Recently Cilla conducted a webinar, Boost Natural Immunity Homeopathically for Circulating Viruses, Including COVID-19, in response to inquiries from HP clients and families looking to protect themselves against the Corona Virus. Over 800 people registered for the event, and it amounted to an informative and empowering presentation and discussion. The following topics were covered:
Why eliminating viruses isn’t the solution
A realistic look at viral outbreaks and risks
COVID-19 contagion and symptoms
Home remedies, vitamins and herbs for immunity
How fear effects the immune system
Homeopathy’s role in historic flus
Homeoprophylaxis for flus and COVID-19
Cilla’s remedy for COVID, Influenzinum CV-30
What to do if you contract the flu—homeopathic options
Included are printable slides from the webinar. The attendees raised several important questions during the webinar as well, including:
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How can homeopathy be incorporated with essential oils?
Is HP beneficial in situations where people had measles (or vaccines for measles) as a child?
Are there risks to using HP in the elderly?
Are there risks for using HP on pregnant or lactating women?
What’s the bigger picture for individuals and society?
If you are interested in viewing the recorded webinar and accessing the slides from the discussion, you can do so here.
Cilla’s Answer to Covid-19:
Many questions came in regarding how to use Cilla’s new Influenzinum CV-30 product, now available in two vials. The product offers support from PNC-CV as well as INF-CV, which together addresses COVID-19 as well as influenza by increasing vitality against viruses and flus, thus enhancing natural immunity. Cilla’s Influenzinum CV-30 product offers a lifetime of support for a family of six. For information on how to water dose in order to stretch the remedy and provide a lifetime of support for your family, check out this video on Cilla’s Choosing Real Immunity Facebook Group.
Learn to stretch your Influenzinum CV30 to last a lifetime by making water doses with the video tutorial here.
Questions and Answers on How to Use INFLUENZINUM CV30:
INFLUENZINUM CV30 is now delivered in two separate vials that are labeled INF-CV and PNC-CV. Many questions have been asked about the old Influenzinum and this new twin set of vials.
I have the old Influenzium sold before Covid19 outbreak. (Without the CV addition)
The original Influenzinum is great for all garden-variety viruses, but you do not have the newest version that is designed for Covid19.
I have the one-vial Influenzinum CV30 sold at the beginning of the Covid19 outbreak, is it the same as the two vials?
Yes. Before it was in one-vial. Now it is in two-vials. To dose you simply take 2 pellets from each vial.
We are in an HP Program. What should we do?
A: If you are already in an HP program AND have the original Influenzinum sold before the Coronavirus, you already have both components! Just take the Pneumo200c in your kit as directed in the program and take the old Influenzinum weekly. No need to purchase anything additional.
B: If you do NOT have the old Influenzinum, while administering the HP program, best to purchase the new twin vials with instructions.
How does one use CV30 for prevention, after positive exposure and when one actively has symptoms?
Take it once weekly for general prevention. If positively exposed, the remedy take twice weekly. If the virus is contracted, you would need professional intervention from a homeopath to determine what remedies to take. It would most likely be more than one remedy based upon the symptoms and the stage of the illness.
Can you use them prophylactically with a compromised immune system?
Yes, safe to use with chronic disease. This is energy, not pharmaceuticals
Has it brought up physical symptoms?
If someone is heavily suppressed (lots of allopathic meds) with chronic disease, it may unleash something that is already there, but it cannot bring up new symptoms independently. This is energy, not pharmaceuticals.
Can you take it if you’re taking other remedies, like for allergies?
Yes it can be taken with other remedies and drugs. Just take them 15 minutes away from the remedies and essential oils.
Will Camphor negate if there are aggravations?
Yes, but you shouldn’t see aggravations.
The instructions on how many pellets to take that were mailed with my bottles is different than what I’ve seen recommended elsewhere.
The number of pellets taken per dose is directed by their size. Depending on what size pellets our supplier has in stock, the number of pellets that constitutes a dose changes, i.e. more pellets per dose if they are smaller. Therefore, instructions on how many to take varies. In reality, since homeopathy is energy, the number of pellets is NEVER critical. This is NOT a pharmaceutical. You can take any number of pellets per dose.
Wondering if you may have the flu? Want to be prepared in case your family does come down with the flu? You’ve come to the right place.
In Cilla’s online class Nine Remedies for the Flu, she shares a brief, yet impactful history of the use of homeopathy versus conventional methods for various flus. As you may have guessed, homeopathy came through with flying colors in several cases with unprecedented results. Frequently, the conventional treatment for influenza actually caused severe side effects, as in the case of the 1918 Spanish flu when Aspirin was employed to lower fevers and it simply drove the illness to the lungs.
Be prepared for flus and viruses with homeopathic knowledge! These nine remedies will help you manage whatever comes your way in the most gentle and natural way. The practical tips will prepare you to use nine remedies for fevers, vomiting, aches, pains, and more. Ideal for the mom who wants applicable knowledge to use with her family right away.
Most Real Immunity followers are already familiar with the Health Helix, Cilla’s visual explanation of how illness, when suppressed, can be driven deeper into the body. The Health Helix presents a visual explanation of the damage conventional drugs and suppressed symptoms can cause by giving many examples, like how the use of cortisone cream actually is correlated with later onset of asthma as benign skin issues such as eczema are driven deeper into the body.
