|We’re very fortunate to have homeopath Beth Rotondo with us today. Practicing for nearly thirty years, she has the distinction of being a fourth generation homeopath and great, great granddaughter of DR. E.A. Farrington, who was a protégé of Dr. Constantine Herring. She’s also a mother of five children, a lactation consultant and has travelled the world to study with people like Paul Herscu, Andre Saine, Vasilys Ghegas, George Vithoulkas, Ananda Zaren, Vega Rosenberg and others.|
AS: What was it like growing up in a homeopathy household?
BR: To me it seemed like the most natural thing in the world because that’s the only thing we experienced. We had a homeopathic MD and we went to him, good old Dr Andy, for every problem we had, whether it was a cold, flu, earache or bronchitis. He always gave us the wonderful little white sugar pills that we loved and we got better. So I never even questioned it until I went away and rebelled and went to nursing school, and then I found I was actually living a very different life from most people in the US. I was impressed with looking back in the past, how well homeopathy had helped us, because I didn’t realize that was a given in my mind.
AS: When they were giving you remedies as a child, did they explain the whole thing?
BR: Well, when we were little we didn’t have much explanation. It was like, you have a sore throat, take this, so we got to know the names of the remedies. But when I turned 13, I had my first constitutional remedy and that’s when I went through the whole process of evaluating who I was and what was going on in my life. That was fascinating and I think I first decided I’d really love to go into homeopathy. That remedy definitely made a shift in my life. Pulsatilla was my Godsend at 13.
AS: That’s a big leap for a 13 year old.
BR: At thirteen the hormones change and so many changes, socially and it was really valuable to get my self esteem up with the Pulsatilla. I lost a lot of weight… I was two hundred and twenty some pounds at that point, and was living off of ice cream, a major Pulsatilla craving. When I took the remedy I lost a hundred pounds and built up a lot more self esteem. I had a speech impediment since I was born and that disappeared with Pulsatilla.
AS: You went to nursing school and that was an allopathic environment, so what was that like?
BR: At that point in my life I had just gotten out of high school and moved out, so I was happy to do something different. I figured homeopathy was old fashioned and modern medicine is here and antibiotics kill everything. It sounded so miraculous so I actually got into it and worked eight years on the medical surgical floor. But I found out people weren’t getting better….just getting sicker with more medicine and side effects, and I had never experienced that before. It opened my mind and showed me that homeopathy was really the way I wanted to go and I flipped back and owned it for myself.
AS: To learn homeopathy you travelled the world and studied with many homeopaths. Were there certain ones that had more influence on you?
BR: I really enjoyed Paul Herscu, two years of training with him, and Ananda Zaren. We were fortunate to bring him into Philadelphia when my kids were little. A lot of my studying was while nursing babies and reading homeopathic books. Herscu came in on weekends to do conferences. I just found a way to learn, and when the kids got older I travelled. There was Ghegas and Banerjee. I was able to integrate the pieces of each of them that worked for me. So many people try to mimic the masters and be like them…but I had to find myself. I found that I needed an intuitive approach. Once I got the book learning down, I was able to expand to a deeper level using my intuition, and that’s when I really blossomed as a homeopath and started to enjoy it. I was in my element and started to sense the person.
AS: You are better at that intuitive approach than any homeopath I’ve ever known. I want to relate an anecdote. I took my mother to see you and you were taking her case. At some point she started weeping and then she looked up and realized she was weeping and felt embarrassed. You told her “That’s okay, I’ll weep with you” and I looked over and you were weeping too. Is it difficult when you operate at that really empathic level? It seems that forming that kind of bond would take a lot out of you.
BR: It does take more out of me, so I’ve been trying to take one a step back… compassionate detachment…and still have the empathy but not completely feeling everything. I’m probably pretty much of an empath, and in the beginning years a person would come in and I would feel their physical symptoms and emotions and tears would well up….and I still do to a certain extent, but I’ve been able to calm that down a bit…a healthier perspective. l do care deeply about the people who come to me and I want to do everything in my power to help them. There s such a joy in learning, since the more I know, the more I can help.
AS: You’ve worked with vaccine injured children and have used homeopathic Thimerosal, among other things. Can you talk about your experience with those children?
BR: My first experience started 25 yrs ago when my child had a severe reaction to the DPT shot and he got a 107 fever and stopped breathing on me. I must admit to this day that was the most frightening thing for a young first time mom, to see her child dying in her arms. That was within two hours of the DPT shot. Thank God for Belladonna! I gave him that and within moments his eyes opened and I could see the life coming back into his weak listless body and the fever dropped down within minutes.
That was definitely confirmation that I was on the right track getting back into homeopathy. I think I would have lost him if it wasn’t for that. That started my quest for more knowledge about vaccines, their safety, effectiveness, trying to find out what we can do to protect our kids. Obviously a parent’s role, our greatest priority, is how to take good care of our children, physically and emotionally.
When it comes to homeopathy we can see the whole child. The vaccines seemed to have a detrimental effect on many children. Homeopaths for over 200 years have been talking about vaccine damage and using remedies like Thuja and Silica and had good results with them. But since then, they started putting this neurotoxin Thimerosal in as preservative. It was first safety tested in 1938 and the ironic thing is that every patient it was tested on died! And that was the only safety testing ever done. But they said it was the “expected outcome” because these were sick people and they weren’t concerned that they all died. They started using it as a preservative in the vaccines.
It’s ethyl mercury…alcohol and mercury combined. This is very toxic for children’s central nervous systems. Any child with allergy is going to be much more sensitive. I’ve also found in my practice that children with a history of cancer are more likely to have an adverse reaction to Thimerosal in vaccines and to vaccines in general.
Dr. Peter Prociuk and I were networking at a D.A.N. (Defeat Autism Now) conference and we were talking about Thimerosal and we thought “If Thimerosal is causing these problems, how about making a remedy from it”. So he took Thimerosal to a homeopathic pharmacy and had it prepared as a remedy. We’ve been using it for two years and we’ve seen very dramatic improvements. Severe cases of autism have turned around and become completely normal and the kids then mainstreamed.
In one case the mother was a chiropractor and had come to me with her son a couple times, before we had Thimerosal. I tried remedies like Tarantula which had eased him in certain ways, but he was severely autistic and was flapping and turning in circles and screaming, not present emotionally or intellectually and couldn’t even feed himself at three years old They had to spoon feed him with baby food. I told her we had this new remedy Thimerson, and asked if she would be comfortable with her son receiving it… and she said “definitely”. He had never received vaccines and I wasn’t sure how that would play out. But it turned out she had gotten a Rhogam shot during pregnancy, which has Thimerosal in it. So her son was exposed to it in utero. We gave him homeopathic Thimerosal and the next day…well the way it excretes is through the bowel….he had diarrhea everywhere. The whole crib was covered. The mother said that from that point on, he came back. Over the next three to six months we repeated a higher dose. We started with 200 Thimerosal and then a 1M in three months. Within six months he was back. He became aware, started talking again, started feeding himself, was calmer and happier. Now he’s in mainstream school and doing great.