To Doctor Henry C. Lin MD
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
Los Angeles, California
March 12, 2001
Dear Dr. Lin,
I am addressing this letter/medical-case-study to you because you seem to be more ‘open to ideas’ than many ‘mainstream’ medical researchers, and my purpose is to share a learning experience which could be useful to others which seems to intersect with your field of research. In the interests of sharing this experience, I shall also put this letter up on my website at www.goodshare.org/medicine.htm
My ‘connection’ to your research and outlook comes to me from readings on the internet and from your much appreciated response to my email of February 10th, through your assistant (S.P.), referring me to the Textbook of Gastroenterology Edited by T. Yamada, 2nd edition, in connection with my questions on an illness (gastric dysmotility) experienced by my mother which she is currently recovering from. I acquired the two volumes and studied the chapter on ‘Disorders of Gastric Emptying’ by yourself and William Hasler and found them to be very useful.
There is nothing like the serious illness of someone close, to make a person rack one’s brains and sift through one’s experience in search of something which might help. In my case, my repository of thoughts and experiences is permeated with findings from my personal research into ‘community as complex system’, the emergent patterns of relationship between a containing Unum and constituent Pluribus, at any scale level from atoms in cells to organs in organism to organisms in community and planets in the solar system.
What I would like to share with you for possible utility in your research and to share with anyone who might be induced to reflect on the basic conceptual underpinnings of health and healing, perhaps due to their own illness or arising from their supportive efforts for the healing of others, is a ‘relativity-based' perspective on how our western ‘rational’ culture, and particularly western medicine has an unnaturally constrained view of ‘health’ and how that can 'complicate' one's navigation of serious illness. That the constrained ‘Aesculapian’ view and the unconstrained ‘Hygiean’ view of health and healing have vied for primacy with each other over the past 2500 years, is not my focus in this letter (it was the focus in 'Helping Nature to Do Its Thing' at www.goodshare.org/hygiea.htm ). My focus in this letter/report is to share how illness in the family can put 'theory to the test' as to where and how to utilize these two views of health and healing, and how one's views on this duality can profoundly effect the treatment that one may ‘prescribe’ for oneself and the counsel one may give to others.
I can state very simply how, from the point of view of relativity theory, mainstream (‘Aesculapian’) medicine unnaturally constrains its thinking on the concepts of ‘health’ and ‘healing’ and one may refer back to the following statement while reading the report, since it is the ‘backbone’ theme;
In nature, as alluded to by relativity theory, the movements or ‘codynamics’ of the constituents of space (molecules, cells, organs, organisms etc.) associate simultaneously and reciprocally with the geometry of the enveloping space into which they are moving; i.e. the geometry of space which opens up before them giving them opportunity to move. This ‘geometry of space’ is a participant in physical phenomena since it gates, governs and shapes the patterns of movements of the constituents and the constituents simultaneously, reciprocally transform this 'geometry of space' by their codynamics. In our solar system and in natural systems in general, the relationship between the geometry of the containing space and the codynamics of the constituents of that space can become coordinated in such a manner that the ‘shape of space’ which opens up opportunity for constituent movement transforms in such a way as to sustain a state of ‘container-constituent-coresonance’. In other words, the constituents move in a codynamic which reciprocally transforms the shape of their enveloping space in such a manner as to harmoniously accommodate a sustained multi-constituent harmony. That is, systems in nature manifest the ability to establish ‘coresonance’ between the transforming shape of the containing space and the codynamics of the constituents. This sustainable ‘space-matter coresonance’ corresponds to a ‘healthy’ state of the system.
Natural systems can also ‘fall out’ of this healthy self-sustaining state of ‘container-constituent-coresonance’ into a dissonant state as seen in terms of one or more of the constituents no longer collaborating in the codynamic in a manner that cultivates the needed shape of opportunity space for accommodating coresonance amongst the ensemble of constituents, … a situation which results in the ‘snookering’ of some of the constituents (i.e. that results in some of the constituents being deprived of opportunity space to move into) and their exclusion from ‘space-time phase coupled’ participation in the codynamic. The ‘healing’ of such a system is not simply a matter of returning each constituent to ‘its correct working order’ as in the constrained thinking of the Aesculapian model, since the ‘health’ of the system associates with the relativistic state of ‘container-constituent-coresonance’ which means that the actions of all of the constituents in the system are ‘space-time phase coupled’; that is, the ‘correct working’ of the system as a whole cannot be specified in terms of the ‘correct working’ of the individual constituents ‘in their own right’ since, ‘to each constituent there is a season, and a time to its every purpose’ tied to the enveloping geometry of space.
The common experience of driving in traffic on a freeway provides an illustration of this point which is difficult to assimilate for we westerners of the Aesculapian tradition. The ‘container-constituent-coresonant’ state emerges when the drivers collaborate with an awareness that their individual movements are part of a group codynamic which simultaneously, reciprocally transforms the geometric shape of their enveloping space, … a shape which governs their opportunity for movement. They ‘co-create’ container-constituent-coresonance when they each move so as to collaboratively sustain the ‘opportunity space’ necessary for the continuing harmonious movement of their fellows. In order to achieve this coresonance (a measure of which would be the relative frequency of ‘snookering’ (disopportunizing) experienced by the constituents; i.e. the less disopportunizing the codynamic, the greater the coresonance) , the constituents must put their movements in the service of cultivating sustainable opportunity space for all; i.e. they must put the dynamically transforming shape of opportunity space into the primacy over their individual kinetic movements.
