Why Choose Homeopathy?

Many of us in the Bay Area are fortunate to have multiple choices for our health care needs. Including whether to seek help from conventional medical practitioners, or alternative / complementary practitioners. Most of my clients seek help from both at various times. Many of my clients have tried a few forms of health care and may use a combination of healing techniques. Below is a list of what makes homeopathy unique as a form of healing and specifically what the benefits of choosing homeopathy are: 

  • Homeopathy gets to the heart of what ails you, rather than suppressing symptoms or causing side effects

  • Homeopaths have developed remedies from over 5000 substances, we look for one of those that matches your unique symptoms in a similar way 

  • Homeopathy helps you to heal deeply—traumas or emotional issues that might be holding you back fade away

  • Homeopathy can be effective for many diseases that regular medicine finds difficult to cure

  • A curative homeopathic remedy often works in subtle ways, yet shifts can be profound

  • Homeopathic remedies are easy to take and can be tailored to your sensitivities

  • Kids enjoy the sweet flavor of remedies so it’s easy to give them

  • Your unique symptoms and individuality are what homeopaths take into account in order to find a homeopathic remedy for you, rather than a more general diagnosis

  • Homeopathy gives you the power to find peace of mind in the face of the toxicity and stress of the world

  • Homeopathy restores health and lessens limitations

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Gelsemium, an Amazing Acute Care Remedy

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Gelsemium sempervirens, commonly called false jasmine, is an evergreen twining vine that is native from Virginia to Florida west to Texas and Central America. It is typically found in open woods, thickets and along roads. Bright, fragrant, funnel-shaped, yellow flowers (to 1.5” long) appear either solitary or in clusters in late winter to early spring.

As a homeopathic remedy, it is especially useful for acute illnesses that begin slowly and gradually with a headache, backache, chills, and a dull and drowsy feeling. The person can feel so tired that they can’t keep their eyes open and may be so sore that it’s as if they’ve been hit be a truck. There may be a chills or a fever without thirst. They just want to be left alone to sleep.
This remedy can be given for many illnesses, if the above symptoms stand out. It was one of the most helpful remedies used by homeopaths successfully during the 1918 flu. (Homeopaths had much lower percentages of patients dying from the disease than did regular doctors with that epidemic.) It is also helpful for measles, chicken pox, bad colds, tension headaches, and even mononucleosis.

This is one of many remedies that are great to have on hand in case of an illness. It is included in all acute care remedy kits, which I also highly recommend to have in your home along with your first aid kit.

Why Are We So Afraid of the Measles?

Once again, I feel so fortunate that I’m old enough to have gotten the measles (and German measles, and chicken pox) as a young child. My two sisters and I had it all around the same time and I’m sure it was hard on my mom, but it was just an expected part of childhood back in the early ‘60’s. We were all fine afterward, including my youngest sister, who couldn’t have been more than a year or so old at the time. I remember the rash all over my body, the itchiness of it, and just lying around feeling ill in my darkened bedroom for a few days. Then we started to get restless and bored, but weren’t quite able to go back to school. That was the hardest part for my mom, I’m sure! Anyway, none of us will ever get it again—lifetime immunity is one advantage of having a childhood illness. If you’d like to read an article published in The Foreign Policy Journal about the history of the measles and vaccines, click here.
 
I’m dismayed by the overzealous behavior of politicians and health workers who declare states of emergency and even friends who go on FaceBook rampages about unvaccinated people spreading killer diseases. I’m sorry, but even though measles is a serious disease, it's one that can be dealt with in the home.

