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Antipathy from the early days

I came across this snippet in a journal.

Prejudice has always Been prevalent

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FDA: All Homeopathic Drugs Illegal 

FDA: All Homeopathic Drugs Illegal

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But not all will be pulled from the market, yet. Action Alert!

The policy comes in the form of a guidance document, which lays out the FDA’s current position on the regulation of homeopathic drugs.

In the guidance, the FDA says:

  1. Any homeopathic drug that has not been considered “generally recognized as safe and effective” (GRAS/E) is considered a new drug;
  2. FDA has not determined that any homeopathic drugs are GRAS/E;
  3. A new drug cannot be marketed unless it goes through the FDA’s approval process;
  4. No homeopathic drugs have gone through FDA approval nor can any producer afford to take them through the approval process.

That’s right: in one fell swoop, the FDA has declared that virtually every single homeopathic drug on the market is being sold illegally. The guidance explains that the agency will apply a risk-based regulatory approach that will prioritize enforcement actions against:

  • products with reported safety concerns;
  • products that contain or claim to contain ingredients associated with potentially significant safety concerns, e.g., belladonna or strychnine;
  • products for routes of administration other than oral and topical, e.g., injectable and ophthalmic products;
  • products intended to be used for the prevention or treatment of serious and/or life-threatening diseases and conditions, e.g., cancer, heart disease and opioid addition;
  • products for vulnerable populations, e.g., children; and
  • products that are deemed adulterated under FDC Act § 501, e.g., do not meet standards of quality, strength or purity as required under the law.

The FDA also says that it recognizes that many homeopathic drugs fall outside of these categories and does not intend to take action against such products at this time, but the writing is on the wall. If it wants to, the FDA could go after any homeopathic drug currently on the market.

Is this level of regulatory scrutiny necessary? No. Although prior to the release of FDA’s guidance document homeopathic drugs did not need to go through the New Drug Approval process, they underwent a different kind of pre-market approval.  Homeopathic drugs traditionally required a monograph from the Homeopathic Pharmacopoeia of the United States (HPUS), which involves clinical verification of the efficacy of the substance.

FDA’s process started two years ago, when the agency held a public hearing to evaluate its enforcement policies for homeopathic products. We suspected the agency was planning to tighten its grip on homeopathy, which, after all, competes with the pharmaceutical drugs that fund the FDA.

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Diagnosis, homoeopathy and you.

Many homoeopaths hold the viewpoint that diagnosis of a ‘disease’ is not important. By disease, I mean the descriptive name for a collection of symptoms that individualise a known condition, ie pneumonia, measles, eczema etc.

The reality is, and always has been, as taught by Hahnemann, to treat the DISEASE that the has destabilised the health of an individual. We do not take the collective totality of the personality, the likes and dislikes of the person, we take only the altered state CAUSED by the disease and expressed by the individual affected person.

The two single most useful Aphorisms in case taking are ~5 and ~6. It is beyond the scope of this post to discuss in detail, if truth be told it requires time in a seminar to expand the writings and demonstrate fully so as to inculcate the understanding to reach the heart of a practitioner. If assimilated incorrectly, you will find that a lot of misprescriptions will be made based on faulty comprehension of Hahnemanns words.

This leads me to my next point. I ask a question: Are you a real homoeopath?

Firstly, after many years of thinking on this question, I realise that the question is incorrect. It should be: Are you a real believer in the law of similars?

The scope and sphere of Homoeopathy must be clearly expressed. In a  wider sense,  Homoeopathy, in the first place, means a  method of scientific study  and therapeutic practice; in the second place, it means the facts discovered by this method; and thirdly it signifies the theories that have been propounded  to explain and correlate  these facts.  In other words,  Homoeopathy  implies a particular way of applying drugs to diseases according to a  specific principle viz., “Similia Similibus Curentur”, and of potentitiation (dynamisation) of drugs. In a narrower and stricter sense, Homoeopathy means a specialised system of drug therapy, nothing  more  or nothing less.

As Homoeopathy looks upon diseases as  an altered condition of the life principal  of a living being, Homoeopathy, as a therapeutic  method, is concerned primarily with  the morbid vital processes in the  living organism which are perceptibly represented by the symptoms  irrespective  of what caused them. Homoeopathy then is concerned only with dis-eases, per se in its primary functional or dynamical aspect.

