News

All articles are displayed in reverse chronological sequence. Please scroll to read all or choose a Category   

 RSS Feed

Category: Announcements

  1. Vision v2.0005 released

    Posted on

    An upgrade is available for all Vision v2 users. V2.0005 is for both Windows & Mac. 

    This is a free upgrade for v2 users. It contains Knerr's Repertory (new) and a revised Boericke Repertory as well as new features and many improvements. New resources are available to buy with this upgrade, namely: Complete Repertory 2021 and Vermeulen Books.

    This upgrade does not apply to Vision version 1 users. 

    To read about this upgrade and to download please click below:-https://www.miccant.com/upgradesforvision

     

  2. Vermeulen Materia Medicas

    Posted on

    Introduced in Vision version 2.0005 these books are all available as an option to purchase with Vision. None of these books can be purchased for Vision version 1 - they can only be purchased for use with Vision version 2. If you are a Vision v2 user make sure you download the free upgrade to v2.0005 once you have purchased any Vermeulen book in order to gain access.

    The books available are:

    • Concordant Reference 1
    • Synoptic Reference 1
    • Prisma
    • Fungi
    • Monera (Bacteria & Viruses)

    When you need to read and check the detail of a remedy – choose Concordant!. You no longer need to check all of the old books one by one – Concordant compiles all of that information into one volume. Concordant will become your essential reference book.

    When you need to quickly grasp the picture of a remedy consult Synoptic.

    Where Concordant provides details of all known symptoms (provings and cured symptoms) for a remedy, Synoptic summarises into an easy-to-understand picture. Synoptic also contains an invaluable new feature called a Plus Group - this helps you quickly grasp the core of each remedy.

    Prisma is for those who wish to understand the nature of a remedy especially with regard to the substance from which it is derived. The doctrine of signatures is examined with relation to each substance and expanded with modern information and understanding that was not available at the time of the original provings.

    Fungi attempts to expand our knowledge and application of the fungal remedies which are poorly represented in our literature. It does this by providing a 'key' for each remedy which is created by combining toxocoligical and mycological information along with medicinal uses and fungal lore and also, of course, homeopathic symptoms where available.

    Monera (Bacteria & Viruses)
    A highly topical explanation of the contents of these kingdoms in homeopathic lietrature. Where Bacteria are the origin of all life on Earth, Viruses have no life of their own and require other metabolisms to proliferate. 

    To purchase and add any Vermeulen books to your Vision system please click here 

    Here is more information on Concordant and Synoptic :

    Concordant Reference

    Information on 918 remedies with an additional 289 remedies added into the ‘Relations’ section of the remedy they most closely resemble

    Symptoms are from provings/poisonings (mainly Allens Encyclopedia – which itself included all of Hahnemanns Materia Medica Pura)  and from cases (mainly Herings Guiding Symptoms). This provides a rounded, complete explanation of each remedy all in one volume.

    Each of the following works has been used to compile almost everything into Concordant Reference:

    1. W. Boericke – Pocket Manual of Homoeopathic Materia Medica, 9th ed.

    2. C.M. Boger – A Synoptic Key of the Materia Medica, 4th ed. and Boeninghausen’s Characteristics and Repertory.

    3. A. von Lippe - Key Notes & Red Line Symptoms of the Materia Medica.

    4. T.F. Allen - A Primer of Materia Medica for Practitioners of Homoeopathy.

    5. A. & D.T. Pulford – Homoeopathic Materia Medica of Graphic Drug Pictures and Clinical Comments.

    6. A.C. Cowperthwaite – A Text-Book of Materia Medica and Therapeutics.

    7. J.T. Kent – Repertory of the Homoeopathic Materia Medica, 6th ed., and Lectures on Homoeopathic Materia Medica.

    8. J.H. Clarke – A Dictionary of Practical Materia Medica.

    9. C. Hering – Condensed Materia Medica and Hering’s Guiding Symptoms of the Materia Medica.

    10. T.F. Allen – Handbook of Materia Medica and Homeopathic Therapeutics and Encyclopedia of Pure Materia Medica.

    Concordant alsoshows the source (as above) of all entries. Families of remedies are also shown with up to date scientific nomenclature provided for each remedy.

    Synoptic Reference

    This work provided a ‘synopsis’ or summarised picture of 500 remedies. 

    All sources used have been checked and verified by Frans – with the need to often correct errors arising from original translations and errors of misunderstanding by old authors.

