Exploring Homeopathy

Path Through treesWhat is homeopathy?

Why should I use homeopathy?

How can I use homeopathy for myself and my family?

What is the history of homeopathy?

What specifically makes homeopathy as safe as it is?

What  would  our  world  be  like with  understanding  and  appreciation  of  a  life-science  where  safety  is  always  guarded,  first?
Explore  this  path  for  yourself!
Discovery  of  Modern  Homeopathy  and  The  Law  of  Similars
Dr. Samuel Hahnemann

Dr. Samuel Hahnemann

Homeopathy is based on a natural phenomenon of healing which is now commonly referred to as “like cures like.” Our classical healers have acknowledged this basic principle of “like cures like” throughout history.

Hippocrates (460 – 350B.C.), regarded as the “father of medicine,” who authored the Hippocratic Oath, wrote, “By similar things a disease is produced and through the application of the like is cured.”

Aristotle (384 – 322B.C.) noted the principle as well, and wrote, “Often the simile acts upon the simile.”

Galen (130A.D. – 210A.D.) wrote, “contraria contrariis curantur,” and, “diseases are cured by remedies affecting the organism similarly to the disease.”

Or, as Dr. Samuel Hahnemann said, “Like cures like,” (or traditionally in Latin, “Similia Similibus Curentur”).

“Like cures like,” is not the product of a person’s discovery but part of life and the world around us. However, Samuel Hahnemann is appropriately credited with the development of this natural law into a profound and unprecedented healing science called Homeopathy.

Who  was  Samuel  Hahnemann?

Samuel Hahnemann (1755 – 1843), the father of modern homeopathy was first a medical doctor who became disillusioned with the medical profession of his era. He is quoted as saying he saw more people die from their treatments than from their diseases. His writings clearly showed his disillusionment with the medical practices, which at the time included bloodletting, leeching, and the use of powerful purgatives and emetics. He criticized the use of toxic substances and harsh therapies which would destroy the overall vitality and health of the individual just to relieve their symptoms temporarily.

Dr. Hahnemann’s views made him exceedingly unpopular with the medical community, as well as with the apothecaries. Homeopathy is still excessively unpopular with mainstream medical influences today because it’s safety and efficacy is seen as a constant criticism and competitive force against western medical practices.

Homeopathy is still the number one competition to mainstream medicine across the world even with the tremendous oppositions it faces from financial pharmaceutical resources.

Homeopathy is a testament to how safe our medicine should be.

Hahnemann’s Discovery of Homeopathy

Over time, Dr. Hahnemann stopped practicing the barbaric medical treatments of the day. In order to survive financially he translated medical books to supplement his income. One of these books was “A treatise on Materia Medica” by Dr. William Cullen. The book explained how the drug Cinchona was used to cure Malaria, but that it would also cause the symptoms similar to Malaria if the drug were taken in overdose.

Quinine is extracted from this Peruvian bark Cinchona Officianalis, which is today still used in cases of Malaria.

Dr. Hahnemann undertook the first of what homeopaths refer to as “the proving of a remedy.” He experimented by taking an overdose of the drug Cinchona and carefully marking down his ensuing symptoms. His symptoms from taking the drug Cinchona were truly similar to the symptoms of Malaria.

Hahnemann concluded that the reason that Cinchona cured Malaria was because it could produce similar symptoms to Malaria if given in overdose to a healthy person.

Hahnemann excited about the certainty of showing explicitly what cures continued his experiments with other drugs in the same manner, and then clinically practicing their results.  This became and still is the basic premise of homeopathy: “Like Cures Like,” or in Latin, “Similia Similibus Curentur.”

After rigorous experimentation and clinical practice in 1805 Dr. Hahnemann published the “Organon of Rational Medicine” which later became the “Organon of the Healing Art,” simply referred to as the “Organon” by homeopaths. For homeopathic practitioners today, the fifth and sixth editions are still the preeminent books used to study for the practice of homeopathy.

