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Homeopathy Found Effective For HypochondriasisOffers new alternative for treatment of debilitating disorderSTANFORD, CA--In a study published in the New England Journal Of Medicine this week, researchers from Stanford University Medical Center have announced that homeopathy is a safe and effective treatment for refractory hypochondriasis, a disorder affecting up to 45% of the American population. Homeopathic remedy for diabetes Previously, the healing potential of homeopathy, an "alternative" therapy based upon the theory that any illness can be cured by ingesting exceedingly diluted quantities of the illness's cause, had been regarded with general skepticism within the medical community."Who would have thought," said researcher Dr. Stephen Kelton, "that by giving hypochondriacs what basically amounts to water, that so many would seem to get better?!"The management of hypochondriasis, a crippling condition in which otherwise healthy persons are afflicted with chronic, nonexistent illnesses, has remained a mystery to generations of physicians. Many have tried without success to quell the typical hypochondriac's anxiety and self-absorption through reassurance, logic, and/or a combination of both."To discover that homeopathy, a harmless but clearly bogus form of sham medicine responsible for defrauding the general public out of millions of dollars a year, works for this - it's a miracle," said Kelton. Homeopathic remedy for chronic lung disorders Marjorie Thompson, a Bay Area hypochondriac who believes she has a chronic lung disorder, but actually does not, states that homeopathy has worked wonders for her."I was having trouble breathing again, because of the, you know, the terrible asthma I've got, and then about an hour after I took [the homeopathic remedy], I was like, Wow! This stuff really works!"Side effects of homeopathy include decreased thirst, and increased urination.
 

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Didja hear about the homeopathic cocktail party? The more they diluted the drinks, the drunker people got. A policeman who was called to investigate passed out almost immediately after stepping out of his car - a victim of what one of the arrested homeopathists estimated was a 120X "concentration" of alcohol. Seriously, though, I don't believe in rebellious lung Chi or stagnant spleen humor, but some of the Traditional Chinese Medicines do work. In spite of the theory. If it can stand up to rational investigation (double-blind, placebo, etc), then I'm cool with it.
 

