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Homeopathy

Homeopathy (pronounced home-E-opp-path-E) is a newer form of medicine discovered in 1790 by German physician Dr. Samuel Hahnemann while working to find a cure for malaria. The word means “like cures like” from the Latin. Below-microscopic doses of substances––doses way too small to cause biochemical side effects or be seen with a microscope––are used to cure or relieve diseases or symptoms that in large doses would cause that disease or symptom. So, for example, onions make you cry, but in EXTREME dilution, onion stops an eye from tearing. The below microscopic dose was achieved by dilution until it is no longer visible. (Finally in 2018, effects of potentiation were detected using optical microscopy in Russia as reported in the International Journal of High Dilution Research.)

By the time the Civil War was over, a number of doctors in conventional medicine had become disenchanted with the deleterious side effects of herbs, pharmaceuticals, surgeries, bleedings and leeches. Over the next century, homeopaths primarily in Europe and, later, in America, developed two competing streams of a none-the-less amazingly effective, completely non harmful method of healing yet to be accepted by mainstream medicine due to political/economic barriers, this split in homeopathic thought, and also by the inability of the current level of scientific knowledge to understand energetic healing.

There is proof that both streams of homeopathy work through thousands of “provings” (trials) documented in the Materia Medica, but orthodox allopathic medicine disregards this evidence saying there is no scientific evidence it works, which is odd because many pharmaceuticals do not have this huge weight of scientific observational evidence behind them.

For many, the best reason to explore homeopathy is the frightening fact that iatrogenesis is the third leading cause of death in America, according to Dr. Louisa Williams in her highly-acclaimed tome, Radical Medicine: Profound Intervention in a Profoundly Toxic Age, 2007. I found this giant book lying on a table in the waiting room of Russell Borneman, DDS, in Anacortes. (Before his retirement, Dr. Borneman was dedicated to nontoxic dentistry.)

According to Dr. Williams, i-a-tro-gen-e-sis can be paraphrased, “My allopathic doctor accidentally killed me when she was trying to cure me.” Of course, if she hadn’t tried, the patient may have died from cancer, diabetes or pancreatitis from which he was suffering, so it’s always better to try something rather than do nothing. But to my way of thinking, there are many different forms of medicine out there and none as dangerous as allopathy, so why not try some others as well? Mount Sinai has a brief synopsis here you may find useful in this decision.

I find it historically ironic that “allopath” is a word coined by homeopaths who scorned “all” other forms of medicine as backward. It meant “all other docs other than us modern homeopathic docs,” and as time went on allopathy came to mean orthodox mainstream medicine and homeopaths were the ones left out in the cold not having as yet established themselves in the hearts and minds of the millions of Americans. The AMA invited homeopaths to join its ranks in 1903, but later changed its mind as the pharmaceutical industry gained in political power. In 1938, the FDA decided to allow homeopathic remedies to marketed in the same way as over-the-counter medication considering them essentially useless and harmless.

Call 911!

Homeopathy is NOT the form of medicine to think of first if you break a leg or are in the process of having a heart attack or stroke. Go! Go now to an allopathic treatment center (known as an ER in America) as quickly as possible for diagnosis and immediate intervention! But with that statement out of the way, I’m here to say that in my personal and first-hand experience with family, friends, clients and myself, I have seen homeopathy work really well in a variety of nonemergency situations and as a supportive adjunct to allopathic care for any diseases and disorders–particularly for common symptoms of anxiety, corona virus and flu symptoms, allergies, diarrhea, gas, acid indigestion, sore muscles, bruising and sleeplessness.

Allow me to reiterate:  I would never say, “Don’t go to an allopath.” As a licensed mental health counselor, I am not allowed to even suggest a client eat more healthy food for good mental health, even though it’s obvious that white sugar and coffee can make you unhappy. Your allopathic doctor, nutritionist and your mother are the only people who can do that according to Dr. Kristen Allott ND who presented a brilliant workshop in Seattle on mental health and nutrition in Lynnwood which I attended. But legality aside, it would be erroneous to dissuade anyone from allopathic medicine, because wonder-working modern allopaths save thousands of lives daily!

On the other hand, allopathy is not an end all or be all for curing disease. There are other really effective ways to help you recover your health and one of them is homeopathy. If your allopathic doctor doesn’t know that, it’s just because he’s uninformed or egotistical, neither of which is a crime. In all fairness, he’s probably just too busy to learn. I could never get done one tenth of what some of these guys get done in a day. But as you know, it’s your responsibility to make decisions about your healthcare, not your doc’s. One logical way to do that is to learn about optional supports in complementary and alternative medicines (CAM) when you are putting together an effective healthcare team.

I further suggest that if you are dealing with a major threat to your health that you add a licensed mental health counselor to your professional support cohort, because mental health directly affects the physical and vice versa. I say “licensed” because this means she has the education, experience, supervision and annual continuing education units to keep up with her burgeoning field.

