Author: Dr. UltichWelte
Published by: Narayana Verlag, Germany
Published in: 2018, first edition, 143 pages, full color, hard cover
Reviewer: Vatsala Sperling
With the first edition of “Homeopathy and the elements” (1996) Dr. Jan Scholten unraveled the substance, magic and mystery of the world of elements. He showed us how to go beyond the physics and chemistry of the elements and reach for their soul, and then find its reflection in the human narrative unfolding before us in our clinics. Since then, comparison of the rows and columns of the periodic table with human development and finding mineral remedies for our patients and their complaints has become a staple of homeopathic practice and prescription all over the world.
However, when you look at Dr. Scholten’s “Homeopathy and the Elements”, 1st edition, you will note that in the Gold series, row 6, Lanthanum is present but there are no ‘secret lanthanides’ and in the Uranium series, row 7, the only element described is Plutonium (Plutonium nitricum). But, let us agree on one thing – homeopaths happen to be smart people. They know to embrace an idea and test it out in the crucible of daily clinical practice. Using the Elements Theory of Dr. Scholten, homeopaths quickly found a reflection of human narrative amongst minerals – even those that were not mentioned in Dr. Scholten’s book “Homeopathy and the elements”. European homeopaths have had great success in the application of the elements theory in practice.
As they say, the proof is in the pudding, and these puddings turn out to be irresistible and very enjoyable books from Narayana Verlag. The Silver Series by Dr. Welte is an example and I had the pleasure of reviewing this book for you recently. This highly prolific author has presented his work again in his latest book, “The Uranium Series, Actinides in Homeopathy: Irradiated Decay, Premature Aging and Hard Fate” (2018).
A periodic table with 103 elements showing their atomic weight and brief theme is pasted on to the back of the front cover and the first page – a treat.
Dr. Welte has given a quick and brief review of rows and columns, different versions of the periodic table, series and stages of Dr. Scholten’s Elements Theory, and a note about how to derive remedies from using the Elements Theory. A smiling portrait of Dr. Scholten completes this section. Lesson: First, foremost and always, honor your teachers.
From the chapter on the Uranium series and the Actinides, we quickly begin to learn and grasp the nuggets of knowledge that Dr. Welte has generously shared. The messages of the chapters are brief and to the point. There are brief comparisons, differential diagnosis between people needing Lanthanides and Actinides.
Next, we begin to learn in depth about the Uranium series itself, various themes of this series as well as the differential diagnosis. Signatures of the elements are described and the clinical indications are given. From the second element of the seventh row, Radium, we get to read sharp and clear cases, analysis for remedy selection and follow up findings. This pattern is continued for Actinium, Thorium, Protactinium, Uranium, Neptunium, Plutonium, Americum, Curium and Californium. For Actinides beyond Californium, remedies are not available because these man made elements are too heavy and too unstable…they break down too quickly.
At the end, a special boxed area displays the themes of stages one through eighteen. A lively reinforcement of a lesson we must remember if we venture into choosing elements from the periodic table as remedies for our patients.
Dr. Scholten has recommended this book to all homeopaths, and I can see why. Dr. Welte has masterfully chiseled out the essence of the remedies and that helps us in understanding these newer remedies very well. He has described how symptoms originate from the essence. It makes the application of the remedies easy and practical.
Placed throughout the book are colorful dingbats from playing cards: clubs, diamonds, hearts and spades. Collectively these symbols are known to represent four elements (wind, fire, water and earth), four seasons and four directions. They also represent the structure of opposing forces in life. But the question is, why are these symbols from playing cards used in a book on homeopathy??? The clue is evident in the book. Do you want to find out? Get a copy and read today and you will know.