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Paramedics called to secondary school as pupils fall ill and collapse after being given their vaccinations

  • Pupils in Year 10 reportedly fainted after being given their jabs
  • Paramedics were called but all have reportedly now recovered
  • School is investigating whether faulty vaccines were to blame 

Paramedics had to be called to a secondary school when pupils fell ill and fainted after being given their vaccinations.

Around 10 to 15 students from Year 10 reportedly keeled over after getting their jabs at Northampton School for Boys on Tuesday.

One parent, whose son saw the drama unfold, said children were seen ‘on their backs on the floor with their legs up on chairs’.

Pupils in Year 10 of a school in Northampton reportedly fainted after receiving vaccinations. File photo

Pupils in Year 10 of a school in Northampton reportedly fainted after receiving vaccinations. File photo

The woman, who didn’t want to be named, added: ‘Several different vaccines were being administered, and around 10 to 15 pupils keeled over and paramedics were called.

‘The rest of the jabs were cancelled and a letter was sent home to the parents of pupils who had been given the jabs about what to do if they felt nauseous. Rumours say there may have been a duff batch of vaccines.’

The teenagers were later said to be ‘well’ but the school sent a letter home to parents warning them to seek medical advice if their sons started to feel ill.

In the note, the school said it is not known what caused the pupils to fall ill but said the vaccine was withdrawn ‘as a precaution’.

The letter, sent by the nursing team, reads: ‘Dear Parent/Carer, please be advised that the immunisation session your child attended today was suspended due to unforseen circumstances.

‘Some of the vaccinated children have become unwell shortly after vaccination.’

The school later sent out letters telling parents the batch of vaccines had been withdrawn as a precaution

The school later sent out letters telling parents the batch of vaccines had been withdrawn as a precaution

The note continued: ‘Your child has received their scheduled vaccination and, whilst we are not expecting him to become unwell, we are advising that if he experiences sensations of dizziness. nausea, skin rash or breathing difficulties to seek the appropriate medical advice.

‘At present we are unclear regarding the reasons for the reaction to the vaccination and are completing an investigation with our immunisation colleagues.

‘We can provide reassurance that the small number of children involved are currently well.

‘However, as a precaution, we have withdrawn the batch of vaccine that they had received. If you wish to discuss this further please contact the School Nursing team.’

An investigation has now been launched by the Northampton School Nursing Team at Northants Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3419025/Paramedics-called-vaccinated-pupils-Northampton-School-Boys-faint.html#ixzz3yiBdEiYR

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The power of our medicines. Lycopodium.

 

lycopodium_clavatumThe following experience with overdosing of Lycopodium, are narrated here for the purpose of seeing the effect of the substance on the economy, even in tiny doses.

Lycopodium was prescribed for a physical problem in the potency of LM 0/1. It was taken once a day for 4 days. In the event, it proved to be 3 doses too many.

From the patient:

“ I am currently in a change of life phase, with many things going on in and around me, and it can get a little stressful at times. The reality is that for the last 3 years, I have been facing a huge change in my life with friends, circumstances and location.

In taking the Lycopodium, an impact was felt on the problem prescribed for. Instead of waiting for the dose to complete its action I repeated the medicine 3 more times.

auccayvms1xgl-9v2ly9zgThe first and strongest symptom that appeared, was an absolute PHYSICAL anxiety in the epigastric fossa (scrobiculus Cordis). It gnawed away day and night. Like everything was wrong and I could not get relief from it.

I became irritable and snappy with everyone. An anger would just spring up in my mind and a hot flush of irritation would spew out of my mouth. I found tears in my eyes for no reason and incredible sadness. I began to distrust people with whom I had made plans to do things in the future with. My mind closed into a small room of thoughts bouncing around the thought of having made a big mistake in life and that no one really liked me for me and what I thought was a reality was really yet another cruel trick played and that my reality was loneliness forever and yet another step in the wrong direction of life.

Physically, I developed a rash in both axillae. I am prone to these for which bathing and drying and a little talcum powder clears up in 2 days. These have persisted for a week now with no sign of abating.

