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Dr JPB Prinsloo is the oldest Homoeopathic Practice in South Africa. The Practice was established in 1956 by
Dr.J.P.Prinsloo (snr) ND,DO,DHom,PhD.
The practice was registered as an incorporated company in 2002 and is continued by Dr.Johan P.Prinsloo DHom, Dsc.
Dr JPB Prinsloo specialises in Homoeopathy. This means that only Homoeopathically Prepared Medicines are dispensed. The practice has a well-established National and International Patient Base. The practice has a well-established reputation developed over more than 50 years. The practice nevertheless functions as a general/family practice.
Anyone who reads the papers, watches the news or listens to their radios over the years might be forgiven for wondering what the media's demolishment of homeopathy from time-to-time was all about. It often follows soon after reports like those published on 24th August 2005, which stated that Prince Charles commissioned a study on the economic benefits of Homoeopathy and other forms of alternative and complementary medicine and reports like the one in The Times UK on 21st August 2005 which stated that 'demand for alternative therapies such as acupuncture and homeopathy is soaring and people are increasingly using their medical insurance to pay for it.
This kind of news appears to send the pharmaceutical companies into a flat spin, sending them into coordinated overdrive to get all their favourite medical and science correspondents to put out highly negative stories about homeopathic medicine in newspapers all around the world. These reports are usually based on very biased unfavourable studies on homeopathy published in journals like the Lancet which state that the benefits of homeopathy could be all in the patient's mind.
The ferocity of some of these attacks in the media can only mean one thing - that there is a huge rise in popularity of homeopathic medicine that it is becoming a threat to the billion dollar drug industry!
The worldwide pro-homeopathy revolution has taken place almost entirely by word of mouth and by personal recommendation - a truly remarkable phenomenon, because previously the media had studiously ignored and excluded any positive news on the subject.
A few years ago the program Horizon on BBC 2 tried to demolish the work of Dr. Jacques Benveniste whose studies proved that homeopathic medicines work. Benveniste claimed his studies had been replicated hundreds of times.
Dr. David Reilly of the Glasgow Homeopathic Hospital has also conducted many such successful studies and the Bristol Homeopathic Hospital has conducted long term studies of the benefits of homeopathic treatment. All these homeopathic hospitals, including the London Homeopathic Hospital reportedly have at least 6 month waiting lists.
If anyone needed proof of the efficacy of homeopathic medicine, they need only study the statistics of various epidemics during the 1900s. In 1854 a cholera epidemic struck London. A report revealed that under allopathic (conventional medical) care the mortality was 59.2% whereas under homeopathic care the mortality was only 9%. In the yellow fever outbreak in the US in 1878, the mortality in New Orleans was 50% under allopathic care and 5.6% for homeopathic care. Records of three years of diphtheria in Broome County, New York from 1862 to 1864, show the mortality rate for allopaths as 83.6% and 16.4% for homoeopaths.
There are 220,000 homeopathic doctors in India and all over Europe, especially France and Germany, homeopathy is hugely popular. The Queen of England, who is arguably the richest woman in the world, reportedly travels everywhere with a homeopathic first aid kit for her and her staff. The kings and queens of Britain have always had their own personal homeopathic doctor and for the last two centuries the aristocracy has traditionally enjoyed the benefits of homeopathic medicine. Many famous people, including MPs choose homeopathic treatment. Tony Blair's sister-in-law, Lyndsey Booth, changed careers from being a lawyer to becoming a qualified homeopath. In South Africa we find that a large number of Homoeopathy students are qualified professionals, such as pharmacists, lawyers, medical practitioners, psychologists and the like.
Is it possible that all these people have been deluded into taking dummy pills, the effects of which are 'all in the mind', in their imagination?! Hardly.
What about animals and babies? How does the placebo effect work on them?! As any homeopathic veterenarian will tell you, homeopathic medicine works almost better on animals than on humans and likewise, babies respond particularly well to treatment. Is it even possible to explain to them that the homeopathic remedy alleviated their symptoms, much less that the psychological effect of taking it brought about the cure?!
Hippocrates said there were two laws of cure - the law of opposites (orthodox medicine) and the law of similars (homeopathy).
Certain media often thrives on skewed trials intent on bringing down homeopathy, akin to the kinds of trials we have come to expect from a pharmaceutical industry that gave the green light to such medicines as thalidomide and Vioxx.
The fact of the matter is that homeopathy has enjoyed a huge rise in popularity for one simple reason and that is because it works!