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A Return to Self: A Case of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and Genital Herpes

A Case of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.

Four years ago I received a call from a man in his late 30s’. He did not live in North America and was more comfortable speaking on the phone than having a consult on Skype.

He was on 4 doses 80mg of Prozac a day. 

His chief complaints were Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Genital Herpes and Excessive Sweating since childhood. 

Since he was a child he was incredibly shy and always had ritualistic behaviours. He had all his mental rituals written on paper.  When he was young he was petrified of girls and as he got older this manifested to him only being able to sleep with prostitutes. 

Growing up he was constantly reproached by his father and mother who were both critical and domineering. He also experienced physical abuse.

He had a serious fear of catching a disease. He was so scared of catching something from the women he was sleeping with, but would have unprotected sex. 

He had a fear of not being clean enough and would wash numerous times a day. 

He was very diligent about the quantity and which foods he would eat. 

He would consistently blame himself if things didn’t go well at work and historically if he would get upset with someone, he would throw things against the wall.

During the case all was considered. His body temperature as he was generally better in cool weather and was aggravated from heat and humidity.

His thirst, appetite and all presenting expressions in acute detail from head were considered in his overall picture.

He often had cold sores on the corners of the lips and had chest palpitations.

He started to cry because of the herpes outbreak. We discussed the presentation in fine detail. Whether they were erupting, itchy, time modalities when they bothered him the most etc.

He would binge eat on salty and sweet foods only on the weekends. 

In homeopathic medicine the issues with the back are very important to have acute detail about because often the back symptoms can help differentiate the most important remedy.

He sweat profusely in his sleep. When he was younger he had an operation to stop the perspiration on the hands, but interestingly enough the perspiration did briefly come back up after taking the remedy, because if something has been suppressed in the body, it will come back up briefly to be pushed out and cured. 

After the first consultation I had about 15 pages of notes because I looked at the presentation in the most fine detail on all mental/emotional and physical levels. 

He was prescribed Sulphur 30CH once a week for 3 weeks. . Two pellets dissolved once under the tongue and we re-convened 3 weeks later. 

After the first dose his herpes subsided and after the second week they went away.

He had an increase of perspiration, was able to fall asleep more quickly and had more energy. 

Over the course of a year and a half, we increased the potency of his remedy and he was able to get off the 4 doses of prozac.

It is important to greatly support the individual while they reduce their medication because it is like any drug, where there there is an increase of symptoms during a detox. 

Obsessive compulsive disorder is so fragile because in most cases the mind creates dis-ease (of course it could be an environmental condition, and with lots of conditions there are many variables to consider), but a lot of time an emotional/mental situation which manifests into the physical presentation.

Of course diet and minerals/vitamins play an important role in the physiological composition, but not the entire.

What homeopathy allowed this patient was not just a reduction in the physical illness, but it allowed him to open up the pathways so that his obsessive thoughts would subside. He stopped binging on foods and incorporated really healthy foods into his diet. He stopped smoking marijuana daily and he was able to have a relationship with a woman. 

He chose a courageous route where he wanted to redesign his personal road map and over the course of this time it allowed him to write a completely new map for himself.

Along with homeopathy we worked on how to find for forgiveness for himself and those around him, not just in a conceptual way by keeping it in the mind, but how to go much more deeply into the self.   The most gorgeous outcome of this case was his persistent commitment to go beyond what his mind was limiting him to, to living more freely in the world and in himself. 

In best of health,

Rachel Levine MSc, DSHomMed

Rachel Levine has a Master of Science in Integrative Health and is an honours graduate from the Canadian College of Homeopathic Medicine. She also works with earth based energetic practices taught by Dr. Alberto Villoldo. Her work has been published in Integrative and Homeopathic Medicine journals and she has spoken Nationally and Internationally.  Rachel is based in Montreal, but her practice spans nationally and internationally; she has patients throughout North America, Europe and South Asia.

Currently she is a  supervisor at the Canadian College of Homeopathic Medicine and will be teaching at the Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Medicine. 

To book a session, please see www.healthfirst.me for contact information.

Intersex Variations and Homeopathy: Klinefelter Syndrome & Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome.

Homeopathy and Earth Based Practices are so helpful for people with Intersex variations such as Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome and Klinefelter Syndrome.

Intersex best describes genital, gonadal and chromosomal variants, which are neither completely "male" nor "female."  Intersex individuals are born with possible anatomical and physiological sexual differences, resulting in many different intersex variations.

As long as history has been recorded, babies with variant genitals and morphed endocrine presentations have been documented. Variations include Klinefelter Syndrome (KS) Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia(CAH) Androgen Insensitivity Syndrome (AIS) Turner Syndrome, Gonadal Dysgenesis and Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS).

Klinefelter Syndrome (KS) is the most common sex chromosome variation. The incidence is 1 in 1000 births. Males with KS carry an additional X on their chromosomal make-up and the result is an XXY genetic formation.  

Classic Signs of KS are gynecomastia (large development of breast glands in males), small testes, wide hips and sparse body hair. Secondary Symptoms which arise are early onset osteoporosis, a monthly ‘emotional’ menses (without the discharge of blood), asthma and taurodontism.  

Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) occurs in 1 in 15 women. It is the most common reproductive endocrine condition. Common features to this variation is anovulation, irregular menses or amenorrhea, high levels of androgens, and or cysts on the ovaries, which are determined by an ultrasound. 

There are common distinguishing features which differentiate between irregular menses and PCOS. The Secondary Symptoms are hirsutism (increased hair growth particularly on the face), hair loss, acne, weight gain and infertility due to the increase of cysts on the ovaries. Women with PCOS are also predisposed to type 2 diabetes (Craggs-Halen & Balen, 2004). The aetiology is unknown.  It is debated whether PCOS is considered an intersex variation due to the male secondary symptoms that arise, but it is often considered within the intersex framework.  

Homeopathy treats the being with an integrated approach. The premise to treating intersex individuals is to only consider the Secondary Symptoms which arise from the primary disposition. The primary specifically is a variation of nature. 

Conventional medicine often views intersex individuals with Gender Identity Disorder (GID). The definition of this term means to be “sick, abnormal, ill, out of order and to suffer a certain stigmatization as a consequence of the diagnosis being given at all” (Butler 2004, p. 76).  Health care systems have traditionally approached intersex individuals by gender reconstruction and hormone replacements. Conventional medicine views these variations as disorders and it fails to recognize that these variations are not ‘disorders’, but disparities in constitutions and nature. Homeopathy can have immeasurable results treating the Secondary symptoms which arise from the primary disposition. By using classical homeopathic medicine and incorporating deep energetic practices, this helps the individual to live more comfortably on a physical, mental and emotional level as the presentation shifts, changes and the symptom picture dissolves.   This not only helps empower those with Intersex variations on a social level, but  helps those live a more balanced life.