This is Part 1 of a 3-part series. Part 2 of 3 : How to create your timeline Part 3 of 3 : Sequential timeline therapy – What it looks like in real life?
Jeff Korentayer Welcome to today’s live stream. And we’re going to be taking a look at the topic of “Sequential Timeline Therapy”. And I just want to remind you before we get into it, that you can type your question into the comment box below. If you’re watching live, I will try to answer live right back at you. Or if you’re watching this as a recording after the fact, I will incorporate that into a future video. So let me just switch my screen over to my slide.
As I said, we’re talking about “What is ‘Sequential Timeline Therapy’?” And this will actually be the first of three-part videos. And today is we’re going to be looking at the history and how we practice it today from that history. Next week, we’ll get into part two of the practical question of “How to write down your timeline to start your treatment”. And we will conclude the week after that with part three, “What does it look like in real life?” So looking at some case examples, some reactions, some other things that we have to consider in terms of case management.
So this is certainly a very familiar concept, the idea of “peeling the onion”. And that is really the idea that disease exists in layers. And the sequence of treatments starts on the outer layer and progressively works in towards the core. So it’s not too difficult to understand of an analogy. And the way I put it here, the complexities of therapeutics can’t be done “all at once”, but must be sequenced rationally (or one step at a time).
Now, if we give kind of a general outline to the history of sequential therapy, the original seeds we actually find back in Dr. Samuel Hahnemann. If we really read his text closely and really understand the concept of what he was talking about, we’re going to see in just a moment that he actually would not have been against sequential therapy. He already kind of outlined the basis of it. Next, we’re going to move on to Dr. Jean Elmiger who was a French Swiss doctor and homeopath. And in the 1970s, he wrote a book called Rediscovering Real Medicine. He actually wrote it in French. I apologize, I don’t have the French title at the tip of my tongue right now. And then we will finally look at how all of the above was expanded through the work of Steven Decker, Rudi Verspoor and Patty Smith in the 1990s. And then finally, how that research has continued to expand and what that means for our practice of sequential therapy today.
So going back to Dr. Samuel Hahnemann. The main concept that we can find that is really important for our purposes in explaining sequential therapy is (and you’ll find other aspects of this I’ve talked about in a previous video, which was on the three outcomes of medicine) you’ll see that Hahnemann talks about how when you have a medicine, which is not similar to the disease being treated. But as he says, you’ll get that newer, stronger disease suspends the weaker one, and then effectively creates a sequence where now this newer disease would need to be cured first. And then what that will reveal is the older disease, kind of comes up from under the surface of that. And then that needs to be treated second or afterwards. So that’s already implicit in Hahnemann, this idea of sequence and the reason why that’s the case. So that’s really important to understand. And that’s as true as he revealed it then. And it’s true as we practice it today as we go through a patient’s timeline. That has never changed. So as I say, remember that, that is at the basis of everything that we’re going to get into in the next couple of minutes. And I’ll give you just a quick example. So very simple. If somebody has an infectious disease, and then that’s suppressed with an antibiotic, well, we’ve now created a sequence of disease where the antibiotics is now the most present disease (it’s kind of the interface, active disease). And what’s behind that, what we’re going to find underneath after we’ve cured the antibiotics disease, we’re going to find the remnants of that original infectious disease are still there under the surface. So we’ll treat the antibiotics disease now. And then what we’ll find pops up afterwards is the remnants of the antibiotics disease. So there you go, a mini timeline (a mini sequence) right there in a really, a very real life example. The other thing we can attribute to Hahnemann, and this came in the last number of years of his life. So after the bulk of his life that he had spent really revolutionising the concept of medicine and his idea of the law of similars and like cures like and how he applied the whole methodology of homeopathy, that was his first revolution. But then in the last years of his life, you can say he had a second revolution which was all about the “chronic miasms”. Now, he discovered three, let’s call it four, he was calling something “pseudo-psora”, which now we understand to be tuberculosis. He hadn’t quite gotten a name for it yet. He hadn’t quite figured out how it was different from psora. He just knew there was something different there. So he had the three miasms in his discoveries and he was kind of verging on that fourth. Something I wanted to say about Hahnemann, but it slipped my mind. Maybe it’ll come back in a moment.
Now, as I mentioned at the top, we will now go into the 1970s where we had the Swiss doctor and homeopath, Dr. Jean Elmiger. And well, this is the English translation of his book. As I’ve mentioned, I didn’t write down his French title. My French isn’t that good, I focus on English. I apologize for that. And as I say, he was an allopathic doctor. But then he was also trained in homeopathy and another other alternative modalities. And he did something very interesting, which was he used a voll machine, or it’s otherwise known as an electro-acupuncture measuring device. And he used that, basically, to detect in his patients where he was not able to make progress through the usual homeopathic methods. Using this device, he detected a number of blockages to cure in the patient, such as some very distinct iatrogenic blockages such as vaccination shocks that were in their system. He discovered other shocks, other medical shocks and other kinds of shocks. And, as well, he verified Hahnemann’s three miasms, but he extended that sequence into four primary miasms. So kind of where Hahnemann was coming to – the psora, the tuberculosis, the psychosis and the syphilis. And then, Dr. Elmiger, he added in the fifth miasm as well, where we now understand is the cancer miasm. So that as I say, it’s quite an amazing read. It’s very engaging prose and it’s quite a joy to read. If you wanted to look at his book, I know it is so available on Amazon. I believe you have to get the hardcopy. I’ve never seen a Kindle version or an e-version. So anyways, we have to do a bit of old fashioned reading with that one.
And let’s now take Elmiger’s work and we’ll move it forward into the 1990s. That’s where Rudi Verspoor and Patty Smith actually translated his book from the French into the English, and brought his concepts into the English-speaking homeopathic world. [NOTE : Rudi and Patty wrote a brand new book based on Elmiger’s ideas – it was NOT a translation from the French into English.] So they brought forward his concept of the sequential timeline. But they also have expanded it more into the realm of emotional shocks and traumas. So if you are in treatment, if you’re familiar with the NSOL remedy, that’s a huge part of the whole emotional timeline. And we’ll see in the following week’s videos. Of course, we have the very distinct black and white – the physical part of someone’s timeline. If someone’s had a broken bone, or they’ve had a car accident, or some kind of physical trauma – those are very black and white in the sense that we know when they happened. Certain days, certain month, certain year, even the time. We’ll often notice like, “Oh, yeah, this happened at 3pm. And I fell off the ladder and this and this happened.” So that part of the timeline is very black and white. But when we get into the emotional timeline, it doesn’t tend (I mean, it can, but it doesn’t necessarily pinpoint) to us one specific moment in time. But it can tend to occur over a longer extended period of time – days, weeks, months years, where an emotional conflict or trauma is going on over time. So anyways, we’ll get more into that in a future week video. But just to put into context, if you’re familiar with the NSOL and the dropper bottle, that’s what we’re getting out with that remedy. More of that long term kind of trauma, which extends beyond just one point in time. The other thing with Rudi Verspoor and Patty Smith’s work, they expanded Elmiger’s five chronic miasms into the eight that we are treating today. So essentially, there are two chronic miasm per season – spring, summer, fall, winter. Each one of those as far as archetypes, has two distinct miasms. And we will probably do one, or if not a series of videos, on the chronic miasms. There’s a whole world of things we can talk about in there. But just putting this into context, that’s what comes now at the end of the timeline and how Rudi and Patty expanded that. Just as an interesting side note (and we’re going to see this also in the next slide in another form), but somewhere in these years, Rudi had submitted 10 cured cases for a certain homeopathic certification. And he submitted five which were in the classical mode – just based on treating the symptoms. And then he presented five of his cases that he presented in this new sequential mode. And what was interesting, this homeopathic organization, they rejected the five cases from the sequential mode. And the reason I’m bringing this up, what that goes to show is that the whole classical establishment, they’re much more interested in preserving their dogma rather than in revealing and expanding the principles of cure. So, you know, when dogma takes over, the actual purpose of getting results, that something’s gone askew.
And finally, Where are we at today? So we have, as I say, the sequential timeline that’s even rooted all the way back in Dr. Hahnemann’s work. And that remains the ‘backbone’ of how we practice today. And sort of to play on the point I just said about the dogma of classical homeopathy. Going back to Hahnemann again, we have the diseases of constant nature in opposition to the diseases of variable nature. And the dogma of classical homeopathy today is really has gotten itself stuck on the diseases of variable nature. So you’re treating on the basis of symptoms. We’ve spoken to this in previous videos. But as I say, that is a valid aspect of treatment. But as I say, here, it only accounts for perhaps, maybe up to 5% of treatment success and cures in the whole realm of our whole system of treatment. So, as I say, rooting this whole idea of the sequential timeline, and the constant diseases versus the variable disease, the very idea of the timeline is based on the idea of Hahnemann’s concept of diseases of constant nature. So if somebody is in that mode of classical prescribing, they don’t understand the sequential treatment. They, conceptually, can’t validate it. In fact, they criticize it. They fight against it. But it comes down to this concept where Hahnemann distinguished the constant diseases versus the variable diseases. That’s where we really kind of get the grounding for the sequential timeline. And finally, my last point here. Rudi Verspoor and Steven Decker’s work has further expanded (and continues to expand) into the reaches of Anthroposophy, Orgonomy, and even beyond. And with this idea of the sequential treatments still as the baseline of our whole system, we are continuing to reach further and further into how we can help our patients achieve their health goals that these higher and deeper levels of what it means to be a healthy human being. So, as I say, that in itself will be worth probably dozens of videos in the future. I just wanted to point that out here.
So as I said at the top, I am open to answering any questions. If you’re watching live, you can go ahead and enter them into the comment box. Otherwise, I will take up any questions into future videos. And I thank you for joining me today. And, oops, I always forget this little step. Let me just bring myself back on screen again. Say thank you for joining me. I’ll just keep the video live for a moment. I know there’s a delay between when I talk and then when you actually see my video. So if in case anyone’s typing a question, I’ll leave this open. And otherwise I will see you next week.
Part 2 of 3 : How to create your timeline Part 3 of 3 : Sequential timeline therapy – What it looks like in real life?
Allyson McQuinn Well, hello, Jeffrey Korentayer! How are you?
Jeff Korentayer I’m doing very well. Thank you so much. So the reason we are here today in this format is we want to talk about actually something that you recently wrote. You wrote a nice piece on the homeopathic remedy “Aurum Metallicum”. But to give that an even greater context, you were writing as a piece in the book in progress that we are both working on together on the remedy “Staphysagria”. That’s been a big project. But yeah, you’ve been very graciously stepping in and putting some of these pieces together. And why do we even want to do that? What if we’re writing a book about Staphysagria? Why are you writing about Aurum? Well, the main theme of Staphysagria is on the theme of dignity and honor and anger, victimization – things like that. And we wanted to take a range of some other homeopathic remedies, which can be used as comparisons for other aspects of anger and similar themes to the Staphysagria. So that’s the bigger context here today. But Allyson, do you want to talk a little bit about your article or at least the first point in your article where we’re starting with Aurum?
Allyson McQuinn Yeah, with pleasure. And I think it came up because we were discussing over dinner the other night how Aurum is a remedy for this particular time that we find ourselves in. And I’ve been doing a lot of studying around Aurum as the remedy being derived from gold. And in Heilkunst and homeopathic studies, we always look at something called the doctrine of signatures, which means, really, How does gold feature historically and time.
Why this is important for our time is because a lot of people that have suddenly found themselves at home without their work, minimized with regards to being able to go out or access the things that they normally have access to, can actually really minimize our inner value. And this can cause an enormous amount of rage. And rightly so if we feel that our capacities or our generative power is being minimized, and especially if that’s not from our own choice. So just to lead off with what I had written in the chapter for Staphysagria about Aurum…
Jeff Korentayer I’m just going to bring your document up on screen if that’s where you’re going to look at. And also, just if I could take one moment more here. I will ask anyone who is watching, you can type if you have any questions or even comments. And if you’re watching on Facebook or you’re watching on YouTube right now, feel free to type your comment or your question into the comment box and we will be able to address that live. We’ll just time it according to (if we’re in the middle of saying something, we’ll, of course, wait till the end of that before we bring your comment in). But yeah, we do appreciate all of that. And as I say, that’s open for you to enter down below. And I will turn it back over to Allyson in two shakes of a lamb’s tail. There you go, hon. So yeah, you’ve got your document and back to our regularly scheduled talk.
Allyson McQuinn Awesome. Thank you. So Aurum is a homeopathic remedy, as I mentioned, derived from gold. And it’s interesting to note that prior to the federal reserve, a private company that was set up by the Rockefeller family, bank notes (and a lot of people don’t know this) are actually just a representation of the gold that you would have had in your bank account. So let’s say, you and I, Jeff, we had a business transaction and you wanted to buy a quarter of my cow so that you could have meat for the winter. On the basis of the gold that was in your bank account, because it was really heavy and to bring that gold bar out and bite off a chunk to give me in trade for the side of beef, that was gonna be really awkward. So these temporary or, really, representation and it’s funny that we call bills, you know, notes while they’re bills of sale. They’re bank notes. They’re notes, based on the gold that we use to hold in reserve within our bank accounts. Now it’s interesting to know that the federal reserve in modern times, actually is not related to any federal organization. It was started by the Rockefellers. And the interesting thing is that at any moment, the Rockefellers have the right to pull all those bank notes back in. And we’re like, “Oh my gosh, that’s my value in my wallet. That’s representative of the generative work that I’ve done.” And what we’re learning through this whole process is that, “Wow, my inner gold or self worth is actually hinged on an illusion.” Right? That’s why, right now, the crypto currencies are going wild. And people like Jeff Berwick is saying buy gold guys. Buy gold, because it is an opportunity to reclaim our worth.
