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Homeopathy and snakebites

by Douglas Falkner, MD, MHom [author]

With my many years of experience as an emergency medicine physician in a Level I trauma center, I have great respect for the life-saving capabilities of conventional Western medicine. Emergency physicians deftly manage life-threatening problems on a daily basis.

Now that I am a homeopath in private practice, I am happy to help people with all manner of serious acute and chronic conditions heal safely and gently; the power of homeopathy never ceases to amaze me! Yet I rarely have the occasion to treat individuals in life-or-death situations anymore, because when accident, injury, or illness brings someone to the brink of death they go (or are transported) to the hospital.

Last August, however, Providence delivered an unusual opportunity to test my mettle and that of homeopathic medicine when I took a trip with my family to the remote Steen’s Mountain area in Oregon. This high desert region, far from the hustle and bustle of urban life, is filled with majestic beauty, abundant wildlife, and tranquility. But it is also populated with a number of desert predators.

A deadly encounter

One afternoon as we returned from a refreshing swim in the river near our campsite, a neighboring camper, Don, called out to us: “Watch out for snakes! My dog just got bitten by one!” Thirty minutes earlier, his Border Collie/Lab mix, affectionately named Bob, had gone charging after an “intruder” on their turf, broken his tether in pursuit, and wound up with a snakebite on the right side of his head. Don quickly responded and killed the attacker with his shovel, allowing clear identification: definitely a rattlesnake.

Don didn’t know I was a physician and homeopath, but I came right over with my emergency remedy kit and explained this to him. I emphasized my sincere belief that homeopathy could very well offer effective service. I didn’t let Don know that I had never had the opportunity to treat a snakebite with homeopathy before, but I was excited to try it!

Don had little familiarity with homeopathy, but he did have experience with snakebites and dogs. He had worked in the desert as a field archeologist for more than 30 years, and one of his other dogs had nearly died from a rattler’s bite. “It was touch and go for days,” Don recalled, but fortunately that dog recovered. Of course, among dog owners, there are many stories of poisonous snakebites with less happy endings. A dose of snake venom in a small animal is even more dangerous than it is in a human; it’s estimated that dogs are 20 times more likely to be bitten (because they tend to instinctively pursue the snake) and 25 times more likely to die from a poisonous snakebite. Rattlesnake venom disrupts vein integrity and the ability of the blood to clot. This can lead to significant swelling as circulation is impaired and blood bleeds into the tissues.

Devastating effects

Bob was clearly not doing well. He was lying at Don’s side, very quiet and subdued, the right side of his face swollen dramatically, his right eye completely shut, his swollen jowl sagging with the force of gravity, heavy drool hanging from the side of his mouth. When I stroked Bob’s head in reassurance he yelped in pain, the bitten area being exquisitely tender. Don, having seen this all before, was extremely concerned and resigned to begin his several-day vigil at Bob’s side. In this remote setting at day’s end, it would have taken many hours to reach an emergency veterinary facility, let alone one that was open and equipped with antivenom to handle snakebites. And because Don knew that time is of the essence in the conventional treatment of venomous snakebites, he figured the best he could do for his beloved companion was to watch over him and try to keep him quiet and as comfortable as possible.

I, too, knew the situation was very serious. In a human patient with similar symptoms after a rattlesnake bite, the prognosis would have been guarded at best. This bite location—in the general area of his neck and jaw–could have proved disastrous, threatening both airway and circulation. Intravenous injections of antivenom would have been immediately indicated, and we had none out here in the woods.

High desert homeopathy

In the best of circumstances, a homeopath has a library of resources to find the optimal remedy for the problem at hand. I had no books or software with me on the trip. Further, homeopaths thrive on hearing the patient’s account of their symptoms, and here I was dealing with a non-verbal canine friend. Nevertheless, I was used to handling dire emergencies. Any feelings of doubt or worry were simply brushed aside as I focused intently on the matter at hand, as emergency docs are trained to do. In addition, I knew from my homeopathic experience that, if I selected the correct remedy for Bob, all would likely turn out well.

