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Side Effects: the bad, the bad, and the definitely-not-so-good-looking

 

 

 

 

 

March 30, 2012, 2:28 pm

 

Vera Resnick will absolutely, positively not write about homeopathy… [More]

side effects of medicines“drugs cause cramp…you might as well live…” Dorothy Parker

Or how drugged hallucinations changed my life.  No, this is not what you think.  And if you weren’t thinking it, it’s not that either.

They were there, in the room. I was sure of it. I had woken up at 3.00 a.m., still coughing, still feeling ill, and I could see the shadowy evil beings flitting around in the room. I felt awful. My head was pounding, my heart was banging against my ribs, I felt unbearably hot and was convinced I was going to die. I wasn’t even sure I would make it to the emergency room. I wasn’t even sure I would make it to the phone.

Amazing what a few teaspoons of cough medicine can do, innit?

I was 22 years old. I didn’t even know I possessed a heart – it had never made its presence so painfully obvious before. This was my first brush with that complex modern ailment known as “Side Effects” – although sadly not my last.

(If you read my Previous Post, you will know that Effective Use of Capital Letters will turn any mere opinion into an Educated Diagnosis. Not to mention the use of acronyms. So Now You Know (NYK).)

At that time I was singing in a band (yes! Tis true!) and had come down with a cough two days before a performance. I went into a local pharmacy on Jaffa Street and wheezed at the pharmacist “I need something strong… and I need it now…”. No side effects were mentioned, although after the episode I did fish the encrypted leaflet with Very Small Writing out of the bin, and saw words like “hallucinations, palpitations, fever…”

Another scenario was reported by a friend who received medication for a hyperthyroid condition. (That’s the kind that makes you actually lose weight – before being outlawed the medications were used in weight-loss preparations that were sold over-the-counter. Nice bit of trivia for you. You’re welcome.)

A week or two after she started taking the medication (prescribed with the ominous commandment: “Thou shallt take this medication for the rest of your life, lest ye DIE”), she began to experience debilitating rashes. She went to the doctor. Prescription: Anti-Histamines.

Then she developed a strange case of roving arthritis. Every day a joint in her body would decide it didn’t work. Every day it was a different joint. After going through hands, knees, jaw, shoulders and a totally debilitating encounter with a hip joint that declared independence, she went to the doctor. Diagnosis: psychosomatic (my friend thought that’s what the raised doctoral eyebrow implied). Prescription: Ibuprofen.

When the specialist discovered what was going on he hit the roof, furious with the other prescribing doctors and the patient, as he showed them that these side effects were all detailed in the Holy Writ (i.e. the leaflet). My friend described the experience as “educational”…

I would say 70-80% of the people who come to me for treatment are suffering from side effects of medications – sometimes more serious, sometimes less. (I probably would say this a lot – potential side effect: it may get boring. Doesn’t make it any less true though.)

The side effects can often be insidious and cumulative – at the beginning you seem to be tolerating the drug well, but then gradually you start developing problems. This only becomes clear when you plot a timeline – marking when you started having symptoms and when you started taking medications.

This doesn’t exclude “natural” medicine. If you have been taking some herbal tinctures and supplements, or self-medicating on any homeopathic remedies without professional advice, side effects can result. Recently I was consulted about a case of vertigo – when we looked into it, the vertigo began after the patient was four weeks into a six-week course of herbal tinctures prescribed over the counter by a nutritionist at a pharmacy. She stopped the dosing…the vertigo abated and disappeared. Nuff said.

“But you’re exaggerating!” people say… “Don’t you know they only write that stuff in the leaflet for CYA purposes?” (See previous post comments for generous Hebrew translation of CYA…)

“Anyway,” continue the Wise Ones, “it says here Stomach Ache. It doesn’t say anything about Stomach Ache and Vomiting of Green Noxious Substance…”

O, Wise Ones – do I have news for you! Plus an almost unbearable urge to say “I told you so,” which I’ll try to restrain. A recent blog on PRWeb enlightens us that “New research on Drug Side Effects done at Stanford School of Medicine has discovered nearly 5 times the 70 or so potential reactions that are listed on the average drug insert.”

This research uncovered the following amazing, totally counter-intuitive, illogical discovery (yes, I jest…with intense sarcasm…), and I quote:

“…clinical trials could not possibly foresee all of the potential effects the drug could have on individuals with different underlying conditions and medical histories. Many times, the most serious side effects are not acknowledged until after the medicine has been on the market for quite some time.”

