In 1981-82 I took a six-month sabbatical from my teaching job in Philadelphia
to travel around the USA meeting homeopaths. The purpose of the trip was twofold:
first, to meet homeopathic practitioners in an effort to find out if I should
change the course of my life and become a homeopathic physician and second,
to meet homeopaths of all stripes in an effort to bring them into the National
Center for Homeopathy. In the spring of 1981 the National Center had an acrimonious
split from the American Foundation for Homeopathy. Almost all of the membership
records were lost. I offered to look up those study groups that were known to
the NCH and to get them "back in the fold." In retrospect, my job
was bigger than that; it was to meet all the factions and to get them talking
to each other again. I was an "unknown." I had no baggage with either
organization. I treated all as equal.
During my time on the road I met and talked to 100 people and spoke to 405 people in study groups.
Upon my return, I wrote a 50 page paper for the NCH outlining who I saw, and commenting upon what I saw.
Considering this trip happened almost 25 years ago, my conclusions are surprisingly contemporary. I guess that not much has changed in the last 25 years. The issue of then are still the issues we have now.
Over the years a number of people have asked for copies of my paper. What appears here is the whole text of that paper I wrote in 1982.
In several places I have added notes (in italics) to comment upon, or update the information presented. I have decided to delete the individual addresses, first for reasons of privacy, and second because many of them are way out of date.
I hope that you, the reader, find this work useful.
Tawa, New Zealand
In 1972, I was given the name of a homoeopathic doctor in Philadelphia. That visit to Raymond Seidel, MD, D(hom), turned my life around. My relationship with Dr. Seidel turned from that of a patient to that of a friend. It was with his sanction, I was able to attend the Millersville Course in 1980. Since my background is in education (I am an associate professor at a College in Philadelphia), I wrote an evaluation of the program and sent it to the National Center for Homoeopathy. By the next year, I was working as the Registrar of the school.
The following paper was written as a result of my decision to take a year long sabbatical from my teaching and use the time to visit the homoeopathic community around the country. As I am writing this, I have been informed of my election to the Board of Directors of the National Center for Homeopathy and my appointment to the editorial advisory board of the American Institute for Homeopathy's Journal. It has been an interesting 10 years since I stepped into Dr. Seidel's office on Porter Street!
I would like to dedicate this report to the memory of Ray Seidel.
For six months - from October 1, 1981 to April 1, 1982, I traveled 20,000 miles around the United States and through one Canadian Province. I was on a one year sabbatical from my regular job as a professor of design at the Philadelphia College of Art. I was ostensibly working as a field representative for the National Center for Homeopathy in Washington, DC. My goal was to find out what was happening with homoeopathy around the country. I regret that I was not able to visit everyone. The people I did visit form a good cross section of those interested in homoeopathy. As I traveled, I was given more names of people to look up, and more cities to visit. It was a full, yet very short six months.
When I started the sojourn, I wondered what the outcome would be. Below are two documents. Part I is a chronological listing of the places I went, the people I saw, and some brief observations. Part II is a summary of my findings. The first part is objective, the second subjective.
Homoeopathy is plagued by some large but vague questions: Where are we going? What are we doing? In order to take any action, a problem has to be clearly formulated. The clearer the question, the clearer the answer. Although I offer no answers here, I hope that I have been able to clarify the questions.
Please understand that the views expressed here do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Center for Homoeopathy.
A copy of this report is being sent to all the people I visited.
