Why do symptoms come back?

Did you know…

that we mistake getting rid of symptoms for removing the cause?

There’s a human tendency to think that the symptoms we suffer are the disorder or disease and if we can only get rid of the symptoms, we’ve gotten rid of the problem. No pain, no problem. There’s nothing more vexing and stressful than the suffering of someone close to us. That was essentially the reason why blood-letting was so popular for so long – it drained so much life energy from a person that they stopped complaining – the body didn’t have enough energy to produce symptoms.

Symptoms are not the disease or disorder, but our body’s attempt to get rid of the problem. Symptoms are the message that we have a problem, “Houston, we have a problem.” At first, the message is given quietly, but if we ignore it, the body ramps up the volume, and if we keep ignoring the message and don’t correct the cause the symptoms are pointing to, it starts shouting at us.

Symptoms are really part of life’s game of ‘truth or consequences': if we don’t follow natural law (and spiritual law) and live right we will suffer the consequences. So, symptoms are really good and faithful friends, telling us what we don’t really want, but need to hear. We don’t like to be told to stop overindulging in sweets or chocolate cake, or to start exercising regularly, or even to get out of a job we dislike and is stressing us. We know we need to do these things, but we often prefer staying with the familiar and comfortable to the unknown and often uncomfortable. We don’t generally like to change unless we are forced to. Symptoms effectively force us to consider changing the way we live, because that way is making us sick.

But our first tendency is to find something that will make the unpleasant, even painful symptoms go away, never mind the cause. It’s a ‘shoot the messenger’ response. The conventional system of medicine is essentially built around getting rid of symptoms, and it does this by forcefully suppressing them. We can see this in all the ‘anti’ drugs:

- antibiotics to suppress microbial life, whether good or bad, which are just the carriers for disease and are produced as part of the healing reaction; the microbial life are not the disease itself.

- anti-inflammatories that suppress the physiologically healthy fever the body produces in the effort to destroy disease germs, and repair tissue damage, and restore balance,

- anti-convulsants that suppress the discharge of energy built up in various organs,

- anti-hypertensive drugs artificially control high blood pressure which is the effect of a number of causes, etc.

We may like the temporary relief we get, but the disorder or disease is still there. We may choose to believe that the pain is ’caused’ by inflammation and take the anti-inflammatory, but we ignore what is causing the inflammation. We may choose to believe that our depression is ’caused’ by a lack of a certain hormone or neuro-chemical, but we ignore what it is that then causes the hormone or chemical to go out of balance. The symptoms are reduced and we go on with our life, until the symptoms come back. At first we just take more of what made the symptoms go away the first time, and sometimes it works, but eventually it stops working or it requires stronger dosage and longer usage, which produce side-effects that are often worse than the initial problem they were meant to ‘solve’ (a case of ‘sweeping it under the rug’).

The goal of Heilkunst’s therapeutic approach is to find the true cause underlying the symptoms, not just to make the symptoms go away. A state of health is not about the superficial outer appearances but the living functions underneath. Identifying the true cause requires a thorough understanding of the nature of disorder and disease. In most cases, knowing the traumatic event, shock or accident that triggered the problem will lead to the cause. We can then prescribe the right remedy to remove the cause. Different types of causes need to be addressed according to their lawfulness.

On the one hand, some causes can be in the nature of life style and dietary considerations. If arthritic symptoms that are suppressed by drugs continue to persist, and the symptoms are due to chronic dehydration, as in one case we had, then the remedy is adequate water intake and cutting back on diuretic drinks like coffee and soda. If schizophrenia is due to a lack of a mineral or vitamin, then supplying that mineral or vitamin will resolve the problem, where anti-psychotic drugs only aggravate the problem (leaching vitamins and minerals out of the system).

On the other hand, if the cause is a disease or complex of diseases, then even the naturopathic approach of nutrition and supplements will only palliate (give temporary relief), but not remove the cause itself. Take the case of a woman who was quite sick and received good advice on nutrition and lifestyle changes, which helped initially. However, the symptoms returned, and this time, even worse than before. The previous treatment program was re-applied, but this time it no longer helped. The problem was that the previous treatment removed the various disorders in the sustentive power, but not the disease involving the generative power. In order to remove the disease(s) cause we had to identify the various diseases and treated them systematically. Once this was done, the symptoms disappeared – and were not to come back.

Next time we’ll look at how to identify the disease(s) a person has and how to treat them properly, and in the proper order.

For more information about Heilkunst treatment and studies please visit our website.

Love

Did you know…

that life is about relationships, and that there are natural and spiritual laws that govern them and determine whether they are healthy for us or not?

We’re going to take a different tack this week. I am often asked a question by patients, and it is one that we all ask ourselves at some point: “How does one determine when they are in a relationship with someone if it is really love or not?” And then there is usually some explanation that follows from this: “I am struggling with this since I am in a relationship and sometimes doubting if it is the right relationship for me or not, even though in many ways s/he has all the attributes I want in a partner. I find myself often not feeling happy, or as happy as I want to be. I am unsure if this is my own doing or if it means things are not meant to be. I am looking for any helpful insights as to how I can determine if I should stay in a particular relationship or not.”

