Monthly Archives: May 2018

Antiperspirants are again under the scanner.


 Recently some researchers in the UK created a huge scare by claiming that antiperspirants used by women caused breast cancer. They claimed that the aluminum used in the antiperspirant mimics estrogens and thus increases the risk of breast cancer.

Does using antiperspirants retain the harmful toxins within the body?

Most experts assure us that there is no reason to be worried; as the body does not sweat out toxins and antiperspirants do not alter the body’s ability to sweat. The liver and kidneys remove more than 95% of the toxins.

There are about 2 – 5 million sweat glands around the body. Antiperspirants affect the sweat glands only in the armpits. Antiperspirants work by dissolving the sweat and produce a thin coating on the skin that temporarily reduces sweating in the armpit.  Sweating is the body’s way to regulate body temperature and sweat essentially consists of water, some sodium and little fat and these are not toxic.

There is not evidence that the ingredients such as Aluminum or Zirconium salts damage the cell DNA and damage the breast tissue. Human beings are exposed to aluminum everyday and antiperspirants only contribute about 2.5% of the total exposure. Much of the exposure comes from our food and exposure to airborne particles. Studies do not support fears that antiperspirants affect hormone levels. Even the use of parabens in cosmetics has been cleared by health and cosmetic regulating authorities.

You can smell good naturally:

Excessive armpit sweating is known as axillary hyperhidrosis.  All people past puberty experience armpit sweat and odor, and these are normal bodily functions and it is but a variation of the normal sweating process.  It is a distressing problem for those that suffer from it.  If you are worried about aluminum and parabens toxicity, it is better to go natural.

Make your own Deodorant cream:

 Melt three tablespoons each of baking soda, petroleum jelly and orrisroot powder (you may also use cornstarch).  Add a few drops of scented oil to this mixture. Viola! Your natural deodorant cream is ready.

Make your own Deodorant spray:

 Take one and a half cups of water (200 ml) and to it add one tablespoon of powdered alum, one tablespoon of rubbing alcohol and finally add this to 15 ml of scented oil.   Put this mixture in a spray bottle and use it.

Make your own perfume naturally:

 Take three cups of vodka and add half a cup of your chosen essential or perfumed oil and then add half a cup of finely powdered orrisroot. Mix well and pour it into small ornate bottles and store them in a cool dark place.

Other methods to beat body odor:


  • Just take a bath as usual but add some baking soda to the water.
  • Borax put into your shoes fights foot odors.
  • Eating plenty of green vegetables can help your body stay clean and minimize odor. Green vegetables such as spinach and lettuce contain chlorophyll. Chlorophyll is helpful in reducing the body odor the perspiration.
  • If you make a strong infusion of tea with lovage or sage, you can apply this under your armpits or add it to your bath and keep body odor away.
  • Apple cider vinegar can be a good natural deodorant. Just add the apple cider vinegar to some water and place it on your armpit. The vinegar smell will disappear in a few minutes.
  • Use deodorant crystals.  These crystals are a natural rock that absorbs odor without clogging skin pores or staining clothes.


Experts say that 8m people in the US suffer from primary axillary hyperhydrosis. The deodorant industry is huge and runs into billions of dollars and people will spend anything to smell good.  It is better to rely on cheap and holistic ways, while choosing cosmetics and deodorants.

References and links:

Herbal Home Remedies by Jude C. Todd.

Some useful Homeopathic remedies – Part 160.





This remedy is derived from a shrub called as Savine or Juniperus Sabina.

 This remedy is pre-dominantly a female remedy and has a special affinity to the uterus.

It is also useful in gout.  It is useful whenever there is pain extending from the sacrum to the pubic region.

It suits subjects who find MUSIC INTOLERABLE and who are extremely nervousness.

This remedy is suitable in female subjects with vertigo with suppressed menstruation.

This remedy suits subjects who have a sense of fullness in the rectum with constipation with pain in the back to the pubis.  This remedy is also useful in piles, which bleed copiously with bright red blood.