    Each remedy has a section showing its leading Symptoms. Further, the Substance of each remedy is explained and additional sections on Affinities, Strange, Rare & Peculiar and  Foods & Fluids are provided.

    An innovation called the ‘Plus Group’ is also provided for each remedy.  This contains those things that are characteristic or distinct for each remedy. The more entries from the Plus Group your case has, the better the match to the remedy in your case.

     

  3. Knerr's Repertory

    Posted on

    This repertory was released with Vision version 2.0005. It is provided freely to all Vision version 2 users.

    The full name of this work is : "Repertory Of Hering's Guiding Symptoms Of Our Materia Medica" by Calvin Knerr.

    As the name implies this repertory is derived from the provings compiled by Hering along with practical results observed in many cases. Knerr worked as an assistant to Hering himself, married one of Herings daughters and had direct experience of all of his work. In fact, Knerr himself eventually completed and published Herings Guiding Sympytoms.

    Remedies are assigned 4 grades in this repertory:

    1. The symptom has been occasionally confirmed 

    2. Has been repeatedly confirmed but if it has only been confirmed once that was seen to be in keeping with the overall character of the remedy

    3. Denotes it has been seen as part of a verified cured case

    4. Repeatedly verified and seen in practice

     

     

  4. Complete Repertory 2021 edition

    Posted on

    Complete Repertory 2021

    Introduced in Vision version 2.0005 this edition of the Complete is available as an option to purchase with Vision. This edition of Complete cannot be added to Vision version 1 - it can only be purchased for use with Vision version 2. If you are a Vision v2 user make sure you download the free upgrade to v2.0005 in order to purchase and use this new edition of Complete. The author offers a chargeable upgrade to Complete to users of previous versions (see below)

    New information incorporated:

    312,000 additions have been made by using data from Knerr's Repertory, an increase of 29,000 additrons compared to the 2020 edition.

    Many additions to partial rubics have been made using the remedy information contained in more specific rubrics  - this information are called 'donor-receptor' additions. Here is an example:

    CR2021.donor

    In total, 46969 source additions have been made compared to the 2020 edition, most of these coming from the work derived from Knerr and some new remedy additions. There are 7 new remedy additions made :

    CR2021.NewRx

    To add Complete Repertory 2021 into your Vision click here.

    To upgrade an older version of Complete into the latest 2021 edition click here:

    Please note: Complete 2021 is available Vision for Windows and Vision for Mac. 

  5. One Friday Night - In memory of Dr Prafull Vijayarkar

    Posted on

    An Urgent case 

    Dr Vijayarkar passed recently. He was an inspiration to many and thousands of homeopaths were devastated to hear of his death. Many years ago he called me from India unexpectedly one Friday night - I thought it might be a good way to remember him if I re-printed this article:

    One Friday Night....David Witko and Dr Pravin Jain

    Every now and again something happens that re-affirms your belief in homeopathy. This is a telling of just one of those times................

    Last Friday at 7pm, at the end of a long day spent testing and re-testing the new (ISIS) Vision I was resting at home when the phone rang. The caller was my wife's sister, Sheila. Sheila is the lovely lady who happens to work in Miccant preparing and shipping all of those Vision and Akiva systems for our customers. She said 'David - Ruth (our tech support ladty at the time) has just been the phone....apparently Pravin from Mumbai just messaged her on MSN - someone has been taken very ill - can you please contact Pravin urgently?' 

    So I logged on right away and Pravin was waiting for me. Pravin is an associate of the Predictive School of Homeopathy in Mumbai. Apparently, a close family member of Pravin's mentor, the renowned Dr Prafull Vijayarkar, had been taken ill while on board a ship near the UK. In fact things were so serious that the man had been taken off the ship and transported directly to the Aberdeen Royal Infirmary in Scotland. 

    Pravin asked if I was near to Abderdeen as Dr Vijayarakar needed a remedy taking directly to the hospital. I replied that I was at least a 7-8 hour drive away!! A mutual contact was found who had already been contacted, Praveen Kumar who, with his generous and energetic spirit, had already obtained Nux vom 200c somewhere in Birmingham at 8pm on a Friday night and who had set off at high speed up the motorway to Aberdeen with his son.

    I vainly tried ringing all 11 of our Miccant homeopathic customers in Aberdeen to see if we could short-cut an 8 hour drive. I received 11 voicemail messages (understandable on a Friday night).