Unless you aren’t given the facts about nutrition, like eating decent amounts of animal sourced Vitamin A and plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables for Vitamin C in your regular diet, letting your child be outside for at least a few minutes without sunscreen daily for their dose of Vitamin D, only giving them sugar on special occasions once in awhile, and maybe even taking cod liver oil as a supplement for Vitamins A and D. Oh! I forgot, mainstream America isn’t told these things anymore! Instead, the government mandates we give our children vaccine after vaccine in multiple doses, our “nutrition” is coming more and more from fast foods, we’re being told to stay out of the sun, we’re being exposed to more and more chemicals—including cancer-causing glyphosates—and then being told that the ever increasing percentages of children with auto-immune diseases has nothing to do with this.
 
Having just read Thomas Cowan M.D.’s new book, Vaccines, Autoimmunity, and the Changing Nature of Childhood Illness, I feel especially and righteously angry. He asks the question I’ve been asking: “What are we doing to our children’s immune systems in the long-term?” His answer to this question is complex and frightening, but luckily, he has a lot of experience treating people with autoimmune diseases. He includes some tried and true methods that have helped many of his patients, including gut-healing diets and specific medication protocols.

Here are my suggestions for people who are concerned about the measles and aren't fully vaccinated:

  • Take cod liver oil or Vitamin A and D supplements

  • Take Vitamin C supplements and eat more fresh fruit and vegetables

  • Cut out sugar

  • Seek constitutional homeopathic, osteopathic, or acupuncture care to be as healthy as you can be

If you or your child does get measles, supplement even more with the above vitamins and call a homeopath for acute care. NEVER give aspirin if you suspect the measles. There are many remedies that help with the symptoms and shorten the course of the illness. Follow the guidelines of the generations of parents who have dealt with the measles: keep your child quiet in a cool  darkened room; increase fluid intake; cool wash cloths for the fever and homeopathic fever reducers are helpful. And know your child will be healthier in the long run!
 
As you may know, I have some powerful therapies in my practice that can help families cope with our brave new world:

  • Homeoprophylaxis to educate the immune system gently and deeply to handle the illnesses that we evolved with—and should still be getting to strengthen our bodies in the long term

  • CEASE therapy to detox clients when they have had a bad reaction to a vaccine or medication

  • Nutrition information to help my clients understand about the nutrient dense foods our bodies need to stay healthy

  • And of course, my thirty years of experience using homeopathy to strengthen the immune system and fortify our bodies so that we can be as healthy and happy as possible

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Tips for Holiday Overindulging

We’ve now had our practice run on a holiday focused on overeating, drinking, and lots of family/social exposure, we know what we’re in for over the next month. How did you do? Have you gained a few pounds already? Do you feel sluggish and slightly more irritable than usual? These are clues that you may need to watch yourself in the coming weeks, if you want to get through the holidays with your usual energy and positive spirits. You might want to focus on some detoxing soon, and reset your body for the next binge. And of course, these tips are helpful when the inevitable delicious and not so healthy food and drinks tempt us this month! Enjoy!

Here are some suggestions:

  • Take 2 capsules of activated charcoal daily

  • Eat lots of fermented foods and fresh fruit and vegetables

  • Make and eat soups with good vegetable or bone broth

  • Get to the sauna to sweat out the toxins

  • Take Epsom Salts baths a few times a week.

  • Do some sweat exercise—Vinyassa yoga, walking, running, Zumba, dancing, etc…..

If you’re not on a constitutional remedy already, the remedy Nux-vomica is great for detoxing from overindulgence of rich food and alcohol. Take the 30c potency for five days once a day for more general detoxing. If you’ve just had a night of overeating and/or drinking, take this remedy every 3 hours for 12 hours.
 
And if your liver is still suffering, with feeling sluggish, digestion off, and a weakened immune system, come see me for a homeopathic consultation.

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Flu Remedies and Prophylaxis

My daughter and I experienced an upper respiratory flu this year already! My clients are asking for help—flu season has officially begun! It’s time to gear up your immune system support with healthy foods, herb teas, supplements, decent sleep, and lessening stress as much as possible!
 
