Thoughts on the world, homeopathy, mindfulness and food...
A collection of blog posts - feel free to respond with your thoughts and comments - I love to have feedback - thank you!
I amused myself this evening, with my doubt. I've sat in for three days, at a seminar talking about some amazing things. And much of it I'm all on board with, albeit it's quite different to my training so far. Seeing brain tumours disappear. Why wouldn't they?! Seeing bones regenerate where amputations were recommended - and following the progress on scans. No amputation needed and bone back to normal, osteosarcoma gone. And seeing Dr Banerji talk on the Magic Pills movie about how he's seen complete regression and return to normal tissue structure and function using homeopathic medicines. And I'm all there, nodding away. Happy so far.
So tonight I decided that I would look at using the food allergy protocol he told us about. With wheat I find that within 10-30 minutes my joints ache, and unfortunately for everyone around me they all know it as I moan and complain away! I also have uneven skin on my upper arm, which I've only in the last year or two discovered is quite a common gluten related symptom. I was under the hospital as a young child for years about this, with creams and potions, things to go in my bath, creams to go on my skin; off colourings in food, off dairy, and turns out cutting out wheat sorts it out, which I discovered 3 years or so ago. Smooth skin like everyone else! So the homeopathic approach to food allergy that I learnt over the weekend - what do I find myself doing but questioning it. I'm not sure it'll work for me. Really - so simple?! But what about individualising?!
'But what about individualising?' is one that I've mused over a lot since the seminar, but actually the protocols do individualise and adapt. So whilst there is a 'cookbook' style, based on the experience of someone who's seen thousands of cases, there is flexibility and adaptation within it.
The thing I find more fascinating right now is how quickly I'll jump to doubt. And I do this with my work too. Surely just that tablet can't... Oh, it did. And this case? It's pretty tough, nope, that got sorted too... There's a video I watched which I must try to dig out, where Dr Rajan Sankaran, an experienced and esteemed homeopath talks about the very same thing. For me that helps, keeps me on my toes. I'm out there looking to do my best - and see it working around me all the time.
Homeopathy is beyond many of our understandings as to the 'how'. And there are many researchers at various levels of understanding exploring different and equally fascinating models of 'how'. It seems at the moment there isn't one single 'how' that we're about to break through with, albeit there may be several.
I think it's wonderful to question. I clearly recall, and know I've mentioned it in my blog before, the incident when we passed a family group walking, heard a smack like sound, then an angry 'Don't you ever ask me why'. My response was to turn to my daughter and tell her to always ask me why. To question, to explore with an open mind has to be one of the best things we can do. And I hope I will continue to do it with my work. I would hope it drives me to improve the things I do all the time. I want to experience, to know with my heart and not just my mind, so I experiment and experience for myself.
So, whilst it might not be the most scientifically double blinded approach, I'm going to recommend that should you wish to find out more about homeopathy and if you've an issue you'd like some help with, perhaps you seek out a homeopath and 'suck it and see'. That's what I'll be doing tomorrow when I get started to see where I can get to with this wheat thing.
Updates to follow - watch this space!
With love and an open mind,
It's been a humbling, inspiring weekend. Again. I feel like I'm making a habit of it at the moment - and actually I've another one coming up as am jetting off to Manchester on Saturday. 'Jetting' may be the wrong term, singing my heart out in the car may be more accurate. Though I'm ready for less travelling so the rest of July I'll be really quiet!
So readers of my Facebook page may have spotted that I visited the Grenfell site on Friday morning, with the intent of helping to volunteer my time to do help support people who'd been affected by the fire. That in itself stops you in your tracks. Life-changing, makes you appreciate what you have - and also made me think again of what I have that doesn't matter (it's coming up to time for me to do that for my annual take-stock-of-all-the-things as we're off to WOMAD soon and I always come back realising that what actually matters will generally fit in the car...). Inspired here by the volunteers who are helping out daily, trying to get to locations, fix areas they can have pop up clinics and work out rotas to make sure places will be manned when they say they will be. There's so much sorrow, anger, grief around. Loss, suffering and uncertainty. So if you can do anything to help in any appeals that would be hugely appreciated, I'm sure.
