Alternative Route to Relief

Eau Claire Leader-Telegram, Eau Claire, WI

Wednesday, June 25, 2003, page E1

After experiencing results from the remedies herself, a Menomonie homeopath seeks to give patients an

Alternative Route to Relief

By Pamela Powers, Menomonie News Bureau

MENOMONIE — Cologne, magic markers, paint or anything with a scent made Marybeth Buchele ill in the early 1980s.

More than two dozen of the most common foods caused her to have allergic reactions.

“I was told there was nothing conventional medicine could do,” she recalled. “I decided that was not an acceptable answer, and I kept looking.”

Exhausted, gaunt and losing weight and having explored other treatments, Buchele traveled to Las Vegas to a homeopath and started taking suggested remedies. To her delight, she had some turnaround in her health.

She began reading more about homeopathy (pronounced “ho-mee-opp’-athy”) and giving remedies to her children, friends, her friends’ pets and eventually attended and graduated from Northwestern Academy of Homeopathy in Minneapolis.

Buchele has been a practicing classical homeopath for more than four years in St. Louis Park, Minn., and Menomonie.

“Homeopathy helped me return to a normal life,” she said.

Homeopathy started in the early 1800s when Samuel Hahnemann, a German physician who renounced the practices of the day of bleeding and purging, studied the effect of drugs on the body. His primary theory was that like cures like.

He proposed that small amounts of a substance that could induce a set of symptoms in a person could cure a disease with similar symptoms. Very small amounts of a remedy, which are herbs, minerals or other natural substances, are used.

A classical homeopath will only suggest one remedy at a time to a client, Buchele said, noting more than 4,000 different remedies exist.

Homeopathy treats the whole person, not just symptoms, she noted.

“People get knocked sideways by things in life,” she

noted. “They get into a rut. Homeopathy helps nudge them out of the rut. Homeopathy is not an instant fix.”

Buchele, who moved to Menomonie last year, meets with a client and does a thorough interview of two or more hours to learn about the person. She looks at everything in that person’s life, not just their symptoms.

She then decides on a single remedy to best fit that person’s needs. The person tries it, and if quick results aren’t seen, she will suggest another remedy.

About half of her clients are children.

“We are becoming less and less healthy as a species,’ she said, noting parents may be concerned about side effects of traditional medicines or are searching for another way to help their children.

She does not advise people stop any medicines they may be taking.

“This is complementary, “ she noted.

Becky Glass of Prairie Farm, is a believer in homeopathy and was pleased to see Buchele locate a practice in Menomonie. Her 12-year-old daughter, Amber, saw Buchele in January. The girl had serious problems with nausea and abdominal pains, despite seeking traditional medical care and tests.

“We finally arrived at a remedy we are using,” Glass said. “It seems to be turning around. This winter she was bad 90 percent of the time, now she is good 75 percent of the time. I believe the work Marybeth has done is what’s turned my daughter’s health around. We feel we’re on the right track.”

Sandi Borgmeyer of Menomonie, who ran a study group in the late 1990s on homeopathy and has used remedies herself, said Buchele has a lot to offer Menomonie in terms of alternative health.

“Everybody can benefit, from the very young to the very old,” Borgmeyer said. “Homeopathy looks at the whole person and restores good health.”

According to Buchele, some of the conditions that homeopathy has been effective with are: low energy; earaches; difficulty focusing; too frequent colds and flu; menstrual difficulties; blood sugar swings; high or low thyroid function; excessive worry; “the blues”; respiratory/breathing difficulties; sleep problems; over-reactions to foods, chemicals, dust molds and pollens; chronic head or muscle pain; stomach upsets and skin eruptions.

The American Medical Association encourages patients to tell their physicians if they are using homeopathic remedies.

The Food and Drug Administration recognizes homeopathic remedies, but the AMA points out the efficacy of the remedies have not been proven.

Buchele, who earned her bachelor’s degree in journalism from Iowa State University, said even though some may believe the remedies have a placebo effect, children and pets help prove that this is not true.

Homeopathy cannot help conditions that involve destroyed tissue, although it may help ease symptoms.

Buchele continues to study homeopathy and is studying at the Dynamis School for Advanced Homeopathic Studies, headquartered in England with classes in Denver, and through Luminos School of Homeopathic Master Clinician Course with Louis Klein. Luminos is headquartered in Vancouver, B.C., but classes are in Minneapolis. She also is a member of the Minnesota Homeopathic Association and the North American Society of Homeopaths and is a practitioner member of the National Center for Homeopathy.

 

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