Published by Dr. Joe Rozencwajg, NMD and Natura Medica Ltd.
Published: 13 January 2017
Number of Pages: 296
Format: Paperback Edition – 15.24cms x 22.86cm or eBook in PDF .
Price:- Paperback – £26.02(Excl. VAT) eBook- £15.21 (Excl. VAT)
Dr Joe, as he is often known, starts his book off with a Claimer rather than a Disclaimer. He states that ‘All the information contained in this book has been clinically tested by me and multiple national and international colleagues.’ He writes that it is for ‘trained homeopaths’ and that he wants it to be shared because knowledge belongs to the people. However this should be read in the realms of the usual copyright paragraph!!
In the Foreword he tells us that it is 10 years since he first prescribed his Fibonacci series of remedies and that this book is an enhanced compilation of all his previous books and publications on this method with additions. He likens it to Hahnemann’s various editions of the Organon. With this last phrase he wrote, ‘my modesty will kill me one day’ which had me really laughing!! This is what I really like about reading Dr Joe’s books – the humour!!
His first discussion is around potency and the fact that every school, theory and practitioner has different thoughts on it. Their reasoning is ‘it works for me’!! For Dr Joe this was not logical. We then have a chapter entitled, ‘What on Earth is Potency?’. He compares herbal and homeopathic preparations and concludes that both are ‘dynamic’ and discusses works by Hahnemann and David Little. The analogy of unzipping a computer file is used.
The next discussion is on ‘Homeopathic Traditions’. He likens homeopathy to Aikido because it is a dynamic and constantly changing martial art. He discusses Kentian potencies and how they don’t make sense to him, and converts them to logarithms and graphs to show this. He calls it a disharmony. With the discussion of the ‘French Connection’, where he says until recently homeopaths in France were only allowed to prescribe up to 30CH, it proved that these low potencies can treat ‘absolutely anything’. He says this makes a mockery of the ‘low potencies are for physical problems, higher potencies for mental and emotional ones’ theory, which he discusses in far more detail later in the book. Again he argues why use one potency over another and that it was Margaret Tyler who promoted the 30C, 200C, 1M, 10M, but still these gaps between the potencies can’t be explained.
Then there is the decimal ‘x’ scale and the same question, why these particular potencies? The LM’s which were taught to him by David Little, are next to come under his scrutiny. It is a linear progression which he then proceeds to prove mathematically, but he reckons his patients gave up treatment as it is so slow. He explains that Hahnemann described this as his “perfected” procedure by which he did not mean the perfect one.
David Little recommended that the potency was chosen according to the ‘energy’ of the patient but as Dr Joe explains, how do you determine this and what is normal? I will say no more as this is a fascinating discussion which really gets you thinking. He talks about potentising, past and present, and the number of succussions. He named 12 different methods of doing this of which I only thought there were a couple!! Then he discovered what he was looking for, a natural law, that of the Fibonacci numbers. Now the F series, as he calls, it is what Dr Joe is known for discovering. In this book there is a chapter called, ‘Universality of the Fibonacci series’, in which he describes where this series is found in ancient mathematical texts and in nature e.g. DNA, cauliflowers, sunflowers, broccoli, pine cones, shells etc. I found the part about the Fibonacci spiral Golden Ratio proportion in respect of our human bodies really interesting. Think of fingerprints as an example, the spirals in the solar system, works of art and architecture. The F series as it relates to Taoism and religion he also goes into detail about, although in my opinion some of it may be a bit far-fetched, and as he writes, “on shaky ground”. This whole chapter is beautifully illustrated in full colour in the ebook.
Now we come to the part that I believe most readers will be waiting for; ‘ The rationale behind the Fibonacci potencies’. When the potencies are converted into graphs you see a regular curve or a straight line when the logarithms are used. To explain further, Dr Joe uses a metaphor – the FM, AM radio; going from one frequency to another. OK, I admit he lost me a bit while talking about threshold concepts and variable potencies in which he used the analogy of a salad! I better understood the white light going through a prism analogy! Layers of a cases are described using a brief case history- how after the first remedy given another layer/remedy was brought out after a few potencies, which after a few potencies of that, brought another layer after which the whole series was able to be completed. Dr Joe was then able to return to previous remedies and complete the whole series with them. Using quantum physics he is able to explain to his own satisfaction just how he came to the concept of ‘single variable potency’ which is something that I like as it is easy to administer to patients.
I love the way Dr Joe writes – an example when referring to some complicated wordy discussion is: ‘Don’t cringe and whine; you will soon see how it relates to our subject’!! How many of us think so deeply as Joe about how he sees his patients – as a “barcode” of the individual? He certainly has a vivid imagination. He sees a Calc. Carb. as a quiet mountain with a few irregularities representing imbalances and a Nux Vomica as a spiky aggressive graph. Again these perceptions are beautifully reproduced in full colour. He shows a sombrero graphic representing the archetype of a patient who is healthy, balanced, and normal, at peace. Then there are 12 separate sombrero graphics which initially I could not tell apart, but gradually I was able to see very subtle differences. He does say that it is easier to see in the animation on his online course, plug, plug! He then explains how one potency given for the chronic main problem will not be able to reach all ‘scars’ that come with it. This is because of the, ‘incomplete spectrum of potencies’, presuming that the correct remedy was used. He then writes that any potency will work in an acute situation but that he promises to explain that later! This is the introduction to his Fibonacci series of potencies.
