Some of you will remember Patricia as Gilroy’s mother.
She’s also Toni’s mother as in “Toni Won’t Eat” and “It’s No Day At The Beach For Toni!”
I have said to people many times, “You should take Robin Murphy’s course!” Well, Patricia actually did! Half way through, however, Robin Murphy died, leaving us all in a fright and at loose-ends!
Patricia is here to report on what happened to Robin Murphy’s course. So, without any further ado, I give you, the one and only:
Ms. Patricia Hittner O’Connell!
Thanks, Elaine. Here’s how it all began. I was standing in the homeopath’s office, holding my feverish child.
My three-year-old had an ear infection—again.
I desperately wanted to avoid yet ANOTHER round of antibiotics.
The homeopath gave him one dry dose of Cina and told me that’s all he needed. (Not to worry, because that was his “Constitutional” remedy!)
Back home, my son’s fever spiked! He wasn’t eating or drinking.
In fact, all he wanted to do was sleep. Instead of getting well, we were looking at an emergency room visit.
Then the phone rang. I forget how or why she called, but, the call was from another homeopath, trained by Dr. Robin Murphy.
We’d been communicating online and I had given her my number. I told her what was happening with my son.
“Let’s see what we can do,” she said. “What do you have in the house?”
I had purchased a few remedies on each of my recent trips to the health food store.
I now owned about 10-15 of them in the 30X potency. I told her what was in my small collection.
“Okay, put some Ferrum Phos in water and give it to him.”
I did as she said.
Very quickly my son felt cooler.
“Give him another dose,” she said.
He continued to improve. I don’t remember how many doses he had. But within an hour he was looking much better and I knew he was getting well.
From that point on I became very interested in homeopathy! Or, more specifically, homeopathy as practiced by Robin Murphy and others who prescribe in accordance with the 6th edition of the Organon. (This is in stark contrast to the high-potency, dry dose, wait-and-see approach based on the totality of symptoms from birth to present that landed me with a prescription for Cina for a middle ear infection.)
I bought Dr. Murphy’s Materia Medica and Repertory. (There are now newer versions of these books and I have them too.) I taught myself how to use these tools when needed.
I treated our family and our dogs. I’d sometimes recommend remedies to friends. But, years later, with my children grown and more time on my hands, I enrolled in Dr. Murphy’s school.
Like everyone else, I was shocked and saddened by his untimely passing last November.
Naturally, I assumed that was the end of the school and the end of my formal education. (I planned to continue studying on my own.)
However, Dr. Murphy was married to a homeopath! His wife, Judith Toscano, ND, accepted me into her school, which she had long envisioned as a separate online branch of Lotus Health Institute. Her online curriculum is also based upon Dr. Murphy’s books and lectures.
“His legacy is going to live on,” said Dr. Jude, when I interviewed her for this article.
Dr. Jude’s practice is called Lotus Wellness Cottage. The online curriculum is offered through Lotus Online Courses. Certificates are awarded by Lotus Health Institute.
You can read more about the enrollment process here at the Lotus Wellness Cottage website:
The total cost for the clinical homeopathy certificate program is $3,650. This includes books and three foundation courses, which would total $450 if you’re not a student.
Students get discounts on the foundational courses and Dr. Murphy’s books.
One thing that’s different from Dr. Murphy’s clinical homeopathy program is that every student needs to take these three foundational courses – Homeopathy 101, 102 and 103 and pass a test – before they can continue to study Dr. Murphy’s modules. This is a good thing because every student comes with a different level of knowledge.
Graduation requirements also include submitting 10 cases. The first five are submitted at the end of Module 2. The other five are submitted with Module 6. There are eight modules in the clinical homeopathy certificate program, designed to be completed in two to three years.
Before graduation students must also write a research paper and mail in a copy of a homemade remedy, from a material of their choice.
Student support is excellent. Everyone has easy access to Dr. Jude (as she is called).
They can reach out to her with any questions and they can schedule personal 30-minute consultations after each online module. She also runs two private Facebook groups, one specifically for students and graduates. There are also twice monthly student support calls on Zoom.
Dr. Murphy’s lectures are now online instead of on CD. It’s still possible to access his various lectures by purchasing them separately without enrolling in the school.
In addition to being an excellent homeopath, Dr. Murphy was also a good teacher.