Thursday, before the volunteering, was a 4Homeopathy meeting - which always makes me thankful for the people who are doing so much, much of it behind the scenes, without external awareness or thanks, but so much is happening to help homeopathy in the UK and globally. So good to see everyone there.
Then, I seem to be flitting around a little - I visited Tanya's in Chelsea which has apparently just re-opened. I met my dog's brother's human mama there. If you can follow that. We connected over a love of puppies, specifically the special litter we got them both from and I've loved her since. I also recommend Tanya's - and if you can go for a four and a half hour lunch, lots (and lots) of raw cake, share the lot and enjoy it all in the courtyard, I would urge you to go do it. Especially with one as gorgeous company as my dog's brother's human mama. Eat more (raw) cake is my take-home from there. And laugh. And love.
But the main point was my big weekend - Saturday, Sunday and Monday were spent at the Banerji Protocols seminar. In London, Dr Prasanta Banerji, ably assisted by his daughter and granddaughter, taught us so much over the weekend. Their research into brain tumours with the treatment of ultra dilute medicine, is perhaps the one most people are aware of. It's here if you'd like to read it. We learnt much more about how Dr Prasanta and Dr Pratip Banerji work, along with their team, around their protocols, the numbers of patients they see and the illnesses they work with. We saw slides showing progress, monitored by Xray, MRI, and heard accounts of homeopathic medicines saving people from amputations, surgery and, again, changing lives. This time for the better.
Here, in the UK, I'm sure you wouldn't get to see cases as extreme as some we discussed, and often patients may have already had surgery or dealt with issues in a conventional way. Yet there is still so much that can be done to help and assist, and I've come away, with my brain full of more information, intrigued and excited to start using it here and there. I was chatting on the way home - I get many good results doing what I do, so am not in a big rush to change these, but there are areas where there can be improvements made, places that the work I've studied over the weekend may well be helpful and am looking forward to finding out more as I go along.
What was particularly amazing is Dr Prasanta's humble nature, his clear compassion for humanity, desire to help those who can't afford to pay him fees, his humour, and energy - for any man, but here, an 84 year old man, it's really wonderful to see.
So next weekend is Dr Jonathan Hardy at the North West College of Manchester. Jonathan undertook his final year thesis on homeopathy whilst a medical student and has worked with it ever since (I have a sneaky suspicion that that was before I was even thought of as a concept let alone born...). He's a wonderful lecturer to listen to - very different to what I've had this weekend, and equally inspiring.
And then, perhaps a rest from travelling for a while :)
So, an update from my blog where I talked about heading over to Malta for a research conference; I said I might, and I did. I danced. Barefoot, under the full moon, and then I swam, with beautiful mermaid like homeopaths, in the sea as the moon shone on us. And I felt blessed that there are people doing the work that is being done out there. I danced on the same dance floor as some remarkable people (to be fair I think all people are remarkable, but on this occasional these were doing remarkable research-y things).
From Stephan Baumgartner, who got interested in homeopathy at the age of 17, and decided that he had to study in a different field to try and be able to explain how it worked, so undertook a PhD in physics, and now supervises and researches; to his students, full of life, enthusiasm and interest for the topic and their research. From Alex Tournier, previously involved in research for a large UK organisation now heading up the Homeopathy Research Institute, to Peter Fisher who is The Queen's doctor and is active in working with and supporting homeopathic research. From Liz Thompson, working tirelessly in Bristol supporting patients with cancer (and other chronic conditions) - one of them being my sister, to Emma Marcías-Cortes presenting on depression and homeopathy having done the study within a hospital setting in Mexico. Doctors all of them. Whether PhD or medical doctors, all with higher qualifications, intelligent, enquiring minds and wonderfully curious natures.
Not, that is, that everyone attending was a doctor or had a doctorate, nor was there any feeling that everyone should have. It was an inclusive event of everybody and the spirit of co-operation was high between all. The feeling that we need a global conversation, to help and assist homeopathy in its growth and development was a strong one.
