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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

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. 

The Top Ten Natural Care Products–Part 3

Today’s items could be called Lifestyle remedies.  You need them more often depending on the lifestyle you live.

7.    Nux Vomica 30C

Nux Vomica can help with overindulgence.

Nux Vomica can help with overindulgence.

Nux Vomica is a homeopathic remedy made from a nut. It’s most useful for the after effects of over indulgence. This could include too much food or too much drink. Take a dose of 30C before you go to bed, if you can remember, but for sure when you wake up in the morning.  In hearing of others use of this remedy, they find they not only feel better if they take it, they sleep better too.  If you take it in the morning, you may find you are able to fall back asleep again. I feel like Nux Vomica is the ultimate homeopathic remedy.  In General, homeopathy could be described as the “hair of the dog that bit you.”  And Nux vomica is a specific remedy for the “Hair of the dog that bit you.”

If you feel compelled to over indulge frequently, please seek constitutional care from a professional homeopath.

8.    Ruta

This plant, when made into a homeopathic remedy, helps connective tissue.

This plant, when made into a homeopathic remedy, helps connective tissue.

Ruta Graveolens 30c is a useful remedy for athletes.  It is great for sprained ankles, tendinitis, and other injuries to the connective tissue.  It is also indispensable if you have an injury to the illiac crest.  This is called a hip pointer in the world of athletics. Please read this earlier post which has a success story on the use of Ruta.  The dental ligament, which is under your gums, can become injured from dental work.  Ruta can help heal the insult to the dental tissues quickly.

9.    Your Constitutional Remedy in a 30C

You only know your constitutional remedy after having a series of appointments with a classical homeopath.  One of the nice things about a constitutional remedy is that you get sick less often.  But, nothing is perfect and people on homeopathy do get sick occasionally.  If you feel you are getting sick, but have no specific symptoms, you can take a 30C dose or two for a couple of days of your constitutional remedy and it will help ward off whatever is coming.

If you are hoping that we are not done after the next post, you are correct!  There are definitely more than 10 essential natural health care products that are hard to live without.

Kathryn

651-748-1556

www.lotushomeopathy.com

The Top Ten Natural Care Products–Part 2

As we move through the list of the Top Ten Natural Care Products, it is important to make clear the difference between acute ??????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????and chronic illness.  Acute illness is an illness that is self limiting.  You either get over it or you die from it.  Fortunately, if we are generally healthy, we live. For most people, having an acute illness actually makes your immune system stronger.  There is another option, which is that your body can’t quite shake it and you develop some type of chronic illness that is related to the acute illness.  For example, getting respiratory influenza and then developing asthma as an outcome. Fortunately, homeopathy can help prevent or mitigate that situation.  A chronic illness is one which goes on and on and on.  The experience of a chronic illness is not to make you stronger.  Rather, the outcome is the body gets weaker.

The remedies and other products included in my list are, in most cases, on the list due to their ability to handle acute situations. They may be injuries or it could be a contagious dis-ease.  Most also have a long term use as well, but those uses won’t be discussed in this series of blogs.

On to the next items:

4.     Bryonia 30C

Bryonia is a homeopathic remedy for pain when the pain is worse from motion and better from being stabilized with an ace bandage or a hand. You can imagine that Bryonia is an excellent remedy in the process of healing an injury. But it also is a good cough remedy, especially if you are experiencing pain with the cough, which is better when you lay on the sore spot, or put your hand on it.   A lot of people think that Arnica is the remedy for over doing it when exercising, but Bryonia frequently is a better choice. Bryonia is better from heat, which is a frequent modality for overuse injuries. It is also better from being alone.  The people who need it tend to be pretty irritable as well.  Fear of motion due to the anticipation of potential pain is also a symptom of Bryonia.

5.    Rhus Tox 30C

Poison Ivy, with the smooth leaves.  Leaves of three, let it be.

Poison Ivy, with the smooth leaves. Leaves of three, let it be.

Rhus Tox is a homeopathic dose of Poison Ivy.  It is for injuries and illnesses that are worse for first motion and better from continued motion. This is in contrast to Bryonia, which is worse from all motion, not just first motion. People who need Rhus Tox are also chilly and are better from heat, often hot water or hot compresses, as opposed to warmth.  It is also a potential remedy for poison ivy, but generally you need several remedies in succession when exposed to poison ivy.

