Black = Robin Murphy
People are always saying nice things to me, like, “Your words seem to make things so much clearer,” or, “As always, you are the best teacher.” If any of that is true, it can only be because of MY teacher, Dr. Robin Murphy!
Robin Murphy’s Course: Open to Everyone!
The great thing about Robin Murphy, which I applaud him for, is the amazing thing he’s done in making his entire course available to ordinary people–no questions asked! Now, I know some of you are thinking, “Well, isn’t everyone’s course available to ordinary people?” No! Except for acute prescribing, most teachers ask that you have degrees or certificates in certain things, that you enroll in their course, their school, that you plunk down hundreds or thousands of dollars up front, and if you don’t like it or can’t finish the course, you might get some of your money back but certainly not all of it, and if all you wanted of a certain famous homeopath’s course was his materia medica lectures, sorry, but, you can’t have them– unless you’re enrolled in the school! And if you’re not a medical professional, no one will teach you any advanced prescribing ever–EXCEPT ROBIN MURPHY! If someone in your family has cancer, and all you want from Murphy’s course is his seminar on breast cancer, you can buy it without obligating yourself in any way! If someone in your family is mentally ill and all you want of Murphy’s course is his seminar on psychological problems, you can buy it! No one asks if you’re a medical professional or how many years of college you’ve had or how many anatomy and physiology courses you’ve taken…and it’s because of this “open-door policy” that I am a homeopath today! So, Robin, why you? Why are you the exception?
Well, I don’t know…that’s a pretty big question, but, I was a lay homeopath first when I went to naturopathic school and I always felt that homeopathy, if it’s so safe, so natural, it should be available to everybody! So when I practiced, for years, I always made available first aid kits, books and information to all my patients, so… my patients, instead of having just a “doctor-patient” relationship with me were having more of a “teacher-student” relationship. So, you give a first aid kit to people and then they start using it on their kids, their pets and their friends and then these people end up wanting to study homeopathy; so, I encouraged it; and, to this day, I still encourage that homeopathy should be available, like the air and the water, to everybody who wants to take the time to study and learn it.
You know, the name of our journal is “Homeopathy for Everyone”, so, I think we share the same philosophy! What I’ve seen is that practitioners will make their acute case lectures available to the public but not their chronic case lectures.
But it’s kind of strange to withhold your lectures on subjects when all people have to do is buy the books! I mean, there’s books out on all these subjects–cancer or whatever! So would you rather that people read and study on their own with no supervision? And let’s face it, there are people out there who are desperate! They’re looking for alternatives to standard medicine, there’s no homeopath in their city or state, they’re on their own…are we just supposed to forget these people?
I guess so… (And by the way, I should probably mention that Robin Murphy’s course is available on his website: www.LotusHealthInstitute.com. Start with the acute and emergency prescribing seminars and work your way up to chronic prescribing. There are 32+ seminars on CD for you to buy, plus Robin’s Repertory, Materia Medica and other books as well.)
I don’t see the world that way, I don’t see some “intellectual class” as being the only ones deserving of knowing homeopathy. Sure, homeopathy does attract these super intellectuals; but, homeopathy is also a medicine from the heart and feelings, a mother’s intuition…I’ll say to a mother, “What remedy do YOU think it is?”
I do the same thing, really! I’m always relieved when my client knows something about homeopathy because I know the outcome of the case is going to be much better than if he or she knows nothing! But let me ask you about acute prescribing because I have noticed that people have a very hard time with acute cases because they’re not really sure at all what they’re supposed to pay attention to. And some people, dare I say it, are looking for the constitutional remedy regardless of what’s wrong!
Constitutional vs. Practical Homeopathy
Yes, people are emphasizing constitutional homeopathy and I am the exact opposite. I emphasize clinical homeopathy which includes emergency prescribing, first aid, and acute prescribing…and that’s the way to spread homeopathy at the grass roots level–Arnica, Arsenicum, Allium cepa are really our calling cards, our way to spread the word.
Up to now, the emphasis has always been on the Kentian approach–one remedy to treat the whole person covering their whole life, it becomes very complex and very intellectual; so, I emphasize that every homeopath should have thorough training in emergency prescribing first and then acute prescribing and treating infections second, and then go on to epidemics and miasms and constitutional and chronic disease…it’s all homeopathy, but, as you learn any science, you learn at the front door. The front door is emergency homeopathy and how to use the first aid kit!
