Homeopathy, Hyoscymus, and Repeating Patterns

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Happy Groundhog Day!

Hey, it’s Groundhog Day! This day reminds me of things I like to repeat. Like one of my all-time favorite movies – Bill Murray is a riot in Groundhog Day! I love the return of Spring, and I like to order the same thing at my favorite restaurant (Green Curry at Thai Fresh in Austin, TX). And, whether alone or in public, I just have to dance every time I hear Bob Schneider sing Let the Light In. Lots of things I love to repeat. What things do you love to repeat?

And if you’re like me, there might be some patterns you would rather not keep repeating. Really, again? So, in honor of Groundhog Day, I have an idea. What if you (and I) choose a repetitive pattern in life to love, honor and move through. Is there something in your life that just keeps happening? An argument with yourself or someone else, a stuck feeling, a fear that keeps surfacing? An action you are compelled to keep repeating? Tripping over the curb? Getting a cold every February? A thought that keeps whirling through the brain right when you’re trying to go to sleep, or a song you just can’t stop singing?  Waking every morning at 3:30 am, wide awake or needing to pee? Or a dizzy feeling every Monday when it is time to start the day?

As a professional homeopath, I study symptoms, especially the ones that seem eccentric or have periodicity. In a casual look at Robin Murphy’s Homeopathic Clinical Repertory, in the “Time” chapter there are remedies listed for symptoms that occur periodically. For example, there are listings for symptoms that repeat every day, every hour of the day, every season, Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer, or every 14, 21, or 42 days. Homeopathy cares so much about the details. (And my experience is that God, the Universe, your Higher Power does too!) Even and especially the symptoms you may have thought were just querky, weird or private to you. Symptoms that occur when the weather gets hot, or a cold-front blows through, thunderstorms, whenever it rains, at the seashore, at sunset, and before the full moon.

Homeopathy is a grand and wise teacher. It is one of my closest life-long friends. Homeopathy does not judge patterns, in fact it CELEBRATES them. Those patterns in your life are happening for a reason. They are actually coming from the soft voice of the Soul, saying, “Please, turn your attention to me, to right now, to your heart, right here.” When a homeopath listens to symptoms and follows their lead, they take us to the perfect remedy. In the school Life, when we give loving attention to the patterns we are in, our Soul can lead us to truth and wisdom, sometimes easy to see and other times way down deep.

One remedy that is known for certain repetitive patterns is Hyoscymus Niger, a homeopathic medicine made from the Solanaceae group of plants, affectionately referred to by plant people as “Stinking Roger” and in the homeopathic world by its abbreviation Hyos. This is a well-used remedy for a plethora of symptoms historically. According to Robin Murphy, one possible symptom for the person needing Hyos is that “she persists in undressing herself” (or himself) – something someone’s partner might enjoy, but not a mom with her son in the grocery store! Also helpful for those prone to quarreling, over-drinking (alcohol), and under-drinking (water), headaches that recur after meals, the child prone to sobbing while still sleeping. Patterns that repeat. In homeopathy, we do not judge the pattern, instead we inquire about it, study it, and receive it with gratitude for bringing us the clues we need to find the perfect remedy for healing.

One thing I love about Hyos is that it is often “found growing on old rubbish heaps, near ruins, on the roadside …” (Murphy, Nature’s Materia Medica, 3rd ed.). Sometimes the things in our life that we think are trash, garbage and not worth using – things we want to get rid of and throw in the trash heap – are the very things that may have an unexpected and powerful particular healing quality or teaching. This makes me think of our medical system that will often be so quick to toss out an organ that isn’t “working” — as if the human body were no more than a machine. We see in the plant life of Hyoscymus, even growing by the trash, it holds healing energy and can be made into a powerful remedy. Hyos has been used historically and in clients I have worked with to bring about healing from patterns of seizure, nervous exhaustion, insomnia, and incessant coughing just to name a few of many.

