10.29.10

Homeopathy – My Personal Story

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If you have kept up with my posts, you know that a few years ago I was diagnosed Meneire’s Disease (an inner ear dysfunction that causes vertigo, brain fog, tinnitus, and hearing loss).  Needless to say the disease started to progress and I was having more hearing loss, vertigo etc.  There is no cure for Meneire’s Disease in conventional medicine and all care is palliative.  I decided to turn to homeopathy to address the issues.  I am so happy to report that I am almost asymptomatic and have absolute faith that I will be cured of Meniere’s Disease

Our dear daughters are also being treated for their early trauma experiences with homeopathy as well.  The effects have been very good.  We are slowly seeing resolution of some emotional issues and a greater level of maturity (more cognitive function).  As I’ve written before supplementation and nutrition is one of the four important parts of children’s wholeness and healing.  There is no magic bullet for healing for non-neurotypical children, but homeopathy pushes the body to heal.  It is not about suppressing symptoms.

For the thousands and thousands of dollars we have spent on various therapies, this has definitely been worth the money.  The homeopathic remedy is under $20.00 a month and we spend about $100.00 a month now on follow-up visits with Dr. Michael Smith our homeopath.  And we run our expenses for this through the flexible spending account.

The cool thing is that homeopathy can be done long distance.  It is very easy for Dr. Smith to do the initial evaluation and follow-up appointments via phone and webcam.

Dr. Smith’s initial consultation is free, so it is well worth investigating.

If you want to read more about homeopathy, read my my other post about the subject.

Homeopathy for Healing – A Good Explanation

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Homeopathy is a term that is often misconstrued and confused with naturopathic medicine.  Homeopathy is a very distinct form of medicine that employs the law of similars.  Here is a good explanation from Dr. Michael Smith of Carolinas Natural Health Center:

Symptoms are the body’s only way of telling you that something is wrong or out of balance. The pain is your body’s way to stop yourself from further injury and forces you to rest. The cough is the body trying to expel something from your lungs and the fever is one of the body’s most vital means of fighting an infection.

Instead of suppressive conventional therapies, homeopathy offers an approach that works with the body’s natural ability to heal. It is a system of medicine that is based on the laws of similars. This law of nature states that a disease can be cured by using a substance that can produce the same or similar symptoms of the disease.

Over 200 years ago, Samuel Hahnemann organized the system of medicine of Homeopathy. He was familiar with the law of similars and put it to use after observing his own symptoms after taking quinine. He realized that the symptoms he developed were very similar to the symptoms of malaria. Hahnemann remembered this and decided to conduct an experiment using it in the next case of malaria he saw. Amazingly, the patient was rapidly cured when given quinine. Hahnemann recorded the symptoms of more and more substances, and without fail, cured the diseases those symptoms represented.

Today homeopathy is practiced around the world, and in some countries it stands as the primary method of treatment. Although the popularity of homeopathy has waxed and waned over the past two hundred years it has been again growing in popularity as people acknowledge its ability to restore health and often cure the incurable.

When using homeopathy, a trained practitioner takes time to understand all of the symptoms of the patient. Not only are the physical symptoms of their disease important, but the mental and emotional symptoms are also essential in choosing the best homeopathic remedy for that individual.

Homeopathic medicines are extremely safe and effective. They are mostly made from plants, minerals or animals. These substances are given in miniscule doses to eliminate the possibility of any side effects.

There are many products on the market that make mention of homeopathy or homeopathic. It is only truly homeopathic if the substance in the product can produce similar symptoms to the person taking it is presenting. Only when the symptoms of the person match the symptoms of the medicine is it homeopathic.

Homeopathy can be effective in treating most acute conditions, like the common cold, the flu and ear infections; It is also successful in treating more serious and chronic diseases like ADHD, Autism, irritable bowel, crohns, ulcerative colitis, eczema, multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis, lupus and other auto-immune conditions; and mental emotional conditions such as depression, anxiety, and bi-polar disorder.

When choosing homeopathy to treat these conditions it is important to realize that there is real healing taking place. Although the process of treatment may take months or years for more chronic diseases, with every little improvement there is true healing that is taking place.

10.28.10

How to Help Our Children Heal / Develop Wholly – Repost

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I figured this was worth repeating this information from almost a year ago!

Even though a “cure” would be perfect in helping children with trauma heal, a magic pill is not to be had.  So there is a “formula” that needs to be adhered to so that they can heal.  Additionally, I know that ALL children need these things in varying degrees to wholly develop.

So now for the formula. I truly feel that in order for our children to heal / wholly develop, there must be a four-pronged approach. So now for the four prongs (with some explanation). Our children must have:

1. Therapeutic / love-based parenting. This means we, as parents, have to figure out our own stuff so that we can successfully bond with our children and parent them from a place of unconditional love. Most of our kids have very little in the way of emotional regulation and we must love them and give them our emotional regulation. Through helping them emotionally regulate they create new neural pathways. We as parents also have to help them fill in the developmental gaps that are missing.  Additionally, all kiddos have varying degrees of emotional regulations and need help with regulation.  Don’t mistake your kiddos for “little adults”.

