Volume 1, Issue 5: Monday, September 6, 1999

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Complementary First Aid, Part IV – Homeopathy

As we said in the Part III, self-sufficiency will be the hallmark of the Year 2000 in most aspects of our lives, but especially healthcare. On or before January 1st, access to healthcare facilities and practitioners may be interrupted. This will be due to likely disruptions in the conventional healthcare system, or unknown infrastructure failures – manufacturing, transportation or communications – restricting access to all healthcare practitioners, supplies and services.

First Aid in any situation is often critical to the recovery of anyone suffering from a cut to a more serious condition. Fortunately, First Aid procedures and methods are straight-forward and not difficult to learn. The Red Cross as well as many schools, non-profit organizations and government agencies teach basic First Aid for shock, broken limbs, drowning, and many other conditions.

Complementary First Aid goes beyond basic First Aid to include remedies such as Acupressure, Aromatherapy and Herbology (see our eLetter archives), Bodywork and Reflexology (see our online eGuide). This issue features Homeopathy – another exceptional healing system.

According to Homeopathy, A Step by Step Guide (© 1997, Element Books, Boston), Homeopathic Medicine (usually called Homeopathy),”is a natural system of medicine that uses specially prepared remedies to stimulate the immune system. Although some remedies are made from herbs, Homeopathy should not be confused with Herbology [see previous issue in the eLetter archives]. Herbal Remedies use material concentrations of plants, while Homeopathic Remedies use plants, minerals and even some animal products as a base. They are prepared through a process known as “potenization” to bring out their subtle [but powerful] healing properties.”

“We know from modern physics that our seemingly solid bodies are dense fields of energy. A disturbance in this field can give rise to [illness and] disease, and a potent form of energy can rebalance us. Homeopathy uses “potentized” remedies to rebalance our body’s subtle energy system. Once back in balance, our immune systems and all other interconnected systems in our bodies function better.

Homeopathy uses preparations containing highly diluted solutions of substances as strong as Belladonna or as innocuous as salt. Standard dilution is to 1 part substance (or previous dilution) to 99 parts of milk sugar or alcohol. This is then”succussed” – shaken vigorously to release the healing potential in the substance. This process is repeated several times, the number of which identifies the potency of the remedy: 6, 10, 30. If the dilution is based on one part substance/dilution to nine, the potency is followed by an X. The majority of our first aid remedies below are 30X.

It’s interesting that the greater the dilution, the higher the potency, and more than 100 years of experience has shown that the succussion process has yielded higher potency for the more-diluted remedies – 30 potency is used for more serious conditions that 6 potency.

For more information, pick up the book referenced above and read our eGuide chapter on Homeopathy.

Notes (courtesy of Pua Dominick, Copyright © 1991, Reprinted with permission. Adapted by Susan Mallamo) – a fuller set of notes can be found at our current eLetter page.

  • Be careful not to touch the inner rim of the bottle or lid with your fingers to prevent contamination of the bottle and to prevent your fingers from absorbing the remedy.
  • Do not put pellets back into the remedy bottle if they should fall out onto the floor, your clothing or your fingers. If you think a remedy bottle has been canceled (polluted in this way), replace it.
  • The empty bottles should not be used for storage as remedy essence still remains. You may sterilize the bottles and lids in distilled water for 30 minutes, but it is better to recycle and invest in new bottles.
  • From observation, the remedies have worked even after allopathic (conventional) drug use, drinking coffee and using mint products. However, it is best to allow the remedies a clear field in which to work uninterrupted. The “lower potency” remedies are less susceptible to cancellations.
  • Do not eat or drink anything 15-30 minutes before or after taking a Homeopathic remedy. Drinking water before the remedy is acceptable.
  • Repeat a remedy that has worked for your problem in the past.
  • Don’t leave a remedy that is working. You may need to increase the frequency or go to a higher potency of the same remedy.
  • Remedies may be taken dry, though better results are obtained when a remedy is put in distilled water with Everclear alcohol as a preservative (if available) and succussed (shaken vigorously) between each dose.
  • For long-term storage, boil storage bottles in silver or glass pot with one part Everclear alcohol and three parts distilled water for 20 minutes.
  • Keep the remedy out of the sunlight and away from all strong odors. Perfumes, chemical fumes, nail polish, hair spray, tiger balm, aromatic toothpaste, menthol/mint, essential oils and burning agents such as incense, will cancel the remedy in the bottle. The average medicine cabinet is not the ideal storage area for remedies. Do not open the remedy bottle if you can smell any odors.
  • Avoid camphor and camphor products, tiger balm or deep heat liniments, mint products and essential oils. Any aromatic fumes – paint, ammonia, hair permanents, nail polish and remover, moth balls, etc. – can alter the remedy.
  • Magnetic/electrical fields – TV, X-ray, magnets – could alter the remedy in the bottle.

