The True Meaning of Symptoms

Did you know…

that the symptoms you suffer are not the disorder or disease itself, but your body’s attempt to fix the problem?

We know at one level that the symptoms are just that–indications of a disorder or disease, not the disease itself. Yet, we generally tend to think in terms of ‘no symptoms, no disease’. We think this in two ways: first, so long as we don’t have any symptoms, we think we are healthy; second, if we have symptoms and they then go away, we generally think the disease is gone, too.

Most treatments, whether conventional or alternative, are aimed at the symptoms. This is really just a case of ‘shooting the messenger’. Symptoms result from a disease, but they are not the disease. Symptoms are really our friend, telling us what we need, but we don’t want to hear. Without symptoms to tell us that we have a problem, we wouldn’t know and wouldn’t try to do anything about it.

Heilkunst distinguishes between the initial action and counteraction phases of the disease process. These two phases relate to the two sides of our life force – the generative power and the sustentive power. The initial action involves the engendering of the disease in the generative power of our life force. It is virtually imperceptible to us. As a sovereign entity, our body naturally initiates a battle against any  intrusion. This is the counteraction phase. The counteraction of the sustentive side of our life force produces symptoms, which point to  the struggle against the disease. So, the actual engenderment of the disease (initial action) and the counteraction of our healing (sustentive) power make up the two phases of the disease process.

The disease process is part of the natural law of action-reaction: the action of the disease agent produces a reaction on the part of our immune system. How soon and in what form the counteraction will take place depends on the nature of the disease, the individual makeup and the condition of the immune system. Usually the stronger the immune system, the more immediate the counteraction. Sometimes the immune system is able to overcome the disease with few if any perceptible symptoms. That is when someone might feel a little ‘off’ with ‘cold’ symptoms, while another person will have more pronounced displays of symptoms. It is, thus, important to have a healthy regimen to keep the sustentive power properly charged and able to resist incursions by disease agents. Relatively speaking, a disease of an infectious nature usually sets off the symptoms much sooner than a disease of a more chronic nature even though these might also have acute flare-ups. Some individual’s tend to express their battle against disease through fevers while others seem to always have a headache. (We will look at this in another post.)

Disease itself is invisible and silent. It comes like a thief in the night. It steals our health and we don’t know it until later when we discover something missing, things out of place or signs of forced entry. Symptoms point out that a disease is trying to get in or has somehow gotten in. Some symptoms are loud and noisy–when the pain feels like we are banging our head against a wall, or we want to, this is something we can’t ignore! Let’s take the classic case of infectious diseases. When our children contract a disease, like chickenpox, nothing is noticed for about 7-10 days. They have the disease, but we don’t know it yet. This is the initial action of the disease process. Then our healing or sustentive power rallies its forces (the immune system) and tries to get rid of the disease. This struggle is the counteraction and it is the struggle that produces symptoms, such as fevers and discharges.

We tend to consider the symptoms as being the disease itself, and thus, the enemy. Fevers, discharges, and rashes are generally considered bad and to be suppressed. Most treatments seek to provide medicines that work against the symptoms. We are given either synthetic or natural medicines to suppress fever (aspirin or white willow bark) or to suppress discharges (decongestants for mucous). However, these treatments are ‘symptomatic’; they do not address the underlying cause or the disease itself.

In Heilkunst, we can take the symptoms into account, but the treatment is aimed at the disease itself, not the symptoms. When the cause is removed, the symptoms also go away. Take the case of a woman who had been suffering from migraines several times a week for almost 30 years. She had changed her diet, taken various natural and over the counter drug treatments and finally ended up on prescription drugs. These blunted the symptoms somewhat, but did nothing to actually get rid of the migraines. These migraines had a number of underlying causes or diseases, and after treating for them systematically with Heilkunst her migraines finally ceased.

Heilkunst provides causal treatment. It does not ‘shoot the messenger’ (the symptoms), but seeks rather to get at the underlying cause. Symptoms are often unpleasant, but they are our friends in terms of letting us know there is a problem, and giving us clues as to the source of the problem. Suppressing the symptoms does not mean the cause is gone. The battle temporarily fades into the background but it will continue on or it will choose another outlet (a different set of symptoms from another part of the body), as the enemy (disease) is still in place. Removing the cause (the disease), however, does effectively get rid of the symptoms as well.

