Homeopathic LINKS – The International Journal for Classical Homeopathy
This homeopathic journal in the English language was founded in 1987 by Dr. Beat Spring and has now developed into a fixture in the world of homeopathy. It connects homeopaths in more than 50 countries and promotes the exchange between differing directions and movements.
Rajan Sankaran (India), Nandita Shah (India), Alfons Geukens (Belgium), Jan Scholten (Netherlands), Alize Timmerman (Netherlands), Didier Grandgeorge (France), Nancy Herrick (USA), Linda Johnston (USA), Jeremy Sherr (UK), Deborah Collins (New Zealand) and many others wrote for HL.
The experienced and engaged editorial team Harry van der Zee and Corrie Hiwat always compile the correct mixture of topics relevant to your practice, philosophical and historical musings as well as service offers.
Current research results, drugs testing, case studies, different materia medica, exciting discussions, book reviews and a survey about seminars and events for further training courses are published four times a year.
The target group of the magazine is homeopathic doctors and alternative practitioners worldwide.
Dr. Beat Springs writes in his greeting adress to the congress on the occasion of the 20th year of HL about the magazine that ‘LINKS’ stands for connection, for staying in touch. Thus a platform developed rapidly where homeopaths share ideas and experiences and exchange them with other honoeopaths. Exponents of various schools thus met for the first time in one place, disputing different insights. New ways and findings could be published without being smothered directly with quotations of the old masters. Springs also writes that the homeopathic landscape resembles a lush mountain meadow with a unique biodiverstity. New prescription strategies and materia medica lead to great enthusiasm but also to uncertainty. The enthusiasm about the New couples itself with the thoroughness of the old school. New knowledge gets validated by well documented long-term case studies.
Ton Nicolai of ECH (European Committee for Homeopathy) on this: ‘the fact that innovators exist is definitely a sound argument for a healthy system. It is evidence for the further development of homeopathy, that homeopathy is a science where the clinical experiences bears new ideas which are tested and are then accepted, rejected or modified according to actual theories and opinions. Some groups of homeopaths, however, represent rather more traditional views and some mistrust, discard or even criticise these innovative ideas. The fact is that all innovators first closely imitated Hahnemann, but then they decided that his methods could be developed further. Innovators and traditionalists are to be found in each branch of science. And when creation and preservation are kept at a balance and when all parties are willing to engage in regardful and intelligent dialogue with each other, then our discipline will keep its effectivity and liveliness.’
Homeopathy has, during the last years, been very much imprinted by new approaches and methods. The goal of the international Homeopathy Congress is to demonstrate these developments and link them with the solid foundations of classical homeopathy.
On each day of congress the focal point was on one of the homeopathic kingdoms.
There was a seminar on each of the mornings where the contributors introduced their ideas for the further development of homeopathy. 14 more contributors showed the commonalities of the various approaches during the afternoons and they clarified how the different development strains can be woven into good treatment results in the code of practice.
Numerous authors of LINKS and about 900 doctors, alternative practitioners and scientists from all over the world met in the Kongresshaus Stadthalle in Heidelberg from 19. to 21. of October to celebrate the birthday together. An industrial exhibition of approx. 100 exhibitors supplemented the information platform. Altogether, more than 1000 participants from 43 countries attended the congress. The international Homeopathy Congress Celebrating LINKS was held by the Sonntag publisher in MVS Medizinverlage Stuttgart, who publishes the trade magazine Homeopathic LINKS, in cooperation with the two European governing bodies ECCH European Council for Classical Homeopathy and the ECH European Commmittee for Homeopathy.
The topics were arranged in such a way that Friday dealt with the role of minerals, Saturday dealt with the plant kingdom and Sunday with the animal kingdom. At the conclusion of the conference the main speakers gave a summary of their insights from the congress and also answered questions of the participants to the congress.
to At the opening of the congress, Dr. Albrecht Hauff(managing director of the Thieme publications group), Harry van der Zee (editor of Homeopathic Links), Stephen Gordon (General secretary of the ECCH)and Beat Springs (co-founder of Homeopathic Links) welcomed the congregation.
