Too, too solid flesh

Hamlet got it wrong. This flesh, your flesh isn’t solid at all. It is made up of cells, which are made up of molecules, which are made up of atoms, the vast majority of which is just empty space. They say that if you compressed all the ‘space’ out of atoms the entire human race would fit into a single sugar cube. I read that Tom Stoppard described the inside of an atom as the nucleus being the altar of St Paul’s Cathedral and the electrons being the size of moths. Oxygen has 8 electrons. So that is a lot of empty space. So by my reckoning we are beings made of energy. That’s hardly original as many ancient philosophies have said the same as per the Chakra System or the Chi in Traditional Chinese Medicine.

But if you accept this (and I do) why would you think that treating the body with a material/chemical drug was doing anything other than messing things up further.

I accept that sometimes we feel that we have no alternative, because the pain is so bad, or even because we are compelled to by law, but a pain killer is a neurotoxin that disrupts the pain messages and prevents them getting to the brain and it is easy then to forget that the pain was there to tell you something.

An energy body needs energy medicine.

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Health. The relationship between you and your body.

I’m dizzy on standing up. Just stand up more slowly then.

Now I’m dizzy on turning over. Try and use your mobile phone less.

I’ve got heart burn. Be careful what you eat.

Breathless on walking up stairs (nearly expired on running upstairs). You need to get a bit fitter.

These aren’t symptoms of various patients of mine. They are my symptoms. And these are the conversations I’ve had with and bits of advice I’ve given myself.

Then one morning I had to get up early to go catch a flight and, in the clear light of the morning I realised that these weren’t just a list of symptoms, but at my age (59) they are also possible early signs of chronic disease.

I felt quite panicked at the thought and then I realised that actually I was lucky to have symptoms; to recognise them; to have ideas what to do about them.

So I am on a path to do something about it. I think I’ve got time and the to turn my health around and I am starting NOW.Image

The trouble with always trying to preserve the health of the body is that it is so difficult to do without destroying the health of the mind.

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Why should you have on-going treatment?

If life is what you are struggling with, what’s the purpose of homeopathy? We were talking about this today. I think that the answer is two-fold.

1 Because it helps with how you feel right here and right now.

2 Because it enables your vital force/energy/life force/call it what you will, to react to a situation of stress and then return to health rather than leaving it to have to adapt itself to the new stress. Well, what’s wrong with adapting to a stress? Nothing really as long as it is the only one you are going to have to adapt to.

The way I see it, life exerts all sorts of stresses and strains on you and with the help of homeopathy you can get over them, let them pass and regain your equilibrium.

It was the difference between a timber framed building, which has hardly any foundations but which adapts to wind, rain, even a shift in the earth and still remains standing centuries later versus a concrete building in which you need the deepest foundations to ensure that nothing moves, because if it does the whole edifice crumbles.

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A serious look at homeopathy

Dana Ullman talks sense

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The number one rule of scuba diving: never hold your breath

I’m learning to scuba dive. Well, that’ll be easy I thought. I’ve been snorkeling for years, I am a strong and confident swimmer, I’m not claustrophobic. My Padi teacher is great. She is calm, funny and instills confidence. But I never feel that I have managed to master anything before we move on to the next skill.

Then I realised when I had this feeling before. When I was learning homeopathy it felt like every day I was learning more and more and I wasn’t sure that what I had learned in the days, weeks, months and even years before had sunk in.

Do you know the four stages of learning?
Unconscious incompetence: When you don’t know what you don’t know or how badly you do something.

Conscious incompetence: When you start to learn something and realise exactly how much you don’t know.

Conscious competence: When you start to be able to do something but you have to think about it.

Unconscious competence: When you something effectively without having to think about it.

I’m thrilled to be able to report that I am now at the conscious competence stage in scuba diving. I can do things, but I have to really concentrate.

What I want for you is to get to a stage of unconscious competence about  homeopathy: how to use it, when you need it, how to get the most out of it.

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MENOPAUSE: Isabel’s story

I was having hot flushes and sweats that absolutely drained me. I run my own business and the whole thing was starting to have a negative impact on my business. I don’t know if this was connected, but I started getting indigestion. That was awful because I love food and I loved cooking and entertaining. I was going home knackered after work and could barely stay awake in the evening. But as soon as I got into bed I was wide awake. Previously I had been the world’s greatest sleeper. I couldn’t handle stress and that was a problem for work.

