Success Stories

Tamara Der-Ohanian

1. Which accomplishment/event/moment are you most proud of in your career as a Homeopath?

First of all, I am grateful for the gift of homeopathy which enables me to make positive changes in so many people’s lives on a daily basis.  My proud moments are ongoing; each time a patient comes back and tells me they cannot believe how good they feel and how much improvement a little white pill has made in their general well being.

2. What 3 aspects of your Homeopathic education contributed the most to your success? 

I’m glad I made the decision to leave the other school and join The Toronto School of Homeopathic Medicine (now Canadian College of Homeopathic Medicine) the year it was started.  CCHM is a fine institution with high standards of academic training, and became the only homeopathic school fully accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Homeopathic Education in North America (ACHENA)

Secondly, the clinical cases (live and on video) were most helpful and gave me the confidence needed for case taking and prescribing once I was on my own.   

The fact that CCHM taught us classical, Hahnemannian homeopathy (the real stuff) has contributed to my prescribing success.

3. Share with us a recent and successful case treated with Homeopathic Medicine.

My favourite cases are the ones where the patient goes back to their medical doctor after homeopathic treatment and the doctor is puzzled with the “unexplained” improvement.  Here is an example of such case; a testimonial from a patient which explains her Atrial fibrillation and thyroid issue:

“I went to emergency experiencing severe weakness and an irregular heartbeat. I was immediately transferred to intensive care and was told I was experiencing Atrial Fibrillation caused by a thyroid storm (an autoimmune condition in which the thyroid attacks itself). After further testing I was informed the recommended course of action was to kill my thyroid with radiation and I would be on a thyroid pill for the rest of my life. At this time my symptoms were rapid and irregular heartbeat many times during the day and night, maximum sleep of 3-4 hours per night with very unsettling dreams and a constant feeling of extreme agitation even though I felt mentally calm. Upon the advice of my son, I decided to seek out a homeopath. After three months of taking the prescribed homeopathic remedy my heart rate went back to normal, my heart palpitations ceased, I slept through the night and the internal agitation disappeared. On the advice of my doctor I had further testing and was told by the specialist “I don’t understand this – your thyroid is testing normal now”. Thank you Tamara and your gift of homeopathic medicine … it has given me back my life.” 

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Lisa Formosa

1.Which accomplishment/event/moment are you most proud of in your career as a Homeopath?

I am very proud of my ability, and opportunity, as a homeopath to create profound changes in the lives of young families. Freeing a child from chronic illness with the right remedy has wonderful effects on the entire family dynamic. Supporting new parents to manage acute illness without fear and without the use of conventional drugs is very rewarding.

2. What 3 aspects of your Homeopathic education contributed the most to your success?

Good, clean Hahnemannian teaching is the top contributing factor. As a member of the 1997 graduating class of the school, adhering to these beautiful, classical principles has contributed to my longevity and success in practice.

3. Share with us a recent and successful case treated with Homeopathic Medicine.

Day and Night Terrors

Recently I met a 2 ½ year old boy with the main complaints of extremely poor sleep, night terrors and meltdowns.  These episodes were intense, violent and loud. Vocal repetition, shrieking, capricious and destructive behaviour accompanied the tantrums. The child’s expression would alternate between fearful and ‘snarling’. Mom and Dad reported these events were happening day and night and would last for a minimum of 20 minutes.  An aversion to water and an unusual tolerance to pain also marked this case. 

The prescription of Stramonium 30CH brought about remarkable change. The terror tantrums are gone, sleep is vastly improved and the child is exhibiting new awareness and calm. His parents are now hopeful that his upcoming Autism Spectrum Disorder assessment will simply provide reassurance, rather than a diagnosis.

4.  Do you have anything else you would like to share?

My work as a homeopath took a back seat to my mothering in the first years of each of my daughters’ lives.  I’m grateful to come out of the intense stage of parenting very young children to find I am still passionate about homeopathy and can continue to build a successful practice. Making Your Practice Profitable, with CCHM alumna, Rebecca Liston has helped me create vision and a steady stream of new, and ideal, patients so I can effectively balance my family and my career. 

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Jessica Ernewein

1. Which accomplishment/event/moment are you most proud of in your career as a Homeopath?

I opened my clinic doors in Jan 2012,after graduating in June 2011 and my first year was pretty successful! I was so ecstatic! I have since been contacted to write for 3 magazines which I do on a fairly constant basis. I also was featured on CBC Radio which I did an interview discussing homeopathy for bug bites. This year (2013) has been my second year of business and I have seen over 200 new patients with great results! But the thing I am most proud of as a homeopath was being asked to speak on CBC radio and hearing my interview and the feedback from customers.

2.  What three aspects of your Homeopathic education contributed the most to your success?

Every single thing I learned through my schooling has played such a large role in my success. Even those SRP's that you look at in class and said "there is no way I will ever see that", oh man you really do and when you hear it, it's like “oh wow I can't believe I actually heard that” and then just like every good “Joe Kellersteinian” you try to disprove what you just heard until you can't anymore, and just jump for joy! My level of education I know has been above par. I can't tell you how much I value the education I received at CCHM. To all future homeopaths coming out of CCHM don't be silly - do the THESIS! It is so important!! You only do school once and it has helped me so much in my practice because of how much I had to study the remedies for it.

3.  Share with us a recently cured case with Homeopathic Medicine. 

My most recent case is an 84 year old male patient with 16% kidney functionality. He was told he was not going to make it to October and was told to make his arrangements. We have been treating him since April and his blood counts have almost completely normalized, including his urea and creatine levels which were over 375! His doctor told him the creatine count would never come down. He has had increased energy and endurance and he is sad to report that he no longer falls asleep when his wife talks to him (he says he now has the energy and is forced to endure it all) Both he and his wife are incredibly excited to be going to speak to the doctor about getting the renal functionality tested as it is October and he is “still kicking”, and doing 80% better.

4. Do you have anything else you would like to share?

 I just did a second interview for CBC radio (Fri Oct 11) which once again I have gotten lots of feedback on. 
http://www.cbc.ca/pointsnorth/episodes/2013/10/11/consumers-need-to-watch-the-quality-of-supplements/ (they have me listed as a naturopath I am still trying to get them to correct it but when you listen to the audio I announce myself as a homeopath:)
http://www.cbc.ca/player/Radio/Local+Shows/Ontario/Points+North/ID/2394525783/ 

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Natali Yakeemovich

Which accomplishment/event/moment are you most proud of in your career as a Homeopath?

The most wonderful moments are when I hear from a patient “I want to tell you... I am much, much better now. Thank you.” My numerous hours of intense thinking, repertorizing and researching are behind, and the patient is sitting in front of me with a warm look and happy smile! Especially, if in the beginning there were so many problems that I was not sure on which to focus first.

What 3 aspects of your Homeopathic education contributed the most to your success?

  1. First and most important aspect of my successful Homeopathic education was studying with the very knowledgeable and talented teachers at CCHM (Canadian College of Homeopathic Medicine). The teachers are just brilliant!

  2. As well, extremely important was observing our teachers and participating in Clinical training, where homeopathic theory meets with real patients struggling from diseases. Without these Friday’s clinic I would never be confident that I can apply my knowledge to treat patients by my own. Even now when I take a case, I hear the soft voice of our clinic supervisor “Now tell me please how your reaction to sun is?” And I never forget to ask this and other questions.

  3. And finally, all courses were so well designed and effective, from the first semester to the last, that during these three years I have gained everything necessary to start practicing homeopathy immediately after graduation.

Share with us a recent and successful case treated with Homeopathic Medicine. 

This is a case of “strange UTI”. The symptoms were quite unusual, since my patient 5 years old girl had no pain, only very frequent, each 15-minutes trips to washroom. Before seeing me, she started antibiotic treatment but has to stop it because of progressive diarrhea. During the interview I have noticed that the girl has UTI symptoms only from Sunday night to Friday morning; everything was OK during week-end. After asking “Why?” few times, it became obvious that my patient has strong anxiety from going to school. The girl was inborn leader but did not speak English well, so nobody in class was playing with her. After two doses of homeopathic remedy which addressed her emotional state all “UTI” symptoms gone.

Do you have anything else you would like to share?

For those, who love homeopathy and are considering starting their training, I would like to say: “You are in the right place. CCHM will equip you with everything that you need”. And as well: “Follow your dream, do not be afraid to start your life from a new page. Do it today”.

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Sarah Hutchinson

Which accomplishment/event/moment are you most proud of in your career as a Homeopath?

This year, 5 years after graduation, I moved into my own clinical practice: Homeopathy Kingston.  I have a multidisciplinary group of holistic practitioners working in my space and the group dynamic is wonderful.  It has been a dream of mine to have my own office that highlights homeopathic medicine and I am so grateful to have been able to accomplish this so quickly.

What 3 aspects of your Homeopathic education contributed the most to your success?

Hahnemannian Fundamentals – the focus on The Organon in understanding homeopathic principles and practices is paramount, not only to the foundational knowledge of homeopathy but the functional knowledge in case evaluation and critical thinking.

Program Schedule – I commuted from Kingston for the entire 3 years (plus a 4th year for the post-graduate program).  Classes/clinics being held Friday-Sunday is the only way this distance was manageable.

The Faculty – from administration to professors, the depth of knowledge and experience with homeopathy at the CCHM is invaluable.  Dr. Joe Kellerstein, Monica Frohmann and Kim Elia were so inspirational in their case work and philosophy they made learning fun and engaging.

Share with us a recent and successful case treated with Homeopathic Medicine. 

A women who had been suffering chronic yeast infections most of her adult life (over 20 years) and trouble sleeping all of her life contacted me for consultation as her family doctor was only able to palliate the symptoms.  Through consultation she revealed the most wonderful prescribing symptoms of, only being able to catnap (3 hour stretches were the longest she could sleep in a row), waking every morning by 5am due to urging for a bowel movement, insatiable itching with the yeast infection and aggravation of it by swimming, headaches every Sunday, more specifically ANY day she DOESN’T work, and eczema following her hairline.  I prescribed Sulphur 30C, dry, triple dose.  A minor aggravation with the itch was experienced the first 3 days and then all her symptoms began to subside.  At our follow up in 3 weeks time, her eczema was gone and she was sleeping for 5 hours in a row, while still napping on the weekends.  She had not experienced a headache in the interim and the itching was 50% better.  I prescribed a weekly dose of Sulphur 30C and at our next visit, she still had no headaches, sleep was improving to 6 hours, although still waking early with bowel movements, there has been no recurrence with the eczema and her itchiness was 80% improved.  ”.  I prescribed a single dose of Sulphur 200C after this consultation.  She told me during our next consultation that she had been swimming at the cottage and didn’t get a yeast infection.  The first time in her life!

Do you have anything else you would like to share?

Practicing homeopathic medicine is a commitment to life-long learning.  There is something to be learned from each new patient and with each remedy you prescribe (no matter how familiar the remedy is).  It is also important to stay connected to peers through conferences, webinars and discussion forums.  One of the best ways to grow our profession is to support each other.

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Jocelyn McTavish

Which accomplishment/event/moment are you most proud of in your career as a Homeopath?

Seeing improvement in people's health and educating those that have no idea what homeopathy is or how it works. I enjoy seeing results such as reduced pain or more emotional freedom because of homeopathic medicines. 

What 3 aspects of your Homeopathic education contributed the most to your success?

Classical homeopathy is the only way to practice and CCHM is one of the only ones that teaches Hanhamenn’s craft. Knowing the physiological, mental emotional effect of the medicines makes it easier to narrow down a remedy that fits their totality of symptoms, even in an acute case. 

Share with us a recent and successful case treated with Homeopathic Medicine.

A patient had her boyfriends' elderly grandmother come and see me over a stress fracture in her tibia. I sent her off with a remedy for trauma to the tissues and help mend the bone faster. The doctor couldn’t get over how fast and how well she healed for a woman her age. 

Do you have anything else you would like to share?

The education and support from practitioners at CCHM has helped me build my knowledge of the body and understand how people can improve their health as well as cure illness at the cellular level.

Anna Sienicka

Which accomplishment/event/moment are you most proud of in your career as a Homeopath?

Effectively helping others as a Homeopath and doing what I love is what I feel most proud of.  There is a unique sense of deep appreciation when a condition finds its cure. Many years ago when I was suffering from a condition that conventional medicine had no solution for, I first experienced that deep appreciation when a homeopathic remedy saved me. That homeopathic remedy became my inspiration to study this unique medicine in order to make its healing more available to others. It is my pride and joy to share the benefits of Homeopathy with others and see that happiness in them as they recover.  

What 3 aspects of your Homeopathic education contributed the most to your success?

a) Studying at Canadian College of Homeopathic Medicine. This program included a three year intensive academic and science curriculum, including thorough clinical training supervised by Canada's most experienced and respected Homeopaths.

b) Clinical training supervised by Canada's most experienced and respected Homeopaths.

c) Externship process contributed to setting my practice for success. It is designed for building confidence with taking on new clients and at the same time being backed by an experienced supervisor.