Dr.  Samuel  Hahnemann  as  a  great  historical  figure

Through his contributions of homeopathy and his challenges to mainstream medicine for safety, Samuel Hahnemann is a great historical figure.

Here in the U.S. in Washington D.C. stands a statue in recognition of his contribution to healing across the world. In-fact, there is a western medical college on our east coast; which bears his name today, but was originally one of many homeopathic medical colleges across the U.S. in the 1800’s and early 1900’s.

When Dr. Hahnemann finally died at the age of 89, his safe, gentle, healing art was firmly established. In 1900 homeopathy was being practiced in more than 60 countries and roughly 400 million people were receiving homeopathic treatment. Here in the U.S. we had over 100 homeopathic hospitals and over 1,000 pharmacies.

Homeopathy is still the only healing science in the world today based on a specific natural law of healing: “Like cures like.”

What  happened  to  the  great  success  of  homeopathy?

Homeopathy’s decline in the United States came about with the advent of the overzealous discovery of antibiotics and the patentable drug industry aligning with the AMA (American Medical Association) to remove homeopathy from the competition.

Holistic  Healing
Basket of Dreams by Caroline Robinson

Basket of Dreams
by Caroline Robinson

Holistic means a comprehensive and total care (physical, emotional, social, spiritual, and economic) of the person.

Homeopathy is a holistic therapy. Homeopathy is an in-depth science treating the underlying causes of what ails us, not just symptoms.

Searching for causes to ill health and obstacles to healing is only done in an holistic health venue.

How is that?

Doesn’t mainstream medicine diagnose for the bacteria, virus, plumbing problem, etc. which causes our diseases?

I would agree wholeheartedly they do!

They have tons of extraordinary and very impressive tests.

However, what causes the bacteria, the virus or even the plumbing problem to arise in the first place in you?

Unless it was congenital it wasn’t already there… Something changed!

Here are just a few of the underlying causes which are explored when being treated holistically and homeopathically:

hereditary, past ailments, toxicity, stressors, drugs used (past or present medical or recreational), obstacles to cure, susceptibility (always considered), behavior patterns, habits, nutrition, and historical causes of ailments.

Oh, and did I mention stress?

Problems in any one of these areas could be enough to cause a person to feel unhealthy.

Although almost implicitly,  a person becomes chronically unhealthy for a combination of reasons. To be successful with healing we need to discover most if not all the reasons a person fell ill in the first place.

If these underlying causes are not addressed, after 20 years of practice I can now assure you they come back again and usually with a more life threatening result!

(I did not fully appreciate this in my training until after two decades of watching what happens when the real causes are not addressed).

Even with a hereditary or incurable conditions we find a person has great potential to improve or even discontinue their suffering when dealing with the totality of their life.

Mechanical  Healing  as  a   Comparative  Evaluation  to  Holistic  Healing

Current medical science behaves as if it is purely the mechanical problems which need to be addressed, and the bacterial, viral, cancerous, or fungal monsters destroyed.

Medicine leaves our real issues completely unexplored causing further ill health while symptoms are suppressed by continuous use of pharmaceutical drugs.

How does this happen?

With the use of pharmaceutical drugs suppressing our symptoms we no longer hear our body’s cries for help (our body’s symptoms).

We are temporarily subdued into believing we are well by our lack of symptoms.

But, when drugs or surgeries are used in this way (even natural therapies), without addressing the underlying causes of illness, then we continue to be in ill health and sooner or later require more suppressive therapies to handle the symptoms of our illness which has never been addressed at it’s core.

This is symptoms management — not healing.

Does it make sense to treat only the symptoms of a person’s disease without addressing and changing how those symptoms developed and why?

There is nothing wrong with a drug or a surgery saving someone’s life or limb in an emergency. But, then what?

What really led the person to ill health in the first place?

How was that addressed?

Was it?

