Review: German New Medicine 101
Before we dive in to the 5 Biological Laws of German New Medicine (GNM), it’s important to review exactly what “GNM” is!
In the early 1980s, a physician by the name of Dr. Ryke Geerd Hamer made a revolutionary discovery that diseases – from a cold to cancer – are not “caught,” nor are they malfunctions or malignancies. Instead, they are significant Biological Laws of German New Medicine that assist us during times of unexpected distress. These Biological Laws of German New Medicine are byproduct signs and symptoms after a significant stressor has occurred. This discovery was first made from personal experience.
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.
Hamer’s experience inspired him to begin observing the various symptoms and ailments of his patients, and increased his curiosity into the underlying “root causes” behind everything—from cancers to allergies, acne, infertility, bloating and beyond and cancers too, finding that patients presenting with similar diagnoses and diseases also had a shared history of similar stressors in their lives.
Taking it a step further, as a fully-embodied medical researcher and non-holistic doctor, Dr. Hamer wanted metrics and began running CT scans on his patients to observe any similarities as well. Was there something happening in their brains?
As a matter of fact, yes.
What he observed was clusters of “concentric rings” on certain parts of the brain associated with specific tissues, organs and structures in the body that were “sick” or out of balance. For example, in patients with testicular cancer, Dr. Hamer observed that the majority of these patients had also experienced a history of some sort of loss conflict (like the loss of his own son).
Their brain scans in turn had concentric rings presenting in the brain’s central amygdala and the insular cortex—associated with the testicular function. Since Dr. Hamer’s time, over 70,000 case studies and CT brain scans have been run and confirm findings.
Voila: “German New Medicine” (now called “The New Medicine”) was born.
Firmly anchored in our knowledge of embryology, German New Medicine is a new biological science that reshapes our view of all symptoms and diseases.
The basic tenet of this theory is that every disease originates from a shock or traumatic event that catches us completely by surprise. The moment the unexpected conflict occurs, the shock occurs in 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 impact send a biochemical signal to the corresponding body cells causing the growth of a tumor, a meltdown of tissue or functional loss, depending on which brain layer receives the shock. The reason specific conflicts are irrefutably tied to specific areas in the brain is that, during our historical evolution, each brain was
programmed to respond instantly to any conflict that may threaten our survival.
To simplify things, there are 5 “Biological Laws of German New Medicine”, or 5 core “Gut Brain” Principles that explain everything, how this whole gut-brain thing and Biological Laws of German New Medicine work at a mental, emotional and physiological level.
The 5 Gut Brain Principles
#1. “Dis-ease” (Stress) in Our Lives Shows Up as “Disease” (Stress) in the Body.
Every Significant Biological Special Program (SBS) originates from a SES (Significant Emotional Stressor) in the Unconscious Mind. The body is a mirror of what’s going on inside us.
A Significant Emotional Stressor (SES) is a “shock” (aka “conflict shock”) that is picked up socially or in the environment by the Unconscious Mind —or the gut (gut intuition).
Some examples of common stressors that may precede the onset of illness or a health issue include:
- Receiving news that was difficult to take in, digest or comprehend
- Feeling stuck in your life
- A loss or separation (job loss or income loss, relationship, move, loss of a loved one)
- Not feeling good enough or wanted
- An “attack” such as an offending remark
- Inability to conceive
- Any life-threatening situation, for example, in the course of an accident or during a medical emergency
- A hard boss or relationship difficulty
What separates a Significant Emotional Stressor (SES) that leads to disease or a health setback from regular every day stress is at least one of 4 things. The event is:
- 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 – feels trapped, choiceless)
After the shock, the Gut Brain responds unconsciously, instinctively, automatically and instantaneously. The response is not mediated by the Conscious Mind, but instead the “fight or flight” response and reptilian brain.
The Unconscious Mind instantly sends a stress signal to a particular location of the brain (depending on your subjective interpretation of the stressor), and the brain begin to swell in that area. On CT scans, clinicians have actually observe the formation of “concentric rings” where the brain receives this signal and interprets stress.
As a result of this swelling and “highlighted” area, the Gut Brain axis goes to work. The brain sends a signal down the Gut Brain axis to the corresponding organs and tissues in the body that are directly connected to that specific part of the brain.
Boom: INFORMATION GETS TRAPPED IN THE BRAIN AND CORRESPONDING ORGAN LOCATION. Voila! The 2-Phase Disease Process begins! (Principle #2).
Check out the diagrams identifying the Gut-Brain Connection to organs and the Biological Laws of German New Medicine. For example,
The Gut-Brain Connection & Specific Organs
Brain Stem (Digestion/Guts, Liver, Gallbladder, Kidneys, Lungs, Reproduction)
The Brain Stem is also known as the “reptilian brain” and is the oldest, first developed part of our brain, controlling organs that fulfill the basic functions for survival—digestion and reproduction.
Someone who experiences and processes a “conflict shock” or stressor at the Brain Stem level may experience health issues related to digestion and gut problems, infertility and hormone imbalances, disordered eating, thyroid imbalances, and the classic 3-F trifecta: feeling “fat, foggy and fatigued.”
