AS: Given the current economic climate and the world’s needs, Agrohomeopathy starts to seem less utopian. The work in India sounds very promising. Let me ask about dose and potency. What kind of potencies are used and does the “treatment” require many doses? Are there any cautions?
Kav: In the treatment of plants one has to be more careful than with people, in the sense that plants are more sensitive in their reactions to homoeopathic remedies. Naturally, a remedy that does not fit the plant does nothing at all, like for instance Nux vom. Plants do not get tetanus and so Nux has no effect on plant life.
Within the plant constitution we spoke about, any plant remedy that falls within the same Family has a strong effect. Any remedy made from a companion Family also has a strong effect. As examples we may here mention basil and tomato, or beans and potato. The target plants belong in the Solanacea family, while the ones used as a remedy belong in the Leguminosa and Labiata Families.
The dose is dependent on several circumstances, but generally a 6X is the preferred potency. In the case of repellent qualities, sometimes a lower potency works better, such as a 3X, because the amount of substance required may be larger – pheromones being the active ingredient, which disappear in the higher potencies.
Moreover, 10 drops of a 6X on a litre of water, succussed 50 times – to compensate for the fact that it is spread over a large surface and has to serve many plants – is further diluted in 200 litres of water, with which the plants are treated. It is obvious that any pheromones are as good as gone at such dilution rates.
Repetition may be necessary after about 3 months – I say maybe, depending on the severity of the problem, the weather and the state of the plants in the following period. Obese plants grown with chemical fertiliser will need repetition, while organically grown plants may not need any repetition, simply because their constitutions are stronger. This counts for all annuals and biennials. Trees are a different subject altogether, also dependent on the manner in which they are kept. Nonetheless, here we also see that repetiton may be necessary, dependent on the problem and their general condition.
Compare such results with conventional agriculture, where the farmer sprays between 10 to 16 times during the growing season of a single annual crop, for a single problem and the advantages of the homoeopathic method are immediately obvious.
With the elementary substances one has to be cautious – repetition is only allowed when absolutely necessary, since they have a much deeper action. This is even evident in humans, but especially so in plants, which rely on elemental substances for their sustenance. In these considerations the micronutrients are more important than the macronutrients. Silicea can for instance green a desert, but create one as easily, if given too often or at the wrong time.
The acids, such as Acetic, Citric and Oxalic acid are even more dangerous for plants, in the sense that they form part of the Krebs-cycle, which regulates respiration. If you want to kill a plant – a ‘weed’ – simply repeat it twice in 24 hours and the next day the plant will have died. The same counts for Phosphoric acid, but this acid is more selectively used – not all plants react in the same manner to it.
The best time to apply is when the sky is overcast, because UV will destroy the remedy – the reason they are kept in brown glass bottles. This destruction by UV also helps to break down the remedy quickly when that is needed – like in the weed killers – so that the crop can be planted within 24 – 48 hours after the remedy has been given. Uv also makes sure there are no residues of any remedy found after 48 hours, making it impossible to pollute the soil, groundwater or other part of the environment.
It is also advisable to avoid breathing in the spray ourselves if we use spraying equipment – we could do a proving. Spraying may be necessary in orchards, where other means may not be so effective. While this is relatively harmless with many of the remedies, many others are not so benign, as every homoeopath knows who has proven remedies on himself. Spray is therefore not the preferred method of administration, because of these dangers. Much better is the use in trickle systems or simply watering it on the roots with a watering can.
AS: I constructed a sample repertorization using just your book. One can also visit www.considera.org, the website set up by the publisher to collect and share information.
- Fruits rotting: Ferr p, Ferr s., Calc P.
- Worse from wetness : Am c, Am mur, Calc p, Camphora, Sul, Zinc.
- Excessive pollination : Acon, Amm c, Calc p, Ferr m, Ruta
- Stamen long : Calc p / Epidermis soft : Calc p
To advance the science of Agrohomeopathy, does research necessarily have to be done on a large scale? Is there a way our readers could take part?
Kav: Of course the reader could take part – in fact, I would like them to do so, if only to prove to them that the method is right and to disprove and correct the mistakes I certainly have made. After all, some of those remedies have not been proven, but are included on the basis of symptom similarity in the crude form- especially the elemental substances.
In the beginning I only tried parks and municipal greenery, because I had no garden, when I lived in the city. Some friends grew Marihunana, but did not want to risk their plants for my curiosity, while they were ready to try me as a last resort, if their chemical solutions proved to be no solutions at all. House plants were also among my first test objects. Then I moved to Australia, where the prospects for testing were much better, as I already told you. I used for most of my tests, beds of 2m by 10m, under different circumstances, growing different plants – vegetables, ornamentals, flowers and clones from trees.