Share with us a recent and successful case treated with Homeopathic Medicine. 

The most recent success was last week. A mother came to me with a condition she had been suffering for years that caused severe itchiness and sore spots on her scalp and other areas of her body.  She had tried everything but nothing had worked, it was literally driving her crazy. After she took the remedy I prescribed, her itching went away completely and she is now symptom free. 

A couple patients also responded with:

“My first appointment with Anna was a panicked response to a failed solution from my GP. I had a wild rash all over my upper body several weeks before my wedding! Not only did I get my resolution within the next few days, I have found an endless source of diverse information and encouragement to live in a happy and healthy state. I truly look forward to our monthly consults and walk away with new insights for further improving my quality of life, every time. There is no judgement in Anna's care and for the first time I feel that I have found a medical practitioner that does the art proud.”

J. Dunham

“Carpal Tunnel No More! By the time I booked an appointment with Anna, my carpal tunnel was causing extreme pain. No matter how much I'd rested my hand, used a therapy glove and wrist support, along with a special computer mouse, nothing helped. With my science background I've always been skeptical of holistic medicine, but the thought of surgery scared me so I was willing to try anything -- and am I ever glad I did! Much to my surprise, within two days of taking the remedy Anna gave me, the discomfort had almost disappeared. And within a week, it was as if I'd never even had carpal tunnel - truly remarkable! Needless to say, I am so thankful -- and Anna's enthusiasm and patience in answering all of my questions was also gratefully appreciated. Thanks again, Anna!”

A. Arbour

Do you have anything else you would like to share?

My practice HomeopathicCare.ca is now over 20,000 strong with followers from all over the world! It warms my heart to see the natural healings of Homeopathy becoming available to more and more people.

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Rob Dvorchik

1. Which accomplishment/event/moment are you most proud of in your career as a Homeopath?

I am most proud of being able to take care of my family and creating a home environment that promotes an optimal healthy lifestyle. 

2. What 3 aspects of your Homeopathic education contributed the most to your success?

The collaborative learning environment of the college has thus far been the biggest influence on my success, I am still able to draw on the expertise of my mentors and my diverse collection of classmates when in need. 

The extensive clinical experience, along with the manner in which our learning clinic was conducted, helped me immensely.

The focus on the core teachings of Dr. Hahnemann have given me a constant reference when I am faced with a difficult case or I need help from the other side. 

3. Share with us a recent and successful case treated with Homeopathic Medicine.

I'm not going to get too specific, but I find that half my cases have a skin condition as a chief complaint. It is a good example of where traditional medicine has failed and provides the greatest challenges and most satisfying successes for me because the ailment is so visible. I recently had a patient diagnosed with shingles (herpes zoster) and was given a prescription from his doctors of pain killers and patience. This is a condition that can persist for over a month, it is severely itchy and burning. A dry dose of Mercurius 200C relieved the symptoms within 3 days. 

 

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Angelica Necula

1.Which accomplishment/event/moment are you most proud of in your career as a Homeopath?

Every time I choose the right remedy and I see that it quickly improves the state of health of the patient, I must say that I feel proud! It is a feeling of deep accomplishment, as well! What a privilege to be able to offer a treatment that is completely natural, with no side effects, with gentle action on the body, yet so effective! I truly believe that Homeopathy is the best healing method by far, available nowadays!

2. What 3 aspects of your Homeopathic education contributed the most to your success?

First of all, the Canadian College of Homeopathic Medicine (CCHM) is the only college in the province of Ontario that offers the true Hahnemanian Homeopathy program, and this holds a tremendous teaching value.

Secondly, I truly believe that the externship and internship played an extremely important part of the learning process, exposing us, the future Homeopaths, to a lot of different cases. I feel that this tremendously prepared us to become confident in case taking and remedy prescribing.  

The third aspect that contributed the most to my Homeopathic education was the fact that I had the best professors and mentors during the 3-year Homeopathic program, such as Dr. Kellerstein, Lisa Decandia, Monica Frohmann, Stephanie Marwood and Dr. Rebecca Kellerstein.

3. Share with us a recent and successful case treated with Homeopathic Medicine. 

I would like to include a testimonial from one of my patients who is a dentist.

“Four years ago I was going through personal problems that had a tremendous impact over my health and life became overnight a real struggle. I was facing anxiety, panic attacks, palpitations, blurred vision, loss of sleep, fear of death, only to name some. I was visiting doctors, emergency rooms, specialists of all kind. Not only that it didn't help, but the medication offered always was antidepressants and sleeping pills which made things worse. One day, I read an article about homeopathy and how it is used in all kind of illnesses with certain results. And than I called Angelica. She helped me right away. After a thorough examination of over two hours, Angelica established a treatment that really worked. The first day of taking the remedy I felt immediate relief. I could sleep and my fears washed away suddenly. Slowly and gently, and with a lot of professionalism, Angelica succeeded to bring me back to my normal life in only few weeks. I am very thankful and would recommend Angelica to all my family and my friends. I know made homeopathy part of my life as it keeps amazing me with its applicability in all medical fields. I was able to improve my thyroid function, to regulate my missed periods, to decrease my heartburn and most important to heal my depression and to make my anxiety go away. Without Angelica I would have probably been just another depressed Canadian like 70 per cent of adult population as the medical science, with sour irony, classifies us. Thank you, Angelica", Dr. C. Udrea

4. Do you have anything else you would like to share?

Continuing education in this field is extremely important, because it helps us, homeopaths, refine our skills.  I continued my professional education with Dr. Joseph Kellerstein.  Dr. Kellerstein's monthly seminars allowed me to review the Materia Medica as well as work on some interesting cases, strengthening my clinical skills as well.  

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Joshua Femi Olawuyi

1. Which accomplishment/event/moment are you most proud of in your career as a Homeopath?

Witnessing the joys of patients on acute and chronic cases, most especially when they have given up from other forms of therapy. But by using homeopathic remedies they saw the ailments disappear. Also, making patients feel welcome is very important when they come to the centre. 

2. What 3 aspects of your Homeopathic education contributed the most to your success?

Sharing, listening and receiving some of the professors' knowledge have contributed to my success in every way.

My clinic supervisors' challenges in school helped me in full time practice. Those write-ups may have been hard then but paid off after!

The Organon and extensive readings have also helped tremendously.

3. Share with us a recent and successful case treated with Homeopathic Medicine.

I recently had a patient who had problems with her stomach. Her food pipe was disjointed, and had needle-like pain. Her internal system was not permitting her to eat or drink. The remedy Ipec 30, 3 pellets, 3 times daily was prescribed. She was normal in 24 hours. 

Another patient with migraine headaches and trigeminal neuralgia came into my office crying. She could not eat, but CT and bonescan was good, blood work was normal. Her other medications were not helping. Rhododendrum 30, 3 pellets, 3 times daily was given. After 72 hours, the patient was smiling. 

 4. Do you have anything else you would like to share?

The efficacy of homeopathic remedies are alarming. I will forever be grateful to all my professors. I started 2 years ago and already have tremendous progress.

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Samantha Spencley

1. Which accomplishment/event/moment are you most proud of in your career as a Homeopath?

I've been blessed to have a number of proud moments in such a short time of practice. My first case after graduating was a Crohn's Disease case and the patient was about to go on immunosuppressant drugs. After one dose he saw immediate improvement. The case was so amazing, I wrote it up, submitted it and it was printed in The American Homeopath, Homeopathic Medical Journal, produced by NASH.
I've been able to help babies, kids and adults with homeopathy but I'm most proud of the fact that my own family hasn't stepped foot in a hospital or walk in clinic in 6 years because we strictly use homeopathy.

2. What 3 aspects of your Homeopathic education contributed the most to your success?

William Ellwood and his miasm lectures. He changed the way I look at dis-ease and the body, which I've found extremely helpful and effective in my practice

Externship and internship. Great to fail and succeed with the safety of having the instructors there to back you up and support you when you are learning

Case strategy and analysis. When I was in class, it was annoying to have to write everything out, but now I appreciate learning these skills because I'm able to articulate my strategy to the patient and manage the case properly.

3. Share with us a recent and successful case treated with Homeopathic Medicine. 

The Nintendo Pen

A family I have been assisting with their health care for over 3 years now, called me one night while I was making a house call to another family. I literally was stepping up the porch when I answered the phone and the mother was frantic, her 2 year old poked himself in the ear and possibly injured his ear drum with a Nintendo DS pen. If you don’t know what this is, it’s a handheld game console that has a plastic pen to use on the screen. I could hear the panic in her voice, but of course I was on the stairs of my next appointment. I told her to give the child Arnica 200 every 15 mins and I would come over after my appointment. When I got to the house an hour and 15 mins later, the child was curled up on his fathers lap with a blanket and a very painful look on his face, tears streaming down his sweet cheeks. This child is very mischievous, rambunctious and resilient, but the look on his face was otherwise on this visit. I proceeded to check his inner ear with my ophthalma scope and saw what was normally pink with yellow discharge from previous checks, was black this time, which meant to me that he was suffering from a blood clot in his inner ear. The parents said that he had had roughly 6 doses of Arnica 200 at this point and that he had gone from an intensity of 10 with the pain to about a 7. I raced home, got Arnica 1M and returned to the house. By this time it was nearly 9pm and the child had been in pain for 2 hours. I told the parents, no matter what time it was during the night, that they were to call me, even if they were choosing to go to the hospital, I wanted to be able to guide them along their way. Well, the next morning came without a midnight wake up call and in the morning I called the family for an update. To which the Mom said she gave him the Arnica 1M once after I left and he fell asleep and didn’t wake up through the night, (which he tends to be a restless sleeper). I asked for her to bring the child by my office so I could check his ear out for myself. Once she brought him in, he was smiling and laughing, running around as if nothing had happened. I asked him to let me see and he cocked his head in anticipation of me looking in, and I tell you, it was pink with yellow discharge again! I asked him how he felt and he said, “Good”, with thumbs up. A week later, I spoke with the father and he said that his son is being his normal mischievous self, and that there was not any residual effect from the Nintendo pen. Gotta Love Homeopathy and Arnica.

 4. Do you have anything else you would like to share? 

I am happy I made a bold career change and took my training at Canadian College of Homeopathic Medicine.

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Joel Jeans

1. Which accomplishment/event/moment are you most proud of in your career as a Homeopath?

There are many things that I am most proud of so far in my endeavour into Homeopathy, but I would have to say I am most proud of graduating from the Canadian College of Homeopathic Medicine. The program at CCHM was challenging and rewarding and by the end of it there was definitely a great sense of accomplishment. 

2. What 3 aspects of your Homeopathic education contributed the most to your success?

The three aspects that contributed the most to my success would be the high quality of the professors that teach at CCHM, The student clinic which really helped prepare me for the variety of cases that I have seen in my private practice, and the friendships and relationships that were built during my three years of study. Having friendships with other students and instructors really builds that support network that is needed when a tough case comes your way and you need to bounce ideas off of people. I really enjoy cases surrounding hormonal imbalances. 

3. Share with us a recent and successful case treated with Homeopathic Medicine. 

Here is a case of a patient I was seeing for issues relating to Menopause.

The patient was a 49 year old female that was having difficulty sleeping. She was waking at night from hot flashes and was very restless. She had whole body perspiration and was better in cool air. She also reported that she was having great difficulties in dealing with stresses that were in her life, mostly associated with her career. Yeast infections were reported on a monthly basis that were very itchy and inflamed. After urinating she would stand then realize she still had "to go". She would sit back down on the toilet and urine would only dribble out. After the dribble she no longer had sensation of having to urinate.

I gave Sepia 200C, one time per week for 4 weeks. After the first follow up there was a 70% improvement in hot flashes and if she did get a hot flash it was only in a hot room. Patient even reported that she had to wear a sweater around the house at times, couldn't remember last time she did that. There was no longer any sensation of still having to urinate after going to washroom. No vaginal itching or inflammation since taking remedy and she is dealing with major stresses at work as if they aren't stresses at all.

When leaving the clinic the patient said "Thank-you for making me feel human again".

I recommended continue taking Sepia one time per week until next appointment.

4. Do you have anything else you would like to share?

Homeopathy is life changing for everyone involved. From the patient to the Homeopath, to the loved ones of the patient, everyone is better off because of Homeopathy.

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Carla Beharry

1. Which accomplishment/event/moment are you most proud of in your career as a Homeopath?

To be honest, each and every referral and compliment feels like a proud moment ... At the end of an appointment, many clients will smile & will comment that, before even receiving a remedy, they already feel “lighter” and “more balanced” from experiencing the process of a homeopathic consultation.

