Editorials

Should I Practice Homeopathy in the U.S.?

Written by Alan V. Schmukler

Editorial October 2023. Over the years homeopathic doctors living outside the U.S. have asked me whether they should come live and practice here.  The following are some considerations.

Over the years homeopathic doctors living outside the U.S. have asked me whether they should come live and practice here.  The following are some considerations:

The U.S. Medical System      

We do not have a national system providing healthcare to all.  You will have to purchase healthcare insurance.  The average premium for one person in 2022 was $7,911 per year. The average premium for family coverage was $22,463 per year.  Medical expenses are a leading cause of bankruptcy in the U.S.

If you are over 65, you qualify for Medicare insurance, but it only pays for 80% of doctor services. In other words, if you had a $100,000 surgery, you would still owe $20,000.  You could purchase additional insurance but some may not cover eyeglasses, others might provide poor dental coverage.

 Homeopathy

Homeopathy is not covered by health insurance in the U.S. As a result, patients must pay the entire bill.  Here, homeopaths charge anywhere from $300 to $600 for a first visit.  Most people, including allopaths are not familiar with homeopathy, or may hold a negative view of it.

Homeopathy is not recognized as a medical specialty, and homeopaths may not claim to treat disease. The FDA, a regulatory agency closely aligned with the pharmaceutical industry, recently declared that all homeopathic remedies are “unapproved drugs”. The FDA is now threatening to ban homeopathic remedies.

The FDA is claiming that homeopathic remedies are dangerous, while approving pharmaceutical drugs that have caused death from heart attack, stroke, blood clots, cancer etc.  Here is a typical TV ad for an FDA approved drug:   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YJghSOkIdxY

Food

Most of the food here comes from genetically modified crops (GMO), which are treated with toxic herbicides and/or pesticides. One example is Atrazine, the 2nd most widely used herbicide in the U.S., which has been linked to cancers and birth defects. It was banned in the EU in 2004.  If you want to eat non-GMO, non-chemically treated food, you have to buy organically grown food at a higher price, if it is available.

Crime

In the U.S. rifles and even assault weapons can be purchased by anyone 18 years of age. Most states do not require individuals to obtain a license. The rate of gun homicides in the U.S. is 120 times greater than in the U.K.  In 2021 and 2022 there were a total of 1334 mass shootings in the U.S.  In the last few years alone, firearms continued to be the leading cause of death among American children.

 Vaccines

All 50 U.S. states have legislation requiring specific vaccines for students in order to attend school. Those vaccines may contain:  Thimerosal (mercury) squalene, human diploid cells, formaldehyde, aluminum phosphate, monosodium glutamate, hydrolyzed porcine gelatin etc.

Anyone seeking permanent residence in the U.S. will be required to be vaccinated for these diseases:  Mumps, Measles, Rubella, Polio, Tetanus and Diphtheria , Pertussis, Haemophilus influenzae type B (Hib), Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Rotavirus, Meningococcal disease, Varicella, Pneumococcal disease, Seasonal Influenza.

Welcome to America

 

 October 2023 In This Issue

EDITORIAL

 ––Should I Practice Homeopathy in the U.S.?  – Alan V. Schmukler

 –– Letters to the Editor from the September 2023 issue

 HOMEOPATH IN THE HOT-SEAT

 –– Interview with homeopath Dr. Bonnie Camo, who worked at the Princeton Brain Bo Center under Dr Carl Pfeiffer, practicing Orthomolecular Psychiatry.

 ARTICLES

 — Platinum Metallicum – Tim Couzens

 –– Hahnemann’s Vital Force – What Are the Implications? – Richard Pitcairn

 –– Autism Perceived Through the Filter of an Embryonic Disruption – Elizabeth Adalian

–– We Need Some AnswersRichard Moskowitz

––Announcement for the Online Global Homeopathic SummitVatsala Sperling

 –– Perspectives on Mental Rubrics -Ajit Kukarni

 —Blood Pathology Testing in Clinical Homeopathic Practice – Thierry Clerc

 –– Keynote Prescriptions on Homeopathy – Purnandu Padhy

 –– Portraits of Four Homeopathic Remedies – Rajiv Peres

 –– TIDBITS 104 –          – Elaine Lewis

 –– Homeopathy Tips & Important News Oct 2023 – Alan V. Schmukler

 CLINICAL CASES

(The first 4 cases are from Alumni of the IACH  )