Should this ‘space-matter’ reciprocity fall out of coresonance into dissonance, there is no path to ‘healing’ based on the ‘correct driving’ of each of the drivers since the behaviour of the constituent seen in terms of an ‘independent causal agent’ ignores the space-time phase coupling relationships which associate with ‘container-constituent-coresonance’. Thus, the specification of ‘correct working’ on an individual constituent basis, for multiple constituents collaborating within a volumetric codynamic, is innately inadequate for specifying ‘coresonance’. The Aesculapian view is blind to 'coresonance' since Aesculapian specifications deal only with the ‘assertive behaviours of independent causal agents’, a model which imposes the split-apart ‘Euclidian space’ and ‘absolute time’ reference framing (assumes that space is infinite, empty and non-participating) and ignores the participatory role of the ‘geometry of space-time’ which provides the opportunity for the ‘assertive behaviours’, at the same time, gates and shapes them.
Thus, mainstream western medicine, i.e. ‘Aesculapian’ medicine, does not see ‘health’ in terms of ‘container-constituent-coresonance’ because the mathematical and conceptual ‘tooling’ of pre-relativistic science (i.e. mainstream science) is innately incapable of dealing with ‘container-constituent-coresonance’ (transform-motion which implies the dependence of the identity, properties and behaviours of the constituent on the geometry of its enveloping space) and banishes the treatment of space-matter coresonance to the scientific periphery and/or ‘parking lot’ of ‘complex systems studies’.
Mainstream western medicine, ‘Aesculapian’ medicine, therefore seeks to ‘heal’ the patient using the conceptual model that illness is ‘caused’ by a malfunctioning constituent/constituents, and attempts to eliminate, suppress, bypass or re-stimulate the defective constituent (to ‘purge the evil’, as it was seen in the ancient form of the Aesculapian tradition), so as to return each constituent, in ‘its own right’, as nearly as possible to ‘its correct working order’. ‘Health’ is thus seen as ‘the absence of dissonance’ in a degenerate, ‘mechanical’ sense which does not comprehend the space-time phase relationships between the assertive actions of the constituents and the geometry of its containing space; i.e. the Aesculapian notion of ‘health’ is too dimensionally constrained to account for the relativistic effects of ‘the participation of space in physical phenomena’ (Einstein) as occur in ‘container-constituent-coresonance’.
The ‘Hygiean’ practitioners of the so-called alternative medicines (e.g. naturopathy) have been disopportunized in their struggle for resources and for ‘peer review processes’ etc. because these medical approaches have been widely regarded as ‘quackery’ amongst the ‘ruling’ Aesculapian mainstream medical establishment and banished from the main medical thoroughfares, meeting places and sources of revenue (e.g. medical insurance). The naturopath follow the Hygiean dictates “Medice, cura te ipsum! Physician, heal thyself! and Medicus curat, natura sanat. The physician treats, nature cures. “ That is, the ‘naturopathic’ or Hygiean medical approach assumes, as in relativity theory, that there is no room for the observer (healer) outside of the system, but that we are all immersed in the same enveloping space and since ‘health’ is a harmonious relationship between the inner constituencies of the patient and the common containing space which also contains the healer, the healer must get into ‘phaselock’ with the patient in seeking to induce the restoration of the natural inner-outer codynamical balance and space-time phase coupling (‘container-constituent-coresonance’).
Mathematically and conceptually, the Hygiean coresonance model of health ‘includes’ the Aesculapian model as a degenerate (mathematically) ‘special case’, … the case where the space-time phase coupling of the system constituents can be ignored. Thus while the Hygiean model is inclusionary (coresonance is a quality which transcends and includes the notion of the ‘correct working order of the constituents’), the Aesculapian model is exclusionary (by putting the focus on correcting ‘defective’ constituents into the primacy the Aesculapian healer excludes consideration of the space-time phase relationships amongst the constituents; i.e. by analogy, the musical work or painting is not the result of ‘the correct notes or brushstrokes’ but the result of the harmonious relationship between the containing space (blank canvas, silence) and the constituent corelationships.
Thus, if you, the reader, fall from good health and begin to manage your own ‘healing’ program, or if you are assisting others in their healing process, you may want to reflect on whether the healing geometry ‘you believe in’ is one which puts the exclusionary Aesculapian mode into the primacy, … a healing mode which seeks to return all constituents in the system to ‘correct working order’, … or one which puts the inclusionary Hygiean mode into the primacy, … a healing mode which seeks to INDUCE the system to heal itself, rather than to have the healer take control over it and impose explicit repairs on it. Since the Hygiean model is inclusionary, there is no problem with putting Aesculapian healing methods in the service of Hygiean healing, but to put Aesculapian healers in the primacy is to exclude the Hygiean approach and to allow the Aesculapian healers to ‘take over control’ and to focus (almost) exclusively on purging the body-system of ‘causes’ of dissonance using chemical and surgical interventions.
As is clear from the geometry, in order to main consistency with nature and relativity, the inclusionary Hygiean mode must be put into a primacy over the Aesculapian mode, … a geometry which is ‘inverted’ to that which currently exists.
