When should you use homeopathic medicines?

Many homeopathic medicines  are available without a prescription from your doctor and are wonderful for self care. Those homeopathic medicines available over the counter without a prescription in the United States are labeled like other medicines for self-care.  Illnesses like colds, uncomplicated flu , fevers, headaches, sore throats, coughs, hay fever and allergies, nasal congestion, itchy rashes, simple diarrhea and constipation, heartburn and upset stomach, toothache and discomfort from teething, general aches and pains after overexertion, bruises and injuries.

These homeopathic remedies are  found on pharmacy shelves or in natural foods groceries or health food stores and even online. The medicine label says what it helps and how to take it. Homeopathic medicines may be helpful for many problems not able to be listed on the medicine label. That is why you need homeopathic reference books to appreciate the full scope of homeopathic medicines and know when to use them for your problems.

Very few homeopathic medicines require a prescription which depends on indications, dosage and the way it is given. For example, injections of homeopathic medicines require a prescription as do certain homeopathic medicines labeled for use for more serious problems like heart disease.

Health care providers, who have studied at least 500 hours in how to use homeopathic medicines for patients with acute and chronic diseases ,will prescribe homeopathic medicines for all sorts of acute and chronic diseases depending on the way the individual patient reacts to their chronic disease. Prescribing for patients with chronic diseases requires time and skill. A 10 minute office call will not suffice for patients with chronic diseases. Often a 2 hour initial interview with physical examination is required to initiate homeopathic care.

Remember, not all health problems require medicines; some also need surgery, physical therapy, acupuncture, counseling or life style changes like daily exercise, or better nutrition from more vegetables and fruit, dietary supplements especially Vitamin D3, and purer water or release of unexpressed emotions, with love and understanding.

For optimal health and prevention of cancer, heart disease, stroke, diabetes and obesity, medical research done on large groups of humans  shows us what life style habits are really important. The top 2 are some daily exercise and 7 servings of vegetables and fruits with emphasis on green vegetables plus adequate protein, calcium, magnesium, iron, zinc, and selenium with additional vitamins depending on your age, sex and exposure to sunlight and tobacco smoke. Keeping your weight normal, minimizing white flour, white sugar and fried foods will help too. Eat more nuts and berries and legumes and cut way back on animal food but get enough protein for your body type and individual desires. Eating wild (from Alaska) fish  twice a week seems to prevent heart attacks as does a daily supplement of fish oil (Omega 3 ‘s) that is free of mercury, PCB’s and other toxins.

Be sure if you are pregnant that you check www.epa.gov/ost/fishadvice which tells about getting mercury poisoning from eating contaminated fish. If pregnant it may be safer to use supplements from fish oils, flax seed, algae to get the needed omega 3 fatty acids. Because of chemical contamination and mercury in fish,  pregnant women should avoid eating swordfish, shark, tile fish, king mackerel, tuna,sea bass, Gulf Coast oysters, marlin, halibut, pike, walleye, white croakier and large-mouth bass. All fish from Alaska that are sold in stores are wild caught with healthy omega 6 to omega 3 ratios in their oil content because they eat what they want and need. Farm raised fish eat a chow of soybeans, vegetable meals, dyes and scraps which they would never find in the wild ocean. This commercial fish chow changes the oil ratios in farm raised fish to what we do not need or want.

You need sunlight on your skin to make Vitamin D, a most important vitamin and hormone which is low in over 50% of adults in the US. The best time to get sunlight is within 60 minutes of sunrise or sunset. Low levels of Vitamin D3 in the blood are associated with higher rates of many cancers. Have your healthcare provider send your blood to a lab to measure the 25 OH Vitamin D3 which should be way higher than 30. ..50 or so is better. If your D3 is lower, a daily supplement of 1000 International Units of Vitamin D3 could help. Most adults should be taking oral vitamin D daily along with 1000 mg of Calcium from food and a good multivitamin and mineral. Avoid Vitamin. D 2. Re-measure your blood a few months later to see that the Vitamin D3 level is optimal. I can not emphasize enough how important Vitamin D3 is for strong bones and to prevent many cancers.

Stress from hating your work or home life makes you sick, so change jobs and bring love into the home, see a counselor if necessary.

Exposures to environmental toxins like pesticides and industrial pollutants also increases illness; so eat organic foods and minimize exposures to toxic chemical drugs and stop using pesticides at home or on your lawn and garden. Read labels on liquid products- avoid the toxic chemicals called parabens like methylparaben, and lauryl sulfate in your body soaps, shampoos and lotions because they increase cancer risk.. Many immunizations contain methylparaben as a preservative but immunizations without the parabens are available at a much higher cost at  medical supply stores like Moore Medical  in CT and at pharmacies.

