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Creating Waves of Awareness

(This is a reproduction of my article published in print media during the Lancet onslaught few years back. Still relevant because -Absence of evidence is not Evidence of absence)

The renewed and more vigorous attack on the efficacy of homeopathy as a curative therapy picked up by the media is nothing but a sinister pogrom by the powerful pharmaceutical corporations the world over. If one reads between the lines of events leading to this tirade you will find the genesis in a report (reported in the Guardian on-line) where The Prince of Wales has ordered a leading independent economist to examine whether the use of complementary therapies could save the NHS money.
A leaked draft of the report’s conclusions said ’’economy-wide’’ savings of between £500m and £3.5bn could be achieved by offering spinal manipulation therapies, such as chiropractic therapy, as a standard NHS option for back pain, according to the Times.
The report also claims up to £480m could be cut from the prescription drugs bill if 10% of GPs offered homeopathy as an alternative to standard drugs, according to the paper.
In addition, £38m could be saved by switching 10% of depression patients to St John’s Wort, an herbal remedy.
This report is the cause of major worry for the pharmaceutical industry. And they reacted instantly by criticizing the Prince for this secret study (Scotsman.com).

Prominent U.S. scientists strongly rejected findings on homeopathic medicine to be published in the August 27, 2005 edition of the Lancet. “Shang et al. have successfully applied a methodological approach to the articles they reviewed that is highly suitable for drawing conclusions about conventional medicine but is incomplete in evaluating homeopathic medicine. They did not include criteria that would apply to high quality homeopathic research reflecting the nature of homeopathic practice. Such criteria include consideration of the quality of the homeopathy provided”, said Iris Bell, M.D., Ph.D. “Furthermore, a single remedy selection for a given conventionally-diagnosed condition is not homeopathy, yet there are numerous conventionally-judged high quality studies that were so designed. The analogy would be to test the effects of penicillin for all patients with symptoms of an apparent infection. The quality of the studies would otherwise be excellent in design. However, penicillin will not work for patients with viral infections or bacterial infections resistant to its effects or for persons with fevers from other non-infectious causes – and it thus might show benefit only for a subset of patients with symptoms of infections, i.e., the ones with true penicillin-sensitive infections. How would penicillin fare in a meta-analysis of studies designed to ignore the intrinsic nature of penicillin in benefiting patients”, said Bell.

Joyce Frye DO, MBA commented that the study’s authors seemed to begin their work with a bias. “While their analysis clearly showed effects of homeopathic treatment – they found ways to disregard those. Out of the millions of trials in conventional medicine, their primary outcome relied on the comparison of ridiculously small numbers--8 trials of homeopathy and 6 trials of conventional medicine. They began their work with the assumption ‘that the effects observed in placebo-controlled trials of homoeopathy could be explained by a combination of methodological deficiencies and biased reporting’. Sound research is not conducted from this starting position.”

Among other topics, the Lancet challenges the plausibility of homeopathic effects given that homeopathic remedies are often administered in dilutions in excess of Avogadro’s number. Dr. Rustum Roy, Ph.D. distinguished material scientist from Penn State University commented that the chemistry argument made in this study and by conventional medicine in general is false science. “The underpinning of the editorial content of the Lancet as it relates to homeopathy relies on a quaint old idea from the nineteenth century that the ONLY way that the property of water can be affected or changed is by incorporating foreign molecules.

This is the Avogadro-limit high-school level chemistry argument. To a materials scientist this notion is absurd, since the fundamental paradigm of materials-science is that the structure-property relationship is the basic determinant of everything. It is a fact that the structure of water and therefore the informational content of water can be altered in infinite ways”

Absence of Evidence is not Evidence of Absence. There is every possibility that answer lies somewhere in the new sciences like Quantum Physics and Material-Science both of them are in their infancy and man has got a lot of learning to do.
Some time back Press Trust of India (PTI) report published in a newspaper informed that the electronic division of Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC) has developed a novel instrument ‘medical analyzer’ capable of giving physiological parameters with variations in large numbers and recording autonomic response of the body with homeopathic medicines in higher dilution.

