Addiction, 12-Step Programs and Holistic Health

THE ROLE OF ADDICTIONS AND TWELVE-STEP PROGRAMS IN ACHIEVING OPTIMAL HEALTH

Twelve-Step Programs are extremely effective for many people in helping to control addictive behaviors.  But there are four parts to any recovery program.  The reason twelve-step recovery programs work for some people and not for others is that some people are very strong in one or two of the four areas, but weak in the others.  The four components to any recovery program are emotional, spiritual, intellectual and physical.  The problem with twelve-step recovery programs is that they are very weak in the area of physical tools for recovery.
The tools and steps of the twelve-step programs focus primarily on the emotional and spiritual areas of the recovery process and, to a lesser degree, on the intellectual level.  But they offer almost no tools for the physical and physiological/chemical aspects of recovery.
How to pray, meditate, take a personal inventory, connect with others in the form of fellowship, community and sponsorship, inner dialogue and an ongoing assessment of how one is “working the program” are the hallmarks of successful recovery.
But on the physical level of recovery, only a few behavioral tools are discussed.  “Abstain no matter what,” is a common saying.  “Abstinence comes first,” “First thing’s first,” etc., are also common slogans.  “Use the phone” and “Call before that first bite or first drink” are other favorite sayings.  But these sayings, or tools, of the twelve-step programs do not give sufficient help.  They are part of a behavioral approach to addictions, but they do not address the physiological aspects of addictions.
If you are in a substance abuse program, you are warned of the evils of breaking abstinence on that particular substance, whether it is alcohol, drugs, or food.  And if it is a type of behavior you are trying to abstain from, such as obsessive sexual behaviors, co-dependence, or compulsive spending or gambling, you attempt to get some abstinence from these obsessive-compulsive behaviors by following the steps and using the tools of the program, as well.
Basically, the program only offers a “white knuckle” or behavioral approach to physical abstinence.  If you diligently follow the steps and incorporate the tools into your life, the “white knuckle” approach is workable.  But often a person is unsuccessful at abstinence, especially at the beginning of the program.  In fact, a very large segment of people who try to use the twelve-step programs drop out at an early stage.
In many cases, people who “fail” at twelve-step programs are “working” the steps and using the tools of the program as diligently as anyone can expect.  But these “failures” are due to the fact that they are experiencing physical imbalances, which are controlling them and limiting their recovery and ability to succeed.
It is common to judge one’s success in the twelve-step programs by how long he or she has achieved abstinence or sobriety.  This is based on the assumption that if they are “working” a strong program, he or she will also be successful at abstinence and sobriety.
Yet, there are many people who have a very strong connection to God or a “higher power”, have worked the twelve-step programs, have had a great deal of therapy under their belt, and who really try to work the twelve-step programs correctly, but are failures at permanently abstaining from their obsessive or compulsive behavior.
Why is this?  Why do some people succeed in twelve-step programs while others fail?  If people are working just as hard at the same program, why do some have an easier time of it than others?
There is a missing link, a hidden dimension, and a mysterious factor, which the twelve-step programs do not address.  What is this missing element?
To reiterate, the missing element is the physical component.  Without all four components being addressed, many people are doomed to failure. Some people simply cannot abstain, nor alter their behavior, no matter how hard they try or how good their connection with God is, or how well they “turn it over” and work the TWELVE-STEP PROGRAM steps to recovery.
There is also another category of “failure” in the twelve-step recovery programs.  This is the person who has long-term abstinence/sobriety and recovery in their program, but is still as obsessive-compulsive as they were before abstinence or sobriety.  They have just substituted one compulsive or obsessive behavior for another.
For example, some people will substitute another addiction, such as smoking or compulsive eating, when they give up drugs or alcohol.  Another example is the person who compulsively goes to Twelve-Step meetings even after they have achieved their goals, instead of finding a more meaningful activity in their life.
Still, another type of failure in the twelve-step program is the person who has achieved long-term abstinence or sobriety and is still, physically, not very healthy.
This is because all of these people are ignoring the physiological aspects of the addiction process.  There is a joke in Overeater’s Anonymous about the mother who keeps telling her overweight child that she doesn’t have an eating problem and that it is just a case of her thyroid being “under-active.”  Most people in OA think this is a joke, but, in fact, most Compulsive Overeatersm (CO’s) do have a thyroid problem, as well as an adrenal problem and an imbalance in their neurotransmitters!
The general thinking in the twelve-step programs is that the program is a complete system and all one needs to achieve sobriety or abstinence.  This is sad because there are so many tools available that are very compatible with twelve-step programs, yet come from other resources outside the program’s twelve steps and traditions.
Most CO’s do have a weak thyroid, just as most alcoholics have liver and other endocrine gland problems, co-dependants have adrenal gland problems, and sexaholics have pituitary gland imbalances.  Virtually all compulsive and addictive personality types also have serious imbalances in one or more hormones.  Additionally, all people with addictions or compulsive behaviors also have imbalances in their brain neurotransmitters.
In fact, most people in our culture today, whether they perceive themselves as having a compulsive or addictive personality or not, do in fact have addiction problems.   If caffeine and sugar were no longer available, the whole culture would come to a screeching halt, who could get to bed at night or wake up in the morning?
The purpose of this article is not to downplay the importance of working a strong twelve-step program as a pivotal key to recovery, but to fill in the missing link for those people for whom the program is not enough.
The people who most need the information in this article are the following:
1.  People who, despite well-intended behavior and motives, fail at twelve-step programs.
2.  People who succeed and then slip back into their old behavior.
3.  People who succeed, but don’t get as far as they would have liked to in the program; they only achieve their goals in part.
4.  People who succeed at the program and achieve their program goals, yet are still not in good physical or emotional health, even after two or more years of strong abstinence, sobriety, and recovery.
The common aspect of all these problems may be the same: a lack of understanding as to the role the body plays in addictions and the addictive process.  Understanding addictions and the physiology and anatomy of addictions can help people in all of these categories succeed in achieving their goals more effectively and efficiently.
As I said before, the twelve-step program is very effective at addressing problems on the first three levels, (spiritual, emotional, intellectual) but if the primary place of imbalance is on the physical level, which it often can be, then the TWELVE-STEP PROGRAM will be very weak and offer very little hope in terms of recovery.
Often, if one is successful at working the program, the physical imbalances will take care of themselves over time.  The liver will naturally detoxify, regenerate, and become healthier, if given the opportunity through healthy diet and exercise.  Prayer, meditation and visual imagery are also very helpful in this regard.
It is also very important not to take the addiction as the reality.   In other words, an addiction is only a symptom of imbalance on a deeper level.  The addiction is not the root cause of the problem.  The magic of the holistic approach, which takes into account the physical imbalance, is that often when removing the physical imbalance, the addiction is inadvertently cured as well.  Patients always have an easier time giving up alcohol, tobacco, sugar, drugs or caffeine if they are being treated using holistic methods.
Oriental Medicine and Addictions
According to the law of five elements in traditional Chinese medicine, each person is born with some weaker and some stronger elements, organs, and meridians.  And depending on the particular weakness, it predisposes a person to a particular addiction.
So when Western medical research speaks about children of alcoholics having a higher chance of becoming alcoholic because of being born with a particular enzyme in their body, this is something that Chinese medicine agrees with very strongly.
If one’s father was an alcoholic, then that person inherits a liver meridian (or wood element) that is more likely to be a precondition for substance abuse in the child.  Similarly, if a parent was obese or underweight, the child has inherited a weak earth element or fire element that predisposes them to also be obese or underweight.
Depending on the particular weakness you are born with, a person can be successfully treated using Chinese herbal formulas and acupuncture to strengthen that particular problem.  In strengthening the weak organ and accompanying acupuncture meridian, the predisposition to the addiction will be removed or, at a minimum, it will be significantly reduced.
Endocrinology 