What has this to do with Heilkunst? The answer is that life is about relationships at all levels of our being, with people, places, and things. The nature of all of our relationships can contribute to our health or undermine it. Ultimately to be healthy is to be in healthy relationships with the world around us and the world within.

The first ‘dating manual’ we could say was written over 200 years ago by a German doctor, Samuel Friedrich Hahnemann. Dr. Hahnemann had left the conventional medicine of his day in despair, realizing that it was both blind and destructive of health. It was blind because it was based essentially on guesswork, dressed up as authority, regarding the proper relationship of medicines and disease. The conventional medicine of his day (continued to this day) was not grounded in any real understanding of natural laws regarding the removal of cause (cure), but only based on intellectual speculations, governed by the suppression of symptoms, pretending that the suppression of symptoms was more or less the same as removing the cause. Dr. Hahnemann termed it allopathic, that is, based on no law of disease whatsoever. Not much has changed in 200 years. Today, conventional medicine prescribes drugs based on statistics from the fabled double-blind randomized clinical trials, of which the authorities require that only 2 out of 10 trials can show that the drug being tested is at least better than placebo. In most of these cases, the drug is only marginally better than placebo, not taking into account all the ‘side-effects’ of the drug.

Dr. Hahnemann proposed an entirely different approach–to use natural law to match the medicine with the disease. The natural laws of health, known since the Egyptians and Greeks, were based on a more universal law of resonance. Resonance derives from the natural and proper relationship between things, “association as it ought to be”. In the case of matching the right medicine to the right disease, Dr. Hahnemann set down a whole system of medicine, called Heilkunst, through his major works, the Organon of Heilkunst, The Lesser WritingsChronic Diseases and other writings. Dr. Hahnemann recognized and understood that health depended on the proper relationship or resonance between individuals. He stated that a person’s health would more readily endure ten years hard labour in servitude than one year in a loveless marriage.

In an ideal world, true love governs our actions, at all levels. Love derives from a natural affinity for those people and things that are beneficial and healthy for our development according to our purpose on earth. We don’t live in an ideal world, but one created specifically for us so that we can exercise the freedom of choice given us. The power to make choices, our capacity to reason, creates a veil between us and our inner wisdom, setting up a conflict we experience between what we think and what we feel. We are all too often of ‘two minds’ – the brain-mind and the ‘gut brain’ or gut feeling. Science has shown that we actually have two ‘brains’. This split in our perception of the world creates doubt, but it also creates in that space something called the ego. The ego acts out of fear and often in contrary to what we truly want–which is to act out of love. The ego is defensive, suspicious, doubtful and never at peace. Before the maturation of the true self, our relationships to the world are built according to our temporary guardian, the ego. These relationships are often based on fear instead of love. The ego-directed and fear-based relationships stifle our life in all aspects, which can eventuate in physical illness.

Heilkunst works on removing the barriers and blockages that prevent the emergence of the true self. The true self takes over from the ego when we are truly healthy. We can then take our rightful place within ourselves. The true self operates out of love and we are guided by love to experience those things that are resonant. Love is the quality at all levels of our being to connect with and to know intuitively within our heart that which is right for each of us, with no questions or doubt. Resonant relationships are derived from love. They are health-giving and nurture our development. They make us fulfilled as human beings.

Now, resonance doesn’t mean that we always feel it as positive. Resonance consists of a dynamic, living polarity between that which is consonant (which we feel as positive) and dissonant (which we feel as negative). The polarity of light and dark, expansion and contraction, of gravity and levity is the very basis of creation. Without the one we cannot know the other. The growth of our being and consciousness is due to a living polarity with all things we are resonant with. All love involves a creative tension and it is this tension that allows for growth and evolution of self.

When we feel negative about a relationship, how do we then know if it is simply derived from the ego or the dissonant side of resonance? The healthier we become, the more we are able to know, not intellectually, but in a deeper sense, what is resonant to us, and therefore, what is true love. True love is based on a resonance between our true self and the true self of another. Only out of true love comes true happiness; not the subjective happiness from outer things, but the deep, inner sense of peace and fulfillment that comes from being what we truly are, not what the authorities of this world – whether parents, acquaintances, bosses, rulers, leaders – want us to be. No one knows what is good for us except our true self and we cannot know what is ‘right’ for another. We may not like many things, and may feel things as unpleasant, but if we are truly doing what is resonant, then we are in pursuit of happiness, the becoming of who we are.

Heilkunst takes us through a journey of learning to act more and more according to the law of love and resonance and to abolish the false law of like and attraction. In the movie Smoke(1995) an older man tells a young man about a decision he made based on his true inner desire and love, which went against his family and culture. He was effectively disowned and banished. The young man asks him if he had it all to do over again, would he make the same choice. The older man looks steadily at the younger man and answers, “What choice?” And that is the answer to all those patients who asked about when they would know if it was the right relationship. When the true self acts, there is no questioning, no doubting.

For more information about Heilkunst treatment and studies please visit our website.