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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. 

Top Ten Natural Care Products To Keep In Your Medicine Kit and Travel Bag–Part 1

Many years ago I used to teach a class on this topic, because people used to ask what remedies I would recommend that people have over all others.  A big task given there are thousands of remedies.  Over the years, I have moved on from this topic.  But recently I was reminded of it via a post on a Facebook Group.  The final list, which has evolved over the years, has more than 10.  However, Top Ten still sounds best!

This list appears in alphabetical order.

1.    Apis 30C

Apis is a homeopathic dose of bees.  If you have any allergies and you have a sudden reaction to the allergen, Apis is a good remedy to have around.  Take a 30C dose once every 5 minutes after symptoms start to appear.  If you establish a relationship with a homeopath, 200C would be a better dose to have handy.  Carbolic Acid is another option.

2.    Arnica Montana 30C and 200C

Okay.  How many of you saw this remedy coming?

Arnica Montana for Trauma

Arnica Montana for Trauma

Arnica Montana is probably the most popular and well-known homeopathic remedy.  More people have been convinced of the importance and usefulness of homeopathy by a few doses of Arnica than any other remedy.  That includes the homeopath at Lotus Homeopathy.  It is a premiere remedy for the effects of Trauma.  This could range from a bruise from bumping your hand accidentally on the edge of the kitchen table while walking by to a major car accident or a brain concussion.

Arnica montana is a mountain daisy. It hardly seems that such an innocent looking plant could possess such power. It has been used in Folk Medicine as an herbal preparation for many hundreds of years.  Like most herbs, it has a doctrine of signatures which helped our ancestors recognize how it might be useful.  Healers of earlier centuries recognized its affinity for trauma when it was observed that mountain goats and sheep would eat the Arnica plant after fighting or after falling off the rocks.  And you could use Arnica Montana 30c (or stronger) after a fight or a fall even today.

3.     Arsenicum 30C

Arsenicum is the number one remedy for food poisoning.  Not everyone needs it, but the symptoms to watch for are sick to stomach, vomiting and REALLY chilly.  If you eat out a lot, this is a remedy to have around.  The person who needs it may be worse after midnight and be anxious and restless.  It is also a good remedy for Montezuma’s revenge, which may or may not be food poisoning.

That’s all for this post.  Stay tuned for more in a day or two.

Kathryn
651-748-1556
www.lotushomeopathy.com

A Remedy for Big Bang Theory’s Dr. Sheldon Cooper

Sheldon Cooper needs a remedy. Which one?

If you have never watched The Big Bang Theory, you are missing a lot of good laughs.  There’s nothing like a bunch of nerds making fun of each other.  It is on CBS on Thursday evenings and on TBS in reruns 3 or 4 nights a week.

However, if you have watched it, you are familiar with the narcissistic, manipulative, arrogant, controlling, brilliant physicist, Dr. Sheldon Cooper, played by Jim Parsons.  If there was ever a character that was completely void of any ability to look at things from another person’s perspective, he is that character.

Some of his other characteristics include being way too direct, having a photographic memory, fear of germs, neat freak, zero social skills, preferring his own company to that of others, and LOVING and REQUIRING structure.  He has no tolerance for ambiguity in his day to day life.

Science is his religion, as his mother was very religious.  However, he has rejected her religious viewpoints and instead, has made science his religion.  What is very interesting about him is that he is a theoretical physicist.  One would think that someone who likes predictability as much as this character would not be comfortable in the realm of theory.  But because religion is always more ambiguous than day to day life, he is comfortable with this.  And also theorizing is one of his symptoms—not just in his job, but in his day to day existence.  He uses theories and logic to get along in life where most people know instinctively what to say and do and how to understand a social situation.

The real key to figuring out Sheldon is to figure out what it was like to be living in that house hold as a child.  His super religious mother is also his “kryptonite”.  He will do anything that she tells him.  I get the sense that she smothered him, but not in a loving, I’m-worried-you’ll-hurt-yourself sort of way.  It seemed more like Your-salvation-is-in-question-if-you-don’t-follow-the-rules type of smothering.  Sometimes we use the mother’s state to find a remedy for the child.  In his case, he is very child-like and hasn’t separated from his mother as he ought, so even though he is an adult, we can still use his mother’s symptoms.

To read more about the whole story of his character, click here:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sheldon_Cooper

In trying to come up with a remedy for him, there are so many symptoms, it is difficult to know where to start.  His chief complaint would be his rigidity and his difficulty assimilating socially into any group.  Some people would say he has Asberger’s although his creator says that was not part of the creation process.  But he is narcissistic, which causes his social problems.  Too absorbed in himself, not interested enough in others.

His Intelligence and theorizing is one symptom.  Another is his being too religious—his mother with what is normally considered religion and his own religion that is science.  His self-indulgent narcissism is another.  His OCD, fear of germs is his fourth symptom.  His arrogance is his fifth and is lack of interest in any sort of sexuality is the last one I would examine.

