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  • I loved Sunday with Dr Saunders. He has so much insight and his lectures are so interesting.  I love how he presents his own case, then talks about physiology, pathology, pharmacology, medical terms, peppered with the materia medica and nutrition, and a bit of posology and philosophy. He is such...
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  • I wanted to email you to let you know that i am FINALLY a registered homeopath! It took awhile, but I finally made it. I just wanted to thank you so much for all your support, encouragement and kindness. The constant support you gave me through the years I was...
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  • Thank you so much!  I just returned from Hawaii and can’t wait to get started. I asked Kim Elia to lecture for the organization that I am president of, (The International and American Associations of Clinical Nutritionists).  He knocked it out of the park!  Totally Awesome!  Several of my Canadian pharmacist...
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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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  • Since the first time I took extra credits in homeopathy, I noticed that the learning I had from CCHM was complete.  I had the basics, the knowledge, the know how that other homeopaths in my class were struggling with. I am grateful for the thorough homeopathic training I got at...
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  • "I am extremely grateful for the experiences I gained in just two years of learning, and also for having a very helpful, bright and kind group of classmates. I couldn’t have done anything without their support and non-judgemental opinions. I appreciated their warm welcomes and cheers every time I entered...
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  • Hi Kim, my name is Martina and I was one of the post grad students you had this weekend for CCHM. Thank you!! Your teachings in the webinar were fascinating, invaluable, insightful and humbling. I have so much to learn!  --Martina M.

  • “I absolutely loved my time there studying, some of the most enjoyable time of my life. The kindness and generosity extended to everyone has always stuck with me”

  • What makes CCHM so special is that, firstly, it has no upper age limit criterion for admission. Secondly, it allows students to pursue the course even while they  are employed full-time in any other organization. Thirdly, CCHM is the topmost homeopathic college in the whole of North America and offers...
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  • Even thoough the homework seems the equivalent of writing a term paper each week,  I'm still enjoying the program immensely.  I'm very impressed at how well it's planned out, adding (what seems like, ha ha) a "simple step"  gradually,  covering particular remedies which turns out to be a properly timed review,...
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Harry Potter and Homeopathy- What’s the Connection?

Today is July 15th, 2011.  This is a very exciting day for many children and adults around the world because the last Harry Potter movie, The Deathly Hallows, Part II, opens today.  Yes, I admit it.  I am a huge Harry Potter fan.  I have seen all of the movies and read all of the books.  You may be wondering why I am spending time talking about Harry Potter-‘this has nothing to do with Homeopathy’!

Besides being a fun and light topic to blog about...I would actually argue that there are many similarities between the Harry Potter books/movies and Homeopathic Medicine.

The Magic Factor:

It might seem obvious that Harry Potter is about magic.  After all, it is a story of wizards and witches who go to school (the infamous Hogwarts) to learn how to perform magic spells and hopefully eventually defeat an evil wizard.  Homeopathy when practiced with skill according to the clear instructions of Hahnemann, can also seem like magic.  I have a patient who calls Homeopathy ‘magic pills’.  Her experience of Homeopathy has been quick resolution of many complaints.  For example, she first came to me suffering from a head cold.  After I prescribed a few doses of a particular homeopathic remedy, her cold was gone.  Next, she brought her young child to me suffering from a chronic cough.  Again, I prescribed the indicated remedy and his cough was gone the next day.  Even though Homeopathy is not magic in the sense that it is based on a clear set of scientific principles, its ability to stimulate the body’s capacity to heal can indeed seem like magic for both patient and practitioner alike.  This is the allure of Homeopathy.  When a practitioner is well-trained and is able to identify the best remedy for a patient, it is an inspiring, uplifting and magical profession.

It’s All About the Journey:

As we come to the end of the Harry Potter books, it is an end of a journey.  The character of Harry Potter has come full circle and must confront his destiny and fight “He Who Shall Not Be Named” or his nemesis of Voldemort.  The study of Homeopathy is also a journey.  At times, it is hard and challenging.  Sometimes there is struggle.  After several years of study and practice, it starts to become so rewarding.  I found that after a few years of study and making sure I had mentors (just like Harry had Sirius and Dumbledore amongst others), I found I was getting more consistent results in practice.  Helping people to regain their health is probably one of the most rewarding aspects of Homeopathic practice.

They Both Awaken Something In Us:

The Harry Potter books (and the movies) have taken a hold of our imaginations.  The story has gripped both adults and children.  Perhaps it has tapped into our sense of longing for the unexplainable and the hope that there is indeed more to the world than what we can observe.  Likewise, Homeopathy offers an option to those not satisfied by the mainstream, medical system.  It offers the hope that there is more to healing and health than science can adequately explain (at least for the time being).  Homeopathy offers a refreshing alternative to the view that our bodies are just a bunch of mechanical parts.  There is much more to healing than only fixing broken parts.  We are more complex.  If you have experienced Homeopathy, you know that it is capable of igniting profound healing.

So, if Harry Potter has ignited something in you...take a look at Homeopathy too.  It is a wonderful, satisfying career that has something not quite explainable and has a little bit of magic in it too.

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