Children these days spend an enormous amount of time watching television, on the computer and playing video games. Their physical activity levels have decreased and their body weights have increased. It has been estimated that almost half of children between the ages of eight and sixteen years watch three to five hours of television a day. Due to lack of exercise, it is these same kids who have the highest incidence of obesity.
According to the National Institutes of Health, childhood obesity is now epidemic in the United States. In the last twenty to thirty years, the number of children who are overweight has more than doubled. This increase is in both children and adolescents and in all age, race and gender groups.
Homeopathy is the only healing modality that has a successful 200 year history and, yet, is still on the cutting edge of medical technology! The field of medicine is only just recently beginning to recognize the vital importance of considering the human body as a complex, connected, dynamic whole. Attempts to treat just the symptomatic aspect of an individual’s disease or disorder are often unsuccessful in restoring health and frequently cause a number of undesirable side effects. Homeopathy is the absolute safest treatment available for weight loss, due to its ability to stimulate the body’s own natural healing processes, allowing each individual to regain and maintain a state of optimal health.
The correct combination of homeopathic ingredients has particular emphasis on six key issues behind weight gain and difficult or impossible weight loss:
• genetically inherited factors of obesity;
• appetite control;
• malfunctioning pituitary, hypothalamus, adrenal and/or thyroid gland;
• aversion to mental and/or physical exertion;
• digestive disturbances or disorders
• emotional factors that cause children or adults to overeat;
In order to present the complexity of the homeopathic approaches to healthy appetite and weight control, we can group the large number of beneficial ingredients into three categories:
1. Similia similibus curentur (Like cures like). Ingredients under this category are based upon the homeopathic principle known as the Law of Similars, meaning that, at high concentrations, these ingredients cause characteristic symptoms which are relieved at low or ultra-low homeopathic concentrations. These ingredients include botanicals, zoologicals, elements, and elemental compounds which have been proven to correct the causes and eliminate the symptoms associated with weight gain, water retention, abnormal appetite and difficult weight loss.
2. Aequalia aequalibus curentur (Same causes cure in same). Ingredients under this category rely upon one of the earliest innovations of homeopathy, isopathy, which is based upon the principle of sameness. Over the 200 year history of homeopathy, it was discovered that preparations of healthy organs or glands can relieve disease or disorder and restore healthy functioning in those exact same organs or glands when given to the individual in homeopathic form. This fascinating discovery is incorporated by the inclusion of four endocrine glands we call PHAT: the pituitary, hypothalamus, adrenal, and thyroid—which are heavily implicated in weight gain, water retention, and dysfunctional appetite. These homeopathic glandulars are prepared according to strict standards from healthy domestic animals used as food sources for humans.
3. Pondera rememdium (Balanced healing). The remainder of beneficial ingredients have amazing effects on weight, appetite and water retention control. These ingredients act by enhancing the body’s modulating abilities or, in other words, by enabling the body to balance its health by altering its sensitivity and/or response to these ingredients within the body.
For example, adrenaline regulates appetite and satiety as a neurotransmitter in the brain. As a circulating hormone, it acts as a “fat-burner” by stimulating lipolysis in adipose tissue (metabolic breakdown of fat in fat-storing tissue). It is a known stimulant that increases pulse rate and blood flow, increases muscular strength and endurance, and promotes an invigorated state of mind. Homeopathically, adrenaline has an almost identical function. It has been proven to relieve increased appetite, apathy, lack of ambition, loss of strength, general anemia, and even belching after meals. Thus, the body appears to respond to homeopathic adrenaline by encouraging a healthy sensitivity and response to this chemical as it naturally occurs in the body. Because we are enhancing the body’s natural processes, there is no risk of causing over or under stimulation.
Obesity presents numerous problems for a child. Many serious medical conditions are linked to obesity, including type 2 diabetes, pediatric hypertension, heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke, certain types of cancer, gallbladder disease and gallstones, fatty liver disease, GERD (acid reflux disease), osteoarthritis, gout, respiratory problems and reproductive problems in women. The results of a study performed at the Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore a couple of years ago “suggest that overweight patients with adolescent idiopathic scoliosis will have greater curve progression and less successful results following orthotic treatment than those who are not overweight.”1
Then, too, emotional suffering is probably one of the most painful parts of obesity. Society emphasizes physical appearance and usually “attractive” is “slim.” These “messages” make overweight people feel unattractive. Children and teens who are obese often face prejudice or discrimination at school, in social situations and even in their own families. Lifelong feelings of rejection, shame or depression may be the result.
Homeopathy functions very differently from other remedies, such as herbs, vitamins and minerals. While herbs, vitamins and minerals work on a bio-chemical level to change or support body chemistry, homeopathy works on a bio-energetic level to bring balance to our higher communication networks. All body functions are controlled and coordinated through energetic communication networks such as our nervous system. Every chemical within our body has a particular charge to respond very specifically to our energetic control networks. By balancing our energetic communications with homeopathy, the roots to our bio-chemical functions can also be restored. The bio-energetic realm of life controls the bio-chemical realm of life.
We have found that the easiest and most effective way to rebuild our health, physically and emotionally, is to first restore the communication networks within our body. The deeper works of homeopathy can make all of our other efforts to enhance health much simpler. In fact, homeopathy will empower our body to respond much more effectively to all our efforts in building health.
As the inner integrity of our health is restored with homeopathy:
• recurring subluxation patterns will stabilize and correct;
• good eating habits become more effectual;
• herbal and nutritional supplements become more effectual;
• exercise efforts become more effectual;
• even our efforts to manage stress and think more positively become more effectual.
As we grasp more completely the power of these healing principles, we will be able to take on a greater level of authority and control in our health. We will become more successful stewards of our bodies.
Homeopathy works so deeply within the inner fabric of the human body that actual cures can take place. Even inherited problems and weaknesses (called miasms in homeopathy) have well documented cures. With homeopathy, we possess another tool to help stop the inheritance of genetic problems and weaknesses by our offspring, in addition to offering the safest, most effective, time-tested regime when it comes to obesity and its many difficulties and complications.
Frank J. King Jr., ND, DC, is a nationally recognized researcher, author and lecturer on homeopathy. In addition, Dr. King is the founder and director of King Bio, an FDA registered homeopathic manufacturing company dedicated to completing chiropractic destiny with the marriage of homeopathy. These procedures can be used with any homeopathic company’s product line and are so easy you can apply them in one day. Call King Bio, Asheville, NC, 1-800-543-3245 or email [email protected]
1. O’Neill, Patrick J., MD, et al. Decreased Orthotic Effectiveness in Overweight Patients with Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis, The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery (American), 2005;87:1073.