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Readers’ comments on the January 2020 issue include “Practical Insights for Use of Homeopathy in Cancer Patients” – by Dr. Arup Bhattacharya, “A Practicing Physician’s Perspective by Dr. Richard Moskowitz” and much more.

From:  Practical Insights for Use of Homeopathy in Cancer Patients

There’s a wealth of information in this group of cases! Thank you for sharing this Dr. Bhattacharya.

https://hpathy.com/clinical-cases/practical-insights-for-use-of-homeopathy-in-cancer-patients/?unapproved=265922&moderation-hash=31827fe74364d3d8c3ffc9924e0b1ae8#comment-265922

Martin Earl


From: Interview with Dr. Hélène Renoux, President of the European Committee For Homeopathy

https://hpathy.com/homeopathy-interviews/dr-helene-renoux-president-of-the-european-committee-for-homeopathy-ech-is-interviewed-by-alan-v-schmukler/

A very good interview, and a question remains unanswered. What is the European Committee for Homeopathy doing to counter attacks on homeopathy in countries where homeopathy has flourished?

Aslam Sherwani


From: For Homeopathy: A Practicing Physician’s Perspective: Dr. Richard Moskowitz

https://hpathy.com/homeopathy-papers/for-homeopathy-a-practicing-physicians-perspective/

Well written, quite informative article with convincing explanation, and interesting examples by the author. Kudos Sir!

Ravindra

Here is a wonderful and informative report on Indian and Irish use of Homeopathy by David Tredinnick, MP, giving informational speech to the House of Commons on the scope and use of homeopathy in India : How can we accept that there is ‘no evidence’ of homeopathy’s efficacy – which the skeptics want us to believe? In Delhi there are 6,000 government-run homeopathic clinics with 15,000 registered practitioners – of which 80% are doctors with 5 year schooling. In Calcutta, I visited a 14 acre clinic that treats 2,000 patients a day (with 100 doctors on staff) and that rises to 3,400 patients a day during the hot season. India has 300,000 homeopathic practitioners and 20,000 patients are treated daily.

Dan Cherry


From:  Cartoon:  Money Speaks!

https://hpathy.com/medical-cartoons/money-speaks/

It’s very disturbing to learn this and my guess is that the big Pharmaceuticals feel threatened? Here in my part of NS many of us feel we have to take matters into our own hands. Our health care is lacking in many respects. I must update my kit.

Karan McClafferty

Very good cartoon. It is true money speaks but we must think why homeopathy is being attacked in countries where it flourished and produced legends.

Aslam Sherwani


From:  Revisiting: I Am Not Sick  (Answer to Elaine Lewis’ last quiz)

https://hpathy.com/case-quizes/revisiting-i-am-not-sick/

My problem with this case and most of the cases posted by Ms. Lewis is they perpetuate the assumption that there is one and only one remedy for a given complaint. Epistemologically this is a decidedly unprovable assumption. In terms of Karl Popper’s notion of “falsifiability” there is no way to disprove this (or prove it). While the Rhus tox may have resolved this patient’s acute, we can never know if Lycopodium or any other of these remedies might have done so and perhaps even more effectively.

Tim Owens

Elaine Lewis Responds:

So what is your point, Tim? That because there might be more than one correct remedy in a case, we shouldn’t prescribe at all? When I present a quiz, I don’t just show the answer, I explain how I came up with it so that others can learn. What I don’t like is when people present a case with a very confusing or inadequate explanation as to how the case was solved; sometimes, they give no explanation at all. But that’s not what I do, and if you’ve read as many of my cases as you say, you would know that. You’re always free to write in and say, “Why didn’t you pick Lycopodium?” Or, “Why did you ignore the ‘stringy/ropy mucus’ clue to Kali bich?” I’m always happy to answer legitimate and sensible questions. But, frankly, you just seem to have it in for anybody who cures a case.

Tim Owens Responds:

No, Elaine, my argument never once addressed the legitimacy of your argument for Rhus nor did it suggest it wasn’t a cured case. Rather, I am suggesting the notion of a “winner” perpetuates the idea of one remedy and one remedy only. And we do not have any epistemological basis for that idea in homeopathy. Further, as someone who taught for many years I always try to evaluate how any approach might empower (or alienate) a learner. To turn finding the “right” remedy into a contest can have the effect of intimidating people new to the art.

Elaine Lewis Responds:

Tim, I know what you mean by “the brilliant homeopath”. This is the person who has fashioned a “new way” of doing homeopathy that the majority of us invariably feel “left out” of. We could never have solved this case, or that case. Little by little, it leaks out that the “brilliant homeopath” has many failures. Luckily, I am not a brilliant homeopath. I am only trying to teach people how to solve an acute case. And PS, people like to try and guess the remedy.


From: If I think of Germany in the night – Katja Schuett

https://hpathy.com/homeopathy-papers/if-i-think-of-germany-in-the-night/

Dear Katja,

Thank you for the excellent article! I will share it with Serbian homeopaths.

Maja Letić


From:  Questions Patients Ask-26 – Elaine Lewis

https://hpathy.com/homeopathy-papers/questions-patients-ask-26/?unapproved=265891&moderation-hash=180f9b9edcd0e1cef292f791c02cd6c7#comment-265891

Another clear, down to earth discussion of some basics in homeopathy, which everyone should know, but many don’t.  Elaine is here to fill those gaps in knowledge so readers can move a step further to understanding.

Alan V. Schmukler


From:  A Bundle of Nerves – Diderik Finne

https://hpathy.com/clinical-cases/a-bundle-of-nerves/?unapproved=265924&moderation-hash=eb32fae8677543f809477ac7a9673ec1#comment-265924

I really enjoyed the way you explored this case and finally got to the heart of it.  It’s a sign of a highly skilled and empathic practitioner.

Martin Earl


From: Practical Insights for Use of Homeopathy in Cancer Patients – Dr. Arup Bhattacharya

https://hpathy.com/clinical-cases/practical-insights-for-use-of-homeopathy-in-cancer-patients/

Dear Dr. Arup,

There seems to be a pattern with regards to your approach to these cases. Could you elaborate on it in general terms some time?

Jim Veljanovski


Hi Manish and team.  Just to say thank you for all your continued dedication and commitment.

All the best for 2020

Cheers

Steve

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