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The four elements are often the most overlooked aspects of our health. A lot of time is spent on talking about diet, what to eat, how to eat it and what not to eat, but rarely is time devoted to talking about the air we breathe, the water we drink and the earth we stand on. Or in this case, are not standing on.

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So many of the recent breakthroughs in healthy living seem to be things that were once the wisdom of tin foil wearing nutters. Yet maybe these folks knew what they were doing in terms of what is the best way to support life. If we are bioelectric beings living on an electrical planet then when we are in contact with the earth there would be an infusion of energy. Liken it to an electrical foodstuff and if that is the truth, most of us are starving ourselves of it. Maybe they are not yet rock solid but recent studies suggest that contact with the Earth can restore and stabilize the bioelectrical circuitry that runs through the body, harmonize basic biological rhythms, increase self-healing functions, reduce inflammation and pain, improve sleep and bring about a sense of calmness.

All these great merits and yet almost half of the world’s humans are no longer benefiting since they are wearing rubber or plastic soled shoes and spending most of their life indoors. Half of all of us now live in cities and we just don’t get connected so to speak. The most we might contact the ground is at a park in the summer throwing off our shoes and lounging in the grass for a while. Welcome to the concept of Earthing, which seems pretty timeless to me and yet it is hard to know what we are missing when we aren’t ever physically touching the ground.

Biophysicist James Oschman, Ph.D. and author of Energy Medicine: The Scientific Basis writes: “The moment your foot touches the Earth, or you connect to the Earth through a wire, your physiology changes. An immediate normalization begins. And an anti-inflammatory switch is turned on. People stay inflamed because they never connect with the Earth, the source of free electrons which can neutralize the free radicals in the body that cause disease and cellular destruction. Earthing is the easiest and most profound lifestyle change anyone can make.”

Surfaces that are conductive are grass, sand, dirt or concrete, while wood, asphalt and vinyl are not conductive. The problem is we just don’t live on earth and dirt in the city. There are lots of Earthing products that facilitate contact while inside of a home. However, I like to take design much further. Lately I have been wondering about how to design an optimal health inducing home. Everything from how the windows are designed to how to reduce the fuel needed for heating and cooling. This is the first in a series of posts on how to incorporate these ideas into modern living. A resurrection of the passion of Buckminster if you will.

So to bring Earthing inside I would suggest that houses could be built like a donut rather than a box. The ground would be part of the inside structure and contact with the ground could be made at any time of day and any time of year. There would be lots of issues to engineer around, such as freezing temperatures in northern climates, moisture issues and of course depending on what you put in this patch of earth, how to provide adequate light. I have total confidence in modern designers to come up with solutions for both earth ‘wells’ and their matching skylights. Light is another one of those nutrients we often neglect to include in our homes by the way. Skylights are incredible, just not in the bedroom in a city.

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The importance of having part of ‘nature’ in the interior life has a place in the home of the future. There are so many possible advantages beyond just Earthing. An article in Scientific America suggests that trees clean the air, and our feelings. A 2015 study from the Centre for Research in Environmental Epidemiology found that children exposed to greenery demonstrated better attention skills and memory development, possibly related to a reduction in pollution. Mark Nieuwenhuijsen, one of the study’s authors, suggested it was more than just a lack of pollution, “I think it’s also some kind of direct effect… you see quite a beneficial effect of green space on mental health.” There are many articles about how green space has a positive effect on mental health and how being in nature can reduce depression such as in this study, Stanford researchers find mental health prescription: Nature. Urbanites are losing touch with what nature feels like, what it does to their body and how it helps them cope with the onslaught of urban stresses.

Yes, this image is also Photoshopped but I love the idea of a suburban home having an Earthing circle in the living room. Imagine watching TV with your bare feet on living, thriving grass or moss. A delightful tickle of life and earth electricity to recharge us after a long day.

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The major flaw in the idea would be anyone living beyond the ground floor. Although it is not impossible to engineer in second and third story earth ‘wells,’ it might not be practical or affordable. Unless of course it is found that they are providing an indisputable health advantage. As a designer, I also always consider what it might be like to clean an invention as well. If it does not clean easily or well, it will degrade and lose its value making it an unsustainable creation. Nature is a fickle thing and easily spoiled by stagnancy and toxicity. That too might prove a challenge, and I suppose like gardening, some might be more apt than others to keep their indoor patch of earth greener and growing more than others. Still, the potential is there and the health benefit is clear, why not consider indoor Earthing in every modern home.