Far infra red saunas which make you sweat can help you detoxify from heavy metals like mercury and lead as do bacteria in your gut and plant foods like cilantro.  Your risk of getting skin cancer like, melanoma, is  just not from sun burns but is also associated  with low Vitamin D3 and with higher levels of the toxic metal, Arsenic, stored and measured in your toenails.  Arsenic may be a contaminant in your drinking water and can be filtered out with proper equipment. Getting rid of toxins involves measuring for them, great nutrition with lots of fiber, use of chelation drugs and other holistic ways of removing them from your body.

Regarding breast feeding:

Mother’s milk is the best milk for a baby because the milk composition changes daily to match the needs of your infant.

Regarding baby formulas, if your infant must be fed by a bottle containing baby formula, avoid soy baby formulas because soy formula  may contain too much Manganese which is toxic to infants’ brains. Also soy beans are not nutritionally like human milk. Soy formulas  need a lot of additives to make them into a baby formula. Research on baby teeth of children fed soy based baby formulas, shows that excess Manganese can be in their teeth and this Manganese is toxic to their brains and may be associated with poor learning, violent behavior and attention deficit disorders.

Using soy formula has also been associated with early onset of puberty in girls, as young as 3 years old because of the high amount of plant estrogen hormone that may be present in  soy formulas. Soy formula may also set the stage for certain types of breast cancer in adulthood. So avoid soy baby formulas. Better safe than sorry.

If you cannot nurse, there are human milk banks or try using a goat’s milk formula instead of soy and see a healthcare provider knowledgeable in the use of homeopathic medicines in infants and mothers.

Individualizing your health care plan to make it holistic:

Individualizing your exercise and nutrition program depending on your genetics and your family history is the key. Unfortunately we do not yet have all the genetic answers to make the individualizing precise. Get in touch with a doctor who follows Dr. Jeffrey Bland’s nutrigenomic research at the non- profit, Institute for Functional Medicine, or give your doctor their audio tape or CD titled “Functional Medicine Update”.

Remember your sense of smell and taste will help you in determining what foods are best for you. I never recommend eating a food that you do not like or have an aversion to. This is your body warning you that the food is not good for you.  There is a difference in lack of experience in food tastes…so gradually introduce the brown rice, oatmeal, barley, quinoa and other whole grains, beans, lentils and vegetables and fruits to your diet.  See which ones you like and stick with them like your friends. In homeopathy choosing the individualized medicine takes into account food cravings and food aversions and which foods disagree with you or aggravate your condition.

Individualized lab tests for nutrition analysis like SpectraCell Analysis , a blood test where your blood cells are grown in the lab and then vitamins and minerals are fed to them, are helpful. This test can show your individualized nutritional deficiencies in your blood cells. Treatments with food changes and dietary supplements are given, then the test is repeated in 6 months and hopefully shows no vitamin deficiencies.

Follow your likes and dislikes in food but be reasonable….sugar over 2 teaspoons a day could cause problems as could artificial sweeteners. Research shows us that vegetarians are healthier than meat eaters. But some people need meat to feel healthy…just eat it in moderation from animals who are raised on organic farms with respect in clean areas and get to go outdoors and free range eat on healthy organic plants and then supplement their diet with organic plant based feed.

Organic vegetables, nuts, beans and fruits have lower levels of  pesticides and toxins which are now found at high levels in  meats and fish and unfortunately in all human breast milk. But it is still better to nurse your baby than to use formulas.

Most everyone could benefit from eating daily more vegetables and fruit, not a lot of juice which lacks the fiber needed as food by your gut bacteria. A juice fast for a few days drinking juice from fresh  organic vegetables and fruits is very beneficial for those with chronic diseases. I have seen geriatric patients heal from chronic rheumatoid arthritis and  anemia from just a supervised juice fast. There is some research that shows that taking daily extra anti-oxidant supplements like Vitamin C, and natural Vitamin E, with d alpha tocopherol., plus a fish oil capsule and a good multivitamin and mineral may be beneficial for some.

Everyone needs some daily exercise or at least 30 minutes of brisk walking 3 times a week or better yet Tai Chi or Qigong practice. Risk of dying can be predicted by how much exercise a person gets. Just doing chores like washing the car, weeding or vacuuming is enough to lower your death risk! You do not have to do overly strenuous exercise to be healthy.

Eating 7 vegetables and some fruit everyday is a challenge but can be done. Hopefully the fast food industry and school lunch programs will help us by offering  more choices of vegetables, fruit smoothies, plus vegetarian proteins ( tofu, beans, seitan), and new calcium containing foods in addition to their dairy and meat menu.

If you need a Calcium supplement it is best to take a Calcium citrate or lactate and not Calcium carbonate which neutralizes your stomach acid needed to digest meat, fish and other protein.  Taking a multivitamin and mineral daily is also important especially if you are low on fresh vegetables and fresh fruit.

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Today the precautionary principle guides our health care. Medical treatments, medical equipment and supplies should not damage ourselves, other species or the ecosystem. Ideal medicines and medical equipment like disposable gloves and intravenous tubing should not have bad side effects or pollute our streams.

