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Joette Calabrese, HMC, PHom M

November 24th, 2019  |  42 Comments

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Joette Calabrese, Pain



In that one nanosecond, Belinda’s life changed.

Jeremy, the husband she loved so much, would no longer be the same carefree, active, robust man she had married. 

The years that followed broke her heart. Belinda helplessly watched Jeremy suffer in pain and consequently, become more and more demoralized and emasculated.

What happened?

No, it wasn’t a car accident. No, it wasn’t a sports injury, either.

It was something simple. 

Something millions of people do every day. 

Their four-year-old-child-in-the-midst-of-a-tantrum was screaming and kicking on the floor.

Jeremy bent over to pick him up.

As the child was twisting and writhing, Jeremy was twisting and lifting … 

All of a sudden, SNAP! A shooting, searing pain in his lower back made him gasp and freeze.

After a week of sleeping in a recliner and hobbling along, bent over sideways, Jeremy felt his back had improved.

But from that point on, it was never the same.

He now had a fussy back, an easily disturbed back, an overly sensitive back.

Now, Jeremy was prone to debilitating backaches with very little provocation — and year after year, it got worse. 

If Jeremy spent too much time crouching, like when he weeded the garden or refinished the floors, he paid for it — that night, the next day and for several days afterward. 

When he worked too hard cutting and stacking wood for their wood-burning stove, he paid for it.

When he carried even moderately heavy bins and boxes organizing the garage or cellar, he paid for it. 

Eventually, Jeremy wasn’t able to sleep well anymore.

Trying to turn in bed at night was uncomfortable and difficult; the pain woke him up. In the morning, he was stiff and sore, and it took hours to get going. 

No matter how much Belinda tried to reassure him, Jeremy was disgusted and ashamed. 

He had to ask someone else to lift heavy things.

In his mind, that was a man’s job, and he could no longer do it. 

He couldn’t pick up or carry his children anymore. 

He was forced to be slow and careful getting in and out of the car.

He felt as though he looked older than his grandfather. 

He couldn’t garden anymore and had to be very careful he didn’t overdo it when it came to doing yard work or home improvements. 

He could no longer go on road trips from New York to Florida to visit his aging parents.

Even air travel was torture.

His work life was affected, too!

For years, Jeremy had been a successful full-time computer programmer, but he was no longer able to spend hours sitting in front of a computer because of the chronic back pain.

He tried a standing desk but standing too long was also painful and uncomfortable.

He was getting less and less of his work done and becoming increasingly worried about providing for his family.

Back problems are often complicated and mysterious.

Doctors suggested physical therapy, steroid injections and potentially surgery if the other two didn’t provide enough relief.

Jeremy dutifully completed a course of physical therapy and even joined a gym.

But exercise only had a slight impact on reducing his pain — more often than not, it made it worse.

He knew he didn’t want steroid injections with their systemic complications, and he briefly considered surgery, but then decided against it. 

He kept thinking about golfer Tiger Woods — despite Tiger’s status and wealth, he had required multiple back surgeries and his abilities as an athlete declined. 

Worse yet, he couldn’t get NBA coach Steve Kerr’s failed back surgery out of his mind!

The complication of leaking cerebrospinal fluid scared him to death.

Jeremy read that up to 40% of those who have had back surgery experience continued pain after surgery.

It happens so often, there is a term for this phenomenon:

Failed Back Surgery Syndrome (FBSS). In fact, his cousin had had spinal surgery and said that it didn’t actually do much to correct or cure his condition. 

So, Jeremy was afraid surgery wouldn’t help or might make things worse.

Even if it were successful, he didn’t like the idea of the reduced spinal mobility that would result.

Plus, Jeremy couldn’t afford the downtime of a failed surgery.

He held out hope that his body could find a way to heal. For real.

That’s when Belinda stepped in. She had to save her husband.

Late into the night — for many nights — she did extensive research on the internet.

Eventually, she discovered homeopathy, and soon, she found me.