What possible conflicts could make an organ directed by the brain stem to react?
Something that threatens your survival, an “indigestible” or “morsel” conflict, figuratively— a job or financial setback, rejection from your middle school crush or the popular kids, a medical diagnosis, instability in your household, feeling stuck or not knowing what to study in school, the list goes on.
When this happens, your “fuel” and/or livelihood may feel depleted
Consider the earth worm example: A worm is just munching away. Worms would eat 14 times their own body weight in a day. They crawl around, find food, food goes in, digestion occurs, waste goes out. Easy peasy.
So now what would happen if a huge chunk of food gets stuck in its body, or if it cannot digest and break something down? You swallow it and because it is so big, it remains stuck somewhere inside your digestive tract. It does not go back up, it does not go down. It is stuck – (and wriggling your way out of it does not work either).
This is exactly what an indigestible conflict is like in the body.
Cerebellum – Skin
The organs belonging to the Cerebellum have to do with protecting ourselves—our skin and body cavities. What possible conflicts could make an organ directed by the Cerebellum to react? Something relating to safety. If we perceive an “attack”, we need to “protect” ourselves. Or “nest-worry” conflicts.
Cerebellum issues have to do with integrity or defilement. Defilement means the state of being polluted, soiled. Violated in your body’s integrity, not psychological but moral integrity. It also has to do with feeling attacked and injured or disabled.
Such as: hearing a heavy and confrontive remark: “You pig!” could be interpreted as “That hit me between my shoulder blades like a knife” whichthe body interprets as aggression against the viscera.
Or, a woman went to public bathroom and her body felt “Oh! Yuck!” Instantly her skin started to react, became red, a rash appeared, and she produced a Shingles. Her interpretation was that the integrity of her physical body became violated. Ever since whenever she would think of that moment, the rash would begin.
And have you ever wondered why teenages develop acne? They are in the process of developing their
sexual identity and self confidence—which often may feel under attack.
Cerebral Medulla (Muscles, Cartilage, Tendons, Tissues & Bones)
Cerebral medulla organs have to do with coordination, movement, individuality, and adaptation to a
Medulla related organs are: the skeleton, the muscles, the tendons, the cartilage, the bone marrow, hormone producing glands, the nerves, blood vessels, and the lymphatic system.
In general the cerebral medulla refers to who we are as individuals – our inner core – and how we perceive what’s going on and how we value ourselves. All Cerebral Medulla issues are to do with our “core” and how we stand up for and value ourselves. Our self-esteem and inner core strength. All issues are similar to how a bone reacts; when a bone heals, it is stronger than before the break. So after repair, organs are stronger than before.
Physical symptoms that may “result” from a cerebral medulla conflict are often related to structural, tissue and/or hormonal issues—like stress fractures, back pain, torn shoulder or knee ligaments, autoimmune disease, and fatigue. The body is a metaphor and symptoms can be very telling for what is really going on under hood.
For example: The knees help us to squat, to bend down, to be flexible. So knee problems have to do with
flexibility, like the inability to be flexible enough to compete against somebody.
The foot has to do with flexibility and moving forward. So problems with ankles and feet have to do with inability to move forward – in a relationship, or in career, or in a certain situation.
The pelvic area is the house of sexual organs, so it has to do with sexual self-devaluation. “I am just not good enough sexually”, or “My sex life sucks”.
Teeth bone issues? A bite conflict characterized as self devaluation of feeling unable to take a bite or strike a bite, like speaking up for yourself or attaining a goal you’ve been pining for.
Cortex – Mucus Membranes and Outer Skin
The Cortex is involved with how individuals interact with each other, the world, and organize socially—think: getting married, having philosophical conversations, building community, watching the news, contributing to society, etc.
Cortex-related organs help us to feel contact – the outer skin (epidermis) of all organs in the body, the eyes to see, the inner ears, communication, the whiteness of our teeth, allergy-sensitive tissues in our lungs and throat.
Cortex-rleated conflicts have to do with sensory perception; perceiving the environment, communication,
social behavior, interactions. They are related to defining territories and learning how to interact as well as with separation issues. The cortex has to do with the social environment. Your ability to deal with other people; your ability to deal with “the outside world”.
So, any conflict shock that stresses us out in relation to our external environment could technically manifest as symptomology in the body—sexual or body image pressures, safety issues, competition with another colleague
or with another person for a particular girl’s or boys affection, position and status in community or family, or someone who crosses your boundaries,
The common cold is great example—a “this stinks” conflict that arises every winter as the weather starts to shift. You think: “This cold weather stinks!” Not long after, the cough, fever, the sore throat come on.
Eye problems like a stye in the eye or contact dermatitis? These have to do with a “being seen” conflict—where in your life do you not feel fully seen?
Diabetes and hypoglycemia stem from “disgust, revulsion, fear and resistance conflicts” (such as feeling disgusted by your weight in light of society’s standards of what you think you ‘should be,’ a “fear” conflict around getting fat, or a resistance conflict to being viewed as a minority in society).
