Five Homeopathic Remedies for Insomnia

When sleep issues arise, there are often easy fixes – given that they are not being caused by a deeper, chronic condition. I’ve included some of the top homeopathic insomnia remedies below.

“Sad man holding pillow” by Vic https://flic.kr/p/aSDdHK

Aconite: Have you recently been exposed to a cold, dry wind? This is the most typical trigger for an aconite state. Especially the kind of cold that comes on suddenly, and unexpectedly, like at the change of seasons. While aconite is a common remedy for many cough and cold symptoms, it also addresses a specific type of insomnia. The Aconite insomnia is extremely restless, and may even feel anxious. The fast pace in denser urban centers may also create an aconite state in your nervous system. Tossing and turning, and even bad dreams may fill your night in this state. Around the hour of midnight is where you may feel some of the worst of the aconite state expressing itself.

Arnica: A classic arnica situation is one where the day and night schedule has been turned upside-down, as in shift work. Especially if you are on rotating shifts from one week to the next. Even if you’re now on day shifts, the old night shift disruption to your circadian rhythm will often be retained as a cellular memory.

Shock can also be a primary trigger for an arnica state. This can be either from being directly involved in a car accident, or just witnessing one. Any form of physical or emotional shock will trigger an arnica state. Sleep is not restful, and the bed may even feel too hard to be able to get comfortable.

Chamomilla: In one word, the chamomilla state is ‘fussy’. Your partner may be feeling fed up with your ever-changing demands, when in this state. You might feel sleepy in the evening, but then suddenly wide awake once you go to bed. The trigger for this state can be physical pain, such as from a recent injury, or from menstrual cramps. Restlessness and complaining are the  top characteristics. This state may be triggered by a recent troubling emotional event, which is not easy to let go of. The characteristic feeling is “I want something, but don’t know what…”.

Coffea: The keyword for coffea is ‘overstimulation’. It could even be the case that you’ve had too much coffee today, and now can’t wind down for sleep. Coffea is the remedy you need. Similarly, you may have been watching over stimulating TV shows before bed, or gotten embroiled in a heated debate on social media. Just recall the buzz you’ve ever had after drinking too much coffee. Anything which simulates this experience qualifies you for a dose of homeopathic coffea.

Nux Vomica: is for what I call the ‘jack in the box’ syndrome. You’ll fall asleep for a spell of time, but then keep popping back up all night long.  There’s hypersensitivity to noise, and just about anything else will keep waking you up. Chances are that you’ll wake with a fully formed to do list in your head.  This state is an unfortunate reality for many who have to take their work home with them, and effectively always feel ‘on call’ like an ambulance driver. The “off switch” has been deactivated in the nervous system.

As I mentioned above, the correct homeopathic remedy can put an end to your insomnia rapidly – given that there isn’t a deeper, chronic health issue that needs to be addressed. If it’s hard to match your insomnia picture to one of the descriptions above, then you may need a more comprehensive assessment for your condition.

 

This topic is further expanded in Step 6 of The 8 Steps to Natural Fertility Your Doctor Doesn’t Know About.

You can download your free copy here.

Living Organic, On The Cheap!

I was serving a brand new patient the other day and asked her if she eats a mostly organic diet. She reported that she finds it tough to make ends meet and that eating organically often feels outside of her reach most times. I smiled and replied, “I’m going to write a blog for you and share with you how I once fed our family of four for less than $100.00 per week on organic food.”

I’ll take you back over ten years ago, both of my kids were currently attending a private Waldorf school. My husband, Jeff and I had recently finished our four year medical degrees and were embarking on our postgraduate research at the time. We estimated that about $35,000 per annum was going out the door for about 3.5 years to educate the four of us. We were also still building our Clinic as we were just 5 years into our practice and we were working on our thesis and books simultaneously. To say the least, money was extremely tight.

While my kids were growing up, we had several boarders and international students live with us. My kids often bunked together when they were little because a fellow Heilkunst student/receptionist, Waldorf teacher, student from Madrid or Mexico was living with us for several months at a time. These folks became an intricate part of our family and would often help to make meals or watch the kids while we ran out to pick something up.

We lived on a farm on seven acres that we rented, where we leased land to city folks to grow their own food on. Folks would also rent a portion of the 7,000 square foot barn to paint in or practice music. We owned several horses of our own, and ran “Camp On The Farm” for local Waldorf and Homeschooled kids in the region for several weeks during the summer. The barn’s hay mow and our summer kitchen was great for them to do arts and crafts or to play in if it rained, but they mostly carried out spontaneous adventures on a portion of the two hundred surrounding acres. When they came in after being outside all day, they were hungry.