And I know there are homeopaths, some of my friends, who don’t treat acutes, they don’t treat emergencies; and then their child has a chronic ear infection; well, if you had given Chamomilla in the beginning, they wouldn’t have chronic ear infections now! We shouldn’t have prejudices, we should treat whatever comes through our door. “Oh, this patient has cancer, he might die, I can’t treat him!” Our goals should be to help people where ever they’re at. Emergency, infection, epidemic, chronic disease, psychological problems…where ever they’re at we should use our remedies to help. One of the prejudices is that we have to cure everything. We’re not cure-chasers, we’re trying to be healers and healing includes palliation, relieving the pain and suffering, helping people when they’re dying to leave more consciously and so on; so, homeopathy, to me, needs to be more practical and more clinical.
So, I consider myself a clinical homeopath, not a constitutional homeopath. Going deep into the psychology isn’t the right thing to do all the time. Someone comes into my office with a knee problem. I have to fix the knee! It’s an energy leak, they can’t go to work, now they’re depressed, they can’t sleep, because of the knee problem. So, I’m supposed to give them a constitutional remedy that applies to none of that? That’s prejudicial homeopathy–that you have to go deep in the psychology in every case.
I have a knee problem right now so I’m very sympathetic to that!
Every case should tell us what’s the right thing to do–where the pain and the suffering is. If the pain and suffering’s in the big toe and they have gangrene, our whole homeopathic treatment should be aimed at that big toe; and, of course, we’re going to take down the modalities, the sensations and any mentals that relate to the gangrene, but the clinical homeopath has to acknowledge that this gangrene is life threatening and they’re coming to us for that, not to fulfill some philosophy of homeopathy we might have. If the patient is in a psychological state, you have to give a psychological remedy. If they’re suffering from chronic fatigue, you have to give them a chronic fatigue remedy.
So, Clinical Homeopathy is really the most classical of all the homeopathic approaches because it’s using all the techniques and procedures and methodologies that have been used in the past, that have proven themselves effective. The teaching in a lot of the new schools of homeopathy is but one teacher’s idea about how to solve these cases; but I stand with all the homeopaths in history and that’s clinical homeopathy–whether it’s Burnett or Clarke or Boericke or Kent or Hahnemann or Hering…it doesn’t matter…how did they practice? How did they prescribe? And then we have a wealth of prescribing techniques, we don’t belong to one school.
I gave lectured for years about the different ways of prescribing homeopathic remedies; but, people today still believe there’s only one way. Emergency prescribing is different from Acute; treating miasms is different, you can’t just have one approach, you have to have mulitple approaches, there’s, like, 15 different ways: tautopathic, isopathic…the first remedy ever given in homeopathy by Hahnemann was not homeopathic. Peruvian bark was an antidote to Peruvian bark poisoning! It was tautopathic. So Tautopathy is a big branch in homeopathy that I don’t see being taught anywhere: Arsenic poisoning? You give them Arsenicum, and it’s worked for two hundred years. If I know someone’s been poisoned by a drug, I give the drug in potency! I just came back from Haiti seeing 50 to 100 patients a day and I can tell you, constitutional homeopathy’s worthless under such conditions!
Yes, I can totally see that; and by the way, just as an FYI, when we say “in potency” or “I gave the drug in potency”, we mean “as a homeopathic remedy”, or “we made it into a homeopathic remedy.”
Right, I forget sometimes that our readers are at all different levels. So, I have five minutes with each patient! (In Haiti.) And I’m told, “Well, that’s not good homeopathy!” No, “not good homeopathy” is not helping these people! And one of the biggest things that upsets me is that a lot of these new teachers are, for all intents and purposes, starting over! We won’t know for a hundred years how truly effective their methods are.
Robin Goes to Haiti
So Robin, you went to Haiti? After the earthquake?
Yes, I went there with Homeopaths Without Borders.
Wow, you are really to be commended for that! It must have been very unnerving, though!
Oh, it was fine. The weather was very hot!
You didn’t feel overwhelmed with people’s suffering and neediness?
I get more concerned with, How can I help?
What did you treat?
A lot of funguses, infection, diabetes…most of them were on allopathic drugs, and now they can’t afford them! And we were in a hospital parking lot next to a pharmacy and all these people couldn’t afford to get their drugs–even though they were discounted by 80%. So, homeopathy’s right there!
But the pressure seems overwhelming.
You Don’t Have to Be Perfect!
We have this idea that we have to have the perfect patient and the perfect method of saving him. If we’re on the beach and people are drowning and we’re looking around for just the right thing to save the person with, and the exact right way to do it, that’s the wrong attitude, a lot of people are going to drown while you’re second-guessing everything you’re planning to do. Throw in whatever you have–sticks, ropes…. Throw yourself in! There’s no one way. Some of us are more concerned with doing things “right” than with helping people! I feel that people talk themselves out of helping patients because the situation isn’t ideal and the patient isn’t perfect. I feel that not to TRY to help is the only mistake you can make.