So, don’t be misled by symptomatic treatment – use the approach that actually gets rid of the underlying cause(s) of the symptoms – Heilkunst – and does it safely.

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Homeopathic vs. Homotonic

Did you know…

that in Heilkunst, homeopathy is just one small part of a much more comprehensive system of healthcare?

What does ‘homeopathy’ mean and stand for as a therapeutic approach? We read about ‘homeopathy’, we use the word, and it is increasingly being used to ‘sell’ things, as it is becoming popular and associated with ‘safe’, ‘effective’ and ‘natural’. But what exactly is ‘homeopathy’, or for that matter, ‘homeopathic’ as in ‘homeopathic medicine’ or ‘homeopathic remedy’?

To fully experience light, we need to have experienced dark. To say ‘yes’ to something, we need to have the option to say ‘no’. Life is polarity and we understand by means of a polarity and choice. To understand ‘homeopathic’, we also need to understand ‘homotonic’. In previous posts, we talked about two types of disease - primary, or tonic disease, which had a constant nature, such as chickenpox or cholera; and secondary, or pathic disease, which has a variable nature. ‘Homeopathy’ involves a specific method for treating the secondary, pathic diseases using the natural curative law of similar; ‘homotonic’ is the method for treating the primary, tonic diseases.

The founder of Heilkunst, Dr. Hahnemann, initially developed a method to treat the tonic diseases based on identifying the cause (‘homotonic’), whether a given trauma (such as an accident or emotional shock), a drug, or a germ. However, once a tonic disease is within a person’s organism, it can give rise to other, secondary diseases. The secondary diseases in many cases will dissolve on their own once the underlying tonic disease is removed according to the tonic disease jurisdictions, as discussed in previous blogs. However, some secondary diseases can only be removed through another method, by looking more closely at the disease expressions and symptoms besides the cause itself. This is where the ‘homeopathic’ prescribing comes in. A secondary disease can be identified and a curative ‘homeopathic’ medicine can be found for it by analyzing the characteristic symptom image that it produces. Each secondary disease creates a unique symptom picture. While one disease may have some symptoms in common with others, the particular combination and sequence (pattern) is unique, like a barcode. We must be aware that it is not a mechanical process but rather an etheric capacity to ‘see’ the disease image expressed through the characteristic symptoms. All clinical health practitioners and physicians would appreciate the importance of cultivating the ability to observe patients. Once you have this symptom picture you can then match it to a ‘rogue’s gallery’ of disease pictures containing the characteristic disease image of each known secondary disease. This ‘rogue’s gallery’ is called the homeopathic materia medica. Most disease pictures are gathered through a method called a “proving”, that is, by giving relatively healthy persons very small, usually highly diluted doses of a given substance (mostly derived from plants, animals, minerals), and recording the characteristic symptoms that are produced (disease image). With the development and spread of homeopathy more and more disease symptoms in the materia medica books are now collected from clinical observations.

Now we can come to the understanding that ‘homeopathy’ means similar suffering: ‘homeo’ = similar; ‘pathic’ = suffering, from the Greek word ‘pathos’. It is in the suffering or symptoms of the patient that we are looking for the curative medicine or remedy with the ‘homeopathic’ method. So, homeopathy is that method of identifying and treating the secondary or pathic diseases according to the law of similars. That’s why its discoverer, Dr. Samuel Hahnemann, took the Greek words ‘homoios’ (similar) and ‘pathos’ (suffering or symptoms) to coin the term. We therefore may use the term ‘homotonic’ for the method that looks at the primary or tonic diseases by means of the causes directly instead of the symptoms/suffering and the remedy is found based on the similar cause/irritants/function.

Treating for the secondary or pathic diseases, is much like detective work. You have the description of a criminal from witnesses and the observation made by the detectives on the scene, and then you try to match this picture of the criminal in terms of his appearance, distinguishing markings, behaviour and M.O. (modus operandi), to a catalogue of known criminals in a police database.

In contrast, the primary or tonic diseases can be identified from their cause. For example, if you are sick or in pain, and this is in some way connected to or following an accident, then you don’t need to focus on the symptoms, but only on the cause – the accident. Take a very simple case – you have a pain and you know that it is there because you were stung by a bee. You don’t need to examine the symptoms; simply give yourself a dose of Apis mellifica, a medicine made from the honey bee, and the pain will be gone. If the pain does persist in some form, it might be because the sting traumatized a nerve ending and in that case you would take the remedy for nerve trauma, which is Hypericum perfoliatum. When a medicine is used to remove a tonic disease, it becomes a homotonic remedy, and when a medicine is used to remove a pathic disease, it is a homeopathic remedy.

