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Channeling The Powers Of Nature: An Interview With A Naturopath

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Robert Bailie first became interested in Naturopathy while managing the occupational health and safety and rehabilitation department of a large corporation in Australia. He noticed that injured employees enjoyed a quicker recuperation period, and therefore an earlier return to normal duties when they underwent Naturopathic treatment. While carrying out a course in Naturopathic studies in Sydney in 1996, he discovered, and quickly also became fascinated with the science of Homoeopathy. Here Robert uncovers the history and secrets of these ancient forms of alternative healing:

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What exactly is Naturopathy and Homeopathy?

Naturopathy is a complete system of western natural medicine; it includes the use of Botanic Medicine, Nutrition, Homeopathy and manipulative techniques. It is a holistic system in that it addresses the person as a whole –physical, mental and emotional. It is often termed ‘preventative medicine’ because of its ability to assess a propensity to disease, thereby preventing its manifestation. Naturopathy addresses a person’s health through extensive investigation into lifestyle, nutrition and medical history, and provides healing therapies and detoxification techniques accordingly. Diagnostic methods include iridology or naturopathic diagnostics of nails, skin or tongue, as well as conventional diagnostic methods such as lab tests or ultrasounds.

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Homeopathy is a system of vibrational medicine, its medicines are diluted far beyond molecular existence but retain the imagesenergetic aspects of the original substance. It therefore has an energetic effect on the organism which in turn has physical, emotional and mental balancing effects. It is a system based on the principle of ‘like cures like’ or that a potentized substance which causes a set of symptoms in a healthy individual, can cure similar symptoms in a sick person. It is a process of symptom matching remedy to disease state –mental, emotional or physical. Limited doses of the remedy are given in order to stimulate the inherent healing powers of the organism and this is followed by a period of improvement often leading to cure. The ideal of Homeopathy is to achieve rapid cure in the most harmless and effective way.

 

What is the history of these specific forms of medicine and how do their modern day practices differ from the original?

HippocratesNaturopathy, like herbalism, has been developing since the beginning of time for man on earth. Ancient manuscripts on natural therapy are found in every major archeological excavation site. Hippocrates (460BC) is considered the father of Naturopathy. He described and taught the very principles still applied by modern Naturopaths such as “let food be your medicine,” and he relied on the healing powers of nature. Aesculapius was the first to utilize toxic substances for treating disease and therefore is considered the father of modern pharmaceutical medicine. Naturopathy has evolved from those days, and today has set standards for education and training and is very much grounded in modern science.

Samuel HahnemannHomeopathy was discovered by the German physician Samuel Hahnemann (1755-1843). He became disillusioned with the toxic medical practices of his day and resigned to the translation of medical/pharmacological texts when he discovered the law of ‘like cure like.’ He firstly experimented on himself with Cinchona bark which was used to treat malaria and found that it caused malaria type symptoms to him. He then experimented on his peers with diluted remedies to avoid toxic effects and gradually discovered that potentization of diluted substances caused them to gain in therapeutic effect while eliminating toxic effects. Hahnemann published the Organon of Medicine which outlines the principles and practice of Homeopathy. This same treatise remains the most important treatment manual for Homeopaths to this day.

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Naturopathy has been described as a pseudoscience. What are your opinions on this label? And where is the proof that Naturopathic and Homeopathic medicines work?

Naturopaths are trained in Anatomy/Physiology, Biochemistry, Pharmacology, Symptomatology, Diagnosis and Pathology. Are these not sciences? Herbs have been studied for many years and so have vitamins and minerals and science has acknowledged and confirmed the physiological effects of these Naturopathic medicines. In our modern age of information it is very simple to find clinical studies on herbs, vitamins and homeopathic remedies. The European Commission has gone so far as to regulate the supply of herbs, vitamins and Homeopathic remedies. Science is about the constant discovery and study of our environment, it is progressive, and if certain healing techniques are not currently understood, they most definitely will be in the future. The greatest proof of efficacy for Naturopathy and Homeopathy is the increased popularity they enjoy worldwide.

 

How do people benefit by using Naturopathic and Homeopathic remedies over more widely accepted western medicines?

