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What happens if you get Lyme disease? And what options are available for long standing Chronic Lyme Disease? Especially if it is difficult to prove that Chronic Lyme disease is due to the persistent infection by Borrelia type bacteria as well as other possible co-infections and therefore your doctor will not provide you with treatment. The medical treatment for Lyme is antibiotics, usually an oral dose of doxycycline, however this does not work for everyone. Read on for ideas on prevention, acute treatment and natural treatments. The body knows how to heal itself with a little help.

If you have Lyme, or suspect that you do, the following symptoms may seem familiar:

  • Severe headaches and neck stiffness
  • Arthritis with severe joint pain and swelling
  • Fever, chills, fatigue and swollen lymph nodesSome possible long term symptoms:
  • Maddening pains
  • Sensory hyper acuity
  • Panic attacks or nausea from bright or flickering lights 
  • Hypersensitivity to sound, even someone’s breathing seems unbearably loud 
  • Abnormally heightened acuity to vibration
  • Smells seem overly intense and noxious
  • Foods may taste abnormally sour or bitter 
  • Joint pain, major sleep disturbances, terrible fatigue
  • Major cognitive dysfunction, esp. short-range memory
  • Patients are labeled as crazy by medical prctitioners
  • Patients go out of their minds from falling on deaf ears
  • Despair and darkness
  • As if the taking away by force of hopes and dreams

Natural Prevention
A natural way to immunize against Lyme would be to take the homeopathic Lyme disease remedy. The protocol is to take 2-3 doses of the Lyme nosode, also known as the Borrelia nosode, in 200c potency. It is good to do this in the spring spreading the doses out over a couple of weeks or more. Another protocol is to use HTSF complex Trauma and MAM1 before possible exposure.

Lemon Grass essential oil is suggested by Sue Myers to deter ticks. You can make a spray with water and a bit of the oil to put on socks, shoes, pants and sleeves. It would also be safe to put directly on the skin since the oil would be diluted.

There are theories that blood type can make a difference. According to Sue Myers ticks are not attracted to people with a lot of water in their blood. The constitution is easier to discern in children, however a professional homeopath might be able to help determine if you are mainly one type.

  • Carbo-nitrogenoid: excess of Carbon and Nitrogen. Related to Psora. Insufficient oxygenation and results in retarded nutrition.
  • Hydrogenoid: excess of water in blood and tissues. Sycosis relationship. Main remedy Nat-s. As if bones are of ice. Sensitive to cold and dampness.
  • Oxygenoid: excess of Oxygen or exaggerated influence of oxygen on the organism. Relates to Syphilis. Nervous characterized by great physical and mental activity.

Tick removal
If you find a tick that is attached, pull the tick out safely. DO NOT use petroleum jelly, a hot match, nail polish, or other products, they can often make things worse and the chances of leaving a tick body part in the skin is much higher. It also stresses the tick, which may mean greater discharge of toxic materials into the skin. Remove attached ticks with tweezers gently to avoid crushing the tick’s body. Grasp the tick firmly and as close to the person or animal’s skin as possible. With a steady motion, pull the tick’s body away from the skin. Do not be alarmed if the tick’s mouthparts remain in the skin. (Watch this demo Video by expert Kateryn Rochon)

Homeopathically it is good to give a dose of Ledum palustre 200c while removing the tick. I will discuss the use of Ledum in homeopathic protocols later on.

Cleanse the area with an antiseptic or a lavender oil formula. You can put a drop of lavender oil at the site right away. It is antibacterial and antiseptic yet will not suppress any symptoms. Or mix with coconut oil or other carrier oil to dilute the oil so it will not affect sensitive skin. You can also use infused oil with arnica or calendula flowers. Calendula helps the skin to repair and heal without scarring. There are some calendula based wax or cream formulas available that would work as well after the lavender oil has set in.

Another option is to use a Bentonite clay poultice to draw out anything left in the wound. You can add the lavender oil to the Bentonite poultice.

Recovery with Western Medicine
Going to the doctor will result in tests and antibiotics. There are cases where there is no response or an incomplete response to antibiotics. In these cases either oral or intravenous antibiotics are continued for months at a time. Some patients ultimately respond to this aggressive treatment, others do not or suffer extensive side effects from prolonged antibiotic use.