6.    Ledum 30c

Ledum is a homeopathic remedy made from the plant Ledum Palustre.  Ledum is useful for a number of things, but most especially, it is useful for puncture wounds.  Common examples of puncture wounds include biting your tongue, Getting an insect bite (yes, an insect bite is considered a puncture wound in homeopathy!), stepping on something sharp.

Stay tuned for more….

Kathryn

www.lotushomeopathy.com

651-748-1556

Homeopathic Flu Clinic

fluclinicI made a stop at Costco today.  I saw this sign as soon as I came into the store.  It was hard to miss.  It probably had the desired effect on those who are likely to get a flu shot.

Although I can’t do a “road show”, it got me thinking that I can establish my own Flu Clinic.

Homeopathy has been used to prevent disease for 200 years.  Since the time of Samuel Hahnemann, MD, the developer of the principals of homeopathy, homeopathic remedies have been found to be very effective at protecting against disease.  This is called Homeoprophylaxis.

There are three ways of doing this.

First is using classical, constitutional homeopathy.  Making the whole organism stronger helps one fight off the acute bugs that may be circulating through the population.

Second, when there is an acute illness that has established itself among the population, such as influenza or Typhoid in Hahnemann’s time or Ebola in modern times, generally it is revealed that one remedy and one to two minor remedies help most people.  We call this the Genus Epidemicus.  Those who have not gotten sick can take that Genus Epidemicus to prevent getting the illness.  Of course, we do not know what that is for this year’s flu season.  But I will post it if we figure it out.

Finally, homeopaths use Nosodes to help protect against acute illnesses.  I use a nosode called Influenzinum to strengthen the body’s resistance to the flu.  This is what will be in the Flu Clinic.

The process is simple.  You schedule a Influenza Clinic appointment on my website, http://www.lotushomeopathy.com/homeoprophylaxis.html. Scroll down to the section Homeoprophylaxis For Whatever Is Going Around. Click on BookNow at the bottom of the screen.  Choose Individual or Family Influenza Clinic on the drop down list of appointments.  Please indicate whether you are doing this via phone or in person.  You will receive six doses of the remedy per person, one for each month during the flu season.  We will discuss how to use it.  You will sign waivers.  If you get the flu during the 2014-2015 flu season, I will treat your influenza for free.  Remedies will be extra, of course.  The doctor doesn’t even give you that warranty.  If you have any questions, please call me at 651-748-1556.  More directions on the website above.

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

Remedies Not Shots

Remedies Not Shots

See you at the Flu Clinic.

Kathryn
651-748-1556

Preventing Illness with Other Illness

We are in the midst of a Pertussis outbreak in the US.

courtesy Freedigitalphotos.net

My family has not been untouched by this illness, which is also called Whooping Cough, but this is not a surprise.

My youngest son got it in school and the rest of us from him.  Usually you think you merely have a cold with a cough when you first get it.  By the time you figure it out, you are not contagious anymore.  OOPS!  Amazing how nature created this little bug to perpetuate itself by having humans think it is a common cold until it is “too late”.

Homeopathy helps.  So does acupuncture.  There are many options.

The Pertussis vaccine is frankly, pretty “puny”, as one MD blogger described it.  It doesn’t give you lifelong immunity.  You are lucky if you get 8 years out of it.

As I look online to figure out the lifelong immunity questions, I am finding that most so-called experts are suggesting that even suffering through a case of Pertussis will not confer lifelong immunity.  I have no evidence to suggest the following is true, but it is something to think about.

There is a belief by many that the reason so many people are developing Shingles (which is caused by a reactivation of the Chicken Pox virus) is because parents and grandparents are not being re-exposed to the virus by their children and grandchildren when the youngsters get Chicken pox, because the vaccine is reducing the number of wild cases.  And just a side note for those of you who are looking for other children with Chicken Pox, your child can also get exposed to the virus by associating with someone who has Shingles.

(If you are reading this thinking you are going to post a comment on how awful it is to intentionally expose a child to a virus, do not bother to comment.  You’ll never convince me otherwise and I won’t post your comment. Besides, aren’t you also exposing them to a virus with a vaccine?  Make that a virus and a bunch of toxic chemicals….)  The re-exposure to the virus asymptomatically reactivates the immune system towards that virus and Shingles has less of a chance to rear its ugly head.  Dr. Mercola refers to Shingles as the Evil Cousin of Chicken Pox. http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2010/11/02/chicken-pox-vaccine-creates-shingles-epidemic.aspx

I am starting to wonder if Pertussis used to be a lifelong immunity, but with the vaccine, no longer is lifelong, in the same way that not being exposed to the Chicken Pox is causing problems later in life as well.  Perhaps being exposed to a child or grandchild with Pertussis reactivates the immunity as well.

