Water and Recreation: Are You Having Fun Floating Your Boat?

This blog is part of a series; its original title was Heilkunst Basics : Senior Kindergarten

Once you’re getting a good rhythm with all your new habits you learned in Junior Kindergarten, you’ll probably feel ready to tackle your next lessons in Senior Kindergarten.

  • Water – while you learned about the importance of drinking enough (quantity) of water in Junior Kindergarten, now it’s time to learn something about the quality of the water you drink. This is topic with a number of factors and dimensions which can’t all fit into this article, but it is where we will start to address issues of water filtration (where needed), and how to assess the variety of quality available in terms of bottled water from different sources. The ideal form of water is one which naturally contains levity forces, and which has spontaneously bubbled up to the surface from an underground spring, without the need to be drilled or pumped up. As an example, Fiji Water fits into this category.
  • Recreation – This word is preferable to ‘exercise’ which most people think of as a 4-letter word. There are two aspects to recreation – one which involves a movement of the physical body, and the other which involves the application of the creative mind. The key to recreation is to find activities which are a pleasure for you to do, and that you won’t have a hard time to do on a regular basis. In terms of the physical side of recreation, the dual principles of “slow burn” contrasted with “PACE” or “Peak 8” are the ideal model to strive for. If your current routine involves a lot of couch time, then build up to this very slowly. On the creative side, it is important to understand the proper rhythm between activity and rest. True rest doesn’t mean to do nothing, or to “veg out”, but it is a sort of “active” rest, when the creative mind is engaged.

Sleep, Basic Nutrition, Deep Breathing, Sunlight and Hydration – Are you living a healthy Lifestyle?

This blog is part of a series; its original title was Heilkunst Basics : Junior Kindergarten

As I outlined in a recent post, the approach to Heilkunst treatment can be likened to the progressive, or ‘graduated’ system of education, from elementary, to high school, to post-secondary education in university or college. These thresholds ensure that a student does not move into a given level of education without first being prepared by completing the requirements of the preceding lower level. Particularly in the context of treating more complex chronic illness (which is typical for more of my patients than not), this understanding is critical in terms of moving a patient logically and surely through various stages of treatment in a safe and effective way.

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To stick with the analogy of the educational system, here are some of the first things a patient must “pass” in order to complete the “Junior Kindergarten” level of their Heilkunst treatment:

  • Sleep. At the foundation of the whole treatment system of Heilkunst lies the critical importance of sleep. In particular, it is identified that it is the hours slept before midnight which are some of the most valuable, and which set the rhythm for a proper night’s sleep. There is a basic seasonal rhythm related to the length of daylight, which allows us to have less sleep during the summer, and requires more of us during the winter. Also, the closer one can come to creating their sleep environment as one of 100% darkness, the deeper will be the quality of sleep. Eliminating sources of electromagnetic fields, such as from clock radios or cell phones, also contributes towards this goal.
  • The Basics of Nutrition. A focus on the source and the quality of food, as well as methods of preservation need to be addressed here. At this most rudimentary level, questions of a food’s freshness is the key guiding principle. Locally grown produce doesn’t need to be picked unripe in order to be shipped thousands of miles, for example. Simple cooking and preparation methods, such as light sautéing of vegetables, helps maintain this goal of freshness. Learning how to go grocery shopping in a way which minimizes the content of additives, preservatives, and other factors of food storage which interfere with its nutritional value is an essential skill to learn at this level of the journey. Starting to learn the reality of food and nutrition as something different from the corporate-driven media messages from the “food industry” is part of the curriculum here. The most fundamental food groups include : Water. High quality animal proteins (organic meat, fish, eggs, and unpasteurized dairy). Lots of vegetables, and a moderate amount of fruit. Nuts and seeds.
  • Breathing. This is something which most people don’t even realize they are not doing well. A chronic state of “holding the breath” is often found upon examination of a person’s breathing patterns. A conscious engagement with your breathing at least a few times during the day will help to begin to re-establish this most critical phenomenon.
  • Sunlight. Get as much as you can, in a safe way. During the intense sunlight of the summer, the beginning and end of the day is a safer time for general exposure, although a few minutes during the noon hour can be beneficial, if it can be tolerated. The need for sunscreen is eliminated the healthier a person becomes, and in fact is an important goal to aim for, as sunscreen is ultimately detrimental to our health.
  • Hydration.  Last but definitely not least is the critical importance of becoming and staying hydrated. Most people are living in at least a sub-clinical state of dehydration, which produces many symptoms and imbalances. Waiting for the sensation of your mouth to be dry is actually a danger sign that dehydration is occurring, rather than simple thirst. Pure water is required, and it is NOT fruit juices, tea, coffee, or other beverages which are going to increase your level of hydration. Start slowly, and progressively increase your water intake while your cellular metabolism learns to adjust, and actually start to retain the water for necessary cellular functions. Your urine should become a very light straw colour as you become hydrated.

