I was born in South Africa in 1961. My great grandmother was a nurse in London – 1890 – during the time that Tuberculosis was prevalent. Two of her children died of TB and one survived that was my grandmother. My grandmother was a very empathetic type of person, she had many friends because she was such a good listener.
I inherited this trait of being very intuitive when I listen to others.
My grandfather was a farmer. He was a holistic farmer in that he studied how all the resources and natural order of things affected each other on the farm. When we get sick the same principle applies – one factor can affect our health in different ways depending on many other factors. It is a dynamic system, different for everyone, just as one could not apply the same farming technique in an arid region of sagebrush as one would apply in a subtropic rain forest. I find that this ability allows me to see each person as a unique individual and see them for who they are.
My mother is a kindergarten teacher and founded a school to teach others to do the same. She also likes to listen and understand things for how they are and not what she would like them to be. I also like to teach.
My father was objective, scientific in his thinking but also idealistic. I like the ideas of science, the idea that if one has many variables that if you change one condition (give one remedy based on a theory of what I think the patient needs) then you can test this theory and by doing a follow up review find out the result. This is the scientific process working for us; Theory, Testing, and Results. Then either a denial of ones theory or confirmation of it. Homeopathic medicine is very scientific in this way. Elegant and yet it has allowed us to build on our knowledge.
Here is some more of what I have done in the past 20 plus years of practice:
I (Dr. Steven R. Olsen) graduated from Bastyr University in 1987 with a Doctorate of Naturopathic Medicine. In 1989, I went on to complete a further year of study, specializing in homeopathy and received a diploma (DHANP) from the Homeopathic Association of Naturopathic Physicians.
The teacher who has influenced me the most and who I learned the most from is George Vithoulkas.
Since starting to practice in 1987 I have practiced full time, seeing many thousands of patients get well from difficult problems and complex chronic diseases. I enjoy teaching at various Naturopathic medical schools and homeopathic conferences.
A Case of Hysteria: Simillimum, The Journal of the Homeopathic Academy of Naturopathic Physicians,Winter 1999. Vol, XII, Issue 4.
Trees and Plants That Heal 1997 Proving of five new remedies.
Winning Strategies of Case Analysis:A short course for RADAR and the Vithoulkas Expert System. Co-authored by George Vithoulkas.
A Case of Paranoid Schizophrenia. Proceedings of the IFH 1994 Professional Case Conference.
The Breakdown State of Baryta Carbonica. Proceedings of the IFH 1993 Professional Case Conference.
Anxiety and Costochrondritis.Simillimum, The Journal of the Homeopathic Academy of Naturopathic Physicians, Spring 1993.
A Case of Chronic Tendonitis. Proceedings of the IFH 1992 Professional Case Conference.
Psuedotsuga menziesii, Proving with Cured Cases. IFH Professional Case Conference: 1997
Arbor Medica – 2007 Publication.
A Case of Chronic Bronchitis and Sinusitis Source:Simillimum
A Case of Chronic Tendinitis Source:Proceedings of the 1992 Professional Case Conference (IFH)
A Case of Paranoid Schizophrenia Source:Proceedings of the 1994 Professional Case Conference – IFH
A Difficult Case of Fibromyalgia, Anxiety and Costochronditis Source:Simillimum
A Proving of Pseudotsuga Menzies II (Douglas Fir) with Cases Source:Proceedings of the 1996 Professional Case Conference – IFH
George Vithoulkas in Canada Source:Simillimum
Letter – The Homeopathic Definition of Mental/Emotional Health Source:Resonance
Morphinum, A Rarely Used Remedy Source:Simillimum
The 1991 HANP Case Conference, by Julian Winston and Durr Elmore Source:Simillimum
The Breakdown State of Baryta Carbonica Source:Proceedings of the 1993 Professional Case Conference – IFH
The Children Who Got Washed Too Much Source:Simillimum
The Pitfalls of Case Analysis – A case of encopresis and anorexia Source:Resonance
The Pitfalls of Case Analysis and Some Solutions in a Child with Encopresis and Anorexia Source:Resonance
Articles found in other publications:
A Challenging Pediatric CaseSource:Simillimum,Volume 4,Number 1.Spring,1991.Page 71-77
A Lonesome Wind Blows Through the Tree RemediesSource:Simillimum,Volume 11,Number 3.Fall,1998.Page 87-89
All the World’s a Stage: A Case of High Drama and Extreme MoodsSource:Simillimum,Volume 12,Number 4.Winter,1999.Page 29-55
Betrayal, Isolation, Resentment- Pseudotsuga menziesi- a homeopathic provingSource:Homeopathic Links,Volume 12,Number 3.Autumn,1999.Page 178-181
Case Analysis: Finding a Balanced PerspectiveSource:Simillimum,Volume 12,Number 2.Summer,1999.Page 10-13
Case OneSource:Homeopathic Links,Volume 12,Number 3.Autumn,1999.Page 179-180
Demonic PosessionSource:Simillimum,Volume 3,Number 3.Summer,1990.Page 15,16
James Dean, Warts and PersistenceSource:Simillimum,Volume 2,Number 3.Oct.,1989.Page 10 to 11
LetterSource:The Homeopath,Number 68.Winter,1998.Page 878
OsmiumSource:American Journal of Homeopathic Medicine,Volume 95,Number 1.Spring,2002.Page 12-15
Salix alba – White WillowSource:American Journal of Homeopathic Medicine,Volume 95,Number 3.Autumn,2002.Page 137-140
Stimulants: Their Homeopathic Uses and Their Worthy RivalsSource:American Journal of Homeopathic Medicine,Volume 96,Number 1.Spring,2003.Page 32-36
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