What will stop the person from continuing to deteriorate as a result of the underlying reasons still persisting?

What will stop the repeated drugs and /or surgeries from contributing to the decline of a person’s health?

After all, drugs are not vitamins, and surgeries are not subtle.

What will strengthen this person?

The reason holistic therapies have and continue to grow exponentially in the world today is because they teach the person how to heal themselves, trully.

Symptom management is never healing…

Changing susceptibility to disease, and strengthening the person is…

Potentially,  the  more  important  question  to  ask  yourself  is:

Which would be better for you and your family?

Symptom management, or healing?

Maybe both?

This choice is naturally yours…

Why is homeopathy so abused by the media?

Colchicine is a medical drug causes side-effects. Colchicum a homeopathic from the same originating substance causes no harm.

What could possibly make people censure, criticize, condemn, and denounce a completely safe and natural therapy such as homeopathy?

crocodile eye

Criticism and Critics of Homeopathy
History  of  condemnation

Homeopathy is a revolution in humane, non-toxic, gentle, economical, effective healing, which tends to receive a spectacular amount of criticism from established, expensive, and harsher therapies.

It is understandable how homeopathy receives great criticism.

Dr. Samuel Hahnemann, the father of Modern Homeopathy, was a harsh critic of modern medicine in his time. Dr. Hahnemann detested the practices of physically severe treatments and toxic therapies such as bloodletting, leeching, and the use of exceedingly powerful medical drugs.

Samuel Hahnemann, being a medical doctor himself, observed how these harsh practices sometimes give immediate relief. However, he grievously noted that their severity harmed more than helped in the long run, becoming addictive, and leading patients (people) to an early grave.

He realized none of the harsh symptomatic therapies did anything to strengthen the overall health of the individual, but would instead insidiously destroy their vitality and health while giving sometimes effective but only temporary relief.

Hahnemann faced with these realizations reduced his medical practice severely and almost gave up practicing medicine altogether until he discovered and developed homeopathy.

The established doctors and apothecaries, fearful of losing business once homeopathy gained popularity, launched an attack on homeopathy that continues to this day!

Downfall  of  homeopathy.

Apothecaries were threatened directly because they would sell their drugs by weight. Homeopathic remedies have practically no weight to them. The apothecaries refused to make the remedies because they would be sold too cheap, so Dr. Hahnemann had to resort to making the remedies himself.

When Hahnemann’s practice of homeopathy started to gain popularity, the apothecaries panicked and actually had Dr. Hahnemann thrown out of the country. However, royalty intervened because homeopathy had helped their family recover from a seemingly hopeless situation. Hahnemann’s practice was re-established because homeopathy succeeded where medicine had failed.

Here in the United States, the same pattern of history repeated itself after the turn of last century. During the 1930’s when antibiotics came out, and patented drugs became the fad; the AMA (American Medical Association) was formed for the purpose of getting rid of the competition from homeopathy. Banding together with the pharmaceutical companies, they were successful.

Being from natural sources homeopathic remedies can’t be patented. So, there is no way to create a monopoly out of their use and therefore no great monies to be gained for pharmaceutical companies. Again, the apothecaries (now great pharmaceutical industries) greatly fear a safer, cheaper, non-addictive method.

Simple but harsh economics combined with the hype about antibiotics caused the downfall of homeopathy at the turn of last century here in the United States.

Resurgence  of  homeopathy  and  it’s  criticism.

Regardless of the hyper-criticism and and subversive pharmaceutical propaganda, homeopathy is again growing by leaps and bounds across the world because of both its safety and effectiveness. Misunderstood by most, homeopathy grows because it addresses what medicine has not.

Homeopathy addresses the actual health and vitality of an individual while honoring safety first!

This is healing.

Homeopathy is healing — not medicine.

Today there is a resurgence of homeopathy in the world, including here in the United States. However with this resurgence comes the reigniting of truly nonsensical attacks on homeopathy.

