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The Vitamin C Treatment of Whooping Cough. Suzanne Humphries, MD | Suzanne Humphries, MD

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The Vitamin C Treatment of Whooping Cough. Suzanne Humphries, MDindonesia2009-701

“We’ve had over 90% baby vaccination rates for whooping cough vaccines for over 11 years…since 2000, AND they’ve included even more shots since then for the adolescents at the time… and yet more, after 2000… AND here we are with whooping cough in EVEN higher numbers than it was before 1960? Don’t you think that’s absolutely astonishing? …Australia, which has had over a 95% whooping cough vaccination rate since 2000, is having the largest outbreak in their history since pertussis vaccination started. The same is happening in USA, and their rate of vaccination is even higher than Australia. So what do you think is happening there?”

    – Hilary Butler

The original information in this document is from Hilary Butler, and is presented as I have incorporated into my practice since 2011. This is a long document, but you must read every word of it. Please do not jump to the protocol as you will be lost as to what you are doing if you do not understand the full picture. Your child’s health and recovery is worth a few hours of your time to learn.

The information provided here stems from a wide body of literature that demonstrates vitamin C to be extremely safe and instrumental in the biochemical recovery from Bordetella pertussis (whooping cough). Those who have used this approach are proof of the truth, that natural recovery from whooping cough has advantages for an entire life. The pertussis vaccine is one of the most ineffective vaccines, has many disadvantages, and requires numerous doses and boosters. One episode of natural whooping cough renders the recovered immune for at least 30 years.

If you have a cooperative medical provider, this document can serve as a guideline for them and you to work together.

Introduction
Are you concerned about your vaccinated or not vaccinated child getting whooping cough? Well, you shouldn’t be terrified if you know how to care for your infant and child when it happens. The reason you hear of so much dread and why there is so much fear mongering among the conventional medical community, is because they have no idea how to treat whooping cough. Pertussis bacteria is very tricky and part of its armor are several toxins. The toxin production is the major reason for the terrible symptoms. Conventional medical doctors never address this problem. They give antibiotics, which have never been shown to limit the duration or severity of the cough in well established disease.

Vitamin C, in very high oral doses, will get you and your children through the weeks as your children develop lasting immunity that they can pass on to their young infants. Is vitamin C an instant cure? No, but the majority of parents who use it on their infected children report great relief. This includes very young infants. Most parents report a significant decrease in cough severity within the first 24 hours of proper dosing. This is because the primary issue of toxin neutralization is addressed by vitamin C.

If you think that a vaccinated person cannot get whooping cough, in the most severe manner, think again. Most babies over the age of 6 months who get whooping cough are fully and “appropriately” vaccinated. In 2012, a new peer reviewed document1 from professor of infectious diseases, Dr Maxwell Witt[1] of Keyser Permanente in California showed that pertussis runs rampant in fully vaccinated child populations.

“Our data suggests that the current schedule of acellular pertussis vaccine doses is insufficient to prevent outbreaks of pertussis. We noted a markedly increased rate of disease from age 8 through 12. . . . Acellular vaccines have not been studied for clinical efficacy in north America and no studies exist on long term immunogenicity. . . .We sought to examine the factors that resulted in this peak.” Quite impressive, right? Table 1 at the end of Dr Witt’s document shows the percent of cases in the vaccinated, and it as follows: 86% age 2-7, 86% age 8-12, 62% age 13-18, 81% age 2-18. So now you know who gets more pertussis. It is not the unvaccinated. He even says, in the introduction:

“Our unvaccinated and under-vaccinated population did not appear to contribute significantly to the increased rate of clinical pertussis. Surprisingly, the highest incidence of disease was among previously vaccinated children in the eight to twelve year age group.”There is another noteworthy study besides Dr Witt’s. In a controlled study over 86% of whooping cough in school age children occurs in the fully vaccinated1! [2]

Prior to vaccination, infants were less susceptible to pertussis because real “herd immunity” was in place, and mothers were passing on immunity to their infants during the vulnerable time. Since vaccination, this herd immunity has actually been abolished, and infants are now more susceptible due to their vaccinated or non-immune mothers lacking specific antibody and cellular immunity for pertussis. This can be verified in the medical literature:

“Diminishing maternal immunity increases the risk of infection among the youngest age groups, who have not yet received at least two doses of the vaccine.”[3]

When pertussis is left to take its normal course in the community, the supposedly vulnerable infants that the vaccinationists scream and yell about, are protected by maternal antibodies and mother’s milk until they are old enough to process the disease on their own. After vaccines were introduced, this protection was vastly reduced, because the mothers were at best, having vaccine antibodies to pass along to their infants, and that defense is neither effective nor long-lasting. The reason for the diminishing maternal immunity is that vaccinated individuals tend to have lower antibody titers long-term, and breast milk antibody (IgA) is not transferred in vaccinated mothers. As we already know, two doses and even three doses of vaccine is far from a guarantee of immunity. In fact that is the exact reason there is a new vaccine in the pipeline to add to the current FAILED pertussis vaccine schedule. This new vaccine will be inhaled, and in this article [4] touting the need for the new vaccine, the authors detail the many problems with the current vaccine.