Being asked to see clients with mental & emotional health struggles at Lutherwood’s Mental Health Institute  - a true sign to me that homeopathic medicine can have an important and unique impact in the realm of mental/emotional well-being

I have had the honour of teaching health education classes at a highschool in Belize ... Being told that I had truly changed, not only the kids I was working with, but the entire island, with the information I was able to share ... most definitely one of the proudest moments of my life!

 2. What 3 aspects of your Homeopathic education contributed the most to your success?

Number One: The phenomenal instructors ... from Raymond Edge to William Ellwood ... to Kim Elia ... to Lisa Decandia ... to Joan Weir ... I feel truly blessed to have gathered pieces of wisdom from each and every one of these inspirational Homeopaths ... to this day, I still think about their wisdom shared, in the midst of my case work!

Number Two: My classmates ... Walking into that classroom everyday with an internal buzzing and excitement is a feeling I will never forget ... the questions, the stimulating and thought-provoking conversations ... that classroom environment is a learning forum, all in itself .

Number Three: The clinic ... without a doubt, homeopathic learning, takes place in the hands-on clinic ... Both the externship & the internship process were invaluable for learning about case-taking, remedies, dosing & patient communication

All in all, a brilliant & phenomenal environment that I will be forever thankful to have been a part of ... 

3. Share with us a recent and successful case treated with Homeopathic Medicine. 

One of the biggest shifts I’ve been grateful to witness:

Boy, Age 7, with angry outbursts, temper tantrums & headaches

Key Symptoms & Themes:

  • Fear of death
  • Desire to paint his room black; drawn to the dark & to dark colours
  • Obsessed with playing the piano (*) - would spend every free moment playing piano
  • Obsessed with playing video games
  • Daily Headaches: Better outside in the cold & worse at end of the day
  • Perfectionist: Disappointed in self if not getting Straight “A’s” in school
  • Threatening to kill himself (since the age of 4)
  • Fascinated by music & vibrations of music
  • Anger, screaming, crying, throwing, yelling
  • Temper tantrums with homework
  • Desire to run outside, barefoot in the rain
  • Ravenous appetite in the evening (will skip breakfast)
  • All symptoms better at midnight (favourite time of day)

Remedy chosen: Tarentula 200 CH (two pellets ... one dose only)

Response from Mother:

“My son is like a new kid!  He is so happy, falls asleep easily & slept until 7:30am - so unlike him!  When we decided to work on his homework, all of the clouds were gone! I couldn’t believe it - not only did we finish his homework in 15 minutes, we laughed & had fun doing it together ... We are SO grateful ... he is not sleeping on the floor anymore ... he told me that he feels different ... today when I was combing his hair, he said: “Mommy, how come it doesn’t hurt anymore? ... it used to hurt so much, even when you touched it & now it’s okay! ... he really is a happy boy ... we are breathing a sigh of relief, astonished at the change”

4. Do you have anything else you would like to share?

 I genuinely feel blessed to have found my path in homeopathic medicine ... I have personally experienced & have witnessed in others, more profound shifts in mental, emotional & physical health than in any other system of medicine ...Very grateful for this opportunity to share the unique spirit of this homeopathic community.

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Sandra Chadsey

1. Which accomplishment/event/moment are you most proud of in your career as a Homeopath?

 My homeopathy career is still rather new and exciting.  I continue to be in awe when remedies work perfectly and improvement or healing comes swiftly.  I love watching the body respond to  a well-chosen remedy and sort out how it became distorted or stuck in a dis-ease pattern.  I would say that what I am most proud of in regards to my success and journey as a homeopath is that I have stuck to the path that most resembles who I am. 

I went back to school in my 40's and that came with some challenges, but I had the attitude that I can learn from every situation and every teacher. I also believe that my life experience and personal journey of homeopathic care adds depth and encouragement for many of my patients. I have created a growing practice that fundamentally involves homeopathic healthcare, but also includes life style management, crisis care, education, nutrition, and a few ounces of friendship. I have become a life coach to many of my senior patients who have spent decades in the medical system without someone who took the time to care.  I have become a mentor to many young moms who need support and examples to follow.  I am often 'taken back' with how much opening myself to my patients and giving them a few ounces of love mixed with homeopathic care has changed a life even before the remedy takes effect.  It's an aspect of our medical system that has been missing for a very long time. 

2. What 3 aspects of your Homeopathic education contributed the most to your success?

Variety: Having a variety of different teachers always adds flavour to education. CCHM does a great job providing a variety of teaching perspectives.

Beginnings: One thing that I learned at CCHM is that what is taught in class is only a morsel of what you will need to know in everyday practice. It is a teaser to get you thinking, reading, studying and researching. CCHM gives the foundation: a solid foundation for a new homeopath to get started. From there one will quickly see that there is more to do and learn, but with the right foundation, learning is quick and relatively painless.  I developed a variety of perspectives to consider with every case, and I have practiced consistently the solid Hahnemannian principles taught in class.  There are multiple ways to practice Homeopathy; some are better and more effective then others (which we debated in class!); regardless, I was taught clearly how to approach a case, how to "take a case," and how to analyze a case. The rest comes with experience and study.

Clinic: all the case work we did was some of the most valuable education. I valued time in clinic and with my supervisor because the real learning happens in the daily work of patients in the office.

3. Share with us a recent and successful case treated with Homeopathic Medicine. 

This past September I had two sisters come in my office with the chief complaint of Molescum. They both had approx 50 warty blisters from their groin down to their ankles. The eruptions had been present for just over a month and mom had used a harsh medicated cream to attempt to eradicate the molescum, which did not help.  The eruptions started at the same time after summer camp and presented identically, but as to be expected, I treated them separately.

Sister #1 is 5 years old; She is gutsy, impulsive, headstrong, determined and pushes limits and rules. She had energy, curiosity and filled the room with her personality. She was smart and picked up concepts and abilities easily. She develops rashes and eruptions easily that are always worse in the heat and water.  She experiences nightmares, has foul breath in the morning, and is very warm blooded, sleeping naked and always throwing off her blankets at night. She experiences very foul flatulence and is always very thirsty. Her molescum was primarily in the inner thigh area and very itchy.  I gave her Sulphur 30c to take every second day for 3 doses. 

She returned 2 weeks later to show all molescums were gone and no scars were left. She continued to have many nightmares, and there was an increase in lying and temper tantrums (she was not holding in her anger any more). Her verbal and reading skills at school had seen a sharp increase, and her over-heating at night had balanced out. I prescribed 4 doses of Sulphur 200c to take once a week for a month. She returned reporting that she was rarely having nightmares, no more lying or temper tantrums, and her teachers felt she was engaged, sensitive, articulate and strong in math and reading. All behavioural and sleeping issues were gone, as were the skin eruptions, and mom felt her daughter "was in a really good place right now."

Sister #2 is 8 years old; She is quiet, easily worried about her family and others, and she has anticipatory anxiety (expressed especially at night before bed). She works at things slowly and methodically until everything is perfect. She sweats at night, especially on her head. She has cracks on her lips, feet and hands; she also licks her lips when anxious causing chaffing and chapping. She continues to suck on two soothers at night and loves to feel cozy with blankets and have company around her. I prescribed Calc Carb 200c to take every second day for 3 doses.

She returned 2 weeks later with all the molescum and scars gone (they flared up, looked angry, then disappeared 24 hrs after the third dose). Her anxiety was mildly improved, but she had started to lick her upper lip constantly at school causing chaffing and chapping.  I gave another dose of Calc Carb 200c

She returned 2 weeks later to say her anxiety at night over people and horrible stories had improved, her skin was no longer cracking, the molescum was still gone, and her sleep had improved.  I wasn't happy with why she was licking her lips so much (anxiety), so I repeated the dose once every 2 weeks for the next month.  She returned a month later with less tendency to worry about her family and continued decreased anxiety at school; a calendula salve easily healed the lip chap (previously nothing helped healing this), all skin was clear, she was more vocal and communicative, and she decided it was time to throw out the soothers.

 4. Do you have anything else you would like to share?

As a graduate just start working, start caring for patients, and start studying Materia Medica when your office is empty...it will fill up. The foundation you receive from CCHM is fantastic, and the resources they provide after graduation will be there for you during times of struggle. Trust in what you have learned and how you have been taught. Take charge of your post graduate education, you will always be learning. Listen to Joe, Lisa, Kim and Monica - they know what they are doing and they will help you flourish as a homeopath.

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Natasha Narayan

Natasha speaking about homeopathy: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mX2VrBRKhuA&feature=youtu.be

1. Which accomplishment/event/moment are you most proud of in your career as a Homeopath?

 My proudest moment as a Homeopath was the day I finally had the courage to leave my 16 year career in software sales to follow my passion. There were many tests along the way to be certain that this was the path, and now I can't imagine doing anything else! I recently launched my website www.n-h.ca which was also gratifying as a milestone in stamping my personal commitment to homeopathy, and am proud that I was able to provide testimonials so early on that validate how profoundly effective this method of healing can be.

2. What 3 aspects of your Homeopathic education contributed the most to your success?

a) Studying in Toronto, Canada where there exists a concentration of leading Homeopaths. Thankfully a number of them are part of the faculty at CCHM.

b) The class schedule in the diploma program albeit a full workload, allowed for maintaining a full-time 9-5 job whilst studying.

c) Teaching Clinic - being able to witness patients having their case taken by an experienced Homeopath followed by Q and A, and monitoring the progress of these patients through the school year as they continued to visit the clinic and receive treatment.

3. Share with us a recent and successful case treated with Homeopathic Medicine. 

I think it's best rather than speaking for myself here, to instead include a testimonial from one of my patients who is an actor and writer.

"Homeopathy has significantly increased my quality of life. Before I came to see Natasha, I suffered from severe allergies to fresh produce as a result of allergies to pollens of all kinds. My throat, ears, tongue and palate would become very itchy, and the threat of anaphylaxis would set in if I went near melons. Natasha said that we could work to reverse this, and we began treatment. Not only did it help for my allergies, it also helped with my overall well-being.

We continued therapy, and things continued to improve. I saw my relationship getting stronger, my outlook on life improving, and I no longer felt isolated from the rest of the group because of my food restrictions. Instead of saying, “I can’t have this,” or “I’m allergic to that,” always having to have specialized meals, I can say “Can you please pass the salad?” I’m even eating watermelon.

I am so happy that I decided to use homeopathy. So often, so many of us will only trust something if it’s prescribed by an MD and filled in a pharmacy. So many of us are not open to the realm of possibilities out there that can rid us of the ailments our bodies go through. I believed in Natasha and I believed in homeopathy, and that belief has paid off huge. She changed my life, and I am very grateful." J.M.

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Linda Fraser Waldmann

1. Which accomplishment/event/moment are you most proud of in your career as a Homeopath?

All the work I do, as a homeopath, makes me quite proud.  There are a few patients that really stand out for me: (1) 3 year old autistic boy, who pointed to communicate his desires, moved around non stop while nattering to himself using incoherent jibber jabber, defecated huge balls once every other week, woke at night and needed to sleep with parents or brother, and sat upside down on his head.  After his first remedy, he could wait his turn in nursery school, he spoke in 5 to 7 word sentences, he no longer sat on his head or ran around non stop nattering, he eliminated waste daily, slept by his self and he could identify all members of his distant family by name; (2) 54 year old female, c.c. menopause hot flashes, hadn’t slept through the night since the age of 16, several attempts at suicide, extreme hot and cold flashes, severe joint pains, chronic migraines and chilled most of the time.  All symptoms resolved with her remedy, I used the etiology in this case which was silent grief and all her symptoms disappeared; (3) convalescent male 77 years old with a head injury, after his remedy he was more vital and even able to play cards again with his son; (4) all the acute cases really amaze me still to this day.  I have successfully treated:  concussions, eye injuries, chicken pox, strep throat, sprains, warts and burns. 

2. What 3 aspects of your Homeopathic education contributed the most to your success?

The three aspects of my homeopathic education that contributed the most to my success are (i) taking a good case; (ii) rubric selection for getting to a group of remedies for differential diagnosis by using the root of the problem, i.e. etiology and the most striking symptoms to lead the patient towards cure (iii) clinic in 2nd, 3rdand 4th year; since I had the opportunity to see different homeopaths work and I learnt from the best, professional homeopaths that actually cured cases in clinic!

3. Share with us a recent and successful case treated with Homeopathic Medicine. 

Last fall, I had a patient contact me that hadn’t been to see me since my first year externship in 2007, already 5 years ago.  She presented with bald spots in circles the size of quarters on her scalp.  After taking her case, I realized that the hair loss came after a fight with her step daughter. My patient was full of anger, disowned the step daughter and even mentioned she hated the woman.  One dose of 30 C Ignatia and her hair was coming back, a dose of 30C Nat-mur given the next month for a life long history of silent grief and the hair was completely back by the third follow up.  The patient was so elated she offered to do anything for me, I told her to enjoy her beautiful life.

