Interview with Dr Isaac Golden
Ph.D(MA), D.Hom., N.D., B.Ec(Hon)
Dr Isaac Golden has been a homoeopathic practitioner since 1984. Prior to that his career was in financial accounting and taxation following an Honours degree in Economics in 1972.
Dr Isaac was President of the Victorian branch of the Australian Homoeopathic Association – Australia’s largest national organization of professional homoeopaths – from 1992 to 1998.
In March 1999 he was awarded the Association’s Distinguished Service Award for his “many years of service to the Australian Homoeopathic Association and for his significant contributions to the homoeopathic profession in Australia”
Dr Isaac has been teaching homoeopathy for 24 years. He is founder and Director of the Australasian College of Hahnemannian Homoeopathy which has offered distance education courses in homoeopathic medicine for over 10 years. In April 2000 he established the Homoeopathy International Online College to teach simple courses in homoeopathy and natural medicine directly through the Internet.
Dr Isaac is an author of eleven books on Homoeopathy, including
” The Complete Practitioner’s Manual of Homœoprophylaxis – A Practical Handbook of Homeopathic Immunisation. 2012
” Vaccination & Homoeoprophylaxis? A Review of Risks and Alternatives (7th edition). 2010
” Vaccine Damaged Children: Treatment, Prevention, Reasons. 2008.
” Homoeoprophylaxis – A Fifteen Year Clinical Study. 2004.
” Homoeoprophylaxis – A Practical and Philosophical Review (4th edition). 2007.
” Homoeopathic Body-System Prescriber – A Practical Workbook of Sector Remedies (2nd edition). 2008.
” Australian Homoeopathic Home Prescriber -Part 1: The Treatment of Simple Everyday Conditions (3rd edition). 2007.
” Australian Homoeopathic Home Prescriber -Part 2: A Simple Materia Medica of Common Remedies with Repertory. 2001.
” Homoeopathic Treatment of the Energy Bodies – Traditional Strategies and New Developments. Currently out of print.
In his own practice, Isaac specializes in treating patients suffering from chronic disease using constitutional and anti miasmic homoeopathic treatment. In particular, he specializes in the treatment of vaccine damaged children, and especially children who have been diagnosed as being on the autistic spectrum.
Dr Isaac is a world authority on homoeoprophylaxis – the use of homoeopathic medicines for specific disease prevention, and has undertaken the world’s largest long-term study of parents using such a program. He graduated from the PhD program at Swinburne University, Melbourne, to research homoeoprophylaxis in 2004. This is the first time a mainstream Australian University has accepted such a topic for orthodox research.
Dr Abha ( ED ):Sir, how was your initial foray into the world of Homoeopathy from being a financial accountant?
Dr Isaac Golden ( IG ): One can be interested in more than one thing at a time. It is quite possible, and we should always grow.Basically, natural medicine was something I was interested in, and then an experience with the hazards of immunization made me decide to change career paths.
ED: Do vaccines really damage children or is it a myth created by Homoeopathic world?
IG: Certainly not a myth created by the Homoeopathic world because people from a whole range of backgrounds are concerned about this, including people who have never heard of Homoeopathy. The facts are when you look at countries around the world, my country Australia is not one of them that have vaccine damage compensation schemes, we see that billions of dollars are paid by Governments around the world in compensation for vaccine damage. If anyone needed any proof, that’s the evidence that vaccine damage is a real thing for which Governments are prepared to pay a lot of money.
But, in terms of evidence, we also have considerable evidence showing that vaccines can cause both short-term and long-term damage. One piece of research that is missing is that when you look at orthodox medical journals, there has never been a study comparing the long term holistic health of fully vaccinated and fully unvaccinated children. Until that study is done, it is impossible for the scientific community to say that they have proved that vaccines are safe for a long term. That is the remaining piece of the puzzle.
Someone in the world needs to do this study where we compare the long term holistic health of fully vaccinated and completely unvaccinated children, then we can reach a fully scientific conclusion. I have no doubt the conclusion will be – Vaccination imposes an additional chronic disease burden as well as occasional immediate severe adverse effects for which vaccine damage compensation is been paid.
