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HOMEOPATHY Part 2 of the Integrative Health Series from The Deirdre Imus Environmental Center for Pediatric Oncology®

The Depth of Homeopathy 
This article is for informational purposes only and not intended to diagnose or treat 
any illness or disease. As always, please consult your healthcare provider with any 
health-related questions or concerns you may have. 
By Pierre Fontaine, RSHom CCH
Homeopathy is made of two words:  homeo meaning “similar” and pathy meaning “suffering” - similar suffering. Incidentally, Samuel Hahnemann – the founder of homeopathy as discussed in my first article (Homepoathy - Part 1) - also coined the term “allopathic” meaning different suffering because of the use of medication to counter symptoms produced by the disease.
 We now understand that homeopathy is a biodynamic alternative to the biochemical medicine model we know. Biodynamic simply means we recognize that something animates and keeps us alive. Homeopaths call it “the Vital Force” (VF) or “the dynamis.” 
The purpose of homeopathy is to eradicate the mis-tunement of the individual’s Vital Force that causes ill.  Once the mis-tunement of the Vital Force begins within an individual, it does not stop on its own. To heal, only a similar resonance in the form of a homeopathic remedy perfectly matching the mistuned dynamis within the organism can restore order and thereby make the illness go away.  The freer the Vital Force, the healthier/freer the individual. 
If the dynamis everywhere present within us were capable of restoring health on its own, there would never be any need for any type of medicine as we would always be perfectly healthy! 
At best, the life force maintains health; if it doesn’t, the second best it can do is to adapt much like we adapt to disease restricting our health and overtaking our freedom not only on the physical level, but also on the emotional and mental level. 
Once we accept the concept of the Vital Force, it is easy to understand the shortcomings of today’s conventional medical thinking. Suppression of symptoms with medication simply becomes the suppression of body processes, which in turn forces the dynamis into further mis-tunement. An infection is the result of the impingement upon the Vital Force. 
Although invisible, the Vital Force is present just as gravity is. The Vital Force and the material body are an indivisible whole in health and in illness. It is through the Vital Force that we experience physical pain, feel emotional pain and mental distress. 
Homeopathy is at once holistic and individualistic.
  Among the most important advantages of homeopathy is the recognition that diseases form patterns within us and that symptoms, even those that are seemingly disconnected from other illnesses, form one state of disorder on the physical, emotional and mental planes affecting the whole being. The totality of symptoms is not trivial. It is purposeful and, albeit disagreeable to us, it represents the most perfect reaction of the dynamis to maintain health. 
This is the beauty of homeopathy in that it is at once holistic and individualistic. The remedy has to match up with the suffering of the person at the deepest level to rid the individual of it. The better the match, the deeper the healing effects. 
The homeopath concerns himself not only with the physical symptoms but also how the person is affected by the disorder, how it feels, and what that experience is at its deepest possible level. The only person with all the answers is the one suffering from the ailment. Only the person experiencing the disorder can truly explain and express what is going on inside of him. In order to be optimally effective, the remedy must match the whole state of what ails the individual. Finding, among several thousand remedies, the one remedy that fits the whole state is the duty of the homeopath. 
Such an approach is difficult for most people to understand because we are so accustomed to reliance upon technology to tell us how we are. Technology can only tell us how we are on the gross anatomical level such as a tumor or a demyelinated nerve etc., but it cannot and will not tell anyone how we feel. 
How many people are told they are just fine and yet don’t feel well? People say, “I know there is something wrong with me.” Many say they have been to the most prominent physicians. Everything has been examined, tested and they say, “You are not sick. You don’t have a disease.” But as sure as day turns to night, there is a problem. They “don’t feel right” and eventually there will be a disease but only when the damage is so extensive that a label can be put upon it. That is playing catch up to disease and even then, the view of homeopathy is that conventional medications suppress the problem. Through an integrative approach, homeopathy can be effectively used to bring about total wellness - physically, emotionally and mentally.
Spring 2010 Greening Your Life Newsletter
pierre_fontaine_homeopathyPierre Fontaine, RSHom (NA), CCH, has been a professional Homeopath in New York City since 1994. He is a registered member of the North American Society of Homeopaths "RSHom (NA)" and is certified by the Council on Homeopathy Certification "CCH." His leadership qualities were instrumental in the birth of the New York State Homeopathic Association of which he was the Vice President. Pierre is an avid advocate in support of a National Health Freedom Bill protecting the right of choice for all citizens of the United states. As such he has testified before the White House Commission on Alternative Medicine Policy. Pierre graduated after the four year program from the School of Homeopathy; Devon, England. Half of it was pursued in New York, the other half in England. "I wanted to have the best education I could get. This is why I did not hesitate to travel to England. It was an enormous effort but it was the right thing to do because England has a much more sophisticated educational system in the field." Consequently, his dedication to homeopathy and to people is obvious.
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