Myths about homeopathy – exposing those who think it is “evidence-based medicine”

Video Transcription

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.

Heilkunst; True Functional Medicine Since The Early 1800’s

The term functional medicine is a bit of a catch phrase being championed by just about any unconventional Practitioner. It is basically the recognition that since we’re dynamic, super-functioning spiritual beings we’d better have a system of medicine that can serve our very beingness on our very functional terms.

In contrast, conventional medicine is based on “dead science.” Dead blood cell counts, drugs and the dissection of cadavers which are afterall, very dead. While, in Heilkunst, we use tools like live blood analysis, bioresonance feedback and dynamic medicine to address your ills.

Functional processes require a system of medicine that recognizes the living, spiritual qualities in you. Therapeutic tools need to respect the dysfunctional nature of your symptoms well before it even becomes a full blown disease. Catching issues early before they show up on an x-ray or MRI takes a special kind of functional training not taught at traditional allopathic medical school.

For example Hypoglycemia or thyroid issues can be markers for Diabetes and Cancer, repeating UTI’s (Urinary Tract Infections), candida, migraines, high blood pressure and stiff joints can be indicating a familial predisposition for heart disease and stroke, also bronchitis bouts in the Winter can be linked to the chronic disease roots of Tuberculosis that was not addressed on the law of cure for your ancestors. Skin issues, arthritic complaints, lung issues and even mental issues, can be dealt with effectively through our functional approach to medicine.

While a GP or allopathic specialist will reach for a suppressive or palliative prescription, this is not functional medicine. The root cause still remains at large and it’s just a matter of time before the symptoms turn up the volume or find another related way to get you attention. Medication was never designed to treat long-term chronic disease. Their matrix IS designed for the jurisdiction of a significant medical emergencies like trauma or an infection running rampant. Afterwards, be sure to detox on the law of similars, like cures like, from the drugs. Sadly, 125 million Americans try to use allopathic medicine to treat chronic diseases … an epic fail!

Functional medical principles in Heilkunst do a brilliant job handling allergic, hormonal, digestive, neurological and metabolic problems that most folks suffer from WELL before they become diseases diagnosed by an allopath. And yes, Dr. Samuel Hahnemann, laid down the principles of so called “functional medicine” way before folks understood this concept fully.

Here’s 5 basic principles (paraphrased for easier understanding) that Dr. Hahnemann fully understood back in the early 1800’s:

  1. Once you remove the chronic disease, on the sound basis of like cures like without causing the individual harm, the living principle of the human being will restore basic functioning as was intended before the onset of the engenderment.
  2. Laws of nature are based on science and are wholly designed to address both physical ailments as well as mental emotional schisms. All diseases can be traced back to a thought or wrong belief.
  3. To treat the symptoms, you must fully apprehend the functional root causal relationship between psyche and soma. As Rudolf Steiner states, “As above, so below,” another dynamic, functional Scientist.
  4. Your body is a dynamic, brilliant work of 5,000 regulating hormones and chemicals and thoughts too. The Physician needs to know what principle will address what aspect of disease including regimen (law of opposites), medicine (law of similars) or Anthroposophic/Orgonomy (realm of beliefs/thwarted desires). For example, you may just need more water and less carbs to correct your anxiety and you need a trained, discerning functional Physician who can help you to make the right call.
  5. Health is not just an absence of symptoms. It is a dynamic orchestration of feelings, functions and sensations. Dr. Hahnemann illustrated it thusly in his “Organon of the Medical Art” as, “Aphorism 9: In the healthy human state, the spirit-like Living Power (autocracy) enlivening the material body (organism) as Dynamis holds sway unrestrictedly and keeps all of its parts in admirable, harmonious, vital operation in both feelings and functions, so that our indwelling rational spirit can freely avail itself of this living healthy instrument for the higher purposes of our existence.
Caduceus Chart of Dynamic/Functional Medicine
© 2004 Steven Decker & Marla Wilson

Here lies the very definition and distinction of functional medicine. Instead of piling on more iatrogenic disease, deadening the symptoms through palliation or suppression, we ask why are you suffering in the first place?  What story do your symptoms tell about your limited functioning? Once was have the true, fundamental diagnosis (literally through knowing), we know which jurisdiction and principles to apply in order to restore that function.

You will see quite quickly, in your process, that the allopathic labels don’t in fact represent a true diagnosis of the underlying cause. The thing is that most of the time, they don’t know, or even if they do, their tools are so toxic they often end up causing more harm than good (think Chemotherapy). It’s best to leave them to the important work of dealing with emergencies. Please read John Robbins book, “Reclaiming Our Health” for more on this.

If you’re ready for functional medicine, we’ve got over 200 years of effective working principles that have come to light in the last 30 years. Steven Decker and Rudi Verspoor put their headlamps on and scoured the anals of history to bring you this truly “Dynamic Legacy; From Homeopathy To Heilkunst.”

