Is My Homeopathic Treatment Classical?

Question:

Hi Amy.

Got your audio version of the Impossible Cure. We decided to go to a homeopathy doctor with our autistic son and spent about 2 hours going through all these vials for testing and a week later she made up a concoction to give to him. It’s been about 3 weeks and we have not seen any real improvements. How long should it take to see results? I know everyone is different, but I need to know how long we should be looking at. Any advise would be great. 

– Michael

Answer:

Hi Michael.  I’m glad you wrote.  One of the reasons I wrote Impossible Cure is that I wanted people to understand what homeopathy is and what it isn’t. There are a lot of people out there practicing something they call “homeopathy”, but it has nothing to do with homeopathy, at least as I understand it.

I recommend that you read/listen to the second half of Chapter 6 — the section on “Intuitive or Energy-Reading Machine Prescribing.” Also, reading Chapter 8 will help you understand what a classical homeopathic process is like.

In my experience, no machine can select a remedy for you, nor can AK or dowsing, etc. I wish it were that simple!

No, the remedy selection must be based on the individual symptoms of the person — not hair analysis, not their “vibrational reading”, etc. The homeopath must sit and talk to the patient (or parent) at length, observe the patient, learn all about their mental, behavioral, physical, and emotional symptoms. The homeopath then uses this information to select a set of “rubrics” or key symptoms to research.  Each of these symptoms is associated with relevant remedies.  The remedies that best match most of the symptoms overall will then be analyzed. One will be selected based on the best judgment of the homeopath. Sometimes a good classical homeopath may use intuitive means at this point to aid them in selecting from a small set of possible remedies. But in general the best way to choose a remedy is based on analysis and experience.

Of course, sometimes the homeopath selects the wrong remedy, or the wrong dose of the remedy.  It can be trial and error. It is a process that takes time and working together as a team — homeopath and patient. This is especially true in autism treatment which is quite challenging.

In addition, a classical homeopath will never give you a “concoction of remedies”. This was another red flag in your description.  A classical homeopath might suggest alternating two or three remedies, but even that is pretty rare (though, I gather, it is becoming more common among homeopaths that treat autistic children).

How soon should you see results?  Ideally, you should see at least some kind of subtle changes within a month. These might be better sleep, digestion, mood, eye-contact, social awareness, etc. Keeping a diary can be helpful — often the changes are gradual and you forget what your child was like only a month before.

Someday, perhaps, homeopathic remedies may be selectable based on machines that “read your field”. From what I know, that day has not yet come. The fact that some practitioners get results in this way, or from remedy concoctions, is a testimony to the inherent power of remedies. Often, however, this type of prescribing does not have lasting effects. In other cases the patient may be overdosed by too many different remedies in too high potencies, yielding nothing but confusion in the case.

I hope this is useful to you and others!

-Amy

Homeopathy for Eye Problems

Question:

Hi Amy!
I just found out your books and can’t wait to read them! I am a 30 year old female. My question is: is there any homeopathic cure for amblyopia (lazy eye)? I have had it in my right eye ever since childhood, plus dry eye syndrome and +3.75 number in my left eye. I was an agnostic all my life but woke up to spirituality last year. I meditate twice daily and have been changing my lifestyle to take care of mind, body, and soul. I am certain my vision can be improved and love that homeopathy heals the person as a whole. I am trying Brock string therapy at home as well as Bates Method for better vision. I would love to know if you have any other suggestions.
Love and gratitude, R

Answer:

Hi R.

Yes, homeopathy can address many eye problems!  In fact, there are whole sections of the homeopathic repertory dedicated to eye and vision problems.  I’m not sure about amblyopia in particular, however.

I recommend you contact the premier homeopathic opthamalogist in the world — Dr. Edward Kondrot.  You might also benefit from other more natural approaches to eye health, for example see this site — NaturalEyeCare.com.

Even if your amblyopia and left eye prescription cannot be helped, your general health will be improved with homeopathic treatment.

I hope this helps!

-Amy

 

 

Coincidence, Con, or Kismet?

Question:

I recently met someone on a dating site. We hit it off really well. I did not think much of it except that we both live in the same small town and work in a nearby city.

