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Physiotherapy for TMJ pain

I started physiotherapy for TMJ dysfunction. I’ve been having TMJ-related pain and “clicking” in my jaw for ~ a year. My physiotherapist said that they have ~90% success rate with treating TMJ and it generally takes 2 sessions a week for 6 weeks, in addition to the intake session. That’s a lot of sessions, but my jaw has been killing me, so it’s worth it.

Session 1

I learned that my chronic neck and shoulder pain is related to my TMJ pain. My left shoulder is higher than my right shoulder. It’s been that way for way over a decade. And my jaw opens to the left when I open my mouth – it’s quite out of alignment and it’s noticeable when I talk or open my mouth. Yikes!

The big take home from session 1 is that I need to pay better attention to my posture – especially while at work since I sit behind a desk all day long (and truthfully, my posture is atrocious).

Also I need to stop:

  • leaning my chin on my hand – I learned that I do that all of the time and it adds extra pressure to the jaw joint.
  • clicking my jaw all of the time. I was doing this a lot all day long – I have to stop that. Every time I click my jaw, it’s coming out of alignment and I’m wearing down the cartilage – that’s not good!
  • eating things that need a lot of chewing (e.g., steak, pork chops, granola bars), or things that need me to open my mouth wide (like hamburgers). No raw vegetables!  Fruit needs to be cut up.
  • balancing my phone between my shoulders and my ear – terrible for alignment.
  • yawning (this is hard for me – I yawn A LOT – this is how I release energy). Or if I do yawn, now I can only open up my mouth a tiny bit. Only tiny stifled yawns.
  • opening my mouth wide.

And throughout my day, I need to practice my posture, and keep my jaw soft, with my tongue in the proper position (which is lightly resting on the roof of my mouth).

That’s a lot of things to remember!

It helped that my physiotherapist told me that it was probably not one thing that brought my jaw out of alignment and it’ll probably take many small things to bring it back into alignment.

I also purchased a heating pad for my neck, shoulders and jaw.

And I’m looking into a hands-free headset for my one hour conference calls.

It’s been four days since my appointment and I’ve been trying to do all of the above things and I do feel like it’s really helping. The constant soreness / throbbing around my jaw has dissipated substantially just by being mindful about how much I am using my jaw and watching my posture. I’m so pleased – I wish I had started physiotherapy sooner.

I’ll be posting all of my updates in this one post, so that it’s all in one place. Stay tuned.

More reading

  • Do’s and don’ts when you have TMJ issues here.
  • Simple self care management techniques for TMJ issues here.
  • Info about how physiotherapy can help with TMJ issues here.

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Clearing Lyme to 1M (my Heilkunst journey)

This is a summary of my Heilkunst (sequential homeopathy) update in August/September 2015. Read more about our Heilkunst journey here.

In August, I cleared Lyme to 1M (i.e., 12C, 30C, 200C and 1M wafers). This is the first time that I cleared Lyme, and I was a bit nervous about it, given the following description.

Just when you thought that it couldn’t get any worse than the Syphilis miasm, along comes Lyme Disease. The classic microbial form of Lyme is transmitted by the deer tick, and has been increasing in incidence in recent years. It is a parasite which wreaks havoc with the immune system, and is behind many “mystery” illnesses which have been very difficult for the medical system to logically and consistently identify and diagnose... Emotionally, the Lyme patient will tend to be highly irritable, with an attitude or behaviour which pushes other people as far away from themselves as possible. – Arcanum Wholistic Clinic


On July 31, 2015, I started the following droppers:

1) Pulmo v. 30C – (Emotions – Stress with work/Anxiety)

2) Trad. 9C – (Physical – Allergies/Neck and shoulder pain/jaw clicking/plantar warts/sore throat/digestive support) – a drop a day

3) Ciner. 1M (Mental – life purpose) – a drop a day

4)  Diosc. 30C (Relationship support) – a drop a day plus put a drop in a glass of water to sip

New Supplements

For my neck and shoulder pain, I started EASE magnesium spray.

My update

Physically and emotionally

Five days after I started the droppers, I felt very depressed. Super sad. Very tired. I had a terrible sleep – mind racing. Worried about work. The next day, I was exhausted. Fortunately, it was a holiday, and I had a deep nap for three hours in the middle of the afternoon. So tired!!!!

The following week, I continued to be so tired.

On August 9, it appeared as though the digestive support dropper was helping!

On August 10, I started the lyme wafers and on August 11, I started the magnesium spray (applied to my jaw and my neck and shoulders) and started applying the MAF cream on my two plantars warts. By the next day, my chronic neck and shoulder tension were dramatically reduced, but my jaw tension was still present, and it felt like something shifted internally (feeling more optimistic and energy increasing).