To be amongst the people there, amongst the research going on and being presented all weekend was a privilege and an honour. The conference, much of it organised by Rachel Roberts (who also during the conference presented an in-depth analysis of the shockingly flawed Australian Report into homeopathy) and Simon Wilkinson-Blake, with help from others, stood out as a fabulous event. An incredible, seafront venue, excellent hotel, amazing service. Presentations were of high quality and intriguing, and the feeling to come away with was priceless. The connections made between other homeopaths working around the world was so valuable.
There'll be more updates available on the conference as time goes by - do keep an eye out on the Homeopathy Research Institute page (which is well worth exploring anyway, for anyone, particularly for more sceptically minded readers of this blog), and on their Facebook page. And for homeopathic colleagues, I'd pop a note in your diary for London 2019 which will be the next HRI conference.
A quickie blog - as I watched updates of the fire in London today it brought back memories of just over 5 years ago.
One fateful morning, around 2am, I awoke, convinced that we were about to be murdered. Gunmen were trying to break down our door, and shots rang out in the dark night. Shouting and an excited rabble of people added further to the confusion. Why would they be shouting that our house was about to be burnt down if they weren't trying to flush us out and kill us?!
To give a little bit of backstory, it probably hadn't helped that I was reading a novel set in Rwanda in the time of the Hutus and Tutsis, covering some of the massacres that happened in 1994. We'd come back from camping the night before and I'd read til 11pm or so, so waking at 2am to crackling sounds, gunshots, and people shouting my dream morphed with reality to create a terrifying time for me. How would I, how could I protect Isla from this? Would we survive?
Fortunately the reality wasn't as bad as my initial waking 'reality' but it was still pretty horrendous. We are one of a small terrace. The middle of 5 houses, and one of the end houses was on fire. A fire that had started presumably in the loft space or upper part of the house, flames were licking ten foot into the sky. My neighbour, with her knuckles bleeding by that time, was hammering on our doors - front and back - the terror and a deep sleep had made me particularly to raise. The gunshot sounds were (apart from being common apparently - I later learnt) ammunition exploding as there were bullets stored in the loft too.
Standing away from the houses and watching it, wondering if we would have any possessions and if the fire crew would be able to put it out before it spread along the terrace, was a strange experience. It probably was not helped by my lack of usual pile of clothes on the bedroom floor - arriving back from camping and having a much desired bath meant I had no PJs on, so clinging a dressing gown around me in the warm night - which was probably the least of my worries but still makes me smile - a warning never to be too tidy!!
The fire was put out by around 5/6am, but they had to go through my immediate neighbour's loft to access it fully. So we were 'safe', and as close as I'd ever like to be to that again. The entire first floor was wiped out by the fire and whilst no people were harmed there were pets who sadly died in it.
Experiencing it was huge for me, and I was aware at the time that homeopathy could help me deal with the shock. For some reason I decided that I would experience the shock, so that perhaps I might be better able to understand how shock affects a person. It's a while ago for me but I remember waking early, sleeping far less, feeling 'wired' much of the time and definitely being on overdrive. It went on weeks until I decided enough experiencing this was enough and for me, went with Aconite as a first option, repeated several times, which definitely helped me to move forwards with more sleep, less anxiety. Mindfulness exercises helped, but for me the homeopathy definitely helped to smooth the edges.
There are many other remedies that might help in PTSD and also in acute shock. I'd always look to consult a homeopath for more assistance - particularly for working with PTSD.
Sending love to everyone involved and a part of the incident in London today, but also all over the world where things are going on causing acute shock and trauma daily.
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I've recently returned from the Homeopathy Research Institute Conference in Malta where I was working for the HRI. I had a wonderful time, and feel the need for a blog update around the conference in general very soon. But I'm currently feeling proud of myself and thought would share it here in case it struck a chord with anyone else.
