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Treating Genital Herpes.

For a homoeopathic physician, this is a fairly routine complaint that will come up in a busy clinic. The disease is so endemic in the western world that, Im surprised when a month goes by and I havent seen a case.

Firstly, I want to address the disease process, or miasms as Hahnemann called them, and put them in perspective using his model which follows the modern approach to disease in use today. Hahnemann classified disease and/or infection into 3 named divisions. There is Psora, containing a host of disorders, and then there is Sycosis and Syphilis, acquired and formed by venereal infection. So in Hahnemanns model, Sycosis and Syphilis are the entire disorders of a venereal nature. All other disorders are not, ie Psora.

This simplistic explanation, not taking into account mixed miasms etc, is the basis of my approach to dealing with patient ailments when faced with any acquired STD. I treat the infection totally for what it is and bear in mind that it is a singular disease of a venereal infection, and thus has to be isolated in terms of other symptoms and dealt with within the confines of an STD. I try not to confuse the symptoms of an STD with any others, but ALWAYS take into consideration a totality of the presenting problem.

Here is an example out of my clinic.

Female patient in 40s. Had been under treatment for various health issues for which Lycopodium had proven its worth over a 18 month period, exceptionally so.

I was contacted recently that a recurrence of genital herpes was in evidence. The herpes was contracted in her early twenties and had been treated with Valtrex about 10 years ago and there had been no outbreaks of herpes since. In looking at the case and noting that the patient had suffered on and off with respiratory disorders and lots of influenza and not feeling well, which Lycopodium cleared up very quickly and effectively, I surmised that her body had been treated effectively through the existing layers of ill health, and now, the herpes virus was the top most layer, perhaps even the causation (or the suppression of the herpes) of her poor immune response to influenza and recent ailments.

How do you treat herpes? What can realistically be done to prevent re infection and outbreaks? First, and logically, there cannot be any suppression of the expression or of the symptoms. It has to be treated homoeopathically, to support the body and organism to clear itself of the virus. It is not going to happen overnight, and it not going to happen in one outbreak. However it will happen, and it can be eradicated if treated correctly.

First, a physician has to note the symptoms of the expression carefully, VERY carefully.

This was the case as presented to me.

Sx began with a sensation of dryness, with heat in the Labia
small white sores, like pimples on the clitoris.
Swelling of the clitoris and labia.
 Sores grew larger over 3 days, like blisters, irritating/itching. Worse for scratching, itched more.
Red ‘cuts’ appeared on 3rd day on perineum, no blistering. Urination causes stinging on them.
A discharge started on the 4th day, milky white.
All symptoms are worse for moisture. Used blow dryer on cool, after shower, to dry the area completely.
There is a sensation of pins and needles in the genital area.
So this is the case. I examined the symptoms and looked for what is common in Herpes Genitalis, and what symptoms the patient was expressing that individualised her disease state.
As a physician, it cannot be stressed enough that knowledge of the Materia Medica is important. ACCURATE knowledge, and for this reason I highly recommend the works of Samuel Hahnemann, especially the “Chronic diseases” and the ‘Materia Medica Pura”.
In my practice, I use solely the SYNOPSIS P & W therapeutic pocket book edition of the guide to the materia medica by Boenninghausen. This masterpiece is based on the original provings of the Materia Medica and is arranged in such a way that if the choice of rubrics are correct, then, the suggested remedies to review are also the closest match possible.
Firstly, you will notice that I have not taken into account, ANY other symptoms other than the symptoms of the presenting disorder.
§ 6 Fifth Edition
The unprejudiced observer – well aware of the futility of transcendental speculations which can receive no confirmation from experience – be his powers of penetration ever so great, takes note of nothing in every individual disease, except the changes in the health of the body and of the mind (morbid phenomena, accidents, symptoms) which can be perceived externally by means of the senses; that is to say, he notices only the deviations from the former healthy state of the now diseased individual, which are felt by the patient himself, remarked by those around him and observed by the physician. All these perceptible signs represent the disease in its whole extent, that is, together they form the true and only conceivable portrait of the disease.
As this was the sole picture of her deviation from health, it is from within these symptoms that I looked for her remedy similarity.
The most striking thing for me, was the necessity to have the area dry. Completely clear of all moisture, even her own natural moisture.
(click on pictures to enlarge)
In looking at the repertory, There is this rubric,
and whilst it covers the main symptom, I felt that the need to dry off completely, needed exploring. I was informed that the itching and uncomfortable feeling was also worse in morning, and needed washing, which made me suspect her own lubrication was aggravating the condition.
Because of this, I took the rubric:
Which, because I know each of the 5 remedies in it very well, I was already in possession of the knowledge that one of them was the correct one. I just didnt know which one yet.
So looking further..I took the other symptoms in the case to examine in detail.
It was then a matter of sitting down and reading the essential development and symptoms of both medicines to see which to prescribe.
I rarely use more than 3 rubrics, to either make a complete symptom or… I use 3 symptoms in rubrics for a case. For example, in this case I actually only considered 2 rubrics, (but filled it out for an example). The two rubrics I used were:
As you can see, no other remedies had these 2 present. On that basis, I could go ahead and choose the remedy.
In reading the remedies, I chose Sepia for prescribing. The patient only had sepia 200c available, I usually go with 50 millesimal potencies, but had her make the remedy up into a liquid and take one dose a day. Within 2 days the itching and need for continual washing clean had diminished, and I fully expect the flare up to resolve within the week. I will keep the patient on Sepia even when the symptoms have gone, and evaluate further at that time.
Homoeopathy is a medical treatment. That is why accurate knowledge is important, and why our profession is being diluted by the advent of the sensation method and poor training. It is only by homoeopaths returning to the tried and tested methods as used by Hahnemann, will we stand a chance of regaining credence in the eyes of the world.
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TriHealth fires 150 employees for not getting flu shots

