More on Homeopathy around the world

80px-Homeopathic_medicineJust In:  According to the Canadian Consumers Centre for Homeopathy:

Homeopathy is one of the most-used forms of medicine in the world, and arguably the fastest growing. Depending on which estimate you believe, 300-500 million patients worldwide use it.  Some 400,000 healthcare professionals recommend homeopathic medicines, including about 100,000 physicians who prescribe them routinely.  Homeopathy is used in over 80 countries.

The Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (ASSOCHAM) reported in March 2011 that the world market for homeopathy was then about $5.35 billion, and growing by about 25% annually.  At this rate it will surpass conventional medicine by about 2035.

Homeopathy is most popular in Europe, where it originated, especially France, where about 80% of the world’s homeopathic medicines are manufactured. The European Union officially recognized homeopathy for both human and veterinary use in 1992. Three out of four Europeans are familiar with homeopathy and 29% use it for self care. Nearly 70% of sales of homeopathic medicines are made in Western Europe.  France, with more than $450 million in sales, is the world’s largest market for homeopathy, followed by Germany.  In Poland, more than 3,000 doctors are trained in homeopathy.

In England, five hospitals use homeopathic treatments.  Of physicians who do not practice homeopathy, 42% are willing to refer their patients to a homeopath.

A study commissioned by the government of Switzerland showed that homeopathy is more cost-effective than any other form of medicine, traditional or alternative; see here.

In the United States of America, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recognizes the 1938 American Homeopathic Pharmacopoeia (HPUS) as the official reference guiding manufacture.  The use of homeopathic medicines in the United States has quintupled since 1990, largely due to the marketing of over-the-counter products.

In some countries, such as India, Mexico, England, Brazil and Cuba, homeopathy is integrated into the health system.  In Cuba, mass dosing of preventive homeopathic medicines has been used through the public health system for epidemic control.

In India, it is estimated that more than 250,000 practitioners and 75,000 paramedics treat ten percent of the population with only homeopathic medicines.  The government runs TV ads urging people to use homeopathy for better health.

In Brazil, 15,000 doctors practice homeopathy and 9 million patients use homeopathic medicines.

As communications technology continues to transform the world into a global village, research on homeopathy now being conducted in countries outside the developed world is pushing medicine to new frontiers… and in fact will leave the West behind if the West continues to ignore it.

Homeopathy around the world.

120px-HomoepathikasHomeopathy is a thriving industry around the globe.  The European market has grown 60% over a decade.  According to the latest estimates from the Centers of Disease Control, about 3.3 million Americans spent $2.9 billion on homeopathic remedies in 2007.

source:  alternet.org Personal Health December 22, 2015

Here in Ontario Homeopathy is recognized as a regulated profession by the Ontario Ministry of Health.  This means that the homeopath is held accountable to the public, and that we can now provide integrative medicine as holistic practitioners.  Homeopathy is growing in Ontario, too. 😉

 

Daily pill to end misery for millions with dust allergies | The Times

 

 

Dust Mite

Pharmaceutical companies Merck and ALk have produced a daily pill made from dust mites.  The pill is officially known as “sublingual immunotherapy”.

Sublingual immunotherapy is homeopathy:

The major principle of homeopathy is “Like cures Like”, i.e.: dust mite to cure dust mite;

Homeopathy is taken sublingually, rather than through the digestive system typical of conventional medicine;

Homeopathy acts on the immune system which is active in the process of recovery to a balanced state of health.

In plain English:  The pharmaceuticals are manufacturing homeopathic medicine.

Hmmmmnnnnnn………

via Daily pill to end misery for millions with dust allergies | The Times.

