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DID YOU KNOW? MARCH, 2016
Chronic problems ie those that have been around for more than two months, require patience and persistence as each set of symptoms are peeled away in order. Homeopathy treats the uppermost symptoms first. So if you come to the office with a named illness such as osteoarthritis of the hip, but all of the symptoms you are experiencing tell me that chronic grief is uppermost in what you are experiencing, then I will choose a grief medicine that has for example spasms/pains anywhere in the body in the symptom picture that it treats. Ignatia is one medicine that when the grief is treated, the spasms also disappear. I once had a client that had such hip pains that completely disappeared after taking Ignatia......for grief. Interesting isn't it that we can feel such things at the physical level and mistakenly think that we should target the hip pain with a medicine that is specifically for the hip. Such is the wonder of homeopathy. We treat the person first, then watch to see how the body responds.

DID YOU KNOW? FEBRUARY, 2016
I am seeing a lot of clients with bad coughs this year, almost along with flu like symptoms such as nausea, tiredness, headache, sore muscles etc. The coughs mainly are dry and wheezy, almost like croup. I have found some nice mixtures such as Seroyal's Unda Drosera Plex that works wonders. Also, if the symptoms are accompanied with wanting to sleep and feeling chills and sweats, Gelsemium will treat the general flu. If symptoms persist, come by the office or see your nearest Homeopath and they will treat deeper than these remedies can go. It seems as if this warmer weather and dampness set off especially those who are sensitive. So after the coughs and flus are treated, you need to boost up the system with a constitutional remedy which is the one that covers all of your symptoms including the mental and emotional ones all together, ie the whole picture. Soon spring will be here!

DID YOU KNOW? JANUARY, 2016
So with a pristine new year laying before us, it is good to make some plans for our health. Here are some tips that I have learned. Eat real food, ie if its in a box and man made it, refined it or in other words, altered it in a way that our bodies don't recognize it (think GMOs), best to avoid these products. For those who wish to improve their digestion, increase metabolism and who understand the link between the gut and immunity, please take the time to come by the clinic and take advantage of all of the wonderful mother tinctures of for example Garcinia. This weight loss product is mostly sold in capsule, crushed herb form and people need to realize that the mother tinc form of any herb is superior to the dry form. Compromised gut bacteria will have difficulty absorbing the herbal form but not the tincture. I have this tincture in the clinic. FYI, a mother tincture is made by soaking the plant in alcohol for 2­6 weeks to extract all of the medicinal properties. Then it is strained to weed out all plant matter and voila, all that is left is the tincture, full of medicinal properties (think of Echinacea too). In the clinic, we have tinctures to improve circulation by chelating out the plaque/calcium build up in the arteries, tincs for sleep, to improve hormonal problems incl ovarian and prostate, for weight loss, constipation, to clear the skin, for parasites/worms , for energy and vitality, for bone pains, hair thinning etc. DID YOU KNOW? DECMEMBER, 2015
With the new year approaching, I want to wish all of my readers and clients a wonderful Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays. To all of the cultures that I see in my office, I humbly wish health and happiness to you and your families in whatever holiday you celebrate at this time of year. I am deeply grateful for the trust you place in me to take care of your loved ones. I will continue to study, learn and advance in my field so that I can continue to utilize the most current information and very best that homeopathy has to offer. To all the critics of homeopathy, I can only say try it! It may not make sense that it works but it does. I urge the public and health care advocates to try to learn about all the systems of health care in the world so we can make use of the best of each one for the good of the health and well being of all of the inhabitants of our planet. There is much to offer and learn from the works of other cultures in the various fields of medicine. Let's put bias aside and open ourselves to new possibilities.

