[This post is from the June 2019 newsletter – click here to read it.]
Detox and you create more space for new life! Antoine Bechamp spoke much about ‘terrain theory’ and how you need to drain the swamp periodically in order to create the conditions ripe for the seeds of new life to be sown. Autoimmune diseases are running rampant and by starting with detoxification, you can give the life force a boost in resources in which to work better on your behalf.
Detoxing from smoking, even if it was 20 years in the past that you did the dirty back in University, or you’re still sneaking the odd one now and again. Smoking cannabis has its own perils including polluting the lungs and suffering feelings of paranoia. Alcohol and coffee, while socially acceptable, aren’t things the body wholly accepts.
The list of toxins goes on to include wheat, refined carbs, sugar and pasteurized milk, without the inherent enzymes in raw milk, it collects as mucus in the system. What about the mercury from those old fillings you used to have? Yup, heavy metals are stored in the cellular memory for decades after removal. How about vaccines? We can go on and on about propylene glycol, aluminum, thimerosal (mercury), formaldehyde, and the DNA from aborted foetuses and animals. Now they’re using mouse brains! Gross!
Addressing constipation and lethargic digestion is another aspect of a principled detoxification. If your system isn’t running optimally, even high octane fuel will get caught in sluggish metabolism. We can help solve this with homeopathic remedies and also rotational fasting which is something that we’ve practiced ourselves for a good number of years now.
If you have no clue where to start, we can help address your issues sequentially in a few visits. Set your targets and contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. You’re just one appointment away from being on the higher road to health.
Twenty years ago, I was suffering the ill-effects of mercury poisoning. I had a mouth full of mercury fillings. I suffered candida (yeast binds to mercury), causing me to crave sugar and chocolate like crazy. As a kid, my mother had the allopathic doctor put me on many rounds of Nystatin and Monostat that did nothing for my suffering. For years, the bouts of vaginal infections and pain became more virulent until there was permanent scarring. Coupled with the rounds of antibiotics for recurrent throat and kidney infections, my immune function was destroyed.
When I came to my own Heilkunst Practitioner, I was sick – really sick. I was exhausted, suffering extreme bouts of bladder, kidney, sinus, and throat infections. I was passing clumps of green and yellow yeast from my body, which was alarming. In addition, I was in bed several days a month, watching Oprah, with chronic fatigue, psoriasis, and muscle fatigue so bad, I could barely lift my head from the pillow. I didn’t know if I was dying, or simply wanted to die.
My Heilkünstler began to clear the traumas of drugs sequentially from my timeline using homeopathic principles, while supporting my system with dropper bottles to combat the yeast. I was prescribed probiotics and chlorella. The latter, I was told, binds to both the mercury and the yeast and pulls it from the body through the liver, and out through the bowels.
If not done properly, it can literally burn the urogenital system, and leave scarring. Detoxing from heavy metals should never be done solo. It can be very dangerous if you don’t have the medical background to support yourself or others if the process derails. This is not a DIY project.
Why Have You Prescribed a Chlorophyll Supplement For Me?
We’re all exposed to mercury. It is everywhere, from adhesives like tape to hemorrhoid creams. Here’s a list of some of the common things exposing you to mercury everyday:
If you have mercury fillings in your mouth, had a vaccine, consumed fish, been around batteries, antiques, thermometers or adhesives, you’ve got mercury in your body, off gassing up to your brain. If you need more proof, here’s a youtube video from the University of Calgary examining this phenomenon and its ill-effects.
Mercury has become one of the greatest contributors of symptoms of our modern times. Like chemical toxicity, heavy metal poisoning can have some very deleterious effects to both your physical and mental state of mind. Review Dr. Henry Clarke’s enormous laundry list of symptoms in his Materia Medica to see if you qualify for a mercury detox just as I did.
Here’s the ‘tl;dr’ version if you’re wanting the shorter version of what symptoms occur from mercury, having built up in your system over time:
digestive stress (difficulty utilizing fats or assimilating your nutrients)
yeast build up (candida)
impaired sugar regulation
infants rejecting the mother’s breast milk
central nervous system issues
Additionally, if you’ve grown up in a mining town or near cement kilns, you could be especially loaded from mercury exposure. We’ve cleared lots of folks exposed to coal-fired power plants, smoke stacks belching mercury particles that rained down on the community where they grew up, as well as kids damaged by their vaccines.
No doubt you’ve heard that fish contains mercury. I address this for myself with regular use of homeopathic remedies. Larger fish like tuna, swordfish, shark, and mackerel can have 10,000 times the levels of mercury (merc.) than the surrounding environment. About 75% of mercury poisoning comes from the fish we eat.
Dental amalgams, as mentioned, are the other major factor for our suffering population. Those composites in your mouth are about 50 percent mercury and the rest are zinc, copper, tin, silver, and other metals. Mercury fillings actually originated during the war of 1812 when soldiers were suffering a severe toothache from cavities with nerves exposed. They sought out this pliable metal to pack in the tooth in the field so that the individual could get back to fighting.
You’d think someone, in the last 200 years, would take a moment and actually test to see if the results of such practices are actually safe? It’s a bizarre fact that dentists receive the mercury composite in containers marked, “Hazardous Material” at their dental office. Also, any amalgam has to be disposed off with great precautions as hazardous waste. Think about it – you paid to have that toxic substance put in your mouth, and even if removed by a biological dentist, you are STILL paying the price for the cellular residue affecting your health.
What Is Chlorella?
