A Scientific Study That Indirectly Disprove The ‘Vital Force’ Theory Involved In Homeopathic Drug Action

A recent study published in the February 2010 issue of the International Journal of Oncology has documented that homeopathic remedies applied to breast cancer cells caused significant cell death, while resulting in nearly indiscernible harm to normal breast cells. The study, done by the respected MD Anderson Cancer Center, was entitled, ‘Cytotoxic effects of ultra-diluted remedies on breast cancer cells’. (“Cytotoxic effects of ultra-diluted remedies on breast cancer cells”; Frenkel et al, International .Journal of Oncology, 36: 395-403, 2010)

Report says:

“This reported study was done same way as any new chemotherapeutic drugs are tested. The researchers proved that homeopathic remedies have similar effects to chemotherapy on breast cancer cells but without affecting normal cells. This is the first study that evaluated the effect of homeopathic remedies on breast cancer cells using same methodology used for chemotherapeutic drugs”.

“Modern automated equipment was used to test the effects of four homeopathic remedies on two adenocarcinoma cell lines. Controls of normal breast cells and cells treated only with solvent were done”.

“Cell lines were cultured and treated with solvent or solvent with one of four remedies added: Carcinosin 30C, Conium maculatum 3C, Phytolacca decandra 200C, and Thuja occidentalis 30C”.

“The results were remarkable. The viability of cells treated only with solvent were inhibited, on average, by 20-30% in the three cell lines, to a maximum of 35% at the longest exposures. All four remedies further inhibited viability in the two breast cancer cell lines, but did not show a significant reduction in the normal cell lines. The amount varied by cell line, remedy, concentration of remedy, and time. One of the cancer cell lines was less viable in the face of homeopathic remedies than the other.”

“The two most effective remedies on these cell lines were Carcinosin and Phytolacca. At 5µl/ml, they reduced viability in one cancer cell line at 48 & 72 hours by 50-65%, and at 10µl/ml, viability was reduced by 65-70%. In the other cancer cell line at the same times, 5µl/ml concentrations reduced viability by 60-75% and at 10µl/mo, viability was reduced by 70-80%. The maximum viability reduction by solvent alone in the two cancer cell lines was 30-35%.”

“The effects of all the remedies on the normal cell line were nearly indistinguishable from the solvent’s effect, which showed potentized drugs has no action upon normal cells.”

Let us examine the implications of this scientific study on homeopathic theory and practice from a different angle:

In my opinion, this scientific study has following implications upon homeopathy:

First of all, this study proved the efficacy of potentized homeopathic drugs on cultured samples of cancer cells, thereby providing a fitting answer to the distracters of homeopathy who argue that potentized drugs have only placebo effect.

This study done by Frenkel and his team provides compelling evidence that homeopathic remedies have an impact on living cells, and may indicate an ability to distinguish between healthy and diseased tissues. It doesn’t demonstrate how homeopathic remedies work, though it does provide some evidence for cellular changes they produce in some cancerous cells.

At the very least, Frenkel’s team has shown that homeopathy and its remedies work.

Secondly, even though my inference may not be acceptable to ‘classical homeopaths’, this study scientifically disproves the homeopathic theory regarding mode of action of potentized drugs, and role of ‘vital force’ in the action of potentized drugs.

Most homeopaths maintain that the ‘dynamic medicinal energy’ of potentized drugs act upon the organism through ‘nerve signals’, which is proved incorrect through this study, since ‘cancer cell cultures’ used for here do  not contain nerve cells.

According to ‘classical homeopaths’, ‘dynamic drug energy’ acts up on ‘vital force’, which cures the disease first at ‘mental level’. It is believed that the ‘mind’ in turn cures the disease in the ‘physical body’. There is no ‘mind’ or ‘vital force’ present in cell cultures, and as such, this study totally disproves the whole theory of ‘vital force’ in the homeopathic drug action.

According to ‘classical homeopathy, disease and cure takes place only at the level of ‘vital force’, which is an ‘immaterial’, ‘spirit like’ force animating the living organism. According to this theory, potentized drugs should act only up on the living organism as a whole, animated by ‘vital force’ and having ‘mind’ and ‘nerve tissue’. .

The present study is not conducted on living individuals, but in vitro cell cultures, same way as modern chemotherapeutic drugs are tested. Cell cultures do not contain nerve cells, mind or vital force, which totally disproves the theory of vital force, nerves and mind as factors in homeopathic therapeutic process

Thirdly, this study has documented that homeopathic remedies applied to breast cancer cells caused significant cell death, while resulting in no harm to normal breast cells. That shows potentized homeopathic drugs have no action upon healthy cells, which disproves the theory that homeopathic drugs used without indications may harm the organism.

Lastly, since this in vitro study was conducted in the same way as modern chemotherapeutic drugs, it clearly proves that potentized drugs act on biological molecules through a mechanism similar to the action of modern drugs. That means, we have to explain the dynamics of homeopathic therapeutics in accordance with the principles of modern biochemistry and molecular medicine.

I think this study is a decisive step in the scientific understanding of homeopathy.

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7 Comments

  1. aqa

    Its not anonymous, secondly please concentrate on replying not concentrate on, who you are replying to. For your information I would again insist you must study hard to understand the basics of cell biology. From your articles you do not seems to have most recent knowledge on these subjects. Most of your hypothesis are based on 200 years old knowledge of biology and physics. Two suggestions one read on cell biology from most recent research prospective and secondly, look at homeopathy from quantum mechanics point of view.

    • Chandran Nambiar

      Thanks for advice.

      • Chandran Nambiar

        Please post your comments on the content of specific topic here. Do not concentrate in advising me and educating me. If you see nothing worthy of discussion in my post, you can keep away. If I am talking 200 old science, you can comment ‘on the topic’ on the basis of your latest quantum knowledge.

  2. aa

    If you have knowledge about cell biology then you will not say single cell have no mind and no vital force. Actually your own concept about single cell and multi cell organism is incomplete. In both cases there is vitality, and there is memory and let me tell you there is ‘mind’ too.

    • Chandran Nambiar

      If you expect a reply, don’t make anonymous posts. I want to know to whom I am talking

  3. Good I am getting new view it will be of great help if u explain us with some cases and their follow up..THANKS after many years someone has dared to be wise.

  4. Dear Doctor,

    Thank you for such a nice and detailed view on the research. I totally agree with your points mentioned and the last one is the greatest.
    Before disproving something/Law we have to lead the research into the issue that what causes our medicine to work and their mechanism of action.
    Just in the previous article « Hering’s Law: Law, Rule or Dogma? An Article by Dr. André Saine, D.C., N.D., F.C.A.H.>> I learned that we have to shake ourselves and put the efforts into the beginning and into the future research to get the right out of it.
    I was a fan of Kent, but we looking to the assertion he made about Hering’s law, I am just saying after this there has to be a research back into the literature and into future according them.

    Regards,

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