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of this article were excerpted with permission from Humana Press’ Complementary
Medicine & Cardiology in which Dr. Rothenberg has authored the chapter “Homeopathy
and Cardiology.” For further information on that title, see Humanapress.com.
For illnesses that are chronic in nature—and that includes most cardiovascular
complaints—homeopaths prescribe constitutional remedies: homeopathic remedies
chosen based on an understanding of the whole person, including the cardiac symptoms.
There are many homeopathic remedies to consider for patients with heart conditions,
although certain remedies are thought about more readily. Homeopaths treat patients
who suffer from all variety of cardiac complaints, but most commonly, we see
people who’ve been diagnosed with angina, palpitations, syncope (fainting), hypertension,
or congestive heart failure, as well as people with peripheral vascular disorders
such as varicose veins, Raynaud’s disease, or lymphedema.
What follows are general descriptions of several
different types of patients with cardiac complaints who may come to a homeopath’s
office. These are thumbnail sketches only, to give a sense of the type of symptomatology
that may be present and the homeopathic remedies that might be considered. Fuller,
more detailed descriptions of each of these remedies can be found in the materia
medica of our profession. If you read the descriptions below and they sound like
someone you know, you might consider referring that patient to a homeopath. Most
assuredly, you will know many cardiac patients who do not fit these few descriptions.
That just means they would need a different homeopathic remedy than the ones
The”Type A” personality: Nux vomica
Someone who needs the constitutional remedy Nux vomica might come to see a homeopath
because of heart palpitations that are worse when they are overworked, overexcited,
or angry. The palpitations tend to be exacerbated by any stimulants including
alcohol, spicy food, or caffeinated products. Their palpitations might also be
aggravated while they eat or when they become chilly. They might also suffer
from angina, which is worse in the same situations mentioned above.
Almost all patients who need Nux vomica have a
tendency to experience digestive tract problems regardless of what their chief
complaint might be. Gastrointestinal disturbances include indigestion, constipation
without urge, peptic ulcer, or irritable bowel syndrome.
In many of these patients, there is a tendency
for hay fever or acute upper respiratory tract infections with frequent sneezing.
They tend to be chilly and feel worse in cold weather.
People who need Nux vomica tend to have “Type A” personalities,
be hard working, and are perhaps even aggressive and strong-willed. They are
often in positions of power, and they take control easily. They tend to be irritable
and impatient. They are concerned with small details and conscientious about
all manner of things: the way they dress, the way they keep their home and office,
and the quality of work they do, for example. This tendency leads to competitiveness
and impressive drive. They tend to expect the same high standards from others,
both at home and at work, hence the easy irritability and anger. They may have
strong tempers and can be unapologetic. During acute illnesses, the emotional
temperament of those who need Nux vomica tends to be even more extreme.
People needing Nux vomica also tend to suffer from
insomnia, especially in the middle of the night: they find themselves awake and
thinking about work, their responsibilities, and other tasks that need to be
When we see a patient who has been this way for
quite awhile, they are sometimes in a state of exhaustion. Years of living at
such a workaholic pace have taken their toll, and the resultant physical symptoms
can no longer be ignored. So it is the physical symptoms that bring this patient
to the doctor, and the homeopath seeks to understand those symptoms in the context
of the underlying issues.
When the symptoms match and we prescribe this remedy,
we would expect all aspects of the Nux vomica patient to improve—from their
palpitations or angina to their insomnia, constipation, and irritability. Lifestyle
modification recommendations are made cautiously to a patient who needs Nux vomica,
as they tend to overdo whatever suggestions are made.
Homeopathic nitroglycerine: Glonoine
Another constitutional remedy used with cardiac patients is Glonoine (Nitroglycerine).
Nitroglycerine was first used in medicine by the brilliant American homeopath,
Constantine Hering (1800–1880), some thirty years before it was introduced into
allopathic medicine. When prepared homeopathically, this remedy is useful when
there is intense palpitation with visible throbbing of the carotid arteries.
Accompanying the heart symptoms, the patient has severe pulsating headaches characterized
by a sensation of congestion and fullness. They are worse when it’s hot, and
they flush easily on the chest and face. They are better outside or in cool air.
Likewise, if the problem is angina, there is extreme
redness of the face during episodes and an attendant headache. Attacks can be
triggered by exposure to the sun or by becoming overheated. This aggravation
of symptoms from heat is exactly opposite to what you see in a Nux vomica patient,
whose symptoms are aggravated by cold. Individualizing differences like these
help the homeopath determine which medicine to prescribe. Often these differences
seem subtle, and indeed would be largely irrelevant to the allopathic doctor;
but to a homeopath, that which is individually characteristic of the patient’s
complaint is paramount.
