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Podcast 94 – Stramonium and The Swiss Family Robinson

Joette Calabrese




01:15    Stramonium for Night Terrors

08:47    Stramonium for Pets

14:14    Watching Violent Movies




Stramonium by Paul Herscu

Stramonium 200C

Mindful Homeopathy: Practical Protocols for Mental and Emotional Conditions

My blog, podcasts, Facebook Live events and courses

Gateway to Homeopathy: A Guided Study Group Curriculum


Kate:  This is the Practical Homeopathy® Podcast Episode Number 94 with Joette Calabrese.


Joette:  This is Joette Calabrese, and I’d like to welcome you to the Practical Homeopathy® Podcast. Women and men worldwide are taking back control of their families’ health and learning how to heal their bodies naturally, safely and effectively. So, if you’re hungry to learn more, you’ve come to the right place. Stay tuned as we give you the tools — and the inspiration you need — as I share my decades of experience and knowledge using this powerful medicine we call homeopathy.


Kate:  Hi! This is Kate, and I’m here with Joette. I want to welcome you back to the Practical Homeopathy® podcast.


This is a bit of an impromptu podcast. Because Joette and I were just doing some work together, and she thought of a subject that she really was passionate about and wanted to share with you listeners.


And so Joette, why don't you get us started?


Stramonium and Night Terrors


Joette:  When you and I were just talking, I was recalling a story about one of my children. It was from many years ago, and how I studied a specific medicine and the medicine was Stramonium, S-T-R-A-M-O-N-I-U-M, Stramonium.


At the time when we needed this medicine for my son, I was a novice in homeopathy. But I knew enough that if I found the right medicine, that it would abort the condition.


Well, this was the condition. We used to borrow movies from the library when my children were growing up. We borrowed the movie, “Swiss Family Robinson.” I'm talking about the version from 1959 — this was an old version. Great story, nice movie, great movie for kids.


But, my son was very young — he was about six maybe, at the time. He was very taken by the scene where the bad pirates were going to harm the family — the Swiss Family Robinson family. He wanted to watch it over and over again. He was obsessed, almost, by watching this one scene.


I know what he was doing. It's what children do — and all of us, for that matter — is trying to process it. I don't think it ever occurred to him that someone would try to hurt a family. Of course, he was relating to the family, probably greatly. He wanted to watch it over and over again to make it clear in his mind. It was something that he had never experienced and was trying to understand what was going on. Why would somebody want to hurt this family?


And so, with that, then when he would stop watching the movie … we’d borrowed it from the library for a week. When he finished watching the movie, he would play with his Lego guys. And these Lego guys who were kind of peaceful creatures up until that point became aggressive — very aggressive — and killing the bad guys. I mean, not just killing, but you know, killing in really gory ways that I didn't even know he understood.


Kate:  Oh, my goodness.


Joette:  His good guys were stabbing the bad guys. These Lego creatures were having wars constantly.


And, then he would go to bed — that first night he went to bed — and he had a terrible nightmare. In fact, it wasn't a “mare.” It was a terror!


We ran into his room because he was screaming and turned the light on, and he would not wake up. And that's what a night terror is: They are out of their mind with the images in their brains, and they can't let it go.


And so, it would take an awful lot for us to calm him down. We'd have to have bright lights on. He needed the bright lights.


In those days, I used homeopathy classically. I didn't know that there was a protocol for violent thoughts or severe angst from witnessing something that was violent. All I knew was to repertorize, and so I repertorized in my book, and I found Stramonium.


Now, I had many materia medicas at the time, and I certainly opened them up, but it wasn't until I totally delved into it. I purchased a book titled “Stramonium.” It was just simply on the subject of Stramonium by Paul Herscu, and I read it from cover to cover.


Meanwhile, it was night after night of this with my son suffering, not being able to sleep, all of us not being able to sleep because of these night terrors. When I finally convinced myself that Stramonium was the medicine, I gave him a dose of Stramonium 200C.


Now again, in those days very classically thinking, I was thinking only one dose, maybe two doses over two days, maybe a third dose, but that was it! You don't give any more.


And so that's what I did. I gave three doses over a 24-hour period, and it completely changed everything. He relaxed. He did not have the angst any longer. His Lego guys started to act more civilly. There was no more Lego blood all over the living room floor.


Kate:  Did you give the Stramonium to the Lego guys?


Joette:  No, but I think that their master was in control and made sure that they didn't have these gory … these battles.


The night terrors melted away the very first night. The day I gave it to him — the first dose that night — he didn't have one.


This was consistent. He had been having these night terrors for … oh, I'm going to say, by the time I got the book and read and felt comfortable doing all this, it was probably two weeks.


So foolish of me not to just give it, but in those days, I was so worried about using a 200 potency — which is not even a high potency! It is really medium. But that's the way I had learned homeopathy, is that you should be very, very careful.


So, I always caution people to be careful but not that careful. Oh my gosh, he suffered for two whole weeks, because I didn't have the confidence to give him the medicine.


But when I did, it worked like magic. It melted the angst away. All of the violent thoughts in his head that he needed to try to settle down went away. I gave him three doses over a 24-hour period. And that was the end of it, or I thought.


Then about six months later, we went back, and he said, “Oh, I love this! Let's get this, please, Mama. Can we get this?” So, I got it again.


Got the video again but he wanted it so badly. It was really not a very violent movie at all. It was from 1959 or something. I thought, well, he's safe now he's got the Stramonium in case it happens.


So, we got it again.


We watched it, and three days later — after watching it over and over and over a period of three days — the symptoms returned. He started having the night terrors again. His Lego guys got violent again with each other. So, I reintroduced Stramonium.


It only goes to show that sometimes we need to reuse these medicines. As the symptoms return, we use them again.


So, I, indeed, used Stramonium 200C. I gave it him three times in 24 hours, and it took it away — again.


We did not see it again, I'm going to say, for about a year. And then something came up, and it had nothing to do with the movie (because the movie in my mind was, “Okay, enough of this movie.”)


Kate:  You’d had it! No more “Swiss Family Robinson!”


Joette: “No more “Swiss Family Robinson” until you’re older, and maybe you had processed it enough.”


Something else came up. Oh! I remember what it was. It was Halloween.

We went to the library. At the library counter, which was a very tall counter where you checked your books out, there was a very, very scary face on the front of the desk that was exactly at the height of my son.


Kate:  What were they thinking?!


Joette:  They were not. They were not thinking. It was so stupid. Somebody there, I don't know, did they not have children? Did they not realize? It was scary to me! So, I mean, not that I was frightened by it, but it was a very intense image. It was exactly at his height.


And it happened again. That night, we got home; we went to bed; woke up in the middle of the night; night terrors; gave the Stramonium again. From that time forward, we never saw it.


Now he's a full adult, and I've never seen him need Stramonium again.


So, his Lego guys survived. In fact, we still have all those Lego guys. We still have them! My sons don’t want to get rid of them.


Kate:  They didn’t kill each other off or anything?


Joette:  No, no, no, there were no more massacres. They made it — I guess because they're made of plastic. They're protected.


Stramonium for Pets


Kate:  You also have used Stramonium for some of your pets.


Joette:  Yes, we also use Stramonium for Buster. Now Buster was home birthed.


Kate:  Home birthed?