DID YOU KNOW? NOVEMBER, 2015
I have spoken about the influence of poor intestinal health on mood and behaviour especially in autistic children. There is also a lot of evidence to support the same in all of us. Can you imagine, if children with autism who are on the GAP diet improve significantly by simply changing their diet from unhealthy processed foods to glutein free, casein free foods, then what about people with mental illness etc not to mention all of us. I know many are not convinced about the harmful effects of GMO grains and wheat and gluten in non­celiac people. However, not all autistic children are celiacs but they still benefit greatly by removing gluten from the diet. I have seen this to be very true and most alternative health practitioners would agree. Take for example the book Gut and Psychology Syndrome by Dr. Natasha Campbell­McBride. She says "The vast majority of psychiatric patients suffer from digestive problems."pp. 50. I think we all can learn from this. Take from it what you will and just maybe, you will see things improve on all levels for yourself.

DID YOU KNOW? OCTOBER, 2015
Here is the Fall and with the change of temperature and increased busyness with school and work comes illness. Homeopathy is the best at treating these acute flu and bronchitis symptoms. Remedies like Gelsemium, Bryonia, Baptisia, Eupatorium perfolatum with strange names can handle these problems with grace. Each one of these meds has very specific symptomatology that needs to be present for the med to work. For example, Eupatorium treats deep bone pains that some people experience during the flu. So to prevent the flu take Influenzinum or Osillococcinum weekly, but if you already have symptoms come and see me quickly and we can nip it in the bud.

DID YOU KNOW? SEPTEMBER, 2015
Recently, Revenue Canada has made it possible for all homeopathic expenses to be claimed on Income Tax Forms as medical expenses. This is the first step to making homeopathy a covered expense by all of the insurance companies and the newly formed College of Homeopaths and the Ontario Homeopathic Association are going to be focused on this concern. So hold onto the receipts provided by Homeopaths. These will be usable for these purposes. Let's hope this happensquickly. Some of us are getting older.

DID YOU KNOW? AUGUST, 2015
There is an election pending to form the first council of the newly formed College of Homeopaths of Ontario and all of us are asked to choose which persons to elect. The most frequently used promise that is being offered by candidates is that of having proper research into why and how homeopathy works. It seems that the world requires of us to prove how it works, this quack system of medicine that is nothing but water and the stupid sugar pellets that do nothing. Conventional medicine doesn't know how aspirin and other drugs work in our bodies yet, but we have to prove homeopathy's efficacy with research. Not a problem for I understand that there is plenty of research already available. I am a simple homeopath, treating patients and seeing the benefits of its work on a daily basis. One of the most obvious examples of it working superbly well is on babies and children who definitely don't "believe" in it as if this is a prerequisite of anyone using this form of medicine. So if that is what the world requires, then go candidates to assemble your research. I think that time would be better spent going after insurance companies to get the respect and coverage that naturopaths already have with them, ie you know naturopaths, the ones who practice using homeopathy!!



DID YOU KNOW? JULY, 2015
When you come to see a homeopathy, be prepared to disclose all that is going on with your body/mind. Some people come to see me and forget to mention heart conditions, past surgeries, medications they are taking etc. Homeopaths treat people in the context of who they are in totalality. We have to know the terrain of each individual's body. If you are prone to certain illnesses in your family, mention that on the Intake Form. Don't think to yourself... I am just going to mention my gout because that is all I want treated. All gouts are treated with different homeopathic medicines so if we are to correctly choose what you need, we need to look at your entire general and specific history, ongoing symptoms and even food cravings. Only acute illnesses can be taken at face value. A sprain is a sprain and will be treated with specific meds for that. But in chronic illness, don't hold back, the more you say of what affects you personally and physically on a daily basis, the better we are able to help you.