For many with a strong immune system and vitality, the recovery is quick and effective. However, the cases in which the symptoms return after months of an apparent cure or never completely go away with standard or aggressive treatment can cause serious suffering and health deterioration. Patients in this category are said to suffer from Chronic Lyme, or Post-treatment Chronic Lyme Disease. This is not recognized by all medical systems and treatment is often therefore unavailable.

There are problems that can arise with only using antibiotics as a treatment. All Bacteria create biofilms in the body. Sort of like a house or roof, they build a stable place to exist. When under assault by the immune system or antibiotics they form spherical shapes and can thus hibernate in a comatose state like a seed. They then constantly monitor the environment waiting for the opportunity to ‘wake up.’ They more difficult to remove from the body when in this state. It is also well known that it is not advisable to take antibiotics over a long term. This can disrupt the delicate balance of the body’s micro biome and lead to problems with basic body functions. It is possible that using only allopathic treatments can supress symptoms that come back later and we can still carry residual effects for years.

People that do not recover from antibiotic treatment, or who have relapses requiring stronger antibiotics suggests that there is an issue with their immune system response. Although antibiotics can help the body to remove bacteria, without the body’s own adaptive response and immune system response doing that work, there is little chance of a full recovery. There are other treatments that can naturally stimulate the body’s immune and adaptive responses. They can help wake up the awareness of the bacteria causing imbalance, and then the body can remove it gently and completely in most cases.

The herx reaction
A Herxheimer reaction refers to the release of endotoxins where bacteria die off during antibiotic treatment faster than the body can remove the toxins. Symptoms can include fever, muscle pain, and overall increased Lyme symptoms. This reaction can produce symptoms more severe than the disease itself and so care must be taken to help the body clear the toxins or to reduce the intensity of the antibiotic reaction.

Using Homeopathy to support Lyme recovery
It is always better to treat the current symptoms of each individual, however there are protocols that may help for Lyme infections. Keep in mind it is possible to combine the following natural approaches along with the antibiotic use depending on what you feel most comfortable doing. It would be good to have the advice of a professional homeopath however since antibiotics can complicate the body’s response to the natural treatments.

After the tick bite
If it is the first or second day of the bite, use Belladonna 30c or 200k to wake up the vital force and although it is usually used for a viral infection, it can still help rally the immune system to act. Indications are if there is any fever, redness, pain or red swelling. Instead of the Belladonna you could also use the HTSF complex Viral.

Definitely take Ledum 200c or 200k. Use only the Ledum if the bite has been there a while since the Belladonna would no longer be useful once the acute phase has passed. The Ledum is excellent for insect bites and reduces inflammation and itching, redness with swelling and throbbing pain.

In the case that the person is freaking out and worried they might die after the tick bite, you can easily calm then down from fear with Aconite 30c or 200k. Give them one right away, and another dose shortly after if they still need it.

Next steps
The following protocols are the suggestions of other Homeopaths that have worked with Lyme patients. The best course of action with homeopathics is to individualize the treatment if at all possible. For more details on the protocols, duration and when to switch remedies or which remedy is best for you, contact your homeopath.

Protocol One (Joette Calabrese)
Step 1: Start with Ledum palustre 200c; take every 3 hours for the first day, followed by twice daily for a week. It could then be taken twice weekly for a month and then once per week for another month if it seems needed.
Step 2: Aurum Arsenicum 200, twice daily for one week.
Step 3: If treating older cases, include the Borrelia 30c also known as Lyme Nosode 30c. Take Borrelia once per day for three days and then stop, for a total of three doses. This protocol states that this may need to be repeated every few months if the symptoms remain.
When taking multiple remedies, take one at night, a different one in the morning, or somehow stagger them so they are not taken all at the same time of day.

Protocol Two (Sue Myers)
Take the Lyme nosode 30c and then Silicea 30c to help get the bacteria out of body. This step may also be used after antibiotic treatment, and at any point after the initial infection no matter how long it has been.

Protocol Three (Banerjis from India)
Take Antimonium crudum 6C, twice daily.

Other remedies
After the initial protocol it is possible to use other remedies for particular symptoms as they appear during the healing process. It can be helpful to use remedies inter-currently if they are complementary. With the help of a homeopath it is good to use the core remedy to help the body heal completely and fully.

To lessen the chance of the bacteria evolving, changing the dosages of the homeopathics and herbs on a monthly basis is one approach. This can accelerate the healing process at a much faster rate than using the same homeopathic remedies and dosages over an extended period.

