Black = Robin Murphy
People are always saying nice things to me, like, “Your words seem to make things so much clearer,” or, “As always, you are the best teacher.” If any of that is true, it can only be because of MY teacher, Dr. Robin Murphy!
Robin Murphy’s Course: Open to Everyone!
The great thing about Robin Murphy, which I applaud him for, is the amazing thing he’s done in making his entire course available to ordinary people–no questions asked! Now, I know some of you are thinking, “Well, isn’t everyone’s course available to ordinary people?” No! Except for acute prescribing, most teachers ask that you have degrees or certificates in certain things, that you enroll in their course, their school, that you plunk down hundreds or thousands of dollars up front, and if you don’t like it or can’t finish the course, you might get some of your money back but certainly not all of it, and if all you wanted of a certain famous homeopath’s course was his materia medica lectures, sorry, but, you can’t have them– unless you’re enrolled in the school! And if you’re not a medical professional, no one will teach you any advanced prescribing ever–EXCEPT ROBIN MURPHY! If someone in your family has cancer, and all you want from Murphy’s course is his seminar on breast cancer, you can buy it without obligating yourself in any way! If someone in your family is mentally ill and all you want of Murphy’s course is his seminar on psychological problems, you can buy it! No one asks if you’re a medical professional or how many years of college you’ve had or how many anatomy and physiology courses you’ve taken…and it’s because of this “open-door policy” that I am a homeopath today! So, Robin, why you? Why are you the exception?
Well, I don’t know…that’s a pretty big question, but, I was a lay homeopath first when I went to naturopathic school and I always felt that homeopathy, if it’s so safe, so natural, it should be available to everybody! So when I practiced, for years, I always made available first aid kits, books and information to all my patients, so… my patients, instead of having just a “doctor-patient” relationship with me were having more of a “teacher-student” relationship. So, you give a first aid kit to people and then they start using it on their kids, their pets and their friends and then these people end up wanting to study homeopathy; so, I encouraged it; and, to this day, I still encourage that homeopathy should be available, like the air and the water, to everybody who wants to take the time to study and learn it.
You know, the name of our journal is “Homeopathy 4 Everyone”, so, I think we share the same philosophy! What I’ve seen is that practitioners will make their acute case lectures available to the public but not their chronic case lectures.
But it’s kind of strange to withhold your lectures on subjects when all people have to do is buy the books! I mean, there’s books out on all these subjects–cancer or whatever! So would you rather that people read and study on their own with no supervision? And let’s face it, there are people out there who are desperate! They’re looking for alternatives to standard medicine, there’s no homeopath in their city or state, they’re on their own…are we just supposed to forget these people?
Apparently! (And by the way, I should probably mention that Robin Murphy’s entire course, and more, is available at www.homeopathic.com. Start with the acute prescribing seminars and work your way up to chronic prescribing. There are 32+ seminars for you to buy, plus Robin’s Repertory, Materia Medica and other books as well.)
I don’t see the world that way, I don’t see some “intellectual class” as being the only ones deserving of knowing homeopathy. Sure, homeopathy does attract these super intellectuals; but, homeopathy is also a medicine from the heart and feelings, a mother’s intuition…I’ll say to a mother, “What remedy do YOU think it is?”
I do the same thing, really! I’m always relieved when my client knows something about homeopathy because I know the outcome of the case is going to be much better than if he or she knows nothing! But let me ask you about acute prescribing because I have noticed that people have a very hard time with acute cases because they’re not really sure at all what they’re supposed to pay attention to and not pay attention to. And some people, of course, are looking for the constitutional remedy in every case!
Constitutional vs. Practical Homeopathy
Yes, people are emphasizing constitutional homeopathy and I am the exact opposite. I emphasize clinical homeopathy which includes emergency prescribing, first aid, and acute prescribing…and that’s the way to spread homeopathy at the grass roots level–Arnica, Arsenicum, Allium cepa are really our calling cards, our way to spread the word.
Up to now, the emphasis has always been on the Kentian approach–one remedy to treat the whole person covering their whole life, it becomes very complex and very intellectual; so, I emphasize that every homeopath should have thorough training in emergency prescribing first and then acute prescribing and treating infections second, and then go on to epidemics and miasms and constitutional and chronic disease…it’s all homeopathy, but, as you learn any science, you learn at the front door. The front door is emergency homeopathy and how to use the first aid kit!
And I know there’s homeopaths, some of my friends, who don’t treat acutes, they don’t treat emergencies; and then a child has a chronic ear infection; well, if you had given Chamomilla in the beginning, they wouldn’t have chronic ear infections now! We shouldn’t have prejudices, we should treat whatever comes through our door. “Oh, this patient has cancer, he might die, I can’t treat him!” Our goals should be to help people where ever they’re at. Emergency, infection, epidemic, chronic disease, psychological problems…where ever they’re at we should use our remedies to help. One of the prejudices is that we have to cure everything. We’re not cure-chasers, we’re trying to be healers and healing includes palliation, relieving the pain and suffering, helping people when they’re dying to leave more consciously and so on; so, homeopathy, to me, needs to be more practical and more clinical.
So, I consider myself a clinical homeopath, not a constitutional homeopath. Going deep into the psychology isn’t the right thing to do all the time. Someone comes into my office with a knee problem. I have to fix the knee! It’s an energy leak, they can’t go to work, now they’re depressed, they can’t sleep, because of the knee problem. So, I’m supposed to give them a constitutional remedy that applies to none of that? That’s prejudicial homeopathy–that you have to go deep in the psychology in every case.
Every case should tell us what’s the right thing to do–where the pain and the suffering is. If the pain and suffering’s in the big toe and they have gangrene, our whole homeopathic treatment should be aimed at that big toe; and, of course, we’re going to take down the modalities, the sensations and any mentals that relate to the gangrene, but the clinical homeopath has to acknowledge that this gangrene is life threatening and they’re coming to us for that, not to fulfill some philosophy of homeopathy we might have. If the patient is in a psychological state, you have to give a psychological remedy. If they’re suffering from chronic fatigue, you have to give them a chronic fatigue remedy.