The next morning, I was getting an energy drink on the way to work. I noticed something out of the corner of my eye. Again, I didn’t think much of the woman who caught my eye, however, I had a feeling I knew her. I disregarded it and continued to my car for my hour long drive to work. I noticed a car parked right next to me, which I though might be her car from the photo on the dating site. Again, I left it alone and continued.

At work she messaged me on the board and we continued via text messages. She asked if I would like to meet her at one of the local biergartens. I said yes.

After work she texted me that she was going to get a gift for her friend on the way to a party. I was on the way to get some groceries next to where she was going to pick up the gift. Again, I didn’t think much of it except, I thought it would be weird if I saw that same car on the way to the store. I was going under the turnaround and noticed that same car at the light turning to the right, close to one of the stores that sells what she was going to buy for a gift.

Needless to say, at this point, I was positive I was going to meet her at the party for the first time, not even 24 hours after we met online. We had a really great time together and closed the place down.

Anyway, I just wanted to get your thoughts on this. Thank you.

-Michael

Answer:

Hi Michael.

You know, whenever I get a question about synchronicity, it almost always deals with love — meeting one’s destined partner.  As I discuss in my book Active Consciousnesslife’s critical junctures — meeting one’s beloved, getting an important job, achieving some major life realization — is often accompanied by uncanny synchronicities that seem to “bring” you there.  There is often a sensation of excitement, joy, and peaceful knowing that occurs as well. For example, in the case of the story of how I met my husband Steve (described in Active Consciousness), the whole period of time was  suffused with an excited, almost electric, quality. In addition, both Steve and I somehow “knew” that we were destined for each other within a week.  All this, despite the fact that I had experienced years of unsuccessful relationships.  We didn’t get married for another 2 1/2 years, but I remember looking at myself in the mirror that first week, and saying to myself: “Don’t sabatoge this one!”  By the way, Steve and I have been together now for 36 years.

My simple answer to your question is:  It’s too soon to say.  In your case, your answer will probably only be known in hindsight.  But given the number of “uncanny coincidences” you are experiencing with this woman, I would stay alert to the possibility that this might indeed be kismet. Are you feeling an unusual sense of joy and electricity in the air?

On the other hand, there are two other explanations.  One is that you both live in the same small town.  You never noticed her car before because you hadn’t seen it in a photo you paid attention to — as you had on the dating site.

Another explanation is that this woman had noticed you before, had become interested in you, and was essentially “being in the right place at the right time” in order to get to know you.  This may sound like some kind of nefarious con-job, but it might be totally innocent and earnest on her part. She just likes you! Once again, hindsight will tell the full story.

Of course, we can also con ourselves when it comes to love. This isn’t true for your story, but in some of the letters people have written to me, they have essentially conned themselves into believing that seemingly-meaningful coincidences indicate that a specific person is “the one” — despite the fact that their love is not reciprocated or the person they love doesn’t even know who they are!  I tell them this:  you can’t make someone love you. In fact, it is spiritually unwise to try to do so.  If a love connection is kismet, it will most likely eventually happen.

I hope this answers your question.  And I hope it does work out for you.  In the meantime, enjoy life’s mysteries!

-Amy

 

 

Should I Give My Child the Remedy I Think Is Right? What Do You Think of Multiple Remedies? Sometimes My Answer Is: I Don’t Know. Proceed With Caution.

Question:

Hi.  I have an autistic son aged 6.  I am the Natrum Muriaticum type. During my pregnancy I experienced a lot of grief because my spouse was abroad. 

My son has been autistic since birth.  His personality matches the remedy Thuja. Should I give him Natrum Muriaticum as a remedy for the miasm of my grief during pregnancy, or should I give him Thuja?  Or can I give both at different time intervals?

I have contacted many homeopaths who treat autism and continued their remedy for more than 6 months. I believe their remedy does not match any symptoms or miasm, and there has been little or no results.  But I believe in homeopathy, as I got many cures for acute illnesses for me and my family.

Also, what is your opinion about multiple remedies? Some homeopaths say that for difficult syndromes like autism, multiple remedies are needed and claim that it works.  Even my homeopath says that.  What is your take on it?

