Do I Vaccinate My Teens?

vaccineQuestion:

Hello Amy.

I am struggling to get clear information for my 18 and 21 year old children. I elected to not vaccinate at the time of their birth, opting to breastfeed. One factor was information from my son’s father who is Native American and had a severe response to the MMR vaccine (or the course of vaccines) during his infancy. My understanding is that most research on vaccines efficacy and reactions is for Anglo-American children.

So now as an adult, which vaccines should be considered for international travel? My one son did have whooping cough, which I understand does not carry any immunity into adulthood, and chicken pox. He did get tetanus, Hep A and B, and polio vaccines recently for a trip to rural Asia. But with the recent measles hype, I am seeking information, not judgment and fear.

My primary care physician has no idea what to suggest, sending me on to the health department, and the CDC does not provide clear information on risks and consequences of the MMR, especially for people of Native American descent. Or of getting these diseases as an adult. Any suggestions?

– Carrie

Answer:

Hi Carrie.

Your question is quite timely, given the recent explosion of hysteria about measles in the press.  First, you might check out this recent article I wrote about the measles, though it doesn’t directly answer your question.

First, I have to say, that I cannot make a recommendation to you about this issue.  This is up for you to decide, and actually, for your children to decide, since they are already adults.

Your question, however, underscores the problem of removing the experience of the childhood diseases from our children’s lives!  I am 59 and had all of the childhood diseases — measles, mumps, chickenpox, and rubella — and therefore am completely immune. This is true for pretty much all adults age 55 and over.

However, a large percentage of  adults younger than 55 who were vaccinated are no longer immune! The effects of vaccines tend to wear off.  If you think about it, though, that means that many adults who are traveling to foreign countries think they are immune to measles but are not! This has been true for a long time. But perhaps this may also give you a bit more confidence about the risk of your children getting measles while they are abroad.  And also know that the rate of deaths from measles in the USA (which has been occurring all along, even after the vaccine campaigns began), is extremely small.

As far as studies about the effects of measles vaccines.  Well, there really haven’t been any good studies about the long-term risks of most vaccines.  Did you know that the serum used by the “control” group for many trials is simply another vaccine? This has become standard practice!  Such trials merely measure if the tested vaccine causes worse effects than other vaccines already on the market!  This is obviously something that is not commonly known, though it is there for all to read  on Wikipedia.  Other trials use a “control” serum that contain the adjuvants (like mercury and aluminum) that many suspect are also to blame for vaccine injuries.  Why not use placebo?  Is it because the vaccine developers (who also conduct these trials) don’t want the true effects of their vaccines to be known?

As it turns out, a whistle-blower came forward last year and admitted that he was a co-author of a CDC study about the relationship between MMR and autism and had helped to fudge the data in order to hide the fact that it showed there was a significantly increased chance that black male children get autism from MMR.  Apparently, Obama has recently given this whistle-blower immunity so that he can step forward.

Finally, let’s no forget that disease is all about susceptibility.  A healthy adult is much less susceptible to infectious disease than a malnourished or unhealthy adult. They can certainly recover from such diseases better as well. And those of us who are fortunate enough to be aware of its benefits also have homeopathy at our disposal!  Remedies can certainly make the course of any of the childhood diseases much shorter and less severe. There are several good books out there about using remedies while traveling abroad, including their use for infectious diseases — for example, one written by my good friend Richard Pitt.

I hope this is helpful!

-Amy

 

 

 

Homeopathy and Psoriasis

psoriasisQuestion:

Have you had any success with the healing of psoriasis?  My daughter who is 31 has had it since she was 13.  It was 80% coverage, but with a lot of natural treatments and dietary changes, it is only on knees and elbows.  Thank you for your consideration.

– Her Mom

Answer:

Dear Concerned Mom,

I know that psoriasis is really a horrible and irritating chronic problem, and that traditional medicine doesn’t provide many good answers, especially none that are truly curative. Did you know that the word “psoriasis” derives from the Hebrew word used in the Bible, “tzaraath,” for skin diseases? The common Jewish word for troubles or aggravations is “tzuris,”coming from the same word.

Luckily, it is precisely these kinds of intractable chronic problems that homeopathy excels at! Although it might take a while to find a good remedy and dosing regimen, cure is possible.  You will need patience, however.

First, know that I myself am not a practitioner. I am more of an educator to the general public (through sites like this one!).  I do this out of trying to help others and do not receive compensation for these efforts.

