Geoff Johnson Vet MB MA MRCVS VetFFHom PCH
May 2, 2018 By Linlee Jordan
Globally there is an increase in the prevalence of children on the autism spectrum. This is pushing a call for more autism research studies. The fairly standard therapies available worldwide include speech therapy, sensory integration, occupational therapy and special education. Individualised sessions are offered by speech therapists for communication difficulties, occupational therapists for sensory issues and special educators for learning or behaviour issues.
In spite of special schools where these programs and sessions are available, parents and therapists find that certain sensory issues, behaviour issues and other difficulties still continue. It is in these situations that parents approach homeopathic practitioners. Consequently, there is an increase in autism research and treatment using homeopathy.
Several carefully written reports of case studies have highlighted the use of homeopathy in research in autism spectrum disorders. The homeopathic case taking covers all aspects of the child’s physical, emotional and intellectual dimensions.
2016 A report of six cases using homeopathy treatment for autism in India by Dr Rajalakshmi
Dr Rajalakshmi worked as an independent practitioner and consultant to a special school. From this experience she said “I have had the opportunity to see children with autism from mild to severe. In the special schools I have observed children who were on homeopathic treatment and also children at the same level who were not on homeopathic treatment. I found that the children who were not on treatment were still grappling with the same issues when I first saw them whereas there were significant improvements in social interaction, eye contact, reduction in hyperactivity, reduced temper tantrums and better communication skills in the children who were on homeopathic treatment. Therefore it would be a good option to use homeopathy as part of a treatment protocol simultaneously as an adjunct to neuropsychological therapies for enhanced results.”
Dr Rajalakshmi reports that homeopathic remedies have helped calm head banging and hand flapping. Meaningless speech was converted to meaningful speech.
2013 – Four autism case studies in India
Dr Neeraj Gupta receiving an award for her autism research
The homeopath Dr Neeraj Gupta published a paper about four cases of autistic children. They received on-going homeopathic treatment.
The children were chosen randomly from a large number of cases. The results of the study found quite meaningful improvement. There was a lessening of autistic and other social and behavioural symptoms in all four children. There was less hyperactivity, appetite, nail biting, shrieking noises and sleep disorders.
A conclusion from this study was that a homeopathic medicinal regimen does produce modification of autistic symptoms, if followed dutifully.
2011 – A clinical study of ten case studies of autistic children using homeopathy in India
A clinical study evaluated the efficacy of homeopathic medicines in 10 autistic children. The author again is Dr Neeraj Gupta.
Improvement in common autism symptoms:
• Significant improvement in immunity level
• Significant decrease in hyperactivity and restlessness
• Moderate to mild improvement in obeying commands, eye contact and judgment
• Could not obtain desired improvement in sensory problems and communication skills
Improvement in individual children’s autistic symptoms:
• Improvement in self rocking, violent anger spells, poor attention, random laughing, disturbed sleep pattern, self biting, eating of wall materials, control of urination & defecation and communication skills
• Mild to moderate improvement in other specific symptoms
• Not much improvement could be observed in cases of regurgitation of food, making loud noises and certain other specific behavioural autistic activities.
Both constitutional and intercurrent homeopathic regimens were used. They observed that homeopathy can be more effective for the treatment of autistic children, if they are diagnosed at early stages of development. No improvement or partial improvement was found in three children who were also suffering from another condition such as a parasitic infestation.
2010 Homeopathic medicinal treatment of autism published in the Indian Journal of Research in Homoeopathy
This study by Dr Neeraj Gupta included 25 children on the spectrum. Their age ranged from 4 to 14 years and included both sexes. Children were included who were diagnosed with or without other problems such as parasitic infections. They received homeopathic remedies and were carefully followed up for 18 months. The children were divided into two groups either moderate or severe, according to the number and severity of symptoms. Improvement was monitored on a weekly basis. Frequent repetition of remedies in some severe conditions was found effective.
