Wednesday, 17 November 2010

Indian Adventures.. in Bentham

Colourful Kolkata trucks

Sole to Soul
Grasmere Drive, Bentham

Homeopathic Adventures in India

Tuesday 30th November
6.30 for 7pm start

I spent time in Kolkata in 2008 and 2009 on a postgraduate homeopathy course. This involved lectures and many hours in various clinics throughout the city.

But it wasn't all hard work. I also did some travelling in Darjeeling, Kerala, Tamil Nadu and attended a huge Bengali wedding.

So come along to a colourful slide show of my travels and be transported to India for a couple of hours and escape the grim winter weather!

£2 including refreshments and homemade cakes. Let me know if you want to come so I make sure we don't run out of cakes.

0800 298 0701 or 07932 159099

Sunday, 10 October 2010

Science for Homeopaths Day in Manchester

Earlier this year I was appointed onto the Society of Homeopaths Research Committee. One of the things I feel is important is to give homeopaths and students the information they need to deal with the common criticisms we face as a profession.

Myself and Emily Peckham, both homeopaths and chemists, will be doing a CPD day on Science for Homeopaths in central Manchester on Thursday 25th November. There is a lot of controversy about dilutions and so we will be explaining, in simple terms, what Avogadro's number is all about and why it is such a contentious issue. We will also be looking at the weirdness of water and some other areas of science which are not as clear cut as you might think.
We will look at the analytical evidence which shows that extremely diluted solutions are measureable using a variety of analytical techniques. The majority of work done in this area is actually done by chemists and physicists and is nothing to do with homeopathy.

The aim is to make some complex scientific ideas accessible to all and give participants tools to answer critics in a scientific manner. There will also be a detailed list of websites, references and a bibliography for further reading and research.

On the day we will bring some of these scientific papers and books for you to have a look at and there will also be some time available for general discussion and networking.

Science for Homeopaths

Quaker Meeting Rooms, Mount St, Manchester

Thursday 25th November

To book go through the Society of Homeopaths website or call the office in Northampton.

The Society of Homeopaths website has an excellent research section which has been written by Rachel Roberts.

British Homeopathic Association also has comprehensive research pages. Their magazine Health and Homeopathy contains very clear and interesting articles on particular health topics and remedies which can be dowloaded from the website.

Saturday, 31 July 2010

Homeopathic Camp and festival fun

I have mentioned several times on this blog the great work that Marcus and the Travelling Homeopaths Collective do at festivals. If you are going to a festival this summer there is still time to catch up with them for a chat or some treatment at the Moors festival, Solfest, Lime Tree music festival and The End Of The Road.

THC have a homeopathic camp in the summer
and this time it is 11th to 15th August. It has a friendly festival feel for homeopaths, students, their friends and families with lots to keep everyone entertained. Speakers this year include Misha Norland, Kaaren Whitney, David Mundy, Robert Davidson, Jerome Whitney and Michael Thompson. There will also be Indian music, childrens area, storytelling, a sauna and some great veggie food.

For more info see the flyer here

I had a brilliant time at Glastonbury working in the clinic and its always a wonderful opportunity to talk to people about homeopathy and get them to experience it first hand. As it was very hot and dusty we treated a lot more people than usual for hayfever and sunburn and many came back to say they were feeling better after their remedies which is always good to hear.

We seemed to have a lot more people coming in for a chat who were disillusioned with their current treatment and wanting to know if homeopathy might be able to help with longer term problems like depression, menstrual or menopausal symptoms, recurrent infections, ME and chronic fatigue, stress, IBS and many more. We do not treat those sort of chronic problems at festivals so always refer people to a homeopath near where they live.

There have been a lot of negative stories in the press about homeopathy lately so it was lovely to talk to so many people face to face who genuinely wanted to find out more about what we do. Something our critics often forget is that the vast majority of people try complementary therapies because they are not happy with their current treatment and a friend or relative has benefitted from something different. That sort of personal recommendation will far outweigh any number of negative articles in a newspaper or on a blog.

