How Homeoprophylaxis Effectively Prevents and Treats Infectious Disease
Homeopath and filmmaker Ananda More gives us a look into Homeoprophylaxis, how it works, where it’s been used and its very high success rate.
Filmmaker and Homeopath
Hi my name’s Ananda More. I am a homeopath and a filmmaker. And I’m here to talk to you about something called homeoprophylaxis. Homeoprophylaxis is a way of using homeopathic medications or remedies to help prevent illness. So before we get into homeoprophylaxis let me give a bit of a background on homeopathy.
Homeopathy has been around for about 200 years and was discovered by a German physician named Samuel Hahnemann. Hahnemann through experimentation and seeing how his patients were responding came to the conclusion that like cures like. So a substance that causes a set of symptoms in a healthy person can help clear those symptoms in a sick person.
So for example, I like to use coffee. Coffee, most of us know, is something that can give you jitters, can keep you awake at night, rushes of thoughts in your mind. Some people who have insomnia and those types of symptoms, we can help them by giving them homeopathic coffee.
The other part of preparing a homeopathic remedy is that it goes through a process of serial dilution and succusion. And we believe this, the word we use, is potentizes the remedy and brings out the energetic influence of the medicine.
So homeoprophylaxis, which is using these homeopathically prepared remedies to prevent disease, originated in 1799 with the founder of homeopathy Samuel Hahnemann. His community was facing a scarlet fever epidemic and he decided to look at how the disease itself expressed itself, and looked at the symptom picture to find a homeopathic remedy that would produce the same symptom picture. And he came to the remedy called belladonna, which is deadly nightshade.
He went and visited homes where a child in the family was sick and then gave the remedy to other members of the family who had not yet become ill in order to prevent them from getting sick. He was very pleasantly surprised to find that it was very effective and that these children were not getting ill.
So since Hahnemann’s time we’ve developed two methods for homeoprophylaxis. One is as Hahnemann did where you take the genus epidemicus. That means you take the state of the illness, how it’s presenting at the time in the majority of people to understand its symptom picture and then you match that to a homeopathic remedy as Hahnemann did with belladonna.
The second way we use homeoprophylaxis is through the development of nosodes. Nosodes are homeopathic remedies prepared from pathogens such as a virus or a bacteria or a fungus. More recently this has become more en vogue in its use, but it’s been around since the time of smallpox, where we used smallpox homeopathically to see if it could prevent the illness.
In 1907 a doctor by the name of Charles Eaton actually decided to do his own small study to see how effective it was. He found that it had a close to 98 percent success rate in preventing smallpox. He actually compared the number of people that received the prophylaxis and how many of those people were definitely exposed to smallpox at the time and then how many of those people who had the exposure had gotten ill. It was a very small number of people. That’s where the history of homeoprophylaxis began.
In the 200 years since its inception homeoprophylaxis has been used for diseases like diptheria, dengue, malaria, and the list goes on and on. In my film Magic Pills, which looks at the use of homeopathy around the world, I go to Cuba to learn how the Cuban government, through an organization called the Finlay Institute, started doing some very large-scale homeoprophylaxis campaigns.
So what’s really interesting is that the Finlay Institute is actually a pharmaceutical company that’s dedicated to making vaccines. It was Fidel Castro’s passion project to create this pharmaceutical company because disease prevention and health are very very important to him.
The Finlay Institute was one of the places that created the meningococcal meningitis B vaccine in the 1980s. When this vaccine was created many many children were dying in Cuba and in Latin America from meningitis. So they tried to speed up the development of this vaccine. This vaccine went all over Latin America. When the people of the Finally Institute started to analyze the data they found that in one small part of Brazil the vaccine seemed to be way more effective than anywhere else. The adverse reactions to the vaccine were much much lower. So they decided to go there and try to figure out what was going on.
They had to dig and prod and finally they found out that that area had used a combination of homeoprophylaxis along with the vaccine and another remedy made from the vaccine itself to try to mitigate the adverse reactions to the vaccine. That’s when the people of the Finally Institute, who were immunologists and pharmacists, got very intrigued and decided to start studying the whole phenomenon.
In 2007 in Cuba, rates of a disease called leptospirosis were growing. Leptospirosis is a very dangerous disease that’s hard to diagnose and can kill 10 percent of the people who contract it. Leptospirosis is spread through water. So when there’s a lot of standing water and flooding is when epidemic situations tend to occur.
In 2007, as the rates of this disease were increasing, the eastern provinces of Cuba were hit by a hurricane. The effect was devastating. Houses were destroyed, there was no drinking water, and the levels of standing water and flooding were very high. The Finlay Institute that happens to be the only company in the world that makes the human vaccine for leptospirosis didn’t have enough vaccine for the population. They also realized that it would take months before an antibody response was created to the vaccine, and they didn’t have that kind of time.
So they decided to try an experiment. They isolated the bacteria from the area. They brought it into their labs and they turned it into a homeopathic remedy. And very quickly they had a nosode, which they took out and gave to 2.3 million people in a matter of weeks. They were floored when they got the results. The epidemic was basically stopped in its track in a matter of two weeks. Not only that but the levels of the disease continued to plummet and went far below historical levels.
The following year, what’s really interesting is the whole country was pummeled by three hurricanes, some of the strongest that the country had ever seen until that point. The whole country was affected with flooding and destruction. What’s interesting to note is that the three provinces in Cuba that received the homeoprophylaxis their rates continued to drop with the disease. There was a reduction of 87 percent in the incidents, while the rest of the country that never had the homeoprophylaxis, the incidents rate increased by 22 percent. So we have a control group and we have the group that had the intervention and I think it’s a beautiful analogy to show us how homeopathy has been effective on a large scale and what is possible with it.
I’ve been practicing homeopathy and studying homeopathy for over 16 years, and my experience is that it’s an amazing form of medicine. We have such a long history of use of homeoprophylaxis with what looks to be a very high rate of effectiveness. If you want to learn more, you want to see if this is the right choice for you, there’s lots of resources available. There’s books by Doctor Isaac Golden, who developed the protocols that were used in Cuba. There’s books by Cilla Whatcott and Kate Birch. There is lots of information available online you just have to do a search for homeoprophylaxis. And if you want to learn more I also encourage you to check out my film Magic Pills. You can learn more at the website magicpillsmovie.com.