Patients who need Glonoine may suffer from fainting
episodes. They often have a tendency toward confusion, which may be worse at
night. When the heart symptoms are aggravated, they may have a tremor in the
hands, which makes using them difficult.
Glonoine is considered when any symptom in the
body is accompanied by throbbing and pulsation along with congestive headaches.
We might also consider it for those whose cardiac complaints alternate with headache
Glonoine is known to help patients in the acute
phase of sunstroke, when the head is throbbing and bright red; they feel worse
when leaning forward and better from applying cold water to the face.
A feeling of fullness: Lachesis
Practitioners who treat cardiac patients would not want to be without the remedy
Lachesis. The patient who needs Lachesis typically has a strong feeling of fullness
in their chest, which accompanies arrhythmias. The feeling of fullness is so
severe that the patient will describe it as a bursting sensation. These patients
are often worse as they fall asleep, and they cannot tolerate sleeping on the
left side. They prefer to sleep on the right side or in a sitting position. They
feel much worse in heat or when they become overheated.
If the problem is angina, the Lachesis patient
might describe a cramping pain in the chest along with the sensation of fullness.
It is not uncommon for patients needing Lachesis to have a cough during episodes
of cardiac symptoms. Due to the sensation of fullness in the chest and the neck,
these patients are unwilling to wear any clothing or jewelry that constricts
those areas; they dislike tight clothing and will wear loose-fitting, collarless
attire. Due to their extreme warmth, Lachesis patients may wear sandals year-round.
Patients with congestive heart failure who require
Lachesis have a tremendous feeling of suffocation. They experience a feeling
of pressure on the chest; they are awakened by a feeling of choking and must
sit up in bed to regain comfort.
Many women who benefit from Lachesis first develop
cardiac symptoms, such as palpitations or angina, during the perimenopausal years
when they are markedly worse, physically and emotionally. It’s as if without
the monthly menstrual discharge, they suffer.
Menstruating women who benefit from Lachesis tend
to feel much worse the week before the menses, but will feel better when the
flow begins. This applies to their heart symptoms and other physical complaints,
as well as to their mental and emotional condition.
Many of the Lachesis patient’s complaints are accompanied
by bluish, purplish skin discoloration or lesions, perhaps on the face or legs
(e.g., varicose veins or ulcers).
Lachesis patients tend to be quite intense—physically,
mentally, and emotionally. They may have a tendency for jealousy, suspiciousness,
or paranoia. They may hold onto past angers and insults for a long time and can
be difficult to reason with. They are generally quite loquacious: full of ideas,
thoughts, and feelings which must be shared with whomever is at hand. It’s easy
to feel overwhelmed by such patients.
Heaviness and bearing down: Sepia
For patients with peripheral vascular illness, homeopathy has much to offer.
Sepia is a remedy that can be useful in the treatment of painful varicose veins
where there is a sensation of heaviness and drawing downward. Sepia is prescribed
more frequently for women. It is especially indicated after childbirth where
there remains an uncomfortable bearing-down sensation in the pelvic area, and
the woman suffers from painful varicosities.
Sepia patients also tend to develop Raynaud’s disease:
episodes of blood vessel constriction in the fingers and toes, in response to
cold or stress. In general, these patients have poor circulation, and they complain
in cold weather. They are often constipated and have an unusually sallow complexion.
Chloasma, or darkening of the face and skin during pregnancy, is not uncommon
in these patients and often persists long after childbirth.
Someone who would respond well to Sepia has a flat
affect, feels a degree of indifference to their loved ones, and seeks solitude
from children and family affairs. Some women fall into this state after the birth
of several children; taking Sepia can do much to restore health to their spirit
and their circulatory system.
Individualization leads to cure
There are many other homeopathic remedies that can be employed when treating
people with cardiovascular disorders. It is the individualizing characteristics
of the patient’s physical symptoms, as well as their mental and emotional symptoms,
which lead to finding the best homeopathic remedy for each patient. The strength,
quantity, and frequency of the prescription are individualized to the patient.
Homeopathy can be used to treat cardiology patients
whether or not tissue change has taken place. Almost any patient would benefit
from constitutional care; they generally enjoy the interview process, and they
appreciate the decrease in symptoms and the increased feeling of well-being that
comes from homeopathic treatment.
Remember homeopathy after heart surgery!
An increasing number of surgeons recommend the administration of Arnica after
any kind of surgery, including heart surgery. They report noticeable reductions
in swelling and inflammation as well as faster healing times. These results enable
patients to use less pain medication and to enjoy speedier recoveries. The general
protocol is to administer Arnica 200c, one hour after the patient is awake, and
again once a day for three days.