Tuesday, 15 June 2010

Here we go again..

The latest edition of the Settle Community News may not be the magazine with the largest circulation, but it is widely read in this area. There is an article written by Ted Saunders who is objecting to a piece in a previous edition about the clinic where I work and the main focus of his article is an attack on homeopathy and what he calls 'the stirrers of Settle'. Ironically, there was an article in the Guardian yesterday by Edzard Ernst which raised much the same issues.

I have had several calls, texts and emails from people who were outraged by these articles and wanted to voice their support for me and for homeopathy.

Ted mentioned the recent report by the government Science and Technology committee which criticised homeopathy, dilutions, costs to the NHS and that homeopathy is based on faith and medicine is based on science

So, let's look at these points

They both mention the critical report of the Government Science and Technology Evidence check into homeopathy. Of the 12 members on the committee, only 3 MPs voted for this report, one lost his seat and the other 2 stood down at the last election (and one of those joined the committee after the hearings). Two of these MPs are known supporters of a group called Sense About Science who are anything but sensible about science. Of the witnesses called to give evidence only one was a homeopath, Dr Peter Fisher, the director of the London Homeopathic Hospital, the majority were journalists or academics who are known to oppose homeopathy. See my
blog dated 21st February 2010 for more information about the hearing and for an excellent summary of proceedings see the blog by 'The Voice of (Not So Young) Homeopathy'

I have written about dilutions several times on this blog, but the main thing to remember is homeopathic remedies are made by dilution and by vigorous shaking, a process called succussion. It has been known for many years that this shaking causes changes to the structure and properties of the liquid. The vast majority of this research is nothing to do with homeopathy but done by chemists and physicists who want to try and understand how this works. One of the key research papers, which I have mentioned before, is one by Louis Rey which was able to measure thermoluminescence of extremely diluted solutions of sodium chloride and lithium chloride. The solutions which were just diluted could not be measured but solutions which had been diluted and vigorously shaken were measurable. The full article can be seen

Also see my blog article about Avagadro's number for more about dilutions.

Ted also says that homeopathy is more about faith than science. I would like to point out that the NHS doesn't get it all right either. Many people put their faith in their GP and the NHS but still decide to try complementary medicine because they have not been helped by the system. I came to homeopathy after years of unsuccessful treatments for migraine, the final straw was disturbing side effects from prescribed medication, so I tried homeopathy which worked for me and I became curious to learn more about it. Side effects from medication, long term problems such as back pain, chronic fatigue, anxiety, depression and sleep problems are common reasons why patients choose to try a different approach.

I would like to draw your attention to British Medical Journal Clinical Evidence which shows that only 11% of medicines and current interventions are known to be effective for the conditions they are prescribed. A staggering 51% are of unknown effectiveness.

Updated Clinical Evidence article

When you consider the NHS drug budget is about £11 billion a year, I find it amusing that critics complain about the £4 million spent on homeopathy in the NHS, particularly when over 70% of people with chronic conditions seen in the homeopathic hospitals report improvement after their treatment. Surely anything that helps over 70% of people should be encouraged. See the Bristol study for more info.

Unfortunately, attacks on homeopathy are not new. James Compton Burnett wrote a series of letters to a young skeptical doctor to explain why he believed in homeopathy. The letters were cases he had treated himself and were published in 1896 as a short book 'Fifty Reasons for being a Homeopath'. It is a very clear and simple book which shows how he first became curious and then became more passionate about homeopathy the more he learnt about it. You can find this on Google Books

Dr James Compton Burnett 1840-1901

'Homeopathy: A Rational Choice in Medicine' by Mo Morrish is a small but excellent book which counters all the arguments that skeptics throw at us. It should be essential reading for anyone who is curious about the controversy surrounding homeopathy, unfortunately, the hardened skeptics are unlikely to ever read it.
Homoeopathy: A Rational Choice in Medicine
Another book on the subject which goes into the science in much more detail is Bill Gray's 'Homeopathy: Science or Myth'. This clearly and simply explains some of the possible theories about how homeopathy might work and discusses several experiments in detail which indicate that very dilute homeopathically prepared medicines are not only measureable, but also have an effect which is certainly not placebo.
Homeopathy: Science or Myth?

