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Gout and Homeopathic’s

By Manisha Bhatia

of Gout

Homeopathy is one of the most popular holistic systems of medicine. The selection of remedy is based upon the theory of individualization and symptoms similarity by using holistic approach. This is the only way through which a state of complete health can be regained by removing all the sign and symptoms from which the patient is suffering. The aim of homeopathy is not only to treat gout but to address its underlying cause and individual susceptibility. As far as therapeutic medication is concerned, several remedies are available for gout which can be selected on the basis of cause, location, sensation, modalities and extension of the complaints. For individualized remedy selection and treatment, the patient should consult a qualified homeopathic doctor in person. Some important gout remedies are given below which are much helpful in homeopathic treatment of gout symptoms:

• Bryonia alba – pain with inflammation, which is aggravated by movement and relieved by moderate pressure and rest. There is inflammation of joints which are hot and swollen. The patient feels chilly.

• Ledum pal. – Remarkable remedy helpful in treatment of osteoarthritis, gout and rheumatism, which is of ascending nature, better by cold application, there is deposition of chalk stones in finger joints, wrists and toes. Irritable patient with desire to be alone. Pain may be caused by alcoholism, insect stings, and punctured wound. Pain worse by warm applications.

• Colchicum – A general remedy for gout. There may be aversion to food which smells as soon as served. Swelling of joints which may be red or pale. Abdomen bloated with wind. Albumin in urine which becomes black like ink, scanty urine with dropsical swelling, marked irritability from pains or odors. Worse by motion, touch or mental effort. Better by warmth, rest or sitting. Gout and rheumatism in smokers.

• Guaiacum. – Rheumatic and gout engrafted on syphilitic or tubercular constitutions. Sore swollen joints more painful from warmth and motion. Gouty abscesses of joints. The leg and ankle bones are especially affected shooting pain in legs from feet to knees. Pains in tibia. Better by cold bath and cold application.

• Formic Acid and Formica – gouty and rheumatic pains due to urates and albumin in urine. Inflammation of joints which are very painful. They are worse on motion, by cold or before storm; better on pressure.

• Lithium carb – chronic rheumatism due to uric acid. Palpitation and shocks about the heart the heart. Painfulness of the soles of feet and small joints with a sense of burning therein.

• Kali carb – pains stitching, stabbing and burning character relieved temporarily by cold application and not by rest or motion. The patient shrieks on account of pain. Backache accompanied by great weakness and profuse sweating. If he covers the painful part, the pain goes to the uncovered part. Aggravation after eating and uncovering.

• Sticta pulmonaria – right shoulder blade or joint, wrist joint, ankle joint and knee joint are mainly affected. It also reduces fluid in the joints.

• Berberis vulgaris – pain in heels relieved by putting most of the weight on them. Arthritic and rheumatic affection if attended by renal sticking pain and backache. This urine of this remedy corresponds to many cases of gout, yet it will be rarely indicated unless the characteristic tearing cutting pains are present. These pains are in the renal region and extend down the ureters to the bladder or into pelvis and hips. The urine is hot, dark or bright yellow or blood red, with white, grayish or bright red mealy sediment, or red granules, or yellowish red crystals.

• Chelidonium – rheumatism with edema, heat, tenderness and stiffness. Constipation and whitish stools. Pain is aggravated by slightest movement or touch. The only relief is constant bathing with hot water.

• Asclepius tub – Acts well in cases of osteoarthritis when pains run diagonally.

• Calcarea carb. – Arthritic swelling, knee pain especially in fleshy people which is worse by cold.

• Lycopodium – When red sand appears in the urine, our first thoughts is for Lycopodium, and indeed it will clear up many cases of gout. Its general digestive disturbances, flatulent conditions are often met with in gout. Particularly is it indicated by its scanty, high-colored urine depositing a red or yellowish red sandy sediment. It has severe backache relieved by passing urine. Burning between scapulae, and the 4 to 8 P.M. aggravations are useful characteristics to decide the choice of this remedy.

• Sepia – This remedy must not be neglected in gout treatment. It has a deposit of urates in the urine and of uric acid. Then, too, the general symptoms of venous stagnation, liver troubles, manifested by such symptoms as yellow spots on the face or over dorsum of nose, are important indications.

• Cantharis – Dr. W. P. Laird says that the great remedy for gout, the one which most accurately corresponds to the totally of the morbid phenomena, and which we may prescribe with confidence in at least two cases out of three, is Cantharis. The special symptoms are soreness in the region of the kidneys, cutting, contracting pains in the ureters extending to bladder and urethra and down spermatic cord, with retraction of testicles. Urination painful and difficult, passe in drops; cutting before and after urination; urine scanty, dark colored, with oftentimes a sediment looking like old mortar or a reddish brick-dust sediment.

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Anger and homeopathy

Bryonia- The children are irritable and want to be left alone.  They will grumble or snap to get people to stay away.  They often have digestive, respiratory, or headaches after an outburst of anger.

Chamomile-  Demanding.  Have to rock or carry the child to calm them.  Screaming and crying returns when the child is put down.  Temperamental.  Throws things.  Impatient.  May bang head on the wall.  This is my favorite remedy for anger! Works every time.

Colocynthis-  Complain constantly.  Not very talkative.  Irritable and Impatient.  May develop vomiting, diarrhea, or colic during or after the bouts of anger.

