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Mallorca Seminar update

113748926322139136We have been greatly aided in the Mallorca Seminar by having 2 esteemed Spanish Doctors who wish to help our Spanish colleagues by offering their time to inform them of the seminar details, and answer enquiries on the phone.

here are their Websites.

Dr Isidre Lara

Dr David Mérida

Estimados Colegas en España:
Tenemos un número de teléfono español para que usted llame con respecto al Seminario en Mallorca.

David Mérida
Máster en Homeopatía Unicista, Formado en la Academia Internacional de Homeopatía Clásica. Madrid
Teléf: 622 527 425

Dr. Isidre Lara
El presidente de l’Associació Médico-Homeopática de Mallorca (AMHM)
Tlf. 971 206566
Usted puede escribir en español, si lo prefiere.seminarpage

En estos tiempos económicamente difíciles, no es fácil encontrar buenas ofertas para los cursos y seminarios homeopáticos. El seminario de Mallorca con toda su información y orientaciones útiles se dará en Inglés .. Esto hace que sea difícil de aprender si no imposible, para los homeópatas en España que no hablan Inglés. Así que vamos a tener un traductor en tiempo real para su conveniencia.

Para ayudar en todo lo posible, el Instituto de Medicina Homeopática ofrece un trato para grupos pequeños. Libro 5 lugares con el Dr. David o Dr. Isidre, y conseguir un sexto lugar libre!

Alojamiento en Mallorca, en el Hotel Blue Bay para reservar en línea es inferior a 22 euros por noche. Son vuelos de España a partir de 40 euros.

Its sad but a new shiny thing will come along soon…

teacherDear B********

In the tutors failing your assessment for the third time, it ended your two year training with us only 7 months in to the course. Despite the SKYPE lessons, the weekly assignments with tutors on hand, the access to over 160 gig of original source material, the hours spent in learning Hahnemanns methodology for case taking, the many cases you have sat in on and been guided through each part of the case taking, case analysis, medicine prescription and follow ups, and having read which cases you partook of, over 20, with full resolution of every case, you still have decided to cling to everything previously taught you in your other college.

I remember that you came and asked for help. As a practitioner of two years standing, your case load was not getting the success that you thought it should be, I recall you said perhaps only 3 in 10 were actually helped fully and many others were touched partially by the medicines but not really helped. I was impressed by your honesty and offered you a place on our course, with the first 2 months free of charge, so we could evaluate you and see if you could make the change from the method of prescribing you were following, a mix of spiritual, sensation method, remedy families and using the elements.

For the first two months, you were introduced to the Organon, the rationale behind the therapy of homoeopathy, discussions regarding Medicinal provings, and were allowed to view 2 casetaking sessions with student analysis sessions after. You saw the follow ups one month later, and the resolution to both problems and the patients dismissed from treatment.

For the past 5 months, particular attention has been paid to the hard work of studying medical provings, ripping them apart in the way we teach from the sources, so that the effects of the medicines are fully understood. You have been learning that medicines do not have personalities, just symptoms. You studied over 35 of Hahnemanns cases we gave to you to work out, and saw his mind and explanations in action. We introduced you to repertories and showed you how to use them and which ones would cause you trouble and the reasons why.

All the time we directed you to being a good and self sufficient Homoeopath that could fulfil the role in your clinic.

Then one day, you broke down and cried to a tutor that you were not happy. You felt that you were no longer a homoeopath because now you were becoming more of a doctor and not a healer using wonderful natural substances. When asked about the successes observed and compared to your previous numbers, you stated that cure on a spiritual level was far more important and that physical ailments were from a wounded psyche. There was nothing exciting about Hahnemann, it was all just medicine and there was not enough to stimulate the mind like Sankaran taught. It was mentioned that her use of his and others methods were not successful. That fell on deaf ears.

So we parted ways knowing that we could never change your mindset, and in reality, we did not want to. As Hahnemann found out, there were but few homoeopathic physicians in his time, and even fewer since. We only look for those who will do the work themselves, we guide and demonstrate, but its up to those individuals to be convinced by the literature and the results in clinic.

