Homeopathy Regulated in Ontario

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Dr. Stowe was also a homeopath.

When you ask most Canadians, they either have never heard of homeopathy, they confuse it with the use of herbs, or they think it is some kind of catchall term for natural or holistic medicine. The reverse is true outside of North America, homeopathy is very well known, well loved, and in many countries it is an integral part of the national health care system. Homeopathy is the world’s most frequently used medical modality of complementary /alternative medicine according to the World Health Organization.
Back in the early 1900’s, homeopathy was one of the most popular forms of medicine in North America. There were more than 20 homeopathic medical schools and hospitals/asylums and one out of every 6 physicians was a homeopath. In Ontario, homeopathy was the first system of medicine to be regulated in 1859 and remained regulated until 1970. However by the 1950’s, for political and financial reasons along with the increasing success of conventional modern medicine, homeopathy was headed towards extinction.
The Ontario government was asked by the Ontario Homeopathic Association years back to re-regulate the profession of homeopathy for the safety of the public. Over the last 40 years homeopaths were still practicing and homeopathy itself was gaining an interest and resurgence. The primary objective of the Ontario Homeopathic Association (OHA) was founded in 1992 to re-establish Homeopathy as a recognized health care system in Ontario, and to form a united and regulated body of qualified practitioners who provide safe, effective and professional homeopathic health care to the public.
The Homeopathy Act of 2007 formalized regulation for all professional homeopaths, and created the Ontario College of Homeopaths to which all Homeopathic practitioners must belong, once the regulation process is completed. The regulation process is being led by a transitional council, which is currently developing standards of practice, entry to practice requirements, standards of professional ethics and standards for continuing competence among members. This transitional process was initiated in April 2015.
So what is homeopathy then? With the rich history homeopathy has, we know that it is not some new age alternative medicine; it was developed over 200 years ago. It’s a complete system of medicine focusing on the person rather than the disease but takes into the consideration the pathology and symptomology. We know that if 10 people have a headache, each person will experience their headache uniquely. Therefore the homeopathic medicines prescribed are just as unique and individual as the person being treated. One of the homeopathic principles is based on the principle of “like cures like” which dates back to Hippocrates (460-377 BC), ‘Father of Medicine’.
“By similar things a disease is produced and through the application of the like is cured”.

In other words, a substance that produces symptoms in a healthy person, similar to those experienced by someone sick, is capable of curing that disease. Currently there are over 6000 substances used as homeopathic remedies.
Another two principles homeopaths prescribe by, are Minimum dose, and single remedy. Homeopaths only give enough medicine and only one type at a time to affect a healing reaction. This means less aggravations, side effects and less confusion as to which remedy is helping.
How does the new re-regulation of homeopathy affect you? With so much information out there for people seeking help, those who choose homeopathy now can feel confident that the homeopath they choose is qualified and competent. Overtime we will see more and more insurance providers offering homeopathy as a modality although some do already cover professional homeopaths. A homeopath that is registered through the College of Homeopaths will show their designation by calling themselves a Registered Homeopath. This is the only term they can legally and lawfully claim. However, it is still good practice to interview your homeopath first.
When I was renovating my basement I chose not a first year electrician but someone who was had more experience and more qualifications because I knew that I wanted a competent job done in a timely manner. It is possible, that I paid more for this valuable service, but it was worth it. You would also never consider letting your hairdresser fix your car. Why would you ever consider a store clerk or a nutritionist, a chiropractor, or a kinesiologist (etc.) to prescribe your homeopathic medicines? Go see a professional, they are listed on The College of Homeopaths website. Your health should be the most valuable asset you have and well worth the cost of taking care of.

Here is my why

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whyI remember when I was 12 years old, my mother had a heart attack. She needed to make changes in her life and she began by changing the way she ate. This was the first time I saw our fridge filled with things like brewer’s yeast, oat bran, and molasses. This was a pivotal point in my life and it has set the foundation of healthy eating that I have maintained all my life.

It wasn’t until 10 years later, I found myself pregnant. I made a promise to my unborn baby, that I may not be able to provide him with all the “things” in life but I would promise him good health. I furthered my passion of healthy eating and started only drinking filtered water and organic foods. I always knew that we could play an essential role in our health and that we need to be accountable to some degree.

I then started to explore my passion for herbs (aka weeds) and crystals. I looked at all the ways the universe had provided us tools for our health.

I eventually enrolled myself in an herbal college and gained certification. I began making tinctures, herbals salves and medicines. I knew that these play a very big role in our health but I was not seeing the full results until I discovered homeopathy.

Homeopathy was a medicine that fit with every belief I had since I could remember. As I have developed and matured over the 20 years of study, research and practice I come to believe that homeopath can provide the deepest form of healing.