Company offered the shots for free

UPDATED 2:09 PM EST Nov 22, 2012
CINCINNATI —One of Cincinnati’s largest employers fired approximately 150 employees Wednesday for failing to get a required flu shot.

TriHealth offered all of its 10,800 employees free flu shots. Employees had a month to get the flu shot. The deadline was Nov. 16. Employees who did not get the shot were terminated Wednesday, a company spokesperson said.

Employees who were terminated can appeal to be reinstated after receiving the shot.

Read more: http://www.wlwt.com/news/local-news/cincinnati/TriHealth-fires-150-employees-for-not-getting-flu-shots/-/13549970/17523386/-/3khe3s/-/index.html#ixzz2DK1zilMa

To Stem Mumps Outbreak, Doctors Recommend a Third Vaccination Despite Ineffectiveness of MMR Vaccine and Lawsuit Claiming Fraud

By Dr. Mercola

Recently published research in the New England Journal of Medicine1investigated the reasons behind, and potential solutions, for mumps outbreaks reported to the CDC during the past several years. According to the authors, widespread use of the MMR vaccine had reduced the annual incidence of mumps in the US by more than 99 percent by 2005.

But then, suddenly, something changed.

In 2006, a large outbreak was reported among highly vaccinated populations in the US, and two additional outbreaks occurred during 2009 and 2010. The latter two occurred in American Orthodox Jewish communities in and around New York City.

In 2009, more than 3,500 people got sick, and the overwhelming majority of them – 89 percent – were children, who had received the CDC recommended two doses of the measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine. Another eight percent had received one dose, putting the total numbers of students vaccinated at 97 percent!

Matters were much the same for the 2010 outbreak. Of the more than 1,000 people who contracted mumps that year, 77 percent had received two doses of the MMR.

Vaccinated Population Contracting and Spreading Disease

Virtually every outbreak of infectious disease in the U.S. for which there is a vaccine has been blamed on unvaccinated children – at least initially – but lately we’ve repeatedly seen that reported outbreaks of diseases like pertussis, influenza and mumps are occurring within the fully vaccinated population, even though the vaccine is supposed to prevent the disease in question.

This pattern is now so obvious that researchers have no choice but to try to address the discrepancy and come up with an explanation because, clearly, vaccinated people are contracting and facilitating the transmission of infectious diseases in much greater numbers than public health officials and doctors have been willing to admit.

The ludicrous explanation public health officials have come up with to try to explain the school-based mumps outbreak among fully vaccinated children is based on a theory that close and extended contact between the vaccinated children “bombarded students with large amounts of the virus” and allowed the mumps virus to “overwhelm the vaccine.”

As reported by NPR:2

“Public health officials… say it was the unique style of study in yeshivas, religious schools for Orthodox Jews. In a yeshiva, students are paired up in partnerships called chavrusas. The two students in a chavrusa share the same desk and the same book and engage in a vigorous dialogue about the day’s lesson. Throughout the school day, which lasts up to 15 hours in a yeshiva, the students rotate among different chavrusas, changing their study partner each time.

