Newsletter – April 2024

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Hello and Happy World Homeopathy Week!

Today is the 10th of April. Several important things have happened on this day in history that I would like to share:

  1. The physician who clearly defined homeopathy as a scientific medicine, Samuel Hahnemann, was born. You can find examples of homeopathy in nature centuries before Hahnemann was born, but it was him who observed the law of nature, the law of similars, homeopathy. It was Hahnemann who detailed these laws out, without his brilliance and dedication to medicine we would not be where we are today.
  2. This is the day that the American Institute of Homeopathy was founded 180 years ago. The American Institute is the oldest medical organization in the United States, this organization was built on a solid foundation that has allowed great growth and a season of contraction followed again by great growth. For my history lovers the American Medical Association was formed 2 years later after seeing the success of the American Institute of Homeopathy.
  3. Today would be my Grandma’s 95th birthday! I am sure other great people were born on this day, and if this is you Happy Birthday!
  4. Today is the day that I am appointed as the first naturopathic physician and 141st president of the American Institute of Homeopathy. Never in my wildest dreams did I think I would be in this kind of leadership role. I am so grateful for an amazing God, family, leadership team and to all of my wonderful patients. It is with great honor that you are who I serve with the purpose of bringing out the best in all of you.

I have been reflecting a lot on “treat the cause”. Does this mean find the noxious substance (virus, parasite, bacteria, mold, food sensitivity, allergen etc) and remove it? Does it mean to “kill the beast” or does it mean to respond to the symptoms our body produces and change our susceptibility? In the words of my great colleague Dr. Jennifer Bahr (owner of Resilience Naturopathic – a clinic for PANS and PANDAS kids) “it is susceptibility, not strep”. We don’t treat the disease, there is nothing we have for a person with strep. No, we treat the person, our goal is to find a medicine for the person who is experiencing symptoms due to an infection or irritation to their body. This does mean that if someone is in an unhealthy living pattern we must remove that, and equally, if not more important we must aspire to change the person’s susceptibility towards disease. I get asked all the time – is this homeopathic remedy for … my throat, my arthritis, my cold…all disease names…my answer is always yes and it is for you the whole person, the best medicine will stimulate your whole body, you to heal and with that comes the specific disease state.

I wish you a happy week, below are some fun social media shares for World Homeopathy Week! Share if you like!!

Much love to you all!
Dr. Lisa Amerine


World Homeopathy Week

April 10 – 16

In an era where Homeopathy is being targeted every single day, it becomes our top priority to protect and safeguard it from every possible front. Keeping this in mind a global campaign was initiated in 2018.

I Support Homeopathy is a symbol of enthusiasm and love towards homeopathy. Started in 2018, it is a global homeopathy awareness campaign to show our unity and support for homeopathy. It is a voice to create an awareness for homeopathy amongst every strata of population.


Homeopathy ER

Eupatorium Perfoliatum

I saw the need for this remedy a few times during these last few months. Eup Perf has an affinity towards common winter and spring acute illnesses. Someone who needs this medicine will most likely have painful soreness of the eyeballs, a runny nose (the term in homeopathic literature is coryza) and aching in the bones. If you think that sounds a lot like influenza, you are correct but be VERY careful NEVER to attach a homeopathic medicine to a disease name, homeopathy ALWAYS treats the symptoms of the person. Different people will respond differently to illnesses and thus will need a medicine that corresponds to their symptoms. In addition to the aching pain in the bones, there is a sore bruised feeling all over the body and aching of the flesh. There will likely be hoarseness that is worse in the morning and a soreness in the chest while coughing. It is a bummer if you are this sick BUT you will be happy to see quick relief of Eupatorium Perfoliatum.


April 19-21, 2024

The Joint American Homeopathic Conference (JAHC) is next week in Reston Virginia. Thursday April 18th is a FREE day, register and learn more about homeopathy. Friday April 19th at 10:00 AM Eastern Standard Time I am giving a fun presentation on the top homeopathic medicines to take when backpacking. It is light hearted and fun, this conference has a wide variety of talks ranging from fun and light hearted to techy and intense.

The event is held virtually so if you want to join us we would love to “see you”. I will be presenting live in person then am headed back to Denver immediately after and will do the rest of the conference virtually. Why you ask…great question. April 20th is prom for my oldest daughter. She has been looking a prom dresses since she was 10 and now at 17 years old she finally gets to go and as much as I love homeopathy, my family does come first. You can look for me virtually in the chat box on the American of Institute of Homeopathy virtual booth over the weekend unless I am doing fun things like taking pictures of my daughter.


