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2017 FLU: What we do at home & How to empower yourself! Posted on 14 Jan 13:16 , 0 comments

I don't know about your family but around here it starts with, "Mom, Billy at school has to go home today, he had a fever and barfed in the hallway, am I going to get it?" Now as a homeopath I still cringe and think "oh no, not in my house, not now" or "I guess I am just one Flu away from my goal weight" wink, wink!

So what do you do?

What do you have at home?

What should you have in your medicine closet?

November to March, the height of the flu season, you will hear "Get your Flu shot" Do not fall prey to this marketing scheme. Remember these were the treatments of the day... Or as we say around here, "I was duped, I took it in the rears" Like my photo joke? anyhow...

Children and adults, friend and foe alike, will come down the characteristic muscle aches, fever, and exhaustion.  Increasingly, parents are looking to avoid  flu vaccines, and many turn to homeopathy instead.  Because homeopathic remedies are prescribed to the specific set of symptoms rather than a broadly labeled condition, you do not need to worry about whether you are confusing cold or flu: homeopathy will treat the symptoms as they present. Around our house the minute flu season begins we take our homeoprophylaxis .

General Prevention and Home Treatments During the Flu Season, You can help yourself and your loved ones!

Although the flu can’t always be avoided, the following measures can aid in preventing and treating symptoms:

  • Let the fever run it's course safely and monitored 


• Get plenty of rest. During the holiday season this can be more difficult, but lack of sleep makes us vulnerable to getting sick.

• Dress warmly in layers, and cover the feet. “Warmth supports all healing. Loss of warmth often leads to illness,” write the Wellness Nurses of the Los Angeles Alliance for Childhood. They continue, “The addition of warmth maintains health in a well person, and supports healing in a sick one.” Both children and adults should wear thin layers of natural fabrics especially in the cooler months.  In the colder climates, hats should be worn outside. 

• Drink, Drink, Drink! Give herb tea, vegetable broths, Bone broth and unsweetened (diluted) juice.  The broths and teas especially help thin the mucous and clear the body.  Ginger tea (heat several slices of fresh ginger in three cups of water for ten minutes) or a natural cold and flu tonic (2-5 T apple cider vinegar, 1 cup of hot water, 1-2 T honey, maple syrup or unrefined sweetener, dash of cayenne pepper to taste) can be soothing and therapeutic.

• During illness it is not uncommon for your child to lose her appetite. If your child does not want to eat, don’t force it. During acute illnesses, your child’s immune system and body is occupied more with fighting the bug and eliminating toxins.  For this reason, liquid diet is more important, so the body does not have to expend energy digesting food, especially protein (meat, fish, legumes, nuts, eggs, and dairy).  In addition to avoiding protein, it is best to steer clear of sweets and dairy.  Refined sugar compromises the immune system and dairy thickens mucus secretion. When introducing solids, begin with lightly steamed vegetables, grains, healthy crackers, and fruit.

• Garlic is an antibacterial – eat plenty of it.

• Wash hands frequently to minimize spread of germs.

•  "Influenzinum" is a homeopathic remedy that has been used in Europe for years during the flu season to prevent flu symptoms. Every year the World Health Organization predicts which flu viruses are most likely to infect and cause flu symptoms. Based on this information, the homeopathic solution is reformulated year to year to help prepare the body during the flu season. This is the same virus that is used by the flu shot companies, however, the homeopathic preparation is natural, easy to use, and contains no mercury, no chemicals at all!  This is what we use at home and what I recommend to the families in my practice use it during the flu season as a preventative with great results.

Gemmotherapy
• Briar Rose is a gemmotherapy herb that is useful for many conditions in children, especially infections of the ear, nose and throat. I use it two to three times a week during the flu season as a preventative, and twice a day while sick. It can be used in conjunction with homeopathy and all other medicines.

• Black Currant, also gemmotherapy, is an excellent remedy for strengthening the constitution during the winter months, especially for adults.  It stimulates the adrenals and is good for stress and fatigue.  Also for adults, Common Birch targets the cleansing of the liver and other organ systems. It is known as the universal drainer and is an excellent general remedy for strengthening the immune system.

• Echinacea (for children) can also be taken by nursing mothers to help boost the immune system.  Echinacea can be taken for prevention purposes during the winter season two weeks on and two weeks off, or at the first sign of an illness.
• Vitamin C for children is good for strengthening of the immune system. Lots of it, and if you can get liposomal C it's easier on the tummy

• Anise and Mullein, in tea form, are both natural expectorants.


• Elderberry flower is known for its natural antiviral properties and immune system support against the cold and flu.
• Lavender, in essential oil form, is known for its antiseptic and antibacterial properties. Packaged commercially for children, lavender aromatherapy bath can help soothe coughs, sore muscles, and calm the nerves.

 Breastmilk can be used to treat stuffy nose and red eyes. It has antibacterial properties and can be squirted directly in the eye or nose. A few drops of expressed breastmilk can be placed in the affected area with a dropper

• Bring out the hot water bottle for aches, chills, and general comfort. The Wellness Nurses suggest filling a hot water bottle half way with hot water.  Carefully press any remaining air out, keep the bottle flat and light and cover it in thick flannel to protect the skin from burns. A hot water bottle is meant to be soothing and warming. It should not be too hot to the touch. If hands and feet are cooler than the belly, warm them first. If your child’s face is flushed, use the bottle at the feet. For chest congestion, place it by the chest.  Use as needed during illness.

• Keep your child home if he or she is ill.

• Mullein oil and garlic ear drops for earaches.