(note: I have updated some items. These updates are in purple)
First, some background. In 1927, Ontario passed the Drugless Practitioners Act. Included in this act were all practices outside the scope of regular medicine: dentistry, nursing, massage, etc. Over the years, most of the groups have withdrawn from the scope of the act and have formed their own regulatory boards. There is now a Board of Dental Examiners, a Board of Nursing Examiners, etc. The only people left who now come under the purview of the Drugless Practitioners Act are chiropractors, osteopaths, physiotherapists, and naturopaths. A few years ago the Ontario Medical Association decided, through the Health Disciplines Act, that the practice of homoeopathy does not come under their purview. In short, they decided that homoeopathy is not medicine. Homoeopathy in Ontario falls under the Drugless Practitioners Act. It is controlled by the Ontario Naturopathic Association, and is seen as part of naturopathic practice. The Ontario Naturopathic Association has three branches: The Academy of Naturopathy, the Academy of Homoeopathy, and the Academy of Acupuncture. The association is trying to get the Ministry of Health to look at the Drugless Practitioners Act and re-define some of its parameters. At the present time, the Ministry of Health would see a 1 year massage program and a 4 year chiropractic program as having the same standing under the law. With this as a background, here are the people I met:
The college went through many changes and is now in business at:
The Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine
255 Sheppard avenue East, ste 2017
Canada M2K 1E2
The college is going through its first formative year. It is associated with the University of Waterloo. A student would first attend Waterloo for 4 years and get a Degree in Biological Science. During the last semester, the student would take a few courses at the Naturopathic College. Upon graduation from Waterloo the student would then attend the Naturopathic College for three more years, leading to a degree in Naturopathic Medicine. The College is located in a beautiful old building in downtown Kitchener-about 70 miles west of Toronto. The basement of the College houses the Naturopathic Medical Clinic which is run by:
A graduate of the National College in Portland, Oregon.
I believe Gordon Smith is still in practice in Canada. I haven't heard from him in about ten years.
Tom Foster introduced me to:
Koegler is a German trained Naturopath who came to Canada in the 1920's. Dissatisfied with the quality of Homoeopathic supplies in Canada, he began to manufacture his own. His remedies are made under the label of Koegler Laboratories. He has a beautiful triple mortar triturating machine that he built himself. All the remedies are triturated and dispensed as packets of "powders". He rarely goes over the 8X potency He makes extensive use of Iridology in his diagnostic procedures. Upon his retirement several years ago (he is now 86 years old) his practice and pharmacy were taken over by:
Bender attended the National College of Naturopathic Medicine in Portland, Oregon. Upon graduation he came to Waterloo and took over Koegler's practice. He is continuing to use the same techniques low potencies and iridology. Kogler is still available for advice and consultation. John showed me some patient record books and pointed to one which Koegler started when he first came to Canada. He pointed out that some of the patients recorded in that book are still coming in - Koegler must be doing something right! The remedies are still being made on the machines that Koegler built. The remedy packages are kept in a beautiful wood cabinet that Koegler built. The office is located in a stone house that Koegler built. Over the front door, tucked in a niche, is a bust of Hahnemann.
Dr. Koegler died a number of years ago. John Bender still has the practice.
While in the area, I talked to a group of 28 people who were students at the Naturopathic school. The subject was "The History of Homoeopathy in the United States and its current status."
Pragnell holds introductory seminars for new patients so they can understand the principles of homoeopathy. Homoeopathic books are for sale in the office. He also makes first aid kits for his patients use. He talked about the excitement he finds in being able to effect "genetic change" - to have the possibility of removing misasmatic tendencies so they are not passed on to future generations. He makes his remedies on the Rae Potency Simulator. I heard from a person who has one of Pragnell's kits that the ARNICA supplied was some of the most effective he had ever used.
President of the Naturopathic School and the Naturopathic Licensing Board. He has a thriving practice in Orilla. The picture of an old time homoeopath. I spent a most informative morning with him.
My original contact in Canada. He attended Millersville in 1981.
He introduced me to:
Trained in South Africa. She introduced me to the people at the Naturopathic School and also to:
Member of the Naturopathic Licensing Board.
A beautiful place. Pictures of plants, a portrait of Hahnemann, and old oak cabinets. One wall is lined with tincture bottles. I did not see their manufacturing facility. They are one of the few pharmacies that deal in the LM (50-Millesimal) potencies. They expressed concern that there were few "real" homoeopaths in Canada. As Mr. Bollman put it, "someone who starts a case with a 50M Medorrhinum is not a homoeopath." I obviously did not meet the people he was talking about. I had a distinct feeling that they are standing aloof from the very people they need support from.
Introductory lecture. Fifteen (15) people.
Introductory Lecture. Twenty six (26) people.
