“We have come to trust the knowledge and experience Elena has brought to us, and our family, for nearly two decades. Having access now in book form is a blessing.”
– MARTIN & JANET SHEEN
I just bought another one of your books and thought to write you a quick note.
Our family was having dinner last week when I excused myself to get my reference book THE ALTERNATIVE: Your Family’s Guide To Wellness, Volume I, to tend to my husband’s injured nail. My son who was sitting across from me at the dinner table saw my worn and highlighted book pages and said,
“ Wow, that’s cool mom, what’s this , like a first aid thing all in one place?” His tone was genuinely impressed. Ha ha…
Elena ..perfect title for Volume I, even my 9 year old appreciates it!
I try to share your books whenever possible. They make great gifts for all sorts of occasions. This I’m sure you know!
The most recent purchase was to a cousin expecting her first child. It doesn’t matter if recipients of your book use homeopathy methods or not, I find what they have in common with your book to get them started.
You wrote, ‘There isn’t anything more empowering than being able to protect and tend to everything from those middle of the night fevers, to common conditions of family members, safely and efficiently. “
I don’t think I ever thanked you for organizing your education and experiences into a book to be used and shared by people like me.
The first volume is my favorite so far . You didn’t leave any questions unanswered. Your professionalism shows through your writing. Very cool 🙂
I love the product recommendations, along with the abundance of resources you so thoughtfully included.
Anyway, after the subject of you and your books came up at our dinner table I thought I might take a minute to send you a big ‘Thank You’ from our family.
Ann Arbor, MI
REVIEW LISTED IN ‘HPATHY’, AN INTERNATIONAL PROFESSIONAL HOMEOPATHY NEWSLETTER reviewed by Rochelle Marsden
THE ALTERNATIVE: Your Family’s Guide To Wellness, Volume II- DISEASE was sent to me to review, since I reviewed Volume I; FIRST AID & COMMON CONDITIONS. This one is very different since it deals with specific diseases. After the usual Disclaimers, Acknowledgements, Foreword and Introduction we see that there are 2 parts. Part I is “The Evolution of Health Care” and Part II “A-Z Manual of Common Diseases”.
Part I – Chapter 1 explores 3 issues separately. Elena explains that an entire chapter was devoted to the 3 topics in Volume 1 so here a summary is given, which acts as a refresher.
The first issue is “How Did We Get Here”, where she briefly discusses again the important Flexner Report from 1908 and ends the topic by writing “We are the only country in the world that has medicine for profit”. She also tells us that drugs are advertised on TV!!!
The second issue is “Exploring Natural Medicine” which she tells us has one factor in common “A respect for the innate nature of the body to heal itself through its own intelligence,” and we, as homeopathic holistic practitioners, certainly resonate with that.
She states that the natural medicines she will be exploring in each dis-ease include Homeopathy, TCM, Chiropractic, Naturopathy and Osteopathy, including those who work in a Western style and those who work in a holistic style.
The final section is, “Why We Get Sick and How to Prevent It”, or as I teach my online homeopathy students, the obstacles to health and maintaining causes. Elena explains free radicals and where they are found, the order of cleansing the major organs of the body by detoxification using organ drainage, and whole body cleansing by means of food and the importance of hydration.
Chapter II is called “Homeopathy”. Elena states that this is a repeat of the chapter in Volume 1 but having checked, it is not identical but similar, as it has been brought right up to date with references and examples from the present Covid pandemic.
Chapter III is called “Modalities You Need to Know” and discusses “Gemmotherapy” with a list of Organ system drainage and the most widely used plant tinctures used.
Next there is a discussion of “German Biological Medicine” and “Trace Mineral Therapy (Oligotherapy)”, including a reference list of commonly used trace minerals and their indications.
Part II –consists of Chapter IV, “Disease A-Z: Conventional Wisdom & Natural Relief”, and Chapter V, “What’s in Your Home Pharmacy”.
Chapter IV – This is the major part of the book with 237 pages, containing 74 dis-eases from addictions to genital warts. Oh, I have just seen Chloasma and remembered a patient sent me photos of his shoulders and neck and I replied that it is from the sun and won’t do him any harm, so I will definitely be reading this one in detail.
