Upping Your Immune Function During The Pandemic: What to Do and What Best to Avoid

[This post is from the June 2020 newsletter – click here to read it.]

Sugar suppresses anger.  If you’ve felt impotent to change your world, find resonant work, educate your kids at home, the links to the articles below can be of help. This month we’re discussing coping strategies for this lockdown and also the inherent emotions that cause one to crave sugar.  Lots of patients we serve have been expressing frustration at this quarantine and the limitations that seem to be imposed endlessly on us and our innate need for liberty.

A couple of weeks ago, we did a webinar about how to cope in these unprecedented times to one hundred of our closest friends, colleagues and Facebook followers. We talked about strategies for coping with this challenging loss of our freedoms, especially knowing that the threat of the virus has passed.  

We spoke about tried and true nutritional protocols and what strategies you can use to mitigate your own suffering and engenderment of symptoms. Our hope is that by sharing it with you, you’ll also derive some helpful coping strategies.

We’re also talking about sugar this month.  Sugar is often folks’ legal drug of choice for suppressing anger and rage.  Sugar actually lights up our endocrine system about double what cocaine does so it’s more significant to quit it’s addicting properties than the so-called rich man’s drug.  Because it is so readily available and accepted, is another reason it’s hard to swim against the tide of what’s touted as normal.

Our hope is that you and your family are feeling equipped, now, to bolster your immune system and ride out the challenges that continue to present along the way.  Someone said to me recently that the best defense against these suppressive forces is to be as healthy as you possibly can be.  In a way, it is the most righteous arsenal you possess.

For further reference, here are the links to both articles referred to in this blog:



Side Effect or Healing Reaction?

[This post is from the May 2020 newsletter – click here to read it.]

Do you know the difference between a drug’s side effect and a homeopathic healing reaction?  When we treat our patients, they get to wholly understand the meaning for why they engendered a disease in the first place. Often, it’s like reliving the circumstances, a karmic dance if you will. 

It’s why we meet with our patients monthly. They will speak of their re-illumination of the event we just treated on their traumatic timeline.  Often they’re feeling a little mystified why an occurrence or the revisiting of this event came up a specific way. 

Over the last twenty years, we’ve been trained to see the meaning behind these so-called re-visitations.  It’s like consciousness has to suck through its teeth all of the remaining marrow of meaning before it can move forward into a greater state of wholeness.

Every month, our patients get to suss out the meaning of their sufferings.  This is the ultimate, not just in resolving the root cause homeopathically on the law of cure like cures like, but also prevents the individual from subconsciously engaging with the same disease matrix again in future. It’s truly divine to witness their evolutionary process in this way.



Upping Your Immune Function During an Epidemic

Video Transcription

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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?

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.

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.

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

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

The Root Cause of Dental Issues

[This post is from the February 2020 newsletter – click here to read it.]

Open your mouth, real wide, wider! If these words cause you to tremble in your boots, why not engage with preventative medicine? We’re all about helping you to avoid the dentist as much as possible, with easy regimen that helps you to remineralize your teeth for a lifetime of healthy teeth and bones.

Between certain types of foods and supplementation, we want to avoid root canals as much as possible, as we know that they have further reaching implications with regards to your overall health. For example:

  • Root canals are done on dead teeth, opening a nerve highway that can become one of the worst sources of chronic bacterial toxicity in your body.
  • Dr. Weston Price spoke extensively on the dangers of root canals and how the diet of primitive cultures can help prevent/solve the need for root canals.
  • The truth is that dental pitting or cavities reflect deeper, systemic — meaning “whole body” — illness that should be addressed wholistically.
  • In partnership with your Heilkunst Physician and your Biological Dentist, you can have a more comprehensive and wholistic solution to your whole health and not just try to stick a band-aid on your teeth. 

We’ve been helping folks remineralize their teeth, address inflammation, and solve the root cause (intentional pun) of their dental issues for over 15 years –  all naturally. This month’s blog articles are designed to give you more information on how to stay out of the dentist’s chair. See more in this full article here: https://arcanum.ca/2015/12/03/how-to-avoid-having-to-get-a-root-canal-and-other-dental-work-and-why/

How Might Groundhog Day be related to Ringworm and Your State of Mind?!