What kind of fungal infections were you seeing?
There were kids who lost all their hair, there were women with fungus on their legs–it’s a real tropical climate and damp.
And what remedy comes to your mind on seeing this?
Thuja’s a big remedy for that, Bacillinum, Sepia…. And there are tonics. Hahnemann’s life as a physician did not begin with homeopathy. Half his medical life was before homeopathy and that’s where the real treasures are. And where did he get homeopathy from? He distilled it from all the ancient knowledge. He specifically traces it back to Greek medicine, Arabic medicine…and it all goes back to ancient Egypt.
I did not know that! (Oh, wait; I did, I took your course.)
(Ha-ha!) Well, anyway… Aesclepius is the Greek god of medicine. Before Hahnemann became a homeopath, he said the highest form of medicine was achieved by the Greeks and Egyptians, 2500 years before his time, and then he explains it this way: because they had Aesclepius in balance! Aesclepius had two daughters–Panacea and Hygea–and this reflects to me the whole condition of homeopathy today. Panacea was the daughter who did nothing but find cures for people; so, she’s sitting around waiting for diseases to happen so she can cure them. But Aesclepius had another daughter named Hygea, whose only goal in life was to prevent disease! So, to have “Aesclepius In Balance” means 50% of our work should be treating disease and the other 50% should be in preventing disease! And that’s where homepathy’s the weakest–there’s very little promotion of diet, exercise, a philosophy about life, approaches to staying healthy and so on; so, homeopathy, to me, is the greatest natural system of medicine that I’ve found in 40 years of research, but, people don’t know that after Hahnemann gave up medicine, he began following a French naturalist named Mousseau. So, for twenty-some years, Hahnemann gave tonics, wrote papers on vinegar, on charcoal, on using brandy as medicine, camphor and all this stuff, plus diet and fresh air and exercise; he was using home remedies before he became a homeopath. So, after we’ve used homeopathy to bring a person back to normal, we have to encourage them to eat better, exercise, get out in the fresh air, get better sleep, to keep them healthy! We have to finish the cure. Only Hygea can finish it and prevent it.
Have you seen my article, “Why Do We Have to Talk About Diet?” It’s even truer now than ever because the staple food in our culture is (gasp!) White Flour!
And most people don’t know that white flour has a little chemical in it called alloxan, an allopathic drug. It’s a drug they give to lab mice to cause diabetes!
Yes, I read that it destroys the beta cells in the pancreas! And you’re saying they’re bleaching white flour with it? Yet one more reason to stay away from it!
So now I use potentized alloxan as a cure for diabetes!
Antidoting Drug Layers
So, pesticides and other poisons–homeopaths have to address these issues. I give lectures on environmental poisons, treating chemotherapy and radiation side effects, and all this is just simple antidoting. If you include this stuff in your practice, your whole practice changes; versus just being this psychiatrist type of homeopath, now you have many more tools with which to help people. Some people just simply need an antidote! They’ve never been well since Prozac. So, you give Prozac 30C and it works! We don’t have to look for this deep essence of a person all the time, I mean, it sounds great but, I feel I want to be a homeopath that’s on the front lines. I never refuse to treat any patient–cancer patients, dying patients–everyone else has given up on these people, now the homeopaths are going to refuse to treat them too? Who are they going to turn to? Modern homeopathy is very narrow compared to what it was 100 years ago.
Acute Prescribing: Yes or No?
A very famous homeopath has made an amazing statement in his most recent book. He says he used to believe that the acute complaint was irrelevant, but now he realizes that it’s IN the acute complaint that you can most clearly discern the constitutional remedy! And when I first heard this, I thought, Wow! What a break-through! But later I began to realize: Where does this leave acute prescribing?
To me, the constitution shouldn’t even be discussed if a patient comes in with an acute! If someone has a fever or a cold or an earache, that’s what has to be treated! Every homeopath in history treated it. The idea that we should ignore it or it’s going to interfere with our remedy…but it’s not “our” remedy it’s the patient’s remedy–and if they happen to be on a constitutional remedy and an acute comes out, you treat the acute; or else, it’s pure lack of compassion!
