CONCEPTS – QUINTESSENCES
All concepts stand or fall with their ease of understanding and consequent adher-ence to laws and principles, because otherwise it becomes speculative hypothesis. Natural events follow cyclical patterns. Many cycles consist of four or six units, such as seasons in the four climate bands that circle the earth or the seasons that may prevail in some of them.
We know from the fact these cycles of four exist that a fifth – the originating intelligence – needs to be added to the equation. However, this is not the type of quintessence we speak about here.
Here we speak about quintessences that can be expressed easiest in five short, terse aphorisms, which alone show truths about the scientific idea they convey and which together explain the entire concept in broad lines. We will meet several of them in these pages regarding diseases, elementary substances, elemental concepts and in the application of the Law of Similars.
We must also discuss the methods of preparing remedies, because some are made very different than we make them for humans. We have in human homoeopathy no remedy called Juglone and to obtain it, we do not extract Juglone in the manner as described in the pharmacopoeia, but obtain it how it is obtained in nature. Hence we put the leaves of the walnut in water and alcohol (50/50) and leave it standing till almost all the leave tissue has dissolved and shake it twice a week for about a month. Juglone is generally extracted differently if we want the pure essence, but for agriculture aand ecology things proceed from a different point of view.
What we see happen in nature is what we imitate in the treatment with and the development of the remedies. If in nature there was a fast extraction method we would use it, but nature goes slowly and so we follow slowly. A plant is washed in water several times a day to extract allelopathic substances from it. In this way we obtain the remedies just like nature does it with a little rain. We make remedies from substances that are still unknown in homoeopathy, but which may prove to be excellent in their actions on human ailments too.
It is perfectly imaginable that remedies made from plants or their exudations, fungi and bacteria that grow in the vicinity of the crop, we make remedies for people that have particular cravings for such food or where little else is available. The subsequent malnourishment can be alleviated by remedies that normally grow near that crop. Just as we do with a crop can we do with a human, or a large population. Similarly, we can use remedies that we now employ only for crops also to treat the environment with similar diseases as crops have. Just like I used the image of human disease when I saw the rust on those fruit trees in Switzerland that brought me to the remedy and the consequent entire concept. An allelochemical may prove to be very useful in the treatment of infertility of all creatures, since it inhibits germination of weeds. Whether on the level of the plant, an animal or man and even the different habitats that exist on the planet, such a remedy must work on all in a similar manner or otherwise the Law of Similars is a piece of bunk – which we have known for over 200 years to be impossible to refute as the opposite – an eternal truth.
The remedies so developed must be obtained as they are found in their natural setting – at least for plants – to have the maximum effect. From their potentisation they must leave the least possible residue, which is nothing. If we try to use the remedies for humans we will have some success, but if we obtain them for ecology, we must rewrite the pharmacopoeia or better still, write a different one for different habitats. In some ways the remedies are identical, such as in the chemical compounds in which nutrients come to plants that form a habitat, while those of companion plants are also obtained as they are for humans. In the forest habitat all plants are part of that one community, in which some of them like closer company and others avoid each other altogether. Thus in the forest we also have companion plats and often they are the same plants as we cultivate. However, with fungi or allelochamicals and specifically the latter, we have to observe and imitate the process as it is for different habitats in their circumstances, which differ greatly from each other or our own, while also sharing similarities.
Habitats have different requirements from humans or animals and therefore the remedies made for them must reflect these necessities. Steiner recommended that the pure tincture was put into 20 litres of water and used, and did not like the idea of going higher than 3X or maximum 6X. My first success story with the Belladonna on the rust was in the 200C and worked almost instantly. I have also used 30X extensively and can say that some potencies work better when given low, while others work better in high potencies, often dependent on the plant and the situation. However, unless otherwise stated, the 6X is a good potency to begin with and will have sufficient ‘matter’ in them to satisfy orthodox rigours, which want substance in that bottle. When it does not work and you are sure this is the remedy, try a 30X and see what happens. If that also does not work, retake the case.