 –– Treatment of a One-Sided Disease – Calculous Cholecystitis – Alexey Ermolov  –   IACH

 –– A Case of Simple Partial Seizure -Managed With Classical Homeopathy – Danka Nikolic Sokota  – IACH

 –– A Slow Healing Wound Treated by Classical Homeopathy – Dimple Kirpalani  –  IACH

 — Subjunctival Hemorrhage treated by Classical Homeopathy -Sarah Baxter – IACH

 –– Obstinate Eczema Treated  with a Bowel Nosode – Kavita Chandak

 –– Headaches, Hemorrhoids, Uterine Hematoma – 3 cases – Lucia Klacko

 — Depression  & Alcohol Abuse –  Pushkar Mahagan

 –– Post Partum Urinary Retention – Woman of 22  – Abdul Gafar

 — Contact Dermatitis Treated by Homeopathy – Sweety Tripathi

 ––  Dysphagia in a Man of 72  – Hemanth Koratamaddi

 BOOK REVIEWS

 –– Aqua, Water Remedies in Homeopathy by Raymond Sevar, MD. – reviewed by Vatsala Sperling

 –– Homoeopathic Therapeutics in Universal Medical Terminology by Dr. Rajneesh Kumar Sharma is reviewed by Dr. Kavitha Kukunoor

 –– ‘Indicative Trauma Impact Manual’ – Itim for Professionals – 1st edition 2023:  A non-diagnostic, trauma-informed guide to emotion, thought and behaviour by  Dr Jessica Taylor, Jaimi Shrive J, is reviewed by Sue Smith.

 RESEARCH

 –– Research in Homeopathy — Recent Developments – Robert Medhurst

 VETERINARY

 –– Ask the Holistic Vet – Oct 2023 – Deva Khalsa

 AGRO-HOMEOPATHY

 –– Ask the Plant Doctor, Oct 2023 – Radko Tichavsky

 CARTOONS

 Marie Antoinette ––– Alan V. Schmukler

SOLVE THE CASE QUIZ

 –– QUIZ – I couldn’t Sleep At All Last Night  – Elaine Lewis

 –– Revisiting: Sharp Pains in My Stomach. Help!– Elaine Lewis

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.

15 Comments

  • In due respect, you have a huge misunderstanding about Medicare. As someone who is almost 72 years old, I have had Medicare since I was 65 years old. It costs me around only $400 per month…and it covers 100% of my personal medical care expenses, including ALL medical visits, laboratory tests, and surgeries (if I need them). Medicare does NOT pay 100% of what doctors charge, but NO patient is required to pay the extra 20%. For instance, around 18 months ago, I got a hip replacement…and although the doctors and hospital charged over $150,000, I did not have to pay a single cent…and Medicare gets a HUGE discount from the $150,000.

    Please note that Medicare does not cover the care from “professional homeopaths” and I’m fairly certain that they also don’t cover the care by naturopathic physicians.

    • I’ve been on Medicare for some time also and am quite familiar with it. For many people paying $400 a month for health insurance is an extravagance. If you’re a senior citizen on a fixed income it’s very difficult. You probably never experienced that situation.

      • Alan, that’s true; $400 a month? What is it they always say? Most people can’t afford a $400 unexpected emergency expense. Also, how much is that a year? A little over $4,000? That’s a lot of money.

  • The gun info is very skewed and gives the wrong impression of America. Only people with no criminal record are legally aloud to buy guns. The amount of guns owned in the US equals 10 per every citizen in the country if they were divided equally among the nation.

    The worst crime is in cities that ban guns. Because criminals don’t care about laws. Law abiding citizens will follow gun ban laws. Criminals love gun bans because then they know people can’t protect themselves or other innocent people. The areas that have the least crime are where people own guns and are law abiding citizens.

