Sue Boyle Homeopathy
I knew I wanted to teach people to use homeopathy. The reasons are varied and legion, first because homeopathy can make such a profound difference in someone's life, literally. It's safe and the third leading cause of death in the US is medical error, so safety matters. I have come to love the fact that homeopathy honors the individual, the uniqueness of that person. Nursing does that, patients are not a diagnosis or room number, they are human beings, first and foremost to a nurse. Western Medicine is slowly catching on to this really important concept. I love how I have changesd as a homeopathic practitioner, your perceptions change over time and I would say the same for my clients who have been with me for a long time. Homeopathy is a partnership between the client and the homeopath, which Western Medicine still doesn't see. It's a sharing of information from the client onsymptoms experienced and a knowledge of remedies and how homeopathy works from the homeopath. A partnership that is of great benefit. Homeopathy is energetic in nature, so there is no pollution of waterways, the energy dissipates rather then remaining to contaminate drinking water. It is easy to learn for home use in minor illnesses. It left the rarified physician-only world and was taken on the wagon trains heading West by the wives and mothers, who treated their sick on the plains far from any medical help. The Domestic Physician by Constantine Hering M.D. was the first book to teach a lay person how to use remedies and it was very successful.Today there are a great many homeopathic study groups across the US who get together to learn the use of remedies for minor illnesses. Repetition of doses is another huge reason. Many people don't understand that because remedies are energetic in nature, they don't require the same type of repetition that conventional drugs do. Kids with chronic cases of Otitis Media (an earache that reoccurs often) are better with one to two doses of remedy. Take your kit on vacation with you and you lessen the need to wait in an ER for hours with a sick kid-my hairstylist did that in Hawaii, not how you want to spend your vacation. In fact use remedies for minor illnesses and your kids become healthier, not as many cold or flus, not as sick as other kids or for the same length of time. A Win Win. Oh, did I say that remedies are inexpensive, never expire and last for years. The expiration date on vials of remedies are there because the FDA doesn't seem to be able to understand the concept of energy that if stored properly doesn't change. Storage of remedies, not where they can become hot. Not in direct sun or in a very hot car, or they cease to work. Cold doesn't affect them but heat will inactivate them. Buy them once and use them for a long, long time.I could go on but then there would be a super long blog post. Come back often to see what tips and remedies I feel are timely to share.
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A Medical System
A recognized system of medicine with principles that must be adhered to in order for the "treatment " to be called homeopathy. This is what many people fail to recognize or even learn about.They just do whatever they want and call it homeopathy. Then there are those who study and continue to learn, but I am heading into a rant.So.
Principles: The first one is Like Cures Like also known as the Law of Similars.All this means is that asubstance that is capable of causing a certain set of symptoms in a healthy volunteer is also capable of erasing or eliminating those same symptoms in someone who is ill. It's what a practitioner or even a Mom at home does when faced with symptoms. Match them to known remedies, then give that remedy.You don't give Byronia to someone who doesn't have Bryonia symptoms.It's simple. The second principle is Minimum Dose. You give the smallest amount of remedy to someone. Not an entire vial, one pellet. Oscillococcinum is a flu remedy which the company wants to sell lots of, but I know having tested this on myself, one poppy seed sized pellet is the needed dose, not an entire vial. You of course, need eyebrow tweezers to get the dose out but, hey, then you have remedy left over to treat many more people ! The third principle is the Single Remedy. Not several, one. Remedies are energetic in their substance, so unless you can read the energy of each remedy and determine which one is needed and when it is needed, then stick with one remedy at a time. Hahnemann tried two at a time and went back to the single remedy. Otherwise you won't know what has worked, and you can't repeat your success.The fourth one is that of The Vital Force. It came from the ancient Greeks.Hippocrates stated that the Vital Force possess the intellengence and power to govern the many processes involved in both health and disease. This is a radical departure from Western Medicine but the Greeks were the originators of this thought and two hundred years of homeopathy have proven both them and Hahnemann correct. And the final principle is that of the Totalityof Person, which means you treat a person not a disease or condition and you treat an entire person. Western medicine has forgotten this. Nephrologists treat someone's kidney or the cardiologist treats their heart. Homeopaths treat the entire person, their symptoms and their entire being, physical, mental, emotional and spiritual. After all we are not pieces parts, we are complete and complex beings. Unique.
