VITAMINS ARE HOMEOPATHIC REMEDIES!
© 2014 Prof. Charles McWilliams
Homeopathy can be viewed as Hahnemann's theory, or a clinical method. Ever since Hahnemann's time, homeopathy developed into both a medical theory and a clinical method. The primary goal of homeopathic philosophy should not be solely theoretical, but pragmatic - to deepen, enrich and guide good practice. While Hahnemann's homeopathy is, unquestionably, his philosophical system in its own right - it is only one of a broad system of therapeutics. It became primarily a clinical method after his introduction, aimed more at curing sickness, rather than winning adherents to Hahnemann's creed of similia similibus curentur (Like cures like). Theory should never dominate or smother the clinical method that works. Method always comes out on top because results count, and should always be the dominant approach in practice.
Homeopathy has a range of clearly traceable origins, but chiefly began as a reaction against the heroic over drugging, bleeding and cupping of 18th century medicine. The medical approach of homeopathy can be traced back to some of the theoretical ideas of medieval alchemists like Albertus Magnus [1193-1280], Agrippa von Nettsheim [1486-1535], and especially Paracelsus [1493-1541]. It also contains elements from the early Greeks, especially Hippocrates [468-377BC] and the English physician Thomas Sydenham [1624-1689]. Yet, it is not until the work of Hahnemann that all these separate threads were combined to form his homeopathic system of medicine. As the name implies, its key feature is the use of the similars principle [similia similibus curentur] rather than the entrenched Galenic principle of opposites [contraria contraris] in disease.
Clemens Baron von Boenninghausen was one of the closest followers and friend of Hahnemann. In autumn of 1827 he suffered from a purulent, pulmonary tuberculosis. His health continued to decline until the spring of 1828, when all hope of his recovery was given up. At this time he wrote a letter to his close friend, Dr. August Weihe, who was the first homoeopathic physician to discover the relationship of homeopathic remedies and painful palpation points on the body. Weihe prescribed 'Pulsatilla', which Boenninghausen took, following also the course of advice that Weihe gave him regarding hygienic measures. Boenninghausen's recovery was gradual but constant, so that by the end of the summer he was considered as cured. This event transformed Boenninghausen into a firm believer in Homœopathy.
It was in March, 1873, Schuessler published a detailed account of his "Abridged System of Homeopathic Therapeutics." Soon afterwards appeared a small edition, by the homeopath Dr.Constantine Hering, on the Twelve Tissue Remedies, recommended for investigation "by this great teacher of our school." The idea upon which the Biocbemic method is based, is the physiological fact that both the structure and vitality of the organs of the body are dependent upon certain necessary quantities and apportionment of its inorganic (mineral) constituents (nutrients), which are those that remain after combustion (decomposition) of the tissues.
The present wide adoption of Schussler's 12 Tissue Remedies in the treatment of disease may thus be seen to be the growth of the seed sown on homeopathic ground as early as 1832, although favoring development was not received until Schussler brought to it a wonderful impetus by bringing physiological and pathological facts in direct relation with his therapeutic procedure which would later be adopted as one of the foundations of nutritional science.
Dr. Reckeweg is the father of 20th century homotoxicology. He broke with the tradition established by Dr. Samuel Hahnemann, also, who postulated that only one remedy should be used at a time. Reckweg recognized that tiny amounts of of complicated compounds in plants were all that was necessary to rekindle broken stages of cell metabolism. This is why simple teas (tisanes) can be so effective as medicines, even though the medicines are in trace amounts, by virtue of the water carrier, the glycosides can penetrate the cell and fix a stuck chemical chain reaction. Plants contain thousands of different glycoside constituents. More than one hundred compounds have been identified as constituents of garlic alone. This is the argument for using whole plants and foods as medicines.
Setting the Scene for Homeopathic Vitamins
Glycolysis, the metabolic pathway by which energy is released from glucose and captured in the form of ATP under anaerobic conditions, is vital to every cell. Inadequate intake of a specific vitamin or mineral results in a characteristic deficiency disease (energy breakdown); and the severity of the disease depends upon the degree of vitamin or mineral deprivation. For example, cells are constantly generating ATP for vital energy on a 24 hour basis (a typical male weighing 70 kg uses about 2000 kcal per day of which approximately 70 and 80 kilograms of ATP daily are required to provide so much energy), vitamin and mineral needs are constant. Schussler recognized to treat the cause, fill the vacancy with finely ground mineral powders.
