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  • Natural Medicine 101: Homeopathy by Dr. Kathleen Jones Natural Medicine 101: Homeopathy by Dr. Kathleen Jones

    Posted on by Quantam Health Products

    Of the many treatment modalities I've incorporated into my practice, I probably get the most questions about homeopathic remedies. The unfortunate truth is that there are many people demonizing homeopathy in conventional medicine, simply because they do not understand how it works and the underlying theories that guide its principles.

    In over 20 years of clinical practice, I have witnessed homeopathy work as both a standalone form of medicine and as a complementary approach to a larger protocol (that might incorporate herbs, supplementation, hormonal precursors, etc.). I'm certainly not the only physician with experience in this practice: 500 million people use homeopathy worldwide! In this post, I will detail the history, philosophy, and clinical application of homeopathic medicine, including an argument for how it may be working at the level of our individual cells. 

    When we examine the history of homeopathy and combine it with our modern understanding, the result is something amazing; homeopathy blends medical philosophy with cutting-edge science: nanoparticles! Before we get to the exciting new scientific theories, we need to examine the history of homeopathy, which has informed its traditional practice into modern times.

    Homeopathy as a formal practice of medicine was started by a prominent physician, Samuel Hahnemann, MD, in the United States about two hundred years ago, but the guiding principles of homeopathy are based in ancient teachings. Homeopathy quickly grew in popularity throughout the United States, because it was a cost-effective and seemed to elicit quick recovery without the risk associated with other medical procedures in the 1800s. Here are the basic principles that have definhas advanced with time, scientists are able to generate dilutions of magnanimous proportions; preparations are now available as small as 10-60, which is the equivalent of one drop in a pool the size of a football field. Those doses are believed to be the most potent of all, as the remaining substance is limited to remaining nanoparticles.

    Taking all of this into account, thousands of homeopathic remedies in various dosage concentrations have been developed and clinically studied over the years. It's very difficult to study homeopathy from a clinical trial perspective, because individual homeopathic dosages and remedies varies so greatly.

    However, there is emerging evidence that homeopathic remedies act on a nanoparticular level. This model of homeopathy makes sense on a couple levels. Nanoparticles act on our cells in a different way than larger molecules (like the building blocks of cells: vitamins, minerals, proteins, fats, and carbohydrates) do; rather than providing material for new growth or for change within our cells, nanoparticles influence what already exists within the cells. This explains why homeopathy may or may not be effective, depending on the person. This also explains why the effects of homeopathy are gentle and without side effects yet sometimes life-changingly powerful. Examples include curing rare and otherwise incurable diseases, having changes in constitution/personality, and impacting the behavior of children and animals (who would not be influenced by, say, a placebo effect).

    I've presented a lot of information here that is in direct conflict with the conventional medical thinking. It can be a lot to process, and I am still occasionally amazed by the power of this medicine! Yet, I do not often rely on homeopathy exclusively, as I want to utilize all of my resources as a naturopathic physician _ and that includes herbal medicine, nutritional supplementation, and specialized integrative testing. I am planning to write more about homeopathy to increase awareness around it, but I want to make sure that I also discuss these other modalities. Stay tuned for more information about this topic and others!

    Of the many treatment modalities I've incorporated into my practice, I probably get the most questions about homeopathic remedies. The unfortunate truth is that there are many people demonizing homeopathy in conventional medicine, simply because they do not understand how it works and the underlying theories that guide its principles.

    In over 20 years of clinical practice, I have witnessed homeopathy work as both a standalone form of medicine and as a complementary approach to a larger protocol (that might incorporate herbs, supplementation, hormonal precursors, etc.). I'm certainly not the only physician with experience in this practice: 500 million people use homeopathy worldwide! In this post, I will detail the history, philosophy, and clinical application of homeopathic medicine, including an argument for how it may be working at the level of our individual cells. 

    When we examine the history of homeopathy and combine it with our modern understanding, the result is something amazing; homeopathy blends medical philosophy with cutting-edge science: nanoparticles! Before we get to the exciting new scientific theories, we need to examine the history of homeopathy, which has informed its traditional practice into modern times.

    Homeopathy as a formal practice of medicine was started by a prominent physician, Samuel Hahnemann, MD, in the United States about two hundred years ago, but the guiding principles of homeopathy are based in ancient teachings. Homeopathy quickly grew in popularity throughout the United States, because it was a cost-effective and seemed to elicit quick recovery without the risk associated with other medical procedures in the 1800s. Here are the basic principles that have definhas advanced with time, scientists are able to generate dilutions of magnanimous proportions; preparations are now available as small as 10-60, which is the equivalent of one drop in a pool the size of a football field. Those doses are believed to be the most potent of all, as the remaining substance is limited to remaining nanoparticles.

