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Remedy of the Week #4

Have you ever eaten too much?

Have you ever had too much to drink?

How do you feel when this happens?  Weak, nauseous, tired, full, headache, stomach ache?

This week’s remedy of the week can help out in those situations and help you ring in the New Year feeling a bit more alive.  In addition to feeling like you have over indulged in some way, it also helps the feeling that if you could just throw up, you’d feel better.  If you could just have a BM, you’d feel better.  If you could just cough something out, you’d feel better.

Emotionally, someone who needs this remedy generally wants to be left alone to sleep or rest, if you just could.  You are crabby and irritable.

Click HERE to find out the name of this over indulgence, hangover, too much to eat remedy.  Read the whole posting, because you’ll find information on how to take the remedy to make it most effective.

If you tend to over indulge too much in either eating or drinking, call Kathryn for help with that.



What Remedies Do These Movie Characters Need?

During the holiday season, I like to rewatch some classic holiday themed movies.  Some of them are more classic than others.  A more recent holiday movie I enjoy, and not just in the holiday season, is The Holiday.  This 2006 movie stars Cameron Diaz, Kate Winslet, Jude Law and Jack Black.  For those of you have not seen this movie, the story line is that Cameron Diaz (Amanda Woods) and Kate Winslet (Iris Simpkins) are both involved in romantic break ups just before Christmas.  They happen to meet online when Amanda and Iris go through a home exchange website to have a vacation in another city.  They stay in each other’s homes and the story begins.   (Warning:  There is some spoiler information ahead.  So watch the movie first, and then come back and read the blog posting.)

As it turns out, Amanda has broken up with her cheating boyfriend and meets someone while staying at Iris’s house.  She has trouble with relationships.  She can’t cry when they are over, and instead of crying, she gets esophageal spasms.  Her inability to cry stems from the time when her parents divorced when she was 15.  She cried endlessly and then suddenly stopped crying and has never cried since.

Iris has a three year relationship with a co-worker which is classified as an unrequited love.  This man will never treat her right.  She keeps on with it in hopes that someday he will.  When he announces he is engaged to someone else, she decides to leave town.  He keeps in touch with her so she can never forget him.

Not every movie character is so well developed that we can flush out a remedy for that character, but these two are.

The character of Amanda is a classic case of the remedy Ignatia amara.  Ignatia is known for, among other things, grief–particularly grief which feels new.  The person who needs it either cannot stop crying, or cannot cry at all.  Amanda displayed both symptoms over time.  In addition, there is a lot of spasms and cramping in all the remedies in the Loganaceae family, of which Ignatia is a part.  The esophageal spasms confirm this remedy.  Interestingly, she is finally able to cry at the end of the movie, which draws her back to her new British beau.  Why was he able to help her and no one else was?  Because he needs the same or similar remedy she did.  He was also in a state of grief over a wife who died two years previously and reported that he cried about everything.  His state was actually homeopathic to her state.  It is possible that, if this were areal situation, that she could go back into the opposite state of needing to cry all the time, if he were only close but not quite the right person.

Iris, also in a state of grief, needs Aurum Muriaticum Natronatum or possibly Aurum Muriaticum.  We don’t get information on any other symptoms, other than being a neat freak, to confirm this remedy.  People who need Natrum Muriaticum have a tendency to get involved in impossible relationships, such as the one between Iris and her co-worker.  Natrum Muriaticum is everyone’s best friend.  People come to them and confide in them.  One of the other characters in the movie tells Iris that she is the Best Friend instead of the Leading Lady in her own life. However, Iris has an even higher sense of responsibility (Aurum) than just Nat Mur would display.  Also, there is a lot of drama in the relationship—at least from her perspective (Aurum Mur Nat).  Aur Mur Nat also has a fear of rejection, which Iris displayed in her unwillingness to put her foot down in this relationship.  Aurum Muriaticum is more open and sympathetic than than Aurum Muriaticum Natronatum, so it is a distinct possibility that this is the correct remedy for Iris.

Who hasn’t watched It’s a Wonderful Life a few times over the years?  The hero of the story is George Bailey, played by Jimmy Stewart.  In spite of all the good he has accomplished during his life, and all the sacrifices he made on behalf of other people, he becomes suicidal when he can’t save the local company.  In homeopathy, we call this symptom, Mind, Delusions, Duty, He has neglected his.  There are several remedies that believe they have neglected their duty, but the one that becomes suicidal is Aurum Metallicum.  George Bailey, when he was unable to help someone out, do his duty as he sees it, he wants to die.  A dose of Aurum Metallicum would have helped him, had he not had the good fortune to be visited by an angel.