Joette: Yes, his mother, Dolly, gave birth to her pups, as a matter of fact, in my office one early morning. He was born at home. We didn't get him from a home or from a veterinarian or any place where he had already gotten vaccines.


So, at one point, we decided that he really ought to get a vaccine for rabies because we lived in the country, and he did a lot of running around roaming.


We were concerned, even though I don't believe … especially at that time, there was no incident of rabies for many, many years in the entire region of where we lived. I did a lot of reading up on that and checking with vets, etc. Indeed, there had not been any cases of rabies.

Nonetheless, because he did so much running around, if he had gotten bit by a rabid animal, we would never know that that's what had happened — because it might not be severe enough for us to notice it.


So, we got him the rabies vaccine, and it was even a small amount. He's not a very big dog. He was only 18 pounds when he got that vaccine. And he reacted very badly.


He has always been my husband's dog, by his side at all times, won't go anywhere without my husband, etc.


But suddenly he became vicious, angry, wouldn't let me near my husband.


Now, Buster sleeps on the foot of the bed, and he wouldn't let me on the bed. If he saw me walking towards my husband or even walking into the bedroom — he and my husband already were ready for the evening — he would not let me in. What I mean by that is he would snarl and become very vicious — something I've never seen in him.


That anger and that response — we know that’s a response to this vaccine. We see it all the time: that this vaccine often causes a neurological response. And that's what Stramonium is all about. It’s a neurological shock to the system just like that movie was a shock to my son’s system. The angst that came from this vaccine is a shock to the dog’s system. And this is how he reacted.


I gave him Stramonium in precisely the same way I had given it to my son: three times in 24 hours, and he calmed down.


That was not the end of it. I needed to repeat it.


A week later, it was not as severe. He was no longer snapping at me. These are not little gentle cautionary snaps. These were … I think Buster would have done harm had I gotten too close to my husband during that time. Even with my husband's grabbing him and shaking him and saying, “No,” and, “Stop it,” and keeping him off the bed and doing everything that you would normally do to a dog that would behave in that manner. It made no difference until we gave him Stramonium 200 C, three times in 24 hours.


At that point, he calmed down. And then a week later, he did it again because it was still … it got amped-up again. Basically, I think as I recall, we used Stramonium three times in 24 hours about every 10 days. That's my recollection (it was a long time ago). About every 10 days for about a month. After that month, he became himself again. That was the end of it.


It's a very powerful medicine for when we see a shock to the central nervous system, an injury to the central nervous system, on some level — whether it's psychological, or vaccine-induced, or whatever it might be. It could also be for having witnessed atrocities. The reaction is protection of the cell for protection of the family through a violent sensation. So, the dog was going to protect my husband at any cost. My son was going to have his Lego guys protect the family at any cost.


Kate:  Powerful medicine.


Joette:  Very!


Kate:  You know what this makes me think of is animals that end up in a shelter and end up being put down because of their aggression.  Don't you just want to go and give them all Stramonium and see how it works?


Joette:  I think about it all the time. I know many people who have had to put their dogs down because they were attacking neighbors or attacking their own children. It was a very nice dog, sweet dog, great dog, wonderful dog, but for this one little idiosyncrasy! It turns out the dog wants to masticate everybody at sight.


Kate:  What about dogs wanting to go after certain other pets? You know how dogs have an instinct to go after the chickens? That would be … same?


Joette:  Yes, Buster killed a chicken once — one of our chickens. Yes, carried it around all day. We decided to just leave it in his mouth because if we took it away, he might go after another one. So, we thought, “Oh, well, let's just leave it at that and let him get his fill.”


No, I think that's within a dog's instinct. I think that's what that is. I don't think that that is an aggression towards a family member. He didn't consider the chickens family members. We might have, but he didn't. They were his prey.


Kate:  What about if there's rage, or you see that acting out, but you don't know that it's preceded by watching something violent or, say, a rabies vaccine, what then Joette?


Watching Violent Movies


Joette:  Good question. Many times, we don't realize that our children have been at someone's house, and they've watched a movie that was inappropriate violence-wise. Or it could have been a very violent birth that this child had.


Now let's not over-analyze. I don't like to run down those rabbit holes. We want something that's somewhat substantiated.


But, sometimes we don't even need to know the etiology. We don't have to know that, “Oh, my gosh, when he was at that friend's house six weeks ago, they watched movies. I wonder what they watched, and he's never been the same since.” Or a Halloween costume that scared someone. Or witnessing an atrocity.


I mean, we live in a very mild world here in the Western world. We don't witness atrocities. Other parts of the world witness atrocities regularly.


This is where we can do the best work without necessarily even knowing whether or not there was an atrocity witnessed. If we see someone acting in a very violent behavior, my go-to, and I teach this in my course, Mindful Homeopathy (and many other medicines) to use Stramonium. We often use it in a 6 twice a day, or we use in a 200 in the fashion that I used it.


Now, the Banerjis use it in a 6, twice daily. I think that's often a better method to use, especially when it comes to children. But, a 200 can also be utilized as I had used in my two situations from the past.


You don't need a specific event that you know of. How do we know what someone has gone through? We may not know, even if we are the mother, we may not realize that something was very hard on this child, and now they're acting out in either violent words, or their games that they're playing with their animals or their toys seems too violent, etc. — seems like it's out of character.


“What is going on?” That's when we start thinking about Stramonium.


However, having said this, I would not administer something like Stramonium without reading up on it. So, if anyone ever wants to use this kind of medicine, I urge people … I mean, I read and read and read and read before I administered it to my son. I purchased that book, which I think is a very intelligent way to know your medicines and utilize them properly.


Kate:  I think one of the keys, too, is to stop that medicine when they are very much better. Don't continue on. “This is medicine,” like we often say. Right, Joette? You say that all the time.


Joette:  These are not supplements where you say, “Oh, well, you know, this is vitamin D …” or vitamins, “Oh, I'll just take them. My vitamin D levels are kind of low. I'll just throw it up and see if it sticks.”


No, no, no. This is medicine, and it is relatively safe. Nothing is perfectly safe. Remembering that this is medicine will give you the respect that this medicine is owed.


Kate:  So, I wonder if you used Aconite when that event occurred — like your son — maybe had he been given Aconitum 200C after that event, I wonder if it would have quashed that, and he would have never got into rage?


Joette:  Yes, I think you're right. I think you're right.


When I observed him watching that movie intently and scrolling ahead to get to that particular part, I knew there was something that had captured him. I didn't realize to what degree until that night when he had such a difficult time sleeping and had such horrible nightmares. Had I realized, Aconitum probably would have been a good choice.


So, think about people who have witnessed atrocities. Think about those who were around 911. Think about our servicemen and women — what they see; what they've experienced.


Just because my son used it within weeks of the time of the neurological onset … and for the dog within, I mean, I realized immediately with him. It was only a short time after he got the vaccine that this behavior began to appear. It can be years later that we finally recognize, or it can be years later that it shows up.


Now, it's more likely it's going to show up at the onset of the event, but it doesn't mean that years later you can't treat it.


That's another incredible benefit of homeopathy: that you can treat something that should have been treated five years ago with a medicine at the present.


This medicine is like a Mendelssohn symphony. It's elegant; it's polite; it’s intelligent. It belongs in the hands of families. It doesn't slam us with a psychotropic drug. It doesn't slam us with Valium, or something.


