DR. LEELA D’SOUZA, MUMBAI is a Catholic practitioner of homoeopathy.
I have written about her in the following reports:
HOMOEOPATHY-SUMMARY, page 7
HOMOEOPATHY INSTITUTIONALIZED IN THE INDIAN CATHOLIC CHURCH, pages 1-4, 5-6, 16
HOMOEOPATHY CONTROVERSY AND FR RUFUS PEREIRA, pages 22-27, 34-35
All of the following information is given for the first time.
Leela D’Souza was the Physician-in Charge, Mother and Child Care Program, at Jeevan Sneha, Convent of the Handmaids of the Blessed Trinity, Mumbai, from 1992 to 1996.
Homeopathy2Health.com: The online homeopathy initiative committed to holistic restoration of health. Originally initiated by Leela D'Souza-Francisco MD (Hom.) [Mumbai, India] and David A. Johnson* PA, CCH, RS Hom. (NA) [Madison, Wisconsin, USA] in 2001.
*David Johnson’s profile at http://www.homeopathy2health.com/mission-david.htm: "I moved to Minneapolis to work in a complementary medicine clinic while completing an intense four year program of homeopathic study."
Well, Dr. Leela definitely reposes faith in New Age complementary medicine as one can see in her article titled Similimum in Life:
I believe in what I see. I have seen people recovering from their illness with Ayurveda, Prana Chikitsa, Yoga, Meditation, Music, Touch therapy, Reiki etc. The question that comes to my mind is that if 'healing' itself can have so many modalities and ways to restore harmony, then why Homeopathy cannot be flexible enough to encompass more than one modality of practice to restore the vital harmony? I do not disbelieve anything until I see it and experience it. Source: http://hpathy.com/homeopathy-papers/similimum-in-life/
Her Homeopathy from the Heart: A Spiritual Perspective is choc-a-bloc with New Age despite her denial of it:
Is not homeopathy a science of unseen energies? Our healing paradigm rests on the workings of the Vital Force and we routinely assess its strength in our patients without being able to see or measure it… I pray for guidance to do whatever is best for each one. While talking to each patient, I meditate on my heart chakra and on the patient’s, often "seeing" streams of light coming from the other’s heart that remind me of solar prominences... I often ask my patients how homeopathy can help them fulfill their highest purpose on earth. To my amazement and fulfillment, they really rise to the occasion in their answers!
Let’s begin with an understanding of spirituality that most homeopaths can feel comfortable with. Let’s not confuse it with religion – for while religion can be a source of spiritual growth and inspiration for its devotees, spirituality is directly accessible to many others who may have fled the religion of their youth. Nor is spirituality New Age woo-woo. It is something practical, for it refers to a powerful dimension of reality, albeit one we cannot see with our human eyes. And it is something scientific, although not reducible to what Ken Wilber calls 'the world of flatland' – i.e. objective material reality. Yet is not homeopathy a science of unseen energies? Our healing paradigm rests on the workings of the Vital Force, and we routinely assess its strength in our patients without being able to see or measure it. And in our paradigm, objectively quantifiable physical symptoms are often the visible, palpable manifestation of an inner energetic mistunement. In other words, the world of energy holds sway over the world of matter.
In fact, we can say that Western medicine is based on an outmoded Newtonian mechanistic/materialistic/reductionist view of the universe, while Hahnemann founded an energy-based medicine more than a century before Einstein revealed that matter and energy are twin aspects of the same reality. To deny the spiritual underpinnings of the homeopathic paradigm for fear of appearing unscientific to the allopathic world is to limit our own potential in an attempt to appease an outmoded (Newtonian, materialistic) worldview.
So let us begin with an understanding that spirituality refers to reality as energy, and to our inner subjective consciousness that allows us to perceive it. When we look at outer, material reality and try to understand it with our minds, we "see" the ways in which we are all different – because it is the nature of the mind to break reality into discrete particles, then compare and contrast, analyze, organize, and scrutinize. But when we “see” the invisible world of energy with our hearts (as St-ExupÃ©ry’s Little Prince said, "Only the heart sees rightly; that which is essential is invisible to the eye"), we perceive our interconnectedness through a Ground of Being, an ocean of infinite Consciousness, which the religions of the world have called God and which modern spirituality calls Consciousness or Being.
