From My Perspective
I am concerned as I look at the state of homeopathy in the world today. Concerned because of two great issues.
- First, because too many members of the homeopathic community seem to define that community as being made up solely of homeopathic practitioners, and
- Second, because too many homeopathic practitioners think that the needs to the homeopathic community begin and end with their individual waiting rooms.
Too often, if you ask the question in a homeopathic forum, "What do you think of the state of homeopathy in the world today?
" you get an answer from practitioners that either directly or indirectly has to do with how busy their particular practice is.
- If they are very busy, then they think that homeopathy is a booming industry globally and don't understand why I am asking such a question.
- If they are not busy, then they are happy to see the question being asked and answer by stating their particular needs when it comes to getting that waiting room filled to overflowing.
This is, in my opinion, very small thinking. And very shortsighted thinking.
My History And The Present Day
In the three decades that I have been a part of the homeopathic community in the USA (and, let me state clearly, that I believe that that community is made up not only of practitioners, who fulfill one important function, but only one, but also homeopathic educators, writers, lay practitioners, pharmacists, and, most ignored of all, the many millions of people whose lives have been changed--to a greater or smaller degree--by the use of homeopathic remedies.) I have never seen such a time as this. A time in which homeopathy is literally under siege. In many parts of the world, politicians and lobbyists are joining forces to craft laws that would, if they were allowed to pass, curb or end the practice of homeopathy as it is now known.
Government, Larger Forces and National Health Care
Further, the United Nations, with its Codex Alimentarius, has now gotten into the act and, with parts of that Codex about to become law in the European Union, all eyes are on the EU to see how it will play out. Should the use of homeopathic remedies be curbed there, you can look to see similar changes in other nations around the world.
As I am sure that the whole world is aware, we here in the USA are struggling right now with the idea of changing our entire healthcare system. And we are considering different aspects of national health care as an important option. But please notice that nowhere in this discussion has there been any real consideration of homeopathy, nor has there been any proposed legislation that would guarantee homeopathic medicine a place at the table in the New World Order.
This is the moment in which things have to change within the global homeopathic community. This is the time in which we must AT LONG LAST put aside our differences and stress instead the thing that joins us together--a common love for homeopathy, both it's philosophy and practice. We need to create that thing that has been so elusive, a definition of homeopathy that can be used by all aspects of the community and standardized across the planet. And we need to take back the lead in the discussion of homeopathy, what it is, how it works and why is must remain a legal medical option in all nations in the world.
We have, in recent years, seen the rise in the number of groups whose dedicated mission in life is the removal of homeopathy. In Great Britain, there is the 10:23 campaign, which seeks to both ridicule and remove homeopathy from that nation's health care system. The British also have their Skeptics, as they call themselves, a group of allopathic doctors, researchers, etc, who have banded together to harass anyone who writes anything that is pro-homeopathy. Daily, homeopathic blogs, sites and forums are attacked by this hoard of Flying Monkeys
Looking For Support
And yet, where are the voices that are being raised in defense of homeopathy? When the subject gets brought up in internet groups, there are those who agree as to the urgency of the mission, but few who will actually raise their voices up in the defense of homeopathy. I have to ask why? I have to wonder how anyone who has been healed--actually healed!--through the use of a homeopathic remedy could ever sit by silently while homeopathy is being threatened with being outlawed, literally removed from the list of legal medical alternatives, in nations around the world. The community here at the HWC has proven itself loyal and thoughtful in the past. So I write this today, in the hope that here at the HWC we can raise the banner high and get the job done.