So, Clinical Homeopathy is really the most classical of all the homeopathic approaches because it’s using all the techniques and procedures and methodologies that have been used in the past, that have proven themselves effective. The teaching in a lot of the new schools of homeopathy is but one teacher’s idea about how to solve these cases; but I stand with all the homeopaths in history and that’s clinical homeopathy–whether it’s Burnett or Clarke or Boericke or Kent or Hahnemann or Hering…it doesn’t matter…how did they practice? How did they prescribe? And then we have a wealth of prescribing techniques, we don’t belong to one school.
I gave lectures for years about the different ways of prescribing homeopathic remedies; but, people today still believe there’s only one way. Emergency prescribing is different from Acute, treating miasms is different, you can’t just have one approach, you have to have mulitple approaches, there’s, like, 15 different ways: tautopathic, isopathic…the first remedy ever given in homeopathy by Hahnemann was not homeopathic. Peruvian bark was an antidote to Peruvian bark poisoning! It was tautopathic. So Tautopathy is a big branch in homeopathy that I don’t see being taught anywhere: Arsenic poisoning? You give them Arsenicum, and it’s worked for two hundred years. If I know someone’s been poisoned by a drug, I give the drug in potency! I just came back from Haiti seeing 50 to 100 patients a day and I can tell you, constitutional homeopathy’s worthless under such conditions!
I have five minutes with each patient! And they say, “Well, that’s not good homeopathy!” No, “not good homeopathy” is not helping these people! And one of the biggest things that upsets me is that a lot of these new teachers are, for all intents and purposes, starting over! We won’t know for a hundred years how truly effective their methods are.
Robin Goes to Haiti
So Robin, you went to Haiti? After the earthquake?
Yes, I went there with Homeopaths Without Borders.
Wow, you are really to be commended for that! It must have been very unnerving, though!
Oh, it was fine. The weather was very hot!
You didn’t feel overwhelmed with people’s suffering and neediness?
I get more concerned with, How can I help?
What did you treat?
A lot of funguses, infection, diabetes…most of them were on allopathic drugs, and now they can’t afford them! And we were in a hospital parking lot next to a pharmacy and all these people couldn’t afford to get their drugs–even though they were discounted by 80%. So, homeopathy’s right there!
But Robin, if you’re in an earthquake or other disaster, and you’re seeing 100 or more patients a day, and you only have a few minutes with each patient, you really have to get the remedy right the first time, don’t you? The pressure seems overwhelming.
You Don’t Have to Be Perfect!
We have this idea that we have to have the perfect patient and the perfect method of saving him. If we’re on the beach and people are drowning and we’re looking around for just the right thing to save the person with, and the exact right way to do it, that’s the wrong attitude, a lot of people are going to drown while you’re second-guessing everything you’re planning to do. Throw in whatever you have–sticks, ropes…. Throw yourself in! There’s no one way. Some of us are more concerned with doing things “right” than with helping people! I feel that people talk themselves out of helping patients because the situation isn’t ideal and the patient isn’t perfect. I feel that not to TRY to help is the only mistake you can make.
What kind of fungal infections were you seeing?
There were kids who lost all their hair, there were women with fungus on their legs–it’s a real tropical climate and damp.
And what remedy comes to your mind on seeing this?
Thuja’s a big remedy for that, Bacillinum, Sepia…. And there are tonics. Hahnemann’s life as a physician did not begin with homeopathy. Half his medical life was before homeopathy and that’s where the real treasures are. And where did he get homeopathy from? He distilled it from all the ancient knowledge. He specifically traces it back to Greek medicine, Arabic medicine…and it all goes back to ancient Egypt.
I did not know that! (Oh, wait; yes I do, I took your course.)
(Ha-ha!) Well, anyway… Aesclepius is the Greek god of medicine. Before Hahnemann became a homeopath, he said the highest form of medicine was achieved by the Greeks and Egyptians, 2500 years before his time, and then he explains it this way: because they had Aesclepius in balance! Aesclepius had two daughters–Panacea and Hygea–and this reflects to me the whole condition of homeopathy today. Panacea was the daughter who did nothing but find cures for people; so, she’s sitting around waiting for diseases to happen so she can cure them. But Aesclepius had another daughter named Hygea, whose only goal in life was to prevent disease! So, to have “Aesclepius In Balance” means 50% of our work should be treating disease and the other 50% should be in preventing disease! And that’s where homepathy’s the weakest–there’s very little promotion of diet, exercise, a philosophy about life, approaches to staying healthy and so on; so, homeopathy, to me, is the greatest natural system of medicine that I’ve found in 40 years of research, but, people don’t know that after Hahnemann gave up medicine, he began following a French naturalist named Mousseau. So, for twenty-some years, Hahnemann gave tonics, wrote papers on vinegar, on charcoal, on using brandy as medicine, camphor and all this stuff, plus diet and fresh air and exercise; he was using home remedies before he became a homeopath. So, after we’ve used homeopathy to bring a person back to normal, we have to encourage them to eat better, exercise, get out in the fresh air, get better sleep, to keep them healthy! We have to finish the cure. Only Hygea can finish it and prevent it.
Have you seen my article, “Why Do We Have to Talk About Diet?” It’s even truer now than before because the staple food in our culture is (gasp!) White Flour!
And most people don’t know that white flour has a little chemical in it called alloxan. Alloxan’s an allopathic drug. It’s a drug they give to lab mice to cause diabetes!
Yes, I read that it destroys the beta cells in the pancreas!
So now, I use potentized alloxan as a cure for diabetes!
I see that alloxan is being used as a bleaching agent in white flour, replacing the benign one that used to be used, making white flour a lot worse than something that just causes constipation because of its complete lack of fiber! Well, take note, everybody!
Antidoting Drug Layers
So, pesticides and other poisons–homeopaths have to address these issues. I give lectures on environmental poisons, treating chemotherapy and radiation side effects, and all this is just simple antidoting. If you include this stuff in your practice, your whole practice changes; versus just being this psychologist/psychiatrist type of homeopath, now you have many more tools with which to help people. Some people just simply need an antidote! They’ve never been well since Prozac. So, you give Prozac 30C and it works! We don’t have to look for this deep essence of a person or their fundamental pathology or their core disconnect with reality all the time, I mean, it sounds great but, I feel I want to be a homeopath that’s on the front lines. I never refuse to treat any patient–cancer patients, dying patients–everyone else has given up on these people, now the homeopaths are going to refuse to treat them too? Who are they going to turn to? Modern homeopathy is very narrow compared to what it was 100 years ago.
Acute Prescribing: Yes or No?
