Dropping the title of “Homeopath”

Today, April 1st 2015, the province of Ontario regulated homeopathy.

This means that to practice homeopathy in Ontario we need to buy a license and liability insurance. We must also practice in a way acceptable to the regulating body – a limited way.
Due to this new development, I do not call myself a homeopath anymore. I continue to practice my own approach, Dynamic Medicine as before.

Why It is a Farce

Few homeopaths have obtained licenses to practice –  out of the hundreds of practicing trained homeopaths in Ontario. Most homeopaths want nothing to do with this new attempt to bury homeopathy and stunt its further development. I agree with their position and I hope the College will collapse for lack of funding and members.
After repeated attacks against the profession on national tv (CBC) we now have regulation. Seemingly the opposite to discreditation, but not quite. The two actually work really nicely. Like two hands clapping, one attacks and vilifies homeopathy, while the other clips its wings and makes it tame and ineffective… and expensive to practice.

The Limitations

When you regulate a profession you control it and its members and you also limit its ability to evolve and expand. Current regulation also tells homeopaths where they can train and how they can practice. Similar to doctors who would like to offer more than chemical medicines, but are prohibited by their Association, so are homeopaths limited in a similar way.

In the case of homeopathy, licensing fees and requirements make it expensive to practice. Homeopathy is not covered by OHIP so therapists in effect are self-employed professionals and live out of their earnings. Contrary to what the media would like you to believe, homeopaths barely make a living out of their work. Paying the high membership fees and on top of the expensive liability insurance fees, makes profits from a private practice so negligent that one might as well fold and go work at McDonalds.

The Idiocy

So, is homeopathy snake oil or is it a medical system endangering public health?

Regulation implies a need for protection for the public and homeopathy can now be perceived as potentially dangerous for your health. Yet, in its entire history and world-wide application, homeopathy has never been found to cause any threat to people’s health. Its medicines are not chemical and there are no recorded side effects. In fact, this is one reason why it is so popular today.

In spite of the regulation of homeopathy and the shining new College of Homeopaths in Ontario, the media has repeatedly attacked the profession by making it look like quackery and sorcery on major tv programmes like Marketplace. The blatant manipulation of public opinion and the total exclusion of any intelligent response from the profession left homeopaths aghast and angry. But it also showed us that a war is being waged on homeopathy with the purpose of destroying its credibility and banning its use in Canada.

So here is the idiocy of it all – on the one side we have mainstream media calling homeopaths quacks and the remedies just water, while on the other side, Ontario health authorities are “protecting the public” from this dangerous water, by regulating the profession.

You Can’t Have It Both Ways – Or Can You?

Yes you can. It actually happened today! The quacks, snake oil pedlars of water and sugar pills, have now been acknowledged as a profession in need of regulation! In other words, snake oil and sugar pills are now threatening the health of Canadians. And because Canadians are not smart enough to think for themselves, the government of Ontario will protect them from their own ignorance by chewing on homeopathy and regurgitating it in a way easy to digest…

Of course, any thinking person can see the idiocy of the situation, the insult to people’s intelligence and the sneaky way our freedoms to choose or to practice freely medicine are being slowly asphyxiated. Not too long ago anyone could practice medicine and the healing arts, provided they did not perform one of the controlled acts. This seems to no longer be enough.

Opting Out

Any real professional would want nothing to do with this farce. Neither do I. Although I completed full training programs in homeopathy and heilkunst and even though I have had a busy practice for the past 15 years, now that the profession is regulated I can no longer call myself a homeopath, nor can I claim that I practice it or use homeopathic remedies! The only difference now, as far as the efficacy of my work and the impact on my clients is the fact that I don’t want to buy a license and I don’t want to be told by people with less training than me and less knowledge than me, how to practice my profession.

Fortunately, restriction always opens the door to innovation. Sometimes you have to snuff something out in order for something new to appear on the map – out of necessity. I am sure we will see a boom in the development of new emerging healing arts like biofeedback, to name one. They already exist. As does a new form of homeopathy that does not rely on the usual sugar pills, nor is it limited to the old-fashioned approach of a century ago. Homeopathy as a philosophy and art is very much alive in the world and many professionals are discovering new ways to administer remedies and to apply its principles. I am happy to join that group.

