Dr. Isaac Golden for Experience Homeopathy Interview
Experience Homeopathy Public Open Day 2010 is a free event on Friday 12 November 2010 for any member of the Victorian community who would like to learn more about the principles of the profession, practice of homoeopathy and scope of treatment. This event will feature five guest speakers, including two internationally renowned homoeopathic practitioners and three local presenters.
The Experience Homeopathy Public Open Day 2010 runs from 9:30am to 12noon at Arrow on Swanston, 488 Swanston St, Carlton VIC 3053 - Champions II Room on the lower ground floor accessed via Swanston street.The Australian Homoeopathic Association (AHA) is the only national homoeopathic association representing professional homoeopaths in Australia, and is a founding member of the International Council for Homoeopathy (ICH).
More information about AHA is available at www.homeopathyoz.org
Interview with Dr. Isaac Golden
Dr Isaac Golden has been a homoeopathic practitioner since 1984. He was President of the Victorian branch of the Australian Homoeopathic Association from 1992 to 1998 and is the Business Manager Academic Operations at Endeavour College of Natural Health where he also holds the position of Adjunct Professor, Homoeopathy. He is the author of ten books on Homoeopathy and is a world authority on homoeoprophylaxis - the use of homoeopathic medicines for specific infectious disease prevention. He has undertaken the world's largest long-term study of parents using such a program, completing a PhD research program at Swinburne University, Melbourne, in 2004 on this subject.
Question: What is Homoeopathy?
Dr. Isaac Golden: Homoeopathy is a form of complementary medicine that has existed for over 200 years and is based on a law of nature called the law of similars which means that we select medicines which produce similar symptoms to the symptoms of the patient. We also use those medicines in a specially prepared way using the energetic profile of the medicines rather than the physical content.
Question: How can Homoeopathy benefit Australians?
Dr. Isaac Golden: Homeopathy benefits the patient by removing blockages that are preventing the persons self-healing mechanism from working properly. We are all born with a God given self-healing power, if that works properly we don't get sick, or if we get sick we immediately self-correct. Things can happen that prevent the self-healing from working properly. What Homoeopathy does is seeks to identify and then treat and remove those blockages and then the persons self-healing capacity can work to it's full power.
Question: What conditions can Homeopathy treat?
Dr. Isaac Golden: Virtually any condition, there are a few exceptions but it can treat many conditions on both the intellectual, emotional and physical levels. One of the advantages of Homeopathy is that it can reach across intellectual, emotional and physical problems, not just one or the other.
Question: What can one expect when visiting a homoeopathic practitioner?
Dr. Isaac Golden: It is quite dissimilar to a GP visit. It depends on why they are visiting the practitioner but for most consultations they last between 45 minutes and an hour for the first consultation. The second consultation and follow ups can last from 20 minutes to half an hour- that is for non-emergency or acute problems which are most of the reasons why people visit practitioners. A patient can expect to go in, sit down and to start describing not only the problem they came for, in a lot of detail, but also talk about their health history, from birth onwards and sometimes the history of their parents as well as their personality. It is important that they describe themselves to the practitioner because all of this, even though the person may be coming in for a physical problem, it is very often the mental and emotional senses or characteristics of the patient which will enable the practitioner to choose between one remedy or another.
Question: What types of medicine is used in homeopathy?
Dr. Isaac Golden: The remedies are usually delivered by way of liquid or tiny little white pilules in which the remedies are impregnated. The remedies are normally taken orally and away from food. The dose depends on the strength of the remedy and the purpose in which it's being used. I have patients that may take two or three doses a year on the other hand in an acute case a person may take a dose every half hour; it just depends on what the person needs.
Question: Do homoeopathic practitioners work alongside other doctors?
Dr. Isaac Golden: Yes, in terms of serious chronic illness. Homeopaths don't always treat in isolation; for certain conditions homoeopathic practitioners will work in conjunction with other therapists. A good natural therapist will be happy to work with doctors, if it is appropriate. In terms of a serious chronic illness it is appropriate for the Homeopath to do what they can, on their level but also to refer or to work with other practitioners to assist, if appropriate.
Question: You've been involved in Homoeopathy for a long time, can you talk about what originally inspired you to become a homoeopathic practitioner?
Dr. Isaac Golden: My original career was in economics, finance and taxation and I changed about 25 years ago and I have been in practice for about 25 years. It was a very big change, obviously. I had always been interested in health and certain things happened to offer me the opportunity to go into business as a health practitioner. I also studied Naturopathy, Herbal Medicine and Homoeopathy. I found that Homoeopathy was the form of Natural Medicine that I wanted to specialise in.
I now work from a little place called Cherokee, which is about an hour from Melbourne in the foot hills of Mount Macedon, I am in the clinic a couple of days a week and I work for Endeavour College of Natural Health, which is Australia's Natural Health Education provider, the rest of the time.
Question: Can you talk a little bit about your books on Homoeopathy?
Dr. Isaac Golden: I have written ten books. Some of the books are on simple First Aid prescribing, they're to help people who just want to do basic home prescribing for simple conditions such as coughs and colds. I also have written technical books for practitioners. The area that I specialise in is Homoeopathic Immunisation which is the prevention of infectious diseases using Homeopathic Medicine and also the treatment of vaccine damaged children; I have written a number of books on these topics and I got my doctorate from Swinburne University studying and researching Homeopathic Immunsiation.
Most practitioners don't deal with Homoeopathic Immunisation or the treatment of vaccine damaged children to the same extent that I do, different doctors specialise in different areas, quite often. I am known, worldwide, in this particular area. For example, I visited Cuba, in April 2010, for a month because they have just homeopathically immunisated 9.8 million people against Swine Flu. There is a massive load of work being done, internationally, in this area.
Question: Can you talk about your involvement in Experience Homeopathy Public Open Day 2010?
Dr. Isaac Golden: At the Experience Homeopathy Public Open Day 2010 I am going to be talking about: What is Homoeopathy, the history of Homoeopathy and it's use around the world. I also will be giving a few little examples from my own clinic as to how Homoeopathy can be used in people's lives.
Interview by Brooke Hunter