Just maybe, other symptoms — Life Symptoms — those things we just want to GO AWAY — maybe those persistent patterns could really have something to say. Maybe they have a message, maybe they are showing us something noteworthy and highly healing. Is there something in your life that keeps repeating? A happening that occurs over and over that won’t seem to leave you? The first human and natural reaction is simply to push it away, but does telling the symptom or pattern that you don’t like it ever cause it to change?

I used to lose my keys ALL THE TIME! Oh my gosh, and I judged that pattern to be such a pain! I was (seemed like) forever losing the keys, looking and finding. I even lost my sister’s keys and my friend’s keys! However, there was a method to the madness once I stopped to slow down, focus and see. Once I realized this pattern was trying to teach me something and I chose to be receptive, the learning began. And Voila! This pattern taught me many things.

So what did I learn from my keys? First, my key losing pattern taught me to HEAR how I was talking to myself. I found myself saying, “WHAT?? YOU! AGAIN? How could you do that again?” And sad to say, maybe even calling myself a not-so-flattering name. I learned to listen to myself, and since the pattern was repeating, I eventually learned to be kinder to the part of me that was stuck in the persistent pattern. Was it really about losing my keys or was it about something much deeper? When I talked nice to myself I could more easily REMEMBER where were those sneaky keys. It was super helpful when I learned to accept myself lovingly and say, “Oh, miss Jen, it looks like you’ve lost them again – it’s okay! I love you anyway. You’ve found them a jillion times before, you go girl! I know you can find them again!”

So, I started remembering how to be kind to myself, how to be present with myself, how to be patient with unexpected things in life, how to plan according to my eccentricities, how to love unlovable parts of me. I learned to be more organized and I was motivated to clean out the clutter (first in my house, and then in my mind). Once I started to get the lessons and then willingly applied them to my life, they only seemed to take me deeper and multiply. As I responded with the appropriate changes in my life, my key loss occurrences dropped dramatically. Now it hardly ever happens – but when it does it just makes me smile.

I started thinking about losing and finding, keys, other things, and parts of me. I started asking, “What else might I have lost? Dear Soul, what do you want me to find?” I even found some parts of my energy, parts of my heart, feelngs I tucked away in my back and spine, parts I had once left by the wayside in the busy-ness of life. This process helped me to woke up to the automatic programming that was causing me to accept heart loss as a “normal” part of life. So you see, something annoying and inconvenient can often be a very kind and loving teacher when we are willing to stop, breathe, look, feel and see. Once we begin to open up to the gifts and teachings of Life, we can find ourselves on a journey that leads to loving lessons of the heart.

Learning from my patterns and the patterns of others has taught me to receive and appreciate inconvenient and seemingly faulty parts of myself. I am continually learning and being reminded to accept life and all it brings, to love what shows up with non-judgment, to give myself space and choose to examine the habits and beliefs that are speaking to me. The sweetest part is that as I become more patient and loving toward myself, the newer patterns of self-love and caring can expand out to those around me and to my world. It really is true what the sages say — you can only give to others what you are first giving yourself.

Learning from repetitive patterns of my own taught me to be more patient with my son when he tracked mud in the house for the umpteenth time; I learned to be more loving and joyfully receiving of my daughter’s free spirit moods. I learned to be more patient when my 86-year old dad tells me the same story over and over. I started listening to his story instead of tuning it out, I started talking with him about it, until he was all talked out. When I engaged with him lovingly and really heard what he was saying, I was able to feel a heart connection (something not so possible with him in earlier or even recent days). I realized his telling was healing something inside of him, and when I allowed that without judgement, it also was healing for me. Now I continue to learn from patterns I find in my life. I am learning to be patient with life when more challenging patterns are presented and brought into my awareness – long held limiting beliefs, patterns of fear, distraction or even resistance. We all have thoughts or feelings that keep coming up, causing discomfort. The good news is that it is possible to transform them with genuine care and real loving.