 

 

I moved to Montreal in 2007 and started working part-time in a B&B owned by good friends of mine, Joel and Rob. They bought the place when it was still Roi de Carreau and Amherst street was about to undergo a huge renovation. They also had to fit and arrange the furniture of three households into one since the new home was fully furnished and they were moving in together. They branded a whole new logo and style, one that would include Joel’s passion of art and sculpting. The B&B became La Loggia art and breakfast and the walls were soon filled with Joel’s own artwork and his personal painting collection from when he was managing the Nanaimo Art Gallery and promoting the local art scene. They had bought a struggling business in a new city and soon turned it into a unique and popular destination in the Village of Montreal.

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Part of the magic of the early days was the immense energy Joel and Rob had to create a meaningful and lovely home. Running the B&B was going to be Rob’s work so that later Joel could develop his clay sculpting studio and gallery. After a couple of years he found an ideal location two blocks from home and this became ASV, L’atelier de sculpture du Village. In the meantime, the city tore up the street in order to widen the sidewalks and extend the Village main drag of St. Catherine north along Amherst. It looked like war torn Beirut for about a year. Inside the B&B there were a couple years of painting, arranging, moving furniture and designing a back terrace garden. Not to mention the huge learning curve of deciding how to host guests in the way Joel and Rob wanted to share their home. They had an understanding of how to provide all the comforts of home and a real sense of being at ease and welcomed. One of the reasons I still love working there today.

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The first few years it was all about the learning and evolving, and the marketing. Trip Advisor turned out to be an amazing way to do this and every guest who came was asked to write a review. Many did since their stay was so enjoyable and they were charmed by La Loggia. At this point in time there are 297 reviews and it is listed as #3 out of 140 other B&Bs in Montreal. Some of the reviews:

“What a little treasure …”
Rob and Joel’s easy and casual nature could not have made me feel more welcome at La Loggia. And their attention to detail was evident throughout. My room (#2) was very comfortable … for starters, I love luxury, high thread count, cotton bedding! And I also had direct access to a lovely garden deck in full bloom, which I used frequently. … it afforded a sunny way to start the day (and enjoy their delicious breakfast) and it was a comfortable shady retreat at the end of a day of activity.

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“One of a kind”
Rob and Joel have done a wonderful job at envisioning this bed and breakfast business and made it happen. The house is wonderfully renovated and the space is used very wisely. Tasteful the choice of colors, linen, lighting, and of that theme or object that makes every room, bathroom included, unique and cozy. The rooms with shared bathroom are on a lower level but there is still lots of light, and they feel very homey. The house is absolutely clean. It’s always a pleasure to find people who put so much care and attention in what they do. I highly recommend it.

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“Be prepared to go back – because you will definitely want to!”
My husband and I stayed at La Loggia for part of our honeymoon the third week of October 2010; we’d chosen it due to all the TripAdvisor rave reviews. We were most definitely NOT disappointed! We stayed in the Romantic Room; it overlooks the street but has wonderfully thick curtains that block any trace of light or sound. The pièce de résistance was assuredly the bed – a cotton nirvana of relaxation. Both my husband and I have no problems agreeing that it was the most comfortable bed we’d ever slept in. In fact, we still mention it longingly.

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“You will WANT to stay here”
Three nights in this lovely, relaxing B & B and we didn’t want to leave. Host Rob is great with communication online and telephone. He was welcoming, friendly, and immediately available upon arrival to help with luggage and orient us to our room and house amenities. Everything is intelligently updated and designed with guest comfort in mind. Art lines the walls and shelves to add interest to the beauty and comfort. One of the best features is the private garden deck in the rear of the house, carefully tended and lush where we had breakfast and evening wine…a wonderful surprise in this urban neighbourhood. This is definitely a place we would like to visit again.

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Ten years later and the B&B is busier than ever and open ten months including during December 31st for those who want to party in the New Year in Montreal. There are five rooms with lovely names, the Garden room, the Cottage room, the Romantic room, the Green room and the Studio room. The addition of Guy as the morning breakfast cook has bumped the rating from 3 stars to technically 4. You can have the usual continental breakfast and now something fresh and hot like an omelette or eggs over easy. Shout out to Guy, I don’t know how he does it but Guy has a magical way with cooked apples and french toast, they are always delicious.

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Almost every summer from May to October I was there helping to make the B&B clean, comfortable and welcoming. All things have a beginning, a middle and an ending and Joel and Rob have decided to put La Loggia up for sale so they can move to a quieter part of the world. The romantic life of running a B&B is alive and well though. Everyone I mention it to has a wistful sigh while saying, “I would love to run a B&B.” I know Joel and Rob have enjoyed the life they built in Montreal, the home they created together and sharing their time with guests from around the world, many of who became good friends and came back year after year.