-Binti

Answer:

I often get questions where a parent is sure of what remedy to give their child and asks me to support their self-treatment of their child.  My usual answer is — treatment of autism is difficult for even the most experienced homeopath.  I believe it almost always unwise for a parent to try and treat their autistic child.  In fact, I believe it is unwise for homeopaths to treat their own children, except for acute situations or emergencies.

In addition, just because a parent does not understand why a particular remedy was given to a patient does not mean that the remedy was obviously inappropriate to the case.  If it were, the homeopath would be incompetent, or perhaps, is treating according to some “formula” that does not apply to the child.  In either case, they should be abandoned. It is also possible that the homeopath just didn’t find the right remedy or dosing regimen and needs to try again. Or it’s possible that there were subtle signs of improvement that the parent didn’t see. Or it’s possible there was some factor that was antidoting the case.  It’s impossible for me to say!

That said, however, I have also heard of cases where budding homeopaths (often mothers of autistic children) did find a curative remedy for their child.  Maybe they did not achieve a full cure on their own, but they moved the case along, whereas a previous, more experienced homeopath had not.  So my answer, in general, to this question is:  I advise against treating your own child. Your best course is to find a new homeopath who will take your views and suggestions seriously. 

On the other hand, my guess is that you are determined to give Natrum Muriaticum or Thuja to your child and won’t rest easy until you do.  If this is the case, you could proceed quite cautiously, with a single low dose and see what happens.  It turns out that Thuja is a remedy that is sometimes used for vaccine damage, and is thus not uncommonly used in autism cases. In fact, it is a key remedy for the sycotic miasm.  Natrum Muriaticum can belong to any of the major miasms, and is not an uncommon autism remedy as well.  It’s really impossible  (and quite inappropriate) for me to recommend what you should do.  I am not practicing as a homeopath, and I never treated autistic children.  I merely am an educator to the general public about homeopathy.  So this is entirely your choice.

As far as multiple remedies goes, yes, I know many homeopaths who treat autism have begun giving more than one remedy at a time.  In general, this is frowned upon under the rubric of classical homeopathy.  Hahnemann believed that it would lead to confusion in the case  — what was doing what?  The habit of multiple remedies also tends to open the door to the use of pat “formulas” for this and that.  Usually a bad idea.  A midway approach would be to use multiple remedies that are specifically tailored to the case, perhaps in relatively quick alternation.  I believe this latter practice is what many autism homeopaths are beginning to do.

My honest answer is:  I don’t know.  Personally, I have never experienced the use of multiple remedies.  In fact, my tendency over the years has to become more conservative with my use of remedies — abiding by a more strict “wait and watch” approach. On the other hand, while this might be appropriate for relatively healthy people (as is now true for my entire family), in the case of a complex disease like autism, perhaps the single remedy approach is insufficient in some cases. One thing I do know, from talking to autism homeopaths, is that the cases they see have become more and more complex and severe over the years, due to more and more vaccines and toxins in our milieu. Here is one way to think about the (cautious) use of multiple remedies.

Imagine that a structure is built from many different materials and your goal is to dismantle it, one chunk at a time with a chunk-specific tool.  Whereas the approach of using one tool at a time (choosing the most appropriate tool for the current structure) is quite systematic, it may  also be possible that the structure has become so interlocked that no one tool will suffice at some particular time.  Things may have become so knotted that multiple tools must be used to remove more than one piece simultaneously.  It’s a riskier procedure, but it is necessary to proceed.  Later, however, using one tool at a time might become more appropriate. Perhaps this is what has happened with autism.

In summary, my answer to both of your questions is:  I’m not sure.  Proceed with caution. Work with a good homeopath that respects your views and opinions.   Trust your instinct.  Be patient and don’t give in to reckless desperation.  Slow and steady wins the race!

I hope this helps!

-Amy

 

What About Homeoprophylaxis?

Question:

Hello Amy,

When my 3 children got chicken pox a couple of years ago they were each given different remedies. It was wonderful to witness each handle the chicken pox with very little discomfort and to my surprise, witnessing cognitive development. As a home school parent, it was very apparent that their ability and readiness for learning had made a huge leap. I’d be interested in any research or information that you’d have on this subject.