Here’s a somewhat more complex example. A woman came to see us suffering from a mysterious rash. Many others had prescribed various drugs, creams, salves and potions – all focusing on the skin symptom itself – but to no avail. In the consultation she mentioned that the rash had appeared shortly after a fearful car accident. She had never had any skin problems prior to the accident. After ascertaining the nature of the shock (essentially emotional), we gave her the remedy for that type of shock and her skin symptoms disappeared within a few days. We could give many more such examples.

Each time when you suffer a tonic disease, this disease can engender one or more secondary or pathic diseases in you. To get at the pathic diseases, you need to examine the symptom picture or image produced and see if you can then find a medicine that produces this same picture in a healthy person. In the case of more than one pathic disease, you have to identify each one according to its characteristic symptom picture and match this disease picture to a medicinal agent that is known to produce a similar disease image in a healthy person. Testing of medicines on healthy persons, using safe, diluted doses is termed a ‘proving’. Once we know what symptoms a given medicine will produce in a healthy person, we can then use that medicine to remove a similar disease in a sick person. We all know that cutting onions produces various characteristic symptoms, like a hay fever condition or certain symptoms of a cold. If you then come down with something such as a cold that produces symptoms similar to that produced by cutting onions, you could take the homeopathic version, Allium cepa, and remove the secondary disease behind the symptoms.

To conclude, homeopathy only treats secondary diseases; it cannot really treat primary diseases. For that you need to use a different method or approach, ‘homotonic’ prescribing. In Heilkunst, we include both  the homeopathic and homotonic method and apply each according to the nature or type of disease in a given case.

The term ‘homeopathic’ is also often used for various ‘natural’ formulas that contain herbs, vitamins, and other ingredients in a highly diluted form. But neither the ‘natural’ aspect, nor the dilution makes something ‘homeopathic’. It is only homeopathic when it is applied to a secondary or pathic disease according to the law of similars (in this case similar suffering or symptoms = pathos), which involves a substance that has been proved or tested in its effects on healthy persons (‘provers’) and these negative effects (only temporary in the provers) are then matched to a similar disease picture in a sick person.

Thus, Heilkunst includes homeopathy, but goes far beyond simply homeopathic treatment, as this only is able to treat secondary, pathic diseases, not the deeper primary or tonic diseases.

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Ideogenic Jurisdiction

Did you know…

that there are natural diseases, but also specific diseases of the mind?

Within Heilkunst, we distinguish between primary, tonic diseases and secondary, pathic diseases. (See previous blog: Two Types of Disease) For primary, tonic diseases, we can view them in four groups based on the principles of causes:

irritant actions - involving some form of shock or trauma, forming the basis for the treatment of most accidents (first-aid) and emotional traumas.

microbial actions - involving the various germs carrying certain infectious and contagious diseases, such as the childhood and tropical diseases

drug actions - involving various drugs which are at base poisons and can all engender their own form of disease (termed ‘side-effects).

- actions based on ignorance –  involving various layers of false beliefs that compromise our health

We call the last group of diseases from mind/belief actions, ideogenic diseases. The ideogenic diseases arise from within the soul of man. The origin of all ideogenic disease is ignorance, or man’s lack of knowledge about himself and the world. Our separation from the Divine Source means that we struggle to know what is the right action, to know what is real and what is an illusion or delusion. In the face of uncertainty and doubt, we fill the vacuum created by our un-knowing with beliefs. These beliefs are assertions of the mind as to what we believe to be true, but do not know to be so. We use these beliefs as stand-ins for knowledge and base our actions upon them. The problem with beliefs is that they are often false, and thus, our actions are also false and harmful.

