German New Medicine: A Revolutionary Biological Paradigm
My Interpretation of Dr. Ryke Geerd Hamer's New Medicine
by Anette Stahel, Hjo, Sweden
Anette Stahel has written an excellent article combining Dr. Hamer's findings with insights from the Natural Hygiene approach to healing. Here is the first part.
"Remember that we are our own symptom producers and that with good reasons, and that we are capable of mobilizing immeasurable forces for better and for worse, that we have the ability to cure ourselves, that no "cork head" is to come and banish us from life with one single word, "cancer", which we till now have used as a death sentence. This can be enough to get struck with fear and panic, that which this word is built upon and which does not consist of anything else than erroneous and false information."
Christian Helmrich, NMD; Cancer, the Riddle That Is No More
The German oncology MD Ryke Geerd Hamer had worked as a doctor of internal medicine for 15 years, five as a professor and a few in his own private practice, he had also devoted some time to the invention of specialized medical tools, when, in 1978, his 19-year-old son Dirk was shot, unexpectedly, by a madman. Naturally, the event shocked Hamer deeply. And as if this tragedy wasn't enough, around a year later, he received another unexpected message - he'd developed testicular cancer, despite having been healthy all his life. His wife later developed cancer too. Needless to say, Hamer was devastated because of all this loss, but, as we all do in a state of shock, he also started to think. Why did everything seem to come at once?
Now being a cancer doctor, Hamer had access to numerous medical resources and patient journals. While fighting his own cancer, he started reading his patients' journals and test results with new eyes. What he slowly found was something revolutionary, namely that both his own and all his patients' brain tomographies clearly showed a "focus"; a round field, exactly at the place in the brain where the nerves extended down to the organ in the body which was cancerated! What was more, when Hamer talked to his patients, he found that all of them, without exception, had experienced a sudden, deep shock some time before they developed their cancer. It turned out that the fields visible on the tomography slides had always been interpreted as either artifacts created by the equipment, or "cancer metastases" in the brain. No one had dared suggesting that perhaps the brain foci actually were the causes of the cancers, and that perhaps, in turn, the shocks all cancer patients had experienced actually were the causes of the brain foci. But Hamer did, and a clear picture started to take form: Emotional shocks were the causes of the brain foci (because all other alternatives after careful research were ruled out), and the brain foci, in turn, the causes of the cancers.
And all sorts of different substances said to be causes of cancer turned out not to cause cancer, but indeed, to complicate it, often severely, and paradoxically, medical chemicals and equipments used for CANCER TREATMENT proved to top the list! Likewise, Hamer found that the absolutely most common shocks preceding discovery of so-called cancer metastases, were, in fact, those induced by the verdicts of various cancer diagnoses. Metastases, it turned out, were nothing else than results of new shocks, and not, as generally thought, the result of blood stream-travelling tumor cells - which also explained why no one had ever seen any such swim around there in the first place. Actually, it also explained why animals practically never get "metastases"; you see, animals don't understand diagnoses.
Of course, being a cancer doctor himself, Hamer was stunned by all this, but he couldn't deny what clearly became evident to him, and he was forced to accept that the words "psychosomatic" and "iatrogenic" comprised so much more than was previously thought.
Later, Hamer discovered that not only cancers, but also the cancer “equivalents” ulcer and hypofunction were elicited through this same pathway. He also found that Nature handles the development and recuperation of all these conditions perfectly on its own (except in rare, extreme cases), and that all that's needed is to support the individual through the stages. Practical help, psychotherapy, biologically correct nutrition and fasting, those became the cornerstones of the new treatment.
In addition, Hamer discovered why Nature responds with canceration when faced with a shock. The medical hypothesis about meaningless, malevolent and madly multiplying cells turned out to be nonsense - instead, a picture of cunning usage of a highly controlled form of cell division took form.
Hamer named his revolutionary new medicine just that, "New Medicine" (NM), because the revelation was new, even though, of course, this scheme of Nature had been there forever.
So could thus any sudden, deep shock at all start cancer? Yes, cancer or its equivalents. And not only could, it will. Here's the core of Hamer's discovery; every unexpected event that had upset his patients had caused cancer (or ulcer, or hypofunction) in them. All shocks, in all patients - not merely "most". This consistency was a refreshingly new observation within medical research; up to that point, whenever different suspected cancer triggers had been examined, merely "some" or "most" of the individuals in the test groups had presented with the disease - which had led to long lists of things established to be associated with cancer, but not really causing it, since the effect was never 100 %. The shocks discovered by Hamer, however, proved to elicit cancer or cancer equivalents 100 % of the time, so finally, the word "cause" could be used with full correctness.