I have copies of all these books and if any of you in the Settle area want to borrow them then let me know.

Sunday, 6 June 2010

Some lovely films to make you smile

I came across these two short films recently and thought I'd share them with you. They are both guaranteed to make you smile!

First one is a short film 'Validation' about love, smiles and parking tickets. 15 minutes long.

A friend emailed me this. Its actually a short advert for the Danish bus company and they arranged 4 or 5 singers to sing the danish birthday song to Mukhtar,one of their bus drivers in Copenhagen, and most of of the passengers joined in too. Lovely.

Monday, 24 May 2010

Homeopathic Adventures in India

Adventures in India

Monday 31st May

6.30 for 7pm start

Gateway to Health

Behind LloydsTSB, Castle Hill, Settle

I spent time on a postgraduate homeopathy course in Kolkata in 2008 and 2009. This was a combination of lectures and outreach clinics in the slums and rural areas. I also managed to do a bit of travelling in Darjeeling, Tamil Nadu and Kerala and attended a huge Bengali wedding.

So come along and see a colourful slide show of my Indian adventures.

No charge but please leave donations for refreshments. If you would like to come let me know so I can bake enough cakes!

0800 298 0701 or 07932 159099
A sign on the road to Darjeeling

Tuesday, 18 May 2010

Homeopathy is witchcraft.. apparently

There was an article published recently in the Daily Telegraph by some junior doctors which said that 'Homeopathy is Witchcraft.'

I could write what I thought of it but, as usual, Brian Kaplan has written a brilliant response and you can find it on his blog.

Dr Brian Kaplan - 'Homeopathy is Witchcraft.' Should Homeopaths now be burnt at the stake?

Saturday, 17 April 2010


In Europe at the minute there has been huge travel chaos due to the erupting volcano in Iceland. Some of the pictures coming out of Iceland are spectacular - and a reminder of the power and beauty of nature. Here are a few on flickr

I have several friends who are stuck in various parts of the world including Spain, Italy, Canada, Switzerland and Australia with no hope of getting back to England for several days or longer. The ferries and trains in Europe are all fully booked - it is Easter holidays anyway - and so many have no option but to stay where they are and see what happens.

The way people have responded to this very unusual situation has been really interesting. There are often delays or disruptions to the transport system due to bad weather or industrial disputes and in those cases travellers always seem to get angry or want to blame someone and tempers often flare. This time the reaction seems to have been exactly the opposite - people just accepting that nature can, and does, disrupt things, so there is no point making a fuss. From what I have heard, there is an amazing sense of cameraderie amongst the stranded travellers. A friend in Spain says there is a wonderful atmosphere at her hotel - many new friendships are being made and lots of people are now sharing rooms as there are not enough available for everyone.

These events reminded me of this..

God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change,the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference

I came across this picture on twitter - this guy lives close to Heathrow Airport and had never seen real blue sky before... So it seems there are some positive things coming out of all this disruption.

Wednesday, 7 April 2010

Water and Weirdness

The Institute of Science in Society is a not for profit organisation dedicated to providing critical and accessible information to the public and to promoting social accountability and ecological sustainability in science. There are some interesting articles on on their website on a variety of topics including climate change, nanotechnology, holistic health, stem cells, agriculture and much, much more. There are several about the strange behaviour of water and how this could relate to homeopathy. This one is written by Mae-Wan Ho who is a geneticist and also director of ISIS.

Water Remembers? Homeopathy Explained?

New research suggests water remembers what has been dissolved in it, even after dilution beyond the point where no molecule of the original substances could remain.

For more than a century, practitioners of homeopathy have used highly diluted solutions of medicinal substances to treat diseases. Some substances are diluted way beyond the point at which no trace of the original substances could remain. It is as though the water has retained memory of the departed molecules. This has aroused a great deal of scepticism within the conventional medical and scientific community. To this day, ‘homeopathic’ is used as a term of derision, to indicate something imagined that has no reality.

