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Another Arnica Story

A well used tube of Arnica Montana 10M.

A well used tube of Arnica Montana 10M.

There are times when I feel like perhaps I extol the virtues of Arnica more than necessary.  Or perhaps, at the expense of the reputation of other homeopathic remedies.

However, I had another Arnica experience I feel compelled to share.  But it isn’t just an Arnica story.  It is a personal homeopathy story, which begins with Arnica.

I recently had a minor surgery.  Something that couldn’t be healed with homeopathy.  Before agreeing to it, I made sure there was no other way.  I had a referral from my Holistic Doc who knew that I would be concerned about the quality of the surgery.

I took Arnica after the surgery.  This not only helped with the post surgical pain, but it also helped heal the trauma from the surgery.  Two weeks later was the follow up appointment, just to make sure all was going as it should.

The appointment started out with the post surgical nurse taking my vitals.  I was informed that mine were the best vitals she would see all day. She knew this at 9:30 a.m.  Thank you homeopathy, chiropractic and a healthy diet.  She asked about pain, the recovery process, etc.  I explained that I had used only homeopathy and a few doses of Tylenol to manage the pain as the healing progressed.  The prescription for narcotics went unused and got torn up and thrown into the waste basket.  I read the doctor’s post surgery report.  “The patient handled the procedure very well,” the doctor had dictated.

When the nurse inspected the incision to see how it was healing, she commented that I didn’t even have a scab.  This was unusual.  I told her it was the Arnica.  I explained the background of Arnica, which she found fascinating.  Eventually she took my business card and was very excited.  “I’m going to tell the other nurses about this.  We are all so into natural things.”  A clinic full of surgeons is the perfect place to share Arnica.

This is a common outcome for Arnica, if not a common response.  But the more we share our homeopathy stories, the more people will want to learn more and become healthier.  By the time I left the brief appointment, the nurse knew that I wasn’t on any medications, that my vitals were good because of the choices I made in my health care.  I wasn’t just lucky nor did I just have good genes.  In the end, it saves me money to choose natural modalities like homeopathy and chiropractic and good diet, even though it may seem like it cost more to begin with.

If you have a homeopathy story, share it with me in the comment section!

Kathryn
651-748-1556
http://www.lotushomeopathy.com

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Are We Under A Moral Obligation To Vaccinate Our Children?

I don’t know about you, but it is really easy for me to get addicted to Law & Order:  SVU. There was one episode, however, that disturbed me.  A family was accused of causing the death of a child of another family because their child wasn’t vaccinated.  They were treated like common criminals for exercising a choice.  The cops were as angry at them as if they were pedophiles.

design (2)Minnesota law provides for a conscientious objector status for parents who do not wish to vaccinate their children.  If a parent feels that they are not confident that it is a safe thing for their child, they can abstain from “shots”.  There may be other reasons for not doing so, but Minnesota recognizes a parent’s right to make an informed choice on the matter.

Some people would say that there is too great a risk to not vaccinate.  Those childhood diseases are potentially deadly (never mind that they never used to be considered dangerous).  Plus, there are children who have compromised immune systems and they cannot be vaccinated, so they need to be protected.  It is referred to as doing it “for the greater good.”

Others say that there is too great a risk to vaccinate their child.  There are toxic ingredients in vaccines as well as human fetal tissue and parents simply aren’t willing to take that risk.

So therein lies the moral dilemma:  Who do we protect?  The immune compromised child who may or may not catch the disease?  Or do we protect the seemingly healthy child to prevent them from potential harm from the vaccine.

Many folks claim that vaccines are perfectly safe and cause no damage, although this simply isn’t true as billions have been paid out of the Federal Vaccine Injury Compensation Fund, over $3 Billion so far.  This denial of harm has always been a mystery to me.  That is, until I read an article on Risk Management which was posted in CFO magazine.