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La Loggia is a work of art that make the life around us more beautiful. All the best to the next chapter waiting for them. Anyone want to buy a B&B in Montreal?

 

How do we appreciate treasure? What is the real meaning of treasure? When do we know that we are in the presence of a treasure? In our materialistic culture these are questions worth asking of ourselves. The online American Heritage Dictionary and Collins English Dictionary describe treas·ure as:

1. Accumulated or stored wealth in the form of money, jewels, or other valuables.
2. Valuable or precious possessions of any kind.
3. A person that is highly prized or valued.

 

The modern English word treasure originates from the Gallo-Roman word tresaurus and from the Latin word thesaurus which meant “treasury or treasure.” In Greek thesauros meant “a treasure, treasury, storehouse or chest” and came from the root of tithenai “to put or to place.” This became the Old French tresor “treasury, hoard or treasure” and in Middle English thresur replaced the Old English word goldhord which is so literal when compared to the more symbolic word treasure.

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The meaning in the general sense of “anything valued” was recorded from circa AD 1200 and later around 1400 became,”to amass treasure or to store up for the future.” Along side these references to piles of gold the figurative was also forming as in to “regard as precious,” and “to retain carefully in the mind.” Thesaurarie existed around the 1590s and was used as a title by early dictionary compilers from the expression thesaurus verborum “a treasury of words.” Today a thesaurus is a reference work that lists words grouped together according to their similarity of meaning but does not provide their definition. Similar to how a treasure chest was filled with gold, precious gems and of metals, things that shared the value of accumulated wealth. A random button would not likely be kept in the chest, unless it offered the owner some personal value of a memory or as a memento of a person that they highly cherished.

In the East, rather than the word chest the word vase was used and dates back to ancient times. The meaning of the treasure vase was related to a womb containing the primordial waters of creation. Here the metaphor is very symbolic, it is the vessel or the source of an inexhaustible material and spiritual wealth. Its meaning is thus derived from its function as a container of the source of life and the water element of this source is comparable to the amniotic liquid in the womb which contains all potentiality of life and represents the un-manifested possibilities of All. It is therefore containing the magical elixir of immortality, regeneration, and resurrection. Gold, the symbolic material form of wealth, is instead the abstracted water of all life, the concrete source of everything worth valuing. The typical Tibetan treasure vase is ornate with lotus flower motifs and shaped in the fashion of the traditional Indian clay water pot, Kumbha which was carried by monks as a symbol of renunciation.

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In the spiritual sense where most things are turned inside out, the understanding is “I can hold the universe in my the palm of my hand, yet it is known that it is not mine to keep.” The idea of hoarding is absent. The treasure vase symbolizes long life, prosperity, and wealth but does not contain them as actual things.

The synthesis of the Treasure Vase concept has the following words:

Water Element
Cleansing
Purity
Womb
Fertility
Resurrection
Elixir of Immortality
Formless, pre-creation
Un-manifested
All Potentiality

 

The meaning of the treasure vase when used in other cultures of antiquity are all very similar. In Alchemy it is the place where miracles occur. The Celtics believed it holds healing waters and to the Chinese it held the waters of life attributed to Quan-yin, the bodhisattva of compassion also known as the Goddess of Mercy. In Egypt it contained the heart, water and matrix and is the emblem of Osiris and Isis and in Graeco-Roman it was a symbol of fertility and wisdom. To the Hindus it held Amrita, the elixir of immortality and in Tibetan it was a welcoming place for deities. In the Christian history it is the repository of treasure. Only in recent history is the vase confused with a literal source of wealth and immortality, such as the infamous Holy Grail which is seen rather than to metaphorically contain the source of life but as holding the matter of that source, the manifested, so therefore the vase is something to be sought out and owned rather than held as a metaphor for a spiritual understanding.

In conclusion, the meaning of the treasure vase is related to the womb and the water of life. We could see this symbolically as the un-manifest and all potentiality that does exist but cannot be owned or that depends on exclusivity. It would be interesting to read your comments on treasure and what this word means to you…

 

 

 

This was the first full clinic case I took as an intern homeopath and was just published in HPathy‘s February edition, 2016. A big thank you to MICH and the MICH team!

Melissa Dair, Lauren Trimble and Kate Hudson present and analyze a case of anxiety and depression.

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The following is a case write-up written by the student intern homeopath who took the case in the supervised MICH Intern Clinic in 2014.

