From Emma O., Oakville
I developed a passion for learning the practice of Homeopathy because of its ability to take into consideration the ‘whole’ individual and then provide a tailored remedy for that particular individual to achieve health and wellness. It diminishes the focus on just physical symptoms which allopathic medicine uses to prescribe a ‘one formula’ fixes all ideology to keep the symptoms in check without necessarily healing anything.
Since I was a young child, I have had a peculiar interest in medicine. I was intrigued by the fact that a sole individual could have the potential to save another in an instance using various practices and decisions. It was from these observations that I based my decision on becoming a medical doctor at the young age of 8! As life continued, my appreciation for medicine grew stronger as I carefully observed my environment. Watching television for example, there was the constant bombardment of advertisements advocating helping sick individuals all over the world including those in developing countries that have less survival means. My determination to help individuals in need grew even stronger. When I entered high school, I chose all my courses based on the burning passion I had to help people from the medical perspective. I focused my studies based on the sciences in the hopes of building a foundation on which I could achieve my desire for a career based on medicine as I saw it then.
Along with my education, I also was privileged to experience various medical environments which allowed me to gain even more insight into the field. In the summer of 2009 I was a volunteer and summer intern at the Sick Kids Hospital in Toronto, where I provided administrative support to the outpatients department and supported programming services for the siblings of sick children. Working with the siblings of sick children left a significant impact on me as I observed specific behaviours exhibited by these children which were a direct correlation with their unfortunate situation. For example, one child had a sibling with a mental disorder. This child re-enacted these specific behaviours exhibited by his sick sibling in hopes of gaining more attention from his parents. Witnessing and working in these types of environments made me realize that much more should be determined to help individuals out of their illnesses as I observed first hand and realized that healing one person can have catalytic beneficial impacts on other individuals. I took more notice of the fact that patients are very likely to be going through other personal situations which takes a toll on their mental, physical and physiological health contributing to their overall state. I also ultimately discovered that the consideration of much more than just the physical symptoms a patient is experiencing is a big part of the journey to complete health.
In my final years at high school, I had the opportunity to shadow doctors in hospitals in West Africa- Nigeria and Ghana. This experience has been one of the most impactful for me in terms of my knowledge of different kinds of health care systems in general. I was able to observe the ‘working life of a medical doctor’ which gave me a taste of what it meant to be one. I witnessed various medical procedures and surgeries such as a c-section birth delivery and an abortion. During these situations however, I realized that I was more impacted by the circumstances and conditions of the patients, than the medical procedures themselves. I witnessed several patients in distress who failed to receive the appropriate emotional support in their times of struggle which contributes greatly to achieving optimal health. The link between the emotional and physiological did not seem to be apparent and my fascination with the medical system started to really falter at this stage. Of course, the medical system varies throughout the world. However, my observation led me to believe that the foundation of the health care system remains the same in all institutions. Doctors base their healing methodologies on symptoms solely and furthermore standardise the treatment of these symptoms irrespective of differences in individuals and their circumstances. I quickly came to the conclusion that traditional health care is based on one or more forms of physical modalities ignoring the most important fact that each individual is unique and that treatments should vary for each person, taking into consideration the ‘whole’ person. I realized the importance of these facts even more so as my journey continued.
Throughout my high school and university career, I struggled with personal health issues of my own where I experienced a great deal of discomfort to the point where I had to be hospitalized. However, I am grateful for the experience as I strongly believe that it also matured me and enabled me to be more critical and observant of the care I was receiving. I was encouraged by my family to gradually tune into my own body and stop relying on the people that surround me such as my parents or the doctors to solve my issues. I became aware of what exactly my body needed in order to achieve optimal health and, in my journey I found that alternative health practices such as acupuncture and homeopathy were very much in line with what I needed. While using these modalities over time, I felt my body healing itself, becoming the most energized it had ever been, even more than when I was under the care of the medical doctors and I experienced the difference in the focus of alternative medicine. I was asked questions that rooted back not only to my physical health and the sole problem at hand, but also my mental health, and emotional health and I noticed the overall greater amount of care directed to my whole being. This experience contributed significantly to my current passion for alternative medicine as I saw first-hand how individuals can, and should be guided to achieve optimal health.
My prior experience led me to continue to research alternative health modalities and build my overall passion for the subject and while doing so, I only found beneficial stories and statistics. I also came across reflexology, a therapeutic procedure which involves the application of pressure to reflexes in the feet that correspond with various organs in the body, in order to achieve beneficial effects such as enhanced blood flow, stress relief, and restoring homeostasis. In the summer of 2014, I took a reflexology course in order to learn even more about the modality, which gave me the opportunity to work with various individuals with different conditions. While working on these clients, I saw the beneficial impacts of this alternative modality as multiple people reported to feel more energized and experience a significant decrease in the problems they had expressed prior to the treatment.
To conclude, my overall journey thus far has contributed to my overall decision in wanting to become a homeopath. As previously mentioned, I have had a strong desire to guide people to achieving optimal health in the knowledge that the human body always wants to survive and will do so once given what it needs. I have had the opportunity to experience firsthand the advantages of an integrated and holistic approach to health care. More specifically, I have learnt that each individual is unique and should be treated as such when the need arises to seek health care. Secondly, reaching optimal health is more than just treating the physical symptoms; the different components of an individual’s make up should be of equal importance when looking to help heal an individual. While I know that allopathic medicine has its uses, I believe that homeopathy provides the added foundation needed not only to diminish the symptom solely, but to remove the underlying cause of the symptom through understanding the whole person and integrating and supplying the needs of body, mind and spiritual state. Thus, I feel that learning the principle, foundation and practices of homeopathy will lead me to achieve my goal of guiding and helping people to achieve optimal health.
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