“Miasms create erroneous views and ideas and are the cause for human unhappiness and all far-reaching errors of the human species, including war.“
Proceso Sanchez Ortega
Proceso Sanchez Ortega was born in Tulancingo de Bravo, Hidalgo, a state of Mexico. Referring to Samuel Hahnemann’s death and the continuation of his work he said: “According to my birth certificate I was born on July 26th, 1919, but the truth is I was born on July 2nd.” His parents, Jesus Sanchez and Enriqueta Ortega, had two more children, Alberto and Angel. Their father, Jesus Sanchez, had died already when Proceso was one year old. To provide for their children the mother worked in a small business.
Ortega went to the primary schools ”Nicolas Garcia de San Vicente“ and “Ignacio Zaragoza“. In 1926, when he was attending the fourth grade, he won the school mathematics competition. During his school time he spent his leisure time with his beloved and admired aunts who were teachers and possibly evoked his love for teaching. Since being a child Ortega loved reading and philosophizing and put all his efforts into learning as he dreamed of becoming a teacher.
Encouraged and supported by his aunts and teachers he continued his higher academic education in Mexico City, despite the political instability at that time. Changing to the secondary school “Cooperacion” in Mexico City, at the age of 13, he soon found friends whose support helped him to reach his desired goal.
Ortega’s mother became ill before he finished his preparatory education. She could not be helped with orthodox medicine but finally recovered with homeopathy. This was a transcendental experience which influenced Ortega’s life profoundly.
Ortega had a strong faith in God and deep religious thoughts. In faith he saw one of the most important needs of the human being. When he was studying in Mexico City there was an anti-religious movement which was supported by the school “Escuela Normal de Maestros” which he was attending at the time. Their anti-religious motives and endeavors to implement socialistic and communistic ideas led him to doubt about his ambitions of becoming a teacher.
Following his medical vocation and due to his encounter with homeopathy, Ortega entered the school “Escuela Libre de Homeopatia de Mexico” in 1929 to study medicine and homeopathy. He finished his medical studies as a physician of surgery and gynecology in 1942. He wrote his doctoral thesis on “Nature and Homeopathy” which already concentrated on the constitutional aspects of chronic diseases.
Ortega studied with eminent homeopathic teachers like Drs. Leonardo Jaramillo, Pastor G. Rocha, Eulalio Dario Flores, Moises Mendez X, Gilda Bonilla, Miguel Sanchez de la Vega, and Alberto Lara de la Rosa, all direct disciples of the Mexican homeopathy apostle Dr. Higinio G. Perez, who once established the school “Escuela Libre de Homeopatia de Mexico”.
Soon after his fifth year of medical study Ortega became a teaching assistant in general anatomy, due to his academic successes. One year later he became a teacher of the homeopathic doctrine, an area where he soon proved to be an enthusiastic teacher. Although being young, his pupils applauded his lectures and he became a much beloved teacher in Mexico and abroad. He soon overcame his fear of speaking in the public.
On January 15th, 1945, Proceso Sanchez Ortega married his girlfriend Rebeca Caballero Cuevas who was a nurse and midwife at the school “Escuela Libre de Homeopatia de Mexico”. She gave birth to eight children, two of whom died in early childhood. Four of their children and five of their grandchildren also became homeopaths!
After finishing his medical studies Ortega treated thousands of patients. His vocation to serve his patients did not allow him to retire, so he continued practicing for more than 60 years. Amongst his patients were his teachers who confidentially laid their lives into his hands after having witnessed his development and being convinced of his capabilities.
Ortega had a deep desire to understand his patients in their innermost. His great success as a homeopath can be attributed to following exactly Hahnemannian principles of prescribing, to his profound understanding of and continued investigation of the homeopathic philosophy, combined with a deep knowledge of psychology, anthropology, philosophy and sociology, as well as his extensive clinical experience and knowledge of the obstacles to cure. He also considered it his duty to care for his patients, to his own considerable anxiety. Ortega believed that achievements are only gained if one passionately dedicates himself to what one likes. His inquisitive mind had obliged him to a deeper study and investigation of homeopathy which finally led him to master the science and art of homeopathy. Homeopathy became his passion and vocation.
