THE SPIRIT IN THE MACHINE

THE SPIRIT IN THE MACHINE

“The human body is often likened to a high performance machine…” So begins an article I saw today in the Daily Mail by the wonderful Bill Bryson. Bryson goes on to implore us to behold the wonder of our bodies. But it set me thinking how differently homeopaths conceive of our bodies than most conventional medics. Most graduates from medical school do think of the body like a car with an engine with more or less replaceable parts. But it goes further than that. Disease is seen as something separate from us. Something we need to fight, whether it be bacteria, viruses or cancer. Even the language use is indicative: We say “I have a flu” (the flu is separate from us);  might it be more accurate to say “I am flu-ing.”? And this leads to an aggressive concept of drugging to counter the perceived external threat with anti-biotics, anti inflammatories, anti-depressants etc. Homeopathy has a radically different idea. Firstly symptoms are not the disease. Imagine the oil light in your car comes on ( a symptom of low oil). The conventional medical parallel would be to rip out the car light or at least stop it from lighting up. But then when the engine fails everyone denies the connection. Just an unrelated incident. Homeopaths have a concept that the medics may think of as pure woo-woo! The “Vital Force”. Sounds a bit Star Wars doesn’t it. But in fact the Vital Force exists in many traditional medicine cultures (in India it’s “Ki”; in China it’s known as “Qi”) The Vital Force in homeopathy is the energy field that keeps us healthy but also...
SCEPTICAL MUM AMAZED AT HOW HOMEOPATHY HELPS HER TEEN SON WITH CRIPPLING SOCIAL ANXIETY

SCEPTICAL MUM AMAZED AT HOW HOMEOPATHY HELPS HER TEEN SON WITH CRIPPLING SOCIAL ANXIETY

“I had little belief in homeopathy until I met Jonathan. I had just moved into Brighton and my 17 year old son was living with me. He was unable to attend college or get a job due to crippling social anxiety and depression that had been going on for 5 years since his father had left the family. Jonathan encouraged me to try homeopathy even though I’d had no experience of it and, frankly, was rather sceptical. The change in my son was nothing short of amazing. He was soon able to attend college and take a job. I firmly believe Jonathan’s homeopathic remedies to be the start of his recovery”. Ms LA  This is not an uncommon situation. Many teens go through a phase of anxiety as part of their growing pains. My 30 years as a registered homeopath has shown me that Homeopathy can help reduce anxiety and bring mental and emotional balance. Homeopathy is great for families! If you’d like to find out more FREE with NO OBLIGATION book a personal  30 minute telephone chat with me: Click...
SCARLET FEVER AND THE DEADLY NIGHTSHADE CONNECTION

SCARLET FEVER AND THE DEADLY NIGHTSHADE CONNECTION

Today on the BBC News website I read: A new strain of group A streptococcus, which is able to produce significantly more toxin, is spreading in England and Wales, scientists say. Strep A causes a range of infections, from a sore throat to scarlet fever. The new strain’s emergence, reported in The Lancet Infectious Diseases, coincides with a rise in rare but potentially deadly invasive infections. However, it does not explain the mysterious surge in scarlet fever cases during the past five years It got me thinking about how we homeopaths go about treating Scarlet Fever and the use of Deadly Nightshade (or Belladonna) as one of the main homeopathic remedies in treating this condition. The history of poisonous Belladonna, used as a homeopathic remedy makes fascinating reading… The original proving of belladonna was conducted by Dr. Samuel Hahnemann (the founder of homeopathy). Dr. Hahnemann described prophylactic effects of the medicine when used in treatment for scarlet fever. Interestingly, he discovered the potential prophylactic effect during an outbreak of scarlet fever in 1799, when three children of four in a family under his care became ill. The fourth, who was usually the first to become ill, remained free from disease. Dr. Hahnemann reasoned that since the child had been taking belladonna for an affliction of the finger joints, she was in some way protected from the infection. Dr. Hahnemann continued to make frequent use of belladonna during this epidemic with great success. So great was his success that many conventional physicians adopted his treatment protocol and began singing the praises of homeopathic belladonna. Dudgeon reports on 10 allopathic physicians...
Amber Cures the Blues

Amber Cures the Blues

I’m one of those poor souls that gets SAD when Autumn and Winter come. I feel like I’m walking in a fog, lost in a fog actually! I’m trapped in my head. All problems seems 10 x worse and I’m counting the weeks till Spring returns. I decided to take things into my own hands and I repertorised Delusion: Lost and < Cloudy Weather. Up pops Succinum Purum (latin for Amber). I took a dose and so far I’m back in my body. My vital energy has returned and feel relatively normal. The homeopathic proving of Amber is actually very interesting. It was conducted by the great Irish homeopath Nuala Eising. Nuala considers Amber to be one of our deep polycrest remedies. Issues of feeling displaced (like immigrants… I’ve actually just moved to a, for me, strange town in Hastings), or not belonging to your family came up. These immigrants sometimes make a fantasy about their homeland, or adopted children can make a fantasy about their natural family. Together with this there is a tremendous restlessness that makes us think of Tuberculinum. There is also a ‘veneration for the sun’ (amber was considered in ancient times to be solidified rays of the sun) which reminds us of SAD that so many suffer. And there is a feeling of being trapped which is interesting as many insects got trapped in the sticky resin that became amber over millennia. So I’m putting this out there in case Amber could be a great remedy for SAD. Please write to me if you have any good stories of using Amber in this way.  ...
Passed Down Through Time

Passed Down Through Time

It occurred to me recently how often patients come with a problem that is either inherited or left over from an event that happened years ago. Sometimes it can be fairly obvious such as  presenting with recurring bronchial complaints when the parent had TB at some stage of their life. But in other cases it can be quite complex and hidden. I remember a lady some years ago who was presenting with asthma and irritable bowel syndrome. I gave the more obvious remedies but there was no change in her condition. After a few sessions where we weren’t getting very far I asked her if she had ever had a back injury. You see, the nerves from the spine serve every part of the body and if compromised can cause problems not directly associated with the back. Well, the lady in question suddenly recalled falling into a hole in the ground some years earlier and damaging her back. She didn’t have any treatment for it and the back pain resolved on its own. However after that the asthma and bowel problems started.  I gave the lady Hypericum (one of the symptoms of Hypericum is breathing aggravated by foggy weather which is what this lady experienced) and all the symptoms resolved. In other cases old vaccinations can be the cause or a stressful event. Sometimes this stressful event can be in the lives of our ancestors. One well known homeopath is having success treating the horrific wartime experiences in parents that are somehow still causing problems in their children. Too many antibiotics given for infections or inflammations is another common aetiology...