The mental symptoms reduced after 2 days and each day get better. Im still not sure if plans made will continue but the intensity of the feeling is much less.  I have yet to establish the reality of decisions made a while or so ago and if the status quo remains the same because of the crazy notion that everything changes when people have to deal with lifes other challenges. There was a huge loss of self respect and worth at the height of the proving. Suicidal almost.”

Symptoms in LYCOPODIUM proving. Hahnemann Chronic diseases.

he feels unhappy

Melancholy, in the evening.- Melancholy ill-humor, sad thoughts.

He weeps and cries, at first, about the past, then about the coming evils.- Great oppression in the scrobiculus cordis from vexation.-

Great anxiety, as it were, in the scrobiculus cordis,

Extremely distrustful and suspicious.- Despairing and inconsolable.

He has trouble to conceal his internal obstinacy and vexation.- Excessive excitement and apprehension.- He smiles without being merry, capricious. Obstinate, self-willed, refractory, passionate, angry.- Very violent and irritable.- Violent mood.

Cannot bear the least contradiction, and at once gets beside herself for vexation.- Angry fury, partly against himself, and partly against others.- Easily excited to vexation and anger.- He quarrels in mind with absent persons.-

Strangely enough, there is not much regarding the rash in axillae. I am presuming it is an aggravation of a recurring symptom rather than a proving symptom and and as such was used in conjuction with other symptoms to move on to the next indicated medicine.

Lycopodium is a very powerful medicine. Be sure to use it carefully and sparingly. Hahnemann states its effects can last up to 50 days on a single dose.

NOTE:

Lycopodium powder is also sometimes used as a lubricating dust on skin-contacting  goods, such as condoms and medical gloves.

 

 

 

A tip for you………..

630-01876398tThe biggest single obstacle to curing a case is to mix in the personality of the patient. Personalities are not prescribing symptoms. Never have been and never will.

Take only morbid symptoms that have altered or changed from the patients normal state.

Aph 6.

 

Quick Acute onset.

Got a couple of phone calls last night from mothers with children issues. Both were resolved.

The one case of interest was from a mother who always had difficulty in treating her son once a fever developed. She called with the following symptoms that he expressed.

mattongue

The tongue is red on the tip and around the edges. He has a white coating on the back of the surface of the tongue.

Le duele la garganta, la tiene roja, la faringe con los foliculos rojos en la pared posterior. The pharynx is red and the throat is sore.

There is no noticable change in his disposition, His face is slightly pale and a slight warmth to the touch of his skin. I asked her to look at his eyes. She said that they looked normal.. We talked a little more, then I asked her to look again at his eyes. She said they now looked brillantes, bright and shiny, more than normal.

I prescribed Belladonna 30c in water as she had that in the house. She gave one dose and then put the boy in the shower. After the shower she gave another dose and he went straight to sleep. His temperature was 37.5.

She said he awoke at 3 am and wanted to sleep in her bed. There was no fever and he was a lot better…

These acutes that come on suddenly and for no reason can be treated quickly and successfully if all the basic signs are observed. Pulsatilla came up in the repertorising,  but I know that Puls does not have in general the redness of the tongue tip or sides. Note too that the absence of a change in the mental state does not preclude an accurate prescription to be made. Take only symptoms that have changed.

Dr Manuel Gutiérrez Ontiveros. Médico Homeópata. Reflections of a seminar. Now with English translation!

