|Posted by Osvaldo Cooley on October 28, 2014 at 10:45 PM||comments (0)|
Clinical depression is also known as major depression and unipolar depression and is a very serious problem which affects more than 120 million people around the world every year, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). It affects men, women, children, adolescents and the elderly
The official definition of clinical depression is based upon the following eight primary criteria:
* Poor appetite with weight loss, or increased appetite with weight gain.
* Insomnia or hypersomnia.
* Physical hyperactivity or inactivity.
* Loss of interest or pleasure in usual activities, or decrease in sexual drive.
* Loss of energy and feelings of fatigue.
* Feelings of worthlessness, self-reproach or inappropriate guilt.
* Diminished ability to think or concentrate.
* Recurrent thoughts of death or suicide.
Usually the presence of five of these eight points indicates depression; an individual suffering from four of these symptoms is also likely to be depressed.
There have been several theories explaining the cause of depression of which two are most popular; first the biopsychosocial model which states that the cause of depression is based on biological, psychological and social causes; and second, the diathesis-stress model which states that people with clinical depression have a pre-existing vulnerability, either genetic or schematic, which has been triggered by a stressful life event.
Three Types of Depression
Major depression which is characterized by the eight points that we already discussed with a particular loss of interest or pleasure in participating in activities that they used to find enjoyable.
Dysthemia which is a less severe episode than major depression and is characterized by a chronic low-mood mental status.
Bipolar disorderin which cycling periods of extreme highs and extreme lows are experienced. When patients are in a depressive state, they show symptoms of major depression; when they are in a manic state, they will have increased amounts of energy and they will exhibit judgment and clarity of thoughts.
A Case of Depression Treated with Homeopathy
With this case I want to highlight the efficacy of homeopathic treatment in the management of mental or emotional disorders.
One day a very humble-looking lady came to my office, she was dressed in old clothes with some patches all over her skirt; it seemed that she had not had a shower in days and her general appearance was that of a person who does not care about herself.
When she came to my office she was short of breath with a very heavy, productive cough. She was diagnosed many years earlier with having asthma and she was taking the usual medication (salbutamol) for the acute cases and some steroids (prednisolone) for the chronic state. But there was no improvement in her condition.
I started taking the case, and as she was answering my questions I realized that something much more serious than asthma was going on. She was saying that she was very sad at home because her husband abused her, that nobody at home showed any kind of respect for her, not even her three children. Her environment was not the best, she was living in a very small unit with just one room which she, her husband, her three children and her parents-in-law shared. She was doing all the cleaning, cooking, washing and taking care of everything at home, not receiving as a reward anything but abuse.
Living in that kind of environment with the stress and work she was doing, it is understandable that she was not controlling her asthma very well, but the main problem was the emotional symptoms that she was developing.
She was losing weight as she was not eating normally because of a lack of appetite. She told me that she lost around 7 kilos in the last 2 weeks; she was having problems going to sleep, not falling asleep until 2 or 3 am and waking up around 4 or 5 am; and she was pushing herself to do all her duties at home because she was afraid of her husband.
She told me that anything that she used to enjoy in the past was no longer enjoyable for her; she was always feeling tired with no 'force' to even go to the toilet.
All during that consultation she was blaming herself for what was happening in her life, she never blamed her husband or her children or her parents-in-law. She was also carrying all the blame, saying that it was her fault if something was missing at home, if she was unable to finish cleaning, if her husband was upset. She was convinced that the fault was hers.
Finally she was unable to concentrate when she was trying to perform any task at home, and was making mistakes like dropping glasses etc., until eventually she was having recurrent and persistent thoughts of death. Although she never tried to kill herself, she was thinking all the time about her death and the different ways in which she might end her life.
She had eight out of eight of the basic symptoms for clinical depression, but her doctor was more preoccupied for her asthmatic symptoms rather than her emotional state. Having said that, her asthma was, in homeopathic analysis, a consequence of her depression.
The patient was then treated with a very high dose of Aurum metallicum and two weeks later she came back looking very much different, she was clean, and she actually appeared wearing make-up. Her face was smiling and she was not blaming herself about what was happening in her life. She was more interested in doing many other things.
