Homeopathic Preventative Treatment of Epidemic Leptospirosis

A landmark study[1] published in the August 2010 issue of the journal Homeopathy describes the successful use of homeopathy to prevent epidemic disease – one of the first such studies and by far the largest homeopathic trial of any kind to be published in the modern medical literature. The study took place in Cuba, where researchers and public health officials collaborated in the homeopathic immunization of over 2 million persons against epidemic Leptospirosis. The results were highly impressive.

Leptospirosis is a bacterial disease which has historically occurred throughout the developing world and in the tropics. In recent years it has increasingly been recognized as a serious health problem worldwide [2] [3] [4]     It is spread primarily through consumption of contaminated drinking water and so incidence rises during rainy seasons, floods and other natural disasters.

In Cuba, each year since statistics have been compiled, dozens to hundreds of deaths and thousands of cases of serious illness are caused by Leptospirosis. The bulk of these cases occur in the last 12 weeks of the calendar year (October through December), with December representing the peak incidence.

In October of 2007, with an unusually early rise in disease incidence indicating the likelihood of an especially dire season of disease and with the inability to procure adequate amounts of conventional vaccine, the Ministry of Public Health of Cuba decided for the first time to utilize a homeopathically prepared vaccine product. Made from 4 strains of Leptospira and delivered orally, the homeopathic product was administered to 2.1 million people living in the regions considered at highest risk of disease. The rest of the 11 million inhabitants of the island did not receive any preventative forms of medicine other than 15,000 persons (0.6% of the population) in the high risk area who received the conventional vaccine.

The results were unprecedented.

In the intervention region (i.e. the high-risk area which received the homeopathic product), within 2 weeks of administering the homeopathic product a 90% decrease in disease incidence was observed. This was stunning, considering disease incidence had historically increased during this period (even with the administration of conventional vaccination) and that the statistical model had predicted close to a 100% increase for this period in 2007.

No decrease in disease incidence was observed in the non-intervention region – instead, the usual increase for this time of year occurred.

In September 2008 a second round of homeopathic prophylaxis was administered – this time to 2.3 million persons.

Again results demonstrated the effectiveness of the homeopathic product, with disease incidence in the intervention region occurring at a remarkably low 0-2 cases per week, per 100,000 persons– a rate very significantly below the historical average, and this despite another record rainy season with hurricanes of unusual intensity (‘Gustav’, ‘Ike’, and ‘Paloma’).

In the non-intervention region in 2008, disease incidence remained at historical levels, just as in 2007.

The total annual incidence of Leptospirosis was reduced in the intervention region by 84% from 2007 to 2008, while incidence rose in the non-intervention region by 21% – this despite significantly higher risk of disease in the intervention region.

The authors of the study considered numerous variables outside of the homeopathic intervention which may have influenced the disease trends, but all were shown to be statistically non-significant: “Taken together, these facts suggest that the [homeopathic prophylaxis] intervention in the [intervention region] was the main factor causing a significant reduction in Leptospirosis incidence.”

The study was conducted at the Finlay Institute, which is Cuba’s national medical research institute and a World Health Organization recognized research facility. The institute is primarily involved with study of conventional medicine but also has a small homeopathic arm.

Since 1998, scientists at Finlay have manufactured the world’s only commercially available trivalent conventional vaccine for Leptospirosis – “vaxSpiral”. This product takes almost one year to make, costs the Cuban government $3M dollars and covers about 800,000 of its citizens (leaving a large percentage of high-risk population un-protected).

By contrast the homeopathic vaccine product was manufactured within one week at a cost of $200,000 and covered 2.3 million people. This means the homeopathic product cost around 2% of the conventional vaccine.

The fact that homeopathic prophylactic medicines can be manufactured so quickly has significant medical implications – making it possible to create vaccines in real-time using the exact strain of annual infectious organisms as they emerge (something not possible in conventional vaccine manufacture and a common cause of vaccine failure – in influenza, for example).

None of this invalidates the use of conventional vaccinations, most of which have a demonstrated record of effectiveness, but it does present a potential lifesaving opportunity for developing countries that lack resources to either purchase the conventional vaccine and/or administer it to their populations. And if replicated sufficiently in further studies and shown to be reliable, homeopathic immunization could potentially offer great benefit to the developed world as well.(though don’t hold your breath on NIH being eager to investigate anytime soon).

Which brings up the unfortunate side of this story – the fact that none of the prominent conventional medical journals would publish it.

Homeopathy editor Peter Fisher, had this to say in an accompanying editorial, “It is hard to imagine that such an impressive study of a conventional medicine or vaccine would not be published in a major medical journal, especially given the sample size of 2.3 million subjects.”

