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Information technology has completely transformed our performance-based society, penetrating our consciousness and both our private and working lives ever more deeply. We are often expected to be available for work 24 x 7: our work-life balance is going seriously awry. The complete identification with efficiency and duty catapults us into the tough reality of the Iron Series.

“The Usual Madhouse of Everyday Life” is the title of Ulrich Welte‘s article, in which the author presents all elements of the Iron Series from Kalium to Krypton in various compounds, with concise cases, lucidly classified into the stages of the periodic table according to Scholten.

A series of contributions illuminates various core aspects highlighted by Jan Scholten and Rajan Sankaran in their homeopathic use of the periodic table. This is clearly illustrated, for example, in Anne Schadde’s case on the loss of security in Germanium and Willi Neuhold‘s article on the hesitation experienced by Scandium in making the right decision …

Franz Swoboda attempts the tricky balancing act between the classical materia medica and modern systems of the elements in a case of Manganum. Two cases of erectile dysfunction by Jürgen Hansel and Karim Adal show how the loss of potency is experienced in the Iron series according to the periodic table and at the sensation level: Vanadium feels that “sex is like work” and for Chromium metallicum substance gives way to superficial gloss.

Wyka Feige explains the sensation of Cobaltum, pictorially expressed in the drawings of a six-year-old boy. Angelika Bolte and Jörg Wichmann unlock for Zincum metallicum hitherto unknown dimensions of understanding using Andreas Holling’s new mineral model.

Jeremy Sherr and his wife Camilla take the traditional path of remedy proving. They have collected symptoms and themes of rarely used Iron series remedies such as Scandium, Gallium, Germanium and the puzzling Krypton. The usual madhouse of performance-based society as expressed in the typical Iron series themes is also reflected in the plant and animal kingdoms. Bhawisha Joshi draws the comparison. And of course the decoding of the Iron themes is found in Jan Scholten’s plant theory. The Fabanae class and its subclass Fabidae – with codes starting 644. – is presented by Martin Jakob, who leads us to rare plant remedies from the Malpighiales order (644.2XX). If this is a touch too cryptic for you, Mike Keszler’s article on the well-known Ferrum and its salts throws new light on more familiar ground.