In 1905, the first scientist to determine that if special factors (vitamins) were removed from food disease occurred, was Englishmen, William Fletcher. Doctor Fletcher was researching the causes of the disease Beriberi when he discovered that eating unpolished rice prevented Beriberi and eating polished rice did not. William Fletcher believed that there were special nutrients contained in the husk of the rice. Thiamine, or vitamin B1, was the first vitamin to be discovered.
In 1911, Casimir Funk, a Polish researcher working in London, isolated and concentrated a substance from rice polish (bran) which cured beriberi in a pigeon. Funk determined that chemically, this substance belonged to the category of organic molecules known as amines amd that it was vital to a healthy life, so he called it a vitamine. This chemical was subsequently named thiamine. We now recognize a number of vitamins (note that the “e” had been dropped), most of which are not amines.
In 1927, William Boericke, Dean of Pharmacy at the Hahnemann Medical School in Philadelphia, entered Lecithin, containing vitamins inositol B8 and choline, and the "pigeons deficiency neuritis and paralysis on diet of polished rice" factor Vitamin B1 into his HOMŒOPATHIC MATERIA MEDICA. He also entered all of Schuessler's cell salts as well as upcoming trace minerals such as Zinc, Lithium carbamate, Selenium, Iodine, Lugol's solution and many others.
In the 1930s, Roche scientist, Dr. Otto Isler, was the first to synthesize vitamin E. The Scottish naval surgeon James Lindin observed in 1747 that a nutrient in citrus foods, now known to be Vitamin C, prevented scurvy. Vitamin C was rediscovered by Norwegians, A. Hoist and T. Froelich in 1912. But it was not until 1935 that Dr. Tadäus Reichstein, a Nobel Prize winner, first synthesized vitamin C. In 1913, Yale researchers, Thomas Osborne and Lafayette Mendel discovered that butter contained a fat-soluble nutrient soon known as vitamin A. Vitamin A was not synthesized until 1947.
WHY MOST VITAMINS ARE REQUIRED ONLY IN SMALL AMOUNTS
Vitamins are the essential ingredients for the chemical reactions that sustain life. These nutrients perform various functions in the body, from metabolism to red blood cell formation and other essential processes. The recommended daily allowance for most vitamins is measured in micrograms or milligrams. A single multivitamin pill taken daily can contain all of required vitamins your body needs, provided it is absorbed first, and assimilated second.
Milligrams and Micrograms
If you can visualize it, you will get a better understanding of the required amounts for different vitamins. A teaspoon contains 5 mL of water. If you assume 1 mL equals 1 gram then 5 mL equals 5 g. or 5,000 mg; but only about 2000 milligrams of vitamin powder, aka the dry measure equivalent. Now, a 1/32nd of a teaspoon, a smidgen, is about 65 milligrams, or enough niacin to send a normally healthy person until a full blown niacin flush!
One of the reasons you only need B vitamins in small quantities is that chemical reactions occur at the molecular level. This means that these co-enzyme reactions do not require a specified amount of a vitamin like ascorbic acid, which is really a structural carbohydrate, not an amine. Catalysts, like the B vitamins, is where the need is measured in the number of molecules. The chemical structure of a vitamin may contain hundreds of molecules, each able to participate in reactions with other chemicals present in the body.
Coenzymes work by binding to the active side of the enzymes, the side that works in the reaction. Since enzymes and coenzymes are nonmetal organic molecules, they bind together by forming covalent bonds. The coenzymes share electrons with the enzymes, rather than lose or gain electrons. When they form this bond, they only help the reaction to occur by carrying and transferring electrons through the reaction. Coenzymes do not become integral parts of the enzymatic reaction. As such, the covalent bonds are broken at the end of the reaction, and the coenzyme returns back to free circulation within the cell until it is used again. Thus, coenzymes do not get readily consumed, they regenerate and thus only small, daily amounts are needed.
