Dr Charles Forsyth

Ecological Physician

 
 

I qualified in medicine from Guy's Hospital Medical School (MBBS) in 1977.  After hospital appointments in the UK, I worked for a year as a general practice locum in New Zealand in a wide range of practices, both rural and urban.  It was during that period that I became particularly conscious of the considerable limitations of main-stream conventional medicine.  I knew that I needed to make some major changes in the way that I practiced medicine: to spend more time with my patients, to view them as a whole, to develop a deeper understanding of health and disease and to learn therapeutic approaches that both strengthened the body's ability to heal and eliminate underlying causative factors.  As a result of my explorations I trained in homeopathy at The Royal London Homeopathic Hospital and did a two year apprenticeship with an experienced homeopathic physician, Dr Farley Spink, who I continued to work with until 2003.  I qualified as a Member of the Faculty of Homeopathy (MFHom) in 1982 and have been in private practice ever since. 


The same year, the Greek homeopath George Vithoulkas started teaching in London, thanks to the Society of Homeopaths, fostering a major development in the way we practice homeopathy.  These seminars stretched over a couple of years, culminating in a two week intensive seminar at George’s teaching centre on the island of Alonissos, Greece.


My interest in nutrition, allergy and environmental medicine began seriously while I was working in New Zealand and led me to further study and becoming a founder member of the British Society of Nutritional Medicine in 1984.  This organisation later merged with the British Society for Allergy and Environmental Medicine and became the British Society for Allergy, Environmental and Nutritional Medicine, which more recently has had a name change to the British Society for Ecological Medicine. I have used the laboratory facilities at Biolab since it was founded by my colleagues Dr Stephen Davies and Dr John McLaren-Howard in 1984.


I had long been fascinated by the radically different perspective of Chinese medicine, and in 1987 I started a two year course in electro-acupuncture, including auricular acupuncture.  As it has turned out I have practised very little of what I learnt, but the understanding of the Chinese medical model, particularly of meridians, has been very helpful in my work.


The computer has been a huge boon to the homeopath, since we have to handle such vast amounts of information.  It was a revelation when in 1987 I obtained my first computer, one of the early Apple Mac’s (a Mac SE), to run one of the first serious homeopathic programs, MacRepertory, to which Kent Homeopathic Associates later added ReferenceWorks.  I have continued to use this brilliant software and as with most of us, the computer has become an important tool in many aspects of my professional and personal life.


In 1992 seven colleagues and I founded the Homeopathic Physicians Teaching Group - the first 3 year in-depth homeopathic training scheme in the UK for doctors (and later veterinary surgeons), which was considered to be the most innovative course of it's kind.  The same year I was approached by Boots the Chemist and accepted the task of designing homeopathic software for an in-store computer system for assisting their customers in choosing appropriate homeopathic medicines.


In the early 1990’s three leading lights appeared on the homeopathic scene: Jan Scholten, Massimo Mangialavori and Rajan Sankaran and all have had, and continue to have, a major influence on the way I practice.  These three and other homeopaths have been contributing to a deep shift in homeopathy, a huge advance in the theory and practice and the science & art of homeopathy.  Homeopathy is, on the one hand, coming closer to becoming a true science with the ability to make more accurate predictions from more reliable models and on the other hand is more consciously recognising, respecting and developing the role of the intuition in what we do.  I view this as an important aspect of true holism.  As I see it, all truly great people have well developed, finely tuned minds and hearts, they are as sharp, critical and incisive with their intuition as they are in their thinking.


I am on the specialist register of, and am a clinical supervisor for, the Faculty of Homeopathy.  I am medical consultant to the quarterly magazine "Health and Homeopathy".


In 2007 I was made a Fellow of the Faculty of Homeopathy (FFHom).


I have been on the committee of the BSEM for many years and since 2014 I have been the BSEM treasurer.


I am a member of the following professional organisations:


  1. Faculty of Homeopathy


  2. British Society for Ecological Medicine (BSEM), formerly called the British Society for Allergy, Environmental and Nutritional Medicine (BSAENM)


  3. Independent Doctors Forum (IDF)



Publications


  1. Passionate Medicine - Making the Transition from Conventional Medicine to Homeopathy.  Edited by Robin Shohet  (Contributors: Dr Brian Kaplan, Dr Alice Greene, Dr David Owen, Peter Gregory (vet), John Saxton (vet), Dr David Curtin, Dr Charles Forsyth)   Jessica Kingsley Publishers  Paperback 1-84310-298-6, 2005,  192 pages  See: www.jkp.com/catalogue/book.php/isbn/1-84310-298-6



  2. The New Natural Family Doctor.  Edited by Dr. Andrew Stanway.  Includes Over 30 specialist contributors (including: Richard Grossman, Leon Chaitow, Dr. Charles Forsyth, Robin Hayfield, Ann Warren-Davis, Shirley Price, Dr. Alec Forbes, Garet Newell, Roger Newman Turner, and Anne Golland)  North Atlantic Books 1-55643-217-8     www.northatlanticbooks.com/store/1556432178.html


 
We must be perfectly easy ourselves if we wish to make others so

Samuel Hahnemann
Paris, Aug 1842

We must be perfectly easy ourselves if we wish to make others so


Samuel Hahnemann

Paris, Aug 1842

About Me

Everyone thinks of changing the world, no one thinks of changing himself

Leo Tolstoy

Everyone thinks of changing the world, no one thinks of changing himself


Leo Tolstoy

The part cannot be cured without attending to the whole man ...

Plato

The part cannot be cured without attending to the whole man ...


Plato

Not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted 

Albert Einstein

Not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted


Albert Einstein