When someone is irrationally afraid of Lyme disease consider Syphilinum. Their fear will often lead to a profound aversion to dirt or to touching dirty things. As mentioned above, an acute state of panic and fear of death can also be helped with Aconite.

It is suggested in the MICH Materia Medica that Ranunculus Bulbosus
is a good first aid remedy for Lyme. Rhus tox is also indicated. Other sources indicateRhododendron and Kalmia to be used along with Ledum. If the symptoms match these remedy pictures, then they might be of use. Lyme is similar to the Syphilis bacteria. There is an acute phase, dormant phase and a Progressive chronic phase where it gets worse with time.

Dr. Cindee Gardner suggests the following remedies depending if they match the symptoms: Sepia, Sulphur, Tellurium, Ledum, Syphilinum, Carcinocinum, Kalmia, Arnica, Rhododendron, Bryonia, Gelsemium, Rhus Tox, Arsenicum Album, Apis, Hypericum, Ruta, Symphytum, Silica, Cimicifuga, Argentum Nitricum, Mercury, Colchicine, Pulsatilla, Lac Caninium, Glycyrrhiza, Lyssinum, Spilanthes, Ixodes, Trombidium, Arbuts, Myristica, Carboneum Sulphuricum, Cimex, China, Psorinum, Toxoplasm, Viscum, Tuberculinum, Natrum Sulphuricum, Candida Albicans, AIDS nosode, Mezurium, Thuja, several different Lyme nosodes, among other remedies.

Pharmaceutical clean up
In the case where antibiotics, or other medications, have been used it can be good to do a drug detox from the system. Sometimes this is required before using natural protocols so the remedies can act fully to initiate the body’s response. This is mostly indicated in sensitive or very fatigued persons, although it can still be helpful for most people.

Luc De Shepper’s method
Nux vomica, Silicea and Arsenicum all in 6c, 1-2 doses a day for 1-2 weeks. Removes drugs and nullifies any suppression.

Dr. J. Compton Burnett’s method
Thuja and Natrum Sulphur 30c.

Nux vomica
protocol, given in increasing potencies starting at 5ch up to 30ch, given once a day and then repeated if necessary.

Other Supports
According to Stephan Buhner, there are herbal protocols that can also be used. For new tick bites Buhner typically recommends taking Astragalus – 3,000 mg daily for 30 days, 1,000 mg daily thereafter, indefinitely. Astragalus boosts the immune system and is the primary herb for prevention as well. He also uses Japanese Knotweed, an exceptionally systemic herb, and Cat’s Claw. The details can be found on his site, buhnerhealinglyme.com.

Food and Diet
A whole food supplement can also boost the immune system and help with fatigue. Use them along with the homeopathic protocols and/or antibiotic treatment.

Add Spirulina to your diet. It contains essential amino acids, iron, protein, B vitamins, and vitamins C, D and E and supports the body, boosts the immune system and helps with recovery from fatigue.

Royal jelly is also a whole food supplement, take 1000-2000 ml grams daily. Or take Bee pollen. It contains beta-carotene, lycopene, zeaxanthin, the complete B and E complexes, vitamins C and D as well as protein and trace minerals including iodine, magnesium, and selenium.

Organic alfalfa is one of the most mineral-rich foods with optimal levels of magnesium, calcium, potassium, and trace minerals such as selenium, copper, sulfur, and zinc. These minerals are in balance naturally and promote proper absorption. I prefer these natural whole food supplements to taking specific or multi vitamins that can be synthetic, unbalanced or difficult for the body to absorb and use.

Post Treatment Recovery
It is important to rebuild the neural structures that were affected such as the collagen tissues, where the bacteria get most of their nutrients to survive. To rebuild the affected structures you can use homeopathic supports, nutritional whole food supplements and herbs as well as a strong whole food diet. The areas mainly affected will show up in the symptoms that are expressed in each individual. It might be the brain in neurological diseases, the joints as arthritis, and the heart as heart disease. There will most certainly be a nutrient deficiency. Quinton’s Plasma is a good tonic to restore nutrients in the more serious cases that have lead to long-term fatigue. Mycoplasmas scavenge B vitamins so taking whole food supplements can be helpful along with eating whole foods containing B vitamins. If they have disrupted the GI tract this can cause bowel permeability. Aloe Vera gel can help repair the mucosa and it may also help to change the diet temporarily reducing foods that cause any inflammation or irritation. Homeopathic Bowel Nosodes can also help with recovery in this department.

