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 TIAs and stroke had left me weak, debilitated, paralyzed and unable to take care of myself.

I had given up hope when I was referred to Dr. Andy, and honestly didn't believe his weird-looking homeopathic treatment would be of any use at all.

My wife had to convince me to give the homeopathy, neuroemotional technique and Bowen therapy a try.

I didn't notice anything at all at first, but my wife, children, and friends all told me I was speaking, moving and looking better.

I don' t know, maybe the changes happened too slowly to notice.

However, the difference is obvious even to me now.

My face, speech and movements are more symmetrical, and I am more independent and capable than I have been for a long time, even since before the stroke.

Tom E., Vancouver (West End / Downtown), BC

For most of my life, I felt as though I couldn't breathe - there was so much mucus and congestion in my lungs and nose.

I was sick a lot too, in my lungs and nose, plus infections in my bladder. 

But I would also get this same congested feeling when I would get panic attacks.

Andy's homeopathic remedy, bowen treatment, and neuroemotional exercises let me get to the source of my sickness and cure it.

Now I only rarely get sick or panicky.

And I always seem to get over it pretty quickly when it does come.

The change in my mood is like night and day too.

Carol K., Burnaby, BC

Before coming to see you, if I ate anything but raw food, I'd feel like my abdomen was so bloated, painful and swollen.

I would get tired and fuzzy in the head from eating almost anything!

Another naturopath diagnosed me with leaky gut, but the supplements she prescribed didn't really help that much.

Your homeopathic remedy and Bowen therapy made a huge difference though.

And I was happy to not have to take so many vitamins!

The mental-emotional technique also made me aware of the past events that had probably contributed to my health problems.

I also appreciated that you could tell me what foods were good for my body, and which foods I was allergic to.

Although, as you told me would happen, it seems these allergies have become less with time, I can now eat almost anything without having any gas, pain, confusion or tiredness.

Bernadette, Vancouver (West Point Grey), BC

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

Thanks Andy!

I'm more energized and alive than I was even before the beginning of the Addisons.

Aside from the minor, pretty-much negligible flare-up now and again, my eyes, hands and joints aren't inflammed and swollen anymore either.

I don't know how, since I didn't even tell you about it , but I can't remember when I last noticed the warts on the bottom of my feet.

They've become that much less painful and inflammed.

Carlos D., Las Vegas, Nevada

My blood sugar was crazy - going up and down, and really all over the map.

My eyes and kidneys were really getting destroyed by the diabetes, and I already had had problems with both of them before!

Andy's homeopathy, naturopathic and neuroemotional techniques helped my blood sugar stabilize when nothing else was helping.

I notice the swelling and urination problems are much less now. I even got new glasses because my vision's so much better!

Anna L, Pitt Meadows, BC

My jaw had been frozen shut by a bony fusion, and nerve damage from many destructive surgeries.

I had such severe and destructive scar tissue in my mouth.

Andy's homeopathic remedy, neuro-emotional work, and especially the Bowen therapy helped to unlock my jaw and break up this scar tissue.

My nerve pain is also less intense than it's been in years, and is still getting better with every treatment.

Brent G, Burnaby (Whalley, North Surrey), BC

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

Hannah is doing REALLY well - straighter then I have seen her in a while - NO spasms - and even her arm is better!!

She has been using ONLY homeopathy and Bowen to battle a crippling disease, Torsion Dystonia.

Her response has been baffling to neurologists and traditional doctors who are amazed and astounded at her ability to walk, run and carry on normally in life.

Andy's assessment and ability to relate to my teenage daughter were wonderful and her reaction to the remedies and treatment has been so positive.

Hannah Schell, Ottawa, Ontario

I didn't think alternative medicine, naturopathy or homeopathy could make my eyes better, but they are!

Not perfect yet, but getting better with every treatment.

My back pain is also much less with the Bowen Therapy.

And the homeopathy, neuroemotional releases and biofeedback have also helped me lose 35 pounds and keep it off.

Dave Smith, Maple Ridge, BC

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