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A practitioners thoughts

By Vera Resnick. Homoeopath.

I have recently been reading material about the sensation method, with what seems to me to be back-tracking disguised as inclusiveness, with a new insistence on the value and importance of repertory and materia medica. All this termed, in political correctness, synergy.

For some odd reason, political correctness now seems to lead the homoeopathic field – and I have no idea how it got there. Hahnemann started off with something fairly straightforward – give substances to healthy people, write down the effects, use those symptoms to find the substance with similar symptoms to those of the disease. Really just hitchhiking on an investigated quirk of nature, “like cures like”, something that has proven itself in observation and experimentation.

But then the political correctness insinuated its way into the story, here in the importance of inclusion. One must never exclude. One mustn’t exclude the doctors with many years of experience in allopathic medicine and little or no knowledge of homoeopathy. One mustn’t exclude combining allopathic methods with homoeopathy, indeed, combining any methods with homoeopathy. One mustn’t exclude provings carried out in other ways, through sleep, dreams, meditations, or just a thought or two. One mustn’t exclude other ways of giving remedies, whether just thinking about a remedy, writing it down on a piece of paper, using hair transmission. One mustn’t exclude methods based on hand gestures, plant sensations, facial characteristics, auras, pseudo psychological analysis and assumption regarding delusions and more. And one certainly must not exclude the current reigning princes of homoeopathy, who certainly all include each other to preserve the charismatic status quo.

One mustn’t exclude. And those of us who do (and I am one of them – but I think you, gentle reader, know that already) are labeled rigid, old-fashioned, lacking in sufficient knowledge and understanding of modern methods and their great contribution to homoeopathy today.

And truth is – they are right! I’m old fashioned. I believe that the person who developed a method probably knew more about it than those who took his ideas and turned them into something else. Especially when that person said “experience alone declares it, and I believe more in experience than in my own intelligence.” So if that’s the method I want to use – I need to go to source. That’s where I want to begin. Organon. Provings. Lesser Writings.

When messing with other people’s health – and that is what we homoeopaths are doing – I want to stay as close as possible to the certain and sure. Where is that certainty in the sensation method? Where is it in the periodic table? And in case-taking – where is it in the arrogance of the practitioner who believes he can understand the deepest motivators, characteristics and behaviours of the human being sitting opposite him? Where treatment becomes more about the homoeopath’s personal sixth sense, rather than about objective information regarding the patient’s disease, and specialized objective observation that should be part of every homoeopath’s training?

Certainty rests on clear principles, on procedures which can be repeated and which produce results. As soon as a method moves away from the objective and the observed into the murky world populated by words such as “I felt”, “I believed”, “the patient seemed to be”, and by concepts such as delusions, imaginations, and the practitioner’s interpretations of the patient’s deeply repressed emotions – we have moved away from the certain.

And when moving away from certainty is justified through politically correct dictates of inclusion – well that way lies madness. And a world full of naked Emperors…

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Clinical hints: Aconite


The convulsions arrested or prevented by Aconite are not dependent upon a chronic constitutional taint, but result from a sudden nervous shock, such as fright, or are of recent origin, as in the puerperal, state; the face is red, hot and sweaty, with other symptoms as above.

In hysterical spasms, neuralgias, congestions, hemorrhages, and effects of shock from injury or fright, the terrible mental distress characteristic of the drug must be the guide to its successful use;also after exposure to sun or great heat, with a plethoric appearance, some anaesthesia or great sensitiveness to touch, Acon. may be used always with mental anxiety and acute sensitiveness to pain.

The pains are usually acute, sticking, and often associated with or followed by numbness.

Restlessness and agonized tossing about are essential in a case requiring Aconite.

In delirium, with ravings about death, hot face and head; effects of fright; fear of crowds or of death, with anguish, etc.

The headache associated with fever is a hot, full, pulsating, bursting pain, with flushed face, etc., reminding one of Bell.; the neuralgia of scalp and skull varies; usually sharp, shooting along nerves (Spig.), drawing, tense, numb (Verbasc.), or pulsating (Glon.).

The anterior portion of head is usually involved.

The peculiar mental distress accompanies all the headaches (clinically).

In the first stage of acute inflammations of various tissues of the eye and its appendages, with heat, dryness and sharp pain, before any exudation has taken place.

Acute inflammation from foreign bodies, etc.

In acute aggravations of chronic disease (catarrh, trachoma, etc.).

In recent paralysis from cold.