So, back at the end of December, just after (but not like the morning after the night before kind of thing) my solstice gathering, I thought I'd like to have another wee drinking challenge. This time, to not consume alcohol for a year. Later in the year, on the 27th March to be exact, I shared this with my daughter - that I was going to do this. "I don't think you'll be able to do that mum" was her encouraging response. Well, this mama loves a challenge, so, so be it - my dry year started again* (I'd had a sip of red wine and that wasn't good enough apparently for my 10 year old setter of protocols).
I've just been through what I had flagged up as my biggest test, the conference, with prosecco and wine flowing freely, many good friends drinking alongside me, music and dancing, and am happy to say I passed. I danced barefoot under the stars, swam under the full moon, laughed, chatted and enjoyed every minute of it. Less sleep than perhaps maybe I needed, but that's life and it was exciting to be there. And no hangovers. No feeling ropey, and really just feeling pretty great.
I'm excited to be continuing with it, and had a lovely chat with a friend around it all whilst in Rome, which it may help to share here - my feeling is that it's a challenge, a game, something to play with and experiment with, as opposed to a fixed need to comply with anything. It makes things easier for me to do; to see it as this, rather than a direct instruction, which I may be prone to resist and move away from (even my own - I can be that obstinate!).
There's different views, some feel that alcohol is helpful in preventing dis-eases, others it enhances our great time (but I want to have a great time consciously?!) and I feel here isn't the time and place for that discussion. From what I've read I'm unconvinced about the evidence around the reduction in dis-ease. If Malta has taught me nothing else it's that your research needs to be a high standard, replicable too, and I'm not sure what I've read so far has shown me that. I would be intrigued to read much further, but there is a large pile of fascinating books in the way, and I'm enjoying experimenting with my own health (and I feel good for it!) first before I delve into the research around this more.
I think this may continue for me, in a flexible way, like my whole food plant based lifestyle does. I can eat whatever I want to but happily choose to do it this way. Should there come a time I change my mind, then I change but for now can't see it being anything other than how it is for now. Kefir, of course, with its probiotic and fermented qualities does not count.... ;)
I know I've mentioned it already but if you wanted to try it out then perhaps to set it up as a game, a challenge, which always helps me. We're all different though so if that doesn't sound good and you want to have a go, work out what would work for you and have a play. Clearly I'm not referring to people with a serious addiction issue and always professional help should be sought in these cases.
*Celebrating the initial dates not the re-start - gotta be proud of each bit!
I've had such a beautiful day today that it's tinged with a little sadness that I'm leaving this part of the world tomorrow, where the elderflower is coming out (champagne anyone?!), the buttercups are flowering in the meadows and my potatoes are taking over our teeny garden space. I'm very content being here, working in a 1:1 environment, seeing clients, working with social media and walking in nature daily (I'm still trying to run...). It's the perfect time for barefoot walking here at the moment and I've also made it into the river for a few swims - complete with heron flying overhead, fish jumping and great company. It's heavenly. Visit Yorkshire if you've not been - and come in May/June time, it's been really wonderful this season. Or better yet maybe don't - and all the quieter for me ;)
But leave it I shall, and I jet off to a conference tomorrow. Well, first for my preconference mini break for Tuesday and some of Wednesday. The conference is the Homeopathy Research Institute Conference, and this year runs in Malta attracting delegates and presenters from around the world. The research is all of a high quality and the conference program is packed, allowing for many presentations in the short time that we're there. I'll be working there so won't see everything but do know that the last two conferences were all available online afterwards for people to download the presentations, and will be able to catch up later on the interesting bits that I missed.
And interesting bits I expect there will be a-plenty. I've been musing recently over the state of homeopathy, and homeopaths in the UK in particular but also around the world. The skeptic attacks, which have escalated over the last 10 years seem to have had something of their desired effect. Less NHS homeopathy facilities, less homeopaths, more fear in the community. We no longer describe what we can help people with on our websites, we talk in vague terms of 'helping the whole person' and whilst to some extent this is right - it's truly amazing how many times you give a remedy for some symptoms and the patient returns the following month to say how something they never told you about is so much better, to another way of thinking it's not helpful. People want to know if you've helped with depression, insomnia, IBS, anxiety before in practice. Still the people who've been helped with those and tell their friends and they appear to be not stopping talking.
