Posts Tagged ‘Health’

In cases with trans-generational trauma, the original, unresolved trauma is carried over from previous generations to the current one. For those coping with this type of trauma it can be confusing to address and understand since the symptoms they are experiencing are not based in their own life history or experiences. I would like to present some of the reasons homeopathy can be a helpful tool for this kind of trauma and to explore one homeopathic remedy with symptoms that link to trans-generational trauma in a very fascinating and beautiful way.

​To read more … go to CleverH magazine.



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Appreciating the homeopathic process

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So, you have decided to try homeopathy after being referred by a friend or reading an amazing article that convinced you it might work. You are ready to book an appointment with a homeopath about your issue of say chronic anxiety and the more immediate problem of burn out and fatigue rather than taking medications, asking for stress leave, risking the flow of your career, and maybe upsetting your relationships in the process. With curiosity and an open mind, hopefully anyways, you would like to see what homeopathy can do instead.

No longer a parts based system, but a whole human being approach

The first thing to remember is that homeopathy is going to be very different than seeing a conventional doctor or a GP. Get out of that mindset that you can only bring one problem or issue to each visit. While a doctor may address you as segmented parts containing diseases and symptoms to fix, a homeopath is going to want to spend more time going over all the symptoms around your issue. They see you as a whole that needs some fine tuning, not a nervous system or a gallbladder that needs to be repaired, removed or replaced.

Also a doctor usually works with the short-term results, so if the symptoms can be altered or reduced quickly, then the person is considered better and all is well. The homeopath is looking at your long-term health, and so giving medications that alter or suppress a symptom without first looking into the original underlying reason for the anxiety or the fatigue is considered a risky short cut. A short cut that can lead to side effects from medications, a need for long term medicine use, or further health complications down the road. The better approach is to address the whole person, and to see that the treatment leads to the best possible long-term outcome for that person. The concept of wholeness is further explained in this article by Judyann McNamara, What is True Healing.

Chronic illnesses may be a reality but the idea that we have to feel worse over time is just not true. We can feel better and be healthier, and adapting and adjusting as we go is something homeopathy has the capacity to help us with.

A collaborative and self-responsible relationship of health

Another major mindset that needs to change is the relationship between the patient and the practitioner. Going to the doctor we have become used to presenting our problem, being questioned briefly, being examined, getting some tests done, and then we go home and wait for the prescription or referral to a specialist. This is easy from the patient’s point of view, yet it is also passive. You don’t have to do anything other than show up, and then continue to show up for follow up appointments when they are scheduled. A homeopath will want to see you for the initial consultation, and maybe a second time to clarify their direction in selecting a remedy or support. Then, once you are given the suggestion, they would like you to stay in touch! They actually prefer if you give them feed back on how you are doing and what is happening.

This is the only way the homeopath can know what to do next, or what to do in the case you are struggling with the healing process. Your process and experience are going to be different from another person’s, even if you came in with the same issue of chronic anxiety and burnout, so to follow a predefined protocol or therapy is not the optimal for each individual. The homeopath understands how significant the process back to health is for you, and by collaborating with you and following your needs, they can offer the best possible support and tools for you.

This is difficult to accept perhaps, but a homeopath wants to work with you, to hear from you and to know how you are doing.

Self rated health outcomes over generic test results

Unlike conventional medicine where it is the test result that directs the treatment process, homeopaths prefer to use the self rated health scores of each person. Researchers have found that Self Rated Health tests show the best indicators of overall morbidity (rate of disease) and mortality rates. How many times have you wanted to go to the doctor but you don’t because you already know what they will say, “Your test results are inconclusive so I have to conclude that there is nothing wrong with you!” This is an unfortunate development of the current medical system and why the hospitals and clinics are seeing so many patients with pathological diseases such as coronary artery disease, cancer, or arthritis. If they had been able to seek treatment when they first felt something was off … maybe the functional changes in their body systems could have been avoided and they would have been able to adapt and stay healthier, and avoided the need for medications and for painful, expensive and complex treatments later on.

A homeopath is going to work with you at any stage of the disease process, and the earlier the better for everyone. They trust that you know your own state of health and that you also know when you need support and tools for regaining your health. Think about a space ship that at the start of journey is only a fraction off its course to Saturn, many years later and it has little chance of even seeing Saturn! The earlier the course is corrected, the better chance the ship has to reach its destination.