Another area where the holistic approach is very effective is in treating weak endocrine glands and hormonal levels in the body.   A weakness of any gland in the body can predispose a person to a particular craving and subsequent addiction.  This predisposition to imbalance and disease is a key to diagnosis and treatment.
By utilizing blood, saliva, and urine tests and questionnaires, we can quickly and easily determine the weak endocrine glands that are contributing to addictive behaviors.  Using various minerals, glandular supplements, herbs and homeopathic remedies can significantly strengthen these glands.   There are also specific exercises that can be recommended to strengthen each particular gland.
But please remember that any holistic program should always be undertaken with the advice and supervision of your medical doctor.  And never take yourself off of any medications prescribed by your medical doctor without his or her knowledge and approval.  Some people actually do much better with prescription medications, than Chinese herbal or natural products.  This is something I discuss with my patients during their first visit to the office.
Amino Acids

Amino acids are the building blocks of our body.  Recent research has shown that a lack of specific amino acids can contribute to emotional instability or be a root cause of obsessive or addictive behaviors.  Supplementing the diet with specific amino acids can reduce cravings or addictive desires.
Example of Recovery from an Eating Disorder 

As an example of one patient I treated for an eating disorder, I will share the case of Rebecca.  She had been overeating and compulsively binging for many years, and came to me with a goal of losing about 40 pounds.
The first step was to obtain her blood test results and take saliva and urine tests to assess her neurotransmitter levels.  The results of the two tests showed that she was very low in mineral/electrolyte levels and in her assimilation of protein.  Late at night when she was binging, her excitatory neurotransmitters were much too high.  This explained her need to sedate herself with carbohydrates.
I put her on a regimen of Chinese herbs and supplements to balance her serotonin and relax/turn off her brain so that she could more easily unwind at night.   We also used a homeopathic remedy to control her sugar and chocolate cravings. The remedy was called Sepia.
This homeopathic remedy is a “cousin” to Natrum mur and is a great remedy for water retention.  Both remedies are great for ailments that begin with sadness, loss or grief.  Not surprisingly, she had mentioned to me at her first appointment that her overeating began when she lost her mom many years ago.
Acupuncture helped her to control her cravings by balancing her nervous system and strengthening her Spleen meridian.  She also started on an herbal Chinese tea designed to burn fat each time she ate a meal.
After two months, she had lost most of her weight and was put on a maintenance program.  She also continued her twelve-step program of Overeaters Anonymous.  Her subsequent blood and neurotransmitter tests showed vast improvement.
Recovery of an Alcoholic 

