Homeopath challenges skeptics with homeopathic date rape drug

Homeopaths and their desperate opponents . . who interminably deny homeopathy’s effects . . have been at each other’s throats now for several weeks on a blog by a notorious homeopathy hater.

Homeopathy is, of course (much to the horror of the medical establishment)  curative medicine, an alternative treatment that has been working quite successfully for people who either can’t afford, and/or have been screwed by, the common brands of what pretend to be medicine.

The blog in question is on a site especially reserved for health professionals. The title of the offending article is entitled “Stop the teaching of pseudoscience,” and I certainly applaud the idea if it means the author will shut up; it does the school where he holds a chair no credit to have a man in their employ noted for endlessly publishing self-referencing studies.

The name of this hater of real medicine is Edzard Ernst, a fake professor of “Complementary Medicine” at the University of Exeter’s Peninsular Medical School, apparently another shill for the phony medical racket that now dominates health  care in the Western world.

So far it has broken all attendance records on the PULSE site as small team of intrepid homeopaths and their supporters, armed with evidence and logic, are confronting myths about homeopathy and the mythomaniacs that tell them.

Most interesting in all of this is a challenge issued by Roger Barr, an Australian homeopath, who has suggested that to end the argument, skeptics put homeopathy to the test . . on themselves.

Here’s commentary on Ernst’s PULSE blog by Oliver Dowding, a dairyman who has used homeopathy extensively on his herds, in which he reasserts homeopath Roger Barr’s challenge to skeptics . . on Ernst’s PULSE blog . . to more or less engage in a bit of a proofing using Stramonium, Eagle and Scorpion . . to which I’ve added a fourth remedy .

DOWDING: Roger Barr challenged those of you such as Simon Barker, and others are sceptical disposition, to undertake the following trial. All I’ve seen is trite dismissal of the challenge is being something of an irrelevance. I don’t remember the exact words used, but I believe it went along the lines of its pointless because there’s nothing in it. Should that be the case, you’ll be absolutely fine, so why don’t you use your mouth and try these remedies as directed, it would be interesting to see whether you get the same reaction as Roger’s lawyer whom he challenged. I’m sure you’ll be absolutely fine, because as you say, and I’m sure you must believe in your own argument, there’s nothing in the remedies being offered. Should you refuse to answer this, or should you refuse to take up the challenge, I think we’ll all have to take that as indicating you fear that you might be wrong, and there could be something to homoeopathy after all, and you don’t want to be the one who learns the hard way. I’ll look forward to your response to this specific point, and this point only, as raised by Roger, which I’ve copied in case you’ve lost it in the threads. You can answer all other points in a separate reply. Roger said, 2.9.11, “I would urge anyone skeptical of homeopathy to do a proving of a homeopathic remedy. Best to do it with a supervisor but it can be done on your own. Just take a remedy in an ultra-dilute potency, say 12C up to 30C just so you can be especially skeptical, once a day for 7 days. Do something “fun” like Stramonium, or Eagle, or Scorpion! Report back. I challenged a lawyer who was quite skeptical and actually legally attacking homeopathic pharmacies. After the proving he stopped such activity. Enjoy. After it drives you crazy we will let you know how to stop the process.”

Now, MY suggestion for a remedy to challenge sketpics to try is one I just put to the test. It’s called fluoricum acidum (fl. ac.) i.e. homeopathic fluoride. It just so happens that I decided to put it to the test, on myself, when a week ago  I tried ONE (1) little pellet of it for a study of fluoride, for an article I’m writing on it.

Well, I sure got my money’s worth . .

Among several mental symptoms that affected my behavior, such as suddenly becoming happy go lucky, and caving in to a bottle of whiskey, I noticed a sensitivity in my teeth, and I didn’t like it one bit. It’s still hanging on in my front teeth after a week.

The feeling is that it didn’t do me any good. Thank God I took it only once!


Fl. ac. has some other unusual symptoms in the category of hypersexuality, narcissism, paranoia  and debauchery, like satyriasis for the gentlemen, or for the ladies, nymphomania, and alcoholism for all of us together, in an orgy I presume, as it reportedly imparts extraordinary pleasure in coition . . and after it’s all over, a self-satisfied feeling while entertaining the delusion of being surrounded by enemies; the sudden desire to break off the engagement, fire the servants, chase the children out of the house and end the marriage . . tireless strength is given as a bonus, the ability to exercise the limbs perpetually.

And why shouldn’t it have these symptoms, for it is what is most commonly used in as an anti-depressant. Fluorine is the main active ingredient in fluoxetine drugs such as Prozac. A Brailian study actually compared fluoxetine to homeopathi treatment and found them equivalent in effectiveness, which considering the contras, makes homeopathy hands down superior.

Oh, did I mention it causes atrophy of the brain? Yes, recent studies have shown it actually lowers I.Q.  in chidlren. the health authorities are now recommending that baby formula not be made with tap water, since most of it now has fluoride in it.

It’s especially hard on the kidneys. It destroys them. Then the body is unable to excrete the stuff and it builds up in the bones and soft tissues causing cancer, caries, brittle bones.

Ironic, isn’t it, that Ben Goldacre, MD, Prof. David Colquhoun, Amazing Randi, PZ Myers, all the great minds of our day,  aren’t hopping up and down screaming about THAT like they do when they hear the H word?

Well, here we have a substance made from it that counteracts it. And they say it doesn’t work. Too bad. I can feel it now in my teeth as I type.

Now, I am quite aware that this sounds like I’m making it up, but if you check Clarke’s materia medica you’ll find I’m simply quoting authorities with credentials and experience greater than my own.

So just think about it. It’s prima facie.  If we are to take the cinema and news as replete with our delusions, then I think I am justified in saying the materia medica references are accurate in what fluoride poisoning from our water and other sources has done, can do and WILL DO.

But wait, there’s more . .

Did you know they now put fluoride in candy bars for bicycle riders in the guise of concentrated green tea extract? Yes, in fact a normal cup of tea, green or black, contains the same amount of fluoride as you’ll find in 7.8 liters of fluoridated tap water!

And that’s just from the fluoride in the tap water.

It gets worse.

Chlorine’s a whole n’other subject. When it comes into contact with organic matter, such as bits of leaves and things that fall into the reservoir, or that cabbage you had last night for supper, it forms chloroform, which in homeopathic form is noted for inducing in the prover the desire to kill.

You read that right. Chlorine, when it turns to chloroform . . and tests show that chloroform is indeed in tap water, gives you the impulse to kill! (Clarke)

Anyone I presume.

Now . . I wonder what would happen if we were to divide the homeopathy deniers into two camps, one which would take fl.ac. everyday for two weeks and the other homeopathic Chloroformum.

Then bring the two groups together in a room, LOCK THE DOOR and RUN!

Perhaps we could add fl.ac. an chloroform to Barr’s list of homeopathics to try.

No wonder we’re all going to Hell. If you haven’t succumbed to them you’re probably a wreck from fighting off the impulses.

Perhaps Ernst et all will get there ahead of time.

Homeopathy, the Religion

Science and Health with Key to the Materia Medica,
by John Robert Benneth

Hahnemann, the founder of homeopathy, saw the connection between Mesmerism, spiritual healing and homeopathy.

This may come as a surprise to many.  It may be troubling to some, revelatory to others, but in the United States, homeopathy is regarded, in at least one state, as a religious practice exempt from laws normal regulatory laws.

This is a difficult subject to write about, hard to articulate . It isn’t to destroy Christian Science, it’s here to enlighten it as there are some conundrums which need unravelling.

I don’t know about other states, but in  Oregon, homeopathy is defined as a spiritual practice and therefore has an exemption from regulation or restriction by rules that would normally restrict the use of homeopathic drugs to naturopaths and other physicians.

Here is the wording:

ORS 685.010 Definitions. As used in this chapter: “Drugs” includes: (a) Substances recognized as drugs in the official Homeopathic Pharmacopoeia of the United States

ORS 685.030 Application of Chapter 685 — Naturopaths 2009 EDITION

(2) “Drugs” includes:

(a) Substances recognized as drugs in the official United States Pharmacopoeia, official National Formulary, official Homeopathic Pharmacopoeia of the United States, other drug compendium or any supplement to any of them;
(1) This chapter does not apply to any Christian Scientist or other person who by religious or spiritual means endeavors to prevent or cure disease or suffering in accord with the tenets of any church.