A most interesting group. Elizabeth Bracey held this group tightly together. It was in the middle of the black neighborhood in Detroit. At the time I met her, Bracey was very frail. She died shortly thereafter. I have no idea what happened to the group or if homeopathy still had a following among the Afro-Americans in Detroit.
Meeting with 25 people. Spoke about homoeopathic pharmacy.
Pat Kelly is still in practice.
Adelaide Suits was eventually elected to the BOD of the NCH. She died in 1999.
Chernin, along with Drs. David Anderson and Dale Buegel, is the author of the book Homoeopathic Remedies For Physicians, Laymen, And Therapists. It was one of the earliest of the modern self-help books.
Chernin is still in practice.
Eleanor had taught the lay course at Millersville several years ago. She was my original contact in the area, and has been responsible for setting up many of the study groups in the Michigan area. She is an exceptionally knowledgeable lay prescriber. It was a joy spending an afternoon with her.
Eleanor died abut two years after I met her. Her study groups remain.
I spent the day with WILLIAM SMALLEY and the owners, RICHARD LEVINSON and PETER KIESCH. I would love to take a year off and catalog this place. Many of the tablets are stored in large Horlick Malted Milk Jars. The "high potency" room has three cabinets - one filled with Fincke Potencies, another with Kents, and another with Allens. What an impressive collection. They have one of the most complete Homoeopathic Libraries I have seen- all in glass front cases. I was shown some memorabilia from Kent - his shaving mug, pen knife, a gold handled cane that was presented to him by a hospital, and a silver and crystal mug that was presented to him by his students at Hahnemann Hospital.
E&K were evenually bought out. William Smalley died. The library and high potency cabinets are (I have heard) in storage in the Chicago area. Peter and Richard formed Quintessence Pharmacy in Madison, Wisconsin. I believe it is still there. The location of the Kent memorabilia is unknown, although it might be in the hands of Richard Levinson.
Connie was at the Millersville Lay Course in 1981. We had dinner with her employer:
We talked the night about homoeopathy, the consequences of Hering's Law, and suppressive therapies.
Joel is still in practice in Lombard, IL area. I believe that Connie still works for him.
Pam was at Millersville in 1981. She is teaching a course in homoeopathic first aid to a group of her colleagues. I gave an introductory lecture to a group of 10.
Trained by Vithoulkas. We spent about three hours talking about what I had seen on the trip. He dispenses no remedies at his office. The order is called in and the patient is sent to pick it up at:
Owned by Richard Levinson and Peter Kiesch, who also own Ehrhart and Karl, this small Homoeopathic and herbal store is very complete. They have in stock the most common homoeopathic remedies in tablets (low potencies) and the higher potencies in dilutions. Richard is also a very fine lay prescriber and can give people who come in to the store information about minor acute problems.
Steve was at the Lay course in 1981. Introductory lecture for 27 people.
Valerie, who works in the office of Drs. Monsein and Jones, was at the Millersville Lay course in 1981. Matt Monsein had his homoeopathic training through Rudolph Ballentine and the Himalayan Institute. Bill Jones, an internist for 30 years, was introduced to homoeopathy through the Institute. He spent some time in California with Robert Schore and Jacki Wilson. The office offers courses in first aid and homoeopathic philosophy. I did an introductory lecture for 32 people.
Valerie is in practice in Minneapolis. Matt Monsein left homeopathy and works in a pain clinic in the Abbott Northwestern Hospital. William Jones is still in a limited practice.
Introductory lecture to 33 people.
