REDEFINING HOMEOPATHY

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No Sir! Homeopathy Is Not A ‘Fake Discipline’ Or ‘Faith Healing’!


An open letter to Dr.Venkatraman Ramakrishnan, nobel laureate- written By Chandran K C, in response to his statement that   ‘homeopathy works on belief’ and homeopathy is a ‘fake discipline like astrology’:

Sir,  we all Indians are proud of you for your glorious achievements as a scientist, and your contributions to the advanced studies on structure and functions of ribosomes,  that was duely recognized by the Swedish academy awarding the Nobel prize in 2009. We are very much happy to welcome you to your home land.

A statement you recently made in Chennai regarding homeopathy has created much controversy. You are reported to have said during a public address that  ‘homeopathy works on belief’ and homeopathy is a ‘fake discipline like astrology’. That statement pained homeopathic community a lot, where as it is being enthusiastically utilized by those who regularly attack homeopathy.

Actually, you were echoing the words of ‘anti-homeopathy’ skeptics of western world who are engaged in exposing the ‘pseudo-scientific’ homeopathic theoreticians propagating ‘spiritual homeopathy’ and ‘energy medicine’. I am sorry to say that you failed to realize the entirely different ground realities existing in India in the field of homeopathic education and practice.

Homeopathy has been consistently attacked in this way for last 250 years since its inception, but in spite of all these malicious attacks, homeopathy is thriving in India as a major recognized branch of public health care system.

Hope you would know India is home to around 285,000 registered homeopaths, 186 prestigious homeopathic colleges imparting UG and PG courses, over 6000 government homeopathic dispensaries and about 250 government hospitals. More than 15000 student come out of these colleges every year with BHMS degree, after completing a rigorous five and half year course of study and internship, for which they got admission by scoring top rankings in entrance examinations after 12 years of schooling in science streams. Curriculum of BHMS course constitutes Anatomy, Physiology, Biochemistry, Practice of Medicine and all subjects of modern health care knowledge. There is a Central Council of Homeopathy under Government of India, constituted as per a n Central Act passed by Indian parliament, overseeing everything in the field of homeopathic education, research and practice in India.

Homeopathy is a very important wing of public health care system in inIndia. Homoeopathic wings are working in many allopathic hospitals and dispensaries, both government and private.  Homoeopathic doctors provide treatment to millions of patients for different day to day illnesses in the public health care system. Even during sporadic and epidemic conditions, people tend to use homoeopathic drugs for prevention.  Recently, the Indian Government successfully ran a national health campaign ‘Homeopathy for a Healthy Mother & a Happy Child’, which was based exclusively on homoeopathy. Also, private homeopathic practitioners are contributing a great deal in public health care through their private or charitable clinics.

Besides clinical research, there are fundamental, drug standardization, drug proving and clinical verification research going on, both at government and private levels. For example, the Central Council for Research in Homoeopathy is conducting a lot of such research, either independently or in collaboration with other research institutes or individual researchers, under an extra-mural research scheme at the Dept of AYUSH, Ministry of Health & Family Welfare of the Indian Government. Other than that, almost all homoeopathic organizations and individuals are doing their bit toward research for the further validation of homoeopathy in today’s times of evidence-based medicine. The results have been encouraging, to say the least. In fact, over the years,Indiahas learnt better ways of conducting research from their international counterparts and the recent research has been carried out as per standardized, internationally recognized methods and are therefore more acceptable.

A few exemplary results from clinical  studies include work on tubercular lymphadenitis, japanese encephalitis, etc. In addition, some administrative studies have been undertaken, like the ‘assessment of the cost effectiveness of homeopathic clinic in the cafeteria approach’ and ‘public-private partnerships in the provision of homeopathic services in the city of Delhi, where it was tried to analyze both the strengths and weaknesses of medical pluralism in India and have worked out some solutions for implementing medical pluralism more effectively in all parts of India.

These facts and figures are a clear reflection of the belief of the people ofIndiain the homeopathic system of medicine, which, in turn, is a result of the effectiveness of homeopathy in treating a wide range of illnesses, which has convinced the Indian masses over a period of time.