[This post is from the January 2020 newsletter – click here to read it.]

Do you ever have the feeling that you’re stuck in a karmic loop? Are you repeating unwanted patterns in your relationships and in your work? Do you secretly wish for a bottle that says ‘Drink Me’ and a key to a door of a secret garden? (Read on to find out how you may be touching on the edges of the Ringworm seasonal miasm!)

I feel you. This was also my story once upon a time. I felt like I was just surviving my life. I had a job that my heart was not connected to. I felt stuck in a geography that had too many months of winter when I secretly desired an eternal Spring. I had violent thoughts every Groundhog Day! I also felt that I was not able to be the best mother because I was secretly miserable.

Many of you will tell yourself that you’re stuck! This illusion plagues more of us than you may even realize. We’ll tell ourselves that our commitments and our ties to a bi-weekly paycheck have us beholden to the same grind over and over, year after year.

If we believe what we’ve been told by our parents around getting a good job and securing a pension, or that once you’re cemented into said job, geography or community, you have to stay stuck. It’s a delusion that we’ve told ourselves often because we think we have no choice.

Did you know that I serve many families, often with six or seven kids that work off-line and live in countries all over the world? All of their stuff fits into two duffle bags. The parents work as writers, editors, IT consultants, and even teachers of English to kids in other countries pulling a backdrop down behind them in their kitchen and living cheaply in Mexico or Thailand having rented out their house back in the U.S. or Canada. 

I’m not suggesting that this lifestyle fits you. I’m just saying that our beliefs and self-worth can open the world to us, and even our families, rather than just keeping it more in the mode of what we feel born into for the rest of our lives. The thing is that symptoms only arise when we feel stuck in our limiting beliefs rather than opening up the realm of possibility.

The Genetic Miasm Ringworm speaks to these cyclical patterns of belief. The disease becomes engendered in us if we feel stuck in a mode of ‘repeat.’  If we’re unconscious of this, it will feel like we’re plagued by the theme from the movie ‘Groundhog Day’ which is why we wrote this month’s blog post for you. Often you can’t jimmy a limiting belief if you first don’t even know you’re stuck in one. 

Perhaps your New Year’s resolution is to get yourself to higher ground. Maybe you’re sick of the perpetuating loop. If you’re tired and more than a little fed-up with facing a new decade with the same job, geography, or limiting relationships, this newsletter is for you. 

If not, you can carry on and skip this month’s newsletter articles completely. Cheers to a New Year, lived totally on your terms!

If not, we’ll see you on Zoom, Skype or Facetime for a consultation. Waking up annoyed and desiring something different is the first step.

Living a Life of Rejuvenation Through Ethical Investment

[This post is from the December 2019 newsletter – click here to read it.]

Your health is an investment. You can’t keep withdrawing money from your bank account or forget to put gas in your car and then expect to reach your goals. It’s the same for your health. Regular installments, filling your tank, enables you to live a life of not just sustainability, but rejuvenation.

How do you live a life of rejuvenation?  Well, let’s start with the definition. Dictionary.com defines rejuvenation as:

to make young again; restore to youthful vigor, appearance, etc.:
That vacation has certainly rejuvenated him.
to restore to a former state; make fresh or new again:
to rejuvenate an old sofa.

Leaving the concept of ‘an old sofa’ to the side for the moment, how do you make yourself fresh, new, and promote youthful vigor? The answer is dynamic – and regimen is a big part of that. 

Eating right for your type, engaging in proper supplementation for your typology, is very important. Regular deposits of whole foods helps create youthful vigor. Fresh, clean, pH balanced water is important, as well as exercise that respects your typology, will promote health rather than detract. Detraction from rejuvenation shows up as depression, adrenal stress, dehydration, cravings for fast food, a stressful job, long commutes, pollution, and time wasted in ways that treats your life-force unethically, ultimately causing harm.

