure. 

Yet the same article quotes one medical professor saying "there is almost universal benefit from statins for men over 55, regardless of their cholesterol level, and also for women over 60" . What this demonstrates is that ConMed is prepared to ignore warning signs about its drugs until the evidence is significant, and unavoidable. In other words, ConMed drugs are safe until proven otherwise!

On 15th January 2007, the Daily Mail published an article by Jenny Hope 'Do Statins raise the risk of Parkinsons'. The article referred to a study undertaken in the USA by Dr Xuemei Huang, of the University of North Carolina that found patients with low levels of LDL cholesterol (something Statins are designed to lower) are three times more likely to have Parkinson's disease. The article stated that researchers were planning larger scale trials to determine whether Statins were the cause. 

This is the route through which most drugs pass. Small research projects announce cautious findings, and these are refuted by the conventional medical establishment. Then, as time passes, further evidence makes such denial increasingly difficult.

Certainly, official figures, reported in the 2006 Daily Mail article, showed that the number of reported side effects and deaths linked with Statins had increased significantly. In 2005, deaths linked to Statins for the past 18 years was thought to be 92, with 7,000 reports of adverse reactions. Yet the annual figures released by the MHRA indicated 38 deaths, with 1,337 reported side effects.

Then, in 2009, research from the Iowa State university suggested that Statins, and other cholesterol lowering drugs, could cause a decrease in brain function. Yeon-Kyun Shin, who conducted the research, said 

"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" 

One of the biggest studies of Statin drugs, (American Journal of Cardiovascular Drugs 2008;8(6): 373-418) was reported in Mercola on 22nd February 2009. It described the study as "the most complete picture to date of reported side effects of statins, involving nearly 900 studies, and it gives powerful evidence of 'statin-induced injury' to the functioning of the body's energy-producing cells, called mitochondria". This, the study suggested it is underlying many of the 'adverse reactions' that occur to patients taking statin drugs.

Elsewhere I have described how conventional medical drugs have a life history that takes them from birth to death. Statins were now emerging from their 'childhood' stage, when they were considered to be safe and effective, and moving towards 'adolescence' - the stage when there is increasing evidence against the drug, but as yet the evidence is not accepted by the conventional medical authorities. An adolescent drug was once thought to be 'safe' and 'effective' but is proving to be neither! So guidelines begin to be tightened. Doctors are told that cholesterol levels, and levels of enzymes indicating if there are liver or muscle problems, should be checked before prescribing the drug, and periodically thereafter.

The need for Statin drugs had always been argued on the basis of the harmful effect of cholesterol levels within the body. This, in itself, should have raised two questions. First, was diet not be a better alternative to drugs? And second, should there have been a proper debate about whether cholesterol levels really were significant in the creation of heart disease.

What needs to be remembered is that several Statin drugs have already been withdrawn from the market.

      Mevastatin (Compactin) was never marketed because testing demonstrated in the late 1970's showed it had adverse effects of tumours, muscle deterioration, and sometimes death in laboratory dogs (Wikipedia).

      In 2001, Baycol (Cerivastatin) caused muscle damage so severe and widespread, and killed several hundred patients, that it was 'quietly' withdrawn.

Yet still massive numbers of patients were still being prescribed similar drug, and patients are not being told this information.  Dr Mercola reported on 19th February 2009 (quoting a study in the Journal of American Medical Association 2009; 301: 261-2) that doctors were discovering the dangers, and the ineffectiveness of Zocor, or simvastatin. 

Zocor (Simvastatin) has been one of the most widely used Statin drugs in the world over the past 20 years, but the report said "heart specialists are looking for better alternatives after discovering high-dose simvastatin can cause muscle weakness, or myopathy".  

In 2008 the FDA, America s drug regulator, warned that Simvastatin could lead to fatal kidney failure, especially if it is used with another drug, amiodarone .