Cilla starts the class by making an important distinction regarding the flu: Often what we think is the flu is a different virus or illness, but regardless of the cause, flu-like symptoms: fever, headache, lack of energy, sore throat, runny nose, and body aches can be addressed with homeopathic medicines. Cilla reviews nine remedies for the flu (or flu-like symptoms), including physical and emotional indications for the use of each. In the class she discusses how to distinguish flu symptoms from flu-like viral symptoms as well.
This class is so much more than a list of remedies though. There’s quite a bit of homeopathic theory as well. Cilla shares how mainstream thinking regarding viruses is shortsighted for various reasons. One reason is because our bodies are mostly comprised of bacteria, viruses and parasites: four poundsof such materials on average. She names the many viruses that most humans have riding along with them and shares that usually there is nothing at all wrong with these viruses lying latent in our bodies “as long as we just live in a balanced state.” She further shares that viruses, in fact, are essential for human evolution.
To better understand how homeopathy can benefit and address flu symptoms, Cilla addresses many of the misunderstandings regarding the immune system and flu vaccines. She shares that herd immunity can only happen when one acquires a disease naturally, which creates a cell-mediated immune response. It’s important to note that vaccines do not create a cell-mediated response, instead, as Cilla explains in her class, they artificially elevate antibody production (which compromises general immunity). Cilla shares research that shows the increased risk of respiratory viruses associated with the flu vaccine. Antibody production is not the gold standard for immunity.
Furthermore, Cilla warns that vaccines are often recommended for individuals who are actually at greatest risk of suffering a side-effect from the vaccine. She shares the many issues associated with flu vaccines in pregnant women, and how vaccines after age 50 are associated with neurological damage.
Another misconception that Cilla rebukes is that fevers are problematic. She shares why it is important to support a fever, how to support a fever and issues related to suppressing fevers. Fevers are simply another way the body discharges symptoms, and we never want to suppress such discharges. She offers information on how to support the flu and fevers using cell salts as well. By supporting the discharge process of flu symptoms with homeopathic remedies recommended in this class, Cilla shares that she has often seen lengthy flu symptoms truncated from two weeks to a few days. She shares a story of how she used Bryonia, when indicated for her flu-like symptoms and within hours she was back to normal.
Cilla ends the class by offering suggestions on how to homeopathically prevent flu symptoms. She shares why her favorite preventive remedy, Influenzium, a version of which she prepares herself for clients, is created with historical flus. [CURRENTLY OUT OF STOCK UNTIL 3/9/2020. She shares when and how to dose using Influenzinum as well. Cilla’s newest version of Influenzinum now contains homeopathically prepared components to boost immunity against COVID 19 (Corona Virus). Learn more here.
Want to learn more, why Cilla recommends this strain of Influenzinum, or how you can protect yourself and your family against the flu? Sign up to attend Cilla’s upcoming FREE webinar Boost Natural Immunity Homeopathically for Circulating Viruses March 6th at 9am PST/11am CST/12pm EST. Sign up here.
Can you feel the fear rising? Are you looking for answers? Why are we so afraid of disease? And interestingly, why are we not so paralyzed with fear by the many diseases for which there are no vaccines?Such as: Chagas disease (American trypanosomiasis), Chikungunya, Dengue, HIV/AIDS, Hookworm infection, Malaria, Leishmaniasis, Respiratory Syncytial Virus, Cytomegalovirus; Schistosomiasis, and more.
With hysteria over the Corona Virus rising, it’s time to ground ourselves by asking some important questions: “Why are we not so paralyzed with fear by the many diseases for which there are no vaccines?”
As Dr. Tetyana Obukhanych says in Quest for Real Immunity, “Information is the antidote to fear.” In other words, the greater our consciousness of any topic, the more choices we have. When our awareness is narrow, it seems we have no choices at all. If we believe only the 6 o’clock news, the only choice seems to be panic and quarantine. Let’s step away from the current hype and fear mongering with the Corona virus and put it in a historical context that will offer a new perspective:
The Spanish Flu Epidemic of 1918
During that pandemic homeopathy was highly effective with only a 1.05% mortality rate, while those treated allopathically had a mortality rate of 28.2%. Aspirin was the current “wonder drug,” and by suppressing the body’s natural febrile response, pathology was forced to the lungs and causing rapid death from hemorrhagic pneumonia. Homeopathic treatment was boosting innate immunity and seeing great results.
The 1976 Swine Flu (H1N1) Outbreak
The vaccine that was rushed to market caused serious cases of Guillain-Barre, and the Institute of Medicine concluded that “the evidence favored acceptance of a causal relationship” between the 1976 swine flu vaccine and Guillain-Barre in adults. Another win for homeopathy since building natural immunity has only positive effects.
The Corona Virus, Nothing New
We have known about corona viruses for about 50 years. They belong to a family of RNA viruses and some are the cause of the common cold and some pneumonias. The main symptoms are fever, cough, and shortness of breath; similar to influenza.Two corona viruses we are familiar with are SARS (severe acute respiratory virus), and MERS (middle east respiratory virus). While they each caused about 800 deaths worldwide, there’s never been a death in the USA from either one of these. The current coronavirus is being called 2019-n CoV.
How Best to Protect?
Be sure to build your natural immunity! Wash your hands, avoid sugar in your diet, eat organic whole foods, get rest and exercise, reduce stress, take Influenzinum or Osillococcinum prophylactically. Many of these flus have birds or bats as their reservoirs and both these homeopathic preparations have components that address such origins. Above all else, quell the fear! Within the homeopathic community there is no need to be frantically seeking a nosode for 2019-n CoV. Using polycrests, mentioned below, that fit the symptom picture will be adequate and highly effective. Because it’s been named, there’s no need to assume we must use allopathic tactics to “fight” It. This is an old paradigm – one that is not serving us.
