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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


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