A very famous homeopath has made an amazing statement in his most recent book. He says he used to believe that the acute complaint was irrelevant, but now he realizes that it’s IN the acute complaint that you can most clearly discern the constitutional! And when I first heard this, I thought, Wow! What a break-through! But later I began to realize: Where does that leave acute prescribing? Not that anyone knew how to do it anyway; but, now, apparently, there’s no need to learn it at all, because if you have an acute complaint, apparently this is now the time to ask questions that will lead one to discover the constitutional remedy!
To me, the constitution shouldn’t even be discussed if a patient comes in with an acute! If someone has a fever or a cold or an earache, that’s what has to be treated! Every homeopath in history treated it. The idea that we should ignore it or it’s going to interfere with our remedy…but it’s not “our” remedy it’s the patient’s remedy–and if they happen to be on a constitutional remedy and an acute comes out, you treat the acute; or else, it’s pure lack of compassion!
Acute prescribing is what I teach the families and the lay people first! Here’s why–I usually only need to learn a lesson once: A 12 year old girl came to me with chronic bladder infections. So, I gave her Staphysagria. She was doing fine for a few days and then this horrible bladder infection broke out! The parents were calling me, they were freaking out! I’m telling them it’s a good sign, I’m a good homeopath, this will pass, she’ll be better for it…. Then that night I had a dream about it and it was just like I was being ostracized! ”How can you let someone….” I mean, it was like the child was on fire, and I, with my philosophy, was dismissing it–dismissing her suffering because of my beliefs, that this is good for you. Well, that sounds a lot like allopathy and side-effects, doesn’t it? So, I lasted one day and then another day and I woke up and said, I can’t take it anymore! She’s still suffering! It was a real bladder infection: burning, urinating every 10-15 minutes, screaming; and I go over there and I tell her to take Cantharis and in 5 minutes it all went away! So, she suffered for 3 days because of my philosophy–that aggravations are good, it’s necessary, it’s a learning experience, it’s karma, whatever people rationalize this as, but it’s nothing but lack of compassion!
Or people will say, “I’m too busy to treat acutes.” Well, it’s untreated emergencies and acutes that create the chronics! They’re the first line of defense. So, I think homeopathy needs to be refocused on epidemics, diseases, etc. as well as psychological problems. Homeopathy needs to be more diverse than just one and two hour sessions, long cases and repertorizing.
I always say that if a psychological issue came with the complaint, then it’s very important and the remedy has to cover it! But if the psychological issue is a constant and predates the complaint, then it has nothing to do with the complaint and you can’t base your acute prescription on it, you can’t call it the “mental concomitant” in the case!
Layers And Hering’s Law
Or, you have to clear the complaint out first and address the psychological issue afterwards. And Hahnemann and Hering…everybody talked about layers! As we go through life, certain remedy layers are laid on us. So the idea is that if a Calc-carb. child has a grief at age 10 and picks up a Nat-mur. layer, and then later he injures his back? He may now need Rhus tox!
So Hering’s Law dictates that we need to give Rhus tox as our first remedy (“Healing takes place in reverse order”), followed by Nat-mur, and finally the last thing you treat is the constitution. That means you’ve cleared away all the stuff that’s accumulated in your life; now you have a clear shot at your constitution! Today the word “constitution” just means “treat the whole person”.
It’s very confusing! Because look at this: If someone is in a car accident and he injures his head and he tells the paramedics, “I’m fine! No, really; I’m fine, go away!” and we’re treating the “whole person”, this is Arnica! We’ve got the mentals, we’ve got the physicals, the ailments from blunt trauma–everything in the case is going for Arnica; so, where’s the concept of “constitution” here? This is clearly an “Arnica person”! There’s no need to delve deeper than that! Giving Arnica will remove a layer. Then another presentation will appear and you’ll have to retake the case.
Constitution actually means your genetic state, your healthy state, what you’re born with–it’s not a disease. Treating the constitution is kind of a misnomer!
Yes, I can see that!
True constitutional treatment is hygiene–the herbs, the diet, tonics, lifestyle, exercises…that’s true constitutional therapy because it remakes the constitution–cleans it out, builds it up, strengthens it; but treating pathologies? You’re treating stuff that’s been added on top of the constitution, and then to mix them all together and look for a remedy?
That’s what everyone thinks you’re supposed to do, especially beginners, that you’re supposed to repertorize everything, which usually gives you a list of thirty symptoms, and no clear winner with a 10-way tie for first place! There’s no concept of, “I just need a remedy for the most recent thing in my case–the back pain: Is it better heat? Worse heat? Better rest? Better motion? What’s the sensation? What’s the concomitant? Was there an etiology? Hmm…worse after sleep, worse at night, better heat, better continued motion, ailments from heavy lifting…it looks like Rhus tox!” When you just treat the layer, which usually is the result of some trauma (physical or psychological), you can often see a clear picture of a remedy rather than the murky picture you get when you try to repertorize every symptom from childhood on.
Etiology Over-rules Symptomatology!
Etiology! You’re always stressing the importance of it!
And that’s a big problem I have with a lot of the modern ways of teaching homeopathy! Now, if someone comes to me with a head injury, that is not a symptom! It’s a traumatic event that CAUSED the symptoms in the case. Now if I repertorize and add in “head injury” as a symptom? I’ve totally lost the case. The symptoms have to have a context. If someone comes to me who’s had a head injury and they’ve been depressed or had epilepsy ever since, that etiology over-rides or is more important than the symptomatology! We have a clear cause-and-effect: This happened, then they got epilepsy. So, repertorizing all the symptoms of the epilepsy is one thing; but, I learned early on that giving Arnica or Nat-sulph. for the traumatic event would clear those symptoms away–without even repertorizing and looking into all the details! So I found out that treating the etiology makes homeopathy so much easier!
Now let’s say you have someone with grief–never well since grief. Well, the core problem that needs to be treated is the grief! Grief is a state with various symptoms–depression, crying, not crying, worse from consolation and so on; but, this is what Hahnemann meant by “perceiving what has to be cured.” We have to perceive that this person is suffering because of a grief and now she has multiple sclerosis. So we find out which remedies are grief remedies that have multiple sclerosis. And I look in the literature and look for the top five – ten remedies that have cured this. I don’t start over and give myself a 3,000-to-1 chance of finding the right remedy! But, forget the 3,000-to-1 chance; we have a grief! So now we look at that rubric. Oh! There’s 40 remedies/50 remedies there! So, from 3,000, we’re down to 50 by perceiving what has to be cured.
