What Nobel Laureates said on Homeopathy

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Nobel laureates, doctors, scientists, professors and science writers had plenty to say on homeopathy

1. Emil Adolf von Behring (1905)

The Father of Immunology

Emil Adolf von Behring (1854–1917) won the first Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine in 1901 for his discovery of the diphtheria antitoxin.

Behring wrote: ‘Samuel Hahnemann was right when he took his starting point in the symptoms of patients.”

Ref: Coulter, Harris L, Divided Legacy: A History of the Schism in Medical Thought, Volume IV: Twentieth-Century Medicine: The Bacteriological Era. The North Atlantic Books, Berkley, 1994, p. 96

In 1892 Behring actually experimented with serial (homeopathic) dilutions and found paradoxically enhanced immunogenic activity, but he was advised to suppress this experiment due to the aid and comfort it would provide to homeopaths. Only after he won the Nobel Prize did he feel comfortable in making public these experiments. In 1905, Behring admitted that colleagues remonstrated with him not to make such remarks public ‘since it was grist for the mill of homeopathy’.

Ref: ibid p.97

Behring broke from orthodox medical tradition by recognizing the value of the homeopathic law of similar in 1905

Ref: Dana Ullman http://bit.ly/HdOryq

He asserted that vaccination is, in part, derived from the homeopathic principle of similars.“In spite of all scientific speculations and experiments regarding smallpox vaccination, Jenner’s discovery remained an erratic blocking medicine, till the biochemically thinking Pasteur, devoid of all medical classroom knowledge, traced the origin of this therapeutic block to a principle which cannot better be characterized than by Hahnemann’s word: homeopathic. Indeed, what else causes the epidemiological immunity in sheep, vaccinated against anthrax than the influence previously exerted by a virus, similar in character to that of the fatal anthrax virus? And by what technical term could we more appropriately speak of this influence, exerted by a similar virus than by Hahnemann’s word “homeopathy”? I am touching here upon a subject anathematized till very recently by medical penalty: but if I am to present these problems in historical illumination, dogmatic imprecations must not deter me.”

Ref: Behring, A. Emil von, Moderne phthisiogenetische und phthisoitherapeutische: Probleme in historischer Beleuchtung. Margurg: Selbsteverlag des Verfassers, 1905, http://bit.ly/YVpoZs

Behring concludes, ‘If I were confronted with a hitherto incurable disease and could see no way to treat it other than with homeopathy, I can assure you that I would not be deterred from following this course by dogmatic considerations’.

Ref: http://sueyounghistories.com/archives/2008/07/08/emil-adolf-von-behring-and-homeopathy-2/

2. Brian David Josephson (1997)

Nobel Laureate – Physics 1973

“Simple-minded analysis may suggest that water, being a fluid, cannot have a structure of the kind that such a picture would demand. But cases such as that of liquid crystals, which while flowing like an ordinary fluid can maintain an ordered structure over macroscopic distances, show the limitations of such ways of thinking. There have not, to the best of my knowledge, been any refutations of homeopathy that remain valid after this particular point is taken into account.”

Dr. Brian D. Josephson’s (Emeritus Professor, University of Cambridge) responding to an article in the New Scientist (October 18, 1997) Ref: How Homeopathic Medicines Work: Nanopharmacology At Its Best

3. Luc Antoine Montagnier (2009)

Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 2008

Interdisciplinary Sciences: Life Sciences (SpringerL­ink)
Electromag­netic signals are produced by aqueous nanostruct­ures derived from bacterial DNA Sequences (2009) FULL TEXT
// Potentised bacteria and virus DNA  emits electromagnetic signals (low frequency radio waves) at 5C and 6C potencies and forms nano-structures which lasts 48 hours

Discussion on Luc Montagnier paper by Dr. Rachel Roberts and by Institute of Science in Society

Dr. Luc Montagnier, the French virologist said about homeopathy, “High Dilutions of something are not nothing…”

Nobel laureate Montagnier says homeopathic medicine is “real” phenomenon & Benveniste is today’s Galileo

Nobel laureate Luc Montagnier escapes intellectu­al terrorism and he currently works as a full-time professor at Shanghai Jiaotong University in China. He said, “they [Europe] are afraid to publish it [homeopathy] because of the intellectu­­al terror from people who don’t understand it.”