Information Sources/Suppliers

The Hylands “Kids’ Kit” from Standard Homeopathic Company (SHC) is used as the model for this article, and the majority of the information comes from its Guide. The kit contains the sevenHomeopathic remedies used in the First Aid list below, and retails for about $22-$23 from SHC and healthfood stores.

These remedies are equally applicable to adults and children. The symptoms listed are intentionally broadened to include children that may not be able to express themselves clearly.

The following list is representative of many of the conditions that Homeopathic Remedies effect very well. The format for this listing is:

Condition – Remedy

Description – symptoms and/or remedy
Adult and Child Remedy Application
Comments/Cautions

Abscesses – Hepar Sulph. Calc.

Cold-type symptoms: croupy cough (loose, rattling, phlegmy); irritable; chilly; sweaty with sour order; constant nasal discharge becoming thick and yellow; sticking pains shoot into ears when swallowing; worse from drafts, cool air; better from warmth, covering head, eating. Hepar Sulph. Calc is a homeopathic workhorse; it works on many infectious conditions.
Take one 30X tablet in medium bottle of distilled water then sip every 15 minutes to 2 hours, depending on severity of condition; stop when improvement is noted.

Bleeding, injuries – Arnica

Symptoms worse from light touch, heat or rest; better from lying down with head low.
Take one 30X tablet in medium bottle of distilled water then sip every 15 minutes to two hours, depending on severity of condition.

Blow – Arnica

Symptoms worse from light touch, heat or rest; better from lying down with head low.
Take one 30X tablet in medium bottle of distilled water then sip every 15 minutes to two hours, depending on severity of condition.

Boils – Hepar Sulph. Calc.

Cold-type symptoms: croupy cough (loose, rattling, phlegmy); irritable; chilly; sweaty with sour order; constant nasal discharge becoming thick and yellow; sticking pains shoot into ears when swallowing; worse from drafts, cool air; better from warmth, covering head, eating. Hepar Sulph. Calc is a homeopathic workhorse; it works on many infectious conditions.
Take one 30X tablet in medium bottle of distilled water then sip every 15 minutes to 2 hours, depending on severity of condition; stop when improvement is noted.

Bruise – Arnica

Symptoms worse from light touch, heat or rest; better from lying down with head low.
Take one 30X tablet in medium bottle of distilled water then sip every 15 minutes to two hours, depending on severity of condition.

Burn: fire, sun, wind – Calendula

Calendula is Wild Marigold extracted into a carrier.
Wash gently with mild soap and water; apply 22% Calendula extract or ointment gently to area; reapply periodically as skin heals.** Do not apply substances that further dry skin and delay healing.

Cold – Hepar Sulph. Calc.

Cold-type symptoms: croupy cough (loose, rattling, phlegmy); irritable; chilly; sweaty with sour order; constant nasal discharge becoming thick and yellow; sticking pains shoot into ears when swallowing; worse from drafts, cool air; better from warmth, covering head, eating. Hepar Sulph. Calc is a homeopathic workhorse; it works on many infectious conditions.
Take one 30X tablet in medium bottle of distilled water then sip every 15 minutes to 2 hours, depending on severity of condition; stop when improvement is noted.

Cold sores – Hepar Sulph. Calc.

Cold-type symptoms: croupy cough (loose, rattling, phlegmy); irritable; chilly; sweaty with sour order; constant nasal discharge becoming thick and yellow; sticking pains shoot into ears when swallowing; worse from drafts, cool air; better from warmth, covering head, eating. Hepar Sulph. Calc is a homeopathic workhorse; it works on many infectious conditions.
Take one 30X tablet in medium bottle of distilled water then sip every 15 minutes to 2 hours, depending on severity of condition; stop when improvement is noted.

Colic – Aconite

Symptoms generally sudden, after exposure to cold dry wind or a fright, may be in the early stages of an illness, and may include fearfulness, gas, intense thirst for cold water.
Take one 30X Aconite tablet in medium bottle of distilled water then sip every 15-30 minutes until condition improves.

