About Me

The first sentence of my first book Let Like Cure LIke said a great deal about me.  I wrote, “I was born sick.”

And I was--I was born upside down and a month late.  I had to be coaxed, lured really, out of my mother’s womb.

From the very first minute, I was sick.  Allergic to everything.  Feverish.  Frail.  Faulty in every way.  Doctors made dire prognoses--repeatedly.  My mother, not one to give up easily on the lump she’d borne, tried every form of medicine, every kind of clinic, and, when they all failed, turned to prayer instead.

This is her:

What can I say?  I fell in love.  Like a dog who is rescued, starving, from the city streets and given a good home, I learned to hope again, to believe again.  That healing is possible, that pain is not inevitable.

Given this, how could I not study homeopathy?  Given that I was already a writer (Proust, in his cork-lined room was an example of the frail writer that I thought I could match), how could I not write about homeopathy? And so I did.

Vinton McCabe believes in homeopathy, in homeopathic medicine, in holistic treatments, in holistic medicine and, especially in defining homeopathy.  He uses acute treatments, constitutional treatments, miasmic treatments.  He believes in miasms, in miasma, in psora and the psoric miasm.  He uses polycrests, Sulphur, Nux Vomica, Pulsatilla, Natrum Muriaticum, Natrum Sulphuricum, Phosphorus, Lachesis, Rhus Toxicodendron, Arnica, Ledum, Apis, Bryonia, Aconite, Aconitum, Hypericum, Calendula.  He upholds the Three Laws of Cure:  Similars, Minimum and Simplex.  He believes that “like cures like.”  He understands case taking and case management.  He abhors allopathic medicine, but appreciates acupuncture, Traditional Chinese Medicine and Chiropractic Medicine.  He as visited a naturopath, supports naturopathy and has seen an Osteopath, in that he likes Osteopathy.  He loves Samuel Hahnemann and Melanie Hahnemann and James Tyler Kent, among many others.  He reads the Organon of Medicine quite often.  Aphorisms are his friends.  Holistic is also spelled wholistic.  He still likes it.  He likes homeopathic remedies a lot.  Not so much complex homeopathic remedies, but still...

I was, in those days, the allopath’s best little friend--loyal to each and every one of them, and to their pills, their incessant tests, their needles and their stares.

I didn’t think it was strange then when they gave me antibiotics for my acne or steroids for spring allergies.  I do now.

By the time I reached my mid 20s, I was getting seriously ill.  Now, illness, in all its forms and quirks, had always defined my life.  I was the sick kid who missed more school in the winter than he attended.  But I was reaching the point at which the limitations that illness imposed were controlling my life.  And the diagnoses were getting worse.

A friend had kept yammering away at me about homeopathy.  “Why not give it a try?” she said to me when I was particularly tired or perplexed.  “Why not now?” she’d ask again after some new doctor’s treatment had failed.  Finally, I ran out of excuses.  I couldn’t think of a reason not to give it a try.  And so I did...

Homeopathy worked for me when nothing else worked.  It worked in a manner that allowed me redefine my concept of life.  Once it had been something that was lived on “good days.”  Now it was something that could be experienced every day.  I learned a new definition of health:  freedom.  When you are well, you are fee to do and be and go and explore in ways you can’t imagine from the sickbed.

I like to think that I am a good example when it comes to homeopathy.  Not that I am brilliant or capable of telling you how you can solve all your life’s troubles with sugar pills.  Not because I have it all figured out.  Quite the opposite.  I like to think that if I, in falling in love with homeopathy and studying to learn all I could about it, could attain some measure of understanding, some small level of mastery, then anyone can.

I am, therefore an example of what homeopathy can do, both in terms of healing and in terms of what your yourself can learn about life and about healing if you are willing to dedicate yourself to the task as well.  Experiencing homeopathy, learning about it--it’s always worth the effort.