Acute prescribing is what I teach the families and the lay people first! Here’s why–I usually only need to learn a lesson once: A 12 year old girl came to me with a chronic bladder infection. So, I gave her Staphysagria. She was doing fine for a few days and then this horrible bladder infection broke out! The parents were calling me, they were freaking out! I’m telling them it’s a good sign, I’m a good homeopath, this will pass, she’ll be better for it…. Then that night I had a dream about it and it was just like I was being ostracized! “How can you let someone….” I mean, it was like the child was on fire, and I, with my philosophy, was dismissing it–dismissing her suffering because of my beliefs, that this is “good for you”. Well, that sounds a lot like allopathy and side-effects, doesn’t it? So, I lasted one day and then another day and I woke up and said, I can’t take it anymore! She’s still suffering! It was a real bladder infection: burning, urinating every 10-15 minutes, screaming; and I go over there and I tell her to take Cantharis and in 5 minutes it all went away! So, she suffered for 3 days because of my philosophy–that aggravations are good, it’s necessary, it’s a learning experience, it’s karma, whatever people rationalize this as, but it’s nothing but lack of compassion!
Or people will say, “I’m too busy to treat acutes.” Well, it’s untreated emergencies and acutes that create the chronics! They’re the first line of defense. So, I think homeopathy needs to be refocused on epidemics, diseases, etc. as well as psychological problems. Homeopathy needs to be more diverse than just one and two hour sessions, long cases and repertorizing.
I always say that if a psychological issue came with the complaint, then it’s very important and the remedy has to cover it! But if the psychological issue is a constant and predates the complaint, then it has nothing to do with the complaint, and you can’t base your acute prescription on it!
Layers And Hering’s Law
Or, you have to clear the complaint out first and address the psychological issue afterwards. And Hahnemann and Hering…everybody talked about layers! As we go through life, certain remedy layers are laid on us. So the idea is that if a Calc-carb. child has a grief at age 10 and picks up a Nat-mur. layer, and then later he injures his back? He may now need Rhus tox!
So Hering’s Law dictates that we need to give Rhus tox as our first remedy (“Healing takes place in reverse order”), followed by Nat-mur, and finally the last thing you treat is the constitution. That means you’ve cleared away all the stuff that’s accumulated in your life; now you have a clear shot at your constitution! Today the word “constitution” just means “treat the whole person”.
Constitution actually means your genetic state, your healthy state, what you’re born with–it’s not a disease. Treating the constitution is kind of a misnomer!
Yes, I can see that!
True constitutional treatment is hygiene–the herbs, the diet, tonics, lifestyle, exercises…that’s true constitutional therapy because it remakes the constitution–cleans it out, builds it up, strengthens it; but treating pathologies? You’re treating stuff that’s been added on top of the constitution, and then to mix them all together and look for a remedy?
That’s what everyone thinks you’re supposed to do! When you just treat the layer, which usually is the result of some trauma (physical or psychological), you can often see a clear picture of a remedy rather than the murky picture you get when you try to repertorize every symptom from childhood on.
Etiology Over-rules Symptomatology!
Etiology! You’re always stressing the importance of that, Robin!
And that’s a big problem I have with a lot of the modern ways of teaching homeopathy! Now, if someone comes to me with a head injury, it is not a symptom! It’s a traumatic event that CAUSED the symptoms in the case. Now if I repertorize and add in “head injury” as a symptom? I’ve totally lost the case. The symptoms have to have a context. If someone comes to me who’s had a head injury and they’ve been depressed or had epilepsy ever since, that etiology over-rides or is more important than the symptomatology! We have a clear cause-and-effect: This happened, then they got epilepsy. So, repertorizing all the symptoms of the epilepsy is one thing; but, I learned early on that giving Arnica or Nat-sulph. for the traumatic event would clear those symptoms away–without even repertorizing and looking into all the details! So I found out that treating the etiology makes homeopathy so much easier!
Now let’s say you have someone with grief–never well since grief. Well, the core problem that needs to be treated is the grief! Grief is a state with various symptoms–depression, crying, not crying, worse from consolation and so on; but, this is what Hahnemann meant by “perceiving what has to be cured.” We have to perceive that this person is suffering because of a grief and now she has multiple sclerosis. So we find out which remedies are grief remedies that have multiple sclerosis. And I look in the literature and look for the top five – ten remedies that have cured this. I don’t start over and give myself a 3,000-to-1 chance of finding the right remedy! But, forget the 3,000-to-1 chance; we have a grief! So now we look at that rubric. Oh! There’s 40 remedies/50 remedies there! So, from 3,000, we’re down to 50 by perceiving what has to be cured.