2. Solid nutrition and supplementation. The brains of kids’ that have had trauma are truly “on fire” with excitatory neurotransmitters and and solid nutrition and supplementation (such as targeted amino acid therapy) can “calm the storm”. This in turn allows for therapeutic work to happen (gives some foundation and support). Sometimes our kiddos need special diets as well, as their histamines can be way up. Sometimes they need to be gluten free etc.  Additionally, homeopathy is a way for children’s bodies and brains to heal from the inside out.  Homeopathy is not about suppressing symptoms, it is about bodies actually healing (more about this later).

All kids need solid nutrition and supplementation.  Parents need to be educated about the food we are putting in our kids bodies and the medicines / vaccinations that we are introducing in their systems.

3. Therapeutic body / brain work. There are many ways to get at this, but when children have experienced trauma they have developmental gaps in their brains. (Imagine the brain as a pyramid of blocks, some of our kids blocks are filled in, but many of them in the lower levels of the brain are not.) So our kids need neuroreorganization work, neurofeedback, regression (although it’s not truly regression if they never got it in the first place), EMDR, massage, yoga, movement therapy, EFT (Emotional Freedom), AVE (audio visual entrainment).  There is quite a few different therapies that access the lower levels of thebrain. But, per Dr. Bruce Perry, in order for therapies to be healing they need to be rythmic. We have used a variety of techniques with our children. We are currently working through filling in developmental gaps with neurological reorganization, but we have also done EMDR, massage, yoga, and AVE. I think families have to figure out what works for them.

For parents who are parenting neuro-typical kiddos, do not underestimate the role of touch, nurturing, creeping, crawling, breastfeeding etc.  These things create the building blocks for future growth / development.

4. Parent Support. Parents must be supported through the healing process of
the children. This includes working with a good attachment therapist, both for the child and for yourself. Being part of an attachment support group, getting in touch with your spirituality, parent coaching, taking care of yourself (massage etc )and having a supportive group of friends.  I also have a prayer group, that I meet with bi-weekly. And I have two friends that have children that are also challenging and I can call them at a drop of a hat.

All parents need people in their lives that can be emotionally present with them; not judging, not suggesting, not critiquing, just being “there”.  This makes it possible for us (parents) to learn to listen to their God-given “sixth” – parenting sense.  Some people call this, listening to your gut.  Get quiet and listen to your gut!

I will add that in my life, I could not walk this walk personally or professionally without a whole lot of prayer.  Prayer is what, in my darkest hours, sustains me.  I have also fervently prayed for God’s healing of my children.  I do believe that He is the ultimate healer.

This is a very reader’s digest version of many, many years of research, but take it for what it is.

Sincerely and blessings towards healing,

Melissa E. Robinson, MAT, BCI Certified Trainer
www.wholechildcoaching.com

“Perfect Love Casts Out Fear”

10.26.10

Back to school….Teacher Conferences

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Ok, long overdue, but here are my best tips for teacher conferences:

  1. Ground yourself in prayer and/or meditation ahead of time.
  2. Hopefully you have worked to create a positive relationship with the teacher before the conference.  If not, start now!
  3. If you feel it is not going to be a short conference, then ask the teacher to schedule extra time.
  4. Don’t go in with an attitude.  Try to see things from your teacher’s perspective.  They are under a great deal of pressure.
  5. It certainly doesn’t hurt to go in with a gift of appreciation.
  6. Be your child’s best advocate.  Sometimes parents get so much advice from so many different people they lose sight of what is best for their child.  Train yourself to be still and meditate.  You have been given a “sixth” sense or parenting sense – your gut.  This will never lead you wrong.  Still all the other voices and listen to your gut.
  7. If your child has special needs, don’t expect that your child’s teacher is going to be an expert in those special needs.  You have got to be the expert.  But present this information in a spirit of humbleness.
  8. If the teacher is obstinate or difficult to deal with, keep your cool / stay regulated, and don’t be afraid to pull in administration if needed.
  9. Plan ahead of time the questions you want to ask.
  10. If things are not going smoothly for your child.  Come up with an action plan with your child’s teacher with items that you and the teacher will be working on.  Make an appointment to meet again in two to four weeks.
  11. Lastly, don’t be paralized by fear!  You are your child’d best advocate!  Sometimes we have to get creative with our options for our kids.  Don’t be afraid to make hard and radical decisions.

Blessings,

Melissa

Didn’t drop off face of the earth…..

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Well I have not dropped off the face of the earth.  My hubby’s dad fell and broke his at the end of the summer and things have rapidly declined for he and my mother-in-law.  They are wonderful Godly people.  My FIL is a pastor and has been for 50 years.  It is hard to see them suffer so much and sometimes hard to figure out God’s role in this.  The wonderful thing is that all three families have pulled together and are providing care for them.  It has been a lot of going back and forth to a town 45 minutes away.  Life is interesting in the way it twists and turns.

On a different note, I have started working for Carolinas Natural Health Center.   What a blessing as things were tight on only one income.  I am coaching clients on their journeys to health.  I am still providing parent and life coaching, and I love it!  Check us out at www.carolinasnaturalhealth.com

Blessings,

Melissa