In ciliary and orbital neuralgia.

Acute symptoms from overstrain of muscles.

inflammation of external parts, even involving the tympanum, with fever, excruciating pain, caused by a draught of cold air.

Neuralgia, involving ear and parts about it.

Incipient coryza, nares hot and dry, or with hot fluid discharge, with chills and fever.

Haemorrhage of bright, hot blood, with anxiety (Ham., Secale, Phos., Croc., blood dark).

The expression in fever is flushed and anxious, in neuralgia pinched and suffering in tetanus drawn and rigid.

The neuralgia commonly cured results from cold, is of recent origin, and usually associated with tingling and numbness (Verbascum).

Several cases of tetanus have been cured.

Neuralgic toothache.

Teething with hot inflamed gums, great distress, etc.

The tongue often feels swollen with the fever; acute glossitis, with dry hot mouth (Mercur. with salivation).

Acute inflammation of various portions of the throat, with swelling, dryness, sticking pain (rarely, if ever, indicated after infiltration, exudation or ulceration has taken place).

Acon. is indicated in distress at the stomach, retching and vomiting (especially of green substances), associated, with fever (at the outset of an eruptive disease), or without fever following a severe shock, such as fright, or with sudden suppression of menstruation or perspiration, with anxiety and restlessness; occasionally also in infants during dentition when the general state corresponds.


In various inflammatory processes, peritonitis; enteritis, in the early stage with severe, agonizing pain, tossing about, high fever, etc.; violent colic from cold; early inflammatory symptoms in the hepatic region; severe inflammation or engorgement of the pelvic viscera when the other conditions correspond, Aconite has been promptly efficacious.

Violent pain in rectum, with chill and fever, inflammation, tenesmus and bloody discharges (dysentery), in early stage.

Bleeding piles, with heat and sharp stitches, blood bright.

Diarrhoea, stools green, watery, after a chill or fright.

Choleraic discharges with collapse, deathly anxiety and restlessness.

Acute inflammation of various parts, with fever, hot urine, great agony at the thought of micturition, etc.

Retention of urine (especially in infants).

In fever the urine is dark, hot and scanty, but with no evidence of nephritis.

Rare cases of congestion of the kidney, with bloody urine; pain in kidneys, fever, etc.

Acute prostratitis, from cold especially, supervening on chronic disease.

Suppressed or painful menstruation from violent emotions (fright), sudden chill, with anguish, fever, etc.

Metrorrhagia, bright and hot, with general Aconite symptoms.

Acute orchitis, with general fever.

The Aconite cough is dry, either short hacking or hard ringing and croupy, it hurts the larynx (in laryngitis) or the chest (in pleurisy or pneumonia).

In the first stage of membranous croup, with high fever, great anxiety and restlessness, it will often abate the attack.

(Iodine is also applicable at this stage of high fever, but the patient is quiet and the exudation has already become plastic; after the fever abates neither Acon. nor Iodine is indicated).

The cough is aggravated by warmth (on expiration) usually.

In congestion of the lungs, with great oppression, distress and anxiety, expectoration of bright, hot blood.

In the hyperaemic stage of inflammations of the thoracic viscera (with the general indications), prior to exudation, Acon. will be found invaluable.

After Acon. either Iodine or Bryonia follows well; both these have high fever without anguish, both seem to be associated with an exudative process.

Acute symptoms occurring during the progress of chronic diseases occasionally require Acon.

Exceedingly valuable in acute inflammations, with fever, stitches at heart, violent beating and anguish.

The febrile pulse of Acon. is full, hard and rapid.

In cardiac inflammations requiring Acon., the patient must lie on the back with the head raised.

Neuralgia, especially of the upper extremities, with numbness of the limb as if the blood did not circulate freely, resulting from a sudden check of perspiration; finds a prompt remedy in Acon.

(Aconitum uncinatum, from Virginia, has made some brilliant cures of this sort.).

Neuralgic pains in the lower limbs point to its use in sciatica.

Acute muscular rheumatism of the back and limbs occasionally demands Acon., but it is rarely useful in true arthritic inflammations.

It will be noticed that the pains are usually drawing, tense and numb and relieved by open air.

While Acon. is not applicable to the cure of diseases of the skin dependent on a constitutional dyscrasia, yet its power to produce vesicles associated with the neuralgic pains naturally leads to its use in the prodromal stage of Herpes zoster (Ram. b.).

The nervous sensations, especially formication and the asleep-sensation,point to its use in certain neuroses.

