PostHeaderIcon Checkout Psychology (You’ve been Trollied)

So, you've battled your way around the supermarket, negotiated all the screaming, spoiled children & people who had to stop for a chat in the middle of the aisle because they haven't seen each other since this time yesterday, and you've arrived at that oasis of  customer service otherwise known as the checkout.

If you think this post is about the tempting chocolate promotion at the tills, then sorry to disappoint. It isn't.

Lately , I've noticed a few wee tricks being adopted by the checkout operators that have really put my hackles up. Noticed any of these?

It all depends on their assessment as to whether or not you deserve their help. Generally, this seems to be based on age & sex.  If, in their judgement, they shouldn't have to help an able bodied person like you, then, if you are lucky, you'll be asked "Would you like bags?" But more than likely you'll be growled at "Have you brought your own bags?". (Yes, I know there is an EU directive, but manners cost nothing.)

 If they think you are worthy of assistance, or even worse, you might say Yes, then lately, "Would you like some help with your packing?" has been replaced by  "Will you manage to pack?". This wording is designed to make you decline help, stung by this assault on your capabilities and has spread like wildfire down the checkout line.
Next, your carefully chosen shopping will be hurled down the belt at you at top speed and without any regard for its condition. Have management told them to hurry up? Possibly, however I can't help but notice that once they've finished, and you are still trying to pack the mountain of shopping, they don't make any effort to help you but instead they sit and have a wee rest or turn to chat to the operator behind them about how late they were out last night.
If, like me, you overlook this failure to help and actually ask for assistance, you are met with a stunned expression, a "What?" (Again, designed to put you off) and a disbelieving: "You want help?", a big sigh, then they still put the heavy things through for you to pack., i.e. They still don't help you.
Last week I actually said, "Could you pack those 2 heavy bottles in a bag for me" and she still ignored me and pushed them through for me to pack. There was a little standoff, where my best Glare (honed by years of practice) finally accomplished the job.
Now, I may look able bodied. Actually, I have a heart condition, but that shouldn't matter. If I want help, and it is supposed to be offered, should it be so grudged?
Not all supermarkets are the same. I find Asda, Marks and Spencer & Sainsbury's all very courteous. Tesco's are friendly. If Morrisons are reading this, yes, I do mean you, and your Glasgow Anniesland store in particular.
Can't wait to enjoy this week's torture with the addition of the October week school children on holiday. Should've gone to Valco.

PostHeaderIcon ‘Tis the Season to be Tired

Once you've been practising Homeopathy for a while, one of the interesting things that you notice is that there are clear trends in the complaints that people present with. Some are the obvious, seasonal issues such as Hayfever or Winter colds, however I also notice that other patterns emerge.

Lately, I've been seeing patients who are suffering from uncharacteristic tiredness. Their normal vitality has just gone, and they don't have the strength to enjoy their life. Unfortunately, life is very demanding and stressful for so many of us that this presents a real problem, and many of them find their way to Homeopathy.

This is a condition that I'm all too familiar with, having had my heart damaged by a virus when I was a teenager.  Dealing with the post-viral fatigue really isn't easy. I can still remember my own homeopath giving me the remedy that was to make all the difference, and how amazed I was to be able to climb stairs and dress myself without it taking every ounce of effort and willpower.

It took me years to find homeopathy, and it changed my life – what could it do for you?


PostHeaderIcon Sense Prevails at Last

Homeopaths don't have their troubles to seek.
Little did I know when I decided to study Homeopathy after it helped my own health so dramatically, that I was setting off down a path that would be fraught with nasty, self-interested attacks & attempts to destroy Homeopathy itself.
I can picture myself now, surrounded by books, totally intrigued by the rich detail of the Homeopathic remedy pictures, delighted to be putting my energy into something so utterly constructive & positive.
Would I have continued, had I known what lay ahead? Who knows for sure. But I was never one to let a bully get the better of me, and I won't start now.

