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Over 2,000 years ago, Ovid wrote the legend of Narcissus, a handsome Greek hunter who, seeing his own reflection in a pool, fell in love with that image, rejected anyone else, and pined away until he died. After his death, the flower narcissus grew at this location.
The concept of narcissism was popularised by Freud’s work on the ego and his essay ‘On Narcissism’ (1914) which became a subject of scientific interest in the field of psychology.
Narcissism lies on a spectrum, ranging from healthy self-love to excessive, pathological self-admiration, an inflated sense of self-importance, delusions of grandeur and a lack of empathy, covering up deep-rooted insecurities.
Is narcissism a modern epidemic? It has certainly been exacerbated by a breakdown in supportive social ties, the rise of social media and addiction to the likes of Facebook, Instagram and Twitter which have changed the way many of us communicate with each other.
There are no quick fixes for deeply ingrained behavioural patterns such as narcissism. Homeopathy can help to break up patterns, but we see more patients who have been emotionally entangled in a destructive dynamic with narcissists rather than narcissists themselves who usually see no reason to change their behaviour.

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Contents

News from the Chair
Eye of newt and toe of frog  Karin Mont 4

News in general 6

News Feature

HRI Conference, London 2019 Lionel Milgrom 16
Homeopathic research is more alive than ever as Lionel Milgrom, who attended HRI’s biennial international event, documents. There is a collection of high-quality studies which have delivered empirical evidence that ultrahigh dilution drugs work and that studies can be repeated. Such research is not only carried out in the Western world either.

Features

Beauty and the beast Krista Masonis 28 
Krista Masonis, a homeopath and expert on the topic, gives us useful information on the character traits of narcissists that we should look for, and guidance how to treat them and those affected by their destructive nature. As in all cases, a close look at the personal history is paramount. Long-term homeopathic treatment, together with other forms of support, can play an essential role in an emotional shift.
Centenary of a champion of homeopathy Louise Hall & Mike Bridger 40
This article is about John Ainsworth and Ainsworths homeopathic pharmacy. It is written by John’s granddaughter, Louise Hall, and Mike Bridger. What a man he was! Apart from research documenting homeopathy’s demonstrable effects, we also need people with such commitment to homeopathy who can show the world what homeopathy is about.
Fluoride – not just a concern for oral health Dr Augusto Cura 44
Sugary and acidic food/drinks can lead to enamel erosion of the teeth. Fluoride is usually offered as the standard answer to tooth decay. Augusto Cura, however, a dentist and homeopath, talks about the dangers of fluoride to health. Fluoride above the maximum dose is toxic for all body tissues but there is little or no research on repeated exposure to low doses. We not only get fluoride in toothpaste but also in water, tea, pharmaceuticals, and through dental procedures. Augusto suggests simple measures, including homeopathic remedies, to readdress the balance.
Constantine Hering’s stance on sugar Elizabeth Adalian 52
Emotional and physical imbalance is a theme in Elizabeth Adalian’s article on Saccharum album. Excess sugar consumption, perhaps compensation for lack of love, creates an acid imbalance which affects the microbiome and is often linked to addiction. Elizabeth suggests that Saccharum could be a much overlooked remedy for any addiction.

Reviews

The Kefir Solution by Shann Nix Jones 58
Brain And Nervous System – Blossoming Spirituality by Rosina Sonnenschmidt 58
Phenomena And Facets by Rajesh Shah 59