This letter/report speaks more to the ‘geometry’ of Hygiean-over-Aesculapian (in the manner of ‘relativity-over-newtonian physics’ or spherical space-over-rectangular space) than to the current quality of Hygiean medicine per se (it has been disopportunized for a long time and needs to recover.). That is, from the patients eye view, putting the Aesculapian mode into the primacy excludes the Hygiean mode and precludes the two working together (as is apparent today), while putting the Hygiean mode into the primacy includes the Aesculapian mode and brings the two into complementary context. On a practical note, it may be difficult to find a mainstream medical physician who would even consider ‘re-inverting’ the upside-down Aesculapian-over-Hygiean primacy, much less allow Hygieans into mainstream medicine as the over-riding strategists for healing.
The following excerpt from the continuing story of my mother’s recent fall from health and current recuperative healing shares some ‘inline in life’ experience on the Hygiean – Aesculapian alternatives in medicine. As already mentioned, the conceptual choice is simple (to interpret ‘health’ in terms of ‘coresonance’ or in terms of ‘all components working correctly’), but difficult for us to assimilate because we are immersed in an Aesculapian culture and managed and governed within Aesculapian control and purification models.
If this shared viewpoint emanating from difficult life experience is of any interest to you and/or to those reading it on the website, the purpose of this letter/report will be served.
p.s. I have not ‘specifically’ directly addressed the issue of cancer here since it falls within the general discussion (it can be seen as a particular manner in which the psychosomatic system ‘falls out of coresonant mode’ into dissonance). The causal model of the Aesculapian medical tradition envisages that one will find, at the bottom of all illness, an ‘agent of cause’ responsible for the illness which must be ‘purged’ for healing to take place and this is what sets up, abstractly and synthetically, the Aesculapian notion of ‘cancer’. In the Hygiean medical tradition, dissonance emerges from imbalances in the system in the manner that a hurricane emerges in the atmosphere from imbalances in atmospheric codynamics. Cancerous growths can therefore be seen, in the Hygiean model, in the terms of particular types of emergent ‘storms’ in an unbalanced system, and there is no need to postulate a material causal agent as the ‘cause of cancer’ as in the Aesculapian model. Cancer research guided by the Aesculapian model has spent trillions of dollars trying to find the ‘phantom’ causal agent termed ‘the cancer cell’ without succeeding. It has been coming to light that the ‘cancer cell’ looks like any other cell except that it does not behave naturally. As in the case of psychotic behaviours, … the Hygiean model would say that the problem is not due to ‘rogue causal agents’ (i.e. not due to incorrect behaviour innate in the ‘genetics’ of the material constituents in the system) but instead, to dissonance in the container-constituent-codynamics which manifest symptomatically in the malfunctioning of system constituents.). Analogously, the failure of freeway drivers to collaborate ‘coresonantly’ and to fall into dissonance can always be ‘explained’ in terms of ‘defective drivers’, which is where the scientific model will be forced to focus if it ignores the participation of the geometry of space-time. ).
A Difficult Life Experience- based Reflection on the Hygiean and Aesculapian Alternative Approaches to Medicine.
My reason for wanting to share this ‘case history’ is that I am an independent researcher into ‘complex systems’ (my website is at www.goodshare.org ) and participating in the restoring of my mothers health has been very insightful for me (e.g. I see ‘health’ and ‘healing’ in a very different way and the evolving of my viewpoint seems to resonate or ‘mirror’ larger trends coming from fringe medical research and the public.)
The model of physical phenomena which I am using is ‘relativistic’ in that it assumes that the geometry of space is a participant in physical phenomena. This gives a very different notion of ‘health’ and ‘healing’, based on ‘resonance’ and ‘flow’ which is more in line with Chinese medicine and homeopathy. The different view comes directly from the use of a ‘relativistic’ reference framing. Relativity is the only theory that explains the codynamical behaviours of, for example, the planets in the solar system which are characterized by ‘resonance’ in a volumetric space-time sense. That is, the planets manifest a ‘container-constituent-coresonance’ wherein the dynamics of the planets appear to be a function of the ‘geometric shape of space’.
As Einstein explained, this is a feature of ‘curved space-time’ and it is not difficult for us to master cognitively if we can relax our ingrained tendency to impose the split-apart Euclidian space and absolute (globally synchronous) space-AND-time reference framing (a framing which gives us ‘explicit things’ in ‘empty space’ and explains motions and transformation in terms of material kinetic movement and transactions).
The game of pool is a good example of curved (spherical) space-time which illustrates the relationship between curved space-time and our standard split-apart Euclidian space and absolute time reference frames (a reference frame, which, as Poincare says, ‘we can impose on our science, but which we cannot impose on nature.). Spherical space-time contains Euclidian space and absolute time as mathematical degenerate, included forms. Spherical space is a ‘self-referential’ framing, unlike split-apart Euclidian space and absolute time; i.e. it is a framing which explains motions and transformation in terms of the geometric shape of space-time or what might be called the ‘changing shape of opportunity space’. That is, the spherical space-time framing is a ‘larger-story’ view which includes Euclidian space and absolute time as a ‘special case’, little story view.
The ‘special case’ is when the pool table is of infinite extent and there is thus no ‘reflection’ from the banks and therefore, no ‘self-referential interference’.
Now we can visualize all physical phenomena in these two ways and we can view the ‘health’ of any natural system in these two ways or ‘framings’, as well (i.e. in the ‘big story’ relativistic reference framing and in the ‘little story’ Euclidian framing).
