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Lyme Disease

Female patient, White, age 42. Southern State of USA presented with Lyme Disease.

The patient was fairly advanced in the development of the pathology. After thorough physical examination, a detailed case taking ensued to find the appropriate homoeopathic remedy.

Patient, a school teacher was normally full of energy and worked long hours and enjoyed interactive stimulation. She now was completely devoid of energy, lethargic, irritable, complained of joint pains, like having been “run over by a dump truck and the bones squeezed hard”.

Patient had a rash with spots on her face and chest which looked blue. Complained of internal prickling like pins and needles in her arms and legs which she could not scratch. During our conversation, she complained that drinks did not pick her up and nothing in the food line made her feel revived or better. Some depression and sadness over the condition.

Using the P & W Repertory, the patients case was evaluated.

Combining this with the physical results, the patient was prescribed Phos LM 0/1 daily for 3 weeks.

From the first dose, the patient began to sleep better. Over the course of a week, the skin rash/spots started to clear. The joint pains intensified for 3 days then diminished. Her irritability became less.

During the follow up, as things were still improving, I continued her on the 0/1 daily. 2 months later on a follow up, blood tests were taken and everything was showing normal. I continued her on the 0/1 for another month until her weakness disappeared completely then stopped the medicine.

The patient was discharged.

Cases: Fever with gastric disturbance.

Cebu Philippines 2012 January.

Male White English patient visiting Cebu for 4 weeks, presented with typical symptoms of change of climate, air, food and environment.

This was manifested in a fever type state, fairly rapid onset. No discernible causation. Was staying in 4 star hotel with air conditioning and was a fairly frequent traveller.

The fever displayed as feeling warm with perspiration present, and sometimes a sense of coldness with perspiration present. When either hot or cold in fever state, the patient would cover himself with a blanket but soon discarded it as he felt worse from it.

The patients voice had lost timbre and sounded quite husky, his tongue was discoloured and coated. The patient complained of a taste in mouth alternating between copper and iron. The patient wanted a little hot food from time to time and only hot drinks and felt better for them.

Nothing further could be discerned through a full physical examination.

Using the P & W Therapeutic Pocket book, the symptoms were examined for Materia Medica study.

Firstly, the expression of the gastric disturbance was manifest in a discernible taste.  Very metallic. Along with this was a coated tongue.

The next obvious changed symptom was that his voice had gone very husky.

These three symptoms, taste, appearance and change in vocal quality, covered the expression of one part of the picture.

Turning attention to the fever, the patient had heat with perspiration and also chilliness with perspiration. He was irritated and made worse by covering himself and felt better for taking hot drinks and hot food.

A quick look in the Repertory elicited the following single remedy for consideration (The Materia Medica confirmed the choice) which cured the patient in 3 doses of 0/1 over the course of a single day.

Nux Vomica.

 

 

How to take a case. General overview. part 1.

There are a number of parameters to define prior to comprehending the issues presented in casetaking. Hopefully the notes below will be of some benefit.

What is a Diagnosis?

In orthodox medicine, it is implied that detection of the site and nature of the lesion, with reference to a defined anatomical region, ie location, (internal organs, external organs, tissue, blood etc) , that this is the sole purpose of the investigation to name the disease or disorder. From here on in, an existing treatment regime will be allocated dependent on the name.

In doing so, the orthodox Diagnostic definition leans heavily on predetermined criteria which in itself is subject to negative critical evaluation.

First: it is assumed that the only reality is the Organism itself, and thus all phenomena are functions or effects of altered structures of the body. Further, it is assumed that 3 causal factors are involved in making changes to the organism, bacteria/virus, pathological events and functional events.

Secondly: there is a mechanical viewpoint towards the organism/body/structure that allows for the repair of any structure, organ, lesion by localised treatment, independent of any other system or part of the body. This is the current prevailing view and the reason why specialists exist and confine their area of expertise to one location or system, independent of the rest of the organism.

To a homoeopath, the above criteria for treatment is of little use, save for knowledge of the disease process, rather than the name of the disease. Given that a homoeopath views the organism as an interdependent living singular entity, intertwined with each system, and reliant on the whole, it does not help too much in forming a diagnosis for the real illness the patient is suffering, albeit not one that has a clinical name or observed pathology.

So what is the basis for a homoeopathic investigation to make a diagnosis?

Primarily, it is an evaluation of symptoms present in this individual Organism, that reflect the internal disorder, and express the nature of the disease. This is the MOST important part of casetaking and the sole pointer towards a remedial treatment plan that will cure the patient. The nature of the diagnosis method is purely clinical. Evaluation of the symptoms that are present in the disease state, will lead to a match with a medicine that has been clinically tested and found to produce similar symptoms. Is a pathological diagnosis in homoeopathy necessary? Yes it is.

A pathological investigation is necessary to discover as much information as possible regarding what is actually occurring within the body. What processes are happening, what organs are involved and what damage has ensued. This information will inform as to supportive treatments, ie diet, surgery or replacement. It is the homoeopaths knowledge of single medicine action on particular organs or disease states, that may aid in the selection of remedies where interaction between the patient and physician is not available or if individualising pertinent symptoms cannot be elicited during case taking.

Homoeopathic evaluation, will where required, look at an aetological connection. Combined with clinical observations, the precipitating factor or type of onset will have relation or indicate a certain medicine for curative action. Hahnemann instructed that this information, where of observable clinical usefulness, be included in the Materia Medica. There is no time limit placed on the causation of the illness, observing the singular fact that causation may be responsible for the onset, although perhaps not of the presenting symptoms noted. The factor may be in the distant past, of genetic inheritance, infection, environmental, psychological, mechanical, occupational etc etc.