Interestingly, however, I did treat patients part-time for a couple of years, and one of them was a long-time psoriasis sufferer.  None of the remedies I prescribed for her was truly curative, but I got close; I  later  found out that a remedy closely related to the last one I prescribed for her  finally did do the trick!

Anyway, there is a lot of  evidence for the success of homeopathy in treating psoriasis.  For example, you might check out the following article that recently appeared online: Is Psoriasis Permanently Curable in Homeopathy?  This article has links to others about psoriasis too.  If you do a Google search on “psoriasis treatment homeopathy,” you will find many other articles as well.

I would say that pretty much any experienced homeopath has treated many cases of psoriasis.  My recommendation is to find a very good classical homeopath.  You can find referral information on the web site for my book Impossible Cure.

I hope this was helpful!

-Amy

 

Winter Itching

Question:

itchy-skinI have a question. I am male, age 73yrs. I am getting itching all over my body in winters. Now it is severe; it was moderate some years back. I have started using Calendula/Graphitis/Thuja ointments and bio chemic no 20. Allopathy/dermatologist treatment was of no use. I am a lymphoma patient in remission for over 6 yrs and underwent chemotherapy. Help me.

-JS

Answer:

JS,

I know how irritating itchiness can be.  I tend to be a bit itchy myself, especially my back in the evenings.  This is a very common symptom, particularly for post-menopausal women, because our skin becomes much drier. Your lymphoma treatment may have exacerbated this problem for you.

First, know that I am not a practitioner and do not provide treatment advice on this site.

My recommendation is that you see a  good classical homeopath for this problem.  While over-the-counter homeopathic creams can often do wonders and are a good self-treatment option for many patients, especially because they do not usually antidote remedies being taken for other problems (in fact, I use such creams myself on occasion), it seems to me that your problems are more systemic and deeper in nature — especially because of your past treatment for lymphoma. That is why treatment under the guidance of a homeopath might be more successful.  I do have some referrals lists on my site.

As readers of Impossible Cure know, I am also not a big fan of over-the-counter mixed remedies, such as biochemics. They do not provide very good homeopathic treatment.

Another option for you might be supplementation with oils — for example, fish oil or coconut oil. I have incorporated both into my daily health regimen because they have many other health benefits as well! Topical coconut oil might also be helpful. You can find a lot online about the use of such oils for itchiness. A good naturopath might also be helpful in providing advice about such supplements.

I hope this is helpful!

-Amy

Useful Free Online Libraries

Question:

Old-BooksHi Amy.
I was wondering if you have heard of a web site called openlibrary.org. Joining is free and you can look up many books and read them on line. I looked up homeopathy and found some really old books to read. One that I think you should look up is Fifty Reasons For Being A Homeopath by James Compton Burnett, 1896.  Just thought I would pass this info along to you.

-Jim

Answer:

Jim, thanks for this info!  No, I wasn’t aware of this site! Thanks for passing this on to me and the other Ask Amy readers. I imagine that many of the old great homeopathic books are past copyright and available on this site.  What a great resource!

Burnett was certainly one of our homeopathic greats. I talk about him in my book Impossible Cure. I describe his conversion from allopathy to homeopathy, as well as the fact that he was one of the first homeopaths to discuss the problem of vaccinosis — disease being triggered by vaccinations — a problem that we are all too familiar with today.

Readers of Ask Amy might be interested in another wonderful source of free homeopathic treasures: homeoint.org/english/index.htm.  Another useful source of free books can be found on HomeopathyHome.com.

The classics of homeopathy are as relevant today as they were back in the 1800s, because unlike allopathic medicine, the principles of homeopathy — Likes Cure Likes — never change!  If a remedy cured a symptom then, it still does today!

-Amy

Dog with abscess and vomiting

petsQuestion:

My dog is suffering from anal gland abscess. I gave him 3 doses of Arsenicum Album 200c. A new symptom appeared — he is vomiting for the past 4 days. I gave him Nux Vomica 200c, 3 doses, as an antidote. It relieved him for 20 hrs but he is vomiting again. He vomits when he walks. While lying down he is fine. Can you suggest anything?

-Aman

Answer:

Aman, it sounds like your dog is going through a hard time.  First let me say that I do not make treatment recommendations on Ask Amy.  Nor am I a practitioner (I only practiced part time for a couple of years).  However, I do give a lot of free educational advice to the general public about homeopathic treatment.

