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Wednesday, 23 January 2013

Pemphigus Foliaceus and a cure with Homeopathy

When SA phoned me initially, he told me that Pemphigus Foliaceus was a very rare condition. Although I had heard of Pemphigus I was not sure what this condition was, and knew little to nothing about it! He told me he had suffered from the illness for some 10 years, and his conventional doctors had been trying to treat it during all that time, without any success whatsoever. So, he asked - could I help? I explained that Homeopaths did not treat specific, conventionally diagnosed conditions, but worked with the symptoms of the patient. I asked him to come to see me, so that we could discuss what Homeopathy might be able to do for him.

When I looked up the condition, I found that it was a rare skin condition that caused blisters, bullae and sores, and could do so all over the body. One closely connected form of the disease, Pemphigus Vulgaris, could be fatal. The cause of Pemphigus was unknown, but it was apparently an autoimmune condition. So I immediately began to wonder whether SA had been subjected to conventional drug or vaccine treatments over the years, as they are known to undermine the immune system.

I saw SA in October 2012. He was 76 years old. He described the symptoms of his Pemphigus. It was all over his body, mainly on his torso and head, but none on his arms and legs, or his face. It was itchy but not painful. He said the doctors had told him the condition was very rare, and he confirmed that no conventional treatment had worked. He was clear that he wanted me to try to treat the condition. I had apparently seen a relative of his some years earlier, and had treated him successfully.

I asked him when the condition had started, and what he had been doing at the time. He told me that he had 'travelled the world', and the condition had started when he visited South Africa in 2003. I asked him whether he had ever been vaccinated, especially before his visit to South Africa. He said that he had been given vaccinations for every disease under the sun, some of them many times over. So here, immediately, we had a reason, a trigger for contracting an 'auto-immune disease!

We chatted about his health for about an hour, and I came to two conclusions. The vaccinations were a possibly trigger, and needed to be addressed. As there was no specific vaccine I decided to give him Thuja 30c, a remedy known to antidote the damage caused by vaccines generally. And the remedy I was coming up with, quite strongly for his Pemphigus, was Cantharis. I asked him to take the Thuja first, for several days, and then the Cantharis 200c.

When he contacted me 2-3 weeks later he said that he, and his wife, had noticed a difference within 3 days. This was before he had taken any Cantharis. This confirmed my suspicion that the trigger for his condition had, indeed, been the vaccinations he had received over the years.

However, by this time he had also started taking Cantharis, and he told me 'we seem to be on the right track'. He continued taking the two remedies in regular but reduced sequence.

We arranged to meet again in January 2013. Just prior to Christmas SA told me he had a 'minor re-occurence' of the condition. However, when I saw him these had gone, and he no longer had any sign of the condition. He assumed that he would continue taking the remedy (as is usual with conventional medicine), but I told him there was no further need to take them as his body, through his immune system, was now doing what it should have been doing all along. It was back in charge. So now, SA has both remedies, in case the condition return, with instructions that should it do so he should take Cantharis at the very first sign of any re-occurence.

So what had been impossible for ConMed in 10 years, a cure for SA's Pemphigus, was achieved by Homeopathy in just 3 months. And at the total cost of two visits to a Homeopath.

So ends the story? Is the only conclusion that can be drawn from this case is that Homeopathy is a more effective medical therapy than conventional medicine? Well, not really. The case raises several other questions, wider and perhaps more important questions, one's often raised in this blog.
  • Are these 'new', 'strange' and 'rare' conditions (of which there are now so many) really medical illnesses? Or are they the result of the 'disease-inducing-effects' (DIEs) of conventional medical  treatment?
  • Why is the Conventional Medical Establishment not able to treat this (and so many other) conditions? Does it result from conventional medical failure to recognise that it may have caused the condition in the first place? Is there a problem with conventional medicine's failure to recognise, or accept that its drugs and vaccines cause autoimmune diseases?
  • If the Conventional Medical Establishment cannot cure a condition, why is the NHS not prepared to send patients to other medical practitioners? Note that SA was not referred to me by his NHS doctor. Nor was his treatment paid for by the NHS. He came to see me only because I had successfully treated his relative several years ago.
  • If SA had the more serious complaint, Pemphigus Vulgaris, would the NHS then have been more likely to refer him to a Homeopath? In my experience this is unlikely. I have written before that the NHS appears content to allow patients with serious, and terminal illnesses, to suffer and die rather than refer to any alternative medical therapy.
  • Why is the NHS unable to recognise that by allowing the Conventional Medical Establishment to monopolise healthcare provision in Britain it is failing to treat illness and disease successfully, that it is doing so at great cost to the nation, that conventional drugs and vaccines are actually creating new illnesses and diseases, and that as a result, as a nation, we are getting sicker rather than healthier. And of course, we are doing all this at an ever-increasing cost.
  • It is not always possible for Homeopathy to treat these sorts of conditions so quickly, or so effectively. But in order to do so, Homeopathy does not require any fancy medical diagnosis, it requires no expensive specialism, no ongoing treatment with expensive drugs and vaccines. It needs just a competent, well-trained Homeopath, who is capable of applying the homeopathic principle of 'Like Curing Like' to an individual patient.
Of course, Homeopathy is not such a good business proposition! Treating illness effectively means that patients are lost, they are not lining up at GP surgeries, month by month; they are not adding to hospital waiting lists, they are not taking drugs and vaccines regularly. Which, of course, is why Big Pharma, the rich, powerful and affluent multi-national pharmaceutical companies, hates Homeopathy, and why they are prepared to support and fund organisations like Sense about Science to attack us.

Even at this moment I can hear Homeopathy Denialists rehearsing their arguments:
  • SA was not ill in the first place; we were mistaken, or even lying perhaps.
  • The condition righted itself, and it was not Homeopathy that cured the condition.
  • The condition will probably come back (it might, no guarantee about this).
  • And the rest of the nonsense usually spewed out by the Denialists.
What they cannot deny is that there is another cured patient, who is delighted, and has joined the ranks of converts to Homeopathy. And a Homeopath who is once again pleased, and as usual somewhat bemused, by the power of Homeopathy.