Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Homeopathy Classes

Upcoming Homeopathy Classes:

Saturday, October 6, 2012 - The Respiratory System
Saturday, November 17, 2012 ~ Chronic Disease and Miasms II
The Digestive System - TBA
Call 502-426-2033 to register or for more information! Discounts available if paid in advance.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Action Alert from the National Center for Homeopathy


Last week, the FDA issued a Warning Letter to the company that manufactures an over-the-counter nasal spray for colds called Zicam. Zicam contains zinc gluconate in a 2X solution as well as many other ingredients including benzalkonium chloride, sodium hydroxide, hydroxycellulose, glycerol, and a couple of other "solvents," preservatives, and suspending agents. The Warning Letter was issued after a number of consumers complained of problems with loss of smell from using the product.

The FDA's action produced a story distributed by Associated Press (AP) that is full of fabrications and falsely called into question the safety of homeopathic remedies. Your NCH, in concert with the American Association of Homeopathic Pharmacists (AAHP), has been vigorously responding to the AP story.

Among the false claims and inferences in the AP story:

False Claim: Homeopathic remedies are not regulated - they are treated like dietary supplements.
Fact: Homeopathic medications are regulated by the FDA and have been used safely in the United States since before the passage of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act in 1938. Homeopathic medicines have an extraordinary record of safety.

False Claim: FDA side-effect reports suggest homeopathic remedies are a problem for consumers.
Fact: The safety record of homeopathic remedies over the past 200 years is truly exemplary. A recent study by the American Association of Homeopathic Pharmacists (AAHP) documents this outstanding record in detail (see the home page at www.nationalcenterforhomeopathy.org for more information). Conventional drugs used by allopathic medicine are far more troubling from a safety standpoint.

False Claim: The National Institutes of Health's alternative medicine center spent $3.8 million on homeopathic research from 2002 to 2007 but is now abandoning studies on homeopathic drugs.
Fact: NCH received this assurance from the National Institutes of Health's alternative medicine center on 6/23/09: "NCCAM will continue to accept investigator-initiated research grant applications for homeopathy and will continue to consider for funding those that receive outstanding scores in peer review."

False Claim: "Very often, the only active ingredient is alcohol, and patients don't know that, and they get a buzz on. The therapeutic effect is no greater or less than a martini."
Fact: The overwhelming majority of homeopathic remedies sold are in solid pellet or tablet form and contain ZERO alcohol.

False Claim: In 1938, Congress passed a law granting homeopathic remedies the same legal status as regular pharmaceuticals. The law's principal author was Sen. Royal Copeland of New York, a trained homeopath. "He did it in such a sneaky way that nobody really noticed or paid attention," says medical author Natalie Robins.
Fact: Senator Royal Copeland, a major presence in American medicine at the end of the 19th century, rose to national fame when he was elected into the U.S. Senate in 1922. His career was distinguished in many ways, but he is best known as architect of the Food, Drug and Cosmetics Act of 1938, the success of which reflected his tireless effort over a period of five years. Copeland was trained as a homeopathic physician at the University of Michigan, at a time when homeopathy was a significant part of the U.S. healthcare system.

False Claim: "With arcane ingredients like "nux vomica" and "arsenicum album," many homeopathic medicines sound like something brewed in a druid's kettle."
Fact: Homeopathic remedies are named by their proper scientific designations (often in Latin), an accepted world-wide standard for naming substances, rather than the misleading kinds of names attached to drugs by pharmaceutical companies. For example, "Nux vomica" is the proper botanical Latin name for the nut of a particular tree.

False Claim: There is no evidence of effectiveness.
Fact: There are literally hundreds of high quality basic science, pre-clinical and clinical studies published in respected journals like Pediatrics, Chest, Rheumatology, The Lancet and others showing that homeopathy works (for more information, please visit the NCH website at http://homeopathic.org/articles/view,173). To claim otherwise is bad science and very irresponsible journalism.

How can NCH members help?

If you have seen this AP story in your local newspaper - please write a letter or send an e-mail to the Editor, join blogs, etc. stating your support of homeopathy, and ask other supporters of homeopathy in your circle of friends to do likewise. Refer to the bullet points above to craft your letter if that is helpful.

You can also send an e-mail to AP: info@ap.org and it will be forwarded to the reporter or editor. The reporter is JEFF DONN.

Also - encourage your friends and neighbors to become members of NCH by going to www.nationalcenterforhomeopathy.org, and click on "Join Now." We are a small organization with a very BIG mission. Membership growth is crucial if NCH and homeopathy are to survive. We cannot exist without our members and their ongoing support and donations. Please donate now by clicking on
http://nationalcenterforhomeopathy.org/store/category=27 or mail a check to NCH at the address below. Thank you!

And as always - feel free to contact us if you see other news stories containing inaccuracies about homeopathy. Our mission at the NCH is to defend and protect this wonderful system of medicine. We take that job very seriously.

Nancy Gahles, DC, CCH, RSHom(NA)
National Center for Homeopathy

Friday, May 1, 2009

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Snelling Holisitic Health Newsletter - Swine Flu Update

By now you’ve surely heard about the “swine flu epidemic” that is affecting people all over the world. We’ve had some calls about it and want to share information with our subscribers on prevention and treatment. Please feel free to share this information with your friends, family, co-workers, and anyone else you think would benefit from it.

What are we looking for in terms of symptoms? According to information at www.washingtonpost.com, the Mexican government reports seeing these symptoms: Sudden fever above 100 degrees Fahrenheit, runny nose and/or sore throat, headache, joint pain, general fatigue, vomiting and/or diarrhea, lack of appetite, coughing.

