“In vain have you acquired knowledge if you have not imparted it to others”
History has taught us that any new understanding or discovery, if not shared is forgotten and fades away with time. Life is an endless journey and we are here to play a transient and designated role. Our job is to handover a world to the next generation that is more enlightened and evolved.
Sharing knowledge has helped mankind survive and evolve into an intelligent and productive species. As in the animal kingdom, sharing knowledge can make the difference between survival and extinction, so in the humans a life of ignorance or knowledge can lead to totally different pathways.
We at Preach thoroughly believe that knowing comes from the Divine and has to be dispersed amongst others so that they can carry forward the baton in this eternal race of evolution. Along with our other pursuits, our Learning Realm here is an honest effort to share the gained wisdom.
“Share your knowledge; it’s a way to achieve immortality” Dalai Lama.
At preach we provide selfless service to our fellow Homoeopaths through all possible means so that no seeker of knowledge shall remain thirsty,in addition to seminars & classes,words of wisdom are being spread via social media and now we here begin a new journey by sharing our experiences through printed articles.
This is our first step in this direction and we begin with an article on the foundation of our Homoeopathic structure i.e. Case taking.
Case taking has always been reffered to as an art as well as a science i.e.being controlled by your left(Logical)as well as Right brain(emotional).
The case taker needs to be in a state of complete brain coherance i.e. he needs to strike a balance between his two brain halves in order to elicit and understand the exact life situation of the patient and then only he will be able to bring forth into picture the basic senstivities,perceptions & delusive states hidden in the subconscious of the patient.
Case taking is a very pious interaction between doctor and patient.We must respect the fact that a patient is here to share his whole life with us.He entrusts us to dwell into his deepest secrets buried in his subconscious which is the window to his soul.That is why before we begin to proceed the study of case taking,we must acknowledge the purity of this act.
No single method of case taking can be considered to be perfect or complete considering the diveristy of constitutions prevalent,however this is a sincere effort to compile all the details that are required for a well taken case history.
DR KENT-“IT IS A MAN THAT IS SICK AND TO BE RESTORED TO HEALTH, NOT HIS BODY, NOT THE TISSUES… IF A PATIENT SAYS-‘MY BOWELS DO NOT MOVE’ DIAGNOSIS IS CONSTIPATION…. THAT IS THE FIRST THING THAT HAS BEEN DIAGNOSED, BUT DO ALL THESE THINGS EXIST WITHOUT A CAUSE ?”
IS THE PATIENT NOT SICK PRIOR TO THE LOCALIZATION OF DISEASE????
E.g. --- there is a nervous child, he has wild dreams, restless sleep, hysterical manifestations and fears but if we examine all the organs of the body, we will find nothing wrong with them. This sickness however which is present, if allowed to go uncured, will result in tissue change, the organs will become affected and then it will be concluded that the body is diseased, but the individual has been sick from the beginning.
It is a question whether we have to start out and consider the results of the disease or begin at the beginning with the causes. If we have material ideas of disease, we will have material ideas of the means of cure…
“NOTHING EXISTS WITHOUT A CAUSE”
The organs are not the man; the man is prior to the organs. The tissues could not become sick unless something prior to them had been deranged and that made them sick…
You must go back and procure these very symptoms before you can make a prescription. Prescribing for the result of disease causes change in the results of disease but not in the sickness…
The combination of will and the understanding constitutes a man. First of all we have to find the physical symptoms of the patient whatever diagnosis may be…according to these physical symptoms we correlate the mental condition or the cause behind it- this is where our holistic understanding of the case begins. After finding out the conflict/ mental stress, we have to find out the exact feeling of the patient in that particular situation----for example; if a father scolds his two sons then both his sons will take this in different way and develop different type of feelings in that same situation because they both have different sensitivities- one can feel insulted and the other can feel forsaken feeling and according to these feelings they will develop different types of pathologies. That is why we have to find out the exact feeling of the patient and we have to match this feeling with the pathology.
1. IMPORTANCE OF PATHOLOGY IN CASE TAKING
According to Dr. Hamer (The Founder of German New Medicine) every disease is called a Meaningful special biological program(MSBP) that originates from a DHS(DIRK HAMER SYNDROME) – an unexpected, highly acute and isolating conflict shock that occurs simultaneously in the psyche, the brain and on the corresponding organ…
The content of the conflict determines which organ will be affected and from which area of the brain the SBS will be controlled. Every SBS run synchronously on the level of the psyche, the brain and the organ.
These biological conflicts are always linked to the function of the correlating organ. e.g. - Alimentary canal relates to ‘morsel conflicts’- not being able to catch, swallow, digest or eliminate a morsel. Uterus and Prostate to procreation conflicts, Skin to separation conflicts….Breast to nest and worry conflict etc.