All real natural healing techniques work in the same direction; they address the causes of illness, and employ methods to support the organism so as to stimulate its own healing capabilities. Symptoms are just the manifestation of disease; they are the way an imbalanced organism expresses itself in an attempt to heal itself. Symptoms are never suppressed in alternative medicine. Natural medicine has no side effects or toxicity. Pharmaceutical medicine on the other hand is mostly based on suppression of symptoms, thereby creating chronic illness and dependency. Just look at the accompanying leaflet in your prescription medication, which lists some of the usual side effects.

 

Are the remedies always specialized to directly deal with specific conditions, or are there any general well-being remedies that you would recommend for general daily use?

In Naturopathy treatment protocols are individualized for every patient. Treatment is based on the requirements of the organism as a whole, although specific herbs or supplements are also used to ‘target’ a particular ailment. In Homeopathy there are very specific remedies for acute illness or acute exacerbations of a chronic disease which afford quick relief or treatment. These are always based on the similarity of symptoms and remedy. This is called ’acute prescribing.’ However, I believe, the greatest expression of Homeopathy lies in ‘constitutional prescribing’ based on personality types. These latter remedies have a general as well as local effect but serve to tone up the entire organism, boost immunity, balance emotions and bring a state of wellness.

I would recommend a daily dose of 1000mg vitamin C for all adults; children have less – 250mg to 500mg. The virtues of vitamin C are way too many to list here – antioxidant, immune boosting and connective tissue integrity to name a few. I would also recommend a glass of warm water with the juice of 1/2 a lemon (or 2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar) first thing in the morning. This has a great cleansing effect throughout the body. A carrot juice a day is better than any multivitamin or mineral, especially if juiced with celery, beetroot and a bit of fresh ginger!

Can Naturopathy and Homeopathy help with conditions that are considered long term such as cancers or Thyroid imbalances or mental illness?

Both Naturopathy and Homeopathy are especially useful in the management of chronic disease. This is the area where these systems excel. I usually employ Homeopathy for all sorts of mental illness and it is always easier if patients are not medicated, however, most are. Thyroid imbalances usually come along fine in time, and symptoms are regulated very quickly with Homeopathic remedies. The treatment of patients with cancer requires a comprehensive treatment protocol including herbs, mega doses of vitamins-antioxidants, Homeopathy, nutrition and other more specialized minerals and treatments. No matter what stages a disease has progressed, it is always possible to afford relief, lessen the suffering and increase quality of life. I think the only condition that can not be treated is narrow mindedness.

Do these forms of medication work on a long-term basis treating a problem so it will not return, or are they more quick short-term fixes?

Benefits from treatment occur quite early, however certain conditions do require many months of treatment to fully balance out, if they ever will. So I will certainly provide a quick fix to alleviate the suffering while working towards complete cure in time.

How much do external influences such as lifestyle, diet or fitness influence the effectiveness of Naturopathic or Homeopathic remedies? vitamins

Lifestyle, diet and fitness are crucial to a positive outcome and these are dealt with in great detail especially in Naturopathy.

Can people make their own Naturopathic or Homeopathic remedies or medicines?

People can make their own home natural remedies and Naturopathy seeks to encourage and train the patient to do so. Homoeopathic remedies are not usually made at home and should only be prescribed by a qualified practitioner.

Do you believe that Naturopathy and Homeopathy can be as effective as or even more effective than Western Medicines?

herbs-spicesAs a practitioner, I have always sought to provide my patients with the best advice as to their choice of treatment and that includes pharmaceuticals and surgery. Certain conditions require pharmaceutical drugs; there is no question about that. For example insulin dependent diabetics need their insulin even though we may achieve a reduction in its requirement and delay the onset of the disease using natural methods. People that have had their Thyroid Glands destroyed or removed will always need Thyroxine. I have never rejected a treatment that is effective and reasonably safe and in the best interests of my patient even if it comes from the medical world. Having said that, and with complete respect to medical practitioners, their knowledge and training, I think that pharmaceutical medicine has largely been a failure in the treatment of chronic disease. I think that while surgery has advanced greatly, pharmaceutical medicine has not kept up with scientific developments. After 15 years of practice in Naturopathy and Homeopathy, I know that natural medicine is highly effective, safe, ethical and affordable in the treatment of chronic disease.

