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Natural products to help heal your pets emotions

People know that pets have emotions, but rarely do we think of helping our pets with their emotional baggage. Perhaps, this has lots to do with the fact that we are focused on our own emotional problems and that our pets can’t verbalize how they feel.

For instance, some animals have been subjected to puppy mills and animal shelters prior to landing in a loving home.  Experiences like these can take a toll on pets, even years later. Fortunately, the line of Bach Flower Remedies for Animals can really help.

Bach makes a wonderful line of remedies for your pet’s emotional needs. The Bach Flower Remedies for Animals utilizes homeopathic principles to help little furry friends become more balanced. You’ll find remedies for everything from jealousy and depression to fear and anger.

Check out the line of remedies now!

Protect your kids from overlooked health risk

A leading health risk often overlooked as a possible cause for disruptive and irritable behavior in children, lead poisoning is a serious condition that if left untreated can cause various health threats. In fact, according to the CDC, lead poisoning can damage the kidneys, the nervous system, the reproductive system, cause elevated blood pressure and is especially harmful to the developing brains of young children and fetuses.

So how does a child end up with too much lead in his or her system? Most people know about the dangers of lead paint found covering walls of many older houses and apartment buildings. However, not too many people consider their child’s exposure to water run through lead pipes or the massive amount of environmental lead residue. The EPA estimates that more than 12 million children primarily living in urban areas are exposed to around 10 million metric tons of lead residue resulting from the use of leaded gasoline and paint. Even juice boxes can be a source of lead!

According to the Mayo Clinic the signs and symptoms of lead poisoning in children may include:

• Irritability

• Loss of appetite

• Weight loss

• Sluggishness and fatigue

• Abdominal pain

• Vomiting

• Constipation

• Unusual paleness from anemia

• Learning difficulties

You can get your child tested for lead poisoning, often for free. Start by checking with your local health department regarding lead screening guidelines specific to the risks in your area.  If your child does indeed have lead poisoning, you’ll want to talk to your health care provider before starting any treatment, but there are a number of natural remedies that might help.

Natural Strategies for combating lead poisoning  include utilizing homeopathic remedies specifically for lead accumulation. For instance, Hanna Kroeger Herbs makes a Plumbum (Latin for lead) remedy specifically to help dispel lead from the body. Helpful herbs for combating lead poisoning and heavy metal toxicity include Alfalfa and Dandelion. Make sure to always buy organic or wild herbs that haven’t been treated with pesticides. Make sure to consult your doctor about which products are best for you and your children! And of course, it is important to identify the source of lead so that your child isn’t exposed again. Finally, don’t forget to test yourself and other family members for lead poisoning if your child tests positive! Other people in your family could also be at risk!

Nobel Prize-winning scientist endorses homeopathic remedies

For years there has been on ongoing discussion in the medical community about homeopathy. Now, a prominent Nobel Prize-winning scientist has made a profound discovery that is rocking the medical and scientific communities. The scientist, Professor Luc Montagnier, has completed research that shows the scientific basis for homeopathy.

Professor Montagnier’s finding is important because it shows that water has a memory that continues after many dilutions—which is a driving principle of homeopathy. This may be hard for non-scientists to understand, but this finding is vital because it provides the scientific root for this hundred-year-old healing tool. With his new research, doctors and scientists can better understand how homeopathic remedies work.

Homeopathy was first discovered by Samuel Hahnemann in 1796 when he came up with the principle that “like cures like.” Thus, each homeopathic remedy is made from an extremely diluted substance that has similar qualities to the symptoms it is targeting. It is believed that when the body encounters the homeopathic, it responds and combats the corresponding symptoms to help the person feel better. Homeopathic remedies are used by England’s Royal Family and widely prescribed as a safe and natural healing tool by physicians in Europe and Asia. While homeopathy is more popular in Europe, it is also gaining a committed following in the United States and counts celebrities such as Cindy Crawford, Cher and David Beckham as fans.

Choosing a Homeopathic Remedy
Although homeopathic remedies have been around a long time, many people are not familiar with how to use them. You may be pleasantly surprised how many Western physicians are knowledgeable about homeopathy and can advise you accordingly. Some Western physicians within large networks, like Kaiser for instance, are both Naturopaths and MDs—just ask an advisor in your network to point you in the right direction. If your primary doctor isn’t knowledgeable, consider reaching out to a Naturopath or Homeopath for a recommendation.

A great resource for those who want to learn more about homeopathy is the Hyland Homeopathy Web site. Established in 1903, Hyland’s is FDA regulated and the largest domestic manufacturer of homeopathic medicines in North America. Some of their most popular products include Cold ’n Cough, Leg Cramps and Calms Forte. You can find Hyland’s products at many popular retailers like Whole Foods, Walgreens, Target and CVS.

Although homeopathic remedies vary, general guidelines for use include placing the remedies directly from the bottle into your mouth and taking them at least 20 minutes before or after meals. Check with your physician for any additional guidelines.

Homeopathy for Athletes

Whether you’re a professional racer zooming towards the finish line, or an amateur out on a Sunday afternoon, fitness goals remain a huge part of being an athlete at any level.

