Lives saved by Homeopathy in Epidemics and Pandemics

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Guest Post Written by Iman Navab (The Author)

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INTRODUCTION

Both Epidemic and Pandemic refers to the spread of infectious diseases among a population. The term pandemic indicates a far higher number of people affected in much larger geographical area than epidemic. Mortality rate is number of deaths per 1000 individuals per year. Genus epidemicus means that the treatment protocol of an epidemic disease is designed based on the collected signs and symptoms of a large group of patients in the same geographical area.

Homeopathy has been a boon to the patients of scarlet fever, typhus fever, yellow fever, Pneumonia, Cholera, Influenza, Hepatitis, Dengue, Leptospirosis and Conjunctivitis during the times of pandemics and epidemics.

Let deeds speak reality. Homeopathy has always served people in epidemics and pandemics crisis, in old times and modern times.

This is a time-tested medicine that has never received its past-due merit and acknowledgments. It’s fascinating that even with existence of medical records, journals and clinical evidences in favour of homeopathy, it has always been bullied by bigots (popularly known as skeptics), who agrees that there is an evidence for homeopathy but it is not strong enough. So in case of an epidemic outbreak if homeopathy in doing “nothing” loses 14 patients a year and allopathy by doing “something” loses 20 patients a year in the same place and time-frame, then what causes the death of those extra 6 patients, and what is the “something”?!

EPIDEMICS AND PANDEMICS IN USA

In year 1873, a statistical report was presented by Dr. E. Kellogg for New York, for Philadelphia by Dr. P. Dudley, and for Boston was compiled by E. Russell. The following table is a summary of their general statistics published in [1, page 401]

General Statistics:

City Year Number of Deaths under Allopathic Ratio Number of Deaths under Homeopathic Ratio
New York 1870 14,869 15 1,287 9
New York 1871 15,526 15 1,243 7
Boston 1870 3,872 17 402 10
Boston 1871 3,369 14 363 8
Boston 1872 4,575 19 446 8
Philadelphia 1872 12,468 19 2,162 12
Total: 54,679 Total: 5,903

 General Statistics from 1874 to 1877 in U.S.:

Disease type in hospitals    Mortality under Allopathic Treatment Mortality under Homeopathic Treatment
General diseases 10% 5%
Cholera 54% 27%
Pneumonia 14% 6%
Typhus fever 21% 10%

 EPIDEMICS AND PANDEMICS BETWEEN 1799 AND 1918

[2] In the year 1852, Dr. Routh, a British allopathic physician and an opponent of homeopathy, was a designated authority by medical officials of London to release the mortality-statistics (for all diseases). As a result of his findings, Dr. Routh was constrained to testify in favor of homeopathy. He collected statistics of different hospitals (England, Austria and Germany), total of 32,655 homeopathic cases and 119,630 allopathic cases. The overall mortality under homeopathic treatment was 4.4 percent, and the overall mortality under allopathic treatment was 10.5 percent.

I also invite you to take a look at the following tables that demonstrates how effectively homeopathy has served humanity!

Year

Location

Disease

Treatment by Homeopathy

Treatment by Allopathy

Treatment with No Medicine

1799

Königslütter, Germany Scarlet Fever

Mortality <5%

 

 

1830 ~ ‘31*

Russia Cholera Mortality 11 %Reported by Imperial Council & Foreign Ministry of Russia. Mortality 63 %Reported by Imperial Council & Foreign Ministry of Russia. Not recorded.

1830 ~ 1832

Vienna, Prague, Hungary and Moravia Cholera Mortality 7 %Reported by Dr. Kath, appointed by King of Bavaria. Mortality 31 %Reported by Dr. Kath, appointed by King of Bavaria. Not recorded.

1836**

Vienna Cholera Mortality 33 %Lead Homeopath in charge was Dr. Fleischmann Mortality 66 %

1847

Ireland Typhus fever Mortality 2 %Lead Homeopath in charge was Dr. Joseph Kidd Mortality 13 %Lead Allopath in charge was Dr. Abraham Tuckey Not recorded.

1847

England Typhus fever Mortality 2 % Mortality 13 % Mortality 10 %

1848

Edinburgh, Scotland Cholera Mortality 24 %Reported by Edinburgh Dispensary. Mortality 68 %Reported by Edinburgh Dispensary. Not recorded.

mid 1800’s

Austria Pneumonia Mortality 5 %Lead Homeopath in charge was Dr. Fleischmann Mortality 20 %Lead Allopath in charge was Dr. Dietl Not recorded.

1853 ~ 1855

South of America Yellow fever Mortality 5.4 %Lead Homeopaths in charge were Dr. F. Davis and Dr. W.  Holconibe Not Available. Not recorded.

