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The American Psychiatric Association is discussing whether to recognize bitterness as a mental illness. File this under allopathy catching up to homeopathy a century later. And someone mail the APA a repertory bookmarked at the mind chapter with a vial of natrum muriaticum and a note explaining that there are no illnesses, there are only sick people. And bitterness is one symptom that sick people… Continue

Added by Bernie Simon on May 26, 2009 at 12:45pm — No Comments

Flu Vaccine Problems

A new study shows that children receiving the inactivated flu vaccine (the most common form) have a higher risk of being hospitalized. This is worth bookmarking as they'll be tremendous pressure next fall for children to get the flu vaccination.

Added by Bernie Simon on May 23, 2009 at 8:57pm — 2 Comments

The Original Search Engine

If you think about it, the repertory was the original search engine. Long before Google, Yahoo, and Alta Vista, homeopaths were faced with a problem similar to that which made search engines necessary. The search engine user wants to find a web page with information on a particular subject. And the homeopath wants to a a remedy that has a particular symptom. There's been a lot of research into how to make search engines perform better. Much of this information is proprietary, but there is… Continue

Added by Bernie Simon on May 18, 2009 at 7:40pm — 2 Comments

Furious Seasons

Furious Seasons is a weblog that reports news on psychiatric medications from a critical point of view. The author is a reporter who suffers from bipolar disorder and was unhappy with the medications he was given to treat it. It's not an alternative health site by any means, but it's the best site to turn to for information about the dark underside of our overmedicated society. I wish their were sites this good for other aspects of allopathic… Continue

Added by Bernie Simon on May 15, 2009 at 9:40pm — No Comments

Egyptian Scuba Diving

This is so typical. Morgellons Disease is a poorly understood skin disease where foreign fibers or granules are found embedded in the skin lesions. What's the orthodox medical response to this condition? It's all in your head. It seems that whenever a medical condition comes along that has no explanation, the first response of the orthodox medical… Continue

Added by Bernie Simon on May 14, 2009 at 8:36pm — 3 Comments

Even Ben Agrees

The stink from the Merck drug trial in Australia continues to grow, to the point that even Ben Goldacre has caught a whiff of it. For those who don't recognize the name, Ben Goldacre writes an opinion column in Great Britain on "Bad Medicine" and has been a stalwart soldier in the campaign to discredit homeopathy. In addition to trying to discredit researchers who discovered problems with… Continue

Added by Bernie Simon on May 11, 2009 at 8:31pm — 2 Comments

Vaccine Reactions

The New York Times has an article about the cases of Guillain-Barré that followed the attempt to head off Swine Flu back in the Seventies through a vaccination drive. The article is notable in that this is one of the few cases I remember that conventional medicine has taken vaccine reactions seriously and the press has reported on them. Clearly there is a problem, the issue is, first, determining the magnitude of the… Continue

Added by Bernie Simon on May 9, 2009 at 9:38pm — No Comments

Washington Homeopathic Recognized

Joe Lillard and Washington Homeopathic Pharmacy have recently been recognized by the US Small Business Administration as the West Virginia Small Business Person of the Year for 2009. Read the article, it's great publicity for Joe and homeopathy.

Added by Bernie Simon on May 7, 2009 at 9:22pm — No Comments

V for Vendetta

The blog world is fueled on outrage. And the latest outrage among bloggers with a skeptical bent is the Huffington Post's advocacy for alternative medicine. If you've never heard of it, Huffington Post is a web news site with a liberal political slant. The site has also given space to alternative views such as articles on vaccine damage by Robert Kennedy Jr. and alternative treatments for swine flu. The zero tolerance policy of skeptics will not abide any talk of alternative medicine in their… Continue

Added by Bernie Simon on May 4, 2009 at 7:57pm — No Comments

It's an Ill Wind

As the saying goes, "It's an ill wind that blows no good." And the scare over the swine flu has increased sales of homeopathic remedies. Washington homeopathic has a backlog of one or two weeks to get their flu kit. Here's hoping that when the scare dies down people will take time to learn how to use their kit for colds and flu.

Added by Bernie Simon on May 1, 2009 at 9:47pm — No Comments

Medical News

Here's a few articles I found interesting. New research links gluten intolerance to schizophrenia. It's long been noted that autistic children often suffer from gluten intolerance. Maybe this is part of a bigger story.