 4. Do you have anything else you would like to share?

My daughter Holly is the reason I became a homeopath.  She developed a chronic cough when she started school at 4 years of age.  She suffered for 6 months with wheezing to breathe, coughing all night long every night and three rounds of antibiotics that did nothing for her.  She was given a 6X of Silica and she was cured!  Although, it took about 3 more months for her strength to come back she never needed any more remedy.  This is when I embarked on my journey to learn everything I could about homeopathy, and I became a homeopath.  Today, Holly is a healthy 11 years old, in grade 6. No sign of asthma or breathing issues have ever returned.

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Parul Sanduja

1. Which accomplishment/event/moment are you most proud of in your career as a Homeopath?

I am most proud of treating a Rheumatoid Arthritis case. My patient had been suffering for 20 years. After only six months of homeopathic treatment with Silica, they were able to get off their medication completely.

2. What 3 aspects of your Homeopathic education contributed the most to your success?

The most important aspect of my education at CCHM was the Teaching Clinic. The third year Teaching Clinic, lead by Dr. Joseph Kellerstein, taught me how to manage complex cases and learn effective dosing strategies. I especially remember the case of a 40 year old epileptic woman. Her treatment began with Phosphorus, and for the first time in her life she did not have a single epileptic attack in over a month. The second most important aspect of my homeopathic education was the marking style, by then Registrar Rebecca Gower. Her feedback on my reports pushed me to constantly re-evaluate my case management techniques, and taught me to become a closer reader of the Materia Medica.

3. Share with us a recent and successful case treated with Homeopathic Medicine. 

My most recent cured case was one of seasonal allergies. The patient presented with many of the common symptoms of hay fever: runny and itchy eyes, nasal discharge, and sneezing. What was unique about their symptoms was that they were alleviated by being outdoors, and exacerbated by warm, stuffy air. I prescribed Pulsatilla 30Ch in water and they were symptom free within two days.

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Sandra Phipps

1. Which accomplishment/event/moment are you most proud of in your career as a Homeopath?

I come from a background of allopathic healthcare (R.N., BScN) but I have always been holistically inclined and have seen for a long time that allopathy has its benefits and its limits. When I started my homeopathic studies at TSHM (now CCHM), I had been working for a long time as a Public Health Nurse with the City of Toronto. I was most impressed by all the support I got from many colleagues who were interested in my studies. There is a lot of interest and support in the mainstream healthcare community. When I graduated from TSHM, my co-workers made their own unique graduation ceremony for me one lunch hour, making up poems about homeopathy and reminiscing  about those among them who had been assisted with homeopathy during my studies.

Since graduation, my most satisfying moments have been when clients have "ah-ha" moments while telling their stories and seeing connections between different parts of their lives, and seeing how happy they are when "homeopathy works".

Personally, I have always been pretty healthy, but using homeopathy on myself, I noticed I started getting fewer "colds" every winter. I also discovered the benefits of "Rescue Remedy" in times of stress.

2. What 3 aspects of your Homeopathic education contributed the most to your success?

Aspects of My Education Contributing to my Success:
 
Attending the College opened my eyes to the huge homeopathic community which already exisited a long time before I became aware of it. Homeopathic journals, conferences locally and internationally...  some of us explored these while we studied and had a lot of fun. I saw the diversity of homeopathic case-taking/ prescribing and learned to find what worked for me and my way of thinking.
 
My education also introduced me to classmates from very varied backgrounds, and friendships, which have endured, were forged in self made study groups and clinical days, as well as in the classroom.
 
Clinical days and supervision of my own cases in second and third year, made "book learning" come alive.

3. Share with us a recent and successful case treated with Homeopathic Medicine. 

A Recently Successful Case:

A Mom brought her teenaged son to me with a progressively worsening problem of insomnia. His academic career was threatened and his plan to go to university was at risk. We found a remedy which brought considerable improvement for six or more months, and then the benefit started to wane. As often happens in homeopathy, the longer you know someone, the more you know of them, and the better you can find a remedy more closely matched to their situation. This happened here. His "picture" became clearer with his trust in me and my greater knowledge of him. The second remedy brought him the ongoing relief he sought. Sleeping well obviously improved his ability to study and his goal of getting to university was met.
 
A "not necessarily cured" case (but under control) is my own. In the fall of 2010, I was diagnosed with hyperthyroidism. My TSH was non-existant. Between the news from my G.P. and the referral to an endocrinologist, I decided to take a two week course of a homeopathic remedy (rather than risk the prospect of thyroid irradiation). By the time I saw the specialist, two of my hormone levels were back to normal and the third was on its way. The specialist advised me not to take the remedy because I could "make myself worse". I advised her I knew what I was doing and "not to worry", I wouldn't be taking the remedy forever. Through all of 2011, my thyroid hormones were normal and then in February of 2012 they went back to the original "diseased" level. I took another series of the homeopathic remedy, and my hormones went back to normal again. The specialist comments that "you seem to be self-correcting". Thyroid ultrasounds, a little more than a year apart, have indicated no progression in signs of illness (nodes). To me, this is a case where allopathy and homeopathy work together, since I still need the blood tests and ultrasounds to fill out the picture.

 4. Do you have anything else you would like to share?

There is a lot of successful homeopathic healthcare going on beyond North American boundaries. We find these things out by ongoing reading and attending conferences to keep updating our knowledge. One group I've been following (and following up on) are the Banerjis' in India who spoke at the Canadian Homeopathic Conference here in Toronto, in the fall of 2011. They have been having success with serious cancers, where allopathy has failed. (check out www.pbhrfindia.org) After the conference, with a bit of sleuthing, I spoke with a researcher at MDAnderson Cancer Center in Texas where research on the Banerji protocols has been done. They were impressed with the results of their research... and then it got dropped (that is another story as many of you may guess).
 
Many homeopaths do speak out/write about the complementary health care they believe in. We can all find avenues for this. I belong to the Registered Nurses Association of Ontario (voluntary, while membership in the college is mandatory). They have numerous special interest groups, one being for nurses interested in complementary health care and I have written an article for them (about the Banerjis). The more we talk, the wider the circle. Health care choices for all.

Karen DeNoble

1. Which accomplishment/event/moment are you most proud of in your career as a Homeopath?

My journey into Homeopathy began with a diagnosis of  Scleroderma : diffuse systemic sclerosis /Lupus/ Crest Syndrome and Raynauds disease;  in short an incurable form of Scleroderma and the worst case seen at Mt. Sinai Hospital where the world’s leading specialist on the disorder maintains a practice.  I was given 6 weeks to live and told there was no conventional means toward recovery or successful treatment. That was January  1998.   I sought out natural modalities to assist me in maintaining my health during seven years of harsh conventional treatments which included chemotherapy among other experimental immune suppressing drugs.    I refused all narcotics and pain management offered as a standard protocol; fearful of addiction and fearful of the residual effects.     The toll the disease took on my physical and mental state was nothing short of disturbing.  I was reduced to 87lbs, my skin looked like that of an Egyptian Mummy and I had lost the ability to walk and the use of both hands.  I suffered atrophy over 98%  of my body and my skin was brittle, dry, extremely tense and taunt.  Lifting a full glass of water could tear the skin around my wrist and elbow.  The protocol of drugs I was placed on were doing more to end my life than save it.  Four years of suffering  and believing my situation was hopeless was turned completely around when I  discovered homeopathy at the suggestion of my Cardiologist and supported by my Rhumatologist.

Within the first three weeks of treatment there was a noticeable and marked difference in my appearance, appetite, evacuation and in mobility.  The difference was literally night vs day.  Not one of us had a good reason as to the incredible change and my physicians became excited and hopeful.  Soon the conventional physicians were showing an excited interest in homeopathy and encouraged me toward entering into the program as I had become quite the ‘expert’ on the disease.  I was given a great gift in the form of tenacious dedicated health care professionals that run the entire spectrum of medical practices who were willing to do just about anything short of tossing jelly beans at a lemon to derive a positive effect.

Side by side we learned together.  With the support of CCHM; professors, mentors,  and classmates I made my way through the program and was able to take the knowledge gained therein and apply it to myself (as well as others).  The results are undeniable and blissfully incredible!

My proudest moment to date – came in the realization that through diligence, effort, study and experimentation the impossible is certainly possible! This realization came in the form of a clean bill of health – a determination of a complete cure and a return to a healthy and happy state of being.

Seven years after being told I was to die in less than six weeks – I was told I was cured!

There is no better teacher of homeopathy than the application of the modality itself; and there is no greater reward than that of being returned to a healthy state of being. 

2. What 3 aspects of your Homeopathic education contributed the most to your success?

The word ‘holistic’ is often misused in society.  Through Homeopathy I garnered a full and complete understanding of the word and its true meaning.  Without stability of the three states of being (physcial, mental and emotional) there can be no health, no cohesiveness and zero homeostasis. 

In Homeopathy there can be no ego.  This is critical to the process of healing.

In Homeopathy the individual is treated – not the disorder.

3. Share with us a recent and successful case treated with Homeopathic Medicine. 

Male [34 yrs]             

Nature of Complaint:  Patient describes severe, intense, gnawing, stitching,  PA – on right side of abdomen  ‘underneath’ the R. rib.  Hot searing stabbing pain.  Onset is sudden.  Length of stay is varied.  ‘grinding, sharp, gnawing, stabbing pain.”

Conventional TX = Oxycodone / Tylenol 3 / anti-inflammatory medications.  Patient expressed grave concern over the use of such potent pain relievers and sought a natural means to a cure.

Remedy Selection : SEPIA

Similar Symptoms addressed by SEPIA

Mind

Indifferent to those loved best.

Very sad. Misery.

Anxious toward evening;

Sad over health and domestic affairs.

Anxious fear over trifles

Aversion to company but dreads solitude

Cheerful when it thunders and with lightning.

Feels as though he could easily injure himself.

Dwells on past disagreeable occurrences.

Great sensitiveness to pain.

Depression on awaking in the morning.

Propensity to suicide from despair about his miserable existence.

Quiet and introspective.

Despair about recovery; is convinced that no one understands his case and that he can't be cured.

Hearing: loud sounds and humming in ears .

Stomach; SENSATION of goneness; not> eating . 

PA. Burning in pit.

Gnawing in stomach = great pain.

In stomach < vomiting: -> back and anxiety.

Cramp, stitches or burning in stomach.

Attacks of severe cramping pain commencing in pit -> r. side, under short ribs, comes in paroxysm and when at its height it is almost continuous until at its height in pain ->back, between scapulae; at times pain commences between scapulae.

Abdomen: SE as if something hard boring through the liver; fullness as if bursting.

Fullness and tightness in region of the liver.

Of a load in abdomen, during motion.

Liver sore and painful: > lying on r. side.  In region of liver or gall bladder < stooping.

PA. Burning and shooting, -> chest

Contractive in r. side of abdomen, frequent attacks, < mornings; following this , more constrictive pain in stomach; thence pain -> chest; > eructations.

Larynx - SE of dryness in larynx.

PA. Roughness and soreness of larynx and throat.

Hoarseness; & tickling in larynx and bronchi; & Coryza and dry cough from titillation in throat.

Back. PA. extend into back; symptoms settle in back. Aching between scapulae or in lumbar region, Burning pressure in spine extending across dorsal region and under scapulae            

Summary:

A slow and gentle yet steady dosage of Sepia throughout the month did enable the body to retune itself; the patient did  not experience an attack during this time as we are not attempting to aggravate the condition by utilizing a lower dose at a longer period of time rather than a high dose at for a shorter period of time.  While undergoing chronic treatment, each individual reacts to the remedy in a different way. Usually the effects are gentle and gradual, though at times more rapid or dramatic changes occur. Since the remedies work to improve the general health, we were not concerned if local symptoms did not change immediately. Patience is a necessary ingredient one must add to treatment. Temporary minor aggravations of symptoms or recurrences of previously experienced symptoms did occur. These are not side effects of the remedy, but an indication that the body is responding to the medicinal stimulus.

The patient suffered chronic symptoms which did improve over 3 months. During the whole of this time, regular follow up visits were essential to nurture the healing process through the inevitable remedy changes and occasional setbacks that  did occur. These follow up visits were scheduled at varying depending upon the individual characteristics of the recordable progress.  The patient was released after 8 months of sustained treatment  having enjoyed a complete return to health.

 Annual visits (check-ups) have been maintained since 2008 and there have been no sign of any reoccurrences of the initial complaint.  The patient is recovered, happy, healthy and enjoying life and has ceased all conventional medications aimed at reversing depression and anxiety.

 4. Do you have anything else you would like to share?

It is my honest and true hope that the Regulation of Homeopathic Medicine proceeds un-hindered and the profession is given a place of recognition and respect within our health care system that is both necessary and long over-due.  

