2006 October

Editorial October 2006

by Jan Scholten
Homeopathy is an information medicine, a system of healing by means of information. This looks paradoxical as substances are prescribed: granules, globules, tablets and drops. We can compare it with books. Books look substantial, material; they have paper and ink. But the paper and ink are not important, the information in the book is what is important. The paper and ink are just carriers of the information.
There are many kinds of evidence that homeopathy is about information. One is the production of homeopathic remedies: the first granule is very expensive to make, but copies of it are very inexpensive. This is similar with printing books, copying computer software or text. It is an essential aspect of information: the first discovery is difficult, copying is easy. To discover the value of the number zero took centuries by scientist, now everyone can calculate with it.
Another clue for the information quality of homeopathy is what adversaries have to say about homeopathic remedies: there is nothing in it. And indeed there is "no thing" in them. The milk sugar just carries information, no chemicals.
This aspect leads to the condemnation of homeopathy by a lot of scientists, especially medicine. It arises from the "material paradigm", the idea that only matter is real. Or otherwise said, that humans are "just a biochemical machine". Paradoxically this is completely opposite of the experience of humans, they experience themselves as having emotions and thoughts as an essential part of them. But the paradox goes even further. Science itself is information, just thought models and patterns and not material at all. SO a science that denies the existence of anything else than matter, denies the existence of information and thus itself.
Much more about the information aspect of homeopathy can be found in the article "Homeopathy as Information Science"

Paradoxes can also be seen in the articles in this edition. There are 5 articles from doctors from India, the spiritual oriented country. But their articles are mostly oriented to the physical aspects of disease. Dr. Pawan Pareek, from Agra, India gives besides a short history of gynecology, three examples of how he treated these patients with homeopathy.
In contrast there are articles from Deborah Collins from New Zealand and these are mostly mind oriented. In homeopathy that is not a problem. The diseases can be seen from many points of view: physical, emotional, thoughts. It is the pattern of the disease which is important. It is the information behind the expressions. So we come back to information as the basis of disease, but then a distorted, one-sided kind of information. By giving the patient back that same kind of information, there arises insight and so healing.

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Keywords: editorial, information, theory, homeopathy, Indian


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Reply #1 on : Thu October 12, 2006, 10:27:09
You write: "The diseases can be seen from many points of view: physical, emotional, thoughts." Not so according to Hahnemann. In his view a disease is the disharmony of Vis vitalis - clear indication of a unique source. What you are refering to are symptoms? Perhaps it would be advantageous to go to the basics of Hahnemann's teaching in an Editorial - wouldn't you say so Jan Scholten? PS. You have also omitted two other venues of delivering homeopathic drugs - per rectum in the form of suppositories, and in intravenous injections.