From the CDC site:
What should I do to keep from getting the flu?
First and most important: wash your hands. Try to stay in good general health. Get plenty of sleep, be physically active, manage your stress, drink plenty of fluids, and eat nutritious food. Try not touch surfaces that may be contaminated with the flu virus. Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

To that information I would add:
• The most important thing you can do to limit your exposure to any illness is to wash your hands regularly.
• Cover your mouth and nose when you cough and sneeze, and discard used tissues immediately.
• Flu viruses may actually enter the body through the ears and eyes, so in addition to keeping your hands away from your mouth, and nose, also be aware of protecting your ears and eyes.
• Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
• If you feel sick, stay home from work and school and go to the hospital if you experience severe symptoms, such as difficulty breathing.
• Be sure you are getting plenty of rest, drinking lots of water, and eating a healthy variety of foods. Plant foods are especially full of vitamins and minerals to keep you healthy. Focus on fresh, whole foods and eat organic whenever possible.
• Stay away from sugar, alcohol and processed foods.
• If you know you have been exposed to swine flu, get lots of rest, drink lots of water and stay home (except to see your doctor if necessary).
• Rinse your ears with hydrogen peroxide. To do this, put several drops in one ear and lay on your side to keep it in until the bubbling stops. Drain that ear then turn over and repeat on the other side.
• Supplement with either colloidal sliver or olive leaf extract in a little water, or take some oregano oil. All three of these are anti-bacterial, anti-viral and anti-fungal and they are available at any health food store. Choose only one.

1. Oscillococcinum or Influenzinum (homeopathic remedies) taken once a week are general influenza prefentatives. We carry Oscillococcinum in our office and it is also available at most health food stores and many “mainstream” grocery and drug stores, like Walgreens and Kroger.
2. A homeopathic remedy specific to swine flue may include Gelsemium, Bryonia, Nux vomica, or Rhus tox. If you are familiar with homeopathic remedies and have experience in self care consider these. Call your homeopath if you need more information.
3. Remember to avoid coffee, camphor, menthol, eucalyptus, tea tree oil and mint whild taking homeopathic remedies

Want a simple, quick-start method for stress reduction? When you feel any worry rising, take a moment to breathe deeply and visualize your body in perfect health. Emotional Freedom Technique is another great method for pulling your attention away from stressful thinking on any subject. It’s easy to learn and works wonders! Check it out at www.emofree.com.

Most importantly, in the words of one of Sherry's favorite authors, Douglas Adams, “Don’t Panic!” High stress levels make it more difficult for our bodies to fight illness. Do not stress about the swine flu!

Stay Healthy,
Dr. Snelling & Sherry Dour

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Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Snelling Holistic Health Newsletter Jan-March 2009

Volume III, Issue 1
Victoria Snelling, Executive Editor
Sherry Dour, Copy Editor

In This Issue:
• How to Save Money on a Whole Food Diet!
• Having Fun with Going Green
• Recipe: Homemade Mac-N-Chee
• Natural Health Tip
• Office Tidbits
• Links We Like

How to Save Money on a Whole Food Diet!

by Dr. Victoria Snelling

“It’s too expensive to buy healthy food!” “I can eat out cheaper than I can cook at home!” “It takes too much time to cook from scratch!” I hear these comments, and more, nearly every day from my patients. In addition to my practice in classical homeopathy, I try to educate my patients in basic good nutrition and to help them elevate the quality of their diet. There’s no doubt about it, people who eat well just heal more quickly! I’ve seen that over the past 20 years of practice. The old expression “garbage in, garbage out” is so true. Healing can be much slower for my patients who are junk food junkies.

We all want to be healthy and to eat more healthfully, but what’s the cost in time and money? We know that scrimping on good nutrition will cost us more in the long run with higher health care bills. And many of us would rather not make the change to a healthier diet if it means even a few more minutes in the kitchen. Yes, we’re so busy these days. There are more and more people, events and bits of data that are vying for our attention. If we could just turn down the volume and choose to focus on what we want to accomplish, it might be easier. And if we choose what’s most important, and make that a priority, we’ll be successful.

So many people have gotten away from cooking meals at home. Whatever happened to real cooking, cooking from “scratch”? Several of my patients tell me that they cook almost every day, but when I read their food diary, it’s evident that their idea of cooking and my idea of cooking are two different things. Microwaving a prepackaged convenience “meal” isn’t really cooking, is it? It might put food on the table in a pinch, but it’s a far cry from a home cooked meal. That convenience comes at a price. We pay dearly for that tiny product to be precooked and pre-seasoned and we pay dearly for the packaging. Ounce for ounce, we pay a great deal more for packaged food items than for items we prepare ourselves. We also pay for the high salt, sugar and chemical content in most of these packaged meals in higher rates of diabetes, heart disease, cancer and obesity. Our environment pays a huge price for the extra packaging involved, whether it’s cardboard or plastic.

What if we could lower the amount of money we spend on food, while increasing the quality of our nutrition? I think that we can do that very thing. Two issues on many people’s minds these days are the economy and healthcare. We can work on these two issues in our own homes and save money and increase our nutrition at the same time. It can also bring a huge feeling of satisfaction to more intentionally create your body’s nourishment, whether you’re cooking for a big family or just for yourself.

We don’t have to initiate every idea or change all at once. But choose one or two, get comfortable with them and then choose a few more. Remember that your diet doesn’t have to be perfect, but making slow gradual changes will pay big dividends, both in your bank account and with your health. You may be doing many things already to improve your diet and reduce your food bill. Share what you know with others!

