Tuesday, 25 July 2017 12:44

Doctors or Healers? - Homeopathy in the Doctor's Office

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The title is risky – I know, but it’s because I’m worried and I have reasons to be so.  The drift towards the New Age that a certain number of health professionals are taking is alarming and it’s necessary to talk about it.  Obviously, this does not include all of them – that’s far from the case.

Thanks be to God, we continue to be able to count on excellent and generous professionals in the health field.  However, at the same time, it’s not necessary to look far to be able to notice that there is a certain group within medicine and nursing that has ceased to be professionals in science in order to convert into “healers.”  Yes, that’s what I said: healers. A healer, according to the Spanish Royal Academy Dictionary is: “A person that, without being a doctor, exercises empirical or ritual healing practices.”  Well with that, unfortunately, we find that certain health professionals are introducing “ritual healing practices,” which they are disguising with the name of “non-conventional techniques and therapies” (NCTT), but in reality are actually non-scientific “pseudo-therapies,”  not supported by medical science.  One of these “pseudo-therapies” is homeopathy.

I remember the first time that I listened to someone say that she was following “homeopathic treatment.”  I asked her what that was.  The answer she gave me, with a tone of uncertainty in her voice was: “Well… something like natural medicine.”  This is what many of its users think, without stopping to reflect too much or investigate further into it.  And when a doctor, in the same medical office, proposes a patient the use of homeopathic medicines, a patient trusts in the doctor, who is supposed to have received the proper schooling, formation, and experience that permits you to trust in him.  Nevertheless, homeopathy is not natural medicine.  In reality, it’s not even medicine.  By entering on this path, it can end up being dangerous on many levels.  

Let’s start from the beginning.  Sickness and death entered into the world because of sin.  But God is a good Father that has not abandoned us to ourselves; rather, in Creation itself, which has been wrought by His hands, He has left us remedies for many of our illnesses.  Humanity has worked for centuries at the service of being able to understand illnesses and trying to find remedies against it.  The fruit of this effort has been called “medical science,” which includes “procedures and pharmaceuticals whose effectiveness has been scientifically proven, for the purpose of curing an illness, alleviating a suffering, or promoting one’s overall health.”  I am citing a text from the Medical Association of Spain (Organización Médica Colegial de España (OMC)), a corporation which represents the medical associates of Spain, and which is also seriously worried about the lack of scientific foundation in the so-called “homeopathic treatments.”   

What does the Medical Association of Spain specifically say about homeopathy?  On December 17, 2013, in response to a drafted publication by the order of the Ministry of Health, Social Services and Equality for the regulation of homeopathic treatments, a “Declaration by the OMC” was published “concerning non-conventional therapies.”  In it, they affirmed that: “All doctors should have in mind that practices inspired in charlatanism, those lacking a scientific basis and that promise healing to the sick, illusory procedures or those insufficiently tested and proposed to be efficacious, the simulation of medical treatments or surgical interventions and the use of products with an unknown composition, are not ethical (Art. 26.2 CDM).”

The document is much more extensive, but it’s sufficient to mention this excerpt in order to call into question from several perspectives, all homeopathic practices, and to show the concern of the Medical Association of Spain.  The Vice Secretary of the Association, Dr. Jerónimo Fernández Torrente, affirmed in a debate about Homeopathy, celebrated on November 2, 2015: “When we speak about homeopathy and other non-conventional techniques and therapies (NCTT), we are operating in an uncertain scientific context, with a diversity of professional competencies, a heterogeneousness of the practice, and the scarcity of controls of the quality of their activity.”  Juan Esteva de Sagrera, Professor in the Faculty of Pharmacy in the University of Barcelona points out: “The interesting thing about homeopathy is that, being a theory far from all the advances in molecular biology, biochemistry, and pharmacokinetics, it continues to be applied by practicing doctors.”  

And it is not just Spanish physicians that speak this way.  The Russian Academy of Sciences declared that homeopathy “is a pseudoscience (…) that lacks scientific foundation,” adding that “the principles that direct homeopathy are proper to the proto-scientific stage of physiological development and medicine.”  The U.S. Federal Trade Commission recommended to its government that products used in homeopathy ought to be sold with labels informing that “there is no scientific evidence that this product works.”  In Australia, the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) also opposed homeopathy affirming in October of 2013 that: “Whoever chooses homeopathy can place their health in danger.”  In the United Kingdom, even though two hospitals of the national public health system offer homeopathy, they declare that “there is no evidence that it is an effective treatment.”  Moreover, in 2010, The House of Commons Science and Technology Commission verified that the principles on which homeopathy is based are “scientifically improbable.”  

Up until this point, those who are authorized in the medical community say that there is no scientific evidence that endorses homeopathy.  In the best of cases, its efficaciousness does not go further than the efficaciousness that a placebo has.  It’s true that it’s an industry that has huge benefits – thousands of millions per year – and that’s why there’s interest in maintaining it.

We know quite a bit now, but that’s not all because, what is homeopathy?  What does it consist of?  What are the active principles of this supposed medicine? 

Homeopathy was invented some two hundred years ago by the German physician Christian Friedrich Samuel Hahnemann (1775-1843), that had no problem in declaring himself a mason and occultist who abhorred Jesus Christ.  These facts are not stories, and what’s more, they have the same base as the doctrine he elaborates.  

