Homeopathy is not blessed with many geniuses, it seems. Therefore, it is all the more noteworthy that there is one who seems to be so extraordinarily gifted that everything she touches turns to gold.
Her new and remarkable study intended to measure the efficacy of individualized homeopathic treatment for binge eating in adult males.
This case study was a 9-week pilot using an embedded, mixed-methods design. A 3-week baseline period was followed by a 6-week treatment period. The setting was the Homeopathic Health Clinic at the University of Johannesburg in Johannesburg, South Africa. Through purposive sampling, the research team recruited 15 Caucasian, male participants, aged 18-45 y, who were exhibiting binge eating. Individualized homeopathic remedies were prescribed to each participant. Participants were assessed by means of (1) a self-assessment calendar (SAC), recording the frequency and intensity of binging; (2) the Binge Eating Scale (BES), a psychometric evaluation of severity; and (3) case analysis evaluating changes with time.
Ten participants completed the study. The study found a statistically significant improvement with regard to the BES (P = .003) and the SAC (P = .006), with a large effect size, indicating that a decrease occurred in the severity and frequency of binging behaviour during the study period.
The authors concluded that this small study showed the potential benefits of individualized homeopathic treatment of binge eating in males, decreasing both the frequency and severity of binging episodes. Follow-up studies are recommended to explore this treatment modality as a complementary therapeutic option in eating disorders characterized by binge eating.
While two of the three authors have not ventured into trials of homeopathy before, the third and senior author (Janice Pellow from the Department of Homoeopathy, University of Johannesburg, South Africa) already has several homeopathic studies to her name. They seem all quite similar:
Number 1 was a clinical trial that concluded:
The study was too small to be conclusive, but results suggest the homeopathic complex, together with physiotherapy, can significantly improve symptoms associated with chronic low back pain due to osteoarthritis.
Number 2 was an RCT which concluded:
The homeopathic complex used in this study exhibited significant anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving qualities in children with acute viral tonsillitis.
Number 3 was a pilot study concluding:
Findings suggest that daily use of the homeopathic complex does have an effect over a 4-week period on physiological and cognitive arousal at bedtime as well as on sleep onset latency in psychophysiological onset insomnia sufferers.
Number 4 was an RCT that concluded:
The homeopathic medicine reduced the sensitivity reaction of cat allergic adults to cat allergen, according to the skin prick test.
See what I mean? Five studies and 5 positive results!
Considering that they were obtained with different types of homeopathy, with different patients suffering from different conditions, with different trial designs and with different sets of co-workers, this is an even more remarkable achievement. In the hands of Janice Pellow, homeopathy seems to work under all circumstances and for all conditions.
I feel a Noble Prize might be in the air.
Pity that she would not score all that highly on my (self-invented) TI.
A Booker prize for fiction is more likely.
As a regular reader of your Blog I was a bit shocked by this particular post, not due to the contents, but due to the fact that this “research” happened in my own backyard. Reason enough for me to contact the Dean of the Faculty of Health about hosting a department, including a clinic, solely focusing on homeopathy in the year 2016. Unbelievable!
Somewhere out there is a department studying Defence Against the Dark Arts, I am sure of it.
Lovely, if a little lightweight. To play the big leagues, Ms Pellow needs to tag-team with a truly revolutionary homeopathic researcher like Jeremy Sherr.
The skin prick test varies within patients on a time and even on the position of the test. To get a significant difference in trial arms of 15, the results must have been incredible.