As a chiropractor, I seek out alternative health care for my family’s medical needs unless it is an emergency situation. Homeopathic Medicine is one such form of health care we choose to utilize that has made a huge impact on our lives. So today I am extremely excited and honored to share with you an interview with my personal homeopath and friend, Joette Calabrese.
Kristi: Tell my readers a little bit about you.
Joette: I’m a practicing homeopath, educator, author, blogger, lecturer but most importantly, I’m a mom of now adult children. I raised them all without even one visit to a pediatrician. Why/how did I do this? I did it because I learned from my own ill health that commenced from the time I was 6 weeks old that drugs were not an answer to my allergies, food intolerances, anxiety, chronic fatigue, etc. How did I do this? I became bold. And my method to get the guts to do this was to learn what I needed to know to be able to treat my children for whatever came our way by using homeopathy. Today I teach other mothers how to grow their ability to cure their families themselves…using guts, spunk and moxie and the practical use of homeopathy. Today, I author a weekly blog and podcast to teach mothers (and anyone else interested…but to be honest, its mothers who have the internal strength to do this.) This is offered free so that anyone can learn how to take charge of their family’s health without dependency on drugs.
Kristi: What is homeopathy?
Joette: First, let me clarify what homeopathy is not. It is not herbalism. It’s not supplements. It’s not naturopathy. What homeopathy is, is a specific medical format that uses wholesome medicines to uproot illness.
Kristi: I have seen the terms “classical” and “practical” when researching homeopathy. What is the difference between the two?
Joette: Classical homeopathy is a method used by homeopaths throughout the world, including medical doctors in Europe and South America. It is based on the works of Dr. Samuel Hahnemann in the late 1700’s and is based on the idea that “like cures like”. That’s actually what the word homeopathy means. The preface “homeo” means homonym or similar, or like. And pathology means illness of medical condition. Classical homeopathy considers each person and counts on the idiosyncrasies of the individual in order to determine a remedy for a person who is suffering. Practical Homeopathy™ is based on the Banerji protocols. It uses specific medicines for specific diseases, which are diagnosed by using conventional diagnostics.
Kristi: How is homeopathy different than traditional medical treatment?
Joette: One of the most remarkable differences between the two is that homeopathy’s goal is to uproot the condition. Generally speaking, conventional medicine’s goal is to treat symptoms. Another is that homeopathic medicines carry no side effects. Must I mention the problem of side effects of modern drugs?
Kristi: Is homeopathy safe? I ask this because there have been some recent concerns over the use of homeopathic teething tablets given to babies.
Joette: Homeopathic medicines are often made from toxic substances, BUT what makes them into a homeopathic medicine is the special dilution process. The pharmacological dilution process goes so far as to render the original toxic aspect of the substance not only non-poisonous, but it also allows the curative action of the original substance to be brought to the fore. This is very different from conventional drugs, where the toxins remain in the pills, injections or liquids. These are called side effects and often render the patient worse than the state they were in before submitting to the drug. Worse yet, drug reactions can last for years after the drug has been halted. A perfect example is the ubiquitous use of antibiotics for simple ear infections in children. Long after, when the ear infection and subsequent use of antibiotics is merely a distant memory, the child may be left with gut dysbiosis, food intolerances, chronic constipation and worse. So to answer your original question regarding homeopathy’s safety record, allow me to boldly state that no homeopathic medicine has ever been pulled off the market for reasons of safety. Now, compare that to conventional medicine’s record.
Kristi: Can anyone find and use homeopathic medicines to treat themselves or their families or do they need to visit a homeopath?
Joette: I am a one woman advocacy program for teaching families how to use homeopathy themselves, even for seemingly difficult, chronic conditions.
Kristi: Who can be seen by a homeopath? And Is there anyone who should not seek the care of a homeopath?
