Homeopathic Principles Explain the Rebound Effect

Homeopaths understand why a symptom is often worse after conventional treatment is discontinued.  We’re waiting for everyone else to figure it out.  But now an amazing Brazilian doctor is putting together the research, and giving the world the tools to cure it…

By Laurie J. Willberg


Homeopathic practitioners and patients are aware that Homeopathic remedies stimulate the body to heal itself or return to what is referred to as a state of homeostasis. Central to this process are the principles of primary and secondary reaction.


Samuel Hahnemann observed over 200 years ago that when living organisms are exposed (either internally or externally) to chemical substances or other stimuli, there is an initial impact on the body (primary reaction) which is soon followed by a secondary response (secondary reaction) from the body.


A very simple example: when one places one’s hand in a bucket of ice water: first, the hand will feel cold and numb and turn a pale white colour(primary reaction). When the hand is withdrawn from the water, it will turn red and the individual will feel a burning sensation (secondary reaction).  Another test of this principle can be performed next time you burn a finger while cooking.  Either bring it as close to the element as you can stand and slowly withdraw it, or put it under the kitchen tap but water as hot as you can stand.  You’ll feel the difference!  This move is known to chefs, by the way.


One of the hazards of conventional nasal decongestant sprays is the well-documented occurrence of what is called rebound effect  or paradoxical action: the user experiences a reduction in nasal congestion for a short period of time after the first dose, continues to repeat the dose at regular intervals, and then notices that progressively more spray is needed, more frequently, to keep the congestion at bay. Many patients then experience the unfortunate outcome of the congestion having become even worse than when they started using the product in the first place. In desperation, they turn to their family doctor who tells them that they are experiencing  a rebound effect. The patient will likely then be prescribed a corticosteroid anti-inflammatory which carries risks of other adverse effects, such as destruction of nasal tissue.  The patient is now in the hapless position of having a chronic sinus problem.


This is a pharmacological example of the Homeopathic principle of primary and secondary reaction. This issue is far more widespread and serious for patients than the pharmacological industry has either studied or divulged to medical practitioners and their clients.


Enter the Brazilian doctor Marcus Zulian Teixeira, PhD, MD, Specialist Doctor in Homeopathy (AMHB), conducting research under the banner of Similitude in Pharmacology[1].

Dr. Teixeira has compiled numerous research studies and meta-analyses that illustrate the potentially life-threatening results for patients who stop taking widely-dispensed pharmaceuticals such as aspirin, NSAIDs, bronchodilators, anti-depressants, statins, proton-pump inhibitors and many more.


These studies illustrate how patients who have discontinued the use of anti-depressants have committed suicide, and the incidence of fatal cardiovascular events in those who have discontinued blood pressure medications and statins as a result of rebound/paradoxical effects that largely go unreported in mainstream medical literature and practise.


Dr. Teixeira has created a website, New Homeopathic Medicines[2] that details the “scientific basis of the principle of similitude in modern pharmacology,” and has created a Homeopathic Materia Medica and Repertory of Modern Drugs, to be used as a reference. He is also assembling a list of pharmacies which supply homeopathic remedies made of potentized pharmacological substances.


It is not difficult to realize how potentially life-saving this information is to all medical practitioners and patients. It presents medical practitioners with a valuable tool for safely detoxifying patients not only from iatrogenic disease (disease caused by drugs—the third leading cause of death in the USA today[3]), but from pharmacological products in favour of more holistic and non-toxic treatments when these can safely and reasonably be conducted.


While isopathy  (the potentization of disease-causing agents to cure the illness they create) is not new to the practise of homeopathy,  Dr. Teixeira has thoroughly substantiated how the actions of pharmacological substances really do follow homeopathic principles.


We can easily understand why progressively higher and higher doses of conventional drugs are required to suppress symptoms, but now appreciate that the body is responding with a correspondingly higher reaction to them. We know why antipathic, i.e. symptom-suppressing, treatments elicit so many unwanted reactions (arbitrarily called side-effects) in patients who use them.


We do not all react the same way to the same substance or stimulus, and attempts to apply a general statistical model to everyone does not acknowledge that individuality. We have to continue to question the relevancy of using applied statistics to measure the efficacy of drugs (which is the basis of so-called “evidence-based medicine”) because of this , and also the fact that those statistics are so easily manipulated, and conflicting or negative data can be conveniently excluded. We know why successful homeopathic treatment involves choosing the right prescription for the individual patient. We know that the right dose and the right potency will elicit a secondary response from the body that will eliminate the symptoms it was producing in its unhealthy state.