Homeopathic Tissue Salts can be very useful in a wide variety of functional disorder and physical symptoms. They are based on the 12 essential minerals the body needs to repair and maintain itself and they help to regulate and restore these minerals and their functions.

Other methods to consider alongside conventional medication are the GAPS diet, osteopathy, cranial-sacral therapy, and Traditional Chinese Medicine which uses herbs, tuina massage, bone setting and often cranial sacral.

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Natural support for Lyme disease
I offer support for Lyme disease all over the world via Skype or, at my office in Montreal, Quebec. Ask about a free 15-minute consultation by phone or Skype. It is possible to work with the use of antibiotics, medications and other treatment protocols or to use a totally natural approach.

How does holistic treatment support healthy living? Why try homeopathy? Having a life long study in the principles of nature and healthy living, Lauren Trimble is happy to share her knowledge and experience. The art of retuning the body’s natural healing capacity & developing consciousness in a compassionate and gentle way is the gift that homeopathy brings to her current holistic practice. If you enjoyed this article find out more at Birdsong.

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Hidden just under the surface, anxiety is something we all experience. Anxiety is the experience of worry, nervousness or unease, and is typically linked to an upcoming event or something with an uncertain outcome. Education and outreach on mental health used to focus on depression but a review of 48 studies from across the world suggests that anxiety is now a much larger problem. In the past decade, anxiety has sky rocketed to epidemic proportions, especially in the United States where over 40 million people or 8 in 100 people experience unhealthy anxiety.

Medical solutions

Xanax, Valium and Ativan are some of the benzodiazepines doctors prescribe to patients who are suffering from the effects of stress and anxiety. Sometimes anxiety is diagnosed as a depressive disorder and they prescribe selective serotonin re-uptake inhibitors (or SSRIs) such as Prozac, Cymbalta or Zoloft. These medications are known to stop anxiety or a panic attack within 30 to 60 minutes and generally last 11 to 20 hours. While they may at first seem like a godsend if you struggle with anxiety, there are many reasons to avoid taking them.

In Chinese medicine they say, wherever there is a ‘front’ there will also be a ‘back,’ and these drugs have a very big back. According to Hahnemann,”All medicaments produce two quite opposite states in the human body: the primary effect which manifests itself when the remedy begins to operate, and the secondary effect which appears only after the lapse of several hours, when the primary effect has ceased.” An example is how a laxative purges the bowel shortly after consuming it, but the next day constipation follows. Another example is drinking coffee that at first awakens and energizes, then later creates tiredness and lethargy. This is why the afternoon cup of coffee is so necessary for long term coffee drinkers. This is known as the secondary effect of medications so taking any medication, although providing an immediate relief, will have a bigger back so to speak.

There are still gaps in the science. Medical researchers do not know the exact mechanism by which benzodiazepines work. It is believed they raise levels of the calming neurotransmitter gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) or increase GABA receptor sensitivity. GABA deficiency is linked to depression, anxiety and PTSD, insomnia and drug and alcohol dependence so the theory that improving GABA levels would reduce these symptoms is logical. In the big picture though, the overall effect of benzodiazepines on the body is not known.

It is no secret that medications often have a long list of potential side effects and how they might affect each person can’t be predicted ahead of time. Benzodiazepines in particular are known to develop an addictive dependency. This makes these medications dangerous to stop and the person can either take them far longer than is recommended, or they have to carefully wean themselves off with medical supervision.

Also, medications are given for a disease label rather than the unique set of symptoms that represent the underlying state of the whole person. It is known that treating symptoms superficially and not treating the deeper source issues may act as a temporary palliative and does not often provide a lasting solution. It can in fact suppress the natural expression of symptoms and lead to more grave health issues in the future. A symptom is like a white flag calling for attention and support, but it is not the real disease.

Natural solutions

Relief from overwhelming anxiety problems can come in many forms and there are many solutions that are natural. They do not need to forcefully change the brain’s chemistry and have possible side effects. Some of these include the more well-known methods such as cognitive behavioural therapy, hypnotherapy and high intensity interval training as well there are alternative methods such as meditation, dietary changes and seeing holistic practitioners. Homeopathy is one natural solution that has shown to be very effective for anxiety and stress.

