A response to the CBC Radio interview and article, “Public Health experts want nosodes taken off the market” (click on image to view article)
It’s all fun and games, CBC, until you have a vaccine damaged son. Junk reporting is a crime against humanity and against the truth. Where is your documented proof? All I see is conjecture. I also happen to know that you did a pre-interview with a naturopath who does support the use of homeopathic nosodes in their practice, but you chose not to use any of that material as it did not comply with your preconceived conjecture and outcomes.
Homeopathic medicine has not caused an ounce of harm for hundreds of years, with proven efficacy off the charts in both the treatment of acute and chronic diseases. There’s actual proof of over 70,000 people prevented from getting deadly leptospirosis year after year in Cuba, Dr. Isaac Golden preventing childhood illness for the past 30 years in Australia using homeopathic nosodes, not to mention Dr. Hahnemann, the founder of homeopathic medicine, who prevented and cured cholera and scarlet fever in Europe to the tune of thousands of people.
We’ve been preventing, curing, and treating individuals with the highest of efficacy over the past 30 years here in Canada, and internationally; there isn’t anything that you can say to change all of these facts and testimonials. If we didn’t use nosodes in this particular case, this young lass would still be suffering debilitating seizures.
Did you know that we also help people detox from the ill effects of vaccines? We tout the highest rate of efficacy in that regard as well. Would you like more proof? We have pages of testimonials indicating anecdotal efficacy using homeopathic nosodes. Sadly, I don’t see any science, nope not a shred, on your page. Does this mean that you don’t have any?
Perhaps you’ll notice something else of great interest to me and the parents who choose homeopathic nosodes to protect their children from childhood disease; the image you’ve used for your article has a sleeping infant in his parent’s arms. Do you see how happy and content this baby is right next to those homeopathic remedies? Why didn’t you use an image more favourable for your article that indicates the truth for allopathic vaccines, if this is indeed your stance?
Image and article, “From the files of Dr. Obvious: Infant brain waves indicate pain during vaccine jabs” from The Raw Story; A Non-Profit News Blog, Focused On Providing Independent Journalism (click on image to view article)
How about this one with a crying babe with bruises and swelling at the site? Or even worse, an image of a baby who’s died from junk allopathic science and vaccines that truly doesn’t have a shred of scientific evidence of efficacy. Perhaps watch the documentary, “Vaccination; The Hidden Truth” and then we can sit down and discuss the truth behind allopathic vaccines.
I wish you could have been there on the night my son emitted the most ungodly scream in the middle of the night after his DPTP shot, or during the 7 panic-ridden hospital visits when he could not pass his own poop, and then after, more than two weeks later, when they had to put him under general anaesthetic to remove the impacted stool manually. I would love for you to have seen the hours of his rocking back and forth, stimming, loss of speech and loss of eye contact after the delayed MMR shot at 15 months.
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I will be sharing your erroneous reporting with thousands of patients and fellow physicians worldwide on Facebook and Twitter. No doubt they’ll all be very interested as they hold their healthy babes to their breasts, with the safe and effective nosodes in hand, and acquired natural immunity obtained through a profound ethical centre.
There will be a conference on Homoprophylaxis held this October 2015 in Texas, keynoted by Dr. Isaac Golden, with physicians in attendance from all over the world, who, like us, will be sharing many decades of sound research based on observational science. Please contact Kimberly at 703-860-2711 if you’d like to attend or sponsor the event if anything I’ve said here rings true for you. I’m sure that they’ll be thrilled to hear from you. We’ll happily see you there.
Allyson A. McQuinn, DHHP, JAOH
Response from Dr. Golden regarding CBC’s recent misinformation:
Pst, you! Yes, I mean you! Sit down for a sec. Yes, I know you’re too busy to sit. Please sit down anyways, this will only take a couple of minutes of your very valuable time. I don’t want to take something from you, I want to give you something. Something for FREE; it won’t cost you a red cent trimmed in white fur. You know how you secretly feel that everyone just wants another piece of real estate from you and that you’re completely tapped out, done like dinner, cooked, and royally finished and the flippin’ holidays aren’t even here yet? I hear ya, been there and also done that!
