Wearing Homeopathy On Your Feet

Wearing Homeopathy On You Feet

June 18, 2006

by Marilyn Freedman

I just bought a pair of Nike “Free” athletic shoes for cross training for my son and myself. The premise of the shoe is that: it is like going barefoot and will build muscles and make the foot stronger. What my son said was, “These running shoes are like wearing homeopathy on your feet!” It was a great way to put it. Let me explain: the fundamental homeopathic principle for cure is that Like cures Like. This is the opposite way of doing things conventionally. For instance, if you are flat footed, chances are that you are wearing orthotics, or specialty shoes with arch supports. So, the first thing I noticed when I tried on the Nike Free shoes is that, not only is your foot not supported, but it is put into a more pronounced.state of pronation than is comfortable. (Pronation = flat feet, no arch) So the feet have to compensate by readjusting constantly. You can see the ankles, the shins, knees, everything all the way up, shifting in reaction to the adjustment. The shoes are like a homeopathic remedy because after wearing them you can feel the arch you’ve been missing and muscles you never knew you had. Another basic principle of homeopathy is “Minimum Dose”. This applies to the shoes – they should only be worn for short increments each day until you build up strength.

Now, a little history: About 14 years ago I narrowly escaped the surgeon’s knife because of the crippling pain in my feet that was not being alleviated by the very expensive custom orthotics I had made. The podiatrist obliged me every few months by readjusting or making new ones which were O.K. for awhile and then the pain came back. The miracle cure for me was Birkenstocks. I tried on a pair and never took them off over the course of the summer. It only took a week of wearing them and I was pain free. I have Birkenstock orthotics, shoes and sandals and highly recommend them to everyone suffering with their feet.

But, since I’m pain free now – I think I can stand for a little exercise torture.

Hobson’s Choice

Hobson’s Choice

Saturday, May 20,2006

by Marilyn Freedman

own a Russell Hobbs electric kettle that I inherited about 25 years ago. It probably cost $60 then. A few days ago I was making a cup of tea for a new patient when the cord suddenly ignited into flames. We sat through the 2 hours with cold water instead. The kettle got a new cord and should last another 25 years. I just want to juxtapose this to later that afternoon where I was meeting with Karl, my Creative at the Apple store, who is helping me drag myself into the 21st century. I happened to find myself standing at the Genius bar where customers come for service. I was captivated by the conversation right beside me. Here was a young woman who plopped down two ipods that were not working properly. One was worth around $200 and change, and the other close to $400. She didn’t have insurance or warranty and was told that they don’t repair these things. Just buy a new one. She didn’t flinch. She just said, “OK.” My mouth was hanging open. I guess it’s too bad Russell Hobbs doesn’t make ipods.

Karl’s band, The Hyena Dog Robbery, has a video up on youtube. I love the visuals.