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FDA Consumer Call Webinar June 9

Do you want to support the use and availability of homeopathy by submitting comments to the FDA, but need more information or have questions? Join our FREE webinar, FDA Consumer Call June 9 at 8pm ET / 5pm PT, presented by Eric Foxman, R.Ph of the American Association of Homeopathic Pharmacists and Karen Allen, CCH. You will have a chance to ask questions, get answers, and walk away fully prepared to draft your FDA consumer comment! The presentation will cover:

  • What happened in preparation for the hearings, and how to listen to the recorded presentations (many of these are very interesting!)
  • How the FDA panel responded during the hearings, with the types of questions asked
  • Some likely outcomes from the FDA’s process
  • NCH survey on consumer attitudes about homeopathy
  • Gathering of resources on risks and benefits of homeopathic products for FDA reference
  • How the FDA views submitted comments, what is likely to be helpful, and what is not helpful

Register today by clicking here.

This webinar is scheduled to be recorded and available for those who cannot attend at the scheduled time.

FDA Action Alert: Take Our 5 Minute Survey by June 14th!

In order to help support our comments to the FDA during the current public comment period, we need YOUR help! FDA wants to know how YOU (people who use homeopathy) feel about homeopathy and about your experiences with over-the-counter (OTC) homeopathic medications. And we want to tell them.

How can you help? Take 5 minutes to complete our online survey about your attitudes and experiences with homeopathy. It’s anonymous and will take only a few minutes. Complete the survey here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/NCHConsumerSurvey

Thank you in advance for your support!

NCH Announcements

FDA Consumer Commenting Period

The public hearing was the first phase of information gathering for FDA. The next phase of information gathering is a public comment period – which is now open and will remain open through June 22, 2015.

Help us get the following messages to the FDA:

  • Consumers have positive attitudes about access to over-the-counter homeopathic medicines
  • Consumers ARE able to make informed decisions about purchasing homeopathic products vs traditional OTC medications
  • Consumers want to find the right medicine for their symptoms in the appropriate category area of the store

We encourage everyone who uses homeopathic products to take 5 minutes to submit comments to the FDA about:

  • YOUR own personal position and viewpoint regarding homeopathy
  • YOUR understanding and practical knowledge regarding purchasing decisions of OTC homeopathic products

Learn more about how you can participate.


Congratulations to the 2015 NCH Service Award Recipients!

NCH is happy to announce* the recipients of the 2015 NCH Service Awards!

The Henry N. Williams Professional Service Award (established 1999): Karen Allen, CCH

The Martha Oelman Community Service Award (established 1999): Homeopaths Without Borders - North America

The Julian Winston NCH Service Award (established 2015): Stephen Messer, MSEd, ND, DHANP

Learn more about the 2015 award recipients.

*Winners were announced at the NCH Annual Meeting at the Joint American Homeopathic Conference in Philadelphia, PA, May 8, 2015.

NCH’s FREE Find a Remedy Tool

The “Find a Remedy” tool on our website is steadily growing and is one of the two most popular sections of the website. As a free and open to the public page, it is serving an important purpose of introducing homeopathy to a broader community. We always welcome appropriate and concise educational content to expand it. If you are interested in contributing for any “illnesses or injuries” let us know by sending suggested additions to info@homeopathycenter.org.

Are You a Nurse? Earn Free Contact Hours by Reading Homeopathy Today

Calling all nurses! You can now earn FREE Contact Hours by reading Homeopathy Today magazine. Tell your colleagues!

Homeopathy Today’s Summer 2015 issue will kick off the first in a series of articles by family nurse practitioner Lia Bello, RN, FNP, CCH, offering continuing education contact hours for nurses. This is a wonderful way for nurses to earn CE credits and learn homeopathy at the same time! And, did we mention that the credits are free, if the required post-test and evaluation are completed within one year? Thanks to the Mirus Foundation and Lia for working to provide this excellent opportunity to nurses.

Please tell all your nurse friends and colleagues to take part. The first article, “Summer Vacation & Homeopathy: Ready, Set, Go!” will provide 1 contact hour. Watch for it in NCH’s quarterly magazine, Homeopathy Today (paper and digital) hitting mailboxes in late June to early July. Details on the steps required to obtain the credit will be published with the article.

Don’t get Homeopathy Today magazine? Join NCH as a member today to start your complimentary subscription.

Homeopathy for Prostate Health

June is Men's Health Month and prostate conditions are taking center stage. Not only affecting elderly men, prostatitis and benign prostatic hypertrophy (BPH) are both much more common than might be expected in middle-aged individuals. It is always advisable to seek professional advice for chronic, long-standing complaints from a professional homeopath. In an acute attack consider the remedies below for some relief while you wait to see a professional to rule out the possibility of a more serious condition.

