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					Homeopathy in the
medical professional
    By Gabrielle Traub
1) How does Homeopathy fit into
   the medical system?
2) What do we want from the
   medical profession?
3) How can we benefit them?
What emotions commonly come
  up when dealing with the
     medical profession?
     When dealing with the medical world we may
       experience some of the following emotions:
   Anger
   Frustration
   Respect
   Feelings of Inferiority
   Feelings of Superiority
   Wanting acceptance or approval
   Wanting them to agree with our views and
   Wanting to convince them that we are right
  In the past homeopathy has been shunned,
 banned, outcast by the medical profession, thus
       these feelings are justified and normal

Many of us have had negative experiences when
      dealing with the medical profession.

 As homeopaths, we hear about the negative
 experiences our patients and friends have had.

We are aware of the short comings of medicine
  and we often have homeopathic solutions.
Many doctors ARE interested in hearing what we have to
  say, for a number of reasons:
o They realize the shortcomings of medicine
o CAM and homeopathy is very much in vogue and is
  becoming increasingly more popular.
o Patients are asking about homeopathy
o Doctors don’t like to be ignorant when patients ask
  questions. This is especially true when their patients
  know more than they do.
o I meet more and more medical professionals who want
  to know more about homeopathy. I see more and more
  patients who are doctors, pharmacists, nurses,
  surgeons, etc. (although they do walk into my office
  wearing dark glasses ;D)
 When    interacting with the medical world,
  their impression of YOU will form the basis
  of their impression of homeopathy in
 Each and everyone of us is an
  ambassador, a representative of
 Everything you say and do will have a
  lasting impression.
 The  majority of doctors I meet really want
  to help their patients
 Criticizing what they are doing will only
  make them defensive and impermeable
  to anything you have to say.
 Ifyou are receiving a lecture, giving a
  lecture, or merely engaging in
  conversation with a medical professional,
  the chances are that they REALLY ARE
  INTERESTED in what you have to say.
             Tips when arguing your point:

 Keep your emotions out of it
 Don’t talk above the person
 Listen to what he or she has to say and give them a
  opportunity to respond.
 Don’t be aggressive
 Don’t self-depreciate (you will lose credibility)
 Don’t be intimidated. Trust that you CAN hold your
  ground. As little as you may know about medicine, they
  probably know less about homeopathy.
 Use correct medical terminology, without being verbose.
 Keep it simple and succinct.
 Admit when you don’t know something.
 Acknowledge when they have a point.
 Fight fairly
When listening to a lecture or when in a debate:
 If you’re not certain as to exactly what you want
  to say, write down your question or argument
  first, until it makes sense to you. Then wait for
  the right cues, before posing your question.
  This way you can argue your point with authority
  and conviction, knowing exactly what you want
  to say and anticipating their response and your
  counter-response. The same goes for when in a
 Try not to interrupt the lecturer.
 Even when engaged, try to not get into a
  monologue conversation with the lecturer as it
  alienates the rest of the group.
 I once brought in a nurse to come talk to my
  students. The homeopathic students practically
  crucified her on the spot and let out all their
  frustrations with medicine on her.
 They were doing to her exactly what they don’t
  want to experience for themselves. Quite
  understandably, the nurse didn’t want much to
  do with homeopathy after that.
 Try to show interest in what they have to say.
  Perhaps you’ll learn something. If they say
  something you agree with, let them know.
 Keep to the topic at hand. Don’t bring up ALL the
  downfalls in medicine when arguing a topic. i.e.
  if talking about cancer or hepatitis, stick to
  cancer or hepatitis, or at least to liver disease.
 Don’t criticize medical professionals for things
  they have no control over, for example criticizing
  medical doctors for the corruption of
  pharmaceutical companies or criticizing
  dermatologists for the over-prescription on
 The medical field is very specialized and
  specialists tend to have limited knowledge about
  other fields.
 Memorize  at least one research study to
 refer to where homeopathy has been
 proven to work. Be able to provide the
 source of the information when asked.
 I try to present concepts that my audience can
  relate to. For example, I refer to the vital force
  as the immune system. While the two are not
  entirely the same, I find that I am still be able to
  get my point across, while I am better
  understood and received.
 Most allopaths are NOT familiar with terms like
  allopathic medicine, suppression, etc. Feel free
  to explain these terms to them, however do not
  bombard them with homeopathic or holistic
  jargon without an explanation. You will lose your
 Homeopathy is a science, founded on the basis
  of rigid German experimentation.
 Try not to alienate your audience by using new
  age terminology unless appropriate.
 Dress professionally when lecturing and
  attending conferences.
 Unfortunately we all stereo-type people. The
  audience will have an easier time accepting
  what you have to say if they can relate to you as
  a person.
   Be careful not to make claims that homeopathy
    is a cure-all or superior to any other modality.
   Try not to portray homeopathy as better than
    what they do. Rather present it as another
   Use the phrase: “In my experience, this is what I
    have seen…” or “The literature shows that…”
   Show your appreciation for the benefits of
    orthodox medicine. If I had a car accident, I’d
    want a paramedic around. Homeopathy can
    work hand-in-hand with the modern medicine for
    the benefit of mankind.
   I have found this attitude to be well embraced by
    medical professionals.
   Our patients benefit by having their health care
    professionals on the same page, working
    together to help them.
 There  is a place for all of us. Neither need
  take away from one another. There is no
  need for either party to feel threatened.
 If we work together, both worlds are more
 At  the same time, it is important to stand
  your ground and not allow yourself to be
 If you feel that a doctor has acted in an
  unprofessional manner, contact your
  council or organisation and have them
  write a letter to their council.
        Educate…. Integrate
 Go   to conferences (not just homeopathic)
 Join their boards and committees
 Infiltrate
 Don’t just complain, make changes from
  the INSIDE
            The need for standards
   The majority of Hpathy readers studied hard to become
    homeopaths. The fact that you are reading this shows
    that you are interested in learning more.
   It is disturbing that in many countries people can practice
    homeopathy professionally with very little training.
   Like in the medical profession, it is imperative that
    Homeopaths develop international standards, to protect
    both the public and ourselves.
   While we do have homeopathic organizations and
    certification boards, in the United States, for example, it
    is not compulsory for homeopaths to become affiliated or
             We need to:
 Stand together
 Support one another
 There will always be different styles and
  trends in homeopathy
 Homeopathy is an ever changing, evolving
Badmouthing other practitioners
   Homeopaths, myself included, tend to develop a certain
    level of arrogance when we get good results
   Classical homeopathy can be hard: it takes the utmost
    attention to detail, understanding of our patients and
    knowledge of materia medica.
   Homeopaths like to out do each other. At many
    conferences the lecturer will present a cured case using
    a remedy that nobody else would have ever considered
    and we all applaud him for his brilliance.
   We tend to put down others, not only the medical field,
    but also each other
 The reality about badmouthing:
Badmouthing other homeopaths or other doctors:
 Is unprofessional
 Reflects badly on you
 Reflects badly on our profession. How are others
  supposed to support us if we cannot support each other.
 Is illegal in most professions
 Patients see right through it
 Patients feel more secure when their healthcare
  providers are working as a team. They feel a greater
  level of support. It is confusing if their doctors are all
  telling them different things.
 At my clinic the health care professionals have regular
  treatment team meetings to discuss how best to help our
Why is it important to build ties with
    your fellow homeopaths?
 You   are a source of support to each other
 We are a minority
 We can help one another
 Study groups keep us learning no matter
  how long we’ve been practicing.
 Many of us go through the same
   This lecture was brought to you by
              Gabrielle Traub
           in the celebration of

World Homeopathy Awareness Week

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