Will a vegetarian diet help you get pregnant? Yes and no … but mostly no. For fertility, we generally recommend a ‘vegetarian-style’ diet. That is, it still includes portions of healthy animal proteins. You’ll want the majority of your food to be raw and cooked vegetables. This is both for fertility as well as other health reasons.
Fresh, organically grown vegetables are nutrient dense. Yet it’s generally not a good fertility strategy to “go all the way” into a pure vegetarian diet. Fertility and pregnancy have an essential need for animal fats and proteins.
It turns out that your physiology is not as ‘modern’ as you’d like to think. It still harkens back to your paleo roots. Let’s take iron and vitamin B12 as examples. A vegetarian diet is usually quite deficient in these. Doubly so if your focus is conception, or the stages of healthy pregnancy and breastfeeding.
Iron is a difficult mineral to get in a balanced, absorbable form, other than from animal sources. I remember during both my pregnancies, I craved a bloody steak, weekly! I thought I was going back to my primal, cave-woman roots.
There’s another indirect challenge with the vegetarian diet. That is, the tendency is to eat a lot more carbs (as filler) and sugars (driven by various cravings). This is a path of LOW nutrient density and filler foods. A lack of healthy animal fats and proteins opens up a nutritional gap for this downward spiral.
Should you worry about too many saturated fats with this diet? Beware, as we’ve been sold a bill of goods known as ‘the cholesterol myth’. It was really a marketing campaign engineered by the Statin drug industry. It has wrongly steered folks away from healthy animal fats and proteins. Instead, it encourages an unhealthy abundance of carbs. It’s not fats that make you fat, it’s sugar!
Good pH balance is the number one fertility factor. A vegetarian diet pushes you in the opposite direction. At its worst, it tends towards lower density carbs and sugars and other types of cravings. It may “sound like a good idea at the time,” but is out of touch with your fertility nutrition needs.
Another hallmark of the vegetarian diet is all the soy protein substitutes. Soy burgers; soy protein powder; soy milk – you know the drill! Consider soy foods to be ‘anti-nutrition’. We’ve written more about this elsewhere.
The phytoestrogens found in soy interfere with:
Endocrine function (potential to cause fertility problems)
Reducing the assimilation of important minerals
It’s a hormonal nightmare! Adding this to the general issues of a vegetarian diet is an open invitation for infertility. Dr. Price’s research shows the importance of animals fats and proteins for fertility. Our clinical experience confirms this. It’s the foundation for a healthy fertility diet.
This topic is further expanded in Step 3 of The 8 Steps to Natural Fertility Your Doctor Doesn’t Know About.
Soy is in everything. It’s also heavily sprayed with genetically modified organisms (GMO’s). Like corn, it’s a cheap cash crop. There is nothing cheap about you, so these foods are not recommended. The other thing is that soy is a hormone disruptor for both men and women. Avoid! Avoid! Avoid!
Soybeans contain such strong anti-nutrition factors that we strongly recommend that you check all products you buy for soy additives. Avoid the following soy-based products:
Soy-based meat substitute products
There is one exception. That is soy foods fermented using traditional methods. This won’t cause you harm and the first two are actually highly beneficial in this form.
Organic soy sauce
Unfermented soy products contain phytoestrogens that are harmful to your body. They limit oxygen to your cells. Thousands of studies show the negative health consequences of soy. Dr. Kaayla Daniel’s book The Whole Soy Story highlight many of these, including:
Immune system impairment
Severe, potentially fatal, food allergies
Reproductive disorders and impaired fertility
Danger during pregnancy and nursing
Did you notice that second to last item in the above list? Yes, I bet you did! Avoid soy as part of your natural fertility program. Consider letting it go permanently except, perhaps, when you’re out for Japanese food at a restaurant. They generally ferment soy properly.
This topic is further expanded in Step 3 of The 8 Steps to Natural Fertility Your Doctor Doesn’t Know About.
Folic acid (also known as Vitamin B9) always comes up as a topic of prenatal health. Not only is it an essential nutrient for a growing baby but also for the pre-fertility health of the parents. It is necessary for regularity of ovulation, for starters, as well as sperm health.