Today, I read that the Advertising Standards Agency has had to overturn one of its previous rulings against a Christian Group, Healing on the Streets. Their crime? Claiming on their website that they believed that God could Heal. This was orginally found to be in breach of the ASA's code. However, it has been overturned following an Independent review, and Healing can now return to their website, but not to their leaflets.
This bears greater scrutiny because, the ASA also forbade Homeopaths from stating that they believed Homeopathy healed, cured or worked, or from stating which conditions they could treat. Now, it's quite difficult to run a Homeopathy practice if you can't say either that Homeopathy works, or state what you treat. A more cynical person might wonder, if, that indeed, was the object of the ruling.

GIven that the ASA has declared in this new ruling that they do not have jurisdiction over website content such as that in the HOTS ruling, I have today, with great joy, reinstated my list of conditions that I have treated back on to my website.
It should go without saying that I believe that Homeopathy works. Otherwise, as a person of integrity, I would certainly not choose to be a Homeopath. It is certainly not an easy road.
However, let me say it again, now that it appears that I am allowed to – Homeopathy works. Homeopathy works Homeopathy works. I've seen it work so many times.

And I could be delighted to see it work for you, if you give it the chance.

PostHeaderIcon Carry On Sneezing

It's hayfever time, or so the sneezing, running eyes & general grumpiness that I'm encountering would suggest.
Yet, my own eyes & nose remain tip top. I did suffer from Hayfever for many years, but now I'm no longer its prisoner, and the smell of new mown grass can be a pleasure once more.

What can Homeopathy offer to the Hayfever sufferer? sneezing
Freedom. Feel free to stick probes up your nose, or load up with anti-histamines if you prefer. But to those of you who need your wits about you during this exam season, I say this:-
Wouldn't you rather do the Homeopathic "one dose once" and then get on with your life?
Simples. Not sneezes.

PostHeaderIcon Sunshine on a Rainy Day

Or any other day in Glasgow. The World's most changeable weather is apparently our new claim to fame – but perhaps one we'd rather not have.

Changeability in outlook is a feature of many Homeopathic remedies.Do you know anyone whose mood is Mercurial? Happy one minute, furious the next? And some who are normally sunny feel some very dark clouds at certain times, of the month or of the year.

Sad person, with no homeopathic recourse

Homeopathy has such a lot to offer on the subject of mood. It is one of its best features, how quickly the right remedy can help those in despair, in fear, or in grief. I wouldn't want to face the world without the helping hand of homeopathy in my pocket.

PostHeaderIcon Methinks you doth protest too much

I was delighted when a homeopathy denialist decided to link to my blog, in an article about his problems, now that the ASA is severing ties with denialist groups.

The insight into the mind of the denialist in that linked post was really quite fascinating, and I'll share my thoughts with you.

Firstly, his/her whole blog is written under a pseudonym. This is quite common in skeptic land, as the courage of their convictions is not strong enough that they want to be identified with their actions, in these anonymous cases.

Many of their campaigns against CAM are filled with anonymous supporters and anonymous complainers. By enabling anonymous complaints, bodies such as the ASA have encouraged this behaviour. The denialists then go on to submit multiple anonymous complaints, often about people they've never met. Indeed, you don't even have to have tried or experienced a therapy in order to complain about it, and in some published cases, having tried one practitioner, they then went on to complain about another 400 practitioners that it is unlikely that they had tried & presumably had never met.

How then are they able to judge efficacy?
They declare that they only want to protect the poor, deluded public from CAM, by removing access to it.

Because they know better than you, and you should be grateful. Are you?

Opening statement in the blog of choice was:

  • "You probably think I go seeking out this kind of stuff just to complain about it. I admit that I have Googled certain terms with the sole aim of reporting advertisers to the authorities."

A psychologist's dream, that one.

How about some Shakespeare for the poor deluded one:

"Methinks you doth protest too much".  Even the ASA thinks so.

