When my wife Janice needed some lab work, we visited a nearby allopath. We’d never met him before and it was a pleasant surprise. He saw us within fifteen minutes, not the usual 1-2 hour wait of most doctors. I was delighted to find he was an empathic listener, warm, caring and patient. After we explained that we both practiced holistic medicine, he never pushed allopathic drugs, just mentioned they were available. As he inquired about Janice’s health issues, it was clear he had an excellent head for detail and nuance. I couldn’t help thinking “He would make a fine homeopath!” Being conversant in homeopathy, Janice naturally described her health problems with a rich tapestry of subjective symptoms. After 20 minutes, when she was finished talking, I looked down at the doctor’s notes and saw that he’d only written five sentences. He’d taken in everything she said, but those few lines were all that were relevant in the allopathic paradigm. Allopathy has no way to connect with those important clues the patient offers. I had to lament all the talented and dedicated allopaths who will never get to see their true potential as healers. They deserve better than to spend four years in medical school learning only to suppress symptoms.
A recent article in Forbes business magazine was titled: Why Medical Schools Should Not Teach Integrative Medicine.” The powers that be are afraid that if medical students were exposed to holistic methods, they might embrace them. Medical school is exactly where homeopathy should be introduced. Once an allopath is entrenched in a busy practice, he or she is unlikely to change views. After that, there exists a wall of knowledge between allopathy and homeopathy. It’s only a wall of ideas, but it’s as palpable as brick and mortar.
In this issue:
We have a brief presentation from the Yorkshire College of Classical Homeopathy with articles by the founders, Anthony and Monica Robinson, along with student’s impressions of their college experience. Yorkshire offers a three year professional course which includes Dr. Paul Herscu’s Cycles and Segments approach.
Homeopath and author Vatsala Sperling presents an excellent interview with the renowned homeopaths Dr. Bhavisha and Sachindra Joshi.
We have excellent articles from Kiran Grover, Dr. Amit Arora, Elaine Lewis, Grant Bentley, Cor vander Meij, Dr. Douglas Borland, Dr. D. Macfarlan, Dr. Vijaya Patil, Drs. Ruhul Amin and Biplab Chakraborty and Robert Medhurst.
Our intriguing cases this month are from Dr. Dinesh Kowshik, Dr. Pranali Kamat, Dr. Peter Prociuk, Dr. Kumar Mishra, Dr. Siva Kumaran, Verina Henchy, Dr. Sadeghi Seyedaghanoor, Dr. Punit Sarpal and Joana Vogler.
Be sure to see the Plant Doctor (send your questions), Tips and Secrets, Elaine Lewis’s Tidbits and Quiz and the new Cartoon and the Crossword puzzle. Keep sending your questions and comments. If you have a case or article that you’re proud of, do send it to [email protected]