It could be argued that homeopathy cannot be construed as religious or spiritual healing. The response to that  is that it certainly can be regarded as such, as the official Homeopathic Pharmacopoeia of the United States is only a compendium of labelled intentionsnot a chemical or physical identification of such. Allopathic pharmacopoeia are catalogs of patent medicines, they can be identified chemically, wehreas homeopathic, or perjhaps more technically, supramolecular medicines to date have no such convention.

The Oregon statute specifically names it and Christian Science in its seminal religiouis text “Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures specifically describes the use of homeopathy as spiritual. The religion of homeopathy is Christian Science, a late 19th century religion known for its spiritual healing,  inspired and founded by Mary Baker Eddy, a practicing homeopath who was married to a homeopath, Dr. Daniel Patterson, and had an adopted son who was also a homeopath, Dr. Ebenezer Foster Eddy.

At one time, Foster-Eddy, who was adopted by Mrs. Eddy at the age of 41, the same age at which Mrs. Eddy had her transformative healing, became the second most powerful figure in the church.

She studied under the renowned American Mesrmerist and spiritual healer, Phineas Quimby.

She discusses homeopathy in the Christian Science text book, describing it as a form of spiritually curative medicine that demonstrates the principles of spiritual healing.

Mary Baker Eddy establishes homeopathy as a spiritual practice.

In Science and Health she describes how homeopathy demonstrates spiritual healing. In the church manual  cases of serious diseases treated with homeopathy are discussed. The homeopathic remedies used to successfully treat them with are named. Procedures and processes particular to homoeopathy, such as homeopathic aggravation, the use of placebos, the use of mental symptoms in diagnosis of disease, the absence of the intended orthomolecular matter in homeopathic remedies, how potency increases with dilution are taught. The homeoapthic materia medica used as a reference book is named.

The use of similars in homeopathy, the effects of homeopathic remedies on the mind and how homeopathy provides for an understanding of spiritual healing is explained in Christian Science.

Homeopathy is the inspiration of Christian Science.

The religion is explicitly free from Oregon laws regulating the practice of homeopathy.

The founder was was well steeped in it. Mrs. Eddy’s first husband, Dr. Daniel Patterson, was a homeopath. The church manual, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy, gives examples of cases cured by her and the remedies she used to cure them with.

Collecting the references from her book of revelations, one can see that homoeopathy is what she took to be evidence of the power of mind over matter, that healing is essentially spiritual.

Science and Health says of Mrs. Eddy,

“Her experiments in homoeopathy had made her skeptical as to material curative methods. Jahr, from Aconitum to Zincum oxydatum, enumerates the general symptoms, the characteristic signs, which demand different remedies; but the drug is frequently attenuated to such a degree that not a vestige of it remains. Thus we learn that it is not the drug which expels the disease or changes one of the symptoms of disease.”

Eddy explicitly credits homoeopathy for making her skeptical of allopathy in the use of material methods to heal. She mentions one of Hahnemann’s closest disciples, Georg Jahr, as her reference work in homoeopathy, and states that not a vestige of a drug remains in a homeopathic remedy.

This can be taken to mean that none of the original intended matter is left in the homeopathic solution.

She writes,

“The author has attenuated Natrum muriaticum (common table-salt) until there was not a single saline property left. The salt had “lost his savour;” and yet, with one drop of that attenuation in a goblet of water, and a teaspoonful of the water administered at intervals of three hours, she has cured a patient sinking in the last stage of typhoid fever. The highest attenuation of homoeopathy and the most potent rises above matter into mind.

“This discovery leads to more light. From it may be learned that either human faith or the divine Mind is the healer and that there is no efficacy in a drug.

“You say a boil is painful; but that is impossible, for matter without mind is not painful.
The boil simply manifests, through inflammation and swelling, a belief in pain, and this belief is called a boil. Now administer mentally to your patient a high attenuation of truth, and it will soon cure the boil. The fact that pain cannot exist where there is no mortal mind to feel it is a proof that this so-called mind makes its own pain — that is, its own belief in pain.”

“Homoeopathy diminishes the drug, but the potency of the medicine increases as the drug disappears.”

She then presents rhetorical questions, questions not easily answered.

“Vegetarianism, homoeopathy, and hydropathy have diminished drugging; but if drugs are an antidote to disease, why lessen the antidote? If drugs are good things, is it safe to say that the less in quantity you have of them the better? If drugs possess intrinsic virtues or intelligent curative qualities, these qualities must be mental. Who named drugs, and what made them good or bad for mortals, beneficial or injurious?

A Terrible Case

“A case of dropsy, given up by the faculty, fell into my hands. It was a terrible case. Tapping had been employed, and yet, as she lay in her bed, the patient looked like a barrel. I prescribed the fourth attenuation of Argentum nitratum with occasional doses of a high attenuation of Sulphuris. She improved perceptibly. Believing then somewhat in the ordinary theories of medical practice, and learning that her former physician had prescribed these remedies, I began to fear an aggravation of symptoms from their prolonged use, and told the patient so; but she was unwilling to give up the medicine while she was recovering. It then occurred to me to give her unmedicated pellets and watch the result. I did so, and she continued to gain. Finally she said that she would give up her medicine for one day, and risk the effects. After trying this, she informed me that she could get along two days without globules; but on the third day she again suffered, and was relieved by taking them. She went on in this way, taking the unmedicated pellets, — and receiving occasional visits from me, — but employing no other means, and she was cured.

Chapter Six, Science, Theology and Medicine, S&H, p. 156

In the next paragraph, Mrs. Eddy presents homeopathy as the preceding step to metaphysics.

“Metaphysics, as taught in Christian Science, is the next stately step beyond homoeopathy. In metaphysics, matter disappears from the remedy entirely, and Mind takes its rightful and supreme place. Homoeopathy takes mental symptoms largely into consideration in its diagnosis of disease. Christian Science deals wholly with the mental cause in judging and destroying disease. It succeeds where homoeopathy fails, solely because its one recognized Principle of healing is Mind, and the whole force of the mental element is employed through the Science of Mind, which never shares its rights with inanimate matter.

Mrs. Eddy is presenting the argument here that homeopathy is the learned progression of metaphysics. Modern science is now discovering the physical mechanisms of homeopathy and are describing them in scientific terms similar to metaphysical terms.

Amongst other meanings meta means “beyond. ” Recently the description of the operative mechanism of homeopathy has been identified as “supramolecular” (Demangeat, Montagnier, Roy). Supra also means beyond, referring to intermolecular forces.

Professor Rustum Roy, the late professor emeritus of the material sciences at Pennsylvania State University, and one of the world’s most decorated and highly respected scientists, has made a particular point of addressing the role structure plays in giving matter its particular qualities: The same material element can have entirely different properties due to the arrangement of its molecules. His prime example is a diamond, one of the hardest elements, and graphite, one of the softest; yet both substances are made of pure Carbon.

Roy uses this example to illustrate the polymorphic qualities of homeoapthic remedies, which are made with water.

He talks about how a mere refrigerator magnet can change the pH of water.

ROY: “What got me interested in this field,” says Roy, referring to a Power Point slide of Raman spectroscopy, showing the psychokinetic effects of Dr. Yan Xin, a physician of the Chinese Traditional Medicine Research Institute of Chongqing, China on the pH of water at a distance (http://www.v-j-enterprises.com/yanxin.html), “was this particular figure. This is the Qi Gong master Yan Xin, who I know rather well. He was a personal physician to Deng Tsao Peng, the Prime Minister of China for many, many years, he was changing the water from seven kilometers, or even 2,000 kilometers, 6,000 kilometers away, San Fransisco to Beijing. And so look at the difference now between the left and the top and the bottom left. Is that a change or what in the Raman signal . . I should, Holy Cow, either this guy is drawing them in and making them up, but the person doing this was the head of the physics dept at Singh Hwa.”

CALLER: “He is changing the water by sending qi energy?”

