On September 7th,a man named Henry Gonzalez filed a class action lawsuit in California against Boiron, Inc., the worldwide homeopathic pharmacy. The suit alleges that Boiron’s flu remedy, Oscillococcinum, “is nothing more than a sugar pill.” Gonzalez claims he didn’t get the results promised in the advertisement. Of course, he could simply have returned the remedy for a refund. Instead, he wants us to believe, he decided to spend thousands of dollars to file a legal action for all the people in California who bought the remedy. It doesn’t take much imagination to see the hand of Pharma in all this, since the remedy Oscillococcinum competes in the market with Pharma’s lucrative antiviral drugs, Tamiflu and Relenza ( sales reached 1 billion/ year). The flu season is just beginning in the U.S., so the timing is right.
Oscillococcinum has had three double-blind, randomized clinical trials, showing that it shortens the severity and duration of flu-like symptoms. When taken within 24 hours of symptom onset, 62.9% showed “clear improvement” or “complete resolution” within 48 hours (versus 48.5% for the placebo). One of the studies received the highest rating by the Cochrane Review. This is a safe, inexpensive remedy, that can knock five days off of a seven day flu.
On the other hand, the drug Tamiflu only claims to take one day off of a seven day flu. It costs ten times more and carries some serious side effects.In 2008 the FDA acknowledged Tamiflu had caused delirium and abnormal behavior, which in some cases resulted in death.
For any thinking person, choosing between the homeopathic remedy and the drug, is really no contest. No wonder Pharma is getting nervous and might be looking for ways to eliminate the competition. In a moral wasteland, where profit is the only consideration … it’s just business.
In This Issue:
Our hot seat interview is with Claudia De Rosa,founder and Principal of the Vis Vitalis Education International School in Italy, Director of Provings and Research at IHRC and author of five books.
Hepatitis C expert Dr. Cindee Gardner has a chat with our editor and answers important questions about treating that disease.
Dr. James Tyler Kent offers his remedy secrets for ministering to patients during the last moments of life.
Homeopath Elaine Lewis gives us the low down on treating the causes of illness.
Dr. Julia C. Loos explains how we can always find symptoms to prescribe on, even in the most urgent cases.
We have a cured psoriasis case from Dr. S. A. Manicam. Dr. William Payne shares four cured cataract cases. Sohani Gonzalez presents a cured case of facial tics. Dr.James B. Bell presents three surgical cases.
We have veterinary cases from Dr. Jacques Millemann and Sharon Soltes and an article on the homeopathic treatment of wildlife that have been poisoned, from experts Shirley and Allan Casey.
Homeopath Cor van der Meij discusses disease classification and Iman Navab presents anecdotes from the history of homeopathy. Our editor also chats with Joerg Wichman, developer of a new provings website.
There is much, much more, including Elaine’s wonderful quiz, The Plant Doctor (send your questions! ),Tips and Secrets and a new Crossword Puzzle and Cartoon. So pull up a comfortable chair and your favorite snack and enjoy. Send your questions, comments, cases and articles to [email protected]