With  the  morbific  agents  themselves  Homoeopathy  has no more to do than it has with  the tangible products or ultimates  of disease.  It is taken for granted that the physician acting  in another capacity than that of a prescriber of Homoeopathic  medicines will remove the causes of the disease and the obstacle to cure as far as possible before  he addresses himself to the  task of selecting and administering the remedy which is homoeopathic to the symptoms  of the case by which the cure is to be effected. Thus  Homoeopathy deals directly with disease itself, morbid  vital processes manifested  by perceptible symptoms in the functional side  of disease. In fact, Homoeopathy might well be defined as the science of vital dynamics.

It is confined  to and operative only in  the sphere of vital dynamics.

As Homoeopathy is primarily and pre eminently  a specialised system of drug therapy,  it is not a complete system of medicine (in the wide sense of the term); but it might  legitimately  claim itself to be a complete system of therapeutic medication.

It  is supreme within its legitimate sphere because it is a method  of therapeutic medication which is based on a fixed and definite law of nature. The time has come for defining the scope and limits of Homoeopathy. Wide as its scope is, it has its limitations as well and we have to  be cognisant of this fact.

Homoeopathy may have many  gaps which need  be  filled; may have many points of obscurity  which need illumination  and clarification and  may imply many directions  in which  researches can be carried out—but it  is and  will continue to be a distinct system of healing art; it is uncompromising with regard to following  items which can be claimed as specialities for itself. The most important speciality of Homoeopathy lies in the distinctive mode of approach to  the study of diseases and drug actions. It is a  clinical method of approach and the art of  individualising patients  and drug-actions.

The clinical phenomena are those which render themselves perceptible to our senses as a resultant  of the actions and reactions  of forces, physico-chemical, vital  and psychological operating in and through the diseased human  organism.

Homoeopathy disregards all  the  hypothetical and ever-changing explanations of physiology and  pathology  and uses this plane of clinical phenomena as  a guide to reach the unseen activities operating below the surface.

The  second  speciality is with  regard  to  classification  of diseases. The dominant  school of medicine follows the system of classificatory sciences  of botany and zoology. It classifies diseases into genus  and species. But Homoeopathy goes further and concentrates its attention on individuals—so it is closer to factual concrete reality. The “Totality of symptoms” is taken to be a guide for individualisation.

The  third speciality is  with regard to this: The essential question in Homoeopathy is not what the patient is suffering  from, but in what kind of way he reacts.

Diagnosis in Homoeopathy does not mean the labelling of the patient with the name of a  disease and then treating that nominal entity, but diagnosing  the patient in terms of drug reaction, which would restore his vital equilibrium. The patient is to be diagnosed in terms of treatment.  This is Homoeopathy in a nut shell.

But “it is a shell which some find hard to crack, but when cracked it is found  to be packed full  of sweet and wholesome meat with no  worms in it”—as Stuart Close points out in his book ‘Lecture on  Homoeopathic Philosophy”.

The selection  and administration of remedies constitute the science of therapeutics, as the investigation of the properties of drugs  constitutes  the science  of Materia  Medica.  It  is impossible to conceive  of a science i.e., systematized knowledge, which is  not based  on some  fundamental principle correlating the series of phenomena concerning any particular branch of study. The therapeutic branch of  medical knowledge consists of a study of disease phenomena on the one hand and that of positive effects  of drugs  on the healthy human beings  on the other. Hence any therapeutic study is incomplete and unscientific if a general law be not discovered between a  natural disease-condition and the action of a drug that  will be  curative. Homoeopathy supplies such a law—though the  orthodox  school of  medicine  apparently denies  the necessity for such a general therapeutic law and  relies only on unmethodized experience and fallacious reasoning and presumes to claim utter scientificity for itself by borrowing from chemico-physical sciences.

The therapeutic law  of  Similia Similibus Curentur is a scientific law as justified by the following considerations:

  •  It is based on observation, correct logical  principles of induction, deduction  and experimental verification.
  • It is based on no hypothesis or speculation but it is just a  statement of inter-relation  between two series  of phenomena  viz-,  the natural  disease  and drug-action.
  • Like  any other scientific law  it  is made use of in the matter of predicting future results.
  • Like any other scientific law it does not attempt to explain  the “how or why”  of drugs curing  diseases  but rests  contented with giving a  clear indication of what drug would be curative in which disease condition.

This therapeutic law of cure, as discovered in Homoeopathy, as regards  the treatment of diseases by drugs  which, when proved  on  healthy human  beings, possess the power to produce symptoms similar to those found in persons suffering from natural diseases—pursues at its every step the scientific methods of observation, classification, comparison of phenomena perceptible to our senses and  does not attempt  to enter into the misty realm of metaphysical speculation to divine the essential secrets of nature viz-, life, mind and body and their nature of inter-relationship and the “modus operandi” of drugs in producing symptoms in  healthy  human beings  or  curing disease conditions brought on by natural causes.

