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Mastering Homeopathy Series



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Australian reviews:

* Australian Homeopathic Assn Newsletter: August 2004

* Australian Homeopathic Assn 'Similia' December 2004

* ‘ATOMS’ December 2004 issue of the Australian Traditional Medicine Society


“A valuable book of therapeutic protocols for both the novice and experienced practitioner” – Dr Michael Tomlinson, President, Aust Register of Homeopaths - November 2004

“In the tradition of Boeninghausen, Hering and Boger, the work is a contemporary reminder of the importance of pathology for the successful treatment of diseases… warmly commended to fellow practitioners as a guide and ready work of reference”- John Maitland, Senior Lecturer, Sydney College of Homeopathic Medicine, November 2004

“Written in an easy, clear style, ‘Mastering Homeopathy’ demonstrates a breadth of information and depth of understanding, which makes it the most accessible of sources. A must for the desktop.” – Alastair Gray, Homeopathic educator & practitioner, December 2004

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MASTERING HOMEOPATHY 2: The Treatment of Irritable Bowel Syndrome by Jon Gamble BA ND Adv Dip Hom

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A snapshot of contents:

  • 15 categories of IBS
  • A new Miasm
  • Clinical presentations
  • Differential diagnoses
  • Case examples


In his clinic, Jon Gamble successfully treats many IBS sufferers. This second book on clinical homeopathy offers homeopaths a range of medicines to use, based on specific IBS characteristics that Jon has identified. Homeopaths now have new, practical prescribing tools to successfully treat this obstinate condition, for which there is currently no medical solution.

Review by Peter Tumminello:
Jon’s is a book founded on pathological prescribing and as such may seem to be opposed to principles like that of the single remedy and the totality of symptoms cherished by many homeopaths. My thought on this is that the spirit of the law gives life and the letter of the law kills. Principles that are adhered to the exclusion of consistent results require us to re-examine our attitude and understanding.

Jon elucidates many cases where he has used a single medicine or a series of medicines and sometimes alternating medicines, to solve cases of IBS. He also relates the use of these various medicines to specific causal factors of each individual’s symptoms. In this way he is carrying on the tradition of intelligent pathological prescribing introduced to this country largely by Alan Jones and Dr. Parimal Banerji. The successful use of this system makes it evident that remedies have a specific physiological action which, while integrated with mental and general symptoms, may be considered independently in regard to their action on specific diseases in many cases.

In Chapter 3 Jon states “pathology must be treated before a ‘mentals’ prescription” and gives a case with fear and night terrors with IBS which Stramonium won’t cure. I agree with the spirit of this principle excepting where the medicine is capable of curing both the mental and the physical symptoms through its known action, or its understood action, via the modern systems such as those recommended by Drs. Sankaran and Scholten.

There are many ways into a case and in my opinion many medicines that can assist in a certain disease. They include finding the mental or feeling association with the pathology such as Sankaran’s method of vital sensation, Boenninghausen’s methodology and defined pathological prescribing. Jon’s work is centred on the latter but uses as an adjunct constitutional prescribing with standard known medicines like Silica, Lycopodium and Phosphorus. His approach to treating ‘the exogenous disease phenomena’ before the ‘constitution’ appears to be correct in IBS, just as it has been proven correct in many other treatments that are ‘Never well since’ a specific infection.

Jon has elucidated the many categories of IBS: Intestinal parasitosis; candida albicans; emotional; food sensitivity; post viral etc. and the cure of each category with homeopathic medicines. Such a thorough clinical study of a common disease together with effective treatment protocols such as he presents challenges modern medicine to such a degree that in time, with further clinical verification, it should replace it as the proper treatment for IBS.

He has also proposed that parasitosis is one of the ‘invisible morbific influences’ which Hahnemann first described and as such should be a new miasm requiring specific medicines.  There is ample evidence for this considering the prevalence of this disease syndrome and its illustrated clinical practicality. How this relates to other modern miasmatic theories is a mystery that will only be resolved with time.

Jon has produced an admirable foundation work for the treatment of Irritable Bowel Syndrome. It is a boon for all homeopaths in that it makes the protocol more clearly understandable and more easily defined in homeopathic terms. Such clear clinical methodology is of outstanding practical benefit to our profession and the confidence to practitioners and patients alike.

"The book challenges modern medicine to such a degree that in time, with further clinical verification, it should replace it as the proper treatment for IBS. Such clear clinical methodology is of outstanding practical benefit to our profession and the confidence to practitioners and patients alike."

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MASTERING HOMEOPATHY 3: Obstacles to Cure: Toxicity, Deficiency and Infection

by Jon Gamble BA ND Adv Dip Hom


Illnesses of the 21st century are increasingly different from those in much of the homeopathic literature. We are now faced with more patients presenting with autism, ADHD, severe allergies, chronic fatigue syndrome and multiple chemical sensitivity. Successfully treating these patients challenges the efficacy of traditional homeopathic methodology. If we are not achieving the successful outcomes our patients need for their diseases, we must ask ourselves: are we recognising contemporary obstacles to cure?

In this, his third book in the ‘Mastering Homeopathy’ series, Jon Gamble, well known for his success in treating difficult cases, guides you through the innovative methods he has developed for treating his chronically ill patients. He describes how he resolves ‘unresponsive’ cases and reveals crucial obstacles to cure. Jon emphasises the importance of discovering the underpinning causes of disease. He sheds new light on treatment for people whose illnesses have defied all attempts at recovery. 
This practical book, based on clinical experience alone, is for practitioners who are looking for inventive ways to tackle their most difficult cases.

