Dr. Marcelo Candegabe
Interviewed by Katja Schütt
Welcome to Hpathy Dr. Candegabe! We feel honored to introduce two great representatives of the world of homeopathy in our monthly newsletter.
KS: You were fortunate in discovering homeopathy quite early, when you were cured with Nux vomica at the age of three. Was your journey to and with homeopathy a straight line from that time?
MC: First I want to thank you for the invitation to this interview, which is an honor for me. In a certain way it is so, that at this point the journey to homeopathy began. At the age of 9 or 10 I understood that the official or regular medicine was not the same as homeopathy. In my naivety and until that moment, I only knew homeopathic remedies. Only over the years I began to see that homeopathy was not the usual medicine, or at least not the medicine which the majority of people used. This encouraged my revolutionary spirit which I always had, already as a small child.
KS: One of your students, Dr.C. Amengual, once stated when opening a congress, that what impressed him the most was your enthusiasm when talking about homeopathy. Where does this enthusiasm come from?
MC: I know Dr.C. Amengual for many years and have great respect for him, and if he was impressed by my enthusiasm in teaching, then it’s because he has the same enthusiasm. Since childhood I had the wish to become an Archeologist, particularly Egyptologist, an historian, astronomer and … homeopath. I always had a strong inclination to everything related to investigation. To discover and investigate were and is still my passion. Choosing medicine did not prevent me from studying these other topics, which were followed by quantum physics over the years, and for which a lot of enthusiasm is necessary. My true intellectual treasure is my library, which holds the testimony of my search and my intellectual and spiritual desires.
KS: You have studied with three great masters of homeopathy: Dr.Tomas Pablo Paschero, Dr. Eugenio Candegabe and Dr. Alfonso Masi-Elizalde. What were their most important contributions for your professional development?
MC: Over the years you recognize what you know and what is part of your knowledge. It is a melting pot of incentives hierarchically accumulated over the years. These incentives come from different sources, from the masters, partners, loves, and those we are fond of, from inner questions and especially questions of students. However, it is true, that I had the privilege to meet these great masters and possibly the most important homeopath of the 20th century in America. I’m grateful that my father Eugenio, left me a space at his side, which allowed me to grow freely and according to my own individuality. He cannot imagine of what importance this was for my development.
From my father I have learned that the whole theory needs to be practiced to have scientific value. I learned that it is not only the intention and impulse that are important, but that only effort will enable you to achieve your destination. Something what I will carry with me for the rest of my life, is that he always paid attention to my considerations, even if we did sometimes not agree. Just as I got to know the study of the materia medica from the hands of Eugenio, Alfonso was like the brother of my father. I owe to him my enthusiasm for the homeopathic doctrine. Since a very young age I talked with him innumerable times after his master classes.
Masi had the virtue of controversy. I say virtue because this gave the academic discussion the element which nourished his disciples with the eagerness to learn. I will never forget the last encounters with him, together with Dr.Cataldi, and also the later talks at important dinners. The discussion concerned the Thomistic aspect of Hahnemann according to him, and the influence of Emmanuel Swedenborg on homeopathy according to us. Long were the evenings, unforgettable because of their contents, and the evoked passions at these circumstances. The last one was shortly before his death. For Masi I was “Marcelito” as he called me, much because of his affection and somewhat to “place me”, as he never kept secret our differences in public. He always respected me and we could handle our differences due to the love we always felt. My likable Alfonso knew of my esteem and my admiration for him.
Master Paschero was different. He was the early rain in my spirit, who nourished me and nourishes me through the time. It is impossible to describe the sensation of being at his side, to those who did not know him. He exuded an unusual brightness. He always reached for what his disciples felt was important. He had the virtue to encourage the search for personal realization as the most transcendent aim of the human being. Paschero’s homily was his constant declaration that people should reach the plenitude of life as their real purpose of existence, and that this plenitude is only reached if the inner will drives us towards an altruistic life where “to give” is the real reason for living. He was so in everyday life, in every small act, and in his dedication to others. For Paschero the realization of life is made in the first step with the closest human. The fellow man is the one chosen to go towards the absolute, the superior Mind or God. In this way he understood homeopathy as the only medicine that could collaborate in this path towards personal realization, “liberating” the human from his miasmatic hindrances, so that he can reach the highest purpose of existence, if he wants, as postulated by Hahnemann in § 9 of the Organon of the Medical Art.
KS: You said of Dr. Tomas Pablo Paschero that he was your physician, teacher, spiritual leader and the most transcendent person in your life. Following his example you required the homeopathic physician to be a spiritual human being. What characterizes such a physician?
MC: As I have said previously, if the physician understands that homeopathy offers the possibility to aspire to a higher grade of consciousness, understanding that the better he knows himself, the better he will know the patients, and that the true aim of homeopathic treatment is to increase one’s level of being to a superior state of humanity, only then he can aspire to be a good homeopathic prescriber. Otherwise he will move away from the true destiny which homeopathy offers to him, the authentic spiritual realization of himself and his patients.
KS: You are teaching homeopathic doctrine and philosophy to homeopathic students. Unfortunately, there does not exist a worldwide standard of homeopathic education, and often these fundamentals are missed in homeopathic educational courses. What importance do you put on mastering these?
MC: The question is complex. On one side one needs to learn the doctrine, the technique and materia medica. But the art of being a homeopath only develops in those homeopaths who are wise in these fundamental topics. This can be observed in the masters of homeopathy of all time.
KS: Could you tell us something about your fascinating concept of algorithms? Which relationship code exists between the patient and remedy and how can this help us in homeopathic prescribing?
