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  • I am quite impressed with the program at CCHM. I was able to catch up easily with the online format and join my class before the end of the first term. Homepathy is exactly what I was looking for to fill the gap in my practice, it will allow me...
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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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  • I wanted to pass along some feedback from the weekend courses. Monica is wonderful, her presentation helped everyone in the class and her way of narrowing down the case symptoms was very helpful. Joe on Sunday introduced us to a way of studying the remedies that worked for me very...
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  • I am practicing in the suburban Chicago area, working out of a holistic MD pediatricians office. (A connection I made thru my local health food store where I've been going for years)  The doctor trained thru CEDH USA and stocks and sells Boiron low potencies and uses homeopathy for acutes. www.wholehealthmamapediatrics.com .  It’s instant...
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  • Hi Kim, I want to thank you again for an amazing weekend!  I learned so much & really appreciate your straight forward teaching style. --Gwen K. Post Grad participant 2020-2021

  • I am taking the opportunity to thank Andrea for thoroughly reviewing with me the best practice for selecting  “key symptoms” and how to repertorize them accordingly.  Analysis - paralysis can sometimes be a tendency when  a student, particularly a student with a very detail-oriented and analytical mind.  Also, I very much...
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  • After the abrupt closure of the prospective program in homeopathic studies that was to be offered at Georgian College in Barrie, Ontario, I wanted to spread some light for this school, that has done the same for me each and everyday. Though that program was pulled, and without real reason...
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  • The online Teaching Clinic has enhanced my learning curve, raised the bar, challenged my way of thinking as a distance student in a fun and exciting manner. Must say this is an excellent way to hone your skills in preparation to becoming a successful homeopath. Highly recommend and encourage students...
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Homeopathy- A Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM)

These days there is more and more health information available on the internet.  Specifically, there is growing interest in using ‘natural’ treatments for the prevention and treatment of a wide variety of health complaints. We are also witnessing the beginning of more global connectedness especially through social networking websites such as Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn. 

What is ‘CAM’?

You may have read or heard the term ‘CAM’ as part of your searches on-line or through seminars. ‘CAM’ stands for Complementary and Alternative Medicine.  It basically refers to any system of medicine or treatment that stands outside the conventional system of medicine also known as Western or Allopathic medicine.  The National Centre for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) goes on to further define ‘CAM’ as;

"Complementary medicine refers to use of ‘CAM’ together with conventional medicine, such as using acupuncture in addition to usual care to help lessen pain. Most use of ‘CAM’ by Americans is complementary. "Alternative medicine" refers to use of ‘CAM’ in place of conventional medicine. "Integrative medicine" (also called integrated medicine) refers to a practice that combines both conventional and CAM treatments for which there is evidence of safety and effectiveness.

It is important to remember that there is often not such a clear division between ‘CAM’ and conventional medicine.  It is becoming more common for even conventional Physicians to recommend techniques like meditation and yoga to help in stress management of a wide variety of diseases ranging from anxiety disorders to cardiovascular disease.  Furthermore, there is a growing number of Medical Doctors (MDs) who practice a modality or system of medicine that fits under the ‘CAM’ category.  Forexample, many MDs in France, England and Germany also practice Homeopathic medicine.

Homeopathic Medicine and ‘CAM’

While there are many types of modalities/systems of medicine that fit under the ‘CAM’ umbrella, Homeopathy is the most ideal complementary medicine.  Here’s why:

Safe,Gentle, Effective:  homeopathic medicines are made using a specific process of dilution and vigorous shaking (succussion).  This means that unlike conventional medications and even some herbal medicines which use crude substances, homeopathic remedies are safe for everyone, even pregnant women, and newborns, the elderly and people with weakened immune systems.

No Side Effects:homeopathic remedies contain very few molecules of the original crude substance.  Therefore, patients will not experience side effects that often occur with pharmaceutical medications.  Some sensitive patients also experience side effects from herbs.  Patients under the care of a qualified Homeopath will be able to avoid such negative effects.

No Contraindications with Pharmaceutical Medications:  there is no scientific evidence that homeopathic remedies interact with pharmaceutical medications.  In addition, there can be an issue of interaction between herbal medicines and pharmaceutical medications.  This is not even an issue with homeopathy.   In fact, in many cases, you can work with your Medical Doctor to wean yourself off medications once your symptoms have consistently improved.  It is important to remember that this is not possible with certain medications including insulin for Type I Diabetes, some asthma medications, HIV medications and in some cases, hypothyroid medications. 

Stimulates the Body to Heal Itself:  homeopathy has a vastly different philosophy of health and healing than conventional medicine.   Conventional medicine uses large doses of crude substances in an attempt to eliminate or suppress symptoms.  Homeopathy, on the other hand, uses an approach that views symptoms as the part of the body’s attempt to communicate with us.  Symptoms essentially are the body’s attempt to tell us something isn’t in balance.  Instead of using large, crude doses, Homeopathy uses remedies to stimulate the body to begin to heal itself.

To find more about ‘CAM’ please visit the NCCAM website at http://nccam.nih.gov/health/whatiscam/or the Canadian Interdisciplinarian Network for CAM Research (IN-CAM) at www.incamresearch.ca

For more information about an exciting career in Homeopathic Medicine, visit our website at www.homeopathycanada.com

 

 

 

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