This law takes into account only the clinical phenomena (i.e.,perceptible   alterations  of sensations,  functions  and of tissues) in patients and drug provers—which hold good so long as observations are correct and complete and which are not liable to be changed with every altered biological conception, newer  medical terminologies or newer discoveries  in physiological and pathological sciences.  The clinical symptoms are facts—they do not change but may be added  to.

With the help of this Law of cure the study of therapeutic branch of medicine has been raised to an independent status having a  life of its own. While deriving its  sustenance from truths and conceptions of other sciences auxiliary to medicine it possesses freedom from whatever new knowledge might be acquired in those sciences in course of time.

On comparison with  other  therapeutic systems (with or without any basic law underlying) the Law of Simile stands out boldest  and most free from uncertainties,  imperfections and irrationality inherent in others.

Teaching courses.

One of the reasons you have not heard from us for a while is that we have been busy with sorting out our teaching courses.

Seville Spain Seminars with the IHM.

 

Conducted in English, with Spanish translation if required, we have set aside Thursday to Sunday inclusive every week for a 4 day training Seminar. We offer to medical and non medical practitioners, a stimulating intensive background to Hahnemanns requirements for homoeopathy using the Therapeutic Pocket book to analyse cases quickly adhering to all the protocols to ensure an accurate prescription. The course is arranged so that the learning is incremental from the historical nature of the therapy viewed through many cases, to understanding the correct viewpoint regarding Miasms, potencies, Using the Therapeutic Pocket book and working with LM or Q medicines.

We offer a huge discount on the SYNOPSIS software to students.

The IHM will offer membership of the Register to suitable course attendees subject to approval by the officers of the IHM.

Included:

  • 4 days intensive training at our Seville North Clinic.
  • All refreshments and meals during the day attendance.
  • Free Book version of the Repertory.
  • Input from officers of the IHM and Materia Medica discussions with Vera Resnick.

We prefer a minimum of 2 students per seminar.

The cost per student:

  • Solo student. €1000.
  • 2 Students, €900 each.
  • 3 Students €850 each
  • 4 to 6 €800 each.
  • 7 or more €700 each.

A €120 non returnable deposit will be asked via PAYPAL, and the balance paid in cash at the Seminar.

Our teaching room will hold 10 comfortably, with A/C and heating. Coffee, Tea, soft drinks and snacks available at all times, with our restaurant next door for meals and Spanish Tapas.

Flights from Europe direct to Seville are cheap. International flights go to Madrid, where a direct Madrid-Seville train operates.

We can advise regarding hotels and transport. One hotel is door to door bus service, and the other is a 10 minute walk from the clinic. 

Seville is a beautiful city with much to see. Some students arrange a family holiday and come for the seminar and then spend time exploring and visiting other cities in the region.

 

 

 

Contact us at: education@instituteforhomoeopathicmedicine.com

 

 

Why I dont recommend a homoeopath….

………….I live in XXXXX, can you recommend a homoeopath?

We all get asked. I have a policy of not suggesting a name if I dont know anyone personally. I found it to be a fatal error to do so.

……..You look so elegant, a long neck, for these reasons I am going to prescribe SWAN 1m for you….

………..You said you felt like you were drowning in problems, that your business was under water, for these reasons I am only going to look at sea mammal remedies for the similimum….”

At some point I gave up on mainstream homoeopathy. The therapy has lost its way. The people who use the medicines, I am loath to call them homoeopaths, have succumbed to the quasi healer thinking in the schools and never did learn to be physicians, instead relying on disparate teachings of the sensation method and mentalisations rather than solid prescribing symptoms. Most have not read the Organon or understand disease process and prefer to put their trust in the Universe rather than Hahnemanns directions.

A few year ago, a well known female homoeopath, prominent in her public persona and a staunch supporter of Sankaran, got very sick with food poisoning… for some reason she called me. I noted the symptoms, prescribed and waited on the phone with her as the medicine did its work and cleared the system.  She never acknowledged it. Later I saw her lauding the power of the remedy but neglecting to mention me or the help she received. She did not have much to do with me after the episode… too embarrassed I guess that a person who practises in the Hahnemannian way saved her life.

Some of the modern provings are based on dreams, and used even though the person who had the dream NEVER took the remedy! Yet vast swathes of modern prescribers use the remedies and swear by their effectiveness, only to later drop the remedy from their medicine kit and privately admit they were not effective.  This because the proving overseer is a ‘master practitioner’.  This is a another fallacy simply because a well trained homoeopath would never let such a poorly tested and proven remedy see the light of day.