Sources:

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/179561.Reclaiming_Our_Health

https://www.amazon.com/Physician-Medicine-Unsuspected-Battle-Freedom/dp/1571741682

https://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-6014/The-5-Principles-of-Functional-Medicine.html

https://www.ifm.org/functional-medicine/what-is-functional-medicine/

http://drhyman.com/about-2/about-functional-medicine/

https://homeopathiceducation.com/dynamiclegacy.pdf


The Informed Remedy

[This post is from the April 2019 newsletter – click here to read it.]

It’s time to talk about the informed remedy. Our mentor, Steven Decker once said, “A remedy isn’t a remedy until it remedies something.” Medicine has to be informed in order to be curative. How do you do this?

Well, it has to have a whole lot of consciousness and principles behind it. It feels a bit like if we’re being attacked, we’ve got to create the right arsenal, quickly and effectively so that it hits its mark. You have to know about the origin of the battle, isolate the coordinates, discern the root destination, and be sure not to take out any innocent bystanders in the process.

An informed remedy is one that, like a heat-seeking missile, is bestowed with the capacity to cleanly sweep out the disease matrix on the sound basis of the law of nature – like cures like. It must operate on resonance, albeit a slightly attenuated frequency. It has to be preprogrammed. Thorough, but not destabilizing in the way of a mighty healing reaction for the patient. Just the right directed dose and potency will do the job.

As you will learn, reading our articles this month, antibiotics (literally ‘against life’) are not informed remedies … they actually don’t know what they’re targeting. They wipe out the whole darn terrain, and the other casualties are your microbiome, critical to your healthy immune function. Also, there’s a good chance the enemy will martial its gnarly resources, again and again, until it is addressed outright.

Also, symptoms can be shape-shifters, or “pleomorphic”. As Heilkünstlers, we’re trained to read the signs for when the enemy tries to throw up false flags, pretends to surrender or even morphs into a whole other entity entirely.

Heilkunst Principles Regarding Antibiotics

“Le microbe n’est rien, le terrain est tout.” (The microbe is nothing, the terrain is everything) –the last words of Louis Pasteur (father of the “Germ Theory” of disease).

My son was on a steady stream of antibiotics the first two years of his life. He suffered severe throat and respiratory infections every time he cut a tooth. We were destroying his health. Each round of penicillin destroyed healthy gut bacteria. His immune function was being pummelled.

It wasn’t until we ‘peeled the onion’ of his own sequential timeline of traumas using Heilkunst principles (including homeopathy), AND started him on several broad spectrum probiotics, that we began to see monumental improvements. In fact, he was so sick and not thriving, he was hospitalized several times for being ill before we addressed the root cause.

Louis Pasteur and Germ Theory

The word antibiotic comes from the Greek “anti”, meaning “against” and “bios”, meaning “life” (a bacterium is a life form). Antibiotics are also known as antibacterials, and they are drugs used to treat infections caused by bacteria. Bacteria are tiny organisms that can sometimes cause illness in humans and animals.

Louis Pasteur had very good press in the mid-1800’s. The guiding idea of his germ theory was to address infection by killing the microbe. It targets the germ as the enemy, and calls for medicine to destroy it. The main presumptions here are that the germ is the disease, and that infection is the cause of illness.

All of Western Medicine is pretty much based on this mechanical and materialistic view of Pasteur’s theory. However, if we go back to 19th century France for a moment, we might be able to recapture where the train derailed.

Antoine Bechamp and Cellular Theory

There was a lesser known fellow named Antoine Bechamp. He didn’t have as good a press agent as Pasteur. He actually noted that the germs that Pasteur was all up in arms about were actually opportunistic in nature; they were shape shifters so to speak. In his “cellular theory” of disease, he also noted that they mostly existed inside of us in a symbiotic relationship and that they only began to manifest when the tissue of the organism was damaged.

Bechamp recognized a chicken and egg phenomenon in that the bacteria only raised a ruckus when the terrain became compromised. They were an outcome, not a root cause of the disease.

As a result, Bechamp touted that the killing of germs would only cause them to explode further and shape shift, so best if you actually cultivate a healthy bio-terrain instead. He promoted health through diet, hygiene, exposure to fresh air, and of course exercise. The idea was that if the person had a healthy, natural immune function the germs wouldn’t take their opportunistic cue from damaged tissue.

A Compromised Bio-terrain

Infections only show up when the organism’s bio-terrain is compromised. A good example is when you go hiking in the woods with a whole group of people. Only one or two will be badly attacked and bitten by mosquitos. Why is this? If you were to study the phenomenon, you might find that this individual is also prey to colds, sore throats, earaches, and flus.

These germs are responding to the weakness in the organism … nature only understands one gesture; if you’re not building up your bio-terrain with probiotics and healthy regimen, she feels she has permission to take you back from when you came. Ashes to ashes, dust to dust. She doesn’t moralize, she’s just doing her job as efficiently and expediently as possible.

