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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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  • This Acute role play course was such a great learning experience and also a lot of fun! The actors were playing their patient roles so well.  And the learning experience is not over for me because I took a lot of notes for every case and after submitting my own...
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  • It's a privilege to be part of CCHM and study the amazing program you offer. I have received a great benefit from my studies, from the comfort of my own home, at my own pace. I have nothing but great things to say about your school and all your staff.

  • Even thoough the homework seems the equivalent of writing a term paper each week,  I'm still enjoying the program immensely.  I'm very impressed at how well it's planned out, adding (what seems like, ha ha) a "simple step"  gradually,  covering particular remedies which turns out to be a properly timed review,...
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  • What makes CCHM so special is that, firstly, it has no upper age limit criterion for admission. Secondly, it allows students to pursue the course even while they  are employed full-time in any other organization. Thirdly, CCHM is the topmost homeopathic college in the whole of North America and offers...
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  • Since the first time I took extra credits in homeopathy, I noticed that the learning I had from CCHM was complete.  I had the basics, the knowledge, the know how that other homeopaths in my class were struggling with. I am grateful for the thorough homeopathic training I got at...
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  • “This year was not only a challenge, but had unexpected obstacles. The faculty really pulled through with providing us with what we needed to keep things going. And here we are!  I think I speak for all the students when I say thank you to the CCHM team for helping us pull through...
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  • “The post grad course has been a tremendous experience for me which nourished and enriched what I learnt during my homeopathic training. It is a well-structured and thorough program with great lecturers who were delightful. I also must say that keeping in touch with my former classmates and listening to...
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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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  • 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.

A Paradigm Shift

By: Alyssa Cohen

We need a paradigm shift to embrace medicine that does not oppose our bodies’ symptoms. We have been conditioned to use medicine to counter our symptoms. Laxatives are as common for constipation as sleeping pills are for insomnia. Anti-inflammatory drugs like Asprin are second nature to us. Mothers use analgesics like Tylenol to treat fevers. While there may be no deep harm in giving a cranky child some pain relief for an acute condition, suppressing chronic symptoms is more precarious.

When you oppose chronic symptoms like constipation or insomnia, more often than not, the symptoms get stronger. Regular use of laxatives can worsen constipation and sleeping pills may lead to more entrenched insomnia. Both create dependence and weaken the body. Let’s use the example of insomnia to consider why.

If you can’t sleep your body’s regulatory mechanism knows there’s a problem but can’t overcome it. Given the stressors you face, your current sleep situation is your body’s best attempt. Assuming you have tried reducing your caffeine intake, taking a warm bath before bed or generally unwinding and you still can’t sleep, you have a problem. Obviously it isn’t good to be sleep deprived so something has to be done.

Homeopathy treats insomnia by giving, in effect more insomnia, which of course sounds absurd. Consider the following analogy to understand how it works. Taking a homeopathic remedy is akin to having a personal trainer by your side motivating you. When your trainer is coaching you, you generally run faster and work harder.

Similarly, a homeopathic remedy is an energetic message that coaches your body. In our insomnia example, the remedy would be saying, “Hey, we have some sleep deprivation here, engage the parasympathetic nervous system and help this person sleep!” The strength of the message is adjusted by changing the potency and frequency of the remedy.

The insomnia example is overly simplistic. In truth, homeopaths look at all aspects of your physical, mental and emotional health and functioning. We sift through your history and extract the most relevant symptoms. Using the principles of like-treats-like, you will be given a personalized remedy that fits you best. Just like personal training, your response to a well-chosen remedy will make you stronger. The like-treats-like method stimulates your body to find its best balance, leaving you better adapted to your life circumstances.

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