Perhaps you’ve started a list as long as both of your arms that extends around your back. Maybe everything you touch seems to turn to hampster droppings, and you have so little time, and you promise yourself that next weekend you’ll get to the baking, buying presents, wrapping, or planning that holiday feast that you’re hosting, again, this year for your not-so-beloved-in-laws. Perhaps you’re in charge of the mashed potatoes and you just can’t figure out how you’re going to get showered, dressed and fully coiffed, while also trying to get your tired, cranky kids beautified and into the car without any premeditated murders occurring. Did I mention that you also forgot that you’re out of butter for those scrumptious whipped potatoes? You had one simple job and now you feel like a Christmas failure.
Every year, you commit to making hard, fast, reliable plans not to end up in this Christmas state of chaos where you’re craving a rubber room to express all those pent-up feelings. Perhaps you promised yourself to cut down on family obligations, attending office parties with a plastic smile on your face, or perhaps you stated emphatically that you would not rely so heavily on alcohol, or other substances, just to see you through this nightmare from Christmas hell again this year. Don’t worry, I’m going to give you some coping strategies in a sec.
But, have I got your number? Is Christmas killing you? Are you ready to truly burn the lists and trust that you’re enough just as you are? Whoops, hang on there a second, perhaps, go back and read that last sentence. Rewind, breathe and slowly, very slowly, yes, while breathing, slowly read … I mean really take in the sentence before the last one … “ARE YOU READY TO TRULY BURN THE LISTS AND TRUST THAT YOU’RE ENOUGH JUST AS YOU ARE?”
Let’s just say for a second that that essence that is you, yes, at your very core is … well … a brand new infant. A sacred little baby Jesus if you will. Think about it, Mary and Joseph sat down with their new little God-imbued bundle of joy and received gifts, food and adoration for their new little man. Some folks had followed a star all through the night just to get a glimpse of the son of God. Let’s say this holographic essence is buried at your core and it is your job to back the superficial Christmas machine off in order to honour it? One job, that’s it! One very wise business coach once said to me, “Ally! The word “NO” is a complete sentence!” I never forgot that one either.
If you really study the reason that we’re all together, then do we really need all the lights, trees, presents, Whoo-ville machinations or can we really grow our heart for ourselves twice as big this year and look after ourselves? I recall a modern dancer friend that I had who had a very thick schedule of rehearsal and performances. I asked her if she, and her boyfriend, would like to come over for Christmas tea and cookies one afternoon during the holidays. She looked at me with her beautiful face and said, “Ally I don’t know. It will depend on how I feel that day. If I’m well rested and can engage out of love in the moment, then I would love to spend time with you guys. As close friends, I’m asking you to have tolerance for my need for spontaneity.”
I’ve never forgotten that moment either. In that moment, she gave me unbridled permission to stand up for myself and be able to do the exact same thing. I began to learn to nourish myself, let go of obligatory traditions, and cut myself a whole ton of slack. Over the years, it has built an inner trust and faith, a self-protective gesture towards myself. It’s like saying, “I gotcha,” in my own ears and who doesn’t need to hear that every few hours through the crazies of the holidays.
Let’s say that you let folks know that you’d love to consider any invitation received on the day of the event to determine whether you’ll be able to attend out of love, or let go of it, also out of self-love. Let’s say on the 24th, you just want to stay home in your jammies (our family’s term for pyjamas) read a book, eat mashed potatoes without the butter. Let’s say protecting that wee infant at your core means that you want to watch old black and white Christmas movies the whole of Christmas Day and postpone that family potluck until the 26th on Boxing Day, instead, when you and the kids are better rested and can truly enjoy yourselves. Perhaps it’s time you started new traditions where family came over in their jammies to your place, let go of the gifts and wrote one really meaningful stanza (you know poetry!) for each member of the family in a poem instead? What gold nuggets of wisdom can your inner wiseman dream up to help you not just stay sane, but fall in love with your newly protected and cherished internal infant?