My first recommendation is to stop treating your dog yourself. Unless you are a trained homeopath, you are beginning to witness the consequences of treating oneself or one’s family (or pet) without really understanding homeopathy.  Three doses of 200c of any remedy is a lot of remedy!  Even if Arsenicum Album were the correct remedy (though it doesn’t spring to mind for me), your dog has needlessly suffered from a proving aggravation — vomiting is a strong symptom of Arsenicum Album.  My recommendation is to let this aggravation subside.  It may take several days.

There are many remedies for abscesses. If you choose to try another, I recommend using a much lower potency (say, 12c or 30c) and only a single dose, and seeing what happens.

However, your best option is to take your dog to a homeopathic vet if you can find one.  Many work online or over the phone.  I don’t know what country you are in, but in the United States, homeopathic vets (who are all licensed veterinarians) can be found through The Academy of Veterinary Homeopathy.  If working with a homeopathic vet is not possible, many homeopaths who treat humans successfully treat pets too.

Hope this helps!

-Amy

Homeopathy in Mexico; Impossible Cure in Spanish

spanishQuestion:

Hi Amy.  I am Mexican and don’t speak too much English. Is your book translated into Spanish? Do you know any Homeopathic doctor in my country? Thank for your answer. God bless you. – Rocio

Answer:

Rocio,

I have been trying to get a Spanish version of Impossible Cure published for a long time! Over the years, many people have written to me requesting a Spanish translation.  Unfortunately, I myself do not commission translations of my books — instead, foreign publishers approach me to arrange a translation deal.  A deal with a Mexican publisher was in the works a couple of years ago, but then mysteriously evaporated — they suddenly did not answer any correspondence.

However, here is a Spanish translation of an article written by me about homeopathic treatment of autism, which appeared in the June 2012 issue of Revista Homeopatica de la Salud magazine.

(For those interested, foreign language versions of Impossible Cure are currently available in German, Arabic, Czech, Greek, and very soon, Korean).

As far as homeopathy in Mexico, I suggest you try this referral list:

http://homeopatia.com.mx

When you contact a homeopath, ask if they are a classical homeopath (sometimes called a “unicist” — that is, they use only one remedy at a time). Homeopathy is actually very popular and accepted throughout Latin America, and especially in South America.

I hope this is helpful!

-Amy

 

The Role of Synchronicity in Relationships

heartcloudQuestion:

I read your story of coming to your husband through synchronicity. I am curious how that might align with a woman having a gut feeling that she is meant to be with a certain man, and who feels that the universe is providing signs which affirm that. Can such instinct and “signs” be true? Are they indications that things are heading a certain way, or is this simply coincidence and does free will in decision making/choices trump what “feels” right? Is there a way to harness one’s consciousness towards a desired outcome?

-Marie

Answer:

Hi Marie.  It sounds like you are facing issues that all of us have faced at some point in our lives —  how to find love, how to know when fate is directing you toward a certain love, or whether it’s all “in your imagination”.

Marie, you do not describe the nature of the “signs” directing you toward this man.  Certainly, your “gut feelings” could simply be wish-fulfillment, though  sometimes such feelings can really be coming from  your Higher Self. However, true synchronicities, occurring in the outer world, are signs that you are “on the right track.”

My first piece of advice to you is this:  if your higher or inner Self is directing you to someone with synchronicities, then you must have TRUST that, in the end, things will work out as they should, especially if you follow the  heart of your inner Self (what I call “Choose Joy”) when opportunities come your way. It may take time, but as I always tell my kids — Trust in Great Spirit.  If the signals being given to you are genuine and not merely wishful thinking, then have faith.

As far as using consciousness to help you achieve a desired outcome, I do recommend that you read my book, Active Consciousness. First, by learning how to meditate and  how to contact your higher or inner Self, you may be able to distinguish between the desires of your ego versus genuine information coming from the Self.

Second, it is important to recognize that you probably cannot force a particular person to be in a relationship with you through the use of manifestation techniques like Active Consciousness.  What you can try to do is manifest a fulfilling loving relationship with a man. Choose as “Pure Goal” the type of relationship you want to be in. Then work cooperatively with your Self to manifest that relationship. It may or may not be with the particular man you have in mind, however. And as you work on this goal, stay alert for true synchronicities — they are  signs that you are on the right track.

I hope this is helpful!

-Amy

Child with ASD symptoms — Can Reiki help? Was it due to a head injury? Help in India?