For example, the vitamin thiamine, which all living organisms use thiamine in their biochemistry, is only synthesized in bacteria, fungi, and plants. Animals must obtain it from their diet, and, thus, for them, it is a vitamin. The best-characterized form is thiamine pyrophosphate (TPP), a coenzyme in the catabolism of sugars and amino acids. Thiamine is used in the biosynthesis of the neurotransmitter acetylcholine and gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA). In yeast, TPP is also required in the first step of alcoholic fermentation of wine and beer. There are five known natural thiamine phosphate derivatives: thiamine monophosphate (ThMP), thiamine diphosphate (ThDP), also sometimes called thiamine pyrophosphate (TPP), thiamine triphosphate (ThTP), and the recently discovered adenosine thiamine triphosphate (AThTP), and adenosine thiamine diphosphate (AThDP).
The R.D.A. of Thiamine is just 1.1 to 1.5 mg. At 1 milligram, in one liter of water, digestive juice, or blood, is one part per million, or homeopathic 6x potency. Generally, a pinch of salt would be 1/16th Teaspoon according to most chefs. If you pick a pinch of salt, it is about 1/16 tsp, or ~ 150 mg of sodium. If you have big fingers, a pinch of salt might be about an 1/8th, then ~ 300 mg. For a B vitamin powder, thats a lot for a daily dose. To visualize a part per million, imagine a copper penny that weighs two thousand milligrams, and dividing that penny into 2 million parts! Although copper is the third most abundant trace mineral in the body (behind iron and zinc), the total amount of copper in the body is only 75-100 milligrams, half the amount of copper in a penny, yet vital to drive reactions in the body.
THE HOMEOPATHIC SOLUTION
Dynamization is the basis of homeopathy. A substance that is diluted in water is shaken vigorously, thus activating its latent, vital energy. The actual substance is only the starter, like the coenzyme, it is the water that carries the energy. The vigorous shaking of the solution/dilution releases the vital energy into the water. The water is drank and thus this energy is transferred into the body.
Homeopaths have long known and observed that when vitamins are potentized into a homeopathic, it assists in the assimilation and activation of crude doses taken in tablets. The same goes for minerals, when taken homeopathically, there is a synergistic effect. In short, they work better.
To this effect, there is a very simple solution, i.e. dilution:
1. From a one ounce dropper bottle containing vitamin dilutions in the range of 5x and 6x (physical potencies), add one dropper to a one liter bottle of distilled or reverse osmosis (purified) water. However, first empty about 1/3 - 1/2 of the water so the bottle has air space for sonic concussion. Shake the bottle vigorously at least ten times. Then, you can add back the water removed.
2. Sip this water throughout the day as a tonic. Take best on an empty stomach or between meals. It is best taken in sips or in shot glass (medicine cup) amounts. DOSE: 1 liter per day.
3. From a one ounce dropper bottle containing my mineral dilutions in the range of 5x and 6x (physical potencies), add one dropper to a one liter bottle of distilled or reverse osmosis (purified) water. However, first empty about 1/3 - 1/2 of the water so the bottle has air space for sonic concussion. Shake the bottle vigorously at least ten times. Then, you can add back the water removed.
4. Sip this water throughout the day as a tonic. Take best on an empty stomach or between meals. It is best taken in sips or in shot glass (medicine cup) amounts. DOSE: 1 liter per day.
5. Take daily your normal multivitamin and mineral supplements. Within the first few days you will notice a surge of energy. If you are Riboflavin deficient, you will notice your urine is not as yellow as your cells are now up taking the vitamin, being more efficient.
6. For the energy trifecta, now do the same for methylene, the mitochondrial catalyst. From our two ounce dropper bottle containing 0.5% methylene blue (physical potencies), add one full dropper to a one liter bottle of distilled or reverse osmosis (purified) water. However, again, first empty about 1/3 - 1/2 of the water so the bottle has air space for sonic concussion. Shake the bottle vigorously at least ten times. Then, you can add back the water removed.
7. Sip this water throughout the day as a tonic. Take best on an empty stomach or between meals. It is best taken in sips or in shot glass (medicine cup) amounts. DOSE: 1 liter per day.
What is presented here is practical, homeopathic pharmacy, the way we do things at the Nevis Clinic. Nothing fancy, cheap and very effective!
new books: The Ten Dimensions of Homeopathic Medicines, and
Ecclesiastical Pharmacy (The Western history of natural medicines)