Seville empties in August. This typical Spanish city becomes superheated (up to 50C) and everyone heads for the seaside. The IHM staff headed out to visit family and friends and I stayed here to hold down the fort and do some mentoring/teaching.
I get to have all the clinics to myself and utilise the Air conditioning well.
This August was particularly rewarding for me. Two self taught students came for their second 5 day intensive, and due to their self motivated work ethic, had pushed their levels of knowledge and comprehension to a professional level. I have been impressed and found no reason to deny them access to the Register of IHM professional homoeopaths. They lack a little experience, which will come to them in large measure over the coming year in practice, but can avail themselves of the other IHM practitioners on the FACEBOOK group page.
We would have conducted 2 other intensives in August, however flights and holidays prevented this from happening.
I have been remiss in posting this last week or so. I took a few days rest. I bought a vertical planting unit from England and have been setting it up and getting the Herbs and vegetable seeds watered and settle in their new home.
I have noticed over the last three years, an increase in a singular disease problem. So much so that I can almost guarantee a patient suffering with it at least every 2 months.
The problem is adult onset anxiety of extremely high levels.
The typical patient is male, 60+, successful, no financial problems, some have long term health issues, some not, some have a history of occasional anxiety earlier in life, but not to the level exhibited when they present themselves for treatment. The anxiety is overwhelming to them, generalised, non remitting and all consuming. Some find partial relief in physical exertion, some find relief in sitting and sleeping, but all present the same irritation by the anxiety and are unable to function with it.
I have had success with some of the cases, all different in presentation of modalities, and the length of time to resolution is, minimum 7 weeks and some as much as a year. Research has been conducted by the IHM and no common basis exists for the problem. Some patients express a dismay at age, facing up to death, losing control by virtue of diminished capacity, but not in every case. Some I see an adrenalin involvement, (these are the easiest to resolve) and others, not so much. I have repertorised through the TPB and directly through provings in the Materia Medica, and give the appropriate remedy in LM potency frequently until or if resolution sets in. I have give in Centesimal and it seems to aggravate at times. This is my experience.
So if anyone has seen the same increase in disease with these symptoms, I would be interested in discussing the issue.
Incidently, Ed Nunnery and myself have given patients suffering this issue, B6, B12 and Magnesium supplements as these are severely lacking in the diet of modern man. This does seem to help calm the patient fairly well. I would hazard a guess that the lack of these nutrients can aggravate the situation.