I didn’t experience any noticeable healing reaction to the lyme wafers, at least not immediately. But at the end of August, I developed red, itchy hives on the backs of my knees and an itchy rash on my forehead, esp. the sides of my head (pimples in my early 40s). I asked my Heilkunstler and she thought that it was likely due to the lyme clearing (as opposed to the MAF cream that I had started using). On Sept 5, I started a new dropper for the hives (Sfo 9C – twice a day and a drop in my water). The new dropper didn’t have a noticeable effect.  As of today (September 17), I am still really, really itchy (but not all of the time – it comes on sporadically in waves).  These new rashes have given me an appreciation for what Moses goes through with all of his rashes. I’m sure my experience of being itchy is only a small fraction of what Moses experiences and it’s been driving me crazy. So intense!

On Sept 3, one of my remaining two plantar warts resolved. Yay! I’ve been putting the MAF cream on my warts because I’d read that it helped others with their warts. The cream itself helps with immune function.  On Sept 11, the last plantar wart resolved. I have had that one come and go for ~ 3 years, so I am very pleased!

So, this was a significant month for relief from some of my long-held physical symptoms (neck and shoulder tension, plantar warts). I still have a lot of jaw tension and I have a session with a physiotherapist booked. My friend also suggested that neurogenic yoga might help too, and I may explore this form of yoga, which helps the body to release trauma stored in the muscles. I’m intrigued….

I’ve been practicing more yoga lately, and been meditating more regularly. I’ve been feeling less anxious. More at peace.

Overall, there’s been a lot more ease in our home given that Moses has been doing so well, and DH’s mental and emotional state has shifted as well. We’ve all shifted together.

My life purpose

I’ve been continuing to explore my “dharma” / my life purpose and the following message is one that currently speaks to me (shared by someone on FB in response to another individual’s question about creating a spiritual business):

“What if your purpose isn’t related to creating a business? What if all the time, effort, money and energy you put into planning and thinking and vision-boarding, isn’t actually where you are supposed to be? Part of the problem is the linking of ‘sacred purpose’ with the idea of creating a business. Sometimes, perhaps even oftentimes, to fulfill your sacred purpose, is to put aside these desires to create a life-saving, world-changing business, and just work in your ordinary job, bringing your inner love for yourself and the world out from there. It’s not sexy or dramatic, but it is living the final stage in our growth cycle, of moving through humility and stepping into our greatness.”

Other messages that have been coming through for me include:

  • You are enough.
  • You are already living your life purpose.
  • Be at peace with where you are.
  • It’s time to have fun and enjoy yourself!

So be it, and so it is.

My boy and me

My boy and me


September 2015 – Heilkunst update

This is a summary of Moses’ Heilkunst (sequential homeopathy) update in September 2015. Read more about our Heilkunst journey here.

On August 27, 2015, Moses started the following droppers.

1) Arum triphyllum 9C (Physical – skin rashes/abscesses/itchiness/Immune boost/Thrush/Lungs/Asthma/Allergies) – a drop a day and can also spray on his skin when itchy

2) Eryngium maritimum 200C – (Emotional – pessimism/shyness) – a drop a day

3) Menyanthes 10M – (Mentals – Focus/Sleep/Energy and Stress Levels/Night Terrors) – a drop a day

New Supplements

  • Sublingual vitamin B – I’ve been putting a couple of drops in his smoothies. It’s not even close to a full dose, but it doesn’t taste very good and I figure that it’s better than nothing.
  • Ease magnesium spray – been giving him a couple of sprays at night, when I remember.
  • MAF cream – gave him a break this month since he had such a big reaction to it last month.

On the first night that he started his new droppers, he seemed extra emotional. The day after he started the droppers, he had a night terror (which was the night before the full moon). Two days after starting the droppers, he developed a large abscess under his left armpit. (This is in addition to the two abscesses he already had under his right armpit and right groin). Four days after starting the droppers, he was complaining of pain with the abscess on his right groin and stayed home from daycamp. On Sept 2th, he developed a 4th abscess on his left groin. And on Sept 3rd, he developed an abscess on his left eyelid. Oh boy.

On Sept 6, he had a night terror (on the same night that he had a karmic healing session, so it might have been related to a “discharge of energy” related to the session). He came out if it really quickly though – it wasn’t as deep as they have been in the past.

By September 16, two abscesses resolved themselves (disappeared). Yippee!  He still has one on his left armpit and one his left groin.

An easy-peasy sort of month from a healing reaction perspective.


I was reflecting this morning how Moses is truly a vision of health. He is happy, healthy, grounded, confident, and has a great sense of humour. It is truly amazing to witness how far he has come in his healing journey.

