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Questions Patients Ask–28

Questions patients and students ask about Homeopathy and Natural Healing

A Word About Juicing

When people tell me, “Yes, I have a juicer,” what they really mean is they have a blender!  Blenders have their place, but they are not juicers!

Why do you need a juicer?  Because raw juicing is the default cure for all disease!  That’s because the excessive nutrifying (if there is such a word) that you can only get with juicing, repairs all the organs in your body that are mal-functioning!  When we’ve got disease, we’re starved for nutrition!  Even though you may think you’re eating well?  (and this is what everyone tells me…)  There’s a difference between eating well and eating therapeutically!  You need to over-dose on nutrition when you’ve got a health challenge!  And juicing is the ultimate way to do this.  Why?  Because 1) Juices don’t need to be digested, the nutrients get right into your cells immediately, and 2) You can’t “eat” all the nutrients that you can drink!

For example, you could never eat 4 carrots, it would be tedious and take forever if you could even manage it.  But drinking 4 carrots can be done in seconds!

Imagine all that extra nutrition you’d ordinarily never get!  Celery juice is all the rage now for its anti-inflammatory properties

but, you can’t replicate celery juice in a blender!  You need a juicer.  Raw juices are what I call the “real medicine”, that’s what I try to make clear in all my Food articles.  Inevitably, you’re going to be dealing with patients at some point who are too weak to eat.  This is where juicing comes to the rescue!  Because they can get all the nutrients they require to get well, without having to sit up and exert themselves.

By the way, a cautionary note:  Not wanting to be a Debbie Downer or anything, but, go slow!  Your patient’s digestive system has probably been abused by junk food and antibiotics!  Start with half a cup of juice and see what happens.  Increase the amount gradually or you might upset the patient’s digestion; then he’ll be saying, “No more juice for me!”  And this is not what you want to hear!

And I know somebody’s wondering, “Why can’t we just buy juice from the supermarket?”  Because that’s not real juice!  It’s just water with flavoring and sugar!  Now, no more about that!

It’s possible to get a good juicer for $100 or less.  This is a $100 juicer by NutriBullet:


Hi Elaine,

I’ve been reading more and more about Thyroidinium and trying to understand what is going on and how this remedy works to cure the deep rooted cause and not just mask the symptoms.  It seems quite popular among hypothyroid cases where hormone issues are in question.  I wanted to share 2 resources I came across to see if you could help explain what is being said//happening?  How this ties into our approach with my case?



“Angelica”, I’m not as smart as these people.  I only know that if there’s something wrong with an organ, sometimes giving the organ in potency, like a 6C once a day, or as-needed, gives energy to the organ in question.

Also, can you define Similimum?

Finally, something I can do!  It simply means “the right remedy”; or, literally, the “most similar” remedy.

Thanks for your time and wisdom.

Would that I had any!

When To Dose Again?

Elaine, I gave Borax for now, for oral thrush.  Should I repeat it tomorrow?

First of all, you can’t know these things in advance, and it’s not necessary to know these things.  Look to see what the first dose does.  If it did something, then it’s very easy to determine when to dose again.  You dose again at the first sign of relapse or if the improvement reaches a fixed point and doesn’t progress beyond that.  So, to answer your question, I would need to hear if anything changed or changes after the first dose.  For instance, pain should stop right away.  If the pain stops, that would be a good sign, and then, if it starts again, another dose should be given right away.

Is Isopathy Part of Homeopathy?

Elaine, when doing homeopathy we are looking for a Constitutional remedy, right?

I guess….

But sarcodes are not true homeopathy as they are the same, not “similar”, right?

Or are they considered homeopathy?

Maybe we should give a definition:

Sarcodes are remedies prepared from individual healthy organs or tissues, as well as from isolated bodily substances of human or animal origin. Nosodes [unhealthy tissue] and sarcodes are potentized isopathic preparations.

Isopathy means making a remedy or giving a remedy made out of “the thing itself”, is the best way I can put it.  If the gravy made you sick?  Make a remedy out of the gravy!  Your thyroid doesn’t work?  Take Thyroid 6X—especially if there are only common symptoms of low thyroid to go on: fatigue, weight gain, hair loss….

People have been known to become apoplectic if you even mention isopathy!  Heaven forbid you should call yourself a homeopath and use a sarcode, or “isopathy” as it’s sometimes called; and yet, these are the same people who will not hesitate to give Apis for a bee sting!  (Apis being the potentized healthy honey bee.)

“Isopathy” is a very important part of my practice!  Sometimes it’s the ONLY THING THAT WILL CURE!  If you don’t know how to make a remedy out of the thing that caused your illness, good luck getting well is all I gotta say!  I’ll give you an example.  I actually wrote this up for the ezine, here’s the case if you want to see it:

Revisiting: The Insane Rash!


My rash!  It was called “The Insane Rash!”  It was an antibiotic rash, but I didn’t know that at the time!  The reason I didn’t know was because I hadn’t taken any antibiotics!  I got it from eating take-out chicken!  The chicken was not organic and had been fed antibiotics as is the case with so much of the chicken that we eat!  The rash was extremely itchy and could not be ignored!  It prevented sleep, it was becoming all-consuming!  I was at my wits end!  Of course I had repertorized: itching, scratching agg., itching, wandering; and so on.  I tried numerous remedies.  Dulcamara kinda helped.  This went on for over a month!

Finally, good fortune smiled upon me:  I saw a commercial on TV for Perdue’s Chicken.  “We never feed our chickens antibiotics,” the ad said.  I said, “What???!!!!  Did you just say antibiotics and chicken????”  I thought about the take-out chicken I had.  Incredibly, I had homeopathic Penicillin here!  I took a dose of Penicillin 30C; immediately I felt it working, and I never looked back!  That was it, that was the remedy!  No other remedy worked!  I’ve seen this time and again!  If you’re going to reject isopathy out of an adherence to Dogma?  You’re gonna lose a lotta cases!

