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 - Why did you choose to prove Scorpion?
Well, I chose Scorpion because I'd just come from Israel, and a lot of people get bitten by scorpions there.
So I saw what it does and I said, "Ah! Let's see the proving of Scorpion." I open the book - no proving of Scorpion.
AH - Was the Scorpion indigenous to Israel?
Yes. I actually went and hunted down a scorpion one morning, and I caught it. I'd read in the books that you could eject the poison by connecting it to twelve volts, so I connect the two car battery cables, to the scorpion, revved up and it ejected its poison.
But eventually I didn't use that because we didn't have a definite identification on that scorpion. It's really important when doing a proving to have a precise identification.
Like with the scorpion, or whatever you want to prove - you should know what type it is, what age, sex, where was it found, what part of the body used, what weight , how much alcohol you used, all that information should be precise.
So then I went to the Institute of Bugs and Scorpions in Israel, and they gave me a well-documented scorpion. It is the most virulent scorpion they have in Israel.
AH - And why did you choose to prove Hydrogen?
I'd started a big study of the periodic table and I use the periodic table a lot in my studies and analogy and thinking.
So, when I was studying it, four or five years ago I understood that the higher up you go on the periodic table the more basic you go and that Hydrogen is the mother of all things. So I decided we should start proving the whole periodic table and we should start from the beginning.
So I started from Hydrogen. Later on during the proving, I thought, "I've taken on something too big." Because it was such an amazing proving, so fantastic that I thought, "I have no right to be starting this".
But seeing as I had started it, I had to finish. Since then I've done Neon, Germanium and Brassica, and now another one, so it keeps happening. It'll take me another two or three years, at this rate, to finish them.
The data is all there, but the real work is in extracting collating, editing repertorizing and publishing.
I do all the publications myself, because it's too small a market. People don't want to pay ten or fifteen bucks for a book that has one remedy in it. They'd rather pay fifteen bucks for a book that has fifty remedies.
AH - Can you foresee a time when the provers' unions will come back?
I think that so many people are really eager to do provings now. Many Homoeopaths contact me about provings. I know of provings in London Newcastle, Norway, California, Germany.
But, you know, a lot of people start a proving and they get stuck when they find out how much work it is. It happens. I know of a few provings that are stuck in the middle.
AH - And why did you prove Chocolate?
When I proved Hydrogen, I proved Chocolate at the same time to double-blind myself. I didn't know what was Chocolate and what was Hydrogen during the trial.I chose Hydrogen on a theoretical basis, because I said, "okay, begin at the periodic table, at the beginning," and all that.
In contrast I thought, "what's the thing that I see clinically every day?" So many people have a strong desire for chocolate, often more than any other food. And it's a food that is well connected to the emotions, but only very slightly represented in the repertory.
I thought we have to see what this is about so I proved it, and the result was so unexpected, it blew my mind. It took me a long time to understand what it was about, really.
Now I've started to understand it. We saw some nice chocolate cases; it was great. The result from the Chocolate proving was very weird. We could never have guessed the results in a million years.
AH - Didn't the toxicological reports tip you off finally?
That really brought it to light. Without the toxicology, I wouldn't have understood the proving. And fortunately on chocolate, we have a lot of toxicology.
I interviewed homeopathic students who are chocoholics all over the world, and I put all the data together with videos, and TV clips, only then did I start to understand what it's all about. The toxicological information enhances the proving very much.