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Something From Nothing

Joette Calabrese, HMC, CCH, RSHom(Na)

November 23rd, 2013  |  12 Comments

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You know how when you don’t have enough money to pay for a new outfit, you find a way to make your own or scour the consignment shops instead? Or how you’d never entertain the idea of buying a pie for a pot luck gathering, but you would instead pick apples from the neighbor’s backyard tree and make your own? And how in the end, the product was far superior to what you could buy retail?

Having the ability to make something from nothing or next to nothing is one of my favorite things in life to do. And I’ll bet it is yours, too. But there is something else that plays into this. Your new skirt, made from fabric found in the remnant bin, is different from anything anyone else is wearing. YOUR pie used butter or lard instead of commercial vegetable oil…and the house smelled of baked apples all day. What could be better?

And that’s independence. That’s self-reliance; it is pride.

And that, my friends, is the making of excellence.

Before we dash out and buy this or that, we mothers can tap into our considerable abilities.

Well, what if you had that same kind of ability when it comes to curing your family? What if YOU could cure almost anything your family suffers from?

This is the next necessary step in your learning cycle to turn it all on a dime. It’s important to be home with our children, raising them up, making the meals from scratch. But when I was home with little ones, I felt it was equally important for my own sanity to have a creative outlet, an intellectual pursuit, a method to express myself.

I stayed at home, and found delight in homeschooling my children. I was proud of my home, my meals, proud of even something as old fashioned as my larder. I loved being a work-at-home mom. And learning and using homeopathy was a significant part of that pride and personal fulfillment.

I was as happy as a clam on a flat.

I had skills.

Then, when I began studying homeopathy, I knew that it was for the good of the family. At the time, we had catastrophic medical insurance only, so I felt it was my responsibility to know how to treat otitis media (AKA “my ear hurts!”), conjunctivitis, colds, flu, teething problems and so on, on my own. It simply wasn’t covered under our policy, but then again…why should it be?

With homeopathy, I simply did not need medical insurance. Sure, it was nice to have the catastrophic insurance in case one of my three rough-playing sons broke a leg skiing, but other than that, I found that the more I knew, the less I wanted conventional medicine.

When my son’s nose was broken, we didn’t use the emergency room. My husband simply gently snapped his nose back into place, and we gave him Arnica 200 and Symphytum 200 for the pain and inflammation. I used each remedy on the hour, alternating between them until the worst of the pain subsided. After about 3 hours or so, we continued with both remedies but every 6 hours. He slept just fine that night and the next day needed nothing until about noon when the pain returned. Once again we commenced the remedy schedule every 6 hours, and by day three, all was well. No need for more remedies, and our lives continued on.

With the increasing pressure to conform to medical “management,” we need to have options. Something to push back with.

Make a gourmet dish from onions and an apple or a comfortable skirt from a discarded piece of fabric or crack open a homeopathic remedy bottle that cost $8.00 and cure your son. Make something from what looks like nothing for someone else.

Some call it chutzpah.

Some call it gall.

Some call it the American Spirit.

But I could call it simply taking responsibility.

That’s not just something from nothing.

That’s something from the best qualities we possess.


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.

Call today and learn how homeopathy might just be the missing piece in your health strategy.

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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12 thoughts on “Something From Nothing”

  1. Meredith says:

    I agree. I homeschooled my children also. Such a great experience. I also learned to use homeopathy to treat childhood and adult illnesses and injuries. I loved that freedom and it was about taking responsibility for things. It was looking for a better way. It was finding what made sense for our family and not what someone else’s system provided for me, if I paid for it. I learned a lot from those years and continue on today.
    Your class that you are beginning for teaching homeopathy as it relates to healing the gut and all , I cant take it at this time but I am very interested in doing so. Did I understand you to say you would be offering it again in the new year?
    Thank you for your interesting column, I enjoy it and learn from it.
    Happy Thanksgiving!

  2. Pat says:

    I was also interested in the class on healing the gut, but
    couldn’t fit it in this fall. If you offer another, I’d like to know.


    1. if we repeat it, we’ll let you know via email. thanks for your interest.

  3. Laura says:

    Fun to read about your story and passions! I was certainly nodding my head in agreement many times. No wonder I find your work so inspiring!

  4. Mary J says:

    enjoyed the line about ‘simply taking responsibility’ and it’s something that I am aware of all the time – people to freely give the responsibility of getting themselves well to the Doctor! It seems to me that it’s a lazy response to illness – off to the Doctor instead of educating ourselves on how to fix our problems with a more natural approach if it’s possible.

  5. Kathleen says:

    I agree with what you say and have to agree that after I have learned much more about the medical system, I don’t want anything to do with mainline ‘medicine’. In the past I had done a lot for myself and family in the do-it-yourself sewing and cooking line and now find myself much more interested in nutrition and homeopathy, as well as other natural ways to keep myself healthy and well in my senior years, in order to stay away from the medical system for the rest of my life!

  6. Una says:

    It’s families like this that will make it through disasters and wars while others give up or perish from ignorance and lack of resourcefulness!

  7. Sharon says:

    May the Spirit continue to guide and support you in spreading your words of wisdom and experience Joette.

    Thank you for your efforts.

    God bless,


  8. Chuck says:

    this is the kind of lifestyle I would like.

  9. Liz says:

    Love this! Definitely the life I desire to live! Thanks for the inspiration!

  10. My father was a Homeopath, a school Teacher and a Farmer, a father of 8 children whom he himself delivered at home. We grew up at our farm eating fresh home grown produce, free range eggs, freshly baked breads/cookies and pies. We hardly ever got sick, but he would take care of whatever ailment we happened to run into with Homeopathic remedies. My Mother made clothes for us and herself. I have wonderful memories from my childhood…I was a blessed child!!

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

      Yes, you were. I wish more could raise their children in that fashion today. Thankfully, many of my followers are doing just that.

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