German New Medicine 101: How to Heal the Body with the Mind

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Dr. Lauryn Lax, OTD, MS

Dr. Lauryn, OTD, MS is a doctor of occupational therapy, clinical nutritionists and functional medicine expert with 25 years of clinical and personal experience in healing from complex chronic health issues and helping others do the same.

What is German new medicine? Let me share things about it.

Your gut is your second brain! 

It’s actually directly connected to your brain by way of the vagus nerve

  • You have over 500 million neurons in your belly—which make up the “enteric nervous system” (the brain inside your gut)
  • 80% of all communication to the brain actually comes from the gut
  • 95% of your serotonin is produced in your gut (explaining why it “feels good” to eat cookies or you feel good after you poop!)

Ever experienced butterflies in your stomach? Boom! Gut brain connection! 

Just like you’ve probably only been able to think about how much your tummy hurts after you get food poisoning or how hungry you are if you haven’t eaten in awhile. 

Boom! Gut brain connection! 

The gut brain connection explains why, when study subjects watch acts of violence or acts of kindness on a TV show, their gut microbiome shifts to being more inflamed or more healthy—just based on the chemicals circulating via the gut brain connection (1).

The gut brain connection also explains why kids with peanut allergies have been shown to overcome them when they think positive thoughts. In one experiment (2) on overcoming peanut allergies, researchers gave 25 kids permission to feel good during the challenge—telling them that the re-introduction would be positive experience.

They told the other 25 kids that the food reintroduction would be challenging and that they’d probably experience food allergy symptoms. The result? Those who were challenged to believe the experiment would be positive experienced less stress and food allergy flares. 

Boom! Gut brain connection! 

So you can perhaps see how stress (physical and mental) can disrupt your gut health, which in turn, disrupts your entire body health.

 Since your gut health is related to practically every system in your body, if your gut is unhealthy, it may manifest in a variety of ways.

Common disrupted gut-brain related symptoms include: brain fog, skin breakouts, headaches, sugar cravings, IBS, bloating and constipation, low energy despite sleeping, insomnia, autoimmune disease, allergies, ADD, hypothyroidism.

Key point: If your brain (HPA Axis) is stressed…then your gut is gets stressed…and the gut impacts the rest of your total health in the body.  As a result, our “issues show up in our tissues.”

Enter: German New Medicine

German New Medicine 101: What is It? 

German New Medicine - Expert Helping An Elderly Patient

German New Medicine (or “Germanic Healing Knowledge”) is a “gut-brain” or “mind-body” science that may compliment a health and life coaching or functional medicine approach to healing the “root causes” of both chronic and acute illness. 

It is particularly effective for helping patients (who are doing “all the things” to be healthy) to bust through the ceilings they’ve bee hitting in their health and heal the issues trapped in their tissues.

The History of German New Medicine

The science was founded by Dr. Ryke Geerd Hamer, a German medical doctor who began to incorporate the power of the mind and brain in healing from physical illness, based on his own recovery experience from cancer.

Dr. Hamer developed cancer shortly after his son was killed in a tragic accident and died in his arms—a significant emotional stressor. 

It was during his treatment and recovery from cancer that he began to question the “root causes” that preceded his disease, and realized that disease in the body is often preceded by dis-ease (a significant emotional stressor(s) in our lives—not only for himself, but his patients as well. 

German New Medicine: What it Is

The basic tenet of German New Medicine (ie. “Germanic Healing Knowledge” or the “gut brain” theory, is that a vast majority of diseases, illnesses or imbalances in the body (big or small) originate from a shock, sudden stressor, or traumatic event that either catches us completely by surprise and/or, lingers and is not addressed. 

To cause a disease or health issue, the first significant emotional stressor (SES) must be Unexpected, Dramatic, Isolating and/or you have NO strategy to deal with the situation. 

Significant Emotional Stressors Characteristics

  • Unexpected (startling, shocking, surprising),
  • Dramatic (highly emotional)
  • Isolating (can’t talk about it)
  • No strategy (don’t know how to proceed, not know what to do – feel trapped, choice-less)

The moment the unexpected conflict or stress occurs, the shock or stressor triggers a specific area of the brain causing a lesion (visible on a brain scan as a set of sharp concentric rings). 

The brain cells that receive the conflict then send a biochemical signal to the corresponding body cells, tissues or organs, causing inflammation, the growth of a tumor, a meltdown of tissue and cells, functional loss, and/or an immune response.