In order to reach goals, athletes train their bodies through sweat and perseverance and use their minds to focus on what they need to do to reach the next level. But with the majority of athletes who are training hard, injuries are bound to occur—from a simple bruise on up to strains and sprained muscles. Thus the focus shifts from training to healing.

Most often, healing an injury is approached purely from a physical perspective. Injuries are talked about in terms of painkillers, isolation, rest and rehabilitation, but hardly ever do we discuss the intricate relationship between our body’s physical, emotional and mental well being. Enter the practice of homeopathy.

Homeopathy is a form of medicine that takes the relationship between the body and mind and works to strengthen the vitality of the energetic field called “the body” to promote healing of injuries on multiple levels.

The system and practice of homeopathy was discovered by Samuel Hahnemann (1755–1843) and has proved to be an effective form of medicine. Based on the principle of similars, patients take a very diluted-like substance, which produces a similar “vibration” to their illness.

According to The World Health Organization, homeopathy is currently the second most widely used medical modality for primary healthcare in the world, with a whopping 500 million people every year using homeopathic remedies. It’s an inexpensive form of medicine and produces very few side effects.

Dr. Steven Rissman is a naturopathic physician (Naturopath) who uses homeopathic remedies to treat patients at his Denver practice. He believes that homeopathy is effective because it works with the patient by treating the cause of the illness rather than merely treating the symptoms. In terms of common problems that plague athlete’s such as shin splits, knee problems or sudden injuries such as broken bones or torn ligaments, Rissman focuses on a number of areas on top of the injured part of the body.

“It’s important to look at the whole symptom picture including mental symptoms such as memory loss, poor concentration, emotional symptoms such as a restless mind, mood swings and anger along with the physical symptoms to get a complete idea of what needs to be cured,” he says.

Dr. Rissman illustrates the importance of looking beyond just the physical problem as he remembers a cyclist he treated.

“I saw a cyclist with chronic neck problems and she would say, ‘I carry the weight of the world on my shoulders.’ She took on a huge amount of responsibility. It was important [for me] to look at the whole person so I could completely understand the case,” explains Rissman.

By looking at the whole picture, Rissman was able to prescribe a treatment plan that worked on both the mental and physical aspects of her injury. He describes this as a case where “her issues were in her tissues” because her neck problem was a reflection of not only her cycling but also of her feeling of overwhelming responsibility in her life.

Rissman recalls another recurrent injury case in which he helped a patient who suffered from chronic ligament injuries. He helped to prevent future injuries by treating her angry state of mind.

“A further expression of her tenseness and anger was in her ligaments and muscles so she was getting chronic sports injuries,” Rissman explains. He notes that the anger and tenseness caused her body to be rigid, “…so since there was no fluidity she would get an injury.” Thus, he treated her both at the physical level to heal her ligaments as well as the mental level to relax.

Rissman has also seen cases where mental illness drives athletes to push their physical bodies to the limit, which means that the mental problem must be treated to halt the physical punishment they are enduring.
“People who work out excessively I often find have extreme restlessness, a stressor that they are running from, or possibly a body image disorder,” Rissman says. “A history of emotional trauma where they are suppressing emotions so they are exercising pathologically. They need to address something on a deeper level.”

Not only does homeopathy work for recurrent injuries and exercising obsessions, but it also helps with sudden injuries and is an effective preventative tool. Thus, Rissman recommends patient’s to put together a first aid kit of homeopathic medicines geared towards their needs.

Following are some common homeopathic remedies that, according to Dr. Rissman, may prove helpful additions to your updated medicine cabinet.

Arnica—A must for any homeopathic first-aid kit. Useful for any trauma, especially with marked bruising or bruised pain sensation. Used after concussion or in postoperative patients for pain and to promote rapid healing.

Ruta—Mainly useful for horrible stiffness in the muscles and tendons. Injury to tendons, ligaments from strain or twisting of joint. Shin splints. Overuse.

Aconite—Good shock remedy after injury, exposure to cold/wind or accidents. Persons needing this remedy may have a fearful look of panic and a great thirst, often for cold drinks.

Belladonna—Helpful for sudden intense heat due to fever, heat/sun exposure. The patient will have a red, hot face, dilated pupils, cold hands and feet, lack of thirst and an aggravation from sunlight, jarring and motion.

Rhus tox—Helps with acute or chronic rheumatism. Aggravation from cold/wet. One who needs this remedy will be restless. The patient is worse with first motion but better after continued motion. Worse in the morning/on rising. Better after a hot bath or shower. Often left-sided symptoms, especially shoulder pain, bursitis, tendonitis.

Bryonia—This remedy is good for any inflammation that is worsened from the slightest motion or jarring. Distinguishing characteristics of those who need this remedy are an aversion to being disturbed, a desire to be alone and quiet, and thirstlessness.

Hypericum—Good for injuries to nerve-rich areas such as fingertips, toes, genitals, teeth, tongue. Shooting pains. Injury to spine, especially tailbone.

Ledum—Remedy for puncture wounds—nails, barbed-wire, including bites/stings with much swelling.

What to learn more about how homeopathy can help you? Find a Homeopath or Naturopath in your area.