Jul 212006
 

In concert with Wednesday’s post on unusual treatments for MS, I thought I would end with the most unusual, and expensive.

After doing the research for Wednesday’s post I realized that I had been getting some SPAM from Esperanza about their product. Scanning through the blah, blah, blah in the email testimonials apparently Esperanza makes a homeopathic therapy for Multiple Sclerosis (I have no idea on why I didn’t notice them on my original searches for MS homeopathy). For $10,000 + travel expenses you too can have some “special” saline (it is water that was next to water that was next to water …. that was near cobra venom? Water memory) to spray under your tongue; and even then in isn’t a cure! I guess in all fairness the Rebif comes out to more than this, but insurance covers the Rebif; and I don’t have to travel to get tested. IMHO, homeopathy is the archetype of quackery. I guess on the plus side memory water won’t hurt you.

Here are PDF’s of the SPAM emails they sent me. I didn’t bother to check the references they are citing (pictures of publications) since homeopathy is way too far out there for me to take seriously. The only reason I am posting them is because homeopathy is so bizarre to me. They are certainly testimonial centric emails, which translates in my brain to “blah,blah,blah.” On a “positive” note glyconutrients/Ambrotose and LDN are looking more appealing by the day! 😉

EsperanzaPeptide.MultipleSclerosisTreatmentTestimonial.20060613.pdf [103KB]
EsperanzaPeptide.NEUROLOGICAL_DISEASE_TREATMENTS_AND_TRIALS.pdf [23KB]
EsperanzaPeptide.MultipleSclerosisTreatmentTestimonial.pdf [214KB]

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  11 Responses to “Homeopathic Treatment for Multiple Sclerosis”

  1. On a completely unrelated note I was appalled that Esperanza was using Outlook Express for their mail client (I am sure everyone looks at the mail headers, or has display Mail User Agent extension installed in Thunderbird ;-). I wouldn’t want anyone to use that mail client for personal use, but for a business that just seems pathetic. Especially for a place that is charging $10,000/year for treatment.

  2. I would have to agree that this seems extreeme! I am open to some alternative treatments and more than willing to learn more about them, but the more I learn the more I become skeptical. I hope you are doing well. Please take care of yourself.

    Jaime

  3. Heh … water memory. I recall a little bit of what that was all about … quackery indeed. Seems to me that the placebo effect is more affective.

  4. There is a forunately/unfortunately aspect to all of this.

    FORTUNATELY non-toxic and perfectly natural alternatives to serious health challenges are becoming more mainstream and are even gaining the much-needed (for most people) scientific backing to explain its ability to the world.

    UNFORTUNATELY the bandwagon is FULL of crappy wannabes making medical claims (red flag #1) and costing people lots of money for genuine junk. THAT then leads people’s pendulums to swing BACK to the “this natural stuff is crap” mentality.

    FORTUNATELY regulations are coming that will wipe out a HUGE HUGE HUGE amount of these crap companies. They will still be around but in MUCH smaller quantities. UNFORTUNATELY those regulations may take a while coming. Also, there is concern that regulations will be too strict (pro-pharma) but chances are that, because Rx companies are wanting to jump on the bandwagon, too there will still be enough freedom for the REAL companies that have REAL scientific backing.

    UNFORTUNATELY, there’s a lot to wade through in the meantime.

    FORTUNATELY, there is a small glimmer of hope that insurance will cover some alternative forms of treatment in the future (chiropractic & massage being covered now is a great advancement but we have so far to go).

    UNFORTUNATELY, the meantime costs are often a deterrant to many people.

    FORTUNATELY (????) rx costs are REALLY rising and insurance companies won’t be able to keep up with it and natural alternatives will not be such an expensive choice after all (in fact, I’ve already worked with people who have LOWERED their costs by switching to glycos & supporting nutrients instead of their drugs — not an complete option for everyone but most people can AT LEAST LOWER their consumption of Rx when improving nutrient-intake)

    So….the SPAM you are receiving doesn’t surprise me. The proof is in the pudding and time will definitely weed them out.