Yet massive numbers of patients in Britain, Europe, the USA, and elsewhere, are still being prescribed Statin drugs, on the basis that they are 'well tolerated' and safe!

Known side-effects (DIEs)
The conventional medical establishment have long down-played the seriousness of Statin drugs, and they contine to do so, despite the growing evidence that these drugs are dangerous. For instance, this is a typical explanation of the 'side-effects' of Statins, taken from the British Heart Foundation website.

"Like all medication, statins have potential side effects. The most common are muscular aches and pains, but many people experience none at all. Statins are among the safest and the most studied medications available today.

This is a total deceptive and dishonest description of the damage these drugs are known to cause. The full enormity of the damage this drug is causing to patients now seems to be emerging.

In 2010, a Nottingham university study was published in the British Medical Journal, and reported here in Reuters. It found that people taking Statin drugs have a higher risk of liver dysfunction, kidney failure, muscle weakness and cataracts. The study was a large one, covering over 2 million people in Britain, but the author's of the report were reported as saying that the study was unlikely to affect of Statin drugs!

The link between Statin drugs and Diabetes is also strong. Diabetes is now at epidemic levels, and is usually dismissed as being the result of what we eat. But Statin drugs appear to play a significant role in this too.

Memory loss, confusion and dementia are now also linked to Statin drugs. The FDA, (US drug regulator) states on its website, dated 20th January 2015,  that "it has been been investigating reports of coagnitive impairment from statin use for several years" and that "the agency has reviewed databases that record reports of bad reactions to drugs and statin clinical trials that included assessments of cognitive function.
The FDA report talks about memory loss, forgetfulness and confusion that "span all statin products and all age groups"

Statins have been called the greatest medical fraud of all time, and perhaps in time this is how they will be recognised, and the conventional medical establishment will see itself able to tell patients, honestly and truthfully, about the DIEs of Statin drugs. However, despite all this evidence, it will still probably be a long time before the conventional medical estaboishment has the honesty, based on the scientific information available to it, to withdraw and ban the drug.

Friday, 20 February 2015

Anxiety? Homeopathic Treatment, or Conventional Drug Treatment?

This article was first published on the "Why Homeopathy?" website

Anxiety is a feeling of worry, unease or nervousness about something with an uncertain outcome, or a strong desire or concern about doing something, or for something to happen. It is usually distinguished from fear. Anxiety can sometimes be a generalised feeling, although sometimes it can involve phobias, panic attacks, obsessive compulsive disorder or post-traumatic stress disorder.

Conventional Medical Treatment for Anxiety
NHS Choices describes ‘generalised anxiety disorder’ as a long-term condition. It describes a number of treatment that ‘can help’, starting with some self-help strategies. It then move to psychology based treatments, such as Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, and Relaxation Therapies, both of which can certainly be helpful, and without the damaging side-effects of drug treatment.

Drug treatment is the next treatment used by conventional medicine, with NHS Choices outlining that many of these can only be used on a short-term basis, and the importance of keeping in touch with your doctor, particularly concerning the adverse reactions known to be caused by these drugs.

Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRIs)
These are antidepressant drugs, such a Sertraline, Escitalopram and Paroxetine, which seek to increase the level of serotonin in the brain. NHS Choices describe the main side effects of SSRI’s as
  • feeling sick, nausea
  • low sex drive
  • blurred vision
  • diarrhoea or constipation
  • dizziness
  • dry mouth
  • loss of appetite
  • seating
  • agitation (!)
  • insomnia
Patients are warned not to stop taking these drugs because they have ‘withdrawal’ effects.