• Comparison shop. Check not only the health food stores, but also the grocery stores. In our area, most of the conventional grocery stores have health food sections. Check for sale items in those stores. The grocery stores often seem to over-buy staple health food items and then offer them at clearance prices.
• Shop with coupons. Remember that the makers of health food items offer coupons too! Check their web sites and check natural health magazines.
• Buy in bulk. Larger sizes of brown rice or lentils are cheaper than the smaller sizes and these items store well, especially if transferred into well sealed containers. Health food stores and food co-ops offer great prices on bulk items.
• Shop with a list and avoid impulse buying, even at the health food store. Those cute non-food items they sell can really inflate your cash register total.
• Try to add a few (or a few more) non-meat entrees to your weekly diet. Combine beans and grains (like red beans and rice or chick peas and pasta) to make complete proteins.
• Use whole grains. They are more filling AND more nutritious! Brown rice and whole grains in general have more staying power than the refined versions. They also have more fiber, more nutrients and they satisfy your hunger longer.
• Pay attention to portion size. Your waistline will thank you and so will your budget. Are you eating two portions of a recipe instead of one? Try sticking to one portion and save the leftovers for another day. Consider freezing leftovers in individual containers to make your own convenience food!
• Balance your meals. If one portion of an entrĂ©e doesn’t satisfy your appetite, think of adding more vegetables to your meal. They are filling, inexpensive and nutrient-packed. Add a piece of fresh fruit for a sweet fiber-rich dessert.
• Eat breakfast! Besides giving you a better start to your day, breakfast moderates your appetite at lunch time. Try to include some good quality protein and remember that eggs are always a good protein buy.
• Pack a lunch! You can always save money by taking lunch to work, to school or while traveling. Put those leftovers to good use!
• Eat more nutritionally dense food. Concentrate on proteins, whole grains, fruits and vegetables, a little healthy oil, and skip the junk food and processed snack food items.
• Don’t let yourself get too hungry, especially if you’re away from home. If you’re hungry and need a snack in a hurry, think about a quick trip into a health food store or grocery store instead of a drive-through or fast food place. You can get fruit, cut up raw veggies, nuts or seeds to go and save your budget at the same time.
• Get real. For a week or two, write down what you spend on food and where you buy your food. You might be shocked, especially by your restaurant expenses!
• Make a plan. Write a budget and a menu. These can be flexible, but stick to it as much as you can. Plan for a few restaurant meals if you feel you need to. If you plan your shopping and plan your meals, you’ll be on your way to success.

Just remember that change gets easier as you go along. You’ll incorporate these and other ideas into your food plan and budget and they will quickly become second nature.

And one more idea: check the local health food stores, not only for sales and coupons, but also for cooking classes. Amazing Grace Whole Foods and Nutrition Center has just that very thing coming up. The classes start in January and continue into February. This is a great way to jumpstart your success with healthy and inexpensive meals. Call Amazing Grace in Louisville at 502-485-1122.

We are so lucky to have the number and the quality of health food stores here in our area. Look for local CSA’s (community supported agriculture), food co-ops (Whole Life Food Co-op), farmer’s markets and opportunities to grow your own produce (call the Louisville Metro Call help line at 311 for information on the city/county allotment program.)

And please don’t miss my presentation on homeopathy at Rainbow Blossom, 3738 Lexington Road, on Wednesday, March 4th at 6:30 p.m. I’d love to see you!

Victoria Snelling, DC, DHM

Having Fun with Going Green!
The last several months have been a whirlwind! I experienced my first Kentucky hurricane in September, causing a multi-day power outage at my home and many others across the area; then in January we got hit with an ice storm, causing another 4+ days without power or heat across the entire state; our country elected and swore in a new president who has been so busy I can’t keep up with all he’s doing, but I’m hopeful; the economy has been shaking things up; my husband and I have decided to try to sell our house - despite the wobbly economy - and downsize to a smaller house on more land with less stuff. I’m having some trouble keeping up with it all. But I’m deciding to add yet another goal to my to-do list: live a greener life.
What does any of that other stuff have to do with going green? Well, the less reliance I have on electricity, the less a power-outage will affect me. The better care I take of my environment, the less likely these freakish weather conditions will blow up around me. The more careful I am with what I have, the less stuff I will think I need to buy. For me, “going green” means buying less stuff, making sure the stuff I do buy is sustainably produced, using energy more efficiently, buying locally as often as I can, using natural cleaners in my home and on my body, and recycling/using recycled goods whenever possible. But to make all these changes at the same time can be overwhelming! For me it has been a years-long transition which began way back when I was in high school (okay, so I’m slow). I have plateaued for periods of time and even backstepped sometimes due to laziness or inconvenience, but with times getting stranger I am more commited than ever to make some real changes.
So what is my next step? Well my first thought is always an internet search. Here are some resources I found for ideas and support (and comic relief) while going green. Canadian writer Vanessa Farquharsen had the idea in 2007 to make one change every day for a year and chronicled her experience on her blog. I particularly like her “From the Pantry to the Bathroom” entries. A young eco-conscious couple in Bloomington, IN is blogging about their experiences with sustainable living in the heartland at their blog greencouple.com. The Crunchy Chicken is a fun, irreverent environmental blog about sustainable living. The Chicken releases challenges to readers such as the “Freeze Yer Buns” thermostat lowering challenge, the “Food Waste Reduction Challenge” and the “Buy Nothing Challenge.” So if competition gets you fired up for action, the Crunchy Chicken may be the site for you. All these blogs have lists of more green blogs if you’re feeling especially inspired to sit at your computer reading about sustainability before you put it into action. If information is what motivates you check out the Wasted Food Blog or the Story of Stuff to learn more how our individual actions affect the bigger picture. If you absolutey must purchase something to get excited about change try going to the Earth Aid Kit site for some energy-efficient loot. But going green doesn’t require a huge investment of money, time or energy. It requires a willingness to change one thing at a time at your own pace (three times a day, twice a month, 4 times a year. It can be fun. It can be exciting. It can be amusing. It can be enlightening.
~Sherry Dour

Recipe: Homemade Mac-N-Chee

Traditional macaroni and cheese or macaroni pie recipes call for baking in the oven once you have everything mixed together. I call my recipe Mac-N-Chee because it skips this step and is an easier, more casual dish. It’s much better tasting than the stuff that comes out of a box and requires very little effort and no more time because you make the sauce while the pasta boils. The benefit of this little effort is that you know exactly what you’re eating! You can also substitute whole-wheat or gluten-free pasta.


