The 5 Principle Rules of German New Medicine
In 1981 a German physician, Dr. Ryke Geerd Hamer, MD, was diagnosed with testicular cancer. Since he was working in an oncology hospital, he knew that this cancer was treatable and mostly curable. However, he had some doubts. He began to wonder why he had this particular type of cancer, and how it could be related to the death of his son three years before. His son was shot in an apparent accident and was treated for four months before succumbing to the trauma. His father, a doctor, could not even help him, which became a great source of grief for the physician. Now, with a diagnosis of testicular carcinoma, he knew he had to deal with the loss of his son before treating the cancer. He faced his fears and grief, and after a year of counseling, without any other treatment, the testicular cancer was gone.
From his personal experience, Dr. Hamer realized the power of treating the psyche over traditional treatments of surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation. So, he set out to begin researching it. The university with which he was associated just dismissed his thesis outright and would not allow him to work there. He began treating patients in his own clinic, but there was a great deal of opposition. The district government finally revoked his license because he “failed to convert to the tenets of official medicine,” (as if it were a religion) since he didn’t treat cancer patients with chemotherapy like everyone else. Despite this, he persisted in treating patients, and found that other illnesses are also based in the psyche. From his research and experience, he developed what is called The German New Medicine.
The German New Medicine is an entirely different form of medicine called Brain Body Medicine, which can be broken down into three parts:
- Psyche: The psyche is consciousness, which provides the body with life.
- Brain: The brain controls the body through the nervous system. The brain is the mediator between the psyche and the body. The brain is trying to bring about conflict resolution in the psyche, using the tools it has in the body organs and tissues.
- Organ or Tissue – Organs and tissues are the physical hardware of the body.
Dr. Hamer said, “Through the millennia, humanity has more or less consciously known that all diseases ultimately have a psychic origin, and it became a ’scientific’ asset firmly anchored in the inheritance of universal knowledge; it is only modern medicine that has turned our animated beings into a bag full of chemical formulas.”
The German New Medicine, or GNM, is based on disease being caused by psychic trauma. If the trauma is resolved, there is no illness. However, if the trauma remains unresolved, the brain will create a lesion in the body that has the purpose of helping the psyche resolve the conflict. Dr. Hamer came up with five absolutes.
The Five Principles
- Disease comes from unresolved conflict shock.
- There are two phases of illness: Conflict-active, and healing.
- Tumors are controlled in the brain by their embryological tissue type.
- Microbes exist to help healing.
- Disease has biological meaning to help the organism respond to a psychic conflict.
The purpose of the brain is to control the body according to the needs of the psyche. The brain cannot serve a conflicted psyche. Resolve the conflict first, and then things can run smoothly. The brain controls the blood flow, immune function, and autonomic systems in the body to resolve conflict. For example, if there is the shock of the loss of a child, the brain creates extra tissue, tumors, in the gonads (testicles or ovaries) to increase the chance of creating a child.
Essentially, the brain is using the tools at its disposal to manage conflict in the psyche. In doing so, there is some sort of language being used to transmit that information. The tissues and organs affected will be related to the type of psychic conflict that must be resolved.
Interestingly, Dr. Hamer had a completely different view of microbes, as you will notice in #4 above. He found that various microbes existed to help repair tissues in the healing phase. Different types of microbes worked on different types of tissues. For example, he thought tuberculosis was healing lung cancer, causing it to be locked into calcified masses, and that by getting rid of the bacteria in the lungs, people are more susceptible to lung cancer.
Does the mind really create physical illness? Science proves the association. Nevertheless, medical school teaches physicians it is the other way around. We learn to treat just the physical symptoms of disease with chemicals and surgery. Every time I hear an advertisement for a drug, I notice the statement:
“This medication may relieve the symptoms of…”
…whatever ailment it is purported to treat. We are taught about relieving symptoms, and not curing illness. In fact, we should never use the word “cure.” We are also taught to avoid accusing patients of having a psychic origin of disease.
The body and the mind are inextricably woven together; one affects the other in meaningful ways. This morning I spoke with a young woman who is suffering from multiple issues related to “fibromyalgia syndrome.” This is a “wastebasket” diagnosis. This mean whenever people have pains without a physical injury, they may call it “fibromyalgia syndrome.” This causes muscle, joint, and fascia pain all over the body due to a decrease in blood flow causing hypoxia. The lack of oxygen in the tissues causes pain as the lactic acid builds up and is not removed due to the lack of blood flow. The sympathetic nervous system impairs circulation and causes constriction of arteries, which decreases blood flow.
While all illness is not caused by “psychic trauma,” many illnesses are. In his book, The Body Keeps the Score, Dr. Bessel van der Kolk, MD, describes how trauma to the brain can show up in the body in multiple ways. He calls it Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, or PTSD. Dr. John Sarno, MD also found emotional causes of many different types of illnesses. He started searching for the cause of back pain, and ended up finding many illnesses: neck pain, fibromyalgia, migraine headaches, arthritis, and autoimmune diseases were all associated with emotional trauma. He wrote many books on the subject. It is interesting how each of these researchers came to the same conclusion from very different angles. Dr. Hamer started with cancer, Dr. van der Kolk with mental illness, and Dr. Sarno from back pain, and all ended-up in the same place. Emotional trauma causes illness. AND the cure is dealing with the emotional issues. It can resolve the problem entirely.
This last part is important because those who persist in seeking a physical cause continue to have problems. Those with depression and anxiety may be temporarily helped by medications but continue to get worse. People who have surgery for back pain, neck pain, shoulder pain and so forth end up with multiple surgeries and are still in pain. If you don’t fix the problem and restore blood flow, the surgery will not heal properly. Then you are more likely to get infections and other complications, and the pain comes back. In fact, back surgery for pain does not have good evidence. A review article on the subject concluded:
“The available evidence does not support the hypothesis that spine fusion confers a clinical benefit compared to non-operative alternatives for low back pain associated with degeneration… or thoracolumbar burst fractures.”
What to do?
Having introduced you to the “IT’S ALL IN YOUR HEAD” hypothesis, I want to make something very clear.