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What Homeopathy Cannot Help

As a classical homeopath, I frequently get asked what homeopathy can help with.  I think an equally important question is what homeopathy cannot help.  But first, a story.

boironweb04A while back, I was at an event at a local OT/PT clinic which serves a number of children with autism.  In talking with the president of the center, she shared with me that they had recently changed their waiting area at the entrance of the building.  Patients, siblings and parents would wait there for appointments to begin or be completed.

A pattern was developing that while the children were waiting, they would become quite rambunctious and loud, sometimes interrupting sessions, disturbing others who were waiting, etc.  They assessed the situation and recognized that they had not created a quiet, peaceful environment.  They had movies on the TV, toys for the kids to play with and almost no books.

In order to create a more calming setting, they decided to get rid of all the toys and increase the number and type of books available.  The TV monitor would only show nature videos rather than children’s movies.  It took a couple of weeks of adjustment, but soon, the waiting area at the center became the more tranquil place for which they were hoping.  Now children come in and go straight for the books.  Parents are reading to their children rather than talking on their phones.

What does this story have to do with What Homeopathy Cannot Help?  In homeopathy we would refer to the situation in the waiting area of the OT/PT Clinic as a Maintaining Cause or an Obstacle to Cure.  As long as the environment encouraged certain behaviors in the children, no matter how much shhh’ing went on, it was a never ending battle with an outcome that was certain.  But when the environment was modified to encourage a different outcome, it was possible for that outcome to actually come to fruition.

An equivalent situation might be a client who seeks homeopathic care for their asthma but continues to live in the damp, moldy basement apartment.  Or perhaps a child who has ADD/ADHD, but eats a diet high in sugars and carbohydrates.  Sorry mom, but homeopathy can’t help that.  Homeopathy isn’t about living an unhealthy lifestyle and expecting the body to be able to heal itself.  What goes in, comes out, whether it is environmental stimuli, food or microbes in the air.  It is a simple example of the laws of cause and effect.  Garbage In, Garbage Out.

Sometimes when a parent brings their child in for homeopathy, it becomes clear that the parent is the first person who should receive a remedy. That is one way to tackle the maintaining causes. Healthier parents lead to healthier children. Homeopaths aren’t the first people to recognize this.  Frequently homeopathy helps someone get motivated to change their environment.  A person who craves sugar, for example, can be helped to not crave sugar quite so much, so they can get a handle on the cravings and change their diet.  Often homeopathy can help remove the obstacles to cure, but sometimes removing the obstacles is the only cure.

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What Can Homeopathy Do?

Just an update on this post from five years ago. The boy in these photos is a teenager. He has continued with homeopathy. His last two annual appointments showed no amblyopia detectable. So his eyes have continued to improve over the years.

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I am often asked exactly what homeopathy can do.  For a longer list, I recommend going to my website at www.lotushomeopathy.com and click on Can You Help Me.  Don’t click on any of the submenu items just yet.  By clicking on Can You Help Me, the website will display a list of categories of things that homeopathy has been known to assist with.

It isn’t very often that I can actually SHOW the effects of homeopathy.

After he received the correct remedy, the eye improved rather drastically within 3 days or so and continued to improve regularly after subsequent doses of the remedy and after different remedies.

No surgery needed.  This is a good thing, because those surgeries don’t always work, in spite of their long history.

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What Can Homeopathy Do For You?: An Explanation of the many ways homeopathy is used.

I have been seeing clients as a practicing homeopath for 13 years.  Over the years I have been, at times, confused about all the ways people use homeopathic remedies.  Some uses don’t seem very “homeopathic” to me.  That is, they don’t follow the concept of Like Cures Like.  Sometimes Like Prevents Like.  Sometimes Like has nothing to do with Like.

Fairly recently, I was able to put it together in a way that makes sense to me and to others who may be confused.  I hope you find it helpful.  I will be sharing this for you in a series of five blog postings.  Feel free to ask questions in the comments section.

Acute Care Homeopathy:  Acute illnesses are viruses and bacteria that we “catch” that make us sick from time to time.

Constitutional Homeopathy:  This is homeopathy for Chronic Care.  It could be used for Mental, Emotional, or Physical dis-ease.

Detoxification:  Homeopathic remedies can be used to help detoxify the body.  A good constitutional remedy will do this.  But there are also specific remedies that can be used to detoxify.

Homeoprophylaxis:  This is the education of the immune system so that you are less likely to be a good host for specific things that are “going around”.