If you want to really get gnarly and graphic, you can further this thought to maggots. Again, they only spontaneously appear to help in the breakdown process of an already far-gone organism. The materialists just want to attack the maggots, however, the root cause remains at large and they’ll simply keep coming back.

Cancer operates totally on the same principle. As per John Robbins’ book, Reclaiming Your Health, chemotherapy and radiation have less than three percent efficacy for precisely the same reasons that we’ve become antibiotic resistant as a society.

By treating the cause, on the law of nature “like cures like”, without causing an ounce of harm, while also supplying the body with the right supplements, lots of probiotics, and naturally fermented foods, you can actually restore an individual to health without calling to battle errant bacteria, viruses, cancers, parasites, worms, or even the more disgusting maggots.

Pasteur and Bechamp had a long and often bitter rivalry around the true cause of illness and ultimately Pasteur’s ideas were accepted and inculcated as true into the materialistic mindset. I could spend the rest of this lifetime explaining why this was, and still is. The price we’ve paid as germaphobes is that we have one of the highest rates of infectious disease in our history. How many kids do you know who’ve had ear tubes inserted to drain off fluids before causing infection? How many cases of strep throat and bronchitis do you know about each winter?

Vaccines, antibiotics, antibacterial soaps, and other antimicrobials are like a scourge waged on microbes … the wrong enemy. You may find it as interesting as I do that on his deathbed, Pasteur actually withdrew his own germ theory in favour of Bechamp, “Le microbe n’est rien, le terrain est tout.” (The microbe is nothing, the terrain is everything)” –the last words of Louis Pasteur (father of the “Germ Theory” of disease).

Bechamp also spoke to pleomorphism, a phenomenon where bacterial nemesis will shape shift as illustrated above. Trying to combat them effectively has been the misguided torch carried by the allopathic materialistic scientists since time immemorial. They don’t show signs of quitting anytime either and God knows they’ve got a lot invested financially in you continuing to believe their germ theory.

Dr. Gunther Enderlein and Fungi Theory

Another phenomenologist, Dr. Gunther Enderlein (1872–1968), whose work spun off from Bechamp believed that all mammals contained the highly devolved remnants of at least two families of invaders – originally stemming from the mold fungi Mucor racemosus and Aspergillus niger.

Enderlein believed that each of these fungi, through the process of seeking a form in which they could exist with us in stable symbiosis, vastly influenced our evolution, especially in the areas of complex skeletal development and the self-healing, through clotting, of our circulatory system.

For Enderlein, this sword had another edge – one that he perceived as a medical disaster. However, seen through the filter of the Ambimorphic Paradigm, we can understand the same facts in a different way. What appeared to Enderlein as the tragic origin of chronic illness can really be seen as the misdirection of an important ecological adaptation.

What’s more significant is that if this perspective is correct, it may well give us one of the most powerful tools imaginable to influence our own health and healing. If you remove the blockage to cure, on the basis of natural law, you not only remove the arch nemesis, but you also restore the bioterrain to its original state of grace.


“Santiago Ramón y Cajal” by ZEISS Microscopy https://flic.kr/p/ef2SF6

Through many years of painstaking research, Enderlein came to believe that our body fluids, such as blood plasma, lymph, and cellular cytoplasm, contain particles that can be induced to reorganize into more complex biological forms, ultimately giving rise to bacteria and fungi not previously present. This is reminiscent of Béchamp’s experiments conducted more than half a century before.

Enderlein called this phenomenon ‘probaenogeny’, and made it a cornerstone of both his theoretical and clinical work in pleomorphic microbiology. Enderlein demonstrated that beyond a certain level of developmental complexity, all the emergent pleomorphic forms leading towards Mucor racemosus or Aspergillus niger were pathogenic and degenerative.

In fact, Enderlein argued that it was the conversion of the benign, devolved forms of these fungi into their pathogenic, cellular forms that constituted the deepest roots of all chronic illness. Enderlein demonstrated ways of understanding challenges as diverse as cancer, diabetes, tuberculosis, and glaucoma as different facets of the same types of internal, pleomorphic imbalances.


“blood-1813410” by Mike Goad https://flic.kr/p/Dq54m9

In particular, the mature bacterial and fungal expressions that Enderlein isolated from the blood of diseased individuals were highly saprophytic – which is to say they’re self-creating and self-sustaining through the creation of their own nourishment from organic decay within the body. He went on to describe the original invasion of these two molds into our ancestral chain as the, “…greatest medical tragedy in evolutionary history.”

What This Means for Me and You

All this to say, you can cart your child off to the allopath is they run a fever, however, what enemy are you hoping to target? If we understand the true roots of pathogenesis as above and we also know that medicine has only three possible actions; suppressive, palliative and curative, then don’t we have an ethical responsibility to remove the blockage to cure, strengthen the bio-terrain, and prevent the pleomorphic invasions in future?

