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what a week…………..

Ive been sick. Upper respiratory chest pain, cough, overwhelming tiredness, Whacky dreams, aching teeth, lots of random symptoms. I live in the country and am alone for a month and more and family have gone abroad to deal with a couple of issues……….

I never for one second suspected COVID as the sx are simply not covid. But my energy was going down in 10 minute intervals.

My sister is a nurse at the local hospital working a nighshift, and I called her and asked if she could bring some test kits out… I never call my sister regarding health issues, so she knew it was important. Bless her heart she came out within an hour…

We did the test, and was negative. So what ever I was suffering from was part of the old fashioned rotating diseases that are going around.

Last night was the worst night i experienced. Hallucinations and persistent dreams……

However, it pulled together a prescription of Rhus Tox and so I took it.

When my sis was here, she cleaned up, the dishwasher and general tidy away.

There was a lot of mental confusion in the illness. some sense of emotional weakness, headache, people avoidance…etc

Will this be curative? Who knows…………..but confident in the prescription for now.

Will know tomorrow if things are lifting…….

So far, PHos.. worked a little, Bryonia, worked a little, sulphur, worked a little and now RHus Tox.

more later

Understanding Miasms.

There has been little understanding of Hahnemanns 12 year study of Chronic Diseases and the isolation of three infecting agents and the disease progression and processes that can be passed down through the generations.

Only by studying the writings of Hahnemann and following the step by step conclusions he came to, will the profession be able to see the validity of his observations and treatment protocols.

Understanding Miasms in the modern vernacular and comprehending the scientific principles which are mirrored in current medical understanding of chronic disease process, will give us the tools to treat utilising the potentised medicines and fix a patient.

Some homoeopaths use the Kentian model of attributing a miasm to certain diseases, usually based on Kents theory of moralness, whereas Hahnemann showed clear directions in a clinical comprehension. 

One comment. When Boenninghausen was writing his Materia Medica and categorising each remedy to a miasm, Hahnemann told him to put all the remedies together.

Food for thought.

Explained in our Seminars. 

Seminars

 

 

Seminar room.

With new tables and chaors we will be able to seat 17, However utilising what we have, I reckon 10 can sit comfortably. This was a 15 minute set up. We will get it more streamlined once the alterations are done.

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This will be the new clinic room. Divide to go in, new desk, Osteopathic couch, and testing equipment.

We move into the new HQ tomorrow.

Its all paid for. Finally.

We go tomorrow to facilitate the handover and collect the keys. Homoeopathy moves forward in the UK.

A 6/7 bedroom residential facility for people requiring observation for their health issues, a clinic and also our teaching centre for groups up to 16.

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Next week I will be overseeing a new door being put in and setting up the computer online system. I will also finalise the new website for the centre.

All go.

Foundational knowledge is required.

I am always surprised, if not heavily saddened, when a homoeopathic guru presents a ‘new’ idea. Generally, the presented novelty will have been investigated by Hahnemann and rejected and the reason or rationale for the rebuttal will have been stated. This appears to not deter the gurus, and even worse the profession takes it on board quickly and endorses it.

Why?

Because in the main, they have not read Hahnemann or understood the concept and practice method of Homoeopathy. It started in Hahnemann’s day when he criticised ‘the mongrel’ half homoeopaths who use the medicines but did not follow the principles or protocols of application.

jt kentA little later, a spiritual dimension was introduced by the Swedenborg church which sadly has diluted the understanding of Hahnemann’s writings, and superseded by a Kentian approach in case taking.The I.H.M. have taken the approach to teach the practice of homoeopathy from its inception through the past two centuries and examine the continued success due to the adherence to the original principles. Time and world health changes have NOT diluted the efficacy of the Hahnemannian approach or changed the remedy provings. The use of modern vaccines and medicines, I would argue, have complicated treatments and made it a touch more difficult, but has not altered the approach to effecting a cure.

With the Kentian/Swedenborg method,, an almost psychiatric approach has developed that involves the personality of the patient and this is taken as the lead symptoms in direct opposition to Hahnemann’s instructions for case taking. He emphasised looking at what has changed and not the existing personal choices or preferences of the patient.
The I.H.M. teach homoeopathy from the foundation of the therapy and the development through the 6 editions of the Organon. This approach allows the studen/practitioner to have a knowledge base for differentiation between any proposed new methodolgy for practice and what is correct.

