The power of homoeopathics!
When my 13 month old daughter broke out in a horrible rash on her face that turned into blisters, I was so worried, frightened and deeply concerned!! After taking her to three different Drs who told me it looked like nothing to worry about and sent me out the door after two minutes of looking at the rash, I thought about seeing a naturopath. Searching on the internet for child naturopath, I came across Brigitte and her free children’s clinic. I was able to book in an appointment straight away.
On arrival, Brigitte asked a variety of questions (none of which any Dr previously asked) to rule out things one by one. After spending an hour with my daughter and I, Brigitte came up with remedies for us to try. The results started to show within 3 hours upon taking the remedies and sticking to the instructions given. By the next day, my daughter’s terrible rash had gone and she appeared to no longer be in pain from the itchiness.
I have already recommended Brigitte to all of my friends who have children and will even be visiting her again for myself and the rest of my family.
Brigitte was very friendly, welcoming and most importantly, she wanted to help and took the time to find out what we could do - she actually showed a genuine interest in solving the problem. And, after having been so disappointed with the lack of help from the Dr's, I was delighted to have found her!!!
Thankyou so much Brigitte, you have made such a difference to a worried mother!!!
R. From Edithvale
Buteyko breathing (for the relief of asthma) combined with immune system support at work!
A. is doing really well.
She had another cold and used maybe 1% of her usual medication (no oral steroids at all and very little Ventolin). This is just an absolutely amazing result. In the past an asthma attack seemed to have a complete hold over her, this time she was in charge and could deal with the tightness of her chest very well. Mostly she breathed herself through without using any medication and when she couldn't do this she only used 1 puff of Ventolin instead of 6. Thank you again so much for all your help and support, and yes, A. is still practising daily and she just recently told me "Mum, often I do Fairy Breathing out of habit and not because you tell me to". This is of course just what we want. We are very grateful to you.
A.& M. / Donvale
Remark: “Fairy Breathing” is what we call the type of breathing recommended during the Butyeko exercises. It is slower and shallowed breathing than comfortable / normal breathing.
Brigitte Bennett is a GENIUS!!! My daughter has been an asthma sufferer for about 4 years (she is now 8 years old) and a friend mentioned a method called the Buteyko method and highly recommended Brigitte as the practitioner to help me with this method. Brigitte was amazing from the moment I made contact. Brigitte was welcoming and full of knowledge about the Buteyko method. What struck me about Brigitte was her genuine warmth and caring nature towards my daughter. My daughter is quite shy and reserved but warmed to Brigitte quite quickly. Brigitte you have the midas touch with children. I also felt very comfortable with Brigitte and knew we were in the right place. Because of Brigitte's excellent service, I now have engaged Brigitte's services for myself and the rest of my family. I am so impressed with what you have done for Paris, Brigitte – thank you – you are a rare gem.
J. R. (Camberwell)
Thank you for this wondeful testimonial. I believe that the real genius behind the success of this breathing technique is the late Professor Buteyko. He devoted his life to developing it and I am simply one of many messengers spreading it to as many people as possible!
I first came to see Brigitte with my four-year-old son after seeing her free children's clinic advertised. I thought, "What do we have to lose!" Both my sons had been through a difficult winter of illness with croup and, in S...'s case, asthma, and I was at my wit's end as to how to get them healthy again. We all follow good diets and my youngest seemed to be recovering fine but S... was not and was continuing to pick up bugs and colds and was suffering digestive problems. I was so frightened. We had several visits to the hospital in an ambulance and I so hated seeing them like that. Western medicine was great in an emergency at saving their lives but it was certainly not helping in the long term.
Brigitte gave us so much of her time and was incredibly thorough and patient with my four year old. She suggested a number of high quality supplements but at no time was I under any pressure to buy from her or to make another appointment. It was very clear Brigitte was only interested in how we could improve my boy’s health and certainly not interested in making money out of us. How refreshing.
In the three months since visiting I can definitely see an improvement in my boys. S..., whose immune system was the most affected, is already having much longer stretches of good health, In fact he woke up the other day with a cold and it was gone by the next morning. I couldn't believe it! There have been times where we have had relapses but the drugs needed at that time are becoming less, and once when S...has become asthmatic, I was able to completely turn the situation around by using a breathing technique from Brigitte and he didn’t need Ventolin. I couldn't believe how well it worked.