Autism_Spectrum_DisorderQuestion:

Hello Amy. I have a 7 year old daughter with some ASD symptoms, though she is highly cognitive. I wanted to know whether Reiki can help. Also, how can I confirm if it is due to any head injury?  Can you suggest any homeopaths in India, or if I can get online help from USA or any other country? Waiting in anticipation!

Regards,
Anshu, Delhi, India

Answer:

Hi Anshu.

Yes, I think Reiki can definitely be helpful.  I talk about it in my book, Impossible Cure (which I recommend you read before embarking on homeopathic treatment). I believe that hands-on healing methods can work synergistically with homeopathy, especially if they are more “passive” like Reiki, where the practitioner is not directing the energy, but merely letting the energy heal and direct itself through its own innate wisdom.

As far as the head injury, of course, there are allopathic means to determine if there was any gross injury involved.  More subtle and perhaps accurate, however, is to consult with a cranial osteopath.  I found this link online, and it’s in Delhi.

http://www.whatclinic.com/osteopaths/india

For osteopaths in other countries, check out this page which has a lot of useful information.

As far as finding a good homeopath in India — there are many!  I wish I had a better referral list in India though. I do not generally do referrals on Ask Amy, but below are are names of two people that have done research on autism treatment in India.  In addition, you might check the referral list on my book web site.

Prafal Bravalia in Mumbai
http://www.holisticfoundation.org/advschool.asp
A new paper of his on autism treatment research has recently appeared.

Dr. M. A. Rajalakshmi
Anjana Homeopathic Care
#14, West Park Road, 9th Cross, Malleswaram
Bangalore-560003, Karnataka, India
Mobile number: +91-9449163350
Email: dr_raji@rediffmail.com or homeodr.raji@gmail.com
Website: http://sites.google.com/site/anjanahomeocare/
Two papers written by Dr. Rajalakshmi:
Role of Homoeopathy in the Management of Autism: Study of Effects of Homoeopathic Treatment on the Autism Triad
New Dimensions in the Treatment of Autism with Homeopathy

I hope this is helpful!
-Amy

Healing Family Relationships with Active Consciousness

parentingQuestion:

I was first introduced to you through your book “Impossible Cure” when I began my journey with homeopathy.  I am now about halfway through your book, “Active Consciousness”. I feel a kinship with you in a weird way because I have also read many of the authors you quote and have been on the search my entire adult life for the keys to accessing that dimension that so many authors, scientists and spiritual teachers talk about.

My question is about affecting or influencing others with active consciousness.  I see my 23 year old daughter flailing about in life, with no direction and creating unnecessary suffering for herself.  My heart breaks at times because I can sense that she is seeking something that I feel may have been missing in her childhood or that she is reacting to some of the incidents that I caused when she was growing up.  

I do realize that we must all live out our own journeys, but I was wondering if I am still influencing her with my perception of her and if I am actually doing more harm by not just seeing her as whole and complete.  Also, whether or not, there is some type of goal that I can create in Active Consciousness that would affect her and benefit her?

-Katy

Answer:

Wow, that’s a great question Katy.  As the mother of two sons, ages 23 and 26, I can relate to what you are asking, as I’m sure every other parent can too.

First, I think you must begin by forgiving yourself. Know that by the very act of  asking these wise questions, you are indeed, a loving and caring parent. No parent is perfect.  No one is perfect in any of their relationships.  We are all the sum of our experiences. However, we can strive through self-awareness efforts, to become more aware of our “stories” and how they have affected us, how they affect our relationships with others, and then let go of them. After you have begun to heal your own wounds, it will be easier to help your daughter as well.

At age 23, you must also accept that you are no longer the master of your child.  At best, you can be a helpful adviser and confidant. Hopefully, with time, your daughter will allow and welcome this kind of relationship with you. In my experience, one way to achieve this is, if you can, to admit your mistakes and failings to her openly, and to apologize for them and how they may have affected her.

I also truly believe that reflecting your daughter’s potential back to her can be healing. No matter how successful my own children are, I can tell it really buoys them when I tell them I have confidence in them, that I am proud of them, that I know they can get beyond whatever is troubling them.  Telling your child stories of your own struggles in life can also sometimes be helpful.  It helps them see that you have been through similar struggles and phases in your life, and that they can get to the other side of their troubles too.