Stress has emotional and physical effects directly related to the person’s response to inner and outer pressures and perceived fears or conflicts. Long-term stress can develop into anxiety and each person expresses behavioural, mental and emotional symptoms. During a homeopathic session the mental and emotional state of a person, the physical symptoms, the perception of the person towards their experience, their susceptibility, a complete family history and whatever else the person brings up are addressed and explored by the homeopath. In allowing for the whole set of symptoms to be explored, this leads to discovering the deeper experience of the person and their inner state. The homeopath will then reach a remedy choice that can help the person with the root issues that produce anxiety.

Einstein said that, ‘We can not solve our problems with the same level of thinking that created them.’ Homeopathy accesses the natural principles of healing and does not rely on mental therapy to get us out of the loop of our own thinking process. A lot of the common tools and techniques such as graduated exposure therapy, slowed breathing or distraction are useful and can help manage anxiety and keep a person functional, however getting to the root issues can make real and long term change possible.

With the help of homeopathy we are able to fill in the source of both what inspires the individual and of the unhealthy state that produces disease. This is the beauty of it, the homeopathic process can help in cases of depression, anxiety and stress without causing further harm, and without or in conjunction with medications. Einstein knew what he was talking about when he said that we can only solve our problems with a different level of consciousness than where we started with it. Holistic healing approaches are one way to shift levels and see profound results.

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How does holistic treatment support healthy living? Why try homeopathy? Having a life long study in the principles of nature and healthy living, Lauren Trimble is happy to share her knowledge and experience. The art of retuning the body’s natural healing capacity & developing consciousness in a compassionate and gentle way is the gift that homeopathy brings to her current holistic practice. If you enjoyed this article find out more at Birdsong.

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The effect of being bullied can have long-lasting effects and be very traumatic. It can lead to chronic anxiety and stress, and if it happens during childhood the effects can be even more intense. There have been many headline stories of young people ending their lives after being repeatedly attacked by bullies at school. What can we do to protect our children and ourselves?

An urban issue?

The world population has nearly doubled since the year I was born and since 2009 the majority of people on the planet are now living in city environments. This has lead to increased levels of tension, aggression and stress that we deem as the new ‘normal.’ It is the nature of the urban beast so to speak, so we have to live with it. The word scapegoat refers to a person who is compelled to bear the burden of someone else’s guilt, or to symbolically bear the burden of sin. It is essentially a release valve for tension and stress as well as aggression. I was watching a wonderful documentary, The Hidden Life of Wolves, by Jim and Jamie Dutcher and discovered that in wolf hierarchy there is an omega role. Although the observations of the omega have been made mostly in unnatural settings such as in captivity or living in close proximity to human observers (and so may be exaggerated to truly wild wolf behaviour), this mirrors the way most humans are now living in relatively unnatural environments that are enclosed and overcrowded so it is perhaps relevant.

A need for the omega?

According to the Dutchers, the social hierarchy of a pack is what maintains order dictating who makes decisions, who mates with whom, who eats first and who eats last. Although wolves are very affectionate and playful, this order is constantly reinforced by displays of dominance and submission. The lowest position in the pack hierarchy is one or more wolves, usually a male and a female, known as the omegas. These wolves are dominated and pushed around by all the other wolves in the pack. The only apparent consolation for the omega wolf is that they are typically the jester of the pack and are the one who starts up play and chasing games, perhaps to diffuse these very tensions.

You can hear the concern and worry in the Dutcher’s narrative about a favoured wolf that is given the role of omega.

“When I first recorded his howl, I was amazed at what was coming through my headphones. Lakota, eyes shut and head thrown back, was just pouring his heart out. His rich, mournful voice soared into the evening and hung in the air for what seemed like forever. I actually found myself welling up at the sheer beauty and expressiveness of his song. I felt as though I were listening to him sing the blues, giving voice to all the loneliness and pain that his social position brought him. Even when new pups were added to the pack in later years, no member of the Sawtooth Pack ever came close to comparing with the beauty and sadness of Lakota’s howl.”

Who is the omega?

Once the role is determined, the omega wolf seems to be left without any other options and he must play the role utterly and completely each and every day. He has been delegated to a role not of his own choosing. Even if it seems unjust or unfair, the only way his role changes is if another wolf is given a lower rank. As this omega bears the brunt of the tensions and aggressions of the pack one or many of the wolves assert themselves over him and he will flip over onto his back whimpering in surrender. Generally this is a bloodless exchange but at times, especially during the breeding season, it can get vicious and extremely difficult to watch. Essentially the softest and gentlest of the group needs to become assertive and aggressive to simply maintain his space, have access to food and not be attacked.

