Controversies In Neurology
2nd World Congress On Controversies In Neurology (Cony)
INVITED SPEAKER FOR HOMEOPATHY: PROF. G.VITHOULKAS
For the first time in the history of modern medicine, homeopathy has been invited to express its views in a World Neurology Conference.
Prof. George Vithoulkas was invited as an honorary guest to express Homeopathy’s views, in an opening speech at the “2nd World Congress on Controversies in Neurology (CONy)”.
The opening ceremony of the “2nd World Congress on Controversies in Neurology(CONy)” was held on October 23, 2008 at the Athens Hilton Hotel under the auspices of the Academy of Clinical Debates and Controversies in Medicine and sponsored by the World Federation of Neurology.
The congress commenced on the 23rd of October and concluded on the 26th. Among the speakers were distinguished scientists, such as Professor A S Fokas, Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics, University of Cambridge, who spoke on the “Innate knowledge: From the ancient Greeks to neuroscience”; Stavros Balogiannis, a neurology professor, who spoke on “The Philosophy of Neurosciences”; George Alexopoulos, a professor of psychiatry, founder and director of the Weill-Cornell Institute of Geriatric Psychiatry, on “The status of the vascular depression hypothesis”, and James F Toole, MD – Professor of Neurology, Wake Forest University School of Medicine, with a speech on the “Neurological health of political leaders”.
George Vithoulkas had been invited as an honorary speaker to speak on the opening day of the conference. In his speech, entitled “Is Homeopathy a science?”, George Vithoulkas reported on the impressive developments in homeopathy over the past fifteen years.
He described the basic principles of homeopathy and stressed that clinical experience of thousands of homeopaths worldwide on treating chronic diseases has led to the conclusion that homeopathy is classed as an “Evidence based Medicine”.
He made clear homeopathy does not claim to be ‘the’ unique and universal cure, and encouraged the congress to look into it with an open mind and without prejudices, and continue the scientific debate.
In the main part of his speech, he referred to the basic laws of homeopathy, explained the fundamental principle of individualisation of treatment, and introduced a new notion of disease understanding, which he called “the continuum of a unified theory of diseases”.
He maintained that diseases, whether acute or chronic, have an underlying factor: inflammation. In acute inflammatory processes there is a rise of high temperature, in order for the organism to fight off the acute disease. If such a fever is not eliminated, but suppressed, a chronic disease will be manifesting in its place, and the inflammatory process will continue as a sub-acute inflammatory condition sustaining the chronic disease.
More specifically, he referred to 12 levels of health in to which are found all the different individual organisms. These twelve levels of health represent the different depths of pathology. This is a new concept of the way the human immune system works. He conceived this idea of the levels of health after observing the medical case histories of tens of thousands of patients in his forty nine years of clinical experience.