Our first Gut Brain Principle (Dis-ease” (Stress) in Our Lives Shows Up as “Disease” (Stress) in the Body) is the complete opposite of Conventional Medicine theory, which says that disease is a mistake of nature or that it has external reasons. It focuses on the Hardware (form, substance, energy, fuel) and the person is a victim. For example:
- accidents (car crash, cutting finger with knife, etc.)
- bad nutrition and diet (vitamin, enzyme, mineral deficiency, etc.)
- lack of exercise (loss of muscles or functionality, etc.)
- harmful substances (chemicals, toxins, bad air, smoking, etc.)
A gut-brain connection approach proposes the model based on Software (content intelligence, information, instructions, emotions, perceptions) therefore disease starts from within and the individual person – since it is the individual’s personal history that has created the body response. The statement from the American Psychology Association couldn’t be further from the truth: “Almost every major illness that people acquire is linked to chronic stress.”
If we solve the negative situation, then we can begin to fully heal from disease or pain ailments, and we need to look holistically at mind, body, spirit, social interactions, environment, in order to remove energetic blockages holding our body back from optimal wellbeing (Negative Emotions, Limiting Decisions, Limiting Beliefs, wrong strategies, etc.).
#2. The Onset of Disease & Symptoms Happens in 2 Phases:
After the onset of a Significant Emotional Stressor (SES), the second brain then goes through two primary phases, followed by “resolution.”
Phase 1: Conflict Active
Phase 2: The Healing Phase
Phase 1: Conflict Active (Fight or Flight – “Stress Mode”)
In the first phase (“conflict active”), the body enters in permanent “stress mode” as if it is running from a bear in the wild: metabolism is increased, the person has lots of energy, the need for food and sleep decreases (with regular waking up around 3 am), pulse rate increases, extremities get cold easily, and the body is using its reserves (energy and nutrients) especially if the stress period is prolonged.
When we go into “stress mode,” specific areas of the brain get activated and begin sending inflammatory signals to specific tissues, organs, microbes and cells, depending on the specific type of stress (example: “indigestible” conflict sends signals to the gut, manifesting as IBS, bloating, constipation). CT brain scans show concentric rings in certain areas of the brain (correlated with specific body organs and tissues where inflammation or disease may manifest for that person).
For example, a person with acne would have concentric rings in the cerebellum, connected to the skin, whereas a person with irritable bowel syndrome would have concentric rings in the brain stem region, connected to the digestive system.
Ideally, Phase 1 is “quick” and it passes onto phase 2 (the healing phase—where symptoms develop).
However, it is important to note that many of us are actually living with “hanging conflicts” with little or no symptoms (since symptoms in the conflict-active phase are rare). A “hanging conflict” refers to the situation where a person remains in the conflict-active phase because the conflict cannot or has not yet been resolved.
With lasting intense conflict activity (such as continuing to work at a job you hate, working 14 hour days as a high-stressed CEO, staying in a relationship with a narcissistic partner or growing up under the roof of a controlling father)—such ongoing stressors drain the body of energy. Ever wonder why the average American drinks 2 to 3 cups of coffee daily—many for a boost of energy? Their HPA Axis (stress hormone management system) is depleted. The same thing goes for the 50% who experience regular circadian “misalignment,” sleep deprivation and insomnia, and the widespread feeling of being “fat, foggy and fatigue” by many, without an official diagnosis of anything.
Phase 2: Healing Phase (Symptoms Begin)
In the second phase (“conflict resolution”), as the initial triggering stressor calms down (ie. The bear stops chasing you in the wild), you go into “parasympathetic” (less stressed out) mode and the body begins to take in everything that just happened. Interestingly, the development of the symptoms always matches the development of the conflict and the type of conflict. (ie. sudden conflict = sudden illness; building/long term conflict = disease builds over time).
This is where symptoms of all sorts unfold: tumors (cancer), cold and flu, chronic fatigue, skin breakouts, yeast infections, anxiety, hair loss, thyroid flare, food intolerance, constipation, fever, back pain, stress fractures. During this phase, you need to regain energy and you also need correct mental, emotional and nutritional support.
Phase 2 is actually known as the “healing phase” (what we may call “disease” or “diagnosis”).
On the brain level, most symptoms, diagnoses and diseases occur during the healing phase, when the localized brain edema causes the brain pressure to increase. Any health symptoms you start experiencing — from headaches to insomnia to acne to body fat gain to bloating— are actually a sign that your body is trying to heal. In phase 2, your entire metabolism is now decreased, tiredness and need for a lot of sleep sets in, appetite increases, and symptoms such as fever, inflammation or pain may occur but these are part of the repair program.
During this phase it is helpful to reduce and support symptoms with nutrient dense foods, supplemental and lifestyle therapies. Some remedies that bring brain edema down naturally include:
- Drinking green tea and danelion tea;
- Lymphatic drainage (dry brushing, legs up the wall, homeopathic tinctures);
- Apple cider vinegar shots;
- Celery juice, tart cherry juice or cranberry juice;
- Putting a heat or ice pack on the head;
- Castor oil packs;
- Tea tree oil essential oils;
- Hot cold therapy, such as sauna or hot showers followed by cold showers or cold plunges;
- Breath work and yoga;
- Massage and acupuncture
- Anti-inflammatory supplements like liposomal vitamin C, liposomal curcumin, glutathione
Ultimately, here you need to regain energy and also need the correct mental, emotional and nutritional support in order to fully heal.