Another thing is that people don’t know how to use these remedies; especially, they don’t know the ascending scale starting at 6C, 12C, 30C, 200C…and a lot of the cases I get from other homeopaths, the first remedy they gave was the right one but they spent two or three years looking for another remedy because they didn’t know how to keep the first one going! And that was the first problem Hahnemann encountered, that people get used to our remedies.
Build up a tolerance.
So, using LM’s or starting the case with 6C’s…
…in water with succussions before each dose!
…which I’ve been teaching for all these years, solves numerous problems! First of all, the person can be on drugs or drink coffee and the remedies will still work because they’re being taken daily!
Secondly, there are fewer aggravations, thirdly you can manage the case better–you can speed the remedy up or slow it down according to what’s going on with the patient; you can stop it, give an acute remedy if need be, then go back; there’s so many advantages to Hahnemann’s approach.
As opposed to one-dose-high-and-wait! And I would just add that, yes, the potency may stop working at some point if you’ve started with a 6C, despite giving it more often or raising the number of succussions; but, when that happens, you just go up to the 9C or 12C and it should work again.
So, I consider myself a clinical, Hahnemannian homeopath; and Hahnemann got it from ancient medicine but now we’re trying to be so modern, we think it’s beneath us to give an herbal tincture along with our remedies; but, Clarke, Burnett and all these people, that was their standard practice…Boericke? We can’t find one classical case in Boericke’s book! Boericke never treated a person’s constitution, he just treated their disease. And people say, “Oh, we don’t treat disease!” Well, that’s a total delusion. Then you’re in the wrong business. Because there’s psychological diseases (“Oh, we treat the whole person!”) Nowhere in the Organon does Hahnemann say, “We treat the whole person.” He says, “We treat the whole disease”! Then he said you have to perceive what caused it–diet, stress, bad lifestyle, and then we have to work on that area. Hahnemann was basically a naturopath.
So, when Hahnemann had that “Peruvian Bark moment”… already, in his mind, must have been, “Well, I know that like cures like because I read all the ancient Egyptian medical literature, so I’m pretty sure that the reason Peruvian Bark works so well for Malaria is because it’s similar and not because it’s astringent, as Cullen is claiming in his text which I am now translating!” Am I right?
I’ve not found any culture that didn’t know that about the law of similars; and, I’m not sure I would call it a “law” either; to be a law, it would have to be mathematically reproducible; but, it’s the Principle of similarities, not a law; otherwise, every matching of the symptoms would work every time! It’s a principle that like cures like, whether it’s “fight fire with fire”–or you can fight fire with water too, it’s a valid approach! Allopathy has its place. If there’s a broken bone, no remedy’s going to set the bone! So, homeopathy is a part of a bigger system of natural medicine. It’s a principle that guides us. We’re trying to find a remedy that’s similar to the patient, it’s not a numerical, technical, computational thing that whatever remedy gets the most points in repertorization is going to cure the case! In fact, how often does it happen that that’s the very remedy that’s least likely to work? We’ve all experienced that. The Repertory is just a tool to help narrow it down and then we read the materia medica and choose what seems like the best remedy; and, it’s very bad for perfectionists to get into homeopathy, because they want to find this ONE remedy (“Give me another week to study your case!”). Just try the remedy, you’ll know in a week or two if it’s right just by giving it! It’s alright to have back-up remedies! I say to the patient, “Here’s the remedy, take it for a week or two, if you don’t see any relief, call me and I’ll have another one there.” I don’t have to try to figure it all out! I went from 3,000 remedies down to 3. I’m done!
What Is Science?
Now it goes back to, What is science? Now, all this week in India, they’re trying to make homeopathy allopathic science, and it will never be that; but, science today is the modern religion. It’s the dominant religion on the planet. It controls war, economies, research, medicine, agriculture, everything; but, science is unscientific, the premise of science is unscientific. I was in Cairo and was sitting at a big dinner table with professors and doctors and they were talking about science. I said that homeopathy is based on subjective science and they said, “That’s a contradiction in terms!” So I asked them, “What are the most important things in your life?” They said their wives, children, their work, their jobs, helping others….” I said, “Oh, all subjective things!” and they said, “Yeah….” I said, “OK, so science, then, ignores all the most important things in people’s lives!” So they were kind of taken aback by that. So, homeopathy’s greatest gift is that it acknowledges, supports, nourishes, treats and heals the subjective! Now, subjective doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist, it’s just the opposite! We are more subjective than objective. Our physical bodies are 70% water and we’re thinking, that’s all we are, just physical body; but it’s our vitality, spirit, our soul–all this is the reality of who we are, because if that leaves, there is no physical body; but, you can cut off someone’s legs and arms and they’re still there!
Still in there!
Right; so, we’re not the body. We’re the subjective spirit-being in the body; this is all Hahnemann talked about, and we have to treat that. So, to go out of our way to prove homeopathy to people who don’t even care about it is a waste of time. I’m invited to all these various platforms to convert people; I say, “I’m not in the business of converting people, there’s millions of people out there looking for natural treatments and homeopathy; I don’t go out of my way to convert some medical doctor that totally has no interest in it.” So, a true scientist is one that looks at subjective and objective aspects of health without prejudice and that’s the definition of a homeopath. So we can’t try to imitate allopathy for prestige!
The Philosophy of Modern Medicine
Speaking of the absurdity of imitating allopathy, there’s something you said in your lectures that has always stuck with me, and that is:
“Modern medicine has no philosophy, no laws, no principles about what it’s doing.” It made me think long and hard!
I’m reminded that we just recently had a big issue here in the United States about “health care reform”; and I gave a talk at Virginia Tech– they had a conference on “Earth Sustainability” and they asked me to give a talk on the “alternative medicine viewpoint”; so, they asked me about “health care reform” and I said, “First of all, ‘health care reform’ is three words: The first word is ‘health’. There is no health in ‘health care reform’! There is no care in ‘health care reform’, and finally, there is no reform in ‘health care reform’!” I told them I would translate it for them: First, you cross out the word “health” and replace it with “disease”. You cross out “care” and put “management” in its place, and in the end, what you have is: “Disease Management for Profit – Economic Reform”! This is what they really mean by “health care reform”. So, allopathy’s paradigm is really:
Disease Management for Profit.
