from Dr. Erin
New Notions of Healing
Human health and wellness being my passion, I had several new insights earlier this summer while traveling in Europe. Most relevant to my work were the days I spent in France at "La Chrysalide" (The Chrysalis), a center for well-being and transformation developed by the doctor who created the color therapy and "Holopsony", or sound/music therapy, that I've mentioned in previous newsletters. Five days I spent there, going into the chrysalis of a caterpillar, coming out like a butterfly, and I lived to tell it!
This newsletter shares my story at "La Chrysalide", as well as an informative article from Dr. John about one of our favorite homeopathic methods: Isopathy. He'll explain further, but in short, this is a method of using known toxic substances in homeopathic form, to trigger detoxifications and the negative effects of the same substance. Perhaps reading his article will engender more questions, if so, let us know! All in all, I hope this newsletter continues to educate everyone on the new notions of healing encompassed in the medicine used at Options Naturopathic Clinic.
Carol Baglia of Correct Breathing Concepts, will be holding a free
informational lecture this coming Wednesday at Options on the Buteyko
method. Please see below for more information!
While Dr. Erin will be in Cleveland from July 22nd-31st, there are only a few open days left for appointments, so if you plan to schedule, please do so as soon as possible. We cannot guarantee there will be appointments available if not scheduled before her arrival. For patients requiring a joint appointment with both Dr. Erin and Dr. John, July 22nd, 23rd and 30th are the only possibilities, and those first two days are nearly full!
Dr. Erin will not be in Cleveland
again before late September, at the
earliest, as those dates are yet to be determined.
by John Sherman, N.D.
Counseling a patient last week on the idea of using a nosode to treat a particular disorder, I was reminded of how powerful and specific the method of homeopathic isopathy can be for true healing to take place. Before I describe some amazing case studies, several basic definitions are called for.
Most of you know the definition of a homeopathic remedy: a diluted preparation of a plant, mineral, or animal, that has been potentized into a form that can effect the true healing essence in all of us. Most remedies are determined by pure logic. Once you know the effects of the substance in physiologic doses, the same material in a diluted, potentized form will eliminate the same symptoms that are present in those doses. I often use the example of chopping an onion: everyone has experienced the strong effect of burning, watery eyes and nasal drainage. These symptoms make homeopathic onion (Allium cepa) one of the best remedies for hay fever, or even the common cold. To induce vomiting, one uses tincture of ipecac. But to treat a case of nausea or vomiting that’s already present, one needs only to use homeopathic ipecac (Ipecacuanha) in an acute dosage.
Rather than just using a ‘similimum’(similar constellation of symptoms) remedy, in isopathy, one uses the specific material in an energetic potentization to reverse and eliminate the symptoms. An example of this is a person suffering from chronic strep throat infections. Many people can become predisposed to these chronic infections through the overuse of antibiotics. Antibiotics can be a life saver when used discreetly, but most doctors grossly over prescribe them to the point that they no longer work. Often times, a single dose of Streptococcinum in a homeopathic form, can help prevent these persistent, recurring throat infections, as well as protect the individual with a current or threatening infection from the reflexive damaging effects of strep. This is the concept of isopathy: using a nosode (a homeopathic remedy made from the germ or virus that has caused the illness) to restore order to the system. Isopathy is very logical, but simple and elegant.
In my early years of practice, I witnessed a miraculous transformation of a patient using isopathy. She came to me as a last resort, after seeing many specialists: dermatologists, internists, endocrinologists, every “–ist” you can imagine. She claimed I was her last chance to find an answer. It was a lot of pressure for a doc just starting out! Her case was the classic indication for an isopathic remedy. She had a case of alopecia totalis, the loss of all head hair. She came to me very despondent, 28 years old, and totally bald since age 9. She told me how embarrassed she was to have to wear wigs in junior high and high school. It was a very traumatic, emotional issue for her, to say the least. In taking her history, she recalled losing a lot of her hair when she developed a high fever at age 7 during a bout of chicken pox. Then two years later, she got another high fever after contracting the measles, and lost all of her head hair, even eyebrows and eyelashes!
After considering what I have explained about isopathy, what would you give her? Of course, I gave her homeopathic chicken pox (Varicella) and measles (Rubeola), in gradually increasing potencies. She claimed, on the first dose, that she felt ‘tingling’ on her scalp and it became very itchy. After a few weeks, she developed peach fuzz-like hair, similar to a newborn; and over time, she slowly grew in long, dark black strands of hair. Needless to say, she was ecstatic. She would come to the office for a check-up, and there wouldn’t be a dry eye in the room. It was a healing I will never forget.
Other physicians have also witnessed this type of powerful change. In “Rediscovering Real Medicine”, Dr. Jean Elmiger, a French physician, describes many cases of isopathic healings. Here is an example of a typical case:
On 6 July, I received Diane G. from Geneva, aged 6 months. Her parents had come to me because they felt their child had been unable to recover from her first DTPP vaccination. It seemed that shortly following this first shock she had developed a slight fever which failed to disappear. The child had ceased to be cheerful, and the parents to have peace of mind. It is difficult not to imagine the worst with a sickly child who has run a fever for 3 months. The pediatrician claimed this ‘inflammation’ had nothing to do with the vaccinations, and prescribed Tylenol, but the fever refused to go away. Worse, the baby’s cheerful character disappeared completely, and the parents lost all confidence in the pediatrician. The parents correctly diagnosed the only illness involved here: the distortion of vital energy resulting from the vaccination hammer blows.
The appropriate treatment was immediately decided. I mixed the four DTPP nosodes and administered them immediately. Five days later the father called to confirm the fever’s disappearance and a spectacular improvement in the child’s overall condition. Over the next 10 months there were four more visits to strengthen the general constitution of this child who had now become a lovely and robust little girl. I can assure you that these parents aren’t in any hurry to consult their pediatrician again(p. 84).
This article is not meant to be a negative commentary on conventional medicine or the use of vaccinations (that could take several articles on its own!). Rather, it demonstrates the real cause of illness, which is so often overlooked. As Dr. Elmiger puts it, “the doctor’s art is really the unraveling of the subtle fabric of influences making up our lives. In essence, this fascinating work of homeopathic diagnosis is really a disentangling of the sequence of large and small events that have created the knots.”
Isopathic homeopathy is just one of many powerful tools used in a comprehensive, individualized approach that we employ at Options Naturopathic Clinic. As I have demonstrated, it is a very practical and logical method for removing the blocks to your own healing. Sometimes cases like these seem incredulous, until of course, you experience such a healing in your own life.
by Erin Holston Singh, N.D.
The imagery from Muhammad Ali's favorite phrase often rings true for
detoxing, particularly if the phrase were in reverse, since the process
of detoxifying can initially “sting like a bee”. Of course going to “La
Chrysalide” (the chrysalis), a unique holistic health center near
Amiens, France, is not uniquely a “detox” (this is just one of the many
side benefits as I like to call them). Rather, a week long assessment
and treatment at La Chrysalide is an amalgamation of experiences to put
one back into a state of “good form”. Going into a chrysalis, or a
protected stage of development, is a lovely analogy to what happens
while there, which makes the name of their center so appropriate.
-- For those of you interested in learning more about Dominique Bourdin, La Chrysalide and his therapies, there are two easy methods for the English-speaker. First, his website www.lachrysalide.com has an English section, just click on the British flag in the upper right corner. Secondly, one of his many books, “Healing: A Love Story”, has recently been translated into English and will be published as soon as we find a publisher! Please let us know if you are interested in a copy!
Free Informational Lecture by...
Carol Baglia of Correct
Breathing Concepts, LLC