Next, we have

  • "I am no longer (generally speaking) in a position to make formal complaints: This can leave me feeling powerless."

Again, no commentary required.

  • "At least seven other complainers had received similar correspondence".

So, an epidemic of powerlessness is upon us.
    Stand by your remedy box & prepare to assist.


 Staphysagrian anger, perchance?



It seems to me that all of this behaviour is the result of one deficiency, i.e. simple attention seeking.                Craving attention from their peers (with their comments), from their targets, from the grateful populace whom they have "saved", and from authority figures such as the ASA. 

I've updated my previous blog post to reflect the change of stance by the ASA, and you can read that here. It seems that the denialists have worn out their welcome.

PostHeaderIcon He’s making a list, he’s checking it twice

What’s your wish for the season? I’ve been thinking about all the challenges that self employment has brought with it. I’ve learned so many new things – skills like website building, building building and patience building – which is still a work in progress (picture my wry smile?)
I liked this quote from a friend yesterday:
Being defeated is temporary, Giving up makes it permanent.
Seasons greetings, Good health & persistence to you!

PostHeaderIcon Autumn Leaves

Shall we all meet in the Autumn? Golden and Glowing – well, maybe in Titanic the Musical, but not in the West End of Glasgow as I look out at the remnants of Hurricane Katia.
“Why are they all named after women?” I’ve heard several people musing. Surely women are the most tempestuous…
Times of year and the seasons to which we are most drawn are of great interest to the homeopath. For many, when the nights start to draw in, it is a time of increasing depression as their spirits fall almost in time with the fall of the barometer, as the light ebbs away.
For others like myself, summer is a time when old illness pays its annual visit and it is certainly not a welcome guest. The crisp chill of autumn is a welcome relief as my old adversary takes his departure.
Haste ye back? Rather, Will ye No come back again…

PostHeaderIcon I’m a Scientist and I say So

For quite some time, I have been intrigued by the missionary zeal with which skeptic denialists try to exterminate Homeopathy, in a manner that can only be described as a fascist. I know that sounds extreme, but it is accurate. Their God is Science, and it must be worshipped absolutely. There is no room for anything that does not meet with their perfect, blond-haired standard of double blind proof.
The insipient encroachment of these “truths” into every day life was brought home to me whilst watching Susannah Reid’s Sunday morning show where an otherwise seemingly sensible woman panelist was turned instantly into a raging bigot at the mention of psychics. “It shoudn’t be allowed” she bellowed, going quite purple in the face. “They shouldn’t be allowed to charge people if it is a Talent, and where’s the scientific proof?”
Now to be clear, I have no axe to grind with psychics and no opinion as to their accuracy. What does interest me was the rise of this paternalistic, “Science will protect the poor, misguided, deluded fools from parting with their money to charlatans” rationale for simply getting rid of anything they don’t like or understand.
I don’t expect anyone actually fell off the world when Flat Earth was the prevailing belief of Science. Science had to change and update, but that does mean that it is often wrong.
Every time a denialist wishes to challenge me on Homeopathy, with all the reasoned zeal of a rabid Witchfynder General, I offer them this truth – scientific or not, it made me better. And it makes my patients better day after day.

PostHeaderIcon Physician, heal thyself – the Results

Recently I wrote about giving myself the flu, and how happy I was about it. Avid readers (ho ho) have no doubt been awaiting my update and I have been sadly negligent in posting it.
Well, what can I tell you? I have had such an improvement that I can hardly descibe it to you. My breathing is so much better, my wheezing is entirely gone, and I can march up the hill with my dog like a person who never had asthma at all.


Now, the improvement after the initial remedy didn’t do the whole job, and I then took the Cat & Dog remedies as I am a wee bit allergic to them too (Hospital Consultant said my allergic response was the best/worst/most dramatic he’d ever seen. I love compliments)
I can breathe. And so could you 😮