What are Inherited Disease Patterns?

Did you know…

that there are inherited factors that affect our health that go beyond our genes?

Until recently, everything was either controlled by your genes or simply unexplainable. However, despite millions spent on mapping the human genome, it turns out that not only do we differ much from the common fruit fly when it comes to the number and types of genes, but most of the genes are not linked to anything in particular, and are known as ‘junk DNA’. Biology has begun to understand that genes are only receptors for something, like a radio receiver, namely, signals from the environment. These signals are not only physical, such as sunlight, air, water, food, but also thoughts and feelings. In many ways, we are and become what we eat, feel and think. Biology has also come around to accepting the idea prevalent at the start of the debate about evolution some two centuries ago, that we can inherit certain characteristics and influences that are not strictly connected to genes. In a real sense, we are more than what is contained ‘between our hat and our boots’.

In Heilkunst, the idea of inherited disease patterns was discovered by Dr. Samuel Hahnemann between 1812 – 1816, around the same time that the idea of inherited characteristics was proposed by Lamarck and others. Hahnemann spent over 12 years searching for the answer to a problem: despite the clear successes with homeopathy in removing diseases, he discovered that some patients continued to get worse overall. He felt that he was missing something. From diligent observation of his patients, he then discovered that there were certain fixed patterns that could be traced to birth, and also to various disease patterns their parents and even grandparents had exhibited. These were a peculiar kind of primary, constant nature (tonic) diseases.They also had an original infectious nature, once contracted could be passed on to one’s offspring, such as syphillis and gonorrhoea (which Hahnemann named sycosis). So, he termed them chronic miasms in contradistinction to the acute miasms (i.e. infectious diseases) such as scarlet fever, cholera, measles, etc. The passing of chronic miasms from one generation to another does not rely on a physical contact. This, we may consider, belongs to the “unexplainable” part that science hasn’t been able to understand. We may think that during evolution mankind as a whole has inherited some disease patterns from previous generations in a similar sense that we build our thinking and understanding of the world from the generations before us. Each generation or epoch leaves a legacy for the future generations. So, too, disease may be passed on, both in terms of natural diseases (e.g. tuberculosis, lyme disease) and spiritual diseases (e.g. false beliefs).

Miasms, chronic or acute, are primary, constant nature (tonic) diseases. Due to the fixed/constant nature of these diseases, there is a specific remedial agent or medicine for each one of them, which made them relatively easy to treat. However, the interaction between a given chronic miasm and the constitution of an individual produces various secondary disease patterns. These were more difficult to treat, as they varied according to each case. But fortunately, treating for the parent or chronic miasms seemed to remove many of the secondary diseases as well.

With his discovery of the chronic miasms, Hahnemann gave us the ability to treat for deep-seated, chronic, complex disease conditions that had roots in weaknesses that had little to do with the shocks and traumas of this life, but were there already at conception. The more of these inherited chronic disease patterns we had, the more likely that various shocks and traumas would destabilize us. Thus, as important as it is to remove the cumulative shocks and traumas, it is also critical in many cases to go past the point of conception and reach back into the various disease patterns we brought with us.

In our experience, many cases could not be helped without this monumental discovery of Dr. Hahnemann. We encountered many cases where people have tried many other approaches and have had little or no improvement. In the case of children on the autistic spectrum, they are labelled ‘non-responders’. I remember the first time I came across such a case. The doctors and even the natural health community had consistently thrown up their hands. Could Heilkunst do anything, the mother asked? I didn’t know for certain, but knowing that Heilkunst can treat diseases that no one else seems to see or know how to treat, I felt confident it could help at least to some degree. And it did! Since then we have been treating difficult, complex, chronic cases of all types – ones that others have given up on. I still recall one case where a woman did not respond to classical homeopathic treatment and was then told she was ‘incurable’. In tears she came to ask if this was indeed true. I told her that yes, by the tenets of classical homeopathy, this was indeed true, but fortunately, by the laws and principles of the complete medical system that Dr. Hahnemann gave us, Heilkunst, it was not. Her problems were resolved by treating for the shocks and traumas in her life and the inherited miasms.

