New Monthly Holistic Parents Meetups At My Office!

I'm so excited! I’ve taken the plunge and started a free Meetup group for parents who want to share about what it means to raise a child holistically. I plan to host the Meetups at my office once a month on a Friday morning. Tea and snacks will be provided.

The first Meetup will be on Friday, September 27th at 10- 11am. We’ll talk about the basics of health and what we do (or would like to do) to keep our kids healthy. Here’s the link:

Please let anyone you know that might be interested, I look forward to enjoying this time together. We’ll be meeting in my small office to start with, so please only parents or parents with babes in arms and firm RSVP’s.

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Flower power: flower essences for the emotional ups and downs of travel

What are flower essences?

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I use flower essences as part of my repertoire of therapies, especially when emotional issues are at the forefront and need to be addressed quickly. These essences were originally developed by a Welsh physician, Dr. Edward Bach. He soaked the flowers from thirty-eight species of wildflowers in water, preserved the resulting liquids, and found that each of the resulting essences could be used to work on specific emotional issues, making them a useful adjunct to his homeopathic prescriptions.

Since the creation of the original essences, many sets of flower essences have been developed from all over the world. I mainly use the set made from flowers grown in the foothills and Sierra mountains of California and the Bach English essences.

Helping kids with difficult transitions
I often give flower essences to children for the emotional strain of travel, because they can help them be more flexible, which makes it easier for them to tolerate new situations.

Flower essences can really help the following:

  • Difficulty sleeping

  • Jet lag and time change

  • Difficulty adapting to different routines, foods, customs

  • Anxiety in new places and situations

  • Overwhelm and tension

  • Anger and tears when unable to process new things

  • Homesickness

Here's an example of how flower essences helped one family about to go on a trip.

A new client of mine is a four-year-old girl who already has a hard time relaxing and going to sleep at night. Her parents have a very specific routine they follow which helps her, but on nights when the routine is broken, it can take more than an hour for her to get to sleep. She also has a short list of foods she eats, and can be very anxious and shy in new situations—her parents think her stomach aches are a somatic sign of this.

The parents are planning a trip to see their extended family on the East Coast, and are concerned she will have a hard time adjusting to all the changes. When we meet for her first follow-up visit, her health issues are better, thanks to the constitutional remedy she started a month ago, but I think adding some flower essences will help all of them enjoy their trip more.

I take a look in my Flower Essence Repertory book, and find a short list of specific essences that I can put together in a single bottle for her.

  • Lavender: To soothe and regulate her psychic/spiritual energy and allow her to sleep more easily.

  • Walnut: To smooth transitions and help her be calm in the face of change.

  • Dill: For the overwhelm she may feel from overstimulation, to lessen her sensitivity to new impressions.

  • Rock Water: To give her more flexibility and tolerance in terms of her diet, routines, and new experiences.

  • Chamomile: To help her release tension in the stomach and psyche, which builds up until bedtime, so she can more easily sleep.


In this case, I made a one ounce combination bottle, instructing her parents to give her four drops a few times a day as needed, starting a few days before their trip began. I told them to give it until she didn’t seem to need it anymore.

They reported back that their trip was much easier this time; their daughter was able to get to sleep more quickly (after some initial jet lag) and was much more relaxed in general. She was more curious than withdrawn and enjoyed a lot of new activities. She even tried some new foods at her grandparents’ house!

I told her parents to give her the flower essence combination if any of these issues reappear since she's been home, but so far, she’s doing great.

I have a complete set of flower essences, and make the combination bottles with a few drops from the stock bottles. Lots of health food stores carry the complete sets— you can buy them individually and make up your own combinations or use them individually.

A set of FES Quintessentials at Rainbow Grocery in San Francisco.

A set of FES Quintessentials at Rainbow Grocery in San Francisco.

Or you can order them from Flower Essence Services.
You can download this basic guidebook for using and choosing the flower essences here.

Let me know if you’d like me to make up a combination bottle for you, I charge $25 for the combination, but mention this article and I’ll give you a 20% discount!


Suddenly it's Summer: Be Careful Out There!

Having just come out of a pretty extreme heatwave in the Bay Area, I've been thinking about ways to avoid the symptoms of too much heat or sun. We know to stay hydrated, right? We also know that we should only be exposed to direct sunlight for short periods, preferably with a hat on, and that it's not healthy to exercise too vigorously or for too long in high heat, or fall asleep in the sun. But sometimes, we are so happy to be on the beach, or lying on a comfortable seat, or running in the waves at the beach—sometimes, we forget all these things.
Too much sun—especially on a hot day—is no joke! If heatstroke comes on from too much exposure to the sun, the first thing to do is to get out of the sun and cool down—quickly! You or someone with you may feel faint. Or they may actually faint, feel confused, and have a terrible headache. Sunstroke is a medical emergency, so if this happens, call 911 or take them to the nearest ER. While you wait for the ambulance or while you're driving to the hospital, cool them down as much as you can. Try to get them into a pool or bathtub, apply ice packs, spray or sponge their skin with cool water, and continuously fan them. If you have homeopathic remedies on hand, Belladonna or Glonoinum 30c or 200c can lessen the symptoms while they're on their way to the hospital. After they recover from heatstroke, they should avoid hot temperatures for some time.

And have them drink lots of water and other hydrating liquids! 

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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


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


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.


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:

Eupatorium perfoliatum
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


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,'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. 


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!


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:

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?


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:

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.