Renita Herrmann

While pursuing my career in aviation, I was getting bored. With long layovers, and not much to occupy my mind and energy while traveling, I decided to follow a passion I’d always had, that of health.

I received my BS and MS in Natural Health, and was working hard at my PhD in the area of sleep and melatonin use. With the events of 9/11, I was unable to finish my research, as I was not allowed to visit the flight operations in Europe unless I was a working pilot. This was necessary, as I had planned on researching melatonin use on 18 hour layovers, and the difficulty of getting good sleep.

I instead turned my attention to a 4 year school for homeopathy. When I first started school, I was intrigued, and my thoughts of not finishing the course never occurred to me. I had been bitten by the bug!

Four years passed at the Institute of Classical Homeopathy in San Francisco, and it was an amazing education. The logic and science of the field amazed me. I wanted to practice right away. After applying to a city-run clinic in San Francisco, I worked there every Monday or Tuesday for 8
years, loving every minute of it. The very narrow clientele (homeless persons) that I saw each week taught me a tremendous amount, and I became rather adept at distinguishing the causations these people had that created such chasms in their lives. I became comfortable in distinguishing the need for Arnica and Aconite within the first few minutes of an intake.

In many ways, I think my instructor at the Institute, Laurel Harris, DVM, was the most influential homeopath in my career. She patiently answered questions and explored concepts with me in class. Although my career as a homeopath did not follow the very conservative guidelines of the
Institute, I believe my ability to use the knowledge I gained there helped me evolve into the successful homeopath I am today.

In the future, I believe homeopathy will be a commonly used system of medicine. It has so much to offer, and so little to detract from the benefits in its use. In my company, we often fly to many cities where my fellow pilots come down with ‘Delhi Belly.’ It’s not really an issue of food that is bad, but food that we do not have the bacteria to digest. Although I have never had a problem (I often eat street food), I carry two tubes of Phos and Ars, for those that come down with this affliction. Pilots are always amazed when the problem clears in minutes.