A Vision of the Future
When I think of what homeopathy could be to health care, I get chills (the good kind). Moms and Dads having a basic knowledge of homeopathy, so that minor illnesses are easily treated at home. There is a homeopath in every emergency room in every hospital across the US, that would be so nice ! Nurse are taught a first aid course in homeopathy in nursing school and school nurses are given further training for their jobs. EMT's and Paramedics are also given training in the use of remedies. Cops carry kits in their cruisers and know how to use remedies for emergencies. Vets increase their knowledge base with not only homeopathy but other modalities as well. Homeopaths are respected members of the health care system and not seen as fringe lunatics or fakes trying to sell something that has no value.
You see, science has not caught up to homeopathy yet, but it is getting there. Ultra high dilutions of substances are what our remedies are, nano pharmaceuticals, if you will. But the idea that something like this can assist the body to heal itself is scoffed at and ridiculed by many. Two hundred years of success proves them wrong but science has yet to explain us effectively to those we disturb. It almost like the theory of the flat earth vs the earth as a globe, some people still think in flat earth terms when the Universe is soo much more, and continues to be found as more every day. I will continue to educate and advocate for homeopathy and humanity as a whole until my last breath, it's actually fun to do this work. Go figure.
When I was in school for the foundations of homeopathy, someone would ask me to tell them about homeopathy and I would launch into so much detail I would lose them. Or their eyes would glaze over with the amount of information I provided. Not helpful. A homeopath of my acquaintance would only say to people she met that she had a practice in alternative medicine.Since I don't consider homeopathy an alternative but an integrative system of medicine that didn't fly for me. Then I began working on the home study course and wrote up what I consider to be the best description of homeopathy. A substance that is capable of producing a certain set of symptoms in a healthy volunteer, is given to a group of volunteers to determine those symptoms, The results are catalogued and given to ill individuals who have those same symptoms to erase them. Homeo in Greek means similar and pathy means suffering. Someone who is ill has the same symptoms as those the volunteers experienced. Simple. I don't have to say homeopathy is capable of healing just about everything, which it is. I just have to give them my new definition.Then of course comes the defending part, which I no longer do. Everyone is entitled to their opinion, me included.
My describing what I do has also changed, along with my homeopathic description. "You know how kids on ADD meds have problems on the meds. Or kids the school district is pushing and pressuring the parents to put them on meds are seen to have problems. Well, I help both those sets of kids to either get off the meds or not have to take them at all." Much simpler statement then before when I overwhelmed the person I was only talking to.Recently, I have expanded my what I do description. "You know how Moms would love to learn how to use homeopathic remedies at home, but they have no time, well I created a home study course that teaches them using audio files and a weekly question and answer webinar to support them". Simple. Straight forward and leads to either a conversation or a "How nice." Thank goodness for getting some training in the business end of being in business. Took me a long time but I finally know more then just homeopathy. A practice that supports me also supports my clients because I stay in business and don't shut my doors.Yeah.
Homeoprophylaxis Vs Vaccination
I am what has been called a Classical homeopath. What that refers to is my schooling. I was taught to follow Samuel Hahnemann's homeopathic principles. Not blindly follow, but follow for definite reasons. Hahnemann gave multiple reasons for his principles. He perfected them over many years and with many patients. So I do what I was taught because I have seen no evidence for goinganother way, none that convinces me.
That includes Homeoprophylaxis, which is a fancy term for homeopathic vaccination. There is nosuch thing. Hahnemann says this in The Organon of the Medical Art, this book details how to practice homeopathy and in many cases what Hahnemann tried that didn't work and those things that did.
He talked about an outbreak of scarlet fever in a town and counsels homeopaths to give Belladonna to the children who have not yet come down with the condition. The reason is that Belladonna is a specific for scarlet fever. No other remedy matches scarlet fever as well asBelladonna and a dose a day for three days will ensure that the children who are dosed won't get sick.This section of the Organon, is given as a reason for using remedies to prevent Malaria, Typhoid, Disentery or a host of other illnesses that are endemic in other parts of the world.That is not what Hahnemann was saying, he was saying when you identify a specific illness that requires one specify remedy, then you are justified in giving that remedy to everyone in the family who hasn't come down with i.e.scarlet fever. As an example, Cholrera, there are three remedies that have been used for years to treat cholera, there are also forty four other remedies that cover the symptoms seen with this illness.