By its very nature, belief is based on a degree of fear (because we don’t actually know, we only think we know). We become very defensive if such beliefs are challenged in any way. Instead of being open to the truth, when our beliefs are challenged, we work very hard to defend them. Often we are not aware that we are defending a (false) belief, as we ‘believe’ it was true! The problem is that a rigid mind-set goes hand in hand with false beliefs. But with that our health certainly suffers the consequences. An example is the belief that eating meat is unhealthy, or conversely, that you have to be a vegetarian to be healthy. Regardless of one’s personal views on the raising and killing of animals, it is a matter of science whether meat or vegetables might be needed or beneficial to a certain person. I remember one case of a woman complaining of chronic fatigue who was a vegetarian, and yet based on our analysis should have been eating some form of fish or meat, at least in small quantities. Despite her improvement in other areas with treatment, her fatigue remained. When she finally agreed to try a small amount of organic, grass-fed beef, her energy level went up significantly. While we can choose to act based on beliefs, as is our individual prerogative, we must be aware of the health consequences that go along with them. We may not ‘like’ natural laws, but they are laws nonetheless and have consequences for our health if we ignore them.

There are various layers in the ideogenic diseases. The secondary and tertiary layers can be treated with remedies that match the state of mind of the disease/belief that is distorting our ability to perceive reality and act accordingly. However, in the original layer, to dismantle the various false beliefs we will need to replace ignorance with science. We mean science not in the narrow, materialistic sense, but in the sense of the method for approaching and understanding the world and its various laws so that we can act according to truth. These laws involve laws of mother nature (such as the law of gravity, conservation of energy, of motion, but also of biological life), laws of human nature (such as laws of economics – e.g. supply and demand, diminishing return, division of labor), and spiritual laws (e.g. Ten Commandments, but also other laws such as the Golden Rule (what you do to others will be done unto you), the laws of love and of forgiveness). This is a vast area to deal with and takes us into the world of philosophy, epistemology and science in its deepest, broadest and highest sense – natural, cultural and super sensible. Heilkunst treatment helps people to open their mind to new possibilities and to gain their objective understanding of the world. It is a therapy that is educational and an education that is therapeutic!

“And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”(John 8:32 King James version) By finding our own path to truth and abiding in truth, only thus can we become free, including free from illness and disease. Heilkunst’s system of healthcare addresses simple matters such as bruises and sprains, more complex issues such as acute and chronic infectious diseases, drug-induced diseases, and profound diseases of the mind (stemming ultimately from a lack of knowledge). It is a comprehensive approach, based on the laws of nature and the super sensible world. Freedom and happiness follows on true health, of mind and body.

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Iatrogenic jurisdiction

Did you know…

that conventional medicine is the leading source of death in North America?

A study done several years ago by Gary Null, PhD, Carolyn Dean, MD, ND, Martin Feldman, MD, Debora Rasio, MD, Dorothy Smith, PhD showed that the “total number of iatrogenic [induced inadvertently by a physician or surgeon or by medical treatment or diagnostic procedures] deaths is 783,936. The 2001 heart disease annual death rate is 699,697; the annual cancer death rate is 553,251. “It is evident that the American medical system is the leading cause of death and injury in the United States.“[http://www.ourcivilisation.com/medicine/usamed.htm]

Conventional medicine terms the negative effects of drugs, that is, the unwanted ones, ‘side-effects’. However, such effects are an integral part of the action of a given drug. All drugs have negative effects. It is just hoped that the desired or ‘positive’ effects will outweigh the negative ones. Drugs are given in relatively crude, material doses and have complex and largely unknown chemical impacts on living organisms. While the chemical effect of one drug is tested, though often just in terms of possible short-term negative effects (ignoring more long-term, chronic effects), the interaction of one drug with another is seldom if ever tested, much less the interaction of three or more drugs in a living human being. The lack of understanding of the interaction of different drugs leaves health hazard in a person’s system, like a mine waiting for explosion. The adverse effects of interactions from different drugs can be devastating and cause chronic health problems under the radar.

Despite the lack of testing and understanding of drug interactions, the use of prescription drugs has steadily increased over the years, as well as the over-the-counter self-medicated drugs. (Thanks to the relentless pharmaceutical campaign.)The average senior in North America is using several drugs, some 62 percent in Canada using 6 or more and of those over 85, some 29% were on 10 or more drugs.[http://www.cihi.ca/CIHI-ext-portal/pdf/internet/SENIORS_DRUG_INFO_EN] The figures for the US are similar. We have the problem of the growing use of prescribed drugs, particularly the opiates:

