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World Homeopathy Awareness Week 2017

As the national go-to resource for all who are interested in learning about homeopathy, NCH was thrilled to start our new role as the coordinating organization for WHAW activities in North America last month (April 10-16, 2017). For our first year, we started off small but strong with:

  • a website page
  • social media activities
  • emails, and
  • a press release raising awareness about WHAW in North America

Learn more about this worldwide movement here.

Update on FDA and FTC

Here at NCH we continue to monitor any Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Federal Trade Commission (FTC) updates that have a direct effect on homeopathy and our community. Please take a moment to read some updates provided by the American Association of Homeopathic Pharmacists (AAHP) on our website here.

 

NCH Announcements

JAHC 2017 - What an Event!

We are still buzzing from a fun and insightful weekend spent at the 2017 Joint American Homeopathic Conference, which took place March 31-April 2 in Atlanta. Nearly 300 people traveled from across the United States and around the world to hear from inspiring speakers, learn about the latest news and updates in homeopathy, and network with our incredible community.

We’d love to extend our most sincere thanks to our conference sponsors—Hyland’s, TxOptions, 1-800Homeopathy, Boiron, and Newton Homeopathics—and to everyone who helped to make the event possible.

We hope to see each of you again next year in Phoenix, Arizona, April 6-8, 2018!

Congratulations to the 2017 NCH Service Award Recipients!

NCH is happy to announce* the recipients of the 2017 NCH Service Awards!

  • The Martha Oelman Community Service Award (established 1999): Yashasvi Jhangiani, BHMS, CCH(Cand)
  • The Julian Winston NCH Service Award (established 2015): Jean H. Hoagland
  • The Henry N. Williams Professional Service Award (established 1999); this year two were presented to:
    ​1.) Ann McKay, RN-BC, DHM, CC
    2.) American Association of Homeopathic Pharmacists (AAHP) Legal &
    Regulatory Committee

*Winners were announced at the NCH Annual Meeting at the Joint American Homeopathic Conference in Atlanta, April 1, 2017.

Remain United

As consumers, we should not have to fight for our right to choose the type of healthcare that works best for us and for our families. And as supporters of homeopathy, choice can often feel like an uphill battle. It’s crucial that we remain united in our commitment to counter the falsehoods and scrutiny facing homeopathy and to educate and advocate for homeopathy’s visibility and access in the healthcare choice landscape. We ask that you to support us in this movement by making a donation today.

Recall of Hyland’s Teething Tablets

In response to a request from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Hyland’s Inc. has made the very difficult decision to recall its Hyland’s Baby Teething Tablets and Hyland’s Baby Nighttime Teething Tablets.

There is still no data that proves that the products are harmful. However, since the FDA has formally requested the recall, Hyland's is responding to that request by recalling the products even though they are confident the products
are safe.

NCH will continue to be in close communication with Hyland’s and others in the homeopathic manufacturing industry and will update the community if and when additional information becomes available.

View the full Hyland’s Inc. press release.

Be Prepared: Media Basics for The Non-PR Expert
By Alissa Gould, public relations manager, Boiron USA

As more people discover the benefits of homeopathic medicines, our industry may become a larger target for skeptics or media struggling to attract an audience through sensationalized stories. This, unfortunately, is a growing pain of success.

Whether you work in operations and manufacturing, medical indications, legal and regulatory matters, the market landscape, or even as a CEO, you could be asked to speak to the media to clarify technical information.

To help you represent homeopathic medicines, your company, and yourself in the best light possible, look for a series of articles in the upcoming issues of AAHP’s Network Newsletter for helpful tips on how to work with the media and prepare for an interview. Continue reading.
Provided by the American Association of Homeopathic Pharmacists www.aahp.info

IHS 2018 Call for Speakers!  Deadline is May 19

In an effort to increase homeopathy’s visibility within the integrative medicine community, the NCH Board of Directors is encouraging interested practitioners and researchers to submit proposals to present at the 2018 Integrative Healthcare Symposium (IHS), being held February 22-24, 2018, at the Midtown Hilton New York in New York City. Multi-disciplinary sessions, panel discussions, roundtable presentations (45 minutes) and half-day workshop formats are highly desirable. View the theme and list of the topics they are particularly interested in for 2018 here.

Additional submission criteria and information can be found online as well as the electronic submission form.

The Integrative Healthcare Symposium (IHS) brings together practitioners from all facets of traditional and non-traditional medicine. The 2017 speaker line-up included two homeopaths, Dr. Ronald Whitmont, MD, and Burke (Begabati) Lennihan, RN, CCH.

The proposal submission deadline is May 19, 2017.