I do get weary of those that dont allow the facts to stand in the way of their prejudices, but then, I guess if the genuine motive is not there then we get what we get. For the record, homoeopathy is a medical speciality, and has to be treated as such.

We move on.



Accurate case taking…….The benefits.

During the Mallorca seminar, an amount of time will be allocated to Hahnemanns directions for taking the case and for eliciting prescribing symptoms. It is always a source of surprise to me, especially when sitting in with students, that the elements of adherence to the Organons written directions appear to have been followed, and yet the essentials of the problem are not seen or dismissed in favour of something else less important.

The members of the I.H.M. lay no claim to being anything other than being good emulators of Hahnemanns methodology, and studious in their reading of his instructions. That said, once the system is comprehended, a personal sense of satisfaction at being able to reproduce excellent  results for the patients, and a vindication of Homoeopathic principles in action is to be expected.

One graduate of the I.H.M. who had been in practice (prior to taking a training with us) for several years, made the comment that the difference in approach, the application of the principles, the collection of required information, and the assessment of the case was noticeably different in one respect, and that was the introduction of a “certainty in the prescription.” All the wooliness and the “perhaps” and the speculation were no longer present when the remedies indicated were perused  in the Materia Medica and the correct one selected on sound logical grounds.

The other thing that graduates state is that it becomes far easier to manage cases, and knowing when to change medicines and how to gauge reactions to the prescriptions. I,H.M. consultants use both centesimal and Q potencies in their clinics.

Taking the case correctly is 90% of the hard work done. The last 10% is choosing the key and pivotal symptoms for basing a prescription on.

We will be discussing this in full at the seminar with Hahnemanns words and case and video examples…


Estimados Colegas en España:

En estas épocas financieramente difíciles, no es fácil encontrar buenos acuerdos para cursos homoeopáticos y seminarios. El seminario en Mallorca con toda su útil información y guía Hahnemanniana será dado en Inglés. Esto lo hace difícil de aprender si no es que imposible, para los homeópatas de España que no hablen Inglés.

Para ayudar lo más que se pueda, el Institute for Homoeopathic Medicine ofrece una sugerencia. Si un grupo de 5 homeópatas puede conseguir una sexta persona que venga y traduzca, nosotros daremos el sexto lugar gratis y nos aseguraremos de que esa persona sea atendida después y bien alimentada. Nosotros también trataremos y ayudaremos con cuotas especiales cuando se reserven lugares en grupos de 5 personas.

Si ustedes pueden conseguir llenar 10 lugares, nosotros daremos 2 lugares extras gratuitos para el seminarios y ofreceremos compensaciones para solventar los gastos del organizador.

Ustedes sólo necesitan hablar con nosotros acerca de los descuentos por grupo de 5 personas o más. Podemos ayudar considerablemente.

Ustedes pueden escribir en Español, nuestro personal del seminario es bilingüe.

El alojamiento en Mallorca, en el Hotel Blue Bay para reservar en línea es por debajo de los 22 euros la noche. Se encuentran vuelos desde España desde los 40 euros.

Hahnemann and study of drugs: What they dont teach you in college. (More background thinking to the Mallorca Seminar)

398869_10151814864274148_1123956388_nHahnemann’s objection to the physiological approach to the study of drug-actions seemed to lie in the fact that the moment an attempt to establish the action of the drug from its supposed physiological effects, one was entering into a mystery that would give rise to various conflicting ideas and theories.

That is why the Homoeopathic Materia Medica consists of the collective statements of perceptible reactions of the healthy human body, recorded in the words of the persons acted upon by drugs and eschews all concepts, physiological and pathological and thus admits no misinterpretations with changing medical terminology, altered biological concep­tions and newer scientific attitudes.

In so far as Hahnemann’s method remains on the plane of description of observations, it attains TOTAL stability to the extent that the observations are correct. When orthodox medicine attempts to “explain”, whenever these explanations are premature, each newly discovered fact will cause a shifting of emphasis and a conse­quent appearance of progress that is more of change than an advance; whereas the essentially descriptive view-point tends to account for the relative stability of Hahnemanns Materia Medica and his doctrine in general. And has done so for nearly 2 centuries.

