Jack Gagliardi graduated from the Canadian College of Homeopathic Medicine and also has an honours degree from the University of Toronto and a Community Worker diploma from George Brown College. He specialized in antiviolence education and working with abusive men and victims of abuse. Jack has a private homeopathic practice in the Toronto community of Leslieville where he practices classical homeopathy with a special interest in helping those struggling with issues of abuse and grief. He has also trained with Nulife Sciences in Live Blood Cell Analysis which he incorporates into his practice to help educate patients about their nutritional needs and to help track the progression and reversal of degenerative conditions. Jack is a clinical supervisor and lecturer at CCHM.
What brought me to the study and practice of homeopathy?
In 1998, just 4 months before I was to be married, I became severely ill. I woke up one morning to find that my legs felt numb and weak and that I was losing mobility in my hands. I immediately saw my family doctor who performed some neurological tests on me and decided to send me to a specialist. This neurologist again performed even more tests on me and then decided to send me to another specialist working out of the hospital. After seeing that specialist and undergoing many more tests including several MRIs, I was labeled and diagnosed as having myelitis; the inflammation of the myelin sheath surrounding my spinal cord. They were unable to ascertain a cause.
After a month of diagnostic tests I was simply told there was nothing they could do for me but to come back in six months for a follow-up. I was devastated that nothing was being done for me and that I was simply sent home in this state. I struggled along for 5 months with very little improvement in my condition.
A friend asked me if I considered seeing a homeopath? I was unfamiliar with that modality and asked her about her experience. She said she had been seeing one for her chronically recurring cold sores. After seeing her homeopath she was free of the cold sores that plagued her constantly. I was open to the idea and decided to make an appointment.
That decision changed my life and my understanding of health and disease. After seeing my homeopath for only three months, I began to recover. I became stronger and my emotional state became one of confidence and hope as opposed to despair. Not only did my neurological symptoms almost completely subside but my asthma and allergies that I suffered with since I was a child, resolved. I was using an asthma puffer for over 15 years every time I played sports or exercised. I also used an antihistamine almost every day during allergy season. After six months I no longer needed my asthma spray or antihistamines. To this day I have not used a puffer or any allergy medication. And all this without any side-effects.
Because homeopathy treats the patient and not the disease and views a patient’s health in its totality, my homeopathic treatment helped balance out all my health issues naturally. My body became stronger and I was able to resolve my health problems without the use of suppressive pharmaceutical medications.
I knew that I needed to learn more about homeopathic medicine and that I must help educate others about the medical choices available to them. I therefore dedicated three challenging years to my training at the Toronto School of Homeopathic Medicine (now the Canadian College of Homeopathic.
How many years have you been practicing and can you estimate how many years your longest-standing patient has been a patient.
I have been practicing for 15 years and I still have several patients from my very first years. In many cases I’m treating their children now!
What is your favourite Materia Medica?
Anything by the old masters. Hahnemann, Lippe, Boericke, T.F. Allen but I probably refer to Hering’s Guiding Symptoms most due to its easy to reference structure and the perfect blend of reliable provings symptoms and clinical verifications.
What made you want to get into teaching?
When I began practicing I had tried dabbling into a few different “homeopathic methods.” I tried everything from the latest Sankaran methods that were in vogue, to facial analysis to recognize miasms. Everyone claimed to have the secret to finding the similimum. It took be a few years but I realized that everything I needed for an accurate prescription was in the Organon and available in pure Hahnemannian homeopathy. Teaching at CCHM has allowed me to commuciate the importance of that to my students each time I see them. It is at the core of how I teach.
What might you tell prospective students considering this as a career choice?
I would tell them what I tell my students in class today. The practice of medicine is hard. It is a helping profession. It requires dedication, hard work and compassion. Not everyone can combine those successfully. But when you do and you see your patients not only getting better symptomatically but you see their lives changing for the better and their energy rising, it is remarkable and beyond satisfying.