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NCH E-Newsletter | September 2017


September 2017 e-Newsletter
The latest news and events from NCH and the greater homeopathy community.

Are You a Member?

Whether you’re new to homeopathy, a homeopathic student, or an experienced practitioner, NCH has what you need.

As a member of NCH you’ll have access to a spectrum of homeopathic information and educational materials, from basic information about how to use homeopathy at home, to the latest in homeopathic research, to in-depth case studies from some of the most well-known names in homeopathy today.
New Channel!
NCH recently launched an all-new YouTube channel. Subscribe to the new channel for content directly from NCH and its members.

Please note, no new content will be added to NCH's old YouTube channel. If you previously subscribed to NCH's old channel, you'll need to subscribe to the new one to continue getting updates on NCH's latest video content.
Call for NCH Board of Directors Nominations
The NCH Board of Directors is a diverse, collaborative, closely engaged board working to fulfill the vision and mission of NCH. The Board is broadly representative of the NCH constituency, including consumers, retailers, and practitioners of various kinds. We are looking for board members with skills and experiences that can support our expanding scope. Do you know anyone (even yourself!) with any of these qualities and skills?

  • Expertise with fundraising, finance, marketing, media, and/or public relations
  • Successful business or nonprofit board experience outside of homeopathy
  • Involvement with integrative healthcare or healthy-living consumer organizations
  • Experience with public policy work
  • Passion for homeopathy, not necessarily as a practitioner (home users, patients/clients, students, practitioners of other modalities, etc.)
  • Attorney/General Counselor or other legal experience

Here are the Details
Along with your responsibility for governance, board members are expected to participate in organizational fundraising activities and personally donate as you are able to NCH each year. Board members are not compensated for their time or services but are reimbursed for reasonable travel and lodging expenses to attend board meetings. Currently the board has virtual monthly meetings, holds two in-person meetings a year and communicates via e-mail, conference call, and phone throughout the year.
 
 
Please send your nominations (including self-nominations) with subject line:
Call For Nominations,
to Deb Dupnik, NCH Executive Director, at
ddupnik@homeopathycenter.org.
Please tell us why you think the person would be a great board member, what their specific qualifications are, the nominee’s C.V. and email address. 

The deadline for nominations is
11:59 P.M. ET, October 13, 2017.

The NCH Nominating Committee will contact nominees for an interview or to request additional information and will recommend a slate to the board. All current NCH members will be invited to vote in 2018.
Opportunity to Give Comments to Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Healthy People 2030 Plan
On September 5 and 6, National Center for Homeopathy (NCH) Board of Directors members, Glenna Tinney and Tina Quirk, attended the DHHS-sponsored Healthy People 2030 meeting in Washington DC. This was a meeting of the Secretary’s Advisory Committee on Prevention and Health Promotion to present the draft of their work in creating the mission, goals, and actions for the decade of 2020-2030. It was also an opportunity for them to receive public comment from advocacy organizations and other individuals. Their overall objective is to improve the health of all Americans.

The Healthy People 2030 draft has few references for using integrative health disciplines and approaches. NCH’s goal for attending the meeting was to promote the inclusion of homeopathy and integrative health measures into the national prevention and health plan. Oral comments to this point were given by Ms. Tinney at the meeting. 

Our second goal in attending was to observe the government in action and learn more about the process that leads to the creation of national health policy. This is an ongoing goal of the NCH Public Policy and Advocacy Committee, so we can have more effective input and influence and meet the NCH mission of promoting and broadening consumer access to homeopathy.

Members Can Help in Advocacy
NCH is asking our members to contribute written comments to this committee. We have outlined proposed comments below that you can adapt in your own words. You can insert one or more of these comments into the general comments section on the online form. This is a way for NCH members to exert influence in the creation of the national health policy, and importantly, to make “homeopathy” a familiar word and health care option with national health policy makers.




Watch the video of Glenna Tinney and Tina Quirk in action, advocating for homeopathy.
Have You Heard the News?
NCH is thrilled to share news about a new endeavor that will move homeopathy forward in the U.S. Starting this month, the 
Just One Drop
 documentary film about homeopathy will be shown in U.S. theaters. 
And even better: NCH will be hosting 
Just One Drop
screenings over the next several months in an effort to drive awareness about homeopathy and NCH. 
NCH is a community of people who are either passionate about homeopathy or have dedicated their professions to homeopathy. This documentary will change our game in the most exciting of ways.

About 
Just One Drop
Just One Drop tells the little-known story of homeopathy. The film aims to dispels myths and encourages audiences to reset and rethink about homeopathy. It sheds light on the benefits of homeopathy and ultimately supports a passionate community, of which NCH is at the forefront. 
Watch the trailer
.

