Monday, December 19, 2011


Here's the latest blog post from my doctor.


Posted December 18, 2011 by Dr. Karin in Uncategorized. Leave a Comment

There is a time and a place for suppression. If a patient is having an asthma attack, the use of steroids or other medications is sometimes needed! Also, short-term suppression of acute or chronic problems is less likely to be harmful in the long run. One example would be using combination homeopathic remedies or decongestants to treat a cold or flu (though the total length and severity of an acute illness is reduced when an individualized remedy is used instead). If, however, the a combination homeopathic remedy (or other medication) is chronically used to treat a chronic, recurrent problem, then there would be suppression over time. This is why I generally discourage the long-term use of homeopathic ‘sleep aids’, ‘allergy aids’, and so on. You shouldn’t have to use it for weeks or months. A rational basis of medicine will consider suppression as a link to ‘different’ diseases developing over a lifetime.

Suppression is a subject poorly understood (and infrequently considered) in conventional medicine as well as in integrative/alternative medicine. Consider one general rule: no matter what kind of treatment we undertake (homeopathy, herbs, supplements, regular drugs, surgery, etc.), there are two possibilities for the outcome.

We can either move disease toward cure, or toward deeper seated disease (suppression). Any therapy has the potential to suppress diseases…even homeopathy! How can we know exactly how we are affecting disease when we treat it? How can we know whether we are suppressing or curing disease?

In homeopathic practice, there are ‘rules’ for doctors when tracking patients’ symptoms. Hering’s Law describes in general terms how, in healing, disease should move from deeper to more superficial expressions:

The 5 Directions of Cure:

1. From organs of more importance, to organs of lesser importance

(for example, asthma improving, but the patient may still have a chronic sinus problem)

2. From above, downward

(for example, chronic eczema should clear up on the head first, later on the legs)

3. From inside, to the outside

(for example, ulceration of the gut improving, but acne getting worse)

4. From center, to periphery

(for example, someone with rheumatoid arthritis should notice their spine and hip pain improving, then later the hands…not the other way around)

5. In the chronological reverse order of disease development

The suppression of disease generally occurs in the opposite directions as those listed by Hering. This whole scheme is complicated by many factors, especially multiple layers of suppression over years’ time.

A simplistic spectrum, showing how superficial (or how deep) any particular disease or symptom is, might look something like this :

:) <—-skin/sinuses<——>digestion/gut<——>musculoskeletal issues<——->heart/lung/organ<——>endocrine/hormonal issues<——->neurologic symptoms/cancers—-> :(

(more superficial diseases are on the left, leading deeper and deeper as you ‘read’ to the right).

For example, a patient who presents with hypertension as the primary complaint, may relate a history which includes many years of ‘treating’ painful joints with some kind of over-the-counter medication such as ibuprofen. From the conventional point of view, these two ‘diseases’ have nothing to do with one another. From the homeopath’s perspective, they are directly related…the suppression of the ‘disease’ in the joints, led to a deeper manifestation of disease tendency over time.

In the detailed medical history of a patient, a typical story of suppression might go something like this:

Patient X had a normal birth, no complications (the mother had an uneventful pregnancy). In infancy she had some eczema. This was treated with topical cortisone (steroid) creams, and ‘cured’. As a toddler, she had recurrent ear infections. These were treated with multiple rounds of antibiotics. She ‘outgrew’ this tendency. When she was 5 she developed asthma, which was treated with inhaled steroids and bronchodilators. She also ‘outgrew’ her asthma by the time she was a teenager, but by then she had menstrual cramps, irregular periods, and headaches. These were treated with various medications over the years. In adulthood, she deals with chronic insomnia, migraines, anxiety, hypothyroidism, and hypertension. And on and on and on, until we eventually are dealing with diabetes, heart disease, neurological disorders, cancer.

Now for the good news :)

Cure generally proceeds in a reverse order as the suppression of disease. While not every person is curable (our inherited tendencies, habits, past treatments, & so on will always influence an outcome), homeopathy is profoundly able to tap into the body’s inherent wisdom to help it help itself.