• Applications and compresses:

  •  Lemon compress for fever
  •  Potatoes poultices around throat and chest are an excellent source for moist heat and retain temperature longer than a hot water bottle. Potato is useful for headaches, neckache, muscle pain, and chilliness.  
  •  During an acute illness like the flu, your child will often be very precise in what gives him or her relief.  Satisfy your child's cravings - within reason. You may hear, "I want a popsicle, “Don't leave me alone,” or "I'm not hungry," According to Dr. Samuel Hahnemann, father of homeopathy, "Acutely ill patients rarely crave things that obstruct their cure."

Homeopathic Remedies
The following is a list of commonly used remedies for children and adults during the flu season. When prescribing, be sure to note your child’s symptoms before reaching for a remedy. Subtle differences in behavior can lead you to the correct remedy.

Remedies for the Flu
• Oscillococcinum is useful for all types of flu, especially in the earlier stages. Many of my patients claim that Oscillo greatly shortened the duration of the flu.  It can be used for both children and adults.
• Bryonia alba flu symptoms are characterized by muscles aches that hurt with movement and dryness of the throat and mouth, accompanied with an intense thirst for cold drinks. The child is cranky and likely to say, “Don’t touch me.”
• Eupatorium perfoliatum is excellent for flu symptoms with a deep ache in the bones, as if the “bones are broken.” It hurts to move, including moving the eyeballs.
• Ferrum phosphoricum is indicated for early flu symptoms with high fever and weakness. The cheeks are flushed and there can be headache, sensitivity to light, and bloody nose with the fever.  The child who responds to Ferrum phos can have complaints that are worse on the right side, worse from being touched, and worse from four to six in the morning.  They feel better with cold applications. Often there are no other specific local symptoms.
• Gelsemium sempervirens is for the classic flu symptoms of dizziness, weakness, and fatigue. The Gelsemium patient is not thirsty and wants to lie down and be left alone. The body feels heavy, any motion is an effort, and even the eyelids droop.
• A child who would benefit from Rhus toxicodenron (Rhus tox) has different symptom picture than Bryonia.  Rhus tox is also good for muscle aches with stiffness, but the child is restless and fidgety.

Last and very important:

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http://theartofcure.net/pages/homeopathic-consultations/ 

Snuggle up and love on one another, as we say around here "Love can cure the worse of things" 


Trick or Treat! Homeopathy to Help Calm the Kids, and Soothe the effects of Halloween Posted on 28 Oct 17:26 , 0 comments

We thought we would share this blog by:  By:1-800 HOMEOPATHY

Between the scary movies, costume choices and candy selection, what kid wouldn't be sleepless, over-stimulated and keyed up this month? This week's blog addresses simple homeopathic solutions for calming kids, taming ghosts and soothing the effects of Halloween candy so you can have a hauntingly good time this Halloween! 

Easiest homeopathic remedy solutions:

Hyland’s 4 Kids Calm 'n Restful – This versatile combination offers calming support for a range of nerve chilling or stimulating situations.

Homeopathic Ingredients:

Aconitum Nap.  - physical & mental restlessness

Calc. Phos.  - peevishness

Chamomilla  - irritability, restlessness, occasional sleeplessness

Cina  - irritability of temper

Lycopodium  - lack of focus, extreme sensitivity

Nat. Mur. - irritability, crying, oversensitivity

Pulsatilla - causeless crying, sleeplessness from travel

Sulphur - irritability, peevishness

 

Sleep #173 – Offers targeted natural support to help promote sleep and sooth effects of occasional nightmares. As always with homeopathy, there are no groggy side effects - just a gentle nudge to tell nerves they can calm down.

Homeopathic Ingredients:

Avena sativa - The remedy derived from the common oat helps when we feel ‘too tired to sleep’ after a day of mental exertion or worry, or when drained by illness, fatigue or alcohol consumption.

Kali phos - The nerve nutrient cell salt restores calm and composure to over-stressed, restless or emotional nervous systems, as well as effects of minor injuries.

Passiflora - Though its name is passionflower, this remedy is known for its ability to bring on sweet dreams when the day’s passions are past.

 

Rescue Remedy – Quickly encourages a positive, calm attitude in stressful situations of all kinds. This combination of Bach Flower Remedies is especially beneficial when you find yourself in traumatic situations, such as, stress, emergencies, after getting bad news, before an exam or job interview and all other situations where we suddenly lose balance mentally. The Remedies quickly get us back in our normal balance so that we calmly can deal with any situation.

 

Baby's are just as susceptible to the tensions and spooky sounds surrounding Halloween.

Hyland's Baby Calming Tablets to the rescue! Relieves fussiness, occasional sleeplessness and irritability.

Is it teething time, fear-induced or just fussy baby time? With singles that can calm irritability, occasional sleeplessness, restlessness and minor irritations, these quick-dissolving tablets bring natural relief to baby and everyone else in the house. Specially formulated for babies as young as 6 months.