“Although the introduction and widespread use of the pertussis vaccines caused a dramatic reduction in the incidence of whooping cough, it has risen recently despite high vaccine coverage in developed countries such as Australia, The Netherlands, and the United States despite high levels of immunization rates… The incidence of whooping cough, caused by Bordetella pertussis, in infants has surged in epidemic proportions in Australia as well as worldwide despite high coverage with the currently marketed pertussis vaccines… other major problems associated with the adoption of currently marketed aP vaccines are listed below: (i) Short to medium duration of protection, at best, imparted against pertussis infection attributed to waning of antibody-mediated immunity, mandating frequent booster vaccinations, (ii) induction of low level, if any, of cell mediated immunity considered to be important for long term protection against whooping cough, (iii) limited protection against the major exotoxins…”A recent study [5] suggests that natural immunity to whooping cough lasts at least 30 years, whereas the immunity from a vaccine LASTS THREE YEARS: From Feunou 2010,

Followup studies from clinical trials evaluating aPV-induced immune
responses in children have indicated that 15–33 months after a
complete course of vaccination, specific antibodies were almost
undetectable. . . In contrast, naturally acquired immunity to B. pertussis has
been proposed to be long-lasting (>30 years). Several
parameters might explain these differences in the duration of
immunity induced by bacterial infection and vaccination. While
aPVs consist of two to five B. pertussis antigens, natural infection
induces immune responses against a much wide range of
antigens, some of which may contribute to the induction of
long-lasting protective immunity. In addition, since B. pertussis
is a strictly respiratory pathogen, it is likely that mucosal
or local immunity in the respiratory tract plays an important
role in the long-term protective immunity. None of the current
pertussis vaccines target the mucosal immune compartment.
Because of the limited duration of immunity after vaccination, pertussis boosters are now being recommended for 8-12 year-olds and adults.

Whooping cough is everywhere; the vaccine has been a miserable failure in the sense of eradication or prevention. Pertussis is admittedly, even by the vaccine enthusiasts, primarily spread by vaccinated children, adolescents and adults, who have inadequate immunity. Regardless, they will still say the problem is not with the vaccine, but rather with too few doses of vaccine. However, conventional medicine’s own scientific studies [6] demonstrate that bacterial clearance and immune response is not as efficient in the vaccinated, in particular with the acellular pertussis vaccines.

A very noteworthy STUDY was published by Warfel et. al, in 2013, looking at baboons, which are susceptible and manifest whooping cough like humans do. Baboons that were vaccinated or not vaccinated were later exposed to pertussis bacteria, something that cannot be done experimentally in humans, but which yields very important data. Expectedly, the baboons who had never been infected got the cough and they remained colonized with bacteria for a maximum of 38 days. Baboons who were previously vaccinated and immune vaccine-style, were colonized upon exposure for longer than the naive baboons, 42 days. But get this: the unvaccinated baboons who had recovered naturally and were later exposed to the bacteria did not become colonized at all, zero days.
So, who is providing better herd immunity in the face of bacterial exposure? Vaccinated individuals who remain asymptomatically colonized for 42 days spreading bacteria, unvaccinated kids who remain colonized for 38 days, or the naturally convalesced who are not colonized and do not spread bacteria at all upon re-exposure? And remember that natural convalescence makes for decades longer immunity than vaccination.

The reason the vaccinated can spread the disease by virtue of taking them much longer to clear the bacteria, is due to an immune system that has been misprogrammed by a vaccine. Vaccinated babies, children, and adults are not able to mount the comprehensive bronchial and cellular immunity [7] – which an unvaccinated person naturally develops in the course of the disease. The vaccine only primes the body to fight pertussis toxin and sometimes a couple of other cell antigens, in the blood, not the lung. It does this by stimulating an unnatural balance in immune cell populations. This incorrect immunity “learned” from the vaccine (referred to by DR JAMES CHERRY as “original antigenic sin”) [8], is then the same way the body then responds to a subsequent infection. If the first stimulation was to vaccine antigens, then upon the exposure to the disease, the vaccinated person will mount an inferior response, compared to a child who has convalesced from a natural infection.