Let’s be honest and list the 10 things that you’d rather be doing and rather than lying through your teeth, hating your spouse and their family that this year, you give yourself permission to go solo or even perhaps stay at home? A sore bulging disk in your back is actually really hard for others to verify. White lies can blanket your Christmas with self-protection until you grow the courage to be more forthright with regards to your needs. Let your partner know that you’re afraid to break with tradition, but that you’d like to give it a try this year so that you have more preserved for yourself and for greater intimacy with them and your children when they get back home.
So perhaps open a doorway of space and time for yourself and receive the true gift of Christmas. Here are 10 healthy, fulfilling things you can engage with over the holidays out of self-love instead of attending that obligatory traditional event that makes you feel stressed and frazzled like last year’s tangled Christmas lights.
Stay in bed, have a pyjama day with just yourself, your partner and/or your kids. Only get up to put the kettle on again for another cup of tea.
Take a long, hot bath by candle-light with your favourite music playing.
Write a poem about how you’re fanning the embers of your essential self and what the true meaning of Christmas is for you.
Put on some Christmas Music and sing and dance with complete abandon like no one can hear you.
Watch “A Christmas Carol, Miracle on 34th Street, The Bishop’s Wife, It’s A Wonderful Life and How The Grinch Stole Christmas” all in one day in your jammies.
Sleep all day, only get up to give food to the dog and your kids and make sure everyone pees and hamster poops in the appropriate place and then go back to bed.
Read Christmas classics in bed to yourself or your kids.
Learn the art of meditation … Ohm!
Mindfully forgive yourself and everyone you’ve been secretly harbouring grudges towards all year long … replace that new, open vacuous space in your heart with gratitude.
Spend the whole afternoon making love with your beloved … or yourself for that matter!
Do none of the above following only what moves you in the moment while creating more space for you to simply breath.
Merry Christmas to you all … and to all a blessed good night!
P.S. Be sure to sip on your Emotional Support Dropper and Organ Support Droppers as needed over the holidays. Also, the homeopathic remedy, Sepia, is invaluable for the care-worn individual who’s just about had it with all the doing. Make sure you have that one and also our Anxiety and/or Exhaustion Combos as this will enable you to let go on the physical, emotional and spiritual levels and will replace those multiple glasses of wine that will make you feel like crap the whole next day. Look after you!
Last week, I innocently posted a little affirmation on our Arcanum Facebook Page that stated, “Stop The Glorification of Busy!” It was by far, the biggest “LIKE” item for the whole week, and I like to think that I write some pretty cool, innovative stuff. As I was preparing to explore this topic more fully, I went first to the Internet to see what others had written on the topic. I found a 20-something young Southern Belle trying to sort out her busy life while living in Vegas with her boyfriend in the military, a very busy “housewife” (her term) on the run from one scheduled item to another like washing the car after picking up the garbage left behind by the garbage collector (she didn’t mention any kids), and a photographer shooting a pre-wedding collection with a recently engaged couple. Needless to say the fodder for my blog article was a trifle scanty at best.
After giving up on the Internet (rarely happens, but there you have it!) I went to my second richest hub of information, the mecca of opinions, riddled and rife with strong statements, my teenage kids. So at dinner this evening, I asked them, “Why do folks keep themselves so busy?” As they pondered over their rice, steak and stir-fried Asian style vegetables, I waited for them to speak. The first thing they said made a lot of sense to me, “Well, Mom, the term busy usually means someone is doing something they’d rather not be doing.” I pondered this for a moment, also chewing, “Ok, then, if that’s true how do folks term it when they’re engaged with what they love?” Again, they sat thinking, “When someone loves what they’re doing, they name it.” My daughter pipes in, “Like I don’t ever say that I’m busy riding. I may say I’m busy mucking out stalls, but I’d never say that I’m busy riding. I LOVE riding!”
We all thought about this for a minute when my son offered, “Like you, Mom. You never say that you’re busy writing … ever. But you’ll often be busy with stuff you’ve got to do related to business like having to go get office supplies, stuff like that.” I thought about this and knew he was right. Then I asked them, “Do you ever find that people will say they are busy when they are not?” Again, they took a moment to think about it coming up with the following, “People will say they’re too busy when you’re not their priority.” There you have it.