It shows intellectu­al terror the so-called science puts up on homeopathy and homeopaths

Water has a memory

Nobel Prize Winner does homeopathic study; with supportive findings.

Nobel Prize winner reports effects of homeopathic dilutions

4. Ervin Laszlo (2004)

Hungary

Twice nominated for Nobel Peace Prize 2004/5

“Water has a remarkable capacity to register and conserve information, as indicated by, amongst other things, homeopathic remedies that remain effective even when not a single molecule of the original substance remains in a dilution”,

-Dr.  Ervin Laszlo, Professor of ‘Systems Theory’ and the author of book ‘Science and the Akashic Field’,  2004, p. 53.

5. Rabindranath Tagore (1936)

indian writer

Nobel Prize in Literature 1913

“I have long been an ardent believer in the science of Homeopathy and i fell happy that it has got now a greater hold in India than even in the land of its origin. It is not merely a collection of a few medicines but a real science with a rational philosophy as its base. We require more scientific interest and inquiry into the matter with special stress upon the Indian environment.”

Ref: Bagchi, A. K. Rabindranath Tagore and His Medical World. New Delhi: Konark Publishers, 2000

6. Mother Teresa (1950)

Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu

Nobel Peace Prize 1979

Mother Teresa added homeopathic care to the services at her missions. She opened her first charitable homeopathic dispensary in Calcutta in 1950. At present, four charitable homeopathic dispensaries are run under the guidance of the Mother’s Missionaries of Charity

Ref: Dana Ullman, The Homeopathic Revolution: WhyFamous people and cultural heroes love homeopathy

7. Mahatma Gandhi (1936)

Nominated 5 times Nobel Peace Prize between 1937-1948

“Homeopathy is the latest and refined method of treating patients economically and nonviolently. Government must encourage and patronize it in our country. Late Dr. Hahnemann was a man of superior intellectual power and means of saving of human life having a unique medical nerve. I bow before his skill and the Herculean and humanitarian labour he did. His memory wakes us again and you are to follow him, but the opponents hate the existence of the principles and practice of homeopathy which in reality cures a larger percentage of cases than any other method of treatment and it is beyond all doubt safer and more economical and the most complete medical science.”
-Mahatama Gandhi, 30 Aug 1936

Ref: Das, 1950; All India Homeopathic Medical Conference, 1968, http://sueyounghistories.com/archives/2009/07/26/mohandas-karamchand-gandhi-1869-%E2%80%93-1948/

“Homeopathy is the most modern and the most intelligent way to economically and nonviolent sick to treat. The government must promote in our country and support.”

-Ghandi cited in Martin Schmitz (ed.), Strömungen der Homöopathie, KVC Verlag Essen, Essen 2002

Gandhi also persuaded people to study homeopathy

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  1. Plasma Engineer

    So that makes it all look as though the science is plausible then? In actual fact, all the real science so far has failed to demonstrate that homeopathy is effective at all. Yes – I have seen it ‘work’ too – but then again people often get better without any treatment at all, and I recognise that personal testimony is worth next to nothing. That is why double-blind trials are carried out. It removes all the bias from the experiment and proves what is intuitively obvious – that no known mechanism explains homeopathy. You can get an idea of the quality of the science on this topic from the critique at : http://www.somethingsurprising.blogspot.co.uk/2012/06/mixing-sciences-badly.html

    • Dr. Nancy Malik

      Upto the end of year 2010, there have been 318 studies published in 124 medical journals including 11 meta-analysis, 8 systematic reviews (out of approximately 20 systematic reviews published), 1 Cochrane Review and 83 DBRPCT (out of approximately 225 RCT published) in evidence of homeopathy. URL Links to 297 studies (Journal-wise) including 168 FULL TEXT papers are available as compendium at http://drnancymalik.wordpress.com/article/scientific-research-in-homeopathy/

    • Dr Rekha

      You people are still pooh pooohing without solid evidences against Homoeopathy if you have guts then must prove those experiments upon your self and see the results if u r serious enough iam not mentioning about paid anti homoeopathy gimmicks

      • Dr. Nancy Malik

        Even Edzard Ernst, who is fond of by many septics, published two papers in favour of homeopathy
        1. Phlebology
        Complementary Treatment of Varicose Veins: A Randomised, Placebo-controlled, Double-blind Trial” E. Ernst, T. Saradeth, K.L. Resch, 1990, 157-163.
        Three doses of a popular German combination of eight homeopathic medicines were given daily for 24 days. Measures were venous filling time, leg volume, and subjective symptoms. The study found that venous filling time improved in those given the homeopathic medicines by 44%, while it deteriorated in the placebo group by 18%. Other measures also had significant differences.