Oh really…and in a paraphrase of the original… the most serious side effects are not acknowledged until after patients have been suffering from them for quite some time…hands up if you’ve experienced that one… whoa, not all at once…

But it was tested extensively on animals, we are told, before we gave it to humans… this will be the subject of a future post, but with all due respect to those who relate to their pets referring to themselves as “Mummy” and “Daddy” and viral youtube videos of pets talking, they are not human. That’s the way it is. They would probably consider it an insult to be seen as such.  If you get confused between the two there are usually extreme social repercussions. I’ll write about this in a future post. Look out for it and prepare the hate mail.

Testing on animals does not ensure safety in humans. Testing on humans, by the way, does not ensure safety in animals. There’s a thought.  Also to be followed up on.  Yes, I dangle participles, sue me…

The most significant side effect of all medications takes place even before the suffering patient pulls out his wallet. It seems to happen simultaneously with the Handing Over of the Prescription, a ritual that can reach almost epic proportions in its evocation of salvation from earthly ills. This side effect is called Misplaced Belief that there will be no side effects, and if there are, it doesn’t matter because – again the capital letters – this medicine is Good For You. In some cases it can even Save Your Life.

There are many aspects regarding the nature of prescribing and the nature of drug testing which are involved here, and which are too numerous and complex to mention within this post.

However, the question stands: what’s a suffering sick person to do? Here are some suggestions:

1. If you’re having symptoms after taking a prescription drug, badger your doctor about it. Get on your doctor’s nerves. Take your health seriously enough to do this – cumulative side effects can get nasty. See if there’s an alternative. Do this before the side effect of losing your marbles sets in – and it can be a side effect of many drugs (a.k.a. dementia, confusion, memory loss, forgetfulness). If you don’t, you will be treated with disdain and raised doctoral eyebrows when you complain about anything.

2. NEVER accept any kind of medication – conventional or alternative – from someone who doesn’t have the best qualifications to prescribe it. Don’t take recommendations for conventional medications from alternative prescribers or medical students, don’t take recommendations for homeopathic or herbal medicines from conventional doctors, don’t buy gefilte fish in a pasta restaurant…

3. Educate yourself. If you’ve been prescribed a medication, find out about it. Check reliable sources. I use the National Health Institute’s Medline drugs site most of the time. When you check, you will also see if there are any FDA warnings on the drug in question – something many doctors may not be updated on when they make out the prescription.

A young patient was brought in suffering from heavy-duty behavioural issues. A couple of minutes investigation of his medications on Medline drugs produced the following: a drug he was taking daily to prevent Asthma which was not totally necessary for him at that stage carried an FDA warning that it had been found to produce behavioural changes in children, to the extent of suicidal behaviour.

And so, with a nod to Dorothy Parker (for the original click here):

Medical Résumé

Injections pain you;
Enemas are damp;
Acids stain you;
And drugs cause cramp.
The good stuff ain’t lawful;
Tourniquets give;
Laughing gas smells awful;
You might as well live.

 

 

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New high in U.S. autism rates inspires renewed debate

 

 

New high in U.S. autism rates inspires renewed debate

 

By Sharon Begley

NEW YORK | Thu Mar 29, 2012 1:46pm EDT

(Reuters) – About one in 88 children in the United States has autism or a related disorder, the highest estimate to date and one that is sure to revive a national argument over how the condition is diagnosed and treated.

The estimate released on Thursday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention represents an overall increase of about 25 percent since the last analysis in 2006 and a near-doubling of the rate reported in 2002.

Among boys, the rate of autism spectrum disorders is one in 54, almost five times that of girls, in whom the rate is one in 252.

“One thing the data tells us with certainty – there are many children and families who need help,” CDC Director Thomas Frieden said at a press conference.

The reported spike in the prevalence of autism and related disorders raised questions about whether it is real or an artifact of greater awareness that has led parents, teachers, and even health-care providers to see symptoms of autism in children who would not have received the diagnosis a generation ago.

If it is real, that suggests that some change in the environment might be responsible. In recent years suspicion has focused on everything from mercury, a known neurotoxin, in air and food, to the increasing age of new mothers and fathers.

There is a good possibility that much of the reported increase in the prevalence of autism is illusory, however. When asked about this during the news conference, CDC’s Frieden pointed out that “doctors have gotten better at diagnosing the condition and communities have gotten better at providing services, so I think we can say it is possible that the increase is the result of better detection.”

Advocates for people with autism nevertheless seized on the new data to call for more research to identify the causes of autism-spectrum disorder and for more services for those affected by it.