Well-said, very well-said! So, that’s their “philosophy”, then–or perhaps the reason why they don’t have one!
It’s commercial chemical medicine. A “cure” is against the paradigm!
Yes, “cure” would definitely be antithetical to “disease management for profit”! Profits would dwindle to nothing!
I go into a store, people ask me to give a dollar for breast cancer, and I say “No.”
It’s a waste of money! First of all, they’re only required to give 10% of your donation to research!
I doubt that the average person knows that!
The other 90% can go to the people that raised the money! But, it’s all about economics and synthetic chemicals. A better word for allopathy is “xenobiotic medicine”.
Medicine that’s “foreign to the body”, right? I always ask people, “Where is it written that medicine has to be made of synthetic, artificial substances?”
Foreign substances, created by human beings, never before seen in nature; a synthetic chemical drug; so, when we give this to people, biologists say it takes 40 years to really determine its effect; but, every allopathic drug on the market is totally foreign to our genetic make-up and our constitution. It’s never been seen before in history. Why that’s important is because all of allopathy is based on one premise:
If we make a synthetic chemical drug, we can patent it and sell it!
It’s all about patentability! Inventions can be patented and that’s where the money is. A drug is a unique chemical formula–an invention! This is why the “medical/hospital complex” is not now, and never will be, interested in carrot juice–it’s not an invention! It doesn’t matter how many cases of cancer it cures; no research, no double-blind study, will ever be done on it!
The best way to describe the effect of drugs on the body is to use the example biologists use of Hernando Cortes. Cortes went into Mexico with an army and 2/3 of the population were wiped out–not by war, but by disease (gonorrhea, syphilis and smallpox) because they had never been exposed to smallpox virus or gonorrhea or syphilis ever in their thousands of years of being there; so, it was totally xenobiotic to their constitutions.
Every drug on the market is equivalent to that!
Now, if you look at it from that point of view, all allergies, side-effects, all “never-well-since” (the drug) episodes, all toxic effects, etc., are xenobiotic rejections of these synthetic drugs that our bodies have never seen before. So, this is where allopathy is–it’s commercial medicine, capitalism; they spend more money on advertising to non-doctors than they spend on research! “Ask your doctor about [our drug].” I mean, come on! And then they see the sales go up. So, allopathy is not scientific. They’re using data and computers and machines to give the illusion of science. But anybody in Statistics 101 can teach you how to manipulate any research to make it look good. Cancer research: any patients with severe side-effects are removed out of the study! There’s a thousand tricks like that. When money’s the motivation, that’s the death of healing; medicine should be non-profit!
I totally agree and tell me this isn’t ridiculous: When a drug is presented to the FDA for approval, the testing the FDA relies upon for its consideration is done by the very drug company that stands to profit from its sale! But leaving conflict of interest aside, just the idea that a medicine is created to stop the body from doing something that’s normal under certain circumstances–like manufacturing cholesterol or raising the blood pressure, raises a big red flag for me because how appropriate is it to make such a substance?
That’s what I meant when I said, “no philosophy”! There’s no philosophy regarding what’s a cure or what’s a healing process. I was taught in basic science that every symptom in the body is the body’s attempt to heal itself. But every drug that’s given is an effort to stop it! So we go to allopathic doctors to stop the healing process!
Whatever you have, they have a drug to stop it. We should be acknowledging that the sweating, the diarrhea, etc. are the body’s efforts to heal itself. It’s very strange that there is no healing philosophy in allopathy, there’s just commercial medicine. Drugs are the #1 killer of Americans. There’s a book everyone should read by Carolyn Dean, it’s called Death By Modern Medicine. She’s one of my students.
Really? Then we should probably point out that Carolyn Dean has written articles for our ezine! One of them is called “The Worst Crime of the 20th Century”. I’ll post the link at the bottom.*
But back to homeopathy, this is why “tautopathic prescribing” is so important because so many people are toxic and poisoned from drugs!
Absolutely! And for the benefit of our readers, “tautopathy” is the prescribing of drugs in potency as homeopathic remedies.
Just this past weekend, I made up Oxycontin, Ambien, and other drugs to give to patients who are having severe side-effects. I have one patient who’s flipped out over Ambien–horrible drugs! But, side-effects are provings; so, it’s also showing us what Ambien is good for–what it causes, what it’s prescribed for–either one is valid in terms of prescribing it homeopathically.
Everyone you see nowadays is on a drug, it complicates every case; oh, and people, I have an announcement to make: please, don’t throw your drugs away! I don’t know how many times a client has said to me, “I’m ‘never well since’ taking [name of drug]! No, I don’t have it anymore, I threw it out, I couldn’t bear to even have it in the same house with me!” I just shake my head. “That was your remedy! You threw out your remedy!”
The indicated remedy is based on etiology; if a drug caused the problem, who am I to question it? This person is never well since Prozac. They were mildly depressed before they were on Prozac, now they’re suicidal! I give Aurum, I give Natrum sulph, they palliate; I give potentized Prozac and it works! Of course, when you see a clear remedy picture, give the remedy! But when it doesn’t work, try to treat the cause; we have to learn to become antidoters–not just deep constitutional prescribers.
Can we talk about miasms? I’ve heard the phrase so many times, “I’m a miasmatic prescriber,” and, I’m wondering, What does that mean?
Yes, miasms, it’s a big subject and there’s homeopaths in India who only treat miasms! But then, there are homeopaths who only treat the constitution, there are homeopaths who only use LM’s, there are homeopaths who only treat the deep psychology, homeopaths who only treat the disease–and they’re all right and they’re all wrong! Every method is valid and that’s why they’re right, but, it’s not valid in every case!
Miasms: Hahnemann addressed it and that’s what the first crack in homeopathy was all about, it was because of miasms. Homeopathy split when Hahnemann was in Paris because he came out with this idea about miasms and the LM potencies. A lot of his faithful followers abandoned him and said he went crazy. To this day French homeopathy is based on this other branch of homeopathy. This split broke Hahnemann’s heart, that they didn’t accept his theories of Psora, etc. Now, I have my own view of miasms, they’re an important part of homeopathy, but again, I look at the case and the case tells me what to do! I only treat a miasm if the miasm shows itself. I think it’s bad homeopathy to give Tuberculinum to a patient just because it’s in the family. On the other hand, if there’s no tuberculosis in the family history and the child has Tuberculinum symptoms, I give Tuberculinum! Of course, if there’s tuberculosis in the family and the child has Tuberculinum symptoms–that’s easy. We just don’t have to second-guess ourselves with all this stuff!
