Berkeley Institute of Homeopathy: Berkeley clinic BIH clinics take place on two Saturdays per month with the 3rd year class and graduate students. They will be held at 1654 University Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94703. To schedule an appointment or refer someone to be scheduled, please contact the Clinic Coordinator Saleena Gupte (510) 918-4421 or via email at email@example.com.
Charlotte Maxwell Complementary Clinic Homeopathy is offered as part of the Charlotte Maxwell Complementary Clinic services. CMCC offers complementary alternative medicine treatments to women with cancer who are underserved. Please contact CMCC for eligibility.
HIP 1. Mission Neighborhood Resource Center clinic
165 Capp St. (between 16th and 17th St)
San Francisco 415-869-7977 Tuesdays 8:30am-12pm
2. Mary Isaak Center (COTS - Committee on the Shelterless)
900 Hopper St (behind Goodwill) Mondays 1-5pm
3. Veteran's Clinic, with referral from the VA or Vet Center
870 Market St #461
San Francisco 415-4949HIP Wednesdays and Thursdays by appointment.
The red-eye flight from San Francisco to Miami and the short hop to Port-au-Prince are a familiar pattern now - just a blink between my San Francisco life and the jaunty-shirted fellows playing Creole music at the airport, the guest house in our Delmas neighborhood of P-a-P, and the greetings of the students as we gather for class. Our intrepid Dutch-recently-become-US-citizen colleague, Marina Braun, has been working with Jeremy Sherr's malaria / AIDS clinic in Tanzania, and joined us to introduce the therapeutics she learned there.
Back in the 'Biblyotek' library of the school for class, she introduced her malaria lecture in French, without the need for a translator, and it was easy to see how positively the students respond when being spoken to directly. On the second day of class, we had a review of core concepts that was taught by PG, our remarkably capable student / translator. Again the entire dynamic of the classroom changed when the teaching was being done in their language - students increased their participation. All good news as we begin to transition the classroom training program to one with Haitians teaching Haitians, and have our volunteers focusing on clinical training.
Our translator, PG, Karen and Marina discussing therapeutics for malaria.
A volunteer from last trip, Sheila Muldaur, led an effort over the past 6 weeks to create a graphic reference document for the Haitian students. Working with other volunteers who have been with us in Haiti, translators, local artists in her Massachusetts hometown, and existing English language documents, she created a Haitian man / woman / child that have quick reminders of common complaints and best therapeutic options. Sheila found a printer willing to donate cardstock / printing to provide copies of these for all of the P-a-P and Belle Anse students, and overcame the Hurricane Sandy logistical challenges to get the box of documents to us to bring on this trip. The students LOVED THESE! They send a big thanks to Sheila and the other volunteers who worked hard to create these.
Students in clinic check the Haitian Man and Woman reference charts as they work with a client.
Clinic was run differently this time... Holly announced that in the 5 visits we have had in Haiti since this training program began last February, our volunteers and students have seen 748 clients in various locations!! These students have seen many clients now and have more skills to apply in clinic. Some worked in independent teams, bringing in a supervisor if there are questions or they get stuck, but doing much on their own. They had actually held a few clinics on their own between the last visit and our arrival this time. Their skills are still developing, but they have all the tools they need to continue to increase their competencies as they work together.... which led us to today's graduation ceremony for the 'homeopathy fundamentals' program. Our students received their certificates and each is now known as 'homeopathe communautaire' - a community homeopath to serve in their various communities for acute / trauma, common complaints, epidemic disease and health education.
One of our students, Loveline Renelius, receives her certificate from Holly and Karen.
Loveline is a nurse here in P-a-P. Today, she told about her doubts as she was beginning to study homeopathy with us - and her surprise when she was seeing it work with the people she helped - to the point that she had people coming to her asking to buy the remedies from her. She shared with the group that she had been troubled with an ovarian cyst, which she had been told needed to be removed. During the September training session, she had received a remedy from our homeopath/midwife Lauren Fox for this, and today reported to the group that she had been back to her clinic for followup and the cyst was gone, along with her doubts! Other students told stories... one who ended up in the class because he happened to be in the building that day of the first session, an important coincidence in his life now... several who were very nervous about the student assessment interviews they were required to do with me in September... one who thought working with adult clients easier than little children, until he had a case of an elderly woman who was unclear and confused, and Holly reminded him that working with children was not so bad... one that was surprised at the various ways the homeopathics can be used, so different from the conventional medicine that she already practiced at work... one who talked about being a quiet reserved person who had opened up while taking these classes, and several who talked of the friendship of the student group... and all who thanked us for being there, for returning each time to teach and help them so that they can help themselves and those around them.
Once all the certificates were awarded, each student received a shirt with 'Homeopathe Communautaire' embroidered on it.
