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Complete Idiot Guide Homeopathy [Paperback]

David W Sollars
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March 19 2001 Complete Idiot's Guides (Lifestyle Paperback)
This book is a comprehensive guide to the treatments, remedies, and forms of homeopathy. Since homeopathists are not licensed in many states, you need to understand how homeopathic treatments work and how to find a qualified practitioner. The book explains where the remedies come from and how they can affect various common health problems.

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This book is a comprehensive guide to the treatments, remedies, and forms of homeopathy. Since homeopathists are not licensed in many states, you need to understand how homeopathic treatments work and how to find a qualified practitioner. The book explains where the remedies come from and how they can affect various common health problems.

About the Author

David Sollars is a diplomat for the North American Homeopathic Master's Clinician Course and the International Federation of Homeopathy. He has had the privilege to study and be influenced by many remarkable homeopaths including Lou Klein, Rajan Sankaran, Jan Scholten, Roger Morrison, Richard Moscowitz, Phil Bonnett, and Ted Chapman. He holds a Master's degree in Oriental Medicine and is certified in both Shiatsu and Tui-Na Oriental massage. He graduated from The New England School of Acupuncture (NESA). He is a frequent lecturer and consultant for hospitals, insurance companies, patient support groups, and hosts a local television show on alternative medicine. He has been a practicing health-care provider for over 16 years in the Boston, Massachusetts, area, offering a wide range of healing options for his patients' continuing health care.David was a Board Member of The Massachusetts Association of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine from 1991 to 1995. He is currently a member of The National Center of Homeopathy; The New England Homeopathic Academy; The American Association of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine; National Commission for the Certification of Acupuncturists; Fibromyalgia Network Provider; a member of The New England Pain Association; Acupuncture Society of Massachusetts; The National/New England Speaker's Association; and continues in his commitment to international and community service as President of the Andover, Massachusetts, Chapter of Rotary International.

He is the author of the newly released The Complete Idiot's Guide to Acupuncture and Acupressure. He has been a contributing editor for such books as Coping with Mild Traumatic Brain Injury, The Root of Chinese Qigong: Secrets for Health, Longevity & Enlightenment, and Eight Pieces of Brocade-Improving and Maintaining Health.

David believes that by inspiring others to lead their own health team, the best combination of health care and self-care will be achieved. He has recently opened a new multidisciplinary health center offering homeopathy, acupuncture, acupressure, massage, herbal, chiropractic rehabilitation, and nutritional counseling. He continues to produce educational programs to excite, inform, and inspire others toward interactive health care. Please visit his new clinic at FirstHealth of Andover, One Dundee Park, Suites 1&2, Andover, MA 01810, call 978-474-9994, or visit his Web site at http://www.firsthealthofandover.com/.


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1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing Jan. 10 2002
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
I purchased this booking because I knew nothing about Homeopathy and I was interested in learning some basic information. Well, I was completely disappointed by this publication. It contains little more than a cursory discussion of the topic.
I've read other "Idiot's" books in the past that contained much more detail.
Bottom line, I'll have to keep looking for a better book on Homeopathy.
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By A Customer
Format:Paperback
David Solar's book is wonderful! It gives a great overview of the history of homeopathy, how it works, what the philosophy and goals are, etc.! He does a nice job of dispelling some common misperceptions too. This is a great introduction with important information if you are seriously considering finding a qualified professional to work with you doing homeopathy. Seven years ago my allergies were so severe I could not be outside for more than five minutes the entire month of October. After working with a qualified, amazing woman who prescribed specific remedies for me, the next fall I was literally dancing/playing in the leaves with my toddlers!! I've also discovered that I am deathly allergic to ALL the major groups of antibiotics. Using homeopathy, she has treated me successfully for strep throat and many other ailments. The purpose of homeopathy is to treat the entire person and get your body, mind, and emotions to a place of balance and overall health. Check out this book and homeopathy. You'll be glad you did! P.S. My overall health is in such great balance now and my allergies totally in check - that I got two dogs a year ago - a yellow lab and a golden retriever! :)
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1.0 out of 5 stars Book with little help June 5 2001
Format:Paperback
I usually love the "Complete Idiot's Guide's" books. For example Skip Press' book on screenwriting from the same series is the best book on screenwriting I know. In contrary this book is definitely one of the least useful book I have ever read. I never critiqued a book before but Mr. Sollars gives you so little information (i.e. maximal one suggestion per disease and no reference for dilutions) that I had to post my opinion.
This book forces you to have to go to a professional practitioner and does not have enough information that you basically have to hand yourself over to the practitioner's care. This defies the essential purpose of the Idiot's guidebooks.
A Complete Idiot's Guide to Homeopathy by David W. Sollars is written in a way that feels fearful to give too much information. It is so politically correct that it makes it worthless for a layperson to find help for basic illnesses with homeopathic remedies. It's a shame that nobody at the Publisher could catch this. The only helpful information is generic medical information about the various diseases that you can find in any library.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Book with little help June 5 2001
By Michaell Magrutsche - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I usually love the "Complete Idiot's Guide's" books. For example Skip Press' book on screenwriting from the same series is the best book on screenwriting I know. In contrary this book is definitely one of the least useful book I have ever read. I never critiqued a book before but Mr. Sollars gives you so little information (i.e. maximal one suggestion per disease and no reference for dilutions) that I had to post my opinion.
This book forces you to have to go to a professional practitioner and does not have enough information that you basically have to hand yourself over to the practitioner's care. This defies the essential purpose of the Idiot's guidebooks.
A Complete Idiot's Guide to Homeopathy by David W. Sollars is written in a way that feels fearful to give too much information. It is so politically correct that it makes it worthless for a layperson to find help for basic illnesses with homeopathic remedies. It's a shame that nobody at the Publisher could catch this. The only helpful information is generic medical information about the various diseases that you can find in any library.
6 of 9 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing Jan. 10 2002
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I purchased this booking because I knew nothing about Homeopathy and I was interested in learning some basic information. Well, I was completely disappointed by this publication. It contains little more than a cursory discussion of the topic.
I've read other "Idiot's" books in the past that contained much more detail.
Bottom line, I'll have to keep looking for a better book on Homeopathy.
11 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Homeopathy - Amazing Relief for Allergy Sufferers! Aug. 21 2001
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
David Solar's book is wonderful! It gives a great overview of the history of homeopathy, how it works, what the philosophy and goals are, etc.! He does a nice job of dispelling some common misperceptions too. This is a great introduction with important information if you are seriously considering finding a qualified professional to work with you doing homeopathy. Seven years ago my allergies were so severe I could not be outside for more than five minutes the entire month of October. After working with a qualified, amazing woman who prescribed specific remedies for me, the next fall I was literally dancing/playing in the leaves with my toddlers!! I've also discovered that I am deathly allergic to ALL the major groups of antibiotics. Using homeopathy, she has treated me successfully for strep throat and many other ailments. The purpose of homeopathy is to treat the entire person and get your body, mind, and emotions to a place of balance and overall health. Check out this book and homeopathy. You'll be glad you did! P.S. My overall health is in such great balance now and my allergies totally in check - that I got two dogs a year ago - a yellow lab and a golden retriever! :)
6 of 14 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Homeopathy - Alternative Reality Medicine. The idiots guide to idiocy. May 22 2012
By pv - Published on Amazon.com
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The Idiots Guide to Homeopathy couldn't have been more aptly named.
Homeopathy is idiotic. According to its inventor and all those who claim to understand it, the more dilute a substance the more potent will be its medicinal efficay. So it is not uncommon to see dilutions of 20C and 30C.

