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THE BOWEL NOSODES AND THE GUT MICROBIOTA

A few thoughts on links between science and complementary medicine
Marta Wellner, PhD, HCEA, RSHom

It is rather a cliché nowadays to say that the patients have a choice. The number of people choosing alternative and complementary health approaches is on the rise, but I am not sure if they always have a choice. Perhaps now is the right time when we could build bridges and in the same time to show what the real choices are. Or perhaps the two may work together. The potential of integrative approach to health care could certainly be higher. This indeed needs open minded people on both sides. Because working together for the benefit of the patients is a challenging.
Nonmainstream treatment approaches used together with conventional medicines are considered complementary, whereas nonmainstream tactics used in place of conventional medicines are called alternative. CAM is diverse and can include herbal or phytotherapy, probiotics and prebiotics, and mind–body practices such as acupuncture and hypnosis. (1)
Patients and MDs often have many questions regarding the role of complementary and alternative medicines (CAMs), and recently you may find scientific articles regarding nonallopathic therapies. It is known that CAMs of various forms are used by 30-50% of patients worldwide. One way or other people simply use it. We could name lots of therapies from reflexology to talking therapies. But we are all eating and the role of nutrition, or simply food is definitely recognised.
According to science, the intestinal microbiota is believed to contain about 10 times as many microbial cells then human cells, which is around 100 trillion. They are performing important metabolic and immunological functions. They have vital functions in performing as biological barrier against pathogens. Its composition varies during the lifetime and influences the human physiology, metabolism, nutrition and the disruption to the gut microbiota may lead to gastrointestinal conditions. Also mental and emotional correlations are now recognised. The gastrointestinal tract and (GIT) of the new born is rapidly colonized by bacteria from both the birth canal and faecal maternal floras and the surrounding environment through a complex process. And so it goes on by introduction of foods… And finally, everyone of us will have a very individual gut flora which going out of balance may help to develop individual problems, conditions, and defects in the GIT functioning. The dietary modulation of the gut microbiota by food, probiotics and prebiotics are already well know. Recently lot of research showed that gut microbiota plays an important role in the development of children, in many conditions of adults and at the decline of life. That includes many conditions starting with autism and ending with dementia. Modern scientific methods show that modifying the microbiota we are gaining an important therapeutic tool to improve the overall general health, performance, and even controlling inflammation. What is more important, the technology allows scientist to measure the differences of the patients state before and after intervention.
For decades there were critics on each side of the allopathic and alternative/complementary medical approaches with no communication. However, the two were developing nevertheless.
I am a homeopath, so let me take it as an example. Homeopaths think that homeopathy is science. Allopaths think homeopathy is not science. However, science by definition is a methodology which is evolving as we go. Technology based medicine has no alternative. That is without question a fact. However, when it comes to chronic conditions and mental health homeopathy was shown to be very productive. After all the role of molecules of emotions were described already in 1980’s by American neuroscientist Candance Pert. She significantly contributed to the emergence of mind-body medicine that is only now catching our attention. It takes a few decades till the scientific discoveries reach the general knowledge and unfortunately also the detached scientific disciplines. Indeed, we can be very highly skilled scientist but without seeing what the others do, we may not see the forest because of the trees.
Homeopathy does it all, there is enough evidence to say that homeopathy has beneficial effects in treatments of many chronic conditions. The randomized and controlled studies conducted for more than 25 years showed its competence. Hence homeopathy is nowadays a vital part of the Integrative Medicine worldwide, alongside nutritional therapy, physiotherapy, acupuncture and phytotherapy. Recently its role amid the mind-body therapies is accelerating, exactly because of the experience which comes with use of homeopathic medications for individuals treating the whole person on physical, emotional and mental levels in the same time.