Colic – Belladonna

Symptoms generally sudden, perhaps violent; worse from noise, jarring, touch, bright light or pressure; better from standing or sitting erect. The entire face is red and hand remains hot from touching fevered face.
Take one 30X Belladonna tablet in medium bottle of distilled water then sip every 15 minutes to two hours, depending on severity of condition; less often as condition improves; stop when improvement is established.

Cough – Aconite

Symptoms generally sudden, after exposure to cold dry wind or a fright, may be in the early stages of an illness, and may include fearfulness, gas, intense thirst for cold water.
Take one 30X Aconite tablet in medium bottle of distilled water then sip every 15-30 minutes until condition improves.

Cough – Ferrum Phosphoricum

Symptoms are gradual onset; worse at night, from motion, on right side; better from touch, cold application; hard dry tickling cough with hoarseness and painful chest
Take one 30X tablet in medium bottle of distilled water then sip every 15 minutes to 30 minutes until improvement is noted.

Cough, croup – Hepar Sulph. Calc.

Cold-type symptoms: croupy cough (loose, rattling, phlegmy); irritable; chilly; sweaty with sour order; constant nasal discharge becoming thick and yellow; sticking pains shoot into ears when swallowing; worse from drafts, cool air; better from warmth, covering head, eating. Hepar Sulph. Calc is a homeopathic workhorse; it works on many infectious conditions.
Take one 30X tablet in medium bottle of distilled water then sip every 15 minutes to 2 hours, depending on severity of condition; stop when improvement is noted.

Cut – Calendula

Calendula is Wild Marigold extracted into a carrier.
If jagged, clean with mild soap and water; apply 22% Calendula extract or ointment to wound; bandage; dab with extract or ointment to keep it moist; if serious, take to healthcare professional.

Earache – Belladonna

Symptoms generally sudden, perhaps violent; worse from noise, jarring, touch, bright light or pressure; better from standing or sitting erect. The entire face is red and hand remains hot from touching fevered face.
Take one 30X Belladonna tablet in medium bottle of distilled water then sip every 15 minutes to two hours, depending on severity of condition; less often as condition improves; stop when improvement is established.

Earache – Chamomilla

Symptoms are anger, irritable, temperamental, perhaps wild with pain, greenish slimy stools, cold sweats; worse when moved.
Take one 30X Chamomilla tablet in medium bottle of distilled water then sip every 15 minutes until improvement is established.

Earache – Ferrum Phosphoricum

Symptoms are gradual onset; worse at night, from motion, on right side; better from touch, cold application; bright red blood.
Take one 30X tablet in medium bottle of distilled water then sip every 15 minutes to 30 minutes until improvement is noted.

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Eyes, black – Arnica

Symptoms worse from light touch, heat or rest; better from lying down with head low.
Take one 30X tablet in medium bottle of distilled water then sip every 15 minutes to two hours, depending on severity of condition.

Fall – Arnica

Symptoms worse from light touch, heat or rest; better from lying down with head low.
Take one 30X tablet in medium bottle of distilled water then sip every 15 minutes to two hours, depending on severity of condition.

Fever – Chamomilla

Symptoms are anger, irritable, temperamental, perhaps wild with pain, greenish slimy stools, cold sweats; worse when moved.
Take one 30X Chamomilla tablet in medium bottle of distilled water then sip every 15 minutes until improvement is established.

Fever – Ferrum Phosphoricum

Ferrum Phosphoricum is an early-on remedy; useful in the first stages of an illness when no clear symptoms for other remedies. Symptoms are gradual onset; worse at night, from motion, on right side; better from touch, cold application; pale but roses in cheeks.
Take one 30X tablet in medium bottle of distilled water then sip every 15 minutes to 30 minutes until improvement is noted.

Fever, sudden – Aconite

Symptoms generally sudden, after exposure to cold dry wind or a fright, may be in the early stages of an illness, and may include fearfulness, gas, intense thirst for cold water.
Take one 30X Aconite tablet in medium bottle of distilled water then sip every 15-30 minutes until condition improves.

Fever, sudden – Belladonna

Symptoms generally sudden, perhaps violent; worse from noise, jarring, touch, bright light or pressure; better from standing or sitting erect. The entire face is red and hand remains hot from touching fevered face.
Take one 30X Belladonna tablet in medium bottle of distilled water then sip every 15 minutes to two hours, depending on severity of condition; less often as condition improves; stop when improvement is established.

