What the Patient should know about Homeopathic Therapy
1. The patient can expect to have his system "cleansed out" of all the undesirable pathological symptoms that have been suppressed during his taking conventional drugs. And what does this mean?
This means that the patient's level of pathology is seen here after he/she takes the correct homeopathic remedy. In other words if the patient has been sick for most of his/her life and has developed a chronic pathology then this person while on homeopathic therapy will have what is termed a "therapeutic exacerbation." All the major and minor pathological symptoms of that individual at one time or another during the course of his /her homeopathic therapy will resurface. This is called Hysteresis in Physics, [see Chapter VI] and this is how the organism reverses the pathological process in the organism, annihilates it and goes to previous healthy steady states of the organism. In other words, with homeopathic therapy we are trying to bring to the surface past pathological states, annihilate them and thus bring the organism to a healthy period he/she had before these pathological symptoms arose.
Let me also point out that this can happen but it might not happen, dependent on the individual, his past history, his present circumstances, etc.
An analogy may be made here in order for you to understand the "therapeutic exacerbation" in a simpler manner. In Psychiatry and more so in Psychoanalysis in order to provide therapy for the patient suffering from suppressed secrets, he/she has hidden deep within their subconscious, the Psychoanalyst uses Psychoanalysis to unravel these deep, dark secrets and to bring them to the surface or the conscious mind. In doing this the Psychoanalyst helps the patient to realize where his pathological or aberrant actions may come from and in so doing provides therapeutic relief. The same may be said of the organism on the somatic and emotional levels as well. This is the way the homeopathic remedy provides relief for the organism.
2. What is meant by "cure" in medicine today?
My patients always ask me, "Doctor will I be cured?" The word "cure" has acquired quite a false definition because of the biomolecular model of the organism and its pathology. Is there such a thing as annihilating a pathological symptom in an organism and never having it come back during the lifetime of that patient?
To begin answering this question one must ask, "What is a pathological symptom?" I give an answer to this question and it is written in Chapters 6 and 7. According to my model and the way pathological symptoms arise in the organism, once a pathological symptom has come to the surface of the organism, then that information is available whenever another "stress" situation warrants a pathological symptom to come to the surface to decrease the total Entropy of the system. Whether that particular symptom will come to the surface or another depends on how entrenched that pathological symptom is in the organism. This is dependent on:
a. if it has a genetic predisposition
b. if it is an acquired predisposition,
c. at what past moment in time that pathological symptom last showed itself,
d. the type, duration of eliciting stress circumstances
e. suppressive medication that has masked a particular symptom and another
symptom on the same pathology level as that one or on a higher pathological level
then comes to the surface
Following Historical significance and the fractal path the organism has taken from the previous onset of these pathological symptoms, we may expect the pathological symptoms to surface once again in times of stress. This is the natural order of things, this is the evolution of steady states of the organism. See Chapter. VI.
Thus my answer to the patient is that whenever the patient passes a "stressful" period in his life eight times out of ten, after this stress period and when he is relatively stress free then the pathological symptoms will stabilize and surface. [in other words the pathological symptoms come to the surface 9 times out of 10 after the stress has passed] This will happen again and again because this is how the organism works and how it evolves.
The difference between conventional and homeopathic medicine is that conventional medicine is aimed at suppressing or masking the symptoms making the pathology go to a higher level by adding dissimilar information or noise to the system. For example a 13 year old boy develops eczema as a result of his family moving to another country. The 13 year old boy misses his friends, feels lost in the new environment and develops eczema which is exhibited on the father's side of the family. If left alone without cortisone the eczema might by itself run its course, the 13 year old boy will start adjusting, making friends feeling better and the eczema will disappear in a while; or it may not. The boy is taken by his well meaning parents to a Dermatologist and the specialist gives him a cream of choice which contains cortisone. The cortisone cream is administered and the eczema symptoms disappear. This of course makes the parents very happy knowing that they have provided the best choice of therapy for their son.
But unbeknown to them and to the Dermatologist as well, the boy's eczema has not disappeared, it has not been "cured." And after a stressful situation in the boy's life it resurfaces once more. But this time the eczema rash covers a wider area of the boy's body, it is not only located on the boy's left hand but has now shown up on the boy's right hand and on the back of his neck. Plus the rash is rougher, more itchy etc. In other words the symptoms have gotten worse instead of getting better. If the boy had undergone homeopathic therapy from the beginning instead of conventional therapy the rash would occupy a smaller area of the boy's skin, the rash would not be so rough, or itchy and it would take a smaller amount of time for the rash to disappear. But now because of the cortisone suppression we have it taking on a stronger form. Thus the dermatologist gives a stronger dose of cortisone/cortisone cream and waits for the results. Again the eczema disappears but not in its entirety and the boy continues to apply cortisone for the next three years on and off. At the end of these three years the boy undergoes something very stressful in his work at school and he finds out that his parents will be divorcing soon. His world is shattered but Loa and behold the eczema is better, the rash has all but disappeared.