In order to “get out of phase 2” (reverse disease), a “healing crisis” has to first occur.
The Healing Crisis, also known as the epileptoid crisis, is initiated at the height of the healing phase sits in the middle of the 2nd phase (the resolution) and it is a short period where symptoms seemingly get worse or “flare” or “spike” (before they get better) as the Gut Brain re-experiences the conflict once more (ie. the reappearance of the stress) before propelling the body into complete resolution.
A fever is a perfect example of this. The body is sick (“healing mode” from an indigestible “stink conflict”—something feeling lousy or sucky in your life). A fever spikes (“healing crisis”). Then it comes down and things get better on the other side.
With binge eating and weight gain, you slowly put on extra pounds through emotional eating (“healing mode” from feeling lonely and rejected), then you may have a “breaking point” (like a really intense episode of binging), after that, you decide, ‘never again’ and you leave that life behind.
With Hashimoto’s and hypothyroidism, you feel tired, lose your hair, get constipated easily (“healing mode” after a self-devaluation conflict of years of people pleasing and not feeling good enough), then you experience a “big flare” of 2x your symptoms after you finally say “no” for the first time(“healing crisis”), followed by health resolution—the body comes back to baseline.
The Healing Crisis happens because the edema on the brain relay is pressed out and discharged. The Healing Crisis can be short and not noticeable, or up to several hours or days and causing severe symptoms.
Knowing how both the Gut Brain connection and the Healing Crisis work actually gives you a huge advantage in healing your body from any chronic health condition with your mind.
This is because resolution of symptoms and disease (to get out of phase 2 occurs in the brain)!
Bonus: Phase 3: Resolution (or Persisting Chronic Illness)
You have one of two options after symptoms arise: recover or continue being sick. Chronic illness is often a byproduct of unresolved (tissue, organ, bacterial and cellular level) stress. Because, otherwise, the body has the perfect blueprint of health and healing already inside.
For example, break a bone and slap a cast on it, and in 6 to 8 weeks, your bone is “healed.” Your body naturally wants to heal and resolve the issues in your tissues unless…the stressors go unaddressed.
How to “resolve” issues?
Resolution of chronic symptoms and disease can occur through either:
(1.) External circumstances change (ie. You break up with the bad boyfriend);
(2.) Inner awareness—becoming conscious and recognizing the stressors that preceded your illness or symptoms (ie. Realizing the ‘indigestible conflict’ behind your gut issues are unresolved conflict with your dad), and/or,
(3.) Taking Action (making a decision to resolve the initial conflict directly).
Remember, stress (conflict shocks) in the brain is what sends signals for the body to get sick and develop symptoms in the first place via the Gut Brain axis.
Symptoms are simply the Unconscious Mind’s way of speaking to us! (Are you listening?!).
Hence, when we become more conscious of the root causes of our symptoms, the brain says “Finally! Thankyou! I can move on now!” And it reduces the swelling in the brain and corresponding organs and tissues, allowing complete healing and less stress to occur in the body.
It’s sort of like standing in an ocean in the shallow area at the beach. If you stand in the ocean with your back to the waves, what happens when the waves come and you don’t see them? You fall forward! However, imagine you turn around in the same spot and face the waves. Now what happened when you see them coming? Your better able to brace yourself! The waves don’t have quite the same strength or charge because you’re better able to brace yourself.
Voila: stress or symptoms don’t get the best of you when you understand what purpose and message your symptoms were trying to communicate.
Although some conditions seemingly spontaneously resolve on their own (without our conscious awareness), this is still due to less stress in the body overall.
For example: I recently experienced asthma and shortness of breath from a mold trigger while visiting my childhood home in Arkansas.
Lung symptoms related death fright conflict). My lingered for 5 days after my trip—so much to the point that I made an appointment with my primary care doctor (I NEVER go to the doctor).
Why did my symptoms persist?! Home is where I almost literally died growing up and, even though I’ve healed, there are many little triggers and reminders to my subconscious mind (my limbic system) of that time in my life.
However, when I finally reflected upon why my symptoms were flaring, the simple recognition of this fact allowed my symptoms to heal! The symptoms spiked high one last day (“healing crisis”) then completely resolved on their own.
We can also PRO-ACTIVELY resolve conflicts once we identify the underlying stressors triggering our symptoms.
For example, I could take my lung healing a step further by simply reminding my Gut Brain axis: “I am healed. I am whole. There’s nothing to fear now” or I could actually do something that “scares” me (be brave) in any area of my life that I’ve had fear or anxiety (such as applying for a Ted Talk or speaking up for myself).
The resolution of symptoms and conflicts is highly individualized to you and this is where you (and your clinical) get creative!
Why Certain Stressors Affect Us More Than Others
A quick note on stress: Stress is inevitable, which is why understanding the 7 Gut Hungers and which one you have, if any, can be insightful to figuring out what stressors in particular are driving your symptoms. Hunger goes beyond just feeling hungry in your gut. Hunger also includes hungers we have in our heart and in our head.
