"German New Medicine" (GNM) is a theoretical framework developed by physician Ryke Geerd Hamer. Although little known in the United States, the controversy around GNM has escalated to such a point that Dr. Hamer had his license revoked, was accused of malpractice and spent many terms in prison. While the official cancer establishment labels him dangerous, he and his followers claim that the application of GNM can cure most cancers.
Dr. Hamer postulates that all disease is provoked by unexpected trauma caused by a shock event. He came to this insight after a tragic event where his son Dirk died as a consequence of being shot while vacationing in Corsica. Two months later Dr. Hamer contracted testicular cancer.
As a scientific researcher and head internist of an oncology clinic in Munich, Dr. Hamer postulated that his cancer might actually be directly related to the shock related to his son's death. He called this phenomenon the DHS or "Dirk Hamer Syndrome."
After twenty years of research and therapy with over 40,000 cases, Dr. Hamer finally established that a shock event creates a visible physical transformation in the brain that leads to a measurable change in physical-nervous parameters and to the development of cancerous growths, ulcerations, necroses and functional disturbances in specific organs of the body. He concluded that if the conflict is resolved, the cancerous or necrotic process is reversed and the individual returns to health.
Disease is categorized into biological events that he divided into five biological laws.
The 1st law is the "Iron Rule": disease originates from a conflict caused by shock event that is experienced as very difficult, highly acute, dramatic and isolating. The type of conflict determines the location of the disease in the body. It also appears in a specific focus in the brain that can be seen in a CT Scan as a set of concentric rings. As soon as the focus appears, the organ controlled by that specific brain center registers a functional transformation. This transformation can manifest as a growth, as tissue loss or as a loss of function.
The 2nd law describes the "two phased nature of disease": if the conflict is not initially solved, the person enters a conflict active phase which manifests a "cold disease" accompanied by coldness in the skin and extremities, stress, weight loss and sleep disorders (predominance of the sympathetic nervous system). As the conflict is resolved, a person enters a resolution healing phase that manifests a "warm disease" that can be rheumatic, infectious, allergic, etc. (predominance of the parasympathetic nervous system). A complete cure only comes upon completion of this second phase.
The 3rd law is the "ontogentic system of diseases": stating that conflicts have their focus either in the brain stem, the cerebellum or the cerebrum. The brain stem controls body tissues that derive from the endoderm; the cerebellum controls part of the tissues that derive from the mesoderm. For these, the disease process manifests as cell-multiplication (tumors) in the conflict active phase, and destruction of these in the healing phase. The cerebrum controls the rest of the mesoderm and all ectoderm derived tissues. Here the disease process shows up either as cell decrease (necroses, ulcers) or function impairment and interruption in the active phase, and as replenishment of the damaged tissues in the healing phase (that can also be diagnosed as a tumor).
The 4th law is the "ontogenetic system of microbes": microbes do not cause diseases but are used by the body to optimize the healing phase. Different microbes play different specialized roles. Therefore, fungi and mycobacterium work on endodermal and cerebellum directed mesodermal tissues. Bacteria work on all mesodermal tissues and viruses on ectodermal tissues.
The 5th law is called "the quintessence": disease is a "special meaningful program of nature" and is not a mistake of nature. Dr. Hamer categorizes most of the diseases known to medicine in pairs of events. These pairs are actually programs of nature relating psychological and biological events. The programs are designed by nature to either help the individual to cope or as a selection mechanism to serve the group.
According to Dr. Hamer, conventional chemotherapy treatments do not have any primary value and are too dangerous. Dr. Hamer also argues that conventional medical research is tainted by the interest of pharmaceutical companies thus preventing accurate research in the causes and treatment of diseases and ignores the role of the mind in the genesis of the disease.
Dr. Hamer states: "Through the millennia, humanity has more or less consciously known that all diseases ultimately have a psychic origin and it became a scientific asset firmly anchored in the inheritance of universal knowledge. It is only modern medicine that has turned our animated beings into a bag full of chemical formulas."
Dr. Hamer's official Canadian site has an excellent review of GNM. Below, for our readers who want to know more, highlights some of the most dissident ideas from the web site. It is clear that Dr. Hamer puts conventional medicine upside-down.
-- Disease follows universal biological principles and is the interaction between three levels that make up the organism: the psyche, the brain and the organ. This correspondence is graphically represented in a very popular synoptic chart that is sold by the above web site. FAIM has found it pasted on the walls of many European complementary and alternative medical clinics.
-- The edema that develops around the focus ring in the brain becomes visible on X-rays or CT's and is usually misdiagnosed as a brain tumor. Dr. Hamer has firmly established that brain tumors do not exist in the traditional sense. The edematous nodes in the brain are concentrations of glia (neuroglia) used to repair the brain and neural tissue, not only in the brain, but also in many tissues. When healing is complete, after the healing crisis, the edematous node is pressed out, a diuretic phase eliminates excess liquid from the organism and normal health is re-established.
