It’s truly a remarkable time. We know so much, yet so very little about the mystery of bringing forth new life. It’s as if the shroud of mystery is intentional, because it is so eternal. The start to life is as unknown as the end of it. What a treasure all this is!
As of writing, our third son’s pregnancy is past 41 weeks and my wife and I await his arrival any day now. It’s a time of hopeful anticipation, worry, and uncertainty. It’s also a time of revelry. Who is he? What will he look like? How is he doing in there?! Is there anything else we can do to coax him out?! (Believe me, we’ve tried all the tricks out there)
We wait. Or, is he waiting? Artificial constraints get placed on when this is supposed to happen: due dates, timelines, etc. Expectations form, and if nature doesn’t move according to established medical algorithms, then something is wrong, isn’t it? Or, perhaps not?
Our first son was born in the hospital. Being new parents, we didn’t know what to expect, and became aligned with an OB/GYN that shared our values. As such, we went along with the process of going the route of a hospital birth. Even as it happened, though, we became acutely aware of how much we didn’t want that. In hindsight, it was a stark example of the exquisite conflict between vitalism and reductionism. Vitalism, which fundamentally informs how we view health and disease in homeopathy, honors the individual nature of each person. We don’t all measure up the same way. Even with the best laid evidence, there are always outliers. And what are we supposed to do with those? Vitalism honors the body’s wisdom that it knows what to do, if given the best chance to do it. In childbirth, this can’t be any more important.
In the hospital, my wife was forced to be induced because she carried him to 42 weeks. We were told there’s medical liability for keeping the pregnancy from moving forward past then. Yet, our son had enough fluid. My wife was healthy. All his vital signs were impeccable, same with hers. All was well. Yet, we had to remove him from the most mysterious and pleasant place he could have been. To me, it was a matter of managing risk more than it was honoring the mysterious process of childbirth. Risk management vs. wisdom-honoring. Vitalism vs. Reductionism.
And here we are again, faced with the same circumstance.
Our second son was born in the comfort of our home with trusted midwives. It was entirely what we wanted. The midwife model upheld the modus operandi of how we wanted to bring forth new life into this world. It was beautiful, and seamless.
Fast forward to present day: just yesterday, my wife had an appointment, and arrangements were made that if our third son goes to 42 weeks, she would have to be transferred from the care she’s receiving with midwives to a hospital. It’s not what we want. Consequently, this artificial number has placed undue pressure on my wife, making her feel something is wrong; whether with her own body, or with him, stalling progress even further. To me, it’s all so unnecessary, and it’s about managing risk vs. honoring a process we don’t know enough about. We were told the risk of still-birth suddenly increases past that magical date. But, don’t invasive procedures of induction also carry their own risk?
We know a lot thanks to modern medical science, but still so very little about this mystery of childbirth.
We named our soon-to-be born son Lucas, which means light-bearer, or bringer of light. Perhaps when he’s ready he can help shed more light on this subject for us all. :)
Not that long ago, I wrote a blog on this topic entitled, “FDA Regulation of Homeopathy - What's Smoke? What's Fire? and How to Put it Out.” As a follow-up to that article, I wanted to provide you an update. FDA has extended their deadline for the public to submit comments and write letters to Members of Congress for an additional 60 days.
What does this mean?
In an effort to restore key language back into the draft guidance FDA uses to regulate homeopathic medicines, we are asking you to write a letter to your respective U.S. Members of Congress asking them to co-sign letters already written by Senator Orrin Hatch and Representative Ryan Costello. Sen. Hatch and Rep. Costello’s letters ask FDA to merge existing CPG (Compliance Policy Guide) 400.400 for the manufacturing of homeopathic medicines, which has been in place for over 30 years, with the new proposed FDA draft guidance proposed in December 2017.
Key language in CPG 400.400 can’t be understated. It incorporates solutions that provide uniformity in enforcement and clarity in regulation of homeopathic medicines, which is left out of the current state of draft guidance FDA is proposing. This will help ensure Americans have the safest and highest quality products for the personal health care choice that they want and deserve.
