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Are Some Supplements Important?

by | Oct 15, 2020 | Selenium, SUpplements, Vitamin D

Any of you who have worked with me at Lotus Homeopathy know that I am not a big supplement prescriber. (By the way, just a reminder that homeopathic remedies are not supplements, nor are they considered supplements legally.)  A supplement implies that there is something missing.  So, if nothing appears to be missing, it is not likely I will be recommending a supplement to my clients.

Homeopathic Remedies are not Supplements

If there is a temporary condition that can be helped by a supplement, I may recommend a supplement for that.  For example, I often recommend a particular supplement for Adrenal Fatigue if that is part of a client’s health problems. It can take awhile for Adrenal Glands to recover from fatigue.  A supplement might be useful until the remedy kicks in and helps them function optimally.

I also recommend Zinc lozenges for a sore throat.  Zinc is bacteriostatic, meaning it prevents replication of bacteria.  If you have a sore throat and suspect a strep infection, it is something to add in along with the homeopathic remedy that matches your symptoms.

Essential Nutrients

But essential nutrients are just that:  Essential.  Not getting enough of them—whether through eating or absorbing them from the sun, for example—can cause problems that a remedy can’t fix.  Not getting proper nutrition can be an obstacle to cure.

Recently I had an experience where I realized that the mental/emotional symptoms I had were actually a lack of a vital nutrient, and not a homeopathic symptom.

Earlier this past summer, I found myself not wanting to help anyone.  I just wanted to do what I wanted to do and not worry about other people.  This is not a good state of mind for a homeopath.  I tried to fight it off, but could not.  In general, I didn’t want to do anything.  It wasn’t depression.  It was a state of mind where trying to help or accomplish tasks seemed completely impossible.

What To Do?  What To Do?

I decided to look up that symptom, if I could, and see what came up in terms of a remedy.  I managed somehow to find a symptom of not wanting to help.  (For whatever reason, I am unable to find it now.)  But I recall there being exactly three remedies known to help that symptom.  One of the remedies was Selenium.

I am familiar enough with the remedy to know that it was not a good constitutional remedy for me.  But I also knew from previous experience that sometimes symptoms that show up in the homeopathic repertory of symptoms often also apply to the material dose of the substance.  That is, lack of nutritional selenium, which is an essential nutrient, could also produce that symptom.

I had stopped taking my multi vitamin.  Not sure why.  I had changed my diet and wasn’t consuming as much beef as I had previously.  Beef, and pork are among many protein sources that also are good sources of selenium.  Brazil Nuts are well known for being high in selenium as well and often recommended to be eaten daily for prostate problems—which I don’t have to worry about.

I started taking my multi vitamin again, and within a couple days, the mental symptom of not wanting to help people began to disappear.  After a week, I felt like my old self again.  What a relief.  A remedy would not have helped this situation.

What About Essential Oils?

Many years ago, I had a similar experience with finding a remedy that covered a symptom and realized that it was a symptom of a material dose of something I had been utilizing, but it had a huge impact on me that wasn’t desirable.

The symptom I am referring to is when I went through a time period when all I wanted to do was go to bed early.  It was 6 p.m. and I was ready for bed.  I wanted to just go get in bed and read.  I looked that symptom up as well.  Front and center was the remedy homeopathic lavender. Of course, as an Essential Oil and an herb, lavender is known for making people sleepy.  I had been using some lotion with lavender in it on my arms each morning for about a week.  It was still affecting me by the end of the day.  (BTW, that oversensitivity to Lavender did get better when I took a dose of homeopathic Lavender 30c.)  Now I am able to use it without any problems.

Vitamin C & D

There are many more Essential Nutrients that come in the form of supplements that are useful.  Vitamin C and Vitamin D come to mind as being especially beneficial.

Vitamin D is the Sunshine Vitamin!

A study from Boston University shows that when Vitamin D levels are adequate, the likelihood of contracting CoVid-19 is reduced by 54 percent. Other studies are showing that when patients who have contracted CoVid-19 have adequate Vitamin D levels, the severity and mortality are significantly reduced.  So getting enough Vitamin D is crucial. (https://thevaccinereaction.org/2020/09/three-new-studies-support-vitamin-ds-role-in-preventing-and-treating-covid-19/)

Vitamin D is the Sunshine Vitamin.  The amount we can absorb from the sun is reduced in the winter, even if you spent hours outside.  The angle of the sun doesn’t allow as much Ultraviolet B rays to be absorbed into the skin, which, in the summer, causes Vitamin D to synthesize in the body.

Your doctor can tell you whether you have enough Vitamin D in your blood serum and how much you will need to take.

If you feel you need a supplement for a temporary situation, I can help you access pharmaceutical grade supplements.  But for true healing, homeopathy is the ticket! Schedule a complementary consult and get started on healing!


Meet Kathryn Berg the Classical Homeopath at Lotus Homeopathy, Inc.


Some of you know me, others of you may have heard of me. And for most, you probably have no clue about me or my business. So I wanted to take a few minutes to introduce myself, my family, my business, why I am a homeopath and how I became a homeopath—not necessarily in that order.

Like many people, I found out about homeopathy accidentally. I fell down while walking my Akita pup on an icy sidewalk on a typical Minnesota winter day. I was scheduled to go to a friend’s house later that day, so when I did, I asked her for some ice. You need some Arnica, she told me. Arnica? What’s that? She explained that Arnica is a homeopathic remedy for trauma.

At the time, the only place to get homeopathic remedies was a book and herb store in South Minneapolis. So I went there to get some. When I got there, I decided I should read some books so I actually knew what I was doing. I left with the Arnica 30c and three books. By the time I got done reading them, I knew I wanted to be a homeopath.

It was only several years later that I realized that I was attracted to homeopathy as a profession because I am a problem solver. It is what drives me. There is nothing like a well chosen homeopathic remedy to solve problems.

At the time I decided to become a homeopath, there wasn’t even a school here in in Minnesota. But eventually, my homeopath and his business partner started the Northwestern Academy of Homeopathy. I was a graduate of the third class. At the time I went there, it was a part time program taking three and a half years! Since then I have studied with numerous other well known and respected homeopaths in continuing education studies.

While I do work with all sorts of folks with a variety of conditions, I really have studied how to treat people suffering from PTSD, health issues related to aging women, and children’s health issues of all sorts, including autism. I have also been successful in removing blockages to healing due to suppression of symptoms by western medicine. I chose those specialties because people really suffer who have those forms of dis-ease, and Western Medicine doesn’t seem to have much of a solution for them.

After over twenty years of practice, I still get excited for clients when a remedy has helped them heal.

So that is about my business. Now, a little bit about me.

I have two adult sons in their early twenties, so I have shed the title of “Soccer mom”. My husband and I are empty nesters living in Woodbury, MN. For fun, I like to play piano, sing, sew, garden, hike, and travel. I am in a community choir. I also enjoy cooking healthy meals and, out of necessity, am an expert at cooking for special diets.

If you have any questions about homeopathy or my approach to homeopathic case taking, please feel free to put some questions in the comments below.

If you have a health issue you need help with, please click the Book Now button on my Facebook page or Main page of my website and schedule a complementary consult to see if homeopathy can help you!



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