We usually only recommend supplements for their intended purpose. That is, to supplement a healthy diet and not replace it. We also emphasize food-based vitamins over synthetics. Your body does not recognize those manufactured pills. They’ll go from one hatch to the other (mouth to rectum). They are not absorbed very well at all. It would be more efficient to dump those into the toilet, where they’d end up anyways.
Real food and food-sourced vitamins are going to give you a whole lot more of what your body needs.
Which Foods are Rich in Folic Acid?
Dark leafy greens. Including spinach, collard greens, turnip greens, mustard greens, romaine lettuce, asparagus and broccoli.
Fruits like papaya, oranges, grapefruits, strawberries, and raspberries.
Love on your guacamole! One cup of avocados has approximately 22% of your daily folate needs! It’s also high in fatty acids, vitamin K, and dietary fiber.
Peas, beans, and lentils are also high in folic acid. Go for lentils, pinto beans, and garbanzo beans (chickpeas). Also black beans, navy beans, kidney beans, lima beans, split peas, green peas, and green beans. With one bowl of lentils, you’ll have met 90% of your daily folate needs! This is better than what any multivitamin could ever offer you.
Nuts and seeds are good sources of folate. You can try almonds, peanuts, sunflower seeds, and flax seeds. Almonds and peanuts also rank high in folic acid. Try sprinkling them on salad. You can also take them to the next level by sprouting them. Your future offspring will love you for it!
Other foods high in folic acid are okra, cauliflower, beets, celery, carrots, squash, and corn. You can cut brussel sprouts in half and roast them face down in olive oil and garlic.
Many maternal vitamins tout folate in their ingredients, however, it is folic acid you’re seeking in your diet. In this case, Mother Nature knows best. Her source is always the best choice so enjoy her bounty and make it part of your natural fertility plan.
This topic is further expanded in Step 3 of The 8 Steps to Natural Fertility Your Doctor Doesn’t Know About.
Let’s talk about the difficult topic of those taking antidepressant drugs (ADs), in particular the Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRIs) and the emergence or worsening of suicidal ideation in “vulnerable patients.” However, it is still suggested that you use these drugs anyway?! Across the globe, ADs, especially SSRIs, are among the most commonly prescribed medications.
We’ve treated many folks suffering feelings of suicide. I actually think it’s a big reason why I came to Heilkunst Medicine in the first place, as my own mother had committed suicide, and I had fear that it would be a disease matrix that might show up in my own kids. I wanted that predisposition annihilated.
That was over 20 years ago and I’m happy to say that I’ve by far outlived both my parents, and life couldn’t be more pleasurable and full of meaning and purpose for me. Using Heilkunst principles to resolve this tendency for ourselves and others has been very rewarding.
By addressing the root cause, one no longer needs to manage with drugs. Yes, I’m sure you’re wondering about unbalanced brain chemistry, however, this is the level at which we’re referring. Brain chemistry can shift when you remove the blockages to cure on the sound basis of the law of nature, ‘like cures like’.
I know this because, clinically, I’ve seen tendencies like OCD, autism, schizophrenia and manic depression addressed consistently with Heilkunst Principles. I’ve also seen the reports of our patients who’ve confirmed these qualitative shifts with the endocrinologist, the NDs, the energy workers, and the live blood analysts, over the last 20 years.
If you’re interested in exploring more about the tonic roots for these conditions, you can read our blog article on the Syphilitic Genetic Miasm. This will enable you to make the link to one of our chief homeopathic remedies for suicidal ideation. It’s the image of insidious self-destructive tendencies including wanting to make an early departure from this life.
We want you to know that you’re not alone. We’ve all faced the dark nights of our own soul and that we too had to rely on this system of medicine, that causes no harm. We all deserve to make our way to home to our levity, to bask in our inner light.
“At the beginning of summer, I had expressed to Allyson my concern about my daughter’s speech. I (and her father) were able to understand her quite well. However, some family and strangers were not. This wasn’t so much an issue for me being judged on her “speech issues,” but an issue for her. Too many times she would shut down socially. I remember when I [dragged] my big pregnant self to the park on a hot summer day and a little boy showed up. She was so excited and started jabbering up a storm. To which he replied, “Uhh, I don’t even know what you’re saying.” She came right over and asked to go home. Once I finished buckling her up she started sobbing.
