Monthly Archives: July 2020

Homeopathy and the virus

Homeopathy has been successful in treating other epidemics. In 1931 cholera struck Europe where conventional treatment showed a 40-80% mortality rate while homeopathic treatments only saw 9%. For example, in Vienna 1350 of 4500 patients died while being treated allopathically with only 18 deaths from 309 patients who were treated homeopathically. [1]

From 1862-1864 cases of diphtheria in Broome County New York showed 84 deaths per 100 cases (84%) treated allopathically and only 20 deaths per 125 cases (16.4%) treated homeopathically.[2] The influenza epidemic in 1918 saw 20 percent of the people worldwide affected with 50 million deaths. The average mortality under standard treatment ranged from 2.5% – 10% while only 1% died under homeopathic care. Dr.Herbert A. Roberts from Connecticut reported that data from 30 homeopathic physicians on 6602 cases only showed a death rate of 1%.[3]

With the success revealed in these statistics we can only wonder why mainstream medicine is reluctant to give any credence to this healing modality. Epidemics will continue to surface as they have throughout recorded history. It is worth a look at the efficacy, low cost and safety that homeopaths can offer in this current time of pandemic.

[1] Bradford, TL, The Logic of Figures, Boericke and Tafel, Phila. First pub 1900, Reprinted by Trieste Pub Pty, Ltd., Collingwood, Victoria Au 2017

[2] Winston, J, Treatment of Epidemics with Homeopathy – A History www.homeopathycenter.org/ treatment-epidemics-homeopathy-history

[3] Hoover, T., Epidemic Diseases and Homeoprophylaxis, Fact or Fiction, http://www.toddhoovermd.com/articles/epidemic-diseases-and-homepathic-prophylaxis.html

 

Phytonutrients for Cataracts

Though most conventional physicians attribute cataracts to general aging, we believe that a cataract is often a symptom of an underlying condition due to a metabolic imbalance. It signals that the natural processes of your body are breaking down on some level, and that the normal flow of nutrients into the eyes, and waste products out of the eyes, has been compromised. Because cataracts typically progress slowly over many years there is often time for preventive measures to work quite successfully such as ingesting food with specific nutrients.

The group of nutrients known as antioxidants includes three types: phytonutrients, vitamin/vitamin-like nutrients and enzymes. You will note a common thread among many of these natural nutrients: they protect our eyes against UV radiation, blue light, and oxidative stress. In addition, research has shown that there are other nutrients that are important for vision health: amino acids, minerals, and herbs. We will address the phytonutrients here.

Phytonutrients are a group of nutrients coming from plant pigments. They are divided into groups based on their chemical composition, which is related to their color, making them most easily identified by color group: yellow, red, orange, purple, or blue. As a group, the phytonutrients act as solar radiation filters to help protect plant cells. Plants also use phytonutrients to absorb light and convert that light to energy.

Carotenoids are an important kind of phytonutrient with special importance given to the vision carotenoids: lutein, astaxanthin, zeaxanthin, mesozeaxanthin, and lycopene. Their function in the plant world includes coloring, fragrance to attract pollinators, and also to protect against   oxidative stress and UV radiation.

Bioflavonoids fulfill many functions that include plant coloring to attract pollinators, engaging in symbiotic relationships with other plant forms, providing UV protection, and protecting against disease. They include anthocyanins such as bilberry and other sub-groupings.

Polyphenols are complex plant chemicals with functions that include growth processes, hormonal adjustments, and protection, such as from UV light and microbes. Tannins found in wood are an example.

-excerpted from the book Natural Eye Care Series: Cataracts  click here