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Your Homeopathy Advisor is Heather Caruso B.Sc., D.H.M.S. H.D.

 


 

About Homeopathy
by Heather Caruso B.Sc., D.H.M.S. H.D.

Homeopathy is a system of medicine that treats people's symptoms not just a named "disease". This means that every case is examined individually. For example, one person with arthritis is worse when it rains and the next is worse getting up from a seated position. When a homeopathic remedy is prescribed these unique traits are taken into consideration. Classical Homeopathic prescribing treats the whole person, which includes physical, mental and emotional symptoms. With regular pharmaceutical medicine, we see ourselves as a series of unrelated parts that need a separate treatment, such as a lotion for acne, pain killers for headaches and so on. Homeopathic medicines treat the whole person, thus one medicine can address a number of problems at one time.

Homeopathy has been around for over 200 years and was discovered by a German named Samuel Hahnemann. He devised the laws and theories of homeopathy and published them in his book "The Organon". Many great minds have perfected homeopathy and written books on its laws, such as James Tyler Kent, Boeninghausen, Boericke etc.

Today, homeopathy is practiced in hospitals in Germany, India and England. The Grace Hospital in Toronto used to be a Homeopathic hospital until the 1960's. Some popular figures use homeopathy as part of their health regime, like the British Royal Family, Tina Turner, Jane Seymour and Lindsay Wagner. Of course you do not have to be rich or famous to benefit from this type of medicine! Homeopathy is an old system of medicine that is gaining popularity due to its safe and effective healing method.

Remedies stimulate the body to heal itself. When remedies are matched to the individual's set of symptoms, the body is stimulated to heal itself. For example, when someone cuts an onion their eyes and nose may water and burn. Using a remedy made from onion, which is prepared homeopathically, colds that have these symptoms like running, watery eyes and nose can be cured quickly. This matching of symptoms is the premise of homeopathy, "like cures like". This method works because the body can not have two similar afflictions at the same time. For example, in the past regular treatment for someone with smallpox was to inject the cowpox vaccine and the disease reversed itself. With homeopathy, safe and gentle medicines are used and are matched to one's unique symptoms. In doing this, it works to stimulate the body to fight off the ailment so health can be restored.

Homeopathic medicine is very gentle and has no side effects. Despite being gentle they still pack a punch when it comes to illness. It is the complex method of preparation that gives homeopathic medicines their energy. This is an excellent medicine for every age and ailment, because all people deserve a gentle and effective treatment.

Homeopathy can be used in conjunction with conventional medicines.

It can reduce the side effects and decrease the need for high doses of drugs. Homeopathic medicines that are higher than a 12CH in potency have no contra-indications with regular pharmaceutical drugs. It is a good idea to take them at least one hour away from regular medicine because they can be antidoted by heavy drugs. On the other hand, vitamins and herbals (which are very different from homeopathic medicines) can have possible drug interactions, so be sure you are informed before taking any thing.

What are Homeopathic Medicines made from?

Homeopathic medicines can be made from plants, animals or minerals. For example, oyster shell, carbonate of lime, club moss or bee venom. Remedies are prepared in such a manner that they are very diluted, which helps to prevent any harmful side effects. This also makes it very compatible with pharmaceutical drugs. Despite being dilute, remedies are very powerful because they can stimulate the body to heal itself. The remedies come in a liquid form, powder, cream or pellet form. The most common form is pellet, which are typically placed under the tongue and let dissolve there.

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What Can Homeopathy Do?
by Heather Caruso B.Sc., D.H.M.S. H.D.

A variety of acute and chronic ailments can be treated with homeopathic medicine. A diagnosis is not even needed with the homeopathic approach because it addresses the person's symptoms not the disease name.

Some common ailments treated successfully with homeopathy are:

-allergies -arthritis -asthma
-bronchitis -carpal tunnel syndrome -cysts
-childhood ailments -chronic fatigue syndrome -alopecia
-colds and flu -colitis -stress related ailments
-constipation -depression -sleep apnea
-digestive disturbances -ear infections -colic
-eczema and psoriasis -neonatal care -fibromyalgia
-injuries and repetitive strains -irritable bowel syndrome
-menopausal symptoms -migraines -pregnancy
-obesity -thyroid disorders -premenstrual
-sties -side effects from toxic drugs
-vertigo -sinusitis -vaccinosis
-low libido -insomnia -tendonitis
-complementary cancer support -autoimmune disorders

The list goes on, if you have an ailment and would like to know how homeopathy can help you, please call our office, or e-mail us with your health concerns!

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Homeopathy For Fibromyalgia
by Heather Caruso B.Sc., D.H.M.S. H.D.

Fibromyalgia is a disorder with a multitude of puzzling symptoms - some of which include muscle pains that last three months or longer, fatigue, disturbed sleeping patterns, emotional upset and frequent headaches. The causes of fibromyalgia vary but some are viral intoxication, poor diet, chemical or food sensitivities, emotional stress and parasitic infections. Medical treatments are often symptomatic. Often sufferers become more depressed after using many different prescription drugs without any lasting relief. The cycle of pain killers, antidepressants and sleeping pills is a recipe for further illness. Luckily, there are other safe ways for a person to ease their discomfort using diet and homeopathy.