The reason the letters from Senator Hatch and Representative Costello are so important is that they sit on committees that oversee FDA. As such, their sponsorship of these letters is paramount to influencing FDA. And YOU can influence your legislator’s to co-sign these letters!
From the National Center for Homeopathy:
How to Contact your Legislators
The American Academy of Homeopathic Pharmacists (AAHP) recommends the following:
Whether you’re a consumer, supporter, or practitioner of homeopathy, thank you for your continued advocacy! It’s via the grassroots efforts from the likes of you that homeopathy will remain accessible and viable for all!
Thank you for reading.
I wrote a February. 14, 2018 blog on this topic entitled "A Call to Action - Forging a New Path for Homeopathy." In short, Congress held a bi-partisan Caucus on the topic of including integrative therapies (including homeopathy) more to help solve some of the healthcare problems America faces today. The Integrative Health Policy Consortium (IHPC) has been instrumental in getting this Congressional Caucus to happen. For some backstory on the Caucus, its formation, and its focus, I recommend reading John Weeks' interview of IHPC President, Len Wisneski, MD here. In summary, though, Dr. Wisneski mentioned:
John Weeks also wrote a helpful summary of the event, and a few of those points are noted here:
IHPC submitted an immediate press release about the Caucus, as well. You can read that update here at the very bottom of the web page.
I hope you find this update useful on the happenings of integrative health in Washington D.C. in recent weeks. It is part and parcel to increasing access to care for homeopathy, as well.
Thanks for reading!
Perhaps you’ve heard in the media lately about the Federal Drug Administration’s (FDA) regulation over homeopathic medicines. There has been a lot of attention paid to this topic in recent months. A good portion of that attention has maintained an alarmist tone. I wanted to follow-up on that topic and try to help make clear what’s smoke, what’s fire, and what the general public and supporters of the use of homeopathic remedies can do about it.
First, if you’re not aware of any of this, perhaps that’s just the best place you could be. Just keep seeking natural health for you and your family via homeopathy! However, if you are aware, I’ll try to give some background in the most concise and least-verbose way I can.
To begin, we must go to the source. In 1938 Congress passed the United States Food, Drug, and Cosmetics Act (FD&C), which established the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Among other responsibilities, FDA is and always has been responsible for the manufacturing and labeling of drug products, including homeopathic medicine. The FD&C was led by U.S. Senator Royal Copeland, MD, who was also an ardent supporter and practitioner of homeopathy.
This Act of Congress effectively made homeopathic medicines legal drugs. Homeopathy was widely used in the marketplace prior to 1938, but were officially defined as legal. The FD&C also required any new drugs to have an approved application before marketing. This law has remained relatively unchanged since 1938. What has been added over time is information used to demonstrate safety and efficacy of any drug products, homeopathic or otherwise.
Part of the uproar over recent media coverage on this topic pertained to the recent FDA assertion that all homeopathic drugs are unapproved new drugs. This is not new information. They have always been unapproved new drugs as outlined by FD&C since 1938. Instead, and on three separate occasions in the past 40 years, FDA has stated that the best way to regulate homeopathic products is through enforcement discretion and regulatory guidance due in part to the knowledge that homeopathic products are safe. Effectively, no other FDA regulation is necessary.
In 1988, FDA adopted Compliance Policy Guidance (CPG) 400.400 (Conditions Under Which Homeopathic Drugs May Be Marketed). CPG 400.400 established clear standards for the manufacturing and sale of homeopathic drugs, and helps facilitate access to only safe homeopathic medicines to consumers. This is good for everyone – consumers (foremost), as well as manufacturers, and practitioners of homeopathy.
Beginning in 2015, FDA began public hearings on the regulatory framework for homeopathic medicines given that the current guidance (CPG 400.400) had been in place for over 25 years. Over 9000 comments were submitted. The vast majority (approx. 78%) were positive and in favor of homeopathy. The vast minority were not in favor of homeopathy.