Along with cleaning up the air with less polluting automobiles, trains, planes, ships and trucks, we need to clean up our waters that have been polluted by medical drug waste. After you swallow , take or are injected with a chemical prescription or strong over the counter drugs with  milligram doses, the drug residues usually leave your body in your urine and stool within 24 hours or sooner.

If you have a septic tank or a composting toilet, your  drug residues remain locally deep down in the soil where soil bacteria similar to what are in your gut, bio remediate the drug residues/drugs and render at least 80% of those toxic drug residues harmless. If you  are on a sewer and you flush unwanted toxic drugs down your toilet  or your urine and stool when you are taking drugs, then all your drug residues go into your  sewer system where the pipes take the waste to the sewer treatment plant where the drugs are not removed as of 2014.

The watery discharge from US sewer processing, contains  all these chemical drugs or their residues which then go into the rivers or oceans, the homes of fish and wildlife.These chemical drug residues  harm our wildlife by disrupting their endocrine and other systems.

A simple solution is urgently needed to remove these chemical drug residues before they get into the streams…maybe switching to composting toilets where heat and certain bacteria reduce toxins to non toxins would stop the drug pollution of our waters while saving precious drinking water too.

Homeopathic medicines in 30x or 12 C and higher strengths, do not pollute our streams because at these dilutions and higher, they do not contain milligram doses or even any molecules to pollute or cause allergic or co- carcinogen reactions. Homeopathic medicines are not required to be animal tested  and the very small doses used do not damage our planet in contrast to many prescription chemical drugs which are polluting the Earth’s waters.

If you want to explore the safest self care medicine then study homeopathy. Homeopathic medicines are often easier to take and much safer to use than synthetic chemical drugs. The special way non-prescription homeopathic medicines are made from plants, animals and minerals, eliminates toxicity and stabilizes them so they do not expire. All official homeopathic medicines have Latin names which are used worldwide.

The strength of a homeopathic medicine is called the attenuation and is written on the drug label in numbers from 1-several thousand followed by the letters  X or D, C or CH, CK or K, or LM. These are Latin abbreviations for the way the homeopathic medicines were manufactured according to the official drug monographs listed in the giant database, The Homeopathic Pharmacopoeia of the United States (HPUS).  Homeopathic drug manufacturing processes in the USA are highly regulated for your safety and have been developed with over 150 years of world wide collaboration.

The strength (attenuation which is a type of dilution with lots of shaking or banging and not just a simple dilution) that the homeopathic drug can be sold with and without a prescription is listed in the HPUS. Because homeopathic medicines are drugs, they are regulated by the US Food and Drug Administration( FDA) and must have disease indications on the label. Most homeopathic medicines used for self-care have strengths in the range of  4 X- 200 X or C. Traditional homeopathic first aid kits also called home remedy kits have been manufactured and sold by homeopathic drug companies since the 1800’s. Historically these home remedy kits  are usually in 6 X or 30 X or C strengths (attenuations). Strengths 12 C  or 30X and higher numbers have no molecules in them which makes them free of any allergic reactions or any possible drug toxicity. 

Homeopathic medicines immediately enter your body directly from your clean and empty mouth without having to be chewed or swallowed with water. Pleasant, sweet tasting homeopathic tablets dissolve in your mouth when sucked and are liked by children, plants, pets and animals too. Liquid homeopathic medicines which may have alcohol in them,  are placed under the tongue. Remember when giving pills of homeopathic medicine to a baby, to avoid choking, first dissolve the pill in a teaspoon or 2 of  pure water. For children, if the liquid homeopathic medicine contains alcohol, dilute it first in a little water.

When using homeopathic medicines  try to avoid strong smelling drinks like coffee and strong smelling ointments with camphor because they may block the effect of   homeopathic medicines. Chemical prescription drugs and some herbs are very compatible with homeopathic drugs and usually do not have to be stopped when taking  first aid homeopathic medicines, but check with your health care provider if you are being treated with homeopathic medicines for  chronic disease.

If you were previously healthy and then got a medical problem that would be expected to clear up in about 10 days and you want to speed up your healing, try a combination homeopathic medicine for your problem. It will not hurt you, but it may not work because it may not have the homeopathic medicine that you need. If you get injured, a combination homeopathic medicine containing Arnica montana and other plant medicines  like Traumeel can be taken for injuries.

If you have homeopathic reference books, you can learn how to find a homeopathic medicine that is individualized to your problems which may be more successful than using combination medicines. To learn more about homeopathic self-care you can join a homeopathic study group in your area. Contact the  National Center for Homeopathy for their list of study groups.

If you have medical problems that have been with you a long time, months to years, consult with a licensed practitioner who knows how to use homeopathic medicines to stimulate healing for multiple diagnoses and more complicated problems called chronic illness. Contact the National Center for Homeopathy f or the American Institute of Homeopathy for their list of homeopathic providers in your area.