Here is an example of how a case might proceed toward cure:

Patient Y presents with the complaints of chronic depression, fatigue, sleep disturbances, joint and back pains, irritable bowel syndrome, and irregular periods with debilitating hot flashes. After taking a thorough history, a constitutional remedy is prescribed. After one month, her hot flashes have reduced in intensity and frequency, the back pain has improved (other joint pains have not), her mood has lifted, and she is often sleeping deeper and able to remember dreams. Her energy is beginning to improve. Her response to the remedy indicates, for a number of reasons, why we are on the right track.

First, she is having a global response. Multiple areas she had complained of are getting better at once. This is the mark of the body’s own mechanisms of healing kicking in. Second, she is improving in such a way that the 5 Directions of Cure are not being violated. (If, instead of the response indicated above, she had reported that her hot flashes were not better, sleep and fatigue were about the same, but joint pains and bowel function were greatly improved, then I would know I had prescribed an incorrect, suppressive remedy.)

Third, mood, energy, and sleep are deep-seated indicators of overall vitality and state of health. They must be among the first symptoms to improve.

After being on the remedy longer, this patient should experience improvement in all the areas she had complained of.

Vaccination and Suppression

A 1996 study in the New England Journal of Medicine revealed that tetanus vaccine disables the immune system in HIV patients. Tetanus vaccination produced a drop in immune T cells, a classic marker of immune deficiency, in 10 of 13 patients, with a rise in viral replication.

Results of the Christchurch Health and Development Study in New Zealand, published in 1997 in Epidemiology, point to higher rates of asthma and allergy episodes among vaccinated children.

A study using the Mumps-Measles-Rubella (MMR) vaccine at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, researchers investigated the association between childhood asthma and live-virus vaccines, concluding that “universal childhood vaccination using live viral strains may be contributory to the rise in IgE [antibody]-mediated disorders.”

In 1994, a committee of investigators at the Institutes of Medicine directly associated vaccines with the rising occurrence of autoimmune diseases, such as multiple sclerosis, that attack and destroy the myelin sheaths (insulating and conducting apparatus) of nerves.

A study published in the New Zealand Medical Journal in 1996 revealed that an epidemic of diabetes followed a massive campaign to vaccinate children against hepatitis B. The study showed a 60% increase in childhood insulin-dependent diabetes, an autoimmune disease, occurring in the years following the 1989—1991 vaccination program of children aged 6 to 16.

Other studies have shown that widespread use of the Haemophilus meningitis vaccine has resulted in diabetes epidemics. Diabetes has also been frequently observed as a consequence of the mumps vaccine: Three European studies reported 22 cases of diabetes that began within 30 days of mumps vaccination.

While vaccination programs have undoubtedly decreased the incidence of childhood diseases, have we created a higher incidence of more chronic-deep seated diseases as a result? Have we simply shifted the burden of disease to later life? Unfortunately most parents are not presented with a choice regarding vaccinating their children. Nor are they presented with the possible harm that may be done by vaccination. Homeopaths world-wide, through established methods of detailed history-taking and long-term follow up of disease progression (or regression), have observed a relationship between vaccination and the onset of many chronic diseases. This is a very unpopular area for research, but clinical observation gives empiric evidence (seeing what happens when one treats a patient for vaccine-related disease) in support of this theory. It isn’t always possible to discover through patient history whether a disease state is vaccination-induced, but treating with a remedy from a group called nosodes (in this case, made from the innoculations themselves) can clear an otherwise muddy case.

A tangential comment:

I have often contemplated why homeopathy is still so poorly accepted, when quantum physics can explain it. Granted, advances in surgery have been massively beneficial, but scientifically, why have modern medicine’s methods not advanced beyond the age of Newton? I know that medical students, well-intentioned though they may be, are offered little alternative to the pharmaceutical fare during their medical educations. Doctors have learned the lessons of Big Pharma, plausibly the earth’s most powerful industry, and are often complicit in the generation of its massive profits through implementation of unquestioned vaccination regimens, and later by the uninhibited use of pharmaceutical drugs (many people are on 5-15+ drugs daily). The implications of the theory of suppression are staggering, in terms of disease progression. Yet I can understand the doctor who refuses to seriously contemplate the possibility of having ‘done harm‘ through the accepted practices of today. Perhaps this is why homeopathy, an effective method of treatment which is both safe and cheap, will unlikely be a serious threat to the established machine of modern medicine in my lifetime.