My colleague Marci Mearns and I are offering our flu prophylaxis program again this year, here’s the signup info for new participants. If you've done the program already, you can sign up directly through this link. 
 
if you want to stock up on homeopathic flu remedies to have on-hand, here are the main ones:

Oscillococcinum
Gelsemium
Bryonia
Ipecacuanha
Eupatorium perfoliatum
Belladonna
Rhus toxicodendron
Arsenicum album
Nux vomica
Rumex crispus

And if you'd like, rather than buying individual remedies, I also have Acute Care kits for sale— a selection of 36 remedies at a discounted price

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When you have an acute care consultation with me, it's so convenient to already have these remedies, rather than going out to buy them when you or your child is sick. 

Taking Care of Elderly Parents—While Practicing Self-Care

Recently, I had the personal experience of both of my parents, who are in their late 80's, having big life transitions to deal with at the same time. My sisters and I were unprepared for this, and were suddenly called on to help. We had to drop everything at various points from January through March. As is usual in this situation, we lost wages and income as well as sleep and time and commitment for our own self-care. I'd like to share some of the insights I have after my experience, now that things have calmed down. 

1. Try to stay ahead of changes that can happen suddenly. Talk with your aging parents, find out if they have legal documents you should know about. Talk with them about becoming a co-trustee and/or power of attorney "just in case."

2. Make sure you have your self-care in place. Take walks every chance you get. Meditate, exercise as often as possible, breath deeply, drink water, eat as healthfully as possible.

3. Talk with other family members, friends, colleagues, therapists...it's so important to have a community of people you can reach out to for support and guidance.

4. Get support from your homeopath—a constitutional remedy can be very helpful during stressful times. 

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Fire—The New Normal

Fire—The New Normal

The fire season started earlier than ever this year, with more devastation than we’ve ever seen in California. In fact, it almost seems like the whole west side of North America is burning right now!

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This photo was taken from my daughter's driveway in Durango, Colorado, in early June. A wildfire had just started eight miles from her home, burning so strongly that the state closed down the entire national forest in that area. The smoke would travel down the valley during the night and we’d wake up to a barbecue-like smell and intense dryness—and we could barely see anything!

Although we in the Bay Area aren’t experiencing the levels of smoke inhalation that many others are facing, some of the more sensitive among us may need help. We also may have friends in the affected areas or know firefighters who are in the direct lines. If so, please suggest some homeopathic help.

This is when homeopathic remedies for smoke inhalation are helpful! Here are a few:

Euphrasia
For simple smoke exposure with irritation to eyes and possibly nose and no other symptoms. Eyes stream and burn—lids are red, swollen, and sensitive. Nose streams but does not burn. There may be a little daytime cough. The eyes stream when coughing.

Carbo Vegetabilis
Wheezing and/or cough with burning in chest. Shortness of breath. Oxygen starvation. Must be fanned. Hoarseness. Cough with itching in larynx. Sore and raw chest. Rattling of mucus in chest. Exhausted, weak. Cold clammy skin, cold breath. Better: cool air. Worse: evenings, open air, warm damp weather.

Calcarea carbonica
Tickling cough, troublesome at night. Painless hoarseness; worse in the morning. Suffocating spells; tightness, burning and soreness in chest. Chest sensitive to touch or pressure. Longing for fresh air.

Arsenicum album
For smoke exposure with anxiety. Eyes burn and stream. Nose burns and streams. Cough is dry and worse at night. Tremendous anxiety with restlessness, especially about what is going to happen.
 

Take 6c, 12c, or 30c (the potency you have on hand is always the best potency), three times a day, stopping on improvement and repeating as needed (if your symptoms return). If you’ve taken a remedy for two days and had no response, select a different remedy or call your homeopath.

Will We Continue to Have the Choice to Use Homeopathic Medicine?

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Did you know that the law the FDA uses to oversee the safety of food and drugs was written by homeopathic physician Dr. Royal Copeland?

The FDA is attempting to repeal protections for homeopathic medications that Dr. Copeland included in the FDA law that was passed in 1938 and is still used to oversee the safety of food and drugs.