However,there are many who, while affiliating with Hahnemann in his work, accepting the law of cure and the theory of drug provings, nevertheless are inclined towards the thought that a more thorough knowledge of the effects of drugs upon the organism should be established, more so than that which comes through the perceptible signs and symptoms caused by the drug. Further they want to explain that the modus operandi of the drug action has the capability of producing certain prominent physiological effects, or in other words, pathological alterations in the tissues.

We must ask why Hahnemann practically ignored these possible changes in tissues, and instead depended entirely upon the symptoms which provers recorded. We may note that this physiological approach to the study of drug-actions necessarily leads to the pathologising of remedies. The study of pathology and pathological anatomy shows how the study of connection of symptoms in the patient may greatly facilitate the discovery of symptoms by showing their mental connection, dependence and succession just as the study of physiology enables us to grasp the pheno­mena of healthy persons. This study aims at integrating all the symptoms into harmonious whole. But it would have been completely successful were our present knowledge of remedial actions perfect. However as the matter stands, neither physiological concepts nor the pathological symptoms completely cover the totality of symptoms in diseased conditions of the human organism, though these methods (e.g., physiological and pathological), no doubt help us greatly to marshal the facts in an orderly manner and to retain them in memory.

These methods of study attempt to grasp the conceptual whole, which are never co-extensive with the perceptual whole,

It is a fact that as yet there is not one single remedy in the whole of materia medica whose physiological action is completely understood and this being the case it becomes at once apparent that we cannot base our knowledge of drug-action upon that which we do not know or at least know very imperfectly. Then too, the study of the physio­logical effects of the drug to the entire disregard of indivi­dual symptoms necessarily leads to the pathologising of our materia medica.

study-drugs-300x225Thus, when one studies the action of a drug. only from the effects to which he finds or supposes that he finds it to produce upon the tissues and organs he natura­lly concludes that when we find those alterations of tissues present in a manner similar to that which was supposed to be accomplished by the drug under consideration, that such a drug is the remedy regardless of any individual symptoms.

This leads to adoption of specific methods, which being once established everything pertaining to the pathogenesis which does not fall within the circle of this established specific drug-action is thrown away and cannot be considered of any more account;

It may be asserted without hesitation that whenever a remedy has been received as a specific in the sense which I have just mentioned, it has proved a curse both to the remedy and the physician as well. It is simply an impossi­bility for the action of any one remedy to be brought into any single recognised physiological or pathological process, at least in our day and without imperfect knowledge of drug-action. The continued study of drug-action upon this basis may give us eventually so perfect a knowledge of drug patho-genesy and disease pathology, if I may use such a term, that we may be able to establish a system of therapeutics based upon physiological action of drugs. That time has not yet come and it is very probably in the far distant future.

Our present knowledge of the pathology is not and can never be a guide to the administration of remedies. Object as we may, it is an undoubted fact that is becoming more apparent that we cannot understand the action of a drug from any other standpoint than that of the individual symptomology. We may theorise to as to the conditions which give rise to the symptomology; it is perhaps eminently proper that we should do so, but when it comes to the application of the drug itself itself we should not allow any theory that we may hold to stand against the indications that may be given by pure symptomatology. As the same rule holds good here as elsewhere in the study of various branches of medicine, that is, while extremes are sometimes useful in leading us to the consideration of effects, nevertheless they are seldom a safe guide in the study of either diseases or drug-actions.

It may be pointed out in this connection, that the so-called Hahnemannians of to day who ignore physiology and pathology in their study are found to be making the most ludicrous mistakes in their treatment of diseases, mistakes that might be avoided by a very simple knowledge of the other two important sciences which they leave entirely out of the question. On the other hand there may be a class of men who claim for themselves the title of homoeopathic physicians, but who have no knowledge whatever of symptomatology and never studied their materia medica carefully, but go upon the assumption that they possess a perfect knowledge of the physiological effects of the drugs and of pathological effects in disease; and they are found to be prescribing certain drugs for certain conditions under any and all circumstances regardless of the symptomatology or indeed regardless of any specific ideas whatsoever excepting only those relating to the pathological effects of the drug itself. It is very evi­dent that such physicians are liable to err; and that there is not one who does not make mistakes at times in his supposed knowledge of the physiological effects of drugs. He therefore stands upon an uncertain ground and is neither scientific nor safe in his methods of practice.

