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

Chronic anxiety, antidepressants, combo remedies, self-treatment, and more…

fearQuestion:

Hello Amy, I have a question for you. Please would you take time to answer me.

Last year in March I had been suffering from mild anxiety regarding my health issues. Someone advised me to take: Lehning L72 for anxiety (homeopathic). I took it three times a day (20 drops). The first day I felt a very good improvement in my mood. Then on the second or third day I had an severe aggravation in my anxiety which scared me so much that I stopped taking that medicine. I was given antidotes such as Nux Vomica which only helped a little bit. I was then given other homeopathic medicines.

But the anxiety got worse and finally I started taking treatment by a proper Homeopathic doctor. But I also started taking allopathic antidepressant medicine (Venlafaxine 75 mg). After 4 months (last year August) things got quite better and in the 5th month (last year September) I got married and my anxiety vanished almost completely because of distraction. So after the sixth month I stopped taking the homeopathic medicine but continued the antidepressant.

This year in March/April my anxiety is starting to come back because of minor stress, and I always am scared that the anxiety of last year may come back. I started tapering off the antidepressant (reducing 7.5 mg = 10% every three weeks). I started at 75 mg antidepressant in April and now I am at 45 mg. But the anxiety got worse again especially 3 – 4 days ago.

Now, two days ago I started taking again Lehning L72 (because I thought that if that medicine triggered the aggravation, then it should be able to heal me too!). I took L72 two days ago around 4 PM (but only 10 drops this time). Suddenly I felt much better the whole day and night. Also the next day (i.e. yesterday) was quite good. Around 4 – 5 PM I started having (light!) negative thoughts again and I again took a dose and after an hour the improvement came back again. Overall I do feel better.

Now my question is: Should I keep the dose (i.e. once a day 10 drops) or should I increase it to twice a day? I’m afraid that increasing the frequency could trigger a very bad aggravation again. And I am also afraid what will happen when Ido my next reducing step on my antidepressant fom 45 mg to 37 mg.

Thanks a lot!  -Ahmed

Answer:

Ahmed,

I decided to respond to you through an article instead of a personal response because your question brings up so many points that will be useful for so many people to learn from. I often get questions like yours, so I hope you don’t mind my using your question as a “teaching moment.”

First of all, as I always tell people who write to me, I am not a practitioner, merely an educator to the general public about homeopathy.  Nevertheless, there is a lot to learn from your experience.

First of all, I had never heard of “Lehning 72”, so I looked it up.  It is a combination remedy, marketed for sleep, with many different remedies in low potency, including: Sumbulus moschatus, Oleum Gaultheriae, Cicuta virosa, Asafoetida, Corydalis formosa, Ignatia, Valeriana, Staphysagria, Avena sativa, and Hyoscyamus. While such combinations can often provide symptomatic relief for a while, the real question is: Is one of these remedies the true correct remedy for a patient? Is another? Combo remedies like these are not that much different than over-the-counter allopathic drugs. They may provide relief for a time, but are not deeply curative.

Another important question is: What is the effect of taking all these different remedies (most of which are not the correct remedy for you) repeatedly?  Yes, they are in very low doses (in this formula, mostly 2x and 3x), but nevertheless, it does not surprise me at all that repeated dosing with this formula caused an aggravation that was difficult for you to antidote.

After your experience with Lehning 72, you finally saw a proper homeopath. Given that your problem was chronic anxiety, this should have been your proper course of action from the start. Simultaneously, however, you started taking antidepressants.  Now the question becomes:  Did you feel better because of the antidepressants or because of the remedy? It is impossible to tell. And as you’ve discovered, it is very hard to go off of antidepressants once you have been on them. (Interestingly, though, homeopathy can provide a lot of help in helping you get off antidepressants.  Here is a recent lecture on the topic, sponsored by the National Center for Homeopathy.)

So now you are in a situation where you need help in getting off the antidepressants and with your anxiety.  My first suggestion is to go back to your homeopath, who can help guide you through this process and find a correct remedy for you.  However, if you wish to proceed on your own by using Lehning 72, please remember this cardinal rule in taking remedies (despite what the label on the remedy bottle says):

Take a remedy only as needed. If your symptoms subside, do not repeat the remedy until they return again.

Moreover, you need not take a lot of a remedy.  The difference between 2 drops, 10 drops, and 20 drops (or 1 pill, 3 pills, or 6 pills) is negligible for most people. What matters more is frequency of dosing, not the amount of dose.

Another cardinal rule: If your symptoms worsen or new symptoms develop, stop taking the remedy (and call your homeopath). You have either taken too much, causing an aggravation, or it is the wrong remedy. In either case, stopping the remedy usually causes the situation to subside, though it might take days or a few weeks.

For all of these reasons, it is always wise to see a homeopath for any chronic condition.

Finally, reading my book, Impossible Cure, especially chapters 4, 6, and 8, will explain many of these things to you.  In fact, the book is even used as a first year textbook by many homeopathic schools.

