Posted by: Chris Maloney | April 21, 2011

Homeopathics for Radiation? Not So Far Fetched.

Potassium iodide

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One of the things I really don’t like about the prescriptions for potassium iodide in the case of radiation exposure is that we really don’t have the information necessary to adequately protect ourselves using this medication. 

The recommendation was based on a known plant accident, where civilians in the surrounding area would use the potassium iodide to saturate themselves with iodine and prevent the absorption of Iodine 131.  Since I-131 has an eight day half-life, this is reasonable. 

But with the Japanese Fukushima disaster, we have no idea when the radiation will strike.  If it does come down in significant amounts, potassium iodide might be reasonable.  But what if it is simply added to our overall radiation “load?”  At that point, we should either take potassium iodide for years (NOT a good idea) or pretty much do nothing (except eat healthy). 

But taking a homeopathic for non-significant radiation exposure is a possibility.  It has the advantage of not building up in toxic doses in the system.  We have preliminary studies on heavy metal toxicity that indicate it might be effective at elimination. 

The problem is that we really don’t have an effective strategy for dealing with long term, low grade radiation exposure. 

I’m including two studies on arsenic exposure that show positive outcomes.  The studies are from for forty-seven pages of studies done on homeopathy that show positive outcomes.  The problem is not that homeopathy lacks studies, it is that the critics of homeopathy do not believe the positive studies.  To be fair, the proponents of homeopathy do not believe the negative studies.  I tend to believe both and change my practices accordingly.   

9. Belon P, Banerjee P, Choudhury SC, Banerjee A, Biswas SJ, et al.

Can administration of potentized homeopathic remedy, Arsenicum album, alter antinuclear antibody (ANA) titre in people living in high-risk arseniccontaminated areas? I. A correlation with certain hematological parameters

Evid Based Complement Alternat Med. 2006 Mar; 3 (1):99-107.

To investigate whether or not potentised Arsenicum album has an effect on arsenic-induced elevations of antinuclear antibody (ANA), selected inhabitants of arsenic affected villages in India’s West Bengal were randomly assigned to receive either Arsenicum album or placebo. After 2 months of administration, it was found that not only did theremedy provide superior results in reducing the ANA titre, it also caused a correctionof arsenic-induced haematological changes such as total count of red blood cells andwhite blood cells, packed cell volume, haemoglobin content, erythrocyte sedimentation rate and blood sugar level.

10. Belon P, Banerjee A, Karmakar SR, et al.

Homeopathic remedy for arsenic

toxicity? Evidence-based findings from a randomized placebo-controlled

double blind human trial

. Sci Total Environ. 2007 Jul 10.

This was a pilot study carried out on 25 people from an Indian village where arsenic contamination was endemic and 18 people from another Indian village without arsenic contamination.

These people were randomly assigned to receive either Arsenicum album 30C or a succussed placebo control. After 2 months on either active medicine or placebo, these people had their blood and urine assessed for arsenic as well as several widely accepted toxicity biomarkers and pathological parameters related to arsenic toxicity.

The use of Arsenicum album 30C had a beneficial effect on these biomarkers. It was also found to improve the appetite and general health of those people who previously exhibited signs and symptoms of arsenic toxicity.

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