I recommend CCHM's program to any and all seeking a higher set of skills toward treatment and care; and I also caution those who believe this is hokey or witchcraft – I assure you it is not; nor is it a quick ride toward ego fulfillment. 

There are some who have shaken a finger in my face and scolded me for going against the conventional; family members have stated they ‘don’t believe’ in Homeopathy –yet they have no clear answer as to my recovery other than that it was a miracle from God. Sure, I’ll give them that if they concede that God worked through a hoard of conventional physicians, one beleaguered Naturopath; an over worked RMT and one very tenacious Homeopathic physician over the course of seven long years  to whom I owe a great deal to in so far as my recovery and cure from the disease of Scleroderma.

Miracles do happen – but not the way we see in the movies.  Miracles happen because a select few with a particular set of skills work diligently toward achieving that miracle daily; and for this, I as well as millions of others are and will remain, eternally grateful.

Debbie Allen

Congratulations, Debbie, for your achievement of Reader's Choice #1 Homeopath!

 1. Which accomplishment/event/moment are you most proud of in your career as a Homeopath?

I am most proud of seeing how homeopathy works each and everyday. There is not one particular moment that highlights my career as a homeopath but rather the amazing transformation in people’s health that I can say I am proud of.  It is a privilege to practice this form of amazing medicine and for people to allow me into their private world to help them regain their quality of life. The quote that best describes my homeopathic accomplishments is this, “Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the number of moments that take our breath away."

2. What 3 aspects of your Homeopathic education contributed the most to your success?

My education at CCHM is number one on my list. When I decided to go back to school to become a homeopath I looked up all the schools that offered this course in the GTA and surrounding areas. I visited each school one by one. When I arrived at CCHM the feeling was different……….warm, inviting, professional. The dean spent the time answering my questions, showing me around and explaining in detail the model that CCHM follows. There was no question in my mind that CCHM is a superior school.

The second aspect would be the teaching at CCHM. The teachers are incredibly knowledgeable in all areas of homeopathy. The school is very particular about their education and clinical training, wanting a minimum of five years work experience practicing homeopathy. They are trained to follow the model of classical homeopathy. They provide a solid education in Hahnemannian Fundamentals. Without this training it is impossible to practice homeopathy correctly.

The last aspect would be clinical experience, the internship and externship process. The internship process in year two and three was fantastic. Watching other experienced homeopaths take cases and follow up with each patient along the way was an amazing and practical way to learn how homeopathy works.  The externship process was the building block for my practice. It provided me with a base of patients once I graduated that I could build on. It also helped to build my confidence to practice on my own with the cushion of knowing I have a supervisor along side of me to help with any questions.

3. Share with us a recent and successful case treated with Homeopathic Medicine. 

A recent case that stands out in my mind was a 17 year old boy who came to me suffering from severe depression and anxiety. He was seeing a psychiatrist at the time and was on 4 separate medications. One anti-psychotic, two anti-depressants and one anti-anxiety medication.  He was tall and lean with long hair that hung over his eyes and a baseball cap that was pulled down just exposing his eyes. He spoke slowly and paused for long periods of time before he would answer my questions. But underneath his exterior I could tell he was well spoken, intelligent and engaging. After taking his case it was apparent that he had experienced a very traumatic childhood. I prescribed the remedy first in dry pellet form. His mental symptoms became less intense but he was still sleeping 17 hours a day, had no motivation and didn’t desire contact with anyone. After a couple of months I switch his remedy to a water dose and prescribed it daily. I started to see significant changes in his mood and motivation.  Because of these changes his psychiatrist started lowering his medication. I am please to say that eight months later he was off of all medication, started college, got his drivers license, had no signs of anxiety or depression. He sat in front of me with no hat, short hair, complete eye contact and told me how amazing he was feeling and that he was currently pursuing an education in social work to help other children that had gone through the same heart ache as him.

I am humbled everyday by the stories I hear about peoples emotional and physical illnesses. I am privileged to work as a homeopath as well as teach future homeopaths at CCHM. If you would like more information about myself or my practice please visit my website at 

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Priya Davies

1. Which accomplishment/event/moment are you most proud of in your career as a Homeopath?

There are a great many moments that thrill me along this career adventure...to name some: the connection with patients during case-taking, the excitement of using this incredible science to unlock the mysteries of each stage of healing, witnessing the happiness of patients as they heal on many levels.

2. What 3 aspects of your Homeopathic education contributed the most to your success?

1)    The right educational institution is key. Before I applied for admission, I contacted a random list of practicing homeopaths in Toronto who were only too happy to share their experiences and suggestions. All those I spoke to who had attended CCHM recommended it highly - and incidentally even those who had studied at other institutions recommended I apply to CCHM!

2)    The founder of CCHM is a dedicated, devoted and beloved homeopath who made it his goal that the college should be created upon and maintained with the highest standards in every way possible - academically, faculty-wise, practical experience, opportunities and all of this set upon solid, classical foundations YET with an inclusive, respectful approach to other medicines, either allopathic or natural. The supervised clinical experience I received at CCHM - both the internships and externships - were invaluable.


3)    Practicing within a supportive, warm, community of homeopaths who are passionate about healing without harm - my colleagues continually inspire me with their experiences and dedication. 

3. Share with us a recent and successful case treated with Homeopathic Medicine. 

When it's not an acute condition, I find that treating patients is really an ongoing process. As layers are treated with the right remedy and that particular chronic condition is ameliorated, the patient is also growing and transforming. And as they do, they may see new and different mental and emotional or physical conditions which are then to be treated although it may be weeks, months or even years between these visits with a new or different condition. The beauty of homeopathy is that we often see conditions diminishing as each layer is treated, and a return of ones natural vibrancy. 

 4. Do you have anything else you would like to share?

I think what is very exciting now, is seeing patients questioning and searching for natural and beneficial solutions for their health. They are breaking out of the doctor-tells-me-what-to-do mold and taking ownership for their health. It is lovely to see patients empowering themselves. That their searches and journey bring many to homeopathy and other natural health modalities that will help guide them back to their natural state of health is wonderful and holds promising things for the future.

Sarah Trask

1. Which accomplishment/event/moment are you most proud of in your career as a Homeopath? 

In the last two years I have achieved excellent results, with both chronic and acute disease, and continue to be amazed each and every day, by the depth of this medicine, and the incredible healing that can happen in even the sickest of patients. I am so happy that I attended the Toronto School of Homeopathic Medicine, not only because of its reputation as the leader in Homeopathic training in Canada, but the incredible foundation that it gave me in my Homeopathic education.

2. What 3 aspects of your Homeopathic education contributed the most to your success?

 During my time at TSHM, I was very lucky to learn from Dr. Joseph Kellerstein, who taught me so much, and allowed me to practice to the best of my abilities. Without his training and direction, I believe I would not have the success I have today with my patients.

3. Share with us a recent and successful case treated with Homeopathic Medicine. 

A recent case:   I had a 16 week pregnant patient with large gallstones, The patient was noticeably warm in body temperature and required fresh air.  In addition, she noticed that since becoming pregnant, she was very weepy and easily moved to tears. She was thirstless, and had incredible pain from the gallstones when eating anything with any fat in it. She continued to lose weight as a result of the lack of any fat in her diet, and even the dietary changes were not alleviating the pain and the other symptoms. After dosing with Pulsatilla 200ch daily for a few days, the patient noticed much improvement in all of the above symptoms. Over the next few weeks, dosing daily with Pulsatilla 200ch twice a day, she went back to her medical doctor and the gallstones were noticeably smaller. We continued and the stones eventually disappeared; she was pain free through the remainder of her pregnancy. I'm most proud of this case because it represents how both conventional allopathic medicine can work alongside homeopathic treatment for the best health and least risk to the patient; it illustrates how the "system" can save hundreds of thousands of dollars in the cost of a surgery such as this if they were to use homeopathic expertise; and how gentle and effective homeopathy is during pregnancy, with no risk to the baby.

4. Do you have anything else you would like to share?

There are not many registered, practicing homeopaths in Nova Scotia, which limits my pool of colleagues on the east coast. However, through my training at TSHM, I am able to consult with colleagues online across the country when I'm "stuck". I feel incredibly lucky and blessed to be excited to come to work every day, and to love what I do for a living. In addition, homeopathic medicine has allowed me to grow so much, because it is challenging, no two patients are the same, and I continue to be amazed by the body's ability to heal through homeopathic treatment.

I would recommend TSHM to anyone looking for the best possible education in Homeopathic Medicine. 

Helen Vuletin

1. Which accomplishment/event/moment are you most proud of in your career as a Homeopath? 

To me, being a homeopath highlights the unbelievable resilience of the human body and spirit, in both astounding and quiet ways. It is a privilege and an honour to witness these events, both large and small. My proudest moments so far as a homeopath include two events; one is an astounding testimonial of the body's ability to heal itself and the other a poignant moment of intense emotional connection.

One of my patients was in the hospital breathing through an emergency tracheotomy and coughing up blood due to pneumonia. Prior to my consultation, she'd been in the hospital for several weeks, after having been placed in a medically induced coma due to multiple organ failure. She was told that she should expect to remain in the hospital for a minimum of two to three more weeks. Within 10 minutes of receiving the homeopathic medicine selected for her case, she said that the pressure on her left side had lessened and that she could breathe more deeply. When I returned 5 days later for the follow-up appointment, she was being discharged from the hospital. To view the remarkable complete testimonial of this patient, visit www.HelenVuletin.com.

Recently, I went to a patient's home for a second follow up. This 4-year old patient had been diagnosed with autism. He was able to speak until 2 years of age. His speech stopped around the same time he received some routine vaccinations. Before this follow up, the patient had not made any eye contact, or any contact with me at all really. He usually just watched the television during my visits. That evening when I arrived, he was waiting at the door with his father. When his father opened the door for me, my young patient looked me directly in the eye. I was touched and hopeful to hear about his reaction to the latest homeopathic medicine selected for him. Throughout the consultation, he continued to make eye contact with me while he sat on his father's lap. As I said good-bye to him at the end of the consultation, he threw his arms around my left leg and hugged me tightly. That moment was so powerful and moving it nearly brought me to my knees. There was such a profound sense of connection between me and my patient and his family, and a palpable feeling of hope.

2. What 3 aspects of your Homeopathic education contributed the most to your success?

1) The Externship Process

The externship process was the perfect springboard to set up myself and my practice for success. It is a safe haven for prescribing because I was backed by an experienced supervisor, and it served as the perfect venue for helping me determine what kind of practitioner I wanted to be when I graduated.For me, putting theoretical learning into practice by observing patients responses to remedies was the greatest teacher of all.

2) The Internship Process

Being able to watch other experienced homeopathic practitioners conduct consultations was also very important. This process provided valuable tips for how to ask questions, as well as work with silence comfortably during a consultation. It also allowed me to clearly identify my practitioner biases, and then work on removing them.

3) Solid Education in Hahnemannian Fundamentals of Homeopathy

As a lover of languages and speaker of several, I know the importance of learning the fundamentals of grammar. To me, a solid understanding of Hahnemannian homeopathy, the founder of homeopathy, is an essential foundation for further learning, much like grammar is to the study of language. CCHM focuses the bulk of the curriculum on studying Hahnemann's Organon of Medicine so that students have a solid foundation on which to build other styles of homeopathic practice if they choose.

3. Share with us a recent and successful case treated with Homeopathic Medicine. 

In the winter of 2011, I received a referral for a patient who had been diagnosed with the flu. She’d received Tamiflu for that diagnosis. Later that evening, she collapsed and 911 was called. She remained unresponsive and was rushed to the hospital. All of her organs failed, and she was placed in a medically induced coma for two weeks. After being revived from the coma, she underwent temporary kidney dialysis for two weeks. When I saw her in the hospital, she was breathing through an emergency tracheotomy, and had left-sided pneumonia and was coughing up blood.

After taking her case, I had a few remedy candidates in mind that were well indicated. I did a brief physical examination as part of my differential diagnosis, checking her pulse and the temperature of the skin on her legs below the knees. Her pulse was stronger than I expected given all that she’d been through, and her legs below the knees were also warmer than I expected. Although these two pieces of information did not reinforce my remedy choice of Carbo vegetabilis, I prescribed it anyway in a 30C potency, trusting my intuition.   

Given her delicate state, I was concerned about giving her a dry dose of the remedy and prescribed it in water. The only water available was hospital tap water and it was provided in a styrofoam cup. Not my ideal choice, but I work with the constraints I’m given. Within 10 minutes of taking a teaspoon of the remedy, she said the pressure on the left side of her lung was lessening and that she could breathe more deeply. She asked me if it was her imagination. I said the only way to know for sure was to give the remedy a few days to act. I told her I’d be back to see her on Wednesday, five days after our initial visit. Before I left, I instructed her to take a teaspoon of the remedy again if she felt the pressure on the left side of her lung returning.

