Edward Shalts. The American Institute of Homeopathy Handbook for Parents. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2005. Paperback, 365 pp.
Dr. Shalts, who has practiced homeopathy for over 20 years, is a trustee of the American Institute for Homeopathy, which is the oldest medical organization in the U.S. concerned with this alternative healing modality.
Homeopathy was developed in the nineteenth century by the German physician Samuel Hahnemann and is based on the “law of similars,” first taught in ancient Greece: A minute dose of a substance that has caused disease is used to reverse the condition. Homeopathy works with such high dilutions that, even at low levels of dosage, the original “mother” substance is no longer chemically present. In other words, the proven efficacy of homeopathy is based on vibrations rather than chemical elements.
This excellent vade-mecum, whose recommendations are based on the cumulative experience of physicians using homeopathic remedies over a period of 150 years, focuses on the treatment of the common childhood ailments, but it would appear that many of the remedies and dosing apply also to adults.
Considering the often indiscriminate use of heavy chemical drugs by allopathic physicians, the simple remedies described in this work are a God-sent for parents (and their children!). Having used homeopathic remedies myself for many years, I know that they are working beautifully, and without the often horrendous side effects of conventional drugs.
For those unfamiliar with homeopathy, Edward Shalts has furnished all the essential historical and theoretical information in a 36-page introductory chapter, which, like the rest of the book, is written in a user-friendly and practically oriented style. One chapter specifically addresses the myths and controversies surrounding homeopathy, and he does a great job in answering any misgivings anyone might have about using homeopathic remedies.
Another chapter contains concise descriptions of the most important homeopathic remedies for children (and grownups) along with sound advice about the right dosing for any given situation. Much attention is given to the typical childhood ailments (as well as some not-so-common conditions) and their homeopathic treatment.
While some conditions are serious enough to require regular medical attention, they can always be assisted by homeopathic remedies. Many ailments, however, are easily taken care of by oneself and do not require even the counsel of a homeopath. This book contains all the necessary information and guidance to choose the correct remedy and dosage. The Resources section at the back of the book provides useful addresses, including suppliers of homeopathic remedies.
This work should be treasured as an essential reference in every household, especially of course families with children.
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