With my patient quietly and plaintively awaiting my assistance, I perused my set of remedies and selected two that I thought would be most likely to help in this situation, namely Lachesis (made from the venom of the South American Surucucu snake, a pit viper) and Cedron (made from a plant, also known as “Rattle Snake Bean,” with a reputation for antidoting snakebites), both in a 30c potency, which was all I had.

Ideally, classical homeopaths give one remedy at a time, in order to evaluate treatment progress without introducing extra variables. Given the seriousness of the situation, however, I decided to hedge my bets and alternate the two most reasonable remedy choices available, hoping that one would be a good match for Bob’s symptoms. Since homeopathy works on the principle of “like cures like,” it made sense that one remedy made from snake venom and another from a plant long used in herbal folk medicine to treat snakebite might very well resolve the after-effects of Bob’s unfortunate encounter with a rattler. By alternating the two remedies and observing carefully, perhaps one would prove its mettle more clearly, and I could then eliminate the other from the mix.

I dissolved a few granules of Cedron 30c in a cup of water and dissolved a few granules of Lachesis 30c in another cup, carefully labeling each to avoid later confusion. I instructed Don to alternate the two remedies by giving Bob a spoonful from one or the other cup every five minutes for a total of four doses (two of each remedy). Then I left to get a bite (no pun intended) to eat.

Miraculous rebound

When I returned about 30 minutes later, Bob was already showing good signs of improvement. He was starting to wag his tail and look up. His right eye, previously swollen shut, was beginning to open. That was a quick response to treatment! Now that Bob was getting better, I instructed Don to lengthen the time between doses–alternating spoonfuls of the remedies every 15 minutes.

When I returned for the second time about an hour later, Bob stood up to greet me. Face still swollen and mouth drooling, he was nevertheless becoming more animated. He was acting more dog-like and less ill. His eye was now half visible. When I petted him, he didn’t yelp like before. The pain seemed significantly diminished, and his energy was returning.

Night was already falling, so I told Don to keep up with the alternating doses through the late evening every half hour, and then to give one or two doses of each remedy during the night. As I turned toward our campsite, I saw Bob energetically jump up into Don’s camper and lay himself on his doggie bed. At that point, I knew that he was out of the woods and recovering beautifully.

Happy campers

I awoke early the next morning, eager to see how Bob had weathered the night. He came running over to greet me, tail wagging, both eyes wide open, showing no signs whatsoever of being sick. There was still some swelling under his jowls, but it didn’t seem to bother him. Bob’s immune system was processing the effects of the snake venom, and it seemed that the toxicity had been effectively neutralized. In fact, he had eaten breakfast, drunk copious amounts of water, and “done his duty” per his normal schedule. He was clearly well and thriving!

Don, on the other hand, was both elated and perplexed. When we’d first met after Bob’s unfortunate encounter with the snake, Don was nearly grief-stricken as he explained that this dog was his “family,” for he had no wife or children. Now, all that worry was behind him. He knew the homeopathic remedies had acted to save his beloved companion, but he wasn’t quite sure how to explain it to himself. “I’ve never seen a dog make such a fast turnaround after a rattlesnake bite… Never!” he said, shaking his head. “How in the world could the swelling go down that fast? I would have expected it to take days, if at all. It’s incredible!” After explaining a bit more about how homeopathy worked, I joked with him that it was just a little homeopathic magic.

I instructed Don to wean Bob off the remedies by decreasing the dosing frequency to three times a day the current day, then to twice daily the next day, and then once daily on the following two days. Should there be any signs of worsening, he was to dose more frequently until symptoms again stabilized, then wean again, slowly.

A lesson to take home

Seeing how well homeopathy had worked–as I knew it should–in this life-threatening emergency was both gratifying and awe-inspiring. Not only did the remedies perform as well as or better than the standard of care in western medicine (namely, antivenom), they did so without any of the attendant risks, such as anaphylaxis and death, not to mention the considerable expense of such treatments.

Homeopathic remedies have no material substance and so are said to act energetically rather than physically. By stimulating and empowering the life force, homeopathic remedies accelerate the body’s innate wisdom and capacity to heal. This experience with Bob served as a real testimony to the validity of homeopathy and its underlying principles.