It suits male subjects who have inflammatory gonorrhea with pus like discharge, with Sycotic excrescences (warts). This remedy suits male subjects, who have a burning sensation and pain in the glans penis.  It is also useful, whenever the prepuce (the foreskin of the penis) is painful with difficulty in retracting it.

This remedy suits subjects, who have bloody urine, with inflammation of the bladder with a throbbing sensation all over, with inflammation of the urethra.

This remedy suits female subjects who have a profuse menses, which are too early; with bring red blood and uterine pains that extend up to the thighs. It also suits female subjects, who have menorrhagia (excessive bleeding during menstruation), where the vaginal bleeding is partially clotted, with a tendency to abort.  This remedy is useful in threatened miscarriage and also in habitual abortion, where the sexual desire is increased. This remedy is also useful in leucorrhoea after menses, which is corrosive and offensive.  This remedy is useful in expelling the retained placenta and also is useful in expelling Moles from the uterus.  This remedy suits female subjects, who have an inflammation of the ovaries and uterus after abortion.

This remedy is suitable when there is pain from the sacrum to the pubis and from below upward, shooting up the vagina.

This remedy suits female subjects, who have a bruised pain in the anterior portion of the thighs and shooting to the heels and the metatarsal bones. This remedy suits subjects, who have arthritic pain in the joints and gout, worse in a heated room.

This remedy also suits subjects, who have fig warts with intolerable itching and burning with exuberant granulation.

This remedy suits subjects, who are worse with the least motion, heat and warm air. It also suits subjects who are better in cold air.


 My big ‘5’ in obstetrical hemorrhage are MILLEFOLIUM, PHOSPHORUS, NITRIC ACID, and SECALE CORNUTUM AND SABINA.

Homeopaths are against vaccination.


The vaccination controversy is very sticky.  But consider these facts dispassionately. It is a well-known fact that ever since mass vaccinations of infants began, there have been endless reports of serious brain, cardiovascular, metabolic disease like diabetes.  In fact, the pertussis (whooping cough) vaccine has been used to induce encephalomyelitis, which is characterized by brain swelling and hemorrhage in the brain.  Indiscriminate vacation has also been incriminated in the increase incidence of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) and increased cases of autism.

The parental dilemma:

Parents are always in a dilemma. If they do not vaccinate their children and if the children get a disease like polio, they face a lifetime of grief and guilt.  There are legal issues that can also accrue.  The state may take charge of the children and the parents can face imprisonment in some countries.

On the other hand, vaccination reactions take place within seven days of vaccination and the symptoms can include paralysis, convulsions, nausea, diarrhea, fever, central nervous system disorders, brain inflammation, permanent brain damage and even death of the child.

Homeopaths use nosodes:

Nosodes belong to those classes of remedies that are prepared from disease products.  Many homeopaths use nosodes to try and protect children from illness and these serve as an alternative to immunizations

Some examples of nosodes are:


  • Pertussin made from the infected sputum of a case of whooping cough. This nosode is useful in preventing and treating whooping cough.
  • The nosode used in Measles is Morbillinum.
  • In Mumps
  • In tetanus prevention – Ledum palustre.

Different homeopaths prefer different potencies. But, most use the 200C potency, which act as good homeopathic vaccinations.

Other homeopathic remedies for common childhood infections:

Homeopathy heals in all realms of life including the physical, mental, emotional as well as inherited or genetic weaknesses.  It is possible to prevent diseases in homeopathy by giving nosodes. It is also possible to correct and prevent vaccine reactions and prevent many childhood diseases with this marvelous system of alternative therapy.
Aconitum Napellus: This is a grand remedy in the early stage of fever where the fever is associated with fear and anguish of the mind. It relieves physical and mental restlessness.

Apis Mellifica: this is a good remedy for swelling, puffiness, edema, stinging pain, soreness, and intolerance of heat, touchiness and red rosy hue of various body parts. This remedy is also useful in hives and after bee stings.

Chamomilla: This remedy is useful for children with peevishness, restlessness and who have abdominal colic. This remedy is suited for children who are extremely sensitive to pain..