In order to understand what homoeopathy entails, it is imperative to know its fundamental principles. In the next pages we will lead the reader through them, so that both appreciation and understanding will guide him in its application in the treatment of plants and commercial crops, if one has any. The same principles guide the treatment of people, animals and plants, since they are based on natural laws that are applicable throughout nature and on all its great variety of creatures. Thus Mother Earth herself can equally be treated, but her bulk and size demand a more focused approach on the local habitat.
Easily Understandable Principles
This is how Hahnemann formulated it:
‘The physician's high and only mission is to heal the sick, to cure as it is termed.
‘The highest ideal of cure is rapid, gentle and permanent restoration of health or removal and annihilation of the disease in its whole extent, whether mental, emotional or physical, in the shortest, most reliable and most harmless way and on easily under-standable principles.
‘In order for the physician to be able to cure, he needs to know the following:
What it is that is curable in disease – knowledge of disease; the indication.
What is curative in medicines – knowledge of the medicinal powers.
What is the appropriate remedy adapted to the case – choice of the remedy.
What are the principles that guide him in his choice – the totality of symptoms that show the medicine indicated.
What is the exact mode of preparation and quantity – the proper dose.
When it is necessary to repeat – the prognosis.
‘If he is also able to remove that which is an obstacle to cure, such as bad conditions and the like, he is a true practitioner of the healing art.
‘He is likewise a preserver of health if he knows what deranges the health and how to remove this in his patients.’
(Hahnemann S. Organon 6th edition. §§ 1-4)
APPROACH TO DIAGNOSIS
To diagnose a problem, you must have at least three points on which you are able to let it stand on its own. Better is when the stool has four legs, a backrest and if possible two armrests. That makes for very comfortable sitting, while sometimes you must work on a single visible symptom, because nobody is there to tell you. That is like a milking crutch, which must be bound to your behind to be useful at all. ‘Two legs is better’ may be the understatement of the week, because it is even easier to loose balance. Hence from three legs on only, we may have a viable diagnosis. The best is all five and a fanatic may want the armrests as well, but for such is often no time. These five quintessential points of knowledge are as follows:
4. Flora and Fauna
5. Biome or habitat
These are the four legs and the backrest of the stool of diagnosis, which can be ex-tended with laboratory reports and microscopic evidence to make it really comfortable. It is a quintessential truth that at least these 5 factors must be known, before we can make anything more than an educated guess. While lab reports and microscopic evidence look impressive, they are inessential for the good observer.
A good observer has 5 senses available to him to diagnose problems.
With these senses he can observe everything there is to know about the case be-fore him so that he objectively can disagnose and treat.
These are the quintessential points this book hopes to explain with examples from practice and experience. Throughout these pages, the reader will come across more of these quintessential concepts and they form the basis on which the entire edifice is built.
We will allude in this book to the necessity of a paradigm shift. Instead of being caught in the tunnel vision of focusing on the disease or pest and its supposed direct cause, it is the plant that suffers and which should be the centre of investigation. We propose a quantum jump of vision to the lateral; the remote cause, which lies in the way we deal with our plants and animals. This must evidently be in the personal sphere.
Instead of focusing on the pest or disease, it is the plant that suffers and which should be the centre of investigation.
In what I call chemical agriculture, massive doses of highly toxic substances are applied to combat either pests or diseases. Hahnemann says the following about such practice:
“In estimating the value of this mode of employing medicines, we should even pass over the circumstance that it is an extremely faulty symptomatic treatment, wherein the practitioner devotes his attention in a merely one-sided manner to a single symptom, consequently to only a small part of the whole, whereby relief for the totality of disease, cannot evidently be expected.”
(Organon § 58)
“Had physicians been capable of reflection on the sad results of the antagonistic employment of medicines, they had long since discovered the grand truth that the true radical healing art must be found in the exact opposite of such an antipathic treatment of the symptoms of disease.”