Serotonin and Noradrenaline Reuptake Inhibitors (SNRIs)
NHS Choices says that if SSRIs do not work, SNRIs are used. SNRIs are a different type of antidepressant drug, and mentions Venlafaxine and Duloxetine as examples. The common side effects of these drugs are described as follows.
  • feeling sick, nausea
  • headaches
  • drowsiness
  • dizziness
  • dry mouth
  • constipation
  • insomnia
  • sweating
  • low sex drive
  • raised blood pressure (monitored whilst taking SNRIs)
Pregabalin
This is an anticonvulsant drug, used to treat epilepsy. The side effects of this drug are described as follows:
  • drowsiness
  • dizziness
  • increased appetite and weight gain
  • blurred vision
  • headaches
  • dry mouth
  • vertigo
  • nausea and low sex drive (but not so much as SSRI and SNRI drugs
Benzodiazepine Drugs
NHS Choices describe these as “a type of sedative that may sometimes be used as a short-term treatment during a particularly severe period of anxiety…” They include drugs such a Chlordiazepoxide, Diazepam and Lorazepam. Although they are described as ‘very effective in treating symptoms of anxiety” the warnings attached to them indicate how dangerous to our health they are known to be. They cannot be used ‘for long periods of time  because they can become addictive is used for longer than four week’, after which, in any case, they ‘begin to lose their effectiveness’.

The side effects of Benzodiazepine drugs are very considerable although NHS Choices admits only to these.
  • drowsiness (affecting ability to drive, use machinery)
  • difficulty concentrating
  • headaches
  • vertigo
  • tremor
  • low sex drive
Yet the impact of Benzodiazepine drugs are known to be much more severe than this, and anyone considering taking them should do further research, and not rely on conventional medical practitioners telling you about them.

The Homeopathic Treatment of Anxiety
Note. Homeopathy does not treat illness or diseases. It treats an individual who has been diagnosed with a particular illness or disease. The distinction is important. Click here to read more about “Illness Diagnosis”. 

Homeopathy works by matching the symptoms of illness with the known symptoms of remedies. These short remedy descriptions may guide you to a remedy that can work for you, but consulting with a qualified homeopath will enhance the chances of a good match. When a close match is found the remedy will work successfully, without any side effects, or adverse reactions.
These useful remedy descriptions are taken from the Similima website.

Aconitum
A panic attack that comes on suddenly with very strong fear (even fear of death) may indicate this remedy. A state of immense anxiety may be accompanied by strong palpitations, shortness of breath, and flushing of the face. Sometimes a shaking experience will be the underlying cause. Strong feelings of anxiety may also occur when a person is just beginning to come down with a flu or cold.

Argentum nit
This remedy can be helpful when anxiety develops before a big event: an exam, an important interview, a public appearance or social engagement. Dizziness and diarrhea may also be experienced. People who need this remedy are often enthusiastic and suggestible, with a tendency toward peculiar thoughts and impulses. They often crave sweets and salt (which usually make their symptoms worse).

Arsenicum
People who are deeply anxious about their health, and extremely concerned with order and security, often benefit from this remedy. Obsessive about small details and very neat, they may feel a desperate need to be in control of everything. Panic attacks often occur around midnight or the very early hours of the morning. The person may feel exhausted yet still be restless—fidgeting, pacing, and anxiously moving from place to place. These people may also have digestive problems or asthma attacks accompanied by anxiety.

Calcarea carb
This remedy is usually indicated for dependable, solid people who become overwhelmed from physical illness or too much work and start to fear a breakdown. Their thoughts can be muddled and confused when tired, which adds to the anxiety. Worry and bad news may agitate them, and a nagging dread of disaster (to themselves or others) may develop. Fear of heights and claustrophobia are also common. A person who needs this remedy is often chilly and sluggish, has a craving for sweets, and is easily fatigued.

Gelsemium
Feelings of weakness, trembling, and mental dullness (being “paralyzed by fear”) suggest a need for this remedy. It is often helpful when a person has stage-fright about a public performance or interview, or feels anxious before a test, a visit to the dentist, or any stressful event. Chills, perspiration, diarrhea, and headaches will often occur with nervousness. Fear of crowds, a fear of falling, and even a fear that the heart might stop are other indications for Gelsemium.