ROY: He is sending qi energy from a distance. He first did it at seven kilometers away, and never in the same room, and then he did it cross town, San Fran to Beijing, and so on, so it is really . . I want to go into more detail, so is water that changeable, intention, these are relatively weak vectors, if you could do that, now I don’t know, I just assume that nobody’s cheating here, and I said that is certainly very interesting.”
How Homeopathy Works, video, 43:30, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YU5ukds8G8o

“What is very fascinating with Dr. Yan Xin’s work, is that he is using modern scientific methods and tools to prove (to the Western mind) that the focusing of chi onto substance such as DNA can be measured. Besides conducting studies, he has given Chi-Emitting Lectures to millions of people. In these lectures, he sends out healing energy to the audience, in which people may be healed of an affliction, and he teaches them a form of meditation in which they can learn to heal themselves.” http://www.v-j-enterprises.com/yanxin.html

Marry Baker Eddy writes,

“Homoeopathy mentalizes a drug with such repetition of thought-attenuations, that the drug becomes more like the human mind than the substratum of this so-called mind, which we call matter; and the drug’s power of action is proportionately increased.”

In 1896, psychologist Frank H. Randall, in his book “Mesmerism, Hypnotism and Thought Reading,” writes on how to magnetize water. It is strangely resonant with what Roy observes of Yan Xin’s ability to restructure water psychokinetically:

“How to magnetise water: Procure a tumbler fresh water, hold it in the palm of the left hand that the fingers extend round and in contact with the vessel, concentrate the fingers of the right hand to a focus inside the the tumbler, either below the surface of the water, or just above it. Gather from your patient and seat of his disease, that you may dispensator magnetism into the water accordingly, strongly will your patient’s relief, using the utmost energy of your mind to force the magnetic fluid through the finger tips. Continue this concentration for a few minutes; breathe and make a few passes over the glass, then hand it to your patient; request him to drink as much as he can without discomforting himself.”

Mrs. Eddy writes,

“Evidences of progress and of spiritualization greet us on every hand. Drug-systems are quitting their hold on matter and so letting in matter’s higher stratum, mortal mind. Homoeopathy, a step in advance of allopathy, is doing this. Matter is going out of medicine; and mortal mind, of a higher attenuation than the drug, is governing the pellet.”

“Homoeopathy furnishes the evidence to the senses, that symptoms, which might be produced by a certain drug, are removed by using the same drug which might cause the symptoms. This confirms my theory that faith in the drug is the sole factor in the cure. The effect, which mortal mind produces through one belief, it removes through an opposite belief, but it uses the same medicine in both cases.

All o these people quoted here are speaking of a biomagnetic force that an be manipulate directly by human operators, or indirectly, in homeopathy, through the process of dilution and succussion.

Mesmerism, contrary to much popular opinion that it is synonymous with hypnotism and is induced merely by suggestion. But this is not the case. Mesmerism is the manipulation of silent forces to induce altered states, both physical and mental.

Homeopathy shares with Mesmerism this same quality, and it is interesting to see that investigators seem to be brushing against the same biomagnetic connection.

The founder of homeopathy, Dr. Samuel Hahnemann, MD, is no exception:

“I find it yet necessary to allude here to ANIMAL MAGNETISM, as it is termed, or rather MESMERISM (as it should be called in deference to Mesmer, its first founder) which differs so much in its nature from all other therapeutic agents

“This curative force, often so stupidly denied and disdained for a century, acts in different ways

“It is a marvelous, priceless gift of God to mankind by means of which the strong will of a well intentioned person upon a sick one by contact and even without this and even at some distance, can bring the vital energy of the healthy mesmeriser endowed with this power into another person dynamically (just as one of the poles of a powerful magnetic rod upon a bar of steel)

“It acts in part by replacing in the sick whose vital force within the organism is deficient here and there, in part also in other parts where the vital force has accumulated too much and keeps up irritating nervous disorders it turns it aside, diminishes and distributes it equally and in general extinguishes the morbid condition of the life principle of the patient and substitutes in its place the normal of the mesmerist acting powerfully upon him, for instance, old ulcers, amaurosis, paralysis of single organs and so forth

“Many rapid apparent cures performed in all ages, by mesmerizers endowed with great natural power, belong to this class

“The effect of communicated human power upon the whole human organism was most brilliantly shown, in the resuscitation of persons who had lain some time apparently dead, by the most powerful sympathetic will of a man in full vigor of vital energy,(166) and of this kind of resurrection history records many undeniable examples

“If the mesmerizing person of either sex capable at the same time of a good-natured enthusiasm (even its degeneration into bigotry, fanaticism, mysticism or philanthropic dreaming) will be empowered all the more with this philanthropic self-sacrificing performance to direct exclusively the power of his commanding good will to the recipient requiring his help and at the same time to concentrate these, he may at times perform apparent miracles

“Notes related to the aphorism – [166] Especially of one of such persons, of whom there are not many, who, along with great kindness of disposition and perfect bodily powers, possesses but A VERY MODERATE DESIRE FOR SEXUAL INTERCOURSE, which it would give him very little trouble wholly to suppress, in whom, consequently, all the fine vital spirits that would otherwise be employed in the preparation of the semen, are ready to be communicated to others, by touching them and powerfully exerting the will

“Some powerful mesmerisers, with whom I have become acquainted, had ALL this peculiar character.” Hahnemann, The Organon of Medicine, aphorism 288

Hahnemann, a professional translator who spoke a ozen languages, was one of the most educated chemists of his day. He had little time for mummery or mysticism, as his critics would love to portray him.

Such was also the case with Anton Mesmer, also an MD. These people, like Roy are presenting their world view because of what they experienced, and although it doesn’t fit the putative paradigm, in the face of ridicule, defamation andattack, they report it fearlessly.

In the past, science has fled in the face of this evidence. And so, as in the case of Christian Science, it has retreated into religion, as a spiritual practice. Mrs. Eddy did not have the benefit of modern supramolecular chemistry that studies intermolecular forces and tries to explain them.

Homeopathy is staying abreast of sceince inthi regard. The material sciences have cave in on the memory o water argument and are now admitting that water, in regard to its solutes, can indeed retain a memory.

A new day is dawning . . .

US GAO: Half of drugs severe, FATAL side effects?


“According to a report by the United States General Accounting Office, more than half of the drugs approved by the FDA between 1976 and 1985 had severe or fatal side-effects that had not been detected during the agency’s review and testing.

“In other words, after drug companies spent an estimated 12 years and $231 million dollars to research, test, and secure new drug approval through a very hands-on FDA approach, most of the drugs had to be taken off the market or required major label changes due to missed safety issues.” (Kaviraj)

Where is organized skepticism of the brand preached by Phil Plait of the James Randi Educational Foundation (JREF) on this Amazing Contraindication?

Oh yes, we hear plenty about how JREF has “One Million Dollars” . .  amen? . . to throw away on”proof” that homeopathy “works,” but where is their phony offer to Pfizer and other such racketeers to prove their drugs have any use but capitalized murder?

Look, if untested allopathic “medicines,” i.e. poison, of the like dealt by “doctors,” (medical malpractitioners) Pfizer bribed to push them, were subjected to the same standards demanded of homeopathy through traditional use and FDA standards, there would be no allopathic drug industry.

Meanwhile, homeopathic are being use in countries thorughout the world to treat people with such diverse infeections as diabetes, cancer, Dengue fever, malaria, diptheria, influenza, AIDS, malaria . . and, as you can see by the commentary, this drives supporters of the allopathic death industry stark raving nuts. If they could do somthing about it in a court of law to shut down homeoapthy, they would have done it long ago. It hasn’t been for lack of trying. Homeoapthics are FDA regulated, and therefore FDA accepted and protected!

This explains reams of false acusations, years of whining and impotent challenges that have le to nothing in the fruitless attempt to shut down the only curative medicine on the planet.

Choose homeopathy. When you get sick, when you’re not feeling well, avoid the merchants of death, don’t listen to magicians, go to a homeopath, only s/he can save you.
The Others will kill you.


Coincidence? Even homeopathy debunker James “Arsenicum” Randi has taken homeopathic treatment, to save his life from cancer! He is so afraid of dying that he will do anything to stay alive, to avoid that Eternal Fire of Judgement Day, photographed in Finland taking what he reportedly claimed was Arsenicum, which out of 70+ homeopathic remedies is the main one for cancer, especially cancers of the gut.


Out of 3,000 homeopathic remedies, is it just a coincidence that Randi is taking the most indicated for intestinal cancer?
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Passionflower of the Skeptic

John Benneth, Homeopath vs. James Randi, Pseudoscientist

“There is a principle which is a bar against all information, which is proof against all arguments, and which cannot fail to keep a man in everlasting ignorance—that principle is contempt prior to investigation.”