DID YOU KNOW? JUNE, 2015
When we heal the gut, we are affecting our immune systems, our psychology and our moods not to mention our digestion. Doing cleanses and using probiotics helps but you may need something deeper acting if this gut problem or psychological problem is chronic. In homeopathy we have wonderful medicines that heal the liver, kidney, gallbladder, small and large intestine and improve assimilation of food. So don't think if you are just doing juicing and using probiotics that all is good. Are you having skin problems, arthritis, itching, gut pains, irregular stool, chronic diarrhea or constipation etc then now is the time to address the deeper healing that homeopathy can offer. I am speaking of medicines, not nutritives, that are designed to heal tissue, not just add good bacteria. So lets not forget how deeply important our healthy guts are to our well-being on all levels. In autistic children, often the entire seat of problems is in the gut and I have seen wonderful improvements with these gut specific meds. Cheers.

DID YOU KNOW? MAY, 2015
Spring is finally here and there are many people who suffer from allergies at this time of year. There is a direct link between the health of the gut and lungs and allergies. If you are one the suffering, please come by the clinic and get some homeopathics to strengthen your leaky gut, reduce histamine response and treat underlying weaknesses in the lungs. There is no need to suffer continually taking Benadryl and sinus spray medicines hour after hour. Heal the gut and lungs and heal your allergies !!

DID YOU KNOW? APRIL, 2015
As of April 1, Homeopathy is a regulated profession in Ontario. All practicing homeopaths are required to be registered with the newly formed College of Homeopaths and possess a Certificate of Registration. Those Homeopaths not registered with this College cannot practice or call themselves Homeopaths in Ontario. This is a great day for the profession as now more insurance companies will cover our services and the public will be assured that they are seeing homeopaths with standardized educations and training. For those of us who are now members of the College, we offer you, the public, the best Homeopathic treatment available in Ontario.

DID YOU KNOW? FEBRUARY, 2015
Pet Owners Increasingly Turn to Holistic Medicine
Holistic veterinarian, Dr. Marcie Fallek, has seen it many times. A desperate pet owner brings in a very sick or dying animal and pleads for help while explaining how conventional medical treatments have cost a fortune and failed. "I do my best but obviously I could do a whole lot more for them if they came in before the crisis, not after," explains Dr. Fallek. "If I could start holistically with them when they're still puppies and kittens, we'd be way ahead of the game."

Animals react very nicely to homeopathic medicines. I once gave a dog with a facial abscess that was very nasty and swollen, one dose of Hepar sulphurica 30ch in his water. The next day the abscess burst and drained out and by the following day, there was significant healing. It is safe and easy to use and owners will save a lot of money if they bring their pets in to see a homeopath.

DID YOU KNOW? JANUARY, 2015
All of the symptoms we experience at the same time in our bodies are relevant. If you come to see a Homeopath, we want to know this as the choice of medicines we make for you are based on the whole body state at one time. You come usually to see me with one main complaint but there are always other things going on at the same time. For instance, you may have a cold and with this you also have a feeling of sadness, weepiness, lack of thirst with a fever, and discomfort in a warm room. These symptoms together are all suggestive of the remedy Pulsatilla. So tell your homeopath all you are experiencing; that way we can pick the perfect medicine to help you.

HAVE A HAPPY AND HEALTHY NEW YEAR AHEAD



DID YOU KNOW? DECEMBER, 2014
We are so very fortunate that we have available to us all of the forms of medicine in the world from conventional to chinese medicine to homeopathy. We can benefit from all of these. Get to know them all, each has its own advantages. None of us have to exclusively pick one form and stick to it. Be careful with taking herbals while on conventional medicine as some can interfere. Check with your pharmacist to find out which herbs can be harmful. Homeopathy does not interfere with other forms of medicine. Our medicines are "potentized" which means they do not possess the harmful side-effects of crude herbs. Many people use herbal mixtures for detoxing organs like the liver and kidneys and these are very good for this purpose. Just be careful to check out side-effects first. Same with Chinese herbs while taking conventional meds. Acupuncture can be very beneficial and can be used in conjunction with homeopathy ie they complement each other. So look into all forms of medicines, we have them all right at our finger tips.

MERRY CHRISTMAS, HAPPY HOLIDAYS AND BLESSINGS TO ALL.