Albert Barskey, an epidemiologist with the CDC who worked to contain the outbreak, says the chavrusa style of studying probably exacerbated the spread of mumps. The mumps virus gets around on respiratory droplets, saliva and other bodily fluids. ‘Because of the close prolonged contact, uninfected students were probably bombarded with large amounts of the virus from the infected students, and the virus overwhelmed the vaccine,’ Barsky [says].”

Dr. Kenneth Bromberg, chairman of pediatrics and director of the Vaccine Study Center at the Brooklyn Hospital Center in New York City told US News:3

“These outbreaks are similar to what we saw on college campuses where you have crowding. Vaccines are safe and effective, but the protective effect of a vaccine can be overcome in the right situation.”

Their answer to the problem?

Just add another booster shot! As a test, a third dose of MMR vaccine was administered to children in three schools in an effort to stem the outbreak. According to follow-up results, recently published in the journal Vaccine,4 the third dose appeared to be well tolerated, with just over seven percent of the students reporting at least one local or systemic adverse event in the two weeks following vaccination. The long-term effects of a third MMR shot is, naturally, completely unknown.

Essentially, the thinking is that if two shots are useless, maybe a third equally useless shot will fix the equation and amount to some kind of protection. Surely I cannot be the only one who questions the intelligence of this?

Especially considering the fact that Merck was recently sued for covering up the ineffectiveness of the mumps portion of the MMR vaccine, costing the US government millions of dollars in wasted funds over the past decade, and exposing children to unnecessary risks from the vaccine for very limited benefit. An antitrust class action lawsuit was also filed shortly thereafter, alleging Merck went to great lengths to manipulate test procedures and falsify results to prop up fraudulent efficacy claims, thereby maintaining its monopoly on the MMR vaccine market in the US.

And now we’re supposed to just shrug our shoulders and say “okay” to children getting yet another MMR booster shot? Granted, it hasn’t become a CDC recommendation yet, but based on past actions of public health officials covering up vaccine ineffectiveness and drug companies seeking expanded vaccine markets, I wouldn’t be at all surprised if another MMR booster was added to the vaccination schedule without adequate testing to prove safety and effectiveness.

Natural Versus Artificial Immunity

Vaccines are never 100 percent protective, and the reason for this is because they provide only artificial, temporary, typically inferior immunity compared to that your body would obtain from naturally contracting and recovering from an infection.

According to the CDC, the MMR vaccine is estimated to be somewhere between 76-95 percent effective (or at least it was, prior to the lawsuit accusing Merck of falsifying their studies to hide declining efficacy rates). The second MMR dose was added to the CDC recommended child vaccination schedule because up to 20 percent of individuals do not develop even temporary protection after the first dose. The second dose is intended to provide a “second chance” for the vaccine to work, which is further evidence of this shot’s ineffectiveness.

And who knows, we may potentially be looking at yet another booster shot being added to the vaccination schedule. But is adding booster shots really the best answer to address poor vaccine effectiveness?

In the case of mumps, immunity is typically permanent for those who get it in childhood. Like many of the childhood diseases we’re now vaccinating our children against, mumps is not a serious disease for the vast majority of children. I think it’s worth considering that, while the disease can in rare cases lead to complications, including inflammation of the brain, testicles and ovaries or deafness, vaccines as well carry serious health risks that can be greater for some than others..

The MMR vaccine can cause acute brain inflammation and encephalopathy (permanent brain dysfunction), which has been acknowledged by the U.S. Court of Claims in the awarding of federal compensation to MMR vaccine injured children. Recently, the Italian health ministry reignited the debate over the safety of the MMR vaccine when it conceded that the MMR vaccine caused autism in a now nine-year-old boy, who suffered brain inflammation and permanent brain damage after he was vaccinated.

There are no guarantees either way. Your child could be that rare instance where the disease causes serious complications, or your child could become another statistic of vaccine damage.

However, children, who contract and recover from mumps during childhood, are afforded robust, long lasting protection. Not so with the vaccine. Even after taking the health risks associated with each and every dose of the vaccine, your child still might contract mumps, and then face the same risks for complications from the disease as they would have otherwise. This is one reason why potential risks and benefits must be carefully weighed…

Is the Current Vaccine Program Causing More Harm than Good?