The Aconite fever is sthenic in type and for the most part not remittent, though the aggravation towards evening is decided.

It is not useful in fever as a symptom of any form of malarial or septic poisoning, nor of a localized inflammatory process, but is adapted to a general febrile state without a pathological lesion (in this respect differing from Iodine, Bryonia, Gelsemium, etc.).

The never-failing characteristic is the mental anguish, without which Aconite is useless; if the patient be quiet and apathetic Acon. is not the remedy, no matter how high the temperature; thirst and restlessness are present.

Frequently there are alternations of chill and fever, but the sweat is usually critical and terminates the attack.

It is valuable in the chilly as well as the febrile stage preceding the development of many eruptions and lesions, but when the preliminary storn has passed and the lesion has become established, the picture changes from Aconite to some other remedy.

It has proved palliative in cardiac dyspnoea (Curare, Phos..) (with “Cheyne-Stokes” respiration).

Homoeopathy explained

By John Henry Clarke, M. D.

Homœopathy, Allopathy & Enantiopathy :
Three Ways of Utilising Drug Action.

     Why the allopathic section of the profession should be so wrathful with Hahnemann is not a little surprising. For not only did Hahnemann discover homœopathy, he discovered allopathy as well. Allopathy existed before his time, just as homœopathy did in a way, but it was unconscious of its own existence. The profession had been practising allopathy all its life – as M. Jourdain had been talking prose – without knowing it. It was Hahnemann who gave it its name ; and if he is the father of homœopathy he is at least the godfather of allopathy as well, and on that account deserves to have his bust in the medical school of both sections.

     Hahnemann pointed out there were three principal ways of using drugs – the homœopathic, the allopathic, and the antipathic or enantiopathic. The homœopathic is the like – to – like method, in which a medicine is given to a sick person because it is capable of producing similar state when given to healthy one – similia similibus. The allopathic method is that in which the drug given, being “without any pathological relation to what is naturally diseased in the body, attacks the part most exempt from the disease.” The enantiopathic is the opposite of the homœopathic, and is the treatment by contraries. This treatment is palliative merely. When a large dose of opium is given to overcome sleeplessness ; or when an astringent is given to arrest diarrhœa, or a purgative is given to remove constipation – these are examples of antipathic treatment. But many diseases, such as inflammation, for example have no “opposites” except health, and these can not be treated by this method, and must be treated, if at all, in one of the other two ways.

     When an emetic is given to relieve a cold on the chest, an action is produced different in place and kind from the condition treated, and this is allopathic. Again, when a patient treats himself for headache by taking an aperient, he practises allopathy ; and again, when a medical man puts a blister behind a patient’s ear to cure inflammation of his eye, the treatment is allopathic. When on the other hand, in a case of headache we give a drug like Belladonna or Glonoin (nitro-glycerine), both of which produce produce a variety of headaches of great intensity when taken by the healthy, then we are practising homœopathy.

     It is true that the majority of the medical profession scorn the idea of there being any rule to guide them in practice, and for this reason, I suppose, on the lucus a non lucendo principle, insist on being called nothing else but “regular”. If they did not scorn logic as well as rule, these practitioners would call themselves medical anarchists.


Latest Flu Shot Payout


The June 2014 report from the Department of Justice on damages paid by the U.S. Government to vaccine victims was recently published on the U.S. Department of Health and Human Resources website. There were 120 cases of vaccine injuries decided. 78 cases received compensation, while 42 cases were denied.

As in previous reports, the June 15, 2014, report covering a 3-month period shows that the flu vaccine is the most dangerous vaccine in America. 78 cases were awarded settlements for vaccine injuries, with 55 of the settlements being for the flu shot, including one death. Most of the settlements for injuries due to the flu shot were for Guillain-Barré Syndrome. Other flu vaccine injuries included: Chronic Inflammatory Demyelinating Polyneuropathy, Rheumatoid arthritis, Shingles, Brachial plexus neuropathy, Bell’s Palsy, Brachial neuritis, Transverse myelitis, Lichenoid drug eruption, and Narcolepsy….

… As can be seen in this report and other reports from government payments for vaccine injuries, Guillain-Barré Syndrome (GBS) is the most common side effect and injury due to the flu vaccination.

What is Guillain-Barré Syndrome? Here is the definition the CDC gives:

“Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS) is a rare disorder in which a person’s own immune system damages their nerve cells, causing muscle weakness and sometimes paralysis. GBS can cause symptoms that last for a few weeks. Most people recover fully from GBS, but some people have permanent nerve damage. In very rare cases, people have died of GBS, usually from difficulty breathing.”