The scientific basis for rebound or paradoxical effect is well established. Recognizing it did not require any sophisticated technological gadgetry or diagnostic equipment over 200 years ago when Samuel Hahnemann discovered its importance through inductive reasoning from his experiments.




[3] http://jama.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=192908




Chemotherapy Increases the Growth of Cancer Cells (More on the Rebound Effect)

By Laurie J. Willberg


200 years ago, Dr. Samuel Hahnemann elucidated the principles of what is now called the "rebound" or "paradoxical" effect of medicinal/chemical substances in the body. These are reflected in aphorisms 63 and 64 of his Organon of the Medical Art. Hahnemann stated that the body responds to the "impinging" effect of the substance by producing an "after-action" or "counter-action".


This also mirrors Newton's Third Law of Motion, namely that for every action there is an equal but opposite reaction. This concept is fundamental to the homeopathic treatment of disease, which uses microdoses of potentized substances to elicit a gentle curative response from the body rather than the overwhelming, uncontrollable one that will be caused by a substance in its original/chemical/material state.


Hahnemann mentions the use of Digitalis for cardiac care patients to slow a rapid pulse (it's used today for the same thing). He notes that the patient's pulse rate is initially slowed, but speeds up again, requiring another (stronger) dose to achieve the same effect, but each time the body is actually responding with a faster and faster pulse rate to counter the stronger/larger dose of the drug. This invariably escalates into a fatal situation for the patient – in fact, you couldn't expect anything else to happen!


Current research confirms Hahnemann's observation, and further elucidates the mechanisms. For instance, a research study published online on August 5, 2012 by the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Nature Medicine has shown that when chemotherapy damages healthy cells it also causes them to secrete a protein called 'WNT16B,' that accelerates cancer cell growth and resistance to further treatment. The researchers had intended to attempt to find out why cancer cells are easy to kill in a lab but not so much inside a living host. "The increase in WNT16B was completely unexpected," says study co-author Peter Nelson. "WNT16B, when secreted, would interact with nearby tumor cells and cause them to grow, invade, and importantly, resist subsequent therapy. Our results indicate that damage responses in benign cells ... may directly contribute to enhanced tumor growth kinetics."


Additionally, rates of tumor cell reproduction were found to accelerate between chemotherapy treatments. Following reports of the study in the major news media, a Dr. Arthur Kaplan (NYU division of Medical Ethics, Langone Medical Centre) appeared on Fox News Studio B, advising patients to continue receiving chemotherapy. Dr. Kaplan explains that oncologists have long known about the rebound effect (or, as Hahnemann phrased it, the counter-action) of chemotherapy drugs. He goes on to say "everyone knows" that patients at first seem to be getting "better" on chemotherapy and then get worse. According to him it's a "race against time" between the rate of cancer growth and the ability of the patient to survive the chemotherapy toxins. His interpretation of the study results is that patients need more chemotherapy, more frequently, to outpace the undamaged cancer cells' secretion of WNT16B.


At the same time Dr. Kaplan acknowledges that chemotherapy treatments of the past used far too much toxin, that much less was being used currently, and that a future goal may be to attempt to individually tailor chemotherapy doses to the patient. In his haste to explain why patients should continue to undergo toxic chemotherapy treatment he seems to ignore the contradictions inherent in his view. What he really seems to be saying is "We've known all along that chemotherapy doesn't work but we're still promoting it anyway. Maybe one day it might work..." From a homeopathic understanding of the counter-action, it's easy to see why material doses of substances trigger a negative response from the body and why increasing/repetitive doses of those substances can only lead to the demise of the organism (some faster than others due to the unique individuality of each organism).


The technology did not exist in Hahnemann's day to pare down the exact mechanisms by which the body responds, as is the case of the chemo drugs triggering the release of a damaging protein. However it's rather apparent that the makers of conventional drugs are a long way from understanding the complexities of the biological effects of their products in the present day. They do not appear to even understand how the rebound effect plays havoc with our health. One thing's for sure: it's about time patients realized that toxic cocktails are going to do nothing but cause more problems. Homeopathy is the medicine for the 21st Century and has been for the last 200 years.


References: O'Reilly, W.B., PhD, 6th Ed. Edited and Annotated, Organon of the Medical Art by Dr. Samuel Hahnemann, Birdcage Books, 1996 http://www.nature.com/nm/journal/vaop/ncurrent/full/nm.2890.html http://ca.news.yahoo.com/chemotherapy-backfire-boost-cancer-growth-study-164516832.html