So, miasm just means inherited or acquired susceptibility to get a certain group of symptoms or diseases.
You can also think of it as a block in the case or an obstacle to the cure.
You have acute miasms, chronic miasms, inherited miasms, dormant miasms, awakened miasms and the problem with people who are over-zealous in treating miasms is that they often wake up these miasms that weren’t causing any problems!
We find when we peel away the layers, the homeopathic layers, we will turn up a miasm, and Hahnemann tells us how to recognize it: indicated remedies don’t work or don’t hold, raising the potency doesn’t help, switching remedies doesn’t help and there’s a history that justifies that miasm, or some keynotes. So, now it’s time to give an intercurrent remedy (one of the 15 techniques of homeopathy): You stop your chronic treatment, you give a nosode for a few days (or a week or a month) to clear out that miasm and then go back to your chronic treatment.
But miasms are real, it’s just an archaic word for damage done to the immune system.
Due to a suppressed infection?
That’s one way, or it can be inherited, or it can be damage from drugs.
So, you’re saying your parents had a suppressed infection and passed it on to you?
Or, it may not have been suppressed! They could have just had it and never got over it! So, that weakness was in the genes. So if a father is alcoholic and destroyed his liver and then he procreates, that child’s going to have a weak liver–unless the mother’s healthier liver somewhat nullifies that. So, we inherit much more than just infections. We inherit the beliefs, the life-syle of our parents; but, miasms, basically, are based on suppressed infections; but, psora’s no infection…. Eczema…are they infections?
What Is Psora?
You say in your seminars something about psora that I’ve always found intriguing: When people’s beliefs don’t make any sense or people lose their common sense, that’s psora.
Psora is lifestyle and beliefs that lead to bad health. Psora is originally from scabies, and what is scabies? It’s a poor hygiene external disease. It’s not some infection or susceptibility of some kind, no, it’s a poor hygiene disease; so, right there it’s telling us that if we have bad eating habits and live in poor conditions, we’re more likely to get diseases; that’s what psora is about: poor diet, poor living conditions, poverty…all that stuff is psora and the beliefs that encourage it! In Europe, for hundreds of years, they believed bathing was bad! And then we got the plague! They only bathed once a year on their birthday! All these famous people in history! Columbus! Shakespeare! You know, if we could go back in time and see these people with pock marks and ulcers and matted hair….
Oh my God, I can just imagine! I know what I look like after just three days of not washing my hair!
….don’t forget the rotten teeth! And then you look at the statues of these people, I mean….
Yes, a complete whitewash!
That was Europe’s belief. So, Europe suffered the psoric consequences of believing in poor hygiene. And in modern terms–and people don’t want to hear this–the number 1 and 2 killers of Americans are prescription drugs and red meat. So, the belief that we need meat–which kills almost half the population (cholesterol, high blood pressure, stroke and heart disease)–we believe that we need it, we’re sold the idea through the media (total delusion–we get the meat from cows that eat grass!) and so half the population’s dying of heart disease and they know the cause is red meat. That’s psora! So, now they’re finding drugs–the statin drugs–to lower your cholesterol, and they’re the worst drugs on the market (liver damage, kidney failure, psychological problems…) all this to lower cholesterol because they know, instead of telling people not to eat cholesterol-rich foods, they can give a drug and make more money. And the drug has side effects so they get to give, yet, another drug!
The gift that keeps on giving!
Now you’re in the system! The chemical/drug-for-life system! You just go down hill and down hill, and more drugs and more drugs….
Oh, I’ve seen it; I’ve seen it!
I have an aunt who spends $900 a month on her drugs.
She has sarcoidosis, diabetes, arthritis…her drug bill is more than her mortgage, and that’s what they call good medicine! And health care reform? “There’s 40,000,000 people out there who aren’t taking our drugs!” There’s nothing in health care reform about preventive medicine or natural health care! Insurance companies should be rewarding people who get massages, go to yoga classes, etc.
It’s really just Insurance Company Reform.
I know, and I talked about that at the conference and an insurance company person came back and said look, we represent 17 percent of all the medical bills, what about the doctors and the hospitals? So, they feel like they’re being scapegoated; but, it’s only economic reform. There’s nothing in health care reform about reforming how we treat people. It’s reforming insurance and making drugs more available. There’s no evidence that this improves any population. We’re 23rd in infant mortality…people still have this deep delusion that the United States has the best medical system in the world–that more technology and more drugs means better health care. There’s no scientific evidence for that. If we regulated the pharmaceutical industry like we do the toy and car industry where if one child dies from a toy, the toy gets recalled or where one little brake problem or problem with tires and it’s a big massive recall, imagine what the drug industry would look like today! Every drug on the market is killing more people than any number of bad toys and cars. Over a hundred thousand people die every year from correctly prescribed prescription drugs!
And Robin, those are only hospital deaths! If you died from a drug at home, it’s not counted! Not to mention that hospital deaths caused by the medicine or the doctor are severely under-reported and covered up, for obvious reasons! So the real number, I’m sure, is much bigger.
And this number is considered acceptable! That’s psora! Psora is that we accept poisons as medicines! People in England were claiming homeopathy can’t be real because it doesn’t have side-effects! So, “real” medicine, apparently, has to be toxic. And by the way, that’s what “pharmacy” means in Greek–a place where poisons are made and dispensed. A pharmacist is a “poison giver”!
Well, it’s no secret that these drugs are toxic–their TV ads seem to have no shame about saying so!
So, we need tautopathic prescribing to antidote these poisons and then get back on track with basic homeopathy!
Robin, a lot of homeopaths advocate homeopathic vaccinations; for instance, Polio 10M. Where do you come down on this?
