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Thursday, 19 March 2020

Coronavirus. Does Conventional Medical Establishment prefer patients to die rather than offer them Natural Medical Treatment?

Does Conventional Medicine prefer patients to die rather than admit THEY have no effective treatment, especially when natural medicine does? The coronavirus epidemic is a case in point. Doctors, and other medical 'experts' when interviewed by the media, insist there is no treatment; and that prevention is about washing our hands, voluntary isolation, and compulsory quarantine.

At the time of writing (18th March 2020) there is a reported 8,423 people who have died, worldwide, as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic. It is anticipated that this figure will rise much higher, and there seems to be general acceptance that they have died because there is 'no treatment' for the disease.

In addition, there is widespread political acceptance that as a result of there being no effective treatment, national economies have to be shut down in order to prevent the spread of the virus. A worldwide recession is now imminent as a direct result of a pandemic - for which there is no treatment.

Together, this is a huge cost to pay; yet governments around the world are demonstrating that they are quite willing to pay this cost, and that there is no alternative to doing so. And most people appear to be willing to accept what they are being told - that many will die, lose their jobs, and will face serious social disruption; that companies and whole industries will fail, and the national economy will be devastated.

Yet there is an alternative explanation for what is happening, albeit an explanation that no-one is hearing - because it is not being told.


The conventional medical establishment is huge. It is dominated by the enormously wealthy and  powerful pharmaceutical industry which uses uses its influence to control not only national medical services, but politicians, governments, and the mainstream media. Could this powerful vested interest be withholding and denying information about the alternative medical choices that are available?

Most people do not realise just how influential, dominant and powerful the conventional medical establishment is, that it is capable of denying vital information about health, and patient choice.

So what are the natural and alternative treatments for coronavirus we are not hearing about? Here are just a few of them.

1. Vitamin C, or Ascorbic Acid. This is being used widely in China, the original source of the epidemic, and in countries like Korea, which has been badly hit.

The Chinese epidemic was intense, but is now virtually stopped. This slow down has been rapid, and has been described in this article in the Jerusalem Post by Israeli Nobel Prize winner, Michael Levitt.

               “The rate of infection of the virus in the Hubei province increased by 30% each day - that is a scary statistic. I am not an influenza expert but I can analyze numbers and that is exponential growth. Had the growth continued at that rate, the whole world would have become infected within 90 days." But as Levitt continued to process the numbers, the pattern changed. On February 1, when he first looked at the statistics, Hubei Province had 1,800 new cases a day. By February 6, that number had reached 4,700 new cases a day. But on February 7, something changed. “The number of new infections started to drop linearly and did not stop. "A week later, the same happened with the number of the deaths.

So what has caused this slow down? Allow the Chinese government (with all its many faults in the eyes of the western world) to tell us. It has announced its official recommentation that COVID-19 should be treated with high amounts of intravenous vitamin C.

          "On the afternoon of February 20, 2020, another 4 patients with severe new coronaviral pneumonia recovered from the C10 West Ward of Tongji Hospital. In the past 8 patients have been discharged from hospital. . . High-dose vitamin C achieved good results in clinical applications. We believe that for patients with severe neonatal pneumonia and critically ill patients, vitamin C treatment should be initiated as soon as possible after admission. . . Early application of large doses of vitamin C can have a strong antioxidant effect, reduce inflammatory responses, and improve endothelial function. . . Numerous studies have shown that the dose of vitamin C has a lot to do with the effect of treatment. . . High-dose vitamin C can not only improve antiviral levels, but more importantly, can prevent and treat acute lung injury and acute respiratory distress."

So why have we not been told about this? Why are we, in the 'advanced' west, not being encouraged to use vitamin C? Why are people being allowed to die with any mention, any use, or even any examination into these claims?

2. Homeopathy is being used within the Indian medical system, and in other countries too, such as Cuba

India is a huge country. In the eyes of many people in the western world, India is not an 'advanced' country, with an 'advanced' medical system. Indeed, it is too often denigrated as being poor and backward. So if the coronavirus death toll in China is 3,122, in Italy 2,503, in Iran 1,335, in Spain 623, in the UK 71, the death rate in India must be huge. Well, actually it is just 3.