About 10 years ago, when I was still living on our farm just outside Ottawa, I became so enraged with myself for being so stupidly busy with stuff that I didn’t want to do, I took my lists out to the bonfire one night and burnt them all, vowing never to write a to-do list again. I’ve kept that promise. Anything that I do write down is totally based on love, not obligation. It is interesting to me that the cancer state of mind will operate more out of doing, than being, which is exactly what I was doing.
At the time my husband, and business partner, asked me how I was going to run a business or household/farm with him without any lists. I remember saying that I didn’t know, but that I was going to trust my gut more that I’d find time to engage with activities that more spoke to my overarching goals and trust that the niggly day to day stuff would get done … somehow. This is precisely what happened. I became the Queen of delegation. Now, I can hear you laughing thinking that I got rid of the stuff I hated doing by pawning it off onto others, however, this isn’t true.
While I did hire someone to clean my house weekly and my business supplies are now delivered by someone who seems to like bringing me my paperclips and file folders, I also changed the way that I engaged with my work. For example, if I’ve been writing, or serving clients for long stretches of time, I’m often ready to clean out a cupboard or muck out a stall at the end of the week. I will only engage with said activities if they’re accompanied by music, for example, or I can find a fun Tom Sawyer-ish way of executing the project that may involve playing with others where I agree to help them with something they want to play with later. But there are no lists and no feeling of slavery, ever.
It also may be useful to know that I don’t have television (going on for 20 years now) and that I live a very simplified life with few, if no social obligations. Actually very few folks like to hang with me, other than fellow Heilkünstlers, as I only love to be engaged with what drives me. This primarily includes really intense, full on, meaty relationships where we discuss the protracted disease states of syphilis or gonorrhea, homeopathic vs. homotonic, and the reasons why my autistic patient resolved his suffering. I figure if I’m in session with patients all week unearthing the core elements that make them tick, why in God’s name do I want to be engaged in meaningless babble? Seriously. I’d much rather have meaningful explorations with my kids or my husband.
I talk about this at length in my second book, “Unfolding The Essential Self; From Rage To Orgastic Potency” where I elucidate more of Wilhelm Reich’s ideas (Medical Orgonomy, Function of the Orgasm, Cancer Biopathy) with regards to defining a model of health that limits more our exposure to secondary drives and promoting more our love function through primary drives. Reich states, “… every natural, social, or libidinous impulse that wants to spring into action from the biologic core has to pass through the layer of secondary perverse drives and it is thereby distorted.”* If we make skewed choices out of our armored secondary drives, it can look like the behaviors of a shopaholic, chronic t.v. show watcher, or even a wellness guru follower when most of the impetus for pleasure comes from external sources based on what some folks term ‘the law of attraction’.
The law of resonance in pursuit of one’s primary drives has a much longer-term value for the individual’s higher self on the levels of his/her physical, emotional and spiritual fulfillment as Dr. Samuel Hahnemann (the founder of Heilkunst principles) wrote about in his Organon der Heilkunst. Here is his definition of Health from Aphorism 9 as per the 1996 translation by O’Reilly/Decker:
“In the healthy human state, the spirit-like force (autocracy), that enlivens the material organism as dynamis, governs without restriction and keeps all parts of the organism in admirable, harmonious, vital operation as regards both feelings and functions, so that our indwelling rational spirit can avail itself of this living healthy instrument for the higher purposes of our existence.”*
This means that we follow our “indwelling rational spirit” and that we’re rarely governed by outside forces exacting its obligations like a cancerous tax on our our healthy sense of our autocratic self. The truth is that those folks who extricate themselves from external dictates like family, friends, state, education, medical and government forces will very rarely show up in our offices. They will rarely exhibit symptoms.