It is well known that pertussis-convalesced children, who have never been vaccinated, develop important antibodies that the vaccinated do not [9]. The vaccinationists have exploited this natural phenomenon to support the need for designing vaccines with multiple antigens. The point they miss is that it is only natural complex cellular and bronchial responses, which give the full protection. It has been shown that response to pertussis toxin [10] and adenylate cyclase toxin [11] is far more intense in the unvaccinated, than the vaccinated. Because of this, the naturally immune will clear bacteria upon re-exposure far more rapidly than the vaccinated. There is an enormous difference between broad, long-lasting immunity from the normal disease, and limited antibody development and short-term pseudo-immunity from the vaccine.

Dr. James Bass [12] discusses the rapid clearance of pertussis in the unvaccinated, and the carriage state in the vaccinated, in a letter to the Lancet [12]: “subclinical infections were seen most often in partly immunized children or in individuals whose vaccine-induced immunity may have waned with time.” This was written back when whole-cell pertussis vaccines were used, which are known to have been more dangerous, but possibly more efficacious, than the acellular vaccines used today.

If your child has whooping cough, the doctor will try to make you give her antibiotics. Even our alternative doctor suggested it for our kids. Doctors do this because it is what they have learned, not because they see it as fetchingly effective. The medical culture does not seem to understand the damage incurred by antibiotics. And, antibiotics do not shorten, or do anything, to lessen the course of the disease [13]. Antibiotics can, however, make the pertussis more severe by releasing LPS from other gram-negative bacteria during the “die-off” that happens with antibiotics on the gut. They say it stops the baby from coughing as much bacteria into the environment for others to catch. But it can also really sicken the gut, and make babies hyper- irritable. The side-effects of antibiotics outweigh any potential advantages, particularly since antibiotics don’t work for whooping cough. But they do suppress the immune system and alter the colon, which provides 70% of immunity. Many people recognize right away that the antibiotics are not helpful and see the child getting worse on them, and often throw them in the trash. You can politely take the Rx from the doc, if you go to one, and do with it what you think best. I do not recommend trying to convince a zealot medical professional to back off their antibiotic dependence, when your child is ill. If you’re brave, you can go back and do it later.

If your child has whooping cough, you have the opportunity to control it the first time, so that you don’t have to worry about it for several more decades. There are parents all around the world who know that any baby, at any age, can be managed if a mother is supported and knows what to do. A rocking chair is a must for mothers to conserve their own energy, and be able to easily rock very young babies. This will serve to keep the infant relaxed and the mucus moving. Interestingly, well-controlled pertussis has value, and there are many children who have permanently lost their asthma or other conditions after successfully dealing with natural pertussis. Conversely, there are many children who went through pertussis on steroids and antibiotics and now have both chronic lung damage, and allergies.

Clinical scenario
Whooping cough has two stages. The first stage, colonization, is like a cold, with fever, malaise and coughing, which increases in intensity over about a 10-day period. Then it seems like the cold is gone and there is nothing to worry about. The second or toxemic stage of pertussis begins gradually. The child starts the odd cough, and after about two weeks, the cough starts to get strong, with prolonged and paroxysmal coughing that often ends in a characteristic inspiratory gasp (whoop). The cough is often more prominent at night. If the cough changes, and becomes more of a bark, and more regular – developing a pattern at night of “every hour, on the hour” – you have to consider that it could be whooping cough.

If you need a laboratory diagnosis, PCR (polymerase chain reaction) and bacterial culture are both available. Both have advantages and disadvantages. While PCR is increasingly used as the sole diagnostic test for pertussis, CDC recommends that PCR be used alongside culture, rather than as an alternative test. A negative test does not necessarily rule out pertussis.

As the cough becomes more severe, various situations can trigger it. A classic way of diagnosis is to touch the middle of the tongue with your finger to see if this starts the cough, or if eating (i.e., passing food over the tongue) starts a cough, consider whooping cough. If a child happens to be breathing in, as well as eating when the food touches the tongue, and the cough starts on the inhale, there is a possibility of food going down the wrong way. If this happens, you may have to do a gentle push under the diaphragm to have them pass the food back up.