The wise ones tell us that the things we RESIST in life will only PERSIST. In fact, our resistance FEEDS them and keeps them thriving! This is so true. I don’t know about you, but I have tried resisting unwanted things in my life. That is a very brow-beating type of learning. Here’s one more teaching from the wisdom of homeopathy that applies: Like cures like – in homeopathy a remedy made from a substance that would CREATE a symptom in a well person, will work to heal and rebalance the energetic pattern that is creating the symptom or illness in the sick person. A like (not same, but like) but higher energy will move in and dissipate the energy creating the illness. In life, we can apply the concept to those unwanted patterns we see: LIKE CURES LIKE – engage, find something to understand and appreciate about the unwanted pattern – something to be grateful for. Instead of focusing on our differences, can we find the commonalities we share.Not forcing the opposite, but meeting ourselves or others with compassion and empathy.

Can I shift my thoughts from judging to learning, observing with curiosity? Can I meet each challenge in myself and others with a higher, stronger loving energy? Can I meet myself, my child, or my life right where it is, yet with my own higher self’s love frequency? That is one way to dissolve the pattern and see it for what it is truly. A challenge, yes, and sometimes heartbreaking – big things, even huge serious life events, way beyond lost keys. How we respond is key (please excuse the word play).We’ve heard it a million times before, but it’s true: Our power is in our choice. Can we love the patterns, let them be, and sit with them lovingly? Can we bring compassion to ourselves, and to the things that we notice? Can we encourage them to shift and change at the pace that is most doable and comfortable? Can we meet ourselves half-way, inside our heart? Can we meet whatever is unfolding with love? For Love is the highest frequency of healing!

Namaste!

Jen

MY HEALING JOURNEY – PART FOUR

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PART FOUR – LYME DISEASE, WHAT I LEARNED

After several years of working successfully as a practitioner and seeing my clients my clients heal and transform, I began to experience significant challenges in my own personal health. In 2010, I discovered I had Lyme disease. I continued to support myself with homeopathy and began to explore additional modalities and tools to support my healing. Right after my diagnosis I was introduced to the work of Byron White and began to use his energetic herbal formulas. I attended his training in Energetic Layer Testing, a type of testing that allows for a clear view of the body’s priorities and strengths for healing. I learned self muscle testing to more clearly ascertain the remedies and formulas I needed on a daily basis. As my healing progressed, I trained in Thought Field Therapy (developed by Dr. Roger Callahan), Neurological Integration System (NIS), and Quantum Techniques (QT); and eventually served as a practitioner with QT so that I could hone and deepen my skills with that healing therapy.

Around this same time, I read Bruce Lipton’s book, The Biology of Belief. I realized that permanent and deep healing requires looking within and a willingness to change at a deep level. I began to understand that my life was a creation of my beliefs, emotions, unconscious patterns. If I wanted a true deep healing, it was not going to come solely from a bottle or a remedy. Those things are good, helpful, needed at times and very useful. But the only magic bullet, the glue that holds it all together comes from within, in my heart, and how I choose to think and live my life.

Although I had focused so much on helping others over the years, I had in many ways abandoned myself and not taken care of my own needs. I was a strong, loving person in in my work life but in my personal life I still carrying on many of the patterns I learned during my childhood. I was still carrying and had ignored life pains and emotions that had been suppressed since early childhood. Homeopathy got me so very far, but there were deeper wounds that required a shift in consciousness.

I learned that my symptoms existed in the gap of consciousness. The gap between what I believed to be true — about myself, God, and my world — the what was really, actually true. It was within that gap that all my symptoms lived. I learned that just as there are dangers to physical suppression — as in the case of prescription drugs — there is a worse suppression. That is the suppression of the heart, hiding feelings away and keeping them down. Lyme caused me to wake up to my heart. I learned the importance of expressing my feelings, listening to my heart and tending to my soul. I learned to speak the truth more fully to the people in my life whether it was pleasing or not. I learned to accept the present moment and to be grateful for everything that showed up, especially the most challenging things.  I learned to respect and understand my sensitivities and empathic nature, and to set healthy boundaries. These are not things I have mastered once and for all, but things I keep learning again and again everyday. Life is a process and a journey. We just have this moment, now, today. I have learned the importance of self love and forgiveness. Life is so much sweeter when we live truth, love what shows up, slow down, enjoy, meditate and breathe.