Prescription drug abuse is the fastest growing drug problem in the United States. The increase in unintentional drug overdose death rates in recent years (Figure 1) has been driven by increased use of a class of prescription drugs called opioid analgesics (1). Since 2003, more overdose deaths have involved opioid analgesics than heroin and cocaine combined (Figure 2) (1). In addition, for every unintentional overdose death related to an opioid analgesic, nine persons are admitted for substance abuse treatment (2), 35 visit emergency departments (3), 161 report drug abuse or dependence, and 461 report nonmedical uses of opioid analgesics (4).[http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/ mm6101a3.htm]

In Heilkunst disease nosology (classification), the iatrogenic jurisdiction deals with the primary, constant nature (or tonic) disease contributed by the drug disease effects, drug-drug interactions and drug dependence. We call this type of tonic disease, the iatrogenic disease. With the understanding of the principles on tonic disease (See previous blog: The Two Types of Disease ), the disease effects from a given drug can be addressed safely and effectively in Heilkunst, using dynamic and potentized doses of the drug itself based on the curative law of similars. Thus, we can use the remedy Pencilliinum to remove any negative, disease effects from taking penicillin, or Vancomycin for vancomycin use. Such remedies are called isodes, made from the drug (in energetic form) itself. Because of the method of preparation, they contain nothing of the drug in material terms. The energetic imprint of the drug can be used on the basis of the law of similars to remove the shock of the drug to our life energy, and the body’s natural healing power can repair the damage at the tissue and cellular level to restore health.

We have been made more aware of the ill effects of vaccinations through the works of many authors (Isaac Golden and Robert S. Mendelsohn are two examples). The number of vaccinations that children, in particular, receive has increased dramatically, from perhaps a half-dozen several decades ago, to 4 times of that at least in the first two years of a baby’s life. [http://www.chop.edu/service/vaccine-education-center/vaccine-schedule/history-of-vaccine-schedule.html] While the principle of prevention by means of immunization is a valid and good one, the injection of crude viral material, along with various toxic adjuvants or preservatives, such as mercury, aluminum, and formaldehyde, which is termed ‘vaccination’, is risky, with many adverse (that is, disease-inducing) actions. Many autistic cases have been triggered by vaccine injections. Our experience is that many conditions from allergies and autism spectrum disorders, to numerous immune system problems can be improved significantly once the iatrogenic disease(s) engendered by vaccinations are removed using energized forms of the vaccine material. For example, to remove disease effects from an MMR vaccination injection, we would use a highly diluted, dynamized remedy called MMR, taken orally. There is no more MMR matter in the dose, but by the law of similars the energetic imprint left in the making of the remedy removes the shock to the system caused by the MMR vaccine.

As you can see, with the wide-spread use of prescription and self-medicated drugs and the vast dumping of vaccine injections, the number of iatrogenic diseases is high. They are the tonic diseases routinely addressed through Heilkunst treatment, effectively and safely.

Next week we will take a look at another tonic disease category that goes beyond the usual and common, taking us into the realm of diseases of the mind. Stay tuned and in the meantime, have a Happy and Healthy New Year!

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Pathogenic jurisdiction

Did you know…

that there are several sub-divisions of the primary, tonic diseases?

Last week we examined one of these: the homogenic jurisdiction. Here we find the various physical and mental-emotional shocks and traumas of life.

Another important jurisdiction of the primary, tonic diseases is the pathogenic jurisdiction. This one is familiar to most as it corresponds to the conventional infectious diseases, such as the childhood diseases – measles, chickenpox, mumps, whooping cough, etc. – as well as the various tropical diseases, such as cholera, malaria, yellow fever, typhoid, etc.

The governing principle of this jurisdiction is the link between a given disease agent, or microbe, called a pathogen, and a given disease state, such as the parasite, Plasmodium delivered by certain mosquitos and the disease termed malaria.

Again, it is important to remember here that while the pathogen is the carrier for the disease, the disease itself is a dynamic or energetic entity that is able to get into and destabilize a person’s life force, and in particular the generative side of that life force. Once there, it acts to weaken our system.

These primary pathogenic diseases we also term miasms, from an old medical term for disease ‘influence’. There are certain self-limiting miasms, such as the childhood diseases that stay for a certain period and then are seemingly gone. However, they can remain to a certain degree in the system in the form of an impairment to our energy system, which can then leave undesired consequences to our health, or what are termed ‘sequelae’. For example, a person who had chickenpox as a child can later suffer from it in the form of the condition termed ‘shingles’. In Heilkunst, we would mainly treat shingles as the lingering or sub-chronic disease of chickenpox. I once had a case of a middle-aged woman who had one side of her throat paralyzed as a result of polio as a child. When she was treated for the polio virus, the paralysis went away and she was able to swallow normally again.