Hypericum Perforatum: This remedy is useful in ameliorating the excessive pain after punctured wounds.

Ledum Palustre: This considered to be a homeopathic anti-tetanus vaccine. This is a specific remedy for puncture wounds produced by sharp-pointed instruments or bites.

Pulsatilla: This is a great remedy for stuffy cold, where the child is weepy and temperamental.

Silicea: This is a specific remedy for ill effects of vaccinations. The child who requires silicea will lack vital heat and has prostration of the body and the mind.

Thuja Occidentalis: this is another specific remedy for ill effects of vaccinations. It counteracts any adverse skin reactions and diarrhea or brain damage after vaccinations. In addition it has a specific anti bacterial action.  It is also useful in neuralgias after immunizations.

A word of caution:

It is better to consult a competent homeopath before taking an informed decision either for or against immunizing your children.  These remedies can be taken individually or found in a formula for a broader therapeutic spectrum against vaccination reactions.

These remedies will cover the broad variety of symptoms associated with vaccination reactions, which include inflammation at the site of vaccination, , swelling, edema, hives, restlessness, sensitivity, nausea, vomiting, headaches, nervous changes, fear and anxiety.

When parents decide to use homeopathy for their children, they have the better of the two worlds. They can be free of fear of getting into legal trouble with the state and they can also give the vaccines, knowing fully well that the use of homeopathy will ward off adverse reactions.

As an allopathic physician who has learnt alternative medicine, I find it very difficult to take a stubborn stand against vaccination. I prefer the middle path. I advise my patients to judiciously immunize their children and then take homeopathic remedies to prevent vaccine reactions.

But, deep in my heart I do believe that we should not unduly tamper with the immune system with indiscriminate vaccination. Naturally occurring diseases confer much better immunity than the immunity conferred by vaccines.

References and links:


Some useful Homeopathic remedies – Part 159.



This remedy is derived from a Mexican plant, Sabadilla officinarum.

This remedy has a marked action on the mucous membranes of the nose and the lachrymal glands producing symptoms like Hay fever.

The remedy suits subjects who are prone to chills and who are extremely sensitive to cold.

It is suitable for roundworm and pinworm infestation.

It suits subjects who are nervous, timid, easily startled and have erroneous notions about themselves and imagines that he is very ill, or that all parts of the body are shrunken. This remedy suits female subjects, who feel that they are pregnant, or for those who imagine that they have cancer and intermittent delirium.  This remedy suits subjects, who are sleepless due to excessive thinking.  This remedy is also useful in Hysterical subjects, who have a feeling that something is hanging loosely in the throat and must swallow over it.

This remedy suits subjects, whose eyes burn with excessive watering and difficulty in hearing.

The keynote symptom of this remedy is SPASMODIC SNEEZING WITH A RUNNING NOSE.

This remedy is useful when subjects have coryza (cold) with severe frontal pains, redness of the eyes with watering and copious nasal discharge.  This remedy suits subjects with a chronic sore throat.

This remedy suits subjects who have no thirst and have a canine appetite for sweets and fat foods and desire hot things.

This remedy also suits subjects, who have cracking beneath the toes with inflammation under the nail bed. This remedy also suits subjects whose skin is dry like a parchment membrane and the nails are horny, deformed, thickened and if it is associated with itching in the anus.

This remedy suits subjects who have sore throat, which begin on the left side, and feel better with warm foods and drinks.

This remedy suits subjects who are worse with cold and cold drinks and during the full moon and who are sleepless from too much of thinking.

It also suits subjects, who are better with warm food; drink wrapping up and in open air.


 SABADILLA one drop thrice a day in water- the administration of the drug by olfaction (through the nose) several times daily in Hay Asthma, by this means that I have cured many severe cases and made numerous converts to our system.

Dr. Hughes, L.R.C.P.

 SABADILLA follows BRYONIA well in pleurisy and has cured after ACONITE and BRYONIA failed.

Dr. H.C. Allen, M.D.