His Fibonacci series of potencies began in 2006 and since then he tells us that he has, up to the time of writing this book, given out 1536 prescriptions and that his results have been corroborated by colleagues. Did you know that it takes a full day’s work for one technician to run a full series of a remedy up to 233C, using ten succussions at each step? I didn’t!! Also there are now 300 remedies that you can get off the shelf. Most of the remedies are the old classical ones and he is amazed at the results he has been getting from using 10% of the MM. To him this appears that the problem is not that we need more new remedies, but that it is a potency issue. He admits that he does use nosodes, sarcodes and tautopathic remedies in his F series but that sarcodes are often used in his Fibonacci Plasma Potency.
After some more of what he called theoretical rambling he admits that you can’t get anywhere without having the correct remedy, which is achieved by proper case taking. However he insists, as Hahnemann would have done, it is also very much to do with using multiple tools such as correcting nutrition and mechanical problems.
Next Dr Joe tells us about his ‘practical approach’ to prescribing. After a patient receives the F series remedies from a pharmacy, he insists that they are taken in his prescribed manner. He says that all Hahnemann’s methods are used and gives us his version of dry dosing from the Organon version 4 but then adds a version 4.5! He then goes to Organon version 5 with Hahnemann’s liquid method and finally to Organon version 6 with multiple dilution glasses. I laughed out loud when I read one of the possible instructions that a patient may receive ‘Carefully opening the envelope, you remove the folded piece of paper you will find inside; it contains about 1 gram of white powder, which is not for snorting’. We then have a couple of brief case histories showing what happened when patients took the F series in different ways.
The next section is entitled ‘What to consider when evaluating the Fibonacci potencies’. This again contains interesting case histories, some brief and others longer, showing aggravations before ameliorations. We are given information on how to deal with an aggravation, which is very useful and it is great that someone actually admits that this can happen. Dr Joe tells us about a proving of the remedy Syphillinum which happened to him and a case of possible suppression in a child which he called ‘silencing’ and which he goes into great detail about.
‘Speed of action and depth of action’ is what Dr Joe says differentiates his F series remedies from normal prescribing techniques and he gives us cases to show this. Within the cases we are shown how one potency of the remedy may expose another layer and therefore the need for another remedy. He often then goes back to the original remedy and completes the F series in it. I have found the same logic in other methods. I enjoyed his political satire about how each organ and system in the body is of equal importance.
Dr Joe answers many of the questions that he has been asked by people about his F series. He also talks about the success other homeopaths have had, including the late Irene de Villers who worked with animals. In one eczema case, where the eczema emerged after vaccinations, a child had been given vaccines in potency in the 30, 200, 1M, 10M series by a classical homeopath but they did nothing. When given in a Fibonacci series there was the desired result.
There is a whole section about the difference between Acute and Chronic remedies – Dr. Joe style with a couple of graphs! This leads us to his Plasma Remedies which are a mix of different potencies and sometimes even different remedies in different potencies, ‘with different properties aimed at a common outcome’. He likens this to a Homaccord in Homotoxicology or a Complex remedy. His original one has equal amounts of the 3C, 5C, 8C, 13C, 21C and 34C potencies. This what he uses for Acute conditions.He describes how he originally made them (F1P), how their use is for urgent, acute and semi urgent cases and describes some uses e.g. for morning sickness and febrile illness. He says he tried it a few times in chronic conditions but never again!!
For a failing organ he talks about using a complex remedy which may contain homeopathic and herbal remedies. OK, he even admits this stuff is despicable to a classical homeopath but he eloquently suggests not only ‘why not do it?’, but also that it should be individualised! Although this is a controversial chapter it is obvious that Dr Joe knows this and just doesn’t care!
He continues about complex plasma potencies (F2P) and describes them as Dynamic Phytotherapy, because he uses herbal mixes in which not only has each herb been potentised to the Fibonacci sequence, but this has been mixed with the herbal tincture. My mind boggles! Then there is Organotherapy where he mixes sarcodes and gives them for many months to repair an organ. In this chapter he discusses idea ‘When using a potentised sarcode, 4C will stimulate, 7C will regulate and 9C will inhibit’, which a lot of us were brought up on, and he pulls it to pieces while explaining why.
Believe it or not there are now F3P- Fibonacci Progressive Plasma Potencies. He uses this when the indicated remedy, and I presume method, has not worked. He has called these the intermediate potency and I really think you will have to read this in the book as there is no short way of describing it! He describes the results as ‘remarkable’ but admits it is complicated to administer for the patient.
Oh no, there are more – Fibonacci Plasma Potencies Square: F2P² (and Cube: F2P³). It’s enough to say he created a dilution of 67 and 45 zeros! I will leave the reader to delve into the mathematics given in the book. He did it by potentizing a full plasma potency. Joe has also given us a case he used it on.
Next discussed are the LM’s and how they have been found to work faster by an American homeopath who used Fibonacci sequencing, rather than going up consecutively. Alize Timmerman’s work from triturated 4C potencies come under scrutiny as a possibility for adaptation for the F-series. He is also thinking about Sankaran, Scholtan, Yakir and even Massimo Mangialavori and whether their methods could come into the fold of his potency ideas.
Towards the end of the book we come to the old question of whether his work is Hahnemannian. ‘The Fibonacci Series is nothing else but a continuation of Hahnemann’s research for the perfect method of administration’, he concludes.
Dr Joe ends the book with a section called ‘What have I learned in 10 years’ but in his normal fashion after the words ‘The End’ follows a ‘Lexicon’, ‘Remedy Providers’, ‘References’, (mostly his previous excellent books), and finally about The Author himself – 3 pages of interesting information.
If you have read and enjoyed Dr Joe’s previous books with their great humour then this is for you. If you are new to his books you will find this one an interesting experience. If you are mathematically inclined you will love it and if you are not, you can skip those parts. There is plenty of new stuff here to delve into and loads of ideas for your practice if you are open to them. This is a book I can see myself rereading as I often do his previous books when I need to know about detoxification, drainage and nutrition for the body systems and organs.