“This is a national emergency and it’s time for a national strategy,” said Mark Roithmayr, president of the research and advocacy group Autism Speaks. He called for a “national training service corps” of therapists, caregivers, teachers and others who are trained to help children with autism.

“Inevitably when these statistics come out, the question is, what is driving the increase?” said Roithmayr. Better diagnoses, broader diagnostic criteria and higher awareness, he estimated, account for about half the reported increase.

EXAMINING RECORDS

The new analysis from the CDC comes from the Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring Network, which currently operates at sites in 14 states.

To determine whether a child has autism or a related disorder, what CDC calls “clinician reviewers” examined the medical and school records of 337,093 eight-year-olds in those states in 2008 and conducted screening. Children whose records included either an explicit notation of autism-spectrum disorder or descriptions of behavior consistent with it were counted as falling on the autism spectrum.

The prevalence of autism in the states monitored by CDC varied widely, from a high of one in 47 in Utah to one in 210 in Alabama. Experts said that variation likely reflected differences in awareness of the disorder among parents, teachers and even physicians, as well as differences in the availability of services, rather than any true “hot spots” of autism.

Autism spectrum disorders are marked by a suite of symptoms, all arising from atypical brain development that results in problems with socialization, communication, and behavior.

Although the disorder can be mild or severe, in general children with autism have difficulty communicating and making friends. Many find it painful to look other people in the eyes, which impairs their ability to understand what others are thinking and feeling.

There is no brain-imaging test for autism, let alone a blood test or other rigorously objective diagnostic. Instead, physicians determine whether someone fits the criteria laid out in the American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual, or DSM.

The manual has undergone significant changes over the years, including in the diagnostic criteria for autism. In its current version, someone must fit at least eight of 16 criteria, including symptoms involving social interaction, communication, and repetitive or restricted behaviors and interests.

The previous version was stricter, describing one diagnostic criterion as “a pervasive lack of responsiveness to other people.” In the current manual, that became “a lack of spontaneous seeking to share …. achievements with other people” and friendships that appear less sophisticated than the norm for a child’s age.

The earlier manual also required “gross deficits in language development” and “peculiar speech patterns” for a diagnosis, while the current one lists difficulty “sustain(ing) a conversation” or “lack of varied . . . social imitative play.”

Morton Ann Gernsbacher, a professor of psychology and autism researcher at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and others have cited these changes to question the reality of the reported autism increase.

ENVIRONMENTAL FACTORS

Scientists had long estimated that 90 percent of autism risk was genetic and 10 percent reflected environmental factors. But a 2011 study of twins by scientists at Stanford University concluded that genes account for 38 percent of autism risk and environmental factors 62 percent.

Exactly what those factors are, however, remains the subject of intense research, with two large studies funded by the National Institutes of Health examining everything from what the mother of a child with autism ate during her pregnancy to what cleaners were in the house and what pollutants were in the dust.

“There is not a clear front-runner” among possible environmental causes of autism, said Craig Newschaffer, chair of the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at Drexel University School of Public Health and lead investigator of one of the NIH-sponsored studies.

There is, however, what he called “good evidence” that any environmental culprit is present during the second or third trimester, the peak of synapse formation. Scientists believe that faulty brain wiring underlies autism.

They have also focused on factors that have changed in the last two decades, including pregnant women’s use of certain antidepressants, increasing parental age and the rise in pre-term births and low-birth weight babies, said Newschaffer.

Even as experts disagree on whether the reported increase in the prevalence is real and what causes the disorder, there is a clear consensus that “the earlier a child is diagnosed the more he will benefit from interventions,” Dr. Coleen Boyle, director of CDC’s National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities said during the news conference.

Unfortunately, the nation has made slim progress on that front. In 2006, the median age of diagnosis was four-and-a-half years. In 2008 it was four years – an age when experts say is too late for interventions to do all the good they would if begun earlier.

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that children be screened for autism at 18 months and again at 24 months. Parents should look for symptoms such as failing to point, not making eye contact, and being slow to develop language, said APA’s Dr. Susan Hyman.

“It is critical to act quickly if there is a concern about autism,” Frieden said.

Research funded by Autism Speaks found that autism costs the United States $126 billion annually. That reflects the cost of healthcare, special education and other services, as well as loss of productivity, underemployment and unemployment among adults with autism.

