30 Minute Quick Start Success Guide for “The 8 Steps to Natural Fertility”

Video Transcription

Hello! Thank you for joining me on the live broadcast today.

The topic is going to be taking our 8 Steps to Natural Fertility. As we do know, we have many hundreds of you who have downloaded the book. But as much as people have gotten good advice and benefited from the book, we’ve also gotten a lot of comments that a book is not something that a lot of people have time to sit down and read. We appreciate that. It can be more time consuming. So we thought it would be helpful to take the first tips from the top advice from the book and put it into about a 30-minute presentation. So, at least you can take your good intentions if you haven’t had time to read the book, and begin to gain the benefits from it.

So I’m going to spend about 30 minutes. (Just let me switch my screen for a second to find the right button here.) It’s going to take about 30 minutes, so we’re going to go through. And what you can do is, as we’re going through at any time (oops, let me switch my screen here), you can type your comments or your question in the comments box. I won’t see them immediately. But my plan is to go through the full 30-minute presentation and then I’ll come back around and I’ll go through your questions at that time. It’ll make a little more sense that way to group them all together. So whether you’re on Facebook, or you’re on YouTube, you can type into the comment box and that will populate into my studio at the back end here. So let’s go in through the slides.

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The Organizing Idea Behind Fertility Success

The very beginning, the overview. First of all, my first point that I make here is that I just want to point out the reason why we’ve had such a high success rate with our fertility treatments. And it really comes down, more than anything, it comes down to the fundamental organizing idea that we’re using. And our whole thought process, our whole treatment structure, is based on the principles of Dynamic medicine, as opposed to most of what you’ll find in the world of fertility advice, which goes back to allopathic medicine and even a lot of the natural approaches – they default to a lot of the mechanical presumptions. So, unless you’re a car that needs to go to the mechanic, usually you’re going to do a lot better on taking dynamic health advice rather than mechanical health advice. So that’s just a big overview point or where we’re coming from, as how we’re approaching this and now we’re getting the results that we do. Or to say this in another way, to really be in possession of full fertility health is really just a subset of being healthy at all levels – as I say here, the physical health, mental, emotional, and especially (as we’ll see in some of the points I make later on), the profound importance in our health of the mind-body connection (the so called “mind-body” connection). It’s not like they’re two separate things that got connected, but they are one connected thing, which got expressed in two separate forms. So anyways, we’ll use the common phrase of the “mind-body” connection. And you’ll see what I mean a little bit later on.

And the general practical tip as to how we designed the book, how we designed these 8 steps, and you’ll see this go through today. If you haven’t yet used it, our fertility scorecard, you can get it at our website arcanum.ca/fertilityscore. And we generally recommend if you test yourself and your spouse monthly and track where that score is going, it’ll give you good feedback as to whether you’re improving on the key fertility factors or not. And more importantly, will also help you to identify exactly where those weaknesses are, and what’s the next thing you might want to focus on as far as making progress towards your fertility goals.

So let’s get into Step 1. And very intentionally, we designed the book this way to start with this as Step 1.

And that is the really foundational point of measuring your pH balance. Now that’s foreign for a lot of people. Some people have done it for other health reasons. It’s a general topic around the alkalinity of your body and how important that is for health. But it’s particularly important when it comes to fertility as it’s almost like one of the body’s master switches under times of stress or nutritional deficiencies or other things where, as I’m saying, kind of a master switch where the body may turn off the fertility function as kind of an evolutionary preservative mechanism.

But just to get ourselves a little bit grounded in the basics, to give us almost more of a technical definition of “What is the pH in the body?” The technical definition would be, pH literally stands for “potential for hydrogen ion transfer” – a very biochemical definition. But what that means to us, or what that means in the context of fertility, is depending on the overall state of the health of the body, the cellular health, the nutritional status, the mineral status and all these things, depending on what’s going on in the cellular structure, that potential for hydrogen ion transfer. What that means is, if the cells have everything that they need, the life energy is just naturally flowing through the body the way it’s supposed to. All the nutrition that’s supposed to flow into the cells and all the basic life functions really exists as a function of flow. And we know this at the psychological level when we’re feeling well, and our day is going well, we will use a word like that. We’ll say, “Oh yeah, my day flowed” or “Things went smoothly” or “Things went easily.” We know what that feeling is like psychologically, but biochemically that’s precisely what your body is aiming for as far as health.

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So, the way the pH scale works, you can see in this image I have here. It’s a bottle of pH strips. And you can see all these color codings. And basically, the way you do it, you test your… Usually there’s two main ways you can test pH – either testing the saliva or testing the urine. And for our purposes with fertility, we recommend the urine testing as that it gives us a more accurate reading for what we’re looking for. So basically, what you do is first thing in the morning, you get one of these strips. And your first urination of the day, you pee on one of these strips. And after 20 or 30 seconds, it will turn a certain color and you just match that color to the chart you’ll have on your bottle. Every brand has their own chart and you just follow that. And the whole pH scale goes from 0 to 14. So the lower half, from 0-7, that indicates an acidic state of the body. And then everything above that, 7-14 is the alkaline. So when it comes to health in general, and fertility health in particular, you want to be in that really sweet spot – in the low, like 7.1-7.2, maybe up to about 7.4-7.5 range, that’s really the sweet spot of alkalinity. And what you will typically get, as I say, when you when you measure that pH first thing in the morning, you will typically get a slightly more acidic reading (because that’s all the metabolites, although you haven’t… your body’s been busy metabolizing overnight). When you first pee, it goes out in the morning, and you tend to have more of an acidic reading.

But then what you want to also do is then have a second reading, after you’ve had a chance to drink a glass of water, start to rehydrate yourself, as you start to get into your daytime metabolism. And your second reading, hopefully, typically what you will see is that will rise and that will be more in the sweet spot of what I’ve just said, the low, 7.2 to 7.4 range – somewhere in that range. That would be the optimal. Now if you’re still low, if you’re still more in the acidic range, of course, we’ll go through a lot of the further steps we’re going to get to today. But all the things we do with diet and all the other recommendations, we do have a lot to do with getting this pH back into that fertility sweet spot. So that’s a good overview. It’s pretty straightforward. Once you know how to do it, it’s not that hard.

Moving on to Step 2. The title of this chapter was called “Follow Your Taste Buds to Optimal Mineral Nutrition and Better Hormone Balance”.

So the mineral part here I just alluded to when I was talking about the pH balance. And the thing about taste buds, I wanted to kind of have a little bit of an attention grabber. It’s not a way people necessarily think about, but it’s quite amazing the way the whole human body has evolved. Our taste buds, amongst other other signals we get in our body, are very highly tuned to which foods are healthy for us, and which foods are less healthy for us.

So the whole idea of what we’re looking at in this step is what’s called “nutrient density”. And nutrient density is what it sounds like. It’s kind of the opposite. We talk about eating ’empty calories’ – somebody eats a bag of chips or a bag of cookies or whatever. You know, that’s not health food. That’s what we call empty calories. It’s not really full of nutrition, very devoid of nutrition. What we want to get in our fertility diet is the opposite. So very high density nutrition, jam-packed with nutrients. And what I’m saying here about the taste buds and that natural detection organ that we have in our mouth.

When we’re reasonably healthy and we eat a reasonably healthy diet, we get this natural feedback cycle, like when food tastes good, or when healthy food (natural food) tastes good, that’s a good sign – our taste buds get excited and we get a little pleasure (kind of boost), we like those foods. Now we have to be very careful here. If you get into a lot of the modern industrial foods, they’ve been specifically engineered to trick your tongue so that what is more empty calories, it tricks your tongue into thinking that it’s nutrient density. So you have to use your common sense and not get into the factory, industrial foods, the overproduced foods, the additives and the chemicals, and all these other things that have been designed in the lab. You don’t want that. But it’s going to fool you.

