The Royal London Hospital for Integrated Medicine was founded as the London Homoeopathic Hospital by Dr Frederick Foster Hervey Quin in 1849.
The hospital’s first great success came in 1854, when a cholera epidemic broke out in Soho. The Hospital’s mortality rate was 16 per cent, compared to 53 per cent at the nearby Middlesex Hospital.
The House of Commons asked for a report about the various methods of treating the epidemic. When the report was issued, the homeopathic figures were not included. The House of Lords asked for an explanation, and it was admitted that if the homeopathic figures were to be included in the report, it would “skew the results.” The suppressed report revealed that under allopathic (regular) care the mortality was 59.2% while under homeopathic care the mortality was only 9%.
A cache of 300 volumes containing the case notes of 1,426 patients treated from 1889 to 1923 was discovered in the vaults of the hospital in 1992. This rare material offers a fascinating insight into the Hospital’s work during that period. Most patients were manual workers
Homeopathy was first discovered and used in the early 1800s by a German physician named Dr Samuel Christian Friedrich Hahnemann who became disillusioned with the results of regular medicine.
Dr Hahnemann first used a potency of Belladonna to prevent Scarlet Fever. He and other doctors used other remedies to prevent Cholera, Typhoid etc. They have been used frequently and successfully since then. This is a matter of historical fact.
In August 1974 (in Guarantingueta, Brazil) there was an epidemic of meningitis. 18,000 children under the age of 15 were given a homeopathic remedy of Meningococcinum 10CH potency, and 6340 children of similar ages were not covered. The following results were obtained:
- Of 18,000 protected homeopathically – 4 cases contracted the disease.
- Of 6,340 not protected 10 cases were contracted.
That’s approximately 7 times more children affected without the homeopathy.
In the case of diphtheria, homeopathic protection against it has been scientifically tested for efficacy by French Homeopath, Dr Paul Chavanon. Using two doses of Diphtherotoxinum 4M potency, six to eight weeks apart, in 45 persons with positive Schick tests (proving they had no antibodies to protect against diphtheria beforehand), Dr Chavanon found that, in all 45 cases, the Schick test became negative thus indicating immunity or protection against Diptheria (AIH, 1988, p25).
History of Homeopathy
In 1900, Thomas Lindsley Bradford, MD, wrote a book called “The Logic of Figures” in which he collected the statistics he could find that would compare the conventional therapeutics with homeopathic ones. Many of the figures cited below are derived from Bradford’s work. One of the earliest tests of the homeopathic system was in the treatment of Typhus Fever (spread by lice) in an 1813 epidemic which followed the devastation of Napoleon’s army marching through Germany to attack Russia, followed by their retreat. When the epidemic came through Leipzig as the army pulled back from the east, Samuel Hahnemann, the founder of homeopathy, was able to treat 180 cases of Typhus– losing but two. This, at a time when the conventional treatments were having a mortality rate of over 30%. In 1830 as the cholera epidemic was reported coming from the east, Hahnemann was able to identify the stages of the illness, and predict what remedies would be needed for which stages.
When Cholera finally struck Europe in 1831 the mortality rate (under conventional treatment) was between 40% (Imperial Council of Russia) to 80% (Osler’s Practice of Medicine). Out of ten people who contracted Cholera, four to eight of them died under regular treatment. Dr. Quin, in London, reported the mortality in the ten homeopathic hospitals in 1831-32 as 9% (1in 10 deaths); Dr. Roth, physician to the king of Bavaria, reported that under homeopathic care the mortality was 7% (less than 1 in 10); Admiral Mordoinow of the Imperial Russian Council reported 10% mortality under homeopathy; and Dr. Wild, Allopathic editor of Dublin Quarterly Journal, reported in Austria, the Allopathic mortality was 66% and the homeopathic mortality was 33% “and on account of this extraordinary result, the law interdicting (In Civil Law any prohibitory act or decree of a court or an administrative officer) the practice of Homeopathy in Austria was repealed.” Many books were written about the Homeopathic treatment of Cholera during these times, among them: “Cholera and its Homeopathic Treatment). The success of homeopathic treatment continued with the later cholera epidemics. In the Hamburg epidemic of 1892, allopathic mortality was 42% while homeopathic mortality was 15.5%. During the 1850s, there were several epidemics of Yellow Fever in the southern states of the USA. This disease was eventually found to be transmitted by a mosquito. Osler, says that the allopathic mortality from Yellow Fever was between 15-85%. Holcome a homeopath, reported in 1853 a mortality of 6.43% in Natchez, Mississippi and Dr. Davis, another homeopath in Natchez, reported 5.73%. In 1878 the mortality in New Orleans was 50% under allopathic care, and 5.6% (in 1,945 cases in the same epidemic) with homeopathic care. The two best books on this topic were: “Yellow Fever and its Homeopathic Treatment by Holcome, (1856) and “The Efficacy of Crotalus Horridus in Yellow Fever” by C. Neidhard, (1860).
In case you are thinking that was in the past when modern medicine wasn’t available and conditions were different consider the following.
The Cuban Experience
Leptospirosis is a zoonotic (pathogens spread between animals and humans) infectious disease prevalent in tropical regions during periods of heavy rain. Humans can contract the disease through contact with contaminated water.
Each year, Cuba’s government forecasts possible trends of disease incidence. In late 2007, the government had only enough Leptospirosis vaccine to treat 15 000 high-risk people in the midst of a developing epidemic. Thus, the decision was made to treat the hardest-hit unvaccinated populations with a homeopathic medicine prepared from dilutions of 4 circulating strains of Leptospirosis. The Cuban National Vaccine Institute prepared the dilution and collected data to measure the impact of the intervention by comparing the data to historical trends and data from non intervention regions.
The homeopathic medicine was given to the 2.3 million inhabitants of the 3 provinces most prone to outbreaks. Within a month, the number of Leptospirosis cases had fallen from the forecast of 38 cases per 100,000 per week to 4 cases per 100,000 per week, significantly fewer than the historically based forecast. The 8.8 million residents of the other provinces did not receive homeopathic treatment, and the incidence of the disease unspooled there as forecast.
You could be excused for thinking if this is so effective and cost effective how come no one knows about it and why isn’t more being done to make it available? Unfortunately the answer is probably vested interests. Profit tends to rule the world and we are all influenced by self interest and even greed to some degree or another. If you stop and think about it most of the world’s problems are caused by self interest or greed. Whether that be on an individual level or a collective one. The issue on the one hand is straight forward: it’s about informed choice. On the other hand it’s not. There is the issue of individual risk vs. collective risk. Do we let people choose for themselves and possibly put others at risk? It is an emotional and controversial issue. But does the availability of Homeopathic prevention help solve the dilemma? Only if it gets a fair trial, and that my friend is highly unlikely. Therein lies the problem and the solution. Regardless of all that I am doing my part to share this with you; what you do about is your responsibility and ultimately the results you get in your own life.
To your health,
Dr Bill Davison DC.DO. NY. Chiropractor, Osteopath, Naturopath
Taken from the Article – “What is Homeopathy and Is It a Viable Alternative to Vaccination and Epidemic Diseases?”