From many years of clinical application, I know that I can rely on the medicinal powers of homeopathic remedies, when properly applied, to serve our patients across the entire spectrum of dis-ease, from minor to life-threatening. I am thankful to Don who offered this opportunity to reinforce and deepen this knowing, and to Bob for being such a cooperative and willing patient.

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SIDEBAR 1

All About Antivenon 

In the 1890s, a protégé of Louis Pasteur named Albert Calmette created the first antivenom based on the principle of vaccines. After milking the venom from cobras, Calmette injected this into horses–not enough to cause serious injury to the horses but enough for their immune systems to react and create antibodies. After waiting a few weeks, he drew some blood from the horses, extracted the serum from the blood, and injected this antibody-filled serum into people suffering from the poisonous effects of a cobra bite. In most cases, the “antivenom” would neutralize the venom from the snakebite, and the person would regain their health.

Although scientists have greatly refined the method of making antivenom since then, the production steps are still largely the same. It is a slow, laborious process that requires milking many dangerous snakes to create a small amount of antivenom. The resulting product is costly (as much as $1500 per vial), and one snakebite victim might require as many as 30 vials! Furthermore, different antivenoms are required to address the bites of different species of snakes (although there is one antivenom product that works against all North American poisonous snakebites, except that of coral snakes).

Antivenom is the standard of care in snakebite treatment in the U.S., and as a result, fewer than 5 or 6 people a year die from snakebites. A different picture exists in other regions of the world, however. Tens of thousands of people die from snakebites in developing countries where antivenom is hard to come by, as a result of high costs or lack of access to required refrigeration. With the greatest demand for antivenom coming from countries that can’t afford to buy it, many drug companies have stopped making antivenom in recent years, as they have little financial incentive. This has created antivenom shortages worldwide.

So if your summer plans call for visiting an area where you may encounter a poisonous snake, all the more reason to keep your wits about you–and your homeopathic remedy kit handy!

–Reference: Main, Douglas. “How to Make Antivenom and Why the World is Running Short.” Popular Mechanics, July 2011.

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SIDEBAR 2

Snakebite Survival Guide

First-aid & homeopathy basics

What should you do if a poisonous snake sinks its fangs into you or a loved one? Popular culture is rife with notions about lancing and sucking venom from the wound or applying tourniquets to ”contain” the venom. These interventions are controversial and may even be dangerous, so here we’ll stick to the essential actions you need to take to support the snakebite victim, minimize further damage, and maximize a positive outcome.

Assess the situation

Try to identify the type of snake involved, or remember its markings and shape for later identification. If antivenom is needed, knowing the type of snake can be of great help since different antivenoms are used for different snakebites. Avoid approaching or handling the snake, however, even if it’s dead, for risk of becoming a victim yourself.

Rattlesnakes, coral snakes, copperheads, and water moccasins are the main venomous species in the U.S. All significant bites will leave fang marks, from one to four depending on the angle of the bite and the depth of penetration. The larger the snake and the smaller the victim, the more dangerous the bite tends to be. Bites on the head, neck, and upper trunk are more dangerous than those on the extremities.

The more pain and the more rapid and extensive the swelling, the more serious the bite reaction is and the more venom that was likely injected. Snake venom can destroy tissue, damage organs, and disrupt blood clotting; in the worst cases, it can lead to loss of limbs, damaged organs, or death. Any evidence of spontaneous bleeding, changes in mental status, signs of shock, widespread bruising, cold sweats, fast or slow heart rates, breathing difficulty, nausea, vomiting, general weakness, paralysis, or seizures point to very serious poisoning and require emergency care. (A snakebite with little or no reaction other than pain at the puncture site is not likely to represent a significant poisoning.)

First things first

Nevertheless, any bite from a venomous snake should be considered a medical emergency as life-threatening symptoms can develop quickly. Here is what you need to do while calling 911 and/or transporting the victim to the nearest hospital emergency room:

• Remain calm so that you can be of better assistance.

• Immobilize and loosely splint an extremity that was bitten. Keep the victim still and quiet to lower their metabolism and reduce the rate of the venom’s spread throughout the body.

• Position the person so the bite is at or below heart level.

• Remove jewelry and loosen anything tight before any significant swelling occurs.

