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Cure: Homeopathy?


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#1 majicbunnies

 
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Posted 11 July 2006 - 01:31 PM

I was told that homeopathic remedies can cure celiac disease. The lady who specializes in it says she meets with me and we talk and then she makes an herbal mixture and gives it to me. I take it and over time my body will heal itself. I really don't want to waste $185 on it if it wont work (125 for first appointment and 60 for the check up about 6 months later). ..does it work?

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Posted 11 July 2006 - 01:59 PM

NO!!!

There is no cure for celiac, only a treatment. The only treatment for celiac is the gluten-free diet. Period.

It's a genetic autoimmune reaction, not something that can be stopped, only prevented.
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Posted 11 July 2006 - 02:07 PM

homeopathy will not change your genes, and it's a gene expression that causes your immune system to respond to gluten, creating molecules that attack your intestines. there is no 'cure' in homeopathy. even if it might be able to help heal the intestines, you still much avoid gluten.
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Posted 11 July 2006 - 04:44 PM

homeopathy will not change your genes, and it's a gene expression that causes your immune system to respond to gluten, creating molecules that attack your intestines. there is no 'cure' in homeopathy. even if it might be able to help heal the intestines, you still much avoid gluten.



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Posted 11 July 2006 - 06:32 PM

I think that statement is why so many think alternative medicine is all quackery. If only we all could be cured so fast!!!! I do alot of alternative medicine and get great results so I'm one who says go the natural route but a cure for celiacs---- I DON'T THINK SO ...........................enough said and save your money....

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Posted 11 July 2006 - 08:21 PM

I have used a homeopathic remedy for muscle strain with success in the past but don't know now whether it is gluten free. For Celiac Disease I don't think so, it concerns me that others may be more vulnerable to this supposed remedy.
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Posted 11 July 2006 - 11:07 PM

The only time I went to a Homeopathic doctor, I ended up with lupus-like symptoms from the medications she gave me. Stopped taking them, because I went to a PA who was very concerned. Did a challenge test 6 weeks later just to see if it was the homeopathic things that she gave me . . . came right back. Given my bad experience, I don't recommend it. Celiac is genetic . . . I agree, save your money.
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Posted 12 July 2006 - 04:45 AM

I think that statement is why so many think alternative medicine is all quackery. If only we all could be cured so fast!!!! I do alot of alternative medicine and get great results so I'm one who says go the natural route but a cure for celiacs---- I DON'T THINK SO ...........................enough said and save your money....

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Posted 12 July 2006 - 05:05 AM

I read recently that homeopathic stuff is a very dilute solution of the stuff your body is actually allergic to, and herbal stuff is a much stronger solution of things which are supposed to help reduce the reactions more directly, in a similar way to traditional drugs. So those two approaches are like opposites of each other.

Apparently, homeopathy is like the idea of building up a tolorence or "getting the body used to the allergen". I'm not all that comfortable with that notion, but if it works for some, that's fine. We already know it can't work for gluten though.
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Posted 12 July 2006 - 12:16 PM

I read recently that homeopathic stuff is a very dilute solution of the stuff your body is actually allergic to, and herbal stuff is a much stronger solution of things which are supposed to help reduce the reactions more directly, in a similar way to traditional drugs. So those two approaches are like opposites of each other.

Apparently, homeopathy is like the idea of building up a tolorence or "getting the body used to the allergen". I'm not all that comfortable with that notion, but if it works for some, that's fine. We already know it can't work for gluten though.


Thanks to you and to everyone for the responses. I wish there were a cure!
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Posted 12 July 2006 - 01:25 PM

FYI,

Homeopathic remedies are notorious for being able to assist with the relief of symptoms, but not the underlying cause.

In this sense, they are extremely dangerous and the people who advocate their use are often truly ignorant of Celiac Disease. (They attempt to treat it as an "allergy", not what it actually is)
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Posted 12 July 2006 - 01:34 PM

I am sure that there are homeopathic remedies that will help your intestines to heal faster. I use sepia when I am glutened, as I get an inflamed stomach, and it sure helps the awful stomach ache go away fast. So, while it might really be helpful to heal quicker, I wouldn't go to this particular homeopathic doctor, as she is clearly misinformed and misguided as to what can be cured, and what can't. And celiac disease can't be cured. Period.

Save your money and take things like glucosamine sulfate, which will not only help your joints, but helps heal your intestines.
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