I have since experienced complete healing of Lyme disease and many other health issues that had plagued me in spite of my healthy lifestyle. I continue to grow and change from day to day as I learn to love each experience in my life, embrace my challenges and see them as gifts that are here to teach me so I can experience joy.

Peace and blessings,

Jen in script

MY HEALING JOURNEY – PART THREE

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PART THREE – MY PASSION FOR EMPOWERING OTHERS

During this time a passion for helping other mothers and their children began to grow inside of me. I saw so many mothers running their children to the doctor continually for repeated rounds of anti-biotics and other suppressive medications and surgeries (ear tubes, tonsils removed, etc.). I began teaching my friends basic homeopathy and how to take care of their own children effectively. I discovered I had a natural gift for teaching and I was able to help many.

At one point, a friend of mine suggested I teach a class since I was mentoring a two people at the same time. I said yes, that is a great idea! I booked a room at the local library and invited my two friends and a couple other people. Word of my class spread before it began and to my astonishment, 22 people showed up at the first meeting. God’s plan enveloped me and I experienced miracles as doors of opportunity opened. I felt my calling and my purpose come alive and I began my formal training in homeopathy at that time.

At the completion of my formal sequential training and clinical internship with the Homeopathy Center of Houston, I was offered a position as a practitioner at the clinic. I worked there for over 6 years and am so grateful for all I learned while I was there. During that time I specialized in children’s chronic health issues, primarily ASD and developmental delays, as well as other health challenges such as PANDAS, asthma, ADD/ADHD, and other chronic auto-immune issues.

As a homeopath and healer, I believe I am doing my best work when I empower my clients to find their intuitive knowing and healing power within. My aim is to empower each client to become his or her own healer, and for parents to have the confidence to support healing in their own children. Healing is more than a remedy, more than a pill. Homeopathy has a profound way of moving energy, communicating with the body, and bringing in a higher vibration, but there is more to it than that. There is power in loving intention, in personal growth, gratitude and surrender. Together we work as a team to discover the best remedy along with the gift in the challenge. Sometimes it is crazy hard to find the bright side, and often it is confusing, frustrating, and painful at times. But if we look underneath all the symptoms and surrender to the present moment, we can find some beautiful blessings and gifts in the midst.

Over the years I developed a deep love and respect for children and families impacted by autism and all the many other chronic childhood issues that are on the rise still today. I am inspired by the love, commitment and keen intelligence of the mothers and fathers. I have a deep passion for partnering with parents, bringing the best possible care to their children and guiding the entire family through the process of healing and awakening.

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These children are geniuses, wise beyond our imagination. They are teaching us each moment how to love unconditionally, how to step up and step into life fully, and how to surrender. Working with children and families impacted by autism has been and continues to be the greatest privelege of my life. It motivates me to step further into my purpose, to be the best person I can be, to love my own children unconditionally. I have learned over the years to see the unique beauty and needs of each child and family. For the past 9 years I have been on a consistent pursuit to continue learning new skills and tools to make a difference for these children and families. I love homeopathy in that it is so flexible and can fit the unique needs of each individual.

Lovingly,

Jen in script

ENERGY HEALING CODE FOR FLU SEASON

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Hello everyone!

My clients have been asking me lately for ways to support their immune system during the fall/winter/flu season. Over the next few weeks, I’ll be writing several posts with recommendations and tips, and sharing the things that I do to support my immune system. If you have tips you would like to share, please post and we can all support each other in staying healthy together!

Today I am sharing an energy healing code I recently created for the season. A custom energy code or meridian sequence is used as a container to hold the healing frequency of an energy treatment or intention for support/healing. The tapping locations are acupressure points of major meridians in the body and induce a correction of energy flow in the body. An energy code is a way to give your body information that it can receive and understand. It is very similar to a homeopathic remedy in that both energy code and remedy hold a unique energy frequency and are able to provide healing information to the body, mind and spirit. It is that frequency that imparts information and stimulates healing. An energy code is simply another way to give information to the body.