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3 Powerful Tools to Help Overcome the Emotional Toll of the Pandemic

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    The pandemic has had a significant effect on our lives. Possibly without realizing it, many are suffering from a form of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

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    If you feel stressed or feel that you have PTSD resulting from this pandemic, try these suggestions before resorting to medication or maladaptive coping strategies.

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The pandemic has had a significant effect on our lives. Possibly without realizing it, many are suffering from a form of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Every news cycle paralyzes us with fear of a new variant. Some feel grief over who or what they have lost or continue to have feelings of social disconnectedness. Despite what we have all been through, we need to start moving forward with our lives and truly live again. We must recognize that we have more control over our physical and mental health than advertised. The truth is that there are many helpful things that we can do.

PTSD is a stress-related disorder that may develop after exposure to a traumatic event or ordeal in which death or severe physical harm was a threat or occurred. Those with PTSD may experience agitation, irritability, hostility, hypervigilance, self-destructive behavior, social isolation, flashbacks, fear, anxiety, depression, attention difficulty, loneliness, insomnia, or nightmares.

Trauma can lead to feelings of powerlessness, but powerlessness can also keep us trapped in a PTSD cycle. The psychological imprint of trauma rewires the brain. There’s an old saying in neuroscience: “neurons that fire together wire together.” Our brain neurons begin firing in the amygdala, the emotional part of our brains, during a traumatic event. People can get stuck in an emotional loop, and the rational voice in their heads does not weigh in. This looping can cause a person to respond disproportionately to stress – freezing, panicking, or acting out in anger. Some dissociate or enter a trance-like state. Maladaptive coping skills can sometimes develop. Cutting, burning, overeating, drinking, drugs, overspending, etc., is all an attempt to dampen our painful emotional feelings. So, to avoid getting stuck in a PTSD cycle, we must act and take our power back.

Time to seek out the most effective help so that we can feel calm and in control again. What can we do?

1. Boost Your Immune System

If you fear getting sick, it’s time to live a healthier lifestyle and boost your immune system. Sadly, we are taught (with the help of pharmaceutical dollars) that health comes from a needle or a pill. Our “experts” recommend masks, hand-washing, social distancing, and mRNA vaccines. Still, they seldom suggest a healthy diet, supplements, and other natural remedies to help improve our health and support the body to fight off illness and disease. Click here for my article that includes 16 Tips on Boosting Immunity.

2. Embrace Spirituality

Over the last 20 years, I have been honored to have worked with many great therapists, healers, spiritual leaders, and trauma survivors to witness the power of Spirituality in healing. Spirituality is an inner belief system providing an individual with meaning and purpose in life. Whether it involves a higher power, nature, religious rituals, meditation, mindfulness, or prayer, the premise is to stay connected to the core of who we are. That place of stillness within us holding the memory of wholeness, peace, inner strength, and balance – despite what has happened. A spiritual philosophy or practice can provide us with a bigger context for our experiences and clarify our purpose. Spiritual methods also connect us with a sense of community and support. Finding our tribe is essential in the face of trauma and loss. The spiritual journey often allows us to go inside ourselves and listen to our inner guidance and “knowingness.” The inner voice may know, for instance, that the virus will not hurt us, or what we are being told by the media is untrue. Spirituality also helps us shift our perspective from “why me” to “what can I do about it. It brings us a sense of power and control.

3. Guided Imagery & Bilateral Stimulation

Both tools are essential for the trauma therapy toolbox. They are noninvasive and helpful for overcoming the effects of trauma. Guided imagery can help us alter the negative or stressful pictures and thoughts in our minds and help us create new, more peaceful ones—a form of instilling positive affirmations. Before you read on, I thought you might like to download my 10-minute exercise. This science-based, comprehensive video will help you to cultivate a sense of inner peace and give you a way to help overcome the effects of this pandemic – GET IT HERE

Is There Science Behind This?