Jeff Korentayer And a couple of interesting things I want to comment on what you just said there, you we’re using that example of me buying a quarter of your cow. The interesting stat I saw recently, as far as the value of gold, it’s stayed quite steady over time. And the statistic I saw (I forgot the exact timeframe that was being compared), but basically, the value of one ounce of gold today will buy just about one whole cow. And that has remained a constant over the years. I forgot the timeframe they were using, but when they went back X number of years, the same constant was true – that one ounce of gold for one cow. So yeah, this whole idea you’re saying, Allyson, of when somebody else now comes in and they substitute the gold and it now becomes something you can manipulate, you’re right. It gets right into the theme of Aurum which is now somebody else can manipulate your value and you can’t express and manifest who you are and your value in the world, in that sense.
Allyson McQuinn Yeah, well said. And I think, as I was studying and researching for writing this piece, I unearthed other interesting stories about people – men that have worked on Wall Street. And when the crash occurred in the 1930s, two of them (not as many as we were led to believe), walked just to the edge of the windows and jumped. And this is kind of a very Aurum rubric that we find in our literature a lot is that the individual, when they lose their value, it is an outer manifestation. If the stock market crashes, the idea is that my value should remain intact under the dominion of God or whatever creator gave me life. That state of mind is one that cannot be torn asunder, right? Or I’m in a state of Aurum.
What often has happened is that the thumbprint of a parent has told that child from early on. And I served a patient years ago where his father was the owner of seven multinational companies. And he gave him like a little piece of business to take care of underneath that umbrella of the seven month multinational companies. And just paraded the sun and made him feel awful. And he was out for a ski one day, and his father kept calling and saying, “You’re lousy,” “You’re useless,” “You have no value,” “You suck at this. I can’t trust you one bit.” I mean, it’s horrible and abusive. But this young man (this son), had never known anything other because he had never had it intrinsically embedded in him that his worth was sound.
So you can imagine, as practitioners, working with this patient. Or other practitioners in our field, working with individuals who have had their complete value, we wrote it. And really, then it becomes like an external decision by a false authority to define your value. And I think a lot, again, just going back, this has happened in this modern time that we’re in that were like, holy crap. I didn’t realize how much I could be puppeted by external forces of false authority. And erode my value now that I’m, maybe, home without a job, trapped with my kids who are really grappling with their own value because school has been their false authority. They’ve lost, really, the intrinsic or inherent knowledge of who they are with regards to learning and pursuit of happiness and liberty. So all of this is coming up for a lot of people right now.
Jeff Korentayer And yeah, you’re right. It’s a very relevant remedy in the current situation for all the reasons you just said. And you reminded me as well, just now, of when we’re doing this comparison between the remedy Aurum and the remedy Staphysagria, they have a lot in common – with a lot of dots we can join between the two of them. But as you’re saying here, the Aurum is related to this inner value. And as far as our creative capacity or productive capacity in the world, the obvious examples of having a job and going to a job and feeling that sense of purpose every day, that’s the Aurum. That’s the Aurum meaning, that’s that sense. Where in Staphysagria – the sense of anger, the sense of dignity, all these other things – are coming from a different place. And in the Staphysagria remedy, the main remedy of this book, you can say it’s a dignity or it’s a sense of identity, which gets more to the general human dignity or the broader sense of who our human identity is. So that’s where we have all the things like human rights, and of course, all the change in our society over the last number of decades between equalization of rights, between races, and between genders and all these things. That’s getting more to the Staphysagria sense of that human dignity or human identity. Whereas the Aurum, as you were just describing it, Allyson, has more that sense of our productive or creative capacity, how we are expressing ourselves in the world as far as those those abilities or capacities. So you’re just reminding me of that, Allyson. I wanted to mention that.
And for anyone, by the way, if anyone has been following our progress on the Staphysagria book, you can go to this page, on our website, arcanum.ca/staphysagria. And if you scroll down, you can enter your name and email. And we don’t send very many emails at all to this. That’s just for sending out news of when the book will be ready to be published. But yes, if you’re interested in what we’re talking about here, boy, wait till you see the book. It’s gonna be full of all kinds of fun stuff like this.
Allyson McQuinn Yeah, I find it interesting that you make that comparison between Staphysagria and Aurum. And it became very profound for me when I was writing this section on Aurum. Staphysagria, if they have something in their hand and they become incited by rage, they’ll pitch it, right? But Aurum, due to the lack or the loss of dignity, will pitch themselves. They don’t even think about their value at that moment when the Wall Street crashed and became this great depression. They didn’t even think about it. They walked to the edge and jump. They don’t even have any premeditated thoughts around it. It’s just a done deal. And that’s the thing that I really want to bring up. Because right now people are feeling bereft and they have, in many cases, lost their inner value because of this whole pandemic thing. And so the concerning factor is that, and I’m writing this, I’m thinking, “Oh my gosh. We have to tell people that there is a way, really, to get their value back, to help them find new meaning in a different way and actually craft their world.” So that it’s not based on how many paychecks they get from an outside provider. That they have a way through their own creativity. I know because I’ve been connected to the world schoolers for so long. These are people that live all over the world, put a backdrop down and teach English as a second language to children in Japan and China. There are always creative ways to solve these problems. And if you’re not suffering from the Aurum state of mind, it makes it a whole heck of a lot easier to access that creative generative power within us.
Jeff Korentayer Totally. Yes. Now, you have right in front of your screen here. This story you wrote of an Aurum picture that you experienced (you witnessed) in your own life. Do you want to read that or do you want to contextualize it first?
Allyson McQuinn No, I can read that. So while I was at university (just apologize for the sirens in the background), I was invited to a roommate’s sister’s house for supper with their family. And the husband, still wearing his suit over supper, spoke about nothing but the goings on in his office. Not one individual present seemed to be paying attention, including his wife (and my friend’s sister). I could tell by looking in her eyes that this was a daily occurrence. And then two months passed, and I was invited back again, as I never said no to free food at that time in my life, because University was lean times. When we arrived, the house was really quiet. And it turned out the husband had been let go of his job. And he was beyond devastated. He was distraught. And I was alarmed at appearance because he looked like a street person. Like an alcoholic down on his luck. He’d lost an incredible amount of weight. At the time, he was nursing a scotch and his eyes were really red rimmed. Clearly, he had been crying. And it seemed that all that vitality had been sucked right from his very being in a most distressing way. And so I decided to sit with him and find out what he was feeling. And as he began to talk, he really started to choke up and he couldn’t actually continue. And his wife came to comfort him by putting her hand on his back. And he was really a shell of his former self, and I wondered if he had the capacity to transcend this profound insult to himself in his psyche.
Jeff Korentayer Yeah, I think those are some of the most helpful when we have a personal experience, a personal story, like that. For one, like for yourself, for ourselves, it really can cement such an image in our minds really coming to understand a remedy. But likewise, it’s almost as good when you tell that story. It now becomes a teaching story for anyone listening. So I think, as I’m saying, those real life images (those real life stories) are just so full of all of the characteristics that we’re really looking for to understand a given remedy. Right? It’s not just, you know, this is I think… Actually, just yesterday I was doing a video on another topic, but this is what is reminding me of here is when you have a false approach to diagnosis, you just get these generalized abstract labels, “Oh, somebody has depression,” “Somebody has feeling suicidal,” “They have this,” “They have that,” just kind of a generic list of symptoms. But when you give this really vivid, living story, you can really feel the energy of that remedy is. So, I thank you for bringing this in and your great storytelling around that.
Allyson McQuinn With pleasure. And just to go back to that other fellow that I served many, many years back. As his father was yelling at him on the ski hill, he kept having to take his glove off. And when he got down to the bottom, he realized that both his hand and his ear, that it had exposed from his had to listen to his father screaming at them, were both frostbitten. And the interesting thing about Aurum, really, is that there’s another aspect or another remedy that we study in relationship a lot of the time called Agaricus. And we’re going to write another bit on that today. That’s my project today. And Agaricus is the chief remedy for being suppressed by false authority. But it’s also one of our chief remedies for frostbite.
Jeff Korentayer Mm hmm. Totally. Yeah. Now, that’s an interesting case for having both the Aurum and the Agaricus part to it. But, anyways, that will take us a little bit further away from our main point. But, yeah, that is a good story.
Allyson McQuinn Talk about, Jeff, if you will, something you mentioned over our shake this morning, about dignity. The difference between dignity and Staphysagria and in Aurum, if you will. You’re talking about the upper man and the lower man, I was really fascinated by what you were saying.
Jeff Korentayer Yeah, it is. Thank you for reminding me. Yeah, that is definitely a key theme, or an idea, between the two remedies. The idea of dignity and now, what is different, like what is the Staphysagria dignity versus the Aurum dignity. And as I mentioned a couple of minutes ago, the Staphysagria, their dignity is based on the generic sense of human dignity. “How dare you talk to me that way?” or “How dare you assume I’m…?” Like, “Don’t treat me like a stereotype. But treat me like an individual,” kind of thing. That’s the Staphysagria dignity. Whereas the Aurum, their dignity is coming more from their productive creative power. Now, the question you just asked there, where do we ground that? Well, in the broader understanding of Heilkunst medicine, we look at our whole physiology in terms of their being two beings (two human beings). When here, we are looking at Allyson and Jeff on the screen. When you understand human physiology, there’s actually four people. There’s upper Jeff, there’s lower Jeff; there’s upper Allyson, there’s lower Allyson. So there’s actually four of us doing a broadcast right now. Now to put that into our context of Staphysagria and Aurum, when that dignity is contradicted or frustrated, in Staphysagria you’re getting much more of an expression of the upper being, being frustrated. And in the case of the Aurum remedy, it’s the nether being. So, what that means is in Staphysagria you’ll get what we call anger (the word ‘anger’) and in Aurum I think we’d be much more correct to call that rage instead of anger. And if you’ve ever wondered, “Well, is there a difference between anger and rage?” Well, a good start to that is the anger comes from the upper being and the rage comes from the nether being. In a way, I always think of rage, if you think of that old (I guess, maybe it’s been revised now) that old TV show (it’s a new movie now) The Incredible Hulk. Well, that was an artistic portrayal of rage. When this whole other big green guy kind of pops out, and he can throw cars and do all these things. That’s the activity of rage. Or let’s put it in a positive light. When you hear those stories of just like a baby gets trapped under a car or something like that. The mother, not even knowing what she’s doing, she’s operating from a completely different state of mind. She can come and she can lift up the front end of that car and rescue the baby. Where in a normal waking state, she couldn’t lift something like that. Like we don’t normally think we have that kind of strength. But when you tap into that nether being (which is where the rage comes from, which is also where these tremendous heroic acts can come from as well), that’s that nether being shining right through and really taking over the situation. So that’s to back it up to this difference between the Staphysagria anger and the Aurum rage. That’s really this physiology that we’re looking at – the upper being, the nether being. They both have two very different ways of being in the world, basically.
Allyson McQuinn Yeah. Well said. So do you want to take a look at what you’d pulled up from Morrison?
Jeff Korentayer Sure, let me just switch screens here. Oh, yeah, there we are. So Roger Morrison is one of our favorite homeopathic Materia Medica as it’s a very quick reference. And I just have his pages here. And a lot of the things we’ve talked about – the depressive tendency of Aurum, the suicidal tendency – you find that in any Materia Medica. Those are pretty standard features of Aurum. But one of the sides of Aurum, Allyson, you’ve done a really good job portraying the whole state of mind about losing your job. And that story you told of the man who almost looked like a homeless man in his own home. He was so disheveled and all the rest of it. That’s a very clear picture of Aurum. But I like what he has here in the Morrison book. He has another side, almost like a hidden side, of Aurum where you wouldn’t see someone as, you know, you wouldn’t call them depressed or suicidal, they wouldn’t even call themselves that. It’s not a thought they have about themselves. But there’s a certain kind of, let’s say, intensity or focus, when they latch on, especially if things of a spiritual nature. They may latch on to a spiritual practice or meditation practice or any number of things like that. And they will do it with such an intensity. It’s kind of coming from this more of this Aurum compensation. They’re trying to grasp on to some kind of thread of meaning in their world. And it’s interesting the way I just said that, the grasping on to meaning. Because I believe you said earlier today, Allyson, (I can’t remember if I just remembered you writing this earlier or me reading it) but the Aurum is related back to the syphilitic miasm. And the syphilitic miasm, again, that’s where the hopelessness, the suicidal feelings, the despair in Aurum comes from because syphilis has all of that in spades. And this whole idea of, as I said, just grasping onto something with this intensity (grasping on for something that’s going to give them their life meaning), and as I say, they don’t even think of themselves as depressed or suicidal or anything like that. But it’s coming out of this syphilitic miasm where that’s the whole essence of syphilis is the very basis of life is destroyed – there is no sense of meaning, there is no sense of hope. We’re just kind of putting one foot in front of the other going through our life, going through our days. But yeah, syphilis, that of course, can lead to the depression and the suicidal thoughts and all the rest of it. But even before then, we have this much more generalized sense of erosion – the whole sense of meaning of life is just kind of whittled away. And if you look at our modern world (our modern society), we very much live in a syphilitic world, right? Again, we have great material abundance by and large, obviously, in our North American lifestyles than many other parts of the world. But yet, there’s a great shadow to that. There can be an incredible spiritual emptiness where more and more people don’t have any idea of what gives life meaning other than “Okay, we’ve booked the next holiday (the next vacation),” this and that. Of course, our topic today on Aurum and all the job losses and other losses that are happening through the current pandemic lockdowns. But regardless of that, let’s say, we weren’t in such a situation, we still find ourselves living in this very syphilitic world. And therefore, this is why we see this very strong overlay of Aurum in our modern world. I’m sorry, so to bring bring it back full circle to the point I started with. So, when we’re in the Morrison and we see this other side that he portrays (this deep intensity or seriousness that someone will latch on to some form of spiritual pursuit – as I said, whether that’s meditation, yoga practice or all the different variations on that – there’s nothing wrong with those things), but other than when we detect that there’s this kind of Aurum drive or an intensity to it, there’s another meaning that’s going on here. And that’s, as I say, that’s what I’m calling the hidden side of Aurum where people don’t realize how their drives are working that matter.