For the last few years there have been moves to establish some sort of licensing for homoeopathy in this state, and to establish a homoeopathic medical school. Arizona has been the location of many questionable medical schools. The parties who were originally involved in the Arizona movement had been thought by some to have questionable motives and credentials. The dirty politics that were played out made a Grade B movie about the CIA look like kid stuff. Fortunately, the people who were the prime offenders in this play were no longer on the scene when I visited. A Homoeopathic licensing law is now in effect. Briefly:
Homoeopathy is defined as "a system of medicine employing substances...given in microdoses...in accordance to the principle that substances that can cause symptoms in a healthy person can cure those symptoms in an ill person and managing the cure and prevention of disease holistically." The Homoeopathic Licensing Board shall consist of 5 members one layperson and 4 homoeopathic physicians. The initial board must (a) hold a degree in homoeopathy (b) hold a degree in medicine with approved homoeopathic training or (c) have practiced homoeopathic medicine for 3 years and have written affidavits to attest to their competency. The board shall enforce the standards prescribed by the chapter and set rules and regulations. To be licensed, you have to be an MD or DO from an approved school. The board tried to get a provision which would allow non-MD-/DO's who are in recognized branches of the healing arts to be allowed to practice on a limited basis, but this was struck down by the attorney general. There is also a clause in the bill that can be read to say that an MD/DO must give up their allopathic license to get the homoeopathic license. This clause has not been tested. Arizona has a 'sunset' provision on all legislation. If the law is not found to be effective in 5 years from the time of its passage, it will be rescinded.
The board has four and one half years to get it working. They are currently working on setting the standards for practice and education in the state. One of the requirements would be a minimum of ninety hours instruction in classical homoeopathy. They are proceeding slowly and carefully. They are aware that what happens in Arizona could be followed by other states, and it has to be done right. I met with three of the Board Members:
I also met with:
Abram is doing some interesting work which I discuss in Part II.
Harvey Biegelsen is now in California and practicing in Tijuana, Mexico. Steve Davidson is still in practice, as is Cheryl Harter. Abram Ber is still in practice.
This clinic is run by the Association for Research and Enlightenment-- the Edgar Cayce group. Most of the doctors I met in Phoenix started out working at the clinic. I went, not with the intention of trying to convert them to homoeopathy, but to give them another source of information. If they are trying to explain the cures of the Cayce Readings, they might be able to explain some of then in light of the Law of Similars. If they are looking for a 'why," a knowledge of the Homoeopathic Materia Medica might be helpful in their work. I had a very cordial meeting with WILLIAM McGAREY, MD, the director of the clinic.
John works at the ARE clinic.
A Millersville graduate of several years ago.
John Reed moved to North Carolina where he is an administrator for a managed care program. Ilene now has a DO license, and recently relocated to Colorado. She is still doing homeopathy.
The only classically trained homoeopath in Arizona. His training was in India. He is working with Dr. Davidson. We spent a morning talking about homeopathic education.
Trividi died in the mid 1980s.
She talked about the prospects of setting up a homoeopathic school on Indian land in Prescott. I walked over the eighty seven acres with her and the architect. It is still on paper. The larger questions I raise in the second part of the paper are still unanswered. Where will the capital come from? Who will teach? What will be taught? As of yet, there are no answers.
Trained in Germany. I detail his work in Part II.
Long discussion about radionics. He talked about radionic machines as being "training wheels." You use them to learn how to detect healing energies, and then you can do it without the machine. An interesting discussion.
My original contact in Arizona. She runs a large lay group in the Tucson area. I did an introductory lecture for 39 people.
Faye is still in Tucson. When I visited her in 2000, she was running a health food store.
A very classical homoeopath. One of the few people who are interested in exploring the LM potencies. We talked about most of the issues that are spoken about in Part II. He publishes the magazine Homoeotherapy. It is issued bi-monthly, and contains a good cross section of current homoeopathic thought. He advocated taking a strong stand on the parameters of homoeopathic practice and saying, in effect, "This is homoeopathy, and these are the people doing it. If there are only 20 people in the country doing it - better for the public to know who they are than to go to someone else." As an aside - his license plate reads: HAHNEMN.
Robert moved, shortly thereafter, to Dallas, Texas. He remained a short while, and then relocated to Seattle, WA where he is presently in homeopathic practice. Homeotherapy ceased publication in 1985. Old issues of this wonderful little yellow-covered journal are still in demand.
Michael is a pharmacist and a friend of Bob Schore. He showed me some slides he had taken of European Pharmacies including some impressive shots of Laboratories Boiron. Much of our discussion is covered in the Pharmacy Section in Part II.
Michael joined the Hahnemann Clinic and founded Hahnemann Laboratories-- a manufacturing facility. He developed a potentizing machine (the Quinn Potentizer).
Spent three days with Jacki in her practice. A most informative time.
