A chap from the UK brought homeopathy to my attention almost two decades ago. And I was curious at the beginning, then more and more interested, and finally fascinated by the practical results of homeopathy.
Yes, I know the general academic opinion about it revolves somewhere around the two BS initials. If you believe in a treatment, then you’re half healed. So even the placebo effect of homeopathy, uncontested so far, could be considered by the most conservative studies. But there’s more to it than mere trust.
Recent research findings prove that adding minute sugar doses to antibiotics will effectively kill persistent bugs. “A little boost of sugar can help kill the type of bacteria that regular antibiotics miss.” Recurring infections are caused by bacteria that “hide” or hibernate when the wave of antibiotics comes to kill them. Later on, after some time, they return with a vengeance and the patient is sick again. This because the body was never properly cleansed by classic antibiotics. Adding a dose of sugar to the antibiotic will “tempt” the persistent bacteria to open their metabolism because bacteria love sugar. While active, they will be destroyed by the antibiotic for good.
A Trojan horse for a stronger body. Sure, no one mentions that this technique is not new. Take for instance homeopathy, the medical method introduced by the German physician Samuel Hahnemann in 1796. A homeopathic dilution is so small that one can affirm it’s tangent to zero. Most likely this should be the materialist reason responsible for the academic laughter at homeopathy. But let’s keep course and consider that traces of poison, the active agent, are actually transferred to the patient’s immune system, thus offering a real remedy against the ailing disease. It works on me and on my family, at least.
So far so good, now back to the recent discovery of adding sugar to antibiotics. See that sugar, like ethanol, opens the metabolism of bacteria, predisposing them at a targeted attack. Be it by industrial antibiotics or by natural bug killers. Sounds a bit like the homeopathic tiny white sugar balls or like the homeopathic dilutions in alcohol. It’s not a game of find and kill but rather of call and kill. Same goes with the Swedish Bitter by Maria Treben and similar natural plant-based tinctures. Alcohol and sugar do the call for the bugs that come and feed, poisoning themselves to death in the process.
Refreshing news that industrial medicine can learn from nature. Sad news that homeopathy is dragged towards an industrial approach of production and marketing. Case in point, my goddauther receiving gift bags for her baby, with homeopathic remedies inside, along with the daunting colored leaflets inciting people to “buy more.”
This is appalling because one of the rules of thumb in homeopathy is to treat the patient and not some disease. It takes hours and hours, appointments after appointments, months after months, tons of patience, for a good homeopath to talk with one patient, to learn about his history, to drive him, or her, with attentive care on a remedy path, that would be altered upon further results. The trial and error method of science: know, learn, test, move one step ahead. How’s that compared to the rain of cute boxed so-called homeopathic medicines given in gift bags to young mothers when they leave maternity?