I took his case. 

I taught her that an appropriate protocol for his condition would be Symphytum 200C and Hypericum 200C, taken twice daily. Jeremy agreed to follow this protocol for eight weeks and then check back with me for a follow-up appointment to assess progress. 

When I spoke with Jeremy eight weeks later, his morning stiffness had gone from a 7 out of 10 in severity to a 2.

His back and sciatic pain during acute flare-ups had gone from an 8 down to a 4.

And, he had only had three flare-ups in eight weeks instead of the normal frequency of one or two a week. 

Most thrilling of all to Jeremy, his everyday dull soreness had gradually reduced over the eight weeks from a constant low-level daily ache and stiffness, to practically nonexistent.

He was able to work again, able to be the active man he once was.

Jeremy was surprised and ecstatic with his progress. 

I was ecstatic — but not surprised. I see these kinds of results a lot, so I guess I’m used to it!

And Belinda? Ecstatic doesn’t begin to cover it.

She was over-the-moon that her husband felt like himself again.

Because his progress had been so encouraging, Jeremy and I decided he’d stick with the same protocol for an additional eight weeks, and then we’d meet again.

All in all, it took about six months and three consultations before Jeremy declared himself pretty much free from back pain and stiffness!

At this point, Jeremy felt he no longer needed my services for himself, but he referred his mother to me for help with her Fibromyalgia.

He and Belinda also had me take cases for their son’s frequent gastric pain, as well as their eldest daughter’s dysmenorrhea — all of which were happily addressed with homeopathy alone.

As always, pass on the good news of homeopathy and of course jot down this little protocol that changed Jeremy and Melinda's life!

Pain cases are not always simple or even straightforward; they can’t all be resolved in a short blog post. But when you suffer from pain, you need answers. So, to provide enough time to delve fully into the more complex world of pain, consider my course: “Make It Stop! Escape From the Prison of Chronic (and Acute) Pain Using Practical Homeopathy®: Learn Effective Methods to Uproot Pain, Often for Good.”

This is an indispensable course if you want to learn how to deal with:

  • Fibromyalgia
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  • Back pain and Sciatica
  • Muscle pain
  • Dental pain
  • Headaches and Migraines
  • Bone pain and growing pains
  • Gout
  • Neuropathy, neuralgia
  • Spasms & cramps
  • Chronic pain after injury, old injury pain that comes back
  • Idiopathic / Unexplained pain
  • And much more

    For a full outline, click here. 


Joette Calabrese

P.S. I believe that knowledge is power. And I want to see that power returned to the conscientious hands of mothers and grandmothers who have gained the confidence to use it.

It’s more important than ever that you start to learn this information on your own!

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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.

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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42 thoughts on “Snap!”

  1. John says:

    Is success possible with homeopathy after surgery ?

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

      If you’reasking me if post-surgical pain is addressed with homeopathy, the answer is yes.

  2. Dr Kartik Ray says:

    Very Encouraging.
    One should have patience.

  3. John says:

    Meaning , will homeopathy’s effectiveness be reduced after multiple back surgeries. I would assume it would be hard to fully heal the same as if nothing was done beforehand. thanks !

  4. Cindy Wimbrow says:

    I want to buy the “Pain” study. How much?

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

      go to pain.joettecalabrese.com/info

  5. Trish says:

    I have the same question. Is success still possible with homeopathy if you have already had back surgery?

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

      Yes, it’s possible.

  6. Taskeen says:

    How does one treat a compressed disc and also that it does not herniate?

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

      I’ll be covering this condition fully in my upcoming course on the subject of Pain. You’ll find it here… pain.joettecalabrese.com

  7. Kellye Hall says:

    Would Symphytum 200C and Hypericum 200C be helpful for joint injuries?

  8. Hafsa Chaudhary says:

    Do we take just one pellet of each or more? At the same time? I have chronic inflammation that has flare up from an old car accident. Would these two help for that?

