Putting things in perspective!

Putting things in perspective!

Behind the hype of the corona virus media storm.

I promised you on my newsletter I would write a bit more about the Corona Virus, aka Covid-19, on my blog, so here it is!

Now, my aim with this is to put things in perspective and avoid assumptions and hysteria. Neither of these things will help you.

The media seems to be hyping everything up.  They only tell you about the spreading infection and the deaths increasing every day.  

What this type of reporting usually does is send people into fear mode, which is the last thing you want if you want to boost your immune system.

Fear is a major immune system suppressor. 

I’m all for the media telling us the facts, but without the hype.  They are telling us hardly anything about the age and health conditions of the people who are suffering severely or dying from the virus.  

You really need to dig deep to find out that most of them are either elderly, or already have a health condition which weakens their immune system.  

The media is also not telling us much about the people who are recovering, and the people who suffered only mildly from the virus.    

The other day I saw a meme on Facebook, which had the following statistics:

On the same day that 108 people in China died of the virus, more than 26,000 died of cancer, more than 24,000 died of heart disease, more that 4,000 of diabetes and more than 1,000 were murdered!  

I’m not sure the source of these statistics but they sound pretty plausible to me.  If you have time to dig these numbers (eg. How many people die or xyz per day), I’d love to know!   But in a quick search, I found that in the US alone 1,660 people die of cancer each day!  The worldwide murder number is pretty accurate after a quick search too!

Of course, we don’t know much yet about the virus, and I understand the caution we need to take around it.  However, that does not mean that we need to be frightened to death about it.

Allopathic medicine is based on the germ theory, which see microorganisms as attacking us.  In homeopathy we see things quite differently.  It all starts with the terrain – the body and the immune system.  

If your immune system is functioning well, you eat and hydrate well to keep your body strong and healthy, then you’ll be able to handle things better than someone who doesn’t look after themselves, is overly  stressed, or has a suppressed immune system.

So start here.  

Follow the advice being given by health authorities is with regards to basic hygiene:  wash your hands, cover your mouth when sneezing or coughing, bin all used tissues as soon as possible, avoid contact with people who are unwell, keep your house clean, etc…  

It was hygiene and sanitation which has been the major factor in our improved ability to prevent and deal with many diseases.

I already gave some tips in my newsletter about boosting your immunity with Vitamin C, D, iodine.  You could also add zinc and selenium in there.   

You could add antiviral foods to your diet, like garlic, fermented foods, apple cider vinegar, coconut oil, and many others.  

Here’s another blog by a holistic paediatrician which I ran across recently and has excellent information and advice:  

Homeopathy has a great track record with regards to treating influenza in the past, and since we don’t treat particular disease but rather individual people and their own unique expression of symptoms, there are many remedies that could be used.  

I was going to write here a bit more about some homeopathic remedies to have on hand, but the media seems to be on a witch hunt at the moment with homeopaths, so I will write a separate newsletter just with this info.  Make sure you are subscribed if you want to know more!  Click here to subscribe

Most importantly, don’t stress too much about this.  As I said earlier, fear and stress are immunosuppressive.  Try to get adequate sleep and rest, get enough fresh air and exercise.  Be happy and grateful everyday.  

As usual, this doesn’t replace advice from your doctor or medical practitioner or health authorities. 

And keep doing your own research.

In the meantime I leave you with the Corona virus Cumbia!  (Only in Mexico 🇲🇽 !)  If you understand Spanish, you can hear all about the common sense preventative measures while you dance!


How to Manage Premenstrual Syndrome/Tension

How to Manage Premenstrual Syndrome/Tension

Every month you dread your period. 

Maybe it’s not the bleed itself, more what comes with it.  The mood swings, the pain, the bloating, the sore boobs…. the weepiness, the food cravings, the spots on your face…. the rage, the headaches, the insomnia…

You are totally fed up, and sometimes it’s so bad you want to just curl up on the sofa with a hot water bottle all day.  

Can you believe PMS (Premenstrual Syndrome) / PMT (Premenstrual Tension) is something that around 80% of women suffer from, all the way from mild to severe symptoms?!

How can this be? 

Is this the fault of our hormones?  Did God/Mother Nature/Source get this wrong? 

In the physical sense, our hormonal balance is certainly one of the factors – either excess or deficiency of estrogen, plus a deficiency of progesterone.

In addition to our lovely hormones being out of balance when we are suffering PMS, these factors also have a big role to play:

  • Inflammation
  • Stress
  • Trauma
  • High consumption of dairy, caffeine, sugar, alcohol.  
  • Deficiency of certain minerals (magnesium, selenium) and vitamins (B complex, C, E)
  • Lack of exercise
  • Excess weight
  • Histamine intolerance

But if your PMS is chronic – you get it pretty much every month, year after year – or severe, then you need to look deeper.  

Our female hormones communicate with us and guide us in our day to day life. 

Premenstrually, they are telling us we need to rest, to look inward, nurture ourselves.  

Our modern culture, however, is telling us the opposite.  It’s telling us we need to keep active all the time, be productive members of society.  We can and should do anything, anytime.  

It is when we resist our cycles and rhythms, that we run into trouble.   PMS is our body signalling us that we are not in tune with ourselves. 

It’s screaming for us to look after ourselves and rest.  It’s telling us that maybe we haven’t been kind to ourselves lately – too much stress, not enough nutrient dense foods, not enough exercise.  

So what can you do to relieve PMS?  

Getting rid of your hormonal fluctuations – which are normal by the way! – with a hormonal contraceptive will not solve the problem.  It’s only patching it up, temporarily.  In fact, it will most likely cause more problems (and that is a conversation for another time!).  

