A Day in the Life of a Homeopath: Hannah Shalom, DCHM(Hon), FCHM, Homeopath
- What inspired you to become a homeopath?
Since childhood, I knew that I had a purpose in life and that this purpose involved healing and helping others. Being born with lactose intolerance and allergies to almost everything…. I suffered a lot of symptoms which doctors were unable to resolve and my family was told “if you’re lucky she will live or… she will die”…which wasn’t the best answer for my father to hear. Homeopathy saved my life as a child. Then I started looking for other modalities of healing in all the medical sciences…. of course, ignoring homeopathy… until one day… after all the years of studying different disciplines…. Homeopathy once again proved itself by saving my life. And that was the beginning of my career…. when I made a commitment to myself to study and practice homeopathy.
- What does your average day as a homeopath look like?
That truly depends on the day….. on average: I come to my clinic, check my agenda, speak with my staff in regards to whatever needs to happen on that particular day… after that, I usually have a few hours of seeing patients, taking cases …. In the evening when things are about to close down, I stay behind and quietly revisit cases, study Organon and Materia Medica…. Re-repetorize cases that are complicated…. Sometimes I reach out to my teachers and mentors via email or phone.
On the drive home, I listen to lectures…. And so, sometimes, I would listen to the lecture of a teacher and then I would call him/her… funny enough, after a small talk, I would ask a question…. Then I would listen and I would forget that I am on the phone… at some point the teacher’s answer was complete… and there is a silence…. and I am wondering why my speakers are not working…and then we laugh…I work long hours, so by the time I get back home from the clinic, it’s late….
3. What do you most love about being a homeopath?
I am enthusiastic to share my knowledge and experience of homeopathy with others, helping them discover new safe, gentle, natural and non-invasive ways to help their body use its own energy to heal itself. One drop can make a big difference in people’s lives. Watching patients overcome chronic conditions they have been living with for years, or helping someone with severe acute symptoms to contain them or diminish them to zero, is not only amazing, but extremely gratifying.
Homeopathy is able to change a person’s individual health profile in most profound ways.
I also love the challenge…the constant drive to learn more…. and so, for me… this is ongoing learning, researching and studying, meeting amazing people in person and learning from them. I recently went to the Cancer Diathesis Conference, where I met Manfred Mueller and Christina Mueller and I had the privilege to learn case taking from Manfred in person one on one…. While in pathology cases his approach is uncommon, it opened my eyes way more with details I wasn’t able to see previously and now has become obvious knowledge.
4. What is your favorite homeopathic story?
I was 2nd year student and I was collecting patients for clinic hours. This woman came in with lachrymation that wouldn’t stop, and the Dr. told her “It is what it is; you have to live with it.” After she began homeopathic treatment, slowly the symptoms started to fall away… and today she is 60 lbs lighter, not needing asthma puffers, no more heart medications… but also, she no longer has lachrymation. Of course she is my patient, and we often chuckle, that the Dr. told her that for the rest of her life she would need puffers, high blood pressure medications and she will lachyrmate because that’s just how it is.
5. We don't need to know what you had for breakfast, but I'm sure it was healthy and delicious, so do tell! What did you have for breakfast?
I had a bowl of steel cut oats soaked in almond milk overnight with seeds and nuts. In the morning I added raspberries and pomegranate before eating…. and a cup of French press java.
6. Tell us a little about your life before you became a homeopath.
I was searching for the best way to help people to heal in a natural way… and personally, I didn’t feel like the traditional western medicine setting was for me. I decided to search and train in a variety of modalities. I practised a number of natural health alternatives over the last 15 years, such as kinesiology, sound/colour therapy, vibrational kinesiology, allergy testing, colon hydrotherapy, natural nutrition, life coaching and executive coaching. I was searching for a discipline that was able to apply my personal and professional principles and beliefs... and then I was again awakened by Homeopathy.
I also, for a while, worked in the area of marketing strategies and business creation and foundation, utilizing my business acumen.
7. How did you change your life through homeopathy?
Studying homeopathy allowed me to see myself differently through the lens of a homeopath, which allowed me to make personal changes in my life and lifestyle…. I started exploring habits and changed them with the ease of homeopathy… at the same time…. I was able to understand more, learn from patients and became more self-forgiving… understanding that all symptoms may be correlated, almost painting an individual’s picture allows me to see that individual blueprint and investigate… until a resolution is found…. I became a little bit of a detective…. and I love every part of it.
