A colleague, Dr. Louise Sanchione, sent me a link on homeoprophylaxis, the use of homeopathic medicines to prevent epidemic disease.

I think that this is an interesting presentation.  The comparisons to conventional treatment are a bit problematic, however, since conventional care has improved greatly since the majority of these epidemics happened.  The epidemic of meningitis in Brazil is the best documented of all these examples.

Another colleague, Molly Punzo, MD, in Baltimore, has seen a few Novel H1N1 cases recently and has had good results with the remedy China officinalis (commonly known as China).  I haven’t seen any cases in my practice as of the present time, although there are always a few people with fevers, so I may have.  I’ve certainly seen nothing serious or long-lasting.