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http://www.science-frontiers.com/sf121/sf121p07.htm HOW HOMEOPATHY MIGHT WORKAlthough some people swear to the efficacy of homeopathy's "remedies," skeptics have been fond of pointing out that these fluids are so dilute that no molecules of the active ingredients are likely to remain. Believers respond that the fluid remedies somehow retain the "essence" of the active ingredient. In effect, they maintain that water has a "memory." No wonder mainstream scientists scoff at homeopathy. But wait, perhaps water can have a memory! A Cal Tech chemist has put extremely dilute solutions under his electron microscope and found that some contain strange "ice" crystals, even though room temperature and pressure prevail. Called "IE crystals," they are produced through the action of ions. They are stable even at higher temperatures. Subsequently, an immunologist at the University of California at Los Angeles discovered that the IE crystals can stimulate parts of the immune system. Water containing these strange forms of ice show a hundred times more bioactivity than plain water. (Anonymous; "Homeopathy and IE Crystals," Spectrum, p. 18, November/ December 1998. Cr. E. Fegert) Comment. Of course, we want to see independent confirmations of the Cal Tech and UCLA work , but we hope they will be objective rather than the usual knee-jerk reactions to homeopathy. See SF#59 and SF#69 for past confrontations over homeopathy. **************************************************************************** http://www.hmedicine.com/news/guide/ncsu.php Researchers at CalTech have discovered magnetic particles throughout the human brain. The Cal Tech team speculates that homeopathic dilutions create a higher level of the electromagnetic field, thus triggering the defense mechanisms of the body It seems that the boys at Cal Tech have been hard at work. Apparently they discovered that magnetic particles called MAGNETITE is found throughout the brain. I wonder if this could be part of the "all elusive" BRAIN -- GUT disturbance that seems to be a part of a lot of our dysfunction??? Could it be that something has altered our brains ability to issue the proper commands that must be issued in order to adequately protect and heal the body???Could it be that the homeopathic medicines are able to somehow SHOCK the brain's magnetite into some type of correct alignment???? ---Thereby initiating the healing effect???It is very possible especially now that it has been established that these medicines do indeed transfer some type of memory onto a liquid solution. ****************************************************************************** http://www.healingwithhomeopathy.net/introduc.htm According to Trevor Cook, Ph.D., DI Hom., President of the United Kingdom Homeopathic Medical Association, the explanation of the therapeutic action of the highly dilute homeopathic remedies appears to lie in the domain of quantum physics and the emerging field of energy medicine. A study using nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) imaging demonstrated distinctive readings of subatomic activity in twenty-three different homeopathic remedies. This potency was not demonstrated in placebos (substances having no pharmacological effect). Some researchers believe that the specific electromagnetic frequency of the original substance is imprinted in the homeopathic remedy through the process of successive dilution and succession, says Dr. Cook. The distinguished Italian physicist Emilio del Giudici has set forth a theory that helps explain homeopathy's mode of therapeutic action. Del Giudici proposes that water molecules form structures capable of storing minute electromagnetic signals. This proposition is given added weight by the findings of Dr. Wolfgang Ludwig, a German biophysicist, who has demonstrated in preliminary research that homeopathic substances give off measurable electromagnetic signals. These signals show that specific frequencies are dominant in each homeopathic substance. If del Giudici's model is accurate, a homeopathic remedy may convey an electromagnetic "message" to the body that matches the specific electromagnetic frequency or pattern of an illness in order to stimulate the body's natural healing response. What Dr. Hahnemann may have been doing in his empirical research was unwittingly "matching the frequencies of the plant extract with the frequency of the [patient's] illness."******************************************************************************From "The Consumers Guide to Homeopathy", by dana ullman, page 36 -- as many as 70% of french doctors consider homeopathy to be effective. Homeopathy is taught in at least 7 medical schools as of 1996. By 1992 36% of the french population used homeopathic medicines. they are fully reimbursed by the health insurance system.The British medical Journal has shown that in 1986 42% of british doctors referred patients to a homeopathic doctor. 55% of pharmacists considered them useful while only 14% considered them useless.Now we move on to the GERMANS. 10% of german doctors have made homeopathy their specialty, and another 10% prescribe homeopathic medicines. Homeopathic medicines in Germany is approaching 1 billion in total sales ---85% of these sales are from a german doctor.Switzerland, Italy, Netherlands, Poland, russia, and India are just some of the countries where homeopathy is a valuable part of the medical system.In Russia, the people will avoid the free medical system and opt to PAY for homeopathic treatment instead.The physics of homeopathy is a difficult concept to comprehend; therefore, most people should be forgiven if they can not comprehend it. It completely flew in the face of all logic and everything that i was taught also. ---But the fact is that it works despite the fact that man has not uncovered the physics behind the human body and the physics of matter/energy.(i.e., newtonian physics broke down on a grander scale, and even einstein's laws can not explain the first few picoseconds of the big bang...this is why a new set of laws are still in the making --- "string theory")However, matter is NOTHING but energy (as proved by einstein ----- E=mc (sq) ). therefore, it is just a matter of treating energy with energy. a very powerful energy catalyst is dropped into the body and from there the healing is started. the medicine needs to be accurately MATCHED with the patients symptoms and the potency needs to be strong enough. if this is done correctly then ---- PRESTO. ---and this is why homeopathy has survived for over 200 years and has spread all over the world --- It works if done CORRECTLY!!!!!In fact homeopathy is FAR, FAR, FAR more advanced in its mechanism than allopathic medicine. That is because it is using the science of physics instead of the science of biochemistry to effect the healing.Allopathic medicine seeks to coverup a symptom or make it go away instead of digging deep to get to the root of our ails.treating IBS has proven to be a total flop using allopathic approaches.****************************************************************************** http://www.mercola.com/2003/aug/23/impossible_cure.htm In "Impossible Cure: The Promise of Homeopathy," author Amy Lansky tells the incredible story of how she used homeopathy to cure her son of autism. Although Lansky is not a medical professional, she has a Ph.D. from Stanford and worked for NASA as a researcher. She has more than enough scientific training to provide a compelling and easy to understand description of how homeopathy can be used to treat "incurable conditions" like autism. Along with this compelling testimonial, Lansky provides an in-depth account on the history, philosophy and practice of homeopathy, as well as dozens of other testimonials on the power of homeopathy in curing various health problems. I have never been formally trained in homeopathy, and as a result I don't use much of it in my practice, but I am convinced it can be used as an effective tool for many conditions if properly utilized. There are many complexities to its optimal implementation, and Lansky provides an excellent start for someone beginning to explore this modality.DANA ULLMAN, MPH, is one of America's leading advocates for homeopathy. He has authored six books, including Homeopathy A-Z, The Consumer's Guide to Homeopathy, Homeopathic Medicines for Children and Infants, Discovering Homeopathy, and (the best-selling) Everybody's Guide to Homeopathic Medicines (with Stephen Cummings, MD). Dana serves on advisory boards of alternative medicine institutes at Harvard and Columbia schools of medicine. He is the founder of Homeopathic Educational Services, America's leading resource center for homeopathic books, tapes, medicines, software, and correspondence courses. Homeopathic Educational Services has co-published over 35 books on homeopathy with North Atlantic Books. ******************************************************************************J. Kleijnen, P. Knipschild, G. ter Riet, Clinical Trials of Homeopathy British Medical Journal, February 9, 1991, 302:316-323. This is the most widely cited meta-analysis of clinical research prior to 1991. This meta-analysis reviewed 107 studies of homeopathic medicines, 81 of which (or 77%) showed positive effect. Of the best 22 studies, 15 showed efficacy. The researchers concluded: "The evidence presented in this review would probably be sufficient for establishing homeopathy as a regular treatment for certain indications." Further, "The amount of positive evidence even among the best studies came as a surprise to us." ****************************************************************************** http://www.minimum.com/reviews/tlreipat.htm Many Americans are still unaware that there is a time-tested, curative and nontoxic medical system available to them in this country: homeopathy. Although it is the second most widely used medicine in the world (after Chinese medicine), and was the only effective medicine used against the great influenza epidemic in the early part of this century, it remains relatively unknown in the U.S. The only reason for this is the pharmaceutical bias of the established medical monopoly, and that is changing. One difference between homeopathic remedies and pharmaceutical drugs is that the latter often suppress symptoms, instead of curing them. This may generate symptoms at a deeper and more serious level. ****************************************************************************** http://www.ibsgroup.org/cgi-local/ubbcgi/u...45;t=000728;p=2 http://www.ibsgroup.org/ubb/ultimatebb.php...=1;t=033659;p=3 ****************************************************************************The notion that water retains a memory of substances once dissolved in it is central to homeopathy. While the claim has brought about much controversy, evidence has come out to support the claim scientifically. Although the structure of hydrogen bonds in pure water should be identical to those in homeopathic dilutions of salt solutions, the evidence finds that the structures are actually very different. Researchers used thermoluminescence to study the structure of solids. The process involves bathing a chilled sample with radiation and then observing a pattern of light, which reflects the sample's atomic structure, that is released when the sample is warmed up. When researchers used the method on ice, they saw two peaks of light. They then looked at solutions of lithium chloride, which destroys hydrogen bonds, and sodium chloride, which also destroys hydrogen bonds but to a lesser extent. The peak for the sodium chloride solution was smaller and disappeared for the lithium chloride solution. Homeopaths believe that patterns of hydrogen bonds remain even after many dilutions. To test this claim, researchers used samples that had been diluted way beyond the point when any ions of the original substance could remain. Compared with pure water, the ultra-dilute lithium and sodium chloride solutions had substantially different thermoluminescence peaks. According to researchers, this proves that the networks of hydrogen bonds in the samples were different. While some say the experiments were trustworthy and could be reproduced, others argue that the experiments were not blinded and pointed out that it's important to keep experiments as foolproof as possible.******************************************************************************* http://www.tldp.com/ In a series of experiments continued over 35 years, Kolisko4 reported that wheat seed growth was promoted by low dilutions of various metallic salts, inhibited by somewhat higher dilutions, and stimulated again at dilutions higher than Avogadro's number. Another experiment5 tested the effect on guinea pigs of daily doses of sodium chloride prepared in 30X, 200X, 400X, 600X, 800X, 1000X, 1200X and 1400X dilutions (all well past Avogadro's number). The trial, lasting six months, was repeated two years in succession. Controls received distilled water. Test animals lost weight and appetite, had dull shaggy coats, and dull watery eyes, were less active than controls, gave birth to young weighing less than the controls and had a higher mortality and lower reproduction rates than the controls.Other experiments, using techniques from physics, have also reported that homeopathically dilute substances display measurable differences that may seem paradoxical due to the small concentrations present. Nuclear magnetic resonance experiments6 conducted in 1963 measured three solutions: a) 87% ethanol in water,
sulphur 12X (prepared with succussion at each step, and c) an equivalent dilution of sulphur 12X prepared without succussion. The authors were able to distinguish the properly prepared sulphur 12X from the others, and concluded "some form of energy is imparted by succussion to a homeopathic drug, resulting in a slight change of the alcohol in these dilutions. There is a structural change in the solvent as the potency is made from the tincture to a higher dilution."*****************************************************************************simply fascinating! -- and to think that you can do it ALL for just $7.95.for people who want to roll the dice and do it themselves (okay, frostbite, i know that this is NOT the prudent thing to do...) --- then i would say to go to the library and check out the book by Andrew Lockie http://www.allbookstores.com/browse/Author/Lockie,%20Andrew (or buy it used for under $10.00) And then spend 1 hour on the 14 section exam. take the test twice if you have to. total it up and see what your top 3 constitutional remedies are. then read the descriptions to see if it is a close match then go back to the library and get a book by Vinton Mccabe called Practical homeopathy http://www.fetchbook.info/search_Vinton_Mc...hBy_Author.html and read his descriptions of your top 3 constitutional remedies and use this to narrow your choice.once again i do not recommend this approach but if homeopathy is nothing more than a sugar pill -- all you are out is a few dollars. MOST IMPORTANT --- order a 1M dose from a reputable company such as Boiron or similar company. ---- and FOLLOW the guidelines EXACTLY as far as the do's and don't(s). take about 6 to 8 pellets and then don't do anything for the next couple of months. WARNING --- i have a laxative homeopathic preparation and it causes SEVERE cramps EVERY time I take it. It obviously is "PROVING" the remedy and this is VERY BAD. This is what frostbite is referring to about the DANGERS of homeopathy.****** http://www.healthy.net/asp/templates/artic...Article&id=2149 Homeopathic Remedies vs. the Placebo EffectRichard Moskowitz M.D. The art of homeopathic medicine today is all but unknown to the general public; and I would venture to say that a large majority of those who have heard of it, including most of our patients, believe in their hearts that the tiny granules that taste so sweet are in fact nothing but sugar pills, and that whatever results we may achieve clinically could just as well be attributed to our own personal or shamanistic powers, or to the patient's belief in them, or some combination of the two. Nor does such a view necessarily imply any hostility to Homeopathy. Quite the contrary, it often reflects a deepening skepticism about all forms of treatment, especially the more aggressive modalities of conventional medicine, and even a humanistic preference for the "placebo effect", i.e., the ancient vis medicatrix naturae, the unassisted healing effort of the patient, as a model of the healing process in general.(1) Moreover, it is a view that Homeopathy itself has never really refuted, partly because we still do not know how our medicines act, or how our patients are cured, and partly, I suspect, because our history as a persecuted minority makes us almost not want to know, or indeed to do anything else to attract further attention to ourselves. Nor is it by any means a simple matter to demonstrate the effectiveness of the high attenuations even to someone who is prepared to examine the evidence with an open mind. Nevertheless, while it may be quite difficult to prove that our remedies actually work, there is a very substantial body of evidence that they do so; and, to refute the argument that they are placebos, it is not necessary to prove that they act curatively, which is of course a more complicated matter, but only that they act at all, that something happens as a result of their action, rather than simply on account of the interaction between the physician and the patient. Conversely, it is could be proved that our remedies were in fact nothing but placebos, let us by all means admit it with good grace, since, quite apart from having deluded ourselves all these years, knowingly giving placebos or just saying that we don't know would be incalculably simpler and less expensive than the elaborate rigamarole that we actually practise! As many of you know, there have been a substantial number of experimental studies demonstrating that the homeopathic remedies in high dilution can stimulate or inhibit the growth of various bacteria, plants, molds, fruit flies, etc., as well as the enzymatic activity of some in vitro or cell-free systems. But, inasmuch as these have already been described fairly extensively in the literature, I will concentrate on the clinical data, where my own experience lies. It seems to me that there are a considerable number of clinical situations in which we can show quite convincingly, albeit without any formal proof, that the homeopathic remedies act, or a least are capable of acting. In the remainder of this paper, I will try, first, to group these situations into categories, and, second, to give cases from my own records to illustrate them, insofar as possible. 1 . Cases where spontaneous recovery would have been highly improbable, or at least would have required a longer' period of time than was actually observed. CASE 1. Respiratory distress of the newborn. 8-pound baby girl, full-term, born at home in February, 1976, following a prolonged second stage. The baby was born covered with meconium, took a single gasp, and failed to breathe after that. Suctioning of the oropharynx yielded copious thick meconium; endotracheal intubation was unsuccessful (cords not visualized). Heart rate 60 per min., color pale, almost white; no movement. The baby responded somewhat to mouth-to-mouth resuscitation, but could not sustain normal respiration as soon as it was stopped. Gave ARSENICUM ALBUM 200, 1 dose, dry, on the tongue. Almost instantly, the heart began to beat strongly, at a rate of 140 per minute; the child began breathing normally, with good tonus and normal reflexes, and became pink almost immediately. The whole evolution took at most a few seconds. From that moment on, the child continued to behave perfectly normally in every way, as if nothing had happened. She was hospitalized for further observation, but was discharged after 24 hours without any further distress or evidence of aspiration, and without any further medication being required. I should say in retrospect that, inasmuch as the child was full-term and well-formcd in every respect, she would most probably have recovered eventually, even if the remedy had not been given; but I have no doubt that it would have required at least 24 to 48 hours in thc Newborn ICU, with oxygen, some form of assisted ventilation, and possibly other drugs as well. What was so unforgettable about this case was the extreme rapidity of its evolution, from a life-threatening emergency into a completely normal, stable pattern, in the space of a few seconds. What perhaps convinced me most was the look on my nurse's face, because she had had her ear glued to the stethoscope the whole time, and had not even seen me give the medication. Less than a second after I gave it, she looked up at me in blank amazement, handed me the stethoscope, and asked, "What happened?" These are the experiences that arc imprinted for life in every practitioner's mind. CASE 2. Breech presentation. 23- year old primigravida, EDC 8 January 1976. Routine prenatal visits: good health, vertex presentation. 15 December 1975. Routine checkup: complaining of increased pressure and movement in suprapubic region. FHT heard in RUQ at 138 per min Definitely breech. Gave PULSATILLA 6x ii t.i.d. 18 December. Mother noted violent movements on the night of the 16th again on the 17th. Position now definitely vertex; FHT heard in LLQ at 150 per min. No other complaints. 5 January 1976. Delivered 7 lb. 6 oz. baby girl after short labor, ROA; no problems. This was the first breech presentation I had ever turned with PULSATILLA. I had recently read a number of accounts in the old literature recommending its use prior to engagement, or at lest prior to labor. On the other hand, a fairly high percentage of breeches will revert spontaneously in the final weeks, in spite of our best efforts. It was purely circumstantial evidence that led me (and the patient) to believe that the remedy had acted in this case. I used a low potency because the patient otherwise had no symptoms, and I was looking for what could be described as a physiologic effect. CASE 3. Breech presentation. 24-year-old primigravida, EDC 8 February 1980. Feeling well; no complaints. 16 November 1979. Routine checkup: fundus 25cm., FHT heard in RUQ. Definitely breech. No treatment. 13 December. No complaints; baby still breech. Gave PULSATILLA 6x ii t.i.d. for 4 days. No change. 11 January 1980. Status quo: position unchanged. Discussed possibility of hospital birth. Gave PULSATILLA 30, I dose, dry t.i.d. for 4 days. No change. 17 January. Ultrasound confirmed breech presentation single fetus. 21 January. Still no change. Gave PULSATILLA 200, I dose, dry daily for 4 days. 25 January. Awoke on morning of the 25th after normal sleep, but baby "felt different." Definitely vertex; no other complaint. 