2. The Mineral Substances of Life
2.1.3 Switching to lower potentiations:
In his book “Lehrbuch der Biochemie” 11 , Kurt Hickethier rather takes the view not to abandon the potentiation stated by Dr. Schuessler. He writes:
“In case of serious diseases, the remedies have to be administered in short intervals of ten or five or even three minutes. It is more appropriate to use ten dispensations of the sixth decimal than a one-time dispensation of D5. I would even suggest that three dispensations D6 even in urgent cases remedy the deficiency better than a D5 dispensation although the D5 exhibits not only a threefold but a tenfold amount of salt of life as opposed to a D6. With this in mind, I once again emphasize: rather use a higher dilution in more frequent dispensations than a lower dilution in rarer dispensations. In serious cases and in case of great deficiencies it seems justified to administer for a short time every few minutes a dispensation of the usual dilution in order to prevent a deviation. Dr. Schuessler states on page 13 of his therapy, “The dosis of a salt prescribed for biochemical purposes may rather be too small than too large. If it is too small, the repetition of the same leads to the aim; if it is too large, the designed purpose is entirely unsuccessful. The sentence, “a lot helps a lot” is based on a traditional misunderstanding which due to its consequences can prove to be harmful.”
It could easily happen now that somebody argues that one dispensation each minute – as recommended by Kurt Hickethier – would be quite too much. This would be exactly the same as in the case of “a lot helps a lot”, a sentence which he himself declined as inappropriate. With regard to this, the following hint may be quite helpful:
The mineral substances according to Dr. Schuessler are also offered in D3. If one changes over from D6 to D3, each tablet contains as many mineral substance molecules as thousand tablets in D6. The layman who might take a tablet in D3 is not conscious of this situation and only compares the number of the tablets which are prescribed, which creates a great misunderstanding for the user who would rather administer a larger number of tablets in D6. In this potentiation it is easier for the organism to integrate, resp., to incorporate the offered mineral substance compounds into his own stock.
2.1.4 Distribution of the Molecules
If a person changes over from the twelfth decimal titration into the sixth, then these tablets contain as many active substances as a million tablets of the twelfth decimal titration. Insofar it cannot be a matter of the number of tablets but only of the integration capacity of the organism. Here, not the potentiations are regarded but solely and exclusively the provision of the body with missing mineral substance molecules.
From this context alone, Hickethier’s protest regarding the changing over into lower potencies can be understood. He exclusively regards the amount of the mineral substance molecules offer and not the number of the tablets. From the perspective of substitution – namely the filling up of missing molecules – this is the only acceptable point of view. Considerations exist not only from him with regard to how many active substance molecules are contained in the individual potentiations.
“Even if the pea-sized amount is estimated no matter how small, we have a matter of many trillions, often even one or several sextillions of molecules. Let us suppose about a sextillion = one thousand trillions =
1 000.000 000.000 000.000 000, then, in the sixth decimal titration (as the salt accounts for 1/1000000 of the total amount, we still have one thousand billons = 1 quadrillion of salt molecules. In the twelfth decimal titration, there are still one thousand million (one billion). If we now bear in mind that the human body contains about 30 trillions of cells and that of these only a small part suffers from illness, then we can see that to every diseased cell there still relates an impressive number of life salt particles.“ 12
Dr. Schuessler has also dealt with this subject in his “Abgekürzte Therapie“13:
“One milligram of substance should on average contain 16 trillions of molecules, consequently the sixth decimal titration contains around about sixteen billions. This sum is more than sufficient for balancing out disturbances in the movement of molecules in the tissues.”
Also Dr. Schneider is reflecting on this subject in his book “Biochemischer Hausarzt“14:
“On 1 g of Kalium sulfuricum in the sixth decimal potency, thus, goes 0.000001 g = 1 millionth of a gram of Kalium sulfuricum. This amount seems all too low. But one should consider that according to scientific estimation, about 16 trillions of molecules go on one milligram of matter, so that the 6th decimal trituration still contains about 16 molecules, and that furthermore the salt content of the cells is 16 trillions of molecules, so that consequently the sixth decimal trituration is still so low that one red blood cell contains about the billionth part of a gram of potassium chloride. One g of the 6th decimal trituration of potassium chloride would thus cover the entire content of potassium chloride of a million of red blood cells. But it is not that potassium chloride is missing in the entire body, it is, however, just reduced.”
The above stated point of view, however, gets into conflict with the healing method of stimuli. For homeopaths, the many substances form the base for various remedies which as stimuli have to enable, resp., to promote the self-healing abilities of the organism. Furthermore, the various potencies of one and the same remedy could have completely different effects.
Amongst others, Dr. Schneider reports in his previously frequently cited book, “Biochemischer Hausarzt“15 :“Sublimate, which in a dilution of 1‰16 is a toxin for the bacteria and fungi, promotes the growth of yeast cells in a dilution of 1 : 500 00017.“ In the third decimal trituration – this corresponds with a thousandth, thus one promille, the material acts as a toxin whereas in the fifth decimal dilution it acts as a life-promoting remedy.
Hickethier has dedicated a whole book to this debate and called it, “Heilwissen alter und neuer Schule“ [Healing methods of the old and the new school”] in which he writes in detail about the “Befriedigungsheilweise” [satisfactory healing method] which he understood as the provision with what is missing, thus the substitutional healing method.
2.1.5 Homeopathic remedies also contain mineral substances
In the chapter on the pH value it was already stated that many plants are in the first place suppliers of mineral substances, mainly as healing plants. The same can be said for homeopathical remedies, as Dr. Schneider assesses in “Biochemischen Hausarzt“:
“It is not questionable that the effect of quite a few indicated homeopathic remedies from the plant kingdom is based on their high content of salts. This way, we have for example silica in horsetail, in Secale cornutum, and in Cimicifuga; iron in China, Arnica, Aconit, Rhus, Veratrum, Gelsemium; fluorite in Phytolacca; magnesium phosphate in Belladonna, Stramonium, Colocynthis; sodium phosphate in Rheum, Hamamelis; potassium phosphate in Digitalis, Pulsatilla; calciumphosphate in Viburnum prunifolium, China; Chlornatrium in Secale cornutum, Cedron, Ailanthus; sodium chloride in Sanguinaria, Stillingia, Asclepias; sodium sulphate in Lycopodium, Nux vomica, Chelidonium, Iris versicolor, Podophyllinum, Bryonia, Apocynum; potassium sulphate in Viburnum prunifolium, Myrica cerifera; calcium sulphate in Ailanthus, Apocynum.“ 8
It is absolutely possible that some homeopathic remedy takes a providing action in a very low potency, quite in the sense of Dr. Schuessler and all followers of his biochemical method as a provisional healing method.
…to be continued
11 Hickethier, Kurt: Lehrbuch der Biochemie, Seite 50
12 Hickethier, Kurt: Lehrbuch der Biochemie, Seite 21
13 Schüßler, Abgekürzte Heilweise, 31. Auflage, 1904, Seite 12
14 Schneider, Dr. Med. J.: Biochemischer Hausarzt, Seite 6
15 Schneider, Dr. Med. J.: Biochemischer Hausarzt, Seite 7
18 Schneider, Dr. Med. J.: Biochemischer Hausarzt, Seite 9