A primeros de diciembre del año pasado hemos tenido la oportunidad aquí en Sevilla de recibir un curso de clínica con el Dr. Gary Weaver, al cual ya conocíamos por haber impartido meses antes un curso en Sevilla sobre la metodología de trabajo de Boeninnhausen basada en la obra de Hahenemann.
Si ya el primer curso me resultó muy interesante, este último ha sido para mi clarificador de cómo aplicar el método en la práctica con casos reales tomados de la propia clínica diaria.
Yo, como casi todos mis compañeros homeópatas de por aquí, hemos sido formados en la homeopatía kentiana, con todo lo que ello supone en cuanto a la toma de historia clínica, valoración de síntomas, jerarquización de los mismos, y repertorización del caso, y en último extremo aplicación de “aquello que debe ser curado” en cada paciente en particular.
El motivo de acercarme al método de Boeninnhausen, ha sido debido a un par de motivaciones, la primera de ellas, la insatisfacción en el resultado clínico de la aplicación de la visión kentiana, sin lugar a dudas que personalmente creo haber ayudado a muchos pacientes a lo largo de mi historial médico durante todos estos años, no obstante, no estaba en el fondo totalmente satisfecho con los resultados que iba obteniendo y no creo que fuera por falta de estudio y dedicación, sentía que había algo que no encajaba del todo con lo que hasta ahora venía practicando; la segunda motivación, y no menos importante, es la complicación que suponía el método kentiano de trabajar a la hora del abordaje clínico de los paciente y el terreno tan inseguro en el que nos vemos cuando le damos el mayor valor jerárquico a los síntomas mentales, consecuencia de ello era la “psicologización” desmesurada en la que convertíamos nuestras historias clínicas.
El método de Boeninnhausen, tal y como nos lo ha explicado el Dr. Gary, para mi ha representado una vuelta a la “cordura” dentro de la homeopatía clásica, un retorno a las fuentes hannemanianas más puras, sobre todo hoy en día donde las nuevas corrientes llamadas homeopáticas están alejándose del verdadero espíritu de la homeopatía clásica incursionándose en terrenos más propios de la metafísica y la elucubración que de la propia medicina racional que nos trajo Hahnemann.
El método de Boeninnhausen me llama la atención por su simplicidad, su eficacia y su coherencia con la homeopatía hahnemaniana, y los dos seminarios, uno práctico y otro teórico del Dr. Gary, me han servido para aprender el “a,b,c” de esta nueva, pero vieja forma de hacer homeopatía, reconozco que nos queda un largo y arduo camino por delante para familiarizarnos con el mismo, con su forma de tomar la historia clínica, su jerarquización sintomatológica, su repertorio, etc, pero lo importante, y creo que es un sentir, que compartimos varios médicos de aquí, es que nos encontramos en el camino correcto, en el camino que Hahnemman y su mejor discípulo Boeninnhausen desarrollaron.
Si estas reflexiones personales sirven para que otros médicos homeópatas se adentren en este método, me daría por ello satisfecho y animo desde ya a que otros colegas “recuperen” el verdadero rigor en la aplicación de la homeopatía siguiendo la metodología de trabajo propuesta por Boeninnhausen. Y ceo también que es justo de reconocer la labor del Dr. Gary de recuperar esta homeopatía hahnemaniana en un mundo homeopático que va en un sentido diametralmente opuesto, su labor espero tenga sus frutos en el futuro de nuestra homeopatía.
Manuel Gutiérrez Ontiveros. Médico Homeópata

In early December last year we had the opportunity to study a clinical seminar with Dr. Gary Weaver, here in Seville.  We had already met with Dr. Gary several months ago, when he came to teach a course in Seville on treatment methodology based on Hahnemann and Boenninghausen’s work.
If the first course was very interesting, the latter clarified for me how the method should be applied in practice, as we worked with actual cases from daily clinical work.

 

Along with most of my fellow homeopaths from this area, I was trained in Kentian homeopathy, with all that entails in terms of taking a medical history, symptom assessment and ranking, repertorization of the case, and ultimately implementation of “what should be cured” in the individual patient.
My interest in the Boeninnhausen method arose for several reasons.  Firstly, although I can assert without any doubt that I have personally helped many patients, I have been dissatisfied with the clinical outcomes of the implementation of the Kentian vision.  Throughout my years of practice, I was not fully satisfied with the results that I achieved, although I did not believe it was for lack of study and dedication, I felt that something did not quite fit in terms of my practice thus far.