4 February. Delivered 7-pound baby boy, at home, after average labor; position LOA. No other problems. Here again, the evidence was circumstantial, but quite convincing. I should mention that from November on the patient was also doing special exercises for converting the breech, and was receiving acupuncture treatments for the same purpose. But these measures were going on more or less continuously. It was actually the potency that appeared to make the difference in this case: both the 6 x and the 30th produced markedly increased fetal movements, but no change m position, whereas the 200th had no effect on fetal movement, but the patient awoke from a sound sleep with the abnormal position corrected. 2 . Cases where conventional medicine had been tried unsuccessfully or the pa tient had been recommended for surgery, yet were cured or at least significantly helped with homeopathic remedies. CASE 4. Epilepsy. 4-year-old boy from Hobbs, N.M., with long history of febrile convulsions, and 7-month history of minor seizures. Parents separated when mother was 5 months pregnant, divorced shortly after the birth; mother promptly remarried. Birth was normal and uneventful. Febrile convulsions at 4 months, followed by rash (possibly roseola), and several time thereafter, in the course of acute tonsillitis, otitis media, etc. The seizures were all of the grand mal type, and treated successfully with phenobarbital. Otherwise, the child appeared to be developing normally and in good health, until March 1976, when in the course of a simple URI, with low fever, he developed persistent grand mal seizures and was hospitalized. The EEG was inconclusive. His seizures were controlled with Dilantin and phenobarbital; he was discharged on maintenance doses of both drugs. After a few weeks, he began having many brief episodes of the petit mal type, in which the body stiffened, the head was thrown back, ,the back arched, and the mind would go blank for a few seconds; about half of the time, he would fall to the ground. Zarontin was then added to the regimen, in place of the Dilantin. At the time of his first visit, he was having perhaps 15 to 20 of these episodes daily; the mother had discontinued all medications for 2 weeks at my request. 5 October 1976. First visit: child extremely hyperactive, continually interrupting; speech slurred. Physical exam normal, but twice interrupted by hyperactive episodes. Gave CALCAREA PHOSPHORICA 200, 1 dose, dry plus CALC. PHOS. 6x ii q.i.d. as needed. 25 November. Mother telephoned. Child much improved for about 2 weeks, then old symptoms returning in force for the past 3 days. Gave HYOSCYAMUS 200, 1 dose. 20 December. Mother telephoned. General condition much improved; speech, appetite, hyperactivity much less troublesome. Still fairly frequent petit mal episodes, approx. 6 per day, plus occasional generalized clonic seizures, without loss of consciousness. Gave OPIUM 200, 1 dose. 18 January 1977. Mother telephoned. Several more clonic episodes, similar to above, with continued improvement in general condition; speech "back to normal." On 10 January, had a severe grand mal seizure, followed by long deep sleep. No seizures at all since then. No treatment. 2 April. By letter: good appetite, doing well in public school; no seizures of any kind. 26 August. By letter: moving to Florida, sent for medical records. Perfectly healthy in every respect; no seizures of any kind. This case was noteworthy because of the suppressive effect of the anticonvulsant drugs, which abolished thegrandmalactivity but produced petit mal in its place. The treatrnent therefore had to proceed "backward" to the grand mal again, before complete cure could occur. CASE 5. Renal calculi; obstructive uropathy. 31-year-old surveyor, with long history of kidney stones. 24 January 1976. First visit. History of stone began in 1972, passed spontaneously; intermittent flank pain since then. Complaining of severe, intermittent left CVA pain for 5 days, radiating to and from the bladder, associated with obstructed urination, and large amounts of sediment in the urine, resembling shreds of tissue. IVP showed 2 large calculi completely obstructing the left uretero-pelvic junction, with considerable hydronephrotic enlargement of the left renal pelvis and calyces. His family physician had recommended immediate surgery. Gave BERBERIS VULGARIS 200, 1 dose and 6x ii q.i.d. 26 January. Pain considerably lessened, almost gone: now merely a dull ache. Gave OCIMUM CANUM 200, I dose, followed by CALCAREA RENALIS 6x ii q.i.d. 16 February. Pain mild, now chiefly in the bladder area, with occasional stinging and dysuria at the urethral meatus. No treatment. 26 February. Much better. Still has occasional twinges of pain, but feels that the obstruction has been removed. No treatment. 25 March. Repeat IVP showed a single stone in the lower pole of the left kidney, with no further evidence of obstruction; second stone in the distal portion of the left ureter, near the uretero-vesical junction. No treatment. 15 November. Recently back on coffee; another episode of severe pain, this time in the LLQ, near the bladder. Gave NUX VOMICA 200,1 dose, and 6 x ii q.i.d. 17 November. Much improved; pain almost gone. 17 January 1977. Passed large stone, approx. 6 x 3 x 5 mm., conglomerate type. Feeling well in every respect. Refused IVP or further treatment. The experienced homeopath will doubtless excuse the overly hasty, symptomatic type of prescribing that may well have prolonged and could have spoiled this case. I cite it merely as an example of how surgery can often be avoided, even in somewhat threatening situations. CASE 6. Pelvic trauma. 27-year-old weaver, with documented yeast infection intermittently for the past 2 years, treated repeatedly with Mycostatin, with temporary relief. 23 June 1977. First visit. Constant burning in and around vagina, with pain on intercourse; labia flaming red, with sticky white substance clinging to the folds. No discharge. Gave SULPHUR 200, 1 dose. 1 July. Pain lessened, irritation gone. Still very dry on intercourse: "lovemaking has become an ordeal" (whereupon she wept bitterly). She stated that her symptoms had begun shortly after a car accident 2 years ago, in which she had been thrown from the car, and had landed on her buttocks. There was no fracture, but a large bruise appeared and took quite a long time to heal, during which time her present symptoms developed. Gave ARNICA 200, 1 dose, and 6x ii q.i.d. 22 December. Dryness totally gone, no other complaints; feeling well in every respect. This case is memorable to me, first, because it shows very clearly the flaw of conventional prescribing, which is aimed purely at the microbial pore, the tissue changes, etc., without any thought being given to the unique history of this particular patient. Second, it illustrates how the homeopathic remedy can search back in time, through the life history of the patient, to locate and overcome chronic symptoms traceable, in this case, to mechanical trauma in the distant past. 3. Cases where the patient was extremely skeptical or hostile, or otherwise presumably insensitive to the placebo effect (e.g., newborn babies, animals, comatose patients, etc.), yet were cured or significantly benefited with homeopathic remedies. CASE 7. Recurrent mastitis. 30-year-old gravida i pare i, who gave birth at home in February 1975, with the assistance of a doctor friend, who eventually performed a manual removal of retained placental fragments, after excessive traction on the cord produced sever postpartum bleeding and a placenta that was torn in several places. About 5 weeks postpartum, she developed severe mastitis, with high fever, which was treated successfully with Ampicillin, but recurred as soon as the drug was stopped. This time she was given Keflex, with the same result; even after a second course of Keflex, she developed yet a fourth episode within a few days. At this point she decided, somewhat reluctantly, to try Homeopathy. 6 May 1975. Temperature 102, pulse 120 per minute. The patient lay motionless in bed, as the slightest change of position brought on a violent headache and nausea. Even moving her eyes provoked a severe retro-orbital pain that was quite characteristic of all four episodes. Gave BRYONIA 200, I dose, plus 6 x ii q.i.d., but the patient would not hear of my leaving the house, so little faith had she either in me or my methods. I went to sleep there, it being already quite late in the evening; and, when I awoke the next morning, her temperature was normal, the breast was completely free of swelling or tenderness, and the headache and other pains greatly relieved. She was completely well within 12 hours, and her symptoms never reappeared. CASE 8. Urethritis. 33-year-old mother of two children, complaining of vaginal discharge, itching, and constant desire to urinate. 26 July 1979. Patient appeared extremely agitated, suspicious, and hostile, especially when I told her that I was a homeopath and did not give sulfa drugs, antibiotics, etc., whereupon she became openly scornful, mainly because her symptoms were so violent, and she was in sue! hurry to be rid of them. (She had had them only for about six hours.) turned out that her illness had followed a violent, angry scene with herhusband, interspersed with several bouts of passionate lovemaking (they had until then been separated for 2 weeks), and culminating in his a nouncement that he had been exposed to gonorrhea in the course of his travels. There was considerable dysuria at the end of the stream. Cultures proved negative for VD. Gave STAPHISAGRIA 200, 1 dose, and 6 x q.i.d. 27 July. Symptoms virtually gone. 28 July. No symptoms of any kind. Needless to say, I had to call this pa- tient myself. My only reason for reporting these two cases is to show you that the patient need not believe in you or the remedies for them to be effective. The second patient was as surly, ill-mannered, and uncooperative a patient as I have ever had The only reason she called me was that I had played volleyball with her hus- band. Neither of them had the vaguest idea about Homeopathy, or even knew that I practiced it; but she was sufficiently desperate to at least give it a try when I told her that I did not write prescriptions. 4. Cases where the patient, conversely, was cooperative, highly motivated, full of faith in me, and in Homeopathy, and presented a classic symptom picture, clearly indicating a well-known remedy (i.e., where the placebo d feet should have been maximal), yet the remedy had no effect whatsoever This group is exactly the converse of the last, and cases of this type are, alas far too common to be particularly memorable, or toe require much elaboration I mention them simply to show that it is also possible for the remedies not to work sometimes, which could not happen unless they actually did work at other times. If the placebo effect had been the important factor, then surely these arc the patients who should have benefited from it, just as those of the last group are the ones who should not have; but in fact, just the opposite was the case. 5. Cases where the patient developed sulking new symptoms peculiar to or characteristic of the homeopathic remedy. CASE 9. Premenstrual tension. 43-year-old lady, with long-standing history of premenstrual symptoms. 7 November 1979. First visit. Feels well 3 weeks out of 4. About 7 days prior to the onset of the period, she has painful, lumpy breasts, ravenous appetite, nervous irritability. Very haughty. Loves hot drinks; intolerant of dry, spring winds, and of dry weather generally. Most symptoms worse on waking. Gave LYCOPODIUM 200, 1 dose. 10 January 1980. Next period after meds. came on only 2 days after the onset of her symptoms, which were quite mild; and all of them were right-sided, which was unusual. Only the right breast was tender; in addition, there was aching and stiffness of the neck on the right, which was quite new, and an earache on the right side, which she had not had since she was a child. In the midst of these complaints, she felt quite well, and has remained so since. This type of case is quite common and, to my mind, represents perhaps the most direct and convincing evidence we can have that it is the remedy, rather than simply the suggestibility or the desire of the patient to be healed, that is doing the job. The provings of LYCOPODIUM, the club-moss, show it to be a markedly right-sided medicine. When all is said and done, it is this correspondence between the experimentally proved symptoms of the remedy and the actual symptoms of the patient that distinguishes Homeopathy from all other methods of treatment. So, when you see new symptoms appearing in the course of a treatment, and these symptoms are characteristic or proved symptoms of the remedy you have given, you can be virtually certain that the remedy is acting, whether curatively or otherwise. I have often heard it said that it is the appearance of a classic aggravation, followed by amelioration, or the curative response in accordance with Hering's Laws of Cure, that constitute the surest proof that the remedy is acting. But I have seen typical aggravations and curative responses according to Hering's laws following conventional drugs, surgery, acupuncture, faith healing, placebos, and even in the course of spontaneous cures without any treatment whatsoever. These are simply curative reactions, and cure is always miraculous in the sense that it can always occur or fail to occur, whatever modality we use. 6. Cases where the remedy actually did harm, or at least appeared to catalyze a destructive process in the patient. CASE 10. Rectal fissure. 27-year-old photographer, with 4-month history of rectal pain and bleeding, diagnosed as a rectal fissure, and recommended for surgery. Past history of migraine (last episode 2 years ago); amoebic dysentery; recurrent prostatitis; and chronic irritation of the eyes, with redness, soreness, and crusting, for which he had used mercuric oxide ointment 3 times a week for the past 5years. 9 October 1975. First visit. Rectal pain most severe after prolonged sitting. Gave NITRIC ACID 200, 1 dose. 21 October. Pain, bleeding almost completely gone within a few days after the medicine; felt revitalized and full of well-being. After 1 week, the original symptoms had reappeared, and had gradually regained their former intensity Also, in the past 24 hours, the soreness of the eyes had increased, and then were occasional brown "floaters" in the field of the left eye. Gave NITRIC ACID 200, 1 dose. 22 October. Left eye totally browned out: can see only fuzzy blotches. Local ophthalmologist made tentative diagnosis of retrobulbar neuritis; patient scheduled for full neurological workup at UNM Medical Center, Albuquerque. 2 November. Returned from hospital with diagnosis of multiple sclerosis. Very large blind spot in left eye, surrounded by grey penumbra; can see some light peripherally. Also quite a lot of fuzziness now in the right eye. 20 November. Right eye almost back to normal. Left eye almost totally blind, except for a narrow, crescent-shaped arc at the periphery. 31 December. Condition unchanged. I present this case lest you assume, as I think most of us do, that the homeopathic remedies are innocuous, which is, after all, essentially a euphemism for 'ineffective'. To be sure, such cases are extremely rare; and the safety record of Homeopathy, compared to the conventional method, is quite extraordinary. I would also agree that the remedy in this case undoubtedly only elicited a tendency that would have come to light eventually even without it. Nevertheless, I must continue to live with the fact, as must the patient and his family, that he would have been much better off had he never consulted me in the first place. So, if you will but take the trouble to practise Homeopathy, you will quickly see that the remedies do actually work, although we do not yet really understand how they work, which of course keeps it interesting. At the same time, we can cheerfully agree with those who say that we are using the placebo effect, if by the placebo effect we mean the simplest model of the healing process itself, the patient's own healing effort. This is fundamentally what healing is all about. This often succeeds whatever modality is used, and whether the physician attempts to cooperate with it or not. In the words of Paracelsus "The art of healing comes from Nature, not from the physician; for every illness is inherent in our nature, and every illness has its own remedy within itself. We could not be born alive and healthy were there not a physician already hidden in us." * Paracelsus, Selected Writings, translated by N. Guterman.Bollingen, pp. 50, 76. passim. Notes 1) Cf. Cousins, N., The Anatomy of an Illness as Perceived by, the Patient, Norton. Chapter 2, 'The Notorious Placebo . pp. 49-70.*******************************************************************************The Lancet published the most significant and comprehensive review of homeopathic research ever published in its September 20, 1997, issue. This article was a meta-analysis of 89 blinded, randomized, placebo-controlled clinical trials. The authors conclude that the clinical effects of homeopathic medicines are not simply the results of placebo. The researchers uncovered 186 studies, 119 of which were double-blind and/or randomized placebo-control trials, and 89 of which met pre-defined criteria for inclusion into a pooled meta-analysis. The reseachers found that by pooling the 89 trials together that homeopathic medicines had a 2.45 times greater effect than placebo. The Lancet concurrently published two critiques of the homeopathic research. One critique by Jan Vandenbroucke, MD, a Dutch professor, acknowledged, "The meta-analysis is completely state of the art." And yet, despite its results, he asserts that homeopathic medicines "cannot possibly produce any effect." Because homeopathic medicines are often so small in dose that physicians and scientists commonly assert that they cannot work, an increasing number of controlled trials and an ever increasing public interest in homeopathy is proving them wrong. The authors of the research include Klaus Linde, MD, German professor and author of the famed review of research on the herb, St. Johns wort, for depression, and Wayne Jonas, MD, head of the NIH Office of Alternative Medicine. Dana Ullman, M.P.H., a leading spokesperson for homeopathy and author of numerous books, including The Consumer's Guide to Homeopathy, stated, "This research places homeopathy squarely in the arena of legitimate medical science. Homeopathy IS effec tive, but we now need to know simply how effective it is." Another critic of this study was British professor M. Lang man who questioned whether it was appropriate to analyze a group of experiments which used disparate remedies for different condi tions. Ullman responded to this saying, "There are two simple reasons why grouping studies together makes sense. First, the question that this analysis sought to answer is: are the effects from homeopathic medicines primarily placebo? And second, this analysis sought to evaluate: does homeopathy as a medical system seem to work? I personally think that critics are most upset about the fact that this study shows that every means of evaluat ing the present data suggests that homeopathic medicines are effective. Skeptics now would rather not be persuaded by the evidence but by their own biases against homeopathy." Ullman readily admits, "Even though we may not know precise ly how homeopathic medicines work, this has never stopped physi cians from using medicines or treatments that have been shown to be effective." A new survey of primary care physicians who are members of the AMA revealed that an astonishing 49% of them expressed interest in training in homeopathy (British Homeopathic Journal, July, 1997). This survey was conducted by researchers at the University of Maryland. These same researchers also surveyed Maryland family practice doctors and discovered that 69% expressed inter est in homeopathic training (Journal of the American Board of Family Practice, 1995, 8, 361-6). Both of these studies show an impressively high degree of interest in homeopathy. A major reference book on homeopathic research is Homeopathy: A Frontier in Medical Science (North Atlantic, 1995) au thored by a professor of pathology P. Bellavite, MD, and A. Signorini, MD. ******************************************************************************** http://www.healingwithhomeopathy.net/whatis.htm homeopathy helps dissipate blockages in an individual's subtle energy that may be preventing the individual's body wisdom from healing the chronic or acute 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. It's this innate body intelligence that really brings about the healing that results from energetic healing modalities. I often 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.For acute illnesses (e.g. cold, flu or sports injury), usually only one blockage is involved and so usually only one remedy is required. For most people with chronic illness, however, there are usually multiple blockages - in which case they often need a series of remedies over a period of time. Each remedy helps release a pattern of blockage, and assists the body wisdom in healing the chronic illness layer by layer.******************************************************************************* http://www.healingwithhomeopathy.net/introduc.htm According to Trevor Cook, Ph.D., DI Hom., President of the United Kingdom Homeopathic Medical Association, the explanation of the therapeutic action of the highly dilute homeopathic remedies appears to lie in the domain of quantum physics and the emerging field of energy medicine. (flux, it is rooted in QUANTUM PHYSICS this is PROBABLY the reason you don't understand it. this is a difficult subject to understand!)A study using nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) imaging demonstrated distinctive readings of subatomic activity in twenty-three different homeopathic remedies. This potency was not demonstrated in placebos (substances having no pharmacological effect). Some researchers believe that the specific electromagnetic frequency of the original substance is imprinted in the homeopathic remedy through the process of successive dilution and succession, says Dr. Cook. The distinguished Italian physicist Emilio del Giudici has set forth a theory that helps explain homeopathy's mode of therapeutic action. Del Giudici proposes that water molecules form structures capable of storing minute electromagnetic signals. This proposition is given added weight by the findings of Dr. Wolfgang Ludwig, a German biophysicist, who has demonstrated in preliminary research that homeopathic substances give off measurable electromagnetic signals. These signals show that specific frequencies are dominant in each homeopathic substance.If del Giudici's model is accurate, a homeopathic remedy may convey an electromagnetic "message" to the body that matches the specific electromagnetic frequency or pattern of an illness in order to stimulate the body's natural healing response. What Dr. Hahnemann may have been doing in his empirical research was unwittingly "matching the frequencies of the plant extract with the frequency of the [patient's] illness."*******************************************************************************Careful tests with homing pigeon
 