The 4 Types of Brain Conflicts (Quick Anatomy Lesson)

German New Medicine - Woman With Different Conflicts In Life

There are 4 primary types of  “brain” conflicts that determine which specific organs and tissues get affected in the body in all humans. 

They include:

  • Brain Stem Layer Conflicts
  • Cerebellum Conflicts
  • Cerebral Medulla Conflicts
  • Cortex Conflicts

Each of these brain parts has a specific role they play in your body.

These roles include: 

  1. Brain Stem Roles
    Digestion primitive function, lungs (breathing), kidneys/bladder, fertility organs
  2. Cerebellum Roles
    Skin health
  3. Cerebral Medulla Roles
    Same as cerebellum.
  4. Cortex Roles
    “Higher level” thinking, sensory, thyroid gland ducts, heart vessels, stomach acid

Understanding these roles explains why particular symptoms manifest in the body when you experience a specific type of conflict. 

For example, since the Brain Stem Layer is the FIRST part of your brain that developed in your life, this layer is connected to the most primitive “survival” functions—like digestion (gut), breathing (lungs) and fertility (prostate, the uterus and Fallopian Tubes). 

Hence, if the Brain Stem is the part of your brain that intercepts and experiences a  conflict shock—like the loss of your husband in a car crash—then as a result, you may experience a “morsel conflict” (it’s difficult to digest) and difficulties with digestion or shortness of breath develop and exacerbate every time your brain re-experiences feelings of sadness or grief (associated with the same conflict shock). 

On the other hand, if your Cerebellum is the part of your brain that intercepts the Conflict Shock of losing your husband, you may experience a “separation conflict”, and consequently, your skin starts to break out in eczema-like rashes or acne in the aftermath. 

And if your Cortex interpreted the car accident as a “separation conflict”, then you may experience indigestion (high stomach acid), thyroid problems, brain fog, headaches or memory loss during the “healing” (symptom) phase after you’ve processed the loss. 

These connections explain exactly why and how stress ends up in the body at a scientific level. Your body does not distinguish between physical, emotional or mental stress. 

If a “conflict shock” (stressor) “strikes” a particular region of your brain, then it shoots the signals to the region(s), tissues and cells associated with that part of the brain.

And if the conflict is not quickly resolved or acknowledged, then this is how disease or illness manifests in the body. 

CT Brain Scan Findings

But don’t just take my word for it.

These findings stem directly from CT Brain Scans.

Dr. Hamer, the “father of German New Medicine” discovered that specific “conflict shocks” or stresses (associated with various disease states) showed up as concentric rings (known as “Hamer Focuses”) in different parts of the brain when he began studying the CT scans of his patients.

He found that many patients with similar diseases (from cancer to hypothyroidism to the common cold and flu), had the SAME regions of their brain “highlighted” on the brain scans—all depending on the shock and how the individual uniquely processed the shock. 

For example, he found that testicular cancer patients (just like him) presented with concentric rings on the brain stem layer, and the shock manifested as a tumor in the testes. 

Whereas, patients with a cold or flu (a “stink” sensory conflict) had concentric rings on their Cortex. 

As a result of these findings, German New Medicine now has sequenced over 500 diseases or gut-brain connections (from CT scans),  as well as over 500 mental health conditions as well. 

The Bottom Line

Dis-ease in our lives can manifest as disease or imbalance in the body. Health issues are often a “metaphor” (story) of imbalances in our lives and our symptoms are often direct mirrors of the conflicts we experience (ex. An “indigestible conflict” can show up as digestion issues).


The Gut Brain Connection philosophy (or German New Medicine) is a “framework” for understanding how and why disease manifests in the body. 

Once we understand how and why disease occurs, we can use the appropriate mindset work, adjunctive therapies, functional medicine, nutrition, supplements and even conventional medicine to support our body in the “healing” process. 

Additionally, GNM is not the “end all, be all.”

There are a handful of “x-factors” for disease and bodily imbalance (such as a parasite/food poisoning, sunburn from too much sun, and acute or chronic exposure to toxins). 

We consider health from a whole picture, and for this reason it’s important to work with a practitioner who understands all aspects of holistic health. 

Ready to take your health back into your own hands? Book a complimentary call with Dr. Lauryn at our virtual functional medicine clinic to strategize a game plan for healing…now. 

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