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The Day I Lied to my Emergency Room Doctors … Part I

Joette Calabrese, HMC, PHom M

April 17th, 2016  |  33 Comments

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By Guest Author Paola Brown

Well, it wasn’t a lie, per se. I was hemorrhaging and in need of emergency care, when in the hospital I … well, let’s just call it a fib. I fibbed. I fibbed BIG time.

Let me back up for a moment to tell you how homeopathy saved me that day.

When I was 14 weeks pregnant, I learned that my baby had stopped growing at 12 weeks.

This was obviously a devastating time for my family and me, but one still has to make decisions, however difficult they may be, in the face of  loss. I decided to wait for my body to miscarry the baby naturally rather than scheduling a D&C surgery.

It took two long weeks for my labor to fully reach the appropriate strength and consistency necessary to complete the heart wrenching process of losing my child, and my midwife and OBGYN told me it was possible, though highly unlikely, I would experience hemorrhaging afterwards.

Upon miscarrying at home, I quickly realized I had, indeed, begun to hemorrhage.

The quick drive to the hospital proved to be life-saving.

I had already packed my “just in case” bag containing two homeopathy kits, which left me in possession of over 200 remedies. If you’ve listened to Joette’s podcasts or read any of her blog posts, you know that your homeopathic abilities are only as good as the remedies you have on hand.

Based on Joette’s knowledge and guidance that I gleaned through Joette’s classes, my husband and I selected the following remedies to stop the hemorrhaging, and boy did they work!

Phosphorous 200, taken every few minutes, followed by Arnica 200, taken every few minutes.

It took a great deal of choreography on my husband’s part to discretely administer these remedies without the hospital staff knowing he was dosing me with homeopathics, as they would have never approved of or allowed it to happen otherwise.

Out of respect for the hospital's liability fears and government mandated HIPPA laws, we chose to keep it a secret because most of the conventional medical community doesn't understand what homeopathy truly is, let alone appreciate that it is completely safe to use alongside any and all allopathic medications (which they most certainly planned on giving me.)

I use the term “choreography” because my husband literally had to dance around the room in order to sneak me these remedies.

“Let me get you a towel,” the nurse would say, while turning her back to rummage through the closet.

Out came the Phosphorous 200 from my husband’s pocket, as he gracefully threw a few pellets in my mouth.

“Let me check the status of your units of blood,” said the nurse, as she dashed out of the room.

Pellets of Arnica 200 landed in my mouth as my husband yanked the curtain shut in a manner that would make even Bob Fosse proud, under the guise of our need for privacy.

As this “dance” continued, my husband and I just looked at each other with a knowing smile that we were effectively accomplishing our mission of restoring my health on our own, with none but us the wiser.

I was honestly surprised it took the hospital over 20 minutes to deliver the 2 units of blood my body required. That’s an awfully long time to wait when you’re hemorrhaging!

Obviously, there is a process involved in obtaining precious donated blood no matter the situation, and I understood that. (And for those of you who are wondering, no, they didn’t offer organic, grass fed blood options…ha!)

I admit I was a little freaked out and did my best not to think about the McDonald’s my gracious blood donor may have consumed prior to their donation, but I was (and still am) incredibly grateful for their selfless and kind sacrifice that helped save my life.

The doctor also wanted to start me on Pitocin to help speed the contraction of my uterus. Getting that medication took even longer … 45 minutes! “We have to get it from the OBGYN department,” they explained.

Considering these delays, it was empowering and wonderful to know I had homeopathy on my side. My doctors and nurses were amazed by the fact that well before the Pitocin arrived, my hemorrhage had suddenly and completely stopped.

It was like turning off a faucet. No more gushing blood. Zip. Zilch. Nada.  

In the short term, my condition was under control; they just needed to monitor me for the next few hours.

Homeopathy clearly loves me. And I have to say, I love it right back.

I wish I could tell you our expertly executed plan to administer homeopathy behind my doctor’s back was the fib I first referred to at the beginning of this post, but it’s not.

