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Prevention in Light of
German New Medicine

All medical theories, whether conventional or "alternative", past or current, are based on the concept that diseases are "malfunctions" of the organism. Diseases are thought to be caused by pathogenic microbes, malignant cancer cells, defective gene mutations, a weak immune system, environmental toxins, electromagnetic pollutants, geopathic radiation, carcinogens, smoking, a poor diet, obesity, nutritional deficiencies, imbalanced pH-levels, hormones, root canals, stress, negative beliefs, and the list goes on.

German medical doctor, Dr. Ryke Geerd Hamer, made the ground-breaking discovery that diseases are not senseless "disorders" but in reality meaningful biological processes trying to save an organism rather than to destroy it, and that diseases are not "errors" of Nature but instead Significant Biological Special Programs of Nature created to support an individual during emotional distress.

The Biology of the Brain

Dr. Hamer is the first to investigate the cause of diseases by taking the brain into close account. The brain controls all processes in the body. By comparing his patients' brain CT scan with their medical records and their personal histories, he found that an emotional trauma or "conflict shock" (DHS as he termed it) leaves a visible mark in precisely the same area of the brain that controls the disease process. Based on the study of tens of thousands of cases, he discovered that the psyche, the brain and the body constitute a biological unit, encoded with Biological Special Programs to secure survival. Dr. Hamer established that the brain acts as a mediator between the psyche and the body, with both receiving and transmitting functions. He identified the brain as the biological control station from where these age-old emergency programs are directed and coordinated.

The 'Biology' of the Psyche

Dr. Hamer's research reveals that the psyche is an integral part of our biology. It is the 'organ' so to speak, that instinctively recognizes dangers that could threaten our survival ("existence conflicts", "death-fright conflicts", "attack conflicts", "starvation conflicts"), the safety of our domain or home ("territorial conflicts"), the bond with members of our group ("loss conflicts", "separation conflicts", "abandonment conflicts"), or the survival of the group itself ("sexual conflicts", "nest worry conflicts"). Human beings share these conflicts with all species.

As human beings are capable of symbolic thought, we are able to experience these conflicts also in a figurative sense. For us, a "starvation conflict" can be initiated by the loss of a workplace and a fear of not knowing how to provide for ourselves. A "sexual conflict" can be caused by the distress that our partner is "mating" with someone else; an "abandonment conflict" by feeling excluded or left behind. "Territorial anger" can be triggered at home, at work, or at school.

Biological conflicts differ from stress (even extreme stress) insofar as they occur unexpectedly and engage the whole organism, of which the psyche is one component. From a biological point of view, "unexpected" implies that the individual was caught off guard, and that this unpreparedness can have detrimental consequences. In order to support the individual during this unforeseen crisis, a Significant Biological Special Program, created for the exact situation, is instantly set into motion.

At the very instant of the conflict, the psyche associates a specific biological conflict theme with the event. This association is entirely subconscious. It remains unknown to the person who suffered the DHS until symptoms arise and reveal what exactly the subconscious mind associated with the particular conflict situation. For example, the unexpected loss of a loved one is not necessarily experienced as a biological "loss conflict". It can also be subjectively perceived as a "separation" (from a mate or offspring), as an "abandonment" (from the pack), or as a "fright" (in the nest or the territory), all manifesting different physical symptoms on the corresponding conflict-related organ.

In nature these conflicts are generally quickly resolved. Because we human alienated ourselves from Nature, and have moved away from living in accordance with It, we experience "territorial conflicts", "attack conflicts", "sexual conflicts", "separation conflicts", "abandonment conflict", or "loss conflicts" much more frequently and typically the conflicts last for longer periods of time. This is why the complexity and severity of diseases seen in human beings, specifically the increase in cancer incidence, is not found to the same extent in the natural world.

The biological conflict experience is innate. It is controlled from the very same brain relay that coordinates the emergency response to the particular conflict. How the psyche perceives a conflict is thus determined by the biological reading of the situation. It goes without saying that our beliefs, our values, our social and cultural conditioning, our knowledge, our expectations, our vulnerabilities, and many other factors, contribute to the subjective perception and interpretation of the conflict situation. However, beliefs alone, independent of a conflict shock experience, are not able to activate a Biological Special Program, especially because "diseases" are not "dysfunctions" (Lipton) but are always meaningful.

A positive attitude, letting go of anger, feelings of trust and forgiveness can significantly reduce the intensity and duration of a conflict and therefore the "disease"-symptom(s). The New Medicine shifts or rather elevates "prevention" and "healing" to a level where the biology of human beings can be understood as intimately connected with spirituality and a chance for spiritual growth. GNM draws our attention to the meaning of the psyche as the "seat of the soul", the true master of our lives.

Caroline Markolin received her Ph.D. in German literature from the University of Salzburg, Austria. After she moved to Canada in 1987, she taught German Language and Literature at Concordia University in Montreal. During her academic career she published numerous books and essays on contemporary Austrian literature. In 1998 she resigned from her academic position as tenured Associate Professor and began to pursue her strong interest in naturopathic medicine. Visit website

February 1, 2010

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