This law is a testament to how diligent and concerned Dr. Copeland was in safeguarding the public from dangerous drugs.

It’s no accident that Dr. Copeland had a deep knowledge and desire to keep us safe from toxic drugs and treatments. As a homeopath Dr. Copeland was acutely aware that drugs and food could be dangerous, and his law established the standard practice of approving new pharmaceutical drugs as we know it today.

He was one of the most esteemed legislators of the early 20th century and served as United States senator from New York from 1923 until 1938. Franklin D. Roosevelt was his first campaign manager.

The existing law provides clear guidance regarding the creation and distribution of homeopathic remedies. The new guidelines the FDA is proposing, attempt to classify safe homeopathic remedies as unapproved pharmaceutical drugs.

We in the homeopathic community see this as yet another hostile act engineered by the powerful pharmaceutical drug lobby to force all health and wellness practitioners to use their toxic chemical drugs.

In response, the homeopathic industry group the National Health Freedom Action (NHFA) has built relationships with key politicians to make sure the FDA considers all sides when issuing its new guidelines.

The North American Society of Homeopaths has issued a detailed response to the FDA, which can be read here:

https://homeopathy.org/nash-news/overview-fda-draft-guidance/

A key section of our response:

There is awareness among Americans that personal choice in health care directly impacts how, and whether, a person will gain a full sense of health and wellness.  In addition, Americans are deeply concerned about infringements on their ability to make choices caused by regulatory systems that do not adequately protect a person’s health care options and personal liberties.

Why is this important?

Homeopathy has a history of relieving illness for millions of people worldwide.

In fact many of the profits drug companies would make by selling powerful chemicals for routine and non serious illnesses stands to go up substantially if safe homeopathic remedies are forbidden.

We homeopaths have a commitment to making sure our patients have access to the safest most effective remedies for their illnesses.

How we do this:

1. The Homeopathic Pharmacopoeia of the United States—HPUS—has been in continuous publication since 1897, is updated regularly by homeopathic pharmacists, and contains the knowledge developed by our profession over decades. Modern homeopathic pharmacies have up-to-date stainless steel equipment and hygienic methods of production and are regularly inspected by the FDA.

2. Using Homeopathy Law of Infinitesimals we use the active ingredient of the natural disease, diluted in safe, infinitesimal doses.

3. Using the HPUS and the Law of Infinitesimals we show your body how to safely develop resistance and to cure the disease without exacerbating the symptoms.

In fact many of the downsides of pharmaceutical drugs like: 

·       The opioid crisis

·       Antibiotics overuse

·       Polypharmacy toxicity (the use of many drugs concurrently)

·       Dangerous prescription drug side effects

·       The monopoly prices of pharmaceutical companies

are challenged by the use of homeopathic remedies. This is a huge reason that the pharmaceutical industry has lobbied our medical evaluation regulations to improve their profits.

There are many pro-homeopathy organizations coming together to deal with this latest assault on homeopathy. Besides the Homeopathic Pharmacopoeia of the U.S, the National Center for Homeopathy, North American Society of Homeopathy, California Homeopathic Medical Society, Bay Area Homeopathic Association, etc., there is an organization specifically for families who use homeopathy and want to increase awareness and support for the profession. Americans for Homeopathy Choice is a Facebook group—they post great articles and suggestions for consumers of homeopathy to support homeopathy, so they can continue to purchase and use remedies and have access to practitioners.

The comment period for the FDA’s new proposed guidelines was over on May 23. Hopefully, the agency and policymakers will realize that what Royal Copeland wrote into law 80 years ago, with its most recent revision in 1995, is perfectly valid now.

Preventative Homeopathy for the Flu!

Worried about getting the flu? Know too much about the flu shot to get one? Happy to have a natural, easy way to boost your immune system? I have a great option for you! The 2016 Immune Boost Program.