 

Oliver Moody Science Correspondent

Published at 12:01AM, November 11 2015

Millions of Britons who suffer from dust allergies could be offered a lasting cure within a year after successful trials of a pill made from mites.The daily tablet, which builds up the body’s tolerance over several months, would supersede injections and could also relieve the symptoms of asthma.As many as 12 million Britons are thought to struggle with ailments brought on by dust mites, with symptoms including wheezing, disturbed sleep and inflammation.At present, several sufferers are offered jabs to boost their immune systems against the allergy. Most have to make do with antihistamines that offer temporary relief.A pill consisting of freeze-dried dust mites that dissolves under the tongue could prove to be a cheap alternative, a growing body of scientific evidence suggests.The treatment has been approved by the European drugs watchdog and experts believe it could appear in British pharmacies next year.The pill, officially known as house dust mite sublingual immunotherapy, has been developed by the pharmaceutical companies Merck and ALK.It acts like a vaccine, gradually making the immune system accustomed to dust mites. It begins to ease the symptoms within three to four months, according to a clinical trial released this year that involved almost 1,000 European adults.The results from another trial, published last weekend in the Annals of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, appear to show that it is safe for most teenagers, although many had minor irritation in their mouths and eyes. Two patients had life-threatening allergic reactions.Other tests indicate that it could be a potent treatment for asthma, which affects 5.4 million people in Britain and is often closely linked to dust. The tablet seems to be a particularly effective treatment for those whose asthma cannot be controlled with inhalers.Hendrik Nolte, a scientist at Merck who has played a leading role in developing the drug, said one study had shownn that it cut the number of asthma attacks by a third.The pill won approval from the European Medicines Agency in August and will soon go on sale in 11 countries including France, Germany and Italy.Sofia Grigoriadou, clinical secretary of the British Society for Immunology and a consultant immunologist at Barts Health NHS trust in London, said she expected British regulators to follow suit.“It’s definitely something that’s going to be coming forward,” she said. “This [latest] paper is a safety trial but there’s good evidence that this treatment is working for adults, it’s improving the symptoms of rhinitis [inflammation in the nose] and as a consequence works for asthma.”Dr Grigoriadou said the side effects, including swelling of the throat and mouth and itchy eyes, experienced by many patients during the first fortnight of the treatment, was a downside. For the significant minority whose quality of life was seriously spoiled by their allergy, however, the tablet provided a major improvement, she added.

 

A Walking Meditation

 

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When the weather is nice enough I prefer to do my cardio outdoors.  This gets me outside for some  vitamin D, a bit of colour, and very much needed fresh air. My iPhone is my constant companion, although its role has changed this year.  I used to listen to spiritual music, or homeopathic podcasts.  Now I found the audio noise too distracting.  Something has changed for me and it is a passage. I’ve gone from being busy while I walk to mindfulness in my walk. I am walking in meditation.  It’s a whole other feel.  Here is a short video while I’m walking:

Walking Meditation

 

Do you feel pulled in by the rhythmic sound of my footsteps?  Do you hear the quiet?

Great isn’t it?

I told you that my companion’s role has changed.  It has gone from entertaining me to helping me in my quest for health: I check my heart rate on the iPhone’s stop watch before I begin, while I am walking, and again at the end. I time the walk.  I check how many steps I have gone on the health app.  I am contemplating one of those fitness monitors.  Do you know of a good one?  Drop me a line.

 

New College Established for Homeopaths!

April 1, 2015

Great news!

As of today the practice of homeopathy is being re-regulated in Ontario after a hiatus of about 45 years.

Here is the link to the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long Term Care:

http://www.health.gov.on.ca/en/news/bulletin/2015/hb_20150401_2.aspx

“Our government is putting patients first by ensuring those practicing homeopathy in Ontario are regulated, qualified and accountable. The College of Homeopaths of Ontario will ensure that homeopathic services delivered in Ontario are safe and meet the standards of the profession.”
— Dr. Eric Hoskins, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care

“Today is the culmination of years spent developing a framework for the self-regulation of homeopathy in Ontario. It also marks the beginning of a new phase for the profession in Ontario, benefitting both the public and practitioners.”
— Basil Ziv, Registrar, College of Homeopaths of Ontario

Natural treatment for head lice

Head lice become big news in the fall when schools and day cares begin a new year. This article I read in the CBC news online states that head lice have developed a resistance to all the chemical over the counter treatments, very much like bacteria has.

There are natural and safe treatments for lice that work just as well.  Here is a link to my web page on treatment (on theLibrary page, under Holistic Perspectives) which I gathered up a few years ago:

http://torontohomeopath.ca/natural-treatment-for-head-lice

Here is the link for the CBC article:

http://www.cbc.ca/news/health/most-used-head-lice-treatments-no-longer-very-effective-scientists-say-1.2776917?cmp=rss

 

 

2014 homeopathic patient survey

The American Medical College of Homeopathy has released the results of  its 2014 homeopathic patient survey, which includes Canadians. Canadians total about 10 per cent of the 1054 total respondents.