In conclusion, with just a single dose of Aurum metallicum her improvement was marked, and her asthma was much better. She told me that the day after the first consultation she started having a lot of mucus running from her nose and mouth, but she also told me that after the medication even though she was having more physical symptoms, straight away she was feeling much better emotionally.
|Posted by Osvaldo Cooley on October 28, 2014 at 10:40 PM||comments (0)|
Breast cancer is the most-frequently diagnosed, life-threatening cancer in women and the leading cause of cancer death among women. In 2008, the American Cancer Society estimated around 1.4 million new cases worldwide. Despite breast cancer’s prevalence, conventional, or allopathic, medicine has been unable to discover the cause of the majority of cases. Numerous theories abound, including genetic mutations, environmental exposure, and inherited tendencies, but none have been proven. Homeopathic medicine takes a different approach to the problem, focusing on the patient’s emotional and mental health as both cause and potential cure for cancer.
Every woman is at risk for developing breast cancer, but conventional medicine has attempted to predict its emergence by identifying numerous risk factors. The risk factors for premenopausal women include early menarche, nulliparity, and late menopause. Those for postmenopausal women include obesity and hormone replacement therapy. However, approximately 70 to 80 percent of breast cancer cases occur in women with no obvious risk factors. Conventional medicine has no explanation for these cases. By contrast, homeopathy does not look at cancer as the result of risk factors but as a consequence of the mind-body connection. .
The Allopathic Approach
A breast cancer diagnosis is made using a wide range of screening tests. These include breast self-examination, physical examination by a GP or specialist, ultrasound, and mammogram. Once the breast cancer or mass has been detected and is suspicious of being malignant, further investigation is necessary. The next step involves diagnosis by Fine-Needle Aspiration Biopsy (FNAP) and/or a core biopsy (which is a bigger sample and more accurate).
Further studies include estrogen and progesterone receptor tests to determine if the cancer is hormone-receptor positive or negative. Additionally, genetic studies are also sometimes performed in order to determine whether or not the rest of the family is at high risk. For conventional medicine, the choice of treatment, prognosis, and predicted chance of recurrence are based on the results of this arsenal of screening tests.
After diagnosis, treatment is then recommended, which could include anything from chemotherapy, to lumpectomy, to radical mastectomy, or any combination of these or other invasive treatments.
The Homeopathic Approach
By contrast, homeopathic medicine bases its diagnoses and treatments mainly on the patient’s symptoms, personal history, and family history. But, most of all, any patient’s diagnosis and treatment depends upon his or her emotional and mental state of being at the moment of the consultation. A homeopathic doctor asks for a great deal of detail in this regard, while an allopathic doctor is highly unlikely to show any interest in this aspect of the patient’s health, even for the sake of trying to show the patient a little sympathy.
A 28-year-old lady came to my practice after being diagnosed with a malignant breast cancer on the right breast. She was devastated by the news—crying, inconsolable, and very frightened about her future. I reassured her that everything was going to be okay. By this time, she had already had the lumpectomy surgery, but she came to my office to see if there was any way I could help her during the next stage of treatment, which included chemotherapy, radiotherapy, and hormonal therapy.
At this point, there was no reason to treat the tumor, since it had already been surgically removed, so I thought it was better to prepare her internal environment for the coming aggression of chemotherapy. We agreed to use homeopathy in order to avoid, as much as possible, the side effects of the chemotherapy. I began treatment by giving her a constitutional remedy in order to make her stronger. The medication prescribed was Ignatia 0/6 every three hours, the first day, and every six hours, the second day.
During the session, I also took notes that detailed her state of being. The main symptoms considered were:
•Ailments after bad news
During chemotherapy, the patient suffered from the classic symptoms of nausea, tiredness, weakness, vomiting, etc. However, these symptoms were greatly improved with homeopathic medication on low doses, which I prescribed in order to avoid using up all of the patient’s energy. At this point, the patient was very grateful because during the time that she was receiving chemo, she was feeling stronger and stronger each session. Compared with the other patients, she was more energetic and more able to tolerate the treatment.