Know that by first opening yourself up to your daughter (by admitting mistakes and telling of your own struggles) and then reflecting a vision of healing to her, you help break down walls of resistance between you both, and enable each of your essences to shine through to each other.

Of course, sometimes such steps are difficult to do, because the other individual is blocked, walled off, and unreceptive.  That is when active consciousness, on a more subtle level, can make a difference. By changing your state, your energy, your vision of your daughter, you can create a shift in her.  She may not understand what is happening consciously, but she will be affected by it subconsciously, on an energetic level.  This can even happen at a distance.

Here are some things to try out. First, before you enter into interactions with your daughter,  ground yourself and visualize things going extremely well. Fill yourself with love for her. If things don’t go perfectly, keep re-grounding and focusing on your innate love for her.  Your only job is to not to go into reaction and to stay as genuine and loving as you can. Try to let go of the immediate outcome, knowing that you are having a positive effect.

You can also, in meditation, project a future for your daughter in which she is happy and fulfilled. Do not project your own specific desires for her, but rather her simply being in a state of happiness and fulfillment. This will help the future to unfold so that these things  come about in a way that is best for her, from the perspective of her Higher or Inner Self.

As described in Active Consciousness, you can also use retrocausation to help heal the past. In meditation, go back to past painful events, and talk to both yourself and your daughter in a way that heals the wounds and that provides consolation to you both.  You might even try visualizing the events occurring differently so that wounds never occur.

Finally, I believe that after you read and digest Parts V and VI of Active Consciousness, you will discover many more answers to these and other questions.

I hope this helpful!

-Amy

 

Role of Wheat and Dairy Elimination in Treating Aspergers and Other Autism Spectrum Diseases (ASD)

stomach-painQuestion:

Hi Amy,

What role does wheat/casein elimination play in reducing Aspergers symptoms?

If you don’t mind I’ll give you precise information as to what I’ve done. I have been on and off homeopathic medicines for 9 years. I’m 29 now. My energy level is better when I’m off wheat, but how about dairy? Will I get better over time by staying off ice cream and milk?

I was being treated with homeopathic medicines from 2005-2010 and in 2014. I started wheat elimination in July 2011 and will never go back to wheat.  I began dairy elimination in December and would like to continue with no dairy forever.

Should I resume homeopathic medicine now that I plan on staying off the devious duo of wheat/casein? I want to know if brain functions in socializing will work better.

Lastly, I think we have to suffer through change of habits to get the payoff at the end. Life is about habits and admitting to being wrong when you’re not getting results.

Thank you for reading my questions.

Michael

Answer:

Hi Michael,

I do think that both wheat and dairy elimination are important for ASD folks, which includes Aspergers.  The trick is to eliminate things one at a time (which you have) and see if you benefit.  You may find, for example, that it’s enough to eliminate straight milk but not all dairy, such as cheese.  Or, you may find that all dairy elimination achieves the best results.  After a couple of weeks, you should know if eliminating something is helping you feel better. Other things to try eliminating are  food colorings and genetically modified foods (which definitely means pretty  much all soy and corn unless it’s organic). I have also found that foods one has a strong craving for are often culprits as well.

And yes, of course, I think homeopathy will be able to help you more now that you are off of foods that are aggravating you.

Think of these foods as a “maintaining cause” (which I talk about in my book, Impossible Curewww.impossiblecure.com). A maintaining cause is something  that you are sensitive to and is constantly aggravating your system. It can be foods, poor diet, avoidable allergens, poor living conditions like dampness or mold, habits like heavy drinking or smoking, or toxic relationships or jobs.  These maintaining causes will make it harder for a remedy to do its work.  Part of the homeopath’s job is to help you identify maintaining causes and provide advice in eliminating them.

For ASD folks, and many other people really, foods with gluten and dairy in them aggravate them.  Some of this is due to the toxification of our food supply with GMO’s, pesticides, and other unnatural agricultural practices.  For example, I have recently discovered that most wheat is treated with glyphosate (aka Roundup) after it is harvested!  (To learn more about my own discoveries of such things, subscribe to my Twitter feed.)  And many find that they can consume raw, unpasteurized dairy products — and in fact, that it is healing rather than aggravating to them!

Nevertheless, eventually, with successful homeopathic treatment, you may be able to reintroduce these things, because you will have become less susceptible to and affected by them.  But often, food sensitivities may be the last to go. Proceed with caution as you reintroduce aggravating foods, and try to be as “clean” and organic as you can.

I hope this is helpful!

-Amy