Jacki retired from active practice and now works as a free-lance health consultant.
Dana has spent a lot of time and energy cultivating contacts with the Indian printing houses. The result is that there is now an established link which brings homoeopathic literature into this country on a regular basis. Dana is also responsible for the publication of some new books: A softback of KENT'S PHILOSOPHY, Coulter's new HOMOEOPATHIC SCIENCE IN MODERN MEDICINE, a revised edition of Vol. III of Coulter's DIVIDED LEGACY, and many fine pamphlets about Homoeopathy. Dana has done more to spread the word about homoeopathy than almost anyone else. I also visited him for an afternoon at the PACIFIC COLLEGE OF NATUROPATHIC MEDICINE in fan Rafael, California where he was teaching and working on curriculum development.
The Pacific College never got far off the ground. Dana's business grew and he now runs Homeopathic Educational Services in Berkeley, CA, a major source of books and other educational material.
An afternoon with Cynthia Lanahan, and a discussion of all the issues talked about in Part II.
The IFH eventually became the "mouthpiece" for George Vithoulkas in the USA and moved to Seattle, WA. It shut its doors in 1998.
How nice to see a Clinic with a homoeopathic practice! I had lunch with Corey Weinstein, MD and Laren Bays, ND. Corey had been running with Clinic and was about to leave for a sabbatical. Laren was due to move to Los Angeles within a week to start practice there. I did not get a chance to meet Greg Mantuffel, MD who is now running the Clinic. The Clinic is located in a suite of offices in a medical building. When a patient calls for an appointment they are asked if they wish to see a specific doctor. If the answer is no, they are asked if they prefer a male or female doctor. If there is no preference, they are then scheduled for the next available slot. The five people on the staff work quite cooperatively. There is a very complete library in the conference room along with a well stocked pharmacy. If difficulty is encountered with a specific case, the staff gets together and talks it out - going through repertories and exchanging information about similar cases. The quality of patient care seemed to be very high and the educational opportunities for the staff were considered invaluable.
The Hering Clinic was passed to Roger Morrison and Nancy Herrick who, with a few others (Jonathan Shore, Christine Ciavarella, and Peggy Chipkin) re-opened it in 1984 as the Hahnemannn Medical Clinic. All those who founded it are still in practice. Cory is still in practice in the Bay Area. Laren Bays left homeopathy for psychotherapy. He is now a Zen priest near Portland, OR.
A small - 5 person - study group. They all use Richard Hiltner, MD in Ojai, California.
Gerry was at the Millersville professional course in 1980. We talked about the trip I've been on, the people I've seen, and the crosses between homoeopathic and osteopathic approaches to health.
Meeting with William Pinkerson. Natra-Bio is one of the newer companies making homoeopathic combination remedies. They all come as drops. The packaging is beautiful. They have displays in almost every health food store I've been to. They are in the position of turning many people on to homoeopathy simply because of their public exposure. I recommended that they get in touch with the American Association of Homoeopathic Pharmacists. We discussed the question of educating both the people that sell it and the people that use it.
"Natra Bio" is now a trade name for a number of products made by Botanical Laboratories who bought out Natra-Bio, as well as a few other "natural" product companies. Botanical Labs is now the 3rd largest producer of "natural" products in the USA
Alan had taught the lay course at Millersville several years ago. We spent the evening talking about it all.
A full tour of the facility by Tariq Kuraishy and Jack Craig. Many CALMS being made. Drums of milk sugar stacked to the ceiling. A very impressive operation. Spent much time talking to Tariq - the information I culled is in Part II. Laren Bays dropped in for a visit. Tariq talked about taking time off - which he did. He is now at:
Standard Homeopathic is still operating. It is under the guidance of Mark Phillips
and Jay Borneman.
Tariq Kuraishy went to work for Dolisos in Nevada for a while.
He is now a private consultant.
An informative afternoon discussing the politics of the homoeopathic movement.
Folks said it was amazing that Neiswander would even talk to me. "You actually spent time with him?" was what they said. Well, yes I did. And we became rather close over the years. Alan is retired. He is the last of the old guard. A good homeopath and a real gentleman.