Headache – Ferrum Phosphoricum

Symptoms are gradual onset; worse at night, from motion, on right side; better from touch, cold application; rapid soft pulse, restless.
Take one 30X tablet in medium bottle of distilled water then sip every 15 minutes to 30 minutes until improvement is noted.

Headache, throbbing – Belladonna

Symptoms generally sudden, perhaps violent; worse from noise, jarring, touch, bright light or pressure; better from standing or sitting erect. The entire face is red and hand remains hot from touching fevered face.
Take one 30X Belladonna tablet in medium bottle of distilled water then sip every 15 minutes to two hours, depending on severity of condition; less often as condition improves; stop when improvement is established.

Hoarseness – Aconite

Symptoms generally sudden, after exposure to cold dry wind or a fright, may be in the early stages of an illness, and may include fearfulness, gas, intense thirst for cold water.
Take one 30X Aconite tablet in medium bottle of distilled water then sip every 15-30 minutes until condition improves.

Hoarseness – Hepar Sulph. Calc.

Cold-type symptoms: croupy cough (loose, rattling, phlegmy); irritable; chilly; sweaty with sour order; constant nasal discharge becoming thick and yellow; sticking pains shoot into ears when swallowing; worse from drafts, cool air; better from warmth, covering head, eating. Hepar Sulph. Calc is a homeopathic workhorse; it works on many infectious conditions.
Take one 30X tablet in medium bottle of distilled water then sip every 15 minutes to 2 hours, depending on severity of condition; stop when improvement is noted.

Muscles, sore – Arnica

Symptoms worse from light touch, heat or rest; better from lying down with head low.
Take one 30X tablet in medium bottle of distilled water then sip every 15 minutes to two hours, depending on severity of condition.

Restlessness – Aconite

Symptoms generally sudden, after exposure to cold dry wind or a fright, may be in the early stages of an illness, and may include fearfulness, gas, intense thirst for cold water.
Take one 30X Aconite tablet in medium bottle of distilled water then sip every 15-30 minutes until condition improves.

Surgery, post – Arnica

Symptoms worse from light touch, heat or rest; better from lying down with head low.
Take one 30X tablet in medium bottle of distilled water then sip every 15 minutes to two hours, depending on severity of condition.

Teething – Chamomilla

Symptoms are anger, irritable, temperamental, perhaps wild with pain, greenish slimy stools, cold sweats; worse when moved.
Take one 30X Chamomilla tablet in medium bottle of distilled water then sip every 15 minutes until improvement is established.

Temper – Chamomilla

Symptoms are anger, irritable, temperamental, perhaps wild with pain, greenish slimy stools, cold sweats; worse when moved.
Take one 30X Chamomilla tablet in medium bottle of distilled water then sip every 15 minutes until improvement is established.

Throat, sore – Belladonna

Symptoms generally sudden, perhaps violent; worse from noise, jarring, touch, bright light or pressure; better from standing or sitting erect. The entire face is red and hand remains hot from touching fevered face.
Take one 30X Belladonna tablet in medium bottle of distilled water then sip every 15 minutes to two hours, depending on severity of condition; less often as condition improves; stop when improvement is established.

Throat, sore – Ferrum Phosphoricum

Symptoms are gradual onset; worse at night, from motion, on right side; better from touch, cold application; early stages of sore throat.
Take one 30X tablet in medium bottle of distilled water then sip every 15 minutes to 30 minutes until improvement is noted.

Throat, Sore – Hepar Sulph. Calc.

Cold-type symptoms: croupy cough (loose, rattling, phlegmy); irritable; chilly; sweaty with sour order; constant nasal discharge becoming thick and yellow; sticking pains shoot into ears when swallowing; worse from drafts, cool air; better from warmth, covering head, eating. Hepar Sulph. Calc is a homeopathic workhorse; it works on many infectious conditions.
Take one 30X tablet in medium bottle of distilled water then sip every 15 minutes to 2 hours, depending on severity of condition; stop when improvement is noted.

Vomiting – Chamomilla

Symptoms are anger, irritable, temperamental, perhaps wild with pain, greenish slimy stools, cold sweats; worse when moved.
Take one 30X Chamomilla tablet in medium bottle of distilled water then sip every 15 minutes until improvement is established.

Water Purification

A Simple Water Treatment for Potable Water

Place a gallon jug full of potable water – cleansed, tap, bottled, distilled or filtered – water in full-spectrum light (such as the sun) for at least 30 minutes. The light will clean out most chemicals, pollutants and the germs found in our drinking water sources. It also adds energy and life to water that has been boiled, bombarded with chemicals – yours or the water company’s – or sifted through previously-used filters.