• Clean the wound gently, and cover with a clean dressing.

• Do not apply ice or tourniquets; do not attempt to cut the wound to remove the poisons.

• Avoid any stimulants or alcohol that could increase metabolism or interfere with further evaluation or treatment.

Go-to remedies

Homeopathic remedies can be an important adjunct or even a curative intervention in the treatment of the snakebite victim. This should be attempted only while getting as quickly as possible to the nearest emergency medical facility. Even so, the well-meaning lay person can often work the kind of homeopathic miracle that we saw in the story of Bob, our canine friend.

The principle of individualization–matching the unique symptoms of the individual to the indications for the remedy–applies as much to snakebites as to any other condition treated with homeopathy. Here are some remedies to consider for snakebite injuries, using either a 30c or 200c potency.

Aconite. Useful at the initial stages, when the person has great fear of death, with anxiety or panic and restlessness.

Lachesis. May help the individual who hasprostration, restlessness, painful swelling, bruising, and possibly bleeding; the person typically cannot bear anything tight around them (e.g., tight necklines or waistbands) and may be loquacious.

Cedron. Known in herbal and homeopathic medicine for its “powers of antidoting snakebites.”

Ledum. Useful for puncture wounds, especially when the wound feels cold and is relieved from cold applications. The person may have muscle twitchings or spasms near the area of the bite.

1 Indicated for dullness, weakness, exhaustion, and marked drowsiness; the wound may be infected, septic-looking, and painful.

Arsenicum album. May help chilly, anxious, restless people, who fear death and desire company. They may have burning pains that are relieved by heat.

Hypericum perforatum. Indicated for neuralgic, shooting pain around wounds of nerve-rich areas, such as fingers and toes.

Carbo vegetabilis. Useful for bite reactions that have progressed into shock, coldness, blue discolorations, weak pulse, clammy sweat, and collapse.

Giving the remedy

In the early stages after a snakebite, repeat the best-selected remedy as often as every few minutes. Look for any signs of response, either in the person’s general improved comfort level or well-being, or local changes in pain, swelling, or the rate at which the reaction is progressing. If after a dose or two, you observe no improvement or an actual worsening of symptoms, move on to the next best remedy option.

Once improvement is clearly well under way, stick with the remedy that is working and repeat it less frequently–specifically when progress halts or when symptoms start to return. Only change to a different remedy when you observe no further effect of the remedy being given or when new symptoms appear–as with any condition under homeopathic care. If you have access to a variety of potencies of a remedy that has worked but now is not working as well, try giving a higher potency before changing to a completely different remedy. If you only have one potency available of a remedy that has worked but is now not working as well, try putting it in water and stirring or shaking (succussing) it to slightly increase its potency, in order to get it to work longer.

Good homeopathic sense

Naturally, there are other remedies outside this list that may be useful in snakebites, and they may perform as well or better, depending on the circumstances. As in all homeopathic treatment, the individual symptoms are our guide. While there is no consensus as to any specific group of remedies to have on hand, the arsenal of remedies above will likely provide effective treatment for many snakebites. When the appropriately chosen homeopathic remedy is administered early and judiciously in such a potentially life-threatening circumstance, the need for antivenom or surgical intervention, once at the hospital, may be minimized or even avoided entirely.

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Homeopathy and science

The comparison of Einstein to Hahnemann, the founder of homeopathy, is totally valid.

Hahnemann was probably the most extraordinary genius in the history of medicine, and his ideas were far ahead of his time, also in many areas outside of homeopathy, such as in the compassionate treatment of the insane. His homeopathic theory was original and revolutionary.

Homeopaths are criticised for returning to the work of a man from 200 years ago, but physicists delight in studying Einstein. Geniuses are in short supply. Fortunately there are a few working currently in homeopathy, which has enabled it to undergo great advances in the last 30 years.

The five homeopathic concepts were initially ridiculed, but subsequently all of them except one are now accepted by modern medicine, which has only caught up with two of them in the last few years.