The beauty and practical usage of Hahnemann’s method is the knowledge of WHAT is happening in treatment, knowledge of WHEN to re-dose, and knowledge of the TIME to change a remedy and what to look for which would indicate a change is needed.

There are so many Hannemannian directions and pointers that never see the light of day in this 21st century simply because most practitioners are not aware of the depths of Hahnemann’s writings because a lot of modern teachers consider them old fashioned and out of date, and their personal conceptual ideas are more relevant. Most teachers who base their practice on Kentian philoosphy, teach in opposition to the directives of Hahnemann.

We teach only Hahnemannian homoeopathy. Our students and practitioners have the ability to be guided by their training and get the answers directly from the books so as to be sure their approach or question is correct.

In the final stages of completing the HQ property purchase. Soon.

A homoeopathic perspective regarding Ringworm.

This case presented was my own. Ive published previously but is worth retelling with added insight regarding the disease and susceptibility and the curative response.

A homoeopath following Hahnemanns directives treats “the disease”.The disease per se, is the collection of the production of the symptoms in a process, and also the fuller picture of the reaction to the infection via the individual exhibition of symptoms.

At the outset, let me state that I treated many cases of ringworm successfully. The TPB has these remedies under the Ringworm rubric. Sepia, Natrum carb, Natrum Mur, Clematis and Mag carb. For the majority of cases, I have found Sepia the remedy of choice.

One morning I awoke and took a shower, and felt a slight itch behind my right leg above the knee, and was met with the sight of several ring worm present. It must have been a quick onset as this was the first time I noticed. Also my left elbow was discoloured as in the video and had a scabbed area. If I pushed the expanded growth, I was deluged with a liquid pus.

After repertorising, I took Sepia LM 0/1 for 5 days one dose a day.

The Ringworm continued to grow and spread.

My pharmacist colleague suggested a cream to kill the infection and he said “it has never failed” in his experience. Well, fail it did.

My elbow continued to grow and discharge copious amounts of blood and pus.

Several remedies later, I realised nothing was working.

I decided to read through old journals seeking wisdom from the masters of old. Eventually I read Compton Burnett and his treatment for Ringworm.

“For years, in common with many others, I have been constantly in the habit of treating and curing ringworm by internal remedies with relative success. For all that I have thus far never had anything approaching to a clear notion of its true nature, and some of the cases would persist in not getting well ; and this lack of a definite idea of its nature, and also the uncertainty of its cure, is I believe fully shared by those who have thus habitually considered and treated ringworm constitution ally . It is due, let us say, to psora, but we have no clear conception of what psora is . 

This intrigued me, and I continued to read more as his intellectually honesty was refreshing.

 Psora needs to be split up into its  component  parts, no easy task ; it roots in the vague, its trunk and boughs run away into anywhere. The psora of the homceopaths seems somehow true, but it has no proper beginning, no definite course, and ends in patho­logical chaos.  Perhaps we study it in Hahnemann, and in the best writers on the subject, and after doing our best to master it, we rise from our_studies with no clear idea, and we finalJy decide to abandon psora as an intangible myth, and then we proceed with our clinical work ; but, before long, we stumble…

Compton Burnetts observations:

“…..-A whole family of children of dif­ferent ages had had ringworm for a full year, and the mother told  me on bringing them that she had already spent over £ 6·00 on medical fees for its cure, but in vain. All known remedies had been applied by the local doctors in two neigh­bourhoods, and several skin special­ists had worked hard at their poor heads, but to no avail. Their heads were shaved and their scalps were well scoured night and morning but still the ringworm persisted. Finally, a distant cottage had been hired, and the afflicted ones were there isolated, and the services of a noted ringworm curer of the non­ qualified variety had been secured; but these also failing, they were put under my care. I  have  had  no great cause to complain of the ho­moeopathic treatment of ringworm with our antipsorics-indeed,quite thecontrary-but it is a bit tedious at times.

