am concerned about AIDS and twenty five million people dying in
Africa. Whole populations are being wiped out and billions of US
dollars are being poured into allopathic nonsense. People are
going through untold suffering, not only the dying, but those that are
left behind. If homoeopathy can help, then it has to be our mission;
that is the one thing that we need to achieve. There are a lot of very
great and noble homoeopaths that have gone out to Kenya or Swaziland,
and sit in clinics and treat one person after another and that is
fantastic; I really admire them. In some ways I would really like to do
that but I don’t see that as necessarily being my role. My aspiration
is to help in a formal, academic way.
believe we have got to go out there and say, “Look, this is what
homoeopathy can do in AIDS cases; here are the figures, here is
the research, it is all watertight.” Billions of US dollars go to AIDS
in Africa every year; if a small fraction went to homoeopathy, can you
imagine what we could do? But nobody is going to give money or
resources to anything anecdotal. I can show fantastic AIDS cases on
video, where you clearly see people getting better and coming off their
drugs. We can go and show these and a lot of other evidence to Bill
Gates and Elton John charities or any other AIDS charity, but
that is not going to impress them. They won’t give us money on
anecdotal evidence. They want to see academic figures; that is the way.
personally am too impatient for academics, research and statistics but
I feel that it has got to be done. Therefore I have been working to set
up a proper research study of homoeopathy treating HIV and
AIDS patients. And because I have contacts and a bit of a name,
maybe I can get it off the ground, with a little luck and help from my
friends. But it has been very frustrating, because the academic wheels
grind far too slowly for me. You have to find willing partners and get
a protocol through an ethics committee, and you need to talk their
language. I hope it will work but if not, I will just go and do it on a
small scale myself - I am determined to do that.
ROWENA: So what would your project involve?
Ideally it would involve treating three to five hundred
AIDS patients over a couple of years. The aim is twofold; one, to
treat individually and show the efficacy of homoeopathy for these
patients and two, to look for a genus epidemicus for AIDS,
providing it is an epidemic. Epidemics have certain characteristics and
AIDS is one foot in and one foot out. I do not want to hear what this
or that homoeopath gave an AIDS patient; I just want to collect the
symptoms for myself, as Hahnemann said we should do with
epidemics, and see.
went to Tanzania as I have a friend there, Sigsbert Rwegasira; a
homoeopath and a lovely guy. He also has a hundred percent success in
treating malaria, which is still the biggest killer the world has ever
known. The allopaths are poisoning people with
pharmaceuticals such as Lariam, which is causing absolute
devastation. He has treated five thousand AIDS patients. I went
for a week and treated twenty AIDS cases and collected all the
symptoms, and we are getting really good results.
Jeremy on having a successful practice as a homeopath in the UK:
ROWENA: Do you feel that the UK is saturated with homoeopaths and there are not enough patients?
Yes, that is the case, which is evident because not everybody can make
a living. I think those who really want to make a living from it, will,
because there are plenty of sick people around, but it is not easy. It
takes a long time to build a homoeopathic practice. There are two
things that bring people to a homoeopath - the carrot and the stick. I
have seen four new patients today and at least three of them have come
because of the stick – arthritis and MS - they didn’t know
anything about homoeopathy but somebody mentioned to them that it might
help. Those that come from the carrot of awareness, of course, make the
ROWENA: How long, would you say, does it take to build a practice?
At least two years. A lot of people want to study homoeopathy because
it is fascinating. At least thirty percent of them are not practitioner
material. They like to study and write excellent essays but when it
comes to sitting all day with patients, they decide it is not for them.
I still think they should study homoeopathy, but there should be a
differentiation and filtering process to help students find out if
they do actually want to actually practise, so that if they don’t, the
guilt at not succeeding is taken away. They could become a homoeopathic
historian, develop computer programs, organise charities or treat
friends and family.
are all kinds of support roles our profession needs. We could do with
more people writing articles for the press. But those students who do
not practise can end up feeling guilty; they try to build a practice
but it only half works. Many want to be practitioners but have all
kinds of restraints – financial constraints, kids, divorce - so it is
difficult to hold on until a practice gets going. Then you have got the
forty percent who get through the initial hurdles and succeed.
of the problem financially for us is the fact that we see patients once
every four to six weeks. In comparison, an acupuncturist or an
osteopath sees a patient one or two times a week. Patients book in
for six treatments and they hear their neck cracking and are happy with
what they see as an immediate result. With homoeopaths there is a four
to six week wait so there is a high drop out rate. Patients think, “He
gave me one little white pill but I didn’t hear a crack and there
were no fireworks. I am not going back just to talk.”
ROWENA: Prescribing LMs helps.
Yes, daily repetitions, phone contact and booking patients for a follow
up at the end of the first appointment all help as they make the
process conscious. This is basic business management but it is still
going to be a very slow, logarithmic build up. Eventually there will be
a build up of patients, especially after you find the golden patients
who recommend you to another thirty. But you have to get past those
first two years and not everybody makes it. Working part time can also
stop practitioners from building their practice, as subconsciously they
might want to keep it part time before giving up their day job. The
market is saturated to a degree, but it doesn’t have to be. If some of
those people who write beautiful essays but do not want to practise did
some research, wrote articles or gave talks it would raise public
Jeremy on Dynamis:
ROWENA: So tell me why graduates come to study with you at the Dynamis School. What is it all about?
Homoeopathic colleges are just a first step. There is much more to be
taught in homoeopathy than what is learnt in undergraduate college.