I set up 5 beds, containing different types of plants or sometimes the same, next to each other, arranged according to growing method, i.e.
1. following orthodox agriculture, using chemical fertilisers.
2. following the organic method, which uses compost and manure.
3. biological, which uses companion plants to avoid pests and diseases and lure predators.
4. biodynamic, using preparations made from cow dung, like B500.
5. permaculture method, which grows small amounts of plants, surrounded by many different other plants in so-called plant societies.
After some time, I put each of them under stress – not giving water, too much fertiliser, not enough companion plants or too many of them, planting them too close for comfort and whatever else would come up to stress them.
As a result, plants would attract pests, become sick or develop nutrient problems such as excess or deficiency. Also, I used remedies in repeated doses, to discover if they would become sick or attract pests, so that a clear picture developed of the entire syndrome of conditions and circumstances.
Then I would try out remedies for the problems created with the first stress methods and try to find antidotes for the conditions created by the provings with remedies. This is a time-consuming process and will result in many frustrations, because it is fraught with many mistakes. It can also give good insights, especially with provings, because they often mimic the conditions created by the first types of methods mentioned to induce stress.
I also searched for situations where such conditions occur naturally, such as pests and diseases on plants that grow in the wild, in parks and other municipal greenery. Of course I asked many of my friends to tell me if they had problems with pests in their gardens or their pot plants and if I could have a try in treating them. Some complied, others did not.
In this way I collected as much evidence of a certain problem that I could find and began treatment, often on clinical observations first, or even just clinical.
Anyone who tries these ideas will find that I have denoted the predator principle as universal, while the isopathic remedies made from them are much less certain – the mentioned problem with aphids being a prime example. On the other hand, with snails it works remarkably well. Similarly, the companion plants I also consider universally effective, although I have not tried them all, while still mentioning them in the book, time being the greatest commodity in short supply. A growing season lasts from 3 to 9 months for some plants, while others use up to 2 years. All that time, your beds are occupied and cannot be used for other purposes. You have to have a lot of patience too and be ready to sit, watch and wait, wait and wait a little longer still.
The Law of Similars can be seen as a quintessential principle – so far I have discovered four more than like is cured by like, some of which are already familiar to everyone. Hence quintessential, and universally applicable on people, animals and plants.
Like produces like, like attracts like, like imitates like and like neutralises like.
Hence what we see happening in nature, we can take as a principle that can be imitated by us, such as using the predator in potency to combat the pest or the companion plant to protect the crop with an almost wrap-around shield. Anything that happens in the crude, such as excess or deficiency in nutrients, can also be used in potency to combat the problem, but here you must first study the relations of the nutrients between each other, because they are different than in humans. Thus what happens in nature produces the same results in potency, will attract the same problems that can be treated the same in imitation and be antidoted by the similar remedy.
I think this pretty much sums up the methods used in testing or curing problems in the garden, the house or on the farm, all based on the principle that your tests must be thorough and precise, just as much as diagnosis must be precise, if you want to have the right results. Of course you can try many things and remedies, but it must be stated that remedies that work on living beings possessing a clear nervous system, and spending most of their energy effecting that have little or no effect on plants, with a few exceptions. While Belladonna has such effects on nervous systems, it also produces symptoms that do not even involve it and therefore is useful. Nux vomica is almost entirely directed against the nervous system and thus has little or no effect on plants. In order to save you the time using remedies that are fairly useless, investigate how much of the effects are spent on the nervous system. Those that have a good effect on the lungs are useful for leaf diseases and pests that destroy leaf tissue. Those that affect the digestive system have good effects on plant metabolism. Those that affect the urinary system have good effects on the eliminative tissues of plants that reduce excess water. That is where the anthropomorphism comes back into the picture. Also here, be guided by the Law of Similars.
Each test should be written down in a specific manner. It is important that the results noted should be written down in the same sequence as they occur and if possible, take photographs in sequence, like a photo every half hour, if you have the equipment to do that.
You can put the camera inside a box and have the aperture stick out of a hole, to protect it from the weather and steer it with your computer, so you do not have to run out every 30 minutes.
I stress the sequence, because that teaches one the exact manner in which something occurs and makes the disease or remedy picture the most comprehensible. Materia medica is actually a cumbersome piece of work, jumbled and illogical with its schema that has nothing to do with real events. A proving to be really understandable should follow this timeline – Allen’s 12 Vol materia medica is set up like that – more or less – and teaches you how a disease develops, at what speed, in which direction and in what intensity. This is even more important in plants, because they cannot tell us – often if you treat plants you come to a disease ultimate and the farmer may not have seen how it developed – he’s been busy elsewhere. If you know how ultimates develop, you know what has happened when you are confronted by it. That is also why you learn for instance the etiology of childhood diseases in school, so you can recognise the ultimate; the end effect.