Gene had been attending Alcoholics Anonymous meetings for about five years, and his cravings for alcohol had disappeared after about the first two years of sobriety.  But he still felt emotionally out-of-control and was in danger of losing his wife due to his frequent outbursts of anger.
This is fairly typical because alcohol creates what Chinese medical doctors call Stagnant Liver Chi, or Toxic Liver Syndrome.
When I performed blood tests, his liver enzymes were on the high side, so I started him on a program of Liver Detoxification using herbs, teas and acupuncture.  In addition, he was put on a homeopathic remedy call Lycopodium, a great homeopathic remedy for the liver and kidneys.  It has a keynote symptom of anger aimed at those he or she is closest to, although at work or with friends they may appear to be very sweet, kind, open, and communicative.
After about 6 weeks of treatment, his wife reported he had become gentler and was willing to start couples therapy.  About a year later I saw him for lower back pain.  He said his marriage had been completely transformed and that the two of them had never been happier.
This is a great example of how homeopathy and Chinese medicine can help someone with an addiction, even many years after they have stopped using the particular substance they were once addicted to.
Recovery from Smoking Cigarettes 

I have been told by many of my patients that cigarette smoking is the hardest addiction to break.  They have also mentioned that of the many different methods they have tried in order to stop smoking, acupuncture, Chinese herbs, and homeopathy were the easiest ones.
My program uses detoxification herbs, relaxation herbs, amino acids designed to increase serotonin levels in the brain, and acupuncture to relax and create that post-exercise feeling of relaxation or “high.”
I have been told by many ex-smokers that acupuncture works quite well to help them get over their other cravings, as well.  During the process, they found themselves feeling healthier and craving less sugar and caffeine.  The entire process usually takes about six weeks, and most people have completely stopped smoking by week three.
The homeopathic remedy Tabaccum works great for many people by helping to decrease their cravings and eliminate toxins in the lungs.   For others, I might use Rescue Remedy, Magnesium phos for relaxation, or Kali phos for the nervous system.  Still, others require a more individualized approach to homeopathy called “Classical” or “Constitutional” homeopathy.  The bottom line is that there is simply no single treatment that is right for everybody, which is why everyone in my practice is always treated as a unique individual.
 Summary and Conclusions 

“This stuff really works,” is most often the remark people make after they are on their supplements and acupuncture for at least a week.  “Yes, it does,” is my response.  After 28 years, I am still astounded and amazed at the magic produced by a good diet, some exercise, a nice relaxing acupuncture treatment, and the correct homeopathic remedy.
It’s mainly due to a lack of knowledge that people say acupuncture or homeopathy doesn’t work; however, it always works when the treatment is tailored to the individual!
“….You Got To Love Your Acupuncturist….”
*Acupuncture*
*Homeopathy*
*Chinese Herbal Medicine*
*Nutritional Counseling and Diet*
Dr Randy Martin, OMD, LAc, PhD, CCH
Doctor of Chinese Medicine, Certified Classical Homeopath

 

 

 

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Encino, CA 91316

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Wednesday

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West Los Angeles, CA 90025

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12:30  - 6:00 pm

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Valencia, CA 91355

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Acupuncture for Emotional Health

Acupuncture Successful for Emotional Health

At some point in life almost everyone deals with major upheavals or emotional distress. These events can trigger a host of unexpected feelings and behaviors from depression and panic attacks to major disruptions in sleep or binge eating.
Acupuncture and Oriental medicine can alleviate symptoms associated with mental health issues in treating the root cause of the problem by helping to rebalance the body’s internal environment.

Mental health issues are medical conditions that disrupt a person’s thinking, feeling, mood, ability to relate to others, and daily functioning which result in a diminished capacity for coping with the ordinary demands of life. The good news about mental disorders is that recovery is often possible.

Examples of serious mental health conditions that can be successfully treated using Acupuncture, Herbs, Nutrition and Homeopathy include:  depression, bipolar disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), panic disorder, post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD),insomnia, and anxiety.

From an Oriental medicine perspective mental health disorders can cause a disruption in the flow of vital energy, or qi, through the body.   Acupuncture treatments can correct these imbalances and directly affect the way your body manages your mental health.

Diagnosis and Treatment of Mental Disorders

Oriental Medicine treats the specific symptoms that are unique to each individual using a variety of techniques including acupuncture, lifestyle/dietary recommendations and Chinese herbs.

If 100 patients are treated with acupuncture, herbs, homeopathy and Oriental medicine for anxiety, each of these 100 people will receive a unique, customized treatment with different acupuncture points, and different lifestyle and diet recommendations.

Here are just a few problems acupuncture and Oriental medicine can help with:

Depressive Disorders

Attention Deficit/Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD)

Anxiety, Insomnia, and Stress Disorders

Acupuncture, Herbs, Homeopathy and Dietary supplements, are an excellent addition to any treatment plan you are doing with an MD or mental health profession —  as it is used to help the body restore balance, treating the root of the disorder, while also diminishing symptoms.

Hair Analysis and ADD, ADHD, Depression, Anxiety, Insomnia

Using Hair Analysis and Blood Testing
Hair Analysis Very Helpful in Identifying Autism, ADD and ADHD
This study sampled the hair in 116 children with and without Attention Deficit Disorder and/or Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder and found that a magnesium deficiency occurred in 95% of the children who had one or both of these two disease patterns.  Hair magnesium was more accurate in identifying deficiency then was blood testing.
In another study, it was found that hair analysis was quite accurate in diagnosing autism or autistic-like conditions in children.
Other studies have shown the effectiveness of both magnesium and vitamin B6 therapy in children suffering from autism.
Source of this Research:    Martineau, J., Long-Term Effects of Combined Vitamin B6 – Magnesium administration in an Autistic Child.  Biol. Psyc. 21, 1986 and Kosielec, Magnesium Res. 10,2, 1997.
 