Compare this to the CDC definition for Polio:

“Polio is an infectious disease caused by a virus that lives in the throat and intestinal tract. Up to about 72% of susceptible persons infected with polio have no symptoms. However, infected persons without symptoms can still spread the virus and cause others to develop polio. About 24% of infected susceptible persons have minor symptoms such as fever, sore throat, upset stomach, or flu-like symptoms and have no paralysis or other serious symptoms. About 1-5% develop aseptic meningitis with stiffness of the back, back, or legs, and in some persons increased or abnormal sensations a few days after the minor illness resolves. These symptoms typically last from two to ten days, followed by complete recovery. Less than 1% of polio cases result in paralysis of the limbs (usually the legs). Of those cases resulting in paralysis, 5-10% of the patients die when the respiratory muscles are paralyzed.”

The fact that GBS is one of the side effects of the annual flu vaccine is well known and documented. The package insert of the flu vaccine even lists a warning regarding GBS:

“If Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS) has occurred within 6 weeks of previous influenza vaccination, the decision to give Fluzone should be based on careful consideration of the potential benefits and risks.”

Did you know that? Are you screened and asked questions prior to receiving a flu vaccine to see if you have any risks based on pre-existing conditions?”



Wm. T., aged 23 occupation clerk, consulted me, complaining of an impairment of speech, which had lasted seventeen years. No cause could be learned, although his mother and others had been interviewed.

The case as taken presented the following :
February 16. Mentally he is weak indifferent for the most part, with times of irritation and petulance. Aphonia < between 4 and 5 P. M., at which time the voice is the merest whisper ; < in hot weather ; < in winter, > by expectoration of a lump of black mucus. Three and a half years ago he had typhoid fever under allopathic treatment, since which time he is “nervous” with trembling of both arms. This is quite independent of whether or not he works.
Voice lost in the evening, Brom., Carb. v., Phos.
< in winter, Carb. veg., phos.
< in wet weather, carb. v., Phos.
< 4 and 5 P. M., Carb. v.
Indifferent, apathetic mentally, Carb. v., Phos.
> by expectoration of black mucus disregarded, as this is Pittsburgh.
February 18. Gave Carbo veg. 1 m. single dose.
February 25. Improving, has some voice P. M., S. L.
March 27. Improvement continued until a week ago. Repeated Carbo veg., this time 40m.
April 25. Practically well. Thinks it is wonderful since time and money had been spent.

A case of Constipation.


Case 66

Dr Henry Newell GUERNSEY (1817-1885)Mrs. A., of Delaware, called on me a few weeks since, complaining of what she termed dyspepsia. Upon asking her to state her symptoms in the order of their severity as it seemed to her, she replied that a feeling of emptiness or goneness in the stomach discomforted her more than anything else, but she thought it of no account, as she vomited all her food soon after taking it, and she would naturally feel emptiness and goneness from want of food. I desired her to state merely facts, and I would draw my own conclusions. She replied : “It is a fact that I vomit all my food ; I have a painful sensation of emptiness in my stomach all the time ; my sleep is broken and does not refresh me ; my bowels are very costive, the stools being very knotty and very difficult, and they have scarcely been moved for two years without an injection, and I do not think they would be moved now at all without an injection. My urine is cloudy and offensive, and a hard crust settles that is difficult to scrape from the vessel. I am very weak and miserable ; have spent over two hundred dollars during the past two years for medicine, and despair of becoming any better ; but I was compelled by my husband to consult you.
I always prescribe Sepia when a train of symptoms like the above in italics occur in a single case.
In this case I gave the patient a few pellets of Sepia 55m., dry, on her tongue, and three packages containing twelve powders each of Sac. lac., one to be taken every night, and enjoined upon her that she should on no account resort to any more injections or other measures for the relief of her bowels or of other symptoms, and report to me in forty days. She thought she would not live to see me again if she were to leave off taking injections.
A few days ago she reported she had not vomited since seeing me, her bowels became regular very soon, and that she had no need of injections ; indeed, she said she got well so fast her husband was frightened. He was coming to the city that day on business, and he wished her to come particularly and state what had been the matter, as she had been so sick so long, and had gotten so well so soon. He did not understand it. Sepia 55m., a single dose, always produces similar results in similar cases if plenty of time is allowed for the single dose to act. I do not give my experience hastily nor base it on a single case, I only delineate my path where it has been well trodden that others may follow it in safety. (H. N. Guernsey.)