So back to the conference. It's amazing how much we seem to have to justify what we do. I don't know of another profession who has had the need to do it as much as in the world of homeopathy (so please do tell me if you're aware of one). It's always a treat to be amongst people where you can have a conversation about your work without waiting to either have to explain more (which is of course fine) or be told it's pointless and doesn't work (clearly contrary to much of your experience working with it on a daily basis). But to see repeated results, in both laboratory and clinical settings. To observe plants respond to homeopathic remedies (surely that at least has to get rid of the placebo argument?), to see the results of many researchers from all over the world. And also to hear their stories. I was in Rome 2 years ago, but not in Barcelona two years previous although Gustavo Bracho was there. It was him who inspired Ananda More (my interview with Ananda is here) to make Magic Pills, a documentary film about homeopathy which had its World Premiere last night. Gustavo found that despite having successfully used homeopathy in an epidemic (with a group of 2.3 million or so people) he was initially unable to publish his findings in any conventional medical journal. Gustavo wasn't a homeopath, but he was a scientist and part of the Finlay Institute in Cuba, and importantly, a part of a solution to a leptospirosis epidemic. It's not just us in the UK that there's a clamp down on it appears.
Interesting. So out I go, out of my quiet nature bubble of my woods, rivers and leave my wolf and family and head into the beauty of Malta, the beauty of being around people who really get what I do (which isn't to say there's not plenty of them here too). Some fabulous homeopathy research updates. And maybe just a little bit of dancing too...
I am constantly grateful to our horse for introducing me to homeopathy. The placebo argument feels slightly less strong in a ton of horse, taking a tiny white tablet which was given in a carved out bit of carrot for five days**. Which stopped us having to have 6 weekly steroid injections into her eyelid, and ultimately seemed to save her eye (especially a relief having spoken to others who had the same condition and ended up with a one eyed horse - good for a pirate comedy or something but seems a little bit wasteful if there's another way). And for nearly dying on the conventional treatment for Cushing's disease, then making a total comeback on that with a trialled and proven effective homeopathic treatment for that.
I am all for the vets not being bullied like they are being for something I see doing such beautiful work. Read more about what you can do to help.
I am pretty happy that non-trialled, individualised homeopathic prescribing helped me drive my car, or us be driven, with a happy dog, not one that would vomit each time we went out. There is nothing amusing about arriving somewhere with vomit dribbling down your inner thigh because you'd sat in the back to hopefully help the dog have an easier journey and she chose to vomit all over you in return...
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** Although to give some their case, they would say she knew we knew we wanted her to get better. Why we didn't want her to get better whilst paying a fortune to other vets I'm not sure. I haven't grasped that bit of their argument yet.
Inspired by a blog I read recently - The Top 10 Poisons To Keep Away From Your Kids, which had information, but not so much of a survival guide. It gave you the what but not the how.
So I thought I'd mention a few things that I'd been thinking over for a while about getting by in today's busy, modern world.
Vaccines were one of the top things mentioned in the article, and I would like to say here that this isn't something that I choose to advise clients on, although my belief around pretty much every decision we make is that it needs to be an informed choice. There are pros and cons to both sides of any argument, some of which aren't highlighted often. There are many books, webpages, there are now documentaries you can watch and see other sides of a long argument and make a more informed decision. It's not an easy decision to make, or at least it wasn't for me. What I do find reassuring though, is that there's lots can do to minimise negative reactions to them e.g. using homeopathic medicines, certain supplements to help eliminate toxins and reduce inflammation. You may choose to be supporting the gut with certain foods and probiotics. Negative reactions to vaccines can and do occur and they seem to be swept under the carpet by the medical establishment, but there are ways to help support the body should these happen. CEASE Therapy is another system that has worked well for helping over toxic systems to return to a better place of balance. Working with homeopathy, isopathy, and orthomolecular medicine, it's another option that may help support patients if this area appears to have been challenging health-wise.