Other homeopathic remedies are sometimes indicated
post-surgery depending on symptoms that arise (i.e., difficulty with urination
or with normal bowel function, confusion or irritability after anesthesia, extreme
pain at the sight of the incision, etc.). A homeopath would look at the patient
and their individualized symptoms after surgery and prescribe accordingly. Homeopathic
remedies are an efficient and cost-effective alternative, which can be used at
the same time as other medications—and will not cause side-effects.
High blood pressure: What to do!
See your homeopath for constitutional treatment.
Eat more fruits and vegetables (10 per day).
Avoid salty, processed foods.
Eat garlic regularly.
Lose weight if you’re overweight.
Walk briskly, run, bike, or swim 30–45 minutes
per day 3 times per week.
Consider supplements such as Coenzyme Q10
or herbs like Hawthorn berry extract. (See Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine,
2nd edition, by Michael Murray, ND, and Joseph Pizzorno, ND, for advice and supporting
About the author:
Amy Rothenberg, ND, practices in Enfield, Connecticut, and teaches for the NCH
Summer School and the New England School of Homeopathy. She also writes and teaches
on topics in natural medicine, both here and abroad. Information on the New England
School of Homeopathy Two-Year Course can be found at www.nesh.com
more info on possible remedies via the next article link here;
A survey published last month in the Journal of General Internal Medicine found that nearly three out of four doctors have financial ties to Big Pharma. The vast majority of these relationships were with representatives of prescription drug or medical device manufacturers. Gifts included drug samples, meals, and payment for consulting or advisory roles.
Since 2013, federal law has required that payments to doctors by medical device and pharmaceutical companies be publicly reported. The database (which you can access here) has published over 11.5 million records between August 2013 and December 2017, reflecting $8.4 billion in gifts and payments.
Dr. Aaron S. Kesselheim, an associate professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School and lead author of the survey, says this may be influencing doctors’ behavior. According to the study, “Free samples are used as a marketing tool and have been linked to prescribing of high-cost, brand-name drugs over lower-cost generic alternatives.” He suggests that money paid for public speaking and consulting engagements may have an even more acute impact on doctor behavior. “Social scientists will tell you that any amount of money will influence people, but I think larger sums can influence behavior more,” Dr. Kesselheim said in a statement to The New York Times,
This information is terrifying.
We trust our physicians to make the best recommendations for our health, but the majority of these doctors are receiving gifts from Big Pharma that may influence the treatments they recommend. For example, an orthopedic surgeon in Manhattan received almost $2,000,000 from companies that manufacture hip and knee replacement products between 2015 and 2017. Not coincidentally, the surgeon, Dr. Geoffrey Westrich, performs hundreds of hip and knee replacements each year. In 2017, this doctor received $870,573.39 in general payments from pharmaceutical and medical device companies, including $448,000 for “consulting fees”, $28,580 for non-educational speaking engagements, and over $23,000 in travel and lodging.
Is it possible that these payments have no effect on the equipment, materials, and drugs the good doctor uses?
Is it likely? Dr. Kesselheim doesn’t seem to think so.
Financial connections between physicians and industry remain a prevalent force affecting prescribing practices and health care costs.”
And while health insurance often shields patients from the bulk of these inflated prices, they end up being passed down in the form of higher rates and higher deductibles. And who profits? Big Pharma and the medical device industry.
Remember Purdue Pharma, the makers of OxyContin? In 2015 they paid nearly $12 million to doctors not associated with research studies. This included 4 payments totaling over $460,000 to Dr. Glen Apseloff, the president and lead researcher at Ohio Clinical Trials, Inc. These were reported as “consulting fees” and were paid directly to Dr. Apseloff, not Ohio Clinical Trials.
We’ve talked about the how doctors can profitfrom chemotherapy, and the lengths pharmaceutical companies will go to promote their products. Medical schools focus almost exclusively on pharmaceutical and surgical intervention strategies used to reactively address health issues rather than homeopathic strategies to proactively prevent these diseases in the first place.
And why not? There’s far more money in prescription drugs and medical equipment than there is in holistic and homeopathic treatments. In a 2009 article by Dr. Art Van Zee, it was reported that Purdue Pharma conducted more than 40 national pain-management and speaker-training conferences at resorts in Florida, Arizona, and California. More than 5000 physicians, pharmacists, and nurses attended these all-expenses-paid symposia, where they were recruited and trained for Purdue’s national speaker bureau. This coincided with the launch of OxyContin.