        1. Journal of Clinical Gastroenterology
          Homeopathy for post-operative ileus (1997) // 6 trials, 776 patients (meta-analysis) Statistically significant (p < 0.05) weighted mean difference in favor of homeopathy (compared to placebo)
        • Sandra Courtney

          To add to the comment by Dr. Malik. From an interview of the Professor in 2003 by Sarah Boseley and published by the Guardian, I am taking the liberty of pasting this quote:

          “Ernst continues to study its therapies not to shoot it down, but in the hope of discovering what it is that does work. He treats his French wife with homeopathy, he says. ‘We were both brought up with it.’ ”

          http://www.theguardian.com/science/2003/sep/25/scienceinterviews.health

    • Wobbley Picklet

      When you click on the name of this contributor, you will find that the ‘critique’ he links to was written by himself.
      I still wonder why some people (often the ones with very flash websites) insist on misrepresenting research into homeopathy.
      Have a look at this (and it’s not written by me…it is actually from a mainstream dermatology journal): http://dermatologytimes.modernmedicine.com/news/individualized-homeopathic-treatments-address-skin-challenges-safely-effectively

  2. shadeydave

    I’m not 100% certain what this article is saying. A lot of your Nobel laureates are really far removed from medicine, and I doubt could even attempt to explain how homeopathic dilutions are supposed to work in a biological system. Most of the few actual medical practitioners you list are from the early 1900’s. A time when bloodletting was still thought of as a viable treatment for disease.

    This piece shows a strong ‘argument from authority’ and has very little substance. I really don’t mean to be a jerk here, but why not explain how it works, instead of caving to the ‘these smart people think its neat’ style of fallacy. You’re better than that.

    • Jana Shiloh

      If the world were a perfect place the billions going into Big Pharma would include research into homeopathy for how it works. In the meantime, homeopaths all over the world work from the facts of of their amazing results! Homeopaths without borders are doing incredible work in Africa….but it is never reported. Not being able to patent homeopathic medicines is the reason the drug industry, second only to the petrochemical industry in profits, block information about the homeopathic cures. Intellectual terrorism is a great expression! Unfortunately all too true.

      • Dr. Nancy Malik

        Thank You Jana. One can know about Homeopaths without borders at http://www.homeopathswithoutborders-na.org/

    • Dr. Nancy Malik

      Scientific plausible mechanism of biological action and pathways of ‘potentised high dilutions’ http://drnancymalik.wordpress.com/article/how-homeopathy-works/

    • Guy Chapman (SceptiGuy)

      What this post is saying is that Nancy believes that an appeal to authority is an acceptable substitute for credible evidence of mechanism and / or effect beyond placebo. She’s also saying that in her opinion an experiment which has not been peer reviewed or replicated, showing an effect with a duration in picoseconds which the experimenter says cannot be extrapolated to the substances used in homeopathy, is proof that homeopathy works because (a) it was done by a Nobel laureate and (b) er, something.

      • Dr. Nancy Malik

        The effect of duration is not in picoseconds but 10 minutes http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16226202

  3. Chandran Nambiar

    Whether some famous people support homeopathy or oppose homeopathy no way determines whether it works or how it works. Did any nobel laurette you listed above work upon this issue and prove any thing? Mother theresa, mahathma gandhi or tagore were not scientists. Their ‘support’ has nothing to contribute in scientific ‘proof’ of homeopathy.

  4. Shreya Deshpande

    Another great effort by Dr Nancy. Well after going through the above comments, one can derive only one conclusion that when it comes to any type of science, one needs to have an open mind to study its plus and minus. basically one cannot judge whether one mode of treatment works or not, unless we see it in person the way it annihilates human suffering. Whether it is preventive healthcare or treatment of various human maladies, homeopathy is fast getting popular as a mainstream medicine. Looking at the vast majority of people seeking homeopathic healthcare, one can easily know how powerful this system works.

