Cuba – The Country That Dares to Be Wise

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April 2, 2020

By Gill Graham www.consultanthomeopath.com

‘I believe you have to be willing to be misunderstood if you’re going to innovate.’ – Jeff Bezos 

In times of crisis there are always those people and those countries that become pioneers. These are the free thinkers, the innovators, the ones that dare to flaunt convention and explore new methods.  History shows us that some of the world’s greatest discoveries have been made this way – initially, the subject of derision and ignorance, it takes a strong person or community to rise above with courage and determination to achieve their vision.

Cuba is one such country. Currently there are more than 300 physicians, 90 pharmacists, 70 dentists, and 100 veterinarians practicing homeopathy, which is studied as a postgraduate diploma course of 300 elective hours. You must be a physician to have a clinical practice. The country is represented in the Liga Medicorum Homoeopathica Internationalis (LMHI.) In Cuba, homeopathic treatments are an integral part of health care and were incorporated into the National Health System in 1992. Cuba has been, as usual, proactive in its attemps to protect its vulnerable people with homeopathy boost the immunes system, and minimise contagion. Their methodology, reasoning, and outcome so far will be discussed within this article.

At the outset of the Covid-19 epidemic, at the beginning of April 2020, the homeopathic medicine Prevengho-VIR, began to be administered as a measure to confront Covid-19 in central Cuba. Approved by the Center for State Control of Medicines, Equipment and Medical Devices (CECMED), the product is distributed in Consolación del Sur and Plaza de la Revolución municipalities, in the western provinces of Pinar del Rio and Havana, respectively. Diadelis Remirez, chief investigator of CECMED, highlighted the aforementioned medicine has a license and sanitary registry, and its composition is covered by the medical and official pharmacopoeias recognized by Cuba. (Prensa Latina: 09.04.2020)

 ‘Cuba will shortly begin distributing a new medication, PREVENGOVIR, a homeopathic immunological booster, among the island’s population to help prevent viral infections like Covid-19 and other common flues, Dr. Francisco Duran, Director of Epidemiology, announced on Sunday. In the daily press briefing on the state of Covid-19 in Cuba, Dr. Duran explained PREVENGOVIR is a sublingual preparation which has first been applied to risk groups in isolation centers, elderly and mother-infant homes, and hospitals caring for positive and suspected Covid-19 patients.’ (Prensa Latino: 05.04.22)

The homeopathic remedies used in the medicine PREVENGOVIR are to be administered in four doses (five drops in a quarter of a glass of water three days in a row, and then, ideally on the tenth day from the start of consumption). They are a combination of:

Anas berberiae 200
Baptisia tinctora 200
Bascilinum 30
Pyrogenum 200
Eupetorium perf 200
Influezinum 200
Arsenicum Album 200

This is not the first time Cuba has used homeopathy for the treatment and prevention of epidemics. PrevengHo®Vir was also rolled out for the Influenza A (H1N1) epidemic while other homeopathic remedies are regularly used in Cuba’s outbreaks of cholera, dengue fever, and leptospirosis (as told in Magic Pills the documentary). The biggest parallel with Covid-19 is the leptospirosis epidemic in 2008, so it is worth covering the specifics here and briefly outlining the disease and the undeniable efficacy and success of the treatment protocol.

In 2007 there was an outbreak of leptospirosis in Cuba due to severe hurricanes. The CDC describes Leptospirosis as: ‘A bacterial disease that affects humans and animals. It is caused by bacteria of the genus Leptospira. In humans it causes a wide range of symptoms, and some infected persons may have no symptoms at all. Symptoms of leptospirosis include high fever, severe headache, chills, muscle aches, and vomiting, and may include jaundice (yellow skin and eyes), red eyes, abdominal pain, diarrhea, or a rash. If the disease is not treated, the patient could develop kidney damage, meningitis (inflammation of the membrane around the brain and spinal cord), liver failure, and respiratory distress.’ Until Aug 2007, the Finlay Institute (a part of the Ministry of Public Health, Cuba) had been distributing its own conventional Leptospirosis vaccination. At this time however, there was only enough vaccine for 1% of the population and the vaccine would require two separate dosages to incur immunity. For this reason, and having no choice, they decided to do a homeopathic intervention, whereby they distributed a homeopathic remedy (the leptospirosis nosode -2 single doses about 2 weeks apart.) Included in the dose was the were also some Bach flower remedies to address the mental distress of the catastrophic situation. The project was conducted under the guidance of its director-general, Dra. Conception Campa Huergo and Dr. Gustavo Bracho of Carlos J Finlay Institute, to two and a half million people. Cases of leptospirosis increased by 27% on the island, apart from in the 3 intervened provinces, where rates of infection reduced by 84% The epidemic was halted within two weeks and the levels of this disease dropped far below the historical averages for years afterwards. The report concluded: ‘The homeoprophylactic approach was associated with a large reduction of disease incidence and control of the epidemic. The results suggest the use of HP as a feasible tool for epidemic control, further research is warranted. (Homeopathy: 2010) This was an historic and significant outcome, the results of which have paved the way for the Covid-19 initiative.