Homeopathy to the rescue, once again.

Since the early 1800’s, Homeopathy has been used to prevent disease.  Homeopathy is basically introducing an artificial disease, although it is energetic, rather than material.  So just as exposing an adult to the wild Chicken Pox virus or possibly the wild Whooping Cough bacteria can help prevent symptoms of the disease from manifesting, this can also be done with a homeopathic dose of the virus.

If you already have the Chicken Pox, Shingles or Whooping Cough, homeopathy can be extremely helpful.  Please call for remedy suggestions (there are many, so it is hard to put them in a blog).

If you wish to prevent future Shingles, a few homeopathic doses of Zoster in two different potencies has been shown to prevent Chicken Pox and presumably, reactivate the virus to prevent Shingles.  Of course, Stress is a huge factor in the appearance of Shingles, so homeopathy can help with that as well. Now would be a good time to re-expose yourself to the Varicella Zoster virus energetically, rather than risk the Shingles “vaccine” and its toxic ingredients at your local Walgreen’s.  BTW, the Varicella Zoster virus in the Shingles vaccine is sourced from a child with a naturally occurring case of chicken pox.  Good thing the Chicken Pox vaccine is so lame and there are enough “refusers” that Merck can make money off these children.

The same is true of Whooping Cough.  The Pertussis bacteria is included in any tetanus shot you get these days.  I know of no one who has ever had both Pertussis and Tetanus at the same time, so I am not sure the logic behind including them together.  Nonetheless, a homeopathic exposure to Pertussis has been shown in studies to create an immunity to Whooping Cough and has been doing so for at least 100 years.

Let me know if I can help.

Kathryn

651-748-1556

www.lotushomeopathy.com

Homeopathy is Safe to Dispose of, But Why Would You?

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OTC and prescription medications need careful disposal. Not so with homeopathic remedies.

I recently received my copy of the quarterly communication from The Washington County (MN) Board of Commissioners. The front page story caught my eye, as I suppose it was designed to do.

The headline read, “Unused Medication Collection Process Is Growing.”  It was full of information about the program that has been created in Washington County, how to use it, the dangers of flushing medications or disposing of them in the trash, drug abuse that can occur with unused medications and the most frequently abused drugs, and what Washington County intends to do with these drugs, if anything. Here is a link to information about the program.

I got to thinking that there are no guidelines or regulations in disposing of homeopathic remedies, because there is no reason to have any regulations.  For that matter, there is really no reason to dispose of homeopathic remedies.

Unlike over the counter and prescription medications:

  • Homeopathic remedies do not need to be disposed of.  They keep indefinitely.  The ones you buy at the store still work long after their supposed expiration date has passed.  I have had personal success using a remedy that had an expiration date of October 97 printed on the little blue tube. Also, they do not spoil.
  • Homeopathic remedies are not addictive.  There is no incentive to abuse remedies.  There is no potential high from taking a remedy.
  • Homeopathic remedies don’t have a “black” market.
  • Homeopathic remedies don’t need to be burned in a specially licensed incinerator.  (Licensed or not, burning these drugs is of questionable safety, according to a source close to this topic.)
  • Homeopathic remedies are not harmful to the environment, either in the manufacturing process or the disposal process.  There is no concern about wildlife or fish developing an extra gill or leg because someone unknowingly threw away a remedy bottle.  (Don’t even get me started on the damage to the environment from manufacturing pharmaceuticals.)
  • Since many remedies can have hundreds of uses, you can possibly use the remedies for something different in the future.  Just because the retail bottle has a pathology printed on the label doesn’t mean that is the only thing it helps.  Indeed, it may not even help that printed pathology for you, but it may help your friend if he or she has that problem.
  • It is okay to share your acute remedies with your friends.  If your friend injures him or herself, you can safely give him or her Arnica from your remedy collection with no fear of an allergic reaction or a side effect.
  • According the article, the AARP reports that 75% of people age 45 or older take an average of four prescription medications daily.  (WOW!!!!  No wonder it costs businesses so much to offer health care insurance to their employees.  The drug companies must love that.)  In Classical homeopathy, we use one remedy at a time.

So do yourself, the county and the environment a favor.  Next time you need health care, see a homeopath, get a remedy.  You will heal yourself, save money, save the county money and keep the environment safe.

Kathryn

www.lotushomeopathy.com

651-748-1556

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