Are Homeopathic Remedies Always All Natural and the Best Medical Solution

I asked a physician that I know that specializes in Internal Medicines (Dr. Gismondi) what homeopathic medicine is and if products that tout the use of homeopathy are as affective? Below is what he wrote.

Homeopathic remedies are highly diluted preparations to the point that one of my teachers in medical school stated that we would be very lucky to get even one molecule of the herb or remedy in a dose of homeopathic medicine.

Reading about the “scientific” background of Homeopathy we learn that it was started by a German physician by the name of Samuel Hahnemann (1755-1843) who lived before we had scientific tools and ways to assert whether a new method or medicine really works.

A stated principle of Homeopathy is that you should give the least amount of medicine necessary to cause healing or improvement. This small amount is called the “Minimum Dose.” Since medicines can cause side effects, and some quite serious, Hahnemann began successive dilution and agitation of his medicines to find the point at which they would be presumed to be therapeutic, yet not toxic. But as stated above, there had been no good way to establish whether this highly diluted “medicine” really worked, except for physician impression – known to be an unreliable way to prove efficacy.

This lack of evidence has translated into enough negative studies. Therefore the use of certain Homeopathic preparations as herbal remedies has been discarded as “ineffective” or “questionable” by U.S. medical literature.

Investigating the medical literature regarding Homeopathic Arnica Montana proves this point. Every one of such negative studies was performed with a homeopathic preparation. Yet in a particular biased source [as gleaned from the words used] it is stated that a large review found Homeopathy to show positive results: “British Medical Journal 302-(Feb 1991 ):316-323 Kleignen, J et al. Clinical Trials of Homeopathy– Published review of 105 clinical trials with homeopathic remedies. Eighty-one demonstrated effectiveness.”

In reviewing this article the following conclusion was attached to the published abstract:

“CONCLUSIONS–At the moment the evidence of clinical trials is positive but not sufficient to draw definitive conclusions because most trials are of low methodological quality and because of the unknown role of publication bias. This indicates that there is a legitimate case for further evaluation of homoeopathy, but only by means of well performed trials.” In other words, even this sympathetic reviewer states that it is likely that the reported positive results are due to the bias of the authors in poorly designed studies. And “well performed trials” do not exist.

Many companies on the internet are promoting products for the relief of pain and inflammation with Arnica Montana as a homeopathic solution. As you have read about the definition and effectiveness of homeopathic medicine, the use of enough Arnica would not be affective to your ailments. So when you are investigating an alternative to oral pain medications or the nationally advertised topical analgesics, do not be fooled that homeopathic remedies are the answer.

Living Life Medicine – Pharmaceutical Free – Part II

Living Life Medicine/Pharmaceutical Free sounds like an oxymoron-doesn’t it? To some it is-to others it will seem redundant, because millions of people throughout the world are living Medicine/Pharmaceutical Free. How can that be?-Every one gets sick-you might say. Yes, occasionally, people need remedies because they are sick, however, there are a plethora of natural remedies.

The five most common uses of prescription drugs are for Depression, Antibiotics, Menopause, High Blood Pressure and Ulcers.

Through illness your body is working to get your attention. Every malady or pain-either physical or mental is your body’s way of communicating what it needs.

Depression Remedies:

St. John’s Wort,

St. John’s Wort (Hypericum perforatum in Latin), the most frequently used natural remedy for depression, is a long-living plant with yellow flowers. It contains many chemical compounds. Some are believed to be the active ingredients that produce the herb’s effects, including the compounds hypericin and hyperforin. Alternative Medicine Review 1998 (Feb); 3 (1): 18-26

Hypericum (St. John’s Wort) has been favorably compared to numerous antidepressant drugs, the studies having revealed equivalent results and a much more favorable incidence of side effects. Studies have also demonstrated its efficacy in treating seasonal affective disorder.

Kava: The kava root is ground to a powder, and it has a brownish color. The brownish powder is then mixed with water and drank as a beverage, without being fermented. Extracts from the kava root are placed in capsules and sold as kava or kava kava. Additional herbs and nutrients involved in relaxation include 5-HTP, ashwagandha, passionflower, and valerian. Users report the following results:

o A state of relaxation, without feeling drugged
o Muscle tension is reduced
o Peaceful and contentment
o More sociable in the right company
o Mild euphoria, occasionally
o Mental alertness is often not effected, except on high doses
o Initial alertness followed by drowsiness which comes on after a few hours, can be taken in the evening, a few hours before bedtime

SAMe: SAMe (S-adenosylmethionine) is not an herb or a hormone. It’s a molecule that all living cells, including our own, produce constantly. How does extra SAMe improve a person’s mood? Researchers have identified several possibilities. Normal brain function involves the passage of chemical messengers between cells. SAMe may enhance the impact of mood-boosting messengers such as serotonin and dopamine-either by regulating their breakdown or by speeding production of the receptor molecules they latch on to. SAMe may also make existing receptors more responsive. In 1994 Dr. Giorgio Bressa, a psychiatrist at the University Cattolica Sacro Cuore in Rome, pooled results from a dozen controlled trials and found that “the efficacy of SAMe in treating depressive syndromes… is superior [to] that of placebo and comparable to that of standard… antidepressants.”

Depression is anger held inside–Hypnosis has proven to be highly effective in uncovering the core issue of the person’s anger and helping them to resolve it.