Ahmed, I really do believe that proper homeopathic treatment could be your answer, both for your anxiety and in helping you get off antidepressants.  Moreover, if you do not feel comfortable with your current homeopath, please find another.

I hope this is helpful!  And all the best to you.

Amy

 

Dog with Erythema Multiforme

petsQuestion:

Hi Amy. I have a dog diagnosed with severe erythema multiforme (a skin condition). She is elderly now and has always suffered from severe summer allergies. In June of last year, she received a three year rabies shot and within a week the excessive, thick, odorous drooling began. She began to have great difficulty eating. It took months to get a diagnosis. Now her face and legs are turning black. I gave her Apis 200c and her fur began falling out leaving bright pink skin underneath which I now must coat in sunscreen or she can’t go out. It’s like a burn. She is tired and sleeps a lot but she still has a good appetite. She doesn’t drink enough water and in spite of me feeding her three times a day, she is loosing weight. Hope you can help.

-Michele

Answer:

Hi Michele.

You really need to work with a good homeopathic vet. Please visit the site of the Academy of Veterinary Homeopathy.  Most will work with you over the phone if you cannot find someone nearby. Homeopathic vets have expert knowledge of how to deal with problems like these.  It is very likely that Apis was not the correct remedy for your dog, but perhaps the fur falling out is actually a healing reaction and new fur will grow in the new skin.

In any case, your question points out a very important point: the dangers of over-vaccination in animals.  The yearly vaccines given to pets are completely unnecessary and simply ploys for you to come in for a visit. Repeated rabies vaccines have led to low-grade rabies and violence in many animals. The foremost teacher of veterinary homeopathy (who formerly worked in veterinary immunology), Richard Pitcairn, has written at length about this subject, which I also discussed in a past newsletter.

Unfortunately, in our pets we are seeing the results, in compressed form, of multiple generations of over-vaccination: an increase in chronic diseases and cancer in younger and younger animals.  We will see similar results in humans over time.

An older pet should not be vaccinated. Your dog already had a tendency toward allergies, which has now deepened into new chronic problems.  However, I have a feeling that with expert care, your dog can do much better.  One of the things that homeopathic vets do is put dogs and cats on a diet of raw food.  We did this with my previous dog when she was 10, her health problems abated, and she lived to be 17 and died simply of old age.

I hope this helps!

-Amy

Learning about Homeopathy

studiesQuestion:

I want to learn homeopathy.  Can you teach me? -Razi

Answer:

Hi Razi.

Wow, when I first saw this question, I laughed a bit.  Learning homeopathy — I mean really learning to practice homeopathy — is just as difficult and time-consuming as learning to practice conventional medicine.  Perhaps even more so! However, learning even some homeopathy can go a long way and is totally worthwhile, and there are many resources for you to explore.

As far as what I personally can teach you, my answer is: read my book, Impossible Cure!  That is why I wrote it! Not only is it an excellent patient education book, but it is used as a first-year text book by many homeopathic schools. If you read and absorb the material, you will pretty much understand everything you need to know about homeopathy except details of the remedies and treatment methods.  Then, to learn about individual remedies, you can begin with a variety of self-help books.  I include a “Helpful Reading” section at the end of Impossible Cure, but you can also just go to Amazon and type in “homeopathy”.

Another approach is to listen to the free recordings of my old radio shows, also available on my site, which essentially provide a short course on homeopathy, interspersed with interviews of homeopaths that treat autism.

To deepen your education after this, I recommend attending a homeopathic school, many of which offer online or distance learning opportunities.  You can find guidance on the site of the National Center for Homeopathy.  There are also excellent homeopathic publications you can read.  The National Center puts out an excellent quarterly magazine, Homeopathy Today.  Another excellent and free online publication is the Hpathy Newsletter. However, it is a bit more geared toward practitioners.

I hope this is helpful!

-Amy

Remedy Helps, but Stops Helping; A Case of IBS

stomach-painQuestion:

Hi Amy.

I am a 35 years old man who is very sick with severe IBS, many food intolerances and malabsorption. I have lost 15 kilos in 18 months. I am very well aware of the potential of Homeopathy. Unfortunately, I have been going from one doctor to another, but 6 homeopaths have failed to help me till date.

Nobody in my family has any digestive issues and my issues started after I immigrated to Canada from India. There were 3 reasons why I got IBS.
1) Exposure to -58 C in Canada w/o sun for many months.
2) Extreme anxiety.
3) Indulgence in processed food.

For the first time, a remedy started working a bit and I got some hope. It was Calcarea Carbonica 10M. My stool frequency came down from 3 times a day to 1. The colour, texture and size improved. After 2 weeks, I made a huge mistake. I wanted to see if it made any difference to the food intolerances I suffer from, so I had some chocolate with nuts and a Coke. My gut broke down badly and all the effects of Calc Carb vanished. Doc asked me to have Cal Carb 10M again and I did, but this time it failed to bring any result.