So why have we not been told? Why are we, in the 'advanced' west, not using homeopathy? Why are people being allowed to die without any mention, any use, any examination into the value of homeopathy, and its claims for the effectiveness of many remedies that are known to be able to both prevent, and treat these viral epidemics?

Moreover, the use of homeopathy is simple, inexpensive and effective. There are many detailed articles on the internet at the moment about the homeopathic treatment of this coronavirus pandemic. For example, this one focuses on prevention; this one on treatment. Local homeopaths throughout the world will advise on remedies that will be helpful to you.

3. Hair Dryers and Hot Water
There are, however, many other treatments that are being discussed, outside the confines of the conventional medical establishment. I have selected this one, the use of Hair Dryers. Heat kills viruses, and today I saw this message from a homeopath, Chuck Solomon (who has asked that everyone passes it on).

               "The Coronavirus and many other pathogens are easily KILLED BY WARM AIR from your hair dryer. The virus simply falls apart from exposure to a little heat. These viruses start a colony and live only in the cooler areas just inside your nose and the fore part of your sinus. Your breathing keeps these area's cooler, as the virus prefers, rather than deeper area's of the body.

               "So here's what to do: cool your face and outside of your nose with a spray or splash of water. Select the lowest warm temperature on your hair dryer and carefully blow some warm air into your nose and breathe it in. Do this for about 5 minutes, occasionally moving the hair dryer aside if it gets too hot. Air temperature of 133 degrees Fahrenheit (56 degrees Celsius), or warmer, will cause the virus cell-wall to break down so the virus dies. Use the air temp as warm as you can comfortably tolerate it. Repeat the heat treatment a couple of times a day to prevent infection by coronavirus, many other viruses and colds. If you start to feel like you are catching something, repeat the treatment 5 times per day.

There has been wall-to-wall coverage of coronvirus for weeks now. So why have we not been told about these treatments? Do they work? Why are people being allowed to die with any mention, any use, any examination of its value in treating viral outbreaks?

When I mentioned this to a homeopath-colleague she said that this is what our mothers and grandmothers did, getting a flu sufferer to breathe over a bowl of steaming hot water, with a towel covering the head. I had not made the connection, but this is exactly what my mother did for me.

Perhaps it is too much of an "old wives tale", lacking the imagination, wizardry and sophistication of modern pharmaceutical medicine. Except that it has shown no imagination, wizardry or sophistication in the treatment of this pandemic? Instead, perhaps, it signifies just how far we have regressed in medical know-how during the last 100 years of conventional medicine's domination.

The Body Healing Itself - Conventional Medicine stopping it
A fever is the body's natural means of killing viruses. Even conventional doctors occasionally acknowledge this. A fever is what our body does to overcome a viral attack.

So what does conventional medicine do? It seeks to reduce or stop fever, it works to prevent the body's natural response to viral attacks. Doing so is known to be seriously counter-productive. Even parts of the conventional medical establishment realise this. The World Health Organization has backed calls to avoid ibuprofen for coronavirus. Yet there are other parts of the conventional medical establishment that disagrees. And conventional doctors, it seems, have had to be reminded that it is "sensible to avoid ibuprofen for coronavirus" presumably because many of them did not know.

What this demonstrates is that pharmaceutical medicine is all over the place. It does not know what it's doing. During the Spanish flu outbreak in 1918 it did not know what it was doing, and many accounts are clear - it was the pharmaceutical drugs used then that probably killed more people then the flu itself. 100 years on it still has little to offer, except panic.

Yet conventional medicine does NOT want us to know that there are other ways of preventing and treating this coronavirus epidemic.

There are many other means of preventing and treating epidemics like Coronavirus COVID-19, some of them are very simple indeed, simplistic even. This article, for instance, At-Home Wellness Guide to Staying Healthy During COVID-19, describes just 5 of them - keeping it simple, eating healthy, drinking water, taking a walk, getting enough sleep.

So for weeks now the mainstream media has talked of little else other than the coronavirus pandemic, in panic mood. Yet it has done little to support these simple treatments, leave alone suggest that vitamins, and natural medicine might be able to help.
  • Should they be tried?
  • Should we meekly accept what conventional medicine tells us - that there is 'no alternative'?
  • Should they be discussed?
  • Should we get to know about them?
  • Should they be subject to trials and studies?
  • Should we have the right to choose how we are treated, based on full and proper information?
Certainly, when we are told that there is no treatment it means nothing more than that there is no CONVENTIONAL medical treatment. The treatments that are available are not profitable. And if they work they will inform too many people - that pharmaceutical medicine does not work, has not answers - but nutrition, natural health therapies, and even "old wives tales" are more helpful.