How To Re-Engage Your Capacity For “Living Experiences”

One of the foundations of medical Heilkunst is the concept of ‘provings’. This is the method which Dr. Hahnemann developed in order to gain an objective knowledge about potential medicinal substances, by testing them on healthy subjects in order to catalogue their disease effects, and to know exactly which remedy could later be used in a given disease-condition. Part of the medical revolution which Heilkunst represents is due to this method of ‘provings’, which represents a huge improvement over the abstract and speculative methods of developing drugs within the pharmaceutical industry.

This method of provings is unique in the history of medicine, in that it opens a door of access into a direct ‘living experience’ of a given medicinal substance, which can then be applied much more accurately and knowledgeably in a real life clinical situation.

There is a reporter named A.J. Jacobs, who has a unique way of working, which parallels this concept of provings. He has done a number of writing projects which were based on his complete participation and immersion into whatever his topic of choice was at the moment. His style is very humourous, but underneath is a very interesting message which links back to this essential method of provings, which are key to the whole medical aspect of Heilkunst.

Some of his projects include:

  • “I Think You’re Fat – The Radical Honesty movement”. This was an experiment in removing the inner censor, and telling those around you exactly what your thoughts and perceptions are about them, depsite any normal social convewntions.
  • “The Know-It-All”. This was a book which was based on his year of immersing himself reading the entire Encylopedia Brittanica from A to Z, and writing about his experiences engaging in the depths of this database.
  • “The Year of Living Biblically”. His project here was to spend 1 full year following all of the rules and restrictions set out in the Bible, to see the impact on his mind and his life.
  • “My Outsourced Life”. This article explored his experiment to push the limits of outsourcing every aspect of his life to virtual assistants overseas. More a cultural commentary about the implications of displacing our own personal responsibility for our own life.

As I mentioned, aside from the humourous approach to these pieces, his general method is a great illustration of the deep immersive process which is a parallel with the process of doing medical provings in Heilkunst. What makes him unique is that it is a conscious diversion from the usual abstract, detached approach we have to getting to know something in our culture. This form of “living knowledge” is something we’ve almost touch with completely, and would be much better served to re-engage with such a level of knowing in one or more aspects of our lives.

The Graduated Education System As An Analogy For Heilkunst Treatment

Taking a further look into how the three jurisdictions of Heilkunst are applied at a practical level, I use a particular analogy to make it easier to relate to the general concepts. If you think of the necessary sequence which a student follows in terms of completing elementary school before high school, and then finally university or college, you’ll understand the same necessity in sequencing the three jurisdictions of Heilkunst therapeutics (regimen, medicine, education).

It is certainly easy for people to relate to the idea that someone who dropped out of grade two will rarely be qualified to enter a university program, to express this concept in an extreme way. Likewise, to translate this thought form into a health care context, it is virtually impossible to resolve a chronic health issue in someone who is not even willing to address the kindergarten level of their health, namely, the basic principles of lifestyle and diet.