HRI Analysis of Australian Report​

Over the last 18 months, the Homeopathy Research Institute (HRI) has worked closely with the Australian Homoeopathic Association (AHA) to conduct a thorough investigation into the National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia’s failings during its 2010-2015 review of the evidence on homeopathy. This investigation culminated in a complaint being brought to the Australian Commonwealth Ombudsman, a government office that investigates public complaints against the government. The Executive Summary from this complaint is now available online.

Rachel Roberts, HRI Chief Executive, says, “NHMRC’s review is just bad science. Decision-makers and the scientific community rely on these kinds of reports and need to trust their accuracy. This is not about anyone’s personal opinion as to whether homeopathy works or not. It is about the importance of evidence being reported objectively, whatever it says, and the NHMRC did not do that.” Hear from Rachel in a short video here.
Provided by the American Association of Homeopathic Pharmacists www.aahp.info

Meet the NCH Board of Directors
Each month we highlight a Board Member to help you get better acquainted with the faces of NCH.

Tina Quirk, RN, MS, CCH, RSHom(NA), is a homeopathic practitioner, teacher, and writer with a background as an advanced practice nurse and nursing consultant. She is the Director of Academic Affairs and Quality Assurance at the Academy of Homeopathy Education (AHE) NYC/WORLD. Besides her own practice in New York City, she has been a longtime collaborator with Jeremy Sherr and the Dynamis School on many projects, books, and articles.

Tina is a project manager for Homeopathy for Health in Africa, a treatment center for AIDS patients in Tanzania, and has done volunteer work in the clinics. She received her homeopathy education from the Devon School of Homeopathy and the Dynamis School for Advanced Homeopathy and interned with Jeremy Sherr.

As a member of the Board of Directors of the National Center for Homeopathy, she is the Chair of the Public Advocacy Committee. She serves as the NCH representative to the Board of Directors of the Integrative Health
Policy Consortium.

Her special interests are homeopathy research and the growth and recognition of homeopathy within the integrative health field.

 

THE ORGANON by Samuel Hahnemann – An Outline
Provided in tribute to Julian Winston, May 1941–June 2005, beloved Editor-In-Chief of Homeopathy Today for 21 years.

It is often said that studying The Organon is fundamental for any successful homeopath. In this series, we glean some "Winston wisdom" by revisiting Julian’s outline of this masterpiece.

231–237 Intermittent diseases

  1. Intermittent diseases are those that recur at certain periods and states that alternate at intervals.

  2. Alternating diseases are numerous and belong to the class of chronic disease. They are, generally, a manifestation of chronic psora. Read Chronic Diseases.

  3. In the typical intermittent disease, the same state returns at fixed periods

  4. The non-febrile intermittent diseases are, mostly, purely psoric and seldom complicated with syphilis, but sometimes they need a small dose of Cinchona to completely extinguish them.

  5. In intermittent fevers, when the symptoms alternate, the remedy should produce similar alternations.

  6. The best time to give the medicine is soon after the paroxysm.

  7. But if the state of no fever is short, give the remedy when perspiration begins to abate.

Note: The above is only an outline. To comprehend The Organon in its fullness, we recommend that you read the book.
The Organon is usually studied by the intermediate to advanced student of homeopathy.

 

Back in December, we told you about NCH Board Member Loretta Butehorn who would be presenting, for an unprecedented third time, at Harvard Medical School's Annual Treating the Addictions Conference on the use of homeopathy in addictions treatment. The event took place on March 4, and has already resulted in increased use of homeopathy and further advocacy opportunities. Most notably, a substance abuse detox program in Maine will now implement the use of homeopathic Nux vomica (for cravings as people detox) into their protocol, and Loretta was invited by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health Bureau of Substance Abuse to present training on homeopathy and other alternatives on April 6. That event was very well received by 40 addictions specialists. A huge thank you to Loretta for her amazing work!

Homeopathic Research Institute (HRI): Busting Myths with Facts

Myth #1: There is no scientific evidence that homeopathy works

This is probably the most frequently quoted, completely inaccurate statement about homeopathy. Homeopathy research is a relatively new field, so it’s true that there are not a huge number of studies, but some evidence is very different from no evidence.

By the end of 2014, 189 randomized controlled trials of homeopathy on 100 different medical conditions had been published in peer-reviewed journals. Of these, 104 papers were placebo-controlled and were eligible for
detailed review:

  • 41% were positive (43 trials) – finding that homeopathy was effective
  • 5% were negative (5 trials) – finding that homeopathy was ineffective
  • 54% were inconclusive (56 trials)

How does this compare with evidence for conventional medicine? Read the full article here.
Provided by the Homeopathic Research Institute (HRI) www.hri-research.org.

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Hormone Balancing Naturally
May 22, 2017, 8:00pm–9:00pm ET

Join us on Monday, May 22 with Samantha Conboy, CCH, to learn about balancing hormones naturally.