The simple source of this difference between the ‘relativistic’ and ‘Euclidian’ view of health, using the game of pool example and/or the solar system, is that the geometry of the unbounded space between the objects in space (space-time actually, since an unbounded dynamical space is purely geometric; i.e. it is transforming volumetric form). This ‘dynamical shape of space-time’ is the ‘opportunity to move’ and thus it ‘gates’ and ‘modulates’ the codynamical patterns of motion of the constituents. One can say that the constituents of space, through their codynamics, co-create the shape of their own opportunity to move. Or in the terms of relativity, the geometry of space-time, in determining the evolution of the overall system dynamics, is in the primacy over the kinetic behaviours of the constituents. That is, the kinetic behaviours of the constituents ‘follow’ from the ‘dynamical shape of opportunity space’ which they ‘co-create’.
The cognitive mastery of curved space-time is something which pool players undergo as they move from ‘beginners’ to skilled players. That is, initially, they believe that the continuing evolution of the game (which one can associate with the notion of ‘health’) is ‘completely determined’ by the kinetic transactions of the constituent balls, and they proceed on this basis only to find out that each ball contributes to the shape of ‘opportunity space’ whether or not it is moved, and that this ‘shape of opportunity’ modulates the ongoing evolution of the kinetic codynamics. They learn, in other words, that the balls, through their relative codynamics, ‘co-create’ their own opportunity for codynamics. This tells them that they must put ‘opportunity management’ into the primacy over ‘action management’ and in the language of pool, this is called ‘playing shape over shots’.
Each constituent of space can thus be seen to have dual related ‘characters’ or ‘identities’, one which relates to its ‘kinetic behaviours’ and another which relates to its relational geometric role in co-creating the shape of opportunity space. For example, if we lift a billiard ball from the configuration, the whole relational geometry pattern which governs ‘opportunity to act’ is transformed in such a manner that the whole continuing evolution of the game is changed. Thus the ‘game’ and the ‘health of the game’ is not fully determined by the ‘assertive actions’ of the constituents, and the constituents cannot be considered to be ‘independent’ of their containing space. Similarly, in medicine, the ‘health’ of the organism is not fully determined by the ‘functioning’ or ‘actions’ of the organisms ‘subsystems’ (organs etc.) but has an overriding dependency on the ‘dynamic shape of opportunity space’ which is ‘co-created’ by the constituent organs etc.
Here we can come to another view of how the organism functions which is in terms of the ‘geometric shape of space-time’, a geometric form which is in a continuous state of transformation since it is the unbounded intermediator (remember, science has shown that space is not ‘empty’ as in the Euclidian approximation of space but is a participant in physical phenomena) between the constituents, and as long as any constituent in space moves, the shape of space-time ‘moves’ (i.e. space-time transforms).
The ‘health’ of the system may thus be defined in terms of the manner in which the geometric shape of space-time is transforming. If it is transforming ‘dissonantly’ and many constituents are being ‘snookered’ or denied the opportunity to move as they need to, then the condition of ‘container-constituent-coresonance’ or ‘health’ will not be sustained. However, if the geometric shape of space-time is transforming so as to give each constituent the opportunity to move which they need, then the condition of ‘container-constituent-coresonance’ or ‘health’ can be sustained. This sustaining of container-constituent-coresonance or ‘simultaneous reciprocal harmony’ between the codynamics of the constituents and their opportunity for codynamics characterize the volumetric resonance of the solar system, and was noted by Johannes Kepler (and ignored by Newton).
These two views of systems correspond to the ancient Hygeian and Aesculapian views of ‘health’. That is, the ‘bigger story’ relativistic view in which the geometric dynamical shape of space-time is in the primacy over the kinetic actions of the constituents of space corresponds to the ‘Hygiean’ view of ‘health’ and the ‘lesser story’ non-relativistic ‘Euclidian’ view (included as a special case within the ‘bigger story’ view) in which the system behaviour is fully determined by the actions of the constituents (wherein space is a non-participant since it is approximated as being of ‘infinite extent’ as in the Euclidian approximation) corresponds to the Aesculapian view.
[[A historical overview of these alternative ancient views on health and how we have oscillated between them over the past 2500 years can be found at http://itest.slu.edu/dloads/70s/limits77.txt in a presentation by Dr. R. Herwick, ‘THE LIMITATIONS OF MEDICAL SCIENCE IN THE SOLUTION OF SOCIAL PROBLEMS’ from a Conference sponsored by The Institute for Theological Encounter with Science and Technology (ITEST) in cooperation with The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) March 12, 1977 ). I also discuss these alternative concepts at www.goodshare.org/hygiea.htm in the context of ‘community as complex system.]]
The dynamic shape of space-time in a ‘healthy’ system such as the solar system and the healthy organism, is characterized by the rhythmic opening up of opportunity for the sustained codynamics of the constituents (i.e. in a healthy system, the condition of ‘container-constituent-coresonance’ prevails and constituents do not get ‘snookered’ with respect to their opportunity to join in the codynamics so as to ‘co-create’ a mutually supportive opportunity space).
