Are you running into a lot of people who are using (or trying to use) the Banerji Protocols? Maybe the only one noticing is me?
No, “Marlie”, it is not just you!!! What I am getting are their patients who want to know how to stop aggravations and provings! (However, I hasten to add, I’m not sure if these people are really doing justice to the Banerji’s actual way of practicing? But they CLAIM to be doing the Banerji Protocols!)
Here is one such person who contacted me. Her complaint was digestive in nature. She has asked me not to divulge the long list of remedies in high potency that she was prescribed because she wants to remain anonymous, but, suffice it to say, pick any remedy out of the air you want, and it’s for sure she got it! 13 remedies altogether, including Bryonia AND Rhus tox, to be taken together, which, as we should all know, are opposite remedies! By that I mean, if you’re in a Bryonia state, Rhus tox will not help you, and if you’re in a Rhus tox state, Bryonia will not help you; so, on that basis alone, I have to raise a red flag!
The follow-up isn’t for 2 months, which is a long time to go without any monitoring! But, you see, it’s a Protocol! It’s not individualization, which is the hallmark of homeopathy. You give the practitioner a diagnosis, and there’s a Protocol that goes with it, and that’s what you get, and that’s that; OK? They can’t answer any of your questions because it’s not their Protocol, it’s the Banerji’s Protocol! They’re just passing it along to you, either take it or don’t. There’s no need to take your case in the Hahnemannian sense because… it’s a Protocol! Everybody gets the same thing, that includes the remedy, the potency, the number of days or weeks you’re supposed to take it….
Now let me explain something. The Banerji’s live in India; they get 1,000 patients a day! They do not have time to take a 2 hour case! Even a half hour case! Their patients come to them with a diagnosis from a doctor or hospital. That tells the Banerji’s what remedies to give so you’re in and out of your appointment with the Banerji’s in five minutes! There are people lined up outside the building in the sweltering heat, the Banerji’s have no time for, “Do you like ice cream?” or “What about onions?” They have no time for that, they’ve come up with this “short-cut”, if you will, out of necessity. But you realize, this throws everything that’s in the Organon out the window!
There is no reason for the rest of us, who don’t see 1,000 patients a day, to be doing this! For one thing, let me state the obvious. If you’re on 13 remedies at once, and you get worse, which one aggravated? Which one should you stop taking? Well, there’s no way to know! Patients need to be told, as Hahnemann said, a striking improvement means stop dosing for as long as the improvement lasts. An aggravation means stop dosing, an improvement may follow. If they would only practice just that much…the harm would be greatly reduced.
Here’s another patient on the “Banerji Protocols” who came to me for help. She has Lyme Disease. Here’s what she wrote:
Elaine, I started these last Friday:
Ignatia 200C – Two doses every day *
Rhus tox 1M – Two doses every day
Symphytum 200C mixed with Calc phos 3X – Two doses every day *
Hypericum 200C mixed with Arsenicum 200C – Two doses every day
Lycopodium 200C – Two doses every day
Merc viv 30C – Two doses every day *
Nux vomica 200C – One dose every day *
Calc carb 200C – One dose every other day *
Sepia 200C – One dose every 3 days
“So, in addition to [my other] symptoms, I feel the stomach ones have been building. The loose gassy stools are something I have never had before. I started burping just the other day. My stomach has started to burn…. I stopped all the remedies. … There was aggravation … I was on my own as she was hard to get a hold of. …
You asked what “practical homeopathy” is? This is a direct quote from her: “Practical Homeopathy is based on the Banerji Protocols. It uses specific medicines for specific diseases which are diagnosed by using conventional diagnostics.”
Although she says specific diseases, she was insistent that she did not believe in chronic Lyme. I told her my concern about aggravation and she was adamant that there would be no aggravation. …
When I email her, it has to go through her assistant who forwards it to her, who then forwards her response back to me and they are meaningless responses. Yesterday, I told her I was discontinuing treatment and there was no reason to call me again. … At this point I believe she is dangerous to my health. I think she knows she screwed up badly.”
And here’s another one, Marlie:
“Hello Elaine, I’m curious if you can help me with a problem, its fairly urgent. I have COVID for 2 weeks now and I have Lyme. I’m having some severe anxiety over the last several days that wont go away; dizziness, muscle spasms with shaking, stiff neck. I would really appreciate your help. Here’s what my homeopath is giving me. The first set of remedies is for COVID:
This next is for Lyme:
“I don’t know much about homeopathy and what should be done and not done, I hired ______________ from an article she wrote on Lyme. Do you know her? I’ve been with her for 9 months now and mostly plateaued in my progress, she just sent a protocol for the Covid, I will attach some screen shots of my Lyme protocol and recent covid program, I would appreciate your opinion on it, it also strikes me that she never has follow-up questions for me on my follow-up appointments, is this normal? I just write down basic symptoms. If there’s a chance you can get it sorted out that would be great. I’ve never experienced anxiety before Lyme. I’m spending thousands of dollars on these programs and maybe should try a different route, thanks again. Here’s the current protocol I’m on:
I sent the patient the previous Lyme case I wrote about above and here’s what he said:
“Oh my goodness, this is all too familiar: can’t get a hold of her, bad reactions, can’t ask questions, can’t ask what remedies do. In some ways I’m worse now than when I started, new symptoms I’ve never had before. Would it be best to stop what she’s giving me?”
I told him yes, stop everything! Here’s what I heard back from him:
“Elaine, first I wanted to say thank you so much for exposing ______. I had no idea and feel silly for staying so long. I feel way better today after stopping everything. I still have symptoms but my appetite is back, anxiety is way lower, energy is up, mood has improved. I really appreciate your time.”
Elaine, that is quite a write-up! If anything the protocol buzz seems to be getting more ridiculous all the time.
Someone’s gotta blow the whistle on this! Again, I seriously doubt that this is the way the Banerji’s themselves are practicing? Given what I know about them? But this is definitely what I’m seeing from their followers.
It’s bad. I see very little evidence that the protocols are working.
Marlie, how can they possibly work? Did you see the COVID “prescription”? Gelsemium 10M four times a day for 4 days? A remedy called Arsenicum Aurum 200C four times a day for a week… and then, Scutellaria 200C AND 1M, for some reason? Four times a day for TWO WEEKS??? This is breathtakingly bizarre, arbitrary, reckless, cavalier, brash, fool-hardy, ill-advised, unmoored….
And people are now making up their own protocols and adding to them!
They are??? That’s what it looks like, to tell you the truth.
Ironically it seems the most harm to homeopathy right now isn’t coming from the allopaths but from the “protocols”.
That’s because you can’t prescribe this way without inviting aggravations and provings! And then, how do you undo them? Well, I have really had it! This is NOT homeopathy, folks; OK? Not homeopathy. In fact, it’s not anything!
Elaine Lewis, DHom, CHom
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