Public Health departments insist you get vaccinations for before traveling there, not necessary, not even required. Many don't know this, but you have the right to refuse these vaccinations and no one can stop your leaving the US or coming home again.The reason I don't advocate homeoprophylaxis is there are multiple remedies that heal those conditions, multiple. To give multiple remedies violates one of the principles, that of the single remedy. Until or if you get sick with a "disease" who knows which remedy you need. Remember, you are a unique individual and a remedy is selected based on your unique symptoms.There are travel kits to buy and a book on traveling and using remedies. Why would you need to take multiple remedies? It is a lot like the Fluvaccine where the CDC guesses which strains of the flu are going to be prevalent this year. Guess and see if you are right. What a way to care for people! Last year (2015) the vaccine was only effective 18-23% , then why was it urged on the population. Oh yes, the doses not given would expire and money would be lost. When someone tries to tell you homeopathy has "vaccines" don't try to explain there aren't, just let them have their opinion. Consult with a homeopath when you are traveling and find out which remedies you might need.
Tis the Season
Homeopathy is wonderful for the holiday season. I'm not talking about colds and flus here, but the overindulgence of holiday parties. The hangover after imbibing a little too much, requires Nux vomica 30 C, one globule, one dose usually works wonders but a second dose may be needed.Or the potato salad that got a little too warm and gave everyone food poisoning. Arsenicum 30 C, one to three doses depending on how severe the symptoms were. If you feel 40 % better after a dose take a second dose, if there was no improvement Arsenicum wasn't the right remedy. Sometimes food poisoning takes the form of vomiting and diarrhea at the same time, Arsenicum isn't theremedy for this situation, try Veratrum album 30 C, one to three doses. You should see about 70-80 % improvement after a second dose in order to take a third dose , if the improvement is closer to 95-100%, you do not need a third dose, remember Minimum Dose is one of the principles of homeopathy. The energy of a remedy will continue long after you figure it has stopped, so give it time to complete the healing.
Continuing with the Holiday tips
Rescue remedy is wonderful for stress Several drops in a bottle of water or even a glass of water, sipped on throughout the day will make life so much more bearable.
Meditation, even if it is for only a couple of minutes will help, the clearing of your mind, just releasing all of your thoughts for a short time is not just relaxing but it is good for your health and well being. You do not need to mediate for hours to get the benefits of meditation. Meditate while brushing your teeth! Pay attention to your breathing and let whatever thoughts show up go. Don't follow them, assign them to a list or anything else. Notice them and let them go. Take a walk in Nature but turn off your cell phone before you do. Notice what is around you and appreciate the beauty of it.
Deep breath when something triggers that stress response in you, just the act of deep breathing will give you time to decide if it is worth responding at all. Responding to others is a choice we make, chose to act differently and people in your life may begin to see you differently. You will begin to see yourself differently. We are all grown up now, despite the family dynamics which continue each year at every holiday. Break the tradition and you will feel less stressed.
Not everything in my practice is homeopathic. A good example is EFT or Tapping. Emotional Freedom Technique, EFT for short. It's easy to use, can be done anywhere and works quickly.When you are far from your remedies and need some help,, to do some Tapping gives you the relief you need, when you need it. Have a headache ? An earache, feeling anxious or tense. One round of Tapping can often alleviate the problem without resorting to medications or remedies. Problem solved. I won't go into the technique for doing Tapping /EFT. Go to EFT's web site find the manual and scroll through it to find the illustration of a face, the instructions are there. One last thing, after many years of doing Tapping I need to say, you can't mess this up, there is no one right way to do this technique, I never tap the top of my head and seldom include under my arm. See how you feel when you do it and notice the sensations that arise during the round. You'll be surprised and pleased by the results you can achieve without anyone else's help. It's time to take our well being back and do things for ourselves. Let me know at firstname.lastname@example.org how Tapping has helped in your life.
Sugar has been a homeopathic remedy since 1879 but hasn't been widely used until a little book The Mad Hatter's Tea Party (published 1994) bought it to homeopathy's attention again. Huffington Post recently had an article on sugar entitled "America's Drug of Choice: It's Not What You Think" by Kathryn J. Lively PhD which talked about what a poison sugar actually is. This isn't new information, a German botanist in 1573 noted addiction to saccharum (sugar cane) among the Sultans' armies in the Middle East, he just failed to classify the behavior as addictive and the substance as a drug.
Some stats to prove this point: 1700-1709 consumption was 4 pounds per capita, 1720-1729 8 pounds,1780-1789 12 pounds, and by 1800-1809 it was 18 pounds. In one hundred years, the intake per person had increased five times. Don't forget this wasn't really per capita either, the poor could not afford cane sugar, they used honey for sweetness, if they used anything.