DID YOU KNOW? NOVEMBER, 2014
Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease affects roughly 30% of all Canadians. This is more than in the US (at 25%) which is shocking. It means that the liver has large stores of fat in its tissue. Its telltale sign is a big gut. The main culprit in our diet is …..you guessed it, sugar. Also stress plays a big factor with cortisol being released by the adrenal glands above the kidneys in fight or flight situations ie everyday stress. This causes the body to store fat around the abdomen and the liver, the main detox organ in the body is the most affected. Other culprits that inhibit our natural detox digestive enzymes are antihistamines, drugs to block stomach acid and aging. Things we can do: Take antioxidants, B-complex vitamins, cruciferous veggies ie cabbage, broccoli, brussels sprouts, plus oranges, tangerines. Avoid processed sugars ie all white breads, cakes, cookies, cereals etc. If man made it and put it in a box, its probably not good for you. Real foods are the best, including proteins. Milk Thistle is an excellent detox tincture for the liver. There are several Unda products too that can be used to cleanse and drain the liver and kidneys. If you fit in this category, time to come by the office and get on a proper liver detox. Unchecked, fatty liver can develop into serious scarring of liver tissue (cirrhosis) and cancer. Think how much is tied up with what we eat??

DID YOU KNOW? OCTOBER, 2014
Sugar it seems is more of a culprit in our lives than previously understood. Those with a diet high in processed foods which are nothing more than sugar as well as white flour and breads, cookies, candies etc often have inflammation problems in the body. That means things ranging from rheumatoid arthritis to inflamed skin conditions such as rosacea. The process is this; sugar goes into the body stimulating insulin release. After that the sugar in the bloodstream drops stimulating the adrenal glands to release cortisol to create glucose to maintain the sugar high. Cortisol then causes inflammation in the body. So in many ways the gut is responsible for a lot of our problems and diet is key. The hormones in meat cause inflammation too. In homeopathy, we have remedies made from sugar. Saccharum album is one. It is often used for children who have high sugar cravings and are constantly seeking attention from mom. So I guess if man makes it and puts it into a box, not the best thing to eat. Keep it real!!

DID YOU KNOW? - September 2014
Antibiotics, which have saved countless lives and are a blessing, can be overused to great disadvantage and are promoting antibiotic resistant strains of bacteria. I am happy that we have antibiotics as I saw their value while I was nursing. In the children I treat who have recurrent illnesses that necessitate giving antibiotics over and over again, I advise that these children be treated with homeopathy to avoid the child developing these resistant states. Also, too many antibiotics given over time have made gut or digestive issues with their resultant behavioural, allergic and digestive problems very big concerns. (Think of the present need to take probiotics.) So unless it is an issue of emergency as in a life or death situation, I would advise in all cases that first attention be given to Homeopathyas it is most excellent at treating infections, abscesses, pustular conditions, ear and throat infections and gynaecological and reproductive infections as well. It is that deep-acting. So while I am very grateful with the availability of antibiotics today, let's not overuse them or worse, cause antibiotic resistant strains of germs to develop.

To read more about this issue, go to: http://www.theguardian.com/society/2014/aug/05/cut-unecessary- antibiotic-prescriptions-health-experts

DID YOU KNOW? - August 2014
Making homeopathy part of your healthcare regime does not mean that you have to give up conventional medicine. Neither do you have to choose one alternative treatment such as acupuncture exclusively in your personal regime. The best approach is to take the best from what is out there. Conventional medicine is key in diagnosis, surgery and managing chronic illnesses like diabetes and parkinson's disease for example. But if you are suffering from either a mental or emotional condition or some ailment that is relating to effects of stress on your body, or if you have acute illness problems like colds, flu, diarrhea, hives etc then look to the alternative forms of treatment such as homeopathy. There are some problems that conventional medicine seems to have difficulty with. These include problems that have been called psychosomatic ie "all in your head" or problems that are labelled as anxiety or depression for which various popular medicines are given sometimes for a lifetime, often with untoward side-effects. The use of sedatives to treat insomnia for example set the body up for more problems and do not solve the insomnia. Homeopathy places much emphasis on mental and emotional symptoms for the treatment of all mental and physical problems because in a state of illness, all systems are affected, including the mind. So by its emphasis in all illness, on mental and emotional states, homeopathy is excellent at treating the mind. So take the best from all of thesystems available to us. We are so fortunate to have them at the ready. I recommend using a multidisciplinary approach to your personal healthcare regime. Your homeopath will tell you how to do this without there being any adverse affects from one system to another.

