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Healing
the world: service through homeopathy

I am definitely not an evangelist when it comes to religion, but there's something
about homeopathy that brings out the preacher in me. When my son was cured of
autism thanks to homeopathy, I knew that an important life goal for me would
be to let others know about this wonderful system of medicine. We live in an
era in which chronic disease is on the rise, new viruses are identified every
day, and the world is filled with toxins and turmoil. When I read the newspapers,
I sometimes feel like we are all going a bit crazy! What I wouldn't give to have
everyone in the Middle East treated homeopathically—indeed, the whole world
would benefit from a bit of homeopathy. While we may think of our little remedy
bottles as our best kept secrets, there is much to be said for spreading the
word a bit—to try to help heal our world.
     One of my favorite quotes from the homeopathic
history books was written by Constantine Hering, MD, the "Father of American
homeopathy." Hering was born in Germany in 1800 and immigrated to the U.S. in
the 1830s. He first approached homeopathy as a debunker, having been asked by
his medical professors in Leipzig to write a paper condemning Hahnemann's new
medical system. In an honest attempt to do that, he repeated Hahnemann's experiment
with Cinchona bark and got the same results as Hahnemann. Hering was later cured
of a potentially fatal dissecting wound with a dose of Arsenicum album, and he
became one of homeopathy's most ardent supporters and greatest practitioners.
He wrote, "My enthusiasm grew. I became a fanatic. I went about the country,
visited inns, where I got up on tables and benches to harangue whoever might
be present to listen to my enthusiastic speeches on homeopathy. I told the people
that they were in the hands of cut-throats and murderers. Success came everywhere.
I almost thought I could raise the dead."
     Another skeptic who later became one of our greatest
homeopaths was James Compton Burnett, MD, an illustrious British physician of
the late 1800s. Burnett ultimately wrote 24 books about homeopathic treatment
and was among the first to note that vaccines may trigger chronic illness. He
likened his own conversion experience to that of St. Paul's on the road to Damascus;
he instantly resolved "to fight the good fight of Homeopathy with all the power
I possess; were I to do less I should be afraid to die."
     Frankly, I felt a bit like Hering and Burnett when
I first came to recognize the miracle that homeopathy had brought to my family.
I've calmed down a bit since, but I still feel a duty to humanity to spread the
word.
     Now, I'm not trying to encourage you to clamber
onto a table at the local diner and preach homeopathy to your fellow patrons.
But I do say this: share your secret! Let your friends and neighbors know about
homeopathy. Give a talk at your local library, health food store, church, synagogue,
or mosque. Support the National Center for Homeopathy financially and join a
local study group. Foster the growth of the profession by supporting homeopathic
educational institutions and participating in efforts to legalize and legitimize
the practice of homeopathy in your state. Finally, get over your fear, and gently
suggest to others that there is another way to approach their health problems.
The best way to do this is simply by sharing your own experience.
     Indeed, over the years, I've learned that you can't
force anyone to try homeopathy. It is hopeless to harangue friends and family
who aren't receptive. But if you share your truth, your experience, no one can
fault you for it. And many will listen.
     There is a saying in many religious traditions—saving
one life is like saving the whole world. I believe that's true. Helping bring
health and happiness to one other soul is like creating a new and unexpected
path in the forest of our universe's unfolding possibilities. Bringing homeopathy
to others can help to heal our world.

About the Author:
Amy L. Lansky, PhD, was a Silicon Valley computer scientist when her life was
transformed by the miraculous homeopathic cure of her son's autism. This prompted
her to make an unusual career move: she became a student, writer, promoter, and
most recently, practitioner, of homeopathy. In April 2003 she published Impossible
Cure: The Promise of Homeopathy
, a comprehensive introduction to homeopathy
that includes the story of her son's cure along with dozens of other stories
of cure for a wide variety of physical, mental, and emotional conditions. Her
Impossible Cure web site (www.impossiblecure.com)
includes a database where you can share your own stories of homeopathic cure
with others. Amy serves as an executive board member of the California Health
Freedom Coalition and recently became an NCH board member. She can be reached
at lansky@impossiblecure.com.