Dr. Martin’s Comment:  I have been very successful in the treatment of various autism spectrum issues, anxiety, depression, phobias, insomnia, and ADD/ADHD.  My treatment approach is to use homeopathy, neurotransmitter testing, blood tests, and hair analysis.   I also look closely at diet and nutrition and eliminate all artificial ingredients, sugar, white flour, gluten and dairy.   The program has seen tremendous success.
In adults, I also add acupuncture to balance the energy pathways, called meridians,  to re-align the chakra energy centers in the body, and help to create clear thinking,  strengthen digestion, and boost immunity.

Essential Vitamins and Supplements for your Ongoing Health

Your Essential Supplements
 
Essential Supplements — These are some of my favorite supplements:
I’m asked every day what are the supplements that I like the most.  So here they are.
You can use the following links to see each product, and then either order directly through me by emailing me the codes, or open your own account with Emerson and receive a discount.
The access codes you will need to set up your own account through Emerson are:
1234ab
90025

I hope you have fun exploring the following links and ingredients in each product, and decide which are the best for you.

Trameel Cream - use topically on any injury, ache or pain, including fibromyalgia
Arnica 30c - use this homeopathic for any trauma, after dental work, whiplash, sprain, broken bone
Resveratrol Ultra High Potency  – use as an important anti-oxidant
CoQ10 - for cardio vascular health, strengthen the heart, and as a high potency antioxident
Vitamin D3 - most people are deficient in Vitamin D.   I suggest a blood test to determine exactly how low, or if you have enough
Iflora - This is the highest potency probiotic I’ve found that is also dairy free and does not require refrigeration
Panplex 2-Phase - these digestive enzymes are one of the best I’ve found.  Just take one at each meal.  They have both the upper and lower GI enzymes, so they cover everything.
Krill Plex - this is the best fish oil, and is a great anti-inflammatory, and also used to balance hormones, for energy, and for emotional stability;  also very easy to digest
Omega Man Essential Oils for Men - this oil based formula provides the basic nutrients in specifics oils for men’s health
Essential Woman Oils for Women - great product to assure woman are getting the oils needed for vital hormonal and emotional and mental balance.
5-HTP - an easy to break down and assimilatable form of the essential amino acid, tryptophan, which convert to serotonin, and is essential for anxiety, and nervousness, or insomnia
Vitamin E - essential for wound healing, cardio-vascular health, and one of the most important antioxidants
Emergen-C – my favorite form of Vitamin C – take 1 – 3 packets per day.  This one also has extra minerals in it and is easy to take on the run
Reduced Glutathione - one of the most important antioxidants, especially for cellular detoxification, production of co-enzymes and keeping Vitamins A and E active
Detoxication Factors - this is my favorite Liver Detoxifier formula – it works yet doesn’t cause side effects
Clinical Nutrients for Women - the best multi vitamin mineral formula for women
Clinical Nutrients for Men - the best multi vitamin mineral formula for men
Clinical Nutrients for 45-Plus Women - the best multi vitamin mineral formula for 45+ women
Clinical Nutrients for 50-Plus Men - the mest multi vitamin mineral formula for 50+ men
 Clinical Nutrients for Female Teens – if she takes only one pill per day, this should be it!
Clinical Nutrients for Male Teens - if they take one thing only, then this should be it!
Astaxanthin - an important antioxidant for immunity and the eyes
Chlorella - An important nutrient for micro minerals and to support the thyroid gland
In addition to these, I recommend everyone get a diagnosis from a Doctor of Chinese medicine using tongue and pulse diagnosis, and then take a Chinese herbal formula for whatever their particular imbalance is.   This will prevent problems in the future.
Also I recommend everyone get a blood test similar to the Comprehensive Wellness Panel on the following link, and take whatever supplements the blood test shows are lacking.
I also recommend a healthy diet for everyone.  In general this means to eliminate foods high in fats, sugar, white flour products, reduce gluten and cow’s dairy, and to eat a diet high in fiber, whole grains, low fat protein, and vegetables.   I create a unique diet plan for each of my patients, since each person has unique dietary needs obviously.

Stress – Anxiety – Depression – Insomnia – Fatigue

~ Products for Stress ~

 

(All Products available from Dr. Martin by special order.  Note:  Testing available to determine exactly which products you need based on your blood, urine and saliva test results.  Tests determine mineral deficiencies, and neurotransmitter excesses, or deficiency.  Email our office for pricing and for more information.  Insurance often covers the costs of testing.)

 

PharmaGABA-Pro

for enhanced relaxation, day or night*

GABA is the most important inhibitory neurotransmitter in the brain. It acts like a “brake” during times of runaway stress.* In addition, studies indicate GABA can promote relaxation and enhanced sleep.* Clinical studies show the natural GABA in our PharmaGABA-Pro increases the production of calming alpha waves in the brain.

