After a long
flight via Addis Abeba I arrive in Tanzania. As the flight is one of
two weekly flights for Israel, I meet Israelis traveling to all corners
of Africa- Ghana, Malawi and Tanzania. Mostly they are spreading
knowledge and technology. One has a system of making water from Aids,
another in communication, and me in the unknown alternative medicine
for AIDS. Everyone is supportive, as have been all my friends and
acquaintances at home. Most think it is a great project and wish me
luck, others think I am totally mad. I'm not sure which is right.
with my indefatigable partner Tina Quirk in NY, we have worked for 10
years towards this day. Most of this has been, for me, boring,
wearisome and ultimately unfruitful work. But it had to be done- there
were many things we could not have known at the outset. We spent many
years trying to find a partner in Africa, spent much time on each
contact, and mostly they fell through. There was the dean of a large
South African hospital, professors at an alternative dept in a well
known university, and many others. The only contact that has endured is
Sigsbert Reisgwera- our brother homoeopath in Tanzania, and his
supporting group of homeopaths from Ireland, who I shall be meeting in
During these years, some of our aims have fallen by
the wayside, due to the many obstacles on the way. We hoped for a big
research project, huge clinics and laboratories. My belief was that
with a water tight super academic research, we could show the world the
miracles that we witness daily. But at this time it is not to be. To
get a research under way you need academic partners and funds. Partners
are difficult to find if there are no funds. It appears that you don't
get funds unless you have some research, and you can't do research
unless you have funds and partners. It’s a catch 222, and we got caught
in it, big time.
Applying for funds is extremely tedious. You
have to get it right for each fund, and each fund is different. You
have to get the details precisely right, fulfilling the exact demands
of the fund, match the application dates, and most difficult, get past
an unsupportive group of anonymous board members. Personally I have
neither the qualifications nor patience for this kind of thing, so it
was mostly Tina who fought these windmills, with grumpy email support
from me. And so far we have failed. We failed to raise the funds we
hoped for and we failed to get a research partner. It works like this:
There are three buzz words that need to click into place: AIDS, Africa
and Homoeopathy. There is plenty of money for AIDS, and there is plenty
of money for Africa, but when it comes to homoeopathy- brick wall, a
polite 'f off'.
If I sound frustrated about this, it is because
I am. After 10 years of emailing and conferencing and pleading and
applying, I remembered what I have always known. Homoeopathy is the odd
one out, the weird freak of medicine. And society and the conventional
powers don't want to know. Other than the odd enlightened words of
support there is no help out there for homoeopathic projects. So I went
back to the original aims, those that begin in Paragraph 1 of the
I have decided that the main aim is to get out there
and cure as many people as possible. I know, as all homeopaths do, that
you can just about cure AIDS in many cases. But shhhh… I'm not allowed
to say that, so you didn't hear it. With the little funding that I have
I will start working in Sigsbert’s existing clinics seeing as many AIDS
patients as I can. Together with Margot Diskin from Ireland we will
check out the northern areas of Tanzania and see if there are more
opportunities to treat the sick. That is the first, high and only
The second mission is to search for a ‘genus
epidemicus’. This means collating all the data ‘as if one person' and
searching for those remedies that cover the common denominators and the
strange, rare and peculiars. This will not be simple. For one, this
disease is a shape shifter, an immune deficiency that will take on the
shape of its attacker. It can look like meningitis, tuberculosis,
fungal infections, cancer and many other guises. We will have to look
deeper to the underlying level. I have little interest in the many new
paths of homoeopathy that have addressed Aids and the epidemic. That
does not mean I don't believe they work, I am sure they do to whatever
extent, but I choose to follow the classical way as described by
Hahnemann. The other systems may seem easier, but to me they are less
The second problem with finding the
‘genus epidemicus’ is that there is no guarantee that this is an
epidemic. It may seem like that to the mediapathic eye, but there are
many characteristics that don’t fit. Epidemics are usually rapid,
acute, febrile diseases, which AIDS is not. Nevertheless, it is
infectious. So only experience will tell, and I believe that experience
should be somewhere between 500-1000 cases. I hope I get to see them,
and I really hope there is a ‘genus epidemicus’ because that will make
all the difference. If we can come up with a short list of remedies, we
can easily teach it to health providers, and spread the knowledge
through Africa. If we can't, then we have to rely on high class
individual homeopathy, much more difficult to teach.