It is lesser known to medical professionals and the public, that homeopathy can be used in various ways and it also has many methods. The standard treatments focus on managing symptoms. It can be also considered as talking therapy, but it is also used to track down the aetiology and do not forget, many homeopaths are MDs and may have qualifications in other sciences and nutrition. Generally any homeopath will include questions regarding dietary tendencies and changes, they have to take in account the use of medications, general modalities, sensitivities and may need to use so called bowel nosodes if indicated.
What are the ‘nosodes’? Please do not be afraid of an ancient term, because what it covers will be familiar to you.
The bowel nosodes were brought into being by Dr Edward Bach (did you ever use a Bach remedy? – yes it is named after the same person), furthermore John Paterson and Elizabeth Paterson, his wife who continued the research. They prepared the homeopathic nosodes and are in use ever since. By definition the Bowel Nosodes are medicines prepared from cultures of non-lactose fermenting bacterial flora of the intestinal tract. They are not the morbid product of disease, but they are classified as ‘nosodes’.
The investigation and experiments on the bowel bacteria and chronic diseases were first undertaken by Dr Bach (1886 – 1936), a bacteriologist at London University College Hospital. His investigation led him to conclude that certain intestinal germs belonging to the non-lactose fermenting, gram-negative, and coli-typhoid group, had a close connection with chronic diseases and their cure. These germs were present in the intestines of both healthy people and people suspected of suffering from chronic diseases. However, the difference between the two is that in the latter instance these germs were large in number and pathogenic, whereas their presence was smaller in proportion in the healthy people. Various groups of the nosodes are differentiated from each other based on their ability to ferment certain sugars.
Bach’s attempt to cure his patients from chronic diseases has led him to isolate the bacilli and then gave it back to the patient in the form of a vaccine (an autogenous vaccine) which was prepared from the cultures of the killed organisms. Bach initially started treating people using material doses of bowel flora, and he claimed to cure the disease with this form of vaccine. 95% of the individuals showed favourable response and 80% of the cases revealed excellent results. Later he administered the potentized vaccine, prepared according to the homoeopathic principle, and cured many of his patients. Hence he ultimately discovered that homeopathic remedies made from these materials were much more effective.
NB At this point if you sense some similarity with the present time gut microbiota research and methods, it could be resonance in higher overtone!
By 1930, Bach briefly summarized clinically derived indications for most of the bowel nosode and moved away from their further investigation.
John Paterson (1890 – 1955) first worked on the nosodes with Dr. Bach, and he is the one who took the investigation further after Bach turned his attention to the flower remedies. Paterson and his wife Elisabeth refined the indications for the use of bowel nosodes. The contribution of Paterson was that he confirmed experimentally Dr. Bach’s findings on the bowel nosodes. Furthermore, he considered how the modern life style, dietary habit, both psychological and physical stresses and the overuse of antibiotics have contributed to the weakening of the vitality of the host and compromising the digestive, absorptive and immune functions of the body. These have led to the alterations in the bacteria metabolism and the over growth of potentially pathogenic microorganisms in our intestinal system.
Hence the link between homeopathy and the GIT problems of our era is obvious to me. As you see, they investigated the bowel flora up to one hundred years ago. There was no further investigation of their properties in health and disease since Paterson, and I must say that they were not even well enough utilized by the homoeopathic profession in the daily practice until recently.
On the other hand, I am pleased to see that the present mainstream science is achieving success in the field of gut microbiota, and because I know about both sides I would like to bring it into awareness of both sides. Perhaps it is the time for a dialogue. It can be to the homeopath’s disadvantage that they do not know about the today’s medical scientific knowledge about bowel flora and the important role it plays in the balance between health and diseased conditions. However, it is a shame that the knowledge which started a whole new branch of homeopathy almost a hundred years ago, is totally neglected and unknow to medical science.
My experience, use and understanding of the bowel nosode is limited to my eight years of practicing homeopathy. However, it is a fact that the bowel nosodes are invaluable in rebalancing a child’s gut flora, normalising bowel function in adults, assisting the body detoxing heavy metals in a gentle way, and they are fantastic in dealing with psychological symptoms such as anxiety or rage.
Understanding the composition and function of the gut microbiome represents a major challenge, the scientist are aware of it. And we homeopaths know just well how individual the human being is. The microbiome is part of it.
Hope I will inspire you, Marta
Norwich 16 08 2018