Who would have thought that a discovery some two centuries ago, the chronic miasms, would be confirmed by the most recent scientific understandings in biology (epigenetics). Heilkunst has built in an effective way of treating for inherited disease patterns. In our next blogs we will look at each of the chronic miasms in more detail. Stay tuned.

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Treating Birthing Shocks and Traumas

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that we don’t necessarily come into this world in a completely healthy way? In fact, nowadays, the birthing process is often anything but natural or healthy, involving as it does a variety of interventions from drugs and surgical procedures (cesarians and other) for the moms to  various pokings and proddings of the newborns. We are so accustomed to do what we are told, especially when we are in the hospital or in a crisis condition, which birthing seems to have been turned into, that we accept these interventions without questioning or relating the later illness or problems back to these procedures.

Our health is shaped by every experience around us. There is a lot that can happen from conception to birth that can affect our health. The very conditions of conception itself can create a certain stress. If there was fear or grief, or even anger and guilt in the parents, the mother in particular, this can possibly affect the baby. I know of one case in particular where a child was conceived in profound grief in both parents because of the death of the first-born only a few months before from a tropical infection. This induced a state of mind in the child throughout its life involving unresolved grief. A lot of the grief we carry around as adults might have been there from the very beginning. That is why in Heilkunst we look at all significant life events systematically from now back to birth and conception.

I had one case in particular where the child, about 3 years old, was always crying.  Despite various attempts, nothing seemed to work. In further questioning the mother it was revealed that the child only cried when around the mother, but not with the father or anyone else. I noted that there likely had been some kind of emotional trauma early on at the time of conception or during pregnancy. Initially the mother could not identify one, but three days later called, and confessed that for the first week after she knew she was pregnant, she had not wanted the child, and briefly considered an abortion. We then treated the child for the shock of rejection and abandonment, and the crying stopped.

In another similar case, a baby of 18 months seemed not to respond to the mother’s voice, but was fine with the father. Knowing that ultrasounds can affect the hearing capacity of the fetus, and finding out that the mother had had several ultrasounds, we treated for this shock, and the baby now responded to the mother’s voice.

There are similar shocks that can occur from drugs taken by the mother during pregnancy, as well as from amniocentesis, and other interventions. The child is part of the mother’s energetic system while in the womb, and even for some time after, though increasingly less so as the child grows up.

Birth these days is often involved with various drugs, such as Pitocin to induce labour, lengthy labour, the use of forceps, spinal blocks, not to mention the often stressful conditions of a hospital, the too early cutting of the umbilical cord, the separation of mother and child, vaccinations such as Hepatitis B at birth, antibiotics in the eyes, the PKU test, C-sections, etc. While these may be necessary at times, they still constitute a potential shock to the mother and child. These interventions are often not taken into account when later the child or mom experiences problems such as breastfeeding difficulty, jaundice or various other problems of infancy, such as digestive issues, colic, constant crying, congestion, failure to thrive, ear-aches. We consider all these shocks and traumas in the timeline of life events that we treat for. When they are treated for early on, ideally right after, then the child can often avoid many of these problems.

Right from the early days, a child can already be carrying quite a burden of diseases induced by the various shocks and traumas mentioned, both emotional and physical. Heilkunst provides a way to recognize these shocks as contributing to or directly causing health issues, and to effectively and safely remove them. Homotonic and homeopathic medicines are non-toxic and safe for the mother and child throughout the pregnancy, labour and birth. There are also excellent remedies that can be given to help with labour and delivery, to avoid interventions that represent a potential shock to the child (and mother), and to help making the experience more pleasant and natural. Heilkunst is child-safe, child-friendly and supportive of healthy families. With Heilkunst, you can get your children off on the right foot in life, healthier and happier. Next week we’ll look at some issues that affect health that pre-date conception, what we call the chronic miasms or inherited disease patterns. Stay tuned.

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Ideogenic Jurisdiction

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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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Homogenic jurisdiction

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that disease is divided into primary, constant nature (or tonic) disease and secondary, variable nature (or pathic) disease, and that the primary or tonic disease side is then further divided into different jurisdictions?  (See previous blog on primary, tonic disease and secondary, pathic disease) Human law is a reflection of natural law. Just as we have different levels of political jurisdiction: federal, state, county, municipal, etc. – so we find different jurisdictions in the world of primary, tonic disease. In Heilkunst generally, the differentiation of disease is very important as it helps in their identification in a given case, and the identification then allows for the remedial measure (curative agent) to be used.