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And this is actually the reason why a lot of weight gain happens with a lot of junk food. It’s because your tongue is getting fooled – you think you’re getting nutrient dense food, but in fact you’re not. You’re getting very, very empty calories. And your body gets confused. And it thinks it should be full, but it’s not. So it just keeps giving you the signal to “eat more, eat more, eat more” to turn off that signal for nutrient density. Meaning you’ve got enough now, but if that never comes, we never know when to stop eating when we’re in that junk food spiral. So that’s a big distinction to be careful of.

So yeah, something tastes good. If it’s a natural food, that’s good, that’s giving you the right signal you want and you will naturally get full and stop eating at the right time. Versus the more denatured foods, those you want to be very careful. A similar topic along this is where the signals of the taste buds get overridden (or give you the wrong signals) is in the case of when we get into emotional cravings – we’re eating food for emotional reasons. And the power of that, the power of those emotional cravings is overriding that the taste sensations of the tongue, those aren’t turning our hunger on or off at the right times. But those are getting overridden for emotional reasons.

So, as I say, it’s easy enough to use our our common sense to put the industrial foods out of our house and not really make those the basis of our diet. But the emotional eating can be a little bit more of an entrenched problem. And that’s one area where we can go beyond the basic common sense that we teach in the 8 steps of this book, and where we can get more into a helpful homeopathic treatment protocol. So that could be very individual, but that can be something that where we can break out that cycle. But I just include that there, because it’s playing on the same mechanisms as the high density nutrition detector that our tongue would normally be attuned to but it’s overridden for another reason. I just wanted to include that in there.

So Step 3. Now, this is actually one of the more difficult steps to condense into a very short slide. So I’ll just give you a few key points here. But I think in the near future, I’m going to come back around and just do a full presentation on this one step alone. We can fill a whole, even an hour or more just on this step.

So the key points we make in Step 3 is this is a lot of the challenge people have when they get are trying to be healthy and trying to research more, trying to learn more. They get frustrated by a lot of conflicting information – whether they’re on Google, whether they’re reading different books, different advice, different doctors, whatever. We can get advice all over the map. And that becomes a big frustration because, people, they don’t even know where to begin. “Well, this person says this, but then this person contradicts them. And I don’t know who’s right. I don’t know who to believe.” The big distinction to make for yourself is what is more on the basis of being given advice as a fad. And we see lots of fads come and go, versus what are the rock-solid principles that remain true for all time, right?

With human physiology hasn’t changed; and many, many, many thousands of years, we still have that same basic caveman physiology. Of course, we live in a very modern world now. And we have to be aware of some of the trappings of that, but our physiology hasn’t changed. The true principles of health hasn’t changed. And one of the greatest sources we use to really ground nutritional principles (there’s many dimensions we go into), but one of the foundational ones is the work of Dr. Weston A. Price. And he’s very fascinating to study for many reasons.

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But just to extract from him some of the principles that really apply to fertility in particular, some of the big ones, are to very deliberately avoid any soy-based foods. A lot of the popular, like tofu, and a lot of the popular like meat replacement foods like soy-based (like it’s supposed to look and taste like meat, but it’s soy product.) Those are actually anti-fertility foods.

And the same goes for a number of the unhealthy oils, including margarine, soybean oil and canola oil. These are all on the no-no list when you’re trying to get into that peak fertility state, peak fertility nutrition. And the other big no-no that I have here on this list (there are many more we can go through in the fuller presentation of this chapter), but all the artificial sweeteners. The ones that come from a laboratory and don’t come from natural sugarcane or other natural fruits, other natural sources of sugar. In moderation, the natural sweeteners are good. But the chemical (artificial) ones are really bad. They’re very carcinogenic and they’re also very much anti-fertility the more you study their effects on the body.

So as I say, this is a very profound condensation of a whole lot more information. But that’s a good start. If you look a little bit into the Dr. Weston A. Price basic diet principles, including these avoid foods I have, that will get your fertility diet off to a great start.

Step 4 is all about hydration, drinking enough water.

There’s many health benefits of hydration; many necessary parts of why we need to be hydrated. But I’m specifically relating that to the topic of hormonal health. And that is because the way our whole hormonal system, our hormonal rhythms, are working in their natural state has a whole lot to do with with our cells being properly hydrated.

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When they are fully hydrated and they’re on their optimal function, that’s a big way that our hormonal rhythms really take their natural rhythm. The things that are supposed to be turned on and turned off at different times of the month, all the different natural cycles of the hormones are driven by the hydration.

Hydration formula

And I should explain this, I have this little hydration formula here. These are the best, most meaningful letters: “W – 2B”. That simply means if you’re counting your hydration, how people talk about, “Oh yeah, you should be drinking 8-12 glasses of water a day”, adjusted for your body weight and your your exercise and activity levels, things like that. Given that there’s some baseline, something like that, 8-12. This W – 2B what that means is, all the water you’re drinking (let’s say you’re drinking a glass of water a day), but then subtract two times the number of what we call “beverages”, especially including coffee, any of this, soft drinks, a lot of those beverages, which are not pure water, they are, by definition, they are dehydrating.

So, to use the formula here, let’s say you’re drinking 8 glasses of water a day. And let’s say you normally have two cups of coffee a day. We’ll take that 8 and minus 4 (2×2), and you end up with a net hydration of about 4 cups of water a day. So you’re kind of falling way below par there. So I never try to force anyone to stop drinking coffee. That’s usually not a good battle to get into. But I just asked them to consider this formula. And if you really want and need those two cups of coffee a day, we’ll just up your water enough to compensate for that. Your net water gets above the threshold of where you need to be.

The big practical tip around getting enough hydration is something called “sequential eating”. And that’s something that came from Dr. Stanley Bass. And all that sequential eating means is between drinking your water before your meal and going through your meal, you put the most liquid foods at the beginning and the most dense foods at the end.

So as I just said, you start with a glass, or maybe two, of water before your meal – about 20 minutes before you start eating. That primes the digestive tract, primes all the digestive enzymes and so on. It’s a really good thing to do. And by the way, it’s also a good way to prevent overeating because then you get a proper signal about whether you’re full or not, whether that hydration is there as the foundation or not. And then you layer in the soup or the salad, and the lighter foods, the appetizer, and all the way to the densest foods at the end. What you get is an optimized layering in your stomach of how well everything that you’ve taken will be digested.

So even without drinking more water than you normally do, if you sequence your water like that, even if whatever you normally drink isn’t yet optimized, you’re already going to start getting more hydration, just from rearranging the sequence of your water and your your foods based on this idea of a sequence. So anyways, that’s a quick, very practical tip. But a good way of maximizing not only your hydration but also your nutrition and your digestion and how much you’re getting out of what you’re actually consuming. So that’s a really good tweak for, well not just for fertility, but for all health in general.

Step 5 takes us into the general structure that we apply to exercise. And I’m just going to mention some of the basic concepts here. We can get a little bit, actually, if you turn to your book (to your copy of Natural Fertility or “the 8 Steps to Natural Fertility“), you can get a lot more of a detailed explanation. I’m just going to give you the overview here.

So we have this big dichotomy between what we call ‘slow burn’ as one kind of exercise and PACE. Another word (another name) for PACE is ‘interval training’. There’s other names as well, but it’s all the same idea. So the basic idea of slow burn is when you’re doing your weight bearing exercise, is that it’s based on extremely slow movements. I’m not on video right now, but just imagine the usual arm curls or whatever. Just imagine those being taken down to a slow motion video kind of thing. So, if you’re lifting the weight from around hip level, all the way up to shoulder level, you’re going to take maybe about 12-15 seconds to do that – one slow movement up. Then another 12-15 seconds all the way back down to resting position.