Allyson McQuinn Yeah. And, I’ve seen it a lot of recent because of the events of recent in women as well – women who have had their purpose stolen from them. And that’s how they perceive that. They can run multiple businesses at home. They can have a thriving yoga practice or be yoga instructors. They can be also meditators – people who are very hyper religious. And it’s all, again, this outside in, really, sense of one’s value – as long as they’re doing all of the things that society says is productive. They’ve derived their wealth or sense of their self very much from these external definitions. So, again, it’s not just business men and women that can suffer an Aurum state. It also can be homeschoolers. And I’ve seen that to people – women that educate their kids at home. At 10 o’clock they do their yoga and then they have their oils business and then they pray or meditate. It’s very regimented, but they’ve forgotten in all of this. And it’s very much a product of our intellectual age that we live in. And again, it’s this definition from the outside in, as opposed to really knowing that as a human with breath in my lungs, I’m enough. With the creative thought in my mind, “I’m enough.” Or “I’m being in an Aurum state,” will rip that knowledge away from the individual. And then the rage just comes over and over. It’s like, “Well, I did this thing. How come God’s not looking after me?” or, “I prayed and I did this business thing. Why isn’t it yielding?” or, “My kids and I are constantly fighting because I want them to do these things.” And again, we’re just imparting the same Aurum state of mind. That’s why I wrote the book about schooling, which is Self-education for Excellence, because I want parents to know that they can actually create a different paradigm for their children, which is that you’re enough. And that you get the opportunity (really, that God-given opportunity), to self-invoke out of volition, who it is you want to be as a result of that inner value intact.
Jeff Korentayer Very excellent. Yeah. And that’s the key point right there it is. It does come from the inside, and not from the outside. And that’s precisely the challenge or the struggle in the Aurum disease state of mind, that when it’s either literally lost like losing a job or losing that external validation. But yes, that’s the true lesson and the true meaning that comes from that Aurum remedy. Now, we’re probably gonna wrap up shortly. But certainly, we’re so happy to take any of your questions. You can just type them into the question box below. Or, conversely, if you like coming on camera, that’s an option, too. I got a link where you can come and join us.
Allyson McQuinn We can pipe people in?
Jeff Korentayer Pipe people in, yeah. Like the news at six o’clock. You know, professional studio.
Allyson McQuinn Yeah, not the fake news.
Jeff Korentayer Not the fake news. Real news, real good news.
Allyson McQuinn Put out the link again, honey, for the book. If you will.
Jeff Korentayer Oh, of course. Yeah. And if you would like to get news on as we progress through the writing of this Staphysagria book, you can go ahead to our website here, and you can just enter your name and email. We barely ever email to that list. That’s, as I say, just for sending out news when the book is ready to go to print and all the rest of that. But yeah, otherwise, if you don’t have any questions, we’ll wait for another minute or so. I know there’s a delay between our talking and when it goes back and forth from where you’re watching us. So we’re doing a little bit of time traveling here. We’re about one minute in the future from where you guys are coming from. So I’ll keep it open for a moment if someone is still typing. Yeah, we are getting some nice thank you’s and things like that. So, you’re very welcome. We appreciate your attention and sharing the time with us today.
Allyson McQuinn Just to mention the timeline in the book, hon. We’ve written multiple books published. I have about 20 of them out on to Amazon. But it’s not an easy thing. Think about it as the gestation of an elephant, especially these big heady research pieces there. It takes a lot to pull this together and also have full practice answering acutes on a regular basis when we’re not in front of our patients a few days a week. So, just thank you so much for your patience. We’re going just as fast as our little legs can carry us. This time has actually helped us a little bit because we are also sequestered where we are in the world. And so, yeah, we still have to get up and move and walk around a bit and take a hike and get some groceries. So like you, I feel that it always takes longer than you ever think.
Jeff Korentayer Mm hmm. What’s the thing? Take your estimate and multiply it by 10? And then, (inaudible)? Yeah.
Allyson McQuinn All right. Well, Jeff, thank you so much for taking time out. I know Fridays are really busy for you in many regards. So thank you for sharing this space with me and just doing this work with me and discussing and living it with me.
Jeff Korentayer Well, it’s my pleasure. Yeah, when you suggested this, I jumped right all over it. I’m just excited for this, too.
Allyson McQuinn Awesome.
Jeff Korentayer Okay. Well, thank you all again. And we will see you whenever we next see you.
Hello, welcome to today’s video. And our topic today is actually part of our series called “How Heilkunst Diagnosis Works”. And just a moment, I’m returning to my slideshow. But just to remind you that you can type your question into the comment box below at any time. And at the end I will come back around and I will address all the questions. Or, likewise, if you are watching this as a replay later, you can do the same. Put your question into the comment box and I will address it in a future video. So let me just turn to my slideshow here.
Okay, today’s topic is called “True Diagnosis Or False Condition Label?” And this obviously is an exploration of what does make for a true diagnosis and what are we considering a faulty diagnosis. So this is a bit of a continuation of my previous video when I outlined the three jurisdictions.
If you recall, I borrowed this slide from that previous presentation. We have the jurisdiction of “regimen”, that of “medicine”, and that of “education”. Now, in the broadest sense, when we use the word “diagnosis”, it applies to all three of these jurisdictions. Just think of the way we generally use that word even in common everyday language of a way of identifying a problem. “I’m going to diagnose what’s making the sound in my car engine,” or something like that. It’s a word we use generally. And likewise, in the whole system of Heilkunst medicine, we have of all the three jurisdictions. We will be able to apply diagnosis at each of those levels. But for the purposes of today’s video, we’re just going to zero in on the middle jurisdiction – Therapeutic Medicine. So when we are talking about diagnosis today, that’s the specific context we’re talking about. In other words, that’s the realm of actual disease and how we apply the law of similars to address a particular disease. Or I should speak a little more accurately and say to cure a specific disease. That is the law of cure, after all.
So is something a true disease, or is it a false condition label? And to start to orient our thinking a little bit: a “false condition label” is an abstract description. It’s a grouping of common symptoms and it is non-individualized.
So I have here this image I pulled up. You can see it says, “Stress Symptoms: sleeping problems, mood swings, headaches, nausea, depression.” Okay, well, it’s a little bit abstract and general. And it’s not really zeroing in on the nuance details of any given case. As I also say here, the false condition label lends itself to ‘palliative’ or ‘suppressive’ approaches (rather than a curative approach). And if you remember in another previous video, where I outlined the three possible outcomes of treatment, something can either be curative, suppressive or palliative. So that’s what I’m making reference to there. And the “true disease diagnosis”, as I say in this last point here, usually refers to a mix of elements from the three jurisdictions. In other words, a mix of imbalance, disease, and ignorance.
So we’re kind of swimming in false condition labels even in the natural healthcare field. It just fills the vocabulary of how people talk about health, and the kinds of solutions they’re looking for, and so on.
So, this is one of those questions I’ve heard probably a few hundred thousand times. Maybe that’s an exaggeration, but we’ll stick with it. “Do you have a remedy for (fill in the blank)?” And almost always, when somebody asks that question, they fill in the blank with a false condition label. So I just have a few examples here. Arthritis, fibromyalgia, migraine, hypertension, anxiety, toothache – on and on and on. You can fill in all your favorite false condition labels here. And we will have the same answer which is “No, we don’t have a remedy for x, y or z.” You know, those false condition labels. Not in the generic sense, but only when we conduct a proper diagnosis on the basis of all three jurisdictions.
So to delve a little bit into that last example on the list (toothache), let’s go beyond the false condition label. And let’s just take a little peek at what a more individualized (more exact diagnosis) would look like. So in the case of a toothache, there are many homeopathic remedies that we could call on (we could consider). But just for this example, I’ve just pulled out three just to show you a quick little differentiation.
So the homeopathic remedy “Chamomilla” could be a toothache remedy. And some of the characteristic symptoms are that the toothache, the person, is worse at night in bed, particularly under the warmth of the covers; there’s redness on the cheek near the side with the toothache; and the whole mental emotional state, they’re really beside themselves. The pain is just driving them out of their mind. They don’t know what they want. They may ask for something, “Bring me a glass of water'” or “Bring me this,” “Bring me that.” But as soon as you bring it, they shove it aside, they don’t want that anymore. So it’s a kind of a pain where, as I say, the person is besides themselves, and they don’t even know what they want anymore.
The second state of toothache, “Pulsatilla”, is characterized by sharp shooting pain, as if the nerves were tightened, and then that alternates with some relaxation. And there can be an annoying pain, which extends to the ears and eyes. And any of these kinds of toothaches under pulsatilla will be aggravated by the use of a toothpick. The overall mental emotional disposition can be actually quite mild and pleasant, which is a little bit surprising if you think of someone with a toothache. But the pulsatilla personality characteristic is that they’re very mild and pleasing, and they don’t want to offend anyone. So, as I say, it’s a bit of an unexpected twist. But that’s one of the big clues for that pulsatilla style of toothache.
And the third example here, “Nux Vomica”, the toothache is generally worse in the early hours of the morning. It’s also aggravated if they’re trying to think about anything or make any mental effort. It’s aggravated by cold water; the opposite, they feel better from drinking warm water or tea or soup or things like that. And it also can have a lot of (sorry, I have a spelling error here that should be an) abscess or swelling of the gums. The mental emotional disposition is they can be highly irritable, bossy, and otherwise just pain in the neck to be around. The main point I wanted to make of this slide, as I say, these aren’t the only three dental remedies from homeopathic pharmacy. But I just wanted to give us this as an example of how we start to get into more of a true diagnosis where you get into the real exact details – the time of day, the qualities of the pain, even the qualities of the personality and the disposition. All these things will give us a very accurate picture that will lead us to the correct diagnosis and the correct remedy.
One note I wanted to make as well, what’s interesting (as we’re doing, we’re comparing the whole world of false condition labels with true diagnosis), there is one area where the allopathic approach to medicine and the Heilkunst approach have a distinct overlap. And that’s in the area of pathogenic disease. In other words, when you’re talking about germs and infectious agents, viruses, and all these kinds of things (in what we’re calling this whole realm of pathogenic diseases), at least when it comes to the diagnosis or the naming, that’s where allopathic medicine and Heilkunst medicine actually agree. One of the few points where the two systems actually agree and will come to the same answer or the same conclusion. So whether we’re talking about scarlet fever, influenza, chickenpox, any kind of contagious disease like that, we’re going to use the same name. Now, although the diagnosis is the same, what’s quite noticeable in both systems of medicine, the treatment is actually quite different. So, as I say, although we come together on this point of the diagnosis, we very quickly diverge as far as how the treatment goes after that. But I did want to point this out. This is one (I think the only) area where a diagnosis in both systems actually coincides. But as everywhere else, you’re going to get completely different approaches to how we diagnose.
Now to spell it out a little bit with a little more detail of true disease is, as I sort of mentioned at the beginning, we’re just zeroing in on the second jurisdiction of the three. And it, as I say, can be diagnosed and treated within the second jurisdiction of Heilkunst (that is therapeutic medicine, or that is as we base on the law of similars). And I do want to point out something very important.
The concept of disease, a true disease is different from the concept of (you probably have seen this word here and there) was people spell it out like that – “DIS-ease”. In other words, somebody is not in a state of ease. They’re feeling off kilter or out of ease, out of their comfort zone, or something like that. That concept (“DIS- ease”) is a different concept. And if we want to be really accurate, we would say that this ease belongs to the first jurisdiction, which is the realm of imbalances. And if you haven’t seen that other video on the three jurisdictions, it may come in handy for you to further unpack what the jurisdictions I’m talking about. I think you can come to a reasonable understanding, but that other view will help you as well. So yeah, that first jurisdiction relates to imbalance where someone may feel “DIS-ease”. And this is very different from what we’re talking about. A true disease (no hyphen, just the full word), is an entity on its own. And this is the final point I make here. The German word that Hahnemann used is “wesen” (or in English what we would call an ‘entity’). And in this sense, an entity or a true disease is something which penetrates into the human organism. So not an imbalance, but something which penetrates. And again, think of the pathogenic jurisdiction where we have germs and viruses and things penetrating in past the boundaries of someone’s immune system that creates a certain kind of pathogenic disease, or really any disease has this kind of penetrative action, right? So whether we’re talking even about like a mental or emotional disease, such as an unresolved grief, that’s something that penetrates into someone to the degree that it changes something qualitative about them.
It’s not just a mere imbalance like we would see in the first jurisdiction. Or where we were saying before, where someone might say “Dis-ease” with the hyphen in the word. It’s not that. It’s something; it’s its own standalone entity which qualitatively change what’s happening in the human organism. So the examples I used here are like an infection (like the example I just gave. Or also think of what’s happening when someone gets pregnant. Right? That’s not just a matter of an imbalance in the sense of, “Oh, let’s just shift some cells around and make a new baby.” But something different has penetrated into that person. And now a whole new being, a whole new person, is going to come out of that. So that’s more of a qualitative change rather than a quantitative change. That’s a good way of thinking of this difference between these first two jurisdictions.
Another definition I want to give (so we’re getting somewhat of a more clear definition now of the disease at this very specific entity which penetrates and creates a qualitative change). Now, in some cases (fortunately, this doesn’t happen too often; but it happens often enough; we see it as far as when we go through our timeline treatment), when two or more distinct diseases of similar strength meet in human organism at the same time, they create a “compound disease”.
And I just mentioned the timeline. So that’s the area where we see this most often. That’s where someone has had a specific set of shocks or traumas that were simultaneous. And therefore, when we go to give the proper treatment for that timeline event, we don’t just give one single remedy, but we give one remedy for each unique component of that compound disease. So my example here is, in a surgery, will have all the specific remedies for the surgery PLUS the emotion that the person felt. Let’s say they had a tremendous amount of fear about going under the knife, and that there was also anesthetic used, there was oxygen mask used. So all these simultaneous things, each one of them gets their own remedy as a formula, an intelligent formulation of remedies. Not just haphazardly, but each one matches a very specific disease that’s part of this compound disease. So I just wanted to point that out. As I say, that happens a lot. We see it a lot on the timeline. But just while we’re in this whole definition of disease and treatment, I thought this would be important to know as well.
So this last point here, this big point about (and I’ve kind of alluded to it when we were talking about the false condition labels), but this whole endeavor of finding the right name for a disease, it’s pretty important. As I said at the top, we are dealing here with the second jurisdiction of medicine, based on the law of similars.