Adjunct care:  This is a use for homeopathy that I have been studying fairly recently.  Historically it has been shown that using adjunct homeopathy helps the constitutional remedies work better.

Lets start with Acute Care Homeopathy, which is the way many people become introduced to the power of Like Cures Like.

A happy germ ready to invade a dis-eased body.

A happy germ ready to invade a dis-eased body.

By definition, an acute illness is self limiting.  This means you either get over it or you die. This can include colds, flu, gastroenteritis, all the childhood illnesses which we, unfortunately, rarely see, just to name a few.  Acute illness can be really good for us, if they don’t happen too often. Like exercise builds the body and makes it stronger, fighting off a few acute illnesses now and again exercises our immune system.  Fortunately, the vast majority of people get over acute illness, especially in this day and age of improved hygiene and knowledge about good food, lots of water, and not giving aspirin or any other anti-pyretics when you have a fever. Remember, fevers are good.  They help the body get rid of the “critters” that are invading you.

If fevers are a good thing, why give homeopathy when you have a fever?  Most garden variety fevers are safe. However, people can get uncomfortable when they have a fever, and are more likely to take Tylenol or Motrin, which only extends the time you suffer from the acute illness.  With homeopathy, you may still have the fever, but you will be more comfortable. For example, you may be less restless, less achy and your internal temperature, whether chilly or overheated, will become more tolerable. Your body will hang onto the fever as long as it is required to heal you. If on the other hand, you suppress the fever of a youngster with Tylenol or Motrin, the child may not get the rest he needs in order to get well.  Suppression doesn’t equal absence of an illness. It doesn’t mean that you get to send the child to school. He or she is still dis-eased.  I have also found as a homeopath that often fevers are repeated in a pattern.  Perhaps a child will get it every other month, or always when the seasons change, for example. By giving an appropriate homeopathic remedy, it often breaks the cycle of illness. I have seen this countless times in my practice, with both children and adults.

However, if you have an infant with a fever you need to be more careful.  An infant’s immune system is not well developed and they can develop pneumonia and meningitis, etc.  My youngest had a fever of 102+ when he was quite young.  It was an ear infection. Homeopathy to the rescue.  Although there may be disagreements, the general consensus seems to be, if your 0-3 month old child has a fever over 100.4, call the doctor.  If your child is 3 – 6 months old, the threshold is 101.  If your infant is older than 6 months old, call the doctor if his or her fever goes above 102.

In addition to going to the doctor, be sure to call the homeopath.  There are many remedies for fevers, but for young children, there are usually just a few to choose from, including Belladonna, Pulsatilla, Aconite, Chamomilla, and more.

Sad Germs, after realizing the host body has taken a homeopathic remedy.

Sad Germs, after realizing the host body has taken a homeopathic remedy.

Influenza and flu-like symptoms are common reasons to use homeopathy for acute illnesses.  During the flu pandemic of 1918-1919, when influenza was killing 30% of certain populations who were infected, homeopathy had an astonishing loss rate of around 1%.  Records show that those who died had tried conventional medicine first and it was too late for homeopathy to help.  It should also be noted that MD’s were enamored with aspirin at the time and many died from basically an overdose of aspirin, because they would bleed out in their lungs from the aspirin and then develop pneumonia and die.  The remedy most folks needed during that pandemic was Gelsemium, followed by Bryonia.  Even an inexperienced prescriber could recognize the Gelsemium symptoms. For more information about the historical success of using homeopathy with influenza, please click here to read this article from 1921.  Scroll to the bottom of the page to find it.

I also include injuries in Acute care, although old injuries often fall into the category of constitutional care.  Arnica is most often the first remedy to take with an injury, but not always.  So if Arnica isn’t helping, you either need a stronger dose or a different remedy.  It may be Bryonia, Rhus Tox, or Ledum, just to name a few of the most common injury remedies.

What about allergies?  Are they acute illnesses?  No.  The seasonal allergies people are experiencing now are representative of a chronic illness with an acute exacerbation.  It can be treated acutely, for a year or two, but eventually, only the constitutional (chronic) remedy will work.

Acute care homeopathy is definitely an example of like cures like.  Often the symptoms of a chronic illness will go away when someone gets an acute illness.  So if the symptom picture changes from the chronic symptoms to the acute symptoms, a different remedy is required.  Once the acute symptoms go away, the chronically ill person sometimes actually feels better for a few days after the illness.  I have seen this in several clients over the years.  At first I got confused and thought the acute remedy was a good chronic remedy.  But I have since realized that it is just the body changing states.  That changed state often sticks around for a few days after the acute illness seems to have disappeared.

