#1 – Obstacles to Healing
"It seems to me that the task of the homeopath is more and more difficult, the successes less direct and spectacular, and the failures more frequent, due to the so-called ‘progress’ of our civilization: the chlorination and fluoridation of our water, the drugs and chemicals (and now irradiation) in our foods, air pollution, multiple vaccinations, the increasing use of X-rays, and the overuse of drugs like antibiotics and barbiturates as well as strong suppressive acts like chemotherapy and radiation.
"All these factors contribute to the overwhelming suppression of natural disease manifestations, which confuses and complicates the problem in selecting our remedies."
Luc De Schepper, MD, PhD, CHom, DIHom, Lic AC
in Hahnemann Revisited
Dr. DeSchepper, the author of this most comprehensive source on classical homeopathy is a world class homeopath who speaks about blocks and obstacles to cure. He speaks specifically about these blocks and obstacles on the way to deep, correct and truly Hahnemannian prescribing.
He brought this subject up because he has encountered these blocks and obstacles, other world-class homeopaths encountered them too and Hahnemann was not able to overcome them himself in many instances either.
It is not a matter of just being a better homeopath, it is not a matter of attending another class, learning another repertorizing method or studying with a famous master, it is a matter of the very essence of a block — anything that stops movement or progress, i.e., positive movement in the case which a well-selected remedy cannot overcome.
Another famous American homeopath, Paul Herscu, N.D. — a pupil of George Vithoulkas — devoted much prominence to this subject and his share of frustrations upon encountering obstacles to cure in his own practice (The Herscu Letter #28,29).
Both Drs. De Schepper and Herscu have quoted Hahnemann extensively citing the numerous aphorisms in Organon where Hahnemann had pleaded over and over with his disciples to seek, uncover and remove blocks and obstacles to cure! (Aphorisms: 1,2,3,4,5,7,93,94,208,252,255,260,261)
Dr. Herscu astutely perceived Hahnemann’s admonition to all homeopathic physicians expressed in aphorism 3 of the Organon. Its essence commands to the physician that he has to understand the true nature of disease, its roots, in every individual case. He must know, besides homeopathy or his individual specialty, of all other useful medical approaches and what is curative in them. He must know how to apply them properly (timing, dosage, length of administration). He must know the obstacles to recovery in each case and be aware how to remove them. He must be intelligent about how to treat judiciously and rationally … and only then, he is a true practitioner of the healing arts.
In other words, Hahnemann wants all homeopathic physicians to know, besides homeopathy, other useful therapies: how to integrate them effectively and be capable of discovering and removing blocks to healing.
He makes a significant emphasis on paying attention to patient’s lifestyle, diet, environment, general hygiene and miasm (pollution, taint). Even though as far as the last is concerned, Hahnemann described it through the several major groups (sycosis, syphilis and psora), it is accepted fact that any sufficiently morbid agent may bring a miasm into existence. It is a known fact that tens of thousands of new morbid agents and even new miasms themselves have come into play since the Hahnemann’s time.
One comment to be made concerning a supposed "deviation" from Hahnemannian homeopathy as it is seen by some zealous classical homeopaths. As much as we classical homeopaths revere the work of Hahnemann, neither Science nor Nature knows of any law, system of education or specialty where knowledge and its boundaries are considered to be absolute and sealed in for all time.
Nowhere in the Organon one can find a single paragraph admonishing that homeopathic practitioners were not to go beyond classical homeopathy or enforce it with the new and growing body of knowledge. Any considerations to the contrary would not be considered Hahnemannian homeopathy, but defined as closed-mindedness and fanaticism.
Hahnemann, being a truly open-minded healer himself with a very broad scope of knowledge and interests in medicine, called on physicians to possess the widest skills and do whatever was necessary to assure healing in the shortest, harmless and reliable way as long as it was based on "easily comprehensible (i.e., logical) principles" (Aph. 2 & 3).
It is of interest that in the aphorisms 286, 287, and 288, he brings up an issue for physicians to be familiar, among other therapeutic modes and principles, with principles of human electricity, galvanism and magnetism.
This is the very principle upon which a skillful application of Bio-resonance testing will yield, in addition to a careful anamnesis, exact fundamental causes of illnesses that Hahnemann so strongly emphasized upon, and particularly when “the best selected homeopathic medicine … does not effect an improvement, this is a sure sign that the cause that keeps up the disease still persists” … and, also, “that (it) must be removed in order that a permanent cure may ensue.” (Aph. 252)
In my own experience in the past, utilizing primarily classical homeopathy and through the study of the numerous patients who were treated for chronic diseases by prominent classical homeopaths, I could observe over and over the unfortunate consequences when this simple but fundamental admonition of Hahnemann’s failed to be addressed. The patients either did not respond properly to the correct remedies at all or they responded only partially, or they relapsed or even experienced intense aggravations.