About NCH's Screenings of 
Just One Drop
Together, NCH and 
Just One Drop
 aim to build awareness about and understanding of homeopathy among U.S. audiences and seamlessly provide viewers with resources for learning more. NCH will be hosting screenings in different cities all over the U.S. and invites you to host or attend a screening near your hometown!
Each NCH hosted screening will include a Q&A session after the screening with filmmaker, Laurel Chiten!

Current Lineup of NCH-Hosted Screenings

How to Support Screenings or Host Your Own
It takes a village to educate the world about homeopathy. If you're ready to help move homeopathy forward, NCH invites you to become a 
Just One Drop
 Movie Captain and host a screening near you. You are our amplifiers to help the film reach all corners of the U.S. 
Learn more about becoming a Movie Captain
. Not interested in hosting a screening? No problem. You can support this exciting new endeavor by sharing social media messages and promoting NCH's screenings. 
Check out the useful marketing toolkit.
Save the Date!
NCH Member Contributes to US News Article About Medical Schools and Integrative Medicine
NCH applauds member Ronald Whitmont, MD, for his contributions to a recent article published by US News on the increasing number of medical schools incorporating integrative medicine into their programs.

The article, "Med Schools Adding Integrative Medicine Courses," details the differing views on complementary and alternative medicine and its role in traditional medical training programs. Advocates support giving students an overview of options available to patients to be better able to advise and guide patients on all their options, while critics question the science and efficacy of practices like acupuncture and yoga. Ronald's commentary contributed to a meaningful discussion about the role of medical education and the provider-patient relationship.
Advance your Practice with NCH Study Guides
The NCH store has study guides for community members to purchase to assist with learning or refreshing themselves on 
First-aid and Acute Care
 and 
Case-Taking, Analysis and Repertorization
. Community members use these guides as teaching materials to educate students in a classroom setting or study group. If you are interested in these guides for yourself or have an upcoming class to teach, please visit the NCH store on our website.
In the Next Issue of Homeopathy Today:
Getting Hip? (replacement!)
Twenty or 30 years ago, it was uncommon to hear of people having hip replacement surgery. Now it seems as common as getting your tires changed!

In fact, total joint replacement (hip or knee) has become one of the most frequently performed surgeries in the U.S. and
the most common surgery covered by Medicare. In 2010 there were 2.5 million people living with artificial hips. As baby boomers grow older and live longer, hip replacements will become ever more commonplace. So it’s nice to know that homeopathy, alongside other naturopathic approaches, can be used to good effect to support hip replacement patients—before surgery, immediately after the operation, and during the rehab process—to help ensure the procedure is as successful as possible.

Dr. Amy Rothenberg, the American Association of Naturopathic Physician’s 2017 Physician of the Year, will offer practical advice and examples from her 30 years of practice in the upcoming Autumn 2017 issue of
Homeopathy Today.

A subscription to Homeopathy Today is available exclusively to NCH members. Joining NCH as a member is a wonderful way to deepen your understanding of homeopathy and connection to the community. In addition to this highly acclaimed magazine there are other valuable benefits. But more than that, membership dues help us fulfill our mission to promote health through homeopathy and raise awareness. 
Login
 and visit the online store to get your complimentary subscription started today!
Welcoming NCH's New Executive Director
On August 1, 2017, the National Center for Homeopathy warmly welcomed Deborah A. Dupnik as Executive Director.

A New Hampshire native, Deb currently resides in Shamong, New Jersey, with her husband, Tom, one dog, and two cats. Their two adult daughters, one an architect and the other a biomedical engineer, live in Boston. 

Deb has earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Microbiology, a Certified Association Executive professional certification from the American Society of Association Executives, and an Advanced Certified Customer Service Manager certification from the Customer Service Institute of America. She comes to NCH from the American Society for Histocompatibility and Immunogenetics and from The Society For Biomaterials; she served as Assistant Executive Director for both organizations. Deb worked closely with each organization’s executive director and board members to ensure optimal board function. She helped to guide the organizations’ missions and strategic plans and supported the directors to ensure the financial and operational success and growth of each organization.

In all of her endeavors, including her long-term volunteer work on a community education board of directors, Deb is constantly asking herself, “How can I help this organization find ways to make it easier?” This very much aligns with her passion for direct customer service, having an open ear, mind, and heart to all people. In Deb’s words, “Customer service is everywhere!”

Deb’s deep concern for human well-being and interest in serving humanity, along with her intuitive (and informed) understanding that the human body has a “natural ability to heal itself,” allowed her interest to be piqued when she learned of the National Center for Homeopathy. Her background in microbiology gives her an acute awareness of the issues surrounding antibiotic overuse and resistance as well as pharmaceutical drug overuse in the U.S. In her words, “This needs to change.”