It may be concluded therefore that the physiological effects of a drug must ever be, so far as known, the scientific basis of our knowledge of drug-action, and we should lend every energy to increase this knowledge and at the same time, we should realise how weak and lame we are in this direction before accepting as a fact that which almost every physician has established as unsatisfactory if he has given the matter any thought at all. This is why the theory expounded by Hahnemann in the early days of drug study holds equally good today, that symtomatology is the only safe language of a drug-action, wherein we are never liable to make a mistake and upon which we can at all times depend. One who closely follows the symptomatology of the drug and the patient we shall more nearly arrive at the indi­viduality of the drug and the patient.

We should not ignore the very important rela­tion that exists between the homoeopathic materia medica and physiology, but at the same we should not allow the relationship to become so great as to blind us to the true and only scientific method of drug-study: symptomatology, the science of semiology.


October break


Viewed through proving: Bryonia – expect the unexpected

bryonia_albaViewed through proving: Bryonia – expect the unexpected

In a recent facebook post I asked readers where they would least expect to see the following symptom:

“It is intolerable to him to keep the affected part still, he moves it up and down.”

Understandably, most opted for Bryonia.  Of course.  We know of Bryonia as the remedy for those who have to keep completely still.  For those who are so sensitive that even if you jar their beds slightly they go into paroxysms of whatever they are suffering from at the time.

It is true that when symptoms agree, Bryonia will be relevant in this need to keep still.  Rhus Tox will be relevant in the need to move.  However, to quote from Porgy and Bess – it ain’t necessarily so.  The above symptom appears as symptom 593 in the proving of Bryonia.

Hahnemann writes about this possibility in his introduction to the proving of Bryonia:

The similarity of its [Bryonia’s] effects to many of the symptoms of Rhus Toxicodendron cannot fail to be noticed; in the preface to the latter medicine I have sufficiently dwelt upon this. At the same time Bryonia affects the disposition quite differently, its fever consists chiefly of chilliness, and its symptoms are mostly excited or aggravated by corporeal exertion, although its alternating effects, when the symptoms are relieved by movement, are not very rare.

Hence, when using Bryonia in diseases, there occur cases where the remedy, although chosen as homoeopathically as possible and given in sufficiently small dose, does not render adequate service in the first twenty four hours. The reason of this is that only one, and that the wrong series, of its alternating actions corresponded. In such cases a fresh dose administered after twenty-four hours effects amelioration by the production of the opposite alternating actions. …. This happens with only very few other medicines having alternating actions (vide the preface to Ignatia), but it occurs not rarely with Bryonia.

Rhus Tox and Bryonia are very similar remedies.  This is often overlooked in the way the “better/worse for movement” issue is emphasized by so many.  I have a case at present where I gave Rhus-Tox but it would have been easy to give Bryonia instead.  The differential between the two in this case (which I’ll write up in the future) rested on other modalities and symptoms, not on anything to do with movement.

Although Bryonia’s symptoms are mainly worse for movement or exercise, you can have cases where the patient will be better for movement and all other symptoms will be pointing to Bryonia.  And Bryonia will be the right remedy.

But because Bryonia is one of a group of remedies, which includes Ignatia and Rhus Tox, which produce alternating effects, the first time you give Bryonia, you might get no positive response, no action.  This is because the “flip side” of Bryonia’s actions was called into play, which may not have had relevance to the symptoms.  Hahnemann recommends giving a second dose after 24 hours to call up the alternating process, and bring improvement through the right set of symptoms.

It’s always important to be certain of the prescription, but especially where remedies with alternating actions are concerned, as it may often be necessary to prescribe a further dose of a remedy that does not seem to be helping, and it’s essential to understand the reason why it is not helping.

And with Bryonia, Hahnemann tells us, this can happen quite often.  It is certainly not rare.  Forewarned is forearmed!