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Amy L. Lansky, PhDAcademic BackgroundPh.D., Computer Science, Stanford University, 1983.M.S., Computer Science, Stanford University, 1979. B.A., Mathematics and Computer Science (summa cum laude), University of Rochester, 1977.Professional Experience2003 -- present; President, R.L.Ranch Press. 2001 -- present; Executive Board Member, California Health Freedom Coalition.1998 -- 2000; Co-editor, The American Homeopath, Journal of the North American Society of Homeopaths.1995 -- present; President, Renaissance Research. 1995 -- 1998;Consulting Associate Professor, Stanford Univerity, Symbolic Systems Program1989 -- 1995;Senior Computer Scientist, Artificial Intelligence Branch, NASA Ames Research Center. 1984 -- 1989;Computer Scientist, Artificial Intelligence Center, SRI International. 1983 -- 1984; Computer Scientist, Computer Science Laboratory, SRI International. Summer 1980; Summer research intern, Computer Science Laboratory, Xerox PARC. Spring 1980;Teaching fellow, Computer Science, Stanford University. Summer 1979;Software engineer, Zilog Inc.1977 -- 1983;Research assistant, Computer Science, Stanford University. Summer 1976; Research assistant, Applied Mathematics, Weizmann Institute, Israel. Professional HonorsNominated for AAAI Fellow (1994/95).Hertz Foundation Fellow (1980-1983).National Science Foundation Fellow (1977-1980).Stoddard Prize in Mathematics, University of Rochester, (1977).Wilson Scholar, University of RochesterPhi Beta Kappa "Her autistic son's remarkable response to homeopathic treatment motivated computer scientist Lansky to bring the long-neglected science of homeopathy to public attention. She has succeeded admirably. An excellent, must-read book. Highly recommended!" - Bernard Rimland, PhD, Director Autism Research InstituteAmy spent several years working at various Silicon Valley research Institutions (including SRI International, NASA Ames Research Center, and three years as a consulting associate professor at Stanford), Lansky then made an unusual career move: she became a student, writer, promoter, and, most recently, practitioner of homeopathic medicine. This was prompted by the miraculous cure of her son's autism with homeopathy. She is dedicated to helping others -- especially families with autistic children -- discover the curative powers of homeopathy. Bernard Rimland, PhDDirector, Autism Research Institute; Founder, Autism Society of America"By writing Impossible Cure, author Amy Lansky has accomplished a (nearly) impossible task: provide a clear, comprehensible, and compelling exposition of homeopathy. Her autistic son's remarkable response to homeopathic treatment motivated computer scientist Lansky to bring the long-neglected science of homeopathy to public attention. She has succeeded admirably. Impossible Cure is timely, informative, and remarkably reader friendly. An excellent, must-read book. Highly recommended!"Richard Pitt, CCH, RSHom (NA)Director, Pacific Academy of Homeopathy, San Francisco In Impossible Cure, Amy Lansky is ... enlightening us to the potential of homeopathy and its fascinating history. Her personal experience of finding a homeopathic cure for her son's autism is extraordinary enough. However, she has laid out one of the most complete pictures of homeopathy ever written. Extremely well researched, she has managed to make it accessible to an average reader in a way that will open people's minds about homeopathy. It will also help others already in the health-care field to learn about the potential of homeopathic treatment and to recognize that, in homeopathy, we have one of the most unique and complete systems of medicine available. Like a hidden treasure sitting in a basement for two hundred years, the jewels of homeopathy need to see the light of day. Impossible Cure will help do this. It is a superb document, and for those of us who practice and teach homeopathy, it is an exciting development -- one that will help homeopathy take its appropriate place in medicine today."***********************************************Consciousness as an Active ForceAmy L. Lansky, PhD Renaissance Research1000 Fremont Ave. Suite Z. Los Altos, CA 94024lansky###renresearch.com http://www.renresearch.com and Symbolic Systems ProgramStanford University1. IntroductionAs a researcher in computer science and artificial intelligence (AI) for over twenty years, I am known for my work on a variety of automated planning systems [Georgeff+Lansky1, Georgeff+Lansky2, Lansky1, Lansky2]. For instance, I have built artificial agents that "perceive", reason about their environment and about their own "beliefs", and take actions as a result. Despite, or perhaps because of my expertise in this area, I find myself alarmed by the emerging trend in the consciousness community to equate consciousness with simple awareness, or even with more complex forms of reasoning and action based on awareness. The natural result of this equation will be to find computers capable of consciousness or, perhaps even worse, to view humans as complex machines [Dennett]. At the 1996 Tucson II conference, someone asked me whether I anthropomorphized my computer, remarking that they tend to do so. Upon reflection, I realized that although I used to do this in my early days of computing, I no longer do so in any way. To me, computers are complex tools, no more conscious than cars or telephones; artificial intelligence is just that -- artificial. Over time, the business of my life as a computer scientist has increasingly centered around building systems that do useful things --- a focus that is practical rather than philosophical. Moreover, despite years of working in AI, I have never subscribed to the notion of machine-as-human or human-as-machine. Perhaps it's because my primary training in computer science was not in AI. As a result, I have always tended to view artificial intelligence merely as computation that is focussed on applications normally considered to be the realm of human expertise. I never contracted the "Frankenstein syndrome" common among many AI researchers --- the desire to make a machine in ones own image. Interestingly, just as my work as a computer scientist became more and more practical, my inner life became increasingly metaphysical. Over the years, I have come to believe that much more exists than meets our limited awareness; the universe is not the mundane three-dimensional mechanistic place that it appears to be. Indeed, I believe it is filled with energy fields and forces we have yet to measure. It is through an examination of human interaction with these energies that, I believe, humanity will ultimately expand its understanding of consciousness. The primary goal of this paper is to describe what I believe we may find in these explorations: that consciousness is an active force that we can exert upon the universe, not merely a passive perception or awareness of that universe. Structurally and philosophically, this paper can be viewed as a thought exercise. By making various assumptions (which I believe to be true), I will argue for a definition of consciousness that would probably seem radical or unwarranted in the eyes of an emerging consciousness community increasingly focussed on neurophysiology. Yet, this definition is consistent with the so-called perennial philosophy -- the mystical view of consciousness common to most human cultures. In many ways, this approach is in sympathy with the anarchistic philosophy of Feyerabend [Feyerabend], who advocates use of radical hypotheses as a way of advancing knowledge. As he says, "The consistency condition which demands that new hypotheses agree with accepted theories is unreasonable because it preserves the older theory, and not the better theory. Hypotheses contradicting well-confirmed theories give us evidence that cannot be obtained in any other way. Proliferation of theories is beneficial for science, while uniformity impairs its critical power. Uniformity also endangers the free development of the individual." My reasoned argument for a more metaphysical view of consciousness is rooted in a quasi-mathematical definition of its mechanism -- one that assumes the reality of higher spatial dimensions. The ideas presented on behalf of this view of consciousness draw together concepts and experiences in alternative medicine, physics, and parapsychology. 2. Consciousness and the Energy BodyMy awakening to the ideas described in this paper come primarily through experimentation with and study of a variety of schools of alternative medicine. Indeed, I am currently in the process of a midlife career change and am formally studying one particular school -- homeopathy. A common thread that links many of the alternative approaches together is the notion that humans, and perhaps all living things, have energy-bodies that underly or form the basic underlying strata of their physical form. The energy body is intrinsic to the Chinese meridian system, Indian understanding of the chakras, the empirically-based science of homeopathy (which emanated from the world of orthodox medicine in Europe of the 1800's), hands-on healing methods like Reiki, and exercises like tai chi, qi gong, and yoga. The energy that is being tapped and manipulated by these systems goes by many names: qi (chi), prana, vital force, human energy field, and more. According to all energy-based systems systems of medicine, it is in the energy-body that disease begins, with imbalances, distortions, leaks, and other forms of effects on the energy field. It is only after time that problems manifest in the physical body -- often too late for easy treatment. Moreover, treating the body alone may not cure the underlying energy disease, making recurrence an inevitability. Many "cures" provided by western orthodox medicine (as well as by alternative modalities) are merely palliative or suppressive, attacking, even from a physical point of view, the symptoms rather than the root causes of disease. For example, hayfever is often treated with antihistamines. This alleviates the symptoms of hayfever but does not cure the underlying predilection for the allergic state. Such treatments are often ultimately ineffective. According to homeopathic philosophy, they can also be quite harmful, for they suppress an underlying disease state and push it inward to attack more vital parts of the human constituation. In contrast, it is believed that repair to the energy-body can also, as a natural side-effect, repair the physical body and result in a true, lasting cure. With hundreds (and in some cases, thousands) of years of empirical experience, energy-body-based systems have had success. Even doubters within the western medical establishment have begun to take notice. The limitations of mechanistic physical-body medicine are beginning to be felt, and certainly its expense is beginning to burn a hole in our collective pocketbooks. My own personal experiences have convinced me unequivocally of the reality of the energy-body. In addition to practicing tai chi and qi gong, I have had positive experiences with ayurveda, acupuncture, hands-on healing, classical osteopathy, and homeopathy. One of my sons was cured of an "incurable" condition -- infantile autism -- through a mixture of homeopathy, classical osteopathy, and, I believe, the focussed consciousness and belief of my family in his healing [Lansky-HOL,Kaufman,Reichenberg-Ullman]. Over the years I have witnessed many other minor miracles as well. I have seen years of summer allergies simply vanish, visible ear infections disappear within hours, fevers drop in minutes, violent diahrrea stopped dead in its tracks, chronic longstanding twitching halt, and intransigent warts grow out and drop off. If all of this is truly real -- if the energy body is a living, tangible phenomenon whose manipulation can directly affect the physical body -- its acceptance and integration into western culture would necessarily revolutionalize our views of reality. No wonder it meets with such resistance and derision! And it seems to me that the energy body is also the best place to start looking for answers to our questions about consciousness. Consider, for example, the so-called "placebo-effect." People often jest with derision about this phenomenon as if it were somehow illusory or unreal. But the fact is, nearly all conventional drug trials indicate that a large percentage of the time people are able to heal themselves, merely at the suggestion that they have been given some material form of healing. Rather than belittling or shrugging this phenomenon off, we should instead take a closer look! Some mechanism must be at work. If we could tap into it and control it, we wouldn't need to ingest toxic chemicals to "cure" ourselves. Instead, we could find ways to support the most important agent of healing -- ourselves [Chopra1,Weil] An important question to ask is whether the mechanism of the placebo effect is found within our physical body alone, or whether more subtle energetic mechanisms are at work. Studies in psychoneuroimmunology [Ader] certainly indicate that emotional states do affect our physical bodies through physical means -- e.g. through the effects of neurohormones. These ideas have begun to be accepted even within the traditional medical community. For example, most people now accept that stress can lead to disease. Thus, it is clear that our thoughts and emotions affect our physical bodies and are at least part of the explanation for the placebo effect. But can purely physical mechanisms also explain cases of healing that involve nonlocality? For example, research indicates that prayer, even at a distance by a stranger, can affect the healing outcome of another person who is unaware that these prayers are taking place [Dossey]. It seems that some other kind of mechanism must be at work -- one that extends beyond the mechanics of the individual physical body. I believe that an important component of the placebo effect is the ability of humans to control and repair their energy bodies. If this is true, and the energy-body is the fundamental lattice upon which our physical bodies are built, this ability would have unimagined power -- much greater than those of our brain chemicals, or even that of enzymatic repair of DNA. If it is real, a connection between the brain and the energy-body (the energy brain -- the mind?) may be the most important factor in the placebo effect -- the key to how the mind affects the physical body. Now, let's extend these concepts even further and more radically. If the energy-body is real, it is only natural to consider that the energy composing it also pervades the universe. This energy, or at least some force related to it, may form the "communications-network" whereby non-local effects occur: psychic phenomenona, the collective unconscious, synchronicity. People only now are beginning to learn to control and affect their own physical bodies through "mind-over-body" techniques. The next step would be to realize that we can actually affect global reality in the same way -- we are all connected. This would explain how prayer at a distance can affect healing. It also explains why a physician's attitude can be an important factor in the healing process. If the energy-body (individual and collective) exists and can be understood and controlled reliably and to our benefit, it is our imperative to learn how to do so. Now, let's become even more esoteric. Recent work in physics seems to indicate that higher dimensional forces may be at work. In his book Hyperspace [Kaku], Michio Kaku discusses how mathematical use of higher dimensions (at least ten) provides the most cogent means for building a model that unifies all the known forces -- i.e. it provides an elegant way of producing a unified field theory. Rather than viewing the use of higher dimensions merely as a mathematical artifice, we might consider that these higher dimensions are actually real -- that the fields themselves actually reside in higher dimensional space. This being the case, it would also be reasonable to assume that undetected fields (such as the hypothetical energy body) do as well. Certainly this would explain why the energy body and our mechanism for exerting control over it have been so hard to detect and measure. Little wonder that these concepts have not been integrated into western orthodox medicine, which has a tradition of focussing primarily on observable mechanism rather than on empirical correlation. The alternative modalities, in contrast, tend to be empirically based. Observations (and resulting generalizations) are made about methods that have been consistently shown to work, with less bias arising from issues of physical plausibility. In any case, despite the problematic nature of scientifically testing higher-dimensional phenomena, we should not despair. Our own bodies provide a fertile testing ground; the mechanisms for controlling these fields seem to reside within us. So what about consciousness? As I read much of the emerging literature in this field, I see the term used in many senses. One is simply a notion that I prefer to call awareness -- i.e. relating to whether or not we are "conscious" of something. I have no argument against the assertion that this form of consciousness may simply be a manifestation of a physical brain mechanism. But the term consciousness has also been used in a much stronger sense -- as a force that governs our perceptions of reality; or more operationally, as a force that can control and affect our perceived reality. It is this sense that I subscribe to. In particular, I believe that Consciousness is an active force or mechanism that can, among other things, control or cause change in the human energy field, as well as, potentially, the universal field. Thus, as humans we have within us the ability to use consciousness to affect both ourselves and our environment, for good or for ill. Through consciousness we can repair our energy bodies, control the flow of chemicals through our physical body, or give ourselves a heart-attack and die. We can also (but perhaps with less reliability) communicate our feelings to others at a distance, or bring events into our lives that aid or hinder us. How exactly can we characterize or model such a mechanism of consciousness? The rest of this paper describes some ideas along these lines, focussed primarily on the use of a possible-worlds model. I will also argue that consciousness is a higher-dimensional force that can, more broadly, affect all aspects of three-dimensional reality, not just the human energy field. 3. Possible WorldsConsider our three-dimensional spatial world. At each point in time we are in a three-dimensional state that has many possible futures -- we are at a gateway to an infinite number of possible future three-dimensional next-states. As we proceed through time, we carve out a "tube" in space-time that can be viewed as residing in four-dimensional space. Within this four-dimensional space resides all of our possible temporal trajectories through three-dimensions. This notion may be easier to visualize if we drop down a dimension and visualize the life of a two-dimensional creature as it makes its way around a two-dimensional plane over time. At each point in time, the creature is at a location in the plane; the plane as a whole may be viewed as a state -- a snapshot in time. We can visualize progress of the creature via a sequence of planes, each representing a time point in the life of the creature. As it moves through time, the creature carves out a tube in three-dimensional space. The figures below illustrate this concept in the two-to-three dimensional case and its three-to-four dimensional analogue. In the second figure, the three-dimensional soccer-ball-creature makes a choice at point C between traversing one path or another. This creates a branching point in the space of its possible space-time trajectories through four-space. Let's now reflect on our own individual trajectories through space-time. At each point in time, a choice is made between all of our (possibly infinite) next states in three dimensions. These choices are made each instant as we carve out our 3-D-space/time trajectory. This choice function C may thus be described as follows: C: (3Dstate,t) --> (3Dstate',t+delta) or equivalently C: 4Dstate --> 4Dstate' Of course, it is clear that at each "choice point" some of our possible future states are much more highly probable than others. For example, it is most likely that our hearts will keep beating, that our cells will keep regenerating, that our bodies will keep aging. These high-probability courses-of-events seem almost mechanistic in nature, and are often totally unconscious to us. (At least we are unaware of them.) On the other end of the spectrum, there are many C-choices that clearly seem to be the result of our conscious will: what actions we take, what we say. We usually have the sense that such events would otherwise not have occurred unless we had "made them so." (Of course, many would argue that these activities are also deterministic or mechanistic in nature; i.e. that our thoughts are simply following rules that have been learned or are genetically pre-programmed -- the traditional AI or cognitive science view of things.) However, there are certainly some C-choices which don't seem so easily characterized by a mechanistic model. Consider, for example, medical "miracles" -- whereby the default clockwork of our own body, or even a stranger's body, is somehow supervened by our thoughts. In these cases, seemingly inevitable courses of events change to less probable courses; a cancer tumor inexplicably shrinks and disappears, or a prayer promotes healing at a distance. Such courses of events are not likely, but they are physically possible, since body tissues are constantly replacing themselves and the potential for repair is always there [Chopra1]. It is in these C-choices that I believe consciousness plays a critical role. In other words, the "consciousness force" may be a special kind C-function -- one that can take us off more automatic high-probability trajectories onto less-probable ones; from the current state to a less-probable next state. In other words: Consciousness is a four- or higher-dimensional force that can operationalize the C-choosing-function and affect our trajectory through four-dimensional space. This active consciousness may be operating in a forward "pushing" fashion, causing things to manifest in the future. It may also be operating in a "pulling" fashion, generating future goal states which draw us to them. It may even be possible that conciousness can affect the past [Schmidt]. The view of consciousness as a special C-choosing-function may also provide a definition of free will. If we are passively sitting still in a chair, staring out the window, we do not normally experience a feeling of exerting free will -- at least upon the external world. We simply let things proceed according to their default mechanistic outcome. But when we exert our free will -- the force of our consciousness -- we invoke our power to change the default trajectory of ourselves and our environment through four-dimensional space. We concomitantly have the sense that we have altered what would otherwise have been a different outcome. In summary then, consciousness is an active force for change; it can alter what seems to be our irrevocable destiny. Our exertion of consciousness is perceived or felt as "free will." 4. Related WorkOf course, many of the ideas outlined above are not exclusively my own. For example, Amit Goswami, a nuclear physicist at the University of Oregon, also describes consciousness as the force that "collapses the quantum possibilties into actuality" [Goswami]. He tends to view consciousness in terms of quantum mechanics rather than appealing explicitly to higher dimensions or focussing on the energy-body as a testing ground. Like me, Goswami believes that the view of consciousness as a decision function supports the "perennial philosophy" and can be used to resolve many outstanding problems of interest to the consciousness community: mind/body duality (consciousness is unitive and self referent, and there is quantum machinery in the brain-mind); nonlocality and the paranormal; the meaning of creativity; and more. Reflections about life in two dimensions and the possibility of four or higher dimensional reality are also not my own ideas. A late-nineteenth century novel that is still popular today, Flatland [Abbott], tells the story of a square living on a plane who is given the opportunity to see his own world from a three-dimensional perspective. While the author, Edwin Abbott, used this story as a literary tactic for political commentary on his time, the book reflects a common fascination of that period with the fourth dimension as a reality laying just outside our three-dimensional world. As Michio Kaku discusses in this book Hyperspace [Kaku], the notion of the fourth dimension had a profound impact on the art and philosophy of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. It was also espoused by respected physicists. But since this fascination was also embraced and exploited by others of less respectability and integrity, it became polluted by its own popularity. Indeed, the postulate of consciousness as a higher dimensional force (in contrast to consciousness as awareness) may be similarly discredited as being too "New Age". However, these associations do not make the hypothesis false. Other related work on higher dimensionality includes Rucker's book on the fourth dimension [Rucker], a recent article in Alternative Therapies [Bessinger], which promotes the idea of consciousness as a higher dimensional energetic field, and a paper on the world-wide-web by Joachim Wolf [JWolf]. Higher dimensional models can also clearly be linked to Sheldrake's morphogenetic fields [Sheldrake] and holographic models of reality. 