Ignatia –  These children hold in their anger, fear, grief, sadness and pretend that everything is fine.  Sometimes they tremble from all the stress that is held inside.  They sigh often.  Their expression of anger manifests through hysteria.  Not violent.  Their moods change from laughter to tears, anger to repentant, rude to nice.

Nux Vomica- Throws tantrums and does not listen to anyone trying to calm him/ her down.  Thrives on rebellion.  Competitive and gets angry at anyone trying to beat him/ her. He blames others for things.  Irritable.  Tends towards constipation.

Stramonium- Out of control with anger and rage.  Wild and delusional.  Hears voices and may claim to see things.  Believes to be falling or abandoned.  Talkative and loud.

Staphysagria-  Suppresses anger and silently dwells on problem.  Eventually he/she explodes.  Trembles.  Loses voice.  Throws things.  Can’t concentrate and becomes exhausted when angry.  This remedy is for the child who is sensitive to the least offense.  They feel bad about the angered explosion afterwards.  Common for those that have been abused physically or sexually.

Constitutional Treatment is necessary for deeper healing and long term improvement with emotional issues. Article by;

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Glyphosate in #vaccines warning to all parents

*MMR II (Merk) vaccine had 2.671 parts per billion (ppb) of glyphosate

*DTap Adacel (Sanofi Pasteur) vaccine had 0.123 ppb of glyphosate

*Influenza Fluvirin (Novaris) 0.331 ppb of glyphosate

*HepB Energix-B (Glaxo Smith Kline) 0.325 ppb of glyphosate

*Pneumonoccal Vax Polyvalent Pneumovax 23 (Merk) had 0.107 ppb of glyphosate

The MMR II vaccine had levels up to 25 times higher than the other vaccines. Following our test, additional independent tests have confirmed these findings at or above the same levels. The tests were conducted using the ELISA method.

Glyphosate, the active ingredient in Monsanto’s flagship herbicide Roundup, has been found in vaccines.

Vaccines contain many ingredients that could be genetically modified (GMO). More than 80 percent of GMOs are genetically engineered to withstand glyphosate-based herbicides and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) allows glyphosate on 160 non-organic food and feed crops. These facts made us wonder if glyphosate could be contaminating not only our water, urine, breast milk, food, soil, beer and wine, but also vaccines.

According to MIT scientist Dr. Stephanie Seneff, “Glyphosate could easily be present in vaccines due to the fact that certain vaccine viruses including measles in MMR and flu are grown on gelatin derived from the ligaments of pigs fed heavy doses of glyphosate in their GMO feed. Gelatin comes from collagen which has lots of glycine. Livestock feed is allowed to have up to 400 PPM [parts per million] of glyphosate residues by the EPA, thousands of times higher than has been shown to cause harm in numerous studies.”

French scientist and glyphosate expert Gilles-Eric Séralini has shown in his research that glyphosate is never used alone. It is always used with adjuvants (co-formulants/other chemicals) and he has found those adjuvants to make Roundup 1,000 times more toxic. The detection of glyphosate in vaccines with this methodology would indicate the presence of other co-formulants which are also toxic.

On Aug. 31, Moms Across America sent a letter to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Center for Disease Control and Prevention, EPA, National Institutes of Health, California Department of Health and Sen. Barbara Boxer requesting that they make it a priority to test vaccines for glyphosate, recall contaminated vaccines and the EPA revoke the license of glyphosate to prevent further contamination.

“This calls for independent scientists, without financial ties to Monsanto, to investigate these findings, and if verified, immediate regulatory and legislative action,” said Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., co-founder of The Mercury Project. “Lawyers litigating against Monsanto should be looking into the company’s awareness of this contamination and its effect on children. The public needs to be ready for Monsanto and vaccine manufacturer backlash by their PR machines on this potentially grave information.”

Dr. Toni Bark, founder and medical director of the Center for Disease Prevention and Reversal and co-producer of the movie BOUGHT, had this to say after reviewing the test results:

“I am deeply concerned about injecting glyphosate, a known pesticide, directly into children. Neither Roundup nor glyphosate has been tested for safety as an injectable. Injection is a very different route of entry than oral route. Injected toxins, even in minute doses can have profound effects on the organs and the different systems of the body. In addition, injecting a chemical along with an adjuvant or live virus, can induce severe allergic reactions to that substance as vaccines induce the immune system to create antibodies to whatever is included in the vaccine. Since glyphosate is heavily used in corn, soy, wheat, cotton and other commodities, we can expect to see more severe food allergies in the vaccine recipients. In addition, chemicals in ultra low doses, can have powerful effects on physiology behaving almost as hormones, stimulating or suppressing physiological receptors.”

Zen Honeycutt is founder and executive director of Moms Across America.


