Even before I qualified as a podiatrist in 1987 I was drawn to a holistic approach in my attitude to medicine. It was frowned upon in conventional medical circles even in those days. On accepting an NHS post in the year I qualified, I was told that I was very welcome but to leave all my “whacky” ideas of treating verrucae with banana skins behind in London where I had trained. Needless to say I didn’t stay in the NHS very long, and within the next two years had set up my own private practice in the centre of York.
Serendipity led me to a homeopathic pharmacy, with a pharmacist who was locally known as an advocate for natural remedies for all ailments. My practice flourished and I used various remedies from anecdotal knowledge, especially Thuja for the podiatrist’s “Achilles heel” of the dreaded verruca. I also used Arnica, Rhus tox, and Ruta in a symptom driven way.
I then spotted an advert for an open day at the Royal London Hospital of Integrated Medicine (RLHIM) which in those days was known as the Royal London Homeopathic Hospital. I decided to spend a year doing my LFHom(Pod), and really enjoyed the interaction with other professionals, and I gained the base knowledge I had been looking for to back up my already patchy understanding of the therapy. This was implemented over several days of study with an exam at the end, which gave me the confidence to offer even more homeopathy in my practice. This led to me becoming known locally as someone who could deal with the dreaded verruca, a notoriety I never thought would come my way! Having the backup of the Faculty of Homeopathy, and all the resources available through my membership, I felt safe using homeopathy in the scope afforded to me through the LFHom qualification.
I also became involved in the Faculty as the podiatry representative on the Members Committee, then as the Communications Convener on the Faculty council which has been really interesting. I have now completed the DFHom (Pod) in order to expand the level of homeopathy I offer my patients. I love the fact that homeopathy is so effective at treating the person as a whole, with no side-effects. It is 100% natural and enables the person’s body to heal itself. The most important part of treating a person is taking a full and comprehensive history, as there are thousands of remedies, and just one may be the 100% fit that could affect a total cure. The various messages you get in a consultation have to be decoded and applied as paradigms, guiding you and pointing you to the correct remedy
The whole thing is like an amazing puzzle which will lead to you being able to offer people a natural, safe, and effective cure from some of the chronic issues that our current overburdened NHS struggles to treat. That is why homeopathy is the natural career choice for me.
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