Most of our patients begin with regimen, then they go on to peeling their timeline (sequentially like an onion) of their life’s shocks and traumas. After that the Genetic Miasms of inherited diseases get addressed to annihilate the inherited roots of chronic diseases on the law of cure, like cures like. This systematic process is the key to ‘restoring you to a former state; making you fresh,’ new, and whole again. 

After that, we get into the mind to ultimately prevent reinfection. It’s called therapeutic education. This is the realm of beliefs, geographic medicine, and spiritual schisms. When we get to this place in our patient’s journey to rejuvenation, we find unconscious contracts that were agreed to in order to  limit them so they could armor-up into a state of protection. It also walled them off to the sweetness of life!

Interestingly, this is also where nutrition and supplement needs are often revamped. The organism doesn’t have the same needs that it once did coming into Heilkunst treatment. Immune boosting for winter becomes more minimal. They even forgo their homeopathic immunization knowing that their health is whole, hale, and new again.

Your innate factory settings are the realm of what your life force is naturally endowed with from birth. You’re a self-perpetuating, animated being full of creativity and ideas worth much credence, care, and deserving of nurturance and support. 

You came here with a job to do and you are so worth investing in so that you can partake in the mystery of that secret mission bestowed to you. Starting with bolstering your immune function can be the best place to create the conditions ripe for unfolding precisely what you came here to be.

Upping Your Immune System For Optimum Health

A lot of my patients ask me, “What can I do to strengthen my Immune System?” Great question. We’ve been immersed in this question, so often, that we’ve even written books and articles on the subject. You’ll find links for these at the end of this blog.

  • Eat Well! Loading up on organic vegetables so that they’re 75% of your daily intake is brilliant. Fruits, while rife with vitamin C can be very high in glycemic index. Keep them at about 5% of your total diet. Organic sources of protein, including nuts, seeds organ meats and bone broths are a great way to keep your immune system whole and hale. They should be around 15% of your daily intake. Only 5% should be whole carbohydrates like whole grain rice or ezekiel or sprouted bread. Here’s how to live on organic food more cheaply: https://arcanum.ca/2019/01/28/living-organic-on-the-cheap/. Also, fermented foods added to your diet are amazing for upping the ante on your immune system’s functioning. See here: https://arcanum.ca/2016/01/22/10-reasons-to-eat-more-fermented-foods-2/
  • Drink alkaline water! Drink between 2.5 and 3 litres of alkaline water dialed up above 7.2 pH. We recommend fresh, clean well water, Fiji water, Eska water, Nikken Water, and Kangen water only because we’ve researched these sources in the past and can recommend them. You may have found others. While we mostly bring our purified water in stainless steel containers, occasionally we end up using bottled water in rare cases. Often folks will ask, does my coffee count as water? See here for the answer: https://arcanum.ca/2018/11/08/water-tastes-boring-does-my-coffee-count-towards-hydration/
  • Regular exercise that respects your blood type. It’s important to incorporate regular movement into your regimen for your health and overall well-being. Here’s some suggestions for shorter, more concentrated movements that respect your typology: https://arcanum.ca/2015/03/05/what-is-my-ideal-exercise-program-for-my-blood-type/ Also, P.A.C.E. or Peak 8 is recommended if you’re a “B” or “O” Blood Type. See here: https://arcanum.ca/2012/05/17/exercise-for-your-upper-being-p-a-c-e-or-peak-8/ Weight bearing exercises for all blood types is best following the principles of “Slow Burn.” See here: https://arcanum.ca/2012/05/16/exercise-for-your-nether-being-slow-burn/
  • Get 8-9 Hours of Restorative Sleep per night. Needing help with sleep  is sometimes required, no matter if you’re a babe in arms or adult. Quite often, patients are low in magnesium and can easily aid sleep by bathing in epsom salts with a few drops of lavender essential oil before bed. Hormones like Melatonin should be used only in rare instances, and 10 days in a row at the most given that your body will stop producing its own melatonin naturally if supplemented too regularly. Here’s some other options: https://arcanum.ca/2015/10/05/sleep-baby-sleep/
  • Good day Sunshine! How much sunlight are you getting? Ideally a half hour or more several times a week? No? Ok, then on the days you have to hibernate, add about 2,000 IU’s of Vitamin D3 to your regimen. If you’re dosing for a child, it’s 1,000 IU’s. If a baby, then 500 IU’s. Vitamin D3 isn’t actually a vitamin, but a hormone and isn’t just about strong bones anymore. We know that cellular metabolism and an improved state of mind is correlated with regular Vit D3 intake.
  • Cod Liver Oil is another good one to introduce in the Fall for increased immune function. It’s full of Vitamin A which is good for eye health, but also has benefits for heart, joint, and reduces the chances for heart disease. See here: https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/9-benefits-of-cod-liver-oil#section3
  • Zinc is stellar for sore throats but it’s also great for memory, wound healing, general immune functioning, skin health, attention deficits and prevention of pneumonia. See here: https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/263176.php#benefits
  • Vitamin C as an immune function supplement has been around forever. It helps increase your white blood cell count which is why it’s been such a powerhouse for increasing your immune function. It’s also crucial for preventing iron deficiencies, treats tissue damage, removes uric acid associated with gout and is a preventer of heart disease. See here: https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/vitamin-c-benefits#section3
  • Vitamin B Complex is wonderful for additional energy in the winter months when we start to drag our feet around February and March. Vitamin B’s are also stellar for good eyesight, healthy cell metabolism and increase in red blood cells, brain function, digestion, hormone regulation and ease in digestion. See here: https://www.healthline.com/health/food-nutrition/vitamin-b-complex#benefits
  • State of Mind. This aspect of health is not always discussed but it is as important as regimen for one’s overall health and well-being. Be sure to get out regularly, visit friends, go to a movie or a show, or go for a yoga class. We do ‘Yoga with Adriene’ on Youtube here: https://www.youtube.com/user/yogawithadriene  Journalling, drawing, reading a favorite self-help book, going for a walk, reading or writing poetry, taking an art class or enjoying some cross country skiing can all help with your state of mind. What about doing a binaural beat meditation on Youtube to help with your state of mind? Here’s one we recommend for creating more positive energy: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0PMa5AecnLs
  • Detox from your emotional and physical traumas using Heilkunst sequential homeopathy.  Ok, so this is the opportunity to plug our clinic, but after almost 20 years of practice, do you know how often I hear folks tell us that they no longer pick up viruses that are going around as a result of addressing their traumatic timeline or Genetic Miasms? Don’t take my word for it, here’s what our patients say: https://arcanum.ca/about/testimonials/