1854

London, England Cholera Mortality 16.4 %Reported by Royal College of Physicians. Mortality 59.2 %Reported by Royal College of Physicians. Not recorded.

1878

New Orleans, USA Yellow fever Mortality 5.6 %Special Commission reported the statistics. Mortality 17 %Special Commission reported the statistics. Not recorded.

1918***

Pittsburgh, USA Spanish Influenza Mortality 1.05 %Reported by Dean, Pittsburgh Hospital Mortality 30 %Reported by Dean, Pittsburgh Hospital Not recorded.

 *During Hahnemann’s era, the extreme difficulties in treating cholera epidemic compelled the Russian medical community to send a letter to Dr. Hahnemann. The letter contained a detailed description of the symptoms of the disease, as well as a request to indicate appropriate remedies.

**Another event in that age, is from Sir William Wilde, the well-known allopathic doctor of Dublin, which in his work entitled “Austria and its Institutions”, wrote: “Upon comparing the report of the treatment of Cholera in the Homeopathic hospital testified to by two allopathic medical inspectors appointed by Government with that of the treatment of the same disease in the other hospitals of Vienna during the same period the epidemic of 1836, it appeared that while two-thirds of the cases treated by Dr. Fleischmann the physician of the Homeopathic hospital, recovered, two-thirds of those treated by the ordinary methods in the other hospitals died.”

***In 1918 Spanish Flu pandemic, a physician in a Pittsburgh hospital in U.S. asked a nurse if she knew anything better than what he was doing, because he was losing many cases. “Yes Doctor, stop aspirin and go down to a Homeopathic pharmacy, and get homeopathic remedies.” The Doctor replied: “but that is homeopathy.” “I know it, but the homeopathic doctors for whom I have nursed have not lost a single case.” [3]

EPIDEMICS IN CUBA BETWEEN 2004 AND 2010

From Spanish Flu of 1918, let us forward the time to 2010, release of several outstanding reports in epidemiologic surveillance studies conducted by the Finlay Institute, a vaccines producer in Cuba. According to Finlay Institute, between December 2009 and January 2010, about 9,074439 individuals, near 90% of Cuban population received homeopathic preventive medicine (Homeoprophylaxis) for respiratory diseases, influenza (including AH1N1) with remarkable outcomes and a great reduction rate in mortality. Homeopathic interventions were also employed in other diseases in Cuba such as Hepatitis A (population 1400000, year 2004-2007), Dengue (population 150000, year 2006-2009), Leptospirosis [4] (population 2300000, year 2007-2008), Conjunctivitis (population 180000, year 2008-2009) with undeniable successful results, thanks to homeopathy!

 References:

[1] The Medical Investigator, volume 10, 1873.

[2] Tracts on Homoeopathy, 1853

[3] Homeopathy in Influenza- A chorus of fifty in harmony, W.A. Dewey, Journal of the American Institute of Homeopathy, May 1921, pp. 1040

[4] Application of 200C potency of bacteria for Leptospirosis epidemic control (2010) FULL TEXT

[5] The Logic of Figures, Dr. T. Bradford, 1900.

About the Author: Iman Navab

Iman Navab

Iman Navab

 Iman Navab is a certified classical Homeopath and historian of homeopathy from Canada. He is the President of The Applied Research in Homeopathy Foundation of Canada. Iman gives lectures and seminars to raise awareness about the philosophy and rich history of Homeopathy.

The Copyright is reserved with the author (Iman Navab). All opinions are that of the author.

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  1. TGI

    Please list out here the remedies that are used/ well established for such purpose.

    • Clement Doyer

      Go read the text by Brachio, it is very clear!

    • Iman Navab

      Here are two examples with a warning statement:
      1) Cholera symptoms are quite similar to those of acute Arsenic poisoning. It is almost an identical clinical picture as in Cholera. Thus from the homeopathic point of view Arsenicum in homeopathic format seems to be the right remedy to use in treating Cholera symptoms. 2) In Cuban Homeoprophylactic intervention, by Finlay Institute, homeopathic Nosodes from circulating viral strains were mostly used. ***Warning: the use of homeopathic medicines in Epidemic and Pandemic situations must only be considered and provided by authorized and expert homeopathic medical officials.

  2. adhomeopatha

    Thank you for collating the facts about the efficacy of homeopathy during epidemics. Although bits of this information have been available in informed circles, it is very useful to have them all in one place.

    • Dr. Nancy Malik

      Thank You adhomeopatha for your appreciation. Regards.