Homeopathic principles in the 18th and 19th centuries

1. Individualised Medicine

This is a medical procedure that separates patients into specific genetic groups. Medical decisions, practices, interventions and products are then tailored to the individual patient, based on their predicted response to or risk of disease. To quote Professor Johnson, chief clinician, Cancer Research UK:

“Personalised medicine is the most exciting change in cancer treatment since chemotherapy.”

Unlike ‘conventional’ medicine from the 18th to the end of the 20th Century, Homeopathy was always about the individual. There is no such thing as a homeopathic remedy to treat chronic arthritis in a dog. Each individual dog may require a different remedy. The choice will be based on the exact objective symptoms, character, behaviour, phenotype and a detailed history. This is why homeopathy is not suited to unsophisticated double blind trials. Future conventional medicine won’t be either.

2. Serious Chronic Disease is Caused

by Mental Stress

It has been accepted for a few years in human medicine that stress is an important factor in the development of chronic disease, and recently the veterinary world is beginning to come on board.

However in 2010 the Veterinary Times published a case of osteosarcoma successfully treated using homeopathy, leading to annoyed letters being sent by some vets wondering why the character of the dog and the stresses it had experienced were relevant. One author described the possibility of homesickness causing osteosarcoma as ‘farcical’. At that time few people knew about Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE). These demonstrate an association of stresses experienced as a child with health problems when an adult. This has been a notable landmark in epidemiological research, and has recently produced more than 50 scientific articles and 100 conference and workshop presentations. (3,4,5)

Crucial in the choice of remedy

Hahnemann had realised very early on in his homeopathic practice that understanding mental stress and emotional history was crucial in the choice of remedy. There are no drugs in conventional practice that take into account the physical pathology together with the mental and emotional state, which may be why this area has been poorly explored by modern medicine.

It is obvious to a vet taking a homeopathic consultation that animals are affected by specific emotional stresses, and subsequently develop disease in exactly the same way as humans. Their prescriptions reflect this. All remedies treat mental and emotional symptoms as well as physical. It is only recently that mainstream science has accepted that animals experience emotions (7). Animal emotions were never mentioned in my six years at Cambridge.-original article in full:

Geoff Johnson Vet MB MA MRCVS VetFFHom PCH


Aspartame(splenda,nutrasweet,sweetnlow) warning

Artificial Sweeteners Are Strongly Associated With Depression

Unfortunately, many are under the mistaken belief they can protect their health by swapping refined sugar for artificial sweeteners. Nothing could be further from the truth, as research suggests artificial sweeteners may actually be more detrimental to your health than regular sugar. For example:

• In a 1986 evaluation of reactions to food additives,17 aspartame (in commonly consumed amounts) was linked to mood alterations such as anxiety, agitation, irritability and depression.

• A 1993 study18 found that individuals with mood disorders are particularly sensitive to aspartame, suggesting its use in this population should be discouraged. In the clinical study, the project was halted by the Institutional Review Board after a total of 13 individuals had completed the study because of the severity of reactions within the group of patients with a history of depression.

• In 2008, researchers asserted that excessive aspartame ingestion might be involved in the pathogenesis of certain mental disorders and may compromise emotional functioning.19

• Research presented at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Neurology in 2013 found that consumption of sweetened beverages — whether they’re sweetened with sugar or artificial sweeteners — was associated with an increased risk of depression.20,21 The study included nearly 264,000 American adults over the age of 50 who were enrolled in an AARP diet and health study.

At the outset, participants filled out a detailed dietary survey. At a 10-year follow-up, they were asked whether they’d been diagnosed with depression at any point during the past decade.

Those who drank more than four cans or glasses of diet soda or other artificially sweetened beverages had a nearly 30 percent higher risk of depression compared to those who did not consume diet drinks. Regular soda drinkers had a 22 percent increased risk.


FDA APPROVES HOMEOPATHIC EBOLA CURE

The John Benneth Journal

MEDICINE IS POLITICS WRIT LARGE

Medicine is a social science and politics is nothing else but medicine on a large scale. Medicine as a social science, as the science of human beings, has the obligation to point out problems and to attempt their theoretical solution; the politician, the practical anthropologist, must find the means for their actual solution. – Virchow

Despite disbelief and outrage of pseudoscientists posing as “skeptics,” the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) now regulates at least two (2)homeopathic cures for Ebola, the hemorrhagic fever currently terrorizing West Africa.