Also available as a limited edition, signed and numbered hardback.

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Margot Maidment

I have not yet read volumes 1 and 2 in this series but, after reviewing this volume and based on its quality, I certainly intend to. We have all been confronted or at least heard about the difficulty of addressing 'stuck' or difficult cases and probably reflected on what may be preventing the case from progressing. Is our failure a result of not understanding or penetrating to the depth of the case? Worse, is it somehow the patient's 'fault' for not co-operating? (It is easy to stray into this dubious territory of blaming the patient if we don't guard against it.)

Gamble's work provides us with a much more satisfactory way of approaching the cases which 'challenge the efficacy of traditional homeopathic methodology'. He claims, based on his clinical experience, that we need to pay more attention to obstacles to cure. These may range from nutritional deficiency to iatrogenic causes. Having been already alerted to this possibility by my forays into nutritional therapy, I am delighted to find such a well-researched and comprehensive addition to my knowledge of this field.

This area of disease causation is not something that the average medical practitioner will have been trained for, nor what most homeopaths feel their initial training has prepared them well for, even if they are well aware of maintaining causes and the underpinning causes of disease. Gamble does not offer easy solutions and some of his protocols may be specific to his native Australia and more difficult to access here. However, he provides detail and clarity in both casetaking and analysis when explaining the history of his cases and their resolution is outlined with clear attention to why he adopts his strategies. These range from single high potency prescribing, to applications of tautopathy and isopathy in cases of chemical sensitivity.

This is a very persuasive thesis and offers a range of tools with which to address the varied presentations different patients may confront us with. Gamble suggests that we are being faced with 'a growing accumulation of toxic, infective and chemical agents which we have not evolved to deal with that need to be removed or excluded from the patient's environment before they can recover'. He points out that today's petro-chemical based substances did not exist in the 18th century and that there are 80,000 synthetic chemicals in daily use.

He explains some of his diagnostic toots as well as justifying his approach by reference to paragraphs in the Organon. From a business point of view, he says that as a result of the changes to his approach his practice has never been more exciting and his patients have never been better.

This is a slim volume but packed with references and supporting information as well as detailed case histories. It could revolutionise the practice of homeopaths in this country if we have sufficient open-mindedness, additional training and access to resources to support our approaches and it may well justify the extra efforts involved if we have the best interests of our patients at heart It will not make our practices easier in the sense of the work involved and Gamble's assiduous approach is very evident in the cases he describes, but it may well make us more satisfied with the results we get from the work and time that we put in.

Reprinted with permission from the Spring 2011 Edition of The Homeopath.
The Society of Homeopaths


Review by Jenni Tree, Editor 'Simila'

Aphorisms 3, 4 and 5 are the area of Jon Gamble’s work in this book ~ recognizing what is to be cured, removing the obstacles to recovery, and determining the aetiology.
The obstacles to cure, in this book, he classes as Deficiency, as in nutritional deficiencies such as lack of iron, iodine, magnesium, zinc, selenium, calcium and copper; Infections – including bacterial, parasitic, and fungal, with chapters on Candida, Lyme, and mosquito-borne diseases; and Toxicity as caused by heavy metal accumulation of copper, lead, cadmium and mercury. He includes chapters on chemicals; iatrogenic diseases and new treatment possibilities.
There are four chapters devoted to case studies, as well as illustrative cases scattered throughout the text.

I love cases, finding that they speak to me more than lists of repertory rubrics or symptoms. Cases connect a lot of disparate information for me into a recognizable pattern.

We are persuaded to understand ‘what’ weare treating before ‘who’; and if we work from this perspective, to keep the diagnosis, with the individual particulars and generals, in the analysis, rather than to discard them as common.

Treatment approaches included nutritional supplementation, tautopathic medicines in the form of potentized allopathic drugs; industrial and household chemicals, and isopathy – as well as the application of the similimum. Posology suggestions are included. I found the repetition of high (200c) potencies on alternate days surprising, yet recall similar cases of my own when I have had to prescribe one potency over a long time to rid the body of, in one case, the effects of the Polio vaccine.
Jon relies on Hair Tissue Mineral Analysis (HTMA), blood, stool and urine tests to provide him with required verification of diagnosis, and in an appendix explains where
to get the tests done, how to read the results, and what action to take. The book is aimed at
the Australian market, but my guess is that it would not be difficult to set up these testing
systems in other countries.
This approach to homoeopathy requires a very thorough casetaking, giving due time to the history not only of disease but also of the drugs used. It requires a particular way of thinking and an amount of medical, nutritional, toxicological and naturopathic knowledge certainly not available to anyone trained solely in a new method such as Sensation. Jon trained in Naturopathy, Osteopathy as well as Arts and Law. I see that he has a wide-ranging, enquiring mind, which he brings into full
use in his books – this is one of a series that includes The Homeopathic Treatment of Irritable
Bowel Syndrome.

I found it an absolute mine of useful, interesting and at times frightening information. To quote §4: The physician is likewise a preserver of health if he knows the things that disturb it, that cause and sustain illness, and if he knows how to remove them from healthy people.

Similia - The Australian Journal of Homoeopathic Medicine 49
June 2011—Volume 23 Number 1.
Reprinted with kind permission

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