 

The second, and not lesser, reason which motivated my interest, lay in the complications posed by the Kentian method in terms of the time required for clinical management of cases, and the insecure ground we find ourselves in when we give the higher hierarchical value to mental symptoms.  This has resulted in excessive “psychologizing” of cases.
The Boeninnhausen method, as explained to us by Dr. Gary, represented a return to “sanity” in classical homeopathy for me, a return to the purest Hahnemannian sources.  This is especially important today, where new currents in Homeopathy constantly call practitioners away from the true spirit of classical homeopathy, leading them into areas ruled more by metaphysical meanderings than by the rational medicine itself which formed the basis for Hahnemann’s work.
Boenninghausen’s method drew my attention for its simplicity, effectiveness and consistency with Hahnemannian homeopathy.  Dr. Gary’s two seminars, one practical and one theoretical, have helped me to learn the “a, b, c” for this new but old way of doing homeopathy.  I recognize that we have a long and arduous road ahead to get familiar with the method, with its way of taking the clinical history, its symptomatology hierarchy, its repertory etc. But what is important, and I think this feeling is shared by several doctors here, is that we are on the right track, on the path developed by Hahnemann and his foremost disciple, Boenninghausen.
It would give me great satisfaction if these personal reflections serve to pique the interest of other homeopaths in this method.  It would encourage other colleagues and myself to “recover” the true rigor in applying homeopathy using the methodology proposed by Boeninnhausen.   f feel Dr. Gary’s work deserves recognition in his efforts to restore this approach of Hahnemannian homeopathy, at a time when the homeopathic world is going in a direction diametrically opposed to that of Hahnemann, and I hope to see the fruits of this labour in the future of our homeopathy.

 

Manuel Gutiérrez Ontiveros. Homeopath

Viewed through proving: the alternating Pulsatilla

alternatingMost of us are very familiar with Pulsatilla as a remedy with wandering symptoms, when the patient says that the pains keep moving from place to place. But Pulsatilla is also a remedy with alternating symptoms. Even though it did not appear as one of the specific examples presented in Aphorism 251 of the Organon, the proving of Pulsatilla in the Materia Medica Pura is full of examples presenting the alternating nature of the remedy.

So what are alternating symptoms? Here’s Hahnemann, explaining in the Organon:

Aphorism 115:

Among these symptoms, there occur in the case of some medicines not a few which are partially, or under certain conditions, directly opposite to other symptoms that have previously or subsequently appeared, but which are not therefore to be regarded as actual secondary action or the mere reaction of the vital force, but which only represent the alternating state of the various paroxysms of the primary action; they are termed alternating actions.

Within the context of provings, it is particularly important to understand whether the prover is exhibiting symptoms that are the first or secondary actions, or whether they are alternating symptoms that can be produced by the remedy.

Aphorism 131:

If, however, in order to ascertain anything at all, the same medicine must be given to the same person to test for several successive days in ever increasing doses, we thereby learn, no doubt, the various morbid states this medicine is capable of producing in a general manner, but we do not ascertain their order of succession; and the subsequent dose often removes, curatively, some one or other of the symptoms caused by the previous dose, or develops in its stead an opposite state; such symptoms should be enclosed in brackets, to mark their ambiguity, until subsequent purer experiments show whether they are the reaction of the organism and secondary action or an alternating action of this medicine

Just to round things off – here is Aphorism 251, quoted above:

Aphorism 251:

There are some medicines (e.g., ignatia, also bryonia and rhus, and sometimes belladonna) whose power of altering man’s health consists chiefly in alternating actions – a kind of primary-action symptoms that are in part opposed to each other.

So does that mean we have to see an alternation of symptoms in order to prescribe Pulsatilla? It seems to me that although alternating symptoms would be a good reason to look carefully at the remedy for prescribing, what may more frequently happen is that in the process of a Pulsatilla case, we will observe symptoms switching from one modality to the opposite, from one state to the other. In other cases we may see this as curative action – but where the patient has been given Pulsatilla (and other remedies including Bryonia, Rhus-T, Belladonna, Ignatia etc. as mentioned by Hahnemann) we may be seeing case progression – but not necessarily directly curative action.

From the material it appears that while we may see the symptoms alternating, we also may see one or the other state prevalent in the patient. Each practitioner has to observe carefully in every individual case.

What are some of the alternating symptoms in the proving of Pulsatilla? Some may be surprising:

Pulsatilla is always better for open air, correct? Not exactly.

