A way to moderate the amount of your prescription meds intake.
It is a no brainer; we are all concerned about taking too many prescription medications.
“Get your pills from ‘Honest Pharmacy’ [this was a mock market stall]; we are selling our pills with side effects guaranteed”, came the shocking kick off intro in last year’s 2-part BBC documentary by Dr Chris van Tulleken. Yearly doctors in the UK hand out over a billion prescriptions meds. In the course of a lifetime a healthy person is estimated to consume over a staggering 100.000 pills. Of course, “some of these drugs do good, they save lives, make you feel better”, says Dr van Tulleken, “but they can all do harm. All of them”.
“Modern medicine has got to the point where we treat millions of people with drugs that science says (not only) don’t work very well (but) they do massive amounts of harm.” “Millions suffer from side effects and thousands die every year”, he continues.
The good doctor interviewed Sir Muir Gray, former chief of Clinical Knowledge Process and Safety for the NHS who says: “Overuse of medication is one of the most serious problems we face in the healthcare in every developed country.”
Dr Chris goes on to pointing the way towards drastic life style changes such as taking up vigorous exercising (all good advice), or cold water swimming instead of meds.
But what for instance if you are suffering from a long-term depression or some other ailment and do not fancy cold water swimming?
While rethinking medical approaches, how about including homeopathy in your healthcare strategy?
This method could be one of the extra tools that gives you the edge over having to rely on too many prescription medications.
Let’s run through what I am suggesting:
For starters, homeopathy offers individualised care–I mean several people suffering from the same condition may all get different kinds of remedies, as opposed to ‘one size fits all’ across the board.
A correct homeopathic prescription is always holistic. Imagine each one of us is an integrated whole, not just bits of tissue, organs, limbs requiring separate diagnostic categories.
The key point of homeopathy, is the treatment of the whole person not just the illness. Homeopathy does not only consider the condition but addresses the whole human being.
During a consultation, you are being carefully listened to and given plenty of time to explore your concerns before any remedy is selected specially for you. Homeopathic remedies, do not cause harm because instead of counteracting a condition, a well-chosen homeopathic remedy stimulates the body’s self-healing capacity by triggering a reaction.
Are homeopathic remedies simply placebos?
This has been often implied. If so, how come homeopathy is amply proven to work so well for the tiniest babies and animals, or can help to revive an unconscious person through administering a homeopathic first aid remedy?
No positive evidence in favour of homeopathy?
On the contrary high quality surveys had been conducted in several countries. There exists 300, human, animal plant and in vitro scientific studies to ‘attest the reality that there is an abundance of well-constructed objective evidence that confirms a positive effect from interventions using homeopathy’ [quoting Medhurst].
Robert Medhurst’s compilation of abstracts can be downloaded from here.
Do I hear someone saying some of these studies are not up to scratch?
Ok, then how about to juxtaposing that argument with The British Medical Journal Clinical Evidence’s findings on conventional medicine effects?
Their findings are as follows:
13% Beneficial *
23% Likely to be beneficial,
8% Tradeoff between benefits and harms
6% Unlikely to be beneficial
4% Likely to be ineffective or harmful
49% Unknown effectiveness
Source BMJ Clinical Evidence, page 2
The above data is by courtesy of Dr Brian Kaplan.
I hasten to add the obvious, that homeopathy is no substitute for conventional medicine, which does so much and it saves lives.
Personally, I would never ask anyone to stop their medication, and I doubt any responsible homeopathic practitioner would. That issue is between you and your doctor. (Interestingly French health professionals often co-prescribe homeopathy with conventional medication).
What is noteworthy here is that when you receive long-term homeopathic care it is possible to reduce or even eliminate your prescription medication intake. (This process I advise, should always be with the knowledge of your doctor).
According to the World Health Organization, homeopathic medicine is the most popular traditional complementary and alternative medicine, and the second most used medical system worldwide. I believe homeopathy was given to us “as a means of safeguarding people from enormous doses of poison.”
Would you be interested in strengthening your defenses and resilience rather than simply counter attacking your symptoms or blocking your pathophysiological processes? If so let me know, I am offering 15 minutes free consultations to discuss your concerns.
*The figure has gone down to 11% at last count
BSc (Hons), Licensed by the London School of Classical Homeopathy, Registered MARH
I offer treatment for a variety of conditions including treatment for children and babies, grief, anxiety, depression and much more. I first started learning about homeopathy more than 35 years ago and I have practiced homeopathy in a professional capacity for around 17 years. I work with developed intuition and compassion, as well as my knowledge to bring a higher awareness to my work.