The speakers praised the magazine and prepared the listeners on what to expect in the three days of conference. Here some excerpts from the speeches:
Beat Spring (Co-founder of Homeopathic LINKS):
From the beginning, homeopathic LINKS got a great reception from homeopaths. In the following year HL was always a step ahead and we also experienced the downside of success. The infrastructure around the journal was simply not sufficient and we could not keep up with the demands. At one stage we had 1,500 subscribers in more than 40 countries worldwide. Later Rajan Sankaran from India joined us and we contemplated how we could publish something collectively and we wanted then to deal with various topics in various countries.
Rajan was the first to start an Indian distribution, then other countries joined up. Then something was becoming disturbing: the LINKS were only ever a forum, an arena for new thoughts, often of a sort that would not find availability in the traditional trade magazines. New ideas and philosophies thus always came to HL, which was a challenge. Many interesting cases were submitted, but often the way to the simillimum was not described and the follow-up not well documented. And that was the dilemma. Here were ideas, but we did not have details about the quality. Quite often therefore, interesting casuistics – the recording and study of cases of disease – could not be used.
We really started late in becoming professional. And, actually, we were quite relieved to be able to hand HL to the Dutch group. We were sure that the Dutch would carry on the magazine with the same spirit, and they followed up at full tilt.
I wish for HL that it will always present an open forum where new ideas, where the evolution can be discussed. And I wish for us that this new knowledge will be thoroughly examined again and again, so that we can grow with it and open our hearts to each other.
From the very first HL was s platform where innovative ideas could be shown and discussed. These innovative ideas are the leading topic of this conference. This situation regularly leads to criticism and traditional homeopaths don’t necessarily like new developments. But it is absolutely necessary to have innovative people to show that homeopathy is alive and developing further as an independent science. Clinical experiences lead to new ideas and they will then lead to acceptance or rejection of current theories. We are, after all, searching for the truth to be able to serve the patient. Innovative homeopaths like Jan Scholten, Rajan Sankaran and Massimo Mangialavori did not only deepen our understanding of homeopathic remedies, they also conducted a systematic classification of the remedies which can be adducted for differential diagnoses. The fact that more than 1000 people registered for this conference shows the widely spread interest of homeopaths in these topics. Homeopathy has grown very strongly during the last one or two decades, and this conference is meant to inspire them all.
Harry van der Zee (editor of Homeopathic LINKS):
Links, that is Your magazine – you write what will be read. For the last few years, I headed this magazine together with Corrie Hiwat and we were happy when a publishing company took us over, all the difficult subjects like advertising, and, since 2005, the Sonntag publishing house carries the responsibility. The excellent result is that, every three months, you receive an excellent copy and that shows that things are alright the way they are. Since the take-over, the magazine looks really professional. Gabrielle Mueller and her team of ten are doing this for us. But, deep down, it is all of us who carry the responsibility for LINKS. Because we bring in our experiences, our thoughts and we get inspiration through the questions and answers coming from our colleagues. Most of HL’s articles during the last few years dealt with the materia medica and case studies.
We are now meeting in Heidelberg to integrate our concept strategies. Homeopathy has been highly successful, so now we can further develop the possibilities of materia medica and hone our case taking and case analysis. This congress is only the next step and that will join the strands with which we will weave the future of homeopathy. We are all rooted in Hahnemann’s legacy and we integrate all these strands in our daily practices. That is the goal of the conference. LINKS stands for an interconnectedness of people. LINKS is of major importance for the bettering of our healing and our healing science. LINKING involves an energy similar to the similarity principle, the basic concept of homeopathy. Like attracts like, like heals like. In homeopathy we work with the law of attraction, with love, with the dissolution of delusions or feelings, with the detachment of being. The spirit of LINKS connects us and this spirit is always stronger than the spirit of separation.
