Dana Ullman’s new article on homeopathy

Dana Ullman, long one of the leading thinkers, writers, and practitioners in the homeopathic field, has published this excellent article. Enjoy!

Compelling Facts, Figures, and Scientific Studies about Homeopathic Medicine (aka “the original nanomedicine”)

Article Posted on: Thursday, November 9th 2017 at 4:30 pm
Written By: Dana Ullman, MPH, CCH
This article is copyrighted by GreenMedInfo LLC, 2017

Here is an excerpt:

“95% of French pediatricians (& others) prescribe homeopathic medicines”

“According to a survey derived from the French government’s record of the prescribing habits of French physicians, 95% of French pediatricians, dermatologists, and general practitioners use homeopathic medicines! Further, 43% of ALL health and medical professionals in France prescribe homeopathic medicines for their patients. In approximately half of the instances in which a homeopathic medicine was prescribed, a conventional drug was also prescribed. This statistic therefore means that approximately half of the times a homeopathic medicine was prescribed, the health and medical professional believed that homeopathic treatment didn’t need a conventional drug.

“The World Health Organization (WHO) has deemed France to have the BEST health care in the world, and obviously, the consistent and persistent use of homeopathic medicines by medical professionals and by the general public help contribute to the health of the population of France.” …. READ MORE:

http://www.greenmedinfo.com/blog/compelling-facts-figures-and-scientific-studies-about-homeopathic-medicine-aka-or

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Insomnia: Early humans did not sleep as we do… or try to!

Insomnia: the whole sleeping or NOT sleeping issue…

The whole sleeping or NOT sleeping issue. So many people, especially post-menopausal women, brought me this problem, begging for help. I am writing a hefty chapter of my new book on insomnia. Stay tuned.

In the meantime:

~ take GABA precursors such as passion flower and valerian, or try GABA itself (works for some people, not all.)

~ Stop all caffeine including tea after 5 pm

~ Take Magnesium threonate or glycinate in the evenings

~ Try chamomile, l-theanine, 5HTP and melatonin.  (Careful with melatonin, only 3mgs, not more)

~Try a homeopathic combination remedy such as Calms Forte

~If you are a postmenopausal woman, remember that reduced levels of estrogen also reduces your ability to sleep. Try Black Cohosh, Damiana Red Clover Blossom, Evening Primrose. (Check out Promensil)

~ Try sleep-inducing lights such as Goodnight Lightbulb from Amazon

~ And put your ipads, laptops and phones away at least an hour before bed.

Avoid sleep meds if you can and and allow for the fact that 4 hours of sleep, then a waking period, then four more hours, was how human beings used to sleep. Interesting!

Check out this article for more info: Waking Up in the Middle of the Night

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You CAN recover from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/M.E.!

Even if you (or someone you know) have been suffering for years with CFS/M.E., there is a way to get better. I was fortunate to be able to help many people, in all my years of practicing, and now I find that those reading my book are finding their way back to good health as well. It is fabulous!

I am so thrilled. I received a wonderful review today from someone who carefully followed the recommendations in my book: Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: a guide to the homeopathic treatment of CFS/M.E. She has been struggling with CFS for years, and it has been especially bad over the last two years. She followed my protocol and a month later is feeling remarkably better. Even though I am now retired from practice, this just warms my heart more than I can say.

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: a guide to the homeopathic treatment of CFS/M.E. 

5.0 out of 5 stars If you have chronic fatigue or chronic Epstein-Barr virus, do yourself a favor and read this book.

By Madame Michelle on November 1, 2017    Format: Kindle Edition

Not only does Diane Solomon write with clarity but she is also a gifted homeopath. From my decades of experience with homeopathy as a lay homeopath and having consulted many well-trained homeopaths, I have learned that in order to be a good prescriber one needs to be able to understand the unique characteristics of each remedy. Homeopathy is a blend of art and science. Having had chronic Epstein-Barr Virus for many years and having had it raise it’s ugly head more than a year ago causing immense fatigue, fevers, weakness, cascading chills, fainting spells, weight loss, etc. etc. I am finally seeing the light at the end of tunnel. After following Diane’s protocol, I’ve made great strides and am keeping my fingers crossed that after many misdiagnoses and failed attempts by both Western and Eastern healthcare providers, that I now am on the road to good health.

 

I am touched by her words and glad I could help. That is why I wrote the book!

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What NOT To Do If You Have A Cold or Flu (and What TO Do)

Oh boy, here we go, cold season.  There is a great deal you can do, and NOT do, to avoid or treat colds, so you don’t lose much time to the silly viruses that plague us. 