This leads to self responsibility in health. Sounds daunting perhaps, but think about it. You are the one responsible for your health and healing. Not a doctor, or GP, or a blood test, or a specialist. You. Feels good somehow doesn’t it to consider it this way?

An open, accepting space to tell it how it is

Since the homeopath is looking at the whole of you, you can pretty much talk about any odd, seemingly unconnected, unusual thing that you want or feel like bringing up. It is distracting to the doctor, they want to stay on point and to keep things symptom related to the part being discussed. Homeopaths on the other hand have been trained to sit in discomfort, to be ok with feeling confused as to the what the patient is describing, and to not judge the person for whatever they may have experienced. It is all part of the homeopathic system of case taking. There is also a fundamental trust that everyone has the ability to heal already within them, even if at the moment it is latent. You are not coming to be fixed, but for tools and support, basically a get-unstuck-agent that will put you back on the road to good health and help you on your path.

Unlike a doctor that takes charge of the treatment process, a homeopath is merely the one to objectively fit together the presenting symptoms to see how they express the whole, like seeing a large unfinished jigsaw puzzle. Then they pattern match what they see in that puzzle image to what remedy or other suggestion can help you the most.

And get it out of your mind that a remedy is going to take over the healing for you. It is just a tool that helps stimulate the body to heal itself, as the body would be able to do naturally before it got stuck, and does all the time when we are healthy. We don’t pay attention while we feel great, but what is happening to bring about that great feeling? It is essentially the countless natural and internal processes at work keeping us alive and whole. The body is an amazing phenomenon if we stop to ponder it!

What can you do to get the most out of homeopathy?

  1. Share ALL the important things going on, it is not necessary to limit what you say or self censure.
  2. Be yourself at the consultation. The good, the bad and the ugly all matter when considering the whole.
  3. Be engaged in your own healing by asking questions and learning what you can do yourself. Learn to be self-responsible and self-empowered again.
  4. Give honest and current feedback about what you experience after taking a homeopathic remedy or suggestion. Keeping a journal with dates can be very helpful.
  5. Learn to trust in your own healing capability again, it is after all the only way we ever really heal.

What to expect after seeing a homeopath?

Again, this is going to be as unique as you are. Everyone is different and has different experiences and needs. And in all honesty homeopathy is not always immediate and easy. It might take time to find the best remedy match, or for you to feel empowered and trusting again so that the whole of you is on board to regain your health. However, when it works homeopathy changes lives and does ‘miraculous’ things. What do I mean by miraculous?

The global or whole person action of homeopathy means that when we take a remedy or support we may suddenly feel inspired to eat better, to go to the gym, to buy that house we always dreamed of, or to drop the procrastination that is holding us back, to reach out to friends, or to see our loved ones with greater appreciation. Remember, it is the whole of you that has the potential to improve! And the main complaint that brought you to see a homeopath, the anxiety and burnout, that too improves. And if it does not completely disappear, you can see it differently and discover ways to improve it, whereas before it was stuck, and there was only one possible, off course outcome. I encourage you to get the most of what homeopathy can offer! And to appreciate the journey back to health.



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Forgiveness Journal. A way to self acceptance

This 31 day journal is a means to explore, develop and practice forgiveness. Practicing forgiveness is a way to reduce anger, depression and stress and encourage greater feelings of hope, peace, compassion and self confidence.

What can happen?

  1. Forgiveness is not excusing responsibility but is about taking responsibility for our own lives.
  2. Forgiveness is a way to let go of negative thoughts around situations or person that is affecting you so you can find peace and separation from them.
  3. Practicing forgiveness leads to healthier relationships with others and ourselves.
  4. Forgiveness influences our attitude and opens us to kindness, beauty, and love.
  5. Forgiveness is a major stress reducer.
  6. Forgiveness helps bring you back into the present instead of dwelling on the past.
  7. Forgiveness keeps us in the present moment where joy, peace and gratitude are experienced.
To forgive is to set a prisoner free and discover that the prisoner was you.
Lewis B. Smedes
Each day has a quote and an exercise to follow. Two sample days of the journal.