Some miasma are of long duration, and if not removed when they occur, will become chronic in nature, and significantly undermine one’s health. These are the diseases often referred to as degenerative, such as the sexually transmitted diseases (STD) – syphilis, gonorrhoea, as well as others such as tuberculosis, lyme and malaria. These are disease states that can be passed on from one generation to another. To a greater or less degree each of us has some of these inherited disease patterns within us, which undermines our quality of life either acutely, as they often can be brought out into manifestation upon a sort of upset, or sub-clinically as lack of energy or motivation for life. Most complex disease conditions, such as mental illness, diabetes, cancer, and autism-spectrum disorders, involve one or more of these chronic miasms. The good news is that they can be treated through the Heilkunst approach even if passed down from a previous generation.

In the pathogenic jurisdiction of disease we can treat for the infectious primary diseases as they occur. These include the well-known childhood diseases (measles, chickenpox, mumps, whooping cough, etc), various tropical diseases (cholera, malaria, yellow fever, typhoid, etc), STD (syphilis, gonorrhoea), tuberculosis, lyme, malaria, influenza and strep throat. Anything that has a viral and infectious origin can be treated in this jurisdiction by using the dynamic, energetic form of the virus, applying the law of similars. The treatment is safe and effective, without the side-effects and toxic effects of drugs.

We can also treat for the lingering impairment of the acute infectious diseases of the past, such as removing the chickenpox virus for shingles treatment and the polio virus for the longstanding defect/paralysis in the adult. The treatment on past infectious diseases in the adult can have deep health boosting effects.

Finally, we can treat for the inherited disease patterns, which we call chronic miasms, the result of the infectious disease states passing on from one generation to another. Treating the chronic miasms can bring forth immense health improvement for people suffering from chronic conditions and serious illness (mental illness, diabetes, cancer, and autism-spectrum disorders).

Next week we will look at another tonic disease jurisdiction, one that is becoming more and more of a problem for our health – diseases caused by prescribed drugs and synthetic chemicals in foods. So stay tuned, and in the meantime, may you have a joyous and heart-felt Christmas celebration.

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The Two Types of Disease

Did you know…

That there are two fundamental types of disease?

There are primary diseases that have a constant nature, such that they are easy to recognize when they re-appear, such as measles, chickenpox, yellow fever, cholera.

These primary, constant nature diseases can give rise to one or more variants, or secondary diseases. Which ones will arise in a given person, once affected by the primary disease depends on a number of factors, including one’s constitution, typology, etc. Thus, we say that these secondary diseases are of a variable nature.

Primary, Constant Diseases

The constant diseases are readily identified, and can be sub-divided into specific jurisdictions according to the operative principle. The main ones are:

- homogenic – they arise from the principle of irritant action

- pathogenic – they arise from the principle of infectious action

- iatrogenic - they arise from the principle of improper drug action

There are also diseases that fall into the realm of mind as well as the soul-spirit, which we term ideogenic diseases; the principle here is that of ignorance which leads to belief, illusion and delusion, distorting our ability to perceive and apperceive reality.

Because of the constant nature of the primary disease, only one (constant) medicine is required to treat a given primary disease. The same remedy is used for the given primary disease regardless of the variety of outward manifestations, signs and symptoms in different individuals. The matching between a primary disease with its curative medicine or remedy is relatively easy.

The homogenic diseases are either physical (such as toxins, poisons, accidents, physical injuries) or emotional (unresolved grief, fear, anger or guilt). The specific remedies for each of these have been worked out clinically over time, such as Natrum muriaticum for unresolved grief, and Arnica montana for a bruise, or Apis mellifica for a bee sting.

The pathogenic disease remedies are determined by identifying the microbe or pathogen and making an energetic medicine from them, either as a pure strain (isode) or by means of a characteristic disease exudate or discharge (nosode). For example, treating the chronic disease pattern tuberculosis is done by the nosode Tuberculinum; treating measles is done through the nosode Morbillinum.

The iatrogenic diseases are determined by the drug prescribed. Treating a disease engendered by a given drug is done via the isode made from that drug, such as treating ‘side-effects’ of the antibiotic Amoxicillin by means of the isode Amoxicillin. Or we could remove the disease effects of a vaccination by using the energized isode of the vaccine injected, such as MMR for the MMR vaccination.

