I am often asked to define homeopathy – “what is homeopathy” or “how is homeopathy different from naturopathy?” I still get called a herbalist or a naturopath by acquaintances, somehow what I do doesn’t seem to get through. So I thought I would explain in my own words what homeopathy can do for you. Recently in our homeopathic community blog I saw the following statistic of 100 million homeopathic users in Europe, in 2009 Europe’s total population was approx. 803 million. That’s quite a statistic.
So let’s be practical, why would so many people use this modality, BECAUSE IT WORKS, why else? I will tell you what happened to me and why I am now a dedicated user and also try and explain how this alternative medicine can help you.
My second daughter was 3 months old when I first needed help. I had moved to a small town in country NSW and she developed croup. This condition wasn’t something I understood so I rushed her off to the local doctor who told me they couldn’t help me, all I could do was sit with her in a bathroom full of steam to help her breath and if this didn’t work I would need to rush her to hospital. I had met Anne (a local homeopath) a few months earlier had heard her spiel on what she was offering but at that stage I had not tried her wears however now she was my next destination. I got 3 remedies from her and she assured me they would work quickly. So home I went, gave Emily the remedies and by the next morning my little girl was so much better I couldn’t believe it. In two days the symptoms were all gone. Marvelous, what joy and relief and empowerment really. I realised I was onto something here, this medicine worked and quickly. If you do a bit or research and ask people who use homeopathy that is usually the answer….. I gave it a try, it worked…..marvelous! That has been my experience as well. Homeopathy is different to other modalities, it dilutes to energy. It re balances.
When we study homeopathy we learn about the vital force and how the remedies we use strengthen and re balance the vital force. Here is a definition of vital force
“The vital principle or animating force within living beings: élan vital…..”
So as the years went by I used this medicine for myself and my two girls as often as was needed. I initially did it because it saved me money and it worked, I realised by putting in a little effort I could address any short term illness that arose in the house, it raised my confidence and I didn’t feel so vulnerable. My children were young and I needed to work and I found homeopathy helped me do this but I also realised after a few years that we did not get as sick as the people around us.
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Hypothyroidism results in a sluggish metabolism for most. That means even though you eat well your may find you gain weight, or find it difficult to lose excess weight. For this reason, the appropriate diet plays an important role in healing. While diet alone may not cure hypothyroidism, it can certainly help balance thyroid hormones and reverse many of the symptoms of hypothyroidism. There are many foods that can contribute to illness, as much as food can contribute to healing of the thyroid gland.
It is important that you distinguish between healthy foods and foods that damage your thyroid gland when attempting to heal your body using a specific hypothyroidism diet.
Hypothyroid Diet Contraindications And Precautions
It is also important you consult with a doctor or medical provider if you are pregnant or have any serious health condition in addition to hypothyroid disease before starting any type of diet. They may recommend modifications or additions to your program. This diet may not be ideal for everyone.
Foods That Boost Thyroid Function…
Typically whole grains and other natural foods including fruits, vegetables, and other high fiber foods are beneficial for individuals with hypothyroidism. Hypothyroidism often results in constipation, therefore the extra fiber in these foods helps regulate the bowels and stimulates more frequent and regular bowel movements.
Fiber also helps improve feelings of fullness and helps to encourage weight loss. Many vitamins and key nutrients are also available in whole grains. Some individuals find supplementing with selenium helpful if they suffer from hypothyroidism because this trace mineral may be deficient or missing in their diet. This mineral helps the body convert thyroid hormone T4 into T3. One good source of this mineral includes Brazil nuts.
Other tactics for improving metabolism for people with hypothyroidism include eating several small meals during the day instead of sitting down to three larger meals. This keeps the metabolism boosted throughout the day, which can help with feelings of fullness and stimulate weight loss.
Some people find that this may also help balance insulin reactions and limit the crashes people often associate with eating too much refined sugar following a meal. If you eat too many refined foods including pasta, bread and sugar you may feel very tired or moody shortly after eating these foods, due to a dramatic increase and then quick drop in blood sugar.
Eating lean sources of protein can also help promote weight loss and stimulate the metabolism for people with a sluggish metabolism. Protein can help stimulate muscle growth in individuals who exercise along with eating well.
Foods That Harm…
While most vegetables and fruits are beneficial, there are some that can actually slow down or inhibit thyroid function. These include:
– Bok Choy
– Brussels sprouts
– Mustard greens
Why? These foods actually contain substances known as goitrogens which interfere with the ability of the body to produce thyroid hormone. Because of this the thyroid may enlarge. Soybean …