By wholly understanding the Ambimorphoric Paradigm I believe we’re given the keys to The Kingdom. The essence of our health depends on acting in accordance with natural law and avoiding shooting the messengers, angering the substrata of bacterial pathogens and creating a bigger mess to try and mop up further down the pleomorphic line.

Disclaimer: Regarding the controversial topic of vaccinations and antibiotics … we at Arcanum Wholistic Clinic take a completely neutral stance on the topic even though our own son was damaged severely by vaccines and antibiotics. We neither advocate nor discourage their use for those individuals who seek our advice, leaving that up to the patient to decide. We do this mainly due to legal reasons being that it is against the law for us to advocate one position vs. another. We only ask that you become as educated on this topic as possible and make your own informed decision. We will always respect your decision either way. Many of our patients have asked us to address the antibiotic (and vaccine) insults on their sequential timeline using homeopathic principles.

Sources:

http://maronewellness.com/pasteur-vs-bechamp-an-alternative-view-of-infectious-disease/

https://www.practo.com/healthfeed/homoeopathic-alternatives-to-antibiotics-15418/post

http://safe-medicine.blogspot.mx/2010/08/superbugs-and-antibiotics.html

http://safe-medicine.blogspot.mx/2015/02/antibiotics-not-as-safe-as-we-have-been.html

https://www.amazon.com/Bechamp-Pasteur-Chapter-History-Biology/dp/1467900125

http://www.medicinacomplementar.com.br/biblioteca/pdfs/Biomolecular/mb-0469.pdf

http://www.pnf.org/compendium/An_Open_Letter_On_Pleomorphic_Microbiology.pdf

Three Facts You Need To Know About Dental Mercury, By Amanda Just and John Kall, DMD of the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology (IAOMT)

This article has been reprinted with permission from worldmercuryproject.org.

1. All silver-colored dental fillings, also called amalgams, contain approximately 50% mercury, and dental mercury is still being used in the USA.

In 2013, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) formalized a global convention to reduce mercury usage, which includes initiatives to phase down the use of dental mercury.  The UNEP mercury convention will come into force on August 16, 2017, and as part of this effort, the European Union is taking action on dental mercury.  A new EU mercury regulation plans to prohibit the use of amalgam for vulnerable populations (pregnant or breastfeeding women, children under 15 years old) and provide for discussion about the feasibility of ending dental amalgam use in the European Union by 2030.

Prior to the 2017 ratification of UNEP’s mercury treaty, other countries had already taken protective actions against dental mercury.  For example, Norway and Sweden have banned dental amalgam, and Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Italy, the Netherlands, and Japan have reportedly limited its use to less than 5% of tooth restorations.  However, mercury fillings are still used on about 45% of direct dental restorations worldwide, including in the United States.

All silver colored dental fillings, which are still being used in the USA, contain about 50% mercury.

2. Mercury vapor is released from these fillings into the human body, and this dental mercury has been linked to health risks.

Mercury vapor is continuously emitted from dental amalgam which means that people are directly exposed to the mercury in their mouths.  The output of mercury vapor can be intensified by the number of fillings and other activities, such as chewing, teeth-grinding, and the consumption of hot liquids.  Mercury is also known to be released during the placement, replacement, and removal of dental mercury amalgam fillings.

Scientific researchers have associated this mercury in amalgam fillings with Alzheimer’s disease, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (Lou Gehrig’s disease), antibiotic resistance, anxiety, autism spectrum disorders, autoimmune disorders/immunodeficiency, cardiovascular problems, chronic fatigue syndrome, depression, hearing loss, infertility, kidney disease, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, and an array of other health problems. Click here to learn more about the potential health risks of dental mercury.

3. Safety measures can reduce the amount of mercury vapor released during the removal of amalgam fillings.

Some patients require the removal of silver amalgam fillings due to device failure, while others opt for the removal of silver amalgam fillings because of cosmetic purposes (white-colored fillings match the teeth better) or because they prefer to have dental fillings that do not contain mercury. However, the process of drilling out amalgam fillings liberates quantities of mercury vapor and fine particulates that can be inhaled and absorbed through the lungs, and this is potentially harmful to patients, dentists, dental workers, and their fetuses.

The application of specific safety measures can reduce the potential negative health outcomes of mercury exposure during the amalgam removal process.  It is crucial for patients to know what these safety measures are so that they can insure these practices are implemented during the removal of amalgam fillings.

These writers co-authored a chapter about the health risks of dental mercury that was published in a textbook about epigenetics from Springer in 2016.

Amanda Just, MS:  Ms. Just is the Program Director of the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxiciology.  She is also a freelance writer and dental consumer who has shared her writings about the impact of dental mercury amalgam fillings with the United Nations Environment Programme, the U.S. Department of State, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and various NGOs.

