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Llewellyn Worldwide, 2006 - Health & Fitness - 351 pages
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Effective, safe, affordable, and free of chemical side effects-the benefits of homeopathy are endless! Already established in the national health care systems of England, France, and the Netherlands, homeopathic treatments are used by over five hundred million people worldwide. Alan Schmukler's Homeopathy discusses the history and science of this alternative medicine and provides a comprehensive list of proven remedies-safe for people and animals.

Packed with homeopathic treatments for arthritis, colds, food poisoning, insomnia, Lyme disease, morning sickness, wounds, and a host of other ailments and injuries, this handy reference guide also includes information on homeopathic immunization and first aid. Schmukler gives helpful instructions for matching remedies with symptoms, ingesting them correctly, making remedies at home, and stretching your supply.


"This book is a joy to read, easy to understand, comfortable to use. Whether you are a neophyte or an old-hand in your knowledge of homeopathy, you will benefit from having this book in your library. It is one of the most comprehensive acute care books on the market."--Lilipoh Magazine

"Schmuckler's handbook is a comprehensive modern look at the 200 most commonly used remedies that should help satisfy everyone's health questions through homeopathy."--Alive Magazine

"Heaven forbid we should find ourselves responding to a life-threatening or cataclysmic event, but if we did, this book would be a godsend! Alan believes homeopathy is 'magical, exciting, and empowering.' Having his book, already dog-eared and visibly well-loved, certainly makes me feel empowered!"--Homeopathy Today


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I own many homeopathy books and this is the most useful. I don't have to wade through pages to find what I want, everything is right there. Especially when one of my children is sick, I need brief ... Read full review


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1 The What How and Why of Homeopathy
2 Finding and Using the Right Remedy
3 Ailments A to Z

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Page 3 - In the postantibiotic world, the simplest infections could quickly escalate into fatal illnesses. It would be nothing short of a medical disaster." The medical system could easily be overwhelmed by thousands of cases of untreatable infections. For example: • Staphylococcus aureus is the leading cause of infection in hospitals. It can be fatal in up to 40% of the cases. Recently the Center for Disease Control (CDC) found strains that were resistant to all antibiotics.

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The What, How, and Why of Homeopathy

What Is Homeopathy?

Homeopathy is a medical science that uses natural substances to mimic
illness and stimulate healing. It is based on the idea of "like cures like."
Any substance that can produce symptoms in a healthy person can cure
those same symptoms in a sick person.

Here are several examples of this principle:
a. An onion is a substance that makes your eyes water and your
nose burn. So if you are having an attack of hay fever with watering
eyes and a burning nose, a few doses of homeopathic onion
can relieve it.

b. Poison ivy causes redness, small blisters, intense itching, and
stiff muscles. Homeopathically it has been used for everything
from herpes and burns to eczema and arthritis.

c. Coffee can overstimulate the mind and trigger insomnia. Homeopathic
coffee can help restore sleep disturbed by an overactive

d. When you are stung by a bee you feel a burning, stinging pain,
and the tissues surrounding the area swell up. Some relief is
obtained from applying cold to the area. If you had swollen tonsils
with burning and stinging pain relieved by cold, homeopathic
bee sting could cure.

Over two thousand substances are now used as remedies to treat everything
from colds and cough to arthritis and cancer.

Why Turn to Homeopathy?

1. When antibiotics fail, homeopathic remedies will still work.
Germs can never develop a resistance to homeopathic remedies.

The remedies do not kill the germs directly, but rather,
they stimulate the immune system to do the healing. For the
last two hundred years, homeopaths have cured meningitis,
endocarditis, pneumonia, nephritis, tuberculosis, plague, and
venereal diseases using homeopathic remedies alone.

Homeopathic remedies are effective against viruses, but
antibiotics are not. In 1918, the worldwide influenza epidemic
killed over twenty million people, and over five hundred
thousand in the United States. At a time when survival rates
were 70% with conventional medicine, they were 98% with

Some other viral diseases are Ebola, hantavirus, viral pneumonia,
viral hepatitis, yellow fever, polio, rabies, viral meningitis,
viral encephalitis, dengue fever, mumps, chickenpox, measles,
herpes simplex and zoster, and mononucleosis.

2. Homeopathy is affordable-homeopathic remedies cost about
eight cents per dose. Thousands of people could be treated
during an emergency for just a few dollars. The antibiotic used
to treat sepsis infections costs $4,000 for one day''s treatment.
The equivalent homeopathic remedies cost 8 per dose.

3. You can begin prescribing without a diagnosis. Homeopathic
remedies are prescribed based on the person''s symptoms. You
don''t have to know the name of the disease. This is especially
important when new or exotic diseases arise.

4. Homeopathic remedies are extremely safe and free of chemical
side effects. By following a few simple rules, any intelligent
person can use the remedies without danger. Prescription
drugs, on the other hand, are not safe for amateurs. In fact, they
are quite dangerous even when used by doctors. A recent study
published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (April
15, 1998) concluded that prescription drugs, properly prescribed
and properly taken, are between the fourth and sixth leading
cause of death in the United States (after heart attack, stroke,
and cancer). The study found that prescription drugs kill over
one hundred thousand Americans a year.

