The Remedies of War Part 1

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The following are some of the observations I gathered while working with 42 Vietnam Veterans as a student at the Hahnemann College of Homeopathic Medicine in Albany, California, where we were asked to do research on a project over 18 months.

I finished this study in 1994, not to imply that the study is by any means completed. Since then I have also been interested in the effects that the Persian Gulf Veterans have experienced. I have been gathering information and cases. I would encourage those of you called to serve these veterans in another way do homeopathic research with them. There is a need for veterans to know that help can be given to them in the face of so many turning their backs to them regarding avenues of healing. I would also like to hear from you and about your findings.

Of course, when treating any patient homeopathically, one must treat that person constitutionally to find the remedy that resonates with their predispositions and susceptibilities. But what of the exciting cause? Although many diseases have been eradicated since Hahnemann’s time, new significant hazards and toxins, which rages chemical warfare on the vital force, runs through our lives daily. Desperate medicines for desperate times transform and mutate their side effects into unrecognizable forms and deadly new diseases. Meanwhile we inhale the haze-filled air and bring surprises to our already compromised immune systems.

And what about those individuals who can’t move away or escape, where choices are limited by the nature of the environment, economically or patriotically? Could we be historically looking at the formation of a new miasm? Psora, the earliest miasm, began with the suppression of the itch, the root of disease. Then venereal diseases gave rise to the syphilitic and sycotic miasms. Even cancer is being viewed by some as the expression of the suppression of the tubercular miasm and is being called a newer miasm. Time will reveal what the other new expressions of disease and even new miasms will manifest in recent and coming generations. What effect will these changes have on us physically, mentally, and emotionally?

Thirty years is a reasonable time to observe the effects on a group of people whose freedom was limited physically, mentally and emotionally. The survivors and families of the Vietnam war, and more recently the Persian Gulf War, were, by majority, the victims. Although susceptibility needs to be present for symptoms to manifest, very few came out of these wars a healthier individual. George Vithoulkas, in his book A New Model of Health and Disease, writes about the inappropriate treatments received during one’s lifetime. He speaks of

…high numbers of iatrogenic diseases that need to be taken into consideration when a patient falls ill directly after exposure of unpredictable and wide spreading contaminants.

Those who endured the disturbing futility and view of the Vietnam war or exposure to Agent Orange can vouch for its vast effects. The loss of lives from this economic war and the bitter reception many Vietnam veterans received coming home left deep emotional scars. Just as many men who died in Vietnam have taken their lives since their return. Of course, not everyone has responded similarly, each had their own unique experience they lived through.

Certain emotional seeds, however, were planted and cultivated. Nature and nurture cultivate their diseases. If a toxic influence is strong enough, can it be more than just an issue of susceptibility? A medical study by Major Richard Haines is noteworthy when six out of the six men in his unit all tested positive with various degrees of brain damage after returning from the Gulf War. Can these symptoms be perceived as an inflicted layer?