The 7 Gut Hungers are the 7 essential needs that all humans have that, when left unmet or unsatisfied, one or many of these gut hungers can set the stage for symptoms to develop. The 7 Types of Gut Hunger include, the hunger to feel:
Worth. All humans want to feel noticed, important and good enough, like you matter—this is why we like to see our number of “Likes” on social media
Control. Humans want and hunger for a sense of security or control, like a consistent routine or schedule. The need for independence, or doing things our way is also in here, sort of like when you were 2 years old and learned the word “no.”
Purpose. A reason why you’re here. Connection to something greater and a sense of meaning, giving back and making a difference. This is why the Tom’s Shoe model works so well—buy a pair of shoes for you…give one to someone else…
Change. We don’t like being bored or feeling like we are stuck in a rut… new starts and change, or simply variety in our schedule each week, is exciting—like starting a new school year…doing a spin class one day, pilates the next…or setting new goals…
Connection. Social isolation or feeling unwanted or left out kills the soul. Did you ever not get invited to the birthday party? Total pit in your stomach.
Growth. We want to feel like we are going places: learning, evolving, or working towards something. This is why at least 1 to 2 hours of the average employee’s work day is spent looking for NEW jobs, and it is also why, after earning your college degree, you thought about going back to school or doing a new certification. And it is why learning a new skill—like acting, photography or weight training is exciting…
Comfort. We like to feel comfortable and enjoy the good things—vacation, retirement, play, fun. All work, no play leaves us tired and pining for the next vacation.
When any of these needs are unmet, it can explain why, in certain situations, we may feel more stressed, anxious or perceive certain events or circumstances as “shocking,” creating the perfect opportunity for symptoms in the body, especially if more than one hunger is created at once.
For example, if you find out that your partner has been cheating on you with your best friend, goodbye self-worth and a feeling of control. Hello “indigestible” conflict and subsequent SIBO and candida symptoms that manifest over the next few months. Or, say you experience an excess amount of stress at once—your workload at your job requires 48 hours in a day (versus 24) to get it all done, your 17 year old cat dies, you have to move apartment buildings suddenly due to a water leak, and you’re sleep deprived. There goes control with your never-ending to do list and sudden job move, loss of connection (work is taking you away from your social life), and comfort—lack of sleep does not do a body good. If you’re unaware, a host of symptoms could manifest
Sometimes gut hungers can manifest, not only as health symptoms, but in our food as well.
If life feels chaotic, for example, there’s nothing like eating the same things every single day or, the flip side, eating an entire batch of cookies for a sense of calm and control.
On the flip side, if life feels out of control, our need for certainty may lead to obsession over calories or a pint of Ben & Jerry—something we can control. If we are bored and needing variety in our job or relationship, we may seek that in a spicy Thai meal or pizza party…with ourselves…or struggle with making commitments of any sort. If life is uncomfortable—take a pandemic for example—no wonder you crave comfort foods like ice cream and pizza; or turn to a food list to find grounding.
Not sure what gut hungers or unmet need(s) you have? No sweat. This is where we come back to your symptoms and your habits food—which can often tell you!
Gut issues and eating issues, as demonstrated ad nauseam, can stem from indigestible conflicts—something that we cannot swallow or digest, such as feeling out of control, lonely or left out (a lack of connection), worthless or meaningless.
Hormonal imbalances can stem from territorial conflicts—feeling like our partner is not respecting us (lack of connection), feeling stagnant in a job or circumstance we dislike (lack of growth), an obligation infringing on our territory (such as a commitment to take care of an aging parent when our siblings cannot help, and like our own schedule no longer matters).
On the food side of things: Restrictive eating is often an identity conflict for many—a lack of self worth. For others it’s a lack of love—restriction and self denial eases the pain. Stuffing your face, followed by purging, restricting or dieting, can be a sign of overwhelm—lack of control—you feel stuffed and to release the overwhelm, the purge happens. Binge eating alone is often due to a lack of love and connection—either for yourself or with others. The food is always there though.
On a simpler note: Chocolate cravings often signal of a need for love and connection. Crunchy and salty food cravings can represent unexpressed anger or frustration perhaps in a relationship or out-of-control situation. Cling to your personal label as a Vegan or Keto adherent? You may be seeking identity or a sense of purpose in other areas.
So what are you hungry for?
#3. The Mind, Body & Spirit Are Connected
The third “principle” of the gut-brain connection basically asserts that you are a whole person, and thus health issues should be viewed from a holistic perspective. Physical disease in the body is derived from ‘dis-ease’ in the mind and spirit. Likewise, physical dis-ease (such as sleep deprivation or lack of exercise) also disrupts peace and causes distress in the mind and spirit.
There are 4 primary mental and spiritual stressors or conflicts that create physical “disease” in the body (ie. A Significant Biological Program),
Specifically, they include:
- “Direct Survival”, “Morsel” or “Indigestible Conflict”
- “Attack”, “Intact-ness” (fear of attack or being cut/pierced) Conflict
- “Self-devaluation”, “Collapse of self-esteem” Conflict
- “Territory and Separation” Conflict
Some specific examples of these mental and spiritual “conflict shocks” at play include things like:
Conflict 1: “Morsel Conflict”
A morsel is a survival lifeline or sustenance, such as food, relationships, job and money, family connection, health in body. Digestion problems and eating disorders are often “morsel conflicts.”