A colleague of mine in another country, is constantly amazed when talking to recently graduated practitioners that they know little or NOTHING of the Organon. “How can they treat people without knowing Hahnemanns instructions? she asked……… I just shrug.

We need to clean up our profession.

 

 

 

Training open

The IHM has a 5 day training opportunity open between 20th till the 31st of August for those contemplating a spur of the moment Seville Spain Homoeopathic venue. Single or multiple persons.

What we teach:

  • The rationale of homoeopathic medicine and the use of the Therapeutic Pocket Book in every day case work.
  • The examination of the patient according to defined parameters of eliciting prescribing symptoms without the filter of all the variants of non Hahnemann practices as taught by teachers today.
  • An in depth look at the Miasm theory in the light of infection and infectious disease models that are the accepted protocols in modern medicine.
  • Patient management utilising Hahnemannian directives for medicine administration and potency choice, frequency of dose, withdrawal of repetition of medicine on well indicated grounds, observation of medicinal action and when to change the medicine.
  • Use of LM or Q potencies.
  • Chronic and acute prescribing and when to finish prescribing.
  • In depth explanation and use of the Therapeutic Pocket Book. The T.P.B. was devised by Boenninghausen as a synthetic approach approximating Hahnemanns thoughts on case analysis so as to find a close similimum by extracting the correct proving symptoms that match the disease state.
  • How to understand the meaning of rubrics via the patients symptoms.
  • Lots of case examples and analysis by Gary Weaver.
  • Help in re examining some of the students intractable cases.

The teaching is in English only.

Contact education@instituteforhomoeopathicmedicine.com for information.

New Register members and a first.

It is 2:06 am here in Seville Spain. A long day, some patients (even on a Sunday) and sorting thing matters IHM.

The IHM officers here in Seville are currently taking the traditional August holidays out of the city due to the heat, and some even out of the country. I am left to hold down the clinic.

abduldiplomaThis past week, 2 non medical students attended the 2nd 5 day intensive training course here in Sevilla, They have been building on their first intensive with online and home study for a year. Finally they felt confident enough to come for the completion of their training.

The I.H.M. is please to announce that Abdul and Imran are the first non medically qualified students to have completed the full training. Both have been around homoeopathy for a number of years, and this course solidified their knowledge and expanded it to where it needed to be. As senior lecturer, I have been especially hard on both of them to ensure they kept on track and stayed the proper route. Where I saw weakness in attitude or a trait that would diminish their ability to do justice to the patient, I jumped on it. These two men need every Hahnemannian quality of observation and application to do good service, and I believe they are achieving it. I have nothing but respect for them.

Both students have worked through over 49 cases in the classroom with me in both teaching workshops, and in the teaching this week, they worked on 6 acute cases, with me,  3 as they came into me via email. The 3 cases, for which they worked on all reported a imran diplomasuccessful outcome. This case work on top of all their other studies.

They committed themselves to a hard life for two years, balancing family, secular work and study. They have a goal of working with communities in the London England area, and now are well on their way to achieving their project.

In the coming week, I will take pleasure in adding them to the list of IHM Practitioners.

Vera Resnick, who participated in teaching them in the first course, will take pleasure in co-signing their Diploma.

All the Officers of the IHM sincerely wish the best for their future and appreciate the hard work and effort that has been put into study.

Maintaining Causes and Anxiety.

Over the last year, I have seen an increase of patients with Mature onset anxiety. (Age 58 on). A variety of reasons and a variety of medicines. However, the commonality among the patients is the age. So what could trigger off this debilitating condition?

Minerals.

Recently, I have been looking at water, its composition, the process of filtration from the supply companies and what we actually end up with despite what the label says. Im disappointed to say the least.

We live in a damaged world. Greed and ease of process take precedence over the wellbeing and welfare of humanity. Processed food, genetically modified food and food devoid of essential minerals and vitamins is the norm. My research into anxiety led me to make an astounding discovery, and one which I suspect is a cause for an increase in patients experiencing anxiety disorder.

In 95% of the patients I have with anxiety, they have low Magnesium. Investigations show in the USA that 75% of the population have low Magnesium. It is no wonder that Antidepressants are prescribed so much in the USA. Only 25% of the population have just enough Magnesium to fulfill their needs.

Medical wisdom states that 200 to 300 mg of Magnesium a day will help or rectify a severely anxious person, and true enough it does help. However, if the supplement is stopped, the problem returns.

