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Research in Homeopathy
Hormone Study In Women

Research in Homeopathy
Day, C.E.I., Control of Stillbirths in Pigs Using Homeopathy, International Journal for Veterinary Homeopathy, Vol. 1, No. 2, October 1986, pp. 26-28.
Stillbirth rate was over 20, 8% in the control and 10, 3% in the treated group.

Ferley,  J.P., A Controlled Evaluation of Homeopathic Preparation in the Treatment of Influenza-like Syndromes, British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology, 1989, 27, pp. 329 - 335.
237 cases received the test drug and 241 were assigned to placebo.  The proportion of cases who recovered within 48 hours of treatment was greater among the active drug group than among the placebo group (17.1 % against 10.3%)

Fisher, P., Effect of Homeopathic Treatment on Fibrositis (Primary Fibromyalgia), British Medical Journal, 1989, 229, pp. 365-6.
The improvement in tenderness was particularly distinct. The improvement experienced by our patients while receiving active treatment was at least as great as that reported for any other that has been assessed double blind.

Gibson, R.G., Homeopathic Therapy in Rheumatoid Arthritis: Evaluation by Double-Blind Clinical Therapeutic Trial, British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology, 1980, 9, pp. 453-459.
There was a significant improvement in subjective pain, articular index, stiffness and grip strength in those patients receiving homeopathic remedies, whereas there was no significant change in the patients who received placebo. No side effects were observed with the homeopathic remedies.

Jacobs, J. et al,Treatment of Acute Childhood Diarrhea with Homeopathic Medicine: A Randomized Clinical Traila in Nicaragua, Pediatrics, Vol. 93, No. 5, May 1994, pp. 719-725.
The treatment group had a statistically significant (P,.Oa5) decrease in duration of diarrhea, defined as the number of days until there were less than three unformed stools daily for 2 consecutive days. There was also a significant difference (P,.05) in the number of stools per day between the groups after 72 hours of treatment.

Jonas, w, et al., A systematic review of the quality of homeopathic clinical trials.  BMC, Complementary and Alternative Medicine.  2001, 1: p.12.
“Conventional” and “holistic” paradigms are difficult to compare.  Conventional trials study cause-effect links between single treatments and specific diseases.  Homeopathic trials study stimulation of broad healing processes that influence a variety of conditions and symptoms patterns.  “Lack of homeopathic expertise by researchers or difficulties in modification of homeopathic practice goals to fit conventional diagnosis-based research designs can cause confusion in the design and execution of clinical trials and in the evaluation and interpretation of results.”  Authors conclude that homeopathic research is in its infancy, better research methods are needed.

Kleijnen, J., Clinical Trials of Homeopathy, British Medical Journal, 1991, 302, 216-23.
The results showed a positive trend regardless of the quality of the trial or the variety of homeopathy used. Overall, of the 105 trials with interpretable results, 81 trials indicated positive results whereas in 24 trials no positive effects of homeopathy were found.  The authors reported, though skeptics of homeopathy and alternative medicine generally, "The amount of positive results came as a surprise to us." and, "The evidence presented in this review would probably be sufficient for establishing homeopathy as a regular treatment for certain indications."

Linde, K et al., Are the clinical effects of homeopathy placebo effects?  A meta-analysis of placebo-controlled trials.  The Lancet, Sep 20, 1997, 350 (9081): p. 834-43.
The evidence of the 89 studies of homeopathy judged to be of good quality was pooled and homeopathy was 2.45 times more effective than placebo.  The results of the meta-analysis are not compatible with their hypothesis that the clinical effects of homeopathy are completely due to placebo.  Further research that homeopathy is efficacious for any single clinical condition is necessary.

Quadruple - Blind, The Lancet, April 22, 1989, p. 914.4, Complete Text
98.2% met admission criteria.  Recovery rates - 17.1% in the active group & 10.3% in the placebo group 61 % expressed favorable judgments about the active treatment.

Reilly, D., et. al, Is Evidence for Homeopathy Reproducible?, The Lancet, 1994; 344:  pp.1601-06
A difference in visual analogue score in favor of homeopathic immunotherapy appeared within one week of starting treatment and persisted for up to 8 weeks (P=0.003). There were similar trends in respiratory function and bronchial reactivity tests. A meta-analysis of all three trials strengthened the evidence that homeopathy does more than placebo (P=0.0004).

Reilly, D.T., Is Homeopathy a Placebo Response? Controlled Trail of Homeopathic Potency, with Pollen in Hay fever as a Model, The Lancet, October 18, 1986, pp. 881 - 886.
The homeopathically treated patients showed a significant reduction in patients and doctor assessed symptom scores. The significance of this response was increased when results were corrected for pollen count and the response was associated with a halving of the need for antihistamines. An initial aggravation of symptoms was noted more often in patients receiving the potency and was followed by an improvement in that group. No evidence emerged to support the idea that placebo action fully explains the clinical responses to homeopathic drugs.

Trichard M, Chaufferin G, Nicoloyannis N. Pharmacoeconomic comparison between homeopathic and antibiotic treatment strategies in recurrent acute rhinopharyngitis in children. Homeopathy. 2005 Jan;94(1):3-9
A pharmacoeconomic comparison between allopathic and homeopathic GPs in the treatment of recurrent acute rhinopharyngitis in 18 mos to 4 year olds showed that  'homeopathic strategy' yielded significantly better results than the 'antibiotic strategy' in terms of medical effectiveness (number of episodes of rhinopharyngitis: 2.71 vs 3.97, P<0.001; number of complications: 1.25 vs 1.95, P<0.001), and quality of life (global score: 21.38 vs 30.43, P<0.001), with lower direct medical costs covered by Social Security (88 Euros vs 99 Euros, P<0.05) and significantly less sick-leave (9.5% of parents vs 31.6% of parents, P<0.001).  Homeopathy may be a cost-effective alternative to antibiotics in the treatment of recurrent infantile rhinopharyngitis.

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Hormone Study In Women
Hormone Study Sparks Fear Among Women
www.homeopathichealth.ca/menopause/Thestar_com-Hormone
This article cites the US study which underscores the lack of evidence that long-term use of HRT is effective in preventing heart disease and osteoporosis as promulgated by the medical establishment.  In fact, the study shows that women on HRT face an increased risk of heart disease, stroke and breast cancer.

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