I suddenly started being very hot and restless at night. I started to have panic attacks and that is what sent me over the edge.

I tried Prozac for 6 months but it was not a lot of good. It didn’t seem to change the anxiety levels but I did get heart palpitations. Then I tried HRT. That was a bit of a disaster. I started to get lumps in my breasts and I felt pre-menstrual all the time. I couldn’t cope and more to the point nor could my husband and staff.

The appointment was a revelation. It sounds daft but it was only then that I realized that it all felt interconnected.

I would say that I gradually started to get better. After five months I would say I was totally better. What I would call tip-top. It was amazing that when Janet asked me about the indigestion I realized that I hadn’t had it for ages.

I didn’t see Janet now for another 3 months until I started to sleep less well at night. I went back and then I had the remedy in drops and then by the spring I was feeling completely better.

I think I started to understand what Janet was talking about when I need an appointment and now I only go when I start to feel wobbly in someway. Might be that I’m a bit overwrought; maybe I’ve had some restless nights; sometimes I just get the feeling. I think I’ve seen her about 3 times in the last 4 years but that seems to be enough.

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Being a homeopath

What I love about my work is that it is ever-changing. No two days are the same.

I saw seven people yesterday.

One with recurrent shingles, one with menopausal hot flushes, two children (one with eczema and one asthma), someone with lymphodema since surgery, one with digestive problems and one with an eating disorder. So that is great; a huge variety of people. But finding a remedy to help them is so much more exciting. Linking physical symptoms with emotional states or what makes it better or worse or maintaining causes like grim circumstances or even childhood trauma all opens up a world of possibilities and the connections and links that the patient and I make are almost never predictable. Prescriptions from all kingdoms. Another brilliant day for me. Thank you one and all.

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Startling new evidence about the efficacy of homeopathy?

A really interesting article which indicates the long-term efficacy of homeopathy  can be found at

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When is a symptom not a symptom? A question frequently asked by self-prescribers.

Answer: Just because you love your dog, cat, chicken, cows the rubric ‘love of animals’ does not necessarily apply to you. Just because you are generally optimistic about your life doesn’t mean that the rubric ‘optimistic’ should be used in your repertorisation.

Why not? Because the homeopathic material medica catalogues pathology, not healthy states.

So, what is a symptom? When I was trying out a remedy (proving) with the Dynamis school in 2006, I bought several hundreds of pounds worth of cosmetics. Whilst that might sound a bit over the top for anyone, for me it was peculiar as I don’t wear make up and haven’t since I was a teenager. That was a symptom; something totally out of the ordinary for me.

It helps to think that there are two sorts of symptom when you are trying to decide what should be borne in mind: symptoms of degree and change.

A symptom of degree: If you love animals above (not even equal to, but more than) people, this is a symptom of degree. No matter what logic you apply to it, from the point of view of survival of our species it is not healthy.

A symptom of change:  If you start doing or feeling something entirely outside your normal experience this is a symptom. For instance if a curmudgeonly person suddenly acquires a sunny disposition, or the other way around. This is a symptom.

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Menopause symptoms

A new study1 puts British women at the top of the list for suffering symptoms of menopause.

Homeopathy is a system of medicine which is based on treating the individual with highly diluted substances given in mainly tablet form, which trigger the body’s natural system of healing. Based on the patient’s experience of their symptoms, a homeopath will match them with the most appropriate medicine.

The most common symptoms of menopause are hot flushes, night sweats, headaches and mood swings. Homeopathic treatment has been shown to be effective for hot flushes and sweats, tiredness, anxiety, sleeping difficulties, mood swings and headaches. In a study carried out at an NHS well-woman clinic in Sheffield, 81 per cent of 102 patients reported improvement of these menopause symptoms after homeopathic treatment.2

Studies have shown there are health risks associated with HRT, including an increased risk of of breast cancer, and many women struggling with symptoms are looking for an alternative. In homeopathy, we look at the whole person, taking into account the unique symptoms of each individual, before we decide on a prescription.”


1.    Ward‌ T, Scheid V, Tuffrey‌ V. Women’s mid-life health experiences in urban UK: an international comparison. Climacteric, 2010; 13 (3): 278-288

2.   Relton C, Weatherley-Jones E. Homeopathy Service in a National Health Service community menopause clinic: audit of clinical outcomes. Menopause Int, 2005; 11(2): 72-3

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