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Alastair Gray’s Integrated Medicine Consultations, Education and Books

A company using natural medicine, integrated and homeopathic principles to effect change and restore balance for individuals, organisations and communities. 

Creating excellence in the clinical delivery of natural medicine professions through conducting and facilitating research. 

Delivering and managing excellent education programs utilizing the best technologies and learning tools grounded in solid educational theory and best practice.

Homeopathic treatment beneficial in Cuba study

Al Gray - Thursday, December 16, 2010

Homeopathic immunization against Leptospirosis in Cuba has resulted in significant reduction of disease incidence, prompting the Cuban government to focus more on homeopathy medicine in disease prophylaxis. Leptospirosis is a zoonotic disease which is endemic in Cuba. It usually worsens during the hurricane and high rainfall seasons from October to December each year when the infection is spread via infected water, although rodent urine will also carry the disease.

Homeopathy works - but it is talking, not tinctures that helps patients

Al Gray - Thursday, December 16, 2010

Homeopathy can reduce the symptoms of disease, but it is the consultations not the remedies which are responsible, a new study has found. Sufferers of rheumatoid arthritis who visited a homeopathic doctor experienced significant reductions in pain, inflammation and other key markers of the disease, the research shows.

Homeopathy has clinical benefits in rheumatoid arthritis patients that are attributable to the consultation process but not the homeopathic remedy: a randomized controlled clinical trial

Al Gray - Thursday, December 16, 2010

Exploratory double-blind, randomized placebo-controlled trial conducted from January 2008 to July 2008, in patients with active stable RA receiving conventional therapy. Eighty-three participants from three secondary care UK outpatient clinics were randomized to 24 weeks of treatment with either homeopathic consultation (further randomized to individualized homeopathy, complex homeopathy or placebo) or non-homeopathic consultation (further randomized to complex homeopathy or placebo).

A grounded theory study of homeopathic practitioners' perceptions and experiences of the homeopathic consultation.

Al Gray - Thursday, December 16, 2010

Research into the homeopathic consultation has largely focused on patients' experiences, although the practitioner is a crucial component of the therapeutic context and may have an important part in optimizing health outcomes. This study suggests that the process of identifying and prescribing the remedy is embedded in the consultation, highlighting the interconnectedness of the whole homeopathic consultation and aspects of the consultation that are unique and specific to homeopathy.

Use of homeopathy in pediatric oncology in Germany.

Al Gray - Thursday, December 16, 2010

Homeopathy is a frequently used complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) treatment. Following study present results comparing responses of homeopathy users (HUs) and users of other forms of CAM (NHUs) in pediatric oncology (PO) in Germany. Compared to other CAM treatments, patient satisfaction with homeopathy appears to be very high.

The Efficacy and Cost-Effectiveness of Integrative Medicine

Al Gray - Thursday, December 16, 2010

Following report summarizes the data supporting the efficacy and cost-effectiveness of an integrative approach to health care from three sources—medical research conducted at universities, studies carried out by corporations developing employee wellness programs, and pilot projects run by insurance companies. The Efficacy and Cost-Effectiveness of Integrative Medicine.

Benefits to all from alternative therapies

Al Gray - Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Snow, D.

The Access Economics report finds two-thirds of Australians use complementary medicines each year, slicing millions off the national health bill and improving the well-being of many. The report was commissioned by the National Institute of Complementary Medicine at the University of Western Sydney, and focused on five of the most common chronic ailments for which patients sought complementary treatment.

Revisiting the Rosiglitazone Story — Lessons Learned

Al Gray - Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Clifford J. Rosen, M.D.

Reflective of a change that is taking place in the transparency of drug licensing procedures at the FDA - and the EMA.

Paracetamol in early infancy: the risk of childhood allergy and asthma

Al Gray - Tuesday, October 19, 2010
In a recently published study Norwegian researchers found that use of paracetamol in the first trimester doubled the risk of development of allergic rhinitis at the age of 10 for both boys and girls, and in girls it increased the risk of allergy and asthma if used until the age of 6 months. The main author, Bakkeheim, states that the effect of Paracetamol is the opposite of the effect of antioxydants, and that it therefore weakens the body's ability to defend itself against oxydative stress. International studies have shown that the risk of developing asthma, hayfeverand eczema by the age of 6-7 years is tripled if children are given paracetamol before they are one years of age.

Homeopathic treatment of elderly patients – a prospective observational study with follow-up over a two year period

Al Gray - Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Michael Teut, Rainer Lüdtke, Katharina Schnabel, Stefan N Willich, Claudia M Witt.

A total of 83 patients were included in the subgroup analysis (41% men, mean age 73.2 ± (SD) 3.1 years; 59% women, 74.3 ± 3.8 years). 98.6 percent of all diagnoses were chronic with an average duration of 11.5 ± 11.5 years. 82 percent of the patients were taking medication at baseline. The most frequent diagnoses were hypertension (20.5%, 11.1 ± 7.5 years) and sleep disturbances (15.7%, 22.1 ± 25.8 years). The severity of complaints decreased significantly  between baseline and 24 months in both patients (from 6.3 (95% CI: 5.7-6.8) to 4.6 (4.0-5.1), p < 0.001) and physicians’ assessments (from 6.6 (6.0-7.1) to 3.7 (3.2-4.3), p < 0.001); quality of life (SF 36) and the number of medicines taken did not significantly change. 



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