Had I taken my son to a doctor for something like this, they probably would have given him something like a psychotropic drug. And now, we think about what those synthetics can do to a young brain. Think of what it does to an adult brain, let alone a developing one.


Whereas homeopathy gently touches because that's Stramonium was diluted 200 times to the hundred power. So, it's very, very dilute, very gentle.


It's polite.


Joette:  As I hope you know by now, on my blog, podcasts and Facebook Live, I offer as many protocols for simple conditions as I can — for free, without affiliates or advertising. But let me be clear. When it comes to more complex conditions, it’s key that you learn how to use these medicines properly. I want you to be well-trained. So, I save discussions of the more involved methods for my courses in which I walk students through each method with step-by-step training.


I hope listening to this podcast has inspired you. With the proper training, you, too, can nurture and protect the health of your family and loved ones with Practical Homeopathy®.


Kate:  You just listened to a podcast from PracticalHomeopathy.com where nationally certified homeopath, public speaker, and author, Joette Calabrese shares her passion for helping families stay strong through homeopathy. Joette’s podcasts are available on Apple Podcasts, iTunes, Google Play, Blueberry, Pandora, Stitcher, Spotify, TuneIn and iHeartRadio.


Thank you for listening to this podcast with Joette Calabrese. To learn more and find out if homeopathy is a good fit for your health strategy, visit PracticalHomeopathy.com.








Podcast 93 – Moms with Moxie: Sharing with Gateway Friends


Joette Calabrese




02:16    Journey to better health

10:04    Ways to use Homeopathy

15:10    Homeopathy for cancer and surgery




Gateway to Homeopathy: A Guided Study Group Curriculum

Joint American Homeopathic Conference in Orlando, Florida

National Center for Homeopathy

Homeopathy for Plantar Fasciitis blog

No More Pneumonia: Homeopathy and Pneumonia

Anticipating Surgery? Homeopathy Can Help

Surgery: Answering Your Questions

A Materia Medica: Practical Homeopathy® for Busy Families

Watch Out for Dem' Bones

Rethinking Detox with Practical Homeopathy

My blog, podcasts, Facebook Live events and courses


Kate:  This is the Practical Homeopathy® Podcast Episode Number 93 with Joette Calabrese.


Joette:  Joette Calabrese here, folks. I’m happy that you’ve joined me for my podcast today. You’re in for a treat. From my virtual classroom, I’m privileged to see how homeopathy is transforming lives all over the globe. Their successes inspire me. They’re glorious and powerful, and I can’t keep their triumphs a secret. I want you to hear the excitement my students experience, too. So, you can be inspired by their unique stories.


With the help from Kate, my reporter, I bring you a podcast series I call, “Moms with Moxie.” Sometimes we even interview “Dads with Audacity” or “Teens with Tenacity.” See how regular mothers and others — average folks who love healing those around them — have gone from freaking to fabulous by simply applying what they’ve learned using what I call Practical Homeopathy®.


Kate:  Welcome to the practical homeopathy podcast. I'm Kate. I'm here with a dear friend of mine today, a Mom with Moxie. Interesting story – we actually met in one of Joette’s Gateway to Homeopathy study groups many years ago. We've become dear friends since that time.


So, those of you who are wondering whether or not you should join a Gateway to Homeopathy group, I highly recommend it because you will meet some really amazing women. Today, I want to welcome my dear friend, Michelle, to the podcast.


Welcome, Michelle!


Michelle:  Hi, Kate. It's good to be here.


Kate:  Yes, I'm so excited that we get to do this podcast together. You have some pretty incredible things that you and your family have been through over the years. We actually learned about Joette about the same time many years ago. So, I feel like you are my homeopathy journey buddy.


Journey to better health


Michelle:  Definitely been a journey to better health.


Kate:  Before we get into your stories about using homeopathy, tell us a little bit about yourself.


Michelle:  I am married to a wonderful husband who totally supports my love for homeopathy, and he loves it, too. We have a small convenience store in Chico, California. I have five boys ages 14 to 23. Four are still at home, and I've homeschooled them all the way through. Three have graduated. One more will this year, and I have a 9th grader left.


Kate:  Let's talk about how you came to know about homeopathy?


Michelle:  Well, I was actually using homeopathy and didn’t even know that I was — through a naturopath that I was working with a little bit. My kids had got the swine flu, and I did. We were hit really hard. We even had the diagnosis of it. I started using Oscillococcinum and Cocculus indicus and Nux vomica.


I didn’t even know they were homeopathic, but they worked. The flu only hit us for three days instead of weeks. We were so blessed!


Then I met Joette in 2012. She came to Chico for a two-day homeopathic intensive course through our Weston A. Price group. I was like, “Oh, wow, I was already using these remedies!”


That was the moment I really fell in love with homeopathy.


Kate:  Tell the listeners … What was Joette like in person? (Shhh. We won’t tell her we're talking about her.)


Michelle:  She's just same as she is on the Facebook Lives — just so much fun. It was a two-day — like all day — two-day intensive. It just was such a pleasure to listen to her, and I left there feeling encouraged and uplifted. She even … I think she brought Perry with her and two of her sons. So, it was so neat to see their family traveling together.


Kate:  I'm pretty excited because she is going to be speaking at the Joint American Homeopathic Conference in Orlando, Florida. For those of you who are interested in possibly attending that conference, it is sponsored by the National Center for Homeopathy. It's May 15th through the 17th at SeaWorld. So, that will be a fun time.


If you're interested in coming there, you can go on to homeopathycenter.org and find that information about the conference there.


So, Michelle, let's get back to you. After you met Joette, you realized that you had already been using some homeopathic medicines. Then I assume you started studying more about homeopathy, and what steps did you take next?


Michelle:  Well, we got a really neat workbook along with our course. I studied from that for a while and studied the remedies that were in that. I kind of did not really know where to go. So, I just listened to her podcasts, read her blogs and signed up to receive her email so I would get updates.


That was actually when my husband stumbled along — he wasn't totally sold on it yet — he stumbled along the Homeopathy for Plantar Fasciitis blog that she wrote. He had been suffering for years — at least two or maybe three years — of terrible pain in his feet from it. Saw a podiatrist who said basically the only way to treat it is surgery. He did inserts, went to the chiropractor, did laser therapy, like everything we could think of naturally to do. He's on his feet all day in our convenience store.


He decided, well, I might as well try these. They're not expensive. I went to the health food store, and I picked them up. Within a couple of weeks, he was totally healed and has not had anything since, and that was a couple years ago. That was really amazing for both of us to watch how quickly that healed with all the suffering he went through!


Kate:  That's so great. I assume now he's very supportive of you studying and using homeopathy.


Michelle:  He is completely in support of it and encourages it. So, yeah, that's pretty neat.


Kate:  What about your children?


Michelle:  Well, they're teenage boys, so …


Kate:  That says it all!


Michelle:  They all come to me and say, “Mom, this is what I have wrong, and what do I do?” They won't exactly say they're sold on it, but they always ask me for it.


In fact, recently one of my sons had roaming hives. The only reason I knew what that was, is because my oldest son had it when he was small. We figured he touched a plant or something that made him have an allergic reaction. So, it was like the hive started in one area, and then all of a sudden they're in another area, and they're gone from that original area.


We couldn’t figure out. We tried Apis 200 and ended up doing a little research and used Rhus tox 200 and completely took it away from him! Yes, they come to me for wisdom.