ED: You know that our current issue is focused on research in homoeopathy. You have done a lot of research work related to the use of homoeopathic remedies in prevention of acute and chronic diseases. Homoeoprophylaxis is a much discussed but little researched area. What made you work on it?
IG: Some years before I started studying Homoeopathy, I used to vaccinate my children. One of my children was vaccine damaged. Then I did start researching vaccination. There was very little one could read at that time. But, I stopped vaccinating from that point because I realized I wasn’t been told completely factual information about vaccination.
So, a few years later, when I came across Homoeopathy and eventually read Dr Hahnemann’s essay on ‘Cure and Prevention of Scarlet fever’, I decided that this was something which I need to know as a parent, and so I decided to make it available to other parents. So, that’s when I decided to change or really specialize in Homoeopathic immunization or Homoeoprophylaxis. That was a key point in my life which lead to what I have been doing over the last 30 years.
ED: What is the methodology you adopt to your homoeopathic practice ?
IG: Basically, I am a classical Homoeopath. When comes to treatment I use one remedy at a time, most of the time. If I do use two, they are spaced apart. Sometimes I use a drainage remedy and once or twice a month nosode or a constitutional remedy. Generally, I pick the remedy which is most needed and give it in appropriate doses, very classical.
ED: Is Homoeopathy a hidden treasure of immunization ?
IG: Homoeopathy offers choices in immunization which mostly people are not aware of. To that extent it is a hidden treasure. Basically, Immunization in many Western countries is done using vaccination. Immunization can be any method that offers protection when a person is exposed toan infectious disease. So, Homoeopathy has an enormous amount to offer in terms of helping people to become immune to potentially serious infectious diseases with Homoeoprophylaxsis.
ED: Can Homoeoprophylaxis aid in emerging issues of health, namely, infectious viral diseases?
IG: Very much so, it can help both as treatment and prevention. Just as Hahnemann used Belladonna to treat Scarlet fever in 1798, he also used Belladonna to prevent Scarlet fever. So, the same applies to any viral or bacterial disease too. We have a lot to offer. But with a disease like, for example, meningococcal meningitis. If I had a patient, God Willing I never will, first thing I will do is send him to a hospital for I.V antibodies. But, I will give them Belladonna on the way. So, we need to be practical. Homoeopathy can’t do everything. But, it has a huge amount to offer in terms of viral and bacterial diseases both in treatment and prevention.
ED: What is the scope of homoeopathy in foreign countries and what will be your piece of advice for the homeopaths willing to practice abroad, say, in Australia for example ?
IG: Homoeopathy is very strong of course on the Indian subcontinent, in many parts of Europe, in many parts of South America and in Southern Africa. Outside these regions Homoeopathy is not as strong. In Australia, there is something called the Australian Register of Homoeopaths. And for an Indian Homoeopath wanting to go to Australia to practice, they need to get accredited with Australian Register of Homoeopaths. You will get either immediate accreditation or you would need to sit in an exam – you would need to ask them. That will be a requirement to be an accredited Homoeopath in Australia.
ED:What is stopping medical insurance companies to provide insurance to patients treated Homoeopathically ?
IG: In Australia, some private health insurance companies do pay insurance to Homoeopathic consultations, some don’t. Government insurance doesn’t recognize Homoeopathy. The law in terms of private insurance companies gives option to the companies. It’s their choice. In Australia, we unfortunately follow the American health system where Naturopathic practitioners are much better understood than Homoeopathic practitioners. So, most private health insurance pays for Naturopathic consultations and about 50-50 for Homoeopathic consultations. It’s because our Government is very negative due to the advice they receive from medical councils in Australia.
ED: Here, in India the government follows National Immunization Scheme. Do you advocate integration of HP along with NIS in India?