Many patients seek my help with homeopathic remedies, and such, for their health issues, yet few are willing to even consider taking a look at some elementary aspects of their diet. The homeopathic remedies will have an effectiveness to a certain degree, but the more deep and extended the nature of their health issues are, the more limited the results will be if the patient isn’t striving to do everything within their own power to line up various aspects of their health in terms of their basic regimen.

I am very careful to educate these patients about the exact reasoning behind what I am asking them to do, so that they understand that what may seem like a ‘failure’ of their treatment is due to their non-participation in their role in the process (regimen), and not due to any failure in the medical aspect (homeopathic remedies).

To round out the school system analogy, if someone wishes to become employed in a certain field, it will generally require a minimum level of education completed. Some jobs need a high school education, where others are open to university grads. Likewise, in terms of our health, it is equally important to match one’s current state of health and one’s goal with the appropriate level of treatment through one, two, or all three of the therapeutic jurisdictions.

“The Cure” by the Keith Jarrett Trio – A Remedy For Your Ears

In Heilkunst medicine, there is a precision in selecting and prescribing the correct remedy or applicable formula for a patient in a given disease state or complex. A well-chosen formula will have a synergistic effect, where the whole is truly greater than the sum of the parts. By contrast, a poorly assembled combination of remedies may have a partially beneficial effect mixed with other unwanted or unknown consequences.

I was thinking today that a good living illustration of this concept is in this video recording of the Keith Jarrett Trio playing a piece entitled “The Cure”. Like a well-selected remedy formula, this musical ensemble comes together with the same creative (generative) synergy and potential to positively alter a state of mind.

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Each one of these three musicians (Keith Jarrett – piano; Gary Peacock – bass; Jack DeJohnette – drums) is a highly talented musician in their own right, but the creative synergy that comes from their ensemble playing is quite a phenomenon to behold.

Their approach to group improvisation is incredible in its subtlety and interplay, and is an example of a creative energy which transcends the limits of the black and white, or linear mind of ordinary cognition. The effect on the receptive listener can be one of ecstacy – literally, a change in state of mind out of the ordinary one.

The lessons for healthcare include the idea of always striving for  a method and an effect which transcends the mere addition of several components or parts together, to one which is truly transformational.

What Does it Really Mean to “Hook Up”?

Language and words convey meaning, whether intentional or not, and whether conscious, or not. At different times, certain phrases and expressions come into vogue, and if examined can reveal an unconscious cultural phenomenon which is being given expression through popular culture.

In recent years, I’ve witnessed the emergence of a new phrase expressing casual sexual encounters, which is to “hook up”. It seems like a harmless expression, however a closer examination reveals the deeper phenomenon which is driving it, which then appears less innocent.

I’m not passing any moralistic judgments about any given behaviour around relationships and sex, but rather commenting on the dynamics, and levels of health implied from different usage of the language surrounding it. There is certainly a time and place in life for a more exploratory approach to sex and relationships, where it can take many experiences to begin to understand oneself, and what a deeper nourishing relationship would include.

Looking at the particular phrase “hook up” from an orgonomic perspective, is very evocative of the ego concept of “hooks” in treatment, which keep snagging the therapeutic process while certain core issues are being worked through. A patient with a masochistic hook, for example, will periodically get triggered by their therapy to keep returning to a self-defeating or self-blaming mode, as a means to avoid coming to a full resolution of an issue that they may be on the verge of.

To transfer the understanding of this word back to sex and dating, to “hook up”, then, signifies a very superficial, ego-based form of relationship, where nothing about either party’s true essence is involved in the exchange, and there is no opportunity for self-realization or growth in the process. In medical terms, this would be called “suppression”, and actually impedes the possibility of growth and greater health.

This represents one simple example of the enriched realm of meaning which can be discerned by a patient’s overall style with their language, and how they describe their life and their problems inside the consult room.

The Remedy For Deeply Held Grudges : Nitricum Acidum

“Get angry, get furious but never crumble to resentment.”

-Dodinsky

 

“Resentment is like taking poison and waiting for the other person to die.”