Herbert Spencer

It’s been said John Benneth carries a grudge against James “the Amazing” Randi because 12 years ago Benneth took Randi’s Challenge to prove homeopathy . . and Randi backed out.

But it could also be said the Benneth carries the torch for Randi, because Randi has been regarded as the King of the Skeptics, a man with a kind of laser like x-ray vision who can see through any kind of deception, detect any kind of fraud, and I, John “the Prosaic” Benneth just keep plodding along in search of the facts.

Take this video for instance. Note the differences in Randi between his stage appearance at TED in 2007 and the video recording done in the JREF library in  2011.  Notice especially his eyes.  It is my suggestion here that Randi’s continued abuse of Calms Forte, which essentially is not homeopathic, but slips past FDA regulations by claiming to be homeopathic, has created irreversible effects, both seen and unseen . . the unseen being intestinal cancer.

Make your own investigation here. Watch the video and then read my commentary below. decide for yourself what is real, what is illusion . .

What follows the commentary is a transcript of the video for your analysis and search engine indexing.

This gets even more mysterious when we examine the item Randi slam dunks . . Calms Forte . . more closely. It isn’t  homeopathic. It may say it’s homeopathic, and by US government standards of the HPUS it may technically may be homeopathic (although I doubt it), but neither are the ingredients of Calms Forte being used homeopathically, nor are they of a truly homeopathic potency! 

That’s right. It only says it is. Because it says it is, the majority of users assume it is.  Homeopathic “drugs” are not subject to the same testing requirements of commercial patent medicines, and so this allows the manufacturer to bring an actual  drug, in it original molecular form, to market without question.

I’ll prove it to you, slowly, inexorably, but with a dogged appetite for reason..

“Why John, why?” you may ask, and the answer is simply this. This is inextricably woven into how we think about what is medicine, healing and cure. This is about a racket, probably the world’s greatest operating sub silentio, protected by illusion, supported by the likes of a confessed charlatan.

Zicam did exactly the same thing, calling a crude molecular concentration of zinc “homeopathic” for its cold remedy, and then got in trouble with the Feds when people began reporting that after using it they were losing their sense of smell . . permanently!

Now how could people lose their sense of smell from something that James “the man with the x-ray eyes” Randi  insists has nothing in it? Because if you read the ingredients, you’ll find that the ingredients are well below Avogadro’s limit, which is the point of dilution where none of the original substance remains, the point where the energetic powers of the solution take over completely, reversing the effect of the diluent, the substance that left its elctromagnetic imprint in hydrogen bonding on the solution used to “medicate” the tablets or pilules, the “little sugar pills” as skeptics love to call them.

Here’ the catch: A substance does not have to be devoid of a molecular substance to be homeopathy. The word homeopathy does not necessarily mean diluted past recognition, as Randi is inferring Calms Forte to be. It is not. Calms Forte has a lot of an herbal sedative in it!

If it seems I’m beating this thing to death, in this case hopefully appearances aren’t deceiving.  I want to make this perfectly clear that Randi is fooling his audience at TED, and anyone else who cares to be duped by this rascal, that he is ingesting an inert susbtance that has no detectable substance of what is listed on the box! And the question that follows should be why?

Why is he gulping something that has a measurable quantity of sedative in it (Passionflower, the main ingredient in Calms Forte), traditionally known for its ability to influence sleep without narcotic effects, when he could just as easily do his demonstration with a homeopathic remedy, indicated for sleeplessness, that is truly without any detectable active substance in it?

“I am satisfied it (Passiflora, Passionflower) is no narcotic. It never stupefies or overpowers the senses. A patient under its full influence may be wakened up and he will talk to you as rationally as ever he did ; leave him for a moment and he will soon be off to the Elysian Fields again. I have tried it, my friend, in all sorts of neuralgic affections, and have usually astonished my more enlightened patients with it. Many times I have them to ask me what in the world it was that had such a sweet influence over them.” Dr. L. Phares, of Newtonia, Miss., States.) from the chapter on “Passiflora” in New, Old and Forgotten Remedies by Edward Pollock Anshutz.

So here is my question to you: Could it be that Randi has found, that repeatedly doing this demonstration  with an actual high dilute as used in homeopathic remedies, has caused long term adverse effects?

It could be possible. The old school medical doctors, who saw the effects of homeopathics on thousands of subjects, reported that too many applications of a remedy of too high a potency could actually graft  symptoms permanently onto the patient!

Perhaps Randi knows this and has found himself to be in too deep, to deep to return tothe Styxxian shore.

Look at his eyes!

The clip of Randi on stage is from TED talks. TED is an acronym for “Technology Entertainment and Design.”  It is a series of conferences, presented globally, produced  by a private non-profit organization . . the Sapling Foundation, which was formed to disseminate “ideas worth spreading.”

The lecture featuring Randi was recorded in February of 2007. The “idea” he presents isn’t worth spreading. It’s a confusion, a menace to the public health. It should either be continued or put into it proper context as it has been done here.

It as worthless as what he claims homeopathy to be.

Two piece of prima facie forensics to note here. One is that Randi explicitly tells his audience to ignore the instructions for use . . the warnings . .  for what are labelled as sleeping pills.

The TED audience seems to think this is funny.

I don’t.

“I’m going to take some medication,” he says, “a full bottle of Calm’s Forte . . ignore the instructions, that’s what the government has put in there to confuse you, I’m sure.”

He then appears to dump the whole bottle of what he just said is medication, a substance used for medical treatment, in his mouth.

Is this a scientific experiment? Entertainment? A publicity stunt? Mass delusion, at $4,000 a throne?

After telling us we need to think critically, he asks us to join him in his assumptions. And the TED audience gullibly swallows it as quickly as he dumps the contents of the container into his mouth.

Randi is a proponent of critical thinking?

What hypocrisy!

“But Pee Wee, what does it mean?”

The word critical is a borderline one-word oxymoron, for it has meanings that are comparatively contradictory . . it can mean expressing or involving an analysis of the merits and faults of something . . or it can mean simply expressing adverse or disapproving comments.

So where’s the science?

What if someone, a young person for instance, who is confused about what is “homeopathic,” repeats this stunt to impress his friends, and in doing so takes something that isn’t as inert as he thinks it is, whether it’s homeopathic or not?

Does he end up with intestinal cancer, like Randi did, two years after this stunt? Or might he  end up dead with little or no idea what caused his final illness?

What Randi is saying, “don’t bother to look more closely at this thing I’m  doing, I’ve got it covered.” In this way it may seem to be a very coherent act, to the impressionable . . which is what magicians want you to be. And Randi is a lifelong magician. And one thing I’ve noticed about magicians, is that they can’t help but eventually reveal the mechanism of their deceptions . . because they’re essentially show oafs, and like most criminals, they actually want to be caught . .

“Nay, indeed, if you had your eyes, you might fail of
the knowing me: it is a wise father that knows his
own child. Well, old man, I will tell you news of
your son: give me your blessing: truth will come
to light; murder cannot be hid long; a man’s son
may, but at the length truth will out.”

Launcelot, The Merchant of Venice

Magicians want you to keep your seat. They can’t have you wandering up on stage to look behind and deeply into things, spoiling their act.

And so Randi doesn’t want you Googling the ingredients of Calms Forte, even after it seems he’s have impllied TED should use critical thinking, but not invetigation, to do just that, for these people will see only what he wants them to see, when he wants them to see it.

He’s living off your assumptions.

If you attempt closer analysis, without his invitation or approval, he will metaphorically, or by simile, hang an “Out of Order” sign around your neck . . or call security.

“No no no!  Stay away from that! Don’t go there! Don’t look behind the JREF curtain!”

In Randi’s World, you’re not supposed to read the instructions . . THE GOVERNMENT PUT THEM THERE TO CONFUSE YOU!

You MIGHT actually stumble upon the actual ingredients!

Now, all of what has transpired here  is implied by presentation and performance, and here Randi is demanding critical thinking  about things outside of his venue . . but . . not within. Only things other than what are in his own hands are to enjoy the chimera of scrutiny, at a distance, by dint of the moderator.

