A must read for all who are taking homeopathics;
Written by; Bill Gray MD/Homeopath
Coffee beans very frequently — almost universally — antidote remedies. Caffeine itself is not the culprit, since tea, Coke, chocolate, and even NoDoz don’t antidote remedies. Andrew Weil once said that there are 150 medically-active substances in coffee beans, so it is probably one or more of them. We do know that even Decaf Coffee antidotes.
The amount needed to antidote varies from person to person, and there is no way to know in advance who is susceptible. A high percentage of people are antidoted by even an accidental sip at Starbucks, so the risk is too great to take!
Coffee cake, coffee ice cream, coffee candies, tiramisu, Irish coffee, Kahlua — all contain coffee beans and can antidote. Small amounts of cheap commercial flavoring, however, are probably safe.
Even skin or mucous membrfane application of camphor can antidote remedies. Avoid anything that has significant amounts of camphor, such as deep heat rubs, liniments, Tiger Balm, Vicks, BenGay, Noxzema products, some Calamines (though “unmedicated” Calamine is generally safe), Caladryl, Campho-Phenique, some massage oils (smell them), and some lip balms (but not all — look at the label). Develop the habit of reading labels, since camphor is a quite common antidote.
Massage therapists and chiropractors frequently apply a camphorated oil at the end of their treatment, even when asked in advance. Be vigilant!
Hindu temples and ceremonies frequently involve “cone” incense, which is made with camphor. Although smelling camphor alone is not usually enough to antidote, it is a common complication when exposed for hours in a poorly ventilated situation with cone incense. Stick incense is no problem
Also, camphor in holy water and celebratory sweets can antidote remedies.
Australian Tea Tree (Melalucca) Oil
Often used to heal skin or gums in a variety of ways, skin exposure can antidote just like camphor.
Antibiotics and Steroids
It is a frequent story for someone to be doing well for a chronic disease, to catch a cold or sinus infection, go to a doctor for diagnosis, and then thoughtlessly take antibiotics. Within days, all the chronic symptoms come back full force. Whenever prescription drugs are recommended, call the office first to get our advice. If needed, I will agree and we will pick up the pieces later. But usually, I will advise waiting and to allow the remedy to work through the acute problem on its own.
One interesting situation is the use of antibiotics during gum surgery or dental cleaning in people with heart valve problems. Antibiotics do not usually antidote in that setting. Also, when given for viral complaints, they tend not to antidote. Therefore, it seems the antidotive action of antibiotics arises out of interfering with the body’s ability to fight infection rather than the drug itself. If antibiotics prevent an infection from happening, the body suffers no interference and is not antidoted.
Antibiotics are the most common drug antidote. Oral steroids are also risky. Other allopathic drugs vary in their potency to antidote or interfere, so the best policy is to call and ask.
Over-the-counter medicines are safe. They do not antidote. People worry about aspirin or Tylenol interfering, but they do not.
Drilling on teeth with medium and low-speed drills consistently antidotes remedies. High-speed drilling (with a light touch) may also antidote, but much less frequently. For this reason, we recommend avoiding drilling unless the situation warrants it. If there is pain, or if the cavity is causing other risks like structural weakening or abscess formation, then drilling may be necessary. Have it done, wait 3 weeks, and then we will re-evaluate the remedy.
Routine procedures at the dentist are not a problem except when they lead to drilling. Teeth cleaning is fine, X-rays are fine, but cavities that are found are best left undrilled until they pose more of a problem. In discussions with dentists, they usually agree with me that drilling can be delayed when I point out the likelihood of an overnight flare-up of, say, multiple sclerosis or ulcerative colitis.
Teeth cleaning is fine, but the ultrasonic cleaner (called a Cavitron, which is not used so often anymore) will antidote. Otherwise, using hand tools and a rubber polisher is fine.
Sonicaire toothbrushes do not antidote remedies.
Acupuncture, whether with needles or moxa, frequently antidotes remedies. Because it is a powerfully curative system in its own right, acupuncture can be an extremely good choice for chronic disease — but a choice it must be, because both systems interfere with each other.
Acupressure, however, does not antidote.
Chinese herbs do not antidote in my experience.
Brief inhalation, even for a few hours, may not be a problem. But sleeping overnight in the midst of mothball odors often antidotes.
Sleeping under an electric blanket covering most of the body seems to inhibit flows of electromagnetic energy in the body, preventing adjustments crucial to healing and balance.
Using the blanket to warm the bed beforehand and then turning it off once in bed is no problem.
Heating pads are no problem because the body’s energy flows can adjust around it.
TENS units do not antidote.
Geothermal Hot Springs
Water activated by minerals coming up from deep in the Earth apparently interfere with remedies.
Being around the baths, sunning by the side, etc., do not antidote. But full immersion, even in the side-tubs, will likely antidote.
Minerals added to the bath at home do not antidote.
Cigarettes do not antidote.
Alcohol Safe, except Kahlua, Irish coffee, anything with coffee beans.
Tea Any amount.
This is variable. Some people are hypersensitive to many
chemicals and could be easily antidoted. General recreational use is not a problem for most people. Chronic habitual use, however, can eventually antidote.
Do not stop medications without advice. Most patients begin homeopathy on medication, then gradually wean off as many as possible over time.
Medications are not instant antidotes, except antibiotics and steroids. Most others eventually shorten the action of remedies within 2 to 9 months, depending on the situation.
The issue with allopathic drugs is their suppressive nature. Aimed to relieve symptoms, which are attempts to heal, they convert acute to chronic and delay cure in chronic disease. Thus, if nothing else, they act like a “parking break” on remedies.