Amy After

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Homeopathy – Miracle or Hoax??

I moved across country from the southeast to the southwest with my young son in the mid-nineties. Within a few days of arriving in our new town he became very ill. He had a raging fever and kept going in and out of consciousness. No words can describe how terrified I was. While waiting in the doctor’s office which was bursting at the seams with patients, he was draped over my lap like a rag doll, almost too hot to touch. After his exam by the internist I was told that it was a virus and there was nothing that could be done except (say it with me) fluids and rest and that he should feel better within a few days to a week.

Mother’s intuition told me that waiting and watching was not enough in this case so I took him back to our new  home and called another mother whom I’d met the day before . She told me that she used homeopathy for her own daughter and gave me the name and number of a practitioner who was close by. I had never heard of homeopathy but I was desperate enough to try almost anything and something told me to trust her. I hung up and phoned this lady who proceeded to ask me all kinds of questions about my son’s symptoms (way more in depth than the Dr. had) and told me to come by to pick up his remedy. They were little white pellets he was to let dissolve under his tongue. She told me that if this was the right formula for him that he would fall into a deep, deep sleep and wake up in perfect health. If it wasn’t the correct one then his condition would remain the same. Talk about sounding too good to be true! I picked up the pellets, did as she said and lo and behold he woke up two hours later and begged to go outside to play! He had no fever and his energy level was back to normal. It was as if the illness had never existed. If I hadn’t witnessed this with my own eyes I would never have believed it!

Since then I’ve used homeopathic remedies on myself and loved ones countless times and have been amazed over and over. It saddens me that the general population either doesn’t  know about, or doesn’t trust this miraculous resource. I think of all the pain and suffering that people could be spared in so many instances if everyone only knew that this powerful and inexpensive tool was available.

To sum it up simply, homeopathy is a 200 year old method of healing that is based on the “law of similars.” That means that you take a remedy that is supposed to cause the same symptoms that you are already suffering from, much like the principal behind vaccines. Your body then is able to effectively target the particular ailment and eradicate it. If you take the correct remedy then you’ll swear you’ve experienced a miracle. If you take an incorrect remedy then nothing at all will happen. There aren’t nasty side effects and your body isn’t damaged in any way. Either you’re healed or you keep looking for the correct formula.

While living out west I suffered  for the first time with allergies in the spring. When whatever it was was blooming my eyes watered like faucets and the sneezing fits were unbearable. I plowed my way through my local health food store with fistfuls of tissues praying I could find quick relief.  I grabbed one of the dozens of allergy remedies and hoped for the best. While standing in the check out line I pried open the bottle and downed a mouthful of pellets. Everyone was staring – I was a mess! But by the time I got into my car I was feeling better. Twenty or so minutes after that all symptoms were resolved. As long as I kept that remedy at hand and took it first thing each morning, I didn’t have to deal with allergies again.

If you want to give homeopathy a try, you have better odds consulting with a homeopathic practitioner.  If you live in a bigger city you shouldn’t have any trouble finding one. If you are in a rural area then do your own research and make and educated guess for appropriate remedies. You have nothing to lose as they have no destructive side effects and usually cost less than $10. Of course medical emergencies are not the time to discover homeopathy!  Try it out first with milder illnesses or bumps and bruises (tip: take Arnica for those!)

How I’ve Lost 150lbs

I’m Amy and I’m half the person I was one year ago. After steadily gaining a lot of weight over the past twenty years, I’d finally had enough. Even though I was a Certified Nutritional Consultant I couldn’t seem to apply my knowledge to my own behavior.  During a Dr. visit near the end of 2008 I was told that it was time to begin taking medications to reduce high blood pressure and high cholesterol. The prospect of this horrified me and I begged for a reprieve. My doctor told me I had three months to turn things around and then I’d have to come back to get my prescriptions if there weren’t drastic improvements.

As fortune would have it, a friend told me about another doctor in town who was offering a weight loss program. I ignored all of my immediate objections (too expensive, not enough time, assured failure) and committed to doing whatever it took to shed the weight once and for all. I showed up for weigh-in each week which turned out to be a crucial part of my success. Accountability is so very important. Portion control and low carb was a focus of the meal plan but for several reasons I had to create my own menu. I had become a pescatarian (abstains from eating all animal flesh except fish) a year earlier and my education was in holistic nutrition which meant that “diet” and artificial foods and ingredients were not something I wanted any part of. I also discovered that I was gluten intolerant and had to eliminate all gluten to see astounding improvements in my health.

Through eating simple, pure and wholesome foods, or eating cleanly, I lost 130lbs in one year. I’ve lost 150lbs so far and want to shed 20lbs more. Now my blood pressure is great and there is no more mention of needing any medications. I feel wonderful and all of the physical ailments that I’d developed have completely vanished.  Most of the aches, pains, allergies, etc. many of us have come to accept as a natural part of life can be a distant memory if you are given the right information.

I get incredibly frustrated with the messages about nutrition we are given by medical professionals and food corporations through the media.  Following the mainstream dietary recommendations makes us tired, sick and overweight. I want to teach you how to give your body what it needs to become the youthful, energetic creation it is meant to be.  Even though having the correct knowledge is paramount and the crucial first step, it is only half the solution. If the proper nutritional education was the complete answer then I would’ve been slim and healthy fifteen years ago. I couldn’t seem to effectively apply this knowledge because of emotional barriers.  I also want to help guide you through common mental and emotional obstacles you might run into during the healthy transformation of your body.

So, it isn’t just about getting rid of  extra weight, it  is about giving your body and mind everything it needs to become younger, more vibrant and brimming with health!