DID YOU KNOW? - July 2014
Arnica montana is one of our best remedies for all kinds of falls, sprains, bruising, strains etc. It has the swelling, the bruising the pain of a bad fall. If you twist your ankle badly, you must try Arnica just to experience how quickly it heals and I mean heals, so that if the ankle is not broken, the swelling, bruising and pain will be gone by the next day. I recently had a friend to my cottage and she tripped on one of my outside wood stairs. Her knee immediately swelled up with a big bluish blood blister. Arnica absorbs the blood back into the system. Of course I gave her Arnica in the 200 ch potency. She took 4 pellets to melt in her mouth and over the next two hours we literally watched as the swelling and bleeding diminished and reduced in size. By the next day and one more dose, she was perfect. She couldn't get over it and I just smiled. Once a bird crashed into the window of our cottage. I rushed out to find it stunned on the ground. I quickly put two pellets of Arnica 30ch into a small ounce of spring water and gave it by dropper to the bird. Within about 5 minutes, it roused and flew away, apparently unharmed. Arnica montana is a plant in the compositae family and is also known as Leopard's Bane. One of the mental keynotes of the remedy is that when hurt, people say "I'm fine!!!"

DID YOU KNOW? - June 2014
Often homeopaths are faced with clients who have physical problems with emotional causes. An obvious example of this is indigestion and hyperacidity. There is a direct link between emotional stress and gut reactions both in the stomach and intestines. There are instances of clients getting muscle spasms anywhere in the body as a result of suppressed grief. By suppressed I mean that the grief is tucked away, not expressed and the body reacts. Ignatia is an example of a homeopathic remedy that treats suppressed grief causing muscle spasms. I had a client once who had really intense cramping in the right hip area and on taking her history, I realized that the problem had begun after the death of a family member. She said she had never cried about it. I gave her Ignatia and the hip spasms disappeared permanently much to her surprise. So if your homeopath asks you questions that seem unrelated to your physical problem, remember, we are one body and mind, all parts are connected and interwoven. I don't think conventional medicine would have treated that hip spasm with a medicine for grief, there isn't one. Love it!!

DID YOU KNOW? - May 2014
Homeopaths in Ontario will be proving themselves competent to practice over the next year as Homeopathy becomes regulated here. There are a lot of time-consuming steps involved in assessing homeopaths to make sure that all are qualified to practice. We will be undertaking an application process involving the demonstration of several competencies and all of us are involved in this long process towards standardizing homeopathy in Ontario. This is a huge step for us as following regulation will be the benefit of more insurance companies covering homeopathy. There is an upcoming Proclamation date pending, after which we all apply to the newly formed College of Homeopaths. The fact that Health Canada recognizes homeopaths as a health profession warranting regulation is a long awaited advancement and the public will benefit the most as the standards of practice are the same across the board. A great time for Homeopathy!! Alot of work for Homeopaths.