Watching the wolves’ aggressive behaviour around the omega is similar to the disturbing video I saw recently of a group of young people where the bully is beating on another girl, ending with the bully standing over her and hitting her while the girl is cowering and covering her face. The rest of the youth looked on, no one moved to get involved or stop the violence.

According to Glynis Sherwood, “Usually they are either sensitive, unhappy, vulnerable, ill and/or the outspoken child or the whistle-blower.” We make weakness, difference or threat to social order into something separate and maintain that isolation through violence and aggression. The role of scapegoat does not have to remain throughout life however. And the idea that we can stop bullying by campaigning and educating people about the bully’s behaviour only goes so far.

What we can do about bullying?

It is the inner world of the person that needs support, their perception of themselves in relation to the world around them is what is possible to change. A bully is a force of nature looking for an outlet, how can someone no longer be a suitable receptor?

I have seen in my own experience how a core homeopathic remedy can change our inner experience profoundly. The child who has an illness can be given a chance to regain their strength, the unhappy an opportunity to discover their joy, the vulnerable a means to develop their strengths, the sensitive an avenue to explore their talents, the outspoken support and encouragement for their voice. In my own experience a core remedy was like going from a 40-watt bulb to a 100-watt bulb. Suddenly who you are burns brighter and gives off more light.

This approach will not directly change a bully’s behaviour, but if it enables the bullied person to feel stronger and less vulnerable, then they often find that they cease to be the target of bullying. With an increase in self-esteem and confidence the cycle can be broken naturally without confrontation and blame. The child can then see a reduction of stress and anxiety and continue with other methods to help recover from the experience and to move on with their life.

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How does holistic treatment support healthy living? Why try homeopathy? Having a life long study in the principles of nature and healthy living, Lauren Trimble is happy to share her knowledge and experience. The art of retuning the body’s natural healing capacity & developing consciousness in a compassionate and gentle way is the gift that homeopathy brings to her current holistic practice. If you enjoyed this article find out more at Birdsong.

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Anxiety is an individual experience

Extreme anxiety can arise with no apparent reason in certain children, but usually a child is susceptible to specific situations or events. These can include a major life change such as moving to a new city or school, or changes at home such as the parent’s separation or a new relationship. Other susceptibilities can be witnessing a distressing event, or being in an upsetting situation such as emotional abuse or bullying. If the child is different in some way such as being LGBTQ or having a visibly noticeable difference such as a birth mark, that can also trigger anxiety. However, we have all observed that what upsets one child has no effect on another child.

What to look for?

How can we tell if a kid is experiencing anxiety that is unhealthy? With young kids we tend to give a lot of tolerance for personality and individual character or for situations that are obviously difficult. Usually we can say, ‘just give it some time and they will find their footing.’ Or we can discuss the situation with them and then see if they outgrow a phase. There are things we can look out for such as sudden changes in behaviour that seem out of character or are not the usual growing pains. If a child has unexpected changes of their feelings, such as a happy child that is suddenly worried, guilty, angry or fearful this is something to observe closely. When the emotions do not shift naturally and seem to get stuck on only one ‘channel,’ that can point to a lack of adaptation and spontaneous response. Hopelessness and rejection can be signs of something deeper, and if left unaddressed may lead to more serious issues such as depression, a desire to self harm or even of suicide in later adolescence. Also, for older children, the use of drugs or alcohol, especially when they are alone can signal a need for soothing, coping and numbing out uncomfortable thoughts and feelings.

It is also important to notice if they are complaining of physical symptoms like frequent headaches or stomachaches, if they have problems eating or sleeping, or have a general lack of energy. Take notice if they start to make odd or repetitive movements such as when they are playing or resting. It is good to observe as well if they start to avoid things that before they enjoyed or liked, if they are suddenly less social or interested in being with others. And if they show any signs that they are having trouble coping with regular activities and normal everyday challenges.

What if I don’t have a diagnosis of anxiety for my child?

Observable signs and symptoms determine unhealthy anxiety in children. In older children they may also be able to provide their inner experience of physical symptoms as well as thoughts, imaginations and dreams. An official diagnosis can be difficult since behaviours such as shyness, anxiety nervousness, strange eating habits, and outbursts of temper can occur as a normal part of a child’s development. It is important to be able to discern if they happen very often, last a long time, occur at an unusual age, or cause significant disruption to the child’s and/or family’s life.