The Conference – Abstracts
Friday, October 19th, 2007
The Mineral Kingdom
10:00 – 11:30 a.m., 12:00 noon-13:00 p.m. Jan Scholten, MD:
The Concept of the 18 Stages: The 18 Stages in the Mineral Kingdom and other Kingdoms
In the “Element Theory”, as explained in Jan Scholten’s “Homeopathy and the Elements”, the idea of the stages is central. The 18 stages are the 18 columns of the periodic table. They turn out to reflect a process of life, with a start, fulfilment and decline. This basic idea is not limited to the mineral kingdom. Processes of life seem even more suitable to living creatures of the plant and animal kingdom than to the so-called “dead” minerals. It turns out that the application of the stages to the plant and animal kingdom is very fruitful. Sankaran has proposed the idea of miasms to differentiate the plants in a family. It seems that the idea of stages gives more precise descriptions and better differentiation. In Jan Scholten’s presentation the stages of the Lanthanides, a group of elements “hidden” in the table of elements, were discussed in more detail with case examples.
3:00 – 3:45 p.m. Alize Timmerman, N.D.:
Enhancing physical Awareness as a Function of the Carbon Group
Usage of the carbon group is essential in the stage of growth and development. Thanks to Jan Scholten’s work we are now able to see the carbon group within a larger context. The periodic table can be used as a scheme for processes of growth and development. Alize Timmerman has worked on this with regard to development in children and highlighted in her presentation the importance of the carbon group.
Patricia LeRoux, MD:
Prescriptions of Acids in Paediatric Cases
From the proving of Hydrogen by Sherr and from Scholten’s work on minerals and elements, the search for unity comes forward as a core theme of acids. Using this theme Patricia LeRoux has explored 27 acids and has prescribed them successfully in a variety of acute and chronic disorders in children. After a short introduction on Hydrogen she discussed the materia medica, keynotes and cases of some acids, like Acetic acid, Butyric acid, Gallic acid, Chromic acid and Muriatic acid.
3:45 – 4:30 p.m. Jayesh Shah, LCEH (BOM):
‘Vital Sensation’ Approach in Mineral Cases
In his presentation Jayesh Shah intended to further the understanding of mineral remedies by presenting a new dimension to many ideas on minerals already known. By bringing the repertorial approach together with the approaches of Scholten and Sankaran he aimed to present a synthesis of the old and the new.
Andreas BjÃ¸rndal, MNHL:
Selecting the Simillimum through the Quantum Physics of the Periodic System
Andreas BjÃ¸rndal showed how quantum physics can confirm and contribute to the classification of the periodic system in the way Scholten, Sherr, Shah and Sankaran work. The quantum leap will make the importance of this kind of work even clearer and also provide a new key to continuing the improvement of system-thinking or themes in the periodic system. Sherr and Scholten have shown how the mathematics of the periodic system reflects in the themes or qualities in the remedies. Andreas BjÃ¸rndal showed how this is beautifully confirmed in the quantum physics of the periodic system.
5:00 – 6:30 p.m. Jeremy Sherr, FSHom:
Codes and Riddles
Throughout the years Jeremy Sherr has made an impressive contribution to the expansion of the materia medica by conducting top-quality provings. In his presentation he discussed the proving of one of the elements from the mineral kingdom. Which one? That was the first riddle.
George Loukas, MD:
Spiral Classification of the Periodic System: A new Model for understanding the Essence of the Elements
In the early 90s Sankaran helped George Loukas to understand that delusions are not restricted to psychopaths but underlie the way each person perceives reality. Inspired by this insight he studied the materia medica and started to look in his patients for the personal way they meet reality. Being a psychiatrist helped him to enhance the theoretical model with the principles of cognitive psychology into “Cognitive Homeopathy”. The major part of his work concerns the study of the periodic table of elements, for which the systematic approach of Scholten was inspirational. Using the principle of synthesis he created many new triple salts, complex combinations containing three chemical elements besides hydrogen and oxygen. In October 2001, going through a phase of introspection in trying to heal himself from a very serious immobilising disease, he had the inspiration to create a spiral model for the periodic table. Using existing information for each of the elements he managed to define the characteristics of every circle of the spiral and that of every element in it. Using this model he started to create and use new remedies with success.