    • Hello, JoAnna. I’m afraid your analysis is a bit simplistic. It is easy to assume that it’s pointless to pass gun laws because only good people will follow them. But here are the statistics. The states with the strictest gun laws have the fewest amount of gun deaths. Here are the top 5 with the fewest amount: Hawaii, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Rhode Island and New York. According to FBI data, the cities with the highest gun homicide rate are all in Red states—meaning states with lax gun laws: Jackson, MI; Gary, IN; St. Louis, MO; New Orleans, LA; Memphis, TN. Where there are fewer guns, there are fewer gun deaths. (See article, “States with the most gun violence share one trait”.) There is a lot we can do to lower the rate of gun violence. Ban assault weapons. Institute a gun buy-back program. Ban high-capacity magazines. Fingerprint recognition so that only the owner of a gun can fire it. So many things we can do but only one party is interested in doing it; so, nothing gets done.

      • Well said Elaine. The facts point to a different picture than opinions. There’s hardly room to explain the complex political situation, but you summed it up quite accurately.

  • what a negative opinion! :(most gun crimes are committed by criminals who obtain the weapons illegally. don’t blame the law abiding individuals for the problems, and maybe do more research on this topic with an open mind. more crimes are committed with knives than guns, for example. and most of the mass shootings have occurred during “certain” administrations. like only 1 during the trump presidency, vs the previous and current dem administration (also wars) – check out the dates. sounds like you don’t like this country very much! or, are you just trying to keep others away? 😉 tell people asking you if they should move here that we have lots of wonderful farmers and ranchers who will provide healthy food. or, grow your own…

  • p.s. there are other ways besides the horrible insurance we are offered here. healthshares for one, or self-insure using life insurance under the “Becoming Your Own Banker” method. and don’t complain that the government makes you pay a fine for not having insurance. grow up, stand up and get out of the system – lawfully, of course. socialized medicine has its own problems, btw. or just move out of the country if you think it is so bad!

  • where did you get your data? CNN? or another mouthpiece for the government propaganda? the government that wants to take away our god given right to defend ourselves and our loved ones. look at the history of countries that have taken guns away from the people and see what happened after that. Mao is just one example. as practitioners we should be concerned with improving mental health and supporting the healthy decisions of our fellow men/women, not controlling or dictating them. freedom comes from god/creator, not you or the media or the government. i for one am looking forward to owning an automatic rifle soon. they are very easy to use. that way i can hunt if things get really bad. i hope i never have to use it, but self reliance is important. just like we want to have a good remedy kit on hand for emergencies, have something on hand to defend life/property. or would you rather wait for someone else to do everything for you???

  • Abortion is the leading cause of death to children, not firearms. Also, firearms do not cause suicide, that’s the same logic as blaming forks for obesity related deaths.

    • Nono, did you just say abortion is the leading cause of death among children? That doesn’t make any sense. A child is someone who is born. Abortion is something that happens in pregnancy; mostly early in pregnancy, with the abortion pill being the preferred method.

      Later in pregnancy, it’s only used to save the life of the mother. Since Roe v. Wade was abolished by the Supreme Court, we’ve seen hospitals refuse to perform life-saving abortions on women for fear of breaking the law, telling the woman, “Come back when you’re septic so we can justify the operation.” Who knew that abortion was actually about women’s health care and women’s lives?

      We were led to believe that it was only about women behaving selfishly and doctors being murderers. Now that it’s illegal, we’re finding out the truth.

  • I live in NJ, USA since 17yrs.
    I studied DHMS in India.
    Now I wanted to practice as Homoeopath but I don’t find any accurate information regarding it.
    Can u please provide information regarding it?

    • Rachana, I thought I answered this earlier but I guess I didn’t! I’ll try again. OK, there are 11 states that have “freedom to practice” alternative medicine but New Jersey isn’t one of them. If my memory serves me correctly, they are Maine, Minnesota, Rhode Island, California, Nevada, Arizona….Oh geez, I’ll have to google the rest because I just drew a blank. OK, Colorado, Idaho, Oklahoma, New Mexico and Louisiana.

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