Friday, December 16, 2011

Nativity Tree

I'm calling this the Nativity Tree.



With the exception of the star the ornaments came from here.

Amy was so kind to put the lights on for me.

I'll try to get shots of the individual ornaments and post those.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

The pond has a thin layer of ice. Winter is on the way.


Monday, December 12, 2011

Quilt block of the week 2011

In September I started another quilt-block-of-the-week at the quilt shop. I missed most of the sessions this year due to one thing or another. But I finished all the blocks and now need to put them together.

Here's the red set of blocks. red quilt blocks 2011

Here's the blue set. blue quilt blocks 2011

This is the only green one I had done when I took the pictures. IMG_8552

Here are all the blocks with the first set of sashing around them. IMG_8600

The next step is to pick the fabric for sashing, outer border and binding. I need to find something to pull it all together.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

If you visit Marie Madeline's blog you'll see that they are tying quilts I sent! The fourth and fifth pictures show mine. :) Click here.

Monday, December 5, 2011

Doll coats for sale

Picnik collage doll coats

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Encouragement from R.C. Sproul Jr.


The Kingdom Notes: Praying Like Crazy by R.C. Sproul Jr. on Tuesday, November 8, 2011 at 8:35am

A crazy person is one who has a break from reality. Those of us who have not embraced postmodernism understand that reality is something outside ourselves that exists, how it exists, quite apart from our agreement or understanding of it. If we think a tail is a leg, a dog still only has four legs. What we think has nothing to do with it.

Which is why I suspect that we are all as crazy as a spectacularly crazy thing. So much of our pathos, so much of our pain, so much of what we seek to escape isn’t about what is, but what we think is. Because we don’t believe in “the” reality, “our ““reality” becomes a place of sorrow and fear.

Imagine if you would, what would happen to your sorrows and fears if God Himself, the maker of heaven and earth, the Father of our Lord, the sovereign One, were to come to you, wrap you in His almighty arms and say to you, “I love you with a perfect love, exactly as I love My Son. I will never stop loving you, no matter what. I am completely, utterly for you. I promise, on My own life, that I will do you good every day of your life. And because I control all things, that means My good is all you will ever experience from this time forward.” What if the Holy Spirit were to say to you, “I am with you wherever you go. I will purify your heart, and fill you with my courage.” Suppose Jesus were to cup your chin in His scar stained hand, look you in the eye and say, “You are My beloved, and I will never forsake you.” Now, would you ever be afraid that He was displeased with you? Would you ever fear the world? Your own flesh? The devil?

Would you, if this had ever happened, ever be dissatisfied? Would you ever lose sleep? Would you ever be short with others? Would envy ever find a toe-hold in you? The truth, the objective, 2+2=4 truth, the “Squirrels have bushy tails” truth is that this is precisely what has happened. These are precisely the present day promises of the gospel of Jesus Christ. The only problem is that I’m just crazy enough not to believe these promises.

Which is why I pray. I do not ask that God would do more for me, save that He would help me grasp all that He has already done. I do not ask Him that He would allow me to see the future, but that He would allow me to believe the present. I don’t ask to be made super spiritual. I don’t ask to be a pillar of piety. I don’t ask become an icon of integrity. I only want to be sane, to submit to the blessed reality in which I already live. I only want to believe the One who is the Truth, whose Truth promises to set me free. Pray with, and for me.


Saturday, December 3, 2011

Autumn Leaf

IMG_8487 There were more of these outlines all over the driveway last week, but I didn't have time to get pictures before they were gone.

Friday, December 2, 2011

First Snow

It snowed just a bit on Wednesday morning. IMG_8517

Thursday, December 1, 2011

A Winter-Ready Squirrel

I have never seen a squirrel that was so big. He wasn't as big as a ground hog, but from a distance he looked similar. IMG_8503

This one is a little blurry, but it shows him closer.

IMG_8508 IMG_8513

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

The Buck That Came to Visit

Amy got some pretty good shots of the buck that showed up recently. IMG_2386 IMG_2391 IMG_2392 IMG_2393 IMG_2394 IMG_2396 IMG_2397

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

The Auction

We never go to auctions. I'm not sure I've really ever been to one. UNTIL Saturday.