But a series of recent discoveries in the conventional scientific community is making people think again.

First, there were the South Korean chemists who discovered two years ago that molecules dissolved in water clump together as they get more diluted (see SiS 15), which was totally unexpected; and further more, the size of the clumps depends on the history of dilution, making a mockery of the ‘laws of chemistry’.

Now, physicist Louis Rey in Lausanne, Switzerland, has published a paper in the mainstream journal, Physica A, describing experiments that suggest water does have a memory of molecules that have been diluted away, as can be demonstrated by a relatively new physical technique that measures thermoluminescence.

In this technique, the material is ‘activated’ by irradiation at low temperature, with UV, X-rays, electron beams, or other high-energy sub-atomic particles. This causes electrons to come loose from the atoms and molecules, creating ‘electron-hole pairs’ that become separated and trapped at different energy levels.

Then, when the irradiated material is warmed up, it releases the absorbed energy and the trapped electrons and holes come together and recombine. This causes the release of a characteristic glow of light, peaking at different temperatures depending on the magnitude of the separation between electron and hole.

As a general rule, the phenomenon is observed in crystals with an ordered arrangement of atoms and molecules, but it is also seen in disordered materials such as glasses. In this mechanism, imperfections in the atomic/molecular lattice are considered to be the sites at which luminescence appears.

Rey decided to use the technique to investigate water, starting with heavy water or deuterium oxide that’s been frozen into ice at a temperature of 77K. The absolute temperature scale (degree K, after Lord Kelvin) is used in science. (The zero degree K is equivalent to –273 C, and deuterium is an isotope of hydrogen which is twice as heavy as hydrogen).

As the ice warms up, a first peak of luminescence appears near 120K, and a second peak near 166 K. Heavy water gives a much stronger signal than water. In both cases, samples that were not irradiated gave no signals at all.

For both water and heavy water, the relative intensity of the thermoluminescence depends on the irradiation dose. There has been a suggestion that peak 2 comes from the hydrogen-bonded network within ice, whereas peak 1 comes from the individual molecules. This was confirmed by looking at a totally different material that is known to present strong hydrogen bonds, which showed a similar glow in the peak 2 region, but nothing in peak 1.

Rey then investigated what would happen when he dissolved some chemicals in the water and diluted it in steps of one hundred fold with vigorous stirring (as in the preparation of homeopathic remedies), until he reached a concentration of 10 to the power -30 g per centilitre, and compare that to the control that has not had any chemical dissolved in it and diluted in the same way.

The samples were frozen and activated with irradiation as usual.

Much to his surprise, when lithium chloride, LiCl, a chemical that would be expected to break hydrogen bonds between water molecules was added, and then diluted away, the thermoluminescent glow became reduced, but the reduction of peak 2 was greater relative to peak 1. Sodium chloride, NaCl, had the same effect albeit to a lesser degree.

It appears, therefore, that substances like LiCl and NaCl can modify the hydrogen-bonded network of water, and that this modification remains even when the molecules have been diluted away.

The fact that this ‘memory’ remains, in spite of, or because of vigorous stirring or shaking at successive dilutions, indicates that the ‘memory’ is by no means static, but depends on a dynamic process, perhaps a collective quantum excitation of water molecules that has a high degree of stability (see "The strangeness of water and homeopathic memory", SiS 15).

Wednesday, 17 March 2010

Sole to Soul in Bentham

I will shortly be joining the team at Sole to Soul Holistic Therapy Centre in the market town of Bentham on the fringes of the Yorkshire Dales and the Forest of Bowland.

The clinic was set up by Marie Rayner, a podiatrist and chiropodist,
she bought this old dilapidated Legion Hut on Grasmere Drive, demolished it, and has created a purpose built therapy centre on the site.

The Old Legion Hut in 2008

In June 2009 the new Sole to Soul clinic opened for business and now offers podiatry, chiropody, reflexology, massage, healing, Bowen therapy, Emotional Freedom Technique, food intolerance testing, aqua detox, conscious medicine, naturopathy, herbal medicine and homeopathy.