It is the very purpose of FCT®, to introduce to the physicians a new model of disease based on easily comprehensible principles, equip them with an ability to discover, remove or mitigate blocks and obstacles, and also to familiarize themselves with benefits and shortcomings of all major rational therapeutic principles.
At the end, this is the only way for homeopathy to realize its full and immense potential, or settle otherwise for sporadic successes and quoting the same, with nostalgia, from the old books.
Just two examples from my own practice that taught me well this cardinal point of Hahnemann’s. It happened some dozen years back, in the early 90′s, when I just began expounding upon my Bio-resonance testing system
Case #1 – Chronic Pain in Cervical Spine
A middle-age woman complained of a chronic pain in her cervical spine that was seemingly related to an injury and was not yielding to any local treatments, i.e., chiropractic, osteopathic, physical therapy, etc. I prescribed Arnica 30C. Some 2-3 weeks later, the patient called and advised me of the good news that the neck pain ceased completely, but the bad news was that low back pain settled in.
I spiritedly appraised her of the famous rules of cure as defined by Dr. Hering, and assured her that we were moving in the right direction as the disease process was indeed moving downwards. All we needed to do, was to wait a few more days. A few more days and then a few more weeks went by but her body refused, for whatever reasons, to continue obeying Hering’s law.
Perhaps some homeopaths would have said that there was a time for the next remedy or maybe Arnica was not even the best choice. As we well know, on "Monday morning" we all have far better solutions. Yet, instead of searching for another remedy, I decided to subject her back to Bio-resonance testing and find out what blocked the movement in the case.
For one, I determined (using my method) that Arnica was still acting, which in all likelihood, meant that it was a correct remedy. (Incorrectly prescribed remedies, especially in low-mid potencies would not keep the vital force engaged for too long of a time period).
Secondly, in testing her spinal structures I discovered a very toxic heavy metal. I decided just to give her an isode (nosode) of the same metal in a potency that tested effective and then wait and see. Within 48 hours, the low back pain vanished and the cervical pain, incidentally, never returned.
Today, some dozen years later, her overall clinical course proved, as she has been treated primarily with causative homeopathy, that no suppression took place as she has been maintained in good health and, in addition, free of all the symptoms of her main condition — ulcerative colitis.
Case #2 – Acute Allergic Symtoms (Pesticide Exposure)
A middle-aged woman presented around the same time period with a long list of very intense allergic symptoms following an acute pesticide exposure from her neighbor’s lawn. Her picture was typical of Arsenicum Album. Given the fact that her chronic sensitivities, as well as her constitution on a whole, including many health-related fears, corresponded to Arsenicum Album too, it was prescribed in a fairly high potency 200C. Within hours, all of her symptoms abated.
As time went on, she began displaying a typical "wash-out" picture, replaying one by one her old symptoms and maladies from the past which typically follow correctly prescribed remedies. Yet some three weeks later, she phoned in complaining that her energy level deteriorated.
Assuming it was a part of the wash-out, as she had bouts of fatigue on and off in the past, I advised her to wait, and knowing her Arsenicum personality, not to resort to any therapies in the meantime. Yet, waiting and then waiting further did not help and I had her come in to be tested.
Bio-resonance testing again revealed a block in the way of toxic metals present in the key endocrine and immune organs. The corresponding homeopathic isodes were prescribed along with the proper sarcodal support. Complete recovery followed very shortly, and furthermore, the blocked action of Arsenicum Album was restored as it "retook" afterwards.
Several lessons to be learned
1. Proper constitutional prescribing is not a panacea as it may, inadvertently, progress a case to a point where the Vital Force will not be able to overcome a block and might wind up wearing itself out.
2. It is a well-understood fact that classical homeopathic remedies cannot heal by and of themselves, since they do not act as allopathic drugs (cortisone, antibiotics, anti-inflammatory, etc.). They can heal only through a stimulation of patient’s own Vital Force, or as the renowned Indian homeopath Rajan Sankaran, MD., noted, using more modern medical terminology — Main Body Defense System.
This, physiologically speaking, amounts to having a sufficient energy pool within the time-space of a given living system (human body) rendered by combined powers of endocrine, immune, metabolic and other systems. In addition, as physics demand, any change of state of a system, (from disease to health, i.e., healing) requires work which automatically equates with expansion of energy. Energy is itself defined by physics as ability to do work.