Tell us about your work with the Scott Mission.
Our Scott Mission volunteer work started in 2010 with three homeopaths participating. Our idea was to provide homeopathic treatment for the people who would not be able to afford it otherwise, or would not even know this option exists. Management of Scott Mission have been very receptive and welcoming. They provided a group of people interested in treatment and a reception space once a month for a full day, and that’s how we started. Since then, Veronica Zhmurko and I have been consulting patients in the Scott Mission premises. We donate our time and provide remedies for the patients. In the beginning, people were very cautious, but after a number of success stories, we gained their trust. Now there is a waiting list of people who would like to receive our treatment. Some people bring their family members and even ask our advice on their pets. This experience was also very beneficial, since the majority of people coming for homeopathic treatment to Scott Mission are women, who were physically and emotionally abused, coming from dysfunctional families, who are chronically depressed or have some debilitating disease. As a result, they cannot be gainfully employed and must remain on welfare, resulting many of them living in specialty housing or shelters. In many cases, homeopathy helped these women break this vicious circle, and return to normal life, find a job, get married and start a family. Our patients have become strong supporters of the homeopathic method, and we as practitioners also gained lots of confidence from seeing these powerful results.
What inspired you to become a homeopath?
Believe it or not I was born thanks to homeopathy. My mother was having difficulty conceiving and she turned to a friend of the family – a famous Ukrainian homeopath Dr. Demiyan Popov, who gave her a remedy. To her surprise she got pregnant in two month, but did not connect the dots at that time. My mother told me this story many years later when I began to study homeopathy.
My own path into homeopathy began when my baby daughter’s personality started changing after a vaccination. It was hepatitis B vaccine recommended by our pediatrician. I immediately turned to a homeopath, and got the positive results soon. Being very inquisitive, scientifically oriented and educated, I started to read more, and one day I found the book “The Science of Homeopathy” by George Vithoulkas. Perhaps I should say that the book found me and this became a turning point in my life.
What does your average day as a homeopath look like?
My day usually starts at 9 a.m, with answering e-mail and phone calls. I see the first group of patients from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Some of them are coming in person, some are connecting by Skype from other provinces and countries. I have patients in the USA, Russia, Ukraine, France, Israel and even New Zeland. I have a break from 3 to 6 p.m., to meet my daughter returning from school, so that we can share a meal together. My second shift is from 6 to 9 p.m., sometimes ending even later. If I have any breaks or cancellations I read Materia Medica and other professional materials, to keep my educations going. I try not to work on weekends. These days are for my family.
What do you love most about being a homeopath?
I love everything about it. I love feeling connected to something so great, something so much bigger than me. Then I like the constant challenge, as every patient is a new story. It is like reading a new book, there aren’t two alike. But most important is the difference you can bring into someone’s life. I see a lot of children, whose lives include never ending infections, the use of Tylenol, antibiotics, corticosteroid creams. Some of them come to me after up to 14 ear infections in one year, with blue rings under their eyes, mouth breathing, irritability, on diets of dry cereal and candy. They become much healthier and happier after we manage to turn them around within the next few months, and this is truly satisfying.
I have several wonder stories. One of them is about a 24-year old girl K., tormented by panic attacks. S he was not able to leave her room because of fears and anxieties. Medications did not work, and her physiatrist suggested it was likely she would live her entire life like this. He even put her mom on anti-depressants to cope with her daughter’s condition. The mother came to us (it was at Scott Mission) with her problems and then told the story of her daughter. Slowly we started treating her daughter as well, and gradually the panic attacks began to subside. Then K. started getting out of her room, and agreeing to go shopping for new clothes. One day she was ready to come to our office and tell us the story of her life. In 3 month after her first visit to our office, K found a job, then in 1 year, she got married and now she has a family and a child. Pulsatilla has completely cured this girl. There were no signs of panic attacks since.
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?
For many years it has been a bowl of pineapple and papaya fruit salad, cottage cheese, fresh squeezed vegetable juice and herbal tea.
Tell us a little about your life before you became a homeopath.