Chlorella is a food derived from single-cell freshwater algae, from pristine lakes. It’s been termed a near perfect food and many of us can tout its full range of astounding benefits including:
promoting efficient detoxification by binding to toxins and carrying them safely out of your body (as mentioned above)
chlorophyll helps you process more oxygen
cleansing your blood and promoting the growth and repair of your tissues
helps to rid your body of heavy metal toxins that cause premature aging (consider how much pollution we’re exposed to)
As per Dr. Mercola, “Mice fed methylmercury were given chlorella, and the amount of methylmercury excreted in their urine and feces was approximately twice the amount excreted by mice not treated with chlorella. Methylmercury is a neurotoxic compound widely used in industrial applications. It accumulates in fish, which has led to widespread advisories against fish consumption by pregnant women.”
A study in The Journal of Toxicological Sciences reports: “These results suggest that the intake of [chlorella] may induce the excretion of Hg [mercury] both in feces and urine … The effect of [chlorella] on the tissue mercury accumulation may become evident in a long-term experiment.”
As mentioned, chlorella pulls the mercury and yeast out through the liver, and then out through the bowels and lesser elimination channels. As well as protecting your organs, it also helps to promote cleansing of the blood. You want this metabolic waste dragged out of the body and away from the tissues. It’s a powerful detoxifier and should be used under the counsel of a knowledgeable physician.
Some additional benefits of taking chlorella include:
cleansing the blood and liver and promoting elimination
promotes oxygen processing
helps to obtain optimum blood pressure
supports the removal of molds from your body
helps with the repair of damaged tissue
assists in neutralizing unhealthy exposure to pollution
Beyond healthy detoxification, other benefits of taking chlorella for your health include:
fresh breath from the inside out
reducing risk of cancer
normalizing blood pressure and blood sugar
neutralizing acidity and promoting better alkalinity in your pH
increased focus and energy levels
improving digestion and elimination
improving your immune function
Next, let’s discuss which brands of chlorella are best for you to take. We’ve sussed out brands based on overall quality, purity, and potency.
Which Chlorophyll Supplement Is Best For Me?
Just a quick run-down in case you’ve skipped to this section. Chlorophyll is what makes all life on earth possible. The air we breathe comes from the plant-world and chlorophyll is a key element.
You may have also heard the term ‘chlorella’ to describe chlorophyll, however, they are different. Chlorella is a type of algae and chlorophyll is the substance plants use, along with sunlight, to make their own food. Chlorella is rich in chlorophyll and is used in many ‘greens’ products to promote health.
You may not be aware that this green plant liquid is almost identical to your human blood with just one exception; magnesium is the central element to chlorophyll whereas your blood’s key element is iron.
Going back to your grade 10 biology class, perhaps you recall that chlorophyll takes in carbon dioxide and carbon monoxide from the outer environment, processing it and subsequently releasing it as oxygen. In our bodies, chlorophyll can act much the same way, sussing out islets of pollution, heavy metals, and toxicity, converting it into oxygen and healthy hemoglobin. Its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory processes help with healing inner and outer wounds.
Personally, I prefer a liquid chlorophyll supplement myself. Derived from the alfalfa plant, it is easily absorbable and can be used with kids. When my son was treated for autism (ASD) mercury issues from thimerosal poisoning due to vaccines, he took the chlorophyll flavored with mint with little fuss. Getting a gel cap into him would not have happened.
Some more sensitive patients with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) or c-difficile prefer the anti-spasmodic gel caps as it contains magnesium, so their colons don’t spasm painfully during elimination.
As a heads up, be sure to note that your stool may turn a bright green during the detox process. Also, stool may become soft while the “dirty blood” dumps the toxins from your bloodstream. If you apply liquid chlorophyll topically to skin issues, it can help with wounds and infections, including acne.
[This post is from the May 2019 newsletter – click here to read it.]
When a woman I’m treating tells me that she’s concerned about appearing selfish if she practices self-care, I think of the 2 inch tumor I once had in my left breast. My modus operandi was that as long as I maintained the outer form of expectation, I could avoid my deeper emotions and escape clean this thing called life.
Back, those 25 years ago, I never took care of myself. I was a newlywed mother who cooked, worked in a government office, cleaned my home and made something different every single night (with no exception). I was overweight, sad, and suffering chronic fatigue, psoriasis, chronic pain all through my body and then came the tumor. The volume of my symptoms were incrementally going up.
Cancer is defined as the disease of resignation, feelings of the unlived life and rescuing others to the exclusion of oneself. You know what folks will say about someone who’s passed away from Cancer? “Oh, they were so nice, everybody loved them!” and “They’d do absolutely anything for anyone, even take their shirt right off their back and give it you you!” They’re absolutely selfless folk. The tumor is an emblem of a misplaced self.
Now, I’m not saying that becoming whole doesn’t mean that you’re void of acts of kindness for others. I’m saying that you don’t enact this gesture to the exclusion of your own self-hood and ecology. Your full cup can runneth over only after it is first full. Gestures of self-care will extend to others on a case by case basis. Try asking yourself first, “Can I do this out of love?” or “Is my own cup full and do I have the bandwidth to extend myself and live the consequences?” or “Are folks taking more from me than I’m prepared to give right now?”
These twoarticles are crafted to illuminate what the Cancer Miasm is AND how to transcend this state of mind if you find yourself in its clutches. Remember, in some cases, you will need the law of cure, like cures like ala Heilkunst to get you out of its midst if you’ve already engendered the state of mind into your physiology.
If you want to listen to the whole gnarly story of my own get out of the Cancer matrix for FREE, here’s the link www.thepathtocure.com/bonus.