The Center for Disease Control estimates 36,000 people die from influenza each year. This is without swine flu! I found this number surprisingly high. Here is a page on the CDC… Continue

Added by Bernie Simon on April 30, 2009 at 8:59pm — No Comments

Enlightenment or Madness?

There's an interesting story in the New York Times about a Western Zen Master who needed psychotherapy. It's a good account of how mental illness can masquerade as enlightenment and also an interesting homeopathic case. After reading his case I believe he would be helped by Anhalonium.

Added by Bernie Simon on April 28, 2009 at 8:55pm — 1 Comment

Salt an Antidepressant

It seems that medical science is catching up with homeopathy, salt deficiency is being recognized as a factor in depression. How many times has homeopathy been ridiculed for prescribing natrum muriaticum as a remedy? It seems like homeopathy is having the last laugh. Here's an excerpt from the article:

UI psychologist Kim Johnson and colleagues… Continue

Added by Bernie Simon on April 27, 2009 at 7:30pm — No Comments

Homeopathy and the Spanish Flu

Julian Winston documented how homeopathy successfully treated the Spanish Flu pandemic that followed World War I. I went searching on Google Book Search for accounts in the homeopathic journals of the day and found this doctor's report.

To the Editor:

I have been so busy fighting " Spanish Flu " that I have found time for nothing else for several weeks. I want to tell you my experience… Continue

Added by Bernie Simon on April 27, 2009 at 5:10pm — 2 Comments

The Merck Mafia

Big Pharma is like a rock and if you turn it over some ugly things slither out:

"An international drug company made a hit list of doctors who had to be "neutralised" or discredited because they criticised the anti-arthritis drug the pharmaceutical giant produced. Staff at US company Merck &Co emailed each other about the list of doctors - mainly researchers and academics - who had been negative… Continue

Added by Bernie Simon on April 24, 2009 at 9:00pm — 1 Comment

Beating the Odds with Homeopathy

A British man places a bet with the bookies that he'll survive three years with mesothelioma. So far the bet is paying off. What does he attribute his good health to? His Indian homeopath.

"All the mainstream doctors could prescribe for me was morphine but this healer put me on a course of herbal medicines that have not only changed but prolonged my life," he… Continue

Added by Bernie Simon on April 23, 2009 at 7:47pm — 1 Comment

Treasures of the Past

The Google Book Project has begun digitizing everything they can get their hands on. If the book is out of copyright, they have the complete text. This includes many old homeopathic books and journals. The trick is filtering out the treasures. Here's two links and I encourage other members of this forum to search for more. The first link is to King's History of… Continue

Added by Bernie Simon on April 21, 2009 at 8:42pm — No Comments

A Visit to Hahnemann's House

Julian Winston did a question and answer at the NCH Summer School several years ago. He answered a question about his visit to Hahnemann's house. He later wrote up the visit as an article in Homeopathy Today, but I thought I would share the remarks he made that day.

Q: Tell us about your trip to Hahnemann's house.

A: I spent 10 days with Dr. Gypser. He arranged for train tickets for me to visit Hahnemann's house in Koethen. Andre Saine visited it as soon as the Berlin Wall… Continue

Added by Bernie Simon on April 19, 2009 at 8:47pm — 3 Comments


Yesteday I was called anti-science for advocating homeopathy. It's a strange term and I'm not sure what it means. I understand anti-technology, which is the belief that technology causes more problems than it solves. I suppose anti-science means advocating some idea the scientific community does not accept. It's a strange inversion of science. What is supposed to be a method for discovering new ideas becomes a tool for criticizing old ones. As if there were some laundry list of things every… Continue

Added by Bernie Simon on April 17, 2009 at 9:32pm — 6 Comments

How to Argue with Nearly Anyone

I spend a lot of time on the Internet, and much of it is spent arguing with people I disagree with. Here are a few tips if you find yourself in an argument.

Stick to what you know. Don't try to argue quantum mechanics, philosophy, or economics if you've never studied them in depth. It's much better to be honest and unassuming.

Keep it short. No one has the patience to read your thousand word argument. Make your point and quit.

Keep it simple. You may think that… Continue

Added by Bernie Simon on April 16, 2009 at 9:08pm — 7 Comments

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