Individualized Treatment via Homeopathy, Naturopathic Medicine, Bowen Therapy & the Neuroemotional Technique

If I told you that you can get the same relief from your pain with either

a). an invasive, potentially fatal surgery

or 

b). a risk-free sham procedure

which would you pick? 

That's the question being prompted by the results of a multi-center, double blind, placebo controlled trial, entitled "A Randomized Trial of Vertebroplasty for Painful Osteoporotic Spinal Fractures", and published in the New England Journal of Medicine in 2009.

This study compared the efficacy of vertebroplasty - a common surgical procedure involving the injection of bone cement into fractured vertebra - to a sham procedure.

The result? 

In all outcomes measured - overall pain, pain at night, pain at rest, physical functioning, quality of life, and perceived improvement - there was no significant difference between the two groups at any time following the intervention.

Does this mean vertebroplasty is ineffective in relieving pain? 

Not at all - it's very effective!

After all, there were significant improvements in all of the measured outcomes at each of the scheduled follow-ups.

But the improvements in the placebo group were just as great! 

In fact, the only statistically significant difference between the two groups at all - the total QUALEFFO score at 1 week - favored the placebo group! 

This, for me, is another beautiful affirmation of a common theme that is seen throughout many, if not all, aspects of medicine.

While at first blush this idea that we docs don't really know what we're doing or why our therapies are helping may appear unsettling, I actually find the prevalence of the so-called "placebo effect" to be quite liberating. 

After all, it implies that the ultimate power to heal ourselves lies within each of us - something that I have been increasingly convinced of throughout my time in practice, and which I wholeheartedly utilize with my patients.

Most patients do possess this capacity for self-healing within themselves, and simply need the proper healing trigger from a well-chosen external source of information. 

While I clearly believe that the homeopathic remedy is one of the best such triggers (if you don't know what I'm talking about, look at ... well, pretty much anything else on this site! :) ), a surgical intervention - or mock surgical intervention, as it turns out - can be just as healing. 

That is - provided it's matched to the patient who needs it.

IMHO, all forms of medicine have at least some potential for healing inherent within them. 

The only question which remains is WHICH medicine will be most healing for THIS given patient. 

This is the place where individualization must occur, and where we doctors (IMHO) must set aside our alleged "expertise", and realize that no cookbook protocol can offer the same deeply curative results as a well-matched individualized prescription.

But, if this is true, why is it that the patients in this study improved?

After all, how could they have been well-matched? This was a multi-center, double-blind, placebo-controlled randomized trial, a form of evidence which - in evidence-based medicine circles - is considered to be of higher quality than any other! 

But do the subjects in the study really represent a random cross-section of people with osteoporotic spine fractures?

After all, by self-selection, only those who were willing to undergo the invasive vertebral injection would have signed up for this study in the first place!

This suggests that the patients in the study were those who, on some level, found the idea of this invasive treatment to beat least tolerable, if not somewhat appealing.

Thus, IMHO, these study subjects instinctively selected for themselves the treatment that, of all their alternatives, was the most well-matched to them!

Individualization at its finest :)

Interestingly, I also find that this is true in my practice.

I can't count the number of times that I have just discovered a way to treat a certain, very specific condition ...

... and, for the next few days, I'll be barraged by people with just that condition needing just that treatment!

A strange phenomenon, indeed, and one which I had a tendency to dismiss "short-term memory bias" in the past.

That is, until I experienced it so often that I could no longer deny there was something greater going on.

As has been my experience with homeopathy and energetic medicine in general - when I experience something again and again, no matter how inexplicable it may superficially seem, I cannot help but to simply know a deeper truth must lie somewhere therein.

This, IMHO, is the highest form of evidence available.

It is more than evidence - it is simply evident. 

It is the kind of truth that you don't need a double-blind, placebo-controlled trial to confirm.

And this is the level at which I prefer to work with my patients. 

Although I have nothing against testing, and believe it to be valuable in supporting diagnosis and treatment decisions, I'm not fixated on what your test results suggest that you should or must be suffering from - after all, if you have Fibromyalgia or IBS, this is apparently nothing!.

No, I'm more interested in what is your actual experience. 