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

      Always read the side of the bottle to determine the number of pills that comprise a dose.

  9. Rosalie says:

    Does this work for slipping ribs that are caused by elasticy ligaments?

  10. Kim says:

    Hi joette,
    Thanks again for all you do to help more people become comfortable with homeopathy! You are such a blessing. I wanted to knkw the homeopathy symphytum and hypericum are they taken separately or are u mixing them (tsking at the same time)? Thanks so much.

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

      They’re taken separately.
      I hope it does good.
      Pls pass on the good word of homeopathy with your virtual and real-life friends.

  11. Veronique Gibbons says:

    Back Surgery Cancelled !!
    After suffering from sciatica intense pain due to a herniated lumbar disc and a L4 compression fracture for 5 long months both my orthopedic and neuro surgeons agreed that Surgery is necessary after exhausting all other options Medrol 6 pack, 2 epidurals, chiropractor, massage therapy and physical therapy .. nothing worked. My dearest neighbor suggested to try homeopathy, she said “ what do you have to loose ? “ . She sent me Joette’s blog, I carefully followed Joette’s protocol : Taking Symphytum 200 together with Calc Phos and Hypercurum 200 twice a day. After 3 weeks the pain started going away and after 4 weeks the pain was totally gone.. Next step was to cancel my surgery..
    Homeopathy works !!!

    1. Lauren C Trudeau says:

      Veronique. You did calc phos 3x?

    2. Dawn says:

      Not sure you will see this but did you take the Symp 200 Calc Phos and Hypericum all at one time or spaced out?

  12. Amy says:

    I have had long term back and neck pain- due to many pregnancies and other work related issues. Are there any side effects or risks to taking 200 Symphytum and 200 Hypercurum daily for 8 weeks? It looks like the packaging says to only take them 3 days without seeing a doctor, and I’ve read another of side effect possibilities. This is new to me, so I want to make sure I’m going about homeopathy safely. Thank you!

    1. Joette Calabrese, HMC, CCH says:

      Homeopathy has no known side effects.
      However, if the person takes these medicines and they don’t feel well, the medicine should certainly be halted.

  13. Amy says:

    I’ve been having R sided neck pain and low back pain for 3 years. Chiropractic treatment and massage have helped, but it still continues. I have been told it is muscular tightness that won’t release. Would you recommend this same above treatment, or something different? Thank you!

    1. Joette Calabrese, HMC, CCH says:

      I don’t offer medical recommendations here; just education. Read the medicines in a materia medica and make your determination.

  14. Sophia says:

    Thank you for the very informative blog. One question to verify. you wrote to take Symphytum 200 + Hypericum 200 together 2D, plus in the question #11 the person said she took Symphytum 200 together with Calc Phos and Hypericum 200 twice a day. Is the Calc phos important or should I just stick with the other 2 mentioned. Thank you

    1. Joette Calabrese, HMC, CCH says:

      Symphytum 200 and Hypericum 200 are not taken as one. They’re just both part of the schedule.

    2. Laura says:

      Sophia, since she canceled a surgery, it seems to me that the person mentioning Symphytum, Calc Phos and Hypericum refers to a protocol regarding bulging or herniated discs from this post https://joettecalabrese.com/blog/tendon-bone-cartilage-problems-healing-homeopathy/

  15. Heather Wagner says:

    Joette I’m currently in your Gateway 2 course and I just can’t get enough. What an empowering program when I felt so limited with my knowledge of homeopathics. I am anxious to start some of your courses. I am hoping you could guide me on the best place to start? I definitely have hormone imbalances, I have many issues in the pelvic area: I have a grade 3 spondy, much of my pain surrounds my left hip but at night the inflammation currently surrounds my whole pelvis and hips and of course around my L4 and L5. I had stenosis in my neck sometime ago and have issues with my arms and hands hurting and going numb many nights. I had chronic UTIs when I was little and had surgery performed at a young age. I also had a staph infection at some point. I’ve had a life of much itching, sinus issues, and I’m certain some issues with mast cells. Where does one start to find the best relief and the deep roots I have been seeking for a long time?