The rhythmic systems of the body, including those of the central nervous system appear to be ‘phase-coupled’ in the ‘healthy state’. The ‘healthy state’ is thus not simply a state wherein ‘each constituent’ (organ etc.) is ‘functioning correctly’, but is instead a relativistic codynamically balancing state of ‘container-constituent-coresonance’. This is why ‘health’ is not fully determined by the actions of the constituents. Again, as an example, in the game of pool the ‘health’ of the evolving codynamics of the constituent balls is not fully determined by the kinetic actions and transactions, but instead, by the manner in which the codynamics of the constituent balls in the configuration transform the dynamical shape of opportunity shape which has an overriding ‘modulating’ influence on the evolving codynamics. A state of ‘resonance’ between the transforming shape of opportunity and the codynamics of the constituents is the ‘bigger story’ of ‘health’ while the notion of each constituent ‘behaving correctly’ ‘in its own right’ is a ‘lesser story’ view which does not fully determine the ‘health’ of the system.
Everyone who is experienced in driving on crowded freeways is familiar, in an ‘immersed experiential’ manner, with the relativistic geometry of container-constituent-coresonance. The ‘health’ of traffic flow is not fully determined by each driver ‘driving correctly’ out of the context of the enveloping geometry of space-time. Instead, when the drivers key their movements to the shape of space which evolves between the vehicles, … to the ‘dynamic shape of opportunity space’, … they can put their ‘actions’ in the service of cultivating ‘resonance’ between their collective codynamics and the opening up of opportunity to sustainably accommodate their collective and individual dynamical needs. This mode of driving BYPASSES the normal individual-driver-based notions of ‘correct driving’ (a split-apart Euclidian space and absolute time framing based notion) and has the driver reference directly to the ‘shape of space’ so that he can, collaboratively put his driving actions into the service of cultivating ‘container-constituent-coresonance’, a sustainable resonant flow or ‘healthy flow’ which is beyond the scope of mathematical definition where the formulations are based on the actions of the individual. This is because the geometry of the shape of space in such phenomena is ‘self-referential’ and one ‘cannot get to it’ starting from formulations based on ‘independent variables’ and ‘empty space’; i.e. there is a simultaneous, reciprocal relationship between the variable (the ‘constituent of space’) and the geometry of its containing space which governs the opportunity for action of the constituents.
One can say that in the ‘healthy’ system state or ‘coresonant’ system state, the actions of the constituent are ‘phase-coupled’ to the dynamic shape of their containing space (opportunity-modulating space).
Now we are back to the ‘Hygiean’ view of health where the ‘organism must heal itself’ and the physicians job is to assist the patient suffering from dissonance in its physiological and/or psychological system to ‘heal itself’, hence the expressions Medice, cura te ipsum! Physician, heal thyself! (Versio Vulgata Luc. 4:23) and Medicus curat, natura sanat. The physician treats, nature cures.
That is, ‘healing’ in the relativistic model of ‘container-constituent-coresonance’ involves the resonant phase-coupling of the system constituents with their dynamical transforming containing space, and this cannot be approached by ensuring that ‘each constituent’ of the system ‘is working correctly’, the latter notion being the Aesculapian model of ‘health’ which seeks to ‘purge the evil’ from the system; i.e. it is a ‘purificational’ model which seeks to eliminate or suppress constituent agents which are ‘causing problems’. This ‘little story’ notion of ‘health’ does not go so far as to consider that it is the ‘phase-coupled container-constituent-coresonance’ which constitutes health, a condition which can only be managed by the immersed coherency regulating faculty of the system (e.g. the organism central nervous system rhythm balancing faculty).
Gastric dysmotility, gastroparesis or ‘neuropathic pseudoobstruction’ seems a classic ‘health’ issue with respect to bringing out the difference between the ‘bigger inclusionary story view’ of health (i.e. the ‘Hygiean’ view) and its included ‘special case’ ‘lesser exclusionary story view’ of health (i.e. the ‘Aesculapian’ view).
The latter ‘Aesculapian’ view is ‘exclusionary’ in the sense that it excludes consideration of the dynamical geometrical space-time-phase relationships amongst the constituents (space-time phase relationships) and sees ‘healing’ only in the limited sense of returning all contributing constituents to ‘correct working order’ and eliminating, suppressing or bypassing those constituents which are the ‘cause’ of problems in the system.
The former ‘Hygiean’ view is ‘inclusionary’ in the sense that it includes consideration of the dynamical geometrical space-time-phase relationships amongst the constituents and thus sees the task of ‘healing’ in terms of returning the system to ‘container-constituent-coresonant’ mode. This difference is well know to painters, musicians (composers), dancers and poets, since the artistic creation emerges in their minds in terms of a space-time-phase based ‘form’ which they attempt to render in terms of brushstrokes, notes, steps or words, and there can be many ways of rendering the same pre-conceptual (perceptual or ‘preceptual’) space-time-phase ‘form’. The musical, choreographical or poetic rendering seeks to orchestrate the notes, steps or words in an assertive codynamic which becomes coresonant with its own simultaneously, reciprocally produced ‘shape of opportunity space’ into which it is asserting (i.e. the artist’s ‘negative space’ shape of the ‘holes’ (silence or stillness) between the brushstrokes, notes, steps or words).
Making all of the constituents of the system ‘work correctly’, the Aesculapian ‘healing’ goal, is not an approach which deals with the restoring of the relativistic phase-coupled resonance which appears to underpin the natural working state of the gastric system. The Aesculapian approach to medicine and health, as applied to gastric motility problems, leads to the search for system constituents which are ‘not working correctly’, rather than seeking to restore the phase-coupled container-constituent-coresonance, and in the case of ‘neuropathic pseudoobstruction’ the digestive tract is suspected of ‘not working correctly’ by not opening up for the passage of food and thus ‘blocking’ the normal flow of food through the digestive tract. This view sees the digestive tract in the static terms of ‘plumbing’ which is a ‘little story’ view and misses the ‘bigger story’ view which includes the relativistic space-time rhythms of the system responsible for bringing the dynamics of the constituents into a phase-coupled coresonant codynamicce (orchestrating in a space-time phase coupled sense, the secretion of bile, digestive enzymes, mucosal linings, physical undulations or ‘downward pumping action’ of the tract and so on.
