While millions of people use homeopathy, many are still uninformed or misinformed. Most allopaths view homeopathy with attitudes ranging from disbelief to hostility. The homeopathic community has responded to this largely by doing more research and signing petitions. Neither has resulted in homeopathy gaining wider awareness or acceptance.
While hundreds of excellent studies on homeopathy had little effect, opponents of homeopathy published just two biased reviews of research, which resulted in defunding of homeopathic hospitals, lawsuits against our pharmacies and persecution of homeopaths. Why did they get so much mileage? The difference was that the opponents (Pharma surrogates) used their data as part of a well coordinated professional campaign (of disinformation). The homeopathy community is winning the war of facts, but losing the battle of perception. But how do you change perception? How do you fight Pharma lies and promote homeopathy? There’s a science to it, which is the purview of the marketing industry.
For years the tobacco industry used clever marketing to get millions of people to smoke. In 2000 an anti-tobacco “truth” campaign was launched in the U.S., which used the same cutting-edge marketing strategies, but this time, to fight the tobacco industry. It included television ads, such as the one showing young people piling up body bags outside a tobacco company’s headquarters. Another had a “Singing Cowboy” with a tracheostomy, singing “you don’t always die from tobacco, sometimes you just lose a lung.” Today literally everyone in the U.S. knows tobacco is dangerous and no one believes the tobacco industry lies.
Homeopathy is such a wonderful concept, that we think it will sell itself. But in the marketplace, having an exceptional product or concept means little, if you don’t know how to promote it. In 1847, Ignaz Semmelweis tried to educate doctors about antisepsis, using just his research and passion. His ideas were ridiculed and the world had to wait twenty more years and bear many dead patients, before that knowledge was accepted.
I’ve known many homeopaths and some had extraordinary healing skills, but not one was an advertising genius. What homeopathy needs now is a highly professional marketing campaign that will rework its image, redefine its branding and connect with issues important to the consumer. We know there’s a need for homeopathy, and now we need to create a demand for it. Now that Pharma owns lawmakers, only mass appeal can make homeopathy prevail.
Homeopathy is too important to be defended only with petitions and passionate pleas on Facebook. Things like that make us feel good, but they don’t get the job done. We must marshal our resources and hire talented marketing professionals to coordinate a serious, ongoing campaign to promote homeopathy. Let’s do it!
In This Issue
Interview – Petr Zacharias
This month we chat with Petr Zacharias, founder of the Prague College of Classical Homeopathy. Petr shares his passion for homeopathy while giving us important tips for practice.
The Scope of Homeopathy in Labor – cases to illustrate – Dr. Meera Belsare
The Use of Homeopathy Via Hair Transmission – Dr. Ravi Singh
Arthritis – The Homeopathic Approach – cases to illustrate – Dr. Suriyakhatun Osman
The Soul of Remedies – Baryta Carbonica – Rajan Sankaran
Why Some Arthritis Cases Are Lost – Dr. Santanu Maity
Healing Intractable Digestive Distress – Joette Calabrese
An Outline of the Major Approaches to Case Taking – Dr. Myrna Quintero
Some Etiologies of ADHD – Dr. Jean Lacombe
Reflections on some basic remedies learned as a beginner – Dr. M.A. Rajalakshmi
TIPS & SECRETS – Alan V. Schmukler
TIDBITS – Elaine LEWIS
Chronic Lymphatic Leukemia of non Hodgkins type” -Viveca Wilhelmsson
Duodenal Ulcer – One case – 3 different approaches – Dr. Myrna Quintero
Synergistic Approach in Allergic Rhinitis – Rajan Sankaran & Sneha Vyas
Vasculitis and Acid Reflux – Dr. Sowmya Sridharan
A Case of Empty Follicular Syndrome – Dr. Piyu Mohanani
Ulcerative colitis – Dr. Pranali Kamat
Non-Healing Wound With Diabetes – Dr. Satyakaam Trigunaait
Infertility – Drs. Prajakta Vaidya and Preety Shah-Chauhan
Hypertension – Erin Douglas
Hypothyroidism – Dr. Jhalak Khatri Nagrani
Ringworm – Dr. Ramakrishna Valaki
Ask the Holistic Vet – Dr. Deva Khalsa, holistic veterinarian answers veterinary questions from readers. Send your questions to [email protected]
An Update on Research in Homeopathy – Robert Medhurst
The Synergy in Homoeopathy – An Integrated Approach to Case Taking and Analysis- reviewed by Harry van der Zee.
Ask the Plant Doctor – Agrohomeopath Radko Tichavsky answers readers’ questions about houseplants and crops. Send your questions to: [email protected]
QUIZ – Elaine Lewis – Sharpen your skills with this monthly quiz from Elaine Lewis. Also, see “Revisiting” to learn the answer to last month’s quiz.
There’ s more! Remember to see the new Cartoon and Crossword puzzle. Get Involved! Send your questions and comments, cases, articles, book reviews and interviews to: [email protected]