Creating Waves of Awareness
I work with many horses and their humans. I also chat alot on forums so as to help out others who are having issues of one kind or another with their horses. I primarily use Homeopathy in treatment for the horses as well as fresh, live foods and herbs. I encounter a lot of nasty, degrading, insulting remarks about homeopathy and herbs. People tend to 'believe' the medical controlled studies as gospel truth rather than the evidential results given by the animals, themselves, even when recorded and supervised by a licensed veterinarian. They even cite placebo testing without even thinking that animals, infants and the unconscious mind obviously do not respond to placebos. With horses, its a yeah or a 'neigh' (yeah, pun intended *grin*) ... It's very frustrating to try to explain the concept of homeopathy, herbs, and live foods when the mindset is so stuck on what the pharmaceuticals and their supporters say.
The latest discussion I had was on the value of taking an insulin resistant horse off all processed and artificial feed and supplements and, instead, feeding fresh, raw, whole foods and herbs accompanied by constitutional homeopathy. I even provided links to thousands of articles showing the evidence of cure and full healing by whole foods from very respected sources. I focused mainly on the diet with herbal supplements rather than stressing homeopathy. I felt the 'air' was so dead set against me that I figured I'd stay rather 'safe' on this one -- but wow! The attacks against using food as medicine were so nasty. I kept on topic, without injecting any personal comments, as I always try to do, while presenting 'facts' and 'evidence'.
What is it, anyway, that prevents people from being able to accept 'truth' as evidenced by positive responses from their animals? I even had someone tell me that the OWNERS are the ones who experience the 'placebo' effect thus portraying false recovery for their horses. Good grief!
Again, very frustrating. How do y'all handle this type of thing? Suggestions? I'm not a quantum physics major, although I do understand the base concepts of energy etc. But, there are many who don't even 'believe' past Avogadro's numbers. Is the earth still believed to be flat?
If you are asking whether other homeopaths bump against against the same barriers to using homeopathy for self, family and animals, the answer is definitely, "yes." This sentiment abounds the the atmosphere of skepticism and scientism surrounds us. Please read the many articles posted on HWC to hear the clashing of belief systems. You may find some smaller enclaves of forward thinking people willing to trust their personal observations instead of dictum of authority figures. A place to visit often and gain strength is HWC, a community of homeopaths promoting homeopathy.
Thanks, Debby -- yes, I think I was asking but also venting. *grin* ... How do others handle this? I try every which way (but loose *grin* -- sorry, wasn't that a movie? "Every Which Way But Loose"? ) to try to explain but meet up with such resistance. It's as if they don't even hear anything! I've even had people say that I should be 'reported' for not using allopathic meds and pharmas for my animals. Grrrrrrrrr. They even SEE my animals and remark on their 'wellness' but then follow right up with "But you're killing them without this or that or the other ..."
I'll check out the other forums to see if I can glean any ideas.
Thanks, again. :)
There are plenty of people who "lurk" on those forums who don't ever join in, however if you keep posting those links they will invariably check them out for themselves and do their homework. Keep doing what you're doing. You may never know exactly who you're helping but you can bet that you'll motivate others to experience the positive benefits you have.
As far as nasty pseudskeptics are concerned there's nothing you can post that will deter them from their pathological disbelief. Their arguments are based on the philosophical art of deception. You will even encounter conventional vets who think they're protecting their turf after having been bombarded at vet school by pharma and pet food industry reps. The average vet earns 30% of their income from vaccinations and another 40% from pet food sales.
You might add something like this to your posts: "For those of you who want to investigate further..."
It's amazing that some creep can tie a dog to the bumper of their car, drag it down the street and get a fine of less than $1,000 for "animal cruelty", but in some jurisdictions giving the neighbour's dog a homeopathic or herbal supplement could land you in criminal court for "practising veterinary medicine without a license" and a fine of $50,000. The pet insurance companies will give you $150 upon the death of your dog following veterinary "care". Makes sense? Not to me.
Fascinating comparative values given in each instance above, Laurie. How people think in such a peculiar and bizarre way makes it more difficult to reason or attempt any logic.
The problem is that we are devoted to materialism. It is the true religion of modern society. We need to see something measurable interacting with organisms to elicit a response. Homeopathy does not seem to work that way, but I believe that it really does. How is that? Let's get a peek to the development of knowledge.
Cavemen knew that day was followed by night, and so on. They didn't know why did it happen. They jut knew it did. Civilizations began developing religious explanations for natural phenomena; after it they began giving pseudo scientific explanations which were wrongly supported, but still the phenomena kept going in their cycles
In a "recent date" Nicholas Copernicus gave a correct explanation to the movement of the sun and the other bodies in space. Years after, Galileo complemented this knowledge, and at last the world of science began to change.
The point is this one: It doesn't matter if you know why things happen or not. Scientific knowledge is the true knowledge of a fact by its causes. That's all. If WE Do Not know why it happens, what are its causes, it does not mean that it is false or non valid.
Lo! Now they will call us empiricists, because our knowledge is empiric. Empiricism is the knowledge derived from plain observation. The problem is that science itself is based in empiricism, that means direct observation. Of course observation conducts to the enunciation of a hypothesis. This hypothesis drives us to a new observation and the enunciation of a theory if this hypothesis is proven true.
We still do not have many means of demonstrating the properties of homeopathic medicament (I do not like to call them remedies; remedies were the things my great-grandmother did, and believe me she was always right! She didn't even finish the elementary school). On the other hand, there are studies that demonstrate that something unknown but observable and capable of originating explanations and thus hypothesis that could somehow be confirmed and turning into theories, is going on. I recommend to take a look into this link I published in my page. It is on the research conducted by Dr. Vicente Rosas-Landa, who works at the National Homeopathy School at the National Poli-technical Institute in Mexico.
Greetings from Mexico,