PureNews – Arnica saved my husband’s life!!
Hello and Happy Holidays! It seems a bit of time has passed since my last newsletter in September. There has been A LOT going on at the clinic an despite ever good intention to write the days turned into weeks. I have a lot to say so grab some tea and join if you like.
I returned from a medical mission trip in September where I was with a team serving the village people who live in the Rio Negro in central Brazil. Here I got to treat many people using homeopathy. One case in particular was a person who was in a motorcycle accident earlier in the day. He came in pretty bruised and beat up and I was able to diagnose a likely fracture in his hip using a tuning fork. I did not have access to an x-ray machine so when that happens you take a tuning fork or anything that can vibrate, you place it while vibrating over the injury and if there is a fracture the pain level goes up dramatically. I will say I have rarely seen a grown man make that kind of pain. I sent him to a larger medical clinic by boat where they could do a more thorough exam.
October had its own adventures. I travelled for 2 weeks of this month for work. The first 5 days was to Hartford Connecticut for a conference put on by the American Institute of Homeopathy, The Faculty of Homeopathy based out of the UK and the GIRI research institute based out of Brazil. This was a research based conference with amazing presenters. One in particular was done by the Homeopathic Research Institute (https://www.hri-research.org/) presented by Rachel Roberts. She presented research in homeopathy reflecting on the efficacy and power of this great medicine. I do have a copy of this lecture if you would like, just let me know. I put the link to the website for you as there is so much great information on this web page. This conference was exhausting as I was one of the conference chairs so I worked the entire time. We had 500 participants from 24 different countries. From Connecticut I flew to Bogota, Columbia in South America for the Liga Medicorum Homeopathic Internationalis congress, an organization where I have the privilege to represent the United States as the National Vice President. This is my favorite conference (congress) of the year. The speakers are usually the best of the best and I love to see good pure homeopathy practiced all over the world. This year I was honored to present on the topic of legislative history of homeopathy in the United States. It may seem a little boring but when you know your history you know how to navigate the future and in homeopathy this is VERY important. This is something I am also willing to share should you want it.
I came home exhausted and over-stimulated to find out that my office manger who was new to our team, and was amazing, was recruited to join another company that I could not compete with. I did not get to be tired and overwhelmed, instead I had to be on the hunt for who would join my team next. My former office manager, accountant and I sifted through over 80 resumes to find the perfect fit. I would like to introduce to you all Sandy Hozempa, she will be the rudder to the ship I run keeping things running smoothly. Sandy started with us on November 27th and literally jumped right in to complete chaos. She has stepped up to every task and some extremely difficult situations with out blinking an eye. She is a true angel.
Monday, November 27th (Sandy’s first day) was nearly a tragic day in our office. I will preface this by saying we are okay. At approximately 3:10 my husband collapsed due to what we now know was a significant brain bleed. My daughter and her boyfriend found him a few minutes after he collapsed and I was there a few minutes after that. He was airlifted to a hospital that has neurosurgeons on staff ready to operate if need be. Upon further investigation it was found that he has a likely secondary cause of hypertension (high blood pressure) meaning it is high blood pressure not fully caused by a disease of lifestyle. We are still to this day trying to determine what that is exactly. The severe high blood pressure caused this acute bleed in his brain, however it had also caused one other bleed, three infarctions and too many to count micro-hemorrhages in his brain. It is by God’s grace that he has no permanent ramifications of this brain injury and is expected to make a full recovery. Greg spent 8 days in the ICU before his blood pressure could be controlled enough to come home. This has been very traumatizing for my staff and family. Greg and our daughters have needed a lot of care and attention and I have had to process all that happened. At the coaxing of my colleagues and counselor I was urged to take time off to be with my family and recover. After a lot of tears and discussion we decided that I would not return to work until January 9th, when the girls Christmas break is over. I struggled with tremendous guilt around this as I have been gone a lot this year, however I know the decision is right as we all need to heal. I did and am journaling our experience on Caring Bridge, I will share it should you want to follow: https://www.caringbridge.org/visit/gregamerine.
It would not be me if I could not teach a little homeopathy. When Greg collapsed, next to calling 9-1-1, the first thing I did was give him Arnica. I dumped it on the ground so I could grab one little pellet and put it between his gum and lip. When I teach my Homeopathy and First Aid class (I am teaching in January), I teach always give Arnica first then assess, especially if you don’t know what happened. In this case I am quite sure it saved Greg’s life. Brain bleeds don’t usually just stop on their own, they usually require surgery and other major life saving measures. Greg’s stopped. Coincidentally 10 days before Greg collapsed a paper was released by one of the most brilliant homeopaths I know out of India, Gyan Wadhwani, regarding the use of Arnica in hemorrhagic strokes. The paper came across my email the day after Greg’s collapse. It confirms my suspicion of the use of Arnica in this case and I am 100% confident that it is what saved his life. Here is the link to the paper if you want to read it: https://medcraveonline.com/IJCAM/IJCAM-16-00670.pdf
If you are still reading, I will end by saying Homeopathy and First Aid is amazing and as many people should know about it as possible. I am teaching on this topic in January and I would love to have you and your friends join. You can see below for more details.
I wish you the very best Christmas, Hanukkah or general holidays. I will return refreshed to the office on the 9th of January, in the mean time Dr. Knapp and Dee are holding down the fort so you can still receive amazing care. Call the office if you need anything.
Homeopathy and First Aid
Learn the power of homeopathy in everyday first aid situations. This two day seminar will teach you the top homeopathic first aid remedies and how to use them. You will also receive lecture notes along with a homeopathy and first aid booklet. This class may save a life!