When I returned 5 days later, I thought I was in the wrong room. My patient was walking around the room and all of her tubes had been removed. She looked at me and said “I’m being discharged today. Helen, you look surprised.” Unable to hide my astonishment, I said I was. I was fairly confident that homeopathy could get her out of the hospital in two weeks, but a discharge in five days completely exceeded my expectations. I asked her more about her symptoms. After two days, they had removed the tracheotomy tube, and she had also stopped coughing up blood. I asked her how many times she had re-dosed with the homeopathic medicine, and she said twice. 

4. Do you have anything else you would like to share?

In January 2012, I will be heading to Calcutta, India to study homeopathy with a fourth-generation homeopathic doctor. It has been my dream since completing school to travel to India and study homeopathy. Becoming a homeopath has inspired me to renew my sense of adventure in life, and pursue my passion. As a mother, I think it is vitally important to model this behaviour for my children. Otherwise, telling them to pursue their own passions in life are just hollow words.

Daniela Armenti

1. Which accomplishment/event/moment are you most proud of in your career as a Homeopath? 

The event I am most proud of in my career as a homeopath was being invited to speak at St. Joseph’s Hospital in London Ontario.  The pharmaceutical students were having a symposium in August of 2009 and they invited me to participate since they wanted to learn more about homeopathy.  As I was presenting to the 200 students and pharmaceutical directors from hospitals in the Western Ontario Region, I felt empowered by their genuine interest in homeopathy and their openness to accept a philosophy that was contrary to their beliefs.

2. What 3 aspects of your Homeopathic education contributed the most to your success? 

The aspects of my education that have contributed most to my success are as follows.  Directly after finishing homeopathic college I was hired to work in a multi-faceted chiropractic clinic.  I worked three years alongside wonderful colleagues.  I became very busy, very quickly so I gained experience in knowing how to prescribe remedies precisely and accurately.  Case management is the key to any successful prescription and I learned to do this well because I had to volume of cases to manage early on.  I soon realized in this fast paced environment it was not only the prescription that mattered but that patients would keep coming back and seeking natural healthcare options if there was a sincere love and care for the patients themselves.   I saw firsthand how a team approach can accomplish much more than a sole prescription. 

Alongside the clinical experience I continued my professional education with Dr. Joseph Kellerstein and Dr. Andre Saine with their post graduate course.  I have completed one of the three year programs and this year I completed a webinar course with Dr. Saine.  This course allowed me to review the classical philosophy of homeopathy but the goal is to practice and refine your skills as a homeopath by solving old journal cases.  The immediate feedback on the cases I submitted assisted me to refine my skills as a homeopath quickly and effectively.

3. Share with us a recent and successful case treated with Homeopathic Medicine. 

A 31 year-old male patient came into me complaining of gas and stomach discomfort with a constant hunger.  What was striking about this case was the amount of painful, trapped gas abdominally that was very offensive once released.  As soon as food entered his stomach he felt as if he had swallowed a ball and he would feel so heavy.  The only thing that would make this feel better is if he walked very fast moving cars in their appropriate locations at the car dealership.  As he walked fast he felt like he could release the trapped gas.  He described that he could eat all day long and he rarely felt satisfied. Right after he ate he felt an empty feeling like he just didn’t eat.  He felt that his energy was significantly better since he had recently begun a jogging program.  He loved to keep busy whether at home or work.  Dislikes the cold, loves the heat.  His feet are always cold. He will frequently get a headache with a dramatic weather change from hot to cold.  He describes himself as easy going, relaxed, willing to do for others and kind. Very affectionate, easy to forgive others and consolation improves him.

Prescription:

Sepia 1M 2 dry pellets taken beginning of October 2011  by mid-October all stomach heaviness and ball sensation was completely gone; he was eating and not continually to feel hungry after dinner. 

Follow-up end of November:   patient explained that he had not redosed since a few days prior to the beginning of November.  He remained symptom free of the heaviness and ball- like sensation in the abdomen.  His appetite was moderate and he would feel full until the following meal time.  He had gained 5 to 6 pounds and was happy about this since he is so thin.  Yet there were some new symptoms that were concerning him.  He was usually irritable with the kids in the morning and impatient.  This is not like him at all.  He was more tired and required more sleep.   More difficulty on rising in the morning.  On his right side of his navel on standing there would be cramping that was deep lasting about two minutes long and better by passing gas.  Bowel movements again were not as easy to release and the amount was not as abundant. Totality of the new symptoms was taken into consideration along with remedies that were complimentary to Sepia’s action.  He took two doses of Nux Vomica 30C and it improved the cramping, bowel movements and mood temperament. 

Follow-up mid-February 2011:  There had been no return of the heaviness or ball- like sensation.  Mood was fine no irritability.  Bowel movements were regular with no difficulty.  Energy was excellent.  Yet he noticed a bit more gas with gas forming foods and a return of old symptoms that occurred directly after eating he would be hungry again.  Yet this only occurred 2-3X and went away quickly.  If there was any return of old symptoms that were persisting the patient was told to call the office.  No redose required.

Follow-up mid April 2011:   Patient never called and reported that all symptoms had stayed improved.  There was never any need to take any of the Nux 200C.  Treatment had been finalized.

Kashka Kril-Atkins

1. Which accomplishment/event/moment are you most proud of in your career as a Homeopath? 

Although it's been quite a rewarding journey, I think “the moment” is yet to come. One of the gifts of homeopathic practice is that each day, we get to share in the joy of our patients' well-being.  We literally change lives.  The past year has been momentous for me and beyond realizing the dream of opening an integrative, multidisciplinary Clinic, I have made the commitment to invest in the future of homeopathy.  Beyond the scope of my own practice, I have realized tremendous fulfillment from volunteering my time and (limited) talents to raising awareness of homeopathy in Canada as well as being involved in the evolving Regulatory process in Ontario.  “The moment” will come for me if I can play a part in raising homeopathy in the 21st Century to the status of a primary care option, widely accepted and used by Canadians.

 2. What 3 aspects of your Homeopathic education contributed the most to your success?

This is an easier question to answer.  I was very deliberate about my training and accepted from the beginning that an homeopathic education had a beginning, but clearly no end.  It is a life-long commitment.  I am grateful to both OCHM and CCHM for my education.  I am also grateful to Klaus Scheiman-Burkhardt for his dedication to imparting Materia Medica knowledge over the four years that I studied with him (Zahava Scheiman-Burkhart is his partner in life and practice, as well as a Graduate of CCHM).  So the three aspects would be:

  • Mentorship from some extraordinary instructors who suffered through my endless questions
  • Extensive clinical training
  • The understanding that my formal training was the basis of a foundation upon which I needed to continue to build by taking opportunities to further my expertise.

 3. Share with us a recent and successful case treated with Homeopathic Medicine. 

Varicose veins

Varicose veins a concern for 5 years prior to homeopathic treatment.  Vein surgery was unsuccessful and the varicose veins were bothersome on both legs.  He describes the sensation as 'heavy' and it is constantly on his mind.  He cannot tolerate the sensation of his trouser fabric brushing against his legs and the varicose veins are constantly on his mind. He described becoming aware of the varicose veins as soon as he rises out of bed in the morning and described the sensation of 'hot blood rushing into my legs", and a heaviness. On a scale of 1 to 10, the severity of this complaint was listed as an 8. "It's constantly on my mind.  What's going to happen in the future?"  Responsible, the patient also worries about financial security in the future.

Of note:

The patient has a preference for hot, sunny weather.  “ It can never be too hot.  It's funny though, I feel cold on the inside but I feel hot (to the touch)."

He is thirstless and craves sweets.

He complains of dry skin, especially between the fingers with cracks, especially in the heels.

Generals:            Varicose Veins

Generals:            Varicose Veins, young people in  (Ferr Phos only Rx)

Extremities:        Blood, rush of blood to lower limbs

Extremities:        Cracked skin - fingers

Mind:                    Anxiety - money matters about

Chill:                      Exposure after - sun to the heat of

Rx:  Flouricum Acid 30CH - 1 Dry Dose

(Flouricum Acid came up third in repertorization following Sepia and Calc.  Materia Medica readings strongly confirmed the remedy choice.)

The patient experienced an immediate relief upon taking the remedy.  He slept well and noticed his energy level and mood improved and he was more resistant to stress.

The varicose veins no longer constantly worry him and whereas he ranked this symptom as an '8 out of 10', he now ranks it as a '3 out of ten'.  The veins are less pronounced and less sensitive to touch.

He is better able to cope with the stresses of life, and speaks much less about worries for the future.

4. Do you have anything else you would like to share?

Homeopathic prescribing is as rewarding as it is challenging.  It's critical that as a professional community, we find time to share our passion, our knowledge, 'our peaks and valleys'.  We need to stay close to our Colleges and Associations, our teachers and our peers as well as reach out to other Integrative Practitioners to build a strong network of healers. 

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Charlotte Robertson

1. Which accomplishment/event/moment are you most proud of in your career as a Homeopath? 

Homeopathy is a very deep, clear and wise form of medicine. When I started my practice I realized I was dealing with some insecurity.  As a result, I was experiencing too much of my own mind chatter during the initial interviews. However, after some help from a Voice Dialogue facilitator I saw how much power I was giving to my fears and I virtually just stopped!  Awareness is everything.  I had had an excellent education, I am bright and passionate – the old fears melted away.

As a result, my initial interviews with clients are so rewarding. I am present. I wait. I watch.  I can sense and feel in a way I didn’t have access to before.  A real communion takes place and from that level of honour and confidence real healing can take place.  So for me, I am most proud of being able to access presence. The moment the patient walks in the door a lovely, gentle feeling of quite expectation begins. Living the present mystery!

 2. What 3 aspects of your Homeopathic education contributed the most to your success?

The classical aspect of our training. The power of the single remedy is constantly emphasized and put into practice. I am a purist and love not only the complexity of homeopathy in general, but the beautiful simplicity of THE well chosen remedy and the instantly transforming power it can have. In my practice I am constantly giving “thanks” to Dr. Samuel Hahnemann and his incredible discovery – and also to my teachers who make the power of this gift of homeopathy come alive.

The post graduate course was excellent.  It provided the opportunity to work closely with the teachers and my fellow students on tricky cases and gave me the opportunity to learn more in depth methods of case taking and analysis.

The atmosphere at the college is one of helping, sharing and excellence. There is a sense of community, of belonging and being part of something that is very special and contributes greatly to the health of humankind.

3. Share with us a recent and successful case treated with Homeopathic Medicine. 

After suffering for 12 years with a  Clostridium difficile infection that she acquired when hospitalized, a client of mine is now symptom free. Her testimony below is quite compelling. 

“Charlotte was recommended to me by a friend.  I had both acute and chronic pain resulting from a hospital infection. I sought in vain for many years, treatment from a variety of other experts and specialists. After a lengthy intake questionnaire, Charlotte sent me home with a “remedy”.  Within a few short months I noticed an incredible difference in my health.  After a year and a half of taking my remedy, I am symptom free for the first time in twelve years...quite astonishing.  Charlotte is definitely an integral part of my wellness team. I believe homeopathy is the most important health care discovery in human history! “

4. Do you have anything else you would like to share?

After graduation I attended several advance courses with homeopathic  masters from around the world.  Dr. Luc De Schepper gave a course in Toronto and asked several difficult and thought provoking questions in relation to classical homeopathy.  The only homeopaths that had the answers were from the Canadian College of Homeopathic Medicine. How do I know? Dr. Luc was surprised that the same people were answering the questions and so he asked where we had studied. I felt very proud!

Lisa Farun

1. Which accomplishment/event/moment are you most proud of in your career as a Homeopath? 

I believe that my greatest accomplishment as a homeopath is my consistent 85% cure rate.  By that I mean that approximately 85% of my cases have been CURED of illness after homeopathic treatment.   Something else that makes me very proud - several of my patients were so impressed by the results of their homeopathic treatment that they chose careers in this field themselves. 

2. What 3 aspects of your Homeopathic education contributed the most to your success?

I believe that the solid classical homeopathic education that I received at Canadian College of Homeopathic Medicine, especially learning Hahnemann's Organon, and the extensive clinical experience and support were the greatest assets to my homeopathic training.  These ultimately formed the foundation of learning that enabled my successful career as a homeopath.

3. Share with us a recent and successful case treated with Homeopathic Medicine. 

I recently had a patient who contacted me because she was unable to work due to her illness. Her symptoms included extreme vertigo, where she was listing to the right and could not walk without falling.  She also had head pain and her vision was very blurred.  She had a few odd symptoms which she told me about; she made many spelling errors (which was never an issue in the past) and her lips and tongue felt sunburned, although she had not been in the sun and had not exposed them to heat recently.  I prescribed her 1 pellet of Silica 200C.  Three days later, she contacted me to tell me that she felt better than she had felt in her 20's (she's in her 60's now).  All symptoms were gone and she had been into work the day before.  