But we don’t need to imagine, since the authors of this study have indeed had their work in the conventional medical field consistently published in prominent journals. Lead author Gustavo Bracho and investigators Jorge Menendez, Luis Garcia, Rosa Solis, and Concepcion Campa have published dozens of papers in journals such as Science, Vaccine, Human Vaccines, Expert Review of Vaccines, Infection and Immunity, The International Journal of Medical Microbiology, and Immunology and Cell Biology

This sort of “all evidence is equal but some evidence is more equal than others” attitude is a fact most in the homeopathic community have unfortunately grown accustomed to.

Nevertheless, it is a good day for homeopathy and for those willing to listen.

UPDATE (2013) Since the writing of this article, Cuban health officials broadened the administration of  homeopathic Leptospirosis prophylaxis to the entire population, with the result that the disease is nearly eradicated (so much that the product is no longer routinely given). Additionally, use of homeopathy as a public health measure has been expanded to include other epidemic conditions such as dengue fever, ‘swine’ flu, Hepatitis A, and conjunctivitis – all of which have been successfully treated (though results are not yet published).

1. Bracho G et al, Large scale application of highly-diluted bacteria for Leptospirosis epidemic control. Homeopathy 2010 Jul;99(3): 156-66
2. Pappas G, Papadimitriou P, Siozopoulou V, Christou L, Akritidis N. The globalization of leptospirosis: worldwide incidence trends. Int J Infect Dis 2008; 12(4): 351-357.
3. Vijayachari P, Sugunan AP, Shriram AN, Leptospirosis: an emerging global public health problem. J Biosci 2008; 33(4): 557-569.
4. Cruz LS, Vargas R, Lopes AA. Leptospriosis: a worldwide resurgent zoonosis and important cause of acute renal failure and death in developing nations. Ethn Dis 2009; 19(1 Suppl 1). S1-S37-S41.

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7 Responses to Homeopathic Preventative Treatment of Epidemic Leptospirosis

  1. johnbenneth says:

    This is an excellent piece of work and definitely a POW! . . a major “killshot” on deniers of homeopathy. It is now (as it has always potentially been) a LEGAL issue of MASS malpractice of epidemic proportions in health care. In the words of Jacques Benveniste, it is a “new biological paradigm.” It is such a volatile, explosive problem it is hard to frame it accurately.
    This is not the first time supramoleculars (homeopathic remedies) have been used to stop an epidemic DEAD in its tracks, nor will it be the last. We are sitting atop a powder keg and the sparks are flying!
    John Benneth, Homeopath

  2. Hi,
    I followed your link (from my huffpo article) and thought your blog was well done–condensed, easy-to-read. Thank you!
    A cancer story to share with you: One of our dogs was diagnosed with a sarcoma (under front left armpit). Very fast-growing, aggressive. She gave him a month or two. Once again, I said, “We shall see.” I took his case, called my homeopathic vet. We were going to give him Coulter’s programme for cancer (200c of carcinosin in water every 15 minutes for a couple of hours every day for one week, then thuja 200c, same protocol.) In looking at his case again, I had a stronger sense about thuja so I started with that. By the end of the week, he had shown a vibrant improvement–more lively, full of appetite, no growth on the tumor. I kept him only on the thuja because the improvement was so astonishing in the most important sense–mind and spirit. He had an aggravation (bladder stones), which we dealt with and he had been improving steadily for about 18 months since then. Even his cataracts disappeared. No one could believe he was 15 years old! (Oh, and we also took him off ALL carbs and he’s on a whole meat, green vegetable and tripe diet). Around a few months ago, we began to notice an increase in the tumor (rapid!). I moved him up to 1m, he got a bizarre aggravation (pissed off, angry, easily annoyed) for an afternoon, some diarrhea, and then his mood smoothed out completely. After that, his tumor stopped growing. But I felt it needed a bit more help. Called the vet, discussed it a bit and gave him Turkey Tail mushroom (Fungi Perfecti). Have been giving him a teaspoon with his meal and the tumor is shrinking.
    I have no data to back this up across populations. I just know what I see and I am grateful.
    In oncological cases, you might take a look at turkey tail (trametes versicolor). It has been getting the attention of Big Pharm. I say we should get it before they ruin it.


    • Sarah Stetson says:

      What a great story Judith, I am in search of another homeopathic vet. Unfortunately ours passed away last year 😦 Thank you for any information you can provide.

  3. site says:

    Amazing article, thank you, I will visit again now.

  4. Great to read this article on homeopathic profylaxe. The most important thing is that it works for the 2.3 milion people who used it. Thanks for sharing.

  5. santosh says:

    i have used homoeopathic medicine so many time and i think that it work and results are marvellous…..

  6. Nice blog. Wish the blogger had mentioned the prophylactic for lepto.or else one has to depend on individual symptoms showing up, like chills, fever, body pains etc. Thanks all the same.

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