5. Ramifications, Questions, IdeasThe notion of consciousness as a four (or higher) dimensional choosing function explains much and raises many questions. In this section, I address many ideas that have come to mind since I began thinking about these ideas several years ago. 5.1 Is consciousness 3-D, 4-D, or higher-D?Of course, it is quite reasonable to ask -- even if consciousness is a C-choosing function, can't it simply reside in our apparent 3-D world? Why should its natural domain be in four or higher dimensions? Many people would argue that there is no reason to appeal to higher-dimensionality; that the workings of the 3-D world are quite mysterious enough to hide many hidden potentialities. Yet, I find myself firmly in the higher-D camp. There are basically two reasons, which together make the higher-dimensionality argument seem more likely, or at least more appealing. First is the aforementioned trend in the physics world indicating that only an appeal to higher-dimensionality can produce a unified field theory. If the known forces reside in higher dimensions, then it only stands to reason that undocumented and undetected forces and fields, which we postulate are at least related to consciousness, also reside there. The more compelling reason, however, is that higher dimensionality provides the most simple and comprehensive explanation for paranormal phenomena, especially those that involve nonlocality or demonstrate temporal anomalies. For example, consider the study on healing via prayer at a distance, or alleged psychic abilities such as remote viewing. Invoking our analogy to a two-dimensional world, what if a two-dimensional creature were able to "lift" itself up into the third dimension, in at least in some fashion? If our two-dimensional circle had a three-dimensional "energy body" that it could directly access, it would be able to view activity at a distance on the plane without physically travelling through that plane. By analogy, psychics may be energetically rising (via so-called out-of-body experiences) into the fourth dimension to view what's going on elsewhere. The ability to project an aspect of onesself into higher dimensions would also explain temporally-based paranormal phenomena, such as foretelling the future. There are even studies that indicate that humans can use psi to affect the past [Schmidt]. If a 2-D creature were "lifted" up into 3-D and possessed some kind of 3-D form, it would also be able to see inside its fellow 2-D inhabitants. Thus, higher dimensionality can also provide a simple and compelling explanation for inner-vision -- the ability to view inside solid objects. (For extensive discussion on the geometry of the fourth dimension and its ramifications, see [Rucker].) Such inner-vision has been claimed by some reputable healers and medical-intuitives; they claim they actually see inside their clients' bodies, and have documented the veracity of their viewings through subsequent medical tests [Brennan]. Together, all of these phenomenon (and there are many more) seem to lead to a higher-dimensional view of consciousness. If only one of them is real, it at least demands an explanation. If many of these phenomena are real, it seems most elegant and scientifically plausible to adopt an explanation like higher-dimensionality that provides the greatest explanatory coverage. 5.2 Continuity vs. DiscontinuityAssuming now that consciousness is a higher-dimensional force that can affect our trajectory through 3-D space/time, it is reasonable to ask, must this trajectory be continuous? If, for example, we could spontaneously map ourselves from one point in four-dimensional space to any other, the result would be mind-boggling. Even if we stayed within the context of a trajectory through space-time that aligned with our current known universe, we would be able to spontaneously appear elsewhere on the globe, or pop back and forth in time. If we could also use consciousness to suddenly appear in another 3-D space/time trajectory -- another flow of possible realities -- we would experience an even more jarring form of discontinuity. This latter kind of experience lies in the realm of science fiction [LeGuin]; even devotees of the paranormal rarely claim it. Personally, I would argue for universal adherence to continuity of some form, albeit a form of continuity that is apparent at one level of dimensionality while being seemingly discontinuous at a lower level -- i.e., continuity may be dimension-relative. Once again, let us appeal to the analogy with two/three dimensions. If a two-dimensional circle was able to lift into three dimensions and plop down elsewhere on its plane, this event would seem discontinuous to the circle's planar friends. However, it would seem quite continuous from a three-dimensional perspective. Similarly, seeming discontinuities in three-space (e.g. popping to another place and time) may be continuous in four-space. Of course, it is clear that human use of consciousness almost always defines a trajectory through 3-D space/time that is continuous in 3-D. Discontinuities are, at best, highly unlikely and perhaps impossible for our physical bodies. For example, our use of consciousness to heal our bodies will most likely do so in a continuous way. In order to shrink a tumor, we must do so by harnessing the natural process of replacement of body tissue. It is much less likely that we could proceed directly to a state in which the tumor is spontaneously gone. Indeed, we might argue that our physical bodies, being three-dimensional, cannot transcend into higher dimensions, while our higher-dimensional energy-bodies can. When people claim to have "out of body" experiences, they claim to do so in energetic form, not in physical form. Perhaps there is a spectrum of likelihood involved in this conundrum: from just letting things proceed mechanistically, to using consciousness to affect that mechanistic course, to using consciousness to transcend our physical body and operate in energetic form in four dimensions within our own space/time trajectory. At the farthest end of the spectrum lay such unlikely phenomena as spontaneous mapping into other regions of 4-space, or physical transcendence of three dimensions. 5.3 Free Will is Dimension-RelativeI have already suggested that free will is the human feeling or sensation of exerting the force of consciousness. Moreover, I have also postulated that aspects of consciousness or our perception of consciousness may be dimension-relative. For example, whether or not consciousness seems to adhere to laws of continuity may depend on one's dimensional-perspective. In this section I will suggest that the notion of free-will is also a dimension-relative phenomenon. What seems "free" in one dimension may be quite mechanistic or a matter-of-course at a higher dimension of reality. Let us assume for a moment that consciousness exists at an infinity of dimensions of reality. What role does it play at each level? I have hypothesized that a four-dimensional consciousness affects how three-dimensional creatures carve their path through 3-D space/time. This four dimensional force essentially determines our 3-D fate. By analogy, a five-dimensional consciousness would determine how our four-dimensional consciousness decides that fate. And so on. Now, let us assume that our four-dimensional self operates in its own universe with its own four-dimensional rules of reality. The actions that it takes that affect 3-D may seem quite "mechanical" from a four-dimensional perspective; as mechanical, say, as the operation of a clockwork. However, because these mechanisms aren't apparent to the 3-D self, that 3-D self perceives 4-D actions as free will -- they seem to just happen freely; there is a feeling of spontaneity about them. In other words, what feels like free-will in three dimensions may not be in four. And what feels like free-will to the four-dimensional self may not be in five dimensions. And so on. 5.4 Relationship between Qi, Psi, and ConsciousnessThere is clearly growing evidence that both qi and psi exist and have measurable effect. It also seems intuitive to us that these phenomena are somehow linked to each other and to consciousness. But how? In this section I hypothesize further on these relationships. The scientific world has already identified four fundamental forces of nature, and has been striving to find a unifying force that explains or underlies them all. In my view, it is quite reasonable to assume that there may be many more undetected energy fields out there. After all, humanity was quite unaware of the electromagnetic field or the nuclear forces until only recently. I believe that qi is another of these fields that has a direct relationship with living tissues. The Chinese meridian system and the Indian chakras define a precise anatomy of the qi field and its relationship to the human body; e.g., how the chakras spin and draw qi into the body, how various channels circulate qi within the body, how these channels relate to the physical organs, and how qi is subdivided into various subcategories of energy that must be in balance in order to maintain health. Practitioners of meditative practices like qi gong actually feel qi as a physical body sensation and can manipulate it within themselves and others. Hands, in particular, seem to be acute qi detectors and transmitters. I myself have had such experiences with qi. I believe it is only a matter of time before scientists are actually able to detect and measure it. Efforts are already underway to do so [Leonard]. There is also evidence that qi can be affected by non-living materials. For instance, in addition to direct manipulation of the energy-body, most of the alternative medical systems try to affect it through the use of remedies and dietary regimens [Chopra2]. Over the centuries, certain foods, herbs, minerals, and other substances have been correlated with the restoration of balance and health to the energy-body. I believe that these substances have some sort of energetic resonance with the human energy body. Resonance of this kind is very likely the mechanism underlying homeopathy [Vithoulkas]. Homeopathic use of infinitesimal doses, for example, is quite suspect to medical practitioners trained only to believe in physical mechanisms. A typical homeopathic remedy may be composed of some selected substance diluted in water in a ratio of 1:100^200. This 200C dilution is achieved by diluting 1 drop of "substance" in 100 drops of water, taking one drop of this dilution and diluting it further in 100 drops of water, and so on -- 200 times. Even dilutions of 100^10,000 are not uncommonly used. An important part of the dilution process is vigorous shaking (succussion) of the solution after each dilution step. Obviously, since Avogadro's number is merely 10^24, it is unlikely that even a molecule of the original substance is present in highly dilute homeopathic remedies. Yet clinical experiences show that the greater the level of dilution, the deeper the action of the remedy -- i.e. the remedy becomes more potent. Although this result is contradictory to our knowledge about body chemistry in the three-dimensional world, it makes a bit more sense if the reality of the energy-body is acknowledged. Perhaps homeopathy is actually a quantum or even a higher-dimensional form of medicine [Gerber]. Recent physics research [Lo] is also beginning to provide a possible physical explanation for the efficacy of homeopathic dilutions. Characteristic lattice structures in the hydrogen-oxgen bonds between water molecules have been observed in homeopathic solutions. The act of succussion breaks up this lattice, allowing it to reform in the newly diluted framework. In any case, whatever the mechanism of these dilutions may be, a growing number of scientific studies have proven the efficacy of homeopathic remedies and in particular, have shown that their effects exceed those of placebo [Linde]. Now let us turn our attention to psi. In contrast to qi, psi seems to manifest more as an exerted force; "using" it, people have claimed a host of psychic abilities -- from psychokinesis to vision at a distance. In my view, psi simply is the exertion of the force of consciousness. Indeed, many popular manifestations of psi can be explained by an energetic-lift into 4-D, as described earlier. What then is the relationship between qi and consciousness? Like gravity or any of the other known forces, the consciousness force can be viewed as an energetic field of potentialities. Humans exert consciousness-force by creating a change in the field of consciousness. Practitioners of qi-related meditation can attest to the fact that they feel they are using consciousness to feel and move qi around. Somehow, consciousness is used to affect qi. I would like to propose, like others have recently done, that consciousness is the unifying field, and that qi is just another of the energies within this unity. Of course, if this is true, consciousness (psi) should also be able to affect all of the other known fields as well. There is certainly evidence of this -- e.g research conducted at Princeton has shown that psi can effect the outcome of electronic random event generators [Jahn2]. 5.5 Where is the seat of human consciousness?If humans are able to exert changes in the field of consciousness, does the mechanism for this ability lie somewhere in a physical organ within us? Francis Crick [Crick] has hypothesized that consciousness resides at a specific location in the brain. He also believes that that is all there is to it; consciousness is simply a property or state of this location and nothing more. Once again, this assumes that consciousness is "awareness." But if consciousness is an active force that we can exert and that force is ultimately higher-dimensional, it can't be reduced to a blob of three-dimensional matter. Researchers like Crick, however, may be identifying the key locations that link our brain to our energy-brain (the mind?) For example, Hameroff and Penrose [Hameroff+Penrose] have tried to show how microtubules within brain neurons actually have quantum machinery within them. They have found a precise mechanism in these cytoskeletal microtubules that they believe explains how consciousness collapses indeterminacy into coherent "awareness events". These structures may also be the loci of our exertion of consciousness, in addition to the seat of awareness within us. As the linkage point to our energy body and the consciousness field, these structures may also link each individual with the rest of reality. In any event, the assertion that consciousness operates from specific brain locations begs many interesting questions and potential experiments. Does removal of these locations remove life? consciousness? awareness? Can the exertion of consciousness (e.g. psychic abilities) be blocked by encasing these locations with some other field? Or does the elemental nature of consciousness enable it to penetrate all of the other fields? How exactly does the consciousness force operate? How does it enable us to transcend into higher dimensions? What is the relationship between dreaming and these structures? Or between dreaming and consciousness [Wolf]? There are so many interesting questions to explore here, and consciousness researchers of all philosophical stripes are actively pursuing many of them. 5.6 Can Computers Be Conscious?If human exertion of consciousness is linked to the brain, we do have some guidance on the question of whether or not computers can be conscious. We could, for example, argue that since they don't possess an organic brain, computers cannot possess consciousness. Yet, the argument of machine consciousness is muddied by confusion over the definition of consciousness itself. If consciousness is defined as awareness -- a state of self-knowing -- then yes, I believe that computers can be conscious. They can be programmed to be "aware" of their internal state (and, of course, their external environment), conduct all kinds of reasoning about what they are aware of, explain their reasoning to us, take actions on the basis of this reasoning, and more. But if consciousness is defined as a higher-dimensional choosing function that can alter the course of three-dimensional reality through nonmechanistic means, then, no, I don't believe computers can ever be conscious, at least in their current form. How did humans evolve to possess consciousness? Are other animals conscious? Ongoing research seems indicate that at least some animals are [Animals]. Perhaps consciousness evolved out of the inherent relationship between our physical and energetic forms. According to theories about qi, all living tissues possess linkage between their physical form and their energetic form. Perhaps this is the definition of life -- physical linkage to an energy body. As living creatures evolved, they may have additionally developed consciousness -- the ability to exert control over their energy-body, and ultimately, over the more global energetic field as well. Indeed, common "New Age" wisdom suggests that humans are currently evolving to possess even more acute and conscious control over and interaction with the energy world -- in essence, we are developing new senses in addition to the five material senses we already possess [Zukov]. Personally, I believe that computers will not develop consciousness until they first become "alive" -- until they become linked to the energetic world. If our energy-bodies are somehow related to our souls (in the religious sense), then perhaps a soul may eventually decide to attach itself to a sophisticated machine. Or, perhaps someday humanity may discover the mechanism underlying our linkage to the energy-body and how we exert consciousness through it. If this occurs, we could possibly embue a computer or any other machine with life and consciousness. 5.7 GodThe discussion of the previous section touched upon more spiritual issues: the nature of life and the soul. Clearly, the study of consciousness has links to theology that are more than superficial. The consciousness community would be negligent if they didn't examine the mystical traditions of the world, all of which have remarkably similar messages. All speak of the soul, its attachment to the physical body near the time of birth, its departure upon death, and its potential reattachment to other physical lives. In keeping with the rest of this paper, I will conclude with one last bold hypothesis --- that God is the field of consciousness, the unity of all things. Each of us -- each energy "soul" -- is a part of this field and we are all co-creators of its evolving destiny. The name of God used in the Torah is composed of four hebrew letters -- yud, hey, vav, hey (YHVH). This name is often translated as "I am that I am." Yet, as some have pointed out [Lerner], the word is more properly translated with a future-tense cast: "I am what I will be." The core revelation here is that destiny is not fixed; that each individual can create their own destiny as well as affect the collective destiny of the world. To me, this message is essentially the same as the model of consciousness presented in this paper. Each of us, through the force of consciousness, can affect our individual as well as our collective trajectory through 3-D space/time -- our destiny. In the words of philosopher Rollo May, who further identifies consciousness with love [May]: "For in every act of love and will -- and in the long run they are both present in each genuine act -- we mold ourselves and our world simultaneously." AcknowledgementsMy thanks go to the many individuals who have provided love and support for me in my metaphysical explorations, as well useful input into this paper. They include: Steven Rubin, Dick Gabriel, Allan Smith, John Melnychuk, Simon Taffler, Lise Getoor, Jennifer Dungan, Kim Baker, and Sally Ahnger. I also acknowledge the encouragement of many people from all over the globe who found an earlier draft of this paper on the world-wide web and contacted me with their words of support and resonance with my ideas.
 

