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.
I have a close friend, an avid runner, who has been suffering from plantar fasciitis for at least 2 years. Like most obsessed runners, he cannot stop running and runs through the searing pain. He’s tried various medical and alternative procedures such as, special foot inserts, running barefoot, running on his toes, taping his foot, massage therapy, acupuncture and even electric shock, blood transfusions and drinking cranberry juice before a run (yes really). Nothing helped. But when I mention homeopathy, he looks at me like I still believe in Santa Claus.
Yes, being open to homeopathic medicine is a paradigm shift—a total departure from how we view medical healing in our culture. So what is homeopathy? According to Homeopathic Medicine at Home by Maesimund B. Panos, M.D. and Jane Heimlich, the fundamental law upon which homeopathy is based is the law of similars, or “like is cured by like.” The law of similars states that a remedy can cure a disease if it produces symptoms in a healthy person similar to those of the disease.
For instance, a person develops a fever with chills, flushed face and dilated pupils. The homeopathic doctor searches for a remedy that produced all of these symptoms, under controlled conditions, in a healthy person. When the sick person takes the remedy, the symptoms disappear. The law of similars enables the doctor to select the one medicine (the simillimum) that is needed by matching the symptoms of the individual to the symptoms the remedy induces. The remedy stimulates our immune system (vital force) to cause healing. All homeopathic remedies are derived from plants, animals and minerals from all around the world. They are FDA approved and completely safe. **
Yes, I can see you looking at me like I’m crazy. Maybe I am, however, this form of medicine has been around since the 1700’s and is the first choice of treatment of such people as David Beckham, Whoopie Goldberg, Paul McCartney, President Clinton, Martina Navratilova, the Royal family of England, and me. After all I am a runner who is getting faster in my fifties. Now, that isn’t normal and I’m convinced homeopathy is one factor in my success.
When I trained for the Kansas City Marathon in 2008, I suffered a knee injury. It wasn’t critical enough to strop training and I “ran through” it in typical obsessive fashion. When I crossed the finish line in Kansas City and realized I had broken the magic 4-hour mark (after trying unsuccessfully the previous 10 years), of course, I was thrilled. But when I realized later that I had qualified for the Boston Marathon for the first time in my life at the age of 54, I was—well—beyond thrilled.
It was October 2008 and I had six months to train for Boston. Of course I could have just run the marathon slow for the joy of running it, but give me a break—it was Boston! I wanted to run strong. I knew I wouldn’t really enjoy the experience unless I could run at my potential. So I wanted to train hard enough to run a strong race.
Despite the pain and stiffness, I ploughed into training. But when my weekly training miles exceeded 40 miles a week, I could no longer run through the pain in my knee. Icing helped bring down the swelling and I wrapped a bandage around my knee to support it, but alas, I was losing the battle. The pain was too much to bear. The Boston Marathon was only 3 months away. I started to despair. It was inconceivable that I would give up now. So decided to see a doctor…but not the kind of doctor you may think.
I had already established a relationship with a homeopathic doctor, Dahlia Shemtob H.D., CCH, when I had started to suffer from the lovely symptoms of pre-menopause and sought out a safer alternative to manufactured medications such as Estradiol and Premarin which are linked to heart disease and breast cancer. For more information about the Women’s Health Initiative, a long-term study on the effects of hormone replacement therapy, follow this link: http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/whi/.
I started seeing Dahlia (yes, I call her Dalia) in 2004 for help with pre-menopause but found I was healing from chronic sinus issues and long-term anxiety attacks. I even got help dealing with the emotional trauma of divorce. As I was purging issues that were causing me emotional distress, my immune system was getting stronger and I was healthier. I was getting fewer colds and feeling more energetic.
It was an easy decision to consult with Dahlia when I could no longer run with my knee injury. I wasn’t sure what to expect because my work with her up to that point was to boost my overall immune system, but I had read that homeopathy was also effective in treating acute injuries and illnesses as well as chronic ones.
Dahlia was not interested in a diagnosis. She was only interested in how the pain felt and how it affected me. After I answered her probing questions she prescribed a remedy for my injury, Anacardium. I took the two pellets she prescribed and put them under my tongue. They were tasteless and odorless. Then I hoped for a miracle. The result was nothing short of amazing.**
The next day, I went out for a run. No, I didn’t feel the pulling sensation and the stiffness had diminished somewhat but, more importantly, I felt no pain. I ran a 15-mile training run that day with no pain. I was amazed but mostly overjoyed.
I improved over time even though I was running over 40 miles a week at that point. As my training increased to 60 miles a week, I wondered if the injury would surface, but it didn’t. I still felt no pain. I ran my first Boston Marathon in April 2009 in 3:53:42—the fastest marathon of my life at the age of 54.
Now I have officially started training for my second Boston Marathon and I am, again, training to run a strong marathon. This time I have been living with a hamstring injury since before I ran my last marathon on May 1st (another PR at the age of 56 by the way). It has progressively gotten worse and I cannot run without pain.
This time I consulted Dahlia before I was not able to run at all. She prescribed the same remedy, Anacardium, and I am recovering amazingly fast. I am confident my training will proceed as planned. If you want a faster alternative to conventional medicine, consider homeopathy. Boston—here I come!
**For a more detailed description of homeopathy, homeopathic remedies, the function of a homeopathic doctor, and a comparison to allopathic medicine, see my Premium Content.