I know that Moses has come a long way because my husband is now starting to see Moses as the strong and healthy boy that he is. For example, this past spring, Moses voiced the fact that he wanted to play hockey and DH was dead-set against it. Now, it’s 6 months later and we have officially registered Moses in hockey. Moses is absolutely delighted and DH is so proud of his son. We both are.

We bumped into one of Moses’ former doctors in the grocery store and she was delighted and also amazed by how well Moses has been doing.  More cosmic winks that we are on the right track and how well he is doing. Even his karmic healer mentioned how well Moses is doing from an energetic standpoint, and how far he has come. He’s been learning and practicing techniques to ground his energy and it’s been making a difference.

When I talked to our Heilkunstler today, she was also thrilled by all of the improvements that Moses has shown physically and emotionally since she started treating him in April.

  • Fewer abscesses and they are just about all resolving on their own;
  • Fewer rashes;
  • Decreased itching;
  • Ear fissures are healing / have healed;
  • Dryness / rash on scalp has improved;
  • Cracked corners of his lips are healing;
  • Asthma is under control; no coughing; lung capacity is good;
  • Fewer occurrences of itchy throat;
  • Night terrors aren’t as deep / don’t last as long;
  • Sleeping well;
  • Energy levels are good;
  • More independence;
  • More motivated and more focused (e.g., actually getting to school early); and
  • Increased optimism (i.e., decreased pessimism).
  • He can now skip every second bar on the monkey bars!
  • For the first time, he is enjoying school. I think it helps that he has several good friends in his class, and he is so much more sociable and confident.
  • He is now walking home from school on his own!
  • He’s been motivated to complete his homework independently.
  • He is happy.

Wow, wow, and wow!

We’re so proud of him!

I have a feeling he’s going to have a great school year!

First day of Grade 4

First day of Grade 4!

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The impact of a wish come true…

DH recently wrote this email to Make-a-Wish:

“Just wanted to give you an update on how Moses been doing since the big wish. We’ve had so many people tell us how healthy looking and confident Moses has been since his Vancouver experience and we can see it ourselves. He still has his health issues, Job’s Syndrome is still a part of him, but his health issues seem to be in the background and do not define him.

I used to looked at him and see a sick child with a huge spirit that fought every day to live a “normal” life. Now I see independent kid who is wise beyond his years and capable of doing anything he sets his mind to.

Whether you know it or not, the work you do has an immeasurable impact and is more effective than any medication. You’ve made a huge difference in our family’s lives and we just wanted to say thank you.

p.s. Moses registered for hockey this year for the first time. A year ago we would have never considered it but he’s convinced us he’s ready for it.”

Read more about Moses’ wish here.


The impact of a wish…

Did you know…

According to the results of a 2011 – 2013 Wish Impact Study that involved interviewing wish parents, past wish kids, health professionals, and volunteers, a wish come true empowers children with life-threatening medical conditions to fight harder against their illnesses.

When wish kids are granted a wish, they get more than just a great experience for a day, two days, or a week. That experience improves the quality of life for them and their entire family.

Health professionals treating them say the wish experience is an important adjunct to medical treatment, and they observe their patients feel better and comply more readily with treatment protocols when they experience their wish come true. And the community volunteers who grant wishes say the wish granting process heightens both their ability to see the best in others, and their commitment to actively help more people in need.

Adult former wish kids say the wish experience made them feel better socially and emotionally, improved their health and strength, gave them more confidence and the will to pursue more challenging life goals, made them more compassionate and philanthropic, and even helped to save their lives.

Find out more about the Wish Impact Study here.

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August 2015 Heilkunst update

This is a summary of Moses’ Heilkunst (sequential homeopathy) update in August 2015. Read more about our Heilkunst journey here.

On July 31, 2015, Moses started the following droppers.

1) Kamala 12C (Physical – eczema/abscesses/itchiness/stomach aches/asthma/cradle cap/lungs/food allergies/rashes/thrush in mouth/immune boost) – a drop a day plus spray on body if itchy or where there is eczema, rashes, abscesses as required.

2) Cainca 200C – (Emotions – pessimism/stress/anxiety) – a drop a day

3) Piscidia 1M – (Mentals – Focus/energy level/Night terrors) – a drop a day

Recommended supplements:

On the day after he started the droppers, he had diarrhea for no particular reason (i.e., he didn’t eat anything new), so I think it was a healing reaction to the new droppers. It was just the one time and then things cleared up.

Four days after he started the droppers, the swollen lymph node on the right side of his neck was decreased in size by a half (25% of the original volume), but he had developed a new abscess on his left armpit (but it was already coming to a head and his surgeon thought that it was going to resolve on its own). Later that night, he had a night terror and threw up in the middle of the night.