Homeopathic remedies are criticized for being so diluted as not to have enough material in them to actually be functional, and yet others outlandishly claim that homeopathy causes harm.

How can homeopathic remedies be a placebo and yet cause harm?

Homeopathic remedies are FDA approved by an act of congress since 1938, over the counter, and extremely safe, yet I’ve literally had uninformed or biased doctors tell my clients how they may get liver damage from the remedies because of toxicity.

Again, which is it?

If homeopathic remedies are considered placebo because of their extreme dilution by western medical standards then how could they cause toxic damage to someone’s liver?

Honestly, the worse possible criticism towards the remedies is that a person may be getting well; because of an inexpensive placebo reaction. This criticism uses the very reason homeopathy is safe to discredit it.

The absurdity is, who really cares if it was a placebo, as long as it worked?

Personally, I would much rather have a person no longer need harsh drugs for asthma, diabetes, cancer, hormonal complaints, infertility, lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, migraine, depression, etc….etc….etc… through use of a completely nontoxic placebo if they could be so lucky.

Wouldn’t you?

snake oil

Does our fear not to be sold snake-oil surpass our desire to recognize safe effective natural therapies to achieve lasting health and wellness?

No  question  of  effectiveness  for  homeopathic  remedies.

However, remedies have worked for millions of people for well over 250 years. Not many patented drugs can claim that, if any. Especially with no toxic side effects.

Placebo?

No way!

In 1813 the first dramatic public demonstration of the importance of homeopathy was established. There was an outbreak of Typhoid after the Battle of Leipzig. 180 patients were treated with homeopathy and only 2 died. Those treated with traditional means suffered a mortality rate of 50% !!!

That was just the first historical evidence of effectiveness.

There are many more examples of dramatic effectiveness of homeopathy throughout history. Please feel free to learn more about homeopathic safety and effectiveness here.

Valid  criticism

Yet, there is one criticism from western medicine I consider potentially valid and I would like to pursue for your knowledge and choice of path.

Western medicine has accused alternative therapies (not specifically homeopathy) of being a stumbling block for people getting proper medical treatment.

If western medicine has a therapy which does more good than harm and may save a person’s life or limb then why not use it?

Using both or all therapies that are safe and effective if possible would be my personal choice.

It would be absurd to claim only one therapy works for all people across the world without exception to the best of advantage.

I feel western medicine in some instances has a valid point about making sure people get the best advantage for their health, but from all therapies.

I choose; to make well-informed decisions and not “throw out the baby with the bath water.”

Alternative or mainstream practitioners from any discipline, whether homeopathic; or not; should allow their clients/patients a choice without prejudice.

Until  the  medical  financial  monopoly  is  broken  we  lose  both  choice  and  safety  in  our  medicine.

hospital beds oldtime

There are a couple of grave concerns about policy, tactics, and propaganda used by western medicine and the pharmaceutical industries.

Emergency health techniques have been monopolized by western medicine. Alternative practitioners, even if trained, can not practice emergency therapies. Chiropractors in particular lost a huge battle over this and more. In the past chiropractors delivered our babies, set broken bones, and all sorts of other health services which they can no longer perform. If a person is well trained, they should be able to perform their services regardless of their economic affiliations.

This monopoly of emergency therapies keeps people controlled into believing that modern medicine is the only valid therapy because it prevents our death in extreme emergencies.

This needs to change…

Another strong consideration is the unreasonable practice of discrediting; and slandering alternative choices. Discrediting alternative health options for the sake of creating a monopoly is nothing more than a form of health terrorism; it discourages safer, economical, and more effective, approaches costing us our health. Meanwhile mainstream medicine is the third leading cause of death.

I would suggest as healers we are committed to safety first, and we are on the same side, doing the best we can to help people learn to heal themselves.

Healing  is  not  a  winner  take  all  competition…

Western medicine needs to acknowledge alternative choices, and when equal or superior directly refer people to their use because of the greater safety.