Day 23. Forgiveness is not always easy. At times, it feels more painful than the wound we suffered, to forgive the one that inflicted it. And yet, there is no peace without forgiveness. Marianne Williamson
Being able to forgive is a basic core value for relationship harmony. You can also practice forgiveness by taking responsibility to rebalance your inner mental and emotional disturbances and create inner harmony. Forgiveness helps re-create a harmonious flow between yourself and everyone. Have you noticed any changes in how you are relating to family, friends and loved ones this month?
It took me a long time to learn to forgive myself for my flaws, because I knew that once I did — I would have to forgive other for theirs. Emina Gaspar-Vrana

Day 24. The power of forgiveness is huge; it is really big, and it can save this world. Immaculee Ilibagiza
Forgiveness is a way to reach a deeper understanding of events or of ourselves and other people. Notice how in the state of forgiveness you might be more open, creative, and aware. Make a note of things you have learned about yourself so far while going through these exercises. Take a look back over your journal entries to help you with this exercise.

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 fourth free download.

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.

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I have been a long time environmentalist. Maybe it is sharing my birthday with Earth Day, maybe it was the soy based pabulum I drank as a baby, or just a pure love of all things alive and growing. Whatever the reason, the natural world is important to me.

Almost everyone can agree that we need to focus on environmental issues. However, if we neglect health issues we are missing a key means of what is required to resolve them. These issues are a result of climate change, human caused or otherwise, but also a result of previous negligence of basic health needs. The key is to have a lot of people in a vital state of health who can make sound, conscious decisions and actions towards the sustaining of an environment that is supportive for all Canadians and the rest of the world. Unhealthy people, in my experience, are rarely in a position to act, they are often not capable of providing service to others and instead depend on a large number of services. They may not be able to make decisions in ways or have their voice heard in venues that can make a difference. The lack of health in the general population is like running a massive three-legged race instead of everyone being independent, strong and at their best to reach the finish line with their full potential supported.


The environment will continue to exist whether we can survive in it or not. The issue is really how we relate to ourselves and each other. I would posit that the rising trend in healthy living is directly related to the threat of climate change and environmental degradation. We have to do something, that much is clear, but who is going to do it and is that ‘doing’ going to make things unexpectedly worse? For this reason I want to see the healthiest people at the helm of this kind of crisis. Not the wealthiest, or most affluent, or most popular, but the most sound of mind and body. So how can the majority of Canadians move to the helm and do something that does make a real difference for positive change?

To be healthy people need access to food that is whole, nutritious and fresh. We can’t continue to support food production that relies on over processing, chemicals and poor nutrient levels. People need access to water that is unpolluted by chemicals, toxins and byproducts of human waste whether they live in Nunavut or Downtown Toronto. The air people breathe needs to be free of exhausts, gases, moulds and the various toxins that are making unsustainable smog in our cities. These are just the three basics for survival; food, air and water. If these basics were clean, whole and unpolluted, health would improve vastly and people would feel what it is like to have a clear head and a clean body that works optimally and efficiently. They would have an improved ability to engage and act. This means putting more energy and resources on bringing these basic needs back up to a quality level as a first step. This would directly impact climate change in many ways.

What else provides a basis for health?

People also need to be surrounded by trees, grasses and gardens. Parks and nature spaces help reduce our stress and carry a reminder of what wild nature feels like. How many of us live in cities and have not walked or sat on green grass for 6 months or more! Without a connection to nature, we can’t understand what we are losing as it disappears because of development and ‘progress.’ People need access to nature to manage stress levels and anxiety, to develop healthy bodies as well as healthy mental and emotional states.


Also, the medical system we have, that is reliant on pharmaceuticals and parts based, quick fix procedures, is not working the way it was expected to. Patients are not reaching a potential of health but instead are becoming less healthy. Each generation has more chronic illness starting at a younger and younger age and with greater intolerance and allergies. Again, it takes a healthy, conscious individual to have the interest and ability to get involved, to get active and to make good decisions based on the concept of serving the community as a group. We need to find better ways to address disease and illness than what we are currently doing. We can’t just go around assuming we can fix a single body part and all will be healed. People are a whole, not a collection of bits. They have a body, a mind, an emotional experience. How can we be sure the whole person is getting the treatment and support they need?

How can we change our mindset from one of crisis mode and putting out wild fires with buckets to one of a real, critical understanding of the environmental situation and the development of effective solutions that will support and sustain us all, including the environment around us. I argue it lies with each one of us, that we all need to get involved, to care and to offer up a service that we intrinsically are best at. We can’t do this when we are struggling with low quality food, air and water. We can’t do this when nature is a distant reality we haven’t experienced for years, or ever. We can’t do this when we are struggling with ongoing illness or disease that is at best being palliated by the treatments options presented to us. Until we focus inwardly, how can we ever expect to make a positive change outwardly? People’s health is the key and the best place to start.