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So when you’re doing this slow, slow movement like that, it doesn’t take very many reps at all. Maybe three or four within each muscle group before you have a complete exhaustion of that muscle. And that’s a good thing. That’s the whole point of that kind of exercise. You want to get to the…

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Okay. So, I was talking about the two forms of exercise. And in talking about the PACE, that’s a form of cardio. And the basic format is say those 30-second sprints or those really intense aspects, alternating with the 90 seconds of the more slow pace. So by the time you get to doing eight repetitions of that, it’s taking you between about 16 up to about 20 minutes. You do five minutes of warm up at the beginning, five minutes cool down at the end. So in less than 30 minutes, you’re getting the maximum possible benefit from cardio. So between the slow burn is the maximum way to do the strength training, or the weight bearing exercise, the PACE as the maximum form to do the cardio. The PACE you can do a couple times, maybe three times, a week. The slow burn, about once every 7-10 days. So for very minimal time input, you can actually get these really maximum exercise benefits. And, as I say, the book goes into slightly more detail. But I think that should give you a good starting point of what the idea is there.

Step 6 is all about sleep. And, of course, in particular, we’re looking at sleep and its relationship to to how your fertility health functions.

And, as I say, here on the on the slide points: sleep is run by hormones, and vice versa, hormones are run by sleep. So the point I mean there is (I apologize for the background noise, I hope that’s not overtaking my voice on your end. But), when you look at our connection to nature in terms of day and night, sunlight versus moonlight, the bright time of the day and the darker time of night, and how our skin ticking in the light, all the all the different light receptors we have – all these signals really trigger our different phases of our day, run by different hormones coming on or tapering off at the different times of day and night. All of that really gives our body the signal, “Oh, the sun is up, it’s time to wake up.” or “Oh, the sun’s gone down, the moon is out. Time to go to sleep.” That’s really the hormone dialogue that’s happening as we go through the day.

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And that’s all well and good in the state of nature. When we don’t have electricity, we didn’t have light bulbs, our bodies naturally told us when to go to sleep. But now that we have these screens and electric lights and overhead lights and our houses are all lit up. The problem with that lifestyle is that we end up in what the author T.S. Wiley called a state of “perpetual summer”. Where our body never thinks it’s time to go to sleep.

Now, that’s bad for a number of reasons. I mean, sleep is necessary for all parts of our health. But especially on our quest for fertility, we need that more natural day-and-night sleep rhythm, and therefore the natural hormonal rhythm, so that the fertility part of our whole hormonal rhythm isn’t getting thrown out of whack as well. So anyways, I’m really simplifying this. But the basic point here is you really want to recraft your lifestyle, your house, the lighting and everything. So that when it gets into evening time, you want to start really really toning down the lights. Not having these strong overhead lights using maybe a more subdued side table lamps, things like that. Even getting to candlelight, if you can tolerate that.

And, especially, if you can put down the phones, put down the screens, at least an hour (if not two) before bedtime, you can really start getting your body and all the light signals to really start helping you transition to more the deeper sleep you really want to be getting into. So I’m giving you the simplified version, but I think it’s still helpful to understand at least that much.

Step 7 is all about, well, going on from sleeping in daylight and sunlight and moonlight and everything, let’s look even more specifically at the benefits of sunlight. How we actually generate vitamin D when our skin is exposed to sunlight.

Now, when we’re in a situation where we don’t have a lot of natural sunlight (for example, in the natural time of winter, when we have shorter days, longer, darker nights), that’s when a supplement becomes more necessary. And it’s usually one of the necessary wintertime supplements. But assuming we have a healthy sun exposure through the the sun and the brighter times of the year, you want as much of your skin exposed for at least about 20 to 30 minutes a day. And ideally, not in the high noon, not in the most dangerous part of the sun exposure. But when it’s the sun is more closer to the horizon at the beginning and end of the day, that’s when you get this more gentle but still nourishing version of the sun.

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So I’ll leave that at that – you have natural sun exposure, you have vitamin D supplements when you need. And this is a super important topic we go into a lot more detail in the book. But if you can even begin to incorporate the importance of sunlight, the importance of vitamin D. And, as I say here, the vitamin D is so important. Generally, it’s a deficiency. A lot of people are very deficient in vitamin D. But that being said, we still have to be careful if you’re supplementing. It can become an overdose simply because vitamin D is one of the fat-soluble vitamins. And, that being said, as part of your annual physical with your doctor, you just want to ask for that in your blood test just to make sure your vitamin D levels are in the proper range, and they’re not going over. Now, as I say, most people are going to be way under, but you just want to have that precaution – that you’re not going to push yourself into the overdose range, which is not good for other reasons as well.

And getting to Step 8, “Are we doing it right?” (Or, “Where do babies come from, really?”)

So, of course, we all know where babies come from. From the mechanical point of view, we know we got that from grade six Health class – how the sperm meets the egg and all the things that lead up to the sperm meeting the egg. I hope I don’t have to explain those things to you.

But the biggest, I think, revelation (or important point) in this part of the book is (especially when we get into fertility, this has many other health benefits), but we’ve really learned over the years through our studies and our personal practice as well, we can really talk about two forms of sexuality – two ways of having sex.

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Number one, what I’m calling “reproductive “; number two, what I’m calling “regenerative”.

And the number one is what you would want to apply during the the fertile times of the month – when the ovulation signals and the hormonal signals and everything. You want to time that for when you’re actively trying to make a baby. But then, when that fertility window closes the rest of the month, you want to get into what I’m calling regenerative sex. And I’ll put it extremely briefly; there’s a lot more detail. We would have to unpack and that’s all in the book again.

But the basic idea, when it comes to the man and the woman, and what’s going on as far as the exchange going on between them, the number one (the reproductive kind of sex), of course, is all about that – sperm being released, entering the woman and going off to meet the egg, that’s one thing. But in the number two (the regenerative sex), it’s a whole other approach.

It is more of an energetic approach where that’s completely not the focus. In fact, the whole technique is really about preserving. Meaning, preserving the male (preserving the man) from having that release. So that instead, between the couple, although bio energy and the emotional energy can actually be circulated between the two, and it’s a much higher pleasure. It’s a much more expensive and energetic form. And it can be very healing to the emotional level of the relationship, individually can be very healing to the organ functions, the kidney and the whole reproductive tract. It can just be a very regenerative, very healing energy.

So as I say, we go into a lot more of the how to’s in the book. But I just want to at least open up the topic here. So you realize that we’ve seen in our work with fertility couples and all the rest, this is actually one of those factors that supercharges a lot of the other things we put in place with nutrition and everything else we’ve talked about. So again, that’s a really kind of lightning tour of that topic, but just put that in the back of your mind. That is something to bring into your fertility practice as well.

Summary

So just to summarize it all, the best places to start, first of all, follow all of the action steps that I outlined above. I also mentioned above, use our Fertility Scorecard at arcanum.ca/fertilityscore. And if, depending on any of the steps we talked about, where sometimes there’s more challenges, there’s other deeper blockages to the to the to the fertility. Sometimes things can come through the family tree as far as certain predispositions to infertility, certain certain things like that. That’s where you will want to turn to us and go more into one or more fertility sessions with us where we can use the the homeopathic side of things to really unblock a lot of more of that inherited side, or even some of the more deeply embedded emotional shocks or traumas, any stresses like that. That’s where we can get more into a deeper fertility treatment on that side.