Saturday, October 20th, 2007
The Plant Kingdom
9:00 – 10:30 a.m., 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon Rajan Sankaran, MD:
‘The Significance of Sensation
A symptom and a case can be perceived at several levels. The fifth level, lying beyond the levels of Diagnosis, Fact, Emotion and Delusion levels is the Sensation level. In his presentation Rajan Sankaran discussed how to get to the deeper levels and to the Sensation of the case in order to identify the kingdom and within that the family, and how to establish the miasm to find the specific remedy in the selected family.
12:00 noon – 1:00 p.m. Frans Vermeulen :
The Kingdoms of Monera and Fungi: An Exploration of System, Symptoms and Signature
Aristotle recognised two kingdoms: Animals and Plants. Contemporary homoeopathy recognises three: Animals, Plants, and Minerals. In Vermeulen’s opinion there are at least five: Animals, Plants, Minerals, Fungi and Monera. Frans Vermeulen shared his recent work on the latter two, thus complementing the presentations on the other three.
3:00 – 3:45 p.m. Irene Schlingensiepen-Brysch, MD:
The Symptom, the Subconscious and the Source
In her presentation Irene Schlingensiepen-Brysch evaluated the prescriptions she has made in her practice based on vital sensations, and shared where six years of validating this new methodology has led her. By taking plant sensations as an example she illustrated how the symptom as an expression of the subconscious can direct us to the source – the exact simillimum.
Nandita Shah, LCEH:
“I am afraid something will happen to him” – A Case of Taxus baccata
This is a case of a patient where a less used remedy that came up through a repertorisation could easily be identified, thanks to Rajan Sankaran’s idea of sensations, and confirmed through a proving of Jean Pierre Jansen published by Jeremy Sherr. The talk included a video case, a short discussion of the family and the miasm and follow ups.
3:45 – 4:30 p.m. Uta Santos-Koenig, MD:
Homeopathic Paradigma and Paradogma on Blueberry Hill
A good XX-case of Mangialavori has absolutely nothing to do with a good XX-case of Sankaran, even if both cases have a 10-year follow-up showing profound changes using this and only this remedy in an acute and chronic condition. Sankaran would certainly have prescribed something else for Mangialavori´s case and vice versa. Evidently, as both are very good prescribers, they would both be successful in a high percentage of cases using different remedies and very different reasons for the respective prescriptions. Apart from contradicting the fundamentalist idea of “there is only one correct remedy, and if there are two, one of them is not as deep as the other” – what could this indicate? Is there a meta-theory that could embrace both (and more) models, going beyond a simple respectful co-existence like “there are many ways to Rome”?
Resie Moonen, MD:
The Order of the Liliales
In the Liliales we see the theme of being included or excluded (a theme suggested by Sankaran for the family of Liliiflorae to which the liliales belong). This theme can be expressed in a different way in the different remedies of this plant family. In this lecture Resie Moonen explained how the theme is expressed in some smaller remedies and what the sensations and reactions mentioned by the patient are.
5:00 – 5:45 p.m. Will Taylor, MD:
Integration of Approaches into Practice with Regard to the Plant Kingdom
Linda Johnston, MD:
Identifying a New Plant Remedy: A Case Demonstration
A remedy from a plant that has not yet been part of the materia medica is much more difficult to identify and prescribe accurately than one from an animal source. Generally, the characteristics and qualities of animals are well known to us and often in the interview an animal source is even mentioned by name. Plants don’t enjoy these advantages. Using techniques from Sankaran and Chhabra and the general concepts of plant families, Linda Johnston demonstrated how to identify an unknown plant remedy.