In each Clinic case, attending intern observers and the student intern homeopath enter into dialogue. An experienced supervisor is present, but only intervenes when the process leaves the framework of dialogue, to guide the students back into the process.

The dialogue focuses on the essence of the deepest aspects of the patient, and dialogue continues until there is group consensus that this essence has been reached. It is then that the materia medica is read thoroughly to determine what is the best similimum via the symptomology. Repertorization is used as it was designed: as a memory tickler for the homeopath, to provide hints for possibilities of remedies, and direction for materia medica research.

Homeopath:

Lauren Trimble – MICH Student Intern

Summary of two sessions leading to prescription: September 2014 and October 2014.

Patient is a 46yr old female. She has anxiety related mainly to accidents and danger, illness, the unknown and the future. She feels fatigued and overwhelmed. She has been unable to lose the weight she gained as a teenager and now has knee and hip pain and chronic pain in the evening before sleep. She presents with a very strong presence and a feeling of solidity, although this is not representative of her inner experience.

Patient’s chief complaint, etiology, symptoms, history

Chief Complaints:

  • Weight Gain
  • Pain in left knee and hip
  • Fatigue/Anxiety
  • Difficulty making decisions

History:

  • She had a serious accident at 5 yrs old when an arrow went into her left eye. She stayed in hospital for almost a month then stayed in bed at home for a time and could not move much and with both eyes covered.

Etiology:

  • Her son had an accident in the bathtub when a few years old, and she went to the hospital. She went into a complete state of panic and couldn’t come out of it, and since then she has suffered from severe anxiety and has been on anti-anxiety medication.

Remedy Prescribed:

  • Graphites 200K and 1MK

Patient’s dynamic

We start off our case synthesis by feeling into the client’s dynamic movement in life.

On the emotional level there was great anxiety, a fear of making mistakes, which corresponded to the inability to decide (the mental level). Her indecision was a symptom of an even deeper dimension of striving for absolute wisdom, from which every decision and discernment would be infallible.

Her fear of regretting an action lay in that such an action could not be “corrected” or erased.

Observations:

Our patient is a large overweight woman with an imposing presence, a loud voice, and appears very strong or solid. She seems at ease with the case taking team and is very social.

Making decisions/choices:

  • Once she starts to speak it is clear that in everything she speaks of there is nothing she can leave to be just that, as it is. Everything has another side, and a reasoning as to why it is an issue for her. There is never a still point in her experience or her movement in life. It is always that it could be this or it could be that.
  • She talked about enjoying nature and physical activity where she could be relaxed and not keeping track of time. There her actions were not encumbered by complex decision making and there she feels like she knows and is confident.

Correcting mistakes:

  • In her work as an elementary school teacher she does not experience this difficulty with decisions. Here she can make a plan and go forward and commit to it, because here if she makes a mistake she can go back and fix it with the student so she is not left with regret.
  • There is always a reason behind everything, but it is more than sharing and giving a reason; it is always that it is this, but then it could be something else. She is always taking back every statement she makes.

Regret:

  • Never wants to experience regret and so she can’t stick with anything, because she is scared to have a regret. Dynamically there’s no still point, no decision, one way or the other. She is always going back and forth so there is no regret.
  • She then wants to manage and control, but since things have continued unchecked for so long it is more difficult to deal with and she often can’t control it. When this happens she can feel ashamed, embarrassed and shocked at what is happening to her. This can lead to extreme anxiety and she resorts to medications to calm her down.

Px’s words that describe this dynamic:

  • I’m not a good decision maker. It feels a bit tortured, something I have to work on. I am afraid of making the wrong decision, not confident enough to make the right decision and it overwhelms me. I am regretful.
  • When things are too hard, such as losing weight, I experience failure, I over think things to avoid this. I prefer feedback, reinforcement, to know I have succeeded or made the right decision.
  • She describes her waffling: “I take a lot of time thinking simple things through. It is tiring. I spend all this time dragging things too long. I am lacking confidence and will cling to the other choice, so it is hard to be happy with the choice I make. This makes the decision process not very rewarding or comfortable since I am always looking at the other side.”
  • I usually wrestle with decisions, slow, waffle back and forth. I take a lot of time thinking it through, tired, spent at all this time dragging this too long. Wonder why I struggle so much. Brother and Dad have trouble making decisions. We are not a fast moving family. Planning vs. just do it. Making the decision … it overwhelms me. Mind gets caught up in the details.
  • Still cling to the other side, the other choice. (Hard to be) happy with the choice I make. I can be regretful. Fear regret. You could have done this. Question decisions. This is in my mother’s family too. Things that could have been.
  • More feeling this is the right answer. Direct intervention by therapist, I enjoyed this. No right answer. I don’t have to worry about it, think about it. In the outdoors, physical tasks, not encumbered by complex decision making. I feel like I know, confident. I can move forward and not drag.
  • “I have a lot of knowledge [about weight issue – fitness – nutrition] but unable to apply the knowledge.”

