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There was a time when we did as we were told.  We listened to our parents, teachers, and authority in all its faces and adhered to the rules of the day.  As youngsters it was an appropriate and accepted way of conduct.

Today, much of what we were taught has been turned upside down.  The voice of today’s society rings of topsy-turvy counsel.  Instead of work first and play later, our world entreats us to play first.

Instead of buying a home that we can afford, we’re encouraged to borrow beyond our means.  Instead of firm discipline in the home, we’re directed by faddish psycho-babble to give our kids “space” and privacy.

I say it’s time to turn back the clock…or perhaps swing it forward.  Whatever the direction, it’s time we take back control of our lives and use common horse sense.

For example, does it make sense to get a flu shot that may be made from the wrong strain?

This is a frequent occurrence. Since the epidemiologists do not know which strain is forthcoming each flu season, they make a soup of the latest microorganisms.  Then it’s injected directly into the bloodstream.

Interestingly, many who are vaccinated get the flu anyway—either in spite of or perhaps because of the vaccine itself.

And, what about the connection between the flu shot and muscle pain?  It has been clinically noted that when healthy patients yield to flu shots in autumn, they succumb to fibromyalgia by winter or spring.

Fibromyalgia is one of the symptoms of the flu!

Remember the achy joints and bones that come with the flu?  That’s fibromyalgia. The short-lived achiness that accompanies the flu becomes a full-fledged chronic condition when the immune system is tampered with as it is with a vaccine.

Indeed, I think we’ve lost perspective.

Why not simply take a gentle homeopathic remedy that works better and more delicately and politely on the system?

Consider Oscillococcinum (pronounced: oh-sill-oh-cock-sign-um).  It happens to be the #1 over-the-counter and prescription medication in France—a place where homeopathy is highly regarded by the medical profession as well as by lay people.

But the reason for its popularity is simple–it works.

Oscillococcinum is made from the heart and liver of a waterfowl, and is particularly useful for the onset of colds and flu that come on in the wet season, such as in fall or spring.

If taken at the onset of a cold, it will usually stop it dead in its tracks.

But here is the best part: if taken as a prophylactic, say, once per week for four weeks and then once each month until the flu season is over, it will usually  protect you and your family from the flu.

If indeed the person still gets a cold or flu after taking this remedy, it will often ensure a much milder episode.

This is rational medicine.

No drugs.

No side effects.

No questionable ingredients.

Do you need another reason to take this remedy?

How about a cost of less than $19?

I certainly wouldn’t want to dictate what you ought to do for the upcoming season.

That would put me in the same category as proselytizing drug manufacturers. However, this little lesson may just convince the staunchest advocates of modern medicine of the power of homeopathy.

Consider each and decide for yourself.

Drugs or homeopathy?

For my clients, family and me, the decision is straightforward– homeopathy for gentler, more capable results.


For more info on how to be prepared to handle the flu with homeopathy and common sense check out the free download Ahh Choo!! The Flu on my website homeopathyworks.net.

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(Or, how I found mine after years of illness) 

As a busy homeopath and mother, I understand how precious of a commodity time is for all of us.   After detours, mistakes, and years of searching for the healthiest ways of living, I’ve distilled my research and time-tested tips to a simple seventeen. Here are my top all-time favorites.


1)      Stay calm. The world is not as scary a place as the media and other self-serving entities might lead us to believe. When I am anxious or worried I repeat a passage from Psalm 46:10, “Be still and know that I am God.”  To know that God is protecting all of us, gives me inner peace.  No matter who you believe God to be, pray or meditate daily. If you’re Catholic, say your rosary. If you’re Protestant, read your Bible. If you’re Jewish, study your teachings. Don’t miss out on the importance of faith.


2)     Don’t watch TV or spend unproductive time on the internet. After working in the field of media, I learned that it is not in your best interest to be subjected to most forms of media as a steady diet. Protect your children from the barrage as well.


3)     Eat like your great-grandparents did. Eat whole, real, and unprocessed foods. Make your meals yourself from single, basic ingredients. It takes longer, but the rewards are worth the effort. There is something therapeutic about chopping fresh vegetables and creating soup from homemade bone stock. And you’ll earn a reputation as a good cook!


4)     Learn enough homeopathy to be able to treat yourself and your family for life’s little unknowns. The more you know, the more you’ll want to know. Homeopathy is timeless and enduring. At the very least, find yourself a credentialed, experienced homeopath and use his/her services liberally.


5)     Stay away from conventional medications as much as possible. Most meds are dangerous and at best superfluous. Every dubious drug has a healthy counterpart either in homeopathy, in food,  or in an herb (My CD “Homeopathy First Aid: Perform in the Storm” is available on my website).  Learn the safe alternatives and use them with confidence.  Save the use of modern drugs for life-threatening situations only.