Sources:
1 Cheifetz A. S., Gastroenterology 2017;152:415–429
Also used:
www 006 Bowel nosodes: A group of neglected remedies de Ai-ling Makewell Août 2006
Scientists re-invent Homeopathic Bowel Nosodes as ‘Fecal Microbiota Transplantation’ by Alan Freestone on May 19, 2013 in Autism, Homeopathic Research
http://www.homeoint.org/books5/paterson/bowelnosodes.htm

Be Inspired by Plant Food and Homeopathy: Cereals and Pseudocereals.

E-book
Be Inspired by Plant Food and Homeopathy
II. Cereals and Pseudocereals.
by Marta Wellner
Amazon, Kindle Edition

The second part of the Be Inspired by Plant Food and Homeopathy is called Cereals and Pseudocereals. If you are interested in cereals, pseudo-cereals, and information transfer in homeopathy, it is now published as e-book on the Amazon. See below: Content and Excerpt
It usually takes one generation and for sure about 17 years till the current scientific achievements reach the wider communities. One of the ways is to spread the word are the Science-caffees, I have chosen writing on my own way for people who think similarly.

Cereal foods represent a major part of the diet worldwide. Numerous food allergies and sensitivities are also linked to this plant family. However gluten is not responsible for everything. Read about the cereals, their constituent sugars and polysaccharides, about FODMAP and those pseudocereals which we replace them with in our modern everyday food.
It is useful to know what we eat instead of following various dietary advice. Tradition and science interact here to give you two pictures of plant food families: the grasses, as well as the pseudocereals.

Contents
GRASSES: ADDICTED TO ABUNDANCE
Food and plant families
From sunlight to life: carbohydrates
Cereals
Grouping of selected grasses of the order Poales
Numbers
BREAD MAKING
Gluten proteins
Carbohydrates
More sugars
Oligo- and poly-saccharides
THE GRAINS
Wheat
Our daily bread
Barley
Rye
Oat
Historic grains
Rice
Bamboo
Sugar cane
Corn
Millet
More grasses
BIOCHEMICAL HEALTH
Dietary fibre
FODMAP
Bridges
Fat
Fermentation
The oxytocin link
Pathologies
Toxic elements in grains
Ergot
Parasites
Artificial sweeteners
THE OLD SPIRIT
Hildegard von Bingen
HOMEOPATHY
Poaceae
ADDENDUM
Super molecules
The nature of hydrogen bonds
Hydrogen bonds in the nature
Hydrogen bonds in carbohydrates
Unique properties of homeopathic remedies
Hypothesis: hydrogen bonds and information transfer
Kitchen chemistry
And some final notes
AMARANTHACEAE: PSEUDOGRAINS
The pseudograins
Amaranthoideae
Amaranth
Subfamily chenopodioideae
Quinoa
Kañiwa
Numbers
Polygonaceae
Buckwheat
Vegetables: leaves and roots
Sugar beet
Sugar processing
Sugar metabolism
Beetroot
Chard
Spinach
Sorrel
Essiac
Burdock
Sheep sorrel
Slippery elm
Turkey rhubarb
Phytonutrients
Medicinal food plants
Oxalic acid
Nature knows best
Student’s notes from St. Hildegard to vegans
HOMEOPATHY
Amaranthales 1
Why homeopathy?
Information

The trituration of the substance is done in lactose. …
The process involves stirring and scraping, giving the whole action a rhythmic character. The final triturate is dynamised in water according to precise protocol in order to obtain a dilution of the homeopathic medicine. The final dilution is stored in ethanol/water solution in order to keep the product safe and the dilution is transferred on a sugar substrate in order to be dispensed further. To sum it up, during the homeopathic medicine preparation, storage and dispensation – sugar, water and ethyl alcohol are used.
What is common for sugar, water and ethanol?

Well, there is something in common, but it takes a minute to explain. All molecules in the process experience very week attractions. Although they are very weak, there are numerous and somehow they make us stronger…

Yours, Marta

Be Inspired by Plant Food and Homeopathy: Nightshades and Onions

E-book
Be Inspired by Plant Food and Homeopathy
I. Nightshades and Onions
by Marta Wellner
Amazon, Kindle Edition

Potatoes, cayenne pepper and belladonna are all members of the same botanical family called nightshades. I am a practicing homeopath and at one point of my experience with remedies I was wondering how many remedies are made of foods that we are eating. My curiosity met my own experience with food and food components as a scientist. The outcome is a review, published as an e-book on Amazon. I started with the nightshades and the onions by intuition and as I was researching the topic starting with potatoes, it was shown to me that each plant food family likely contains a food which we eat a lot, some which we do not eat a lot, end eventually there are plants of which less is more. Plants and their fruit like cayenne pepper, are at the border between food, spices and herbs. And certainly, you cannot consume belladonna at all, because it is so poisonous. However, belladonna in minute amount has medicinal use and as homeopathic preparation it is very useful.
So, I wrote up what I learned, and I am offering a summary of the first two plant food families with the hope that I will inspire some readers to be more interested in the minute amounts of plants which serve humankind with healing properties. Be Inspired by Plant Foods is a journey from the lot to nearly nothing, showing that both ends have their own power.

