Creating A Path To Better Health

To Allyson & Jeff,

Cheers to the two of you – who show people the path “through the forest” on their way to better health.

Congratulation on the opening of your new clinic location.


Susie K.

Transformative Therapy – A Patient Success Story

I’m so grateful for you, Allyson, truly. One of the things I most value (in almost every context!) is others’ willingness to be brutally honest and to offer real, juicy truth and criticism. One of the amazing things about Heilkunst as I see it, is its combination of treatments and the kind of talk therapy and mirror-holding that you’re so amazing at facilitating, Allyson. The last session I had with you was utterly brutal, and totally transformative. Thank you.

~ Y. Clark, NB, Canada

Greatly Benefitted from Homeopathy

For over a decade, I have been taking a homeopathic remedies, and have greatly benefited from them, both physically and mentally.

The kind of homeopathic remedies that I have been taking is Heilkunst, and I have been receiving these remedies from Arcanum Wholistic Clinic.

Before I started taking homeopathic remedies, I had Asperger’s Syndrome and also a lot of very severe allergies.

I am 60 years old now, and what prompted me to start homeopathic remedies was the fact that I lost one job after another, even after being taught what things are appropriate to do and say on the job, because I was unable to do things fast enough.

In 2003, the job coach at the time decided to have a professional assess my thought processing, and it was because I was losing one job after another because of not being able to do any of them fast enough. When we got the results of the assessment that was done, we were told that I would never be able to do any job that requires speed because I was unable to process information fast enough or to multitask. These professionals didn’t think that anything could be done to make my thought processing any better. However, I hoped that something could be done to make it better, and, soon after that, I found about an allergy elimination treatment called NAET, so I gave that a try. After a number of NAET treatments, my allergy symptoms got somewhat better. However, with NAET, I had to have a separate treatment for each allergy, and with so many allergies to eliminate, I would need to have an awful lot of NAET treatments in order to eliminate every allergy that I had. A little bit later, I found out about a professional in Ottawa who was doing Heilkunst treatments, and so, I decided to started getting Heilkunst treatments from him, and I am very glad that I did. I started Heilkunst remedies in 2007, and I have been getting better gradually since then (both physically and mentally). To be honest, I have had to have an awful lot of Heilkunst treatments before my health improved an awful lot. Every little bit of Heilkunst treatment made me a little bit bit better, but I needed an awful lot of it before I was a lot better. However, without Heilkunst, I probably would have never gotten any better at all.

When I started having homeopathy, what I cared about the most was something that would improve my thought processing, especially since job opportunities are very limited for you if you can’t do things very fast or process information very fast. I really appreciate less severe allergy symptoms as well, but when I decided to give homeopathy a try, what I cared about even more than eliminating my allergy symptoms was making my thought processing speed faster, so that I would hopefully, be able to do more of the jobs that are available.

Another thing that I have noticed since I started having homeopathy is that I am able to relax more easily and I don’t get excited as easily. And nothing makes me smirk or giggle as easily as a lot of things I did in my pre-homeopathy days. Even if I think about something that is very silly, it no longer makes me smirk or giggle as it did in the past.

As for how fast I can process information, I think that it is much better than in my pre-homeopathy days. From 2008 to 2016, I had a job with a charitable organization on which I called people up to tell them about upcoming pickups for used clothing and household items. Unfortunately, however, they cut my hours (and those of my co-workers as well) apparently because of declining demand for that kind of work. I left that job when I got a job that gave me more hours somewhere else. Unfortunately, however, that job ended after only 6 months, and it was the first sales job I ever had, and after doing that job for 6 months, they came to the conclusion that sales jobs are not the right fit for me. In the 2 years since that job ended, my goal has been to work as a filing clerk. However, I was told by a job counselor that employers want people who have had recent experience in filing, and at that point, I didn’t have any recent experience in filing. For that reason, I have been trying to gain experience in filing and data entry by doing it on a volunteer basis. I have been doing data entry work on a volunteer basis at a local community centre for about a year now, and I really enjoy doing that kind of work. And the people whom I am doing data entry work for (on a volunteer basis) are very pleased with the data entry work I have been doing for them.

