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  • I wanted to pass along some feedback from the weekend courses. Monica is wonderful, her presentation helped everyone in the class and her way of narrowing down the case symptoms was very helpful. Joe on Sunday introduced us to a way of studying the remedies that worked for me very...
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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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  • 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 this most exceptional experience (as I wipe my tears..). I can’t begin to tell you how grateful I am for this privilege to study with such exceptional teachers, students and administration. What a gift and a blessing. As Voltaire said “with great privilege comes great responsibility”. I...
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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 a current 2nd year student and in October I attended Study Week for the college. My week can be described as it being profound, as well as surprising. First of all, I had the pleasure of meeting fellow distant education students like myself and I finally had a...
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  • "The more you learn in homeopathy, the more you discover there is to learn. I was approaching the end of my final year of homeopathic education, and as much as I had learned, I was eager to maintain my momentum, extend my learning and application of this powerful medicine, and...
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  • Having returned in April from a trip to Taiwan and the Phillipines, I would like to tell you how homeopathy ‘saved the day’ as per usual!  Since I never travel anywhere without my kit, I was especially glad to have brought it on this trip.  Personally, I used remedies for...
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  • 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."

The road to health is not always a straight one…

By Myriam I., Attawapiskat

 

In 2011, I was working full time at the Don Jail in Toronto and going to school full time at Queen’s in Kingston. In January 2011, I went and had my hair chemically treated and had a severe reaction. The following morning my lymph nodes were painfully swollen and I had a low grade fever. I went to a clinic and they advised me that I had a scalp infection. I was immediately placed on antibiotics. During my course of treatment I did not improve. After my last dose of antibiotics I broke out in hives and continued to have fevers. I continued to have fevers for over a month and continued to work while going to school. I had lost 15 lbs and became very weak. I was scheduled to see a dermatologist concerningt a mole and decided to ask her about my scalp. I was told that I did not have a scalp infection. I was told that I may have something more ominous like TB, HIV, syphilis or lymphoma. I left her office crying and went to see my family doctor who ordered me some blood work. My white blood cell count was almost non-existent. I was told to refrain from going into public places and to stop going to work. They were concerned that I had exposed myself to some sort of pathogen and that I no longer had the immune system to defend myself. 

What I am failing to mention is that 6 months prior to this event, I had seen a naturopathic doctor because I suddenly started developing reactions to different foods and I was having nightmares. I was told by naturopathic doctor that I needed to stop overloading my system with things it didn’t like or that I would end up with an auto-immune disorder. I made the decision at that time to focus on getting through school and work. I didn’t have time to make any lifestyle changes and ignoring the signs my body was telling me. I was referred to an infectious diseases expert and was sent to have a lymph node biopsy via needle aspiration- the report came back inconclusive non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma vs necrotizing lymphadenitis. It was recommended that I see an ENT specialist at Princess Margaret hospital to have a lymph node excision. Immediately, I was concerned that I was being sent to the “cancer” hospital.

I saw the specialist who came in and spent 5 minutes with me after waiting for 2 hours.  They poked and prodded my painful lymph nodes and then the specialist turned to his resident stating, “This certainly doesn’t feel like lymphoma”.  I was then sent for surgery. I was not spoken to after the operation and instructions were given to my husband who is not a health care professional. I immediately knew that my incision was not sutured appropriately. My neck was tilted due to the way they had sutured my incision. I was unable to shoulder check while driving and unable to sleep on my affected side. I had numbness and tingling down my affected arm for 3 months. I saw a physiotherapist who was not helpful. I went and saw a chiropractor and had amazing results. I went back to my naturopath and had electro-dermal testing all the while being very pessimistic. I cut out all the offending agents. 

I was referred to a rheumatologist and I was told I had to be started on prednisone. I was told that I had SLE. I knew the long term side effects of prednisone and did not want to go on any medication. I also started on Plaquenil. Without a doubt I had to change my lifestyle. I starting going for massage therapy, I was doing hot yoga 3 times a week as I was developing pain in my hands. I started exercising. I cried out to God and regained my spiritual life. I started a prayer journal and meditation which I have been doing for the past 2 years. I am now medication free and back to my high school weight.  This was my first experience between conventional medicine and alternative medicine. 

Even though I did find the naturopathic doctor helpful and certainly pointed me in the direction to a healthier lifestyle I still found something lacking.  I knew that I was believer in alternative medicine and felt that it complimented the holistic approach of being a nurse practitioner. Many times I found myself referring my patients to a naturopathic doctor or to a chiropractor. I was not sure what to do but I wanted to broaden my horizons and my practice. I came across the Canadian College of Homeopathic Medicine and called Joyce. I felt elated after that phone call but I spoke to my family and friends who was not supportive of my decision to become a homeopathic practitioner.  I was told to go to medical school. It wasn’t until I received Joyce’s email with the interview with Dr. Kellerstein that I knew that I was making the right decision. I believe that my journey with my illness would have been shortened if I had seen a homeopathic practitioner. After seeing the video I know that I need be seen by a homeopathic practitioner. I am in awe of the possibilities. There is so much that I could do armed with this knowledge that schooling will provide.

 

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