Introduction to the Delinick / Biophysics model of the organism and its pathology.
(Drawbacks of the medical biomolecular model)
A model of any system, especially one that supposes to explain homeopathy, must explain certain key aspects of that system. In homeopathy it must be able to explain:
1. the way the homeopathic remedy exerts its therapeutic effect unto the organism
- a. the way it does it
- b. at what level or levels it does this and how
2. an explanation of the process of potentization and how this is related to the above system, its similarities, its key components, etc.
3. an explanation of the levels of the organism at which we have primary, secondary reactions, etc. and their similarities with the above ideas.
4. it must also use certain key concepts of science prevalent that can explain these ideas without using metaphysics. For the purpose of a model is to be useful and to be understood by other scientists so that further work ensues in this field.
The major ideas for my model came from my studies at Hunter College of the City University of New York as well as my studies in homeopathy. I had written a thesis on non-linear systems and complexity, for my Honors Curriculum course at Hunter College. One such example is the one about entropy and that usually when a person is born he is born with a maximum amount of free energy [the energy that has the ability to do work in the organism] and then when the person is nearing death, at the end of his life he has minimum free energy and maximum entropy at the point of his death. I was deeply influenced in my studies at Hunter College at the City University of New York by my Biology professor, Dr. Green who instilled in me ideas about entropy, non-linear thermodynamics, free energy, systemic theory, chaos theory, Prigogine’s self-organization phenomena. In my thesis written for the Honors Curriculum at Hunter I mention all the above, and then when studying homeopathy I wrote certain papers that provide a model of health and disease conducive to explaining how homeopathy works and how a therapeutic effect is rendered to the organism from the homeopathic remedy.
The organism, the cell or any living system, can be considered an open system. Human beings are open systems and they are considered so because they exchange certain properties called fluxes such as matter, energy and information with their environment.
Thus the branch of science that deals with energy and its conversion from one form into another is called Thermodynamics. Energy is defined here as the capacity to do work. Examples of energy are: light, chemical, mechanical, heat and electrical.
There are two laws of thermodynamics:
1. The law of conservation of energy: energy can neither be created nor destroyed, it
can only be converted from one form into another.
2. All processes/reactions proceed in a direction that increases the total entropy. Entropy is the degree of disorder in a system.
If we want to view this in relation to the organism we may do so as stated above in explaining a human being's metabolism or on a larger scale applying it to how the organism evolves during his life from birth to death.
If we also want to understand how the organism evolves in its journey from birth to death another concept has to be introduced and that is that human beings are systems that are "far from equilibrium." What this means is that our energy differs from that of the environment. If our energy were the same with that of the environment then we would be at equilibrium or dead.
The laws of thermodynamics explain the mechanisms regulating the rates of metabolic reactions. Without these metabolic reactions occurring in the organism there would be no life as we know it.
As a result of these exchanges and metabolic reactions the variables describing the instantaneous state of the organism varies in time and attains values different from those characterizing the state of the environment. Thus the living system is termed to be far from equilibrium, since if it was at equilibrium it would be "dead." The death state occurs when all the variables of the organism would be equal to the variables of the environment. This is also the state where we have maximum Entropy (degree of disorder in a system) and minimum or 0 Free Energy (ability of the system to do work.) [note
Diagram 1] Now what does all this mean for the medical doctor and homeopathic practitioner?