A significant positive response was found using homeopathic remedies especially:
• Improvement of eating and drinking abnormalities
• Better control of the bowel and bladder especially bedwetting decreased by 80%
• Immunological and allergic reactions reduced by 70%
• Less gestures and sensory issues (visual, touch, pain and temperature)
• Lessening of echolalia
• Jumping, spinning, hand flapping was decreased by 83%
• Two children who were eating leaves, lipstick, and creams showed complete reversal of the habit
2006 – 2009 Spandan Clinic study with 60 children
Dr Praful Bravalia from Spandan Clinic has lectured widely about autism research using homeopathy
The 60 children were enrolled from the Spandan Holistic Institute of Applied Homeopathy and from the institute’s mobile clinic. Spandan is one of the largest homeopathy autism research organisations in the world.
This study was a non-randomised, self-controlled, pre and post-intervention study with six months as a self-control period. The diagnosis of autism was made by a team consisting of: homeopathic physician, psychologist, neurologist and psychiatrist. One year was the treatment period.
Homeopathic treatment had a statistically significant impact on the cognitive ability of all autistic children. Homeopathy brought about improvement in behaviour followed by significant changes in other aspects eg, sensory impairment, socialisation and communication. Importantly (because it is not what you would expect) children with dull normal intelligence showed the highest improvement followed by children with mild retardation.
This Indian autism research showed 88.34% of children improved with the response being: mild (16 children), moderate (21 children), or marked (16 children) improvement.
2008 – A pilot study of seven autistic children in Brazil
Analysis of case studies showed the positive effect of homeopathic treatment in the cognitive, motor and behavioural performance of autistic patients. The main author was Geórgia Fonseca.
The study used classical homeopathy for autism as well as specific individualisation of symptoms in each case, and included organotherapeutics.
The results suggested that the longer the use of homeopathy for autism, the more remarkable the improvement. Similarly, the earlier it was started, the better the outcome. On the other hand, even in teenagers, homeopathy positively affected behaviour, with a decrease in aberrant behaviour and better social integration.
2008 – A study of five cases of autism in India
M.A. Rajalakshmi worked as a consultant for four years in a special school setting and also saw autistic children in private practice. Her contribution to autism research was a paper titled Role of Homoeopathy in the Management of Autism: Study of Effects of Homoeopathic Treatment on the Autism Triad.
The paper described five children with a confirmed diagnosis of Autism or Pervasive Developmental Disorder, Not Otherwise Specified (PDD-NOS). Three were high functioning with mild to major issues with communication or even non-verbal. Two of the children were low-functioning with mental retardation and non-verbal.
A summary of overall results seen after Homeopathic treatment:
• Reduction in hyperactivity
• Improvement in sitting tolerance/attention span
• Improvement in sensory perceptual skills
• Better & appropriate expression of emotions
• Improvement in both fine motor & gross motor abilities
• Improvement in social skills/eye contact
• Improvement in speech, language & communication skills
• Reduction in anxiety states/temper tantrums
• Better sleep patterns
2008 – Six case studies using homeopathy for autism in India
Again Rajalakshmi published a paper this time with the title of New Dimensions in the Treatment of Autism with Homeopathy. Using this study and drawing on the conclusions of the other study it was found that there were significant uses for homeopathy in the management of autism. Of the 6 children, three were verbal and three were non-verbal. Two of the children had associated mental retardation. Different potencies of homeopathic remedies from 30c to 200c and in some cases 1M was used.
Some parents made an interesting observation. They noticed that certain special abilities (savant skills) seemed to disappear once the child started to speak. Sometimes this was when there was overall improvement in another skill area. One parent said that her son used to be able to hear the sound of his father’s scooter when he was quite a distance away. The child would be at the gate waiting for his dad, whereas the mother was not able to hear the sound. Later when his speech and communication improved he was no longer able to do this.
Rajalakshmi says “There is a lot of awareness about homeopathy and also its effectiveness in treating autism. However there are a few things that have to be kept in mind before starting homeopathic treatment. It is impossible to generalise the treatment as in allopathic medicine. Homeopathy is highly individualised and one has to find a homeopath who uses this approach to treat the child. Also the homeopath should have some amount of exposure and experience in dealing with children with autism.”