Foods were mentioned in the article - I find in this area it's easier to avoid issues (although label reading makes me feel like a neurotic mum but I get over that and get on with it). I remember reading years ago how MSG was linked to Motor Neurone Disease aside from many other issues - and there is no need for it in foods anyway... I'm not sure who or what is driving the current trend towards 'no added sugar drinks' - honestly, give me sugar over these sweeteners any day (I may be the only one so make your own choices) but I aim for no sweeteners in drinks (those handy to pack fruit shoots are a no-no here).
Freshly juiced drinks can be a wonderful alternative - and the kids can get involved (and the big kids) in creating crazy concoctions. Maybe to start with stay pretty simple - a 2 apple, 1/3 lemon base is a good start to then add other bits gently into - try strawberry, or carrot and see where you go from there. I'm going to have another juicing/smoothie session coming up soon so shout if you'd like to come along for some ideas (email@example.com). You can also add sparkling water so no one feels like they're missing out (OK almost anyway).
Organic foods are my preference, and I would say these are probably dictated by availability and individual budget. Buy the best you can with the budget you've got (and check out the dirty dozen and clean fifteen for more ideas).
Making your own instead of processed food. It's easy - although admittedly more time consuming - but a great investment.
We choose to stay away from animal products which was for health based reasons after reading The China Study. The whole thing is well worth a read, and less arduous than I thought it would be (I put it off for ages), but in case you're tempted to leave it too, there's a cheat sheet here - www.wellandgood.com/good-food/china-study-cheat-sheet-10-things-you-need-to-know/. If you want to eat and drink animal based foods, then I'd definitely go organic, grass fed wherever possible, and also cut down on consumption to where you can.
It's easier than ever to buy natural cleaning products and I would choose to do this over add toxins to your home. It's slightly less easy to make them - although many can be fairly easily created - I am aware that the 'just whip up some natural window/toilet/shower cleaner' might be the straw that breaks the natural living commitment's back - so take it easy and buy clean cleaners to start with.
Have some 'good house plants' around - spider plants are easy to care for requiring minimal attention and apparently doing a great job of getting rid of toxic substances in new houses and ready build furniture. We try and have one in most rooms.
Some toxins need to be taken, for example, my sister has been on a hefty cocktail of chemo drugs for a brain tumour. And she has been able to help her body deal with that using homeopathy, along with other therapies. She sailed through radio - to the amazement of the medical staff around her, again using supportive therapies. There are many things you can do to make 'harder' times that bit easier and help to minimise side effects.
Have a watch of Dr Jean-Lionel Bagot here, where he talks about how he helps patients minimise side effects of chemotherapy and other treatments, using homeopathy.
This is a system I've opted to use with people. My preferred choice in working with anyone is that homeopathy is used as part of an integrated system. Having an 'either/or' approach is often not helpful, and it's my preference to be a part of a team, not a solo practitioner.
Get the wifi switched off - especially at nights. I think we're doing a whole experiment in constant radiation at the moment, and the way our direction of health is going, I'm not sure I'd be volunteering to stay in it til the end. At nights our body has the space to help repair damaged tissues and this is important healing time. We're also more susceptible to it then it appears, so especially if you've small children in the house, but really for anyone - switch off at night.
Don't go crazy over this stuff (I tried that last year and it really didn't help me) - I think it can really hard to negotiate your way through - even sometimes the yogurt aisle (no Nestle (obviously I've been boycotting them for years ever since their formula milk debacle in Africa in the 90s), no dairy, minimal packaging (and make sure it's recyclable)... and sometimes you may just have to recognise this is the world we live in and that's how it is. So be kind on yourself whilst trying to figure out a way through, seek help and make sure you remember to go barefoot now and again and dance around the kitchen whilst you cook (your organic, whole food, plant based dinner with coconut oil (from sustainable sources of course) no GMOs, MSG and aspartame)...