At the very instance of DHS the psyche associates with the event a specific biological conflict theme s/a ‘‘anger in the territory’’. “Worries in the nest’’, “abandonment by the pack”, “separation from a mate”, “loss of an offspring” and so forth.
Therefore the pathology is important for us to understand which organ is involved so that we can find the corresponding conflict which made the patient sick . If we don’t know the pathology and don’t know whether bones are involved or muscles are involved then how can we know about the conflict and the exact feeling of the patient?
THE CONFLICTS ARE ALWAYS RELATED TO THE FUNCTIONS OF THAT ORGAN IN OUR BODY:
E.g. - if a patient is suffering from brain tumor then it is important for us to understand what is the effect of it on the body e.g. paralysis of one half of the body right or left, or paralysis of whole body-conflict- “could not able to move” or there may be loss of voice- conflict “frontal fear”…. or effect on memory-conflict- “does not want to remember bitter memories of life”.
According to the involvement of organs we have to find their conflicts E.g.--if there is acidity then we have to know why body produces more acid.- to digest that morsel….it means that morsel is very strong and that’s why body has to produce more acid- in this case we have to find out that morsel- that may be insult, humiliation, position, property, office ,relations- and after finding out the conflict we have to find out the exact feeling of that patient.
2- NEED OF THE CONSTITUTION
When we talk about the needs of human beings, we talk about the essence of their lives. According to Dr Maslow human needs arrange themselves in hierarchies of prepotency. It simply means that higher needs don’t appear unless or until lower needs satisfied. Against the insecurity the cell requires some specific needs…
When all the basic needs of a person are fulfilled he feels secure but when he gets separated he feels insecure and develops fear and to overcome these fears and to fulfill his needs, he develops some kind of defense/ self image to become secure... but at the back of mind the fear is present and he keeps attracting same things again and again in his life e.g. if a person feels that nobody loves me and I am alone then whole life he keeps attracting aloneness and all his loved ones won’t love him, leave him alone or they will die precipitating his feelings of being alone. We attract same things which we fear. If someone has fear of insult then whole life he attracts situations in which he feels insulted. If someone has fear of being laughed and mocked at, then whole life he attracts these situations….this is called law of attraction- in which patient reputedly attracts same types of situations.
There are few types of needs of human being
3- DEVELOPED DEFENSE OR SELF IMAGE
Self image is that part of constitution which the patient inherits from parents and learns from the external environment….
Effect of environment over cell/genes;
The science of epigenetics, which literally means “control above genetics”, profoundly, changes our understanding of how life is controlled.
Genes are not our destiny. Environmental influences, including nutrition, stress and emotions can modify those genes without changing their basic blueprint.
There are two mechanisms by which the organisms pass on hereditary information. These two mechanisms provide a way for scientists to study both the contribution of nature (genes) and the contribution of environment (epigenetic mechanisms) in human behavior…..
DR BRUCE LIPTON- “Twenty years after my mentor Irv Konigsberg’s advised to first consider the environment when your cells are ailing…
DNA does not control biology and the nucleus itself is not the brain of the cell. Just like you and me, cells are shaped by where they live. In other words, it’s the environment”.
“WHEN THE NEED OF THE CELL IS NOT FULFILLED THE CELL/ CONSTITUTION DEVELOPS A SELF IMAGE THAT IS THE DEFENSIVE PART OF THAT CONSTITUTION………”.
HERE ARE FEW EXAMPLES OF DEVELOPED SELF IMAGES OF MEDICINES…
Repeated patterns of manifestation; for every habit we have , for every experience we go through over and over, for every pattern we repeat is based on the need with in us to repeat them.
Every need corresponds to some belief we have –if there was not a need-there would be no corresponding altered belief.
What we believe – we manifest in our life. Goodness around us is our good reflection and badness is our bad refection.
In short repeated happenings in our life’s reality, characters, people and surroundings in the physical form are reflection of soul’s energy as a whole.
if a person perceives “ I am in peace” he will manifest peace on his face , body , home ,family, surroundings etc.
if a person perceives “I am dirty and disgusting person” he will manifest dirt and disgust around his life.
If a person perceives “ I am alone” he will be alone all his life.
Similarly we are creating evils, devils, dead, phantoms in our surroundings , our inner crippled perceptions in our ward life.
Aur Met – evil perception made his defence for whole life “If I leave the road of conscientious life I will be evil”
Similarly lycopodium manifest “phantom” in his surrounding “fearing” to be phantom , “ fearing” to be doomed follow a dutiful path of life either he will be a phantom .
LYCOPODIUM- main feeling is
“Delusion, phantoms sees” (perception)
Lycopodium personality has an inner insecurity about becoming or being exposed to phantoms
This fear deepens to an extent of “delusion doomed being”
Under this feeling, the fears become more evident in the behavioral form of “delusion, injury will receive” (sensitivity)
He then tries to do everything in perfect manner so that no harm or distortion (phantom) can ever exist. But, on slightest error, he feels “Delusion, neglected his duty.” And “Delusion, wrong done he has”.