Sheena Clarke “Here is my post from my own page this morning: I have personally had kidney failure and cancer cured with a Heilkunst Doctor. Carter was diagnosed with severe Autism (scored 14/100 when assessed). The MD’s told me he would need life long care and would never speak or be able to care for himself. He is now a normal 3 year old, talking in long sentences, describing his feelings and others feelings, potty trained and interested in reading and superhero’s. Noah and Maverick both had mid range Autism and are now moving out of the spectrum as well. They are all brilliant and compassionate young men. Maverick also was born with severe Psoriasis. He bled through his clothes constantly. My MD said it was the worst case he had ever seen. He was wrapped head to toe in gauze and creams and I was told if his skin wounds became infected (where he was so young) they may not heal well and could lead to a life long battle of infections, wounds and skin grafts. After 3 months of homeopathic remedies my baby was free from the disease and it has never returned. My family MD is to the point that he is dumbfounded when we go to see him. Our Paediatrician is fascinated, she has never seen a child come out of the Autism spectrum (this is her speciality), they typically only get worse and become heavier care. She looks at us with awe and says “I thought I knew what was right, but you are showing me how much I still have to learn. Every time I research anything you speak of I am left questioning everything. It is uncomfortable, but I will not turn from it…because the proof is right in front of me. My heart broke when I had to tell you Carter would be disabled for the rest of his life. Now I see a child that is brighter than my own 4 year old! How can this be? Everything I thought I knew is falling apart. And what I now know, is that I know very little about the true nature of disease and cure.” To each their own, and thank God for the surgeon and the MDs as well, we need them. But we also need to compassionately admit how much we don’t know and drop the false ego act so that we can better understand the truth. All I am saying is that there is another way. There is also another way to vaccinate your child, and this way is scientifically proven more effective than our vaccines. Homeopathic vaccines! They are used world wide, especially in elite circles. But there is little known about them in the Western World. And it is up to each one of us to open our eyes and minds and research. Take ownership for your own life and health and stop worshiping false Gods and giving your power away to another human. Sometimes we just need to step away from the media and really do some research before falling into the fear and chaos we are trying to be controlled with. I can’t teach everything I have learned over the last 20 years in a Facebook post. And I also know only 2 or 3 people will ever read this. And that is okay. Because I am blessed with knowing the truth, and real truth is characterized by its unchanging nature. Like cures like…it does not suppress or palliate.”
I guess if you have an original take on life, or something about you is original, you don’t have to study people who came before you. You don’t have to mimic anybody. You just have a gut feeling inside, an instinct that tells you what’s right for you, and you can’t do it in any other way.
What’s up with your gut instincts?
Have you had that sensation when you just knew that something was right or maybe wrong? Do you know why?
In the beginning of you, there was a mommy and daddy cell. They did a whole meiosis and mitosis dance together creating a third cell. You were adorable! On those cells a bunch of other cells were spontaneously spawned. It was a miracle. No truly, it was. No joke.
That initial cell that was born lives in the lumbar ganglia. Wikipedia will tell you that:
“The lumbar ganglia are paravertebral ganglia. The lumbar portion of the sympathetic trunk typically has 4 lumbar ganglia. The lumbar splanchnic nerves arise from the ganglia here, and contribute sympathetic efferent fibers to the nearby plexuses. The first two lumbar ganglia have both white and gray rami communicantes.”
Now that you’ve completely glazed over, you may wonder, what does this have to do with my overall health and well-being? Well, your immune system lives also in that general vicinity. Immune system is actually code for “sense of self” or your autonomy. So as long as your digestion is pristine and your thoughts and feelings are stellar, you have little worries of suffering a leaky gut.
What the heck is leaky gut?
So what is a leaky gut? Well it is defined as “intestinal permeability.” It’s when the small intestine becomes damaged so that toxic waste, bacteria, parasites leak through the thinning wall to infect the bloodstream.
The main cause of most leaky guts is from bacterial, fungal, viral or parasitic infections. After such an infection, the symptoms can come on quite quickly. You may feel fine one day and then suddenly not. You can suddenly feel like your digestion has gone completely awry.
It’s important to note that leaky gut syndrome can begin after visiting a third world country. For example, partiers just home from Mexico can wonder why they still feel the ill effects of a hangover weeks later when the tequila shots have long since stopped.
Over time, symptoms may start to snowball. And while some Allopathic Physicians may say that it’s all in your head or that they have no clue how to help you. Others will put you on NSAIDs, antacids, or antibiotics. It will often feel as if you, and they, are chasing symptoms around your body as you may be starting to be plagued by headaches, heartburn and reflux as well as joint pain.
In some cases, you may be turned off food altogether in order to avoid suffering the symptoms. You may be wracking your mind to correlate certain foods or medications that are exacerbating your symptoms. Be sure to avoid sugar, unfermented bread and pasteurized dairy (also casein can aggravate) as they can fuel yeast and unwanted bacteria in the gut.
The biggest concern is that a fungal infection can spread like a wildfire to other systems and organs, including the digestive tract, and can lead to more complicated issues. You’ll also want to avoid wheat containing gluten given that they’re known to produce aggravating lectin protein, causing further inflammation.
It has also been proven that if you can avoid, or at least minimize, cortisol raising activities that cause you stress, you can also help minimize leaky gut symptoms. Performance anxiety, lack of sleep, living in a hostile environment, hating your work or having a sick child or travelling in high traffic to and from work can be contributing factors in provoking your suffering. Studies on stressed out rats also showed increases in their gut permeability.
What are some of the symptoms of leaky gut?