Thanks for reading - and do get in touch with any queries or comments,
So, I've said it. There is so much of talking about what we can do, proving that homeopathy works (and I'm excited to be going to Malta next week to the Homeopathy Research Institute Conference - where I know that will be demonstrated time and again that homeopathy works, in vitro, in labs, in plants, in people, with statistically significant results), and sharing of success stories. There is so much defence to both the well meaning doubters and the pharma funded vitriol that we feel we have to do. We may have to do. There are people would prefer we didn't do what we do. So maybe it's normal that we don't talk about the fact we might not be able to 'fix' everyone.
I see results in my clinic. Many people get better. Many people recommend their friends/family members/colleagues. When I ask clients where they heard about me, the biggest group are those from word of mouth. So I'm doing something OK. But there are people who I haven't been able to help as much as I would like.
My promise is never that I'll make anyone better. It's that I'll do my best to help deal with what's going on for them and to help move to a healthier place. I've often an image of where and what I'd like that to be, and many times we get there, sometimes we don't. But I work hard to do my best in each case.
Encouraging, as a practitioner, are the cases we see the 'masters' of homeopathy present in seminars, where they worked together with clients and 20 remedies later, months down the road, after they had made some small shifts but on finding 'that' remedy that really matched the individual, the changes were profound and long lasting. There is reassurance to be gained that I'm not alone at not knowing everything right away. And I'm aware it's a fairly high standard I hold myself accountable to, but to think that I can totally understand a person after a 2 hour time could be seen as quite arrogant. Sometimes I can get it, other times it takes me more time.
I was pondering this today on our drive to visit my daughter's homeopath. There were a few issues that I had wanted her to consult with someone for, and we went to a few well known, and a few well recommended people over the last 5 years. With mixed results. Then on seeing Annie, her current homeopath, she perceived well what was going on for her, gave a remedy and things really moved. Does this mean the others were no good? Definitely not. Some present internationally and are really excellent at what they do. But they weren't the right person for her.
I'm not suggesting a merry-go-around as people head from one person to the next in search of a 'magic bullet' remedy. But to bear in mind that not every one of us is right for every one out there. And all our knowledge differs. I've a wonderful case recently where I felt like I was working for ages on something with them, and coming up with nothing. Then on reading a 'new' remedy, a penny dropped, I gave it and great, great results within a short space of time. In a condition that modern conventional medicine has no answers for, so it was particularly lovely to be able to help.
It can also depend on our own state of health that we're in when we begin the process. Some people are in a very chronic, broken down place and there may be palliation possible but not reversal of dis-ease. Others, it's possible to reverse and see the 'rapid, gentle and permanent restoration of health' that was Hahnemann's aim. Case to case will differ on an individual basis. I think we have more idea after an initial session and two follow ups although things can take more time sometimes to see where they're going.
I'm also not suggesting everyone hangs in there forever, but sometimes it is not an instant process and takes work and a little bit of time and patience. No homeopath worth their salt (in my opinion) would tell you they got 100% results 100% of the time. So yes, it's possible that homeopathy might not work for you, but I can pretty much guarantee your homeopath will work hard to do their best for you.
That, I guess is one of the challenges of our role. This medicine is precise, is beautiful and life changing but as to one size fits all? That would certainly make our life easier. For example we have 1152+ homeopathic medicines listed for head pain. Easier to just pass the paracetamol? But long term... I'm very happy I didn't just stop there.
Happy to answer questions you may have around homeopathy or how it may or may not help what you're going through. I'm fully booked until 27th June at the moment, but always happy speak if that helps and we can arrange to properly consult later if needed.
With best wishes,
I'm a Homeopath working in the Skipton (North Yorkshire) area. I am also able to offer food intolerance testing using Kinesiology and advice around diet and lifestyle.
Em Colley MARH, Practitioner of Classical Homeopathy, BSc(Hons) Psychology and Neuroscience
Focussed Mindfulness Practitioner
Dip (SNHS) Kinesiology
Dip (SNHS) Holistic Nutrition
Certificate in Whole Food, Plant Based Nutrition