John Kall, DMD:  Dr. Kall serves as the Chairman of the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxiocology’s Board of Directors.  He is a member of the American Dental Association, a fellow of the Academy of General Dentistry (AGD), Past President of the KY Chapter of the AGD, a member of the Louisville Dental Society, and a member of the Kentucky Dental Association.

What Is Sequential Therapy?

I recall once, years ago, going into a Starbucks in Ottawa, Canada. The barista who was preparing my tea noticed the pin on my lapel of my alma mater, The Hahnemann College for Heilkunst and Homeopathy. She asked me what it meant.

I revealed that it represented Da Vinci’s ‘Vitruvian Man’, where art and science meet on the cusp of our divinely-created humanity. When she asked what kind of medicine we practiced, I replied, “homeopathic”, as most folks are versed in what that means.

Another woman at the end of the counter asked, “So is that the kind of homeopathy where you peel the patient like an onion?  I hear that its sequential approach is the most effective treatment protocol available. I have a friend who was infertile prior to working with one of you.”  

I was pretty shocked to hear her say this and I conveyed that I’d been the first Registrar of the school some years prior. Also, that I didn’t realize that the sequential approach was known by very many people. She ended by saying how thrilled her friend was to have conceived after so many years of heartache.

What Does Sequential Therapy Involve?

When patients first decide to see us, they fill out an intake form describing their basic health information. This includes their current supplements, and pharmaceuticals, and their history of any surgeries or dental work. It also covers the basics of their diet and lifestyle, including exercise, sleep and hydration habits. We want to know the present and past chief complaints, and where they experience pain in their bodies.

We also provide them with a timeline guide, asking them to plot all of their emotional and physical traumas in chronological order, from the present to their birth. Shocks and traumas can include surgeries, injuries, drug use, vaccines, as well as emotional traumas.

Sample Time Line :

  • 2002 August Laid off from work, period of high stress – headaches began
  • 2001 January Severe Bronchitis – 4 weeks in bed, antibiotic use, exhaustion
  • 1998 March Mom died of cancer – very sudden diagnosis, shock, grief, anger
  • 1993 February Broke left leg skiing
  • 1990 June Breakup of serious relationship – many months of sadness
  • 1985 October Hep B Vaccine
  • 1979 May Family in car accident – not serious – bumps and bruises, shock
  • 1975 September Family dog died – first experience of death, sadness
  • 1972 July MMR Vaccine – original
  • 1971 November DPT Vaccine – original
  • 1970 January Birth – mom was induced? antibiotics drops in eyes? born blue – cord wrapped around neck
  • Prebirth – at 7 months, mom fell down flight of stairs – no injury, but very anxious for baby

Patients often worry, “What if I get the order wrong?” or “ What if I forget something?” Don’t worry, as your body’s cellular memory will step up and display symptoms related to the next event to be cleared towards the end of your current twenty-eight day remedy cycle. Think of it like a geological dig, or a multi-layered wedding cake.

Once we start the process, the body knows that it’s on this giddy-up plan. It just systematically offers up its harbored traumas every lunar cycle. For example, my son fell out of bed when he was a wee tyke when we were on holiday. I’d felt very guilty as he’d ended up breaking his collarbone. I should have put his bed on the floor.

I think I was blocking out this memory. I forgot to include this incident on his timeline. When we tried to go past this event to treat the next written one, he woke up the next morning and complained of “a very sore neck”. When I asked him what it felt like, he said, “Just like it did when I broke my collarbone at Auntie Louise’s and Uncle Don’s.”  Yikes!

The body never forgets, and so we backed up and I picked up the homeopathic remedies to treat this event instead of trying to bypass it.

The other example I have is with our cat, Smokey, who’d been struck by a car and broken his jaw years prior. When going through his timeline, just before the event was due, his jaw swelled and erupted with pus. Lovely, I know. His body did not let us skip over this unresolved trauma. The next timeline remedies you need will be obvious, even if not written down on your timeline.

If I had your permission, I could dazzle you for hours with such stories of sequential timeline treatment. By changing some of the details for privacy, I will share one more with you.

I was working with a woman going through timeline treatment. We reached the point in her history of a brief marriage that she felt had been a mistake. He had moved to the other side of the world and they never saw each other again. At least not until the precise month that we were due to clear this event on her timeline.

Doesn’t she bump into him, across the country, at the airport? They sat and had coffee and shared what they’d been doing in their lives since their divorce. She cited that the reunion had been awesome and that she gained closure in that impromptu meeting in ways she’d never imagined. Then she winked and asked me if I thought this occurrence happened because it was next due to be treated on her timeline. I asked her back, “What do you think?”

Where Did Sequential Treatment Originate?

Our mentor, Rudi Verspoor, DMH and Dean of Philosophy of the Hahnemann College for Heilkunst and Homeopathy, was once flying back from France in the early 1990s, when he wandered into the airport bookstore. There, on the shelf, was the French version of a book called, Rediscovering Real Medicine, by J.F. Elmiger, an MD in Switzerland. Rudi studied it the whole way home back to Canada, and upon his return shared the concepts of sequential timeline therapy with his wife, Patty Smith.

