1. Which accomplishment/event/moment are you most proud of in your career as a Homeopath?
I remember my third year externship, particularly two of my patients, they were very sick and responded incredibly well to treatment. One was a mother of three with severe digestive and menstrual disorder and the other was a brilliant Harvard student with a debilitating anxiety disorder driving him to alcoholism. There have been many moments since then but that was my first direct experience using homeopathic medicine in the treatment of chronic disease.
The practice of homeopathy definitely has a way of humbling you, but what I am most proud of is that I have chosen a career which allows me to truly help others in a fashion that is little seen in the world of medicine. My own experiences, but more so the many success stories of my colleagues along with the innumerable miraculously cured cases within the homeopathic literature fill me with a deep sense of pride knowing that I am a part of this tradition of healing.
2. What 3 aspects of your Homeopathic education contributed the most to your success?
The first must be the foundation. Learning homeopathy from the original source materials, studying Hahnemann’s Organon and then further incorporating other reliable works of old and contemporary masters who have contributed to homeopathic literature. This core syllabus is vital to a good understanding of homeopathy.
The second would be the accessibility of our teachers in the form of feedback, guidance and encouragement. Their willingness to guide you, correct you and point you down the right path of learning was essential. At the heart of the school is a great nucleus of teachers.
The third would be seeing the mastery of our teachers in clinic and the classroom, having that experience along with their guidance and expertise was invaluable.
3. Share with us a recent and successful case treated with Homeopathic Medicine.
One of my most recent cases was a young girl of nine years old with severe anxiety and panic disorder. She would not touch her brother for fear of contagion and washed her hands immediately after; could not go outside for fear something would happen; could not eat normally or go to the bathroom easily without much anxiety. During the initial appointment she was constantly getting anxious and needing to be calmed, so that her breathing would normalize. She was also very impressionable; you could not tell her that anything was bad for her as this had become an obsession. There had been two very traumatic episodes in her life which contributed to this state. The funny thing was that while engaged in conversation with me her symptoms seemed to vanish.
Physically she was very tall for her age and thin; almost to the point of emaciation. She had also developed very quickly from a baby, had recently gone through growing pains and even began sexual development before the age of 9.
Phos 200c was given, after approximately 3-4weeks her parents reported that she was 95% improved in every way. She began playing outside again, hugging her brother without fear, had no more anxiety attacks, began eating and defecating normally, etc. There was still some anxiety but now it did not inhibit her from trying new things. I have yet to have a follow-up because her parents’ feel she is so much better further treatment is no longer required.