At Wandering Minds, we embrace diverse perspectives and approaches to unravel the intricacies of the unique brain, including conditions like ADD, ADHD, autism, or HSP. Recently, we delved into German New Medicine, a perspective on health and disease that piqued our interest. Today, our blog explores German New Medicine and its potential contribution to a deeper understanding of the AD(H)D brain.
Unpacking German New Medicine
German New Medicine (GNM), also known as Germanische Heilkunde, is an alternative medical approach pioneered by German physician Dr. Ryke Geerd Hamer in the 1980s. Dr. Hamer proposed that diseases arise from specific psychological conflicts affecting the interplay between the brain, organs, and tissues. According to German New Medicine, every health issue stems from an unresolved emotional conflict, reframing symptoms not as malicious but as purposeful and meaningful.
The link between emotional experiences and physical health
Dr. Hamer identified specific “conflict pairs” linked to certain diseases, asserting that these conflicts induce biological changes in the corresponding organ or tissue, leading to observable symptoms. A distinctive aspect of German New Medicine is its emphasis on psycho-neuro-biology, directly connecting an individual's emotional experiences to physical health problems. This approach diverges significantly from mainstream medical views, often generating criticism and controversy within the medical community.
Simplifying the essence of German New Medicine
German New Medicine emphasizes that every so-called disease has a biological meaning, viewing nature as orderly and meaningful. Rather than considering diseases arbitrary or malignant, Hamer advocates for understanding the interconnectedness of psyche, brain, and organs.
In German New Medicine, the goal is not merely to suppress symptoms but to address the underlying emotional conflict. Imagine experiencing stress due to a situation like changes at work or issues at home. German New Medicine suggests that this stress affects health. This mindset aligns with other perspectives on illness, as explored in ‘Why Don't Zebras Get Ulcers?‘
Exploring the mind-body connection
German New Medicine explores how the mind (psyche), brain, and body collaborate. The idea is that if you don't resolve an emotional problem, the body responds with illness. For instance, if you have significant concerns about something, German New Medicine claims this is connected to a specific part of your body becoming ill.
Rather than solely relying on medications to alleviate symptoms, German New Medicine seeks to address the underlying emotional conflict. The concept is akin to solving a puzzle to feel better.
Understanding the science of connections
The core of German New Medicine lies in understanding the connections between the brain, organs, and emotional experiences. Dr. Hamer identified “conflict pairs” – specific emotional conflicts linked to certain diseases. These conflicts manifest in measurable biological changes, and comprehending these connections is key to the German New Medicine approach.
Navigating the five biological laws of German New Medicine
In German New Medicine, five biological laws are posited:
- First Law (Iron Rule of Cancer):
Diseases begin with an unexpected shock affecting the psyche, brain, and an organ simultaneously. The type of conflict determines the affected organ and the part of the brain governing the process.
- Second Law:
Every disease undergoes two phases, depending on the resolution of the original conflict. Changes in the vegetative rhythm (sympathicotonia and vagotonia) distinguish these phases.
- Third Law (Ontogenetic System of Tumors):
Organs are controlled by specific parts of the brain based on the embryonic germ layers from which they originated. Specific biological conflicts correspond to certain stages of evolutionary development.
- Fourth Law:
Microbes are beneficial during the healing phase and do not cause diseases. “Infections” occur during the second phase of a biological program, where microbes are used for healing.
- Fifth Law (Quintessence):
Every “disease” is actually a biological program of nature aiding organisms in coping with unexpected stress. Nature is orderly, and everything has meaning; there are no random errors in the system.
According to German New Medicine, diseases arise from unexpected emotional shocks, influencing the mind, brain, and specific organs simultaneously. Each disease undergoes two phases, where the body actively attempts to resolve the conflict initially and later recovers. Organs are controlled by specific parts of the brain, and microbes actually assist in the healing process. The concept is that diseases are natural programs to help us cope with stress, and understanding these processes is crucial for healing.
Decoding ADHD through the lens of German New Medicine
In the case of ADHD, German New Medicine suggests that specific emotional conflicts may contribute to the symptoms of the condition. Conflicts such as feelings of powerlessness, overload, or undervaluation, according to this approach, can directly impact the brain and result in attention problems and hyperactivity.
Unpacking the result of separation or loss of (physical) contact
A biological conflict of separation, perceived as loss of (physical) contact or the desire to separate from someone, leads to specific reactions at the brain and organ levels according to German New Medicine. At the level of the brain and organs, a separation conflict corresponds to the epidermis, the lining of the milk ducts, and the periosteum (membrane around bones). Control of the left side of the body and the left breast is regulated from the right side of the sensory cortex, and vice versa.
The constellation of the (post)sensory cortex, influenced by separation conflicts, manifests as short-term memory loss. The purpose of this memory loss is to block the memory of the separation, enabling the individual to better cope with the emotional impact of the separation. The degree of short-term memory loss is proportional to the intensity of the conflicts (Source: German New Medicine).
Viewing ADHD and ADD through the ens of German New Medicine
When children exhibit poor short-term memory and concentration problems, these are now considered symptoms of ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder) or ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) if the child is simultaneously hyperactive. From the perspective of German New Medicine, the convergence of memory and concentration problems and hyperactivity indicates two coinciding constellations: one related to separation conflicts and the other to conflicts of being stuck. Learning problems often begin after the separation of one or both parents, after moving or changing schools, bidding farewell to classmates and friends. Alternatively, symptoms may arise after the birth of a new sibling receiving more attention, the mother returning to work, or when parents are constantly quarreling or too busy to spend time with their child (Reference: German New Medicine).
This perspective aligns with Gabor Maté's view on ADD, as described in his book Scattered Minds.
Resolving ADHD with German New Medicine
German New Medicine can contribute to the recovery or better management of ADD and ADHD symptoms.
Decoding and resolving emotional conflicts
A crucial aspect of German New Medicine involves individually decoding and resolving emotional conflicts. This entails individuals with ADHD, alongside professionals, exploring their personal history and emotions to identify potential triggers for ADHD symptoms. By understanding these conflicts, it becomes possible to develop effective coping mechanisms and reduce stress. The treatment process would then focus on supporting the individual in processing and resolving the emotional conflicts associated with ADHD. This may involve psychotherapy or counseling to address the emotional aspects of the experiences.
Synergy with traditional treatments
It's important to emphasize that German New Medicine is not intended as a replacement for traditional ADHD treatments but rather as a complementary approach. An integrated approach, where medical professionals collaborate with practitioners of German New Medicine, can provide a comprehensive treatment plan addressing both biological and emotional aspects.
Explore more with books on German New Medicine
If you're eager to delve deeper into German New Medicine, here are some recommended books on the subject:
- German New Medicine Experiences in Practice: An introduction to the medical discoveries of Dr. Ryke Geerd Hamer & Dr. Katherine (4.7 of 5 on Goodreads)
- Factor-L Handbook of the New Medicine – The Truth about Dr. Hamer's Discoveries (4.5 of 5 on Goodreads)
Embracing a holistic journey with German New Medicine
German New Medicine opens the door to a profound understanding of ADHD, shifting the focus from symptom alleviation to addressing the root causes. By embracing the science of connections between emotions, brain, and body, this approach offers a holistic journey to well-being for people with ADHD. It's a journey not solely reliant on medication but on comprehending and transforming emotional conflicts for sustained and profound improvement in the quality of life.
Share your experiences and insights
Despite the limited scientific backing of German New Medicine, this perspective can contribute to a better understanding of ADHD and the quest for causes and solutions. We always find it fascinating to explore new perspectives. If you have experience with German New Medicine, we invite you to share your experiences and insights in the comments below.