Now, I’d often been with patients, or I’d been studying all day. I only did either activities for several years unless I was weeding our gardens or shovelling manure; horse, chicken, duck, sheep or bunny poo was the other interesting side of my more sedentary life behind a desk. All this to say, I didn’t have gobs of time, let alone money, to be prepping meals.

Breakfast was our own farm fresh chicken or duck eggs. A bowl of homemade oatmeal with raw milk (we ran a 14 family raw milk co-op) or a shake made with fermented kefir and frozen blackberries picked in the Fall of last year with a raw egg and some hemp protein was a mainstay. Organic Bananas were always on hand as they’re cheap and can be easily cut up and added frozen to shakes, sliced on top of oatmeal or stirred into paleo muffins (made with almond and coconut flour … See Elana’s Pantry on-line recipes).

Our favorite snack was a dollop of almond butter, mixed with ½ a banana, a tablespoon of hemp seeds and a quick splash of real maple syrup. Another easy to make snack I made was homemade fruit leather from seconds (apples, strawberries, raspberries etc.) leftover at the healthfood store. I also made wild rhubarb compote with organic cane sugar. I canned all my own jams and jellies sweetened with apple juice and pectin.

On Sundays, we would cook together … all four of us. We ate a lot of crockpot spaghetti with beef, lamb, or turkey purchased from my friends who were local farmers way out of town with lower overhead. Burritos were a favourite. One of our farmer friend’s food was cheaper than the non-organic stuff at the grocery store. We’d go out and pick it up over an hour away when we went to get the milk from our cow share. We had two apartment sized chest freezers we got from Kijiji (like Craigslist).

The other crock pot had some form of soup. Squash was typical, and cheap. I peeled and diced it, adding carrots, sweet potatoes, a green apple, chicken or turkey stock (left over from pan drippings from a roast and frozen in little individual serving cups) and some curry. After it was cooked, I whizzed this all up with my hand blender.

Often a whole organic chicken went into the crock pot in the morning with celery, onions, carrots and dill (Martha Stewart knock off) and by supper we’d be peeling off chunks of hot meat with broth and vegetables into bowls while someone ran outside to harvest lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers, peas and whatever else was ripe from our gardens for salad. If I was on the ball, there would be rice or kamut noodles for the soup.

One of our favourite meals is still chunks of stewing beef, onions, a ton of mushrooms, and a can of Guinness with some fresh thyme, sea salt and fresh ground pepper thickened with a bit of organic flour. This all served on champ, which is mashed potatoes with butter, cream and green onions. Yes, I come by the last name “McQuinn” honestly.

One year we had a bumper zucchini crop. No kidding, the zukes were the size of our legs. We groaned each time my daughter picked another one and brought it in the house. We were giving them away to patients strong enough to carry these monsters to their car. I made dozens of paleo zucchini breads and froze them. We had a massive crab apple tree on the property as well that we often made into jellies. One Fall my daughter found a plum tree that was mind-blowing but that darn tree only fruited once even though I whispered sweet nothings to it every Spring!

We grew raspberries and foraged for wild strawberries and blueberries as well. We often went to pick our own fruit at local farms. Blackberries were wildly plentiful and we knew all the best spots on public lands. We’d even take the cat with us in a gunny sack as he hated when the kids left him at home, so off he’d come to pick berries too. Silly old Oliver.

I also harvested dandelion leaves, sorrel, lamb’s quarters, wild spinach and wild raspberry leaf for tea. I also loved Chaga mushroom from wild birch trees for a really nourishing tea high in antioxidants. You can look it up if you like keeping in mind that you need to know what you’re doing when foraging for mushrooms as some can be lethal if you’re not careful.

We also loved to make our own candles out of beeswax. Both of my children can knit and my daughter could crochet anything you could imagine while on long drives in the car. All of our clothes were bought second hand from the thrift store. Funny as I still love to shop this way as I can’t justify spending over $15 for a new outfit! That’s just me!

I’ve learned to milk goats more recently, and cows when I was younger, and always appreciated that my family comes from the largest dairy community in Canada. These life skills have served me well all these 50+ years. Last summer, I connected with an herbalist in my local town who offered nature walks on her property to show us even more wild foods that can be harvested and prepared into amazing meals that don’t cost a dime. I love pine needle tea which has more vitamin C than some fruits! Who knew?! Yes, even these foods can be found in urban centres or in places not too far off the beaten path.

If you’re an urban dweller reading this and you think my granola lifestyle is beyond your scope or imagination, I know lots of city folk who’ve traded their skills as IT specialists by setting up a website for a local farmer looking to sell their goat’s milk soap. It is brilliant to have a skill that you can work on the basis of trade for. I’ve traded Heilkunst Medicine sessions for massages, live blood analysis, bowen therapy, reiki, chiropractic care, music lessons, art lessons, horse riding lessons, and even organic food.