It is well documented that this type of pharmaceutical company symposium influences physicians’ prescribing, even though the physicians who attend such symposia believe that such enticements do not alter their prescribing patterns,”
says Dr. Van Zee. Dr. Kesselheim agrees, saying that company-sponsored presentations “provide a very narrow educational experience.”
So, what can we do? How do we make sure that we’re getting the best advice from our doctors? One way is to seek transparency with your doctors and avoid seeking advice from health care providers who accept large sums of money from Big Pharma. Another is to learn as much as you can about homeopathy and natural prevention and treatment strategies. Finally, seek out a holistic care doctor in your area, who can help you find the right plan for your body to treat the disease, not the symptoms.
Read a sample case here at http://www.hpathy.com
3 yrs old boy treatment took Aprox one year
Using classical homeopathy
The tests were conducted with the Elisa method, (link to full report here) which is regarded by the scientific community as a screening method only and not as accurate as HPLC mass spectrometry. Honeycutt reports that they asked numerous labs to test additional vaccines for glyphosate over the past few months and they have been unable to test. After learning of MAA’s results, an independent scientist conducted numerous rounds of testing, and has confirmed the presence of glyphosate in vaccines. He sent his data to Senator Sheehan, the FDA, NIH, elected government officials, major media, last week and received no response. One can contact Senator Sheehan for the additional test results.
Honeycutt continues, “The public must know that their vaccines likely contain glyphosate, a toxic weed killer, which is acknowledged by the EPA as a “reproductive effector” ( i.e.: endocrine disruptor) which “can cause liver and kidney damage” and has been shown to be a neurotoxin. The WHO has deemed glyphosate a probable carcinogen. We do not believe any state or government should have the right to mandate vaccines which contain harmful additives including a probable carcinogen such as glyphosate based herbicides, especially to our most vulnerable babies. Certainly, no parent should have to knowingly inject directly into the bloodstream of their newborn, within hours of being born, or growing child, with a probable carcinogen. No pregnant mother should ever be injected with a neurotoxin and endocrine disruptor. We are very concerned that the introduction of glyphosate in our food and feed crops, which correlates with the spike of reports of vaccine damage in the late 1990’s, could be a major contributing factor in the autism epidemic. This must be researched. Testing and reformulation must also be done. We will no longer settle for anything other than safe vaccines.“
The question is how does glyphosate based herbicides get into vaccines?
GMO and glyphosate herbicide sprayed crops are ingredients of vaccines or are fed to livestock.
MIT scientist, Dr. Stephanie Seneff, added that “glyphosate could easily be present in vaccines due to the fact that certain vaccine viruses (including measles in MMR and flu virus) are grown on gelatin derived from the ligaments of pigs fed heavy doses of glyphosate in their GMO feed. Livestock feed is allowed to have up to 400 PPM 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 Seralini’s research has shown that glyphosate is never used alone. It is always used with adjuvants (co-formulants/other chemicals) and they have found those adjuvants to make Roundup 1000X more toxic. So the detection of glyphosate in vaccines with this methodology would indicate the presence of other co-formulants which are 1000X more toxic.
Toni Bark MD MHEM LEED AP and Co-Producer of the movie BOUGHT, states, “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. ”
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Rhus tox is produced from the plant commonly known as poison ivy which grows as a shrub or a woody vine, spreading all over the countryside as a weed in the Eastern USA and Canada. The remedy was introduced into homeopathy by Hahnemann, who performed a proving which he published in the second volume of his Materia Medica Pura. The proper botanical name is now toxicodendron pubescens, but homeopaths will stick to the well known name and its abbreviation until all the anomalies in the naming of homeopathic remedies (and there are many) can be ironed out. It is a member of the anacardiaceae or sumach family of plants. Anacardium is really the only other commonly used member of this family in homeopathy, although there are quite a few others in the materia medica which are not so well known.
A cardinal feature of many of the sumachs is their production of sticky oils, which dry on contact with air to a black lacquer. In Anacardium, this gives the name “marking nut”, as it is produced from the ink-like substance just below the rind of the covering of the nut which has been used to mark clothes for laundry. In Rhus tox, the lacquering oil induces allergic skin reactions in previously sensitised individuals. Up to 50 per cent of the population of the USA, where poison ivy is endemic, is sensitive to the oil and much advice is available (for example on the internet) about avoiding rhus poisoning.
The oil, which binds to skin after even the slightest contact (even stroking a dog that has brushed past a poison ivy plant is enough) is called urushiol, after the Japanese word for lacquer. In Japan, another toxicodendron tree produces a lacquer used, for example, under applications of gold leaf to the Golden Temple in Kyoto. The oil is extremely potent, with only a nanogram needed to induce reaction in an individual, so just a quarter of an ounce would be enough to cause itching in every person on Earth! It is normal for the oil to stay fully active for five years even from dead plants. Samples of urushiol several centuries old have been found to cause at least an itch in some people.
