Are diseases harder to cure today?

The catalogue of human diseases has been expanding with extremely alarming rates over the past century creating an epidemic of manmade iatrogenesis.
The era of industrial and agricultural mechanization has marked the beginning of a new stage in the history of human civilization. And so did the pharmaceutical industry by monopolizing the healthcare system. Healthcare is not about curing diseases. It is about masking symptoms through the administration of petrochemical drugs and invasive procedures, which as a result unleashes the dormant inherent predispositions and further weakens the constitution to create life-long customers for the pharmaceutical profit driven cartels.
We live in a chemical-laden environment. Our natural habitat being chronically poisoned is steadily drifting away from the optimal conditions that are an absolute pre-requisite for maintaining good health of all life within its limits.
We are fixated on eliminating mild natural illnesses, which natural design is to prime the immune system and prevent much more impactful and even lethal chronic maladies later in life. Yet, we have adopted the norm of manmade diseases induced by unnatural, unphysiological and ultimately harmful synthetic drugs, invasive surgeries, chemical-laden food, contaminated water and air. By forcefully inflicting change upon our ecosystem we must accept the inevitable consequences that come with that decision. And they are not promising.
Pathogens are becoming more resilient and virulent. Diseases are reaching a peak of resistance to the point of incurability, where only mere palliation is deemed possible. There are too many obstacles for a true cure to take place.
We need to come to terms with a simple truth. That is no amount of positive thinking and belief that organic food, clean water, natural therapies, nutritional supplements and such are going to help us unless we remove the maintaining causes that excited the dis-ease in the first place.
Perhaps, instead of perpetually seeking for “new revolutionary cures” for the entire catalogue of maladies we have created for ourselves, it would be wiser to take a step back and correct the residue of our own wrongdoing.
Let’s begin at the beginning then.

Article by Zara Bourgeois, CCH(cand)

diaper rash Homeopathy

Homeopathic treatment of diaper rash

Homeopathy is highly effective in the treatment of even the most persistent skin affections.

One of the most frustrating experiences for parents is dealing with a stubborn diaper rash. Temporary diaper rash could be associated with teething. Chronic nappy rash could be caused by overgrowth of Candida albicans (also is baby has been given antibiotics or through breast milk if the mother has been on antibiotics) in the moist, poorly aerated area beneath the diaper and is often transmitted to a child by skin to skin contact with an infected adult. Baby’s buttocks, thighs and genitals become red, sore, spotty, itchy and weepy.

Homeopathic remedies should be taken internally in combination with mild plant-based ointments. There are a number of over the counter diaper rash creams, but most conventional formulations are zinc oxide-based and should be avoided. Those are not only suppressive, but may pose certain risks to the child’s health in the long term. For more details on the safety and side effects of zinc oxide visit: http://www.drugs.com/cdi/zinc-oxide-cream.html

There are different lines of natural diaper ointments based on herbal formulas and homeopathic creams containing low potency preparations of herbs with known anti-septic and anti-inflammatory healing properties.

Calendula or Symphytum-based creams can be purchased at any health food store or natural pharmacy.

Homeopathic remedies for internal use:

Medorrhinum

Skin eruption, area is red, raw, inflamed and prone to bleeding.

Calcarea carbonica

Diaper rash in a chubby baby who suffers from profuse head sweating at night.

Sulphur

Skin rash with bright red colour especially around the anus. The area is very itchy with burning sensation. The skin can become raw, break open and bleed. The child will aggravate from taking a hot bath. Keep the baby as cool as possible.

Hepar sulphur

The affected area is very tender and sensitive to touch and so is the the child emotionally. The skin may ooze pus with old rotten cheese kind of smell. Warm bath ameliorates. The child tends to be chilly and can not tolerate the touch of cold hands.

Petroleum

The affected area is extremely sensitive, raw, burning, itchy and difficult to heal, especially in the folds and around the scrotum. The skin may crack and bleed. Keep the area well aired, clean and dry. It is best if baby can go without a diaper. The child is very irritable.

Graphites

The skin rash is in the folds of the skin. It tends to be raw, inflamed, dry, cracked and itchy. If there is thick, honey coloured oozing form the affected area and the presence of yellow crust – think of Graphites. The child will not want a warm bath as it aggravates.