8. What role did CCHM play in supporting your transformation?
I was contacting Homeopathic schools trying to find out what’s best for me. At the same time, I was extremely nervous after the emotional turmoil that preceded the beginning of my educational homeopathic journey. Moreover, it sent me on that path with a little bit of a push. I reached out to CCHM and had an amazing conversation with Joyce... CCHM is my foundation that opened many excellent educational and professional development opportunities. CCHM was my Launchpad into the kind of learning and treatment I was searching for. It made complete sense and was exciting and innovative! The teachers at CCHM are the cornerstone of the whole learning experience; they are always available to help without hesitation. I feel really privileged to be a graduate of CCHM.
10. What obstacles did you have to overcome in order to become a homeopath?
One obstacle was time because I wanted to study all the time to learn as much as possible but I also had to work full time in order to keep all my financial commitments. I decided to work as little as possible, choosing my education and study instead of working.
Another obstacle was people’s skepticism about homeopathy; however, the more skeptical the patient, the happier I felt. The challenge was that if they never came back after the first appointment, I took it very hard and it was difficult to build a thick skin.
11. How do you see your future in homeopathy?
I see myself growing my clinic and learning homeopathy daily! As of September 2017, I created a “Health Equity” program for the community.
Every few weeks we are holding community gatherings focused on common health concerns. People send emails to the clinic with questions or ideas, or what they would like to hear about. We usually announce it via newsletter and people RSVP their attendance. Everyone is free to bring their friends, family, etc. At one of the gatherings, I turned out to have about 30 pregnant ladies and their friends. It was amazing! I also have met with the MS society of Canada and other organizations helping people to apply homeopathy in a simple way or simply reach out to a homeopath in their area. Recently, I was the main speaker at Whole Life Expo, where I was promoting homeopathy as a regulated profession to the general public.
I wish and I hope, that all homeopaths can come together and unite strongly, representing our profession as a whole to the public and promoting homeopathy and its principles together as one.
12. What do you love about the homeopathic community?
I love the fellowship and the willingness to share expertise and remedies. There is always a seminar or a webinar or a conference to keep up to date. Collaboration with my friends or a study group is something I am always looking forward to.
13. What advice can you offer to a person considering becoming a homeopath?
Recently, someone approached me via messenger on Facebook with that exact question. First and foremost, I shared my experience in researching a school, send them to the CCHM website and usually I share the office number to call. Of course, this is not an easy road. It requires hard work, dedication, astute listening and a truly caring attitude. And yet, it is the most rewarding and fulfilling profession. You can see miracles happen! I offered to meet for a coffee at my clinic or a coffee shop and chat about becoming a homeopath.
14. Can you recommend a couple of good books on homeopathy?
My homeopathic book suggestions would be the “Organon”, “The Science of Homeopathy” by Dr.Vithoulkas and “Homeopathic Cancer Drugs” by Manfred Mueller.
Hannah's ca be reached at:
Pure, Simple and Amazing Homeopathic Family Practice and Other Therapies
600 Sherbourne Street Suite 604
Toronto, ON M4X 1W4
215 Kennedy Street West
Aurora, ON, L4G 2L9
Email: [email protected]
Facebook: @hannah.shalom @PureSimpleandAmazing
Hannah Shalom DCHM (Hon) FCHM HOM
Hannah immigrated to Canada from Europe in 1999 after graduating from University. She began studying and looking for holistic modalities that can heal a person and prevent illness rather than simply remove symptoms. She completed a degree in Applied Kinesiology in 2004. Hannah found major changes in her own personal health and wellness through homeopathic treatment and was inspired to train at The Canadian College of Homeopathic Medicine to become a homeopath, where she graduated with top honours. Her research work was with Homeopathic treatment of HIV/AIDS. In 2016 she travelled to Tanzania to train with Homeopaths for Health in Africa, working with patients who are affected by HIV/AIDS and other ailments. Hannah has worked with patients of all ages, including pediatric, suffering from chronic disease, including cancer, infertility, arthritis, eczema and psoriasis, chronic fatigue, anxiety, depression and sleep deprivation. She is a registered Homeopath, certified Colon Hydrotherapist and I-ACT certified practitioner and trainer.
Hannah is a member of NUPATH, CSOH, OHA, OHMA and is registered with the College of Homeopaths of Ontario.
She completed a post graduate year at CCHM, while running her family practice and working in 2 Toronto clinics. Hannah won a scholarship to study Classical Homeopathy Essentials in Acute and Chronic Prescribing with Dr. Andre Saine in Montreal in Spring 2017. Since fall of 2017 Hannah is also practicing in Los Angeles, California where she was headhunted to a private high profile clinic in Beverly Hills and Santa Monica, and is currently awaiting USA certifications.