The first time I remember homeopathy entering my world was as a 20-year-old student at Birmingham University. I was in the middle of an experiment and someone in the lab started talking about it. Without even looking up, I remember joining in the general mockery.
As a group of biological scientists we thought we knew what the human body was all about, and with all the arrogance of youth we spoke with total authority. I try to always remember that there was a time when homeopathy seemed ridiculous to me, simply because everything I had learned up to that point told me it was impossible.
There were many small steps on my journey from sceptic to homeopath, but experiencing the limitations of conventional medicine and then seeing homeopathy work for myself were key factors. It properly came into my life at a fateful dinner party. A woman I had known since I was a child suddenly told us that she’d been to see a homeopath. I nearly choked on my dinner in disgust, but I was curious because it seemed out of character for her. She’d been suffering with what she referred to as ‘low-grade septicaemia’. After many months of treatment with antibiotics she had been discharged and told that despite still feeling ill, there was nothing more that could be done. She said she’d seen a homeopath to stop her daughter nagging, but had felt better within days, and by the second appointment she was 70 per cent better.
I still wasn’t convinced, but it was enough to make me feel that if there was even the remotest possibility that this stuff really worked, I had to find out more. I was about to start a PhD in neuroscience but ended up swapping this for the full-time course at the College of Homeopathy. Any doubts I still had were finally silenced when I saw homeopathy work on my mother’s cat, who’s severe chronic eye infection had failed to respond to months of treatment from a series of vets. What impressed me most was that the cure, achieved by a single inexpensive tablet in a matter of days, proved to be permanent. I knew I’d found my vocation.