My 90 year old Scottish grandmother on my Mom’s side has prepared food for a single Dad and his family for a decade or more. Last year, she was still making a few thousand dollars selling handmade dishcloths, jams and pickles at a local hospital bazaar. We Scottish Canadians are cheap and very resourceful. It seems that it runs in my family!

I feel that we are going to come into some interesting times ahead, moving away from traditional economic systems. Bitcoin, trading our skills for food, services and resources are going to come more into vogue and necessity. Personally, I’d prefer to have these relationships plumbed with my local food providers and know how to effectively live off-grid before I have to out of necessity. Emergency preparedness websites in North America are recommended two to three months of water and food supplies stored in your basement. That is a fairly long time!

The next thing I want to learn is how to set snares and hunt for larger game. I already know how to fish and gut a trout since they were plentiful in the streams we used to farm on when I was a kid. I’m also pretty handy with a rifle as the bloody gophers used to dig holes on our fields where the horses grazed. I never tried eating a gopher though!

When I was first deciding what values and ethics I wanted to raise my own kids with, I decided that they were pretty close to how I’d been raised. Have a close kinship with nature, be thankful for what you have, treat your neighbors with compassion as you never know when you’ll need to rely on each other, make sure you can make a living without the use of electricity and gadgets, and eat as close to the way God intended, in season, and through the hands of those who love and care about you. Never eat the crap from a box or fast food establishment. Trust your gut in all things and always stop to gaze at a sunset. That, basically, is how I live organic, and also on the cheap … which, really, makes me feel incredibly resourceful and also very rich!

The Fertility Benefits of Sungazing

Staring at the sun – is this really a smart thing to do?

“Here Comes The Sun” by varun suresh
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At first, it sounds like the most uncommon sense thing you’ve ever heard.

Sun gazing is an ancient spiritual practice for cleansing and healing the body that has been brought into modern health circles.

If you really think about it, this makes sense, once you recall that the sun is the origin and maintainer of all life on earth.

The research on sun gazing shows a number of general health benefits, including:

  • Multiple fertility benefits, such as:
    • Enhancing your pineal gland’s functions. It is known as the “master gland”, as it governs your entire hormonal system. Melatonin and serotonin production are directly enhanced when the pituitary gland is stimulated.
    • Regulating the menstrual cycle.
    • It includes the many health benefits of vitamin D, including the health of the reproductive system.
  • It increases the size of your pineal gland, which normally shrinks as you age.
  • Increases your energy levels.
  • It actually acts like a super-nutrient in your body, providing many things your body normally gets from super-nutritious foods.
  • Improves eyesight.

How to sungaze:

  • Select the safe times of day for sun gazing – one hour after sunrise, and one hour before sunset when the angle of the sun through the atmosphere creates a natural shielding from the more harmful sun rays. Your phone’s weather app usually includes sunrise and sunset times for your location.
  • Start small – 30 seconds at first, and increase by 10 seconds each day, working up to several minutes per session.
  • Sun gaze ‘naked’ – that is, without wearing corrective lenses, and being outdoors (ie not looking through a window).
  • Enhance sun gazing with positive imagination and visualizing – your “inner vision” is enhanced at these times, so during and after your sun gazing session, stay focused on what you most desire – imagine a concrete, visual outcome for yourself, such as being pregnant, or holding your new baby.

Even within the first few days of sun gazing, you will probably already report to us that you notice an improvement in your moods and energy levels. Let us know what you notice as you start to work in this subtle but powerful way with the sun’s energy.

 

This topic is further expanded in Step 7 of The 8 Steps to Natural Fertility Your Doctor Doesn’t Know About.

You can download your free copy here.

Living Minimally On The Road To Realizing The Self

Many of you know that Jeff and I live out of a suitcase, literally, one suitcase and a carry-on. We’re digital nomads with an online boutique publishing company and a wholistic, Heilkunst Medical Practice serving patients all around the world.

Over six months we travelled across Canada last summer, from Saint John’s, Newfoundland to Tofino, British Columbia we’d pull up to campsites right on the water, store our suitcases under the car, leave the hatch up on our SUV and sleep under the stars, listening to the loons (or ocean waves) while sleeping on our Ikea mattress in the back of our car. It was like a dream come true, as neither of us had ever been west of Toronto.

I’d once been on a trip to Victoria, BC. For five short days I’d showcased courses for the Hahnemann College for Heilkunst at a health show. The thing was, I’d never seen the middle guts of Canada. I wanted to see her portfolio at “see” level. This was my chance to fulfill that bucket list and more. We started in St. John’s, Newfoundland and started to head, by car, across the Trans Canada Highway.

