Thursday, January 20, 2011

Homeopathy in America - a Love Hate Story

Homeopathy is becoming more and more common in America, as over 2.5 million Americans now use it (link). While homeopathy may have grassroots popularity, it is not popular among U.S. physicians. For example, "only about 500 of more than 600,000 physicians use homeopathic remedies" (link).

Some suggest that money may be one of the reasons why homeopathy has not caught on within traditional western practitioners. For example, as homeopathy grows, this may mean less money for drug companies, who now receive continual funding from over half of Americans (link). Americans spend over $200 billion a year on prescriptions, and that figure is growing at 12 percent a year (link).

Still, possibly to the dismay of some wealthy CEO's, homeopathy is on the rise. 

Interesting facts (Link)

  • Mother Teresa added homeopathic care to the services at her missions. She opened her first charitable homeopathic dispensary in Calcutta in 1950. She had a special interest in homeopathy because of its effectiveness and low cost.

  • Almost every pharmacy in Germany and France stocks homeopathic remedies.

  • Celebrities such as Jennifer Aniston, Liz Hurley, Victoria Beckham, Cate Blanchett, Daryl Hannah, Salma Hayek and Ruby Wax are all fans of Bach's Rescue Remedy. (link).

  • The most popular cold and flu medicine in France is a homeopathic medicine.

  • India has over 120 homeopathic medical colleges, and 100,000 homeopathic physicians and practitioners.

  • The British Homeopathic Journal has been in continuous existence since 1844.

  • The prestigious “Alternative Nobel Prize” awarded by Uexkull Foundaton was given to George Vithoulkas, one of the world’s leading homeopaths, for his work in the spread of homeopathy world-wide.

Interesting Quotes

  • "Homeopathy cures a larger percentage of cases than any other method of treatment" - Mahatma Gandhi

  • "I can’t manage without homeopathy. In fact, I never go anywhere without homeopathic remedies. I often make use of them" - Paul McCartney 

  • "The introduction of homeopathy forced the old school doctor to stir around and learn something of a rational nature about his business. You may honestly feel grateful that homeopathy survived the attempts of allopaths to destroy it." - Mark Twain

    In your view, Is homeopathy a viable medicine?

5 comments:

  1. Mother Teresa helping dishonest crooks to defraud money from the poor sick. Really bad.

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