Manfred Mueller, MA, DHM, RSHom(NA), CCH is principal lecturer and founder of The Homeopathic College (1989). Beginning in 1990, he developed Reverse Chronological Tautopathy (RCT), a comprehensive approach to homeopathic treatment for adverse effects of infections, vaccinations, x-rays, radiation, drugs, and toxic exposures. He is a regular guest lecturer with the Program on Integrative Medicine, UNC School of Medicine where he has presented cases since 1995. He served as president of the North American Society of Homeopaths from 2005 -2014.
AS: Many allopathic drugs have cardiac side effects, ranging from hypotension and palpitation to various arrhythmias. The effects of these drugs can last a long time. How do you approach such iatrogenic ailments?
MM: In fact, one of the most common problems we are facing in clinic today is iatrogenically (drug or doctor) induced illnesses. The list of common medications that cause heart complaints is long, indeed. You could say medications are the number one cause of heart disease today. Antidepressants, like Celexa have been linked to heart disease. Prednisone causes heart attacks. Synthroid causes tachycardia and arrhythmias. Haldol, Zyprex and Seroquel cause heart disease. Pepcid and Zantac cause heart complaints. Beta blockers and Calcium blockers cause heart attacks. Statin drugs, like Lipitor and Zocor, cause heart disease. Hormone replacement medications, like premarin cause cardiovascular disease. Even vaccines and general anesthesia medications can cause atrial fibrillation and induce heart attacks. …not to mention drugs that have already been discontinued, like the NSAID Vioxx and the antihistamine Seldane – both responsible for the death of tens of thousands of people who suffered heart attacks.
I address these ailments systematically by (a) cautiously removing the causes, i.e. discontinue the respective medication (under doctors supervision, according to accepted guidelines, i.e. the Physician’s Desk Reference); (b) clear their secondary effects with the appropriate pharmacode – the potentized remedy made from the drug; and c) all the while, treating the symptoms, with suitable homeopathic remedies. For more information see my tutorials, “Treating Patients on Multiple Medications”1, “Principles of Antidoting”2, “Reverse Chronological Tautopathy”3, etc. This takes considerable experience, but with some study and trial, it can be done and should be done by every homeopath. While it goes a long way, the pharmacode or tautopathic remedy is not always enough to reverse all the damage and/or new disorders caused by the primary effects of a drug. This is why we still need the remedy or remedies that can remove the remaining problems.
AS: Can the act of detoxing those allopathic drugs, releasing them from the tissues, create symptoms similar to the drugs themselves?
MM: Clearing the chronic action of drugs is actually not aimed at “detoxification” although some of that can take place as a result of using the drug in potency (pharmacode). The pharmacode removes the secondary effects of the drug, meaning, the chronic symptoms produced by the body in response to the drug, i.e the “drug disorder”. Hahnemann taught that the primary action is the initial chemical or toxic effect of the drug which suppresses the symptoms, or, for a duration, inhibits vital processes that sustain the disorder the antipathic drug is supposed to treat. However, as soon as this drug acts in the tissues, the body launches a defense against it, producing a whole new set of symptoms. These are the secondary effects of the drug. These drug effects can last indefinitely, or even progress, until they are stopped during homeopathic treatment.
For example, recently, Paolo, a young man from Europe who was in his twenties called me because of debilitating heart symptoms he experienced after a course of Cipro (ciprofloxacin, a fluoroquinolone antibiotic). He had been suffering from this for two years. He woke up several times at night, unable to breath with severe tachycardia, with a disagreeable fluttering sensation in his chest. These symptoms are among the “side effects” of Cipro. He also had other more common side effects, such as tightness of the hamstrings and tendons, peripheral neuropathy and muscle pains. Whereas he had always been cold before the Cipro, now he was hot all the time. And he was terribly depressed. Before these reactions, he was completely healthy, athletic even, working out daily. Now he was barely able to go to work, and could not exercise at all. The tachycardia episodes also started coming during the day, at work, at rest, in social situations, etc. The symptoms got progressively worse, not better, as time went along. It was as if somebody had turned on a switch, and started a progressive disease.
