The WISH conference, that took place in London this June, was supposed to bring different ideas together and to reach agreement in different approaches. “Showcasing concordance within diversity” has been the motto of the organizers.
Unfortunately my impression attending the conference was exactly the opposite of “concordance”. I witnessed indeed the “diversity” and within the “diversity” total confusion. The only bright part of the conference was Vithoulkas’ presence with a video and a Questions and Answers part via Skype.
I am a medical doctor practicing exclusively classical homeopathy. I came in contact with homeopathy in 2002 when I met a Cypriot student of George Vithoulkas. I was amazed by the possibilities that the therapeutic method of homeopathy has and the deep understanding of the human organism in health and disease that knowledge of the theory of homeopathy provides. What impresses me today is not that homeopathy can cure a so called incurable disease, like a Crohn’s or rheumatoid arthritis, but the transformation that we may see after a successful treatment. Homeopathy gives people the opportunity to fulfill the higher purposes of their existence, as Hahnemann writes.
Attending this WISH conference, I heard ideas and practices that were far outside the principles of homeopathy as it has existed for more than 200 years. First of all, nearly all the cases that were presented, even cases with deep pathology, were reported to have had an amazing improvement with just a single prescription. All the ailments, mental, emotional and physical were vanishing miraculously! This opposes our experience in treating patients, which is that patients with deep pathology require a series of correct prescriptions over a long period of time, before we see real improvement.
Sadly, there were many inaccuracies and errors also from a purely medical point of view. A medical doctor who attended the conference commented that Pulmonary Fibrosis cannot be followed by plain x-rays (as was shown on the presentation of one of the speakers), but needs more detailed imaging that can only be obtained through High Resolution CT of the chest.
“Sensational” approaches, intuition, radiations, remedies that counteract such radiations and act like cure-alls, remedy selections by combination of a miasm and a kingdom (like the “leprosy miasm” and the Solanaceaes), prescriptions according to phases, periodic tables etc.are concepts that are totally out of what we can call a science.
I want to disclose to you another example of the level of this WISH conference. A very famous homeopath began his talk by saying that he has no technique of finding the remedy, just like Bruce Lee (the Karate man) had no technique! But then he related some techniques, like grouping the symptoms into the four elements, earth, water, air, fire etc. In a case he presented, he said that this person had no parents, he was adopted. He showed some PowerPoint slides with a figure in the sun with a large shadow and for reasons I did not understand, but because of some relation between the parents, the sun and the shadow, he gave Sol australis 200C. Sol australis is the Australian sun. Five years after repeating the remedy, the patient remained very well. How is it possible that a person stays well for so long after one remedy, even if it was the right one? Was the health of the person so good as to have such a response with only one remedy for such a long time? Doesn’t this person raise any acutes, any fevers, any accidental injuries or dental operations that require another remedy? The only information that the presenter gave was that the patient said that his life has changed after that one single remedy.
The same homeopath presented another case, of a very deep psychiatric disorder. The patient had serious depression, low energy, self-harm behavior (cutting himself with a razor), could not communicate with other people and was isolated. He was, as stated, under psychiatric medication. Based on the symptom that the patient could not “connect” with other people, and based on the assumption that he wanted to open himself (with the razor!) in order to “connect” (!), as the homeopath said, he prescribed Mobile Phone Radiation 12C! Then all the problems were solved, the patient stopped the psychiatric medication, he made friends and after 3 years he was feeling amazing and full of energy!
Are the above statements possible? Can a patient with such a deep mental pathology get “cured” with just one remedy for so long a time? And what remedy? Mobile phone in order to “connect”?(!)
In the website provings.com we can read the so called proving of this Mobile phone remedy. Lactose was placed next to a mobile phone and then the lactose was triturated and potentised up to a 30C. Provers took one or two doses of this and developed 30 pages of symptoms, mostly mental symptoms and dreams! Even if the remedy was real, no single dose of 6C, 12C or 30C can produce so many symptoms. If this was true, every time we gave a wrong remedy, we would create numerous symptoms in our patients. What happens in reality is that only a few symptoms may be produced and only to those parts of patients that happen to be sensitive to that particular substance. Then how can such provings report such a number of symptoms? The answer is: because of pure imagination.
At times when homeopathy is characterized as pseudoscience, a sham, quackery or nonsense, it is our responsibility to preserve and promote the scientific character of homeopathy. When real knowledge is confused with fantasies, assumptions and projections, the result is disastrous. The student cannot discriminate the real from the unreal and when she tries to apply these things she will be disappointed and in the end abandon homeopathy. Being a homeopathic practitioner, and especially a teacher, carries a very heavy responsibility. Those who claim to be teachers have to be aware of this. Either intentionally or not, the so called teachers of these ideas give ground to the skeptics and enemies of homeopathy by providing the argument that homeopathy is not a science. They are undermining homeopathy from the inside, pushing it towards obsolescence.