Just Hit the Delete Button

Feb 2014 Editorial

When memories are recalled or reactivated, they’re more vulnerable for a brief period. Using that idea, a neuroscientist at Radboud University Nijmegen (Netherlands) got test subjects to recall a specific memory and then gave them Electroshock therapy (ECT).1  He found that those specific memories were disrupted (and what other memories!).  With the typical reductionist mentality, researchers believe that by erasing bad memories, they might be able to help people with PTSD or OCD. Those are nice sentiments and it sounds like a good idea….if you were fixing a computer!  If a program is a problem for your computer, you just delete it. However, sometimes you get a warning, “Deleting this program may render certain other functions inoperable.”  Brain researchers keep discovering and then forgetting, how complex and interactive the brain is. Memories don’t exist in isolation. Two people can experience the same frightening event, yet only one develops PTSD. That person was vulnerable due to previous experiences and memories. Must all those other memories be deleted as well? Where does it end?  Who is to decide which memories are the “wrong” ones? Of course these ailments can be treated homeopathically, without such intrusive methods. Studies like this show how badly the world needs homeopathy and the holistic concepts behind it. Medical researchers these days are mesmerized by reductionist ideas, which have historically produced much suffering and little cure.  Now, if there were only some way to delete those ideas…..

1.    An electroconvulsive therapy procedure impairs reconsolidation of episodic memories in humans.  http://www.nature.com/neuro/journal/v17/n2/full/nn.3609.html


In this issue:

Interview: We interview Drs. Ann Swartz, Larry Bernstein, Sarah Stieg and Shelley Epstein about the Academy of Veterinary Homeopathy, the Pitcairn Institute of Veterinary Homeopathy, and the state of veterinary homeopathy in the U.S.

Cases from:  Allyson McQuinn, Noel Peterson, Dr. Amit Singh Pal, Dr. Seyedaghanoor Sadeghi , Dr. Piyush I. Joshi, Anna Collins, Carolyn Graham, Dagmar Scholz, Dr. Zubin S. Dehmeri,  Maria Jevtic, Dr. Mirjana Živanov, Patricia Hatherly, Dr. Pranali Kamat, Dr. Santanu Maity and Dr Swati Goyal.

Veterinary cases: Dr. Edward De Beukelaer and Dr. Jacques Millemann

Articles from :  Katja Schütt writes about the contributions of Proceso Sanchez Ortega, a giant in the history of homeopathy, V.T. Yekkirala on Predictive Homeopathy and the Tri-Miasmatic Materia Medica of Platina, Corinna Jäger-Glenk  discusses the Clemens von Boenninghausen Academy, Richard Pitt on setting up clinics in Africa,  Iman Navab on over-succussing remedies, Uta Mittelstadt on the Hahnemannian Art of Prescribing,  Biswajit Basu writes a remembrance of revered homeopath Dr. Surya Pada Dey, Andrew W. Saul on nutrients and AIDS, Thierry Clerc on insomnia, The Other Song International Academy of Advanced Homoeopathy, Cor van der Meij on answers for novices,  Dr. Nikunj M. Trivedi on Erectile Dysfunction, Dr. Robert G. Smith on vitamins decreasing cancer risk and another patient survey from The American Medical College of Homeopathy.

Research:  Drs. Ruhul Amin and Biplab Chakraborty on orientation of water molecules, Dr. Dishari Sengupta and Shubhamoy Ghosh on String Theory and Homeopathy, Robert Medhurst with part 14 in his series on research in Homeopathy.

Book Review : Dr. Firuzi Mehta gives us a review of Dr. Farokh Master’s book, Glimpses of the Association Between Fairy Tales and Homoeopathy

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About the author

Alan V. Schmukler

Alan V. Schmukler is a homeopath, Chief Editor of Homeopathy for Everyone and author of ”Homeopathy An A to Z Home Handbook”, (also in French, German, Greek, Polish and Portuguese). He is Hpathy’s resident cartoonist and also produces Hpathy’s Tips & Secrets column and homeopathy Crossword puzzles each month. Alan is a recipient of the National Center for Homeopathy Martha Oelman Community Service Award. Visit Alan at his website: Here.


  • Hi Alan,
    Thank you for your very interesting article. Many years ago I remember that when NLP was used therapeutically, the past memory of the traumatic experience was successfully used as a resource for the cure of the condition. I think that the relationship between the therapeutic effectiveness of NLP was worth mentioning. I would be interested to know of any success with NLP in the treatment of this terrible complaint.

  • There are days I wish there was a delete button for the tormenting thoughts and memories that visit me. If it was only as easy as erasing memories. But life has taught me it involves so much more. Taking away memories is not going to change a lifetime of learned behaviors.

    One step at a time, one day at a time, one breath at a time.

    Thank you for this insight.

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