Saturday, December 31, 2011
Thursday, December 29, 2011
The first quote is my favorite of all three. God = Nature in my mind. Nature is fascinating as was the man who stated all three quotes. The last quote tells you the writer of these quotes is an architect. His name was Frank Lloyd Wright.
Architects design houses, buildings, landscapes and even cities. Do you know any architects? I do. Today to become an architect you have national exams and you must earn a college degree. Was it that way 70 years ago?
Middle Photograph: Fallingwater
Wednesday, December 28, 2011
Tuesday, December 27, 2011
"We are set free if we set others free, for it is only by example we can teach."
Dr. Edward Bach, 1932
Dr. Bach had the right idea. How are we as healers supposed to set people free if we cannot free ourselves? I can only teach by example. I can only teach and heal by giving personal examples. This is why I write this daily blog. I feel I am free when I use myself as an example. Honesty is the best policy. You have heard that many times before.
The term Bach means nothing to most people, but to a homeopath and myself it means a lot. There is a multitude of Bach remedies available. The one most people know about is Rescue Remedy. There actually was a Dr. Bach. Each of his 38 remedies is directed at a particular characteristic or emotional state. Some of the examples are:
Monday, December 26, 2011
So when you find the person of your dreams, go have a cup of tea (not necessarily the above herbs) and take a stroll in the park. Tell him/her you love him/her Respect him/her.
For me, I aim to spend every day for the rest of my life falling in love all over again with the same man... and I do.
Friday, December 23, 2011
Thursday, December 22, 2011
A great hobby is getting to know the butterflies of your area. I would not advise collecting them as some butterflies are becoming extinct. This is due to pesticides and environmental changes. There is great polymorphism among the same species, each showing differences in appearance. I am only beginning to learn about butterflies and I find them fascinating.
Remember butterflies are like honeybees--they pollinate (some moths do also)
Tuesday, December 20, 2011
When something happens I used to see the bad side of the event. The poor me! Why me! Now I seek to see the good in everything that happens-- or at least I try to see the good. Sometimes in tragedies, death, and murder I cannot seek the good. Try to seek the good. It makes all the difference.
Juniperis communis was used in ancient Greece and Egypt to combat the spread of disease. The common name is Juniper. It is an evergreen shrub with bluish green stiff needles. Even the French used it in WW II for the same purpose of combating the spread of disease. Today I use juniper for those men with prostatitis and women with interstitial cystitis.
For three years I have been using a variety of remedies for strengthening and growing hair. My favorites are Horsetail with Fennel. I have had too many hairstyles in the last 40 years. I was reminded of this when a video was shown at my 50th birthday party. I didn't even recognize myself in some of those photos.
Here is a great hair and scalp tonic using rosemary, cedar wood and juniper.
Use10 drops of juniper essential oil, 8 drops of rosemary and 7 drops of cedarwood added to 1 1/2 fluid ounces (50 ml) or 9 teaspoons of olive oil.
Massage into the scalp before you wash it. Wrap the head in a warm towel for about two hours. Yes, 2 hours.
Wash out with a mild shampoo massaging the shampoo into the hair before you wet it to remove all the oil.
You will be amazed, refreshed and lively when you come out of the shower.
I also use rosemary and cedar wood with cypress oil for those adults and/or children with dandruff. I use 6 drops of rosemary, 6 drops of cedar wood and 4 drops of cypress oil in 50ml olive oil. Massage in and leave overnight. For the children I use half the amount of essential oils.
One thing to remember: Never use juniper for pregnant women.
Monday, December 19, 2011
If you do some spiritual work--whether meditating or praying you will reap the awards. These rewards will come in a way of blessings when you least expect it. I would suggest meditation as a lifestyle change.
Armoracia rusticana, also known as Horseradish is a member of the mustard family. Horseradish has been used for centuries in folklore medicine. I can recall my Nanny using horseradish on any rash...similar to the father in My Big Fat Greek Wedding using Windex for every cut and bruise.
There are some precautions if you overdue horseradish. It can cause night sweats, diarrhea and abdominal cramping.
Sunday, December 18, 2011
We all have troubles except in the Kit Kat Klub.-Joel Grey and Alan Cumming stated, "...we have no troubles here. Here life is beautiful, the girls are beautiful, even the orchestra is beautiful."
It seems that trouble must exist if you are to live. How you deal with your troubles can vary, but you still must live. When wounds are allowed to heal,the troubles get less. Time does heal everything. Growing with the troubles has made me a better man, despite the pain one must go through. I do not like having any troubles, but I am human. Remember there is no perfection only progress.
This past week my oldest patient died at age 104. Her name was Mary M. She lived in Florida with her son. Mary was a believer in complimentary health care. She took her vitamins, ate very well and exercised. Although from age 98 she didn't exercise as much she continued to read the newspaper, watch her favorite television shows (even if they had to be repeated on
DVD) and listen to the radio. She always took her vitamins. I also have many patients ages 95-99, 2 at age 100 and one at 102.