Science, yes. Magic, no. This method requires regular practice if you want to make lasting, long-term changes to the ways that you think and feel. The good news is that both guided imagery and bilateral stimulation are widely practiced and well-established practices. However, I recommend that if you are still struggling after repeated listening, you find a qualified trauma therapist to continue the work you have already started.

A Look At The Research

Guided imagery is a behavioral technique using a series of verbal suggestions to guide oneself or others in visualizing an image in the mind to bring a desired response in the way of a reduction in stress, anxiety, or pain. A growing list of empirical literature supports the use of these techniques in various physical and emotional conditions. Guided imagery resulted in a clinically significant reduction in PTSD and related symptoms in a returning, combat-exposed active-duty military population. Positive affirmations can positively affect the brain’s circuitry. There is MRI evidence suggesting that specific neural pathways are increased when people practice self-affirmation tasks.

Numerous research articles have established that bilateral stimulation is one of the most effective treatments for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Some therapists practice Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), a combination of psychotherapy and bilateral stimulation. EMDR is very effective for treating a wide range of mental health issues due to emotional and physical trauma. During bilateral stimulation, patients tend to “process” the memory in a way that leads to a peaceful resolution. And, often results in increased insight regarding both previously disturbing events and long-held negative thoughts about the self.

“Bilateral Stimulation induces a fundamental change in brain circuitry, similar to what happens in REM sleep. It allows the person undergoing treatment to process and incorporate traumatic memories into general association networks in the brain. This therapy helps the individual integrate and understand the memories within the larger context of their life experience.” – Robert Stickgold, Ph.D., Harvard Medical School

Takeaway

If you feel stressed or feel that you have PTSD resulting from this pandemic, try the above suggestions and download my helpful video before resorting to medication or maladaptive coping strategies. Also, you can discover the many mind-body practices you can do at home to help manage stress more successfully and so much more. SIGN UP HERE to receive your free download today. To purchase my book Healing Without Hurting, click here.

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Boosting Your Mood and Improving Your Health With Vitamin D

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    Vitamin D is essential for proper immune functioning and alleviation of inflammation.

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    Are you or someone you love suffering from depression or an autoimmune disorder? When is the last time you checked your Vitamin D levels?

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Are you or someone you love suffering from depression or an autoimmune disorder? It appears vitamin D deficiency may be to blame.

Vitamin D is essential for proper immune functioning and alleviation of inflammation. The beneficial effects of vitamin D on protective immunity are due in part to its impact on the innate immune system and has numerous effects on cells within the immune system. Vitamin D is also involved in maintaining the proper balance of several minerals in the body. And, it helps to ward off the flu and many viruses and treat them. The latest research links vitamin D deficiency to many disease states. These disease states include cancer, osteoporosis, heart disease, depression, arthritis, and just about every other degenerative disease.

 “Vitamin D reduces depression. In a randomized, double-blind study, People with depression who received vitamin D supplements noticed a marked improvement in their symptoms.” – Journal of Internal Medicine

According to the Nutrition Research Journal, as many as 80% of people are deficient in vitamin D. Inadequate exposure to sunshine, poor eating habits, malabsorption, the VDR genetic mutation, and accelerated catabolism due to certain medications, dark skin pigment color, and too much sunscreen can be to blame. 

A doctor can check vitamin D levels with a simple blood test. Many mainstream doctors will suggest that you are within normal limits if your levels are 20-30ng/mL. However, for optimal health, the Endocrine Society and many functional medicine M.D.s and naturopaths will recommend levels of between 40-70 ng/mL for both children and adults. These doctors will also recommend a more aggressive replenishment program. For example, at age five, my son’s level was 24. The pediatrician recommended 500iu daily of supplementation, while our naturopath recommended 5,000iu daily for six months before retesting. Six months later, his levels were almost normal. 

“Through several mechanisms, vitamin D can reduce risk of infections. Those mechanisms include inducing cathelicidins and defensins that can lower viral replication rates and reducing concentrations of pro-inflammatory cytokines that produce the inflammation that injures the lining of the lungs, leading to pneumonia, as well as increasing concentrations of anti-inflammatory cytokines” – PubMed

How to Increase Your Vitamin D Levels

Get enough sun. Vitamin D3, “the sunshine vitamin,” is the only vitamin your body that is made, with the help of the sun. So be sure to get enough sun exposure to help the body make this essential nutrient. Hold off trying to protect ourselves from the rays of the sun at every turn by slathering sunscreen. Allow yourself to play outside, garden, and enjoy the rays in moderation.