In my next blog, I will confess my tall tale as I explain how homeopathy enabled me to navigate what was an even more difficult part of my visit to the emergency room. I had yet to realize that simply because my hemorrhaging had ceased, I was not quite out of the woods.

Stay tuned…

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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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33 thoughts on “The Day I Lied to my Emergency Room Doctors … Part I”

  1. Laurie T. says:

    So is Phosphorous 200 and Arnica 200 the Banerji protocol for hemorrhaging after birth and miscarriage?

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

      Its not specific to the Baneris. Its what I have used for years. I will probably follow up with another perspective in a few weeks.

  2. Anna Espinoza says:

    I lost a lot of blood when I had a miscarriage as well and had to go to the emergency room, too. I wish I had known what I know now about Homeopathy. Thank you for sharing your story.

  3. Leanne says:

    I also brought my homeopathic remedies to the hospital for a D&C at 27 weeks for a molar pregnancy. I was told I would lose a lot of blood, so they had 4 units on standby for me, and I also faced a hysterectomy if they couldn’t control the bleeding. Well, I ended up losing 8 ml of blood — the same as a few vials of blood. They were surprised how well it went. My physical recovery was very quick. Looking forward to Part 2 of the story.

  4. I had a miscarriage and went to the ER where they wanted to keep me for “observation”, but I declined as we did not have any medical insurance and my husband would soon be laid off (this was in 1984). I signed myself out, was given a couple of powerful pills which I wish I had never taken. These were supposed to help me expel whatever tissue was still inside. All they did was cut off circulation to my legs and make them ache terribly. I have never taken any kind of medicine since without knowing exactly what I am taking and why (and it has been a rare thing for me to take any kind of pharmaceutical).
    I bled for the next 5 weeks. I did not know about homeopathy, but I was just beginning to dabble in herbs. Long story short, I was able to use herbs to expel a dime-sized piece of fossilized flesh and stopped my bleeding. I never returned to a doctor and I got pregnant again 5 months later.
    So glad to know about the homeopathy, too!

  5. Pat Victor says:

    A few years ago I was taking care of my mother with advanced Alzheimer’s. She had a fall and hit her head really hard on the tile floor. EMS took her to a local hospital. While we were waiting for a scan my mother was becoming more and more agitated and confused. She really could not understand why she was there. Having checked my purse, I found I had Gelsemium and quickly asked the nurse if I could give her a homeopathic remedy. She said she would ask the doctor. They were getting orders for Atavan. She came back in and said that the doctor was okay with my trying it. I was elated by her response! Within 10 minutes my mother was a changed woman, laying comfortably and chatting with us. Homeopathy was our first “go to” for all of the 8 years I took care of her. I felt so lucky not to have to drug her.

  6. Manon Larose says:

    If you are not familiar with The Accoucheurs Emergency Handbook https://archive.org/stream/accoucheursemerg00ying#page/256/mode/2up it is a little treasure. Look up page 257 for remedies listed for Haemorrhage, Abortion, profuse after (especially).

  7. Ruth Ann says:

    I am wondering if you were allowed to drink water if your hubby could have placed the doses in a bottle of water and you just sip doses with no one ever knowing there is powerful medicine in there! They work when I place them in my cats water bowl.

    I just LOVE this blog Joette! Thank you, thank you, thank you! My participation in your classes is on the for front of my future.

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

      Yes, I use that method as well.
      A good way to start inexpensively is to get a study group going.

      And thanks for the kind words.

  8. Manon Larose says:

    I would like to give homeopaths and people who use homeopathic remedies pause for thought. How are the allopathic physicians ever to take homeopathic physicians seriously if 1. we hide our interventions like thieves, and 2. they are unaware of the success of the intervention?

    It is important to treat well trained allopaths with respect: we can learn much from the knowledge that they care to share and we should expect to share the same. I have been called to hospital on a few occasions by a patient and have never hid from the attending medical staff what I am administering and what I expect it to achieve. I ask our patient to be clear that they request a joint intervention and I ask the monitoring staff to note the intervention that I give and the resulting changes from the monitoring instruments. Of course I meet with skepticism and even disdain, but calm and a professional approach go a long way to getting professional treatment in return.

