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The Linen Closet: From Drugs to Homeopathy

Joette Calabrese, HMC, PHom M

March 15th, 2015  |  22 Comments

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Imagine a large linen closet stacked deep with wide shelves. Now envision no linens. Not a pillow, extra blanket or spare sheet. Not even a pillowcase. No room for such necessities … no room because from floor to ceiling, this linen closet is piled high with meds, drugs, medicaments, pills. Organized in rows, stacked high on top of each other, towering 10 shelves tall, all ready for the slightest symptom to appear. A sniffle, an eruption, a sleepless night means a visit to the linen closet for a fix. 

This was my linen closet in Washington, D.C. in 1976. I was married to a doctor, and the answer to all illness was drugs. No matter the side effects, the synergistic consequences or the depth of the problem, it was a rationale for the use of nostrums! And my husband at the time was a neurosurgeon at a prestigious university who kept the linen closet well-stocked.

I was in my early twenties, and I had full faith in what this man and his colleagues told me. I was impressed with their credentials of neurology and neurosurgery bestowed them by the top medical programs in the country.

I was also smitten by the paid vacations we enjoyed courtesy of the drug companies — Hawaii, St. Croix, London — and also the Mercedes Benz I drove.

I lived the life of a naïve young wife of a doctor who assumed the doctor knew best. By the time I left the marriage, I, too, had been on a multitude of drugs from antibiotics to birth control pills.

I felt like a lab rat.

But I was no different than all the other wives…and the doctors, too. We thought we were among the advantaged few who had access to choice information.

Within this upper crust of the medical world, to refuse pills was blasphemy and implied lack of sophistication.

We were among the elite, educated and prosperous.

And the flippant rhetoric that peppered our conversations, describing them as “double-blind,” “rational” and “scientific,” was one of the badges indicating our arrival.

However, what followed was a complete breakdown of my system. Relentless headaches, asthma, palpitations, chronic fatigue, muscle weakness and pain became my existence for years after leaving the marriage and the house with the linen closet.

After visits to doctor after doctor, the answer was no different in my hometown, to which I returned, than it was in D.C. Each required either further testing, some substantially invasive or more synthetic drugs.

Underlying their inquiries was always the goal of prescribing yet another “med,” the now up-to-the-minute euphemism.

Then one day something shifted in my thinking. I think it was (once again) my parents who prompted my clarity of thinking.

Here’s what dawned on me:

The problem was inherent in the drugs themselves and the philosophy behind them!

It became apparent that to visit doctors was akin to soliciting aid from the drug rep himself. It felt like I was being kicked while already down. Not only was I suffering with illness, but now my liver was required to process unnatural synthetics that were foreign to my body.

This is when I found an uncommon way.

My entrée into this disparate realm began with complete abstinence from all drugs, prescribed or over-the-counter, regardless of my symptoms.

I simply lived with the pain, fatigue, breathlessness and myriad other problems.

It was downright liberating.

I don’t suggest others necessarily do this, since each case is different, but for me, it was a compelling exercise in learning to live with myself, not a propped-up version.

My clarity and memory returned with corresponding increased vitality, but it wasn’t until I landed squarely on my feet in the world of homeopathy about a year later that I established the cadence I so earnestly sought.

Upon finding this medical method and its intelligent principles, I not only began regaining my health in larger leaps but was so intrigued with its doctrine that I studied unceasingly.

What I discovered was stunning. I learned that drugs relieve symptoms but what they’re actually doing is not really of value. In fact, the more “effective” and “proven” they are, the more likely they are doing harm.

For example, a drug to abort diarrhea seems appropriate until you consider diarrhea a natural defense required for equilibrium or true health.

Instead in homeopathy, we generally use Veratrum album 30 every 3 hours.  It doesn’t suppress the symptoms but has the capacity to uproot the condition.

Nostrums that abort pain may do so in the short haul, but they don’t address the underlying maladjustment that caused the problem in the first place.

Drugs that induce sleep may offer it but at the expense of feeling spacy in the following days with the potential for addiction. Instead, a better choice might be Coffea cruda 200 before bed. No side effects. No addictions.