    Taking all of this into account, thousands of homeopathic remedies in various dosage concentrations have been developed and clinically studied over the years. It's very difficult to study homeopathy from a clinical trial perspective, because individual homeopathic dosages and remedies varies so greatly.

    However, there is emerging evidence that homeopathic remedies act on a nanoparticular level. This model of homeopathy makes sense on a couple levels. Nanoparticles act on our cells in a different way than larger molecules (like the building blocks of cells: vitamins, minerals, proteins, fats, and carbohydrates) do; rather than providing material for new growth or for change within our cells, nanoparticles influence what already exists within the cells. This explains why homeopathy may or may not be effective, depending on the person. This also explains why the effects of homeopathy are gentle and without side effects yet sometimes life-changingly powerful. Examples include curing rare and otherwise incurable diseases, having changes in constitution/personality, and impacting the behavior of children and animals (who would not be influenced by, say, a placebo effect).

    I've presented a lot of information here that is in direct conflict with the conventional medical thinking. It can be a lot to process, and I am still occasionally amazed by the power of this medicine! Yet, I do not often rely on homeopathy exclusively, as I want to utilize all of my resources as a naturopathic physician _ and that includes herbal medicine, nutritional supplementation, and specialized integrative testing. I am planning to write more about homeopathy to increase awareness around it, but I want to make sure that I also discuss these other modalities. Stay tuned for more information about this topic and others!

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  • Natural Medicine 101: What is Naturopathic Medicine? by Dr. Kathleen Jones Natural Medicine 101: What is Naturopathic Medicine? by Dr. Kathleen Jones

    Posted on by Quantam Health Products

    As many of my patients know, I have been practicing in Columbus, Ohio for over twenty years. Despite the many progresses of complementary and alternative medicine during that time, I am still frequently asked to clarify just what a naturopathic doctor is. Taking a cursory look at the Internet, one is bombarded with many opinions on natural medicine and natural healing practices, so I wanted to clarify for all current and future patients just what the medicine and my practice are all about.

    Simply put, naturopathic medicine is a branch of medicine that employs natural resources to allow the body to heal itself naturally. According to the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians, there are six major tenants of naturopathic medicine:

    1. The Healing Power of Nature
    2. Identify and Treat the Causes
    3. First Do No Harm
    4. Doctor as Teacher
    5. Treat the Whole Person
    6. Prevention

    Some of these principles may seem like common sense. Let's talk about how each of these apply to my practice and how I can help you.

    The Healing Power of Nature: despite how much of a non-technical term this may appear to be, it is actually rooted deeply in scientific understanding of the body: our genes! With rare exception, our genetic makeup is designed to create a healthful body and oftentimes, variations from the norm are a result of the bodyÕs attempt to restore its own health. For example, many of the symptoms of a cold for example, a fever and are a result of normal and natural processes in the body intended to aid in fighting off the infection. Naturopathic medicine seeks aid the body in successfully and efficiently managing its own health. In the case of a fever, a naturopathic physician may utmply put, won't leave you sick with side effects! There are countless traditional, effective methods of treatment straight from nature that result in no side effects and do nothing but aid the natural process of self-healing.

    1. When suppressing a symptom is harmful, naturopathic physicians avoid doing so at all costs.
    2. Understanding that each patient is capable of self-healing and working with the body to accomplish healing.

    Doctor as Teacher: I spend a lot of time explaining the medicine to my patients, because this is one of the most important aspects of naturopathic medicine. A patient will not be satisfied if he or she is looking for a quick fix from a naturopath! Each of my initial appointments last at least one hour so that I can truly get to know the individual and explain my practice. You will come to know that I like to explain how it all works so that you are able to take charge of your own health! That way, each patient is able to begin thinking critically about conventional medical practices and considering how diet and lifestyle affect our health.

    Treat the Whole Person: There are many factors that make up a person's health! A naturopathic physician will aim to examine each patient's complete wellbeing profile and as such will make recommendations about lifestyle factors in addition to suggesting supplements and other treatments. The factors that I will consider when developing your treatment plan include your physical, mental, emotional, and social wellbeing. I will ask my patients about their sleep patterns, daily stressors, and emotional tendenciesÑI am your doctor, so we should be able to discuss anything, and these all contribute to your health! Rather than attempting to treat a very specific ailment, I would like to see your overall health improve and allow your body to overcome whatever ills you. It may sound crazy, but this model of practice has worked time and time again for my profession and in my practice specifically.