- Hearing news that is difficult to “digest”
- A job loss (your survival)
- A situation that is difficult to “digest” (such as the boy choosing your best friend over you)
Conflict 2: Attack or Fear of Being Attacked Conflict
Exactly what it sounds like—feeling like others or the world is working against you.
- Being backstabbed by a friend or colleague
- A difficult law suit
- Being cut down by someone else
- An abusive relationship
Conflict 3: Self Devaluation / Self Esteem Conflict
The conflict is experienced as a byproduct of humiliation (accusations, scoldings, derogatory remarks), abuse (physical, sexual, verbal), failure (at work, at school, in sports, in a relationship, as a parent or partner), a poor performance (intellectual, artistic, athletic), or feelings of shame and guilt.
- Not feeling “good enough”
- Getting “in your head” and comparing yourself to others
- Constantly people pleasing others
Conflict 4: Territory & Separation
This conflict involves anything that metaphorically represents your territory: Communication, social interactions, sexual issues with a partner or self (infertility), safety issues, competition, position in community or family, boundaries, Living environment, etc.
- Parents’ divorce
- Moving to a new city—and leaving all your friends behind
- A child leaving the nest for college
- Not feeling “good enough”
The same event or conflict stressor can impact two people completely differently! For example, one child may interpret a parental separation as an indigestible conflict which later manifests as IBS and food intolerances, whereas another child perceives it directly as a territorial separation conflict, resulting in co-dependency behaviors and hormonal imbalances, like irregular periods or low libido, down the line.
Special Note on Right & Left Handedness:
Are you right or left handed? This answer can determine the meaning behind certain diseases or imbalances that show up in your body. For a right handed person (dominant side), any imbalances or bumps, lumps, fractures, etc. occurring on the right side have to do with conflicts with the “outer world” parts of your life.
- Partner male or female
- Anyone that is like a person’s father (e.g. Sugar Daddy)
Your left hand side (or non-dominant side) imbalances have to do with your inner world or “female passive” sides of you including:
- Anyone/Anything that is like a person’s baby/mother
- Animals-Pets e.g. a business that is a person’s “baby”, a car (my baby), a piece of research personal work, etc.
For example, a woman with a left-sided breast cancer tumor may have a “nest conflict (separation conflict)” after her last child leaves the nest. Who is she now without being a mom at home?
A person with a right-sided sty in their right eye may have a self-devaluation conflict with their “partner” side when they don’t feel seen by their significant other in their life (“will he ever notice me?!”).
You get the picture. Ultimately, this is important because a disease is usually localized on the side of the body, and knowing which side is male and which one female we can and recognize the possible sources of the conflict. If the person is right handed and the disease affects an organ on the right hand side of the body, then we know it could be about father, boss, employer, partner in life, Etc. For left-handed people the response it’s reversed.
Handedness is not always a “rule” (there are some diseases that show up internally for example (like hypothyroidism) where sides don’t seem to matter. But in cases where chronic or acute issues crop up on a side, be curious as to what is driving this.
#4. Gut Bacteria (Microbes) Drive Disease & Healing
Microbes don’t cause diseases but play instead a vital role during the healing and resolution phase of sickness.
Gut bacteria are not active when the body is healthy. They are balanced and at peace. However, after fight or flight mode, this is when gut microbes go to work to heal (which is why gut issues and stress go hand in hand as well). After, the moment any stress or conflict is “resolved” (fight or flight is over), our fungi, bacteria and viruses GO TO WORK. They become active and begin to assist the healing process. (Gut “problems”, like SIBO, candida, dysbiosis, are often signs that the body is trying to heal from stress).
Basically, the Fourth of Biological Laws of German New Medicine shows us that so-called “diseases” occur exclusively during Phase 2, wherein our body activates gut microbes to optimize healing (this is why 100’s of thousands of studies now exist showing the gut microbiome’s role in practically every single disease).
When actively helping you to heal, microbes require a warm environment—explaining the development of inflammation, fever, exacerbated gut-brain related symptoms during Phase 2, like bloating, diarrhea, SIBO, skin breakouts, thyroid problems, hormone imbalances, brain fog, hypo and hyperglycemia and beyond.
Microbes require a vagotonic state to “go to work”—basically a state where the vagus nerve that governs body balance and digestion is offline and “under-functioning”. The vagotonic state is dominant in every healing phase 2 after phase 1 (a period of stress or a conflict shock) has occurred.
Therefore, unlike previously assumed, the onset of most all symptoms you experience are not brought on solely by an imbalanced pH level, or the “wrong diet”, or “catching” a stomach bug from someone else.
Instead, symptoms stem from the transition from a conflict-active phase (stress phase) into the healing phase (symptom phase), and the increased activity of microbes. Interestingly, if the required gut bacteria are not available upon the resolution of the conflict (life if they were destroyed through an overuse of antibiotics or antimicrobial herbs), the sicker we get and weaker our immune system.