The primary traditional cure used homeopathically for hemorrhagic fevers is a dynamic extrusion of rattlesnake venom, Crotalus horridus (Crot-h).

Crot-h is a drug regulated and protected under Sections 201(g) and 201(j) of the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetics Act (FDCA) of 1938. It is made from a virus substance listed in the Homeopathic Pharmacopoeia of the United States (HPUS). The FDCA recognizes the HPUS as…

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Vitamin c and adverse vacc reactions

Vitamin C Prevents Side Effects from the MMR Vaccine

by Helen Saul Case

(OMNS, September 10, 2016) This is not an article about whether vaccinations are “good” or “bad.” This is an article about how high-dose vitamin C can protect children from vaccination side effects. Until we have real choice as to whether or not we vaccinate our children, we must seek ways to make immunizations safer. High-dose vitamin C makes immunizations safer: http://orthomolecular.org/resources/omns/v08n07.shtml

Giving the MMR Shot to a Child with Known Vaccination Sensitivity

Our daughter recently received the MMR (measles, mumps, and rubella) vaccination. In fact, she received two. New York State recently changed the law requiring an additional MMR shot in order for children to attend kindergarten. We had to make sure that she received both injections this summer before school started. We were concerned about giving her two MMR shots (and so close together) because after a previous vaccination she had a serious reaction.

Years ago, before we learned to give huge doses of vitamin C before, during, and after immunizations, our daughter (then age 15 months) had a severe reaction to the DPT (diphtheria, pertussis, and tetanus) vaccination: she lost her coordination, was screaming, falling over, and spiked a high fever. High-dose, saturation-level vitamin C cured her reaction to the DPT vaccine and taught us an important lesson: give more vitamin C. Much, much more. Now, in order to protect our children from any vaccination side effects, we give very high doses of vitamin C before, during (yes, even at the doctor’s office) and after immunizations. To read more see: http://www.orthomolecular.org/resources/omns/v11n09.shtml and http://www.orthomolecular.org/resources/omns/v12n07.shtml.

No, the MMR shot is not the same as a DPT shot. Just because our child reacted to one vaccine, doesn’t necessarily mean she will react to another. However, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), “Any vaccine can cause side effects” and “like any medicine, is capable of causing serious problems.” See: http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/vac-gen/side-effects.htm When you consider just how much vitamin C our daughter held after the MMR vaccinations, we have to ask ourselves one question: where was it all going?

How Much C? A Lot. A Whole Lot.

Our five-year-old, 37-pound (about 17 kg) daughter received saturation-level doses of 8,000 to 11,000 milligrams (mg) of vitamin C every day the week before her first MMR vaccination. The day of her shot, she happily and comfortably held 24,000 mg. For the next couple of days after the shot, her dose was reduced to 20,000 mg/day. Then, for the next four days, her vitamin C dose went down to 15,000 mg/day. The next four: 14,000 mg, 13,000 mg, 12,000 mg and 11,000 mg per day respectively.

For the next several weeks leading all the way up to her second MMR shot, she was getting between 8,000 and 11,000 mg of vitamin C each day.

On the day of her second MMR shot, just a little over a month from the first one, she once again received and comfortably held 24,000 mg of vitamin C. The day after: 19,000 mg. Once again, using bowel tolerance as an indicator, we gradually decreased this dose over the two weeks following this second immunization to an average of 9,000 mg/day. Eventually, we went back to her regular dose of 5,000 mg/day or 1,000 mg/day per year of age, following the recommendation of Frederick Robert Klenner, MD: http://orthomolecular.org/library/jom/1998/articles/1998-v13n04-p198.shtml or http://www.doctoryourself.com/klennerpaper.html.

According to the CDC Vaccine Information Statement we received from our daughter’s pediatrician, the MMR vaccine can cause “mild problems” including fever, rash, and glandular swelling; “moderate problems” including fever-induced seizure and painful joints; and “severe problems” such as serious allergic reactions, deafness, coma, and permanent brain damage. See: http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/vac-gen/side-effects.htm

Our daughter did not experience a single one of these side effects from the MMR shots. She had no vaccination reaction whatsoever. She had no fever, no swelling, no nothing. She was (and is) happy and healthy. How would things have gone if she had not been given high-dose vitamin C? We don’t know. And we aren’t about to take chances with potential side effects like coma or permanent brain damage.