The next day, he developed a new abscess on the right side of his lower jaw, which was sore to touch. Oh boy. Both of these new abscesses showed up a day after I spent time with a spiritual friend. The abscess on his jaw turned out to be a dental abscess and he had yet another (baby) teeth pulled. His fifth baby tooth to be pulled since April. Goodness.

On August 10, the abscess under his left armpit burst on its own. Yay.

On August 11, I started him on a tiniest little bit of VDBP-MAF cream.  The next day, he woke up with an increase in rashes (a bunch of tiny little rashes appeared on his back and torso – yikes), stomach pains and general malaise. He came home from day camp early because he wasn’t feeling well (but perked up quickly in the afternoon). A week later, he still had an increase in rashes (back, face), likely from the MAF cream dose on August 11. (I haven’t applied any more since then).

On August 21, Moses developed two abscesses: one on his right armpit and one on his right groin. Today, it’s August 24 (two weeks after the one dose of the MAF cream) and he is still experiencing an increase of rashes (back, chest,  stomach, arm creases, armpits, back of knees, groin, back of neck). Also, he’s been needing his Ventolin puffer a lot more in the last couple of weeks. Oh boy!  He’s experiencing what’s referred to as a “return of old symptoms”.  Hopefully the return of old symptoms is a sign of some deep healing. I’m sure it is.


  • Other than the abscesses and rashes, Moses is physically, emotionally and socially healthy and well.
  • Moses learned to swim this month! It was amazing to watch his progress. One week, he needed a life jacket to swim in the deep end of the pool. By the next week, he was in the deep end without a life jacket. Now, he can jump into the deep end, do “pencil dives”, tread water and swim across a half width of the pool and back! Wow!
  • I forgot to mention this from last month, but he is now able to swing backwards on the monkey bars!
  • He’s  coming out of his shell socially. We were at a bonfire on Sunday and Moses shared a couple of stories and jokes in a group of adults. It is so heart-warming to witness him coming into his own.

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EASE Magnesium

My Heilkunstler recommended Activation’s EASE Magnesium for my chronic sore neck and shoulder aches and pains.

From Activation’s website:

What if 30-40 sprays per day is all it would take to greatly improve your overall health and feeling of wellbeing? Ease topical magnesium can make that a reality! Delivering 27.2mg of magnesium per spray, this powerful supplement is easily absorbed into the skin, enters the blood stream and goes to directly to work in your body, eliminating aches and pains, alleviating stress and anxiety, aiding digestion, ensuring deeper and more satisfying sleep and leaving you feeling revitalized and strong. With over 80% of the world in a state of magnesium deficiency it’s no wonder that pain relief is constantly sought after and insomnia affects so many.

Ingredients:  Purified water and pharmaceutical grade magnesium chloride hexahydrate.

Magnesium is responsible for over 300 enzymatic reactions in your body and it regulates serotonin. It is calming for the nervous system.

From Dr. Hyman’s article about the importance of magnesium, the RDA (the minimum amount needed) for magnesium is about 300 mg a day (this would be equal to about 11 sprays per day). Most of us get far less than 200 mg. Most people benefit from 400 to 1,000 mg a day (1,000 mg would be equal to ~ 37 sprays per day).


How much magnesium a child should take varies, but the recommended daily allowance (RDA) of magnesium for children is:

Ages 1-3: 80 mg (3 sprays)
Ages 4-8: 130 mg (4 sprays)
Ages 9-13: 240 mg (9 sprays per day)

The common method is to give a child no more than their RDA in supplement form (magnesium from food does not have to be limited at all). But some experts like Dr. Leo Galland, author of Superimmunity for Kids, say hyperactive children may need as much as 6 mg per pound of body weight per day. Moses is 65 lbs (which would mean 390 mg or 14 sprays)

It is recommended to start at a low dose and increase over a period of days to avoid digestive upsets. Dividing the full amount into 2-4 doses per day is recommended for optimal absorption. – Source

Dietary sources

The following foods are natural sources of magnesium: kelp, wheat bran, wheat germ, almonds, cashews, buckwheat, brazil nuts, dulse, filberts, millet, pecans, walnuts, rye, tofu, soy beans, brown rice, figs, dates, collard greens, shrimp, avocado, parsley, beans, barley, dandelion greens, and garlic.

Epsom salt (magnesium sulfate) baths are a good source of magnesium as well.

Our experiences

I am loving Activations’ other products (Amaranth oil and Oceans Alive), so I was open to trying their magnesium supplement too.

