The fish stocked years ago in my large pond are acting funny. They will not take the bait. That's not unusual. They rarely go after any bait or lures I toss their way. But, visiting fishermen always catch the first fish, and another, and another, while I look on in amazement. Always had good luck as a fisherman in the past.
I've checked the pond water, adjusted the pH. Looks clear and healthy, temperature just right. There is plenty of natural food and cover for the pond life. The fish are swimming, frogs croaking, turtles laying their eggs, healthy aquatic grasses and cattails growing abundantly tall. So why will not the fish go after my bait? The answer may lie in the fact that water has memory.
A long time ago, while working on my Pharmacist degree at Columbia University College of Pharmacy, an interesting course I took deal with 'Homeopathic Remedies and Their Preparation'. It was there I first learned the principles behind the application of these often misunderstood remedies. The Law of Similars, which states-'Any substance that can produce a totalality of symptoms in a healthy human being, can cure that totalality of symptoms in a sick human being '.
Dr. Samuel Hahnemann, a German physician, a brilliant scholar, in 1789 began translating the medical literature from nine nations (including Chinese literature) for the Medical Society and wrote a comprehensive review of all their current medical knowledge. It was he who published the 'Organon of Rational Medical Science' in 1810, the first complete treatise on Homeopathy.
Homeopathy played an important role in the American Civil War. Because Homeopathic Remedies are made from natural herbal or animal sources they were readily available, easily manufactured, and less bulky than traditional cures. If you get a chance to visit the Gettysburg War Museum in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, look in the few medical bags on display. Many of them are filled with the original Homeopathic Remedies still used to this day.
In spite of the thousands of 'provings' as Dr. Hahnemann referred to his experiments, and in spite of the consequent placebo-controlled, double blind experiments performed over the years, Homeopathy remains a 'voodoo' science to the misinformed. I'll explain.
During the past few years, I've had the opportunity to work in Veterinary Pharmacy. I became a computer advisor to one Veterinarian who happened to be on the State Board of Veterinary Medicine. He told me of an infraction of State Law that one of his collections had been committed. That Veterinarian was using Homeopathic Remedies on his animal patients in violation of regulations. The State Board dutifully had the Remedies confiscated and tested, and lo and behold, "found no drug in the preparations". The Veterinarian was fined and placed on probation.
My first reaction was that of shock! I tried to remain cool, as I needed a way to explain to the dear Board Member that, 'of course they would not find any drug in the preparations-Homeopathy is a science based on energy, not drugs'.
Homeopathic Remedies can be prepared from almost anything in nature-from acacia to zinnia, common and not-so-common earth minerals, or animal tissues. Their preparation requires first dissolving the substance in a pure solvent (such as water), followed by multiple dilutions and succussions (breaking to bring the substance in better contact with the solvent). Science has shown that when molecules of a substance have been diluted beyond what is known as Avogadro's number (one mole of a substance contains 6.02254 x 10 to the 23rd power), the likelihood of that original substance being in the solvent is negligible. A Homeopathic Remedy in a 24x or 12c dilution admits Avogadro's number, thereby exhibiting the likelihood of being devoid of any substance subjected to testing.
So, how are we to explain the fact the Homeopathic Remedies do work? Scientific study is the only accepted method. For that we will turn our attention to the seminal work on homeopathy written by two Italian doctors, Paolo Bellavite, MD and Andrea Signorini, MD. Dr. Bellavite, working as a Professor of General Pathology at Verona School of Medicine, asked the Department Chairman if Homeopathy could be taught at the School. The Chairman responded by offering a challenge. If Dr. Bellavite could 'prove' that Homeopathy worked, then it could be taught in the future. Starting in 1990, for three years he and Dr. Signorini studied all the known literature on the subject. They then refined their searches to those studies that met modern research standards-be able to be reproduced in other laboratories and contain some method of control or placebo for comparison. It eventually led to publication of "Homeopathy - A Frontier In Medical Science", with a subtitle of - "Experimental Studies and Theoretical Foundations".
Their research took them far afield; from past to present, from an agricultural study, to animal and human subjects, including a randomized, placebo-controlled, double-blinded study on acute childhood diarrhea conducted in Nicaragua where Homeopathic principles had been applied. That study was published in 1994 in the New England Journal of Medicine, a most respected peer-reviewed journal.
Perhaps one of the best experiments that not only proves the merits of Homeopathic Remedies, but also provides the theoretical basis for the science of homeopathy was a study on plant growth. Three identical rows of plants were given the same amount of sunlight and water. The first row was fed with the recommended nutrients. The second row was fed with just water. The third row had inserted in the bed a sealed glass tube of homeopathically prepared nutrients. It was the third row of plants that grew the most!
The plant experiment proved that-
- Since the Homeopathically prepared nutrients were in a sealed glass tube, and that could not have impacted those plants chemically, there was to be another explanation for their superior growth. We do know from physical experiments that energy can pass through glass quite enough. Therefore, we have proof that homeopathically prepared substances rely on energy to exert their effects.
- Nuclear resonance experiments with super dilution of substances show that a solvent (water, in this case) develops a 'hole-pocked' structure that resembles the structure of the original substance so dissolved. Therefore, this proves the theory that 'water has memory'.
But, you may ask, "What does this have to do with environmental pollution"? Look for Part 2 of this series. In the meantime, if you have any questions regarding this subject, just email me at the address below.