But time has caught up and passed Randi. Now we have the Internet. We don’t have to pay $4,000 a seat to watch some high school drop out try to pull the wool over our eyes. We can just sit here for free . . and then watch him pull the wool over our eyes . . or we can  let our fingers do the walking and rip off the hoodwink!

Google the ingredients for Calms Forte.

See for yourself what it is made of. 1x means one part in ten! And here they say it is triple strength!  Does that mean that a third of it is the sedative Passiflora?

There is a heavy, measurable crude dose of Passiflora incarnata in Calms Forte . Here is what is listed as the actual ingredient of what Randi is over-ingesting.

Passiflora (Passion Flower) 1X triple strength HPUS
Avena Sativa (Oat) 1X double strength HPUS
Humulus Lupulus (Hops) 1X double strength HPUS
Chamomilla (Chamomile) 2X HPUS
Calcarea Phosphorica (Calcium Phosphate) 3X HPUS
Ferrum Phosphorica (Iron Phosphate) 3X HPUS
Kali Phosphoricum (Potassium Phosphate) 3X HPUS
Natrum Phosphoricum (Sodium Phosphate) 3X HPUS
Magnesia Phosphoricum (Magnesium Phosphate) 3X HPUS

Here Randi can’t demand passivity from his audience given the authority of the stage, the license he’s using to control what he has made out to be an investigation of homeopathy. . but which in fact is a hoax that has more than one layer of illusion.

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Transcript of video:

JOHN BENNETH: My name is John Benneth, honorary post graduate of Hahnemann College of Homeopathy, London,

JAMES RANDI: Hello, I’m James Randi, founder of the James Randi Educational Foundation

JOHN BENNETH: And we’re about to have a little discussion about homeopathy.

JAMES RANDI: I’ve used demonstrations to show audiences the importance of thinking skeptically about pseudoscience.

JOHN BENNETH: Good idea. Let’s take a skeptical look at what Randi is claiming, which you will see is in itself a prima facie example of pseudoscience, beliefs and practices that claim to be science without employing the METHOD of science, So in this case instead of an objective experiment, scientific test, or ranom controlled trial, Randi is using a dangerous stunt to try to prove what he wants to be true.

JAMES RANDI: One demonstration I’ve done many times is downing an entire package of 32 homeopathic sleeping pills. (cut to TED lecture) I have to do something uh now which seems a little bit strange, for a magician . . but I’m going to take some medication . . this is uh . . a full bottle of Calm’s Forte . . I’ll explain that in just a moment . . ignore the instructions, that’s what the government has put in there to confuse you, I’m sure.  I will take enough of these  (appears to empty bottle into mouth)  mmh . . indeed the whole cantainer. (Drinks water. Loud swallowing sound) Thirty two talets of Calms Forte.

JOHN BENNETH: Which is an example of pseudoscience. Randi is asking us to think skeptically about pseudoscience and then uses himself as an example to show exactly what it is that he’s talking about.

JAMES RANDI: The recommended dosage by the way is two to three pills. just to show that these scam medications have no effect.

JOHN BENNETH: Oh yeah? Well, look at his eyes, he can barely keep them open. Don’t do what this man is doing until you’ve heard the whole story, or . . you may saddle yourself with lifelong symptoms. I agree with Randi that you’re being scammed, but the scam here is Randi’s. And in this and other videos I prove it to you. Because homeopathic remedies make use of such highly diluted substances, it is understandable that some people may be doubtful as to whether or not these substances can have any biological action whatsoever, but that isn’t any reason to substitute a pseudoscientific stunt of the type Randi is performing here for the scientific method. Plants, for instance, make much better subjects for testing the action of homeopathic remedies, and likewise extensive testing has been done on plants using homeopathic remedies, objectively showing their biological action. There are simple tests you can do yourself. Homeopathic remedies can either accelerate or stunt plant growth, and they can be used phytopathologically , which means they can be used to control plant pests and diseases. If they work on plants, then it stands to reason tht they can also work on other living subjects, such as biochemical subjects. But Randi, who purports to be a proponent of the scientific method, is not talking about the extensive biochemical testing done on homeopathic remedies. This is a powerful form of medicine that is challenging what is thought to be the only treatments for human illnesses.

JAMES RANDI: There’s a warning on the box to call the poison control center .

JOHN BENNETH: There should also be one of the box made especially for him to call a psychiatrist. This man is publically encouraging people to intentionally overdose on substances he knows little if anything about in order to further a dangerous racket. However, the manufacturer of those homeoapthic sleeping pills would probably sell twice as many if they put a picture of him on the box.

JAMES RANDI: But that’s a joke.

JOHN BENNETH: So is James Randi’s Million Dollar Challenge, and I will prove that to you too in alater video.

JAMES RANDI: But that’s a joke . .

JOHN BENNETH: Tune in and turn on to homeopathy, real medicine that really works and watch as Randi and I continue go head to head on homeopathy. Two men go in, one man comes out. Listen very carefully to what Randi says. Its been carefully scripted, and I will reveal to you his lies. Subscribe to the Bandershot channel here on Youtube for more about the Million Dollar Challenge to homeopathy, and homoepathy’s trillion dollar challenge to the patent medicine racket.

JAMES RANDI: I’ve overdosed on homeopathic medicine many times and my eyes are still open.

JOHN BENNETH: Toothpicks.


(April 2011)

Extraordinary Medicine

There’s a new website up on homeopathy, http://www.extrordinarymedicine.org.
Somebody put a lot of skilful hard work into it and deserves special commendations. It’s really well done. This is the kind of stuff we need, especially the list of the “Ten Most Amazing and Convincing Research Studies”.  http://www.extraordinarymedicine.org/2011/01/14/extraordinary-evidence-homeopathys-best-research/

The descriptions, like the rest of the site has a rare upbeat tone to it.
I also like the “Frequent False Statements About Homeopathy… and the Truth” section 
It’s about time somebody did this one. 
Although they’re found elsewhere on the site, to the “most amazing” list, I would like to submit the following for your consideration:
1. An explanation of who Penn State/University of Arizona Emeritus Professor Rustum Roy is, perhaps the best friend homeopathy has ever had in the material sciences.
2. “The Structure Of Liquid Water; Novel Insights From Materials Research; Potential Relevance To Homeopathy” by Professors Rustum Roy, W.A. Tiller, Iris Bell, M. R. Hoover, pub’d in Materials Research Innovations 9:4, 577-608, (2005). This is the first comprehensive review of the physico-chemical literature relevant to homeopathy by top scientists who are notable academics.   It’s a hard read, deadly if you’re you’re looking at it lying down, but its notable enough that even though you may have tourblecomprehending it, you ought to take a gander so as to at least not be a totalstranger to it. Don ‘;thesitate to use to use the define command in google forsuch words like “clathrate” and “zwitterion.” Hang inthere with it, it’s a milestone. Here’s a link to the pdf:  http://hpathy.com/research/Roy_Structure-of-Water.pdf 
3. The Chaplin Killshot. Hailed by Roy as the leading authority on the chemistry of water, the “most amazing” list should include London South Bank University Prof. Martin Chaplin for his milestone article on the physics of homeopathy entitled “Memory of Water” . . on his “Water Structure and Science” web site. In this article is the most significant scientific statement made in support of homeopathy as to whether or not the remedies store and transmit information: According to Chaplin “Water does store and transmit information, concerning solutes, by means of its hydrogen-bonded network.” Given Chaplin’s reputation and the prima facie, exhaustive research revealed on his website, this simple statement, in the context in which it appears, is a killshot on the argument against homeopathy. It is a key to one of the greatest the controversies facing Mankind. It is further validation of the work by Benveniste and Montagnier. http://www.lsbu.ac.uk/water/memory.html 
4. Chaplin’s article “Homeopathy.” This is a must read by this respected scientist from a material science perspective in direct and well referenced terms. Much easier to read than Roy, itdoes have somehills toclimb, isconservative and even questionable in some parts and even somewhat chicken in other parts, but it is far from the incontinent denials of the usual poseurs who litter the discussion with their detritus. In other words, you gotta read it, so what if it doesn’t equal Hahnemann, it isn’t Hahnemann.   http://www.lsbu.ac.uk/water/homeop.html  
5. Nobel laureate Luc Montagnier’s report, “Electromagnetic Signals Are Produced by Aqueous Nanostructures Derived from Bacterial DNA Sequences.” This is the science experiment of the century. Well, it isn’tmuch of a centruy yet, so make it the science report of the previous millennia as well, although it is built on the back of Beneveniste, (St. Jacques). WHat amkes it so jaw dropping is that it is a dfetion to homeoapthy of the highest order. It leaves the Evil Empire of Pharmacide led by fakir James Randi peeing their pants.  You see, this study reports on the most significant testing done to date on the observable electrodynamic action and phsyics of homeopathic remedies by a scientist of the highest credentials. These tests reproduce findings by Jacques Benveniste that reveal a detectable signal from the structuring of homeopathic dilutes. They also reveal the Schumann Resonance to be the most plausible origin of the signal, and the ability of the nano crystalloids in water alcohol solvents to transmit unique liquid aqueous structuring electromagnetically to a separate container without material contact, supporting the claim of homeopaths for the reality of “imponderabilia,” remedies made by exposure to radiation and electromagnetic fields, such as Sol, Rainbow and X-ray.  The case for homeopathy is not complete without this study.  https://commerce.metapress.com/content/0557v31188m3766x/resource-secured/?target=fulltext.pdf&sid=byqfa245i3bq5t554jwzsd45&sh=www.springerlink.com