So people are dying in their thousands around the world - without any knowledge of vitamin C, or homeopathy, hair dryers, or inhaling steaming hot water. National economies are being jeopardised.

And conventional medicine would prefer this to admitting that there are non-conventional treatments. They are they scared that people might realise just how bare their medical cupboard is, and discover that other cupboards exist that are full of potentially effective treatments.

In other words, they would rather we died!

Tuesday, 10 March 2020

Why our Pharmacewutical Medicine, and our NHS, always needs more money

I want to do a journey today
but my car won’t work...
There are lots of sick people 
who just want to get better

Perhaps my car needs more
petrol in order to go properly ...

The NHS needs more money
 in order to make sick people well


Trouble is, when I put more petrol
in the car it still doesn’t go anywhere 

Trouble is, when NHS gets more money
it still doesn't make people well

So let’s put more petrol in the car
So let’s give the NHS more money

... but we are still not moving anywhere

but patients are still not getting better

We need more petrol, 
if we want to start journey
We need more money as even
more patients are getting sick

We had better re-arrange 
the car's engine
We had better re-organise 
how the NHS is managed
We still cannot go, 
we need more petrol
People are getting sicker
they are queuing at the door now

We are getting nowhere fast

There is actually more sickness now 
than at any time in the past

We obviously need more petrol, 
problem is we haven't got enough

We obviously need more money
the problem is we are under-resourced

If we put enough petrol in 
it is bound to work - eventually

If we keep ploughing money into the NHS
it is bound to work - eventually

More Petrol?
Oh! Yes please,what else can we do?

More Drugs &Vaccines, perhaps
Oh! Yes please, of course
Thank you very much

Monday, 9 March 2020

Coronavirus. Did you know they use Homeopathy in India? So how are they doing?

The Coronavirus (Covid-19) Epidemic so far....

In mainland China; 67,743 confirmed cases: 3,008 deaths; recovered 46,485.

In Italy; 7,375 confirmed cases: 366 deaths; recovered 622.

In Iran; 7,161 confirmed cases: 237 deaths; recovered 2,394.

In France; 1,209 confirmed cases: 19 deaths; recovered 12.

In Germany; 1,151 confirmed cases: 0 deaths; recovered 18.

 In UK; 280 confirmed cases: 3 deaths; recovered 18.

So Britain is not doing too badly perhaps?

But India, with its huge population, is doing better
  • 43 cases
  • 0 deaths
  • 3 recovered
Is this because they are washing their hands more than we are?

OR BECAUSE THE INDIAN GOVERNMENT, AND ITS MEDICAL SYSTEM, IS ENCOURAGING THE USE OF HOMEOPATHY?


Anyone, anywhere, 
can use homeopathic remedies 
to prevent, 

Wednesday, 4 March 2020

The Coronavirus Pandemic. Why is the advice of the Indian government so different from advice we receive in 'advanced' western world? Are better treatments available?

Imagine, if you are able, that there is a pandemic of Coronavirus influenza, a new, unknown strain, which is spreading around the world, with the prospect that millions will be infected and thousands will die! What do you expect your government to do for you?
  • to search for and make available to you the best preventative strategy?
  • to search for and make available to you the best treatment?
Surely we might assume that this is what our governments are doing - by investing millions in a new vaccine that should be with us in 18 months time (!) - telling us that we must all wash our hands regularly for at least 20 seconds - to wear masks - to self-isolate - quarantine - et al. This is medical advice that seems to be bringing the world to an abrupt halt - the economy is struggling - public events, including large sporting events, are being threatened with postponement - and there is general panic in the air.

So surely this must be the best advice? Perhaps even the only advice?

We must all be delighted that we do not live in India, with its high population density, extensive internal migration, and limited access to healthcare services. If countries with more fully developed infrastructure, such as China, Europe, America and Iran are struggling, what about poor India?