Sometimes I have to say, “Oh, let me look into that a little bit,” and trying to teach them how to do that, too.


Kate:  Yes, I know. I feel like the boys are harder to get them to take the initiative with the homeopathy.


Michelle:  Yes, my husband will go online and do research now when he has a symptom. Then he'll come to me and say, “How about this?” or “I'm going to take this.” He is really sold!


Kate:  That's great. Michelle, tell us about the study groups, and what you've done with that over the years.


Michelle:  I've done some one-on-one study groups, because local people — just can’t tie them into it. I'll do one-on-one with people, and that's worked. Then I love joining yours, Kate.


From day one, I think I've only missed one study group. We just keep going through them together again and again. Meeting the new people, and it seems like every time I see something different, so that's exciting.


I've done a couple of Joette’s larger courses, and then I meet with Joette. Really, all of our money goes to me meeting with Joette every other month for my health needs.


Kate:  I love what you've said in the past about the study groups that you continually learn new things. Even though we're using the same base study guide, new things come up in each group, and we remember things, or we see something that we didn’t before! At least that's how it is for me. I think that's the same for you, right, Michelle?


Michelle:  Yes, I find that interesting. Joette says to go through the courses over and over again. That is so true! Even with these little study groups, that every time there's something new — or just through the discussion of the women that are on these groups — we’ll find out new things. It's really exciting. It's really exciting to see people blossom throughout the course of these groups and hear their positive stories.


Kate:  Yes, yes, it is so encouraging! I love getting to meet the women and like you said, hear their stories, find out their backgrounds, and what they're going through. It's almost a support group in a way, don't you think?


Michelle:  Oh, very much so. In fact, there's a few of them that I've kept in contact with throughout the years, and we'll email once in a while, and it's neat. It's like you have friends all over the world!


Kate:  Yes, yes! I agree.



Ways to use Homeopathy


Kate:  So, why don't you tell us about the ways that you've used homeopathy over the years and some of those success stories, Michelle?


Michelle:  Well, my son suffered with mold sickness. We didn’t even realize what it was for a really long time — like, I want to say two years. We went to specialists trying to get a diagnosis. Why is he having all these terrible symptoms?


For those of you who don't know, mold sickness mirrors Lyme disease, so it's really serious. He even, I was telling Kate earlier, he totally lost his voice. Like, he couldn’t speak, and he had to speak through typing on a computer.


We did many other things, pharmaceuticals and things. It did, I believe, a lot of damage. So, with homeopathy, we've really been able to help him to heal in so many ways.


That's when I started working with Joette. We couldn’t figure it out. My husband said, “You need to call Joette!” And so, that's what we did.


It's been a long journey because, let’s see, he got it when he was 15. And he's now 20, but so much better! I look at the milestones he's reached. It's like having a toddler, and they're learning to walk again, just through the help of homeopathy.


I also have another son that had come up with, recently, a seizure disorder. We're working with him, and he's very open to homeopathy. He's my oldest. Ignatia is really helping David with the stress of the seizures. He feels the stress when they're coming on. So, he takes Ignatia 200, and that really helps him.


Ignatia has been a blessing to our family in so many ways. I had cancer. I was diagnosed October 31st in 2017. We had Ignatia 200 all over the house! Literally everywhere, so that people could just have access to that when they were feeling stressed.


One of my sons had a bout of OCD — severe — cleaning his hands like they were raw because he was afraid of spreading germs to me. That Ignatia amara, it was amazing! I was so concerned about his future with having that because he'd never had that before.


One time I was kind of losing it after a doctor's appointment, and I'd gotten some bad news, and my husband said, “Where is the Ignatia amara, Michelle? You need to get Ignatia amara out!”


“Here let me get it for you!” He went in, got it, and gave it to me. And I'm serious — when he gave it to me, within five minutes, I was calmed down. I was having a serious panic attack.


Kate:  Yes, oh my gosh. Ignatia. Joette always says that Ignatia should be in the water. I agree.


Michelle:  It should! I actually thought about putting it in our Berkey water thing. I probably should have done that, but I thought maybe it would filter it out, and I didn’t want that!


Kate:  That's funny!


Michelle:  When my son was sick with the mold sickness, he got asthma. Him and I both. I've struggled with asthma my whole life. I went to Joette’s blogs on asthma and learned about them, and I took her allergic course. But also, Joette had him on a protocol.


I have a lung disease. It's really terrible. I almost lost my life to that before I got cancer. It's called allergic bronchopulmonary aspergillosis. “ABPA” is what they call it for short. I'd never heard of it. I tried looking up stuff online to see if there was anything natural for it and nothing. So, I took all these pharmaceuticals.


My asthma was really, really bad. My lungs were really bad. I'd gotten fungal pneumonia. At the time, I was so sick. I couldn’t work with Joette because I couldn’t even speak. So, I had taken kind of a break from that.


I started on the protocol for asthma that my son was on — after I'd gotten well and gotten through the worst of it. So, I am completely off of all pharmaceuticals which I thought I would be on for the rest of my life for asthma and everything. In fact, I was telling my oncologist yesterday that I threw away my inhaler because I had not used it in so long! I had kept it. I kept getting a new one when it would go out of date just to have it, and I'm like, “I don't need this thing! I have other medicines for that that are natural.”


Kate:  What did she say?


Michelle:  She said, “That's great!”


You know, it's funny because I found when I work with my pulmonologist and my oncologist, it’s like, “Whatever works!”


I'm good with that. I don't go into detail, but I am so happy to be drug-free. I have had some flare ups with my lungs, but homeopathy has always covered it. I've used the pneumonia protocol from Joette's website, her blog, many times in our family, and it always works.


Kate:  That blog actually is called No More Pneumonia: Homeopathy and Pneumonia.


Michelle:  Yes.



Homeopathy for cancer and surgery


Kate:  Michelle, let's get back to your story about the breast cancer for a bit, if you don't mind sharing with us. I know that you've used homeopathy with various surgeries with the cancer and the aftereffects of that. So, tell the listeners a little bit about that.


Michelle:  Well, when I got breast cancer, I really didn’t know what to do. So, I decided on the conventional route. It was such a whirlwind! I have a pretty aggressive form of breast cancer, so that just made sense to me. I didn’t know of any other alternatives at the time, actually.


What I did was …  I took a list of all the potential side effects that I could get from the radiation, the chemo, and I matched them with homeopathic remedies. I used those remedies like Hypericum for neuralgia, Apis for itching, Arnica for pain. I went and made that whole list — still have that list. I've been able to share that with people from our Gateway group that have had cancer or had friends struggling with cancer. I feel like that's kind of become a little bit of a ministry for me.


Then I also took the Anticipating Surgery? Homeopathy Can Help from that blog that Joette has. She has a blog, Surgery: Answering Your Questions.” So, I took all those protocols with me when I had my surgery. I kept them on my bed in a little bag so the doctors wouldn’t see them. I was sneaking my Staphysagria, and my Arnica, and my Hypericum in the hospital. I was in there for several days.


And we've used those protocols because my family seems to be on the surgery track this last year.


Kate:  Yeah, you've used that a number of times. I know.


Michelle:  Yes. I’ve seen the “Anticipating Surgery? Homeopathy Can Help” blog, first. Then I found the “Surgery: Answering Your Questions” one later, and so I kind of put them together, and they were great.


