Spotlight on Men’s Health – by Jonathan Hardy MA BM MFHom has been practising homeopathy full-time in Hampshire UK since 1985. Ref British Homeopathic Association
It is interesting to consider the following facts:
- Men, on average, live for six years less than women.
- Over 90 per cent of convicted acts of violence are carried out by men, and nearly 70 per cent of the victims will be men.
- At school, around 90 per cent of children with behaviour problems are boys, and over 80 per cent of children with learning problems are also boys.
- Men comprise over 90 per cent of the prison population.
- Approximately three-quarters of the unemployed are men.
- A leading cause of death amongst men between 12 and 60 years of age is self-inflicted death.
- Men and boys commit suicide four times more frequently than women.
- Monday is the most common day for a man to commit suicide and 9.00am on a Monday morning is the most common time of death for men other than through a suicide.
D.H. Lawrence’s poem Healing gives an insight into why these facts are relevant:
I am not a mechanism, an assembly of various sections.
And it is not because the mechanism is working wrongly, that I am ill.
I am ill because of wounds to the soul, to the deep emotional self…
Case study – Fathers and sons
A 38 year-old man came to see me several years ago. His chief complaint was moodiness. His bad temper was not only making him unhappy, but also his wife and children. In fact, as is often the case with homeopathic referrals, his wife was the chief motivator behind him seeking treatment with me. His was quite a familiar story.
“I was brought up in a very Victorian home, with a Forces background. It was very strict and disciplinarian and that’s the way I tend to be with my children, and it creates so much friction with my wife. I can’t communicate with my children – I see my eldest son, who is 12, as a threat to the way I want to run the house. My wife’s always telling me off for frowning – I focus so intensely I find it very difficult to relax.”
This man also had epilepsy with occasional fits which would always begin with cramping in the right hand which would progress to a tonic-clonic convulsion. This led me to the homeopathic remedy Cuprum, which fitted his personality very well. Cuprum individuals tend to be serious and intense. Cuprum is a major remedy for cramps and convulsions, but Cuprum people tend to be cramped emotionally as well. They are both self-critical and critical of others. Someone needing Cuprum has a feeling of being attacked and having to defend oneself and of beginning to lose his strength and control. As a result, there is a great need to maintain order through rules and regulations. The remedy solved many problems, both physically and emotionally, for him and family life became much better. He said to me: “I’ve started to bond with my children and not see them as a threat!”
Stress and Anxiety
Emotional stress caused by grief, shock, abandonment, disappointment or major life-changes such as moving home, may leave us drained and prone to illness. If left untreated or uncorrected, ‘acute’ emotional responses can become a more long term pattern.
The diagnosis of prostate problems takes many men by surprise. Prostate cancer, the final stage of prostate suffering, is already the most common cancer in men and the second leading cause of cancer death after lung cancer.
Fertility – Men
One in six couples find it hard to conceive, but many people are unaware that a variety of complementary therapies could give those looking to start a family a helping hand.
Scientific evidence shows that a range of alternative therapies including homeopathy & nutrition may help boost fertility. Homeopathy may help encourage conception by bringing the body back into balance at a physical, emotional & mental level.
Liver, Gall and Kidney Support
Homeopathy treats the person as a whole. It means that homeopathic treatment focuses on the patient as a person, as well as his pathological condition. The homeopathic medicines are selected after a full individualizing examination and case-analysis, which includes the medical history of the patient, physical and mental constitution, family history, presenting symptoms, underlying pathology, possible causative factors etc.