January 20th, 2024: 10:30am – 5pm, January 21st: 12pm – 5pm
Pure Homeopathy, 600 W Emma St, Lafayette CO, 80026 Virtual via Zoom – info will be sent via email!
Fee: $250. Pay online at www.PureHomeopathy.com/shop or call the office to register 303.665.2423
December Blog Feature
Paleo Eating – Not just for Cave People
The Paleolithic Diet, more commonly known as the Paleo Diet, is a style of eating based on what Paleolithic humans ate more than 10,000 to 2 million years ago. This whole-foods based diet was originally proposed as an idea in the 1960s. But, the Paleo Diet has been gaining in popularity since 2002 when Dr Loren Cordain’s book The Paleo Diet was published. Devotees of this eating approach swear by it, toting better health via weight loss, healthier blood sugars, etc. Critics state we really don’t know what Paleolithic man ate, and we don’t know if they were actually healthier or not. Either way, if you’ve been curious about the Paleo Diet, here’s your chance to dive in!
What is the Paleo Diet?
The Paleo Diet includes eating more like humans before the development of farming. More specifically, it recommends eating lean meats, fish, eggs, vegetables, and fruit. Dairy, legumes (except green beans, snow peas, and sugar snap peas), potatoes, and grains are to be avoided. Refined cooking oils and alcohol are also frowned upon. In general, fruits are allowed in moderation as they are higher in sugar. Added natural sweeteners such as honey, molasses, maple syrup, raw cane sugar, etc., can be used in small amounts. Grass-fed or wild-caught meats, cold-pressed oils, and organic vegetables are preferred, but most authors of Paleo books support buying according to your budget. Processed foods, soda pop, refined sugar, and artificial sweeteners are to be avoided.
On top of that, there are also specific types of Paleo Diet recommendations for people who have chronic diseases including autoimmune diagnoses. These specific protocols can limit nightshades or nuts and seeds for example, as they can potentially cause inflammation. Some modern Paleo authors also state raw dairy, grass-fed butter, and sweet potatoes are fine as long as it is well-tolerated. Generally, a moderate amount of protein and carbohydrates (from vegetables and fruits), and adequate healthy fats are recommended.
Benefits of Eating Paleo
There can be a wide variety of health benefits following a Paleo Diet. Paleo Diets are typically higher in fiber, antioxidants, potassium, and other micronutrients. With a whole foods diet, it also limits the number of processed foods which are generally lower in nutritional value. Processed foods also tend to be higher in sugar, and too much sugar can be inflammatory, increasing the risk of chronic disease in the future.
One study evaluated people with metabolic syndrome which is estimated to affect 30% or more of American adults. It found that in cases when adults followed the Paleo Diet anywhere from 2 weeks to 6 months, there was a reduction in waist size, lowering of high blood pressure, and fasting blood sugars when compared to placebos. Another study looked at all causes of death and found that it may reduce the risk of dying for any reason. Additionally, it helps improve total cholesterol, LDL (“bad” cholesterol), and triglycerides.
Some proponents indicate that it is more than just a diet; rather, it is a way of life by regulating sleep, using more natural movement and body weight exercise such as MovNAT, having screen-free days, etc. This can further increase the potential benefits of the Paleo Diet as overall lifestyle choices are improving.
Downsides to Paleo
Some short-term research studies seem to indicate the Paleo Diet provides inadequate levels of iodide and calcium. One argument states that since magnesium is higher, and calcium excretion has been found to be lower, it balances out in the end, but there is limited data on this. This diet hasn’t been well-studied to see if it is maintainable long term either. Are there enough minerals to prevent osteoporosis for instance?
Another limiting factor can be meal planning. With today’s busy lifestyles, it can be difficult to cook meals every day to put on the table. Generally, the allowed foods, especially fresh meats, tend to be more expensive. There can also be concerns with nutrient deficiencies when eliminating entire categories of food. Additionally, some people can interpret Paleo incorrectly, eating a lot of meat while not increasing their vegetable and fruit intake. Eating large amounts of red meat increases the risk of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and early death. Finally, this eating style can be incredibly difficult to maintain long term as it is so far different from the standard American diet. There are also limits on study length to find out if the benefits of eating Paleo last for years.
Wrapping It All Up…
It’s important to find a whole-foods based diet that works best for you and your family’s needs. Eating minimally processed foods, drinking water, getting adequate sleep, etc, are also important lifestyle factors that can have a large impact on health whether you follow the Paleo Diet or not.
As always, you should consult with your physician before making any sweeping lifestyle changes. If you have questions about your diet or the Paleo diet, seek out professional guidance from a holistic doctor or nutritionist in your area.
Simple Mediterranean Chickpea Salad
Mediterranean salads are often viewed as the perfect summer salad, but something this delicious shouldn’t be limited to just one season! Perfect as a side salad or light lunch, this simple salad is served with a bright lemon dressing, perfect even during the colder months.
Prep: 10 Min. Min. Total: 10 Min. Servings: 8
- 2 cans chickpeas (15 ounce cans, drained and rinsed)
- 1 diced large cucumber
- 1 diced red bell pepper
- 2 cups cherry tomatoes (halved)
- 1/4 cup diced red onion
- 4 ounces crumbled feta cheese
- 1/4 cup finely chopped parsley
- Lemon vinaigrette (to taste)
Toss all ingredients together in a large mixing bowl, saving the vinaigrette for last. Once the rest of the ingredients are well-mixed, pour the vinaigrette over the salad. Give it a gentle stir until everything is well combined. Enjoy!
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