Regardless whether you test or try to cure, your methods should follow these guidelines.So all of you who like to try, have fun and learn something that can also help you in the treatment of people or animals, if that is your main focus. Meanwhile, I’d like you to send me your results and pictures and they can be included in the 3rd edition, which I am already working on.
AS: I’m sure our readers will take up this call and experiment for themselves. These readers also would not forgive me, if I left the Monsanto story hanging. You had great success with Helix Tosta for snails and the whole city was using it, and then….?
Kav: After I got the snail remedy Helix tosta worked out, Monsanto and their mates began to get jittery. Imagine you loose an entire market in one city due to a competing product. If you consider that Perth has 200,000 gardens, and they sell snail pellets like they are going out of fashion – which they were, btw – then their getting jittery was not entirely unexpected. A market share of 2 million turnover per year, for them, is nothing to sneeze at. So they decided to get me out of the way, by hook or by crook.
They sent the NRA – the National Registration Authority – after me, to get me to pay a heavy fine for not having registered my product. I explained to them the remedy was registered already with the TGA – the Therapeutic Goods Administration. The NRA told me it was illegal to sell the product without registration. I explained that on private gardens one is allowed to use anything without registration. He argued if I sell, it is an agricultural chemical and therefore requires registration. So I gave him a bottle and told him to test it for chemical content.
They next took me to court for swindle – it was only distilled water, they said. Hence it was worse than snake-oil. The judge wanted to know how I could sell it and apparently be successful. I had brought testimonies from happy clients and gave them to the judge. Then I said that the NRA may think I am able to fool people with placebo. Even animals might so be fooled, if you consider they react positively to attempts at help. But if the NRA thought I could fool plants with placebo, then they were more superstitious than we with our so-called moonshine medicine, which supposedly does not contain anything but water. And if water is an agricultural chemical, they should sue the clouds for raining water on the land without registration. The judge told them not to waste the court’s time with trivialities.
The next attempt was through kidnap. In Australia, when you have car trouble, you simply open the hood and everyone will stop to help – one is often miles from the first garage or even town and thus one helps those with trouble. So one day I passed a car in obvious trouble, stopped and got out to help. They acted as if they had no idea of the problem and as I ducked under the hood to look, I was hit with a sock filled with sand and passed out. When I came to, I found myself bound and in the boot of a car, underway to God knows where. Since I did a lot of yoga when younger and am very flexible, I managed to get my arms in front of me and with my teeth undid the knots. Then I freed my ankles and pushed the backrest of the seat forward, to find out if I could discover what they planned. These guys were amateurs and decided to bring me into the desert for about 100kms, to let me walk back – if I made it without water and food. If they had succeeded, I wonder if anyone would have found my bleeched bones yet today.
They stopped somewhere at a gas station for food and I could have escaped then and there, but I decided to find out who ordered the kidnap and why. As they checked the boot, I kicked it open. The idiot who opened it had his finger through the key ring and it nearly got ripped off and was badly broken. The other fellow was so surprised I was able to eliminate his fighting capacity too. I have a black belt in judo, which came in very handy. I used the car jack to threaten them and made the healthy one tie up the damaged finger dude. Then I sat down with them to find out why and wherefore.
It appeared the foreman had ordered them to do the kidnap, against a royal fee of 10 grand per person, to force me to stop producing. I brought them to the nearest copshop and they sued me for assault, which I countersued for the same. I pleaded self-defense and got away with it.
Then they tried arson and lit up my factory, which was in a weatherboard shed in the industrial area. The fire deptartment was close by so they could extinguish the fire, before my alcohol stock went up. I moved to a steel and brick shed after. Then they tried my representatives, by beating them up and putting them in hospital. Finally I got to know the publisher of Australian Mining Monthly, a mag about the benefits of mining, whose publisher wanted to do something ecological with his dosh. I offered to help the mining industry with rehabilitation of the old mines that were no longer in use and which must be brought back in original state after they close. I also told him he might throw his money away, given the efforts by agribusiness to eliminate the competition. He told me not to worry, mining and agribusiness are like four hands on one belly, and he would make sure they stopped. They did.
Meanwhile, the NRA increased their fees and made laws to be passed requiring registration for my products. It went from A$20 to A$200, to A$2000, every two years. Finally in 1999 they screwed it up to A$20,000. I was finished, because for 30 products this amounted to A$600,000. per year. At 2.5 million turnover, we could no longer afford it and had to close down the business. In 2000 I left Australia to try my luck elsewhere.
AS: It seems you can’t keep a good man, or a good idea, down. You’ve developed a nascent science with enormous potential for the world. Thank you for your marvelous work and for sharing with us today.