FDA published their draft guidance on December 18, 2017. FDA guidance is nothing more than opinion. It is meant to inform FDA staff and the industry about what their priorities are. FDA guidance does not have the force of law, and cannot change the legal status of products. As such, homeopathic remedies have not been banned or are now suddenly unapproved for use, as some media sources and/or reports may state or imply. However, even though the opinion of an FDA guidance document is informal, it is still used to regulate homeopathic products.
Thus, the FDA guidance published in December 2017 highlighted six areas of priority, all of which primarily revolve around safety. Despite the legal status of homeopathic products remaining unchanged since 1938, there are several concerns about the FDA draft guidance, since it excluded important details and left too much room for ambiguous interpretation.
The American Academy of Homeopathic Pharmacists (AAHP) has been actively involved in this entire process. AAHP is asking for help in drafting comments to FDA to convince them to reinstate critical specific language into the draft guidance so that dangerous products can’t enter into the market, and only safe homeopathic products can. Having the public add draft comments will help amplify the industry message to FDA that this is an important issue for public health and to help facilitate continued access to homeopathic medicines. You can add your draft comments here. From that linked page, you’ll need to click the blue-colored button “Comment Now.” Please keep your comments congenial, thoughtful, and respectful. The comment period will close on March 18, 2018.
As part of the strategy to respond to the FDA draft guidance, a letter writing campaign has begun. This was a targeted approach and involved making contact with U.S. Members of Congress who are on committees which have jurisdiction over FDA. Constituents in those districts were asked to contact their Representatives and ask them to co-sign letters being sent to FDA. This amounted to people from six states including Tennessee, Washington State, Utah, Colorado, New Mexico, and Pennsylvania. As of writing, there has been an overwhelming response. If you are reading this and live in one of those six states, click here to find out how to take action.
The next phase of the strategic response is more of a grassroots effort. The letter writing campaign is set to go nationwide, beyond just those six states. Stay tuned for more details on how to take action on that approach.
Finally, Mark Land, President of AAHP has been instrumental in leading this effort to update the homeopathic community on the regulatory environment for homeopathic drug products. He presented a comprehensive free webinar on this topic, and you can review the recording of it here.
This was a lofty and information-intensive blog. Nevertheless, it contained critical paths for what is happening in homeopathy, and what we can do about it.
My hope is that this cleared some of the smoke on the topic of FDA-regulation of homeopathy, helped you see where the fire is, and how we can all help to put that fire out.
Contact me if you have any questions.
Thank you for reading, and for your support of homeopathy!
One of my main goals as a homeopath is to see classical homeopathy obtain a proverbial “seat at the table” when it comes to viable options within the American healthcare system. I would like homeopathy to be truly respected by all segments and levels of our society and be known and perceived as the effective, scientifically proven modality that it is. There are many ways this can be accomplished, but one way in which I have personally been involved is by serving on the Board of Directors as Vice President on the Council for Homeopathic Certification (CHC).
The mission of the CHC is “To advance the homeopathic profession by certifying individuals who meet and maintain a recognized standard of professional and ethical competence in classical homeopathy and to assist the general public in choosing appropriately qualified homeopaths.” Furthermore, the CHC envisions a healthcare system that encompasses certified classical homeopathic practitioners to be accessible to all.
One of the projects we’re working on at the CHC is lobbying members of Congress to attend a new bi-partisan Congressional effort (Caucus) led by Rep. Jared Polis, D-Colorado and Rep. Mike Coffman, R-Colorado. This Congressional Caucus will provide legislators and other policy and regulatory officials opportunities to understand how shifting focus in healthcare to prevention, health creation, and health promotion can create cost savings while improving health outcomes for Americans. We want homeopathy to be a more pronounced part of that conversation!
To aid in that effort, I am asking for your help. This call to action is about ensuring the elected members of Congress who represent you attend this important Congressional Caucus. Please visit the Integrative Health Policy Consortium (IHPC) website and find the contact information for your elected Representative. Call them and request they, or a staffer acting on their behalf, will attend. The Caucus is on March 15, 2018 from 12:00 – 2:00 p.m. (EST) in Washington D.C.