Hormones help our bodies do amazing things. When they are out of balance, we can feel it in many ways, from our moods to our sleep and even our weight. In this webinar, we will discuss the role homeopathy can play in putting your hormones back in balance naturally. Specifically, we will cover homeopathic remedies for premenstrual syndrome (PMS), such as cramps and mood changes, as well as perimenopause/menopause symptoms, such as hot flashes and insomnia.

About the speaker: Samantha is a nationally certified classical homeopath with 8 years of clinical experience. She loves to teach and empower women to take charge of their health. She works at San Diego Homeopathy with Gabrielle Traub. She is the Vice President for the Council for Homeopathic Certification (CHC). Samantha also has a Master of Arts in Education and a Bachelor of Science in Business Management.

This webinar is FREE and open to anyone! REGISTER TODAY!

This webinar is a part of the "Homeopathy Academy for Moms" series. All webinars in this series are free and open to the public, so invite your friends! Visit http://www.homeopathycenter.org/homeopathy-academy-moms to learn more about this and other webinars in the series or watch videos of past webinars.

 

 

You’re about to run out the door to meet your local homeopathy study group when you receive a call from your son at college. He hasn’t been feeling well and knows a remedy from his homeopathic kit could help, but he can’t figure out which one to take. “I think I have the flu,” he says, “but I’m not sure.” You ask him what is bothering him the most and jot down his symptoms: 

  • Coughing fits with feeling of rattling in the chest, but not much mucus is coming up
  • Headache
  • Drowsiness
  • Chills
  • Cold, clammy sweat
  • Craves fruits. He ate an apple earlier and vomited.
  • Thirsty for cold water.

You ask him to describe his headache and after he says that it feels like someone placed a tight band across his forehead, you know exactly which remedy he should try first. What is it?

(The answer is at the bottom of the newsletter.)

If you have a “Case Quiz” to share, send it to us at info@homeopathycenter.org. We love to feature cases submitted by our community members!

Stories of Inspiration

My pregnant daughter with gestational diabetes was nearing her delivery date, but her uterus was not thinning out as quickly as her doctor would have liked. He told her they would put her in the hospital and use Pitocin to start her labor. Not being a fan of drugs and knowing that homeopathy could help, she reached out to me. I referenced a book by a midwife who uses homeopathy for deliveries and learned that Caulophyllum is used to get the body ready for delivery and keeps labor progressing.

They admitted her the night before the Pitocin was to start and with the help of Caulophyllum she went into labor naturally at 2:00 a.m. on her own and progressed very steadily. She delivered a healthy baby, and both mom and the little one recovered well with the help of Arnica.

- Susan Wilkinson, Commerce Township, MI

We LOVE to hear how our members are using homeopathy at home and we hope you will share 'Your Homeopathy Story' with us! Everyone’s story is different and we want to know how you use homeopathy in your life! Learn how to share one of your stories with NCH.

 

American Institute of Homeopathy (AIH)

On Thursday, June 1, Alex Bekkar, MD, will discuss The Art of Individualization, Kent’s Legacy. The webinar will begin at 7:00pm (ET) and run approximately 90 minutes. For more information and to register, please visit: http://homeopathyusa.org/education/webinars.html
The AIH has been the voice of the homeopathic medical profession in the U.S. since 1844.

Association for International Homeopathic Certification (AIHC)

The AIHC began certifying international homeopaths in January 2017. We encourage interested students and practicing homeopaths to begin the application process by visiting aihc-cert.com. We offer two levels of the certification process; the initial process is for less experienced homeopaths, and the fast-track is for experienced, credentialed homeopaths.

The AIHC has been established to advance classical homeopathy worldwide by creating an international standard for the certification of homeopathic practitioners who will earn the credential IHC (International Homeopathic Certification). The AIHC aims to unite the homeopathic community as a global force to strengthen and support our profession internationally.

Council for Homeopathic Certification (CHC)

We are pleased to announce that CHC president Ann McKay has received the Henry N. Williams Professional Service Award. She has dedicated the last six years of her life to the advancement of homeopathy through her work.

Her main charge during her presidency has been to get the CHC accredited. This national accreditation, which has been a goal since the inception of the CHC in 1991, will give more recognition, validity and strength to the CCH designation and benefit the entire homeopathic profession as well. During her tenure, she has been instrumental in completing the first CHC Job Analysis Survey and implementing a computerized application and examination process.

Ann’s passion and commitment to homeopathy show through in how she handles day-to-day happenings at the CHC. The CHC has grown exponentially since she has taken leadership. She also takes a wider view to make sure homeopathy has a voice in the larger integrative health community. Under her leadership, the CHC has recently attained membership in the Integrative Healthcare Policy Consortium (IHPC). The IHPC advocates for an integrative healthcare system with equal access to the full range of healthcare professionals.

