Most physicians who have dedicated their life to learning and practicing complimentary medicine do so because they have witnessed the effectiveness of it in their lives. I recently read an interesting biography of Woodson Merrell, MD in Alternative Therapies. He played a key role in setting up an integrative medical clinic at Beth Israel Medical Center.
“I was born and raised in San Francisco. When I was a year and a half old, I developed croup. Even up to a few years ago, the treatment for croup was to be put in the hospital for a week with a mist tent and IV antibiotics. If you’ve ever been around a child who has croup, you might think that he or she is dying of suffocation. At 3:00 in the morning, my parents called the pediatrician, and he told them to get me to the hospital. But in 1949 there were no ambulances roaming the streets of San Francisco. My parents didn’t have a car. They didn’t know what to do. So they ran across the street to the home of an 86-year-old retired German doctor. Doc Klussman came to our house in his slippers and bathrobe and put 3 sugar pills under my tongue. Literally, within 10 minutes, the symptoms vanished. The croup came back slightly, and then 10 minutes later he gave me 3 more pills. The symptoms went away and never came back. It turns out that what he gave me was homeopathic aconite.”
Once you are exposed to the “miraculous” healing powers of homeopathy it is hard to practice any other type of medicine.