Questions and Answers

So let me turn back to the camera now. As I said earlier, if you have any questions, you can enter them to the comment box. Let me bring myself back up here. And I think there’s some already some questions entered here. Okay, just some people saying they see me and hear me. That’s when we had the technical trouble a few minutes ago. But yeah, please go ahead if you want to go more depth into anything, any of these points, or even something you may have thought I was going to go into, but that wasn’t in the presentation today. I’m happy to take any questions at this point. I’ll leave this session open for at least a couple of minutes if you’re thinking or if you’re typing. But yeah, otherwise, that’s the end of the formal part of my presentation. At this point, I’ll thank you for joining me. It’s always nice to have someone to talk to rather than talking to my other hand or something, or talking to the mirror that gets lonely after a while. But I’ll leave it open for another minute or so.

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And yeah, we do have a question here. Yes, so the question is on the dosage of vitamin D. And the general answer I give, a lot of it is going to be dependent on, very individual. Like someone’s individual health history, even some basic factors of how well somebody can metabolize, their food in general, supplements in general, like that. That’s one question; just as an example of a lot of the individual factors. But as specific as I can get to your question on how much vitamin D to take. In general, you can look at whatever your brand of vitamin D3 is that you bought. In general, you can go, I’d say, even like two or three times as high as what’s written on the bottle. Adjust to somewhere in there as a starting point.

But again, depending on other individual factors, if you have, as I said, other metabolic deficiencies, you don’t digest well, you don’t metabolize well, or even other, like when I mentioned a moment ago, other kinds of stresses, or emotional blockages, all these things can change how much vitamin D someone needs to take to get how much they need. So as I say, I’m giving you a very, very rough guideline, not to be evasive or whatever. But just to say, it tends to be more than what’s written on the bottle. That tends to be very conservative. But how much for a given person, we can adjust to as at least twice as much, not three times as much. If not even more than doubling or tripling when you get into some of the other individual factors. So that’s the best general answer I can give to that. But I’ll leave that at that. And hopefully, that gives you a beginning indication.

Okay, so I have been bringing this other question up. Yes. So the simple answer is yes. The question is, “In drinking the Sole Brine, is it okay to take a shot of the Sole and then wash it down with a large glass of water?” Absolutely. It’s not like you need that concentrated amount to have an effect on its own. But it’s really about – it’s kind of priming the pump, like you’re really getting that amount of minerals into your system from that shot of Solé. And yeah, it doesn’t matter if you have a further glass of water. That’s perfectly fine.

Will this be available to watch as a replay?

Yes, simple question. This will be available as a replay. You can go back to if you’re watching this on Facebook in the same place you found it or on YouTube. And even better, there’s going to be an even better replay in a few days – not just the video, but I’m going to take all the the spoken word I did. And that’s going to be turned into a text. And we’ll format that as a full written out blog post. So you’ll get like for some people are more visual reading learners. So you’ll even get the full benefits of that. So yes, and yes, there’s going to be a replay and there’s going to be an even enhanced replay beyond that.

Okay, so I think that is the end of the questions. Or maybe wait two shakes of a lamb’s tail more, in case someone is typing right now. But I do, again, thank you. And yeah, do keep an eye out for that more enhanced replay. That’s going to come with the blog post. And, as I said earlier, I do anticipate I’ll be doing further expanded topics like the Step 3, on nutrition. That’s a whole world of things to talk about all on its own. But each of the chapters on its own is probably worthy of a slightly more expanded topic as well. So we’ll see which ones we pick up. And again, I thank you and I will see you in the next broadcast. Take care everyone!

Upping Your Immune Function During an Epidemic

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Laini:
Okay. So, welcome everybody. This is Laini. And I have the really distinct honor of speaking with Allyson McQuinn today, she said yes. Allyson is one of my personal friends and heroes. And I’m gonna give her just a moment to introduce herself. But this is a part of the mental health series that I have committed to recording and sharing with our community. Allyson is not coming at the mental health awareness from a psychology perspective, although there’s a lot of psychology involved. But she’s coming at it from a very wholistic perspective. And I think that what she has to offer in terms of staying healthy right now in a time of uncertainty is going to be so helpful to our community. So, welcome Allyson. Can you just share briefly your background? And talk a little bit about your approach to health and wellness.

Allyson McQuinn:
With pleasure. Thank you so much, Laini, for inviting me. It’s always such a pleasure to hang out with you. My name is Allyson McQuinn. I’m a Doctor of Heilkunst medicine; and that’s just a weird German word that means “the whole art of healing and curing”. We work mainly in the realm of chronic disease with patients. And as Laini alluded to, it’s not just about the physical level of health, but also the mental and emotional. We take people like onions, and strip the emotional physical shocks and traumas off in the order in which they’ve actually accumulated them during the course of their lives. While doing this, we have a very naturopathic approach as well with regards to supplementation, diet, that kind of thing. So today, we’re going to kind of focus in on that area: as to what you can do to up your immune function, which is really critical, not just at this time, but at all times. So anything that I’m going to say today is something that I would share with patients. We have a blog written on arcanum.ca that is about upping your immune function and those are my speaking notes for today.

Laini:
So we’re going to address the immune system. But before we talk about the physical foods that you can eat and supplements (and stuff like that), can you talk a little bit about how the immune system and mental health sort of work hand in hand? And that way, it’ll sort of give the foundation for the importance of addressing this from that perspective.

Allyson McQuinn:
Yeah. We talk about certain viruses, and viruses are opportunistic. Whereas things more like chickenpox or measles are more natural diseases. So for example, 80% of the population carry streptococcus in their bodies. It’s there all the time. We call it an opportunistic bacteria. And it’s waiting for the opportunity for you to create enough stress in your environment for it to activate symptoms. See, everybody in the material realm really thinks, “Oh, it’s a symptom. Now I have the disease.” It’s like, no, no, no, no. No, you actually have to create the conditions right. And if you study germ theory versus (inaudible), you realize that Pasteur on his (inaudible), actually went, “Oh my god, guys, I’m really sorry. I buttered up. Oh, I’ve misled you. And I had a really good marketing team.” And so yeah, this is what’s come out as the as the prevalent idea. Well, Antoine Béchamp, who actually was a colleague of Pasteur said, “You actually have to create the conditions right.” I was speaking about this with somebody even yesterday. I said, “You know, a child in a classroom that gets chickenpox, for example, isn’t necessarily subject to the germ theory. The idea being is that there’s going to be 80% or 50% of those kids that never get chickenpox.” Why is that? And we also know that kids that don’t have active symptoms, doesn’t mean they haven’t had the disease. We know people that have been tested for titers for diseases that they as children actually had, but never had symptoms. So the idea of being is that we want to really create the health and robust state of mind where we kind of have like the proverbial blood on our doors, it’s gonna pass you by. Right? Because you don’t have the state of mind that creates a resonance with that particular virus or disease matrix. So how to do that? Well up your health on the physical level, but also up your health on the mental and emotional level as well.

Laini:
And how do we do this?

Allyson McQuinn:
Yeah. Good question. So I must say it’s interesting. Because when I listen to my patients, and the ones that have been working with us for quite a number of months, I offer them any kind of immunization they would like. Homeoprophylaxis is something we’ve been doing for hundreds of years. If you think about it, the vaccines are actually based on homeopathic law – “like cures like”. The problem with the vaccines, though, is you’ve got 19 chemicals and adjuvants. And while that can… if you have the strength to withstand that, go for it. But I offer patients homeoprophylaxis. Those who have been working with us for a while are like, “Ally I got this. I don’t even need it. It’s not not a thing for me. I don’t feel any resonance. I am outdoors, lots of really good diet, state of mind, it’s not…” But those patients that we start to work with in the early times, especially people that have been in the allopathic matrix, they’re like, “Yeah, bring it on. Give me everything.” The idea being is that “bring me what you have from the outside of myself”. And in health, we work more from an inside out state of being. Right? There’s no magic bullet for health. Health is lifelong immunity; just like lifelong learning.