Due to this feeling in Lycopodium he develops fear alone of being and fear of death. Because of this fear he wants physical support from everything- “CARRIED DESIRE TO BE”
To gain this security Lycopodium develops defenses and becomes ambitious, a desire to grow bigger with lot of effort which is concentrated fully on becoming bigger, being more powerful, reaching a higher position - the top rung of the ladder to be carried for his survival…
He creates around him a world in which he is all-powerful and others accept h is authority and can be dominated by him. For example, he will select a woman who is mild and can be easily dictated over. The same will be true in his work, play and social situation. His dictatorial attitude is however confined to within the safety of his domain and when he steps outside he is still timid. So he seldom does venture out of his domain, rather he seeks only to expand it further, and bring more and more people under his power. Hence the rubric: "POWER LOVE OF”.
Due to this misperception of being injured he needs to be carried that’s why he develops defense so that he could be safe from being injured…by achieving the high post and power he will be secured and be carried…
If a person is defiant then we have to find out why has he become defiant? What is his sensitivity and what is his need? If a person is very fearful then we have to find out why has he become so fearful? Nobody is fearful by birth-----his environment and situations affected him profoundly and he has changed totally. For survival he has to choose either be dominant/megalomania or fear/ hiding from others/lack of confidence…but all these defenses are developed after getting sensitized.
NORMAL CELL SENSITIVE CELL DEFENDING/REACTING CELL DEFENDED CELL DYING CELL
Normal cell is pure cell, healthy cell like a tiny baby---he has no care about anything. He does what he wants to do…he laughs loudly, he plays freely, he shouts without caring what others will say about him……but when we control him by telling that don’t laugh like that, and always criticize him then he gets sensitized and he develops a defense…..either he will be a good boy or bad boy… he can take a defense like caring, sympathetic, yielding, flattering so that nobody can criticize him…or he can take a defense like defiant, abusive, contradiction intolerance, dictatorial......
E.g. -there is a child, he got good marks in studies but his parents used to criticize him and scold him that you are a loser; you are good for nothing and always compare him with his siblings, this behavior of parents sensitized him & he felt humiliated and his academic performance got down gradually and he developed lack of confidence. He stopped going to the parties and social gatherings, he developed fears to face anybody. He thought that all other people are better than me…. and he developed delusion smaller he is…..but after schooling when he entered college, the environment got totally changed, but somewhere he has fear of being humiliated and a smaller feeling. To overcome this feeling he developed megalomania so that nobody can humiliate or criticize him. He became rude and harsh, dictatorial and powerful….I am always right- developed delusion great person is…but this great feeling has come out of smaller feeling…so core is smaller feeling….these all are defenses…..we have not to consider the defense of patient but his core feeling which comes out due to some lacking in his life….
4. MISPERCEPTION OR WRONG BELIEF OF CELL
Repeated patterns show us our needs. For every habit we have, for every experience we go through over and over, for every pattern we repeat, there is a need within us for it. The need corresponds to some belief we have if there were not a need we would not have it, do it or be it.
There is something within us that needs the fat, the poor relationships; the failures, the cigarettes, the anger, the poverty, the abuse or whatever there is that’s a problem for us.
What is a misperception?
Misperception is a wrong belief about oneself. Let’s look at some limiting beliefs and where they came from……..
Limiting belief - “I AM A FAILURE”
Where it came from?-
A father who repeatedly told him he was stupid. He said he wanted to be a successful person, so his father would be proud of him. But he has riddled with guilt-“I am a failure” → developed fear of failure.
If I don’t get highest marks my father would scold me and call me stupid/ loser-- → lack of self confidence developed due to fear of failure…. All he could produce was one failure after another. Father kept financing business for him but one after another they failed. Here when he got sensitized he developed a wrong belief about himself that I am a failure and throughout his life he attracted same thing “failure”. When we are afraid of something in our life, that thing chases us whole life.
LIMITING BELIEF-Nobody loves me/ alone feeling
Where it came from?
Being abandoned and ignored.
It was very difficult for him to talk. Silence had become a way of life for him…
His mother had died when he was very young and he had been looked after by his aunt. The aunt seldom spoke except to give an order and he was brought up in silence. He lived alone in silence and stayed quietly in his room day after day. He had a lover who was also a silent person and they spent most of their time alone in silence. The lover died and once again he was alone.
His subconscious has focused on that lacking like love, person and he feel alone. His subconscious perceives only aloneness he attracts all situation in which he feels aloneness.
Evaluation of Case
First of all we consider physical symptoms of patient- chief complaints with location, sensation, modalities in chronological order.