I believe that health in its full expression is the fulfillment of one’s life purpose. When we are not following the path of our soul, we become sick. Many people refer to the term dis-ease. When we are out of harmony our physical body takes a hit for us and a pathology can develop. Many times a pathology is a crystallization of a trauma, emotion pain, loss or fear. Modern medicine does not link the emotional impact with disease in the way homeopathy does. Once you are cured at this deep level, not only are you free once again to fulfill your souls purpose but your physical pathology also resolves as it is no longer needed. The homeopathic medicine also re-aligns you to your soul once again and can bring you closer to understanding your purpose.

This is the truest form of health. This is the gift of homeopathy.

We become sick when we are not fulfilling our life’s purpose.

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In Hahnemann’s Organon of Medicine he explains in aphorism §9:

In the healthy condition of man, the spiritual vital force (autocracy), the dynamis that animates the material body (organism), rules with unbounded sway, and retains all the parts of the organism in admirable, harmonious, vital operation, as regards both sensations and functions, so that our indwelling, reason-gifted mind can freely employ this living, healthy instrument for the higher purposes of our existence.

It has been my belief, and observation over the last 20 years that this is true. In our journey of life we have obstacles and trials to strengthen our vitality and our spirit. Our spirit sings and dances when we are in situations that are for our own higher good and becomes ill when not. The worst thing about antidepressants and other psychotropic meds is that it snuffs out a persons passions/spirit and becomes very hard for that person to heal at the deepest level of the soul.

The Principles of Homeopathy – Law of similars

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Similia Similibus Curanter which is known as the “laws of similar” states “that which can cause can cure.” Better known as “like cures like.”  The word homeopathy itself broken down into  Homeo meaning similar and pathy meaning disease describes homeopathic medicine as having the ability to use substances which are capable of producing symptoms in a healthy person to make them sick, can then in turn use the same substance for sick individuals whose symptoms are similar to those produced. For example, while cutting a red onion you can experience burning watery eyes and runny nose with some sneezing.  This is in fact a proving of what the red onion can cause. Therefore, as homeopaths we can use the same substance, the red onion, in a potentized for to treat a person suffering from hay fever who exhibits symptoms of burning running eyes and bland nose running with sneezing. This remedy is called allium cepa.

Reflection on providing unbiased care.

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Homeopathy for me is a vocation. As a vocation it is more of a calling as opposed to a job or career. I feel very strongly that health should not be limited to those of stature or certain walks of life but should be available for all those in need. As a business woman, I understand the need to make an income as well. With these two components together, I have been able to provide care for those who otherwise could not afford to pay for a homeopath. Each case is assessed individually and for some individuals I will accept a partial payment and for others I will do pro-bono. I believe each case will provide me with more knowledge and skill as a homeopath regardless of the money.
In aphorism one of the Organon, Hahnemann says “The physician’s high and only mission is to restore the sick to health, to cure, as it is termed.” One can only do this by providing unbiased care to each individual. As a homeopath, I listen and observe all that I can gather from the case with an open heart and a sincere desire to help the individual.

Hello and Testing

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I am finally, going to start blogging. I haven’t done this before so this should be fun. My spelling is terrible and I rely on spell check so hopefully I will not make too many errors. I know, for certain, that the spelling police are out there and I always provide opportunity for them to correct me. And I love it when they do.

I have so many thoughts through out the day that I have wanted to share them with whomever cares to listen/read.

I will start with a series of homeopathic principals as part of an effort to help people understand what homeopathy really is and what it is not.

Homeopathy is going through an exciting time in Ontario. We, homeopaths, are being regulated. Some of my colleagues are not so happy about it because they think it is a money grab for the government, but I think it is great.

This happened years ago with the chiropractors. Remember? Before people thought chiropractors were quacks but once the government gave permission, by way of validating them, people started to use them more often. Then, health insurance started being offered for their services. How cool is that.

I know things do not happen over night but it is a good step for homeopathy. It gives us credibility and will hopefully weed out the weekend homeopaths. Those are the people who take a 16 hour coarse and start using remedies to treat people, or the sales clerks at stores. Those are the people who do the real damage to homeopathy not to mention to their clients. Shame on them!

But shame on you too if you are self prescribing or having a non homeopath prescribe for you. I have always said “Would you trust your plumber to cut your hair? Then why in heavens name would you trust anyone other than a homeopath to prescribe your homeopathic medicines!!!”

So, let us find out how we go about publishing this thing and how to get people to know i am out there.

Stay tuned for how homeopathy works and how it affects your health and heals your body, mind and soul.

Welcome to our site!

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