4. Do you have anything else you would like to share?

Although I have been in practice for over 8 years, and have seen homeopathy work time and time again, I never cease to be astonished at the efficacy of homeopathy - it truly is amazing!!

Stephanie Marwood

1. Which accomplishment/event/moment are you most proud of in your career as a Homeopath? 

I have to first start off by saying that I feel very privileged to wake up every morning practicing this fine art. What a gift it is to work with a system of medicine that is safe and non-toxic. My aim is to teach people that homeopathy is available to everyone. I would like to see Homeopathy become a household name and to see people all over the world using this as their first method of treatment. If this were to happen it would take the burden off our health care system and people would be a lot healthier than they are right now. 

2. What 3 aspects of your Homeopathic education contributed the most to your success?

I believe that the CCHM is the best school by far and one should look no further. This school is the only one that I am aware of in Ontario that teaches the true Hahnemanian way.  I think having the exposure to the different teachers/professors taught me a lot about different methods of prescribing and taking a case. The fact that all the teachers in this school are practicing Homeopaths with successful businesses says a lot. I think the CCHM covered all aspects of what it takes to run a practice. I felt prepared and ready to launch into my new career and could hardly wait to share homeopathy with everyone. 

I also think the clinic cases are an integral part of learning. The teachers are different for year two and year three which I think is great as this allows the student to learn different ways of case taking and prescribing.  The externship cases were a great way to learn and practice what would soon become a Homeopaths' way of life.  

I would like to end by saying that I am proud to be a graduate of CCHM and I hope that I continue to inspire people all over the world to use Homeopathy!!!

3. Share with us a recent and successful case treated with Homeopathic Medicine. 

Below is a testimonial from one of my patients.

I had suffered from ulcerative colitis for about 2 years caused mainly through stress and the trauma of a 25 year marriage break up. My colitis was not under control and flared up regularly and it was then that my consultant recommended steroid enemas and oral steroid medication to settle things down. Despite the usual treatment, the colitis was not coming under control. 

It was then that a friend recommended I got in touch with her cousin Stephanie and have a consultation to see if she could help. Suffice to say that even after the first consultation I felt so much better after just speaking to her.  After careful consideration and referencing, she suggested the appropriate homeopathic medication, which in her opinion, based on my symptoms, emotional state etc., was most suitable for me. Within a month, things had improved. The pains had subsided, the bleeding was not as intense and I had begun to go out without feeling apprehensive about any embarrassing situations! It is now six months and I am virtually cured! I lead a full active social life, I have my confidence back and I am over the moon that I was recommended to seek homeopathic treatment! Homeopathy without a doubt boasts of tremendous powers as a system of medicine and I for one can categorically say it really did work for me!

William Ellwood

1. Which accomplishment/event/moment are you most proud of in your career as a Homeopath? 

As a working homeopath, one is frequently exposed to intensely rewarding experiences. Certainly a milestone in my career was the first time I followed a difficult cancer case through to a successful completion; for me (and the patient), it was a kind of homeopathic Everest!

2. What 3 aspects of your Homeopathic education contributed the most to your success?

i) The opportunity to learn alongside an impressive array of like-minded colleagues was an inspiring and unforgettable experience. I never wanted to miss a day!

ii) In the school I found an atmosphere that encouraged inquiry; question and answer alongside lectures was both stimulating and helpful. This is excellent preparation for a career that is full of rapid problem-solving!

iii) Another experience that was very beneficial to me was the externship clinic process – taking on private patients under supervision while a student. I found this most helpful in learning patient management, while building the nucleus of a practice while in school.

3. Share with us a recent and successful case treated with Homeopathic Medicine. 

A 37-year old man consulted me after being diagnosed with non-Hodgkins lymphoma. In this case, a new tumor appeared at the site of a previous tumour (right supra-clavicular lymph node) which had been removed surgically. This relapse brought the patient to my door.  After evaluating the case, a remedy was prescribed (Calcarea Iodatum), and arrangements were made to meet with the patient again in three weeks. At the next meeting, the patient reported the tumour was diminished by 50%, and was completely resolved in twelve weeks.

Rachel Levine

1. Which accomplishment/event/moment are you most proud of in your career as a Homeopath? 

On a daily basis I am so fortunate to witness the wonderful outcomes of homeopathic medicine. I see patients healing and recovering from an illness or traumatic experience that has left one debilitated. It brings me such joy, when a patient is amazed with the relief homeopathy has offered them after having felt hopeless when traditional methods failed them. In my first year of practice,  I had an excellent case with a woman in her mid-sixties. She was a retired nurse and a skeptic of homeopathy. Her entire family came to see me so she thought to try it.  She was on antidepressants and had severe arthritis in her toes. Within a year, she was off her antidepressants and her pain had completely diminished.  She was amazed, especially since she couldn't remember the last time she didn't have pain.  Not only was she relieved, but she was able to see beyond the allopathic medical system for the first time. Being a homeopath gives you the tools to facilitate and help direct how a patient can heal themselves. 

2. What 3 aspects of your Homeopathic education contributed the most to your success?

First, is the foundation and this was rooted by studying philosophy. CCHM provides a wonderful curriculum in homeopathic philosophy intertwined with western philosophy. This is so vital as it lays groundwork and ideas.  At CCHM, the study of Hahnemann's Organon and the medical journals of the masters who practiced long before us, enables the student to begin with a focal point.  The brilliance of Hahnemann's work is that it discusses fundamental concepts that are only now being discussed in academic institutions today. The philosophy department at CCHM introduces the student to the brilliance of simplicity, yet intellectual wisdom that homeopathic medicine is so beautifully steeped in.

Second, are the teachers. The lecturers at CCHM create an academic environment which allows the student to be active and expressive. This environment encourages a student to use their mind and voice enabling the them to grow as an individual, which translates into a successful practitioner. The curriculum also offers lectures on how to listen. Listening is the most important trait in being a good homeopathic practitioner. These skills are demonstrated in clinical practice by the College's Homeopathic practitioners and lecturers when they treat patients.

Lastly are my colleagues. The relationships that were fostered during my time at the College have lasted far beyond. These relationships are not just purely social, but they are there to continue the dialogue to help and encourage with day-to-day difficulties that arise in a practice and with cases. 

3. Share with us a recent and successful case treated with Homeopathic Medicine. 

This is a recent case. A man, aged 41, with severe obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), gonorrhea, genital herpes and excessive sweating. When we first started he was on 4 doses of prozac a day.  His thoughts were persistent and his actions were ritualistic.  His home life as a young boy was riddled with verbal abuse. He had perspired profusely as a child and young adult. He had a fear of contracting a disease, only walking on certain parts of the road.  His diet was incredibly rigid to 2-3 items a day.  He would excessively bathe and had a fear of poverty. 

He was a tall muscularly fit man. His temperament was aggravated in hot and wet weather.  He had an aversion to most fruits and vegetables and would binge on fried and sweet foods only on the weekends. He was very thirsty. He would get burning feet and would have to sleep with his feet out of the covers and was generally tired in the afternoon at 3pm and would need a nap.

He was given a dose of Sulphur 30ch each week for three weeks. Immediately he started to get more energy. The eruptions on the penis subsided and the obsessive thoughts reduced. A low dose was chosen to start because of his sensitivity. He was then given a dose of Sulphur 200D. His sweating subsided significantly.  This was wonderful, as this inhibited him from a young age.  His thoughts were diminishing and the genital outbreak went away. We have worked together for a year and he has just concluded taking his allopathic medication.  He is currently taking Nat. Mur. 1M as needed. The homeopathic remedies have helped move him through the underlying ailments that have arisen as well. The remedies also have significantly supported him through the reduction of medication, which involves going through huge withdrawl effects.

Nick Mazolli

1. Which accomplishment/event/moment are you most proud of in your career as a Homeopath? 

I remember my third year externship, particularly two of my patients, they were very sick and responded incredibly well to treatment.  One was a mother of three with severe digestive and menstrual disorder and the other was a brilliant Harvard student with a debilitating anxiety disorder driving him to alcoholism.  There have been many moments since then but that was my first direct experience using homeopathic medicine in the treatment of chronic disease. 

The practice of homeopathy definitely has a way of humbling you, but what I am most proud of is that I have chosen a career which allows me to truly help others in a fashion that is little seen in the world of medicine.  My own experiences, but more so the many success stories of my colleagues along with the innumerable miraculously cured cases within the homeopathic literature fill me with a deep sense of pride knowing that I am a part of this tradition of healing.

2. What 3 aspects of your Homeopathic education contributed the most to your success?

The first must be the foundation.  Learning homeopathy from the original source materials, studying Hahnemann’s Organon and then further incorporating other reliable works of old and contemporary masters who have contributed to homeopathic literature.  This core syllabus is vital to a good understanding of homeopathy.

The second would be the accessibility of our teachers in the form of feedback, guidance and encouragement.  Their willingness to guide you, correct you and point you down the right path of learning was essential.  At the heart of the school is a great nucleus of teachers.

The third would be seeing the mastery of our teachers in clinic and the classroom, having that experience along with their guidance and expertise was invaluable. 

3. Share with us a recent and successful case treated with Homeopathic Medicine. 

One of my most recent cases was a young girl of nine years old with severe anxiety and panic disorder.  She would not touch her brother for fear of contagion and washed her hands immediately after; could not go outside for fear something would happen; could not eat normally or go to the bathroom easily without much anxiety. During the initial appointment she was constantly getting anxious and needing to be calmed, so that her breathing would normalize.  She was also very impressionable; you could not tell her that anything was bad for her as this had become an obsession.  There had been two very traumatic episodes in her life which contributed to this state.  The funny thing was that while engaged in conversation with me her symptoms seemed to vanish.

Physically she was very tall for her age and thin; almost to the point of emaciation.  She had also developed very quickly from a baby, had recently gone through growing pains and even began sexual development before the age of 9.  

Phos 200c was given, after approximately 3-4weeks her parents reported that she was 95% improved in every way.  She began playing outside again, hugging her brother without fear, had no more anxiety attacks, began eating and defecating normally, etc. There was still some anxiety but now it did not inhibit her from trying new things.  I have yet to have a follow-up because her parents’ feel she is so much better further treatment is no longer required.

John Somerton

1. Which accomplishment/event/moment are you most proud of in your career as a Homeopath? 

Firstly, being witness to the true healing power of homeopathic remedies and then secondly, being it's teac
her.

2. What 3 aspects of your Homeopathic education contributed the most to your success?

Being taught by actual Homeopathic Practitioners, skilled in both it's knowledge and application and at the same time in the art of teaching itself. Definitely, the clinical internship and externship programs and the knowledge of "LM" perscribing.

3. Share with us a recent and successful case treated with Homeopathic Medicine. 

There is no, one outstanding case that I can specifically reflect upon, for I value every cured case.

Irrespectively of any case's apparent severity, there is wonder in all healing. "Everyday curing" of the seemingly impossible, all because one took the time to understand the fundamental imbalance in the patient. Further, not treating the symptom, but instead its cause.

Not addressing the condition, but rather the person that has this condition defines Homeopathy (and true healing).

4. Do you have anything else you would like to share?

How truly grateful I am to have been part of this College, both as a student and as a teacher. Greatful of both a science of medicine and an art that has the ability to fundamentally transform lives, instill true wellness and teach us how we all should ideally live.

Raha Mohammad-Panah

1. Which accomplishment/event/moment are you most proud of in your career as a Homeopath? 

Helping patients recover from their illness is with no hesitation the accomplishment that I am most proud of in my career as a Homeopath.  Witnessing patients feel well again is just great and unforgettable.

2. What 3 aspects of your Homeopathic education contributed the most to your success?

CCHM taught me how to take a full case, how to analyze and prescribe the most appropriate remedy as well as how to manage the case.  Learning and practicing classical Homeopathy are keys to the success of my practice.

3. Share with us a recent and successful case treated with Homeopathic Medicine. 

Two years ago I had a 27 year old woman diagnosed with hyperthyroidism who had gone through different medical treatment with no success and the only option left for her was to remove her thyroid gland. In addition to symptoms related to hyperthyroidism, she had asthma since childhood, severe headaches and miscarriages. After taking her full case it became clear that the onset of her symptoms occurred after feeling abused. In addition, she presented with other symptoms such as dwelling on the past, extreme anger with shaking, general aggravation at noon, wakeful after 3am from hunger, extreme desire for salt and thirst for icy cold water and intolerance for any clothing touching her neck.  Shortly after taking her remedy, she saw improvement in the majority of her symptoms. After 5 months of treatment her level of TSH, Free T3 and T4 went completely back to normal. She even got pregnant and had a baby boy. Since then she has not been on remedy and she is still doing fine.

