Annual Conference Report 2012

Louise McLeanBy Louise McLean LCCH, MHMA 15th April 2012

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This year the HMA Conference was held again during the celebrations of World Homeopathy Awareness Week on 15th April at the School of Pharmacy, Brunswick Square, London with three excellent speakers.  The weather was sunny and crisp with a friendly turn out of homeopaths ready to enjoy the day!

First off, we had well known London homeopathic practitioner David Mundy who has been practising for 30 years and studied with some of the greatest masters, such as George Vithoulkas, Vasilis Ghegas, Rajan Sankaran and Jan Scholten.

David’s lecture was entitled ‘Radio Active Remedies for the Nuclear Age’ and he presented an important list of homeopathic medicines for radiation sickness, a problem currently affecting the planet.  He had visited Japan after the disaster last year and said that sufferers reported a tingling sensation in their bodies like electricity.

David told us the main remedies were Carcinosen, Granite, Plutonium Nitricum, Strontium, Positronium, Diospyros Kaki, Radium Brom, X Ray, Caesium Mur, Cadmium Sulph, Arsenicum, Phosphorus, Sol, Kali Iodatum, Thyroidinum, Calc. Fluor, Ozone and Lap-mar-c.

He discussed the proving of Plutonium with its feeling of heaviness, disintegration and decay, its spontaneous and reckless aggressiveness.  He also spent time analysing Uranium Nitricum and Granite, illustrating his talk with a large number of slides.

Geoff Johnson & HMA Chairman Hans G SchrauderThe second half of the morning was spent with popular homeopathic vet Geoff Johnson, who gave us a lecture on ‘The Language of Sarcodes’ explaining how he identifies human personality types from these.  Geoff said he employs the Sensation Method in his analysis and went on to give us case examples for using insulin, oestrogen, folliculinum as well as testosterone.

He was surprised that in a proving with 22 people including medical doctors, testosterone appeared to be the caring warrior rather than a sex crazed monster!  It also has all the other qualities you would expect, such as strength, force, masculinity, power and aggression, as well as being territorial.

Geoff also uses pituitary and cortisone sarcodes, saying that the cortisone patient has to control and fix every situation and tends to swallow problems.  They tend to become exhausted crisis managers.

The insulin type will gather and store both food and money with a tendency to obesity and fear of  poverty.  Whereas the sarcode glucagon, which is a peptide hormone secreted by the pancreas that raises blood glucose levels (the opposite of insulin), will overspend, giving and living for today.

Geoff also touched on his use of adrenaline, oxytocin (hormone of love, bonding and nourishing), as well as thyroid, which controls metabolism and is a growth motivator.  He finished his late morning talk touching on the use of growth hormone, progesterone and dopamine.

After an enjoyable lunch catching up with old friends and browsing through the books and products for sale, Dr. Balbir Nandra took to the stage for the first of the afternoon lectures.  Dr. Nandra, a staunch supporter of the HMA, wanted to share with us his successful method of prescribing, which involves whittling the patient’s symptoms down to just a few key rubrics and then further isolating them to find the remedy.

Dr. Nandra’s talk was entitled ‘Distinguishing between Healthy and Unhealthy Negative Emotions with Mind Rubrics’.  He was at pains to point out that not all negative emotions are unhealthy, as sometimes they are necessary.  He noted that healthy emotions were those that are rational and unhealthy ones irrational, that it is normal to be anxious about something but when the anxiety became exaggerated this was unhealthy.  All rational behaviour, he said, is logical, realistic, helpful and flexible.  Irrational behaviour is the opposite – illogical, unrealistic, unhelpful and rigid.

Balbir Nandra & HMA Chairman Hans G SchrauderHe said sadness was healthy but became unhealthy when suppressed, turning into depression.  Dr. Nandra presented cases and rubrics to illustrate this such as:  Delusions, wrong suffered; wrong he has done; stays in bed; light shuns; hides away; obstinate headstrong – all of which pointed to Hyoscyamus.

Then again he said that disappointment is healthy but when the patient feels deeply hurt, it becomes an unhealthy emotion, once again illustrating this with a list of associated rubrics which in this instance pointed to Pulsatilla.

He believed it important to carefully distinguish which emotion we are really looking at.  Rather than asking too many questions, he said we should let the case unfold and ask the patient, ‘what more do you want to tell me?’

Dr. Nandra then turned to the difference between annoyance and anger.  In the annoyed patient, there will be a willingness to understand and less demanding behaviour.  The angry person will insist he is right, only seeing his own point of view and rubrics such as malicious intent of others; egotism; delusions tall; can be used.

Next he turned to the difference between remorse and guilt, pointing out that the person who frequently suffers from guilt, tends to repeat their negative behaviour compounding it.  He followed this with his insights into regret and shame and then jealousy and envy.

Finally for the last part of the day, Geoff Johnson returned to the stage to talk about homeopathy for animals, showing us lots of clips of his animal patients.  He explained exactly how he gets to the root of the cause of the problem and how he chooses the remedy entirely through keen observation of the animal’s behaviour.

Geoff told us that prescribing for animals is the same as for humans because they suffer the same emotions.  He mentioned that studies on animal consciousness are being conducted in Bristol studies.  He reminded us that it is illegal to treat animals homeopathically unless you are a qualified vet but we can obviously treat our own pets.

Geoff talked about an unusual case of a horse whose back had collapsed and would go wild at shows and attack people.  He enquired as to how the owner managed the horse and was told that only by coaxing him with flattering comments such as telling him he was a ‘beautiful boy’, could the owner keep him under control.  On that basis and other symptoms, Geoff prescribed Lycopodium and the horse underwent a complete recovery!

He said it was so important to watch the behaviour of the animal.  What does it do?  When it comes into the consulting room, will it hide, try to escape, bite, sit quietly, enjoy being stroked or hate being touched?

Geoff then illustrated his cases with a series of videos.  He said he often gives Carcinosen to animals that are being rigidly controlled, for example, are not let off the lead.  He said Thuja dogs often have crusty eruptions after vaccination.

He mentioned a nymphomaniac cow with cysts that couldn’t get pregnant.  On further examination, he found it was being bullied by the others.  He chose Staphysagria and the cow was no longer bullied and became pregnant fairly soon after.

As with the famous case of Belladonna for mastitis, Geoff said troughs are often dosed with remedies for the whole herd, such as Thuja for warts.

Geoff told us that very often the farmer and his herd can be treated homeopathically as a single entity because cows tend to give up their identity to their owner, though apparently this did not apply to horses.  He described an interesting case of a farmer whose wife opened an organic restaurant on the premises but the builders seemed to take over and the farmer felt powerless with his confidence at a low ebb.  Geoff decided the case was Baryta Carb and treated the farmer and his cows, restoring them all to health.Dr Harsha Sidhu Director, Seema Malhotra Council Officer & David Mundy

Finally after this fascinating talk had concluded, HMA Chairman Hans G Schrauder wrapped up the proceedings by addressing the audience, Hans G Schrauder presented a gift to Dr Surjit S Randhawa for all his support and dedication to the HMA over the past 27 years.  Dr Surjit S Randhawa who was Chair of the HMA has now been awarded Honorary President for life. Lots of photos were taken and everyone agreed they had learnt a lot at this very interesting 2012 Conference.