I started applying the magnesium spray to my neck and shoulders and also my jaw (I have an awful case of jaw pain / tension). It is making a HUGE difference in my neck and shoulder tension. By the next day, my neck and shoulder tension was considerably better. My husband said that my shoulder felt “malleable” / like jelly when he massaged my shoulders. I’ve been using it for a few of weeks now and today during my massage, my massage therapist noted that my neck and shoulders didn’t have their normal tension. In fact, my whole body (except for my jaw) is completely at ease. I’m loving this magnesium spray!  It hasn’t helped my jaw pain (yet), but I’ll keep applying it.

I started very slowly with the magnesium spray for Moses. I just gave him a couple of sprays a couple of times. So far, so good!


I ordered 1 Oceans Alive [$39] and 1 Ease Magnesium [$29] for $83.63US with shipping and taxes, which is ~$111CA – yikes!  The weak Canadian dollar is making it very pricey to purchase anything in US$.

Update: A friend of mine shared that I can get a bottle of Ease Magnesium for $26 locally at Dynamis Health Centre. Woot woot!

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July 2015 Heilkunst update

This is a summary of Moses’ Heilkunst (sequential homeopathy) update in July 2015. Read more about our Heilkunst journey here.

Moses’ Heilkunstler is now focusing on only three droppers at a time – one that focuses on the mind, one that focuses on physiological needs and one that focuses on the neurological and physical needs. I’m liking this method as it’s a lot simpler to administer and takes up a lot less space on our counter!

On July 11, Moses started the following droppers:

1) Iberis 1M (Mental Outlook – head, brain, ears,eyes, thrush in mouth) – once a day

2) Narco. 30C (Physiological – trunk/pelvis to neck/abscesses/eczema/itchiness) – twice a day – can also use as a spray

3) Stach. 7C (Neurological/physical – whole body) – once a day

On the first day that he started his new remedies, Moses started hallucinating right before bed. He said that he “saw things that are far away” when his eyes were closed and it scared him (understandably). He said that it felt like he was having a bad dream (while he was awake). He was very emotionally unstable / upset.

The day after he started the remedies, it looked like his chronically cracked corners of his lips (which we think is related to thrush) were healing.

On July 15, he had a new painful abscess on a sensitive area appear, but within 24 hours, it drained on its own. Thank God. The bump on the right eyelid resolved with some warm compresses.  The bump on his right groin disappeared.  He still had abscesses under his right armpit.

On July 21, he had an allergic reaction (tingly throat and tongue) to his lunch (with no known allergens) at his day camp. He just needed Benadryl and then came home from camp early so that I could make sure things didn’t get worst. The same thing happened again during lunch on July 26 and on July 30.

On July 23, Moses needed an ultrasound for the swollen lymph node / abscess on the right side of his neck that is ~4 cm wide that his pediatrician was concerned about, which has been present for ~ 6 weeks. He still has abscesses under his right armpit.

On July 26, the abscesses under his right armpit had disappeared and the abscess on the side of his neck seems to be getting smaller. Thank goodness!

Throughout this three week period, especially when it’s just Moses and me, he has been extra hyper, sometimes speaking non-sensibly or even non-verbally (in high pitched squeaks and beeps).  Hmmmm…..  I’m sure that’s it’s related to his current clearing, so I’m not worried about it.

On July 28, on Moses’ first night back after our 2 day road trip, he had a night terror.

All in all, a relatively low-key three weeks healthwise. Thank goodness.


  • Moses loved daycamp, and his counselors told us that Moses was a social butterfly and made friends with everyone in his day camp. So heart-warming to hear!
  • Today, during a 6 km bike ride, Moses’ endurance and biking skills have improved as he was able to climb all of the hills during the bike ride (whereas, in the past, he used to walk his bike up them).
  • Had fun during our 2 day trip to Amherst Cove.
Relaxing in Amherst Cove

Relaxing in Amherst Cove

Sunset at Amherst Cove

Sunset at Amherst Cove

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Clearing Syphilinum to 10M (my journey)

This is a summary of my Heilkunst (sequential homeopathy) update in June/July 2015. Read more about our Heilkunst journey here.

This month, I cleared Syphilinum to 10M. Syphilinum is a pretty nasty miasm. You can read about syphilinum here.

“Destruction, decay, and processes of things breaking down or falling apart all describe the essential characteristics of this miasm at all levels (physical, mental, emotional). Physical conditions including any form of auto-immune disorder, as well as psychological conditions of depression, despair, even to the point of suicide fill out some of the details. The emotional acts of blaming and criticizing are further indicators of this energy. A feeling that life is meaningless, and that “there is no point” form part of the more extreme version of this mental and emotional state. The expression “Life’s a bitch, and then you die” portrays the sentiment of this feeling.” – Arcanum Wholistic Clinic

This was the first time that I cleared Syphilinum, and Moses has only cleared Syphilinum to 200C (it was a doozy for him and we took a 2 year break from Heilkunst after clearing this chronic miasm). Since our relationship is in resonance with each other, I felt that clearing Syphilinum may help us both. I know that Syphilinum is a big one in Moses (potentially one of the major roots of Moses’ dis-ease, from a Heilkunst perspective). I’m glad that our new practitioner is giving Moses a break on clearing with powders because we both feel that clearing powders can be destabilizing for his sensitive system. Heck – even clearing with droppers alone can be destabilizing for his sensitive system.