    Especially in this century where almost all diseases have been credited for being originated in mind, homeopathy has better scope of treating them and curing them when given judiciously! Though these Nobel Laureates are not from medical profession, they are seen as some of the master brains that have insightful thinking about many issues bothering human existence. And certainly they cannot opine about an important mode of therapy without looking into its pros and cons or without thinking of their opinions being accepted by vast majority of people.

    Thank you Dr Nancy for this great post!

    • Dr. Nancy Malik

      Thank you Dr. Shreya. The proof lies in pudding. I totally agree with you that one should be open to various healing modalities because its a matter of health. Patients should have say in health matters, after all the patient is the central focus. The specialty of homeopathy lies in psychosomatic illnesses.

      Thank you Dr. Shreya for your better insights. Regards

    • RebekahGrace Paparella, CHom

      key words here: TO HAVE AN OPEN MIND.
      Thank you, Shreya.

  5. RebekahGrace Paparella, CHom

    For me this is “singing to the choir”. While others dispute the question of how or if homeopathy really works, I steadily assist folks to get unstuck from their painful patterns, be it mental, physical, or emotional. I have watched remarkable recoveries from debilitating migraines, autistic behaviors, seasonal allergies, depression, and so on-all of which costs about “eight cents”! THAT is why so called science feels threatened by us.

    • Dr. Nancy Malik

      ConMed industry spends more on advertisement than research. We have little to spend either on advertisement or research. The key mantra is to keep on curing patients. That’s the way homeopathy has grown in last two centuries.

  6. Playing flute for the deaf ears is totally waste of time. I am associated with Homeopathy and it works faster, better than many system of medicine. Blind folded people never see, which way they are looking and going. Similarly, so called genius and educated modern day doctors are blinded with the notions and deny the truth about Homeopathy.

    Please remember that the founder of Homeopathy was a MD practitioner from Germany..

    Long Live Homeopathy

    • Dr. Nancy Malik

      Dear Dr. Shashi
      Thank You for your comment. In fact the earlier top-notchs were all MD practitioner who switched over from orthodox medicine to homeopathic medicine.

  7. Clement Doyer

    For the past 22 years, I have benn involved with homeopathy and animals. Placebo effects on dairy cows? I have seen whole herds with 35-350 animals cured of pneumonia, toxic mastitis, diarrhea and many more symptoms including mycoplasm. It is spectacular, specially if the ailment is acute, a bit longer when it is chronic.
    We conducted experiments on pigs also, on cats (800/year), and many more.
    I think that one has to stop thinking with high school chemistry and open one’s maind to quantum physics, which is how homeopathy works. E=MC2 (1909).
    By diluting, the particles are diminished, and the message (wavelength) is dynamised, augmented. Microbubbles carry the message. In contact with a mucus membrane, the message is carried by resonance and each molecule corrects itself, no more false note, cure.

    • Dr. Nancy Malik

      Thank You Clement for your detailed comment.

      Animal Studies
      http://www.carstens-stiftung.de/clinresvet/suche.php // Database of 304 papers. Click “Retreive long version”

  8. debbybruck

    I just love Dr Nancy Malik for her bravery in speaking out and providing a marvelous resource of homeopathy. The data keeps adding up in favor of homeopathy.

    • Dr. Nancy Malik

      Dear Debby
      Thank You for your kind words. The evidence in favour of homeopathy has always been there. We just need to compile and make it available to all concerned.

  9. Dr. Nancy Malik

  10. Alex Murdoch

    You have listed a full 7 of the 863 recipients of the Nobel Prize. That’s 0.811%. Not exactly overwhelming support. I’m surprised you even posted this, it’s not evidence for anything. It’s a poorly cobbled together list of people who think Homeopathy works.

    • Dr. Nancy Malik

      7 Nobel laureates in support of Homeopathy, 1 in opposition and 855 have not stated any opinion on Homeopathy.

  11. Dr. Nancy Malik

    Nobel Laureate (in Literature) Gabriel García’s father gave up telegraph operator job to become a homeopath to win over his mother https://www.homeopathic.com/Articles/Introduction_to_Homeopathy/Literary_Greats_who_advocated_for_homeopathy.html

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