His doctrine was based on the principle that “like cures like.”  Indeed, the doctor affirmed having discovered that the substance which caused the illness, infinitesimally dissolved, produces the curing of the symptoms by the so-called “memory of water,” which remembers which substances it has been in contact with.  The most common way of preparing a homeopathic dilution is the following: you take 1 ml of the original substance (known as the “mother tincture”) and you mix it with 99 ml of water.  You mix this solution and obtain a dilution of 1 CH (Centesimal Hahnemann).  Next, you take 1 ml of this product and repeat the operation.  This is how you obtain a dilution of 2 CH.  Each time one of these mixtures is made, the original substance becomes a hundred times more diluted in the final preparation.  It’s believed that these products are more effective the more diluted they are.  A simple calculation allows you to discover that a dilution of 12 CH does not contain any molecule of active ingredient.  In other words, it’s simply water.  Nevertheless, it is not uncommon to see homeopathic medicines with dilutions up to 30 CH.  To know what this means, we can refer to the perfectly well thought out example of Ben Goldacre in his book, Bad Science: Imagine a sphere of water with a diameter of 150 million kilometers (the distance that exists between the Earth and the Sun).  Imagine a sphere of water of this size with a molecule of a substance dissolved in it: this is a 30 CH dilution.  Hahnemann himself confessed in his fundamental book, Organon (2:12), that “healing comes from the cosmic power transferred to the remedy through the ritual of potentiation.”  The ritual of potentiation from Dr. Hahnemann consisted of a methodical and vigorous mixing of the solution to which he gave the name “succussion” and which the German doctor performed by banging his Bible against the recipient that contained the mixture.

After this lengthy explanation, the important question to ask is this: if there is no active ingredient which cures, what is it that causes the healing in homeopathy when there is in fact healing?  What kind of “healing power” is this “cosmic power transferred to the remedy through the ritual of potentiation”?  As believers, we know that we can obtain healing from our infirmities in two ways: healing through an intervention by God; that is, through a miracle; and healing through medicine and pharmacology, which uses resources found in nature.  Homeopathy does not fit within either of these two possibilities.  Nevertheless, there are patients that confirm that they are healed.  Aside from the possible placebo effect, we must have in mind the contacts that Hahnemann had with the occult, and suspect that this method of healing is related to the powers of darkness, confirming what we said at the beginning of this article: that we find ourselves before “ritual healing practices.”  

In this respect, the testimony of Dr. Emilia Vlcková, who after years of practicing traditional medicine, began to take interest in homeopathy and even ended up practicing it on her own children, is of great interest.  A priest friend of hers warned her about the relationship between homeopathy and the New Age, but Emilia was enthusiastic about this new therapy and paid no attention to him.  Her complete testimony is available on the internet, and for that reason I won’t enter into detail.  For Emilia, the warning bell sounded when her four children began to experience “strange symptoms of psycho-animic deterioration that was eroding their health.”  Nightmares and night terrors made it impossible for the family to rest.  Dr. Vlcková understood that she had to investigate further.  

In her research, she found a little book entitled: “Concerning Magic and Demonology.”  It was a pastoral letter from the Bishops in the Italian region of Tuscany, published on February 23, 1997.  In the sixth point of the document, the Bishops of Tuscany mention a list of different kinds of magic: “contagious” magic, magic through “spells”… and “imitative” magic which consists precisely in “like produces like: pouring water on the earth will bring rain, piercing the eyes of a doll will leave blind or even kill the person it represents.”   The doctor realized that the acting principle of imitative magic was exactly the same fundamental principle of homeopathy: “like cures like.”  For Dr. Emilia Vlcková the conclusion was evident: “I understood that the principles of homeopathy were based on magic.”  That is to say, if homeopathy has a healing result, it is due to its relation with magic.  Surely, someone will want to give the label of “white magic” to this apparently “good” magic meant to do “the good.”  However, magic, no matter what color it’s painted, is always magic and implies placing oneself in contact with Satan in one way or another.  This occurs even when the connection is unknown to us.  

Obviously, this is a tremendously dangerous path.  Why?  Because God, when He grants us some benefit, does so because He is good and He loves us.  His love is gratuitous and does not ask for anything in return.  On the other hand, the devil is not good and is an evil being that does not know love.  He is incapable of loving and therefore, does not know gratuitous love.  That is why whatever “benefit” he grants us, whatever apparent “favor” he does for us, will always be with interest and will always be “in exchange for.”  To enter into contact with him can have dire consequences not only on earth, but also in eternity.  

In this new paganism in which we live, in which many souls have not received the least Christian formation, for many, it’s the same to light a candle for God as it is to light one for the devil.  Inasmuch as there is someone to cure and protect them, it matters little to them who it is.  However, they must be warned that it is not the same and this must be said with clarity: it’s not indifferent who we ask protection from.  

What do we do then, when a doctor proposes that we use homeopathic “preparations” (I refuse to call them medications)?  Firmly reject this proposal and demand for the doctor to be a doctor; that is, that he place his knowledge of science at the service of our health, leaving aside his “beliefs.”  And if it’s a friend of mine who tells me that they tried it and it helped them?  Well then, perhaps it would be a good idea for you to re-read this article so that you have sufficient information (both on a medical level as well as a historical and supernatural level), to be able to explain to him or her why you don’t want to make use of homeopathic treatments.   

Obviously, homeopathy is not the only pseudo-therapy full of esotericism that has invaded doctors’ offices and hospitals.  There are many other things that we will have to speak about, beginning with Reiki, along with many other practices.  It’s interesting and good to reflect on for a while.  For a long time, the Church was accused of obscurantism and resisting scientific evolution.  As a matter of fact, many others continue to accuse the Church of the same thing today.  And yet, we have reached the 21st Century – the century with the most scientific medical development – and we find that obscurantism is invading the health world, by way of “health professionals” themselves.  Without a doubt, to me, this is the “payment” for the paganism which reigns.  There is only one way out of this impasse into which we are immersed: to open wide the doors to Christ and allow His light to penetrate our intelligence and guide us to the truth.            

Servant Sister of the Home of the Mother