Susceptibility to

In our next stage of the case synthesis, we look at what our patient is most stressed by, or “susceptible to” (either in a positive or negative way). In other words, what threatens or reinforces the definition of self or conditions of existence. We identified the following areas of susceptibility:

  • Making decisions
  • Choice, doubt
  • Not being able to go back and correct a mistake
  • Discernment
  • Being in nature, outdoors, physical tasks (no decision making)
  • Feedback, reinforcement (helps her know she has made right choice)
  • Regret – does not make decisions to avoid this
  • Taking action – cannot commit to one action in case it is the wrong thing to do

What holds all these details together is the need for absolute understanding in order to take action, or inertia from incomplete (human) understanding.

Susceptibility

From here we look at: What are the conditions of existence for this individual? What does she feel is necessary in life to exist? What reinforces her sense of self? We see that her primary focus and susceptibility is:

  • Action (will) must be based on and within the context of understanding. If understanding is too limited, will is misdirected – I will do the wrong thing = mistake = regret.

Striving

In this case, Absolute wisdom (which is humanly impossible) is the necessary element for the patient to take action.

Sensation/delusion

Once we can encourage the patient to explore their experience within their susceptibility, we can further fill out the case with the sensation and delusion levels of experience. We can now be certain that these sensations are directly related to the core movement and susceptibility or conditions of existence, in other words, central to the patient as a whole. In this case, we see that the mineral sensations are more about the sense of self, rather than the more tangible sensations we might see in a plant remedy case :

  • This or that – waffle back and forth, inability to make a decision.
  • Self worth depends on ability to make the right choice and take the right action.
  • I can move forward and not drag. When I don’t feel confident, it can drag.
  • Too hard, effort but no results.
  • Dehumanize, narrow, flexible, inclusive, eclectic.
  • Canoe trip felt really good … you’re following and you have to adjust … it’s not a decision that’s going to stay … a responding in the moment. Rather than a fork in the road. Not a definitive choice.
  • Ability to go back and fix mistakes (to erase like a graphite pencil … not written in ink).

Remedy Choice

This case is nicely filled out in all areas: sensation, delusion, striving and susceptibility.
If we look at our striving and susceptibility, we see that divine understanding which leads to no regret is very important. Under the theme of regret in Loutan’s repertory we came to Graphites as a possibility by finding the following rubrics for Graphites.
  • thought or ideas inhibiting action
  • understanding (wisdom) via analysis
  • choice, doubt
  • inertia (inability to act)
  • correction of a mistake
  • decision making
  • detail (precision)
  • discernment (understanding)
  • educate, teach
  • infallible
  • intellect & analysis
  • Fears changing state, defense through inertia. The smallest problem is too big and beyond his forces.

Highlights from Repertoire de thèmes et de matière médicale dynamique by Guy Loutan (translated by MICH)

The following is a translation of key points of the description of Graphites in Loutan’s repertory[1]:

The human being must go through the work of comparing options in order to discern the value of different choices. Graphites feels incapable of subtle analysis, calculations, and prefers things that are physical and natural. (Showing a greater ease with the natural dimensions of consciousness versus the rational or contemplative.) Reality is crushing, difficult, heavy, effortful. He is torn between his worries about being useful and his value and his desire for stability. The graphite in the pencil symbolises the passage of time and events through writing, the moments of choice between what will be remembered in history and what will be erased and forgotten.

The essential question for Graphites is how to attribute the right value to things, to discern which are essential and which are not. That is what is crushing, a heavy weight – a pressure that is similar to the pressure exerted on the pencil to write. The desire of graphites is to write, but only with the condition of being able to erase or correct what is written.

Overwhelmed by trifles, drowned in details, unable to synthesize. An emotional person who becomes calm if she can confide, shed her feelings on another, but tends to create a protective shell.

Fear of changing state, develops inertia as a defence, stays in her bubble. Does not dare to decide because he desires absolute infallibility. He assigned a level of greater importance to something which it should not have had. In the desire for infallibility and absolute knowledge, finds himself to be in constant doubt about his discernment, and cannot take action. Does not dare to make the decision because something might have a hidden value that he does not see. He cannot assign the fair value to objects, and does not dare to decide. He gives a high value on something that did not have it. Wanting to be infallible, yet he finds himself in constant doubt of his judgment, can not move his will to act. Does not dare to risk taking a decision because everything can have an unexpected, or unseen value.