Sir, as a well-respected nobel-winner scientist, who is expected to be more concerned about truth, you would have considered all these facts before publicly declaring ‘homeopathy is based on belief, a fake discipline like astrology’.  Community pay much value and reverence to words you speak out, and you are expected to keep up that responsibility when commenting on sensitive topics. You should have experimented yourselves and done a little more home work about homeopathy, before echoing the malicious propaganda of ‘anti-homeopathy skeptics’.  We would not have bothered much if you had said ‘homeopathy is not scientifically well proved’, instead of declaring it is ‘fake like astrology’.

I am sure, you have nothing personally against homeopathy or homeopaths as such. You were talking your perceptions as a truthful scientist. As an individual respecting science, scientists and scientific methods, I would not blame you for making such a statement. I know you are not a homeopath- only a scientist. I understand, as a  truthful scientist, as things stand now, you cannot say ‘homeopathy is scientific’, after seeing all these nonsense theories propagated by ‘homeopathic ‘masters’ the world over.  I understand, nobody could so far even propose a scientifically viable hypothesis about how homeopathy works, a hypothesis that could be presented as a rightful candidate for verification using scientific methods. Actually, those ‘pseudo-scientific’ homeopathic theoreticians are doing the greatest harm to homeopathy than truthful scientists like you.

Homeopaths as well as millions of patients visiting them know homeopathy works. That is their personal experience. You should think more than twice before saying it is ‘mere belief’ and ‘fake’. If you had visited a few homeopathic clinics in you city, you would realize that all people visiting homeopaths are not much less knowledgeable or more ‘superstitious’ than you. Many respected members of scientific community- may not be nobel laureates- use homeopathic medicines, knowing well that it is not ‘proven according to scientific methods’, but very much confident from experience that it is not ‘fake’ or ‘mere belief’. They experience it WORKING.  If you had ever consulted a homeopath or taken a course of homeopathic medicine yourselves, you would not have made this demeaning comment against homeopathy.

But the sad thing is that nobody knows how homeopathy works. To mask this ignorance, ‘intellectuals’ among homeopaths create fanciful theories. All these theories about homeopathy  are utter nonsense- pure absurdity. Until homeopaths stop talking nonsense ‘ultra-scientific’ theories about homeopathy, we cannot expect a fair deal from scientific community. At least homeopaths  should show the humility to say: “we know homeopathy works- that is our daily experience; but we do not know how it actually works; we need the help of scientific community to resolve this riddle”.

By saying ‘homeopathy is based on belief’, what did you actually mean?  Do you mean it is based on ‘beliefs of practitioner’, or it is working on ‘beliefs of patients’?

Do you remember, when you declare homeopathy is a ‘fake discipline’, you are saying that the Act passed by Indian parliament is ‘fake’, Central council of homeopathy is ‘fake’ and those 186 homeopathic colleges inIndiaare ‘fake’?  You mean 285000 registered homeopaths, 6000 government dispensaries and hospitals are doing ‘fake’ medical practice that may ‘endanger’ human lives? According to you, BHMS and MD degrees awarded by Indian universities are all about ‘fake’ disciplines? Do you mean those millions of people thronging daily in homeopathic clinics and getting relief for their ailments are idiots attracted to ‘fake practitioners’ due to ‘belief’ only?

Dr Venkatraman, I would earnestly request you to spare a little time to verify whether homeopathy works.  If you would co-operate, we are ready to provide as many real life proofs as you need. Only when you are ever convinced homeopathy works, we would expect you to take up topic of ‘how homeopathy works’. If you are interested in that topic, I am ready to provide details of my work which try to explain and prove ‘how homeopathy works’  on the basis of ‘Molecular Imprinting’.  I am giving link to my article, hoping you can spare some time in between your busy schedules.  https://dialecticalohmeopathy.wordpress.com/

Until that, kindly refrain judiciously from commenting against homeopathy. You can say: “I don’t know whether homeopathy works or not. I know all those theories about homeopathy are unscientific. If homeopathy actually works, it has yet to be proved and explained according to scientific methods”.