Professionally, she has over thirty years of experience as an RN, educator and homeopath. She is board certified as a Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse, RN-BC; as a Holistic Nurse, HNB-BC; Certified Classical Homeopath, CCH, and Health and Wellness Nurse Coach, HWNC-BC.

Ann has served as faculty member and Clinical Supervisor for various colleges and homeopathic schools and continues to work with other CCH practitioners on their difficult cases. She has a thriving homeopathic private practice in Providence, Rhode Island.
Congratulations, Ann!

Homeopaths Without Borders (HWB)

The time has finally arrived!  Beginning in May 2017, Homeopaths Without Borders-NA is partnering with several Rotary clubs, the Haitian Medical Association, the Telemedicine Center of Haiti and the Organisation de Medicine Homeopathique et Alternative d'Haiti to teach its Fundamentals of Homeopathy course to 20 licensed Haitian medical professional (doctors, nurses, and pharmacists). This amazing opportunity, so many years in the making, will provide credibility for homeopathy everywhere! For further information, please visit our Volunteer page and learn more about how you can support HWB’s important work here.

National Health Freedom Coalition (NHFC)

NHFC’s board member, Diane Miller, JD, has authored an article in The American Homeopath: The Journal of the North American Society of Homeopaths, speaking to the changes in laws that reflect the use and essence of homeopathy. Read the full article here.

North American Society of Homeopaths (NASH)

Calling all artists and photographers! If you would like your art or photography on the cover of The American Homeopath journal, we invite you to participate in our cover art contest. The theme for this year’s issue is “Working Together.” You do not have to be a NASH member to submit. 

If you are interested, please send a digital copy of your artwork (photographed, scanned or digitally originated) to editor@americanhomeopath.com by May 31, 2017. Our team of art aficionados will decide on a winner and a runner up; the winner will have their art on the cover of this year’s issue of The American Homeopath, and the runner up will also be featured. Learn more here.

Joining NCH as a member is a wonderful way to deepen your understanding of homeopathy and become an actively supporting part of the community. NCH members receive our highly acclaimed magazine, Homeopathy Today, and other valuable benefits. But more than that, your membership dues help us fulfill our mission to promote health through homeopathy, provide education about homeopathy to both practitioners and the general public, and raise awareness about homeopathy. Learn more here.

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JAHC 2017 Sponsors & Exhibitors
http://www.homeopathycenter.org/2017-sponsors-exhibitors

Update on FDA & FTC
http://www.homeopathycenter.org/news/update-fdaftc-homeopathic-product-statements

World Homeopathy Awareness Week 2017
http://www.homeopathycenter.org/world-homeopathy-awareness-week-1

Remain United: Donate to NCH Today
http://www.homeopathycenter.org/donate-0

Recall of Hyland’s Teething Tablets
https://www.hylands.com/media/news-press-release/hylands-teething-update

Media Basics for The Non-PR Expert
http://www.aahp.info/articles/be-prepared-media-basics-for-the-non-pr-expert/

IHS 2018 Call for Speakers
http://view.diversifiedemail.com/?qs=a23ef25bf46574e877792f0aa809419703b388b360d2ee4831ef77adf5fbe5b378d4445c7e
f7b560006a337825e913f676bbe5e23b18a99e9ad03187327b6a077e214c44c9a1ac2e

IHS 2018 Submission Criteria & Info
http://www.ihsymposium.com/canada/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/Call-for-Proposals-Canada.pdf

IHS 2018 Electronic Submission Form
http://www.ihsymposium.com/canada/call-for-proposals/

HRI Analysis of Australia Report
https://www.hri-research.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/Executive-Summary-to-Ombudsman-Complaint-re-NHMRC-Homeopathy-Review-FINAL.pdf

HRI’s Rachel Roberts Short Video
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QvF8KxbCXzA

Hormone Balancing Naturally Webinar - Register
https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7886975407508490754

Learn how to share one of your stories with NCH
http://www.homeopathycenter.org/your-homeopathy-story

Homeopathic Research Institute (HRI): Busting Myths with Facts – Myth #1
https://www.hri-research.org/resources/homeopathy-faqs/there-is-no-scientific-evidence-homeopathy-works/

Homeopaths Without Borders (HWB) - Volunteer
http://www.hwbna.org/volunteer.html

Homeopaths Without Borders (HWB) - Support our work
http://www.hwbna.org/donate-now.html

HRI: Busting Myths with Facts References:

  1. http://www.facultyofhomeopathy.org/research/
  2. El Dib RP, Atallah AN, Andriolo RB. Mapping the Cochrane evidence for decision making in health care. J Eval Clin Pract., 2007;13(4):689-92 | PubMed
  3. Lewith GT. Funding for CAM. BMJ., 2007; 335(7627): 951. | PubMed

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