It can be reassuring to have medical tests and a diagnosis since a child is unable to fully express or understand their own symptoms and inner experience, but in some situations they may be too costly or unavailable. When there is a diagnosis and the doctor is doing tests, this can help to direct the course of action to take. With homeopathy however, there is no need for a specific diagnosis of anxiety, a serious concern is enough to warrant a trip to the homeopath. Then in collaboration with the parents, they can see if there is a general remedy to help with the stage and adaptation that the child is struggling with. In more serious cases when something is definitely wrong, it can be good to give a deeper, more individualized core remedy to help the child with all aspects of their life and to give them an opportunity for more healthy development and balance.

Homeopathy is a completely natural approach and instead of prescribing medications or lengthy therapy, a few sessions can often determine the situation and resolve the issue or with the suggestion of a remedy or remedies this can help the child to naturally resolve their issue. By naturally adapting to their current situation a child can develop greater resilience, a stronger immune system, develop their individuality and reduce the level of toxicity or stress that medications may cause.

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How does holistic treatment support healthy living? Why try homeopathy? Having a life long study in the principles of nature and healthy living, Lauren Trimble is happy to share her knowledge and experience. The art of retuning the body’s natural healing capacity & developing consciousness in a compassionate and gentle way is the gift that homeopathy brings to her current holistic practice. If you enjoyed this article find out more at Birdsong.

 

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“Help, my child has anxiety!”

According to the Canadian Mental Health Association anxiety disorders have been found to be the main mental health problem affecting young children and adolescents today. Although anxiety is a perfectly normal response to everyday stressors, not every child copes with or experiences anxiety in a healthy way. If left unaddressed excessive anxiety can affect how children do at school, how well they form relationships with others and can disrupt normal development, all of which might affect them later in life as adults.

Is there a natural option?

Homeopathy can help with various issues related to anxiety including the more extreme types such as hyperactivity, OCD, oppositional defiance, anger issues and developmental delay. The professionally chosen remedy can help to improve the child’s concentration, moods, sensitivities, irritability, and can improve the overall wellbeing of the child. Homeopathic remedies are usually quick acting, easy to administer and are given infrequently. When individualized holistic treatment is followed the improvement can be long lasting and often negates any need for long-term medications. Although each child’s situation is different, anxiety and related issues often improve within a few weeks. The symptoms will tend to reduce in intensity and frequency, and then fade away. If they return, several options are available such as repeating the remedy, selecting a new remedy or increasing the potency of the original remedy. Often, as the child grows and develops their experience changes and different remedies are given in each new stage.

Why a natural approach is worthwhile?

Besides the basic developmental and intellectual growth, parents want their children to be happy and emotionally self-regulating. In the process of learning and experimenting, a range of anxiety, frustration and mood swings are expected during the growing years. Some of the things that cause anxiety can be new situations, the craving to excel and improve, and the discomfort of not understanding or of not being able to do something. These can lead to crying, fretting and whining. A healthy child gets fully into the reaction and then gets over it quickly. They are open to being comforted and to learning about their experience. If the reactions are pronounced, overly repetitive, continuous or a general hindrance to a generally happy life, it is time to consider that there is an unhealthy level of anxiety occurring for some reason and a visit to the homeopath can be in order.

It is important that children develop the appropriate age related skills and learn how to experience anxiety and other difficult emotions. It is important to understand that homeopathy is not a way to remove or suppress this discomfort. What it can do is to reduce the extreme reactions and improve the adaptation and resilience that children need to develop and grow. It can also help with the delicate individuation process that allows a child to develop into their inherent potential, to improve their vitality, to build up their natural immune system that is intrinsically tied to their individuality and to ensure a healthy and happy adult life. This individuation process is governed by unconscious playful learning, conscious exertion and by contracting and recovery from childhood illnesses.

The use of medications and other suppressing treatments can disrupt this delicate process. Young children were never given the number of medications or the types of medications they are getting today. A natural and more holistic approach using homeopathy and naturopathy can provide the necessary tools that encourage healthy growth and development for each child and improve their general health and well being. Anxiety does not have to be a lifelong debility for your child or affect them later on in life.