Can A Sarcode Be A Constitutional Remedy?

Elaine, I know nothing about all of this but trying to understand, so since I’m taking Thyroidinum, and it’s “same”, not “similar”, can it have the deep healing that a good constitutional remedy can have?  Can it heal long term or is it more of an adjunct therapy meant to go along with a constitutional remedy?

Oy vey!   OK, OK, let’s talk about “constitutional” remedies!

An awful lot of people think the “constitutional remedy” is so important, it will cure anything the person has!  And because that’s what they believe, they will take a 2 hour constitutional case regardless of what is wrong with you!  It could be a rash, a fever…anything at all!  My teacher, Robin Murphy, author of “Murphy’s Repertory”, will tell you that in many cases—usually acutes and pathology—taking a constitutional case is totally inappropriate!  (You can see my interview with Robin, click below.)

Robin Murphy N.D.

So in my interview with him, I asked him whether he believes in acute prescribing, as so many homeopaths nowadays appear to be focused entirely on finding the Constitutional Remedy:


Robin, Rajan Sankaran has made an amazing assertion in his most recent book.  He says he used to believe that the acute complaint was irrelevant, but now he realizes that it is IN the acute complaint that you can most clearly discern the constitutional remedy!  And when I first heard this, I thought, Wow!  What a break-through!  But later I began to wonder: where does this leave acute prescribing?

 Robin answers:

 To me, the constitution shouldn’t even be discussed if a patient comes in with an acute!  If someone has a fever or a cold or an earache, that’s what has to be treated!  Every homeopath in history treated it.  The idea that we should ignore it or it’s going to interfere with our remedy…but it’s not “our” remedy it’s the patient’s remedy—and if they happen to be on a constitutional remedy and an acute comes out, you treat it!  Or else, it’s pure lack of compassion!

 Acute prescribing is what I teach the families and the lay people first!  Here’s why–I usually only need to learn a lesson once:  A 12 year old girl came to me with a chronic bladder infection.  So, I gave her Staphysagria.  She was doing fine for a few days and then this horrible bladder infection broke out!  The parents were calling me, they were freaking out!  I’m telling them it’s a good sign, I’m a good homeopath, this will pass, she’ll be better for it….  Then that night I had a dream about it and it was just like I was being ostracized!  “How can you let someone….”  I mean, it was like the child was on fire, and I, with my philosophy, was dismissing it–dismissing her suffering because of my beliefs, that this is “good for you”.

 Well, that sounds a lot like allopathy and side-effects, doesn’t it?  So, I lasted one day and then another day and I woke up and said, I can’t take it anymore!  She’s still suffering!  It was a real bladder infection:  burning, urinating every 10-15 minutes, screaming; and I go over there and I tell her to take Cantharis and in 5 minutes it all went away!  So, she suffered for 3 days because of my philosophy–that aggravations are good, and necessary, it’s a learning experience, it’s karma, whatever people rationalize this as, but it’s nothing but lack of compassion!

 Or people will say, “I’m too busy to treat acutes.”  Well, it’s untreated emergencies and acutes that create the chronics!  They’re the first line of defense.  So, I think homeopathy needs to be refocused on epidemics, diseases, etc.  as well as psychological problems.  Homeopathy needs to be more diverse than just one and two hour sessions, long cases and repertorizing.


So, having said all that, what IS the constitutional remedy?  It’s the remedy that covers every aspect of the case; and typically, when homeopaths say “constitution”, they mean, more than anything else, the remedy that matches the personality; the mentals and emotionals.  What happens when you give a constitutional remedy?  What do you expect?  You expect to see the patient’s energy improve, you expect to see improvement in sleep, appetite, clarity of mind and outlook on life.  When a remedy achieves this, we say, “Oh wow!  This remedy has had a constitutional effect!”

Normally, if a remedy is just palliating, it stops the local discomfort, like the pain from a sprained ankle stops after Bryonia, not that there’s anything wrong with that!  It’s great to have the pain stop after a remedy!  But we would not call that a “constitutional” effect.

But, if a person takes a sarcode, let’s say, Thyroidinum, because he’s hypothyroid, and his energy comes up and his spirits are lifted and his appetite improves and his sleep is more refreshing, what are we going to say, that the remedy is just palliating, that it’s superficial?  No, it’s not just an “adjunct” to something more powerful.  We’d say, “The Thyroidinum is acting constitutionally!!!”  We’d be ecstatic!  Even though it would be unusual, we’d have to acknowledge what we were seeing with our own eyes.  Any remedy that helps you “in general”?  Stay with it!  You can call it any name you want, either way, this is the reaction we’re going for! 

At the same time, we have to acknowledge, that obtaining this result may be the least of our problems!  A so-called constitutional remedy may not correct a critical malfunction–in your case, a thyroid problem, and that really is the thing that has to be cured.  So, if Thyroidinum is helping you?  Stay with it!
Elaine Lewis, DHom, CHom

Elaine takes online cases. Write to her at [email protected]

Visit her website: https://ElaineLewis.hpathy.com

About the author

Elaine Lewis

Elaine Lewis, D.Hom., C.Hom.
Elaine is a passionate homeopath, helping people offline as well as online. Contact her at [email protected]
Elaine is a graduate of Robin Murphy's Hahnemann Academy of North America and author of many articles on homeopathy including her monthly feature in the Hpathy ezine, "The Quiz". Visit her website at:
https://elainelewis.hpathy.com/ and TheSilhouettes.org


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