Now their mother had been cured by me of incipient tuberculosis with the virus, and it occurred to me that  ringworm might be a manifestation of the tubercular kind, and so I forthwith put the whole lot under the virus, administered in the usual way, internally in dynamic dose; this I did all the more readily, as they all had numerous superficial palpable glands. And the result? In a very few weeks they were all well of ringworm and of the glands, and have thriven splendidly ever since. Something like a dozen bad ring­ worm cases have come to me since then, and they were all quickly cured by the virus, and in each case the general state has been greatly improved. No doubt some bacterio­logists will cultivate, some fine day, the germs of the ringworm; and astound the world with their subcu­ taneous injections. It is well that medical men should approach each subject from a different standpoint, as they serve to  correct  one another.

Since then I have systematically subjected almost all my ringworm cases to the influence of Bacillinum in high potency and infrequently administered.”

I have studied PSORA for many years. It is indeed an intangible, yet the concept of a disease strand from a single source makes perfect sense. I am of the unproven opinion that PSORA in its original infectious stage from its beginning, can be a multitude of disease progressions, all linked but with its own identity, for example, (skin diseases and Tuberculosis), and as the ‘expression’ of the disease has multiple manifestations, perhaps not obviously linked to its cause, it is indeed likely, possible and with hindsight that Ringworm is one such disorder.

When  I was 7 years old, a teacher in my school in Singapore was diagnosed with TB, and I along with my classmates had Chest X-Rays. I had one a year as they saw a slight shadow on a lung, but in the absence of other symptoms, after 5 years they gave up on the X-Rays and declared me free of the disease.

I sat and reflected on my health history. I could indeed trace a pattern of tubercular symptoms over the years. Sepia as a remedy has worked well for me in infrequent disorders, and it was no surprise that its symptoms matched the appearance of the ringworm.

However it did not work in this case. The elbow symptoms suggested a deep infection of the disorder.

Several weeks had now passed by.

As nothing was working for my condition, I decided to look at the proving of Bacillinum and Tuberculinum.

Differentials in the remedies-these are my findings along with others.

There are currently about 26 variants of Tuberculinum. They have mild variances of effect, yet the original Burnett Bacillinum is quite a different remedy altogether. I have used both and had success with them based on the symptoms below.

Bacillinum is a remedy affected by heat. Tuberculinum is affected by the cold.

The area of affection of Bacillinum is the lower lungs. Humid asthma. Wheezing and rattling. Patients getting a cold or cough, usually without any structural changes, the affection goes straight to the lungs.

Tuberculinum is the throat. Tonsilitis Rhinitis. etc.

Bacillinum has an affinity to fungal affections, especially Ringworm. The circular eruption has a venous plethora and sometimes can look bluish red from the blood. Bacillinum can cure deep fungal infections over a period of time.

Tuberculinum has affinity to the bends of joints, red and flushed looking. There is affinity to recurring cystitis.

Tuberculinum is very stubborn. Temper tantrums.

Bacillinum is irritable.

Both remedies are fearless and both remedies have fear of dogs.

T Bend of joints red flushed

B bat wing discoloration around nose.

lower respiratory

T Cystitis recurrent

B only respiratory and skin

T not to give in heart problems. ALWAYS check for heart issues

Especially in children

B ok in heart disease

both catch cold easily, like fresh open air, both get allergies

to dust and pollen

B vaccination causation

T suppressed skin sx

I made the choice to take Bacillinum 200c.

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After one day, I had a profuse nose bleed and discharged a large plug from my nostril. Several nose bleeds over the following few days.

After 2 weeks, i repeated the dose and the nose bleeds started again for 2 days. I noticed by the 3rd weeks the skin eruptions had started to fade. The elbow eruption started to reduce in size but the discharge was still present.

In the event it took only 4 weeks with two doses of the medicine to clear the skin of Ringworm and about 8 months for the deeper infection to clear. The elbow is discoloured a purple colour but has full elasticity and normal size.

I have treated 2 cases of Ringworm since and gave Bacillinum with a successful outcome.

My theory? Ringworm only affects person with tubercular diathesis.

Difficult cases. Leg unknown infection.

In Seville, Spain, a long time patient of my colleague Manuel went into hospital for several weeks after developing a strange leg infection. The skin was peeling and deep cracks appeared in the heel and ankle of the right foot. These photos were taken after being released from hospital.

Manuel asked Antonio and myself to come to the clinic and observe and offer suggestions. As you can imagine, walking was difficult and the lady was in a lot of pain.

We put her in the reception room as it was easier for her to sit there, and raised her leg onto another chair to view the issue.