It made so much sense to them both that they began to incorporate Elmiger’s sequential approach into their respective practices. Over time, they developed it more fully under the umbrella of Dr. Samuel Hahnemann’s complete approach of “Heilkunst Medicine”.

A Little Dose Of History

The idea of sequencing began with the founder of homeopathy, Dr. Samuel Hahnemann (1755-1843). He understood disease to be hierarchical. He also made a distinction between primary/tonic (diseases of constant nature) and secondary/pathic (diseases that are variable in nature). Dr. Hahnemann basically said that if you eradicate the constant diseases first (the mother), the secondary diseases (the baby) are generally destroyed alongside.

In some cases (around 12-15% of the time), this doesn’t happen because the baby disease (the pathic disease that is identified by a specific symptom picture) has grown into an independent adolescent with the same characteristics of the mother. In that case, you need to go after both of them.

It’s important to note that diseases of a constant nature exist in time based on the order in which they impregnated our organism. This ‘sequencing’  means that like an onion, they’ve got to be stripped off layer by layer in the order in which they were assumed. This is the reason we treat the timeline in reverse chronological order.

Our Genetic History Is Also Sequenced

Another important treatment sequence relates to the chronic miasms, or inherited disease tendencies in a family tree. Without getting too much into this topic which is better explained here, it is fair to say that our human history as it pertains to diseases, is also sequenced. Psorinum, or itch disease, is the oldest Genetic Miasm while Lyme is more recent. These inherited diseases also demand to be treated in a particular clinical order.

Dr. Hahnemann proved three main diseases in his lifetime; Psora, “Pseudo-Psora” (Tuberculosis), and Sycosis. He wasn’t alive long enough to identify the remaining chronic miasms. The work he did on these, however, laid down the crucial principle and methodology for later homeopaths to identify the remaining ones.

Dr. Elmiger, likewise, discovered a sequence to the chronic miasms. He identified that they followed the ‘Law of Succession of Forces’. He was the first to systematically follow a sequence for tonic disease and for the chronic miasms based on the use of nosodes (energetic medicines made from disease discharges) and isodes (energetic medicine made from the actual drug or vaccine material).

This approach provided the key to unlocking the health complications caused by iatrogenesis (ie diseases caused and/or worsened by pharmaceuticals). These blockages must be addressed in order for the application of sequential treatment to be fully successful.

Although Hahnemann laid down the principles of the dual nature of disease (see Dynamic Legacy; From Homeopathy To Heilkunst, by Rudi Verspoor and Steven Decker), not much was done with it for 150 years while his wife, Melanie Hahnemann, held his transcripts for the 6th edition of, Organon of The Medical Art, in abeyance.

As Rudi Verspoor cites, “It was not until the 1970s that a Swiss medical doctor, Dr. J.F. Elmiger, who decided to study homeopathy, discovered that the iatrogenic shocks of drugs and vaccinations was a major cause of illness and that the treatment of these shocks proceeded in the reverse order of their occurrence. He called the treatment of these shocks and traumas according to their reverse time sequence La therapie sequentielle or Sequential Therapy.”

The next step was the introduction of Dr. Elmiger’s approach to North America. While a number of individuals did this independently, it was the work of Rudi Verspoor (Canada) and Patty Smith (USA), working in collaboration in the early 1990s, who added a significant dimension to Dr. Elmiger’s discoveries, namely that of emotional shock. While this had been included in Elmiger’s work, it was not fully developed, as Dr. Elmiger restricted his practice mainly to children and certain adult cases. He generally found adult cases difficult to handle. With the insights into the medicines for emotional shock, Verspoor and Smith were able to expand the idea of Sequential Therapy for adults in an effective manner. Their first book, Homeopathy Renewed, published in 1995 (and superseded by Homeopathy Re-examined), brought Dr. Elmiger’s work, combined with their own extensive research and clinical experience in developing the sequential approach, to North America.

While Sequential Therapy, or ST for short, is highly effective, it is important to realize that it is only part of a much broader system of medicine created by Dr. Hahnemann, which he called Heilkunst, or the art of restoring health.

This system requires the foundations of health also be addressed, in terms of bio-chemical balance, diet, exercise, supplements, hormones, energy blockages, etc, as well as various realms of disease that go beyond that of the timeline and the chronic miasms. For ST to be most effective, it must be part of this more complete system of remediation.

The Small Print

Nothing is written in stone; in some cases the patient’s issues are so acute that the timeline therapy is suspended until the more demanding issues are addressed. Also, in some cases the patient runs through her timeline at warp speed. Phosphorous constitutions just tend to be souped up in ways where they present their next issues every 2-3 weeks, instead of the typical 4 weeks.

My colleague once served a patient whose life force looked for the next remedy every three weeks. She asked him what he did for a living. He said, “I make fast cars go faster.”  She thought this appropo.