She would get so frustrated when family would go on with a conversation with her as though they understood her, but their conversation back wasn’t near what she was talking about. She was tired of repeating herself to them. She was also tired of trying to talk to strangers in line at the grocery store to be met with an empty stare. My heart hurt for her. She had cried many times over this, while I could clearly hear and understand exactly all the pain it was causing. She didn’t qualify for speech [therapy]. I had tried all products for speech…herbal tinctures, specific ratios of omega’s, etc.
I finally had a thought to bring this up to Ally. I was hoping to address the emotional hurt this was causing not expecting there was a remedy for the speech issue itself. My daughter was given Baryta Carbonica. Over the next few weeks her speech cleared up SO much that people carry on lengthy conversations with her [now]. They don’t believe she is just 3 years old. She now loves talking to family and I see her happy in imaginative play with kids at school and the park, chatting back and forth about super powers, white cats, and all of her favorite fruits and vegetables.
I am so thankful every day for the principles of Heilkunst, Ally, Jeff and Diane. My daughter has a lot to say. A lot. And now she isn’t afraid to say it.
-Mom of a daughter who talks until my ears bleed now”
Let your taste buds lead you to maximum fertility. Wait, what?!?
I’m not talking about additives, preservatives, or artificial flavors which trick your taste buds. Neither do I mean emotionally-driven food cravings. These are feeding your emotional rather than physical body. There’s a world of difference between natural desires, and cravings or addictions.
I’m talking about being Adam or Eve, plucking your food straight out of the “Garden of Eden”. This is the context of having healthy, natural foods to choose from. Stock your fridge to be as close as possible to this ideal at all times.
Pay close attention to your tongue’s feedback. It’s the “Yum!” factor which tells you that a food has a high nutrient/mineral density. High nutrient-density foods are what your body needs to create a balanced pH. And balanced pH is what you need to be in a perfect state of fertility.
This is why we ask you to measure your pH level every morning as part of your fertility plan. Your pH is the “potential for hydrogen ion transfer” your cells have. This is a measure of how well energy will flow. It’s based on your mineral balance. In other words, your pH measurement shows you if you’re on track with all the fertility minerals you need. At the dietary level, this is a function of the “nutrient density” of your food.
Your tongue and taste buds function as nutrient-density detectors. The ‘Yum!’ factor is your subjective experience of this objective mineral event. This pleasure signal is telling you to “eat more of *this* food!”. It’s a measurement of the mineral density of a given food. It also gives you direct feedback on how much of it you need at this moment in time. Your body makes dynamic adjustments for your moment-to-moment nutritional needs.
There’s another sensation that works alongside “yum”. It’s the qualitative feeling of “satisfaction”. Don’t mistake this for plain mechanical “fullness”. Be watchful, as with nutrient dense foods you’ll arrive there quicker. In one bite, you are satisfying true nutritional needs. But then in the next. you may shift to habitual “filling the tank” mode. This is also why organic food isn’t as expensive as you think. Organically grown and produced food has much higher nutrient-density. You get more nutritional value from smaller portions.
Also, notice the difference between your ‘true desires’ and ‘cravings’. Hold tight to your relationship with your taste buds and their love of nature’s foods. Food marketers and engineers work hard to manipulate your taste buds. They have a billion dollar budget aimed at sabotaging your built-in nutrient detector. Food marketing tries to entice you onto the sugar and carb train. Their goal is to get you hooked on their profit-dense foods. Never forget nutrient-density as one of the highest health principles to follow.
Your taste buds are designed to detect nutrient density. Nutrient density is necessary for pH balance. And pH balance lays a foundation for healthy fertility. THIS is the flavor train you want to ride.
Nutrient-dense foods are like “astronaut food”. They pack the most value into the smallest package. The nutrition-to-waste ratio is high. Organic, unprocessed meats, vegetables, and fruits are nutrient-density’s best friends. Your tongue knew all of this long before science did.
This topic is further expanded in Step 2 of The 8 Steps to Natural Fertility Your Doctor Doesn’t Know About.
In the Allopathic realm, debate persists on whether some antidepressant drugs (ADs), in particular the Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRIs), cause the emergence or worsening of suicidal ideation in “vulnerable patients”. Across the globe, ADs, especially SSRIs, are among the most commonly prescribed medications (Stafford, 2001). However, it is still suggested that you use them anyway?!