In collaboration with Marci Mearns of Chico Homeopathy, I have created the 2016 "Immune Boost" Program, which gives you access to HP throughout the upcoming "flu season". This very simple and affordable program includes "supervision" by me, your local, certified 'HP Supervisor', plus access to discounted home-care kits and acute care services.

But does it work? Yes! There have been innumerable studies conducted over the past 200 years. SUMMARY HERE

Homeoprophylaxis (HP) is a method of using homeopathy for disease prevention. This branch of classical homeopathic medicine is safe and effective for the prevention of infectious disease and for aiding in the development of a healthy immune system. HP traces its beginnings to Dr. Samuel Hahnemann’s successful treatment and prevention of scarlet fever in 1799. Since Hahnemann’s time, we have literally dozens of well-documented examples of the effective use of HP for the prevention of diseases ranging from malaria, diphtheria, viral hepatitis, influenza, Japanese encephalitis, meningococcal disease, polio, smallpox, to whooping cough. READ STUDIES HERE

Please contact me to learn more about the program. Or just click here to sign up.

Disclaimer
The purpose of this article is to provide information. It is not intended to replace the services of a medical doctor, nor to recommend or discourage vaccinations. Vaccination is an individual decision and requires thoughtful consideration and consultation with a medical professional. Neither the author nor the publisher assumes any responsibility for the use of any information contained herein.

 

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The Flu Shot - Is It Really Necessary?

Monday, October 3, 2016 at 10:08PM

I’ll admit it, the whole idea of getting a flu shot deeply concerns me and I’m saddened by the number of people who are being required, in order to hold onto their jobs, to get one every year. Then there are the millions of people who think they’re protected when they take the shot, when actually the effectiveness is only up to 70%, if the vaccine manufacturers guess correctly about which strains of the virus will be prevalent. The effectiveness then decreases with age, 30 - 40% being the average after age 65. Many ingredients of the flu vaccines have never been clinically tested by the FDA for safety (as is the case with all other vaccines, by the way). No one knows what will happen to us in the long run when we are given a flu shot every year for an illness that is relatively benign for most people. And now pregnant women are being given the flu shot! What does that do to the developing fetus? How will that affect our childrens' immune systems? Not to mention the myriad other vaccines children are expected (and now mandated in California) to get! There are no double blind, placebo-controlled studies of the long term, and often combined, use of vaccines on infants, children, adults, or the elderly. The public health implications of that are far more worrying to me than a few thousand children a year getting the flu or childhood illnesses like the measles or chicken pox.

Another issue I’m concerned about is the ingredients of flu vaccines. They vary from year to year in terms of which viruses they include, but the growth mediums and stabilizers are present in varying amounts. Here is a list of ingredients present in the various 2016 flu vaccines:

VACCINE BRAND INGREDIENT LIST

Influenza (Afluria)Beta-propiolactone, thimerosol (multi-dose vials only), monobasic sodium phosphate, dibasic sodium phosphate, monobasic potassium phosphate, potassium chloride, calcium chloride, sodium taurodeoxycholate, neomycin sulfate, polymyxin B, egg protein, sucrose.

Influenza (Agriflu)Egg proteins, formaldehyde, polysorbate 80, cetyltrimethylammonium bromide, neomycin sulfate, kanamycin, barium.

Influenza (Fluarix) Trivalent and QuadrivalentOctoxynol-10 (Triton X- Į-tocopheryl hydrogen succinate, polysorbate 80 (Tween 80), hydrocortisone, gentamicin sulfate, ovalbumin, formaldehyde, sodium deoxycholate, sucrose, phosphate buffer.

Influenza (Flublok)Monobasic sodium phosphate, dibasic sodium phosphate, polysorbate 20, baculovirus and host cell proteins, baculovirus and cellular DNA, Triton X-100, lipids, vitamins, amino acids, mineral salts.