Must read list for every parent books on vaccination

1Neil Miller: Miller’s Review of Critical Vaccine Studies

2Mateja Cernic: Ideological Constructs of Vaccination

3Susan Humphries: Dissolving Illusions

4Sherri Tenpenny: Saying No to Vaccines

5Robert Mendelsohn: How to Raise a Healthy Child

6Harris Coulter: A Shot in the Dark

7Harris Coulter: Vaccination, Social Violence, and Criminality

8Hilary Butler: Just a Little Prick

9Marcia Angell: The Truth About the Drug Companies

10Edwin Black: War Against the Weak

11Andrew Wakefield: Callous Disregard

12Gary Matsumoto: Vaccine A

13Debbie Bookchin: The Virus and the Vaccine

14Edward Haslam: Dr. Mary’s Monkey

15Robert Harris: A Higher Form of Killing

16Lily Kay: The Molecular Vision of Life

17Eleanor McBean: The Poisoned Needle

18Guylaine Lanctot: The Medical Mafia


Autism and homeopathy

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May 2, 2018 By Linlee Jordan

Globally there is an increase in the prevalence of children on the autism spectrum. This is pushing a call for more autism research studies. The fairly standard therapies available worldwide include speech therapy, sensory integration, occupational therapy and special education. Individualised sessions are offered by speech therapists for communication difficulties, occupational therapists for sensory issues and special educators for learning or behaviour issues.

In spite of special schools where these programs and sessions are available, parents and therapists find that certain sensory issues, behaviour issues and other difficulties still continue. It is in these situations that parents approach homeopathic practitioners. Consequently, there is an increase in autism research and treatment using homeopathy.

Several carefully written reports of case studies have highlighted the use of homeopathy in research in autism spectrum disorders. The homeopathic case taking covers all aspects of the child’s physical, emotional and intellectual dimensions.

2016 A report of six cases using homeopathy treatment for autism in India by Dr Rajalakshmi

Dr Rajalakshmi worked as an independent practitioner and consultant to a special school. From this experience she said “I have had the opportunity to see children with autism from mild to severe. In the special schools I have observed children who were on homeopathic treatment and also children at the same level who were not on homeopathic treatment. I found that the children who were not on treatment were still grappling with the same issues when I first saw them whereas there were significant improvements in social interaction, eye contact, reduction in hyperactivity, reduced temper tantrums and better communication skills in the children who were on homeopathic treatment. Therefore it would be a good option to use homeopathy as part of a treatment protocol simultaneously as an adjunct to neuropsychological therapies for enhanced results.”

Dr Rajalakshmi reports that homeopathic remedies have helped calm head banging and hand flapping. Meaningless speech was converted to meaningful speech.

2013 – Four autism case studies in India

Dr Neeraj Gupta receiving an award for her autism research

The homeopath Dr Neeraj Gupta published a paper about four cases of autistic children. They received on-going homeopathic treatment.

The children were chosen randomly from a large number of cases. The results of the study found quite meaningful improvement. There was a lessening of autistic and other social and behavioural symptoms in all four children. There was less hyperactivity, appetite, nail biting, shrieking noises and sleep disorders.

A conclusion from this study was that a homeopathic medicinal regimen does produce modification of autistic symptoms, if followed dutifully.

2011 – A clinical study of ten case studies of autistic children using homeopathy in India

A clinical study evaluated the efficacy of homeopathic medicines in 10 autistic children. The author again is Dr Neeraj Gupta.

Improvement in common autism symptoms:

• Significant improvement in immunity level

• Significant decrease in hyperactivity and restlessness

• Moderate to mild improvement in obeying commands, eye contact and judgment

• Could not obtain desired improvement in sensory problems and communication skills

Improvement in individual children’s autistic symptoms:

• Improvement in self rocking, violent anger spells, poor attention, random laughing, disturbed sleep pattern, self biting, eating of wall materials, control of urination & defecation and communication skills

• Mild to moderate improvement in other specific symptoms

• Not much improvement could be observed in cases of regurgitation of food, making loud noises and certain other specific behavioural autistic activities.

Both constitutional and intercurrent homeopathic regimens were used. They observed that homeopathy can be more effective for the treatment of autistic children, if they are diagnosed at early stages of development. No improvement or partial improvement was found in three children who were also suffering from another condition such as a parasitic infestation.

2010 Homeopathic medicinal treatment of autism  published in the Indian Journal of Research in Homoeopathy

This study by Dr Neeraj Gupta included 25 children on the spectrum. Their age ranged from 4 to 14 years and included both sexes. Children were included who were diagnosed with or without other problems such as parasitic infections. They received homeopathic remedies and were carefully followed up for 18 months. The children were divided into two groups either moderate or severe, according to the number and severity of symptoms. Improvement was monitored on a weekly basis. Frequent repetition of remedies in some severe conditions was found effective.

A significant positive response was found using homeopathic remedies especially:

• Improvement of eating and drinking abnormalities

• Better control of the bowel and bladder especially bedwetting decreased by 80%

• Immunological and allergic reactions reduced by 70%

• Less gestures and sensory issues (visual, touch, pain and temperature)

• Lessening of echolalia

• Jumping, spinning, hand flapping was decreased by 83%

• Two children who were eating leaves, lipstick, and creams showed complete reversal of the habit

2006 – 2009 Spandan Clinic study with 60 children

Dr Praful Bravalia from Spandan Clinic has lectured widely about autism research using homeopathy

The 60 children were enrolled from the Spandan Holistic Institute of Applied Homeopathy and from the institute’s mobile clinic. Spandan is one of the largest homeopathy autism research organisations in the world.

This study was a non-randomised, self-controlled, pre and post-intervention study with six months as a self-control period. The diagnosis of autism was made by a team consisting of: homeopathic physician, psychologist, neurologist and psychiatrist. One year was the treatment period.