Secondary, Variable Diseases

These diseases are more difficult to identify as this must be done by means of the specific symptoms of the patient. This is the basis for homeopathic prescribing proper (prescribing for the constant diseases is more properly termed ‘homotonic’ prescribing’). However, since the secondary, variable diseases are derived from the primary, constant diseases, treating the primary diseases often removes certain secondary diseases at the same time. The homeopathic prescribing based on the symptoms, disease expressions of the patient, is mostly used in acute situations when it is relatively easy to ascertain the secondary disease being expressed.

To aid the process of homeopathic prescribing, homeopaths have undertaken many clinical trials, which are called ‘provings’,of a given substance (in a safe dose) and then noted the symptoms that arise. These symptom pictures are catalogued in a resource called a Materia Medica, and in a tool for sifting through all the symptoms, termed a repertory. Some well-known and traditional works include: Boericke’s Repertory and Materia Medica, Clark’s Dictionary of Materia Medica, and Kent’s Repertory. There are many more, and modern ones have been updated with the more recent provings.

Thus putting the two types of diseases and their treatment together, if a person had chickenpox, he would be given Varicella, the specific for that disease, and the remaining acute symptoms would be examined to see which possible secondary disease picture existed, and once this symptom picture was matched to the symptom picture of a medicine in the Materia Medica, this particular medicine or remedy would also be given to the chickenpox patient.

Hahnemann laid down a rule that the primary, constant diseases should be treated first, and then if there are any remaining secondary diseases, these are to be treated.

Next week, we’ll take a closer look at the different jurisdictions of the primary diseases. Stay tuned!

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Dual Nature

Did you know…

That flowing from the dual nature of our life force, and from the dual nature of disturbances to our state of health, there are two laws of cure in nature?

Two Types of Disturbances = Two Types of Laws of Cure

Disturbances to the sustentive side of the life force produce a disorder. Thus, insufficient Vitamin C or any other substance essential and necessary to the healthy functioning of life within us, will create a disorder in the healthy metabolic processes that depend on Vitamin C. Such imbalances, or disorders, can be corrected by simply supplying what is missing. The same applies in the case of something we are taking too much of, such as coffee or alcohol; the corrective measure is to reduce out intake to the level the organism can handle and is also healthy for it. These actions, in which we increase what is deficient and reduce what is in excess is known as the law of opposites.

Disturbances to the generative side of the life force produce a disease. A disease cannot be removed by simply increasing or reducing some substance or activity, as in the case of a disorder. A disease is akin to an impregnation, and requires a different action, according to a different law. This is known as the law of similars. Thus, if you are stung by a bee, an appropriate dose of the bee venom will remove or cure any disease created by the sting. If you are poisoned by a chemical or a drug, similarly, any disease engendered by such products (as they are synthetic poisons), can be removed by an appropriate dose of the chemical or drug itself. This is the law of similars and often referred to in such expressions as ‘fighting fire with fire,” “set a thief to catch a thief,” and “the hair of the dog that bit him.”

The law of similars works on the basis of resonance, so we could also call it the law of similar resonance. Resonance is not a function of crude matter, but of energy, just as in the case of love. Thus, it is the dynamic or energetic nature of a medicine that must resonate with the dynamic nature of a similar disease. And at the level of energy, two similar energy waves or patterns cancel each other out. This is seen, for example,  in the case of running signals through a pair of twisted wires – the signal disappears, as the one cancels out the other.

This energetic nature of disease and the action of medicines is also crucial to the safe use of the law of similars. Use of crude doses can be harmful and dangerous, but when medicines are used not in crude but dynamic and energetic form, they are quite safe.

Two Types of Treatment

Treatment for disorders we categorize under the term ‘regimen’, which consists of activities or specific regimental agents, such as diet, exercise, physical manipulation, as well as herbs, supplements, etc. Most of the natural health field falls into this category of seeking to remove symptoms by re-balancing what is judged out of balance.

Treatment for disease is categorized under the term ‘medicine’, which consists of using certain agents, called medicines or medicinal agents based on the law of similars.

So, how can we determine which medicine is similar to which disease? Part of the answer lies in the fact that there are two fundamental types of disease, but that is a topic for our next blog. Stay tuned!

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