6. Experiments by Stanford professor William Tiller that show that light shown through a solution of silver colloids has antiseptic qualities.  Tiller is another udnerecognized  foundation in the science ofhomeopathy. He is now an honaroary board member ofthe American Medical College of Homeopathy, which is training medical doctors to be homeopaths.  (Good luck, you can also train dogs to talk) TILLER: On Chemical Medicine, Thermodynamics, and Homeopathy http://www.liebertonline.com/doi/abs/10.1089/acm.2006.12.685 ; 

PDF   http://www.tillerfoundation.com/On%20Chemical%20Medicine%20Homeopathy.pdf  

7. The 2007 Witt review of biochemical studies. “The in vitro evidence for an effect of high homeopathic potencies–a systematic review of the literature.” While the Members of Parliament are doing their ridiculous evidence on homeoapthy and asking paid hacks for he allopathic pharmacetuical industry to pony up evidence for homeopathy with meta-jokes like Shang, the Witt review is quietly dozing in the corner.   Unlike meta analyses which extract conclusive opinions for the clinical efficacy of homeopathy from cherry picked studies, the Witt review provides an exhaustive report on all biochemical testing of homeopathic high dilutes between 1933 and 2007. It uses a clear preset method of evaluating a scientific study. Did it have controls, how did it use them, did it clearly state its objectives, how did it handle the contamination issue? Andso forth. Each test is tranked by established criteria and values. In doing so the Witt review debunks several putative myths about homeopathy, the piggest putative myth being that Benveniste conducted the only biochemical testing of homeopathics. Wrong. According to Witt, it can be easily seen that Benveniste’s controversial basophil degranulation test (Davenas, pub’d in Nature) was the third replication of that test, and that since then has been successfully done over two dozen times,  most notably a multi centered trial (Belon). Witt also shows that there are biochemical tests other than the basophil degranulation, and contrary to popular belief, there are biochemical tests that have been replicated that are of the highest quality, most notably Glasgow’s William E. Boyd. And look at Hirst and laugh. Hirst was rated by Witt a perfect score, but Hirst couldn’t believe what he saw, so he attributed the effect to some unknown cause. We win again. Witt CM, Bluth M, Albrecht H, Weisshuhn TF, Baumgartner S, Willich SN  http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17544864 
8. Agrohomeopathy. Perhaps this is the most amazing of all. In one swell foop agrohomeoapthy quicckly and most exhaustively provides the most conclusive evidence that high dilutes have biological effects. Plants make excellent test subjects an definitely prove that homeopathics are not placebos. There have been a growing number of tests that prove it, such as work done at the University of Bologna, and a review of the literature:  Use of homeopathic preparations in phytopathological models and in field trials: a critical review.  http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19945678?itool=EntrezSystem2.PEntrez.Pubmed.Pubmed_ResultsPanel.Pubmed_RVDocSum&ordinalpos=And then there is the amazing and exhaustive work done by Vaikunthanath das Kaviraj, exemplified in the first widely published volume on agrohomeopathy “Homeopathy for Farm and Garden” http://www.minimum.com/reviews/Farm-garden.htm  
I do have one serious criticism of extraordinarymedicine.com. I would hesitate to tell people that homeopathic remedies are safe in role of “complementary medicine,” as the website does: “Homeopathy is not exclusive and can be used along with conventional and other complementary medical treatments.  There is no need for a patient to choose one over the other.” Oh yeah? There is no evidence that I am aware that this is completely true.  maybe in some cases with some kinds of treatments, but the authors of etraordinary meicine don’tseemto realize something, and that is that allopathy can be dangerously conflicting modlaities. One can dynamize the ill effects of the other, and Kaviraj backs me up on this, so I have to insist that allopapthy and homeopathy don’t mix, andI call upon our colleagues, if I can be so bold to call them that, to strenuously support us in this statement.  I believe that high potencies can attenuate the system to the action of allopathic drugs and make those drugs even more deadly than they are.

Look . .  homeopathics elicit the same symptoms, right? And this is why if a potnecy is too high or given too often, it will cause an aggravation, the symptoms will get worse.  Okay, and what do allpathics do? They evoke other symptoms. Hahnemann coinded th word “allopathy,” and that’s what he meant, and he really meantwhat he said, forit is the egregious nature of allpathy that spawnedhomeopathy. You see? Allo means other, and the suffering caused by overdosing with dangerous drugs byallpathy is a direct and open contradiction to the ancient Hippocratic Oath, to give no known dangerous drug, anthat’s eactly what allopaths were doing then and that’s exactly what allopaths are doing now. They are neither curingnor treating disease, they are creating disease. Thedonger of homeoapthy is that to add it to chemo therapy could very well superchage the action ofthe allopathic drug, such asused in chemotherapy if by chance it so happens to be working in concert.
Mammals and birds have complex, electromagnetic homeostatic systems that must maintain a constant body temperature and pH, as well as other indices, some of which are probably not even known. To address a symptom the body has to allocate enegetic resources in order to meet the challenge and bring the body back into homeostasis. The system can be aeasily confused as to what that homeostasis should be.

Experienced homeopaths are well aware of aggravations. So how bad can an aggravation be? According to Kent, the use of the wrong remedy can graft symptoms onto the patient for life! (Thuja) Repeated high potency doses of Belladonna, I believe, may have the ability to put a person in a mental hospital.  Ultra high potencies should not be used on the elderly, infants or people with compromised immune systems. Remedies should be chosen with the utmost care. Twice I have had unnerving reactions to Silica. The literature provides examples of animals being debilitated by repeated doses of high dilutes. And what are provings? The literature contains reports of people who have experienced symptoms from provings up to a year after taking one 30c pellet.
Hahnemann developed the LM series because of aggravations from potencies anyone can now buy OTC.
We are told to stop administering the remedy as soon as there is a reaction to it, yet I see repeated examples of overdosing in subjects I talk to who have been under the care of homeopaths. Our opponents are not true skeptics. They are fools, careless pseudoscientists, and Idon’t mean that to simply be derogatory, I mean that to be insightful. They don’t know what they’re doing. They’re ignorant.   
To tell people that these remedies are completely safe is irresponsible and shows inexperience and ignorance of the literature that supports their use.

(If you’renot confused yet, also note carefully here that biochemical studies  of homeopathics challenge the underlying assumption of homeopaths that they are treating the patient’s dynamis, not the disease. )

Stunts such as those done by James Randi and the 10^23 organization engender a high disregard for the serious and cautious use of high potencies. If they can cure, then they can logically also kill. I know of potentially two deaths caused by homeopathic remedies, one from the careless mixing of allopathy and homeopathy, and the other from injudicial use. I would especially suggest that anyone who is dealing with tumors not receive homeopathic treatment in conjunction with palliative allpathic chemical systemics.
I suggest that the safety and complemenatry clauses be struck. Otherwise, congratulations for a brilliant piece of work. 





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SALVIA DIVNORUM, “The Diviner’s Sage.”

Did Salvia play a part in the Tucson murders? 

According to ABC News Radio school friend of Loughner’s named Zach Osler claimed Loughner was big into drinking and drugs in his teenage years. One of his drugs of choice was the legal hallucinogen, salvia.