Timeline treatment may be suspended in a given month while a more immediate need has takes over the life force. Examples include going into labor, or undergoing a surgical procedure. The support remedies that month would relate to the present tense, rather than clearing something from the past. The timeline is a map, after all, and does not override new life events showing up in the present.

Dr. Hahnemann stated, “Treat what you see!” As it turns out, a good percentage of the time, what is seen is the next timeline event’s symptoms looming. Other times, it’s a challenging mess of blooming, buzzing confusion and you’d better be properly apprised of what’s what. This is where the map of Heilkunst principles guides the practitioner through even the most complex cases.

Spring Cleanse for Mind and Body

What baggage are you holding onto? No, really–I’m speaking to you.

If you aim your gaze down into your belly, what is it that you’re feeling? Are you harbouring grief and sadness down there? What about loss or disappointment? Are you feeling pissed that you thought you’d be in such a better place in your life by now? Perhaps you’re afraid that you’re never going to get to your goals.

What if there was a way to dump all this physical and emotional content overboard without having to hash it out verbally. What if we could give you homeopathic remedies to lighten your load while also helping you detox from all that digestive, bloating, gassy stuff going on in your belly at the same time.

Perhaps you’ve been having more congestion and headaches than usual and you’re wondering if it has to do with the toxicity you’ve been carrying. Are you ready to let that go too?

Spring is a wonderful time to purge both physically and emotionally. Herbs come back at your local market, bitter herbs are growing like weeds and we’ve got homeopathic remedies to help you achieve your goals and obtain better health within a week of taking them.

Read our articles in this month’s Newsletter to find out more or simply book a FREE, no obligation, Fact Finding Session to find out how we can tailor a Springtime cleanse just for you.

 

 

 

Being Schooled at the WorldSchoolers’ Conference

March 2018 Newsletter

Last month we had the pleasure of speaking at the Worldschooling Summit, here, in Guanajuato Mexico. I was completely and utterly blown away.

I met very, healthy, and autonomous kids from Australia who’d just arrived from the United Emirates the night before with their family of five. Even though jet lagged, they sat right next to me and asked me “who” I was and where I came from. I found out what books they were reading and how they both loved and felt challenged by living internationally.

Another teen came up to me and expressed how happy she was to be in a “slow travel” groove with her family right now while going to a Catholic school in Columbia run by nuns. Her Mom has arranged it that she gets to go to classes and engage in the extra curricular activities but that she does not need to do the homework OR write any of the tests.

I had the pleasure of sitting, over lunch, with another teen who lives on a permaculture farm in the United States whose family takes extended travel stints all over the world. He stated that he’d like to fashion his life to live more off-grid like many of the other kids attending the conference and that he’s working on going to China for a teen retreat with many of the other youth at the conference travelling solo.

I met a family, like us, who live much of their year in a colonial town near us here in Mexico. Their father built software for music teachers and their mother is a life coach. The kids are self-educated. Last week, while their mom was in the States for a conference, they wanted to prepare all the meals at home. So their Dad helped the three of them to look up recipes online, get the groceries and prepare the meals while he ran his business behind the scenes, available to help them at a moments notice.

In this exercise, they learned about food, shopping, commerce and chemistry and viable necessary life skills. So much about “unschooling” is being able to adapt to the present circumstances and developing one’s inner resources. Many of the kids I met are bi- or tri-lingual. One family with a single Mom from Montreal who live in Mexico speak 5 languages fluently.

All this communing with folks has helped to broaden my knowledge base around what it means to be worldschooled. How this naturally builds empathy, compassion and ingenuity in unfamiliar places with folks who you often must rely on for your safety and purveyance in everyday life. It’s humbling and restores your faith in the goodness of everyday people.

It’s true that I fell head over heels in love with these amazing individuals and that I too have the heart of a worldschooler. I can’t wait to teach more on how to be a successful digital nomad and raise free range kids who’re citizens of the world.

Three Facts You Need To Know About Dental Mercury, By Amanda Just and John Kall, DMD of the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology (IAOMT)

This article has been reprinted with permission from worldmercuryproject.org

1. All silver-colored dental fillings, also called amalgams, contain approximately 50% mercury, and dental mercury is still being used in the USA.

In 2013, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) formalized a global convention to reduce mercury usage, which includes initiatives to phase down the use of dental mercury.  The UNEP mercury convention will come into force on August 16, 2017, and as part of this effort, the European Union is taking action on dental mercury.  A new EU mercury regulation plans to prohibit the use of amalgam for vulnerable populations (pregnant or breastfeeding women, children under 15 years old) and provide for discussion about the feasibility of ending dental amalgam use in the European Union by 2030.

Prior to the 2017 ratification of UNEP’s mercury treaty, other countries had already taken protective actions against dental mercury.  For example, Norway and Sweden have banned dental amalgam, and Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Italy, the Netherlands, and Japan have reportedly limited its use to less than 5% of tooth restorations.  However, mercury fillings are still used on about 45% of direct dental restorations worldwide, including in the United States.

