This month I plan to discuss international neural therapy conferences. By the time you read this, the Turkish one (June 2‐5) will have been completed ‐ the 6th one to be held in Turkey. These are large meetings with many interesting lectures and simultaneous translation into English. Over 300 participants attended the previous one in 2014.
There are two more international conferences scheduled for the coming year ‐ one in Colombia in October, and another in Canada in May 2017. Plans for the Colombian meeting from October 14th to 16th are now in place, with an impressive line‐up of speakers.
Colombia has been a world leader in neural therapy for many decades and the program showcases speakers from the host country. As mentioned before in a previous newsletter (Vol. 10, No.10), Colombian National University has been taking a fresh new look at the the phenomena described by Speransky in the 1930s and applying modern (mathematical) techniques to explore them. Although Speransky's work preceded neural therapy, it provides to this day the best explanations of how neural therapy works. But as I am sure Speransky would have agreed, his work was just the beginning of a whole new way of looking at disease. Pablo Koval (Vol. 8, No. 7) from Argentina will also be speaking on this subject.
Other featured speakers will be coming from South America, Mexico, Canada, Europe, and as far away as Turkey! This is a rich and far-reaching program that should attract neural therapists from around the world. Already a small group of us from North America are planning to attend. Bogota is not that far away from North America, so why don't you join us?
Plans for the conference in Ottawa, Canada are also falling into place. In some ways this is an even more ambitious project, because it will be the first neural therapy conference ever held in North America. For the organizers, (a small group of physicians from Canada and the US), this is a "shot in the dark". No neural therapy organization exists in North America, so we do not even know how many neural therapists there are, let alone their level of interest and expertise. Nor did we know, (when we started), if we could obtain the top-quality speakers needed to attract physicians from other countries.
So we made up a "wish list" ‐ well known, experienced speakers from a variety of countries, all with something original to say. Wishing was a big part of this, as we had little to offer speakers except a warm welcome and the opportunity to help start something new in North America. With a little help from international friends, we came up with a list, sent letters of invitation and held our breath. To our amazement, every single speaker that we invited not only accepted, but also accepted enthusiastically.
This bodes well for our conference. These speakers are giving of their time and resources to help neural therapy succeed in North America. They are committed!
We believe that they also are attracted by the quality of the other speakers. This will be a meeting at which they can learn as well as teach. Everyone benefits when the teachers are learning too.
Neural therapy began in North America in the mid-1980s with the arrival of an energetic young German immigrant named Dr. Dietrich Klinghart. He began teaching two‐day courses and has directly or indirectly trained most of those practising neural therapy in North America today. However growth in numbers of trained neural therapists has been slow for two main reasons ‐ lack of a professional organization to educate and represent neural therapists and lack of educational literature in English.
It is hoped that this conference will be a major step in solving both of these problems. Our hope is that a North American neural therapy organization will spring out of this conference. We are also expecting that three new English-language textbooks (translated from German) will be released at about that time. The three authors - Hans Borop, Lorenz Fischer and Stefan Weinshenk will all be speakers at the conference.
Ottawa is Canada's capital, an attractive mid‐size city that is lovely in spring. The conference will coincide with the "Tulip Festival" where mile after mile of tulips are on display by the canal that runs through the city.
It will also be Canada's 150th birthday with many celebrations planned. The supply of hotel rooms may be limited, so those attending the conference would be wise to reserve rooms early.
In reply to the May newsletter about hip pain and depression:
We need to check for liver interference fields in many cases of hip pain as they are common. Also, the presence of two or more interference fields often result from old trauma close to the pain area.
Editor's note: Dr Chiriboga is an orthopaedic surgeon.
Robert F. Kidd, MD, CM