Here are the body point/locations for a standard energy healing code (based on Dr. Roger Callahan’s Thought Field Therapy/Gary Craig’s EFT/Dr. Stephen Daniel’s Quantum Techniques).

Meridian Tapping/Touch Points

EB = Eyebrow, OE = Side of eye (outside eye), E = Under eye, C = Collarbone, A = Under arm, LIV = Liver (on rib cage beneath nipple line), Crown = Top of head, UN = Under nose, Thymus = bony spot just under notch below throat, CH = Chin, Gamut spot = Top of hand, G50 = Top of hand, 50 taps (9-gamut spot), SH = Karate chop / side of hand (karate chop), TH = Thumb, IF = Index finger, MF = Middle finger, LF = baby finger (little finger), 3rd eye = Just above eyebrow, between eyes. For more information go to https://energyhealinghomeopathy.wordpress.com/energetic-healing-tools/.

You may tap the code physically (tapping about 5 times on each point listed) or read the code out loud. I recommend tapping the code for the first day (while speaking the names of the points out loud). After that, you can simply read the code out loud (no tapping required) because it will be encoded in your body wisdom.

You may also use the code for your child by acting as a surrogate — tap the code on yourself with the intention of doing so for your child. You can also show your child how to tap the code, or give it to him or her on an index card to read or carry.

Following is an energy healing code I created to stimulate immune support during fall and winter, especially during flu season. The code will be most effective if repeated 4 times in a row, 1-2 times each day for 2 weeks in a row. After the initial 2 weeks, simply repeat the code 4X in a row, 1 time weekly for the remainder of the season.

Energy Healing Code for Immune Support During Fall/Winter/Flu Season

LF MF LIV LF MF E

THY (THYMUS) LF THY LF THY LF E

LF MF LIV THY LF MF EB

THY LIV THY LIV THY EB E

LF MF THY LF THY LF E OE

A C 9G UN SH UN

Love and peace,

Jen in script

MY HEALING JOURNEY – PART TWO

PART TWO  – MY CHILDREN, MY GREATEST TEACHERS, MY FIRST AWAKENING

When my children were born, I was determined to keep them free of medications. I had learned about the suppressive nature of prescription drugs and I desired to keep them safe from side effects and the unexpected trajectory that a reliance on medicine can create. However, I compromised in the area of vaccination because of my fears as a new mom, false beliefs about vaccines, and a deep desire to protect my children. Although I had questions about immunization, I trusted the pediatrician more than my own inner voice. I had one foot in the natural health world and one foot still in allopathy.

My daughter was an easy baby, a good sleeper, and a happy child. After vaccinations she was cranky and sleepy but had no obvious or immediate reactions early on that I was aware of. However, as soon as my son was born she began coming down with repeat ear infections. I was able to take care of her symptoms with homeopathic remedies and herbal preparations, but her ear infections continued. My son had more obvious health challenges. Boys in general tend to be more sensitive, but I see now it was during his pregnancy that I had the amalgam removal and antibiotic usage. He was born with jaundice and experienced digestive discomfort and colic from the very beginning. A few days after his first set of vaccinations he experienced a severe bout of croup. It was the fall, and colds and cough were going around. Being a busy mom and unable to see the full truth, I wrote it off as a symptom of the season.

It came time for my son’s second set of infant vaccinations, and my daughter was due for her first MMR. As many young moms do, I dutifully took them to the routine pediatric check-up and submitted to the vaccinations. I requested no Varicella vaccine for my daughter that day, but then later realized it was listed on the vaccine record as being done anyway. My daughter seemed exceptionally cranky that afternoon after returning home, but fell asleep early with a low grade fever and slept through the night. The next day, my daughter woke early crying and cranky. Later that day, I found her banging her head on the wall of her bedroom (which I learned later is a sign of gut pain). To add to the drama, my son awoke that day with a severe case croup — worse than the first case 3 months earlier. Life was once again saying to me “Wake up and pay attention.”