Naturopathy is a slow and thorough return to health and I know we won't be able to test its efficacy until next winter but I know I have healthier children from seeing Brigitte. I look forward to continuing to provide optimal health to my children through her guidance and I have no doubt that in her I have found a caring, knowledgeable professional who will go out of her way to provide excellent care to the most important people in the world - my babies! For that, I am so very thankful
Patritia has suffered from asthma for 14 years and has been taking following asthma medication: Preventers: Intal & Flixotide, morning and night. Relievers: Bricanyl & Ventolin nebulizers daily.
She had this to say about the Buteyko breathing method classes:
“I enjoyed the sessions and after the second day I stopped using the relievers. Brigitte was so helpful, caring and understanding. It’s now 7 weeks and I still haven’t taken any relievers – I am delighted with the results.” P.L.
Robert has been suffering from asthma for over 30 years and didn’t believe that there was anything that could be done about it after such a long time. His family persuaded him to try the Buteyko breathing method and he had this to say:
”I was skeptical at the start and was surprised at the improvement from the first lesson. I would recommend any asthmatic to give the Buteyko method a try.” R. McC.
....a email from C.S who learnt the Buteyko Method elsewhere a few years ago but didn't at first get the desired results, so she decided to re-do the course with me and now she is one of the many thrilled patients who seek help at this clinic:
I thought I’d drop you a line to let you know I’m still diligently practicing Buteyko and my asthma has been under control. This is the first time for approx 2 years that I haven’t had an asthma attack every 2 to 3 weeks!!
I’m rapt thanks for your help, I’m very grateful.
I was also pleased when [my health insurance] reimbursed the Buteyko classes.
Ps.: I forgot to mention I’ve had a full blown head cold recently and for about 4 to 5 years, once I’ve had a head cold a severe asthma attack has followed but not this time! Still can’t believe it – thank you
C.S. from Altona
You can’t win them all - honest feedback from one concerned mum!
Thanks for your email, I have been trying to think of what to say.... I guess we didn't really have much of a success story with the particular issues we were dealing with with E.... We really tried everything we could for a good three months, and I mean I really, really followed it all so strictly and even went beyond some of the recommendations, but alas, there was not the tiniest improvement. In fact, probably about 3 weeks after I stopped it all she suddenly started getting better all on her own. She has maintained fairly steady health since then, though we are still pursuing an adenoidectomy, as we feel it is going to be better for her in the long term.
Having said all that, I was so happy with your service, your generosity and your genuine care for children. The free clinic is just such a wonderful thing to have available. I would definitely recommend you to others and am happy to spread the word. I do believe that naturopathy is a wonderful avenue for children’s health and although it didn't work for E... in this instance I wouldn't hesitate try it again if some other issue were to arise.
I was also so grateful for being able to order products and pick them up from the doorstep, and that your homeopathics are so affordable.
Thanking you again,
Thank you for your feedback! I will add it to my website so that people can get a realistic view of what can and cannot be done. I appreciate your honest appraisal and while I am sorry that I wasn’t able to help E... the important thing is that she has recovered all by herself given a bit of time.
I suppose one of the most frustrating things for me to accept is that I don’t have a 100% success rate. There are so many children in need of help and I would love to assist them all!
I will however always try my very best and hopefully lead many back to better health!
Don’t hesitate to call again!
Dietary adjustments & appropriate supplementation bring about a change for the better in a little boy suffering from a severe respiratory condition!
I’m not sure I can put into words what your knowledge, kindness and guidance did for us - particularly during our first meeting but I shall try. As you would remember our 3 year old son was vomiting and coughing so hard and often during the worst of it I was constantly in tears as was he. We were desperately upset about his illness. We knew in our heart of hearts that he his ‘colds’ and bronchial infections were misdiagnoses – but what else was it? Your recommendations for diet adjustments and supplementation have really paid off. Our son is now six and by having an ongoing preventative attitude towards his health he has gotten through the recent spring and summer without any major asthma attacks and the need to administer is medication is rare.
We are truly grateful to you for your wisdom and generosity. When we came to you our financial situation was such that we had not been able to seek the assistance of a naturopath because of the associated costs. I simply dread the thought of where we might be today if it wasn’t for you offer of free consultation for children.
It’s also important for people to understand how much flexibility you provide – phone and email consultations and mailing supplementation and allowing us to collect it on the weekend are all services that you should be most proud of. They are all the reasons why we would recommend you every time.
Bless you Brigitte – we’ll forever be in your debt.