And when we identify that the… Based through the law of similars, through our diagnosis, we see that the homeopathic remedy “Belladonna” is a very, very highly similar match to the disease that the person is suffering. If we want it to be really nitpicky and accurate, we would say, “Oh, this person is suffering from a Belladonna-like disease.” So the remedy, Belladonna treats a Belladonna-like disease. That’s quite an elegant kind of naming system. You know what you’re dealing with and you know what remedy goes with it. You know that there’s a match on the law of similars and you know that’s going to be curative. And the other way I say this, at the bottom here, “the diagnosis IS the prescription, and you always know it will work”. Assuming, of course, that you’ve made a correct diagnosis. So once you diagnose that somebody is in a Belladonna state of mind or Belladonna symptom picture, as far as their physical condition, you know automatically that Belladonna will be the prescription. You don’t have to… This is what we often see in the allopathic textbooks. You can look up any number of different diseases or so-called diseases, I should say false condition labels. And so often you will see “no known treatment”, right? You don’t get that in Heilkunst. Once you know the name of the disease that the person has, then you know the name of the remedy. There’s automatically a treatment for it because that’s where the diagnosis came from. Our knowledge of the remedies or knowledge of these disease states is what gives us the map to find our way through the diagnosis in the first place.
So that’s the end of the formal presentation. I will come back on screen. Let me just switch my screen again. Okay, there I am. And, yeah, please feel free. If you have any questions, I’d be happy to take them up now. Or as I said earlier, if you’re watching this as a video replay, I will likewise take any questions into a future video. I’m happy to do that as well. And I will just leave the screen up for a moment. I know there’s a delay between my talking and when things come back from the other end. So, just in case anyone is typing right now, I will leave the screen up. But otherwise, I will formally say thank you and goodbye at this moment. But I will just stare, in a happily way, at the camera for the moment.
Hello, thank you for joining me today. And we’re going to be looking at a topic which comes from our video series on “How Heilkunst Diagnosis Works”. And the topic today is on the very big concept in Heilkunst, and that’s on “The Three Therapeutic Jurisdictions”.
So let me switch over to my slides. Before I forget, if you are watching live, please go ahead and type any of your questions into the comments box below. If you’re watching it after the fact, I’ll come back around and I’ll create a separate video just to address any follow up questions that come today. But again, if you are with me live, please feel free to type your questions into that comment box below. (So let me just switch over to my screen here.)
Okay. So as I mentioned, we’re looking at the three therapeutic jurisdictions within Heilkunst medicine. And we’ll see more and more clearly as we go through. This is actually the foundational concept for how the whole system of Heilkunst works. As I say, at the bottom (excuse me) of this slide, we have a whole broader question around how diagnosis work in Heilkunst. And this is a big part of it. This is a really big orientation of how we assess what’s going on in a case and how we apply a given modality or a given remedy, a given piece of advice. How does it fit into the bigger picture?
So before we get into the specifics of the three jurisdictions, what’s really behind those three jurisdictions is the master principle in Heilkunst, which is the principle of “resonance”. Now, I will be doing a separate video, if not a whole series, on the concept of resonance. It’s a concept that just keeps revealing more and more parts to it the more you examine it. But for our purposes today, when we’re looking at the three jurisdictions, we’re going to see that this master principle of resonance really unfolds itself into how it’s applied in these three different jurisdictions.
So to give you the broad outline here, the three jurisdictions are “therapeutic regimen”, “therapeutic medicine”, and finally, “therapeutic education”. And I’ll go into more of the details of all of these. But just so we have the more fundamental concept here, you can’t mix and match the jurisdictions. Like when something belongs to one jurisdiction, you can’t apply a modality that would come from another jurisdiction. It’s not going to work. Or even worse, it’s gonna cause a regression in the case.
The other main point I want to make here is that when I’m talking about these three jurisdictions, this is not just something that applies to Heilkunst. But in fact, anything that you do in the whole realm of health – even if you’re doing your nutrition at home for yourself or you’re applying other natural remedies to yourself or whichever practitioner you’re seeing (whether an MD, a specialist, a massage therapist, chiropractor), whatever the different modality is – we have to understand exactly what is happening is fitting in to these three jurisdictions. And to say that it’s fitting in a very unique way to a given case, right? It’s not just that every time somebody does a given modality, it’s always one of the jurisdictions. But it will be uniquely fitting into one of the three based on the case of that individual person. And as I say, here, this is the important, the master rule here: “Apply the correct jurisdiction at the correct time OR there will be consequences!”
Now, if we start to get into a little bit of the details now, of the three, we have the first jurisdiction of “Regimen.” And the master goal there is the “goal of balance or ‘homeostasis'”. And the law of nature that would be applied here is the law of opposite resonance. And in regimen, the problem to solve is “imbalance”. When we look at the second jurisdiction, “Therapeutic Medicine”, we have the “goal of function” or the fancy word we could use is “palingenesis” that’s kind of the opposite of homeostasis. And when you understand how our systems work in the state of health, we’re in a constant state of re-creation. We’re constantly re-creating ourselves. If you know how long a blood cell lasts, I believe, if I’m remembering the right number, that’s 120 days. Or if you look at the whole physical body, that has kind of an annual recycling. So that’s why we go to the MD for our annual physical, we want to see what’s changed over the year.
But at all these different levels, our body, our cells, our minds, all of our healthy functions are in a constant state of recreation. So that’s the meaning of this fancy word here, “palingenesis“. And when we’re in this realm of medicine, we’re applying the law of similar resonance. And the problem to be solved is the problem of “disease”. So this is not an imbalance; now we’re talking about a disease. That’s a different health issue and it takes a different principle to solve that. And the final of the three jurisdictions is “Therapeutic Education” which has the “goal of a healthy mind” or being illuminated. And here we’re applying neither the law of opposites or the law of similars. But we would call this the law of truth, the expression of resonance (back to our our master principle of resonance here). And the problem to be solved in this jurisdiction is ignorance, illusion, or belief.
So let’s now go a little more detail into each of the three jurisdictions.
In Therapeutic Regimen, as we’ve said, that’s based on the law of opposite resonance. Whatever the health issue is, we are going to apply the opposite as the solution. Or the other way of saying that is from our fairy tales, we can call that the “baby bear” principle. In other words, we want something to be not too hot, not too cold, but just right. So the examples (excuse me), would be your body shivering to warm itself up or sweating to cool itself down when it’s in an environment that’s not the optimal temperature.
Another example would be taking a vitamin supplement to overcome a deficiency, such as when we take vitamin C if we have a case of scurvy. And the final point about regimen that I wanted to include here was that regimen serves to support the innate healing power. And actually we’ll see this in the later slide. But whatever is out of balance, as far as what needs to be addressed with regimen, is going to form a blockage to the next jurisdictions as we go up. So when we get into the medicine jurisdiction (the homeopathic medicines) or we get to the third jurisdiction of therapeutic education, to the degree that there are things that are not imbalanced, that could be put into better balance through therapeutic regimen, we’re going to get some degree, or other of those next jurisdictions, not being able to be fully activated as far as their healing principles.
So let’s move up the chain now. We go to Therapeutic Medicine. And here we have the principle of the law of similar resonance. And here is the “realm of disease”. I said just a moment ago, these are not inbound; these are actual diseases. And here we are applying the “law of cure” or “like cures like”. The general principle of how that’s done is when you look at the symptoms that are produced by a medicine in a healthy person, those are the same symptoms or same disease picture that will be cured when given to someone with a very similar disease in their system. And here we apply the law of similars (l.o.s.) based on either on a symptom picture (a pathic disease), or based on the original causation (which we call a tonic disease). So this is the fundamental basis, if you’ve been going through your Sequential Timeline Treatment, where each shock or trauma that someone has experienced in their life will create a specific disease in the cellular memory. This includes simple pathogenic disease, as well as emotional shocks and traumas, amongst some other examples of first aid and other things which impinge on our system.
And finally, to move up to our third jurisdiction, we come into Therapeutic Education. And the master goal here, when it comes to the patient’s health and really getting to the higher goals of health, has to do with unfolding our highest expression of resonance. Or another way of saying that, we’re getting into the law of truth. Previously, in the lower jurisdictions, we were looking at the law of opposites or the law of similars. Well, here, we have the law of truth. And I know that may sound a little funny when you hear that at first. You think, “Well, what does that have to do with medicine and therapy? Isn’t that the realm of a philosophy classroom (or something like that)?” But the deeper we go into this, the deeper we understand that. We realize (excuse me), it’s really the basis of health at the deepest level. And when you look at the origin of diseases, the origin of some of the genetic factors that have come through our family tree, we more and more understand that a blockage to truth or an ignorance (even if it’s come several generations back), you’ll see that filtered down into the individual’s health and what were some of the issues in the therapeutic regimen (the therapeutic medicine), those ultimately stem from issues that have come from a blockage to truth.
So, another way we could say that is the old famous saying of “Know thyself”. Of course, not just the cliche version of this statement. But a really deep, deliberate unfolding of what that means. And as I was just saying a moment ago, “ignorance” is the ultimate source of disease. And this is where (again, when we get into our third jurisdiction here), these are the kinds of issues we’re thinking about, and the kind of map we’re trying to draw for the patient’s process through their treatment.
So, two general therapeutic activities we can talk about: either we’re going to be attempting to directly confront a given illusion or belief in the patient (something that they may be completely unconscious about and you need a little bit of a confrontational approach to raise that up into their awareness and innocence; agitate what that issue is so that they they start to wake up to what that even is in themselves), or the other side of the coin could be presenting something that is a truth. The patient may not have grasped it yet. And we’re creating the conditions, planting the seed where that can unfold or blossom within the patient over time.
And I’ll make a little footnote on that. When we understand the real roots of the word “education” (of course, we think of going to school and reading textbooks and things like that, but), the ultimate meaning of the word “education” comes from the root of the word “educe” which was really is about drawing something out of something. So ultimately, we do contain all of the truths within ourselves, all of the universal truths, but for various reasons of ignorance and things I’ve said here above, those have been buried or blocked deeper within ourselves. And the role of education in that meaning is to kind of remove all the blockages so that deeper connection that we have to these different universal truths can actually start to come more up to our conscious mind or conscious awareness. So that’s the meaning of education or educe is you’re drawing things out that the person already has within themselves. But as I say, they’ve lost contact with that at some point.
To go slightly further into really illuminating what’s going on in therapeutic education, as I say, here, it’s a “multi-faceted area of therapeutics”. And this includes the ultimate health goal of establishing a state of health in the patient based on a dynamic interplay between psyche and soma. Or another way of saying that is, every human being that we look at, that you know, that you meet, is really made up of two distinct beings. We’re not just one human being, individually. We’re actually two human beings who have a relationship to each other. The other way of saying this, addressing the roots of psychosomatic illness. So, diseases and other kinds of imbalances and blockages which have come from a false belief. If somebody, let’s say, has excessive anxiety over something which is disproportionate to the situation, over time, that false belief (that anxiety) will actually start to create a somatic disease (or something that expresses through bodily symptoms).
Another aspect of this could be “false personas”, which can be rooted both in the mind (the ego) or the body (which we call armoring). So that’s when someone has reactions to the world based on unconscious attachments or illusions. Also, this includes common cultural beliefs, which we collectively may share a variety of these beliefs together. And that reinforces it because we don’t see the belief as wrong in ourselves. We don’t see it wrong in our neighbor. We just think everyone is thinking the same thing because it’s correct, but actually that’s where the problem magnifies. So, as I say here, common cultural beliefs, such as “materialism”, which says that the world is made only of small physical particles. Now, this is a very brief introduction to the third jurisdiction. We’re barely scratching the surface here. But I’m hoping, at least you’ll be getting sense of what kinds of things we’re talking about as we get up to this highest or third jurisdiction.
Now, a final point I want to make about a couple of things related to both diagnosis and treatment. When it comes to “treatment”, generally speaking, it’s an upward direction. Meaning, we start from the lowest level of diagnosis – start with the therapeutic regimen, start with the imbalances there. And we build the foundation of health from the bottom and we build it up. So we build it all the way up through regimen, we work through medicine, and finally, on this very strong foundation, now we can can do the best, most direct work through the therapeutic education. And the other direction (we’re talking about “diagnosis”), that generally flows from the top down.
So the biggest picture of diagnosis is really looking at the whole human being or their whole medical case. And we’re looking at the biggest picture of who they are, what they are as an individual, where the diseases and blockages are – but we’re taking that bigger approach. And from the big picture, we’re looking down into the small details. So again, treatment starts at the bottom and works up; where diagnosis, in the ultimate sense, starts at the top and works down. So, of course, those two directions meet each other in terms of the whole treatment plan. But just so you understand that there’s duality of movement (or approach) to what we’re looking at from the bottom up, and what we’re looking at from the top down in order to make sense of what’s going on in someone’s treatment plan.
So as I said at the beginning, if you have any questions, I’m happy to answer them right now. Let me just turn back to my main screen here. And, how do I get myself back on screen? Yeah, there. There’s me. Let me… Whoops, that’s not what I want. I wanted this variation. So yes, as I say, I will be happy to answer any questions here. Or I’ll work them into a future video depending on what the topics are about. And I’ll just wait for a moment, just in case someone is typing a question as we speak. But otherwise, that brings us to the end of our presentation. And thank you again for joining me today. And I’ll see you in the next video.
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The topic is going to be taking our 8 Steps to Natural Fertility. As we do know, we have many hundreds of you who have downloaded the book. But as much as people have gotten good advice and benefited from the book, we’ve also gotten a lot of comments that a book is not something that a lot of people have time to sit down and read. We appreciate that. It can be more time consuming. So we thought it would be helpful to take the first tips from the top advice from the book and put it into about a 30-minute presentation. So, at least you can take your good intentions if you haven’t had time to read the book, and begin to gain the benefits from it.
So I’m going to spend about 30 minutes. (Just let me switch my screen for a second to find the right button here.) It’s going to take about 30 minutes, so we’re going to go through. And what you can do is, as we’re going through at any time (oops, let me switch my screen here), you can type your comments or your question in the comments box. I won’t see them immediately. But my plan is to go through the full 30-minute presentation and then I’ll come back around and I’ll go through your questions at that time. It’ll make a little more sense that way to group them all together. So whether you’re on Facebook, or you’re on YouTube, you can type into the comment box and that will populate into my studio at the back end here. So let’s go in through the slides.