This is why antibiotic exposure has been linked to dysbiosis and increased rates of sickness in our life. Additionally, dysbiosis (imbalanced gut bacteria) and antibiotic-destroyed microbes are a common reason why many people report feeling “better” nowadays on a low-starch, higher protein diet.
Bacteria and fungi fungal contain large amounts of protein. However, considering a vast majority of people have “insufficiency” dysbiosis (not enough healthy bacteria), it is therefore vital to replenish the protein deficiency through protein-rich foods, protein-drinks, amino acid supplements, and the like in order to achieve “balance.”
Ultimately, gut bacteria are endemic—normal parts of life and all around us, and we need them to be healthy.
They live in harmony with all organisms of the natural environment, in which they have developed over millions of years. Contact with microbes that are foreign to the human body, for example through traveling abroad, does not cause per se a “disease”.
However, if, let’s say, an American happens to resolve a particular conflict—like relief from the job they hate—in India and comes in contact with local microbes, the related organ will use them for the healing process (symptoms and disease process). Since the body is not accustomed to these foreign microorganisms, the healing symptoms can be quite severe.
Cultural, political, social, gender or economic aspects are also decisive factors as to why people in certain regions are more (or less) vulnerable to experience specific types of conflicts. For instance, the incidence and prevalence rates of diabetes (linked to resistance conflicts) are much higher among Native American and Alaska Native peoples compared to the general population—populations that have been “pushed out” or pushed against in our culture.
The fact that women have greater rates of heart disease in America (linked to an overwhelmed conflict) than Japan (the lowest rate of heart disease) has nothing to do with a different diet as suggested, but with the significantly higher amount of “stress overload” Americans tend to take on; whereas Japan’s leading disease is lung cancer—linked to a territorial fear conflict.
Interestingly, Japanese work culture has been highly criticized for putting unbearable amounts of work-related stress and tension upon employees—almost likened to a straight jacket, infringing on their freedom “territory.”
Ultimately, it’s important to know that: Diseases are not contagious!
Based on the two-phase pattern of every SBS (Significant Biological Shock—the “trigger” for unwellness), “infections” cannot be transmitted to another person since the symptoms (discharge, inflammation, fever) are already healing symptoms. Your microbes are your microbe—doing their thing, whereas your partner’s or your friend’s or your school classmates’ microbes are their microbes, doing their own thing.
Moreover, the specific conflict shock that activates a Biological Special Program (disease via Phase 1 and Phase 2) is a highly individual conflict experience.
If two or more people happen to have the same symptoms, for example, a stomach bug, a cold or flu, allergies, this means that all of them are in the healing phase of the type of conflict that has been resolved—for example: an “indigestible” conflict or a “stink” conflict”_
Disease and symptoms strike most commonly when we’ve been in a season of stress or negative, stinkin’ thinking—during which our unconscious mind (the second brain) is most vulnerable and susceptible to external stressors as well.
For example, the mom that “catches” the stomach bug from her 3 year old, catches it after the “indigestible conflict”— stressing out over the wellbeing of her kid. After the “conflict shock” has passed and his diarrhea and vomiting quiets down, all is “well” and boom!
She gets sick. Her body and psyche is no longer in fight or flight. Whereas, the 3 year old that originally caught the stomach bug was first exposed to it at school—but it wasn’t the exposure that “got him.” Instead the bug “struck” after the “indigestible conflict” of his distress in the presence of the classroom bully passes—when the bully himself gets sick, and is no longer in school for.a couple days!
The same holds true for epidemics and pandemics which are the result of conflicts affecting large populations (ie. Attack conflicts, territorial fear conflicts, death fright conflicts). This was the case for the 2020 Covid-19 pandemic, where millions of people had varying symptoms—some had lung and breathing issues, whereas others experienced chest pains, brain fog, congestion, high fevers, runny noses, fatigue, stomach pains and diarrhea, autoimmune disease flares and beyond.
Whereas others tested positive and had no symptoms at all; or if they did catch it, fared easily as if it was a light cold.
Why so many differences? This is because each individual was processing the pandemic completely differently!
For those who watched the news programming daily, hearing reports like, “this is a deadly virus” or lost loved ones, may have experienced a “death fright” conflict themselves—resulting in lung symptoms, or chest and heart problems.
Whereas those who interpreted the pandemic as a territorial fear conflict (especially during lock down and isolation), were more likely to develop upper respiratory symptoms; and the people who experienced “morsel” or “indigestible conflicts”—such as the inability digest losing their job or fearing the loss of their livelihood (their “morsels”) may present with gut symptoms, binge eating or food restriction.
Interestingly, after the “resolution” of the 4 week “lock down”, a time when Americans should have had stronger immune systems (ie. they weren’t around each other to get sick, so no one should have been sick!), the Covid-19 virus numbers “sky rocketed.”
Was it really the virus out in the wild, or was it the “resolution” of the conflict active phase 1—isolation and fear, that sent people’s immune systems into “disease” or healing phase 2 (where everyone got sick)? The ensuing virus outbreak was almost a self-fulfilling prophecy.
#5: Disease & Symptoms Are a Way Your Body is Speaking to You (“Please Listen, I Want to Help You”)
Our bodies want to work for us, not against us. As Dr. Hamer once stated: “All so-called diseases have a special biological meaning…Nothing in Nature is meaningless, malignant or diseased.”
