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I need your Frank and honest suggestion for this artical
Jun 22, 2009

Homeopaths claim A.I.D.S. curable:- An abstract from an article that appeared in all major (Indian) Newspapers (source: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/articleshow/36409685.cms) & in the News magazine 'Homoeopathic Forum':-

PATNA : The Doctors attending the ongoing 13th All India Homoeopathy Congress at the S.K. Memorial Hall near Gandhi Maidan here claimed that AIDS could be cured by Homoeopathic medicines. The chairman of Post-graduate committee, Central Council of Homoeopathy (CCH)), New Delhi, Dr.D.P. Rastogi, said that recent experiments at the Regional Research Institute of Homoeopathy, Mumbai, showed that AIDS is curable. Three hundred HIV-Positive patients were administered medicines for three months during the experiment. Thereafter, their blood samples were sent for tests at different laboratories, which showed that 15 samples were HIV-negative, said Rastogi.

Note:The time factor of 3 months was too short; if the trial had continued for some more time, more would have been HIV-negative.

Response from Dr. Frascino

Hi,

Homeopaths' claims they can cure AIDS are pure bullshit. (Sorry to be blunt.) By the way, their claims to cure a wide array of other diseases are also pure bullshit! I'll reprint below a recent article from the San Francisco Chronicle that reviews why homeopathy is worthless snake oil that can have dangerous side effects, but absolutely no hope of actually curing or treating any medical condition. I strongly urge anyone using any homeopathic remedies to stop. The scientific evidence is conclusive. Homeopathy doesn't work and doesn't even meet the basic principles of common sense! Buyer beware! You've been warned!

Dr. Bob

Homeopathic label let Zicam avoid regulation Jeff Donn, Associated Press Thursday, June 18, 2009 (06-18) 04:00 PDT Cambridge, Mass. -- The unsettling little secret of Zicam Cold Remedy finally spilled out this week. Though widely sold for years as a drug for colds, it was never tested by federal regulators for safety like other drugs. And that was perfectly legal - until scores of consumers lost their sense of smell. One little word on Zicam's label explains all this: "homeopathic." Zicam and hundreds of other homeopathic remedies - highly diluted drugs made from natural ingredients - are legally sold as treatments with explicit claims of medical benefit. Yet they don't require federal checks for safety, effectiveness or even the right ingredients. They're somewhat similar to dietary supplements, which use many of the same natural ingredients and also aren't federally tested for safety or benefit. Many scientists view homeopathic remedies as modern snake oil - ineffective but mostly harmless because the drugs in them are present in such tiny amounts. But an Associated Press analysis of the Food and Drug Administration's side effect reports found that more than 800 homeopathic ingredients were potentially implicated in health problems last year. Complaints ranged from vomiting to attempted suicide. In its review of homeopathy, the Associated Press also found that: -- Active homeopathic ingredients are typically diluted down to 1 part per million or less, but some are present in much higher concentrations. The active ingredient in Zicam is 2 parts per 100. -- The FDA has set strict limits for alcohol in medicine, especially for small children, but they don't apply to homeopathic remedies. The American Academy of Pediatrics has said no medicine should carry more than 5 percent alcohol. The FDA has acknowledged that some homeopathic syrups far surpass 10 percent alcohol. -- The National Institutes of Health's alternative medicine center spent $3.8 million on homeopathic research from 2002 to 2007 but is now abandoning studies on homeopathic drugs. "The evidence is not there at this point," says the center's director, Dr. Josephine Briggs. -- At least 20 ingredients used in conventional prescription drugs, like digitalis for heart trouble and morphine for pain, are also used in homeopathic remedies. Other homeopathic medicines are derived from cancerous or other diseased tissues. Many are formulated from powerful poisons like strychnine, arsenic or snake venom. Homeopathy sprang from the inventive - some would say fanciful - mind of German physician and chemist Samuel Hahnemann in the late 1700s. Experimenting on himself, he became convinced that if an ingredient causes a symptom in a healthy person, it will treat the disease that causes the same symptom. He also theorized that diluting ingredients to minuscule, even untraceable, concentrations paradoxically makes them more powerful. To this day, homeopaths put forth mystical-sounding explanations involving "vital force" and "healing energy." And with arcane ingredients like "nux vomica" and "arsenicum album," many homeopathic medicines sound like something brewed in a druid's kettle. In 1938, Congress passed a law granting homeopathic remedies the same legal status as regular pharmaceuticals. The law's principal author was Sen. Royal Copeland of New York, a trained homeopath. And that law has remained in force ever since. Almost reduced to obsolescence in the United States, homeopathic remedies have revived in recent decades with the burst of interest in vitamins, herbs and other unconventional treatments. Since 2002, the U.S. homeopathic remedy market exploded by 89 percent to an estimated $830 million last year, according to market research company Mintel. By 2007, homeopathic remedies were taken by almost 4 million Americans, or 2 percent of adults, federal data show. Pharmacist Albert Lavender, retired deputy director of the FDA's unit overseeing drug labels, calls it "a big fraud" on the consumer. "He might not get hurt most of the time, but his pocketbook is getting hurt all of the time," he says. He says "it doesn't make sense" that the FDA requires homeopathic medicine to bear a label saying what it treats because, in his view, most of it treats nothing. "Very often, the only active ingredient is alcohol, and patients don't know that, and they get a buzz on. The therapeutic effect is no greater or less than a martini," says Dr. Jerry Avorn, an expert in pharmaceutical safety at Harvard Medical School. Questions can be raised about the touted safety record of a number of homeopathic remedies. The FDA's own side effect reports potentially implicate at least 843 homeopathic ingredients just in the year ending September 2008, the Associated Press found. It is impossible to verify how many were taken at low homeopathic concentrations. But dozens apparently were, and they were linked to side effects, including muscle and joint pain in reports submitted by consumers, doctors and others. http://sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2009/06/18/MNLN189355.DTL This article appeared on page A - 6 of the San Francisco Chronicle



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