In the article, entitled “The Value of Life, Statistically Speaking”, the author, Rick Jones states:  “Inoculating children to prevent infectious disease transmission is good for society from both health and financial perspectives, but some initially healthy children may suffer adverse reactions, injury, or even death. For vaccines, the enormous societal benefits trump the tragedies of the few.”  And “The lives saved and dollar benefits from vaccines are hard to calculate, but it’s safe to say that these and other immunizations have greatly improved the quantity and quality of life for millions of people — at the tragic, yet accepted cost of a few.”  http://www3.cfo.com/article/2012/1/risk-management_value-of-life-calculation?currpage=1#

Wow.  When I read that article, I was stunned.  I always thought that there was a belief amongst those in power that some collateral damage with the vaccine program was acceptable, but I had never seen it in writing.  This article moves that viewpoint past being just a conspiracy theory to being a fact.  It’s kind of a relief, actually, to hear someone say that they really don’t care about other people’s children.  They no longer need to pretend that they aren’t morally bankrupt.  They have just admitted it.

As a homeopath, I have helped children and adults who have been vaccine damaged.  I have sat with parents who have wept and said that they would have rather had their child die from a childhood illness than have them live the life they have now.  And they feel horribly guilty for feeling that way. They do not feel their contribution to the “greater good” was worth it.

Back to the moral obligation to vaccinate children.  Perhaps the obligation isn’t as strong as it once was, given the admission in this article.  They actually admitted that there is collateral damage, and it’s okay.

We do have to remember that some people just don’t care what happens to other people.  On a personal level they do, but on a societal level they do not.

I do care that someone might die from an acute disease, but there are many ways to prevent complications from diseases such as measles. Vitamin A and Vitamin C, for example, are known to reduce the risk of complications. There are also natural methods of protecting your children from infectious contagious disease.  As a homeopath, I offer a safe alternative–homeoprophylaxis.  Check out my web site for more information. 

Kathryn
651-748-1556
http://www.lotushomeopathy.com

Why I am not afraid of Measles

Okay.  Raise your hand.  How many of you were wondering when I would write a post on this topic, given the current hysteria about measles?

My goal in this entry is not to ramp up the hysteria, but to talk about measles, homeopathy, how you can be helped if you or your child gets the measles and how you can protect yourself in a safer, yet effective way.

Homeopathy and the Measles

designHomeopathy has been around for a couple of hundred years, fewer years than the measles have been around to be sure.  But many people used to turn to homeopathy to get through a case of the measles. (Why it is less common now days is a topic for a future blog or ten.)  So I did a quick search through my homeopathic repertory of symptoms and found 126 measles symptoms.  They not only included skin symptoms which describe the measles (there are several ways the eruptions can be expressed), but it also describes some of the complications of measles.  For example, there are remedies recommended for suppressed measles, the type of fever with the measles, pain in extremities, sleeplessness due to measles, coughs with measles, hoarseness with measles, measles in the mouth, etc.  Because they appear in the repertory, and these are clinical symptoms, there is a history of helping people who have the measles and display these symptoms.  Thus, I am not concerned about measles, as people with this dis-ease are readily helped with homeopathy.

As I look through the general measles symptoms, there are 89 remedies.  Many of these remedies are available in your local coop, health food store, etc.  Certainly the most common ones are also in remedy kits that you may have at home.

A Little History of Measles

Isn’t the word “measles” a funny word?  Say it a few times.  It is strange indeed.  Wanting to know from whence it came, I searched online.  Here’s what I found.  The Middle English maseles, is probably from Middle Dutch masel  meaning ‘pustule’ (compare with modern Dutch mazelen ‘measles’). The spelling change was due to association with Middle English mesel ‘leprous, leprosy.’

What?  Leprosy?  Well, no wonder the hysteria. The disease Leprosy carries with it a great deal of fear.  Banishment from the public, highly contagious, almost certain death, dying alone.  (Yes there are also remedies for Leprosy.)