(Reporting by Sharon Begley; Editing by Michele Gershberg and Philip Barbara)

http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/03/29/us-autism-idUSBRE82S0P320120329

To boldly go where no probe has been before…

March 26, 2012, 2:15 pm 0

 

Vera Resnick will absolutely, positively not write about homeopathy… [More]

Anyone remember these? I don’t…

I don’t know if anyone out there remembers the William Hurt movie – yes, the one where after a humbling bout with cancer himself, the initially arrogant physician demands that his potentially equally arrogant students experience first-hand (so to speak) the invasive tests they will prescribe for their patients. OK… so I spoiled the end of the movie…it’s an old movie…live with it…

“The stool is black.  So they were checking for… serious illness…”, said my worried patient, sitting opposite me, a veritable pharmacy of  OTC pills for various ailments peeping out of his over-stuffed shirt pocket.

“They” didn’t check for Kalbeten or Pepto-Bismol, two drugs used for digestive disorders which contain Bismuth Subsalicylate, which has a side effect (info courtesy of the NIH’s Medline Drugs) of darkening the tongue and stool.

All this didn’t help my erstwhile patient, who had been the rounds of every invasive test known to man and demon in the investigation of the black…(if you’ll excuse me…as a dear departed friend used to say before saying any slightly questionable word)…poo.  And if modern medicine has proven expertise – apart from emergency medicine which has veritably turned science fiction into fact in its incredible advances – it is in the devising of the invasive, preferably humiliating, test, especially where digestive issues are concerned.

I have never understood why people are so willing to put themselves under the knife, into the x-ray booth, have tubes poked into every orifice, have substances injected into them, swallow some of the most noxious beverages known to man, follow instructions not to eat/urinate/propagate – without asking simple questions such as “why, exactly, do I have to do this?”

Why are we all so willing to be examined by machines in dark rooms, in metal tunnels, when the medical personnel involved basically tell us “I’m injecting you with this.  There may be side effects…sign here.   What side effects…? Oh, you might die… but not if you eat fish…” (yes, that one is a true story).  Who has not experienced the truly trust and confidence enhancing (I lie… but perhaps you guessed…) experience of being prepped by staff for these tests, being told to hold still, and witnessing the staff fleeing for their lives to observe the process behind metal and glass while we face the (inevitably) grey, metal monster…alone…

Ken Murray, himself a physician, recently wrote in the Wall Street Journal that in the context of terminal illness many doctors choose the path of less treatment than the average American.  Less treatment than that requested, often demanded by the patient, less treatment than that prescribed, often aggressively, by the doctor.  They even provide for final moments.  “They know, for instance, that they don’t want someone breaking their ribs by performing cardiopulmonary resuscitation (which is what happens when CPR is done right)”, states Murray.  Did you know that? Did I know that?

What do I really think about this? (Well, you’ve read this far, I can only assume that you’d like to know…)

Sadly, many physicians must prescribe treatment in line with accepted protocols in order to ensure they won’t be sued for not prescribing… and many physicians don’t always agree with accepted protocols but are prevented from voicing their disagreement due to their totally understandable desire to keep their careers out of the (if you’ll excuse me…) toilet bowl.

None of this prevents you, the patient, from asking questions in the following vein (pun intended).  And you will perhaps be surprised by how willing many doctors are to give you clear answers.

a.  Is this test absolutely necessary?

b.  How long can I wait before doing this test?

c.  Will this test give any useful information that will lead to more effective treatment?  Or will it just give a fancy title to the disease with no useful purpose whatsoever?
(A patient once suffered from sudden hearing loss after an airplane trip.  After an expensive visit to a specialist and some invasive testing, the diagnosis came back.  Perhaps you’ve already guessed.  It was clearly a case of SHL… Sudden Hearing Loss…amazing how the capital letters make everything More Professional All Of A Sudden)

d.  And one of the fanciest weapons in the arsenal – most health funds actually entitle you to a second opinion.  Take advantage and hope you don’t land up with a doctor who is more focused on CYA than on your best interests.  (What is CYA?  I’ve exhausted my supply of “if you’ll excuse me” for today – use Google for heaven’s sake!)

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II Congreso Nacional de la Federación Mexicana de Escuelas de Homeopatía

Karachi Clinic

 

Dr Wequar Ali Khan, a personal friend and colleague, helps to run a free homoeopathic clinic in his home city of Karachi Pakistan. P and W are pleased to be able to support the clinic.

A few photos of the clinic staff in action.

 

 

DEATH BY HOMŒOPATHY: ISSUES FOR CIVIL, CRIMINAL AND CORONIAL LAW AND FOR HEALTH SERVICE POLICY

It would seem that Australia, is the latest country on the governmental target list for bringing the population under total control. While it may seem that it an attack against Homoeopathy, and for some in government positions there may well be personal issues, the reality is that ALL choices in EVERY arena are being taken away. Please read and comment

 

This is an experimental PDF link viewer that Im working on. To read the PDF in full view, click on the arrow in the top right. You can download the PDF from the link below if required.