    1. Joette Calabrese, HMC, CCH says:

      My online course titled “Allergic!” will cover how to approach sinus and itching conditions and my course “A Survivalist Guide to Homeopathy” covers some musculoskeletal conditions.
      Additionally, I’ve posted blogs on arthritis, tendon pain, etc. so you should be able to root around and find some of those as well.
      Stay curious and keep learning. I promise you that you won’t regret a single moment spent in the pursuit of genuine health via homeopathy knowledge.

  16. Olena T. says:

    Thank you very much for this post, Joette! I have returned to it multiple times.
    Question for you: will this same protocol work for an acute condition? My husband was holding our wiggling toddler, and hurt his back this way: pain is severe, and it hurts him to walk and bend over. I have been administering Symphytum 200 and Hypericum 200 every few hours, but no improvement so far. I have started adding Calc Phos 6 to Symphytum; have not seen a change yet. I am wondering if I am doing something wrong.

    1. Joette Calabrese, HMC, CCH says:

      There are many choices that can be considered. This is only one.

      1. Olena says:

        Thank you very much for your reply, Joette.
        Adding Calc Phos 6 must have done it. I administered it together with Symphytum 200 every few hours yesterday. And it worked! Yesterday my husband could not get out of bed, and this morning the symptoms are probably 85% gone. I love homeopathy! Thank you – thank you – thank you for teaching it!

        1. Joette Calabrese, HMC, CCH says:

          ‘Happy for you, Olena!

  17. Geralyn Devereaux says:

    Joette What are the chances that once steroid shot deterioration of the bones starts to show up that this can be reversed or improved by homeopathy? This question is for someone hoping to repair the bone strength so he can continue the shots! I fear if one keeps taking the shots it is possibly hopeless as calcium redistribution is HOW THEY WORK causing harm to body’s overall skeletal situation over time! I did a search “steroids and your name” to get here. I still recommended Symph /Hyper medicines. Maybe I can alo add Calc phos 3. Thanks for all the wisdom you share of this wonderful modality!

  18. Geralyn Devereaux says:

    Sweet teacher, The treatment is already laid out. I guess I’m just looking for the ray of hope that it might/will do good for this situation. Even a “better than nothing” will make me forge on… lol

    1. Joette Calabrese, HMC, CCH says:

      What a lovely greeting! Thank you.
      The Banerji Protocols state that if the condition is correctly diagnosed and the protocol is well chosen, the protocol will show improvement in approx 80% of those suffering from that particular condition.

  19. Ronni Davis says:

    Are there homeopathic remedies for tinitis?

    1. Joette Calabrese, HMC, PHom M says:

      Homeopathy is a complete system of medicine with medicines for all conditions and sufferings.I”ve written about it on this blog.
      In your browser key in the words JoetteCalabreseTinnitus.

  20. Pat Fitzsimmons says:

    Would this be appropriate to try for Degenerative Disc Disease? We think my dog has the canine version which is called IVDD (Intervertebrae Disc Disease) and the pain is especially in his neck. He looks much like Buster but he’s a Cavachon, not a poodle. He’s the best (as are you Joette)!! Thanks for what you do.

  21. Bassam says:

    Hi Joette,

    Thank you for such valuable guidance.

    I was wondering if there is any difference between Glonoinum 30C and Glonoine 30C.

    1. Joette Calabrese, HMC, PHom M says:

      They’re the same.

  22. Bassam says:

    Hi Joette,

    Thank you very much. Another question I always had when refering to certain Banerji protocols is what is the difference between a 1st Line and a 2nd Line protocol?

    1. Joette Calabrese, HMC, PHom M says:

      If you don’t know the difference, it means you’ve not read the book The Banerji Protocols.
      You must not jump to the sections of the book with the protocols listed without reading the 1st chapters.

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