On days that we served clients (three days a week), we’d check into an Airbnb. Our criteria was good wifi and two separate rooms for us each to serve our patients by Skype. At the end of each day, we send our prescriptions to our pharmacists in Canada and The States.

In some cases, we stayed a few weeks or more to stabilize ourselves. We called this ‘slow travel.’ On this longer sojourns, we were able to do research and write in between serving clients. We figured out early in the process that it did not work well for us to see clients and then travel right after. We’ve gotten good at what works best to preserve our personal and couple ecology in good stead.

We’ve loved this expedition so much, that we’ve made it a permanent lifestyle. We’ve lived like this for almost three years; taking periodic, sabbaticals. We can’t call them holidays anymore! We continued, travelling down through the eastern United States and into Mexico for the Winter.

Folks ask us how we can afford to live this way. Our answer is how can you afford to live where you are? Think about it, we sold everything off so we have no debt, no mortgage, no bills, or house/car maintenance. We live in Mexico half of the year with one third the cost of living in Canada.

For the first time in our lives, we’re socking money away. We’re investing in IBC (Infinite Banking Concept) and Bitcoin more than we ever did before. We’ve hit the jackpot as far as lifestyle goes!

Let me explain in point form what our general costs are. If you know me, I’m not shy as we’ve found something that works well for our health and mental/emotional well-being. I also write on the side for International Living. I’m used to divulging what it takes to live this way for others exploring similar options:

  • A campground spot in Canada and the U.S. for a car costs on average between $25 – $40 per night. We’ve also found spots for free in truck stops but this was only a couple of times out of sleep-deprivation. Others park at designated Walmarts. We eat one meal a day plus a keto snack of organic beef jerky, nuts or vegetables that we keep on board in a cooler. We’ll generally stop for salad and some form of meat dish for supper. We stock up at great health food stores in towns along the way.
  • An Airbnb in Mexico costs between $450 – $675 U.S. per month, including wifi. Our groceries are about $30 – $45 a week for the both of us. We also eat out several times over our four day weekends for anywhere from $5 -$20 a meal. Our cell phone plans are unlimited calling and texting for under $25 per month to the U.S., MX and Can. with 1 gig of data. We have no other overhead expenses. We’ve used only two tanks of gas ($38 Cdn each) in four months given that we walk everywhere in Guanajuato, MX. We’re fit from these cobbled alleyways.
  • Our entertainment expenses are $8 for the symphony on Friday nights. We pay less on Thursdays and Sundays for concerts at smaller venues. Sundays you get a class of wine and tapas bar with your concert ticket. Sitting on a park bench or lounge chair in the Sun. with a book from the English Library costs nothing.
  • On occasion we take the bus which is $.35 cents and cabs or an Uber are around $3.50 Cdn. which is harder to calculate in U.S. dollars as it is next to nothing. Sometimes we drive and park in a parking garage which ranges from $40 to 98 pesos ($2.50 – $5.00). A full day at the local hot springs is $150 pesos or $9.50 Cdn. or $7.23 U.S. at the time of this writing. At the spa, we get brunch served on our poolside deck chairs with fruit, omelette and carrot juice. All that for under $10 for both of us combined! At the dam down from our casita, they rent boats by the hour for 37 pesos about $2.50. … cost of Jeff rowing, while Ally takes close-ups of ducks? Priceless!
  • Travel inside of Mexico may include an overnight at a local town at an Airbnb. Those rooms in someone’s home range from $16 – $24 Cdn. a night. One two day excursion we took to the local pyramids, tequila making rancho came to $190 Cdn in total. This included 5 meals and 2 nights stay in a 500 year old hacienda. This was our biggest expense, other than our rent, in the 5 months we’ll be here.
  • We cook a lot from home as we’re on ketogenic diets. We love shopping at the local markets for our meat, vegetables and fruits. There’s a good selection at the health food stores and the items are reasonable unlike back home. Most street food is delicious. Get a taco, loaded with meat, guac., vegetables and eat just the fillings. A large carrot and beet juice runs less than $2 Cdn for the drink and the food.

Many of you have also wanted to know what we have in the way of stuff. Here’s our list of items, excluding our 5 X 7 storage container back home. It’s stashed with extra camping gear, artwork, art supplies, and a bicycle. We’ve also go 7 years of stupid tax receipts (stored on behalf of our government). One day, we plan to have a Tiny House so I kept our stoneware pans and kitchen supplies. There’s also 2 rubbermaid boxes of photo albums and kids’ artwork.