In this situation I use a military analogy. Imagine a group of soldiers, they’re in the woods, they’re worried about being attacked, so to prevent anyone from attacking them, the captain orders them to start shooting in the woods! So someone says, “We don’t see anyone.” “Just shoot! Just shoot!” the captain says. And this is what the homeopaths are doing with their so-called homeopathic vaccinations! We’re treating something that’s not there! Vaccines of any kind are most effective if they’re given during an epidemic and around the time where you have evidence that they work. Now, if I vaccinate a million people with a vaccine, and none of them gets the disease, they’d say, “Unbelievable! We’re so proud of you!” But, there was no disease there to get! You give 100,000,000 people in the U.S. polio vaccine and there’s no polio epidemic, that’s a con game! “See? No polio!” Now, we’re shooting in the woods, but there’s no one there to shoot at. So, I’m giving Tuberculinum 10M and I’m giving Measles 10M to people, and there’s no measles epidemic and there’s no TB epidemic…you’re not only wasting your ammunition but you can stir up miasms, you can cause aggravations, you’re treating something that doesn’t need to be treated! Now, if there’s a flu epidemic, for example, I’m a big supporter of homeopathic vaccination, or prophylaxis. Now, you’ve got a child in school, there’s whooping cough going around the school, then giving your child Drosera or Pertussin at that time is real homeopathy! Now, if there’s no whooping cough, and I’m giving Pertussin 10M because of something I believe … and everybody in homeopathy knows one fact–that the remedies work for a while and wear off; so, how can these “vaccinations” be permanent?
That’s why they’re giving 10M’s, so they’ll last a lonnng time!
But there’s just no evidence of that! And what is the remedy working on if there’s nothing there?
I don’t know.
Or how are you evaluating the remedy’s action if there’s nothing to evaluate? “Oh, see? The child didn’t get whooping cough!” Well, there was no whooping cough to get! I mean, it’s just simple logic that it’s a waste of time and energy, people are making money off it and they’re playing on the fears of other people. But then I’m the first one to stand up and promote it if there’s actually something going on, like the H1N1 scare–I was out selling kits, teaching classes on homeopathic prophylactic treatment and how to antidote the flu vaccine; I mean, this is the real world! This psychological/constitutional homeopathy is good for the upper class, the intellectuals, but, you can’t go to India, Haiti, or Colombia and try to do this type of homeopathy: long interviews, a lot of money….
My beef with homeopathic vaccinations is that they legitimize and respect the allopathic vaccination protocol, as if to say, Yeah, this is a good idea; when actually, it’s a very bad idea–here’s what it is: inept, inappropriate and crude “homeopathy”, and we’re imitating it! What’s up with that? Did people ever stop to think, Wait a minute! We already know how to do this; after all, we’re homeopaths and this is what we do; we treat infections, we treat fevers; why are we so in awe of measles, like we have to be afraid of it? Even polio, we have a history of treating polio epidemics, people just don’t know about it, homeopaths don’t tend to read their historical books like Dorothy Shepherd’s Homeopathy In Epidemic Diseases.
Advice From Robin Murphy
What are the common mistakes we’re making, Robin?
1. Ignoring the etiology or treating it like just another symptom. The etiology is what has to be cured.
Concentrating on etiology would simplify a person’s practice. You’ve got all this complicated five pages of information…but ultimately, it’s a grief case! Ailments from grief, “never well since” grief! Which grief remedy fits all this information? Putting symptoms above etiology is a big mistake. When I take a case, I’m only looking for the etiology. If there is no etiology, then I do general homeopathy: mental/emotionals, generals, physical particulars…but, in 80% of the cases, there’s some cause–even if they don’t remember it! One person I was treating had insomnia. I said, “What happened?” He said, “Nothing.” So I said, “When did it begin?” He said, “About 10 years ago.” “Well, what were you doing 10 years ago?” He said, “I was in college; drinking a lot of coffee, staying up late, studying….” So, there it was! But it wasn’t a direct shock. It was an indirect cause. So etiology can have two branches–direct and indirect. The indirect is circumstances in their life that help bring out the disease, like family dynamics–a domineering father can create a lycopodium child by destroying that child’s self-confidence. So, ignoring etiology is the biggest mistake.
2. And then, using the potencies, learning how to use all the potencies. To me, you’re not a qualified homeopath if you go to one school and learn one way of doing homeopathy, you’re not a qualified homeopath; that’s like going to carpentry school and you only know how to work with one type of wood or one set of tools. You’re not a carpenter. And a lot of people call themselves master homeopaths and they only use one or two techniques. They haven’t mastered the subject of homeopathy. They went deep in one or two techniques and they’re getting good results and I salute them for that but homeopathy’s much bigger than one person’s view of it.
3. Another mistake people make is in not treating the acutes and emergencies and letting people suffer.
4. Believing in aggravations, that they’re necessary and needed. Hahnemann said in aphorism 243 in the footnote that that was a mistake in a previous edition of the Organon, that he was a brash beginner who wanted to see these reactions. Hahnemann says any time there’s an aggravation it means you gave the remedy too strong or the person was too sensitive. So, either way, you adjust what you do. Now, high potencies can’t be adjusted! One dose of a 10M can’t be taken back. It can’t be slowed down or speeded up. You can let it run its course or antidote it if you can. Low potencies, on the other hand, are way more flexible. They’re least likely to be affected by antidoting factors, can be given daily and you can keep them going and here’s how: by how much of the remedy you give, the dose; the number of succussions you use, the frequency of the dose…I can keep a 6C going for a year if I have to. So, learning to use the different potencies is something people need to know. You see in the books, “This remedy should be used in this potency.” That’s all false teaching! They see several cases where that remedy worked in that potency–but that’s not a rule to be put in books! Unless you’ve tried every potency on hundreds of cases, you can’t come to any conclusion about that.
5. Another is how to read and understand the materia medica. That’s a big issue. So, you read a remedy, like Arsenicum, and you’re reading its acute uses, it’s chronic uses, it’s emergency uses–from food poisoning to asthma, from Alzheimers to cancer–all this is mixed into the materia medica. So when you go to read a remedy, a big mistake is, “Oh, it doesn’t fit the patient!” because your patient doesn’t have food poisoning or doesn’t have asthma, etc. This is not what you’re supposed to be doing! We call it “negative prescribing”. The patient has 6 symptoms and Arsenicum covers five of them really well, but in the materia medica, there’s five hundred symptoms for Arsenicum! You’re only supposed to be looking at what you’re looking for, you’re not looking at the whole Arsenicum materia medica and expecting it to match your case. Homeopathy’s not astrology! There are no stereotypes! “Oh she can’t be a nat-mur, she cries easily!” “Oh! She can’t be Pulsatilla because she doesn’t want consolation!” I teach students how to positive-prescribe a case: matching what the person has with a remedy that covers that. You’re not trying to match the whole remedy picture. Sulphur has 110 pages of materia medica in Allen’s. No one would have 110 pages worth of things wrong with them! But if a person has 10 symptoms and sulphur covers 6, 7, 8 of them, it’s most likely the remedy! So, negative prescribing is talking yourself out of giving the remedy based on what the patient doesn’t have! If he doesn’t have it, we shouldn’t be discussing it. That’s like, “I can’t give Phosphorus, he’s not a red head!” “It can’t be calc-carb, she’s too skinny!” It’s irrelevant. She had calc-carb symptoms–sleeplessness, craving eggs, leg cramps, over-responsible…you give calc-carb. Now it’s true that homeopathy does have personality types, but that same remedy has acute presentations as well that may have nothing to do with the personality!