For more information about how the CHC is working to forge a path for homeopathy in Integrative Healthcare Reform, read the latest CHC Communique here.
Thank you for reading and for your support of homeopathy!
Are there really alternatives to vaccination? With so many people stating the science is clear that vaccines work, why should we care that alternatives exist?
That's an answer beholden only to you, but what is important to mention is that when it comes to your health and well being, you have a choice!
One such choice I offer is called homeoprophylaxis, or HP.
HP is an evidence-based method of protection from disease and infection. It works by building and strengthening the immune system of the body. HP is rooted in the art and science of homeopathy and has been used throughout the world for hundreds of years to treat and prevent contagious, infectious disease.
Minute doses of specially prepared substances made from pathogen sources are introduced into the body to elicit an immune response. The defense mechanism of the body becomes educated in learning how to recognize, adapt, and respond to that pathogen when it comes into contact with it in the natural environment. A strengthened immune system occurs as a result.
Is HP safe?
Yes! Because the doses are infinitesimally small, what is introduced into the body is only the energetic imprint of that pathogen, and not the diseased substance itself. HP remedies, or nosodes, are prepared in FDA-regulated facilities. One advantage of HP is that the remedies contain no preservatives, adjuvants, antibiotics, fetal tissue cells, or additives, which are all used in the preparation of vaccines.
Is HP effective?
There are many research studies which demonstrate HP's effectiveness, and this list is not exhaustive:
But, vaccines work. Look at the eradication of polio, for instance. So, why should we care that there are alternatives?
Whether or not vaccines work isn't the point of the information found in this blog. What I do hope to communicate, though, is that there are alternatives. You, as a parent, or educated consumer of health care, have a choice in what you put into your, or your children's, body. As such, I want to mention there is a safe, non-toxic, and effective method available to you called homeoprophylaxis.
Contact me if you'd like to learn more, or get started with HP for you and your family.
In a very short while my wife and I will be welcoming our first child into the world! It’s a phase a life I am met with humility, excitement, and of course, fears. Perhaps it’s fear of the unknown, or hope that all will be well, or the overall uncertainty of how life will change. As any friend, colleague, or family member has told me, life will undoubtedly change.
Through any change that pregnancy, childbirth, or parenting may bring to our life, I can confidently rely on homeopathy to help bring some balance and healing. I especially want to dedicate this blog to the all-important phase of having a healthy pregnancy and childbirth.
This is certainly a new phase in our life, but is also a time of claiming what is truly important for us. There are so many facets of this new journey. But, when it comes to healthy pregnancy and childbirth there are innumerable opportunities to forgo one’s convictions about how they want the pregnancy to go, or the childbirth experience to unfold.
My wife and I recently watched a movie produced by Ricki Lake entitled “The Business of Being Born.” It, along with Ina May’s book “A Guide to Childbirth” have been great resources for us that support our idea of how we’d like pregnancy and childbirth to go. We’ve also attended childbirth classes with a brilliant doula, as well. All this to say this is our choice, our route, that makes sense to us.
What also makes sense to us is using homeopathic remedies to help aid and support my wife and developing baby through this process. Homeopathy is very safe and effective for pregnant women and their developing baby. Homeopathy is natural and has no side effects or toxic substances in them.
And we choose to make this as natural a process as possible. Pregnancy and childbirth, after all, has been a natural occurrence since time immemorial and without the use of toxic substances or invasive procedures, at least until very recent times.
Nonetheless, I dedicate this blog to the women who are looking for natural support in their own lives for a healthy pregnancy and childbirth using homeopathic remedies.
For a more detailed look into what homeopathy is, what homeopathic remedies are, etc. please follow the links to each of them. For now, I will give the reader insight into some of the most frequently used and most effective homeopathic remedies during pregnancy and childbirth.
First, I’d like to break down certain phases of pregnancy and childbirth for educational purposes and for ease of use.