My, question to you is: If Calc carb failed to bring in the result again, should the remedy be changed or should it be taken again after few months? 10M is a high potency and I can’t take it the third time again as I have already taken it twice in 2 months time.

Also, do you know any doctor personally who is an expert in curing IBS patients? I have lost my job due to my sickness and I am on the verge of wrapping up and returning home, which I really don’t want. I am only alive on rice, boiled veggies, curd and banana. Can’t eat anything else.

I am so glad your son was cured. Yours is the second case in my knowledge; the first one was a Russian kid whose mom, a doctor, cured him with naturopathy and diet change.

Thank you for your time and patience!! Ray

Answer:

Ray, I’m sorry to hear about your IBS woes.  It sounds horrible.

First of all, I don’t know of a practitioner who specializes in IBS.  However, it is the kind of problem that probably every homeopath deals with.  That said, I suggest that you may need to consult other kinds of practitioners, in addition to a homeopath.

First of all, you should probably see a naturopath who can help you with dietary recommendations. They may also uncover other physical issues that are contributing to your IBS.

Second, you need to address your anxiety.  Homeopathy can definitely help, but obviously, your anxiety is quite intense.  Talking to a counselor and starting a meditation practice is probably  necessary. Your body is talking to you and it’s time to listen!  This is a problem that obviously won’t be easily patched over by a pill.  You must meet whatever is literally “eating” at you head on! This will require some intense self-examination and soul-searching on your part.

Finally, as far as the Calc Carb goes, there are a couple of possibilities.  First, it’s possible that a lower,  more frequent dose could be the answer.  For example, you might benefit from a daily dose of 12c, or regular liquid dosing of 30c or an LM potency. You should discuss this with your homeopath.  Another possibility is that Calc Carb is close, but not the correct remedy.  In this case, your homeopath should reexamine the case.

I hope this is helpful!

-Amy

Proving a Remedy from Too High a Dose

discomfortQuestion:

Hi Amy,

I hope you are well. I would love your feedback.

Around a month ago I went to a respected homeopath to help me out with some post period pains. He prescribed Pulsatilla 1M. 2 days later I woke up in a panicked state with nausea and diarrhea. Didn’t think much about it and went back to sleep. A few days later I was trying to fall asleep and I was suddenly woken up with an ill and horrible feeling of panic, nausea, diarrhea. This continued for about a week where I felt SO unbelievably horrible with horrible horrible panic and anxiety. Shivering, chills, no appetite. Would wake up suddenly every night with nervous energy and restlessness. This went on for a week. I had an appointment to see him at the end of the week. I explained my distress and bad reaction and he gave me Nat-m 30 that he said will help calm me down and help with my sleep. It calmed me down for a few hours but it did nothing for my sleep. I ended up sleeping 1 hr that night and woke up with the same panic again. I called him the next day and he gave me Lycopodium 1M. That did help with my sleep and I have been sleeping well (not much but well) for the past 2 weeks. My symptoms have been slowly improving ever since. On and off I do still get anxiety, and my diarrhea and nausea is still happening every morning. I would like to know if this is a possible reaction to the Pulsatilla, is it may be because my body was overly sensitive to the remedy? Will this last much longer? What can I do to alleviate my symptoms? Thanks so much!! Really appreciate your time.

-Pauline

Answer:

Hi Pauline.  I’m sorry to hear about your reaction to the Pulsatilla.  It is episodes like these that can convince anyone of the power of homeopathic remedies.  Please tell that to the skeptics who say they are sugar pills!  Also, it points to the importance of treatment under the care of a good homeopath.

Yes, I think you are “proving” the remedy Pulsatilla.  That is, you are getting symptoms caused by the remedy.  Provings are the way in which homeopaths find out what a remedy can cause and therefore cure, and many homeopaths undergo these experiments as part of their training.  This is the way our materia medica of new potential remedies is developed.

Unfortunately, if a remedy is incorrect, or even if it is correct but is given in too high a dose, a patient may experience this phenomenon.  Usually, it only lasts a few days or at most a couple of weeks.  Sometimes, however, it is more intense and long-lived, especially if the patient is particularly sensitive.  In that case, the most effective solution is to take the correct remedy, though antidoting the problem remedy by applying Vicks Vaporub to the chest can also serve to alleviate things.

It turns out that Lycopodium and Pulsatilla are definitely related remedies, and it is likely that your reaction pointed your homeopath to this new choice. My question is:  how are your post-period pains now?  Are they improved?  Were they improved on the Pulsatilla?

My guess is that your proving of Pulsatilla will definitely slowly abate.  You are obviously highly sensitive to this remedy! If it’s any consolation, I myself had a negative reaction of this kind to Pulsatilla.

As you are discovering, homeopathy is a tricky practice.  It is sometimes hard to choose the right remedy, in the right dose. That is why starting with a lower dose of a remedy (e.g., 30c) may be wisest if remedy choice is uncertain.  In any case, I hope you are doing much better now, and that your original problem of post-period pain is on its way out too.

-Amy