Sole to Soul, Grasmere Drive, Bentham, LA2 7JP
Phone 015242 63067

Some of the Sole to Soul therapists will be at the Lancaster Complementary Health Fair on Saturday 20th March at Lancaster Town Hall if you want to go along and have a chat.

It is on from 10am to 5pm, entry is £1.50 and there will be free talks, taster sessions and the opportunity to meet a wide range of practitioners. There is also a raffle and a wholesome cafe.

Ghandi Quotes

Ghandi is always a good source of thought provoking quotes and one in particular has been on my mind recently. The huge amount of anti-homeopathy articles in the media reminded me of this.

First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.

So, hopefully, we're not far from winning.

This is another great Ghandi quote which Dan Ullman came across

Thursday, 4 March 2010

Plants and Fungi in Homeopathy

This is a fantastic area on the Natural History Museum website. There is some excellent information and pictures of hundreds of plants and fungi as well as lichens and algae used in homeopathic remedies.

This is the work of Vilma Bharatan who is a botanist at the NHM.

Plants and Fungi in Homeopathy

Gelsemium Sempervirens
The homeopathic remedy Gelsemium is
often used to treat the symptoms of flu

The fantastic illustrations in the website reminded me of an excellent book that I have somewhere but can't seem to put my hands on at the minute! It is called 'Dangerous Garden: The Quest for Plants to Change our Lives' by David Stuart. He is a botanist and his passion for his subject really shines through every page. There are many wonderful pictures of plants in the book that are still in common use in homeopathy and herbalism. It is full of enthralling tales of the darker side of plants and includes poisonings, plague and pestilence, aphrodisiacs, mysterious mass hallucinations and much, much more. I do love reading Culpeper and Gerard but this is a herbal book with a difference!

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Saturday, 27 February 2010

The Knitting Nannies

This is absolutely nothing to do with homeopathy or anything I usually write about! With all the terrible events going on in the world I thought everyone could do with something a bit light hearted.

I must confess to a family connection here, my mother in law is one of the nannies (2nd from the right), and the musician is Sirius Fawkes, my husbands nephew.

Guaranteed to make you smile.

The Knitting Nannies on YouTube

Sirius Fawkes

Sunday, 21 February 2010

Science and Technology Evidence Check

The UK government has recently had their Science and Technology Committee look at evidence for homeopathy. There have been concerns that some of the people on the committee were known critics of homeopathy, or had strong connections with groups who were, and so a fair and balanced report is unlikely to be the outcome.

The Liberal Democrat Science spokesman, Dr Evan Harris is a known supporter of Sense About Science, an organisation which is publicly extremely critical of homeopathy. Dr Harris was recently filmed making a speech at an anti-homeopathy 'mass overdose' stunt. He made derogatory comments about Dr Peter Fisher who is director of the London Homeopathic Hospital, and also incidentally, homeopath to the Queen. Hardly an impartial and unbiased act for an MP on a committee listening to evidence on the subject. Dr Harris by criticising a fellow doctor is clearly in breach of Articles 46 and 47 of the General Medical Council’s Guidelines for Good Medical Practice.

Article 46. You must treat your colleagues fairly and with respect. You must not bully or harass them, or unfairly discriminate against them by allowing your personal views to affect adversely your professional relationship with them. You should challenge colleagues if their behaviour does not comply with this guidance.

Article 47. You must not make malicious and unfounded criticisms of colleagues that may undermine patients' trust in the care or treatment they receive, or in the judgement of those treating them.

Voice of (not so young) homeopathy blog for the video of Dr Harris addressing the crowd at the 'mass overdose'

The choice of people who gave oral evidence to the committee seems a bit odd. Dr Peter Fisher is the only doctor using homeopathy who was questioned. Dr David Reilly from the Glasgow Homeopathic Hospital is regarded as a leading expert on this subject and should have been called. The Society of Homeopaths, the principal organisation representing non-medical homeopaths did not have the opportunity to speak. At least three people chosen to speak have affiliations or sympathies with Sense About Science, an organisation which has no advisors who are experts in the field of homeopathy.

