I get asked this question a lot. I also get asked, “Was it hard to start to learn homeopathy when you’re a scientist?” The answer to all of these questions lies in the main reason I became a research scientist in the first place. I had a passion for wanting to know what caused disease and how I could help to cure people from disease. I was naturally talented at academic schooling and because of this, I did well in the maths/science subjects. When it came time to choosing a university degree, I found a Bachelor of Biomedical Science that seemed to tick all my boxes. During this degree, I discovered that I loved research and I thought this would help me discover what causes disease and how I could help people. I went on to do my Honour’s degree, received First-class honours and then moved onto my Diploma of Philosophy at the QLD Institute of Medical Research in Brisbane. My project involved discovering mutations in a gene which caused a very rare genetic liver disease. I was happy to be working on this project but I felt useless at the end as I couldn’t do more to help these patients. Genetic testing was all we could offer for them and I felt disheartened that after over 5 years of research we could not offer some kind of treatment.
It was after my PhD that I went to England and did my first post-doctoral position at Oxford University in an immunology research laboratory. I was excited to branch into immunology and learn more about the immune system and infectious diseases. We initially worked on a project involving two polysaccharide-conjugate vaccines. The results we found suggested immunological memory was not occurring as the vaccine companies were claiming and additional booster shots were needed at 12 months of age and should be added to the immunisation schedules. I didn’t agree with this for two reasons: if the vaccine companies had claimed one result and we found another, then what else are they not telling us? also, why not suggest the vaccine is actually ineffective rather than saying another booster shot is needed. I thought we should be forcing the vaccine companies to make a better vaccine, one that actually worked the way they claimed, but that is just my opinion. So I realised that there was more going on in the research world that I was not ethically comfortable with. I also realised very few “cures” were actually taking place and I was not feeling like I was ever going to be able to help people this way.
I started asking those questions again, what is health? What causes disease? Is disease just on the physical or is the physical due to an emotional cause? Is there a health modality that actually works to cure disease? These questions led me to discover Homeopathy. I thought I would go and see a homeopath to test it out because according to main-stream science, the remedies were just water and the effect was purely placebo. At that time in my life I had suffered from asthma and chronic bronchitis since I had a bout of pneumonia at 15 yrs of age. So over 10 years later I was still suffering, and every time I got a cold, I would get bronchitis and need antibiotics. One visit to the homeopath and one remedy and I was cured of my asthma and the bronchitis that had plagued me. This was my first experience of homeopathy and I thought, wow, this actually works and my body is finally capable of getting through something on its own. That event changed my life and I discovered a health modality that had the potential to cure disease. I enrolled in an Advanced Diploma of Homeopathy and 15 years later I am successfully curing many afflictions in my children, my friends and family and I have not had a relapse of asthma or bronchitis since that remedy. I also found out that Samuel Hahnemann who discovered Homeopathy was actually a medically qualified doctor and a research scientist, a chemist. So being an open-minded researcher who asks many questions and has a passion for helping people is exactly what being a good homeopath is all about.