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Lead poisoning from complementary and alternative medicine in multiple sclerosis
  1. A LEVINSON,
  2. J CHINN
  1. The Cranborne Surgery, Penny's Lane, Cranborne, Dorset BH21 5QE, UK
  1. Dr A Levinson

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In response to the article Lead poisoning from complementary and alternative medicine in multiple sclerosis,1 we are very concerned that this case has been blamed on homeopathic plumbum metallicum that the patient used in an attempt to improve the symptoms of multiple sclerosis. The original article states that he had used a homemade remedy; this is very unlikely to have been prepared using the strict regime applied by homeopathic laboratories. A correctly prepared remedy would only contain minute traces of lead, not enough to cause toxicity.

Certainly a likely explanation (acknowledged in the original article) would have been the lead contained in the pipe he had been using to smoke marijuana.

We consider it worrying when doctors who purport to use modern science to find answers to often difficult questions will, when it suits, simply make assumptions without appropriate testing of the hypothesis in question.

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