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!