Emily’s Blog – with thanks to Friends of the Royal London Hospital for Integrated Medicine web site August 2011
Emily Maguire is an English singer-songwriter and musician. She was involved in a car crash when only 17 and sustained a whiplash injury which triggered a condition that affects the nervous system and results in chronic pain, fibromyalgia. This affected her mobility for many years. In her early 20s she had to give up working and was registered disabled. It was then that she attended the RLHIM. A recent online poll run by The Guardian, asking ‘Should homeopathic treatments be available on the NHS?’ inspired Emily to write on her website about her experience ….
[30.08.11] ‘Should homeopathic treatments be available on the NHS?’ That’s the question asked on The Guardian website today. Apparently most of the evidence in favour of homeopathy is purely anecdotal. This apparently means it can be summarily dismissed.
The reason I’m writing this is because I am an anecdote.
I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia pain syndrome in my teens, and told it was a permanent and incurable condition I would have to accept and learn how to manage. For the next 10 years I was in constant pain from muscle spasms all over my body. By the time I got my first guitar aged 21, I was on walking sticks and registered as disabled. I couldn’t work and needed care so I lived on incapacity benefit and disability living allowance.
I was an inpatient 3 times at the Royal Hospital for Rheumatic Diseases in Bath and tried every alternative therapy under the sun. Finally I went to see Dr Peter Fisher, a consultant rheumatologist at what was then called the Royal London Homeopathic Hospital. Within one month of taking the homeopathic remedy he prescribed me, the pain was gone.
It is difficult to convey exactly what ‘pain-free’ feels like, after 10 years of constant pain. I don’t know how or why the homeopathy worked. I just know that for me, it did.
So should homeopathic treatments be available on the NHS? I had just 2 appointments with Dr Fisher. With a supposedly permanent, incurable illness, I believe I would have cost the state far more in hospital stays, outpatient appointments, pain-relieving medication, not to mention DSS benefits in all the years that followed, if he had not treated me so successfully and allowed me to get on with my life.
Anyway that’s my story.
Emily Maguire has released three albums, all of which she has written and composed. With her partner, Christian Dunham, they run their own record label Shaktu Records. Her albums have gained her rave album reviews and her thought-provoking lyrics have received widespread acclaim around the world.
Visit Emily’s website: www.emilymaguire.com and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emily_Maguire_(singer)