This past week a European health study was published entitled Patients of Complementary Medicine Physicians in the Netherlands Have Lower Costs and Live Longer by Kooreman, P. and Baars, EW.
Below is a summary of the study as printed by David Levine of the American Botanical Council. It was reassuring to me that I am practicing the medicine I want to practice and that WORKS.
You should reconsider always seeking a second opinion, and consider using other medical therapies.
Although there have been many studies on the effectiveness of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM), there is very little information on whether or not it is cost-effective. In an age where cutting healthcare costs has become a priority, data on CAM's cost-effectiveness are essential. However, the authors of this study say that CAM has been an area of little interest to health economists.
To determine if CAM is cost-effective, the authors compared data on general practitioners (GPs) who had completed certified additional training in CAM after obtaining their medical degrees (GP-CAMs) with those who did not have training in CAM.
The comparisons were based on data provided by the Dutch health insurer Azivo. The database contained dates of quarterly information collected by Azivo on the cost of GP care, hospital care, pharmaceutical care, and paramedic care for 151,952 patients from 2006-2009. Data from 1,913 conventional GPs were compared with data from 79 GP-CAMs: 25 in acupuncture, 28 in homeopathy, and 26 in anthroposophic. The only outcome measure provided by the insurance company was mortality.
The authors found that patients who went to a GP-CAM had between 0-30% lower healthcare costs and mortality rates. The reason for the range was dependent on age and the training of the GP-CAM. For example, the costs were 66 Euros lower per quarter for patients aged 25-49 years whose GP-CAM was trained in acupuncture, but patients who were 75 years of age or older who saw a GP-CAM trained in anthroposophic medicine spent 405 Euros less per quarter. The lower costs for all the groups visiting GP-CAMs were primarily due to fewer hospital stays and fewer prescription drugs.
The data analysis showed that the lower costs of CAM were gender-based and socioeconomic status-dependent. For example, GP-CAMs had a larger percentage of female patients than conventional GPs and fewer patients from disadvantaged neighborhoods.
The authors state that there are several explanations for the lower costs of CAM. These include self-selection of CAMs by people who did not want aggressive treatment, undertreatment, and/or higher out-of-pocket expenses, as well as the focus on prevention and promotion of better health practices by GP-CAMs. Significantly lower mortality rates with CAM (P values not given) suggest that under treatment is not a reasonable explanation for lower costs.
The authors note that this study has important limitations which make it impossible to offer definitive conclusions on the cost-effectiveness of CAM. These limitations include the fact that all the data were from one insurer in a homogeneous Dutch region, the small number of GPs on which the authors had data, and the lack of data on costs such as out-of-pocket expenses, morbidity, work absence, subjective health, and patient satisfaction.
The authors state that further studies need to be done to determine the true cost-effectiveness of CAM. They cite three areas needing further research: "First, replication studies based on similar data sets are needed to confirm the present results. Secondly, further research is needed to determine to what extent selection on unobservable and causal effects explain the lower costs and lower mortality rates of patients with a GP-CAM. Thirdly, more research is needed with regard to the cost-effectiveness of CAM for specific diagnostic categories."
More studies need to be done. Did anyone ever consider spending more money on CAM Therapies versus increasing health care deductibles, taking care of the elderly less and less, and ever rising health care costs ???
Thursday, December 15, 2011
Who doesn't want to hear pleasant words? We all do. I know I do. Two other beekeepers, S and J sent us this quote which I love. Beekeeping as a Hobby has been a pleasure. It is now more than a hobby. I consider it part of our lives. Rick and I read on all aspects of bee life. I have 1st edition books on Bees.
Every year we have a special chore. The chore is magical. It is in the spirit of the Holidays. It is putting up the tree with all its splendor. The splendor comes from another hobby. The hobby of Christmas Ornament collecting.
As the legend goes, the Christopher Radko Company started with the falling of Christopher’s family tree. After more than 1,000 vintage mouth-blown glass ornaments were broken to bits, Christopher tried to replace them by looking far and wide in the United States and by scouring Polish glassware markets. His quest did not produce even one replacement ornament that met his requirements, and he soon came to realize that his only option was to start completely from scratch. Armed only with his memories of his family’s ornaments, Christopher enlisted a Polish glass blower and together they went to work, trying to recreate his family’s lost heirlooms. It went so well that by 1985, Christopher was in business. Sixty unique designs debuted that year and the rest, as they say, is history.
Today, the Christopher Radko Company has produced more than fifteen million fine European glass ornaments and grown to encompass several additional lines of holiday décor, including Home for the Holidays—a beautiful collection of decorative holiday tabletop items and trim, including snow globes, ceramic cookie jars, tree skirts and stockings.