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Don’t Look if You’re Squeamish

Joette Calabrese, HMC, PHom M

July 5th, 2020  |  14 Comments

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Joette Calabrese


Worldwide — to the exclusion of almost everything else — we have focused our attention on the Flu and its worldwide rippling effects.

But what we’ve not seriously considered are the unintended consequences caused by the shutdown during the pandemic!

Nothing illustrates this type of collateral damage more vividly than the recent experience of one of my team member’s husband who required orthopedic surgery just before the shutdown.

As you know, I’m certainly not against surgical procedures when absolutely necessary — especially restorative procedures after injuries! 

We try to avoid having surgery through our use of homeopathic medicines. But sometimes, surgery cannot be prevented. 

I’ve written two blog posts to teach the most beneficial homeopathic remedies to keep in mind before and after an operation: Anticipating Surgery? Homeopathy Can Help and Surgery: Answering Your Questions.

Aided by the use of the homeopathic medicines listed in those articles — all went well.

But many weeks into recovery, they began to notice an unusual complication. The internal “dissolving stitches” at one end of his incision did not live up to their name. 

Not only did they not dissolve, but they also began to abscess and erupted out of his newly closed skin.

It got worse every day.

The surgeon examined the wound. He expressed frustration that the surgery centers were closed due to the virus. He couldn’t handle this situation as he would prefer — opening up the surrounding incision to reclose the wound properly.

Because of the times we were in, he would have to do it (in his words), “the old school way.”

(Another reason I suggest you find a doctor with gray hair — experience! They have more tricks up their sleeves!)

After a thorough debriding to remove the undissolved stitches, my team member was called upon to be Florence Nightingale at home. Her job?  As she put it, “to pack the hole daily with gauze”, allowing it to heal from the inside out.

How bad was it? Well, don’t scroll down if you’re squeamish.

My team member compared it to a bullet wound. (Not that she’s seen one of those — but she’s seen plenty of old Westerns!) It was about ¾ of an inch deep and angry.


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Don’t say I didn’t warn you.

As you can tell by the photo, the infection was an obvious concern. Luckily, this old school surgeon was not quick to prescribe systemic antibiotics. My team member called upon the Banerji Protocol of Hyper/Ars to save the day!

Hypericum perforatum 200 mixed with Arsenicum album 200, every 3-12 hours. 

She used Hyper/Ars more frequently for the first few days — opening it up to less frequently as it became apparent the medicine was acting.

After it looked much improved, she continued to use it twice a day as full protection against infection until the wound was healed.

I also recommended she drip Calendula tincture — diluted 1:20 with water — into the wound several times per day, and to use the same dilution on the dressing as well. 

However, as many times as I have emphasized the importance of owning the remedies you may need in advance, she had to order the Calendula.

You can bet she learned her lesson and will not be found wanting next time!

Because of the unintended consequence of the shutdown’s effect on shipping, as well as the run on homeopathic remedies, the Calendula did not arrive for several weeks — well past the time during which it was needed.

So, back to our story. (You can open your eyes now.)

The following photo was taken a mere three weeks later. The healing is strictly due to the use of Hyper/Ars — and an old school physician who knew how to “battle dress” a wound with packing for two weeks and then eventual closure with Steri-strips.


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Once again, homeopathy has proven its ability to provide perfect freedom from fear, isolation and dependence.

I urge you to cultivate the self-sufficiency previous generations possessed. In one sense, homeopathy is historically “old school” — having been successfully utilized in the same manner for over 200 years.

However, it can also be considered quite modern in terms of science. The burgeoning study of nanopharmacology is only now illuminating the efficacy of nano-doses.

Despite states reopening, our old “normal” seems a thing of the past. There is nothing more important now than increasing your knowledge of homeopathy so that you, too, can provide for your family’s health — no matter the societal circumstances.

And pass on the good news of homeopathy!



Joette Calabrese

P.S. How do you increase your knowledge? By reading, studying and learning everything you can. The perfect place to start — or refresh — is by joining a Gateway to Homeopathy Study Group. Learning with others is the most effective method for developing your competence and confidence in the use of homeopathy. And the lifelong, like-minded friends you’ll make are an extra benefit!


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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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14 thoughts on “Don’t Look if You’re Squeamish”

  1. FM says:

    When you say “ She used Hyper/Ars more frequently for the first few days — opening it up to less frequently ” you mean she gave an oral dose, right?

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


  2. Anna says:

    The “old old” school doctor may suggest packing it with the gause slightly wet with 10% salt solution which would draw the infection out in a matter of several days, not two weeks. This method was widely used during WWII for all sorts of dirty and infected wounds.

  3. Nancy Perry says:

    Great testimony – and the photos tell the story. What about using homeopathic potency calendula dissolved in water in lieu of the tincture when not available?
    I had dental issues and then extractions….Thank God for homeopathy. Hyper/Ars, Hepar, Gunpowder, and Pyrogenium were invaluable in my healing.

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

      I’ve never used Calendula in that fashion; only in tincture form.

    2. Donna says:

      I have an internal pelvic abscess which the doctors don’t think is ripe for draining, but I feel discomfort and I’m sure I can sense a smell coming through my skin. I’m sure they will suggest that I take antibiotics next.
      Would you suggest using Hepar Sulph 200 with Arsenicum album 200 for it to abort or dissipate, or would Hypericum 200 with Arsenicum album 200 be better?

  4. Janice Burlet says:

    Once opened how long does Calendula tincture keep? the dilution….is it 1 dropper Calendula to 20 sterile water?
    thank you for inspiring us “moms” to forge ahead with hope in our hearts! Continuing to learn……..Jan B MN

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

      The length of time a tincture lasts depends on how much alcohol is used as well as other manufacturing factors. You might want to contact the manufacturer.

  5. Patricia Talsness says:

    With the diagnosis of a foreign object under the skin, perhaps the incision could have been avoided. What about a high dose of Silicea for several days to move the object out?

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

      There was no object that was hard or sharp; there were stitches that had not fully dissolved. If there had been a bone splinter or a sliver Silica would have been a consideration. But we still would need a protocol for the infection.

  6. Marina Belsito says:

    Oh my gosh
    I had the same thing happen when a mole was removed and ‘dissolving’ stitches were used …this was 2 years ago and they are Still coming out!!!
    Any suggestions?

  7. Pat says:

    My husbands incision looked just like the picture above after an incision got infected after his shoulder surgery.
    The doctor had me putting a wick in to drain it and bandaging it a couple times a day. Then 5 days later it looked just like the picture above, a bullet hole with green puss!
    I immediately got the hyper/arsen remedies for him and gave him 3 times that same day.
    The next morning the hole was almost closed, no puss and no more red around the incision. The doctor looked at it and was concerned because the sample they took a week ago showed a skin MRSA type infection but he was almost sure it was gone now and taped it closed. What a miracle!

  8. Nancy Perry says:

    I had a hip replacement in June of 2021. All went well until an abscess developed on the incision line. I contacted the doc’s office and was told he would call back. I didn’t wait for the callback – started Hyper/Ars 200 alternating with Hepar Sulph 30 – probably every 2-3 hours at first. Also rinsed with calendula tincture when changing dressing. The doctor never called back. The abscess drained and healed without a problem – I took pictures to show him at my next appointment. He didn’t really care – just said it was a stitch abscess and on to the next thing….but maybe it will stick in the back of his mind…..LOL! Thanks Joette.

    1. Joette Calabrese, HMC, CCH, PHom M says:

      Smart lady.
      Not so smart MD.
      Thanks for sharing, Nancy.

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