Rudolf Steiner defines this innate healthy aspect of ourselves as the healthy ego, while our Mentor Steven Decker terms it even more aptly as the ontic (see: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ontic) organization. This, in essence, is the aspect of ourselves that is wholly conscious of its own self in epistemological terms. Without getting into a whole Socratic or Platonic entanglement, it is simply the knowledge that I can know myself! This God-given ontic body, if you will, is also described as our warmth organism because it exudes a compassion, love and enthusiasm for its own beingness … never doingness. It discerns between the following, making free choices based on its higher love function or consciously setting goals in which it feels fit to create out of its own generative capacity strictly from its autonomous, sovereign self. It has a juicy discernment function, peeling away secondary drives refusing engagement, based on a deep inner knowing, a deep abiding trust and a faith in one’s own divine essence.
If you just take a cursory glance at the following terms, for example, which ones leave you cold and which ones contain life and heat for you?
Secondary drives vs. Primary drives
Cancer vs. Healthy Ontic
Obligation vs. Love Function
Intellect vs. Feeling Informed Mind
Just Answering to Expectations vs. Conscious Creation
Fiat Currency/Debt Based Economy vs. Freedom
This warmth organism, the ontic aspect of ourselves will typically incarnate only after the curing/healing of the physical (mineral body), etheric (plant body – creative/knowledge aspect), and astral (airy body – desire function). That means that the other bodies are like a welcoming committee, operating mostly in concert, that the ontic can wholly trust in both the will (Christ-consciousness) and wisdom (Sophia-consciousness) of the other bodies before it can assume a full download.
All disease can explained on the basis of the unresolved traumatisms/shocks on one’s timeline in addition to the genetic miasms coming down one’s family line. These form the basis of a skewed unfolding of your whole natural essential self. Any one of the four bodies which develop at each of the following phases of life will produce a preponderance for neurotic/psychotic behaviors or the engagement in secondary vs. primary drives.
Physical Body (unfolds from Birth to 7)
Etheric Body (unfolds from 8-14)
Astral Body (unfolds from 15-21)
Ontic Body (unfolds from 22-28)
This is why we address your traumas in the reverse order in which you’ve assumed them. Scientifically, we’re following the order of time to eradicate the schisms in your natural unfoldment so that you can reclaim the lost parts of yourself en route to Heilen (wholing/cure). When the genetic miasms are removed, you pretty much are your essential, creative, autonomous, beauteous, healthy self, fulfilling your special purpose with enthusiasm, stopping the glorification of busy. There is no more business of just being busy for the sake of stroking stuff off a list and this is just a misplaced climax (or sneeze). While you get a little thrill, it is short-lived until the person is onto the next thing based on cursory attraction.
It is always better to strive for the orgasm (or grand mal seizure of pleasure) that involves the whole organism out of your primary drive, your nous (intuitive body mind … see: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nous), and your love function. You’re ordained to know this aspect of yourself, and there is no reason to ever settle for less. So if you’re not meant to be a photographer grinding the mill of busy, or a housewife, or a Southern Belle in Vegas, it is important that you burn the lists and source the internal fount eternal. In the end, it’s the only carry-on bag that you get to take with you.
Continuing our exploration of homeopathic remedies which may be useful in treating the ideogenic realm (the realm of diseases caused by beliefs or delusions), we come to the common plant of bambusa (bamboo). It is an extremely flexible and versatile plant, and is used in a variety of manufactured objects.
The theme of flexibility or versatility plays into the core theme of the mental state of this remedy — it is called for when someone feels they have gone past the breaking point, and are feeling overwhelmed by life. This remedy state has certain elements in common with sepia, but with a much deeper emphasis on the feeling of being alone in the world, particularly without any support. Likewsie, this remedy may be indicated in a situation where someone has recently lost a major support system in their life (a ‘NBWS’, or ‘never been well since’ event), such as a spouse or a source of income.
Some of the physical symptoms of bambusa include:
Allergies, particularly hay fever.
Issues with the spine, particularly in the cervical region.
Physical complaints of the female reproductive organs.
Someone who is normally known to be self-reliant and dependable, may come into a bambusa state if they become too detached or aloof from the world, or otherwise express feelings of being alone or not having any support themselves. The Bach Flower Remedy Water Violet also is helpful with healing some of these characteristics along with bambusa.