 


The Art of Cure Talks About Teething: Myths, Truths, and Homeopathy Posted on 27 Oct 22:51 , 0 comments

Just when you think you've made it through the newborn period with it's fussiness and colic-like symptoms, you discover that teething waits right around the corner. By around 6 months many infants have begun to teeth and some may even have their first teeth. For others, it can take months. The lists of symptoms sometime unrecognized by M.D's are: 

  • Painful swollen gums
  • drooling
  • diarrhea
  • Fever
  • Irritability
  • increased nursing
  • fussiness
  • difficulty sleeping
Lets explore some of these Facts & Myths

 

  • FACT: Fever and Teething. It has always been believed for fever to be directly connected to teething. This phenomenon is best explained this way: teething involves the emergence or eruption of the teeth through the gums or soft tissue. While this happens, the gums may become tender, swollen and inflamed. As a reaction to inflammation, the body will bring about automatic defense mechanism and so cause the rise in temperature. As a parent, you shouldn’t be quick to accept fever as a result of teething because it may be something more serious. Monitor temperature hike and report prolonged fevers right away.
  • MYTH: Brandy. Are you seriously okay about allowing your child to ingest alcohol, let alone something as strong as brandy? It is believed that it can bring some relief but before you resort to this, there are more effective means to try, that are safer and more acceptable for a child. Any amount of alcohol is dangerous and considered poisonous to a child, so keep the brandy well far away.
FACT: Teething and Diaper Rash. Teething can cause excessive drooling and as more drool or saliva is taken into the body than usual, it may cause diarrhea. 

     

         Sometimes teething with all it's symptoms can render an infant susceptible to becoming sick. Standard treatment for teething includes topical pain medicines that temporarily numb the gums. Sometimes the topical may touch the throat interfering with the gag reflex, which is one reason why many parents prefer to avoid this medicine altogether.  
         Homeopathy can work wonders on little ones with teething discomfort. I prefer Camilia (Made by Boiron). Other natural remedies are also very effective. 
    • Cold objects and gentle pressure
    • massage on the gums with a clean finger
    • chilled washcloth
    • rubber tipped spoon, chilled teething ring, or biscuits to bite on.

    Many families have now discovered the wonders of Baltic Amber. We here at The Art of Cure want to help families get fast, natural relief!


    Why I’m Not Throwing Out My Homeopathic Teething Tablets BY: MEGAN HEIMER Posted on 05 Oct 18:31 , 0 comments

    The Art of Cure would like to thank the Author: MEGAN HEIMER

    for more articles like this please visit: http://www.livingwhole.org/

     

    The trash. That’s where the FDA’s newest press release on homeopathic teething tablets found itself. In fact, I had such a hard time keeping track of the circular reasoning and inconsistencies in their release, that I had to read it twice. Then I laughed. Then I cried (but mostly laughed). And then, I felt the need to set the record straight because a whole lot of moms are going to toss-up and freak out over a whole lot of nothing.

    As a mom of five, I like to make decisions based on facts, science, and common sense. The last thing I’m going to do is throw out something that works for my kids and my life (and quite frankly, millions of other parents since 1945) because of some off-the-cuff propaganda that’s got an agenda.

    So, before you do something crazy and throw out your lifeline of “homeopathy doesn’t work and it’s dangerous” teething tablets, allow me the pleasure of breaking down the stupidest press release I’ve ever read, from an organization I wouldn’t trust the cat I don’t have with (let alone my children):

    Red Flag #1

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is warning consumers that homeopathic teething tablets and gels may pose a risk to infants and children. They didn’t say what these risks are, because … let’s be clear, they admitted in their statement that they have no idea. So, they planted the idea that a group of symptoms that could be attributed to any number of things – could be caused by your child’s teething tablets.

    “Consumers should seek medical care immediately if their child experiences seizures, difficulty breathing, lethargy, excessive sleepiness, muscle weakness, skin flushing, constipation, difficulty urinating, or agitation after using homeopathic teething tablets or gels.”

    Clever phrasing, but does that mean homeopathic teething tablets cause any of these things? No, it does not. Did the FDA cite any scientific study to support its position? No, it didn’t. Was its statement based on facts and science – the “gold” standard the FDA supposedly adheres itself to? Of course not … unless you count the unsubstantiated report(s) that made up the a prior safety alert from 2010, forming the basis of whatever it is you call this.

    That’s SIX years ago people. A safety alert from 2010 that was so legit, they never got around to looking into it until now.

    Red Flag #2

    The FDA’s original beef was that these teething tablets are manufactured to contain a small amount of belladonna, a substance that can cause harm at larger doses; yet the amount of belladonna in a teething tablet is minuscule and there is NO scientific link between these tablets and seizures, just like there’s no scientific link between staring at an ice cube, and turning into Elsa from Frozen.

    According to Hyland (which knows far more about homeopathy than the FDA), a 10-pound kid would have to ingest more than a dozen bottles of teething tablets to experience even a symptom like dry mouth. There’s 0.0000000000002 mg of belladonna alkaloids in a baby teething tablet (about two trillionths of a milligram in each tablet), which is thousands of times below what is commonly prescribed in conventional medicines, like anti-spasmodics.

    So let me get this straight, I’m supposed to freak out over two trillionths of a milligram of belladonna and not think twice about injecting hazardous wastes, carcinogens, and neurotoxins at far greater levels, on a schedule that has never been tested for safety or efficacy, into my children?

    I can buy Tylenol (which the FDA was also wrong about) like it aint’ no thing, drown my kids in antibiotics, and give them water to drink each morning with a side of poison (fluoride), but I should throw out my teeny, tiny, never-been-proven-harmful teething tablets? Say what?

    Speaking of water, do you know what else can cause harm if you take too much? Some good, quality, H2O.

    Red Flag #3

    While we’re talking about the FDA trying to pull a fast one, do you know what is linked to seizures during those terrible teething years? Vaccines. I can’t make this stuff up. It’s all right there in the studies, package inserts nobody reads, and in the database that stores all of the reported adverse events the FDA pretends doesn’t exist (because they’re super busy trying to create one for homeopathic baby teething tablets). You know what else can cause seizures? Fevers caused by the illnesses that vaccines induce.