Well, India actually seems to be doing well. India has reported (2 March 2020) that it has 23,531 people under observations, but has no current infections or deaths. Three cases had been detected, but all three have now fully recovered. So how on earth have they done this? The article to which I have referred makes this comment, and asks an interesting question.

               "How is this possible when we see such alarming rates of infection in countries with more fully developed healthcare systems? Could India’s dependence on homeopathy be one reason for the difference?"

And as the article goes on to describe there is reason to think that this could be so.


               "India is a country in which homeopathy has flourished. For almost 200-years, homeopathy has been used by all sectors of the population as a primary form of healthcare. More than 100 million Indians depend solely on homeopathy for their medical treatment, and it is recognised by the Indian government as a National System of Medicine through the Homeopathy Central Council Act. More than 224,279 homeopathic doctors (with about 12,000 being added each year), 7856 Government dispensaries and 207 of Government hospitals provide homeopathic treatment throughout the nation with services fully utilised and room for expansion. Recent years have seen a 50% rise in patients seeking homeopathic treatment  with many transferring from allopathy (orthodox medicine) in the belief homeopathy has better long-term benefits. India also has a long history of using homeopathy to curtail epidemics such as chikungunya, avian flu, Dengue fever, epidemic fever, influenza, Japanese encephalitis, and malaria."
So in India there is a government capable of doing more than developing an expensive vaccine in 18 months time (when the epidemic will almost certainly be done), beyond hand washing, self-isolation and quarantine. As the article explains it is offering its citizens both prevention and effective treatment - far more than any 'western' government is doing.

Note. I have attached a photograph taken in India (Manipur) in which the health authority is offering the homeopathic remedy Arsenicum Album 30c to its citizens.

Perhaps this should not be too much of a surprise. Homeopathy has an excellent track record in dealing with influenza epidemics, such as the Spanish Flu epidemic in 1918.

So how are western governments responding? Surely they would want us to know that there was something beyond hand washing that we could do to protect ourselves? But no, there is silence. Instead, the conventional medical establishment, and its allies, are castigating the Indian government.


               "That a government should even consider homeopathy as a preventative for COVID-19 drew condemnation and criticism. Claims that it was “profoundly irresponsible”, “inappropriate and premature”, and “fraught with serious risks” were frequent and loud. The Indian Medical Association reportedly weighed in by saying it was “immature, premature, and irresponsible” to promote “untested” homeopathic remedies. Groups routinely antagonistic toward homeopathy also took to social media to lambaste it while some journalists, true to their craft, presented a more balanced picture."
It is these 'groups routinely antagonistic towards homeopathy" that control our governments, our national health services, and our mainstream media. So we, in the 'advanced' west, are unlikely to hear about what is happening in India (who, as can  be seen here, are certainly doing more than our governments to deal with the situation). We are condemned to the best that conventional medicine can offer - which apparently is limited to washing our hands regularly with soap for at least 20 seconds.

Undoubtedly some people who read this blog will agree with these homeopathy denialists. But actually this is not the point.
  • Surely our government, our national health service, our doctors, and the mainstream media would want to share what is happening in India with us - even if there is only the smallest grain of truth in what is being suggested.
  • Surely patients should be given the information about homeopathy so that we were all able to make an informed choice about whether we should take a simple homeopathic remedy in addition to washing our hands.
  • Surely the conventional medical establishment knows that if just one person can be saved from this nasty acute disease, and just one person did not die as a result, it would be worth informing everyone?.
After all what is happening in India is potentially a good news story. At least it is a good news story for most people. It is potentially a bad news story for the pharmaceutical medical establishment, who are loathe to admit that homeopathy has both preventative and curative treatments when they don't.

So perhaps it is unlikely that we will EVER get to know about the Indian experience through our governments, our national health services, our doctors, or our mainstream media. They are all dominated and controlled by the pharmaceutical establishment. 

There are other similar things happening, potential good news stories, that we are not being told about. For instance, few people will know that tons of vitamin C has been deliver to Wuhan, China, for use against the Covid 19 virus. Does vitamin C work against influenza? There are three studies that demonstrates that it does. So why aren't our doctors telling us that vitamin C is protective? No doubt the same answer - it might be good news for us - but not for the pharmaceutical industry. They don't want us to know about simple protective measures, beyond hand washing!