  • Sabal serrulata – Frequent urge to pass urine (especially at night), difficulty passing urine, area around prostate feels cold, painful intercourse, ejaculation is painful or impossible, prostatic emissions with stool.
  • Thuja occidentalis – Frequent urge to pass urine, burning sensation at neck of bladder, feeling as if urine dribbling down urethra, forked stream of urine, involuntary urination in elderly men, easy discharge of prostatic fluids, lump sensation in rectum. Concomitant Symptom: History of gonorrhea.
  • Pulsatilla – Severe pains after urination (sharp or spasm), spurting stream of urine, thick yellow discharge, urgent need to pass urine, worse from lying on back, retention of urine is in the elderly. Concomitant Symptom: History of gonorrhea
  • Chimaphilla umbellato – Itching, burning, soreness in the region of the gland, constant urge to urinate, worse from pressure, worse from sitting, sensation of sitting on a ball, stringy mucus discharge, can only pass urine standing with legs spread and bending forward.
  • Lycopodium clavatum – Enlargement with sexual dysfunction, frequent painful urging to urinate, pain during or after urination, urination delayed, painful straining—dribbles by drops, needle-like pains in bladder and anus. Concomitant Symptoms: Much flatulence.
  • Kali bichromium – Pain aggravated by walking, must stand still for relief, needle-like pain or drawing pain that extends from prostate into the penis, burning in urethra after urinating, very thick, string, or sticky discharge.

It’s important to note that typical cases of prostatitis and BPH have very few distinguishing symptoms that help in remedy selection. If no single remedy is an obvious choice, then you might try each individually (one at a time) and pay close attention to any changes.

Continue reading about remedies for prostate health.

THE ORGANON by Samuel Hahnemann –  An Outline
Provided in tribute to Julian Winston, May 1941 – June 2005, beloved Editor-In-Chief of Homeopathy Today for 21 years.

It is often said that studying The Organon is fundamental for any successful homeopath. In this series we glean some Winston Wisdom by revisiting Julian’s outline of this masterpiece.

Paragraphs 40 – 44: Lays out the philosophy of the system (continued)

  1. New diseases can join older diseases and become complex. Neither removes the other
  2. Heavy drugging with allopathic medicines leads to an artificial drug disease and makes it into a chronic problem
  3. Two dissimilar diseases can exist in the body at the same time
  4. But when two similar diseases meet we can observe how cure takes place.
  5. Two similar diseases cannot suspend, ward off, or exist at the same time.

Note: The above is only an outline. To comprehend The Organon in its fullness, we recommend that you read the book.
The Organon is usually studied by the intermediate to advanced student of homeopathy.

Reminder! Changes in Online Renewal Process

In order to allow our members to renew their membership with greater ease, and allow for the purchase of add-on items (e.g. Donations, Vegetarian Times) in a single transaction, we are no longer creating dues "orders" for renewal.

To renew your membership (or rejoin after membership expires) you must visit the store and add the membership product of your choice in to your cart. For detailed instructions on the new process, login in at www.homeopathycenter.org/user with your email and password, and select the appropriate renewal link on the Member Quick Links page. Renewing online helps to save valuable NCH dollars and resources, so we greatly appreciate it when you choose that option – thank you!


Arnica Dramatically Affects Patient Satisfaction

A recent study from the Division of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery, Department of Surgery, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI shows that Arnica montana accelerates postoperative healing, with quicker resolution of the extent and the intensity of ecchymosis (bruising) after osteotomies (surgical cutting of bone or removal of bone) in rhinoplasty surgery patients. Study subjects scheduled for rhinoplasty surgery with nasal bone osteotomies by a single surgeon were prospectively randomized to receive either oral perioperative Arnica montana, or placebo in a double-blinded fashion. The quicker resolution of the extent and the intensity of bruising proved to dramatically affect patient satisfaction.

Read the abstract here or review the full report here.


Take a look at more of the latest homeopathic research in the Research Library on the NCH website.

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Homeopathic Remedy Triturations: Into the Heart of Homeopathy
June 22, 2015, 8:00pm – 9:00pm ET

Judy and Anneke feel that triturations are at the core of our healing art, and that is behooves every homeopath to have a solid understanding of this process. They have found that doing triturations, i.e. making a remedy from raw substance into a usable remedy, is a process that clearly demonstrates via personal experience how powerful and potent a remedy is.

Homeopaths who know how to do triturations properly can often help their patients by making a unique and specific remedy for that individual. For example, making a remedy from someone’s kidney stone, or from the substance to which a patient is addicted, or a remedy from a mother’s colostrum or breast milk for her child. In CEASE therapy, the patient is given a series of substances, often made from medicines or supplements they have taken that have impacted their health.

The modern trituration movement has also taken a further step. Rather than doing three rounds of triturating, we continue for several additional rounds. The term C4 homeopathy refers to these additional rounds of triturating, setting these remedies apart from those made with the traditional 3 rounds or from mother tinctures. Judy and Anneke will discuss using these in practice and guidelines for where they are preferred.

This webinar is free, but available only to current NCH members. REGISTER TODAY!