Treating a gastric system dysfunction which is tied to the failure of the enteric nervous system to achieve ‘coresonance’ with the Aesculpian tools designed to ‘get all constituents in the system to ‘work correctly’’, in the case of gastro-paresis or gastric arrhythmia, leads to interventions (usually surgical) to ‘stop the tract from ‘blocking’ the passage’ by surgically removing or bypassing them, hence the name ‘pseudoobstruction’ and the following comments on ‘Intestinal Pseudo-Obstruction’ from the Karolinska Institute and Medical University in Sweden (http://www.ki.se/medha/gastro/psob/intro.html )
“The onset of pseudo-obstruction is usually insidious. … Once the symptoms bring the patient to the doctor, this can be the beginning of a long and winding road to the correct diagnosis. … Often the conclusion from such an investigation is that the patient suffers from a functional bowel disorder such as the irritable bowel syndrome. . . . It is often difficult to separate pseudo-obstruction from other gastrointestinal diseases on the basis of symptoms. The most important point is perhaps to conceive at all the possibility of pseudo-obstruction. Repeated admissions for suspected bowel obstruction is usually a good reason for suspecting pseudo-obstruction and so are episodic vomiting, the feeling of standstill in the gastrointestinal tract, and severe episodes of distension. … There is today no curative treatment for pseudo-obstruction. The disease is usually chronic and it does not resolve with time. . . . The aims of therapy are symptom relief and nutritional support. . . Many patients with pseudo-obstruction have been operated on more than once to rule out a mechanical obstruction. Surgery has a limited role for the alleviation of symptoms in pseudo-obstruction. Surgery may even make patients worse.”
Meanwhile, one has only to look at the functioning of systems common to our experience (e.g. our solar system, ‘collaborative’ freeway driving, the game of pool, airforce aerobatics team manoeuvres) to see that the co-creation of opportunity space in a ‘container-constituent-coresonant’ manner is indeed possible and would appear to be manifest as the general case in nature, rather than the ‘purificational’ or ‘perfectioning’ geometry suggested by the ‘little story’ view. In the event that the ‘bigger story’ Hygiean geometry of container-constituent-coresonance applies to gastric motility, which seems almost self-evident, Aesculapian treatment based on the ‘correct causal actions of the constituents’ could only lead to ‘dead ends’, and in the case of neuropathic pseudo-obstruction, the ‘least bad fitting’ solutions to be seized on would be that ‘the intestinal tract is ‘somehow disturbed’ (e.g. by an adenocarinoma) so that it is blocking the passage of food. The treatment would in this case be to surgically remove that portion of the bowel that was estimated to be the most troublesome.
The Hygiean and Aesculapian alternative views of health and healing, as applied to gastric dysmotility, have been very much apparent in my mother’s treatment, as follows;
After 39 days of vomiting due to an apparent standstill in the upper digestive tract, and feeling fine otherwise (there has been no feeling of nausea, simply the refusal of the food to ‘go through’ and the consequent reflux of the undigested food) and after 4 days on intravenous and the detecting of a non-obstructing tumour on the middle of the pancreas, my mother underwent a surgical intervention, … a ‘Whipple procedure’ where the jejunum is looped back up and connected to the stomach through a new surgically devised opening in the bottom of the stomach. This procedure bypasses the potential obstruction problem (which can worsen if/as the tumour grows) wherein the duodenum can be squeezed and passage of food obstructed as the tumour encircles it.
In the wake of the operation, my mother was disheartened to find that her symptoms remained exactly the same as before the operation, … the absence of nausea but the inevitable daily vomiting sessions and the inability to pass food through the digestive tract. Both before and after she had had the capability of bowel movements though there was no significant amounts being passed. The administering of Losec and Domperidone had had no noticeable effect other than that Domperidone, which was taken four times a day before meals seemed to unsettle the stomach in the morning. She had started taking Domperidone 19 days before the operation, prescribed by the doctor (MD general practitioner) where she was visiting when she became ill, and this was replaced by Losec 4 days before the operation (since it was said to be similar in nature to Domperidone but easier to take, just once in the morning), by the gastro-enterologist she consulted in her home locale . At this time, after many tests confirming physically clear passage through the digestive tract and prior to finding an adenocarcinoma on the middle of the pancreas, the hypothesis was that her stomach and esophagus were inflamed by her regular use of Entophen (aspirin for general health) and Norvasc (for high blood pressure) and the gastroenterologist suspended both of these prescriptions.
The discovery of a suspected tumour on her pancreas, by ultrasound and CATscan precipitated the ‘disturbed duodenum’ (effective blockage) hypothesis and the surgical ‘Whipple’ procedure.
In view of the lack of change in her condition, six days after the surgery, the Domperidone was restarted and given in addition to the Losec, and she underwent a barium Xray procedure to verify that the surgery had been mechanically successful. The procedure appeared at that time to confirm the success of the surgery. In view of the continuing persistence of the same symptoms of vomiting, ten days after the surgery additional barium, Xray procedures were proposed and a jejunostomy was proposed as the ‘next step’ if her digestive system failed to respond..
