MD, PhD, FMedSci, FSB, FRCP, FRCPEd

Even relatively well-informed people tend to think that homeopathy might be quirky and useless but, so what, it cannot do any harm. This is perhaps true for the homeopathic remedies but it does certainly not apply to the homeopaths. As soon as there is a public health problem, homeopaths claim that their approach offers a solution – never mind the evidence to the contrary. Just look at what they presently try to sell us in terms of cold and flu treatments!

The often criminal fight of homeopaths against public health is nowhere clearer than with their never-ending propaganda against the most successful public health measure in the history of medicine, immunisation. Some professional organisations of homeopathy have issued politically correct statements about this and thus feel they are out of the firing line. But, as far as I can see, most homeopaths are against vaccinations. Their arguments are wilfully misguided; here are just a few examples:

  • It is well known that measles is an important development milestone in the life and maturing processes in children.  Why would anybody want to stop or delay the maturation processes of children and of their immune systems?
  • Homoeopathy offers an option for disease prevention and cure.  There is scientific evidence in favour of homoeopathy for prevention of diseases.
  • Seek out homeopathic, osteopathic, naturopathic, or Chinese medical constitutional treatment to boost your child’s immune system and help them be as healthy as they can be.
  • If your children do get sick, use homeopathy to help their immune system get over it. Homeopathy is very effective in epidemics of acute illness. Either see a homeopath, buy a book on homeopathic acute care, or take a class on acute homeopathic prescribing.
  • It is possible to prevent post-vaccination damage by giving the homeopathic dilution of the vaccine shortly before and    after the vaccination in the C200 dilution.
  • there are many recorded cases of people making dramatic  recoveries with homeopathic medicines following a bad reaction to a  vaccination. Expert advice from a registered homeopath is usually  required.
  • As you would keep your children away from toxic chemicals in the environment as much as possible, inform yourself about the toxicity of the solutions that are being injected into their bloodstream. It’s up to you to find the information: no one loves your children the way you do.

If you think I cherry-picked these quotes, you are mistaken. I simply used the citations as they appeared on my computer screen after a simple Google search. You might try this yourself because there are hundreds, if not thousands more to be discovered.

A typical and interesting example of a homeopathic anti-vaccinationist is Oksana Frolov, D.Hom. graduate of Saint Petersburg, Russia, I.P.Pavlov State Medical University, General Medicine, and graduate of Los Angeles School of Homeopathy. She states that, although I do hold a medical degree, I am not a licensed medical health provider in the United States. As a homeopathic practitioner, I will provide you with the treatment which is alternative or complementary to healing arts that are licensed by the State of California. On her blog, she provides detailed advice for people who might be uncertain whether to vaccinate their children: immunisation… can cause some very serious side effects including permanent brain damage, epilepsy, autism, and mental retardation. With so many vaccinations being required, doctors often have to administer several shots at a time, which can often result in a disaster.  Vaccines, along with the elements that are supposed to create the antibodies, also contain mercury, aluminum, formaldehyde, animal tissue, animal blood, human cell from aborted babies, potatoes, yeast, lactose, phenol, antibiotics and unrelated species of germs that inadvertently get into the vaccines. Do you really want all this to be injected into your child just to prevent him or her from having a chicken pox? Vaccines are said to work by stimulating the body to produce antibodies, which are supposed to protect us from an invasion of harmful germs. Childhood diseases, such as measles, mumps, rubella and chicken pox, affect the immune system in a way that makes most people immune to them for the rest of their lives. Vaccinations, on the other hand, create an artificial immunity that wears off and allows the person to catch the disease later in life….

Homeopathy has proved to be very effective in treatment of childhood diseases, as well as other infections. From its earliest days, homeopathy has been able to treat epidemic disease, such as cholera, typhus, yellow fever, and diphtheria, with a substantial rate of success, when compared to conventional treatments. 

Doctors who practice homeopathy usually claim that only non-medically qualified homeopaths hold such deranged views. Dr Frolov shows us that this assumption is clearly not true. In my experience, most homeopaths, medical or not, advise their patients against immunizations or are at least very cagey about this subject in order to raise doubts in concerned parents. Professional organisations of homeopaths usually hide behind some powerless statement in favour of informed choice; yet they must be well-aware that many of their members fail to abide by it. And what do they do about it? Nothing!

Yes, I am afraid the fight of many homeopaths against public health is active, incessant and often criminal. Of course, they do not for one second believe that they are doing anything wrong; on the contrary, they are convinced of their good intentions. As Bert Brecht once wrote, THE OPPOSITE OF GOOD IS NOT EVIL, BUT GOOD INTENTIONS.