~ Jonathan D, Ontario, Canada

Grown By Leaps & Bounds; A Patient Success Story

I have grown by leaps and bounds since this testimonial, and Heilkunst as a medium for education and remediation continues to blow my mind wide open. I hope I never become so overwhelmed by material things that I lose my sense of wonder and awe in Heilkunst. It is and always will be a dynamic miracle for my own existence. Amazing things happen with my magic dropper bottles – not having taken an antibiotic in over 14 years comes to mind or having pneumonia every single year for a lifetime, sometimes twice yearly, once in the summer months god forbid, and suddenly recognizing I haven’t had pneumonia for 5 years! The lists I can make are astronomical and very satisfying – I will always toot Heilkunst’s horn. It is amazing!

~ T.M., Ontario, Canada

Forever Grateful; A Patient Success Story

Eczema Testimonial:

Leif’s eczema – before and after with homeopathy and Heilkunst medicine.

Not 100% sure how this therapy works – but it does!

Forever grateful to @arcanumwholisticclinic

~ J. Gollan

Skin and Ear Issues Resolved; A Patient Success Story

Haven presented with skin issues and ear issues as new patient. Through Heilkunst treatment, she was able to recover without allopathic invasive surgeries or pharmaceuticals.

Left, H before Arcanum. Right, Haven after Arcanum, eating avocado pudding!

Thanks for all you do.

~ J.A., Nebraska, USA

SSRIs and Vulnerable Patients


Let’s talk about the difficult topic of those taking antidepressant drugs (ADs), in particular the Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRIs) and the emergence or worsening of suicidal ideation in “vulnerable patients.”  However, it is still suggested that you use these drugs anyway?! Across the globe, ADs, especially SSRIs, are among the most commonly prescribed medications.

We’ve treated many folks suffering feelings of suicide. I actually think it’s a big reason why I came to Heilkunst Medicine in the first place, as my own mother had committed suicide, and I had fear that it would be a disease matrix that might show up in my own kids. I wanted that predisposition annihilated.

That was over 20 years ago and I’m happy to say that I’ve by far outlived both my parents, and life couldn’t be more pleasurable and full of meaning and purpose for me. Using Heilkunst principles to resolve this tendency for ourselves and others has been very rewarding.

By addressing the root cause, one no longer needs to manage with drugs. Yes, I’m sure you’re wondering about unbalanced brain chemistry, however, this is the level at which we’re referring. Brain chemistry can shift when you remove the blockages to cure on the sound basis of the law of nature, ‘like cures like’.

I know this because, clinically, I’ve seen tendencies like OCD, autism, schizophrenia and manic depression addressed consistently with Heilkunst Principles. I’ve also seen the reports of our patients who’ve confirmed these qualitative shifts with the endocrinologist, the NDs, the energy workers, and the live blood analysts, over the last 20 years.

If you’re interested in exploring more about the tonic roots for these conditions, you can read our blog article on the Syphilitic Genetic Miasm. This will enable you to make the link to one of our chief homeopathic remedies for suicidal ideation. It’s the image of insidious self-destructive tendencies including wanting to make an early departure from this life.

We want you to know that you’re not alone. We’ve all faced the dark nights of our own soul and that we too had to rely on this system of medicine, that causes no harm. We all deserve to make our way to home to our levity, to bask in our inner light.

Here’s the link to the article on SSRIs

What You Need to Know About the FDA’s War on Homeopathy*

*The following excerpt has been reprinted here with permission from…..



The FDA is a joke. There’s really no nicer way to say it. By now you’ve probably heard that instead of cracking down on the drugs fueling the opioid epidemic, they are attempting to regulate homeopathic remedies, which is kind of funny because they supposedly contain no active ingredients whatsoever and cause about zero deaths each year. (Except when we’re making stuff up to scare people into believing there’s a sudden need to regulate something there’s no need to regulate.) 