The divorce occurs and the boy no longer has eczema. But about two months after the divorce, he is now 16 years old, the boy develops asthma. At this point his parents no longer consult the previous dermatologist but now go on to another specialist - a lung specialist. Thus the lung specialist diagnoses asthma and gives him cortisone once more.
But neither the lung specialist, dermatologist, the parents or the boy are aware that this asthma is a pathology that has evolved because the previous skin pathology has been suppressed to such a degree by the cortisone that the pathology has now risen to a higher level in the organism and one that endangers the whole system since it has to do with respiration. Thus another one of Homeopathy's laws is seen here and this is called Hering's Law. When the organism is getting worse, getting sicker the pathology progresses inwards [skin pathology is considered a healthier state of being than lung pathology.] and upwards. Having a backache is considered being healthier than having a phobia/fear. Thus each is measured according to the danger/state of demise, the pathology puts the patient in, according to the daily stress on the organism from the pathology, the quality of life it detracts from the patient, etc.
Thus in this case with the 13 year old boy, the dermatologist, the parents and the boy would say he was "cured" of eczema because of the disappearance of the skin symptoms. The asthma is considered something separate, not a part of the previous pathology and this is a mistake on the part of conventional medicine. Because unlike conventional medicine having broken down and separated the different organ systems of the patient, in reality the organism works as a whole, it works via biofeedback mechanisms, and as in quantum physics what happens somewhere in one part of the system affects very much what happens in other parts. These are the mistakes of the conventional medical model and its pathology. The pathology of the 13 year old boy is one which should be seen as different stages of the evolution of his pathology. He had eczema, he suppressed it with cortisone, another organ system started becoming weaker until finally this organ system, the lungs or respiratory system, became weaker and displayed asthma symptoms.
That is why in cases such as the one above when the patient who is now 17 years old comes to us, and we give him the correct homeopathic remedy for his asthma symptoms, etc. he will have an asthmatic exacerbation. After this if we have a flare up of the primary eczema then we know the boy is getting better and the remedy is doing its job. Because in reality what we want to see is the path of pathology reversed, [reverse Hysteresis path] thus first come the asthma symptoms, then the eczema symptoms. This is the way the organism "cleanses" itself of the past symptoms and simplifies matters.
Thus we really never have a total annihilation of symptoms but we do have states of health for short or long periods of time where no pathological symptoms appear and the organism is in good health. But when the organism has undergone "stress" then the organism will resurface its pathological symptoms once more in order to decrease the disorder in the system and to bring about a new steady state.
3. How long does this
"therapeutic exacerbation" last?
This is dependent on the individual case. It is dependent on:
a. How long the patient has had this pathological condition. If the patient has had it from birth [genetic predisposition] and has taken strong conventional drugs to suppress the symptoms, and this patient visits the Homeopath when he is 40 years old or so then we may expect an analogous long exacerbation period. [But this is also dependent on other factors - all must be taken into account.] If the patient has had it for a short time and this pathology has developed in his 34th year then the exacerbation period is less. This is also dependent on what pathologies have come before this one and if this is a succession of pathologies after suppressive treatments.
b. how many years of conventional therapy he/she has had for this ailment. [the more and stronger conventional drugs the patient has taken - the greater the suppression and thus the therapeutic exacerbation is greater.] In other words if a patient has had a chronic case of arthritis for ten years and has taken very strong conventional drugs to mask or suppress the pain or other symptoms, then we might have an exacerbation lasting much longer than a person who has had arthritis diagnosed only for one year and has taken nothing more than aspirin. But on the other hand we might have a person diagnosed with arthritis only in the last year but he/she has taken very strong conventional drugs; while another patient who has had arthritis for ten years has taken only aspirin - then we might see that the therapeutic exacerbation is more for the person that has taken a lot of conventional drugs in the one year of his arthritis. Many factors interplay to cause the pathological symptoms to have a specific duration, intensity, in the therapeutic exacerbation.
c. the genetic predisposition of that patient to the ailment. If the patient has a genetic
predisposition towards a certain ailment i.e. his mother's side of the family had asthma. His maternal grandmother had it, his aunt, etc. and he showed signs of this disease at an early age 3-4 years old then we are talking about an exacerbation that will be analogous to the amount of time he has had this ailment in his life. The therapeutic exacerbation will be longer than
if that person did not have a genetic predisposition and if the asthma had not
shown up when he was 3-4 years old but showed up when he was 34 years old.
d. the acquired predisposition of the patient. The habits of the patient acquired during his lifetime, if the patient suffers from asthma and he is a smoker then this exacerbates his condition. If the patient has asthma and he is a taxi driver then his condition is worsened by his everyday work conditions. Thus the therapeutic exacerbation of a non-smoker, and a smoker will be of different duration and different intensity.
e. Amount of stress that the patient is undergoing in his life at that moment. If the stress is constant and overbearing the therapeutic exacerbation may be lengthened or made more intense. If the patient is undergoing homeopathic therapy for a chronic ailment and he suffers from some acute ailment during this time, the therapeutic exacerbation might be made worse or other factors added or detracted from his/her present clinical picture.