Ignatia
A sensitive person who is anxious because of grief, loss, disappointment, criticism, loneliness (or any stressful emotional experience) may benefit from this remedy. A defensive attitude, frequent sighing, and mood swings are other indications. The person may burst unexpectedly into either tears or laughter. Headaches that feel like a nail driven into the side of the head, and cramping pains in the abdomen or back, are often seen when this remedy is needed.

Kali phos
When a person has been exhausted by overwork or illness and feels a deep anxiety and inability to cope, this remedy may help. The person is jumpy and oversensitive, and may be startled by ordinary sounds. Hearing unpleasant news or thinking of world events can aggravate the problems. Insomnia and an inability to concentrate may develop, increasing the sense of nervous dread. Eating, warmth, and rest often bring relief. Headaches, backaches, and nervous digestive upsets are often seen when this remedy is needed.

Lycopodium
Individuals likely to respond to this remedy feel anxiety from mental stress and suffer from a lack of confidence. They can be self-conscious and feel intimidated by people they perceive as powerful (yet may also swagger or be domineering toward those with whom they feel more comfortable). Taking on responsibility can cause a deep anxiety and fear of failure, although the person usually does well, once started on a task. Claustrophobia, irritability, digestive upsets with gas and bloating, and a craving for sweets are often seen when this remedy is needed.

Natrum mur
Deep emotions and a self-protective shyness can make these people seem reserved, aloof, and private. Even when feeling lonely, they tend to stay away from social situations, not knowing what to say or do. (Inhibitions sometimes leave completely if they turn to alcohol, which makes them feel embarrassed afterwards.) Easily hurt and offended, they can brood, bear grudges, dwell on unhappy feelings, and isolate themselves—refusing consolation even when they want it. However, they are often sympathetic listeners to other people’s problems. Claustrophobia, anxiety at night (with fears of robbers or intruders), migraines, and insomnia are often seen when this remedy is needed.

Phosphorus
People who need this remedy are openhearted, imaginative, excitable, easily startled, and full of intense and vivid fears. Strong anxiety can be triggered by thinking of almost anything. Nervous and sensitive to others, they can overextend themselves with sympathy to the point of feeling exhausted and “spaced out” or even getting ill. They want a lot of company and reassurance, often feeling better from conversation or a back-rub. Easy flushing of the face, palpitations, thirst, and a strong desire for cold, refreshing foods are other indications for Phosphorus.

Pulsatilla
People who need this remedy often express anxiety as insecurity and clinginess, with a need for constant support and comforting. The person may be moody, tearful, whiny, even emotionally childish. (Pulsatilla is a very useful remedy for children.) Getting too warm or being in a stuffy room often increases anxiety. Fresh air and gentle exercise often bring relief. Anxiety around the time of hormonal changes (puberty, menstrual periods, or menopause) often is helped with Pulsatilla.

Silicea
People who need this remedy are capable and serious, yet are also nervous, shy, and subject to bouts of temporary loss of confidence. Anxiety can be extreme when they are faced with a public appearance, interview, examination, or any new job or task. Worry and overwork can bring on headaches, difficulty concentrating, and states of exhaustion, oversensitivity, and dread. Responsible and diligent, they often overreact and devote attention to tiny details—making their worries (and their work) more difficult. They often have low stamina and come down with colds, sore throats, or other illnesses after working hard or being under stress.

Randomised Controlled Tests (RCTs)

Conclusion. This is the first controlled clinical trial of chamomile extract for GAD. The results suggest that chamomile may have modest anxiolytic activity in patients with mild to moderate GAD. Future studies are needed to replicate these observations.


The information on this webpage represents the views and opinion of the author, based on his clinical experience, and the traditions of Homeopathy. This material is provided for information only, and should not be construed as medical advice or instruction. Always consult with a suitably qualified and registered Homeopath, or with a medical doctor for advice about the treatment they offer, especially in serious or life threatening medical conditions, or if you are already taking medical drugs.’