The first jurisdiction is the ‘homogenic’ jurisdiction, involving all those diseases caused by a certain “irritant action”, such as physical and emotional traumas and accidents/incidents. Thus, if we are hit with a blunt instrument such as by a hammer, piece of wood or baseball, this can cause a contusion disease (bruise). While the body can heal the bruise over time, the underlying trauma often remains and prevents a complete healing, leaving us feeling a lingering weakness in the area of the blow. Many people who have been in a car accident suffer some kind of malignancy for years after, even though there is nothing outwardly, physically wrong. No amount of physical therapy or various ointments and lotions will remove this weakness. There is one specific substance in nature, however, that can remove the trauma and allow complete healing by the body to take place, and that is Arnica montana, the mountain laurel. There is another substance in nature that can remove sprains and strains to ligaments and tendons, namely Ruta gaveolens, or common Rue. And we also find another substance that helps to remove the trauma to overworked muscles in common poison ivy, Rhus toxicodendron. So, in these three substances alone, nature has provided a powerful set of remedies for common injuries of various sorts.

Under the ‘homogenic’ jurisdiction we also find the emotional traumas, such as unresolved loss or grief. While grieving the loss of a loved one is common and seems to be in the order of things, from which we naturally heal, sometimes we cannot overcome the tragedy. While most of us then accept the painful struggle that we can’t put to rest, be it a husband grieving a deceased wife or a man disappointed about his father’s neglect when he was a child, these  unresolved traumas of mental-emotional origin can all be resolved under the ‘homogenic’ jurisdiction. The trauma of loss can be resolved emotionally within us, even if of longstanding, by the use of Natrum muriaticum, derived from sea salt. There is also a remedy for resolving traumas involving fear, Papaver somniferum, from the poppy family. Of course, more factors will have to be considered for more complex cases.

Most of the first aid treatment using ‘homeopathic’ medicines are based on this principle of matching the remedial action of a substance in nature to a given trauma involving an ‘irritant action’. The knowledge of their use has come to us largely from the common ‘domestic remedies’ used by wise women and various traditional practitioners, their virtues discovered empirically. Now we know that the basis of their curative action is the law of similars.

Knowing the law of similars, and knowing the curative relationship between a particular trauma and a particular substance in nature, we can effectively and safely treat for the “slings and arrows of outrageous fortune” that seems to be an integral part of the human condition.  We can even remove traumas of longstanding. One example that stands out for me is the case of a woman who was seeking treatment for a skin condition. She had been to see many practitioners, both conventional and alternative, but the skin problem persisted. In examining the case, I learned that the skin eruption had appeared about 6 months after a car accident. I then treated for the various traumas, both physical and emotional involved in the accident, using the principle of ‘irritant action’ of the homogenic dimension of disease, and the skin problem cleared up.

While we often use the colloquial term ‘homeopathic’ to describe all treatment with energy medicine on the basis of the law of similars, it is strictly speaking only correct when used to describe the treatment of secondary, pathic diseases. Treatment of primary, tonic disease is more correctly termed ‘homotonic’ prescribing. The nice thing about homotonic prescribing is that it treats the primary disease and that the remedial agent (medicine) is easy to determine once the disease itself is determined. The diseases in the homogenic jurisdiction are relatively easy to identify once the traumas, either physical or emotional, are known.

Another interesting case is that of a little boy with a persistent cough. The mother, a homeopath herself, tried various homeopathic medicines based on the symptoms of the case, but none of these worked. She was treating for a presumed secondary, pathic disease, which is termed homeopathic prescribing, but the problem here lay deeper, with a primary, tonic disease. When she contacted us, she was quite desperate and had even tried various and herbal allopathic cough syrups, but nothing was helping. In questioning, she revealed that her son had seen his sister struck by a car while playing in the street. We then treated ‘homotonically’ (not homeopathically), for the shock and fear of that incident, and her son’s cough ceased within two days.

Next week we will continue looking at the other jurisdictions of the primary, tonic side of disease. Stay tuned.

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