6)     Get fresh air and direct sunshine at least 30 minutes daily. Throw out the sunscreen. Have you read the ingredients? Sun screen inhibits your body’s natural mechanism to make Vitamin D and is loaded with chemicals not meant to be slathered on the skin. Instead, if needed, protect your skin the old-fashioned way: a hat, cover-up, and common sense.


7)     Get some exercise. I realize how trite this statement sounds, but after years of resisting exercise myself because of time constraints, I’ve come to learn that I’m more productive and happier when I work out. Even a short walk is good enough.


8)    If possible, keep a garden and animals. A flower or vegetable garden can be a sight for emotionally sore eyes.  A pet can bring a smile to your face. They keep us closer to what is important in life: simple pleasures.

9)     Protect your family and the integrity of the family in our society. That means your marriage and the marriages of those around you. A unified family is the basis of a healthy, prosperous and creative society.


10) Keep your exposure to electromagnetic fields to a minimum. Use the speaker function on your cell phone instead of holding it up to your ear.


11)  Expose yourself and family to the intelligent, creative, and lofty influences of our society. By listening to classical music, reading fine literature, viewing fine art, we are inspired to greatness ourselves. Then emulate and study those who have led successful and creative lives: Mother Teresa, Benjamin Franklin, Gandhi, Churchill, and Beethoven.


12) Keep family traditions.  Whether they’re based on your religion or created by you, they are important for carrying family into the next generation.  If you don’t have any or enough, the way to establish them is by repeating a meaningful activity, time and again.


13) Eat and drink raw dairy products from animals that are pasture fed and preferably organic such as raw sheep’s milk cheese from Italy, raw goat and cow’s milk from France, Denmark, Ireland, and sometimes the United States.


14) Eat organic. At least as much as possible, buy or grow your own vegetables and eat meat from pasture fed animals. In other words, support local, organic, family farms.  Your liver will thank you too.


15)  Include some fermented food or drink with every meal. Old fashioned sauerkraut, pickles, yogurt, kefir, kombucha, fermented carrots, and so on. They provide live enzymes that help us break down the cooked foods we eat. They are excellent for intestinal disorders and are utilized by the healthiest people on the earth.


16) Try to eat raw food at least 80% of the time.   This is not as difficult as one would imagine: drink raw milk, eat fermented and fresh vegetables, dehydrated nuts and seeds,  and incorporate raw yogurt, cheese and butter into your diet.


17)  Do good work. Prepare your food and nurse your family with pride. Whatever it is you choose to do, do it with aplomb, commitment and joy.


These are the tips that have helped me and my family live lives full of vitality and vigor.  What tips have you discovered to maintain your own good health?

_______________________________________________________________________________________________________These are just a few of my tips for vibrant health.  Lots more on my website homeopathyworks.net.  Check out this link to read many more of my articles.  Or call (716) 941-1045 to schedule a free 15 minute phone consultation to see how homeopathy could fit with your health strategy.

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If you’ve been reading this blog for any time, you’ve probably already achieved success treating your family with homeopathy.


Does it seem to be placebo?


Of course not!




How do we know it’s not?


Let’s look at animals for our answer. Animals cannot be affected by the placebo effect, yet homeopathy in veterinary care is a growing practice.  It cures chickens, cats, dogs, ducks, herds of cows, wildlife, etc and is the mainstay of  even conventionally trained vets.


Homeopathy is just as efficacious for the animals as for people.


What powerful evidence that homeopathy is more than placebo when an animal is cured over a few hours or days by a few tiny pellets dissolved in its mouth!


Obviously, belief in the power of homeopathy is not needed for the healing transformation.


I recall Katie, a lab who had a terrible time with itching.


She would scratch until she bled and it kept the entire family awake at night.  She loved to eat and ate twice as much as the other two dogs she lived with.


Outdoors was Katie’s favorite place to be, as long as it was not too warm.  When summer arrived, she sat against the air conditioning unit to stay cool.


Around the time the itching commenced, Katie began to emit a strong dog odor and took to not waiting until it was time to be let out before she did her duty.


That is, she preferred the dining room floor to the back yard.  In short, Katie was becoming a burden to her family.


A visit to the vet left her with a prescription for antibiotics to prevent potential skin infection  and a steroid for the itching.  After a month, Katie’s skin was slightly improved except now she had diarrhea nearly every day and was lethargic.


The vet then prescribed another medication for the diarrhea in hopes it would also deal with the fatigue.  It appeared Katie was moving towards chronic illness and her meds were stacking up.


Katie’s owners decided to halt the drugs.   Instead, they gave her Sulphur 200 four times in one day once every 2 weeks.


Within the first 3 days, Katie stopped messing in the house and seemed to be much like her old self again.  She still scratched, but it occurred less frequently and for a shorter duration.