All silver colored dental fillings, which are still being used in the USA, contain about 50% mercury.

2. Mercury vapor is released from these fillings into the human body, and this dental mercury has been linked to health risks.

Mercury vapor is continuously emitted from dental amalgam which means that people are directly exposed to the mercury in their mouths.  The output of mercury vapor can be intensified by the number of fillings and other activities, such as chewing, teeth-grinding, and the consumption of hot liquids.  Mercury is also known to be released during the placement, replacement, and removal of dental mercury amalgam fillings.

Scientific researchers have associated this mercury in amalgam fillings with Alzheimer’s disease, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (Lou Gehrig’s disease), antibiotic resistance, anxiety, autism spectrum disorders, autoimmune disorders/immunodeficiency, cardiovascular problems, chronic fatigue syndrome, depression, hearing loss, infertility, kidney disease, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, and an array of other health problems. Click here to learn more about the potential health risks of dental mercury.

3. Safety measures can reduce the amount of mercury vapor released during the removal of amalgam fillings.

Some patients require the removal of silver amalgam fillings due to device failure, while others opt for the removal of silver amalgam fillings because of cosmetic purposes (white-colored fillings match the teeth better) or because they prefer to have dental fillings that do not contain mercury. However, the process of drilling out amalgam fillings liberates quantities of mercury vapor and fine particulates that can be inhaled and absorbed through the lungs, and this is potentially harmful to patients, dentists, dental workers, and their fetuses.

The application of specific safety measures can reduce the potential negative health outcomes of mercury exposure during the amalgam removal process.  It is crucial for patients to know what these safety measures are so that they can insure these practices are implemented during the removal of amalgam fillings.

These writers co-authored a chapter about the health risks of dental mercury that was published in a textbook about epigenetics from Springer in 2016.

Amanda Just, MS:  Ms. Just is the Program Director of the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxiciology.  She is also a freelance writer and dental consumer who has shared her writings about the impact of dental mercury amalgam fillings with the United Nations Environment Programme, the U.S. Department of State, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and various NGOs.

John Kall, DMD:  Dr. Kall serves as the Chairman of the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxiocology’s Board of Directors.  He is a member of the American Dental Association, a fellow of the Academy of General Dentistry (AGD), Past President of the KY Chapter of the AGD, a member of the Louisville Dental Society, and a member of the Kentucky Dental Association.

Worldschooler’s Summit and The Launch of Hemp Gitchies

February 2018 Newsletter

This month (January 2018) I’m speaking at the World Schoolers Summit, here in Guanajuato, MX. They’re a group of international digital nomads who are mostly educating their kids while living around the world. I’ve been connected to them online for well over a decade.

Way back when our kids were little, I thought it was very important to expand their cultural horizons. I chose to expose them to individuals from different countries, cultures, languages, and family dynamics. I didn’t want them to think that their bubble of relative privilege was all there was to life. I wanted to mentor empathy for them. The World Schoolers group helped me to keep my vision true to its purpose.

Back then, I had to get creative as we were fairly limited financially given that Jeff and I were both studying at the postgraduate level and the kids were in private Waldorf schools. There was more money going out the door than coming in. We also had a farm, a kids camp that we ran in the summer and also a community garden where a few friends came from the city to grow their food.

We had international students live with us while attending school in Ottawa, Canada during the school year. There goal was to increase their fluency in English. A couple of them came from Madrid, Spain and also Veracruz, Mexico. The latter gal grew up in a grand hacienda with maids and a cook. Another girl’s mother had been tragically killed in a bombing in the subway in Spain. We loved on her like our own. Now that I look back, it’s interesting that the lottery of kids that were offered to live with us all came from Spanish speaking countries which is where are second home is now located.

At the World Schoolers Summit, I’m going to get into some of the ways in which we run 3 vibrant businesses; “Arcanum Wholistic Clinic”, “Arcanum Acres Publishing”, and my most recent venture into clothing manufacturing, “Hemp Gitchies : Feels as Good On Your Hiney as It Does On Your Conscience.” The latter is this year’s latest enterprise in making hemp, bamboo and cotton undies beginning with the women’s line. We’re going to we working with women sewers who’ve formed a cooperative that have been rescued from pedophile rings as well as ex-sex trade workers in both the United States and Canada.

Pretty soon, we’ll be looking for women (and later men and kids, too) to try out our sample undies at cost and give us feedback on the style and wearability. We’re so excited as we’re a small group of Heilkunst-connected peeps who already feel like kin and who’re very interested in rolling out this new enterprise within our existing friends and family. That means that we’ll be seeking folks like you to try out our first samples in the next few months.

Our hope is that you’re doing well, and as feeling fully in love with your life.

 

  • All Worldschooler’s Summit Images above are credited to Jay Shapiro, Worldschooling parent