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

My daughter was going through a horrible period of battling with anorexia, bulimia, and cycles of binging, starvation, and over-exercise.

Her electrolytes were so messed up that, even though she would try to hide it, she was having major problems with coordination and concentration.

She hadn't had periods for at least two years, her hair, teeth and nails were weak and brittle, and the doctors said that she was heading towards osteoporosis.

Dr. Andy was so compassionate and helpful, and his homeopathic remedy and mental-emotional releases seemed to make a difference almost immediately.

Even though my daughter didn't start to gain weight for a couple of weeks, I could see her brighten, relax, and open to the possibility of change.

Little by little, she started eating a little more and relaxing her rigid ideas about food.

It also helped that Dr. Andy was able to tell her what foods were good for her body.

Today, my daughter is happy, healthy, and has no more concerns about weight or body image.

Her periods are normal again too, and she doesn't even have anymore bad dreams or disturbed sleep either.

J.D., West Vancouver (British Properties), BC

I have seen a huge shift in myself - mentally, physically and emotionally.

It's awesome! 

Things are going really great and most importantly I am connecting on all these different levels. 

Yesterday, I was jumping on my bed with my kids and I wasn't having those crazy heart palpitations, I wasn't even out of breath, I am not cold...I could go on and on...thank you.

Tamar Conner, Kentville, Nova Scotia

My 100 year old aunt suffered a bout of shingles after which she had severe neuralgic pain in her left arm and around her torso. The pain was so bad that even her clothing couldn't be tolerated.

Dr. Andy conducted a thorough interview and prescribed a wonderful remedy especially for her.

Within days the pain was forgotten by her body and mind and has never returned. 

Margaret Ball, Vancouver (Kitsilano), BC

I had a constrictive sensation in throat – like someone was pushing on it with a nail – and stabbing pain where the jaw meets the ear.

The left side of my head went numb and I had a really really loud & tinny sound in my ear.

Then I started having bursts of vertigo. Andy's homeopathic and naturopathic treatments, and all the neuro-emotional work we did, made my throat pain,  much less, and after a couple of months, they went away totally.

A.P., Richmond, BC

Andy responded so compassionately to my nephew's diagnosis of this life threatening and shocking skin disease, and quickly found the remedy that miraculously turned the disease around.

You could actually see the lesions disappearing and within hours he was on the road to full recovery.

Thomas Schell, Nova Scotia / New Brunswick

Penetrative sex had always been painful and almost impossible for me, and I had started to think I just wasn't meant to have a pleasurable sex life! The homeopathic remedy and naturopathic recommendations have allowed me to enjoy sex with my current partner for the first time ever, and we are both very happy!

Stephanie, Richmond, BC

I had this bump on my nose that I got burnt off multiple times with dry ice.

But it kept coming back, and eventually became worse and worse, until it was diagnosed as skin cancer.

Then I saw Andy, and his homeopathic remedy and neuroemotional technique helped kill the cancer and let my skin heal.

I don't get the bump any more, and you can barely tell that I ever had anything there!

B.K., Surrey (Cloverdale / South Surrey), BC

I have had chronic neck pain for over twenty years which improved significantly as a result of Dr. Somody's treatment.

Similarly, my daughter has had lower back pain for many years, which had dramatic improvement as a result of Dr. Somody's treatment.

She had low back soreness often, especially at night or when she was resting.

That disappeared very quickly as a result of the first Bowen therapy session.

This shift seemed to stick, too - she hasn't needed any more treatment in almost a year, and now barely even mentions her back.

Her stomach pain - it seemed that she had a low-level of parasites that were really good at hiding from her immune system.

Something about the treatment - the mind-body connection, perhaps, or the homeopathics, Bowen [therapy] sessions, dietary counselling, or something else - all I know is that she doesn't even mention her stomach now, and hasn't since the first session.

It's more difficult to judge the effect of the treatment on her anaphylactic allergies, as we've been trying to avoid her biggest anaphylactic triggers.

However, whatever the reason, she hasn't any anaphylatic attacks in the year since she began Dr. Somody's treatment.

Her dyslexia's also dramatically improved to where it could be considered cured, or at least so small that it barely interferes with her life.

Dr. Somody has been both professional and respectful in his care of both my daughter and myself.

I have great regard for Dr. Somody, and for the health results he has achieved in attending to both myself and my daughter.

Catherine Matthews, West Vancouver, BC

The homeopathic remedy Dr. Andy gave me really helped my focus and motivation, and my acne, dandruff and dermatitis have really improved under the naturopathic treatment.
My blood pressure is also a lot better since taking the homeopathic remedy.

Chris Y., Vancouver (Kerrisdale), BC

My daughter had about 6 ear infections in under a year, and was constantly uncomfortable and crying.

Your homeopathic remedy flipped some kind of switch inside her - she was happier almost instantly!

She only had one more infection over the next six months, and hasn't had another in the past year.

Your treatment also really gentle - we'll definitely be coming back to you for our youngest soon!

Brooke T, Delta (Tsawwassen), BC

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