Homeopath Liz Lalor treats all conditions and has specialized in the treatment of autoimmune disorders and infertility. Prior to homeopathy she worked for thirty years in counselling and brings that experience to her practice. She developed the highly effective Liz Lalor Fertility Programwhich she has taught around the world.She is the author of “A Homeopathic Guide to Partnership and Compatibility”and “Homeopathic Psychiatry”, which was developed into a repertorization program for Radaropus. Her writings have been published in Similia, Homeopathy in Practice, Homeopathy International, Links, and the American Journal of Homeopathy.
The Joint American Homeopathic Conference, JAHC, April 20-22, 2012, was held in Virginia and it was quite an event. Hundreds of homeopaths from all over the world assembled for a weekend that was packed with interesting lectures, case presentations, making of new and revival of old friendships. The homeopathic community had the unique honor of having a Nobel Laureate, Dr. Luc Montagnier present his new findings about the electromagnetic resonance of pathogenic microorganisms in high water dilution and how this phenomenon helps in understanding homeopathy. A room full of vendors displaying their skills and products brought on a festive feel to the gathering. The schedule was set up in such a manner that the participants could move freely between events. Someone with an eye for details had made sure that food, beverages and accommodations would appeal to the pickiest of folks and so, overall, everyone looked quite happy to be there and immerse themselves in the high energy of this annual event.
This was my very first JAHC, and quite literally, I found myself face to face with almost all the homeopaths whose work I have been following now for years and devouring every word they have written and published so far. It was only natural for me to want to share this experience with the readers of HPATHY, the E-Journal I have grown to love and admire, and I thought about interviewing a homeopath from Australia, Liz Lalor. Our lively conversation flowed easily and I learned about Lalor’s work, her new book and the software that she has developed.
Vatsala: Liz, please tell me about how you started your journey in homeopathy?
Lalor: I studied Natural Therapies in 1978. In 1998, I returned to study constitutional homeopathy. In 1987 my son was two and a half years old and was diagnosed with Perthes disease. I was already taking him to a homeopath. He said, ‘I don’t know what to do.’ According to the medical doctors, his prognosis was very poor. We had been told that he would need at least eight different surgeries. Perthes is a disease which disintegrates the top of the femur and interferes with the growth hormones. We were told he would never grow taller than five feet. After the appointment with the homeopath I came home, sat down with a Materia medica and read the whole Materia medica from the front to back. I gave my son Calcarea carbonica and Calcarea phosphoricum. Later when I studied constitutional homeopathy I realized he was a Calcarea silicata. He never needed to have any operations on the re-growing bones with Calcarea carbonica and Calcarea phosphoricum. Now he is six feet tall. Just this one experience was enough to convince me to devote myself to homoeopathy.
Vatsala:Your initial training has been in psychotherapy. You have also practiced for decades now as a homeopath. How do you marry the two?
Lalor:When I started working with people, I felt the need to learn counseling so that I could treat people. It was a very long process of study. However, I never worked only as a psychotherapist. I just used this skill in the process of natural healing and learned to pick what is unusual in people. For example, with my training as a psychotherapist, I have understood that the Delusion rubrics in the Mind section of the repertory are applicable in case analysis if the patient displays psychological delusions. This whole idea of using Delusion rubrics for understanding the abnormality or illness in the affected person’s thought process is elucidated in my book ‘Homeopathic Psychiatry’. I have also presented the idea of the five stages of delusion in my JAHC lecture. A brief version of this approach is given here in this link.
This book ‘Homeopathic Psychiatry’ is also intended to be a Materia medica of the constitutional remedies and how they help us make sense of the delusion rubrics. In short, this book helps you expand your understanding of how to use Delusion rubrics in case taking.
To answer your question about how I use psychotherapy in conjunction with homeopathy, what I do want to tell you is that, Homeopathic Psychiatry is now available in the form of software from www.radaropus.com
This unique software teaches us how to use simple psychological questions and counseling so that the leading answers can be elicited from the patients. These answers point to Delusion rubrics categories and the psychological stages manifested in an illness and from there finding a simillimum is a straight shot.
Vatsala: What is the foundation of your practice? What are you trying to do as a homeopath?
Lalor: As a homeopath, all I am trying to do is to make sure that my patients are happy, well and feel fulfilled. That is all.
Vatsala: Could you please tell me about the status of homeopathy in Australia?
Lalor: I am not the best person to answer that question. I practice, teach and lecture extensively in Australia, but I travel a lot and visit many different countries. So, I am not much in the Australian scene.
Vatsala: In the USA there are several instances of systematic stomping down of homeopathy. Is it the same in Australia?
Lalor: Yes and no. Depends on the network you create. When I had started working as a homeopath, I did not have any medical doctors as my patients. Now, three decades later, I have several conventional doctors as my patients. Many doctors send me referrals. It did not start that way. There are many practitioners who feel ostracized. I turned out to be quite lucky in that regard. I have attracted poor as well as wealthy clientele. The formula for survival is work hard, do great homeopathy and network. We just heard Rajan say that we can do all we want and bring all the facts in favor of homeopathy to the table, but the skeptics will not change their stand. We do not have to struggle to convince them, but we must focus on doing great homeopathy.
Over the years, I have also created a network of students whom I have mentored. I send them cases because I am booked solid for six to eight weeks. Sometimes the necessary rapport does not develop, the patient does not like me or I do not want to take their case. About 20% of contacts do not pan out but the other 80% is solid, and good.
Vatsala: Please tell me about a turning point in your homeopathic journey. When did you feel that yes, you just want to be a homeopath?
Lalor: That magic moment was when I discovered my own constitutional remedy years ago. I come from a very troubled background, and have endured a very difficult and damaged childhood and relationship with my mother. From age sixteen I have been receiving psychotherapy and counseling. I had gone to several different homeopaths seeking help for myself. Then I started going to Rajan’s classes in Goa. After one of those classes in India, I returned home and sat down with the books, determined to do all the exercise necessary for deciding my constitutional remedy. If I had not figured out this remedy, I would not be alive today and talking to you. I had a severe form of an auto-immune disorder. My mother died of this condition. But because of my constitutional remedy I am alive and well. I have been doing psychotherapy on myself and learning about myself since I left home at sixteen years of age. But the truth of the matter is, it is immaterial how much psychotherapy you do. It is of no use until you find a constitutional remedy that helps with sorting out the inner conflict. My moment of realization about the unique place of the constitutional remedy in the course of healing has been my special moment when all I wanted to do is homeopathy.
Vatsala: So, homeopathy does give its practitioners a powerful tool, namely, the constitutional remedies that help repair the split or conflict within and restore the whole person?
Lalor: Yes. Yes.
Vatsala: In this JAHC event, I have met several young students. Same is true in every other seminar I go to. There are lots of youngsters who are drawn to homeopathy and they take it up as a study and want to become homeopaths. You have been around for three decades now. What is your message to these student homeopaths?