JUST ONE DROP – A New Film About Homeopathy

JUST ONE DROP – A New Film About Homeopathy

This film was almost blocked from being shown by a couple of mischievous complaints received by the cinema (for those of you who don’t know, there is a vociferous ‘sceptics’ lobby which would dearly like homeopathy obliterated from the landscape). The cinema threatened to withdraw the film unless a classification certificate was obtained. The good news is a certificate was obtained and is now in place (PG) and the one-off film showing is going ahead. The film itself explores the mystery, the controversy and the promise of homeopathy. This film has been painstakingly produced over a number of years with location shoots stretching from India to Australia to the US and UK. (I’ve had a sneak peek and it’s REALLY good!) Here are the details: Venue: Dukes at Komedia, Gardner Street, Brighton,BN1 1UN Date: Monday 10th April 2017 Time: 9pm The film lasts 65 minutes and afterwards you will be invited to stay for a Q&A with the film maker, Laurel Chiten. Just One Drop takes a no-holds-barred look at the most controversial form of medicine ever invented. Homeopathy treats the entire person, not just the disease. It’s a specific form of medicine that uses minute doses of a highly diluted substance that stimulates the body to cure itself. It is these tiny doses that causes the most controversy. Researchers believe there is a release of energy in water that becomes mysteriously dynamic. Others think it’s purely psychological or worse, a form of deception or quackery. Yet millions claim homeopathy cures even though there is not yet a satisfying scientific explanation. It remains a mystery. To book tickets follow this...
WONDERFUL PLANTS

WONDERFUL PLANTS

Every homeopath knows Jan Scholten, the eminent Dutch homeopath, turned homeopathy upside down with his brilliant development of the periodic table. His theory of the minerals and elements allowed both new insights into remedies in current usage and the ability to predict the profile and themes of any element or salt, even those that have never been used or contemplated before. My experience of this has revolutionised my practice in the 20 years I have been using it. So you can imagine my excitement when Jan brought out his latest book, Wonderful Plants, a monster tome of some 900 pages (does this man ever go on holiday??), covering virtually every major plant family. Each family and plant species is classified using the periodic table as its basis. It’s like a homeopathic library system. The classification for each plant consists of 3 groups of numbers. If you’re coming to this for the first time then it can be a bit of a brain twister until you get used to it. It took me 4 years until it felt ‘in my bones’. Let’s take a well know remedy like Aconite as an example. This has the classification number 642.13.01: The first set of numbers is 642. This is like the territory in which the patient is operating or the core themes (ego, relationships, work, art, power etc). This leads us to the sub class Ranunculidae. The first 6 represents the theoretical potential of the patient and is derived from the series of the periodic table, 6 being the 6th series or Lanthanides (independent and reflective). The second number, 4 represents the desire of the patient,...
THE (WO) MAN FLU REMEDY??

THE (WO) MAN FLU REMEDY??

I wanted to share with you a remedy that was brought to my attention many years ago by a great Australian homeopath, Alan Jones. More recently Lou Klein has filled out the picture. It’s a really ‘delicious’ remedy because it fits a very definite and difficut type of patient. Often this patient will present with a bad cold, sinus problems with yellow/green viscous discharge, allergies of various kinds (seasonal or < smoke, animal hair), post nasal drip with constant clearing of the throat, maybe asthma, sleep problems, irregular menses with hot flushes. There can be arthritis, stiff neck with pains extending to the arms, recurring otits media and sciatica. Symptoms can be < drinking wine. You may have already given Pulsatilla, hydrastis, kali bich, arsenicum or even ignatia. The remedy is FLAVUS BACILLUS. This nosode is in the same group as Medorrhinum and Meningococcus and I am sure many of you will recognise patients when I describe their dispositional themes. The main aspect is that the patient exaggerates their symptoms and difficulties. There is a pronounced anxiety about health. Every small symptom throws them off balance. There can be a picture of grief with a sensation of a lump in the throat. Everything has to look perfect including the family. On first meeting these patients can seem sweet and even timid. They can feel ignored (they may not say this but you can surmise) with loquacity, envy and a need to constantly ‘get things off their chest’ (Graphites can do this too). There may be an unexpressed need to be the centre of attention (this is similar to Sycotic-co)....
CHARA INTERMEDIA- IMPORTANT REMEDY FOR OLD AGE?

CHARA INTERMEDIA- IMPORTANT REMEDY FOR OLD AGE?

Any remedy that declares itself a panacea for old age problems is going to receive a fair amount of scepticism (at least from me!). Which is why I decided to buy the rather beautifully produced book by Heidi Brand and Norbert Cooper called simply: Chara Intermedia, The Cleansing Power of an Ancient Alga. There was also the issue of my 91 year old father who had been seriously ill with pneumonia and who looked like he was declining which brought the knowledge of this remedy a bit closer to home. Chara Intermedia is a green alga that is present throughout Northern and central Europe. It grows completely submerged in water. Unlike other types of algae it retains its form when removed from water and it has a remarkable property of cleansing any body of water it grows in. Structurally it is anything but soft and is sheathed in a calcium casing giving it rigidity (a signature of the remedy as we shall see). The authors of this book present cases which are compelling to say the least: a 76 year old man with dementia following stomach surgery, bent double with stiff body posture and shuffling gait is able to go out on his own and buy a newspaper within 4 weeks. Within 12 months the man is fit with no complaints. A 58 year old woman with MS who had not responded significantly to years of homeopathic treatment regains movement and mental calmness after Chara Intermedia 30c. There are many more dramatic cases (not all in old age, Chara has proved itself useful in cases of ADD in adolescence...
Prescribing Elements and Minerals

Prescribing Elements and Minerals

When I was working at two London HIV/AIDS centres in the 1990’s Jan Scholten published his first book ‘Homeopathy and the Minerals’. I came across it at Ainsworths Pharmacy one day and it immediately made an impression. Of course homeopathic prescribing theories come and go but this was backed up by case after case using (at that time) weird and wonderful remedies like Baryta fluoricum, Magnesium Nitricum, Ferrum Iodatum.   At that time there was a strong tendency to using ‘Polychrests’ like Sulphur, Phosphorus and Natrum Mur with all others, often given just a few lines in our materia medicas, relegated as ‘small remedies’. Jan was one of the first to say ‘look, small remedies are only remedies that haven’t been explored, proved and used.   Of course we are taught that the great Hahnemann specifically advises against speculation and philosophizing as to the nature of materia medica. Yet he himself was certainly not the stiff old school figure that is often portrayed, and indeed speculated throughout his working life. For sure if he was alive today he would be applauding some of the wilder current homeopathic explorations.   So that brings us back to Jan Scholten who broke out of the mould, stuck his head above the parapet, and decided to speculate on a grand scale. He looked at remedy stalwarts like Nat Mur, Calc Carb and Mag Phos and wondered if there were common themes that could be attributed to their individual components. And then went even further and attempted to predict the themes of every element in the periodic table. His work has been supremely successful...