Many of us as preppers are interested in alternative medicine and health. But how much do you know about homeopathy? It approaches health and wellness in a different way than other forms of alternative medicine.
I think homeopathy has been overlooked for preparedness and survival. Perhaps this week’s DestinySurvival Radio and this post can help remedy that.
OK, bad pun.
On this week’s DestinySurvival Radio I explore homeopathy with Becky Rupert, a traditional naturopath and board certified homeopath.
Why Homeopathy now?
An excellent article by Becky about homeopathy can be found on DoomAndBloom.net, the web site for Joe and Amy Alton, also known as Dr. Bones and Nurse Amy. Search their site for homeopathy or click the link below under the Additional Resources heading.)
I applaud Dr. Bones for publishing Becky’s article. It’s in keeping with his attitude of using every tool in the shed when it comes to survival medicine.
I’m familiar with homeopathy because I discovered its benefits for me back in 1995. I’ve been seeing a homeopathic physician for over 20 years. Nonetheless, I can’t claim to be an expert on homeopathy.
But it works. It’s safe for everyone in the family, including babies and even pets.
Remedies aren’t expensive compared to some alternative medicine options. A kit the size of a recipe box can hold an amazing amount of remedies. Becky offers a kit with 40 of them.
And you don’t have to worry about expiration dates.
Upon reading Becky’s article, I realized I hadn’t mentioned homeopathy for preparedness, other than in a casual way. So I contacted her, and she agreed to do an interview for DestinySurvival Radio.
Who is Becky?
Becky Rupert is a Traditional Naturopath and Board Certified Homeopath who has been in practice for 20 years.
She has been a homesteader most of her life and has used homeopathy not only for her family, but also for her garden, bees, and farm animals.
She maintains a full time practice in Northern Ohio, but consults with people all over the united states and abroad.
Get more insight on how she came to pursue homeopathy from our conversation.
What’s So Different About Homeopathy?
In a nutshell, homeopathy calls for a different mindset toward healing.
It uses intensely diluted individual plants and minerals in its remedies. Symptoms of sicknesses and injuries people may have are matched to the symptoms a remedy can cause.
This is different than conventional medicine. If you have a fever, conventional medicine offers you something to suppress the fever.
Homeopathy offers you something that would normally cause a fever. As odd as this may sound, this gives the body a chance to heal itself gently.
Even herbalism seeks to create a result opposite to that which may be happening in your system when you’re ill or injured.
Becky and I talked about the comparison between homeopathy and getting a vaccination. In both cases the body is given something that would normally cause certain symptoms. But there are significant differences.
For example, homeopathy uses one substance as a remedy, not a combination of substances. And there are no additives in homeopathic remedies as there are in vaccines.
Furthermore, it may seem contrary to common sense to dilute substances and expect greater results. But those who understand chemistry will know that dilution can make substances stronger.
So it is with homeopathic remedies. Stronger potencies last longer and work on a deeper level.
Is This for Real?
I know from my own encounters that homeopathy has its share of skeptics.It doesn’t make sense to some, while others consider it nothing more than administration of sugar pills and the placebo effect.
Becky addressed both of those things in our conversation.
Homeopathic remedies can come in various forms, such as pills, pellets or liquid. Becky briefly described how pharmacies make remedies and how various potencies are achieved.
Incidentally, homeopathic remedies are FDA approved.
As for placebo, Becky described giving an ailing horse three different remedies before it got better. If placebo were involved, the horse would have improved with the first remedy, not the third.
This indicates the importance of knowing as much about a given ailment and its causes as possible to choose the right remedy for the situation.
But When Might You Use Homeopathy in a Survival Situation?
When it comes to preparedness, most of us will be dealing with acute situations, such as scrapes, bruises, fractures, colds and so on.
There’s a difference when treating acute symptoms vs. chronic (long term) symptoms. Becky explained this further in our conversation, but she says we can do a lot for acute symptoms with a good book and homeopathic kit.
The name of several remedies came up during our conversation. Arnica is one you’ll certainly want to have on hand. Belladonna is another.
If you can’t keep track of the names, or you’re not familiar with them, click on Becky’s article from the Additional Resources section below.
Of course, the goal is to achieve healing. Homeopathy is very individualized. The parent, practitioner, or physician must be observant. Patterns must be looked for.
In other words, if someone has a sore throat, there isn’t one single homeopathic remedy for that which will work for everyone. Is the sore throat on the right or left? Is it red?
The remedy that causes the symptoms exhibited is the best remedy. They’re all safe, so if the first attempt doesn’t work, or it works partially, try again.
Is There More?
I’ve attempted to give a brief overview of homeopathy above, especially for those who aren’t familiar with it. Becky did a good job of explaining things better in our chat. I encourage you to listen to the whole thing because we covered other questions like…
- Does homeopathy conflict with other medications?
- Can Homeopathy help cut back on conventional medications?
- Can medications, herbs or essential oils cancel out the benefits of a homeopathic remedy?
- How many doses of a remedy should be taken to know whether it works?
- How does one find a reliable homeopathic practitioner?
- How can someone learn more about homeopathy?
Listen to my conversation with Becky Rupert when you hear DestinySurvival Radio for February 23, 2017. (Right click to download.)
If you have questions for Becky or want to get the OTC homeopathic remedies or kits she offers, call her office at (419)853-3805. E-mail beckyrupert(at)frontier.com. (Replace (at) with @ in the address.) She also does skype appointments all over the US and abroad.
In conclusion, if you’re new to homeopathy, give it a try. Don’t be afraid of it. Have an open mind. It will fill gaps in your survival medicine strategy. And it can help you keep healthy today as well.
- Basic info on what to have on hand (Becky’s article as it appeared on DoomAndBloom.net) – https://www.doomandbloom.net/?s=homeopathy
- Becky’s Website – http://www.therightdose.info
- General homeopathic info – http://www.nationalcenterforhomeopathy.com
- How to find a board certified homeopath – http://www.homeopathicdirectory.com
- Homeopathy basics – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yenjvq3pDJ4
- Guidance on remedies and kits – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HzLESdFhSqA
- Homeopathic Self Care, by Robert Ullman – Great self care guide – Becky says it should be on everyone’s bookshelf.
- Homeopathy Beyond Flat Earth Medicine, by Timothy Dooley – General beginners info about homeopathy