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Welcome to 2013 first of all. Many of us were not sure we would make it, and if we did, some of us weren’t sure we wanted to. But that is all past us and now we have work to do and changes to make. That is my prediction for 2013, change and masses of it.

In the coming months, I am hoping to bring into focus some of the thoughts I have held for many years on various topics. This post about health care is inspired by the revelations of a medical doctor on how the modern medical system treats patients. For one, thank you Mr. Murray for expressing these views, it takes courage to say what no one else dares to. When I was younger I dated a doctor’s son, he would often tell me stories about how he received the worst medical treatment from his father because it was often none at all. If there were anything really serious, he would be sent to a fellow physician to be looked after. I used to think it was some sort of strange negligence on the father’s part, or his busy life and hectic schedule leading to neglect, but now that I have read Mr. Murray’s article I am thinking maybe it was a desire to not cause any harm to his own children.

In his article, How Doctor’s Die, Ken Murray, MD describes how he and other doctor’s when facing a serious or terminal illness would rather go home and wait death out than be treated in a hospital and kept alive at all cost.

Almost all medical professionals have seen what we call “futile care” being performed on people. That’s when doctors bring the cutting edge of technology to bear on a grievously ill person near the end of life. The patient will get cut open, perforated with tubes, hooked up to machines, and assaulted with drugs. All of this occurs in the Intensive Care Unit at a cost of tens of thousands of dollars a day. What it buys is misery we would not inflict on a terrorist. I cannot count the number of times fellow physicians have told me, in words that vary only slightly, “Promise me if you find me like this that you’ll kill me.” They mean it. Some medical personnel wear medallions stamped “NO CODE” to tell physicians not to perform CPR on them. I have even seen it as a tattoo.

So the secret code is NO CODE. I am considering where I could put it as a tattoo myself if it could keep me from experiencing a brutal last few hours or days and save the health care system enough money to keep a person alive on social assistance for several years. For that is also what Mr. Murray describes, how the patients, the doctors and the system have a part to play in how health care is currently administered and it sounds like some of the main problems are a lack of education about the effects of current treatments and medications, not enough time for communication about expectations and beliefs around health and death, and the way money is made by doctors in the system.

When I was about 24, I read The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying by Sogyal Rinpoche. It talked about death from the Buddhist perspective and when I had read that book several times I was convinced of how death and birth were the grand portals and everything that happened in between was inseparable from the quality of those moments. In the Rinpoche’s words:

…in death all the components of our body and mind are stripped away and disintegrate. As the body dies, the senses and subtle elements dissolve, and this is followed by the death of the ordinary aspect of our mind, with all its negative emotions of anger, desire, and ignorance. Finally nothing remains to obscure our true nature, as everything that in life has clouded the enlightened mind has fallen away. And what is revealed is the primordial ground of our absolute nature, which is like a pure and cloudless sky.
This is called the dawning of the Ground Luminosity, or ‘Clear Light,’ where consciousness itself dissolves into the all-encompassing space of truth. […]
The dawning of the Ground Luminosity, or Clear Light, at the moment of death is the great opportunity for liberation.

Now imagine an eighty-year-old patient in the hospital being resuscitated from a stroke or heart attack and then being attached to a life support machine. Did they know they could tattoo NO CODE on their wrist to avoid this treatment? Are they actually quite ready to go gently into the night? It is no longer their choice once consciousness is lost or taken away. And although they may not know of or believe in the Bardo states of Buddhism or reincarnation, it is still their moment. The time to reflect on a life lived and to have a chance to see the place of becoming and where they are going to from their own intrinsic knowing which resides in all of us. How then is this possible when surrounded by frenzied doctors, machines and while having their body cut open, injected with tubes and stimulated beyond their innate capacity? I think it is clear that it is not humane; it is not the saving of a life but the destroying of a death. And it is a truth that the one thing we all have in common is a birth and a death. Those are our moments to enter into a corporeal existence and to exit one. Without needing to know about what may occur before and after, we are all poignantly aware of what happens in between for that is our life. And each one of us deserves to have our dignity from the beginning of our life to the end of it.

The Dying Gaul sculpture

The Dying Gaul

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