He stressed over and over again that you need to treat the top layer – what’s right in front of you. Otherwise you probably won’t see good results.
Take the case of my son. (Yes, he was stubborn, obstinate and capricious. He had digestive issues. Perhaps he was wormy too. But all the Cina in the world was unlikely to help his acute ear infection that day.) In fact, his vitality sank after he took that one dose of Cina, setting us on a near collision course with the emergency room!
In addition to being headstrong, my son had gas and bloating, no doubt aggravated by the many rounds of antibiotics for his previous ear infections. (Lycopodium, Bacillinum and a Bowel Nosode were some of the remedies that later helped him.)
But what needed to be addressed the day he was sick, in order to prevent even more antibiotics, was the ear infection.
“Your son needs an ear infection remedy,” I remember the Murphy-trained homeopath telling me. “The ear infection is what needs to be cured.”
Dr. Murphy’s approach was so simple. So practical. And it made so much sense.
After the ear infection healed, we worked on the next layer. By the time he entered kindergarten my son was pretty healthy. By the time he was seven or eight, the food sensitivities were gone too.
This is the amazing potential of homeopathy when each problem or layer is treated separately—just as Dr. Murphy taught.
If you’re thinking of a formal education in homeopathy, I highly recommend Lotus Online Courses. You will learn homeopathy in accordance with the 6th edition of the Organon, the way it was practiced by Dr. Murphy.
Dr. Jude, who runs the school, is an excellent homeopath too, with a great respect for the more sensitive ones among us, the people who are easily aggravated by remedies.
Students will see how to look for layers in each individual case. They’ll learn to perceive the state of the person being treated. That’s what needed to happen with my son’s ear. We couldn’t move forward with anything else until the ear infection was treated.
The homeopathic education at Lotus Online Courses is very thorough. The focus is on resolving a person’s Chief Complaint and raising their vitality.
It’s a results-oriented system, designed to get the patient well, not for them to keep coming back for drawn-out psychological sessions. Yes, sometimes emotional symptoms predominate. That would be the first layer to treat. But if someone has a sore throat, it makes no sense to focus on their relationship with their mother. Take the case of the sore throat!
One of the highlights of the program is Dr. Murphy’s Keynote Materia Medica lectures in which he paints a picture of the most widely used remedies. It’s much easier to recall the keynotes of Pulsatilla when it’s needed if you already have a vivid image of Pulsatilla in your mind.
The remedy images he portrays are unforgettable. Like the severe constipation of Alumina. I’ll never forget Dr. Murphy’s description of someone putting on a sweat suit to work up the courage to use the commode after not having had a bowel movement for several days. All the straining, and, in the end, only a small plop is heard in the bowl. No one who hears this lecture will forget that Alumina is the remedy for obstinate constipation.
Dr. Murphy’s lectures cover intercurrent prescribing as well as Tautopathic and Isopathic prescribing. I don’t think I could effectively practice homeopathy without this important knowledge.
Throughout the program he busted various “myths in homeopathy” as he called it. One of them is that the wrong remedy or remedies will spoil your case. He told us about one of his old cases, a man with a horrible itchy rash. It was a desperate case and this man needed relief. The top remedies didn’t work; so, Dr. Murphy tried different ones, one at a time, until finally, the 38th remedy worked!
Another myth busted.
Last but not least, students are taught to make their own remedies from scratch.
They’re also taught to graft remedies that can be easily shared with other people.
Was there anything I didn’t like about the curriculum? Not really.
However, students who are Catholic (like I am) or evangelical should be aware that Dr. Murphy occasionally shares some of his Eastern/New Age religious philosophy, which, for me, didn’t detract from the program at all.
I didn’t have to share his religious beliefs in order to learn from him the best way to practice homeopathy, something I firmly believe is a gift from God.
I also believe the school itself is a gift. You can learn remotely from your home at your own pace. You can graduate with the confidence you will be able to help many people, at a time when so many people desperately need your help!
Thank you, Patricia. So, bottom line is, Robin Murphy’s course lives on through his wife, Dr. Judith Toscano. Use the links above for more information. And as usual, I encourage everyone to take Robin Murphy’s course! The following is a farewell to Robin I found in Jay Yasgur’s “In Memoriam” written for the AIH:
Elaine Lewis, DHom, CHom
Elaine takes online cases. Write to her at [email protected]
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