Another thing is that people don’t know how to use these remedies; especially, they don’t know the ascending scale starting at 6C, 12C, 30C, 200C…and a lot of the cases I get from other homeopaths, the first remedy they gave was the right one but they spent two or three years looking for another remedy because they didn’t know how to keep the first one going! And that was the first problem Hahnemann encountered, that people get used to our remedies.
Build up a tolerance.
So, using LM’s or starting the case with 6C’s…
…in water with succussions before each dose…
…which I’ve been teaching for all these years, solves numerous problems! First of all, the person can be on drugs or drink coffee and the remedies will still work because they’re being taken daily!
Secondly, there are fewer aggravations, thirdly you can manage the case better–you can speed the remedy up or slow it down according to what’s going on with the patient; you can stop it, give an acute remedy if need be, then go back; there’s so many advantages to Hahnemann’s approach.
As opposed to one-dose-high-and-wait! And I would just add that, yes, the potency may stop working at some point if you’ve started with a 6C, despite giving it more often or raising the number of succussions; but, when that happens, you just go up to the 9C or 12C and it should work again.
So, I consider myself a clinical, Hahnemannian homeopath; and Hahnemann got it from ancient medicine but now we’re trying to be so modern, we think it’s beneath us to give an herbal tincture along with our remedies; but, Clarke, Burnett and all these people, that was their standard practice…Boericke? We can’t find one classical case in Boericke’s book! Boericke never treated a person’s constitution, he just treated their disease. And people say, “Oh, we don’t treat disease!” Well, that’s a total delusion. Then you’re in the wrong business. Because there’s psychological diseases (“Oh, we treat the whole person!”) Nowhere in the Organon does Hahnemann say, “We treat the whole person.” He says, “We treat the whole disease”! Then he said you have to perceive what caused it–diet, stress, bad lifestyle, and then we have to work on that area. Hahnemann was basically a naturopath.
So, when Hahnemann had that “Peruvian Bark moment”… already, in his mind, must have been, “Well, I know that like cures like because I read all the ancient Egyptian medical literature, so I’m pretty sure that the reason Peruvian Bark works so well for Malaria is because it’s similar and not because it’s astringent, as Cullen is claiming in his text which I am now translating!” Am I right?
I’ve not found any culture that didn’t know that about the law of similars; and, I’m not sure I would call it a “law” either; to be a law, it would have to be mathematically reproducible; but, it’s the Principle of similarities, not a law; otherwise, every matching of the symptoms would work every time! It’s a principle that like cures like, whether it’s “fight fire with fire”–or you can fight fire with water too, it’s a valid approach! Allopathy has its place. If there’s a broken bone, no remedy’s going to set the bone! So, homeopathy is a part of a bigger system of natural medicine. It’s a principle that guides us. We’re trying to find a remedy that’s similar to the patient, it’s not a numerical, technical, computational thing that whatever remedy gets the most points in repertorization is going to cure the case! In fact, how often does it happen that that’s the very remedy that’s least likely to work? We’ve all experienced that. The Repertory is just a tool to help narrow it down and then we read the materia medica and choose what seems like the best remedy; and, it’s very bad for perfectionists to get into homeopathy, because they want to find this ONE remedy (“Give me another week to study your case!”). Just try the remedy, you’ll know in a week or two if it’s right just by giving it! It’s alright to have back-up remedies! I say to the patient, “Here’s the remedy, take it for a week or two, if you don’t see any relief, call me and I’ll have another one there.” I don’t have to try to figure it all out! I went from 3,000 remedies down to 3. I’m done!
What Is Science?
Now it goes back to, What is science? Now, all this week in India, they’re trying to make homeopathy allopathic science, and it will never be that; but, science today is the modern religion. It’s the dominant religion on the planet. It controls war, economies, research, medicine, agriculture, everything; but, science is unscientific, the premise of science is unscientific. I was in Cairo and was sitting at a big dinner table with professors and doctors and they were talking about science. I said that homeopathy is based on subjective science and they said, “That’s a contradiction in terms!” So I asked them, “What are the most important things in your life?” They said their wives, children, their work, their jobs, helping others….” I said, “Oh, all subjective things!” and they said, “Yeah….” I said, “OK, so science, then, ignores all the most important things in people’s lives!” So they were kind of taken aback by that. So, homeopathy’s greatest gift is that it acknowledges, supports, nourishes, treats and heals the subjective! Now, subjective doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist, it’s just the opposite! We are more subjective than objective. Our physical bodies are 70% water and we’re thinking, that’s all we are, just physical body; but it’s our vitality, spirit, our soul–all this is the reality of who we are, because if that leaves, there is no physical body; but, you can cut off someone’s legs and arms and they’re still there!