Marta Wellner, Norfolk, January 2017

Homeopathy for the now: SLUGS

Pest control for your GARDEN with homeopathy? Try the Helix tosta 12X, a homeopathic remedy to deter snails

SLUGS: Pest Damage
Annoying after wet weather, they finish a whole bed of lettuce overnight, leaving shiny trails
Edges or leaves are eaten away, holes in leaves are in abundance
Problem: beer traps, copper vires, potato and apple peelings do not work… but you do not want to use chemicals or ill the pests
Solution: if your garden if infested with slugs, you can use the homeopathic remedy Helix tosta 12X

DETER the slugs: Method
Helix tosta 6X: globules (pills) cca 20, 10L of water, water the soil
In old times people dried some slugs, burned them, and used the ash to mark a territory and deter them, the homeopathic way is more gentle and careful way of doing so
Advise: Use plastic, porcelain, or wood tools as metal may disturb the action of remedies, keep the tools clean
Watering or spraying is fine
Apply in the morning and evening, during sunny hot days only apply to the roots, and do not over-water on a rainy day just use less water for the remedy

WORKSHOPS

For everyone interested in homeopathy and natural health
For public, interest groups, patient groups, and health professionals

Future events:
Likely June 2019 VITALITY IN SUMMER: THE HEAT MAY BE ON
Homeopathy for summer events: holidays, travels, exams, and the heat

Seminars Norfolk and Norwich so far:
Date Name and Topic

HAW 2019
Wellness Norwich 2019 a Homeopathy Awareness Week event, aimed at celebrating your health and wellbeing, 13th April 2019, At Norwich School Chapel.
WHAW 2019
Digestive disorders, 10th April 2019, Neal’s Yard Remedies Therapy Rooms, Norwich

V I T A L I T Y I N W I N T E R
Workshop, Why Love Matters
February 2019, Neal’s Yard Remedies Therapy Rooms, Norwich

V I T A L I T Y I N W I N T E R
Workshop, Minerals and Cell Salts for therapists and patient groups
November 2018, Neal’s Yard Remedies Therapy Rooms, Norwich

Support your health with Homeopathy
Workshop, June 2018 U3A Wroxham

Summer Workshop for Women
Better health with homeopathy
NYR May 30th 2018

WHAW 2018 April 10-16 NYR, Norwich
Workshop, World Homeopathy Awareness Week

March 2018 U3A, Wroxham
Minerals and cell salts to boost your health

VITALITY IN THE SPRING
Workshop, Homeopathy to boost your health in the spring
February 21st 2018 NYR, Norwich

WHAW 2017 April NYR and Rowan house clinic, Norwich
World Homeopathy Awareness Week

WHAW April 7th to 19th 2017
Workshop, FOCUS ON GOLDEN AGE

March 2017 Wymondham HUB, Workshop
Be Inspired by plant foods…

Nov 2016 Rowan House Health and Wellbeing Centre in Hethersett
An Evening of Relaxation and Pampering

Nov 2016 Rowan House Clinic, Norwich
Be Inspired by Homeopathy:’feel good in the inside and out’
Stress Awareness Week in November 2016

Feb 2016 Neal’s Yard Remedies, Norwich
Be Inspired by Homeopathy and Food I : Support your health with Homeopathy
Learn how to safely use remedy kits at home and away

Nov 2015          Old Buckenham, Workshop
Be Inspired by Homeopathy and Food I : Support your health with Homeopathy
Learn how to safely use remedy kits at home and away

June 2015           Wymondham HUB, Workshop
Natural health care for carers: How Food and Mineral Cell Salts support health

May 2015           Weston Longville, Norwich, Workshop
Be Inspired by Homeopathy and Food : Simply natural healing

