Jeremy Sherr (bio) has published provings of Scorpion,
Chocolate, and Hydrogen that are appreciated as
valuable additions to our homeopathic literature.
Through his Dynamis School he offers superior education in homeopathy.
AH - How did you choose homeopathy?
My dad was a doctor. He would always grumble about middle of the night house calls, so I swore I'd never be a doctor. That's one good reason, although my "house calls" now take me around the world for weeks at a time.
In 1976 I had a health food shop - I used to start baking in the morning, grind the flour myself, do the whole thing - so I started looking into alternatives.
I was in a bar one night, and I said to somebody, "What are you doing?" and he replied, "Oh, I'm studying homeopathy." I said, "What's this homeopathy?" and he replied "Like cures like" and at that moment I got it.
In 1979 - I had a motorcycle accident and broke nine bones in my body. During my convalescence I had time to think "What am I doing with my life?" Being in hospital my interest in medicine was kindled and I decided to study medicine, but I was put off by what I saw around me so I decided to study alternative medicine.
I was lying in traction after the accident - I'd just bought this encyclopaedia of alternative medicine in which I had read about 300 different systems, the only one that made sense was homeopathy.
In 1980 I went to England to study homeopathy, it was the second year of 'the college of homeopathy' which was a weekend course. That didn't seem like enough so I joined the college of acupuncture at the same time, which was a full-time course.
Everybody said "there's no way you can do it," but I'd come ready to study hard, and I was really into it. I said to myself, "Nothing will interfere with my study, nothing. End of party"
AH - You really psyched yourself up for it.
JS Yes, I had a great thirst for knowledge. I was 24 and I hadn't been to college, I was really thirsty. I thought I'm going to study everything and be a mega alternative practitioner - do a bit of this, a bit of that.
But from the first day I knew I was in love with homeopathy. I studied and enjoyed acupuncture college. But the day I finished was the last time I put a needle in a person. Not because I didn't like it - I just wanted to do homeopathy and that's all I wanted to do, so it was no contest really.
I met my wife at acupuncture college, and we had out first child during the third year.
AH - The eclectic approach?
Yes. Pretty quickly I saw that if you want to do something, you do one thing only and you do it well. So I said okay, homeopathy is it, and that's what I've done ever since.
But I occasionally use my knowledge of Chinese medical physiology. I think that Chinese physiology is much more suitable to homeopathy than western physiology. It's an energetic system and so it fits nicely with our remedy pictures and with dynamic physiology and pathology, so it can be used it in a very creative way.
AH - Where did you get your homeopathic education?
I went to The College of Homeopathy, London. At the time, it was the only school in England and I graduated in 1982. I sat on a very flat bench and looked over Murray Feldman's shoulder for four years, we used to heckle the teachers together.
That was the year the LIGA conference was held in Brighton. I was so broke I slept on the floor in Murray's flat, and for the conference borrowed a simultaneous translation headset and listened to the entire three day conference from the public bathroom. I remember hearing Paschero's speak, it was fantastic.
AH - When did you begin your practice?
My first case was in 1981. I gave Phosphorus 30c and the guy was better. I thought this is wonderful -- more will be even better, so I gave 200c, then 10M - which put him out of commission for three months.
I realised that this was serious medicine and that I needed to learn from the best, so I started studying with George Vithoulkas and Vassilis Ghegas.
AH - You went abroad to study with them?
No, Vassilis and Roger Morrison were teaching a series of seminars in London. That was wonderful because it took us to a higher level of understanding. In 1984 I started studying with George.
I co-founded a group called "The Academy of Classical Homeopathy". We were the group invited George to England while Roger was working on bringing him to America. After much effort he came and we had a four week intensive study with him.
I moved out to the English countryside and I got a busy practice pretty quickly. I was working four days a week and studying with Vassilis and George and Roger, and I went to Alonisos a couple of times.
That was a change from the kind of homeopathy we learned in school - once in a while there comes the opportunity to have a jump or a change to a new perspective, and I think it's really important to be open to this so long as it's on the path that you perceive to be true. This way one is able to see things from a different level, from a higher perspective.
In 1985 I had another teacher called Joseph Reeves from Israel and he made a big change for me - even though I studied with him for very little time. Just a couple of weeks, maybe, but we did a one week intensive and it reminded me of everything I had studied homeopathy for.
After that week I never saw things in the same way again. It took me to a new level of understanding, whereas the study with George and Vassilis was much more Materia medica and case oriented. Reeves was more philosophically oriented and focused on trying to understand what we're doing as homeopaths, with more emphasis on case analysis and understanding of symptoms.
And that changed my perspective totally; it was a huge shift. So I started getting into that way of perceiving which was based on a deeper look at the Organon and Kent's philosophy, which was not common at that time.
It was perfect timing for me. I am very grateful for Joseph's teaching, and I'm very grateful for Vassilis's and George's teaching as well. I would love to go back to homeopathic college and just listen to seminars all the time and hear different people talk and just get whatever you can out of each person, because everybody has something unique to offer.