    It’s ironic that they’re training parents to think “teething tablets” when they witness a seizure, dry mouth, or constipation, instead of the most obvious causes like vaccines, vaccine-induced fevers, and dehydration. Yes, the rise in childhood disorders has been solved: It was the teething tablets all along … or at least it will be since they’re finally testing samples of a formula that Hyland actually CHANGED in 2011 (since the cited 2010 safety alert) to “manufacture” a link that doesn’t exist.

    They already know they won’t find anything suspicious, which is why they hurt the bottom line of a successful company and scared millions of mothers everywhere away from something that is safe when used properly and might actually work.

    Fear … it gets us every time.

    Red Flag #4

    And let’s not forget, the FDA made the bold claim that teething can be managed without prescription or over-the-counter remedies, while giving no alternatives, straight up stated they haven’t evaluated the teething tablets before literally destroying a business and the sleep-filled nights of infants and mothers everywhere, and made it oh-so-easy to report a potential adverse reaction to a teething tablet. But that’s red flag #5.

    Is there a new pharmaceutical something in the pipeline to help teething babies? You tell me.

    Red Flag #5

    The FDA practically begged physicians to file a report for all things teething tablets. Seriously, they give you the form, several ways to submit it, and a fax number. They practically filled it out for you. If that’s not suspect of a witch hunt … I don’t know what is.

    If a parent brings their kid in for seizures or any other symptom, the first question should be: “Was your child recently vaccinated?” This makes the most logical sense since homeopathy has been used for over 200 years and is associated with almost zero side-effects, unlike vaccines.

    Red Flag #6

    The FDA acts like homeopathy is some rogue version of woo, but it’s actually regulated by its own agency. Homeopathic products have to comply with the FDA’s labeling requirements (21 CFR §201), must be manufactured in accordance with Current Good Manufacturing Practices (21 CFR §210 and §211), must register with the FDA, and manufacturers must comply with FDA inspections and report any serious reactions as a matter of course.

    It’s funny that the press release called out Hyland for indicating that their product is intended to relieve teething symptoms in children, because their own agency requires that OTC homeopathic medicines list a therapeutic indication on the product label. Hello? Anyone?

    Should you throw out your teething tablets?

    I can’t tell you what to do, but I’m not throwing out my teething tablets (or my essential oils, which have zero medicinal properties whatsoever). I’ve read Hyland’s own 411 on their teething tablets and I’m not a fan of pretending that a company is guilty of a crime it hasn’t committed or that it’s product is dangerous when the evidence doesn’t support that.

    I expect a little something more than an issued press release that tells me to dispose of something that may cause nothing, based on a six-year-old hunch that it could cause something it doesn’t, and a solicitation to submit a report if my child has a seizure, so they can manufacture a connection to take the heat off of what we all know is actually causing them.

    I saw right through that press release. Chances are, if you read it twice … you will too.

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    How This Little “Fish” is Making Pregnant Mamas Healthier by Sheri Vettel on March 8, 2016 Posted on 15 Mar 12:32 , 0 comments

    Sheri Vettel

    Sheri Vettel is a Registered Dietitian mama living in Greensboro, North Carolina. She is a strong advocate of getting kiddos to eat their veggies and is the owner of her own small veggie-inspired t-shirt biz, Living on the Veg Tees. She discovered her passion for writing immediately after starting a blog for her now toddler son. She wears many hats and has several hobbies and passions including increasing food access in her community, hula hoop dancing, yoga, traveling, eating nutritiously delicious food, and enjoying lots and lots of coffee and laughter.


    Thymuline: Boosting your immune response - On sale Now $8.00 Posted on 27 Dec 20:24 , 0 comments

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    Thymuline is a homeopathic remedy for immune system support. Thymuline boosts immunity during the change of seasons, periods of stress, and in case of slow or difficult recovery from illness. Throughout fall and winter, Thymuline and Influenzinum form the best natural flu protection package recommended by complementary and alternative health practitioners. During allergy season, Thymuline supports the health of mucous membranes and bronchial tubes. Thymuline helps boost the immune system, fight viral and bacterial agents, prevent and alleviate respiratory diseases such as the cold, flu, sinusitis, and bronchitis,
    relieve allergy symptoms, promote overall healing and recuperation after prolonged illness.

    Help your body get and stay strong naturally. Say no to the side effects of conventional flu vaccinations and avoid allergy shots. Opt for natural flu prevention and homeopathic allergy therapy! Also see Influenzinum 9C for increased flu protection. See Allergy Escape and Asthma Relief for side-effect-free allergy treatments.

    More Information:

    The thymus gland is the central organ of your immune system. It lies between the breastbone and the heart. The thymus is responsible for producing white blood cells, which defend us against many types of infections, and hormones that enhance our overall immune system.

    A healthy person is able to fend off disease-producing agents. However, when our immune system becomes deficient due to stress, exhaustion, poor diet, or chronic illness, viruses and bacteria are entering – via inhalation or ingestion – into the bloodstream.

    Homeopathically prepared Thymuline supports the function of the Thymus and naturally boosts the immune system. Thymuline is especially beneficial when suffering from excess mucus or bronchial problems during cold, flu and allergy season. It is highly recommended when feeling under the weather or weakened by exhaustion and promotes general healing in case of a prolonged recovery period from a difficult illness.

    Together, Thymuline and Influenzinum 9C form the best natural flu protection kit and flu shot alternative recommended by complementary and alternative healthcare professionals.