Finally, once the six sessions of chemotherapy were finished, we started treating her for the real cause of her cancer.
The real cause of cancer
As mentioned above, conventional medicine, or allopathy, still does not profess to know the cause of cancer. Instead, scientists present a long list of risk factors, which they attempt to apply to each patient’s case, even though, in most of the cases, these risk factors do not correlate to the patient’s specific cancer.
This young lady was a good example of this type of case: she possessed no risk factor at all. Her age was far younger than 50, the average age for the onset of cancer; there was no family history of breast cancer; and she had never been exposed to hormones such as contraceptive pills. Her menarche was present at an average age, she was not a smoker, did not consume alcohol, and she had always eaten a healthy diet. A screening test did not even show her as testing positive for any genetic predisposition to cancer. Her specialist simply explained it away by saying, “these things happen.”
What an incredible explanation!
A homeopath considers the cause of the illness, in cases such as these, to be emotional or mental. When the patient has an emotional imbalance, and her body is not able to cure this by itself—through a process known as “vis medicatrix natura”— then it starts creating physical symptoms in order to make it more evident that something is wrong and must be addressed.
In this particular case, my patient was suffering from a vast number of emotional conflicts. She had always suffered from problems within her family. Certain family members used to minimize her, most prominently her mother. This mother attempted to make the patient, as well as her sisters, be submissive to the whims of her father and brothers. The emotional disturbance caused by this family dynamic caused the patient to grow up with a lot of resentment toward many members of her family, but especially her mother. Aside from her cancer diagnosis, the patient was also depressive, disappointed, and suffering from lack of confidence.
The medication prescribed was Natrum mur MC. Since she began homeopathic treatment, her symptoms and feelings of resentment have been improving.
When we talk about treating cancer, the first thing to think about is the emotional background that could be the real cause of the problem. When we address feelings such as fear, morbid thoughts, and low self-esteem, the probability of the cancer recurring is very low, because we are getting rid of the only true cause of the illness. In treating the core emotional problems, we are able to have an impact upon any other disease, such as cancer, that has originated because of the original conflict. With this treatment in place, the probability of a patient suffering from metastasis or recurrence is quite a bit lower than it would otherwise have been.
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|Posted by Osvaldo Cooley on February 11, 2013 at 6:25 PM||comments (0)|
For most sceptic, homeopathy is a sca, of course if you dont know how to explain something or any time we dont understand something we need to deny that.
as a fact; a few years ago, a group of researchers from Penn state university and from the university of Arizona, reported that there are structural differences between a homeopathic remedy and plain water, also between two different remedies and moreover between different potencies of the same remedy.
all these, was demonstrated after carefully studying the structure of the remedies by spectroscopy. All these results were replicated and confirmed by this group.
In 2010, Prashant et al, demonstrated with the use of Transnission Electron Microscopy, electron Diffraction and chemical analysis by inductively coupled Plasma-atomic emission spectroscopy that homeopathic remedies at 30c and 200c potencies, which in theory should not present any particle of the starting material, still present some physical entities in the form of nanoparticles of the starting material.
What this means, is that Hahnemann, the father of Homeopathy, was hundreds of years ahead of his years, and just now, when technology is developing quicker is when we can start understanding his method.
There was a reason why Hahnemann did what he did when he developed this medicine is just that the tools were not there for this medicine to be understanded by the people that still now-a-days need physical proofs to believe what is obvious to the naked eye.
The conclusion to me is that Homeopathy is not a scam, it works not just on people who believe on this medicine, it works on children, babies, animals and even on plants, which, as until I understand do not express faith.
but it is up to you if you want to give yourself the opportunity to use this medicine that is for sure real.
Prashant SC. et al. 2010 "Extreme Homeopathic Dilutions Retain Starting Materials: A Nanoparticle Perspective" Homeopathy 99:231-242
|Posted by Osvaldo Cooley on January 20, 2013 at 6:25 PM||comments (2)|
Homeopathy is wholly capable of satisfying the therapeutic demands of this age better than any other system or school of medicine