Foggy feeling/lack of clarity
Lack of Memory
Intolerances to certain foods
Feelings of depression
Can you test to see if you have leaky gut?
If you are inclined, you can ask for a test for a leaky gut with a Lactulose/Mannitol test. There is also the intestinal antigenic permeability screen. It’s important to note that both tests can indicate both false positive and negative results. At Arcanum Wholistic Clinic we can very quickly verify and treat your digestive challenges, no matter their origin based on your symptoms alone. You know when your gastrointestinal tract has been compromised.
How do I fix my leaky gut without causing myself harm?
Start with essential oils like Peppermint, Myrrh, or Frankincense.
Take a probiotic daily (in the beginning even double up on your probiotics for a week or two).
Slippery Elm is an herb with natural anti-inflammatory properties for the intestinal lining. Avoid if you can’t digest starchy vegetables or fruits or you’re on a Paleo, Keto, Atkins, Gaps or FODMAP diet.
Digestive enzymes can be very supportive to the microvilli in your intestines improving digestion and mobility of foodstuffs as they travel your gut’s highway. Enzymes are helpful in metabolizing proteins, fats and complex carbohydrates (avoid simple carbs always). Also digestive enzyme also help by rebuilding the damaged microvilli in your intestinal tract.
Licorice Root is an adaptogenic herb that helps to support the mucosal lining of the intestines. It also can help alleviate fatigue. If you suffer high blood pressure, avoid licorice root.
Bone Broth nourishes the intestinal lining while healing the inflammation caused by intestinal permeability. Bone broths have helpful prebiotics and probiotics that have been proven to improve gut health. Also, you get a boost of excellent nutrients, protein and minerals with bone broth.
L-glutamine is a highly beneficial amino acid known to repair cells in the digestive tract. It helps to seal the lacerated areas where undigested food may be leaking into the bloodstream. This amino acid also helps to reduce inflammation, allowing the body time and space to step up and heal naturally. We use hemp seeds as a rich source of amino acids in easy to digest smoothies.
Aloe Vera comes from the juice of this high desert succulent. Most folks know its use with minor burns, but taken internally and it heals the digestive mucosa in the lining of the gut. Again, it’s not recommended if you can’t digest starchy vegetables or fruits or you’re on a Paleo, Keto, Atkins, Gaps or FODMAP diet.
What if these solutions don’t work for me?
If these approaches aren’t working for you, we can help. These approaches are known as ‘sustentive’, which means they’re healative on the law of opposites. If your gut permeability is anchored to a chronic disease coming down your family line, these modalities will fall short. The Genetic Miasm, Sycosis (see here) will most often be the root cause that was triggered by an ill-fated run in with parasites or exposure to debilitating toxicity. It will require homeopathic law, like cures like, to be eradicated outright.
Also, there is an emotional component to leaky gut syndrome. It’s about anger that can no longer be contained – it’s leaking out beyond its usual boundaries, infecting the vehicle for your sense of autonomy and immune function, the blood. You can read more here about the homeopathic root cause for anger and victimization.
Remember, you’re an individual. You deserve to be treated as such. One size in principled medicine does not fit all. Take charge of your health and seek out those that have a solid understanding of regimen, curative medicine and therapeutic education. Look for a practitioner’s success stories or testimonials of efficacy on their website.
Be prepared to up your sthenic index by flooding your system with healthy micronutrients. Remember the resolution does not lie in putting a band-aid on an elephant’s hiney. Recall what it took you to get into this matrix and it will take some effort on your behalf to extricate yourself from your suffering. Trust your gut instinct on this.
“How can homeopathy & Heilkunst help my child? Heilkunst is an approach to treatment that combines the best of regimenal measures (diet, detoxification, etc.) and medicine, all based on the principles of natural law. While any substance can be used to have an effect (usually to remove a symptom), this does not mean that it is being used properly, that is, according to the laws that nature ? has set down. We are products of nature and any treatment must ultimately follow natural law principles. If not, it is acting only ?? palliatively (temporary relief) or ?? worse, suppressively. If the symptoms are suppressed, the cause of the problem is not removed and the symptoms may return or the cause goes underground where it will cause other problems in time.
The term functional medicine is a bit of a catch phrase being championed by just about any unconventional Practitioner. It is basically the recognition that since we’re dynamic, super-functioning spiritual beings we’d better have a system of medicine that can serve our very beingness on our very functional terms.
In contrast, conventional medicine is based on “dead science.” Dead blood cell counts, drugs and the dissection of cadavers which are afterall, very dead. While, in Heilkunst, we use tools like live blood analysis, bioresonance feedback and dynamic medicine to address your ills.
Functional processes require a system of medicine that recognizes the living, spiritual qualities in you. Therapeutic tools need to respect the dysfunctional nature of your symptoms well before it even becomes a full blown disease. Catching issues early before they show up on an x-ray or MRI takes a special kind of functional training not taught at traditional allopathic medical school.
For example Hypoglycemia or thyroid issues can be markers for Diabetes and Cancer, repeating UTI’s (Urinary Tract Infections), candida, migraines, high blood pressure and stiff joints can be indicating a familial predisposition for heart disease and stroke, also bronchitis bouts in the Winter can be linked to the chronic disease roots of Tuberculosis that was not addressed on the law of cure for your ancestors. Skin issues, arthritic complaints, lung issues and even mental issues, can be dealt with effectively through our functional approach to medicine.