Protect yourself & your family by taking Influenzinum and Osillococcinum prophylactically. Many of these flus have birds or bats as their reservoirs and both these homeopathic preparations have components that address such origins.
The Genus Epidemicus
Homeopaths from around the world coordinate efforts by sharing common symptoms of circulating viruses and determine what’s known as a “genus epidemicus,” or GE.The GE is the remedy that most commonly alleviates symptoms and moves sufferers smoothly through the stages to healing. The reports coming in for the current flu strain say that Gelsemium (intense fatigue and weakness), followed by Mercurius (sore throat),Bryonia (cough), or Eupatorium (achiness) have been effective.
My entire motivation in creating the Real Immunity film series was to help people access their intuition and diminish fear. Review the history above of the “epidemics” whether it’s the flu, an infectious disease “outbreak,” or a “new” epidemic, we’re offered an opportunity annually to get riled up and fearful. Maybe it’s a way to distract us from more important issues or to keep us lost in emotion? Get an eagle’s eye perspective on what is going on and learn to follow your intuition rather than the nightly news. Getting caught up in the erratic bonanza of fear is really keeping you in a place of complacency and at the whim of the media and medical community. Stop giving your power away! Refresh your sanity and EMPOWER yourself by watching (or rewatching) the Real Immunity Series and start integrating consciousness techniques to keep you centered. Like many others, you’ll find it refreshing.
We all possess real immunity. We needn’t look to others to provide it. There is no need for hysteria. Life comes with no guarantees. Living peaceably with the many questions is essential for sanity. When you feel yourself spinning out of control, stop, take a breath, ask if there is more to learn, identify what your own responsibility is and step up to it.
Learn to follow your intuition rather than the nightly news. Getting caught up in the erratic bonanza of fear is really keeping you in a place of complacency and at the whim of the media and medical community. Stop giving your power away!
A sweet and wise counselor said to me, “The talk is about quarantine, and just look at the people who will be targeted for that! When we realize the power of the immune system, we don’t need to give our power away like that and create enemies because we are fearful.“
Don’t give your power away. Find your equilibrium in a topsy-turvy world and know that being centered can sometimes require the pendulum to swing in both directions in order to find the sweet center.
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Cell Salts to help support coming through illness.
“The real work of our lives is to become aware. And awakened. To answer the call.”
― Oprah Winfrey
Where does consciousness and the way we think enter the picture when it comes to healing? Can our thoughts and feelings affect how we experience health?
If you’re on the Real Immunity wavelength, it is likely you embrace the concept that the physical body does not work in isolation from the mind and emotions. As we move into a new decade, more and more people are discovering the limitations of modern conventional medicine, while simultaneously embracing the opportunities offered to us through alternative medicine and the consciousness movement.
Free agency is a gift. What stops us from exercising it? Fear of failure? Of the unknown?
When we bring consciousness to the conversation, we realize quickly that we can let go of fear of the outcome, and we accept that there is no such thing as a mistake. All things work together to lead us to greater awareness and deeper wisdom for the next choice. Suddenly, we are empowered.
“When fear makes your choices for you, no security measures on earth will keep the things you dread from finding you. But if you can avoid avoidance – if you can choose to embrace experiences out of passion, enthusiasm, and a readiness to feel whatever arises – then nothing, nothing in all this dangerous world, can keep you from being safe.” Martha Beck
Our level of awareness plays an enormous role in our choices. Choosing Real Immunity takes a hard look at just how much our consciousness influences everything. And not only our own, but that of our parents and their ancestors as well.
I reached a point in my own healing from a cancer diagnosis when I realized that my thoughts were playing a huge role. Getting control of them through meditation and visualization would in turn be reflected on the physical level. So, I referred to one of the best in the consciousness movement – Dr. Joe Dispenza.
“The brain learns by surprises and mistakes. We need to embrace and experience what’s happening – the richness and fullness. Then when we are bored, we’ll create a new experience.” Dr. Joe Dispenza
Spending a week at one of his retreats, I was blown away by the information and the intensity of the experience. I knew I wanted to interview him for the film. His message was inspiring. That’s the mission of my third film, Choosing Real Immunity, to share interconnected messages from health professionals and leaders in the consciousness movement that help the viewer to delve deeply into what it means to heal in a way that engages a sense of well-being and trust in the body that is missing in the conventional medical paradigm.
If we continue the same old conversation about health, the conversation led by “conventional wisdom,” we are eliminating the gifts our own knowing and consciousness can bring to the picture. We eliminate the potential the vital force brings to the table when we constantly look outside of ourselves for the answers. As a homeopath, Choosing Real Immunity was my answer to the question: “What understandings can contribute the most change to the current paradigm of healthcare?”
“The vital force has the power to heal. What stands in the way is tension. Whatever helps to alleviate the tension, a choice; a decision; an act; a healer, the body then has the available energy to heal and can do so effectively.” Cilla Whatcott
I am honored to be able to share this third and final film in my Real Immunity series with you, and I invite you to join me as we embark upon an entirely new conversation about health, immunity, and consciousness.
You can view the Choosing Real Immunity trailer by clicking the image below:
Listen to health experts, physicians and leaders in the consciousness movement share their knowledge and experience in Choosing Real Immunity.
