From Natalya S., Barrie
I am a recent graduate from the four year Sociology program at Laurentian University.
In the last few years I started researching and studying natural alternatives which helped me understand products that are harmful to human health. The difference between regular and holistic nutrition is outstanding, therefore this research has swayed me to adapt to a more holistic and happy lifestyle. Turning away from the conventional medicine and food has naturally allowed me to assist my family and friends in altering their lifestyle choices for the better. I have a strong passion for passing on my knowledge to others that seek guidance in alternative medicine and food.
Growing up in a Ukrainian house hold, I ate meat all the time - I loved cabbage rolls, spareribs, and schnitzel. But after a while I started getting turned off by meat, I slowly started diminishing my intake and mostly only ate chicken. I then came across a book that my aunt gave me years prior but never took any interest in reading it until the day I knew I wanted to become vegetarian. I started reading Diet for a New America by John Robins which completely changed my life for the better. I started eating healthier, started relaying my knowledge to my friends and family and loved altering their eating habits.
Becoming vegetarian was a dramatic change in my life and for my family. Especially when we are used to having a piece of meat on our plate for dinner every night. At this point I thought that seeing a nutritionist would be the best thing. I came across a wonderful Holistic nutritionist. At the beginning of my time with her, I did a "Nutribody Analysis" which showed that I was deficient in zinc, magnesium and bioflavanoids, but at the end of my time with her all of my deficiencies went down to zero; I was ecstatic. I knew at this point any ailments can be treated by good, wholesome food.
Towards the end of my Sociology term, I knew I wanted to pursue a career in health food or healthy alternatives but wasn't quite where I wanted to go. I started doing research, and came across Holistic nutrition and Homeopathy. I was very intrigued by the Holistic nutrition side but I wanted to go beyond food, I wanted to prove to myself and everyone around me that pains and aches do not need conventional medicine, natural remedies are all we need.
I met with my guidance counselor at school, I looked online and came across the Canadian College of Homeopathic Medicine. I read the website top to bottom and became very interested. I contacted Joyce, the Director of CCHM, had a wonderful phone conversation and was told I could attend a Homeopathic class at University of Toronto, I did not pass up the chance. The three hour lecture that I attended on Materia Medica was absolutely phenomenal. Although it was a second year class and I was not up to date with the material - I still learnt so much, and walked out finally feeling at ease knowing that this is really what I want to do. After I left the class I would not stop talking about all of the stuff I learnt about Cuprum and Conium. Listening to the students talk and how they were able to prescribe different remedies to patients that were in excruciating pain and them working - I was just blown away. The fact that students are able to work in clinics with patients and get assessed is outstanding.
What really made me happy was the fact that CCHM is in such a beautiful area, it is so multi cultural and everyone was so friendly and welcoming. I was also intrigued by the fact that every individual has their own remedy, what works for one may not necessarily work for another. Which makes complete sense because we are all different, and our bodies react to things differently than others.
After reading Diet for a New America and realizing the impact one book can have on my life, I decided to buy more books, watch more documentaries, and listen to more Michael Pollan. During my last semester of Sociology I wrote a twenty-five page paper on Genetically Modified Foods - I learnt so much. All of this research has driven me to eating organically grown food as much as possible and support local farmers.
I bought a book called "Healing Remedies" which consists of different healing alternatives such as: Chinese Herbalism, Herbalism, Aromatherapy, Homeopathy and Vitamins and Minerals. It is so intriguing knowing all of the different types of alternative medicines there are and how individuals can select which one they like best.
At this stage my future goal is to be surrounded by healthy food and products, to learn about them and to teach others my knowledge. I want to be able to prescribe remedies to my family and friends and lengthen their lives!