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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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  • 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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  • Lisa is a wonderful presenter and a fabulous teacher! Always a joy to attend anything she teaches about Homeopathy! Thank you, Virginia

  • 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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  • "Thank you again for the most remarkable education. I have never felt so satisfied and content with my path of life!" Sarah D., 2018 Grad

  • 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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  • Thank you for a wonderful weekend. The perspective of case taking that we learned this weekend was exactly what we needed at this stage of our homeopathy training. I will always appreciate and be grateful to you for showing me this path.

  • “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”

  • I am loving this program! I've always dreamed of being a Homeopath and CCHM is making my dream come true. I have enjoyed every module so far and working with my mentor, Jude, has been such a delight. Every time I call the office for help, there is always somebody there...
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  • "I sooo enjoyed Kim's class. He took a dry insipid subject and made it very very interesting. He is a wonderful teacher. I enjoyed it a lot and I will have to review it a few times to catch all the little pearls he shared. Thank you again for the wonderful class. Sincerely, Cristina."

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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