This book review is reprinted from The Homoeopath with permission from Nick Churchill of The Society of Homoeopaths.
A Christians Guide to Homaopathy
by Alan Crook, MA, MCH, RSHom.
1996, 85 pages soft back
Reviewed by Allen Warren
The author comes from a Methodist background and is a local preacher and a counsellor. He qualified first as a teacher and later re-qualified as a homoeopath. He brings these skills together to examine in a scholarly manner a fascinating, if contentious, subject.
He outlines these reasons for writing this book which revolve around Christians; responsibility to care for the health of their bodies and souls. He comments that some Christians object to homoeopathy and certain other therapies on the grounds that they are occult, satanic, oriental, resemble witchcraft, and so on. He explains in non-technical language what homoeopathy is, how it developed, how it works and what it can do. He defines 'vital force' and 'energy medicine' and the differences from (conventional) biochemical medicine; these touch on the spiritual and arcane. In discussing the scientific aspects of homoeopathy he raises the question of why the substance and effects of homoeopathic remedies cannot be measured and quantified in the accepted ways. Galileo's words about measuring the measurable and making the unmeasurable measurable are apposite, especially in the light of Dr Jacques Benveniste's work. In discussing the objections raised by conventional (Orthodox/allopathic) medicine against homoeopathy, albeit rather tartly, an unfortunate bias has crept in. The point is not made that conventional medicine and surgery have progressed from dangerous empiricism, which caused concern to Paracelsus and Hahnemann in their days, to sophisticated science based on sound physiology and the like. That some drugs and procedures are not without danger is as relevant as it was in Paracelsus' and Hahnemann's times. Likewise, the dismissive attitude that homoeopathic treatment is a 'placebo response' and not based on sound science and principles is equally dangerous.
Any fears that Christians may have in using homoeopathy are well and truly assuaged by reference to the scriptures and their examples of healing. The occult, satanic and devilish ideas, especially those connected with the Orient are well debunked, as are efforts to drag in the New Age, astrology, Freemasonry and some chemical similes to denigrate homoeopathy.
There is the comforting thought, whatever one's religious or moral persuasion may be, that homoeopathy can be of benefit so long as it is applied by someone who knows what he/she is doing.
Five appendices give technical details of the preparation of homoeopathic remedies, the biophysical research of F A Popp of Kaiserslauten, Germany (the author is also a linguist), specimen answers to awkward questions, a list of technical terms with useful addresses and finally a conclusion based on one of St Paul's writings. All go to make an interesting book of value to Christians and to adherents to other faiths as well.
The Homoeopath No. 63 1996