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It Was the Best of Times, It Was the Worst of Times

Joette Calabrese, HMC, PHom M

April 5th, 2021  |  9 Comments

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Joette Calabrese

I just can’t get Charles Dickens’ quote from A Tale of Two Cities out of my head: “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times …”

Boy, if that doesn’t perfectly describe our last year, I don’t know what does!

There has been so much confusion, derision, and suspicion, yet 2020 also brought our families an unexpected opportunity.


Yes, for understanding the real need for preparation.

And the obvious need for the family to tighten up and undergird together in this effort.

If we’ve learned anything from the past twelve months, it’s that we must count on ourselves. We have to know much, much more than we thought we needed to know.

We need to get our information not from mainstream media, not from health officials, not from governors, but from good sense. 

Number one on the list?  We must educate ourselves regarding our family’s healthcare, so we don’t get the wool pulled over our eyes.

It's no different than in the past, but now it's accelerated to a much greater degree. 

AND our family members need to know how to help each other — to prepare with knowledge for the unexpected happenings of tomorrow  (most certainly to occur).

Given that our children and grandchildren are the future, it's in their hands. We need our kids to know how to differentiate between good and evil, between friend and foe, and yes, which remedy is for this and which remedy for that.

I'll tell you what I taught my own children.

More on that in a moment but back to my underpinning point …

You’ve heard me say it before, we need to build a moat around our family.

Our entire family needs to develop skill sets to utilize forever — skills that don’t go out of style; no matter who is in power politically, when the world around us stops making sense, we need to possess the knowledge to think critically and act wisely. 

Now more than ever, our job is to teach our children and grandchildren how to think — not how to follow, but how to think outside of the box. Especially the one that houses the T.V.

We want our families populated with critical thinkers. 

So, let me tell you what I learned — and did — with my own kids years ago.

I trained up my now-adult kids to know the importance of treating each other. When skiing together, it was Arnica 200 tucked into the pocket of their ski parkas in case of an accident so one could come to the rescue of the other. 

If one brother had only a strain, the other knew to administer Arnica 200 every few hours or so.

If, however, there was a more sobering injury (their mother's nightmare), the other brother knew to commence using Arnica 200 every 15 minutes for about an hour or so, as needed.

And how about the ubiquitous Banerji Protocol of Aconitum 200 mixed with Bryonia 30 every few hours, depending on the severity of an oncoming cold or cough?

My sons didn't actually grow up with this protocol because I hadn't been to India yet, but they knew that Aconitum 200 was most certainly for the quick onset of a cold or cough.

They also knew that Hepar sulph 30 was a gift when an ear infection began a-brewing. And because this is interesting stuff, they paid attention to each other so they could hone their skills.

I think they enjoyed owning such unusual and powerful knowledge.

Oh, the family-focused lifestyle and self-reliance!

It was unbeatable!

Think of how this carries them into adulthood not only with each other (which is a gift in itself) but for their own children and spouses.

My dear friends, this kind of preparation set the tone of healthcare for my family well into future generations, and it will do the same for yours.

Now that's my idea of how to raise a family!

Yet, in spite of my commitment to teaching my kids homeopathy, as a fledgling homeopath myself in those early days, I'll be honest — I actually wished there had been someone ahead of me who had done this with their children.

Someone who was willing to share her knowledge, experience and tips with me.

So, now, I’m sharing my personal method with you that I used to train up my own sons.  

And as you contemplate your family's future especially now, and you design your summer-school learning or homeschool curriculum for your children, I urge you to consider the lessons I used to do this.

So, dear friends, should this be of interest to you, I'm just itching for you to incorporate my course

The Ultimate Cool Kids’ Guide to Homeopathy into your family's lifestyle.

I understand if this isn't for you — or if it isn't for you just now.

No problem.

But if you're even just considering it, check out my short video to explain further.

I consider this curriculum the first giant step in building the moat around your family.

So, has it been the worst of times?

Perhaps the lifestyle we incorporate as a result of our experiences can turn this into undeniably the best of times.

Join me in raising our kids and grandkids in this unique and worry-free way …

from my family to yours.


Joette Calabrese

P.S. For a sneak peek into just a few of the topics this curriculum covers, click here to download the infographic I created especially for children learning homeopathy.

And be sure to click through to The Ultimate Cool Kids’ Guide to Homeopathy for a look at the syllabus and the benefits of this formative course.

And remember — all of my Mighties (Joette’s Mighty Members) qualify for a 10% discount on course purchases. If you need assistance getting your discount, email contact@practicalhomeopathy.com for more information.


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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The Author disclaims all liability for any loss or risk, personal or otherwise incurred as a consequence of use of any material in this article. This information is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.


9 thoughts on “It Was the Best of Times, It Was the Worst of Times”

  1. Carolina says:

    Wonderful!!! It sounds like what I would love to have my kids learn… so glad you got this together!

  2. Debbie Reeves says:

    Oh wow! My not quite 9 year old would love this! Is that too young? Also, is this something that needs to be finished within the set time limit and then there is no longer access to the materials, or is it something that she could revisit? I’m not sure if she could keep up the pace that a teen would be able to.

    1. Joette Calabrese, HMC, CCH says:

      Debbie, This course is designed for children a little older but we’ve had several children who are 9 and 10 attend. Should you be interested in giving it a try, you may do so and if it isn’t a fit, I always offer 100% of your money back within a reasonable.
      Let me also suggest that I pack so much information into my courses that many report to me that they take the course again years later. Since you’ll own it forever, that’s certainly an opportunity for your child to repeat it later.

      1. Debbie says:

        Thank you. I wanted to be sure there wasn’t wasn’t a set start and end date that we would need to keep to. This sounds doable.Thank you again for putting this in a format that is accessible to young people.

  3. Debbie says:

    One other question, how does this compare content wise to your Gateway to Homeopathy course? I couldn’t find a syllabus for the Gateway course.

    1. Joette Calabrese, HMC, CCH says:

      It’s specifically geared to children and the kinds of conditions their pets or family might encounter.
      Buster (the bad office dog) appears frequently and he helps me teach practical methods, plenty of protocols, history, and the importance of responsibility.
      It’s very different from Gateway Study Guide.

      1. Debbie says:

        I noticed that one of the lessons is about how to use a matera medica. Would you suggest purchasing this as well?

        1. Joette Calabrese, HMC, CCH says:

          The kids will actually be building their own materia medica as part of the course work.

          1. Joette Calabrese, HMC, CCH says:

            I believe kits are available from Hahnemann Pharma in California and Helios in England.

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