See this excerpt from PMC, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Institute of Health as an example:
“The documented efficacy and long-term benefit of antidepressants in patients with recurrent forms of severe anxiety or depressive disorders support their use in those individuals with these disorders, who experience suicidal thoughts or behavior. In general, it is assumed that antidepressants are beneficial for all symptoms of depression, including suicidality. However, some evidence suggests that Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors [SSRIs] may cause worsening of suicidal ideas in vulnerable patients. Systematic reviews and pooled analysis of experimental, observational, and epidemiological studies have investigated the use of SSRIs and their association with suicidality. Taking account of the methodological limitations of these studies, the current evidence fails to provide a clear relationship between their use and risk of suicidality in adults. However, in children and adolescents, there appears to be a bit of increased risk of suicidal ideations and attempts, but not of completed suicides. This risk can be anticipated and managed clinically. Clinicians are, therefore, advised to maintain a close follow-up during the initial treatment periods and remain vigilant of this risk. This advisory, however, should not deter clinicians from the use of effective dosages of antidepressants for a sufficient period of time, in every age group of patients, when clinically needed, and if found suitable otherwise.”
Large amounts of these prescriptions are written by Physicians because of the perception that they are largely safe and effective across a wide variety of common disorders, namely depression and anxiety disorders. Concerns related to safety were initially raised in the early 1990s, with reports that described a possible association with suicidality (Teicher et al., 1990), and from time to time later (Healy, 2004). Although, there are plenty of red flags and news articles citing SSRI’s contributing to violence and suicides, why are they still being administered?!
Justin Karter cites, “The “new generation” antidepressants, SSRIs and SNRIs, appeared in the 1980s but, according to the reviewers, “their adverse effects and clinical trial data have not been fully disclosed.” In 2004, the FDA published a public health advisory warning of worsening depression and suicidality in some patients being treated with antidepressants. In 2007, a Black Box suicide warning was extended from just teenagers and suggested monitoring all patients up to age 24 for anxiety, agitation, panic attacks, hostility, impulsivity, and akathisia.”
Recent findings indicate an increased risk for violent crime in young adults taking antidepressants and a groundbreaking reanalysis of the infamous “Study 329.” This study reports on the effects of Paxil on teens finding a heightened risk for suicide that was not initially disclosed by the drug companies. Wait, what?!
The authors of this report cite that “genetic variations in metabolism” affect how individuals react to antidepressants and that research indicated that “ultra-rapid metabolizers” may be at an increased risk for changes in behavior. Nowhere, though, do they explain what to do about these “genetic variations in metabolism.”
We know that part of the problem lies in suppressing the symptoms under a drug that doesn’t have the capacity to be curative. In our world, we liken it to putting a bandaid on an elephant’s hiney. Under the suppressive action of the drug is a volcano of content that has not been addressed. Just because the symptoms are suppressed, doesn’t mean the underlying issue has been addressed. It’s an illusion – take the drug away and all the content below the iatrogenesis comes cascading back, sometimes even worse.
In the world of Heilkunst Medicine, we speak to the fact that medicine, all medicine, only has three possible actions; suppressive, palliative or curative. There exists in nature only one law of cure, and that is like cures like. This isn’t because I’ve practice homeopathic law in my clinic everyday for the last 16 years. It’s a primal fact, very much like gravity. You and I are both subject to those laws too, not just some of the time, but every single nano second of the day. The law of cure, also, never takes a day off.
I’ve had quite a bit of experience with suicidal folk in my day. I’ve served teenagers who’ve held my hands in consultation whispering through their racking tears that they no longer want to be here. My own son went through a period for several months playing video games in his bedroom citing that life was devoid of joy and that he was contemplating an exit strategy.
I had my own stomach pumped at the hospital at the age of sixteen from pills I’d taken from the medicine cabinet of a friend’s Mom that landed me in years of ineffective talk therapy, circling around the roots of my abandonment and despair. My own mother committed suicide when I was eight years of age by turning on the car in an enclosed garage. It took me decades of trying to recover until I came to this system of medicine.
When I hear that yet another actor has taken their life, it has a deep impact at the core of my being where I see pencil marks crossing off groups of five incidences and counting. I’m amazed at how often the phenomenon of wanting to die shows up on my patient’s traumatic timelines.