Our hope is that these few recommendations help you to up your immune system for this winter. As you can guess, these supplements or approaches to regimen are in no way a replacement for medical care in cases of chronic disease. See your trusted medical practitioner for more serious long-term issues as these could be markers for deeper, more serious issues.

Let us know in the comments if there is anything else you’d like to see discussed in this article and we’ll see about adding it to help you and others. Here’s to your year-round health!


Natural Home Pharmacy for Children 
Link: (https://arcanum.ca/2015/01/26/3621/)

The Physician’s Home Pharmacy
Link: https://arcanum.ca/2013/10/01/the-physicians-home-pharmacy/

HP (Homoprophylaxis) and How to Get Your “Green Vaccines”
Link: https://arcanum.ca/2016/07/13/hp-homoprophylaxis-and-how-to-get-your-green-vaccines/

What Does It Mean to Have a Healthy, Well-Functioning Immune System, and Where Can You Get Yours?
Link: https://arcanum.ca/2011/11/15/what-does-it-mean-to-have-a-healthy-well-functioning-immune-system-and-where-can-you-get-yours/

The Immune System : Polarities Within Polarities
Link: https://arcanum.ca/2012/10/02/the-immune-system-polarities-within-polarities/

10 Reasons To Eat More Fermented Foods
Link: https://arcanum.ca/2016/01/22/10-reasons-to-eat-more-fermented-foods-2/

You May be Drinking Plenty of Water, But Are You Absorbing It?

This post is from the November 2019 newsletter – click here to read it.

Are you thirsty? Are you absorbing your water? If not, do you know what to do about it?

