Newsletter December 2009

Dear Reader,

Well here we are at the end of another year! How does it happen so fast? As usual I'm behind with Christmas cards so I take this opportunity to say a very Happy Christmas and New Year to everyone.

Last weekend was the Perth Polo Championships where AM held a stand in a marquee next to the Perth Polo club section. It was 39 outside the marquee and about 100 inside - we stayed outside. It was great to see Tex Webster and Sam Hamersley competing, as they were my very first testers for the AM topical products back in 2003. Sam and Shelley now have twin boys and often use their Homeopathic kit as well as the topical products.

I was ably assisted by my new apprentice Nicole Moustakas recently qualified from the Australian Institute of Homeopathic Medicine Jandakot Perth.

She is also a hardworking enrolled nurse with the elderly and knows very well what is involved in really caring for people at the sharp end. I believe we nurses make good Homeopaths for this reason - we are used to being at the bedside observing and listening to patients, relatives, and doctor's comments - we are very well aware of the unique individuality of all patients regardless of their diagnoses.

This is a great help in Homeopathy as all prescriptions are individual and tailored to the patient. Neither do we have a prejudice against other forms of medicine - all health workers/practitioners should have the interests of their patients problems as the foremost concern regardless of their discipline. Knowledge and awareness of, and respect for other disciplines is necessary to achieve the best results for our patients.

'The Physician's highest and only calling is to restore health to the sick, to cure, as it is termed.' Aphorism 1 of the Organon of Homeopathic Medicine by Samuel Hahnemann.

We endeavour to do this to the best of our ability.

We recently received approval from the Shire of Kalamunda (hub of the Universe) for her to work alongside me in Lesmurdie.

My other assistant at the Polo Championships was my niece Christina, now 16, who also helped me at the Perth Horse Trials - she is always delving into the family Homeopathic box to help herself, friends, and siblings, and has learned a lot about Homeopathy over the years. She is one of 6 children in her family living at the other end of the road, and for years was used to packets of pills coming from the UK from me for whoever was unwell. I discovered that her older sister, also Kate, now 23 has mentioned me and my efforts for Homeopathy in Australia on Facebook. So I joined that as well. Amazing how many Friends you suddenly have!

My son Tom Diamantopoulo has his wonderful portraits on his page on Facebook so please have a look at those. He is launching his new album for The Eighties Matchbox B-Line Disaster in March 2010 and busy doing the graphics for the cover. Extensive information about them is on Wikipedia. His twin sister Rosie recently performed her comedy standup at a gig in Komedia in Brighton  UK on 2nd December and brought the house down. We are all very proud of her!

This coming Saturday 19th December we have a stand again at Hillary's Boat Harbour and will continue to do this monthly next year. We found a lot of interest and are able to do consultations as well as give information and sell products. As Hillary's is a lovely spot right next to the harbour it is a day of entertainment and good food available as well - I can particularly recommend the vanilla icecreams coffee and fish and chips! Homeopaths are human beings too.

Kelly Sharpe the organizer is very keen to have natural health products and practitioners at this market and was very helpful in setting us up. We really enjoyed the day dealing with enquiries ranging from sore stretched muscles to melanomas.

Other activities include a lot of singing with the Schola Cantorum at St Joseph's Catholic Church Subiaco for midnight Mass - a real marathon starting around 10pm until 1.30 am with the Carol service followed by the actual Mass and about 25 pieces of music which we anticipate we will be singing at around 45 degrees up in the choir loft. Lots of water China Arnica and Carbo Veg needed for that.

Also singing with our local acapella choir Akapellamunda at the Domestic and International airports - they have air conditioning! Hallelujah. As I used to do this back in the UK in minus temperatures, all of us muffled up in heavy coats, hats, scarves, gloves and so on, on Brighton Station to the enjoyment of commuters from London, it couldn't be more of a contrast. I am delighted to be singing "O Holy Night" as one of our carols with the SC, as our Brighton Chamber Choir Conductor Neil Jenkins (an original King's Singer from Cambridge University and an International tenor), always loved this carol-and we always sang it on these occasions. There is always such a strong link between Australia and the UK for me-I feel at home in both countries.

All the best until next time,

Kate Diamantopoulo

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