I’ve never fit in. I’ve always felt like the odd one. I see the world differently and it’s influenced my entire life.I lived on a sailboat for five years. People thought I was nuts. I moved to the Marshall Islands and raised my youngest children there for ten years. Who lives on a tiny island with no cars and 90% humidity? I became consumed by homeopathy when I learned about it.Actually, my dead mother came to me and said it was the perfect fit, which motivated me to return to four years of homeopathy school in my late forties.Who does that?
I’ve been obsessed with producing the Real Immunity film series. I didn’t know a thing about making movies. I took a class. I flung myself into the process head first. Why? Because I felt inspired and on fire to make a change in this crazy world. I was committed to bringing a message about “reality!”The struggle was more than I bargained for. Misstep after misstep cost me money, time, heartache, and frustration. I just couldn’t compete with the big dogs who were marketing to the millions and cashing in on sales.
The mission of the Real Immunity film series is to change the paradigm around health and immunity. That’s a change reflected in the hearts of those who see the film; not in profits.
Then I bumped into a few amazing souls who have depth and integrity and the openness to catch my vision – an amazing film editor, a marketing manager, a graphic designer.Real people committed to delivering a real message without the egocentricity that the world seems obsessed with these days. It takes a village.
When others view one of the films and express how deeply they are affected, my heart swells with gratitude. There are other real people out there who love the truth. That’s all it takes to keep me going. Enough people who share a vision have tremendous power and influence.
I hope the messages in the Real Immunity series resonate with you. I hope you can recognize and embrace truth when you see it. And then I hope you can share it with someone else. If so, then it will all be worth it.
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For all of those who have seen any of the films in the series, we ask that you consider connecting with your community and followers and sharing with them exactly how your thinking has changed after viewing these films. Little by little the paradigm shift is happening, but our small organization relies on the people who watch our films to bring that shift into full fruition.
Traveling over 50,000 miles in the Vaxxed bus, producer Polly Tommey and director Brian Burrowes have gathered testimonies that are sometimes difficult to watch. Parents of once-thriving triplets describe their decent into autism within hours of each other shortly after receiving vaccines. The mother of a 200 lb. young adult in helmet and diapers struggles to maintain her composure as she suggests that her son could have been a football player.
I was spellbound as I watched family after family share the devastation that ensued within days or weeks after administering vaccines. Why must there be such suffering in the world? The immensity of parents’ sacrifice is staggering, yet completely understandable in light of the love and devotion they have for their children. It doesn’t take a wide leap of imagination to realize, ‘that could be me.’
Traveling over 50,000 miles in the Vaxxed bus, producer Polly Tommey and director Brian Burrowes have gathered testimonies that are sometimes difficult to watch.
But the real impact of this movie was when they began to interview scores of parents whose children who had never been vaccinated were robustly healthy. The contrast was palpable – shocking and undeniable, as family after family reported “no antibiotics, no ear infections, no asthma, no neurological delays. This fact has been observed for decades by examining populations such as the Amish who have lower vaccination rates, yet continue to exhibit better long-term health outcomes. (For more information on similar studies, information on homeopathy, homeoprophylaxis, natural health and more, join the free Knowledge Vault.) Despite the refusal of government agencies to conduct vaxed vs unvaxed studies, it’s now been done. And the results are clear! Clearly, reliance on the birthright of natural immunity is superior to the manipulation of the pharmaceutical industry and its medical interventionist arm.
Despite attempts to discredit and censor families of vaccine injured children, Vaxxed II highlights several of these heart-wrenching accounts while also sharing scores of reports on healthy unvaccinated children.
How do we restore reliance on this precious birthright? The Real Immunity film series provides information and direction from the world’s leading thought leaders on this topic. Individuals already awakened to this reality, as well as those just beginning to question, will find support, encouragement and inspiration in all three films – Quest, Passage, and Choosing Real Immunity.
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I’m not a filmmaker, but the Real Immunity series was screaming to be created.So, I stepped up.
I grew up in a simpler time.We played outside, jumped in piles of leaves, built forts, and drew hopscotch with chalk on the driveway.Halloween was safe; we trick-or-treated up and down our street and all the adjacent streets without any worries at all.Most moms were home to greet us after school with a kiss and a snack.When we were sick, which was rare, we stayed home and drank ginger ale, took our temperature with a thermometer, and got to watch TV. Occasionally Dr. Tilly made a house call if needed and once I ran to my room and locked the door, for fear he was planning to give me a dreaded shot of penicillin. I was eventually coaxed out with the promise of a trip to the toy store if I cooperated.
Things are different now. It breaks my heart to see mothers fearful and uncertain of their mothering skills.Children are chronically ill, and families are bursting at the seams with stress and uncertainty. Let’s examine why this may be happening.
In 1997, direct to consumer marketing for pharmaceutical companies opened up due to a change in laws.A free-for-all ensued, with drug ads infiltrating television programming in both the United States and New Zealand – the only two countries allowing this method of direct advertising to consumers.A subtle, but insidious, shift took place and advertising spending by the pharma industry soared to $29.9 billion by 2005.(1)
As a result, we have grown accustomed to every symptom having a name, and requiring a specific drug to suppress it.The viewer is urged to believe that if the symptom is eliminated, they would have “good health.” I like to call this the Fear Paradigm, and it has created parents with deep insecurities and a dependency upon Big Pharma.