Laini:
I love how those two things tie together. So in terms of (I know you wrote an article about this and we’ll share that in the links) but could you give some high level sort of immune boosting tips for maybe supplements and food?

Allyson McQuinn:
Yeah. So up your D; get out in the sun. I don’t have any tan lines. But I have a lot of (inaudible). Just the kind of gal I am. Yeah. And up your vitamin C. So I’m making a great big pot of jamaica tea every morning. Really, really… And you can sweeten it with a little bit of honey. These are the leaves of the jamaica hibiscus tree. They’re beautiful to drink; extremely high in vitamin C. I sweeten mine with a little bit of xylitol which is sweetener from the bark of the birch tree. The reason being is I don’t want the high glycemic index in my particular diet. The other thing I do when I land in wherever it is I’m staying – Canada, Mexico, Guatemala, wherever it is that I happen to be – I will start to ferment anything that doesn’t move. So my husband always jokes he has to stay out of the kitchen because chances are he’ll be put in a jar if I get ahold of him. So what I do is I take cabbage and I cut it up (sometimes I like carrot; red onion is really juicy in that combination), and I will also do it with a bit of hot peppers, jalapenos. You don’t taste the hot peppers. They’re not hot after you ferment them. So just even my kids love that. And then you just add a brine of kosher salt or sea salt (Himalayan salt I use sometimes), depends on what you have. And water – it’s about two tablespoons of kosher salt per liter of water. I apologize. I was raised not in the imperial system. So you may have to do a Google search on that. What you want to do really is create a very high level of probiotics. In the body, we know, there’s death forces and enlivening forces. You want to load heavy on the enlivening forces in your body at all times, especially when something like a scourge or a disease matrix is in our midst.

Laini:
Let me interrupt real fast. Somebody’s watching and they’re asking about zinc.

Allyson McQuinn:
Yeah, that’s the other thing I was going to mention. And again, zinc is something that the physical body no longer produces on its own (same with vitamin D). So these are things you want to make sure that you’re supplementing regularly with. If you can’t get natural vitamin D, then you will actually want to supplement with it – about 3000 to 4000 IU for an adult 1000 IU for a baby. So the other idea is zinc. It is very highly, I mean, the first defense to anything that’s coming in in your midst is actually at the level of your tonsils. Zinc is very helpful. Some people will also supplement with nascent iodine. And again, if you have access to these things and can order them from Amazon, wonderful. Nascent iodine is very helpful because we’re exposed to so much radiation from computers and phones and such. So that would be three to four drops of nascent iodine. Zinc, just follow the recommendations on the bottle.
The other thing that we do recommend is vitamin E to restore any tissue damage in the body as well, also very helpful. Cod liver oil, high high high in vitamin A. Wonderful for really increasing the immune function. We recommend this very highly in the fall when people are starting to kind of go within or inside. If you are in a quarantine situation, up your cod liver oil and your supplementation. Feed your microbiome because you may not be outside as much as you would like. On that note, do make sure that you get outside as much as you possibly can. I was on a hike with five people yesterday and we practice social distancing. We were all approximately six feet away from each other. But we had an amazing hike up into the mountains. I can’t even tell you what that did for my state of mind. So I’m really practice… There’s great YouTube videos on for… I follow yoga with Adriene from for the last seven years. I have a yoga mat wherever I live, and I just pull it out and do my yoga practice. Pace is amazing, weight bearing exercises of all kinds, right for your typology. So just quickly go over that.
With regards to your blood type, this is really important because certain foods act like poisons in your blood. If you’re an “A” blood type, you actually are Asian by blood. You do very well with high vegetable, lower meat content and no red meat. So you do very well with chicken, turkey, a lot of vegetables in your diet. The exercise that’s best for you is yoga, Qigong, Tai Chi, these kinds of things; not robust or heavily laden on cardio, very hard on your endocrine system and will blow really your adrenals very quickly. So this is really important. You can get more information from us. We’ll actually send out blood type diet for highly optimal foods, neutral foods and then avoid foods. All blood types do very well with bone broth, red meat, elk, bison, buffalo – things that are not as readily available in North American diet. The idea being is that you really need to fortify the iron levels in your body, for example. They also do very well with high vegetables. Knock the sugar and grains out of your diet, please, please, please. Sprouted grains are okay like Ezekiel bread, for example. Ferment your bread; sourdough bread is a fermented bread. Knock all other grains, processed wheat out of your diet, refined sugar. If you’re going to eat chocolate, makes sure it’s the good chocolate that is made from cocoa nibs. Not the other things that the big companies would like you to think are chocolate, which are just the husks from the pod. The other thing is “B” blood types do very well with a European diet or European by blood. So what would a European eat in the afternoon? Well, they do very well with a Ploughman’s lunch. So lamb, turkey, anything that actually comes from organ meat – really positive B’s. Need to do this; really important for upping their immune function. “AB’s” are a combination between the Asian and European diet. They’re only 4% of the population. But again, just lots of vegetables. 75% of every human being’s diet should be vegetables; and the rest, low amounts of carbs, meat, seeds, nuts – which are brilliant as well for helping you stay whole and healthy.

Laini:
So what can you say to families that are now quarantined that are together? And they’re dealing with immune system issues and anxiety issues, especially with children – and those things are raising. Are there any specific practices or supplements or sort of foods that you can focus on for these times, especially with children?

Allyson McQuinn:
Yeah, very well said. Anything that I have recommended has already been what we call the “sustenative side of your generative power”, big honkin words. That means you have two sides of your health. One is what you can do on the vitamin therapy, healthy diet, (which we’ve just talked about) exercise. These are what we call the naturopathic approaches to keeping your ground substance really healthy. That’s the organismal level of your biology. If we have engendered a mental or emotional or physical disease matrix, it’s a bit like a pregnancy. It’s very hard to become unpregnant. And no matter how much vitamin C you take, you’re still going to be pregnant. Right? It’s a truth. We just know this instinctually. That’s where we come in as Heilkunst physicians is to help people that are really struggling on that level. And we’re booked about four to six weeks out for this very reason. It is because people are having a real hard time; they’re really struggling. A lot of what happens in times of stress is a lot of our childhood issues come up. And for me, I know this. My mother committed suicide when I was eight years old, my father died of a heart attack when I was 17. I was the most frightened person on this earth from my teens, to my 30s. Before I found this system of medicine, you would probably wouldn’t recognize me. I had chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, Guillain Epstein Barr virus, in bed five days a week, every month, horrible menstrual issues, covered in psoriasis all over my scalp. So I was one of the sickest people I know. I know what it feels like now to be 57 years of age and the healthiest I’ve ever been. Like I run the hills yesterday, I did. God I think it was 12 miles and I don’t even think about it, you know, hiking. Because I’ve had to work to buy back my physical and mental emotional health. That’s really what I do, I help people find that for themselves through Heilkunst principles which are homeopathic.

Laini:
So just sort of reiterate what you’re saying. You’re saying emotional trauma can be stored in the body and affects the body. And for those of us that are dealing with or have dealt with or will be dealing with our childhood traumas, that’s a long term sort of path to healing. What about right now not creating more trauma for ourselves and for our children? Can you give your thoughts on that and how to move through this fear and isolation in a very healthy way?

