MD, PhD, FMedSci, FSB, FRCP, FRCPEd

The website of ‘HOMEOPATHY 360’ has just published a new post offering a handy instruction for killing patients suffering from acute appendicitis. If you do not believe me – I don’t blame you, I too found it hard to believe – read this short excerpt advocating homeopathy for this life-threatening condition (for readers without a medical background: if acute appendicitis is not treated promptly, the inflamed appendix might burst, spilling faecal material into the abdominal cavity, resulting in a life-threatening peritonitis):

The post is entitled “A Cure of Acute Appendicitis Using Frequent Homeopathic Doses in Solution

Here is the abstract:

“Placing centesimal potencies in solution and prescribing them frequently for acute conditions is not widely practiced. It can be superior to dry doses in many cases, where a persistent mild medicinal action is preferred to a strong aggravation. By prescribing dissolved doses of Arnica Montana 1m, a case of acute appendicitis was cured quickly. This suggests that centesimal potencies given frequently in solution may be more efficacious, prompt and gentle than treatment with dry doses.”

Fascinating, isn’t it?

Here are more details demonstrating that the author has done his homework:

“When treating a patient with acute medical condi­tion, in certain cases we fail to cure. Even though our case taking, evaluation, analysis, remedy and potency selection seem correct. What is the cause? In the Organon 5th edition (1833) Dr. Hahnemann introduced olfaction and dissolved centesimal remedies as a new method of administering doses. Around the year 1840 Hahnemann began to introduce LM potencies into his practice. From 1840 to 1843 he used both centesimal and LM potencies side by side in medicinal solutions. By these methods he hoped to avoid unwanted aggravations and provide rapid cure.

In some acute cases the aggravation can be discouragingly pro­longed and often cannot be discerned from the patient’s own disease. Many times we change the original prescrip­tion which could very well have been the simillimum. In acute diseases, a dry dose will many times produce an un­necessary aggravation because of the patient’s increased susceptibility. I have much experience now with what I call a “watery dose.” To prepare it, one or two globules of size 10 are diluted in 15ml. of distilled water in which 5 drops of alcohol added with 20 to 30 succussions. From this solution 10 drops are added to another 15 ml of water, and from this solution 5 to 10 drops dose repeated according to the severity of the disease. In such diluted solutions the correct number of drops must be precise. Every time be­fore taking the dose the solution is succussed 5 to 10 times. The same solution can be used for several days or weeks. Hahnemann recommended using carefully measured and dosed solutions with sensitive patients. Many times I have used this method with great success. It is not necessary to take 4 oz. to 8 oz. of water, Just fifteen ml. of distilled water is sufficient. This technique of dosing is also known as a split dose because it uses one or two pills in a solution that is then split over several days or weeks.

The results using this type of dosing can be very dif­ferent from dry doses. There is continuous amelioration of the complaints without aggravation. This comes closer to the ideal of strengthening the weakened vital force than is seen when we simply produce a similar stronger artificial disease in the patient.”

The author also provides a detailed case history of a patient who survived this treatment (of course, without mentioning that acute appendicitis can, in rare cases, have a spontaneous recovery).

MY ADVICE:

I would not recommend Arnica or any other homeopathic remedy for routine use in acute appendicitis (or any other condition) – unless, of course, you want to kill a maximum number of your patients suffering from this medical/surgical emergency.

8 Responses to How to kill patients with (‘risk-free’) homeopathic remedies

  • A comical ( as far as it goes in this instance) lack of understanding of basic logic.Homeopaths are very keen to claim that homeopathy- unlike proper medicine- has never killed anybody, but of course there are many verified cases of gullible, desperate people being convinced to drop, or avoid, serious medical treatment in favour of magic. We can all think of examples.( Australia’s ‘Wellness Warrior’ comes to mind, along with all the people then influenced by her views). Has anybody ever collated these cases as a body of evidence?

    • not to my knowledge; I have often been tempted to do this but always gave up because such cases are published everywhere and nowhere. the medical literature is certainly useless for such research.

    • “Has anybody ever collated these cases as a body of evidence?” I very much doubt it. But they’d be only a collection of anecdotes anyway. To obtain robust evidence, for every patient who chooses homeopathy over conventional Rx you’d need to find a matched control patient suffering from the same disease and undergoing proper medical treatment. After a time (many years, I suspect!) you could establish whether the control group survives longer than the homeopathy fans.

      The original post is a really good example of homeopathic ignorance, because acute appendicitis is a potentially fatal condition requiring urgent treatment. Faffing about with magic water is the same thing as not seeking treatment at all, and, as Edzard’s post says, that’s a probable sentence of death.

      • Caution: Whilst cute appendicitis can be fatal, death is not ‘probable’.

        I have removed many acutely inflamed appendices.
        If patients are not treated, not all will die. Probably no more than 5%.
        Less if good general care is given. Less still if antibiotics are used.
        The local inflammatory response walls off the appendage and eventually settles. Possibly to become chronic with recurrences, but recovery is well known.
        ‘Doing nothing’ is not a ‘probable sentence of death’.
        Using magic is daft.
        (I am both a surgeon and magician!)

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