I often recommend books, and depending on the patient, it might be a book of spiritual inspiration. Current favorites include Eckhart Tolle’s The Power of Now, Michael Newton’s Destiny of Souls (if someone close to them died) or Schatz and Shaiman’s If the Buddha Came to Dinner (if they have issues with food)… In my school, Teleosis School of Homeopathy, we have a five to ten minute guided meditation at the beginning and end of each class weekend… We recommend George Leonard and Michael Murphy’s "The Life We Are Given", in which these co-founders of Esalen and the Human Potential Movement share their favorite daily practice based on yoga, chi gung, affirmations and visualizations… I like the image used by my own spiritual teacher, Sri Chinmoy, that we are all flowers in the same garden… To be a homeopath is to serve a "highest calling" as Hahnemann terms it, and if this is not spiritual, then what is? I highly recommend Ken Wilber’s works as a validation of the scientific basis for homeopathy, enabling us to view science from a vaster perspective: A Brief History of Everything, A Theory of Everything, and perhaps most accessibly, Grace and Grit, the story of his wife’s illumining death from cancer interwoven with insights into his philosophy.
Eckhart Tolle and Ken Wilber are leading New Agers and Esalen is the world’s leading New Age centre.
Her other prominent writings are:
Homeopathy and Soul – I – In the Beginning Page 26
http://hpathy.com/organon-philosophy/homeopathy-and-soul-i/ in which she alludes to my ministry, and
Homeopathy and Soul – IIIB – Jesus, the Spiritual Similimum Page 22
http://hpathy.com/homeopathy-philosophy/homeopathy-and-soul-iii-b/ in which she mentions Fr. Rufus Pereira
Watch the videos
UK Homeopath Squirms, after a damning undercover investigation found 10/10 homeopaths giving murderously stupid advice on malaria prevention, spokesperson Melanie Oxley performs bonkersly on Newsnight. She deteriorates towards the end.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s1UJ_qGZ24k&NR=1 4.05 minutes.
If Homeopathy Beats Science, a satirical sketch from 'That Mitchell and Webb look'
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cVV3QQ3wjC8&feature=related 2.32 minutes.
Venkatraman Ramakrishnan, Nobel laureate, calls astrology a fake discipline
December 30, 2011 Chennai: Nobel laureate Dr Venkatraman Ramakrishnan provoked a few and enthralled many with his talk on 'The Sceptical Scientist' in the city on Thursday. He termed astrology and alchemy fake disciplines that depended on the power of suggestion and said homeopathy was based on belief. Terms like 'positive and negative energy' used by various "quacks were complete mumbo jumbo" and had no precise meaning, he said. Science, he added, had a particular definition of energy.
Delivering the 2nd S V Narasimhan Memorial Oration, organised by Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Dr Ramakrishnan said that just as good system of government guarded people from their worst instincts, the process of science "protects us from our biases and irrationality." "Scientific methods protect us from the danger of false beliefs. No system that does not incorporate proper testing, criticism from peers and other checks of modern science can claim to be 'scientific' regardless of the scientific jargon used," he said.
Quoting examples from history, such as disproving of Fleischman-Pons ideas of nuclear fusion at room temperature (cold fusion) and Linus Pauling's claim that huge doses of vitamin C can keep away cancer.
He said beliefs persisted despite data, adding that hundreds of website and news articles continue to come out on cold fusion and benefits of vitamin C. To pass the test, prescribed procedure or medicine should be the actual cause of the cure and not a coincidence or due to an unrelated occurrence.
Dr Ramakrishnan said homeopathy had been advocated for life-threatening diseases like AIDS and cancer, for which there are real effective medicines, while astrology can be abused and used to influence decisions. "Both can lead people away from taking more effective actions based on logic and contemplation. A culture based on superstition will always do worse than that based on science," he said. He added that doctors could, however, use the power of suggestion to enhance the effect of their medicine.
