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A Kick in the Keister

Joette Calabrese, HMC, PHom M

March 3rd, 2024  |  16 Comments

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Joette Calabrese, Practical Homeopathy

My goodness, I’m hearing about a lot of people coming down with something this winter, and that’s good.

“WHAT? Joette, how on earth is it good to get sick?” you may ask.

Well, in my experience as a mother, I have noticed — and probably other mothers have too — that an illness in children can often result in a developmental shift in ability and maturity. You might say recovering from the illness gives them a little kick in the keister.

For instance, before one of my children would get sick, they would often be hopelessly frustrated by something they couldn’t quite accomplish. They’d complain, “I can’t tie my shoes. I don’t know how.” Or they’d lament, “I can’t ride a bike. I’ll never be able to ride a bike.”

Then they’d come down with symptoms and be down for the count for a time. But once they healed, BAM! They leaped forward in their abilities. The shoes were tied, and the bikes were ridden!

This phenomenon may happen as a matter of course, but I have found it to be more predominant in cases where the children’s illness is not tamped down with drugs of commerce (yes, even over-the-counter drugs). At the very least, this developmental jump is more clearly observed in children whose conditions are not suppressed.

It’s my opinion that this developmental shift — this kick in the keister — also happens with adults after recovering from an acute respiratory illness. When we get sick, we are held back and held back and held back, like a coiled spring. But when we’re finally better? Once again, BAM! Adults often come back to work with solutions to problems they couldn’t solve before getting sick.

Maybe instead of saying, “I’ll sleep on that problem,” we could say, “I’ll get sick on it!”

Joette Calabrese

Through the years of my clinical experience, I developed a homeopathic protocol with an excellent track record for use during convalescence. It’s Calc phos (Calcarea phosphorica) 3 or 6 with Ferrum phos (Ferrum phosphoricum) 3* or 6. One may employ these two medicines either mixed together in the mouth, or one may alternate them. But generally, they are utilized twice daily until very much better. In my practice, this combination has demonstrated the ability to move a sufferer successfully through the convalescence period.

However, what if a respiratory illness lasts too long?

First, let’s clarify what I mean by “too long.” Some folks are so eager to get back to their lives, they might say, “But, Joette, I’ve been sick for five to seven days!” My friend, that’s not long enough to be concerned. I remember when I was a kid, just about every illness lasted two weeks! But we recovered with no drugs, only chicken soup and rest.

So, let’s say if one is sick for more than 3 weeks, then one might consider employing Sulphur 30, twice daily, for a few days. Sulphur has historically been shown to provide a little kick toward full recovery.

I know people are busy, and they want to go, go, go. But an illness offers the opportunity to slow down and take it easy. It’s a wake-up call. Yes, it may be inconvenient because we don’t get to choose the timing, but an illness can offer a natural boost and that elusive kick in the keister we all need from time to time.

Pass on the good news of homeopathy!


Joette Calabrese


*I didn’t provide a link for Ferrum phos 3 because it can be challenging to find unless you have a certificate enabling you to purchase from OHM Pharma. While OHM is not open to the general public, my clients and students of in-depth courses receive access.

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3/3/24 A Kick in the Keister


I am a homeopath with a worldwide practice working with families and individuals via Zoom. I'm also a teacher and most importantly, a mom who raised my now-adult children depending on homeopathy over the last 31 years. I lived decades of my life with food intolerances, allergies, and chemical sensitivities until I was cured with homeopathy, so I understand pain, anxiety, and suffering. You may feel that your issues are more severe or different than anyone else’s, but I have seen it all in my practice and in my work in India. My opinion is that nothing has come close to the reproducible, safe and effective results that my clients, students and I have achieved with homeopathy.

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Joette is not a physician and the relationship between Joette and her clients is not of prescriber and patient, but as educator and client. It is fully the client's choice whether or not to take advantage of the information Joette presents. Homeopathy doesn't "treat" an illness; it addresses the entire person as a matter of wholeness that is an educational process, not a medical one. Joette believes that the advice and diagnosis of a physician is often in order.

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16 thoughts on “A Kick in the Keister”

  1. Linda R says:

    This remedy card for “Kick in the Keister”was sent to my email and it was blank.
    It was a white card with a wide black strip on it.
    Please resend this remedy card.
    Thank you

    1. Joette Calabrese, HMC, PHom M says:

      Try entering again.

  2. Linda R says:

    You sent me a remedy card for “Spasmodic, rattling coughs with difficult expectoration; conditions of the liver” the card was Blank when I opened up the link.
    Please resend the remedy card
    thank you

    1. Joette Calabrese, HMC, PHom M says:

      try entering again.

  3. Micah says:

    Would Sulphur 30 still be the remedy for long haulers or people affected years later from a bad histamine response from spike proteins being overwhelmed etc? Maybe even camphora could help? Alot of people are having blood sugar/insulin issues and long lasting parismia symptoms in the aftermath of cv.

  4. Jacqueline Panakis says:

    Brilliant article – thank you for posting it.

  5. Susan says:

    If I am treating a chronic condition and now I am getting over a cold and then I hit my head, can I use Calc Phos, Ferrum Phos and Arnica at the same time. Can the chronic protocol be continued while treating the acute conditions? Thanks

    1. Joette Calabrese, HMC, PHom M says:

      yes.yes. and yes.

  6. TERI ROGERS says:

    Thank you Joette ~! I love your information and find it incredibly useful~! Keep up the great work~!

  7. Pavan says:

    I feel like dejavu reading this blog, or is it just me feeling like this. Thank you Joette. I saw great results with these two particularly dentition problems.

  8. Linda says:

    I have definitely found that a time-out due to illness can lead to more inspiration & motivation, for me and for my children.

  9. Pamela says:

    What is the difference between convalescence and general weakness after an illness? When do you take these cell salts vs taking Gelsemium for weakness and trying to gain strength again from being sick?

    1. Joette Calabrese, HMC, PHom M says:

      Convelescnce from a garden variety acute respiatory is gnerally shot lived. Long term weakness is the next condition that needs to be addressed. It would be called “never well since” or “Ailments from (fill in the blank)”

  10. LL says:

    BeeHealthy Homeopathics (Virginia) sells Ferrum Phos 3x to general public (some of their products carried on Amazon too. My bottle indicates BeeHealthy’s supplier is SBL from India. I’ve had no trouble with any of their remedies. They sell small, soft tabs in bulk bottles. Also sell some liquids and tinctures.

  11. Kim Ladd says:

    Hello Joette!!! Would you suggest starting with Aconite 200 + Bryonia 30 for the first 24/48 and employ these other 2 during that time, as well? Thank you for all you do and give and I will see you on our Gateway call in April!

    1. Joette Calabrese, HMC, PHom M says:

      If symtpoms indicate, we can use more than one protocol simulateously.
      However, often no more than just the 1st protocls is needed.
      ‘See you then.

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