The Organizing Idea Behind Fertility Success
The very beginning, the overview. First of all, my first point that I make here is that I just want to point out the reason why we’ve had such a high success rate with our fertility treatments. And it really comes down, more than anything, it comes down to the fundamental organizing idea that we’re using. And our whole thought process, our whole treatment structure, is based on the principles of Dynamic medicine, as opposed to most of what you’ll find in the world of fertility advice, which goes back to allopathic medicine and even a lot of the natural approaches – they default to a lot of the mechanical presumptions. So, unless you’re a car that needs to go to the mechanic, usually you’re going to do a lot better on taking dynamic health advice rather than mechanical health advice. So that’s just a big overview point or where we’re coming from, as how we’re approaching this and now we’re getting the results that we do. Or to say this in another way, to really be in possession of full fertility health is really just a subset of being healthy at all levels – as I say here, the physical health, mental, emotional, and especially (as we’ll see in some of the points I make later on), the profound importance in our health of the mind-body connection (the so called “mind-body” connection). It’s not like they’re two separate things that got connected, but they are one connected thing, which got expressed in two separate forms. So anyways, we’ll use the common phrase of the “mind-body” connection. And you’ll see what I mean a little bit later on.
And the general practical tip as to how we designed the book, how we designed these 8 steps, and you’ll see this go through today. If you haven’t yet used it, our fertility scorecard, you can get it at our website arcanum.ca/fertilityscore. And we generally recommend if you test yourself and your spouse monthly and track where that score is going, it’ll give you good feedback as to whether you’re improving on the key fertility factors or not. And more importantly, will also help you to identify exactly where those weaknesses are, and what’s the next thing you might want to focus on as far as making progress towards your fertility goals.
So let’s get into Step 1. And very intentionally, we designed the book this way to start with this as Step 1.
And that is the really foundational point of measuring your pH balance. Now that’s foreign for a lot of people. Some people have done it for other health reasons. It’s a general topic around the alkalinity of your body and how important that is for health. But it’s particularly important when it comes to fertility as it’s almost like one of the body’s master switches under times of stress or nutritional deficiencies or other things where, as I’m saying, kind of a master switch where the body may turn off the fertility function as kind of an evolutionary preservative mechanism.
But just to get ourselves a little bit grounded in the basics, to give us almost more of a technical definition of “What is the pH in the body?” The technical definition would be, pH literally stands for “potential for hydrogen ion transfer” – a very biochemical definition. But what that means to us, or what that means in the context of fertility, is depending on the overall state of the health of the body, the cellular health, the nutritional status, the mineral status and all these things, depending on what’s going on in the cellular structure, that potential for hydrogen ion transfer. What that means is, if the cells have everything that they need, the life energy is just naturally flowing through the body the way it’s supposed to. All the nutrition that’s supposed to flow into the cells and all the basic life functions really exists as a function of flow. And we know this at the psychological level when we’re feeling well, and our day is going well, we will use a word like that. We’ll say, “Oh yeah, my day flowed” or “Things went smoothly” or “Things went easily.” We know what that feeling is like psychologically, but biochemically that’s precisely what your body is aiming for as far as health.
So, the way the pH scale works, you can see in this image I have here. It’s a bottle of pH strips. And you can see all these color codings. And basically, the way you do it, you test your… Usually there’s two main ways you can test pH – either testing the saliva or testing the urine. And for our purposes with fertility, we recommend the urine testing as that it gives us a more accurate reading for what we’re looking for. So basically, what you do is first thing in the morning, you get one of these strips. And your first urination of the day, you pee on one of these strips. And after 20 or 30 seconds, it will turn a certain color and you just match that color to the chart you’ll have on your bottle. Every brand has their own chart and you just follow that. And the whole pH scale goes from 0 to 14. So the lower half, from 0-7, that indicates an acidic state of the body. And then everything above that, 7-14 is the alkaline. So when it comes to health in general, and fertility health in particular, you want to be in that really sweet spot – in the low, like 7.1-7.2, maybe up to about 7.4-7.5 range, that’s really the sweet spot of alkalinity. And what you will typically get, as I say, when you when you measure that pH first thing in the morning, you will typically get a slightly more acidic reading (because that’s all the metabolites, although you haven’t… your body’s been busy metabolizing overnight). When you first pee, it goes out in the morning, and you tend to have more of an acidic reading.
But then what you want to also do is then have a second reading, after you’ve had a chance to drink a glass of water, start to rehydrate yourself, as you start to get into your daytime metabolism. And your second reading, hopefully, typically what you will see is that will rise and that will be more in the sweet spot of what I’ve just said, the low, 7.2 to 7.4 range – somewhere in that range. That would be the optimal. Now if you’re still low, if you’re still more in the acidic range, of course, we’ll go through a lot of the further steps we’re going to get to today. But all the things we do with diet and all the other recommendations, we do have a lot to do with getting this pH back into that fertility sweet spot. So that’s a good overview. It’s pretty straightforward. Once you know how to do it, it’s not that hard.
Moving on to Step 2. The title of this chapter was called “Follow Your Taste Buds to Optimal Mineral Nutrition and Better Hormone Balance”.
So the mineral part here I just alluded to when I was talking about the pH balance. And the thing about taste buds, I wanted to kind of have a little bit of an attention grabber. It’s not a way people necessarily think about, but it’s quite amazing the way the whole human body has evolved. Our taste buds, amongst other other signals we get in our body, are very highly tuned to which foods are healthy for us, and which foods are less healthy for us.
So the whole idea of what we’re looking at in this step is what’s called “nutrient density”. And nutrient density is what it sounds like. It’s kind of the opposite. We talk about eating ’empty calories’ – somebody eats a bag of chips or a bag of cookies or whatever. You know, that’s not health food. That’s what we call empty calories. It’s not really full of nutrition, very devoid of nutrition. What we want to get in our fertility diet is the opposite. So very high density nutrition, jam-packed with nutrients. And what I’m saying here about the taste buds and that natural detection organ that we have in our mouth.
When we’re reasonably healthy and we eat a reasonably healthy diet, we get this natural feedback cycle, like when food tastes good, or when healthy food (natural food) tastes good, that’s a good sign – our taste buds get excited and we get a little pleasure (kind of boost), we like those foods. Now we have to be very careful here. If you get into a lot of the modern industrial foods, they’ve been specifically engineered to trick your tongue so that what is more empty calories, it tricks your tongue into thinking that it’s nutrient density. So you have to use your common sense and not get into the factory, industrial foods, the overproduced foods, the additives and the chemicals, and all these other things that have been designed in the lab. You don’t want that. But it’s going to fool you.
And this is actually the reason why a lot of weight gain happens with a lot of junk food. It’s because your tongue is getting fooled – you think you’re getting nutrient dense food, but in fact you’re not. You’re getting very, very empty calories. And your body gets confused. And it thinks it should be full, but it’s not. So it just keeps giving you the signal to “eat more, eat more, eat more” to turn off that signal for nutrient density. Meaning you’ve got enough now, but if that never comes, we never know when to stop eating when we’re in that junk food spiral. So that’s a big distinction to be careful of.
So yeah, something tastes good. If it’s a natural food, that’s good, that’s giving you the right signal you want and you will naturally get full and stop eating at the right time. Versus the more denatured foods, those you want to be very careful. A similar topic along this is where the signals of the taste buds get overridden (or give you the wrong signals) is in the case of when we get into emotional cravings – we’re eating food for emotional reasons. And the power of that, the power of those emotional cravings is overriding that the taste sensations of the tongue, those aren’t turning our hunger on or off at the right times. But those are getting overridden for emotional reasons.
So, as I say, it’s easy enough to use our our common sense to put the industrial foods out of our house and not really make those the basis of our diet. But the emotional eating can be a little bit more of an entrenched problem. And that’s one area where we can go beyond the basic common sense that we teach in the 8 steps of this book, and where we can get more into a helpful homeopathic treatment protocol. So that could be very individual, but that can be something that where we can break out that cycle. But I just include that there, because it’s playing on the same mechanisms as the high density nutrition detector that our tongue would normally be attuned to but it’s overridden for another reason. I just wanted to include that in there.
So Step 3. Now, this is actually one of the more difficult steps to condense into a very short slide. So I’ll just give you a few key points here. But I think in the near future, I’m going to come back around and just do a full presentation on this one step alone. We can fill a whole, even an hour or more just on this step.
So the key points we make in Step 3 is this is a lot of the challenge people have when they get are trying to be healthy and trying to research more, trying to learn more. They get frustrated by a lot of conflicting information – whether they’re on Google, whether they’re reading different books, different advice, different doctors, whatever. We can get advice all over the map. And that becomes a big frustration because, people, they don’t even know where to begin. “Well, this person says this, but then this person contradicts them. And I don’t know who’s right. I don’t know who to believe.” The big distinction to make for yourself is what is more on the basis of being given advice as a fad. And we see lots of fads come and go, versus what are the rock-solid principles that remain true for all time, right?
With human physiology hasn’t changed; and many, many, many thousands of years, we still have that same basic caveman physiology. Of course, we live in a very modern world now. And we have to be aware of some of the trappings of that, but our physiology hasn’t changed. The true principles of health hasn’t changed. And one of the greatest sources we use to really ground nutritional principles (there’s many dimensions we go into), but one of the foundational ones is the work of Dr. Weston A. Price. And he’s very fascinating to study for many reasons.
But just to extract from him some of the principles that really apply to fertility in particular, some of the big ones, are to very deliberately avoid any soy-based foods. A lot of the popular, like tofu, and a lot of the popular like meat replacement foods like soy-based (like it’s supposed to look and taste like meat, but it’s soy product.) Those are actually anti-fertility foods.
And the same goes for a number of the unhealthy oils, including margarine, soybean oil and canola oil. These are all on the no-no list when you’re trying to get into that peak fertility state, peak fertility nutrition. And the other big no-no that I have here on this list (there are many more we can go through in the fuller presentation of this chapter), but all the artificial sweeteners. The ones that come from a laboratory and don’t come from natural sugarcane or other natural fruits, other natural sources of sugar. In moderation, the natural sweeteners are good. But the chemical (artificial) ones are really bad. They’re very carcinogenic and they’re also very much anti-fertility the more you study their effects on the body.
So as I say, this is a very profound condensation of a whole lot more information. But that’s a good start. If you look a little bit into the Dr. Weston A. Price basic diet principles, including these avoid foods I have, that will get your fertility diet off to a great start.
Step 4 is all about hydration, drinking enough water.
There’s many health benefits of hydration; many necessary parts of why we need to be hydrated. But I’m specifically relating that to the topic of hormonal health. And that is because the way our whole hormonal system, our hormonal rhythms, are working in their natural state has a whole lot to do with with our cells being properly hydrated.
When they are fully hydrated and they’re on their optimal function, that’s a big way that our hormonal rhythms really take their natural rhythm. The things that are supposed to be turned on and turned off at different times of the month, all the different natural cycles of the hormones are driven by the hydration.
And I should explain this, I have this little hydration formula here. These are the best, most meaningful letters: “W – 2B”. That simply means if you’re counting your hydration, how people talk about, “Oh yeah, you should be drinking 8-12 glasses of water a day”, adjusted for your body weight and your your exercise and activity levels, things like that. Given that there’s some baseline, something like that, 8-12. This W – 2B what that means is, all the water you’re drinking (let’s say you’re drinking a glass of water a day), but then subtract two times the number of what we call “beverages”, especially including coffee, any of this, soft drinks, a lot of those beverages, which are not pure water, they are, by definition, they are dehydrating.
So, to use the formula here, let’s say you’re drinking 8 glasses of water a day. And let’s say you normally have two cups of coffee a day. We’ll take that 8 and minus 4 (2×2), and you end up with a net hydration of about 4 cups of water a day. So you’re kind of falling way below par there. So I never try to force anyone to stop drinking coffee. That’s usually not a good battle to get into. But I just asked them to consider this formula. And if you really want and need those two cups of coffee a day, we’ll just up your water enough to compensate for that. Your net water gets above the threshold of where you need to be.
The big practical tip around getting enough hydration is something called “sequential eating”. And that’s something that came from Dr. Stanley Bass. And all that sequential eating means is between drinking your water before your meal and going through your meal, you put the most liquid foods at the beginning and the most dense foods at the end.
So as I just said, you start with a glass, or maybe two, of water before your meal – about 20 minutes before you start eating. That primes the digestive tract, primes all the digestive enzymes and so on. It’s a really good thing to do. And by the way, it’s also a good way to prevent overeating because then you get a proper signal about whether you’re full or not, whether that hydration is there as the foundation or not. And then you layer in the soup or the salad, and the lighter foods, the appetizer, and all the way to the densest foods at the end. What you get is an optimized layering in your stomach of how well everything that you’ve taken will be digested.
So even without drinking more water than you normally do, if you sequence your water like that, even if whatever you normally drink isn’t yet optimized, you’re already going to start getting more hydration, just from rearranging the sequence of your water and your your foods based on this idea of a sequence. So anyways, that’s a quick, very practical tip. But a good way of maximizing not only your hydration but also your nutrition and your digestion and how much you’re getting out of what you’re actually consuming. So that’s a really good tweak for, well not just for fertility, but for all health in general.
Step 5 takes us into the general structure that we apply to exercise. And I’m just going to mention some of the basic concepts here. We can get a little bit, actually, if you turn to your book (to your copy of Natural Fertility or “the 8 Steps to Natural Fertility“), you can get a lot more of a detailed explanation. I’m just going to give you the overview here.
So we have this big dichotomy between what we call ‘slow burn’ as one kind of exercise and PACE. Another word (another name) for PACE is ‘interval training’. There’s other names as well, but it’s all the same idea. So the basic idea of slow burn is when you’re doing your weight bearing exercise, is that it’s based on extremely slow movements. I’m not on video right now, but just imagine the usual arm curls or whatever. Just imagine those being taken down to a slow motion video kind of thing. So, if you’re lifting the weight from around hip level, all the way up to shoulder level, you’re going to take maybe about 12-15 seconds to do that – one slow movement up. Then another 12-15 seconds all the way back down to resting position.
