Healing Comes in All Forms

There are times when people tell me they are surprised if I take an Ibuprofen for a headache or that I have, on occasion, popped an antihistamine.  More recently I had a severe allergic reaction to something and had to be on prednisone for a few days to get over the worst of it.  I didn’t like it, but I accepted it. 

Yes, as much as possible, I believe in natural healing, natural medicine and health through means other than the allopathic path and use of harsh medicine.  However, I also realize that every form of healing has its place.  If one of my girls breaks an arm, a homeopathic remedy alone is not going to put it back into place, relieve the pain and allow it to heal.  Initially we may need allopathic care.  Or a severe allergic reaction, like the one I had a couple of weeks ago, could not be helped with herbs alone.  The predinose got me through the worst of it, and possibly saved my life.  Now, I can use the natural medicine I prefer to heal (from both the allergic reaction and the predinsone) and to prevent a future occurrence.  Every modality has its place.

Healing can also come from places other than the remedies or medicine we take.  It can come from meditation, stress relief, excercise, spending time with people we love and from simple actions we take.  This past weekend, I harvested and dried oregano, one of my favorite tasks.  For me, this process is meditative and relaxing; carefully cutting the stems, gently removing the leaves, smelling the sweet, yet spicy aroma of the plant fill my kitchen.  To me, this is healing, just as much as the homeopathic remedy I took this morning.  My mind cleared and I was completely swept up into the simple act of drying this herb.  Everything else fell away.  Everything we do has the potential to be a healing task if we allow it to be; typing on the computer, drying herbs, driving to work, all of it.  If we choose, in every moment, to let go into the task before us it can be a healing moment.  Let go into the doing.  Let go into just being.  Let go into the moment and make your whole day a time for healing.  If there is a task you just can’t let go into, one that continues to cause stress instead of healing,  perhaps it’s time to examine that task and change course.  Maybe the healing is to come by showing you it’s time to do something new? 

The Skeptics

[tweetmeme] When blogging, writing, using or practicing Homeopathy it seems there almost always comes a time when one must address the skeptics.  Homeopathy has been around for over 200 years and has had it’s fair share of them.  Back in the early 1900’s there were 22 homeopathic medical schools, 100 homeopathic hospitals and over 1000 homeopathic pharmacies.  The decline of such institutions came around the 1920’s during the rise of the American Medical Association and, of course, the pharmaceutical companies.  Why these organizations chose to target homeopathy is merely speculation at this time but if you dive deep enough into the history much of it points to money.  As a homeopathic practitioner you will not become rich.  Why?  Because your patients actually get better.  As a pharmacy that produces homeopathic remedies, your stockholders will not become millionaires.  Why?  Because homeopathic remedies are inexpensive to produce/sell and the people you are selling them to will actually get better, meaning they will not have to take the selected remedy for the rest of their lives.  See a picture forming here?  Whatever the historical facts point to, the skeptic will tell you that the decline was brought about because homeopathy is ineffective.   I disagree and I usually find that the skeptic cannot explain why then, when the US was stricken with the Spanish Flu in 1918, the homeopathic hospitals had a fatality rate of only 1% while the conventional hospitals saw a fatality rate of nearly 30%.  That does not seem ineffective in the least.

Another argument of the skeptic is that homeopathy is nothing but a placebo effect, meaning it will work just because someone believes it will work.  My question to them then becomes, why then will it work just as effectively on babies and animals?  There is usually no relative answer.  I’ve watched, with my own eyes, babies stricken with eczema clear up in a matter of hours.  I’ve seen arthritic dogs find mobility.  I’ve witnessed my own children, sick with the flu or strep throat, fall asleep after a remedy only to awaken in the morning with no remnant of the illness.  I’ve watched my own dog become well from an ear infection.  I’ve watched a child have allergic reaction to nuts recover in less than 2 minutes with the properly chosen remedy.  The list is endless.  I know immediately that when someone mentions that it’s just a placebo effect that they have never tried homeopathy or have never used it correctly.  If they had, it would be impossible to refute.  Impossible.

Another argument constructed by the skeptic includes something along the lines of, “it has not been scientifically proven”.  Yes, it is true, we don’t know how or why homeopathy works on a scientific level.  But we do know that it’s been proven time and time again that like cures like (one of the main homeopathic principles).  We know that millions of people use homeopathy and have been cured with homeopathy.  For me, something that has been tested time and time again over the past 200 years is all the science I need.  All of this said, I tend to get the scientific argument only from those who treat science as their religion and there isn’t much you can say to sway them.  They are going to believe what they are going to believe no matter what anyone else has to say about it.  I personally tend to rely on my experiences, not on some test in a lab that is based on man-made equations and speculations.  I’ve seen it work and I’ve felt it work.  That’s all the “scientific” proof I need.  Not to mention that I do have a small speck of faith that, one day, science will catch up to us.