Fast forward a dozen years and here are young families who are chronically fearful about every sneeze, febrile illness, stomach bug, or rash.Gone are the days of Mom kissing our boo-boos, giving us a band-aid or simply a few minutes of patience. Consumers are admonished to stop any symptoms NOW! We have completely forgotten that bodies are designed to self-heal. We possess real immunity that is far more potent than any pharmaceutical offering.
Human beings grow and develop exponentially in the first five years of life. They eat, digest, detoxify, learn to walk, talk, dress themselves, control their bladder and bowels, sprout teeth–All on their own! We are each endowed with a force that drives us to evolve and become more perfect.
Human beings grow and develop exponentially in the first five years of life. They eat, digest, detoxify, learn to walk, talk, dress themselves, control their bladder and bowels, sprout teeth, and formulate distinct opinions.All on their own!We are each endowed with a force that drives us to evolve and become more perfect.This is sort of our ‘prime directive’ to evolve. It’s our God-given gift of real immunity.
I know through my own experience of raising children, and by observation of hundreds of parents over the course of my private practice, that no one loves (and loses more sleep) over a child than his or her own parents.It’s a visceral connection. This love qualifies a parent, regardless of their level of literacy or education, to do the very best they are capable of. As they learn and grow as a parent, what’s best today may not be what they deem best tomorrow.But nonetheless, they are always striving to do whatever they can in the best interest of that child.
Their sensibilities have been hijacked by media. Instead of trusting a fever or a cold as the body’s natural way of purging toxins and resetting the immune system, parents are hoodwinked into thinking that any symptom whatsoever is cause for concern.They are further convinced because magically there is a drug that can stop that symptom, so why wouldn’t they take the bait?
This is what I saw in my practice, as countless numbers of parents sat before me and with deteriorated common sense, asked if they should head to the emergency room with a 100-degree F. temperature, or a cold that lasted more than two days.I was shocked and saddened to see one of the strongest forces on the face of the earth being snuffed out – mother’s intuition.As Andrew Wakefield in Quest for Real Immunity says, ‘We have survived as a human race due to mother’s intuition.”
I knew that somehow, I needed to teach more than one family at a time how to re-connect with that powerful force that is our real immunity, the force that is sustained and uplifted by simple but deep principles, intuition, natural medicine such as homeopathy, and faith in the divinity of the human organism.Thus, the Real Immunity film series was born.
I brought together respected experts to share their philosophies, practitioners using homeoprophylaxis, families waking up to the amazing power of natural medicine, and my own experiences to illustrate what a powerful gift we possess.I found an amazing and talented videographer/editor who could bring my vision to life, and then from my knees I asked to be directed to get the message out. The result has been the Real Immunity series of three feature length films.
We may not be able to return to those simpler times I recall in my youth, but I can try my best to re-instill the peace, confidence, and knowledge that are part of our birthright.Please enjoy the Real Immunity series and feel supported and uplifted in hearing what you have truly known deep down inside all along.
The third film in the Real Immunity Series: Choosing Real Immunity, is scheduled to be released fall of 2019! Be sure you’ve streamed the first two films at home before you see the newest film, which features experts from the consciousness movement and more!
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Jeanne Ohm, DC 1956-2019 We publish this article in honor of Jeanne’s life and contribution to society. She was a powerful and inspirational healer who was familiar with the intelligence of life and accessed her intuition to live to the fullest. Her establishment of the ICPA touched millions of lives and her interview in The Quest for Real Immunity will be an opportunity for many more to learn from her amazing spirit. Cilla was fortunate to have this article originally published in the ICPA magazine, Pathways, in 2015.
Lily was my third child. She was born in China, in the city of Jiujang, in Jiangxhi Province. She was 10 months old when we traveled to get her, and weighed a mere 10 pounds.
Lily was beautiful. She was more like a newborn than a 1-year-old. She could barely hold up her head and was so accustomed to being heavily swaddled in layers of clothing that she cried when the air touched her skin the first time we carefully unwrapped her. Her tiny features were so delicate. She was as quiet as a mouse. She slept through the night without a peep. She was perfect. We bought a few yards of cotton cloth, which we tied in a knot and draped over my husband’s shoulders to create an impromptu sling. She snuggled inside, as content as a baby roo.
Looking back, I can see that Lily was suffering from “failure to thrive,” or the lack of weight gain and physical growth that many orphans suffer when inadequately nurtured and underfed. Combine this with a challenged immune system and the trauma of leaving the familiarity of the orphanage, and you have a child who is very vulnerable.
Once we were home, the pediatrician suggested that Lily needed her vaccines; the Chinese records could not be trusted. Having never questioned vaccines before, I agreed, and Lily was given her DPT, hepatitis B, polio, and MMR shots. What I know now is that this amounts to eight separate disease agents at once, not to mention the additives in each injection. A chemical cocktail.
Shortly afterward, Lily’s leg swelled to twice its size. She became more and more agitated, crying loudly. She let out long, woeful shrieks, and nothing soothed her. Her temperature was 103° F and rising. She was clearly in great distress and I ran her back to the pediatrician, who diagnosed her with aseptic meningitis, an inflammation of the membrane covering the brain and spinal cord. She was given IV antibiotics and her fever continued to climb to about 105° F. I tried to accept the fact that she might die; I spent the next 48 hours holding her warm, limp body and praying.
This was in 1996 and we were living in the Marshall Islands. The Internet was not yet a common addition to every home. I did have a Merck Manual, though. First published in 1899, The Merck Manual of Diagnosis and Therapy is a concise and complete medical reference for doctors, medical students and healthcare professionals. It’s is one of the world’s most trusted medical references.