-- The warm-phase is the healing stage of disease, what we usually identify as infectious disease. During this stage, the transformations of the first-stage are reversed. Cancers are broken down or encapsulated (depending on whether or not the microbes needed for caseating the tumor are available to the organism). [Caseous necrosis is a form of biological tissue death]. Necroses or ulcers are filled up again. The filling of necroses or ulcers also tends to be misdiagnosed as accelerated highly malignant growths.
-- The types of tumors that develop often increase the ability of the organism to deal with the specific crisis within a given time frame. If the crisis remains unresolved, the individual often dies as a result of the transformation brought about by the growth (increased hormonal release, increased digestive activity, increased strength of a tissue, etc.). If the crisis is resolved, healing sets in and the tissue or organ is often left stronger than it was before.
-- In fact, brain tumors as such do not exist; brain cells cannot multiply, only the glia does (connective tissue of the brain) to generate repair. Metastases do not exist either. There are cancers and cancer-equivalent developments obeying the same rule, all as associations of [focuses of activity] with their corresponding organ developments. There is in fact no mechanism for cancer cells to travel from one part of the body to another, nor any way of explaining how one cancer in one tissue learns to mutate and produce the exact correct, histologically different development appropriate to another tissue. As every oncologist knows, each organ, tissue, layer or cell group shows very specific types of growths, necroses or ulcerations, because they are histologically quite distinct. The traveling cell theory would not be able to explain the precise changes needed to account for each separate incident.
-- Since some of the supposed "metastases" appear locally in the vicinity of an amputated breast, it was commonly thought (working hypothesis) that cancerous cells must have somehow migrated to the new location. These local foci were designated as proximal metastases. If the corresponding [focus of activity] is found in the brain, it was supposed that the malignant cells had traveled via the (arterial) blood to the brain. These were called "distant metastases". These hypotheses became dogma in spite of the fact that there has never been a single observation of cancerous cells in the arterial blood stream.
-- There is another difficulty to overcome in the case of ulcers and necroses: from where are the malignant cells emitted, given that in cell loss there are none to be found? We were always looking for a primary tumor of the old brain type (another hypothesis) that could play the role of the primary focus. Yet nobody noticed that essentially benign ulcers or necroses of various organs (stomach ulcers, for example) would all of a sudden become malignant as if by a stroke of bad luck. Continuing this train of hypothesis, the metastatic benign osteolysis would become a raging malignant osteosarcoma.
Due to its extreme dissident posture, we would like to quote the part concerning microbes. According to Dr. Hamer, they are there to help in the healing process: "Microbes, our helpers and companions, are directed by the brain. Microbes have worked for us, not against us, as faithful servants over umpteen billions of years of evolution."
-- The brain directs all microbes. The immune system, traditionally imagined as a sort of army in the body fighting malignant cancerous cells and malignant microbes in a great battle, does not exist in this sense. Following instructions from the brain, the pathogenic microbes become benign apathogenic [non-pathogenic] microbes and retreat into a part of the organism where they are no bother. Possessed of our anti-bacteria, hygienic thinking, we have tried to stamp out these part-time workers of our organism. We have pushed tuberculosis back, but at the cost of preventing breast and intestinal tumors from being caseated by the little souring rods thus precluding the consequent tumor destruction. It has helped surgery and oncology, but is wrong biologically and medically.
-- All microbes without exception become active exclusively in the second phase, the healing phase, starting with the conflicto-lysis (conflict resolution) and ending with the completion of the healing phase; they work neither before nor after. Before, they existed as apathogenic germs. During the healing phase, they can be considered virulent, and after the healing phase, as apathogenic germs again.
-- All microbes are more or less specialized, not only in view of the organs they work on, but also in the way and style in which they work.
Following is a brief classification:
-- a) Fungi and mycobacteria are a destruction crew: they destroy brain stem directed tumors (adeno-carcinomas) and mesodermal cerebellar directed tumors (adenoid-carcinomas). More precisely they caseate tumors controlled by the old-brain starting at the moment of the conflicto-lysis (conflict resolution); if it happens they are apathogenic, therefore harmless. In the same way, they are harmless for all other organs!
-- b) Bacteria function as clean-up workers for organs with differentiable function. They destroy the adenoidal tumors of the cerebellar mesoderm but they rebuild the cerebral-mesoderm (medulla) directed cellular melt down of organs such as necroses (osteolyses, etc. - suppurating-granulating-scarring). Their work also begins with conflicto-lysis (conflict resolution) and ends at the end of the healing phase.
-- c) Viruses are simply construction or reconstruction workers. They bring about significant swelling and refill the ulcers and cellular substance losses of organs directed by the cerebral cortex. Like the other microbes, they are only active during the healing phase. One can see this in the case of squamous epithelium ulcers where cures are brought about by viruses: tubular organs (i.e., bronchia, coronary arteries or coronary veins, branchial arch ducts of the neck, the milk ducts or intra-hepatic bile-ducts) become temporarily blocked by swelling.