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Heart Disease and Statins, Be Informed.

January 14, 2014

pillsLifestyle changes are a critical component of reducing heart disease risk. That means following a heart-healthy diet  (light on red meat, heavy on veggies, nuts, fish and olive oil) and getting regular physical activity.  As little as an apple a day, according to Oxford University, will prevent 8500 deaths from heart disease each year year.

Many people in the US and Canada, including children, are now being prescribed statin drugs to prevent heart disease. According to Consumer Reports “.. in 2009, paediatricians wrote children in the U.S. at least 2.8 million prescriptions for drugs to lower cholesterol; nearly 2.3 million of them were for statins. ”

The wisdom of this has come into question, according to an excellent article and news story by CBC Canada posted here.  A study published in January 2013 in JAMA Internal Medicine suggested statins may be associated with an increase in musculoskeletal conditions and pain, especially in physically active individuals. The New England Journal of Medicine shines a light on our hesitation to institute public health measures to prevent disease in favour of a rush to prescription drugs.

Before taking drugs for a medical condition or prevention of a medical condition, it is important to do your research so that you can make an informed decision on what your best options are for the outcomes that you are trying to achieve. Consult an healthcare practitioner. Homeopaths are schooled in alternatives to the potential dangers of conventional medicine and are happy to discuss the best options for you.

Lumps, Bumps and Bruises: Homeopathy and First Aid: Arnica

June 15, 2013

ImageMy first introduction to homeopathy was in conjunction with first aid. I was reading a book by Robert S. Wood about hiking [Dayhiker : walking for fitness, fun, and adventure], in which he mentions that he carries a homeopathic first aid kit on his hikes and walks because of its versatility and effectiveness. Intrigued by this new bit of gear that I had never heard of before, I set out to find out more about homeopathy. Reading about homeopathy was intriguing, but it was not until I made up my own first aid kit and used it that could truly believe in the power and usefulness of these little white pills. Here was something that I could use in situations of injury and trauma that offered more than conventional first aid methods, which rely on support and stabilization techniques, and painkillers.

Homeopathy and first aid go well together, in that first aid situations usually present with clear and definite symptoms that respond rapidly and definitively to a well chosen remedy. This is good both for the person taking the remedy, and the person prescribing the remedy. First aid remedies are relatively few and easy to learn to use correctly. A few basic remedies in a kit can serve for a wide range of situations, whether it is for getting you back to the car after a mishap on the trail, or dealing with a bout of food poisoning at home or on your travels abroad.

One of the first remedies to add to a homeopathic first aid kit should be Arnica Montana. Arnica is so versatile in physical trauma situations that it should almost be taken first before you prescribe anything else.

Arnica acts on the emotional as well as the physical level. Immediately after taking it for an injury, the pain goes down, along with the shakiness and mental fog that can accompany a physical trauma. One feels a sense of relief, clear headed, calm, and “grounded”. The quality of the pain relief is different from that of conventional painkillers. It naturally fades away, and does not feel suppressed or numbed down in any way.

On the physical level, arnica promotes fast healing, prevents bruising, minimizes inflammation, and helps stop bleeding. Injuries that would normally bruise either do not, or only bruise minimally. Injuries that involve a break in the skin stop bleeding right away, and the resulting scabs fall off in a few days.

Arnica can also help in overexertion remedies to prevent muscle soreness the next day.

What is interesting is that arnica can also help in cases of purely mental shock or injury. I had a patient who suffered an emotional shock and became withdrawn and unresponsive to his family. All he wanted to do was lie in bed and sleep, refusing food. He would wake up enough to answer questions, and then fall back asleep. After a day of this, the family became very worried. A dose of arnica had him joining them at the dinner table 15 minutes later and getting back to his regular activities the next day.

Arnica tends to work well in higher potencies. This means either 200C or 1M. In an emergency situation it can be dispensed dry under the tongue (2 pellets), but if it needs to be repeated, it is better to dissolve the pellets in water and to take a teaspoon each time as necessary, stirring vigorously before each dose. This can be done in a glass or in a water bottle. How often to repeat the dose depends on the individual and the severity of the situation. This can range from every 15 minutes to once a day. A good guide is to hold off until one feels the pain come back, and then to take the next dose

Sugar and Your Health

April 2, 2012

In order to maintain optimal health, we all know the importance of eating well. Recently I listened to an interview on CBC Radio with Raj Patel who keeps a blog here where he discusses his book about the deadly effects of sugar, in particular fructose, on health.  He says “it is unavoidable, toxic, has the potential for abuse, and has a negative impact on society”. Which is why, in a paper in the latest issue of Nature,  Robert Lustig, Laura Schmidt, and Claire Brindis  suggest restrictions on advertising of sugary processed foods.

Given the research we need to take seriously the amount of sugar we consume in processed foods.  Most people who care for their health with homeopathy take diet and nutrition seriously, all the same, sugar is a powerful substance and we all can fall prey to it’s alluring charms, not to mention ever presence in processed foods.

In order to reduce our risk for major health concerns such as diabetes, heart disease, metabolic syndrome, even malnutrition and, some studies suggest, cancer we need, if it is at all possible, to eat fresh, eat organic, eat wild. In other words eat well.


Nature and Your Health

March 2, 2012

Spring is coming. Nature is calling.  Did you know that “the fractals (shapes) in nature affect the brain. .. when we are surrounded by nature, pleasure chemicals are released and we in effect become happier.”  There is a very informative post here about the benefits of taking your exercise in the woods or a park. You may already know that being in nature improves your mood .  If you don’t, try it, it works.

I spend most of my free time hiking, boating or just plain walking somewhere where there are trees, grass and or water. I bike to work and to the shops. I know from first hand experience how this improves my mental and physical health. Studies show that this is not just anecdotal.  So, get out there, give it a try. Health will improve and your homeopathic constitutional treatment is supported by a proactive approach to wellness.

Support your Homeopathic Constitutional Treatment with Wintertime Self Care

January 19, 2012

We are well into the deep dark days of winter.  Lack of light and low motivation to exercise and eat well can take a toll.  Here is a great list by Therese J. Borchard of PsychCentral of things we can do to help relieve the stress on our psyches and bodies that winter can bring. Physical and Psychological stress can interfere with Homeopathic healing by maintaining the causes of  illness.

Support your Homeopathic constitutional treatment and speed your healing by taking care of yourself, especially in the months when we are most likely to neglect self care due to low light, short days and the increase in demands on our time.

At Ming Dinh Homeopathy we look at the big picture of health. We help you deal with the things that maintain illness in an holistic and sensitive way. We want you to be well. We do what it takes to get you there.