Pharmaceutical companies need to work hard to make their drugs more biologically and organically friendly if possible, and stop their insane attacks on supplements and holistic therapies to protect their addictive monopoly from the threat of a safer choice.

In our modern time medical organizations still feel threatened by the gentleness of homeopathic remedies and their economic benefit. These organizations use fear tactics by giving misleading and false information to prevent and discourage the availability of homeopathy to you.

Homeopathy is not the established medicine because fear tactics in the past have limited the growth of homeopathy in the U.S. and across the world. Currently, homeopathy is facing a renewed onslaught of criticism due to its resurgence.

Let’s hope more people become aware, so history doesn’t repeat itself yet again and we lose our choices…

With the continued success of homeopathic treatments leading the growth of homeopathy at a rapid pace year to year, I have hope this resurgence continues providing more and more people with access to this gentle healing science which works.

I ask for your help in making people aware.

Right now, you have that path of choice.

Please, support homeopathy, and let’s clear that safe natural path for our children as well…

Confessions Of A Homeopath
What  Is  Homeopathy?

I discovered homeopathy in my early twenties. Prior to that, I had never even heard of it! I was brought up solely with mainstream medicine and maybe a few vitamins here and there. That’s it. No other experience of alternative medicine, not even a chiropractor.

As a child, my experience with mainstream medicine taught me it was the only thing which had the capacity to save my life when I was in trouble. I was once under a breathing machine as a child and not expected to live, but I did. I’m pretty sure mainstream medicine saved my life with that machine.

However, had my parents known what I have since learned about natural healing and homeopathy, I believe that the machine never would have been necessary.

First  Contact

In 1989, I had my first contact with homeopathy–through my soon to be mother-in-law.

Her diagnosis was a supposedly incurable blood disease called ITP (Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura). She was living on Prednisone, a steroid drug to keep her life-threatening disease in check.

ITP is considered an autoimmune disease; her own body would attack its blood platelets and she would bleed from every orifice of her body. If she went off the steroids she would wind up in the hospital on multiple blood transfusions and suffer violent vomiting and purging while going into an extreme state of collapse with the bleeding.

Pretty dramatic!

At the time, my mother-in-law was a nurse at a hospital in Tucson, Arizona and was not a happy person. She knew she didn’t have much hope because she was watching some of her patients suffering and dying from the various side-effects of the very same drug she was taking for the ITP.

The Prednisone was keeping her alive, but it was also causing her severe depression, severe osteoporosis with lots of pains, and on those brittle painful bones was a very round and overweight woman due to Cushing’s Syndrome–a side-effect of long-term steroid use.

Discovery  of  an  Alternative

Her family had heard of a man having success with seemingly incurable health conditions like cancer. They wanted to help her, and luckily they were much more open to the idea than I was at the time of seeking that type of help for her.

Her family flew her in from Tucson, Arizona to Los Angeles, California to have a consultation with Dr. Tennakoon George L. DeSilva H.M.D.

Dr. DeSilva was from India. He had a thick accent and a great heart. He spent a lot of time with her and was compassionate about her suffering. After her visit with him she let go of her Prednisone that very day and never started it again.

However, she wasn’t fully healed or symptom free.

Although her blood platelets stopped falling, they were still very low and she would suffer flu-like symptoms once a month for a week at a time. However, this was still a great improvement, and she didn’t have to suffer that severe depression from the Prednisone, or the fear of advancing the other severe side-effects.

Quite remarkable for a single visit.

My  First  Confession

I soon went in for a personal visit with Dr. DeSilva myself. I wasn’t ill, but I could not fathom taking anyone off their life-sustaining medications in one day. I thought something was wrong.

My confession is, I went in for a visit partially to see if Dr. DeSilva was (that dreaded word used as propaganda against all non-medical practitioners) a quack!

