Are you a Health Creator?

If our minds are so powerful and create or maintain disease, can they also create health? If so, how is it done and what are the things we need to consider to acheive it? Sam Adkins, The Homeopathic Coach explains. If you read “Are you a Disease Creator?” in the last issue, you will know that psychosomatic is a term that used to be used negatively, implying that if you suffered from psychosomatic illness, you were somehow neurotic or a hypochondriac. Today we know better and understand more about the complex interplay between the mind and emotions and the physical body. What we do not understand however, is exactly HOW an emotional response can provoke a physical symptom although we know it can trigger a measurable and identifiable chemical and neurological response. So if mind and emotions are implicated in disease creation, what about the flip side of that coin? We all know individuals who never seem to get sick. They breeze through life with what is often termed an “iron constitution”. It is true that some people are blessed with a wonderful set of robust genes and tell tales of relatives who lived to 100. If we look more closely at these robust individuals we also discover something equally important as their genetics and that is their attitude to life! Have you ever met a healthy, energetic octogenarian with a negative attitude? Epigenetics is the phenomenon when factors (rather than pure genetics) cause the expression or otherwise of certain genes. It is now recognsed that it is not so much about what genes we have but about what... read more

Are you a Disease Creator?

Manifestation and the Law of Attraction are pretty common buzz words since the global success of films like ‘The Secret’ by Rhonda Byrne. But are they relevant for your health and what does it all mean for you as an individual? Health is an interesting concept because we are only aware of it usually when we don’t have it. To understand the role our mind can play in our health we need to take a look at psychosomatic illness. The term literally means ‘from the mind’ and is often used negatively as if the person is a hypochondriac. As a homeopath, I see this quite differently. It is impossible to regard physical, mental and/or emotional symptomology as arising from separate ‘parts’ of you. As I have written about many times, from a homeopathic perspective, you are a whole, integrated being and symptoms cannot exist in one sphere without an impact or influence by, or in another. So what role does your mind play in your physical symptoms? When you have a physical symptom, you experience a sensation (for example a pain behind the eyes after working at your desk). This ache is real and it exists for you. As soon as we mentally tune into it however, we also tune into the circumstances around it (the computer, sitting working hard, the sitting position, the lighting, smells etc)…and should that ache re-occur with some or all of the same set of conditions, the mind locks onto those and you will be much more likely to trigger that sensation when those same conditions are next present. We can then take that a... read more

Your Homeopathic Gut Toolkit

This is the second in a two part article series about the digestive tract. This time we look at how you can treat some acute gut symptoms. Read part 1 in this series – “is Your Gut your Problem?” When we have gut issues it can seriously affect our overall sense of health and well being. We often use the phrases “gut instinct” or “gut reaction” and it is no coincidence as this physical powerhouse that influences so many of our body systems is at our physical core. Below are the main homeopathic medicines used to treat the unpleasant symptoms of nausea diarrhea, constipation, and vomiting. These are times of acute illness when you really want your homeopathic home medicines kit to hand! Main nausea/vomiting and diarrhea medicines Arsenicum Vomiting, diarrhea with weakness or faintness. patient will be chilly and restless with usually intense nausea. Feel better for external warmth and worse for cold drinks and food. Use this first if in doubt and always in the case where food poisoning is suspected. Bryonia Use for acute gastroenteritis when patient is much worse for movement. They vomit immediately after eating and their abdominal pain, nausea and vomiting are all worse for movement. Ipecac Pale face and dark rings round the eyes. Constant nausea that is unrelieved by vomiting. Children’s diarrhea may be like green grass or frothy. Thirstless with no appetite. Intestines feel ‘gripped’. Nothing gives the slightest relief. Podophyllum Nausea with no desire for food. Explosive and pea green diarrhea with much flatulence and offensive odour. Patient feels exhausted after passing stool. Good for diarrhea in teething babies.... read more

Is your gut your problem?

As part of my recent articles and teleseminars on Autism and other disorders such as ADD and ADHD, Iwas amazed to find out how little awareness there is generally about the rolethe digestive tract plays in our overall health. Thisis the first in a two part article series about the digestive tract so you can understand why your gut could literally be the cause of many health problems. See part 2 “Your Homeopathic Gut Toolkit”. First here are some vitally important facts you may not know about your gut! The gut is the primary source of neurotransmitters for the brain. (neurotransmitters are the chemicals the brain uses to function). The gut plays a vital role in the health of your immune system. Without a healthy gut, your immune function is at best compromised and at worst, severely disadvantaged. Contrary to the accepted wisdom, you are not just what you eat but you are what you absorb! A healthy gut absorbs nutrients efficiently and effectively, whereas a compromised gut cannot absorb whatever healthy foods go past! So if you think constipation, diarrhea, flatulence and heartburn/reflux are just normal ailments to be endured…think again! Let’s take a quick look at the main functions of the gut and how they work for our overall health. Structure You can eat the best diet in the world but if you cannot absorb it most of the nutrients will end up down the toilet! The lining of your small intestine features small finger like projections called villi, which serve to increase the surface area of the gut by many times to create a huge surface... read more