Government policy should be informed by the performance of homeopathy in the real world with real patients, and it is seen to perform there extremely well - providing cost effective and successful treatment to tens of thousands of patients who have not been helped by conventional medicine. An audit by the Bristol Homeopathic Hospital looking at over 6500 patients and 23,000 appointments over a 6 year period showed 70% of patients reported their health improved after treatment. The reports from the homeopathic hospitals were never discussed as part of the Evidence Check.

The NHS budget for homeopathy comprises just 0.004% of the total NHS budget and the annual bill for homeopathic medicines is just £157,000. Compare this with the NHS drugs bill for pharmaceutical products of £11 billion. Incidentally, the NHS expects to pay out over £4.4 billion in compensation and negligence claims this year.

Observational study Bristol Homeopathic Hospital. Over 23,000 patient attendances in a 6-year period, 70% of patients reported improved health, 50% major improvement of wide range of conditions.

Spence DS, Thompson EA, Barron SJ (2005). Homeopathic treatment for chronic disease: a 6-year university-hospital outpatient observational study. Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, 11:793-798.

Friday, 29 January 2010

Dilutions and Avogadro

The critics of homeopathy are always going on about Avogadro's number, which is 6.022 x 10 to the power 23. I wonder how many of them actually understand it.

So here is my attempt at a very simple explanation of what it is all about. Amedeo Avogadro in 1811 hypothesised that 'Equal volumes of ideal or perfect gases, at the same temperature and pressure, contain the same number of particles, or molecules'. What he meant by that was that the same volume of a gas, whether it is hydrogen, nitrogen, oxygen or anything else, will contain the same number of molecules if the temperatures and pressures are the same. This is Avogadro's Law.

Long after he died other scientists recognised what an important contribution he had made and the Avogadro Constant is named after him but the concept of the mole to which it refers was not known in his lifetime.

Now for a basic chemistry lesson, so pay attention.

One mole of a substance is the molecular weight in grams of that substance. Hydrogen has a molecular weight of 1, so 1 g is 1 mole of hydrogen. Carbon has a molecular weight of 12 and so 12g of carbon is 1 mole.
Going back a bit Avogadro said 'Equal volumes of ideal or perfect gases, at the same temperature and pressure, contain the same number of particles, or molecules'.

So.. One mole of a substance will always contain the same number of elemental particles (usually atoms or molecules) and that number (according to many clever scientists) will be 6.022 x 10 to the power 23, this can also be written as 602 200 000 000 000 000 000 000 particles, which is an awful lot of particles.

So 1g of hydrogen and 12g of carbon are both one mole and will both contain 602 200 000 000 000 000 000 000 particles.

Are you still with me? 

The problem sceptics have is that homeopathic remedies are very diluted. A 12c homepathic remedy is technically a dilution of 1 x 10 to the power 24, and so that means 1 part in 1 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 and that is more dilute than Avogadro's number which means any remedy 12c or more dilute should contain none of the original particles. Many homeopaths use remedies in a variety of strengths from tinctures to extremely diluted remedies. What the sceptics always seem to forget, or ignore, is that homeopathic remedies are not just diluted, they are also shaken vigorously between each dilution which is a process known as succussion. There are several studies that show the succussion process means the solutions are very different from ones which are just diluted and not shaken.

There is a whole branch of science looking at the peculiar properties of ultra diluted solutions and there is absolutely no doubt that there are many scientific peer reviewed published papers which demonstrate that a substance which has been diluted and shaken is still measurable way beyond the point that it should be. There have been positive experiments using a whole host of different analytical techniques and the laws of physics and chemistry cannot currently explain why these ultra diluted and shaken substances can still be measured.

The International Journal of High Dilution Research is the first full free open-access electronic journal specialising in the multidisciplinary field of High Dilution (HD) research.  Lots of articles on analytical research, plant, veterinary, pharmacological studies as well as literature reviews and much more.

