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A homeopathic physician in Kenya
In January 2003, I was invited by the Kenya Institute of Alternative Medicine
to conduct a series of lectures. I extended my plans, however, to do more than
My first seven days in Kenya were spent in a poor
village at Lake Victoria called Lusi. There was no doctor, nurse, or clinic.
The nearest hospital was 35 miles away and of little use since no one in the
village could afford it. There was no electricity or running water, which created
problems in itself. In Lusi, I gave a two-day course in acute homeopathic prescribing
to 15 nurses coming from villages as far as 5 hours away. Michele Ostertag, a
homeopath from Nairobi, had arranged it. Each nurse received a kit of 48 homeopathic
remedies and a copy of my book, The People's Repertory. They were very
grateful and eager to use homeopathy because it will give them a tool to treat
the many acute problems they see—malaria attacks, wounds, coughs, difficult
births, acute sexually transmitted diseases, and more.
My next target was an orphanage about ten minutes
from Lusi, where I spent two days working with a nurse and homeopath to treat
many children with acute and chronic problems. About 90 children live at the
orphanage, which is run by an English woman. At the end of my visit, these grateful
children performed a touching dance that would have brought applause on Broadway.
During my time in Lusi, we also organized a "homeopathic
vaccination" against malaria for the whole village, using the nosode Malaria
officinalis. Five hundred people showed up, a wonderful procession of colorfully
dressed adults and children. I am unsure how the word got around, but during
my stay, many people found me in my little house: patients suffering from acute
afflictions ranging from malaria to gonorrhea, as well as typical chronic ailments
such as joint problems or fatigue. Most women in the village had at least four
children, and the homeopathic remedy Sepia was often indicated. Upon my departure,
some women of the village showed their gratitude by performing a beautiful dance.
My next stop was the capital city of Nairobi where
a series of lectures was scheduled for the public as well as for homeopaths over
four days. Homeopathy is still in its infancy there, but I found the students
to be very attentive. I was also invited into the Aga Khan Hospital and the Nairobi
Hospital to lecture on homeopathy for their grand rounds. To my surprise, 120
MDs showed up in each hospital, making it their best-attended grand rounds of
the year. Questions were challenging but well posed, and it was a delight to
be among these doctors.
Providence also intervened to help spread the word
about homeopathy: the 10-year-old son of one of the most popular doctors in Nairobi
had been ill for 14 days with a continuous, suffocating cough. The best doctors
had seen him; he had been hospitalized, given two chest x-rays, a liver scan,
antibiotics, an inhaler, cortisone, and Valium—all to no avail. I agreed
to see him and decided it was an "Ipecac" cough. After two doses of Ipecac 1M,
in split dose (according to the 5th edition of the Organon), the boy slept the
first night through and required only two more doses to be cured. From then on,
I could have had a large practice in a week's time. I was asked by doctors and
homeopaths to see 35 of their difficult cases, ranging from chronic asthma to
chronic rheumatism, chronic eczema, vitiligo, Down's syndrome, and ataxia telangiectasia.
I also managed to do five radio interviews on Capitol FM in Nairobi and to teach
an afternoon in the slums, where school is conducted for the poor by Didi Ruchira
of the Abha Light Foundation. These slums house half the population of Nairobi,
so offering some among them a homeopathic course is a winner for them and their
country. Most of the students do not have books, but we managed to hold a class,
all 35 of us huddled into a place suitable for 18, in a hot and humid atmosphere.
Dr. Luc De Schepper taught a 2-day homeopathy course to 15 nurses in
Exhausted but happy I retreated for my last three days to the coast in Mombassa.
My only previous trip to Kenya was 14 years ago on my honeymoon. That was the
usual safari exploration; now I had come back with my wife to see the real Kenya
with its enormous health epidemics: TB, malaria, AIDS, and other sexually transmitted
diseases. Both trips will remain in my mind, and I would wish that every homeopath
could have a chance to offer their services to a country, so greatly in need
of our wonderful, inexpensive, and effective science, homeopathy!
About the author:
Luc De Schepper, MD, is founder and sole teacher of the Renaissance Institute
of Classical Homeopathy, the largest school in the U.S., with classes in Boston
and Secaucus, NJ. He is the author of 13 books. Visit his web site www.drluc.com for