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Research in Homeopathy: Video Presentations of Two Experts - Bell and Tournier

Research in Homeopathy: Video Presentations of Two Experts -  Bell and Tournier
Speakers: Iris R. Bell, MD PhD & Alexander Tournier, BSc DIC MASt Cantab PhD LCHE RSHom

Date: Sunday, April 10, 2016
Time: 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM

 Credits: TBD
Recorded Session
Video Presentation Only – No Live Presenters


Session Description:

  • Adaptive Network Nanomedicine: Research Update by Iris R. Bell, MD PhD. This presentation gives an updated overview of the adaptive network nanomedicine model for the nature of homeopathic remedies and how they act. The talk will summarize:
  1. Multiple research studies from laboratories in India, Russia, and the U.S. showing the presence of nanostructures (material forms less than 100 nanometers in size) in homeopathically-prepared remedies from plant and metal sources
  2. Implications for understanding the findings of other studies showing electromagnetic and optical signal properties of remedies as well as biological effects of various remedies on living systems
  3. Biological pathways, including but not limited to cell danger response (CDR) mechanisms, hormetic, adaptive and sensitization phenomena, gene expression changes, cytokine release and immune system modulation, involved in non-linear dynamical response patterns within cells and whole organisms as self-organizing complex adaptive systems or networks
  4. Potential challenges for future clinical research study designs based on current data.


  • Homeopathy Research: The way forward by Alexander Tournier, BSc DIC MASt Cantab PhD LCHE RSHom. The relative weakness of the scientific evidence base supporting homeopathy is, and remains, the Achilles heel of the homeopathic profession. Although vitally important, the results achieved in clinical research have not received the attention they deserve by the wider scientific community. This is mostly due to our lack of understanding of the underlying physical mechanism of action of homeopathic dilutions.

    In this presentation, I will describe what we understand of the mechanism of action of homeopathic high dilutions to date, discussing the challenges we face as we move forward in this field. In particular, I will present a theory – Quantum Coherence Domains – which is in principle able to explain many of the controversial aspects of the homeopathy.

    I will present findings emerging from a forthcoming review of the physico-chemistry of homeopathy. In this review, we identified over 150 scientific publications reporting on experiments using physic-chemical means to study homeopathic preparations. Looking at the sum of past experiments will enable us to extract the trends and hopefully discern some of the key physic-chemical at play in homeopathy.

    I will also share the exciting progress being made in several projects being carried out by our team of HRI researchers.

About the Speakers:

  • Iris Bell, MD PhD is a Board-certified psychiatrist, Professor Emeritus of Family and Community Medicine, Psychiatry, Psychology, Medicine, and Public Health at the University of Arizona and Research Professor at the University of Arizona College of Nursing. She is Head of the Department of Research at the American Medical College of Homeopathy, Senior Research Scientist at the Bastyr University Research Institute, and a licensed physician (allopathic and homeopathic) in the State of Arizona. Her research interests include whole systems of complementary and alternative medicine (especially homeopathy), the psychophysiology of human flourishing and well-being, and complex systems theory and science in CAM research. For 10 years, she directed the NIH-funded T32 Arizona CAM Research Training Program based in the Department of Family and Community Medicine. Dr. Bell has published more than 140 professional peer-reviewed papers, many of which are on homeopathy, and is the author of several award-winning books, including Getting Whole, Getting Well: Healing Holistically from Chronic Illness.  Her current homeopathic research interest is on the nanostructure nature of remedies and their interactions with living systems as complex adaptive networks. Disclosures:  Dr. Bell serves as a consultant to Standard Homeopathic/Hylands Inc, a homeopathic manufacturer that does not provide funding for her academic research.
  • Dr. Alexander Tournier has a 1st class honors degree in Physics from Imperial College, and a Master in Advanced Study in Theroretical Physics (a.k.a. part III) from Cambridge University. Dr Tournier wrote his PhD on the Biophysics of water at the interface with biological molécules at the University of Heidelberg in Germany. Dr. Tournier also trained in homeopathy at the Centre for Homeopathic Education, London and is a registered homeopath. Dr. Tournier worked for 10 years at Cancer Research UK (5th institute worldwide for molecular biology) as a researcher working on problems at the interface between biology, physics and mathematics. He founded the Homeopathy Research Institute (HRI) in 2007.