The folklore at this time of year includes the story of the three wise men bearing the gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. As Jason Forthofer wrote in his blog about the Christian meaning of these three gifts, the myrrh, which was used to embalm the dead, “represents the bitter cup that Christ had to drink in suffering for our sins and the healing for us that his death brings.”
This theme actually runs through the homeopathic characteristics of this substance, which include:
Holding pure ideals and intentions (can be taken to an extreme).
People who give much, but have difficulty receiving.
High degree of sensitivity to others, and what is going on around them.
Connected to and driven for helping those around them, yet lacking contact with their own deeper self.
They have a strong tendency towards perfectionism, and never feel that what they do is good enough.
All of these outer characteristics work to cover up a deeper element of darkness, or even violence which has been cut off from the conscious mind. It is as if this inner, living content inside of us has been “embalmed”, and we are cut off from what’s going on inside.
It is fascinating to re-visit common symbols or cultural artefacts from this perspective, and see what a substance might otherwise mean for our consciousness when used as a medicine. There is a deeper unconscious wisdom which usually gave rise to such cultural symbols and practices, and now with the science of Heilkunst, we are able to raise our conscious understanding of which part of ourselves is represented by such outer objects.
We look at health (and its absence) at many levels, as I’ve written here previously, and one of the orientations we consider is the patient’s balance between the three primary functions of : thinking, feeling, and willing. Different constitutions and personality types will have an innate balance between these emphasizing one more than the others, but ultimately, a state of health drives a patient to balance all three.
Reich was once asked the age-old question, “What is truth?” and he answered, “To find your way to the thing you feel when you love dearly, or when you create, or when you give birth to your children, or when you build your home or when you look up at the stars at night.” These are the things that we feel in common with every other human who is capable of feeling. They are the deepest, tenderest, most profound and exhilarating of feelings and the capacity to feel them is the capacity to be free.
Heilkunst treatment works through a variety of modalities and processes to address all three of these functions. One level at which willing is addressed is by addressing the patient’s willingness to take their regimen into their own hands, and actually exert their own will power to make healthy changes in their lifestyle. Taking conscious control of the will power is often not easy, and it may take some patients quite a long time to start to make lasting changes to their diet and lifestyle.
The function of thinking is also quite important in treatment, especially as the patient moves more and more into the third jurisdiction of “Therapeutic Education”. Faulty thinking, and more specifically, the diseases which originate in belief are the locus of the mind, and its capacity for healthy, objective thinking. Various conflicts, ego issues, and other blockages in our consciousness can keep the patient from making quicker progress at this level of their treatment. Also, their bio-physical layers of armoring serve to keep the patient from being able to accept any new input at this level, until enough of this has been removed.
The feeling function takes quite a central position in Heilkunst treatment, including the whole realm of medicine, and its function to address true diseases. The quote about Reich above hints at the vastness of this realm, and its relationship to our health. Every disease uniquely affects us, and shifts our innate natural feeling for life into a “morbidly mistuned” expression, as Dr. Hahnemann would say. Remediation with the appropriate remedies progressively frees up, and releases our natural capacity for feeling to not only be more healthy, but more objective.
Anyone who has watched Kitchen Nightmares will usually not have a neutral opinion about the key protagonist of this reality program. Gordon Ramsay is famous not only for his skills as a chef and running highly successful restaurants, but also for the continuous stream of colourful language and apparent abuse of the chefs and restaurant owners he is instructing.
He, and this TV show, may often be dismissed by viewers as containing too much gratuitous profanity and shouting. Seeing all this with different eyes, though reveals a different picture — just like the “calm and assertive” energy which Cesar Millan, the dog whisperer uses with dogs and their owners, the energy of Ramsay is appropriate to its context and goal inside of these failing restaurants he’s been called in to rehabilitate. This connects back to my recent blog on Hahnemann’s advice on how the physician should treat the patient.
Thinking of this in Heilkunst terms, there are generally phases of treatment where a degree of “violence” is called for when confronting the deeper entrenched belief systems of the patient, and to penetrate through the thick protective armoring which the patient has put up around their beliefs.