-Malachy McCourt

Some of the greatest toxins we encounter are the ones generated by our own negative emotions. Not that there isn’t a healthy role and need for all emotions to be felt and expressed, but particularly the ones which are held onto create some of the most damaging states of disease.

Nitricum Acidum is an especially useful remedy for deep, long-held states of resentment. Patient’s needing this remedy can tend to be surrounded by a cloud of negativity, including a strongly pessimistic attitude, and a high degree of irritability. The legendary “Hatfield vs. McCoy” feud was fuelled by a profoundly deep grudge based in this particular disease state of mind. Even if an apology is offered up, someone in a deep nit-ac state is unlikely to be moved to accept it. Or even if they do apparently accept it, it is just for show and not reflective of their true feeling.

Another key side to this remedy state is an intense anxiety for their own health, and a belief that their condition is much more serious than it actually is.

When there are physical symptoms arising from this state, they may characteristically include back pain. This is also one of the commonly used remedies for warts. Hemorrhoids which are quite painful after stool, which may feel like splinters in the rectum is another possible symptom. There are a variety of inflammation symptoms related to the digestive tract as well.

The Rhythm of Creativity

A funny thing happened on the way to writing this blog — as I was walking from my first day at Summer School, I was thinking about topics I could write about in today’s blog. The topic on my mind was the functional relationship between (creative) work, and rest, and the necessary relationship between the two.

Before I started to write, I made myself some tea, and wouldn’t you know it — the individual message written on the tea bag said “A relaxed mind is a creative mind.” Some coincidence, eh? At the very least, it confirmed for me that it was the correct choice to write about today.

I’ve previously described the 4-beat life cycle, and the ultimate movement of it is first an expansion (the two beats of ‘tension’ and ‘charge’), followed by a compression (the next two beats of ‘discharge’ and ‘relaxation’). This overall cycle of expansion and compression creates a pulsation, which is the driving force behind all forward movement in life.

The rhythm between work and rest is further reflected within this 4-beat cycle, particularly in the fourth and final beat, or ‘relaxation’, which in any physiology beset by neurosis will not be fully completed. Our fast-paced, work-driven society is more often than not guilty of pushing this fourth beat further and further into obsolescence, and creating many forms of workaholism.

On that note, I’m going to leave that thought as is, and go out and enjoy the remainder of this beautiful summer evening!

The Reason That Some Homeopathic Healing Reactions Are So Large

The paradox of how homeopathic remedies are used within Heilkunst, is that their mode of action is extremely gentle, yet they can sometimes produce the most dramatic or even violent reactions in the patient as part of the complete process of curing and healing. How can something so gentle have such a powerful effect, and more importantly from the patient’s point of view, is the question of if it is possible to avoid such reactions entirely?

At a practical level, great care is taken to provide the patient with the most optimal dose and potency, in order to avoid any unnecessary aggravations from the remedy. However, this fundamental issue cannot be avoided, which is that even the most perfectly chosen dose and potency will still produce very large healing reactions sometimes. Why is this so?

Dr. Hahnemann explains it very well in the Orgonon, in the following 2 aphorism:

64. During the initial-action of the artificial disease Potences (medicines) upon our healthy body,

our Living Power appears (as seen from the following examples)

to comport itself purely conceptively (receptively, passively as it were)

and thus, as if forced, to allow the impressions of the artificial Potence

impinging from without to take place in itself,

thereby modifying its condition,

but then, as it were, to rally again

and a) to generate the exact opposite condition-state,

when there is such a one (counteraction, after-action),

to this impinging action (initial-action)

in equal degree to that which the impinging action (initial-action)

had on it by the artificial morbific or medicinal Potence,

and according to the measure of the Living Power’s own energy,

— or, b) when there is not an exact opposite state to the initial-action in nature,

the Living Power appears to strive to assert its superiority

by extinguishing the alteration actuated in itself from without (by the medicine),

in place of which it reinstates its norm (after-action, healing-action).