5-MTHF

an essential nutrient for maintaining a good mood*

Along with vitamin B12, 5MTHF functions as a methyl donor, which is vital to the synthesis of serotonin and melatonin.* 5MTHF also works with tetrahydrobiopterin to ensure enough serotonin is available in the brain.*

Deproloft

for safe mood enhancement*

Many nutrients are needed for proper mood and cognition. Deproloft combines several botanicals and key nutrients that promote healthy adrenal and neurotransmitter function.*

 

Rhodiola

an important brain adaptogen*

Rhodiola is categorized as an adaptogen because of its ability to increase resistance to chemical, biological, and physical stressors.* Rhodiola can enhance relaxation and increase focus.

5-Hydroxytryptophan (5HTP)

important serotonin precursor*

5HTP is the intermediate metabolite in the conversion of tryptophan to serotonin, the neurotransmitter associated with the regulation of sleep, mood, and appetite.* Supplementing with 5HTP bypasses the fist step of tryptophan conversion, which can be inhibited by stress and nutrient depletion.*

Sedaplus

for restful, restorative sleep*

The combination of ingredients in Sedaplus (Valerian, Hops, Chamomile, Passion flower, and Rhodiola) helps promote relaxation and restful sleep.*

* These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

Acupuncture for Jet Lag, Insomnia, Hormones and Anxiety

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ACUPUNCTURE FOR JET LAG, INSOMNIA, ANXIETY

 

Acupuncture treatments before and after jet travel work very well to keep the internal clock in balance.  Try to get a treatment as close to travel as possible, both before and after.  Also take homeopathic Rescue Remedy or Jet Lag, and Yin Tonic herbs.  When we travel, our Yin gets depleted.

 

Acupuncture for:

*Jet Lag

*Insomnia

*Anxiety / Nervousness

*Depression from traveling through time zones

*Immunity during and after travel

 

 

ACUPUNCTURE FOR KIDS

 

I used to feel that children should not be needled prior to age 12 or so.  But I have more recently been treating small children with great success, and they seem to like it, usually falling asleep on the table.  These kids first see their parents being needled and find it very interesting.  They often ask to be treated themselves.  The kids seem to really relax with the treatment.  More and more I’m treating mom and child together.  Common problems:

 

*ADD/ADHD

*Digestive problems:  constipation, gas

*Nervousness

*Immunity

*Headaches

*Backpain

*Bedwetting

 

 

MONTHLY ACUPUNCTURE TUNE-UP’S  FOR  IMMUNITY, HORMONES AND MENTAL CLARITY

 

When you make a personal committment to yourself to get a montly acupuncture treatment, even when you are doing well and feeling fine, you are making a committment to your long-term health goals, and will be very happy with what you find a year or two latter!   

 

*More energy

*Less Anxiety

*Better Immunity

*Better digestion

*Improved mental outlook

*Improved hormones, sex drive, menstrual cycle regularity

*Less aches and pains

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dr Randy Martin, OMD, LAc, PhD

Doctor of Chinese Medicine

Certified Classical Homeopath

 

Encino Office:  MAILING ADDRESS

Tuesday and Thursday

12:30 – 7:30 pm

17000 Ventura Blvd #220

Encino, CA 91316

Telephone: 818 905 6171

 

West Los Angeles/Santa Monica Office: 

Wednesday

12:30 pm -7:30 pm

1444 Carmelina Blvd #132

West Los Angeles, CA 90025

Telephone: 310 979 6495

 

Valencia Office:

Saturdays AND Mondays

12:30  - 6:00 pm

23332 Valencia Blvd

Valencia, CA 91355

Telephone:  661 312 9868

 

Email:  drrandymartin@gmail.com

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Homeopathy for Emotional Health

 

NEW BOOK ON HOMEOPATHY FOR EMOTIONAL HEALTH

 

This is a new book with articles from some of the world’s most well-respected homeopaths outlining exactly how homeopathy is used to treat emotional issues such as anxiety, depression, OCD, ADD, ADHD, tics, autism, grief, saddness, hyperactivity, worry, and other emotional issues.

 

Some of the authors are friends of mine and others have been my teachers over the last 25 years.

 

There is also research and case studies proving how effective homeopathy is for emotional problems.

 

My experience is that homeopathic medicine works very well for everything from mild anxiety and depression to teenager oppositional behavior and emotional loss.  The first time you have experienced it’s effectiveness, you’ll be a convert forever!

 

Here is a link to the book – I suggest taking a look at the Table of Contents to get a good idea of exactly what is in this book.

 

Link to Book on Homeopathy for Emotional Health 

Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD)

This is the story of an eight-year-old little boy who first came to me for treatment on June 1, 1993. His mother described him as “out of control.” Everything was a constant drama in the house, with the child craving constant attention. He mimicked others’ behavior to spite them and was angry and demanding almost all of the time.

He had been like this for years, but over the last year he had become increasingly unmanageable. His mother said he threw frequent temper tantrums, had to be -supervised 100% of the time and wouldn’t “accept no as an answer.”

When I saw him in my office, the first thing out of his mouth was a reaction to my computer. He came over to my desk, stood very close to me, and with a little malicious grin on his face said: “Your computer just quacked,” referring to the sound effects my Macintosh computer makes.

The child would hit the mother and other children and smile while he was doing it. The mother described him as enjoying others’ pain and hurt. Afterward, he usually showed guilt or remorse and felt momentarily sad for the pain inflicted. He was described as defying his mother, and using anything as an argument.