Allyson McQuinn:
Yeah. It’s not an easy question, Laini. Honestly. I mean, if you think about it, I hiked with two people yesterday that were paralyzed with fear. I mean, covering themselves constantly and not just the masks but also the lots of sunscreen, suffering allergies and such. It’s a bit like if you think about a herd (herd of lions), the lionesses go out at night. And what they’re looking for in the antelope herd is the weakest link, the link that is most terrified, that’s been fight-flight. The idea being is that if that weakest link because of the state of mind because of age, because of feeling paralyzed with fear actually knocks your immune function down considerably more than you might even realize, that people feel prey or have unresolved anger. That’s a state of victimization, right? And over time, that causes us to be a weaker link. I know because I suffered that. In a way where I really thought that it was just a matter of time before I would be exiting this earth plane. So the idea being is that yes, you can build your immune function on the physical level. Absolutely. But it’s interesting because when we’ve done live blood analysis with certain people, we have found that the terror of childhood (what is still there), when you take away the vitamin therapy, they’re actually quite weak. Their iron levels cannot be maintained. Iron being inner light metabolism. If you strike anvil, it sparks – it creates light. Well, your job as a human being is to metabolize light. Right? But if your light has dimmed because of fear or bad regimen over the past 5, 10 or 15, 20 years, you’re right, it’s not a quick fix. Saying, “Oh, my state of mind is really positive, it’s best. I can meditate yet. But if I have a shadow side that unexhumed, I’m going to be a weaker link in my herd.” It just is what it is. Yeah, I wish it were different. But, after 25 years of buying back my own health and doing this for hundreds of (or thousands of) patients around the world internationally, it just hard to change your state of mind.

Laini:
From one of the the real world (inaudible) who are watching now, there’s a comment (a question). It’s from Sarah. She writes, “I suspect that these times of quiet and going inward if we open ourselves up to this, we will see many people revisit childhood trauma.” And she says, “I wonder though if they might not recognize it if they’re not used to a slower quieter life. What can be done to help those people?”

Allyson McQuinn:
Yes. That’s a great question. We’ve written blog articles on busyness as your drug of choice. People have used it, even in the health field, as their drug of choice. Because if we’re busy, we have the illusion. And especially, the intellect loves busyness. It takes, “As long as I’m productive and taking things off the list, then I’m doing great.” But that’s a measure again from the outside in. So I love this question. Busyness is a measurement from the outside in of my productivity, that I am being a viable human. The thing is that in utter stillness, with just breath in my lungs, thoughts in my mind, do I know that my value is even greater in those moments? Then taking shit off a list. I mean, seriously. And so it’s going to scare the living daylights out of a lot of people to suddenly go within. I’ve meditated for 45 years since I was a competitive swimmer as a kid. I wouldn’t choose to live without that really in my life, because it’s going to come to as a shock to many people who suddenly are at home with their kids. There’s going to be a lot of volatility. I mean, it’s hilarious. My husband sent me a meme this morning, he said, “Two weeks after quarantine.” Ethel is knitting a new thing for her husband. It’s a noose. So yes, it can get very spicy when all of a sudden you’re with your kids 24/7, and with yourself 24/7, or with your spouse.
The idea being Is that get a punching bag, I always say, express your anger in a healthy way, not on your beloved people. I have a doctor I’ve supported for many years as her physician. And she goes home, swears, curses, hits that punching bag for all it’s worth, get the anger out. I took a broom up to an oak tree in the backyard for years just to get the rage and the anger out of being frustrated of suffering tyranny that was perceived (or imagined, it doesn’t matter). I yelled obscenities up into the rafters of my barn for years as part of my therapy. Really important: express it, get it out, but not on your beloved family.
The other thing too is really gravitate to those who give you energy. Up your scenic index mentally and emotionally. Really surround yourself with people. My colleagues are amazing human beings. We boister each other up all the time mentally. Listen to music. Music that are binaural beats on YouTube are great. If you have a headache or you’re feeling depressed, binaural beats are a great way of using resonance to up your state of mind into a more positive way of thinking. Positive affirmations; we put out memes on our arcanum.ca on Facebook and Instagram all over the place. We don’t even mention the c-word because we’re all about creating more positivity in the world. And really dig into what is the true reality for you. Where is this all coming from? What is it they want you to think? And how can you bolster your state of mind, really in opposition to that?

Laini:
You know, this makes me think of (I can’t think of the name of) that pyramid of needs, (guy’s name starts with an M) but he places “love” and “belonging” on the same level. And to me that’s so powerful because it reminds me that the connectedness with one another. And if right now during isolation, the only way we can remain connected in our all of our craziness and our processing and all of that, we stay connected through community. That to me is the the one saving grace that we can look at. Do you have any thoughts about other sort of strategies that we can do right now, today?

Allyson McQuinn:
I think the lovely thing too, that you just mentioned. My husband and I were both doing PhDs. We ran a farm of 36 animals. We ran a camp on the farm for unschoolers and Waldorf kids and self educated kids at home, and it was tough. Like, Laini, I gotta tell you. There were times, financially, I was just like, “Oh, boy. Are we going to be able to put anything into the crock pot this week?” It was scary at times. And it was really important for me not to transfer that on to my babes or to create a rift with my husband. It was really important to me that we cultivate a love relationship, nurturance, intimacy, touch, really, really important. My kids and I had this thing that we always do. We’d like to beeswax candles and I’d say ,”Ten minutes we’re in the big bed.” And big bed was the code for that’s where we would all get to cuddle. Everybody got to bring their own books, including me. I would bring something then read about passage from it that meant a lot to me or something I had discovered that week or that day. Kids always brought the same books over and over again, and that is what they loved. And what they wanted is that sense of rhythm. And that’s really important. As physicians formally of three Waldorf schools in Canada, rhythm is really important. That to have kind of a daily rhythm that maybe you’ve not explored before. That approximately 10 o’clock every day we all go out for a walk or to explore the creek that’s now running that was frozen before. To really kind of notice what is nature; how she expressing herself right now today. To make paper stars with kids that cover the windows to felted animals (felted little you know). Just to get basic crafts supplies, even while you’re on the road and traveling, to do felting together. Sometimes just to get lost and finger knitting together for hours. Make a rug out of that finger. These are the things that children really love to engage with. “What are you doing?” “Can I do it too?” That’s really the questions. And of course, cooking, for example, can be an amazing thing. That’s a win-win for the whole family but it’s an opportunity really just to be together. Sunday evenings at our house was cooking night. So even the two-year old had a dull knife and a carrot. Because people want to feel part of a community.
Where this is all going, as we know, there’s going to be a huge ascension around 2035. And this is a an ascension not on a religious level, but of a Christ-consciousness in all of us. What that means is that peer to peer engagement, supporting our businesses with each other, trading, bartering, taking it down away from the elite and what they would like us to think is our only means of finance or economics. This is a grand opportunity that we’re all extremely excited about. Because we’re going to come back down to the essence of our grassroots – communication and love for humanity and each other. And this is the opportunity, really, to start to create this web now. And world schoolers are amazing at this. Amazing. I mean, they trade their homes, they trade resources, they trade already on the basis of business. It’s amazing, amazing. So you are starting a very small ripple in a very large pond that is going to change the whole of really relational meaning to each other out of love.

Laini:
We just got to get through these next few weeks together, but we got this guys. Thank you so much, Allyson, for your time. And I’m going to have you put all of your links in the link to the article in this thread. And I’m going to move also everything over to the mental health thread as well. I am so grateful.

Allyson McQuinn:
Such my pleasure. And we’ve gone a great score of things on epidemics and how we treat those. And so yeah, we’ve got this guys. Nothing to worry about. Thumbs up on all levels.

Laini:
Thank you darling. Much love to you up in northern Mexico.