Why are they doing this, you ask? And I quote“In light In light of the growth of the industry…” We can stop there because we all know where this is going. 
Read the rest of the article here….


In Defence of Anger

I find anger has been getting a bum rap lately, and so I thought I would find my voice in defence of this basic human emotion:

  • Anger is a sign of respect; it requires engagement and enables change. Think about it: if I allow myself to be furious with someone’s behaviour, it is because I am able to distinguish the person I love from his conduct, and, more importantly, I recognize his agency. It would be absolutely futile to be angry with someone if I regarded his behaviour as necessary. Anger is a call to freedom. I am forever indebted to those who dared to get angry with me: they are the ones who forced me to bump up against my own limitations and called me to transcend them. Relationships fail in the absence of anger.
  • A failure to express anger leads to impotence: sexually, personally, and politically. Uninhibited anger is one of the surest signs of a good bed mate and responsible citizen.
  • Anger is the agent of change. Suppression reinforces the status quo. I am encouraged by parents who allow their children to get angry with them. This cultivates citizens who can stand up for themselves. If children cannot stand the heat in the kitchen, how the hell can we expect them to stand up for their rights and freedoms in the political arena?
  • Anger is what safe guards our ability to enjoy the pleasures of life.
  • If we don’t learn to harness our own anger it wreaks havoc on our bodies. I have learned to trade a urinary tract infection in for a bout of uninhibited anger, which ranks among the most empowering experiences I’ve had to date.
  • Clear, rational anger relieves anxiety and agitation. When we direct our anger at what is inhibiting us from doing our work in the world, it no longer comes out in pathetic ways. Road rage is the result of stifled anger, not anger pure and simple.
  • The surest way to get a battered woman out of her oppressive situation is to incite her anger. Women have, for centuries, been made to feel guilty about their anger, and we wonder why they have been systematically marginalized in the political arena. Give me a fiery woman any day.
  • Getting comfortable with anger fosters community. It is fear of anger that perpetuates the view that government is necessary to keep human nature – – nasty, brutish, and short – – in check. Those who allow anger to be unleashed, discover that it is nothing more than an expression of love and do not equate anarchy with mayhem. Compare Freud’s Civilization and its Discontents with Reich’s Children of the Future.
  • Anger is an expression of love.
  • Anger speaks and we need to start listening.


Read Allyson McQuinn’s book on Rage here:

The Bowen Technique and The Physiology of Freedom

According to Wilhelm Reich, there is a basic contradiction between human longing for freedom and our biophysical incapacity to accept it.[1] In other words, our ability to be entirely self-regulating individuals – – invulnerable to false authority – – is a function of our physiology. Reich observed that our character structure, which determines our capacity for resonant relationships, fulfilling work, and inspiring studies, is rooted in our (oftentimes chronically rigid) musculature.

This clinical insight informed his advice to psychotherapists that “in explaining the reasons for the failure of a particular case, the analyst must avoid statements such as that the patient ‘did not want to get well,’ or he or she was not accessible; for this is precisely what we want to know: why didn’t the patient get well, why wasn’t he or she accessible?”[2]

In view of the most challenging cases, Reich would more readily accept the limitations of his therapeutic technique than conclude that the stubborn individual sitting across from him simply did not want to get better. His clinical success with so-called masochistic patients supported his claim that even those who inflicted pain on themselves were motivated by the pursuit of pleasure: their muscular structure simply could not tolerate the expansiveness that pleasure generates. As such, their self-mutilation was actually a source of relief for them: they were too armored to take up the reins of a healthier, happier, life. But they certainly wanted (i.e. cosmically longed for) freedom. The question for Reich was: (how) could this freedom be attained?

A testament to its seeming indelibility, Reich recognized that armoring is a function of civilization: its specific purpose is to hold back and assist individuals to conform and thus reduce anxiety. Rather than yell and threaten to kill his father, for example, Reich observed that an enraged child would rather tighten his throat, which, over time, would develop into a stutter.

