The anti-vaccination movement has no better friends than in the alternative medicine world. In the Massachusetts study mentioned in my last blog, less than one-third of the homeopaths recommended immunization, and almost 10 percent actively opposed immunization. In England, the most common reason given for not having children immunized is the recommendation parents receive from a homeopath. Continue reading
Homeopathic remedies are commonly given to children. In fact, one study found that children comprised one-third of all the patients seen by homeopaths. But, is homeopathy safe and effective in children? Continue reading
According to the experts at the Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database, Cobroxin and Nyloxin are new homeopathic products used for chronic pain. They come as an oral spray and topical gel.
The bad news is that these products contain a “5X homeopathic dilution” of cobra venom. This means that they contain a concentration of about 0.001% cobra venom.
As I discuss in my chapter on “Homeopathy,” in my best-selling book, Alternative Medicine: The Christian Handbook, although virtually all homeopathic products contain no detectable active ingredient (no even a single molecule), these two chronic pain products contain a small amount that could potentially have some effect.
Preliminary research has evaluated cobra toxin given as an injection. But there is no reliable evidence about this homeopathic dose when taken orally or applied topically.
The NMCD advises healthcare professionals, “Until more is known about safety and effectiveness, advise patients not to take these products.”
The Los Angeles Times reports that although “tinnitus can sometimes be treated with electronic masking devices” or “cognitive behavioral therapy,” a number of sufferers “end up looking for tinnitus relief in a pill.”
One such “homeopathic supplement” is called Quietus, which is said to contain a “powerful lineup of ingredients.”
Tinnitus Relief Formula, which is a capsule that “contains 120 milligrams of ginkgo biloba along with zinc and garlic extract,” is another option.
One audiologist pointed out, however, that “there’s no solid evidence that the supplements are of use.”
Jeff Carroll, director of the Tinnitus Treatment Center at UC Irvine, added, “We don’t recommend them.”
In fact, the Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database rates no natural medication (herb, vitamin, or supplement) as “effective,” “probably effective,” or even “possibly effective” for tinnitus.
And, the NMCD rates gingko biloba and zinc as “possibly ineffective” for tinnitus.
Hopefully, one day we’ll have an effective and safe treatment for this malady, but right now, to search for one in the herbal or supplement world is a waste of time and money.
The Bible recognizes the great temptation inherent in healing by evil spirits and illicit healers. The Old Testament describes an intense conflict between legitimate and illegitimate approaches to healing and spirituality. An incident involving King Ahaziah, the eighth king of Israel, clearly demonstrates this:
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In an unusual turn of events, a prominent scientist in the United Kingdom is accusing Prince Charles of contributing to the “ill health of the nation” by backing with his name an herbal detox product that sells for about $13.75 per bottle and that he says is “outright quackery.”
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