The don’ts with regard to colds and flu:

Don’t Tough it Out

Don’t go to work – no one wants your germs. We always think we need to “work right through” and “tough it out.”  I strongly suggest you don’t! You will be better faster for resting for a few days and besides, your colleagues and friends will appreciate it!

So take a few days off; don’t ignore the feelings that you are getting a cold. Rest. Let your body fight the illness, and take all the things you can to help your body: plenty of rest, drink fluids, take Vitamin C, stay warm, take herbs and nutrients that help your immunity. (See the bottom of this blog for things to help!)

If you MUST be at work, keep your distance from everyone, cover your mouth if you sneeze, and be sure to wash your hands. Public health agencies recommend proper hand hygiene as one of the best defenses against the spread of viruses and bacteria.

Don’t Smoke!

If you smoke, you may more easily succumb to the viruses that cause colds and flu. This is probably because your lung tissue has been damaged or at least compromised by inhaling nicotine and tobacco. If you have a cold or flu, stop smoking until you are completely better. And why not use that to try to stop smoking entirely!

Don’t  Forget To Drink Lots of Liquids!

It is not an “old wives’ tale” about drinking fluids when you have a cold. And even if it were, that might be a good thing – I suspect “old wives” know rather a lot!  So drink plenty or chicken broth, water, tea, and fruit juice.

Don’t  Drink Alcohol

Alcohol is a definite no-no when you are getting a cold. It tends to lower immune response, and also dehydrates you.  Yowig down something to make you care less, but it won’t make you feel any better, and will slow down your recovery! The opposite of what you want!

Don’t Fight Sleep

You need more sleep than usual to fight off a virus and all its accompanying inflammation symptoms. You probably feel very tired, so give in gracefully, check out, and sleep!

Don’t Allow Stress

If you endure constant levels of stress, you are more prone to getting a cold or the flu. So if you feel yourself coming down with something, try to eliminate stress.

Don’t Take Too Many Cold Medications, or Mix Them

If you absolutely have to take something to help with your cold, I get it. But decongestants can actually make things worse and inflame your nasal cavities.  And beware of mixing over-the-counter drugs, as well.  Ask your pharmacist for advice. There are so many natural herbal and nutritional supplements that work better. And they are safer! (Scroll down for tips)

Don’t  Take Antibiotics (unless prescribed for a secondary bacterial infection)

The virus that causes the common cold does not respond to antibiotics. Period. And there is evidence that taking antibiotics reduces your immun response, and you want your immunity cracking along at its best! So don’t ask your doc for antibiotics.  Instead, try the protocol below that has been serving me, my family, and my clients for many years!

The “do’s”: here are great ways to avoid or treat a cold:

VITAMIN C: Take 2 grams of Ester C, Liposomal Vitamin C, or Calcium Ascorbate (2000 mg, or 4 x 500 mg capsules) straight away.  Buffered C (Calcium Ascorbate or Ester C is easier on the gut. Then take 500 mg every hour for the first day, then taper off over three days. But be persistent; you may think you’ve killed the virus, but you may have just subdued it and it will show it’s ugly face again! The Vitamin C supports the immune system to keep the invader out. If you get gassy or get abdominal cramps or diarrhea, take a little less. If you still have symptoms, take a little more. As we get older, it takes more and more C to do the job.

** I take a minimum of 6 grams (12 x 500mg capsules) a day in the summer, 8 grams in the winter, and then much more if I feel the slightest sore throat. You have to ACT FAST. I carry it everywhere… handbags, glove compartment, coat pockets… 🙂

VITAMIN D: 10,000 units per day for three days, then 5,000 per day for two more weeks.

VITAMIN A as Beta Carotene: 25,000 ius; take two immediately on onset of symptoms, then 2 a day for a week. There is no downside; Beta Carotene is water-soluble.

ZINC LOZENGES: Slowly suck a Zinc lozenge, once every two hours for the first day, then three a day till cold symptoms and sore throat are gone

OSCILLOCOCCINUM: If you think it’s flu (body aches as well) take a dose of homeopathic Oscillococcinum every hour, 3 times. Available at health food stores & Amazon. Directions say take entire tube – not necessary. A third of the tube is fine as one dose.

NETI POT with warm salt water plus Olbas oil or a little Tiger’s Balm.  Flush out sinus passages and prevent viral spread and replication. Dramatically more effective than antibiotics for sinus infections.


Other good ideas: how to avoid or treat a cold

Echinacea/Goldenseal extract; Take two droppers-full (Zand Insure Herbal or Nature’s Way Echinacea/Goldenseal tincture.) Tincture is better than capsules as you want the herbs to coat the throat- don’t rinse them away! Once every three or four hours the first day, then twice a day for three more days.