A fine prescriber on the non-medical (a better term than lay, lle felt) level. He has a very deep understanding of the problems which are facing the homoeopathic movement. The discussion with him clarified many issues in my mind - all of which are talked about in Part II.
I spent two weeks sitting in on Karl's practice. Many interesting cases - some simple, some complex. I learned a lot from him. In the spaces between, we talked about homoeopathic philosophy and the status of homoeopathic practice in the USA. He introduced me to two people:
Larry is currently studying with Dean Crothers in the West Coast IFH course. He has spent time working with Karl.
Karl is still in Albuquerque, but divides his practice between
there and Houston, Texas, as well as teaching homeopathy to a group of doctors
in Honduras and Nicaragua.
Larry is still in practice in Albuquerque.
Pat studied with Karl Robinson and George Vithoulkas. She is working with a doctor in Albuquerque. She introduced me to:
Another Vithoulkas trained Homoeopath.
Pat Stribling is still in the area and doing some homeopathy.
Ben Hole moved to California and then to Spokane, WA. I believe he is retired from practice.
He has a most unconventional way of looking at homoeopathy. I speak more about it in Part II.
Welborn died a number of years ago. I recall his bookshelf and was struck with three books he had adjacent to each other: The Holy Bible, Hitler's Mein Kampf, and Hahnemann's Organon. I did not ask...
Trained in Germany. He expressed a great interest in trading information with other practitioners. His training, for the most part, was with combination remedies and low potencies.
A beautiful office in an old adobe building. He is a collector of old homoeopathic books and remedies - both of which line the walls of his office. I spent the evening telling him of my travels. He enlisted my help in organizing a lay group in the area:
I attended two organizational meetings with 12 people.
Richard Moskowitz is in full-time practice in Watertown, MA. He has never faltered from homeopathy.
I had dinner with the three officers of the group: Pattie Sue, Mary Volz, and Kate Millett. We discussed the politics of the NCH/AFH split and the background of the problems which they felt led to their separation from both organizations. The group is quite large-well over 150 members. They are trying to get a doctor to move to Dallas - and it looks like Bob Schore might be making the move. Many of the issues in Part II were discussed.
It was most interesting meeting the blue-rinse, pillbox hat brigade. They wanted to know if I or the National Center was aligned with Kay Vargo. When I told them neither of us was, they opened to me, and told me stories as to why Kay Vargo, through her heavy-handed control of the lay groups, forced them away from the NCH. The whole history of the problems is found in my book "Faces of Homeopathy."
A graduate of Millersville a few years back.
A very busy five days. There is a good sized homoeopathic lay group in the area. The first night was an introductory lecture with 42 people attending. I had the pleasure of meeting:
The editor of the IFH Newsletter.
For the rest of the week, I met with a group each night and discussed the following topics:
TUESDAY: The status of Homoeopathy in the USA; WEDNESDAY: Homoeopathic treatment of pets, children, and the elderly; THURSDAY: The miasms and allergies; FRIDAY: Homoeopathic pharmacy; Immunizations.
It was a very busy week. Much information was exchanged.
I didn't know I knew that much!
I had been given his name by Dick Moskowitz. As I moved through Texas, he was mentioned in both Dallas and Austin. He was trained in Argentina by Paschero. His practice in homoeopathy is small - only one day a week. He also maintains an allopathic practice. He is hoping that he can phase out the allopathic office. A most informative visit.
Dr. Soroka is still in practice in the Houston area.
Luanne is starting a lay group in the area. Her background in homoeopathy came through Eleanor Johnson in Michigan. Many of the questions raised in Part II concerning education were the result of our conversation. The meeting was attended by 5 people.
Wendy attended Millersville several years ago. She has organized a small lay group. I spoke to 12 people.
Does nutritional counselling. Interested in Homoeopathy. Attended the ACH school in Florida.
Linda was the Lobbyist for the homoeopathic licensing bill in Florida. We spent some time talking about the problems of setting up such legislation. As of this writing, the bill has been withdrawn from consideration.
Geri took the professional course at Millersville in 1981. She arranged an introductory lecture which was attended by 23 people. She led me to the other contacts in the area.