After leaving his office with a little bottle of pellets to daily put under my tongue, an extensive dietary list of what to eat and what to avoid, and being told to boil my water before drinking it, I don’t know that I was as yet much convinced to the contrary.

However, after taking on his regime as a test, I watched my skin texture improve remarkably, and I felt more energetic and happier in general.
I don’t know that I believed any of it, but I started to feel less suspicious of this man.

Homeopathy did fascinate me from the beginning.

My  Second  Confession

After witnessing the way that Dr. DeSilva worked with my mother-in-law, my new wife and I decided to visit him again–this time with a different purpose in mind. We were ready to expand our family, and we wanted to do so with a healthy foundation. Before the visit, I had mentioned to her about the possibility of going to India so I might study more about homeopathy and understand the changes affecting our family.

It was just a passing thought at the time, and neither of us mentioned the idea to Dr. DeSilva during her first visit.

While she was in her visit with Dr. DeSilva to prepare for a healthy pregnancy and healthy children, Dr. DeSilva asked her outright if I would come and study homeopathy with him.

It was a surprising coincidence.

I decided to look into it sheerly from the curiosity of experiencing something I never knew existed and my own culture seemed to have a blind spot for it. I couldn’t comprehend how our science would not have known of this incredible potential for healing with homeopathy.

Dr. DeSilva had some strange requests of me before I started. He sent me to ask permission from my father to study homeopathy, and to give him a token gift of a pair of socks. Rituals from his culture.

I did comply with asking my father for permission, but I never gave him the socks. My father recommended looking into homeopathy just to learn about Dr. DeSilva’s culture and for the experience.

Previous to starting I had informed Dr. DeSilva that I wanted to learn about homeopathy and his culture, also I confessed to having no intention of practicing homeopathy in the future. He didn’t even lift an eyebrow; instead he launched into my lessons with a thick accent and copies of his own lessons from his time as a student in India over 28 years prior.

There was very little formality once I went into Dr. DeSilva’s office. From the first day I had direct contact with his clients, whom I gave intake forms and questionnaires designed to increase his efficiency. Dr. DeSilva never charged me a single dime for my training, and paid me for my help. On less busy days, he took me out to lunch.

My  Third  Confession

I struggled trusting all I was being taught because some of Dr. DeSilva’s cultural beliefs were difficult for me to understand.

I initially invalidated some of his teachings, considering them to be merely superstitions arising from the religious beliefs of his culture, akin to belief in the evil eye. I found out later in my own practice how misplaced my dismissal was. (I still don’t believe in the evil-eye; it’s not how I was raised). It took me over a decade to resolve this distrust within myself, and to acknowledge that a person’s inherent cultural/spiritual beliefs does not hinder his/her ability as a healer. I realized that my assumptions were not grounded in reality, not much different than assuming that because someone was raised as a Republican or as a Democrat that he/she could not be an effective physicist, doctor, lawyer, teacher, etc.

Because of my mistrust and suspicion I didn’t believe anything until I actually witnessed the results. I also chose to seek out other sources on homeopathy, including books by people such as Dr. Marjorie Blackie. Dr. Marjorie Blackie was a homeopath and the chief physician to Queen Elizabeth and the Royal Family at the time.

While I was reading Dr. Marjorie Blackie’s book, she gave recommendations for remedies to be considered in certain conditions. One remedy she recommended was for Purpura.

My  Fourth  Confession

I don’t know what it is like for medical doctors, but as you learn about the remedies or medicines you can’t help but think you need them yourself, or that someone in your family does. Luckily, these were homeopathic remedies which have no side-effects, otherwise I most likely would have been frothing from the mouth on the floor drooling and kicking in a seizure from the amount of remedies I tried personally.

I was determined to try this on my mother-in-law, who suffered from purpura. Even though I was not yet thoroughly trained, she surprisingly agreed to work with me. Knowing that homeopathy does not cause any toxic side effects gave us both the confidence to take on the experiment.

