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50 Reasons For Being a Homeopath’ is a lovely little book. It consists of 50 letters from the famous homeopathic doctor J. Compton Burnett to a young skeptic ‘Dr T.A.K’ & was written around 1888. It still shines with truth today.

Part 21:

You say, “Your letters lately would seem to be intended to show how very superior your Homeopathy is to that of your co-practitioners.”

Well, that was certainly not my intention, but rather to show that people’s beliefs have often nothing to do with facts; for instance, you allopaths ridicule Homeopathy, but that system of medicine is true all the same. Many practitioners of Homeopathy ridicule some of the most brilliant clinical triumphs of the very system they belong to. In both cases, the error is the same; they both childishly suppose that their powers are the limits of the possible. I was merely trying to show the fallaciousness of their judgment; and this is important, as the greatest enemies of homeopathy are often it’s own weak-kneed or incompetent practitioners. To explain what I mean more fully, let me give you as my twenty-first reason a case of:


The lady was 51 years old, and so you may call it metrorrhagia if you so prefer, but there had been no break in the menses, which were still regular. She came to me in October, 1882, and told me of her trouble, and that it had dated from a miscarriage fifteen years before. She had often flooded at her confinements. Phosphorus 200 cured her. She went much smaller in the waist, and told me she “felt like a young girl”. She had other intercurrent remedies – Lachesis, Ferrum, Thuja and Arnica but it was the Phosphorus that cured the haemorrhage, I having to return to it three separate times, with months between, and the last time I used Phos 100th potency.

Now I cite this case because it is purely & exquisitely homeopathic, and yet the bulk of homeopathic practitioners in the world do not believe in what are called high dilutions, and for all that this case was cured by such dilutions. It follows that either they or I must be mistaken; the lady who was thus cured would laugh in your face if you were to ask her to believe that she received from me other than very powerful remedies. And, indeed, they were very powerful. And just think of the gallons of Steel Drops and tonics that she had had in vain during those fifteen years of bleeding!