Homeopaths will skate over the physical problem of high dilutions in the real world and, not uncommonly understate what the numbers and letters actually mean. For example a 30C dilution is not diluted 30 times, as your homeopath might tell you, or 300 or even 3000 times.

Here's how it works:
A 1C dilution is one part ingredient in 100 parts solution (usually water). A 2C dilution isn't 1 part on 200 parts solution... it is 1/100th part of of a 1C dilution diluted again in a 100 part solution of water. So while a 1C dilution should be 0.01 ingredient (1/100th part) a 2C dilution is in fact 1/100th of 1/100th part. That is 1/10,000. Already!
Now keep taking 1/100th part of each successive dilution, for 30 times, and we end up with a 30C dilution which is in reality 1 part water to 0.0000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000001 part ingredient.
What this actually means is that in order to find a single molecule of active ingredient, you would need a sphere of the 30C diluted homeopathic remedy with a diameter equal to the distance from the Earth to the Sun. That is approximately 93 million miles (150 million kilometres).
For a 200C dilution there simply aren't enough molecules in the known universe.

Homeopaths overcome this by telling you that water has a memory. In reality water has no memory - otherwise it would have a memory of everything it ever passed through, including your bladder, and not just the selective memory a homeopath might like.

Oh yes, I must not forget the procedure I've missed out during the dilution process. That is, every so often between dilutions the container holding the liquid must be "succussed" (that's "banged" or "hit" to you and me) against a solid leather object (like a leather bound bible, or something like that). Apparently it "potentizes" the remedy.

If you are wondering how homeopathic pillsd are made (which are supposed to have a memory of the memory of the water!), you put your open container of cheap sugar pills in the same room as your open container of diluted "remedy". Yes, that's really it. This is what the makers of homeopathic remedies do.

As I said at the beginning, homeopathy is idiotic. It is an idea from just over 200 years ago when medical science was in its infancy, germ theory wasn't really known, while molecular and atomic structures weren't even known let alone understood. The inventor of homeopathy was Samuel Hahnemann, and he was profoundly mistaken. There is no evidence to support anything homeopathic, not the diluted remedies, the notion the "like cures like", nothing.

Now, in the light of what we know of about the universe, our physical world and how our bodies work, there is no doubt that homeopathy is fraudulent medicine. In some circle is it described as "alternative medicine", but since there is no such thing (it either works in which case it is medicine, or it doesn't work in which case it isn't medicine) it would be better described as Alternative Reality Medicine.

Homeopaths currently can't make up their minds as to whether their quackery can be tested scientifically or not. They present anecdotes as evidence. They present satisfaction surveys as evidence of efficacy. They misrepresent and cherry pick report to show that even statistical anomalies and insignificances (i.e. chance) in a poorly designed trial are apparently evidence of efficacy. But not only is there no scientific data to support homeopathy, there are no actual real life or recorded cases that stand up to any scrutiny. There are only anecdotes and unsupported claims.

Homeopathy as generally sold to the public has never cured a single ailment, because it can't. Homeopathy is either water or sugar. At the absolute lowest dilution, where there is some detectable ingredient, there is some minor prospect of Arnica having some effect. But what homeopathy is usually claimed to cure actually requires no intervention and will get better of its own accord. As regard to non-self-limiting ailments homeopathy is even more useless, and in fact dangerous. Of course you the homeopathic user are free to fool yourself, and be parted from your money.

In reality though any scientifically literate individual, even to basic school standard, and armed with the knowledge of what homeopathy is (and isn't) can only conclude there are two types of homeopath (for which incidentally no qualification is legally required) - those who are deluded and those who are deceitful and dishonest.
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