She was working at the hospital and could get a blood test anytime she needed. My mother-in-law took a standard blood test before taking the remedy Marjorie Blackie had recommended in her book. Before taking the remedy, her blood test showed her blood platelets were very low, just in the 90’s. (These values are actually in thousands just for clarity.)

She took a dose of the new homeopathic remedy. The very next day, before I would have expected any results, she took another blood test. That second blood test showed her platelets had jumped to a high normal, in the 300’s, and stayed!

In addition to her platelet level returning to a healthy level, she also stopped experiencing the week-long flu-like symptoms she had suffered from each month. She felt much better overall, and was able to enjoy a higher quality of life.

Now, this was a dramatic improvement; I was hooked. Potential cures, without side effects, were within my reach, and our experiment had demonstrated just how easy and clear the results could be. Beyond my own scientific curiosity, having the ability to help someone I deeply cared for feel better was immensely valuable. The idea of practicing homeopathy as a profession suddenly became a real possibility for me.

What else was there to do?

There were many other similar examples; our family continued to experience dramatic results with homeopathy during the years I was studying. My wife during that time had an incredible amount of cysts in her breasts from her over-indulgence in caffeinated products. Dr. DeSilva put her on a restricted diet, stressed that she avoid all caffeine, and gave her a homeopathic remedy. Within a month all the cysts were gone.

I also experienced results from homeopathy personally. A white spot developed in my right eye sclera in the same place I had been stabbed while fencing without a mask as a not too bright teenager.Dr. DeSilva at the time felt it was cancer. I didn’t believe him, but I took his remedy of phosphorus and recommitted to the dietary protocol. The white spot disappeared and didn’t reappear for a decade. *

The  Importance  of  Paper

About two years into my internship, my mentor Dr. DeSilva turned to me and said to go to a homeopathic college. He told me to get a piece of paper with some letters after my name before I started my practice. Dr. DeSilva felt that people like to see that in their practitioner.

So, I did.

I went to what was then called “The College of Homeopathy.” It was run by Dr. Trevor M. Cook, an English man, who at the time was the pharmacist who officially supplied the homeopathic remedies to her Majesty the Queen. I had many teachers, including Dr. Cook. Many of my teachers were medical doctors and practicing homeopaths being flown in from around the United States.

Some of these teachers were quite rigorous. There were very few of us who passed those exams the first time out.

And thanks to Dr. DeSilva’s mentor-ship, I was able to pass the first time.

Traumatic  Initiation  into  a  Homeopathic  Practice

Several years later, when I had just begun my own homeopathy practice, my mother-in-law suffered a severe relapse. I was awoken about 4 am. with an urgent phone call; she was collapsing into the old symptoms fast. She was refusing to go back into the hospital because she would not go back on that Prednisone, as she put it. She lived over eight hours away from us, in another state.

This relapse was two days before Christmas, which was tragic for her. She feared that her sickness–and possible death–would prevent her from spending time with her greatest loves: her grand kids. My wife and I had a new baby on the way, I had just recently started my own practice, we had just purchased our first home, and my mother-in-law was in a life or death situation and not going for medical help. I felt in over my head, to say the least.

I sat on our bed with a book called Kent’s Repertory, which was written roughly 100 years ago. It was all I had. All I could do was search through my training from Dr. DeSilva and this old book for a clue of what remedy to choose–if any- to stop this collapse.

What if I fail to find a homeopathic remedy right now? What if there isn’t a remedy for this current situation? Though my mind was racing and my heart was pounding, I had to silence those fears and just keep looking.

A remedy for a collapse state similar to what she was going through, camphor, showed up to me. I had no personal experience to show that it would work. However,out of everything I had learned from all of my experienced teachers, this seemed the most logical choice.

The  Real  Hero  of  the  Hour!