From its pages I read: “Disorders and drugs are common causes of meningitis. Disorders that most commonly cause meningitis include disorders that cause inflammation, including the inflammation that occurs when the body’s immune system malfunctions and attacks the body’s own tissues (autoimmune disorders).” Among the culpable drugs listed are vaccines.
Eager for validation, back I went to the pediatrician, armed with my information, certain she would agree that I had unearthed the actual cause of Lily’s illness. I was sadly mistaken. She informed me with complete confidence and authority that there was no connection whatsoever to the vaccines. Completely impossible. And furthermore, she delivered a terse lecture on the horrors of children dying from communicable diseases and how she had seen these horrors in the field. End of conversation. I was speechless.
Lily survived that episode, but she struggled with high fevers throughout her youth, and the effects of those struggles are still with her. In the months and years that followed, I underwent a total reorganization of my belief system. The stark realization hit me that no one was going to look out for my kids as I do. It was up to me. Others may be motivated by adherence to their education, dogma, pride, or even just putting in their eight-hour work day. My children were my 24-hour responsibility. They depended upon me to be there, to know what to do and to do it right.
The responsibility felt overwhelming, but at the same time somehow empowering. I wasn’t going to trust what someone else told me without doing my own research ever again. I was through being a conventional medicine groupie. My choices eventually led me back to school, where I spent four years earning a degree in homeopathic medicine. It was there that I learned more about how the healthy immune system operates.
The human immune system is amazing. Think of the intelligence it reflects. Day in and day out it offers protection from viruses, bacteria, parasites and rogue cancer cells. It creates a balance within our biological economy, knowing when to mount a response with fever, inflammation or discharges. And it knows when to simply do its work silently.
Another, more metaphysical way to view the immune system is as an overarching ability to accurately determine what is “self” and what’s “not self.” While the healthy, functioning immune system keeps us well physically, it also helps us in the ongoing process of clear boundaries, development of the personality, and differentiation between the natural parts and processes of the body and foreign interference. Quite an amazing process, really.
There is little distinction inside the womb, as the infant is attached by an umbilical cord to the mother. They exist as one. And Mother’s immunity continues to be passed on to the child after he is born through enzymes provided by mother’s milk.
The birth process is the beginning of differentiation into a separate being. Some have conjectured that the first three months of life, when mother and baby are still so closely connected through nursing, is actually akin to the “fourth trimester.” The baby cries, and magically the breast appears. He is tired or fussy, and there is Mother with warmth and comfort. There continues to be very little differentiation between “self” and “mother.”
Slowly, differentiation occurs. When uncomfortable, Baby discovers how to self soothe, perhaps with a thumb or by hearing soft music. He discovers siblings can be entertaining, or is fascinated by the family pet walking by. There is a world outside of himself and Mother.
At the same time, his immune system is becoming accustomed to new bacteria and viruses. Whatever he ingests first passes the mucous membranes of his mouth, throat and intestines. Here is where natural immunity begins. These tissues contain enzymes that are antibacterial. If these tissues are penetrated by pathogens, special cells called macrophages and neutrophils respond to engulf and kill the pathogens. This is Baby’s first encounter with what his body accepts as safe and what is rejected as unsafe.
Fast forward to around age 2, when Baby learns to say “No!” Coming into his personal power, he discerns that he is a separate person and can control what he wants and doesn’t want. He practices and practices until his parents almost lose their patience in the presence of junior exercising his ability to choose. He punctuates his newfound free agency with frequent exclamations of “Mine!”
This is just the beginning. The developing immune system continues to express itself through the maturation of social and intellectual skills in the pursuit of complete sovereignty. Any parent of a teenager can attest that 16-year-olds are wildly independent in one moment and completely dependent the next. Every leap of independence is another illustration of the immune system determining appropriate boundaries— physically, intellectually and socially.
The biological explanation for this elegant system has two complementary functions: Th1 and Th2. Th1 is responsible for cell-mediated immunity, a response that does not dispatch antibodies, but instead activates phagocytes, antigen-specific cytotoxic T-lymphocytes, and the release of various cytokines in response to a disease substance. This enables the mounting of a fever in order to eliminate invaders. (This concept is discussed more in this blog.)
Th2 governs the antibody-mediated response, also called the humoral response (humor is an archaic medical term for body fluid). It identifies pathogens in the lymph fluid or blood and creates an inflammatory response to scavenge the offenders and eliminate them.
These two arms need to operate in a balanced way. It’s essential to have an inflammatory response (Th2) in the event of radical invasion. It’s also necessary to have the constant balancing vigilance of cell-mediated (Th1) immunity. Working in tandem, these functions develop as a child matures. Nature intended for us to possess both functions. Think of them as the 24-hour vigilance patrol accompanied by the emergency response team.
The goal of vaccines is to boost the emergency response (Th2) in order to enhance antibody production. In fact, vaccines contain chemical adjuvants (from the Latin word meaning “to help”) that are designed to facilitate the production of antibodies. Unfortunately, these two conditions already manifest increased inflammatory responses. Or consider the fact that whatever is contained in the vaccine ingredients will also, in the presence of an adjuvant, be perceived by the body to be a trigger to increase inflammation. So the peanut oil, antibiotics, aluminum, formaldehyde, MSG, and other chemicals that many vaccines contain may also elicit an allergic response when encountered in a child’s environment or diet.