The most important ‘remedy’ during this time is practicing relaxation through breath-work. Visualize the kind of birth you would like. Communicate to the baby your love for them; that you are going to work together for your mutual health and benefit. Perhaps they know not, consciously, what you’re communicating, but most certainly they will take in your voice, love, and information somewhere in their being.
Practicing yoga frequently will help you breathe, stretch appropriately, and accomplish pelvic floor exercises that will prepare you for healthy childbirth. I’d recommend the DVD “Shiva Rea’s Prenatal Yoga.” It is a safe and effective prenatal practice that is modified for each trimester. My wife frequently does this video and I’ve accompanied here on a few occasions, even. It’s an excellent practice to maintain throughout the pregnancy.
I’d also recommend taking pre-natal classes on childbirth from a doula or midwife. This will help you begin preparing for how you want your childbirth experience to go. In Austin, there are many resources available. I’d recommend going to the Central Texas Doula Association for more information.
There are many nutritional guidelines that could be mentioned here. That would take an entire blog in and of itself. So, I’ll just mention that drinking raspberry leaf tea (not before the sixth month of pregnancy, though) will help tone the uterine muscles.
Additionally, doing Kegel exercises will prime the muscles necessary for childbirth. Kegel exercises will also help you recover more quickly from childbirth and to also help avoid any complications after delivery (such as post-natal incontinence, for example).
The following sub-sections will describe the various phases of delivery:
Symptoms of pre-labor frequently involve the mother-to-be experiencing extra energy, perhaps she has a backache, she may have diarrhea, and may have a “show” (streaked mucus from the vagina). Not exclusively, but this stage is frequently when the water breaks.
During this time, it commonly occurs to the woman and birth partner to rush to the hospital. Yet, this is a time that could be dedicated to sleeping or resting as much as possible. Eat light, nourishing snacks if you’re hungry, move around on an exercise ball, breathe, go for a walk, or take a bath (or shower if the water has broken). The key ingredient here is to breathe and relax as much as possible.
At this stage, use a Bach Flower Rescue Remedy. A recommended amount would be 20 drops in a glass of water and sip whenever you feel called to.
This stage is characterized by low adrenalin; a time of waiting while the body does the work of opening up. Try not to resist it. Breathe in when the rush (“contraction”) comes and breathe out during it. The birth assistant should frequently remind you to continue breathing and relaxing. Our doula had a helpful reminder for this. The saying goes “As above, so below.” This refers to our jaws. If we are tense in our mouth, jaw, and neck, so everything will also be below. Tension is not recommended here. Relax the jaw and everything below will follow suit.
Time the rushes (“contractions”). Stay upright as much as you can and keep moving! Work with gravity and the direction the baby will come out. Also, minimize distractions and interruptions. This is a sacred time shared by the lineage of women throughout all of time. This is a time to be supported with maximum comfort, support, encouragement, and reassurance.
To help with energy levels, sip watered down fruit juice between rushes to keep blood sugar levels up. Continue to use the Rescue Remedy as needed.
This is the point where the cervix is fully dilated and the rushes will now begin to help push the baby out. Frequently, this is where a desire for drug intervention is most desired. An alternative, though, is to keep moving, change scenery by moving to other parts of your birthing location. Continue to breathe! Visualize the baby coming out as you would like. Talk to it. Remember to take the Rescue Remedy as needed.
High adrenalin levels come on and action is taken for delivery of the baby. The pushing will just happen. If the rushes have many peaks, divide the out-breath; as if blowing out separate candles.
This is the delivery of the placenta. Note: it’s not unusual for contractions to stop for a while before pushing the placenta out.
There’s so much more that could be said about each of these stages. This is intended to give you a brief overview for educational purposes. For more detailed information, I’d highly recommend reading “A Guide to Childbirth” by Ina May!
Throughout each of the above phases, several different homeopathic remedies can be used to assist the mother and baby should anything come up.
Because of the innumerable unknowns for each childbirth, and the fact that each mother and baby is an individual, I’ve highlighted here just four of the most commonly used remedies and their uses. Please note this list is not comprehensive. There are many, many more remedies and situations in pregnancy and childbirth not mentioned here.