Use several jars in a line, putting each newly filled jar at the end of the line, furthest away from the light source. Artificial full-spectrum light sources should be no more than 12 inches away from the water jar.

A full-spectrum light duplicates the light spectrum of the sun and look like florescent light tubes and bulbs and start at less than $40. They can be purchased at most enlightened hardware and health stores as well as Ott-Lite at (800)842-8848. They also make excellent “grow” lights indoor plants, such as house plants, herbs and vegetables.

Source: Live Better Longer, by Joseph Dispenza, HarperCollins, New York, Copyright © 1997, Reprinted with Permission.

A full Parcells article also appears in the August 30, 1999 eJournal

One Inexpensive and Simple Water Purification System

Buy a replacement Super Stearasy “ceramic candle” – the water purifying element – for a British Berkfeld water purifier for $27.50 from a local dealer. Get a five-gallon plastic bucket and drill a 1/2″ hole in the center. The base of the ceramic candle goes through this hole and is secured on the other side with its own supplied butterfly nut. Fill with water, and it will drip out pure water at about one quart per hour. The element has silver in it and is designed to take out all biological contaminants. Put a second five-gallon bucket under the first. In this bucket, set a one-gallon wide mouth jar – the top bucket rests on this jar.

Sources: Chet Day originally from Gary North:

If you know of other in-home or field water treatment systems that work well for you, please drop us a line.

News

News report summaries on Healthcare and Y2K follow. We have most of the articles on file in case you look for the web references after they are cleared.

“Medical Bills May Face Y2K Problems,” August 6, 1999, by Alice Ann Love, Associated Press. This article recommends keeping copies of your prescriptions, bills, claims and payments near the end of the year, and reports that the American Medical Association (AMA) recommends filling prescriptions early and asking your providers about their Y2K preparations. 28% of the healthcare providers failed the Medicare claims tests conducted before June 21st, according to the US Congress General Accounting Office (GAO) report on July 28th. The GAO is also critical of AMA’s and other industry reports that claim that the healthcare system will be Y2K ready because they used insufficient information to assess the real status of the industry. As an example of the eleven medical surveys and nine surveys by related industries that the GAO reviewed – none of which were independently verified – an AMA survey received only 7% response and has extrapolated the results to indicate that 94% of the physicians will be ready before the end of the year. More evidence that Y2K”happy talk” is prevalent and that you should prepare for self-sufficiency …

Ginkgo a Real Mind Booster, July 28, 1999, by Pat Kendall, PhD, RD, Colorado State University Cooperative Extension, Ft Collins. To maintain top mental abilities as we move into more stressful times, whether you are 25 or 75, Ginkgo will help. Of the many supplements touting mental sharpness, Dr Kendall says that Ginkgo biloba is one of the few that can back up their claims. Recent studies on Alzheimer’s disease or dementia have led some to project Ginkgo’s effectiveness to general mental function. See the full article on this superior resource for more details.

Vitamin C Increase In Humans Urged August 24, 1999 (Associate Press via InteliHealth Professional Connect). Research at the University of Alabama Huntsville has confirmed that megadoses of vitamin C reduced the effects of stress in rats and apparently can help boost the production of an illness-fighting antibody, says the chairman of the Biological Sciences Department. Stress – which we will experience more as the year closes – suppresses the immune system, and Campbell found that megadoses of vitamin C increased the levels of an antibody which fights against germs and viruses, though less in stressed rats. In light of the findings, health agencies should consider increasing the recommended dose of the vitamin in humans, now based on the amount needed to prevent scurvy and anemia from 60 milligrams per day to much more. Since more than 1000 milligrams (one gram) a day may cause nausea, stomach cramps, diarrhea and, occasionally, kidney stones, you should work up to megadoses slowly and consult with your healthcare practitioner.

Warm Feet, Better Sleep, InteliHealth’s This Week in Health, September 3, 1999 (requires registration). “Having trouble nodding off at night? Put on an extra pair of socks. Swiss researchers say that the temperature of your feet and hands are the best indicators of how quickly you’ll fall asleep – more accurate than factors such as light or melatonin levels. The researchers, whose findings were published in the journal Nature, monitored the heart rates of their subjects and the temperature of various parts of their bodies in an effort to correlate various factors with the speed at which the subjects fell asleep. They found that warm hands and feet were most closely linked with rapid sleep onset.” Best to stock up on socks or other warmers to get a good night’s sleep in case the power goes off.

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