Antibiotics: Excessive use of antibiotics breeds antibiotic-resistant bacteria-germs that are immune to antibiotics! Amoxicillin also destroys large numbers of protective “good” bacteria that reside in your intestine, making you more vulnerable to other infections. A recent article in the American Medical Association Journal reported that probiotics might actually protect against many infections. Gary W. Elmer,pH.D., of the University of Washington, Seattle, reports that probiotics greatly reduce the risk of gastrointestinal and vaginal infections.

Instead of using antibiotics, which have a plethora of side effects use, Probiotics, Garlic, Echinacea and Goldensea are highly effectivel.


Menopause is the stopping of periods or menses. The average age is 52, however, menopause can occur in the 30’s or 60’s. The perimenopausal or menopause phase in a woman’s life can be dramatic or quite simple – it is different for every woman – but every woman does stop having periods.

The most effective natural remedies include: Flaxseed, Red Clover, Vitamin E, citrus Bioflavonoids, Vitamin A, or Beta Carotene, B-Vitamins, Black Cohash, Chasteberry (Vitex Agnus Castus) Evening Primrose oil. Altering your diet in small ways can have the greatest positive effect on your body. Include plenty of low-fat, high-fiber foods and soy in your diet.

High Blood Pressure:

Recent studies have uncovered many factors associated with high blood pressure including-stress, unresolved anger, a high sodium or salt diet, overweight, and unhealthy lifestyles.

Hyperexol, a combination of several herbs, is proven to be successful and goes to the cellular level to lower your blood pressure levels. It contains all-natural ingredients, in their purest form, that are essential to making it gentle and effective, unlike prescription drugs that have harmful side-effects, Hyperexol has been shown to have no negative side effects. A partial list of the ingredients are: Calcium, Garlic, Selenium, Allium Sativas, Potassium, Hawthorn Berry Powder, Capsicum Frutescenes, Crataegu Ocycantha, Magnesium, Vitamin C, and Pyridoxine HCL

Since stress is part of high blood pressure, emotional and spiritual healing with a holistic health care provider is paramount.

Ulcers: Gastric Ulcers form when the mucus lining of the stomach loses its ability to repel stomach acids. The acids, which digest food, begin to digest your stomach instead. If the ulcer forms at the top of the small intestine, it’s a duodenal ulcer.

For temporary relief of gastric ulcer pain, activated charcoal is effective, says, Agatha Thrash, M.D., a medical pathologist and co-founder and co-director of Uchee Pines Institute, a natural healing center in Seale, Alabama.

Other remedies include: Flower Remedy/Essence Therapy, Food Therapy, Hydrotherapy, Reflexology, Relaxation and Meditation, Sound Therapy, Vitamin and Mineral Therapy.

When you neglect your mind, body and spirits’ needs sooner or later, your body breaks down, and you experience the pain-diagnosed as migraine headaches, MS, lupus, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, cancer, diabetes, high blood pressure, TMJ, PMS and the list goes on.

The purpose of this article is to direct you to the realization that you are activated from within; that life and healing come from within; and ultimately that the maintenance of health is superior to the treatment of disease.

Medicine and Online Pharmacies: Keeping People Healthy Since the Beginning of Time

With there being so many local pharmacies around, and with there being so many people buying their much needed and wanted medicine from them, it is really hard to imagine life without your local pharmacy. Suffice it to say, human life would be difficult to bear without them. There is no doubt pharmacies are an essential part of society; however, there is a new innovation that is looking to supplant the ubiquitous local pharmacy. These are online pharmacies, which are quickly gaining fame around the world due to how they work.

The history of pharmacies as a whole other branch of science is very young, but on the other hand, people have been practicing pharmacology from the time that the first person realized that this certain plant had a soothing effect on this part of the body. Since man started to inhabit this earth, people have found various materials and substances in and around nature that offer medicinal abilities to help cure illnesses and keep people healthy in general.

Pharmacies back in the day were not the physical establishments we know them to be today. Rather, pharmacies were actually people. Back in the day, apothecaries were a medical professional who provided medicinal materials to physicians and patients alike. According to S. Hadzovic’s paper entitled “Pharmacy and the Great Contribution of Arab-Islamic Science to its Development,” the first apothecary shop was first established in Baghdad during the Islamic Golden Age. In the 19th century, however, along with the formal establishment of medical institutions and professions, apothecaries gave way to the creation of the current day pharmacy we are all familiar with today.

With the coming of the internet age, however, another innovation revolutionized the pharmaceutical industry. Along with the rise of the internet came the advent of online retailing or the marketing and selling of products and services on the web. People could actually display their catalogue of offerings on websites, which enabled people surfing from home to be able to buy them without even getting out of the house. Seeing an opportunity, entrepreneurs followed suit and set up online pharmacies.

These online pharmacies work in the same way your local one would, except for some innovative features (and its virtual address). You would go online, register, fill up a form wherein you will indicate which medicine you would want, and then your products will be delivered to your doorstep, providing a very convenient way to get your medicine. This presents advantages in convenience and accessibility, as you no longer have to make your way towards your local pharmacy to buy your medicine.

One would be wise to read up on online pharmacy reviews first before buying from an online drugstore though. There are many unscrupulous characters out there that can exploit the unsuspecting consumer. To guard against fraud or inferior quality of products, people are advised to read up on independent online pharmacy reviews, as online pharmacy reviews give an accurate description on how a certain online pharmacy does business. After reading, now you can go and buy the medicine you want, free from worry.