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We were recently asked to post a heading that connects the disease or ailment to each testimonial, instead of a name in order to better identify the treatment. As a specialist in Homoeopathic treatment, we treat an individual who may be suffering from one complaint or many ailments. We do not believe in a specific (blanket) treatment for that disease - like the allopathic system does. We understand the futility and unscientific approach of giving one medicine to all persons suffering from a particular ailment. No two individuals (or their ailments) are alike, and we follow nature's law of cure. We evaluate common and uncommon, general and peculiar, particular as well as the underlying symptoms. We encourage our viewers to read all of the testimonials provided to us. For more information check out the Research Documents on the website.

Why Homoeopathy Makes Sense, The Battle for Legitimacy

 

Elaine Koltalo
In January, I fell while I was skating and broke my wrist. Hospital emergency said it was a bad break as both the radius and ulna were broken. The pain was severe. With the help of morphine and freezing in the bones the doctor was able to use traction to straighten the arm and the x-ray showed the bones were looking straight again. I was told to make an appointment with the orthopaedic surgeon for further assessment.

One week later I saw the surgeon who x-rayed the arm and said it was set well, the bones were lined up, but I should have surgery to pin and plate the bones so they don’t move. I was shocked as I did not want surgery if at all possible. It’s invasive and putting pins and plates in was not a natural way for my body to heal. He explained it would heal faster and I’d be out of the cast sooner (3 weeks). If I didn't have the surgery I would be in the cast 6-8 weeks. There was also a chance the bones could shift in the next two weeks causing them to heal wrong, and then surgery would be absolutely necessary. I said I wouldn't mind the extra time and that I was willing to let it heal naturally. He accepted my choice and said he would check up with me next week.

I contacted Dr. Bouchard and told her the situation, she was in Toronto at a conference but sent a health care plan to her office for me to follow. I started the next day. One week later my arm was x-rayed and the surgeon was amazed the bones hadn’t shifted and were fusing nicely. He exclaimed that there was no surgery necessary and that I was “a lucky lady”. Further assessment and physiotherapy has showed no problems in the wrist. It is healed completely and I have full range of motion and complete strength. In my mind, it’s as good as it was before.

Thanks to Dr. Bouchard and holistic medicine, I was able to avoid invasive surgery and compromise my body’s ability to heal naturally.



Evelyn French
I've had a very weak immune system my entire life that has caused me to be absent from school and work. I've been to many doctors and herbalists before I was referred to Kas-Sky. On my first visit, I'd been sick for 3 weeks with no energy or motivation. After just one appointment, I felt better than I've ever felt in my whole life. I now have more motivation to exercise and eat healthy. I have more energy and I get lots of compliments on how much healthier I look. Normally, a cold would knock me down for about 2 weeks, but I was able to fight my last one off in just days. Dr. Bouchard really helped me get back on my feet.



Linda Browning

I have been seeing Dr. Bouchard since May 2011 for arthritic symptoms that have affected my health in some respect for the last 15 years. We are taking a cautious approach in treating my symptoms gently. I have tried to follow Dr. Bouchard’s recommendations for lifestyle changes to reap the most benefits from her advice. I do not take any conventional medicine; neither prescription or over the counter pain killers of any kind. I HAVE NOT FELT THIS GOOD FOR YEARS! My biggest improvement is getting a good night’s sleep without the pain that woke me during the night or prevented me from falling asleep. I get up in the morning feeling rested. It has been so long since I had a good night’s sleep I had forgotten what it felt like. Before, it was difficult for me to walk first thing in the morning as my joints were very stiff. Going down the stairs, I had to lean heavily on the handrail. This does not happen anymore. My emotional health has benefited since my physical health has greatly improved.

I hope you give Homoeopathy the chance to alleviate arthritic symptoms. This is an ongoing process for me and I am still under Dr. Bouchard’s care.



Joyce Calderon

I have had eczema all my life. I’ve been through a lot of treatments here in Winnipeg, as well as the Philippines with temporary or unsatisfactory results.

On Sept 7, 2006 I began to see Dr. Bouchard for Homoeopathic treatment. My eczema got worse at the beginning of the treatment because Homoeopathy works in reverse order of healing. My skin was tight, red, scaly, cracking and extremely itchy. This has affected my performance at work. My work requires reaching, bending and kneeling as I stock shelves. Due to the tightness of my skin, my movements are limited. It was on Oct 11, 2006 that I took my leave of absence at work and since then have been relying on my student line of credits to pay for my treatments as well as my day to day needs.

