Do you need to believe in homeopathy for it to work? Most of us would answer “No!” However, it’s not quite that simple. In order for homeopathy to work, you have to take it. There’s the rub.
An acquaintance told me her husband had survived a stroke five years ago, but was bed bound and unable to function. There were clear indications for homeopathy in this “hopeless” case, and I offered to help. She said, “I’ll check with my doctor.” Her husband is still lying in that bed.
Last year, a fellow I played tennis with announced he had cancer. I offered help, but he said, “I’m going to stay with the cancer center.” After the chemo and radiation, he soon passed. He was a good soul and deserved better.
Recently, a young woman I know developed an acute kidney problem. It was a clear Apis case and I gave her father my best advice. Neither her doctor, nor the rest of the family would permit homeopathy. She ended up on dialysis for many days and barely survived the seizures which followed.
Over the years I’ve had to stand by helplessly, as people I knew needlessly endured illness, toxic drugs or devastating surgeries. It’s heartbreaking.
It’s good that we prove new remedies and debate the finer points of theory, but without education of the public, this knowledge will be for the few. To begin with, people need to hear the word homeopathy. Then they need to hear that it’s practiced and accepted all over the world. Finally, the philosophy and its merits can be explained.
Share your experience with homeopathy whenever you can. Write letters to editors, call radio talk shows. Never mind that people find it strange or incredible. The second time they hear about it, it will sound familiar and the third time it seems respectable. You can even start a study group. I started one with only seven people, but each month more showed up until attendance was at 60. Over the next five years, hundreds of people were introduced to homeopathy, and they told their friends about it, starting an endless chain.
I want to see the remedies in every drug store and hear about homeopathy on radio, TV and in the newspaper. Let’s make it a household word, so no one will ever suffer needlessly again.
In this issue:
In addition to our other articles this month we have a presentation from Northwestern Academy of Homeopathy, which offers a four year professional course in Golden Valley Minnesota. From their students, staff and alumni we have cases of Snapping Turtle, Sheep’s Milk and Loon, an article on clinical training, a book review and an interview with Valerie Ohanian.
Elaine Lewis and Mati Fuller analyze Arsenicum and Argenticum nit, and Elaine clears up the confusion about using more than one remedy in a case. Vera Resnick brings us up to date on Homeopathy in Israel. In a letter to a tailor, Hahnemann reveals some of his secrets to a happy life. Robert Medhurst presents very practical articles on antidoting and dentistry, and Dr. Raue explains how to use the face for diagnosis.
Dr. Ibara fills us in on Biological Rhythms and Dr. W.E. Taylor gives indications for using Stramonium in treating insanity. Dr. Sherbino shares his struggle to save a child with high fever, and Dr. Morrow shows us we have to consider miasms in treating diphtheria.
Try Elaine’s new Quiz, a wonderful way to sharpen your skills. See Tips and Secrets, find out what the Plant Doctor had to say (send your questions!), and try your hand at the new Crossword Puzzle. There’s much more, so relax, pull up a chair and enjoy this issue. Keep sending your articles, cases, questions and comments to [email protected]
Alan V. Schmukler
Homeopathy for Everyone