Studies have shown us that skewing the Th1 and Th2 responses can compromise general immunity for the sake of specific antibodies. A 2012 study published in the Journal of Infectious Diseases stated, “Being protected against influenza, recipients may lack temporary non-specific immunity that protected against other respiratory viruses.”
It’s important to understand this complex protection from both Th1 and Th2 points of view, because true health is not just a matter of producing antibodies to specific diseases. Health occurs in human beings as a multifaceted process. The World Health Organization (WHO) defines health as “a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being, not merely an absence of disease or infirmity, with an ability to lead to a socially and economically productive life.”
In acute illness, we can see the relationship between biological illness and social, emotional and intellectual maturation quite clearly. When a child is sick and mounts a fever and has a discharge, we often see a developmental leap following resolution of the illness. Once well, they take a few wobbly steps, or learn to ride a bike, or master new words. When an older child resolves an illness, we can see leaps in independence or responsibility or problem-solving skills. Illness, maturation and the exercise of the immune system truly have an interdependent role.
Another Choice As a parent and as a healer, I take very seriously my commitment to “do no harm.” My deepest belief is that we are all motivated to heal. Healing takes place in a highly individualized manner. We cannot judge, predict or dictate how another will heal. Knowing this, I hold tremendous respect for others as they follow their individual paths. In my efforts to do no harm, and allow others adequate space while supporting their journey, I always try to choose the path of least risk.
Every decision we make for our children has consequences. Our fears far outweigh reality most of the time. I often tell my clients that if we possessed a crystal ball and could glimpse for even 10 minutes what the future held, we would sleep much more soundly at night.
The choice regarding whether or not to vaccinate can be a complex and difficult one for parents. The CDC has told us that “adverse events have been reported after administration of all vaccines.” Thus vaccines do carry “unavoidable risks.” My own path has led me through initially vaccinating my children, experiencing a vaccine injury with Lily, and then investigating an alternative called homeoprophylaxis.
Homeoprophylaxis has been utilized for more than 200 years for epidemics as well as endemic contagious disease. The application as an alternative to the recommended immunization schedule has been clinically studied since 1985 by Dr. Isaac Golden, Ph.D., of Australia. It’s a concept met with skepticism by some conventional medical practitioners due to lack of understanding. Golden is a pioneer, his studies providing emerging evidence of the effectiveness, ease and safety of the method. His work stands as the keystone to future applications of homeoprophylaxis for infectious childhood diseases.
Homeoprophylaxis is the use of diluted and potentized disease products, called “nosodes,” to elicit an immune response. While the original intent of vaccines was similarly to provide a weakened dose of the original disease, the most obvious difference today is the purity of homeopathic nosodes compared to conventional vaccines. Homeopathic nosodes contain no additives whatsoever. No antibiotics, preservatives, detergents, foreign DNA or unknown viruses are present. The intent of homeoprophylaxis is to educate the immune system in a way that has been clinically shown to reduce the incidence of infectious and chronic disease.
A very interesting finding of Golden’s work is the improved long-term health outcomes of using homeoprophylaxis for children compared to conventional vaccination. It seems that allowing exposure to the natural disease in energetic form carries this benefit without any of the risks. In regard to his findings, Golden wrote, “I would suggest that HP remedies stimulate the energetic immune response and this must lead to a maturing of the response in an analogous way that infection with simple diseases can help to mature the physical immune response.”
In other words, triggering an immune response at the energetic level, using homeoprophylactic remedies as opposed to material doses of disease antigen, plays a role in maturing the immune system. This is accomplished in a way that is similar to how nature operates in the developing immune system—gently and carefully, one disease at a time.
I’ve gone on to use homeoprophylaxis with my own children and countless others whose parents are looking for a safe alternative. I’ve met with Golden and others who have successfully applied homeoprophylaxis for epidemics in Australia, Cuba, India and countries in South America. In October 2015, Golden and other practitioners from around the world will be gathering to present their findings at a conference called “Homeoprophylaxis: A Worldwide Choice for Disease Protection.”
In most ways I’m just like you. I care deeply about my children and have struggled to make the right choices in raising them. We spend so many years protecting them, teaching them, guiding them, and keeping them safe from all the real and imagined dangers that lie in wait. Regardless of our careers or interests or occupations, our children are always in the forefront of our minds as we choose what to feed them, what to teach them, and what to protect them from or expose them to. It’s empowering to know there are ways to keep our children safe that are natural and nontoxic.
My greatest hope is that you will research homeoprophylaxis as a valid approach to keeping your children safe. Serious study will reveal its overwhelming usefulness.
Update: Lily is 19 now. She struggled for years with recurrent high fevers of around 105° F. It was as if her immune system was trying to gain traction but could not move through illness effectively. Homeopathic and chiropractic care helped immensely, and she can now mount an immune response and resolve illness efficiently. All that remains from her vaccine injury is a persistent speech impediment. Years of speech therapy did nothing to reverse damage that occurred during brain development and language acquisition. She has never been vaccinated again. Lily is now a college student and excelling academically; she was one of the fortunate ones.
Modern medicine has advanced many times over in the past few decades, more so when you look at the last century. Yet for all these advances, people remain unsatisfied with their treatment. It’s incomplete, and more often than not, come with a host of unwanted and often uncomfortable (or dangerous) side effects. Thankfully, there’s an alternative that offers gentler, more natural solutions.
What Is Homeopathy?
