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Clean Living and Adherence to Judeo-Christian Principles are Foundational to Health

Joette Calabrese, HMC, CCH

August 26th, 2012  |  30 Comments

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There are many homeopaths who don’t offer a glimpse into their lifestyles and choices.


I’m not one of them.


Instead, I share my beliefs and values on mothering, family traditions, living a natural lifestyle, and cooking nutrient-dense meals in whatever I write, in whatever I say, and in whatever I teach. This includes prayer. I do this because I genuinely believe that’s what it takes to find genuine health.


Daily, I meet with clients and students from all over the globe who have made poor choices, usually because the right choice was inconvenient.  Today their health is suffering from those decisions.  More effort is required to seek out health-promoting choices, but the reward is great.


This certainly doesn’t apply to everyone, but more and more, I see the ramifications of these poor choices especially in our Western society.  Get our morality straight and health often follows.  Tinker with Mother Nature and the mores and principles of our beliefs, and we will suffer.


That, in my estimation, is  why Judeo-Christian traditions hold so much wisdom when it comes to genuine health.


I believe the world is hungry for time-honored values.  And to me, silence in regards to this message is irresponsible.


I estimate that with this type of message, I will turn some readers off and lose them.  Others will employ these ideas and pass them on.  And  some will simply read and do nothing.


For me, it’s a chance worth taking.  I will do whatever I can to spread the truth of how to achieve genuine health.


Interested in hearing more about my homeopathic journey and philosophy?  Check out my story on my website homeopathyworks.net.


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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30 thoughts on “Clean Living and Adherence to Judeo-Christian Principles are Foundational to Health”

  1. Patricia Crisman says:

    Thanks Joette for being so straight forward with us and for being true to yourself. May God be glorified for all you to to care for his beloved children – and on the sabbath no less!

    Pat Crisman

  2. Mary says:

    Thank you for your stand on truth.

  3. Isabel Pacheco says:

    I love your honesty and your work…

  4. Marla says:

    Love this! I would have never made it through all of the rough patches in my life without the power of prayer. I am grateful that you share your lifestyle choices. I have learned so much from you.

  5. Jus Wing It says:

    ditto Joette…I have learned that without Christ I am nothing…he created the world for us & I must give honor & praise to Him so that I may have joy in this life. In health, it is He who brings me to the options out there as He created them for us…herbs, whether tincture, tea, decoction, salve or homeopath, it is a gift from Him…food, ah the easy choice…it brings the health he intended for us to enjoy!

  6. letjoyresound says:

    Amen! 🙂

  7. Kate says:

    Our Creator created us in the Image and Likeness of our God…one and the same. To outpicture that, it behooves us to follow natural law established for that very
    Purpose. Thanks for sharing.

  8. Thanks so much for sharing. I firmly believe that had I not specifically prayed for healing and began believing I would be healed, I would never have opened up to homeopathy. And that has changed my life forever. I find myself becoming more conservative as I age, and wondering where the values in this world have gone. I hope to raise my boys to go against the grain of society!

  9. Aimee says:

    Thank you Joette for your courage and insight! It does seem as though it is a very taboo subject to discuss religious beliefs, but as you very clearly point out, everything in life is connected, and why are we so surprised by this?? I will be passing this article along to my family and friends, outstanding!

  10. Lisa says:

    How can you not be a Christian if you’re a Homeopath? Right on Joette! Give Him the Glory and he will bless you!

  11. bethbeisel says:
  12. Keep on sending your awesome posts.  Since the last one I say be still and Know that I  am Godevery day.Sent from my Samsung smartphone on AT&T
  • Pam says:

    I applaud you!! Thanks for your bravery!

  • Grazie Joette, sei una persona eccezionale!
    That’s one of your best and inspiring posts, it is the root from where all the other posts and articles come from!
    Thanks for your great work!

    1. Ludovica, What a gorgeous name! thanks for your kind words.

  • trish masson says:

    I agree 100%! I have believed like this for a very long time , others I have known disbelieve but it is true. ones life style goes hand in hand with their health. I am a believer and have recently come again full circle back to Christ, Josette, do you treat patients long distance? I would like to speak to you. I live in Los Angeles. I am a single mom with a 13 year old son would like to find a homeopath who treats like you or you! Had alot of experience with homeopathy

    1. Trish, I see patients all over the country and even internationally via Skype. Give my office a call at (716) 941-1045 to set up a free 15 minute call to see if homeopathy is a good fit for your situation.

