2003-08-22 / Columnists

Health & Harmony

Health & Harmony

Health & Harmony

nancy gahlesnancy gahles

Why is it that as soon as August 15th rolls around we begin to get the back to school jitters? Anticipation anxiety sets in and we can't relax and enjoy the rest of the summer with a carefree attitude. As we lie in the beach chair we begin to make mental notes of the shopping that needs to be done. We go through each dresser drawer in our minds and decide what items still fit, which ones can be passed along and what purchases need to be made for the start of the school year.

I, personally, love new pencils and notebooks. As a child, growing up with six siblings, I remember sitting at the kitchen table and going over the supply list with my Dad. Inevitably he would announce that we each had to share a pack of Crayolas. And we all know that the sister I shared with wore the tip of the red one down immediately. To this day, in my house, everyone gets his or her own Crayolas. Even me!!

The most common type of back to school jitters that I have seen in children is the fear of facing a new situation coupled with the fear of meeting new people and fear of undertaking new challenges. Usually this combination of fears is present in a child who is ambitious and wants to achieve success. In fact, they will often do anything to achieve that success including dictate and dominate, particularly at home and to younger siblings whom they can bully or their parents whom they try to intimidate with screaming or obnoxious, unruly behavior. At school the parents are amazed to find the teacher report a cooperative child willing to ask for help. They are intelligent and love to get good grades. They need to feel superior. In order to achieve in life one must constantly meet new challenges and in the face of this, he or she will get anticipatory anxieties from his lack of confidence, his inner feeling that he is incapable. This may manifest as shyness; timidity at approaching the playground; not wanting to let go of the mother's skirts or outright screaming and having to be pulled out of the car. They have a tremendous fear of being left alone with unfamiliar people. On the other hand, this lack of confidence may be covered up by a show of false bravado. By the second or third day of school this child may develop an earache, a sore throat with cough or a bellyache with lots of gas.

Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) encompasses a modality called Homeopathy. Homeopathy is a safe, effective system of medicine that treats the whole person- physical, mental and emotional. Using homeopathy this child would be treated with a remedy named Lycopodium. The cough would not be treated nor would the earache but the person individually would be treated with all of his symptoms and personality idiosyncrasies taken into consideration. Yes, at last someone will listen to you. The oddities of behavior that make a mother instinctively know that her child is sick will be of paramount importance in prescribing the correct remedy for your child. The added bonus of treating with homeopathy is that when the whole organism is brought back into balance, a healthy, happy person is the result. A person who is able to pursue their highest potential without those fears disabling him/her. That is our natural birthright.

Homeopathy has been used by millions of people worldwide for over 200 years and has research published in such medical journals as The Lancet, Pediatrics and the British Medical Journal confirming it's effectiveness. There are more than 2,000 remedies in the Homeopathic Pharmacopoeia so if Lycopodium doesn't quite fit your child's picture, chances of finding one that does is excellent. There are no known or suspected contraindications or drug interactions between homeopathic and conventional medicine. Most homeopathic medicines are available over-the-counter. Consumers can learn to treat simple, self-limiting conditions safely at home, but a professional should treat serious conditions.

For more information contact The National Center for Homeopathy at www.homeopathic.org. or info@homeopathic.org. When you become a member you have access to a live chat room twice a month where you can interact with members of the Board of Directors of the National Center for Homeopathy as well as renowned homeopaths from around the world. Open up a new world of health and harmony for you and your family. You deserve the peace of mind and the quality of life that good health affords. As always, you can contact me at askDrnancy@aol.com with any questions or concerns about this topic. Ask for a schedule of educational classes on Complementary and Alternative Medicine.

May The Blessings Be!

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