 

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Australia May Declare Homeopathy ‘Baseless and Unethical’

Andre Evans

NaturalSociety
March 15, 2012

vaccinesmed 220x137 Australia May Declare Homeopathy Baseless and UnethicalHomeopathic medicine practitioners may have to defend their practice in Austrailia after the National Health and Medical Research Council decided that their practices may be ineffective and unethicalA statement issued claims that it is “unethical for health practitioners to treat patients using homeopathy, because a homeopathic medicine or procedure has apparently been shown to be ineffective.”

This statement is based on an evaluation of homeopathy by the British House of Commons Science and Technology committee, who came to the conclusion that the whole field of homeopathic medicine is no more effective than a placebo pill is.

Similarly, the statement suggests that homeopathic medicine is actually just joke medicine, and that “safe and effective conventional treatments” should not be delayed in favor of homeopathic ones.

The researchers who support this statement maintain that many homeopathic treatments are wrongfully being covered by health insurance companies, despite the fact that they are largely ineffective and sometimes more costly than conventional methods.

Many cases cited to support this statement showcase the use of outlandish medicines like animal blood and milk, which in these cases lead to the deaths of those who used these methods of treatment.

Due to the nature of the untested and absurd treatments like stated, the researchers would like to establish a formal registration scheme in the manner of conventional doctors, so that no quackery or dangerous “medicines” are covered by insurance. Currently, the Austrailian Homeopathic Associoation has a self governed registration model that is not subject to more conventional scrutiny, and thus the methods stated can sometimes be compassed within the scheme of what is called homeopathic medicine.

Interestingly, what is called ‘conventional medicine’ is also in the realm of outlandish and has similar tested proof backing the fact that it is dangerous to individual health. Despite this, a careful examination of legitimate and proven natural methods of medicine should not be discouraged or classified within the same category of  these bizarre treatments that fake ‘homeopathy’ encompasses.

Read more: http://naturalsociety.com/australia-may-declare-homeopathy-baseless-and-unethical/#ixzz1pE6IoBrh

Guillermo takes the TPB to Chiapas.

Recently Dr Guillermo Zamora de la Paz was invited to Escuela de Medicina Alternativa in Tuxtla Gutierrez city, the capital of Chiapas state on the southeast of Mexico, to give a lecture regarding homoeopathy and the history of Boenninghausen and the development of his repertory to date.

 

Escuela de Medicina Alternativa

The trip from Dr Zamora’s home town to Tuxtla is around 785 miles. A long way on the bus system of Mexico, so thats why he took a flight 🙂 On arrival, he was warmly welcomed by the Principal of the college, Dr PULSATILLA NIGRICANNS FABIOLA DAVIS LUCAS, A beautiful young lady whose parents obviously used homoeopathy at the time of her birth and were proud to attach the name to her.

Dr Zamora presented to the audience of up to 50 persons, the interesting development of the beginnings of repertorial use, and traced each repertory with historical accuracy and outlined the methodology of use for each one.

At P & W Research, we have always found that homoeopaths are very interested to be presented with an accurate historical perspective of the development of the therapy. Once they understand the accuracy of certain works, it makes the task of choosing a remedy for a patient so much easier. Dr Zamora found this to be so in his visit. His lecture was keenly observed and many questions were asked of him.

Dr Zamora would like to thank the Principal and students of EMA for the warmth and cordial kindness extended to him during his time there. It is his wish that they will look further into the Hahnemann approved work of Boenninghausen, and see for themselves the benefit that will occur in using the Therapeutic Pocket Book.

GaryW: for Polony and Weaver.

Renal Colic. (In Spanish)

http://homeopathyonline.org/Blogespanol/?p=732

Cólico Renal


Publicado por el Dr. José Guillermo Zamora de La PAz, Médico Cirujano UAG, Homeópata del Institute for Homeopathic Medicine, I.H.M Dhom (Lic.)