Joette: Why, anyone who has a health condition! Homeopathy treats common childhood conditions such as respiratory diseases, ADD, behavior problems, women’s conditions such as hypothyroidism, menstrual conditions, menopause, arthritis, emotional conditions, insomnia, chemical and food sensitivities. If I continue, I’ll run out of space! I actually can’t think of a condition that wouldn’t benefit, and in some cases be eliminated, by the use of homeopathy.
Kristi: Would someone looking to consult a homeopath need a referral from their doctor?
Joette: Unless your doctor is French, German, British, Swiss, South American or Indian, it’s unlikely he knows what homeopathy is, so it won’t happen.
Kristi: How long would someone expect to use homeopathic medicines before they start to see results with their health condition?
Joette: If the condition is an acute one, such as an ear infection or a UTI, it has a reputation of acting within hours up to a day or so. When it comes to uprooting allergies or food intolerances, it will likely take months. Not a bad proposition given that modern medicine has nothing substantial to offer in terms of these conditions.
Kristi: How much do visits to a homeopath cost?
Joette: The fees that homeopaths charge vary depending on the expertise, clinical experience, and expected results.
Kristi: Will health insurance cover visits with a homeopath?
Joette: Insurance does not cover homeopathy but in my experience, most Health Savings Accounts cover fees.
Kristi: Where can someone find out more about you and your services?
Joette: Feel free to take advantage of my free blog where I give families my tips and the very methods I use in my practice and teach in my courses. My focus is to teach self-reliance.
I just want to thank Joette for taking the time to answer questions about the basics of Homeopathic Medicine. One question I personally get asked quite frequently is “how do you know so much about homeopathy?” It’s all thanks to Joette’s study group curriculum, website, blog, and podcasts.
If you are not familiar with the basics of homeopathy or Practical Homeopathy™ and want to learn more, consider joining a study group that utilizes Joette’s Gateway to Homeopathy curriculum. It is an 8-week study designed for you and a group of others to gain understanding and confidence in using Homeopathic Medicine.
It’s very helpful to know that there are distinct differences between classical and practical homeopathic medicine. I’d like to look for such options soon because there are a lot of medications that I am allergic too. Once I get older, I will need to make sure that I will be able to get the right kinds of medication that will help sustain me.
Such an interesting read! There is so much we put into our bodies without second thought. As a mom who wants her boys to have healthy immune systems, I’m always looking for medicinal alternatives. Thanks for the post!
You’re welcome! Glad it helps!
This is very helpful, nice interview you had! Wow, learned more about alternatives aside from traditional medicine, enjoyed reading!
Great! Glad it helped!
These are such eye-opening questions and answers! I think that there are a ton of misconceptions about homeopathic medicine and it’s so helpful to get the information straight from an expert!
Absolutely! Joette is amazing, and appeals to so many moms wanting to learn how to best care for their families without the use of traditional medicine.
This is a very enlightening article. As a healthcare professional, I am an advocate for modern medicine but am well aware of the challenges that come along with it, which has made me very open to your article, especially being a mom. Thank you for sharing.
Thanks for reading! I can understand where you are coming from. I think there is a time and a place for modern medicine (for example, emergency care), but as moms, we definitely need to be aware that some of modern medicine’s approaches to acute care are potentially causing long-term chronic conditions. I don’t think any mom wants that for their child. If there is something that is safe, effective and has no long-term harmful effects, we should be open to exploring it further. I’m glad I could introduce you to this practical approach to homeopathy.