Highlights from Sankaran Schema, Rajan Sankaran

We also see that the Carbon themes are very present here. In Sankaran’s Schema[2] we see the theme of indecision and that sensation of this or that:

“Alternating state. On one side feels ‘Can I be on my own or do I need to still be there’, and on the other side he feels ‘I have to let go, can I let go?’”. In the Carbons in general, we also see themes of self worth, ethics, success, failure, stable, unstable, loss of will or ambition, and especially of values (Scholten).

Highlights from Carbon: Organic and Hydrocarbon Remedies in Homeopathy, Roger Morrison[3]:

(from Vithoulkas described the typical Graphites patient as bland, peasant or laborer types: slow thinking, heavy and unreactive. Sankaran describes instead a state of great excitability and fretfulness. These polar opposite views represent two different adaptive reactions to the same basic inner state. As with all other organic compounds, a basic insecurity about life exists in Graphites. This anxiety is manifested by great anxiety which is either expressed (with great sentimentality, over-excitability and tears) or by denial of the insecurity (with dullness, coarseness and materialism). Female patients appear more often in the uncompensated form and male patients most often in the harder form for unknown reasons.

In the uncompensated patient, the anxiety will be felt as the primary dysphoria. The anxiety centers about issues of health, security and family. In this we can easily be confused with Calcarea and its salts. More prominent in Graphites, though, is a great focus on self-worth and feelings of inadequacy. The patient is timid and feels unable to cope with the many demands put upon her. Strikingly focused upon small details of health and events in her life, the patient is irresolute and confused. The mind is too full of anxieties to function properly and is ultimately exhausting for the patient.

Highlights from Prisma: The Arcana of Materia Medica Illuminated by Frans Vermeulen[4]

  • IRRESOLUTION, timidity, lack of self-confidence; full of DOUBTS.
  • Incapacity to think abstract thoughts, analyse and plan.
  • Always ANTICIPATING DIFFICULTIES, resulting in ANXIETY [anxiety, morning, on waking – 3], EXCITABILITY, sadness and even despair. UPSET over TRIFLES.
  • Fastidious; fidgety; conscientious about trifles.
  • WEEPING and expressing emotions better. Has to ventilate them.
  • Nibbling appetite; has to take frequently small bites of food to ease stomach.
  • Worse HUNGER.

drug differentiation

There are many remedies indicated for indecision. Here is a sampling of the exploration of a few these.

Ignatia: Inner conflict; romantic idealism conflicts with reality. Ailments from disappointment. Contradictory and alternating states. Ignatia would like deliverance from having to deliberate and decide, whereas our patient would like absolute understanding so that she can make correct choices. It does not cover the theme of regret that our patient experiences, and her avoidance of regret by not making decisions.

Anacardium: Anacardium finds all choices impossible as the conflict of the choice is between two parts of himself – head and heart – mind and body – devil and angel. Needs external references and criteria which are in relationship with reality. The conflict in Anacardium is not about the right choice in order to act, or about understanding in order to make choices, and does not lead to failure or regret.

Crocus: The regret of Crocus is in what he has not done, not seen, or not discovered. … Crocus suffers from an endless debate on the choice of means. The suffering in our case is due to a difficulty in discerning the “value”.

Prescription – November 8, 2014

  • Graphites 200k

Follow ups

First follow up: December 26th, 2014

  • It was easier for her to make decisions, she felt more spontaneous and had less need for external feedback.
  • There was also less regret over choices and decisions.
  • She started to meditate and was able to experience anxiety but stay detached so it would not get out of control.
  • She gained weight although everyone thought she looked like she had lost weight, including us.
  • Her fatigue was much better, which follows that she is no longer investing so much energy in her decision making process.
  • The sugar and food cravings were still ongoing, although she was more in touch with it being about calming the anxiety as well as long standing habits.
  • We found that most of her concerns were improving, some minor symptoms were unchanged and that there were no aggravations.

2nd Follow up (phone) January 12th, 2015:

  • Patient reports in a phone follow up that she was starting to crave sugar and overeat again, and was using more delusion level language.
  • We followed up with a 1M and she continued to improve, particularly with feeling less anxious.

3rd Follow up March 4th, 2015:

  • Patient continues to experience improvements in her anxiety levels and her ability to make decisions.
  • There are still some issues with overeating, and sugar addiction, but the patient has more objectivity and awareness around it.
  • It was decided she could benefit from a higher potency and a dose of 10MK was given.