What an amazing remedy! Arnica is our favorite trauma remedy and is frequently the most known remedy to those first learning or hearing about homeopathy. Nearly every woman can benefit from Arnica during labor.
Arnica encourages healing, controls bleeding, reduces swelling and the likelihood of pus formation. It can help reduce exhaustion and produce a ‘second wind’ during long, slow and painful labors where tiredness makes rushes (“contractions”) weak or ineffectual.
Given after birth, Arnica will speed recovery and alleviate a bruised or sore feeling. It is also given when someone is in shock; when they say they are alright, but clearly aren’t. Arnica can also reduce excessive bleeding where there is a traumatic or unusually long or unusually short birth.
People who need Arnica are worse from being touched, from any jarring movements, or from lying or sitting on the injured part. They may remark “the bed feels too hard.”
The following are some common complaints during certain phases for women who may benefit from Arnica:
Before Childbirth: Exhaustion. Use Arnica after taking a fall and having a resultant state of shock. Other uses will be after a kick from the baby that causes soreness or bruising. Premature labor after a fall. Transverse position of the baby (at the 36th week).
During Childbirth: Preventative for bleeding that may occur during long, slow, or difficult labors. States of denial. Exhaustion during long or difficult labors. Forceps delivery. Long, slow, or painful labors that cause exhaustion. Delivery of large babies or if the baby’s shoulder gets stuck. Straining (excessively!).
After Childbirth: Pains that feel worse if the baby is feeding. Any bruised or sore feelings. Bruising of any kind; after cesarean births, after epidurals, or after-effects of a forceps delivery. Inflammation of the penis of a newborn. Retained placenta after exhausting labor. Shock of the mother after learning the baby is an unexpected sex. Sore uterus. Urine retention of the mother. Overall weakness after long, slow, or difficult labors with much bruising and soreness.
Sepia is such an amazing remedy for women during these phases of their life!
Sepia is most suiting for a woman with severe, dragging down pains that are much relieved with exercise.
Emotionally, she feels irritable or indifferent to loved ones, and is averse to any sympathy. She feels sluggish and weepy. Sepia is useful for uterine prolapse, with strong bearing-down sensations.
Sepia may really help a mother who has children born too close and the body hasn’t had sufficient time in between to recover. Generally, she feel worse from fasting, touch, or staying in the same position. Overall, she feels better from eating and moving around.
The following are common complaints women experience who may need Sepia.
During Childbirth: Half open or hard cervix. Rushes (contractions) feel fine and needle-like up from the cervix, or “hour glass” contractions. Exhaustion where she feels better from moving around. She may have feelings of despair with weepiness, but isn’t better from any consolation or sympathy. Her feet are cold, she may feel overall chilly, yet have flushes of heat and feel better from warm covers. Sepia may help a woman experiencing slow labor who is irritable at any attempts of sympathy for her. This state is characterized by an absence of any affection.
After Childbirth: She’s very irritable, weak and weepy, but is worse from any consolation. Retained placenta with a bearing down sensation. Uterine prolapse. Subinvolution (uterine fails to contract down).
An equally beneficial remedy for women during these phases is Pulsatilla. It is best used from the 36th week onward to encourage a breech or transverse position of the baby to turn.
Pulsatilla can be quite easy to spot because of the marked emotional symptoms. She is weepy, clingy, and pleading for help.
Rushes (contractions) can be short, weak, or stop entirely. She may have back pain, exhaustion, faintness, thirstlessness, nausea and vomiting. She is worse from a stuffy room; at twilight; or getting her feet cold or wet. She feels overall better from fresh, open air; moving around; and from sympathy and company.
The following are common complaints for women who may need Pulsatilla at various phases.
Before Childbirth: Breech or transverse position of the baby (at the 36th week or beyond).