We took an hour looking at it. I examined thoroughly, came to no conlcusion as to the cause, noted that the hospital treatment of antibiotics had reduced the infection a little but the problem persisted.

She cried when we touched the areas of skin that has peeled and the inflamed leg. Very painful. I asked what made it better and she said that nothing did.

leg1Going into the bathroom, I moistened a paper towel and came back and placed it on her ankle and top of her foot. She said how much it felt better. I touched the area and she didnt notice or complain as previously.

 

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Aphorism 153 indicates that we solely keep the view on the characteristic, the strange and the rare in the expression of the disease.

§ 153 Fifth Edition
In this search for a homoeopathic specific remedy, that is to say, in this comparison of the collective symptoms of the natural disease with the list of symptoms of known medicines, in order to find among these an artificial morbific agent corresponding by similarity to the disease to be cured, the more striking, singular, uncommon and peculiar (characteristic) signs and symptoms1 of the case of disease are chiefly and most solely to be kept in view; for it is more particularly these that very similar ones in the list of symptoms of the selected medicine must correspond to, in order to constitute it the most suitable for effecting the cure.

We also note, Hahnemann indicated the more ‘ striking’ symptom must be taken into consideration. On this basis, I took the following rubrics:

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I didnt add the locations, simply because MOST remedies are in leg and foot and ankle. I took the effect of the disorder on the person, ie the cracking of the skin in the ankle and heels, and the nature of the disorder in terms of the flaking of the skin. For me, the outstanding modality was the immediate relief from moistening of the skin.

Manuel saw the patient one week later and the patient was walking. The skin was healing, still red but healing. No more peeling and the cracks had gone. I saw her about 6 weeks later and apart from slight redness, everything was better.

Why 3 rubrics only.?

The choice covered the disorder in its entirety. The modality was a clear indication of the bodys response to the disease. The essential symptom of both in the disease AND the remedy. The TPB showed that only 23 remedies had that modality. Combined with the other two rubrics, Pulsatilla was the only remedy to produce both the amelioration and the characteristics of the problem.

153: for it is more particularly these that very similar ones in the list of symptoms of the selected medicine must correspond to, in order to constitute it the most suitable for effecting the cure. The more general and undefined symptoms: loss of appetite, headache, debility, restless sleep, discomfort, and so forth, demand but little attention when of that vague and indefinite character, if they cannot be more accurately described, as symptoms of such a general nature are observed in almost every disease and from almost every drug.

IHM casetaking Seminars. What do we teach? 4 day seminars for joining the IHM Register.

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An I.H.M. case taking seminar is focused on two things.

#1 Examining the directives of Hahnemann

#2 Putting them into practice with the patient.

In the 21st century, Homoeopathy as a therapy has moved away from its scientifically rooted origins, and turned into a quasi-psychological/spiritual practice. The benefits of homoeopathy have been reduced by an incorrect application of the methodology in the clinic and thus a high success rate is negated.

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It is our experience that the key to a successful practice is the act of following Hahnemann’s directions precisely in ascertaining the symptoms of the disease, to match with the requisite substance that can produce a curative reaction. It is that simple and that difficult.

In the first tentative moments of using homoeopathy, for example Arnica for bruising, and being amazed at the results, most of us thought the application of applying a remedy for a condition was amazingly simple and truly effective, and as we applied other remedies for other acute conditions, our faith grew in the system.

Then when we entered medical school or an establishment for teaching, we found that the approach we started with suddenly became a little more difficult for chronic cases, and a Kentian overlay on Hahnemann’s directions, introduced a religious/philosophical element regarding life and viewpoints of disease.

The I.H.M. directors, beginning in 1986, with a background in Kentian homoeopathy, decided to devote time to research, and as such delved deep into the archives of history and collated the original teaching of Hahnemann, and weighed everything that is ‘accepted’ in our therapy against Hahnemanns own words and examples to see if we strayed off the path, or indeed if we missed some key points in practice.

 

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The teachers at the I.H.M. are all are independent practitioners with their own practice and teaching faculties. Yet we all share the same core research and information distribution in individual ways.