“He would say he was using it and he would talk about it and say what [it] would do to him and I was like, ‘Dude, that’s screwed up,’ ” Osler told ABC News Radio.

Youtube videos show young men under the influence of salvia in trance like states, completely unresponsive to questions, with diminished physical coordination


Salvia divinorum is also known as the Seer’s or Diviner’s Sage. It is a psychoactive plant which can induce dissociation, visions and hallucinations.

Homeopaths often take a particular interest in the characteristics of a remedy’s crude source. From that they infer similar characteristics with their subject.  Salvia comes from an isolated cloud forest in Mexico, preferring cloudy and moist locations. It has hollow square stems, white flowers with violet calyx, and reproduces vegetatively, without viable seed, suggesting that it is a cultigen.

Cultivated without viable seed.

Salvia divinorum is traditionally used by Mazatec shamans to facilitate altered states of consciousness and produce visions during spiritual healing sessions. The plant is believed to be an incarnation of the Goddess, the Virgin Mary. It’s ritual use also invoking that relationship. The active psychoactive constituent is structurally unique, a diterpenoid called salvinorin,  a potent k-opioid and D2 receptor agonist.  It has low toxicity,  and as anopioid a low addictive potential.

Here are the symptoms of Salvia divinorum intoxication. Some symptoms appear to match or are similar to those known to be shown by Loughner.

  • Loss of physical coordination
  • Uncontrollable laughter
  • Visual alterations or visions
  • Experiencing multiple realities
  • A contemplative sense of peace
  • Sense of profound understanding
  • Dream-like veneer over the world
  • Sense of total confusion or madness
  • Seeing or becoming part of a tunnel
  • Loss of sense of awareness as an individual
  • Experiencing a “non-Euclidean” geometry
  • Sense of flying, floating, twisting, or turning
  • Feeling of being immersed in an energy field
  • Feeling of being connected to a larger “whole”
  • Feeling of being underground or underwater
  • Appearing to travel to other places and/or times
  • Becoming inanimate objects (a wall, stairs, a couch, etc.)
  • Viewing patterns or shapes that are tube-like, snake-like, or worm-like

It can easily be seen how smoking Salvia divinorum — which federal drug officials warn can closely mimic psychosis — matches Loughner’s symptoms, how he saw the world, spending most of his waking hours in a dream world that he claimed he had learned to control.

Mind, fear, self-control, losing: Arg-n. Gels. Staph.
Mind, thoughts, repetition, of: Stramonium

I find no evidence that Saliva divinorum has been proven or even potentized. However, as an opiodid the characteristics of Salvia are similar to Opium, which has been potentized and matches closely some of Loughner’s suggested symptoms, such as delusions of flying and murder, somnambulism, shamelessness and lewd, the desire to kill, all indicators of potentized Opium as the remedy.

However, one thing stands out l clear. For all the speculations I may have about one  remedy or the other, the one remedy that in cross referencing now is indicated more than any other for Jared Loughner is Hyoscyamus.

BOERICKE on Hyoscyamus: “Disturbs the nervous system profoundly. It is as if some diabolical force took possession of the brain and prevented its functions. It causes a perfect picture of mania of a quarrelsome and obscene character. Inclined to be unseemly and immodest in acts, gestures and expressions. Very talkative, and persists in stripping herself, or uncovering genitals. Is jealous, afraid of being poisoned, etc. Its symptoms also point to weakness and nervous agitation; hence typhoid and other infections with coma vigil. Tremulous weakness and twitching of tendons. Subsultus tendinum. Muscular twitchings, spasmodic affections, generally with delirium. Non-inflammatory cerebral activity. Toxic gastritis.”

So without regard to intuition, (to which I will defer) the first remedy I for Jared Loughner, without dint of further  repertorization, is Hyoscamus.

So if we decide this to be the key remedy, then where is it placed. What kind of relationships does it have to other remedies that may have been explored already?

  BOERICKE: Relationships  Antidotes: Bell; Camph. Compare: Bellad; Stram; Agaric; Gels. Hyosc hydrobrom.–Scopolamine hydrobromide

(Paralysis agitans); tremors of disseminated sclerosis

Dose.–Sixth, to 200th potency.

Boericke, Hyoscyamus:

Sleeplessness and nervous agitation. Dry cough in phthisis. Similar in its effects to alcohol, both recent and remote. Corresponds to the effects of strong poisons introduced into or generated within the body. Symptoms of uræmia and acute nervous exhaustion. A remedy for shock. Third and fourth dec trituration. In physiological dosage (1-200 gr) mania and chorea; insomnia. Scopola (Japanese Belladonna)-chemically identical with Hyoscine (Joyous delirium, licking of lips and smacking of mouth; sleepless; tries to get out of bed; sees cats, picks imaginary hairs, warms hands before imaginary fire, etc).

Relations.Antidoted by: Vinegar, Citric acid, Bell., Chi., Stram. It antidotes: Ether, Bell., Stram., Merc. Is followed well by: Bell., Puls., Stram., Ver., Phos. Follows well: Bell., Nux, Op., Rhus. Compare: Suppression of lochia, Nux, Secal., Con., Col., Pul.; loquacity, Stram., Lach., Op., Cup., Ver.; gossiping, babbling, Ver. (religious subjects, Ver.); difficult swallowing of liquids, Hydrob., Bell., Caus., Con., Ign., Lach., Lyc., Pho. Convulsions from fright or worms, Cin. Every muscle of the body twitching, Nux (but Nux retains consciousness, Hyo. has unconsciousness); cough < lying down, Dros.; (> lying down, Mang., Fer.); cough < at night, after eating, drinking, talking, singing, Dros., Phos.; hæmoptysis of drunkards, Nux, Op.; meningitis, Bell. (Bell. has < from shaking head; from sitting with head bent forward; Hyo. has > from both); tickling cough > in warm air, Rumex; convulsions, spasms, twitchings, Cic. v.; chorea, Stram., Ver., Agar; jealousy, Apis, Ign.; waves through head, Act. r.; mania, Stram. (Stram. has desire for light and company, Hyo. aversion to both; Stram. uncovers whole body, Hyo. especially the genitals; sexual mania, Grat., Calc. ph.; Stram. sees objectsmice, dogs, &c.rise from every corner and come towards him); sees ghosts and demons, Plat., Kali bro.; fears being poisoned, Glo., Rhus, Kali bro., Bapt.; hiccough, Ign. (Ign. after emotions, Hyo. after abdominal operations); spasms, twitchings, Ign., Tarent.; levitation, Phos. ac., Sticta pul., Hyp.; fits of ungovernable rage, Staph. Teste puts Hyo. in the Mur. ac. group with Viol. od. He also puts it in the Bell. group.


  Jealousy. Lochia, suppressed. Milk, suppressed.” 

We have seen indicators in this case for Stramonium, Opium, Belladonna and Phosphorus, all top remedies for Jared. In Clarke we find a better plan by which to administer these remedies and some intersting distinctions between Hyoscyamus and Stramonium. Stram. has desire for light and company, Hyo. aversion to both. Here Clarke suggests the most relationships to Hyoscyamus a beginning, middle and end to the posology for the case.

First dose: Belladonna

Second dose: Hyoscamus

Third dose: Stramonium

The Math of Murder: The Homeopathic Repertorization of Jared Lee Loughner

The Math of Murder

by John Benneth, PG Hom. – London (Hons.)  

This is a part of a series of blogs on titled “The Homeopathic Repertorization of Jared Lee Loughner.” The eponym is suspected of murdering six people and wounding 18 others with a handgun in a suburban Tucson shopping mall in January 2011.

In a previous blog I suggested homeopathic remedies for the victims. In the last blog I began analyzing remedies that fit some of the reported symptoms, and continue to do so in this blog, with much greater difficulty, remedies for the suspected assailant that may have helped to avert the attack.

Of course I’m making assumptions about motive. We’re always making assumptions about motive, we can’t stop making assumptions about motive, even though it is not the primary business of the homeopathic protocol to make assumptions about motive.

The primary business of the protocol is the observation of unusual symptoms for the purpose of matching them with similar symptoms, symptoms that act as indicators to remedies. In this case the suspect presents some very unusual symptoms that demonstrate the process.