    Directions

    Turn tube upside down. Twist cap to break the seal, or peel off the small portion of the label along the perforated line. Hold tube vertically and keep twisting cap to release the desired number of pellets.

    Using clear cap, place 3 pellets to dissolve under your tongue once a week during fall and winter months, allergy season, or as needed when symptoms occur. Use year-round for general immune support. Take away from food or drinks. To preserve purity avoid touching pellets with fingers.

    FEVERS - What to do? by: Lauren Feder, MD Posted on 05 Dec 21:00 , 0 comments

    This article was written by my boys pediatrician: I post this in her memory. Thank you Dr. Lauren Feder for inspiring me to be a homeopath.

    by Lauren Feder, MD

     

    When I was growing up, my mother took the doctor’s advice and always gave us medicine at the first sign of a fever. Today, an increasing number of physicians advocate a different approach to fevers that recognizes the body's own natural healing capabilities.  Still, many parents feel panicked when they find their child has a temperature, and will schedule a physician’s visit or run to the emergency room when homeopathy and  simple home treatments will alleviate a good deal of the child’s discomfort.  For my own children as well as my patients, I follow some basic guidelines for determining the severity of a fever and the treatment options.  While a fever can sometimes require a doctor’s attention, in many instances home remedies will allow your child to heal naturally and comfortably.

    Why do we have fevers?
    A fever is a valuable defense mechanism that indicates the body’s immune system is stimulated by an infection or other illness.  The fever and its accompanying symptoms, while annoying, are vital in helping to strengthen the immune system and ward off future infection.   Fever is often accompanied with a faster pulse, more rapid breathing, and flushed skin.  Your child may feel hot, have chills, or sweat, and mood changes, ranging from listlessness to irritability, are not uncommon.

    Care and Remedies
    Although there are many remedies for fevers, I will cover just a few of the more commonly used ones.  When your child has a fever, find the remedy that matches his or her symptoms best. Before self-treating a high temperature, familiarize yourself with your practitioner’s guidelines regarding fevers, and don't forget about the good, old-fashioned sponge bath!  While the standard approach recommends fever reducers such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen, I usually prefer to use natural remedies before conventional medications, which can impact the immune system and slow the healing process.  Aspirin should not be used in children.

    Warmth: Assess your child’s condition and temperature.  Place your hand on her forehead, belly, arms and legs, and compare warm and cool areas. For cooler areas such as the legs and feet, warm them up with a hot water bottle to help disperse the heat away from the head.
    Diet: Simple vegetable and chicken broths, room temperature water, and warm tea can be soothing. Avoid dairy, protein, refined sugars, and heavy foods. During a fever, avoid protein, as your child expends much energy for a healthy immune response, and protein in the diet requires energy for digestion.
    Lemon Compress: For high fevers, use a lemon compress wrapped around calf and foot. The lemon will cool and balance temperature throughout the body.  If wrap dries quickly repeat every 15 to 30 minutes. 

    Homeopathic Remedies
    Aconitum napellus (Aconite) is useful for the early stages of an intense fever that comes on suddenly. Often the person goes out on a windy day and, a short time later, comes down with a fever. Aconite will typically be effective for a fever that's accompanied by anxiety, restlessness, and a thirst for cold drinks.

    Belladonna is also useful during the early stages of a sudden fever. However, a person who responds to Belladonna radiates heat and may have a flushed face and a throbbing feeling, as well as delirium and a lack of thirst.  The head is hot, and the arms and legs cold.   If your child’s symptoms are not distinct, Belladonna is the most common remedy for a simple fever (one without other symptoms).

    Chamomilla can be helpful for the fevers that often accompany an infant's teething misery. Chamomilla is for the child who is very irritable and difficult to please. Often one of his or her cheeks appears red, the other pale, and the child's fever becomes worse at night.

    Gelsemium is good for a child who is trembling with chills and wants to be cuddled. He or she looks exhausted with drooping eyelids, and may be dizzy with generalized achiness. Gelsemium is a common flu remedy.

    Phosphorus is useful for the child with chills and sweats during the night, and cold limbs. He or she characteristically craves ice cold drinks despite being chilly and is often quite hungry.

    Gemmotherapy
    Briar Rose is an excellent all-around children’s remedy. It is useful for strengthening the immune system during a fever.
     

     


    Baltic Amber Baby Teething Necklaces - What they can do for you! Posted on 23 Nov 11:18 , 0 comments

               

    Your finally getting into the groove of being a new mom or maybe you've even done this before, then you remember the newborn period with all the fussiness, colic-like symptoms, and then you then discover or remember "TEETHING" is right around the corner. UGH!  Around 5-6 months of age many infants start teething. You may notice these symptoms: painful swollen gums, drooling, diarrhea, fever, irritability, increased nursing, fussiness and difficulty sleeping. Your little baby will want to put anything in their mouth to get relief. Symptoms of a runny nose and fevers higher than 101 are traditionally not associated with teething according to most practitioners. However, I believe that teething with all it's symptoms can render a infant susceptible to becoming sick. So here are a few things you can do for your baby as well as some answers to frequently asked questions.

    Your Amber Questions Answered

              Often people have so many questions Amber Teething Necklaces and Bracelets that come up frequently from our customers.  The Art of Cure hopes you find the answer you are looking for below.   

    Q. What is Amber?
    A. Amber is the fossilized resin of trees.  60-90 million years ago. Ours comes from the Baltic region.