We offer a four day special seminar aimed specifically at advanced students and practitioners. This seminar will examine the basis of case taking according to Hahnemann, and how to follow his methodology exactly, and in the process, removing all the incorrect additions that have been added over the years from practitioners of his time until today. Successful completion and undertnding of this program, can lead to being invited to join the IHM Register. This is an intensive course and utilizes the Therapeutic Pocket Book as its root repertory. For those who wish to purchase the SYNOPSIS computer repertory, we offer a huge discount to attendees. The book repertory can be purchasd for 50% off retail for seminar attendees also.

 

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We will cover the following.

  • Rationale and reasoning on Aphorisms §5 and §6. Eliminating the common mistakes that lose the case understanding.
  • Utilising the instruction of §153 with the completed case taken with §6 directions.
  • What is a prescribing symptom?
  • What to ignore in a case taking and why.
  • Do we treat the man or the disease?
  • Examining the theory of Miasms in the light of modern disease knowledge, and how useful are miasms in prescribing?
  • How to obtain the necessary information accurately to formulate a prescription in the shortest time possible.
  • The importance of using only well proved remedies.
  • How to read a remedy.
  • Are there keynotes in a remedy?
  • Which repertory to use?
  • How to use a repertory properly.
  • Case management.
  • Potency and how to give a remedy.
  • Repetition of remedies.
  • And much more. Much more includes questions like, how important is Herings law of cure? Ive never seen it… How long can I keep a person on a remedy? Dry dosing vs water dosing.
  • We will be examining remedy action through cases, live and paper.

The minimum number of practitioners we will take is two. Maximum is 10. We like the Seminar to be completely interactive and as such the small numbers allow for personalised teaching.

The Seminars will be conducted in Eastbourne East Sussex at our Headquarters.

When and how (or if) to use the Covid nosode.

coronavirus-cdc-645x645-1For those of us who have potencised nosode of the actual coronavirus, the question arises whether to use it and even when.

More and more cases of long term non recovery of the infection are surfacing these days. Remedies for the particular and individual symptoms of the patient are isolated and given, yet I have to ask if a direct nosode will clear the path quickly.

I havent tested the nosode myself. I have reports from some time ago that it worked well. 

Remedies are always prescribed on a symptom match. In certain diseases, a nosode can be very helpful to match and clear the infection and or disease progress. I have the remedy in a 200c. Need to decide on a protocol if am going to give.

We will see. Your comments are welcome.

Our future plans.

There is nothing we can do regarding the world situation, but even in these times, we can improve our skills in case taking and patient mangement.

The Institute for homoeopathic Medicine is a Hahnemnn centric organisation. The teaching staff have many years of experience using the methodology of Hahnemann and utilising the Therapeutic Pocket Book of Boenninghausen. We have the proven experience that Hahnemanns directives give the practitioner the best chance to effect a curative response for the patient.

It is our intent to offer patient in stay observation and homoeopathic advice at our new centre when it is opened. We will offer comfortable accomodation for the selected period of time up to 14 days. The daily fee will include breakfast. Evening dinner can be provided at a small additional cost.

The spouse of the patient is permitted to come for free sharing the same room.

There will be fixed fee for the homoeopathic treatment and medicines. Your personal homoeopath can be invited to attend the consultations and observation if desired.

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  • Eastbourne Beach – 4-minute walk
  • Sea front 2-minute walk.
  • Eastbourne Pier – 7-minute walk
  • Town Centre-11 minute walk

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Turn left and the seafront is visible. Nice for gentle walks in the sea air.

We also want to start a one or two day teaching seminar for advanced students and practitioners to introduce them to using the Hahnemannian approach to case taking and for using the Therapeutic Pocket Book. If the patients in residence are agreeable, we would like to conduct a daily group case taking analysis to objectively choose a remedy, or observe the remedy reaction. Medically qualified Homoeopaths and non medically qualified can apply for this facility.

We will in due course, conduct an online course for beginners wanting to learn homoeopthy as a profession. The important parts of these topics will be covered in our clinic seminars to clarify what Hahnemann said as opposed to other teachers.

we will cover:

  • The history, theoretical and practical understanding of homoeopathy.
  • Pharmacology of the 125 drugs as used in the TPB.
  • Homoeopathic emergencies.
  • Chronic conditions.
  • Long term damage as caused by immune suppressants and vaccines.
  • Use of the Therapeutic Pocket Book
  • How to conduct a homoeopathic case taking.
  • Patient analysis and prescription and patient management,