Her family noted that the odor seemed to dissipate around a week or so after starting the remedy and the diarrhea tapered off over a period of two weeks.


One month later, the family reported that their pet was free of the itching, odor, malaise and even the side effects from the ill-conceived drugs.


Placebo or genuine medicine?  Katie and her family know the answer—homeopathy’s the real thing.


Treating pets may seem more difficult than finding the correct remedy for our child’s ailment because your pet can’t relay symptoms.


Here’s where our powers of observation are honed.  Every behavior of the animal is a clue.


Is she cowering in the corner?  That’s anxiety.


Is she thirsty or eating more than usual?  The presence or absence of thirst and appetite is an important guiding symptom and is easily

observable in animals.


We repertorize the symptoms of our pets exactly the same way as we do for any human ailment.  If you’ve got a pooch with a skin problem, research rashes in your homeopathy books.


No matter that the book is geared toward humans.  Symptoms are symptoms and are real as long as they’re not side effects of a drug.


Try treating your pet, livestock or wildlife.


In no time you’ll have enough familiarity to recognize the correct remedy in a jiffy.


Interested in reading more about how we know homeopathy is effective?  Download my article Scientific Research on Homeopathy’s

Efficacy to learn more.  Lots more great info on my website http://homeopathyworks.net/.

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These cheeping babies outside my door have made me aware of their presence lately by their constant squawking.  Not to get too philosophical, but passing by them the other day made me stop and ponder our role as parents.


Like these little birds, our children are completely dependent on us.  If the mama bird doesn’t bring back a nutritious dinner of insects and worms, these babies won’t grow.


It’s that simple; they are helpless without her.


We, too, have a crucial responsibility to provide our children with nourishment and care.  This idea seems facile, but how often do we really consider the enormous weight of our everyday decisions?


I’m thrilled that I knew about the discoveries of Dr. Weston A. Price since the time my kids were small. His invaluable nutritional wisdom and common sense continue to inspire and guide me in making healthy food choices for my family.


Another thing that struck me about this humble robin’s nest was the confidence of the mother bird.  She instinctively knew how to construct a safe dwelling for her babies.


The incredible ruckus she sets up whenever anyone approaches the nest illustrates how protective of a mother she is.


Why then are we as parents frequently afraid to stand up for the health of our children?


Whether it means questioning a doctor who assures us that the antibiotic prescribed for our child is really very “mild” or convincing Grandma that strawberry Pop Tarts don’t count as a serving of fruit, we need to feel confident enough of our parental authority to take a stand when our gut tells us something isn’t right.


Homeopathy has helped me more than anything else to feel secure in my God-given role as a mother.  Just knowing that I possessed the ability to cure an ear infection, or sore throat, or even halt an allergic reaction imbued me with a feeling close to euphoria.


You’ll no doubt experience it too, the first time you witness the effects of your well-chosen homeopathic remedy.


Over the years, it has become my mission to empower moms and dads to do what this little bird has done and take the health of our children into our own hands.  It can be as simple as owning a homeopathic remedy kit and a comprehensive book and/or taking a good course.


If you’re serious about increasing your knowledge, my year-long course for parents might be a good fit for you.  Classes have started, but we would be glad to get you up to date with the material.


We have no choice. If we bring them into the world, we must do what we know is right.

Committed parenting.


Whole nutrition.

Once you know this, you have to do what’s right.

That’s all there is to it!


Don’t wait!  Start taking charge of your family’s health now by checking out the many free downloads on my website http://homeopathyworks.net like this handy first-aid chart.

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Pond Perfect

I make no apologies.

I’ve always hated exercise.

It’s tedious.


I beg  forgiveness from those of you who are ardent sports enthusiasts, but despite many attempts,  nothing’s quite stuck.


Running? Not my style.

Yoga?  Too still for me.

Swimming?  The chlorine negates any benefits the exercise might offer.

Exercise classes?  I hate to be a music snob, but I’ve always found the music to sound like elevator music.


For years my husband and I took ball room dancing, and that’s where I found nirvana.  The music, the party atmosphere, the required attention to detail and then oh, the movements…I loved it all.


Unfortunately, this particular exercise requires a partner and my husband is not always willing.  So I’ve had to find another way to move after a day on Skype and writing at my keyboard.


Two years ago, we built an acre pond that finally allowed me to find exercise bliss.


The weather here in New York has been gorgeous lately and I’ve had swimming thoughts upon which I’ve recently been acting.


My family completed building a dock last week, hence I don’t need to wade into ankle-deep muck.


So I’m swimming daily!


And it isn’t even boring.  We have domestic ducks who quack at me from the marshy side of the pond and the frogs croak out the bass as I paddle by their quarters.