So when you’re doing this slow, slow movement like that, it doesn’t take very many reps at all. Maybe three or four within each muscle group before you have a complete exhaustion of that muscle. And that’s a good thing. That’s the whole point of that kind of exercise. You want to get to the…
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Okay. So, I was talking about the two forms of exercise. And in talking about the PACE, that’s a form of cardio. And the basic format is say those 30-second sprints or those really intense aspects, alternating with the 90 seconds of the more slow pace. So by the time you get to doing eight repetitions of that, it’s taking you between about 16 up to about 20 minutes. You do five minutes of warm up at the beginning, five minutes cool down at the end. So in less than 30 minutes, you’re getting the maximum possible benefit from cardio. So between the slow burn is the maximum way to do the strength training, or the weight bearing exercise, the PACE as the maximum form to do the cardio. The PACE you can do a couple times, maybe three times, a week. The slow burn, about once every 7-10 days. So for very minimal time input, you can actually get these really maximum exercise benefits. And, as I say, the book goes into slightly more detail. But I think that should give you a good starting point of what the idea is there.
Step 6 is all about sleep. And, of course, in particular, we’re looking at sleep and its relationship to to how your fertility health functions.
And, as I say, here on the on the slide points: sleep is run by hormones, and vice versa, hormones are run by sleep. So the point I mean there is (I apologize for the background noise, I hope that’s not overtaking my voice on your end. But), when you look at our connection to nature in terms of day and night, sunlight versus moonlight, the bright time of the day and the darker time of night, and how our skin ticking in the light, all the all the different light receptors we have – all these signals really trigger our different phases of our day, run by different hormones coming on or tapering off at the different times of day and night. All of that really gives our body the signal, “Oh, the sun is up, it’s time to wake up.” or “Oh, the sun’s gone down, the moon is out. Time to go to sleep.” That’s really the hormone dialogue that’s happening as we go through the day.
And that’s all well and good in the state of nature. When we don’t have electricity, we didn’t have light bulbs, our bodies naturally told us when to go to sleep. But now that we have these screens and electric lights and overhead lights and our houses are all lit up. The problem with that lifestyle is that we end up in what the author T.S. Wiley called a state of “perpetual summer”. Where our body never thinks it’s time to go to sleep.
Now, that’s bad for a number of reasons. I mean, sleep is necessary for all parts of our health. But especially on our quest for fertility, we need that more natural day-and-night sleep rhythm, and therefore the natural hormonal rhythm, so that the fertility part of our whole hormonal rhythm isn’t getting thrown out of whack as well. So anyways, I’m really simplifying this. But the basic point here is you really want to recraft your lifestyle, your house, the lighting and everything. So that when it gets into evening time, you want to start really really toning down the lights. Not having these strong overhead lights using maybe a more subdued side table lamps, things like that. Even getting to candlelight, if you can tolerate that.
And, especially, if you can put down the phones, put down the screens, at least an hour (if not two) before bedtime, you can really start getting your body and all the light signals to really start helping you transition to more the deeper sleep you really want to be getting into. So I’m giving you the simplified version, but I think it’s still helpful to understand at least that much.
Step 7 is all about, well, going on from sleeping in daylight and sunlight and moonlight and everything, let’s look even more specifically at the benefits of sunlight. How we actually generate vitamin D when our skin is exposed to sunlight.
Now, when we’re in a situation where we don’t have a lot of natural sunlight (for example, in the natural time of winter, when we have shorter days, longer, darker nights), that’s when a supplement becomes more necessary. And it’s usually one of the necessary wintertime supplements. But assuming we have a healthy sun exposure through the the sun and the brighter times of the year, you want as much of your skin exposed for at least about 20 to 30 minutes a day. And ideally, not in the high noon, not in the most dangerous part of the sun exposure. But when it’s the sun is more closer to the horizon at the beginning and end of the day, that’s when you get this more gentle but still nourishing version of the sun.
So I’ll leave that at that – you have natural sun exposure, you have vitamin D supplements when you need. And this is a super important topic we go into a lot more detail in the book. But if you can even begin to incorporate the importance of sunlight, the importance of vitamin D. And, as I say here, the vitamin D is so important. Generally, it’s a deficiency. A lot of people are very deficient in vitamin D. But that being said, we still have to be careful if you’re supplementing. It can become an overdose simply because vitamin D is one of the fat-soluble vitamins. And, that being said, as part of your annual physical with your doctor, you just want to ask for that in your blood test just to make sure your vitamin D levels are in the proper range, and they’re not going over. Now, as I say, most people are going to be way under, but you just want to have that precaution – that you’re not going to push yourself into the overdose range, which is not good for other reasons as well.
And getting to Step 8, “Are we doing it right?” (Or, “Where do babies come from, really?”)
So, of course, we all know where babies come from. From the mechanical point of view, we know we got that from grade six Health class – how the sperm meets the egg and all the things that lead up to the sperm meeting the egg. I hope I don’t have to explain those things to you.
But the biggest, I think, revelation (or important point) in this part of the book is (especially when we get into fertility, this has many other health benefits), but we’ve really learned over the years through our studies and our personal practice as well, we can really talk about two forms of sexuality – two ways of having sex.
Number one, what I’m calling “reproductive “; number two, what I’m calling “regenerative”.
And the number one is what you would want to apply during the the fertile times of the month – when the ovulation signals and the hormonal signals and everything. You want to time that for when you’re actively trying to make a baby. But then, when that fertility window closes the rest of the month, you want to get into what I’m calling regenerative sex. And I’ll put it extremely briefly; there’s a lot more detail. We would have to unpack and that’s all in the book again.
But the basic idea, when it comes to the man and the woman, and what’s going on as far as the exchange going on between them, the number one (the reproductive kind of sex), of course, is all about that – sperm being released, entering the woman and going off to meet the egg, that’s one thing. But in the number two (the regenerative sex), it’s a whole other approach.
It is more of an energetic approach where that’s completely not the focus. In fact, the whole technique is really about preserving. Meaning, preserving the male (preserving the man) from having that release. So that instead, between the couple, although bio energy and the emotional energy can actually be circulated between the two, and it’s a much higher pleasure. It’s a much more expensive and energetic form. And it can be very healing to the emotional level of the relationship, individually can be very healing to the organ functions, the kidney and the whole reproductive tract. It can just be a very regenerative, very healing energy.
So as I say, we go into a lot more of the how to’s in the book. But I just want to at least open up the topic here. So you realize that we’ve seen in our work with fertility couples and all the rest, this is actually one of those factors that supercharges a lot of the other things we put in place with nutrition and everything else we’ve talked about. So again, that’s a really kind of lightning tour of that topic, but just put that in the back of your mind. That is something to bring into your fertility practice as well.
So just to summarize it all, the best places to start, first of all, follow all of the action steps that I outlined above. I also mentioned above, use our Fertility Scorecard at arcanum.ca/fertilityscore. And if, depending on any of the steps we talked about, where sometimes there’s more challenges, there’s other deeper blockages to the to the to the fertility. Sometimes things can come through the family tree as far as certain predispositions to infertility, certain certain things like that. That’s where you will want to turn to us and go more into one or more fertility sessions with us where we can use the the homeopathic side of things to really unblock a lot of more of that inherited side, or even some of the more deeply embedded emotional shocks or traumas, any stresses like that. That’s where we can get more into a deeper fertility treatment on that side.
Questions and Answers
So let me turn back to the camera now. As I said earlier, if you have any questions, you can enter them to the comment box. Let me bring myself back up here. And I think there’s some already some questions entered here. Okay, just some people saying they see me and hear me. That’s when we had the technical trouble a few minutes ago. But yeah, please go ahead if you want to go more depth into anything, any of these points, or even something you may have thought I was going to go into, but that wasn’t in the presentation today. I’m happy to take any questions at this point. I’ll leave this session open for at least a couple of minutes if you’re thinking or if you’re typing. But yeah, otherwise, that’s the end of the formal part of my presentation. At this point, I’ll thank you for joining me. It’s always nice to have someone to talk to rather than talking to my other hand or something, or talking to the mirror that gets lonely after a while. But I’ll leave it open for another minute or so.
And yeah, we do have a question here. Yes, so the question is on the dosage of vitamin D. And the general answer I give, a lot of it is going to be dependent on, very individual. Like someone’s individual health history, even some basic factors of how well somebody can metabolize, their food in general, supplements in general, like that. That’s one question; just as an example of a lot of the individual factors. But as specific as I can get to your question on how much vitamin D to take. In general, you can look at whatever your brand of vitamin D3 is that you bought. In general, you can go, I’d say, even like two or three times as high as what’s written on the bottle. Adjust to somewhere in there as a starting point.
But again, depending on other individual factors, if you have, as I said, other metabolic deficiencies, you don’t digest well, you don’t metabolize well, or even other, like when I mentioned a moment ago, other kinds of stresses, or emotional blockages, all these things can change how much vitamin D someone needs to take to get how much they need. So as I say, I’m giving you a very, very rough guideline, not to be evasive or whatever. But just to say, it tends to be more than what’s written on the bottle. That tends to be very conservative. But how much for a given person, we can adjust to as at least twice as much, not three times as much. If not even more than doubling or tripling when you get into some of the other individual factors. So that’s the best general answer I can give to that. But I’ll leave that at that. And hopefully, that gives you a beginning indication.
Okay, so I have been bringing this other question up. Yes. So the simple answer is yes. The question is, “In drinking the Sole Brine, is it okay to take a shot of the Sole and then wash it down with a large glass of water?” Absolutely. It’s not like you need that concentrated amount to have an effect on its own. But it’s really about – it’s kind of priming the pump, like you’re really getting that amount of minerals into your system from that shot of Solé. And yeah, it doesn’t matter if you have a further glass of water. That’s perfectly fine.
Will this be available to watch as a replay?
Yes, simple question. This will be available as a replay. You can go back to if you’re watching this on Facebook in the same place you found it or on YouTube. And even better, there’s going to be an even better replay in a few days – not just the video, but I’m going to take all the the spoken word I did. And that’s going to be turned into a text. And we’ll format that as a full written out blog post. So you’ll get like for some people are more visual reading learners. So you’ll even get the full benefits of that. So yes, and yes, there’s going to be a replay and there’s going to be an even enhanced replay beyond that.
Okay, so I think that is the end of the questions. Or maybe wait two shakes of a lamb’s tail more, in case someone is typing right now. But I do, again, thank you. And yeah, do keep an eye out for that more enhanced replay. That’s going to come with the blog post. And, as I said earlier, I do anticipate I’ll be doing further expanded topics like the Step 3, on nutrition. That’s a whole world of things to talk about all on its own. But each of the chapters on its own is probably worthy of a slightly more expanded topic as well. So we’ll see which ones we pick up. And again, I thank you and I will see you in the next broadcast. Take care everyone!
Jeff Korentayer: I just want to grab a few minutes, I just have a few minutes to spare right now. I became aware of this video on YouTube and I just want to play it. I want to walk through it with you because it illustrates one of the greatest myths that’s out there about homeopathy. And I hope we can use this time profitably, just to set things straight, and get our own thinking straight, about what homeopathy is and where it belongs in the grand history of medicine. So let me just go to the video. Let’s give the video a chance to talk and we will pause and make comments as we go through.
Mani Norland: “I grew up with homeopathy all around me. My father, Misha Norland, is one of the best known homeopaths in the UK. And when I was very young, I had eczema and he treated it successfully with homeopathy. He then went on to open the School of Homeopathy, which I’m now principal at. And I run that school now.“
Jeff Korentayer: Okay. So far, so good. But I’m just gonna drop a little hint here. That when he talks about his personal history and that success story he had of treating the eczema as a child, that’s all well and good. I’m not going to quibble with that. But we’ll see there’s a kind of a running theme. We’re going to notice as we get to the end of this video that he talks about homeopathy, exclusively, in the realm of treating symptoms. And as I say, we will have more to say about that in a couple of minutes.
Mani Norland: “Homeopathy is a system of natural medicine. It’s evidence-based medicine and it works on the principles of ‘like cures like’.”
Jeff Korentayer: Okay, I’m gonna cut him off there again. I’m gonna drop another hint. He does correctly identify as a principle of “like cures like”. But what I want to take issue with, in fact very huge issue, with him categorizing homeopathy as “evidence-based medicine”. So just tuck that behind your ear. We will come back to that point again as we get towards the conclusion of this video.
Mani Norland: “What’s in line with the laws of nature with your immune system to bring about.”
Jeff Korentayer: Again, I’ll make a quick little comment there. I may be splitting hairs here, but I think it’s part of the spirit of really understanding the error of this. What he’s saying in this video, when he talks about the laws of nature, “like cures like”, working with your immune system to affect the cure, the hairsplitting I would do here – that’s a very misleading way of portraying it. In other words, he’s portraying an idea that somehow, the homeopathic remedy will stimulate the person’s immune system. And that through the person’s immune system, the cure will be conducted. Where, in fact, a more precise understanding leads us to understand that it’s very directly the remedy through the law of similars or “like cures like”. The remedy meeting the disease in the person is where the cure is effected. And then it’s the healing afterwards which is the responsibility of the so-called immune system. Anyways, to say I am splitting hairs here a little bit. But I think it’s important with the point we want to get to with analyzing this video.
Mani Norland: “Conventional medicine tends to be much more symptom-led. So you would go to see your doctor because you have a rash on your arm. And then the doctor would maybe prescribe a steroid cream that you would put on that rash. A homeopath wants to understand why you got the rash – what was the stress on the organism that caused the rash. And they would look to understand what that was, and then bring the healing about from the inside out. And thereby helping the rash from the inside.”
Jeff Korentayer: Again, he’s saying some true things, but some things I want to point out a little bit. He does criticize allopathy for only being symptom-focused. But if you watch through this entire video from beginning to end, he only talks about homeopathy on the basis of symptoms. So again, I may be overly critical. Maybe we could find him talking about homeopathy in other ways he did. For example, even in this little blurb here, he did talk about the homeopath looking for the cause, which is a true enough sentiment. But I don’t see how he’s fleshing that out in a true way with the principles that we’re trying to unleash here. So let’s get back to the video.