4. Do you have anything else you would like to share?

The outcome of Homeopathic treatment is so fascinating that I never get used to it.

Lisa Decandia

1. Which accomplishment/event/moment are you most proud of in your career as a Homeopath? 

Graduating from the Canadian College of Homeopathic Medicine was a special moment. I had a sense of accomplishment and felt honored to be sharing this event with like-minded colleagues. I am very proud to  practice homeopathy in my family clinical practice and to share my education, skills and experience with my patients and students of homeopathy.

2. What 3 aspects of your Homeopathic education contributed the most to your success?

I find that I am an experiential learner. Attending class and having the opportunity to interact with professors and students was very helpful for my learning. I also found the student clinic experienceinvaluable because I could observe real live cases being taken. Having to take on patients myself while I was being supervised gave me the confidence to practice the skills that I learned in class and clinic.

3. Share with us a recent and successful case treated with Homeopathic Medicine. 

There is so much involved in treating patients; especially the therapeutic relationship and case taking. We have such a wealth of homeopathic remedies that can truly help people. I treat a variety of people in my family practice and most of them find the homeopathic experience a transformational one. Cure is a process and sometimes it is hard work, but I find that if people are truly committed to the process, then homeopathy can do some amazing things. This is why I have such a passion for it.  It is important to have a good ‘grounding’ in homeopathy and I am happy to say, I was able to learn the necessary skills and attributes at the Canadian College of Homeopathic Medicine.

Jack Gagliardi

1. Which accomplishment/event/moment are you most proud of in your career as a Homeopath?

Being able to help patients achieve their best state of health certainly feels like an important accomplishment. It is very satisfying to help patients recover from illness which allows them to become their best selves and live a fulfilling and creative life. There are many cases of patients recovering their health on my website (www.homeopathyheals.com). Those testimonials are there to help people realize just how powerful homeopathic medicine is and that the goal of living a healthy happy life is possible. In the end I’m most proud when a patient no longer needs my services because they are simply “well.”

2. What 3 aspects of your Homeopathic education contributed the most to your success?

Learning classical Hahnemannian homeopathy is the reason my practice can be considered successful. Understanding how to take a full and complete case with the benefit of the experienced instructors at CCHMwas invaluable. The clinic setting at the school allowed us to observe how a proper classical case should be taken and how to effectively prescribe the most appropriate remedy. Instructors were always available to help in the learning process and encouraged discussion and debate in class.

3. Share with us a recent and successful case treated with Homeopathic Medicine. 

Here is an extra special case. The following is in the patient’s words:

When I began seeing Jack I was barely able to make it in to his office. I was extremely weak, in great pain, depressed and could barely make it through the appointment.

Jack patiently took my case and worked through each symptom of my case in great detail. Jack prescribed a homeopathic remedy for me and from that day the healing began. He watched over my case and progress with great care and changed remedies when needed

Today I am better than my old self. I am off all my prescription medications. I no longer need my asthma puffers, I am able to walk, shop, paint and work on my crafts and I have my energy back. My emotional state is better than it has ever been, I am off my heart medications and I haven't had a seizure (which used to happen almost daily) in over 10 months. Jack actually saw the last seizure I had because it occurred in his office. He acted accordingly, kept me safe and from hurting myself. The seizures usually lasted anywhere from 10-20 minutes and were very violent. Jack actually prescribed for me on the spot and administered the remedy while I was in seizure. Miraculously the seizure was aborted in 30 seconds. Since that dose, I re-dosed once and have never had another seizure.

I am so grateful to Jack for helping me get my life back when the doctors continued to tell me that my condition would not change and that I was going to have a life of constant medication with a poor quality of life. Friends, family and even my pharmacist (who used to see me very regularly) can't believe the change.

I still continue to see Jack regularly to make sure my I keep myself in the best health possible. "

Mary, Toronto

"I began seeing Jack Gagliardi in 2008. I was plagued with 20 years of extremely poor health. I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia, Asthma, a Heart Block, Arthritis, Restless Legs Syndrome, Depression and a Seizure disorder."

4. Do you have anything else you would like to share?

I can’t stress enough the importance of learning and practicing classical Hahnemannian homeopathyCCHM is the best place in Ontario to learn the proper time tested way of practicing homeopathic medicine.

Marianne Martinovic

1. Which accomplishment/event/moment are you most proud of in your career as a Homeopath?

I think going to my Homeopath every 6 weeks is something I am most proud of. I don't think you can help others if you don't work on yourself. Being vulnerable to the process as a client with an experienced Homeopath is indispensable to setting up your own practice, creating healthy boundaries and understanding the scope of what a remedy can do to balance you mentally, physically and emotionally. I have had some aha/wow moments of "This stuff really works!". All I know is that I struggle to understand Homeopathy, there is nothing I would rather do for work, and I love Homeopathy in the most expansive definition of what that is. 

2. What 3 aspects of your Homeopathic education contributed the most to your success?

Listening to lectures by so many great Homeopaths with such diversity helped my understanding of Homoepathic Medicine as an art as well as a science. Understanding the fundamentals of Homeopathy allows for an expanded understanding of what is healing exactly. I feel that choosing to do this work really means being an ongoing student, making mistakes, hopefully learning and always being open to new ideas.

3. Share with us a recent and successful case treated with Homeopathic Medicine. 

This is a challenging question. I believe that many layers of the onion need to be peeled and I think that is an ongoing process of life. Sometimes we see gorgeous results in acute cases like croup and sometimes we see a more complicated case of a child who doesn't participate in class at the age of 4 and a dose of Tuberculinum and all of a sudden they are engaged in group activities, less violent and picking up a pencil for the 1st time. I have learned to be happy if I see a shift in the case regardless of whether or not Homeopathy gets the credit. So often there is improvement and the client gives credit to something tangible that they have done to get good results. If I just do what I do that has to be enough.

Zahava Scheiman-Burkhardt

1. Which accomplishment/event/moment are you most proud of in your career as a Homeopath?

Over the years, my practice has become specialized in Pediatrics, Pregnancy, Labor and Delivery, Menopause and Mental Health for all ages. I have observed patients getting healthier, stronger and cured when they were told they would have to live with a disease or on medication for the rest of their lives. All of these events have been rewarding. But ultimately, one of my most triumphant successes was attending my patient’s birth on Skype. We were connected by camera through the internet from the beginning of labor, to the calling of the midwife, to conferring with the midwives, to the birth of the baby. I was able to observe the mother throughout the labor and delivery and as such was able to prescribe remedies in the moment based on what I was observing. This not only helped my patient to remain comfortable and relaxed during all stages of labor, but accelerated the birth of the child. Finally, to be available for my patients at this most memorable event in their lives was truly a fulfilling experience for me.

2. What 3 aspects of your Homeopathic education contributed the most to your success?

Homeopathic education is ongoing and continues year after year. Education continues for me on a daily basis by learning from each of my patients. The knowledge of reliable Materia Materia and cases from clinical practice have also lent itself to my experience and being successful in prescribing. For the safety of the patient the knowledge of Pathology, Anatomy and Physiology, have been of utmost importance.

3. Share with us a recent and successful case treated with Homeopathic Medicine. 

Six month old baby girl, presented with diarrhea, of 4 weeks duration, yellow and green in color. No fever, urination normal, feeding normally, no lethargy, no weight loss. By the 3rd week, bowel movements had increased to 6 times per day, exploding out of the diaper and up her back. There was no soreness or excoriation around the anus. The diarrhea appeared to be painless. The child does have flatus but not necessarily with the stool. No odor to the stool. Podophyllum 30ch (one dose).

Follow up the next day (day 2): Diarrhea decreased to 3x for the day. Repeat Podophyllum 30ch, one dose.

Follow up (day 3): Bowel movement in the morning had much more consistency. Repeat remedy only if bowel movements revert back to diarrhea.

Telephone call (day 7): No further remedy was required after the single doses on the initial two days of treatment. Child’s stool remained consistent in color, consistency and frequency.

Rubrics:
Rectum: Diarrhea, in children
Rectum: Diarrhea, painless
Stool: Thin, Green
Stool: Thin, Yellow
Stool: Forceable, sudden, gushing

A further look into the Materia Medica confirmed the choice of remedy.

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Joanna McConnell
  1. Which accomplishment/event/moment are you most proud of in your career as a Homeopath?

Having just completed my program at the Canadian College of Homeopathic Medicine in June of 2014, I am very proud to have graduated from the program.  It was a challenge driving back and forth from London to Toronto but definitely well worth it.  On an ongoing basis, the satisfaction that is derived from a patient’s recovery from whatever imbalance they presented with is immeasurable, in particular if it’s an issue that they have been dealing with for a long period of time with other forms of treatment having been tried without success. 

  1. What three aspects of your Homeopathic education contributed the most to your success?

Time spent in clinic, watching cases being taken and then discussing them afterward allows the student to have a better understanding of case taking allowing them to observe extremely knowledgeable Practioners in action without the pressure of having patients in front of them.  In addition, the ability to “pick the brain” of the Practioner as to why they asked certain questions, where they were headed with different topics, why certain rubrics were used and ultimately, why they chose a certain remedy was invaluable in developing my skills as a Practioner. 

Last but not least, the great teachers, staff and other students at the College ensured that this very challenging course was manageable. 

  1. Share with us a recently cured case with Homeopathic Medicine. 

 

Dealing with children is always very satisfying.  The mother of an 8 year old boy came to me as her son had just been diagnosed with ADHD and she had been provided a prescription for Ritalin that both the doctor and the boy’s school had strongly recommended that he begin taking immediately.  An inability to concentrate at school resulting in ongoing class disruptions, more aggressive behaviour and problems with class mates was leading to declining marks and depression.  In addition, the patient was experiencing asthmatic episodes and chronic colds that came and went throughout the winter months.  An initial prescription of Phos 30 had immediate results both at home and at school.  Within two days of starting the remedy the boy’s teacher had already commented that there was a significant difference in his ability to focus at school and class disruptions were greatly reduced.  Within three month, and a gradual increase in the potency, the patient has turned around so much that he has started wining reading and writing awards in class.  The boy’s asthma is also much better along with a ringing in the ears that was creating issues in and of itself.  Needless to say both the parents and the school are thrilled and the Paediatrician that had prescribed the Ritalin could not get over what a difference there was in the patient. 

Do you have anything else you would like to share?

I am extremely proud to say that I am a homeopath – in particular a classical homeopath – as the desire of more and more people to regain balance and health in their lives utilizing natural and holistic therapies is growing at a rapid rate.  The ability to help people attain the health that they have been searching for, sometimes for long periods, is unbelievably rewarding. 

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Asha Frost
  1. Which accomplishment/event/moment are you most proud of in your career as a Homeopath?

After practicing for over a decade, there have been so many moments that I am proud of.  Early in my career, I was asked to speak at the Toronto Convention Centre for Life Fest.  I spoke to over 300 people about the healing power of homeopathy and my own journey in using this medicine to heal myself.  I look back at this and see how this opportunity to speak before so many was a catalyst in where I am now in my practice.

  1. What three aspects of your Homeopathic education contributed the most to your success?
    1. The teachers were incredible.  I found the focus on homeopathic philosophy to be particularly helpful as I often hear the wisdom of the teachers voice in my head when I am about to prescribe a remedy.  One of my favourites used to say: “What needs to be healed here?” and “Choose what kind of homeopath you want to be”.  Those statements stand out in my mind often. 
    2. Our clinical experiences were vastly helpful.  To witness the teachers take cases, to take cases ourselves, the discussion, the analysis and our externship patients were all really important to help me gain the confidence I needed to practice.
    3. The leadership and kindness of the Director of the School really impacted me.  I will never forget the essence of his spirit and the integrity he held when I first met him.  After interviewing at the other schools, I just knew that CCHM was the school for me and truly feel that the energy follows me in what I put out into the world. 

 3.  Share with us a recently cured case with Homeopathic Medicine.  (Make sure you don’t include any identifying patient information)

A 48 year old woman came in with colitis as her chief complaint.  She had deep inflammation of the colon with major digestive difficulties.  Her stools were full of blood and mucous and she had continuous cramping, bloating and gas.  She was high strung, anxious and unable to fully trust in life.  The etiology of her complaint was food poisoning followed by antibiotics.  I prescribed a bowel nosode based on when her symptoms began and what I felt the true etiology was in her case and in one month time, her symptoms had improved by 80%.  She is now free of pain and symptoms.

4.  Do you have anything else you would like to share?

Homeopathy is a brilliant system of medicine that has propelled my life forward in ways that I could have never dreamed possible.  When I was 17, I was diagnosed with Lupus and homeopathy has kept me off allopathic meds and helped me to heal myself.  It reminds me of my innate healing potential and allows me to share that gift with all of those in my practice.  It is a true honour to see people get well and I am forever grateful for this brilliant medicine.

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