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Joette Calabrese, HMC, CCH, RSHom(Na)

October 23rd, 2018  |  15 Comments

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Joette Calabrese, AFM

We interrupt your regularly scheduled week for a special blog post regarding recent breaking news.

In the last week, the news has been filled with reports on the recent increase of a very rare polio-like condition called Acute Flaccid Myelitis (AFM). While CNN reports this disease only seems to affect “fewer than one in a million people each year across the country,” it is garnering a lot of attention right now because it mostly affects children.

And let’s face it, “breaking news” involving children can be frightening.

Although I have not treated anyone with this condition, when you’ve used homeopathy as long as I have, these remedies start to make sense for new situations — logically.

So, I decided to share my thoughts with you in this unscheduled blog post. I want you to be prepared, not scared!

Apparently, the common element in those children contracting AFM is they have recently experienced a respiratory illness. This is leading the CDC to try to determine if it is either caused by a specific virus or a complication from a virus added to other factors.

Seeking the exact cause is the way conventional medicine works. Practitioners of such want to determine precisely which microorganism is causing a disease or illness. If it’s caused by bacteria, you’ll get antibiotics. If it’s a virus, then antivirals will be the drug-of-choice.

However, in homeopathy, we don’t have to have that information. We need to know how the child presents. Have they recently experienced a respiratory illness — cold, flu, fever? And now are they experiencing weakness of the muscles in their limbs?

If this situation occurred in my family, my first thought would be Gelsemium sempervirens 30C. (In fact, interestingly, Gelsemium is an excellent first thought in any case involving muscle weakness.) I would handle it as an everyday acute: using the remedy every 3-12 hours depending on the severity. As improvement occurred, I would lengthen the time between doses — backing off from every three hours to every six to every eight, and so on, until the ordeal was complete.

After the Gelsemium did its job, and my child was very much better, I would follow up with Lathyrus sativus 200. Lathyrus is indicated in neurological disorders, especially for weakness of the lower limbs. I would only consider this once the use of Gelsemium was completed — after the last of the original condition.

The use of Lathyrus after weakness resulting from neurological issues is one of my protocols, generally used every three days for a month after an event — as a “clean-up crew,” if you will.

Because the current fear is AFM results after a respiratory illness, perhaps the best defense is a good offense. If someone in my family were getting a cold, I would make sure they took ColdCalm® (one of Boiron’s combination remedies) immediately upon the first symptoms — before it could progress to anything worse.
If it came on suddenly and they were going down hard and fast, then it’s the Banerji Protocol of Aconite 200 and Bryonia 30 — as usual in those situations. Hopefully, that protocol might abort the whole event entirely, and there would be no need for Gelsemium later!  
What could be better than that?

(In case I haven’t mentioned it in a while, I get no affiliate income from your purchase of these remedies. This is just information from one mother to another. I wish someone had told me this stuff when my children were small, and the news made it sound as though disaster and disease were around every corner.)
So, what are you waiting for? Own these remedies. Like I said earlier: Be prepared, not scared.

And please, pass on the good news of homeopathy!

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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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15 thoughts on “Breaking News”

  1. Kim says:

    Thank you ever so kindly! Very much appreciated!!!

  2. Jane Bumatay says:

    Thank you much for this information Ms Joette!!! Love ya…

  3. CherrylRB says:

    Thank you! This is great, Just ordered Coldcalm and Lathyrus to be ready just in case. So many things going around in my neck of the woods right now. We have many with Strep Throat and Scarlet fever right now.

  4. Cassandra says:

    Hi Joette
    Acontitum 200 and Bryonia 30 gave me a headache 15 min after I took ifirst dose t. My son took it as well, he didn’t have any side effect. I took it according to directions on label. Have you ever heard of someone having a reaction to these 2 remedies?

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

      It’s not a side effect; it means its probably the wrong medicine for the condition.

  5. Rachel says:

    Thanks so much for the info (and the reassurance!) Was wondering about the Banerji Protocol for sudden onset of a cold (upper respiratory infection)— in an earlier blog post you said the protocol used Bryonia 200. Are both the 30 and 200 potencies effective here or has the Banerji Protocol been updated? Thanks!

  6. Jennifer says:

    Very thankful to have this information! And I get to learn about a remedy that I have not heard about or used before. Thanks Joette!

  7. Christine says:

    Thank you for the information!

  8. Barbara says:

    Thank You Joette I was so hoping you would comment on this very issue and you did!!

  9. missy681 says:

    I’m pretty sure that most, if not all, of the cases of AFM are in the recently vaccinated population. It’s listed as a vaccine side effect of many vaccines, and back to school is vaccine season, so it’s only a mystery illness to those who profit from big pharma.

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

      Missy, You’re on to something.

    2. Olivia says:

      I agree with you, and was my first thought.

  10. Pam says:

    Thank-you once again Joette. I am checking my supplies!

  11. Dr Amar says:

    Thank-you once again Joette.

  12. Tracey says:

    Thank you for your timely take on this issue, Joette!

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