Here’s what we’ve got with us that fits into that one large suitcase and a carry-on.

  • Undies, shirts, pants, dresses (mine, not Jeff’s), blouses, work-out clothes, 2 sweaters, poncho, rain jacket, and 5 pairs of very practical shoes stuffed with socks. All clothes are rolled fitting into one and a half suitcases. Camera bag with multiple lenses, underwater camera, toiletries, art supplies and 6 paperbacks for reading on beaches/park benches where I don’t take my i-pad fit in the other half of my large suitcase.
  • Neuro-scenar for sore necks, stiff mucles from hiking (http://www.scenar-therapy.co.uk/scenar_therapy_faq.html), toiletries, epsom salts, bath bombs, towels, bathing suits, essential oils, little satchel of jewellry, hairdryer and supplements in use fit in my carry-on, 3 mgs of Melatonin on occasion if I’ve been overscheduled and “Experience” capsules on occasion for helping to keep me regular).
  • Box of back-up toiletries including Earthpaste toothpaste (https://www.amazon.com/Redmond-Earthpaste-Toothpaste-Peppermint-Ounce/dp/B0080L9G9C), bamboo toothbrushes (https://www.amazon.com/Natural-Bamboo-Toothbrush-Individually-Numbered/dp/B00UYFH6YO), handmade deoderant by The Natural Deoderant Company (https://naturaldeoco.com/) and 3 bottles of Flora and Fauna Skin Elixir (http://florafaunaskincare.com/products/facial-serum), razor and hairbrush, 100% Pure Make-up (https://www.100percentpure.com/) in my Make-up Bag, and all natural hemp shampoo and conditioner brought from Canada, however, I’ve found a honey version just as chemical-free here.
  • Box of backup supplements like Zinc, tub of Greens for shakes, flax seeds, hemp seeds, Vitamin D3 for days the darker/colder months when we’re still in Canada and Himalayan rocks salts to make up Solé brine.
  • Flat of medium mason jars for fermenting for gut health/probiotics.
  • Our high powered blender and a ceramic water crock for dispensing spring water from bottles.
  • Ikea mattress, sleeping bags, pillow and lighter cotton blanket for warmer/colder nights. Propane cook stove, dish soap, basic dishes, pot and pan, cutlery, BBQ tools for open fire cooking.
  • Computer bags and one box of work supplies including a modem, Vonage Phone and Charger, Apple Time Capsule for backing up our computers and wire-like electronic thingys that you’d have to ask Jeff about, one inbox (I try not to have one or people will put stuff in it!).
  • One bottle of Dr. Bronner’s all purpose cleanser as there are only toxic options available in Mexico.

And that is about it. The car has to be packed like a game of Tetris. Yet, that’s everything you might want to know about living on the road to Mexico. The reason I put that latter bit into the title is that when you have little stuff, you don’t spend anytime servicing it. When your stripped bare of luxuries and nefarious responsibilities, you feel free. The doing is gone, so all you’re boiled down to is being.

We only need to clean our car/or Airbnb apartment a couple times a month, total, a couple of hours at the most. Otherwise we’re working at what we love. The rest of the time we’re out playing, studying Spanish, walking the colonial city, or grabbing a bite. We love to spend hours reading, photographing, drawing, or off at the local hot springs. When we arrive anywhere, we unhook the TV right away and shove it a corner or out the door. Neither one of us have had one in over 25 years so why start now in any language!

We decided that we love our life too much to ever retire, so we’ve crafted a healthy lifestyle in our 40’s and 50’s instead. One day we may grow up and build a Tiny Home on our two acres in New Brunswick, Canada. Mexico also has our heart so swinging back and forth each season will work for us. Our savings will love us! That alone feels generative and rejuvenating!

Increasing Your Fertility With Sun Exposure

Sun exposure is the very best source of Vitamin D. It’s true that you can also get it from swallowing a pill. But nothing beats the Vitamin D you get from sunlight on your skin. It converts cholesterol to vitamin D when it’s exposed to sunlight. In other words, you shouldn’t avoid sun exposure, OR healthy fats in your diet. [NOTE : If you do need to supplement with extra Vitamin D, use ‘D3’, aka ‘cholecalciferol’.]

“Power in your hand”
by Umberto Rotundo
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Mainstream ‘wisdom’ has taught us to fear sun exposure. Yet it’s actually one of the most important things to include in your fertility regimen. Keeping your Vitamin D at adequate levels touches on virtually every aspect of fertility. Hiding away from the sun is about as wise as trying to hide from life itself.