If you exhibit the audacity to kindly modify your earlier statement in this way, homeopathic community will be much grateful to you.

Regards.

Chandran Nambiar

For Homeopathic Community

12 Comments

  1. gpr

    when all the world can do without homeopathy, India also can do better by getting rid of all those practices that are not universal; and following them simply because they are ours and defending them even when most indians dont need them

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    • Chandran Nambiar

      Sure. You have the right to go without homeopathy, if you dont need it. Please comment on topics on which you do not have at least a base-line idea.

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  2. Chandran Nambiar

    Reblogged this on DIALECTICAL HOMEOPATHY.

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  3. Yes, it seems he has expressed his frustration over his disappointment. Such person of course do not deserve any respect, it could be his impulsive reaction. Though I am an Indian but naturalised Malaysian, I still feel proud of mymotherland (origin) where I was born. You should not bite the hand that fed you. We teach about civilisation to the world, We have the best brains in the world. Never ever despise Mr. Venga (onion in Tamil Language. Vengayam you are.

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  4. Chandran Nambiar

    Now I feel a bit sorry for the first para of my ‘open letter’ to him in which I said as follows: “Sir, we all Indians are proud of you for your glorious achievements as a scientist, and your contributions to the advanced studies on structure and functions of ribosomes, that was duely recognized by the Swedish academy awarding the Nobel prize in 2009. We are very much happy to welcome you to your home land”.

    He may be a nobel-winner scientist. But through his comments he has proved he is not a good human being deserving our respect.

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  5. Chandran Nambiar

    COMMENT: It is unfortunate that these comments ever appeared in press. Influx of emails, should have been expected. And if he didn’t want them, the email address should have been promptly removed from his home page at Cambridge. I once wrote to Nobel Winners in 1998, and Robert Laughlin, Physics from Stanford found the time to reply!

    Many Indians go abroad for opportunities and various other reasons. Educated elites end up in the United States, mostly because of the abundance of opportunities and facilities. Normal people end up in Gulf countries for a living. At the end of the day, each one of them could blame the mother country for not giving them the job they wanted or deserved! Well, that is one way to approach. But there are many who in spite of the bad experiences they had at home, take a positive view once they reach heights abroad!

    Here some of the comments made by Venkat Ramakrishnan, should not have been made. They might have been spontaneous reactions. The higher one goes, the more humble one should be. India is a lareg country with 1.3 billlion people. Comments like “why bother me?” , “if offered, I will refuse the job in India” etc show that in spite of being a genius molecular biologist, he has to learn some decorum regarding public talking and statements. If India is such a bad idea, why is he visiting Indian Institute of Science at all?? The contents of the comments were less important,,, the tone and timing were bad enough! “The fact that I am of Indian origin is less important” – immature comments like this should not have come from a Nobel Laureate at all. It is true that we are all human beings, and our nationality is an accident of birth. Yes, still ethnic origin is a feature which is visible and cannot be discarded altogether in today’s world. Changing the passport doesn’t change the person!!!

    On the other hand, dis-associating with India and Indians, is a typical characteristic exhibited by white-collar well-off Indians living in the UK! This has been the theme of BBC Comedy Show “Goodness Gracius Me!”. We hope, Venkatraman is not suffering from this syndrome. It appears that the Nobel Laureate while doing excellent work in the lab, seems to have lost touch with ground!

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  6. Chandran Nambiar

    Venkatraman Ramakrishnan has expressed disenchantment with people from India “bothering” him “clogging” up his e-mail box and dubbed as “strange” their sudden urge to reach out to him.

    “All sorts of people from India have been writing to me, clogging up my e-mail box. It takes me an hour or two to just remove their mails,” he said.

    He said the deluge of e-mails had buried important communications from colleagues or from journals.

    “Do these people have no consideration? It is okay to take pride in the event, but why bother me?” the 57-year-old Indian-American scientist wondered in an e-mail interview to PTI.

