Vaxxed The Movie has caused a cataclysmic reaction from the mainstream medical community, the media and amongst the majority of people who are believe vaccines are safe. And this is understandable because in the film Dr. Andrew Wakefield, the British doctor who first questioned a possible link between the MMR vaccine and autism explains his findings. But more importantly the film describes and names a senior scientist at the Centre for Disease control,( the CDC) admitting committing fraud to cover up the link between autism and vaccines.
But let us set all that aside for a moment or two. Let us imagine that the film is false and nonsensical. If that were the case why have the people mentioned by name in the film for their part in the cover up not sued Dr. Andrew Wakefield and the film makers for libel and slander? And why have most of the media worldwide heavily criticised this film without having even seen it?
And then there was the reaction to the showing of the film to a private audience in London this past week. The premises used were part of Regent's College and the screening was facilitated by The Centre for Homeopathic Education,(CHE) the biggest homeopathic college in the UK. The day following the screening Regent's College told CHE they could no longer hire the premises despite having used the facilities for 17 years! What pressure was brought to bear behind the scenes by person/s and organisations unknown on Regent's College for this to happen?
I freely admit my interest in this, I am a homeopath, and a graduate of CHE but the concerted clampdown against this movie is alarming. The first attempt to show this film in the UK was at a Curzon cinema They accepted the booking but then cancelled at the last minute. Surely if something is so controversial then the public should be allowed to decide for themselves unless of course the public is deemed to be too stupid to make up their own minds. There was a debate on the Jeremy Vine show on BBC Radio 2 and yet Dr. Andrew Wakefield was not invited to speak as were none of the people involved in the film.
It seems that in 2017 some facts are too dangerous to be allowed the light of day...
Us homeopaths believe that the greatest difference between homeopathy and allopathy is just that, the former works with the body, the latter "against" it. But of course we all know that it is far more than that. There is also the fact that to get the best out of your treatment you need to work with the homeopath, you are taking responsibility for your own health and enabling yourself. This is the complete opposite of visiting a GP and walking out after a few minutes with a prescription having expected your doctor to take on the responsibility for treating you.
One of the things I usually tell new patients is that I am helping their body heal itself, that is how homeopathy works. As homeopaths our biggest fear is suppression which can happen very often in allopathic medicine. But we are also taught to seek the highest cure, a total elimination of symptoms and a complete restoration to health in a gentle, permanent way. There are many ways to achieve this but none of them are possible without the patient's cooperation .
The ways to a total cure are multi faceted and unique to each patient. The total cure cannot always be achieved and we all know that at the end of the day everybody is different, some patients have incredibly strong constitutions and some are not so lucky.
And the homeopath must always be the unprejudiced observer, respecting the patient's wishes. I know that some patients just want and need to feel better after years of getting nowhere, in these cases palliation and the relief of symptoms come before our high ideals of cure. As long as we are not suppressing, and homeopathic suppression is rare and the patient feels better we have helped.
Homeopathy is more than a job to me, it's not just what I do but it's what I am. Generally speaking, there are two kinds of patients and practitioners of homeopathy. The first and largest consists of those who turned to homeopathy after they were dissatisfied with allopathic medicine, it's side effects and it's lack of permanent and beneficial effect. Then there are those who have been raised with a more natural lifestyle, some of whom have never had any allopathic medical treatments at all.
I belong to the first group, having for years suffered from a recurring medical problem that conventional medicine could only suppress and aggravate. In despair and after a conversation with a passenger in my cab I decided to visit a homeopath and was amazed at the results. These kind of seemingly miraculous cures are often dismissed by detractors as a placebo effect.; I will discuss the placebo effect further in other blogs but I will just say that I was hardly a candidate, having been so sceptical that I was thinking of delaying my cheque payment until I'd seen any results!
After being completely cured I felt like I had to investigate homeopathy further and read Dr Andrew Lockie’s Complete Guide to Homeopathy. By now I was intrigued. nay more than that I was hooked! In my first year at college I not only became more and more absorbed but also in awe of the power of remedies and their power to cure. I read and heard of the genius of the first homeopath, Samuel Hahnemann and his absolute dedication to this newly discovered science.
Homeopathy has cured millions of patients worldwide and is currently used by 500 million people globally. It is not only safe but much more gentle on the body than conventional allopathic medicine. That is not to say that allopathic medicine does not have its place, it most certainly does. I marvelled at the skill of the surgeon who removed a fibroid from a patient’s uterus without damaging the organ and I would certainly rush to hospital if I had a broken limb. I would not however need to take any anti inflammatories and would be able to get my bone to knit much faster with a homeopathic remedy.
Mark D'Emmanuele LCHE CEASE CThA
I am a homeopath, father of two and have a keen interest in health and nutrition.