Running around is another trigger. If you watch them, they go cough, cough, …cough, cough, cough, cough, cough (and at this point are starting to go pink in the face, and are starting to wonder when they can have an in-breath) cough, cough, and then right at the end, they stop coughing, and the in-breath is really fast, because they want to expand their lungs, and the result can be a “whoop.” Older children don’t whoop much, if at all.

At the end of the cough, (about a month in), they might bring up a glob of fairly-thick mucus. This is because it pools down at the bottom of the lungs, because the toxin from the bacteria has finally cut off most of the hairs in the bronchioles that sweep the mucus up and around, like a non-stop river to keep the surfaces moist.

The earlier in the illness you get the vitamin C going, the less bronchial hairs will be lost. Once bronchial hairs are lost, the cough sounds dry, and that’s because the mucus membranes aren’t being kept as regularly moist as normal. Most children, so long as they constantly get that mucus up, and do not pool it (where secondary bacterial infections can set in) only have “problems” when they are coughing. The rest of the time they are normal.

Taking care of the caretaker
First, let’s talk about you, the parent. You might have been subtly influenced by the huge field of fear that exists out there and you may not believe that you can’t do this without a doctor, with a prescription pad, who may also chide you for not vaccinating. The first thing you need to do is take some deep breaths and visualize your child fully recovered and fully immune for 30 years. If at first, your emotional scale is off the Richter line, that is natural – it can happen to anyone. But it doesn’t help the thinking process. You need to stand back and think clearly, and have a belief system that supports what you are doing.

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Homeopathy and Autism

 

Autism is big business.  Whether it’s the $160/hr for therapy, the countless vitamins, minerals, enzymes, or the out-of-pocket lab tests and doc visits, we’ve done it all in the past three years for Moose. I have the credit card bill to prove it.

Despite all the interventions, energy, and time, something still nagged at me.

I knew Moose’s healing required something deeper. I found myself lagging on supplements and lab tests late this past spring. Something seemed off.  Like we were close to an answer, but I couldn’t quite make it out.

Homeopathy was mentioned to me in whispers, but it always seemed in the periphery.  Something that I’d think about later.

After reading two books, The Impossible Cure and CEASE Therapy, the direction we would take next became clear.

I didn’t feel ready to discuss homeopathy on this blog, until I tried it myself for my own health issues, and had Moose on the protocol for a few months.

My God, the changes since we began homeopathy in June, have been nothing sort of a miracle.

For me {I’ll write about that soon}, and for Moose.

For years, we struggled with diarrhea, since his 2nd birthday.  We’ve visited every specialist and doctor imaginable.  Within weeks of starting homeopathy, said diarrhea is GONE.

Comorbid with the bowel issues, Moose had major trouble falling asleep at night: running, jumping, and yelping for up to two hours after lights went out.  After our current clearing hit the second week {which is homeopathic terminology for treatment}, the errratic nighttime behaviors have left the estate, people.

The kid is in his bed, usually asleep within 15 minutes.

That alone, is a testament, to homeopathy.blogphoto1

Again, this is NOT a coincidence.

Coupled with this, is the ability to follow directions again, just like when he was before he developed autism.  When I tell him to get his shoes, place his dish in the sink, come in and eat…he listens.

Again, this is NOT a coincidence.

Homeopathy is not widely known in the U.S., but has been used for over 200 years throughout Europe.  Rather than suppressing symptoms like pharmaceuticals, it heals the body gently while addressing the underlying cause.

Imagine, if you will, doctors finding the cause of what ails you, rather than piling on the band-aids.

For the past three years, I’ve had this mantra in my head, “The Cure is in The Cause”.

Now, to address the many causes…

Homeopathy has taught me that it wasn’t one shot that led Moose to autism: it’s a multifaceted assault that began long before his birth: with my health: all of my migraine medications, my pharmaceutical history.  What  happened at his birth, with a heavily medicated C-section delivery.  Then the chronic ear infections. The excessive vaccines. Living in polluted Chicago. The inflammatory American diet.  The incessant antibiotics.  The copious amounts of Baby Motrin and Tylenol.  Even, the emotional impact of my father’s death when he was a newborn contributed to his autism.  Emotional, physical, environmental, pharmaceutical, and mental stressors all matter.

This is precisely why, “a cure” for autism can’t be found.  There are too many causes.  All autisms are different, because all of our medical and family histories are different.  Treatment needs to be tailored to the individual.

By age 2, the cup runneth over, so to speak, and Moose lost skills, language, and the ability to point and wave.

