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    In my profession we are taught to treat each client as a unique individual. This means that every person that seeks our one on one care, has their health concerns addressed differently based on one's unique needs and symptom picture. Thus two people that eat the exact same diet with the same diagnosis may in fact receive different recommendations based on their unique biochemistry and symptomology. These differences may be due to their digestion and absorption, genetic predisposition for nutritional requirements and their constitution.

     Most people at one time or another have had a bad experience with spoiled food, medication or some type of infection that has upset their digestion. In the clinic many people mention that their digestive health problem started after the following events such as:

·        A trip South to be infected with traveller's diarrhea, otherwise known as giardia

·        Food poisoning

·        Antibiotic induced diarrhea

·        A C. Difficile infection

     With natural health care, one's unique needs are taken into account despite similar causes. Here is an example of an anonymous case to highlight this approach. A woman, aged 72, named "Sal Monella", got food poisoning from eating out four months ago. She had made several trips to her family doctor to discuss her ongoing diarrhea and severe weight loss. She had taken immodium, antibiotics, probiotics and zelnorm based on her physician's recommendations, yet she was still having diarrhea. She had tried different remedies she heard of from a various health food store clerks, magazines, books, Dr. Oz or commercials. However, none of the remedies were tailor suited to her unique needs.  

     She complained of having 8 plus bowel movements per day and she felt like she was starving despite eating all the time. She was a tidy, clean person and hated that she had painless, watery and urgent diarrhea. She reported feeling anxiety, restlessness, poor sleep and chills. She needed to be wrapped up warmly and liked the summer months. She also reported that on occasion she got a burning sensation in her tongue. Red meat sat very heavy in her stomach. She was very anxious about health, watched and read about health issues. She was a tidy, fastidious person with great self control.

     The interesting point about homeopathy is that it addresses one's unique symptoms. By looking at the symptoms it takes into account who the individual expresses their illness. When looking at one's case, homeopaths research the individual's symptoms and try and find a remedy that encompasses most of the client's symptoms that need to be treated. By matching the remedy to these symptoms, it helps to stimulate a cure because the body recognizes the symptoms the remedy carries as abnormal and it swiftly works to right iftself removing both the symptoms from the remedy and the person's disease. Below is a sample of Sal Monella's case researched using a homeopathic program showing her unique symptoms and below that the list of remedies that come up matching these symptoms.

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     Sal was first tested for zinc deficiency and showed positive for being low in zinc. She was also assessed using live cell testing to address any nutritional issues showing up. (This test is useful for discovering hidden nutritional deficiencies, such as essential fatty acids, B12, folic acid and iron. It can help to detect digestive insufficiencies such as poor fat and protein digestion and an imbalance in good flora. It provides useful markers for inflammation, the acid and alkaline balance in the body and oxidative damage to cells. It also provides key information about the types of immune system cells one has and whether these cells are active enough for a healthy immune system.) Sal's live cell testing showed that she had rouleau, fat particles and fungal markers in her blood. (What this means is that she may not digest proteins and fats as well as she should, maybe dehydrated and her bacterial flora in her gut is likely imbalanced.)

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     With this personalized information,  Sal was recommended to take the following remedies to help address her situation:

1. Probiotics that contained Sacchromyces boulardi, Lactobacillus acidophilus and Bifidobacteria to help balance imbalanced flora and replenish good bacteria after taking antibiotics.

2. Digestive enzymes that contain lipase for fat digestion as well as some  HCL, to help with her poor digestion of meat and to help with her tongue symptoms since that can be a symptom of low stomach acid.

3. Ars. Alb. 30CH, for diarrhea and food poisoning as per her symptom picture of being anxious, emaciated, having diarrhea and fastidiousness.

4. Grapefruit seed extract to help kill off any bad fungal or bacterial forms.

5. Zinc bisglycinate, 20mgs daily to help offset her deficiency and to help heal up the lining of her gut from inflammation due to diarrhea.

      When Sol returned to consult after four weeks she was happy that she had reduced her bathroom visits to once a day but her stools were a little loose. Her weight remained the same. We recommended she avoid sugars, such as sweets, cookies, pastries, dried fruits and dairy products since they are high in the milk sugar called lactose. We asked her to be strict in avoiding sugar until her bowel movements return to normal. She continued on her supplement regime.

     After the eight week mark she found her bowel movements were down to only once per day and were well formed. She was happy that she gained 5 pounds over the course of two months. After she was well, she remained on a digestive enzyme to help her absorb nutrients.

     One can see with this particular case, how individualized care can aid in healing. Some clients have a longer or shorter road to good health. It can depend on the illness, their age, their compliance, medications they take and surgeries they have had. The beauty of natural health care is that it can address one's health concerns and goals without the need for a label, disease name or diagnosis. Side effects from these treatments are rare as opposed to the vast number from traditional prescription drugs. That being said, it is important to seek professional care if you are taking any other medications when using natural supplements.

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