Paolo’s Doctors wanted to prescribe anti-inflammatories, NSAIDS, and blood pressure medication, even though his blood pressure was normal, and even though these drugs are contraindicated in fluoroquinolone reactions, and can make things worse. In fact, in general, conventional medical professionals appear to be completely helpless when it comes to managing severe long term drug reactions. After their medications did not work (and even made things worse) the doctor referred this young man to a psychiatrist! In their mind, if their drugs weren’t working, then he must be imagining things! It saddens me that this response by doctors is all too common. But that is a topic for another article!
The point is, in medical school, doctors never learn about the secondary effects of drugs. Doctors are taught that the body is a machine and needs such and such a chemical to function properly. Most Doctors don’t even know about the side effects of the drugs they prescribe – which is a travesty. It is their responsibility to solve the problems they create. After two weeks, they claim, none of the drug is still in the system and can no longer affect you; the remaining effects must be delusional. This is total denial.
If one takes a careful history, you should see that this gentleman was sick since taking the drug Cipro. Side effects are simply the effects of the drug, including the secondary disorders the body produces in response to the drug – in every single case – whether you are aware of it or not. The majority of people remain without symptoms. But an increasing number of people develop noticeable effects, and some of those remain sick after the drug is discontinued. Medicine should be aware of the secondary reactions of drugs, because it’s a fact that in every case a drug continues to affect the body for days, weeks, months and even years after the drug has been discontinued.
Nineteenth century homeopaths talked about such drug-induced disorders, like “never well since quinine treatment.” The solution in homeopathy is treatment with a medicine that can antidote the secondary effects of the drug, and we have these in our Materia Medica. We even have classical remedies that antidote the effects of modern fluoroquinolones, even though they are not listed in our literature as such. Needless to say, the homeopathic treatment worked. Over the next six months all of Paolo’s symptoms subsided. This gentleman had debilitating tachycardia episodes progressively worse for two years, and now he is back to normal. All his other symptoms subsided, too. He is back to work and exercising, and enjoying life, and as good as new.
AS: A friend’s wife had atrial tachycardia. I repertorized her case to Lachesis but she wouldn’t take it. Her doctor first tried drugs, then cardioversion, then catheter ablation and finally they placed a permanent pacemaker. Can you discuss homeopathy’s use for this disorder?
MM: Atrial tachycardia is often induced by medication. For example, general anesthesia can trigger this. I once had a case where a dental root canal was excised, and the patient went into atrial fibrillation during the procedure. But nobody will look at the effect of epinephrine in the anesthesia. We antidoted the epinephrine’s secondary effects, and the tachycardia stopped. A patient’s medical and drug history will often tell you what likely caused a reaction – and this history is so important to take these days. Do people realize that every disorder has a cause? What a concept! We first need to look for the cause.
By the way, the notion of causes has been completely discarded in medicine. They no longer look for causes. They just treat for the symptoms, as your case illustrates. Too bad, she would not take the homeopathic medicine. There are several remedies that could cure atrial fibrillation, depending on the cause and what exactly the condition is. No cardioversion, no pacemaker, no invasive procedures needed. The problem is only, people do not know about it, or because it is not pushed by their doctor, and they are afraid, they won’t try it. And thank you, Alan, for helping to get the word out with this interview. As a result of ignorance, patients allow all sorts of mutilation to their bodies, never knowing that there are safe and effective alternatives.
I currently am consulting with a 62 – year old woman named Julie who has atrial fibrillation. She was put on the drug Digoxin permanently. And her doctor wants to do another dangerous procedure, heart valve surgery – even though her health is currently so fragile that this could kill her. Homeopathy has remedies that repair mitral valve insufficiency and leaking heart valves (both of which she has). She has had this condition for years. She has a long history of smoking and she now also has asthma – which I think is actually of cardiac origin. But I do find it interesting to note that Julie did not have any real problems until the doctors got a hold of her. Now she needs surgery, or so she is told. Julie’s husband is so scared that she will probably opt for the surgery, even though she reports significant improvement from two months of homeopathic treatment. Whether or not it will solve her problem remains to be seen.