While a GP or allopathic specialist will reach for a suppressive or palliative prescription, this is not functional medicine. The root cause still remains at large and it’s just a matter of time before the symptoms turn up the volume or find another related way to get you attention. Medication was never designed to treat long-term chronic disease. Their matrix IS designed for the jurisdiction of a significant medical emergencies like trauma or an infection running rampant. Afterwards, be sure to detox on the law of similars, like cures like, from the drugs. Sadly, 125 million Americans try to use allopathic medicine to treat chronic diseases … an epic fail!
Functional medical principles in Heilkunst do a brilliant job handling allergic, hormonal, digestive, neurological and metabolic problems that most folks suffer from WELL before they become diseases diagnosed by an allopath. And yes, Dr. Samuel Hahnemann, laid down the principles of so called “functional medicine” way before folks understood this concept fully.
Here’s 5 basic principles (paraphrased for easier understanding) that Dr. Hahnemann fully understood back in the early 1800’s:
Once you remove the chronic disease, on the sound basis of like cures like without causing the individual harm, the living principle of the human being will restore basic functioning as was intended before the onset of the engenderment.
Laws of nature are based on science and are wholly designed to address both physical ailments as well as mental emotional schisms. All diseases can be traced back to a thought or wrong belief.
To treat the symptoms, you must fully apprehend the functional root causal relationship between psyche and soma. As Rudolf Steiner states, “As above, so below,” another dynamic, functional Scientist.
Your body is a dynamic, brilliant work of 5,000 regulating hormones and chemicals and thoughts too. The Physician needs to know what principle will address what aspect of disease including regimen (law of opposites), medicine (law of similars) or Anthroposophic/Orgonomy (realm of beliefs/thwarted desires). For example, you may just need more water and less carbs to correct your anxiety and you need a trained, discerning functional Physician who can help you to make the right call.
Health is not just an absence of symptoms. It is a dynamic orchestration of feelings, functions and sensations. Dr. Hahnemann illustrated it thusly in his “Organon of the Medical Art” as, “Aphorism 9: In the healthy human state, the spirit-like Living Power (autocracy) enlivening the material body (organism) as Dynamis holds sway unrestrictedly and keeps all of its parts in admirable, harmonious, vital operation in both feelings and functions, so that our indwelling rational spirit can freely avail itself of this living healthy instrument for the higher purposes of our existence.”
Here lies the very definition and distinction of functional medicine. Instead of piling on more iatrogenic disease, deadening the symptoms through palliation or suppression, we ask why are you suffering in the first place? What story do your symptoms tell about your limited functioning? Once was have the true, fundamental diagnosis (literally through knowing), we know which jurisdiction and principles to apply in order to restore that function.
You will see quite quickly, in your process, that the allopathic labels don’t in fact represent a true diagnosis of the underlying cause. The thing is that most of the time, they don’t know, or even if they do, their tools are so toxic they often end up causing more harm than good (think Chemotherapy). It’s best to leave them to the important work of dealing with emergencies. Please read John Robbins book, “Reclaiming Our Health” for more on this.
If you’re ready for functional medicine, we’ve got over 200 years of effective working principles that have come to light in the last 30 years. Steven Decker and Rudi Verspoor put their headlamps on and scoured the anals of history to bring you this truly “Dynamic Legacy; From Homeopathy To Heilkunst.”
Did you know that the pill was tested on impoverished, Catholic women in Puerto Rico? Did you know that out of approximately 132 women tried for the pill back in the 1950’s that 3 of them actually died? Did you know that the pill was released to the general public anyway?
Theresa Vargas cites, “The truth was that little was known about the drug’s effects when Rock and biologist Gregory Pincus – with the backing of birth control advocate Margaret Sanger and philanthropist Katherine McCormick – decided to launch the human trials. The drug had been tested on rats and rabbits, and on a small sampling of women in Rock’s medical practice in Massachusetts. But its largest test would be in Puerto Rico, where as many as 1,500 women took the drug over several years.
Three women in the trials died. But no autopsies were conducted, and so it remains unclear if their deaths were linked to the drug, which was given in much higher doses than it is today.”
Did you know that Doctors chose not to share these results as they may “confuse the patient?” Those patients, my fellow goddesses, were our grandmothers, our mothers, our sisters and our aunts. I’m pretty sure that they were anxiously waiting for an easy and accessible answer to not be trapped at home with unwanted pregnancies. However, by also choosing not to examine the cautionary inserts included with their prescription of 28 days worth of little pink pills, they were buying more than they bargained for.
Here are some of the common side-effects of the birth control pill as per Cosmopolitan Magazine:
1. Nausea. Though expected to last only up to three months, some women feel queasy when they start the Pill, Ross says. Taking your pill with a meal can help reduce how icky you feel during the time your body needs to adjust to new levels of estrogen and progesterone.
2. Breast tenderness. Alas, this downside of oral contraceptives can apparently last for up to 18 months on the Pill, according to a report by the American Family Physician. Sorry.
3. Bloating. Changes in the ups and downs of your body’s sex hormones can lead to water retention and bloating. These effects may be particularly strong for women suffering from irritable bowel syndrome and other gastrointestinal tract disorders. That being said, many women feel better six months into a new pill regimen.
4. Headaches. A 2005 study published in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology found that approximately 10 percent of women feel headachy within a month of starting the pill. Once the body acclimates to a new oral contraceptive, however, the study authors conclude most reports of headaches go away.
5. Increased appetite. Perhaps you recall from ever having PMS that hormones can make you super hungry. Same goes when you alter your estrogen and progesterone levels via birth control. But an increased appetite doesn’t always lead to packing on pounds, Ross points out. In fact, she says, “there’s still no definitive proof that birth control directly causes weight gain.”
