During my first two years of practising as a homeopath, I used to undertake a simple clinical audit. By keeping track of the conditions I was asked to treat, and monitoring the progress of my patients, I quickly built up a profile of my practice, which at the time, helped me to anticipate and better understand the diverse needs of my patients.
Twenty-five years later, I no longer seem to find the time to record things so meticulously, though I keep promising myself that “one day” I will organise my patient data into a useful reference resource. I can predict one thing though, without needing to access any previous patient data; by late October I will start to see the first of this year’s “sickly” children.
As a new practitioner, I recall commenting with some incredulity at the number of first time patients I gained each year as we headed towards winter. A typical example would be the child or teenager, presenting with yet another cough, cold or ear infection. I would be told that the last winter had been a nightmare, with the child seeming to pick up every bug around, despite having been on several courses of antibiotics.
This winter seemed to be heading in the same direction, with the child now on their second course of antibiotics. Could homeopathy help?
Fortunately, homeopathy is definitely effective in the treatment of common ailments, and because the medicines we use are safe and easy to administer, the anxious parent can learn very quickly how to recognise which medicine will work best to treat the specific needs of their child.
I have always encouraged my patients to discover how to appropriately use the basic homeopathic medicines in order to treat their children, or to self medicate, and over the years I have observed that even a small amount of knowledge can help to enhance the level of well-being of an entire family. It is often the successful resolution of the child’s recurring coughs and colds that results in the rest of the family choosing to use homeopathy for themselves.
As we approach another winter, I am preparing to treat this year’s group of susceptible children, but there is now an added urgency in helping these children to reduce their dependence on antibiotics. It is official. We have been overusing antibiotics for decades, and if we fail to address this issue now, it will have serious consequences.
The resolution of the child’s recurring coughs results in the family using homeopathy
Antibiotic dependence is fast becoming an area of major global concern, because overuse or misuse of antibiotics has led to the development of new strains of microorganisms, such as MRSA and Clostriduim difficile, which are proving to be deadly.
In April 2011, the World Health Organisation (WHO) issued a stark warning about the imminent dangers presented by antibiotic resistance. In a fact sheet entitled “Antibiotic resistance. No action today, no cure tomorrow” the WHO paints a bleak picture.
In the European Union, Norway and Iceland, an estimated 25,000 people die each year from common resistant bacterial infections. This figure is taken from about half of the 53 member states within the WHO European Region, and the death toll from all of Europe in unknown, but without question, antibiotic resistance is increasing at an alarming rate.
All this carries financial costs as well as human costs, with the EU alone paying out an estimated €1.5 billion (£1 billion) on dealing with the consequences of antibiotic resistant organisms.
The WHO is also critical of the overuse of antibiotics in production animals, warning that resistant bacteria can easily spread via the food chain. It appears that outside of the EU, low doses of antibiotics are routinely used to aid growth promotion, a practice which carries health implications for all of us. According to the WHO, failure to take positive action now, and coordinate our efforts to reduce antibiotic use, could lead to us back to the pre antibiotic era, only now we face a new generation of “super” pathogens with which to contend.
Threat to well-being?
It is interesting to observe that a product that has been promoted and pushed at every opportunity for decades, and has afforded considerable financial gain to the pharmaceutical industry, has now become a serious threat to our long-term well-being. On the plus side, organic farming has now been included on the EU 2012 Workplan, which is a positive development.
Homeopathy plays an integral part in maintaining animal health in organic livestock management. When used appropriately, homeopathy can enhance the overall well-being of each individual animal, and therefore reduce dependency on antibiotics, or other drug interventions.
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