During Childbirth: Bleeding that alternates with contractions; contractions cease, then bleeding begins. Pulsatilla is useful for slow labor with back pain, when there is a lack of an expulsive power (especially during the second stage). She feels depressed, helpless, and restless. She is weepy and much better from consolation and sympathy. She may feel exhausted with weepiness. Nausea that’s better from open air. Abnormal positions of the baby.
After Childbirth: She may experience after pains with weepiness and feel better from company and sympathy. After pains appear when the baby feeds. Pulsatilla may help a woman producing too much milk. It will help a woman with retained placenta where there is weak or non-existent contractions. Subinvolution (uterus fails to contract down) with weakness and weepiness; better from sympathy and consolation.
This remedy is useful in the first stage of labor to establish strong productive contractions. It is NOT meant to be used routinely. Think of caulophyllum if the contractions are located in the lower half of the uterus, while the top (fundus) feels flabby. The contractions will feel sharp and painful, but are short, ineffective, spasmodic, and/or unstable. The contractions move around the bladder, groin, or thighs. Sometimes the contractions will slow or stop completely, due to exhaustion.
Caulophyllum is also useful if the cervix fails to dilate. Overall, she feels chilly with shivering, trembling, and irritability. She may be thirsty during contractions.
The following are some common complaints during certain phases for women who may benefit from Caulophyllum.
Before Childbirth: Caulophyllum is a great alternative to induction.
During Childbirth: Labor pains around the bladder, or labor pains that extend to the groin and/or thighs. To be used if the cervix fails to dilate or if it is half open or hard. Contractions are atonic (flabby), are slow or stop altogether due to her exhaustion. She is chilly and feels feverish with shivering and/or trembling. She may also be thirsty in between contractions.
After Childbirth: Retained placenta with shaking. Subinvolution (uterus fails to contract down).
As you may notice, some symptoms appear to be helped by multiple remedies. It’s always best to consult with a professional for guidance and support.
Homeopathy is a beautiful art and science of healing. A well chosen remedy will act instantly and the desired effect will ensue. It is so helpful, there are no toxins or side effects, and it is safe throughout pregnancy, during childbirth, and after - both for mom and baby!
I hope this information is helpful for you and please contact me for any questions.
Disclaimer: This blog and the contents herein are for educational purposes only. This information is not intended to treat, diagnose, prevent, or cure any disease. For questions about your health, please contact a medical doctor.
Purpose, Intention, and Direction.
These three qualities tend to be the most powerful energies a healthy man can be inhabiting at any one moment. There are many facets to each of these, but they surmise most of what healthy masculinity inhabits.
The reason I write today about these qualities in a man stems from the inspiration of knowing that I will soon be a father to a son. What a remarkable opportunity!
The lineage of men in my own family has not been the greatest. This is the case for many, many men in our society. Absent fathers, emotion-less males, or an inability or difficulty in dealing with themselves as a whole, have certainly produced a culture of adult boys that desperately need to grow into healthy men.
My father was an abusive alcoholic. He had no ability to deal with his emotions, no mechanism to understand how to behave with purpose, intention, and direction. He never learned this from his father. Fortunately for me, my mother divorced him when I was very young. She removed herself and my older siblings from an extremely unhealthy environment. My father lived out the remaining years of his life in solitude, battling his propensity to numb his mind and heart with alcohol. Years after his death, I still pour my heart out to him for what he wasn’t able to do in his own life; the potential he let slip away.
This story is all too common in our culture. Some men grow up and out of these situations, while others replicate the story of their fathers. And so on, the cycle continues.
My aim is to help bring some information to men at large; to those who may come across this blog. In my practice, I work with men in these same areas. I help men discover more about their purpose, intention, and direction in life. There is always hope, there is always love, there is always a way.
Having an opportunity to help raise a healthy boy into an even healthier man is humbling. I’m filled with love, hope, reverence. I’m filled with purpose, intention, and direction for my life in the name of raising him well. I’m always going to have more to learn. That journey will never end. And so goes the journey of healthy manhood. It is ongoing. Yet, we are called to grow from boys to men. And we need each other to do so.
