Dr. Tara Skye Goldin's Newsletter, The Homeopathy Issue Natural Medicine that Gets Results!
March 2010


As most of you who are my patients know, one of the modalities that I practice and have extensive training in is homeopathy. And most of you who have been faithfully reading my newsletters know that I have not written very much about homeopathy. This is a bit because homeopathy has, at least for me, been extremely difficult to write about and to find good articles about. Well this month I will attempt to at least shed a little bit more light on the subject. Vitamins and botanicals are relatively easy to find research articles that elucidate their mechanism of action. Since homeopathy is so individualized and results vary so much depending upon the prescriber's abilities as well as the vitality of the patient, good scientific studies are elusive. That does not mean it has no value or merit, just that it is difficult to quantify or follow the scientific method since we are postulating about thousands of different remedies. Homeopathy takes into account the totality of symptoms, including the mental and emotional aspects of a person as well as physical symptoms. That means that 2 people who both needed the same remedy for their cure could be suffering from pathologies in very different organ systems. Pulsatilla for example may cure one person's migraines, and another person's arthritis. And 2 different people who suffer migraines may need 2 very different remedies. That does not make it easy to perform a double blind randomized trial, now does it?

So this month is my first attempt to elucidate the mysterious therapeutic modality of homeopathy. Meanwhile enjoy that spring is coming along with the return of the light , warmer temperatures, fertile gardens, longer days and greenery and usually better spirits. And seasonal allergies.... but for today we rejoice. Happy Spring!

in this issue
  • A Real Homeopathy Case from my files (with permission from patient and her family)
  • Homeopathy Simply Explained
  • Water Remembers: Another Explanation for how Homeopathy works.
  • The Strange Case of Homeopathy
  • Homeopathy for Allergies

  • Homeopathy Simply Explained

    What is Homeopathy? Homeopathy is an effective system of healing which assists the natural tendency of the body to heal itself. It recognises that symptoms of ill health are expressions of disharmony within the whole person and that it is the patient who needs treatment not the disease.

    In 1796, a German doctor, Samuel Hahnemann, discovered a different approach to the cure of the sick which he called homeopathy (from the Greek words meaning 'similar suffering'). Like Hippocrates two thousand years earlier, he realised there were two ways of treating ill health: the way of opposites, most commonly used by conventional medicine and the way of similars. From the Society of Homeopaths

    Water Remembers: Another Explanation for how Homeopathy works.

    New research suggests water remembers what has been dissolved in it, even after dilution beyond the point where no molecule of the original substances could remain. Dr. Mae-Wan Ho reports. For more than a century, practitioners of homeopathy have used highly diluted solutions of medicinal substances to treat diseases. Some substances are diluted way beyond the point at which no trace of the original substances could remain. It is as though the water has retained memory of the departed molecules. This has aroused a great deal of scepticism within the conventional medical and scientific community. To this day, 'homeopathic' is used as a term of derision, to indicate something imagined that has no reality.From the Institute of Sciences in Society

    The Strange Case of Homeopathy

    In 1994, NASA computer scientist Amy Lansky of Portola Valley, California, began wondering about her two-year-old son. Max knew the alphabet and could beat adults at memory games, but he barely spoke and, despite normal hearing, didn't seem to understand language. At preschool he was a loner. His main form of communication was poking people with his finger. Eventually, school officials urged Lansky to have him evaluated. The diagnosis: autism, a neurological and behavioral disorder for which there is no known remedy. From Psychology Today

    Homeopathy for Allergies

    People who suffer from upper respiratory allergies know what a debilitating nuisance these symptoms can be. The most common symptoms of allergies include frequent sneezing, runny nose, congestion, and red, itchy eyes. Over-the-counter medications are often used to treat allergy symptoms but provide only temporary relief of symptoms. One alternative treatment for allergy sufferers to consider is homeopathic medicine. From AltMD

    A Real Homeopathy Case from my files (with permission from patient and her family)

    I first saw K. in 2005 when she was 11 years old. She had been referred to me from another naturopathic doctor in the metro area for my homeopathy experience. Her mother listed "emotional instability" as her main complaint. She had been diagnosed with bipolar disorder at age 5 after seeing numerous specialists for prolonged tantrums and mood swings. She became intolerant to the psych meds and her parents put her on sedating herbs which seemed to help to stabilize her. The previous ND had kept her fairly stable but recently she had had such a temper tantrum that she had fractured her arm while pushing a door shut.