Each of the new symptoms, called side effects, is the rationale for the next drug.

Further, all of these “researched” medicaments are not nor have ever been intended to cure. Instead, they’re designed to cover up the symptoms, only to inevitably cause potential advancement of illness in the future.

For crying out loud, had I done what my parents repeatedly communicated and simply read the side effects on the drug inserts, I could have predicted my future sufferings with transparency.

It was the drugs that fed my shabby condition!

However, it wasn’t just the purging of the drugs that renewed my health. It was the use of homeopathic remedies that surged my vitality to the level I presently enjoy.

Why? Because the aim of homeopathy is to get to the underlying cause and root it out.

And the homeopathic remedies did just that! The asthma and joint pains melted away within months. The daily headaches were gone in the first week of the first remedy! (I’ll never forget it: Nux vomica 200, once daily for a few weeks.)

OK, I acknowledge that well-chosen* modern medicine provides benefits. Surgery is a valuable tool when all else fails. Emergent care can be lifesaving. And how about organ transplants?

*But be careful here. You must do your homework to determine whether it is truly necessary.

Homeopathy celebrates staying away from the pharmacy. Each illness overcome without the use of drugs of commerce is an opportunity to strengthen the entire system.

Homeopathy is rational and intelligent and allows us to put our house in order … even the linens can be assigned to their rightful place.

Interested in learning more so that you and your family don’t fall into the trap as I did? There’s no other way to do this without taking back control of your and your family’s health care.

Forget what this administration is trying to force on us. This is the affordable care for which we’ve been searching. Should you be interested in learning how to treat your family yourself, go to How to Raise a Drug Free Family or  Good Gut Bad Gut, or join my community simply read my blogs, listen to my podcasts and continue your education for free.

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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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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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22 thoughts on “The Linen Closet: From Drugs to Homeopathy”

  1. Elizabeth says:

    This was such a great post and described my experience deciding to stop all western meds. since they were making me feel ever worse. To feel every symptom at least tells us where we are and gives us an idea where we need to go!! And now that I’m off any western pharma I realize how hard it is on my body and how some bodies just do NOT do well with it… and homeopathy is so perfect and gentle and healing for bodies like ours.

  2. Susan Bartlow says:

    I’m so fascinated with your info. Do you have anything for diabetes?

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

      Diabetes, whether you mean 1 or 2 needs more than a simple protocol. It needs the case to be taken fully.

      1. Rosalie Schreiber says:

        Will you take a case of type 2 fully and what does that entail?

  3. Jeannine nasca says:

    I just want to thank you for your newsletter. I thank you for sharing your story. I too, was ill at one time and found homeopathy and raised my six children without having to go to a doctor. Anyway, I am not an expert like you are so I appreciate all the information you share with me and others.

  4. Natalie says:

    This is the best blog post I’ve read yet. Thank you so much for sharing this critical and deeply personal story!!!

  5. Kathleen says:

    I did something terribly stupid last week. I have been having excruciating shoulder pain the past few months. I have tried to up my bone broth intake, along with more turmeric, garlic and ginger, I have had three acupuncture treatments, and just as many messages. Last weekend I was with my sisters, and the shoulder pain was unbearable. My sister offered me some Tylenol and I politely declined it. The following day the pain was just as bad, and they were getting rather upset with me that I wouldn’t “take something to get rid of it”, so I acquiesced and took 2 Tylenol. The pain went away. (Sweet!) The following morning it came back, so I took two more. I was heading back home, having to drive 3+ hours, and I just couldn’t face being in pain and cooped up in the car for that long, so I put two more Tylenol in my pocket, “just in case.” The Tylenol helped with the pain right away…. however, last Friday when I got up in the morning, my lower back hurt… HHMMM, I have no idea why my lower back would be hurting, then, this past weekend, my knees started to hurt. (No explanation for that either!) Last night lying in bed it dawned on me why my back and knees are hurting. It is my opinion that the Tylenol that took care of my shoulder pain so nicely suppressed that symptom only to show it’s ugly head in my lower back and my knees… Just like you have always said it would, Joette

  6. Arwen says:

    Thank you for sharing this compelling and wonderful story! Isn’t that how we really learn Homeopathy? I love following your blog and reading your stories – even after formal schooling your writing keeps me on my toes!