6. Yeast infections. Some women may need to invest in a few more Monostat packs after they go on the pill. Ross says this is likely due to changes in the use of tampons and new patterns of bleeding induced by the Pill.
7. Mood swings — and other emotional issues. This issue is complicated. While some women with a history of mood issues — depression, anxiety, even insomnia — tend to see an increase in their symptoms’ severity once they go on some birth control pills, others report that going on the Pill improves their psychological turmoil. (More on this below.)
8. Blood clots. Newer versions of birth control pills (like Yasmin) appear to put some women at an elevated risk of blood clots compared to “first-generation” pills, whose progesterone has a different chemical makeup. So long as gynecologists and patients monitor side effects, this can be kept under control. But be sure to bring this up with your doctor, just to be safe.
9. Brown spots on your face. Oral contraceptives have been found to increase women’s risk of a skin condition called melasma, which can make your face break out in some brown-colored splotches. Research shows, however, that this is more likely to occur in women who have a family history of the skin issue. Switching from the pill to an IUD may be able to resolve this, several case studies suggest.
10. Lower sex drive. Some women report decreases in their libido once they begin the Pill, Ross says. But she points out that much of this may be due to birth control’s shorter-term side effects — think: bloating, breast pain. (Who wants to be sexual when everything hurts and you feel like there’s a balloon in your belly?)
11. changes to eyesight for those using contact lenses
Sound like a bad late-night television ad by Big Pharma for a drug you’d never choose to take because the side effects outweigh the benefits? They don’t even mention infertility.
We’ve been addressing folks’ timeline traumas for almost 20 years and we’ve noticed that when we address the pill homeopathically on the law of nature, like cures like, suddenly they will be able to conceive.
I, myself, suffered a mini-stroke on the pill in 1982. While being treated for said trauma at The Women’s College Hospital in Toronto, I also learned that that there is a home north of the city dedicated to women who’d suffered strokes and other debilitating side-effects while taking the pill.
So what do you do if you want to engage in romantic love and sex without risking the chance of conception? How do you preserve your hormonal health? How can you ensure you don’t risk having to suffer from the list of side effects? Or infertility later on? Or have a stroke like I did and end up in hospital either short or long term? Or God-forbid, end up like three of the women from Puerto Rico did?
Here’re are the options we suggest for our own patients:
This is a latex-free alternative to the condom that acts like a second skin in the woman’s vaginal canal. You insert it so you’re sure that you’re covered. You can join their club out of the UK and they’ll drop ship these latex free sheaths. The big advantage of a Luwi is that you can wear it up to 8 hours before intercourse so you don’t have to suspend lovemaking to put anything on. It also prevents STD’s and potential infections.
The Fem-cap is softer silicone than say a DivaCup, but kind of similar. It takes a few tries the first time to really make sure it’s in place, but there are lots of instructions and Youtubes, etc. Colleagues of mine have never had it slip out of place, their partner can’t feel it, and you can leave it in for 24 hours. You can add more spermicide and use it multiple times. You just need to keep it in for 7 hours after sex.
It uses a lactic acid based spermicide which they also sell- totally natural, and they haven’t had any issues with it throwing off their vaginal flora.
Between my own pregnancies, I used a non-medicated IUD. I had 3 of them over the course of my menstruating years in between my two children. After my fiasco with hormonal birth control, I was not about to risk a progesterone time-released IUD.
In my mind, I was not about to mess with the 5,000 self-regulating hormones and chemicals in my body. I’d already an inch and a half tumor in my left breast that I wasn’t going to risk messing with my hormones any further. I didn’t even use the copper ones. For patients, I’ve added a dose of homeopathic copper (cuprum) for regular chelation in their Drainage and Organ Support Dropper Bottle.
THE SALIVA TEST
We used to recommend The Lady Comp when back when we first opened our practices, however, they don’t seem to be making them anymore. There are fertility saliva tests you can choose from, so we found one that touts a 98% accuracy.
Now this wasn’t a great method for me as my hormone levels did not show up clearly enough for me to have an accurate read out, while other women who do have high enough levels love this option. This is why I chose the IUD as I could pretty much conceive while folding my husband’s underwear!
CONDOM and SPERMICIDE (natural sources)
Once you know if you’re ovulating, or you want to be on the safe side with your committed partner, or you’re engaging in a fling or one night stand with a partner you don’t wholly know, this is always a good back up option.
Here’s some natural alternatives to the usual condom and spermicides you buy at the drugstore:
No Liability Note: The author and physicians at Arcanum Wholistic Clinic are in no way liable for the information offered in this blog. Whatever means of birth control you use has to ultimately be your decision and ultimate responsibility. Also, we do not recommend tubal ligation or vasectomy as these disturb the natural, healthy operating of our sex organs. What affects one part of us ultimately affects the whole.
[This post is from the April 2019 newsletter – click here to read it.]
It’s time to talk about the informed remedy. Our mentor, Steven Decker once said, “A remedy isn’t a remedy until it remedies something.” Medicine has to be informed in order to be curative. How do you do this?
Well, it has to have a whole lot of consciousness and principles behind it. It feels a bit like if we’re being attacked, we’ve got to create the right arsenal, quickly and effectively so that it hits its mark. You have to know about the origin of the battle, isolate the coordinates, discern the root destination, and be sure not to take out any innocent bystanders in the process.
An informed remedy is one that, like a heat-seeking missile, is bestowed with the capacity to cleanly sweep out the disease matrix on the sound basis of the law of nature – like cures like. It must operate on resonance, albeit a slightly attenuated frequency. It has to be preprogrammed. Thorough, but not destabilizing in the way of a mighty healing reaction for the patient. Just the right directed dose and potency will do the job.