He loves to read, but his attention and behavior was unpredictable-one moment nice, sweet or excessively affectionate and the next moment being violent and uncontrollable. He refused to go to bed at night, had a huge appetite, had frequent stomach pains, took frequent cat naps, slept on his side, was very opinionated, craved ice, beef jerky, candy, chocolate, orange juice, tomatoes, tomato juice, and fruit (especially -bananas, pears, and peaches). He disliked salty foods.

He was diagnosed with Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder and had been on Prozac for three months at the time of his first visit with me. His mother reported that his behavior was a little improved on the Prozac, but not significant enough to keep him under control. They had also tried psychological counseling with little improvement. The mother decided to take him off Prozac without discussing it with the doctor (not something I would recommend!).

I prescribed a homeopathic remedy called Medorrhinum. I recommended taking the remedy only three times, at a frequency of every other day. The mother called me ten days later and reported that there was at least a 50% improvement in behavior. The mother had accidentally given the remedy daily, rather than following my instructions. I told her to wait and to not give him any more of the remedy, since improvement often will take place once the remedy is stopped. Ten days later she called again and said there was a setback. I recommended one dose of Medorrhinum in a higher potency.

Ten days later the mother called to say there was immediate improvement, but that it didn’t last. I recommended one more dose of the remedy. I didn’t hear back from her so I assumed she and the child were doing well. I phoned a few times to check but my calls were never returned.

I was curious about this case. Since the behavioral problem was so severe and the improvement so quick and dramatic, I wanted to know if it was holding. I finally reached the mother nine months later and she reported complete and lasting improvement without any more doses of the remedy. He just “snapped out of it” and “never snapped back,” she reported.

This type of case is very gratifying for me as the doctor. This little boy’s entire life will be changed thanks to the power and magic of homeopathy. Note that there are about 50 homeopathic remedies for ADD. Do not try to treat this yourself. Also, nutrition plays a large role and in my treatment program, I select a specific and individualized nutritional regimen based on either the child’s blood, urine or hair lab tests.

Questions about Hyperactivity and Attention Deficit Disorder:

Q. What are the potential side effects of Ritalin therapy?
A. There are many, but the primary side effects are loss of appetite, insomnia, loss of creativity, apathy, depression, lethargy and allergic reactions.

Q. Is there a natural way to treat hyperactivity and ADD?
A. Yes! Using herbs, vitamin supplements, a change in diet, homeopathic medications and amino acids has a proven track record. More and more medical literature is now available showing the positive effects of these natural therapies.

Q. What are the causes of hyperactivity or ADD?
A. It can be a physiological imbalance, nutritional disorder, chemical imbalance, blood sugar disturbance, allergy to foods or artificial additives, or sensitivity to sugar or -caffeine.

Q. What are the most common foods that can cause problems?
A. Holistic doctors have performed a lot of research and determined that the most -common foods to cause problems are the following: milk, cheese, corn, chocolate, wheat, eggs, yeast, sugar, food coloring and artificial food additives.

Q. How do we determine if foods are a problem?
A. The best way is to eliminate all suspected foods for twenty-one days and then to add them back one at a time for forty-eight hours each, and see if there is any adverse -reaction. If your child shows a reaction, eliminate the food. After the body chemistry is brought into balance, you may be able to add the food back to the diet.

Q. What are typical food allergy reactions?
A. Typical reactions are as follows: fatigue or sleepiness, nervousness, mood swings, restlessness, irritability, inability to concentrate, nasal congestion, headaches, muscle aches, abdominal pains, bed-wetting, facial pallor or puffiness, and dark shadows under the eyes.

Autism and Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD)

Many people have the false impression that there is no effective treatment for autism and autism spectrum disorders (ASD). But homeopathic medicine has been effective, to a large degree, with ASD. While diet and the use of various vitamin and mineral supplements is important, this article will discuss only your homeopathic options. Dr. Martin will also be happy to discuss diet and supplementation with you as well. And the most effective natural treatment will involve diet, vitamin supplements and homeopathy.

Autism is not a black and white disorder, but occurs with a range of symptoms, and the symptoms may vary in intensity. The range is from classic autism to high-functioning Asperger Syndrome. Symptoms can range tremendously from communication problems, repetitive behaviors, the extreme need for personal and social structure, difficulty with social interactions, trouble with digestion, food sensitivities, problems with muscle tone, coordination and a weak immune system. Along with ASD many children and adults may also have anxiety, depression, attention deficit disorder (ADD), attention deficient/hyperactive disorder (ADHD) or insomnia.

Since homeopathy, by its nature, provides unique treatment for each person, it is the perfect medicine for children and adults with autism or ASD. When someone with these symptoms seeks treatment from a homeopath, the clinician will observe the individual’s unique symptoms and consider hundreds of possible homeopathic remedies that might alleviate their symptoms.

Homeopathy is a gentle, non-drug therapy and is appropriate for even hypersensitive children and adults who are too sensitive to take prescription drugs or who have allergies or who may have environmental sensitivities. Best results are seen in clients who are actively interested and motivated in their healing. Since homeopathy is gentle, subtle and “quiet” in it’s healing effect, it takes time, and the homeopathic patient must enter treatment with patience.

Even people with ASD who are already on prescription medications from their Medical Doctor can pursue homeopathic treatment, as there is no conflict. Homeopathic remedies do not interfere with or react with pharmaceutical drug therapy. But one should also always consult with and get the approval of their primary Medical Doctor, since the teamwork approach to health is always the most preferred.