Seville Seminar Spain 24th-25th October.

The Seminar will be in English and translated into Spanish.!seville/c1u0q

Lots of cases to demonstrate the methodology of Hahnemann. We will be taking a look at the reasons for choosing rubrics and why and how an eye must solely be kept on the few characteristic symptoms expressed in a case of disease.

Rheumatism and Venereal Infection


I was called to see a man with rheumatism. He had been confined to his bed and arm chair for many months, and had suffered greatly from the disease and many doctors. Had not tried homœopathy, for there was “nothing in it.” I found joints swollen (hands, feet, knees, body). The affection had continued all the time to move from joint to joint since he was attacked.

Heat did not > but <.
Tongue coated white, poor appetite, no thirst.
Very greatly discouraged, depressed.
Temperament, fair ; mild disposition.

There were other symptoms, but these were leading. He received Pulsatilla c. m. (Fincke). He improved promptly, but in a few days sent for me. He showed me a discharge from the urethra that looked gonorrhœal in character. That was in the days of long ago, when we did not know so much about bacteriology. He said that his wife had given it to him, for he had, as everybody knew, not been able to get away from home. The wife indignantly denied the imputation. Both looked to me for a solution of the mystery. I said to him – did you ever have clap before ?

He hesitated under the scrutiny of the flashing eyes of his wife. Then said : Yes, I did when I was a young man, before I was married. I said your rheumatism is improving since this discharge appeared. Yes. How were you cured of the clap ? By an injection. Well, then, I said neither you nor your wife are guilty of inconstancy toward each other. This rheumatism from which you are now suffering is the result of that suppressed gonorrhœa of twenty years ago, and you will get well of both under the action of appropriate medication. But no more local injections, please. He recovered rapidly. I have seen other cases similar from such suppressions and am careful not to resort to them. I did not know of the history of gonorrhœa in the case, but treated it on the symptomatic indications. (Nash.)

Sinus abscess

In the month of February, 1906, I was requested by a noted specialist to see a case in consultation of frontal sinus abscess. He said that he had operated on it, but the sore would not heal, and hoped that something might be done to promote the healing process.

Mrs. A. J. L., age 61 years, spare, dark olive-brown complexion, sallow. Abscess of frontal sinus ; has been operated. Nodes or swellings in periosteum (knees, shin and clavicle), small joints enlarged. These swellings are painful, sensitive and very hot to touch. Has taken much Mercury. Bowels very constipated ; little black balls like sheep dung. Oppressive choking sensation, wants to take a long breath frequently. Weeps much ; is very melancholy ; thinks she ought to die and get out of the way, is no good and never will be.
Taking into account these things, first, chronic poisoning with mercury ; second, the location of the caries (nasofrontal) ; third, the depression of mind, we advised Aurum met., six powders of the 200th (B. & T.) to be taken dry on the tongue one week apart. The following letter will show the results :

E. B. NASH, M. D.
My dear Doctor : I am Dr. P—–‘s frontal sinus patient that you visited at the Ophthalmic Hospital in New York in February. For eighteen months the left frontal sinus had been open, and every other day was treated. What I suffered words cannot tell. That tube had to be taken out and replaced, and I could not take cocaine or anæsthetics, so I had to just grin and bear it ; but the tissue would not form ; the wound would not heal. In January I again went to both Dr. P—– and Dr. M—– ; told me there was no hope for me unless I submitted to a dreadful operation that would disfigure me for life. This I refused, and when you came to see me I was in the depths of despair. You prescribed, and now, in six weeks, the sinus is filled up, the wound is healed, and to-day I am without a patch. I have only taken six powders. It seems a miracle to me. I had given up hope. I am not nearly so nervous ; have only had two nightmares since taking the medicine (and I used to waken the house-hold every few nights.). My constipation is better, but not what it should be. The little black sheep marbles have disappeared ; the discharge is now light colored, slender, choppy or broken off looking ; not every day. Every little exertion makes me break out in profuse perspiration, but I am stronger than I was when you saw me, and I believe if you could take me in hand I might be a good deal better.

Sincerely Yours,
Mrs. F. H. L.

This case is interesting in all ways, but I wish to call attention particularly to the potency used. So many think that gold and the other metals cannot be potentized above demonstrable divisibility of matter. I shall have occasion to show differently in my report of cases further on (Nash.)