April Blog Feature

Natural Ways to Spring Clean

The air warms, the birds start singing, and the sun rises earlier and earlier… spring is here! With the annual arrival of spring, many folks start to think about spring cleaning. The winter months, especially for those living in the north, are often cold and overcast with long nights. To help toss aside those winter blues, open some windows and get to cleaning! Keeping busy and airing out the house is a great way to refresh your mood and get ready for summer.

Now, one thing that is becoming more and more important in many households is to limit or avoid chemical cleaners. These compounds have been linked to skin irritation, respiratory problems, and fertility issues among others. Public demand for healthier products is increasing, and it’s estimated the market value for sustainable cleaning products will be $111.2 billion (USD) by 2026. For perspective, the projected total market value for all cleaning products in 2026 is estimated at $207.3 billion (USD).

Chemical Exposures Due to Cleaners

In the United States, the laws around cleaning product manufacturing are lax to say the least. Companies can use many different chemicals in their products which have limited safety testing in humans. They are also not legally obligated to disclose all the chemicals used in their products. A few examples of harsh chemicals used in cleaning products are:

  • Sodium hypochlorite – This chemical is used in chlorine bleach and is linked to respiratory problems.
  • Quaternary ammonium compounds – Otherwise known as quats, this class of chemicals has been linked to reproductive issues and harm in animals. These quats can be found in laundry products, sanitizers, and even disinfectants.
  • Acids – These corrosive agents can be used in toilet cleaners, oven cleaners, drain openers, etc, and can cause severe skin and eye damage. Examples are sulfuric acid and hydrochloric acid.
  • Volatile Organic Compounds – Otherwise known as VOCs, these can be released from chemical cleaning products. VOCs vaporize at room temperature and have been linked to chronic respiratory problems, allergic reactions, and headaches.

You can learn about more chemicals to watch out for from the Environmental Working Group (EWG) (https://www.ewg.org).

Why Natural Cleaning Techniques Are Better

Overall, using natural cleaning products is healthier for your family and the environment. It reduces chemical daily exposures and may even improve health. One French study found using cleaning products reduced the correlation with asthma symptoms. More eco-friendly and homemade products did not seem to cause breathing difficulties. Additionally, using/making natural products also reduces the amount of packaging that has to be thrown out or recycled.

It can be hard to find healthier products to buy. Just because a product labels itself as “green” this doesn’t necessarily mean it is. The term “green” isn’t regulated by any company at this point, meaning green products may be no better than conventional chemical products. This is especially true if the label uses vague terms like “fragrance,” “surfactant,” or “preservative.” This makes it necessary, in some cases, to make things at home.

Non-Toxic Cleaners You Can Make/Use at Home

Choosing to use natural products with fewer chemicals helps create a healthier home. Most cleaning solutions can be made at home using common household ingredients. A lot of households have natural cleaning products sitting right on their shelf. Below is a list of cleaning agents. Recipes using one or more of the suggestions below can be found online via a simple search.

  • Baking Soda – Known as sodium bicarbonate, this white powder is useful for many different applications. It is gentle but slightly abrasive, making it good for scrubbing sinks, pots and pans, ovens, stoves, and tubs. Baking soda can also be used as a deodorizer for the trash can or refrigerator. Due to its abrasive quality, it shouldn’t be used on surfaces that will easily scratch like glass, precious metals, electronics, etc. If you need more scrubbing powder, you can add salt to your scrub as it is more abrasive than baking soda alone.
  • Vinegar – Distilled white vinegar is a great natural cleaning agent. It’s acidic, making it great for rust and hard water stains. Vinegar is also a natural disinfectant and helps eradicate odors due to microbial growth. Use straight distilled vinegar in a spray bottle and mist it in rooms to freshen the air. Please note that cleaning vinegar is stronger than the white vinegar found in the baking aisle. It can contain up to 6% acetic acid and is more concentrated. Use caution if you use cleaning vinegar. Notably, don’t use vinegar on natural stone or rubber surfaces as it can damage those materials.
  • Lemon Juice – Lemons are naturally antimicrobial and have a mild bleaching action. Cut a lemon in half, and you can use it on counters or cutting boards as a cleaner. Let the juice sit on the surfaces for a bit, then rinse clean. It can sit on wood cutting boards longer to help eliminate stains. Lemon juice is also a great degreasing agent. Never use lemon juice on brass-plated items (solid brass is okay) or natural stone counters.
  • Hydrogen Peroxide – Although this is a man-made chemical, hydrogen peroxide is a cheap, easy-to-use cleaner. Hydrogen peroxide is a great pre-treatment for stains when doing the laundry. It works well on grass, wine, or even blood stains. It can also help make white clothes brighter during the washing cycle. Hydrogen peroxide can also be used as a glass cleaner.