    When asked: “What if it doesn’t work?” I respond: “Same as if your intervention doesn’t work: we try something else.” To “It’s just a placebo!” I answer “Then you have no objections since it can’t hurt, but I will still tell you what I gave & you can choose to note it in the file or not.”

    It often happens that physicians reply that they had just misdiagnosed. In one memorable case of a “profound depression” diagnosed by 3 different professionals, when the patient returned to a full schedule at work after 8 months (the other physicians had predicted 4-5 years to return to work), the attending physician simply stated that the patient was probably not depressed at all (which leads to the logical conclusion that there are 3 psychologists that are incompetent to deliver a diagnostic?!? and that that is considered more acceptable?!? than the fact that a homeopathic intervention can be successful!?!). Since I expect this, I take it in stride, knowing that the experience will still be on the mind of the attending physician, and incrementally, their view may change, but this will NEVER happen unless they are made aware of the successful homeopathic interventions.

    We claim to have a GREAT medicine. If we believe this, we must bring it to light! No medical system is 100% successful. Patients in hospital die and even MDs get sick… why should homeopaths be expected to be 100% successful to claim that we are medical practitioners? If we act like quacks, we will be treated like quacks.

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

      A hospital setting is not an appropriate setting for a debate nor education of those in charge.I have witnessed time and again, condemnation and power struggles in hospital settings at the expense of guess who?…the patient. What usually happens is they double down when they’re challenged.They’ll frighten the patient (Remember him? He’s the one you’re there for!) into potentially even more tests and drugs just to make their point.
      Additionally, I invite you to share with me, one, just one experience of yours that has opened the eyes of an attending physician who from that time forward has dispensed homeopathy to his patients…or subsequently taken a course or read even a book on the subject of homeopathy as a result of your intervention.
      You may have faith in our medicine, but they have a job to do and if you act like your medicine is better than theirs, and that is what you’re doing by administering yours instead of accepting theirs, you’re asking for trouble…for the patient. They couldn’t care less about you and your opinions except to have a good laugh later in the staff lounge. What they care about is completing the job at hand, getting on to the next patient, paying their mortgages, going home to bed and being allowed to do what they do without receiving uninvited advise from someone they don’t respect.

      1. Manon Larose says:

        I agree with you on several points: 1. we are there for the patient, and that should ALWAYS be at the forefront of our intervention; 2. hospital settings and emergency situations are not the place for educating the physician or for debate… I am not proposing such an intervention.

        You asked for one instance of such a case: a 40 year old patient formerly in excellent health developed a pneumonia. After receiving antibiotic care and supervision at the hospital for 3 days, developed a sudden paralysis from the waist down. Over a week of physiotherapy brought no improvement and his prognostic from the hospital was not good. His child (my patient at the time) asked if I could help. The surgeon would not consent to any oral medication (and though this is illegal in my country, the patient would not go agains his wishes for fear of being refused care). Respecting the patient’s wishes for the consent of the surgeon, I asked if olfaction would be acceptable. It was (dismissively) accepted. A quarter hour after the remedy was administered by olfaction the patient could move his toes, the physiotherapy was resumed and full mobility was regained in due time. Was the surgeon struck by the effectiveness of homeopathy? I would doubt it. Is he using it in his practice? I doubt that too. Did I change the medical world? No more than planting a seed changes a forest. But he has heard of it, and if he encounters it again it will be less foreign.

        I HAVE opened the eyes of medical practitioners (and those have expressed gratitude for the information, as I have expressed gratitude for the medical information that they have imparted to me): a few doctors, a naturopath and a dentist have referred patients that they are unable to help to my practice. My own doctor is the one who made me discover homeopathy when I was pregnant and could not take a medication that would have caused an abortion (not because he was a homeopath, but because he referred me to a European trained pharmacist who was familiar with different healing drugs, dilutions amongst them).

