Long before I was a homeopath, I taught communication skills, frequently counseling couples who had trouble in their marriage. I would introduce them to the concepts of empathic listening and assertive, rather than aggressive, messages. Before long, I noticed that women in general, “got it” much faster than men. They grasped more easily the concept of empathy. I was reminded of this recently when reading the results of a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.1
The study found that hospitalized elderly patients who were treated by female doctors, were significantly less likely to die within 30 days of admission, or to be readmitted within 30 days of discharge. The study sampled over a million people who were tracked over four years. The researchers concluded that if male doctors managed the same success as women doctors, there would be 32,000 fewer deaths each year among Medicare patients alone. They noted that female doctors provided more “patient-centered communication”, a term coined by psychologist Carl Rogers for listening with empathy, rather than judgmentally. Allopaths are essentially looking for diagnoses, and regularly ignore information that doesn’t serve that end. That often includes emotional messages from the patient and other information deemed irrelevant.
One particular group in society that is especially empathic, are homeopaths, both women and men. Listening non-judgmentally is an intrinsic part of the job. It’s the approach that allows patients to feel safe and share the strange, rare and peculiar symptoms that we need to solve the case. Those aspects of a person that might evoke judgment from most people, are prized by homeopaths. Being patient-centered is the ONLY way to do this work.
Over the years I’ve met many homeopaths, and had the opportunity to watch a number of them work. The one thing they did in common was this: the moment the patient began speaking, they transformed themselves. They leaned forward, and entered a relaxed state of openness and caring. In the end, a deeper connection was formed with the patient. I’ve never tired of seeing that — and doing that.
Happy New Year!
In this Issue:
Interview –Cilla Whatcott
Homeopath, homeoprophylaxis educator, author and activist Cilla Whatcott is interviewed by Brenda Goldstein. Cilla Whatcott co-founded Free and Healthy Children International and founded Worldwide Choice to give parents an alternative to toxic vaccines.
TIDBITS – Elaine Lewis
Homeopathic Facial Analysis – Louise Barton and Ellen Kire
Death – The Final Frontier – Declan Hammond
My Son the Homeopath – Francis Treuherz
Keynotes of Important Remedies in UTI – Robert Medhurst
QUIZ – Solve this case of recent renal failure – Dr. AmarsinhaNikam
Importance of Detailed Inquiry- SRP Remedies – Dr. Rajan Sankaran
What Plagues Homeopathy in Bangladesh? – Dr. Salma Afroz
Compound Remedies – Dr. Rajan Sankaran
The meaning of Carcinosin Rubrics – Dr. Sanjay Jadhav
The Main Issues of Cinchona – Dr. Rajan Sankaran
Natrium Carbonicum – Dr. Bhanu Sharma
TIPS & SECRETS – Alan V. Schmukler
Fibroid in a woman of 55 -Dr. Girish Gupta
Steroid Dependent Mesangial Proliferative Glomerular Nephritis – Dr. Kamal Jalodia
Mother and Child Share the Same Remedy – Judith Acosta
A Boy of 8 with Episodes of Drowsiness – Dr. Rupal Anandpara
A Fearful Child – Cynthia Kingsbury
Use of Potentized DPT for CMPA – Drs. Gyandas Wadhwani & Karen Hernández
A Case of Vaccine Induced Illness – Dr. Sohani Gonzalez
Chronic Otitis Media – Dr. Atul Rajgurav
A Boy of 7 with Behavior Issues – Dr. Rekha Karnam Srinivasan
Chronic UTI’s – Deborah Walters
Chronic Gastric Trouble and Hypertension – Dr. Nidhi Pandya
Homeopathy/ Herbals support Cancer Treatment – Guðný Ósk Diðriksdóttir
Acute Pancreatitis – Dr. Jitesh Sharma
Autism Treated by CEASE Method – Maria H. Rossi
Bedwetting in 10 Year Old Girl – Dr. Parth APhale
Acute Appendicitis – Dr. Arulmamnickam
Ask the Holistic Vet – Dr. Deva Khalsa, holistic veterinarian answers veterinary questions from readers. Send your questions to [email protected]
Two Cases of Canine Aggression – Dr. Wendy Jensen
Brain Cancer in Dogs and Cats – Dr. Maria Carolina
Narayani Remedies by Nimisha Parekh is reviewed by Rochelle Marsden
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.
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