M original degree is in Chemistry, Biochemistry and Chemical Engineering. I was working in the scientific field for more than 20 years, and have 3 Masters degrees in Science, Engineering in Business – two of them from Canadian Universities. Before becoming a homeopath, I was working in a multi-national Canadian Corporation and resigned from the position of Director of R&D and Product Development to start full time practice as a homeopath. At that time everyone thought I was losing my mind, yet it turned out the best decision I have ever made.
How did you change your life through homeopathy?
First of all, homeopathy helped me to overcome anxiety and fear about health: my own health and the health of my family. My life also became much more pure in all senses. There are too many compromises you have to make working in the corporate world, and I did not like it. You often have to be very political often at the expense of the truth, and I don’t have any of this anymore. My objective is very clear - I need to help my patients to achieve a better state of health through gentle, permanent and rapid cure.
What obstacles did you have to overcome in order to become a homeopath?
The most difficult part was making the transition from part time to full time homeopathic practice, which meant resigning from my high-paying job. My family helped me tremendously in making this step. Another difficult part was getting a good clinical training – a prerequisite for a successful practice. I was very lucky to find Dr. Jose Isaac, my teacher in India and I have been attending his clinical seminars for the last 7 years, travelling to India. I have also been organizing his 3-day seminars once a year in Toronto for the last 5 years. Learning from him gave me the most critical practical homeopathy experience.
How do you see your future in homeopathy?
I hope one day to be involved in creating a homeopathic hospital, similar to what they have in India. It should be both a medical and educational facility where students will be able to learn the real clinical homeopathy. Our work at Scott Mission has demonstrated how important this would be to serve the different strata of our population.
What do you love about the homeopathic community?
I think it is an amazing community. Firstly, homeopaths are people who have made a conscious decision about their occupation, they are truth seekers, people who are not afraid to go against mainstream dogmas. Homeopathy requires people with a lot of dedication, desire to help others despite all obstacles created by traditional medicine and media. This makes my fellow homeopaths so unique and beautiful as human beings.
I think all of them deserve great respect from our society. We need to do more to achieve recognition for all the good work homeopaths are doing often silently without great publicity. I also would like to help those who have a good theoretical background, but did not receive an adequate clinical experience, and therefore have difficulties starting a successful practice. Now being licensed in Ontario is a significant step towards our recognition, but also a great responsibility. As a community we cannot afford to fail. We need to unite and effectively show the world true miracle that is homeopathy.
What advice can you offer to a person considering becoming a homeopath?
Stick to the homeopathic principles and philosophy of classical homeopathy. It survived more than 200 years despite all obstacles. Medical theories are changing from year to year, but the principles outlined by Hahnemann in the “Organon” and “Chronic Diseases” did not change a bit. In the clinic of my teacher in India I observed a consistent clinical success from following these principles. There weren’t any old occasional cures, but rather a consistent 90%+ success rate, even in treating chronic debilitating diseases. I have been observing it for 7 years. This year the father of my teacher Dr. K.J Isaac published his book of memoirs “Miracles of Classical Homeopathy” – summarizing almost 60 years of experience practicing classical homeopathy.
Dr. K Isaac was a student of Dr. Bose, who was in the last student and disciple of J.T Kent. Cases described in this book tell you that limitations of homeopathy are only in knowledge and mastery, since classical homeopathy is based on the universal biological laws or cure.
Can you recommend a couple of good books on homeopathy?
I can only repeat what my teacher suggests: Allen’s Keynotes, Hahnemann’s “Chronic Disease”, Kent, Nash. I personally love Hering’s “Condensed Materia Medica”, Murphy’s “Nature’s Materia Medica”, and “The Chronic Miasms” by J. H Allen. Also I find A. Rehman’s “Encyclopedia of Remedy Relationship in Homeopathy” very useful. For those who like myself work with the children, suffering from autism and ADD/ ADHD, I would recommend to re-read H. Roberts “The Principles and Art of Cure by Homeopathy”, especially chapter XXVI.
Anything you'd like to add?
Every day when I wake up, I think about how blessed we are to have our profession despite all the difficulties with the medical system, our patients, etc. I hope every homeopath eventually will be able to say the same. Thank you very much for inviting me to your blog.
Inna Dolgopolsky, DIHOM, M.Sc., M.Eng.
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