The gifts that keep on giving

The tree is sparkling, gifts bundled tightly in bright green and red ribbon peek out from under, and the house is filling with the wafting aroma of turkey and sugar cookies. It’s the perfect setting for your guests that landed the night before to join in the celebrations. Suddenly, instead of Jingle Bells, it’s bathroom smells and the gross sounds of gurgling, heaving and moaning escaping from underneath the bathroom door. Unfortunately, gramma and grampa or special aunt Peggy and her cute crew of toddler-like elfins, may have brought you the gift that keeps on giving!

It doesn’t matter how painstakingly you planned the holidays down to the last tinsel of detail, if there’s a flu bug on the plane, or in the line up at the toy store, you may be in for a nasty surprise just in time for the big day.

The bugs, bacteria and Christmas recitals

The holiday season is the most prolific in the spread of the flu as families are out and about, flying to destinations in recycled cabin air swimming with bugs and bacteria, or exposed to endless hacking at kid’s school recitals. Unless you wear a Darth Vader mask everywhere you go, and sterilize your hands every ten minutes in the month of December, there’s no escape from the contagions of the season.

Stress, sleepless nights, angst, and overindulgence

To make matters worse, there’s all that holiday stress from things like overspending, dysfunctional family issues, or simply your own lack of sleep. Add to that recipe, the sugar plums, sweets and over indulging in Christmas pudding! Those holiday parties and free flowing wine seemed like a good idea at the time, but all that ‘good time’ crammed into that couple of weeks before Santa slides down your chimney, can do a lot of harm to your body.

Why some people remain healthy

Most people fail to realize that becoming ill in the holiday season is more than simply a virus or bacteria (flu). It’s a holistic issue, and involves your mind, like stress and other emotions, and physical well-being. Many people can be coughed on, or ingest flu bugs on a plane or in a home, but only some of those people get sick. Have you ever wondered why? Homoeopathy can help you be one of those resilient few that don’t get sick, regardless of the circumstance.

How? By treating the whole person, taking into account mind, body and spirit and by balancing your immune system! In other words, your body becomes its own warrior.

Homoeopathy for the holidays

Here are some quick tips in ways in which I can safely and effectively help you get healthy and stay healthy over the holidays with homoeopathy:

Has too much Christmas cake have left your tummy swelling, gurgling and feeling like you might lose it all? If you feel like you’re about to be sick, remedies like Arsenic Alb will take care of symptoms of vomiting and diarrhea.

Freaked out and stressed out this season? Is family making you crazed with anxiety? Let homoeopathic remedies get you off the cliff with Ignatia. Think peace, serenity, and coping.

Is the office party getting you stressed? Maybe it’s the social phobias starting up again? Put down the bottle, and try a healthier option like Argentum Nit. You’ll be able to mix and mingle like a pro again!

It’s not always fun and games. Christmas can be a time of loneliness and grief for many. It’s especially difficult when it seems like everyone else is joyous and celebrating. Grief is a process, and medicines like Natrum Mur, or Lachesis, can help people cope with emotions like anger, frustration and profound sadness.

Have a happy, safe and healthy Holiday Season!

Dr. Kumar Balguamkar DMS, HD

Dr. Kumar Balguamkar has 17 years of experience and is a Member of the Manitoba Homoeopathic Association. He has a four-year Homeopathic medicinal education that includes a four-month internship in a hospital in India.

“I look at the person as a whole and not just the symptoms of the disease, and analyze all the factors that may be affecting their health.” – Dr. Kumar Balguamkar.