I noticed that a nearby garden center was having an auction of of trees, bushes, perennials, etc. I mentioned it to hubby on Friday night, so he went over there to check it out. After a while I started getting texts about what he was getting, like 12 elvira grapevines for $2 or something like that. One text said I should bring the checkbook in about an hour. So I got ready and went to join him. Well a few hours later we had all this.


For less than $200 we got hundreds and hundreds of dollars worth of vegetation. There were people there who bought a whole lot more than we did. It was pretty amazing to watch. Everyone was having a great time, that's for sure.





We brought home dogwoods, foxglove, ajuga (my dad may appreciate that), holly, coneflower, bee balm, a couple evergreen type trees and a few perennials that I don't remember what they're called. Trees that would normally sell for over $100 went for around $20. What a great way to get plants! I heard one lady say that for a dollar if it grows it grows, if not so be it.

Now the hard part begins, we have to find places for all of it and get it all in the ground. I was informed that I'd be helping with that. :) I should add that since my first writing of this post we have planted the foxgloves, coneflowers and some false daisies. We also looked over the yard and decided where to put the dogwoods, the taller trees and the ajuga. Thinking through the rest. Oh and as I was going through the cards they gave us for each auction item we won, I discovered one that didn't look familiar. So I went back to the garden center to see if they still had it. Sure enough we now have NINE more bushes! But they were originally $24 each and we got NINE of them for $18 so it was worth checking.

Monday, October 31, 2011

The Burning Bush

One of my favorites of God's creation. IMG_8464



Sunday, October 30, 2011

Third annual Mother/Daughter outing Part 2

After the Fabric Shack we drove up the road to The Secret Garden. This old truck was the first thing to greet us. We probably could have stuffed all our purchased into the back.


We even sent this picture to hubby to see if we could bring the girl home. But he said, "NO.":( IMG_2025

These lawn ornaments caught our eye. IMG_2037


Even though hubby said no to the truck he did say yes to the table.

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We had to remove most of our stuff from the back of the van to get it in there, but we did it!

There were more treasures to be found inside.



Another trip is in the books. We're already looking forward to next year.

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Third annual Mother/Daughter outing Part 1

It's really amazing that we actually got this trip done. There was seemingly one set-back after another. I think several of us were sick up to a day or two before, there was a literal detour on our way to pick up our friends, and some other unmentionables almost kept us from going. But we, finally, did get on our way even if it was several hours later than we'd hoped.

The first day we stopped at a larger Joann fabric store and took advantage of coupons. We had a very leisurely supper at Cracker Barrel then on to the city where the hotel awaited us.

The next day was pretty much filled with this place. Fabric shack has been a must for each trip. It's eye candy and a soothing-for-the-soul type of place. Well, there is also the frustration of not being able to buy everything or at least everything we like. It's pretty hard to make fabric decisions when you have to narrow down hundreds of choices to only a few. Somehow we manage.





Monday, October 17, 2011

Antibiotic use

I really need to come up with a plan to blog regularly. :) For today I'm posting an article that came in my email this morning. It's written by Joette Calabrese. There's not a link for the article, but her website is here.

Postpone that Illness - Take Antibiotics

So often, moms call me when their children are sick with fevers and colds. Sometimes they call after the illness has progressed over a few days; the mom is at her wit's end with worry and frustration! At this point, homeopathy and natural medicine are a last ditch effort.

Meanwhile, over-the-counter-meds, Tylenol and the like have been employed, as well as a visit to the doctor. This is the typical scenario. The parent is hoping for direction from the doctor, but most often, an antibiotic is prescribed.

Antibiotic, antibiotic, antibiotic.

The parent buckles under the pressure and resorts to the drug. In short order, the fever reduces and the child recovers. Or does he?

"My child is sick again."

"Yes, of course," I think to myself.

Now, don't get the wrong impression. I recognize that it takes time to find comfort in not using a pill for every ill. This mentality has been ingrained in all of us and we must reprogram ourselves in order to undo this archaic thinking.

The new fever is, in fact, not new at all. It's the very same one which wasn't allowed to complete its course because antibiotics and the like had been used. Here it is again. After it was attacked with conventional "treatment" only a month previous, it's brewed in the system and mutated and rearranged itself.

Unfortunately, parents can be drawn to the idea that conventional medicine, hence antibiotics, can help, when in reality they only delay a full recovery. And worse yet, they cause a new long term illness. By using antibiotics, the disease will simply be rescheduled for a later date.

