Homeopathy is a strange-sounding word but it just means “Like Cures Like” in Greek. It may not make a lot of sense right now, but give me a minute.
“A Hair Of The Dog That Bit You”
Everyone’s heard that phrase. It’s what you say to someone who’s had too much to “drink” and now he’s got a headache–what we call a “hang-over”. It means, “Here, take a small sip of the liquor that got you drunk and you’ll feel much better.”
Here’s another one: “What that person needs a taste of his own medicine!” Or, “We have to fight fire with fire!”
These are all examples of “like cures like”, but it took Samuel Hahnemann, MD in 1810…
…to put this folklore into an actual science with medicines that we refer to as homeopathic remedies; or just simply, “remedies”.
Why should we give any attention to a 200 year old obscure healing art that most people have never heard of when we can avail ourselves of the best of “Modern Medicine”? Well, for one thing, homeopathy wasn’t always obscure! And secondly, to the extent that it is, we can thank Big Pharma’s single-minded determination to silence all treatments that it doesn’t personally own! You know, even Dr. Benjamin Rush, signer of the Declaration of Independence and George Washington’s personal physician, warned us that if medical freedom wasn’t written into the Constitution… well, here’s what he said:
“Unless we put medical freedom into the Constitution, the time will come
when medicine will organize into an undercover dictatorship to restrict
the art of healing to one class of Men and deny equal privileges to
Wow! I’m guessing you’re hearing this for the first time. But yes, medicine has become a dictatorship, and Big Pharma is not content to share the stage with anyone; any cure that’s out there, if Big Pharma doesn’t own it, is either derided or relegated to obscurity! The phrase, “There’s no cure for this disease,” only means, “There IS a cure, but we don’t own it, so don’t expect to hear about it from us!”
Incredible but true. Just google Stanislav Burzynsky as an example.
Burzynsky, a Texas physician, with a harmless cure for cancer, became the target of a relentless FDA campaign, determined to put him out of business at any cost and even in jail if necessary.
The fact is, that despite its obscurity, homeopathic remedies work–like a charm–and without the harmful side effects of drugs! (Apparently, this is some sort of crime, to be able to heal without making people sick!) In fact, I call homeopathic remedies “the real medicine”, because they do what drugs claim to do but usually don’t!
People often find out about homeopathy quite by accident and especially out of desperation.
Maybe it’s a very distressing cough that no drug has worked for, so you find yourself in the health food store. You see a homeopathic dropper bottle in the vitamin aisle labeled simply:
Hoping against hope, you buy “Cough”, and then comes the surprising result!
“Why didn’t my doctor tell me about this?”
This actually happened to me! My daughter, Shana, had a horrendous cough that she picked up at a “water park” when she was 8 years old. That place had disaster written all over it! In desperation, I took her to a homeopath after this had gone on too long–over a month! Actually, I took her to Karl Robinson–I might as well give credit. The next day, incredibly, to my amazement, the cough was noticeably better; but I have to confess, I had so little faith in homeopathy that after I gave the first dose, I threw the bottle away! I know, it sounds crazy, but I guess I had gotten so used to things failing that I thought, “This is just a joke like everything else!”; but, at some point on day-2, it started to dawn on me that she was coughing much less! Oh my gosh, the remedy’s working! A frantic search ensued for the remedy! I was desperately rummaging through trash receptacles all over the house when incredibly, I found it in the waste basket in the bathroom. I breathed a heavy sigh of relief! Yes, Shana recovered completely!
The “Law Of Similars”
Apparently likes are cured by likes! So, why don’t “opposites” cure? That’s what your doctor believes. It seems so logical, but once I explain it, you will say, “Oh, of course!” And here is the explanation: We are not inanimate objects!
Yes, that’s it!
Why is that such a revelation? Because all your Pharma drugs are predicated on the assumption that we ARE just that– that the human organism will accept a drug passively and allow it to work. I’m sure that’s what you think too. But that is not what happens! Your body is actually alive, a living, thinking, system that adjusts and readjusts to all in-coming impressions! If you take an antacid, like Tums, for acid indigestion, your body doesn’t say, “Oh good, Tums to the rescue!” No, it says, “What the heck is going on here? Something has wiped out all my precious stomach acid! Now I have to start making it all over again! Grr!!!”