So opting out is actually … opting in for me. It is helping me define my work and de-clutter it from titles that had little meaning for clients anyway (even now homeopathy sounds strange to most and not many have heard of it when they come for help).

Dynamic Medicine

With Dynamic Medicine, the name chosen by me and others for our methods of treatment (using biofeedback technology and new discoveries in the healing sciences), we can move forward again, toward new discoveries and better application of our skills, no longer limited by a word and a method that has outlived its time in the form it is being offered today.

The homeopathy of the future will be magic, a true medical system that is quick, efficient, harmless and does not destroy the environment and people’s live hood in the process of producing its remedies. (No snakes are harmed in the production of homeopathic snake oil!)

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Q: I am always tense because I can’t decide what to do – I focus on what can go wrong and then I feel paralyzed and anxious about it.

 

This is part of the bigger problem of negative self-talk.

The expectation is that things may go wrong. There are many causes for this. The fundamental cause is fear and lack of trust in life. As a result we feel the need to control every outcome. Change is seen as dangerous and upsetting. It is to be avoided at all cost. The mind is hyper vigilant, trying to keep tabs of everything and anything. As a result, there is little energy left to do much else.

Some solutions:

1. Learn ways to postpone your negative expectations. Replace anxious thoughts with, “Does this really matter? I can wait a bit and see”. Or ,” Something better may come up instead of what I had planned”  Or, “I will pause and see how I feel about doing this a bit later.” Try to give yourself a little bit of time and space to be more objective about the problem.

2. Check in with yourself. Do you really want this? Many times tension about future events masks a lack of desire to do something. We confuse the feelings.  The anxiety is actually a sign that we are not aligned with our real needs or desires.

3. Learn the language of your intuition. Tension may be a sign that you are not aligned with the broad flow of our life at that moment. Your mind tells you to go with your PLAN, your gut is telling you not do do so…and it will be right.

Example: you planned to bake a cake, but can’t seem to get around to it, so you are now anxious. Instead of pushing forward with your plan drop the baking for now, do something you like instead – like surfing the net or doing your nails or getting a nap. You will feel resistance and doubt, but give it a try. You may find that after doing your nails, a knock comes on the door and a visitor comes and brings a coffee cake.

Your learning curve is to discover how your intuition speaks, its language. So that you can TRUST your intuition. Your intuition knows things your mind has not learned yet. The mind processes data and sensory information. Intuition is linked to a broad field of information, like invisible sensors spread far and wide and picking up on REAL DATA and not just the superficial and deceptive physical feedback your mind gets.

All forms of anxiety come from our thinking, when we are not grounded in reality.

Learn to be in present time. Learn to interpret the messages of your inner knowing. Rely on your mind only to carry out decisions made on the basis of intuition and rational observation. The result will be a calm and solid inner experience and a magical unfolding of life – each event at the right time, no unnecessary tasks, lots of room for feeling and creating from your own heart.

Continue Reading: Q&A: Anticipatory Anxiety »

Q: My babies are sniffling all the time – what can I do?

Welcome to the world of motherhood and all the typical worries it brings into your life!

First of all, it is normal for babies to sniffle, to have rashes, to spit up and have colic and other alarming symptoms.

Did you know that babies are born before they are fully developed? Ideally, a baby should be in the womb for 12 months. Instead, a baby is born after 9 months and spends the first 3 months in life still developing its body. Colics at this time of life are an indication of a still unsettled stomach. Breast milk is the best tolerated food at that time of life. Formula may be harder to digest.

Sniffles can be an indication of poor digestion and the buildup of phlegm in the body, until such time as the little one has fully grown inner organs and set them in proper motion. Breast milk is the best solution when possible.

Sniffles can be a sign of poor air quality. Indoors air even in a clean house, is not the best – baby needs the fresh air outdoors. Open the window a crack if you can’t go out for a walk.

