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Views Feeling the winter blues & SAD?
It is not uncommon to feel rather sombre and
despondent once most of the leaves have fallen and the daylight hours have
shortened, heralding the inevitable shift to winter. People often complain
of the winter blues when they feel less energised to carry out their daily
tasks and have difficulty in getting up in the mornings! The seasonal
changes bring about more extreme symptoms for some individuals, preventing
sufferers from functioning normally. In these cases episodes of depression
are experienced during the winter months only lifting in spring a
condition which is known as Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). SAD varies
by latitude with those living further from the equator being more
susceptible to the disorder. Thus 10% of the population within Canada
suffers from SAD while only 2% of those living in the state of Florida
experience this condition. The length of seasonal depression is also
correlated to the length of the winter with for example the average SAD
episode in London lasting for 5.7 months.
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SAD symptoms vary greatly between individuals
but they are generally centred on extreme lethargy, often with a constant
desire to sleep, during both day and night. Sufferers tend to be less
productive during the winter months with an increased appetite and
consequential weight gain.
So what causes SAD? The research into the root
of the condition has centred on the hormone melatonin which is produced in
the pineal gland in the brain. It is thought melatonin induces sleep - its
production and secretion into the bloodstream is closely related to light
with the hormone normally released at night as bright light suppresses. It
is, therefore, understandable that its release is increased in those who
live further from the equator with shorter daylight hours and less natural
Homeopathy has been proven to be very successful at helping
sufferers of Seasonal Affective Disorder and some of the more prominent
remedies are listed below as a guideline for more individualised therapy
from your Homeopathic physician.
Aurum metallicum - feeling of
hopelessness, future looks dark, low spirits and lifelessness, lack of
hope, feels no pleasure from social or emotional contact, weakness of
memory, grumbles frequently.
Chocolate - overcome with
sleepiness, difficulty in waking, feels open and vulnerable, strong
desire to eat something sweet, feels like they want to hibernate, feels
anxious about health matters.
Diamond - feeling of despair,
disconnection, detachment, isolation, darkness, confused thinking
sense of failure with desires for the sun, sunlight and
Frankincense - feelings of dread of
the darkness, a sense of being lost, they feel that they are at the end
of their tether, low, irritable, sad and grumpy, everythings a
Platina - morose, sad, weary of life,
feels forgotten by friends and family, snappy, sharp-tongued, has
contemptuous attitude, constantly tired, physically and emotionally numb
especially at night.
the Big Freeze
weather causes skin dryness, chilblains and in extreme cases
frostbite The condition is caharacterised by a narrowing of the
vascular tissues and restricted blood supply as a result of
coldness. When the skin reheats there is some leakage of fluid from the
blood vessels into surrounding tissue causing inflammation and swelling
resulting in chilblains. Safeguards include:-
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Freeze picture >>>>>>
1. Make sure
your hands, feet and ears are always warm
2. Wear several
loose layers of clothing to trap your body heat.
moisturise your face and hands with cream.
4. People on
blood thinners must be extra vigilant.
Reheat slowly avoiding rapid temperature changes. Do not put icy feet in
hot water or use hot water bottles.
1. Use Tamus cream for whole chilblains
Calendula cream after they
2. Ferr-p 6X pills as a background remedy
against inflammation plus.
3. Agaricus 30C when there is intense
pain from cold which is relieved by warmth OR Pulsatilla 30C if the skin is purplish,
inflamed, itches intensely and worse from heat.
Beware of Flu
There has always been a strong
case against 'flu vaccinations with new side-effects emerging each season.
Australia has banned the immunisation of children due an alarming
increase of vaccine caused vomiting, fevers and seizures. Finland is
concerned that narcolepsy, (a nervous sleepiness disorder) is appearing in
vaccinated patients whilst neighbouring Sweden is conducting a similar
The potential side-effects for adults are no less
severe. Studies have shown that the chance of getting Alzheimer's is ten
times higher following five flu shots due to their toxic mercury and
aluminium content causing cognitive dysfunction. Further reports
suggest a 93.75% failure rate! Is it any wonder that people look for safer
alternative methods to immunsation without side effects?
for Side Effects Warning >>>>>>
Aconite 10M - for exposure to cold
winds resulting in a chill with fever and sweat
Arsenicum30 C - head cold and chill
with sneezing and restlessness. Better from sips of water
Belladonna 30 C - high fever, red
face, burning sensation, throbbing headache but thirst absent.
Bryonia 30 C - constantly thirsty,
throat burns, chest cough, all movement painful.
Eupatorium 30 C - bones ache, very
thirsty with relief from sweat.
Gelsemium 30 C - Shaky and shivery,
limbs feel heavy, exhausted and
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