I’ve almost done 3 months of Homoeopathic treatment and my skin is the best it has ever been! Unfortunately Homoeopathy is not covered, so I have spent approximately $652.17 on my treatments. I have enclosed all my receipts. I am not ready to return to work, but these 3 months have put a strain on my financial situation.

The seriousness of my eczema has prevented me from doing my job properly so therefore I feel that I deserve to be covered by the benefits of Employment Insurance.



Donna Ladan

My name is Donna Ladan. I have been attending the Kas-Sky Wholistic Centre since 2000. Prior to this I went to a pediatrician. I was not getting good results with my kids taking conventional medicine so I decided to do research on how and where I can find alternative methods. In 2000 I was given the name of Dr. Bouchard from Kas-Sky Wholistic Cente, I have been treating my sons, Chad and Troy with homoeopathic medicine since 2000. I have had excellent results using this type of medicine. Whether my kids suffer with a cold, flu or allergies, Homoeopathy works fast at curing their illnesses with no side effects.

There are warning labels on most conventional medications that can cause severe side effects. There are several reports about people reacting to medications. Why would I want to take the risk of conventional medicine to solve one problem only to cause another?

Taking away my right to choose the medicine I want my family to use is discriminating. People have the right to choose other types of medical services such as Chiropractors over Physiotherapists. At first Chiropractors were thought to be a bad choice. Today Chiropractors process billions of dollars in revenue and consumers have coverage under Manitoba Health plans.

Today more and more people are choosing Homoeopathy as their choice of medicine.

Homoeopathic medicine should be covered under Manitoba Health plans. Why should I as a consumer have to pay more for medical expenses due to the Government’s reluctance in not finding out what Homoeopathic medicine is all about and how many people are actually using the medicines.



Rosemary Jodoin
While on the telephone one day, I noticed I could not hear with my right ear. There was no pain in my ear but there was a buzzing, static sound. I went to my General Practitioner who saw no evidence of infection and no bulging of the ear drum. No treatment was recommended but I was referred to and Ear, Nose & Throat Specialist who conducted a hearing test and confirmed hearing loss. I was told that the hearing loss was likely permanent and that I should consider a hearing aid. Because the cause of the hearing loss was unknown and only one ear was affected, I was sent for an MRI to rule out physical abnormalities (tumors, etc.) that may be the cause. The MRI failed to diagnose a source of the problem.

By this time, I began to notice that my hearing came and went and that the level of the static varied. I always used the telephone as a gauge for how well I could hear in the problem ear. After attending a workshop at Seven Oaks Wellness Centre on ‘‘Boosting the Immune System with Homoeopathy” I decided to try Homoeopathy. At the workshop, I spoke with others who told me of their very positive experiences with Homoeopathy.

I went to see Dr. Darlene Bouchard who had me complete a lengthy questionnaire that covered many areas of health. Then, after an hour of listening to me and asking me questions, she prescribed Homoeopathic remedies. Within 3-4 months, my hearing in my right ear returned and the buzzing was gone.

I continue to see the Homoeopathic Physician for other issues because of good results. I feel healthier and find she gave me sound advice.



Suzanne Soulodre

Recently, I had my first experience with Homoeopathic medicine. I brought both of my children in for treatment and had much success in both cases.

In discussions with Dr. Bouchard during my children’s visit, I had expressed my disappointment that Homoeopathic medicine was not partially covered as part of our universal medical system in Canada. One of the obstacles that Dr. Bouchard pointed out that Homoeopathy had in achieving some recognition in the Health care system was the fact that the governing bodies were not able to gather empirical data to assess the effectiveness of the practice. This letter addresses my opinion of that position of the federal governing bodies.

There are two points I want to make;
1. The health care system can make empirical assessments of the effectiveness of Homoeopathy. If a course of treatment is given with Western medicine and compared with statistically comparable subjects given Homoeopathic treatment, I don’t see why the results would not be viewed as comparable and credible. I won’t profess to be an expert in statistics nor a medical expert, but with my limited experience as a Marketing support person, I know that there are valid ways to compare the two. The test subjects could be assessed with some empirical data before and after both treatments and compared by the same standards of measurement. Even if studies were done on previously treated subjects for the same conditions and compared (which is done all the time and published in the media) it would be considered valid data.