Hamer named these cancer/ulcer/hypofunction triggering shocks DHS conflicts ("Dirk Hamer Syndrome" in honor of his son), and they are all, as said, unexpected experiences which upset us, although they may be of very varying intensity, some peter out in a minute, others can last for years. Now these conflicts do not belong to our intellectual realm, instead they are what Hamer called biological, because historical evolution has to be understood since the conflicts are analogous in humans and animals. We have to look past our intellectual conflicts or problems, DHSes are conflicts of a fundamentally different kind. Our bodily responses to them are, by Nature, implanted in the archaic, involuntary program of our brain. Our thoughts have no say here. In fact, the conflict has already associatively hit a fraction of a second before we even begin to think. It's automatic, and it's not negative, on the contrary, it helps us to adapt. For example, the breast gland of a female immediately cancerates when her young gets injured, helping her milk production along and thus her young heal. The kidney collecting tubes cancerate right away when the organism risks drying out - in cases of "refugee" traumas, the urine becomes highly concentrated. In a territory-loss conflict, the inner layer of the vessels supplying the heart promptly ulcerate, allowing the heart to pump more blood to the muscles in preparation for a hard fight. And so on. This mechanism is hence both automatic and AIDING, and nothing we can or should fight in any way. On the contrary, we should, by natural means, help it and support it, so that its course runs smoothly.
All our biological conflicts can be categorized according to historical evolution. During evolution these events have been registered and their consequences programmed, and so different organs and brain areas now belong together and different conflicts have become related. Our organism doesn't expect or need these conflicts in any way, but Nature has intelligently provided it with this emergency program, ready to run in the event any such would occur. One after the other, simple yet complex and important truths regarding phylogeny and ontogeny revealed themselves during the course of the research.
Brain metastasis wrongly diagnosed: Hamer named the "foci" formed in the brain in response to shocks HHs ("Hamersche Herde", dedicated to his opponents who mockingly called these areas the "Hamerschen Herde" - Hamer foci). When the DHS hits the organism, immediate cell alteration occurs in the place in the brain which handles the content of the shock, and this content is always subjective. For instance, if a woman gets unexpectedly shaken by finding out that her partner has been unfaithful, the discovery about her marital misfortune is just the objective event. The clue to understand how this will affect her physically, is to know her personal experience, her subjective interpretation of the conflict. How does she experience this shock? There are several possibilities. If she experiences it as a threat to her "nest", the HH will occur in the lateral part of the cerebellum, and from there, modification signals are sent down to her breast. But she could as well experience it totally differently, such as a conflict of sexual frustration, and if so, the impact at the brain level will be the left peri-insular part of the brain, followed by modification of her cervix. There are yet other possibilities. In other words, the location of the HH in the brain may vary from person to person and from time to time, even if the event objectively seems to be the same. The soul-body's interpretation all depends on the organism's experience up til the event.
This brain alteration can be photographed via computer-tomography (CT) and a fresh one looks like a dot with concentric rings surrounding it (like a target, or a picture of a water surface into which a pebble has been dropped), while one more progressed lacks rings, is larger and looks congested. As mentioned, radiologists have mistaken this phenomenon for a defect in the equipment or a "brain metastasis", the latter being very unfortunate because it has meant that lots of people have been forced to totally unnecessarily undergo dangerous brain operations. Certifications from CT manufacturers and careful studies of the brain cell formations finally established that the HHs fit neither interpretation, and that instead Hamer's explanation hit the nail on the head. [More on misdiagnosed brain tumors and metastases in Dr. Hamer on the New Medicine and Interview with Dr. med. Ryke Geerd Hamer.]