Homeopathic treatment had a statistically significant impact on the cognitive ability of all autistic children. Homeopathy brought about improvement in behaviour followed by significant changes in other aspects eg, sensory impairment, socialisation and communication. Importantly (because it is not what you would expect) children with dull normal intelligence showed the highest improvement followed by children with mild retardation.

This Indian autism research showed 88.34% of children improved with the response being: mild (16 children), moderate (21 children), or marked (16 children) improvement.

2008 – A pilot study of seven autistic children in Brazil

Analysis of case studies showed the positive effect of homeopathic treatment in the cognitive, motor and behavioural performance of autistic patients. The main author was Geórgia Fonseca.

The study used classical homeopathy for autism as well as specific individualisation of symptoms in each case, and included organotherapeutics.

The results suggested that the longer the use of homeopathy for autism, the more remarkable the improvement. Similarly, the earlier it was started, the better the outcome. On the other hand, even in teenagers, homeopathy positively affected behaviour, with a decrease in aberrant behaviour and better social integration.

2008 – A study of five cases of autism in India

M.A. Rajalakshmi worked as a consultant for four years in a special school setting and also saw autistic children in private practice. Her contribution to autism research was a paper titled Role of Homoeopathy in the Management of Autism: Study of Effects of Homoeopathic Treatment on the Autism Triad.

The paper described five children with a confirmed diagnosis of Autism or Pervasive Developmental Disorder, Not Otherwise Specified (PDD-NOS). Three were high functioning with mild to major issues with communication or even non-verbal. Two of the children were low-functioning with mental retardation and non-verbal.

A summary of overall results seen after Homeopathic treatment:

• Reduction in hyperactivity

• Improvement in sitting tolerance/attention span

• Improvement in sensory perceptual skills

• Better & appropriate expression of emotions

• Improvement in both fine motor & gross motor abilities

• Improvement in social skills/eye contact

• Improvement in speech, language & communication skills

• Reduction in anxiety states/temper tantrums

• Better sleep patterns

2008 – Six case studies using homeopathy for autism in India

Again Rajalakshmi published a paper this time with the title of New Dimensions in the Treatment of Autism with Homeopathy. Using this study and drawing on the conclusions of the other study it was found that there were significant uses for homeopathy in the management of autism. Of the 6 children, three were verbal and three were non-verbal. Two of the children had associated mental retardation. Different potencies of homeopathic remedies from 30c to 200c and in some cases 1M was used.

Some parents made an interesting observation. They noticed that certain special abilities (savant skills) seemed to disappear once the child started to speak. Sometimes this was when there was overall improvement in another skill area. One parent said that her son used to be able to hear the sound of his father’s scooter when he was quite a distance away. The child would be at the gate waiting for his dad, whereas the mother was not able to hear the sound. Later when his speech and communication improved he was no longer able to do this.

Rajalakshmi says “There is a lot of awareness about homeopathy and also its effectiveness in treating autism. However there are a few things that have to be kept in mind before starting homeopathic treatment. It is impossible to generalise the treatment as in allopathic medicine. Homeopathy is highly individualised and one has to find a homeopath who uses this approach to treat the child. Also the homeopath should have some amount of exposure and experience in dealing with children with autism.”

2003 Spandan Clinic research in India

From 1998 to 2003 the Spandan Clinic conducted research using of 54 case studies. In this study, 72% of cases who continued homeopathy for autism for more than six months showed significant improvement in the following order:

• Hyperactive behavior like restlessness and tantrums

• Impaired sensory defences

• Eye contact

• Speech.

60% of cases with autism regained speech.

50% of cases (without significant retardation), who continued for more than two years were rehabilitated in mainstream school or slow learners class while others were enrolled in Special School.


Homeopathy for travel

Aloe socotrina: It’s not uncommon to develop diarrhea when traveling. A person needing this remedy has to get to the toilet in a hurry or risk an accident. The urge to stool often comes immediately after eating or drinking. There can be loud rumbling sounds from the abdomen, as well as some cramping after food or drink. The stools are gurgling and sputtering.

Arnica: This first aid homeopathic remedy par excellence needs little introduction. It’s simply outstanding when bumps and bruises occur—helping to reduce swelling, discoloration and pain.

Arsenicum album: Another very helpful travel diarrhea remedy. The adult or child needing this remedy is typically restless, cold, and weak with a great thirst for small sips of water. They may have painful cramping in the abdomen with a sensation of burning and are worse from eating and drinking. A great remedy to consider when one suspects the cause of the problem may be contaminated food or water!

Chamomilla: If you’re planning on traveling with small children, this remedy is an absolute must-have. It’s a terrific option to consider if you find yourself with a child who is very irritable, restless and simply impossible to please. The child will be very fussy and whiney and only better if carried or rocked continuously.

Cocculus: Does someone in your family struggle with motion sickness? Homeopathy is a wonderful option in these cases. A person needing the remedy, Cocculus, often feels dizzy and nauseous when riding or sitting up—with a strong desire to lie down. The symptoms are worse from watching moving objects or from seeing or smelling food and in open air. There may be a desire for cold drinks.