Does any proponent of homeopathy actually read and understand the original works of the German gentleman who started this quackery. The central dogma of this quackery is that like cures like and the dilution concept i.e. the medicine is diluted to such an extant that a stoichiometric count of the original healing component will have diluted so far on final dilution that no trace of the constituent will have remained. An analogous case would be throwing a key into a churning waters of a lake and taking a glass of water out of the lake and using it to start a car. Any thinking person will know that the homeopathic concept is self denying. if less is best why bother drinking the quack concoction at all surely pure water or no water is the ultimate homeopathic remedy- Suraj Vanch
With all due respect to the Nobel Laureate, homeopathy has solved health problems for me and my family members which pharmaceuticals couldn't. I'm not talking about curing cancer, but my mom's chronic back pain, various other aches and pains, and allergies. So if it is all "belief" as he says it is then my family and I must be blessed with some pretty strong mental powers. Too bad our belief did not work when we tried pharmaceuticals for these same ailments- Prithvi
Aha! That is precisely the problem. Whenever people have looked at diseases like cancer homeopathy has failed to cure it. Chronic back pain has a thousand causes and some are susceptible to placebo effect. One of the things that homeopaths are good at is talking to patients and showing empathy. They have to be good at it because that's all they have! Doctors are not so good at this because they expect their medication to work and in most cases it does. But all said and done if homeopathy worked for you and your family, that's great and it does not matter what the mechanism of action was unless you foolishly start taking homeopathic medication for cancer, AIDS or cataract or any of the countless conditions that can kill you, blind you or disable you if not treated properly.- DrDre
Actually, as a child (when I was 2 or 3 years old) I had an extremely severe case of asthma. To this day my mom remembers how hard it was for me to breathe and I was cry wildly in middle of the night. My parents were relatively poor and even if they could afford expensive medicines, not sure such drugs were available at the time in India. Thanks to a homeopathic doctor in Kolkata, I got rid of my asthma. I am living proof of the fact that homeopathy is not just based on belief. As a 2 or 3 year old, I doubt I had so much mental powers to make my asthma disappear through my "belief"- Rahul
Sorry but your mom's memory has failed her. As a practising homeopath once told me Homeopathy cannot treat acute diseases like an acute asthma attack. The attack probably terminated naturally as sometimes happens.- O
I am not surprised that there are people defending astrology and homeopathy and all the pseudosciences (like ayurveda and unani). Sadly, this explains why India has not produced anything of value in the last 1000 years and the 60 million people of a tiny island like Britain are head and shoulders above us intellectually, culturally and financially...- Raghu
Venkatraman delivers lecture in the city*
*The Express newspaper headline reads: Nobel Prize Winner Questions Scientific Validity of Homeopathy
Gokul Chandrasekar Express News Service, December 30, 2011
CHENNAI: Nobel award winner Venkatraman Ramakrishnan on Thursday questioned the scientific validity of homeopathy as a medical treatment in curing diseases and ailments. He was delivering a lecture in the city on Thursday.
Venkatraman referred to the system as something similar to a placebo effect - a medically ineffectual treatment administered for a disease or medical condition and the patient experiences a perceived or actual improvement in his condition. "The treatment is based on a system of beliefs that have no basis of understanding in chemistry," he said.
Talking about the placebo effect, Venkatraman elicited several examples of studies done globally showing that patients who were given impotent drugs or sugar capsules under the pretence of it being the best remedy for their ailment reacted positively to the treatment. "The placebo effect can actually be used in positive ways by doctors and practitioners by instilling confidence in their patients even while treating them with potent drugs," he said.
Taking the discussion forward to modern medicine, Venkatraman said that many pharma companies were releasing new drugs into the market without completely testing its benefits. "They identify new compounds after spending many millions of dollars in research. Hence there is a tendency to cheat by publishing only the positive effects of the drugs or by winding up the study when the initial results show a positive change," Venkatraman Ramakrishnan said.