2 Tsb. butter
2 Tsb. flour (rice flour is a good gluten-free substitute for wheat flour)
1 cup of milk (or more if you want/need it)
1 cup of grated cheese (sharp cheddar is good or experiment with your favorite cheeses)
1 pound of macaroni, rotini, fusili, farfalle, rigatoni or whatever pasta you like.
Salt and Pepper

1) Follow the package directions for cooking the pasta.
2) While you wait for the water to boil make the cheese sauce.
3) Melt the butter in a small saucepan over low to medium heat but do not let it brown.
4) Add the flour and stir for about a minute or two. This will result in a grainy-looking butter colored paste. Again, do not let it brown.
5) Slowly add the milk and stir the mixture to smooth out the lumps.
6) Once all the milk is in and there are no lumps turn the heat up slowly and keep stirring! Your sauce will thicken as it gets hotter. This may take a little time, but keep stirring and don’t turn the heat up too high or too fast.
7) When the sauce is thickend to your satisfaction, turn the heat down to low and slowly stir in the cheese a little at a time. Keep stirring!
8) When the sauce is cheezy to your liking, add salt and pepper to taste. Tasting as you go is vital to good cooking – but use a separate spoon and rinse it every time, the saliva on a “double-dipped” spoon can start to break food down while it’s still on the stove. As you become an expert in making cheese sauce you may want to experiment with adding other spices such as coriander, cumin, paprika, red pepper, and anything else that apeals to you.
9) If the sauce is finished before the pasta is done, turn the heat to the lowest setting and cover the pan. check it to make sure it’s not burning or sticking.
10) Drain the pasta and return it to the pot you cooked it in. Pour the cheese sauce over it and mix well. Enjoy!
~Sherry Dour

Natural Health Tips – Keeping Yourself Healthy
• Get plenty of sunshine over the winter. Research indicates that the winter flu is often a result of vitamin D deficiency. The best source of vitamin D is sunshine! If you cannot get sunshine, take cod liver oil. Raw, unpasteurized milk is another vitamin D abundant food. If it is sunny go outside as much as you possibly can no matter how cold it is. Vitamin D is also produced when you go to a tanning bed, but please do not overdo it. There are disadvantages to tanning beds, so be smart.
• Exercise! Yoga provides many benefits and is an excellent way to get fit, relieve stress and boost the immune system. Yoga is also beneficial on an emotional level and help alleviate symptoms of Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD).
• Eat plenty of immune boosting foods such as garlic, vitamin C containing fruits and fresh green juices (broccoli, cabbage, cucumber and celery.) A diet rich in live foods is a sure way to stay healthy all year long.
• Cut out sugar. Sugar suppresses the immune system and causes disease. It is also a favorite food of the viruses and bacteria that make us sick. Today there are many wonderful healthy alternatives such as stevia and xylitol. Also watch your foods for High Fructose Corn Syrup – unfortunately it’s everywhere.
• Deal with emotional stress. Anger and stress suppress the immune system. Yoga, meditation, counselling, are some options. Also, check out Emotional Freedom Technique. It’s easy to learn and easy to use.
• Get plenty of sleep. A lack of sleep suppresses the immune system, but is a reality for millions of people. Homeopathic remedies can help you get to sleep and stay asleep without any side effects. With a little help from homeopathy you can get some real sleep, too. Homeopathy stimulates the body to heal itself, so it’s not a drugged coma like you’d get from a prescription which is neither restorative nor healthy.

Links we Like:
When we find information online that we’d like to share with you we’ll put the links here. Send us your ideas and favorite websites and they may appear in future issues!
Jamie Oliver’s Ministry of Food – Chef Jamie Oliver is known for his simple and delicious cooking style. He recently launched a campaign to get Britain cooking at home. The recipes are just as easy here in America. Check them out at his “Ministry of Food” website.
The Story of Stuff – a little film that shows how our consumption affects the planet. Very interesting and enlightening.
Green as a Thistle – Vanessa Farquharson’s blog. Look in the Archive section to read about her year spent “greenifying” her life in 2007.
Homeopathy: Beyond Flat Earth Medicine Download a .pdf version of this excellent book by Dr. Timothy Dooley. It’s a great starting point for beginners and a wonderful read for anyone interested in understanding more about homeopathy.

Comments, questions and suggestions are welcome!

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Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Snelling Holistic Health Newsletter November/December 2008

Navigating the Produce Section

Do you know where your fruits and vegetables come from? As the CSA and Farmers Market season winds down we may find ourselves back at the supermarket where we can’t ask the farmer how the food was raised. Well, there is a simple way to tell and I’ll share the secret with you. Every item in the produce section has a PLU number. This is a 4- or 5-digit number usually located near the bar code or on a sticker stuck directly to the item. A 4-digit number (1022) means it is conventionally grown. A 5-digit number beginning with a 9 (91022) means it was organically grown. But beware of a 5-digit number beginning with an 8 (81022). These items contain GMOs or Genetically Modified Organisms. It is best to avoid these “frankenfood” items as there has been no research on the results they can have on our bodies and our health. Be extra wary at membership warehouses. As much as I love Costco, I have found they have their own system, so there is no way of knowing if their produce is genetically modified or not! Organic is best (9 is fine), conventional is OK, but GMO is to be avoided (hatin’ 8)!

~Sherry Dour

Can Baking Soda Cure Cancer?
by Dr. Victoria Snelling

Cancer has surpassed heart disease as the number one killer in America and is still a mystery to medical professionals despite their arsenal of drugs, surgery and radiation. There must be a kinder, gentler way!

A friend sent a web site to me which discussed how an Italian oncologist is treating cancer, very successfully, with bicarbonate of soda. I’ll admit to being skeptical, but I was intrigued by what I read and wanted to know more. Could this be a breakthrough in our understanding and treatment of a condition that affects way too many of us these days?

Dr. Tullio Simoncini has a medical practice in Rome. He seemed to follow a fairly conventional approach in treating his cancer patients until he had quite an epiphany about a possible cause of, and treatment for, cancer. He now treats many forms of cancer, from breast cancer to brain tumors and seemingly everything in between. His new protocol doesn’t involve a new wonder drug or a new surgical procedure, but it makes use of bicarbonate of soda, better known as baking soda. Yes, the yellow box in your kitchen cabinet! Dr. Simoncini’s book is called “Cancer is a Fungus” and you can read more on his web site, available in English, and it’s listed at the end of this article.