Notable symptoms bought out in the proving (a proving is when a substance is given to healthy volunteers in order to elicit the symptoms this substance produces. The information is gathered and written up so the remedy can be used in practice.): Addiction, numbness, deceptive, secretivesuppressed anger, destructiveness, obesity, emaciation, malnutrition, hyperactive kids, and respiratory disorders to name some of the symptoms seen.
Within the last five to eight years Western Medicine has "discovered" that inflammation is the cause of most western diseases, cardiac disease, auto immune diseases, asthma and so much more. Sugar is the cause of the inflammation seen, the major cause. Of course you don't see huge headlines to stop eating or drinking anything with sugar in it. Small articles, but not the headline that might save lives because the drug companies depend on our habits to make us sick, so they can sell their drugs. Sell you drugs for the rest of your life and sell the drugs to deal with the side effects of the first or second drug you "need" to take. It's a cycle, one that can be broken.
Weaning yourself from sugar is a huge task. There is sugar in nearly everything on a grocery's shelves. Read the labels and note where sugar falls in the list, usually in the top five ingredients and often labeled not as sugar but dextrose, sucrose or another derivative of sugar. Weaning is hard, but awareness is a start, awareness of what you are choosing to eat and to feed your family and friends.Sugar may feel like a treat until you receive the diagnosis that you have a major problem and it could kill you sooner rather then later.
I was taught in school that a person who takes remedies becomes healthier over the course of time.I believed this basically because I had no data that contradicted this statement. Over the years some of what I had been taught came into question but we are talking the differences between Europe and the UK. The UK had continued to use and evolve homeopathy versus homeopathy here in the US where it nearly died out due to the AMA's campaign to stamp it out.
This brings me to the subject of better health. Last week I had a conversation with another homeopath and she mentioned that she takes fewer remedies year in and year out, mostly because she is not getting sick at the same rate she did prior to discovering homeopathy. I can say the same , I have had three major remedies since 1991 and haven't needed to take many remedies for minor illnesses because I haven't had that many. You can't ask for more. Better health.How wonderful.
Health a definition
It's rather ironic that this post is so far down the list of posts. Sort of like the horse and cart deal. The thing is, I have been pondering just what is health, and what is a cure ? I now have pretty good definitions of both. Let's start with health. Alfred Pulford MD wrote a letter that was published in theHomeopathic Recorder July 1927 edition. In it he writes, "Health: The complete absence of disease. (Until every vestige of disease is eliminated a state of heath does NOT exist. Only after the very predisposition has been removed is the patient healthy; all else is mere palliation or a restoration to normal but NOT a cure. A being may be in a normal state for him, yet not in perfecthealth by any means"). He is right if you think about it. No one has any way of really knowing if anyone is in a state of health because they may harbor a vestige of disease ( come down with something in the future, be it a chronic condition or even something so small as an acute illness. If you were healthy nothing could or would impact you).
So when someone promises you a return to health remember what they are really saying is a return to a normal state for you or possibly an improved level of health (see the blog post above this one). I want to discuss CURE in the next post.
Homeopaths are prohibited from claiming they cure anyone. It's more an ethical consideration then anything else, since, what is a cure and can you promise one.The answer is no.
Cure: The complete restoration of health.(The physician who thinks disease essential to human life and happiness, and all that is expected of him is remove temporarily the existing offender, is fallingwide of the mark of his vocation and taking money under false pretenses.)This definition is from Alfred Pulford MD in the Homeopathic Recorder July 1827.The complete restoration, we can't know this, none of us can. Not MD's,ND's,DC's,RN's,NP's, etc.There can always be something dormant in a body waiting for the conditions to be right to manifest. So. A healthy diet, enough exercise, enough sleep, meditation and plenty of Play. Yes Play. I recently became convinced that as adults in the US we stopped playing after we turned 20. God forbid people should think we are frivolous. We might play briefly with our kids but we fail to include it into our lives as essential. It raises our endorphins, lowers our cortisol levels and just frees us to experience our lives in a totally new way. It's not just for the rare vacations taken, it's for every week, every day we are here on this crazy planet ! Play and laugh more, your life will thank you.
I had someone's mother saying that parts of her son's life needed to be in place before a remedy can help him. I am not sure where this came from but it is not the case with anyone who needs a remedy. Homeopaths Without Borders (NA) has gone to Haiti and treated people both after the earthquake, and after the hurricane, they had success with their remedies. A select group of homeopaths were invited to Africa during the Ebola outbreak and did out standing work there as well. These people did not have the parts of their lives together before receiving a remedy.