Now, at age 5, the Moose is on his way back.  He’s made more progress on four months of homeopathy than he did on three years of pricey supplements and the DAN! {Defeat Autism Now}route.          written by Nicole at momnivoresdilemma

http://www.CEASE-therapy.com  check website for practicioners/homeopaths who are certified,cured case database-

http://homeopathyplus.com/category/autism-2/

a list of articles with more cases


Yes, they use aborted fetal cells in vaccines. Lovely.

The WI-38 and MRC-5 cell lines, derived from two fetuses that were aborted, respectively, in 1962 in Sweden and in 1966 in the United Kingdom, are used to produce the following vaccines, all licens…

Source: Yes, they use aborted fetal cells in vaccines. Lovely.


Must have… Okoubaka

Clever Homeopathy

Okoubaka –  “a faithful jewel to have at hand in cases of food poisoning, intolerance, sensitivity”

… this is the bark of an African tree. There is no proving, to date, of this as a homeopathic remedy. Yet, this was made into a remedy on account of its folk medical use. This bark is known to have been taken by the members of an African tribe if and when they were invited to a neighbouring or other tribe and they could not be sure of the good will of the invitation and had to fear possible poisoning in the food or drink served upon their meeting [1].

This remedy´s action radius is mainly on the gastrointestinal tract (stomach, intestines, liver, gallbladder, and pancreas). It is indicated for gastroenteritis following the ingestion of putrid food. It is also recommended for food intolerance, and temporary alterations of diet for example when travelling to foreign places, where…

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homeopathy for vacc adverse reactions

https://homeopathtyler.wordpress.com/baby-steve-problems-immed-after-vaccination/14537_lores


Homeopathy for cold and flu season

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Homeopathy for Cold and Flu Season (Two Homeopaths Share Ideas)img_8963

 

As I type this, I’m battling my first cold of the season.  It’s annoying, but not nearly the knock-me-off my sails type illnesses of the past.  Over the past few days, I’ve changed homeopathic remedies for my cold depending on the symptoms.  Homeopathy is a powerful way to treat common colds and flus without harmful side effects.  Basically what would have lingered for weeks before my knowledge of homeopathy disappears in a matter of days.  It’s also, as I said, much weaker of a cold, given the remedies affect to bolster my body’s immune system.

Now, two professional homeopaths Lora Roberts of 360 Homeopathy and Kelly Callahan of Concentric Healing will share their ideas on cold and flu season.  *This post is for informational purposes only, and DOES NOT constitute medical treatment*

 

Homeopathy for all seasons: Colds, the flu and you!

by: Lora Roberts, 360 Homeopathy

With the cold air already sneaking up on us and winter approaching, now is the perfect time to have some homeopathic remedies on hand to help with fall and winter ailments. I have thoroughly enjoyed this beautiful fall weather in the midwest this year. As much as I like to procrastinate and enjoy these beautiful days, I also know planning for optimal health for the winter is needed. They say if you don’t plan, you plan to fail so let’s be proactive!

First a little background is helpful–What is Homeopathy? Homeopathy is a natural therapeutic method of medical treatment that is based on the philosophy that a substance which causes symptoms in a healthy person can also remove symptoms in a sick person as long as the substance is highly diluted. The Homeopathic remedy stimulates the body’s natural healing process. Homeopathic remedies are traditionally made of plant, animal, or mineral elements rather than synthetic forms. Homeopathic remedies are the only other health products along with conventional drugs that are regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Homeopathy views illness as effecting the entire individual (mind-body- spirit) and treats the whole person rather than just the symptoms, disease or specific body parts.

The treatment helps the body heal itself rather than suppress or control symptoms. Homeopathy acts at an energetic level, therefore it has a broad effect: shifting mental, emotional , and physical symptoms.When situations arise and self treatment is appropriate here are some remedy suggestions for the flu and cold season. Colds and flu are generally considered acute illnesses and are self limiting which means they will eventually resolve themselves in time without intervention. To distinguish the difference, colds are generally accompanied by a runny nose and mild fever and flus usually present with respiratory illness with high fever, chills, muscle aches and prostration.These remedies can be purchased in a 6c or 30c potency and can be found at many local natural health stores and pharmacies. When dosing in these acute situations, the remedy can be repeated 3-4 times a day for a duration of 7-10 days and reducing the amount as the symptoms improve.

Oscillococcinum: a great remedy to have on hand in your first aid kit. As soon as you start feeling run down or have other flu-like symptoms, such as headache, body aches, chills and fever, take Oscillococcinum. I say this is the lazy man’s remedy for someone who doesn’t want to do a lot of thinking about their illness and just take something to make the pain go away.