When was the patient perfectly fine? Which problem came first and how did this disease progress? Then we find the journey of disease- to find out how did the disease progress in this particular patient.
According to involvement of organ or germ layer we have to find out the conflict…we have to correlate the conflict with pathology or symptoms….and after searching out the conflict or situation, we have to find out the exact feeling of that patient in that situation. According to the pathology we have to match the feelings of patient- can this feeling produce such pathology?? If pathology is deep then rubric or feeling also must be strong or deep.
And according to journey of disease we have to find out if patient attracts same type of situations or not? Then we have to find out the exact feeling in this entire situation. What he feels about himself in these situations? What happened in his life that he started to fall sick? Why is he under stress? Why he does not want to live? Why did he get separated from himself? What is the lacking in his life? What are the repeated words of him about himself or his life? What are the words of self-criticism? How does he look at himself?
When a patient gets sensitized and his needs are not fulfilled then he develops insecurity for life and he develops false belief or misperception for himself related to self criticism i.e. I am this, I am that, I am loser, I am fool, I am smaller, I am dirty, I am disgusting and due to this feeling he attracts same situations and feels the same in every situation and this feeling becomes familiar for him, he does not think something positive about himself or life.
Then he develops defenses or self images to overcome those fears and to fulfill his need…these defenses are mild/timid, yielding, conscientious, care worries full of, caring, sympathetic, helping and some develops defiant, contrary, dictatorial, haughty, contemptuous, antics plays, ambitious, boasting etc…these all are developed psora, not basic psora. We have to go back to this too that why he is defiant? Why he is so caring? Why he is so haughty?
Delusion = misperception= law of attraction….
If a patient feels forsaken feeling and if this feeling is so strong then attracts this type of situations and then he develops misperception that “this is what happens to me often” and I am used to for this feeling then this develops into “delusion deserted forsaken’…and then he attracts forsaken feeling….
If a patient has fear of being alone then further he develops delusion alone in the world because his focus is on aloneness and that fear of being alone attracts aloneness and his misperception develops that I am alone and develops into delusion alone in the world or delusion being castaway….
EXAMPLE OF A CASE—
Here is an example of a case of hydrocephalous and respiration difficult, stridor.C/C HYDROCEPHALUS—20 DAYS AFTER BIRTH.
Age- 5 months
Normal birth but preterm- 8th month due to polyhydramnios and rupture of water bag… after birth breathlessness and he got admit for 20-22 days.
Vaccination- after 20 days of birth- after 1st vaccination there was mild swelling of head/ enlargement. Then shunting was done and EVD….but after shunting there was drainage of fluid. After removing shunt again there was enlargement and there was complaint of cough and breathlessness.
Again he was admitted to hospital and another shunt was inserted but before inserting the shunt he started having stridor and developed difficult swallowing - food would come out of mouth with mucous.
MOTHER’S PREGNANCY HISTORY—
The child’s maternal grandmother was got sick when the mother was pregnant. Basic nature of pt’s mother- she is very sensitive for any physical injury, can’t take injection or any other injury. She has fear alone of being- due to being injured. She can’t wear nose pin due to fear of being injured.
She was very attached with her mother. She couldn’t stay away from her mother even for a day. She used to share all her feelings with her mother. But after marriage – her husband was of introverted nature. She couldn’t share her feelings with him. She used to call her mother and share her feelings with her every day. But during pregnancy her mother died due to sickness---she felt very alone and felt that there is no one to share my feelings. Due to loneliness she had fear that something will happen to my child because there is nobody to take care of him, as she was busy with her household work.
NATURE OF THE CHILD-
The child was very fearful- he got scared when he was left alone in room or with strangers. He couldn’t sleep with his face upwards. He preferred someone to keep his hand over him while sleeping otherwise he used to feel scared….he had stridor when anyone except mother or father touched him- and his eyes would be wide open due to panic/ fear.
ANALYSIS—BIRTH PRETERM DUE TO POLYHYDRAMNIOS AND RUPTURE OF BAG…. POLYHYDRAMNIOS IS DUE TO FEAR/ INSECURITY- FLUID COLLECTION ANYWHRE IN BODY IS FOR PROTECTION OF THAT PART…WE HAVE TO FINDOUT THE CONFLICT- WHAT FEAR IS SHE HAVING DURING PREGNANCY?? AND THIS FEAR IS RELATED WITH HER SENSITIVITY AND WHAT IS HER MISPERCEPTION OR LAW OF ATTRACTION? WHY SHE ATTRACTS THESE THINGS?
To conclude, the purpose of case taking, as illustrated in the case, is to dig deeper & go beyond the regular symptoms of defense or the mask which the patient presents us with and find that core sensitivity, a false belief or an inner feeling which binds the whole core & corresponds to the presenting pathology. The medicine prescribed on such basis not only cures the body but also the wounds of soul.