There is another aspect of of this very challenging matrix. First of all, no parent, daughter, son, sibling or clinician alive can convince another person that they want to be here. With my own son, I let him know that I was deeply saddened to hear he was suffering, but that I totally understood if he wanted to leave. I let him know that only he, ultimately could make the choice to be here. Jordan had also suffered vaccine damage and ASD shortly after birth. (Listen to our FREE audiobook for more on this.)
Life is hard, and if it is to be truly lived, it has to be lived on our own primal terms. We’re given life, as a gift from our first breath, however, at some point (or various points) in our life, we have to make the decision to wholly receive that gift.
It must come from the very crux of one’s volition; a free choice, out of the deepest essence of our being. Most folks don’t realize in their depth of their despair, that the full embodied choice to be, beyond the genetic and environmental disease matrix, is a sweetness so profound it is stunning how and why we suffered so prior.
For me, I wished on my birthday candles every year for just a semblance of “Peace.” At the very least, doesn’t a human being deserve this bit of grace, otherwise, what’s the purpose of observing a sunrise over the horizon of the ocean, or a phosphorescent firefly in the fog, or the kiss of someone you love beyond all measure? Why do we even feel pride when we create something luscious or simply help a friend?
As a Heilkunst Physician, I began my practice with a small plethora of folks suffering a lack of inner value, prone to insidious self-destructive tendencies. Our patients will often bring to us that which we’ve addressed within ourselves. It’s called karma … but the good kind.
Alice Miller writes,
“The truth about our childhood is stored up in our body,
and although we can repress it,
we can never alter it.
Our intellect can be deceived,
our feelings manipulated,
and conceptions confused,
and our body tricked with medication.
But someday our body will present its bill,
for it is as incorruptible as a child,
who, still whole in spirit,
will accept no compromises or excuses,
and it will not stop tormenting us until we stop evading the truth.”
As mentioned above, certain patients are more susceptible, “vulnerable” and require greater compassion, care, and “vigilance” at the onset by the therapist. Unfortunately drugging a person doesn’t ever answer why they suffer “genetic variations in metabolism.” I watched my own grandmother, my mother’s mom, numbed to near vertical catatonia. Her robotic, “Yes, Dear,” never reached her eyes.
So what can be done using the curative principles of Dr. Samuel Hahnemann’s Heilkunst? First, we acknowledge the patient’s state of mind. Then we go after the contributing aspects of nutrition. Often these individuals are suffering a heavy load of parasites and gut bacteria that they’ve been hosting for some time.
Many times there is history of heavy metals and vaccine damage that needs to follow proven protocols of detoxification. You have to know what you’re doing in this realm as each individual is different so you need to stabilize the patient before you start pulling therapeutic lynch pins.
We also secure their medical history with a four page intake form also outlining their family’s history so that we can get a handle on what is coming down their family line of inherited Genetic Miasms. This is like having the keys to that individual’s kingdom with regards to their “genetic variations in metabolism.”
Quite often with these patients, you’ll see a strong, inherited, predisposition to the chronic disease, Syphilis. You’ll see a history of a fear of germs, hyper vigilance, fears, terrors that are much worse at night, growing pains, OCD (did I lock the door, turn off the stove or curling iron?), chronic hand-washing, tendencies to chronic cannabis use, alcoholism, and schizophrenia.
Next, we ask for their emotional and physical timeline. These are the plotted traumas of their past from the present back to their birth illustrating the emotional and physical shocks and traumas sustained during their lifetime. It becomes the spine for Heilkunst treatment enabling us to homeopathically address their accumulated traumas sequentially from the present right back to their vaccines and their birth. That, then, opens the gateway to the the eight Genetic Miasms.
