HOW Does a Remedy Stimulate the Body to Heal?

Bill Gray

Conversations between homeopaths and modern scientists can be very interesting.
Homeopaths discuss the Principles of Similia and Minimum Dose, asserting that these
are fundamental and effective in practice. Open-minded scientists may accept these as
empirical observations but are left wondering How homeopathy can work. Homeopaths
tend to reply that it doesn?t matter to them as clinicians; the only important thing is That
it works. Trying to find common ground, a discussion ensues of the scientific evidence.
There is abundant scientific evidence that homeopathy works [1], but the question of
how it works continues.
Remedies are usually near or beyond Avogadro?s Number, which boggles the mind at
first. However, there is mounting evidence that water is altered in the presence of
substrate by succussion and dilution [2]. Concepts such as the memory in water [3],
hydrogen bonding alterations [4], clathrates or clusters [5] have been validated by
research, even though much more is needed. Reasonable minds can agree that
homeopathy is an energy phenomenon and that water can be a medium of transmission
of therapeutic energy.
The next step in the process is still fuzzy, however. How exactly does the energy carried
in water actually cause the patient?s or animal?s or plant?s body to react? We assume
that there is a simple resonance and leave it at that. But what is the evidence that such
an interaction exists?
First of all, it needs to be understood that there is indeed an energy field integral to
physical bodies of organisms. Mae-Wan Ho elegantly demonstrated energy fields in
Drosophila fruit flies that are found coherent in polarized light and even phase-locked
amongst groups of flies [6]. Fritz Popp studied the electromagnetic emissions of a
variety of organisms and found that the emissions correlated nicely with biochemical
reactions and cellular functions in a variety of tissues [7]. He also demonstrated,
especially in fish, that these emissions serve to communicate information between
organisms even at considerable distances [8].
There has long been an abundant and detailed literature demonstrating the effect of
specific electromagnetic frequencies on protein structure and function. Rhodopsin, a
light receptor in the retina, is a classic example. When it is struck by photons of light, it
changes shape and releases protons to affect membrane stability and communicate a
signal to the brain [9]. Lysozymes have been manipulated to be either stimulated or
inhibited by very specific frequencies mapped with great specificity [10]. The famous
sodium pump mechanism of cells (which holds potassium ions internally and pushes
sodium ions extracellularly) can be manipulated to strengthen or weaken by very
specific weak electromagnetic frequencies [11]. There are literally hundreds or
thousands more examples of such enzymatic manipulation ...
Enzymatic function alone could explain much of the effect that homeopathic potencies
have on specific bodily activities. However, more modern research in molecular biology
is changing paradigms of biophysics in exciting ways.
Biophysics in Modern Biology
The classic model of molecular biology taught even in high school describes doublehelixed
DNA carrying genetic information in a code of base-pairs that is translated into
corresponding base-pairs of RNA, and that messenger RNA then translate the
information to form specific amino acid sequences in enzymes. Initially this was
visualized in linear fashion.
Once the genome was defined and attempts have been made to correlate particular
DNA codes to specific diseases, it was found that a huge proportion of DNA appeared to
have no direct translation value; this was called "junk DNA." However, the state of
modern molecular biology was aptly described in the most recent Science:
" "In fact, gene regulation has turned out to be a surprisingly complex process
" governed by various types of regulatory DNA, which may lie deep in the
" wilderness of supposed ?junk.? Far from being humble messengers, RNAs of all
" shapes and sizes are actually powerful players in how genomes operate. Finally,
" there?s been increasing recognition of the widespread role of chemical alterations
" called epigenetic factors that can influence the genome across generations
" without changing the DNA sequence itself." [12]
Actually about 40% of genetic transmissions in mice have been found to reside outside
DNA code. Identified processes have to do with regulatory genes even at a distance in
the chromosome, RNAi inhibition, specific enzyme activities, and other factors. [ibid].
Even this level of the model depends on essentially linear techniques of study --
genomic sequencing, splicing of mice DNA, etc. Epigenetic influences could be
considered second-dimensional modelling.
