The Phantom Of The Opera

For many American film lovers, it is 1925's The Phantom of the Opera that defines horror in the silent film era. Lon Chaney's Erik may not have modern moviegoers fainting as legend says they did when Christine reveals his deformed skeleton-like face, but there's no doubt he holds a special place in horror fans' hearts to this day. The Phantom Of The Opera Synopsis - Spoilers Included The new owners of the Paris Opera House refuse to believe the previous owners' warnings about the holder of box 5--a "phantom of the opera"--even though the phantom's presence is well-known and openly discussed among the opera's performers. The mysterious phantom has eyes that are just "ghastly beads", compared to holes in a grinning skull, explains stagehand Joseph Boquet, who claims to have actually seen the phantom. Over that skull, he continues, is stretched tight yellow skin with only two large holes where his nose should be. Meanwhile, the opera's

Homeopath Takes A Swipe At Herbalists

Homeopath Takes A Swipe At Herbalists
Homeopath Takes A Swipe At Herbalists

“Why Herbs Can’t Cure” is the title of a December 2008 blog post by an unidentified blogger claiming to also be a homeopath. What makes his (or her) piece so startling is its assertion that herbs can’t cure anything.

What’s not so startling is the closing line of the first paragraph—the one that explains that to truly understand healing you’ll need to come and “do” their for-cost homeopathy course.

We here at the understand the idea that disease is caused by an “imbalance” in the body’s energy force. (We don’t agree with it but we “get” it.) What we don’t understand is the our-way-or-the-highway attitude so many homeopaths seem to be adopting. We also don’t understand folks like this who can turn a completely blind eye to the role of germs.

So we ask you … is there room in your medical catalog for both traditional herbalism AND homeopathy? Or do you agree with these bloggers that herbs—in their words—“only suppress” symptoms without actually addressing the actual “di-ease”?


Author Unidentified. (2008). Why Herbs Can’t ‘Cure’. Accessible from