I hope your travels back home went well and were uneventful. My goals for this particular weekend were many but they focused on the nature of being a fully practicing homeopath, in the 21st century. Towards that end I had several themes I was working with. And before I start I wanted to thank you for helping us integrate the 5 students with the other qualified homeopaths and the medical doctors, who had been practicing for the past three and four decades.
First, I wanted to highlight the attack upon the homeopathic profession, and upon you. No matter who you are, in this profession in 2018, you have to deal with several aspects of this attack. Laying the framework Saturday morning, we delved deeply into the topic on Sunday. Specifically, the nature of the attack, and very specific things that you can say to your detractors, the specific things you can do to stop it in an elegant fashion, several aspects of our own history that you may not have known that should be helpful, and then specific actions that we can take to help our profession, as a profession. I think by Sunday afternoon this was covered deeply. Taking all of these things in consideration, I believe that the future may be very bright for us.
Second, we had several interviews with several folks of different ages and different complaints. In many ways this is a common story in our practices, unless of course we specialize. We do not know who is going to come through that door. That said, I wanted to highlight several points here.
1. As the UK is graying, and as we age with our patients, it is not unusual to begin to do hospice work, helping in the transition. I know many of us have not had this opportunity, but in fact you could be a great help here. We got a bit deep in this as the weekend progressed, but I promise you that you will be rewarded by this work.
2. Related, different patients come in with different forms of ailments. Sometimes, they are short and acute and sometimes chronic. Sometimes they are amenable to some sort of cure, and sometimes, you are working in the world of palliation. There are different issues involved here, and different way to consider these people. In terms of remedy selection, potencies etc. We got into specifics here.
3. The importance of a proper diagnosis, to help you understand what needs to be fixed, which symptoms to take, which rubrics to take, when to pay to which mental and emotional symptoms.
4. We had a nice discussion about autism, and in general you can use the concepts we discussed there to tease apart any diagnosis, to find the individual within the diagnosis.
5. Sometimes it is not only about a remedy. We saw a teen who had tragedy in the family, who responded in a nihilistic fashion. Aside from the remedy selection and the discussion around that, the focus was about pulling these sorts of kids, via other methods, into a brighter future. Sad story, really, but we have seen these sorts of teens really turn around, in a big way.
6. We had new patients and follow-ups. And I think you saw how we can get even a child with autism to open up, and “talk more than he has ever talked”. And it was very nice to see the Ferr-iod and the Helleb patients doing well!!!
7. We spoke about the different types of individual patients, and how they respond to stress, differently.
Third, related, long discussion with lots of different points, we spoke a great deal on cancer. And not just cancer, but how to understand and help patient better tolerate their treatments, and how to potentially make those treatments more effective.
Fourth, we discussed the different methods of perceiving the different forms of information that the patient gives us, via presentation in our different senses. Specifically, we teased apart, surgically, the different forms of symptoms. Folks, I have to say this one more time. It is so gratifying that many times when asking a complex question, everyone answered the same way. More on this in the repertorization.
Fifth, we spent a fair amount of time on the materia medica of several remedies, seeing them in a new more functional useable light: Conium, Curare, Phos, Ars-a, Apoc, Carb-v, Ant-t, Vip, arn, Staph, Med, Helleb, Arg-m, Agar, Plumb.
Sixth, we demonstrated with a variety of cases, how there is one method of repertorizing that removes most of the stumbling blocks, and errors, and difficulties in the repertory. And how we can end up with a remedy that we may not have easily considered. And there is a lot to say here. The highlights of course, is that it is a sort of foolproof method to use the repertory, to get to the right remedy. And as the cases progressed the point as made clearer. Attached in a separate attachment I am sending the repertorization of the man that did so nicely with Staphysagria. Note all the major point I made during our discussions, are encapsulated there. I have to end this one with the same point I made before. In Greece, when a case was presented another homeopath, 140 practicing homeopaths came up with 49 remedies none of them correct. But when a different group of 130 homeopaths worked the same material, using this method of Cycle and Segments, the came up with only 3 remedies, and one of them was the curative one. 130 people coming up with 3 remedies really does begin to approach a science. Over the decades, I see more and more teachers begins to use this or that piece of it, but, basically, I was really happy to see you all begin to get the hang of it, finally getting rid of the problems of the repertory.
Seventh, through the video cases and photographs of the incredibly torn flesh we explored the different ways to understand how to get to the right remedy. But as importantly and really connecting to the main original theme, how it is that many clinical trials in homeopathy fail, why they fail, and how to fix them so that they do not. As some of you mentioned, this is really a major step forward and should help a lot.
Eighth, we focused on the opioid crisis and the role within homeopathy. And specifically, how and where we fit in this part, what one role is for us, and how it can help us tremendously.
And that is more or less how my day goes in the office, acute, chronic, life threatening, mild, different types of pathologies, different ages, and all along having to deal with the politics of the moment we live in.
Thank you so much for your time, your insightful questions and points.