Talks are suitable for everyone interested in homeopathy, minerals and natural health
Suitable for public, interest groups, and health professionals

From my diary:
March 2018 U3A, Wroxham
It was a very informed, knowledgeable audience and we had an enjoyable discussion.
Read report and feedback in U3A Wroxham Website April 2018 newsletter
May 2015 The meadows are covered with dandelions, what a wonderful time to get together and talk about herbs, remedies and food! Many people use homeopathy and kits.
June 2015 Facing lots of question, great time in Wymondham.
Nov 2015   Even people who never used homeopathy can be interested in a workshop

About the Norfolk Homeopaths

The Norfolk Homeopaths  

I am one of the four founding members of the group Norfolk Homeopaths, HN.
The NH are an independent group organising CPD events.
Most of the seminars are by homeopaths for the homeopathic community of East Anglia.
Some of them are topics of particular interest not only for homeopaths but generally for therapists like nutritionists, counsellors, midwives, herbalists, and anyone interested in health!
I left the group after five inspirational years of working together in 2016.

If you are interested, please contact us on e-mail address norfolkhomeopaths@gmail.com

CPD seminars organised by The Norfolk Homeopaths in Norwich so far:
Date                   Name and Topic
2012
02/06/2012     Miranda Castro – Challenging cases
08/09/2012     Elisabeth Adalian – A spectrum of ideas
2013
06/07/2013     Ellen Kramer – Synthetic hormones and woman’s health
27/04/2013     Hilery Dorian – Disorders of the Digestive System
13/09/2013     Geoff Johnson – Animal and Human Cases
2014   
08/03/2014     Myriam Shivadikar – Narayani Remedies & Bowel Nosodes
27/09/2015     Sylvia Goddard – CHANGE from Within & Transform your Practice
2015
07/02/2015     Myriam Shivadikar- Supporting Patients with chronic diseases
25/04/2015     Dr Adriana Candeias –  Primal health and the origins of health.
The ultimate update on fertility, birth, and nutrition for health professionals.
26/09/2015       Tessa Jordan –
Coping with Challenging Clients: Managing Challenging Consultations
2016
19/03/2016 Clare Walters – Focussed Mindfulness
11-12/06/2016 Circle of Love – Dr Alize Timmerman
02/08/2016 Myriam Shivadikar – Clinical Rheumatology

‘’As the days pass by, I still feel the warmth with which my fellow practitioners in Norwich welcomed me and participated on my whole day seminar on Primal Health and the origins of human health.
There is nothing like bringing “Love” as a scientific matter breaking conventional barriers.
See me on the dance floor of life, … and join the wave’’.
Dr Adriana Candeias, Facebook on 28 April 2015

Coping in Extreme Heat

Q: Hi Marta, what can we do in extreme heat?  Here, especially older people suffer of headaches, high blood pressure, but even children suffer.

A: How to manage to rehydrate in the extreme heat?

A prolonged exposure to hot temperatures and restricted fluid intake may cause health complications. Hyperthermia is the umbrella name given to heat-related illnesses. The most common are heat cramps, heat exhaustion, and heat stroke.

What happens is failure of temperature regulation mechanisms of the body. When we overheat the body temperature may reach dangerous levels. It is very individual as the heat tolerance is different for every person. However, diagnosis of any heat exhaustion or heat stroke requires immediate medical attention. And for this there is no alternative.

However, one may do a lot to prevent and to be aware of the situation. With the temperature climbing towards 40°C (or 104°F) people may be extremely thirsty, drinking lots of water, but symptoms of mental confusion, headaches, rapid pulse, muscle cramping, and even faintness are rather common. There can be too much or often very little perspiration.

Heat 1

Avoid dehydration

When dehydrated, the human body does not function at its best and may be at risk for many ailments.  In spite of warning most people don’t think they need to worry about dehydration. But there are warning signs. These, regardless the temperature and climate should inspire you to go get a glass of water: fatigue and sudden loss of energy, indigestion, HBP, constipation, diarrhoea, skin rashes, urinary problems and acid-alkaline imbalance.

The first reaction of the body to extreme heat is perspiration. It is the defence mechanism in order to control body temperature by releasing heat into the environment. The sweat comes from the extracellular (outside the cells) fluid.  This contains the major electrolytes sodium, chloride, potassium, magnesium, and also calcium, iron, copper, zinc, amino acids, sulfates and phosphates, etc.