For my info and in case you are curious, I started the following droppers on June 13, 2015.

Homeopathic Droppers:

1) Constitution – Sil. 200C/Sep. LM5/Drainage combo/Diosc. 30C – a drop a day (also addresses jaw clicking)

2) Neck and shoulder pain – Lapath. 30C/Piperaz. 9C – a drop 2X a day

3) Plantar’s Warts – Bad. 12C – a drop a day

4) Stress/Anxiety – Nat. lact. 30C – a drop a day

5) Life purpose – Seneg. 9C – a drop a day

6) Connectedness with Moses – Vib. p. 1M – a drop a day

7) To support digestion – Lin. cath. 12C – a drop a day

My month

Immediately after starting the droppers, my body felt so incredibly sore. More sore than normal – neck and shoulder pain, pain along my arms, pain along my spine. My hay fever has also been really bad – worst than it’s been in a long, long time.

It took awhile for my wafers to get to me through regular post, so I started the Syphilinum wafers on June 26 (~2 weeks after starting the droppers). No noticeable difference immediately, but a few days after I started taking the wafers, I noticed that I was more irritable than normal, angry, worried, mind racing, feeling unfocused and ungrounded. I was also extra busy at work and Moses was going through his own healing reaction, so hard to say what caused what. But perhaps my emotional response was a healing reaction to Syphilinum.  A weird discolouration appeared near my inner wrist (approx. 1 cm x 0.5 cm) – it looked like an old burn / scar. Weird.

On Canada Day, I had the best day (after a stressful morning) at the beach and felt very present and content.

On July 17, approximately 3 weeks after starting the Syphilinum clearing, I had a rash (small red very itchy spots – they looked like fly bites) develop on my torso, back and  arms. ~ 20 spots in all. So itchy!!!!  I’ve never had a rash like this develop before. Yikes! I checked in with my Heilkuntler and she thought that the rash was likely a response to clearing Syphilinum. Four days later, the rash was still present, but the itch subsided.

Today is July 29th and tomorrow night I have a session booked with my Heilkunstler. I still have scars from all of the rashes that developed during this month, but they are no longer itchy. It’s been ~7 weeks since my last session, which is a long length of time between sessions, but I’ve been trying to time my sessions to coincide with every two of Moses’ sessions and I’ve also been trying to extend the time between sessions to save some money.

Emotionally, it’s been a challenging couple of months overall. The summer months are typically my busiest months of the year work-wise and on top of my normal busyness, I was working on a scientific paper during my “spare time”. This meant that my life went completely out of balance – working until midnight some nights and working on the weekend. Thankfully, that paper is just about done. There has been some uncertainty at my place of employment (including layoffs), which has been causing some anxiety and also some soul-searching about what it is that I want to do with my life. I’ve been taking a homeopathic dropper to help with this theme (Seneg. 9C to help connect me with my life purpose).

The last couple of weeks have been challenging for other reasons and I’ve been doing a lot of reflecting and soul-searching. I’ve been starting to revisit Lissa Rankin’s Mind over Medicine questions, which have been giving me a lot of things to ponder. I just finished David Whyte’s Crossing the Unknown Sea: Work as a Pilgrimage of Identity, and also just started Stephen Cope’s The Great Work of your Life.

What is my dharma? What is my life’s purpose?

For  the last 9 years, my dharma has been to facilitate Moses’ (and my own) healing. And with the grace of God, I can see that we are on the right path given that our lives are less and less about struggle and suffering. Thank goodness! Amazing!!!  I’m so thankful to Heilkunst for that.  So, now I have some energy to think about: what’s next?

I’m a technical writer / biologist / environmental consultant during the day. That work fulfills me on many levels: intellectually; financially; and helps me to balance my home life because my work is ultra flexible and I work from home. I also spend most of my day writing, which I love to do. And, yet the work doesn’t fill my soul.  And it’s also very uncertain work at the moment.

I used to think that my dharma was to be a healer. Once upon a time, I was a yoga instructor, but I’m currently on an extended sabbatical. I used to hold space for energy healing, which I stopped after I noticed a pattern.

I love Heilkunst, but I don’t feel drawn to becoming a Heilkunstler.