 

68. Experience shows us that in homeopathic cures

following the uncommonly small medicinal doses (§275-287)

which are necessary in this curative mode,

and which were just sufficient, by similarity of their symptoms,

to tune-over the similar natural disease

and to expel the natural disease from the Feeling of the Living Principle,

some small amount of medicinal disease still continues on alone initially

in the organism occasionally after extirpation of the natural disease,

but, because of the extraordinary minuteness of the dose

the medicinal disease disappears so transiently, so easily and so quickly by itself,

that the Living Power has no more considerable counteraction to take up

against this small artificial mistunement of its condition

than the counteraction of elevating the current condition up to the healthy station

(that is, the counteraction suitable for complete recovery),

to which end the Living Power requires but little effort

after extinguishment of the previous morbid mistunement.

(See §64 B)

What he is saying here, essentially, is that there are two different categories of diseases which each respond to the process of curing and healing differently. In the case of natural diseases, their removal (cure) is easily counterbalanced by the body’s natural healing power, which is able to draw on the opposite state of the disease from nature. In the other category of disease, however, (non-natural diseases), there is no opposite state existing in nature to draw upon in the healing process, and therefore the living power needs to take matters into its own hands and complete the healing process through brute force. This is where the dramatic and even violent healing reactions will be witnessed.

It is important to understand this, so that the patient’s health goals and means for getting there can be part of a congruent plan for their healthcare, where they fully realize why they may have to temporarily go through some discomfort if they wish to permanently rid themselves of their deeper diseases, rather than live with them continually deepening at the hands of suppressive or palliative means.

Why Megadosing Vitamins Or Minerals Is Often Detrimental To Your Health

When I worked at a health food store, I witnessed first-hand how many people use mega-dosing of vitamins as part of the foundation for their own health. In so many ways, our tendency is usually to think that “more is better”, and that once something is identified as “good for us”, this line of thinking leads us to want to load up on it. As you may already know about the structure of Heilkunst and its principles, there really isn’t anything which is intrinsically “good” or “bad” for us, but only that which is needed at a specific time for a specific reason, and in a specific dose and potency. This is based on the multiple facets of resonance, and ultimately what moves a person from a lesser to a greater state of health by applying a rational, principled-approach to healthcare, rather than an empirical “what seems to work” approach.

 

A key problem with the typical empirical approach to supplementation, is that it becomes either suppressive or palliative for the deeper underlying diseases which the person has, whether in terms of residual shocks and traumas, or the deeper inherited diseases (the chronic miasms). While the superficial effect often appears to be quite positive, in terms of the person “feeling good”, and having more energy, it is hiding the fact that the overall state of health is actually being worsened in the process.

Here’s an excerpt from one of Dr. Hahnemann’s essays, which explains this further:

From The Curative Powers Of Drugs by Dr. Samuel Hahnemann:

If I mistake not, practical medicine has devised three ways of applying remedies for the relief of the disorders of the human body.

The first way, to remove or destroy the fundamental cause of the disease, was the most elevated it could follow.  All the imaginings and aspirations of the best physicians in all ages were directed to this object, the most worthy of the dignity of our art.  But, to use a Spagyrian expression, they did not advance beyond particulars; the great philospher’s stone, the knowledge of the fundamental cause of all diseases, they never attained to.  And as regards most diseases, it will remain for ever concealed from human weakness.  In the mean time, what could be ascertained respecting this point, from the experience of all ages, was united in a general system of therapeutics.  Thus, in cases of chronic spasms of the stomach, the general weakness of the system was first removed; the convulsions arising from tapeworm were conquered by killing that animal; the fever arising from noxious matters in the stomach was dissipated by powerful emetics; in diseases caused by a chill the suppressed perspiration was restored; and the ball was extracted that gave rise to traumatic fever.  This object is above all criticism, though the means employed were not always the fittest for attaining it.  I shall now take leave of this royal road, and examine the other two ways for applying medicines.