Dr. Simoncini states “When facing the most pressing contemporary medical problem, cancer, the first thing to do is to admit that we still do not know its real cause. A fungus infection - that of the Candida species - could supply the explanation for why a tumor occurs, and it is in this direction that research should move in the attempt to solve the problem of cancer once and for all.”

As I looked over his site, I wanted to know many things: how much research has been done with this protocol, what is his cure rate and survival rate, is there anything toxic about this treatment and are there any side effects? I do have some answers to these questions and I’m cautiously optimistic that his treatment might someday spread to the good ole USA. Right now, it seems to be available only in Italy.

Dr. Simoncini found that psoriasis responded really well when he treated it as a fungus. He then used bicarbonate of soda to treat babies with oral thrush, which is caused by the fungus, Candida albicans. He wondered if cancer could be caused by a fungus. Fungi are interesting. They behave differently from any other living critter. They seem to be half animal and half plant, and can burrow deeply and cling tenaciously to the host tissue they are ingesting. They can change form and their reproductive cycle can make them very hard to destroy. But maybe we’ve just been using the wrong substance to treat it. Dr. Simoncini talks about the protocol of applying sodium bicarbonate to tumors and other cancerous tissue. He has determined the optimum treatment time and frequency, and the treatment isn’t harmful to surrounding tissue. I was struck by how gentle his protocol appears to be.

His theory of the cause of cancer inspired me to consider other cancer treatments, especially nutritional approaches, and what they have in common. I thought about his assertion that cancer is inherently linked to fungus, and that he has found Candida in the core of tumors. I also thought about that wonderful doctor from Jackson, Tennessee who educated the world about the effects of yeast, or Candida albicans, on our health and how to eliminate it.

The doctor from Tennessee was William Crook, MD. He practiced in Jackson for 40 years and died there in October of 2002. Dr. Crook wrote 14 books, and “The Yeast Connection” might be the most well known of them all. His book introduced the world to the effect of Candida albicans and taught us that Candida doesn’t just cause yeast infections. It can also be systemic, or dispersed all throughout the body, and can be responsible for a whole host of symptoms that can easily be misdiagnosed. The good news is that the treatment is a change of diet, and perhaps a few supplements in the short term. He really left his mark on medicine and nutrition. He also left his mark on my family, as well.

When I was very young, my sleepwalking really worried my Mom. The turning point came when, on a family vacation, she found me as I was just about to get into an elevator in the middle of the night. Who knows where I was going! She took me to see Dr. Crook, who was a practicing pediatric allergist. He recommended that I avoid some of the most common allergens, such as wheat and dairy, as well as sugar. In just a few weeks, my sleepwalking stopped, never to return. My Mom was thrilled! Many years later, while I was attending chiropractic college, my Mom was having symptoms that were not being relieved by other means. She saw Dr. Crook, who had just published his ground-breaking book about Candidiasis. My Mom followed his recommendations very strictly for about a year, and her health improved dramatically. She looked vibrant, was full of energy and appeared at least 10 years younger. And her pesky symptoms disappeared. My Mom is still very youthful and we’re both very thankful to Dr. Crook. I’ve been happy to make use of his wonderful information to help my patients for the past 25 years.

What’s common to Dr. Crook’s yeast-free diet and the diet that supports Dr. Simoncini’s bicarbonate of soda treatment? The avoidance of sugar, and other high-glycemic foods, is crucial to eliminate not just yeast, but also bacteria, viruses, fungi, and parasites. These recommendations will also preserve a stable and healthy blood and tissue glucose level. Sugars lower the body’s pH level, making the body acidic. Without sugar and foods that quickly convert to sugar, the pH is normalized, and glands and organs are no longer working under constant stress. Foods that are quickly converted to sugar in the body have a high glycemic index, and include white flour products, white rice, other refined grains, white potatoes, corn and high fructose corn syrup, alcohol, fruit juices and, of course, sugar in any form. One easy way to improve your health and the health of your family is to read all the labels in your fridge and food pantry and throw away all the items containing high fructose corn syrup! If you are fighting off a virus, a yeast infection like Candidiasis, a fungus such as athlete’s foot or ringworm, or a bacterial infection, or yes, even cancer, please consider a sugar-free diet. Those organisms thrive on sugar and will consider you a most hospitable place to live. You will not completely get rid of an infection-of any kind-if you feed it its favorite food, no matter how many antibiotics, antiviral or antifungal drugs you take!

A diet rich in vegetables (with the exceptions listed above), whole fruits, moderate whole grains and moderate lean protein sources will keep the pH of the body balanced and will provide the nutrients needed to rebuild healthy body tissue. This type of balanced, whole food diet will assist the body in doing what it does best: eliminating toxins (including foreign invaders like bacteria, yeast, etc), replacing damaged cells and optimizing glandular function. Start with just one suggestion if you need to make changes more slowly. These recommendations will help you to improve your health and your vitality. You’ll start to feel really good, maybe for the first time in your life. The more suggestions you take to heart, the better your results will be. If you have chronic disease, a diagnosis of cancer, or if you suffer from recurrent infections of whatever type, the recommendations, especially with regard to sugar, are that much more important.

What can we expect as we make these healthy dietary changes and how will our bodies be different as the years go by? I think it’s never too late to recover your health and your vitality. Does this mean that my Candida-free Mom will never have to deal with a diagnosis of cancer? I’m optimistic, and I’m sure Dr. Crook would share that opinion.

I intend to keep up with Dr. Simoncini’s publications. If his approach is truly effective, no doubt it will come into wider use in Italy and then with the rest of Europe. I would love to see funding for well-thought out natural treatments for cancer. Perhaps we should think of pioneers such as this Italian oncologist when we’re considering making a contribution to cancer research.