Aconite: works great in early stages of a illness, especially within the first 12 hours of showing cold and flu symptoms, colds with a sudden onset and symptoms after exposure to cold wind/weather, dry cough and flushed face.

Bryonia: common flu remedy, ideal for those with body aches and pains, excessive thirst, desire to remain still and aggravated by the slightest movement

Gelsemium: lack of thirst, flu like symptoms with overall weakness, shivering and heaviness of limbs, exhaustion with lethargy and droopy eyes. FYI- this was the #1 remedy used during the 1918 flu pandemic

Allium Cepa: great for colds with excessive burning acrid discharge of the nose, nose “runs like a faucet”, profuse flow of bland tears, constant sneezing

Kali Bichromicum: helps to clear out the last of cold symptoms, sinus headaches, crusting inside the nose, sticky-stringy nasal secretion, constant clearing of the throat, blocked sinuses.

Arsenicum: chilly & anxious with diarrhea and vomiting. Helpful for the gastric flu.

Nux Vomica: another great remedy for a gastric flu, increased diarrhea and vomitting and an all over toxic feeling. The patient is often chilly and impatient.

Merc. Vivus: cold symptoms with increased saliva and a painful need to swallow. They often are very hypersensitive to temperature changes.

Hepar Sulph: this individual is cold all over and worse from uncovering. They are extremely irritable and don’t like to be touched, esp. near the head (think of a screaming child who doesn’t want the doctor anywhere near their ears). It is helpful for an extreme sore throat with sharp pains that effect the ears.

Last but not least for individuals who want a more prophylaxis/preventative option Influenzinum is beneficial. One popular protocol is to take one dose once a week for 4 week in ascending potency moving from 30C up to 10M. Every year a new batch of this remedy is made and it contains the three most recent strains of the flu virus. Many homeopathic pharmacies also offer a combination Influenzinum that offers a remedy made from the flu strain of multiple years.

Homeopathic care is cost effective, has been used successfully for over 200 years and promotes gentle healing. For chronic complaints and other health concerns it is helpful to seek a qualified Homeopathic Practitioner. The homeopathic process is both simple and noninvasive.

Cheers to health! Remember even when illness strikes our body is expressing health and giving us messages. Listen and treat appropriately!

 

Thanks so much Lora! Now, here’s Kelly’s take on cold and flu season…

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Homeopathy for Sniffles and Sneezes

by: Kelly Callahan of  Concentric Healing

Last week, This American Life, a popular documentary style radio program on NPR, did a show on Tylenol, and the shocking risks on taking this seemingly benign pain killer and fever reducer. The only surprise was that it was actually on a national radio station that is often unfailingly on the side of conventional medicine.

You have to ask yourself- is this what I want in my medicine cabinet? How do I want to respond to my child’s seasonal illnesses?

If any part of your answer is- I want to use natural, safe medicines, that will not only help reduce suffering but actually be a benefit to the immune system… well, look no further!

Whether it’s those first runny noses or the full-on flu, homeopathic remedies are that safe, natural medicine.

Homeopathy has been used for over 200 years and has a proven track record of efficacy for not only seasonal illnesses, but the big epidemics in the history books (at least in this country) like yellow fever, diphtheria, cholera, and more. Using single substances from nature (plants, minerals, etc…) the remedies deliver a highly diluted, energetically potentized dose that interfaces with the child’s own energy, and gives it the boost it needs to complete the healing it is already trying to do. For a great tutorial on how homeopathy works, check out: http://homeopathyplus.com.au/category/tutorials/  These Aussies do a great job of breaking down homeopathy.

But back to alternatives for your medicine cabinet.  Here are a few remedies that are must-haves, bringing your child(ren) relief, and peace of mind for parents everywhere who are looking for a way out of the pharma-matrix.

Aconite (monkshood)

This might be the one remedy I would take to a deserted island (but man, I would fight tooth and nail if I could only bring one!!). Aconite is the perfect remedy for fall and winter, because it helps the vital force (chi in Chinese medicine… your essential energy that regulates balance in your body) reconcile from fright, shock, and exposure. If the body can’t rebalance after exposure to a cold dry wind, or a fright that comes as a shocking surprise, then a fever and/or cough may come about as a result.

For example, let’s say you go on a hike and up at the top, the wind is going strong, even though the sun is shining. Later that night, you hear a dry barking cough and go to check up on your little one. Sure enough, he has a high dry fever, bright red cheeks, and raspy seal-barking cough that sounds like croup coming on. A few doses of Aconite 30c or a 200c if you have it, should help ease the fever and may resolve the condition altogether.