Most people do not have a skin reaction to first exposure. In those who do, it can take seven to ten days to develop. Subsequent exposure, after this initial priming of the immune system to “recognise” the oil, induces a strong skin reaction within half a day to two days. There is inflammation, intense blistering and intolerable itching of the skin which continues for several days before healing and resolving.
Burning the plant releases urushiol into the air and can induce severe reactions in the lungs and eyes, so firefighters at bush fires can be at serious risk without protective equipment in regions where rhus is common. Notice that urushiol itself is not actually poisonous, except insofar as it induces an allergic response. The damage is done by the sufferer’s own immune system!
Rhus tox is a very “big” homeopathic remedy. By this I mean that it has many symptoms recorded in the homeopathic literature (repertories and materiae medicae). Out of 1600 remedies described in a large repertory – The Complete Millennium – Rhus tox is at number 11 when the remedies are listed by number of symptoms described, with 11,400 entries. The areas which stand out for the remedy in the repertory are concerned with the limbs, with disturbed sleep, with fevers and with the skin.
Describing the plant and its oil leads on to the ideas or themes in the illnesses that the remedy made from it might be homeopathically used to treat. The plant spreads rapidly across uncovered ground and up supports such as trees, via long stems and aerial rootlets. It takes many different forms, as a vine, a shrub or a bush and even produces different forms of stem and leaf from the same root-stock. Dr Gibson, in his Studies of Homeopathic Materia Medica describes Rhus tox as a “restless plant”. This shows a major characteristic theme of the remedy; it is one of the most restless of remedies.
People who might be helped by Rhus tox for example, have joint pains which have to be relieved by very regular movements. They cannot sit in the chair in the consulting room for more than a few minutes before getting up for a short walk and a stretch. They toss and turn all night, unable to find one position comfortable for long. When they are still for a while and do get some sleep, waking up is very painful as the relative immobility of the night has quickly rendered them extremely stiff. Thus the first few minutes of the day are spent “limbering up”. Once a little flexibility is restored to the joints, the pain lessens considerably and they can continue their restless search for comfort through the day – the right balance of action and rest.
There is a particular kind of restlessness caused by a stiffness of the neck which can only be relieved by stretching it and moving the head about. There may be accompanying headache relieved by the stretching. Pains in general are better for heat (eg a hot bath or shower) and worse for cold and damp. Similar modalities apply to the severe lower back pain experienced by some who are helped by Rhus tox. This also has the characteristic of being better from lying on a hard surface.
As a “general” symptom, this restlessness can feature in areas other than the purely physical. If a constant need for motion suggests an external restlessness, so we can talk of the restless mind that just can’t settle, there is an internal restlessness. Part of the picture in someone helped by Rhus tox might be restless dreams of great exertions like swimming or rowing, or of working hard in their occupation or of “roaming over fields”. Sleep is interrupted too by pains and by anxieties or illogical apprehensions that something bad is going to happen. Anxiety might drive someone out of bed and there may even be fear of going to sleep. In fact all symptoms are worse at night, another important general feature. This must in some part be responsible for the recorded moroseness at night, when bad things from the past come back to haunt the sufferer.
The restlessness can be seen in tossing and turning during fevers. Rhus tox is disproportionately highly represented in the sections of the repertory that deal with chills, fevers and perspiration (which mostly date from the pre-antibiotic days when the exact pattern of fever was an important observation to make in a sick person). It should be thought of when restless states with a high fever particularly worsen at night, for example in ’flu.
A few moments reflection on the nature of the poison ivy oil might help to explain the very well known joint and muscular stiffness associated with illnesses which are helped by Rhus tox. On contact with air and with the skin, a lacquer is produced. A lacquer is an inflexible, shiny, stiff film. One could image a joint coated in a lacquer being very difficult to get moving at first, but becoming freer with repeated movements. This is exactly the Rhus tox situation. Whenever initial movement is difficult, stiff and painful, but continued movement eases, Rhus tox is likely to be helpful.
In arthritis, this easing will often be followed (perhaps later in the day) by a worsening again as tiredness begins to take its toll. Rhus tox pain is classically worse in the cold and especially the damp and better for warmth. This sounds like an awful lot of sufferers’ arthritis and so Rhus tox is very widely successful in joint problems. It has often been said that it is too easy to give Rhus tox in arthritis. The detail is the important thing. Careful attention to the story might show most of these features, but actually the pain is better immediately on movement, rather than there being an initial aggravation before relief. The remedy Rhododendron might turn out to be more appropriate in this situation. Really extreme damp sensitivity in the joints (“I can predict the rain the day before it comes”) could well be best helped by Dulcamara.