Helpful web sites:

Helpful books:
“The Yeast Connection” by Dr. William Crook
“Sugar Blues” by William Dufty

Victoria Snelling, DC, DHM

Remededy Spotlight: Ambrosia

It’s ragweed season and people all over the country have got itchy, watery eyes; runny, sneezy noses; and sinus headaches galore! Ragweed (Ambrosia artemisifolia) is a problem from mid- to late summer into early fall or as late as December, depending on where you live. Windy weather spreads the pollen as far as several miles away. though the plant is so abundant, there is little need to travel so far for exposure! Generally, the threat of ragweed ends with the first hard frost, but until then, what to do about the itching, running and sneezing? Homeopathy to the rescue! Homeopathic Ambrosia art. is made from ragweed pollen and is especially helpful for those suffering from an allergy to ragweed. A low potency dose (30x or 30c) at regular intervals (1-2 times daily) will help to curb that allergic reaction so you can enjoy these beautiful early autumn days!
Ambrosia is not usually available in your local health food store. However, we do keep a supply in our office during Ragweed season. Contact us if you’d like a bottle! Call Sherry at 502-426-2033.

Natural Health Tip – Household Antiseptic for Flu Season

Want a dirt-cheap antiseptic that kills flu viruses on surfaces like doorknobs and countertops? Combine regular bleach with white vinegar in a 1:1 ratio. Pour the solution into a spray bottle and you have a powerful antiviral/antiseptic solution. It's called "acidic bleach," and it spells instant death to superbugs, viruses, bacteria, molds and fungus. For EXTERNAL USE only, of course. Don't drink this, and don't put it in your food or water. Also, be sure to use this only in a well-ventilated area since the fumes from this mixture should not be inhaled.

Office Tidbits

Flu season is nearly upon us! Time to stock up on Oscillococcinum. One dose, taken monthly, may help to prevent the flu and is definitely less painful than a flu shot! Come into the office and pick up your box of Oscillo today! If you do get the flu (or someone in your household does) take it to relive symptoms and give each of your family members a dose for protection.

Links we Like:

When we find information online that we’d like to share with you we’ll put the links here. Send us your ideas and favorite websites and they may appear in future issues!
Dr. Tullio Simoncini’s Website - Learn more about Dr. Simoncini and his cancer treatment
Dr. William Crook – Read about Dr. Crook at the yeast connection website.
The Hunger Site – Click daily to feed those in need. Also visit sister sites to help fund child health, mammograms, animal rescue, rain forest protection and literacy projects!
Emotional Freedom Technique – A fantastic, simple-to-learn system for clearing out emotional junk! Download the free manual today!

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Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Snelling Holistic Health Newsletter July/August 2008

What My Sister Taught Me About Cancer
by Dr. Victoria Snelling

I’m sitting here, looking out on a lovely sunny spring day and thinking about… cancer. I would imagine that all of us have been touched by cancer in some way, even if at a distance. We all probably know someone, friend, neighbor or relative, who has dealt with the dreaded disease. It’s certainly in the news often enough. Status or socioeconomic level is no protection from it. We often hear about celebrities battling cancer of one variety or another. Is cancer more prevalent, or is it just more publicized than in the past?

Until recently my experience with cancer had been from a bit of a distance. I always had some degree of isolation from it. Yes, I’d had a great uncle who dealt with lung cancer many years ago. And I’ve assisted patients with natural therapies so they could blend Homeopathy and nutrition with the allopathic cancer treatments they were having. But that distance and that isolation ended recently.
My sister had cancer. I consciously use the past tense. She HAD cancer and I fully believe she doesn’t have it now. She’s nearing the end of treatment and besides, I don’t want to give it any energy by speaking of “it” in the present tense.

Diane was diagnosed with uterine cancer a few months ago. It was found totally by happenstance. Her gynecologist decided to “just have one last look” during a procedure called a D&C and removed what was thought to be a very benign uterine cyst. These cysts aren’t uncommon and most often are benign. They often shrink on their own, or the body sloughs them off, or sometimes the gynecologist just decides to remove them if they are uncomfortable or if they are associated with non-period bleeding. This gynecologist decided to do just that, and was actually quite shocked when the pathology report showed an aggressively growing malignant tumor. Actually, we were all shocked.

I was sitting at my desk at work the day Diane called to tell me about her diagnosis. She had just heard the news herself. Her news had a very visceral effect on me, like the wind had been knocked out of me. At the same time it felt very unreal. She was crying. I was crying. Oddly enough, I knew she’d be fine. Some deeper part of me knew. But I was grieving the fact that she had to experience this, that she had to walk down this path in the first place, but I knew she’d be fine, maybe even better than before in many ways. In my shock and grief, that thought was actually a comfort to me.

I guess we all cope with difficult news in our own particular way. I prayed, I meditated, I visualized her as perfect, whole and complete. I sent out an email request to friends and family asking them to do the same, according to their own beliefs. And I also seriously delved into the literature and spoke to colleagues about what we know; I mean what we REALLY know, about cancer in its various forms and how to treat it. I know how the medical profession treats it. But I was looking for more than the allopathic slash/burn/poison methods. I wanted to know everything else. How can we treat this condition in a manner that respects the body/mind/spirit totality of us, in a holistic manner, that gives the healing role to the body itself? I was motivated, I was determined and I was just a little angry, too. I wanted these alternatives offered to everyone, in addition to the allopathic choices. Because this was affecting someone I love so deeply, my motivation was just as deep. Don’t misunderstand. I think we should always explore all of our options, allopathic and alternative. But Diane’s oncologist had the allopathic portion pretty well in hand, and I was determined to cover the rest.

I also thought about what I would do should I ever find myself linked to that same diagnosis. I’m not sure I’ve ever pondered that question before. I did find a sense of peace about it. I was comforted by the options I found and encouraged that I would not have to make a decision based on fear, or lack of information, or a sense of powerlessness. I’ll share just a little of what I’ve learned about supporting an immune system that is dealing with cancer at the end of this article. But I’ve learned much more than that.

