I’ve been meaning to visit a local naturopath for a while, based on some glowing recommendations from friends. I finally made the appointment and saw her yesterday (not related to yesterday’s post about Nicholas being sick – that happened later that night … purely coincidence).
The reason for our visit was Nicholas’ infected toe. We’ve tried two rounds of antibiotic ointment on the toe, with no luck, and now the doctor has prescribed an oral antibiotic (to get into the tissue). I didn’t feel very cool about that, so wanted to explore a naturopath’s options first.
Jill was fantastic! She explained that naturopathic medicine takes the approach that the body is a finely tuned machine, built to ward off infection/disease, but we fill it with crap that gunks up the system and prevents it from doing its job properly. She’s recommended a few things that will help boost his immune system and get his body attacking the infection:
- Unda numbers – homeopathic medicine
- HMF – high-level maintenance probiotic formula
- Aroma 4 – another rub-on-the-body oil
- Castor oil – applied directly to the toe and rubbed into his belly (to boost the immune system through the digestive tract). Side note: at the onset of a cold, rub some into your belly and chest when you go to bed – should be gone by morning!
- Warming socks – very cool concept … put on a cool, damp (wrung out) sock, cover it with a wool sock and go to bed. This will boost the circulatory system. Great to do this when you feel the onset of a cold.
- Epsom salts bath for the toe.
- Cut down/out dairy – it’s too hard to digest, so blocks the immune system.
- Focus on a higher intake of water and vegetables (broad spectrum to get all the vitamins/minerals possible).
It’s quite a list but I hope for some great results! We’ll check back with her in a couple of weeks to see how it’s going.