5. Homeopathic remedies can be used prophylactically, much
like vaccines. Thousands of people could be inoculated quickly
and cheaply if an epidemic threatened. A remedy made from
the chick pea (Lathyrus) has been used with great success during
polio epidemics.

6. People who are allergic to antibiotics and other drugs can
still use homeopathic remedies. Homeopathic remedies can
substitute for almost all conventional drugs.

7. You can heal faster. Conventional drugs can relieve pain or
reduce inflammation, but they don''t speed healing. All homeopathic
remedies, when properly selected, speed the healing

8. You can sometimes avoid surgery. Polyps, tonsillitis, hemorrhoids,
ulcers, abscesses, gall bladder problems, and more, often
yield to homeopathic treatment. Surgery is always an option,
but when possible, why not try a less invasive method first?

9. Homeopathic remedies remove toxins from the body. Conventional
drugs increase the toxic load.

What You Can Accomplish with Homeopathy
If conventional medical care were not available, what could the average
person hope to accomplish with homeopathy? You wouldn''t be an
expert, but you could still prevent illness, relieve pain, and save lives.

First Aid
Just as a person can learn conventional first aid, so one can learn homeopathic
first aid. This includes treating anything from cuts and sprains
to concussions and broken bones. For first aid injuries, you simply look
up the type of injury. The book will list the appropriate remedy. For
example, bruises require Arnica and burns need Cantharis. It''s quite
straightforward. You can look up the remedies for first aid in chapter
3, "Ailments A to Z."

Acute Care
This involves anything from colds and coughs to influenza, infected
wounds, and pneumonia. If you know the name of the ailment, you can
look it up in this book. It involves more decisions than treating first aid
problems, because you''ll have more remedies to choose from. Match
the remedy to the patient''s symptoms. Just do your best! You don''t have
to get it right the first time, or even the second or third time. Trained
homeopaths often try several remedies before they get the right one.

You can look up the remedies for acute health problems in chapter 3,
"Ailments A to Z."

Preventing Illness
Homeopathic remedies can also help prevent illness. If there were an
epidemic and you had no vaccines available, you could use remedies to
help prevent the disease or reduce its severity. This is similar to vaccination,
but without the side effects. You can read more about this and
look up the remedies in chapter 7, "Preventing Illness."

Homeopathy''s Track Record
You may be wondering what kind of track record homeopathy has for
treating serious diseases. A look at the past will establish that homeopathy
has proven itself reliable and is often much more effective than conventional
treatment. It has also saved countless lives when used preventively.
* The worldwide influenza epidemic of 1918 killed over twenty
million people and more than five hundred thousand in the
United States. At a time when when survival rates were 70% with
conventional medicine, they were 98% with homeopathy. Most of
the homeopathic remedies that were used are the same ones you
will have in your kit (e.g., Gelsemium, Arsenicum, and Bryonia).

* During the cholera and typhus epidemics in Europe from the
1860s to early 1900s, people using homeopathy had survival rates
50% or greater than those treated by conventional medicine.
* In an epidemic of typhus in Leipzig in 1813, Dr. Samuel Hahnemann
treated 180 cases of typhus, losing only two patients. Mortality
rates for conventional treatment were over 30%.
* During the cholera epidemic of 1849 in Cincinnati, with survival
rates between 40%-52%, those treated by homeopathy had a 97%
survival rate. These results were published in the local newspapers.
* During the 1831-32 cholera epidemic in Europe, the mortality
rate was between 40%-80%. The mortality rate in the ten homeopathic
hospitals was 7%-10%. Homeopathy was so effective
that the law forbidding the practice of homeopathy in Austria
was repealed.
* In 1878, the mortality rate for yellow fever in New Orleans was
50% for conventional care, but only 5.6% with homeopathic
* Records from Broome County, New York (1862-64), show diphtheria
mortality at 83.6%, but only 16.4% for those treated

In the 1957 polio epidemic in Buenos Aires, the remedy Lathyrus was
given to thousands of people. Not one case of polio was reported in
these individuals.

In a 1974 epidemic of meningicoccal meningitis in Brazil, 18,640
children were given a homeopathic remedy for prevention. Only four
cases of meningitis occurred in these children.

In the smallpox epidemic of 1902 in Iowa, the homeopathic remedy
Variolinum was given as prophylaxis to 2,806 patients of fifteen doctors.
The protection rate was 97%.

See chapter 7, "Preventing Illness," for a more detailed discussion.

How Homeopathy Got Started
Homeopathy was developed by Dr. Samuel Hahnemann (1755-1843), a
German physician, in the period from 1790 until his death in 1843. In
addition to being a physician, he was a pharmacist, and wrote seventy
original works on chemistry and medicine. He was also a translator, fluent
in seve

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