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What's worse than a reformed ideologue?...An ideologue that's not reformed.

Did you know that Homeopaths were called "Doctors of the Books" in the heyday of our profession? This is pretty incontestable as we have so many books on repertory, materia medica, philosophy, etc. Sometimes I refer to a lot of them before deciding on a prescription. God knows - I am always reading , always studying, and always learning more about homeopathy, physiopathology, nutrition... The more I practice this profession the more I realize that there is a lot I don't know, which propels me to learn more.

There is a quote by Malcolm Forbes that I really like: "Education's purpose is to replace an empty mind with an open one." In our case - 'our' being homeopaths - the quote might more aptly be "Education's purpose is to replace an ideological mind with an open one." We homeopaths practice our craft in many different ways. Some are strictly classical - one remedy at a time. Some use combinations. Some mix it up. Some mix it up with vitamins, supplements, or other healing modalities. The other day a patient of homeopathy in the States, not a patient of mine, asked me if I practice in the Sankaranian way. Isn't that a hoot? There are so many different "methods" being taught by so many of our esteemed teachers. It is hard to know what seminars to attend, whose method is better, whose is best. Which leads me to the reason I wanted to share my thoughts about missing an opportunity to learn.

I have Tinus Smits' book, "Inspiring Homeopathy", and have incorporated what I understand into my practice. That being said, I have tried some of the remedies on myself. The experience has had a "wow" factor for me. As we know, the power of homeopathy lies in the opportunity for changes in the perspective, and this presents the most profound change we can experience. It is in the mind that the symptom picture begins to change before we see changes in the body. Inspiring Homeopathy is about treating on the level of the soul - right up my alley, this is what I love to delve into - beyond, beyond. On the other hand, Tinus Smit also had a method of successfully treating those afflicted with autism, and vaccinosis. I would also like to learn more about that. Over the last year I could not make a commitment to go to either of his courses, Inspiring Homeopathy or CEASE. Besides taking two university courses this year I felt it was too much money, and too much trouble figuring out travel arrangements and accommodations. I procrastinated and guess what? I snoozed and I lose(d). Tinus Smits died. Which brings me to the point I want to make.

I am still studying David Little's course HOE, over the 4 year study period, slow but steady. I have learned about gemmotherapy and oligotherapy, and isopathy, and biochemic remedy tx, and organotherapy. I apply each one into my treatments, and I am director of studies in the School of Gemmotherapy where I help teach and mentor. I also incorporate vitamins, supplements, nutrition, and whatever other supportive elements necessary to help a patient come to a state of balance. Sometimes I will take the time to provide hands on treatment if the situation warrants it. I have learned that even when the remedy is correct, the remedy may need support on a more base level. If the patient is not ready I don't begin with homeopathy. This way of practicing under the umbrella of being a Homeopath works well for me. Dr. Tinus Smits also used vitamins and supplements and isopathy. He used what he felt necessary to support and bring about a state of balance for his patients.

So, I read what was a Homeopath's tribute to Dr. Tinus Smits the other day and I was saddened by it. He was a great homeopath, so why did the author bring up the point, more than once, that some would question his method of treating, and what he treated with, and say that it wasn't "true" homeopathy? Who are these ideologues to say what belongs, or doesn't belong, with the practice of homeopathy? Obviously these ideologues haven't read Samuel Hahnemann's "Organon of the Medical Art". Specifically Hahnemann addresses the other therapeutic approaches popular in his day in aphorisms 286 - 291. What gives the practitioners of this God given way of healing such hubris?

There is so much to learn. The more you learn the more open you will be to learn more.





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Comment by Nick Churchill on May 5, 2010 at 1:32pm
Marilyn, this is all true. I know the person who wrote the obituary to be a very open-minded man. I guess some open-minded homeopaths get caught out too by people who are just outside their comfort zone. I remember him getting blasted in Links by George Vithoulkas on exactly the same charge.
Comment by Dr Guillermo Zamora on May 5, 2010 at 9:29pm
Dear Marilyn, members:

Definitely, any method should be subject to an analysis of effectiveness and consistency, as in any area, regardless of this could be a critical for the designer of such a method. I quote for example, the method used by Dr. AU Ramakrishnan in Cancer homeopathic approach, with which I agree. However, there are many others homeopaths whose disagree, despite of the statistical data. Then the most reasonable procedure would be to do a comparative study to know which is more effective and which has less aftermath on humans. The same applies to other forms of prescribing homeopathy and so it should be still for what has been established by the creator of the same (Samuel Hahnemann)...There are so many things to do (even ro research in authentic experimentación), and the only way to do it it is mantening us together, accepting criticism (when is constructive), and overall, accepting the results of those studies (trials).

Best wishes.
Comment by Debby Bruck on May 6, 2010 at 8:28am
It is best not to 'generalize' and create 'stereotypes.' When an individual is given the gift of healing, it does not necessarily need to be a classical homeopathic approach. In all cultures and populations, there are those who support and assist another human being 'along the way.' To be skilled at your craft, as an artist, who may uplift the spirit through a fine piece of music or grand piece of artwork, or simply being surrounded by this awesome universe, we only mimic the image of G-d, who wants to see us live in the way of 'reflecting' the similimum of compassion, kindness, giving, forgiveness, respect, understanding and all good and righteous attributes.

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