I am so grateful now for this jolt to my life. My children didn’t know it, but they were steering the ship for me and righting my compromised course. I started finding out the truth for myself: reading books and researching all I could about vaccinations risks and the effects of other toxic exposures including overuse of antibiotics, metals, chemicals and processed, chemically-laden foods.

Years later, after working with hundreds of children impacted by vaccine and toxin injury, I can see the visual signs of toxic overload — how the skin appears, the facial features, the formation of the jaw, the gait. I can see that my children were sitting on the edge of the cliff. When I work with parents of autistic children, I realize I could have been just like them and I feel a deep resonance and a connection with them and their children. I am so grateful for the healing capacity of the body. I believe we have a loving creator and our bodies are made to heal if they have the right support and information.

When my children were young, our financial situation was tight and the prospect of paying for homeopathic treatment for myself and my children was quite challenging. I was motivated to learn homeopathy and empower myself to take care of my family. I began studying more intently and in the next few years I completed my first degree in homeopathy. I was very blessed to mentor with my homeopath’s assistant, Donna Dominey, D.I. Hom, and then pursue advanced training in sequential homeopathy with the Houston School of Homeopathy/Homeopathy Center of Houston.

My children were my first teachers and I was able to learn my skills by practicing on them over the years. Handling all their acute health ailments, and then clearing their vaccines and other childhood and pre-birth exposure, including miasms, gave me a front seat to their rapid improvement while gaining confidence in my skills. My daughter had experienced a significant speech delay and had articulation challenges that required speech therapy. Although she had a few words early on, her verbal communication was very limited and she preferred using sign language until I started clearing her vaccines. Diet changes and homeopathy resolved her gut issues and her ear infections resolved permanently. I just smile to myself when I remember her pediatrician telling me I would “have no choice but to have tubes put in.” Actually, there is a better way.

My son had health challenges, gut issues, and was ill with coughs and colds often. When we stopped all vaccinations and began to clear them homeopathically, his health improved quickly. However, early on he had trouble focusing and did not have any interest in learning.  I had cleared all his vaccines but then began to look beyond his own timeline. I chose to clear the MMR with him — a vaccine he did not ever physically receive. (He would have had exposure to my daughter’s vaccine and then of course, I had the MMR which was passed to him through my DNA.) I noticed the most profound improvements in his health and learning, after clearing MMR for him. After the MMR clearing, his facial features changed, his focus improved, and I noticed some infrequent tics he been having just disappeared. He had more peace in his eyes and his jaw softened, he stopped grinding his teeth at night. He finally began learning letters and then it seemed he began to read overnight. I remember his school teacher asking me what I had done, she assumed many hours of tutoring at home. I smiled and knew it was God at work through the homeopathic clearings.

MY HEALING JOURNEY – PART ONE

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I have been asked many times how I got into the field of natural healing. Over the next few weeks I will share my story, and I suspect it may be similar to yours. The experiences I have had have shaped my approach to healing and my beliefs about what is possible for my clients — and for everyone that is on their own healing journey. I believe that healing is always possible, that we can always move forward (no matter where we start), and that there is always hope.

Homeopathy changed my life and was the beginning of my journey into natural healing. My experiences with homeopathy and healing led me to explore my own personal and spiritual growth and to search deeply for life’s meaning and purpose.

PART ONE – MY INTRODUCTION TO HOMEOPATHY

I was diagnosed with interstitial cystitis in my mid-twenties and after various drugs and procedures that left me feeling worse than ever, I was blessed to discover homeopathy. I worked with a classical homeopath, Daniel C. Cook, M.D. and over a six-month period I began to experience freedom from antibiotics and numerous other prescriptions. Up to that point, in addition to the chronic bladder condition, I experienced numerous infections each year (throat, sinus, and bladder) requiring antibiotics and various other health conditions requiring prescriptions including migraines, allergies and hormonal imbalance symptoms.

