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What is Homoeopathy?

“Homoeopathy is a therapeutic method which assures that a deviation from  the fundamental mean within reversible  limits can be restored to normal by means of stimuli, usually applied in the form of drugs, only sub-physiological doses of which are necessary because  of hypersensitivity in   disease and whose action is always directed toward normal by virtue of altered receptivity of tissue to stimuli in disease.”

(Boyd)

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The Hypochondriac Takeover of Homoeopathy – with apologies to William the Bard.

 

By Vera Resnick

 The hypochondriac puts his case thus:

I am a hypochondriac. (only.. they never say this).

Hath not a hypochondriac eyes?  (which seem to burn every 10 minutes, and then feel cold, so strange…)

Hath not a hypochondriac hands, organs, dimensions, senses, affections, passions, and aches and pains in parts of the body no physician seems to have heard about?

Fed with the same food (although that’s not really true, we can’t eat meat…or dairy….or canned food…or raw food…or those funny shaped string beans that you can only get in gourmet supermarkets…), hurt with the same weapons (plus a few creative ones invented by people we once thought were our friends), subject to a whole slew of diseases that mankind never heard of but they are the same diseases as yours only different, healed by the same means, warmed and cooled by the same winter and summer as a normal healthy person is (except of course for Bognor Regis in the spring and Calcutta in midwinter, where we come out in an odd green-coloured rash that nobody has ever seen before)?

If you prick us do we not bleed?  Oddly tis true, sometimes in drops, sometimes in smears and sometimes in odd little puddles all over the place (well in 2mm diameter spots, we measured).

If you tickle us do we not laugh?  Especially if you tickle us on that strange spot exactly in between the second and third finger on the left hand, just above the wrinkle on the knuckle, always ticklish, that spot, must be useful for a homoeopathic prescription.

And when we laugh, well there’s that odd feeling in between the 5th and 6th rib on the right hand side, or is it the 4th and 5th rib, which extends into the large toe on the left foot.

If you poison us do we not die?  (Homoeopath:  My God he’s reading my mind…)

And if you wrong us, shall we not revenge?…Why, revenge!  The homoeopathy you teach us, looking for every rare strange and peculiar symptom we can come up with, and we can come up with quite a few, believe me,  that homoeopathy we will execute through our manifold, diverse and fascinating complaints.

We will pull you away from correct prescribing and make you believe it’s only the odd symptoms that count, the stranger the better, we will take you away from orderly case analysis.  It shall go hard on the homoeopath but we will better the instruction – we will become your teachers….

Hahnemann on Hypochondria:  Aphorism 96:

Besides this, patients themselves differ so much in their dispositions, that some, especially the so-called hypochondriacs and other persons of great sensitiveness and impatient of suffering, portray their symptoms in too vivid colors and, in order to induce the physician to give them relief, describe their ailments in exaggerated expression.

Footnote: A pure fabrication of symptoms and sufferings will never be met with in hypochondriacs, even in the most impatient of them – a comparison of the sufferings they complain of at various times when the physician gives them nothing at all, or something quite unmedical, proves this plainly; – but we must deduct something from their exaggeration, at all events ascribe the strong character of their expressions to their expressions when talking of their ailments becomes of itself an important symptom in the list of features of which the portrait of the disease is composed.

H.A. Roberts

Do not dip into a chronic state when dealing with an acute condition, and vice versa. (H.A. Roberts)

PREFACE TO THE THIRD EDITION ORGANON

By Samuel Hahnemann, Kothen; Easter, 1824

In the five years since the publication of the Second Edition, the truth of the homoeopathic healing art has found so much acceptance from physicians far and near, that it can no longer be obscured, still less extinguished, by abusive writings, of which, however, there is not lack. I rejoice at the benefit it has already conferred on humanity, and look forward with intense pleasure to the not distant time when though I shall be no longer here below, a future generation of mankind will do justice to this gift of gracious God and will thankfully avail themselves of the blessed means. He has provided for the alleviation of their bodily and mental sufferings…

1731 Thomas Apperley, Observations in Physick:

“Many Hypotheses are plausible, whilst they are only in our conception, but they become useless when we begin to reduce them to Practice.”

“Brave New World”

“There will be, in the next generation or so, a pharmacological method of making people love their servitude, and producing dictatorship without tears, so to speak, producing a king of painless concentration camp for entire societies, so that people will in fact have their liberties taken away from them, but will rather enjoy it, because they will be distracted from any desire to rebel by propaganda or brainwashing, or brainwashing enhanced by pharmacological methods”.- Aldous Huxley “Brave New World”

1751 Quote

1751 John Hill, The History of the Materia Medica:

Preface, p.ii:

“A Man is hardly qualified to write on any Subject, who has not read every thing that has been well written on it; but even if he has done this, he is still qualified for nothing farther than retailing to the World the Discoveries of others, unless he adds to his reading an Examination of the Bodies themselves, and an investigation of their several Qualities and Properties under his own Eye. On a Foundation like this, he will be qualified to instruct everyone who has not been at the same pains on the Subject; he will know the real Merit of the Writings of others, by having brought them to the Test of Nature and his own Experiments, and will consequently know what of his private Observations deserve the name of Discoveries or Improvements; and what of the Accounts of others will bear Quotation or Adoption.”