If your baby was vaccinated, sniffles can be a sign of toxicity and emerging allergies. After all, the many components of vaccines are all known toxins that are meant to create an immune reaction. But your little one has no immunity to speak of, so no real way to protect itself from the shock and no way to eliminate the cocktail of toxicity that has been introduced into its little body in such a short amount of time.

A whistleblower recently exposed the faking of vaccine safety results. You can expect your child to be affected by toxic chemicals in vaccines. You can read more on this here>>

When it is a cold, for real.

Colds and rashes are a natural process of maturation for babies’ immune system. They help it adapt to the environment – each cold is a training session, so to speak, for the immune system to learn to deal with illness or poisons. There are many types of viruses and bacteria in our environment and children tend to try them all out.

The more you let a child develop natural defences, the fewer colds and flu’s it will have in the future! There is a good reason why children catch so many colds in day care, kindergarten and school. I am tempted to say it is because their maturing immune system is “learning” (which is true), but there is another factor that is also a major problem. Actually, there are two:1. Separation anxiety. Babies and small children thrive at home. They do not really like to socialize much and have very little interest in other little children.

Early separation causes stress that a child cannot resolve at such a tender age, it has no tools to deal with the emotional pain. Eventually children will adapt by shutting down their emotions, by becoming indifferent to the trauma, by suppressing it. In most cases, this will be expressed externally as allergies, colds, etc.2. Vaccinations. Most kids are vaccinated since birth nowadays. Most of the time they sniffle not because of a cold, but due to toxicity that is not being addressed. Poor food, deficiencies, exposure to computers and tv, poor sleeping habits – all of this, combined with repeated toxic shock from frequent vaccines, causes a deep destabilization of the health of a child.

Medicating is not the answer

Most kids start taking medication very early – for fevers and rashes and colds.

It is best to not give medication for fevers or colds. Suppressing them leaves a child vulnerable to future illness because their body was never allowed to complete the process of “infection-response-healing”, with “healing” being a major component in this process. Our body creates strong defences and healthy organs by fighting illness. If a disease process can’t conclude naturally, the new defences are never put in place, leaving a child vulnerable and always a little bit sick.

Parents’ feelings – both irritant and cure

Parents of young children suffer from major changes in life: from a life of independence to one of confusion and increased demand on their time and new responsibilities, adjustments and daily irritants. It can be really overwhelming.

A tired and stressed mother emits a discordant energetic field, invisible to the eye, but directly felt by the children. All children to the age of 7-8 are living in the emotional atmosphere of the parents, and especially the mom. Regulating our emotions will give results that no medication can offer.

We all know the saying “Soaks it all up like a sponge”. Well, children do soak it all up. When we hide our true feelings, our babies not only feel what we feel but they are also confused by the appearance of calm, by the mis-match between our soothing words and our inner irritation.

Do not get discouraged or feel guilty. Instead, use this knowledge to help yourself and your child. Find ways to calm down and approach your child with open heart and with love, as often as you can. The sensation of inner peace, love and acceptance strengthens a baby’s inner balance, allowing for more resilience to temporary storms at home.

And remember – nobody knows how to be a parent until the baby comes. And then we all learn by trial and error. It is a humbling process, one that chips away at our ego – that ego that we developed by being children ourselves! Think back to your own childhood – what did you most yearn for? What did you most suffer from? Chances are your child is going through the same steps right now.

Dynamic Medicine. Flower Essences. Meditation. Supplements

Do not disregard natural methods that can help – nobody ever fixed their problems without a little help from outside!

There are many good dynamic remedies, flower essences, balms, baths, supplements and stress relief techniques that you can use for yourself mostly, but also for baby. A calm and serene environment creates a solid foundation for the future of your relationship with your child and for your baby’s adult emotional life.

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Q: Every winter I suffer of S.A.D. and I feel tired and depressed. Is it the lack of sunlight?

Lack of sunlight is part of it, but mostly it is what it represents – a withdrawal of the forces of nature into the earth and the awakening of our soul.