By Reich’s account, we are a hobbled, diseased, flock of subservient patrons. And, since armored parents raise armored children, armoring is a self-perpetuating pandemic. Seemingly necessary to preserve the status quo, it enables us to conform to societal expectations. But, in order to do so, we often have to deny what we really want. We literally have to tighten our bodies to prevent the energy mounting in our loins from running amok.

So where does that leave those of us who want to emote freely and have the capacity to surrender to life’s many pleasures? Reich identified the futility of any mass overhaul of societal norms and, towards the end of his career, found most hope in prophylaxis by informed child rearing: “We cannot tell our children what kind of world they will or should build. But we can equip them with the kind of character structure and biological vigor which will enable them to make their own decisions, to find their own ways, to build their own future and that of their children, in a rational manner.” [3] But, along the way, he also developed therapeutic techniques to help his patients soften the chronic armoring that had a clamp down on their character structures. And, while I can appreciate Reich’s eventual emphasis on prevention, right now, it is the de-armoring aspect of his work that I find most relevant. I certainly care about future children, but my immediate interests are in learning techniques to soften my own musculature, break through my own armoring, and transmute my own character structure. This is why I am impressed with the de-armoring arsenal at Arcanum. This is also why I have recently become so interested in the Bowen Technique as a modality to complement my future Heilkunst practice.

I was initially captivated by this hands-on technique when it was used on me after I dislocated my shoulder. It was a serious injury (I had left it dislocated overnight to tend to in the morning) and the prognosis was quite bad. Dissatisfied with the options laid out for me, I flew across the country to my trusted Bowen practitioner who restored full mobility to my arm in a single session! While the long list of acute and chronic ailments ( that Bowen can address continues to amaze me, as my studies of this technique progress, I am increasingly interested in its de-armoring properties. Over the course of my training, I continue to notice a profound shift in the character structures of my classmates and myself. We are all softening at the touch of each other’s “Bowen Hands.”

Bowen’s efficacy is often attributed to its ability to re-balance the Autonomic Nervous System (ANS), where the body’s self-healing mechanisms are governed. The ANS controls over 80% of bodily functions and is very susceptible to external stressors. In our fast-paced society, most people we encounter are living in a constant state of high stress and sympathetic dominance. Bowen catalyzes the transition from sympathetic dominance to parasympathetic dominance, which is necessary for healing to take place. Expressed differently: it is also the state our body needs to be in to release chronic armoring.

When Reich questioned what produces chronic muscular contraction, his investigation led to the realm of the vegetative nervous system and the basic antithesis of vegetative functioning. He found that “excitation of the sympathetic nervous system causes contraction, which is felt as anxiety. Parasympathetic excitation causes expansion, which is felt as pleasure. It is chronic sympatheticatonia, therefore, which causes and maintains the armor, which in turn maintains the neurosis.”

After a Bowen session, when I feel my body shift into parasympathetic dominance, I know that it is in the requisite state to disarm itself. The gentle rolls over my muscles and connective tissue inform my nervous system of the state of tension in the musculotendinous tissue, which then responds to finally break the vicious cycle. I experience profound relaxation and my entire body is restored to a state of grace, no longer chronically compromised by social pressures. It is more labile and flexible and free to arm and disarm itself as appropriate. It is – – or should I say, I am – – no longer in a constant state of emergency.

True: I will never forget the immediate rehabilitation the Bowen technique granted me after my accident. But it is the overall softening and openness to pleasure that I am most grateful for and most interested in carrying forward.

To participate in Carol-Ann’s Bowen clinical, contact her at:

[1] Elsworth Baker, Man in a Trap (Princeton: The American College of Orgonomy Press, 2000), xxvi.

[2] Wilhelm Reich, Character Analysis, trans. Vincent Carfagno (New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1972), 9.

[3] Wilhelm Reich, Children of the Future, ed. Mary Higgins and Chester Raphael, trans. Derek Jordan et al. (New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1983), 7.