MIT and Harvard have carried the model into a three-dimensional conception by using a
technique of observing DNA in vivo that is analogous to X-ray crystallography; this
shows that DNA is structured in "puffs" that change shape on a continuous basis. [13]
Another technique called Hi-C developed at Harvard uses formaldehyde in a kind of
mummification process to identify the extreme variety of connections between DNA
segments on same and adjacent chromosomes. This technique has found that threedimensional
"globules" have fractal structures. Pieces of function are thus gathered in
fractal manner into more globalized functions. [14]
Even this level of sophistication is fundamentally structural in conception. More recent
research has identified DNA changes in time through which regulated areas are
alternately turned on and off dynamically. Called "DNA breathing", this has become a
hot trend in recent research, and it has been shown to be influenced in a major way by
specific electromagnetic influences. [15][16][17]
An interesting factoid is that Luc Montagnier, the French Nobel Prize Winner for his
work in identifying the AIDS virus, has changed directions in his career. He has founded
an Institute in China to study DNA electromagnetic fields and their corresponding
interactions. His recent papers identify homeopathic potentization as his means of
generating electromagnetic fields of viral DNA.[18]
There is a convergence of sciences occuring which offers exciting possibilities for the
future. After empirically developing the principles of Similia and potentization and then
going on to identify the biophysics of clustered water delivering homeopathic
information , homeopathy has moved distinctly into the realm of energy medicine.
Molecular biology is simultaneously evolving beyond pure linear chemistry into a
conception of dynamic interaction between electromagnetic fields and DNA-RNAenzyme
Using Complexity Theory while understanding detailed frequency interactions becomes
clear, it is possible that instrumentation will someday enhance our therapy. Of course,
we already have radionics and radiesthesia, Voll machines, etc., that provide vague
versions of this vision. It is crucial to always view the patient as a Whole rather than in
simplistic fashion in order to become consistent and reliable in curative results.
Nevertheless, convergence of the sciences into biophysical understanding can enhance
our tools if properly used.
1. Gray, B., Homeopathy: Science or Myth?, North Atlantic Books (1999).
2. ibid., pp. 51-74.
3. Schiff, M. The Memory of Water. Thorsons (1995).
4. Bellavite, P. and Signorini, A. The Emerging Science of Homeopathy: Complexity,
Biodynamics, and Nanopharmacology. North Atlantic Books (2002), p. 246.
5. Gray, B., Homeopathy: Science or Myth?, North Atlantic Books (1999), p. 64.
6. Ho, MW. Neural Network World 5:733-750 (1995).
7. Popp, FA., Li KH., Gu Q. (eds) Recent Advances in Biophoton Research. World
Scientific, Singapore (1992).
8. Popp, FA. "On the coherence of ultraweak photoemission from living tissues." In:
Kilmister, CW (ed). Disequilibrium and Self-Organization. Reidel, Dordrecht (1986), p.
9. Bellavite, P. and Signorini, A. Fundamental Research in Ultra High Dilution and
Homeopathy. Kluwer Academic Publishers, Dordrecht (1998), p. 105.
10. Shaya, SY, and Smith, CW. "The effects of magnetic and radiofrequency fields on
the activity of lysozyme." Collective Phenomena B: 215 (1977).
11. Tsong, TY. "Deciphering the language of cells." Trends Biochem. Sci. 14: 89 (1989).
12. Pennish, E. "Shining a light on the genome?s ?Dark Matter?". Science 330:1614 (Dec
13. Kremer, F, et al. "Coherence of low-intensity millimeter waves on biological
systems." In: Frohlich, H (ed). Biological Coherence and Response to External Stimuli
Springer Verlag, Berlin (1988), p. 233.
14. Bradt, S. "Three dimensional of human genome deciphered." Harvard Gazette.
15. Satari, M. "DNA dynamics and endogenous fields." Biosystems 49: 117-125 (1999)
16. Satari, M. "Nonlinear dynamics of a DNA chain affected by endogenous AC fields."
Bioelectrochemistry and Bioenergetics. 48: 325-328 (1999).
17. Alexandrov, BH, et al. "DNA breathing dynamics in the presence of a terahertz field."
online: arXiv:0910.5294v1 [] 28 Oct 2009.
18. Wikipedia "Luc Montaignier: Articles"