Yesterday, I was called by a journalist posing as an uncle of two nephews, one who has autism and one who has ADHD.
He wanted to discuss a homeopathic remedy that I have used successfully in practice. I briefly talked about the remedy and the journalist asked how homeopathy works. I suggested reading a book ‘Homeopathy; Science or Myth’ by Professor Bill Gray.
As a homeopath, we look at the individual person so we do not have ‘treatment programmes’. Each person has their own personal history and constitution and timeline. There is not a ‘one size fits all’ approach in the work I do.
Does homeopathy cure Autism? If your child is nonverbal and is now verbal after homeopathic treatment, is that curative? If your child was headbanging and screaming most of the day and after homeopathic treatment, he stops, is that curative? If your child who was in diapers at the age of 8 years and was no longer in diapers after homeopathic treatment, is that curative?
He also asked if ‘his brother should take his son off Ritalin?’ As a homeopath and a nutritionist, I do not advise coming off any medication without speaking to your doctor and your doctor’s support.
51% of 3000 NHS treatments have no clinical evidence as researched by the BMA in 2009. This is not to say that half of those treatments don’t work but there is little clinical evidence. As it is for naturopathy and homeopathy. Sometimes evidence is seen when someone’s symptoms reduce rather than if there is a clinical trial for it.
Regarding my costs, I have a Ph.D. in Oncology, a BSc in pharmacology, a Masters in Molecular Pathology and Toxicology as well as a B.S. in Human Nutrition and a licentiate in Homeopathy. I have spent years retraining to practice as a nutritionist and a homeopath. I attend regular conferences as well spend time, keeping up with the latest research. A face to face session for 1.5hrs can mean another 30min to 1hr at home on the same case.
There are no guarantees to treatments, naturopathic OR pharmacological and thankfully in the UK we have a choice.
As for Dr. Andrew Wakefield, all this doctor is requesting, is research to be carried out to make vaccines safer. Every medication prescribed, goes through a double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical trial. This is not the case with vaccines. For safer vaccines, they just need to be put through the same rigorous double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical trials. I have spent over a decade of my life in various scientific research laboratories and double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical trials are of utmost importance before anyone is allowed to put a medication into their system. Why is this not the case with vaccines?
Khush Mark (BSc, MSc, PhD, MS, L.C.P.H)