You can use Aconite for just the barky croupy cough, as long as there is no discharge present yet (goopy nose, congestion in the lungs). It is also a go-to for the first twinges of a sore throat that feels tight and dry.

Hepar Sulph

Hepar sulphuricum is one of those strange mineral combinations unique to homeopathic medicines. I love this remedy, and it follows Aconite well for when the fever might drop, but the cough advances and there’s congestion in the chest. This is definitely a second-stage remedy, where the condition has advanced to producing mucous.

The cough will still sound croupy- dry and barking. The patient often has a *very* sore throat, so painful to swallow, and warm drinks are the only thing that makes it better. There is an oversensitivity to pain- the ear, the throat, or even conjunctivitis of the eye.  The pain in the throat is like a fishbone sticking in it, and it may radiate up to the ear.

Mentally and emotionally, the child is so sensitive to their pain and intolerant of discomfort they become grouchy and irritable.

 Belladonna

Belladonna is a well-known and often used remedy for children and fevers. The key indications for the remedy are: pulsation, congestion, inflammation.

Belladonna conditions tend to come on quick. As in, your kid came home from school, he was fine and then by dinner, he’s red (inflammation) in the face with a raging fever. There may be delirium with the fever and glassy eyes. A throbbing, right sided headache might be present as well. Any motion, light, or noise makes the symptoms worse.

The suddenness, redness and inflammation that are characteristic of Belladonna may come with any symptoms picture- like a sore throat, a headache (without the fever), ear infection. There may also be a barking cough. But like Aconite, this is more of a first stage remedy, when things come on quick, but before everything settles into mucous and discharge (goopy yellow snot, that kind of thing).

The difference between Aconite and Belladonna? With Belladonna there’s an element of intensity and violence- it comes on fast, and the child may rage or strike out. The redness and pulsation are marked. With Aconite there is more a state of fear, and a desire for protection. The fever is high and dry, but without the intense inflammation of Belladonna.

 Arsenicum album

Arsenicum is a great remedy for colds and certain indications of flu. The mental state is strong, and important to prescribing- that of anxiety for health and deep insecurity. The anxiety can be for one’s own health, or that of another. I wrote about this remedy in my first post about going back to school, and how the child who might need Arsenicum will have a strong need for order and cleanliness, and what we consider to be ‘OCD’ symptoms.

Physical symptoms include extreme chilliness, with an inability to get warm. The patient is huddled in blankets by the woodstove or heater and *still* can’t get warm. They want company and in a weird twist, want to sip cold, or cool water (rather than a hot beverage). Their pains are burning- in the stomach for example, and any discharges are also burning- leaving the skin raw and red in its wake. There might be diarrhea and vomiting. The head may feel like it is burning and a cold pack will make it feel better, all the while, the patient still feels chilly! Symptoms are always worse between midnight and 2 am (think coughing).

You can start with Arsenicum if the initial symptoms are violent, consistent sneezing and a persistent chill. A few doses of this remedy in a 30c potency may help thwart a nasty bout of illness!


All of these remedies are available where homeopathics are sold. Follow the dosing instructions on the bottle. In general, if you have not seen a shift by the fourth dose, then the remedy is not a good match. Likewise, if you see major improvement, hold off on giving additional doses unless the symptoms return or progress stalls.

An important note about fevers. Many parents find themselves tethered the thermometer when their child has a fever, and religiously monitor the condition degree by degree. The key? Watch the child, not the numbers. A fever is an appropriate response on behalf of the immune system to activate antibodies and kill off bacteria. By keeping a child well hydrated and using appropriate homeopathic remedies, you can enable this vital healing response. If you see your child become listless and in great pain, disordered breathing or pulse rate, then you can help cool the body gently with cool (not cold) cloths on the hands the feet. Cooling the body too quickly can be a shock to the system. Make sure she stays hydrated.

If you have a homeopath, contact him or her to help you monitor and choose appropriate remedies. Look up natural supports for fevers *ahead of time* so that you aren’t panicking when the time comes and find yourself reverting to the Tylenol. Consider switching to a care provider that is knowledgeable and supportive of a less invasive approach.

These four remedies- aconite, hepar sulph, belladonna, and aresenicum-  when used for the conditions indicated, may bring great relief and help cut the duration of illness and potentially reduce secondary infections. There are many, many homeopathic remedies and if you find that one of these doesn’t give the results you’re looking for, another remedy is indicated. I frequently blog about remedies for acute home use at my blog- www.concentrichealing.blogspot.com. The National Center for Homeopathy is also a fantastic resource for the home prescriber.