Two remedies come to mind with these symptoms:  Sulphur and Arsenicum. First, they are both minerals, which are about trying to find their place in the world, which he is.  They both cover most of his symptoms.  Intelligence is not normally seen as a hallmark of Arsenicum, although they can certainly be intelligent.  They both have the ability to theorize about everything.  The rest of the symptoms really cover both of them.  Sulphur can be very social, or be very anti-social.  Arsenicum doesn’t really have an axis of being social or not social.  They tend to be more manipulative than Sulphur.  It is usually about making sure they are safe, however. Although Arsenicum is can have concern about salvation, it is usually in line with their fears about the environment in general.  Sulphur is well known for also being religious. There are other religious remedies as well, but many tend to be chilly. While Sheldon is manipulative, it is because he wants his own way.  The childish side of him (also covered by Sulphur) is fed by that, and he uses his intellectual powers of logic to do that.  (Frankly, I wouldn’t put up with him.)  Sheldon is an attention seeker, so that people can see how smart he is.  That is a Sulphur symptom.  Finally, he also broke down and started hoarding cats after one particularly emotionally traumatizing incident.  Sulphur loves cats.

It seems like Sulphur is the answer for Sheldon, however, Sulphur tends to be much messier than Sheldon’s character is.  But you can always see the opposite symptom in any remedy state.  Also, we don’t know if he is warm or cold.  If he is warm, I’d give him Sulphur, or a Sulphur salt.  It is hard to tell which one he might need, but it could be Cuprum Sulphuricum or Kali Sulphuricum.  If, however, he is cold all the time, he may, indeed, need Arsenicum or an Arsenicum Salt.  Once again, I would consider Cuprum Arsenicosum or Kali Arsenicosum.

Interestingly, Homeopathy is of more interest and plausible to physicists than it is to Chemists or Biologists.  Some people have suggested that Homeopathy can be explained by String Theory.  So I wouldn’t be surprised to find an upcoming episode some which incorporates a discussion of Homeopathy.

Do you know anyone who is Sheldon-Like?  That is narcissistic, controlling, intelligent, with poor social skills?  He or she might not need Sulphur, but such people can definitely be helped with Homeopathy.

PS, My apologies to anyone who is offended by the comments about religion.  I am merely observing, not judging.

Kathryn

651-748-1556

www.lotushomeopathy.com

What Remedy Does TV’s “Monk” Need?

TV’s Monk, the endearing, intelligent, undefeated television detective with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder could sure benefit from a good homeopathic remedy.  My kids think I spoil the show every time I say what remedy I think he needs.  So I finally decided to enter his symptoms into my repertory and confirm my suspicions.

For those of you who have never seen the show, it is playing in syndication on Ion television now, and probably others as well.  Obsessive and compelling thoughts is something that can be helped with homeopathy.

Adrian Monk has a history of anxiety that became exaggerated when his wife, Trudy, was murdered.  He is still intelligent, but nearly incapacitated with anxiety.  But for the constant companionship of Natalie, his faithful assistant, he would be.

He cannot stand to have anything out of order.  Even things that shouldn’t be in order must be lined up perfectly.  (Symptom:  Mind, Rest, Cannot Rest When Things Are Not in the Proper Place.)

He cannot stop thinking of any number of things.  This is what makes him a good detective.  He won’t let a thought go that doesn’t make sense to him.  This is really the same symptom as the previous symptom, but also the symptom Mind, Thoughts, Compelling as he is also compelled to take action on his thoughts.

Everything must have a place and everything must be in its place–again a symptom that really the same as the first symptom.  (Mind, Fastidious) (Mind, Conscientious About Trifles)

He is tight with his money.  (Mind, Avarice.)

The fact that he got much worse when his wife died, means we need to include a grief symptom.  (Mind, Ailments from Grief).

Normally we can’t just pop a bunch of symptoms together and come up with a remedy.  Most symptoms aren’t so obvious.  But Adrian Monk is really a caricature of the remedy Arsenicum.

So what would happen if he did get better?  Would he still be a good detective?  Would his attention to detail be the same as it is now?

The important thing to remember is that homeopathy doesn’t fix a personality.  It prevents your personality from getting in the way.  There are many elements of his personality that make him an amazing detective, but they also are pathological for him as well.  In the end, if his character saw a homeopath, he would be able to live his life as a detective, but not as a neurotic detective.  He would have been able to get over his grief more quickly too.

Does everyone who has a diagnosis of OCD need Arsenicum?  No, but a lot of them do.  Does everyone who needs Arsenicum have OCD? No, but a lot of them do.

My apologies to anyone who will no longer enjoy the show knowing that he could actually be healed.

Kathryn

651-748-1556

www.lotushomeopathy.com

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