Influenza (Flucelvax)Madin Darby Canine Kidney (MDCK) cell protein, MDCK cell DNA, ȕ-propiolactone, phosphate buffer, polysorbate 80, FHWOWULPHWKODPPRQLXP EURPLGH ȕ-propiolactone, phosphate buffer.

Influenza (Flulaval) Trivalent and QuadrivalentThimerosal, formaldehyde, sodium deoxycholate, egg proteins, phosphate buffer.

Influenza (Flulaval) Trivalent and QuadrivalentThimerosal, formaldehyde, sodium deoxycholate, egg proteins, phosphate buffer.

Influenza (FluMist) QuadrivalentEthylene diamine tetraacetic acid (EDTA), monosodium glutamate, hydrolyzed porcine gelatin, arginine, sucrose, dibasic potassium phosphate, monobasic potassium phosphate, gentamicin sulfate, egg protein.

Influenza (Fluvirin)Nonylphenol ethoxylate, thimerosal (multidose vial–trace only in .refilled syringe), polymyxin, neomycin, beta-propiolactone, egg proteins, phosphate buffer.

Influenza (Fluzone: Standard (Trivalent and Quadrivalent), High-Dose, & Intradermal)Formaldehyde, octylphenol ethoxylate (Triton X-100), gelatin (standard trivalent formulation only), thimerosal (multi-dose vial only) , egg protein, phosphate buffers, sucrose.

Do you really want this toxic soup injected directly into your bloodstream? Additionally, are you vegetarian or vegan? Muslim? Allergic to eggs? Chicken egg and pork gelatin are in many vaccines. Canine kidney cells are the new growth medium in some vaccines because so many people are allergic to eggs (what??). Then we have thimerasol (aka Mercury), still present in the multi-dose vials. And also aluminum, which is a proven toxin and neurotoxin. Many of the ingredients have never been clinically approved by the FDA.

From the National Vaccine Information Center:

What are contraindications to the flu vaccine?

Among high risk factors listed by the CDC and the vaccine manufacturers are anyone who:

(1) is sick with a fever;
(2) has an egg allergy; 
(3) has a mercury allergy; 
(4) has a history of Guillain-Barre syndrome.

If immunosuppressed individuals receive the flu vaccine they may not get an adequate protective antibody response. 

(So the people who are most at risk for complications of the flu (the elderly and immunosuppressed individuals), are the least likely to have an adequate antibody response from taking the shot!)

Is Flu Vaccine Recommended for Children?

One consideration with the mass use of flu vaccine in healthy children is the removal of natural antibodies to flu which are obtained from natural infection. The question of whether it is better for healthy children, who rarely suffer complications from flu, to get the flu and develop permanent immunity to that flu strain or it is better for children to get vaccinated every year to try to suppress all flu infection in early childhood is a question that has yet to be adequately answered by medical science.

Adult influenza vaccine injury claims are now the leading claim submitted to the federal Vaccine Injury Compensation Program.

So...if you aren't convinced by all this, please read and share Laura Hayes’ article, Vaccines – Elimination Mandatory, published on the Age of Autism website recently, in which she puts forth a very strong, and in my opinion, accurate assessment of the issue. Here’s an excerpt: 

“For those people who say they just want “choice”…for those people who think it’s okay to have to formally exempt out of vaccination versus simply saying, “No thank you”, and who are willing to beg, plead, and pay in an attempt to avoid or refuse vaccination via exemption…for those people who just want “greener” vaccines, as though it’s ever a healthful or wise idea to purposefully invade, tamper with, and taint our God-given immune systems…for those who just want the mercury removed, as though it is the only problematic ingredient…for those who say we just need genetic pre-screening beforehand, as though any human is designed to have their inner systems and brain assaulted in such a way by so many toxic, neurotoxic, and foreign substances…and for those people who say we just need more “informed consent”, which is not even possible given the unscientific vaccine studies rife with fraud and deception…I contend that those stances are not sufficient or ethical.”