In this month’s Creating Health series, Dr. Jeff Lester explained to us homeopathy, stem cells, and their applications for MS. For a little background in homeopathy:
The History of Homeopathy
The practice of homeopathy began at a time when science and medicine were not yet aware of microbiology, genetics, psychology, nor radiology (Brown, 2006) and the practice of medicine included ingesting mercury, purgatories, and bleeding (Dooley, 1995). Its founder, Samuel Hahnemann was very systemic in his studies of remedies.
Hahnemann discovered that certain compounds that produce symptoms when ingested by someone healthy, could alleviate those same symptoms in some sick. Like seemed to cure like. Rather than give the patient something that eliminated the symptom, he gave them something that would create the same symptom in a healthy person – like cures like. This completely turned conventional medicine to this day upside down. Conventional medicine looks for remedies that block the symptom. Despite its differences, homeopathy shares many of the same concepts discovered only 100 years ago by quantum physics and not yet applied in conventional medicine. In particular, the primacy of consciousness (and the role of our emotions, experiences, and beliefs) in shaping reality and health (Brown, 2006).
Homeopathy, Health, and Pathology
In homeopathy, pathology rests in consciousness (Brown, 2006). Hahnemann explained the influence of consciousness as a ‘vital force’ while organic material such as viruses, tissues, and the body, in general, are considered ‘without force’ (Brown, 2006). This means that disease is not something that happens to the body on its own, but something that is governed by our consciousness (Brown, 2009). explains disease as the manifestation of where one’s identity got fixated and we identified ourselves as something in particular (and not authentic) and our free-flowing energy got stuck (Julian Carlyon (2015)).
Thus in homeopathy, illness reflects imbalances in the vital force and not a biochemical breakdown as viewed by standard medicine (Dooley, 1995). Treatment does not focus on the disease but on regaining balance within the whole person and within their vital force (Dooley, 1995). The body heals itself of the disease and any symptoms when it has recovered balance. Thus, the homeopathic physician is not responsible to diagnose a set of symptoms as a disease as done by allopathic physicians but only to observe all the patient’s experiences regarding their physical and mental states as the reflection of a whole person imbalance. The goal is to find a single remedy that best suits the entirety of the patient’s malaise (Dooley, 1995). Thus, the physician will take not only of the stomach ache, but that it is mainly at 2 pm each day, there is an increased thirst, emotional irritability, a craving of sweets, and difficulty in sleeping. The physician will also take note of the fact that these symptoms began right after the patient experienced the loss of a love one for example.
Homeopathic medicine sees disease and healing very differently than standard medicine. Yet, it seems more aligned with the laws of quantum physics, the study of consciousness, and the mind’s influence on health and healing.
In homeopathy, the physician gives the patient an element that matches the deepest source of the root of the symptoms (the interest is on the symptoms experienced and not on classification of a diagnosable disease) to shift from the negative symptomatic state to a positive health state.
In homeopathy, the source of disease is primarily negative thoughts and feelings that we have not been able to cope with as children. We tend to put them under the rug, hide our authentic selves, etc. in an attempt to cope. As we become adults, these coping mechanisms become problematic.
Process of Disease:
- negative energy and/or feelings.
- thought patterns.
- body chemistry
- organs and tissues (structural damage).
The sooner we can break those feelings and emotions, the quicker we can help the body return to health.
- What is the troubling inner feeling?
- What is the physical and mental response to this inner feeling? (this is where hypnotherapy and NLP can help putting the true labels of what is the deepest cause of the problem)
Homeopathy breaks these types of negative feelings and emotions that cause physical symptoms n the body into five categories. Most aspects of Multiple sclerosis is considered within the fourth category (hardening and brittleness caused by resentment and harshness) though there can be a combination of categories that created the group of symptoms one is experiencing (inflammation, incontinence, spasms, etc).
Between the age of 8 and 12 years of age, the body creates an armoring against the negative influences. The more wounding and negative genetics, the more layers are set up.
Homeopathic remedies need to peel back these layers of armor and bring the unconscious blind processes, suppressed or blocked emotions and feelings, into awareness. Once brought to awareness, they can be processed and cleared.
Dr. Lester recommends “A New Model for Health and Disease” by George Vithoulkas for a more detailed explanation of homeopathy.
Treating Multiple Sclerosis through Homeopathy
In homeopathy, the underlying cause of the symptoms, usually emotional, must be addressed, as well as lifestyle and any genetic and neurochemical influence.
Brown, D. (2006). Paradigm Shift: Homeopathy as Applied Consciousness. International Journal for Classic Homeopathy, (19). http://www.homeopathichealing.org/paradigm-shift-homeopathy-as-applied-consciousness.html
Carlyon, J. (2015, May 25). Homeopathy and consciousness. Consciousness TV Ltd. https://music.amazon.com/albums/B00YDLY7VU?do=play&ref=dm_ws_dp_ald_bb_phfa_xx_xx_xx
Dooley, T. R. (1995). Homeopathy – Beyond flat earth medicine. An essential guide for the homeopathic patient. Timing Publications, San Diego. http://www.drdooley.net/Book.pdf
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