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  • This is my testimony about the live classes at CCHM. Date: 8-15-19 My first experience with homeopathy was the immediate eradication of mastitis. Then I took our 5 kids. I felt called to homeopathy to share healing that I had experienced and tell my fellow man, woman and child about...
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  • I am taking the opportunity to thank Andrea for thoroughly reviewing with me the best practice for selecting  “key symptoms” and how to repertorize them accordingly.  Analysis - paralysis can sometimes be a tendency when  a student, particularly a student with a very detail-oriented and analytical mind.  Also, I very much...
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  • I am writing to express my gratitude for being able to attend and take part in your wonderful in class program at CCHM.  The whole process from beginning to end what a long one for me, but the last 3 years of class have flown by. Before choosing a school...
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  • I am writing to express my gratitude for being able to attend and take part in your wonderful in class program at CCHM.  The whole process from beginning to end what a long one for me, but the last 3 years of class have flown by. Before choosing a school...
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  • I am quite impressed with the program at CCHM. I was able to catch up easily with the online format and join my class before the end of the first term. Homepathy is exactly what I was looking for to fill the gap in my practice, it will allow me...
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  • I am a current 2nd year student and in October I attended Study Week for the college. My week can be described as it being profound, as well as surprising. First of all, I had the pleasure of meeting fellow distant education students like myself and I finally had a...
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  • The online Teaching Clinic has enhanced my learning curve, raised the bar, challenged my way of thinking as a distance student in a fun and exciting manner. Must say this is an excellent way to hone your skills in preparation to becoming a successful homeopath. Highly recommend and encourage students...
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  • Lisa is a wonderful presenter and a fabulous teacher! Always a joy to attend anything she teaches about Homeopathy! Thank you, Virginia

  • This Acute role play course was such a great learning experience and also a lot of fun! The actors were playing their patient roles so well.  And the learning experience is not over for me because I took a lot of notes for every case and after submitting my own...
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  • “This year was not only a challenge, but had unexpected obstacles. The faculty really pulled through with providing us with what we needed to keep things going. And here we are!  I think I speak for all the students when I say thank you to the CCHM team for helping us pull through...
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Antimicrobial Resistance: Ushering in the New Future of Health

By Erin Douglas, Homeopath and CCHM Grad “The doctor of the future will give no medicine, but will interest his patient in the care of the human frame, in diet and in the cause and prevention of disease.” – Thomas Edison It is hard to imagine a doctor not being able to give antibiotics to treat bacterial infections. While difficult to imagine, in 2014 the World Health Organization (WHO) released a report suggesting that conventional medicine in North America is entering a crisis period “in which common infections and minor injuries can kill,” as antibiotics become increasingly ineffective. How Ineffective Have Antibiotics Become? Before coming to this conclusion, it is important to understand how ineffective antibiotics have become. One WHO report shows “alarming rates of resistance – exceeding 50% – in some patient groups”when carbapenem, “one of the antibiotics of last resort for many bacterial infections,” is used to control K. pneumoniae, a common bacteria causing lung infections, wound infections, and urinary tract infections. What this suggests is that when “a last resort antibiotic,” is given to treat a K. pneumoniae infection, it is only about 50% effective on a good day. The WHO report also states that antimicrobial resistance is a problem “so serious that it threatens the achievements of modern medicine”. This is no exaggeration. The threat of antibiotic resistance puts at risk numerous other facets of conventional medicine that are dependent. For instance, “cancer treatment would be virtually non-existent and most elective surgeries and some essential ones could no longer be performed in the absence of antibiotics”. Why are Antibiotics not Working? Perhaps part of the problem is our over-reliance on antibiotics since their discovery in 1928. Not only are we quick to ask for prescriptions, but unless we eat only organic, there is a good chance that the majority of our daily meat intake includes a large amount of the antibiotics. All of this coincides with research that strongly suggests serious long-term consequences from antibiotic overuse. How Do Antibiotics Effect our Health? In his article, “Antibiotic Overuse: Stop the Killing of Beneficial Bacteria,” Martin Blaser argues that changes in our micro flora – damage to the good bacteria in our bodies – may be promoting the transmission of disease by weakening our immune system. In short, antibiotics are indiscriminate. They kill all the bacteria in our system leaving us more susceptible to future infection. Considering this, it should follow that there must be a paradigm shift in terms of how we approach health and wellness. We need to ask ourselves some tough questions such as, “can taking a pill solve my health issues or would I be better off making lifestyle choices that address the underlying causes?” Until recently, antibiotics have been an effective method to achieve a seemingly immediate response. This quick solution, however, has resulted in a generation with compromised immune systems which has created a growing need – a dependency – for more antibiotics. To be sure, our current reality of increasing antibiotic resistance was born out of this cycle. If the current pattern continues, the most common antibiotics will be rendered completely ineffective in the near future. As doctors begin to understand the implications of this, rather than prescribing an antibiotic, they are beginning to address the underlying causes of an illness as a means to strengthen the patient’s immune system. An example of this is recurrent ear infections in small children. In the past, antibiotics were often prescribed and tubes were inserted into children’s ears, but the root cause was rarely addressed. Now, rather than dispensing antibiotics, many doctors are working with these patients to address underlying issues such as possible food allergies or nutritional deficiencies. In many parts of the world, such as India and China, the shift to a more holistic concept of wellness is growing. It is in these countries that healthy lifestyles promote holistic nutrition, regular exercise, and nutritional supplements. This is very different than the current North American model where the dispensing of pharmaceuticals has prevailed. Despite Americans spending “an estimated 2.9 trillion dollars in 2013 on healthcare” we are facing a situation where, “for the first time in human history, this generation will live a shorter time than their parents.” Facing the reality of imminent widespread antibiotic resistance, it is evident that antibiotics as effective tools for healing have served their purpose. If we have learned nothing else, hopefully we can accept the looming antibiotic resistance crisis as proof that the discovery of new antibiotics will not deliver long-term solutions. This realization does not have to be apocalyptic. Although they have been a backbone of conventional medicine, antibiotics are not the only tools we have. It is time for something new. It is time to embrace a new perspective of health and healing in North America. Conclusion As acceptance of alternative medical systems grows, practices such as Homeopathy and Traditional Chinese Medicine – the two most practiced forms of medicine worldwide – will help to usher in a new perspective of healing which does not solely rest on the dispensing of pharmaceuticals. The foundation of healing systems such as TCM and Homeopathy are built upon the implicit understanding that the true path to healing requires addressing the root cause of an illness. The paradigm shift is this: It is the body that does the healing, not the medication. When considered in this light, it is the responsibility of health practitioners to invoke and support healing responses from the body. The healers of the future will offer solutions that nurture, protect and celebrate the defenses that nature has provided. To know more about Erin Douglas – visit www.myintrinsicwellness.com

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Deb Holcomb, Columbus, Ohio, CCHM alumnus 2012  www.EmpoweringBetterHealth.Org . For publication with permission from both myself and my client. My practice is going well.  The first year built

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