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Homeopathy Improves Attention in ADD and ADHD

This study of 83 children with ADHD or ADD was conducted with the double blind format using random children with ADD or ADHD. The children received either a placebo or homeopathic remedy. The study was published in the European Journal of Pediatrics, in the July 27, 2005 issue. The study showed that homeopathy was very effective in treating attention problems in kids, particularly in areas of behavioral and cognitive functions.

This has also been my clinical experience. For over 20 years I have seen many kids improve at school and in relationships with the properly prescribed homeopathic remedy.

If you would like to see your children’s grades improve, or see a brighter future for your kids, then bring them in for a homeopathic consultation. But one word of warning. You cannot approach homeopathy as you would Western medicine. The biggest difference is that homeopathic treatment involves a teamwork approach with active participation from the parents and an ongoing commitment of at least a few months. The patient’s who really benefit from homeopathy the most continue to use it for many years at a time. It’s not a band-aid. Rather, it’s a real cure and a change in the neurotransmitters in the brain.

Autism — Treated Effectively, Using Holistic Methods of Treatment

Autism is a problem affecting more and more young people. The theories surrounding it’s cause are many. Another, much lesser version of autism is called Asperger’s Disease. A young adult might be functioning pretty well with Asperger’s, yet have social phobias or an inability to succeed at work or school. ADD or ADHD also may play a role.

The following article was sent to me by the company I often use to perform the hair mineral analysis tests for my patients. It’s a particularly interesting case, given the difficulty we normally think of in treating autism.

This case history shows how hair analysis is successful at diagnosing and suggesting treatments for autism. Along with this, I would also always use amino acid therapy, after performing a saliva and urine test to see the deficiencies in the neurotransmitters in the brain.

Additionally, homeopathic medicine has proven successful time and time again at treating a wide variety of behavioral problems, including Autism.

I hope you enjoy this case history from the Analytical Research Laboratories:

Analytical Research Laboratories
Autism – A Case History

Joey, age 3, was diagnosed autistic. He did not speak or interact well with anyone, threw tantrums daily and was severely constipated. His first hair mineral analysis showed a calcium level of 66 mg% (ideal is 40), magnesium of 5 mg% (ideal is 6), sodium of 4 mg% (ideal is 25) and potassium of 16 mg% (ideal is 10.

Vital Ratios

The hair calcium, magnesium, sodium and potassium levels indicate a mild slow oxidizer pattern. This is a tendency for somewhat underactive thyroid and adrenal glandular activity. This is uncommon for a three-year-old as most children of this age are fast oxidizers. It indicates some degree of adrenal exhaustion, even at the age of three.

Joey’s calcium/magnesium ratio was slightly high, which is an indication that Joey was overeating on carbohydrate foods. The sodium/potassium ratio was very low at 0.4:1. This indicates excessive tissue breakdown and is also associated with chronic infections, glucose intolerance, kidney and liver stress, and feelings of frustration, resentment and hostility.

Manganese

Joey had a severely elevated manganese level at 0.123 mg% (ideal is 0.04).

High manganese levels are often associated with behavioral problems. ‘Manganese madness’ is a term used to describe the toxicity condition seen in manganese miners.

Aluminum

Joey’s aluminum was also quite high at 3.66 mg% (ideal is 0.05 or less). Aluminum has been implicated in Alzheimer’s disease and perhaps other dementias. However, we find that aluminum can affect mental functioning even in children.

In our experience, aluminum, iron and manganese toxicity are often found together. If any one of these are elevated on a hair mineral analysis, the other two are also present in excess, even if they are hidden. These three minerals are also often eliminated together on nutritional balancing programs.

Lead And Zinc

Joey also had an extremely elevated lead level at 1.54 mg% (ideal is 0.1 or less). Lead toxicity is associated with over 100 symptoms. Prominent among these are hyperactivity, lowered IQ and emotional and behavioral abnormalities. Lead interferes with calcium metabolism, blood formation and a number of critical enzyme systems.

Joey also had a zinc level of 8 mg%. This is very low, with the ideal being 20 mg%. Zinc is critical for over 50 functions. Low zinc is associated with emotional instability, delayed development, slow growth, impaired digestion, skin problems and impaired protein synthesis.

A Corrective Program

The daily nutrient program for Joey included two divided doses of a multivitamin for slow oxidizers, as well as 10 mg of zinc, 1 mg of copper and about 3 mg manganese to help correct his low sodium/potassium ratio.

Let us discuss giving manganese when the level is this high. Some authorities believe that manganese supplements should not be given when manganese is elevated on a hair mineral analysis. However, we consistently find that giving bioavailable manganese will help the hair manganese level return to normal, as occurred with Joey. His elevated manganese is in a biounavailable form. Giving available manganese is helpful in these cases to raise the sodium level and perhaps to provide needed bioavailable manganese as well.

Joey’s daily nutrients also included about 200 mg of calcium and 200 mg magnesium. Calcium is an excellent lead antagonist, and both calcium and magnesium are sedative minerals that can improve hyperactive behavior. Magnesium is helpful for many cases of constipation. Joey also took a small amount of vitamin C and E to help raise his sodium level. Vitamin C can help as a chelator of excessive metals.

Dosing Children

These dosages of minerals may seem large for a three-year-old child. However, we find that often children do well on and sometimes require somewhat larger doses than one would calculate for a child based simply on weight or age. This is an important principle for obtaining the best results with young children.