I am working on the hypothesis that water is the best re up take medium for minerals and have postulated a premise for evaluation and am conducting my experiments as outlined further in this article.  Bear in mind, Homoeopathy and the law of similars is the ONLY medical therapeutic approach I take for applying a cure.

What I am doing here comes under the heading of ‘removing maintaining causes’. If an absence of a required mineral causes a problem, then the answer is to replace the mineral and no medical intervention is required.

In my home, I have this cheap €59 water dispenser. I love it because it holds 7 litres of water and can give room temperature or cold water. Here in Sevilla Spain, the current outside temperature is 42C so the cold dispenser is used a lot. The water is usually either Spring water or Distilled water. I put a gallon of the Spring or distilled water in the top container, and I add a teaspoonful of Himalayan rock salt into it. I stir and leave for about 2 hours. This adds back, firstly TASTE to the water without it being salty, and secondly it adds 84 minerals in balance including Magnesium.

Now I dont suffer from anxiety attacks or generalise anxiety, but I think its likely that I perhaps have depleted Magnesium levels so this will help. It has been my experience that this gentle intake of minerals through water is something that works well and lasts longer.

Drinking Soda and coffee will remove Magnesium… Soda will really block the intake… coffee can be overcome with a glass of mineral rich water.

So why is this being mentioned on a homoeopathic site? Simply because we can be in a hurry sometimes to prescribe a medicine when simple steps can rectify a situation. I would be called to elderly patients exhibiting signs of weakness, spaced out, dizzy, incoherent etc, and the answer was either give them water with electrolytes, (Dehydration) or a multi vitamin infusion.

Im looking at anxiety in the same manner where there is no obvious cause or rationale. Many ‘cures’ have been made with Magnesium replacement and so I feel it pertinent to mention. It is a lack of basic requirements for the body.

Indian Government Helping Develop Homeopathy in Ghana

ACCRA: The Indian government is partnering with a Ghanaian company to build capacity of the country’s professionals in providing homeopathic education and treatment and recently sent two experts from the Ministry of Ayush to train doctors and staff at the company’s chain of C4C Hospitals.

“We would be ready to assist through capacity-building — be it in the form of visiting experts or through extra-curricular or sub-technical advice,” Indian High Commissioner Birender Singh Yadav said of the initiative, which could also see the hospital chain expand into other West African nations.

During their stay in Ghana, the two Indian homeopathic experts visited the Presidency where they met Minister of Health Kwaku Agyeman-Manu, who promised that the ministry was ready to collaborate with the Indian government and the C4C Hospitals to promote homeopathic healthcare and education in Ghana.

The team also met the heads of the various departments of the National Professional Board For Techinical Examinations (NABPTEX) to discuss how to incorporate homeopathic education into the curriculum of the Technical Universities in Ghana.

“Officials of NABPTEX expressed their readiness to collaborate so that homeopathy can be taught in all their institutions, starting with a pilot scheme at the Accra Technical University for the award the Higher National Diploma in Homeopathic Medicine for graduates of the C4C Homeopathic Medical College,” C4C Hospitals Director Michael Kojo Kyeremateng told IANS.

The C4C chain has 10 branches in all the 10 regional capitals of the nation and some districts to make homeopathy accessible to all Ghanaians.

Kyeremateng, an Indian-trained Ghanaian alternative medical practitioner, has been recognised by the Indian government and the Ministry of Ayush for his passion and zeal in promoting education and homeopathic treatment in Ghana.

He recently represented Africa at the International Convention On World Homeopathy Day in New Delhi organised by the Ministry of Ayush.

Under the terms of assistance to the C4C Hospitals, “Indian experts would provide training for a continuous professional development programme for C4C staffers to enhance their practice and to lecture to the students of the homeopathic medicine college,” Kyeremateng explained.

He said the C4C Hospitals has signed an signed academic MOUs with two Indian entities –Vadodara’s Parul University and Kolkata’s IBAM Academy — to promoting homeopathic education and alternative system of me alternative system of medicine for Ghanaians through the C4C Homeopathic Medical College.

In line with this, the C4C Homeopathic Medical College will send its students to india for one year after three years of studies in Ghana for academic and practical training, for a joint degree awarded by the Parul University. There is also a programme to provide distance education for those who want to study any alternative system of medicine with the IBAM Academy.

In addition, Kyeremateng said the company is also venturing into the West Africa region by establishing homeopathic hospitals and had taken the lead to introduce a Homeopathic Health Insurance Policy to make homeopathy affordable to all Ghanaians in the region.