Homeopathy 'no more effective than placebo'
Times of India, April 9, 2014
Researchers have suggested that homeopathy is no more effective than a placebo.
According to the Australia's National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) review, conducted by medical experts' working committee, said that homeopathy did not affect a range of illnesses including asthma, arthritis, sleep disturbances, cold and flu and others, the Guardian reported. The review for the 68 conditions - including the one that have been listed - said that homeopathy was no more effective than a placebo.
Health Ministry says homeopathic medicine little more than a placebo
Reyes RincÓn, Seville, December 28, 2011
Research into homeopathy suggests a placebo effect rather than any real impact on illness, while physiotherapy and osteopathy can help with some health issues, concludes a new report by the Health Ministry into natural and alternative medicines and therapies, commissioned by Congress.
The report, ordered in 2007 by the lower house with a view to regulating the alternative medicine sector, was carried out in conjunction with the Carlos III Health Institute and the support of some regional governments.
After carrying out clinical trials on 139 different treatments, it concludes that there is no scientific evidence that such treatments work other than to make patients feel better about themselves.
Regarding homeopathy, the report cites nine scientific studies in dealing with a wide range of health problems from flu to cancer, dealing with the side effects of chemotherapy, as well as osteoarthritis, birth induction, asthma, dementia, depression, and lactation colic. It says the results are "contradictory" and point to "a placebo effect." That said, homeopathy treatments carried out by professionals are "safe," above all because doses tend to be heavily diluted to the point that patients are often taking in little more than water.
An important part of the research was to inform Congress about how best to regulate the alternative medicine sector.
At present there is no specific legislation, although a law passed in 2003 dealing with health centers and medical services generally recognizes "unconventional therapies." The current law defines them as "assistance during which the medic is responsible for carrying out treatments for illnesses by means of natural or homeopathic remedies or through peripheral stimulation techniques with needles or other devices that demonstrate their efficacy or safety."
The region with the most authorized alternative medicine centers is Andalusia, with 59, followed by the Basque Country with 37. So far only Catalonia has passed legislation specifically covering alternative medicine. Most of the regional governments consulted by the Health Ministry's team said they were in favor of regulating the sector. The report points out the problems in registering practitioners of alternative medicine. "It is not easy to clearly identify professionals working with natural therapies because of the myriad terms used to describe the same processes or medicines," says the report. It estimates that there are around 9,000 doctors that regularly prescribe homeopathic medicines.
In theory, practitioners of homeopathic medicine must hold a higher education qualification in Health Sciences. At present it is not possible to gain a qualification at technical college level. But the report concludes that there are people applying alternative therapies "with no professional qualification." "Despite not being regulated by law, universities, private centers, sector associations, and other bodies are training health and other professionals," warns the report.
A defense of Homoeopathy; a Christian homoeopath denies that homeopathy is occult
Has Homoeopathy an Occult Element?
Alan Nairne (1931-2009), Witney, England, Christmas 2000
II. A Practical Exercise
III. What is Homoeopathy?
IV. What is the Problem?
V. An Analysis of Publications.
VI. Modern Homoeopathic Practice.
VII. The Real Occult Dimension.
VIII. Use Homoeopathy With Confidence!
Books concerning alternative medicine have been published by Christians and usually homoeopathy, along with most other therapies, is condemned as intrinsically occultic. Such literature has great authority amongst a certain type of Christian. This is because perhaps most Christians have no knowledge of the subject other than from the above literature or hearsay.
It could be that over the last ten years in this whole area of complementary medicine wiser counsels are beginning to prevail in the light of the greater public knowledge, popularity and exposure to homeopathy in particular. As a conservative evangelical (c. e.) Christian having had practical and theoretical experience of homoeopathy for probably nearly forty years the following observations may help to give a more balanced (and probably more Biblical) view of the subject than is given by the sincere though blinkered and naive scaremongering literature that is available. In case you think that I could be a hard line c. e. "Fundamentalist" who buries his head in the sand concerning anything demonic, let me also say that I am a charismatic believer, and have been so since the early '70's, which I hope will balance things up a bit. Unless you condemn me on that ground!
