Doug Brown – My Journey To Homeopathy

Doug Brown – My Journey To Homeopathy


so if somebody came to me future twenty years ago if somebody came from now and met me and said Doug Brown 20 years from now you are going to be a homeopath you’re gonna be dedicating your life to homeopathy I would tell them you’re crazy homeopathy was not it’s even on my horizon I never even thought about her homeopathy I was working as a nurse practitioner I was trained at Yale I was doing regular medicine in outpatient clinics and I was mostly enjoying it I loved medicine I loved working with people and I wasn’t initially looking for anything different I had never really even heard of homeopathy my impression of it was that it was these little white pills that grandmother’s gave to children when their noses ran but that if anything serious were to be needed regular medicine was what was needed but over the years as I did more and more work in medicine and saw more and more patients I saw that with chronic illnesses most of my patients weren’t really getting better I was giving them more and more medication they were getting more and more side-effects they were paying lots and lots of money for these medication and I began feeling more and more that I wasn’t getting to the bottom of patients problems I was ordering lots of tests I was giving more and more of the same kinds of medications anti-inflammatory drugs and I antacids for their stomachs because of the problems the anti-inflammatories were causing then I was adding antidepressants because everybody was depressed but this started to feel less and less satisfying so I started searching started searching for other ways of understanding what health and illness was all about I began going to seminars on mind-body medicine I began reading books about Chinese medicine I began studying hypnosis but I wasn’t really finding something that seemed very cop lickable in a busy clinical setting and then one day my son Russell who was two years old at the time got very sick with an ear infection and he had a high fever and he was crying inconsolably he wasn’t taking enough fluids so i did what i had learned to do it yale and i put him on antibiotics I gave him the moxa Siwan but he didn’t really get better in fact he seemed to be getting worse and I was really scared and really worried for him so I gave him a different antibiotic I gave him trimethoprim sulfa which is the standard practice and he got even sicker he seemed to become more lethargic he developed a bit of a rash so in regular medicine the next thing to do would be to have an otolaryngologist and year nears throat specialist do a pierce the eardrum to let the pressure out and I had read studies that sometimes that causes scarring and some hearing loss so I was a little reticent to do that reluctant to do that and somebody told me I should bring him to a homeopath I said homeopathy that’s for little problems this is a big problem I really had no faith that homeopathy would had anything to offer to my son but since I was desperate and my my friend pressured me I said okay I’ll bring him to the homeopathy and I must say my experience with the homeopathy did not increase my confidence he asked me questions about my son that seemed completely irrelevant to the fact that his eardrum was red and bulging and he was in a lot of pain asked me about what my son liked to eat what color the earwax was things that seemed to be completely and then when the homeopath said let’s give your son belladonna toxic a deadly nightshade plant that did not make me very happy either but I was desperate so I gave my son the remedy and to my incredible surprise he got better within hours and what really amazed me was that by two or three days after when I looked at his eardrum his eardrum had begun back to normal and I had treated hundreds maybe thousands of children with ear infections with antibiotics and even though they often felt better after a few days after two weeks when I looked at their ears that was usually still fluid behind the ears but Russell didn’t have that he seemed to just get better almost miraculously right away this created in me a lot of cognitive dissonance I couldn’t understand these tiny little sugar pellets which had almost nothing in them except something so toxic as belladonna could cure my son so quickly so I put it aside I thought this must have just been a random chance that maybe he would have gotten better anyway and then a few months later he got sick again I guess the universe wanted to give me a kick in the pants want to open my eyes so I was traveling with my son I was in a distant City but I called the same homeopath and he asked some similar questions and he said once again give give my son belladonna so I found some of the remedy in the other city I gave it to him and immediately again he was relieved so at this point I said okay there there’s something here the universe wants me to look into so I began reading some books and again what I read didn’t seem to make much sense this idea of treating a problem with something that can cause a similar disease it seems so come counterintuitive a big part of my rational mind I didn’t want to accept this or this idea of treating with infinitesimal doses something so small it could barely be measured or maybe it wasn’t even present anymore it seems crazy it seemed crazy to me but I had this experience so I felt obligated to to try to understand what happened so then I started to see if I could replicate this I would buy some remedies and I would bring them with me to the clinic where I worked and I studied enough to maybe have some very basic ideas of which remedies to give patients and occasionally if my patients were willing I would give a remedy instead of the antibiotic or the other drug that would be conventionally prescribed and I didn’t know very much but once in a while it seemed again to produce a miracle something really quick rapid recovery which was not otherwise expected so my interest grew and grew and I studied more and more and then I met somebody who told me you should meet a psychiatrist who prescribes homeopathy for his mentally ill patients now that really got my interest because I had become more and more interested in mental illness and psychological suffering because that’s what most of my patients seem to be suffering from so I talked to the psychiatrist and he said don’t you can’t tell my colleagues because if if you do I might lose my medical license but I can treat very serious mental illness psychosis schizophrenia with homeopathy and sometimes I get really beautiful results so now my interest was unstoppable really I couldn’t believe this I really wanted to see for myself so he recommended I look into homeopathic school and he recommended the Hahnemann college in California where Roger Morrison and Jonathan Shore and Nancy Eric thought these were some of the best homeopathy in North America so I went to visit for one session over over a four-day weekend and their method of teaching was through videotapes we would see a videotape of a patient before the remedy and then we would see a videotape of the patient after the remedy and I saw patients with very deep illnesses very severe intractable symptoms that had been to many many doctors and had tried all kinds of treatments and then after the remedy not only did their symptoms get better but something very deep inside of them changed my eyes were open to healing beyond the kind of medicine that I was familiar with and I became more and more interested in how to become part of that how to become part of a healing process which was more than just controlling or suppressing symptoms but healing what was behind the symptoms getting to the core of the problem because this is what I had been feeling intuitively was missing in my medical practice I was trained to come up with medical diagnosis which included a collection of symptoms but it didn’t really get to what was behind the symptoms why people were developing illnesses and I was really hungry for although I didn’t I wouldn’t have been able to say it in those terms at the time but I was hungry for a model of illness a model of wellness that saw illness as the physical expression of a suffering that would be on the physical that also included the mental the emotional and dare I say at the soul what is the suffering of the soul and homeopathy allowed me to satisfy that thirst to come up with to understand people’s suffering and physical illnesses in a way that went deep and not just labeling collection of symptoms with the name of a medical diagnosis you have a questioning I mean you regret some nice case II saw some stunning success in your practice there are many many successes and one of the wonderful things about homeopathy is that you actually start stop being surprised sometimes when people recover from illnesses that as a conventional Heuer you would be very surprised I have many cases where people have been suffering for years for example with chronic pain usually they have a diagnosis of fibromyalgia or some kind of rheumatoid arthritis some kind of autoimmune disorder like polymyalgia rheumatica many cases like this with lots of pain and after homeopathy the pain goes away and they’re able to stop taking all of the medication they were on usually people have been on antidepressants and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medication sometimes I’ve had patients come to me who have been on steroids prednisone for many years with all of the side-effects of those who are able to stop stop the steroids I have had people who have been very confused in their life and suffering from even psychotic type of symptoms who have been on on heavy doses of psychotropic medications and who lose touch with themselves and after a remedy they’re able to get off the medications and feel much more in touch with with who they are and feel happy without without the medications I have a few cases of cancer of cancer which have recovered I had one case of a friend actually who was diagnosed with a high-grade glioblastoma and was not expected to live for more than a few months and with a remedy he lived for many seven or eight more years before he died peacefully so yes many many cases you

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