Whether you’re dealing with drugs or natural nutrients, there’s usually a point at which “more” becomes detrimental. And I believe that in the US, we’ve reached that point with our vaccination schedule. American children are the most vaccinated children in the world, yet they’re among the sickest. For example, over the last 30 years, the number of American kids with learning disabilities, ADHD, asthma, and diabetes has more than tripled. Meanwhile, the number of vaccinations the CDC tells doctors to give to babies and children under the age of six has also tripled in the last 30 years. Many of the 69 doses of 16 vaccines currently recommended by federal health officials are now mandated by state health officials for children to attend daycare and school.

Sadly, extreme pressures are placed on parents to vaccinate their children for every disease under the sun – yet doctors cannot guarantee the safety of vaccines or that they will even work. Many vaccinations fail to work after multiple doses have been given – as is clearly demonstrated with a large number of mumps cases detected among fully vaccinated children – and every vaccine has the potential to cause catastrophic complications (including death).

Bear in mind that vaccine safety is not just about individual vaccines.

Dr. Russell Blaylock has written an excellent paper that explains the connection between excessive vaccination and neurodevelopmental disorders like autism that is definitely worth reading. In a nutshell, vaccines can over-stimulate your child’s immune system and, when several vaccines are administered together or in close succession, their interaction may completely overwhelm your child’s immune system. This situation is FAR worse than that of a virus overwhelming the vaccine, as suggested in the featured study, as your immune system is the primary defense against ALL disease, from the simple cold to autoimmune disorders to cancer.

Once you overburden your child’s immune system with too many vaccines, their health may be sorely compromised for life. As explained by Barbara Loe Fisher, president and co-founder of the National Vaccine Information Center:

“Vaccines are supposed to fool your body’s immune system into producing antibodies to resist viral and bacterial infection in the same way that actually having the disease usually produces immunity to future infection. But vaccines atypically introduce into the human body lab altered live viruses and killed bacteria along with chemicals, metals, drugs and other additives such as formaldehyde, aluminum, mercury, monosodium glutamate, sodium phosphate, phenoxyethanol, gelatin, sulfites, yeast protein, antibiotics as well as unknown amounts of RNA and DNA from animal and human cell tissue cultures.

Whereas natural recovery from many infectious diseases stimulates lifetime immunity, vaccines only provide temporary protection and most vaccines require ‘booster’ doses to extend vaccine-induced artificial immunity.

The fact that manmade vaccines cannot replicate the body’s natural experience with the disease is one of the key points of contention between those who insist that mankind cannot live without mass use of multiple vaccines and those who believe that mankind’s biological integrity will be severely compromised by their continued use.”

This knowledge leaves many open-ended questions about the vaccine process in the United States, and whether it is ultimately causing more harm than good. Barbara Loe Fisher continues:

“First, is it better to protect children against infectious disease early in life through temporary immunity from a vaccine or are they better off contracting certain contagious infections in childhood and attaining permanent immunity? Second, do vaccine complications ultimately cause more chronic illness and death than infectious diseases do? Both questions essentially pit trust in human intervention against trust in nature and the natural order, which existed long before vaccines were created by man.”

Science in Homoeopathy

You wont know what this picture represents, and for now, we are not going to tell you. Suffice it to say, it is the beginning of an investigation into medicines, affinities, reactions and curative effects.

P and W has begun a whole series of tests on various aspects of medicines and medicinal comparisons and actions within the Materia Medica. Utilising this data, some amazing comprehension of medicinal action and verification of Hahnemanns work is coming forth.

As we progress and test the models of various theories of medicinal affinities or families or groupings of medicines, it is becoming quite  obvious that these theories are not matching the clinical data. It would seem that Science is backing Hahnemanns findings and rejecting Scholten, Sankaran and others.

We are continuing our investigations and will trialing  a working model in the coming weeks.

Watch this space.

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Whats in a Vaccine?

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Fast acting acute cough

 

Fast acting acute cough

Patient, 50 year old woman developed cough as tickle in throat two days ago. Cough was non productive and sound like from irritation in throat.

I did not prescribe.

Cough became worse when exerting self, stooping and lifting anything.

I did not prescribe.

Patient worked at home and was coughing on lifting, exerting, moving. Felt very hot.

I did not prescribe.

I saw patient 60 minutes ago. Was lying down. Felt chilly internally. had coughed so much, had vomited mucous. As long as laid down still there were no symptoms.  started to cough as talked to me.

I prescribed Bryonia 0/1 in water to be taken every 10 minutes.

Patient is now sleeping.

Expect a full recovery in next 24 hours.

G.W.

Polony and Weaver.