Dunno

Honestly, I’m not going to guess at how homeopathy works and that’s a problem. As noted above, science just hasn’t gotten there yet, though there are a lot of woo-woo (read: unproven) theories out there that attempt to answer that question, I can only attest that it does. I’m a woman who believes what she sees. Too many times, I’ve seen allopathic medicine do more harm than good, if any good at all, and have seen homeopathic medicine work from middling to extremely well when it works at all.

That’s right, sometimes it doesn’t work. The trick with homeopathy is that if you are prescribed the wrong substance, nothing happens. Personally, I’m OK with that. It doesn’t mean homeopathy doesn’t work at all, it simply means you need a different remedy to achieve relief.

Homeopathic prescribing lies somewhere between science and art and, as we all know, some artists are just plain better than others. This is not unlike the pharmaceutical experimentation done on you by a well-meaning doc, i.e. “We’ll just try this and that until we find something effective.” Unfortunately, by the time she finds something that does work, IF she finds something that works, you’re sick, perhaps unto death, from unintended side effects of huge dosages of the too often poisonous substances used in allopathic medicine. In fact, I’ll bet you’ve been prescribed an antibiotic for an illness that was more likely caused by a virus than a bacteria. I have no idea why this dangerous practice exists…

What I do know, for example, is Argentum Nitricum works darn well to calm a person down who is suffering from stage fright, social anxiety or apprehension WITH NO SIDE EFFECTS. If you go to an allopath, she may prescribe the antidepressant Paxil for these issues. One common side effect of Paxil’s many side effects is suicidal thoughts (not pleasant, I assure you), and for a distressingly high number of teens, the side effect has been suicide! According to the New York Times a few years ago, Paxil had to withdraw its recommendation for use on this neurologically-vulnerable age group. Frankly, I’d give Argentum Nitricum a try before Paxil if I was agitated over starring in the high school play.

Aurum metallica (Latin for gold) works amazingly well to relieve depression. I’ve tried it myself and have seen clients use it with great success who were not helped by expensive pharmaceutical antidepressants. I’d find it pretty depressing if I gained 50 pounds in one month after starting Wellbutrin, a side effect reported by many who have tried this old standby.

Another cool thing with homeopathy is that there are remedies for disorders from which we all suffer that you would never think of asking a doc for. Ruta graveolens for eyestrain caused by using my computer too much is a great relief––I’m using it as I write this at midnight on my laptop. Another remedy I let clients know about is lobelia inflata for support weaning off of tobacco. In case you don’t know, tobacco’s a stinky super-addictive substance that provokes all sorts of mental and physical disorders before it kills you and possibly beloved family members from secondary smoke inhalation.

Please read twice

The most important thing to remember if you decide to try a homeopathic remedy is that you won’t feel anything. Please read that sentence twice. When the remedy matches your symptom, you just get relief from the symptom. Please remember: the disorder most likely didn’t just go away by itself. Researchers have found that patients confuse the side effects of a pharmaceutical with their impression that it’s working, e.g. “I’m feeling dizzy and dry-mouthed, so I know the pill I took is taking effect.” Irrelevant as this might sound, it’s hard for many Americans to believe in symptom relief without weird side effects. It’s what we are used to! Here’s another example: “I’m feeling light-headed, silly and sleepy, so my anti-anxiety meds must be working.” I’ve had clients tell me after taking a homeopathic remedy, “O, I tried it, but it didn’t work. I just got better on my own.” Sigh… Glad you’re feeling yourself again. 🙂

Another important point:  not all homeopathic remedy manufacturers are created equal. Like anything else, some have higher quality remedies than others, so shop around. I personally prefer the Boiron and the Hyland lines of products available at most co-ops and supplement shops. I use them for common complaints like stress (anxiety), sinus congestion, sleeplessness, leg cramps, sore throat, body aches, acid indigestion, and there is nothing like Arnica for relieving joint stiffness or a tendency to bruising.

And no, I’m not getting a kickback from Boiron or Hyland. Homeopathic remedies are dirt cheap. They aren’t patented and simply don’t cost enough to attract the greedy. Sadly, that happens in the allopathic world of politically-powerful pharmaceutical companies that employ reps to wine and dine prescribing physicians.

BTW:  the Queen of England’s personal physician was a homeopath. You may have read recently, the royal She lived to 96!—MR

November 12, 2022

Note:

POTENCY – the Strength of a homeopathic remedy. Potency is shown after the remedy name. Decimal designation is X. Centesimal designation is C. Millesimal designation is M. The lower potencies X, stay in the body a short period of time and can be used safely for repeat dosing. Commonly in home kits and used for children, in treating sudden illness and for first aid treatment.

Medium potencies C are used for first aid, seasonal ailments and chronic health concerns. 30C is a very common potency and found very effective. The medium C potencies are the highest potency sold over-the-counter in health stores.

M potencies are a high potency. Your practitioner may recommend you special order a M potency from a pharmacy such as elixirs.com or hmedicine.com for stubborn health problems or constitutional treatment. The high potencies may stay working in the body for up to a year, so the remedy is chosen carefully and dosing is infrequent.

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