On the evening of the ninth day after the operation, after detailed discussions of her symptoms with a homeopathist, the ‘theory’ of which she had become somewhat familiar with prior to her admission to hospital, she took the prescribed remedy (pulsatilla, 200CH). The next day (the 10th day post-surgery), her spirit and attitude were remarkably improved. We/she did not give permission for the immediate administering of another barium Xray procedure since each of these procedures ‘took a lot out of her’ (she was now very weak and on this 9th day post-surgery began doubting she would ever come through the illness since her symptoms seemed to her to be exactly the same as they had been since they emerged 60 days earlier). The proposal was to do a more lengthy procedure to assure the flow of barium down through the stomach and down through the duodenum. We/she did not give the approval and suggested deferring it (We did not share with the doctors the administering of the homeopathic remedy as it was our assessment that this would only do injury to the ‘doctor-patient’ relationship). The surgeon seemed irritated by our deferring and phoned us at home the next morning, then hung up rather abruptly when we said that we would have to get together (the three children) and discuss it when our third sibling was available later in the day.
In pursuing the homeopathy via two homeopathic sources, one locally near Vancouver and another in Montréal, and because the pulsatilla did not appear to have remedied the gastric dysmotility, we reviewed the symptoms and the potential remedies and Opium was strongly indicated by the combination of symptoms (including ‘paralysis’ of the upper digestive tract and ‘no pain’). We also noted that on page 1330 of ‘The Textbook of Gastroenterology’ on the subject of Disorders of Gastric Emptying under ‘Experimental Agents with Novel Modes of Action’ by Dr. Henry Lin, there was some possibly supportive indications of the use of opiates to counter the effects of (natural and administered) opiates, i.e.;
“Opiate receptor agents. Morphine inhibits gastric emptying through its action on m-opiate receptors. Naloxone, in a 5 mg. intravenous bolus, accelerates solid and liquid emptying in normal humans. In the setting of small intestine pseudoobstruction, when given in a daily dose of 1.6 milligram subcutaneously, naloxone accelerated solid-phase gastric emptying. U-50488, a k-opiate agonist, has been shown to accelerate solid emptying but delay liquid emptying. A m-opiate antagonist or perhaps a k-agonist may be useful in accelerating solid emptying in selected patients.”
While homeopathic remedies are hyperdiluted preparations of the natural substance and operate on a very different basis  from full strength natural substance, the association seemed as if it might be a supportive indication. On the morning of February 16th, 13 days after the operation, she took one dose (one granule) of 200 CH Opium. Her appetite seemed to return during the day and she ate more than she had eaten in a long while. She made it through the night without vomiting (although she was having to fight it off).
On the next day, the 14th day post-surgery, she had diarrhea in the morning and her returning appetite persisted. The change over these two days was notable and appeared as the first sign of ‘light’ at the end of the long tunnel. The remedy of one granule of 200 CH Opium was repeated on the 15th – 17th days post-surgery. On the 17th day post-surgery, because she was again eating and because she had gone more than 24 hours without vomiting, she got the discharge from the hospital she had been longing for and came home. We increased the dynamization to three minigranules of 1M Opium (higher 'dynamization' corresponding to higher dilution which associates with greater affect) which she took on the 18th, 19th and 21st days post-surgery.
On the basis of our rough correlations, the homeopathic remedies seemed to help improve her systemic attitude, energy and her appetite but could not control the vomiting which seemed to be exacerbated by the high production of phlegm refluxing from the stomach. The homeopathist felt that our plans for acupuncture and Chinese herbs (which are more specific to energy flows and organ functions) could complement the homeopathic remedies. The homeopathic remedies are aimed at stimulating overall ‘system resonance’ while the acupuncture and Chinese herbs are more specific. Since our ‘researches’ had suggested the utility of acupuncture and herbal medicines in cases of gastric dysmotility (e.g. per research by the National Institute of Health (US)), the herbal medicine for reducing the phlegm was started on the 19th day post-surgery and the acupuncturist deferred the acupuncture (which works better when the body has more energy) until after the phlegm production was reduced.
The effect of the herbal remedies was almost immediate and pronounced and induced her to comment that ‘someone was finally treating her according to her complaints’. She quit taking the Losec and the Domperidone at this time as she had felt that they were ‘not doing anything’.
Three sessions of acupuncture were given on the 23rd, 24th and 25th days post-surgery (February 26th –28th). As the phlegm production subsided, it seemed to ‘unmask’ an underlying bile production problem and her vomiting continued, though much subdued, in the form of coughing up bile in the night and in the morning.
On March 1st, the 26th day post-surgery, she had a substantial bowel movement although with the help of a mini chemical-enema. The movement was pale yellow in colour and somewhat formed (not diarrhea) and it gave her a burning sensation as if it were acidic. Since it was the first substantial movement she had had since the operation, it ‘proved’ the new passage and thus was very encouraging for her and us.