Let’s start back at the beginning. You were once a rubbery wee thing with uncoordinated flailing arms and legs. You were so thirsty, you used to scream at the top of your lungs to be held in your Momma’s arms and both nurtured and nourished at the breast. You had a lot of maturing to do to become this dynamic, thinking being that you are and you were very bent on getting your needs met on no uncertain terms.

Often, if these needs were delayed or not met at all, you’d have sustained armouring of your oral segment, no longer asking for your needs met, and a biological desert would have prevailed. Our bodies go into a sort of hibernation, “I can’t trust you mode.” 

Your cells will literally harden with salt, leaching out the potassium that keeps them soft, permeable and rubbery. This is the ground substance for creating disease matrices to prevail. There’s no tide to wash them away.

Retraining your cells and your body often takes remediation, not just more water. It takes fostering faith, not just trust, that consistent water and nourishment are available just about any time that you need it. That is why when treating teachers, nurses or airline pilots, for example, it’s hard to get their organisms all juicy and labile again because they can’t drink and urinate easily at will based on their individual needs.

For those of us who want that full motility and lability back, while also reversing sclerotic (hardening, armored tendencies that preclude the engenderment of disease), we hear your cries literally and figuratively. At Arcanum, we can use certain types of pH balanced water, foods, homeopathic remedies and counselling to help return you to close to factory settings. 

One remedy that helps desert (or deserted) individuals a lot is Lac Humanum (mother’s milk). It helps with the trust then faith and is a great start to the softening process. Counselling helps you to unblock why you became bereft of hydrating resources and stopping asking for your needs to be met somewhere along your way.

Our articles on Lac Humanum and also the absorption of water speak to dynamic causes as well as dynamic solutions. It’s never just about taking a remedy.

Staphysagria and Malaria – Two Faces of Victimization

[This post is from the October 2019 newsletter – click here to read it.]

What does late fall have to do with feelings of victimization, you may ask?  Well, perhaps you didn’t think to ask, but after reading our articles, you will. Around the first week of November the state of mind for Malaria looms in our human consciousness. Here’s a snippet:

“The state of mind of malaria is one of irritability, and to an even greater degree than in psora. It also surpasses psora in its degree of fatigue, as well as pessimism. The core feeling in malaria is of being victimized, which departs from psora’s feeling of simply not having enough (energy, time, money, etc.). In the classic infection of malaria, the typical carrier is the mosquito, and if you think of any time you’ve ever felt ‘bugged’ or even ‘victimized’ by mosquitos, then you will start to have a sense of this feeling in the malaria miasm. Malaria may feel overly sensitive, either physically or emotionally, and that their environment is hostile towards them.”

Why do the Genetic Miasms (the roots for chronic disease) correspond to the seasons you may ask? Great question. The answer lies in the evolution of human consciousness. Our Jeff has provided part of the answer here:

“…the progression of these diseases has a general tendency from the most superficial organs and functions, down into the deepest ones. Clearing all of these miasms gives everyone a tremendous increase in their total state of health, and really gets at one of the primary goals of the “high school” level of the Heilkunst curriculum, namely to fully restore the function of the etheric body, and to restore its full capacity for pulsation and ultimately in “digesting life”.”

As he mentions, the order is important, from the more superficial (skin as per Psora) to the deeper issues (bones as per Lyme). There was a book entitled ‘Rediscovering Real Medicine’ written by a Swiss Physician, by J.F. Elmiger, MD. He took Dr. Hahnemann’s foundational teachings of chronic diseases and through scientific observation recognized that each Miasm seemed to loom in his patients most profoundly at certain junctures in the year related to the Equinox or Solstice at the change in seasons.

Since we are creatures of nature, subject to natural laws, it would make sense that we’d be governed by these same laws. Specifically, our diseases are layered based on the ‘law of succession of forces.’  See more here if you’re interested: https://arcanum.ca/2018/10/11/what-is-sequential-therapy/

This month’s blog articles are related as one of the other chief remedies for victimization is Staphysagria. In fact there is so much to learn about this state of mind that we’re working on writing a whole book about it:

Until this book is completed, we’re furnishing you with these articles, a bird’s eye view into anger, powerlessness and victimization and why the fall, when the lifeblood of the trees and flowers retreats back into the earth for another season of dormancy affects you. As feeling bereft and victimized is a function of disease, not whole robust or restored health.