Some useful tips:

  1. Change the diaper more frequently to ensure the area is always clean and dry.
  2. Wash the baby’s bottom with mild organic soap and lukewarm water, pat dry with clean sterile cotton towel and apply Calendula cream. Do not use wet wipes unless you have no access to soap and water at the moment. Do not smear the excrement around the affected and already inflamed area.
  3. Do wash your hands immediately after changing diapers and be careful if you are aware of having yeast infection as it can be transmitted to the baby through skin to skin contact.
  4. Allow the baby to spend as much time as possible out of diapers provided the room is warm and dry.
  5. If breast feeding the mother is encouraged to exclude sweets and sugar from her diet. Also remove fresh fruit, fruit pouches and acidic food from baby’s diet as those make for acrid and excoriating excrements causing irritation and prevent speedy healing.
  6. If symptoms persist consult your family physician

Article is courtesy of Zara Bourgeois, DIHom(pact.), CCH(cand.)

CHC accreditation

Homeopathy’s Golden Standard for Practice: CCH

Homeopathy and the CCH standard

Today I want to share with my clients and colleagues a new milestone in my professional path as a homeopath. After almost 13 years since the beginning of my journey, hundreds of hours of studying, tireless volunteering, planning and establishing a practice I have finally took on the challenge to attest my commitment to homeopathy before the world. I am pleased to share the exciting news of my success at the initial stage of becoming a registered board-certified Homeopath with the Council of Homeopathic Certification – the highest degree of professional recognition and standard of practice.

Why is the CCH (Certified Classical Homeopath) designation important?

Every field of work has certain code of standards and requirements, that are in place for the purpose of establishing, regulating and maintaining the proficiency of those who exercise it at a professional level. It ensures that there is consistency and uniformity of expertise amongst its members and promotes those benefits for the betterment of the relationship between professionals and clients.

The CCH membership provides access to a wide network and a national directory of qualified homeopaths and a great referral service for clients who want to consult with board-certified practitioners. It also gives the homeopaths the advantage of working alongside with insurance companies that require CCH credentials for insurance claim approvals.

The CCH designation strengthens the public view of the homeopathic profession through acknowledgement of a unified national standard.

For more information visit here:  Council for Homeopathic Certification (CHC)

Did you know that more and more health insurance providers now offer extended health care plans that cover homeopathy?

While the national health care plan does not cover Homeopathy there are many private extended health plans that would pay for your consultation and/or homeopathic medicines.
All you have to do is obtain a receipt for services rendered by a professional homeopath and submit the claim along with the appropriate claim form.

That being said, even if the cost of your treatment is not covered you should consider the fact  that the benefits of Homeopathy as highly successful holistic modality are totally worth the minimal investment into your health and well-being. It will save you from experiencing the dreadful side effects of conventional drugs, the toll of expensive invasive allopathic treatments and the disappointments to regain health in a natural, safe, gentle and permanent way.  At the end the long-term benefits of eliminating your problems and the ultimate goal of securing optimal health have no price tag.

Although I have a set consult fee schedule, my practice is built upon the basis of true care and compassion, thus the “no patient left behind” policy applies to clients with low income and financial difficulties. If you want to commence homeopathic treatment, but your financial circumstances make it difficult, please contact me to discuss available treatment options.

Courtesy of: Zara Bourgeois, CCH (cand.), DIHom(pract.)

Pregnancy bag

13 Essentials for your hospital bag

Thirteen things to bring in your hospital bag

If you are planning to have a hospital birth, then it is a good idea to start packing 4-5 weeks in advance to ensure you have plenty of time to plan your hospital bag essential items list. This will allow you to prepare everything you need without stressing out and making urgent last minute trips to the store.

