“Plus Ça Change…”

“Plus Ça Change…”

Editorial May 2017

Most people have heard of the barbaric medical practices of past centuries and have seen paintings depicting them. I suspect that people nowadays trust their doctors to use “modern” medical practices. However, that confidence is unwarranted.  Many prescription drugs carry horrific side effects and they are one of the leading causes of death in the U.S.  We no longer bleed patients, but we give them drugs that cause internal hemorrhaging. We don’t cauterize with hot irons, but drug side effects can cause burning lesions, peeling skin and necrosis. We blast people with massive doses of radiation and poison them with chemotherapy – the side effects: terrible nausea, vomiting, hair loss, immune suppression and sometimes scarring of lungs.  Electroshock therapy (ECT) is used on 100,000 people a year. Far from being a fringe treatment, it is endorsed by the American Psychiatric Association and the American Medical Association.

In reality, the ancient barbarism still continues. It’s just hidden, euphemized and sanitized. We never see the patients suffering these terrible side effects. Depictions of them don’t hang on museum walls…. but maybe they should.

I recently discovered a painting about conventional medical practice dating from 1857, a time when the more rational art of homeopathy was also available. You’ll see Dr. Hahnemann in the right side of the picture.   It’s called:

Homeopathy Watching the Horrors of Allopathy”

It was painted in 1857 by the famous (and passionate) Russian artist Alexander Egorovich Beydeman (1826 -1869). He was the recipient of silver and gold medals, and was adjunct professor of the Imperial Academy of Arts. His works included icons and murals for St Isaac’s Cathedral and the private chapels in the Novo-Mikhailovsky Palace, both in St Petersburg.  In short, he could have painted anything, yet he chose to create this work about the horrors of allopathy being observed by the benevolent Dr. Hahnemann.

If the artist could see what is happening in medicine today, he might create an updated version. 

He would certainly think,  “Plus Ça Change… “

In this issue

Interview – Dr. Elio Rossi is interviewed by Linda V. Nurra.  Dr. Rossi specializes in infectious diseases and has been practicing homeopathy for 40 years. He is internationally renowned for his advocacy efforts for homeopathy. For 20 years he has been working for the integration of homeopathy into the Italian public healthcare system. These efforts resulted in the passing of legislation at the national and regional levels and the opening of 91 complementary medicine clinics within hospitals in Tuscany alone.


HRI -Top Homeopathic Minds present at Biggest Research Conference In Decades   –  Carolyn Howgego

How to Get Your Green Vaccines  Allyson Mcquinn

Attacks on Homeopathy in the UK  Brenda Goldstein

Magic Pills- The Film – A Critique  – Gill Graham

Tidbits – Elaine Lewis

Exploring the 4th Row of Periodic Table  – Drs. Pratik Desai, Ruchita Shah, Armeen Jasavala  (“other song”)

Homeopathic Support for Pesticide Exposure – Joette Calabrese

The Soul of remedies – Ambra Grisea – Dr. Rajan Sankaran

Candegabe Algorithm –by Rhonda E. Campbell

Proving of Chanel # 5 Perfume – Sandra Benassini

TIPS & SECRETS – Alan V. Schmukler



Pregnancy with Enteric Fever and Jaundice –Dr. Vinit Monga

A Tale of Two Cases (ITP & SLE) – Dr. Arup Bhattacharya

The Cephalopod – (10 year headache) – Dr. Atul Rajgurav

Jacob’s Case (autism) Part 2 – Daniela Karsten

Ptergium in woman of 45 – Dr. Sandeep Sathye

Sarcoidosis  – man of 40 –  Tracy Ferris

Multiple Warts in Man of 30 – Dr. Shahnwaj Ahmad

Chronic Cough in man of 50  – Dr. Neha Vasishth

Acute Migraine  – Dr. Parth Aphale

Cure of Viral Warts – Dr. Pranali Wandile

Leucoderma in woman of 22 –Dr. Priti Dighe

Genital Herpes –  Deborah Licurse

Leg Cramps and Heartburn – Marilyn Freedman



Ask the Holistic VetDr. Deva Khalsa, holistic veterinarian answers veterinary questions from readers. Send your questions to [email protected]

Book Reviews

Tongue That Does Not Lie – by Dr. Prakash Vakil  – Reviewed by Vatsala Sperling

Rubrics of the Mind for the 21st Century – by Joy Lucas – Reviewed by Gordana Jujić

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]



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.


  • Wow, Alan, such an enlightening editorial! I also knew nothing about the painting, thanks! You’re right, we don’t “bleed” people anymore but ITP is listed as a side effect of just about every drug, including vaccines, and in case you didn’t know, ITP, or Thrombocytopenia, means loss of clotting ability; so, gums bleed, the nose bleeds, spontaneous bruising occurs…. Needless to say, people with this disease have to go to the hospital, are given steroids and something called IVIg but, it’s not really a cure. More and more people, especially children, are showing up with this disease. So, congratulations, Modern Medicine; you’ve done it again!

    • Thank you Elaine, I’m so glad you enjoyed it. I was surprised that this painting existed and that Hahnemann was depicted in it. It should be on tour!

    • Yes and it’s amazing that doctors are complicit in that and suffer no sense of guilt.

  • In knowing a homepath it is obvious to me that the practice itself impacts the practitioner him/her-self massively for the positive. I make the point for though
    I have been but an observer yet not committed to the efficacy of the practice, my friend the Homeopath whose practice is in the west coast of Ireland is an enlightened person. His commitment is, I feel, most important to me for I am this day about to email him for his help with an eye condition

    • Practicing homeopathy is so challenging, that it is a humbling experience. It requires discipline and dedication and we are often not credited with the cures, since they appear to happen so naturally. It rather provides much internal satisfaction.

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