    Q.  What is Baltic Amber?
    A. This is amber from areas around the Baltic Sea in Europe.  Baltic Amber is the only type of amber you should use for healing.  It contains the highest percentage of succinic acid. Which is the main component in amber that makes it work


    Q. What do you do with it?
    A.  It is worn against the skin.  The warmth of the skin against the amber will allow the body to absorb the healing element in amber.  Best results will be had if it is worn 24/7. If you are worried about nighttime, we suggest wearing it around an ankle at night or use a bracelet.     

    Q. What can it help with?
    A.  It can reduce inflammation, clear red cheeks, ease pain, reduce drooling, and boost immunity. Irritability can be reduced and a better nights sleeps can be had.  You should notice a calmer, and happier disposition. You also might notice that teething pain dissipates altogether. 

    Q. How does it help?
    A.  Amber contains succinic acid.  This is a substance that is found in nature and in our bodies (in much smaller amounts than Baltic amber). Succinic acid acts as an anti-inflammatory and an analgesic.  Succinite is recognized by the medical world and is chemically manufactured today by the pharmaceutical industry for use in immune system medications among many applications.  The healing benefit of Amber has been known about since ancient times.  Amber Teething Necklaces have been used throughout Europe for generations.

    Q. Do you chew it?
    A. No, it is not to be chewed.  In fact the amber might break if it is put in the mouth so the wearer should be supervised.  The necklaces we sell are mostly 12-12.5 in length and should be tucked under clothing. Worn snug but not tight.  

    Q.  What will happen if it gets pulled?
    A.   Our products are threaded on silk.  If they are pulled hard or caught in something, they will break.  If they do break, only one bead will come loose because they are knotted between each bead. We also have had C.P.S.C. (Childrens product safety commission) tension testing done to help with safety concerns. 

    Q.  What happens if a bead is swallowed?
    A.  The amber beads we sell are small enough to simply pass through the system without harming baby.  They are about the size of a small pea

    Q. Should you see an effect immediately?
    A. In my own experience it took a few days to notice the effect. Most people have their own personal experiences. 

    Q. How should I clean it?
    A. Just dip in warm water and rub dry with a soft cloth.  Plain water will not harm the amber but washing agents/detergents may so take it off while in the bath or swimming pool.  Do not let your amber come in contact with hot water.

    Q.  Why are they different colors and shapes? 
    A. Amber comes from nature in a range of colors from transparent through the color spectrum to black.  It comes naturally in different sizes and shapes. You can choose which you think will look best. The choice is purely aesthetic.  Because amber is natural, every product is unique and different. We suggest you buy what you like the best and are most attracted to.

    Q.  How do I know if it is genuine Amber?
    A. We here at www.theartofcure.net buy only from reputable suppliers directly from the Baltic area.  We test all our deliveries to ensure it is genuine amber.  It is not in our interest to sell anything other than genuine Baltic amber because we want you to be happy. We also offer legal testing documents upon request to see the FTIR analysis. 


    Q.  Can adults use amber for healing?
    A.  Amber can be helpful to adults for many complaints such as headaches, rheumatism, insomnia, thyroid problems, throat problems, ear problems.  We have a awesome collection of adult necklaces and bracelets.

    There are also homeopathic remedies which can be quite helpful.

    • Belladonna: Teething with a sudden fever, red face, swollen gums and the mouth is hot and dry. Your baby may want to bite on objects and may fidget at night
    • Calcarea Carbonica: This is for the chubby baby who gets clammy and sweaty especially at night. They may have teething delays and then when the teeth do come in it's quite painful. They may also lean towards being constipated.
    • Calcarea Phosphorica: This is the the baby that wants to be carried, and is more whiny and irritable than in the calcarea carbonica child. They may also seem to experience growing pains as well.
    • Chamomilla: Them most common remedy for teething. Typical indications are swollen gums. One side of the face flushed, angry and irritable, impatient and contrary and often inconsolable frequesntly crying, screaming, and not getting very much sleep. They may ask for a toy and then promptly trow it away, and they are much relieved by being carried and rocked. If you see green stools (like spinach) in their diaper, his remedy will be very helpful.

    Here are a few videos on YouTube:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4dX1B2PDpps

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t7Kz47dvxJU

    So what about you? Have you tried using an amber teething necklace with your baby? Have they worked for you or have you noticed a marked difference for your baby? Share your experiences or questions in the comments below!


    Homeopathy: What is it? Posted on 11 Nov 21:41 , 0 comments

    Excerpt from Natural Baby and Childcare by Lauren Feder, M.D.

     

     

    When I met five-year-old Sandro, he was covered in hives, a reaction to an antibiotic he had been administered.  He was irritable, uncomfortable, and itchy, and while Benadryl , calamine lotion, and oatmeal baths gave temporary relief, they did not solve the underlying problem, his reaction to the drug.  I gave Sandro Apis mellifica (Apis for short), a great remedy for hives as well as bee stings, and he recovered completely - without needing additional medication or suffering side effects. 

     

    Apis is derived from honeybees - in fact, from the very venom that causes us to react to their sting - and is a good example of how homeopathy works.  Homeopathy is based on the administration of minute doses of drugs, which are capable (in their natural state) of producing symptoms like those of the disease being treated.  This principle is known as the law of similars. In other words, a substance that could cause symptoms in large amounts can heal you in minute homeopathic doses.  A common homeopathic remedy, for example, is Allium cepa (Red Onion), used to treat runny nose and red eyes from a cold or hay fever - the very symptoms red onion would cause if you were cutting it in the kitchen. 