This project has come so far since I began with it in April... through a rather unsettling early session where the students said almost nothing, and were uncomfortable asking questions of clients because it seemed impolite or invasive to ask those things... another session where they started talking and had so many questions that I thought it must be different people altogether... the point where we figured out there were vision issues for some of them and simple reading glasses were going to need to be part of our dispensary... having a discussion about epidemic prophylaxis where you could see from the looks on their faces that they were grasping the potential breadth of what they were learning... watching their gradually increasing skills in clinic and the greater perception demonstrated by their questions in class... And now they have graduated and the project moves into a new stage of continuing education in P-a-P and the transition of our Haitian graduates teaching the next group in Belle-Anse.
So now the genie is out of the bottle here. Our graduates are still in need of much support and continuing education will be provided - we are working on a 5 year plan for them now. But they are not expecting us to do everything for them - they are moving forward on their own as well. For example, there were several questions in the July session about fibroids - a common issue for women here. During the September session, I brought a book (in English) of successful treatment of fibroids using homeopathy with 50 sample cases by an Indian homeopath, Sharad Shangloo, for one of the English speaking students. Now the students have decided to have a conference day on December 5th where they discuss the information and cases in this book, translating the information for the non-English speakers, so that all the students will have therapeutics for fibroids. This is a group of proactive, capable, determined people with a sincere desire to help their fellow Haitians, who want to see homeopathy be widely available in their country.
PG shows students the fibroids book from India, and gives details of the plan for the December 5th 'conference' day to teach this material to the group.
Day 5 - by Karen Allen Day 6 - by Ruja Nothaft Day 7 - by Rami Makkar
Day 5 (Karen Allen):
Crowing roosters start our day before 6, and we have eggs and toast with spicy (eeee!) peanut butter in the kitchen of the guest house before walking to the clinic. We walk along the unpaved streets down the rocky, rutted hill where the cars have trouble climbing, and cross a paved street dodging motorcycles and cars. In lieu of traffic signage, drivers here have the 'nudge' method of negotiating who goes next - they nudge out into traffic, a little, a little more, a little farther until finally the passing traffic cannot go around them any more and the driver can turn into the street. On our walk, we pass a fellow dragging a block of ice half the size of a refrigerator using old metal tongs, and a group of smiling children who 'high five' with Holly.
We arrive at the clinic location to find that the students were there before us, and have already arranged chairs and benches... about 15 people are already waiting to be seen half an hour before we are supposed to being. Some of them waited most of yesterday, when we saw more than 70 clients, then were told to come back in the morning. We break up into teams with a translator and a few of the students working with each of us - Holly teams with Phadael and Eugenie seeing children in the room that has electricity (maybe) and fans. Rami is at the dispensary, helping the students properly dispense the remedy protocols. Ruja works with Wilby and Jean Marguerite; I works with Tafael and Luvleen; our teams are seated in tight circles of chairs in the covered patio area because it is hard to hear. There is noise of trucks from the road, and the increasing number of people coming in from the street who are sitting on the benches that line the wall.
My translator today is Maison, a young man who has been studying English, and is still working on pronunciation and vocabulary. 'Rash' is 'rush', 'brother' is 'son', 'brown' is 'dirt'. His English is soooo much better than my Kreyol that we muddle through, and he is eager to help. We begin working through the waiting group of people, which grows. Each case takes 5-15 minutes, we remind the students to ask about etiology, to clarify sensation, location, modalities. They look through their reference charts and remedy study cards as we discuss the remedy: rhus tox for the woman with back pain after lifting heavy packages? silica for the woman with the so-swollen jaw and dental pain? medorrhinum for the women with the yellow leucorrhea, pelvic pain, itching, and burning urination? lycopodium for the gastritis with pain extending to the right shoulderblade and lots of bloating and belching?
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Picture : James and Merveilluese at the dispensary
We continue working until a 15 minute break for peanutbutter sandwiches for lunch, and then back to it. It is very hot, over 95, and unlike earlier days, there is no breeze. The people waiting begin to argue about who is going to get seen next, some are impatient and do not want to wait their turn, loud words and yelling make it impossible for us to hear what the clients are saying in the close quarters. I loudly insist they all be quiet because we cannot help them if we cannot hear.... which unfortunately has no impact as they ignore me because I am speaking English... until one of the men steps over to translate... they settle down and we ask one of the men helping us to get packets of water for all the people waiting.
The clinic is supposed to end at 3. At 2:45 there are still more than 25 people waiting to be seen, have been waiting since 9 or 10am. We agree to continue longer.... and again to continue longer. The students and translators are getting droopy, everyone is tired. After 4, we tell them we have to stop... and then we take a few more cases, regretting that we cannot see all of them. Our case count for the day: 76 people.
The walk back to the guest house is dusty; Ruja and I watch a mama hen with her fledgeling chicks on the side of the road as we walk home. Later, after a shower and some cool water, Holly and I sit on the flat roof of an adjoining building that we have affectionately named 'the veranda', and plan for the next day. As we sit, we watch a soccer game being played by young men on a concrete patio next door - when one team scores a goal, the guys on the other team have to drop to the concrete and do 10 pushups. Clouds are coming in and we can see snips of lightning, and we watch bats flying erratically overhead, catching insects. After the soccer game finishes, Holly plays toss from the veranda with some young boys in the yard below until dinner is called for the guest house.
