Sally Lloyd Homeopathy

Treating Anxiety & Autism

Category: Detox

drug withdrawal symptoms

Natural Relief for Drug Withdrawal Symptoms.

This post is a response to a question about drug withdrawal symptoms sent during a live Q&A session in our support group “Treating Children’s Anxiety Naturally”.

How can homeopathy help people cope with withdrawal from psychotropic medications?

Drug withdrawal symptoms can often look just like the symptoms you started the drug for.  It’s worth researching the withdrawal symptoms carefully if you are coming off a med and then you know what you need to look for.  They are temporary but can be difficult to live through, meaning that people often return to the drugs they are trying to withdraw.

Our first action is to deal with the problem the drug was prescribed for, helping the person with that problem and then helping them withdraw psychotropic drugs with the cooperation of their conventional prescriber.

Safety first.  It’s a great idea to have supervision from the conventional prescriber, who has a set up to catch you if you fall.  We want to get you through the process safely.

Testimonial: Coming off Meds for Long-Term Depression

What I do as a homeopath:

1.  I consult with the patient to find the symptoms that occurred originally that necessitated the prescription of a psychotropic drug.  Most people have little trouble remembering them as they were usually strong and memorable and people usually forget to take meds at some point and have a relapse.  Also, sometimes some or all of the symptoms remained despite the psychotropic drug.
I need to distinguish and exclude the symptoms that are side effects of the med.
Then I give the needed homeopathic remedy to the patient and monitor the changes.  Usually, we see that the patient comes to gradually need a lower dose of the med and their conventional prescriber will recognise this and begin to lower the dose.   Sometimes this is not obvious and the patient might propose to their prescriber a lowering of the dose as a trial.

2.  When the dose is lowered enough that the patient decides they want to stop the psychotropic med [or decides with the collaboration of their prescriber that they will trial coming off] we review the withdrawal symptoms of the drug and keep a note of what to look out for.  At this point, we might repeat the remedy we used originally if needed to help with any withdrawal symptoms.  We might need a different remedy for the symptoms.

3. The next stage after the withdrawal symptoms settle and the patient feels stable is to homeopathically detox the remaining side-effects of the psychotropic medication.  This can be done with the medication itself in homeopathic form.  This can often bring good improvements not just with obvious side-effects but with overall feeling of being more ‘well’.    If there were medications that are thought to have contributed to the mental health problem in the first place [medications such as steroids can have side effects such as psychosis for example] these medications can also be detoxed and would usually be detoxed first and foremost.

4.  The 4th stage is to work with the patient to further raise their level of health.  Often, old symptoms or problems return.  They were not resolved but more overtaken by a deeper illness.  When we see old symptoms coming back we know that the patient is at an earlier, higher stage of health.  The intention is to work with these symptoms with remedies until we raise the level of health to a point high enough that they can weather traumas without relapsing.

I have also used this method to help people overcome withdrawal for recreational drugs.  One case was a baby born addicted due to exposure in utero.  Another was the side effects of cannabis use.

I hope this has been a useful explanation.
If you need help with drug withdrawal symptoms or a mental health problem my 15 min free call is the best way to discuss this with me.  www.calendly.com/sallylloydhomeopathy

arsenic detox rice

Arsenic detox: Obesity may not be the biggest issue with Rice.

I’m looking to talk to you about arsenic detox and where arsenic toxicity might be coming in from.

I was busy writing a reply to this steemit  post: https://steemit.com/health/@mgibson/does-rice-increase-your-weight by @mgibson, but it got a bit too long and involved.  So, rather than dumping it in his replies, I turned it into a blog. [You can find and upvote my version of it here … it is the same as this article.]

Beyond the glycemic index issues around weight gain with rice I want to let people know there are arsenic toxicity issues and how to avoid them and still eat rice.
I read that we sometimes will make fat cells to lock away toxic substances and that it is very difficult to get your body to liberate fat before detoxing those substances as your body will hold on to that fat to keep the toxins locked away.  Maybe the detoxifying action of drinking lots of water is behind the recommendation to drink to encourage fat loss, but I suspect there will be other more complex metabolic processes involved also.

I notice a pattern in my daily practice as a homeopath treating autistic children: very high rates of arsenic in their hair tests when they come from an ethnic group from the Indian subcontinent.  This is the case even when they were born and live in the UK and the USA.
I asked my husband about this. Was it in well water?  Was it transferred down from mother to child because I was seeing high levels of arsenic in children who were born in the USA who hadn’t drunk arsenic contaminated water?
He said it is likely to be from a diet rich in rice grown in arsenic-rich soils and directed me to this article


credit: The Independent.

Recommendations for avoiding arsenic from rice consumption:

Sourcing rice from regions with lower grain inorganic arsenic concentrations – for example, basmati rice is two to three-fold lower in inorganic arsenic than rice from the European Union or from the US. Cooking rice in a large excess of water also helps to remove inorganic arsenic. link.

Need an Arsenic Detox?

There are quite a few ways to detox arsenic.  One of the gentlest and most effective is through homeopathic detox.  [This is something I need to do regularly with patients]. Homeopathic detox is not without its challenges and it is good to be taking lots of vitamin c, and daily recommended doses of zinc, magnesium and selenium to support detox.
There are also other ways involving chelation, but they can be pretty heavy on the adrenal system and organs.  Andy Cutler talks lots about this method. Plenty of info on google.

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