Even if people are unaware of this relationship, the response has been the same.  “Put the parents in jail if their kids aren’t vaccinated.”  “Send unvaccinated children to Guantanamo Bay.” “Keep the children out of school.”  The word Leprosy, and it’s related words, carry a meta-physical property of fear with it.  Interestingly, there is a Homeopathic symptom of Fear of everything, accompanied by measles that don’t come out.  In other words, someone has been exposed to the measles, probably has a fever, but the spots won’t appear. An accompanying symptom is fear of everything. The one and only remedy in that symptom is Stramonium, which is one of the most fearful remedies in the Homeopathic Materia Medica.

However, Measles is not Leprosy, although Main Stream Media (MSM) would like us to believe it is.  Leprosy is a chronic disease, Measles is acute, which means it is self-limiting.  I had the measles, as did all my siblings.  We all survived, none the worse for it, and probably better because of it.  Until the advent of the measles vaccine, it was considered a mild disease, a right of passage, so to speak, of being a child.

Protecting Yourself Against the Measles

design (1)First:  Do NOT buy into the fear mongering.  Over the last decade, there have been many fear mongering attempts by MSM.  The Swine Flu (H1N1), The Bird Flu, Ebola, just to name a few.  How many of those attempts at scaring us turned into anything close to the magnitude predicted?  Exactly zero.  Kind of like the weather forecasters and their over-predicting storms.  (A prediction of more than a couple inches of snow is the kiss of death for a good old fashioned snow storm.)  Furthermore, fear mongering just causes anxiety in others, which makes them more susceptible to all sorts of dis-ease, including measles.

Second:  Homeopathic Prophylaxis for measles. Homeopathy has been protecting against the onset of dis-ease for over 200 years. There are a couple of ways that we can use remedies to educate the immune system.

One method is the use of homeopathic nosodes.  Nosodes are remedies made out of disease tissue.  The virus from measles was cultured or the sputum and/or open sores of someone with measles was turned into a remedy.  The measles nosode is only available from a homeopathic practitioner.  It is not sold in stores.  This form of prophylaxis can protect against dis-ease for both long and short term, as it gives an energetic experience of the dis-ease, thus educating the immune system.

Using the nosode is not the only way homeopathy can be utilized.  You can also take the Genus Epidemicus, or the remedy that most people need when measles is “going around”.  Of course, we don’t know what it is, because as far as I know, none of the 108 people who got the measles went to a homeopath.  But if they did, we might see a pattern.  It could be Arsenicum, Aconite, Pulsatilla, Ferrum Phos, Gelsemium, and others–again, commonly found in health food stores and coops. These are listed as remedies for prophylaxis in the Repertory. I would choose Aconite, as it fits the general hysteria that is going around the country.  People who need Aconite are certain they will die.  That is how people are viewing measles. Aconite is also more commonly needed in cold weather than warm weather.  We are fortunate that it is a mild winter in the midwest.

However, identifying the genus epidemicus can be tricky, especially when the virus is manufactured in a laboratory. (Notice I said “might” above.)  The CDC has been suspiciously quiet about whether the measles virus that is “sweeping” the nation is the wild virus or the vaccine virus.  Believe it or not, they are not the same.  So to be safe, I would take the Nosode.

Kathryn

651-748-1556

http://www.lotushomeopathy.com

These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.  Homeopathy is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. 

It’s Not Nice To Fool Mother Nature–Part 2

Here is Part 2 of my previous blog series of “It’s Not Nice To Fool Mother Nature.” It seems relevant given the measles hysteria.

Lotus Homeopathy: Health News You Can Use

If you haven’t read my previous posting on Fooling Mother Nature, please click here.

Tinkering with the food chain is but one way that man tries to fool mother nature.  Medicine is another.

Let me begin by saying that I think there are definitely times where western medicine and pharmaceuticals are necessary.  However, there seems to be an attitude in the philosophy (if one can call it that) of western medicine that we have a shortage of antibiotics or antidepressants or Lipitor in our bodies.  The problem with this view point, in addition to it being a fallacy, is that it fails to get to the root of the problem.

I remember first hearing about the idea of a “Chemical Imbalance” in the brain used as an explanation for a particular health issue experienced by a friend.  The very first thought I had was, “Well, why is there a…

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