In the summertime nature creates a cocoon of warmth and distraction for us. We let ourselves be carried by the strong energies available at that time, we live outwardly, carried by the rhythms of life, we can relax and coast and allow the universe to breathe us in and out, so to speak, with little effort on our part.

Contrary to what we usually believe, summer is a time when our consciousness is “asleep”. It is in winter that we awaken to the world and take a look around and … inside ourselves.

In autumn, when the juicy forces of nature start ebbing, when the lively colours, warmth and activity of summer withdraws and the sun seems to be far away, we suddenly wake up from the summer dream. We become more conscious of of our inner life. It is as if after spending summer outdoors, we come back home to find our house in a bit of disarray. We notice our feelings and thoughts. Questions like “What am I doing with my life?” arise.

Autumn and winter mark the switch from extroversion to introversion. It is a time to go inward, an introspective time. We feel the withdrawal of nature, the toning down of light and colours.

S.A.D. points to  painful awakening of our Self in winter, when we are alarmed by what we perceive. Deficiencies and failures loom in sharp contrast. We react with a desire to withdraw back into sleep. But because Nature’s energy has withdrawn into the earth our summer buffer is gone. So we look for ways to re-create the summer bubble of comfort: full spectrum lights, vitamin D, summer foods. We even try medication – anything to get rid of the winter blues. But when our soul needs nourishing, feeding the body is not enough.

To be in sync with the requirements of winter, we need to tune into our inner light, boost the spiritual in us, that which is hungry for growth and understanding, that which we had shelved during the summer.

When a person is well balanced and has a rich inner life the quiet time spent in contemplation, is very rewarding. Such a person is invigorated by the coming of fall and winter.

When there are issues that are still unresolved, the darkness is a burden, it causes depression and fatigue. It is not so much due to lack of light, but because we become more conscious of who we are and what is going on with us.

Use the winter months to feed your soul, to work with the wisdom of the universe and of spiritual life, to which we are all so much closer at this time of the year. Time spent in meditation, inner reflection and soul nourishment will dispel the pall of S.A.D. with the inner light that it generates – a light much stronger than any outer sunlight we crave for!

This is the time to awaken and bring down into our physical life the starry wisdom of the heavens.

Continue Reading: Q&A: Winter Blues and S.A.D. »

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The Helpless Healer

Modern day challenges for holistic practitioners. Are you one?


You are a helpless healer if one of these is true:
1. You can’t make a living from your healing work.
2. You don’t have enough clients.
3. You suffer from burnout – questioning your capability as a healer.

Or maybe all of the above? Well, join the club! My experience has shown these to be the top 3 reasons why holistic practices fold early, especially for women.

I was a “helpless healer” when I started out. As many who are drawn to the healing arts, it was not my first vocation. I came to it naturally through my own curiosity about holistic medicine. One thing led to another and before I knew it I was enrolled in courses, opening a practice and on my way to be a holistic healer myself!

And as is the case for most women in this profession, it wasn’t easy at first to make a living. Especially as a single mother of two small children, responsible for a house, car, dog, cat and an ailing mother. But I did it, without a second job or passive income.

What did I learn in 15 years of having a healing practice? I discovered my weak spots, I learned how to see and overcome my obstacles and how to create balance between work and my private life.

I used to live month to month, paying my mortgage, courses and office space rent on with my Visa, chasing after clients, worrying about money. Until one day I noticed that money always came. So I learned how to keep it flowing.

Clients always come. When you truly want to help, they will come and provide the support you also need to stay in practice. I started noticing how clients responded to my own energy and focus. I never advertised. Instead, I learned how to align myself with my work to keep the flow going.

Although I have never suffered from burnout, I have known doubt and insecurity, especially in the early days. Burnout is the most common cause for healers to give up their work. I have witnessed many a “helpless healer” giving up their good work due to lack of money, exhaustion, or after losing faith in their own work.

I was fortunate to have good mentors and friends to help me along the way, but most healers work in isolation. We need a professional community based on holistic principles because our work is different from mainstream business. You are not a “helpless healer”, you just need support to get going, to meet your peers and brainstorm ideas that can lead to the breakthrough you so much need in your work.

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