 

Melissa Dair – BEd, ND, DHom, MICH Director
Melissa is a MICH Homeopath, as well as being an experienced educator, learning facilitator, and student support coordinator. As a homeopath, Melissa accompanies her clients on an in-depth exploration of their inner world, to uncover meaning, connections, and the emergence of insights. She enjoys working with a variety of clients, and particularly enjoys working with adolescents and young adults.

Lauren Trimble, MICH Intern
Lauren is MICH Intern. She has previously trained at the Montreal Gongfu Research Centre where Traditional Chinese Medicine is combined with martial art practices and has taught Meridian Qi gong and Nei Gong classes. In 2010 she co-founded the Montreal Healing Arts Community, a local non-profit organization offering networking, outreach and education to the healing community.

Kate Hudson – BA, E-Ryt, DHom, MICH Clinical Supervisor

Kate is a MICH Homeopath, and experienced workshop facilitator. She believes that the therapeutic process of inquiry is an important step in both the client’s return to health and in the path to selecting an appropriate homeopathic remedy to facilitate that. She works with clients from all walks of life, and has had particular success with those who suffer from anxiety and depression, or other mental emotional challenges.

The Montreal Institute of Classical Homeopathy offers a full four year program clinical supervision, accredited training in the homeopathic clinic in Honduras and advanced continuing education for Homeopaths.

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[1] Loutan, Guy, MD. Répertoire de Thèmes et de Matière Médicale Dynamique, dix-neuvieme edition 2014, page 152.

[2] Sankaran, Rajan M.D., Sankaran’s Schema, Homeopathic Medical Publishers, 2005.

[3] Morrison, Roger, M.D., Carbon: Organic and Hydrocarbon Remedies in Homeopathy, Hahnemann clinic Publishing, Grass Valley, California, 2006. page 445.

[4] Vermeulen, Frans., Prisma: The Arcana of Materia Medica Illuminated, Third edition, Emryss, Haarlem, The Netherlands, June 2004.

 

iud

I had a basic medical procedure done the other day. The removal of an IUD and a new one put in. The copper based IUD was the one I decided to use five years ago since there was no release of hormones, only the copper. And as long as my body accepted the copper and was not allergic to it there would be few side effects other than the physical ones such as increased cramping and heavier menstrual flow. I preferred to not have hormones affect the natural rhythms of my cycles which is why I did not consider taking the pill or having implants under the arm. The first time the doctor put the IUD in place there was a lot of pain, I had to ask him to slow down between stages so I could recover. It was not pleasant. And then it took about three months for my cycles to return to mostly normal and there was a lot of pain and cramping which usually happens. Each cycle my body was trying to eject a foreign body, which is a healthy response, so I was not too upset by the slow process of my body accepting the IUD.

Five years later and I need to update the make and model as most of the copper had dissolved and it would become ineffective. This time however, I knew about homeopathy! I took Staphysagria 30ch beforehand knowing how much having my cervix prodded and stretched annoyed me the last time. I could also have taken arnica ahead of time to deal with the bruising and trauma but decided the Staphysagria was a better fit for me. Besides, I get pretty irritable in doctor’s offices in general. This time was a very different experience. My doctor sighed with relief when she finished and said, “Well, that was easy and quick.” She seemed surprised. Since I went to a sexual health clinic where she did this procedure all the time and I was the last patient of the day, I could guess she was being pretty honest about it being easy. I was too because it still hurt during the stages when cramping occurred but it hurt much less than the first time. I just had to do some focused breathing and I was ready for the next stage! Afterwards I decided to tell her that I took a homeopathic remedy, she seemed happy and totally approved.

vintage

The keynote features of Staphysagria are post-surgical pain as well as stretching or injuries to sphincter muscles. The cervix fits well here, since having a cervix dilated is very painful as well as invasive. Insect bites and stings and so feeling invaded and irritated is also a keynote. In fact it is also a good prophylaxis before mosquito and black fly season starts in the forests and countryside. The mental keynotes are suppressed anger, great suffering when he controls his emotions as well as great anger about things done by others. Remember how annoyed I was by doctor’s offices? I probably could have taken arnica for bruising and faster healing if I had needed it but being at the start of the cycle when the procedure was done I have not noticed any increase in cramping or pain that is worrisome so I am going to leave it alone. I can always try a dose of arnica 30ch if my next cycle is painful or if I don’t feel ok in a week or so since it can still help with my body’s healing processes long after time of the injury.