2. Along with empirical measurements, satisfaction ratings could be incorporated as part of the evaluation process to measure the effectiveness of Homoeopathic treatment. If satisfaction rating scales and surveys are done in tandem with empirical data gathering, the results are statistically valid data. Homoeopathic medicine, along with other methods of health care around the world, are based on holistic approaches which are inherently at a disadvantage to methods of evaluation that are empirical based. Holistic approaches rely on perceptions of the patient along with physical assessments. This is why there is a need for perception scales and should be included along side the empirical data gathering methods.

There could be an argument made to incorporate satisfaction rating scales in assessing Western methods of treatment as well as Homoeopathic treatments. If the two treatments net the same empirical results, satisfaction rates could then be compared to see if there is a difference. That difference could bring some valuable insight.

I would be available for any further discussions on the subject, but for the purposes of brevity, I will leave my points as they are. I welcome any feedback on my position.



Rhonda Jones

My name is Rhonda Jones. My husband, Dane and I had struggled with infertility for 4 years, since 2002. We had been married two years before we decided to start a family. I was 34 at the time. We tried on our own for 6 months before I contacted my doctor, who started us on a fertility drug to help us get pregnant. I received 6 treatments, at $70 each and they did not work! This was just the beginning.

One year later, in the latter half of 2003, we were recommended to Heartland Fertility Centre. We tried IVF (in-vitro fertilization) three times and still no baby. We spent a total of $20 000 for this failed treatment over a period of 1 1/2 years! In 2004, we stopped these treatments, as well as others we were trying.

In January 2006, I went to see Dr. Darlene Bouchard of Kas-Sky Wholistic Health Care Centre. She gave me Homeopathic remedies to take and January 2, 2006 we were pregnant, at 39 years of age. We now have a beautiful baby girl (healthy) 8lbs. 12.5 oz. I had a wonderful pregnancy and easy delivery.

I will return to the Centre again! Also, I recommend the Centre to anyone that will listen because I am proof. My daughter is living proof.



Stacy L. Lischynski

About five years ago after the passing of a close family member, I started suffering from depression. Along with the depression came numerous anxiety attacks when high stress situations would arise. Being that the only thing I knew at the time was conventional medicines I decided to talk with my doctor and be put on something. I started taking celexa. She sent me to a psychiatrist for counseling, and the monitoring of side effects and dosages was required. It took my body about 1 month or a little longer for me to adjust to the medication, and start seeing the results. As I kept going for treatment I started noticing that the medications weren’t working. So she raised the dosage. After doing that I started feeling very comatose (emotionless). I was not able to differentiate between feelings of sadness, happiness or anger. I didn’t feel like it was helping the problem or my depression. I felt like it was a blanket, it made me happy, but a delirious type of happy. My problems were numbed... It temporarily fixed the issues. At one point after being sick many times and feeling the way I did, I went off the medications. EVERYTHING was worse. I was overloaded with these feelings that I thought would have been permanently fixed from the medications... only to realize that the only way that I could be fixed permanently was to stay on them for the rest of my life. I refused to live my life feeling that way.

As time went on I was still having problems coping, not knowing what to do. A couple of years passed by and I started getting connected with natural healers. Which brings me to why I started taking Homoeopathy. My mom for her own personal reasons started seeing Dr. Bouchard. As I saw her results being positive, I figured why not try it. There was no doubt in my mind that they could help me. Just maybe this time it could be permanent. Being on the medications through Homoeopathy has brought out emotions, but I am able to cope with the feelings. The dosage is regulated to my body based on the state of my emotions, and what I can handle. I can differentiate between my feelings of happiness, sadness, anger or irritation etc. I instantly felt relief to any physical or mental or emotional pain. On a physical and mental ability “the changes are at a pace that is easily handled”. I am able to identify when an anxiety attack is coming on, and I know how to stop it. I have been able to become more self-aware of my wants and needs. I have found peace from within. My inner voice I am able to clearly hear, and my thoughts don’t spin around me in all directions. Over the time I have spent trying to fix the underlying issued that created my stress and anxiety, yes it has cost a little bit of money. In the long run tho, I think that the government should recognize natural healers. The work that can be done to permanently fix a person is amazing. Especially the feeling you have once the work is done. You can actually enjoy life, without all these burdens of medications, and other issues. I no longer suffer from the issues that dragged me down before and I think my natural healers for that.



