Please note: “New German Medicine,” “German New Medicine,” “GNM,” and “New Medicine” can be one of the tools you can use to develop the framework of your healing plan! As I always say, you have options—oh, so many options! Working with a Breast Cancer Conqueror Coach can help you figure out the big picture and which options are best for your specific journey!
New German Medicine: An Explanation of Your Mind-Body Connection
Last week on the blog and podcast, we discussed Recall Healing. As a refresher, Recall Healing is a Mind-Body medicine modality that integrates knowledge from several areas of medical specialization and recognized scientific studies. Through this mind-body medicine modality, you will utilize life experiences, somatic awareness, and genealogy to address the underlying emotional roots for cancer-promoting healing. By doing so, Recall Healing therapists use these concepts to shed understanding and light on the normal functioning of a person.
Recall Healing is one philosophy of German New Medicine—the science behind how resolving emotional conflicts can lead to physical cures. Mind-Body (or Gut-Body) healing pioneers Ryke Geerd Hamer, MD in Germany, and Claude Sabbah, MD in France in the 1960s and 1970s created this revolutionary perspective of health and disease. New German Medicine thinks about diseases as not random mistakes but rather complex processes by which the body attempts to balance itself. It’s a revolutionary approach to uncovering and understanding causes, hidden logic, and physiological processes that lead to a person getting a disease.
German New Medicine
Before I explain German New Medicine, I want to discuss the brain-gut connection as it will help you better understand the power of the mind-body connection. About 80% of your immune system lives in your gut. However, did you know that your gut also acts like a second brain?! It directly connects to your brain via the vagus nerve. Ever experienced “butterflies in your stomach?” Or the amazing feeling after a long-awaited poop? What about literally stomach pains from food poisoning or being super hungry? Yep, it is all connected! Every beautiful part of you is perfectly strung together.
German New Medicine is based upon a set of findings and universal biological principles which describe an illness as an interaction between the psyche, the brain, and the body’s organs. For humans, these can often create physiological phenomena. They aim to adapt the body to stress, trauma, and internal and unresolved conflicts. For example, biological-survival mechanisms could look like your immune system fighting off dangerous pathogens and causing a rash, an animal camouflaging to hide from a predator or any action taken for survival. This is why there is a direct link between specific symptoms and different types of conflicts.
German New Medicine can be a way to make sense of and unlock answers to the causes and progression of medical conditions for illnesses that do not have an obvious answer.
The goal is to implement strategies to resolve the original conflict and reduce the fears around the symptoms of a disease. By doing so, the patient can regain more control over their health and well-being.
The Basic Principles of German New Medicine:
- Most conditions are physical responses to biological shocks—in an attempt to help us survive.
- For each condition triggered by a shock, there are two phases: active and healing/repair. Each has completely different symptoms.
The Active Phase: the person is under the influence of a stress/trauma/conflict. This is also called the Cold Phase. It is characterized by cold extremities, cold sweat, loss of appetite, fatigue, obsessive thinking, high stress, high anxiety, etc.
The Repair Phase: occurs when the conflict stress is over, and the body becomes available for rehabilitation. Physiologically it is considered the Hot Phase because your extremities are hot and experiencing an inflammatory process in the body. It is sometimes called a healing crisis.
As Maya Angelou says, “Once you know better, you can do better.” Once you understand the sequence of the events that impact your psyche, brain, and organs—you can better create a targeted treatment plan.
The Story Behind The Creation of German New Medicine
Dr. Ryke Geerd Hammer, Director of the Internal Medicine Department at the University Cancer Clinic, Munich Hospital, was diagnosed at the beginning of 1979 with testicular cancer. As a director of a cancer clinic, “he did everything right.” He ate healthily, got a full night’s rest, made sure to get his steps in…all the things you are supposed to do. A year before diagnosis, his son tragically died in an accident while on vacation. Dr. Hammer was a quizzical man and took an investigative approach to WHY he got cancer. His research led to the discovery that most people with testicular cancer experienced some sort of loss shortly before the onset of the disease. He also interviewed women who had ovarian cancer and found similar stories.
Next, Dr. Hammer conducted CT brain scans of himself and 1000’s of his patients and discovered to his amazement, that there was a perfect match between a particular shock, a certain disease, and the way and location where a concentric spot would appear in the CT Scan of the brain. Until then, the radiologists assumed that these stains were simply technical errors of the device.
According to his research, “These brain changes can cause a sequence of physiological changes that may ultimately manifest as symptoms of a particular disease in a target organ.” Additionally, he found every part of the brain is programmed to activate a specific physiological response to the body’s survival needs, so each disease is a biological program of particular significance. In other words, breast cnacer versus pancreatic cnacer would show up as spots on the brain in predictable locations on the brain. Once the emotional trauma is healed and resolved, the “spots” on the brain also heal which allows the organ and body to heal as well.
Although Dr. Hamer was ostracized and even had his medical credentials taken away, he continued to research and prove that his approach to healing was well founded and very predictable. Here is a quote from a conference in Vienna in 1991:
Dr. Hamer: “After I presented a lecture in Vienna in May 1991, a doctor gave me a brain computer tomogram (CT) of a patient. In the presence of 20 of his colleagues, among them radiologists and computer tomography experts, he asked me to tell him what symptoms the patient had and which type of conflicts where related to them. I was asked to conclude from the brain level the condition of the other two levels. I diagnosed from the brain CT a freshly bleeding bladder carcinoma in the healing phase, an old prostate carcinoma, a diabetic condition, an old bronchial carcinoma, and a sensory paralysis of a certain area in the body – and for each of these, the corresponding conflicts that the patient must have experienced. At this point the doctor stood up in front of all his colleagues and said, “Dr. Hamer, congratulations! Five diagnoses – five successes! The patient had exactly what you say. And you were even able to differentiate what symptoms he had in the past and which symptom he has right now.”
The 5 Biological Laws of German New Medicine
The five biological laws of German New Medicine are summed up in the list below. Please note that this is just a summary taken from The Naturopathic Doctor News & Review and that he revealed a myriad of related principles to help people heal.
The Five Biological Laws
1. Most conditions are responses by the body to a biological shock. They are developed specifically to handle such disruptions. This can result in feeling overwhelmed and caused by shocks such as a job loss or a romantic breakup.
2. There are two potential phases for each biological shock: active/stress and healing. The graphic below traces in detail the optimal response to a shock, from onset to resolution. For example, someone who is in deep mourning may need extra oxygen. This could result in their lungs responding by growing extra alveolar cells to increase oxygen intake—our primary requirement for life. The current medical word for this bodily change is also called “lung cancer.”
3. There are two types of responses mediated by the brain. The first originates in the brain stem and cerebellum (“old brain”). The second comes from the cortex and medulla (“new brain”). Different tissues have opposite ways of responding to shocks, depending on whether the old or new brain governs them. The old brain’s cell growth is initiated in the active stress phase and rests during the repair phase. The new brain does the opposite as cells regrow in the repair phase. Examples of this in real-life diseases are diabetes and multiple sclerosis.
4. This law explains the role of microorganisms in the healing phase. They either break down excess tissue in the old-brain pattern or help with tissue regeneration in the new-brain pattern.
5. Lastly, this law recapitulates the overall observation that conditions we think of as “diseases.” They are attempts by the body to assist us with specific, purposeful actions/mechanisms in response to primitive perceived survival threats.