Jim Carey’s version of “How The Grinch Stole Christmas” gives us a little insight into why the Grinch turned out the way he did.  Why he had such a small, hard heart came from his upbringing (Mind, Hard Hearted).  He had no conscience and no remorse (Mind, Moral Feeling, Want Of).  The source of his problems was that he was embarrassed terribly when he was a young Grinch (Mind, Ailments from Mortification).  He tried to make himself fit in and he got ridiculed.  He hated those who had teased him (Mind, Hatred).  Although several remedies come up which could describe the Grinch, I would give him Anacardium.  His lack of remorse and the source of his problems suggest this remedy.  He could also possibly need Nitric Acid because they are very vengeful.

Although most movie script writers and authors don’t know much about homeopathy, they do know about human nature, and remedies reflect human nature, thus making movies appear like a person who makes some sense to us, the viewers.

If you feel like any of these characters describes you, please call Kathryn to get a good remedy to match your symptoms.



Remedy of the Week #3

In keeping with the spirit of trying to present really useful remedies for the holiday season, knowing this next one, and having it on hand could help prevent an illness in the family from taking over the holiday.

You all know this symptom.  You are sure you are coming down with something.  Your body aches.  Your throat hurts–maybe the worst sore throat you’ve ever had.  You are laying in bed all covered up when suddenly you are sweating and you MUST uncover.  You proceed to kick the blankets off, bringing instant relief.  After a short time, you are shivering and your teeth are chattering.  You cover up again.  Repeat many times.

Your hair looks terrible.  Your tongue may be coated gray or white.  When you bite into your tongue, small dents remain.  Your breath stinks–maybe a metallic smell.  You are salivating.  You are sweating.  You are restless.  You are MISERABLE.

Click HERE to find out the name of this remedy.  Be sure to read the entire answer for more useful information.

Feel Sick?  Call Kathryn


Remedy of the Week #2

With the holidays coming, you or your family may be needing some help from this remedy.

Ailments from too much joy is the description of this remedy.  If you have ever had such a good time that you couldn’t sleep, you may find that you can settle down with this remedy.  This applies to children as well.

There are many insomnia remedies, but for acute insomnia caused by a situation that has been fun and joyful, this one can’t be beat.  If you need this remedy you may also be seeking additional stimulation to build on what you are already feeling, when in fact, you really need to calm down.

To have this remedy waft over you, click here.



Remedy Of The Week

Beginning this week, I will be posting a Remedy of The Week on this Blog.  Many of you want to learn more about remedies and it is a fun way for me to look at them a different way.

I will describe the remedy and then you try to figure out which remedy it is.  To find the answer, click the link.

Thanks, and lets have fun.


People who need this remedy are generally very open and friendly and tend to have a lot of friends.  They are restless and as such like to travel and see the world.  The main theme of this remedy is DIFFUSION.  Everything comes out of them and everything comes back in.  Because of these lack of boundaries, they tend to be fearful.

The people who need it will burn the candle at both ends, either socially or with work, similarly to the natural state of the material dose of this remedy.  They are often weary and very tired.

This lightness and effervescence of this natural substance shows up as a craving of carbonated beverages or feeling better from carbonated beverages in people who are sick.
What Remedy Is It?

Click HERE to find the answer.



Its Not Nice To Fool Mother Nature

In listening to all the latest on GMO (Genetically Modified Organisms) foods, I was reminded of a television commercial that I found pretty humorous when I was young.  It was an advertisement about Mother Nature who was fooled into believing that the food like substance known as margarine was actually butter.  She was not pleased and immediately created a natural disaster of some sort.

That commercial for Chiffon Margarine  reminds me of the current situation in our country of health care and our increasingly unrecognizable food supply.

Mad Cow Disease was a big scare a few years ago.  The source of it was traced to feeding animals foods that they were not naturally designed to eat.  Animal byproducts were fed to sheep and cattle, which are, by nature, vegetarians.  Why would anyone want to mess with the food chain? In hopes that the animals would gain weight more quickly.  What developed was a prion disease which was able to be passed onto humans.  This is a pretty isolated example of a natural disaster with which Mother Nature rewarded us.