So, nerve signals are directly sent out from the formed HH down to the organ tissue connected with the brain area in question. This makes that specific organ tissue start either cancerating, ulcerating or hypofunctioning. In order to know whether a certain tissue will cancerate, ulcerate or hypofunction as response, we need to know which group of tissues it belongs to. All bodily tissues are divided into three groups according to their development during ontogeny/phylogeny. The tissues which developed out of the one-and-a-half inner of the three embryological germ layers (endoderm and inner half of mesoderm), and which are connected to brain stem and cerebellum, always react with cell proliferation, canceration, during the conflict phase, and immediately cease cancerating when the conflict is solved. In contrast, the tissues which developed out of the one-and-a-half outer germ layers (ectoderm and outer half of mesoderm), and which are connected to cerebral medulla and cerebral cortex, react to a conflict with cell destruction, ulceration, which, likewise, stops when the conflict has been solved. Lastly, a minor part of the tissues stemming from the ectoderm, and which are connected to the cerebral cortex, react to a conflict with hypofunction, and as with the others, the relief of it follows that of the conflict.
The body tissues responding with canceration are (with the conflicts eliciting the canceration in parenthesis):
The subcutaneous skin (the conflict is affection of integrity i.e. experience of attack, vexation, contamination, mutilation etc), pericardium (attack against the heart, real or, more often, in the form of heart disease diagnosis), alveoli (feelings of intense danger, fear of dying and especially fear of suffocating), pleura (attack against the thoracic cavity, can be real, but mostly regards being diagnosed with some condition in this tract), mouth sub-mucosa (absorption conflict, in the nutritional sense, or of aggression of integrity at that site), palate, pharynx, tonsils (all concern feelings of problems with intake of a piece, in the real or symbolic sense), one third esophagus (not being able to swallow a piece, and again, in the real or symbolic sense), large flexure (inability to digest a piece, real or symbolic), intestine, half rectal mucosa (both indigestion vexations, but with the nuance of fear to fail for the two first parts of the small intestine, and of saturation, of dirty, ugly, vile or abject action for the third part, including appendix), liver parenchyma, pancreas parenchyma (both concern fears of starving, or expresses a conflict of deficiency, in the real or material sense), peritoneum (attack against the abdominal cavity, may be a real blow, but is often the consequence of being diagnosed with some abdominal condition), kidney collecting tubes (correspond to a conflict of dispossession in a large sense; means of existence, material possession, but also "destruction of one's creation"), bladder sub-mucosa (conflict of something dirty, in a real or symbolic sense), uterine mucosa (improper sexual conflict, or loss/separation of a descendant), ovary/teste germinal tissue (severe conflict of an affective loss), uterine tubes (sexual conflict of a dirty coloring), prostate (sexual conflict experienced as dirty or devaluing, or a conflict concerning descendants or assimilated), hypophysis (feeling too small to touch a piece, real/symbolic), thyroid acini (lack of rapidity to reach a piece always escaping us, real/symbolic), breast acini (conflict of relational nature, affective but not sexual; the right breast concerns the partner and the left one the child, the mother and the "nest"), lachrymal glands (conflict of not being seen, of being ignored) and middle ear (not being able to catch or swallow a bait, in real or symbolic sense, but with an auditive coloring; heard, but ill-experienced refusals, orders or quarrels).
The body tissues responding with ulceration are:
The superficial skin (epidermis) (the conflict is separation, experience of loss of contact), muscles, ligaments, tendons (all concern lack of liberty, in the real or symbolic sense), bones (profound self-devaluation of various kinds, nuance towards reduced strength and power), marrow (self-devaluation with nuance towards reduced affection and security, but is automatically concerned by the bone ulceration), vessels (the coronary ones: conflict of having to fight for the territory, the rest: devaluation, the nuance for the arteries is experiencing "lack of punch", as for the veins, it's "having one's nose to the grindstone"), endocard (devaluation as to the efficiency of the heart), ganglions (devaluation, the nuance being one of insecurity), spleen (devaluation/insecurity linked to the notion of blood, weakening and/or fear following a wound, can also follow blood disease diagnoses), respiratory tracts except alveoli ("smelling" threats, feeling threatened, territorial threats), mouth superficial mucosa (certain relational conflicts), teeth (feeling unable to bite, including for attack/defence, also symbolically), two thirds esophagus (conflict of having to swallow a piece), small flexure, stomach bulb (both intrusions and territorial vexations), anus (feminine conflict of feeling unable to find a place within the territory), bile canals, pancreas canals (both territorial rivalry; frontier quarrels), kidney parenchyma (conflict related to a notion of liquid; drowning, inundation, alcoholism etc), calyxes, pelvis, ureters (all conflict of territorial marking), bladder mucosa (territorial marking conflict as well, for the woman with a nuance of inability to find her territorial place), uterine cervix, vagina (both sexual frustration conflicts), uterine unstriped muscle (fertility conflict), ovary/teste interstitial tissue (loss conflict or, in a lesser proportion, sexual conflict of a shameful nature), thyroid canals (incompetence of acting before a danger), suprarenals (conflict of "taking the wrong road" or lack of dynamism to react), breast canals (affective separation, and again, the right breast concerns the partner and the left one the child, the mother and the "nest"), conjunctiva, eyelids, cornea, crystalline (all visual separation conflicts, real or symbolic, the two latter react to a more profound kind) and retina (conflict of "fear from behind"; a danger threatening us but we cannot see it).