Likewise, we advise against using commercial sunscreen. It seems to be a good idea, until you understand its true effects. It blocks this very healthy and important process, where you skin converts cholesterol to Vitamin D. Not to mention all the toxic ingredients in sunscreen, which get absorbed into your bloodstream. They disrupt hormones, and cause other health problems.

If you’re not in the habit of regular sun exposure, you should build up slowly. Your ability to absorb sunlight will increase over time. It will also increase along with your general level of health. Everything you do for your health in your fertility plan will increase your ability to take in the sun.

It’s no accident that pregnant women are seen as being “radiant”. It’s healthy to take in sunlight, and likewise, a healthy person “radiates” life energy outward.

A common homeopathic remedy that we use for infertility is Natrum Muriaticum. Typically, the Nat-m patient will present at least one major unresolved grief event in their history. One of the characteristics of this state is “inability to let go”. Similarly, the Nat-M patient has difficulty “taking things in”. Their skin is hypersensitive to the sun, and their eyes find natural sunlight too bright. Removing this blockage from their cellular memory allows them once again to enjoy the health benefits of the sun.

All this to say, is that there are many individual factors governing your health, and the level of sun exposure you can properly metabolize. Work at it regularly, until having daily sun exposure becomes the norm for you.

Sun exposure tips:

  • Expose as much of your skin as you’re able for at least 10  — 20 minutes per day year round.
  • Aim for steady, frequent, and short exposures to the sun year-round. Avoid the pattern of sudden blasts on weekends or holidays. If you live in a wintery climate, find a windless spot to sunbathe. Shed as much clothing as you can (i.e. at least your hands and face) and sunbathe as long as you’re comfortable.
  • Choose the gentler sunbeams of the morning. Avoid the intense heat of high noon and early afternoon.
  • DON’T use sunscreen. You want your general level of health to protect you, instead. Increase your sun exposure time according to your current level of health. Sunscreen blocks the essential production of vitamin D. It also contains toxic ingredients which disrupt hormone function. Sunscreen is actually one of the big culprits in skin cancer. Instead of sunscreen, use light clothing to protect yourself (sunhats, long-sleeves, etc.). Common sense goes a long way. You can apply coconut oil or aloe vera gel as better alternatives to sunscreen.
  • If you live near forest or vegetation, spend at least some of your sun exposure time there. “Organic light” (i.e. filtered through plants and vegetation) is easier to absorb. “Mineral light” (which comes directly from the sun to you) takes more work to process and absorb.

 

This topic is further expanded in Step 7 of The 8 Steps to Natural Fertility Your Doctor Doesn’t Know About.

You can download your free copy here.

The Over Intellectualization Of The Autism Parent

I have no desire to write this article at all. Do you ever have to do a thing that you really don’t want to because it will be like holding up a magnifying mirror in order to see all those ugly pock marks on your face? Yup, like that. Here I go anyway, despite the squirmy feeling in my belly.

When my son was suffering labels like ADHD, autism and just good old fashioned neurotic and psychotic tendencies, I didn’t realize the extent to which I was part of his problem. While he was stimming, lining stuff up and being some kind of crazy OCD boy, I was suffering the exact same gestures without knowing it.

You see, I wracked my brain anxiously every waking hour with, “How am I going to fix this kid … how am I going to fix this kid … how am I going to fix this kid?” Although I left the hand-flapping to him, I was stimming the same thought patterns over and over and over again. I lived in terror that I was never doing enough. That I was NOT enough.

I lived in terror of the realization that somehow I’d damaged my most beloved son and now I’d better bloody well fix this mess that we were in. I was constantly at the hospital (seven times that I counted), desperately wanting them to help me get his bowels operating with milk and molasses enemas; one time they even put him under general anaesthetic to manually remove the two-week old impacted stool from his body. Still I stimmed, “I’ve got to fix this kid if it kills me!” And actually, it was doing just that.

The fact that he’d bite, hit and scream mostly at me was a result of the repressed rage that I had successfully armored below decks in my own nether girl, leaking out in neurotic tendencies. My house had to be just as orderly as Jordan’s lined up matchbox cars, or I’d feel entirely out of control. The laundry always done, the sinks spotless and the food prepared like some kind of messed up Cordon Bleu chef.

In fits of desperation I took my son to every therapist imaginable, hoping against hope that this one would shed some light on the cause of his disorders and help me solve his issues outright. Nothing worked! Decades later, we see an entire autism industry built on this desperate cry from desperate parents.

We moved him from classroom to classroom, from teacher to teacher, from doctor to doctor, from homeopath to homeopath, to no avail. We tried every diet out there, switching from GAPS to ferments to combinations thereof. As a result my son hated mealtimes, often refusing to eat. What a bloody power struggle!

