48 Slices
Medium 9781591200710

11. Susceptibility

McCabe, Vinton Basic Health Publications ePub




n the subject of susceptibility, Hahnemann writes, Thepartly psychical and partly physicalinimical potencies in life on earth (which we call disease malignities) do not possess an absolute power to morbidly mistune the human condition. We become diseased by them only when our organism is just exactly and sufficiently disposed and laid open to be assailed by the cause of disease that is present, and to be altered in its condition, mistuned, and displaced into abnormal feelings and functions. Hence these inimical potencies do not make everyone sick every time.*

The Sources of Disease

Medically, we are taught that there are many causes for diseases: they can be the result of direct contact with a microorganism, or they can be toxins that have been inhaled, ingested, or are part of our environment.

Or they can be created through the use of allopathic medications of all sorts. In fact, new diseases created through medicating old diseases are fairly common in allopathic medicine. This is so common in modern allopathy that doctors have even coined a term for the diseases that they are creating by drugging their patients. They call them iatrogenic conditions. (I cant help but note here that, once again, standardized allopathic medicine has done something absolutely outrageous in creating new diseases by the dozens through the use of allopathic drugs, and they react, not by rethinking their treatments, but just by giving these mistakes a name and a category of medicine. In doing this, they continue the illusion of control by implying that, in naming this category of diseases, they are aware of them and are in control of the situation. No doubt the allopathic solution to the poisoning of the patients with medicine is just additional medicine that is given to counter the symptoms created by the original medicine. All of this implies that, had Dr. Frankenstein only thought to name his monster, he would have been able to control the monsters actions.)

See All Chapters
Medium 9781591200727

1. The History of the Flower Remedies: Healing, Hahnemann, and Bach

McCabe, Vinton Basic Health Publications ePub



The History of the Flower Remedies: Healing, Hahnemann, and Bach

Both the development of the Bach Flower Remedies as a system of therapeutic treatments and the subsequent shift in the goal of treatment from curing specific diseases to encouraging true healing were slow and painstaking processes. They culminated in the work of one physician, Edward Bach, but also involved the efforts of many others over a period of centuries.

Since the time of Hippocrates, medical practitioners realized that they could approach their patients’ symptoms in only one of two ways. With one approach, they would try to fight the patient’s symptoms by giving him a medicine that would artificially create a new set of symptoms that were in opposition to the symptoms he was experiencing naturally. An example would be giving a sleeping pill to a patient with insomnia—this treatment does not deal with the cause of the sleeplessness, but simply overwhelms the patient’s system and irresistibly puts him to sleep.

See All Chapters
Medium 9781591200710

3. Equal and Opposite

McCabe, Vinton Basic Health Publications ePub


Equal and Opposite


t is very simple really. When you are faced with a patient complaining of disease symptoms, there are really only a limited number of things you can do. You can work against those symptoms and try to beat them back. Or you can work with those symptoms and try to bring them forth. Or you can do nothing and hope that the patient is strong enough to withstand those symptoms and, ultimately, just get well on his own.

Most books on homeopathy will tell you that the allopath makes the first choice and works against the symptoms and tries to beat them back, or suppress them. And this is certainly true.

But I believe that, in many cases, the allopathic doctor actually makes the third choice and does little or nothing of real medical value. Ultimately, the allopath does nothing and hopes that you get well on your own.

On the face of it, allopathic medicine is all about working against symptoms, struggling against disease. As I have said before, allopathic thought is equal to military thought. The disease is an invader that can somehow be separated from the patient. It is as if a tick had attached itself to a leg and has only to be pulled free for the whole situation to be fixed.

See All Chapters
Medium 9781591200734


McCabe, Vinton Basic Health Publications ePub
Medium 9781591200734

PART TWO - Nutritional Homeopathy

McCabe, Vinton Basic Health Publications ePub

The Cell Saltsjust like the Bach flower remediesbeg the question: But is it homeopathic? Anyone considering using them has to wonder about their true nature, whether or not they should be considered to be homeopathic remedies. And, again, as with the Bach Remedies, the answer to the question has to be yesand no.

The cell salts represent
a balance between
homeopathic and
nutritional (perhaps
what would best be
termed naturopathic)
approaches to medicine.

Just as the floral essences* represent the perfect balance between homeopathic remedies and herbal medicineremedies that are in the state of zero dilution, prepared as if they were going to be potentized into homeopathic remedies but then left unpotentized, floating in a limbo between substance (herbal medicine, which is, by its nature, allopathic) and energy (potentized homeopathic remedies), the cell salts represent a balance between homeopathic and nutritional (perhaps what would best be termed naturopathic) approaches to medicine.

When Schuessler took the inorganic compounds that he used in the creation of the cell salts he developed (or borrowed from the homeopathic pharmacy), he ultimately decided to prepare them in the manner of homeopathic remedies and then made an important decision about just how his remedies would be potentized. He decided to potentize them only to a specific low level, where they were left, as Bachs were, in a limbo between material medicine (that which is used in allopathic treatments) and energy medicine (that which is common to such treatments as homeopathic medicine and acupuncture, among other therapies). Because of this, the Schuessler cell salts are undeniably homeopathic in that they are created in the same manner as all other homeopathic remedies, and yet they are not truly to be considered homeopathic, in that they are used in a manner that stands in sharp contrast with homeopathic philosophy.* As has already been noted, the concept of deficiency is in no way homeopathic. Indeed, Schuessler himself at the end of his life insisted that his treatments had nothing whatsoever to do with Hahnemanns. While this most certainly is not trueit stretches the imagination beyond the breaking point to suggest that Schuessler could have studied medicine in Germany when he did without hearing of the work of the great and controversial Samuel Hahnemann and that he, Schuessler, just somehow stumbled onto the same concept of potentization and used it to create remedies from the same source materials as Hahnemannit does seem that Schuessler came to the conclusion that, in giving his approach to treatment a new namebiochemicshe was somehow re-inventing the homeopathic wheel.

See All Chapters

See All Slices