As a Homeopath, I see a variety of patients from every background: patients of all ages, cultures, personal histories, and types of ailments. Homeopathy works with each individual patient’s unique and powerful ability to heal his or her own body. More accurately, it’s designed to give each patient his or her own stimulus to self-cure.

We’ve all been conditioned to underestimate our body’s ability to heal any ailment or disease, but the truth is, our own vital life force is capable of meeting any challenge imaginable. Homeopathy stimulates the vital force into functioning optimally, and it has given me the opportunity to help people in every age group with any kind of complaint, chronic or acute. I’ve helped people who suffer from ailments like asthma, anorexia and bulimia, blood disorders, autism spectrum and behaviour “disorders”, mental and emotional ailments such as depression, obsessive compulsive disorder, diabetes, heart conditions, chronic conditions affecting the deep tissues of the body (such as any of the conditions in women’s and men’s health) and cancer in its various stages. I’m often called upon to treat pets and farm animals as well, especially for farmers interested in using drug free methods of keeping their animals healthy.

Like most people who come to know about homeopathy, I learned about it by chance. I happened to be in a pharmacy in downtown Toronto while a friend of mine stopped in to pick up a “prescription”. This pharmacy sold alternative medicines as well as ordinary pharmaceutical medications and over the counter products, and my friend was in to pick up a vial of homeopathic pillules her doctor recommended she take. I’d never seen those medications before, and I knew nothing about homeopathy then, but I remember the day because I’d wanted to skip that stop and get home. The weather was turning colder outside and I knew I was starting to feel sick as my friend and I walked home from work. I was aching all over, my head was spinning and painful, I felt the chills starting to come on and my throat was more and more sore by the minute. I looked like I was coming down with the flu, and I had just about enough energy to want to go home and sleep.

While my friend paid for her vial of homeopathic pillules, the cashier recommended that I try a dose of a homeopathic flu medicine called Oscillococcinum. He told me if I took it immediately, it would stop the flu in its tracks. Of course, I laughed! I thought that claim was nonsense, but I no idea then how well-known Oscillococcinum is all over the world as a safe, powerful flu remedy. Encouraged by the idea that I had nothing to lose, I bought the little three vial dose. It cost so little, and I decided that if it had no effect I’d be home and warm in bed soon anyway. I followed the cashier’s advice, opened one vial, and let the pillules dissolve under my tongue.

By the time I got to the pharmacy’s door, my sore throat had disappeared completely. I felt my energy return as my head cleared and the achiness went away. I still went home to rest, but continued to take the pills as needed. By the time I was ready for bed several hours later, I was completely symptom free. The flu I knew in my bones was on its way failed to materialize.

That was a dramatic introduction to homeopathy’s effectiveness in acute care, a lesson in just how quickly and permanently a remedy can stop acute illness and restore full health when it fits the patient’s symptoms. I’d never felt dramatic relief of pain before, and that experience impressed me. I set out to learn how to use homeopathy for first aid and acute complaints, and eventually I decided to study homeopathy seriously so that I could practice.

My career background is in environmental research and advocacy (I have a degree in English and the Humanities and a degree in Education). At the time I was working hard to document plants, animals and minerals in Areas of Natural and Scientific Interest in the watershed of the Madawaska River, in eastern Ontario. I had a wonderful opportunity to learn from the best geologists, zoologists, biologists, botanists, and environmental scientists in North America, plus some of the most generous and distinguished elders and activists in the area’s First Nations communities. I developed an understanding of the way all of life interconnects in nature. All of this training came in handy for the study of homeopathy.

A very brief homeopathy biography: I completed the three-year professional certification course in Homeopathy at the Toronto School of Homeopathic Medicine in June 2000, and I spent the next two years in supervised clinic work under two of my former instructors. I continue to enroll in ongoing homeopathic education seminars and courses to learn from colleagues practicing all over the world. I like to keep up with new medicines and their provings as they are conducted and put into use, and I find the opportunity to meet colleagues and learn from their practical experiences helps in treating some of the most common chronic diseases our patients face.

My training in homeopathy included a year of formal instruction on whole food nutrition–the kind of nutrition knowledge based on independently funded, private donation research, money that isn’t tied to pharmaceutical companies or biotechnology companies with their own agendas around controlling our food and health. So I write about real, traditional foods; vital nutrients, and politics–and my goal therapeutically is to make people aware of their rights to healthy, delicious and sustainably raised foods, by making  them aware of just how we’ve been precluded from this access to be sold foods we know cause us harm.

Food is a means by which we not only support our bodies’ abilities to restore us to full health, it’s also a means by which we add pleasure and quality to our lives. To this end, I help people source the farmers and traditional food sources they need to restore and sustain not just their own health and the health of their families (including their pets), but also the health of their local economies, and the soil, air, water, and plant health we all depend on.