So now what?

Well, it’s still a mystery and an unknown. In the meantime, I’m trying to feed myself with meditation, yoga (just got back on my mat today after an extended period away), writing / journaling and nature. Keeping things simple.

I trust that all is coming.


Cape Bonavista – a historic town where Giovanni Caboto (John Cabot) first discovered North America in 1497.

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Pizzaiolo for a day!

Moses created his very own pizza at Piatto Pizzeria named after himself. Chicken, roasted red pepper, tomatoes, onions and feta cheese. Super fun and delicious!!! A portion of the proceeds from the sales of Moses’ pizza will be donated to Make-A-Wish!

Pizzaiolo for a day!

Pizzaiolo for a day!

Spreading out the dough

Spreading out the dough

Adding the chicken

Adding the chicken

He made his own version with a glutenfree crust and a dairy-free cheese

He made his own version with a glutenfree crust and a dairy-free cheese. Delicious!

Enjoying Moses' pizza with good friends

Enjoying Moses’ pizza with good friends

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June 2015 Heilkunst update

This is a summary of Moses’ Heilkunst (sequential homeopathy) update in June 2015. Read more about our Heilkunst journey here.

Moses started the following homeopathic remedies on June 13, 2015.

1) Constitution – Lyc. 12C – a drop a day;

2) Skin – Eczema/Dry, flaking scalp/Ear fissures – Ephedra 9C/Lipps. 30C – 2 X a day + spray;

3) Itchiness  – Apium g. 12C – a drop a day plus spray up to 3 X a day;

4) Abscesses – Barosma 30C – a drop a day;

5) Abscesses on eyelids – Cad. bro. 12C – Note: This is the same remedy as last month

6) Acute – Asthma – Calad. 12C – as needed

7) Food Allergies/Eye Ulcer/Prone to pneumonia/Thrush – Nat. carb. 30C/Rh. fr. 12C/Vib. t. 30C/Naph. 30C – a drop a day

8) Immune Support – Digitox 30C/Jatr. 30C – a drop a day

9) Stress – Chloral. 30C – a drop a day

10) Acute – Night Terrors – Aurant. 200C – as needed


She recommended two new supplements:

  • Amaranth Oil made by Activation Products; and
  • Oceans Alive 2.0 from Activation Products (Moses hasn’t started Oceans Alive yet, but I love it).

Two days after starting the new droppers, Moses said that his abscesses were going down in size. Whew! Three days after starting the new droppers, the one on his left armpit started draining, but not completely. The one on his neck was starting to get a bit smaller, although it was still a good size. The ones on a sensitive area was still there. Plus, he has small bump on his right eyebrow and one on one of his ears.

Four days after starting the new droppers, Moses had nine abscesses in total:

  • Under both armpits;
  • On a sensitive area;
  • right eyebrow;
  • left eyelid (small);
  • left ear;
  • back of head (small, hard, sore to touch);
  • dental abscess on the right side, upper jaw; and
  • a swollen lymph node on on the side of his neck.

Coincidentally, on the same day that Moses started the new droppers, I also spent time with some healers (and Moses and I have a pattern that after I spend time with healers, Moses develops an increase in symptoms). So I’m not sure if the increase in abscesses was a healing reaction to the new remedies or related to our old pattern or a combination of both. In any case, it was a doozy of a reaction.

He also had a runny nose. He started a new dropper for the abscesses: Stram 30C.

Five days after starting the new droppers, Moses stayed home from school because his abscesses were generally sore. Also, he complained of stomach pains for most of the day. In the evening, he complained that his throat was tingly after eating a snack that he always has (apples with peanut butter) and needed Benadryl. He later tried to make himself throw up. And then he had a night terror (his first one in ~3 months), on the day after the new moon.

A couple of days later, on June 19th, he wasn’t feeling well during a field trip and I picked him up early. His surgeon drained his ear abscess.  In the evening, he couldn’t eat because his mouth was sore because of a new space maintainer. He was very emotional, teary and very tired.  He started an additional dropper to prevent diarrhea because he started Clindamycin to treat his dental abscess. We were worried about Moses dental abscess – it was so large that it pushed his nose out of place. It looked so sore. Later that night, he had a huuuuuuuge violent night terror.

By the next morning, Moses’ dental abscess wasn’t as swollen.  Thank God!  And his frame of mind was much better. He felt good enough to do a walk / hike through the woods with me and one of his friends.  It felt like the worst was behind us. Also, the dropper to prevent diarrhea did the trick because he no longer had diarrhea.  Yay, yay, yay!!!!!!!!!!