Some may criticise the non-classical approach to treatment, but it has worked historically for Cuba in similar circumstances. I recently discussed with a colleague, that the pure constitutional approach, although invariably optimum for individual cases, just couldn’t work here; the prescription of the single remedy following lengthy, individual consultation, is impossible in this situation, with the vast numbers involved. I have been told that the team of homeopaths involved are of the highest calibre in terms of experience and education. Also, what is highly significant is their familiarity with Cuba, its people, their unique circumstances and the homeopaths overwhelming commitment to the end goal, that of saving lives; these are undeniably some of the key tenets of The Organon – knowing what has to be cured, and the particular circumstances surrounding the  presenting conditions. This is being done now in capable, proficient, experienced hands, which can only be admired. Kudos and respect to all involved.

To conclude and put Cuba’s prophylactic approach to Covid-19 into perspective, with an essential comparison to other countries, as of today’s, date (May 5th 2020) the US reports 3,668 per million cases per million of the population, with a total of 211 deaths per million of the population. Canada 1,610 cases per million of population with a total of 102 deaths per million of the population, Cuba reports 147 cases per million of population, with a total of 6 deaths, per million of the population. India (which used homeopathy as a widespread prevention measure) still impresses with 35 cases per million of the population with a total of 1 death per million of the population. (https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/)

These global statistics are fundamental to the discussion here, where the data so far supports the homeoprophylactic approach Both Cuba and India have comparatively low case occurrence and low death rate in contrast to other highly developed and affluent countries, who have not adopted this approach.  The common denominator here? Countries that dare to flaunt convention and use their extended, diverse medical knowledge for the good of their population and moreover, save thousands of lives. My thoughts? Commendable, in every way. Aude Sapere.

References:

Homeopathy. 2010 Jul;99(3):156-66. doi: 10.1016/j.homp.2010.05.009.

Large-scale application of highly-diluted bacteria for Leptospirosis epidemic control. [on-line] Available at: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20674839

Prensa Latino 05.04.20: Cuba will distribute PREVENGOVIR, new medication to prevent Covid-19 [on-line] Available at:  https://www.plenglish.com/index.php?o=rn&id=54250&SEO=cuba-will-distribute-prevengovir-new-medication-to-prevent-covid-19

Prensa Latino 09.04.20Cuba advances on applying homeopathic med in face of Covid-19 [on-line] Available at:  https://www.plenglish.com/index.php?o=rn&id=54402&SEO=cuba-advances-on-applying-homeopathic-med-in-face-of-covid-19-photos

14 Comments

  1. Avatar G. K. Pandey says:

    This combination seems to be fairly good. But virus killers like Belladonna and Thuja etc. have been sadly omitted. It would have made your combination better.. Pyrogenium and Eupatorium perf. seem to me as superfluous . I have no experience with the first remedy i.e. Anas berberiae . I also don’t agree with the 10th day second dosing.
    I will like to hear views of your scientists..
    Thanks.
    G K P
    May 7, 2020

    • Avatar Ananda says:

      Thanks for your comments.
      You would have to take it up with the Cuban homeopaths and scientists, having met many of them, I can tell you that they are highly skilled and have a profound understanding of the symptom pictures they are dealing with and their choice of remedies. They have a history of large scale programs like this, the biggest one reaching 9 million people.