Kate:  Michelle, it sounds to me like Joette’s blogs or her website is where you go when you are looking for a remedy for a certain situation. That is what I've heard over and over again from other moms that I've interviewed as well. Tell us what you do when you’re needing to find a remedy for a situation?


Michelle:  I go to her blog first and see if there's anything on her blog that would help with whatever the situation is. Then if I can't find it, then I go to the repertory, the materia medica, which we teach about in the Gateway program — how to use those. So, that's what I do. Sometimes I sit in bed and read my repertory. That’s my nighttime reading.


Kate:  So, when you're talking about searching the blogs, what you really do is go to her website, and in that upper right corner, there is a box where you can enter a keyword and search for that. You could search for a condition or a remedy and look it up that way. Is that what you do?


Michelle:  Yes, that's what I do.


Kate:  Let's switch gears to your husband who, not so long ago, had a pretty bad fall. Tell us what happened to him, and what you did homeopathically?


Michelle:  My husband loves to do things with my boys. My husband can be kind of a big kid. So, he was playing soccer with my boys and slipped and fell and tore his meniscus — which he was working on healing through homeopathy on his own.


Then in our grocery store, he went to help someone out of the store. They kind of moved their arm back, and he fell and landed right on his kneecap ending up crushing his femur bone under the kneecap and tore his meniscus further.


So, really, the only option was surgery for him at that time. He couldn’t even walk. It was so swollen. Right away, we started using the Arnica and Hypericum, and it just wasn’t cutting the pain.


So, we went to the orthopedist, and we got together the surgery protocol. And I actually upped some of the remedies because the surgery protocol in the blog, I believe, has them at 200. I got the 1M Hypericum and the 10M Hypericum and the 1M Arnica and the 10M Arnica to have just in case.


He ended up using the 10M Arnica postsurgical for the pain for a little while. We went to her blog, Watch Out for Dem' Bones,” (“D – E – M.” It sounds so funny to say it like that.) We used the Symphytum mixed with Calc phos and the Ruta during the healing process. It was Symphytum 200 mixed with Calc phos 3 and Ruta 6. He did not even take an Ibuprofen or a pain pill after that major knee surgery. Not once!


Kate:  Wow!


Michelle:  It was just homeopathy that he used, and that was incredible.


Then my son also has knock-knee where your knees bend in together. He's had to have a few surgeries for that. After his last surgery, Arnica 1M was the choice for him … when he did the surgery protocol and then had to up the Arnica to 1M. But that was all he needed. No pain pills. I was amazed!


Kate:  You guys have really been through a lot over the past years, Michelle.


Michelle:  We have. My oldest son has suffered with addictions from … he had gotten in a horse accident when he was around 15. He had to have several surgeries — lots of pain pills — and ended up becoming addicted to pain pills. This was before homeopathy for us. It's been amazing to have this wonderful medicine.


Now, he has been sober for two years. He is totally sold on homeopathy. It's just been a real gift to our family for so many things.


Kate:  Did you have some remedies that helped him to get over that addiction?


Michelle:  I did take Joette’s course on toxins. She talked about remedies in that course for helping with that. So, yes, we did use those remedies from that course. That course was called Rethinking Detox with Practical Homeopathy.


He had actually made a commitment to be sober before that. We were just using the remedies as a help for him. Now, he uses them for pain and stress and different things, and he loves — he loves — that I'm doing this. (When he was younger, he did not so much buy into it.)


Kate:  Then they get older and I think they go through a stage where they kind of go away, and then they realize.


Michelle:  “Oh, Mom was right!”


Kate:  Oh, yes.


Michelle:  It's neat. We have a great relationship now. It’s really good.


Kate:  Well, Michelle, I want to thank you for sharing all those stories with us. You have been an inspiration to me over the years. I just want to thank you for your friendship.


You've been there for me over the years as well. We text each other once in a while when we get into trouble, and we can't think because it's an emergency situation. It's so great to have a “homeopathy buddy” and a dear friend.


So, tell us any advice, as we close out this podcast, that you might have for the listeners.


Michelle:  My advice would be to listen to all of Joette’s Moms with Moxies and read her blogs. Some people have financial issues, and you could just do that.


I love the Gateway to Homeopathy. I think it's a great way to start. If you're starting your journey with homeopathy, there's so much knowledge in those. Then you could take the larger courses.


When I started out, we didn’t have those, we just had the larger courses. So, now you have a great way to start! It's just such a blessing and a gift that Joette is able to share all this information to us moms out there who want to treat our families in a healthy, natural way.


Joette:  As I hope you know by now, on my blog, podcasts and Facebook Live, I offer as many protocols for simple conditions as I can — for free, without affiliates or advertising. But let me be clear. When it comes to more complex conditions, it’s key that you learn how to use these medicines properly. I want you to be well-trained. So, I save discussions of the more involved methods for my courses in which I walk students through each method with step-by-step training.


In these podcasts, I focus on those students of mine who have already tunneled in and learned how to take care of themselves, family, friends, and pets, and even livestock using homeopathic medicine. Many of these students began their education by participating in one of my Gateway to Homeopathy study groups. And now, after taking one or more of my courses, they’re well-trained to use my specific brand of homeopathy. I hope listening to this podcast has inspired you to follow in their footsteps. With the proper training, you, too, can nurture and protect the health of your family and loved ones with Practical Homeopathy®.


Kate:  You just listened to a podcast from PracticalHomeopathy.com where nationally certified homeopath, public speaker, and author, Joette Calabrese shares her passion for helping families stay strong through homeopathy. Joette’s podcasts are available on Apple Podcasts, iTunes, Google Play, Blueberry, Pandora, Stitcher, TuneIn and iHeartRadio.


Thank you for listening to this podcast with Joette Calabrese. To learn more and find out if homeopathy is a good fit for your health strategy, visit PracticalHomeopathy.com.


These Moms with Moxie podcasts are designed to be inspirational, not specifically educational. No Remedy Card is provided.


Podcast 92 – Flu Got You, Too?

Joette Calabrese



01:08    Remedies for flu

10:16    Homeopathic medicines as prophylaxis

17:07    Signs that show whether or not a medicine is acting

21:14    Things that help the body when ill

21:59    The Antibiotic Alternative course


Podcast 91 – Moms with Moxie: Soooo Many Stories!


Joette Calabrese



01:49   Homeopathy for all kinds of illnesses in general

08:29   Calc carb for cataracts

13:28    Joette’s courses

14:35    Ignatia for PTSD

16:12    Arnica for labor pains and Caulophyllum for stalled labor

18:25    Hypericum, Arsenicum album, and Ledum for animal bites and puncture wounds 




Cataracts Halted, Even Improved with Homeopathy

Rethinking Detox with Practical Homeopathy®: How to Stop Stressing About Toxins and Fearlessly Achieve Health the Simple Way

Mindful Homeopathy: Practical Protocol for Mental and Emotional Conditions

Good Gut, Bad Gut

Gateway to Homeopathy: A Guided Study Group Curriculum (Parts I and II)

Combo Pack: Top 7 Products (including Baby Grande)

He Bit Me! Homeopathy Cures Animal Bites

The Survivalist Guide to Homeopathy


My blog, podcasts, Facebook Live events and courses




Kate:  This is the Practical Homeopathy® Podcast Episode Number 91.


