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11. Susceptibility

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CHAPTER ELEVEN

Susceptibility

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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.)

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PART THREE - Common Applications for Cell Salt Remedies

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How you use the cell salts in your home will be largely determined by where you place them in the balance between homeopathic remedies and nutritional supplements. Those who think of them as supplements will tend to take them in clusters, as supplements are taken, either before or after meals. Those who think of them as being more similar to homeopathic remedies will tend to take them in accordance with the Three Laws of Cure, the rules by which all homeopathic remedies are given.

The Law of Similars

The first of these laws is the Law of Similars, which I have written about earlier in these pages. That law is stated as Like cures like. This is, of course, the heart of homeopathic philosophy, but it is the heart of homeopathic practice as well. If we were to apply our use of cell salts to it, we would have to seek, first and foremost, to choose the remedy or remedies from among the twelve that are most similar in their actions to the symptoms of illness at hand. And that works on all three levels of being, with mental, emotional, and physical symptoms all being weighed. If one remedy could be found that would, in the totality of its actions, be most similar to the totality of the symptoms at hand, that remedy would be considered curative to the case. Giving it alone would be enough to bring the patients system back into balance.

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17. The Homeopath’s Bookshelf

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CHAPTER SEVENTEEN

The Homeopaths Bookshelf

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generation ago, it was very difficult to find any books on the subject of homeopathy. After you bought the two or three that you found at your health-food store, you would have to scour the shelves of used books stores and antique stores (a surprisingly good source, since many of the books on homeopathy had been published a hundred years ago) in order to find anything on the subject. And when you did find a book, you bought it, no questions asked. Over the years I collected books on the homeopathic treatment of horses, and learning to dose homeopathically based on the phases of the moon. Neither was of much practical use to me, but back in those days before eBay, you pretty much had to be happy with whatever you could find.

Today, the problem has reversed itself. Every publishing company, large or small, wants at least one book on the subject for their backlist. So, while homeopathy remains a niche area in publishing, there are now literally hundreds of titles available. Add to this the fact that old books never die anymore, but simply go on to live on the Internet, and you have an enormous wealth of information available.

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PART ONE - Objective Diagnosis

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What Is Homeopathy?

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s a specific form of medical treatment, homeopathy dates back just over 200 years, to the work of the German physician Samuel Hahnemann, who practiced in the late 1700s. Hahnemann was applying principles of healing that dated back to Hippocrates, for use in his own medical practice.

Hahnemann took two Greek words, homios and allos and combined them with the Greek suffix pathos to coin the terms homeopathy and allopathy in 1896, after years of clinical tests. He used these terms to define what he saw to be two distinct schools of medical treatment. The term homeopathy literally means similar suffering, in that pathos means suffering and homios may be translated as similar. In the same way, allos translates as different, making allopathic medicine different suffering. Both terms were coined by Hahnemann, but refer back to an older medical philosophy.

As a general concept homeopathy dates back to some two thousand years before Hahnemann. Hippocrates, and others who practiced medicine with him on the Isle of Cos, taught that medical philosophy fundamentally consisted of three aspects: how any given practitioner identified the symptoms of discomfort associated with disease; what that practitioner thought might be the originating factor or factors of that disease state; and how he worked with his patient in restoring that patient to health. Hippocrates said that there were only two forms of medicine, and that those two forms were like two streams placed side by side that flowed in opposite directions.

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PART THREE - Acute Applications for Homeopathic Remedies

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put this guide together to assist readers in understanding homeopathic remedies and their acute uses. It considers various household emergencies, along with the homeopathic remedies most commonly used to treat each of them.

And because this is a guide to objective homeopathy, it stresses symptoms that can be objectively witnessed over those that can only be subjectively experienced. This means that I have not included ailments such as headachean illness for which nearly all the guiding symptoms are subjective in nature. (This may be the reason why headaches are among the most difficult symptoms to treat homeopathically.)

So although this is not an exhaustive guide (see my previous book for that sort of guide), it is targeted toward increasing your understanding of the appropriate uses of homeopathic remedies in common situations, and sharpening your skills in selecting remedies by virtue of objective symptoms.

To make this guide easy to use, the most common household emergencies are divided into three basic categories:

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