Baltimore Homeopathic Study Group

Homeopathy In the Time of Epidemic

David Riley was asked to study the evidence for homeopathy. He thought it was baloney, but researched it, and the results surprised him. He published his research in Lancet and said, either homeopathy works or the double blind placebo trial is flawed. So David Riley presented the research. This is good, but not enough to show the effectiveness of homeopathy. So I presented a sixteen page paper on the historical evidence for homeopathy from its treatment of epidemics. The conference I presented it at was held in the University of Connecticut Health Center in September 2003 and called "Statistics for Homeopathic Practice." I gave my talk to eighty medical students during lunch. When I started talking about iatrogenic illness, everyone stopped talking and eating. At the end of my talk fifteen students asked me how they could learn homeopathy. I was asked for this paper, but I replied I should flesh it out more and do a fuller study.

My current version has more than 200 pages. Bradford wrote the Pioneers of Homeopathy and the Logic of Figures. But I took little from his book, because not all his results were from genuine homeopathy. In London the death rate during an epidemic from allopathy was 70% and from homeopathy was 33%. But this wasn't genuine homeopathy. When you get the statistics for genuine homeopathy it would be 6% or less. They got the health statistics and compared the death rates in 1898 for allopathy and homeopathy. If you compute what the death rate would be for average homeopathy if homeopathy was universally used, of the 70 million people then living in the United States 500 thousand people who died that year would have still been alive. Once I collated all the evidence I saw that the greater the success of homeopathy as compared to the failure of allopathy, the greater the political repression that followed. But no one knows this story. The plan of the book goes disease by disease, starting with typhus. Typhus was spread by Napoleon's army. 200,000 soldiers of Napoleon's army died from during the retreat from Russia. One hundred eighty three of them were treated by Hahnemann and his death rate was zero.

There is not a single report showing the superiority of allopathy over genuine homeopathy. That holds true up to the present day. The death rate from homeopathy in the 19th century is better than the results obtained by modern medicine. For example, pneumonia. One out of twenty five will die of it. It is the eighth leading cause of death. Today the average death rate is 18%. When acquired from community it is 12% and when acquired in a hospital it is 50-70% percent. With allopathy, before 1912 the death rate was 32%. With homeopathy the death rate was 4%.  Allopaths claim homeopaths only treat easy cases. But Sir William Wilde examined the hospitals and said the cases in homeopathic hospitals was fully as virulent as in allopathic hospitals. P.P. Wells said, "A 2-3% death rate is still too high for pure homeopathy, I have treated patients for 43 years who had pneumonia and have not lost a single case."  My own experience is that I have treated 120 cases, some on their death beds and not lost a single case. One patient was in a coma with cancer of the lung. His niece, a nurse, gave me a report of his symptoms and he recovered quickly. He lived another six months. Another patient of mine with AIDS and pneumocystic pneumonia did not respond to antibiotics. He developed cryptococcal meningitis. The treatment for this led to kidney and liver failure. They put him on high doses of prednisone. He was comatose and was on morphine because of pain of meningitis. The patient recovered after homeopathic treatment. So its unthinkable that anyone treated properly for simple pneumonia would die.

An editor of a medical journal challenged Lippe to publish his mandatory report to the state for the two previous years. He had not lost a single case ill from acute disease. He had the largest medical practice in Philadelphia. In 1849 here was an epidemic of scarlet fever. Lippe treated over 150 cases and lost none. Allopaths lost 90% of their cases and the rest were crippled for life. These results are not unique to Lippe. The homeopathic literature is full of these stories. When there was an epidemic of cholera in New York in 1849 the public demanded that the authorities convert one of the hospitals to homeopathy. They refused. In Genoa a rich person tried to build a hospital to treat victims of cholera with homeopathy. The authorities refused. This sort of response was universal. It was not just the AMA. If homeopathy were universally used, there would be a dramatic drop in the death rate. But people are trying to destroy homeopathy. Not only the morbidity from disease, the morbidity from allopathic treatment would be eliminated. Between 450,000 and 500,000 people a year die each year from iatrogenic disease. There is not just death,  there are long term bad results from allopathic treatment. The doctor who organized a conference on autism said his child was normal at two years old. She got a vaccination, screamed all night long, then stopped talking.

In Carlisle Lippe had treated scarlet fever. An allopathic doctor, John Armstrong, had lost all the cases he had treated. Then three of his four children came down with scarlet fever and he went to Lippe. They were cured and he became a homeopath and moved to New Jersey. I think it was because he had treated his own children differently than his other patients and felt guilty.

Greed, prejudice, arrogance, contempt for truth, and ignorance dominate our so-called modern society. We have to fight for homeopathy. The American Revolution has not happened yet. Breaking from England is not as beneficial as homeopathy would be. The AMA was formed with the goal of destroying homeopathy. Homeopathic practitioners earned twice as much as allopathic physicians.  Allopaths started converting their practice, but didn't learn the principles of homeopathy. In 1880 not one school of homeopathy was teaching the Organon. Nash said he had never heard of it until he graduated.

In Quebec all tradespeople have access to homeopathy as part of their insurance coverage. In the US life insurance policies once gave a discount to their clients who used homeopathy on the proven actuarial evidence that their death rates were lower.

I plan to publish my book on April 10, 2005, the 250th anniversary of Hahnemann. In my book I also show the value of the prophylactic value of homeopathy.

Andre Saine
NCH Summer School