 

El día 02 de Febrero del 2012, fui llamado a las 3:00 am para atender a un paciente con un dolor intenso. Estando ya en la clínica, es traído por otras dos personas casi en peso, un paciente del sexo masculino de 66 años de edad, el cual refiere dolor intenso de 30 minutos de evolución, localizado en flanco derecho del abdomen y en región dorso-lumbar en el mismo lado y nivel. El paciente refiere que el dolor es como de un golpe, penetrante, el cual lo sofoca. Refiere constipación y deseos repentinos de defecar aunque no logra evacuar. Hace 20 minutos trató de defecar haciendo gran esfuerzo y evacuó solamente sangre (refiere que el agua de la taza del baño se tiñó de rojo). Menciona que el dolor mejora un poco cuando logra flatular y al semi-sentarse (Semifowler) y agrava acostado sobre la espalda (decúbito-dorsal). Refiere que desde el comienzo ha tenido mucha sed para lo que tomó bastante agua, la cual fue vomitada a los 15 o 20 minutos. No reportó síntomas urinarios. El paciente refiere lo siguiente: -“Los últimos 3 días, en mi empleo, he tenido que caminar mucho con lo que me había sentido muy agotado, quizá por tanto sudar”

 

Como antecedente de importancia refiere que hace 10 años presentó cuadro similar, el cual fue manejado alopáticamente con analgésicos, líquidos abundantes y dieta. El dolor fue casi constante durante días, mejorando sólo con los analgésicos. Al cabo de 2 semanas arrojó pequeño lito de aproximadamente 0.5 cm el cual fue enviado para su estudio. Refiere que le comentaron el lito era de Calcio.

 

A la exploración física se encuentra T/A: 170/100 mmHg; FC: 105 por minuto; FR: 25 por minuto; Temperatura: 37.0 grados C. Paciente consiente, inquieto, diaforético, quejándose de dolor intenso, pálido (+), deshidratado (+).

 

A la exploración abdominal se encuentra abdomen sensible, doloroso a la palpación superficial y media en flanco derecho. Peristalsis ausente, timpánico a la percusión. Se encuentra puño-percusión (y Giordano) positiva del lado derecho.

 

En aquel momento y dadas las circunstancias de la Urgencia médica procedí a realizar un análisis repertorial rápido seleccionando las siguientes rúbricas en el “P & W Synopsis en Español”.

Debemos tener en mente que las rúbricas son representaciones de síntomas y que como es el caso, las modalidades son los elementos que guardan la mayor precisión para que el síntoma sea consistente (Característico) y peculiar (Par. 153) para el paciente y para el remedio. De cualquier modo, presento la repertorización abajo, agregando la localización y otro síntoma concomitante para que se pueda observar que no se altera (aunque la mayor parte de los casos solo requieren 2-4 rúbricas. Eso hace al “P & W TPB  Synopsis” más exacto).

En ese momento administré una toma de Arnica montana 30c (L) la cual repetí cada 10 minutos. A la 4ta. toma el dolor había desaparecido casi completamente. Cité al paciente a la mañana siguiente. El paciente refiere que ha estado evacuando normalmente y sin hemorragia. El dolor ha desaparecido, por lo que dejo algunas repeticiones al día de la misma potencia y remedio durante una semana. A los 5 días, el paciente trae consigo pequeño lito, oval, NO espiculado sino más bien liso, de aproximadamente 0.5 cm de diámetro. Hasta el momento el paciente se encuentra bien.

 

Al hacer el diferencial en MMP encontramos lo siguiente:

150: Sequedad de boca con gran sed.

198: Violentas arcadas para vomitar

199: Vómitos.

210: Flatulencia con dolor de estómago.

228: Distención dura en el lado derecho del abdomen, duele cuando lo descansa sobre sí mismo, como un dolor interno, al toser, al sonarse,…Solamente aliviado por la descarga de flatos.

235: Dolor en el lado derecho del abdomen como por una contusión repentina al caminar (Desp. 36 h.) [Fz.]

249: Cólico flatulento.

257: Urgencia ineficaz para evacuar.

258: Gran urgencia para evacuar cada media hora pero nada sale excepto moco.

259: Evacuación difícil con dolor en el abdomen (desp. 36 h). [Hbg.]

261: Evacuaciones sanguinolentas.

268: Constipación.

 

Viene a mi mente el Parágrafo 6 del Organon 6ª. Edición el cual menciona:

“El observador desprovisto de prejuicios y bien consciente de la futilidad de las especulaciones trascendentales que no pueden ser confirmadas por la experiencia, ante cada caso individual de enfermedad toma nota exclusivamente -Mediante su facultad de penetración ejercitada al máximo –de los cambios en la salud de su cuerpo y de la mente (Fenómenos mórbidos, accidentes, síntomas) que pueden ser percibidos externamente por medio de los sentidos; es decir que él advierte solamente las desviaciones que partiendo del estado de salud anterior llevan hasta el individuo ahora enfermo, las que son sentidas por el mismo paciente, confirmadas por quienes viven con él y observadas por el médico. Todos estos signos perceptibles representan a la enfermedad en toda su extensión o sea que, en su conjunto, constituyen el verdadero cuadro y el único concebible, de la enfermedad.”