2003 Spandan Clinic research in India
From 1998 to 2003 the Spandan Clinic conducted research using of 54 case studies. In this study, 72% of cases who continued homeopathy for autism for more than six months showed significant improvement in the following order:
• Hyperactive behavior like restlessness and tantrums
• Impaired sensory defences
• Eye contact
60% of cases with autism regained speech.
50% of cases (without significant retardation), who continued for more than two years were rehabilitated in mainstream school or slow learners class while others were enrolled in Special School.
• Aloe socotrina: It’s not uncommon to develop diarrhea when traveling. A person needing this remedy has to get to the toilet in a hurry or risk an accident. The urge to stool often comes immediately after eating or drinking. There can be loud rumbling sounds from the abdomen, as well as some cramping after food or drink. The stools are gurgling and sputtering.
• Arnica: This first aid homeopathic remedy par excellence needs little introduction. It’s simply outstanding when bumps and bruises occur—helping to reduce swelling, discoloration and pain.
• Arsenicum album: Another very helpful travel diarrhea remedy. The adult or child needing this remedy is typically restless, cold, and weak with a great thirst for small sips of water. They may have painful cramping in the abdomen with a sensation of burning and are worse from eating and drinking. A great remedy to consider when one suspects the cause of the problem may be contaminated food or water!
• Chamomilla: If you’re planning on traveling with small children, this remedy is an absolute must-have. It’s a terrific option to consider if you find yourself with a child who is very irritable, restless and simply impossible to please. The child will be very fussy and whiney and only better if carried or rocked continuously.
• Cocculus: Does someone in your family struggle with motion sickness? Homeopathy is a wonderful option in these cases. A person needing the remedy, Cocculus, often feels dizzy and nauseous when riding or sitting up—with a strong desire to lie down. The symptoms are worse from watching moving objects or from seeing or smelling food and in open air. There may be a desire for cold drinks.
• Nux vomica: Another problem common to travelers is constipation, and Nux vomica may be called for in these cases. A person needing this homeopathic remedy is often troubled with an ineffectual and frequent urging to stool with a sensation as if the anus were contracted. The stools are very hard, dry, and for some time after a stool may cause a sticking pain in rectum. There is often a frequent, unsuccessful desire for stool (“wants to, but can’t”) that results in passing small quantities, and leaving a sensation as if not finished. Indigestion and flatulence are common. At times, pregnant women and active, irritable infants will also need this remedy. Nux vomica patients tend to be chilly and unusually irritable, offended and frustrated easily. For a bit more information on using homeopathy for travel constipation, Dr. Lisa Samet has written a helpful article.
• Rhus toxicodendron: Here is another remedy that needs little introduction. It’s the first remedy to consider when a poison ivy rash strikes.
• Tabacum: Another good remedy for motion sickness. Someone needing this remedy often has dizziness on opening the eyes with incessant nausea. There can be vomiting on the least motion, and there is often a terrible faint, sinking feeling at pit of stomach. The motion sick person is often very pale and wants the abdomen uncovered as that lessens the nausea and vomiting. They feel better in fresh air. For a bit more information on using homeopathy for motion sickness, Dr. Samet has written this wonderful article.
• Veratrum album: Here is another helpful remedy for the stomach maladies so common when traveling. A person needing this remedy has these three characteristics: excessive vomiting and diarrhea (sometimes simultaneously), excessive cold sweat (particularly on the forehead), and exhaustion. There are profuse watery discharges—often violent in both directions with much shivering.
If you’d like to learn more about these remedies and others that might be useful, the book Homeopathic Guide For Travelers is chock-full of good information on the topic!
