It was a hot day in August, 26 years ago and I was sitting at my desk in the city office where I worked. A couple hours before, I had taken the antibiotic Keflex. Suddenly, I collapsed, and some co-workers rushed me to an emergency room. As I lay there, a doctor approached and asked, “What happened to you?” I said, “I’ve had a reaction to Keflex.” “No, he countered, Keflex doesn’t do that.” A moment later another doctor walked over, pointed to me and said, “What do we have here?” The first doctor replied , “We don’t know.” I was admitted to the hospital and an hour later a nurse handed me a pill to take. “What’s this?” I said. “It’s your Keflex, sir.”
One of the biggest problems with allopathic hospitals, aside from the medicine, is that no one listens to patients. There’s the implicit assumption that if you’re sick and in a hospital bed, your opinion is worthless. That’s not just arrogant, it’s also dangerous. Someone who is ill enough to be a patient, can’t afford the indifference and mistakes that arise from that attitude.
All of this gives special meaning to the current attempt to defund the Glasgow Homoeopathic Hospital, the last in-patient homeopathic hospital in the UK (see Louise Mclean’s article in this issue.) The hospital has been an oasis for the ill for over 67 years. Homeopathy by its nature is patient-centered and the hospital operates on that principle. It was designed to be a true healing environment. If it closes, you won’t find anything like it for a long time. It will be the end of an era. Join the battle by signing the petition, writing letters and helping get the word out.
In this issue:
David Johnson interviews Roger van Zandvoort, author of the Complete Repertory and Elaine Lewis chats with homeopath and well known author Liz Lalor.
Julian Jonas gives us a look at homeopathy in Myanmar and talks about the homeopathic treatment of monks injured during protest demonstrations. Katja Schuett presents a clear and comprehensive discussion of aggravation in homeopathy. Robert Medhurst has another in his important series on research in homeopathy. Rex Bunn discusses his new homeopathic apps for iPhone, iPad and Android. Dr. Rupali Dixit Bhalerao discusses research on vaccination and homeopathy, Joan Goddard helps a dog with infertility; there is a book review from Joette Calabrese and Elaine Lewis offers another in her series “Tidbits“.
We have excellent case presentations from: Dr. Daw Kyu Kyu Lwin, Dr. A.P. Sivakumaran, Katharina Riedener-Brunner, Dr. Kireet Taneja, Drs. Shubhamoy Ghosh, Subhranil Saha and Dishari Sengupta, Louise Mclean, Elaine Lewis, Monica Robinson, Dr. Sanjay Padole and Inger Agnar –Andersson.
As always there is a new Tips & Secrets, the Plant Doctor with Mark Moodie (send your questions!), an acute quiz from Elaine Lewis, a new crossword and cartoon. We love to get your comments, questions, articles and cases, so please send them to : [email protected]