Your completely subjective, completely unobservable experience. For you, this is truth. 

And your own personal truth is, IMHO, to be respected even more highly than the most well-designed placebo-controlled study. 

This is the key to deeply individualized treatment.

Which is the key to permanent cure.

And, ultimately, to health itself.

Naturopathic Medicine & Homeopathy Testimonials

The trembling and shaking is not noticeable anymore, and the muscle weakness and tension is getting less.
It seems like it's gotten better every time I've seen you, so I have hope for it soon going away absolutely!
My eye sight is also stronger through the treatment, and I am not so forgetful or confused now.

Elle C., Vancouver (Kerrisdale), BC

The cancer had made me so frustrated and slowed down.

Time was my enemy, and I had to get better.

Andy's homeopathic remedy, biofeedback and neuroemotional treatments helped my mood and bowels almost immediately.

The cancer didn't go away overnight, but began to recede gradually.

Even during this time though I could tell I was getting better.

I had more energy and motivation than I had had in 20 years.

So when the doctors told me the cancer had gone into partial remission, I wasn't surprised.

Colin Wood, Delta (Ladner), BC

I visited Dr. Andy for depression and after a thorough interview and muscle resistence testing I was prescribed a remedy and given a Bowen treatment.

I was literally a new person the morning after the treatment and felt ready to tackle the world again.

Dr. Andy is sympathetic and intuitive as well as knowledgeable.

His intense desire to help his patients and deep compassion brought about these quality results.

I have and will continue to recommend Dr. Andy to my friends and family.

Pam Johnson, Vancouver (Kerrisdale), B.C.

Thank you for such a thorough homeopathic treatment.

My eyes feel much better already.

I've stopped having that irritating feeling of something always being in my eye.

I notice I'm only blinking or tearing up like how a normal person would.

The ophthamologist had recommended surgery last year, but a few months after your homeopathic remedy, he told me it's no longer necessary.

Christopher, Victoria (Metchosin), BC

Her spasms, aggression, and itching rash have gotten much lesser since the homeopathic treatment.

S.T. (dog owner), West Vancouver (Dundarave), BC

The frozen shoulder is completely cured, and I don't have any more pain in my shoulder, hip, leg or other joints.
I no longer have a cough, and my anxiety is much better, thanks to Andy's naturopathic and homeopathic treatments

Judy R., North Vancouver (Braemar), B.C.

I can see much better than I have in years thanks to Dr. Andy's homeopathic treatment.

Anna, Vancouver (Dunbar-Southlands), BC

Years ago, I slipped in my bathroom, fell and fractured my tailbone.

I think it got worse after childbirth too.

Then I injured my shoulder and got whiplash from a car accident, and hurt my hip running.

The combination of Andy's homeopathic remedy, neuroemotional releases, and Bowen therapy helped my whole body feel better.

Now I don't get pain any more when I walk, run, or drive.

And I don't seem to get so easily injured either.

Diane B, Richmond (Steveston), BC

I've had three heart attacks, and my doctor told me I probably wouldn't survive another.

When he recommended Dr. Somody, I was afraid I would be put on a strict diet and exercise regime, or have to take lots of supplements.

But Dr. Somody just gave me one homeopathic remedy to take once, did some gentle Bowen therapy, and went back into the past causes behind my heart problems with his neuro-emotional releases.

I first noticed that I was less stressed in pressured situations, like at work or with my children.

I stopped getting the painful pressure in the chest, and could exercise and enjoy life again.

My blood pressure and weight have both dropped without me having to do anything with diet or exercise.

Although I think I am eating better now, since I seem to have a better internal sense of what is good for me now.

B.K., Quebec City, Quebec

I had mono years ago, and then started getting all these immune problems - wheezing, itching, coughing up phlegm, and having really low energy levels.

And it used to feel like I was allergic to everything!

I got sicker and sicker for years before I found Andy.

His homeopathy and neuroemotional technique gradually made me feel stronger and healthier.

Now I just get infections once or twice a year, and when I do, they're not severe or debilitating at all.

Even my dyslexia and reading problems seem to have gotten better with the Bowen technique and biofeedback.

G.D., Burnaby, BC

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