S of Malvern East
A love for children and previous teacher training enable me to relate to even the youngest patients!
"I have seen Brigitte for treatment relating to my son's asthma and general wellbeing on several occasions now. I find her approach practical and thorough and appreciate that she draws from several complementary medicine disciplines including homeopathy and nutritional medicine. Brigitte's genuine interest in children and ability to build rapport with them helps to make our appointments with her run smoothly and stress free."
Louisa from Heathmont
.....here are other comments that have been made over the years:
Here is the story of Roland, aged 8, from Melbourne:
After only two appointments introducing dietary changes and using NLP learning techniques I received the following feed back from Roland's mother: "I spoke to Roland's teacher yesterday and she told me that she has noticed over the last few days a marked change in his attitude and enthusiasm at school. He seems happier, smiles a lot more, [is] happy to share a joke and is contributing to class discussions more."
Another mother gave this feed back about her young son's trouble with asthma:
When my son Alex was two years old, he suffered a severe Asthma attack and was hospitalised for two days. Since birth Alex always had been a child who constantly caught colds and viruses, usually resulting in the development of secondary infections and the use of recurrent doses of antibiotics. After the Asthma attack that saw my son hospitalised, he continued to develop infections and these almost always resulted in further complications with Asthma; to the extent that he was prescribed more preventers and required regular Ventolin.
As a mother it concerned me that my son was becoming dependant on these drugs. But what concerned me more were the side-effects. Due to the regular doses of antibiotics Alex was constantly troubled with Thrush. The final straw was in January this year when Alex developed severe mouth ulcers from regular heavy use of his steroid puffer. I’d had enough and convinced my husband, a sceptic of alternative medicines, to allow me to take Alex to see Brigitte.
Not long after that appointment Alex started his first year of school. In last six months since taking Brigitte’s natural remedies, he has not missed a day of school. He has caught a couple of minor colds but has managed to fight them off easily with no secondary infections developing and no use of antibiotics.
At present he remains on his Asthma preventers, but his Asthma is totally under control, and has not required the use of Ventolin. Everyone who knows Alex says that he has never looked so healthy and strong. Even our family doctors are amazed as they rarely see Alex these days.
Riley's mum had this to say:
..... Riley seems to be doing a lot better since you had seen him on the 23rd June 2008. I strongly believe that he was getting better only a few days after he started your recommended medication and surprisingly he seems to have not got sick since (touch wood) and that is not the usual winter cycle we're used to. He has always been sick throughout winter and we are absolutely thrilled with this result.
As for the breathing through the nose technique, Riley seems to have taken that on board and even my husband thought it was logical and is always conscious of doing the same thing. In him doing so it has now also reduced his snoring so I really LOVE you for that!. We have stopped your medication (because I was not sure when to) for now and he seems to be ok with that and I have not used any of the inhalers we were prescribed from our Doctors since we saw you and that has been great also... (our decision and he didn't need it)
It was really hard seeing Riley struggling with his breathing and now he breathes like he should.... Clearly! I guess for now, we wont be seeing you until we run out of your medication or if/ when you want to see us???? Thank you ...Thank You. Thank You.. Take care and I have been telling EVERYONE I know how Riley has come good after using Naturopathy through you. Yours gratefully Mary-Anne (name withheld)
FEEDBACK– Naturopathic Care
Cat, 33, from Ringwood:
"Brigitte Bennett is a wonderful naturopath. Over the previous years, I have worked with numerous Naturopath's to try and achieve a more wholistic balance to my life and hormone and weight issues and Brigitte has stood head and shoulders above other professionals in her field. She has a genuine focus on the client and their issues and is generous with her time and extensive wealth of knowledge and advice. Brigitte is always friendly and professional and has continually exceeded my expectations every step of the way. I am more than confident that we are working together in the right direction and I am sure with her help and expertise, we will achieve my hope of having another baby. I would not hesitate in recommending Brigitte's services and advice."
Sharon, 29, from Thomastown: “Nice to know there are still people in this world who focus on the person more than the dollar!”
Joan from Croydon Hills: “My weightloss and general good health and wellbeing has been easily achieved by following Brigitte’s friendly and professional advice coupled with natural herbal remedies.”
Lorraine, 46, from Ringwood East: “I look forward to each visit with Brigitte. I trust her implicitly with all aspects of my wellbeing.”
John, 71, from Rosebud: “Brigitte is able to impart her sound and extensive knowledge in a very caring and helpful manner.”