     

    There are over 2,000 homeopathic remedies derived from various plant, mineral, and animal substances.  Through a series of dilutions and successions, natural substances are distilled until all that is left in the medicine is their print, or essence.  Just as if you were to touch a pane of glass and leave your fingerprint, so in homeopathy the active agents of the substance remain while potential toxicity is diluted out.  The homeopathic process  done by reputable homeopathic pharmacies renders natural products non-toxic while increasing their potency, producing a safe and effective treatment for children and adults.

     

    Homeopathy has a long history of treating both acute and chronic illnesses naturally.  The scope of this book focuses on providing you with information on how to treat simple acute problems at home. In contrast, the treatment of chronic problems, called constitutional treatment, is based on an in-depth interview in which a homeopath is gathers a great many details about your child's current condition, medical complaints, past history, lifestyle, mental and emotional attitudes, past traumas, character, and other relevant information.  This information helps a homeopath find an appropriate remedy aimed at treating chronic conditions on a mental, emotional and physical level. 

     

    Many people view homeopathy as an alternative, and hence non-mainstream, form of medicine, but, in fact, until relatively recently homeopathy occupied a central place in American healthcare.  In Washington, D.C., only one memorial is dedicated to a physician - the founder of homeopathy, Dr. Samuel Hahnemann.  In Hahnemann’s time, in the late-seventeenth and early-eighteenth centuries, patients often suffered as much from their treatments as from their illnesses:  Standard medical practices included bloodletting, leaching, and mercury poisoning.  Early in his medical career, Hahnemann rejected these injurious therapies and shifted his focus to finding a different method of healing. He called his eventual discovery homeopathy.

     

    News of his system spread, and by the early 1800s, homeopathy had arrived in America.  Its popularity in the U.S. grew considerably after doctors used homeopathic remedies with great success during the cholera epidemic of 1849.  In addition, many people were not only seeing homeopathic doctors, but relying on homeopathic remedies to treat common mild ailments at home.  By 1900, there were over a hundred homeopathic hospitals in the U.S. alone. Conventional doctors defended their turf, however.  The American Medical Association, or AMA, began in direct response to the popularity and success of homeopathy, and effectively forced this once very mainstream medical practice to the sidelines of U.S. healthcare. 

     

    For children, homeopathy and other forms of holistic medicine can prove to be safer and more reliable therapies than standard courses of antibiotics or over-the-counter medications.  Children’s bodies grow and change at an incredibly rapid pace, and part of their healthy development is the fine-tuning of their immune system.  Mild acute illnesses like colds and earaches are normal and healthy parts of growing up, and natural remedies allow you to treat the discomfort without interrupting the immune response.  For non-serious ailments like these, homeopathic remedies are also safe and easy for parents to administer, saving a trip to the doctor’s office and a course of antibiotics.  One Friday, for example, my son’s preschool called me to let me know that he was sick and needed to be picked up.  When I arrived, he was sitting in his teacher’s lap, crying and clutching a red and painful-looking ear.  I anticipated we would be spending the weekend nursing an earache, so at home I decided to give himBelladonna, herbal ear drops (Garlic-Mullein oil), and an onion poultice, and he went to bed early.  The next day, to my surprise, he was in good spirits and had no further complaints about his ear.

     

    Stories like this are common in my practice, and demonstrate the effectiveness of homeopathic remedies for children.  These substances counteract symptoms, but they do not interfere with a young body’s natural inclination to heal itself.  Allowing the body to work through all the stages of healing is important at any age, but particularly for children, who are developing the immune systems that will keep them healthy through the rest of their lives. Moreover, the homeopathic approach is child-friendly. Most children love the sweet taste of the remedies.


    Flu Season: What to do, how to prevent it, and why you shouldn't worry Posted on 08 Nov 13:09 , 2 comments

    As some of you are aware we don't just sell our Baltic amber for teething. We also encourage it's use for immunity boosting during the season of the flu. During November to March, the height of the flu season, numerous children and adults will come down the characteristic muscle aches, fever, and exhaustion.  Increasingly, parents are looking to avoid mercury-based flu vaccines, and many turn to homeopathy instead.  Because homeopathic remedies are prescribed to the specific set of symptoms rather than a broadly labeled condition, you do not need to worry about whether you are confusing cold or flu: homeopathy will treat the symptoms as they present.

    General Prevention and Home Treatments During the Flu Season
    Although the flu can’t always be avoided, the following measures can aid in preventing and treating symptoms:

     ~ Call your homeopath 503.970.3996 and ask about natural flu prevention with homeopropholaxis 

         We recommend the homeopathic remedy "Influenzinum" call us to purchase


    • Get plenty of rest. During the holiday season this can be more difficult, but lack of sleep makes us vulnerable to getting sick. During illness, use essential oils, heat/cold therapy, drink plenty of fluids, and treat yourself with loving kindness.

    Don't Stress: While stress is a part of everyday life, excessive stress can decrease immune function and make it easier to come down with the flu. Establishing stress management techniques like deep breathing, exercise, yoga or meditation can help ensure that every day stress won’t leave you vulnerable to the flu.

     Eat Right: A diet rich in fruits, vegetables and quality organic and ethically sourced proteins is a foundation for a healthy immune system. Studies have shown that eating a sugary snack or meal can depress the immune system for several hours, creating a window of time during which it is easier to get the flu. Avoiding excessive sugar can keep the immune system working at the level needed to fend off viral infections like the flu. Give herbal teas, vegetable broths, bone broths, and unsweetened (diluted) juice.  The broths and teas especially help thin the mucous and clear the body.  Ginger tea (heat several slices of fresh ginger in three cups of water for ten minutes) or a natural cold and flu tonic (2-5 T apple cider vinegar, 1 cup of hot water, 1-2 T honey, maple syrup or unrefined sweetener, dash of cayenne pepper to taste) can be soothing and therapeutic.