Also, I was wondering what is your opinion of homeoprophylaxis. I know that many homeopaths do not believe this is truly “classical,” and therefore the patient shouldn’t be treated UNTIL they are showing symptoms.

Alejandra

Answer:

Hi Alejandra.

I don’t have a lot of research on it, but I have often read that pediatricians always used to notice cognitive leaps in their patients after the childhood diseases. They wrote about it too.  I discuss this in Chapter 4 of Impossible Cure. Today’s pediatricians simply don’t have the opportunity to notice this. You are lucky your kids got to experience chicken pox.  Both my kids did too (the chicken pox vaccine wasn’t even being given yet).  Now they really are immune!  I have often heard it said, as well, that “shedding” from children who have recently had the chicken pox vaccine sometimes triggers shingles (a related disease) in their grandparents.

As far as homeoprophylaxis — I am not an expert on it.  But I believe it is an important tool.  Yes, giving vaccine nosodes on a fixed schedule in lieu of vaccines is definitely not classical homeopathy. But people who have experimented with it extensively (like Isaac Golden in Australia) claim it works and is safe.  In fact, as I also discuss in Impossible Cure, the nosode of smallpox was accepted in lieu of vaccination in at least one state in the early 1900s.  It worked!  Recent studies of very successful homeoprophylaxis campaigns have also been conducted in Cuba and South America. However, in both these cases, they were conducted during active epidemics.

So I guess my short answer is: if there is an active threat of an epidemic, it’s probably a very good idea.  Being generally healthy (for example, due to ongoing constitutional treatment) is also a preventative for any acute disease. Of course, it would be great if homeoprophylaxis were accepted in lieu of vaccination!  It would be much safer.  Still, I do worry that blanket fixed protocols of disease nosodes might be foolish for some people, especially sensitive individuals.

If you want to learn more about homeoprophylaxis, there is a lot of activity about it these days.  There are conferences and books too (a good place to start might be Kate Birch’s book). Just google “homeoprophylaxis.”

-Amy

 

Addressing Adrenal Fatigue with Homeopathy

Question:

Hi Amy. 

I have adrenal fatigue and would like to know what you would suggest in Homeopathy for this? Thank you : ). 

-Sean

Answer:

Hi Sean.

Adrenal fatigue seems to be an increasing problems these days, probably because of our stressful, busy, caffeinated lives.  I must admit, since I am not a practitioner, I am not an expert on this problem.  However, just like most systemic chronic problems, the best treatment option using homeopathy is to see a good classical homeopath who can find the best remedy that fits you as an individual. (To find a good practitioner, you might start by checking out the referral lists on my book site.).  Each person will have their own situation and personality that has led to their unique symptoms of adrenal fatigue.  The remedy that will most help them is the one that best fits them as an individual.  Reading Impossible Cure is probably the best way to understand why this is true.

That said, a brief search online with “homeopathy adrenal fatigue” will lead you to plenty of articles describing remedies that may be suitable this problem. For example, this article on hpthy.com.

However, I would caution you not to self-treat for this problem. If you are suffering from adrenal fatigue, all you need to to add one more quick fix into the mix. Self-treatment with remedies for this problem might also lead either to aggravation of the problem or ineffective treatment, because dosing must be individualized too.  So the real long-term solution will be finding the best-fitting remedy for you, at the right dose, coupled with lifestyle changes that alleviate your tendency to have this problem.  These will most likely also involve changes to your sleep habits, food choices, lowering use of caffeine, incorporating meditation and massage into your life, and alleviating stress in other (healthy) ways.  A good homeopath should be able to help you with these and other changes. Some counseling, exercise, and a good vacation might be called for too!

Good luck with this problem.  I hope this is helpful!
-Amy

 

The Cause of Autism

vaccineQuestion:

Hi Amy.  Do you know what caused your son’s autism?  Was it after a vaccine?