  7. Hi Joette,
    My story is very similar in that my own father was a medical doctor. At the age of 5 years he insisted I had my tonsils out. Not because there was anything wrong with them, but because he thought I might eat more and put on weight ???!!! In addition I was stuffed with antibiotics from a very young age for every malady, which I am sure weakened my immune system in the long run!
    In the end sadly he died from his belief in medical drugs, using a steroid inhaler for his asthma and dying of obstructive airways disease.

  8. Toni says:

    Joette thank you for your knowledge I have sinus polyps chronic sinuses can you recommend something for thatis there a book that I can buy on homeopathic to keep myself and my family healthy thank you again for your love to help people

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

      I offer free information on this blog, of course. But I also offer on-line courses, cd’s and private consultations, should you be interested.

      I’ll plan to write on this subject soon. And thanks for your kind words.

  9. Cynthia says:

    Thank you for sharing! Very inspiring.

  10. Rosalie Schreiber says:

    Will you take a case of type 2 fully and what does that entail?

  11. Virginia says:

    I am so intrigued by this philosophy. I have been on meds for inflammatory colitis for a year. Took my LAST pill yesterday. I’m done. There has to be something to control constant bathroom trips and the so called inflammation. What would you suggest?
    I will listen and give it time. Thank you for any advice I might try.

    1. Joette Calabrese, HMC, CCH says:

      I can’t advise you personally but I urge you to look at my online course titled Good GUt Bad Gut where I cover this and many other GI issues in great detail including specific protocols.

      Go to https://courses.joettecalabrese.com/ and scroll down to the course title.

    2. Cat says:

      Virginia, my mother was given steroids and suppressive meds for ulcerative colitis and was being pressured to have her colon taken out and have a colostomy bag. She sought out a licensed homeopath and was cured. May I suggest you find a homeopath and pay her/him for their services. It’ll be worth every penny.

  12. Lynne says:

    Can Homeopathy help with fatty Liver disease?

  13. Michelle says:

    Thank you for your story. My husband and I have dozens of homeopathic remedies and still have a lot to learn about using them. You’re experiences and classes are so valuable. Thank you!

  14. Kim says:

    I took Coffea cruda 200 one time in the middle of night when I woke up and was having trouble going back to sleep and it made me even more wide awake than I was before I took it. I never could go back to sleep that night after taking this remedy. Was this the wrong remedy for me or did I need a 30? I have been so afraid to ever try Coffea cruda again after that horrible experience. Any ideas you have would be very helpful.

    1. Joette Calabrese, HMC, PHom M says:

      When we use any medicine, homeopathic or synthetic and it causes sytmpoms, it means it ought to ba abandoned.
      Having said this, Coffea is a medicine for someone who has a problme with waking frequently in one night with a busy mind. These details matter becuase Nux vomica for example is the medicine knwon for its abiity to correct waking between 2-4AM and Ignatia is a medicine for someone who can’t fall asleep at the onset of the night.
      I could go on becuase there are many, many homeopathics to be consdiered based on accompanying symtpoms or characterisitcs.
      I urge you to join a study group “Gateway to Homeopathy” so you have friends to bounce these ideas off of.
      Scroll down for it here:

  15. Ashley says:

    Any reccomendations on information about using homeopathy post kidney transplant? I am trying to do some researh on it, am not finding any info as to whether it is ok or not. Most websites are conflicting homeopathy with herbal remedies.

    1. Joette Calabrese, HMC, PHom M says:

      If you’re asking if after an organ transplant whether homeopathy is contraindicated, I don’t think you’ll find any studies because its not something that’s usually considered when choosing a homeopathic medicine.
      The question might also arise whether homeopathy can be used after someone has had cardiac surgery? Can homeopathy be considered after having a baby? What if it was a C-section?
      What if someone has a fever; Can homeopathy be used then? What about while nursing?
      I suspect you’re confusing homeopathy with synthetic drug contraindications. Homeopathy is a completly differnt paradigm. The more you learn, the more comfortable you’ll become.

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