It is non-toxic, inexpensive, has no side effects and promotes your own body’s internal system of healing. Traditional drugs suppress the symptoms of an illness. But homeopathy, on the assumption that the symptoms are good signs that the body is trying to heal itself, allows these symptoms to help in actually fighting the illness. Is it so strange to believe that if the body is adequately supported it can and will heal itself?
So let’s get this straight–homeopathy will enhance the symptoms of an illness and even put a very diluted dose of the symptoms into your body. How can this possibly be good? Well, remember the polio vaccine added a little of the polio virus into a person’s system to create an immune response to polio. Think of it as like curing like.
In an interview with New Age magazine, George Vithoulkas, the father of modern homeopathy, explained that the similar energy of the homeopathic remedy produces what is called “aggravation.” That means, in the case of a headache or an upset stomach treated with homeopathics, the symptoms get worse before they get better, but by the next day they are finished. Your body in the meantime has built up immunity around the illness and prevents recurring symptoms. Symptoms are a sign that the body is trying to heal.
One population that responds well to homeopathic remedies are children. Dr. Kathleen Jones, a Columbus-based naturopathic medical doctor and chiropractor who specializes in homeopathic healthcare, concurs. She believes that giving strong chemically made drugs to children is unnatural. Children, she says, respond so quickly to every passing influence that using a more gentle approach is needed. This is where homeopathic remedies can help.
Homeopathics, related Jones, often bring a quick response to symptoms with no side effects or interactions and are safe and effective for dealing with childhood illnesses. Children usually display a simple set of symptoms, she continued, which are easy to recognize and easy to treat by choosing the correct remedy. Remedies are used that effectively treat a variety of childhood complaints, including teething, cold and flu, and allergies.
The question of the day would be why are we not using homeopathics more? Why are our pediatricians not aware of the potential benefits, especially for children, of homeopathic remedies? Every major healthcare center in Europe uses homeopathics; they are as popular as they were 100 years ago. There are homeopathic centers and hospitals in Greece, France, Germany, England, Belgium and India. Even the Queen of England and Prince Charles use homeopathics in their primary healthcare. The royal family has a full-time homeopathic physician on staff. This could be the reason for the Queen Mum’s longevity–she just turned 100 years old!
Money, I am sure, is the primary motivation behind our “pharmaceutical” approach to even the simplest healthcare problem in this country. Homeopathics, on the other hand, are inexpensive and lend themselves very well to self-care for problems like colds, cough, flu, sinus congestion and sore throats. You see, we can empower ourselves to treat our own minor problems and catch them early before they need medical intervention.
Our medical community is slowly moving toward a broader understanding of herbs, but is still in the dark about homeopathics. The other side of the coin would also include a slight elitist attitude that homeopathics are inferior to drugs or have not been tested enough. But our drug world is only 60 to 70 years old, whereas natural remedies such as homeopathics are hundreds of years old. I don’t believe we have ever had a homeopathic recall!
Homeopathic remedies are also popular among athletes because most drugs are banned substances. When I was involved in coaching athletes at the 1991 Pan American Games in Cuba, I brought a wide variety of homeopathic remedies with me to use as our primary resource for any illnesses. I made sure I brought them to the Pan American Medical Center for approval before using them. As expected, all the doctors from other countries knew what they were and gave us approval for their use.
Unfortunately, we ended up with many of the American team members coming down with stomach problems and diarrhea. Guess who lined up outside our door with hands out begging for our homeopathics to stop their diarrhea? They worked and we were the most popular group within the entire U.S. team.
A quote for today, from R. Leiner’s Affirmations for the Inner Child: “The choices I consider today give me possibilities for tomorrow.” Truly.
May the longtime sun shine upon you.
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