A Day in the Life of a Homeopath: Meghan Manzo, HOM
- What inspired you to become a homeopath?
- I was nursing for about 5 years and never really felt complete in my career. I always knew that there had to be more to my job then the daily in’s and out’s of being a nurse. Not to say there is no reward in nursing but I always felt there was still a missing piece to my life puzzle. I was suffering from some gut troubles (almost all my life unconsciously) when I finally decided to try homeopathy. I had heard a lot about it and was already under way in learning how to heal with reiki so I thought I would give it a try. I saw Dr. Joe Kellerstein and it was this meeting that changed everything for me. Not only did his expertise and skill of this practice help cure my digestive troubles but gave me a new outlook on life. How amazing to be able to help others using this beautifully crafted art. Homeopathy was amazing because it provides people with a way in which to live a happier, healthier version of themselves without the use of prescription medications. I intuitively knew that this was my calling and I had to jump on board.
What does your average day as a homeopath look like?
-I have an office my home in which I get to see patients. Depending on the day I may be seeing my patients in office, over skype or phone for follow ups to ensure we are taking the right course of action. If I have a new patient I will always see them in the office as I feel it is very important to establish that interpersonal relationship with them right away. It also gives me a sense of who they are and how they interact making the meet more personal for both of us. After a day with patient’s I will generally go over their cases more thoroughly on my own time depending on the complexity of the case. I also tend to review materia medica and try to dedicate some time reviewing the Organon as a refresher. This helps to keep my practice true to the classical approach as written by Samuel Hahnemann.
- What do you most love about being a homeopath?
-I love that I have been given the opportunity to help others in a way they may never have thought possible. I will often see people who have hit a dead end in their current treatments and feel as though their suffering is one they simply must endure. Homeopathy gives people a chance at regaining their health and their lives back so that they may do all the wonderful things they were meant to do on this earth!
- What is your favorite homeopathic story?
-I was working a night shift with a fellow co-worker and she was saying that she was probably going to have to go down to the ER to get some antibiotics because she had been stung by a bee and was developing what looked like cellulitis of the arm. I overheard her and asked her if I could assess her arm and ask her a few questions. She agreed and after doing a quick acute assessment of her symptoms came to the conclusion that all she needed was homeopathic Apis. I asked her to give me until the end of the shift to see if we could help her arm and if by the end of the shift nothing had changed or her condition continued to get worse then she should head down to the ER. She happily agreed with a curious tone in her voice and I gave her repetitive doses of Apis throughout the shift. About 3 hours into the shift the redness and swelling began to subside (the redness/swelling was slowly spreading before treatment). By the end of the shift she had no more than a small little red dot on her arm where the sting had occurred and following up with her the next day she revealed her symptoms were gone! I was excited and she along with the rest of the staff on that night were amazed.
- 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 GF oatmeal with strawberries/banana and some protein powder. Delicious!
- Tell us a little about your life before you became a homeopath.
-I was working as an RN in the cardiac ICU. Life was extremely chaotic but I found my outlet through travel. When I was not working I would travel all over the world, meeting new people and making memories. I also play sports, specifically baseball (homeopathy is wonderful for acute injuries!!) and tried to find some downtime in a book. I will never complain about my life before becoming a homeopath because it was great but as mentioned earlier I needed to do something that I was passionate about. Becoming a homeopath brought that passion to life.
- How did you change your life through homeopathy?
-I found my purpose. I always knew that I was meant to be a caregiver and I continue to do that working as a nurse. Homeopathy has changed my life in so many ways that I feel there is not enough space on the page. I personally became a healthier individual not only physically but mentally and emotionally as well. Dr. Kellerstein helped me in times where I felt like my world was going to crash down on me. Homeopathy has helped me break through mental barriers that I have dealt with my entire life. I have become more aware of my own being and surroundings through both the practice and use of it. I went to an amazing school that brought me incredible teachers who helped me understand the art of homeopathy and the power it holds when used according to its principles. The staff at CCHM helped me every step of the way right up to graduation. I cannot thank CCHM enough for all their support over the years as it probably was not easy. There were many times not only myself but fellow classmates would sit in class with twisted, confused expressions on our faces wondering how we were ever going to make it to graduation. I also met some of my best friends in class and love that we share this common place, a love for homeopathy.
- What role did CCHM play in supporting your transformation?
- Please see the above answer!
- What are three key memories from your experience at CCHM?
-Graduation. We were finally at the finish line and we had all made it! Best feeling of accomplishment for all of us.
-Homeopathic trivia games with Jack Gagliardi and his bicycle horn, Lisa Decandia’s jeopardy and the chocolate prizes we all craved at the end of the day
-All of the teachers and staff and their continual support and reassurance (I cannot stress the reassurance part enough) when we had many times of doubt. They made me feel like this was something I could do and would do successfully. Thank you all!
- What obstacles did you have to overcome in order to become a homeopath?
-My biggest obstacle was working full time as an RN (shift work) while attending school on a part time (but really full time) basis. I do not even know where those 3 years of my life went as they blew past me and at times were a complete blur. Every bit of it was worth it because I now look back and cannot imagine not having gone through with it.
-I had to explain to many people just what homeopathy was and why I was going into it. I got a lot of confused faces (and sometimes still do) as to what it is and why I wanted to become a homeopath.
- How do you see your future in homeopathy?
-I intuitively feel like this is what I am supposed to be doing and will continue to do so. I see a very successful practice ahead of me because I have the drive and determination to make that for myself. I want to bring a collective awareness to the public and educate people about what homeopathy actually is and how it can help. Homeopathy will continue to grow and I want to be a part of that movement.
- What do you love about the homeopathic community?
-All of the support that I get from the community. I feel that as a new practitioner it can sometimes be hard to find your ground especially when first seeing patents for the first time on your own. There is always a supportive friend not too far that will lend a hand, help with a case or answer a question. It is this support that allows me to move forward in my own practice even when at times there may be doubt. I also love reading the articles posted on cured cases, new research and conferences that come about for homeopathy.
- What advice can you offer to a person considering becoming a homeopath?
-Just do it! Follow your gut because it will never steer you in the wrong direction. If this is something that you love and feel you were meant to do the you cannot ignore that feeling. You not only are learning how to help others in their times of need but truly making a difference in people’s lives that have lasting effects. It is a rewarding job with its ups and downs no doubt but at the end of the day you always come back to the same conclusion, I love being a homeopath!
- Can you recommend a couple of good books on homeopathy?
-Impossible Cure: The promise of Homeopathy by Amy Lansky, PhD. This is the first book I read and was the last one I read before enrolling in school.
- Anything you'd like to add?
-See a homeopath yourself if you haven’t already. There is nothing better than seeing the proof in the pudding yourself. You will be amazed at what homeopathy can do for you (in more ways than you can even imagine).
Meghan Manzo can be reached at:
Health & Healing Homeopathy
Meghan Manzo BScN, RN, HOM, DCHM
258 Cloverdale Ave, Hamilton, ON L8K 4M6,
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