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Dr Steven Kayne

Dr Steven Kayne

Editor, Simile

Gill Graham

Gill Graham

Features Editor, Simile

Dr Gabriella Day

Dr Gabriella Day

Clinical Editor, Simile

Simile Full edition - June 2024 Volume 53 Issue 2 - Members Only

His Majesty King Charles III to continue patronage of the Faculty

The Faculty of Homeopathy is delighted to announce that His Majesty King Charles III has been confirmed as Patron of the Faculty of Homeopathy.

As Prince of Wales, His Majesty became Patron of the Faculty of Homeopathy in 2019, marking the 175th anniversary of the founding of the organisation. Following a major review of Patronages on the occasion of the first anniversary of the Coronation, Buckingham Palace has confirmed the news that His Majesty has graciously chosen to retain and continue this Patronage.

Dr Gary Smyth, President of the Faculty of Homeopathy, commented:
“It is an enormous honour to enjoy the Patronage of His Majesty The King. We are deeply grateful for this generous endorsement, and the continued, long-term support of Homeopathy as part of an integrative and sustainable approach to healthcare. This news marks a significant milestone for the Faculty of Homeopathy, in this 180th year since the founding of the organisation. This strengthens our resolve to advance our important work to promote and support the highest standards of practice, education and research in Homeopathy. I look forward to continuing to raise awareness of this valuable system of medicine.”

This award of Patronage follows the appointment of homeopathic physician Dr Michael Dixon FFHom (Hon) in December last year as leading the Royal Medical Household – the medical wing that comprises a range of physicians and surgeons to the Sovereign and to the Royal Household. He was awarded the CVO in the Birthday Honours List.

Simile Full Edition - March 2024 Volume 53 Issue 1 - Members only

Good by and thank you to Cristal

Gill interviews Cristal, who is leaving and seeking pastures new after 24 years of dedicated service to the Faculty and Homeopathy UK.

Goodbye and thank you Cristal! The Congresses in Edinburgh (2006) and Glasgow (2014) were highly successful and colleagues can be assured that all who stray across the border – and locals of course! – will enjoy an extremely warm welcome. In addition, locals promise ‘Send tyou homeward tae think again!’ as the Flower of Scotland, the National song, proclaims! Surgeons’ Hall is a great venue – in recent years it has become an important venue for the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, having spaces for several different performances at the same time. I recently had the pleasure of chatting to Cristal Skaling-Klopstock, who leaves her position as Chief Executive of Homeopathy UK on March 1st. Cristal has had many roles during her (almost) 24 years of involvement with homeopathy, which, as well as her CEO role with H-UK, include being Chair of 4Homeopathy (a coalition in the UK for the promotion and defense of homeopathy), Co-President EFHPA (European Federation of Homeopathic Patients’ Associations) and a Council member, and ECH (European Committee for Homeopathy) and of course, a former CEO of the Faculty of Homeopathy.

Simile Full Edition - December 2023 Volume 52 Issue 4 - Members only

Ground breaking Science: Homeopathy and the Future of Global Health


This conference took place on October 20th-22nd 2023 at UConn Health, which is a major medical school and teaching hospital in Connecticut. The event featured leading research scientists and physicians from around the world presenting the latest basic science, pre-clinical and clinical research in homeopathy.

Simile - Full Edition September 2023 Volume 52 Issue 3 - Members only

Climate change and global health – what should the homeopathic community do?

Climate-related environmental disasters have not let up this summer. Heat waves are roasting the United States, Europe, China and North Africa while wildfires are raging in Canada and Greece. Choking smoke from the Canadian fires has obscured skies throughout the United States. This is harmful to everyone, but especially children.

The main cause of climate change is well known – massive increases in greenhouse gases from burning fossil fuels such as oil, gas, and coal, and vehicle emissions. At the 2021 COP26 climate conference in Glasgow, King Charles while speaking of the need to abandon fossil fuels said, “We might be forced to put ourselves on a warlike footing”. It seems that ‘net zero’ is, at best, a quarter of a century away – at worse, not at all. Other causes relate to deforestation, agricultural practices and the production of cement. There are natural causes of climate change too – they include those resulting from solar irradiance – changing energy from the sun has affected the temperature of earth and volcanic eruptions. Sceptics maintain that climate change is a natural phenomenon, but none of these events could cause environmental disturbances on the scale experienced.

Simile Full Edition - Volume 51 Issue 1 - March 2023 - Members only

Faculty to expand overseas membership

The Faculty of Homeopathy has been innovative and inclusive from its very beginnings. It was the first homeopathic membership organisation to offer a post graduate course for doctors who wanted to add homeopathy to their portfolio of professional services. That postgraduate course led to the Faculty of Homeopathy Membership by Examination (MFHom) qualification and since then this has been developed for all statutorily registered healthcare professionals, including veterinary surgeons.

Faculty Council, Members’ Committee, our supportive staff and some enthusiastic longstanding Faculty members have been working over the last few years to bring clarity to our understanding of the Faculty Act and Byelaws and to bring the Faculty into the changing world of healthcare provision. Over the years we have seen the healthcare professionals who are statutorily registered grow in line with the delivery of healthcare today. As a Faculty we want to be able to welcome those healthcare professionals whose standards align with the Faculty and who wish to include homeopathy within their skillset and scope of practice, into our membership. It is vital that we are an active growing membership who represent the demographics of the world in which we operate. It’s vital that we stand up for the place of homeopathy in healthcare and the freedom of choice for our patients.

It’s also important that we continue to include our global membership in these plans. There are so many healthcare professionals worldwide whose qualifications and standards align with Faculty values and who enrich our organisation, some in the UK and others wider afield.

Steven Kayne

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Simile Full Edition - December 2022 - Members only

The Faculty welcomes our new monarch
We warmly welcome King Charles III and wish him a long and happy reign with his gracious Queen Consort beside him.

King Charles III has promoted homeopathic and herbal treatments since the 1980s despite criticism from several influential sources. In 1990, the then-Prince of Wales set up Duchy Originals Foods Limited, to sell organic food products. A decade later the brand went into partnership with Waitrose. Also in the 1990s, he launched the Foundation for Integrated Medicine, a charity created to advance acceptance and understanding of complementary and alternative medicine in the UK. The organisation provided advice on the regulation of massage, aromatherapy, reflexology, and other complementary therapies. Unfortunately, the foundation was obliged to close in 2010.

In 2019, Prince Charles became patron of the Faculty of Homeopathy. The future of this position is currently in discussion with his representatives. On his accession to the throne the new King announced that he would not be so vocal about political, healthcare, and social issues in the future.

His commitment to homeopathy has always been greatly appreciated, and it is hoped that he will continue his support during his reign, albeit to a lesser extent.

Steven Kayne

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Simile Full Edition - September 2022 - Members only

On the 6th July 2022 an exciting collaboration, which has been 178 years in the making, took place. Dr Gary Smyth, President of the Faculty of Homeopathy (FOH), and Dr Alex Bekker, President of the American Institute of Homeopathy (AIH), signed an agreement to collaborate on many joint projects, such as research, including sharing best practices, networking, and educational events.

Simile Platinum Jubilee Edition - June 2022 - Members only

This is the celebratory issue for the Platinum Jubilee. There is a fascinating article on the Royals and some fantastic cases on a Royal theme.  Also, in this issue Is a reflection on the events of the tragic Staines air crash 50 years ago and a tribute to those who lost their lives.

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