These are extraordinary and exceptional times. For the first time in history much of the world has been in 'lockdown' (a term derived from the American prison system) or quarantine. Normally it is the ill or vulnerable who are quarantined. This time it is the healthy. The economy in the UK has been mostly shut down and GDP has plummeted more than at any time in the last few hundred years.
This is in response to a novel virus of the family of coronaviruses that include the common cold. This particular virus is highly transmissible and is very dangerous to the elderly who have other illnesses such as diabetes. There are other at-risk groups too but in general youngsters are spared. Fortunately it seems as if the virus is doing much less damage than the most pessimistic forecast because of, or perhaps in spite of, the actions taken by the authorities as well as the cooperation of the populace.
Coming from a Complementary Medical background it is disappointing to note the lack of interest and even the hostility to some of the more obvious and cheap treatments which may help patients with their immune response. Some of these such as Intravenous Vitamin C have been used apparently successfully by some doctors in the USA and China. Similarly Vitamin D and zinc are obvious candidates for the vulnerable and are readily available, cheap and above all very safe.. See our previous blog https://turningpointclinics.co.uk/Blog/2_Strategies_for_Coping_With_Covid-19_Naturally
It is gratifying to see though that a number of countries are using homoeopathy as a treatment. In India there is an astonishing 200,000 registered homoeopathic doctors. The latest statistics show 5 deaths per million in India in comparison to the UK 600 per million. Cuba is using homoeopathy too and has a rate of 7 deaths per million. Now none of this is absolute proof that homeopathy works in epidemics. There are so many factors to take into consideration however the use of homoeopathy in epidemics has an interesting and rather good record in this respect.
In the 1918 influenza pandemic which is by far the worst in modern times and I believe the reason for some of the fear about the present pandemic, it seems that homeopathic treatment may well have been much more effective than more conventional approaches: See Slide 17 in the presentation: https://www.slideshare.net/drprabhatlkw/homeopathy-in-pandemics-epidemics Of 24,000 flu cases treated with conventional medical care, the death rate was 28.2 percent; of 26,000 cases treated with homoeopathy, the death rate was a nearly miraculous 1.05 percent.
There are many examples of where homoeopathy has been used in epidemics as illustrated in the slide show link above. One of the most stunning examples however occurred in Cuba:
"In late 2007, after a period of particularly heavy rainfall, Cuba faced an potential epidemic of Leptospirosis but only had enough vaccine to treat 15,000 high-risk people. The government therefore decided to treat the entire population over one year of age (around 2.3 million) in the province worst affected with a homeopathic medicine prepared from the inactivated causative organism by the Cuban National Vaccine Institute.
Within a few weeks the number of cases of Leptospirosis had fallen from the forecast 38 to 4 cases per 100,000 per week, significantly lower than could have been predicted from previous years’ figures. The 8.8 million population of the other provinces did not receive homeopathic treatment and the incidence of the illness was as forecast.
Moreover, the effect seemed to last: there was an 84% reduction in infection in the population who had received the homeopathic treatment region in the following year when, for the first time, incidence did not correlate with rainfall, while the incidence in the untreated region increased by 22%." https://www.foodsmatter.com/natural_medicine_comp_therapies/homeopathy/articles/leptospirosis_cuba.html
The study can be viewed here: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/20674839/
Two years ago Jonathan and I were privileged to attend the Conference at the Royal Society of Medicine "New Horizons in Water Science-Evidence for Homeopathy" hosted by the late Dr Peter Fisher physician to Her Majesty the Queen and featuring two Nobel Prize winning scientists including Dr Luc Montagnier discoverer of HIV. The conference highlighted a number of emerging areas of scientific research that may be able to explain the mechanism of homoeopathy. These presentations can be viewed here: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL_ZfccmzItE0gZZUdOQHqxZWBZCB4r_wm
Disease is part of the ecology of life. Viruses will always be present, indeed some viruses are good for us! When we cannot defeat the disease directly or quickly I am certain that we can make it much harder for the disease by the use of good diet, targeted supplements and homoeopathy. These methods are cheap and safe.