Look at:

895. The symptoms are ameliorated IN THE OPEN AIR (895, 897, 898. Three alternating symptoms of Pulsatilla, the first of which is the most important, i.e. the most frequent and most severe.) (aft. 1/2 h.).

And these are perhaps less frequent, less severe, but they were observed in the proving.

897. He longs for the open air, and yet the abdominal pain and inclination to vomit in particular, are aggravated in the open air (aft. 10 h.).
898. Sufferings from open air; he dreads it (aft. 6 to 8 h.).

We’re usually familiar with the “wet” Pulsatilla cough, and when the patient “dries up” we may think Pulsatilla’s work is done.

618. Dry cough, with difficult expectoration (618. 620. 621. These and the preceding symptoms of dry cough seem to be in alternation with the symptoms of copious expectoration with the cough (625-627. 629-632), but the latter seem to be the principal symptoms, so that diseases, which in other respects are suitable for pulsatilla are removed more readily and permanently when the cough is attended by copious expectoration than those with dry cough. In 624 the chief alternating action with copious expectoration occurred only after dry cough, which is rarer.) (aft. several h.).

And here’s symptom 624:

624. First, for half a day dry cough, and then for several days mucus constantly in the anterior part of the trachea which can be expectorated in quantity by voluntary coughing.

What about the mental state?

The following alternating example that Hahnemann notes in the proving does not sound exactly like the “mild and yielding” temperament he mentions in his introduction to this proving::

1142. Everything disgusts him; everything is repugnant to him. (1142, 1144, 1154, alternating states.)

1144. He is not indifferent to external things, but he has no respect for them (aft. 1 h.).

1154. Extraordinarily whimsical and cross with everything, even with himself.

Alternating symptoms raise questions in treatment. We don’t always see the full alternation, but even if what is considered the “rarer” side of the symptom is all we see, and all other symptoms point to Pulsatilla, this remedy should be in focus for prescription..

Pharma vs. Homoeopathy?

Is Pharma Trying to Eliminate the Homeopathic Competition?
By Larry Malerba, DO

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Homeopathy is a thorn in the side of Pharma because of the fact that its unique medicines are FDA regulated, safe, inexpensive, and can’t be patented.

Now that the deadline for public comment at FDA (Food and Drug Administration) and FTC (Federal Trade Commission) has officially come to a close, supporters of homeopathy are waiting to see what steps, if any, will be taken to further regulate the marketing of homeopathic medicines. In light of these developments and other recent events, some believe that there is an organized effort under way to discredit this venerable medical art and science.

Homeopathy is a 200 year-old holistic system of healing with a remarkable safety record and a reputation for yielding excellent results. It employs small doses of naturally occurring substances, which are prescribed in accordance with the principle of similars: A treatment is chosen on the basis of a homeopathic medicine’s ability to closely mimic the symptom pattern of the sick individual.

However, FDA and FTC actions in the U.S. along with similar developments in the U.K., Australia, and Canada have homeopathic supporters wondering.

Although homeopathy has been part of the U.K.’s National Health Service (NHS) since 1948, recent pressure by anti-homeopathy activists has led to a decision by the Dept. of Health to review the status of NHS funding for homeopathy.

One U.K. homeopathic physician, Dr. David Fitton, noted,

“It’s quite respectable in all European countries, and it’s well integrated at the consultant level, but for some reason in the UK there’s a big anti-homeopathy attitude, a campaign almost.” (1)

Meanwhile, in Canada, a University of Toronto professor’s efforts to conduct research on the homeopathic treatment of children with ADHD have also met with resistance. A group of scientists led by well-known anti-holistic medicine activist, Joe Schwarcz, of McGill University, sent a letter to Univ. of Toronto questioning why it would sanction a study based on a therapy like homeopathy. A response from U. of T. stated that,

“Rigorous research into these products and therapies—including the research conducted by Professor Boon and at the Centre for Integrative Medicine—helps patients and their caregivers make informed treatment choices.” (2)

Coincidentally—or not—a recent review conducted by the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) in Australia concluded that, “there are no health conditions for which there is reliable evidence that homeopathy is effective.”

