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What the patients say …

Lauren Vaknine was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis at the age of 2.

Lauren talks here about how homeopathy has helped her live a normal life. She believes that without homeopathy and an integrated approach to her healthcare, she would have required the permanent use of wheelchair before her 20th birthday.

Video Video courtesy of the British Homeopathic Association

Jane Gilchrist made this video shortly before her 100th birthday in 2013. Sadly, she passed away in early 2014, only a few months before her 101st.

A passionate supporter of the NHS Royal London Hospital for Integrated Medicine and of homeopathy specifically, in this video she talks about homeopathy and explains how she would be prepared to fight should the hospital’s future ever come under threat.

Video Video courtesy of the British Homeopathic Association
Emily Maguire is an English singer-songwriter and musician. She was involved in a car crash when she was 17 and sustained a whiplash injury which triggered a condition that affects the nervous system and results in chronic pain (fibromyalgia). This affected her mobility for years and in her early 20s she had to give up work and was registered disabled. It was then that she attended the RLHIM. In September 2011, The Guardian ran an online poll ‘Should homeopathic treatments be available on the NHS?’ which inspired Emily to write on her website about her experience …

Emily’s Blog [30.08.11]

‘Should homeopathic treatments be available on the NHS?’ That’s the question asked on The Guardian website today. Apparently most of the evidence in favour of homeopathy is purely anecdotal. This apparently means it can be summarily dismissed.

The reason I’m writing this is because I am an anecdote.

I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia pain syndrome in my teens, and told it was a permanent and incurable condition I would have to accept and learn how to manage. For the next 10 years I was in constant pain from muscle spasms all over my body. By the time I got my first guitar aged 21, I was on walking sticks and registered as disabled. I couldn’t work and needed care so I lived on incapacity benefit and disability living allowance.

I was an inpatient 3 times at the Royal Hospital for Rheumatic Diseases in Bath and tried every alternative therapy under the sun.

Finally I went to see Dr Peter Fisher, a consultant rheumatologist at what was then called the Royal London Homeopathic Hospital. Within one month of taking the homeopathic remedy he prescribed me, the pain was gone.

It is difficult to convey exactly what ‘pain-free’ feels like, after 10 years of constant pain. I don’t know how or why the homeopathy worked. I just know that for me, it did.

So should homeopathic treatments be available on the NHS? I had just 2 appointments with Dr Fisher. With a supposedly permanent, incurable illness, I believe I would have cost the state far more in hospital stays, outpatient appointments, pain-relieving medication, not to mention DSS benefits in all the years that followed, if he had not treated me so successfully and allowed me to get on with my life.

Anyway that’s my story.

For more about Emily visit her website:www.emilymaguire.com

Comments received from other patients at the RLHIM:

“I am a patient [at the RLHIM] and do not think I would be here if it was not for the wonderful remedies I was given and the support I receive from my Doctor at the hospital. Patients should have choice on the NHS. Long may we have that choice! Keep up the good work.” KJ – Sept 2011
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“Although I can see why people might think it impossible that homeopathic remedies have any effect due to the dilution, I know of people who have experienced great benefit from homeopathic treatment… how can I deny the benefit they feel unless I believe that conditions such as hay fever, systemic lupus, and arthritic pain can respond to a placebo?

I had a homeopathic treatment which I found to be very effective. Also, regarding acupuncture, I personally have had a long-term knee condition cured with acupuncture.

I think much of the distrust … is simply not knowing enough about it yet thinking that Western tradition is the only form of medicine that is really medicine. It doesn’t seem logical to me”. LN – September 2011
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“I was first referred to this hospital for psoriasis about 30 years ago after unsuccessful treatment to cure it by my GP. The treatment I received here cured my problem after a few visits. I was so impressed as I had been suffering for 10 years.

I was diagnosed early in 2010 with under-active thyroid and asked to be referred here [RLHIM] as I did not like the idea of taking thyroid drugs for the rest of my life. I can now say that my thyroid is now back to normal and … Autogenic Training helped me with my stress-related problems.

I feel less stressed and now in control of my life again. Thanks to the work of the … Hospital and all its staff who make you feel so at ease and calm. This hospital is AMAZING. Thank you.”
Quote ID 5 – A – 2011
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“I thank my lucky stars, my GP and God for bringing me to this amazing hospital. Weekly acupuncture with Catrina has saved me from the addictive pain killers I have been taking for 20+ years. The acupuncture has replaced the need for medicine that had terrible side effects and to be honest did not touch the pain!! Acupuncture is working with my body and reducing the chronic pain to a tolerable level. A lifetime of “period pain” masquerading as endometriosis is finally easing in its severity and I am able to COPE. My quality of life has been improved and the blood flow has reduced improving my anaemic state. Thank you all that provide care and support at this BLESSED hospital.”
Quote ID 9 – Anon – 2011
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“The experience of visiting the Royal London Hospital for Integrated Medicine is excellent. The ambience and staff are welcoming and efficient. Much more importantly the care available, the wide range of allopathic and homeopathic, blended with all the other disciplines available, combine to reassure the patients as well as to treat.

I have a long term chronic condition and the treatment I have received here has kept me independent, out of my GP’s surgery and ensure I have not become a burden on the state. I continue to be a patient at UCH alongside the treatment I receive here. It is this combination and my ability to access the non-allopathic element in a safe, secure and regulated environment that has been my salvation. If the PCT in their ignorance shuts down this hospital it will be a terrible injustice for me and many patients like me. It will also abolish, for us, the choice that the present government says we should have.”
Quote ID 46 – SR – 2011
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