Article from Washington Homeopathic’s
Lie #1) Vaccines are safe and effective
Vaccines have emerged as the greatest and most insidious mythology yet fabricated by western medicine. More on this http://www.thinktwice.com All #vaccinesharm
Lie #2) Pharmaceuticals prevent disease
The big push by Big Pharma is now focused on treating healthy people with drugs as if pharmaceuticals were nutrients that could somehow prevent disease. But pharmaceuticals don’t prevent disease, and medications are not vitamins.
#bigpharmakills for profit
Lie #3) Doctors are experts in health
Doctors don’t even study health…they study disease. Modern doctors are taught virtually nothing about nutrition, wellness or disease prevention.
Lie #4) You have no role in your own healing
Doctors, drug companies and health authorities all want you to believe that your health is determined by their interventions. If you believe them, you have virtually no role in your own health or healing…it’s all managed by their drugs, their screening, their surgeries and their interventions.
Lie #5) Disease is a matter of bad luck or bad genes
Western medicine wants you to believe in the mythology of spontaneous disease…disease that strikes without cause. This is equivalent to saying that disease is some sort of voodoo black magic and that patients have no way to prevent disease through their own diets or lifestyle choices. Western medicine claims to be driven by scientific, rational thinking, and yet the entire industry still fails to acknowledge that chronic disease always has a cause and that most of the time, that cause has everything to do with nutritional deficiencies, exposure to toxic chemicals and a lack of exercise.
Lie #6) Screening equals prevention
Western medicine doesn’t believe in disease prevention. Rather, the industry believes in screening while calling it prevention. But screening isn’t prevention by even the wildest stretch of the imagination. In fact, virtually all the popular screening methodologies actually promote diseases.
Mammography, for example, emits so much radiation that it causes breast cancer in tens of thousands of women each year. Imaging dyes used in radiological scans can cause horrific side effects, and psychiatric “disorder” screening is little more than a thinly-disguised patient recruitment scheme disguised as medicine.
Lie #7) Health insurance will keep you healthy
The lie supposes that merely having health insurance will provide some sort of magical protection against disease. But in reality, health insurance doesn’t make you healthy! It is only YOU and your choices about foods, exposures to toxic chemicals, pursuit of exercise and time in nature that can make you healthy. Health insurance is, in effect, a wager that you will get sick. How does gambling on your sickness provide any protection whatsoever for your health? It doesn’t.
Lie #8) Hospitals are places of health and healing
If you want to stay healthy or get healthy, a hospital is the very last place you want to find yourself. They are unhappy and unhealthy places. Hospitals usually serve disease-promoting foods and lack health-enhancing sunlight, and potentially deadly mistakes with pharmaceuticals or surgical procedures now appear to be frighteningly common in U.S. hospitals.
Lie #9) Conventional medicine is “advanced” state-of-the-art medicine
Even though doctors and health authorities try to pass off western medicine as being “advanced” or “modern,” the whole system is actually pathetically outdated and stuck in the germ theory of disease. Western medicine has yet to even acknowledge the role of nutrition in preventing disease. Western medicine fails to acknowledge mind-body medicine and believes the mind plays virtually no role in healing.
Lie #10) More research is needed to find “cures”
This lie is especially ridiculoud because western medicine does not believe in any “cure” for any disease. They aren’t even looking for cures! This lie has been repeated since the 1960’s, when cancer scientists claimed they were only a few years away from curing cancer. Today, four decades later, can you think of a single major disease that western medicine has cured? There aren’t any. That’s because drug companies make money from sick people, not cured people. A patient cured is a patient lost. It is far more profitable to keep patients sick and pretend to “manage” their disease through a lifetime of pharmaceuticals.
So when drug companies and disease non-profits claim to be searching for a “cure,” what they’re really doing is taking your money to fund more drug research to patent more medications that don’t actually cure anything.
Remember this the next time you’re asked to donate to some search for “the cure.” The cures already exist in nutrition, herbal remedies and naturopathic medicine, but Big Pharma and the conventional medicine cartel isn’t interested in real cures they only want to promote the idea of a cure while pumping patients full of drugs that don’t cure anything. Written by Chris kirckof wellness coach / health activist
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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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