Anyone who is genuinely concerned about this coronavirus pandemic should examine what homeopathy (and vitamin c) is able to offer, both to prevent and to treat it; and above all, to relax in the knowledge that no-one has to be completely beholden to pharmaceutical medicine.


For more information on Coronavirus see my other blogs

* https://safe-medicine.blogspot.com/2020/02/the-coronavirus-panic-what-every.html
* https://safe-medicine.blogspot.com/2020/02/coronavirus-covid-19-conventional.html

And these websites give some indication of the kinds of homeopathic treatment that is being used

https://www.iqhomeopathy.com/coronavirus-homeopathic-care-2020/
https://alanfreestone.com/coronavirus-treatment-with-homeopathy/





Thursday, 27 February 2020

NHS Crisis (2019-2020). It gets worse each winter. But the real cause is never identified

The NHS winter crisis happens every year. I wrote about it first in 2011, and the subject has become a regular annual blog. The 2019-2020 season is nothing new, except that it has had two distinguishing features.
  • The General Election of December 2019 saw all the main political parties falling over each other to promise NHS more and more £billions because the NHS was on its knees.
  • The Coronavirus epidemic has drawn attention away from just how bad patient care has been during this winter.
My argument remains. It does not matter how much money is thrown at the NHS, it will always continue in crisis because it is monopolised by pharmaceutical medicine; and it is a medical system that is not making us better, it is making us sicker.
I will not repeat my argument here, or the evidence to support it here. If anyone wants to do so, and to trace this sorry story I suggest that you put in a search above - "NHS Crisis" - and that will bring up all my blogs written over the last decade on these crises.
It is BBC News that has come up with statistics supporting this year's sorry story, one which never changes, regardless of how much additional money is ploughed into the NHS. "Sickest NHS Patients 'face hours on trolleys'." They based their analysis on NHS England data.
               "Many of the most seriously ill patients are waiting for hours on trolleys and in corridors as the NHS struggles to find them beds, BBC research shows. Nearly a quarter of patients admitted on to wards during December and January in England faced delays of more than four hours before a bed could be found. It has created a backlog outside hospitals with patients brought in by ambulance facing long waits too."
The BBC stated that 199,000 patients had four-hour 'trolley waits' in hospital corridors after being seen in A&E (no mention about how long that wait was) and before a bed could be found, and that this was more than twice the numbers seen 4 years ago. In some hospitals 50% of patients had waited more than four hours.
The Royal College of Nursing (RCN) is quoted saying the situation was unacceptable, that treating patients in this way was undignified, and put them at risk.
NHS England, speaking in their defence, said that extra money was being invested which would help hospitals recruit staff and cut waiting times. 
Indeed, there is always 'extra money' but a BBC graph demonstrates just how the problem has escalated since I first wrote about the NHS crisis in 2011. Then there was about 20,000 patients waiting in trolleys for over 4 hours. So in 8 years this number has grown ten-fold.
And, as usual, year by year, there is no analysis about why the crisis is happening; just concern this year the coronavirus epidemic was likely to make the situation a lot worse. Even the usual, routine excuses - under-funding, an ageing population - et al - are not to be found in the BBC article, although they will no doubt be trotted out again, when necessary.
So I repeat. The NHS crisis has nothing to do with funding, or an ageing population. As I have argued, at length, elsewhere, this is a medical failure. It is one of the clearest signs that pharmaceutical medicine, which dominates the NHS, is failing, not only in its inability to make sick people better, but actually making them sicker. The queues never get shorter - they get longer.
So no doubt I will return with another crisis bulletin for the winter of 2020-2021, with exactly the same message! 

Tuesday, 25 February 2020

Are Doctors Confused? Demoralised? The constant stream of 'little corrections to guidance' ? Does anyone know what doctors should be doing?

There are many questions that need to be asked of Pharmaceutical Medicine, and in particular what our doctors should, or should not be doing when treating their patients.
  • Why does Pharmaceutical Medicine continually make little changes to their guidance to doctors?
  • Is the new guidance better than the old guidance?
  • How long will the new guidance last?
  • Are these just slight adjustments, to get everything right?
  • Or does no-one really know what they are doing?
Just in the last few days the following 'little changes' have been announced by the medical magazine, MIMS. What I would like you to do, when reading each headline, is to remember this - the previous guidance given to doctors was wrong? And I would like you to question, after reading each one, is - what harm has the previous guidance caused to patients?