Allyson McQuinn:
Yeah, you in southern (inaudible). Bye

Myths about homeopathy – exposing those who think it is “evidence-based medicine”

Video Transcription

Jeff Korentayer:
I just want to grab a few minutes, I just have a few minutes to spare right now. I became aware of this video on YouTube and I just want to play it. I want to walk through it with you because it illustrates one of the greatest myths that’s out there about homeopathy. And I hope we can use this time profitably, just to set things straight, and get our own thinking straight, about what homeopathy is and where it belongs in the grand history of medicine. So let me just go to the video. Let’s give the video a chance to talk and we will pause and make comments as we go through.

Mani Norland:
I grew up with homeopathy all around me. My father, Misha Norland, is one of the best known homeopaths in the UK. And when I was very young, I had eczema and he treated it successfully with homeopathy. He then went on to open the School of Homeopathy, which I’m now principal at. And I run that school now.

Jeff Korentayer:
Okay. So far, so good. But I’m just gonna drop a little hint here. That when he talks about his personal history and that success story he had of treating the eczema as a child, that’s all well and good. I’m not going to quibble with that. But we’ll see there’s a kind of a running theme. We’re going to notice as we get to the end of this video that he talks about homeopathy, exclusively, in the realm of treating symptoms. And as I say, we will have more to say about that in a couple of minutes.

Mani Norland:
“Homeopathy is a system of natural medicine. It’s evidence-based medicine and it works on the principles of ‘like cures like’.”

Jeff Korentayer:
Okay, I’m gonna cut him off there again. I’m gonna drop another hint. He does correctly identify as a principle of “like cures like”. But what I want to take issue with, in fact very huge issue, with him categorizing homeopathy as “evidence-based medicine”. So just tuck that behind your ear. We will come back to that point again as we get towards the conclusion of this video.

Mani Norland:
“What’s in line with the laws of nature with your immune system to bring about.”

Jeff Korentayer:
Again, I’ll make a quick little comment there. I may be splitting hairs here, but I think it’s part of the spirit of really understanding the error of this. What he’s saying in this video, when he talks about the laws of nature, “like cures like”, working with your immune system to affect the cure, the hairsplitting I would do here – that’s a very misleading way of portraying it. In other words, he’s portraying an idea that somehow, the homeopathic remedy will stimulate the person’s immune system. And that through the person’s immune system, the cure will be conducted. Where, in fact, a more precise understanding leads us to understand that it’s very directly the remedy through the law of similars or “like cures like”. The remedy meeting the disease in the person is where the cure is effected. And then it’s the healing afterwards which is the responsibility of the so-called immune system. Anyways, to say I am splitting hairs here a little bit. But I think it’s important with the point we want to get to with analyzing this video.

Mani Norland:
“Conventional medicine tends to be much more symptom-led. So you would go to see your doctor because you have a rash on your arm. And then the doctor would maybe prescribe a steroid cream that you would put on that rash. A homeopath wants to understand why you got the rash – what was the stress on the organism that caused the rash. And they would look to understand what that was, and then bring the healing about from the inside out. And thereby helping the rash from the inside.”

Jeff Korentayer:
Again, he’s saying some true things, but some things I want to point out a little bit. He does criticize allopathy for only being symptom-focused. But if you watch through this entire video from beginning to end, he only talks about homeopathy on the basis of symptoms. So again, I may be overly critical. Maybe we could find him talking about homeopathy in other ways he did. For example, even in this little blurb here, he did talk about the homeopath looking for the cause, which is a true enough sentiment. But I don’t see how he’s fleshing that out in a true way with the principles that we’re trying to unleash here. So let’s get back to the video.

Mani Norland:
“Almost anything you take to your GP you can take to a homeopath. So yes, of course, it can deal with the aches, pains, the bumps and bruises, the diarrhea, the coughs, the colds, the flu, and the small child’s diseases. But actually it works with much more serious disease as well. We don’t see so much of that here in the UK, but abroad you see a lot of that. But where homeopathy has really earned its laurels in the UK, if you like, is through mental and emotional disease. So, perhaps things that conventional medicine (modern medicine) really struggles with. But you don’t want to be put on antidepressants. Nobody does. But there’s a lot of mental and emotional disease around. And that’s where homeopathy really is good – for those types of ailments, as well as the bigger physical ailments as well.”

Jeff Korentayer:
Again, he’s touching on something that’s true enough. As far as how homeopathy is taken up with the mental and emotional diseases. But again, the running subtext here is that he’s only defining disease and defining treatment, and all the rest of it purely on the basis of symptoms. So let’s get back to it.

Mani Norland:
“In the UK, there are a handful of critics, skeptics, that seem to have made it their business to criticize homeopathy. And they are very vocal and very good at getting headlines. And homeopaths aren’t in the business of marketing and communicating and PR. Homeopaths are in the business of patient care and health. And so we have not been fantastic at responding to these criticisms. And it’s something that we have to get better at. But unfortunately, you know, it does feel like a bit of a distraction, because it’s taking you away from the important work of looking after patients. And things that we get criticized on, most of all, are the ultra dilutions in homeopathy. And these are hard to understand, because science doesn’t understand ultra dilutions. But then science doesn’t understand a lot of the natural world that we see about us. In fact …”

Jeff Korentayer:
Well, I’ll just quickly interrupt him again here. I like a lot of what he said in that little passage. Basically, the skeptics are making a lot of noise, but we’re busy. We’re basically just trying to help people and get on with business. All well and good. Now again, when he’s talking about the criticism of the ultra dilutions (the so called ultra dilutions of homeopathy), he doesn’t really come to answer to this. But again, this can be the topic of a whole separate video that I can do. But really understanding, getting really to the foundational way of understanding physics in a way that really reveals how it is – that a homeopathic medicine can work the way it does – can kind of transmit that additional information in ways that will be taking us way off course from this video. But again, I do want to applaud part of what he’s saying here. Just leave people alone, leave them to engage with their work, engage with the true things in this world. But again, this of course, is what I’m criticizing him in this video is he is off track for the true principles of homeopathy. That’s what I want to stick to in this video today. So let’s get back to him.

Mani Norland:
“…there is a chart that the British Medical Association produces every year and the most recent chart shows that 51% of drugs given out on The NHS have no known effectiveness – 51%. So, to say that we don’t fully understand homeopathy, we don’t fully understand most of the drugs that we’re using with conventional medicine. So I think there is a place to educate and to bring people up to speed with what homeopathy is and how it works. But what we do know about homeopathy is that it does work. Because we see the results, we see people getting better. And not just one or two, we see millions of people getting better around the world all the time.”

Jeff Korentayer:
Okay, again, that’s all well and good. And I applaud that as well – actually seeing the evidence, seeing the results. But the subtext underneath all of this, the main point I really want to bring out about this video and about how we really want to think about homeopathy, is that… Let me back up a bit here. So what he’s saying sounds reasonable, sounds intelligent, and all the rest of it. But when we look back at the history, the long deep history of medicine, back into the long history of philosophy, the history of science, the history of medicine… If you know a little bit of the basic branches of philosophy, the branch known as “epistemology”, that’s the part of philosophy, as well as science, which is all based on the ideas of how we come to have knowledge, what is the capacity of the human being to know certain things, or are there some things that are knowable to us and some that are not.

Anyways, there’s a very big discussion about all that. But just to give us a basic historical context here, that branch of philosophy, known as epistemology, has a major division historically between what’s called the “rational understanding” and the “empirical understanding” of where knowledge come from; or in other words, what are called the “rationalists” and “empiricists”. And this whole language, this whole concept about homeopathy, he’s placing firmly in that camp of empiricism. Well, it’s what he calls evidence-based medicine.