Why do I write? Well, there are a number of reasons. Some are as follows. It behooves us Christians to learn everything we can that comes under the heading of truth. This must refer to all the works of our God. We have a duty to dispel ignorance, superstition, and prejudice wherever it is found. Homoeopathy is a beautiful system of medicine. I shall briefly elaborate on that later in this paper. If it really is such a beautiful system of medicine, for it to be blacklisted for Christians is doing us, to say the least, a serious disservice.
My family, having benefited by homoeopathy in hospitals, and domestically over many years, it gives me pleasure to commend it to you.
II. A PRACTICAL EXERCISE
In front of me I have two bottles of tablets. One contains aspirin or another such commonplace remedy. The other contains tablets of a homoeopathic remedy. Both are available from your local High Street pharmacist.
The aspirin or what-have-you was produced in a pharmaceutical factory under closely controlled conditions. The others were privately produced in a back street accompanied by occult incantations.
Correct? I hope all my readers realise that the latter picture portrays an idiotic scenario without even being told that it is so. Yet in the literature I examine in this paper, this is seriously suggested.
Both, of course, are produced in laboratories, under equally carefully controlled conditions. Of course, either could be produced under occult conditions. But we still have to ask "so what?"
Whether or how either works is immaterial to our discussion at this stage. If we persist in saying that homoeopathic remedies per se are occultic then we are stating pantheistic views, which means we believe that God (or spirit) is resident in things material - obviously non-Christian, for God, we are taught in Scripture is the Creator, and above and separate from His creation. Of course, I know that objects can have occult connections, or have a curse put on them and thus affect people at first hand, but this is not peculiar to or intrinsic to homoeopathy.
III. WHAT IS HOMOEOPATHY?
By way of introduction, it will be of interest to briefly outline the history of medicine. There are ancient records of the origins of the healing art from Egypt. But, mixed with superstition, as it was, the Greeks and Persians also incorporated it into their religious practices. Modern medicine effectively began with Hippocrates (460-370 BC), rightly remembered as the "father of medicine". He knew by experience that certain diseases could be cured by remedies akin to the disease; "coughing is cured by a drug that causes coughing" he says. Although he was aware of nature's healing power, he would not have been familiar with the ramifications of the "like cures like" concept, other than as a basic principle.
Hippocrates was followed by Galenus 129-99 BC. He was exceptionally learned in anatomy and physiology, but by then even the basic principle of "like cures like" and of nature's healing capabilities was quite forgotten. He became leader of the principle in medicine which has held sway down to the present day "let contraries be treated by contraries," and so became the founder of the "allopathic" (Greek allos "other" and pathos "state" or "condition") system of medicine, as it is referred to by homoeopaths. By this method the physician must fight against the disease, and seek to destroy it, subdue nature instead of supporting it. Medical precepts had become so confused, and the prevailing methods so fantastic that Boerhaave (1668-1738) a Dutch physician of Leiden, and disciple of Hippocrates, once exclaimed that it would have been far better for mankind if physicians had never existed! (Homoeopathy in Practice by Dr. Voorhoeve pub. by Homoeopathic Publishing Co. London. n.d). The brutality and ignorance of medical treatments into the 19th C are a matter of history.
It was against that background that Samuel Hahnemann (1755-1843), the father of homoeopathy, began to seek a superior system of medicine. Born in Saxonia, he became a highly gifted student and studied medicine in Leipzig, Vienna and Erlangen. From the University of Erlangen he obtained a medical degree but was very critical of medical practice at the time. It was crude, dangerous and ineffective. He conducted much research into medicines and in 1810 published his major work the Organon of Medicine which formed the basis of homoeopathy. He and other physicians "proved" the poisonous drugs by observing the effects upon themselves.
So, what then, is homoeopathy? There are two great principles of this system of medicine.