Answer:

The honest answer is that I don’t really know.  But I have my suspicions that it was the MMR vaccine given at 15 months.  There was not a dramatic negative effect like for some children  (such effects, usually frankly neurological, are usually caused by the DPT vaccine), but upon examining videos years later, I noticed that the slow decline in responsiveness and his drift into a dream-like state began at that time. In addition, I discovered that I had postponed that particular doctor’s appointment for a week because Max was recovering from roseola, which is a disease related to measles.  Not only had he been in a compromised state health-wise, but he had just had a disease related to the vaccine itself.  It might also be interesting to know that Max showed notable leaps in development and maturity after he experienced a very mild case of what appeared to be measles (not totally sure, though) at age 8 and mumps at age 15. He also had pertussis (whooping cough) at age 3. I viewed these ailments as the vaccines finally leaving his system (by the way, none of his friends had these diseases at the time) and we used only homeopathy to treat.  I am also thrilled that Max  now has true immunity to mumps!

Other possibly related causal factors:  I used to have 11 mercury fillings in my teeth (they have all since been replaced); and there is obviously a genetic sensitivity in my family, since there is at least distant one cousin in the family with autism (unfortunately, they never gave homeopathy a real try), and I now believe my brother (who is schizophrenic) is also on the spectrum. My other son, Izaak, has also suffered over the years from tics (for the most part, these have been completely remediated by homeopathy) and he is also gluten and dairy intolerant (though Max is not!).

It is also interesting to note that the autism epidemic started really shooting up after the introduction of the HepB vaccine at birth.  Max was born in  1991, just when this began.  Interestingly, I didn’t even know he had been given this vaccine in the hospital!  I only discovered it about 4 years ago when Max was blood-tested at a routine checkup for HepB and the blood test showed he had been vaccinated.  (But not to my knowledge!)

By the way, Max is perfectly fine now.  Not a trace of any kind of problem.  He is 25, living in Los Angeles working as a motion graphics artist full-time. He has a degree from USC’s top-rated film school (in animation).  He is probably one of the most gregarious social people you could ever meet.

Finally, I recommend you read what I have to say about Max’s case in Chapter 3 of Impossible Cure. Also, check out my recommendations on the Impossible Cure web site page about autism. I have also spoken about my views vis-a-vis vaccines on Your Baby Booty.

Finally, I think it’s important to say that I believe autism is a probably an auto-immune disease caused by a perfect-storm of causes.  I talk about this extensively, and the rate of increase of autism, in a recent article.  Factors include over-vaccination, toxins in the vaccines (e.g., mercury and aluminum) and in our environment (notably glyphosate from Roundup), the poor state of our food supply, and exposure to EMFs in the form of WIFI, cellphones, cordless phones, smart meters, and more. As these factors increase and intensify, more and more children are falling prey to them.  At first it may only have been those who were super sensitive, but now less and less sensitivity is necessary to succumb.

-Amy

Detoxing From Allopathic Drugs

sideeffectsQuestion:

I’ve been suffering with what I believe are the side effects of the drug Accutane for almost 25 years. Whilst it has affected me mentally, the physical symptoms I would say are worse. I keep getting injuries that don’t heal and live with chronic pain. I’ve seen three different therapists who did a treatment called Field Control Therapy which involves the use of kinesiology and remedies which are homeopathic/tautopathic. I was given Accutane homeopathically at different potencies, one was 90y and one was 50M. Both I think are fairly high potencies. I haven’t taken them other than those few times, and on my own I took Accutane 200C 2 or 3 times. I don’t feel any better. I just wonder if maybe I need to keep taking it. Because what they were doing with me was a kind of detox and I reacted badly to them all I haven’t persisted with their treatment. I just wonder for chronic long term problems what the right treatment is. Do you have any experience with treatment Accutane toxicity?

-Emma

Answer:

Hi Emma.  I’m sorry to hear about your suffering from Accutane.  I talk about this drug in Impossible Cure and how it can cause suicidal ideation among the teenagers who take it for acne.  Where I live in Palo Alto, teen suicide has become a huge problem.  While everyone discusses how to deal with it, no one mentions that the true cause might be drugs like antidepressants and Accutane.  In this community, parents have become accustomed to the idea that most teenagers need to be on some psychiatric drug!  It’s very sad.