Using Bowel Tolerance as an Indicator of “Enough” Vitamin C

Everyone wants to know, “How much vitamin C?” There is no set amount. This is why bowel tolerance is the ideal indicator. When warranted by such events as illness, potential illness, or immunizations, we give our children enough vitamin C to get just to the point of saturation, or loose stool. This is often indicated by a rumbling tummy or some gas. If stools become loose, we decrease how much vitamin C we give. If our children are happy and tooting away, that is just about right. After each MMR shot, our daughter’s body accepted up to 24,000 mg/day of vitamin C. On any other regular day, she would reach bowel tolerance at much lower doses.

To reiterate, we give vitamin C to bowel tolerance when our kids show signs of sickness (runny nose, coughing, sneezing), and before, during, and after immunizations. We get them to bowel tolerance of vitamin C before there is a full-blown illness, and to prevent side effects from vaccinations.

“The titration (bowel tolerance) method or large intravenous doses are absolutely necessary to obtain excellent results. The method produces spectacular effects in all patients capable of tolerating these doses. A placebo could not possibly work so reliably, even in infants and children, and have such a profound effect on critically ill patients.” – Robert F. Cathcart III, MD

This is how we apply Dr. Robert F. Cathcart’s bowel tolerance method: for our five year old daughter, we give oral doses of vitamin C throughout the day in divided doses, beginning the day with a larger “loading dose” (about 3,000 mg) and then give frequent, smaller doses (about 2,000 mg every two hours) right up to about an hour before bedtime. When she was younger, we gave less, and she “held” less. Bowel tolerance is an excellent indicator of “enough” vitamin C no matter how old your child is.

To learn more about giving high-dose vitamin C to children, please read: http://www.orthomolecular.org/resources/omns/v12n09.shtml

When in Doubt, Give Vitamin C

Our daughter may be a special case. Maybe your child won’t need nearly this much vitamin C. However, knowing the incredible safety and effectiveness of high-dose vitamin C, we are very comfortable giving our daughter what I would like to call “take no chances” sized doses at immunization time.

No, we don’t take chances. We take vitamins. And we take a lot of them.

(OMNS Assistant Editor Helen Saul Case is the author of The Vitamin Cure for Women’s Health Problems and coauthor of Vegetable Juicing for Everyone. Her latest book is Vitamins & Pregnancy: The Real Story.)

To learn more:

Case HS. Don’t vaccinate without vitamin C. http://orthomolecular.org/resources/omns/v11n09.shtml

Case HS. Vaccinations, vitamin C, and “choice.” http://www.orthomolecular.org/resources/omns/v12n07.shtml

Cathcart RF. Vitamin C, titration to bowel tolerance, anascorbemia, and acute induced scurvy. Medical Hypotheses, 1981 7:1359-1376. http://www.doctoryourself.com/titration.html

Downing D. Flu vaccine: no good evidence. http://orthomolecular.org/resources/omns/v08n02.shtml

Downing D. Why this doctor questions flu vaccination. http://orthomolecular.org/resources/omns/v05n06.shtml

Kalokerinos, A. Every Second Child. Thomas Nelson (Australia) 1974.

Klenner FR. Observations on the dose and administration of ascorbic acid when employed beyond the range of a vitamin in human pathology. Journal of Applied Nutrition, 1971, Vol. 23, Nos. 3 and 4, pp. 61-87. http://orthomolecular.org/library/jom/1998/articles/1998-v13n04-p198.shtml and http://www.doctoryourself.com/klennerpaper.html

Levy TE. Vitamin C prevents vaccination side effects; increases effectiveness http://orthomolecular.org/resources/omns/v08n07.shtml

Levy TE. Vitamin C, shingles, and vaccination. http://orthomolecular.org/resources/omns/v09n17.shtml

Munsterhjelm-Ahumada K. Health authorities now admit severe side effects of vaccination: swine flu, pandemrix and narcolepsy http://orthomolecular.org/resources/omns/v08n10.shtml

Saul AW. Notes on orthomolecular (megavitamin) use of vitamin C. http://www.doctoryourself.com/ortho_c.html

Gina Tyler DHOM


Tetanus vaccine info warnings

Adverse Reaction Reports:

Tetanus Vaccine

This section contains unsolicited adverse reaction reports associated with the tetanus vaccine. They are typical of the daily emails received by the Thinktwice Global Vaccine Institute. Additional reaction reports possibly associated with the tetanus toxoid may be found in the sections on DPT/DTaP and pertussis.

