I once was lost, but now am found,
Was blind, but now I see…
The other day a friend and I were lamenting how so many people still don’t grasp homeopathy, in spite of all our efforts at education. Even Britain’s chief medical officer recently referred to homeopathy as “rubbish.” Every day parents march their children in for mercury-laden vaccines and repeated doses of unnecessary and harmful drugs. They see their children looking less energetic and sickly, yet they stick with the same failed methods. With so much information available about homeopathy, why aren’t they open to it? I used to think it was just a matter of education, of getting the facts to people, but there’s another dynamic operating here – the evolution of consciousness.
Homeopaths often end up feeling disappointed, as if they had failed, because they couldn’t convince others of what seems like a perfect healing method. But the reality is different. Perceptual change requires more than a good argument. We humans often have to make many mistakes, suffer and sometimes cause much suffering, in the process of learning. From our life experiences and especially pain, we come to doubt our original beliefs and become open to other views. It’s a process that has its own timeline and can’t be rushed. Sigmund Freud once said that the only way people change is through psychotherapy, religion or love. I would add suffering to that list.
As homeopaths we must understand this process and not imagine we failed. This evolutionary process is as natural as homeopathy. It may be that the best way of inspiring others, is not by proselytizing, but by our compassion and humanity.
In this issue:
Rowena Ronson has Nigel Summerley, a British homeopath and journalist on the Hot Seat this month. Nigel explains what he had to put up with as a homeopath and the reasons he retired early from practice. It’s a real tug of war between different perspectives.
We have truly excellent cases by Vatsala Sperling, Dr. Mugdha Thakur, Mira Beattie, Violeta Teneva, Kathrine Dehn, and Sarah Davison.
You’ll find really informative articles by Dr. P.S. Rawat, Dr.Venugopal Gouri, Dr. Larry Malerba, Robert Medhurst and Iman Navab.
In our Veterinary section, Catherine O’Driscoll’s “The Science of Vaccine Damage” is a must read for anyone contemplating vaccinating a pet or person. Manoe Hoekstra presents a lovely, intuitive cure of Alex the cat and Heather Hawthorne presents a cured cat case for kids.
We have a brand new Tips and Secrets, Crossword Puzzle and Cartoon. Try your hand at solving Elaine’s acute quiz (the world’s shortest Flu ) and Dr. Nikam’s chronic case quiz – Crohn’s disease. Get yourself a comfortable chair and your favorite drink and dive into this feast. Remember to send your questions, comments, cases and articles to : [email protected]
completely i agree with your views. it is fact people even after sufferings from toxic medicines, still they do not think alternative , but after severe health problems they come to homeopath and expects miracles. if they do not get instant relief they blame homeopathy system also. however it appears there is more awareness about natural medicines. though it is late but not too late. let god bless all with good health through natural medicines.
Alan V. Schmukler
You are right .What I want to add is that Homeopathy needs more persons of dedication, devotion and love.These are the only tools, the magnets to attract others.
Dr. Banaras Khan Awan.
Unfortunately for all the progress evolving in this wonderful field gets stonewalled along. This is simply because of the fact that homeopathy, as we all would admit is still not an exact science. This gives all those ‘nay sayers’, critics, and allopaths ‘seeing red’ a sturdy handle to hit us with. Hopefully some scientific proof will surface sooner than later. Till then we need to quietly go about our business of healing of those who are willing.
HOMEOPATHY IS TOTALLY SCIENTIFIC AND IT DOES CURE PROVIDED THE MEDICINE IS CORRECT WITH RESPECT TO INDIVIDUAL PATIENT. THIS REQUIRES TWO IMPORTANT ESSENTIALS. ONE IS HOW FAR THE PATIENT IS ABLE TO UNFOLD HIMSELF TO THE DR AND SECONDLY HOW FAR THE DR IS VERSED WITH THE MATERIA MEDICA. MOST OF THE TIME THERE IS TOTAL LACK OF COOPERATION FROM THE PATIENT. THE PATIENT ALSO GETS IRRETATED AS TO WHY DR IS ASKING SO MANY QUESTIONS PARTICULARLY WHEN THE PATIENT IS OF OPPOSIT SEX. RESULT BEING THAT THESE LIMITATIONS ARE ALWAYS WITH THE HOMEOPATHS. SUPPOSE A PATIENT COMES WITH A COMPLAINT OF LOOSE MOTIONS, THE ALLOPATH WILL GIVE A MEDICINE WITHOUT ASKING A SECOND QUESTION BUT THIS IS NOT SO WITH HOMEOPATH. THAT IS WHY THE PATIENTS LIKE TO GO TO ALLOPATH. THIS SHORT COMINGS WILL GO ON WITH HOMEOPATHY UNLESS WE FIND CERTAIN QUICK REMEDIES TO PRESCRIBE. MOST OFTEN ONE HOMEOPATH WILL CONDEMN THE MEDICINE OF OTHER HOMEOPATH.
Dear Mr Schmukler,
My experience with patients is quite similar to what you’ve observed. Even when people I treat are doing well, they still continue to doubt Homeopathy. I feel as if it is easier to them, not to observe themselves; not to think what and how to change themselves. It’s easier just to follow the daily routine they used to, and to go downstream.
Homeopathic treatment require efforts from behalf of the patient also, not only from the homeopath. And again, the allopathic treatment is something people are used to; furthermore it gives them someone to blaim for their suffering. It’s just the easy way, and thus people are ‘free’ from responsibility for their own life, and health in particular.
Stay well and continue your fine work,
In chronic cases, our remedies often work so naturally, that people don’t credit the remedy, even though they were sick for years before that. After many hours of my hard work in casetaking, repertorizing and case m anagement, patients have often told me …”I got better by myself”. “The pain went away on its own.”
of course, it is true, provided we give the exact simillimum