Thoughts on the world, homeopathy, mindfulness and food...
A collection of blog posts - feel free to respond with your thoughts and comments - I love to have feedback - thank you!
It's been a strange day. For a start absolutely freezing and my shoulders seem to have found a home for themselves 2 inches closer to my ears than they should be. It could be the NHS England decision that prescriptions of homeopathic medicines should not be covered on the NHS. Or it could be that I had one of the most beautiful consultations of my career this afternoon.
It's always an incredible joy to sit with someone, bear witness to things they may not have shared ever before (and I never thought I'd be the one they'd share it with, but time and again that happens), and be able to reflect things back to them.
I always, if am prescribing in that space, share details of the remedy I'm giving, and my reasons for why, and have a discussion around that there. Some homeopaths don't like to. That's fine too. For me it's part of the process, unless someone doesn't want to know.
And today when I reflected things back from the remedy I was about to give, they were spot on. Beautifully described their experience and absolutely summed everything up. The proof, of course is in the pudding, so I'll wait and hear more.
What I don't know of yet, is anything else out there like this that we do. I work hard, study hard, attend seminars and trainings. It's not always easy. But it is so so worthwhile. The insights I gain from doing these and studying at home extensively are wonderful.
The last seminar reinforced much that I see. If it wasn't for homeopathy what would have helped the case we saw there - conventional medicine had been tried (for four years) and found wanting. Nutritional adjustments had been made, with some, but limited relief. More, and stronger medication may have been an option. But why do that if there is a simple, effective, cheap option that keeps working without constant drugs being taken?
It seems somewhat of a tangent from the start, but in a world where everything is relevant, I guess it's relevant. We see such phenomenal things, I see such amazing people working in my role, and in roles like mine with others, I cannot help but feel a pride for what we do.
Back, briefly, to the NHS England decision. A decision based on a deeply flawed report, and with reference to another horrendously flawed report, it seems pointless to discuss too much. I would rather point you in Cristal's direction here.
And if you'd like to donate to the Judicial Review fund she mentions, it's here.
The petition is here.
Donate and help save the NHS. Using homeopathy more would save vital funds and bring health back to the healthcare services
There's not that many things that make me mad. Injustice, abuse probably the main two that spring to mind. So perhaps that's why this one irritates me. The suppression of homeopathy by the pharmaceutical world drives me mad. I am aware of pharmacists that are homeopaths, pharmaceutical reps that are homeopaths, doctors that are homeopaths, vets who are homeopaths, nurses that are homeopaths, plenty of them who are no longer practicing their first career and working with homeopathy solely as they've found it more effective. Not that they're always better paid for it. Not that they don't, at times, take abuse for their new career. But they see it working. They work hard. It's not an easy path to walk. But damn, it's worthwhile.
Seeing, early this week, a case of a child of 4 who'd been unhappy ever since she was born due to pain issues, showed me again why we do what we do. Medically nothing helped. Homeopathically, well yes. The remedy that matched closest to the case was given and within 2 months a huge improvement. By the time several months had passed things were vastly different and improvement was huge.
Other cases, depression for years and years. Or IBS, or anxiety. Candida. Or times where constant antibiotics needed, then with homeopathic treatment for a few months able to not only not have the infections that were still occurring despite daily antibiotics for the last 6 years, no prophylactic antibiotics needed and no infections happening. A year on still the same. Obviously where medication is given by another professional it's not my business to interfere with that and I always stress that decisions to reduce that, should that be appropriate, should be undertaken with that professional. That's how I work. I aim to integrate so the best possible treatment for that individual is achieved.
I've clients reducing their diabetic medication. Because they now can. Others reducing pain medication - because they're forgetting to take it as the pain is significantly reduced. I could go on but it's probably enough of a rant. Please donate and help fund this challenge. Homeopathy could save the NHS a fortune if integrated well into the services that are offered. I've given people homeopathic medicines and they've no longer needed operations for tendonitis, where only the conventional option offered was surgery, or people not needing costly medications for rheumatoid arthritis. Not only that but inflammatory markers coming down. With homeopathy.
If you've not done already, please support this hugely important campaign started by the British Homeopathic Association.
There. Rant over. Thank you.
It was a wonderful thing, once again, to make and share food with people. I think there's something sacred about sharing food - especially when you've made it with love.
Following several requests to share recipes for food we had during our rustic retreat last weekend, I've got a weekend retreat treat for you :)
You do have to make it yourself, there's no kidnapping me (it was suggested) and do the shopping - but aside from that it's all easy recipes, simple and tasty real food.
Juice on arrival (take your pick!)
Romaine wraps with carrot, cucumber, cherry tomatoes, avocado, shredded sweet potato, beetroot
Raw banoffee pecan pie for dessert
Fresh fruit - melon or mango, banana
Homemade apple and seeded granola or barley, pecan and pineapple granola with fruit and plant milk (oat, almond or coconut)/Various breads to toast and toppings
Fresh juices for all
Carrot, pineapple, beet and ginger
Apple, lemon, spinach and cucumber
Spinach and mango soup
Raw chocolate making in the afternoon - we may have one or two...
Spiralised courgette, chopped tomatoes, celery, spring onion with an red pepper, garlic, lemon and cashew cream sauce
Peanut butter jelly ice cream dessert
Raw banana ice cream
As Saturday above
I hope you enjoy it if you have a go at any of the recipes. Do feel free to let me know what you think - I love to have feedback.
I'm a Homeopath working in the Skipton (North Yorkshire) area. I am also able to offer food intolerance testing using Kinesiology and advice around diet and lifestyle.
Em Colley MARH, Practitioner of Classical Homeopathy
BSc(Hons) Psychology and Neuroscience
Laughter Yoga Leader
Focussed Mindfulness Practitioner
Dip (SNHS) Kinesiology
Dip (SNHS) Holistic Nutrition
Certificate in Whole Food, Plant Based Nutrition