[Tetanus 103] I developed reflex sympathetic dystrophy (RSD) following a tetanus toxoid vaccine. I have very little use of the entire left side of my body, and the disease now appears to be moving into my right hip and leg.

[Tetanus 127] My 26-year-old friend was given a tetanus and diphtheria shot at work. About 4 or 5 hours later she developed neck pain, it was pulled to the left side, and she was unable to move it. Three days later she also developed swelling at the injection site.

[Tetanus 148] I received a tetanus shot because the doctors said it was way overdue. That night my arm hurt so bad I could not lay on it. My temperature was 104 degrees. The pain eventually spread to my upper back and neck.

[Tetanus 203] I had a tetanus shot in September and have been sick ever since. Where can I get information from someone who knows this is possible? My doctor just acted like I was an idiot, so I went untreated for four months.

[Tetanus 214] My friend has an immune disease and was given a tetanus shot, starting the onset of muscular degeneration. She and her mom attribute her rapid decline to the shot.

[Tetanus 245] Are there any studies on overdoses of the tetanus vaccine? My daughter had three tetanus shots within 1 1/2 years, and my son had two within this period. She was diagnosed with Lupus, and now he has asthma and an immune system disorder.

[Tetanus 284] When I was three months pregnant I cut myself and was “required” to get a tetanus shot. My son has been diagnosed with cerebral palsy and attention deficit disorder. He also has grand mal seizures, an enlarged liver and heart, and made no growth hormone at birth.

[Tetanus 294] I went to a health clinic for a check-up and was told I needed a tetanus shot. I soon became pregnant and miscarried in my second month. My husband and I were distraught. I became pregnant a short time later and miscarried again. Since that time, I had another miscarriage — my third in my first year of marriage.

[Tetanus 301] In October, I received a tetanus shot. In December, I became pregnant. Our beautiful son was born 9 months later quite suddenly by C-section after a severe bleeding episode. Unfortunately, he passed away two days later. He had a deformity that begins in the early days of pregnancy.

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You can test homeopathy

For those who still doubt … here’s a simple little experiment to check ifhomeopathic potentisation really does have an effect.

Purchase  some common green bean seeds and divide them into two groups. Water the first group (your control group) as normal. With the second group, your test group, water them too but only after adding 5 drops of potentised table salt (Nat-m 6C) per 50ml. You should see the beans from your test group grow more quickly and profusely than the control group, just as they did in the pilot study referenced at the bottom of this story, and even though a 6C potency is indistinguishable under a microscope from plain water.

And where can you get the Nat-m 6C? It is easy to buy from most homeopathic pharmacies or you can make your own – its simple. Just follow the instructions found in Three Scales of Potency.

(For the purpose of this experiment, you won’t need a ‘mother tincture’ or alcohol as per the instructions. Just add approximately 1 part of common table salt to 99 parts of water. Potentisation is quite flexible so measures don’t have to be exact for an effect to take place).

So, for the price of a few beans you too can test homeopathy.

(Green beans are not the only plants you can experiment with – any plant can be affected by a homeopathic potency as Darwin himself discovered. Just Google for the growing list of homeopathic research with other plants.)

Links to More Information

Potentisation instructions: Three Scales of Potency

Darwin’s story and homeopathic plant experiments: The Surprising Story of Charles Darwin and His Homeopathic Doctor


Brain dead =organ donation

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l7NgJJtJ-mI&sns=em #braindead is a lie #organdonations watch this brilliant doctor being interviewed you will think twice about donating your organs after watching this ” organs can only be taken from a living person never a cadaver “…….


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