Results

Joey’s parents made sure he ate well and took his supplements. He improved dramatically. Within four months on a nutritional balancing program he began to speak, his temper tantrums were greatly reduced and he now interacts with people. He will be able to attend a regular kindergarten and is also no longer constipated.

Often the process of correction takes longer, up to several years, and it is often less dramatic. In this case, the chemistry shifted quickly and results followed. We never know which mineral imbalance or other factor is most important and when the body will address that factor. Also in some cases emotional difficulties at home can significantly slow down progress in rebalancing body chemistry.

Retest Mineral Analysis

A retest mineral analysis after Joey was on supplements for four months showed some surprising changes. The electrolyte pattern looked worse in some ways! Calcium was 56 mg%, magnesium was 31 mg%, sodium was 16 mg% and potassium rose to 59 mg%.

Joey became a mixed oxidizer with a fast thyroid ratio (calcium to potassium ratio less than 4:1). A faster oxidation rate means Joey’s energy level improved. This is excellent for general healing. In hyperkinetic children, however, more energy at times means more acting out behavior because more energy is available to the body. This was not the case with Joey, however, as his behavior calmed down.

The calcium/magnesium ratio became extremely low at 1.8:1. This is often due to a magnesium loss. It could have been an elimination of magnesium that for some reason could not be used by the body. This type of change looks worse, but usually resolves itself on later tests.

The Sodium/potassium Ratio

Joey’s sodium/potassium ratio also became much more imbalanced at about 0.27:1. This is extremely low and usually indicates severe protein breakdown or catabolism. Joey showed a pattern we call a double inversion. This is a low ratio of calcium to magnesium combined with a low ratio of sodium to potassium. The double inversion pattern reinforces the low sodium/potassium ratio pattern, associated with excessive tissue breakdown, chronic infections, liver and kidney stress, glucose intolerance and feelings of frustration, resentment and hostility.

In this regard, we have found that on a corrective program, at times the body must go through a stage of breaking down poor quality tissue. This is tissue that may contain toxic metals or toxic chemicals, or tissues infected with bacteria or viruses.

When cells are broken down, potassium and magnesium are released, as these are the primary intracellular minerals. This release is associated with temporary higher hair readings of these two minerals. This in turn can cause a lower sodium/potassium ratio and a lower calcium/magnesium ratio as well.

Other Changes

On the retest, Joey’s lead level was about half of the level on the first test at .84 mg% and aluminum was about 1/3 of his previous test at 1.10 mg%. Manganese was down to 0.078, which is still slightly elevated but much better. These are all excellent changes.

The Zinc Mystery

Joey’s zinc level did not change from the first test to the second. In both cases, the reading was a very low 8 mg%. This occurred in spite of Joey taking a substantial amount of zinc for four months. How can this be?

There are several explanations. First, we know that our bodies will often keep the tissue zinc level low to help raise the tissue sodium level. In Joey’s case, the sodium/potassium ratio was extremely low. The body may not have absorbed the zinc he took to keep the sodium level up, which in turn helps maintain the sodium/potassium ratio. Dr. Eck called this phenomenon a defender. That is, zinc stayed low to defend the sodium/potassium ratio.

Another possibility is that zinc was simply not well-absorbed during this period of time for other reasons. Alternatively, zinc was absorbed, but used up as fast as it was being given.

Finally, we know that zinc is a vital mineral that replaces toxic metals in enzyme binding sites during healing. The zinc level in the hair may have remained low because the zinc Joey took was absorbed and incorporated into the tissues to replace toxic metals that were eliminated. Thus, no extra zinc found its way into Joey’s hair.

By persisting in providing Joey with supplemental zinc in the correct amount, eventually the hair level will rise in our experience. This will mean he is re-establishing his normal tissue stores of zinc.

Does Mercury Cause Autism?

Some health authorities claim that mercury toxicity is the cause of autism. Joey’s mercury level was a very low 0.002 mg% on the first test. It increased five times to 0.01 on the second test. This is still very low reading.

We know that many toxic metals are not revealed on the first hair mineral analysis. They are revealed later as they are mobilized from storage sites deep within the body. Time will tell if Joey will start to eliminate more mercury on future retests.

However, it is clear that other toxic minerals such as lead and aluminum, or vital minerals in excess including manganese, probably played important roles in his behavioral problems. Deficiencies in vital minerals such as zinc also most likely contributed to Joey’s symptoms.

In our experience, it is usually incorrect to blame symptoms on just one metal, as most people have combinations of imbalances.

Conclusion

This case illustrates so many principles that it bears reading a number of times. Perhaps most important, it suggests that autism is not simply an incurable or ‘genetic’ conditions requiring years of therapy to control the symptoms. A hair mineral analysis showed severe mineral imbalances. By following the principles of test interpretation and program design based on the brilliant work of Dr. Paul C. Eck, results were most gratifying.

Although in some ways the retest hair analysis looked worse, another principle is always to ask the patient (or parents in this instance) about symptomatic improvements. In this case, these changes were amazing, reminding us that mineral analysis results may not always correlate with symptoms. Each test uncovers deeper layers of imbalances, and at times the picture may not correlate with how the patient feels. The test results can lag symptomatic changes, or at times test results can anticipate symptom changes as well.

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