Treating Influenza with Homeopathy

With shortening days and the outside temperature dropping, we tend to become less active as winter approaches. This means that we can become more susceptible to catching the flu. Sam Adkins, The Homeopathic Coach outlines which homeopathic medicines you can take to recover fast and naturally. Proper influenza is the type of viral illness that is not just a bad cold. You actually feel that you have no choice but to stay in bed. Typical symptoms Fever Chills Sweats Aching body Mucous congestion Coughs Painful chest So which Homeopathic medicines do you take? Outlined below are 5 common Homeopathic medicines and the symptoms to look for when selecting your medicine. Do not worry if not all the symptoms listed under the medicine are present as long as the main symptoms of the patient are well represented in the description. I have not included common symptoms such as nasal congestion as it is almost always present with flu. Belladonna 30 Symptoms come on very suddenly and there is a high fever with flushed face, staring eyes and sometimes incoherent behavior. Oscillococcinum 200 This Homeopathic medicine is used all over the world as a preventative. Take it when close family members have the flu, or you have been at close quarters with someone with the flu. You can also give it when there are general flu symptoms that don’t fit into either of the other homeopathic medicines descriptions. Gelsemium 30 This flu state is characterized by great weaknessand overall fatigue. There is often trembling from exertion and the patient may have chills up and down the spine. Droopy eyelids and dark... read more

Mary’s Personal Homeopathy Mercury Toxicity Story

Mercury Toxicity and Homeopathy is one of those topics that causes a strong email response. Here is Mary’s heartfelt story of years of poor health due to Mercury poisoning and her amazing story of recovery through Homeopathy. Here is Mary’s Story……(my annotations are in green) “I guess like a lot of people I fell in love with homeopathy because it rescued me in my darkest hour. When I was six weeks old my parents went to live in the tropics. I had to have all sorts of very nasty vaccinations when I was just four weeks old. These were preserved with mercury. (Until 2001 in Australia, all vaccines were preserved with Thimerosol, a mercury preservative. Now only adult ones and some children’s ones contain it. Check your country for Mercury in vaccines). By the time I was four I had lots of holes in my teeth that were filled with amalgam (mercury fillings) and I got more and more of these as life went on. I was plagued continually by septic tonsils that were treated with repeated antibiotics. (To find out how antibiotics can make your health worse read “Antibiotic Alternatives” here.) My health went from bad to worse. At eighteen I got a severe bout of glandular fever and strep throat that left me in bed for six weeks during which time my weight dropped to just 77 pounds. I managed to claw my way back to being able to return to my studies after taking a year out to recover. Next I got repeated kidney infections and a kidney stone. Twice after visiting the dentist I got terrible... read more

Mercury Toxicity and Homeopathy

If you have unexplained systemic symptoms and you can’t find out why, then you may want to look into your mercury toxicity status. Sam Adkins, The Homeopathic Coach, takes a look at why this is, what effects mercury has on the body, and what you can do about it. How toxic is Mercury? Mercury is extremely toxic. In fact the WHO has stated that no level of mercury is safe. Even 2 PPB (parts per billion) in water would make it undrinkable. As soon as the body detects mercury in the blood it aims to eliminate it as soon as possible. Your body can get rid of mercury but when the mercury builds up beyond a certain level it stops eliminating it and instead stores it in every tissue type in the body. So How Can You be Exposed to Mercury? There are many sources of mercury exposure. Vaccines Until 2001 in Australia, Thimerosol (a mercury preservative) was used in all vaccines. It has since been removed in allstandard childhood vaccines but is still present in many adult ones. To put this in context, although 2 PPB of Mercury in water makes water undrinkable, our governments considered it acceptable to inject our babies with the equivalent of 50,000 ppb in each vaccine phial. If a doctor drops the vaccine vial on the floor of the surgery, the spillage is treated as toxic waste! Cosmetics Some skin whitening products use Mercury as an active ingredient and it is readily absorbed into the bloodstream via the skin. Fluorescent Bulbs Mercury is used either as a vapour or as elemental mercury in... read more

Autism and Homeopathy

Autism is a word that can strike fear into the hearts of parents. But Autistic Spectrum Disorder can cover a whole range of symptoms from the socialized but perhaps obsessive child, to the extremely withdrawn and non-verbal child. Sam Adkins, The Homeopathic Coach examines what Homeopathy can achieve in treating these children. Tell me more about ASD? Autism is a brain disorder that is often diagnosed in early childhood. Children with Autism have difficulties communicating and often find it hard to make sense of the world around them. Those at the more serious end of the ASD spectrum find the world an overstimulating and overwhelming place. Common Symptoms of ASD Delayed developmental milestones Behavioral difficulties Obsessive or self-stimulating behaviors Frequent infections Allergies and food intolerances Aversion/distress to sensory input such as noise, lights, visual contact and sensations. Anxiety and withdrawal Children with ASD often experience gastrointestinal disorders, lowered immunity, neuro-developmental problems and metabolic dysfunctions. The ASD Spectrum The spectrum covers a varying level and incidence of symptoms from those with a low IQ (less than 70) and limited cognitive ability, to those with a very high IQ and highly specific interests and abilities. ASD includes Aspergers Syndrome. Incidence Boys are 4 X more likely to suffer from ASD than girls More than 500,000 people in the UK have it 1 in 160 Australian children between the ages of 6 and 12 are affected In the USA the prevalence of Autism is expected to reach 4 million in the next decade. The rate of incidence is increasing 10-17% each year! What are the causes? The causes are currently unknown but... read more