Elizabeth Abrahams

Since the spring of 2002 I have been seeing a Homoeopathic doctor. Initially I went for relief from depression. I had been on Serzone and Attivan intermittently since 1993 with some relief. Now I did not want to go back on anti-depressants and chose to try Homoeopathy. Results did not come quickly but with perseverance I now have had help with not only emotionally but also physically without the side effects that drugs potentially have. Weekly visits to the chiropractor have been part of my experience. My Homoeopathic Doctor Is presently also addressing my muscular and skeletal structure. We have seen some positive changes and the process continues. I have not found this to be a painless process but I appreciate the way Homoeopathy works at healing the whole body, mentally, emotionally and physically rather than one complaint at a time. It often seems to me that the body directs the healing process to the area that requires healing next.

The cost of remedies is another positive. Most people can afford them as opposed to the cost of drugs but we are denied the recognition of Homoepathy in our medical plans like Blue Cross, etc. I notice that naturopaths are covered. Naturopaths often use Homoeopathic remedies but have less training. Homoeopaths have training equal that of a General Practitioner plus they have specialized in Homoeopathic Medicine. Why is their service not recognized.

It would also be helpful to all if Homoeopathy were covered by our Manitoba Health Plan. It is a viable means of health care and we as citizens should be allowed to choose which means we prefer to use in the care of our bodies.



Diane Frost

I want to express the good work Dr. Bouchard has done for me. When I first came here I was very emotional, not a good person to live with. I also came here with blood clots in my leg, one part that was not going away and pain that blood thinners were not taking away. I was diagnosed with Activated Protein C Deficiency factor IV leiden that I will live off for the rest of my life. My family doctor feels I will be on Warfarin for the rest of my life which is something I don’t want. He has also taken me off Estrogen which I need to keep a balance of my hormones. I also am a high risk of osteoporosis as mom was. But with Homoeopathy it has helped me. The treatment to control my hot flashes and mood swings, I am a better person to live and work with. With Dr. Bouchard I have been feeling much better and have greatly improved.

I also have a case of psoriasis on my elbows and knees that never seems to go away with the cream I was given by my family doctor, but with this treatment I am receiving now it is almost gone. I can see it is going away and I am very happy with the results. I don’t have to hide them anymore.

When I first came here to the Doctor she could see I was not in good shape, very emotional stressed and mad at the world as you can say. She could see there was a lot of things I was holding onto and carrying with me. With the program she put me on, by my next visit we could see a big improvement. I was smiling and had a glow to my face. The stress is gone and I am not short tempered anymore, more relaxed and very happy with myself and with all the people around. My friends and family have seen a big improvement.

I have been coming here for four months now and I have a new lease on life, healthy and feel good about myself. Thank you again for the wonderful work you do Dr. Bouchard.



Cam Anderson

I went to Kas-Sky Wholistic Health Care Centre for Homoeopathic treatment to find relief for my back and neck pain. I’ve lived with the pain for approx. 5 years, following a car accident. After the accident I tried muscle relaxants and chiropractic treatment only to find temporary relief, if any from whiplash.

Aside from helping me with my neck and pack pain, Dr. Bouchard was able to help me with digestive and posture problems. The treatment I received was painless and I noticed an improvement quickly. Now I have restful night sleeps as opposed to an hour here and there. I find my occupation more enjoyable throughout the day and my evenings are more peaceful.

I recommend anyone living with pain to try Homeopathy for relief. I know of other people who have benefited from it. I can say that I am 90% better than I was before.



Koreen Ogg

Last year, I made my first appointment with Dr. Bouchard due to excessive bleeding caused by thickening of the lining of the uterus due to hormonal “pre-menopausal” changes. Trying to lead normal, active life is quite difficult when most of your time is spent in the bathroom. My fear was that if I followed the regular medical pattern, the final outcome would be a hysterectomy. I believe that this surgery is performed way too quickly and way too often in our North American society (our rate is double that of Europeans!) I felt very strongly that I’d like to keep all parts of my body, if possible, as I believe they work in concert and all have their purpose.

Today, I feel 100% better. My periods have returned to a normal and regular cycle and this has been accomplished by a very simple and inexpensive homeopathic solution. I think the government should start funding homoeopathy as an acceptable alternative to modern medicine. I saved myself a lot of time, pain and money, and in doing so also saved the government a huge amount of “better spent” health care dollars by avoiding surgery and hospitalization, not to mention the long term costs associated with artificially replacing the body’s function.