(Organon § 61)
Hahnemann further says in this paragraph that there is only temporary relief in such treatment that deals with one symptom only. From modern agricultural practice it can be deduced that this antipathic treatment is the order of the day and this confirms Hahnemann’s observation. The amount of chemicals used is massive and the build-up of resistance among the plant diseases and pests is one of the consequences. Considering the prevalent ideas within agricultural science, we can all see that if it is not entirely faulty, it is at least not very rational.
Kent says in his ‘Philosophy’:
“We daily see that the antipathic and heteropathic methods have no permanence. By these means there are effected changes in the economy and changes in the symp-toms but no permanent cure, the tendency being simply to the establishment of another disease, often worse than the first and without eradicating the first.”
(Kent J.T. ‘Lectures on the philosophy’)
In agriculture, we discover the emergence of ‘new diseases’ as a regular occur-rence, often of fungal or supposed bacterial origin. The problems are not solved, but the ‘solution’ is simply postponed till the next poison is developed.
The diseases of plants also get worse year after year and notwithstanding breeding so-called resistant crops, ‘new diseases’ keep cropping up to replace those against which they were made resistant. Those new diseases are the same old ones in disguise.
Bare soil cultivation forces the subsoil flora and fauna to seek other means of sus-tenance than the normal organic debris they are supposed to decompose. Their only recourse and solace is the crop the farmer has planted, for that is the only organic material left in our modern half-dead soils. When Agribusiness comes with a poison, they develop resistance as a matter of course. This is always dose-related, to which we shall return later. Here it suffices to say that resistance is the result of suppression – human revolutions are caused by the same.
Since genes are a lot less deterministic than Agribusiness likes to portray, the pest or fungus has the ability to adapt its genes to the new situation and thus resistance becomes embedded in the following generations. Further down we shall also explain the relations between genes and their environment more extensively. Here is suffices to say that those ‘new diseases’ are the same old ones wearing a new mask.
As the French say: ‘Il ne faut pas confondre chaude-pisse et première communion; ce n’est pas la même cierge qui coule.’ In plain English: ‘One should not confound the clap with first communion, because it is not the same candle that drips.’
Again, any disease that is suppressed will necessarily disguise itself as a so-called ‘different’ disease. It is not different at all, but the same disease as before, expressing itself differently.
Therefore, disease is the master of disguise in the surrealistic Kabuki theatre of agricultural suppression – for every suppression it shows another mask. In this they behave exactly like diseases do in humans – suppress an itch and it will show up as asthma.
As long as there are still fungi and bacteria in the soil, we have a good chance of restoring balance, but such takes time. There are some reasons for caution when apply-ing old manure or compost, because these fungi and bacteria are there in such num-bers, an initial gift of compost may trigger an explosion of them. Having been starved for so long and constantly attacked by poisons, they literally mushroom in a population explosion. Hence very poor soils must be composted during the fallow period, after which those populations have returned to normal.
Homoeopathic remedies come in such small doses the immunity of pests and dis-eases is unable to detect it as antagonistic, while their senses are sufficiently impressed with it energy, when taken up by a plant. Since we do not seek to suppress any symp-toms but only to strengthen the plant, the pest will not detect the remedy as something separate from the plant. The remedy and the plant become one entity and therefore the pest has no choice but to stay away. The plant’s energy pattern is one of danger or disgust, instead of gourmet food.
Suppression breeds resistance at every instance and under all circumstances, be-cause no living entity likes to be suppressed. Fighting a war with the insect world is fighting not only an ever-losing battle but an equally unwinnable war. We on the other hand use remedies that cooperate with the natural events and therefore do not cause any friction. Friction is an expression of suppression, where one seeks to dominate the other in an abrasive manner.
Next we shall reiterate what are the Causes of Disease.