Trained in Mexico. Interested in the "science" of homoeopathy. Has been doing some work with the flocculation test developed by Dr. Henshaw, and with the Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectrometer. More in Part II.
Medical research consultant. Interested in homoeopathy.
A "holistic" center. Uses a little homoeopathy in the practice.
Trained by Vithoulkas. She had been thinking about setting up a study group and my visit got things moving. I did two introductory lectures to a group of 40 people. While I was visiting, she had another house guest. I was able to save a trip to Oregon by meetings
Robin is in charge of the homoeopathic program at the National College for Naturopathic Medicine in Portland, Oregon.
Joya Schoen is still in practice in Winter Park, FL.
Robin Murphy has gone on to make his mark on the homeopathic community.
Offices of the Hahnemann International Medical Association. He talked about setting up a school to teach homoeopathy. He uses little homoeopathy in his practice. I gained some interesting insights into the homoeopathic "politics" of Florida.
See the chapter on "Florida" in my "Faces of Homeopathy. "His Association was started to take advantage of loopholes in Florida laws. He knew nothing of homeopathy. He struck me as a real "shyster."
Phil was at the Professional Course at Millersville in 1980 and 1981. He is currently enrolled in the East Coast IFH Seminar. I had a chance to talk to him about- and see the use of homoeopathy in a dental practice. He arranged an introductory meeting that was attended by 10 people.
Phil is still in practice.
Attended the ACH course in Florida last year.
The yellow page ad says that they teach homoeopathy. They are a recognized institution that teaches manipulation, massage, and counselling. Their graduates have to pass State exams. Under current law, they are allowed to use homoeopathy as an adjunct to their physical manipulation as long as diagnosis is not involved. The course in homoeopathy is taught by JOHN ABRAHAMSON. We spent a few hours talking. The course deals mostly with acute prescribing. He teaches homoeopathic philosophy and avoids a "this for that" approach. He was the first one who verbalized the concept of competence vs. territory. It was a rewarding discussion.
I met him through a mutual friend who is a musician. Sam plays music in his off time and was in Nashville to publicize the band he has in England. He happened to mention that he was a doctor. His training was at the Royal Homoeopathic Hospital. His teacher was Doctor Margery Blackie. We had a long discussion about the use of allopathic medicine in a homoeopathic practice.
Sam (a.k.a. Hank Wangford) is still in practice in the UK and plays music on occasion.
At the time I got the mailing list from the NCH, Mark was the only member in the area. I spent an evening with him giving him information about homoeopathy and listening to his feelings about lay education and the lack of information he feels. The discussion further clarified my thoughts which are expressed in Part II.
Diane was at the Millersville Lay Course in 1981. She arranged for an introductory lecture that was attended by 26 people.
Aside from the above group, I also visited or spoke to the following people either shortly before I began my journey or just after I returned:
Maisie died in 1999.
Harris Coulter suffered a severe stroke in 1997 and remains in a long-term care facility.
Forrest Murphy is now retired. Glenn Hill died in 1998.
Luyties Pharmacal was bought by Standard Homeopathic.
Don Lee died in 1990. Boericke and Tafel were bought by the Schwabe Group (Germany), and moved to Santa Rosa, CA. They ceased manufacturing in 2004, and kept the B&T identification as a brand name.
John Borneman sold his Pharmacy to Boiron in 1983. He is still
involved in the Homeopathic Pharmaceutical industry and serves as an independent
Jay Borneman is now the CEO of Standard Homeopathic in LA.
George went through a legal battle with the North Carolina Medical Board and re-located to Virginia. He is still in practice.
Hahnemann College merged with the Women's Medical College of Pennsylvania. Both are under the control of Drexel University. Barbara is still running the merged archives.
Sandra is still in practice.
Will retired and left Humphreys. Humphreys is still in business. Will died in 2003.
Iberra was visiting the USA and was in Philadelphia just as I was returning home. We spent the morning exchanging information.
Didier is still with Boiron.
David is still in practice in Maryland.
Henry Williams died in 2002
Warren had his medical licence pulled by the New Jersey State Medical Board in the late 1980s. His present wherabouts are not known to me.