As you will learn, reading our articles this month, antibiotics (literally ‘against life’) are not informed remedies … they actually don’t know what they’re targeting. They wipe out the whole darn terrain, and the other casualties are your microbiome, critical to your healthy immune function. Also, there’s a good chance the enemy will martial its gnarly resources, again and again, until it is addressed outright.
Also, symptoms can be shape-shifters, or “pleomorphic”. As Heilkünstlers, we’re trained to read the signs for when the enemy tries to throw up false flags, pretends to surrender or even morphs into a whole other entity entirely.
Therapeutic education is the third jurisdiction of Heilkunst Medicine. When we’re engaged with patients, we can address the underlying cause with the homeopathic principles, however, to help prevent a reinfection of that old state of mind, the precipitating thought-ware and choices wrought often need to change.
Those old patterns are often the hardest to break. I can’t count how many times an individual, especially women, I work with will state, “I can’t do that, that would be considered selfish.” As women, especially, we’re fundamentally conditioned to serve others before we take a moment to serve our own needs.
I’m often surprised when referring to a woman taking a little hammock time to simply rest or allocating 20 – 30 minutes away from their family to journal, meditate, write, read, do some yoga, or take a bath is frowned upon. I’m surprised at how often self-care is interpreted as selfish.
When my cup overfloweth, then I’m in a much better position to serve others without an ounce of reservation. By serving my basic needs first, then I can more easily suspend my goal oriented agenda to be present with my children, husband, friends, and patients.
I think where we’re getting caught up is in distinguishing between the selfishness of a narcissist personality as opposed to simple self-love and care. Let’s take a moment to define both and perhaps it will be more telling for you to first distinguish the difference between the harm caused by a narcissist and the love of a self-carer. Perhaps, then, out of knowledge you can give yourself the permission to provide yourself with overtures of generosity.
Narcissistic Character Type
As per Dr. Patricia Frisch, “Narcissistic Character Types can be quite self-engrossed and self-maximizing. His predominant and consistent focus is on his own needs, concerns and wishes. He is an excellent self-promoter who loves the limelight and vies to be seen as special. He expects his needs to take center stage in his relationship to others. He is often upset if those needs are not mirrored perfectly by his partners, friends, or colleagues.”
Arrogance and Selfishness
The motivation of the selfish narcissist is to seek grandiosity and admiration from others. They engage in activities that are hurtful to others based on their phallic drive to be seen. Often these individuals were emasculated as children and are quite fragile underneath their self-centred exterior. They will quite often exhibit fantasies of their own beauty, success, and brilliance in their work and relationships.
Because this characterological type lacks empathy, their personality disorder believes that they’re special or superior, seeking alliances only with those who can affirm their faulty image of themselves. They will generally stop at nothing that enhances their self-esteem. These individuals can’t tolerate defeat, criticism or any feelings of humiliation which cause them to sublimate their ill state into paranoia, antisocial behaviors, and even psychosis.
Is preoccupied with fantasies of success, power, beauty, intelligence or ideal romance
Believes he or she is special and can only be understood by other special people or institutions
Requires constant attention and admiration from others
Has unreasonable expectations of favorable treatment
Takes advantage of others to reach his or her own goals
Disregards the feelings of others, lacks empathy
Is often envious of others or believes other people are envious of him or her
Shows arrogant behaviors and attitudes
It is important to note that 50 – 75% of narcissists are male. Also, when teenagers are indicating traits listed above, they’re not necessarily towing the line to becoming narcissistic. Teenagers are often trying on different characterological types in order to effectively separate from their parents to strike a greater self-love and autonomy.
Thankfully with Heilkunst Medicine and Orgonomy were able to treat the underlying cause. Of these states of mind using the law of nature like cures like. Those formerly narcissistic character types do develop less tendencies to self-aggrandize, developing more empathy, warmth, and generosity.
Hopefully, you can quickly identify that you’re not in fact a selfish narcissist which then allows you to gain full dominion over your self-care. It takes an abundant nature to fully step into the fabric of your birthright. Longevity of spirit in this human organism takes many regular deposits of love, romance, and plenitude.
If it’s still hard for you, perhaps think of your car’s regular maintenance or what about your savings; if you don’t make regular deposits, you wind up deplete without anything left for your retirement. Here are some ways that you can lovingly bestow more self-care on yourself:
Self-Care Ideas For Your Mind
Start a gratitude jar for a year – every day write on a piece of paper something you feel thankful for. On New Year’s Day gift yourself the time to read them all.
Get rid of the stuff on your list that you don’t really want to do – yup, just draw a line through it, or even better rip it up and dispose of it.
Look at your decision making – decide more life choices through your heart instead of your head. If the thing gives you butterflies or little kid excitement, then go for it … if not reject it!
Schedule in regular hammock time – set a timer if you have to for 30 minutes of cloud or star gazing.
Take a different route – perhaps take that gorgeous parkway by the water instead of the freeway to work.
Juicy mindfulness – take some time to really engage with that piece of fruit you’re about to eat, that bird in the tree, the sunset or even brushing your teeth. Feelings, functions, and sensations are a big aspect to being wholly present to your human experience.
Playtime – find time to hang with your kids, niece, or nephew. If they’re too busy, find time to skip rope, go to the park with your book, play spontaneously at the park or dance in your living room.
Fix something that’s been bugging you – take a moment to change that light bulb, fix that loose button, floss your teeth, or oil that squeaky door.