By the second way, the symptoms present were sought to be removed by medicines which produces an opposite condition; for example, constipation by purgatives; inflamed blood by venesection, cold and nitre; acidity in the stomach by alkalis; pains by opium.  In acute diseases, which, if we remove the obstacles to recovery for but a few days, nature will herself generally conquer, or, if we cannot do so, succumb; in acute diseases, I repeat, this application of remedies is proper, to the purpose, and sufficient, as long as we do not possess the above-mentioned philosopher’s stone (the knowledge of the fundamental cause of each disease, and the means of its removal,) or as long as we have no rapidly-acting specific, which would extinguish the variolous infection, for instance, at its very commencement.  In this case, I would call such remedies temporary.

But if the fundamental cause of the disease, and its direct means of removal are known, and we, disregarding these, combat the symptoms only by remedies of this second kind, or employ them seriously in chronic diseases, then this method of treatment (to oppose diseases by remedies that produces an opposite state) gets the name of palliative, and is to be reprobated.  In chronic diseases it only gives relief at first; subsequently, stronger doses of such remedies become necessary, which cannot remove the primary disease, and thus they do more harm the longer they are employed, for reasons to be specified hereafter.

I know very well that habitual constipation is still attempted to be cured by aloetic purgatives and laxative salts, but with what melancholy results!  I know well that efforts are still made to subdue the chronic determination of blood of hysterical, cachetic, and hypochondriacal individuals, by repeated, although small venesections, nitre, and the like; but with what untoward consequences!  Persons living a sedentary life, with chronic stomachic ailments, accompanied by sour eructations, are still advised to take repeatedly Glauber salts; but with what disastrous effects!  Chronic pains of all kinds are still sought to be removed by the continued use of opium; but again, with what sad results!  And although the great majority of my medical brethren still adhere to this method, I do not fear to call it palliative, injurious, and destructive.

I beseech my colleagues to abandon this method (contraria contrariis) in chronic diseases, and in such acute diseases as take on a chronic character; it is the deceitful by-path in the dark forest that leads to the fatal swamp.  The vain empire imagines it to be the beaten highway, and plumes himself on the wretched power of giving a few hours’ ease, unconcerned if, during this specious calm, the disease plants its roots still deeper.

But I am not singular in warning against this fatal practice.  The better, more discerning, and conscientious physicians, have from time to time sought for remedies (the third way) for chronic diseases, and acute diseases tending to chronic, which should not cloak the symptoms, but which should remove the disease radically, in one word, for specific remedies; the most desirable, most praiseworthy undertaking that can be imagined.  Thus, for instance, they tried arnica in dysentery, and in some instances found it a useful specific.

But what guided them, what principle induced them to try such remedies?  Alas! only a precedent from the empirical game of hazard from domestic practice, chance cases, in which these substances were accidentally found useful in this or that disease, often only in peculiar unmentioned combinations, which might perhaps never again occur; sometimes in pure, simple diseases.

In order to ascertain the actions of remedial agents, for the purpose of applying them to the relief of human suffering, we should trust as little as possible to chance; but go to work as rationally and as methodically as possible.  We have seen, that for this object the aid of chemistry is still imperfect, and must only be resorted to with caution; that the similarity of genera of plants in the natural system, as also the similarity of species of one genus, give but obscure hints; that the sensible properties of drugs teach us mere generalities, and these invalidated by many exceptions; that the changes that take place in the blood from the admixture of medicines teach nothing; and that the injection of the latter into the blood vessels of animals, as also the effects on animals to which medicines have been administered, is much too rude a mode of proceeding, to enable us therefrom to judge of the finer actions of remedies.

Nothing then remains but to test the medicines we wish to investigate on the human body itself.

Hahnemann goes on to explain the importance of doing provings on healthy human beings, rather than gathering sporadic information empirically, as cures occurred by chance, when the remedy properties cannot be accurately determined from a sick individual, as when tested on a healthy human being. The most noble art and science of medicine demands the highest form of reason to overtake any of our healthcare practices still based on empiricism, which are rampant both through conventional as well as natural medicine.