Throughout my life, I saw my mother suffer from severe allergies, headaches, constant infections, depression and hormonal issues. Until I began to learn homeopathy it appeared that my own life was on a similar trajectory. My childhood and early adult years were riddled with strep infections, bronchitis, laryngitis, and allergies. Sadly, I had just accepted it, buying into the medical and societal belief systems that it was “genetic” and out of my control. Homeopathy turned my life around and gave me hope. Hope for a healthy future. Hope to be free of my medications and the severe side effects I experienced every time I took them. During my 20s and 30s I began to learn homeopathy and study nutrition. I was inspired to pursue a path of health freedom, something I had never dreamed possible before.

During my early 30s, I was blessed to have two beautiful children: my daughter first and then 2 and a half years later my son. Although I was on the path of wellness and had learned to take care of basic acute conditions with homeopathy, I was still putting faith in the medical system and I was experiencing personal stressors in my life and marriage that I had not dealt with before.

As a child I had learned to not feel my feelings or express my deep inner truth; I had lost my voice in an effort to please and be loved. I had learned to “be a good Christian”; I believed that “a good person always puts others first”; I had learned to stuff down my disappointments and sadness and to ignore the deepest longings of my heart. At the time I did not realize the enormity of this factor, but I see now that it was the biggest factor of all.

During my 20s and early 30s I experienced many health gains: a huge improvement to my allergy symptoms, an overall improvement in health and freedom from all prescription medications. I was still experiencing colds and sinus issues, but I had my go-to homeopathic remedies and I knew what to do to get well. Although I was able to treat myself with homeopathy and stay clear of antibiotics I was still relying on a few over the counter medications and I felt that the improvement of my overall health began to stall.

During the first trimester of my second pregnancy, one of my many amalgam fillings cracked and required replacement. This unexpected dental work turned my health upside down. At the time I was just living life one day at a time and did not have the wisdom to put it all together, but the factors add up when seen from a higher perspective as I will describe here.

Six-weeks after the amalgam removal (replaced with a composite filling) I suddenly came down with a severe case of bronchitis.  My stand-by constitutional remedy and go-to acute care homeopathic remedies were not working. Even my classical homeopath in Houston at the time seemed at a loss for what to do with me and in the end referred me back to my doctor for a prescription. I was forced to take not one, but two rounds of antibiotics at that time to get over my severe lung and sinus infection.

After my son was born, I continued to have sinus issues, lung congestion and infections. I was at a loss as to help myself as all my tried and true homeopathic remedies were not nearly as helpful as they had been in the past. I then met another mom in a healthy living support group who referred me to a sequential homeopath. My new homeopath, Sherry Arrick, D.I.Hom, requested a Timeline from me, a document that provides details of physical and emotional traumas in sequential order, beginning at pre-birth and continuing to the present time. Physical traumas include accidents, over the counter and prescription drug use, illnesses, traumatic emotional events, and chemical toxin exposures to name a few.

The process of writing my timeline began an awakening process in me. I was amazed to discover that since early childhood I experienced a lung infection approximately 6 weeks after every amalgam filling was placed. My homeopath identified a metal toxicity load I was carrying still even after all the natural living, gains, and health changes I had made. I began the process of clearing my timeline events with homeopathic remedies in an orderly systematic way with sequential homeopathy. I experienced huge benefits and improvements when I began to clear mercury and other amalgam metals.This allowed for another quantum leap in my health for which I am so grateful.

At that time, I was also very busy with the responsibilities of two small children and working full time. Once again, I felt encouraged that I could support my health with homeopathy. I began to learn more and more how to support my emotional health with homeopathy, and I used remedies quite often in that way. However, I was still not waking up to the truth of my unexpressed emotions (a pattern from childhood that I took into adulthood) and the inability to truly feel my feelings. This habit was like a ticking time bomb that would require big conscious changes. I still wanted a fix for my symptoms and I thought I was being a “good” person by avoiding negative emotions like anger and sadness.