So, as soon as the drug wears off, you’re right back where you started from, and the Tums have to be repeated!
The drug is perceived by your body as some alien force that does not belong and is upsetting the apple cart! This is why drugs need constant repetition, because the body perceives them as invaders and fights them off!
We call this phenomenon “rebound”, it’s what happens when the drug wears off after the body has mounted a successful attack against it!
Whatever you do to the body, it attempts to do the opposite to restore balance. Your body is always working to establish balance! “Homeostasis”, they call it. If you send a drug in to stop the production of stomach acid, your body is just going to make more! Clearly, the drug is prolonging the illness! “Doctor, the pain is back!” No problem, says the doctor, just take your antacid more often! Well, the same scenario repeats itself with no end in sight!
Have you ever eaten at a Chinese Restaurant? I love Chinese food, but, be on the look-out for the hot mustard! Have you ever unknowingly taken too big a bite out of the hot mustard or hot sauce? OMG! You grab the ice water! You feel relief for the moment–until you swallow it! Then your mouth starts burning again with a vengeance! Why is this happening? Why doesn’t the ice water give lasting relief? Because the impression of cold made your mouth heat up to restore balance!
I had my first lesson in this phenomenon called “rebound” when I was 5 years old. I was at a back-yard cook-out. I saw a metal pan filled with hot dogs on the grill and for some insane reason, I decided to pick it up. How was I to know that anything made of metal sitting on a grill was bound to be hot? I dropped it right away like a hot potato and ran into the house, into the bathroom, filled up the sink with cold water and plunged my hands into it! Ahh…. blessed relief!!!!
I thought I’d be able to take my hands out and go back to the party, but no! Doing so made the burn come back even worse! Every time I tried lifting my hands out of the water, the burn would come back and I’d have to push my hands back in! I was literally tied to the bathroom! After a while my father got worried and came looking for me and found me with my hands plunged into the sink. This was my first experience with opposites not curing–in fact, making things worse!
Your body is ALWAYS striving for balance: Burn leads to cold water, which leads to more burning, a never-ending cycle! How do you get out of it? You can’t!
This is the prototype for all of standard medicine!
The clueless doctor never gets the message! He keeps saying, “Let’s give the drug again!” What is he setting in motion here? Drug dependence!
Doctors, take note: The body self-adjusts to all impressions!
This is the conundrum of modern medicine–that you can’t give an “anti” drug without making the patient drug-dependent! And ALL of modern medicine’s drugs are “anti” drugs!
They all palliate in the beginning and aggravate in the end, leading to repeated doses and the start of addiction!
Indeed, you CAN’T stop the drug, because “rebound” is never-ending!
And then “tolerance” sets in!
This is what happens when your body has “self-adjusted” so successfully, so risen to the occasion, that the drug is no longer felt by the body at all; so, higher and higher potencies of the drug are needed to make your body feel it again; ultimately, you’re in the untenable position where the drug runs out of potencies!
There is no limit to the body’s capacity to “rebound”, but there is a limit to how strong a drug can be! Consequently, in the war between the drug’s symptom-suppressing capacity and the body’s “rebound” capacity, the drug eventually loses; and there you are!
Modern Medicine’s “symptom-suppressing obsession”
People are OK with that, since they believe that symptoms are the heart of the problem and deserve to be suppressed! And I know it seems like that makes sense; but in reality, what we call a “symptom” is actually our body’s way of DEALING with a disease! “Cause and effect”. Modern Medicine deals with effects (symptoms) and has very little time for causes–unless the cause can be removed surgically. If they can stop your pain by removing your gall bladder, that’s their idea of getting to the cause!
By aiming drugs at “effects”, Orthodox Medicine causes your body to do something that it would never, under any circumstances, do on its own; something totally unnatural! That’s because the doctor has no respect for the fact that the diarrhea, for example, is the “effect” of a pathogen and creates diarrhea as a life-saving mechanism to “hose” the pathogen out. If the doctor intrudes with a drug, this is going to make the immune system freak out, because it wanted the diarrhea there! It’s going to fight the drug every step of the way because the drug is putting your life at risk by allowing the pathogen to stay and multiply!