    Tips for self-weeding:

    -Stick with a company that has some history & time behind it. “Brand new” companies MIGHT be on the money but it’s risky.

    -Choose products that have REAL science behind it – reputable journals and scientific magazines.

    –Understand that double-blind placebo blah blah blah studies are necessary for drugs that can kill you. Drug tests don’t equate well for nutritional products. FOR some HERBAL products, this might be a good idea because some herbs are toxic but be willing to read science & understand the difference between NUTRITION and TREATMENT (natural or toxic)

    -Listen carefully to testimonies. Are the people who are sharing their life-changing stories talking bout THEMSELVES or a friend of a friend? The law says that “testimonies” must be personal (self or spouse or child or relative receiving your care). Reputable stories will give first and last name and preferably contact information to learn more. They should also be willing to share their information irregardless of any financial gain (i.e. I should be willing to tell you about my defeat of allergy problems after using glycos but with the understanding that the listener is totally free to purchase glycos from anywhere else besides me)

    -Don’t throw the network marketing baby out with the MLM-of-past bathwater. the invention of “upline & downline” business model in the past turned out to be an ingenious plan for businesses who wanted to convert their advertising dollars to a much-more-effective word-of-mouth approach. Legit companies with legit products are certainly wise to use this approach and families who take part in it are also wise because their good experiences reward them (instead of walmart or wherever else you suggest someone buy a product). LEGIT COMPANIES with stable products do not require ANY monies for “information” or membership. PRODUCTS should be received with every financial transaction. Also, there should be no requirement to sell or share the information to be able to maintain discounted purchasing of products (i.e. I should be able to become a ‘member’ or ‘associate’ of a company and purchase products at a discount for as long as I desire without telling one single person about the products or the company).

    OK….this has gotten way too long so I’ll stop now.

    Sorry Erik. I might have overstepped my bounds 🙂 Don’t hate me!

  5. Just as a tiny side bar to what Stacy said and Jamie said, I wish there was a better way to get information and that companies were more on the up and up. I like alternative, more natural things that can help, but it’s so hard to know what is legitimate. And like Jaime said, the more you learn the more skeptical you can become. Granted Erik is having lots of luck with some alternative treatments. Oh, and I don’t know what I would have done without the Chiro while I was pregnant!

  6. Oh, and like Erik has said before… water having a better memory than me is just wrong!!

  7. Eriksgirl is close I cursed the water at the prospect of it having a better memory than me – damn water!

  8. I’ve been practicing an alternative/holistic approach to MS from the time I was diagnosed in 2003. This approach includes homeopathy, which I began two months after diagnosis and continue today. Contrary to the other comments, it’s worked for me. No disease progression, no exacerbations from the time I was diagnosed, no additional lesions… call it quakery, pseudoscience, placebo effect… for me it works.

    In working with a homeopathist, I’ve never known of one homeopathic remedy to quasi-cure MS. I think Esperanza is strange, but one bad representative doesn’t ruin the entire homeopathic practice.

    And I’ve worked at a research hospital and then major big-pharma organization. I can tell you that while the “science” behind drug development is sound, the bias for ensuring science supports a particular view controls the science.

    Jenn

  9. Have you heard of Immunocal? It is a patented whey product that raises glutathione intracellularly. This markedly reduces oxidative stress, and has provided symptomatic improvement in MS patients, and others. Go to http://hendriksinstitute.org/immunocal.htm to read some of the abstracts of clinical studies on the role of glutathione in disease.

  10. Give me a break!! Are you so dumb as to think that so called “traditional” medicine from the western world is the only way to cure any disease?!! Have you ever heard of research or would that be too hard for your ego to take if you find that you are possibly wrong? Haven’t you ever looked into ancient, eastern medicine? These remedies have been around for thousands of years and yet it has taken the western civilization decades to finally realize that maybe they know something we don’t. Please look into the facts of homeopathy( I mean really look!) before you poo poo it! The traditional medical community has let us down on so many diseases and MS is a prime example. If you really want to do your readers service DO YOUR HOMEWORK! Then come back and tell me I’m an idiot…I think you will change your tune if you have the nachos to do it….

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