Homeopathy vol 98 N. 2, 2009

Cardigno P. Homeopathy for the treatment of menstrual irregularities: a case series. Dr. Cardigno reports the description of 18 cases of menstrual irregularities Amenorrhea (AM), oligo - amenorrhea and oligo-menorrhea treated with Homeopathic Medicine.

What we found interesting in the article, besides the good results, was that the cases report does not limit it in analyzing the specific disease. Instead it assesses the evolution of associated sub-diagnoses, underling therefore the value of the homeopathic treatment on the entire person. 4 cases are described more in particular. We appreciated that, joined to the repertory symptoms, patient symptoms series were described in the case history with patients own phrases. It is in fact the most difficult of the diagnostic homeopathic medical exercises to transfer patient words into Materiae Medicae or repertories symptom series. We believe that it is necessary to introduce into a report, the comparison between patient and repertory/MM symptoms, leaving the evaluation of the remedy diagnosis pertinence to the reader.

Thompson TD, Thompson EA. In at the deep end": an intensive foundation training in homeopathy for medical students. This article reports the results of a 1 month continuous training in Homeopathic Medicine realized by the Bristol Homeopathic Hospital and the Academic Unit of Primary Health Care of the Bristol University. In UK the 25% of the Medicine University program may be freely chosen by the students. One of the modules was a continuous training of 1 month in Homeopathic Medicine. The teachers programmed the training on the basis of the 3rd Paragraph of Hahnemann's Organon. In this paragraph Hahnemann identify what a physician has to know about medicine: 1) the nature of disease (actually seem to us that Hahnemann says what it is necessary to cure in any single disease case); 2) the nature of remedies; 3) and the principles one should be applied to the other. On the basis of this pedagogic "triangle" they built the month module. The module included, besides theoretical lessons, training in the Bristol Hospital, clinical cases in video-links, materia medica and proving. Following the authors and students experience, the results were excellent, especially because the students got the perception of what the individual patient clinic means even for academic medicine, and appreciated the idea that a physician has to directly know the effect of substances.

European Journal of Clinical Nutrition. 2009 Feb;63(2):183-90.
Zhou SJ, Gibson RA, Crowther CA, Makrides M. Should we lower the dose of iron when treating anaemia in pregnancy? A randomized dose-response trial.
With some late we quote this nice trial concerning iron administration in anemic pregnant women. It is a current experience of LUIMO physicians to realize that the actual iron dosages administered (by conventional physicians) to pregnant women show more secondary effects than positive ones. Often, suggesting a good diet and homeopathic therapy, it is possible to lower to zero iron supplementing (see also here). Zhou et al have compared efficacy and secondary effects of lower toward higher iron doses used to correct anemia in mid-pregnancy. The study conclusions are that low doses of iron (20mg/die) are good enough to treat anemia and with less gastro-intestinal problems than high (80mg/die) doses. We wish to comment some information we obtained from this article. Firstly the article let us learn that, till now, nobody have ever verified the benefit-harm balance of iron intake since the indications of 80mg/die came especially from expert reports. This might mean that the quasi-standard protocols of iron administration are a form of prudence by excess independent to the actual person clinical state. Secondly, if the 20mg/die dose if good enough to have a positive outcome as no clinical complications of the childbirth and no problems with mother and baby, it is interesting to note that we are speaking of about 3 times the daily intake (RDA is 7mg/die). Perhaps, a good diet and person care taking during this extraordinary period of life, might, even in light anaemia condition, be more than sufficient.

e-CAM. 2009 Apr 1
Basili A, Lagona F, Roberti di Sarsina P, Basili C, Valeria Paterna T. Allopathic Versus Homeopathic Strategies and the Recurrence of Prescriptions: Results from a Pharmacoeconomic Study in Italy.
Following the results if this study, the use of homeopathic medicines (no better defined) for cold, reduces the probability to re-assume, in a temporal arch of 40 month, medicines. This does not occur in a population of subjects assuming allopathic medicines.

International Journal of High dilution research. Vol 8, No 26 (2009).
We wish to cite this journal whose aim is the study and diffusion of the "high dilution" culture. It is not a strictly medical journal and surely not about Hahnemann Homeopathic medicine. Often are found articles of chemistry and physics, but also of Homeopathy or therapies based on high dilutions. We appreciate of this online journal, its modus operandi: 1) it is free, just register; 2) all the articles, as it is for LUIMO articles, can be reproduced and cited following Creative Commons 3.0, and so they can be used for scientific meaning by citing the author and the source; 3) it has a user friendly graphic structure. The link is here