After dinner, Ruja has friends who come to meet us all, bringing a cherry topped cheesecake from their bakery here in Port-au-Prince- yummmmmmmm. Afterwards, another woman offers us a drink called kremas, made of cream, something alcoholic, spices, lime, and sugarcane - it tastes as if it should be served out of a coconut or a hollowed pineapple with a little umbrella on it, delicious and exotic. As we sip, the first drops of rain hit, and then it is a race to the clothesline to grab our drying clothes and get in to our room before we are soaked in the deluge. The rain cools everything off, and makes the night easy for sleeping, a welcome change... and tomorrow we go up into the mountains for clinic in Les Pinasse....
Day 6 in Haiti (Ruja Nothaft):
Today we met up in OPL with the students and were glad to see our driver had a new updated van which had a floor board and no longer was a Flintstones car!
We drove up this bumpy road that was not paved, nor dirt like one would expect, nor gravel but rocks!
After an hour and a half of bumping around the van stopped and one of the guys hopped up to the top of the van. From the top of the van, as we carefully drove through the rocky road at 5 miles an hour, he called out to people to come up to the school building for medicines.
Once we got there we saw that the local students were having an exam. So we hauled a couple of the benches under the avocado tree and got organized to take the cases. It was amazing to see some of the students actually take the case and make a remedy choice and then just check with us. They have learned so much in so few lessons and they are so eager to help their people.
We had a wonderful day in the mountains with the cooler air, under the shade of the tree and were able to help close to 40 people and finally got on our way back. Within 5 minutes of getting on the road the driver stopped in the middle of the road. The tire was punctured by one of the rocks. The local public transport called a "tap tap" was stuck because of us. So all our male students plus the driver of the tap tap, who had a great jack put their hands together and changed the tire. And then we were on our way back.
Just a small cultural note: did you know that Michelangelo traveled all the way here and carved a lifelike statue here in the mountains called "the Thinker" that the locals go to visit and touch for healing?
Day 7 in Haiti (Rami Makkar):
Another beautiful day is almost over and our trip ends too as Ruja and I head for the airport tomorrow morning.
This morning was scheduled for doing the inventory of all the homeopathic remedies that donated generously by many homeopathic companies in the US and even in India. We marked all the remedies that were running low so they could be restocked during the next trip.
The Homeopathy Research Institute is hosting a reception in London at the House of Commons on May 17th to promote scientific research in the field of homeopathy. This is extremely important footage for the film, From Within, WIthout, and we can only get there with your help! While in London we will interview the historian, Francis Treuherz. Then, we will travel on to Greece to meet with George Viltoulkas. Finally in Germany -- Hahnemanns birthplace -- we will retrace the origins of where homeopathy began.
There is currently a growing body of scientific evidence suggesting that homeopathy offers an inexpensive, effective treatment option for many chronic conditions, however the only way to know definitively is by conducting further high quality research. The institute is inviting experts in health-care provision, regulation and research, the fundamental sciences and patrons of homeopathy including celebrities. At this unprecedented event, there will be brief thought-provoking presentations and the chance to exchange views with this diverse group of attendees.
We are pleased to announce that the very talented Marc Wishengrad, WishPic Pictures (featured in the MRSA story), has joined our team as the Director of Photography. Together we shot interviews with Dr. Iris Bell, Dr. Todd Rowe, and also skeptic Dr. Stephen Novella.
Have you ever heard of Systemic Family Constellations Therapy? It's more widely practiced in Europe and is becoming known in the U.S. Constellation therapy is based on the idea that our wellbeing is tied to the wellbeing of our family system. The family system includes not only the living members,but also the deceased, and members of the generations before us. I often refer my clients to constellations therapy. It is a powerful tool that complements homeopathy well to release past traumas that may be held and passed on in the family system from generation to generation. These past traumas can be expressed as chronic illnesses, destructive behavior, and repeated trauma such as miscarriages.
Join Debbie Josendale, Publisher of the SF Bay Area Woman's Journal as she talks with Dr. Brigitte Essl, Systemic Family Constellations Therapist and European M.D. and Myra Nissen, Nationally Certified Classical Homeopath, about the impact of healing ourselves by healing our past.
Dr. Brigitte Essl, European MD and homeopath has been facilitating Family Constellations for 10 Years in Europe & the US for 10 year. Dr. Essl has a practice in Mill Valley, CA.
Bert Hellinger (b. 1925), German-born Catholic priest and psychotherapist developed the Systemic Family Constellation process. The work developed out of family systems therapy and integrates ancestor reverence of the South African Zulus. Sanctioned by family therapy associations in Europe and used by licensed practitioners worldwide. When selecting a therapist it is important they have a background in psychotherapy and formal constellations training. Meet the therapist in advance to ensure you feel comfortable.
Claiming Our Roots, first-ever US systemic constellations conference, will be held this October in San Francisco for practitioners and laypersons.