Similarly, cows are not meant to eat corn.  That’s right, they have a stomach designed to eat grass and hay. Ancestors of modern cattle were first domesticated 8000 – 6000 BC, so there is a lot of history to work through.  Beef cattle that eat grass produce meat that is higher in Omega 3 fatty acids.  Dairy cattle that eat grass produce milk that is safe to be consumed by humans in the form Mother Nature intended, i.e., unpasteurized.  The milk from cows that are allowed to graze in the meadow contains Conjugated Linoleic Acid (CLA) which prevents cancer.  Perhaps that is why there is such an increase in cancer…the dairy we are consuming is from cows feeding in Confined Areas and the cows are fed corn (probably GMO corn—see below for more on that). In the early 1800’s the alcohol distilleries became big business.  The distilleries had a lot of waste that they had to dispose of, so they created dairies and fed it to the cows.  As a result, they produced milk which was bluish in color not fit for human or cattle consumption and in which the e-coli flourished. Grass fed cattle produce Lacto Ferrin, which naturally kills the bad bacteria in milk.  After all, Mother Nature wanted cows to survive as a species and built this protective mechanism into milk.  Cows were meant to graze happily in the meadow on grass, chewing their cud, not stand around knee deep in mud and feces, confined to a small area with 100’s of other cattle.

I remember when my father told me about Round Up Ready Soy Beans.  I also remember a few years later his telling me that Japan wouldn’t buy any Round Up Ready Soy Beans. GMO foods, sometimes called Frankenfoods, are human’s way of really messing with Mother Nature.  It is important to distinguish between GMO foods and hybrids.  Hybridization involves selectively cross breeding over time to increase what are perceived as positive traits in a particular plant or animal and decrease negative traits. So perhaps a tomato variety evolved which appeared to have a resistance to a particular pest or disease, but it wasn’t a particularly tasty tomato.  Plant scientists could use the genetic materials from two or more different varieties of tomatoes to create a “better” tomato. This dates back to the time of Gregor Mendal who recognized dominate and recessive genes (in a primitive sort of way) in peas to selectively breed for certain traits.  For nearly a century this was done by grafting on branches from different plants.

GMO foods on the other hand, splice genes from different genus and species of the particular kingdom to create, again, what is perceived to be a more desirable plant or animal. Let’s say you are hoping to develop a tomato with a longer shelf life.  GMO might take a piece of genetic code from perhaps a Brazil Nut and splice it into the tomato which might create a longer shelf life.  The problem with this, of course, is if you are allergic to Brazil Nuts, you could die from eating that tomato.  Thus the demand from consumer groups to label GMO foods.

Both Hybridization and GMO are fooling mother nature.  Hybridization, however, may cause only a small thunderstorm compared to the Tsunami that is GMO foods.  Plants actually do hybridize on their own via cross pollination, so it is perhaps only speeding up what mother nature might be able to do on her own.

GMO foods, are another story completely.  Studies on Monsanto GMO corn show that it leads to organ failure, including the liver and kidneys.  Of course, Monsanto came up with some legal mumbo jumbo about faulty analysis, etc.  But if the rats got sick from eating their corn, the rats got sick, right?  The even bigger problem with GMO foods is the cross breeding that occurs naturally with other non-GMO foods.  Remember, Mother Nature will cross pollinate on her own.  It makes it nearly impossible to have Organic Food if GMOs are allowed to proliferate. That sounds like a natural disaster just waiting to be put into place by Mother Nature.

As an aside, I sometimes wonder if Roundup Ready Soy Beans and other grains invented to be resistant to Round Up (also a Monsanto product—how convenient) were crossed with wild Buckthorn.  That is most certainly naturally resistant to Roundup.

Many believe that the reason there are so many people with allergies to corn and intolerances to gluten is due to the GMO crops.  Counties and States all through the United States are hoping to tame the wrath of Mother Nature by banning GMO crops all together.  In July of 2011, the Hungarian Government ordered GMO corn crops plowed under so the seeds weren’t allowed to pollinate. Farmers planted them unknowingly, but they were ordered destroyed to protect the future food supply.

Knowing the results of messing with the food chain in animals and trying to control the world’s food supply with GMO food, next time I will turn to medicine and question whether we can get by with fooling Mother Nature there either.  There is always a price to pay when tinkering with the grand design of things.  Can we really get by with it?

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