Wednesday, 26 November 2008

Arriving in Tanzania

17. 11.08

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.

Together 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 Tanzania.

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 Organon.

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 mission.

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 sound philosophically.

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.

After 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 collapse growth.

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 not HIV.
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

Anyway, 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.


vanessa.parrado said...

Hi Jeremy,
I know that you just got here & probably not up to reading many comments..I just want to say that I truly admire your perseverance. You have what the Finnish call 'SISU'. I am looking forward to reading more about your experiences in Africa.
I made a small donation today, it probably does not make a big different but I will try to get more on the way, as soon as possible..
Be well.

Shelley Been said...

Hi Jeremy,
Well done for pursuing the truth, despite all opposition.

"Difficult things take a long time, impossible things a little longer". Author Unknown

Yes you can,

shahar said...

Hey Jeremy,
so it is really happening.. not just talking on the terrace..
I really wish you both good-luck, well, not luck- but may the path of openess show you the way, and help you help others!
I am hounured to have had a small part in this huge task.
God bless you,

DevorahSugarman said...

Hello Jeremy, I am studying Homeopathy and drea of going to Africa with it . I also believe I will live in Irsreal one day. I can't wait to read more, please know my prayers are with you.

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mary said...

Hi Jeremy
I have been wondering lately about all the energy we put into trying to convince sceptics and nay sayers. It seems to me that a paradigm shift is a matter of critical mass.
So there is this chap Gallileo, who is saying the earth goes around the sun and he is in big trouble with the powers that be and then a little while later the whole hoohah is over and of course the earth goes around the sun - DOH!
The response of most scientists (with a few honourable exceptions often working at the quantum/holograpic universe level)
is reminiscent of this kind of entrenched almost religous belief, that will not be shaken. The lie was told to them so often that it became their truth. Now they defend this erroneous belief by negating the value of all the empirical evidence of homeopathy's power and effectiveness.
I am glad you are putting your energy into the highest calling. I think the way forward lies in recording everything you achieve on video and spreading it via the www. Let's make the truth about homeopathy viral.Let's put it directly to the people without the distortions of MSM.
As they say in Ireland "God Bless the Work."
Be well and thank you for walking the walk.