IG: This is a decision for Governments. However HP and vaccination could both be offered, and parents allowed to choose which immunization method they would prefer to use. Statistics could be kept showing reactions and infections in each group as well as long-term wellbeing measures and the Government would quickly see the relative merits of each method. This would be world’s first research.
ED: Can Homoeoprophylaxsis be a choice in immunization in a country like India ?
IG: HP already is used successfully in India against infectious diseases for which there are no vaccines (e.g. Dengue Fever), and some where vaccines are available (e.g. Japanese Encephalitis). Its use certainly could be extended to other epidemic and endemic diseases. It would save the State and National Governments considerable funds both directly in reduced immunization costs and indirectly through a reduction in the burden of chronic illness caused by vaccination.
ED: Is Homoeoprophylaxsis the most effective treatment in epidemics ?
IG: HP is not generally used as a treatment in epidemics – it is a preventative. Although in India the Genus Epidemicus remedy is favored for prevention and it is by definition the most successful treatment remedy for people who acquire the disease. The general advantages of HP (nosode or GE remedies) in epidemics is that it is flexible, being able to quickly accommodate changing strains of infectious antigens, easily mass produced, easily distributed, economical and non-toxic.
ED: Dengue is a major concern in India in the present decade. Do you see HP as an effective method to contain this seasonal outbreak?
IG: Yes. The CCRH is currently planning interventions against Dengue in Kerala and Delhi, and based on previous experience with HP against Dengue in five countries (India, Brazil, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Cuba) they are likely to be successful. Using the wonderful strategies developed by the RAECH program in Kerala, HP could be used throughout India on a State-by-State basis to combat not only Dengue but other infectious diseases as well.
ED: How can we convince the Indian government to start research in HP ? Is the citation of endemic Japanese Encephalitis enough ? Or, are there more evidences to support our view ?
IG: There is a considerable body of international evidence supporting the comparative effectiveness of HP in both short-term and long-term prevention. However more research is always warranted. India is in the perfect position to lead the world in research into immunization options. It should consider doing the last remaining piece of research required to confirm the safety of vaccines: that is a comparison of the holistic health of vaccinated and fully unvaccinated children. It also is perfectly placed to undertake meaningful research into the effectiveness of HP. It is not an overstatement to say that the world needs Indian doctors and scientists to undertake this research for the benefit of all people.
ED: What are the toughest cases you healed with Homoeopathy?
IG: I have been practicing for 30 years, so I have forgotten more cases than I remember! I specialize in treatment of autistic children. So, I get many references of vaccine damage children. Some of these cases are almost impossible to treat successfully. Many cases of vaccine damage are reversible. In some tragic cases, the damage is so profound that young healthy children who had eye contact with their parents, who were happy, who played with other children, get so disabled immediately following a vaccine that they are confined to a wheel chair, they have no language, no eye contact, no emotion. When the damage is structural, there is little one can do. When the damage is more functional, there is lot Homoeopathy can offer. And, Homoeopathy has more to offer than any other modality in this world. People don’t realize that.
ED: What are your plans for contribution to the development of Homoeopathy, how far have you been able to achieve them.
IG: As I have already said, when I read Hahnemann on the homeoprophylaxis of Scarlet fever, thatbecame my principal focus in homeopathy. I will keep trying to make HP acceptable to governments by collecting and publishing evidence of effectiveness. In my own country Iwill keep giving parents immunization options, and help them learn about the Homoeopathic option and the evidence to back up my stand, as well as information about possible vaccine damage.
So I will keep doing research and publishing more information on HP. That’s why I have come to your beautiful country India to discuss putting placethe HP program for Dengue, Japanese encephalitis, andAcute encephalitis. I am very grateful to the Director General of CCRH Dr Manchanda for allowing me to contribute where possible.
If we can show reasonable people more and more evidence, and get other relevant information to them, then there is a chance that we can change some other Governments to give parents in their countries the option to choose between HP and vaccination. It can only be a win-win for governments and parents and their children – less cost, less risk, and a strong level of protection through Hahnemann’s great blessing to the world.