Those thirteen items will make your hospital birth experience more comfortable and smooth knowing you have the things you need at hand when you need them:

  1. Birth plan: make sure you draft your birth plan well in advance. Keep it short and to the point. Make sure it is written clearly providing concise and specific details about your particular wishes.
  2. Your birthing homeopathy kit. There are a number of birthing kits available for purchase on line or you can always talk to your family homeopath for putting one together for you. My next blog entry will be dedicated to explaining the benefits of having a homeopathic kit on hand and will give list of the most common homeopathic remedies in a birthing kit. Having well trained professional medical crew available should the need arise is always a comforting idea. Having a homeopathic kit on hand will prove indispensable and will make your birthing experience tenfold easier and smoother. Arnica and Calendula are the absolute must. Make sure you use alcohol free products for topical application or if using mother tinctures, ensure those are diluted into milder solutions to avoid irritation of affected parts.
  3. Bring a nightgown. Make sure you pack a comfortable and soft (cotton is best) nightgown. I always find that wearing your own gown feels much better than borrowing one from the hospital. Bring an extra one if you need to change.
  4. Underwear and sanitary pads. You can never have enough of those. You will need them after the delivery. Most hospitals provide heavy duty sanitary pads. Those are great, but make sure you bring an extra package just in case. Some women experience bladder control issues. It might not be a bad idea to pack a few adult diapers. There is no shame in using those, but you will be grateful for adding them on your hospital bag list.
  5. Nursing bras and other nursing essentials. A comfortable nursing bra is going to become a big part of your everyday if you choose to breastfeed your little one, which is always the best choice for you and your baby. I will discuss more in depth the benefits nursing has for you and your newborn in a separate post. For now, all we need to focus on is making sure you have what it takes during those first few days in the hospital. Again, a comfortable nursing bra, lanolin (for sore nipples, if needed), homeopathic remedies for lactation (if needed), nursing pads and lots of patience and love will get you through those first hours with your little bundle of joy.
  6. Warm socks and a sweater. Hospitals can be a bit chilly as they are generally well air conditioned. Giving birth is the most natural process, but is is a big challenge and your body will experience a certain degree of shock. It is a good idea to pack an exrta pair of warm socks and a sweater in case you feel a bit chilled. Keeping warm will help you relax and get the so much needed sleep you have been craving for weeks.
  7. Toiletries. Those are generally one of the easiest things to pack. As long as you have your toothbrush and paste, a hair brush, some basic make up and I would add a mild veggie soap bar – that’s all you need.
  8. Baby outfits. Do not overpack. Bringing 2-3 outfits is probably plenty. Make sure you bring warm clothes and a blanket for the little one. Keep in mind their little bodies are still adjusting to the world outside and making sure they are warm will bring them extra comfort.
  9. Car seat. Hospitals today have certain safety requirements and one of them is a car seat for the little one. Make sure you bring your baby’s car seat to the hospital for the day he/she will make that first trip home.
  10. Camera. Bring a camera to capture those precious first moments when baby is born. You will love looking back at them from time to time. They make a lovely keepsake and preserves those unforgettable memories for generations to come.
  11. Ipod. Listening to music can help you relax and improve the quality of your sleep. It is a good idea to bring an audio device containing your favourite tunes. It certainly won’t harm if you do.
  12. Clothes for daddy. Make sure you leave some room for clothes and toiletries for your partner. He will need those if f he is staying with you at the hospital.
  13. Snacks. You might not feel like eating and drinking while in labour, but it is likely your appetite will come back shortly after the big feat. It is a good idea to bring some healthy snacks and refreshments for yourself and your partner.

Birthing is a challenging task, but the reward at the end of it is so much worth it! Keep calm, stay positive and focused. Seek help from your partner, family and friends. It always helps when our closest people are there for us to give us help and support and sometimes, just to tell us that everything is going to be fine…

Written by Zara Bourgeois, DIHom(pact.)

strep B homeopathy

The homeopathic solution for Strep B Infection in pregnancy (Part II)

Strep B bacteria are more common than you might think. There are more than 90 strains known today. They are different than the bacteria causing strep throat and are often found in the vagina, rectum or the bladder. Infections from Strep B are generally not serious for a woman in good health. However, the picture is quite different for pregnant women since there is no guaranteed way to ensure the infection will not be passed to the newborn at the time of birth and cause serious complications if left untreated.

It is actually very common that women can have these bacteria in their bodies without knowing as there are no apparent signs and symptoms. According to the statistics about 15-40% of all pregnant women are Strep B positive and between 40-70% of those mothers pass the bacteria onto their babies during birth. Most babies remain unaffected by this pathogen and only 1-2% will develop some degree of mild to severe complication affecting their brain, lungs, blood and spinal cord.