Quite simply, homeopathy is a full system of natural medicine that can be used to treat any person – i.e., any age, including infants and the elderly – as well as both pets and livestock. That’s because each treatment is customized specifically to the individual being treated. It was developed more than 200 years ago by Dr. Samuel Hahnemann, and it’s still being used today by more than 500 million people worldwide. It was even used in American hospitals until the mid-1900s, and is approved by the FDA.
How Homeopathy Works
Professional homeopaths are trained and certified to interpret the information shared by the body through energy in order to identify the cause of your symptoms. Utilizing the principle “like treats like,” homeopathic practitioners will match your symptoms to something in nature that causes them. When the correct remedy is used, relief can occur quickly, although it will take longer for chronic ailments. What’s more, homeopathy is curative and doesn’t simply mask your symptoms, the way many prescription medications do.
Why Choose Homeopathy?
Homeopathy is a gentle, natural way to heal the body in a way that encourages movement toward vitality and the body’s capability of healing and protecting itself. It’s also a straightforward and affordable process that makes treatments easy to dispense at home. In fact, while you ought to meet with a homeopathic practitioner to guide you, there’s a number of every-day bumps and bruises you can identify and remedy yourself.
Homeopathic practitioners can be found worldwide, including regions like Europe, Southeast Asia, and Central and South America.
Homeopathy is tried and true through 200 years of practice.
It was used in hospitals in the U.S. through the mid-1900s, and it’s still trusted today.
It can be used to treat anyone of any age, as well as pets and livestock.
It’s completely natural, and naturally supports the body’s ability to heal itself.
It can be used to address chronic conditions, including sinusitis, ear infections, asthma, and behavioral complaints.
It’s easy to practice some basic homeopathy at home, especially if you take advantage of resources like classes and digital materials.
Kits for home care are incredibly affordable, and no prescription is required.
Homeopathic remedies do not have side effects, unlike most pharmaceutical medications.
Advanced treatments, such as homeoprophylaxis, can protect you and your loved ones from infectious diseases.
Relief is felt quickly, and it never masks symptoms.
Homeopathy is a safe, natural alternative for anyone who’s dissatisfied with the treatment they’ve received from traditional, pharmaceutical-driven medicine. Each treatment is unique, because each body is unique, but homeopathic results are always the same – movement toward a healthier life and true vitality.
For more information on the intelligence of the body, read our blog post on the subject. If you’re interested in learning more about how you can use homeopathy to treat yourself or your family, don’t hesitate to book a consultation.
Ready to learn more about homeopathy or interested in sharing homeopathy with your family? Intro to Homeopathy is a fantastic class for homeschooling families and stepping stone into using homeopathy to address common health complaints!
So you are interested in homeopathy, but you would like to learn more about what it is and how it is used? Over 500 million people around the world use homeopathy. Here are just some reasons to learn more about this amazing medicine:
Homeopathy offers a safe way of addressing your children’s health concerns
Homeopathy is an option for individuals who have not found help from conventional and natural health modalities
Homeopathy is inexpensive and FDA regulated
If you’ve been considering learning more about homeopathy, Cilla’s class, Intro to Homeopathy, is an excellent starting point. If you have already delved into the study of practical homeopathy, but want to know how it differs from classical homeopathy (and whether or not it is safe), you should also consider this class.
Interestingly enough, homeopathy has appealed to intelligent and well-educated individuals for decades. As we learn in Intro to Homeopathy, homeopathy isn’t simply a medicine, it is a discipline and a way of thinking about health that far surpasses the limited viewpoints of conventional medical thought. Let’s start by highlighting some of the viewpoints this class presents:
Health and Adaptability:
Ever hear a mom brag that her child is “never sick?” Western society is guilty of exalting this idea that constant equals health. In Intro to Homeopathy, Cilla dives into the topic of wellness and how health is all about adaptability. Health is demonstrated by an immune system that is capable of rebounding after an illness. Regulation of the immune system is essential to health and only taught through a process of moving through the stages of an illness back to health. A homeopath looks for symptoms that point to a lag in physical, emotional or mental adaptability and assigns a remedy that addresses those areas.
Herring’s Law of Cure:
Unlike conventional medicine that seeks to suppress symptoms, homeopathy is all about listening to what our symptoms are saying! Through the course of homeopathic treatment, a homeopath tunes in to the symptoms presenting in order to determine a remedy and track progress towards health. In Intro to Homeopathy, Cilla describes Herring’s Law of Cure, and how this law helps us to determine one’s state of health as well as the healing process.
Three Principles of Homeopathy:
In order to define what homeopathy is, one must first understand the three distinguishing principles of homeopathy: The Law of Similars,which describes how like cures like; The Law of Totality, which says that a remedy is prescribed based on its expression through the entire organism; and finally, The Law of Minimal Dose, which says that only the smallest amount of medicine that initiates a healing should be given.
Ready to learn more about homeopathy or interested in sharing homeopathy with your family? Intro to Homeopathy is a fantastic class for homeschooling families! This is also a great class if you are someone who struggles to have a confident answer to the question what is homeopathy?
If you’ve already taken Intro to Homeopathy and you’re looking for your next steps, check out these other classes by Cilla:
Health Helix: This class delves even deeper into the what health and adaptability look like.
Animal, Vegetable, Mineral: Did you know that homeopathic remedies come from animal, vegetable (plant) and mineral sources? For those ready to delve into constitutional care, this class provides a background in discovering the traits and attributes of individuals and determine if they “fit” animal, vegetable or mineral categories.
9 Flu Remedies: Worried about the flu? Cilla guides you through matching symptoms to the appropriate flu remedy for your case so you can be ready!