The word hippie according to the Australian Oxford Dictionary is “a young person who chooses to live their life unconventionally”. We are now over 40 and no longer consider ourselves young, however, we do choose to live our lives differently from the normal (whatever that is). We guess this classes us in some way as “hippies”, a term we embrace in our path of life.
We guess if you are reading this, then you too are in search of “something different” from the normal. Maybe you too embrace the term “hippie”. For us, this was a conscious decision made when our first baby, Jay was born. He was an unsettled baby, due for the most part because of Cathy and her lifetime of hang-ups with her parents.
When Jay was three months old it became apparent to everyone that Cathy had severe post-natal depression. We were pushed to take Cathy to the doctor about this problem and the answer we were told was to take anti-depression medication. We knew Cathy was in a bad place, but we also knew more than anything that if she took drugs while breastfeeding she was feeding drugs to our baby son. Our doctor assured us it was all safe.
If he could look us in the eye and with a straight face tell us what we knew was untrue, then we knew we couldn’t trust our health and our family’s health to this system any longer. We decided right then that we needed to take control of our health. Our families found this a bit hard to live with. We had both grown up in very conventional families who immunised their children when it was due, went to the doctor if they were ill and never left the doctors surgery without a script in hand. If their animals were ill, then the vet was called.
This is just how it is done. We thought we were the same however, now we know we are part of the new consensus.
We choose to not get out of bed at some ungodly hour in the morning, to drop our babies in childcare and spend hours a day stuck in traffic to arrive home at night exhausted, to the huge beautiful house with the only time to enjoy it at weekends – a day and a half, maybe two days a week. In our great-grandparents day, that house would be big enough to fit five families with 7-12 children. We make a conscious choice to not consume mass-produced food that is covered in artificial fertiliser and poisonous chemicals, we choose to work from home so we can be with our children to guide them and support them.
We choose not to immunise our babies with live diseases or poisonous carriers, we choose because we can, because we have access to information and reports that allow an informed decision on these crucial matters. We also choose to use alternative medicines on ourselves and our animals. It was, in fact, Homeopathy that carried us out of the post-natal depression. This amazing medicine that is so popular in Europe that they have hospitals and farms that are solely run on the miraculous homeopathic remedies. It is the healing choice of the Royal Family and it has been around for 250 years.
Why it has been kept such a secret? – a question we pondered for a long time after we discovered the healing benefits of it first hand.
We couldn’t come up with an answer so therefore decided to create an awareness of options for the people when it comes to treating themselves, their families and their animals. We aim to “be the change we wished to see in the world”. Einstein famously quoted “The definition of insanity is to do the same thing over and over and expect a different result”. If you have been working with doctors and vets and they keep dealing our medication after medication and you’re not getting any better, then this is insanity. It is time to look for a better, more natural alternative. It is time as 21 Century hippies that we said enough is enough! – we don’t want your chemicals in our food and we certainly don’t want them in the form of drugs for our families and our animals.
In 2005, after many years of drought on the farm, we moved from Bendemeer, near Armidale and Tamworth in Northern NSW to the Gold Coast Hinterland. Through some unknown force, we started providing sheepdog demonstrations at different locations around the city, this led to sheepdog training classes for the unruly city-bred working dogs. This, in turn, led us to create a specialised kit for our trainees who were visiting the vet more regularly than the butcher and were paying thousands of dollars to vets for little things like rashes and stings, hotspots and abscesses.
We thought this quite strange as we hadn’t been to the vet in nearly ten years. We were treating all our animals – sheep, cattle, dogs, pregnant and lactating bitches and their pups with homeopathic remedies. Now our trainees had real tools to use for everyday problems, saving themselves many dollars, but more importantly lots of time – lots of time that was wasted sitting in the vet clinic waiting and waiting.
We were freeing people up and making their animals healthier in the process. We encouraged all our kit owners to treat their friends’ pets. Share and share-alike. We aren’t doing what we do to make gross amounts of money. We do what we do to help people, to help themselves and their animals. It grew from there. Their friends wanted kits and they wanted more. In 2008, we decided to create a commercial product to help as many animals owners (caretakers they like to call us) to help their beloved pets. We focused on making kits that would meet the needs of our potential clients, without giving up what was important to us.
We wanted an all Australian made product – all but the bottles are made in Australia. We wanted a product that was kind to the environment – we used soy-based inks in the printing and recycled cardboard for the packaging. The other important thing to us was to provide full backup support. For although we had a great product with detailed instructions we were very aware that the use of homeopathic medicines is different from western medicine, for example, lesser dosing, faster acting, very little repeating of remedies. People needed supporting through the learning. We, therefore, decided every kit should leave us with full email or phone (in emergencies) back up support. Kit owners wouldn’t need our help forever, but they needed our support until they had the knowledge they need to go alone.
