Friday, 4 February 2011

Homeopathy and Leptospirosis (Weil's Disease)

Cuba is in the midst of a giant experiment to prove not only that homeopathy works; but that homeopathic prophylaxis is also highly effective. It has involved over 11 million people, the entire population, and provides strong evidence that homeopathy has been instrumental in reducing the incidence of Leptospirosis on the island.

Leptospirosis, or Weil's disease, is an infections disease carried by rats, and passed to humans through contact with contaminated water. It is common in tropical regions, after periods of heavy rain.

In Cuba, Leptospirosis is recorded by an efficient national surveillance programme. Its incidence correlates closely with heavy rainfall and subsequent flooding. In late 2007, in response to a developing epidemic, and with only enough vaccine to treat 15,000 high-risk people, the government decided to treat the entire population of the region, over one year of age, with a homeopathic medicine. This was prepared from the inactivated causative organism by the Cuban National Vaccine Institute. 

The homeopathic medicine was given to the 2.3 million population of the provinces usually worst affected. Within a few weeks the number of cases had fallen from the forecast 38 to 4 cases per 100,000 per week, significantly fewer than the historically-based forecast for those weeks of the year.The 8.8 million population of the other provinces did not receive homeopathic treatment and the incidence was as forecast. The effect appeared to be sustained: there was an 84% reduction in infection in the treated region in the following year (2008) when, for the first time, incidence did not correlate with rainfall. In the same period, incidence in the untreated region increased by 22%.

This is yet more proof of the effectiveness of homeopathy. But more can be noticed from this story.

1. Previously, a conventional vaccine was used; its effectiveness was limited.
2. The fall in the incidence of the disease was not small, it was huge.
3. Cuba could not afford to vaccinate everyone because it was so expensive; but the homeopathic remedy was affordable.

All going towards proving that homeopathy is not only effective and safe, it is affordable as well.