If you must use some sunscreen, avoid chemical sunscreens made with toxic chemicals that cause thyroid dysfunction, endocrine disruption, allergies, organ toxicity, reproductive toxicity, skin cancer, development, brain, and metabolism problems. Shop for natural mineral-zinc-based certified products instead. When exposed to scorching climates or in the sun for extended periods, we use sunscreens by Babyganics, Badger, Babo Botanicals, and Goddess Garden products.

Eat a well-balanced diet, with foods higher in vitamin D. Although it is believed that we only get twenty percent from the foods we eat. Some foods higher in D include cod liver oil, fish, oysters, eggs, and mushrooms. 

Get checked for the VDR mutation. A blood test will determine if you have mutations in the vitamin D receptor. The consequence can be lower vitamin D levels and the inability to absorb vitamin calcium and many other minerals properly. According to a 2020 scientific report, supplementation of vitamin D can help improve VDR gene expression, so more supplementation may be necessary if you have this mutation.

“Something so simple. Vitamin D supplementation could improve the health status of millions and so becomes an elegant solution to many of our health problems today.” – Carol L. Wagner, MD – Medical University of South Carolina

Supplementation 101. Supplementation is often critical if you cannot properly metabolize or absorb enough vitamin D or not get enough sunshine. In areas with long winters and specific populations of people with darker skin color, supplementation may be even more critical. There are many supplements on the market. However, many tablet forms are not as bioavailable and harder to absorb. Therefore, it has been recommended that liquid forms are better. In addition, liquid D is often suspended in olive oil, which helps the vitamins to absorb more easily since it is fat soluble. One of my favorite brands is by Seeking Health. It does not contain any impurities or allergy-inducing ingredients. 

Final Thoughts

Boosting the immune system naturally works on your body’s innate wisdom. It supports the body to operate like a well-oiled machine, protects it from unwanted pathogens and disease, and helps ensure a healthy body and mind.

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Are Lockdowns Affecting Children?

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  • The Facts:

    We spoke to activist and mother Stephanie Sibbio about her co-creation of an organization called 100 Million Moms which seeks to empower women to stand up against injustices.

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    Are we choosing virus mitigation methods that are short sighted and harmful over the long term? Are they more harmful than the virus itself?

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The potential downsides of lockdowns during pandemics have been explored quite a bit – and the truth is the scientific community is quite divided on whether it’s the right move. On one hand a case can be made for effectiveness of lockdowns, but at quite a cost, while on the other hand many have shown lockdowns to be ineffective in slowing spread. How a study is organized and conducted can also dramatically change results.

Interestingly a study in Nature showed that “less disruptive and costly NPIs can be as effective as more intrusive, drastic, ones (for example, a national lockdown).” This essentially states that governments could choose effective ways to mitigate virus spread effectively without inducing unwanted and long term side effects on society as a whole via lockdowns – regardless, lockdowns are still widely being used.

One question we might have is, what about factors that are not so easy to measure right away? Things like long term psychological damage of being constantly stressed, out of touch with community and friends, and confined to our homes. What affects are children experiencing in their development and learning? We may not know exactly for quite some time.

I felt inspired to speak to a mother who has not only be asking this question with regards to her child, but who has decided to do something to push back against government measures, like lockdowns, that many citizens and scientist don’t agree with.

Along with another activist, Stephanie Sibbio created a movement called 100 Million Moms who, as their Instagram states, are a rights-based movement empowering moms all over the world to stand up against injustice. We advocate for natural health & medical freedom.

I spoke to Stephanie about how she has seen lockdowns affecting children, and her story in co-creating 100 Million Moms. In this discussion you will learn how you can get involved as well.

Further Discussion

A large meta analysis on mask wearing has shown that children are having physiological issues and learning challenges with prolonged mask wearing.

A group of doctors did a panel worth considering that discusses the potential harms of lockdowns and the science that supports the idea.

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