This book review is reprinted with the permission of the
Homeopathic Academy of Naturopathic Physicians
P.O. Box 126, Redmond, WA 98073-0126
THE HOMEOPATHIC TREATMENT OF LYME DISEASE
PETER ALEX TRANSLATED FROM THE GERMAN BY DOUG SMITH PH
Homeopathy West Publishing (2006)
REVIEWED BY NEIL TESSLER ND, DHANP
This is an outstanding homeopathic manual that should be owned by every practitioner. Lyme disease is a very serious condition that now infects much of the Northern Hemisphere and is associated with tick bites. Parts of North America and particularly Germany have seen a dramatic increase in infections with great physical and cognitive suffering, and very little to offer from the allopathic side of the medical fence. On the other hand, careful work by homeopaths in North America and Europe have brought to light several remedies of inestimable value in this condition.
Dr. Alex is both thorough and concise. He provides an overview of the subject of infectious disease and the symbiotic relationship between the human being and the bacterial environment. He points out the astounding fact that the human body is composed of ninety one percent bacterial cells and only nine percent animal cells, leaving aside the organelles, such as mitochondria, that have a very great similarity to bacterial cells with which we have an ancient symbiotic relationship.
His discussion progresses into the arena of homeopathic prophylaxis and offers a chart of infectious diseases and their associated prophylactic remedies. He then goes on to discuss at some depth the spirochete family, of which Borrelia burgdorferi, the agent of Lyme disease is a member. The significance of this is that there is a marked similarity with the notorious spirochete Treponema pallidum, that causes syphilis. The author provides a detailed discussion of the progress of Lyme disease and its symptom presentations. This is a prelude to the core presentation on homeopathic research and experience in the prevention and treatment of Lyme disease.
The major remedies that he discusses are Ledum and Aurum arsenicum, also offering a proving of the latter. Alex believes from his experience that Aurum Ars. is of special value in both prevention and treatment. The balance of the book is a series of cases from a number of practitioners, demonstrating the successful treatment of Lyme disease with homeopathy. Easy reading, both alarming and very highly informative; this is a book that should be digested by every practitioner as it may have significant practical utility in the clinic.
Summer/Fall 2007 Volume XX / SIMILLIMUM