Any disease or symptoms we experience are opportunities to get curious into what our body is trying to tell us (ie. What emotional triggers or stressful events have happened lately?). Once resolved, the body is better able to heal!
What About X-Factors?
Phew! There you go, the 5 Gut Brain Principles or Biological Laws of German New Medicine that explain why we get sick and how to begin uniting both the mind and body in order to heal.
However, before we march on, a common question, and perhaps sensitive skepticism, raised in light of receiving this information is: “But REALLY? You’re saying all sickness is in my head?! What about food poisoning in Mexico? And toxic mold? And bee stings? And car wrecks? And ankle sprains? This is hogwash!”
Yes. And no.
You are a whole—a body. A head. A heart. There is no “one-size-fits-all” for why cancer happens. Why we get sick from toxic mold or food poisoning. And, certainly, x-factors happen.
If you’re walking down the street and get hit by a bus, it probably doesn’t have anything to do with the fact that you were wrestling with a “mobility conflict” and struggling to move forward in some area of you life.
Just like you could rent a house infested with (hidden) toxic mold and contract all sorts of “unexplainable” symptoms—from IBS to brain fog, asthma, acne, hair loss, food intolerances, hormone imbalances, and beyond; or you may drink some bad water in another country and return home with a few extra buddies in your belly, or go through an intense round of chemotherapy, only to be told that the cancer is still present.
Sometimes x-factors like these physical disease and unwellness drivers can become the actual “SES” (significant emotional shocks)—stressors— in our health journey, that in turn, result in a whole slew of other chronic health issues.
For example, lung cancer is one of the most common “metasticized” cancers and secondary cancer diagnoses for individuals with another cancer diagnosis. A vast majority of folks with lung cancer are not smokers at all. Interestingly, lung symptomology (like lung cancer)is connected to a “death fright” conflict—something many patients report experiencing after receiving their initial cancer diagnosis.
Food poisoning is the number one driver for irritable bowel syndrome, parasitic infections and SIBO (small intestinal bacterial overgrowth). Sometimes there’s no getting around being dealt a “bad hand” of lettuce in your Cesar salad or undercooked salmon at your favorite Habachi grill. Yet, once the infection happens—what separates one that contracts a decade’s worth or watery diarrhea from the person who is “out” for 24 hours then bounces back with an iron stomach?
This is where understanding what, if any, indigestible conflicts are present in our life. Have I been having a difficult time “digesting” a difficult boss or relationship? A demanding schedule? Wanting a different career or education path, and feeling overwhelmed? There are other variables at play that can “turn on” the gut-brain axis once an X-factor has occurred.
Another example: Bee stings and flu shot reactions. Bee stings sting—but why does one get hives whereas another yells “ouch!” And then goes on about their day
One more: Toxic mold—a great example that can seemingly come from out of nowhere and provoke a slew of symptoms, including provoking a variety of autoimmune and neurological diseases. As you know, I lived in a toxic mold-infested home for several years, and chances are, if you’ve ever lived in a college dorm, a home older than 10 years, or moved homes a few times in your life that you have too. At least 1 out of 2 homes nationwide have some mold contamination.
That said, what separates one person from getting super sick while living in mold and another that shows no symptoms at all? Why did I grow up in a home with mold and survive college dorm life just fine, then all of a sudden get super sick living in a moldy rental home, and from there on out become “sensitive” to mold in the foreseeable future when exposed?
This is where the gut-brain connection comes into place—and the perfect storm of other significant stressors in your life that the brain then associates with mold. And during the time I lived in that moldy rental house, boy was life stressful:
- I was sleeping 4-5 hours most nights
- Starting my own business and financially stressed
- Working 12 hour days
- Working out 3-4 hours every day
- Living with a stressful roommate and her cat (that I was allergic to)
- Feeling unseen and unheard by doctors, my family, and friends as symptoms began to develop
- Struggling with residual digestive and hormonal imbalances from my eating disorder past
Just to name a ‘few’ stressors—stressors that my gut-brain axis began to correlate with mold.
Like Pavlov’s Law—you know the study where, at first, every time that scientists ring a bell, they serve food to dogs. Then the scientists take away the food, but still ring the bell—and find that the dogs salivate and get hungry for food just at that sound.
Likewise, my gut-brain axis associated stress with mold, so any time that I encountered mold or moldy items, in the present and future, my gut-brain was cued to instantly react: Asthma, chest tightness, anxiety,
Every time I would go tour a new rental home or look for a new home to purchase, my brain (limbic system) automatically recalled the 20 other homes in my past that I reacted to the year I was super sick, and signals of “fear” shot up and down the gut-brain axis, provoking strong mold reactions.
The beautiful thing about this whole gut-brain work and Biological Laws of German New Medicine are that they can help explain the root cause of why disease or chronic conditions persist after the parasite has been addressed, or after you’ve moved out of the mold, or after the initial cancer has been addressed, or after you’re already eating a clean diet and working out—but the weight is not budging.
Above all, remember, disease and symptoms are not “mind OR body,” they are both. You are a whole person.