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Max's Story --- A Carcinosin CureAmy L. Lansky, PhD Renaissance Researchlansky###renresearch.com http://www.renresearch.com Note to readers: A book about this story and about homeopathy in general will be published in the spring of 2003. To find out more, visit: www.impossiblecure.com --------------------------------------------------------------------------------Most homeopaths come to this great art of healing because of some "conversion" experience. Typically, some miracle -- large or small -- has alerted them to the mystery and monumental nature of Hahnemann's discovery. In my own case, my younger son Max was cured of an "incurable" condition: mild autism. He began treatment at age 3.5. A year later, none but the most discerning would suspect that he had had any kind of problem at all. Obviously, this miracle changed the entire dynamic and potential future of my family. It also propelled me to alter my career course and devote myself to the study and promotion of homeopathy. Max's story is an interesting and unusual one for several reasons. First, we were incredibly blessed that our family homeopath found the correct remedy on the first try: Carcinosin. This remedy was his similimum if there ever was one. Fitting him like a glove, he has suffered from barely any aggravation in the two and a half years he has been on and off this remedy. The posology chosen for Max was similarly fitting -- the LM dose. Over the course of his treatment, he has shown well-defined patterns of response to this approach. One of the reasons I decided to write this article is to provide further enlightenment to the homeopathic community about the nature and merits of this less-well-known but increasingly important remedy. The same can be said of this method of dosing -- less commonly used and understood, the LM dose is surely on its way to prominence for deep chronic cases. Since Max's story is long and involved, the best way to tell it is chronologically. I have decided to also include details about other treatments we tried and changes we made in educational environment and family dynamic. All of these factors had an impact on Max. They may thus provide useful information for homeopaths and other families dealing with childhood behavioral problems. At the end of his story I will conclude with my own personal observations about the essence of Carcinosin, a summary of his symptoms, and brief discussions about LM dosing and the treatment of behavioral conditions in children. Background. My husband, Steven Rubin, and I both have doctorates in computer science and have worked in various research laboratories in the Palo Alto area for many years. We are also both semi-professional musicians and have sung in several local rock bands. Our first son, Izaak, was born in 1988. A precocious child, Izaak has always been extremely verbal, mature, and intellectually inclined. My husband and I have always made our kids our first priority, each of us working shortened four-day weeks. Before they attended school, we each spent a full "work" day at home with the kids. The other three days, we typically had a nanny come to our house. We now use childcare three days a week. As far as medical background, Steve's family has a strong history of cancer on both sides of his family (many cousins, aunts, grandparents, etc.) His father is mildly diabetic and his brother has adult-onset Type 1 (insulin-taking) diabetes. This coupling of cancer with diabetes is a characteristic miasmatic background for Carcinosin. In my case, there is a strong history of heart disease on both sides of the family. My father died of a heart attack at age 71 and before that suffered from gout. My mother, still living, nearly died of rheumatic fever at age 10 and has suffered from heart problems since. As per common practice at one time, she took daily doses of antibiotics for many years. My brother is schizophrenic and there is other evidence of mental illness in my father's family. Steve and I are both physically healthy and now much more emotionally-healthy after a year or so of consitutional homeopathy for ourselves! We both had bouts of mononucleosis in college. Both of us also suffered from appendicitis and tonsillitis. Beginnings.Max was born in July 1991. A planned pregnancy, there was still some uncertainty on my own part about whether I wanted a second child. However, once he was there inside me, I was extremely happy to have him. The pregnancy was uneventful except for a CVS test at 11 weeks (chorionic villus sampling -- an early alternative to amniocentesis) and an ultrasound at 20 weeks. In the last three months of my pregnancy I sought out a midwife to help me achieve a successful vaginal birth; my first son had been a C-section delivery after the classic medical fiasco of induction/failure-to-progress. The goal of a VBAC birth (vaginal birth after caesarean) was a central focus for me during the last trimester of my pregnancy with Max. I was successful. After 28 hours of labor (including epidural, pitocin, and one hour of pushing), Max was born without complication. However, after the standard application of antibiotic ointment to his eyes, he developed a skin rash on his face. I remember the flurry of pediatricians checking him out. The rash disappeared in a few hours, but I realize now that it foretold of his innate sensitivity. Max's first month of life began normally. He breast-fed well, was circumcised at eight days in Jewish ceremonial fashion, and was of good size and weight. However, within a couple weeks, he began to vomit up the milk he took in. The vomiting increased in severity each day. By the time he was nearly four weeks old, he had begun to lose weight. Finally, he was brought in for pyloric stenosis surgery at 28 days. Interestingly, we were not surprised by this turn of events. Max was the third-generation child with this condition in Steve's family. Steve had the same surgery (also at 28 days!), and his mother's twin sister died from this now-routine procedure. Though Max and the rest of us went through a bit of hell with his surgery, he quickly recovered and showed no signs of problems for the next two years. He received all the standard immunizations on schedule and was average in height, weight, and motor development. In general, he has always tended to be thin, muscular, and coordinated. However, by age two, he was still not speaking. He knew the entire alphabet, could count to twenty, and could stack blocks like nobody's business, but he did not know more than about 10 words. Temperamentally, he was friendly and cheerful, but also showed a kind of detachment. He was less cuddly than his brother Izaak and was content to play on his own and watch TV, not seeking to be the center of attention. At the time, I thought he was merely late to talk, mature, and self-contained. One unusual characteristic was his attachment to his milk bottle; it was his "lovie". He wanted a "baba" so often that it was not unusual for him to drink 8 bottles (a half gallon!) of milk in a day. On the physical plane, Max has always been fair-skinned, with straight dark brown hair and very large beautiful brown eyes. (The characteristic Carcinosin moles and blue sclerotics did not really "bloom" until after he was on the remedy). Other general symptoms already present as a baby and toddler included early eruption of teeth (at five months, four teeth erupted at the same time) and a hairy back, neck, and legs. On the front top of this skull, he has a slight ridge, as if his skull fused in a strange fashion on the midline suture. He also has two other birth "defects": a partially formed anorectal fistula -- a very deep indentation above the anus that does not, however, penetrate into the rectum; and a partially formed third nipple on the right side of his chest -- a short horizontal crease. On his neck and groin, Max has always had a couple of enlarged lymph nodules. And even as a baby, he sweated profusely when sleeping. His hair would be drenched when waking in the morning or from a nap. His favored sleep position was on his back with his hands over the top of his head (this preferred sleep position has diminished since being on the remedy). Though not the stereotypical Carcinosin genupectoral position, this alternate position has been mentioned in several references on Carcinosin and, in my opinion, should be given added weight in the materia medica. Besides his early love for cow's milk, Max has also always had a strong desire for salt as well as a liking of fatty/spicy and sour foods. As a toddler he would willingly eat spicy dishes and suck on lemons. Though he rejects spicy foods now, he still covets salt and will even resort to shaking the salt shaker into his mouth! As a young child, he loved fatty meats (no longer), enjoyed sucking on ice cubes, and enjoyed chocolate (he now prefers vanilla ice cream over chocolate!) . All of these cravings are characteristic of Carcinosin. Finally, though he did not crave to eat eggs, he did have an usual relationship to them -- an almost fetish-like interest in them. He would point to them in the refrigerator and would try to get them out. At about two and half years old, he actually got a whole dozen raw eggs out of the refrigerator, carried them to his brother's room and gleefully smashed them all into the carpetting! Our nanny found him playing happily in the mess, saying "Eggs! Eggs!" (We later had to have the entire flooring replaced!) Even now, at age 6, Max enjoys playing with egg-related things -- e.g. Easter eggs. For many years, he has also asked to play an egg-related game with me, of his own creation. He hides under the covers, scrunched up into an "egg"-shape (the chick in the egg), I sit on him and hatch him, and he pops out! The Autism Picture Emerges.Though non-verbal, Max was a happy toddler. It was not until he began in preschool that his problems began to crystallize. When he was two, we enrolled him in a 2-day/week 2-hour preschool program. At about this time, our nanny suddenly left without notice to tend to her mother dying of cancer. Our new nanny was kind but, in retrospect, detached emotionally and probably did not engage with Max very much. Max was initially joyful in his preschool program. His teacher remarked upon his "joie de vivre". However, he did not settle in and relied on his "baba" for comfort. Among the behaviors that emerged at school were the following: he could not sit at circle-time unless held in someone's lap; he would tend to wander off to other places in the classroom or to other classrooms; lowered eye contact; self-stimulation activities such as spinning; and unresponsiveness to questions. At the same time, he clearly showed signs of great intelligence. If he was engaged in something that interested him, he could sit for very long stretches with intense concentration. He could build complex structures with amazing skills of symmetry and balance; he also showed sophisticated strategic and dexterity skills at computer games. At age 2.5, when our usual nanny was gone for a month and a far more engaging replacement nanny stepped in, Max finally began to talk more. It was single words, but it was a start. At this point, Max was still a happy child at home. However, it became increasingly clear that this was not the case at school. I myself began to sense the teaching staff's judgement of him. Some of the teachers did not greet him in the morning with a welcoming tone. I also sensed that Max was keenly aware of their attitude and that it was harming him. Eventually, the teachers began to drop hints that something was wrong with Max. At the time, I suspected they were thinking it was autism, but I convinced myself that Max's problem was ADD. At home, he had become increasingly antsy. Though he did not run about the house, he could not sit still. He would fidget, as if an engine were running inside him. He could not sit quietly and let me read a story to him. Instead, he would squirm all over the bed -- he would even stand on his head, with his feet against the wall. He would run his fingers up and down things, the table, the wall. He also developed a habit of repeatedly poking or stabbing his finger against people's chest -- not to hurt them, but a kind of nervous poking contact. Sometimes he would also butt his head against them. This kind of "poking" contact is characteristic of autistic children. It is also mentioned in Hoa's article on Carcinosin that appeared in the British Homoeopathic Journal in July 1963: "... I have noticed that Carcinosin often has bizarre tics; one of my patients constantly tapped his brothers' skulls with his fingertips; another used to gently bite the tips of children's fingers, one after the other; he had not lost this habit at the age of 40." I myself had the sense that something in Max was bursting to get out -- trying to make contact. As Max approached his third birthday, I knew that something was truly wrong. The teachers at his school called us into conference and suggested we get professional help. I was on a mission. On the advice of a speech therapist friend, we opted against having Max tested at a highly-medicalized child development center attached to the university. Instead, we took him to see a respected speech and language therapist, a woman considered to be the best in the Palo Alto area, Donna Dagenais. Donna did not label Max as autistic or as anything at all -- she merely began working with him. In addition to his private therapy sessions, she also placed him into a group session with two other children -- one who had been diagnosed as PDD (mild autism) and the other with a severe fear-related disorder. Of the three, Max was the best behaved but the least verbal. At this time and after much soul searching, we instituted several other changes, all of which had a beneficial effect on Max. First, we took him off of cow's milk. I had read about milk being suspect in cases of hyperactivity and naturally was concerned, given his intense predilection for it. Max went from nearly a half gallon of cow's milk down to one cup of goat's milk per day. This step alone had a dramatic effect. Before it had seemed that Max was behind a curtain; now, the first veil lifted. He began to talk more. At age three, he finally built two-to-three word sentences. He was clearly more "present" than before. At this time, we also made a modest effort to eliminate food coloring from his diet. Next, we closely examined our family dynamic and other social factors. On Donna's advice I decided to take him out of the school facility he was in (which was highly socially-oriented) and place him into a Montessori school. The one I chose was extremely structured and focused on reading, writing, and mathematical skills -- things that Max himself was interested in. Though he could not talk well, he LOVED letters and numbers. Next, our "disengaged" nanny totally disengaged -- she left town and we got a new nanny who was extremely sweet and loving towards Max. We also made sure that this nanny would focus a bit more on Max than on his highly verbal and precocious brother. Finally, and most importantly, we examined ourselves. We realized that we had to make a concerted effort to spend more concentrated focussed time with Max. We decided to take turns, each of us spending intensive time with one child or the other. We tried to teach Izaak to "share the limelight" with his brother. We also closely examined our own attitudes. I recognized in myself feelings of rejection towards Max in his current state. I clearly saw that I had to learn to accept him unconditionally as he was; I instinctively knew this was critical for his recovery. This was later confirmed upon reading "Son Rise: The Miracle Continues", Barry Neil Kaufman's book about his own son's amazing recovery from very severe autism. The Kaufmans developed a strategy for their son based on what might be called healing intentionality -- unconditional love and acceptance and an intense focus and connectedness with the child. I highly recommend this book to any parent. Because of the Kaufman's work and my experience with my own children, I have grown to believe that a positive accepting attitude towards a child can be the single most powerful force in their development and cure. In the fall of 1994, Max continued with his speech and language therapy and, after testing, qualified for special education benefits. He also entered his new Montessori school, where he was much happier and better accepted by the teaching staff. Allowed to work completely on his own (as per Montessori doctrine), he was content to sit quietly working on his numbers, letters, and puzzles. The teachers felt he was bright and merely a quiet child. I knew that he was NOT inherently quiet, just non-verbal and socially unskilled because of it! Max continued to make slow and steady progress in his speech therapy. However, the sense of internal "energy" remained. He still could not answer questions except about objects directly in front of him. For example, he could answer literal questions ("What color is this?") but not abstract questions ("What color do you like?"). He also had another characteristic autistic symptom: echolalia. Rather than answer a question, he would merely repeat the last few words the other person had said. This was remarkably effective for him in some cases! ("Is this blue or red?" "Red") Even now, he still resorts to some echolalia and disengages some days, when he is tired or feeling out of sorts. Introduction to Homeopathy.In January 1995, I was curling up in bed with the latest issue of Mothering, a counter-culture parenting magazine. In it, I ran across an article by Judyth Reichenberg-Ullman about homeopathy for childhood behavioral problems. I will never forget the moment I finished reading it. A bell went off and I knew something important had happened. "Read this!" I said to Steve. Although I had read Deepak Chopra's books, knew a bit about ayurveda, and practiced qi gong and tai chi, I knew almost nothing about homeopathy. Like most people, I thought it was some kind of herbal medicine and I had occasionally popped a Boiron mixed remedy for colds. I didn't have the bias against the potentized dose because I didn't even know about it! The next day I called an acupuncturist friend of mine, and she referred me to John Melnychuk, a