Coronavirus and homeopathy

Lots of people are asking me how homeopathy can help them to avoid getting Coronavirus. I think it’s a broader question than that. Homeopathy is a way, my way, of staying well. But it doesn’t work alone.

There’s a new virus out there.

We can’t do anything to change that. Now, it’s disrupting our lives in ways that seemed inconceivable a month ago; streets are empty, shops are empty, theatres and restaurants are closing and we are being asked to practice social distancing (a phrase I wouldn’t have understood until two weeks ago).

It’s frightening, but it is also interesting jumping off point to think again about our health.

We all know that the medical model is to inoculate against it. Right now, even if you were of a mind to do that, there isn’t a vaccine.

So what can you do?

If the government is right and 80% of the population is going to get it, there’s a good chance that you are too. You can reduce the chances of getting it soon if you follow advice; you should definitely ensure that you wash your hands thoroughly and frequently, try to avoid touching your face and eyes unless you have scrupulously clean hands and throw away tissues you sneeze into, keep away from anyone who might have the symptoms or who has been in contact with someone who has, monitor your health closely and keep up with recent advice.

What else can you do?

You can take precautions like avoid contact with people, wear a face mask or isolate yourself for the time being, but it seems to me that, as with all contagious health problems, the most effect use of your energy is to take steps to be as well as possible so you have the best chance if you become infected.


Eat well, drink lots of water, don’t suppress symptoms (from sweat to headaches, bad breath to skin rashes) enjoy your fiends, take exercise, sleep well and try to minimise stress, perhaps by meditation and if that is new to you, you could try an app to help.

I know that!

Yes, me too. All of the above are actions we should always take because a healthy person is less likely to succumb to external pathogens. I’m sure we all know this. But do you do them? I don’t. But I am now.

Could this perhaps this could be the silver lining of Coronavirus; we could stop taking our health for granted? This is a wake up call. It’s up to you whether you pull the duvet over your head or get up and get at it.

If you like this, please share it


There’s been quite a lot going on in my life recently and this morning, one too many people said that I look tired. I saw this joke on Facebook, the laugh of which presumably is that anyone would feel better after doing that for three weeks, so I decided to do this myself. To make sure I do and that I keep it up, I am going to post every day with my progress.

Join me? Leave a comment if you’d like to do any or all of it.

Day 0: Sleep, some good, some bad. Waking with the early light but I am feeling sluggish.

I can definitely fit everything on my check list into my days, but I feel like going without TV is going to be a challenge. My sluggish default is lying on the sofa reading or watching TV. Gulp. I’ve also realised that although chocolate isn’t mentioned, it is processed food so no more chocolate for three weeks.

Tomorrow is Day 1 of my self-imposed challenge. I have patients to see but I can easily fit the gym into my day. I’m hoping I wake up with determination and ambition to succeed, but I’m not confident at the moment that is going to be how I feel.

If you like this, please share it

Sugar: the problems and what to do about them

alt="homeopathy suffolk'
The sour side of the sweet stuff

So you can’t stop eating sweet things? You’ve got what used to be called a sweet tooth; what we now call a sugar addiction. You know that it isn’t good for you but you just can’t stop. I get it. Me too. When I eat sugar, and I know that the same goes for you, everything goes out of kilter and that is why I’m always banging on about it and why I’m going to bang on about it again.

Here goes:

Continue reading If you like this, please share it

Disease Mongering

I know, I watch too much TV

 Bernadette Rostenkowski-Wolowitz
Dr. Bernadette Rostenkowski-Wolowitz

I’m a huge Big Bang Theory fan. It reminds me of the science orientated, questing, debating family I grew up in. I was watching an episode recently (The Mommy Observation) in which Leonard says to Penny: ‘You don’t go into science for the money.’ To which Bernadette pipes up ‘Speak for your self. Last month my company both invented and cured Restless Eye Syndrome.’ It’s fiction, but what Bernadette is referring to is Disease Mongering.

Continue reading If you like this, please share it

Up in Smoke. Living with a cannabis user

alt=smoking cannabisThis blog post is specifically about living with a cannabis user. The debate about cannabis is raging in the media. Is it seriously damaging our mental health or less harmful than tobacco or alcohol? Should it be decriminalised or legalised? What people said probably refers as much to any other addiction as it does to cannabis whether that is alcohol, chocolate, aerobics or tobacco. Cannabis takes you out of yourself. The users thought that was great. For non-users that was a problem.

I talked to people for whom living with someone smoking was a problem.

Continue reading If you like this, please share it

What goes on in a Homeopathic consultation?

alt= homeopathic consultationHow come it takes an hour or more?

A homeopathic consultation is like no other.  Homeopathic theory says that every illness is an external sign of the internal disturbance of your vital force, you chi, your life force, whatever you want to call it. What I am doing in a homeopathic consultation with a patient is trying to find the trail that will lead me to the right remedy to start to correct the disturbance in your vital force. All I have to do is find the remedy that matches your symptoms. The easier part of the equation is finding the remedy. The harder part is establishing the symptoms.

Continue reading If you like this, please share it

Tick tock.

ImageTwice a year, every year the clocks change. We do it to have the most use of the daylight hours available, but for many people it’s not a blessing but a blight. The difference is only an hour and it happens at 2am when most of us are asleep, so why does it cause such a problem?

People report feeling anxious and depressed and sleep becomes disturbed when the clocks go forward or backwards. Night owls are especially badly affected when the clocks go forward because they can’t go to sleep early and some people take weeks to get back into their previous pattern.

The reason for all this disruption may be our circadian rhythms, the roughly 24hour cycles that rules all living beings. (Strictly speaking) these rhythms are generated by the body and transmitted through the intricate web of our interconnecting hormones, but these rhythms are also affected by temperature and daylight.

A change in the daylight, even by one hour, can cause disturbances in eating and sleeping. Eventually most of us adapt to the changes, but for some people the whole season feels uncomfortable and out of sync.

The answer is Arnica 200. 

If you like this, please share it

Too, too solid flesh

Hamlet got it wrong. This flesh, your flesh isn’t solid at all. It is made up of cells, which are made up of molecules, which are made up of atoms, the vast majority of which is just empty space. They say that if you compressed all the ‘space’ out of atoms the entire human race would fit into a single sugar cube. I read that Tom Stoppard described the inside of an atom as the nucleus being the altar of St Paul’s Cathedral and the electrons being the size of moths. Oxygen has 8 electrons. So that is a lot of empty space. So by my reckoning we are beings made of energy. That’s hardly original as many ancient philosophies have said the same as per the Chakra System or the Chi in Traditional Chinese Medicine.

But if you accept this (and I do) why would you think that treating the body with a material/chemical drug was doing anything other than messing things up further.

I accept that sometimes we feel that we have no alternative, because the pain is so bad, or even because we are compelled to by law, but a pain killer is a neurotoxin that disrupts the pain messages and prevents them getting to the brain and it is easy then to forget that the pain was there to tell you something.

An energy body needs energy medicine.

If you like this, please share it