You may be thinking, if someone is suicidal, you can’t waste time addressing their diet and their sequential timeline while they’re acutely suffering in the present. You’re absolutely right. With dropper bottles for Emotional Support (feelings) and Drainage/Detox/Organ Support (physical/metabolic) we will include some of the following remedies to lap away at the state of mind and physical symptoms affecting the patient in the present:
Mind.?Great anguish, restlessness (is constantly changing from place to place), and agitation, with fear of losing the reason, or with excessive internal torment, principally in evening, or in bed at night, as if conscious of having committed some crime.?(Post-partum mania; wants to throw child on fire.).?Inclined to sopor, coma.?Moral dejection, with great listlessness, discouragement, dread of labour, and disgust to life.?Great indifference to everything.?Does not even care to eat.?Apprehensions.?Desire to flee with nightly anxiety and apprehensions.?Ill-humour, disposition to be angry, and to fly into a passion, great susceptibility, humour quarrelsome, mistrustful, and suspicious.?Moroseness and repugnance to conversation.?Groans.?Continuous moaning and groaning.?Excitement, and great moral irritability, with a tendency to be easily frightened.?Bad effects from fright, leaving one in a state of great anxiety and < at night.?Home-sickness with nightly anxiety and perspiration.?Distraction, inadvertence, difficulty of conception.?Entire-unfitness for meditation, and tendency to make mistakes while speaking.?Answers questions slowly.?Weakness of memory; and will-power lost.?Instability of ideas, which constantly drive away each other.?Raving.?Delirium; mental derangement of drunkards.?Intellect weak; imbecile.?Low muttering delirium.?Fits of mania or dementia, with disposition to shed tears.?Hurried and rapid speech.?Loss of consciousness and of speech.?Fury, with dread of liquids. (Source: http://homeoint.org/clarke/m/merc.htm)
Mind.?Humour morose, sad, with despair of cure.?Involuntary tears.?Anguish and anxiety as if one were threatened with some fatal accident, or had committed some crime.?Time passes too slowly; intolerable ennui; an hour seems half a day.?Seeing blood on a knife she has horrid ideas of killing herself, though she abhors the idea.?Apprehensions.?Disposition to be frightened.?Air sorrowful and morose.?Ill-humour, with unfitness for labour.?Disposition to be angry.?Obstinate, and contradictory humour.?Taking everything in bad part.?Humour changeable; at one time bold, at another timid.?Weakness of memory.?Distraction, inadvertence, and incapability of following up an idea.?Absence of ideas.?Blunders in speaking.?Great vivacity of apprehension, alternately with inadvertence, and deprivation of sight and hearing.?Sensation, as if self-consciousness were outside the body. (Source: http://homeoint.org/clarke/a/alm.htm)
Mind.?Melancholy, with inquietude and desire to die.?Irresistible impulse to weep.?Longing to see one’s relations, resembling nostalgia.?Imagines he has lost the affection of his friends; this makes him weep.?Sees obstacles everywhere.?Hopeless.?Suicidal; desperate; inclined to jump off heights; to dash himself into a chair.?Sad, feels that all is against her and life is not desirable, and the thought of death alone gives pleasure.?Great anguish, which even induces a disposition to suicide, with cramp-like contractions in the abdomen.?Excessive scruples of conscience.?Despair of oneself, and of others.?Ill-humour and aversion to conversation.?Grumbling, quarrelsome humour.?The least contradiction excites his wrath.?Alternate peevishness and cheerfulness.?Anger and passion.?Alternation of gaiety, or of irritability with melancholy.?Hypochondriacal humour.?Weakness of the intellectual faculties.?Weakness of the memory. (Source: http://homeoint.org/clarke/a/aur.htm)
Mind.?Melancholy, sometimes of a religious character, sadness, care, chagrin, cries and complaints.?Anguish, driving one out of bed at night, and from one place to another in the daytime.?Restlessness.?Great fear of being left alone.?Anger, with anxiety, restlessness and sensation of coldness.?Anxiety, restlessness, and excessive anguish which allows no rest, principally in the evening in bed, or in the morning on waking, and often with trembling, cold sweat, oppression of the chest, difficulty of breathing, and fainting fits.?Anxiety of conscience, as if a crime had been committed.?Inconsolable anguish, with complaints and lamentation.?Hypochondriacal humour, with restlessness and anxiety.?Fear of solitude, of spectres, and of robbers, with desire to hide oneself.?Indecision and changeable humour, which demands this at one time, that at another, and rejects everything after having obtained it.?Despair; he finds no rest, esp. at night, with anguish.?Despondency, despair, weariness of life, inclination