 

Advirtiendo lo anterior, tomando en cuenta lo que está presente en el caso, me doy cuenta de la utilidad, la rapidez y la eficacia que se puede desarrollar usando el método apropiadamente. Recordemos que la jerarquización de los síntomas de acuerdo a Boenninghausen no es la misma a la de Kent. Uno puede notar que en el caso de Boenninghausen no hay una sección para síntomas mentales dentro de la misma. Y no es que Boenninghausen no contemple los síntomas mentales, sino que ellos más bien son tomados en cuenta si se presentan como síntoma principal, o como síntomas concomitantes y/o caracterizadores desde la modalidad.

Bad Blood? The Possibility of a Tainted Tetanus Toxoid Vaccine in the Philippines

The Akha Heritage Foundation – http://www.akha.org
Akha Human Rights – Akha University
 
 
 


Bad Blood? The Possibility of a Tainted Tetanus Toxoid Vaccine in the Philippines
Possibly tainted vaccine may be tip of the iceburgBy David MorrisonPopulation Research Institute Review, November/December, 1996, page 3.

Philippine women may have been unwittingly vaccinated against their own children, a recent study conducted by the Philippine Medical Association (PMA) has indicated.1

The study tested random samples of a tetanus vaccine for the presence of human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG), a hormone essential to the establishment and maintenance of pregnancy. Produced by the embryo after conception, hCG triggers the production of progesterone in the mother’s body which, in turn, thickens the uterine endometrium and prepares it for implantation. By linking hCG with tetanus antigens in a vaccine, researchers fool a woman’s immune system into not only producing antibodies against tetanus, but against hCG as well, essentially making her allergic to her embryo’s chemical signal. Once her immune system is sufficiently stimulated against hCG, a woman will spontaneously abort any child she conceives. The PMA’s positive test results indicate that just such an abortifacient may have been administered to Philippine women without their consent.

The PMA notified the Philippine Department of Health (PDOH) of these findings in a 16 September letter signed by the researchers and certified by its President. Using a immunological assay developed by the Food and Drug Administration in the United States, a three-doctor research panel tested forty-seven vials of tetanus vaccine collected at random from various health centers in Luzon and Mindanao.2 Nine were found to contain hCG in levels ranging from 0.191680 mIU/ml to 3.046061 mIU/ml. These vaccines, most of which were labeled as of Canadian origin, were supplied by the World Health Organization as part of a WHO-sponsored vaccination program.

The positive tests for hCG in the vaccine brings to a close the first stage of the two-part study commissioned by the Philippine Department of Health. The second stage calls for the blood of vaccinated women to be tested for antibodies to hCG. Once this second round of testing is complete, Philippine authorities will have a much clearer idea of whether any Filipinas have been chemically sterilized and, if so, how many.

Individual women who have lost children to miscarriage after accepting the anti tetanus vaccine have already been found to have antibodies to hCG. Dr. Vilma Gonzales had two miscarriages after receiving the tetanus vaccine and became suspicious. She had her blood tested for anti-hCG antibodies and found, to her great sorrow, that these were present “in high levels.” As she later told a British Broadcasting reporter:

Women should have been told that the injection would cause miscarriage and, in the end, infertility. The Department of Health should have asked beforehand, so that only those who didn’t want to have children had the injection. I really hope and pray to God that I will still have a baby and get a normal pregnancy. And I am still hopeful that the Department of Health will find an antidote to the antibodies as well.3

The possibility that Philippine women were being covertly dosed with an abortifacient vaccine got widespread attention after Human Life International, an international pro-life group, reported on peculiar tetanus vaccination programs in the Philippines, Mexico and Nicaragua. The World Health Organization4 only targeted women between the ages of 15 and 45 – the child bearing years – for repeated tetanus vaccinations. This, by itself, might not have aroused too much suspicion – and WHO officials hotly denied any wrongdoing. When WHO’s research history on “reproductive immunology” came to light, however, the possibility became too great to ignore.