    Following further dialog with Pravin in Mumbai Dr Vijayarkar called me to explain that the man in question...'was 55 years old working as an engineer on the ship which was docked in the port of Aberdeen. The man developed a fever with shivering coming and going over 4-5 days which did not respond to treatment given on board ship. 

    He had fever with severe body aches and excessive pain in the lumbar region. The captain of the ship had given him Combiflam (an anti-inflammatory medicine) after which the fever suddenly came down and he perspired profusely. He phoned his wife in the USA and told her that after many days illness he felt much better because the fever had reduced so drastically. But he had become cold and clammy. After this his urine output started decreasing, and he had developed swelling on the face and body. On the 3rd day he started to develop breathlessness on talking. 

    He was then taken to Aberdeen Royal Infirmary where he was suspected of having a urinary tract infection. He checked into the hospital at 3.00 pm and by 5.00 pm he had found it more and more difficult to walk and talk. So he was advised that further investigation was required.Scans and x-rays showed pleural effusion and pericardial effusion and he was then admitted to the hospital. He was primarily diagnosed with renal failure as his Creatinine levels were raised up. His serum potassium also was increased. The doctors in the hospital suspected Acute Bacterial Infection spreading to the lungs and heart, leading to borderline cardiac enlargement with cardiac myopathy. 

    As the day progressed he became even worse and he started losing alertness and finally he lost consciousness and went into a comatose state. He was immediately moved to the ICU (Intensive Care Unit) and was put on life support. 

    The poor man was alone in Aberdeen, and there was no one with him. His wife and son and daughter in law were all in the USA. Only the colleagues on ship who had taken him to the hospital were with him . His wife wanted to get to the UK, but could not do so as she did not have the necessary VISA and the consulate of the USA was closed for independence day preparations.


    Dr Vijayarkar explained that 'only Nux vom was needed in a case like this' and we had to get it to him before it was too late. Feeling a little helpless I called Praveen Kumar, who was further up the motorway, to offer just a few words of advice. I advised him that on arrival he was to say he was a family member who had been alerted to the condition of his relative and that he wanted to be with him. I further advised that he should not introduce himself as a doctor and certainly not to say he was a homeopath! 

    Dr Vijayarkar had advised me that in cases like this he always wanted the remedy to be rubbed into the cheeks of the comatose patient. So the fate of this man rested with the redoubtable Praveen Kumar - who had to drive 8 hours overnight, penetrate the ICU and unobtrusively administer the remedy! 

    When Praveen Kumar arrived he found the man on:- 

    1. Continuous dialysis
    2. Ventilator 
    3. Heart line inserted for monitoring

     And Praveen noted that a mild fever was persisting. Nux-vom 200c was administered on the cheek as instructed. 

    Within 25 minutes – the persisting fever came down. After 2 hours the man opened his eyes. After another 30 minutes – the doctors reduced the ventilator from 14 to 7. After another 30 minutes – the ventilator was stopped and withdrawn. By the evening hemodialysis was stopped and it was given only once more. The man had come to his normal senses in 4-5 hrs and started talking. One day later he was talking to everyone and spoke to Dr. Vijayakar on phone and was eating! 

    Fantastic! 

    Now - those of you who have attended any of my lectures and presentations may know of my talk on 'Embryology and Homeopathy' which is directly attributable to the pioneering work of Dr Vijayarkar. Normally I restrict my introductory lecture to the explanation of Herings Laws of Cure and Embryology as Dr Vijayarkar has taught me to pass on. With this case however I have a clear opportunity to show you how Dr Vijayarkar analyses such situations and how his great expertise can literally save lives! 

    Explanation and Analysis by Dr Vijayarkar:

    The only 'history' which I could get was from 2 sources:-

    1. The physician attending him in the ICU reported that when he was bought to the hospital that he was cold and clammy

    2. His wife reported how he developed fever and how medication was taken and how he felt instant relief from this anti-inflammatory. She further said that, on the morning of admission, when he was talking to her on the phone, he sounded very irritated when she did not answer his questions properly. This was very unusual for an otherwise calm person. She further stated, that he told her of passing less urine despite his thirst being very good. On that day whilst on the phone, he would talk only about his health and did not even ask about other members of the family. 

    So what was the situation? How do we homeopaths look at such a case? 

    Sudden renal failure – the kidneys and other organs were failing fast. All reports of urine culture and sensitivity were showing no presence of infection. But the CT scan showed necrosis of kidney tissue.  This immediately leads us to the SYPHILITIC Miasm i.e. Onset of destruction in kidney tissue. Our remedy therefore needs to be known as a syphilitic remedy.