to suicide, or excessive fear of death, which is sometimes believed to be very near.?Too great sensibility and scrupulousness of conscience, with gloomy ideas, as if one had offended all the world.?Ill-humour, impatience, vexation, inclination to be angry, repugnance to conversation, inclination to criticise, and great susceptibility.?Caustic and jesting spirit.?Extreme sensibility of all the organs; all noise, conversation, and clear lights are insupportable.?Great apathy and indifference.?Great weakness of memory.?Stupidity and dulness.?Delirium.?Delirium, with great flow of ideas.?Loss of consciousness, and of sensation; dotage; maniacal actions and frenzy.?Madness; loss of mind (from the abuse of alcoholic drinks). (Source: http://www.homeoint.org/clarke/a/ars.htm)
Mind.?Unconscious of what is occurring around them; cannot recognise, nor be comforted by, their friends.?Memory absolutely destroyed; anæmia; emaciation.?Loss of memory; had to be told the word before he could speak it (amnesic aphasia).?Inability to express oneself.?Writing almost unintelligible from omission of words or parts of words; words repeated or misplaced.?Mentally dull, torpid; perception slow, answers slowly.?Benumbed sensation of brain.?Fearful, apprehensive mood; imagines he cannot pass a certain point.?Drowsiness.?Fears to be alone.?Frightful imaginings at night (in pregnant women during later months), they are under impression that they have committed, or are about to commit, some great crime and cruelty, such as murdering their children or husbands.?Hallucinations of sight and sound, with or without mania, precede brain and paralytic symptoms.?Delirium, with delusions; thinks he is pursued; will be poisoned; is selected for Divine vengeance; that her child is dead, &c.?Delirium tremens, in first or irritative stage; face flushed; eyes red; delirium active; horrid illusions; hard, quick pulse.?Puerperal mania, with fulness of blood-vessels of brain.?Hands constantly busy; all sorts of fearful delusions; walks the room groaning, bemoaning his fate; full of fear; unsteady.?Fits of uncontrollable weeping and profound melancholic delusions.?Feeling of lightness and exhilaration in place of heaviness and depression.?Depressed; low-spirited; has nervous anxiety.?Profound melancholic depression, with religious delusions and feeling of moral deficiency; frequent shedding of tears, low-spirited and childish, giving way to her feelings; profound indifference and almost disgust for life (melancholia).?Profound melancholy from anæmia.?Night terrors of children (not from indigestion), with screaming in sleep, trembling, unconsciousness of what is around them; cannot recognise, nor be comforted by, their friends; sometimes followed by squinting. (Source: http://homeoint.org/clarke/k/kali_bro.htm)
Mind.?Loss of memory (n).?Loses remembrances of passing occurrences, names, dates, &c., while all occurrences previous to inception of disease are remembered as distinctly as ever (n).?Very nervous, weeping without cause.?Cross, irritable, peevish.?Irritable, excited, walking much of the time, does not want to be soothed, violent on being opposed, has tremors, seems on the verge of convulsions, dazed, absent-minded, always washing her hands.?Periodical neuralgia in head (neuralgia).?Very despondent, does not think will ever get better (s.s.).?Terrible dread of night; always < as night approaches; leaves her about daylight, which she prays for (spring cough).?Feeling as if going insane, or about to be paralysed.?A far-away feeling, with apathy and indifference to future.?Crying infants, who begin immediately after birth. (http://homeoint.org/clarke/s/syph.htm)
Bach’s Rescue Remedy:
Rescue Remedy is a combination of five of the original Bach Flower Remedies which are especially beneficial when you find yourself in traumatic situations, such as, stress, emergencies, after getting bad news, before an exam or job interview and all other kind of situations where we suddenly lose balance mentally. The Remedies quickly get us back in our normal balance so that we calmly can deal with any situation
Impatiens: For those who act and think quickly, and have no patience for what they see as the slowness of others. They often prefer to work alone. Teaches empathy and understanding of and patience with others. We’ve found it very fast-acting in alleviating an impatient attitude and lowering stress.
Star of Bethlehem: For trauma and shock, whether experienced recently or in the past. Teaches the ability to recover from traumas and to integrate them into the present life.
Cherry Plum: For those who fear losing control of their thoughts and actions and doing things they know are bad for them or which they consider wrong. Teaches trust in one’s spontaneous wisdom and the courage to follow one’s path.
Rock Rose: For situations in which one experiences panic or terror.