Joette:  Joette Calabrese here, folks. I’m happy that you’ve joined me for my podcast today. You’re in for a treat. From my virtual classroom, I’m privileged to see how homeopathy is transforming lives all over the globe. Their successes inspire me. They’re glorious and powerful, and I can’t keep their triumphs a secret. I want you to hear the excitement my students experience, too. So, you can be inspired by their unique stories.


With the help from Kate, my reporter, I bring you a podcast series I call, “Moms with Moxie.” Sometimes we even interview “Dads with Audacity” or “Teens with Tenacity.” See how regular mothers and others — average folks who love healing those around them — have gone from freaking to fabulous by simply applying what they’ve learned using what I call Practical Homeopathy®.


Kate:  Hi and welcome to another “Mom with Moxie” podcast. I'm excited for you all to get to meet our guest today. Her name is Janie and she has been using homeopathy for a very long time. So, I'm really looking forward to learning from her today. Welcome to the podcast, Janie.


Janie:  Thank you very much, Kate.


Kate:  I would love to start off by learning a little bit about yourself.


Janie:  I'm married, and I live in England. I have three grown-up children who don't live at home anymore and two lovely little grandchildren.


Homeopathy for all kinds of illnesses in general


Kate:  Awwww! So, you have been using homeopathy for a long period of time. Tell us how you got started learning about homeopathy, and then the history from there in using homeopathy.


Janie:  Okay. I think I've probably been using homeopathy almost as long as Joette. I started when I was pregnant with my first baby. I got itchiness on my belly one day, and it spread to all of my body really rapidly. I tried everything natural that I could think of — or knew of or could hear about — that was possible to help. The only things that worked were about three or four cold showers a night, and then slathering myself with almond oil, and wearing a cotton nightie that was up to my neck down to my wrists and down to my feet so I wouldn't touch the bed clothes when I got back into bed.


Kate:  That sounds miserable.


Janie:  It was really awful. I was at a health food store one day, and the man there said, “Why don't you look at some of our books. There are some books on homeopathy. I think that might be able to help you, and it's safe to take when you're pregnant.”


I looked through and found an anti-itching remedy in one of them, and I bought the book. I took that remedy every two or three hours during the course of the rest of the pregnancy which was about another six weeks or so. It really helped. It was the only way I could survive it.


It happened again in my next pregnancy, but for longer. And I was so pleased because I knew what to do; I knew what I could actually help myself with (in terms of coping). That was 23 weeks that I had the itching in that pregnancy.


I hadn't figured out which remedy might help to uproot it, obviously. So, I learned a bit about homeopathy in between those two babies because I found a local homeopath who was teaching a class on first aid with homeopathy. I had about eight or 12 weeks of night school, and that was really, really useful. That, along with the book I had bought, helped me to look after my family when they were little and do all sorts of things to sort them out with bumps and goose eggs and broken bones and a bee sting that was in the hand of one of my friends’ babies (the arm swelled up and went all the way up the arm) and a fairly severe swelling reaction to a vaccination.


There were all sorts of things that I was able to treat when I was a mom with first aid. But I didn't know how much I didn't know … until I've learned how much I didn't know since I came across Joette’s courses and her blog. It's wonderful. I'm just so excited about what I've been learning in the last two years.


Kate:  Then you sort of fell away from using homeopathy.


Janie:  I did actually because I only thought of it as a first aid thing. I didn't think that it could be used for anything else or anything that was serious.


So, there were serious tonsillitis, measles, and even things that I should have thought of looking in my first aid book and seeing if I could use homeopathy. It somehow left my sight, if you want to say that. It was really only when I had come across Joette in the Weston Price journal (because I had Sally Fallon's books and loved her cooking and stuff like that).


I came across Joette around the same time that my knees were really, really, really bothering me. I still am not somebody who wants to take medications. So, I actually got in touch with her because I couldn't sleep at night very well at all. I was waking up every single time I turned over because my knees hurt so much.


Kate:  So then, you reached out to Joette, and you consulted with her?


Janie:  Yes, I did. I had been reading on her blog for maybe about four or five months by then. I'd learned quite a lot. I've tried a few little things that she had mentioned on her website, in the blog posts, in the recordings, and I learned a lot from you. Thank you very much, by the way.


Kate:  It's just those moms that I interview and Joette. They do a fantastic job of sharing with us their success stories. I learn so much.


Janie:  Yes! Yeah.


Anyway, I got in touch with Joette and got rid of the pain in my knees in about four weeks, and that was fantastic — the constant pain. I still had it occasionally, and especially if I walked downhill. But that had been a long-standing problem that it never even occurred to me to ask her about — because I didn't think it could be fixed; it had been so long-standing.


About probably eight months later, I went for a walk with my sister down a canyon, and I was able to walk down there and only have Arnica once for the pain. Then another three or four months later after that, I was able to walk halfway up a mountain and back down again without pain.


Kate:  Oh, my goodness!


Janie:  That was amazing!


Kate:  Yes. You said you'd had that pain for 40 years.


Janie:  Yes, maybe longer — since I was a young teenager.


Kate:  I just had someone email me who is going to be very encouraged by hearing this because … “I've had several long-standing problems,” they said, “and is it possible that homeopathy could help me?”


I encouraged them to try the homeopathy for those conditions because I think yes, in fact, it can help. Not every condition is going to be totally healed, maybe necessarily, but there is the possibility that those conditions can go away, even if they're long-standing.


Janie:  Yes. I think one of the things I've been learning in the last year or so from the podcasts, from Joette's blog, and from the consultations, too, is that things that you don't even think about can be something that can be sorted with some other remedy that you're taking for another purpose — because remedies have way more than one particular purpose. That is just so intriguing and so interesting. It's just wonderful!


And I have another story about a remedy like that where I got an unexpected benefit, too. Do you want to hear it?


Kate:  Yes, I would love to hear it. Tell us!


Calc carb for cataracts


Janie:  Well, I had come across — just in flicking through Joette’s website — a blog post about cataracts where her cousin had started taking the protocol for cataracts. So, I decided to do the same — mostly because my dog had cataracts. I had been told I had early cataracts, but it was normal for someone of my age and not to worry about them. I decided to take the remedy with him (because I was giving it to my dog twice a day, so I might as well just do it at the same time to me).


That was great. I actually did have my optician tell me four or five months later that he thought that my left eye had improved a bit — which was great! I hadn't told him that I was taking anything. I still haven’t! Because I want to see if I keep taking it, whether it will improve the right eye.


Certainly, in my dog, I don't think he has eyes that are quite so cloudy anymore — which is great.


But the story about unexpected benefits is that my dog actually has always been a really super-sensitive person. Well, you know … you think about your pet as a supersensitive soul. He lost his puppy-like trust that he had when he was literally a baby pup and his affectionate nature and was much more distant. He was also kind of slow and a bit sluggish. He loves to sleep a lot. (He still loves to sleep a lot.) But he actually ended up with the Calc carb giving him some “oomph,” and he became a lot more affectionate in his nature — which to us is a complete joy and delight, of course.


Kate:  You were giving him the Calc carb for what?


Janie:  Part of the remedy protocol for the cataracts was Calc carb. Joette told me in one of our conversations that actually the Calc carb was the thing that was probably helping him to become more affectionate and more confident.


Kate:  Wow, that's great! I love it when you take a remedy for one thing, and it helps other conditions. It is fabulous!