Intuitively we drink more when we are in extreme heat but flushing plain water through the body over a long period of time or habitually can be ineffective. An extreme dilution may also cause imbalance of electrolytes in the body, since they are similar to sweating pushing them  out of the body.  Therefore keeping an optimal level of water and electrolytes is the ideal case. It is not easy to achieve this but there are some recommendations.

What are the electrolytes?  They are the elements or rather compounds which dissociate into ions when dissolved in water. They have ability to conduct an electrical current, and in the human body they are essential for optimal function of our cells and function of the organs.

When the organs do not work normally, they send us messages, and those  are which we may receive: flushed face, dry mouth, dry tongue, dry and hot skin, extreme thirst or unable to drink with thick saliva, urine or reduced or turning dark yellow, weakness, dizziness, faintness,  cramping in the arms and legs,  headaches, sleepiness in the daytime, etc. So these are things out usual.

Keep the electrolytes in balance

Heat stress and dehydration deplete the body of electrolytes. Too much salt can damage the temperature regulation and cause fatigue, high blood pressure, stomach distress, impaired heart function, and mental confusion. But loss of salt is also dangerous. There are many sports drinks containing electrolytes but the best way to rehydrate, what is  to replace body fluid is by natural food and drinks. In general, it is said plain water doesn’t contain electrolytes.  Drinking tap water is better than not drinking any water, and a good tap or filtered water can be just very good.  So, when you shop for mineral water check for sodium, potassium, calcium, magnesium and chloride content, useful in 100s of milligrams.

The best source of sodium and chloride is sea salt which naturally contains also sulphates, magnesium, calcium and potassium. It is not only ideal to add to soups and cooked meal, but also to the salads and some beverages in small quantity. You can also ’eat food’ as many fruits and vegetables have very high water content: cucumber, carrot, melons, strawberries, grapefruit, etc. And these will contain above 90% of water per volume. Well it is not by chance that water melon is called water melon. And other foods are good to replenish the minerals like avocados, leaf vegetables, bananas, milk, plain live natural yoghurt, kefir and other fermented beverages.  Citrus fruit is very good and it has a cooling effect on the body. You may drink lemonade or also tomato juice can help maintain the potassium levels, while tomato naturally contains salt – sodium chloride. Coconut water also naturally contains so many electrolytes.

Preventions is vital, because once troubles start they may have a domino effect. Avoid physical stress like exercising, when working make regular breaks, breath properly,  wearing light and loose clothing, furthermore drink water and not to wait until you are thirsty, you may eat lightly salted foods preferably with sea or pink salt. Avoid direct sunlight, and alcoholic or other dehydrating beverages.  Eat easy to digest plant foods and bone or chicken broth which contains a balanced  amount of minerals and other nutrients for optimal rehydration and digestion.

 

You can stay cool during the heat also with homeopathy

Since the rehydration is to be done by water and foods, I just mention that the there are remedies to support people with heat exhaustion and sun stroke.  Belladonna is the remedy which should be in your home homeopathy kit. People who need it, may show symptoms like cold body and hot head, red face, dilated pupils, fixed or staring eyes,  trembling of the limbs, bending the head backwards, heavy sleep. However, people may show  some differences.

In case of sudden onset of heat in the whole body (not only head as in Belladonna) with lots of anxiety and restlessness it is good to take Aconite.

And finally…

Keep your water bottle full, stick your feet in a bowl of lukewarm water when possible, put your feet up in the evening, eat salads, smoothies, and if your stomach is heavy take a black tea with some sugar and a pinch of salt. This can be found in every kitchen and even in every restaurant if you are on the road. Children just know very well how to play in a paddling pool. Well, and the sea side has it all…

Babies and young children, just like adults, need to drink plenty of fluids to avoid becoming dehydrated. If children are feed on milk, try also cooled boiled water. Before bedtime a shower or a bath are often helpful. When they eat solid, just do the same as above.

The above mentioned remedies may help to ease the symptoms but seek medical advice whenever possible. Hope you will be inspired. Once you are aware of the above you may find solutions which are optimal in your climate and local environment.

Yours, Marta

2015-05-07

(illustration is from Google Images)