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Love, sex, chocolate and homeopathy

By JACINDA HOWARD, The Mirror

“All’s fair in love and war,” goes the famous quote by 1800s English novelist Francis Edward Smedley.

Love trials and tribulations will be recounted at a 7:30 p.m. Valentine’s Day lecture at Marlene’s Market and Deli, 2565 S. Gateway Center Place, on how love and homeopathy relate.

Valentine’s Day is not always as enchanting as one might hope. But for those experiencing the not-so-pleasant attributes of lost or misguided love, or those who are simply interested in learning more about relationships, Tim Ticehurst and Lone Pedersen will explain how homeopathy — an alternative form of medicine that employs diluted natural remedies from the animal, vegetable and mineral kingdoms — and love go hand-in-hand.

“We are going to talk about the cultural aspects of love, relationships and romance,” Ticehurst said.

In today’s society, the pressure to find love and live happily ever after is heavy. Television commercial breaks are filled with advertisements for dating services and radio propaganda tell couples a sparkling diamond is the key to everlasting love.

“In our culture, people are always looking for Mr. Right or Mrs. Right,” Ticehurst said.

But dating services and diamonds do not always equal love and happiness. Deep love can end in intense pain and self-harming behaviors. Homeopathy may be the solution to this suffering, Ticehurst said.

A person’s body autonomically creates and follows patterns, he said. These patterns can be disruptive. A homeopathic examines these patterns to discover what is causing them, Ticehurst said. Patients consume a diluted solution of the same substance that is found to be fueling the unwanted pattern, Ticehurst said. This allows the patient to move past the disruptive behaviors.

“Much like a vaccine, we are giving a little bit of the problem to the problem,” Ticehurst said.

Ticehurst referenced a recent client as an example of how homeopathy can be beneficial. The woman experienced a divorce along with feelings of guilt, grief and disappointment in how her marriage ended, he said. When she began a new relationship, she could not get past those feelings. She came to Ticehurst seeking peace of mind. He gave her a diluted homeopathic salt that allowed her to express her anger and frustration over the situation — and move on with her life, he said.

“If it’s the right remedy, it will do wonderful things,” Ticehurst said.

Homeopathy has existed in the United States for more than 200 years, but for the most part is not scientifically supported. Yet, Ticehurst stands by his healing methods, saying nearly any emotional, mental or physical disorder can be treated with homeopathy.

“It’s very revered around the world, and it’s a very inexpensive medicine,” Ticehurst said.

In America, Valentine’s Day is marketed as a day for lovers, not loved ones. Marlene’s Market and Deli chose to schedule the lecture about homeopathy on Valentine’s Day as a way to recognize and celebrate a wide spectrum of love, including that for significant others, family members and friends, said education director Lori Lively.

“If we only celebrate romantic love, we are leaving a lot of the population out,” Lively said.

Contact Jacinda Howard: jhoward@fedwaymirror.com or (253) 925-5565.

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Check it out:

The “Love, Sex, Chocolate and Homeopathy” lecture begins at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 14 at Marlene’s Market, 2565 S. Gateway Center Place in Federal Way. The event is free, but registration is appreciated. Call Tim Ticehurst or Lone Pedersen at (206) 240-9513 or (425) 775-7487, respectively, to learn more or reserve a spot at the lecture. Visit the National Center for Homeopathy Web site at http://nationalcenterforhomeopathy.org/ to learn more about the practice.

“If you are curious about the law of similars — like cures like — then this is a wonderful introductory talk,” Lively said.

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