It is amazing to know that every kit that leaves us empowers the owner to help all their animals – stock and domestic alike. They will help their friends’ animals and gradually they will make a difference to the general health of animals everywhere with tools that will allow them to treat bites, infections, accidents, fevers, heat stroke, chemical poisoning and much more, as soon as they notice a problem. Do you know that the most likely thing to kill your pets in the case of an accident? It isn’t their injuries, it is the shock.
If you had a tool at your ready disposal to remove that shock immediately the chances of total healing are greatly increased. Homeopathic remedies can be used on all animals, including of course humans. They can also be used on plants, in fact, any living thing. Homeopathic remedies are now classed organic for farming in New Zealand and Australia. They are a perfect choice actually as there are no chemicals, no harmful side effects, no withholding period for stock, and it creates true healing by healing from the inside out. In homeopathy, we believe discharges, rashes and the like are wonderful as they are a sign the ‘being’ is healing and ‘pushing out’ any rubbish that has been causing problems. It will work with physical, mental and emotional symptoms in a whole-body (wholistic) way.
Well once we had people using the remedies for their animals it didn’t take long for them to decide to use the remedies on themselves and their families. Not for life-threatening issues but for the day-to-day. A fall, an infection, stomach upset, bites, etc. So now we were helping people and their animals with day-to-day health issues. This was fantastic. As soon as they were confident that they had a great product, they told their friends and our business grew. At the end of 2008, after all our money went into creating Heal with Ease, we found ourselves in a very uncomfortable financial position. Eric took on full-time work again at Rathdowney, near Beaudesert. Although this was a desperate move, it also turned out to be a great move.
Here we were thrown into a 3500-acre property with sick and dying Wagyu cattle. If there ever was a time to test our remedies it was now. We arrive in October just as the cows were calving. This was the wrong time of year for calves to be born – the weather was extremely hot, the feed drying off quickly and to top it off the calves were born sick. The calves would live to approximately 10 days and then lay down and die. On Christmas Day that year, we spent the day picking up sick calves, trying to rehydrate them and moving them out of the sun. It was horrific. We tried many different remedies, with varying success. There were reports of this problem all through the Wagyu farming industry so we thought maybe a genetic issue.
When you look into the breeding of Wagyu you see that only a small amount of the genetic pool was ever released from Japan. So what we have in Australia is inbred Wagyu with problems that are multiplied and magnified in the calves. So what was wrong with them. They were born okay but wasted within the first 10 days. It took a while but it hit us one night that these calves had tuberculosis. So with this information, we treated all the cows with the energy remedy tuberculosis. The following year at calving we reduced the mortality from 30% to 5%. This was an incredible result. In 2009 we were shown the next step in our journey when we met a gentleman by the name of Peter Esdaille. Peter is a chiropractor that had created and was teaching a healing process called Innate Healing.
In Innate Healing, we identify the health issues using a muscle testing process, similar to Kinesiology, then release the issue from the body by gentle tapping down the spine. We don’t do much Innate Healing these days because we don’t see many of our clients but the learning about muscle testing was a crucial factor in developing what we do now. We also took ourselves out of the mindset that the Homeopathic remedies were all we could utilise. There are approximately 2000 approved homeopathic remedies but we had access to over 7000 remedies. Why would we limit ourselves and our clients with only the homeopathic remedies? Now we combine the full array of remedies and the muscle testing to design a Personalised Healing plan for each of our clients. Some clients only need 2-3 plans to return their bodies to full function and good health. Others need 6 or more.
It is distressing to see 3-year-old children needing 6-7 plans. How could a child that young have so many issues to deal with? If we consider that his body is made up of not only ‘his’ life experiences, but those of his ancestors carried forward in his genetic DNA, then possibly there is a lot to release – chemical exposure for one. Our previous generations sprayed strong and dangerous chemicals around everywhere, then travelling became easier and people were being exposed to bacterias and viruses that they had previously never even known about and bought them back home with them and the increased in medication taken over the last 100 years has been phenomenal.
So yes, this little body could have a lot to release. We would like to say here that it is easier to rebalance a body that is still well, than to work on a body that is unwell or diseased. Every person/animal will benefit from a run of healing plans to clear out inherited and current issues. We even do healing plans for mobs of stock and farm paddocks. It’s incredible the number of chemicals we see on farms. If you are breeding your animals, like our farmers it is more important than health issues be cleared out because you don’t want to pass on genetic issues to offspring. With every plan we do, we are learning and growing in our knowledge. With every follow-up plan we do, we learn more.
Taking a body down through the layers of health issues – releasing toxins, bacterias, healing organs, rebalancing hormones, etc. and seeing them coming out the other side well, strong and healthy is a very rewarding process. If you would like to feel better, stronger, healthier, with more energy. Then we would love to help you.
In health and happiness,
Eric & Cathy Tighe
Heal with Ease