AS: Welcome to Hpathy Dr. Bidani. You’re a third generation homeopath, so what was it like growing up in that family?
NB: It is true that I come from a family of intellectuals and I obviously have not escaped my genes. My grandfather (late Dr. Suraj Parkash Bidani) was the first qualified homeopath from Haryana, India. With his great efforts he made homeopathy known to the people of Haryana state. My father (Dr. Sushil Bidani), a firm proponent of homeopathy has a vast experience of 45 years practicing homeopathy and he is still practicing. My house was thus a focal point for a lot of discussions on homeopathy and I was exposed to it from a very young age. I used to see my father and my grandfather discussing cases and their homeopathic treatment, and from their discussions I came to know what homeopathy is and what its benefits are. These lively discussions and debates got me deeply interested in Homeopathy and I decided to become a Homeopath.
Every single thing I learned through my father and grandfather has played such a large role in my success. As a child, I had the benefit of being treated by homeopathy right from the start. My oldest memory of homeopathy is of my grandfather prescribing sweet, sugary pills to someone who came to meet him at home. I was about 6 or 7 years old and was very fascinated as this was a new side of my grandfather, which I knew nothing about. He let me taste some non-medicated sweet pills, and I was thrilled as it tasted like candy. As a child and young adult, I had an innate interest in healthy living, and was averse to synthetic and processed foods. I was attracted to books about Natural Hygiene, Macrobiotics, and such diets seemed logical to me. I could imagine how much sickness was due to unhealthy living. It became self-evident, too, how stress was a major cause of illness. In my own case, I could relate every illness of mine to some stressful situation in my life.
I noticed that animals who eat and drink in less hygienic situations than humans, are often more healthy. It followed that the cause of illness had to be something deeper than just the microbes and that it also had to do with the host. Homeopathy, with its profound understanding of the individual recognized this. It has changed my life in the most profound way. It has freed up my expression, mentally, emotionally, spiritually. It has released me from unresolved past thoughts and feelings. It has freed up my energy to enjoy my life at the highest level.
I am a healthier person on all levels because of my homeopathic treatment and the entire credit goes to my father and grandfather.
AS: You were taught by inspired and talented people. When you finally started to practice, was it all smooth sailing?
NB: When I started my practice as a consultant homoeopath, patients were few. One day my father asked me – how are you doing? I said that I needed some assurance. He answered, “ Do not worry. Use this time to study, because if you do not, there will never be a time to study and you will regret this opportunity.” He further said that in the beginning you must familiarize yourself with the repertory. He used to go over each rubric with a pencil, from Mind to Generalities one by one and then later we got very familiar with the rubrics. Thus we always knew what to ask. I confess that when I passed my BHMS, being a novice, lacking in exposure to patients I was not good at prescribing. It is exposure to patients along with experience over the years that helps one to master the art of homoeopathy. Thus exposure to patients and cases is extremely important.
It has now been well over fourteen years of practice and at no time since then, has respect for Homeopathy lessened. As practice increased, the time for individual study of each case was not available and snap diagnoses were generally the rule, but, even so, the results were such as to justify the choice of Homeopathy as regular practice, and, when time permitted, there was no more delightful pastime than searching for the indicated remedy. The joy of successful application of the simillimum was always greater than that of an operation completed without technical error. When such operation resulted in improved condition there was always a keen sense of success almost at hand, but this was never to be compared with the intense satisfaction that followed the exhibition of the correct remedy in an annoying symptom complex. In the latter case the forces of nature seemed to be released and health was on a higher plane afterward, which can seldom be said of even the most successful operation.
AS: The rate of autism, at least in the West, in increasing at an alarming rate. Allopathy has little to offer in terms of cure. What has been your experience with this disorder?
NB: In recent times there has been an increase in the incidence of autism both in the West as well as in India but researchers do not know how much of this rise is due to more children being diagnosed with Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) or if actual cases are increasing or a combination of both. Most of the rise in autism is a statistical mirage. ASD is now being diagnosed in 1 in every 68 children, according to the most recent data (2010) from the Center for Disease Control (CDC). When the number is adjusted for gender, it’s 1 in every 42 boys and 1 in every 189 girls. The diagnosis of Autism leads to a kind of despair and feelings of hopelessness in the parents, as they are told that it is a lifelong developmental disability and that there is no treatment available for it except for training.
The causes of autism are not completely understood. There are literally thousands of articles and hundreds of organizations blaming one thing or another, from vaccines, GMOs and pesticides to even electromagnetic fields, WiFi signals, chemtrails and residential proximity to freeways. Scare headlines are everywhere but it is a common understanding at this time that ASD is caused by environmental influence on genetic predisposition.
And as we begin to learn more about ASD, we are finding that it is so much more than a psychiatric disorder, as claimed in the latest edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Health Disorders (DSM-5), which was published in 2013. Every child with ASD is given the same diagnosis, yet they are so unique in how it affects them and what treatment approach will work for them. This uniqueness gives more credibility to the ‘Spectrum’ in Autism Spectrum Disorders. The ‘Spectrum’ may be explained by the fact that every child has had a different pre-conception, conception, in-utero, birth, and childhood environmental influence on their genetic make-up. And this is what the base of homoeopathic prescription is, as the focus of homeopathy is not to treat the isolated symptoms of Autism but to treat the child as a whole.
As per my experience, classical homeopathy has been used with success to alleviate symptoms, both mental and physical, or to cure individuals with autism. For many parents who have seen a large overall improvement in their autistic children, homeopathy has played a major role. Even though there is a relatively high rate of cure with ADD/HD individuals, it is still believed that a full recovery from autism through homeopathy is not usual. However, in many cases, we see big improvements in the symptoms and behaviors of ASD individuals, even if a complete recovery is not cited. And starting intervention as early as possible improves the chance of a successful recovery from autism. Ideally, this should begin before age 5. It is often observed that as children with ASD age, they seem to get further and further away from us and it is harder to bring them back. Cases are also often complicated by other interventions such as allopathic drugs, vaccinations, behavioral therapies, etc.
Yet we know that autism can be healed, because we have seen the evidence of recovered lives. We know how autistic children feel, because recovered autistic children have been able to tell us how it felt. They have been able to describe their experiences after their lives were restored to almost normal through homeopathy.
AS: I think your experience will give hope to many parents. In the U.S. the Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP) has paid out over 3 billion dollars to parents of children injured by vaccines. Do you think parents should have a legal option to refuse them? In areas where epidemic disease is still a factor, should Homeoprophylaxis be used as it was in Cuba, where 2.3 million people were treated prophylactically for Leptospirosis?
NB: These are two different questions and I’ll answer them separately. When it comes to vaccination, there are a lot of unanswered questions. Luckily, the Indian government so far is not as rigid as in the West. We still can refuse vaccination, and I kept my son free from such vaccines. Vaccines often contain preservatives, adjuvants, additives, or manufacturing residuals in addition to pathogen-specific immunogens. So what do we know, and what can we be sure of? One thing that appears to be beyond dispute, based on overwhelming evidence that spans across decades, is that pharmaceutical companies have repeatedly demonstrated their willingness to bribe, lie, threaten and commit fraud in order to bring, and keep, their products on the market. This kind of behavior is so commonplace, it appears to be part and parcel of the accepted modus operandi of the drug industry, albeit unofficially.