Nux vomica: Another problem common to travelers is constipation, and Nux vomica may be called for in these cases. A person needing this homeopathic remedy is often troubled with an ineffectual and frequent urging to stool with a sensation as if the anus were contracted. The stools are very hard, dry, and for some time after a stool may cause a sticking pain in rectum. There is often a frequent, unsuccessful desire for stool (“wants to, but can’t”) that results in passing small quantities, and leaving a sensation as if not finished. Indigestion and flatulence are common. At times, pregnant women and active, irritable infants will also need this remedy. Nux vomica patients tend to be chilly and unusually irritable, offended and frustrated easily. For a bit more information on using homeopathy for travel constipation, Dr. Lisa Samet has written a helpful article.

Rhus toxicodendron: Here is another remedy that needs little introduction. It’s the first remedy to consider when a poison ivy rash strikes.

Tabacum: Another good remedy for motion sickness. Someone needing this remedy often has dizziness on opening the eyes with incessant nausea. There can be vomiting on the least motion, and there is often a terrible faint, sinking feeling at pit of stomach. The motion sick person is often very pale and wants the abdomen uncovered as that lessens the nausea and vomiting. They feel better in fresh air. For a bit more information on using homeopathy for motion sickness, Dr. Samet has written this wonderful article.

Veratrum album: Here is another helpful remedy for the stomach maladies so common when traveling. A person needing this remedy has these three characteristics: excessive vomiting and diarrhea (sometimes simultaneously), excessive cold sweat (particularly on the forehead), and exhaustion. There are profuse watery discharges—often violent in both directions with much shivering.

If you’d like to learn more about these remedies and others that might be useful, the book Homeopathic Guide For Travelers is chock-full of good information on the topic!

Article from Washington Homeopathic’s


10 lies from the healthcare system

Lie #1) Vaccines are safe and effective

Vaccines have emerged as the greatest and most insidious mythology yet fabricated by western medicine. More on this http://www.thinktwice.com All #vaccinesharm

Lie #2) Pharmaceuticals prevent disease

The big push by Big Pharma is now focused on treating healthy people with drugs as if pharmaceuticals were nutrients that could somehow prevent disease. But pharmaceuticals don’t prevent disease, and medications are not vitamins.

#bigpharmakills for profit

Lie #3) Doctors are experts in health

Doctors don’t even study health…they study disease. Modern doctors are taught virtually nothing about nutrition, wellness or disease prevention.

Lie #4) You have no role in your own healing

Doctors, drug companies and health authorities all want you to believe that your health is determined by their interventions. If you believe them, you have virtually no role in your own health or healing…it’s all managed by their drugs, their screening, their surgeries and their interventions.

Lie #5) Disease is a matter of bad luck or bad genes

Western medicine wants you to believe in the mythology of spontaneous disease…disease that strikes without cause. This is equivalent to saying that disease is some sort of voodoo black magic and that patients have no way to prevent disease through their own diets or lifestyle choices. Western medicine claims to be driven by scientific, rational thinking, and yet the entire industry still fails to acknowledge that chronic disease always has a cause and that most of the time, that cause has everything to do with nutritional deficiencies, exposure to toxic chemicals and a lack of exercise.

Lie #6) Screening equals prevention

Western medicine doesn’t believe in disease prevention. Rather, the industry believes in screening while calling it prevention. But screening isn’t prevention by even the wildest stretch of the imagination. In fact, virtually all the popular screening methodologies actually promote diseases.

Mammography, for example, emits so much radiation that it causes breast cancer in tens of thousands of women each year. Imaging dyes used in radiological scans can cause horrific side effects, and psychiatric “disorder” screening is little more than a thinly-disguised patient recruitment scheme disguised as medicine.

Lie #7) Health insurance will keep you healthy

The lie supposes that merely having health insurance will provide some sort of magical protection against disease. But in reality, health insurance doesn’t make you healthy! It is only YOU and your choices about foods, exposures to toxic chemicals, pursuit of exercise and time in nature that can make you healthy. Health insurance is, in effect, a wager that you will get sick. How does gambling on your sickness provide any protection whatsoever for your health? It doesn’t.

Lie #8) Hospitals are places of health and healing

If you want to stay healthy or get healthy, a hospital is the very last place you want to find yourself. They are unhappy and unhealthy places. Hospitals usually serve disease-promoting foods and lack health-enhancing sunlight, and potentially deadly mistakes with pharmaceuticals or surgical procedures now appear to be frighteningly common in U.S. hospitals.

Lie #9) Conventional medicine is “advanced” state-of-the-art medicine

Even though doctors and health authorities try to pass off western medicine as being “advanced” or “modern,” the whole system is actually pathetically outdated and stuck in the germ theory of disease. Western medicine has yet to even acknowledge the role of nutrition in preventing disease. Western medicine fails to acknowledge mind-body medicine and believes the mind plays virtually no role in healing.

Lie #10) More research is needed to find “cures”

This lie is especially ridiculoud because western medicine does not believe in any “cure” for any disease. They aren’t even looking for cures! This lie has been repeated since the 1960’s, when cancer scientists claimed they were only a few years away from curing cancer. Today, four decades later, can you think of a single major disease that western medicine has cured? There aren’t any. That’s because drug companies make money from sick people, not cured people. A patient cured is a patient lost. It is far more profitable to keep patients sick and pretend to “manage” their disease through a lifetime of pharmaceuticals.

So when drug companies and disease non-profits claim to be searching for a “cure,” what they’re really doing is taking your money to fund more drug research to patent more medications that don’t actually cure anything.