21 Responses to Homeopaths’ often criminal fight against public health

  • Tetenterre says:

    Oh dear! The first two bullet points say it all, the second offering to do the very thing that the first decries. This is typical of a lot of CAM, where a minimal amount of investigation reveals tenets that are mutually contradictory.

  • Jeffrey Rubinoff says:

    The bio of Oksana Frolov, MD from St Petersburg and then moved to LA to become homeopath, reminds me of this dialogue from The Leningrad Cowboys:
    Siberian Svengali: [after audition] Bullshit.
    Igor: How come?
    Siberian Svengali: No commercial potential. Go to America. They’ll put up with anything there…

  • Edzard says:

    I have just found this abstract of 2007:”Medical quackery is rampant in Nigeria; Culprits cut across the whole strata of medical and health practitioners. The so called alternative/natural health practice has particularly assumed great popularity lately and the Federal Government seems to turn the other way in spite of their unsubstantiated, largely placebo ‘Cures’. Homeopathy, in particular, is a medical quackery per excellence and should be banned. Law Enforcement Agents, Medical Practice Licensing Board and other Health Professions Licensing Boards, Nigeria Medical Association and other Health Profession Associations should take this problem seriously. Legislations should be made where they have not been made and enforced where they have been made and various professional bodies should not hesitate to sanction their erring members who deviate from acceptable practice” [http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18080586]. If Nigerian doctors protest in this outspoken way, why do we see so little objection to quackery in Europe or the US?

    • Guy Chapman says:

      Doctors are generally too busy doing their job, and if they do speak out against quackery the quacks exploit it by claiming “turf war”. This is not new: Wilk v. American Medical Association put a lot of doctors off the idea of actively opposing even the most egregious charlatans.

      It needs a determined effort by TV doctors and other educators, to show people why the claims of quacks are deceitful. What it does not need is coverage like today’s entirely credulous interview with the parent of one of Burzynski’s victims. He doesn’t realise he was scammed, and cognitive dissonance means that not only is it unlikely that he will become aware, but it would probably be cruel to make him so. Quacks are incredibly adept at exploiting the belief of their victims.

  • L. Barton says:

    It’s cheaper for the CAM lobby to send sugar pills to African countries than to get real medicine there. This is precisely the argument that some bean counters are using re the British NHS – use the cheap stuff regardless of whether it works. So we should be worrying about whether our own GPs will be forced to give us homeopathy rather than medicines soon.

  • Björn Geir says:

    The people at something called “National Center for Homeopathy” Have been flaunting in several recent Facebook statuses exciting citations about homeopathic victories in the great influenza pandemic of 1918.
    Examples:

    More remarkable statistics from the Great Flu Pandemic of 1918-19. “Only one known disease…bubonic plague…ripped the lungs apart in the way this disease did….Death itself would come fast… reports were common of people who toppled off horses, collapsed on the sidewalk…We have had a number of cases where people were perfectly healthy and died within twelve hours…One robust person showed the first symptom at 4:00P.M. and died by 10:00P.M.” Death rates for those treated with homeopathy – just 1%!
    Excerpts from the book The Great Influenza.

    And

    More of the amazing stories of the Great Pandemic 1918-19…
    “Colonel Gibson, commander of the Fifty-seventh Vermont, wrote of his regiment’s experience on the Leviathan: ‘The ship was packed…..Conditions were such that the influenza could breed and multiply with extraordinary swiftness…The number of sick increased rapidly…Doctors and nurses were stricken…”

    “It was the same on other ships. Pools of blood from hemorrhaging patients lay on the floor…. At first the deaths of men were separated by a few hours: the log of the Leviathan noted, 12:45 P.M…..But a week after leaving New York, the officer of the day was no longer bothering to note in the log “died on board”, …he was writing only a name, and a time…another at 8:10A.M., at 8:25A.M….” Excerpts from the book “The Great Influenza”.

    A well respected homeopath – Dr. Herbet Roberts M.D. on board another troop ship at the same time made this report to military authorities: “We had 81 cases of flu on the way over to Europe. All recovered and were landed. Every man received homeopathic treatment.”

    Homeopaths in my corner of the world are tearful with joy over these fantastic revelations, which finally put an end to all doubt.
    Too bad shaken water doesn’t work on flu nowadays ;)

    Anyone know of a good analysis of these stories? I don’t seem to find much on the net myself. I guess they are not only attributable to a an overmortality introduced by the murderous malpractice of the physicians of that era?

  • Mortals' chiefest enemy says:

    It is true that Homeopathy exists as a threat to overseas health services, but I fear that we are also in danger here. A political party with a good chace of forming a future coalition wants it.

