With 95 percent of US kindergarteners fully vaccinated and one child in six learning disabled, one in 10 asthmatic and one in 50 living with autism, educated parents and health care professionals are asking legitimate questions about why so many highly vaccinated children are so sick.
Most vaccine studies are about developing more vaccines for children and adults to use. Large studies comparing the health outcomes of vaccinated versus unvaccinated children have not been a priority for vaccine researchers. This is a travesty, as this is the kind of research most desperately needed. Until such research is done, I recommend that parents have the freedom to make the decision, whether to vaccinate their children or not.
Regarding homeoprophylaxis, my views are somewhat different. In every epidemic we all know that there is one remedy, which covers a significant percentage of the symptomatology of the epidemic. We call this remedy the “Genus Epidemicus”. If this remedy is given in the whole population during the epidemic, it will probably prevent some cases going into the full blown epidemic. Unless we understand the mechanism of action of such an idea we will be making wrong assumptions. I’ll try to explain it by giving a famous reference of a Scarlet fever epidemic in which Hahnemann successfully prescribed Belladonna. Here one thing worth highlighting is that when Hahnemann wrote that Belladonna will protect from scarlet fever, he gave it during the epidemic and not before the epidemic. And the explanation is that since the symptoms of the patients with scarlet fever matched the symptomatology of Belladonna, the remedy would act as a curative remedy only for those people of course, and not as a preventive. So a curative response was misunderstood and misinterpreted as prophylaxis. Under no circumstances we, as homeopaths, could be talking about homeoprophylaxis in the way that vaccinations are used and acting today.
Moreover, all persons who fall ill in an epidemic have a predisposition to it. If they do not have it they will not fall ill. If they fall ill, they do so each in a different manner, some reacting mildly, some more severely and some even die during the epidemic. If we take all the cases homeopathically we see different remedies indicated. So the predisposition to disease is different and independent of the type of remedy picture that they will develop when struck by the epidemic. So the remedy picture has nothing to do with the predisposition of the organism, it is a totally different thing. Therefore there is no way to prevent something to which it is not related. I do not see how a remedy given in advance in every organism can counteract the predisposition!!
The practice of giving prophylactic potentised remedies without knowing whether an epidemic will manifest or not and claiming that this remedy works as protection, is to say the least, irresponsible. A remedy will act and prevent only once the symptoms of this remedy are starting to manifest already, and the remedy could then act as a curative agent in the very beginning stage of the epidemic, not as a prophylactic. The difference is enormous in explaining to the public what exactly we are doing, instead of giving the impression that we have discovered another way for preventing diseases.
AS: So you’re saying that the epidemic has to be occurring, as it did in Cuba, for the homeopathic remedy to act protectively. So you are comfortable with the Genus Epidemicus concept, just not the notion of long term prevention?
NB: There is no reason to assume that these medicines continue to act preventively years after administration, moreover no long-term studies have been conducted to evaluate the efficacy of this long term prevention. Let me elaborate it further. As mentioned above, Hahnemann’s method for finding specific homoeoprophylaxis is based on the genus epidemicus remedies. These genus remedies are found by studying the signs and symptoms of the target miasm in a group of patients. These homeopathic “specifics” were not chosen by the name of the disease alone, but rather, by the grand totality of the symptoms of the entire epidemic in a greater number of people. Hahnemann explains his methods for making such a collective picture and finding group remedies in aphorism 100 to 103 of the Organon. This method is called the group anamnesis. The group anamnesis is very useful when there is a clear and present danger of infectious diseases. This method provides remedies that can prevent, abort, and treat the prevailing miasm. The same genus remedy that will prevent the disease will usually abort the early stages of the illness before the more dangerous symptoms develop. This is a valuable technique in the early stages of serious contagions when the symptoms are more common, and it is not wise to wait for the more dangerous yet characteristic symptoms to appear. The same remedy that will prevent and abort dangerous infections will also treat a good number of developed cases, although other genus remedies may be needed according to the symptoms and the stage of the disease.
Even Dr. Carol Dunham wrote: “The selection of the prophylactic remedy must, to some extent, be governed by the nature of the epidemic, and therefore the best preventive cannot always be determined until the epidemic has appeared, and its peculiar nature has been ascertained.”
AS: If homeopathic remedies seem to work for people who were exposed but not yet symptomatic, can we assume that the body is responding to the illness at some subtle, not yet detectable level?
NB: Yes, as we all know that our bodies are extremely dynamic and react to anything that is external to itself. This includes all food, medicine, and chemicals that are put into it. Because the body is not always successful in dealing with every stress or infection, it is important to find a substance in nature that has the capacity to mimic the symptoms the person is experiencing in order to aid the body in its efforts to defend and ultimately heal itself. Like other forms of energy medicine, homeopathy helps dissipate blockages in an individual’s subtle energy that may be preventing the individual’s body wisdom from healing the illness. When the blockages are released, the individual’s body wisdom is freed up to do what it needs to do – restructure, reorganize, release, reconstruct, realign, etc. This innate body intelligence is what brings about the healing that results from energetic healing modalities. Some people compare this process to pushing a boulder over a cliff. It only takes one big shove in just the right place and then gravity takes over. Likewise, an individual may need only one homeopathic remedy to stimulate a deep and long lasting healing response.
AS: What physical or mental aspect would lead you to identify a tubercular child, a syphilitic child, a psoric child, a sycotic child?
NB: The chronic miasms are a cornerstone of homeopathic philosophy. For 12 years Hahnemann quietly searched for the fundamental cause of the chronic diseases that was slowly destroying the health of his patients. The outcome of this research was published in 1828 in the first edition of his great work, The Chronic Diseases Their Peculiar Nature and their Homoeopathic Cure. He named 3 miasms – Psora, Sycosis and Syphilis. Later a fourth miasm was added (by J. H. Allen), called Pseudo Psora or Tubercular Miasm. The consideration of miasms is of paramount importance in effective homoeopathic prescribing, particularly in this world of multi-suppressions where perceiving a clear picture of disease is becoming increasingly difficult. By miasmatic children is meant those born afflicted with one or more of these chronic miasms. Also it became evident that a great many people express symptoms of combinations of these miasms. In the limits of an interview it is impossible to give clear symptomatic pictures of all the miasms, so l’ll share the most prominent features of these miasms on which I judge.
PSORA – The central idea of the psoric miasm has been described as weakness, or lack. Psora gives us the feeling that we are small, weak, unable to succeed in the face of a challenge, overwhelmed by the demands that life makes on us. It is the feeling of lack—lack of strength, stamina, power, or whatever else it takes to survive. Psoric children are usually healthy at the physical as well at the mental level. Very sensitive and emotional children, these children are easily moved to tears, anger or any emotions. Anger in psoric children is sudden, lasting for a short while till the event is over, handled or expressed. They forgive and forget easily once the event is over. Hatred feelings do not come naturally to them and if they do hate somebody then it for some genuine reason. However they do not keep any hard feelings for the persons they don’t like. Revengeful attitude is not seen in these children. These children have curiosity, like they will usually go close to flowers, to butterflies, to see and observe their movement, etc. Their curiosity is just out of the need to learn more. They have a lot of intuition because their sensitivity range is very high. They appreciate good things in life and they love their play, study, hobbies etc. and involve themselves completely in every task.