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Jan de Vries’s mission in life was to help people – a passionate drive attained largely through the administration of complementary medicine and a sharing of invaluable knowledge.
Jan de Vries was born in Holland. As a young man he witnessed the devastation of the Second World War and made a promise to God that he would devote his life to helping people.
As a pharmacy student at the University of Amsterdam he attended a lecture about homeopathy. According to his autobiography, he was sitting next to an older man, who asked him what he thought. He replied that homeopathy was good for spinsters and old wives. The man told him that he must have a small mind.
‘That really struck home,’ De Vries recalled. The man was Alfred Vogel, a Swiss doctor of homeopathic medicine, and he became De Vries's mentor. Jan de Vries and Dr Alfred Vogel started the very first naturopathic clinic in Holland in 1960. They continued to build up a series of pharmacies in Holland and a complementary therapy business, Bioforce. De Vries continued his studies of acupuncture in China, where he also researched the manner of breathing and plant medicine. He worked with Vogel in his clinic in Teufen, Switzerland and studied osteopathy in Germany.
In 1970, De Vries’s Scottish wife inherited a large property in Scotland, and Bioforce UK was born, and run from the house where Dr Vries also saw clients. The couple had four children and he lived and worked in Scotland for most of his career but had clinics as well as health food stores all over the UK and clients all over the world.
De Vries's approach was that complementary medicine could and should work alongside orthodox approaches. ‘I would not say you can do without orthodox medicine, I don't believe that. It has a great big role to play.’
The natural treatments he offered included homeopathy, herbalism and acupuncture. He authored over 40 books on a host of health problems and was a feature writer in many magazines and newspapers. He received many awards over the years, such as the Dag Hammarskjold Award from the United Nations. He was appointed Honorary Professor of Edinburgh’s Queen Margaret University College in 2002, where he developed the philosophies and education of complementary therapies with the students of the University while establishing a leading complementary healthcare library of international importance.
He was a man who loved to share his knowledge and teach others, and was in constant demand as a popular and insightful lecturer. He was full of love, passion and an unrelenting need to help others. His legacy will live on.
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INGREDIENTSSorbet base (makes one batch per fruit combination)1 cup water
MAUDE LE ROUX, OTR/L, IMC.
Maude resides in Glen Mills, Pennsylvania, USA and directs a private practice with a multidisciplinary team. You can read more about her work at www.atotalapproach.com where you access her newsletter, facebook and blog.
DR SARAH MILLER, BVSc.
Dr Miller is an enthusiastic advocate of great nutrition and the well-being of pets. After completing her BVSc, she went into private practice for several years and then focussed on pet nutrition. Dr Miller is Vice-chairman of the PFI (Pet Food Industry Association of SA) and a director at Cube Route, founders of the online shop ePETstore.co.za and local distributor of Eukanuba & Iams premium pet foods plus innovative veterinary medical equipment.
Dr. John Glynn
He has a PhD in biochemistry from the University of Leeds, UK. He has been involved for many years in technical training to the pharmaceutical industry, specifically designing and developing training material for distribution both locally and internationally. For the past 15 years he has been involved in compiling effective course material for several Tibb development programmes, as well as assisting in the research activities of the Ibn Sina Institute of Tibb.
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