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Values/Beliefs Systems of the Homeopathic Community in the United States

Values/Beliefs Systems of the Homeopathic Community in

Dr. Merizalde presents a values approach to understanding the homeopathic community, its conflicts and its integration into the mainstream. A self administered test (see below) will develop information toward those goals and also provide the individual with personal insights.

Antecedents:

Since the late 19th century homeopathy started declining, Even though homeopathic medicine has proven to be a valid paradigm for healing, it has failed to be accepted by the mainstream medical establishment and society at large. Yet, it is a method of treatment which could contribute to the solution of health problems around the world, especially for the underprivileged populations.

The reason for the lack of acceptance of homeopathic medicine at large is a complex matter, with scientific, economical, philosophical, practical, and conflicts of interest, factors. These influence its degree of adoption of homeopathy as a basic part of the tools for healing. It is important to find the reason why homeopathy is not accepted more widely.

Dr. Don Beck, an internationally known psychologist, and colleagues developed a model, based on Abraham Maslow and Clare Graves that identifies: “Values”, “Belief” systems, or levels of psychological existence, which can be identified in populations and which are the factors present in issues and conflicts that arise from “diversity”. He used the model in South Africa to help resolve Apartheid without much bloodshed; he is now working with Israel and Palestine. (http://www.spiraldynamics.net)

By becoming aware of these differences in belief systems, leaders can address the complexities of social and political problems, and reduce human conflict. Dr. Beck and his colleagues have developed validated tools that are available to map such value/belief systems.

Online PeopleSCAN is a system of evaluation and assessments based on the underlying codes of human nature and development. It is designed from a meta-model perspective, and encapsulates the principles and wisdom from the body of work, known as Spiral Dynamics Integral (SDi). The scope of this work is the basis for the ‘Personal Profiles’ which make up the evaluation and assessments providing insights and information about the natural processes of the brain, personal perceptions and individual, existential and adaptational, states. These states are influenced by the prevailing external life conditions and the internal capacities that enable them, as well as the ability to handle different levels of complexity in life.

By finding your own pattern of values and beliefs you can identify your own dynamics of being, the types and phases of change appropriate for survival, your readiness for change, and the evolving potential and priorities in your own development. You may be able to identify the reason why your practice is not growing, why you feel out of step with those around you, why some people irritate you so much, why you feel like you are not all you wish to be.

Even though the information is absolutely confidential, your data can be added to thousands of other homeopaths and users of homeopathy to draw the unified picture of the homeopathic community, and that will help to find ways to unite the community, and develop strategies to grow and get homeopathy accepted by the general community.

The homeopathic community, by identifying its values and belief systems (first as individuals and collating that information for the community) can find the best way to become more united, see the particular ways in which it contrasts with the general population, and develop way to have homeopathy become accepted more globally.

Object of the Study:

To explore, define, and clarify factors underlying the lack of acceptance of homeopathic medicine by the mainstream community. By determining the particular values and belief systems present within each of us and the homeopathic community, and in a second phase of the project, contrast these to the values and belief systems in the community at large, and in the conventional medical community in particular, we can design ways to develop as individuals to our greatest potential and have homeopathy become more accepted globally.

By determining differences in the values and belief systems within individuals and communities we can further understand the nature of the conflict and identify ways in which these differences can be bridged and permit the viable elements of the homeopathic paradigm to be integrated into mainstream society and medical practices.

Methodology:

We ask homeopathic practitioners and users, and members, of the major homeopathic organizations in the United States of America, to access a dedicated website and fill in questionnaires that will provide the data on values and beliefs. The questionnaires are available for individual administration through the website: www.onlinepeoplescan.com. There is a dedicated page named: “American Homeopathic Community, set up at a significantly discounted price off the normal cost.

There are various profiles available to determine a number of variables. The profiles that are being used include: The Values Test, the Change State Indicator, and CultureScan.

The questionnaires can be accessed at:

You can also write in the browser: and the system will request the code: D82HE4Y95.

The Values Test : maps the value-systems of individuals according to various stages, of human development, adaptation, and existence. (It takes 50-60 minutes to complete)

The Change State Indicator: maps the states of change for value-systems. Since change occurs naturally for individuals, and groups, to adapt to changes in the environment, the knowledge of these states is essential to equip individuals and groups to navigate their own unique pathway with increased awareness. (10-20 minutes)

The CulturSCANScan Profile: determines the alignment of individuals with the context in which they operate, with the relative adaptability and changeability features or both. (20-30 minutes).

The researchers will organize the delivery of the above profiles using the www.onlinepeoplescan.net system; Participating individuals can go on-line at their own convenience and fill out the questionnaires.

Cost:

The cost is $8.00, for three profiles (regular cost is $37.50), per participant. Each participant will get the results, and print, their individual profiles upon completion. The results can use to learn more about ourselves, our values and beliefs.

The information can be used in individual sessions with consultants, or development coaches, certified in Spiral Dynamics, by separate arrangement from the project. There are printed materials individuals can read to learn more about the particular components of the tests and their interpretation.

Data Sorting and Interpretation:

Besides our individual data, for personal use, the information we gather will be analyzed automatically through especially designed software. The results will be tabulated and graphed for interpretation. The results will be disclosed to the homeopathic community as soon as all the data is collected and analyzed.

The results will help to determine the various values and belief systems prevalent in the homeopathic community. This knowledge will help the community to guide initiatives in providing services; further education of its own community, of potential members, and the community in general; and plan strategically how to help homeopathy be incorporated as a legitimate medical treatment into mainstream medicine.

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Bernardo A Merizalde, M.D., has been in the practice of General Medicine since 1980 and is Board Certified in Psychiatry and Neurology. A writer and researcher, he has lectured to undergraduate, graduate, and medical students at the University of Pennsylvania, Jefferson University, the Medical College of Pennsylvania and consumer groups. He is the current President of the American Institute of Homeopathy.

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Bernardo A Merizalde

Bernardo A Merizalde

Bernardo A Merizalde, M.D., has been in the practice of General Medicine since 1980 and is Board Certified in Psychiatry and Neurology. A writer and researcher, he has lectured to undergraduate, graduate, and medical students at the University of Pennsylvania, Jefferson University, the Medical College of Pennsylvania and consumer groups. He is the current President of the American Institute of Homeopathy.

1 Comment

  • hi,
    This article gives important information about homeopathy in the U.S.,
    I want some detailed information about how a homeopath from India having degree MD in homeopathy should start in the U.S.

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