Some doctors prefer to routinely test their patients between 35 and 37th gestational week and if the culture test turns positive, the conventional mode of treatment resorts to administering antibiotics when the mother goes into labour or when the membranes rupture.

Did you know that homeopathy can be extremely effective in treating Strep infections?

Streptococcinum is a nosode prepared from lysate of the S. Pyrogenes strain. It has been employed as homeopathic medicine for the first time in the 19th century based on clinical indications. The best description can be found in the works of Dr. Foubister and O.A. Julian with examples of cured cases.

In my practice I work with clients who are seeking natural solution and elimination of Strep B infection. The treatment protocol I use for my pregnant clients is based on years of clinical experience and has proven high success rates and excellent results.

The Strep B pregnancy protocol is designed to significantly reduce and eliminate the Strep B colonization and ultimately leave the patient free of the pathogen, which would be reflected in a negative test. This eliminates the need for administering antibiotics to the labouring mother and negates the risk of potential complications in the newborn.

The protocol is easy to follow, however, I strongly advise against attempting to self-prescribe since every case is different and the treatment should be tailored based on the particular circumstances of each and every client. Always consult with a professional homeopath who will be able to obtain your full clinical picture and assign approapriate treatment schedule based on your needs.

Supporting the spleen and the liver as well as selecting medicines that will control the replication of Strep bacteria are important part of the treatment.

Some of the homeopathic remedies I use in treating Strep B infections in pregnancy include Belladonna, Streptococcinum and Ceanothus americanus as a spleen support. This homeopathic protocol is to be applied in the last trimester of pregnancy and the first weeks following birth. For more information on selecting the right potency and how to successfully employ this protocol in pregnancy consult an experienced homeopath.

Written by Zara Bourgeois, DIHom(pact.)

Bacterial Infection and pregnancy

Bacterial infections: homeopathic treatment of Strep B positive in pregnancy (Part I)

A great number of illnesses are caused by infestation, infection, and replication of disease-causing pathogens, such as bacteria and viruses.

It is well known that we are 90% bacteria and 10% human. The flora of the human body is a diverse microbiome and our health hinges on its complex balance.

Most bacteria are harmless and, in a state of health, the body’s defenses are working adequately to keep the bad pathogens at bay. It is during times of stress, trauma, injury, or other underlying conditions when the human body becomes a favorable host for replication of those pathogenic organism leading to related illnesses and complications.

Bacteria are single-celled microorganisms able to survive in diverse types of environments and can be transmitted through direct or indirect contact from an existing reservoir of infectious bacteria.

Direct contact transmission occurs when a person comes into contact with the source of bacteria via touching infected bodily fluids, especially when the integrity of the skin is compromised (e.g. Cuts, open wounds, abrasions, etc). Another form of contamination through direct contact is by inhaling bacterial particles emitted by another individual through coughing and sneezing. Insect and animal bites are a possible way of direct transmission of pathogens into the host. One of the most common modes of transmitting bacteria is through sexual contact.

Certain types of bacteria possess the resilience to survive outside of the host of extended period of time. Indirect bacterial infection occurs when a person comes into contact with such pathogens. Most common ways of indirect transmission is through contact with contaminated surfaces, such as door knobs, furniture, handles, toys, gyms, pools, public transport, consumption of contaminated food or water, etc. Those modes of bacterial contamination are also known as horizontal transmission, where pathogens are exchanged between two or more living persons in the same generation.

The other mode of bacterial transmission, also known as vertical, occurs when the infection is passed from mother to child in utero or during childbirth.

In my next post I will be talking about the most common bacterial infections in pregnancy, caused by the Streptococcus genus and will be providing insights and tips about its successful homeopathic treatment. Stay tuned!

Article by Zara Bourgeois, DIHom(pact.)

Homeopathic First Aid

First Aid Kit: The Homeopathic Way

Summer is finally here! There are tons of fun activities you can embark on with family and friends. It is the season of camping in the mountains, taking the kids for a nice long hike in the woods , harvesting the warmth of the sun at the sandy beaches or planning on exciting trip to a distant land. And while it is absolutely imperative that you dive into the fun, it is always a good idea to play hard, but smart and keep in mind that accidents happen. Having a good homeopathy first aid kit is a great addition to your home medicine cabinet and proof itself extremely useful when you least expect it.

