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This statement accompanied some books I received from a homeopathic bookseller in November 2001. I do not agree with its conclusions but am posting it as an example of what homeopathic proponents say. -- Stephen Barrett, M.D.

Open Letter from the Desk of
Sandra Perko, Ph.D., C.C.N.

Dear Friends,

Pertaining to the resent tragic events in the nation, I have had numerous calls, e-mails, etc. from former students who have studied homeopathy with me over the past number of years. Years in which I both practiced and taught classical homeopathy. They have asked me if I would be willing to "come out of retirement" in order to teach a short series of local classes having to do with the homeopathic response to a possible threat in the near future of biological and/or chemical terrorist attacks.

While I do not want, in any way, to contribute to the growing fear and near hysteria which seems to be developing concerning this possible eventuality, I do believe that it is only prudent for those of us who practice homeopathy to be as prepared as it is possible to be. In recent days the news media has devoted a great deal of coverage on this subject. Specifically, CNN ran a news bite from the CDC outlining the top possible chemical/biological agents that may be used and their major symptoms. It is apparent that this situation is considered by officials to be more than a mere possibility.

It would, no doubt be preferable to have at our disposable an item by item discussion of specific chemical gasses, viruses, bacteria, etc., and their unique symptoms along with a small group of the most likely Genus Epidemicus remedies to help deal with each. However, after taking a quick count of possible agents, I soon realized that the list is staggering. I counted 20 such agents that I could think of, and I'm sure there are some that I haven't thought of or know about. However, when researching the symptoms of some of these major agents/diseases, I was struck with the fact that the early or first symptom picture (following individual incubation periods) is quite similar, and resembles influenza. Example: Anthrax -- "Initial symptoms are insidious and influenza-like." Smallpox -- "Onset is abrupt, with chills, high fever, and great prostration -- similar to influenza. Headache, backache, and muscular pains may occur." And when discussing such agents in general, "The germs would incubate for days before people began turning up ill, and initial symptoms would resemble influenza."

It has therefore occurred to me that the time to treat any such event homeopathically - no matter what chemical or biological agent it may be - would be when the first symptom picture begins to emerge and clarify, before the case has developed into alarming and dangerous symptoms when the vital force is more apt to be overwhelmed and life would be threatened. It also occurs to me, when considering whether or not to try and put together treatment plans for each of these possible biological/chemical attacks, the fact that I have already compiled just such a homeopathic battle plan in my book The Homeopathic Treatment of Influenza. Since the initial symptoms resemble influenza the practitioner can use the Quick Keynote Reference beginning on page 135 to determine which top 2 or 3 remedies most closely match the over-all symptom picture. As we know, it is not necessary to be able to "name the disease" before we can initiate effective treatment. Homeopathy, as it was in the great influenza pandemic of 1918, may well be the most, and possibly the only truly effective defense in these cases. In that great Spanish Flu pandemic homeopaths were curing their cases (based on just the symptoms) while every one else was wasting precious time tying to figure out what the disease was that they were dealing with and, as a result, were losing people by the thousands.

If you already have a copy of this book you would do well to familiarize yourselves with how to best use this reference as the first line of defense in the most effective way. This would also include researching those remedies in the book which have a hemorrhagic affinity, such as seen in later stages of Ebola, Plague, etc. In this study I would include as well, those remedies listed under fever, hemorrhagic on page 1285; the Small-pox rubric on page 1319 of Kent's Repertory, as well as considering antioxidant remedies, such as Carbo veg., etc. for toxic gases.

We sincerely believe that the book The Homeopathic Treatment of Influenza may yet fill an extremely vital role in aiding homeopaths the world over in the months ahead to, not only meet the challenge of an unprecedented highly virulent influenza pandemic, but may also be of indispensable use should we be faced with "the unthinkable."


Ms. Perko practiced clinical nutrition and classical homeopathy in Texas for more than 20 years. For 11 of those years, she also directed the South Texas Education Center for Classical Homeopathy in San Antonio where she taught both subjects.

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This article was posted on December 2, 2001.