Perceived values have nothing whatever to do with real value. The perceived value, of say a hard backed book, is much greater than that of a paperback. Both may contain the same information, but our humanness perceives one to be of greater value than another.

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That may be because a hard back book will last longer. But the contents, the information is exactly the same.

Price is another area where real value has nothing to do with perceived value. Marketers spend much time tweaking prices to find the one that sells the most. Low prices are usually perceived as low value, while high prices are perceived as having high value.

In the case of established systems, medical and veterinary care is often perceived as having higher value than alternative health. It is often only experience that changes our minds.

Many years ago I adopted a kitten who had been found in a lay by. He was small and very thin. He also has a serious problem with his hips. He looked as if he was a Persian or part Persian. Perhaps he was inbred. He may have been injured. Or it may simply have been a lack of nutrition during his formative months.

After getting his weight back up, I took him for a vet’s visit. This vet was one of the old school. He was wise and knowledgable. He knew the limitations of his discipline. He said there was little he could do. The old school of vets knew when to leave things alone.

Greylion could get about very well, but couldn’t jump or run. He didn’t appear to be in any pain, and seemed quite happy in every other way.

A few years later I had to consult another vet, a more modern vet who suggested surgery, as there had been so many recent advances. It seemed a good idea at the time. But it was a disaster. I should have remembered the first vet’s advice. After the surgery, the cat could no longer walk at all, and died not long afterwards.

Not long after that experience I started on my homeopathic journey.

A few years ago, I adopted a dog who had been run over. The damage had affected his spine, leading to incontinence in both departments, weak back legs and a tail that didn’t wag.

Toby has only had homeopathic treatment. He is far from perfect yet, but he is active, happy, races after his ball, rather lopsidedly, but the speed is there. He is still a little incontinent, but there does seem to be more sensation. His tail sometimes wags now, but involuntarily.

Homeopathic treatment is non invasive. The worst thing you can do is to get the wrong remedy. In some situations, that can cause problems. But these are short lived and of a temporary nature. No lasting harm can be done.

People, or animals, who have been given the death sentence by their doctor or veterinarian, often turn to homeopathy as a last resort. And in many cases, it can turn the problem around completely.

Being human, we do tend not to think much. We are often too busy to give due consideration to important issues. Until we are confronted with the ultimate.

I suggest we need to stop following the herd and start to follow our feelings and gut instincts. Often we are persuaded to do something against our better judgement, because of the perceived value of the person or product.

The herd is not always right, for either the herd or the individuals in it. Everyone is different. Every situation and circumstance is different. These differences should be honoured and respected, not ridiculed.

This is exactly what homeopathy does and is just one of the reasons I am so happy to have found it. There is nothing that homeopathy can’t treat, because it treats the individual, not the problem. And it is the individual who is out of natural balance that creates the problem.

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Madeleine Innocent

You know how often people struggle with their dog’s health? They want to know WHY they suffer with health issues and all their veterinarian can offer is drugs and more drugs? They feel helpless and at the mercy of another. Well, what I do is to help you pinpoint WHY your dog is getting sick and implement a strategy that takes you to a feeling of empowerment, of being in control of their life. A strategy that restores their health and allows you, and them, to enjoy life.

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