  • Amy says:

    Thank you Joette! Very true. I have enjoyed every bit of wisdom I have gleaned from you over the years.

  • Kerry McCaslin says:

    Joette, you are an inspiration to me…a homeopathic student. I believe these same ideas and principles. God put me on this path I’m traveling and I hope to honor him well,and always seek his guidance as a homeopath, and a follower of Jesus Christ!


  • Natalie says:

    Thanks for being brave enough to share this! Love it and totally agree!!!

  • Nikki says:

    Preach it sister!! (I’m from the south!). I love love the post and allowing Christ to use you this way. You’re gracious following of the Spirit is beautiful. I’m also thrilled to see many across the globe, taking the time to support your stance. We are truly one in Christ! Many blessings!

  • Michelle MacDonald says:

    Hello Joette,
    Whilst I am in total agreement with you regarding the power of prayer, the deplorable loss of values affecting the world today which is a reflection of the separation between spirit/mind and body that is so prevalent in this era, I do not share your opinion that only through judeo-christian values can we achieve a state of balance and embrace homeopathic philosophy. I am just wondering what the numerous, buddhist, muslim, hindu and other successful homeopaths would think of your comments !Kind regards

    1. I realize we live in global times and I certainly don’t want to discount other’s beliefs, but when I think of God, I can only think of Him within the context of my own roots and understanding. Other homeopaths may choose to speak in the languages from which THEY resonate.

  • Michelle MacDonald says:

    Of course, I understand.
    However, if the laws that govern homeopathy ie. the principle of resonance, the minimum dose required etc.. are universal(which I believe they are) then surely this goes beyond any limitations of any specific ideology or religion.Like cures like whether you are in NY or Bejing,and whether you are Christian, Jewish …..or atheist.Having said that, I truly appreciate and respect the work you do. I am a classical homeopath myself and a mum , and I know how difficult it is sometimes to juggle it all. So thumbs up !

    1. Homeopathy is indeed powerful medicine, but the more cases I’ve taken, the more I realize that everything in our lives influences our health and well being. In my opinion, spiritual health plays directly into physical health.

  • LD says:

    Michelle – I agree with you that if the laws that govern homeopathy are real, they must therefore be universal. However you don’t seem to be applying the same standard to ideology or religion. If Hinduism, for example, is true, and teaches the truth, then Christianity cannot be completely true, insofar as it contradicts Hinduism. If Christianity is true, and teaches the truth, then Hinduism would have to be in error.

    If atheists are correct, and there is no God, then whether someone is Jewish or Buddhist or an agnostic will probably have little to no effect on how homeopathy affects them – you are absolutely right about this.

    However, if there is a God, and He created the universe and the laws that govern it, then it stands to reason that if we live in a way that contradicts God’s laws, even homeopathy cannot save us!

    Personally, as a Catholic, I believe that if we live in accordance with nature as God created it, there is much we can do to achieve and maintain health. But I also believe that the health of the soul is more important than physical health.

    Physical health can be a great blessing, but God allows some people to suffer ill health if that is the best way to bring them closer to Him and ultimately into Heaven. Some saints even choose to suffer ill health as a way of sharing Christ’s suffering, in order to be more closely in union with Him.

    The Hindu’s conception of suffering and ill health is quite different, and closely tied to their beliefs in reincarnation and Karma. If the Hindus are correct about this, then the Judeo-Christian folks are making some very silly mistakes. But I guess we’ll get another chance to sort it out in the next lifetime?

    But ultimately, my point I guess is that if there is a God, then our moral and spiritual decisions will have a greater and more lasting effect on our well-being than anything we do that is purely material in nature.