Other Tips for a Green Home

Below are some more ways to reduce chemicals in your home. Recipe ideas are attached so you can get some ideas on making your own cleaning solutions if you wish!

Window Cleaning. You can of course make window washing fluid using rubbing alcohol, white vinegar, and water. Here’s an example: https://kalynbrooke.com/house-and-home/homemade-window-cleaner-with-vinegar/. It’s also possible to clean windows using water and a specially-made cloth that leaves a streak-free shine. These cleaning clothes can often be purchased from your local hardware store, or you can order them online.

Washing/Drying Laundry. There are chemicals in most laundry detergents, even the “natural” ones. There are many different recipes out there for making laundry detergent. There’s a great recipe for making natural laundry detergent from brendid(https://brendid.com/grade-a-laundry-detergent/). This particular recipe is great for general cleaning; it may not work well for those with greasy, oily laundry. To dry your laundry, consider using laundry balls instead of chemical-based fabric softeners. The most natural laundry balls are made from wool, but they can also be made from plastic or rubber. These balls generally shorten drying time, soften clothes, and are reusable time and time again.

Dishwasher Detergent. It is also possible to buy healthier options for your dishwashing routine. Choose a soap with simpler ingredients and no added fragrance for hand-washing dishes. If you own a dishwasher, you can make cleaning powder at home using some simple ingredients like citric acid (from lemons for example) and washing soda. Here’s an example recipe (https://wellnessmama.com/natural-home/homemade-dishwasher-detergent/).

What if You Don’t Have the Time?

For those of you who are unable to make products at home for whatever reason, there are other options. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has created a Safer Choice label to help consumers choose healthier cleaning products. In order to receive the label, these products must disclose every chemical used in manufacturing. The product is also independently tested by an outside company to verify the ingredients. Then, the product is checked against a list of safer ingredients. These products also use greener packaging options and maintain a chemical pH in a safer range for consumers. Companies voluntarily go through these steps to ensure better products for public use.

And Don’t Forget…

As always, exercise due diligence when adding cleaning products to your home. The more natural cleaning methods with the least amount of ingredients/chemicals you use, the safer you and your family will be. Finally, no matter what you clean with, be sure to wear gloves and use cleaners in a well-ventilated area. Never mix natural cleaning agents, green cleaners, or conventional products as it can cause a toxic chemical reaction.

For more information on products, you can visit the EWG website mentioned above to find out what your better options are. This site lists cleaning products including detergent and other soaps, and skin care products. You can also reach out to a natural health practitioner for more ideas.


Recipe

Strawberry Rhubarb Pancakes

These pancakes contain absolutely no refined sugar and can be made vegan or gluten-free. Serve them with your favorite toppings and share them with your family on the weekends. These simple-to-make breakfast treats will soon become a staple in your home!

Prep: 10 Min. Cook: 30 Min. Total: 40 Min. Servings:

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 cup stewed rhubarb
  • 2 cups dairy-free milk
  • 1/4 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 Tbsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 Tbsp. real maple syrup
  • 2 Tbsp. lemon juice
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 egg
  • Coconut oil (for cooking)

Instructions

  • Place all the ingredients together in a blender and pulse until combined. Be careful not to overblend.
  • In a pan on medium heat, add 1 tablespoon coconut oil and 1/4 cup pancake batter. If the batter is too runny, feel free to add more flour to the mixture.
  • Spread the batter thin–the pancakes will cook better if they are spread thinly like a crepe. Once bubbles form on the top of the pancake, flip it over and allow it to cook for another 1-2 minutes or until both sides are nicely brown.
  • Repeat steps 2 and 3 until all the batter is gone. Divide up the pancakes and serve with your favorite toppings.

Notes

  • Gluten-free flour is a great substitute in this recipe. Consider using a 1-to-1 ratio of gluten-free replacement flour instead of regular flour (Bob’s Red Mill has a great one).
  • Sugar-free applesauce makes a good substitute for stewed rhubarb but it will take more flour to keep the mixture from getting runny.
  • Any variation of dairy-free milk works great with this recipe, though coconut is a personal preference.
  • A flax egg can be used instead of a regular egg. A flax egg is simply 1 tablespoon of ground flaxseeds added to 3 tablespoons of water (once it sits for 5 minutes it is ready to be used).

Consider topping the pancakes with the following before serving:

  • coconut yogurt
  • fresh berries (strawberries, blueberries, etc.)
  • honey
  • maple syrup

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