    Sudden development of renal failure, pleural effusion and pericardial effusion. Within 2 days, the disease had spread from renal shutdown to cardiac myopathy. So something which started as an inflammatory process (psora - inflammation of kidney tissue) proceeded to the destruction of the tissue (necrosis of kidney - syphilitic) with an intermediate stage of sycosis (pleural effusion and pericardial effusion)

    Therefore SPEED = FAST and therefore the remedy we need to administer also has to be fast (acting).

    Causation? There was no obvious mental causation. The only ascertainable causation was the taking of the anti inflammatory medicine.

    Physical Generals - Thermals = Chilly

    Thirst – his wife said, inspite of his thirst being good, his urine output was reduced.

    Mental disposition – He was irritable and was angry when obliged to answer.

    So which remedies are Angry when obliged to answer and also Chilly?

    Rx to immediately consider: Nux-v, Ars, Phos-ac.

    However he did not have the anxiety and anticipation of Ars. Also he was not dull and sullen as Phos-ac would be.

    Nux-v is a fast remedy that is angry, chilly, thirsty, and overall covers abuse of allopathic medications.

    Before the allopaths could even diagnose what to do, homeopathy had cured him!

    Added Note:
    Prafull was giving this explanation entirely from memory over the phone without consulting any repertories or books. I worked this small case into Vision and present to you the analysis:

    OneFridayNightcase


  6. Vision version 2

    Posted on

    A brand new version of the Vision software is available. Version 2 is available for Windows and Mac computers.

    Vision v2 has been re-engineered to take advantage of recent developments in both Windows and macOS whilst retaining the same overall 'look and feel' (to make transition from version 1 easy for existing users)  

    To watch videos and read about the improvements made in Vision v2 click here.

    We ran an anonymous survey of our advance user team and asked for their opinion on Vision version 2 - here are some results:

    "I think it has improved Vision massively , it is such an intuitive fantastic programme. Lots of features have made it quicker and easier to access extra information."

    "This is a significant enhancement to Vision. It has all the familiar features known to us so that the new features feel intuitive. It's smooth-acting and visually pleasing. The new word-processing tools feel natural. Of great benefit is the interface with the patient database."

    "Amazing piece of technology - the only software needed in clinic...."

    "Vision v2 is a definite improvement on the original Vision software with a new fresh look and enhanced feature"

    "A pleasing and satisfying refreshment."
     
    "The surface and all functions are much more user-friendly, easy to navigate between different functions, eye-friendly design easily to adapt to one's needs and preferences, very useful for practicioners of new strategies in homoeopathy (Scholten, Sankaran)."

    "Love it and am using it with success. It works faster than the older version."

    "I think, it is a real improvement"



    vv21
    vv22

     

    vv23

  7. Important announcement about ISIS homeopathic software

    Posted on

    After several years of development I released the ISIS homeopathic software in 2003. ISIS has gone through several advancements and transformations in the past 13 years, with v2 being released in 2005 and ISIS Vision being released in 2007.

    I originally chose the name ISIS in representation of the Egyptian and then Greco-Roman deity of 'Health and Wisdom'. I thought it was a fitting name for my new homeopathic software. The name ISIS was originally suggested to me by Paul and Yolande Grill and I willingly embraced it.

    For the past few years I have often been advised that, due to the emergence of 'so-called' Islamic State, the name ISIS had acquired a bad association. This situation has recently got even worse with major institutions and some corporations even preventing Miccant emails containing the word 'ISIS' from being permitted on their servers. Homeopaths would tell me, and I would see posts on Facebook, that they were 'frightened' to even click on our links for fear of what might be associated with them.

    It is with great regret that I have decided to change the name of the software. From now on it will be known simply as : Vision. I know that many of you, like myself, have become very attached to the name ISIS and will be very sad about this announcement.  Unfortunately I can see no alternative having resisted for as long as I could.

    Currently we are preparing our new revised website which will also remove all references to ISIS and replace it with Vision. As this new website has started to roll-out around the world I would like to share this new website with you when it is thoroughly tested and ready for use.

    Please feel free to make any comments in the section below. I would like to know how you feel about this decision. Wherever appropriate I ask you to share this announcement with your friends and colleagues to make sure they do not think that ISIS is 'stopping'  but simply 'transforming' into Vision.

    David Witko  FSHom UK (Hon)