Ramsay is also a very creative clinician, in that he almost always takes the owner and/or chef out of their usual restaurant context, into one which provides an analogical experience for his “patient” to come to see the truth about their own rigid belief structure, and how it is driving their restaurant to failure. These exercises may be something as simple as getting the whole kitchen crew to come out and engage in a soccer match together, to (re-)discover the basics of how to work as a team.
It is amazing to see, time and again, how just about every failing restaurant that he is dealing with is being fundamentally driven by the owners or chef’s personal unconscious beliefs, which drive them to make choices which on the surface are extremely illogical, yet cannot be fixed by presenting the logical alternative (“simplify your menu”; “Make the decor of the restaurant congruent with your client’s expectations”, etc.), but first a very powerful “attack” on the belief and armoring structure is needed.
In his Organon, Dr. Hahnemann makes some very earnest comments about the proper conduct of the physician towards the patient. The text which I have excerpted below is derived from Hahnemann’s experience with working with patients in mental institutions, however the principles contained are applicable to all patients, regardless of whether or not they are in such an extreme state of mental illness.
228.1 In psychic diseases arisen by means of somatic disease, which are only to be cured by homeopathic medicine directed against the internal miasm along with carefully adapted regimen, a seemly psychical conduct towards the patient as an auxiliary soul-diet must indeed also be carefully observed on the part of the relations and the physician.
In this first sentence alone, he has already alluded to the three jurisdictions of Heilkunst treatment : medicine (“..which are only to be cured by homeopathic medicine directed against the internal miasm…”), regimen (“…along with carefully adapted regimen…”), as well as therapeutic education (“…as an auxiliary soul-diet must indeed also be carefully observed…”).
228.2 To raging insanity must be opposed quiet intrepidness and firm, cold-blooded will — to awkward, plaintive lamentation, mute regret in looks and gestures — to nonsensical prattle, not quite inattentive silence — to a disgusting and atrocious behavior and similar chatter, complete inattentiveness.
Here is a point where Cesar Millan and Dr. Hahnemann could become quick friends — the “calm, assertive energy” which Millan constantly reinforces in his rehabilitation of dog owners is the same thing Hahnemann is recommending to the physician in their treatment of their mentally unwell patients. As soon as the physician, or dog owner becomes rattled, and dragged into the emotional drama of the patient, everyone has been reduced to the lowest common denominator, and no progress can be made.
228.3 Only let there be safeguards against property damages, preventing them without reproaching the patient about them, arranging everything so that all corporal punishment and torment [In a lengthy footnote here, Hahnemann describes the disaster precipitated by the typically cruel and unprincipled behavior of doctors in mental institutions.] are thoroughly abolished.
This is similar to the general principle of parenting, of keeping the child safe from overt danger, without becoming unnecessarily restrictive of their movment and exploration of the world. As in the general impulse of homeopathic medcine, Hahnemann is suggesting that the impulse from the physician needs to be just enough to produce the desired effect, without being over the top, and therefore suppressive.
228.4 This is all the more easily effected since in the homeopathic administration of medicine — the only case in which compulsion could be justified as an excuse — the small doses of helpful medicine are never conspicuous to the taste and can therefore be given wholly unawares to the patient in his drink, so that all compulsion becomes unnecessary.
Free will, and informed consent are always the highest ideals to bear in mind in healthcare. There are cases, other than such conditions in the mental institutions which Hahnemann describes here, where a deceptive administration of medicine may be appropriate in a given family dynamic, and where one or more of the family members are sufficiently “out of their minds” due to their state of disease, and would become a harm to the rest of the family if left untreated. I mention this, but bear in mind that a very high level of consideration needs to be undertaken into the dynamics and ethics before applying such treatment in any given case.
“All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident.”
-Arthur Schopenhauer, German philosopher (1788 – 1860)
A fascinating moment in the history of Heilkunst and the study of life energy was when Wilhelm Reich and Albert Einstein engaged in a correspondence and a couple of meetings to discuss Reich’s initial discovery of a source of life energy, which he called ‘orgone’. Einstein was initially quite enthusiastic about Reich’s experiment, and took some of his equipment home to repeat the experiment himself. He initially corroborated Reich’s findings, but later went back and provided a flimsy rebuttal on purely mechanistic grounds. There are complexities to this incident that go beyond the pure scientific questions posed here, but I will limit my scope here to the scientific questions.