She threw up bile again the next morning, the 27th day post-surgery. The homeopathist who we had been working had suggested that we contact Andre Saine, a Montréal homeopathist who works with the complications of cancer in continuing to improve the ‘fit’ of the homeopathic remedies. Dr. Saine’s assistant informed us that the wait to get on Andre’s patient list was ‘two years’ and in response to the comment that this concerned a serious condition, she replied that he was only treating serious cases. She recommended another homeopathist who had been working with Dr. Saine and who was now living on Vancouver Island. This contact culminated in a telephone consultation by the homeopathist with my mother on this 27th day post-surgery which lasted an hour and by which the remedy antimonium tartaricum 30 CH was recommended, to be taken two or three times per day. She told us that she felt that the acupuncture and the herbal medicines ‘were important’ and to continue with them. From the homeopathic remedy, she would be looking for a boost in mom’s energy level and the cessation of all throwing up, the change to occur quickly and to become established within the next three days, after which she would call us for a follow-up consultation. We acquired the remedy at a nearby natural foods store and she took one granule in the afternoon and another in the evening.
In spite of having been coughing from a tickle cough during the night, she woke up very bright and positive, saying that this ‘had been her best night ever’. Her ‘brightening’ lasted all day and seemed of the same ‘systemic’ type as the response to the pulsatilla. The absence of vomiting (phlegm, bile, food etc.) which began on March 3rd, the 28th day post-surgery has endured to the time of writing this note, March 12th, the 37th day post-surgery. Her normal, unassisted bowel movements commenced on March 4th, the 29th day post-surgery and have continued to the present.
She has had two follow-up acupuncture sessions on the 32nd and 33rd days post-surgery and has tapered out of the homeopathic remedy and out of the Chinese herbal remedies at this date (in keeping with the 'physician treats, nature heals' philosophy), taking only the Norvasc for high blood pressure.
She has now gone nine days without vomiting anything, retaining her good appetite (which has made some thing very, very tasty and reduced the appeal of some of her traditional pre-illness mainstays) and having had her bowel movements come back close to normal (she is not yet eating normal quantities but is eating well) in frequency and colour etc.
The above are the ‘facts’ to date which can be interpreted in terms of one’s preferred models (e.g. the Hygiean-over-Aesculapian model or Aesculapian-over-Hygiean model). For my own part, having grappled with uncertainty in nonlinear systems for 32 years in Petroleum exploration, I am always amazed by the strength by which people can summarily dismiss the Hygiean model without even considering its conceptual underpinnings by comparison to the Aesculapian model. It is apparent in my own research based on real world phenomena that ‘health’ in complex systems (e.g. ‘teams’) associates with ‘container-constituent-coresonance’.
In regard to homeopathy, few people, even in the scientific disciplines, seem to have had the occasion to consider that there is such a thing as ‘the geometric shape of opportunity space’ which has a gating effect on the codynamics of the system constituents, and that when you lift a billiard ball off of the table, you most definitely change the ‘shape of opportunity’ and thus you change the unfolding pattern of constituent codynamics and the evolutionary course of the game. Fewer seem to have considered that quantum physics implies the same type of what is called in physics a ‘white hole’ effect where the removal of a substance dissolved in water or alcohol induces an ordering tendency in the solvent just as the removal of the billiard ball induces an ordering tendency (the opening up of new corridors of opportunity) in the configuration of balls, and that this ordering tendency in the case of hyperdilute solutions can be detected by nuclear magnetic resonance measurements. Excerpts from a review in English of the book ‘Theorie des Hautes Dilutions & Aspects Experimentaux’ Polytechnica, 1996 (see ) give an idea.
Finally, my mother does not ‘expect to live forever’ and feels she has been very fortunate, having had a very enjoyable life and is ‘ready to go when the time comes’. She definitely did not feel that ‘her time had come’ at the sudden onset of almost daily vomiting associated with a ‘pseudoobstruction’ in her upper digestive tract. While a tumour on the pancreas was found in the course of the medical investigations, and while she realizes that the ‘statistics’ do not look good for those with such conditions, … she is very much an ‘in the now’ person and does not wish to move her ‘death sentence’ (we all have them) forward to haunt her present and neither do we. It has not gone unnoticed by any of us that the nature of cancer is poorly understood in the Aesculapian inquiry mode, and that there are many who seem to ‘beat the odds’ by ignoring the statistical message (e.g. Stephen Jay Gould, as he explains at http://www.phoenix5.org/articles/GouldMessage.html )
 The following description of a ‘white hole’ is taken from an English language review of ‘Theory of High Dilutions’ by Conte, Berliocchi, Lasne and Vernot;
disappearance of drug molecules during dilution leads to a dislocation in the
solvent known as a singularity. This singularity has been termed a white hole.
It can be thought of as a small but highly energised area of space.
appearance of a singularity induces a wave which has been termed a remanent
wave. It can be thought of as a set of ripples in a pond when a stone is dropped
in. A remanent wave is always created when a particle disappears and leaves a
white hole, and the number of remanent waves is proportional to the number of
particles lost. When one continues the release at the same place and in a
regularly spaced way, the waves produced are in phase and the amplitude
increases. When no further stones are released, the ripples disappear within a
certain time, and the wave energy is slowly released in the water as heat. This
can be measured using standard equipment such as infrared absorption
goes on to note that in high dilutions, the memory of the presence of the
molecule (which was inducing the evolving shape of space prior to the dilution),
appears to be preserved through the agency of hyperprotons and nuclear
resonance. The authors are Rolland Conte ( PhD in applied physics), Henri
Berliocchi (mathematician), Yves Lasne (Doctor of Medicine) and Gabriel Vernot
(Engineer and Computer Scientist)