Do a mini meditation – on the bus or in your favorite chair, even a couple of minutes focused on your breathing, thoughts, feelings, or sensations can reset the most harried of days.
Happiness infusion – take a bath, make a cup of tea, light a candle or some incense, or simply make a list of the things that make you feel happy.
De-clutter – bundle up stuff in your midst or in your closet that no longer bring you pleasure and take them to the local consignment store.
Unplug for an hour – ask your hubby or in-laws to take the kids for an hour so that you can go switch to “airplane” mode. Resist the temptation to look at your Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram accounts. Just be.
Buck your comfort zone – strike up a conversation with someone you’ve never met on the bus, or try putting on your headphones and listening to meaningful podcast.
Mute negative folk in your social media feeds – you don’t have to unfriend them, they’ll just stop showing up with their hate speech injecting poison into your day.
Self-Care Ideas For Your Body
Oxygenate with deep breathing – trying sighing out loud, breathing out from your hair follicles to your toes, let the in-breathe naturally revitalize you by coming back in naturally. Notice how you’re being breathed!
Get your jiggy on – dance, sing, play, stretch, and have juicy connected sex with your beloved partner or with yourself. Take your time!
Pace – head outside for a bike ride, walk in nature, or do some interval training depending on your blood type.
Do a cleanse – find a day to do a day long cleanse using
lemon juice, maple syrup, cayenne powder (Master’s Cleanse)
Start a Keto/Paleo diet, cutting out all grains and sugars while respecting your blood type diet.
Skin brush before bed and and when you wake up. Use a natural bristle brush with circular motions.
Go for Bowen – a soft tissue release protocol, like a massage without bullying the body’s musculature.
Sun bathe – we know that 20 minutes of sunlight a day is highly beneficial. At first you may have to start in the shade and acclimatize to direct sun. If you’re in a northern climate in the winter, supplement with 2,000 IU’s of vitamin D3 per day
Consume naturally fermented foods – kombucha, water kefir, naturally fermented sauerkrauts or pickles, like Strub’s or Bubbies, are highly recommended. Dr. Mercola sent his homemade kraut off to the lab to find over 90 trillion probiotics in a tablespoon.
Introduce essential oils to your regimen – take a mini-course on-line or read one of our many books to familiarize yourself with essential oils and how to use them to improve your physical and mental well-being.
Introduce flower essences to your regimen – take a mini-course on-line or read one of our many books to familiarize yourself with essential oils and how to use them to improve your physical and mental well-being.
Take a nap – enough said!
Laugh yourself silly – watch some crazy cat videos, bloopers, or read some Dilbert or Calvin and Hobbes. Some Netflix offerings with good comedians are fun too. We also enjoy the podcast, No Such Thing As a Fish.
Self-Care For The Soul
Ask your inner child … – ask the little kid in you what they’d like to do today? Perhaps they’d like to take you off to the library, a new coffee shop, museum, art gallery, or go for a walk by the river.
Look for beauty – find ten unexpected beautiful things on your way to or home from work.
Meditate on your feelings – sit for 5 to 10 minutes and focus solely on how you’re feeling in the moment. You can even do this at work in the bathroom stall if necessary.
Journal – check out Julia Cameron’s ‘Morning Pages’ and sit down with a dedicated notebook. Write for 5 to10 minutes without an ounce of judgment.
Find the healthy radiators in your midst – find resonant folk to hang out with who radiate love, enthusiasm, and positivity. Eliminate the drains on your mental/emotional economy who suck you down their proverbial toilet with pessimism, negatively robbing you of your energy.
Love on an animal – hang out with your cat on the couch or ask a friend if you can take their dog for a walk to the park. Petting or stroking an animal can be very beneficial for the soul.
Get some lovin’ – ask 3 friends to tell you what they love about you.
Capture your goals – find some time to write down the 25 things that you love to engage with where you lose all track of time. Review them and see if you can fashion a side business out of any of them. Many successful entrepreneurs started this way! Read the book, The Map by Boni Lonsburry for more on this.
Home spa day – take a day on the weekend, or perhaps call in sick, and enjoy a mental health day. Don your robe, take a long bath with a bath-bomb, give yourself a pedi and or mani, and a facial with all natural products.
Take a mini-staycation – tell folks that you’ll be away and then plan to be totally spontaneous with yourself the whole weekend.
Self-Care Mini Bites
Take a moment to connect in with yourself even in the midst of a conversation – watch your inclination to over commit. Set more healthy boundaries around yourself and your time. Give yourself permission to say no or tell a white lie to protect yourself.
Delight in small pleasures – watch the sunset until it’s done, observe a baby with their loving parent, notice the water on your skin when you wash your hands, cut a wildflower and bring it inside for beside your bed.
See if your holding your breath – practice more mindful deep breathing
Grab a nourishing drink – perhaps skip the coffee or tea and get a more energizing probiotic drink like kombucha or water kefir. Think of it like an investment in your microbiome bank!
My hope is that you can see more clearly how it’s not even possible for you to suffer selfish, narcissistic tendencies and that self-care is necessary to promoting more love and life in you. Only human beings who are wholly full of self-nurturance, lacking in perpetual stress, can truly care for others in their midst in a whole fashion, without creating more symptoms or negative side-effects.
As women, and men too, it is important that we invest in our mental/emotional and physical self-care so that our cups can truly overfloweth in the face of everyday stress and challenges. Self-care enables us to remain deeply centred, with a bolstered sense of autonomy, in the face of external tumultuousness exhibited in the media, allopathy (Big Pharma), political arenas, and economics too. When we have a sound investment of self, we can pretty much weather any storm in our midst.