 

 

Test your repertory knowledge!

Which of the following is not a section in Kent's Repertory?

  1. Mind
  2. Heart.
  3. Extremities
  4. Vertigo

(The answer is at the bottom of the newsletter.)

A special thanks to Karen B. Allen, CCH for providing the REPERTORY QUIZ to Homeopathy Today magazine in 2003.

After being thrown by a horse, your usually grounded and happy 12 year old daughter becomes moody, complains that her heart is beating rapidly, double checks the locks on doors because she is scared that someone will break into the house. Once social and easy-going, she is capricious, easily vexed, and clingy. She craves ice cream and cold drinks. The first remedy you would think of would be?

(The answer is at the bottom of the newsletter.)

If you have a “Case Quiz” to share, send it to us at info@homeopathycenter.org. We love to feature cases submitted by our community members!

Stories of Inspiration

The second time I used homeopathy, my 1.5 year old son had eczema on the back of his hand. He would scratch himself while he was sleeping, and it would bleed and was very sore. I went to his Pediatrician and he was prescribed Cortisone cream. I knew the potential side effects, and was concerned that he would end up with it in his mouth, so thought I would try homeopathy first. The homeopathic doctor assessed him for an hour and a half, determined he didn't process fats/oils very well, and prescribed Pulsatilla. Within two weeks, his eczema disappeared and has never returned as strong. He occasionally gets mild eczema in the winter and we start the Pulsatilla again.

- Rebecca of Edmonton, AB, Canada

We LOVE to hear how our members are using homeopathy at home and we hope you will share 'Your Homeopathy Story' with us! Everyone’s story is different and we want to know how you use homeopathy in your life! Learn how to share one of your stories with NCH.

Joining NCH as a member is a wonderful way to deepen your understanding of homeopathy, and become an actively supporting part of the community. NCH members receive our highly acclaimed magazine, Homeopathy Today, and other valuable benefits. But more than that, your membership dues help us fulfill our mission to promote health through homeopathy, provide education about homeopathy to both practitioners and the general public, and raise awareness about homeopathy. Learn more here.

American Institute of Homeopathy (AIH)

The AIH recently submitted recommendations to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) for their new strategic plan.  

The AIH recommended research priorities in three separate areas, including basic mechanisms (to look more closely at recent nanoparticle research), comparative effectiveness trials via longitudinal data collection, and pilot trials in several clinical areas including fibromyalgia, mild traumatic brain injury, cancer, and others.  

The AIH also recommended that the NCCIH seek expert homeopathic input on the next round of NHIS CAM questions to collect more relevant and meaningful data on the use of homeopathy in the U.S. Since 1844, AIH has been the voice of the homeopathic medical profession.  See www.homeopathyusa.org  for further information.

Homeopaths Without Borders (HWB) – North America

HWB’s Clinical Director, Lauren Fox, FNP, BC, CCH, who designed and taught the first homeopathic course for Birth Attendants in Haiti, was invited by the Haitian-American Nurses Association to present "A Transformative Approach to Changing the Infant/Maternal Mortality Rate in Haiti" at their annual congress in Miami in April, 2015 (see www.facebook.com/hwbna). Statistics confirm that Haiti has the highest maternal and infant death rates in the Western Hemisphere (Maternal: 350 deaths/100,000 live births – Infant 49.43/1000), but HWB clinics and training-program graduates are already showing that homeopathy is helping to improve outcomes. If you’d like to volunteer with HWB, please visit www.hwbna.org and click on ‘Get Involved’.

International Congress on Naturopathic Medicine

The ICNM Scientific Committee is accepting abstracts from NDs for the 3rd International Congress on Naturopathic Medicine, being held in Barcelona, Spain, July 1-3, 2016 through May 31, 2015. Each submission will be evaluated for its scientific content, clinical relevance, and specific needs of the ICNM's educational program & theme. Get more information on the NCH website or at www.icnmnaturopathy.eu.

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FDA Consumer Commenting Period
http://homeopathycenter.org/news/fda-update-submit-your-comments-about-over-counter-homeopathic-medicines-fda

NCH 2015 Service Awards
http://homeopathycenter.org/nch-homeopathic-service-awards

Don’t get Homeopathy Today? Join as a Member
http://www.homeopathycenter.org/join

Remedies for Prostate Health
http://homeopathycenter.org/homeopathy-today/remedies-prostate-health

Research Arnica Study Abstract
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25954844

Research Arnica Full Study
https://homopatar.files.wordpress.com/2015/04/perioperative-arnca-montala-for-reduction-of-ecchymosis-in-thinoplasty-surgery-2015-1.pdf

Learn How to Share Your Stories with NCH
http://www.homeopathycenter.org/your-homeopathy-story

Register for the Webinar
https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/6513897575076852225

Learn More About NCH Membership
http://www.homeopathycenter.org/join

   

Repertory Quiz Answer: b. Heart
Solve the Case Answer: Phosphorus

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