The main problem or problems will still be there unless you address them.

Reducing stress is probably the most important thing and it goes hand in hand with inflammation.  Stress affects the behaviours and communication of all our hormones, including estrogen and progesterone.  

Avoiding foods that cause inflammation, like dairy, wheat, sugar, alcohol and vegetable oils, could also be important

You can start to look at your nutrition and exercise habits, and see where you need to change things up.  

Do you need to reduce or avoid sugar, caffeine, alcohol, dairy?  

Or maybe consume foods that contain magnesium, selenium, vitamin B6, B12, C and E.  

Maybe you need to see if your meals are properly balanced, with enough protein and fat to balance your blood sugar and avoid sugar cravings.  

Or if you think you have a histamine sensitivity or intolerance, then look at avoiding foods that could cause a histamine reaction – e.g. dairy, alcohol – or that contain histamine – e.g. cheese, red wine, fermented foods, smoked meats, nuts, beans and pulses.  

Do you need to exercise more to reduce stress and inflammation and balance blood sugar.

Or maybe you just need to try to get more and better sleep.  IF you do the above, your sleep will very likely improve anyway! 

You don’t have to keep struggling month after month! 

You can heal yourself.  Homeopathy can help you deal with your PMS/PMT symptoms. It can also help you get to the deeper root cause, safely and effectively, so you don’t have to suffer any more!

Please get in touch if you need help.  I’m here for you!  

Should you be Dreading the Cold and Flu Season?

Should you be Dreading the Cold and Flu Season?

It’s only November and I’ve already had my first cold (thanks to my lovely daughters!).   I remember telling people I had a bit of a cold, and almost everyone would try to stay away from me, worried that they may catch it.

With our busy lives, it is not surprising that most of us want to avoid being run down with a cold, especially if we have children to look after.

​You may be surprised to know, however, that getting a cold once or twice a year is not a bad thing, and is actually a sign that your immune system is functioning well.

Yes, it can be annoying, but it is actually giving you body a chance to rid itself of toxins, rest (if you let it!), and for your immune system an opportunity to strengthen itself – which then means you may be less likely to become ill with worse kinds of infections!

Many of the symptoms of cold and flu are quite similar; some people think they may have the flu, but actually that may not be the case.  Flu symptoms are much more severe.

With a cold you will probably not get a fever (or very mildly if you do), whereas with flu there will almost always be a fever, usually high, which last a few days.  Flu is also usually accompanied by body aches and exhaustion, sometimes quite severe, which means you will likely want to stay in bed for a few days.

If you are getting several colds a year, or if they take a long time to resolve, then your immune system may not be functioning optimally.  This may be due to many factors, including stress, diet, and other chronic conditions.  Do see your homeopath or health professional to get to the bottom of it and help you strengthen your immune system.

In the meantime, what can you do at home to prevent or minimise the symptoms of colds and flu in a more natural way?

Homeopathy:
There are many, many homeopathic remedies that can help lessen symptoms and get you through it quicker.  Here are some of the main ones, most of them available in homeopathic first aid kits:

Aconite:  this is the remedy to take when you are just starting to feel those first symptoms of cold or flu, especially if you have gotten chilled.

Arsenicum Album:  if you are feeling very chilly, your eyes and nose are streaming with burning discharges and lots of sneezing, are very tired and anxious, and only want little sips of water.

Bellandona:  Great remedy for high fevers, with a very red face and dilated pupils, throbbing headaches and the skin is hot to the touch.

Eupatorium Perfolatum:  This is the one of the main remedies for flu, especially when there is a lot of bone pains, with lots of thirst, shivering, chills, aching and red eyes.

Gelsemium:  Another main remedy for flu, where you feel extremely tired, heavy and sleepy, very chilly, shivery and achy, but not thirsty at all.

Kali Bich:  Great remedy for very thick, sticky, stringy or dry yellow and green mucous that is difficult to get out.

Natrum Muriaticum:  If you have lots of sneezing, with watery bland discharge that looks like raw egg white, this remedy may be for you.

Nux Vomica:  This remedy is if you are feeling very chilly and can’t warm up, you are quite irritable, lots of sneezing, but your nose is stuffed up and it’s difficult to get the mucous all out.

Pulsatilla:  Great remedy for children (or adults!) who are very clingy and teary, mucous is yellow or green, and symptoms are usually much improved with fresh air.

Homeobotanicals
These wonderful remedies made in New Zealand have some great options to support you through a cold or flu.  I can make you a bespoke blend of these, depending on your particular symptoms and they can be used along homeopathy or any other treatment.   Here are a few options that may help:

Hb C Cold and Catarrh:  really helpful when there is lots of mucous and catarrh.

Hb I  Immune:  boosts the immune system and acts as an anti-microbial and anti-septic.

Hb R  Respiratory:  supports the whole respiratory system, including lungs, sinuses, and eustachian tubes.

Hb X Expectorant Coughing:  soothes coughs and helps expel mucous.

First Aid:  For the early, feverish stages of acute illnesses.

Promyr:  Amazing anit-viral and anti-bacterial blend.

Nutrition and other general recommendations:
If you are trying to prevent colds and flu, make sure you eat well, lots of green vegetables and foods full of anti-oxidants.  Anti-microbial foods, like ginger, honey and garlic, are also great for prevention and treatment.  Also make sure you get plenty of exercise and fresh air.

If you have a cold or flu already, the most important thing to do is rest, rest, rest!!!

Also eat light, and ensure you get plenty of fluids into your body.  Honey and lemon drinks are great for easing some symptoms like sore throats and coughs.

Supplementing with Vitamins C and D may help boost your immune system before and during a cold or flu.