Remember this the next time you’re asked to donate to some search for “the cure.” The cures already exist in nutrition, herbal remedies and naturopathic medicine, but Big Pharma and the conventional medicine cartel isn’t interested in real cures they only want to promote the idea of a cure while pumping patients full of drugs that don’t cure anything. Written by Chris kirckof wellness coach / health activist


Homeopathy and snakebites

by Douglas Falkner, MD, MHom [author]

With my many years of experience as an emergency medicine physician in a Level I trauma center, I have great respect for the life-saving capabilities of conventional Western medicine. Emergency physicians deftly manage life-threatening problems on a daily basis.

Now that I am a homeopath in private practice, I am happy to help people with all manner of serious acute and chronic conditions heal safely and gently; the power of homeopathy never ceases to amaze me! Yet I rarely have the occasion to treat individuals in life-or-death situations anymore, because when accident, injury, or illness brings someone to the brink of death they go (or are transported) to the hospital.

Last August, however, Providence delivered an unusual opportunity to test my mettle and that of homeopathic medicine when I took a trip with my family to the remote Steen’s Mountain area in Oregon. This high desert region, far from the hustle and bustle of urban life, is filled with majestic beauty, abundant wildlife, and tranquility. But it is also populated with a number of desert predators.

A deadly encounter

One afternoon as we returned from a refreshing swim in the river near our campsite, a neighboring camper, Don, called out to us: “Watch out for snakes! My dog just got bitten by one!” Thirty minutes earlier, his Border Collie/Lab mix, affectionately named Bob, had gone charging after an “intruder” on their turf, broken his tether in pursuit, and wound up with a snakebite on the right side of his head. Don quickly responded and killed the attacker with his shovel, allowing clear identification: definitely a rattlesnake.

Don didn’t know I was a physician and homeopath, but I came right over with my emergency remedy kit and explained this to him. I emphasized my sincere belief that homeopathy could very well offer effective service. I didn’t let Don know that I had never had the opportunity to treat a snakebite with homeopathy before, but I was excited to try it!

Don had little familiarity with homeopathy, but he did have experience with snakebites and dogs. He had worked in the desert as a field archeologist for more than 30 years, and one of his other dogs had nearly died from a rattler’s bite. “It was touch and go for days,” Don recalled, but fortunately that dog recovered. Of course, among dog owners, there are many stories of poisonous snakebites with less happy endings. A dose of snake venom in a small animal is even more dangerous than it is in a human; it’s estimated that dogs are 20 times more likely to be bitten (because they tend to instinctively pursue the snake) and 25 times more likely to die from a poisonous snakebite. Rattlesnake venom disrupts vein integrity and the ability of the blood to clot. This can lead to significant swelling as circulation is impaired and blood bleeds into the tissues.

Devastating effects

Bob was clearly not doing well. He was lying at Don’s side, very quiet and subdued, the right side of his face swollen dramatically, his right eye completely shut, his swollen jowl sagging with the force of gravity, heavy drool hanging from the side of his mouth. When I stroked Bob’s head in reassurance he yelped in pain, the bitten area being exquisitely tender. Don, having seen this all before, was extremely concerned and resigned to begin his several-day vigil at Bob’s side. In this remote setting at day’s end, it would have taken many hours to reach an emergency veterinary facility, let alone one that was open and equipped with antivenom to handle snakebites. And because Don knew that time is of the essence in the conventional treatment of venomous snakebites, he figured the best he could do for his beloved companion was to watch over him and try to keep him quiet and as comfortable as possible.

I, too, knew the situation was very serious. In a human patient with similar symptoms after a rattlesnake bite, the prognosis would have been guarded at best. This bite location—in the general area of his neck and jaw–could have proved disastrous, threatening both airway and circulation. Intravenous injections of antivenom would have been immediately indicated, and we had none out here in the woods.

High desert homeopathy

In the best of circumstances, a homeopath has a library of resources to find the optimal remedy for the problem at hand. I had no books or software with me on the trip. Further, homeopaths thrive on hearing the patient’s account of their symptoms, and here I was dealing with a non-verbal canine friend. Nevertheless, I was used to handling dire emergencies. Any feelings of doubt or worry were simply brushed aside as I focused intently on the matter at hand, as emergency docs are trained to do. In addition, I knew from my homeopathic experience that, if I selected the correct remedy for Bob, all would likely turn out well.

With my patient quietly and plaintively awaiting my assistance, I perused my set of remedies and selected two that I thought would be most likely to help in this situation, namely Lachesis (made from the venom of the South American Surucucu snake, a pit viper) and Cedron (made from a plant, also known as “Rattle Snake Bean,” with a reputation for antidoting snakebites), both in a 30c potency, which was all I had.

Ideally, classical homeopaths give one remedy at a time, in order to evaluate treatment progress without introducing extra variables. Given the seriousness of the situation, however, I decided to hedge my bets and alternate the two most reasonable remedy choices available, hoping that one would be a good match for Bob’s symptoms. Since homeopathy works on the principle of “like cures like,” it made sense that one remedy made from snake venom and another from a plant long used in herbal folk medicine to treat snakebite might very well resolve the after-effects of Bob’s unfortunate encounter with a rattler. By alternating the two remedies and observing carefully, perhaps one would prove its mettle more clearly, and I could then eliminate the other from the mix.