Information source:
§ http://www.909shot.com/
§ http://www.newscientist.com/arti
cle.ns?id=dn3687
§ http://www.homeopathic.org/pressrelease082505.html

7; http://www.hpathy.com/research/shere_provinghomeopathy.asp
§ http://www.
rednova.com/news/display/?id=224447&source=r_health
§ http://www.guardian.c
o.uk/monarchy/story/0,2763,1555248,00.html#article_continue
§ http://news.s
cotsman.com/uk.cfm?id=1836902005

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Comment by Dr. Valerian Mendonca on December 28, 2010 at 5:58am

Nanotechnology Explanation for the Layman

i am posting this topic here as nanotechnology holds the answer to understanding why homeopathy works.
Nanotechnology, which is sometimes shortened to "Nanotech", refers to a field whose theme is the control of matter on an atomic and molecular scale.
One
nanometer (nm) is one billionth, or 10-9, of a meter. To put that scale
in another context, the comparative size of a nanometer to a meter is
the same as that of a marble to the size of the earth. Or another way
of putting it: a nanometer is the amount a man's beard grows in the
time it takes him to raise the razor to his face. Still simpler one
nanometer is about 10000 times finer than the thickness of a strand of
your hair.
A number of physical phenomena become pronounced as the size of the system decreases. These include statistical mechanical effects, as well as quantum mechanical effects, for example the “quantum
size effect” where the electronic properties of solids are altered
with great reductions in particle size. This effect does not come into
play by going from macro to micro dimensions. However, it becomes
dominant when the nanometer size range is reached. Additionally, a
number of physical (mechanical, electrical, optical, etc.) properties
change when compared to macroscopic systems. One example is the
increase in surface area to volume ratio altering mechanical, thermal
and catalytic properties of materials.
Materials reduced to the
nanoscale can show different properties compared to what they exhibit
on a macroscale, enabling unique applications. For instance, opaque
substances become transparent (copper); stable materials turn
combustible (aluminum); solids turn into liquids at room temperature
(gold); insulators become conductors (silicon). A material such as gold, which is chemically inert at normal scales, can serve as a potent chemical catalyst
at nanoscales. Much of the fascination with nanotechnology stems from
these quantum and surface phenomena that matter exhibits at the
nanoscale.
The Master of Indian Medicine Systems
‘Ayurveda’ observed that “continuous grinding (trituration)
imparted to the medicine a force or power of action very much higher
than that possessed by the drug”. So you have the Bhasmas or Ash that
exhibit properties different from their material form.

Many
Indian homes follow the practice of filling water in a copper vessel
(Tambe ka Lota in Hindi) overnight and drinking it the next day
morning, this charged water is said to be beneficial in ailments like
blood pressure, increase body heat (Kapha), This is useful for all
diseases and problems connected with the nervous system, e.g. high
blood pressure, arthritis, polio, tension and leprosy.
Ancient
people used to make ample use of silver and gold in their daily life
knowing their importance. The rich even used their utensils of silver
and gold. Silver is useful for the diseases of the organs connected
with the digestive system and urinary system.
Babies in India are fed milk in silver glass as it is said to enhance brain power.
Another
good example of Nanotechnology in use is the Samsung Nano Washing
Machine. It uses silver ion that disinfects and creates a sterilizing
coat on washed clothes.
Samsung tells how it works:
Samsung WM1245A Washing Machine releases over 400 billion silver ions which
penetrate deep into fabrics of any kind and create a coat of
sterilizing protection for a maximum of 99.99% disinfection and an
added antibacterial effect of up to 30 days after washing.

Recent medical reports published in leading newspapers indicate that physicist
are using naoparticles to bust cancerous cells. Another research cites
the efficacy of silver gel in treating cases of burns.

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