What about any placebo effects?
A standardised, all-round non-toxic, non-poisonous essence remedy against colds and flu may be carefully tested without without much effort. There is such a remedy.
There is the French-made, homeopathic Oscillococcinum, which is marketed to relieve influenza-like symptoms in 48 hours, to the effect that Californians have filed a lawsuit for false advertising against the producer. Also, seven studies of the French remedy have been combined to show that the average bout of flu-like symptoms was reduced by about seven hours for those who got it. It is not much, and what about the placebo effect? (Wikipedia, s.v. "Oscillococcinum"; Bauer, 2007).
Suprising findings in a bacteria study
Bacteria. In a series of three studies, radionics-devised remedies were shown to have a consistent, dramatic effect on bacteria from common tap water. They multiplied many times as compared with the control groups. Samples were measured and filed by a town vet, Ivar Hellesnes. I still have copies of the results. In geometric average, there were over sixteen times more bacteria in the test samples than in the placebo samples to compare with. "Over sixteen" is had because the town vet gave up counting the bacteria in the Petri dish cultures where the bacteria culture of "little guys" exceeded a thousand. A series of three rounds of tests with several samples in each, gave consistently similar and highly significant results.
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Petri dish (Petri plate or cell-culture dish): a shallow cylindrical glass or plastic lidded dish that biologists use to culture cells such as bacteria.
Chronic rheumatics studied
In a study of 36 persons that had chronic rheumatism, 86 percent reported in mail questionaires that they had become better or well after they had been "influenced" by what they thought were homeopathic remedies. However, some of the persons in the study had got homeopathic remedies and ◦MGA remedies that were claimed to be just as good as homeopathic remedies by Malcolm Rae. He was the originator of MGA (Magneto Geometric Applications) and hardward and software from that company. Can Malcolm Rae's claims on behalf of MGA-produced remedies be proved? If such remedies have healing effects, they can be measured by well carried-through, fit research designs. If double-blind research is difficult to get at first, research of the type "before and after" the attempts at cure may still be of value.
Three distinctions could come in handy when it comes to homeopathy and radionic homeopathy:
An American pharmacy sold MGA-had homeopathic remedies for some time, but was stopped because they were not produced in the traditional way (!). So if you cannot clearly and repeatedly document any effects of such influences, and that the effects are as from homeopathic remedies, you are in deep water. One has to adjust one's marketing accordingly. Undocumented claims could get us in trouble, and outright lies too.
More from rheumaticm study with its weaknesses
In the little rheumatism study of 36 participants there was no control group to compare the changes (before versus after) with. It there had been, it would have improved the research design. For all that, it seems little likely that such a massive betterment percentage as 86 percent is all due to the effect of placebo (effects of good faith, coincidences etc.). Placebo is very different in different diseases, but does not account for such high figures in chronic rheumatic cases. For example, in a questionaire study involving 300 rheumatology inpatients and 100 nurses, the improvement induced by placebo was estimatedly 20-30%, with margins of 17-18% both ways. (Berthelot et al, 2001)
There were neglible differences between those with disbelief and belief. In my slender study in chonic rheumatic persons it also showed up that initial belief and disbelief in this kind of therapy had no significant influence on the reported health changes. There were more of those with a neutral, initial attitude that reported betterment than those with faith and those without it at the onset. In the same study it showed up that the "thing" called "homeopathic worsening" was negligible among those who responded to the questionaire.
The remedies that were used, were a blend of pharmacy-sold ones and others that used ◦Magneto-Geometric equipment. Just how representative my findings are for homeopathy in general, cannot be said based such a tender study. How representative they are for stock MGA remedies is likewise too hard to prove in any way: the reason is that the software that was used, was made by me, and adapted to and using MGA hardware:
There was no control group, no double-blind design, and not as many participant respondents as preferable. The measurements of changes were, further, subjective, and not based on measurements. The study of effects on rheumatics is weak for such reasons. However, the results on chronic rheumatics was well above what any placebo effects are credited with. So it is not unreasonable to round this off by "There is hope in the dangling line." (Fismermen's Proverb)
Homeopathy is a 200-years old system of - let us call it - complementary medicine. Hundreds of thousands of medical doctors worldwide use homeopathy to help their patients to maintain ealth and prevent, alleviate, or cure some diseases. Most practitioners world-wide are medical doctors (Voegeli 1991 and 1976; Vithoulkas 2000).
Under such conditions it may do good to make a few points clear:
There is practice, and there is evidence that the practice works. These two are different. If gathered material and assertions seem convincing, remember to ask for OK documentation that it has effects, good effects - for example if someone tells how popular homeopathy is worldwide.
Homeopathic treatment was presented to the world in 1796 by Samuel Hahnemann, a German physician. Later, many medical doctors came to specialise in the 200 year old treatment system. There are currently hundreds of thousands of such medical doctors in the world and maybe 500 million users. And the World Health Organisation, WHO, supports homeopathy widely - (Worldwide Status and Growth of Homeopathy)
[Facts and figures] (Also: Dannheisser and Edwards, 2001:12-13)
Alternative to the Alternative
In recent decades, radionic equipment has been devised to make (a) simulated homeopathic remedies, (b) improved homeopathic remedies (so claimed); and (b) much else. The London-situated ◦Magneto-Geometric Applications, MGA, is a manufacturer of hardware and software.
Bauer, John. "The truth about six common cold remedies". Today Health. 2007.
Berthelot, J. M, Y Maugars, M Abrall and A Prost. "Interindividual variations in beliefs about the placebo effect: a study in 300 rheumatology inpatients and 100 nurses." Joint Bone Spine, 2001, Feb; 68 (1):65-70. Online abstract.
Dannheisser, Ilana, og Penny Edwards. Homøopati: En illustrert håndbok. Köln: Könemann, 2001.
Schelderup, Vilhelm. Legekunsten på nye veier: akupunktur - biofysikk - helhetsmedisin. Cappelen. Oslo, 1980.
Vithoulkas, George. Homeopathy: Medicine for the New Millennium.. 26th ed. Alonissos: IACH (The International Academy of Classical Homeopathy), 2000.
Vithoulkas, George. The Science of Homeopathy. Grove Press. New York, 1980. ⍽▢⍽ The fifth edition is from 2009)
Voegeli, Adolf. Heilkunst in neuer Sicht, 7. Aufl. Haug. Heidelberg, 1991 (orig. 1955)
Voegeli, Adolf. Homoeopathic Prescribing. Thorsons. Wellingborough, 1976.
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