There is also attention paid to the constitution of the patient. People are individuals and as such will respond uniquely to a medicine that matches the symptoms presented. Homeopathic schools today, do not teach the correct understanding of constitution, and try and push medicine pictures of what a “typical”  XXX “personality is like. Medicines do not have personalities. They have symptoms produced by ingesting the substance and reacting to the drug. When a symptom is produced, it will have a state of dis-ease to the economy, an altered dis-ordered exhibition of temporary derangement which will wear off in time. A drug can produce a “state” of being which is different from the patients normal constitution, or is similar to a patients constitution whilst ill.

It is worth noting that the miasmatic theory of diseases, which is really a study in disease types, the origins, the enhanced infecting agent of various types, be it of recent or generations of familial strains, this peculiar and unique form of diagnosis and acceptance that chronic disorders or disease may be the inceptor for a present illness, although not apparently related to it in terms of modern medicine acknowledgement of such.

It is not for the faint hearted individual to be a homoeopath. Diagnosis is no light or easy task. In addition to the search for clues under­lying pathology which is the obligation of every physician he must also track down the curative similar remedy from every possible angle—causal factor, symptom-picture, constitutional or bio-genetic type and deep-seated toxicosis or miasmatic condition.

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Recommended reading;

Dimitriadis, George. The Theory of Chronic Diseases. http://hahnemanninstitute.com/chronic_diseases.php $39.00

 

 

 

2012 Edition of the SYNOPSIS Repertory Suite Program

 

Monday April 23rd we will release the new version of the SYNOPSIS suite. The P & W Therapeutic Pocket book 2012 edition has been edited to reflect better wording in about 5 rubrics, and a number of links have been added to similar symptoms.

2 new repertory’s added. Materia Medica upgrades. A cleaner brighter look, lots of internal software changes and best of all, a free upgrade for present version holders. Same price as last 2 years. No price increase $799.

For those wishing to purchase the SYNOPSIS with the first ever HEBREW repertory on computer (The P & W version of the original 1846 Therapeutic Pocket Book), please contact vera.homeopath@gmail.com where it can be purchased for $799. If you already have the SYNOPSIS program but wish to buy the Hebrew Repertory, it can be purchased for $150. The purchase of either includes the HEBREW language interface so all computer commands are in HEBREW.

Dont forget, if you are a student, we can offer you a discount.

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Therapeutic Pocket Book, Best Repertory?

The answer is not as straightforward as you might think. The best Repertory is not really a repertory at all. Hahnemann worked on a repertory in the latter years of his life, and despite his genius, his mind was not suited to collating the symptoms in a manner that made it easy to retrieve information for prescribing. He encouraged Boenninghausen to make a repertory, and so the SRA and SRN came into being, Filling page after page of key symptoms from remedies, the size of the books became obviously unwieldy for easy use, and so that work was placed on one side while Boenninghausen worked on a new concept. It was a memory aid for physicians at the bedside.

Using 125 medicines of which he had a deep knowledge of, Boenninghausen broke apart the symptoms culled from the SRA and SRN and componentized them. Example: sharp pain in left temple on awakening. This would be split to: Temples left. Pain sharp. waking agg.

Using this method, Boenninghausen reasoned that a remedy would be able to found using the characteristics of the provings even if a particular symptom had not been found in the remedy. After extensive trialing, it was found to be extremely accurate and Hahnemann approved of its use as it followed precisely the methodology Hahnemann used in his own rationale.

The Therapeutic Pocket Book became one of the most respected and valuable books used to elicit a remedy for patients.Sadly with the advent of Kents repertory, it fell by the wayside. Boger tried to enlarge it but did not follow the model or criteria and it became inaccurate. Kents repertory, if you follow the historical detailing has proved to be not as accurate or useful as would be hoped for, and yet the homoeopaths of today have added to it greatly, thus compounding the unfixed errors.

George Dimitriadis released in 2000 a revised and altered clinical version of the Therapeutic Pocket book. His book was based on extensive research from original sources. In 2010 Polony and Weaver released a computer version of their own research of the TPB and maintained the original layout of Boenninghausen. It is released in English German and Spanish.

The book version of George Dimitriadis TBR is $320. The TBR computer version is $A880 from http://hahnemanninstitute.com

Polony and Weaver, The P & W 2012 version of the Therapeutic pocket Book is available for $US799 from, http://homeopathyonline.org (German English and Spanish full translations including the individual language interface.).

Is the work accurate in the modern world? Vladimir Polony, Gary Weaver and George Dimitriadis use their own versions of the book almost exclusively in their practice. The confidence in prescribing and the results speak for itself. Because both versions have the same sources (1846 handwritten and print edition), although laid out a little differently and the rubrics worded slightly differently, the actual remedy suggestions are the same if the symptoms are chosen accurately. The principle of the methodology can be reproduced time after time for the benefit of the patient. Research into the writings of Hahnemann, the Materia Medica’s and dictionaries of the day and the personal correspondence between Hahnemann and colleagues, shows a deep, precise and accurate comprehension of what the individual medicines can produce in terms of symptoms, and as such are represented completely by the method of Boenninghausens Therapeutic Pocket book.

No other repertory has Hahnemanns seal of approval.

האתר החדש של “אופנרפ סינופסיס” – בעברית

גירסת “פ & וו” 2012 החדשה של תוכנת ספר הכיס התרפאוטי מאת בונינגהאוזן הכוללת ממשק מלא בעברית ניתנת לרכישה מ-16 לאפריל מאת

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The new 2012 Edition of the P & W Therapeutic Pocket Book in the OpenRep SYNOPSIS, also with the operating interface in Hebrew. Available from April 16th from http://homeopathyonline.org/Bloghebrew.

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