    • Avatar ilona says:

      Eupatorium matches with the high fever and bone joint pain many patients report. Thuja would not be my first choice…. though would be helpful as an antidote for vaccine-related symptoms (though not certain if it will be indicated for the new mrna vaccines… The formula seems sound… and individual prescribers could augment with aconite/belladonna/gelsimium/cinchona/bryonia/antimonium per specific symptomatology if the pre-dosing as prevention strategy does not prevent the illness. It seems foolish NOT to employ a readily available homeopathic prophylactic when Western medicine as yet has not found a reliable intervention to lower mortality rates. It’s actually very exciting to see a nationwide campaign and I hope to see follow up results… (though this will be a difficult one to measure without reliable data for cases). Thank you so much for sharing this!

      • Avatar Ananda says:

        Eupatorium is one of the remedies homeopaths are using, though from our collective experiences there are others more frequently being indicated.More on this coming soon! Thuja is being used by the Banerjis.

    • Avatar Sarah saunders says:

      Interested to know more as to your disagreement of the 10th day dose. ??

  2. Avatar Anonymous says:

    Thanks.
    G. K. P.

  3. Avatar John Cumming says:

    Audete sapere

  4. Avatar Kishan says:

    We are working in difficult times, homeopathy has dealt with pandemics successfully for over 250 years it’s all on line if people that actually want to know will bother to look and learn something more permanent, than a palliating or more suppressing For of medicine.
    Here’s a study done on homeopathy and Covid 19;
    https://www.covidhomeo.com/2020/05/homeopathy-changed-covid19-positive.html?m=1

    As Robin Murphy says in a round about way ; “we don’t have time to mess around with a single options use what helps and works that includes building up immunity strength so you can fight any virus off”
    There are perfect totality remedies we all know about but pre-viral patients that’s us all need to build our immunity (not spend years destroying it with obver use of drugs not needed and eating the Wrong things also no exercise. rule of thumb

  5. Avatar Tony Pinkus says:

    Hi Ananda thank you for reporting this. In the UK we are using a specific nosode and hope to be able to trial this soon. Please be aware of the substantial difference in approach being adopted in Cuba from the previous work in 2007-2012. Conchita (Conception Huergo), the pharmacist Director of Finlay Institute, was the inspiration behind the use of their leptospirosis nosode. This was manufactured from teh idemtical polyvalent strains of leptospirosis used to manufactuer their vaccine being adminstered to some 36,000 at-risk patients at same time the balance of the 2,300,000 local population in the three North Eastern seaboard provinces were given the oral version of the vaccine , i.e. the nosode. Hence the vaccine company were using purified identified strains of the current infectious organism and this is a policy I use in the UK. By contrast the polypharmacy approach being used currently for a general prophylaxis is being manufactured elsewhere and Finlay, tragically, seem to have distanced themselves from homoeopathy altogether. Conchita was forced out and Gustavo left to work in Australia. The hegemony of BigPharma seems to have crept back in to expunge their advancement. However, Gustavo informed me that in 2010 they manufactured 10 million doses of Swine Flu at Finlay and distributed these. Perhaps the failure of this epidemic to reach anticipated fatalities globally was used to silence them?
    ATB
    Tony Pinkus

    • Avatar Ananda says:

      Hi Tony,
      great to have your response here. Yes it is true, they had a massive Swine Flu intervention that reached 9million people (out of 11million ppl in Cuba). They claim that they had 100 000 less visitis to doctors that year for upper respiratory tract infections.
      What happened at Finlay was very sad and due completely to political problems. Homeopathy is now making a come back in Cuba!

  6. Avatar Maria says:

    Curieus about the numbers of infected and if there are serieusly ill people?

  7. Avatar Dr E Phahamane says:

    A very good evening to you Drs, Scholars and Researchers.

    Thank you Ananda for the all updates given and clarity given on ideas that easily draw us into critical debate.

    Integrative Medical Practitioners in Southern Africa are following the Cuban PrevengHo-vir trials or studies with great interest. Updates in this regard will be kindly appreciated.

    The outcomes of this studies or trials will allow space for scholars, researchers and drs to further ask critical questions towards our efficiency in dealing with diseases and the evolution of critical scientific knowledge within the nuance of problem situations that include politics, pharmaceutical industries, economic gains or development etc.

    Medical philosophy has evolved and has enriched our high degree of cephalization such that Drs appreciate better patient centered care. Within this appreciation, the direction of thought may propose integrative, clinical polypharmacy which is now embodied in PrevengHo-vir and many more trials underway.

    We are walking this journey as all human race, and everyone has a part in the journey.

    Our resolve to survive as the human race against Covid-19 pandemic with whatever knowledge base as a tool/means is paramount.

    Kind regards

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