I dissolved a few granules of Cedron 30c in a cup of water and dissolved a few granules of Lachesis 30c in another cup, carefully labeling each to avoid later confusion. I instructed Don to alternate the two remedies by giving Bob a spoonful from one or the other cup every five minutes for a total of four doses (two of each remedy). Then I left to get a bite (no pun intended) to eat.

Miraculous rebound

When I returned about 30 minutes later, Bob was already showing good signs of improvement. He was starting to wag his tail and look up. His right eye, previously swollen shut, was beginning to open. That was a quick response to treatment! Now that Bob was getting better, I instructed Don to lengthen the time between doses–alternating spoonfuls of the remedies every 15 minutes.

When I returned for the second time about an hour later, Bob stood up to greet me. Face still swollen and mouth drooling, he was nevertheless becoming more animated. He was acting more dog-like and less ill. His eye was now half visible. When I petted him, he didn’t yelp like before. The pain seemed significantly diminished, and his energy was returning.

Night was already falling, so I told Don to keep up with the alternating doses through the late evening every half hour, and then to give one or two doses of each remedy during the night. As I turned toward our campsite, I saw Bob energetically jump up into Don’s camper and lay himself on his doggie bed. At that point, I knew that he was out of the woods and recovering beautifully.

Happy campers

I awoke early the next morning, eager to see how Bob had weathered the night. He came running over to greet me, tail wagging, both eyes wide open, showing no signs whatsoever of being sick. There was still some swelling under his jowls, but it didn’t seem to bother him. Bob’s immune system was processing the effects of the snake venom, and it seemed that the toxicity had been effectively neutralized. In fact, he had eaten breakfast, drunk copious amounts of water, and “done his duty” per his normal schedule. He was clearly well and thriving!

Don, on the other hand, was both elated and perplexed. When we’d first met after Bob’s unfortunate encounter with the snake, Don was nearly grief-stricken as he explained that this dog was his “family,” for he had no wife or children. Now, all that worry was behind him. He knew the homeopathic remedies had acted to save his beloved companion, but he wasn’t quite sure how to explain it to himself. “I’ve never seen a dog make such a fast turnaround after a rattlesnake bite… Never!” he said, shaking his head. “How in the world could the swelling go down that fast? I would have expected it to take days, if at all. It’s incredible!” After explaining a bit more about how homeopathy worked, I joked with him that it was just a little homeopathic magic.

I instructed Don to wean Bob off the remedies by decreasing the dosing frequency to three times a day the current day, then to twice daily the next day, and then once daily on the following two days. Should there be any signs of worsening, he was to dose more frequently until symptoms again stabilized, then wean again, slowly.

A lesson to take home

Seeing how well homeopathy had worked–as I knew it should–in this life-threatening emergency was both gratifying and awe-inspiring. Not only did the remedies perform as well as or better than the standard of care in western medicine (namely, antivenom), they did so without any of the attendant risks, such as anaphylaxis and death, not to mention the considerable expense of such treatments.

Homeopathic remedies have no material substance and so are said to act energetically rather than physically. By stimulating and empowering the life force, homeopathic remedies accelerate the body’s innate wisdom and capacity to heal. This experience with Bob served as a real testimony to the validity of homeopathy and its underlying principles.

From many years of clinical application, I know that I can rely on the medicinal powers of homeopathic remedies, when properly applied, to serve our patients across the entire spectrum of dis-ease, from minor to life-threatening. I am thankful to Don who offered this opportunity to reinforce and deepen this knowing, and to Bob for being such a cooperative and willing patient.

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SIDEBAR 1

All About Antivenon 

In the 1890s, a protégé of Louis Pasteur named Albert Calmette created the first antivenom based on the principle of vaccines. After milking the venom from cobras, Calmette injected this into horses–not enough to cause serious injury to the horses but enough for their immune systems to react and create antibodies. After waiting a few weeks, he drew some blood from the horses, extracted the serum from the blood, and injected this antibody-filled serum into people suffering from the poisonous effects of a cobra bite. In most cases, the “antivenom” would neutralize the venom from the snakebite, and the person would regain their health.

Although scientists have greatly refined the method of making antivenom since then, the production steps are still largely the same. It is a slow, laborious process that requires milking many dangerous snakes to create a small amount of antivenom. The resulting product is costly (as much as $1500 per vial), and one snakebite victim might require as many as 30 vials! Furthermore, different antivenoms are required to address the bites of different species of snakes (although there is one antivenom product that works against all North American poisonous snakebites, except that of coral snakes).

Antivenom is the standard of care in snakebite treatment in the U.S., and as a result, fewer than 5 or 6 people a year die from snakebites. A different picture exists in other regions of the world, however. Tens of thousands of people die from snakebites in developing countries where antivenom is hard to come by, as a result of high costs or lack of access to required refrigeration. With the greatest demand for antivenom coming from countries that can’t afford to buy it, many drug companies have stopped making antivenom in recent years, as they have little financial incentive. This has created antivenom shortages worldwide.

So if your summer plans call for visiting an area where you may encounter a poisonous snake, all the more reason to keep your wits about you–and your homeopathic remedy kit handy!

–Reference: Main, Douglas. “How to Make Antivenom and Why the World is Running Short.” Popular Mechanics, July 2011.