Mani Norland: “Almost anything you take to your GP you can take to a homeopath. So yes, of course, it can deal with the aches, pains, the bumps and bruises, the diarrhea, the coughs, the colds, the flu, and the small child’s diseases. But actually it works with much more serious disease as well. We don’t see so much of that here in the UK, but abroad you see a lot of that. But where homeopathy has really earned its laurels in the UK, if you like, is through mental and emotional disease. So, perhaps things that conventional medicine (modern medicine) really struggles with. But you don’t want to be put on antidepressants. Nobody does. But there’s a lot of mental and emotional disease around. And that’s where homeopathy really is good – for those types of ailments, as well as the bigger physical ailments as well.”
Jeff Korentayer: Again, he’s touching on something that’s true enough. As far as how homeopathy is taken up with the mental and emotional diseases. But again, the running subtext here is that he’s only defining disease and defining treatment, and all the rest of it purely on the basis of symptoms. So let’s get back to it.
Mani Norland: “In the UK, there are a handful of critics, skeptics, that seem to have made it their business to criticize homeopathy. And they are very vocal and very good at getting headlines. And homeopaths aren’t in the business of marketing and communicating and PR. Homeopaths are in the business of patient care and health. And so we have not been fantastic at responding to these criticisms. And it’s something that we have to get better at. But unfortunately, you know, it does feel like a bit of a distraction, because it’s taking you away from the important work of looking after patients. And things that we get criticized on, most of all, are the ultra dilutions in homeopathy. And these are hard to understand, because science doesn’t understand ultra dilutions. But then science doesn’t understand a lot of the natural world that we see about us. In fact …”
Jeff Korentayer: Well, I’ll just quickly interrupt him again here. I like a lot of what he said in that little passage. Basically, the skeptics are making a lot of noise, but we’re busy. We’re basically just trying to help people and get on with business. All well and good. Now again, when he’s talking about the criticism of the ultra dilutions (the so called ultra dilutions of homeopathy), he doesn’t really come to answer to this. But again, this can be the topic of a whole separate video that I can do. But really understanding, getting really to the foundational way of understanding physics in a way that really reveals how it is – that a homeopathic medicine can work the way it does – can kind of transmit that additional information in ways that will be taking us way off course from this video. But again, I do want to applaud part of what he’s saying here. Just leave people alone, leave them to engage with their work, engage with the true things in this world. But again, this of course, is what I’m criticizing him in this video is he is off track for the true principles of homeopathy. That’s what I want to stick to in this video today. So let’s get back to him.
Mani Norland: “…there is a chart that the British Medical Association produces every year and the most recent chart shows that 51% of drugs given out on The NHS have no known effectiveness – 51%. So, to say that we don’t fully understand homeopathy, we don’t fully understand most of the drugs that we’re using with conventional medicine. So I think there is a place to educate and to bring people up to speed with what homeopathy is and how it works. But what we do know about homeopathy is that it does work. Because we see the results, we see people getting better. And not just one or two, we see millions of people getting better around the world all the time.”
Jeff Korentayer: Okay, again, that’s all well and good. And I applaud that as well – actually seeing the evidence, seeing the results. But the subtext underneath all of this, the main point I really want to bring out about this video and about how we really want to think about homeopathy, is that… Let me back up a bit here. So what he’s saying sounds reasonable, sounds intelligent, and all the rest of it. But when we look back at the history, the long deep history of medicine, back into the long history of philosophy, the history of science, the history of medicine… If you know a little bit of the basic branches of philosophy, the branch known as “epistemology”, that’s the part of philosophy, as well as science, which is all based on the ideas of how we come to have knowledge, what is the capacity of the human being to know certain things, or are there some things that are knowable to us and some that are not.
Anyways, there’s a very big discussion about all that. But just to give us a basic historical context here, that branch of philosophy, known as epistemology, has a major division historically between what’s called the “rational understanding” and the “empirical understanding” of where knowledge come from; or in other words, what are called the “rationalists” and “empiricists”. And this whole language, this whole concept about homeopathy, he’s placing firmly in that camp of empiricism. Well, it’s what he calls evidence-based medicine.
And that side of knowledge, that side of human knowledge, what’s called empiricism as we’re saying, by definition is based on only what we can acquire in terms of our senses – we see things, we smell things, we come to know things just by our direct experience of them. And that’s fair enough, I understand that. But to understand Hahnemann and Heilkunst and his system of medicine, it firmly sits in the rationalist stream of medicine. And what that stream says is that to understand how to, first of all, how to diagnose someone, but then which medicine to give to them. Hahnemann’s system, especially if you look at his writings from about 1790-1796, you can watch him historically make this discovery for himself that he landed firmly in this camp of rational medicine.
In other words, once you understand the principle (and this video did speak to that) that principle of “like cures like”, but in the video he did not ground that in the rationalist stream of medicine. He grounded it in the empiricists. So, in other words, what Hahnemann came to understand was once you understand that as a rational principle, that we can apply based on the workings of nature and so on, that principle of similarity, you can always have definite knowledge. You can be assured of your knowledge that when you properly identify the disease, how it expresses, and identify what that medicine is based on that rational principle, similars, that is what makes the whole the whole system of Heilkunst Medicine unique and special.
Now, I know he plays a lot of lip service. I’m kind of guessing a lot of his narrative, a lot of his thinking, it’s almost like he’s trying to justify homeopathy in terms of allopathic medicine. He’s trying to make homeopathy and Heilkunst (he doesn’t have the concept of Heilkunst), but he’s trying to make Hahnemann’s system fit in to allopathy rather than realized they are on two different streams – like two different train tracks. And they are never going to meet no matter how many trials are done, or experiments with this remedy, that remedy, whatever. You’re never going to find this fundamental thinking about science and medicine that’s going to converge in these two systems.
So anyways, that’s about the time I have for today. But I hope I made the point clear enough. And I hope you get something out of this. And I hope, as I say, you take this forward with you. Well, either in your own thinking – when you’re thinking about homeopathy, how remedies work, how different treatments work and so on. That you just bear this framework in the back of your mind, between rational realism and empiricism. And I think it will help you illuminate a lot of places where otherwise people can get confused. So I will see you in the next video. As always, if you have any questions, please feel free to type them in the comments below. I will get them. I’ll get to them in a future video and I will be seeing you soon.
This video is part of a series on the broad question of “how diagnosis works in Heilkunst medicine”. And the topic of this video is on the particular concept of the Generative Power. So I will just turn to my slideshow in just a second. And I’ll just remind you that you can type your question in the comment box below – whether directly about what I’m talking about in this video, or if it’s a question you’d like answered in a future video.
Just getting up my slideshow here. Pardon the pause, just pressing the right button here. There we go.
So as I said, this video is part of our series on the concept of how diagnosis works in Heilkunst medicine. And particularly, today, I want to focus in on Dr. Hahnemann’s very unique concept of the Generative Power. So as I say in my subtitle here, it’s “the unique insight that sets Heilkunst apart from the rest of healthcare.” So what makes Heilkunst medicine unique? Normally, people would consider that maybe it has a unique role in the world of natural medicine. But the fact that it is part of the world of natural medicine is actually not the most interesting distinction to make. The Generative Power is Hahnemann’s powerful insight, which sets it apart – both from natural healthcare, as well as conventional. So as you’ll see in a moment, the definition of the generative power is something that you’re not going to find either in the world of natural healthcare or in conventional medicine.
As you may recall from an earlier video, the whole system of Heilkunst medicine is built on all kinds of different dualities or polarities. And just a couple of examples here on this slide to get our minds back into this. The one polarity is diseases of constant nature versus diseases of variable nature. Or, another example would be the use of the intellectual mind (what’s called the “Sinn” in German) versus the emotional mind (or “Gemüt”). And also, human physiology is based on the duality of the human spirits (or the German word “Geist”) versus the instinctual pole (or the “Wesen”).
Now, within the Living Power, every human being is alive and running on the basis of this activity of the living power. And more specifically, it’s not just that. I mean, a lot of people would agree or have a sense of something like that. But what Hahnemann brings to that is a very unique duality within the living power. And that is two German words: Erhaltungskraft and Erzeugungskraft, or we translate as the Sustentive Power and the Generative Power. Now, if you’ve ever heard a homeopath refer to the “vital force” of the human being, then you know that their practice is missing this powerful duality.
So let’s give a little bit more of a definition of the Sustentive Power through some examples.
The first example, “all of the innate processes in the body which strive towards balance, such as temperature regulation” (when you shiver when you’re cold and you’re trying to generate some warmth, or when you start to sweat when you’re hot). That’s the mechanism the body uses to try to cool you down. Second example is “our hormonal rhythms which respond to the changing levels of light in summer versus winter, and which affect our basic patterns of sleep and metabolism”. And the third example of the sustentive power is “natural cravings for foods that are high in the nutrient we are lacking, such as craving citrus fruits when we are lacking in vitamin C”.
Now to give a bit of definition to the Generative Power through some examples.
First, we have “any process in the body which involves the creation of a new cell”, such as “cell division and reproduction”. For example, “the body produces 200 Billion new red blood cells every day!” So every one of those is courtesy of our generative power. Second example is “sexual procreation”. When we make a baby for example, it “isn’t a simple ‘rearrangement’ of existing cells, but the creation of a brand new human being”. And the third example I have here, “thinking a [brand] new, creative thought. The seed of ‘genius’ which everyone possesses and uses whenever we gain a fresh insight into something. [This is] the basis of artistic creation.”
Now to take this a little further, when we look at the generative power, it really helps us further clarify our definition of health. So within our definition of health, we do have a duality. Yet again, another duality. And one side of health is the more well-known term of “homeostasis”. And that’s “the concept for health of the Sustentive Power, [which is] based on the idea of balance or stability. [And] this relates to the idea of ‘Healing’, which is what our innate healing power does when properly supported, and left to its own devices.” The other side of the definition of health, getting more strictly into our concept we’re talking about today, the concept of the generative power, leads us into the idea of “palingenesis”. Now the concept for health based on on palingenesis is the idea of “rebirth” or “regeneration”. And this relates specifically to the concept of ‘Cure’, which belongs to the action of the homeopathic medicine.
So to recap this slide, we have healing which is really an innate part of our life force or healing power. And then the idea of cure, which relates more to this generative power. And that being that when we get a disease, it impregnates into our generative power. And then the homeopathic medicine also kind of reaches into that generative power and helps enact that curative activity.
Now, the difference between “imbalance” or “disease” is another key dimension of diagnosis. And again, having this this nuance between the Sustentive Power and the Generative Power, when you look at the activity of the sustentive power, it is the side of our living power which is prone to imbalance. So like those examples I gave earlier, like vitamin C imbalance or something like that (that’s an example of an imbalance). Versus the Generative Power which is susceptible to actual disease. And as I say here, a disease impregnates into the generative power. So it’s very much like the way we make a baby, you know, through our generative power. Of course, making a baby is a healthy thing, but that generative power may also be susceptible to disease. So when we have a disease in the Heilkunst sense, it’s something more like an impregnation has taken place. Now to give a counter example, I talked here about the example of the allopathic label of “rheumatoid arthritis.” And this is merely “an abstraction”. It “answers neither to identifying the underlying imbalance(s) of the substantive power, nor to the underlying disease(s) of the generative power.” It’s giving us neither of those. So “it is a false diagnosis that gives no insight into how to treat a given case.”
So that’s just a very quick definition and summary of the generative power. If you have any questions, please type them in the comment box below. And if they relate to this particular question, I will answer it right away. Or I will put it into a future video.
And let me just go back to my camera. I’m sorry, I have to find the right button here. Yep, there I am. So, thank you. Thank you for for joining me on this video. And I will see you in the next one.
Good morning. This is Jeff from NaturalFertilityBook.com. And I want to go through an article that’s recently come through on my newsfeed. This just came out on May 3, three days ago. But I’m actually going to do something just a little bit differently than normal. Usually, I’ll go through an article and highlight all the good points, the things that I particularly agree with. And then I fill in the blanks with the things that either are missing important facts, especially from our natural fertility perspective, or things that I just simply disagree with. But as I say, this morning I’m going to do something a little bit differently. I’m going to not quite do that. I’m going to use this article as a bit of a launch pad, or a takeoff point, to go into another point that I would go into, which is not in this article. So let’s just get right into it.
This article is a pretty straightforward, factual article. It’s called “This Is Why You Need to Get an STD Test If You’re Trying to Conceive“. So I’m not even really going to go through too many points in the article. It’s pretty straightforward. It talks about some of the basic statistics about STDs and how often people should be tested, what some of the risks are, if someone has an STD as far as a potential pregnancy and the effects on the baby. So goes through all that in a pretty factual way.
But what I want to go into instead is (not that this isn’t important for what this article is about, but) to take it into our Heilkunst perspective. We actually look at STDs in a different way. And what I mean is, we don’t ignore them in the sense that this article talks about. But we look at really the history and the family tree. And once you understand the deeper theory of how we treat and prevent chronic illness, we look at . . . I’ll use just two examples. We look at the gonorrhea infection, as well as the syphilis infection. Both of those, when you understand the deeper health history (the way that we look at it), they both point to these STDs or infections as actually being passed on through the the family genetic information. So in both of those cases—the ones I mentioned, the gonorrhea and the syphilis—even if someone has never had an infection of either of those (they’ve never been exposed to that in their life), most people that we treat will have a trace of that that carries through the family tree history.
So we see that now, especially in this context, what we’re talking about natural fertility. The reason I’m bringing this up in this context is actually really critical. Especially when we see different couples who’ve had different challenges with their fertility. And they may be getting frustrated if they already follow our recommended diet, they think of themselves as pretty healthy, they have a pretty good approach and a pretty good attitude towards their natural fertility. But the missing piece for a lot of these cases, why as they say they have the challenges that they’re having—they either can’t conceive, or they’ve been having miscarriages or things like that—is this kind of hidden element of what we call the Chronic Miasms, or these STDs that pass through the family tree history.