    UKIP wants to force taxpayers to pay for health measures that don’t work. Quote “UKIP will continue to support homeopathy through the NHS”. (A Healthcare Policy for an Independent Britain, Policy Statement March 2010, UK INDEPENDENCE PARTY) http://www.ukip.org/media/pdf/UKIPmanifesto1304a.pdf
    (Note: UKIP appears to be hiding the evidence of its criminal plots by removing access to documents from its website.)

    The brains behind this is UKIP Deputy Leader Lord Monkton, who calls himself a member of the House of Lords (he isn’t http://www.parliament.uk/business/news/2011/july/letter-to-viscount-monckton/). He doesn’t believe in Climate Change (and tells sufferers from Katerina, Sandy and the Oaklahoma tornadoes that this is nothing unexpected); his disbelief is not from his academic study but because God wouldn’t let His chosen people suffer. (In passing, he thinks evolution is also wrong, as do his American creationist sidekicks). He further thinks magic pills from his own pharmaceutical company can cure AIDS, herpes, multiple sclerosis and Graves! Hence UKIP is – IIRC – the only party that would make taxpayers pay for health measures that don’t work.
    http://www.ukip.org/content/latest-news/1364-lord-monckton-on-climate-change (from that bastion of sense RT)

    Farage doesn’t seem to be a believer; he had real medicine after back operations following his plane crash. It wasn’t like this https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HMGIbOGu8q0 (Mitchell and Webb)

    • Edzard says:

      his brother is Jonathan Monckton who, in 1990, was appointed as director of the Research Council for Complementary Medicine; that tells you a lot, doesn’t it?

  • L Barton says:

    Thanks for bringing the policies of UKIP to our attention. It certainly is not the policy which usually gets attentio from the mainstream media. I don’t know anything about Lord Monkton but will be looking to find out more – is he simply an opportunist who thinks this is a good way to maximuse profits? By the way, what is the name of his company and products – it would be useful to know what to avoid. Politicians generally seem woefully ignorant of anything related to healthcare, and don’t seem to want to find out anything either.

  • L Barton says:

    Lord Monckton appears to b e a director of a comapny called Resurrexi Ltd which is registered in Pitlochry, Scotland, and which according to Companies House is a dormant company. Is this the company which is involved in the apparently amazing cures?

  • WolfgangM says:

    one of the most curious HP- remedies – available short after 9/11

    Bio-Organism Prophylactics Kit

    Kit Contents

    Cholera-30c…intestinal bacteria
    Diptherinum-30c…Diptheria
    Anthrax 30c…burning/swell/gangrene/lungs
    Bubonic Plague-30c…Plague
    Poison gas-30c…sinus/lungs
    Ebola-30c…virus
    Dengue Fever-30c…Fever
    Meningitis-30c…bacteria/infection
    Staphlococcus-30c…staph or other infection
    Variolinum-30c…Small pox
    Directions…

    For epidemics: use the cap of the bottle, place 1 pellet on the tongue and allow to dissolve before eating or drinking, 1x/day.

    As a prophylactic, place 1 pellet on tongue and take 1x/week for 3 weeks, then stop. Repeat if epidemic arises. Do Not touch remedies with hands, use lid of vial Stop if any unusual symptoms arise.

    You can buy it for only 39 US$ – of course the kit has to be paid before delivery.

    Source http://www.karinya.com/dancu2.htm

  • k.Lee says:

    Let me see if I have this straight . . .

    In most places, homeopathy isn’t illegal – or even regulated – so people can, and do, make all sorts of outrageous claims about it. (After all, profit seeking isn’t illegal either; in fact, it’s practically a holy calling.) Also, some of the people who publicly support homeopathy are clearly unhinged. Finally, homeopathic treatments cannot be tested using accepted methods for testing conventional medicines. Therefore, homeopathy is totally bogus.

    Is that about right?

    • Alan Henness says:

      k.Lee said

      In most places, homeopathy isn’t illegal – or even regulated – so people can, and do, make all sorts of outrageous claims about it.

      No. It’s not the regulation or legality of it – they are irrelevant. There are many other consumer protection rules, regulations and laws that homeopaths have to abide by. Unfortunately, many don’t.

      homeopathic treatments cannot be tested using accepted methods for testing conventional medicines. Therefore, homeopathy is totally bogus.

      Wrong. Homeopathic treatments can – and are – tested using robust methods. The best show no effect over placebo; therefore homeopathy is bogus.

  • I have checked UKIP web site. Monckton is not mentioned. He does not appear to be ‘Deputy Chairman’.
    That is Neil Hamilton!
    Please correct me if I am wrong, but I would like this thread to be as accurate as possible.

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