We have nothing to lose.
Yours in Health,
We were out walking the other day in the countryside, paying attention to social (or as I prefer to call it physical) distancing to anyone we encountered. We turned a corner and some twenty feet away or so was a woman with 2 dogs. She was cleaning up the dog poop and obviously hadn't heard our approach until were level with her. She jumped and and said in a high pitched voice "Don't come near me!" She was obviously and unreasonably terrified that she may become contaminated with the coronavirus. I felt so sorry for her being so frightened. She is not the only one!
If you are not anxious or fearful at this time you must be quite exceptional, congratulations!. Our world has been turned upside down. Most of us are naturally worried about catching the coronavirus ourselves or our loved ones. Many of us are worried about our economic situation as well. We may be feeling isolated or lonely. Humans don't like change very much much especially when we can't control it. The media don't help, the newspapers, TV and social media are full of fear-inducing perspectives to the stories they publish.
We experience fear when we recognise a threat and fear is useful to help us evade or escape the threat. But fear can be damaging to our health and well-being when we see no way out.
Many people I talk to, professionally and personally are showing symptoms of fear. Poor sleep, difficulty focusing on tasks, heart palpitations and not being able to engage effectively socially, for example being unable to hold a conversation normally and not being able to listen to what is being said.
Much fear is held at a very deep level of our being, often in parts of the nervous system that we cannot reason with. Deep in the brain are some of the structures that evolved before our human intellect developed. And whilst they may be useful in helping us escape predators in the jungle they can be quite negative in the modern world.
Our reaction to fear can also stem from our family and our experiences especially when we were young. Physical and emotional traumas can leave their mark.
One way of coping is to realise that there are things that we can control. In this case a health threat from an infectious disease can be minimised by making sure that we are as healthy as we can be.
Exercise diet and some supplements can reduce the risks (see previous blogs) and you can seek advice from health professionals.
As to things we can't control? Well there is no point in worrying, just be prepared to adapt. Also try not to be in a position where you can't see the wood from the trees as it were, have a bird's eye view see and understand the big picture. Finally do not be drawn into someone else's fear. Be supportive but avoid taking on their troubles.
When we are in our state of fear our primitive, autonomic nervous system gets out of balance. We are unable to relax. There are a number of simple exercises you can do to help reset the nervous system. This does not eliminate your fearfulness especially if the origin is a long time ago, but may help you manage it.
This exercise was developed by a craniosacral therapist colleague of mine Stanley Rosenberg. It allows the body to access the part of the nervous system that calms and relaxes. https://youtu.be/-CKxRkZ6Ynw
There are some more ideas on the Craniosacral Answers Facebook page; https://www.facebook.com/groups/cstanswers
If you need any further help then feel free to contact the clinic and make an appointment to speak to Jonathan or Rosemary.
Covid-19 is affecting many people in this country. This has coincided with some glorious weather, certainly here in the South West.
You may know that getting sunshine on the skin has many immune boosting benefits not least is the production of vitamin D which helps your immune system a lot!. So go and get some sun! Hold on! Just get your sun with caution. The strength of the sun is getting toward the summer peak and in the middle of the day we cannot tolerate too much. Over time you will more tolerant to longer exposure.
The way I get my dose of sun is to limit the exposure especially when it is at it's strongest between 11am and 3pm. Then I cover up. I don't use sun screen because you want the sun to touch you and because sun screens contain chemicals that are potentially toxic. So for me it is a balance of sun and senisble. You may need to put sunscreen on your children there are some non-toxic versions.
This method has held me in good stead when I lived in Africa as a child and when I visited Australia.
Vitamin D is manufactured in the body from the oils produced on the skin in response to the sun. I believe it takes 3 days too complete this process.
Natural light outdoors is also good for your hormones and sets your body clock.
One part of the spectrum of light from the sun, infra-red, can penetrate quite deeply into the body and some scientists believe that this helps produce energy. It certainly makes us feel better.
Go and make the sun your friend!