On ADR's (Adverse Drug Reactions) and Suppression
The 'Bible' of Homeopathy, the 'Organon of the Medical Art of Healing' (a book first published over 200 years ago by the founder of homeopathic medicine, Samuel Hahnemann) states that "The physicians highest and only calling is to make the sick healthy, to cure". It defines the highest ideal of cure as "the rapid, gentle and permanent restoration of health, in the shortest, most reliable, and least harmful way" (My emphasis).
Holistic approaches such as homeopathic and Chinese Medicine are gentle methods of health care. They work by harnessing the body's own natural abilities to raise resistance to inherited predispositions. They view all parts of the organism as making up a whole, each part interdependent and affecting all other parts. Homeopathic philosophy recognizes a hierarchy of organ systems, some more critical for the well-being of the organism than others. The skin, as much an organ as is the liver, heart, or brain, is the most superficial organ in our body. Generally speaking, diseases of the skin, however distressing they might be, endanger the body less than diseases involving deeper organs such as lungs or heart. When treated in isolation, skin symptoms can be replaced by symptoms involving deeper organ pathology. Eczema in infants is typically treated with cortisone, often leading to asthma. Conventional medicine, and parents seeking to help their scratching babies, see no link between this development of asthma and the previous condition, eczema and its treatment. The child is sent to a respiratory specialist who prescribes puffers, including more cortisone.
In the early 60's an abnormally high number of children were born with severe deformities such as missing limbs. Thalidomide, a tranquilizer marketed as 'the safest ever' and commonly prescribed to pregnant women to help deal with morning sickness turned out to be causing the problems. What strikes me about the Thalidomide tragedy is the link between the treatment of morning sickness, a natural condition of pregnancy, and birth defects. Of course the horror of the latter quickly removed the drug from the market, but the logic of the side-effect was overlooked; treating the symptom without harnessing the body's own defense response will often lead to the body creating symptoms involving deeper but related organs, in this case the mother's fetus. In homeopathic thinking, this is an example of suppression.
The following are a list of drugs most recently found to have hit the newsstands that represent the principle of suppression:
The point is that suppression is like trying to put a stop to a volcanic eruption. Our body won't tolerate it. The tragedy here is that the 'sledge-hammer' approach as a first resort could be avoided if the gentle medicines such as as homeopathy and Chinese Medicine were more accessible in North America. Homeopathic medicine has an excellent track record for helping people suffering from all kinds of health problems, including pain, acne, eczema, morning sickness, etc. Give it a try long before you reach for the chemical approach. If you're already doing the latter, homeopathic medicine can complement your medical efforts.