It’s like driving your car with the emergency brake on, or going 60 m.p.h. in 2nd gear–your car wasn’t built that way, it’s unnatural, it would never do that on its own; it actually jeopardizes the life of your car, you would have to use force to make your car drive so inappropriately! When your doctor uses “force” to stop diarrhea, he is going against your body’s natural tendencies and putting you at risk!
Homeopaths are not unaware that symptoms are uncomfortable and nobody wants them; but, we also understand that symptoms are a response to an underlying CAUSE, and therefore, inevitable!
Only one entity can stop a symptom–and it’s not the doctor or his drugs! It’s the immune system itself! The immune system is responsible for the symptom, and it alone can make it stop–permanently!
So the question is, how do we get the immune system to agree to stop what it, itself, has set in motion? We have to somehow make it believe that the cause is gone! If the cause is gone, there’s no longer any need for the symptom to exist. How do we make the immune system believe that? That is the question!
Create A “False Flag”!
That’s the answer! Stage a demonstration that isn’t real but the immune system will be fooled by it! Let’s use sneezing for example, since that’s what I’m doing right now! (I’ve had the flu for 3 days!) Now, we know that the immune system is choosing to have a sneezing fit, for whatever reason; and our goal is to somehow make it believe that there is already too much sneezing going on! (Remember, the immune system is always striving for balance.)
Have you ever taken a substance that made you sneeze? What about red pepper? Or black pepper? See? That’s the idea, and yes, we have remedies made out of pepper! Why does that work to stop sneezing? Because, knowing that the body always does the OPPOSITE…right? To restore balance? If you give a remedy that “sneezes”, your body will be forced to compensate for the “excess sneezing” it’s perceiving in the remedy, by doing the opposite; namely, stopping the sneezing that it’s been responsible for! “Too much sneezing in here!!! Where did all this extra sneezing come from??? Back off! Back off the sneezing!!!”
Do you see what I mean? Only your immune system can stop a symptom! You only have to make it believe what you want it to believe! Homeopathic remedies can trick the immune system into thinking there is too much of something! The body abhors an imbalance, it’s always striving for homeostasis! You can use this fact to your advantage, to get your immune system to stop a symptom by giving a homeopathic remedy that in over-dose would cause the very same symptom! See?
“Oh, I think I get it now!”
Of course you do! I told you you would! You can thank Samuel Hahnemann for this, he thought of it! It’s ingenious, don’t you think? Very clever!
“But does the remedy actually ‘sneeze’? Out loud?”
No, it’s “information” to the immune system, it’s an “image”. Call it a “paper tiger”, or a “fake disease”. The immune system is fooled by it, thinks it’s real; but it “over-lays” the real disease that’s taking place! As it’s destroying the “paper tiger”, it is unwittingly, simultaneously, destroying the illness causing the suffering!
Do you know who else practices homeopathy? Gardeners! Sure! When they want their tree or bush to grow more branches? They cut all the branches off! This makes the tree mad! “What is going on here????” the tree says. “There are supposed to be branches here! What kind of idiot would do something this crazy??!!! Now I have to put them all back! Boy, this makes me mad!!!! I’m so mad, I might grow 10 to 20 times as many branches! I’ll show whoever did this! What nerve!”
Of course, the gardener gets the last laugh because this was what he wanted! He tricked the tree! And of course, this is the risk the doctor takes whenever he removes cancerous tumors with surgery–a dozen more grow back! What’s it going to take for the medical profession to catch on to what gardeners already know?
What something can cause, it can cure in small doses!
That’s homeopathy’s motto, right? Isn’t that exactly what “A hair of the dog that bit you” means? A very small dose! Why just a single hair? How many hairs on a dog’s body? Fifty thousand? I don’t know, I’m just guessing. So, one hair in 50,000 is the dose? That’s an awfully small dose! But that’s what they say about homeopathy, that our doses are ridiculously small! But where did this folklore — a hair of the dog — come from? Why did someone say that? It means that way back in time, someone knew a little something about–not only the law of similars–but, “nano dosing” as well! And this is a typical homeopathic dose, by the way—one in 50,000 (a potency we call LM1: “L” for 50, “M” for 1,000). “Like cures like” is a basic principle of healing that every ancient culture seemed to know about!
LIKES ARE CURED BY LIKES!
Elaine Lewis, D.Hom., C.Hom.
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