I also went to Cystitis as I had a patient with an acute flare up this weekend and found I was directed to Bladder Infection (Cystitis) (UTI’s)’. There were one or two natural treatments I hadn’t thought of there so that is good. However I would have liked to know how to administer the Clove Oil and Oregano Oil mentioned. Orally or while bathing?
I am pleased to say the remedy I did give, (Sepia) is found in the list indicated for this condition.
There are also really serious diseases mentioned like Bipolar Disorder. Here Elena tells us that depression is caused by an imbalance of neurotransmitters and/or hormones and suggests tests for these that could be carried out. This is really useful information for those of us who use the Human Chemistry techniques taught by Ton Jansen to help our patients.
Homeopathic remedies are given with their indications and also Gemmotherapy. Also, Phenolic Therapy, which involves balancing the neurotransmitters is mentioned with a free download to find out more about this method. I have just turned to Diabetes in which all types of treatment are mentioned. This includes supplements, as well as Homeopathy, Acupuncture, TCM, Gemmotherapy and Drainage.
I could go on and on describing the wealth of useful information in this book. In IBS the Banerji Protocols are given as well as Gemmotherapy and Supplements. There is a section on Leukemia, which tells us all the different types, as well of suggestions of how we can support a person with this diagnosis.
Lupus is another difficult to treat disease which has a section devoted to it, as does Heart Disease, Lyme Disease, Arthritis and Vitiligo. There are 10 pages on Cancer and how we can support our patients with natural therapies, including information on all the popular diets such as the Budwig diet that a friend of mine cured her breast cancer with,…without surgery!
The book itself, despite being a paperback, appears to be very durable. It has been set out in a manner that is easily accessible, easy on the eye for reading, with a good section of references for each Chapter and excellent index. The last page even tells you where to download a copy of companion guides to this book which contains cases and don’t we all love reading those.
Overall, this is one amazing book and one I think should be present in every Homeopath’s bookshelf. It is great value for money. So, for my “ who is this book aimed for”, I would have no hesitation in saying it is appropriate for any complementary therapist, and also the general public. Lay people, in particular, will be exposed to the expanded health options available to them, as well as the use of complementary additions to allopathic treatments.
I’ve always loved Elena’s writing and philosophy on healing but this latest book of hers tackles a more focused look at what has to be the most topical subject today: disease. Now you can throw hundreds of different chemical band aids at diseases only to see them return again and again but through natural medicines it seems like one enters into a dialogue with them that creates harmony and balance and ultimately this is what Dr. Upton stands for. The details are simply written and digestible. The solutions, once verbalized, are simple and clear.
We’re all looking for answers and leadership now. This provides both.
– BEVERLY JOUBERT
NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC EXPLORES IN RESIDENCE
In my 30 year odyssey exploring the panorama of holistic, integrative modalities I feel fortunate to have found Elena Upton. She is an exquisite practitioner.
We were introduced by one of her celebrity clients, for which she has many.
Her deep understanding of Homeopathy catapulted me into a new level of well- being. What she discusses in this latest volume investigates and imparts to the reader information not generally available to the lay person. She researches relentlessly and takes it to new levels of understanding.
– ROBIN STEPHENS ROHR
Author of the Best Seller
“Chicken Soup For the Soul of Hawaii “
“When I purchased acclaimed Homeopath Elena Upton’s The Alternative: Your Family’s Guide to Wellness, I ordered the softcover format. My plan was to keep the book handy—just in case. If a new health issue were to emerge I’d reach out for my copy, flip through its pages and quickly identify what was going on in my body and what I could do about it. Holistically. My strategy has proven to be spot on. Yet the manual, with its generous information and easy-to-navigate sections and charts, offers so much more.
Upon flipping through the Table of Contents alone, I recognized common conditions I and my loved ones already deal with, have dealt with, or are likely to deal with. Armed with this knowledge, it’s easy to create our Homeopathic pharmacy kit, as Elena Upton recommends. We know the specific remedies and natural healing treatments we want. Why we want them. And where we can get them.
Do yourself and your family a favor. Order your own copy. And keep it handy.”
“Time and again Elena has been able to heal me, make me well, cure anything from strange rashes to the common cold in ways that traditional doctors simply could not. In a much healthier and safer way than the typical pharmaceutical drugs this was accomplished. Her homeopathic method works. Thank you Elena! And now we all have access to her books!”
– GINA GERSHON
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