Homeopathic prescribing and management of chronic cases require years of proper training and experience. This is due to the fact that homeopathy being a strictly individualized holistic approach treats the patient based on their own peculiar physiological and psychological signs and symptoms as well as the etiology of their complaints. This means that two different individuals with the same diagnosis yet different symptoms would need different homeopathic prescriptions in order to match the state of their illness.

However, learning the basics of acute prescribing is relatively simple and easy. People experiencing mechanical traumas and injuries generally exhibit the same signs and symptoms and homeopathic prescription is specific to the compromised physical parts rather than the nuanced subtleties of the patient himself. Homeopathic medicines are a great choice in first aid situations and sport injuries. They are extremely effective in reducing the pain and speeding the healing process. Always consult a medical doctor or call 911 in case of emergency.

The choice of potency and frequencey of repetition are another aspect of mastering the skills of acute prescribing. Generally, for beginners I would recommend to start with low and medium potencies, such as 6C, 9C, 12C and 30C. As you become more confident in self-prescribing you will find that 200C and 1M can work wonders when the remedy is well indicated. The frequency of repetition depends on the severeity of the problem. Sometimes more frequent repetition is required in order to affect a change and speed up recovery. Give a dose every 15-30 min to 2 hours and less frequent once improvment settles.

The following list of homeopathic medicines are indispensable allies in first aid situations:

ARNICA (Arnica montana)

Arnica is the most common remedy prescribed in trauma and injury. It is a medicine par excellence when there is a case of injury with a state of shock. It helps relief pain, bruising and swelling of tissues, minimizes bleeding and acts as a healing agent speeding up the process of tissue regeneration. Arnica is an excellent choice before and after surgery, dental work, in childbirth to help minimize the shock and stress of the those traumatic events.

CALENDULA (Calendula officinalis)

The marigold is an excellent medicine often used in form of mother tincture, spray, gel and ointment and is well known for its powerful antiseptic properties due to its natural iodine content. Calendula is indispensable aid in treating wounds, cuts and skin abrasions via topical application. It helps with cleansing the affected area, prevent infection, reduce and stop bleeding and promote tissue granulation for speedy healing of wounds and burns. The tincture should not be applied directly on open wounds or in contact with mucous membranes as its alcohol content would cause burning and stinging pain. Always dilute the tincture with water before direct application.

HYPERICUM (Hypericum perforatum)

This remedy is known as the Arnica of the nerves. It is of great value in injuries and traumas to the spine and where there has been nerve damage. It is recommended for external application in treating infected wounds and is known for speeding the healing of deep open cuts, which often might prevent the need for stitches.

LEDUM (Ledum palustre)

This is our #1 remedy for puncture wounds resulting from a nail, needle or other sharp objects. Deep wounds caused by rusty nails should always be referred for further medical attention, but taking Ledum immediately will help heal the wound faster and prevent tetanus. It is also indicated in cases of severe bruising of the tissues when the affected parts feel cold and are ameliorated by cold applications. Ledum is effective in treating stings from insects and animal bites.

RHUS-TOXICODENDRON (Rhus-tox)

Rhus is found to be very effective in treating sprains and strains, where there is rupturing of the tendons, ligaments and fasciae. The patient is usually worse upon getting up and moving around and progressively improves as they continue to move. Limbs feel stiff and paralyzed. It is prescribed in joint dislocations alongside with Arnica. Rhus is a great medicine for some skin conditions associated with redness, swelling, burning and intense itching with tendency to scale formation.

URTICA URENS

Urtica is one of the best choices when it comes to cases of burns. It reduces the pain and promotes speedy healing. Urtica mother tincture is to be diluted in water prior to being topically applied (e.g. 1 part MT to 10 parts of water).

SYMPHYTUM

Known as the “bone glue” in homeopathy, Symphytum is invaluable in treating fractures. It promotes rapid healing of fractured bones, therefore in order to ensure the bones grow back together properly, one must go to a doctor to have the fracture re-set and placed in a cast before administering Symphytum. It is a remedy to consider in facial injuries.

This article is courtesy of Zara Bourgeois, DIHom(pract.)