I think I’ve always accepted that each of us has the right, and also the obligation, to choose for ourselves the treatment we want for any condition we’re dealing with. And I came to accept, at a much deeper level, my sister’s decision about the treatment she would be receiving for uterine cancer, surgery, radiation and chemotherapy. Her decision was different from the one I would have made for myself. And that’s as it should be. I know in my heart she made the right decision for herself and she is doing extremely well now as her treatment is nearing an end. Her cancer is truly in the past tense! My sister HAD cancer. And that word just isn’t as scary as it used to be.

When we look back over our lives, we can all probably pinpoint those life changing events. Events that take us deeper into ourselves and cause us to connect with that place inside where transformation can more easily take place. I connect with a changed person now when I talk to Diane. My experience of her is that she’s more relaxed, happier, and much more present in the moment. Being more in present time, more of the time, I think she has fewer fears or anxieties. She’s talking about making a trip to Hawaii, a place she’s always wanted to visit, but would never consider due to a long standing fear of flying. She said “if I can conquer the Big C, I think I can fly to Hawaii!” Great news! (I want to go, too!)

Truly being in present time is an amazing thing. Most of us don’t spend nearly enough time there. And there is something sweet and precious about experiencing every moment of your life with focus and intention. The present seems very different when we are not worrying about the future or obsessing over the past. Being in the present moment brings timelessness to our experience. The present is expansive and peaceful and so very beautiful. There is great joy in small things. That feeling of groundedness allows us to really connect with others and occupy the role of observer at the same time. It has been wonderful for me to be able to deal with the decisions, chores and obligations of Life on Planet Earth and yet be apart from the dramas and petty worries that I and those around me could create. It’s peaceful here, and I like it. And I have my sister to thank for the inspiration and opportunity to practice being in this space. As she walked along the path of her healing, she inspired me to walk beside her. I continue to learn so much and I am grateful.

The subject of natural healing is so vast, and to be truly holistic, we must consider the body/mind/spirit as we heal. We can look at different features of a good holistic plan in the next several articles, but for now, how can we make a start? What are the first things I’d do to support my immune system? These things would apply to many conditions, not just cancer. And they would equally apply to the maintenance of health, and so they are appropriate for all of us, all of the time. These can be easy to implement, and you can feel good about the ones that are already second nature to you!

If you’ve been diagnosed with cancer, or if a close loved one has recently been diagnosed, consider giving some tender loving care to your emotional needs. We love our “good” emotions, those highly desirable feel-good feelings. We may not always like those undesirable feelings. We all have a wide range of feelings, but we just don’t always know what to do with them! If you can identify your emotions and express them in a healthy way, you’re way ahead of many of us. Remember that you can reach out for help, through counseling, a support group, a spiritual group or maybe even a wise friend. Think of emotion as “energy in motion”, and strive to keep it that way. Emotions do need to flow. They can be very detrimental if locked up inside and not expressed. If you’d like to discover a technique that you can use that is free and easy to learn, go to www.emofree.com for information on using Emotional Freedom Technique. It’s amazing how soothing this blend of acupressure and Neurolinguistic programming can be. It’s easy to do and simple to learn. I have a 6 year old patient who learned the technique from his Mom. (What a lucky guy to learn a technique like this at so young an age!) There are other techniques that are useful, too, including One Brain Defusion technique and Rapid Eye Movement Desensitization technique, among others. Explore what appeals to you. Some other ideas:
1. Keep (or find) your sense of humor. Humor is important for healing. Do you remember Norman Cousins who wrote “Anatomy of Illness”? He literally used humor to heal himself of a life threatening disease. Humor will lower your stress level, lower your high blood pressure, raise your spirits and balance your chakras- all with one good belly laugh!

2. Again, communicate your feelings, the fun ones and the not so fun ones. Use “I” statements if you need to communicate an uncomfortable feeling to someone. “I feel anxious when you don’t tell me you’ll be home late” feels much different, and is better received, than “You make me so nervous when you don’t call me when you’ll be home late!” Strive to start a dialogue, not start an argument!

3. Don’t stuff your feelings. Many professionals agree that suppressed anger can quickly become depression. Just think: when you express your feelings in a healthy manner, those uncomfortable feelings are leaving your mind/body. When you bury them, they don’t go away; they just sit there wreaking havoc. Don’t give them that kind of power!

4. Say “I love you” to those you love. For some of us, this is easy, and for some, this will be the hard one. If you feel it, give yourself permission to say it! We really don’t know how many days we have here on earth, so if you feel it, say it!

5. If you’re holding a grudge, or if you have a feeling of unforgiveness regarding someone, let it go. This is quite a burden and if you’ve been carrying it for a long time, you may not know just how heavy it really is. This is truly liberating if you’ll just do this one thing. It’ll change your life. Forgiveness isn’t about the person who “did us wrong”. Forgiveness never excuses the negative or abusive things in our pasts, and it doesn’t forgive the abuser. There just are no excuses for some things. But if you’re holding on to a past hurt, you are giving your power away to someone and some event in the past. Forgiveness is for the benefit of the forgiver. Let me say that again: forgiveness is for the benefit of YOU and forgiveness can set you free! Let go of the past and move on to a better future. Here are 2 of my favorite authors and their books that are very pertinent to this topic: Colin Tipping’s “Radical Forgiveness” and Byron Katie’s “Loving What Is.” Both are powerful and both are definitely life changing.