    “There are also people who have never bothered to be in touch with me for decades who suddenly feel the urge to connect. I find this strange,” said Ramakrishnan, who shared this year’s Nobel Prize for Chemistry with two others.

    He expressed anguish over “all sorts of lies” published about him in a section of the media that he went to school and pre-Science in Chidambaram, the Tamil Nadu temple town where he was born in 1952.

    “People I don’t know, for example a Mr Govindrajan, claim that they were my teachers at Annamalai University which I never attended, since I left Chidambaram at the age of three,” Ramakrishnan clarified.

    Ramakrishnan said that it was a good thing if his winning the Nobel Prize encouraged people to read about the work, read books and take interest in science.

    “But I, personally, am not important. The fact that I am of Indian origin is even less important. We are all human beings, and our nationality is simply an accident of birth,” he said.

    On reports that he has been shortlisted for a job in India, Ramakrishnan said he was in no mood to leave his laboratory in Cambridge where he was enjoying his work.

    “Nobody has approached me about an offer to work in India. However, I can categorically state that if they did so, I would refuse immediately,” he said.

    He was reacting to questions about reports that his name was being considered for the post of Director of the country’s premier lab Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology.

    “I cannot imagine a more enjoyable place to work than in the Laboratory of Molecular Biology where I work,” he said citing a “variety of professional and personal reasons” for continuing the work at Cambridge.

    Ramakrishanan said he was a visiting professor at the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, to which he makes trips for a couple of weeks every other year.

    http://dahana.webs.com/venkat1.htm

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  7. Shantanu Abhyankar

    Kudos to dr venky for his candid comments. h pathy is NOT a major public health discipline in India. Hpathy is embraced by students as a back door entry to modern medicine. ultimately 99% are forced to gain rudimentary clinical experience and start gp using drugs from modern medicine. so called research in hpathy is of very poor quality and it is yet to be proved if hpathy works!!!

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  8. After reading your article I too started suspecting the practice of homeopathy. A confluence of hypothesis formulated out of a dream of a doctor.

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  9. Dear Dr. Nambiar,

    I am very happy to read the letter, which is full of true and sincere reflections of our feelings. No doubt, Homeopathy is a scientific, natural and effective system of treatment. We face similar criticism even in Europe, where many people are totally ignorant of this divine science and art of natural treatment. This is because, these people never read a single page of Homeopathic Philosophy or “Organan of Rational Medicine” or tried Homeopathy in need.

    It is really a pity, that in so called developed countries in Europe, people are so naive and ignorant about Homeopathy. My many learned friends like Mr John Benneth are facing these comments regularly and snubbing the idiotic nuisance. But, as you know deaf hears nothing and blinds see nothing. In my opinion these super scientists are both. Either they trying to show that they are wise than God, Nature and our master Dr. Hahnemann or paid a large sum to harm Homeopathy in favour of big pharmaceutical companies around the world. I think the history is repeating , as you know this happened about 100 years ago in the USA, where Homeopathy was very popular and flourishing like wild fire and big pharmaceuticals did everything to shun the Homeopathy.

    We need to unite and keep fighting with our best performance, honesty and being true followers of Dr Hahnemann, as it becomes our moral duty to keep Homeopathy live indefinitely.

    I extend all my support to you and all Homeopaths in this mission.

    With best wishes,

    Dr Shashi Mohan Sharma
    Director & Principal
    Hahnemann College of Homeopathy – UK

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  10. Dr.A.Shanthakumar

    I whole heatedly appreciate your move. I am going through each article carefully. I have stared to explain Homeopathy on the basis of Molecular imprint.

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  11. Vansh Luniya

    Respected Chandran sir,
    gud evng.
    Your letter to noble lauret Dr.Venkatraman, is indeed a ‘tight slap’ on the faces of old school guys.
    Till when we homoeopaths will suffer from such attacks?
    We should also fight for our selfrespect.
    And not just go on hearing such ‘noble laurets’ and non followers.
    We will fight for our rights and keep growing.
    -Vansh Luniya.

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