This rather sweeping and surprisingly bold condemnation of homeopathy contradicted a prior review sponsored by the Swiss government, which came to the opposite conclusion. That study vindicated homeopathy, calling it effective, safe, and cost-effective. It recommended that homeopathy be included in Switzerland’s national health program.

The American Association of Homeopathic Pharmacists (AAHP) responded to the Australian review:

“The AAHP considers their conclusion to be a blanketed and unfounded generalization about the therapeutic effects of all homeopathic medicines. This overreaching announcement is a disservice to patients and health care systems around the world.” (3)

A Homeopathy Research Institute critique of the Australian study pointed out…

“… deep flaws in how the NHMRC had analyzed the evidence on homeopathy. This raises questions … leading to serious concerns about the conduct of this governmental body.” (4)

Homeopathic supporters are familiar with the standard arguments lodged by anti-homeopathy activists who like to call themselves “skeptics.” They insist that there is no scientific evidence to support homeopathy. They repeat this unfounded claim in spite of a growing body of evidence to the contrary.

It has recently come to light that a well-known skeptic organization, Sense About Science, which actively campaigns against homeopathy in the UK, was reportedly accepting money from Coca-Cola to spread disinformation downplaying the dangers of sugary drinks. Coca-Cola’s Chief Science & Health Officer immediately “retired” from her position after the Associated Press exposed the scam. (5)

Iris Bell, MD, PhD, is a Stanford University School of Medicine graduate and Director of Research for the Program in Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona College of Medicine. She has published over 100 peer-reviewed articles. In response to critics’ claims that there is no scientific evidence to support homeopathy, Dr. Bell noted that such claims…

“…rely on a small selection of methodologically flawed, highly criticized meta-analyses of homeopathy while ignoring the specific peer-reviewed published scientific evidence from multiple independent laboratories that homeopathic medicines are biologically active on gene expression, immune modulation, and biological signaling effects. It also ignores data showing that homeopathic medicines can have beneficial effects in individual patients and in animals different from placebo effects in a number of studies.”

Psychiatrist and homeopathic physician, Bernardo Merizalde, MD, states that the skeptics have got it wrong,

“The claim that there is no evidence is not true. Two hundred years of history and thousands of practitioners is evidence in and of itself. Five meta-analyses have found a significant number of high quality trials proving that homeopathic medicines have biological effects that cannot be explained as placebo.”

In the U.S., homeopathy has been regulated by the FDA ever since the Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act was passed in 1938. The ostensible reason given for FDA’s regulatory review has been a surprising surge in sales of homeopathic OTC medicines. While FDA estimates this number to be $2.9 billion, the American Association of Homeopathic Pharmacists reported that the figure was closer to $800 million. This is a paltry drop in the bucket compared to the $374 billion spent on conventional drugs in 2014.

When asked about FDA’s actions, Ronald Whitmont, MD, President of the American Institute of Homeopathy (AIH), noted that,

“Homeopathic medicines have been used for more than two hundred years and have an excellent safety profile. The majority of OTC homeopathic products are in compliance with FDA guidelines. The AIH continues to work with other homeopathic organizations to assist the FDA in their review process.”

On the legal front, in September 2015, a judge dismissed a class action suit against twelve homeopathic products made by Hylands Inc. Using language similar to that used by skeptic groups, pla intiffs failed to discredit homeopathy by claiming that it is a “pseudoscience.” It took the jury less than a day to reject plaintiffs’ claims. (6)

Given the fact that homeopathy has met with resistance simultaneously on multiple fronts, many are wondering if this is an organized effort. Dr. Larry Malerba, who has practiced homeopathic medicine for more than 25 years, says that he has never witnessed this level of antipathy toward holistic medicine before:

“When one considers the broad array of recent anti-homeopathy activities that cross international borders, it would be naïve to think that there wasn’t a common motivating influence. One has to wonder who stands to gain the most from this witch hunt.”

Homeopathy, in particular, is a thorn in the side of Pharma because of the fact that its unique medicines are FDA regulated, safe, inexpensive, and can’t be patented. Malerba asked the question,

“Could it be that the media is missing the larger story here, that a powerful medical monopoly is seeking to destroy one of its most successful competitors?”

