Dear Prospective Student,
When I first became interested in homeopathy in 1982, there were barely a handful of practitioners in the Toronto, Ontario area and no homeopathic colleges in Canada or the U.S. At the time I was a struggling musician tired of being on the road and living in hotels and seriously considering an alternative career.
Apart from music, my other passion was health and healing and I had completed a program in herbal medicine in 1978, but my success was limited and I grew discouraged. Then a friend was visiting Toronto from England and brought me a gift of a homeopathic first-aid kit from Nelson’s Homeopathic Pharmacy in London. I was fascinated by the little pills and odd-sounding names.
I tried Arnica for some bruising after a fall and it speeded up my recovery time greatly. I tried Nux vomica for a nasty hangover one New Year’s day and it took away the headache, nausea and vomiting like magic. I was hooked! I began to read all I could on homeopathy and was amazed that such a powerful, yet gentle and effective system of medicine was not more well known given its 200 years of documented cures.
I was fascinated to learn that homeopathy is the only western medical system recognizing the spiritual nature of man and the importance of our life force in regulating and balancing all sensation and function of the body. When that life force is disturbed in some way, sickness results and health can only be regained by addressing that disturbance with specially-prepared homeopathic remedies capable of resonating with the life force and influencing it to heal. I had to learn more.
In 1984 I decided I wanted to study homeopathy seriously and decided to move to the U.K. to do so. There were several excellent colleges of homeopathy there and I started my training full of enthusiasm for the subject. It’s an enthusiasm that has never left me.
In 1994 I returned to Canada after practising homeopathy in Britain for 5 years, only to discover that Toronto had a great need for a school in this true healing art. I was convinced that I should go ahead and start one and the Toronto School of Homeopathic Medicine was born! The response was phenomenal and we filled our rented University of Toronto classroom the first year! Clearly homeopathy’s time had come in Canada.
Now, many years later, the interest in homeopathy is stronger than ever. Regulation of the profession in Ontario gives us greater credibility and this is attracting very motivated, passionate individuals who are determined to follow a meaningful and fulfilling profession that offers such hope to so many.
Today I consider myself very fortunate to be able to indulge my two passions – music and homeopathy.
I recently recorded a CD of original songs which has generated much interest and airplay. One of my songs is the backdrop to our College website video. Go to www.rayedge.com to hear more.
We’ve also launched the Canadian College of Homeopathic Medicine in response to the increased interest in our quality training programs. On our website is the phrase: The passion to help; the knowledge to heal; You Belong Here! That says it all.
If you ever have a question about homeopathy and your future, drop me an email and I will be happy to answer it.
Raymond Edge, RSHom(NA), CCH, RCSHom
Canadian College of Homeopathic Medicine, Est 1994
1881 Yonge Street, Suite 500
Toronto, Ontario, M4S 3C4