Some highlights:

•85% of the respondents were women.

•45% use homeopathy with their pets as well as themselves.

•Overall treatment success: 79% (about the same as 2007); average time in treatment before success: 2.8 months.

•Average cost per year: $501 ($431 for consultation fees, $70 for medicines).

•Profession most highly represented among respondents: health care provider, 22.5% (which is interesting).

•Way respondents most often learned about homeopathy (32%) and found their homeopath (33%): through friends or family. Change in respondents first learning about homeopathy through the Internet from 2007: up 35%.

•Frequency of visits compared to seven years ago: up 32%.

•Canadian differences: respondents were younger, had less success with homeopathy than Americans (!!??)

•Most frequent reasons for seeking treatment: general health (20.6%), psychiatric (16.2%), musculoskeletal complaints, (8.1%) and infectious diseases (7.7%).

•Patients who had no experience with alternative medicine before seeing a homeopath: 50%

•Respondents visiting less expensive homeopaths had better results.

•Patients who are married had better results.

•Most often used remedy: Natrum muriaticum (followed closely by Sepia, Arnica, Lycopodium and Phosphorus).

•Most often used potency: 200C

•What respondents like about homeopathy the most: it works (26.7%).

 

Here is the link to the full summary: http://www.amcofh.org/sites/default/files/2014%20Homeopathic%20Patient%20Survey%20Results%20-%20Summary.pdf

 

Nuts and seeds in my pantry

Nuts and seeds in my pantry.

November 9th 2013

One day my son said, “That’s pretty awesome.”  “Awesome?” “Yes, and unusual.” he said, “how many people do you think have a shelf devoted to nuts and seeds in their kitchen? No one I know.” I  thought about it for a moment to let ‘awesome’ and ‘unusual’ sink in.  My journey from the typical Jewish fare: bagels, cream cheese, lox,  (you have the idea) to a more healthy one  has been gradual and taken years of conscious effort daily. After all, I should practice what I preach, right?

If you go to my COR living, healthy eating page, http://torontohomeopath.ca/healthy-recipes , you will see what I tend to eat when I am in control.  I am not a fanatic, and if given no choice I will succumb to what is available at the given moment.  But, I can tell you this – my digestive system will definitely call me out if when I eat something the other side of good. My experience has been that as you refine your eating habits to  more raw and natural your digestive tract becomes more sensitive and discerning.

So, what’s on this shelf in my pantry?

Whole roasted almonds, slivered almonds, pecans, walnuts, hemp hearts, flax seeds, pepita seeds, sunflower seeds, and raisins. I like to eat them in combination as a snack, or throw them over a salad, or on plain yogurt with some fruit.

 Nutritional Values according to Wikipedia

Almonds:

The almond contains about 26% carbohydrates (12% dietary fiber, 6.3% sugars, 0.7% starch and the rest miscellaneous carbohydrates), and may therefore be made into flour for cakes and cookies (biscuits) for low-carbohydrate diets. A standard serving of almond flour, 1 cup, contains 20 grams of carbohydrates, of which 10 g is dietary fiber, for a net of 10 g of carbohydrate per cup. This makes almond flour very desirable for use in cake and bread recipes by people on carbohydrate-restricted diets.

Almonds are a rich source of vitamin E, containing 26 mg per 100 g (Table). About 20 percent of raw almond is high quality protein, a third of which are essential amino acids.[citation needed] An ounce of almonds contains 12% of necessary daily protein.[citation needed] They are also rich in dietary fiber, B vitamins, essential minerals and monounsaturated fat (see nutrient table), one of the two fats which potentially may lower LDL cholesterol. Typical of nuts and seeds, almonds also contain phytosterols, associated with cholesterol-lowering properties.