This has been known about for a very long time and we still do not fully understand the processes which make these dilutions active. The first published paper on the strangeness of highly diluted and shaken solutions was by Bertrand Gabriel 'The Extraordinary Sensitiveness of Aspergillus niger to Manganese' Comptes Rendus Académie des Sciences published in 1912!

There are many theories like nano particles, local coherent quantum domains, memory of water or something completely different. This is not just of interest to homeopaths, many chemists, physicists and materials scientists are doing research in this area.

One of the key papers on this subject is by the physicist Dr Louis Rey, he used very diluted and shaken solutions of lithium chloride and sodium chloride and then analysed them using a technique called thermoluminescence. It showed conclusively that very dilute solutions were measurable when they were diluted beyond the point there should be any particles present.

There is much more evidence from analytical chemistry, plant and biological systems too. Have a look at this section on dilutions from the excellent website Extraordinary Medicine.

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Sceptic stunt

The sceptics 'overdose' stunt is in the news.

This is a statement from the Society of Homeopaths, the largest organisation registering professional homeopaths in Europe, in response to the1023 stunt.

For a very good overview of the current research and evidence for homeopathy have a look at the website of the British Homeopathic Association which is the organisation for medically trained homeopaths working within the NHS.

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

Since homeopathy is person specific, the action of a remedy cannot be
predicted without knowing the patient’s symptoms at the time they take it.

This is one reason why The Society recommends that prescriptions are
taken under the guidance of an appropriately qualified and registered homeopath (see for more details).

Over-the-counter homeopathic medicines should only be used as directed on
the labeling. Proving guidelines for determining which homeopathic medicines are suitable for which disease focus more on the repetition of a dose rather than a large single dose in isolation.

The Society would not therefore expect any reaction to the proposed
‘overdose’ by this group unless, by chance, an individual in that group already had symptoms that matched that remedy at the time of taking it.

Tuesday, 26 January 2010

The Thin Line That Leads Us

Lemon Leaf

This is nothing to do with homeopathy but is a wonderful blog which is written by a friend of mine, Rhiannon. We shared an office many years ago at the Open University where we worked in geochemistry research, both our lives have changed quite a bit since then!
She now lives in a beautiful part of Cumbia, is a keen walker, fellrunner and sea kayak-er and her blog is full of amazing pictures, mainly of things that her and her partner, Stu, get up to on their travels. It is so much more than looking at someones holiday snaps, the photos are really quite wonderful and beautifully observed. So, if you a
re stuck at a desk and not enjoying your day then have a look at her blog and escape in to Rhiannons world for a bit!

Pumpkins drying on a Spanish balcony

Sunday, 24 January 2010

Winter scenes

Catrigg Force

There has been much doom and gloom on the news about the recent disruptions due to the snow and ice. But with all the cold weather we also get some fantastic scenery, particularly in our bit of the Yorkshire Dales. We went for a walk in the snow to Catrigg Force which is close to where we live. The ice in the stream above the waterfall and cascade of water had created some wonderful ice formations so I thought I'd share some of our pictures with you.

Ice in the beck

Down the waterfall

Looking towards Giggleswick

Wednesday, 6 January 2010

Clinic Move

The Gateway to Health Clinic has now moved, but not very far. From January 2010 we have relocated to larger premises off Castle Hill in the centre of Settle. The new clinic is in a courtyard just behind LloydsTSB bank which is in the Market Square. New address is Gateway to Health, Castle Hill, Settle, North Yorkshire, BD24 9EU.

To celebrate the move we will be having an Open Day on Sunday 14th February 10am to 2pm. This will be an informal event where visitors can come and have a look around the building and meet some of the therapists. As there is space for more practioners we now offer Homeopathy and Flower Remedies, Acupuncture, Tai Chi and Chi Kung, Reflexology, Emotional Freedom Technique, Holistic Massage, Shiatsu, Person Centred Counselling and Life Coaching.

The Open Day is the same day as the Farmers Market in Settle so why not come over and make a day of it. Unfortunately, due to family commitments down south I am unable to be there.