Homeopaths treat people with a diagnosis of mental illness whose lives and the lives of their families are scattered into pieces, things improve for all of them on the remedies selected. Vets treat animals successfully all of the time. A remedy is essentially energy in the form of a tablet or a globule, it matches the energy of the person who needs it regardless of outer circumstances and it acts to erase the unwanted symptoms. It is really simple but at the same time really profound.So if you are waiting for the "right" time to see a homeopath, please do yourself a favor and make an appointment. It is time for you to live a better level of health.
Drug Trials vs Provings
Big Pharma conducts drug trials to see the effects of the drug they have developed, the "good" effects and the not so wanted effects (side effects). The trials are conducted by companies hired bythe industry and are supposed to be unbiased by doing this. But, if the contract you have for the trial means you will be getting more work from this company when they get the results they want, isn't that a bias ? The Seattle Times has done some excellent reporting on the drug companies and how they work, both the drug trials and the "new" syndromes / diseases being identified by these companies. Since when does a drug company come up with new disease classifications ? Only here in the US.
In contrast, homeopathy does what might be seen as a drug trial. It's called a proving. We prove what sorts of symptoms a substance can produce. A group of healthy volunteers records theirhealth and any symptoms that can arise for a week, then they take the remedy. No one involved in the proving has any idea what the substance is, no one but the Master Prover. This way there is no preconceived notions about the substance. For example the remedy being proven is a flower, oh, flowers are pretty so the symptoms must be pretty / beautiful as well. Our minds can come up with amazing ideas when given a small amount of information and often the ideas generated are way off base. After the first week and taking the remedy, the provers (young, older, males and females) begin to record everything they notice, dreams, emotional states, symptoms-no matter howstrange, everything gets recorded. At the end of the proving, typically two weeks of recording symptoms, the data is collected and separated. Symptoms noticed by a large majority are seen as reliable, those seen by fewer people are are graded according to numbers of people and strength of the symptoms. All of the data collected is collated, reviewed and finally published so that the remedy can be used by the homeopathic community to help our clients. No financial stake, just useful information to help someone who is suffering.
I realized what homeopathy could do for everyone sometime during my first year in school, that waswhen I learned about homeopathic study groups. Moms and others who were interested in homeopathy, got together once a month and learned about individual remedies that they could use them at home. This was 1991 and life has changed a lot since then. Things have sped up and we are all busier then ever, not a lot of time to gather a group of friends monthly and discuss remedies. This doesn't mean that the need is no longer there just the time factor has become a problem for everyone.Imagine having the information at your fingertips to treat your kids for earaches, stomachaches, colds, flus and a host of other minor illnesses. No trips to the meds office, urgent care or ER. Mom or Dad has learned enough to easily treat everyone in the family (this included the dog or cat as well), what a feeling of accomplishment ! A friend of mine has said that after WWII advertisers began marketing what she called Inadequacy. You couldn't do this by yourself anymore, you might mess it up but they had the service or product just for this need. Take a good hard look at ads now a days and see that she is really on to something. We as a society are being told in lots of ways we "can't", can't fix this, can't care for that, can't can't can't. Take your power back. The covered wagons of the 1800's could and did, our great grandparents could and did, as did our grandparents. Decide today that you are smart enough, have the time you need to learn something of great value to both you and your family and do it. I would love to help.
Someone asked me what skills that I had working as a nurse, did I bring to my homeopathic practice. All of them. Nurses (in my opinion) make the very best homeopaths because they are taught to listen to people, not to categorize them or label them, to be observant at all times and to trust their instincts. We are taught what is pathology (disease) and what isn't and what to do about it. A good example would be someone who was having breathing problems, but they were lying down, raise the head of the bed, get oxygen tubing and put it on the person at a low flow and then call the hospitalist. All learned yes, but also a skill set.
I get asked often why I say I am a nurse homeopath. Why not just say I am a homeopath? Because my nursing career is the foundation of my homeopathic practice. It's like I teach my students, their parenting informs their skill at seeing what is different about their sick child, what is changed. All parents whether they realize it or not "know" their child without thinking about it. So they know right away what is going on and just need a little practice in listing the details of what they see. Then picking the correct remedy is easy. For me knowing what to ask and being able to observe my clients is a skill I learned at the bedside and it has served my clients well for the last 22 years as a homeopath.
My next blog and all of the ones in the future will be short videos simply because I dislike writing and am capable of "talking someone's ear off" without any problem !I'll post when I do a new one on this page and hopefully will figure out how to post it here as well.