Homeopathy and PC1
History of Homeopathy in Epidemics
Long before antibiotics and improved hygiene started to change the impact of epidemics in the western world, homeopathy was used with great success in several epidemics like cholera and the Spanish flu.
Where the homeopathic treatment of chronic diseases is normally tailor-made to the individual patient, epidemic diseases can be approached in a different way. In epidemics the totality of the symptoms (homeopaths call this the genus epidemicus) belonging to the disease as expressed in a group of patients can be put together as if one person. Based on the analysis of this totality a (group of) homeopathic remedy(ies) can be selected with which all patients can be treated.
The advantage of this is significant. Once a well acting remedy is identified this can be given to any patient in whom the same diagnosis is established. Since in epidemics large amounts of people can be ill simultaneously, the homeopaths treating the epidemic using the genus epidemicus remedy can now work much faster and treat many more patients successfully.
Also for developing countries like those in Africa this approach is a big advantage. Besides AIDS African people are suffering from many more epidemic diseases. Malaria is killing millions of people each year, and TB is present in so many people that it is the main reason why AIDS-patients die once their immunity has broken down.
Here are some quotes that show how successful homeopathy was in treating epidemics already many decades ago:
- In epidemics the mortality per 100 patients is 1/2 to 1/8 in homeopathic hospitals compared to allopathic hospitals [Dr. Thomas L. Bradford's in 'The Logic of Figures...' (1900)].
- Regarding cholera in the USA: 3% of the cholera patients under homeopathic treatment died (Cincinnati 1849), where as the mortality rate of cholera patients under allopathic treatment was 40-70%.
- Spanish influenza: Homeopathic treatment of the Spanish influenza during the pandemic of 1918-1919 was effective (Golden). The Spanish influenza virus was an avian virus (bird flu) that killed 20 million people in a short span of time. In 1918 flu pandemic homeopaths reported around 1% mortality in their cases, while conventional doctors were losing 30% of their patients (www.lifemedical.us/flu).
- Yellow fever in the USA: The success of the homeopathic treatment of yellow fever was so great that the report of the United States Government's Board of Experts mentioned several homeopathic remedies, despite the aversion to homeopathy of some of its members (Harris L. Coulter).
There are many more quotes like this based on hospital records from a century or more ago all underlining that homeopathy has the treatment of epidemics as its best asset.
Considering the many disadvantages of suppressive treatment with antibiotics or antiviral treatment, among which side-effects, costs and the increase of therapy resistance, the WHO and other institutions should seriously consider alternative treatments for the many epidemics that still take millions of lives every year. Among these homeopathy has proven to be highly effective, extremely cheap, free of side-effects and without the risk of inducing therapy resistance and more virulent (malignant) strains of the respective bacteria and viruses.