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Nanomedicine: An ‘Elegant Solution’ for Homeopathy

An elegant solution is a term used in mathematics and software development that refers to a solution that solves a problem in the simplest, most effective way.

In light of the increase in consumer demand for homeopathy, the problem to be solved is explanation of the action of homeopathy, an adaptive network nanomedicine.

The elegant solution is a model for homeopathic remedy effects that is consumer pertinent.

The parallels between developers creating code for software systems and homeopaths creating code for the complex adaptive network systems that we define as human beings is striking.

The elegant solution for both include two specifications. The first: initial loading time must be minimal; that is, the software does not abuse computer resources.

The second would be that the software must achieve the desired result using optimal algorithms that guarantee the best efficiency of computer resources — one where objects are grouped according to a logical hierarchy based on function.

An elegant solution for homeopathy must include both of these specifications and beyond. In homeopathic prescribing, one of the fundamental laws is to use the minimal dose to stimulate a complex adaptive response over the entire self-organizing system in a rapid, gentle manner that does not abuse the resources of the human who is suffering. First, do no harm.

Accordingly, for the elegant solution to be met, the totality of symptoms expressed by the person, in function and sensation, are grouped according to a logical hierarchy. Homeopaths call this algorithm totality of symptoms.

Creating a code for the complex adaptive network system that we call humans requires analysis of the algorithm, arriving at the clinically optimal homeopathic remedy, and the simillimum.

The premier homeopathic researcher, Iris Bell, MD, and her colleagues at the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine describe the elegant solution for homeopathy as nanomedicine in her research paper, Testing the Nanoparticle-Allostatic Cross Adaptation-Sensitization Model for Homeopathic Remedy Effects (Bell, I. research).

In her groundbreaking research, Dr. Bell identifies human beings as complex, adaptive network systems and homeopathic remedies as adaptive network nanomedicine.

The elegant solution to explaining homeopathic remedy action that she proposes is based on four principles:

  1. Homeopathic remedies are highly reactive source nanoparticles, not bulk form drugs.

  2. The homeopathic similimum remedy nanoparticles serve as low level, but highly salient, novel stressors to the organism.

  3. As a low intensity stressor, remedy nanoparticles stimulate changes in the opposite direction to those of the higher intensity stressors that fostered the original development of disease. The disease-related maladaptations prime the system. Then, the correct remedy in low dose elicits reversal of direction of the maladapted process.

  4. The adaptive changes that the remedy evokes ultimately strengthen systemic resilience.

The elegant solution for homeopathy is to update the terminology from homeopathy to adaptive network nanomedicine. I join Dr. Bell and her esteemed colleagues in calling for this change, in order to reflect the integration of historical homeopathic medicine with modern scientific findings.

In a recent interview with Dr. Bell, I smiled as she described adaptive network nanomedicine. “We give you your vibe homeopathically. We identify your pattern and then have something that can speak to the vibe.” Creating a code for individualized healing . A truly elegant solution.


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Testing the Nanoparticle-Allostatic Cross Adaptation-Sensitization Model for Homeopathic Remedy Effects: Iris R. Bell, MD,PhD., Mary Koithan, RN, PhD, Audrey J. Brooks, PhD. Homeopathy.2013 january; 102(1):66-81.doi:10.1016/j.homp.2012.10.005

Adaptive network nanomedicine: an integrated model for homeopathic medicine: Bell, IR, Schwartz GE. Front Biosci (Scol Ed). 2013 Jan 1;5:685-708.

Extending the Adaptive Network Nanomedicine Model for Homeopathic Medicines: Nanostructures as Salient Cell Danger Signals for Adaptation. Iris R. Bell; Gary E. Schwartz, Joyce Frye, Barbara Sarter, Leanna J. Standish. Symbiosis June 26, 2015

A model for homeopathic remedy effects: low dose nanoparticles, allostatic cross-adaptation, and time-dependent sensitization in a complex adaptive system. Bell IR, Koithan M. BMC Complement Altern Med. 2012 Oct 22;12:191. Doi: 10.1186/1472-6882-12-191

About the author:

Dr. Nancy Gahles is an integrative and holistic practitioner licensed in Chiropractic, Certified in Classical Homeopathy, Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction and ordained in Interfaith/InterSpiritual Ministry.

Dr. Gahles is in family practice in the beach community ofBelle Harbor,NY where since 1987, she owns and operates Health & Harmony Wellness Center and the Rockaway Sangha for Mindfulness.

She is a published author and TEDTalk presenter on the Power of Self-Care.

Dr. Gahles is a recognized healthcare policy expert and serves as a member of the Board of Directors, Integrative Health Policy Consortium.

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