People who come to the Dynamis School want to go deeper into the
philosophy and practical aspects. Some Dynamis students study alongside
their undergraduate course while others may have up to twenty five
years of practise. I have never had a problem with the diversity of
levels because I am not teaching horizontally; I am going deeper. You
can always go deeper, it doesn’t matter what stage you are at. And the
deeper you go, the better the results and the more pleasure you get
from practise. We build strong philosophical roots so people know
exactly where they are coming from and where they are going to, and
that makes all the difference. A lot of people want to get continued
support and share knowledge, and a lot of people just love studying
Are you going to keep the Dynamis School going? If I delay
studying with you for, say, a couple of years, will I have missed my
Since I started the Dynamis School eighteen years ago, there have
always been rumours that it is going to stop and I don’t make those
rumours up myself! I should, but I don’t! I love Dynamis; that is where
I have fun. It gives me great satisfaction to teach the same group for
two years and see their progress. The truth is two years isn’t enough
but I do two years because people wouldn’t come if I did four! But at
the end of the course most students say they would love to continue.
of the course is long-term live cases; that way students can learn much
more than the first prescription, like case management, remedy
reaction and second prescription. When one takes cases in
front of students you really have to have faith and drop the ego. But
the group energy helps. I do my best but if I fail then everybody can
share the failure and we try to learn from it. And if I succeed, then
everybody can share the success too. There is always learning to be
had, whatever the outcome. You have to come to a place in yourself
where you believe that you will be able to solve the case in that hour
in front of all those students. It is a good challenge!
Jeremy on Provings:
ROWENA: How many remedies have you proved Jeremy?
JEREMY: I don’t know exactly, but I think it is somewhere between twenty seven and thirty.
ROWENA: How do you choose them?
I have two methods of choosing; intellect and omens. An intellect
choice is like when I decided to prove all the noble
gases because I know that they can increase our knowledge of the
whole periodic table.
ROWENA: Are they for very spiritual people?
JEREMY: Yes, there is something spiritual about the noble gases, because at their full potential they can really touch heaven.
ROWENA: So they feel very connected to the source; to God?
They can be very connected to the source, if they are in the right
place. But their problem is that they don’t know how to disconnect from
it. They feel they are in such a perfect position and everything is so
right that they cannot step into life and get dirty, and if you don’t
get dirty, you are not living. You have to suffer if you want to sing
proving the noble gases was an intellectual decision but
other remedies I chose through omens or synchronicities. Swan (Cygnus cygnus) was
an omen choice. I was sitting by the sea with a very sore neck, and
this swan sailed by. I had previously asked for an omen and you have to
ask for one otherwise you don’t get it.
ROWENA: Like in Paulo Coelho’s The Alchemist ?
Yes, absolutely. To get omens, you have to believe in them, ask for
them, and not miss them when they are revealed to you. When I asked for
an omen before choosing fallow deer, in one day five people mentioned
deer to me or showed me pictures of deer and then I saw a TV
documentary and that sealed the deal.
ROWENA: Do you think sometimes that your patients move you spiritually on your own journey?
Definitely. Patients come who are in a high place spiritually and
they will impart something to you, but nearly every patient to whom you
give a good remedy will come back with a lesson for you. They will come
back and say one little sentence that will resonate with you; they will
come and give you their gift back.
ROWENA: A lesson about the remedy, or a lesson for yourself?
Both a lesson for me and a lesson about the remedy, and that is a gift
in itself. It will often be just what I need to hear for that day and
will pick me up and make me feel better about life.
Do you think that you get those patients that need your remedies or do
you think we are all getting them but we just don’t recognise the
A bit of both. Maybe some get attracted to me because they need those
remedies, maybe because I know those remedies I recognise them in
patients and maybe other people miss them because they don’t know them.
There was an interesting experiment in India that some homoeopaths did
ten or so years ago. They did sixty provings and then created a
homoeopathic network in a few centres across India, and for two years,
they worked exclusively with those remedies, and they got great
could probably survive only prescribing my thirty remedies and just
about get by, but it would not be great homoeopathy.
Hahnemann only used twenty remedies for many years until he
proved a hundred. You can work with a small number of remedies
that you know very well and get reasonable results, because
similars work, not just simillimums. If only simillimums worked,
we would all be out of business! Hahnemann says there is no such thing
as a simillimum.
He says it is just a theoretical concept and I agree with him. It does
give us a beacon to work towards but it is a delusion that gets planted
into people at college until they start practising and hopefully
realise there is no such thing. If there is a simillimum for each
person, and we have only proved three thousand remedies, then how
are we finding the simillimum for millions of patients around the
world? We cannot be.
are a hundred thousand minerals and plants and a hundred million
animals and insects. Curing like with like is about metaphor and
analogy, not sameness, so there cannot be one simillimum and we
don’t want there to be a simillimum either, just like there can never
be only one perfect poem for each person.
is poetry or music because it is analogy. You don’t say to somebody,
“Your eyes are beautiful, like eyes!” You say, “Your eyes are like the
lake in the spring and your hair is like the wind blowing through the
soft leaves as they fall to the ground in the autumn.” If it is the
right music, rhythm and words, it will touch. So many poems touch you
and they will do so in different ways. Some poems will be better than
other poems, and they will touch deeper and longer and carry you
further. And some will be crap and not touch much at all!
want to work ‘in the image of’ and it is better that way because it
means that every level of practitioner can get results. It allows
practitioners the possibility of not being perfect. If you take a
case in any class, if you have got twenty homoeopaths, it is
likely that you will get fifteen different remedy suggestions.
ROWENA: And do you think all fifteen remedies will work?
Probably three or four would act beneficially; some more, some less. It
is a matter of how close you get by percentage. Those within ten
percent of the target would get a good result, those within twenty
percent would get a medium result and with those out of range, nothing
much would happen or they would suppress the case. It is a grey area
between the unattainable Holy Grail of the theoretical
simillimum and suppression.
Coelho, Paulo, The Alchemist, most recent reprint Harper Collins, 2006