    Prevention: after we are able to combat any immediate health concerns, the focus of any naturopathic physician will be prevention of any additional conditions or diseases. Using your complete medical history, I will want to utilize our knowledge of your susceptibility to health problems, and we can use my objective testing to determine if you may be at any additional risk for a wide assortment of conditions. At the core of naturopathic medicine, the goal is to not have to treat disease but rather to always be a step ahead.

    Understanding the philosophy behind your practitioner's medicine is a critical step toward taking charge of your own health and wellbeing!  The unfortunate reality is that there are many naturopaths whom have not received the appropriate medical training or whom do not follow these critical tenants of naturopathic medicine. Naturopathy, when practiced with good intent and understanding of the medicine, can be incredibly healing and has led to wonderful success for countless patients.

    SHOP DR. KATHLEEN JONES RECOMMENDED PRODUCTS:

    Homeopathics

    Health Test Kits

     

    As many of my patients know, I have been practicing in Columbus, Ohio for over twenty years. Despite the many progresses of complementary and alternative medicine during that time, I am still frequently asked to clarify just what a naturopathic doctor is. Taking a cursory look at the Internet, one is bombarded with many opinions on natural medicine and natural healing practices, so I wanted to clarify for all current and future patients just what the medicine and my practice are all about.

    Simply put, naturopathic medicine is a branch of medicine that employs natural resources to allow the body to heal itself naturally. According to the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians, there are six major tenants of naturopathic medicine:

    1. The Healing Power of Nature
    2. Identify and Treat the Causes
    3. First Do No Harm
    4. Doctor as Teacher
    5. Treat the Whole Person
    6. Prevention

    Some of these principles may seem like common sense. Let's talk about how each of these apply to my practice and how I can help you.

    The Healing Power of Nature: despite how much of a non-technical term this may appear to be, it is actually rooted deeply in scientific understanding of the body: our genes! With rare exception, our genetic makeup is designed to create a healthful body and oftentimes, variations from the norm are a result of the bodyÕs attempt to restore its own health. For example, many of the symptoms of a cold for example, a fever and are a result of normal and natural processes in the body intended to aid in fighting off the infection. Naturopathic medicine seeks aid the body in successfully and efficiently managing its own health. In the case of a fever, a naturopathic physician may utmply put, won't leave you sick with side effects! There are countless traditional, effective methods of treatment straight from nature that result in no side effects and do nothing but aid the natural process of self-healing.

    1. When suppressing a symptom is harmful, naturopathic physicians avoid doing so at all costs.
    2. Understanding that each patient is capable of self-healing and working with the body to accomplish healing.

    Doctor as Teacher: I spend a lot of time explaining the medicine to my patients, because this is one of the most important aspects of naturopathic medicine. A patient will not be satisfied if he or she is looking for a quick fix from a naturopath! Each of my initial appointments last at least one hour so that I can truly get to know the individual and explain my practice. You will come to know that I like to explain how it all works so that you are able to take charge of your own health! That way, each patient is able to begin thinking critically about conventional medical practices and considering how diet and lifestyle affect our health.

    Treat the Whole Person: There are many factors that make up a person's health! A naturopathic physician will aim to examine each patient's complete wellbeing profile and as such will make recommendations about lifestyle factors in addition to suggesting supplements and other treatments. The factors that I will consider when developing your treatment plan include your physical, mental, emotional, and social wellbeing. I will ask my patients about their sleep patterns, daily stressors, and emotional tendenciesÑI am your doctor, so we should be able to discuss anything, and these all contribute to your health! Rather than attempting to treat a very specific ailment, I would like to see your overall health improve and allow your body to overcome whatever ills you. It may sound crazy, but this model of practice has worked time and time again for my profession and in my practice specifically.

    Prevention: after we are able to combat any immediate health concerns, the focus of any naturopathic physician will be prevention of any additional conditions or diseases. Using your complete medical history, I will want to utilize our knowledge of your susceptibility to health problems, and we can use my objective testing to determine if you may be at any additional risk for a wide assortment of conditions. At the core of naturopathic medicine, the goal is to not have to treat disease but rather to always be a step ahead.

    Understanding the philosophy behind your practitioner's medicine is a critical step toward taking charge of your own health and wellbeing!  The unfortunate reality is that there are many naturopaths whom have not received the appropriate medical training or whom do not follow these critical tenants of naturopathic medicine. Naturopathy, when practiced with good intent and understanding of the medicine, can be incredibly healing and has led to wonderful success for countless patients.

    SHOP DR. KATHLEEN JONES RECOMMENDED PRODUCTS:

    Homeopathics

    Health Test Kits

     

    Read more