If we go on to think about what the general characteristic of “stiffness” might mean on a mental plane, we can see that some people who do well with Rhus tox can be emotionally unbending, with a tendency to hold feelings back; they find it difficult to respond to others. In the end, when they are worn out by all the pains, this can turn into fixed ideas and superstition.
A very frequent use of Rhus tox is to help blistering skin diseases. The analogy is with the itchy, painful rash produced by contact of the plant sap with the skin of a sensitive individual. Thus, it is a major remedy to help the pain of shingles, which is caused by a herpes virus. Many homeopathically trained GPs use Rhus tox as their first line treatment for cold sores around the lips, also herpetic in origin, but any inflamed, intensely itchy rash, especially if there are fluid-filled blisters (like some forms of eczema) can benefit. The itch is often better from bathing with scalding hot water.
There are other features which are hard to fit into this analogical approach (looking at the characteristics of the way the remedy substance fits into the natural world and comparing it with the way a disease fits into a human life). A feature of Rhus tox is said to be that there may be a bright red tip to the tongue. On the food desires front, there can be a craving for cold drinks and especially cold milk.
Tom Whitmarsh MA MBBS FRCP FFHom is full-time Consultant Physician at the Glasgow Homoeopathic Hospital.
Healing from the Epstein-Barr Virus
Because it’s very easy to catch and hard to detect, and can cause a number of mysterious symptoms, you might understandably find the Epstein-Barr virus overwhelming and its effects disheartening.
The good news is that if you carefully and patiently follow the steps detailed in this section, and in Part IV of the book, you can heal. You can recover your immune system, free yourself of EBV, rejuvenate your body, gain full control over your health, and move on with your life.
How long the process takes varies for each individual and depends on myriad factors. Some people conquer the virus in as little as three months. However, a more typical period is a full year. And there are some people who need 18 months or more to destroy EBV.
Certain fruits and vegetables can help your body rid itself of EBV and heal from its effects. The following are the best ones to incorporate into your diet (listed in rough order of importance). Try to eat at least three of these foods per day—the more the better—rotating your consumption so that in a given week or two, you get all of these foods into your system.
• Wild blueberries: help restore the central nervous system and flush EBV neurotoxins out of the liver.
• Celery: strengthens hydrochloric acid in the gut and provides mineral salts to the central nervous system.
• Sprouts: high in zinc and selenium to strengthen the immune system against EBV.
• Asparagus: cleanses the liver and spleen; strengthens the pancreas.
• Spinach: creates an alkaline environment in the body and provides highly absorbable micronutrients to the nervous system.
• Cilantro: removes heavy metals such as mercury and lead, which are favored foods of EBV.
• Parsley: removes high levels of copper and aluminum, which feed EBV.
• Coconut oil: antiviral and acts as an anti-inflammatory.
• Garlic: antiviral and antibacterial that defends against EBV.
• Ginger: helps with nutrient assimilation and relieves spasms associated with EBV.
• Raspberries: rich in antioxidants to remove free radicals from the organs and bloodstream.
• Lettuce: stimulates peristaltic action in the intestinal tract and helps cleanse EBV from the liver.
• Papayas: restore the central nervous system; strengthen and rebuild hydrochloric acid in the gut.
• Apricots: immune system rebuilders that also strengthen the blood.
• Pomegranates: help detox and cleanse the blood as well as the lymphatic system.
• Grapefruit: rich source of bioflavonoids and calcium to support the immune system and flush toxins out of the body.
• Kale: high in specific alkaloids that protect against viruses such as EBV.
• Sweet potatoes: help cleanse and detox the liver from EBV byproducts and toxins.
• Cucumbers: strengthen the adrenals and kidneys and flush neurotoxins out of the bloodstream.
• Fennel: contains strong antiviral compounds to fight off EBV.
Healing Herbs and Supplements
The following herbs and supplements (listed in rough order of importance) can further strengthen your immune system and aid your body in healing from the virus’s effects:
•Cat’s claw: herb that reduces EBV and cofactors such as strep A and strep B.
•Silver hydrosol: lowers EBV viral load.
•Zinc: strengthens the immune system and protects the thyroid from EBV inflammation.
•Vitamin B12 (as methylcobalamin and/or adenosylcobalamin): strengthens the central nervous system.
•Licorice root: lowers EBV production and strengthens the adrenals and kidneys.
•Lemon balm: antiviral and antibacterial. Kills EBV cells and strengthens the immune system.
•5-MTHF (5-methyltetrahydrofolate): helps strengthen the endocrine system and central nervous system.
