by Dr. Chad Goetz, NMD
(article originally published in AZ Net News in October/November 2005)
“He’s a Tasmanian devil!” This is how Melissa described her son Dallas prior to him receiving treatment for his newly diagnosed Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Their family physician was recommending that he be placed on Ritalin (a pharmaceutical drug commonly used to treat the condition)—a sentiment that was being echoed by his elementary school teacher, who found him to be quite a disruption in her classroom. Not being overly enthused with this option, Melissa had heard a little bit about homeopathy and decided to give it a try.
Homeopathy is a system of healing that is rooted in a profound awareness of health and disease. At its core is the understanding that most disease states are due to an imbalance within one’s spiritual vital force—the intangible force which animates the human organism at all times; the complete lack of its presence within us resulting in death. As Dr. Samuel Hahnemann writes in his penetrating treatise on homeopathic principles, the Organon of Medicine, “. . . it is only the vital principle, deranged to such an abnormal state, that can furnish the organism with its disagreeable sensations, and incline it to the irregular processes which we call disease. . . .” Thus, when one experiences abnormal symptoms that fit the diagnosis of ADHD, depression, anxiety, or any of the plethora of ailments that affect humanity, it is primarily this spiritual vital force that is in need of aid.
In arriving at the selection of the most appropriate homeopathic remedy to treat a particular type of spiritual disturbance, it is critical to obtain accurate symptoms. The generalized hyperactivity of ADHD cases is absolutely meaningless to a homeopath unless further qualified. What exactly does the person do in this hyperactive state? In Dallas’ case, he had a bad habit of hitting his mother and sister, throwing things all over his room, and destroying various items throughout the household. Another child with the diagnosis of ADHD might not express these exact symptoms, and would thus require an entirely different remedy to annihilate the disturbance upon the spiritual vital force that is contributing to their erratic behavior. Dallas has now been taking the homeopathic remedy that best addressed the spiritual disturbance within his being for several months now—all to the astonishing delight of his family and teacher. No longer does he fit the popular definition of a ‘Tasmanian devil’; now he is a well-adjusted, focused, and a healthy young boy who has a very bright future.