“When Illness Comes Knocking This Winter, Just Lock the Door!”
During the winter when the nights are long, flu and colds start knocking on every door as if to say: “Are you home? Will you host me?”
Just say no! Lock the door. Don’t invite them in.
As a Classical Homeopath, I feel compelled to remind my clients, friends and colleagues to listen to our body’s own wisdom as well as share a few ideas I use both personally and in my practice to keep illness away from your doorstep.
The goal of classical homeopathy is to build immunity and resistance, or to help your body’s own natural tendencies to fend off illness if it’s made it to your doorway at work, on public transit, in crowds where you spend time, or even delivered indirectly through your children’s school chums to your home.
Sleep when tired, Eat when hungry
In winter months as daytime wanes, the early nightfall induces melatonin production in our bodies. This is the hormone telling your body to get sleepy. Don’t fight it. Instead, try to get 2 hours of extra sleep. This is a great way to allow your body rests so it can focus on strength building.
Imagine it’s just like opening the door to an unwelcome viral guest if you allow yourself to get too tired and depleted.
What If You Already Have the Flu?
If that flu virus picked the lock to your home and wiggled into your body, you do not need to call your Homeopath. Instead, use this self-healing treatment: an acute homeopathic remedy called “Oscillococcinum” [pronounced: oxi-lo-co’-sinum] found in most health food stores.
This acute remedy is effective when taken as soon as you feel you’re coming down with something – getting tired, achy, unfocussed, feeling slightly out of balance, or similar. Don’t wait: Take the remedy immediately!
I suggest you have this occillococcinum remedy on hand so you can take it the minute you start feeling symptomatic. That’s when this remedy is most effective.
Do You Really Need a Flu Shot?
Most likely you won’t need a flu shot when this safe, homeopathic treatment can very effectively handle flu symptoms. In some cases, you can take this Oscillococcinum remedy even if you’ve had a flu shot. In addition, my clients are being offered homeopathic flu immunization option when appropriate. In some cases, I can offer a homeopathic flu immunization remedy for clients, depending on their overall constitution. This is an option we evaluate after a thorough homeopathic intake session. If you’re unsure if you’re a candidate for the flu shot or our safer homeopathic flu immunization, call our office for advice: 415-585-1940.
What is the Difference Between Acute & Constitutional Remedies?
Acute remedies in homeopathy treat immediate symptoms, while constitutional remedies are chosen to fit each client’s unique physical, emotional and even spiritual make-up on a deeper, preventative level. That’s what a Classical Homeopath is trained to evaluate and treat. For more explanation, visit our website.
More Self-Healing & Preventative Tips
Listen to your body and eat when you’re hungry, even if it doesn’t follow a regular routine on your clock. Drink extra fluids to compensate for dry weather conditions while helping your body flush out unwanted toxins.
Increase your vitamin and supplement intake in winter when you need additional support for immunity. I recommend taking 1000 mg of vitamin C for maintenance, if your digestive system can easily tolerate this amount. It’s most effective when broken into a dosage of 250 mg taken four times daily.
Other important foods to support your system in winter are seasonal harvested roots, red and dark green leafy vegetables. You may notice that most health food stores stock abundant supplies of locally grown, seasonal foods to clue you into those nutrients that support your health this time of year.
When to See Your Homeopath
With our stressful lives, we sometimes develop weakened immune systems over time. Working long days, having less time for exercise, exposure to more people with illness, or staying indoors during cold days rather than getting exposure to the sun all inhibit the strength of our constitutions. If you find that you’re developing any of these conditions, it’s a good time to see a Classical Homeopath for a qualified evaluation and treatment:
• When you find yourself often prone to colds, flu or allergies, especially in winter
• When your immune system has been compromised by illness, injury, or lack of self-care
• Or if you have any of these other conditions preventing optimal health
Client Experience, One Example
People under the care of a qualified Classical Homeopath are less likely to get sick due to a fortified immune system. For example, one of my clients was a triage nurse who worked in an acute care clinic. She contracted a severe flu every winter for most of her career, due to her exposure to sick patients on a constant basis.
