Jeanette Winterson

Picture this. I am staying in a remote cottage in Cornwall without a car. I have a temperature of 102, spots on my throat, delirium, and a book to finish writing. My desperate publisher suggests I call Hilary Fairclough, a homeopath who has practices in London and Penzance. She sends round a remedy called Lachesis, made from snake venom. Four hours later I have no symptoms whatsoever.

Dramatic stuff, and enough to convince me that while it might use snake venom, homeopathy is no snake oil designed for gullible hypochrondriacs. Right now, though, a fierce debate is raging between those, like me, who trust homeopathy because it works for them, and those who call it shamanistic claptrap, without clinical proof or any scientific base.

This is and excerpt of Jeannete Winterson’s interview in the Guardian. The entire article can be read

Jeanette Winterson, OBE (born 27 August 1959) is an award-winning English writer, who became famous with her first book, Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit, a semi-autobiographical novel about a sensitive teenage girl rebelling against conventional values. Some of her other novels have explored gender polarities and sexual identity. Winterson is also a broadcaster and a professor of creative writing.




  1. I found homeopathic remedy for molly my dog, who gets car sick all the time:)

  2. England recognises the therapeutics of Homeopathy….Homeopathic hospitals exist in England , even the Queen Mother practises Homeopathy…..

  3. the section of science which should deal with consciousness and subtle urges with gross body/flesh is yet to be explored, homoeopathy works within this range, naturally looking spooky sometimes but easily perceivable in results.

  4. Freedom to use whatever you want to heal yourself should and must always be a human right!


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