The very next day, there was no trace of the dental abscess at all! Wow!!!!!!!!!!!!  He felt so good and energized that we did the Signal Hill hike again and he did it with a lot of energy!!  He ran up the last set of stairs, and as I’ve mentioned before, it’s a 500 ft climb to the top! It felt like the “gift” of this set of powders. It was so amazing to see how strong his vitality and life force is.

By June 23rd, he was down to two abscesses (left armpit and a small bump on his right knee started to develop). All of the other abscesses disappeared. Was it the homeopathic remedies or the Clindamycin that we started for the dental abscess?????  Or both? Whatever it was, it was highly effective.

June 25, 2015

Today was a big day – it was his last day of Grade 3. He only spent an hour at school because he had to fast and then had 2 baby teeth pulled at the dentist. It was an emotional day for Moses because he missed out on some plans to spend with some friends after school. He also started Activation Amaranth oil (1 drop) with no problem.

June 26, 2015

Moses had an allergic reaction to food that he’s eaten many times before (swollen lips), which subsided after Benadryl and rinsing his mouth with water several times. This is his 5th allergic reaction that he’s had in the last two months.   His sensitivities / allergies seemed to have heightened in the last two months. I pray that this is a healing reaction that will ultimately result in the underlying healing of his allergies. Only time will tell.

Later that night, he was up until 1:30 am because of pain due to a new abscess on a sensitive location and a painful bump on his right knee. Oh boy!

He also had a huge abscess under his left armpit and the swollen lymph node on the right side of his neck is back.

It felt like another round of healing reactions – perhaps to the Stram 30C dropper???  Or maybe this was the fuller healing reaction that typically comes ~ 2 weeks after starting a set of remedies.

June 27, 2015

Today was the third day of amaranth oil and I was optimistic, so I gave Moses 3 drops. It might have been too much. He wasn’t feeling well shortly after taking it. He felt light-headed. Wanted to lie down. Tried to make himself throw up. He was supposed to go to the movies and instead, he stayed home. He also has an increase in wheeziness and coughing. Oh boy!  I planned to give him a few days break and then will go back to one drop per day.

Also, the abscess on his behind was killing him.

He had a huge night terror (his third one of the month) and the abscess under his left armpit drained immediately after the night terror.

I hoped that today was the “peak” of this healing reaction and tomorrow would be a better day.

July 1, 2015

On Canada Day, Moses required general anaesthesia to drain an abscess on his behind, and on his right knee. The abscess on his behind has been so sore that he had been sleeping on a bean bag for five days, and having terrible sleeps because he couldn’t sleep on his back (sore behind) or is front (sore knee). He was up until midnight / 1 am most nights. Thank God those abscesses are resolved! He still has a swollen lymph on the right side of his neck.

He was a real trooper and the rest of the day turned out beautiful. We spent the rest of the day at the beach with some friends, at a backyard party and enjoyed the fireworks. Loved it!

Unwinding at the beach on Canada Day

Unwinding at the beach on Canada Day

July 2, 2015

It’s the day after his surgery and Moses has three new abscesses: one under both armpits (the one under the right is sore to touch) and a small bump starting on his right eyelid. Oh boy.

July 3, 2015

He had another “itchy throat” incident involving peppermint tea and honey. He is still currently so sensitive. This is his 6th incident in the last couple of months. So many things make his throat / tongue / lips itchy. On the good side of things, the abscesses that were drained a couple of days ago are healing really well. Yay!

July 10, 2015

Well, good news – one of the abscesses under his armpit went away, but now, he has 2 under his right armpit, still has a small bump on his right eyelid and a small one on a sensitive area. He also has a huge swollen lymph node on the right side of his neck that his pediatrician wants to get an ultrasound on. Oh boy.

Later that evening, Moses had his 4th night terror of the month. Goodness. Let’s hope that next month will be an easier one. He started his next round of remedies this morning (July 11), so I’ll keep you posted as always.

I also have a session booked with his karmic healer, but she is so busy that the session is booked for early September.


As you know, there are always gifts associated with the Heilkunst journey. Even with his increase in symptoms this month, overall, Moses is doing well. He’s doing great emotionally and socially. He is having a great time at summer camp and has made some new friends. He is at a playdate with one of his new friends right now! We’re so proud of him!

He had a great year at school.

His lungs are healing and clearing.

He is so resilient. It is amazing to witness his vitality. For example, within hours of coming out of general anaesthesia, he was running around at the beach, climbing rocks (really not recommended after general anaesthesia), but overall had such energy and such vitality. It’s truly amazing to witness.

When we went for a hike at Signal Hill with some friends earlier this month, Moses was jumping up and off rocks and literally ran up the steps at the last bit of the 500 ft climb up the hill. The hill leaves me winded, but not Moses.  It is truly amazing to witness his strength, vitality and overall health.


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