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  • My experience working with yourself, Dr Joe and the school has been absolutely wonderful! I was apprehensive and nervous having an appointment over a computer but with in minutes I was comfortable.  Dr Joe is very good, I felt his concern and compassion even on a monitor! Big thank you...
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  • 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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  • 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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  • Hi Kim,  Just want to thank you for a very informative, challenging yet interesting weekend. I couldn't communicate in the last half of today's lecture due to some mic issues but didn't miss a word you said.  Thank you very much again for sharing a treasure of knowledge with us. you...
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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 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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  • 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 more you learn in homeopathy, the more you discover there is to learn. I was approaching the end of my final year of homeopathic education, and as much as I had learned, I was eager to maintain my momentum, extend my learning and application of this powerful medicine, and...
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  • This was one of the most amazing lectures offered by CCHM (Kanan Patel’s Post Grad lecture, 2018)! I wasn't bored for 1 second; it was interactive, integrative, informative and absolutely mind-blowing...

  • 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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How My Struggles With Anxiety Led Me To Homeopathy

 

From Mae F., Kingston

Two and a half years ago I was struggling to stay afloat in a sea of anxiety. It was a month before my 30th birthday when it started: the consuming panic attacks, the constant fear of losing control and the frightening obsessive thoughts. I felt completely alone and was sure that no one understood what I was going through.  I was desperate for any kind of relief, but at the same time I was insistent that I would not take any medications as a ‘quick fix’.  I sought out to find my own natural ways of copying and conquering my anxiety. It was the events that brought forth (and the life altering experience of) my anxiety that led me to Homeopathy. 

Conversely, I was no stranger to pharmaceuticals, as before my anxiety started I had been studying to be an RN. I can recall sitting in pharmacology class, learning about meds and feeling uncomfortable. I couldn’t wrap my head around it. These drugs were so potent and had so many side effects. Were there no other options for patients? The uncomfortable feelings only escalated when I was asked to administer these meds to patients in clinical scenarios. I felt like a hypocrite, as I wouldn’t even take an Advil for a headache.

I was in my 6th semester when I decided to withdraw from the program. My decision was not received well by those close to me, but at the end of the day I could not proceed with the internal conflict that I was having. I have the utmost respect for the friends I made (who are all nurses now) and the many other nurses and other health care employees that work their tails off on a daily basis, but ultimately it just was not the right career path for me.

In the following months my life started to take a negative spin. Instead of feeling liberated that I had stood up for my beliefs and quit nursing, I felt unsure and overwhelmed. People would say, “Put your own feelings aside, Mae. You’re giving up a definite career with wonderful benefits, are you crazy?  You have a child to provide for!” Those comments made me feel so low, but I had to stand by my convictions.

The next year was filled with unsuccessful job searches, downsizing and lifestyle changes, and a considerable amount of self doubt, which in turn, led to anger, depression and ultimately- a break down.

As I mentioned, a few weeks into my anxiety I decided to take control and find a way to help myself. I purchased every book I could find on the subject; anything that I thought would bring me closer to understanding what was fuelling this fire. I started exercising and eating well. I would spend hours in my local health food store, sifting through vitamins and supplements.  I tried aromatherapy, neurofeedback, meditation, breathing exercises, a BAUD machine, rescue remedy, mindfulness, yoga etc…  The more I searched, the more frequently I would run into people who –like me- were suffering from anxiety disorders. I started to realize that I wasn’t as alone as I had originally thought.

It took many months, but eventually with everything I learned and the lifestyle changes I made, the support of my family and friends (the calmness that my little boy naturally exuded) and a lot of positive thinking, my life slowly started to regain some balance and I began to feel like my happy self again.

For the last two years, I have spent my days working for the family business where I am a production coordinator for special events. I have been employed there on a part time basis for most of my life, but was welcomed back to work full time in a ‘safe zone’ while I regained my confidence. I now have a desire to continue my studies in health care, but to shift the focus to a more natural based practice, where the mind and body are treated as a whole, and the remedies are given in small doses that do not cause adverse effects. 

I aspire to be a Homeopathic Practitioner so I can gain further knowledge for myself, family, and friends, but also so that I can help others who feel like I did. People who need another option… or want to walk down a different path.

Image courtesy by Stuart Miles (freedigitalphotos.net)

 

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