Pecans

Pecans are a good source of protein and unsaturated fats. Like walnuts (which pecans resemble), pecans are rich in omega-6 fatty acids, although pecans contain about half as much omega-6 as walnuts.[15][16]

A diet rich in seeds can lower the risk of gallstones in women.[17] The antioxidants and plant sterols found in pecans reduce high cholesterol by reducing the “bad” LDL cholesterol levels.[18]

Clinical research published in the Journal of Nutrition (September 2001) found that eating about a handful of pecans each day may help lower cholesterol levels similar to what is often seen with cholesterol-lowering medications.[19] Research conducted at the University of Georgia has also confirmed that pecans contain plant sterols, which are known for their cholesterol-lowering ability.[20] Pecans may also play a role in neurological health. Eating pecans daily may delay age-related muscle nerve degeneration, according to a study conducted at the University of Massachusetts and published in Current Topics in Nutraceutical Research.[21]

Walnuts

Walnuts are a nutrient-dense food: 100 grams of walnuts contain 15.2 grams of protein, 65.2 grams of fat, and 6.7 grams of dietary fiber. The protein in walnuts provides many essential amino acids.

Hemp Hearts

Expect many long-term health benefits. Because HEMP HEARTS™ (shelled hemp seeds)  is one of the best balanced sources of Omega 3 and Omega 6 essential fatty acids, because HEMP HEARTS™ (shelled hemp seeds)  contains only small amounts of saturated and mono-unsaturated fats which can be easily converted to energy, and because HEMP HEARTS™ (shelled hemp seeds)  is also an unsurpassed source of the whole spectrum of required proteins, it promotes vigorous cellular development with diverse health benefits.

Flax seeds:

Flax seeds contain high levels of dietary fiber as well as lignans, an abundance of micronutrients and omega-3 fatty acids (table). Studies have shown that flax seeds may lower cholesterol levels, although with differing results in terms of gender. One study found results were better for women [11] whereas a later study found benefits only for men.[12] Initial studies suggest that flax seeds taken in the diet may benefit individuals with certain types of breast[13][14] and prostate cancers.[15] A study done at Duke University suggests that flaxseed may stunt the growth of prostate tumors,[15] although a meta-analysis found the evidence on this point to be inconclusive.[16] Flax may also lessen the severity of diabetes by stabilizing blood-sugar levels.[17] There is some support for the use of flax seed as a laxative due to its dietary fiber content[6] though excessive consumption without liquid can result in intestinal blockage.[18] Consuming large amounts of flax seed may impair the effectiveness of certain oral medications, due to its fiber content,[18] and may have adverse effects due to its content of neurotoxic cyanogen glycosides and immunosuppressive cyclic nonapeptides.[19]

One of the main components of flax is lignan, which has plant estrogen as well as antioxidants (flax contains up to 800 times more lignans than other plant foods contain).[20]

Pepita seeds:

The seeds are also good sources of protein, as well as iron, zinc, manganese, magnesium,[2] phosphorus, copper,[3] and potassium. 25 grams of pepitas can provide over 20 percent of the recommended daily iron intake.[4] Furthermore, just one-fourth cup of pepitas provides approximately 185 mg of magnesium, nearly 50% of the Recommended Daily Intake.[2]

Sunflower seeds:

In addition to providing linoleic acid (an essential fatty acid), sunflower seeds are also an excellent source of dietary fiber, some amino acids (especially tryptophan), vitamin E, several B vitamins (especially thiamine, pantothenic acid, and folic acid).[4] Additionally, they are rich in cholesterol-lowering phytosterols.[5] Furthermore, sunflower seeds boast a low glycemic index as well as high levels of protein and minerals including magnesium and copper.

Raisins:

Raisins range from about 67% to 72% sugars by weight,[4] most of which is fructose and glucose. They also contain about 3% protein and 3.7%-6.8% dietary fiber.[5] Raisins, like prunes and apricots, are also high in certain antioxidants, but have a lower vitamin C content than fresh grapes. Raisins are low in sodium and contain no cholesterol.[6]

New data suggest that, among individuals with mild increases in blood pressure, the routine consumption of raisins (three times a day) may significantly lower blood pressure, especially when compared to eating other common snacks, according to research presented at the American College of Cardiology’s 61st Annual Scientific Session.[7][8]

links:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Almonds

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pecans

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Walnuts

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flax_seeds

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pepita
http://www.healing-source.com/about_HempHearts_b.htm

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sunflower_seed

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Raisins