In India, where homeopathy enjoys tremendous popularity, there are an estimated 250 thousand homeopathic practitioners. Indian homeopath, Dr Sreevals G Menon, seems to agree that there is something fishy going on. He recently wrote:

“The renewed and more vigorous attack on the efficacy of homoeopathy as a curative therapy picked up internationally by the media is nothing but a sinister pogrom by the powerful pharmaceutical corporations the world over.” (7)

Media activist and former CBS News correspondent, Sharyl Attkisson, addressed the issue of media manipulation in a recent TED talk. She used the term “astroturfing” to describe fake grassroots movements that are funded by corporate interests in order to control and distort media messages.

Homeopathic supporters have long suspected that Pharma is secretly funding skeptic organizations. It appears that Pharma astroturfs by taking advantage of skeptic organizations that have strong anti-holistic medicine beliefs, encouraging them to spread false information about homeopathy.

But questions remain. Does this constitute an anti-democratic assault on freedom of medical choice? Are media outlets that have been manipulated by corporate medical interests feeding false information to consumers? Why is an increasingly popular medical therapy known for its long track record of safety suddenly receiving so much negative attention?

Unlike some drugs that have been taken off the market after doing a great deal of damage, homeopathy has caused no such harm. Many believe that corporate stakeholders are conspiring to deprive satisfied consumers of their freedom to pursue the therapy of their choice. Perhaps the truth may only be found by connecting the dots.

2016 and the future of homoeopathy and the I.H.M.

2015 was a difficult year for the Institute for Homoeopathic Medicine. We had some health issues among the staff, There was  a  loss of personnel in the midst of a key project that set us back logistically and financially for a while.

On the positive side, Ed and Marcia completed the English edition book version of the P&W Repertory. It was a difficult task.

We also revised the SYNOPSIS computer program to comply with EU and AMERICAN laws regarding patients notes. We have not released it yet but it will be released later this year.

Gary Weaver (writer) has been in Spain for two months. He has conducted a three day workshop around case taking with about 22 Doctors.  a few live cases were conducted. The doctors were returned to the outline that Hahnemann directed practitioners to use and only take symptoms that had changed, leave out personality, and to flesh out every symptom with location, sensation and modalities. It was an interesting time.

After the seminar,  The I.H.M. via me, entered into discussions with 2 of the attendees, known to me for a while, (who use the Boenninghausen repertory to utilise Hahnemanns thinking in case analysis and are convinced by the efficacy of the method) to look at the prospect of teaching the basics of Hahnemanns homoeopathy to Spanish speakers in Spain and around the world. We agreed to work together, based out of Spain using online home based teaching, online webinars and physical Seminars. I am currently revising all the material to be translated into Spanish.

We will also continue the English speaking online course in a slightly different format because of the time differences for the students in other countries. We have decided to go the mentor route and teach individually rather than in a group. It works better for the student/practitioner. More on this later.22150_1270046719757_3683977_n

Spain is a country that has recognition for homoeopathic medicine. It also has a huge problem. The medical homoeopaths are pushing for exclusivity to practice yet they are not attracting medical doctors to learn the practice. In one of the Degree courses based in Barcelona, there are 60 particpants and not a single Doctor registered on the course, only Pharmacists and Vets. In another Degree course there is only ONE student!

For this reason, and because the I.H,M. is a private teaching resource, we are able to offer our courses to anyone who meets our criteria regardless of a medical degree or not. We would not like to see the therapy stop because of lack of practitioners. We are not offering a licence to practice, we are offering a full training in Hahnemannian homoeopathy.

We are aware that many of the modern teachers make a claim to be Hahnemannian practitioners and follow his methods precisely. In discussion with some of them, or in reading their writings, it becomes obvious that they do not understand the principles which are clearly stated in the Organon and elsewhere, in fact most of them contradict Hahnemanns findings in his experimentation.

We are often accused of being elitist. We only know what we know through years of research and study, and then only discuss things when they can be backed up from other sources. All of us are happy to be corrected by documentary evidence.

So 2016 will be contentious in some respects but we are in the middle continuing to promote the homoeopathy of Hahnemann.

Feliz año nuevo and happy new year to everyone.