•Selenium: strengthens and protects the central nervous system.
•Red marine algae: powerful antiviral that removes heavy metals such as mercury and reduces viral load.
•L-lysine: lowers EBV load and acts as a central nervous system anti-inflammatory.
•Spirulina rebuilds the central nervous system and eliminates heavy metals.
•Ester-C: strengthens the immune system and flushes EBV toxins from the liver.
•Nettle leaf: provides vital micronutrients to the brain, blood, and central nervous system.
•Monolaurin: antiviral; breaks down EBV load and reduces cofactors.
•Elderberry: antiviral; strengthens the immune system.
•Red clover: cleanses the liver, lymphatic system, and spleen of neurotoxins from EBV.
•Star anise: antiviral; helps destroy EBV in the liver and thyroid.
•Curcumin: component of turmeric that helps strengthen the endocrine system and central nervous system.
Autism Treatment Using Homeopathy And Isotherapy
Successful Treatment of autism using Homeopathy, Isotherapy and CEASE Therapy
Dr. Tinus Smits’ work using both homeopathy and Isotherapy, became known as CEASE Therapy. This is a form of homeopathy that he pioneered. Although was not a scientist, he was a homeopathic doctor who wanted to heal children who suffer with autism. He wanted to help the parents who are exhausted caring for a wreck of a child, instead of a joy! He helped numerous autistic children improve in the range of 50 – 80%, some 100%, which is a break through.
The United Nations estimates that up to 70 million people worldwide fall on the autism spectrum, with three million in the US. Therefore, looking at multifactorial reasons for why this has occurred appears to be absolutely essential.
According to the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), children with autism might exhibit the following types of emotional and behavioral disorders:
• Not point at objects or show interest
• Not look at objects when another person points at them
• Have trouble relating to others or lack interest in other people
• Avoid eye contact and prefer to be alone
• Have trouble understanding other people’s feelings or talking about their own feelings
Social Interaction Issues
• Prefer not to be held or cuddled, or might cuddle only when they want to
• Be unresponsive when people talk to them, but respond to other sounds
• Be very interested in people, but not know how to talk, play with, or relate to them
• Repeat or echo words or phrases said to them, or repeat words or phrases in place of normal language
List Of Communication Problems
• Have trouble using typical words or motions to express their needs
• Not play typical ‘pretend’ games
• Repeat actions over and over again
• Have trouble adapting when routines changes
• Have unusual reactions to the way things smell, taste, look, feel or sound
• Lose skills they once had (for example might stop saying words they previously used)
In Tinus Smits book ‘Autism Beyond Despair’, Cease Therapy (Complete Elimination of Autistic Spectrum Expression), he gives detailed descriptions of how to benefit from Isotherapy, which he used when treating numerous cases of autism. The book was first published in 2010, with a third edition published in 2016. When he first published the book, Tinus Smits had treated over 300 children, and concluded that after treatment at his clinic virtually every child could be considered improved, even sometimes up to 100%.
What is isotherapy?
Isotherapy treatment is based upon making up homeopathic preparations of the toxic substances that may have caused the disease or symptoms. In the cause of autism it is believed that oxygen, carbon dioxide and fat-soluble molecules including anaesthetics and alcohol can pass through the lipids in the capillary walls directly to the foetus in the first three months, as the blood-brain barrier is not fully formed. Refer to Tinus Smits’ book Autism Beyond Despair. Additionally, once the baby is born substances can enter through breast milk or via inhaling (e.g. via fresh paint fumes or new vinyl covering on the floor of the baby’s bedroom). Other concerns are shampoo, soap and creams which contain parabens, ethyl glycol, phthalates and bisphenol A. Some parents have been calling this a cease therapy detox.
According to Tinus Smits the main issues to consider when treating an autistic child are:
• Health of both parents prior to conception, a detailed history of both should be taken along with medication prescribed or taken
• Toxic factors in parents prior to conception, which can be from Lyme disease; mononucleosis; fibromyalgia; inhalers for asthma, medication for arthritis or other infectious diseases. Parents at risk may be taking medication for a chronic disease or have poor food habits with the intake of bad oils, low omega-3 fatty acids, lots of sugar and low vitamin C intake, as well as smoking or alcohol overindulgence
• Use of drugs during pregnancy, and quality of pregnancy
• Delivery (with or without medication), a difficult or premature birth so these children should be seen by an osteopath or cranio-sacral therapist
• Medical history of child and use of any drugs during the first two years of its life (any side effects)
• Stress factors after birth due to repeated antibiotics; anaesthesia and other medications; toxicity from plastic softeners, aspartame, glutamate, etc.