Anyway, taking the offending drug in potency is one way to detox.  However, as you experienced, this can be a difficult experience and is by no means guaranteed.  My advice is to see a classical homeopath who has experience with isopathic treatment as well. Such homeopaths know better (than someone who does something like Field Control Therapy) how to use remedies to support the detox process.  They will also use general constitutional remedies to heal the body — which might be more important, really, than detox.  In my view, excellent classical treatment, based strictly on the overall mental/physical/emotional symptoms being experienced (which might involve isopathic/tautopathic remedies, or not), can more gently detox and heal.

By the way, I’m not sure what a 90y potency is.  I’ve never heard of it.  But yes, 50M is very high, and even 200c can be a very high potency.

I hope this is helpful!

-Amy

 

Revealing the Remedy Name — or Not

remediesQuestion:

Dear Amy,

I’ve visited a registered classical homeopath twice for my depression and anxiety. The first time, he gave me drops that didn’t help. Two months later, about a week ago, he gave me other drops that might have caused an aggravation of the symptoms. Both times he didn’t write what is in the vial, and when I asked about it, he mumbled something unintelligibly and that was the end of the consultation. He has a well established practice and is very popular. From a business point of view I can understand his attitude, but is it also correct?

-Herbert

Answer:

Herbert,  Unfortunately it sounds like your practitioner isn’t very good at patient communication!

It is not uncommon for some homeopaths not to reveal the remedy name.  Personally, I would not be happy with this, but I understand why they might do so.  First, they don’t want the patient to buy more of the remedy and dose themselves — and then take too much.  Secondly, they don’t want the patient to look up the remedy and become disturbed by what it’s made from or from other information they read about its symptoms.

In the USA, however, most practitioners DO reveal the remedy name. It would be considered unethical not do so.

I’m not exactly sure what to suggest to you.  The fact that you’ve had an aggravation from the second remedy is actually a sign that it might be correct and you just need to let the aggravation settle down.  Then you will likely start feeling better.

However, if this does not happen, I think you might need to look for a new practitioner that you like better. It sounds like you don’t trust this homeopath. It is essential that your relationship with your homeopath be easy and free-flowing.

I hope this is helpful,

Amy

Each Patient Heals in Their Own Way; Be Patient and Follow Your Intuition

questionQuestion:

Hello Amy.  I want to ask one question.

I’m a mother of ASD daughter, age 3.11. A year ago she was diagnosed with mild to moderate autism… It’s about a year since I started homeopathic treatment.

After one year of treatment I can say that there is a good change in her receptive language and speech (she talks in single words and a few two-word sentences) but there is no change in her eye contact. She also still makes a humming sound, is rocking, impatient, has self-talking, and screams when things are not according to her will. She also has awakening and teeth grinding, etc.

My question is that, in your opinion, should I consider this to be improving? Or should I change my homeopath (he is good classical homeopath) as she is improving in speech but not in the other areas? I’m desperately waiting for your reply. Thanks!

— Mahmoona

 

Answer:

Hi Mahmoona.  I must admit that it is hard to say.  Many people would be thrilled to get the language improvements first… they get eye contact, but no language!

In my opinion, there are two possible explanations or paths forward:

1) Your practitioner might need to change remedies or be slightly more aggressive in dosing.

2) Each patient heals in their own way, according to the wisdom of their own body.  Your daughter is improving in language first.  All of the symptoms you describe are typical autism symptoms. I would say that it’s likely that these symptoms will also improve over time, you just need to be more patient.

Also consider this.  Being autistic is a bit like being hidden in your own world. As the child comes out and joins our world, it can create a lot of anxiety for them. So sometimes things like stimming, etc.  can actually get worse for a while. Also, expressing her needs and wants is good! It’s better than not expressing them!  But given her current limitations, she naturally gets frustrated.

I would talk to your practitioner and see what they think.  Do they feel like your daughter is still making progress?

I would definitely give it another 6 months or so.  If you still feel dissatisfied, then you might consider another practitioner. Follow your gut intuition.

Hope this helps!

-Amy