And that is
the third mission, teaching homeopathy, spreading what we learn, using
Sigsbert’s School and any other means possible. We need to get
homeopathy known through Africa, because millions are dying of AIDS and
malaria and TB, and the pharmaceutical companies are making fools of
them with their expensive, non curing, mal inducing drugs. Homeopathy
IS the solution for Africa- curative, gentle, natural, and affordable.
No side effects- just effective!
The last aim is to collect
enough data to convince e the powers that be. This is not simple. You
can't just bring a cured video case. Anything less then rock solid is
'anecdotal' and doesn't count. Each case needs a CD4-count, viral load
count, and lengthy questioniers. And if we get that, will it be enough?
In some ways I now doubt it. It seems the blind don't choose to see.
But I will try anyway.
Behind this frustration is the good
feeling left from the support of those who count - my homeopathic
friends. There have been many good wishes and supportive messages. And
there have been contributions from those that can least afford to give.
I won't mention names here, but you can see the list on my web site.
Good friends, who have made the effort, walked the talk and made this
voyage possible. Dynamis students who still believe in the ideas we
talked about. In my heart I thank them all. And then I land. Tanzania.
making it through customs and getting away without vaccinations again
(I think they forget to ask), I meet Sigs. He looks good, and it is
good to see him- as solid as ever, and feeling better after a long
illness. Dar es Salaam is hot and wet, one of the reasons I dread
coming, but as I drive through the slums I see that new bank and high
rise building have grown since I was last here- a sign of pre global
Sigs and I are both no good at small talk, so
we start with big talk. He tells me how AIDS is still growing, and that
malaria is spreading to regions where it was previously unknown. The
'miracle' antiretroviral drugs are failing in many cases as the virus
mutates, and there is no African budget for 'second line' anti
retrtovirals. It should be clear that AIDS sufferers in the west can go
through over 10 different ARV cocktails to keep them alive. Meanwhile,
there are horrendous side effects that are not talked about. Kidney and
liver problems and physical mutations. In particular he tells me of
women on ARV's, whose breasts grow to enormous proportions while the
lower body withers.
Sigs has been studying AIDS closely, both in
the clinic and in theory. He explains something to me that I was not
clear on till now. The HIV DNA is genetically very similar to human
DNA. He tells me that it is a fact that CD4 cells cannot fight HIV
viruses, because they appear so similar, a case of like killing like.
In fact, the HIV virus uses the CD4 cells to duplicate in, shredding
their DNA into little pieces and mixing with it. So CD4 count only
indicated the body's ability to fight of opportunistic infections and
Now to his, and other alternative minds theory. When a
remedy is given the CD4 count often drops. This seems to be a bad sign,
but in fact it is good, because the body is destroying infected 'dud'
CD4s. After a while healthy CD4s begin to grow. A case of aggravations
first and then amelioration? His theory is that what actually kills off
the HIV are macrophages, defense cells that are usually lazy and
inactive, but keep cancer and other bad cells at bay, including HIV.
Recent research on the actions on remedies has shown that they
stimulate macrophages to become more numerous or active, and that when
they start chomping on HIV it activates their big brother to wade into
action- the killer T4 cells.
This reminds me of a new theory about vaccination damage I read recently in the UK - you can too on
Sigs proposes that counting the macrophages in the blood would be a
better indicator to the state of the patient. Shortly after, we find
out that a viral load test costs $100- we definitely can't afford that,
so it put a kink in the proof game. Sigh.
At the end of a long
day I am pretty tired. I need to study some AIDS and do some repertory
work on the epidemic. And write a blog.
Meanwhile, you should
all read the book ’28 stories of AIDS in Africa’, by Stephanie Nolen.
It is the best real account about AIDS, even if a bit ARV happy.
The great news is that Sigs has 100 AIDS patients lined up, so I can get to work soon. And that’s what its all is about.