It can be scary to see our vibrant little ones under the weather, and as a mother, I can think of no greater peace of mind than knowing *exactly* what I am allowing into my child’s body. With homeopathy, I have no fear of recalls, toxic side effects, or overdosing. Like exercising a muscle, when the immune system ‘gets a workout’ by overcoming an acute illness, it comes out the other end stronger and more resilient. Let’s support, not suppress.

 

That’s a boatload of information.  Thanks for Kelly and Lora for contributing to this blog.  Homeopathy has changed my life and my family’s wellbeing.  I hope you learn more about it.  Remedies can be found at health food stores, Vitamin World, Mariano’s and Whole Foods.  This post is not sponsored, and is intended for informational and education purposes only.  

 article can be found at momnivores-dilemma


Evidence for Homeopathy

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The evidence for homeopathy comes from two main sources – the studies and trials undertaken, and the experience of the many people who use it. My impression is that many people don’t realise that these studies and trials exist as they often don’t appear in the mainstream media.

The individualised approach of homeopathy does not always lend itself well to clinical trial structures, and the resources needed for large-scale trials are mostly beyond the research and financial resources of those outside of the pharmaceutical industry. However, there are studies and trials that you can refer to. Some focus on patient experiences and outcomes of homeopathy, such as the Bristol Homeopathic Hospital Clinical Outcome Study, 1997-99:
“An observational study at Bristol Homeopathic Hospital included over 6,500 consecutive patients with over 23,000 attendances in a 6-year period[6]. Seventy percent of follow-up patients reported improved health, 50% referring to major improvement. The best treatment responses were reported in childhood eczema and asthma, and in inflammatory bowel disease, irritable bowel syndrome, menopausal problems and migraine in adults. Similar patient-reported outcomes have been reported from the UK’s other four NHS homeopathic hospitals[7-10].” Source: Faculty of Homeopathy website, please see link and references below.

There are also a number of randomised controlled trials looking at the effectiveness of homeopathy in various conditions. If you visit the Find A Homeopath website it can give you more details around these, and further links if you would like more information
http://www.findahomeopath.org/WhatIsHomeopathy/Evidence

The website for the Faculty of Homeopathy (involved with the education, training and practice of homeopathy by the medical profession) also offers information about trials and a download summary with full references http://www.facultyofhomeopathy.org/research/

In Switzerland the Health Technology Assessment report was “compiled on behalf of the Swiss Federal Office for Public Health presented the findings of a seven-year review of the evidence on homeopathy. It concluded that homeopathy, as practiced in Switzerland, is clinically effective, cost-effective and safe. Homeopathy has since become available to the Swiss public as part of their national healthcare scheme.” (2011) Source: Homeopathy Research Institute https://www.hri-research.org/resources/homeopathy-the-debate/

Given how individually-tailored homeopathic treatment is, it can also be very interesting to look at testimonials from people who have used it, what it has helped them with and their positive experiences http://www.findahomeopath.org/Testimonials

There are also organisations where you can look up recent pieces of research and reviews such as the Homeopathy Research Institute and the recent research which detected physico-chemical difference between homeopathic preparations and water. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.homp.2015.08.002

This is a system of medicine that has been practiced for over 200 years, across the world, used by millions of people – there is a wealth of information to share about it and many, as you will see from the testimonials trust the truth of their own experience.

This Article shared from; chantryheath

References
Clinical Outcome Study, Bristol Homeopathic Hospital, 1997-99 http://www.facultyofhomeopathy.org/research/

[6] Spence DS, Thompson EA, Barron SJ. Homeopathic treatment for chronic disease: a 6-year university-hospital outpatient observational study. Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, 2005; 5: 793–798.
[7] Clover A. Patient benefit survey: Tunbridge Wells Homoeopathic Hospital. British Homeopathic Journal, 2000; 89: 68–72.
[8] Richardson WR. Patient benefit survey: Liverpool Regional Department of Homoeopathic Medicine. British Homeopathic Journal, 2001; 90: 158–162.
[9] Sharples F, van Haselen R, Fisher P. NHS patients’ perspective on complementary medicine. Complementary Therapies in Medicine, 2003; 11: 243–248.
[10] Reilly D, Mercer SW, Bikker AP, Harrison T. Outcome related to impact on daily living: preliminary validation of the ORIDL instrument. BMC Health Services Research, 2007; 7: 139.


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