To solve this state of bereftness and victimization, we often have to treat both states in our patients, especially as it relates to fall.  When all these ingredients show up in their symptom picture, we act accordingly. Then the patient’s inner nature will feel the power to transcend what the diseases Malaria and Staphysagria have beguiled her to believe; she’s bugged and victimized beyond repair.  On the other side, there is more liberty, a juicier taste of freedom.

What’s the Link Between Self-Education and Health?

[This post is from the September 2019 newsletter – click here to read it.]

In a way, this is a birth announcement. This month I gave birth to a new book titled ‘Self-Education for Excellence.’ It’s an inside out philosophy for life-long learning.

You may be wondering what learning style has to do with health. Hasn’t the way we’ve always taught kids in schools ok?  Afterall, I turned out ok. Didn’t I?

Basically, each of us is endowed with a true desire program before we’re born. It’s actually encoded within our being and then the key hidden from our view. Our job, then, during our lives is to find the key and unlock, through inspiration (in-spirit-ation), the hidden gifts bestowed to us.

If other folk’s agendas and curriculums interfere with, or trump, our volitional learning, there’s going to be symptoms. This is how we know whether or not we’re on the right path. If we’re rockin’ our essential self, feeling fulfilled, respecting our true desire program, we’re feeling happy, playful, enthusiastic, invested and wholly engaged.

If not, over time, we forget what we love, we lose the thread of inspiration, we end up settling for that 9-5 job in that 10 X 12 cubicle that just pays the bills. The problem is that the light went out on our dreams years ago and we’ve been paying the price with chronic fatigue, allergies, headaches, etc. 

Perhaps you’ve got kids at home that are already showing signs of disenchantment with the school year. Maybe their teacher is less than stellar this year. Before the light in their heart starts to dim, please pick up the book on Self-Education. It can help with coping strategies and help you understand that while you may have turned out fine, there is more to education and health than meets the eye. 

It might surprise you to learn that there are many creative ways to let kids self-initiate their learning. I’ll show you that their health and well-being actually depends on it. 

Reviews for ‘Self-Education for Excellence’:

“By picking up this book, you are helping to think beyond a model of indoctrination that operates against the individual, one which actively works against our mental health, sense of self and social justice, which in turn, manages to completely extinguish the learner’s natural love of learning. By adapting the concepts of self education you are working against the narrow, ageist, classist, ableist, sexist and racist version of ‘education’ that the current system and world at large supports. By picking up this book, you are starting to transform your own ideas surrounding the social construct we call “education” and start to focus on the value of “learning” instead.” ~ Lainie Liberti

“Ally, I am going through it all several times and each time I hear myself saying “Yes!” to SO much here; it’s blowing my mind and satisfying something so fundamental within me that it’s like reaching the summit of a sheer rock face cliff climb when you get to put two feet on the ground and REALLY feel them there! Planted. Solid ground under my feet; and damn it feels good!” ~ Lesley Breen, DMH, DynPh, Live & Layered Blood Cell Microscopy, MEd.

“I’m enjoying this book immensely. Thank you for sending it my way. And for reminding me that keeping my kids home with me and out of the school system and IN the world is an act of love, a tending and a caring for, not a test or challenge or egoic kind of practice.

I love how you’re connecting disease with not only compulsory learning, but the waning and stifling of those organic questions, the questions that become our dreams, really, our ambitions. I’ve read a lot of deschooling/unschooling texts and have never (I don’t think) seen that blatant connection. I believe it.” ~ Amy Robertson, Unschooling Mom

As I learn to navigate the education system with my five year old, this book reaffirms that children are natural learners and should not be interrupted at the ring of a bell when they are pursuing their passions or interests. While my child is in an alternative child-led Montessori school system – if I ever feel my son’s light dim – even a smidge – I now know that unschooling is within my reach and comfort zone. Thank you Allyson, for both your experience and research. This book will remain in my stack for years to come! Highly recommend! ~ Amy L Hitchman