Macrolide prescribing in pregnancy linked to risk of birth defects. Researchers have called for caution when prescribing macrolides in pregnancy, after finding a small increased risk of birth defects in children whose mothers received the antibiotics during the first trimester of pregnancy.

Macrolide antibiotics that have been used for many years, and they are known to have many serious side effects. Read about the side effects of one of them here. You will not find anything about birth defects though. This new guidance means that doctors have been prescribing these drugs without any knowledge that they cause birth defects.

Early emollient use does not prevent eczema in children, studies show. Daily application of emollients in infancy is not effective in preventing the development of eczema, two new studies have shown.

Parents have been use emollient moisturisers for children who suffer from eczema for decades, and now doctors have been told that they are ineffective, useless.

NICE overturns advice to increase steroid dose in children with asthma. NICE has withdrawn its recommendation to quadruple the dose of inhaled corticosteroids (ICS) in children when their asthma control deteriorates.

This new advice shows just how confused the conventional medical system is about the safety and/or the value of its treatment. This is the second change in advice over a short period of time. The first change, in 2017, told doctors to increase the dose. Now that has been overturned; they should not increase the dose! So where to next? Does anyone know?

These are just three recent changes in what is an an ongoing, continual and constant stream of changes in the conventional medical advice given to our doctors. 

Is it any wonder that doctors are confused? This is clearly not a medical system that knows what it is doing.

 

Friday, 21 February 2020

The Quality of Medical Science. What does this BMJ campaign tell us?

The next time a doctor tell you that a pharmaceutical drug or vaccines is safe, ask them to read the British Medical Journal's (BMJ) campaign "to produce better evidence".

And the next time you are told the conventional medicine is 'evidence based', and supported by medical science, tell them about the BMJ's opinion on the quality of that science.

What follows are passages taken direcctly from the BMJ website.  It concerns the BMJ's campaign to produce "better medical evidence" for such claims. What the campaign proves, without any doubt, is that the conventional medical establishment are aware of the situation that has led to so much patient harm over the last 70 years, and demonstrates that the BMJ, at least, are trying to do something about it.

     "The BMJ believes that the design, conduct, and reporting of healthcare research should better serve the needs of patients and the public: better evidence leads to better healthcare. To produce better evidence the BMJ aims to:

     • Expand the role of patients, health professionals, and policy makers in research and healthcare
     • Increase the systematic use of existing evidence for better decision making
     • Make research evidence relevant, replicable, and accessible for healthcare professionals, patients,

  and the public
     • Take a stand on financial interests by reducing questionable research practices, bias, and conflicts 

of interests.
What are the problems with current research evidence?
Patients are being let down by serious flaws in the creation, dissemination, and implementation of 
medical research. Too many research studies are poorly designed or executed. Too much of the 
resulting research evidence is withheld or disseminated only piecemeal. As the volume of clinical 
research has grown the quality of evidence has often worsened, which has compromised medicine’s 
ability to provide affordable, effective, high value care for patients. There are many problems. 
In our editorial launching the manifesto we describe the following:
     • Results from half of all trials are never published, and positive results are twice as likely to be 
published as negative ones.
     • 85% of research spending currently goes to waste.
     • Over four fifths (86%) of a sample of Cochrane reviews did not include data on the main 
harm outcome.
     • A systematic review of 39 studies found no robust studies evaluating shared decision making 
strategies.
     • The drug industry has been fined for criminal behaviour and civil infringements, but little 
happens to prevent such problems occurring again.
     • Despite repeated calls to prohibit or limit conflicts of interests among authors and sponsors of 
clinical guidelines, the problem persists.
     • A third of scientists report questionable research practices, including data mining for statistically 
significant effects, selective reporting of outcomes, switching outcomes, publication bias, protocol 
deviations, and concealing conflicts of interest.
     • More than one in 10 authors and reviewers has first-hand knowledge of inappropriate adjustment, 
alteration, or fabrication of data. More than one in 20 admits having lied in authorship statements.
These flaws have been known about for many years. I wrote about them in my E-Book, 
"The Failure of Conventional Medicine".  Ben Goldacre wrote about them in his book, "Bad Pharma". 

So it remains to be seen if the BMJ campaign will make any difference on this long-standing problem.