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The Gut Garden

Joette Calabrese, HMC, PHom M

October 19th, 2012  |  10 Comments

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I used to be an anti-pesticide activist. That meant I’d get together with town council members to educate them about the dangers of herbicides and insecticides and propose alternatives. I also met with every hospital in Western New York in 1988 and convinced them to halt their lawn spray programs.


The efforts of our small, dedicated group made the national press as Buffalo became the first city in the country to stop using dangerous chemicals in public spaces. Those were proud and satisfying years.


But now I have another task at hand. Not unlike protesting the use of dangerous chemicals in our schools, I have a mission to abort the use of pesticides, chemicals and superfluous substances in our bodies. This assault now comes in the form of drugs, over the counter and, worse yet, prescribed medications.


My message may seem a bit dramatic or reactionary, but the analogy between pesticides and drugs is powerful and very real.


Whereas I used to be concerned about pollution sprayed on the lawns on which our children romped, it has become increasingly clear that the worst pollutants of all are the ones we willingly place directly into our mouths and the mouths of our children. Wait a minute! Aren’t medicines supposed to be carefully crafted substances that aid us when we’re sick? Well, I say a resounding NO.


Think of your garden. You wouldn’t be caught dead spraying pesticides on it, would you?  Instead you carefully collect your table scraps and garden waste, add manure and allow the mixture to cultivate and breed lovely, enzyme-producing matter called compost. Then you till your treasured compost into your soil to make sure your plants are adequately nourished with health-boosting natural nutrients.


If you see a pest, do you react with a pesticide? Of course not! To do so would weaken your plants, make them less hardy and might ultimately compromise their good health.


Then, why would we give our child an antibiotic? It acts precisely like a pesticide in the body. It not only kills the bad bugs but wipes out any beneficial microorganisms that keep the child thriving.


Next time you’re pressured by a well-meaning practitioner to give your child a medication that your intuition tells you is harmful, remember my garden analogy. Our guts, like the soil of a healthy garden, are filled with a plethora of microorganisms that live in a delicate balance.


How arrogant of us to assume that we know the lasting consequences of introducing a powerful, microbe-killing agent into this environment. Instead, let’s strengthen our gut garden with probiotic-rich foods like raw milk and overall sound nutrition and let’s learn about and use alternatives to antibiotics.


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Joette laughingI 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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10 thoughts on “The Gut Garden”

  1. Bravo, Joette! Well said and true. My 83 year old mother is battling C.-diff for the second time after lengthy illnesses and medical interventions involving heavy chemical medication. I watch her life force dwindle away at the hands of the people who are purportedly saving her life – but at a heavy cost to her health. The more we all learn about sound nutrition, digestion, and healthy lifestyle choices the more empowered we’ll be, and empowering to one another, to choose health and health care over illness and disease-care. I want my senior years to be bright and vital, and I want that for all my clients, friends, and family. Thank you for speaking out with a clear voice,
    Debbi Mayo, RCST, RPP
    The Mandala Center for the Healing Arts
    Chardon, Ohio

  2. Michelle Hartman says:

    I avoid antibiotics whenever possible. There is an increasing number of lyme and ehrlichiosis cases being reported in NYS. The antibiotic doxycycline is the drug of choice in dogs, and I think people, as well.
    Is there a proven homeopathic remedy to counteract tick diseases, as effective as doxycycline?

    1. admin says:

      Homeopathic treatment for lyme disease is definitely possible and effective, but it requires the skill of an experienced homeopath to evaluate the situation on a case by case basis.

  3. Liz says:

    I love this analogy. It is so true!!

  4. Aimee says:

    I used to be one of those trusting souls, who was I to question the wisdom of doctors – didn’t they go to schools for years to learn what is best for the body – I am just a mother coming for advice to help my sick child. Well, no disrespect, but they are just people who have been sold the big pharma propaganda! No more antibiotics for me or my family!!

  5. Jill says:

    Unfortunately so many of us have been lulled into thinking the side affects of drugs don’t matter much. The garden analogy is a good way to share with others the harm that can come from them. I like it…thanks, Joette!

  6. Zoe says:

    What a great analogy! I wish I knew yesterday what I know today, thanks to your articles and blogs. It’s sadly ironic that drugs are being pushed in the name of good health.

  7. Annie Manzi says:

    I had pneumonia this summer and it took a full course of antibiotics 14 days to get rid of the infection. Of course it got rid of a whole bunch of things despite eating unprocessed yogurt and taking pro biotics, I got a nasty case of thrush that I could not lick on my own and a yeast infection plus stomach problems for a few weeks. I wish I knew what to do at the time.

  8. Jyl says:

    Do you have remedy suggestions for how to combat the overgrowth of bad gut bacteria, such as c. Diff, due to excessive antibiotic use? Thanks so much!!

    1. Joette Calabrese, HMC, CCH, RSHom(Na) says:

      We don’t usually use the name of the bacteria in order to choose a medicine, but how it presents, such as bloating, food intolerance, constipation, indigestion, fatigue, etc.
      I cover C.diff overgrowth and its representations in great detail with specific protocols in my course Good Gut Bad Gut. Should you be interested, go to the front page and click on Good Gut Bad Gut.

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