Her asthma had actually started in Third Grade even though she didn’t develop the signs of asthma until some 6 years later.

Anna, now 25, had been shy and withdrawn as she lived in fear. Her step-father, Mike, was a tyrant; his focus, it seemed, was how much he could punish Anna in one day. But his punishments weren’t what most children receive—for Anna, it meant severe beatings, sometime to the point where she lost consciousness.

And the 2 things that the man focused on the most were whether or not Anna had received ANY attention that day, and if she had lied. Mike felt it was his duty to keep Anna honest and make sure she remained invisible.

Although Anna feared the beatings, for her, the beatings held a deeper threat: that Mike would kill her. When Anna was still a toddler, Mike used to feed her pets to his snake, telling Anna that the same fate would happen to her if she made him angry. So Anna set out to be the perfect child so as to stay alive.

But no matter how hard she tried, she was still beaten almost every day after school. Sometimes Mike would say there was no proof she had done anything wrong, but she probably had, so he beat her anyway.

What made matters worse, Anna’s brother was in the same grade, having failed second grade—he had to repeat that year. He became Mike’s informant; anything that happened at school that involved Anna would be reported. When her brother was angry at Anna, he would tell Mike lies to get Anna beaten; Mike never believed a word Anna said.

In third grade was a girl, Caroline, who despised Anna for some reason. Three instances arose that involved both Caroline and Anna, three situations that caused the roots of disease to begin growing within Anna.

And all three were not Anna’s fault, but Caroline had lied, and her lies had been believed.

The first was an honest mistake. On warmer days, children were able to change into shorts in the afternoon. The jeans both Anna and Caroline had worn to school were similar. When the bus arrived, Anna grabbed a pair of jeans and ran to the bus; she didn’t know they were Caroline’s. But everyone assumed Anna had stolen them on purpose because she was poor. No one would believe a word of what Anna said.

Another instance was when Caroline convinced the whole class (including Anna’s brother) to say that Anna had eaten shoe polish during an art class. Again no one believed Anna. She begged and cried so hard that she couldn’t breathe. She NEEDED someone to believe her; for if no one did, her life would surely end after school because Mike would believe she had lied AND had gotten attention for it.

The third time was when Anna had been pushed into a coat hook and lost consciousness. The next day, she was punished at school because Caroline stated she had pushed Anna after Anna had pushed her. So Anna had to write 1,000 lines: “I will not push other people.” Caroline was not reprimanded.

But writing the lines was minor. The teacher thought Anna’s tears and begging to be heard were just a way to get out of the punishment. The teacher didn’t know that Anna felt she would be killed after school.

Anna might’ve learned reading and math that year; but the main lessons Anna had learned was that she was alone and that no one would listen to a word she said. She had been labeled a “liar” at school and home. Because Mike felt he had failed in his efforts to keep Anna honest, his punishments became more brutal and severe. So she stopped talking and interacting with others. The only way to stay alive was to be alone, friendless and invisible.

Even so, over the next few years, Anna was beaten almost daily.

When she was in 6th grade, she had a hearing test because the teachers wondered if her lack of talking was because she couldn’t hear. She hadn’t understood the directions, so the school nurse sent her to a specialist for evaluation. It was during their evaluation that she had realized her mistake in the initial test. But she was afraid to tell anyone because she felt Mike would’ve felt she was lying to get attention.

So Anna kept silent. Soon she developed ear infections in her left ear. Then sinus infections. As these were treated with medical drugs, she developed hives on her legs that moved up her body over two years, then on her face, causing great swelling as if she had been beaten. By now Anna was 12.

Mike took to molesting her.

No one believed her.

She stopped crying.

And she developed asthma.


Now, at age 25, Anna sought the care of a Homeopath. She was severely depressed, angry, and not wanting to live; and still had asthma that was difficult to control.

Homeopathy has a way of reaching deep into a person’s past to find the roots of disease. During homeopathic care, a person can heal not only the current ailments, but the roots of disease can be eliminated if done correctly.

During the initial interview, the Classical Homeopath discovered the link between Anna’s asthma and third grade. In the present, Anna became instantly angry if someone didn’t believe her. This came in the form of her hating criticism and being taken advantage of (someone else’s lying). Her main fears were that her husband would die; she would blame herself because whatever might happen to cause his death, it would be her fault. She was afraid of her own death too, and feared suffering of any kind. For the most part, she kept to herself.

When angry, she wanted to kill herself. She blamed herself for EVERYTHING (unfortunately she had a counselor who reinforced this belief). If she made a mistake, she felt someone she loved would be killed, just as the kittens she had loved as a child had been killed if she had made Mike angry (meaning she made a mistake). So Anna spent most of her life fearing death for herself or someone she loves, and feeling it was her duty to kill herself to spare others from being killed.

Arsenicum album to the rescue

The homeopathic remedy Arsenicum album is a great remedy for those who feel their lives depend upon being believed.

Other characteristics of Arsenicum that made it the right selection for Anna:
• It has an affinity for the mucus membranes and lungs. Anna had asthma.
• She had a chronic sinus infection with putrid and offensive discharge.
• She was insecure and felt if her husband was not home, he would surely die.
• She had a preoccupation with death. She thought about her death, her husband’s death and that of her children.
• She was VERY restless. She fidgeted through the whole office visit.
• She was afraid to take risks; for surely if something went wrong, it would be her fault.
• She was very organized and had a great memory for details—she learned these traits in her youth as she always felt she needed to prove her innocence. A stick that measured a little over 2” wasn’t good enough; Anna had to know that it was EXACTLY 2 1/16”.
• Her dreams at night were often of having to prove her innocence to a judge in a courtroom.
• She had an aversion to cold drinks and meat, especially seafood and “slimy” foods.
• When angry, she wanted to drink alcohol.


Anna fared well with Arsenicum album. Although she still felt she had to be totally honest, her desire for death diminished over time. She became less restless and was able to focus on a future; she began to have dreams of what she wanted to do and where she wanted to go. She no longer feared that her life would end instantly if she made a mistake.

And her asthma settled and became more manageable now that Anna wasn’t in a high anxiety state all day long.

Homeopathy helps create awareness of the emotional and mental impacts that cause health problems today, even if the roots of those health problems started in the past. Anna made a mental choice in third grade to stop speaking and to be invisible—she felt her SURVIVAL depended upon it. But the situation in third grade no longer existed in adulthood—Mike was no longer part of her life. With the changes Anna made to survive childhood, those changes needed to be removed to regain health and good emotional/mental balance. Homeopathy is great for this.

Don’t let past fears rule your life today. Choose Classical Homeopathy.

Best wishes,
Dr. Ronda Behnke Theys
Homeopathic Centers of America

Disclaimer: The information provided by Dr. Ronda Behnke Theys is for educational purposes only. It is important that you not make health decisions or stop any medication without first consulting your personal physician or health care provider.

Author's Bio: 

Dr. Ronda Behnke Theys is a distinguished practitioner of Classical Homeopathy and other Natural Healing methods. As co-founder of The Homeopathic Centers of America, Dr. Ronda passes on what she has learned through her seminars, articles, books and when working with individuals. You can contact Dr. Ronda via the www.MyHCA.org or by calling 920-558-9806. For a FREE guide to help you along your healing path, visit the HCA website as noted above.