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Really Got My Goat

Joette Calabrese, HMC, PHom M

December 15th, 2019  |  15 Comments

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Joette Calabrese


“Baby goats are precious when they’re little, but when they get older, watch out! 

They are naughty, naughty animals!” I said to one of my team members recently just before she adopted a pair of adorable miniature goats. (That’s them in the photo above, Henry and Oliver.)

I tried to explain that’s how they get you — they use the tricky word, “miniature.” Sure, it sounds good in theory, but believe me, they grow! They get thick! They are low to the ground, so they have a stable fulcrum. You can push them as hard as you want, and … They. Won’t. Move.

I speak from experience.

I had precious, little miniature goats who got into more trouble than I have room to write.

I couldn’t even hang my laundry out on the line … they would chew on it!

Like a cartoon! I’d have to pull my laundry out of their clenched, stubborn mouths.

Once, we came home from church, and the goats had chewed through a window screen and broke into our house.

One was on the sofa, and the other was standing on the piano! I kid you not! (Pardon the pun.)

One was STANDING on top of my beautiful baby grand piano!!

And here’s the funniest part, one had found one of my repertories and had EATEN the page on mouth and taste.

I’m posting a picture here because, honestly, this doesn’t sound real.

But I promise you it happened. I had left one of my repertories open on the sofa when one of them ate the repertory’s page on the subject of taste.

Sure, she could have chewed on the lungs or ears or skin or any other page … but no. She must’ve been a literate goat because she ate the precisely appropriate page.

Joette Calabrese

You know how strongly I recommend you have a repertory, but I do not recommend eating it.

We all seem to have something in common with my gluttonous goats during the holidays. We overeat (although, hopefully, not laundry and pages).

I’ve talked “ad nauseam” about Nux vomica for overdoing it. (I am awfully punny today.) So, I’d like to take a little different look at our holiday excesses: overeating creamy foods.

The better homeopathy remedy for gastrointestinal distress when one overdoes it with creamy food (specifically) is Pulsatilla 30. It’s generally taken every 3-4 hours, depending on the severity of the symptoms.

Think of all the creamy things we eat more of at this time of year: Boston cream pie, whipped cream, ice cream, cheeses, gravies, and cannoli. Ahhhh, cannoli — my family’s holiday favorite.

Oh! And Eggnog! How could I forget the eggnog? Christmastime is its singular season. Because it’s creamy, over-indulging in eggnog makes one a perfect candidate for Pulsatilla 30. Unless, of course, it’s spiked — and then it’s right back to the Nux vomica.

Pass on the good news of homeopathy!


Joette Calabrese



P.S. Looking for a Christmas gift for your homeopathy-minded friends and family?

Ready to start hinting for yourself? Here’s a link to purchase A Materia Medica: Practical Homeopathy® for Busy Families.

I endeavored to include all of the most commonly used homeopathic remedies, discussed in my brand of plain talk — not the complicated language you might find in older, more traditional materia medicas.

I’m convinced you will find it intellectually delicious, but I give no guarantee that it will be literally as tasty as the repertory my goats ate.

So, just read it … don’t nibble on it!




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Joette laughingI 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 “Really Got My Goat”

  1. Pamela Gebert says:

    Merry Christmas to you and yours, Joette, and thank you for all you do!

  2. Sharon Hall says:

    This was a funny story! Loved it and love learning the remedy for overdoing creamy foods.

  3. Nancy Perry says:

    Haha! Those “kids” will drive you crazy…..Thanks for the chuckle this morning. I didn’t know about the Pulsatilla for creamy foods. Merry Christmas to you, your family and staff. And may the new year bring about even greater wins for homeopathy!

  4. George Malcolm says:

    Loved the goat story! I think I will stick with my mini donkeys! They can be mischievous as well but SO adorable and just too cute!
    thanks for all you do and Merry Christmas.

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

      Donkeys! You’ve got style.

  5. Awacs says:

    thank you, it was exactly what I needed today.
    Merry Christmas!

  6. Barb says:

    So, my kid ate my homework really is true. Here’s me thinking it was just another excuse 🙂

  7. ELSBETH PFAD says:

    Dear Joette,
    I very very much enjoy to read all your articles – and regarding good guts bad guts have you ever considered or worked with the Dr. BACHS BOWELNOSODES? in all the toxidit cases we read about today I am very surprised they never get any mentioning, regretfully for they do a terrific job.
    Would love to have your comment
    Elsbeth Pfad

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

      I have used bowel nosodes in the past over a period of a few years and I find that the method I use to be more sweeping. Having said that, I still employ them from time to time.

  8. Janice Burlet says:

    Merry Christmas Joette to you and yours.Thank you for all you do to encourage safe, healthy ways to stay and get well.
    Blessings in 2020!

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

      THanks Janice! Blessings to you and yours for CHristmas and the year to come.

  9. Sue Weaver says:

    LOL! I’ve written several books about goats and they are my passion, so I loved this story!

    Check out two of our miniature goats’ Christmas greeting to you. ;o)


    BTW, we use homeopathic remedies with our goats and would love to learn more about that.

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

      Adorable! Thanks for sending this along.
      So you know how these things happen.

  10. Susanne says:

    Helios sells a combination of bowel nosodes. its Poly Bowel Nosodes. I heard somebody took these and healed her IBS. somewhere else I read one should never take a combination and take only one at a time. Do you have any thoughts about these poly bowel nosodes. could one consider them if nothing else helped? in matters of chronic gastric/intestinal problems.

    1. Joette Calabrese, HMC, CCH says:

      I’ve not used bowel nosodes in combination.

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