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How does holistic treatment support healthy living? Why try homeopathy? Having a life long study in the principles of nature and healthy living, Lauren Trimble is happy to share her knowledge and experience. The art of retuning the body’s natural healing capacity & developing consciousness in a compassionate and gentle way is the gift that homeopathy brings to her current holistic practice. If you enjoyed this article find out more at Birdsong.

 

 

FINDING ADDICTION’S ROOTS finding our passion

This series of PDFs are free to download, simply send a message on the contact page or at the Birdsong Holistic Facebook page, and I will send you a link to download this fifth download.

This exercise is designed to help you safely explore what the roots of your addictive behaviour may be. Gabor Maté defined addiction as any behaviour that is associated with craving and temporary relief, and has long-term negative consequences, and yet a person is not able to give up. In his experience, addiction provides a coping mechanism that helps us to get through another day, or in other words sooths, comforts, distracts or protects us from some sort of pain.

There is a direct link between the energy that drives us towards our purpose and towards our preferred addiction. This quote by Maté helps to explain this, “The difference between passion and addiction is that between a divine spark and a flame that incinerates.” When we know what is driving us to addiction, we can know more about who our inner passionate, creative self is. He also said, “Passion creates, addiction consumes.” This is as much a self exploration, as a way to resolve the reasons for our addictions.

If you are working with a Homeopath or Naturopath it is also good to understand that addiction is part of your process. It is understood that addictions can suppress our susceptibility and therefore interfere with the action of homeopathic remedies. We can also consciously or unconsciously change the effect of a remedy if we are not ready or resistant to the change that is occurring by increasing or returning to our addictive behaviour. This can slow down or stop the process. This exploration can be very helpful for the continuation of your process.

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How does holistic treatment support healthy living? Why try homeopathy? Having a life long study in the principles of nature and healthy living, Lauren Trimble is happy to share her knowledge and experience. The art of retuning the body’s natural healing capacity & developing consciousness in a compassionate and gentle way is the gift that homeopathy brings to her current holistic practice. If you enjoyed this article find out more at Birdsong.

 

… to heal the human body.

This is the intro to following 2015 Ted Talk.

Through treating everything from strokes to car accident traumas, neurosurgeon Jocelyne Bloch knows the brain’s inability to repair itself all too well. But now, she suggests, she and her colleagues may have found the key to neural repair: Doublecortin-positive cells. Similar to stem cells, they are extremely adaptable and, when extracted from a brain, cultured and then re-injected in a lesioned area of the same brain, they can help repair and rebuild it.

This is a remarkable discovery and is another case of using the theory of extracting human stem cells to heal injuries. In 2009, researchers developed a therapy that releases a flood of stem cells into the bloodstream, which could then stimulate the healing of serious tissue damage caused by heart attacks and even repair broken bones. Their ultimate goal was to use a patients’ own stem cells to regenerate damaged and diseased organs.

It was long believed that the heart and the brain, unlike other organs like the lung or liver, were unable to regenerate once damaged. In 2011, researchers discovered that the heart could indeed regenerate injured tissue. “The cells that are capable of this healing are already there in the epicardium. They just need to be tweaked and primed and the effect scaled up. If this works, we might be able to heal cardiac injury caused by heart attacks without resorting to stem cells.”

Now there are research and theories on how the brain too can heal from injury. But again, it is not due to an external drug, herb or surgical procedure, it is thanks to what is already present in the brain of each human being. Doublecortin-positive cells represent four percent of cortical brain cells and during the development stage in fetuses they help the brain to fold itself. Later in life they can be found in higher concentration close to brain lesions and it was concluded that therefore they had something to do with brain repair. These were the cells that Bloch’s team used as stem cells to re-implant in health and unhealthy brains in a process called autograph.

If we consider typical medical approaches, this kind of research is marking a shift in understanding the potential of medicine in the 21st Century. A shift from saying only the external application of a pharmaceutical medicine or surgery can heal and save a life, to how can we help the body to heal itself. In the words of Bloch, “With a little help, the brain may be able to help itself.” A little later in her talk she says, “I really hope to show you that the human brain is giving us the tools to repair itself.”

I would ask the ultimate question, “If the brain could already heal itself and has the tools it requires to do it, what is getting in the way of the natural process of healing itself? Why could these cells not proliferate naturally and do the work of healing the injury of the brain?” When we can start to answer these questions, medicine will be well on its way to cure and to do what was always the fundamental request, to do no harm.

 

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