If I go early in the morning, I get a great jump on my day.


I think I’ve found my niche!

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In Western New York, summer has finally moved in.  The sun is shining brightly and weekends are filled with barbecues and trips to the beach.


Don’t forget the sunscreen, right?


Not so fast.


Slathering on sunscreen could actually be causing deficiency in Vitamin D.


Some of the functions of Vitamin D include preventing cancer, boosting immunity, and maintaining healthy teeth and bones.  Those who are deficient often feel lethargic and catch colds and other bugs frequently.


Sunscreens can protect against both UVA and UVB radiation from the sun.  UVA radiation is associated with the aging and cancer-causing effects that we are all so worried about, but our bodies use UVB radiation to make Vitamin D! And Vitamin D actually protects us from those very problems.


Even low SPF formulas effectively block UVB rays and prevent our bodies from making Vitamin D.


Is it any wonder why Vitamin D deficiency is being called the new epidemic?


In fact, melanomas often occur on areas that are not exposed to sunlight, suggesting that there are other factors at play other than ultraviolet rays.  I’d guess it has to do with the inability of the skin to properly protect because of a deficiency of Vitamin D.


Dr. Joseph Mercola recently wrote about a boy who was so low in Vitamin D that he had rickets!  The cause was discovered when his mother reported that she was coating him from head to toe in sunscreen whenever he stepped outside.


Instead of sunburn, he was headed towards serious health complications because his body was prevented from doing what it was designed to do.


A usual, it distills down to common horse sense.


Don’t want too much sun for fear of a burn?


Wear protective clothing and spend part of the day in the shade.




Sunburn is never a good thing, but if it does occur, try my go-to natural solution.  Add a few drops of Calendula tincture to some cool water and gently pat it on the burn.  Cantharis 30 is also a great remedy should a burn occur.


Instead of depending on well-marketed skin products,  ill- informed dermatologists, and pop-culture edicts, buy yourself a jar of coconut oil, rub some into the skin and get outside.  And then thank God–the sun is finally here again.

*Some info in this article came the Dr. Mercola’s article that can be found here.





Our 12 month study of homeopathy – How to Raise a Drug Free Family System— has begun.  The second monthly webinar is June 19th.  Joette has decided to add more time to each webinar because there’s so much that needs to be covered. She will also offer time at the end for your questions.

There is still time to join! We can priority ship your materials in time for you to participate in the next webinar.

Email us and find out about our easy payment plan. click here

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Twelve years ago, I received a call from someone who knew we were in the market for a cat and asked if I’d take a sickly kitten.  Foolishly (or perhaps not), we took on this project and named the little waif Carmelina.


From the onset, the kitty showed signs of weakness but not until a week or two later, did she become seriously ill.   She was so thin that her ribs showed through her skimpy fur.  Since she was not able to get up to eat, we fed her raw milk and egg yolk through an  eye dropper.  Her eyes were weepy with a vague look and she never purred.

Our boys lined a small basket with an old lamb’s wool and gently placed her in it. For days, Carmelina hardly moved and we were certain she’d die.


Based on research in my homeopathic repertory (a list of symptoms that correspond to specific remedies), it became quite clear to me that she needed Sulphur.


How did I know?  Her symptoms clearly matched the keynotes of this remedy.  Her odor was unpleasant and her fur looked ratty.  I also selected this remedy because it’s often a good choice for simple animals like barn cats that are not bred nor vaccinated.


It was around this time that we planned to drive to Florida for a vacation.  In preparation for the trip, the boys packed Carmelina in the back seat between them.   As we traveled on Route 90, they gave her a dose of Sulphur 30 every 2 hours.


That night, when we pulled into our hotel stop, Carmelina was carried in her basket into the room with us.  By this time she had already received 4 doses of Sulphur 30.  For good measure she was given one more before we retired to bed.


Sometime around midnight we were awakened by an unfamiliar scurrying sound.  We quickly snapped on the lights and found Carmelina under the bed on her back clawing the undercarriage of the mattress while whirling herself all over the slippery floor.  Suddenly, she leaped up and started pawing at our hands.  She was playing for the first time in her life with such passion that you could practically see her smiling!


Except for one other incident later in her life (that I’ll write about in a future post), she’s remained full of the dickens ever since the day she was treated with Sulphur.


Carmelina is a tiny cat, but she’s a great mouser, purrs daily, has sparkling, inquisitive eyes, and a rich and robust life.


Vet bills?  No way. Just a bottle of Sulphur that cost me $13.



Curing my family with homeopathy…..now that’s the cat’s meow.


Would you love to know how to personally treat your family as well as your pets with homeopathy?  Consider joining my 12-month long class How to Raise a Drug Free Family. Each month, our private webinar focuses on a different topic, including pet care.  To learn more, click here!



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