Challenging Children (Success with Homeopathy) - Linlee Jordan
Do you have a child who is a challenge?
Are you looking for help to manage them without pharmaceutcals?
The stories in this book about Australian kids who have had success with homeopathy offer inspiration and hope to everyone working and living with challenging children.
- Author: Jordan Linlee
- 219 pages
- Printed in Germany
Reprinted with the permission of The Alliance of Registered Homeopaths. From the magazine 'Homeopathy in Practice', Autumn 2012 edition;
Reviewed by Elizabeth Adalian:
The title Challenging Children - Success with Homeopathy will catch the eye of both parent / carer and homeopath alike. Many children do not fall into any category and, by labelling them with a 'condition', they easily become margin-3 sed. The very word 'challenging' implies potential which is just waiting to be tapped, and the Australian author, Linlee Jordan, definitely adopts a very supportive approach to these cases.
In Australia, homeopathy is often confused with naturopathy - the latter discipline being much more prevalent in the different communities. This means that there is little awareness that homeopathy can address the issues that challenging children' present. (All the initialled illnesses such as ADHD, ASD, OCD, fall into this category.) According to the publisher:
Around 11% of Australian children between six and 17 years of age are diagnosed with ADHD - an astonishing fact to most parents. In the search for answers, this book is a drug-free guide to treatment and offers hope and inspiration to everyone working and living with these children. This statistic probably translates into the greater developed world, so the subject matter should be of interest to parents and carers far beyond. Although the text is ostensibly written for the latter readership, it is also of interest to homeopaths to learn how Linlee sets out to explain the 'process', the very word 'process' being the operative word here.
The text is based on the work of homeopaths around Australia and promotes their different styles of practice This means that the last 34 pages of the book are dedicated to profiling these different practitioners with a brief out-line of their individual work.
Linlee is eminently qualified to write such a text coming from a background of nursing with a Masters degree in Health and Education and a diploma in Homeopathy and Nutrition. She also set up the Aurum Project which is dedicated to research into behavioural issues in children. (The project supports families to use homeopathy, not only for these issues, but also for any acute ailments the children may suffer.) Linlee was head of homeopathy at the Nature Care College in Sydney for ten years. Her articles have been published in many journals and magazines. The book received a special mention in the 2007 New South Wales Writers' Centre Book Prize Competition and has been widely appreciated by the homeopathic community in Australia. The book was written with the creative direction of Linda Beaver who has also taught and published widely.
Sensitivity is shown by the author's recommendation that the homeopath meet initially alone with the parent. This enables the homeopath to be familiarised with the case before encountering the child. At the same time, this protects the child's vulnerability.
On the front cover of the book and interspersed throughout are charming illustrations by the children who have been successfully treated. In fact, it makes one think that, if one wants one's child to be an artistic prodigy, the answer is to seek homeopathic treatment for them! The integration of the pictures demonstrates the joy engendered by the cure. There are also lovely quotes scattered throughout, for example:
There have been two great revelations in my life: the first was bebop and the second was homeopathy (attributed to Dizzy Gillespie -great jazz musician).
The emphasis is mostly on issues which afflict the family, such as temper outbursts on the emotional level and sleep disturbances on the more physical one; the two being very interconnected. The style appeals to those who cannot commit much of their time to reading, which is often the case when parenting or caring for these children. There are many reference points so - even though this is a compact book - it can be dipped in and out of according to need. The type of physical ailments that 'chalÂ¬lenging children' present (in addition to sleep disturbances) are covered as well as emotional ones such as allergies and bedwetting. There is a wonderful description of vaccinosis and how this is addressed. The references cover a broad range and are quite impressive.
In the words of Dr Isaac Golden on the inside front cover:
This is not a textbook to teach remedy selection - it is an outcomes book which clearly shows parents and others what is possible in different and sometimes desperate situations. In fact, the mention of remedies is almost redundant as, in many instances, little explanation is given to highlight on what basis they were chosen in each case. This could be confusing and leave the targeted readership in the dark as to the rationale in the particular case. This criticism apart, I can only say this book 'packs a punch'. It fills a very gaping hole by spreading the word to a waiting captive audience.