Reich’s simple experimental set-up was to demonstrate that cosmic orgone energy could generate a rise in temperature without any other obvious sources of heat present. The implications of this discovery was, in Einstein’s words, “a bomb in physics”. Even quantum physics ultimately hits the same dead end as classical (or Newtonian) physics which is that it is constrained by the same mental structures as a mechanistic view of the world.
This dead end exists due to the dead end of the character structure of most physicists, including Einstein. Despite his highly celebrated brilliance, he was unable to hold the charge of the implications of Reich’s experiment, which would not only be a “bomb in physics”, but a complete revolution to our fundamental world view. This event with Einstein troubled Reich for a long time, and he referred to it as “the riddle”. He came to understand later that it was Einstein’s character structure which limited him from being able to accept the findings which were demonstrated before his own eyes, and likewise, what keeps anyone from simply accepting a self-evident truth, rather than attacking it as is often witnessed in different realms.
What Reich called “the emotional plague reaction” describes this type of irrational behaviour, where the nature of accepting a truth means that a person needs to be able to go through a living, expansive process, as part of taking in the new truth. Due to the armoured structure of most people, a full expansion is actually painful, and so in defense they turn and attack the object which inspired this expansion in the first place — “shooting the messenger”, as it were. I’m sure you can come up with any number of examples from your own experience (either witnessing yourself, or those around you), of getting really hot under the collar at some new fact or truth. Avoiding the pain of the expansion can take on many forms, and defensive patterns, and part of the true goal of health is to eliminate this as much as possible, so as to be able to take in life and its truths to the fullest extent possible.
In some of my previous blogs, you may have noticed a few times that I referred to Dr. Hahnemann’s distinction between nature in its crude form versus its refined form. What is crude nature compared to refined nature? There are various implications and ways of looking at this distinction, and today I’d like to focus on this question by looking at the difference between ‘matter’ and ‘substance’.
Matter tends to be the focus and object of modern science — in fact, it is so fundamental to our world view, that many consider the only things which are real to be those things which contain a detectable quantity of matter. In physics, for example, the quest has been to discover the ultimate “building blocks” of the universe, which means a search for tinier and tinier particles which form all of matter. The fact that Quantum Physics has put a serious wrench into this quest hasn’t yet changed the fundamental paradigm around matter.
Conventional medicine works from this very same paradigm of matter — everything from the annual physical, to the range of diagnostic methods such as x-ray, ultrasound, or MRI, the questions about health which are asked by medicine, and the answers presented are entirely framed within the guiding question of “What’s the matter with the patient?”. The problem with this model comes (and it does often) when there is nothing actually the matter with the patient, yet they feel quite ill within themselves. This is where we need a model which has a broader framework than just matter at its foundation.
The difference, then, between matter and substance becomes all-important when the conventional approach to medicine comes up empty-handed in diagnosing and treating someone’s health issues. The root of the word ‘substance’ means something along the lines of “to stand under” — so, substance, then is something which “stands under” matter, and can be thought of as a kind of “formative force”. The difference between the living, functional nature of someone’s body while they’re alive, and then its subsequent decomposition as a corpse is an illustration of this difference between substance and matter. Both the living body and the corpse are made up of matter, but it is the substance (ie formative forces) of the living body which hold it together both in its physical form, as well as living functions.
The method of homeopathic prescribing, then, has much more to do with substance than with matter. Many criticisms are made against homeopathy, but this generally all comes from a matter-only paradigm, which does not understand the nature of substance. This substance approach to medicine is the reason that homeopathics have proven to be so much more successful at treating issues of a functional nature, which have not yet even shown up on an x-ray, or MRI, and for which the patient is often sent home being told “it’s all in your head”. Also, chronic illnesses which have had the time to manifest in a form of symptoms at the material level still need to be treated at their root formative level of their substance.
Aren’t you glad to know that it’s not all in your head, and that there’s probably nothing the matter with you?