And finally, the tissues responding with hypofunction are:
The superficial skin (epidermis), its sensitivity (the conflict is loss of touch, also in the large sense of the term, e.g. "losing one's face"), striated muscles (a more specific lack of liberty; feeling hindered, imprisoned), one third pancreas - the cell block producing blood sugar regulating hormones, here hyperfunction is a variant (conflicts of disgust/repugnance associated with resistance (affection of the beta cells) or fear (affection of the alpha cells); often aggressions or horrible scenes), vitreous (as with the retina, feeling of being threatened by an invisible danger), internal ear (not being able to stand a message) and olfactive filaments (a more specific conflict of stench, in the large sense of the term).
(Ulcers are sometimes diagnosed as cancers by conventional medicine, e.g. some bone ulcers ...)
As you can see here, our modern human bodies still react according to a very ancient biological scheme, the terms of which are generally more associated with the animal kingdom. However even though conflicts do run analogously in humans and animals, for us, this scheme has naturally gotten quite extended, since we symbolize.
Also, as you can see, many of the conflict causes are purely physical. Indigestible pieces entering our body, great lack of essential nutrients, physical injuries etc, all set off conflicts. Medical treatments of various kinds are frequently culprits here as well. Important to note regarding physical culprits is that the effect on the body is double, triple or even more, because in addition to the emotional shock with following canceration/ulceration/hypofunction they elicit, there is direct, physical damage inflicted on the body, sometimes very extensive.
We can see how closely intertwined physical and emotional causes really are. Inseparable, at a closer look. Both body and soul are immediately set into action when something happens to us, regardless of whether that something is physical or emotional in nature. New Medicine is holistic medicine in its essence; never before has it this concretely been shown how much more effective it is to approach the body-soul in its entirety instead of trying to separate them by studying and treating one but not the other.
This phase beginning with the DHS and ending with conflict solution was named CA phase ("Conflict Active" phase). It is characterized by a set of symptoms, the onset of which is at the exact time of the DHS shock. These symptoms are: insomnia and constant, compulsive thinking geared towards problem solving, loss of appetite in order to enable the body to focus on the problem instead of wasting time and energy eating, as well as pale, cold hands and feet, i.e. blood flow in the direction of body parts whose action is presumed necessary in order to best handle the situation, such as muscles of arms and legs. In other words, when we're shocked by something, Nature switches our body to an alert stress mode, "sympathicotonia" (where the sympathetic nervous system takes over), in order to quickly solve the arisen conflict. For same reason is actual pain* quite rare in the CA phase, but coronary artery ulceration may hurt some, often called angina pectoris.
Now when our conflict consists of being attacked by a wild animal, or of scenting smoke from a fire, these stress responses are exactly what we need in order to get us out of the situation we're in. But due to a combination of enervating intake habits and traumatizing childhoods, we modern people overreact, which means that all sorts of events may shock us, that in reality are quite harmless. Unfortunately, this means that often these stress responses aren't appropriate for solving the particular conflict we've gotten into. For instance, if we've become shocked by a quarrel with a relative, dwelling, insomnia and a bodily activation really isn't what we need in order to make friends with our relative again. These reactions may even be hindrances on our way to conflict solution. Instead, a more relaxed attitude, gained by exchanging thoughts with understanding people, may prove to be just what we need in order to connect with our relative again and thereby get out of our conflict. Another example may be one of falling into annoying, recurring conflicts due to unhealthy dietary habits. Here, emotional support during a cut-down as well as help to discern the physical body's actual lack of desire for these substances can help greatly. Fighting or fleeing in various ways will not.