We took my son to speech therapists, occupational therapists and cognitive therapists. We consulted with a variety of chiropractors, energy workers, and naturopaths who charged us small fortunes and then let us examine their frayed ropes with regard to a true diagnosis and faulty treatment plans. It was a nightmare, until one day …

Finally, we came to Heilkunst Medicine and learned the underlying causes of Jordan’s ills. It was part miasmic and part environmental and the sequential timeline was a clear, definable protocol that we addressed each month when we met. I learned how my unresolved issues of anxiety, grief, rage, terror and fear were also part of Jordan’s autism issues. This realization was difficult for me, but I committed to the process to get at the underlying cause to get us both well.The Path To Cure - The Whole Art of HealingIt was scary, unnerving, embarrassing and it is true that early on, I hated the process. Who loves a cheval mirror turn around for you to see every pockmark, ugly belief, and rotten pit of intellectual stimming, anxiety, feelings of violence, hate and terror brought up for their viewing pleasure?  God, it was so brutally painful.


However, over time, Jordan got better. First he became sick, really sick, with fevers, vomiting and diarrhea. The progress that followed every month was astounding – he started to make eye contact, stopped stimming, and began to speak. He was passing stool regularly and he was even eating a small variety of new foods. After just 12 Heilkunst treatment sessions, he’d gained 12 lbs and 4 shoe sizes. I was elated! It was like living the Pinocchio dream; I finally met my real boy, for the first time, at four and a half years of age.




In turn, I also experienced massive healing reactions that you can read about in our FREE audiobook here. I wailed, grieved, exposed my hate and squirmed with unresolved childhood issues like my mother’s suicide and my father’s early death at 43. I hated my life, was suffering PTSD, and while Heilkunst wasn’t easy, at least it was productive. Over time, I gave birth to my essential self; I stopped the intellectual stimming and became a real parent, a motherly version of Gepetto.

I stopped running wildly to every therapist, cleaning my home like a maniac, and making a different meal every single night (yes, part of my intellectual stimming and ADHD patterning meant that I never prepared the same meal twice … ever!) My kind of crazy was also tied inextricably to Jordan’s kind of crazy. Guess what my own mother had been diagnosed with before she turned the car on in the enclosed garage at 32, when I was eight? Schizophrenia and manic depression. Can you see the hereditary link?

In my case, it did not “skip a generation.” I was her and she was me, and Jordan was embroiled in more than four generations of a Syphlitic hell (my grandfather was committed before I met him). In my son’s case the MMR shot, laced with mercury (thimerosal), triggered the deeper issues associated with this genetic disease, spawning symptoms such as OCD, bone pains, ADHD, anger, hostility, blaming, hyper-vigilance, aggression, hate, and stimming. I presented with many of these same tendencies, which is why my Heilkunst Physician insisted that I also be treated.

It is also why, as a Heilkunst Practitioner of 14 years, I too insist that the parent(s) be treated with the child labelled in the spectrum with ASD issues. Part of the cause lies in the environment and the child cannot get better if the parent’s issues remain at large. I know; I’ve lived this phenomenon in my own experience as a parent, and have borne witness to hundreds of parents and children that my partner, Jeff Korentayer, and I have served.

It has taken me 20 years of looking full-on at myself in that mirror. My son, thankfully, has long since been out of the spectrum; he lives a full and whole life as a trampoline acrobat and teacher, and trained Bowen Practitioner. He and I are really close and there is a deep, abiding love for how we helped each other to resolve the underlying cause of our ills and shut down the genetic miasm(s) that had us both pinioned with gestures of OCD, stimming and a primal fear that held us hostage.

It is isn’t easy when a new patient comes into my practice, describing their autistic child and how they’re taking them to every conceivable therapist, guiltily trying to rescue the child to the exclusion of themselves. Just so you know, I will be turning around your mirror, my friend, and I will also hold you through the process of remediation as I too was once held. Some days you also aren’t going to like the process but you will love its reliable outcomes and efficacy. Just as I did too!

The Vitamin D – Fertility Connection

Infertility is on the rise. Vitamin D deficiency is widespread. Is there a connection?

Yes – there clearly is, in our clinical experience.

Why is this, and what you can do about it?

“Vitamin D” by Collin Grady https://flic.kr/p/azCeSV

Let’s first take a step back and look at rickets which is a bone disease caused by vitamin D deficiency. It’s rare now, but rickets was at epidemic proportions in recent centuries. Without vitamin D, calcium cannot be properly absorbed (which is necessary for healthy bones).

It’s like infertility is now the Rickets of the 21st century.

There’s a hormonal connection between vitamin D and fertility. To call it a ‘vitamin’ is a misnomer. It’s actually a hormone rather than a vitamin. It plays a critical role in your whole hormonal system. It’s necessary for the creation of the various sex hormones.

