Diathesis

Diathesis describes a person’s predisposition or tendency. The early homeopaths used another word for this type of classification: miasm. The founder of homeopathy, Samuel Hahnemann, originally described three classic miasms or diatheses: Psoric (SORE-ICK), Sycotic (SIGH-CAH-TICK), and Syphilitic (SI-FA-LI-TIC), known in Europe as Luetic (LOO-E-TIC). Today, we add a fourth that is thought to have developed in the late 19th and early…

Temperament

Balancing the temperament in natural medicine means to balance the social aspects of an individual in order to affect their physical symptom picture. In this regard, natural medical practitioners, such as naturopathic doctors and homeopathic physicians, understand that behavioral problems such as mood and social difficulties are often a reflection of the innate aspects of…

Terrain, the Guéniot Definition

From the perspective of natural medicine, the terrain of a human being is made up three things: what is inherited (i.e. what he came with), an individual’s personal history (i.e. nutrition, personal events and intoxifications) and finally, what suppressive medical therapies he has had, such as vaccination, antibiotic therapy or other ongoing drug treatment. This…

Microbes and the Terrain

Special Commentary on COVID-19 & What you can DO today to protect yourself and your family Dr. Erin The particle beam from the largest and oldest black whole ever measured is hitting the earth right NOW[1]. To me, this is no coincidence with the current events of our little world called Earth. Perhaps for the…

NATUROPATHIC PREVENTION & PROTECTION for Viral Illness

Naturopathic medicine has many therapies for the ‘cytokine release syndrome’ or ‘cytokine storm’ driving the respiratory failure mentioned in our Microbes and the Terrain article. The release of these immunological molecules is the aberrant immunity on overdrive (again, related to the toxicants, but classical medicine rarely considers this). Autoimmunity, or self-directed immune assaults, didn’t exist…

Principles of Healing

There are two main philosophical explanations of healing that guide both naturopathic medicine and our day-to-day work with patients: Hering’s Law of Cure and Reckeweg’s Homotoxicology. Hering’s law defines the practical events that occur as a patient moves from a more diseased state to health, whereas the other two explanations are more complete descriptions of…

Naturopathic Doctor’s Training and Regulation

Naturopathic Doctors (ND/NMD) unlike traditional naturopaths are trained at one of these seven federally accredited naturopathic schools: Bastyr University Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Medicine Bridgeport University* Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine National University of Health Sciences National University of Natural Medicine Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine *Bridgeport University is no longer accepting new students. Once…

Definition of Terms

Allopathy/Allopathic Medicine A term originally coined by Samuel Hahnemann, M.D., the founder of homeopathy, that describes the treatment of disease using a principle of opposites (as opposed to homeopathy which uses a principle of similars). ‘Allopacthic medicine’ is now considered to be synonymous with Western or conventional medicine. Biotherapeutic Drainage Subtle and directed elimination through…

A Naturopathic Approach to Pain

Although pain is uncomfortable and undesirable, pain is a safety signal that assists in preserving the body’s integrity. Pain does not always equal harm and can be good to signal the approach of the body’s limitation with a particular motion. It is a complex, changeable, and reversible process; the body can be retrained so that…