MC: The algorithm is a mathematical and complex code which uses different individual values collected throughout history. Hahnemann used the symptomatic code of the patient to find the simillimum, among those remedies which share the same pathogenetic picture. The algorithm is an intermediate step approaching a mathematical relation between the patient and a group of mathematically similar remedies, so that the physician can chose the most appropriate remedy according to the totality of symptoms. A detailed explanation with the scientific fundamentals of the method can be found on the following website: http://www.universidadcandegabe.org.
KS: You are currently working on the concept of animal algorithms. In what way is it analogous to humans and how is it different?
MC: Veterinary homeopathy is a wonderful test for our investigations and discoveries. In this case we have adapted the algorithm so that a group of veterinarians can use it in an experimental way. Currently, Dr. Andrea Brancalión of the prestigious “Escuela de Veterinaria Homeopática de Cortona”, Italia, and Dr. Graciela Berrastro of the “Escuela Médica Homeopática Tomás Paschero de Buenos Aires”, Argentina, both teachers at the “Universidad Candegabe de Homeopatía” (distant learning university), together with a group of colleagues, have developed a plan for the veterinary algorithm derived from successfully treated cases. Soon it will be within reach of those who want to use it.
KS: Could you tell our readers something about the Argentine Method of Pure Homeopathy (of Candegabe/Carrara)? What inspired you to develop this method of case analysis and where do you see its benefit in homeopathic practice ?
MC: At the beginning of the nineties I initiated an investigation, together with Dr. Hugo Carrara, in order to standardize criteria of classical homeopathy. We observed that the general mistake in prescriptions was, that in case taking too much importance was paid to symptoms which had no individualized modalities. We established principles and rules which lead in 8 steps to a prescription free of prejudices. Our conclusions are described in the book “Approximation to the Pure Method of Homeopathy” (published in Spanish, Italian, Portuguese and German).
This methodology allows a more practical clinical case taking within classical homeopathy, based on taking modified symptoms which go hierarchically from the historically present to the currently existing modified local symptoms. We designed a grid with 9 hierarchies of symptoms, which brings about the repertorization of the 3 to 5 most hierarchic modified symptoms. In this way the repertorial analysis can be made by all homeopaths in the same way for a given case. This permits an objective analysis of symptoms which should be taken free of subjective speculations. In the course of time this method was used by physicians in many parts of the world, with great success.
KS: Eugenio and you have developed a theory, which you modified further with H. Carrara, about the energetic level of the constitution and the model of coherence of the ill constitution. Can you explain these concepts to our readers and especially their therapeutic and diagnostic value?
MC: Every theory needs to bring forward a prognosis in order to be accepted as a science. The prognosis is possibly the most scientific point of a theory. In this way humans have increased their knowledge over the course of time. I have developed a theory, together with Eugenio and Hugo, about the energetical level of the ill constitution of the patient, which allows one to know “a priori” whether our patient will aggravate or not. Also, whether the homeopath can expect a rapid or slow cure and what we should be observe in acute cases, or whether the applied remedy is only a partial simile to the case, according to his individuality.
For those interested in the section of “Research” – “Scientific works” on the website of our university you can find the complete work here: http://www.universidadcandegabe.org.
KS: Currently, homeopathy is undergoing a difficult time worldwide. What significance does homeopathy have in Argentina? What are the possibilities for homeopathic physicians there, and how do your see homeopathy’s future ?
MC: The world has always been to some extent, unfavorable for the development of homeopathy. There have always been interests to block the possibility that homeopathy occupies the place it deserves within the medical sciences. Since Hahnemann’s time until today, homeopathy has had its detractors and enemies. Nevertheless, it is the science which has resisted violent scientific attacks the most over the course of time. This should give us optimism for the future, and especially today, where other branches of advanced sciences like quantum physics, biology and modern mathematics begin to present a new model which should be considered scientific. Nevertheless, there should triumph a movement in the world so that homeopathy is duly appreciated. We really stand before a big crisis, where human destiny is leading towards a paradigm change. I believe in the latent virtues in the human beyond the rough daily reality, and wish that every member of society meets up again with the angel of light and peace, which lies expectantly at the bottom of the soul. I am reminded of Paschero saying: “Nobody can expect to change something in the world if he does not change at first himself.” It is the development of the inner vocation of our spiritual being, towards which all our efforts should be directed, in order to influence the ethical principles in this crisis for a major change in humanity.
KS: You have been working quite actively all your life in several homeopathic societies in your home country, as well as abroad, and also as a teacher of the Escuela Medica Homeopatica “Tomas Pablo Paschero” and director of the Distance Learning University “Universidad Candegabe de Homeopatia”. Have your attempts to spread and promote homeopathy worldwide proved to be satisfactory?
MC: I have never thought about this. I humbly think that my personal satisfaction has been that I could travel around the world like a pilgrim, and meet friends of other realities and who speak different languages, and with whom I have shared and share the magic and wonderful adventure to teach homeopathy.
KS: You mentioned the large number of backsliders during the first homeopathic school year, due to their unrealistic and difficult to fulfill expectations. Homeopathy is indeed a science which requires much time and hard study to master it. What advice can you give to homeopathic students and homeopaths for their study and practice?
MC: A great Argentine homeopath wrote many years ago: “Homeopathy is understood in one night and studied during one’s whole life”. One who approaches homeopathy should do this with the awe and spirit of a child. In this way he will discover new levels of understanding all his life, like an eternal lover of the divine homeopathy, as Hahnemann called her. In this way the spirit of truth of the great master will receive him in his magnanimous diversity.
KS: Your website and educational program is absolutely wonderful! I’m glad the website is published in English now, and I’m sure that many homeopaths will feel inspired by your knowledge and teachings. I hope that your book can be read in English soon, so that all homeopaths can benefit from your methodology in practice!
Thank you very much Dr. Candegabe for sharing these very interesting thoughts and experiences of homeopathy with us It has been a pleasure to have you with us !
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