My mother-in-law could go nowhere by this time, let alone pick up a remedy. She suffered with violent vomiting and purging, an ice cold body threatening internal bleeding, and a blindingly painful headache.

The only person my wife could find available to pick up the remedy was my mother-in-law’s ex-husband’s boss. She had to convince him to go wait at the pharmacy until it opened, to purchase an item he was totally unfamiliar with, and finally, to bring this remedy back to his employee’s ex-wife. I have no idea how my wife made this all happen, but she did.

We were all in a state of shock. We waited, on edge, for several hours to see if the remedy would work. Fortunately, it did! She was better by the next day, and got to see her grandchildren for Christmas after all.

Though I was greatly relieved to witness her dramatic improvement, along with everyone else, the series of events left me shaken.

Fear  of  Failure…

Yet another confession:

The day following that shocking series of events was Christmas Eve. While driving my wife and children to my parent’s house for holiday festivities, my mind was elsewhere; I was suddenly confronted with this newly bestowed responsibility for people’s lives. Despite–or perhaps, in spite–of my successful remedy choice, I was completely overwhelmed, and wondering how I was ever going to survive my new practice. Not surprisingly, I got into a car accident.

Thankfully, no one was physically injured in the accident, except the cars. Christmas was a little rough though.

I also got sick shortly after that, for the same reason, with a fever I could not shake. I needed both the help of my mentor, in choosing a remedy, and a friend, who talked me through my fear of this new level of responsibility.
It took about two weeks for both the fever and the fear to run their course, but I did learn first-hand how stress can be a direct cause of our ailments. This was a great example for me as a young practitioner of our mind-body connection!

Experience  Is  Everything  for  a  Practitioner  of  Homeopathy

What I gained from the experience is also where my talent as a practitioner has now grown the strongest. I was so afraid of having to deal with that situation happening again that I demanded of myself to find out why she relapsed.

After thoroughly questioning her regarding her actions during the month prior to the collapse, there was only one thing which stood out to me. She had gone to the dentist just three days prior, and been given medications while she was there. One of those medications was Valium. Upon reading the medical literature, I realized this drug was not supposed to be given to people with a blood disease. In addition, she was also prescribed drugs for pain, which likely contributed to the sudden downward spiral just as much if not more than the Valium.

I asked her to check her medical and dental records to see if any of her other relapses resulting in necessary blood transfusions followed dentist appointments. We found that not only did they occur after dentist appointments, but they always took place three days afterwards. This episode was no different!

In the almost 10 years I was married to her daughter, she never went to the dentist again.

And, tellingly, she never had a relapse again…

This traumatic episode taught me to always seek out the actions and events that led to the ill health in the first place for each individual.

My personal lesson is:

When successful at relieving the symptoms with a remedy, if we don’t discover and deal with what brought it on in the first place, it will cost someone in the future.

My brother-in-law also became a homeopath out of his experiences, and he eventually took over her healthcare.

My mother-in-law passed away, I’m sad to say, just last year–about 20 years after these events. I don’t exactly know what she passed away from, but from what my children described, it may have had a lot to do with the side-effects from the years of steroidal drug use prior to homeopathic interventions.

Which brings us to…

My  Final  Confession

I never thanked Susan for the difference she made in all our lives, my client’s lives, and especially my children’s. We are all healthier because of her.

I would not know of homeopathy had it not been for her…

*The spot in my right eye sclera eventually did come back and was diagnosed by a medical doctor as cancer. It did not respond to my own choice to re-do the phosphorus, probably because I didn’t make the necessary dietary and lifestyle changes at that point in my life. I had also not kept up the life changes which would have prevented it. Again, without addressing the causes there will be a cost. I had it surgically removed successfully and reconfirmed in the lab result as cancer as Dr. DeSilva suspected over a decade previous. I have now made those lifestyle changes permanent for myself, with slight indiscretions, and with no recurrence for well over a decade.

PS. Some names have been changed in this story to protect privacy.