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The persistent attempts by lobbies to discredit homeopathy stem from a commercial motive
August 8, 2010 17:03
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 Homeopathy - Time-tested medicationDr A K Arun

Award-winning homeopathic practitioner

Lately, attacks on homeopathy by the allopathic lobbies have increased. Recently, in Britain, an organisation representing junior doctors demanded a ban on this medical science on the pretext that it is just another form of quackery. But this attack by the allopathic lobby on the effectiveness, scientific basis and healing capacity of homeopathy is not new. Five years ago, in August 2005, a British magazine, The Lancet, published a controversial essay titled ‘The End of Homeopathy’. In this article, Dr Ising Shang and his aides concluded that homeopathy is nothing more than a mere placebo (sham medical intervention that produces a placebo effect). The report and the magazine were taken to task then. People maintain that the attack on homeopathy was prompted by a WHO decision to declare it the second most organised and practical medicine system. Clearly, the motive behind these persistent attacks seems purely commercial in nature. 

It is the failure of allopathy to come up with remedies for newer disease that has prompted people to turn towards homeopathy and other alternative medicine systems. Surprisingly, in the early stages, the big names in the allopathic system adopted this as the base for their medical practice. But the tide turned against homeopathy because the allopathic lobbies were worried about people’s adverse reaction to strong drugs that have severe side affects and have a lower reliability quotient. Dr Peter Fisher, a known name in the British medical fraternity and a practitioner at Royal London Hospital, terms this frustration of the allopathic lobbies as “unnecessary”. He adds that the number of people who are turning to homeopathy is increasing in London itself. The British government spends 4 million pounds annually on homeopathic hospitals. In fact, the popularity of homeopathy is increasing in India and outside equally. Michael Brooks, an expert with British Scientific and Medical Statistics says that as many as 40% of French doctors rely on homeopathy. The corresponding figure in Germany and Britain stands at 20% and 37% respectively. Similarly, a survey done way back in 1999 in America suggests that as many as 6 million Americans were going through homeopathic treatment even without any insurance coverage. The figure crossed 10 million this year. The present golden era for the medical and pharmaceutical profession has become a den for profiteers. Growing by a robust 13% per year, the healthcare industry is among the most profitable industries in the world. Such is the lust for money that doctors have no qualms about fleecing a sick man. Even in developed countries such as the US, as many as 30 to 40% people have no access to modern healthcare. When President Obama brought the bill to cover these 30% people, the capitalists and the elite created a massive hue and cry. It appeared as if the rich there don’t want the poor to survive. The attitude is similar to the opposition to homeopathy by the allopathic lobbies. 

Now some facts. In 1854, London was hit by a cholera epidemic. While the death rate of people under allopathic treatment was as high as 53.2%, the corresponding figure for people under homeopathic treatment was merely 24.4 %. The story was much the same during the yellow fever epidemic of Hamburg in 1892, and the diphtheria epidemic in New York in 1962-64. Homeopathy had the major role to play in stopping the spread. The role of homeopathy in the worldwide influenza epidemic in 1918 is well documented too. For people who have been declared incurable and terminally ill by allopathic practitioners, homeopathy becomes the last hope. In several cases, homeopathy has also given them a reason, a hope, to live on and fight. In ailments such as skin disease, joint pains, cancer, tumour, pediatric and gynecological disorders, homeopathy has done wonders. Yet, the allopathic lobby that has an upper hand on the community medicine system does not allow homeopathy to become its part. They don’t want people to look for an alternative even if they are not happy with allopathy. 

It is pretty evident that the challenges facing the community health system is increasing by the day and the modern medicine system is unable to deal with it. Be it plague or SARS, malaria or TB, dysentery or flu, the allopathic system has made the problem complex. Malaria has turned more deadly. Medicines for TB have become ineffective. The viruses of several kinds of influenzas have developed immunity towards the medicine. In such circumstances, homeopathy is the only alternative. The role of homeopathy in the management of community health system is ignored. It has a whole range of medicines to counter all sorts of epidemics. Homeopathy has come up with a medicine called Beladona that is effective in countering Japanese encephalitis. The need of the hour is the proper implementation of the homeopathy system that gives a cheap and effective alternative cure to several diseases.

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