Two months into my six-month marathon training program for the Boston Marathon (that I just completed on April 21, 2015), I pulled my back. I don’t really know how I did it. I think I pulled it doing sit ups. I tend to arch my back which is a big no no. You must push the back to the floor to protect it. Well, something happened and the next morning I couldn’t walk. Obviously, I couldn’t run either. I’m pretty anal when it comes to staying on my training schedule so I panicked when I thought about days or weeks of downtime.
How did I recover from my back pain? I visited my homeopathic doctor and she prescribed the remedy, Hypericum, or the homeopathic strength of Saint John’s Wort. I was back to my running schedule in two days. Amazing.
I’ve written several articles on homeopathy, my healthcare of choice, which helps keep me healthy and active. I’ve used homeopathy for knee pain, shoulder pain, and overall body aches (as well as sinus, emotional, and hormonal issues). People who follow my blog, and know me at the gym, are always asking me how I can maintain such a heavy running and exercise schedule for someone 60 years old. Homeopathy is one of the ways I can stay active as I age.
I’m writing this post to make it easy for you to consider this alternative healthcare path—all in one place. I’ve divided the articles into three topic areas: 1) My Personal Experiences With Homeopathy; 2) Other Person’s Experiences With Homeopathy; and 3) Meet my Homeopath.
My Personal Experiences With Homeopathy
“It started when I was training for the Kansas City Marathon in 2008—that pulling sensation along the side of my left knee. As the weekly miles increased, the incredible stiffness set in. Simple movements became strained—like when I got out of the car, I found myself lifting my left leg with my hands to stop the piercing pain. Sometimes when doing simple movements—like walking down the stairs, my knee would give out from underneath me.”
“Do you suffer from knee pain? Does it stop you from doing what you want to do? According to the Institute of Medicine, more than 100 million Americans suffer from chronic pain at a cost of around $600 billion a year in medical treatments and lost productivity. A study from Gallup-Healthways shows that 31 percent of U.S. adults have some sort of neck or back condition that causes them pain, 26 percent have some sort of leg or knee condition and 18 percent have another condition that causes chronic pain. That’s a lot of pain—and knee pain. Why did I feel the need to look up that statistic? Well, I’ve been asked a few times in the past few weeks how I can run so much. Doesn’t it bother my knees?”
The Magic of Homeopathy and Sports Injuries (Scroll down)
“Would I have achieved my life-long dream of running the Boston Marathon for the first time in 2009 without homeopathy? The answer is a resounding NO.
I know what some of you are thinking—homeopathy? You’re kidding. That’s hoodoo stuff.”
Another Relationship and Homeopathy (Scroll Down)
“I had a clue that my hormones were not in balance when I experienced the tough time I had with my pregnancy. I began to have daily multiple hot flashes and to wake up in the morning looking like I had just finished a long run. I started snapping at anyone who dared to look at me—especially Mike. But, when I started gaining weight, even though I was running high mileage, I couldn’t stand it anymore. It was time to get help.
Other Person’s Experiences With Homeopathy
“Homeopathy has intrigued me for many years; in a way, I grew up with it. Our family doctor was a homeopath, and my very first job as a junior doctor, was in a German homeopathic hospital. For the last two decades, I have investigated homeopathy scientifically. During this period, the evidence has become more and more negative, and it is now quite clear that highly diluted homeopathic remedies are pure placebos.”
“I am one of the biggest supporters of homeopathy simply because it worked for me, and it was always the original method of healing the body and the mind. Don’t get me wrong, I believe that traditional medicine made a lot of progress and some people can benefit from its advantages as well but I personally do prefer homeopathy – it just makes more sense to me.”
“My hand looked like the claw of a grotesque monster! It was as painful as it was ugly – and it was spreading! It had begun as a dull pain in the first joint of my thumb and had quickly extended to the base of the thumb and then to the other fingers of my right hand. Within a week my hand was curled up in a hideous and painful distortion of a human hand. I could no longer grasp a doorknob, prepare meals or even do up or undo a button. I had consulted every local doctor and even one specialist from another city; still I had nothing more than partial and temporary relief. I was advised that there was no cure to this condition and that treatment was limited to drugs that would act only to relieve the pain. There was, I was informed, no way to correct the actual condition.”
Meet my Homeopath
Dahlia Orsalimian Shemtob, H.D., CCH holds a Master of Arts in Homeopathy (H.Hom.), from Hahnemann College of Homeopathy, in California/England; and a Masters Degree (M.Hom.) from Curentur University in California. She has also completed her doctoral degree in Classical Homeopathy (H.D.) from Curentur University.
“The liver is perhaps the hardest working organ and the 2nd biggest organ in the body. It has hundreds of tasks to perform, including detoxification of the blood, the breakdown of insulin and other hormones including, providing proper enzymes for digestion and production of bile.
Alcohol, recreational drugs, prescription drugs, antibiotics, fatty foods, pesticides, chemicals and food preservatives ALL HIGHLY TAX the liver.
Do you have any of the following symptoms?
Nausea and indigestion. Yellowness of the sclera. Bitter taste in the mouth. Flatus, eructation, indigestion, reflux, nausea, bloating and distension. Constipation, diarrhea or alternating states between constipation and diarrhea, Right sided pains and soreness of the body. Itching, Jaundice, Eruptions of all sorts, especially moist eruptions, acne and pimples.”
I hope this information has opened your mind to a safe, non-invasive, alternative healthcare path. If you have any personal experiences regarding homeopathy, please share them in the comments section. I’d love to hear from you.
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