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Music as therapy: Absence seizures are ABSENT while playing cello...a golden clue for finding the right homeopathic remedy!

While reading a children’s story to his younger brother and sister, 10-year-old Thomas suddenly stopped mid-sentence and froze...his eyes wide-open in a blank stare. Unresponsive to his siblings' pleas to continue the story, he stared off into space for about 20 seconds, then resumed reading right where he had left off. Thomas’ parents began to observe a similar pattern during meal times. While lifting a forkful of food, he would suddenly stop midway between the plate and his mouth, freezing for several seconds before completing the movement and bringing the food to his mouth--as if there had been no interruption... 

 
Childhood Depression & Homeopathy: from darkness into light

Transforming Childhood Depression with homeopathy

Caleb, a 12-year-old boy, sat slouched and sullen on my office couch. Arms crossed and avoiding eye contact, he seemed less than enthusiastic about being interviewed. I tried a few jokes, but failed to elicit even the slightest smile. Eventually, in a flat tone, he began to answer my open-ended questions with one- or two-word replies. His responses came slowly and begrudgingly...  

On Homeopathy

The unexpected treat at medical school was that most of the people, fellow students and teachers alike, were kind, generous and intelligent.  The unexpected disappointment was an absence of the concept of health; the very word “health” was never mentioned during my conventional medical training.  I sat bolt upright the first day of my homeopathic training when Dr. Bill Gray suggested that we could only start our thinking with the question, “What does it mean to be healthy?” (Read to the end for the answer!)    

Flu season and I don't want to get sick!

Homeopathically, it is great if you know your constitutional remedy, and have it on hand in a low (12C or 30C) and high (200C or 1M) dose--in dry dose or liquid form (LM, plussed).
Regarding vitamins and supplements, there are a variety of immune stimulants and supports. We recommend:  

Hormone Replacement Therapy in Menopause: resolving the controversy

Hormone replacement therapy for post-menopausal women began as a panacea and has subsequently become a controversial topic:  is it safe? Is it foolhardy? Does it make any difference what kind of hormones a woman takes?  Finally some clarity has appeared!  Dr. Kent Holtorf, in the January 2009 issue of Postgraduate Medicine, has presented a thorough analysis based on his review of the existing literature.   As it turns out…    

Bridging Thought and Speech with Homeopathy:
Simon says: "My speech and tic disorders are gone!"

Though most infants, even newborns, are communicating and interacting socially long before they can use language, parents eagerly await their toddler’s first words--a milestone that usually occurs around the child’s first birthday.

But for Simon, the time for this milestone came and went in silence.

Increasing the Light of Engagement: Healing Autism with Homeopathy

This is a time of darkness in the Northern Hemisphere. Every year on December 21st, the Winter Solstice marks the shortest day of the year. Yet equally as important, it marks the time when the days begin to lengthen, minute by minute--often as imperceptibly as the development and growth of a child.

The word solstice means “sun standing still.” The Winter Solstice signals the return of the sun, and for our ancestors, the return of light was a powerful symbol of hope in dark times. Winter Solstice festivals have been held worldwide throughout history, with Hanukah--also called The Festival of Lights--and Christmas, being the most celebrated in the Western Hemisphere.

For parents of a child on the autism spectrum, especially if their child is non-verbal, every day can feel like a time of darkness--a time when the lights of engagement, communication, and social interaction are barely perceptible, if not (seemingly) absent.

Eckhart Tolle on Homeopathy: The Way of the Peaceful Healer

Eckhart Tolle writes: “Homeopathy and Chinese medicine are two possible alternative approaches to disease that do not treat the disease as an enemy and therefore do not create new diseases."

Why does Tolle write about homeopathy in his new book—A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose? As a classical homeopath, every time I sit with a patient I am reminded that the “disease state” is not the enemy or the “bad guy” to be killed, eradicated or wiped out—this is because homeopaths recognize that disease is an aspect of the larger whole, the whole mind-body.

  

 

A Drug Free Approach to Autism Spectrum Disorder

Children and adults with Asperger Syndrome, a form of autism spectrum disorder, often feel like Valentine Michael Smith, the main character in Robert Heinlein's classic science-fiction novel, Stranger in a Strange Land. The last human survivor of a failed expedition to Mars, and raised from infancy by Martians, Smith possesses superior intelligence but has the social and communication skills of an alien toddler. The following excerpt describes some of the challenges he faces soon after returning to Earth as an adult.

 

Homeopathy for ASD: Exceptional Medicine for Exceptional Kids

Homeopathy is a gentle, yet very powerful, medicine for children on the autism spectrum that can produce exceptional changes in your child. Because it addresses the whole person in a holistic way, not only are the social, learning and behavioral problems typical in ASD children addressed, but homeopathy can address related issues such as SID/SPD, anxiety, OCD, anger, feelings of sadness, frustration, and being overwhelmed.

 

Living Free in a Prickly and Painful World: Treating Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) with Classical Homeopathy

Imagine a world in which even soft sounds like the buzz of fluorescent lights are painfully piercing. A t-shirt's nylon tag feels scratchy and irritating to the point of distraction. The feeling of mashed potatoes on your tongue induces an immediate grimace. These are the types of sensory experiences a child with Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) struggles with each day-a world perceived as prickly and painful.

Healing with Homeopathy: a Brother's Journey with Dystonia

“In 1982, I was fortunate enough to be diagnosed early with Dystonia when my right elbow went up in the air when I wrote. The neurologists at the University of Minnesota believed that it was a Focal Dystonia that would only affect my right arm, similar to Writer's Cramp. The experience that I had with the neurologists as a ten year old at that time was traumatic. I was "observed" repeatedly doing tasks that would trigger dystonic movements (writing with my right arm, and touching my nose with my right index finger). I "failed" at these tasks again and again and left my appointments embarrassed.

Overmedication of Kids an Increasing Concern

A recent study conducted by the University of Maryland and published in the Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine emphasized the alarming increase in the number of American children being treated with psychiatric drugs.

 

Article on the Homeopathic treatment of ASD for The Autism Perspective magazine (TAP)

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a complex condition that has a global impact on a child's cognitive, behavioral and physical functioning. Its impact often goes beyond difficulties with communication, social interaction and repetitive behaviors-these children frequently have trouble with sensory processing; gastro-intestinal inflammation and food sensitivities; connective tissue laxity; problems with muscle tone, posture, coordination and autonomic reflexes; and a compromised immune system. Additionally, up to 65% of children with ASD have a secondary psychiatric diagnosis such as depression, anxiety, ADHD or obsessive-compulsive disorder. Because ASD is a multi-dimensional condition, it requires a form of medical intervention that takes the whole child into account.

How to Protect Yourself from Radiation

This information applies to our patients only!

There are some fears that radioactive poisons may be coming our way from the damaged nuclear power plant in Japan. Though experts feel risks are small, it is prudent to prepare ourselves for a worst case scenario. Remember, there is NO CURRENT DANGER. While many different radioactive substances can be released in nuclear meltdowns, the first one likely to reach the West Coast -- and the easiest to protect against -- is radioactive iodine...