Complementary Remedies

Often individuals with an acute illness always feel sort of the same way each time they get sick.  In homeopathy, we call this the Complementary Remedy.  It is the flip side of the Chronic state.  I once had a high energy client who needed a low energy remedy each time he got sick.  We are familiar with which remedies are complementary to other remedies, but not in most cases. Calling a homeopath when you are sick can often help lead to the discovery of your constitutional remedy.

Sometimes, when you are feeling like you are coming down with something but don’t have clear symptoms, you can take a 30c dose of your constitutional remedy and prevent total onset of an acute illness.  This would not be a situation of using a complementary remedy.  If you get acute illnesses too frequently, it is definitely time for a constitutional remedy.  More on this and other chronic uses of homeopathy in the next article in this series.

Kathryn
651-748-1556
www.lotushomeopathy.com

Who is the Authority on “Cures”? Part 2

Hear This! I am the authority!

Why would you rely on the statements of a western medicine doctor as to whether there is to “cure” to evaluate the possibilities offered by a natural health modality?  Do they study the alternatives? (Most often, the answer is NO).  So why would you think they would know whether or not homeopathy (or acupuncture or chiropractic, etc.) can help?  Why would you allow them to be the authority?  This I do not understand.  Would you ask a lawn care expert questions about building your deck?  Yes, they both have to do with the exterior of your home, but that is where the similarities end.

I would not want to be the authority on Western Medicine.  Even if I knew much about it, what I know is colored by my natural health affinity.  Similarity, anything an MD knows about homeopathy or natural health in general is also deeply influenced by their education.

It is also important to note that no matter what the affliction, Western Medicine Doctors will almost always say, “There is no evidence to prove that works.”  I am the proud owner of a 300+ page ebook which outlines all the research that has been done on homeopathy.  In fact, I just got a new, updated version of the book earlier this week with two new chapters about new topics which have been researched.  Much of the research is done in other countries where research is still funded by independent parties who do not stand to benefit on the outcome of the research. Some people in the US are rather provincial and they think that research done in other countries doesn’t count.  I disagree.  Generally, with some ethnic exceptions for certain pathology, the human body works pretty much the same everywhere on the planet.

In telling you about this supposed lack of knowledge, MD’s are assuming you will not look anything up or if you tried, you would not find the information easily.  I encourage you to go to www.homeopathic.com and order Dana Ullmann’s Homeopathic Family Medicine ebook which will give you 2 years of updates to the book via e-mail. It is reasonably priced around $50.00 for a book that gets updated 2 – 3 times per year.

So the correct response to that comment is, “Do you ever read research on homeopathy (or whatever they are denying)?”  or “What are your sources to make that statement?”

I recently received an inquiry about Lyme’s disease and the CEASE protocol.  This person’s naturopath says there is no way to recover from Chronic Lyme’s disease.  My experience is different and this naturopath, although he may have studied a few months of homeopathy, isn’t familiar with the protocol I would follow.  Where is the curiosity?

Let’s be clear—this is ultimately about the money.  You just need to go to online chat rooms and discussion boards to know that people are pretty jaded about the ability to cure any disease through raising money to support research.  Most people who have put themselves out there year after year and have seen no cure any closer than it was 5 – 10 years ago get pretty disillusioned and feel taken advantage of.  Usually it comes down to, “they would lose their stream of money of they found a cure.”  Yep.

There’s a lot of money to be made keeping people sick and selling them drugs.

So homeopaths, naturopaths, acupuncturists, etc, rely on word of mouth to keep their businesses going, because they don’t have a lifelong stream of income from people who get well.  I actually do have clients I rarely see any more or possibly never see any more.

So if someone says there is no cure for something, assume that it only applies to Western Medicine and continue your quest for recovery.

The last iteration of this type of conversation came about in a conversation where I was asked about help with a particular acute situation that arises for this individual.  I suggested that he could also get help with a number of other problems he happened to mention.  He said, “Oh, I’m managing those just fine with the medication.”  It hadn’t occurred to him that there may be another way.  So he wasn’t told there was no way to recover, he hadn’t actually asked.