The best way to achieve optimum health is to eat a nutritious diet. Do this by avoiding processed foods, alcohol, caffeine, sugar and tobacco. Some people benefit by limiting animal proteins and eating lean cuts of meat. Increase fiber intake by eating fresh produce, whole grains and legumes. Switch from black tea and coffee to green or herbal teas. Drink filtered water such as reverse osmosis or a good brand of natural spring water. Have yourself tested for food sensitivities through your health practitioner. Certain foods or chemicals may intensify fibromyalgia symptoms. Examples of common sensitivities are wheat, corn, soya, dairy, citrus fruits or chemical additives such as sulfites, MSG and food colouring.

Another way to ease fibromyalgia pain is to exercise. Although this may seem difficult, start with gentle exercise such as Tai Chi, Chi Gong, water aerobics, walking or Yoga. Work up to a more vigorous routine at a comfortable pace. Exercise releases natural endorphins that help to relieve discomfort and stretching keeps the joints mobile. Increased activity drains the lymphatic system, which moves wastes and toxins through the body for elimination.

See your homeopath for a constitutional remedy. This remedy is tailor suited to match your physical and emotional symptoms. It is a powerful way to stimulate your body to heal itself without any side effects. It can bring on lasting relief for the emotional and physical body.

Some acute homeopathic remedies can be used to temporarily ease the pain of fibromyalgia. Each remedy is matched to the individual's characteristic symptoms. Mag Phos 6X can be used for cramping pains that feel better with rubbing and when heat is applied. It is also useful for painful menstrual cramps. Gelsemium 30CH is useful for dull aching pains. The limbs and muscles feel heavy and weak characterized by a feeling of oncoming paralysis and dizziness. Bryonia 30CH is good for stitching pains, with heat and swelling around the joints.

A person needing this remedy wants to lie still and feels better applying pressure to his/her aching areas or lying on the painful side. You can pick these remedies up at your local health food store and take them as directed.

Fibromyalgia sufferers often benefit from a detoxification protocol. This varies from doing a juicing fast to using tinctures that drain specific targeted organs. Using various testing methods, people suffering with fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome show similar characteristic patterns of stress and weakness throughout the body. For example, the pineal gland is responsible for circadian rhythms (sleep and waking cycles), serotonin production (low levels are linked to depression) and that "jet lag" feeling.

It is important to take charge of your health and keep a positive attitude. The road to health begins with your conscious decision to get well.

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Homeopathy For Headaches
by Heather Caruso B.Sc., D.H.M.S. H.D.

Some of us are fortunate and only get occasional headaches. However, many people suffer from chronic headaches or migraines and use medication to temporarily subdue the pain. Headaches can be caused by stress, muscular tension, allergies, environmental toxins, poor bowel function, hypertension, low blood sugar, hormonal imbalances, injuries and poor eating habits.

Useful techniques for relieving tension and stress include massage, Epsom salt bathing, yoga, meditation and stretching. For optimum health and bowel function be sure to drink enough fluids and have a diet rich in fibre, fresh fruits and vegetables. Constipation encourages toxic fermentation in the system from the retention of stool. If your headaches are caused by hypertension, hypoglycemia or food sensitivities seek professional help. You must eliminate the cause to do away with headaches once and for all.

The basic principle behind homeopathy is matching the person's symptoms to a particular remedy. For example, a headache from drinking too much alcohol and one caused from excessive reading are treated with different homeopathic remedies. Homeopathy is effective because it considers the unique symptoms of the individual. The homeopathic remedies mentioned herein do not eliminate the predisposition towards headaches but are a safe alternative to pain medication. If you would like to eliminate this predisposition, seek a constitutional treatment from a qualified homeopath.

Aconitum is a useful remedy for sudden, bursting headaches. The headache gets worse as the night progresses but feels better when lying down or in the open air. There may be a squeezing pressure of the forehead, above the root of the nose and around the eyes. These headaches often happen simultaneously with anxiety and restlessness.

Belladonna is a common remedy that helps with sudden throbbing headaches that accompany a red face and dilated pupils. These types are worse for movement, light, noise, the least touch or jarring. They feel better lying in a quiet, dark room.

Bryonia is an excellent remedy for intense splitting headaches. The headache accompanies irritability and feels worse from any slight movement or bending over. The pain is better with rest, applying pressure, closing the eyes and lying perfectly still.

Gelsemium is a great remedy for headaches that affect vision and have the sensation of a band around the head. The pains are dull and the head feels heavy. They may coincide with nausea, vomiting and salivation. The headaches feel better with gentle motion and in open air. They get worse when lying down and lying on the right side.