        And I have to add that I don’t think I did this because I am a better than average homeopath, but because I have the conviction of my medicine and am not afraid to express it, joyfully and confidently.

        I am truly happy that you had homeopathy in your life-threatening situation and that you had the knowledge and remedies that saved your health and possibly your life.

        You reversed a very serious state of pathology with your medicine and your art. You helped your medical team to return you to health. Your part of this process should be acknowledges, just as theirs has and the generosity of your blood donor was. I don’t think that this will be an easy milestone, but it will never happen if we keep hiding what proper homeopathic interventions can do in the larger field of medicine.

        Hahnemann includes “humility” in the 6th Organon several hundreds of times, and each refers to the suffering patient and not to the sensibilities of the allopathic community. No person practicing medicine can be guilty of arrogance, because then the patient suffers. No practitioner can be guilty of obsequiousness for the same reason.

        Politico-historical factors has made homeopathy an “underground” medicine. I am suggesting that, within the constraints of our legal system, we find ways to let the medical community know when we have successfully intervened, so that the seed be planted and from there the practice may bloom. The best intervention for the patient is as individual as the condition with which we are faced. May we all be patient-centred, always.

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

          Allow me to point out that the article is not my personal experience but that of my guest writer, Paola Brown. But more important, I hold to my point that the hospital is not the place for educating a medical professional. I have many medical doctors and their families as clients. I have more who are students. No MD has ever come to my work from a discussion I had with them in a hospital and I believe that by following the practice of showing your prowess on their turf puts the patient at risk. Getting our information out is via my blog, podcasts, courses, etc. That way they choose to come to me or not. If you keep this practice up hoping to get some brownie points for homeopathy, you’ll likely know what I mean soon enough.
          I urge you to choose your battles and battle grounds more carefully.

          1. Manon Larose says:

            Forgive me, I do not understand your reference to brownie points or to battles. I have never felt that there is a turf, that there is a fight over the patient or with the doctors, the masseur, the physiotherapist…. or rather I should say that I don’t feel that there should be, though others may feel differently. I am simply concerned with the wellbeing of the patient and the need for any medical practitioner to have full disclosure so that they are aware what they are dealing with.

            I do not know what you mean by “educating” the doctor; I refer to informing the primary care physician of your actions, as would all other members of the medical team.

            What you choose to interpret as looking for “brownie points” I am proposing as professional behaviour, and I think this is where we don’t seem to agree. It takes two people to fight: I refuse to fight because it takes away from the job at had, which is patient care.

            I applaud your efforts and contributions with podcasts, blogs, courses, etc. and salute your hard work. I also agree that it is a great way to educate the public. What I was expressing was not the need for educating the physician, but the need to inform the primary actor. It is our ethical responsibility to do so in my opinion. As it is the primary care interventionist’s responsibility to respect the patient’s desires in choice of care. This freedom will never happen if we hide our interventions.

            In your present circumstances, this may not be possible at present. That is for each homeopath to judge in each individual case. I am simply underlining the fact that this change needs to come about, and that we need to move (ever so gently) in that direction.

            I hope I have been clearer.

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

            I’ve probably been harsh on you , but it concerns me that in your effort to elevate homeopathy your method will only make matters worse.Its nearly impossible to change the mind of a conventional doctor. Lets start with that premise. Its hard enough to get the general public to do so, but for an MD to shift gears while glaring down the throat of his patient, as he dashes off to the next bed, while being told that you’re using something he knows nothing about is asking for professional fist fight.
            I was married to a doctor for years and have many doctors in my large family and there is a certain psychology that under girds them. They can’t even get their heads wrapped around the idea that homeopathy is not St. John’s wort.
            I do wish that we lived in a world where respect for the patient was a reality, but remember, a hospital is not your brick and mortar; its the domain of modern medicine. They don’t even consider you a professional, so how can you be granted professional reverence? And if you think that there will be endearing respect for homeopathy, grand understanding of what the patient’s desires are, I believe you’ll be sorely disappointed.
            But, hey, I wish you the best.