    This is her mother's description of her tantrums: ". this was one of numerous, huge blows... throwing stuff at us, endless screaming, she would burst blood vessels near her eyes from the screaming, throwing her body around, and she was so violent with the door that she did break her arm... other tantrums when she was younger would usually end after she a)screamed and cried herself out or b)hurt herself (I remember she was kicking a closet metal door (those bifold) with both feet and just freaking out - she ended up getting one foot in the door and kicked with the other foot and the metal door sliced her toe pretty good - that ended that tantrum. I think she did the closet door thing when she was about 7 or 8."

    She is very upset with her "blowups" and finds them embarrassing. after a "big blow" she is remorseful and upset.

    She is very teas-y with her sister. She also tends to exhibit silly and annoying behavior while she is spiralling up into a "blowup". After a few remedies that did not seem to effect her I chose Hyosciamus for her. She was " as good as K. gets" on that remedy. She does better when she is homeschooled since she has trouble getting along and making friends with the other girls. They find her annoying and needy. We kept her on a daily dose of the Hyosciamus, adjusting the dosage gradually when she started "acting out" again. That would often settle her.

    January 2007 her remedy picture appeared to shift. She was not raging so much as experiencing an intense fear and anxiety and neediness and really wanting company. Her therapist thought she was exhibiting more "narcissistic" behavior. At that point I changed her homeopathic remedy to "Hydrophobinum" or a remedy related to rabies.

    She began to exhibit less fear and anxiety at that point, and slowly started making friends and doing better in school. She improved gradually even more when the whole family went gluten and dairy free due to health issues with other family members. Her remedies were lasting longer and we did not seem to need to adjust the dosages as often.

    Today we are up to Hydrophobinum LM42, a daily dose and she continues to do well while on the diet restrictions as well as keeping the potency of the remedy adjusted. A dietary indiscretion can still trigger an episode, but there is so much more stability now. That is more the norm. She is now 16, has a boyfriend, friends and a job and continues to do well in school. She attends a high school now and her grades are good and she is involved in theater. Her mother often ponders what her fate would have been had they taken a more traditional approach to her healthcare.

    More telling, here are more of her mother's recent thoughts, in her own words regarding K.:

    "I actually have no doubt that she'd have been inpatient by now. This is a child who, before psychiatry, we took to occupational therapists, an audiologist, a neurologist, a psychologist, a nutritionist, and a host of others that I've forgotten. We were DESPERATE not to medicate. Her behavior had gotten so bad by the age of 5 (tearing out her own hair, sleeping only 6 hours a night, scratching her arms til they bled, wild and massive mood swings, no natural fear of any kind) that we had no choice for our sanity and hers but to try meds. Even then, she went toxic with her first psych (had her on too much depakote trying to balance out the paxil he had her on) and we had to start with a new one. The second one kept her from toxic, but he was the one that had her on 3 meds. We supplemented the kava on our own - daily, 2x, adjusted to her weight. When we took out the kava, the bottom fell out. He wanted to put her on 5 meds, we said no. I told him we were going to try homeopathy for 6 months to see if we could help her (we had nowhere to go but up). I asked him, "How many patients do you lose to natural medicine?" He said, "None. They all come back. You'll be back." Well, that was Jan of 2001 and it's now March of 2010 so I'm pretty sure we won't be back. ;-) "

    "Without homeopathy, I shudder to think of where she'd be. It's still work to keep her balanced and it's not always easy, but her life (and ours) is a dramatic departure from where we were heading."

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