professional homeopath new to the Palo Alto area. We quickly got an appointment and went with high hopes and expectations. John is now one of my closest friends and my mentor in homeopathy. (I am also finishing up the foundation course of Misha Norland's Devon School and studying with Simon Taffler in San Francisco). Recently, John told me that he was stumped when Steve, Max and I walked out of his office that day in January. In addition to Max's intense craving, yet aggravation, from milk, what led him to choose Carcinosin was a rubric with a single remedy in it: Talented, very: Carc. Apparently, I had mentioned 10 times in the interview that Max was talented! Perhaps I was an overly proud Jewish mother who was defensive of her "special needs" child, but I was quite certain of his innate talents (which are now much more evident). First of all, he showed amazing strategic skills at computer games and for things visual in general. For example, at age three he could play "Concentration"-style matching games (where you have to find matching pairs of pictures in a grid of 25 hidden tiles), and he could play it better than Steve or I. Now we suspect he has a photographic memory. Max also showed an uncanny musical, dancing, and acting ability. He had (still has) a perfect sense of rhythm. He could watch things on TV and perfectly imitate nuances in various characters' behavior and mannerisms. He would memorize dance routines he saw and dance for us. These skills foretold his current talents in performance, singing, and precision in things artistic. Looking through John's notes from our first interview with Max, a few other symptoms were highlighted. One was his desire to do things by himself -- an innate stubborness, which he still has. This, of course, is coupled with his desire for perfection and precision. During the interview, he got very upset because he didn't successfully write "Mom" on a piece of paper the way he wanted to. Several other signs of his internal energy and restlessness also came out in the interview: difficulty falling asleep at night (which I also have), a habit of twirling and pulling on his hair -- to the point of pulling some hair out! (a habit now long gone), teeth grinding, fearlessness, and impulsivity. On outings we had to keep a close rein on him; he would think nothing of simply running off gleefully without looking back. When he was two, a neighbor found him running down the street, singing happily. He had gotten out the back screen-door and off he went! Max has also always possessed a strong sexual energy, an important feature of Carcinosin. He enjoyed masturbating, taking his clothes off, and running around the house naked. Jokester that he is, he still has a particular fondness for "mooning" people! (Thankfully, he only does this at home!) Although he was fairly distant before the remedy, he now is extremely affectionate and even passionate. He enjoys a light caress on his back rather than strong back rub. These and other general symptoms are summarized at the end of this paper. At the end of John's case notes for that first interview in January 1995, his choice of Carcinosin was underscored by the following symptoms: - Desires milk which aggravates - Dancing- Very talented- Head, hot on waking- HyperactivityHe also considered some of the other nosodes: Syph, Med, and Tub. He suggested starting with a daily dose of Carcinosin LM1. The following recounts Max's amazing road to recovery. Initial Changes.Max began taking the remedy on a Thursday. We always gave him his dose in the morning, at least fifteen minutes after eating or drinking anything -- usually just before we left the house for school. We followed a typical LM-dose methodology: we would succuss the bottle 10 times and use a single dilution cup. By the first weekend on the remedy (about two days later), Steve and I began to notice some changes. Max was using some phrases he had never used before and was displaying slightly more social awareness. It was subtle, but something had definitely changed. In addition, Max's speech had always been (and is still somewhat) "cogwheel" or staccato in nature -- as if he had to think about each word he said. That weekend we noticed that his speech was a bit more fluid than usual. Over time, speech and social-awareness changes have become Max's "earmark" for improvement on Carcinosin. The following Tuesday (five days later) Max had a session with his therapist Donna. She noticed something had definitely changed . "What did you do?" she asked me. One of Max's exercises was to try to follow a list of instructions. For example, "Put the ball on the red chair and bring the green block to me". Prior to this, he had only been able to follow a single command, rarely two. This day he was suddenly able to perform two commands consistently, and even three commands in succession! This trend continued. Each day we saw slightly more improvement. When Steve and I gave Max his daily dose, we tried to imbue it with added love and intentionality -- a teaspoon of Carcinosin mixed with healing thoughts. As time went by and we went through successive bottles of remedy, progressing from LM1 to LM2, etc. and changing dose about once a month, we began to see a definite pattern of improvement and degradation. First, at the beginning of a new bottle, Max would show some increased signs of hyperactivity. These aggravations were not extreme but were noticeable to myself and Donna. This period would usually last 3-5 days, at most a week. It was followed by a sudden jump in verbal, cognitive, and social ability -- a discrete step upwards. At this point, the hyperactivity would also tone down. Max would become more contained and relaxed within himself. This was followed by a period of continued gradual improvement for about two weeks. About the last week or so of each month, as we neared the end of a bottle, we would begin to see a gradual slipping backwards. Donna and I used to call it "end-of-the-bottle behavior." This heralded the need to continue on to the next dosage level. It is interesting to note that besides Steve, John, and myself, our nanny and Donna are the only two adults who really believe, without a doubt, that the remedy is what changed Max. We are the only adults who saw him on a daily basis and saw the direct correspondence between changes of dose and improvements in behavior. To this day, Max's grandparents and our friends remark -- "Oh, perhaps he was just late to develop." However, Donna, who is extremely experienced with children's behavioral and language difficulties, has repeatedly assured me that this was not the case for Max. When he was clearly back on track, after a year of taking the remedy, she confided to me that he had been autistic. She told me that she has seen autistic kids improve, but never become "not autistic" like Max had. Our pediatrician made the same confession to me. Donna was so convinced that it was the homeopathy that did the trick for Max that she stated this fact to the head of county social services the day I signed papers releasing Max from eligibility for special education. A Single Blind Test.Being the scientists that we are, Steve and I, of course, had our own initial skepticism about the whole affair. Was it the remedy that was changing Max? Was it our own expectations and attitude? We decided to conduct a simple test. For two weeks, I would make daily observations about Max's behavior. Steve would give Max his morning dose, changing from one dosage level to the next at a time unknown to me. The bottle would be hidden so that I could not see what dose he was taking. Truthfully, I expected Steve to change doses fairly early on in the two week period. Each day I made my observations in a notebook. I strained to see some shift in Max, but could see none. However, the second to last day of the experiment it happened. I noticed a sudden improvement in his speech. And, indeed, this occurred three days after Steve had changed the dose! Osteopathy.Six months after starting on Carcinosin, Max continued to improve in speech, cognition, and social awareness. However, much of the inner restlessness and social distance remained. At age four, I took Max to see a traditional osteopath on John's recommendation. Max had a course of three treatments in a single month, followed by a treatment about once a month for several months. Even now, two years later, I take him for a treatment about once every three to four months. Our osteopath, Mark Rosen, found that Max had signs of cranial compression. Indeed, he felt that this compression was probably related to Max's pyloric stenosis as well. While the homeopathic remedy had its primary affect on Max's language production and comprehension and social awareness, it was the osteopathy that created the first major effect on his "internal engine" and desire for physical affection. The night after his first osteopathic treatment, Max crawled into my lap and said, "Mommy, sing me rock-a-bye baby." This was the first time he had directly asked me for this kind of physical loving affection. Although he did not usually push me away, he never really craved this kind of contact. From this point onward, Max did. He is now extremely affectionate and likes to crawl into bed with me in the morning or at bedtime and snuggle. He sometimes even cries if he does not get enough hugs and kisses when my husband, Izaak, or I leave the house. What a change from the distant "self-contained" Max! Joining the Crowd.At age 4.25, after having been on the remedy for nine months, Max began his second year at the Montessori school. At this point, his speech had definitely become more complex, spontaneous, and fluid. Donna tested him and found he was approaching age level. We discontinued our biweekly sessions, but he remained "on the books" as far as eligibility for special education. Now that Max was talking, he was also trying to "join the crowd" socially. However, having started so late, he was awkward in these initial attempts. He was stubborn and he cried too easily when he didn't get his way. To get attention he often resorted to excessive "toilet talk". Of course, as a parent, I was thrilled that Max was beginning to reach out. But the school was not as supportive. They had pegged Max as a "quiet" child and were not thrilled to see the real Max emerge. They gave him no support in making the awkward transition towards social acceptance and savvy. One of this teachers even said to me: "Max was such a nice boy before. Can you put him back the way he was?" Although it was awkward to change schools in the middle of the year and to cope with his teachers' lack of support, I had learned from my experiences the year before that not changing to meet Max's needs would stall his progress. It was clearly time to make some changes on the school front. At this point we were also having some nanny difficulties, with two nannies coming and going in quick succession. Max was also beginning to be aggravated more than helped by the remedy. He was consistently more hyperactive and revved up. It took us a few months to realize that it was indeed time to decrease the dosage frequency and eventually stop the daily dose. Now I am more tuned into his subtle changes and know when it's time to stop and start the remedy. When I consistently feel like I WANT to give Max the remedy, it's time to start. When I consistently feel like I DON'T want to give him the remedy, it's time to stop. Thus, at age 4.5, in the middle of the school year, we again made several adjustments to meet Max's own need for growth and change. First, we found a new school for Max -- an excellent socially-oriented school that followed the Montessori-style but not as strictly. His new teachers had no preconceptions or biases towards Max, and helped him adjust socially. Next we stopped using nannies, opting instead for after-school childcare three days per week. This change had many beneficial side-effects. The most important was that we now ate dinner together as a family each evening. Given the hectic schedule of families with two working parents, the institution of the family meal has gone by the wayside in many American homes. Returning to this tradition has created a feeling of greater coherence in our family life. It has also assured a better diet for our kids; we had less control over what the nannies fed our kids. Finally, in January 1996, Max stopped taking Carcinosin. Just like the step-function quality of Max's improvement with each monthly change of dose, going off the remedy after a year led to a huge leap in language and social ability. This leap continued for at least four months until it evened out. Max's true personality began to emerge full force. He is an entertainer. He is sociable and sensitive. Although he was still immature at this point, he was quite ahead in academic skills and respected and liked by his teachers and classmates. Though he came into the new school in the middle of the school year, by the end of the year he had friends, knew everyone at the school, and was interested in what was going on in "the social scene." In May Donna tested Max once more. At age 4.75, he was testing above age level (5.5 year-old level). We went through the formal process of releasing Max from eligibility for special education. It was a joy to sign those papers! Donna was so excited for us and invited me and John to present Max's case to her speech and language clinic, which we did in July 1996. An Ongoing Process.By the time he was five, it was easy for Steve and I to believe that Max was fully cured. However, John was less sure and he turned out to be right. There were still vestigial signs of his former autism, though they were not really apparent to teachers or anyone else besides us. For example, his language production continued to be awkward at times. In times of stress (e.g. if he was sick), he would still retreat into himself and utilize echolalia as a speech strategy. He was also still a bit hyperactive at times, not being able to sit in his seat through an entire meal. Even now, at age six, all of this is still true of Max, though to a lesser degree. However, functionally Max was doing excellently. He engaged in real discussions with family and friends. He asked for explanations about his body and his environment. He related stories about his day at school and TV shows. He was fascinated by fantasy play and dress up. He could memorize show tunes and sing perfectly on tune. He was becoming truly popular at school, with the children running up to him and greeting him enthusiastically. He adjusted well to new social situations the summer of 1996, readily adapting to two new camps. He had also become an avid reader (another lesser-known Carcinosin quality). Before he even began kindergarten, he could easily read simple Dr. Seuss books. Now, at the end of kindergarten, he can read at a Grade 2 level. Nevertheless, several events of the summer of 1996 alerted us to the fact that we were still engaged in an ongoing process with Max -- that he still has ways to climb to full recovery. The year before, during the summer of 1995, we went to Club Med in Mexico (Pacific coast) and I had sensed that Max had had a mild amelioration there. During the summer of 1996, we went to Club Med in the Bahamas (Atlantic coast) and he had a noticeable aggravation. This bicoastal seaside aggravation/amelioration pattern has been noted for Carcinosin. After the 1996 trip, I felt his language had definitely begun to decline. Another thing that was quite peculiar about our trip to Club Med was a noticeable aggravation Max experienced in the company of a particular child. An older rather odd boy (about age 8 or 9) formed a strange attachment to Max. He would constantly look for Max during the course of the day. When he found him, he would grab him and play quite vigorously with him; they would wind each other up into a frenzy. It was almost as if they were resonating. Perhaps this boy was also Carcinosin and their matched energy attracted and aggravated each other? In any case, we were glad to leave by the end of the week! After the Club Med visit in 1996, though Max showed some decline in speech, he was still doing well for the most part. Near the end of the summer, I took him in for his five-year-old checkup. For the first time, I declined the routine vaccinations (at age five, it is traditional to give the full battery). Although our pediatrician did not argue with me about this (she too had borne witness to the changes in Max and probably didn't want to rock the boat either!), she convinced me to have him take the TB-test, required for kindergarten entry. Although Max did not have a "TB" reaction, this test (administered as a subcutaneous injection rather than as the standard tine test) led to a marked aggravation in Max's state. For the next week, he became increasingly sensitive, crying for no reason. The teachers at camp and at his school remarked about the change in him. He had become more withdrawn, fearful, and cried for the least reason. He was not his normal self. This experience ("Worse, vaccination" -- another Carcinosin keynote) has made us wonder if vaccination was causative of Max's problems in the first place. After a couple of tries with other remedies, John decided it was time to return to Carcinosin. After a single dose of LM13, Max was back to his normal self in a matter of hours! We breathed a sigh of relief, and started Max back on the remedy. After an initial period of LM13, we recognized it was too high, returned to LM1, and started back up the ladder again. This worked wonderfully, and once again we saw the characteristic pattern of "jumps" at the beginning of each month, with "end-of-the-bottle behavior" at the end. Although Max's improvements were really only noticeable to me and Steve at this point, they were still there. Max remained on the remedy from August 1996 until early March 1997, during which time he progressed from LM1 to LM7. At that time, I recognized the aggravation coming on and stopped the remedy. Once again, this was followed by a long period of noticeable improvement. Right now (June 1997) I am noticing a subtle decline in speech and anticipate I will reintroduce the remedy sometime this summer. All said, however, Max is doing wonderfully. He is a robust, cheerful, and *talented, very* child. He is no longer autistic
 