For the past six winters, following constitutional homeopathic treatment, she has avoided the flu, even while attending to sick patients coughing on her day in and day out.
She took a stand for the flu not being welcomed to enter her door by using homeopathy to strengthen her immune system.
Ready to Get Support This Winter?
If you’re sick and tired of being sick and tired in winter contact me I’ll provide a deep level evaluation to determine a constitutional remedy to strengthen your system to help you kick that flu virus off your front porch now and over the long term.
Details on treatment and how homeopathy works are found on my website at www.vardahome.com. For appointments call to schedule: 415-585-1940. If you don’t get me in person, leave a few dates and times that are most convenient for you and get back to you confirming an appointment.
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Say NO to Flu this Winter
Why talk about the flu in the Fall?
While Homeopathy is not commonly known for preventative care, it does offer an effective treatment to prevent the Flu. The homeopathic remedy Influenzinum, made from a flu vaccine every year, helps build resistance to flu viruses. Influenzinum has been used effectively and safely for over 150 years.
Better than Flu shots
Because homeopathic remedies are extremely diluted, the risk of falling ill as a result of using the Influenzinum homeopathic remedy is virtually nonexistent. That’s one important advantage over a flu shot. You can take Influenzinum even if you have already received a flu shot.
The protocol for preventing getting the Flu this winter:
“Influenzinum 9C” is available in most health food stores. (9C represents the dosage amount in homeopathic terminology).
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Cravings, Diet and Weight Loss
David Kirchoff, president of Weight Watchers, the world’s largest diet company, recently said on their website: “Calorie counting has become unhelpful.
When we have a 100-calorie apple in one hand and a 100-calorie pack of cookies in the other, and we view them as being ‘the same’ because the calories are the same, it says everything that needs to be said about the limitations of just using calories in guiding food choices.”
Kirchoff and Weight Watchers have eliminated the company’s popular “Points” system, which encouraged dieters to lose weight by eating any foods as long as they kept the portions small. The new system tries to encourage dieters to consume more natural, less processed food.
According to Time Magazine:
“The radical overhaul, which is the first major alteration to the Points program, comes at a time when Weight Watchers is trying to revive its recession-battered business.”
SOURCE: Time Magazine February 19, 2011
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My gift to people with hair Loss
I often see patients walking into my clinic wearing a wig; a temporary measure following chemotherapy. The wigs are hand crafted and loaned to people for the duration they are needed for.
For many years I had a 16″ long braid stored at the bottom of my drawer. I had no idea why I kept it till I realized the wigs I’m seeing are hand crafted using natural hair. Following request for instructions, the braid was shipped to Locks of Love. Following is their note of appreciation:
Thank you for your generous hair donation. Your selfless act of kindness will benefit a Locks of Love recipient and change their life for the better. Most of our recipients suffer from an autoimmune disease called alopecia areata, which has no known cause or cure. Other recipients are cancer survivors, victim of trauma such as burns and rare dermatological conditions that result in permanent hair loss. Your donation of hair will help return smiles to the many varied face of our children. On behalf of those children, their families and Board of Directors, Thank you – you made a difference!
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My Commitment to Haiti
As of February 1, 2010, I am pledging 20% of my initial consultation fees to Haiti relief.
Please pass this information to your friends.
It is through word of mouth that good causes become known.
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“Past the seeker as he prayed
came the cripples and the beggar. And seeing them …
he cried, ‘Great God, how is it
that a loving creator can see such things
and yet do nothing about them?’…
God said, ‘I did do something.
I made you.”
. – Sufi Teaching
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Martin Luther King Junior:
“The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.”
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Gandhi’s Seven Deadly Sins:
Mohandas Karamachand Gandhi, one of the most influential figures in modern social and political activism, considered these traits to be the most spiritually perilous to humanity.
- Wealth without Work
- Pleasure without Conscience
- Science without Humanity
- Knowledge without Character
- Politics without Principle
- Commerce without Morality
- Worship without Sacrifice