So just to give a couple of examples. One of the two I mentioned, the gonorrhea, that’s actually incredibly common about but what we call miasm. It appears in just about every family tree history that we see when we study patient health history. And it touches on many aspects of health including some of the most common health conditions around heart disease and strokes, and all these heart related issues when they’re in the family tree. But they also very much affect the whole, your genital system. So when you get things like fibroids in the urinary tract, things like some of the fertility problems that I mentioned already—some of the repeated miscarriages or other difficulties in conceiving—there’s many other health conditions related to this genetic version of the STD of gonorrhea.
But as I say, once we identify this in the health history, it becomes a critical part of the natural fertility plan for that couple. Beyond all the obvious things where we would talk about a certain healthy fertility diet and certain lifestyle habits—the things that we have gone into in so many of these other videos. But this is for the usual way that people look at health. It’s quite a hidden element, but it’s quite significant and powerful. Once someone understands that this is actually at the base of their health history, it really opens up a much more successful path into our natural fertility program.
So anyways, as I say, I took a bit of a different turn today. I didn’t really go into the details of this particular article. I just use it as a launch pad to go into this other hidden dimension of natural fertility. If you’re not already in our natural fertility program, you can download our book for free at www.NaturalFertilityBook.com. And you could find out about what I just talked about today, and so many more of the basic points of natural fertility.
Thank you for joining me this morning and I’ll see you again soon.
Good morning. This is Jeff from Arcanum Wholistic Clinic. And I just have a few minutes for you this morning. But I thought, it’s just enough time to look at this article I have in my newsfeed. And let me just switch here to the right screen. And it’s an article that just came out a few days ago, maybe about three days ago, March the 30th. And the central point of this article is about fertility. And particularly, male fertility. And how doing too much cardio is actually shown to reduce male fertility.
And I’ll just look through. There are some statistics in this article. I’ll just quickly highlight those. The overall, the thesis in the article says, “Overdoing it on cardio at the gym could harm fertility in men, as being too lean was actually shown to be worse for sperm count than being overweight.”And there are some statistics here. Let’s see. Particular statistics about body mass index. But there was something down here. Where did that go? Here. They’re just basically relating the sperm concentration and its relationship to the body mass index and people in the underweight category. And it talks about “Around 70 per cent of men in the UK are classed as being overweight, which is why the dangers of a very low BMI can often be under-represented.”
Anyways, the article is fairly short and to the point. And that’s fine. And I do want to, well, anyone who’s already in our natural fertility program will know that we have a very specific recommendation about exercise and about cardio in particular. And we do talk about, well, there’s different names for it. But it can be called ‘PACE’, it can be called ‘interval training’. There’s another word that’s escaping me at the moment.
But the basic idea in cardio is not to overdo it. But pretty much just like anything in life and in health, in medicine, in diet and lifestyle, in exercise, it’s always a question of the right dose for any thing or any activity. And in the case of the interval training for cardio, which we’re talking about, it’s a very specific format of doing basically alternating between doing bursts of intense cardio, followed by a more restful pace. So more specifically, we talk about doing basically eight rounds (or eight ‘reps’, I guess you would call it) of cardio. And it could be any cardio that you enjoy—whether that’s running, or biking, or swimming, or aerobic exercise—different forms, whatever you like the most.
And the idea being to do eight repetitions or eight intervals where in each of those eight, you’re doing 30 seconds of the absolute most intense form of that cardio that you can do. As hard and as fast as you can go for 30 seconds. And then 90 seconds of doing a much more restful or moderate pace. Where you’re taking it right down to give your body a break. So between those 30 seconds plus 90 seconds, which adds up to two minutes, and you multiply that by eight, you really get 16 focused minutes of exercise. You do a few minutes of warm up at the beginning and cool down at the end, you’re well under 30 minutes. And doing this maybe even two or three times a week. You’re getting the really optimal dose of cardio. Right.
Now, I know this article was specifically measuring the relationship between the body mass index and the sperm health. But I’m kind of taking a little bit of a side point here around that. And understanding that there are many other health benefits and/or detriments, depending on how you do cardio for your fertility health. Now, this will also apply to women. But this article, of course, is all focused on men and sperm health. So that’s where we started. So if you’re not already in our natural fertility program, you can download our book for free. That’s at www.NaturalFertilityBook.com. And you can find out more about this, the other form of exercise as well. We go into strength training. And we go into all the components of a healthy fertility plan—from food and exercise, other issues of detox, emotions and stress, sleep and sex. I’ve talked about that in some other videos. But anyways, you can get all that at www.NaturalFertilityBook.com. It’s a free download.
And thank you for joining me this morning. I just had a very short time but I wanted to get this video in. And I will see you the next time.
Good afternoon. This is Jeff from Arcanum Wholistic Clinic. And I’ve just pulled out this fertility article from my newsfeed. Just came out about 10 days ago, April 21. And it’s called “6 Ways to Boost Women’s Fertility“. And this is from the website reportshealthcare.com. And it’s written by Florence Wright. Actually, there’s tons of really good pointers in this article. So it’s actually going to make my job easier today. I’m just going to mostly share all the good points. And as usual, I will fill in the gaps where there is either missing information or misleading information. So let’s go through what we’ve got here.
So at the title, says there are six points. But then there’s an extended section at the bottom of a lot of beneficial fertility foods, which is one of the reasons I wanted to bring this article forward to you. So let’s have a look first through the six points, and then we’ll get into the foods. So what do we have here?
So the first point about boosting women’s fertility is “Stress Management”. Now, this is a very common point. We see it in, actually, almost all the articles about tips on fertility. And I think for good reason, I think it is very true. It’s certainly, in our experience, that a lot of the issue with infertility is more from stress, more particularly how women and men hold on to stress, and how that interferes with the process of fertility. And what I do like in this point is, she does specifically make the point. Let me just read the highlight here, “Stress can enhance the chances of infertility by inducing the production of hormones like prolactin and cortisol.” So otherwise known as the stress hormones. And it says, “These hormones reduce ovulation and induce infertility.” So that’s absolutely true. The only thing I would add is to get even more specific about what we do in our natural fertility protocol. In terms of stress—whether those stresses are current, like happening now in the person’s life, or whether they’re old stresses (or shocks or traumas) that are still in their system from some time in the past, even if the source of the stress isn’t present, but now the effects are still there. So if you’re already in our natural fertility program, you’ll find out more about how we approach this in our natural fertility book. And if you’re not yet, you actually can download that book for free at www.NaturalFertilityBook.com.
So moving on to point number two. Again, this is a very common recommendation in the fertility recommendation articles. And point two is simply about “exercise”. They talk about some things like ‘walking and yoga improving blood circulation.’ Again, that’s all true. They talk about the ‘increased blood circulation’, ‘increasing blood flow to the ovaries and uterus’. All very true. But what I would also point to again, in our natural fertility book, is we get a lot more specific about exactly how we approach the topic of fertility exercise, I should say, exercise within your fertility plan. And we just mention briefly, we do go specifically into how we recommend that cardio exercise is done, as well as its counterpoint of strength training exercise. So again, a good point, but I’m just adding a little bit of extra detail there.
Dropping down to point number four. They talk about “hydration”. And that is certainly one of the most important things for fertility health. It touches on so many things—everything from all the the detox organs in your body, and again, back to the blood, and the circulation, you’re moving the hormones properly through the body and moving the nutrition that all flow throughout the bloodstream. All of this is extremely important. And again, of course, we do have a whole section of this in our fertility book to go into even more detail. But definitely, we would agree with point number four.
Now, point number five is funny. It’s also one that comes up in any number of fertility articles. It’s basically a recommendation for a ‘multivitamin supplement’, which is not a terrible recommendation. But in my mind, it’s kind of misleading. Now, I’ll forgive this article in particular because as we get down to the bottom of the article, they are going to give quite a wide range of good nutritional advice and some specific foods and the fertility nutrients that they contain. So in this case, I will forgive this article, as I’m saying. But in most of the articles, when they recommend a multivitamin supplement, it’s a weak recommendation. And they’re just covering up otherwise weak knowledge, a weak level of recommendation about actual healthy diet—healthy fertility diet. Where in our emphasis, we always put food way way above supplementation and importance. And then we’ll use vitamins and we’ll use supplements, as just that. The word is supposed to mean as a ‘supplement’ to what is already a healthy diet. But not as something which is somehow magically going to take someone’s nutritional status to a place that it’s never really been before. So as I say.
Getting into this final section. And it’s a little bit more extended. And I think that’s very good. They leave point six for last. I think that’s probably just because they did take up so much space with all the food. So let’s dive into some of the details. And we’ll touch on everything here. Let me see. What have I got here?
Well, I’m just going to briefly mention their first food, which is “whole milk”. We do make a very distinct recommendation about milk and dairy products in general, especially in the fertility context. But what we do recommend is as whenever possible, to access raw milk—unpasteurized milk. And we do go into greater detail about that in the book. But I just want to drop that point in here because it is so important. The pasteurized milk does cause many health problems and fertility problems. And it’s almost like, well, let’s put it this way. Or to keep it more simple: When you do pasteurize dairy, you take what’s actually an extremely, a highly beneficial, a very healthy food in nature. We even categorize it as a super food, just packed with nutritional factors. And the real living energy, that’s one of the most important factors in food. But when you pasteurize it, you kill the enzymes, you kill that life energy in the milk, and you you give the body something that it actually has to put in a lot of energy to process now in its non-optimal form. So anyways, as I said, I just wanted to keep that as a quick point about milk and getting the unpasteurized or raw version as much as you’re able to access that.
They do recommend “sesame seeds” particularly for the “high amount of zinc”. Zinc, of course, being a highly necessary and essential nutrient when it comes to fertility, both for men and for women. And we do cover some more details about that in our natural fertility book.
This is interesting. This isn’t something I knew about before. They talk about “cinnamon”, and its role in “insulin resistance”, as well as how it helps the reproductive organs. So that’s kind of interesting. I didn’t know about that myself before. But yeah, you can certainly look into that, especially if you’re dealing with what they talk about here with “polycystic ovary syndrome”. And as well as it says, it’s just kind of a general tonic for the reproductive organs.
The next, we start getting into some of the “seafood”. Again, super highly beneficial for fertility. And they talk about “salmon” in particular, which is high in “Omega-3 Fatty Acids”. What they don’t mention, also the seafoods are very high in vitamin D as well, super important in fertility. And they also highlight something highly important. That’s the “high amount of Zinc” that’s found in “oysters”. So again, that will be a very highly beneficial food in your fertility plan.
Getting into the “fruits”. So the first one they mentioned is the ‘avocado’. And again, similar to some of the reasons I was just pointing out with the salmon and the seafood is really the healthy fats and oil content in a food like an avocado. And in general, again, we do go into greater detail this in our book—the fats are so important for hormonal health, and basically the way that we absorb sunlight and vitamin D (and convert that and cholesterol), and how that fits into our whole hormonal production cycle. So yes, avocado fits right in there, into that whole model of healthy fats and oils. “Berries” is something they’re highlighting, particularly around the “antioxidants”. I have seen a little bit of this before. And I can’t even remember if we have this mentioned in the book or not. I’ll have to go look at it myself to remind myself. But they talk about “figs” as a particular fertility food. And then in particular, they’re linking that with the “iron” and how that’s linked with a healthy “ovulation” and healthy cycle.
I’m going to skip down a little bit. We get further down. We get into the “green leafy vegetables”. So again, we’re back to the antioxidants. Again, “the folic acid” which is a super important fertility food, “manganese, iron, calcium, . . . vitamin A”. So anyways, it’s just a whole range—lots of minerals. And the way we come out that in our fertility book, we tie this, like the green leafy vegetables, particularly with (it’s a little bit hinted at here, but) the whole mineral balance in the body and particularly how that leads into getting what we call a proper fertility pH level, which is the first chapter in our book, really getting that baseline of your pH. So anyways, the green leafy vegetables will feed into that most important thing of fertility in which we suggest people in our fertility plan are measuring on quite a regular basis to make sure their pH is in the right range. Moving a little further ahead, they’re getting into “yams”. Also there’s talking about the “antioxidants”, both “Vitamins A and C” there, and how that relates to the health of the eggs. I’m going to skip a few things. We do have “seaweed”. That has some relationship to what I said above about the benefits of the seafood, the salmon and things like that. But it also has, as it says here, some ‘essential nutrients enhancing the function of the liver, kidneys and bladder’. So getting you right into the whole reproductive tract and some of the associated organs.
Now this, I’m really glad to see in this article as well. You actually, funnily enough, you don’t see this in a lot of the fertility advice articles. But the foods to avoid, the first one they have is “soy”. And yes, we have a big section on avoiding soy in our book. And they definitely have that here, which is a good point. Essentially, they’re talking about how it disrupts, the estrogen-like effects, the whole hormonal cycle in the body. There are some exceptions to this rule. There are healthy soy foods, and those are usually the more traditionally fermented foods. So things like traditionally fermented soy sauce, and the Japanese food of tempeh, and miso as well. So these are soy foods, but they’re actually healthy. Most of the commercial soy foods you’re going to find are in this unhealthy category. So definitely be very careful of that.
Now, here’s a point where I take issue with this article. They talked about ‘avoiding saturated fats’. And I believe that’s likely coming from a lot of the nutritional myths that have come around. How supposedly saturated fats are supposed to be unhealthy and animal foods, animal proteins are unhealthy. That’s the total opposite of what we look at with fertility. And in particular, we look at the whole diet recommended by Dr. Price. Well for health in general, but for fertility in particular. And it’s absolutely essential that there’s a good basis of healthy animal fats and proteins in the diet. So I would give you the opposite advice from this point here.
Well they do advise against “refined sugars”, against ‘cigarettes, caffeine, alcohol’, against being ‘underweight or overweight’. So again, fairly common advice and all the fertility articles, so I’m not going to add too much there. It’s fairly common wisdom. But yeah, definitely important to keep these points in mind.
So as I said, I wanted to present this article. There’s so many good points in it. And I thank you for joining me. And I will see you again next time.