BTW, I’ve noticed that my readership has dropped off. It zoomed when I was pillaring PZ Myers. People really aren’t interested in anything more than the spectacle, the blood on the floor, are they?

Part of the mystery, I guess.

In the last blog I began repertorizing the case. In homeopathic parlance repertorization means aggregating symptoms from the materia medica, the references which list the symptoms assoicateded to various remedies. These symptoms are discovered in what are called provings, in which a specific remedy is administered to a group of healthy volunteers who record their mental and physical reactions to it.

What I’ve done then is to scour these reports looking for symptoms that are covered in the approximately 70,000 symptoms listed in various homeopathic references called materia medicas, cross indexed in what are called repertories.

I’ve taken reports of the suspect’s behavior from those who have known him to create the symptom list.

In a traditional homeopathic diagnosis this would be done in an interview with the subject, where his “remedy type” could be better assessed and the subject could state for himself his condition, and where the homeopath could make some direct observations.

Please note, however, that there is an aspect of the interview that is missing from mining the reprots as I have done in this case, and that is that outside observers can see things about the subject that the subject either doesn’t see himself or will not admit. I am also not there to skew the interview with my own observations, that is I cannot lead the interview towards some unintended goal that feeds my bias.  As a note to the practitioners, this is an interesting weakness of the homeopathic interview . . the prejudices of the inquisitor. If he thinks the subject is a real bastard, he may just try to dig a bastard remedy out of the patient. It is a challenge to the practitioner’s skill of inquisition to draw out the testimony of his client, like coaxing a shy animal from its hiding place.

The symptoms list, when combined with the indicated remedies, is done to create a matrix of 35 theoretical symptoms and 336 potential remedies . . in this case a long list of remedies from AIDS to Zingiber officinale. Remedies are graded on two qualities, the number of criteria the remedy addresses and the total value for the remedy after they are added up.

As an example, the first remedy listed alphabetically is AIDS. This remedy addresses six criteria out of the 35, 1.) repetition of thoughts, 2.) anxiety of conscience 3.) Insane delusions 4.) sleeplessness, 5.) desire to kill, and 6.) mind to kill.

What this does is to create a reversed repertory for the subject.

Every snake is a killer, and Lachesis mutata is the most prescribed snake remedy. Chappell refers to them as fascinating speakers. (It’s more likely to be radio talk show host Thom Hartmann’s remedy than Loughner’s.) It even probably fits me better than Laughner. Hypnotizers. Loquacious. All mouth. Their words can be poisonous. Words that kill. Lachesis types are usually wise as they are jealous. There is also an introverted Lachesis. They can be timid just a they can be aggressive predators.

The Bushmaster snake, from which Constantine Hering took the venom for the Lachesis remedy, was so fearsome that when the natives brought it to him, they fled before he could open the crate. It puts out more venom than any other known snake.

Hering opened the crate, and before it could strike, clonked it over the head. He then expressed the venom onto milk sugar to capture it for trituration and potentiation. In doing so he placed his thumb on the poison sack to express the venom, and woke up three days later.

Knowing what had happened, he asked his wife what his symptoms had been. “What did I say?” As they would be key observations as to the action of the remedy. From this episode Hering sustained a lifelong injury that crippled the use of his arm.  He eventually died suddenly of a heart attack, but not before he ha proved Lachesis and become the guiding light for American homeopathy.

Lachesis is a powerful remedy and we have much thanks to this student of Hahnemann for its discovery and use.

But is Lachesis Loughner’s key remedy? To see my repertorization of Lachesis for Loughner, see the previous blog. He could very well have enough of the qualities of Lachesis to indicate it’s use. For example he appears to have a primary interest in words and language, which is a trait of the remedy.

But before we jump to conclusions, let’s look at some other remedies.

Here is a remedy that is made from the Crack Willow, which coincidentally grows in Arizona in misshapen forms. In it we find seven matching symptoms.

LOUGHNER, Salix fragilis,strong>7,7

Dreams, lucid 1
Mind, anxiety of conscience, 1
Mind, delusions, flying, 1
Mind, delusions, insane, 1
Look fixed at one point staring
Mind, sadness when alone, 1
Sleeplessness, 1

Like Kali-br. close, but no desire to kill. Numbers are low, profile flat.

LOUGHNER, Arsenicum,strong> 9, 36
Made from Arsenic, the metal. Poison.

Poisoning from alcohol, 6
Mind, alone, 6
Mind, desire to kill, 2
Mind, sadness when alone, 6
Sleep, sleeplessness, 6
Violent, 1
He has to murder someone, 1
Desire to kill, 4
Kill, 4

Arsenicum has the highest values from nine criteria. Its major feature stems from physical insecurity. Arsenicum could be a good choice, although there are elements of the Ars. personality that doesn’t seem to fit Loughner, such as fastidiousness, taut sinewy body and bony facial features. Arsenicum is a common remedy and doesn’t seem to fit the act of a mass murderer. It lacks the sociopathy we’re looking for.

Now here’s an interesting remedy . .

Cladonia rangiferina, (Reindeer moss) 5,5
Themes: Survival, jealousy, money, suicidal feelings, heaviness in chest

Dreams, guns 1
Mind, anxiety of conscience 1
Look fixed on one point staring, 1
Sleep, sleeplessness, 1
Mind desire to kill, 1

Cladonia is the only remedy amongst hundreds that notes dreaming of guns. But I’m only guessing about guns. Maybe Loughner dreamt about the tooth fairy. I don’t know. It is only an assumption on my part. However, the fixed stare, sleeplessness, the issue of conscience and the desire to kill are compelling features of this remedy.

Like Stramonium, another classic violence remedy is Anarcardium

Anarcardium 7, 18
Themes: Good versus evil, alienated, hard and cruel
Speaks nonsense, 4
Shamelessness, lewd, 3
Mind, desire to kill 1
Mind, somnambulism, 2
Sleeplessness, 1
Violent, 4
Mind desire to kill, 1
Kill, 1

Although Anarcardium types have a murderous aggressiveness, they often lack the confidence to attack. According to Chappell the Anac. temperament comes from being beaten by the father at home. I had a girlfriend once who I pegged as an Anacardium. Interesting girl. There’s usually an element of hard work involved, and then if the child fails, it’s possible they then turn to picking on others and become gang leaders. Anacardium looks like a possibility for Mr. Loughner.

The next remedy has even more compelling possibilities.

Hyoscamus niger, 14, 66

Themes: Erotic psychosis
Disappointed love, 6
Alone, 6
Sadness when alone, 0
Sleeplessness, 6
Frightful fancies, 0
Shameless lewd nudity, 6
Shameless exposes the person, 6
Confused speech, 4
Speaks nonsense, 6
Look fixed on one point staring, 1
Desire to kill, 6
Somnambulism, 1
Tries to kill people, 6
Kill, 6

Hyoscyamus Niger (A. Gladstone Clarke.)

1. Acute mania ; patient, talkative, quarrelsome, gen. lascivious, exposes the person, etc. ; in the between state, suspicious depression ; fears solitude, poison, plots. Ailments from jealousy, unfortunate love, mental emotions.
2. Delirium during course of acute diseases ; temperature not markedly high ; restless, picks bedclothes, etc. ; beclouded senses ; staring eyes ; dry tongue, etc. ; involuntary urine and faeces ; stands midway between Belladonna and Stramonium, lacking cerebral congestion of former and fierce, raging mania of latter. Delirium tremens.
3. Spasmodic affections without consciousness ; every muscle twitches from eye to toes ; opisthotonos ; convulsions, of children from fright, worms ; of pregnant or parturient women.
4. Nervous coughs ; teasing, dry, spasmodic, sitting up (Drosera) ; night, using voice, eating, drinking.
5. Insomnia in irritable, excitable subjects ; from business difficulties or other nervous excitement ; drowsy yet restless ; in children, with twitchings and startings from fright.

HYOS: “Entire loss of consciousness; sees persons who are not, and have not been present; loss of sight and hearing.” (Nash)

Hyoscamus is the remedy for exhibitionists, and Loughner did something that was noted for an exhibitionist. He took a picture of himself, they say, holding a gun and wearing red underwear.

But even Hyoscamus seems to pale before the next remedy, the remedy of the terrorist.

READ MY NEXT BLOG to find out what that remedy is: A Homeopathic Remedy for Terrorists.

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