Janie:  Yes, I agree totally.


Kate:  Yes, so exciting. I just looked up the name of the blog for those of you who are wondering where to find that protocol. It's called “Cataracts Halted, Even Improved with Homeopathy.” You'll find that on Joette’s website under her blogs.

Janie:  The blogs are a fantastic resource. You can learn so much from flicking through the website and having a look at what Joette has written over the years. It's so much fun to learn.

Kate:  One of my goals is to go through all of the blogs and write down all the protocols that she mentions in those blogs. I know there are actually remedy cards that you can print off as well for each blog where she mentions remedies or protocols.


Janie:  Yes. I save those remedy cards. When I have something that is going on, if I have my computer in front of me, I just search on whatever that condition is or what a friend has asked me about. I can find those remedy cards really easily which helps.


Kate:  I believe that you have another story about your dog.


Janie:  Our lovely Labrador has always been subject to getting wet eczema under his chin. We didn't realize at first, but we think now that it’s probably due to various tick bites — because we have a lot of ticks in the woodlands near where we live and where we walk him. So, he gets bitten frequently, and we find these ticks and have to take them off.


He got really, really sick about a year ago, and his whole chest lost its hair, and it was weeping. He was a very sad situation.


Actually, the vet was desperate to put him on antibiotics. But I went to her for a diagnosis to find out what was going on. She looked at my face, and she said, “You don't want him to have antibiotics, do you?”


I said, “Well, I'd really like to try homeopathy.”


She said, “Okay, this is Wednesday. If he's not better by Friday — better enough — then you have to promise you're going to put him on the antibiotics.” And, so, I did promise.

By Friday, he was so much better that we were able to keep going with the homeopathic support.


Kate:  Is she a fan of homeopathy now?


Janie:  I think she's heard about it before, so she was willing to give it a try. She's also quite open-minded to her clients using raw food diets for their pets and really helping them in other ways than just pharmaceutical medications which is great.


Kate:  Yes. I'm so glad that he got better. Ticks can be a real issue for pets.


Janie:  Yes. Now, we know what to do, so we fix him before it gets bad.


Kate:  Yeah.


Joette’s courses


Kate:  So, have you taken some of Joette’s courses as well as consulting?


Janie:  Yes, I have. I've taken the Detox course, the Mindful Homeopathy course, the Good Gut, Bad Gut course, and of course, both of the Gateway courses. And I’ve learned a ton!


Kate:  Yes, I love the courses. They're packed full of protocols. People always ask, “How do I learn these protocols?” And the only way that I know other than the Banerji book is Joette’s courses. I actually think her courses have more protocols in them than the Banerji book.


Janie: Yep. I think that when you read Joette’s stories, I always find that stories are sticky, and I remember them. I understand why there might be a certain protocol, or I remember a story about how it worked. That makes it stick in my head a little bit more.


Kate:  Right. That's the same for me, too, with the Gateway groups. When I'm studying with a group of people, and I hear over and over again about how different people have used the remedies, it helps lock it in in my brain.


Ignatia for PTSD


Janie:  Absolutely. It's really neat if somebody tells you that something's helped because that's their personal story. It can be quite stunning actually.


I have a friend who has PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder), and it is amazing when this person takes Ignatia. He says it's like a little miracle. It helps him survive. It's great.


I like Ignatia because it stops the feeling of being overwhelmed. I've had that myself as well, and it really works.


Kate:  Are there other things that you've used Ignatia for?


Janie:  Yes, amongst various friends, definitely things like insomnia because they were too overwhelmed with stuff in life; anxiety — it's been a great one for anxiety for several people that I know; the PTSD, of course; and grief.


When one of my children moved to a different country, I was quite overwhelmed with the feeling of grief and actually took an Ignatia because I've read one of Joette’s blogs recently. I took one, and I could just feel this grief draining out of me — that sense of being completely incapacitated by it. It didn't take the grief away, but it just made it not impossible to deal with. That was really, really helpful.


Arnica for labor pains and Caulophyllum for stalled labor


Kate:  There are so many stories that you have of using homeopathy, of course, because you've been using it for a long time. What would you like to share with us next?


Janie:  Well, I'd like to tell you about my daughter when she had her baby. I happened to be at her house, and I happened to be talking to Joette. She reminded me, “Oh, have a look at the Baby Grande information for what to possibly use during labor.”


So, I did, and I wrote down some ideas. I ended up — totally by accident; it wasn't designed — I ended up being with my daughter when she was in the hospital in labor.


I gave her Arnica once an hour for the pain. She didn't need any pain medication other than just once, and she went through her labor really quite well.


In the Baby Grande thing, there's another remedy that helps get labor moving if it stalls. She had that once. She also had it when she had delayed delivery of the placenta. It worked both times just to get the uterus moving, doing its job. That was great. She recovered really well.


Kate:  I think that's Caulophyllum. Is that correct?


Janie:  It is.


Kate:  Yes. Joette has talked about that on another podcast, at least one other podcast [blog].


Janie:  Yes.


Kate:  Great. Did you use that in a 30C potency?


Janie:  I used the Caulophyllum in a 30C and the Arnica was 200C. They were my favorite ones for during her labor just because it was nice and straightforward. But I think maybe it was nice and straightforward because she had her pain under control and was able to concentrate on the job at hand.


Kate:  Yes. It's so exhausting when you're in such pain, right? So, if you can control that pain, you can give the mom more energy to do the things that she needs to do.


Janie:  Yes.


Kate:  And the Baby Grande CD that you referred to earlier, that is on Joette’s website, and it’s available as part of a Combo Pack of her Top 7 Products. So, you’ll find that under “Shop” and then, “Books and CDs” — the Combo Pack right there.


I so wish that I had known about homeopathy when I was in labor. We just have to move forward. Now, this is great because on the podcast, you can share these stories and help so many other moms. That's really exciting.


Hypericum, Arsenicum album, and Ledum for animal bites and puncture wounds


Janie:  Yes. I have some other stories as well about things that have been helped with homeopathy over the years.


A friend had a very severe dog bite on her hand. The doctor, when he saw it was so swollen, he couldn't really tell, but he thought it had gone down to the bone. We looked up Joette’s blog for animal bites and followed that. And although, she was on antibiotics already, she thinks that the healing happened faster because of the homeopathic support, too.


Kate:  That blog is called “He Bit Me! Homeopathy Cures Animal Bites.”


If you're new to Joette’s website, she has a search bar at the top right-hand corner. You can just type in whatever you're looking for whether it's “animal bites” or if you want to look up a remedy and see what she's written about a specific remedy. You can type that in there, and it'll bring up all of her articles, blogs, podcasts, anywhere that that particular condition or remedy is mentioned.


That's one of the first places that I go when I need information on something. Really, I just open Joette’s website, and I type in like, I don’t know, “sore throat”, and then I read all of the things about sore throats.


Janie:  That's what I do, too.


Kate:  Yeah! Good.


Janie:  Yes. It's really practical.


Kate:  It is. Yes, easier than looking things up in a book honestly.


Janie:  Yes. Interestingly, that dog bite story, I had a spider bite, and somebody else had a spider bite a couple of weeks later, I used that protocol for the spider bite because it looked the same as my friend's hand. That worked, too, which was great.


Kate:  In that blog, I know it mentions the Hypericum 200 and Arsenicum album 200. Is that what you used for your spider bite?


