Anybody who has read the works of homeopaths such as Dana Ullman or Sue Young will know they often bang on about “allopathy” and “iatrogenic illnesses”. Allopathy means “intending to cause symptoms different to those manifested by the patient” (homeopathy means “cause the same symptoms…”) “iatrogenic” means “caused by doctors” although homeopaths use it to refer to the side effects of drugs. So if a patient had been killed by a medication sold by a big industry, you’d expect the homeopaths to be shouting about it from the roof-tops, wouldn’t you?
They are not, though. Ling “Carrie” Wang, a post graduate student used Jin Bui Huan (JBH), a traditional Chinese remedy (TCM) to treat a stomach upset and skin rash. Read about it here. She fell into a coma, her liver and other organs shut down and death followed.
JBH appears to have form in causing health problems. See here and here. In Colorado it has been linked to central nervous system depression, respiritory problems and life threatening heart problems. In Los Angeles it has been linked to acute hepatitis. In Belgium some contained Anstolochia fengchi instead of Stephania tetrandia. The Chinese names for these plants are very similar but unfortunately the former contains anstolochic acid which is highly toxic to the kidneys. In this case 80 users suffered kidney damage and 39 suffered end stage renal failure.
I call TCM a big industry because they are everywhere. Go down any high street where the local poulation has enough money to indulge their hypochondria and you will find a Chinese herbalist.
Despite this death produced by allopathic medicine, the homeopaths are strangely silent? Why is this? Are they worried that if attention is drawn to one branch of CAM, they themselves may come under scrutiny?
And why are politicians silent? This young woman was poisoned by an illegal drug. (Anstolochia is banned throughout the European Union). Why are herbal remedies not being regulated? Why are they not being tested for safety and efficacy? What other toxins are masquerading as remedies on the shelves of your local herbalist?