Although it was wonderful my doctor supported homeopathy, I kinda wished she wanted to know more details. It felt a bit unfair to not have to suffer so much yet the other patients did not have access to or knowledge about this support. Imagine if each patient could fill out a quick questionnaire and then be offered one of three or four remedies before having an IUD inserted, which would reduce pain, irritation, risk of infection and emotional effects? ​I still have hope that the medical system is changing and one day we will no longer have to suffer so much when a wonderful tool like homeopathy is available to us.

First published on birdsonghomeopathy.weebly.com.

Homeo what?

As a nearly accredited homeopath, I find it interesting to tell people what I do. It is much less stressful than the old answer which could be shortened substantially by saying, “Artist,” but it still doesn’t roll into the social atmosphere smoothly like teacher or waitress. Most people don’t understand what it is and many have never even heard of homeopathy. I was excited to find a fact list on the Canadian Consumers Centre for Homeopathy (CCCH) about homeopathy use worldwide. Their statistics might surprise you.

Varanasi_pharmacy wiki

World wide, homeopathy is among the most-used types of medicine and is one of the fastest growing. It is estimated that around 300-500 million patients worldwide use homeopathy and there are around 400,000 healthcare professionals recommending homeopathic remedies, including about 100,000 physicians prescribing them routinely. As for the economy of homeopathy, it is well known that it is not a revenue generator the way pharmaceuticals is, yet according to the Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (ASSOCHAM) in March 2011 the world market for homeopathy was about $5.35 billion and growing by about 25% annually. They consider that at this rate it could surpass conventional medicine as we know it by 2035.

In India, there are an estimated 250,000 practitioners and 75,000 paramedics and they treat 10% of the population using only homeopathic medicines. Brazil has 15,000 doctors that practice homeopathy and 9 million patients using homeopathic medicines. In India, Mexico, England, Brazil and Cuba homeopathy is integrated into the health systems.  In Cuba, the use of prophylactic homeopathic medicines has been used by the public health system for epidemic control with great success.

Quote about homeopathy by Gandhi

 

Three out of four Europeans know about homeopathy and 29% use it for their own self care. The European Union officially recognized homeopathy in 1992 for human use and veterinarians. 80% of the world’s homeopathic medicines are manufactured in France. France is the world’s largest market for homeopathy with more than $450 million in sales. England has five hospitals that use homeopathic treatments and 42% of non-homeopathic physicians there are willing to refer their patients to a homeopath.

It is hard to say that nobody uses homeopathy with numbers like this. In Canada the two biggest issues at nearly every election are the economy and health care. Homeopathy offers a solution to both. A study commissioned by the government of Switzerland published in 2011 found that homeopathy had 15.4% lower costs than conventional medicine and therefore homeopathy was more cost-effective than any other form of medicine.

The CCCH acknowledges that, “As communications technology continues to transform the world into a global village, research on homeopathy now being conducted in countries outside the developed world is pushing medicine to new frontiers… and in fact will leave the West behind if the West continues to ignore it.”

Ah, homeopathy. A mystery, quackery, quantum science, medicinal miracle, futuristic, sci-fi, bunk. Maybe being an artist was easier to talk about.

I was digging through old papers and found this … a list of children’s rights given to me by a childhood friend. Going through his own processing of what childhood meant to him as an adult and with a child of his own the same age as me he was an amazing person to spend time with. By the time I was nine, my older brothers no longer wanted to hang out with me. I was very shy and in one of the smallest classes in history so I did not have many friends my own age at that time. Rick and I spent many wonderful hours flying kites, shopping, going for walks. Mostly we talked about life and he was definitely one of those people that comes into your life and steers a new direction for your boat. I am so grateful for his friendship and time. I can’t imagine the person I might have become without him in my life.

Here is the list, … with visuals.

1. to express feelings

express

2. to feel proud

proud

3. to feel protected

protected

4. to friends

friends

5. to be able to trust

trust

6. to feel safe

safe

7. to feel love

feel love

8. to feel positive about themselves

positive

9. not to be abused

not to be abused

10. time to play

to play

11. time to be with who I want to be with

with who I want

12. to have other adults as friends

adult friends

13. to be listened to

listen

14. not to be ignored

not be ignored

15. to not feel invisible

invisible

16. to be a child

child

17. to say NO

no

18. to respect

respect

19. to privacy

privacy

20. to have fun

fun

21. to dream

dream

22. to be accepted as me

accepted as me

23. to have my feelings accepted

feelings

24. to be able to learn

learn

25. to allow me to solve my problems

solve problems

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All images from the amazing pixabay

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