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2017 December 7 by


Holistic health care is an inclusive practice. A holistic view covers a wide-ranging perspective: physical symptoms, diet, exercise, emotions, relationship support, work or school stress, and spiritual life. Some of these areas may be doing just fine and some may have lots of stress.  The goal of holistic practice is to bring all of them into a healthy range. This array of coverage calls for different types of interventions at various times. The medical model considers nutritional supplements, herbs and dietary changes. A psychotherapeutic model considers emotions and life situations. An educational model supports learning styles and learning differences. And a spiritual model provides sustenance for the relief of suffering and existential concerns.

Few therapeutic systems are able to affect a majority of these realms. But Homeopathy does have the potential to provide a healing stimulus that spans a broad swath of life’s imbalances. Classical Homeopathy in particular offers a comprehensive remedy for the physical, mental, emotional body. Homeopathy does not cure or even treat many health issues, such as structural physical problems or family dysfunction. But the directional force that a constitutional homeopathic medicine provides is truly amazing at times. No other medical system has that potential. Chinese medicine covers a lot of ground in its scope and effect on the body. The difference between homeopathy and other medical systems is the energetic power that a well-chosen remedy can provide. The kick start that homeopathy can stimulate often allows other interventions to work much better. And conversely, the support of diet and herbs and nutritional supplements often builds a stronger foundation so that a homeopathic medicine can do its job more profoundly.

So the bottom line is, don’t neglect to include constitutional homeopathic treatment in your holistic medical plan.


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Antibiotics for Strep Throat?

2011 March 10 by

(Adapted from Child Health Guide: Holistic Pediatrics for Parents, North Atlantic Books, 2005)
Conventional Treatment

Most physicians will insist on treating strep throat with antibiotics. The specific organism is Group A beta-hemolytic streptococcus. The effectiveness of antibiotics for recovery from strep throat has been controversial, with early studies showing no effect on symptoms (Brink et al., 1951; Denny et al., 1953) and later studies showing dramatic improvement (Randolph et al., 1985). The second reason doctors treat strep with antibiotics is because they can prevent one of the complications of strep throat, acute rheumatic fever (ARF), which commonly damages heart valves and can prove fatal. Antibiotics do not seem to prevent some other complications, specifically toxic shock syndrome or kidney infections (Weinstein and Le Frock, 1971). However, the incidence of rheumatic fever has decreased dramatically since the time when thousands of people died every year from that extremely infectious and painful disease.

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