6. Are you procrastinating? I don’t mean are you putting off cleaning the basement or filing your taxes. I mean is there something, or several things, that you’ve always wanted to do, but you’ve put off for a better time? Put off until the kids graduated from high school, put off until you finally got a raise, put off until you lost those 20 pounds, until, until, until when? Please don’t wait until you wake up one day and say to yourself “I would’ve, should’ve, could’ve”. We can’t change the past, but we can certainly change now, and then we’ll change the future as a result. This moment, right now, is what you have control over. Don’t live with regrets! Is this thing still important to you? Make it a priority, right now. Just make a start and take one small step every day toward your goal. You’ll get there, without a doubt. One that note, I saw the movie “The Bucket List” (with Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman) right before my sister’s cancer diagnosis. I haven’t yet told her how much I enjoyed the movie or how it touched me. But I’m telling you now- go and see that movie. It is inspiring and thought provoking. Yes, you can see it and just experience the comedic brilliance of the main characters and just have a “surface” experience of the movie. But if you look a little deeper and see the richness of the message, you can be inspired to create your own “Bucket List”. I think I’ll have to add that trip to Hawaii to my list!

6. If you really want to feel good fast, here’s a guaranteed way to make yourself smile. Do something for someone else. Any one else. And preferably, do it anonymously. Do it in secret. You’re not looking for accolades here, you’re looking for a way to do a kindness for someone else and then allow yourself to experience the glow that brings. Start small and see how many creative ideas you have of “paying it forward.” Just remember, the Law of Karma will bring you good things in return!
Dr. Victoria Snelling

Recipe: Holiday Parfait
Good for breakfast or dessert!

2 cups yogurt, vanilla (or plain or soy yogurt with 1 Tbsp. honey or a couple drops of liquid stevia to taste mixed in)
1 cup blueberries
1 cup small whole strawberries, or sliced large ones
4 Tbsp. granola of your choice
2 Tbsp. chopped nuts – raw almonds or unsalted pecans or walnuts

2 Servings:
Layer in each of two tall glasses:
· ½ cup blueberries
· ½ cup yogurt
· 2 Tbsp. granola
· ½ cup strawberries
· ½ cup yogurt
· 1 Tbsp. chopped nuts

We’re Offering a New Service!
May Moore, Ondamed Technician, is now available to see clients for Electromagnetic Field Therapy. The Ondamed machine is a biofeedback therapeutic wave device that works by matching the body’s frequencies against the machine’s freqwuencies, locating areas in the body in which there is blockage. The Ondamed machine utilizes noninvasive frequencies, which reach confused cells of the body. This process allows blockages to relax and open, improving communication of good cells, enhancing the flow of energy and materials to the entire body.

The Ondamed machine enhances the release of toxins and the absorption of nutrients by the cell. It reduces edema, stimulates cellular repair and regeneration, jumpstarts the immune system by aiding in lymphatic removal, aids in blood ciruclation and reduces geopathic and electromagnetic overloads. It can aid therapies for allergies, asthma, diabetes, and cardiovascular problems. It has also been successful with helping many people to stop smoking.

To schedule an appointment, call the office today at 502-426-2033 and we will put you in touch with our Ondamed Technician

Homeopathic Tip – Minor Burn Treatment
I was pulling a cookie sheet out of the oven the other day. There were a lot of people in the kitchen (it was an afternoon party) and I was trying not to bump anyone. I didn’t give myself enough room and managed to brush that 400° cookie sheet against my arm. OUCH! I immediately ran to the sink and ran warm water over the burn. That’s right warm water. An MD nearby gasped and told me I was “causing further damage to the tissue.” I happen to know that warm – not hot – water on a burn is homeopathic. I have done this several times (I’m rather clumsy sometimes) and what I have found is that soon afterward, the burn doesn’t hurt. At all. I then covered it with Calendula ointment to speed the healing. So far (3 days later) it’s healing quite well and not really calling attention to itself.

Healthy Eats - Community Supported Agriculture
I've really been enjoying fresh vine ripe tomatoes this spring. My vines at home aren't yet ripe. In fact they're not even big enough for fried green tomatoes. But my CSA (community supported agriculture) supplied enough organic veggies to fill my crispers last Thursday and there's more to come this week. In fact, every Thursday from now until October, maybe even November, I'll receive my share from organic farmers, Ralph and Kathy Packard of Misty Meadows Farm. CSA's are a great way to buy your veggies, herbs and fruit locally and to be assured that they're organic. My weekly bounty varies each week with what is in season and what is ready to be picked. They also have a great assortment of organic meats and eggs. The number of Farmer's Markets and CSA's is exploding in this area. Our local Courier-Journal has a link that will tell you where to find your nearest farmer's market. And Local Harvest will direct you to CSA's and farmer's markets all over the country. For information about other sources of organic foods and articles on why local and organic is best, check one of my favorite web sites: The Weston A. Price Foundation. This site will also lead you to local buying groups, or co-ops, who are countering the high cost of organic food items by buying together and in bulk. It's wonderful to know where your food comes from.
~Dr. Snelling

Office Tidbits
Did you know that one of our Massage Therapists also does Reflexology? Rachel Gee is now available for Refloxology appointments. Call Sherry 502-426-2033 for details

Links we Like:
When we find information online that we’d like to share with you we’ll put the links here. Send us your ideas and favorite websites and they may appear in future issues!
Courier-Journal – Link to local Farmers Markets in the Louisville area.
Local Harvest – Country wide CSA and Farmers Market information.
Weston A. Price Foundation – Information on finding local co-ops and lots of other good information about nutrition and health.

Comments, questions and suggestions are welcome!

Dr. Victoria Snelling ~ Stephen Pollock, R.Ph., CST
Sherry Dour, BA, Office Manager
Rachel Gee, Kath Tallichet & Kim Rollins, Massage Therapists
May Moore, Ondamed Technician ~ Allison Singler, Ionic Foot Spa Therapist
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About Me

Louisville, KY, United States
Victoria Snelling pratices classical homeopathy, gentle chiropractic and other natural therapies. She is a teacher, writer, and a champion of organic foods and health care freedom of choice. Dr. Snelling is also an ordained interfaith minister. Victoria Snelling practices in Louisville, KY; Memphis, TN; and Nashville, TN. Telephone consultations are available for those at a distance seeking homeopathic care. You can contact her at 502-426-2033 or VSnelling@DrSnelling.com.