I.H.M. senior homoeopathic Practitioner Vera Resnick

Institute for Homoeopathic Medicine: Mallorca Seminar Prices.

finca-mallorca-kaufenCERTIFICATED COURSE

The Mallorca Seminar is a two day intensive based on the writings of Hahnemann and Boenninghausen, As such it qualifies for a certificate from the Institute for Homoeopathic Medicine upon completion.

The Seminar content (outlined here) is a fairly rigorous study which will require deep concentration and application to the lecture material. At the end of the seminar, it is our experience that the attendee will have a firm grasp on the basics of Hahnemanns work and methodology, plus a Hahnemann approved repertory to work with if you opt to purchase. There is no obligation or requirement to do so.

The I.H.M. in conjunction with P & W Synopsis have set the prices for the Seminar as follows:

Please keep in mind that the purchase price of the SYNOPSIS program alone is $799  €610  £520

Seminar Only: £400
Combined Seminar and SYNOPSIS program £580

Seminar only:  £350
Combined Seminar and SYNOPSIS program £550

Extra SYNOPSIS program purchased at the Seminar will be available for £350.

The seminar will give insight into the writings of Hahnemann without interpretation. The direct result of years of research and practice, has allowed the I.H.M. and P & W to piece together and comprehend the methodology as the founder intended, and demonstrate his thinking through the exhibited individual disease reaction and symptoms produced.

palma-de-mallorca-For those wishing to utilise Hahnemanns thinking and use it in case analysis, the SYNOPSIS computer program (Windows and MAC on the Dongle, so you will never be stuck for a platform) is built around the 1846 Therapeutic Pocket Book of Boenninghausen. This work has been completely revised by P & W and compiled from original print editions and hand written copies, and corrections made to errors with each rubric translated from the German using original medical dictionaries of the time period. This monumental work is used in the main by I.H.M. practitioners in Mexico, Australia, USA  and Europe. The SYNOPSIS program has 4 language interfaces at present ,German, English, Spanish and Hebrew. The T.P.B. has been carefully translated into these languages too.

For research and familiarity for those that use other repertories, the SYNOPSIS also contains 16 other repertories. All meticulously compiled into the easy to use OpenRep SYNOPSIS engine. These include Kents final General with additions, Boger Boenninghausen and 14 other well proven repertories of note. The Kent and Repertorium Publicum are also in Spanish.There is also the ability to add or remove Symptoms, add or remove remedies and grades AND… the ability to make your own repertory entirely.

Along with the Repertories, there are over 400 Materia Medicas and texts to read using the powerful search engine. (please go to to read all about the program and even D/L the demo.

We have currently over 30000 OpenRep and Synopsis programs in use worldwide.

Student looking confusedThis seminar has been designed to put the real practice of homoeopathy as defined by Hahnemann back into your clinic for the benefit of your patients. To give you the practitioner, certainty in prescribing and confidence in the process of the medical practice of homoeopathy.

This is the 5th seminar in the series. It caters to small groups and, in truth is a fairly intense workshop, There is a lot of information to impart and some unlearning to do. Using Video, Power Point, Audio, case examples and live case taking, the methodology of eliciting the pivotal symptoms becomes very clear when viewed through Hahnemanns instructions.

Why Mallorca? Its actually much cheaper to do the Seminar in Mallorca than in London. You can view it as a free Seminar if you choose the SYNOPSIS option, with a cheap holiday, or, as an inexpensive seminar and holiday for the price of a SYNOPSIS if you already own one.


Seminar Fee… £400. 2 nights accommodation £150. Food: £100 travel from outside London, parking, Petrol, Train, bus etc £100. Total £700. We were unable to factor in a total price for the Seminar including the SYNOPSIS due to room rental and travel costs for us!

Mallorca: MAXIMUM seminar price including the SYNOPSIS £580. A one week stay on the Island in October is from £200.

I.H.M. staff have a long history with the Island. Even having owned residential property there.We will be able to help with all inquiries.

October is not far away. Drop us a line on if you are interested. We will not be catering for more than 20 people so as to give personal attention to your seminar enjoyment.