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I think what Kel was trying to say was.....
 

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Not getting involved in this homeopathy discussion but I ahve to say this.I think it is extremely insulting to label people as hypocondriacs. How many people here have been treated like hypo's by doctors ? Maybe all people need is a bit of attention and a kind ear sometimes, but it is still incorrect to label someone as a hypocondriac.....just my 2 cents worth.
 

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Back to the subject ...Lots of information kel, it'll take me a while to read and digest it. I'll probably be looking more to the abstracts on Pubmed, because they are brief and more geared to the scientific method - some of the stuff you posted was interesting, but much of the reasoning was hard to follow or unsupported. Is there a homeopathic remedy that has been proven (double-blind, placebo controlled experiment) to help with IBS or related conditions?? For example, according to the homeopathic principle of like curing like, has anyone used lactose and fructose (which in some people can cause gas and D when consumed in large doses) to treat gas and D by administering it in very small doses??
 

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HYPOCHONDRIA By Ingvard Wilhelmsen, MD, Ph.DWhat is hypochondria? A person with hypochondria is preoccupied with physical health and body. The diagnosis is used when a person during at least 6 months believes, fears or is convinced that he has a serious disease despite medical reassurance. This fear of disease or preoccupation with symptoms is unpleasant, interferes with the patient's daily life in a negative way and leads to medical examinations and/or treatment. The patient can only temporarily accept assurance that there is no physical explanation to his symptoms. Is hypochondria a medical diagnosis? In common language hypochondriac indicates a person who �thinks he is ill� or merely �imagines that he has symptoms�. However, hypochondria, or excessive health anxiety, is as serious as any other medical diagnosis. It has always been a part of the official medical diagnostic systems, and still is. Hypochondria must be "positively diagnosed", i.e. it is not enough to exclude physical disease, the exaggerated health anxiety must also be found. Hypochondria is as common in men as in women, and can be found in all age groups and social classes. From website: http://www.uib.no/med/avd/med_a/gastro/wil...s/hypochon.html
 

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quote:Is there a homeopathic remedy that has been proven (double-blind, placebo controlled experiment) to help with IBS or related conditions??
quote:For example, according to the homeopathic principle of like curing like, has anyone used lactose and fructose (which in some people can cause gas and D when consumed in large doses) to treat gas and D by administering it in very small doses?
This is not homeopathy, but it does make sense and has been tried and it appears to work. See http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov:80/entrez/quer...6&dopt=Abstract
 

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loo loo, u sooooooooooooooooo funny!********************************************************************************8i think the most important concept is that a person must give up the idea of the "physical" --- as in "how much substance is there" or "small quantities".it is not the small physical quantities that are the object of question. It is the energy of the original compound that needs to be addressed. this is where the healing effect originates from.it sounds wacky and fantasy-like, and i was a big skeptic myself. I even debated a homeopath online for quite a while until she managed to get me to alter how I was thinking about this whole issue.Once i was able to abandon the notion that only chemical or biochemical means could be used as healing agents --- i was able to open my mind a little.magnet therapy, accupuncture, and several other healing modalities also approach this idea of energy healing (or healing through some laws of physics instead of biochemical rules/principles/laws).since you have a background in biology, this could actually make it harder to step out of the comfort zone that comprises your field of knowledge.-- but as amy lansky PhD says.... most come to homeopathy through some type of conversion.also, as my doctor has stated, "it does not work for everyone". (she is very concerned about the levels of toxicity that we have subjected ourselves to)I am not familiar with any remedy that solves IBS. i think that since we are all different -- the remedy needs to be specific for each person. i also think that IBS is something that would require multiple layers to be stripped off.i am hoping and praying that she can get my body to quit reacting so greatly to almost everything I eat. If she can't then I am screwed. eating a diet of beans, turnips, ostrich, tapioca for the rest of my life is going to be tough.
 

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Flux,the exogenous lactase makes sense - either as a supplement, or indirectly in fermented foods that convert the lactose to something else. Beano works along the same lines - it breaks down oligosaccharides that humans cant, but gut bacteria can. I wonder if there is anything like that for fructose (an invertase, etc). Nothing commercial on the market that I know of, but there's a clear potential. Maybe not economic at this point.
 

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quote:"homeopathy, a harmless but clearly bogus form of sham medicine responsible for defrauding the general public out of millions of dollars a year <...>" said Kelton.
Methinks someone waxed hyperbolic here... The typical course of homeopathic treatment involves purchase of one tube of pellets costing about $6. Maybe a few hundred in consultation fees if you don't go the DIY route. If homeopathy really costs the [American?] public millions a year, which I would seriously doubt, incompetent allopathic practice must be costing billions or worse.I'm not here enough to be familiar with everyone's style, so I really don't know what to make of the "datelined" material that launched this thread. The tone is so arch as to suggest satire and the absence of an accompanying citation or link also points that way. I do hope the responses, which I don't have time to read right now, were more constructive, and I want to add my two cents on homeopathy. 1) It absolutely does work on small animals, even those who have never read Hahnemann, Kent, Ullman, et al.
2) Arnica absolutely does work on soft-tissue trauma, in my personal experience. I have used one or two other remedies on rare occasions with less success, but I expect that's because I don't know what I'm doing.
Homeopathy is just another tool--and a much safer one than the tools favored by most of the medicine men we see. Don't discount it.
 

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lou lou,just the plain tapioca flour. it turns into a gel in the pan and it has no taste. i usually have trouble with anything that forms a gel. certain beans form a thick gel and they give me trouble. Dr d'adamo has a theory on why blood type O people need to avoid gummy foods. it seems to hold up for me.i also have arrowroot powder but i have not tried it yet.****************crankypants,i love it when someone is able to backup my recent discovery that homeopathy does indeed work!i tried to debunk it but i could not. i am a skeptic like flux (but at least my mind was open just a crack)homeopathy can be done yourself but one needs to be very careful. i found a website where a bunch of pro's guide you along for free.$6 to $8.00 is not much of a gamble --- i recommend the book by andrew lockie and nicole ?? (getting the correct dose is tricky --- 200c, 1M, 10M, LM ??????????) the test takes a long time but it will lead to a few remedies that will strip away some of a person's symptoms.nux vomica removed a horribly toxic feeling that i had every day. it (my condition prior to the homeopathy) also had me very irritable. unfortunately the brain stimulation has wore off quite a bit, and my mood has dropped also.(even bonniei has noticed a dramatic shift in my personality --- she noticed that i have been "tamed". she is correct. i am much calmer and relaxed since the homeopathy has ridded me of quite a bit of the irritability and the constant sick feeling. but i still have 3 or 4 nagging problems)homeopathy has done NOTHING for my GI problems --- yet.It is PHYSICS!!!
 

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quote: Seriously, though, I don't believe in rebellious lung Chi or stagnant spleen humor, but some of the Traditional Chinese Medicines do work. In spite of the theory.
yes, some of the traditional chinese medicines do work. many people swear by the use of accupunture. accupuncture does work for many conditions. i don't think it would have survived for 3000 years or so if it did not.However, a little while ago i would have been right along side of you taking little jabs at the notion of the "liver sphere being out of 'energy' phase".But now things are a little different for me. i am no longer going to cast my seal of disapproval upon these matters.Reiki is something that i thought was a sham. Maybe reiki is a sham, but since my conversion (on accupuncture and homeopathy) i have no choice but to remain neutral on subjects like this (my new mode of thinking is ...."hmmmm, maybe there is "something" to it".In many ways i feel embarrassed that i was so critical of certain healing modalities. (i think it was due to frustration and anger over the futility of all my efforts to get rid of IBS -- i was taking out my frustration on everything)He who knows all is God and that is not me (that is from a lifelong agnostic who is starting to think otherwise)************************************************* http://www.holistic-online.com/Remedies/An...acupuncture.htm AcupunctureAccording to Chinese medicine, an imbalance of chi in a particular meridian or organ (zang/fu) can cause physical, mental, and emotional symptoms.When emotions are held over long periods of time, or when they result from a particularly stressful or traumatic event, they can become causes of illness. Emotions also can result from an imbalanced flow of chi. Thus, emotions can be the cause or the symptom of a disorder.For example, prolonged anger may damage the energetic sphere of the liver, the organ with which it is associated with. On the other hand, an imbalance in the energetic sphere of the liver may result in your feeling either constant anger or the inability to feel anger. This is because each emotion affects the flow of chi in a different way. When you are angry, the chi rises to the neck and shoulders. When you are fearful, the chi descends to the feet. We experience a sinking feeling when we are afraid. When we are angry, our neck and shoulders tightens.Acupuncture is an effective therapy for the treatment of anxiety disorders. Acupuncture redirects your chi into a more balanced flow. It provides support to the underlying energetic spheres affected by your anxiety, helping to resolve the cause or effects of your stress.Acupuncture releases tension in the muscles. This allows increased flow of blood, lymph, and nerve impulses to affected areas, decreasing the stress experienced by you (or relaxing you.)Acupuncture also is effective in relieving the physical symptoms associated with stress-related and anxiety disorders, such as: Diarrhea Headaches Heart palpitations Insomnia Nausea Neck and shoulder tension, etc.The specific course of treatment depends on the nature and severity of your symptoms. Acupuncture treatment for anxiety, for example, may last approximately ten to twelve weekly sessions.Acupuncture and Acupressure Points1. CV 14, CV 17, UB 15, GV I 1, GV 19, HT 5, HT 6, HT 7, HT 8 2. CV 14, UB 15, GB 19, GB 24, LiV 2, UB 58, LiV 5For anxiety in children (Use mild pressure.):K 1 L, UB 64, ST 36, LiV 2For anxiety and palpitations: PC 3, CV 14, CV 17, GV 24, LI 3, LI 4, LI 11, LiV 2, LiV 3, LiV 5, HT 5, HT 6, HT 7, K 1, K 4, LU 9See Also:Acupressure for Stress ManagementAcupuncture Infocenter in Holisticonline.comNext Topic:
 
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