I’m at home, watching some television, and it seems like every other commercial is a drug advertisement for health problems. There’s Biologics for autoimmune problems like Crohn’s disease, psoriasis, and arthritis. I see a drug to stop a person from urinating too often, and then a drug for opioid constipation. All these commercials for different health problems, with one thing in common: They make no promise of a cure, and come with a heavy list of side effects. Which as we all know, is just a politically correct way of saying these drugs can hurt you—Sometimes fatally.
I am constantly espousing to everyone I meet to stop managing your health problems and finally get well. When it comes to our health, fear drives many of our decisions. But our experts are promoting treatments that are harmful. For instance, if you take an SSRI anti-depressant, there is an 80% chance you will have some kind of sexual dysfunction. There is a chance you will gain weight. There is a five times greater chance that you will die prematurely. Yet with all these life-changing side effects—the impotency, the weight increase, the shortened lifespan—the SSRI anti-depressant never adds up to actually being a solution, never actually cures the problem. Instead, you become stuck with these potentially harmful drug side effects.
There is an incredibly persuasive belief about how in order to treat humans, it must cost lives and money. The drugs cost lives when people have to live with their ailments for 20 or 30 years; sometimes longer. As life goes on, more and more symptoms appear, because the health problem doesn’t get better. The person becomes weaker and sicker. As time goes on, the person begins to need more drugs just to be comfortable. Drugs just to quell the side of effects of other drugs.
In 1819, Samuel Hahnemann wrote a book called the Organon. It was a book on how to practice medicine and cure the ailments of human beings. In this book, Hahnemann wrote about the physician’s mission, and differences between using antipathic, allopathic and lastly, homeopathic treatments in the book. He gave examples in nature why homeopathy was true, and outlined definitively why the present medical model at the time hurt humans.
Hahnemann wrote this book in aphorism, or numbered paragraph form, meaning that each paragraph has its own separate meaning and value. The first part of the Organon was written with disgust of the poor treatment of human beings. To date, little has changed since Dr. Hahnemann wrote this book of observations, save that our present medical model is much more aware of the consequences their medications may have and so tries to modulate the toxic effects of drugs.
In this article we will explore the first two aphorisms of the Organon only.
Aphorism 1: The physician’s high and only mission is to restore the sick to health, to cure, as it is termed.
What is “cure”? This should be so simple, yet I feel like I need to constantly define it for people. If you have headache, you take a drug it goes away. The headache comes back a week later, and you repeat the process. If this goes on for years, is this a cure?
If you have a chronic breathing problem and you start to take a breathing treatment, can you ever stop the periodic breathing treatments? For some reason unknown to me, chronic health problems are an excepted way of life. If you are reading this article with pains, depression, allergies, digestive problems—the list is endless—are you willing to stay sick?
Hahnemann wrote this aphorism almost 200 years ago; yet this goal in modern medicine has never been achieved. For example, women take hormones for their female problems, even when they know that estrogen can cause cancer. Yet with such a high risk as cancer, where’s the reward? The hormones never cure whatever ails the person. The treatment you decide should be to cure you. Another example is that you have sinus infections two times a year. Each time, you might take an antibiotic. The infection goes, but you are left with certain side effects over time, plus the inevitable re-occurring infection. The antibiotic treatment did not solve or cure the issue.
Now we will look at Hahnemann’s second aphorism, which defines what a cure is.
Aphorism 2 states: The highest ideal of cure is rapid, gentle and permanent restoration of the health, or removal and annihilation of the disease in its whole extent, in the shortest, most reliable, and most harmless way, on easily comprehensible principles.
This statement is beautiful. There are almost no modern treatments that can hold a candle to this statement. Tonight alone, I saw maybe ten commercials on different biologic’s, Humara, Enbrel, and others. All these drugs cause potential cancer, does not eradicate the illness and causes infection. Still the public continually allows themselves to do treatments that do not fix the problem. Why? Most likely, it’s because the definition of treatment and wellness has been a skewed so badly that now we have low expectations.
The incredible upshot of it all is that Medical Society consistently says there is no cure for these ailments, asthma, arthritis, etc. So presumptuous! It is because using treatments that are antipathic (against the body), such as anti-histamines, anti-depressants, and anti-inflammatory as a few examples, can never cure what ails the individual.
The purpose of this article is just to open eyes and ears. Our modern treatments do not even come close to the meaning behind Hahnemann’s aphorisms; a state of health that all physicians should be striving for. Please read the article “What is Homeopathy” and understand why using treatments that cause similar ailments are actually curative. It would seem counter intuitive, but it’s simply because medicine made a wrong turn in history (but that is another story).
Dr. Alan Greenberg, APH