And that side of knowledge, that side of human knowledge, what’s called empiricism as we’re saying, by definition is based on only what we can acquire in terms of our senses – we see things, we smell things, we come to know things just by our direct experience of them. And that’s fair enough, I understand that. But to understand Hahnemann and Heilkunst and his system of medicine, it firmly sits in the rationalist stream of medicine. And what that stream says is that to understand how to, first of all, how to diagnose someone, but then which medicine to give to them. Hahnemann’s system, especially if you look at his writings from about 1790-1796, you can watch him historically make this discovery for himself that he landed firmly in this camp of rational medicine.

In other words, once you understand the principle (and this video did speak to that) that principle of “like cures like”, but in the video he did not ground that in the rationalist stream of medicine. He grounded it in the empiricists. So, in other words, what Hahnemann came to understand was once you understand that as a rational principle, that we can apply based on the workings of nature and so on, that principle of similarity, you can always have definite knowledge. You can be assured of your knowledge that when you properly identify the disease, how it expresses, and identify what that medicine is based on that rational principle, similars, that is what makes the whole the whole system of Heilkunst Medicine unique and special.

Now, I know he plays a lot of lip service. I’m kind of guessing a lot of his narrative, a lot of his thinking, it’s almost like he’s trying to justify homeopathy in terms of allopathic medicine. He’s trying to make homeopathy and Heilkunst (he doesn’t have the concept of Heilkunst), but he’s trying to make Hahnemann’s system fit in to allopathy rather than realized they are on two different streams – like two different train tracks. And they are never going to meet no matter how many trials are done, or experiments with this remedy, that remedy, whatever. You’re never going to find this fundamental thinking about science and medicine that’s going to converge in these two systems.

So anyways, that’s about the time I have for today. But I hope I made the point clear enough. And I hope you get something out of this. And I hope, as I say, you take this forward with you. Well, either in your own thinking – when you’re thinking about homeopathy, how remedies work, how different treatments work and so on. That you just bear this framework in the back of your mind, between rational realism and empiricism. And I think it will help you illuminate a lot of places where otherwise people can get confused. So I will see you in the next video. As always, if you have any questions, please feel free to type them in the comments below. I will get them. I’ll get to them in a future video and I will be seeing you soon.

The “Generative Power” of Heilkunst medicine

Video Transcription

Jeff Korentayer:

This video is part of a series on the broad question of “how diagnosis works in Heilkunst medicine”. And the topic of this video is on the particular concept of the Generative Power. So I will just turn to my slideshow in just a second. And I’ll just remind you that you can type your question in the comment box below – whether directly about what I’m talking about in this video, or if it’s a question you’d like answered in a future video.

Just getting up my slideshow here. Pardon the pause, just pressing the right button here. There we go.

So as I said, this video is part of our series on the concept of how diagnosis works in Heilkunst medicine. And particularly, today, I want to focus in on Dr. Hahnemann’s very unique concept of the Generative Power. So as I say in my subtitle here, it’s “the unique insight that sets Heilkunst apart from the rest of healthcare.” So what makes Heilkunst medicine unique? Normally, people would consider that maybe it has a unique role in the world of natural medicine. But the fact that it is part of the world of natural medicine is actually not the most interesting distinction to make. The Generative Power is Hahnemann’s powerful insight, which sets it apart – both from natural healthcare, as well as conventional. So as you’ll see in a moment, the definition of the generative power is something that you’re not going to find either in the world of natural healthcare or in conventional medicine.

As you may recall from an earlier video, the whole system of Heilkunst medicine is built on all kinds of different dualities or polarities. And just a couple of examples here on this slide to get our minds back into this. The one polarity is diseases of constant nature versus diseases of variable nature. Or, another example would be the use of the intellectual mind (what’s called the “Sinn” in German) versus the emotional mind (or “Gemüt”). And also, human physiology is based on the duality of the human spirits (or the German word “Geist”) versus the instinctual pole (or the “Wesen”).

Now, within the Living Power, every human being is alive and running on the basis of this activity of the living power. And more specifically, it’s not just that. I mean, a lot of people would agree or have a sense of something like that. But what Hahnemann brings to that is a very unique duality within the living power. And that is two German words: Erhaltungskraft and Erzeugungskraft, or we translate as the Sustentive Power and the Generative Power. Now, if you’ve ever heard a homeopath refer to the “vital force” of the human being, then you know that their practice is missing this powerful duality.

So let’s give a little bit more of a definition of the Sustentive Power through some examples.

The first example, “all of the innate processes in the body which strive towards balance, such as temperature regulation” (when you shiver when you’re cold and you’re trying to generate some warmth, or when you start to sweat when you’re hot). That’s the mechanism the body uses to try to cool you down. Second example is “our hormonal rhythms which respond to the changing levels of light in summer versus winter, and which affect our basic patterns of sleep and metabolism”. And the third example of the sustentive power is “natural cravings for foods that are high in the nutrient we are lacking, such as craving citrus fruits when we are lacking in vitamin C”.

Now to give a bit of definition to the Generative Power through some examples.

First, we have “any process in the body which involves the creation of a new cell”, such as “cell division and reproduction”. For example, “the body produces 200 Billion new red blood cells every day!” So every one of those is courtesy of our generative power. Second example is “sexual procreation”. When we make a baby for example, it “isn’t a simple ‘rearrangement’ of existing cells, but the creation of a brand new human being”. And the third example I have here, “thinking a [brand] new, creative thought. The seed of ‘genius’ which everyone possesses and uses whenever we gain a fresh insight into something. [This is] the basis of artistic creation.”

Now to take this a little further, when we look at the generative power, it really helps us further clarify our definition of health. So within our definition of health, we do have a duality. Yet again, another duality. And one side of health is the more well-known term of “homeostasis”. And that’s “the concept for health of the Sustentive Power, [which is] based on the idea of balance or stability. [And] this relates to the idea of ‘Healing’, which is what our innate healing power does when properly supported, and left to its own devices.” The other side of the definition of health, getting more strictly into our concept we’re talking about today, the concept of the generative power, leads us into the idea of “palingenesis”. Now the concept for health based on on palingenesis is the idea of “rebirth” or “regeneration”. And this relates specifically to the concept of ‘Cure’, which belongs to the action of the homeopathic medicine.

So to recap this slide, we have healing which is really an innate part of our life force or healing power. And then the idea of cure, which relates more to this generative power. And that being that when we get a disease, it impregnates into our generative power. And then the homeopathic medicine also kind of reaches into that generative power and helps enact that curative activity.

Now, the difference between “imbalance” or “disease” is another key dimension of diagnosis. And again, having this this nuance between the Sustentive Power and the Generative Power, when you look at the activity of the sustentive power, it is the side of our living power which is prone to imbalance. So like those examples I gave earlier, like vitamin C imbalance or something like that (that’s an example of an imbalance). Versus the Generative Power which is susceptible to actual disease. And as I say here, a disease impregnates into the generative power. So it’s very much like the way we make a baby, you know, through our generative power. Of course, making a baby is a healthy thing, but that generative power may also be susceptible to disease. So when we have a disease in the Heilkunst sense, it’s something more like an impregnation has taken place. Now to give a counter example, I talked here about the example of the allopathic label of “rheumatoid arthritis.” And this is merely “an abstraction”. It “answers neither to identifying the underlying imbalance(s) of the substantive power, nor to the underlying disease(s) of the generative power.” It’s giving us neither of those. So “it is a false diagnosis that gives no insight into how to treat a given case.”

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So that’s just a very quick definition and summary of the generative power. If you have any questions, please type them in the comment box below. And if they relate to this particular question, I will answer it right away. Or I will put it into a future video.

And let me just go back to my camera. I’m sorry, I have to find the right button here. Yep, there I am. So, thank you. Thank you for for joining me on this video. And I will see you in the next one.

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