WHO’s hCG research

For over 20 years, World Health Organization has been deeply involved in researching ways to make women’s bodies reject their own children. As early as the 1970’s, WHO funded research in this area by researchers in India and the United States.5 Though WHO later cut off funding for the ‘Indian branch’ of abortifacient vaccine research, it continues to fund US efforts.6 Current WHO-funded research in the United States, according to a leading researcher, has “moved on” from tetanus to diphtheria as the antigen link. For even greater efficiency and wider reach, the possibility of doing away with the antigen link altogether is also being explored.7

According to Dr. Vernon Stevens, a researcher at Ohio State, the effort to make millions of women allergic to their children faces three primary research obstacles. First, current abortifacient vaccine models require 2 to 4 initial shots to boost immune levels and then booster shots at three to six month intervals. Second, the hCG vaccine does not always “take” in all women. In recent Phase II (efficacy) trials of one possible vaccine, for example, only 60% of women vaccinated were later
found to have highly effective levels of anti-hCG antibodies.8 And finally, according to Stevens, the current vaccines under research are just too expensive for widespread use.

“Vaccines that are manufactured for distribution and use by the general population must be produced in high quality and at a cost affordable to most users, particularly in developing countries where the need for new methods is most acute,”9 Stevens wrote. The current WHO funded research in the United States aims to address this and the other problems.

Indian vaccine research

While WHO funds US – based research into abortifacient vaccines, the Population Council and the International Development Research Center (IDRC),10 based in Ottawa, Canada, have been funding the even more controversial efforts of Dr. Gursaran Prasad Talwar. Talwar, the founder of the National Institute of Immunology in New Delhi, India, is generally acknowledged to be the “father” of research into abortifacient vaccines.

Talwar and WHO officially parted company when Talwar’s approach, based on using a longer segment of the crucial hCG molecule to generate the needed antibodies, was thought to be too close to the segments of related hormones and therefore thought to carry a greater risk of side-effects – side effects which, Talwar claims, never appeared.11 The Population Council also directly funded Talwar’s research until the United States’ “Mexico City” policy forced it to reconsider its support for the development of something as obviously abortifacient as his vaccine.

At that point the IDRC stepped in and began funding efficacy trials for Talwar’s vaccines.12 In these trials Talwar claims that 118 of 148 women vaccinated, or about 80%, produced levels of hCG antibodies sufficient to abort their children and they maintained those levels for between 6 months and two years. This result has increased optimism and enthusiasm for the Talwar vaccine and drawn three more labs into the research effort.

Although Talwar’s efforts have many champions, he is not without his critics. Controversy seems to follow him wherever he goes. He has been accused both of stealing compounds from other researchers13 and of not following established medical protocols for vaccine research.14

But from the point of view of numerous Filipinas, the most disturbing allegation against Talwar is that he has, in the past, tested his abortifacient vaccines on women without firsting testing them on animals.15 Both Indian researchers and WHO officials are on record as declaring that such abuses have occurred. Their testimony has helped fire opposition to the vaccine, especially on the part of women’s groups.16

The blood of the women, in the end, will declare the truth. These abortifacient vaccines leave ‘fingerprints.’ Even positive tests for antibodies will not tell the whole story, however. For these tests,even when multiplied by the hundreds and thousands, cannot possibly convey the depth of misanthropy – particularly towards people in the developing world –
represented by over twenty years of planning, funding, studying and publishing on abortifacient vaccines.Fifty years ago, at Nuremburg, the so-called “civilized” world looked into the depths of Nazi Germany’s eugenic nightmare and shrank back in horror. Vaccines which induce women to abort their own children deserve the same response.

Endnotes

1. Letter from the Philippine Medical Association to Philippine Secretary of Health, 16 September, 1996.

2. Ibid.

3.British Broadcasting Corporation Horizon Series The Human Laboratory first aired in Britain on 8 November 1995.

4.James Miller, “Baby killing vaccine: is it being stealth tested?” HLI Reports, June/July 1995, p. 1.

5. Madhusree Mukerjee, “Profile: Gursaran Prasad Talwar,” Scientific American, July 1996.

6. Vernon Stevens, “Progress in the development of human chorionic gonadotropin antifertility vaccines,” American Journal of Reproductive Immunology, 1996, volume 35, 148-155.

7. Vernon Stevens personal communication, 16 October 1996.

8. Vernon Stevens, “Progress in the development of human chorionic gonadotropin antifertility vaccines.”

9. Ibid.

10. Jayaraman, “India forges ahead with contraceptive vaccine,” Nature Medicine, July 1995, 609 – 610.

11. Mukerjee.

12. Jayaraman.

13. Mukerjee.

14. Vernon Stevens, personal communication, 16 October 1996. Stevens related how research conducted under Talwar at National Immunology Institute differed from US research in that researchers did not always “go back to square one” if they
reconfigured a vaccine conjugate.

15. Mukerjee.

16. Ibid.

 


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