DID YOU KNOW? - April 2014
The CEASE Therapy method that Tinus Smits developed to cure autism spectrum disorders involves identifying and antidoting all toxic substances that the child has been exposed to since birth and in vitro. This is especially true if there was a distinct turning point in development after the substance was given or taken as in vaccines received, antibiotics given etc. Homeopaths will also investigate mom's health and any meds taken during pregnancy as well as dad's health history prior to conception in the mom. This indepth search for the toxins in the bodies of babies too young to have fully functioning immune systems and the subsequent antidoting of each one using Isotherapy has been showing wonderful results. Read more about this therapy and post-vaccination syndrome at www.tinussmits.com. His book is Autism: Beyond Despair, Cease Therapy. Tinus Smits passed away in 2010, the year his book was published. His 30 years of experience and comprehensive works have contributed greatly to Homeopathy today and certainly to the treatment of autism by homeopaths.

DID YOU KNOW? - March 2014
Further to the article on autism, there have been recent studies in Europe that are confirming the distinct connection between gut health and behavioural disorders in autism and other conditions. These studies show that the connection is definite, no longer suspected and that the casein/gluten free diet is key to noticeable improvement. Please read this study here.

DID YOU KNOW? - February 2014
In Homeopathy, when improvement sets in as a result of taking remedies, you stop taking them. This is opposite to the allopathic method of taking meds indefinitely, or of finishing that bottle of antibiotics. Once healing has begun, especially in acute problems like the flu, just wait. The body continues to heal from the remedy long after taken. Think of remedies in homeopathy as catalysts. They punch up the immune system, the nervous system and the hormone system into reactivity. So if you feel better after one or two doses of for ex. Gelsemium for a flu, you can stop taking it and wait. Same for mental/emotional problems. Once a high dose is given (200ch- 1M or higher) you wait and see the results. In fact, taking homeopathics once improvement is evident is not a good thing to do. So it works with the body and respects its ability to heal itself.

DID YOU KNOW - January 2014
Homeopathy is especially good for treating mental and emotional problems. It is not used as a band-aid to temporarily numb the feelings, nor must it be taken continuously to keep emotions at bay. The idea in homeopathy is to look for a cause and treat the state that each client is experiencing, taking into account all symptoms developed after the causative incident. These causes can range from losing one's job, to anxiety when giving talks or in public since being humiliated in front of a group, to losing a loved one, to a physical accident. This list is endless but usually what happens in the body is that according to each person's inherited immune strength, at some point "the cup runs over" and symptoms begin to appear. It is different with everyone. The homeopath assesses all aspects of each client's tale including diet and lifestyle contributors and prescribes a remedy that suits the symptom picture that is showing itself at this point in time. Few doses are given according to how the remedy is prescribed and then the client will report changes. The speed of improvement varies from client to client. But in a good remedy choice, the client reports disappearance of the most recent symptoms first. There should be an increase in energy, generally elevated mood, sleep improvements and then physical reduction of associated symptoms. Then, remedies for the tissue changes can be given ie arthritis remedies etc to treat the symptoms locally to speed healing. Treat the mind and the body will follow.

DID YOU KNOW? - December 2013
A woman named Emily Stowe in 1852 applied to the Victoria College in Cobourg, Ontario to study education and was denied admission because she was a woman. Later in 1865, she applied to study medicine at the Toronto School of Medicine and again was denied admission because " the doors of the university are not open to women..." Unable to study in Canada, she moved to New York to study at the New York Medical College for Women, a college of homeopathic medicine. When she finally returned to Toronto, she studied extra courses as one of two women at the Toronto School of Medicine and practiced Homeopathy. In 1883, she became the founder of the Womens College Hospital in Toronto, determined that no woman in Canada would be denied the opportunity to study medicine from that day forward.

DID YOU KNOW? - November 2013
In homeopathic preparations, the original substance is diluted and succussed until by the 6ch dilution (1 part substance to 99 parts water diluted six times), non of the original crude substance is remaining in the water/alcohol mixture and yet the "medicine" has great effect. That effect continues to become stronger the more the original substance is diluted and shaken on each dilution! No wonder people think homeopathy is just water. So what is the explanation? It seems that water has the ability to carry medicinal information when the diluted remedy is shaken or given kinetic energy at each dilution phase. The memory of water is the subject of much research today.