     Garlic is an antibacterial – eat plenty of it.

    • Wash hands frequently to minimize spread of germs.

    • Elderberry (Sambucus Nigra) - Research demonstrates that elderberry extract has particular immune-modulating and antioxidant properties that neutralize the activity of viruses so they can no longer enter the cell and replicate. The berries also contain vitamins A and C, and the flavonoids quercetin, anthocyanin and rutin, all of which boost immune function. Elderberry is a natural remedy with antiviral properties, especially against different strains of influenza virus. Elderberry was shown to be effective in vitro against 10 strains of influenza virus. In a double-blind, placebo-controlled, randomized study, Sambucol reduced the duration of flu symptoms to 3-4 days

    • Vitamin C- Vitamin C can greatly enhance the immune system’s ability to fight infections of many kinds. In controlled trials Vitamin C has been shown to aid in the prevention of influenza, as well as shortening the duration and reducing the severity of infections already contracted

    Gemmotherapy
    • Briar Rose is a gemmotherapy herb that is useful for many conditions in children, especially infections of the ear, nose and throat. I use it two to three times a week during the flu season as a preventative, and twice a day while sick. It can be used in conjunction with homeopathy and all other medicines.
    • Black Currant, also gemmotherapy, is an excellent remedy for strengthening the constitution during the winter months, especially for adults.  It stimulates the adrenals and is good for stress and fatigue.  Also for adults, Common Birch targets the cleansing of the liver and other organ systems. It is known as the universal drainer and is an excellent general remedy for strengthening the immune system.


    • Avoid swimming in fall and winter, especially for susceptible children and adults.

    • Echinacea (for children) can also be taken by nursing mothers to help boost the immune system. Echinacea can be taken for prevention purposes during the winter season two weeks on and two weeks off, or at the first sign of an illness.

    • Anise and Mullein, in tea form, are both natural expectorants. 

    • Organic Lavender inn essential oil form, is known for its antiseptic and antibacterial properties. Packaged commercially for children, lavender aromatherapy bath can help soothe coughs, sore muscles, and calm the nerves. https://www.youngliving.org/theartofcure

    • Breastmilk can be used to treat stuffy nose and red eyes. It has antibacterial properties and can be squirted directly in the eye or nose. A few drops of expressed breastmilk can be placed in the affected area with a dropper.

    • Bring out the hot water bottle for aches, chills, and general comfort. The Wellness Nurses suggest filling a hot water bottle half way with hot water.  Carefully press any remaining air out, keep the bottle flat and light and cover it in thick flannel to protect the skin from burns. A hot water bottle is meant to be soothing and warming. It should not be too hot to the touch. If hands and feet are cooler than the belly, warm them first. If your child’s face is flushed, use the bottle at the feet. For chest congestion, place it by the chest.  Use as needed during illness.

    • Keep your child home if he or she is ill.

    • Mullein oil and garlic ear drops for earaches.

    • Applications and compresses: Lemon compress for fever. Potatoes poultices around throat and chest are an excellent source for moist heat and retain temperature longer than a hot water bottle. Potato is useful for headaches, neck-ache, muscle pain, and chilliness. 

    • During an acute illness like the flu, your child will often be very precise in what gives him or her relief.  Satisfy your child's cravings - within reason. You may hear, "I want a popsicle, “Don't leave me alone,” or "I'm not hungry," According to Dr. Samuel Hahnemann, father of homeopathy, "Acutely ill patients rarely crave things that obstruct their cure."

    Homeopathic Remedies
    The following is a list of commonly used remedies for children and adults during the flu season. When prescribing, be sure to note your child’s symptoms before reaching for a remedy. Subtle differences in behavior can lead you to the correct remedy.

    Remedies for the Flu
    • Oscillococcinum is useful for all types of flu, especially in the earlier stages. Many of my patients claim that Oscillo greatly shortened the duration of the flu.  It can be used for both children and adults.
    • Bryonia alba flu symptoms are characterized by muscles aches that hurt with movement and dryness of the throat and mouth, accompanied with an intense thirst for cold drinks. The child is cranky and likely to say, “Don’t touch me.”
    • Eupatorium perfoliatum is excellent for flu symptoms with a deep ache in the bones, as if the “bones are broken.” It hurts to move, including moving the eyeballs.
    • Ferrum phosphoricum is indicated for early flu symptoms with high fever and weakness. The cheeks are flushed and there can be headache, sensitivity to light, and bloody nose with the fever.  The child who responds to Ferrum phos can have complaints that are worse on the right side, worse from being touched, and worse from four to six in the morning.  They feel better with cold applications. Often there are no other specific local symptoms.
    • Gelsemium sempervirens is for the classic flu symptoms of dizziness, weakness, and fatigue. The Gelsemium patient is not thirsty and wants to lie down and be left alone. The body feels heavy, any motion is an effort, and even the eyelids droop.
    • A child who would benefit from Rhus toxicodenron (Rhus tox) has different symptom picture than Bryonia.  Rhus tox is also good for muscle aches with stiffness, but the child is restless and fidgety.

     If you need help you can always call us we are just a phone call away

    Jennie Vaughn-Campbell DHom 503.970.3996