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Commemoration of Simon Schot legacy.

About 36 years ago I experienced an industrial accident that significantly damaged my respiratory tract, for which I had only limited assistance from orthodox medicine. During a time when organics were in their infancy, I took it upon myself to rebuild my health using organic products. A supposedly organic grower had sprayed their crop one morning with a copper-based poison. Unfortunately I walked among that crop barefooted, which caused my constitution to deteriorate rapidly.

I had entered into shock by the time I reached Simon's clinic in Mapleton, Queensland. He took it on himself to keep me under constant surveillance for 10 days in convalescence accommodation attached to his clinic. Naturopathic convalescence with Simon gradually facilitated health recovery. Not long after this, Simon invited me into phytotherapy and naturopathy studies, knowing full well how precarious my crisis had been at the time. My very close brush with constitutional necrosis convinced him that I would evolve into a notable clinician; currently I am co-owner of Rockhampton Health Options with my wife, Lynette.

This brings me to a commemoration of my valued mentor Simon Schot, whose legacy is conveyed in the fabric of our previous ATMS logo. The creation of this emblem came to us through Simon, who I know was involved with ATMS from its inception. Importantly, for Simon the emblem represented collaboration of the practitioner with Vis medicatrix naturae (The Healing Force of Nature).

Simon understood that for an emblem to be useful it requires literal meaning, and must be a vehicle of a directly discernible reality. The emblem is a convenient practical device acting to clearly represent complementary medicine essentials. Our scope of complementary medicine comprises three therapeutic divisions, physical medicine, natural medicine and the medicine of the psyche.

It is with this understanding that the original ATMS logo conveys its message. This elegant synergy underpins traditional naturopathic practice. Furthermore, represented within our original ATMS logo resides the primordial solvent, termed Vis medicatrix naturae.

The staff in the emblem emphasises Vis medicatrix naturae, the primordial mystery of life, which we can observe by way of bioplasm (living protoplasm). The emblem's serpents emphasise diametrically opposed metabolic processes, namely anabolism and catabolism. When these processes are favourable, natures' gift is optimal vitality.

I reflect upon Simon's association of metabolic processes with our significant luminaries. The solar orb he associated with Vis, as it pertains to the staff in our emblem. Vis in naturopathic practice governs the law of cure, inherent within the constitution. Conservation of Vis occurs within bioplasm, necrotic cells are incapable of Vis conservation. The lunar orb phases are waxing, which he associated with anabolism, while waning he associated with catabolism. Waxing and waning phases in our emblem are connected with the serpents.

This brings us to the three divisions in our scope of practice. According to Simon, physical medicine is emphasised through palmar dexterity. He communicated a subtle yet firm mode of physical medicine, strongly suggesting using the palmar surface of the hand only. Administration of scientific massage ought to be painless, otherwise, he postulated, iatrogenic lesions are likely to result. It is noted that the staff also emphasises our spinal cord. Suggestions direct physical medicine toward a spinal focus and with a sound basis. Spinal innervation lesions potentially result in organ morbidity.

Natural medicine clearly emphasises biotic vegetation. Harvesting of biotic vegetation, to maximise Vis medicatrix naturae for efficacy, is always during budding or blossoming. Phytomedicine sourced front Australian and European botanicals are obvious. Gumnut blossoms are prominent in Australian phytomedicine. Rosaceae blossoms and Liliaceae buds need no introduction. Simon valued Liliaceae phytomedicine in crisis cases, while Rosaceae phytomedicine is noteworthy during convalescence. He would often say, "The lily and the rose combine the wisdom and the love divine."

As aforementioned the staff of our emblem he clearly associated with our spine. Superiorly, the protuberance can be associated with the pons. Laterally, the wings of the emblem are associated with the cerebellum, in Latin termed Arbor vitae (Tree of Life) by medieval anatomists. Furthermore, cerebellum lobe fissures are distinct, and note the similarity with the wings in the emblem. We know the cerebellum is associated with afferent and efferent pathways involving voluntary locomotion. Naturopathic practitioners instructed by Simon through psyche medicine will be familiar with administration of clinical equanimity.

The sash and the orbital border represent the indestructible life of the earth. It has no beginning and no end. Most subtly, green chlorophyll can be an analogy for blood, within which flows the vital force. The legacy of Simon Schot will forever be etched into this elegant emblem created in the mind of this complementary medicine teacher.

Peter Lewis | ATMS 0178
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Author:Lewis, Peter
Publication:Journal of the Australian Traditional-Medicine Society
Article Type:Obituary
Geographic Code:8AUST
Date:Mar 1, 2016
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