The Homeopathic Heritage International. Vol. 33 n.12 2008.

Ample coverage has been given in this number to pathologies of the thyroid, and to their person-specific cure. Articles appearing are: Farokh J. Master's, Coping with Thyroiditis; S. K. Banerjea's, A Case of Hyperthyroidism Cured; and B. Basu's, A Phenomenological Study of Thyroidinum, and the Materia Medica of Iodum. Furthermore, in the case study section, there are:

U. Chauhan's, Dealing with Children's Cases; and J. Kellerstein's, Sepia as a strongly Female Remedy. In the clinical section there is: A. Singh's, An Analysis of Useful Remedies for the Treatment of Crohn's Disease. In the section on the Materia Medica, there are: D. H. Chand's, Ignatia; and T. Shaikh's, Natrum sulphuricum. In the section on Methodology, there are three articles which are the best of this issue, in our opinion: T. Cook's, The Fallacy of the Essential Macro-Dose; A. I. Sayyed's, Solving the Clinically Stubborn Cases; and D. Little's, The Crisis in Classical and Contemporary Thought. Finally, G. Vitoulkas writes on repertorial methodology in respect of the crucial factors for giving due weight to one symptom as against another.
In especial manner, we believe D. Little's article focuses upon an important problem: what does 'classic' or 'new' in Homeopathy really signify? By means of an analysis of both old and new tendencies in Homeopathy, Little says, there arises the possibility of bringing new criteria into the development of homeopathic thought, both in relation to the remedy or the diagnosis. Nevertheless, he argues, it is vital for those who study Homeopathy to know and employ the inductive method, that unique approach identified by Hahnemann in the Organon as alone capable of giving rise to knowledge in a coherent manner. Otherwise, without the inductive confirmation, the intuitions coming from the new developments in homeopathic medicine could become extremely misleading. For example: do you have a favourable impression about the utility of a substance as a remedy, and believe that it will cure some symptoms? It is first necessary, therefore, to prove this through its use upon a healthy person, which will provide the precise picture of the remedy, and which will give it homeopathic consistency.
We strongly share this view of homeopathic medicine.

In Homeopathy vol. 97 n. 4 Oct. 2008 we quote: two articles on the debate related to the Lancet 2005 meta-analysis from A.L.B. Rutten e C.F. Stolper and A.L.B. Rutten. The take home message, for us, is essentially this: any statistic approach is just a technique able to verify limited hypotheses, but essentially unable to modify the beliefs that move the experiments. If you do not or do believe into Homeopathy or allopathy, no statistic data (Bayesian as in the Rutten article or any other we guess) will really change what you think about those approaches to ill people. Interestingly, it seems very important instead, a "crisis" at a personal level may be able to change those beliefs. In other words, just try homeopathy in a critical moment, look at the results and finally may be you will change your ideas.
A. Stensbeck et al., show the characteristics of adult Norwegian patients consulting a homeopath. Interestingly, some of the results appear to be similar to data in Italy and, concerning the kind of disturbance, to the LUIMO retrospective analysis. Remarkably, mostly women ask for an homeopath, and the main complaints are for psychiatric and chronic diseases. Finally an interesting article concerning the use of Homeopathy in intensive care units and some homeopathically treated sepsis cases in Brazil, by M.Z. Texeira et al. In 2007, during a Fiamo workshop we have already heard dr. Matheus Marim speaking on the use of Homeopathy in ICU. This is a very interesting application of Homeopathy that in Italy and Europe appears quite precluded to physicians, but that in the past gave, in US and Europe very good results. Let's hope that the major freedom the Brazilian physicians have, will permit, with time, to open even in EU this kind of significant research approaches.