Worst Cases Reported to the NAFKAM International Registry of
Exceptional Courses of Disease.
Fønnebø V, Drageset BJ, Salamonsen A.
Full text (from: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3833488/)
The National Research Center in Complementary and Alternative Medicine
(NAFKAM) International Registry of Exceptional Courses of Disease (the
Registry) related to the use of complementary and alternative medicine
(CAM) has to date received 5 reports of exceptionally "worst" courses
of disease from patients who have attributed their negative health
experience to the use of CAM. The monitoring of unfavorable outcomes
related to CAM treatment is seen by NAFKAM as important to ensure that
treatments offered are associated with low risk of harm. This is
particularly important when the conditions patients suffer from are
not life threatening.
If the Registry receives 3 negative reports of patients using the same
treatment for the same condition, a "warning" is submitted to the
health authorities. The same is done after only one report if the
condition is life threatening.
Three of the 5 patients had been diagnosed with chronic fatigue
syndrome/myalgic encephalomyelitis (CFS/ME), and all of them have
related their unfavorable outcomes to the treatment method called
Lightning Process (LP), a 3-day training program designed by British
osteopath Phil Parker.1 They had all followed the recommendation given
by the LP instructors during the treatment to ignore what they sensed
as their bodies' symptoms of being pushed too hard. The patients had
been diagnosed with CFS/ME 10, 2, and 7 years, respectively, before
attending the LP treatment. Six to 12 months after the treatment, all
3 experienced a strong relapse of their CFS/ME symptoms. One patient
expressed that "to follow the advice from the LP instructor eventually
became a direct risk to my health."
The other 2 patients had both been treated with homeopathy. The first
patient had sought homeopathic treatment for sinusitis problems and a
desire to reduce her conventional medication. After using homeopathic
treatment for 1 year, she was diagnosed with a necrotizing vasculitis,
and she believes that she might have been diagnosed and treated
earlier had she sought conventional treatment. The other patient had
sought homeopathic treatment for prostatitis symptoms and used
homeopathic remedies for this condition in combination with
chemotherapy for hemato-logic cancer. He reports a number of symptoms
(vision coordination problems, tinnitus, memory loss, and hiatal
hernia) that he ascribes to an interaction between the homeopathic
remedy and the chemotherapy.
The 3 "worst" cases reported with regard to LP are consistent, and
there is reason to suspect a causal relationship. The 2 other reports
are less specific and will need to be supported by additional cases
before any conclusions can be drawn.
Vinjar Fønnebø, Vinjar Fønnebø, PhD, is professor of preventive
medicine at and director of the National Research Center in
Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NAFKAM), Department of
Community Medicine, University of Tromsø, Norway.
Brit J. Drageset, Brit J Drageset, BSc, is a consultant at NAFKAM.
Anita Salamonsen, Anita Salamonsen, MSc, is a researcher at NAFKAM.
1. Parker P. The Lightning Process: the complete strategy for success.
London: Nipton Publishing; 2007.
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