One last argument I hear is that modern or western medicine is more effective.  I will agree that when it comes to emergency medicine our western technology and ability to treat is outstanding.  Homeopathy cannot reset a broken bone, stop internal bleeding from a serious accident, relocate a shoulder or stitch a laceration, this is true (although it can support the healing that comes afterward).  Additionally, antibiotics and such do have a part to play in our health under certain conditions.  However, I also know that the latest statistics show that close to 750,000 people die each year due to modern medicine.  In contrast, there has not been one documented case of anyone dying from taking a homeopathic remedy.  Not one.  The skeptic may then turn to say that while no one has died as a direct result of taking a remedy, people have died from their disease due to using homeopathy instead of modern medicine.  Stating, in addition, that had the person used modern medicine instead of homeopathy they would have survived.  It’s a ridiculous argument really.  For one, there is absolutely no way we can know for sure if someone would have lived or died had they chosen a different healing modality.  Two, with modern medicine claiming so many lives who is to say that the person’s death would not have been brought about more quickly had they chose the route of modern medicine.  We cannot possibly know.  Whether someone chooses conventional/western/modern medicine, homeopathy, herbal medicine, acupuncture, Chinese medicine or spirituality we should respect what they choose and not condemn them for it.  With 6 billion people on our planet we cannot possibly expect that everyone would or should choose the same path.

So to all of you skeptics out there, keep up the good work.  Your refutes keep us strong and on our toes.  We’ve heard these same arguments for over 200 years yet homeopathy is still around and continues to grow again in its use.  My only hope, although I don’t hold on to it too tightly, is that someday, we’ll evolve enough as to let go of this insane argument altogether.  As I stated above, with 6 billion people on the planet, we should embrace the differences in healing modalities and allow everyone their own path.  Every form of medicine has it’s place.

Reconnecting

Much of what I’ve been focused on lately has to do with reconnection and I hope to do a few posts on this subject.  In our busy lives it seems we’ve become more and more fragmented.  We move quickly from being a parent, to an employee,  to a cook, to a wife or husband, and on and on.  Very rarely do we take the time to do what is the most important thing for our physical, emotional and spiritual health.  Rarely do we take a moment to connect with our bodies, our emotions, our spirit or the world around us.  Our lack of connection and well-being is manifesting through diseases such as diabetes, cancer, auto-immune disorders, insomnia and a myriad of mental health disorders (to name a few).  Our children are being diagnosed with things such as ADD, ADHD, anxiety disorders and depression.  This disconnection with ourselves and the world around us is not natural.  It’s not how we are wired to live.  Many of us instinctively know this but sometimes it is difficult to put a finger on and even more difficult to change into a more integrated and connected lifestyle.

We encompass many modalities here at our center that help reconnect us with our bodies, minds and spirits such as Homeopathy, meditation, Reiki and various retreats but I’ve felt for a while now that something was missing. In our current busy lifestyles we’ve also become more disconnected from the world around us. Our food comes mostly from the grocery store and far away places, even other countries. Our water comes from a tap. Our eggs and meat from factories where the animals are treated horribly. Luckily, more and more of us have access to local farms and organic food but the majority is still the former. In addition, our communication is coming more and more in the form of e-mails, texts and websites such as FaceBook and while they serve a purpose they also take us farther away from personal face-to face contact with others. We lose the connection of coming together and eating a meal, storytelling around a fire and/or playing games. This isn’t occurring just with friends or distant family members either. It’s happening within our immediate families. The kids are off to school, the parents to work, there are sports to get to, piano lessons to attend or homework to get done. We’re lucky if we get to sit down to dinner for an hour together during the week. These concerns have hung with me through the winter as one thing that we’re missing here in our attempt to offer an array of different modalities that reconnect us. My challenge to myself was to create something that would encompass all of this into something doable. Then, perhaps due to the sunshine and warming Spring temperatures, the answer came. We’ve been busy ordering and preparing seeds to plant in our greenhouse and garden and I started thinking about how my kids won’t willingly eat a carrot when I pull one from a bag in the refrigerator but the minute the carrots are ready in the garden they are out there eating every last one. I started thinking of how I need to plant more snap peas this year because last year my youngest daughter ate them all during play-times outside and we had none left to store for the winter. There was my answer. This summer we’re working to put together a childrens dinner series. It’s time and the fact that my own kids love the idea lets me know it’s a good thing. The children that attend will create the dinner menu, finding recipes and using as much as they can from the garden, the forest and with the eggs from our chickens. They will pick the vegetables and fruits, forage for leeks or other goodies in the forest, collect the eggs and create the dinner. When the feast is ready their family members are invited to come and eat with us. If we can pull it together we may even include a Spring “planting party” where the kids can come and help plant the seeds and dig in the glorious dirt. It’s time we strive to reconnect our kids, who may have never even experienced this type of connection, to where food comes from (or should come from), give them a sense of contribution and to bring all of the family together to reconnect with face-to-face community. We’re excited about this new endeavor and know it’s a good thing. It’s time for us to reconnect with the world around us, one step at a time. We need to for our own health and for the health of our planet.

We can overcome disease and sickness, but we can’t do it without being whole.   To be whole we need balance.  We need to turn back toward our natural state, toward the way we were meant to live.  We need to reconnect with our bodies, our minds, our spirits and our land.  We need to take the time to meditate, nap, relax, play, be outside, pay attention to our bodies, pay attention to our minds, pay attention to spirit, pay attention to the world around us and to reconnect.  It’s the most important thing for our health and the health of our world.

When dates and times are set for these events they will be posted on the calendar page at http://www.fallingleafwellness.com. If you would like to be notified when the dates are set you are welcomed to e-mail us at fallingleafwellness@gmail.com. While these events will be listed through the center they are about our kids and our community and there will be no charge (except maybe a few smiles).