Deb would like to be a part of that change! Please join us in welcoming Deb to the National Center for Homeopathy and into the larger homeopathic community, locally and globally. 
Meet the NCH Staff
Get to Know the Names and Faces Supporting NCH
Has Your Membership Expired?
This is a friendly reminder that membership renewals can be completed once logged into the 
website
. There you can edit and update your contact information if it has changed. Membership renewal letters are mailed a month prior to your renewal date, and again in the expiring month to ensure you are given adequate time to continue membership. If you have any questions please contact Steve Clark, NCH Membership Coordinator, at 
sclark@homeopathycenter.org
 or
 
(856) 316-0927. 
Upcoming Events and Education
One-Day Workshop
HOMEOPATHY: Effective Natural Medicine for the Whole Family 
Saturday, September 30, 9:30 am-4 pm
Balch Library, Leesburg, VA 
Instructor: Lia Bello, FNP, CCH 
 
Cost: $75 
Call Lia at (505) 474-4917 to register. Nurses earn 6 Continuing Education Hours for this course.

One Day Workshop
HOMEOPATHY: Effective Natural Medicine for the Whole Family 
Saturday, October 7, 9:30 am-4 pm
Wellness Center of Chester Counts
403D Gordon Drive, Exton, PA (near Philadelphia)
Instructor: Lia Bello, FNP, CCH
Cost: $75 
Call Linda at 
(484) 919-8686
to register. Nurses earn 6 Continuing Education Hours for this course.
From the American Institute of Homeopathy (AIH)
On September 5, 2017, the AIH sent a letter to every US congressman and woman advocating the consideration of homeopathy in our nation’s health care system. The letter was accompanied by a research summary prepared by Peter Fisher, FRCP, Clinical Director and Director of Research at the 
Royal London Hospital for Integrated Medicine
, editor-in-chief of 
Homeopathy
,
 
and physician to Her Majesty, Queen 
Elizabeth II
.
 
The AIH will hold a Webinar featuring Bernardo Merizalde, MD, DHt, LMHI Secretary for Public Relations, who will speak
October 5, 2017 at 7pm Eastern Time, “Responding to Arguments Against Homeopathy”
 
For more information, or to attend, please visit:
http://homeopathyusa.org/education/webinars.html
From the ACHENA
ACHENA has proposed an amendment relating to Standard 12, the financial reporting requirements of accredited schools. Please review the amended language at the following link: http://achena.org/PublicComment.htm

Please send comments to
alastair@achena.org by
October 6, 2017.
From the North American Society of Homeopaths (NASH)
Volume 23 of our much coveted annual journal -
The American Homeopath - is in the final stages of editing. All of our current members will receive a complimentary copy. If you are a current member - Student, Associate or Registered - be sure to check that your membership is up to date to ensure that a copy of this newest volume is sent to you as soon as it is printed. The journal will also available to non-members on our
website.

The North American Society of Homeopaths (NASH) is dedicated to promoting, representing and serving as the voice of all professional homeopaths in North America. NASH aims to develop and uphold the highest level of excellence in homeopathic practice while enhancing the role of the homeopathic profession as an integral part of health care delivery.
From the
Council for Homeopathic Certification
The CHC has an established recertification process structured to maintain and expand the competencies of professional homeopathic practice, safeguard quality services for the general public, and reinforce professionalism with homeopathic and other healthcare communities.

Certified Classical Homeopaths are required to recertify annually by November 30th. Those practitioners who received the CCH credential in 2017 need not recertify until 2018.

To recertify, simply click the “My CHC” tab on the
CCH website
, and follow the step by step instructions. A minimum of 15 CEUs are required with signed attestations and an updated profile. This helps the CHC make sure that you receive information and also helps consumers connect with a certified practitioner.

Note:
Beginning with the Nov. 30, 2018 recertification deadline (i.e., for CE activities completed between Dec 1, 2017 through Nov 30, 2018), activities such as homeopathic conferences, webinars, seminars, and other, similar homeopathic education-related CE activities must be approved by ACHENA. For this year’s recertification, CEUs do not need to be approved by ACHENA.

If you have any further questions or would like assistance, please contact our offices at 866-242-3399 Monday-Thursday 9 am-3 pm EST or email us at 
chcinfo@homeopathicdirectory.com.
A Better Cure
One day I developed three pimples under my right eye, on my cheek about 10 years ago. They itched and sort of looked like cold sores. So I called a close RN nurse friend of mine; we had taken first-aid level homeopathic classes together from a local practitioner. I described the condition to her on the phone and she diagnosed Herpes with no hesitation. We worked together on the phone with the
Mater Materia and other homeopathic books for a remedy. Belladonna, I believe, was prescribed. I took it at a 30c level dose a couple times. In three days, the condition was gone completely! I was so very thankful as no medicine was involved, and my friend said if was bad enough I could have lost the sight in that eye. The condition has not come back. I do not want a herpes shot for fear it will inoculate me more with the germ. I have a friend in another city who got this herpes shot, age over 70, and within weeks, developed herpes on her side/back skin. She went the regular medical route and it took a couple weeks for a “cure.”

Submitted by
Sister Marie Kopin, C.PP.S. (Mount Pleasant, MI, USA)
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