6. As far as treating chronic disease is concerned–diabetes and heart disease and all this–you can repertorize, you can do all this complicated stuff, but I just go in the literature and I find the top five or ten remedies that have been used to treat that condition in the past and that, to me, is solid ground–no speculation, no theories, no philosophy; you want to find that core group of remedies that have been known to cure that pathological state and start looking there! I look in the basket of cured remedies for diabetes first, instead of looking at three thousand remedies to find my diabetes remedy. And I AM treating the person by treating their diabetes. And then I treat the person again by treating the fundamental state that led him to the diabetes, AND I have to educate the person about what he ate that caused the diabetes or else we’re not living up to the 3rd and 4th aphorisms of The Organon–know the things that cause and sustain illness and know how to remove them.
7. Another big mistake is ignoring preventive things like diet. Diet’s the biggest one of all, the cause of almost everything: Colitis, Crohns Disease, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, food allergies, all this stuff; heart disease, high blood pressure, liver problems–all this comes from diet! So, using more natural approaches along with homeopathy will round out a person’s practice. Homeopaths have to be into diet and exercise and hygiene–not only as homeopaths but as a lifestyle to be examples to other people. We have to live a healthy lifestyle to be healthy homeopaths; if we’re healthy, we get better results in our practice. People will believe what we have to say because of what homeopathy and diet have done for us.
8. A big mistake in understanding symptoms and what to repertorize is that our repertorizing techniques are often based on false hierarchies. Everybody says mentals are more important than emotionals, etc., all that’s not always the case. What’s true is the following: What’s important in the case is what’s important! If someone’s dying of leukemia, that’s what’s important! There may be no mentals in the case, or maybe they’re in a coma–where’s the mentals there? So, what’s important here (perceiving what has to be cured) is giving a coma/leukemia remedy!
Now, this hierarchy of mentals, emotionals, generals and particulars is a hierarchy of healthy people, and we’re using that paradigm to treat people where that hierarchy got mixed up because of disease. A healthy person has that hierarchy! But once you’re diseased…an example would be gangrene: We’ve got this person, their whole life, all the traumas they’ve been through and now they’ve got diabetes and now on top of diabetes they have neuropathy and they’ve got gangrene. Now, if I don’t treat the gangrene, I’m ignoring what the patient is telling me is the most important thing in the case! So, there’s two hierarchies–a healthy hierarchy and a pathological hierarchy. Now, the latter says that the foot and the toes are the most important thing! The second most important thing is the diabetes that caused the gangrene, the next most important thing is the general state of the patient and their diet which caused the diabetes and then underneath that is the constitution of the person. So most of these diseases, as Hahnemann said, are psoric because they reflect lifestyle choices that made people sick, and if we can fix the sickness but we don’t address the lifestyle, we only did half our job. And that’s what aesclepius in balance is all about. So half our job is curing people, the other half is educating them.
Well, that’s what I try to do! That’s what we all try to do here at Homeopathy 4 Everyone, and now you’re a part of it–thanks, Robin Murphy!
I just want to close by saying that you can go to Robin’s website (www.LotusHealthInstitute.com) or go to www.homeopathic.com and type in “Murphy”, and you’ll find all his books and all his seminars there, his whole course. You can buy just one seminar or all of them or one at a time as I did, but you should know that there’s a logical order to buy these things in: Emergency prescribing and Acute prescribing come first, followed by Children’s Health, Women’s Health, Fevers and Infectious Disease, Materia Medica, Musculo-skeletal Problems, Philosophy and Practice I and II–I’m doing this from memory!–Dental, Mouth and Throat, Gastroenterology, Skin Disorders….in other words, all the seminars relating to acute and pathological issues come first. Like he said, learning to alleviate suffering is at the top of our list, after that you can learn deep constitutional prescribing. There’s no point in learning how to take a chronic case if you don’t know what to do for the suffering in these patients!
Also, we didn’t even get into Murphy’s Repertory! This is the only alphabetical repertory of this scope and size on the planet! Plus he’s added chapters; so, “Desires salt” is in the Food chapter! Worse 10 a.m. is in the Time chapter! Diabetes is in the Clinical chapter! He has thought of everything so that ordinary people can use the repertory! Likewise don’t forget his materia medica! What good is a repertory without a materia medica? It is rare for me to need any books in solving a case other than the two just mentioned.
Robin is truly the “People’s Homeopath” for sure! Thanks again, Robin!
*Carolyn Dean, “The Worst Crime of the 20th Century”: http://hpathy.com/homeopathy-papers/the-worst-crime-of-the-20th-century/
Dr. Robin Murphy studied at the National College of Naturopathic Medicine (NCNM) where he was awarded the Hahnemann Scholarship. While at the school he studied with Dr. Ravi Sahni and Dr. John Bastyr. He directed the homeopathy program at NCNM from 1980-1984 and also taught at Bastyr University. He published the Homeopathic Medical Repertory in 1993 which is now in its 3rd edition and the Lotus Materia Medica in 1996 which has been updated three times and is currently titled Nature’s Materia Medica. He is currently the director of the Lotus Health Institute, a health education, publishing and research organization dedicated to the promotion of Clinical Homeopathy and Prana Medicine. Dr. Murphy sponsors seminars around the world and has produced over eighty books, audio tapes and papers ranging from M.M., Repertory and Organon studies, to Ancient Biological Cycles, Egyptian Medicine, Herbal Alchemy and Qi Gong. Visit www.LotusHealthInstitute.com for more information on Dr. Murphy and his Clinical Homeopathy Certificate Course.