There are problems with relying on the Western Medicine as well.  Briefly, these include but are not limited to:

  • Medicines are generally toxic and they stress the kidneys or liver
  • Medicines usually suppress symptoms and your dis-ease ends up being expressed in a different way if it is suppressed long enough
  • It is expensive to be on medication for a long time

The upshot is, there is a great deal of empirical and historical evidence about the efficacy of homeopathy.  Relying on an MD’s (or even a naturopath’s) knowledge of the world of homeopathy isn’t going to yield an informed opinion.  And lastly, think outside the proverbial box.  Much dis-ease you may be managing with dangerous drugs can be healed with Homeopathy.

Let me know if you need help.

Kathryn

651-748-1556

www.lotushomeopathy.com

Who is the Authority on “Cures?” Part 1

When I have had a similar conversation with at least three people on the same topic, it is time to write a blog about it.

The most recent?  The belief that because Western medicine, or naturopathic medicine says something cannot be “cured”, then no other modality can cure it either.

I believe this stems from the belief that if it (fill in the blank with the disease with which you or your loved one is afflicted) could be “cured” then surely, western medicine or naturopathic medicine would know about it and would, therefore, be using that cure.  I remember reading an interview with the late Patrick Swayze when he was dying of pancreatic cancer–which is almost always a death sentence.  That was his viewpoint.  If there was a way to deal with it, the doctors would be doing that.  Sadly, that viewpoint didn’t work so well for him.  I am not suggesting anything that could have helped him here–I’m just thinking that if I had a disease that was basically a death sentence, I wouldn’t be stopping with just western medicine.  The more tools in the toolbox, the better.

Before I continue, I need to mention that use of the word “cure” is actually forbidden by anyone but a western medicine practitioner, so I will use the word “Heal” or phrase “Recover from”.  And frankly, they don’t have any “cures” so imagine my puzzlement that they can use it and we can’t.  Oh Well.  Recovery is really a much better description and a much more spiritual concept.

Even though I can’t use the word “cure”, I was curious about the definition, so I made my way to Dictionary.com.  There are lots of definitions, some of which involve meat, but the one ones I like are:  “a means of healing or restoring to health; remedy” and “A method or course of remedial treatment, as for disease” and “successful remedial treatment; restoration to health”.  And of course, “remedial” means “to remedy something.”  So it definitely applies to homeopathy, especially since we use remedies, but since I can’t use the actual word, we’ll just rely on the definition and my substitutions indicated above.

Let’s start with the big ones:  ALS, Type 1 Diabetes (also known as Juvenile Diabetes), autoimmune disorders, etc.  Floating the idea that there is no way to recover from any of these illnesses does a disservice to those who suffer from them.  Western Medicine can only at best manage them and at worst, suppress the immune system to prevent the symptoms from reappearing.  Maybe there are other options…but they don’t happen to be part of the elusive standard of care.  With many of these diseases, the sooner you go on the suppressive drugs, the harder it is for the natural methods to work.

What about other diseases, that aren’t so new and have a longer track record with natural medicine, homeopathy in particular.  Graves Disease is a good example.  Western medicine has a drug which can put the disease into remission.  If it doesn’t work, the solution is drinking the radioactive iodine to kill the thyroid and then be on synthetic thyroid the rest of your life.  Let’s examine homeopathy and Grave’s disease.  But first, a bit of back ground information.

In order to determine what a new remedy heals, the new potentized substance is given to 20 – 30 healthy individuals.  This is called a proving.  The participants (provers) each take a dose of the remedy and then start journaling their symptoms.  After a few weeks, the provers get together to discuss their symptoms and a pattern starts to develop.  Over time, the new remedy gets added to the homeopathic Materia Medica (which is a list of symptoms belonging to each remedy) and also to the Repertory.  The Repertory is a very large book which lists symptoms and under each symptom are the remedies that are known to be produced in a healthy person when the proving was conducted.  However, both of these references also include Clinical information.  A proving won’t produce Grave’s Disease or Cancer or anything really serious like that.  But based on other symptoms, it was found through practical use on a number of clients, to help recover from some pathologies.

The Homeopathic Repertory has a symptom for Grave’s Disease.  It has 88 remedies in it.  Since provings do not produce pathological symptoms like that, it means that these references all come from clinical experience.  Scrolling through the sources of the remedies, there are some long standing, highly respected homeopaths who have reported recovery from Grave’s Disease. Some of the references go back to the late 1800’s and early 1900.  So is there a “cure” for it?  Not according to Western Medicine, but according to the people who know homeopathy there is a way to recover.

More Tomorrow.

Kathryn

651-748-1556

www.lotushomeopathy.com

 

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