  3. debbybruck

    Dear Iman ~ This will be a great chart to refer people when they want to know the effectiveness of homeopathic remedies in comparison with allopathy when we talk about epidemic disease. At the present time, we will discuss influenza on an annual basis, if not year-round. What allopaths do not understand when dealing with viral elements that can mutate quicker than you can blink an eye, regards the stability and constancy of homeopathic energy medicine to hold true, even through foreign invading forces that attempt to use humans as hosts. Inevitably, the medical system will have to turn around along with the socio-economic-political system. Our inner and outer environments will force us to take a closer look at homeopathy. Blessings, Debby

  4. DFMcC

    Why are you using statistics from 140 years ago? How about now?

    • Iman Navab

      @DFMcC, read the last section of the article about the current statistics in 2010. But investigate it for yourself, that’s better if *you* dig out the truth. Also note that due to bigots and bullying in medicine, homeopathy has little chance now to be a primary medicine for treating epidemics. To collect current data and statistics in large numbers will require government’s health officials involvement, and for obvious political reasons, they do not want to recognize and to understand homeopathy, …certainly you can not acknowledge what you don’t understand.

      • Dr Shashi Mohan Sharma

        Dear Iman Navab,
        Really a best reply.
        Best wishes

    • MBL

      DFMcC….I think this is a stupid question! The whole idea is that there are all these statistics. Who cares from when. In answer to why not from now?….Probably because there is not enough history of now. More recent stats will come I am sure, but how about we wait for ‘now’ or ‘present’ to be ‘past’ first :) Also, by using history from this long ago proves how wonderful Homeopathy worked all those years ago and also proves that Allopathy’s success rate isn’t all it’s chalked up to be.

  5. Ian Sanders

    Use the search engine of your choice to find articles about the recent Swiss Government review of the evidence for homoeopathy. They concluded that it provides safe, effective and inexpensive treatment for many conditions and that it should be funded as part of their national health service.

  6. Furqan A Syed

    Great Job… :-)

    • Dr. Nancy Malik

      Thank You Dr. Furqan for your appreciation. Regards

  7. dr.r.n.bhardwaj

    NICE AND GOOD INFORMATION OF HOMEOPATHIC MEDICINE ROLE IN EPIDEMIC DISEASES.

    • Dr. Nancy Malik

      Thank You Dr. Bhardwaj for appreciating the role of homeopathy in epidemic diseases. Regards

  8. Dr. Nancy Malik

    Research Papers published by Hahnemann on epidemic diseases

    1. Cure and prevention of scarlet fever, Zeitschrift für Praktischen Medizin, 1801
    2. Scarlet fever and Purpura miliaris, two different diseases, Zeitschrift für Praktischen Medizin, vol. 24, part. 1, 1806
    3. Observations on scarlet fever. Allgemeine Reichanzeiger, No. 160, Germany, 1808
    4. Reply to a question about the prophylactic for scarlet fever, Zeitschrift für Praktischen Medizin, vol. 27, part. 4, p. 152-156, 1808
    5. Treatment of typhus & fever at present prevailing, Allgemeine Reichanzeiger, No. 6, Jan. 1814.
    6. Cure and prevention of Asiatic cholera, Archiv für die homöopathische Heilkunst, Vol. 11, part 1, 1831
    7. On the contagiousness of cholera. The British Journal of Homoeopathy, Vol. 7, 1849
    8. Appeal to Thinking Philanthropists Respecting the Mode of Propagation of the Asiatic Cholera, 20 pages, 1831, republished in The British Journal of Homoeopathy, Oct 1849

  9. Etienne

    I very nice to see what pretends to be extensive stats from 19th and early 20th centuries, but why aren’t you showing a decent, unbiased, state of the art analysis of the recent cuban experience? That kind of study, if conclusive, would surely be acepted in a major public health journal. Besides, supporting such statement with references dated 1873-1853-1921-1900 and 2010 sounds strange, isn’t there a stronger basis for your statements (ie more recent papers)?

    • Clement Doyer

      Go read the text by Brachio, it is very clear! [4] Application of 200C potency of bacteria for Leptospirosis epidemic control (2010) FULL TEXT
      This is conclusive! On more than 2 million people! Then again, on 8 million!

  10. Natursalus Terapeutas

    Great work!!
    Thank you for share this wonderful information with us.

    • Dr. Nancy Malik

      Thank You Maria and Jose for your appreciation. Regards

  11. nmartinez1938

    In the realm of keeping things simple, would it be within the realm of homeopathy to advocate other proven and established treatments such as papaya leaf extract which has been recently scientifically endorsed as a fast acting cure. I share this link http://articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/2012-09-12/kolkata/33788187_1_platelet-dengue-patients-papaya — and would be interested in the replies.

  12. Patrick

    Thank you for writing such a comprehensive and conclusive report on the fantastic effects of homeopathy on epidemic diseases. It would be great to also know whether or not the case for homeopathy is so strong in a more recent period, after the discoveries of antibiotics, vaccinations, aseptic technique, Germ Theory of disease and pain killers. Thought not.

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