Homeopathy is the only technique of drugs launched on sound and straightforward healing theory. This curative principle known as the “Law of Similarity” is the sound basis on which homeopathy stands.The principle is simple – so easy that it appears desirable and contradictory at the same time. There is no jargon. There are no complex explanations. There is no prerequisite of a review of anatomy or biology or even science for that subject. The basic principle merely states that a substance making indicators of a condition in a regular man or woman shall be the remedy for a unwell individual with related signs of the condition.It is neither witchcraft nor wizardry nor does it provide a psychological alleviation of symptoms. It is the only correct healing principle which exists. Its efficacy and successes are a a lot in spite of the maligning strategies by traditional allopathic physicians.Classic health care science is launched on the illogical premise that removing of illness lead to will remedy the sick. Enable us just take the fig warts condition. Any standard pores and skin professional will surgically get rid of warts or burn up them with substances. You can see that the disease is not healed as his patients hold returning. Physician is pleased because he is assured of a standard earnings. Individual is satisfied due to the fact the doctor rapidly gets rid of the unsightly warts form his entire body.The two of them are quite ignorant in not noticing that the ailment is not getting remedied. Additionally, the condition is currently being suppressed and faster or later as the body weakens this same ailment will settle into internal organs. A little research will demonstrate that several cases of stones in kidney, bladder or gal bladder experienced started out when warts taken care of by classic doctors.Additional abuse of individual continues by surgical removal of stones. In scenario of gal stones it is customary to remove the gal bladder itself and power the patient direct a daily life of misery with several dietary limits. Even then the illness is not healed and generally this sort of cases conclude up with coronary heart difficulty, for heart is the greatest organ the place fig wart condition will settle to just take its toll of human lifestyle.If these very same warts ended up taken care of by a homeopath, the illness would have been cured. It would have taken a handful of weeks or months for warts to wither and fall without having the discomfort of chemical burning but the client would have been spared the subsequent stones or hemorrhoids adopted by distressing coronary heart trouble. But in this later on circumstance none would have produced a recurring earnings at the expense of individual.As a result the major opposition to homeopathy stems from the dread of a curtailment of foreseeable future cash flow by the classic physicians. They have no healing principle and entice the client by promising a rapid removal of results of the illness. The clients are gullible owing to millenniums of social conditioning that trusts medical doctors and pays medical professionals to torture and ultimately eliminate the individual.Homeopathy with its sound curative principle stays the only hope for mankind. It is time that governments get started funding study in homeopathy or at least enable it turn into an recognized technique.
Thanks for your insight. You are absolutely right! Traditional medicine only drives the illness deeper turning it into another illness/condition that the patient will look again to the medical doctor for treatment. It’s cyclical. Instead of healing, it just makes one sicker. It may take away the immediate symptoms only to give rise to chronic issues in the future.
Your post on Dr. Kristi Corder’s interview with Joette Calabrese in 2018 was fascinating! Are you a homeopath? I’m interested in hearing more that you have to say!
Great interview and article. I’m happy that modern medicine is starting to work with and use alternative medicines. I for one am a true believer and try the alternative route before letting docs write me out a prescription to solve a problem that maybe dieting and/or exercise can..lol..I’ll be following thanks for the good information
Thanks for reading, Nikki!
Very interesting! I’ve heard of it but never learned what it really is. Thank you for introducing Homeopathy to me. I will be looking and learning from her page.
Yes, her page is so very helpful. The more you learn, the more you want to keep learning. It’s so very interesting, and the best part…IT WORKS!!!
I was tired of hearing the only way to get better from a bladder infection was taking drugs prescribed by the doctor. My exhusband was in acupuncture school so I decided to try this route. With acupuncture, herbs made into a tea that tasted like dirt, and NO sugar I was able to get rid of my bladder infection!!! And it’s been about 5 years without one! 🙂 I love natural remedies if possible! 🙂
That’s wonderful, Ruth! Isn’t it amazing to be able to take charge of your health? I love acupuncture also!
I have a woman in my current study group that was having the same issues with bladder infections/UTIs. Nothing was working anymore. But she found homeopathy, got on the right protocol for her, and it’s all starting to clear up.
I use essential oils for stuff before I go to a doctor, and most of the time that takes care of whatever ailment. I never realized there was more out there in the way of natural medicines!
Yes, I am just like you. I tend to use things like essential oils or nutritional supplements or other things before I ever go to the doctor. I’ve got to be in a pretty severe condition before I’ll go.