Kellie Rudy

I just wanted to let you know how grateful I am for your excellent care over the last few years. I first came in because of warts on my hands that had been there for years. I was amazed to see them vanishing before my eyes over the next few months. Since then the remedies and support from you have given me the ability to manage my life with strength and balance. Thank you again for your commitment to treating the whole person.



Gerald Blerot

When I was 14, I injured my lower back. For the next 4 decades, I would experience extreme pain. 3 or 4 times a year where I could not even get out of bed in the morning. Sitting through meetings or seminars was most uncomfortable. I ran from one chiropractor to another to find one who could cure my ailments. They would give me relief but I would have to make return visits all the time and the ailment persisted. I felt that I would have to live the rest of my life with this situation.

In the year 2006, I was introduced to Dr. Darlene Bouchard, a doctor of Homeopathy. Within 2 months of her medical treatments, I was completely cured. No more debilitating aches or discomforts. I have not had any lower back pain to speak of for over 4 years now. Thank you, thank you, thank you Dr. Bouchard.



Sharon - Former Nurse (LPN)

Symptoms
In August 2001, my symptoms began. I had difficulty holding my head up, especially by the end of my shift. Painful muscle spasms in my neck which got progressively worse. Chronic neck and shoulder problems attributed to this. I went to see a Physician who prescribed pain medication and Physiotherapy, but no diagnosis was made.

In October 2001, I developed a Staph infection in my hands, the right one was worse than the left. I was treated with Antibiotics. They sent me to an Allergy Specialist, who diagnosed me with allergies from things in my work environment. The infection in hands cleared up, but neck condition worsened. They tried various pain medications for muscle spasms and pain on the right side of neck. Nothing seemed to work. My head began to tilt to the right. In December 2001, I was sent to a Neurologist who immediately diagnosed me with a severe Cervical Dystonia.

I was injected 2 vials of BoTox into my neck muscles. Within a day, pain was relieved. I had difficulty swallowing and choking within 2 days. 2 weeks later pain and muscle spasms returned. I went on sick leave at work because I could no longer function. I saw various specialists regarding the possibility of surgery. There were many choices; all risky. I agreed to have only 1 vial of BoTox injected.

Choked on fluids, a couple of days later. Then, developed aspiration pneumonia. I decided to opt out of receiving anymore. Through educating myself, I became aware of the need to listen to my body and decided I needed to stop all meds and explore natural ways to heal. I became aware of mind, body, spirit connection. I weaned myself off of all meds and noticed a decrease in intensity of pain almost immediately. I then tried Naturopathy; Bowen therapy; Feldenkrais therapy; Acupuncture; cranio-sacral massage.

In 2004, I was told about Homoeopathy from my sister. At the time of my first appointment I had stopped driving, sensing that it was not safe for me to drive. My head was almost on my right shoulder and I spent most of my time in bed. Going for a walk was quite painful. I could only tolerate 10 or 15 minutes. Activity was very limited.

After Homoeopathic Treatment
Amazed at the amount of time the Homoeopath spent with me at each visit: 1 hour or more each time. It was not until the end of the appointment that I would receive a list of the recommended remedies to take. It was not long before I started to see some improvement in my condition. By 2006, I began driving again after being tested at the HSC. No modifications to my vehicle were needed.

My condition has improved dramatically. My head is no longer almost on my shoulder. Seldom do I experience pain or muscle spasms. If I do, I recognize it as my body telling me I am overdoing things. This has taken time and much perseverance with Homoeopathic treatment, which I continue to receive. It has not been an easy journey, by no means. I figure it took me a long time to get this condition so it will be a long time before it is completely gone. There is no ‘quick fix’.

Changes I Have Made in My Life
I have learned to pace myself and pay attention to the connection between my spirit, body, and mind. I no longer take any medications including over the counter. Now, when I have a virus or infection, I am treated homeopathically with remedies. I also avoid the use of sunscreen and insect repellant. My understanding of Homoeopathy has deepened and I certainly would recommend it.

I have not returned to work as a nurse as I still have limitations but I have taken on various volunteer positions. This leaves me the ability to do things at my own pace and to continue to focus on healing.

Homeopathy, in combination with prayer for healing, and some body work (caring for the mind, body, spirit) that has allowed healing to take place in my body.