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SIDEBAR 2

Snakebite Survival Guide

First-aid & homeopathy basics

What should you do if a poisonous snake sinks its fangs into you or a loved one? Popular culture is rife with notions about lancing and sucking venom from the wound or applying tourniquets to ”contain” the venom. These interventions are controversial and may even be dangerous, so here we’ll stick to the essential actions you need to take to support the snakebite victim, minimize further damage, and maximize a positive outcome.

Assess the situation

Try to identify the type of snake involved, or remember its markings and shape for later identification. If antivenom is needed, knowing the type of snake can be of great help since different antivenoms are used for different snakebites. Avoid approaching or handling the snake, however, even if it’s dead, for risk of becoming a victim yourself.

Rattlesnakes, coral snakes, copperheads, and water moccasins are the main venomous species in the U.S. All significant bites will leave fang marks, from one to four depending on the angle of the bite and the depth of penetration. The larger the snake and the smaller the victim, the more dangerous the bite tends to be. Bites on the head, neck, and upper trunk are more dangerous than those on the extremities.

The more pain and the more rapid and extensive the swelling, the more serious the bite reaction is and the more venom that was likely injected. Snake venom can destroy tissue, damage organs, and disrupt blood clotting; in the worst cases, it can lead to loss of limbs, damaged organs, or death. Any evidence of spontaneous bleeding, changes in mental status, signs of shock, widespread bruising, cold sweats, fast or slow heart rates, breathing difficulty, nausea, vomiting, general weakness, paralysis, or seizures point to very serious poisoning and require emergency care. (A snakebite with little or no reaction other than pain at the puncture site is not likely to represent a significant poisoning.)

First things first

Nevertheless, any bite from a venomous snake should be considered a medical emergency as life-threatening symptoms can develop quickly. Here is what you need to do while calling 911 and/or transporting the victim to the nearest hospital emergency room:

• Remain calm so that you can be of better assistance.

• Immobilize and loosely splint an extremity that was bitten. Keep the victim still and quiet to lower their metabolism and reduce the rate of the venom’s spread throughout the body.

• Position the person so the bite is at or below heart level.

• Remove jewelry and loosen anything tight before any significant swelling occurs.

• Clean the wound gently, and cover with a clean dressing.

• Do not apply ice or tourniquets; do not attempt to cut the wound to remove the poisons.

• Avoid any stimulants or alcohol that could increase metabolism or interfere with further evaluation or treatment.

Go-to remedies

Homeopathic remedies can be an important adjunct or even a curative intervention in the treatment of the snakebite victim. This should be attempted only while getting as quickly as possible to the nearest emergency medical facility. Even so, the well-meaning lay person can often work the kind of homeopathic miracle that we saw in the story of Bob, our canine friend.

The principle of individualization–matching the unique symptoms of the individual to the indications for the remedy–applies as much to snakebites as to any other condition treated with homeopathy. Here are some remedies to consider for snakebite injuries, using either a 30c or 200c potency.

Aconite. Useful at the initial stages, when the person has great fear of death, with anxiety or panic and restlessness.

Lachesis. May help the individual who hasprostration, restlessness, painful swelling, bruising, and possibly bleeding; the person typically cannot bear anything tight around them (e.g., tight necklines or waistbands) and may be loquacious.

Cedron. Known in herbal and homeopathic medicine for its “powers of antidoting snakebites.”

Ledum. Useful for puncture wounds, especially when the wound feels cold and is relieved from cold applications. The person may have muscle twitchings or spasms near the area of the bite.

1 Indicated for dullness, weakness, exhaustion, and marked drowsiness; the wound may be infected, septic-looking, and painful.

Arsenicum album. May help chilly, anxious, restless people, who fear death and desire company. They may have burning pains that are relieved by heat.

Hypericum perforatum. Indicated for neuralgic, shooting pain around wounds of nerve-rich areas, such as fingers and toes.

Carbo vegetabilis. Useful for bite reactions that have progressed into shock, coldness, blue discolorations, weak pulse, clammy sweat, and collapse.

Giving the remedy

In the early stages after a snakebite, repeat the best-selected remedy as often as every few minutes. Look for any signs of response, either in the person’s general improved comfort level or well-being, or local changes in pain, swelling, or the rate at which the reaction is progressing. If after a dose or two, you observe no improvement or an actual worsening of symptoms, move on to the next best remedy option.

Once improvement is clearly well under way, stick with the remedy that is working and repeat it less frequently–specifically when progress halts or when symptoms start to return. Only change to a different remedy when you observe no further effect of the remedy being given or when new symptoms appear–as with any condition under homeopathic care. If you have access to a variety of potencies of a remedy that has worked but now is not working as well, try giving a higher potency before changing to a completely different remedy. If you only have one potency available of a remedy that has worked but is now not working as well, try putting it in water and stirring or shaking (succussing) it to slightly increase its potency, in order to get it to work longer.

Good homeopathic sense

Naturally, there are other remedies outside this list that may be useful in snakebites, and they may perform as well or better, depending on the circumstances. As in all homeopathic treatment, the individual symptoms are our guide. While there is no consensus as to any specific group of remedies to have on hand, the arsenal of remedies above will likely provide effective treatment for many snakebites. When the appropriately chosen homeopathic remedy is administered early and judiciously in such a potentially life-threatening circumstance, the need for antivenom or surgical intervention, once at the hospital, may be minimized or even avoided entirely.

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