  • Michelle MacDonald says:

    Hello Joette,
    Interesting debate-you don’t often find people who will engage in such conversations!
    Responding to your comment, I do actually apply the same standard to religion.Of course, as you say ,it seems that if Christianity is right, then the others have got it wrong and vice-versa. However, I feel it is only on the surface that the differences between religions are so conspicuous. If we dig deeper into the essence of things we find that there are general principles underpinning most religious beliefs.I have yet to come across a religion that advocates kiling for the sake of killing, or lying, cheating, stealing for the sake of pleasure or taking over someone’s land or resources out of sheer greed or whatever else. Yet as we see in the world today, this is exactly what is happening. Such actions are not necessarily taken by atheists, I might add. How many wars have been waged in the name of Christanity or Islam for example throughout history? It seems to me that the principles that prevail in most religions of peace, kindness, fairness, self -love(self-esteem) as well as love of others, belief in an after-life lead to unity, to the concept that ultimately we are one even though we may manifest different facets of that oneness.Whether I choose to be good because I fear God, or because I know that by harming others I am actually harming myself, or because karma will catch up with me in the next life becomes somewhat irrelevant. What I feel is important is the choice to be good, kind, generous etc..whatever the reasons we may resonate with.Yes , I agree wholeheartedly with you Joette that health on a spiritual, mental, emotional level comes before physical health without denying of course the importance of the body as a vehicle for the expression of the soul.
    And yes our moral and spiritual stance will have a greater bearing on our health than anything purely material as you say. We are definitely on the same page, no argument here! It’s just that I have heard homeopaths of different religions each claim that the principles of homeopathy resonated with their religious beliefs. That for me is further proof actually of the universality of principles when they are shared by different groups . I guess the difference in our perspectives is that perhaps I favour a broader view of spirituality that encompasses Judeo-christian beliefs but others as well.
    I am not a buddhist, but I like this quote which expresses the connection between our values,mind, emotions and our physical well-being:
    “Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else; you are the one getting burned.”
    No you will not lose me as a reader Joette, on the contrary, I have enjoyed this discussion with you. 🙂

  • LD says:

    Hi Michelle! I think that you mistook my comment above for Joette’s – I wrote the LONG comment above on 8/29. You make some very good points about the universality of basic morality. You are absolutely right that every culture, religious or not, seems to agree on many basic points – truth is good, lies are bad, greed is bad, generosity and charity are good, etc. But instead of coming to the conclusion that, since almost all religions share these basic assumptions therefore they must all be equally valid, I arrive at a different conclusion.

    You wrote “I feel it is only on the surface that the differences between religions are so conspicuous. If we dig deeper into the essence of things we find that there are general principles underpinning most religious beliefs”.

    Well, yes and no. Yes there are general principles that are shared. But no, the differences are NOT only on the surface, and in fact the differences are often fundamental and important.

    Christianity claims that God is three distinct persons who are all one God. To know God is to know individual persons with personality, to have a relationship. To have faith in God is very similar to the kind of faith that one has in one’s parent or spouse, when we love, honor, trust and rely on them. A Christian believes that he was created by God and his salvation and perfection come from God – as gifts freely given by God to whomever desires and accepts those gifts. Christianity promises an eternal life of individuality in communion with God and others. A bunch of individuals who are all different sharing eternity together. One cannot attain salvation without engaging with others in a meaningful way – engaging with God through prayer and engaging with others through practicing acts of charity and love for example. Christ distinctly said of himself that He is God.

    Gautama Siddhartha distinctly said of himself that he was not God. Buddhism makes no claim that there is a God, an ultimate creator of the universe. For the Buddhist, salvation comes from within. Buddhism claims that we each have the potential within us to become a Buddha, and achieving Nirvana is something that is accomplished through one’s own efforts. Nobody else can save you. There is no Heaven or Hell, but rather a cycle of rebirth which will hopefully culminate in liberation from individuality and suffering. Our oneness with the universe around us involves a negation of individuality and attachments and desire. Freedom from the cycle of rebirth requires a renunciation of the desire for Heaven. On the contrary, in Christianity, Heaven and union with God (which is not the same as “oneness with God” cannot be achieved WITHOUT attachment and desire. Christianity is always asking us to love more, while Buddhism claims that the only way to enlightenment is to love less, to be detached from love and hate and the desire to be good, or to love, or to be loved. Buddhism teaches that all of life’s problems can be summed up as dukkha – suffering or conflict, and the goal of Buddhism is to escape suffering through learning the wisdom to see that there is no such thing as the individual. When we no longer have a conception of self, we will no longer have unfulfilled desires and we will no longer suffer, as suffering can only exist within the concept of the”self”.