Janie:  Yes, that's what I used.


Kate:  Because it was looking infected-ish.


Janie:  Yes. In fact, it's swollen really tight. It was so swollen. I also used the Ledum because that's for puncture wounds. I figured that if the dog had bitten my friend's hand — and it did puncture it, and that helped — then the spider had also bitten me — punctured me — and that helped, too.


Kate:  Well, that's great. Spider bites, I think everyone gets those. Every once in a while, you get one that just really is irritating or starts to swell up. That's very helpful. Thank you for sharing.


Janie:  I also had two friends that got plantar fasciitis within about a year of each other. The first one, he thinks that he just got better. Which is perfectly fine; I don't mind if he thinks that.


Kate:  Had nothing to do with the homeopathy!


Janie:  Within about four days of starting the homeopathy after eight months of pain! But that's all right!


Then the next one also got better within about eight days. I think he thinks it just was “coincidentally,” but never mind.


Kate:  Oh, my gosh. That's funny.


Janie:  Food intolerances, a crick in the neck, constipation, diarrhea, all sorts of things that’s really amazing, and even cat flu with our cat many years ago.


Kate:  Cat flu, what is cat flu?


Janie:  I think it's called feline influenza or something like that. Usually, cats die from it. I looked it up in my animal homeopathy books. (I bought one about cats when we had cats. I bought one about dogs when we got dogs. That was really useful.) And, I just gave the remedies for the situations that arose. Animals always have situations every once in a while.


Kate:  Yes, they do.


Janie:  It helped her. She actually had that twice and was really, really ill. But luckily, she wasn't a cat that slunk away to be ill by herself. She actually stayed in the house, so I noticed she was ill. Then I could help her because I could see what was going on.


We've also sorted out all sorts of cases of flu for people. People have different remedies that work for them. That's quite interesting, too.


If I'm showing a friend something about homeopathy for the first time — say, they can't go to sleep at night or something like that, or they wake up in the middle of the night — then I'll show them two or three of Joette’s stories on her blog and let them pick what they think matches best for their own symptoms. That is really practical and very friendly and low-key.


Kate:  I think that's a great idea. I do the same thing. I say to go to Joette’s search bar and type in whatever condition they have just like we were talking about earlier. It's been exciting to see other people catch the homeopathy vision and get excited about it as well.


Janie:  Yes, I totally agree. I know that I probably sounded like Joette is my idol during this podcast, but I have learned so much from her, and I am so grateful. I'm so excited about what I'm learning. I've just bought two more courses!


Kate:  Yay! Which ones?


Janie:  Survivalist and Feminopathy. I do intend to take them all over the course of time.


Kate: Something that's interesting that people don't realize is that The Survivalist Guide to Homeopathy comes in a big binder, so you get a huge binder filled with information on history of homeopathy, remedies for pretty much every emergency situation that you can think of, a materia medica, all about the cell salts, and so much more. In fact, I have my binder right here. I use it all the time. That's exciting! You're going to love it!


Janie:  Thank you. Yes, I'm really excited about that one, too … and Feminopathy for all my friends.


Kate:  I know you mentioned that you sound like you're promoting Joette. But Joette doesn't want to necessarily promote her materials; she wants to share stories about people who have been helped with homeopathy and encourage people. That is why we do these podcasts to say yes, it is possible. Here's what these people have used, here's how they found the information, and it is possible to heal yourself with homeopathy. Be encouraged, everyone that's listening, because this is amazing medicine!


You can do it, too. Janie has been doing this for a long time. But like she says, she's used it on and off for many years. But all the success stories that you've had are just amazing. I think about what would I have done without homeopathy in my life and all of the medicines that my children would have taken over the years. I'm so grateful as well for homeopathy and for the things that Joette teaches.


Janie:  We’re in the same boat then, Kate. This is an approach to homeopathy that I didn't come across before. I mentioned how this approach to homeopathy — protocols — you don't have to spend hours and hours and hours researching and trying to figure out the one single remedy that will fit everything like you do in classical homeopathy. So, it makes it possible for somebody who is busy living their normal life to actually use homeopathy in a much more practical way. I'm just delighted that I've come across Joette's approach and the Banerjis’ approach. The protocol idea of using homeopathy, it is really practical!


Just to wrap up, if we're at that point, Kate. My conclusion here that I want to share is really that homeopathy is fabulous. Practical Homeopathy® with protocols is fabulous! There’s so much to learn, and so much you can do. It's really changed my approach to listening to my friends talk about what's going on in their lives in terms of pains and aches and all sorts of things. I'm delighted to be able to share it.


Joette:  As I hope you know by now, on my blog, podcasts and Facebook Live, I offer as many protocols for simple conditions as I can — for free, without affiliates or advertising. But let me be clear. When it comes to more complex conditions, it’s key that you learn how to use these medicines properly. I want you to be well-trained. So, I save discussions of the more involved methods for my courses in which I walk students through each method with step-by-step training.


In these podcasts, I focus on those students of mine who have already tunneled in and learned how to take care of themselves, family, friends, and pets, and even livestock using homeopathic medicine. Many of these students began their education by participating in one of my Gateway to Homeopathy study groups. And now, after taking one or more of my courses, they’re well-trained to use my specific brand of homeopathy. I hope listening to this podcast has inspired you to follow in their footsteps. With the proper training, you, too, can nurture and protect the health of your family and loved ones with Practical Homeopathy®.


Kate:  You just listened to a podcast from PracticalHomeopathy.com where nationally certified homeopath, public speaker, and author, Joette Calabrese shares her passion for helping families stay strong through homeopathy. Joette’s podcasts are available on iTunes, Google Play, Blueberry, Pandora, Stitcher, TuneIn and iHeartRadio.


Thank you for listening to this podcast with Joette Calabrese. To learn more and find out if homeopathy is a good fit for your health strategy, visit PracticalHomeopathy.com.



These Moms with Moxie podcasts are designed to be inspirational, not specifically educational. No Remedy Card is provided.


Podcast 90 – 2020 Twenty Tips

Joette Calabrese




01:22   Be prepared: Own your medicines

03:25   Know how to order

04:52   Be prepared with knowledge

06:24   Be prepared in advance

07:01   Stay informed

08:01   Join a study group

10:12   Have a study-buddy

11:06   Listen while you work

12:32   You know more than you think

13:34   Start small

14:55   Use Google

16:30   Don’t be discouraged

17:42   Buy from reputable pharmacies

18:27   Learn the individual medicines contained in combination remedies

19:17   Know how to administer the medicines

22:38   Keep important homeopathic medicines in your purse

23:59   Invest in yourself

25:24   Do not encourage people to get off of their conventional drugs

26:22   Use the protocols

28:20   Don’t give up         


Podcast 89 – ACTION REQUIRED! Due in 5 minutes!


Joette Calabrese




01:17   Americans for Homeopathy Choice

02:49   Meetings with the FDA

09:54    Draft Guidance

32:08    Donations to Americans for Homeopathy Choice



Americans for Homeopathy Choice (homeopathychoice.org)

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Podcast 88 – Confessions of a Homeopath




01:24   Are the best results reserved for the purest people?

05:13   Factors that affect one’s responses to homeopathic medicines

10:15   Synthetic drugs

26:25   Homeopathic remedy tip especially for the holidays


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