          3. Manon Larose says:

            No harm done. Your experience of conventional MDs would certainly leave you weary of exposing yourself and leave you with an unpalatable impression of naivety on my part. Though I also have a close acquaintance with Traditional Medicine (family, friends, sporting associates and neighbours) my experience seems to be a bit different.

            Canada has a law of freedom of care and in Ontario, Homeopathy is a regulated profession under the Health Care Act. I do not have to wait to be CONSIDERED a professional, I AM a professional. I do not seek to provoque a fight, but I will not be bullied either. I offer Arnica, much like an other may offer me Tylenol. Their offer it as a kindness, and so is mine. In Europe homeopathic dilutions are a normal part of the pharmacopeia and I seek to habituate North Americans to this state of affaires. So far, I have not been assaulted too often (though I have learned how to stand up for myself if I am).

            The US has a long history of standing up to bullies. I hope it extends to medicine! Actually, in my experience, it does.

            Bonne continuation, Josette.

  9. Theresa says:

    Can this Phosphorus and Arnica combo be used in place of the Banerji protocol of Sabina/Arnica to temporarily control heavy menstrual bleeding due to uterine fibroids? Over a period of several months, I’ve become severely anemic to the point my doctor is close to wanting me to have a blood transfusion.(I just started the Banerji protocosl of Sepia 200 E3D for fibroids and Kali Mur/Ferrum Phos protocol, along with desiccated liver to rebuild iron.)

    1. Laurie says:

      Forgive my ignorance, but what does E3D mean? Every 3 days?

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

        Yes, every 3 days.

    2. Theresa says:

      Update…I posted this question to the fb Students of Joette page and found out that I can use the Sabina/Arnica remedy more than twice a day. I can be used SOS every 3 hours. It worked!! 🙂

      1. Heather says:

        Thank you!

  10. Bea says:

    Does this protocol work for all general excessive bleeding…like massive nose bleeding that won’t stop where there’s a deviated septum? BTW I ordered your materia medica a few days ago. Can’t wait to get it!

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

      Interestingly, the most valuable remedies are those that are organ specific. Yes, this one can apply to other areas of the body that bleed, but it’s actually more targeted when we choose a medicine that is specific to where the condition arises.

  11. Emily says:

    What if the miscarriage is still going on (not sure if Baby has passed), and one is worried about the amount of blood? Can this remedy be taken alongside the clearing remedy? (Puls 30). Or if a woman is bleeding profusely, would you first give the Phos & Arnica and wait for Pulsatilla until bleeding has slowed?

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

      I generally have no problem using one remedy directly after another depending on what is needed (whats presenting at the time); always looking at the hierarchy of conditions and using the corresponding remedy.
      Do you understand what I mean?

      1. Emily says:

        I do understand, and thank you so much.

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

      I should also mention that in a case such as what you describe, its important that a professional midwife, nurse or MD be involved.

  12. Ilenia says:

    What is the benerji protocol? I suffer from fibroids heavy bleeding and anemia.

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

      What you’re asking is not one protocol; but an entire case.

  13. Andrea says:

    I shared this story with my husband and he was wondering if this could stop blood flow in other areas of the body that are of importance and cause harm?

    1. Joette Calabrese, HMC, CCH says:

      It doesn’t stop blood flow: it corrects the condition that results in bleeding.
      Homeopathy doesn’t manipulate.

  14. Sarai Riffel says:

    Just wanted to add my thanks for this article. After reading it I ordered both of these in case I needed them after my upcoming birth. Sadly, I needed it much sooner. We lost the baby at 15 weeks and I ended up going in after giving birth to our baby because I began to hemorrhage. I took these and the rest of my homeopathy to the hospital. This stopped the hemorrhaging. The ER didn’t do anything more than give me fluids, an ultrasound, and took blood. I’m SO grateful that God led us to homeopathy. Thank you for sharing your story.

    1. Joette Calabrese, HMC, CCH, PHom M says:

      Dear Sarai, I’m so sorry for your loss. Its a very difficult thing for a woman to go through.

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