    The goal of Christianity to to love God with all of one’s heart, and to embrace suffering if it helps to attain the goal of loving God.

    Christianity teaches that all of life’s problems are the result of sin – when created beings (angels, men) choose their own will over the will of God. Any choice that opposes God’s will (the definition of sin) results in distance from God, who is Love and Truth. Anything that opposes the will of God is therefore broken – evil is the opposition of God’s will. Buddhism does not embrace dualistic concepts such as “good” and “evil”, and does not preach the existence of sin.

    Now this is already way too long, and I’ve only barely touched upon two religions, but I maintain that the differences between religions are important and fundamental. It’s wonderful that almost all of us agree that we shouldn’t murder our neighbors or steal their cars or dump our garbage in parks or kick puppies. But I don’t think that ANY of the major religions claim that following these universal laws of moral behavior are the main point of life.

    Three boys in an alleyway might both encounter a puppy and choose not to kick that puppy. One boy chooses not to kick the puppy because he doesn’t want to cause it pain. Another boy chooses not to kick the puppy because he worries that someone will see him and dislike his actions. The third boy chooses not to kick the puppy because he believes that if he does the puppy will explode like a balloon and release a swarm of hornets who will sting him to death. All boys are acting in the morally “correct’ way, but their reasons for making the right choice are fundamentally different. I believe those differences are important.

    Furthermore, I believe that there is objective truth, and that contradictory statements cannot all be true. I believe that truth is equally as important as love, and that no matter how much kindness and happiness a religion or ideology may inspire, it is invalid if it is not also true. When I use the terms “objective truth” I mean something quite hard and concrete and not so dissimilar to what we usually think of as “science”. I mean unchangeable fact, which exists outside of ourselves and is not dependent upon our whims, emotions, or even understanding. I don’t claim to have any greater access to this truth than my neighbors do, but I believe that it does exist whether I am capable of grasping it or not.

    – Lavinia (not Joette, but a fellow reader of Joette’s blogs!)

  • Belinda Carrico says:

    Thank you for this post!

  • Sherri says:

    I would encourage those who wish to study the spiritual side of homeopathy to go back and study Dr. Samuel Hahnemann’s writings, as well as Dr. James Tyler Kent. You will find references to God and you will read how deeply spiritual these men were. In their time period of the 1700-1900’s, it was universally understood that “God” was a belief in the one true God, maker of heaven and earth. In fact, Dr. Hahnemann accredited his discovery of homeopathy to God…and I quote:

    In a letter to his friend Stapf dated April 15, 1827, he says : (Horn. World, Vol. 24., p. 365. ) http://www.homeoint.org/books4/bradford/chapter81.htm

    “I acknowledge with sincere thankfulness the infinite mercy of die one great Giver of all good for having kept me hitherto in strength and cheerful spirits amidst all the assaults of my enemies ; and I have no other wish here below than to lay before the world in a worthy manner the good which the Supreme Being permitted me to discover, I may say revealed to me, for the alleviation of the sufferings of mankind. Then I am willing to depart this life.”

    And Dr. Kent said:
    ‘A man who cannot believe in God cannot become a homoeopath.'[Kent, 1926, Aphorisms]

    “You cannot divorce medicine and theology. Man exists all the way down from his innermost spiritual to his outermost natural” [Kent, 1926, Lesser Writings, p.641]

    Here are some references to check out:

    As Joette has so graciously said, “silence is irresponsible”. When my husband and I were first studying homeopathy, we were immediately and deeply drawn to it because it was a system of medicine that was discovered by deeply spiritual Christian doctors who felt it was their duty to not be silent about what they were discovering. Let’s be faithful and true to these men about what they discovered and Who they accredited their discovery to.

    1. Sherri, ‘Well researched , excellent reply. I’m weary of some online discussions that make Hahnemann sound like like an anti-Christian, when in fact, it is the opposite. no one can be a true healer without having a fundamental belief in God. working to help others in their sufferings offers a precious glimpse at the hand of something so much more glorious than us. its a humbling and precious gift… (this homeopathy) and Hahnemann himself acknowledged tha, as should we all.

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