Since the beginning Ortega had felt intrigued to study the miasm theory introduced by Hahnemann. His interest in miasms was fueled by the observations and advice of homeopaths like Drs. Eulalio Dario Flores, Leonardo Jaramillo, Moises Mendez X, Gildardo Bonilla, Alfredo Zendejas, Miguel Sanchez de la Vega, Pastor G. Rocha, Alberto Lara de la Rosa, and Lucio Rosette who referred to various other physicians and their search for the true cause of diseases. His in depth study of human pathology and his investigations of chronic diseases and miasms lead him to make important contributions to the understanding of the miasm theory and its practical implications.
Ortega viewed miasms as the modality through which the essential nature of the human being is expressed, and which limits their freedom and the expression of their true self. A subject’s individuality always strives for its complete expression and holistic presentation. Everything which is abnormal hinders the expression. The doctrine of miasms gives criteria for that which is normal and abnormal in the individual. 
“Man’s natural healing power is undoubtedly undermined, caused to deteriorate, and lessened as a restorative or reconstructive force by the presence of a miasmatic condition, a profound and indelible stamp permanently imprinted on the being.” 
“A miasm must be understood in its broadest sense as a true chronic disease, predisposing condition, or morbid constitutional state which will unfailingly give rise to the different illnesses of mankind, whether of deficiency, excess or perversion, recognizable in the organic alterations as well as in the mental and emotional spheres.”  Miasms create erroneous views and ideas and are the cause for human unhappiness and all far-reaching errors of the human species, including war. As miasms account for the subtle variants of symptoms on the one hand, “the collective miasm on the other hand characterizes a human group or nation and its rules, philosophies, politics and happenings. History is the product of the biopathography of the most prominent humans in that historical period, spread by contagion through miasmatic predisposition.”  Consequently, Ortega argued that an understanding of miasms should be the ultimate concern of the physician and provides the deepest understanding of the human being, with regard to the features which lead them to exist and to realize their full potential as well as the defects and failures which impede them. 
“Miasms should be the main point of each true physician’s attention. He shall feel them, recognize them and eradicate them as much as possible! “ 
Accessing the subject’s miasm helps in understanding his pathology, to give a relative prognosis, and to make a truly curative prescription. Implementing the miasm theory into practice, Ortega advised that the totality of symptoms is the totality which is congruent with the dominant miasm: “This constitutes the true and useful totality: True, because it is the existential moment which we must strive to reach in our patient and useful because it is the group of symptoms which points to the true simillimum”.  Therefore it is necessary to carefully determine the miasm of each symptom.
Opining, that “the truly eugenic man – even though an utopian concept – should include the possibility of maximum equilibrium and harmony of all determinative characteristics of the species”  Ortega based eugenics fundamentally on the greatest possible elimination of the miasms. By prenatal treatment with constitutional remedies, homeopathic treatment can even benefit future generations!
Miasms do not only account for pathological tendencies but also for the attraction towards certain people, their affinity to each other and the (dis-) harmony of relationships. Ortega opined that “any relationship between people is realized tropism. We always pursue that which is analogous, something which prolongs our existence or whose existence we prolong. It is logical that, in the miasmatic realm, we are linked to those who correspond to us, and this correspondence will also be a function of miasmatic characteristics. A psoric-sycotic-syphilitic (or 1-2-3, according to the relative contribution of each miasm) will, in theory, be perfectly complemented by another person represented miasmatically by the numbers 3-2-1, so that the characteristic modes of expression of the one can be fused with those of the other by virtue of continuity, of interlacing, within the overall need of analogy. The expression of their characteristic qualities forms a sort of circle of complementarity and succession whose outcome is a persistent harmonic movement.”