Now homeopathy can be another tool in your healthcare tool kit. =)
Thanks for sharing this great information.
This is a very informative interview! I wish that homeopathic medicine was more mainstream, and hopefully it will become more popular in the future.
I agree, Dominique! Thanks for reading.
Great information. I’ve been learning a little about alternative medicine a looking into essential oils. I’ve benefited from those.
Lots of great information! Thanks for sharing!
Thank you for answering questions about homeopathic medicine. I’m not very familiar with it but I would love to explore it more.
Quite an informative piece! I’m a minimalist, for sure, when it comes to the use of medications, but I’ll have to do more research when it comes to homeopathy. Thanks for sharing.
You’ll find lots of great info on Joette’s website.
I’m the same way–I only use conventional medicine for emergencies and homeopathy for my family and me on all other occasions. I wish we’d recognize it in this country as just as legitimate (if not more so) than conventional, throw-a-prescription-at-you medicine
Somehow I knew you’d reply saying you use homeopathy! 😉 I completely agree!
Very interesting article! I am a user of alternative medicine but have not explored homeopathic yet.
Now you have another alternative medicine to look into. I’m positive you will find it helpful to add to your arsenal.
This was really insightful learning about all these alternative medicines.
I’m glad you found it helpful!
Super informative post and so much to consider w/ homeopathic medicine. I have family members who study alternative options for treatment.
Pass the info on! I’m sure they will find much use in it and appreciate you sending it to them. Thanks for checking out the post!
Such a great and informative interview. I learned a lot about homeopathy. Thanks for sharing!
You are very welcome!
I love that homeopathy actually treats the root cause and not just the symptoms!
Me too! I was diagnosed with food allergies and prescribed an epi-pen. All of that is gone now. No need for the epi-pen any longer. It’s amazing how our body can heal with the right tools. Sometimes, we just have to look in unsuspecting places for the answers.
A very interesting article! I learned a lot here 🙂
Interesting read, but also very useful, I also like to do alternative medicine, such as home remedy. I just realize there is so many thing we can use from nature for remedies!
I love how passionate Ms. Joette is about her field–it’s infectious! (haha, pun!) I’m signing up to learn more :).
Girl, Joette is amazing! You will love her if you decide to do the study group. You can tell she’s got the straightforwardness of a New Yorker, but the passion and gentleness of a mom. I just love her.
Very interesting. Hadn’t considered this option but now I want to look into it more so. Thank you!!!
You’re very welcome!
Very interesting – I’ve always wanted to clearly understand this topic – great job explaining it! Love the idea of treating the problem, not just the symptoms.
Thank you for sharing such an informative blog post! Definitely learned a lot about homeopathy. Looking forward for more!
Definitely learned a lot from this article. thank you for sharing 🙂
What an interesting article. Learned some new things
Wow, such an interesting read! I didn’t know that the ear infection medication can have lasting effects. There’s a lot they don’t tell you I guess.
Oh yes, antibiotic use for ear infections just suppress the symptoms. That means that when a child ends up with recurring ear infections, they are not brand new infections, they are the SAME infections coming back again.
Homeopathic medicine supports and strengthens the body’s terrain so that the body itself can fight the infection so that it doesn’t return. Quite interesting!
I am so grateful to the people who are helping to advance this field! The whole philosophy of eliminating the root cause of illness rather than simply treating symptoms just makes so much more sense to me. I can’t wait to see more research focus on this field and more alternative treatments developed in coming years as more and more medical professionals focus their practice in this direction. I dream of the day when homeopathic medicine has become the “go-to”, and merely masking problems with drugs is regarded as an inferior method.
You are absolutely right. That’s why Joette’s mission is to reach 100,000 homes by 2020. I think she just might do it!
I love learning about alternative medicine and this was really fascinating and informative! Thanks for sharing!
You’re welcome! I’m kind of obsessed with alternative medicine. 😉