Nux Vomica is another fantastic homeopathic remedy that is useful for headaches from stress and over indulgence. These types are usually preoccupied with business and have digestive troubles such as constipation and stomach aches. For example, a person who is a candidate for Nux Vomica is a stressed businessman who smokes, drinks and eats too much without any physical exertion.

These remedies can be taken in a 12CH to 30CH potency every 15 minutes up to 8 doses for the acute pain of headaches. They can be found at most health food stores. If you have chronic headaches seek treatment from a professional for permanent resolution and to rule out any underlying disorder.

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Healing Intestinal Disorders with Homeopathy
by Heather Caruso B.Sc., D.H.M.S. H.D.

There are a variety of disorders that affect the intestinal tract, such as irritable bowel syndrome, ulcerative colitis, Crohn's disease, celiac disease, polyps and even cancer. There are many causes of intestinal disorders such as hereditary factors, viral, fungal and bacterial infections, parasites, environmental toxins and allergies. The most common factor is diet.

Most of these disorders are greatly helped by following the diet outlined in a book called 'Breaking the Vicious Cycle' by Elaine Gottschall. It is important to adhere to the diet for some time to help the colon heal. The basis of this diet is eating unprocessed foods, avoiding starchy foods such as breads, potatoes and pasta. Certain types of flours are substituted for wheat products so that you can make your own muffins and breads at home.

The gastrointestinal system can benefit from having it's natural flora replenished by using the probiotic acidophilus. The body naturally has good and bad bacteria in the system, which can become unbalanced from drugs, sugars, processed foods, alcohol and antibiotics. Acidophilus keeps the bad bacteria balanced. Be sure to get a non-dairy based acidophilus if you are lactose intolerant.

Another excellent tool to help your body heal is homeopathy. It can drain toxins and heal the intestinal tract and supporting organs. Homeopathic remedies can be suited to the individual's needs by matching their symptoms to a remedy. This stimulates the person's unique healing mechanism for the body will heal itself rather than suppressing the symptoms. Some examples of useful remedies for diarrhea are: ALOE 12CH - the abdomen feels full and feels worse after eating. These types feel hungry and weak after diarrhea and must go soon after eating.

Often there is a great sense of urgency and fear of loosing control of the bowels. METALLICUM ALBUM 30CH - the stomach and rectum feel sore and burning. The diarrhea itself is very watery and offensive. There is a great sense of fatigue, yet they are restless.

These types may desire small sips of hot drinks which is unusual given their burning sensation in the digestive tract. PODOPHYLUM 30CH - symptoms that suit this remedy are diarrhea early in the morning and afternoon, profuse and watery stools, rectal prolapse before or after a movement. There is also a great deal of rumbling and gurgling in the stomach beforehand.

When diarrhea is chronic the person often cannot assimilate proper nutrients from their food and supplements. In turn, vitamin and mineral deficiencies are often seen. Depression can also be a factor, when the person feels isolated and embarrassed about their intestinal disease. Certain supplements can help to boost the system, such as liquid colloidal minerals, a multivitamin or mineral supplement. Be sure to buy a capsule or liquid form as they are easiest to break down and assimilate.

There are many factors to consider in each individual case. If you are having a chronic problem, please seek the advice of a qualified health professional.

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Heather Caruso B.Sc., D.H.M.S. H.D.
Biography

A Classical Homeopath, Heather started practicing homeopathic medicine as it is a complete system of medicine and can help a wide variety of ailments with no side effects. In 2001 she was a Member of the Board of Directors for the Ontario Homeopathic Association. The Association holds the highest standards for homeopaths in North America and is working to ensure quality care in homeopathy. It's goal is to educate the public about homeopathy and is currently lobbying the government for regulation to protect the public and integrity of homeopathic medicine in Ontario.
For more information on the O.H.A. contact 416-657-4000 or www.ontariohomeopath.com

Heather earned a Bachelor of Science degree from University of Toronto and has completed an extensive three year program at the Homeopathic College of Canada. The program had comprehensive science training, such as anatomy, physiology, pharmacology, toxicology, pathology and physical examination. It also required a three year clinical externship with over 1,100 hours of hands on homeopathic training.

In practice Heather Caruso uses homeopathic medicine, nutritional supplements and diet regime. Using these methods she treats a wide variety of cases from acute to chronic. She notes that homeopathy is not to replace Medical Doctors but to work with them. This way the patient gets the best of both worlds.

Heather has taken various post graduate courses on homeopathy and nutrition to continually upgrade her homeopathic knowledge and expand her clinical practice. She also works with other practitioners, like M.D.s, chiropractors, nutritionists and others because she believes there is no better way to combat illness than using an integrative approach.

Heather has two busy homeopathic practices in Guelph and Waterloo Ontario. She welcomes any questions you have about your health and what homeopathy can do for you. Contact Caruso Homeopathic Clinic by calling the numbers noted below or e-mail, caruso@castle.on.ca
Guelph Ontario, By Appointment Only 519-827-9237
57 Albert Street, Waterloo Ontario, N2L 3S1; 519-883-4774
Website: www.carusohomeopathy.com

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