Researchers Nora Banachour and Gilles-Eric Seralini published a paper with regard to the high dilutions of Roundup pesticide, and came to the conclusion that concentrations 100,000 times lower than that a normal gardener is exposed to still kills cells in newborns. Due to the huge increase of autistic children (150% in the last few years), this increase cannot be just linked to genetic disorders, as this would mean only a 3-4% increase in cases. Therefore, the combined factors of toxic exposure to food additives, environmental toxins, drugs or antibiotics used during pregnancy (or for two years afterwards), have not been researched with regard to the extreme sensitivity of a foetus or new born to chemical overload.
Homeopathic remedies found useful by Dr. Tinus Smits:
1 Cuprum metallicum – calm obsessiveness, inflexibility and tension, including tics and headbanging
2 Saccharum officinale – restore emotional contact with parents, siblings and classmates
3 Vernix caseosa – better boundaries against external stimuli
4 Lac maternum – be more present and grounded in their body
5 Anacardium orientale – calm aggressiveness
Saccharum officinale D6 (low potency) given once a day is prescribed to help heal the digestive system, which has had great success. Chelidonium and Cholesterinum can detoxify the liver and Berberis stimulates the kidneys. When the organs are detoxified and stimulated, this is called drainage therapy, however, Tinus did not recomend combined remedies but gives them individually. Saccharum officinale 30C and Cuprum metallicum 30C is sometimes to be given once per week by parents. Once there is an improvement the remedies may both be given in 200C.
After treatment with homeopathy, nutrition and detoxification, if the child has made progress but is not completely recovered, then a checklist will be made of what the mother may have taken during her pregnancy, just in case Isotherapy can be considered at this stage.
In one particular case, the mother had taken antibiotics for skin infections, used aspartame in her coffee and a nasal spray xylomethazolin (which she also gave to her child for his colds). Additionally, from birth the child was given milk in a plastic bottle heated in the microwave. After initial treatment with homeopathic remedies, Dr Smits prescribed a homeopathic remedy made from plastic softeners which have been heated in the microwave, produced by the Hahnemann pharmacy in Holland. Next an Isotherapy remedy was made from xylomethazolin and also aspartame, plus finally a remedy from the antibiotics. This case is one of many cease therapy success stories reported in the book Autism, Beyond Despair.
In cases where the child has become worse after numerous prescriptions of antibiotics, a detoxification program of Isotherapy would be to make the antibiotic into a mixture of different homeopathic dilutions: 30C, 200C, 1M and 10M and every potency given twice a week over a four-week period.
Environmental factors, antibiotics and gut bacteria
David Perlmutter in his book “Brain Maker: The Power of Gut Microbes to Heal and Protect Your Brain for Life”, also believes that environmental factors can influence early brain development. His advice is to treat the child’s gut bacteria, and also links repeated prescriptions of antibiotics to affecting children on the autism spectrum. He will often order a stool analysis to get an understanding of the gut health, and has found that a lack of Lactobacillus is an indication of serious trauma to the microbiome. For this he will prescribe oral probiotics and vitamin D.
Patients with autism tend to have higher levels of clostridial species in the gut, which crowd out the balancing effects of other gut bacteria, leading to lower levels of beneficial bugs like bifidobacteria. Higher levels of clostridial species may also explain why kids with autism crave carbohydrates – especially refined sugars, the foods that feed these bugs – creating a vicious cycle that fuels the proliferation of more Clostridia. Certain antibiotics such as fluoroquinolones and sulphur based antibiotics, as well as certain cephalosporins, can trigger overgrowth and throw the overall balance of intestinal bacteria out, and this raises the question as to whether some species of Clostridia could be a potential agent in many causes of autism?
Many children with autism have been found to have a much higher percentage of the clostridium in their stools. High levels of clostridial species relates to the role that short chain fatty acids play in the gut. The main fatty acids produced by the gut microbes are acetic, propionic and butyric acid. These are either excreted or absorbed by the colon and used as a source of energy by the body’s cells. Butyric acid is the most important fuel for the cells lining the colon, and this fatty acid is their primary energy source and it also has anti-carcinogenic as well as anti-inflammatory properties. Clostridial species produce propionic acid (PPA) in abundance, and if this passes into the bloodstream it can cause damage to the immune system and brain. PPA also affects cell to cell signalling, crippling the way one cell can communicate with the next, and compromises mitochondrial function, altering the brain’s ability to use energy. It also increases oxidative stress, which in turn harms proteins, cell membranes, vital fats, and even DNA, as well as depleting the brain of various molecules such as antioxidants, neurotransmitters, and omega-3 fats that the brain needs to run properly.