From Kendra S., Regina, SK
I grew up in a small town in Saskatchewan with a large extended family. From the time I can remember my mother, grandmothers and aunts always had a remedy that was not in the form of a traditional drug or prescription for any ailment My family is very health conscious, always had own vegetable garden, my father an Organic farmer, home cooked everything, and the lunch and snacks of envy from every student in school.
I was a high level cross-country/track runner for fifteen years and continue to run recreationally. I joined a track club in grade 6 and never looked back. I was a five time Canadian Cross Country Champion and won four national titles on the track. I competed at the University of Washington and University of North Carolina on a full athletic scholarship while I completed my undergraduate degree in Geography. I completed my eligibility at the University of New Mexico while I obtained a Graduate degree in Physical Education Coaching and Teaching. I was a member of 2008 NCAA Division 1 Cross Country Championship Team and was runner up at Division 1 NCAA cross-country championships in 2009. I won multiple conference titles and was a multi team Canadian World Cross Country and Track and Field team member.
My first interaction with homeopathy was in elementary school. My best friend was diagnosed with ADHD and hypocalcaemia at a young age and had a special diet of regular snacks and little to no colorings and sugar. Through elementary school I started to learn about Ritalin and other drugs prescribed to kids with ADD, ADHD and other syndromes. I heard horror stories about what happened to these kids who took those drugs for many years; becoming drug dependant and other negative issues. Being the worry-wart I was I was very concerned this was going to happen to my best friend. The day she told me her mom refused those medications and was going to visit a homeopath I was relieved. Her appointments were very helpful and to this day she follows many of the protocols suggested.
Throughout high school I developed awful gastrointestinal problems along with undiagnosed circulatory problems. These were exacerbated by the stress I put on myself from being a national level athlete with the hopes of securing positions on World Teams and athletic scholarship to the United States. I lived off Tums and Zantec, knowing it was not right. Once I got to University I did a lot of research myself, self diagnosing IBS and attempting elimination diets to identify if there was a dietary cause. I found for myself that it was best if I limited my gluten and dairy intake. I was well aware that I was an anxious person who worried a lot. I gradually began to realize that these emotional and psychological aspects were affecting my IBS and then began to implement other ways of helping myself such as yoga, calming herbs, breathing technique and others. Throughout this time I knew I wanted to visit a homeopath but was unsure how to find one. By my third year of university I scheduled an appointment with a homeopath practitioner and was very pleased with my results. I felt very safe and relaxed in my initial appointment. I was amazed how we discussed numerous different phases of my life and delved deep into many other areas of my life other than just diet. This is when I realized how important physical, emotional, and spiritual elements as a whole were important to each person. The things she uncovered amazed me and I loved the idea of looking at issues on a spiritual and emotional level. I continued to see my homeopath practitioner on a regular basis until I continued onto graduate school across the country.
During my eight years of University I always thought how fascinating and fulfilling it would be to be able to help others like I was helped. At the time I thought it was unrealistic and far too difficult to achieve. Still throughout all these years I would go through bouts of awful IBS, knowing that there was some other reasons why this was always happening to me. There were many times I would get so frustrated and in tears think why can’t this just go away and someone fix me, knowing it was not just that simple. I continued to focus on diet and how things I may be eating, or not eating could be responsible for symptoms. I researched and read and filled my head with abundant amounts of knowledge regarding nutrition, holistic nutrition and different diets that may help me. I began incorporating my own herbal medicines, use essential oils and up hauled self-care routines. I got rid of all conventional soaps, toothpastes, shampoos, conditioners, make-ups, etc. My fiancé and I had already been eating about 80% organic and I brought natural ways of living into our home. I saw the beauty in using nutrition to ease many problems and using essential oils rather than traditional cleaning products and certain first aid remedies. One day while packing to move I came across the small bottles of tinctures and pellets I had received from the homeopathic practitioner a few years ago. A light bulb went off in my head and I though “this is what I need”. Any ailment I was undergoing, such as systemic swelling, nausea and others I started to research homeopathic remedies for. I was amazed and excited about this entire wealth of knowledge I was scratching the surface of. I decided to see another homeopathic practitioner for my current conditions and was given a new set of homeopathic remedies. I improved rapidly and thought “man I really wish I could do this for others”.
While working my current office job I always wanted more. I came across courses offering programs for holistic nutrition and I saw that it was realistic to complete while working full time. While researching the numerous natural/holistic nutrition programs available I came across the Canadian College of Homeopathic Medicine through partnership with the Edison Institute of Nutrition. I was in awe as I read through the program. It was finally doable! Offered online, part –time at an affordable rate. I cannot remember the last time I was this excited and felt a purpose. This is when I knew I COULD become a homeopath practitioner! I decided that yes, I will become a homeopath practitioner and will also study holistic nutrition, exactly what the Canadian College of Homeopathic Medicine and Edison Institute of Nutrition offers! I couldn’t sleep. I wanted to tell everyone. It was doable and I could finally follow my passion and dreams.
I am passionate about homeopathic remedies and the theory behind it. For many years I was already attempting to practice homeopathic remedies on myself, matching my symptoms to a corresponding natural remedies. I believe that overall health and well-being involves more than just ones physical health. You need to look at the physiology, pathology, chemistry, naturopathy, microbiology and psychology of a person in order to fully grasp an ailment or condition. Issues need to be addressed at all levels; physically, spiritually, and emotionally.
I am thrilled about the opportunity I now have to study the homeopathic principles of Samuel Hahnemann, observe, analyze and treat conditions and completely immerse myself in the world of homeopathy and help others.