There will probably be many more blog entries along these same lines as the months and years unfold. I am moved by his anticipated entrance into mine and my wife’s life.
If you’re a man reading this and would like to cultivate a healthier sense of manhood; inhabit a firmer state of healthy masculinity, then contact me. Let’s talk. Let’s help you get started on that journey.
Wow! What an experience!
I recently went through an illness and had to write about it. It’s a great illustration of the power of homeopathy and may even help you with your current symptoms!
It all started on a Wednesday evening. I began a sickness we call “acute coryza,” which is referred to more conventionally as “the common cold.” Because we are all so individualized, we have our own specific symptoms of “the cold.” For me, it started with an irritated, warm, and somewhat raw throat. I could tell it was the beginning of something, but didn’t know to what effect.
This same throat irritation lasted through Thursday. That night the congestion came, along with great amounts of sneezing. I had a really difficult time sleeping as I woke frequently unable to breathe and with a lot of sneezing.
Friday morning I was a wreck! The main symptom I noticed was a very runny nose, with very thin and colorless mucus, to the point it was dripping from my nose like a faucet. How peculiar!
Throughout Friday the runny nose symptoms were most pronounced and my head was beginning to feel entirely congested. The sneezing was violent! I would sneeze 3 or 4 times, but they would wrack my whole body. Another peculiar symptom I had was a lot of tearing from my eyes. It was very bland in sensation. I felt like I was crying most of the time, had a leaky faucet from my nose, and my head felt very thick and heavy.
Saturday morning came and the best I could do was contemplate heading out for the Christmas shopping I intended for the day. I knew this was the best day for me to go, so I rallied for the energy to head out. As soon as I was outdoors, I felt remarkably better! The congestion lessened, my eyes didn’t tear as much, and the sneezing wasn’t as reactive. I wasn’t in the clear though, and my symptoms would all return with a vengeance upon going indoors.
Before commencing my Christmas shopping, I took a remedy called “Allium Cepa.” This homeopathic remedy is made from a common garden onion. Like all homeopathic remedies, it is not the substance itself, but is prepared from it.
Homeopathic healing follows the principle of “like treats like.” This means a substance capable of creating symptoms in a healthy person will cure those same symptoms in a sick person.
For example, when you cut an onion, your eyes water and your nose runs. Those same symptoms created by the onion, will be cured in someone experiencing those same symptoms naturally. Therefore, Allium Cepa was the most similar substance that I could take to help me with my symptoms.
I took my first dose at about noon that Saturday and immediately felt better. My nose was not dripping, my eyes weren’t tearing, and the sneezing subsided. The congestion remained, however.
After about two hours, my symptoms were returning. I probably should have been resting to give my body time to heal, but with the Christmas season upon us, rest is hard to come by! I took another dose of the remedy and immediately felt better again.
After another two hours, the symptoms were returning once again. So, I took another dose and, once again, felt immediately better.
The late afternoon and evening time was the worst! I needed to take a dose about once every hour for about 4 doses total that evening. I went to bed and had the first restful night of sleep in over three days! There were no sneezing fits to wake me up, nor no runny faucet dripping from my nose!
I woke up the next day with renewed energy, vastly reduced symptoms on all accounts, and an overall feeling of wellness and vitality again. What a remarkable remedy!
I have not taken the remedy anymore since that day and have only slight congestion remaining. It’s been fairly moderate, so I haven’t taken a dose for that, but if I do, I’ll let you know how it goes.
So, if you’re currently experiencing some allergic or sick feelings this time of year, perhaps Allium Cepa may be your choice.
Here’s a quick summary of the symptomsAllium Cepa may help heal:
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An ezine article published in March of 2011 from Hpathy cites homeopathy is growing at a 25% rate worldwide!
This statistic demonstrates that the beautiful and gentle healing benefits from homeopathy are going to be more readily available to a wider audience.
Much like Chiropractic in the 1980's, and Acupuncture today, homeopathy is making its mark!
A good thing like homeopathy can't be held at bay forever! Take a look at the article here.
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