Clematis: For those who find their lives unhappy and withdraw into fantasy worlds. They are ungrounded and indifferent to the details of everyday life. Teaches one to establish a bridge between the physical world and the world of ideas; may foster great creativity. Is also used to bring clarity and alertness to the present moment. (Source: http://www.directlyfromnature.com/Original_Bach_RESCUE_Remedy_s/1814.htm)
Thankfully my adult son is whole, sound, healthy in both mind and body. He’s also loving his life on his own terms. I am beyond proud of him. We’ve both worked really hard to overcome what our parents and grandparents bestowed to us genetically.
While it’s not been easy navigating these disease matrices, it’s been utterly worth it. I’ve totally gotten to know my self and my very gruesome roots. It’s been the scaffolding from which I’ve built my practice, giving back what I’ve learned to others both experientially and through the portal of Heilkunst principles. For me, deciding to stay has been utterly worth it.
Diet isn’t the only possible cause of an acidic pH reading. Your cellular physiology also responds to your state of mind. Chronic disappointment or sadness impregnates your cells with a kind of “grief disease”.
Let’s use one of our chief homeopathic fertility remedies to illustrate. The remedy we often use for chronic grief is called Natrum Muriaticum (Nat-m.). It has a state of mind which cannot “let go.” It can’t let go of the thoughts or emotions of grief, sadness, or “what should have been.”
Physical symptoms may include constipation. This is the body’s way of “holding on” to its past. Chronic sinus infections are another example of the body not letting go. In this case, the accumulation of un-cried tears block the sinuses. Antibiotics will do nothing to release this emotion.
The emotion of Nat-m instinctively seeks to protect itself. “I got hurt in the past, and will never let that happen again.” This personality doesn’t allow anyone to get too close, in the emotional sense. Any emotional bonding or intimacy raises subconscious fears of getting hurt again. A more superficial pattern of social interactions is typical. They “hold their cards close to their chest,” as the expression goes.
We’re portraying the more extreme version of this emotional state. The average case of Nat-m is not this overt. They may have close, intimate relationships, in contradiction to the above definition. Yet, a Nat-m state may still exist at the level of cellular functioning. This creates a state of cellular acidosis. As you know, this goes against the functions of natural fertility.
A miscarriage could be the trigger of a Nat-m state. Or even your general perception of “failure” at not being able to conceive. The telltale signs of monthly blood in your underwear can reinforce this. You only crave to see the plus sign in the glass frame of a pregnancy test. Disappointment and “holding on” may be your natural emotional response.
You may even feel that it is your fault, somehow. You may project that grief onto your own physiology, your parents, or your partner. This means you’ll have a hard time receiving water, nutrition, or even a new life. You may find yourself irritable at this point. To some degree, your worldview becomes colored by this Nat-m state.
There’s an interesting phenomena we’ve observed around this. It illustrates how the idea of “letting go” connects to fertility. You may have heard stories of an ‘infertile’ couple suddenly receiving a surprise pregnancy? This typically happens right after they’ve adopted a baby.
That’s because they have finally “let go” of their attachment. They are no longer attached to conceiving a baby, and open themselves up to new possibilities. This pure act of “letting go” unblocks their fertility function. New hope replaces grief and disappointment.
We’ve seen this identical phenomenon in couples who needed Nat-m in their fertility plan. With the correct, individualized dose and potency, the effect can be dramatic. In all homeopathic healing, the state of mind shifts first. Then the physical symptoms follow suit. Signs of improvement start along with this prescription. Subtle signs of improved sleep, mood, or an overall sense of wellbeing come first. Fertility and conception are usually not far behind.
The mind leads, and the body follows. The mind “lets go”, and the cellular functions return to normal. Proper pH balance returns, and the vaginal mucous creates a fertility friendly environment. The effort you’ve put into a healthy diet finally starts to bear fruit.
Note that ‘positive thinking’ is not enough to reverse such a state. Especially when it has penetrated the cellular functioning. Visualization or meditation cannot “cure” a deeper Nat-m state of mind. Do you feel that you’ve “run out of rope” with diet and lifestyle changes? This idea can breathe new life into your fertility plan. The “state of mind” of your cells is as powerful as a healthy fertility diet.
This topic is further explored in The 8 Steps to Natural Fertility Your Doctor Doesn’t Know About.