Eat lots of garlic and onions; i.e. onion soup with a clove of garlic in it. Onion soup is marvelous for expectoration – clears out the mucus.

Drink lots of liquids, preferably mineral water with lemon. NOT ALCOHOL, as it lowers the immune system.

Good luck avoiding or getting over that cold this fall and winter!

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The atmosphere is changing the food we eat… and not for the better!

The increase in carbon dioxide from global warming is reducing protein in plants and raising their carbohydrate levels. What effect does this have on our nutritional status, with regard to diabetes and obesity? And with the further findings that this change correlates to a reduction in mineral content in plants, we must look at the other health issues involved in deficiencies of zinc and iron, among others.

Few people are talking about this. It is time we did!

Check out this article in Politico: “The atmosphere is literally changing the food we eat, for the worse. And almost nobody is paying attention.”  By HELENA BOTTEMILLER EVICH
09/13/2017 05:03 AM EDT

FROM THE ARTICLE “… elevated CO2 has been shown to drive down important minerals like calcium, potassium, zinc and iron. The data we have, which look at how plants would respond to the kind of CO2 concentrations we may see in our lifetimes, show these important minerals drop by 8 percent, on average. The same conditions have been shown to drive down the protein content of C3 crops, in some cases significantly, with wheat and rice dropping 6 percent and 8 percent, respectively.”

GOLDENROD: Researchers “found that the protein content of goldenrod pollen has declined by a third since the industrial revolution—and the change closely tracks with the rise in CO2. Scientists have been trying to figure out why bee populations around the world have been in decline, which threatens many crops that rely on bees for pollination. Ziska’s paper suggested that a decline in protein prior to winter could be an additional factor making it hard for bees to survive other stressors.”

READ THE ARTICLE:

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What is the most important factor in human happiness?

 

I know I am a homeopath, nutritionist, and writer in the health arena, so why am I talking about human happiness? Well, it surely is profoundly important to human health, don’t you think?

Philosophers have pondered what creates human happiness for thousands of years, with various speculative theories. We know it isn’t money. We know it isn’t career, job, possessions,  power. In fact it is simple. It is relationships. It is LOVE.

But if you want evidence, check out this Harvard study: Harvard Study of Adult Development.  In a terrific TED talk, psychiatrist Robert Waldinger presents the findings of this 75 year Harvard study. “The surprising finding is that our relationships and how happy we are in our relationships has a powerful influence on our health,” said Robert Waldinger, director of the study, a psychiatrist at Massachusetts General Hospital and a professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. “Taking care of your body is important, but tending to your relationships is a form of self-care too. That, I think, is the revelation.”

Here is an article with all the details: https://news.harvard.edu/gazette/story/2017/04/over-nearly-80-years-harvard-study-has-been-showing-how-to-live-a-healthy-and-happy-life/

Here is the TED talk: http://thepowerofideas.ideapod.com/75-year-harvard-study-revealed-one-important-factor-human-happiness/?utm_content=buffer3a59a&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

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We need to get off the couch!


We need to get off our backsides! And I don’t think this applies only to baby boomers.. With winter coming, we should really not sit for four hours every evening after dinner and watch TV. We need a plan! Maybe we could go for a walk, or when too cold perhaps watch an episode of something while we either walk on a treadmill or aerobic bike? But sadly, laziness and sloth seem to be human beings’ default positions. Lol. Let’s fight that!

Check out this article and research from NPR station WBUR.org in Boston.

“Count the number of hours you sit each day. Be honest.

“If you commute an hour in the morning and hour after work — that’s two hours, and if you sit at an eight-hour-a-day desk job that’s 10,” says epidemiologist Loretta DiPietro of the Milken Institute School of Public Health at George Washington University.

“Then you come home at, say, 6 p.m., eat dinner and crash into your recliner for another three to four hours,” says DiPietro. “That’s 13 to 14 hours of sitting.”

Being immobile like that for many hours each day does more than raise the risk of a host of diseases. DiPietro and her colleagues have good evidence that, as the years wear on, it actually reduces the ability of older people to get around on foot at all.

In a study of sitting and walking ability that surveyed people ages 50 to 71 across 8 to 10 years, those who tended to sit the most and move the least had more than three times the risk of difficulty walking by the end of the study, when compared to their more active counterparts.

Some ended up unable to walk at all. The study appears in the current issue of The Journals of Gerontology: Medical Sciences.”  READ MORE

 

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