Let’s look at a few of the reasons vitamin D is essential for sperm health. It’s directly responsible for the creation of the nucleus of the sperm cell. It is also responsible for the quality and health of the semen and sperm count. The same calcium needed for bone health is also mission critical for healthy sperm. Calcium fuels the whipping motion of the sperm’s tail as it is approaching the egg, and needs to pick up the pace.

The very best source of vitamin D is through regular, healthy sun exposure. The skin, when exposed to sunlight, converts cholesterol into a form of vitamin D called cholecalciferol. This is another reason that healthy fats need to be part of your diet. Exposure to sunlight is as critical for your health as air, water, and basic nutrition.

There may be reason to supplement, as well. At the health food store, you’ll find this in supplement form called D3. Cod liver oil is a great nutritional source, and is usually recommended during the long dark season of winter.  Free-range eggs, and raw, organic dairy are also great sources. The further north you live, the more important supplementation becomes.

NOTE : vitamin D is fat soluble, which means that it IS possible to overdose. A regular blood test to measure your Vit D levels is a good idea to make sure that you’re staying in the optimal range.

 

This topic is further expanded in Step 7 of The 8 Steps to Natural Fertility Your Doctor Doesn’t Know About.

You can download your free copy here.

Is MTHFR Linked to Autism and Tongue Tie?

Many patients ask me about the MTHFR gene and how it relates to their child’s autism or even their babe’s tongue tie. MTHFR is only a small fraction of a much greater puzzle that relates to methylation. It can’t be looked at in isolation as there are other contributing factors, such as Genetic Miasms coming down the family line, as well as traumatic timeline events and environmental factors (ie. vaccines, glyphosate, birth control, dental composites, emotional traumas, etc.).

Even if you do a test to check for confounders, you’re only grabbing a snapshot in time. We’re constantly changing. We’re subject to exposome and epigenetic influences all the time.

While it’s good to avoid all processed foods, synthetic vitamins, get enough exercise, drink lots of fresh, pH balanced water, sleep well, address the 8 Genetic Miasms (including the one that mostly contributed to MTHER), the root cause is still at large until you dynamically address all the factors mentioned above wholistically.

Is MTHFR linked to autism and issues like tongue tie? Yes, but so are COMT, TBX22, and other genes. While you may take enough folate or methylfolate during pregnancy, you can’t just micromanage your way around this with supplements. The answers lie in your whole health, and while choline is far more important for preventing neural tube defects and is preferred over taking folate supplements, this kind of tinkering won’t wholly shift the roots of your genetic predisposition.

Why not address the whole of your health, on the law of similars, so that you couldn’t possibly host a babe with issues?  We go beyond diet and supplements, without causing an ounce of harm.

Where do Babies Come From? The Sun, of Course!

All life on earth originates in, and is maintained by sunlight. Every aspect of health and fertility can be traced back to the sun. Even a casual study of the food chain will illuminate this. Photosynthesis converts sunlight into plant energy, which then flows up the food chain.

Photo by Sebastian Ju?ko “DSC04340”
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Our human physiology is still partially plant-like – we convert sun exposure into vitamin D when it touches our skin. It’s cholesterol that gets transformed into Vitamin D when your skin is exposed to sunlight. This is one of the reasons you need a steady intake of healthy fats and oils in your diet. When you see a food label boasting ‘low fat!’ think to yourself ‘low fertility!’.

It’s called ‘vitamin’ D, but it is actually a hormone, not a vitamin. It’s absolutely essential for your fertility. Sunlight on your skin produces the best form of Vitamin D.

Your hormones respond to the rhythm of the sun and moon. Light and darkness, or day and night are what set your hormones in motion. The hormones that tell your body when to get sleepy, and when to wake up are the same ones that make you fertile. Too much screen time in the evening is confusing to your body. Poor sleep is only an early warning sign of fertility difficulties.

You could even say that humans are miniature versions of the sun. How so? How are you like a ball of burning hydrogen gas in the sky? Do you remember the definition of ‘pH’? It stands for ‘potential for hydrogen ion transfer’. That’s another way of referring to the life energy that flows through your body. Your body is a scaled-down version of the sun – burning hydrogen to create and maintain your energy.

This is why measuring your pH is one of the best ways to test the health of your diet. An alkaline reading in the low 7 range shows that you are burning your fuel cleanly and efficiently. The more that your health is based on the sun and all its byproducts, the more fertile you will be.

This topic is further expanded in Step 7 of The 8 Steps to Natural Fertility Your Doctor Doesn’t Know About.

You can download your free copy here.