Mark it on your calendar ...its coming again.

If this were a financial analogy, we'd go to the bank to find our savings account emptied after making a poor investment on junk bonds.

The broker ought to be fired!

So, fire the antibiotics and the entire periphery!

Unfortunately, the child may have to start all over again with the same illness unless it is finally put to rest by simply getting over it naturally. This means, the illness should not be treated with drugs, but rather, the old fashioned way or via homeopathy, botanicals and the like.

My parents, the children of Italian immigrants with large families, were assigned to their beds when they were sick as kids. They were made to sweat it out with a good dose of garlic, chicken soup and sleep.

When they recovered, it was a true, deep recovery that allowed their body to understand the immunity it had just fashioned. Both of my parents, now in their eighties, have neither hay fever nor allergies.

I, on the other hand grew up in the 50's and 60's when antibiotics were considered state of the art. So when I got strep throat, croup, ear infections, bronchitis and the like, I was not able to recuperate fully. In fact, one might say that the reason for all of the mentioned illnesses is an expressed result of the antibiotics that were administered for the first infection.

Many of my contemporaries and I were plagued with one infection after another. When my tonsils were removed at the tender age of three, instead of tonsillitis, I was then plagued with bronchitis. The pathology simply traveled to a more important organ. Same pathology; different locale.

This is what I see day after day in my work as a homeopathic consultant/educator. The use of antibiotics is one of the travesties of childhood today. These medicines usually cause plenty of chronic illness along the way: gastro intestinal issues, irritable bowel syndrome, rheumatoid arthritis, GERD, Crohns, and interestingly, hay fever, later in life.

Yes, homeopaths of old knew well, that whenever a young person's infectious illness (which presented with a fever), was mismanaged by suppressing that same illness, chronic hay fever would be his middle-life suffering. Meanwhile, modern medicine's take on hay fever is that it is inherited.

This, of course, has never been proven.

Remember my parents? Well, after being allowed to just endure infectious childhood diseases without interference, they have had full adulthoods without hay fever, mono, Gerd, etc.

And me?

Well, I suffered from hay fever nearly my entire adult life. It is only now in my late 50's, after homeopathic treatment, that the hay fever has been brought to the point of minimal disruption in my life.

It has taken me this long to rid myself of these allergies because I had a history of repeated medications for every infectious illness that came my way.

That is, until twenty five years ago, when I found the world of natural health and homeopathy.

So, the next time you or your little one gets a cold or other simple infectious disease, celebrate the opportunity to protect yourselves from chronic illness later in life, and simply sweat it out...the way it was done for centuries.

Know that each illness you overcome without the use of medicine of commerce is strengthening the immune system against hay fever and the next infection.

Your body will understand what it's supposed to do... provide immunity and a healthy future.

The information provided in this article is for educational purposes only and may not be construed as medical advice. The reader is encouraged to make independent inquires and to seek the advice of a licensed healthcare provider.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011


Came home to this fellow yesterday.  :)

 I believe he likes the fish in our pond. 

Monday, September 26, 2011

Once again I've been busy sewing, but that's good. :) The latest "Handmade-Pay if Forward" gift went to Jane a friend from Z'ville days.


The project before that or maybe simultaneously was the pillowcase dresses for Liberia. Those went to another friend from Z'ville days. (None of us live there anymore.)



BTW, I've heard it said that everybody has some connection with Zanesville, Ohio. Wonder if it's true. I pretty much didn't like living there. There were some great things about it, but they all had to do with the people, not the place. Having said that, I did like our neighborhood, which really only consisted of the 10 houses or so on our street. Enough about that. I've also had a couple orders for coats and since Christmas shopping is upon us I need to keep up with that.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

More quilts

I posted about quilts for Joplin here. Here are a few more I sent. IMG_8233 This one is a long twin. The rest are baby quilt tops that I had in a stash. IMG_8227 IMG_8225 IMG_8223 Next up more pillowcase dresses, this time they go to Liberia.

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Reversible gift

Look what I got from Christine!


Chad was my handy helper here!

Christine made me a reversible table runner. One side is for summer and one side is for the Christmas season. I love it! Both sides have such fun fabrics! Thank you very much!