by Dr. Chad Goetz, NMD
(article originally published in AZNetNews in June/July 2005)
As I came into the room to see Teresa at the River Source Treatment Center in Mesa, AZ, who had 2 days ago just come off cold-turkey from using 200mg per day of Oxycodone (a powerful opiate analgesic, the withdrawal symptoms of which are similar to those experienced by individuals stopping the use of heroin after a long addiction), I noticed that she was in no shape to receive the two intravenous bags of electrolytes and nutrients that I had planned to give her to start the process of replenishing her physical body following the abuse it had taken after 5 years of opiate dependency and abuse. She was absolutely miserable: physically restless, moaning with pain, unable to sleep, complaining of cramps in her abdomen which were made mildly better by assuming the fetal position, vomiting periodically after drinking the ice-cold water that she craved, and having green-colored diarrhea. Not exactly what you’d call comfortable. Based on her situation, I felt that homeopathy was the perfect answer to her current troubles. I then proceeded to take her homeopathic case based on the symptoms that were being expressed and ultimately decided to prescribe the 200th potency of Phosphorus—a highly dilute homeopathic remedy made from the element of the same name. Within 30 minutes of receiving the dose, her desire to vomit had ceased, as had her incredible restlessness—to the point of her finally falling asleep. None of all the pharmaceutical drugs that she had been given over the 2 days prior to my visit, including phenergan (prescribed for nausea), imodium (for diarrhea), diazepam (to help relax her), and clonidine (to help ease the opiate withdrawal symptoms) had done anything to help alleviate her situation, but one dose of the 200th potency of Phosphorus produced dramatic results. As I was not scheduled to see her the following day to ascertain her progress, I was told by the physician who did see her that she was out of bed, and although naturally still somewhat tired, had managed to shower, put on make-up, and started to eat. Her green-colored diarrhea, vomiting, restlessness, and general malaise were nowhere to be seen. That’s remarkable, I thought. And yet, that’s entirely the results that are possible with homeopathy, and why it has stood the test of time as a healing modality and has been found to be of unquestionable benefit in all kinds of ailments of suffering humanity, ranging from depression and anxiety all the way to cancer, infectious epidemics such as the flu, and drug withdrawal symptoms.
Although examples of homeopathy can be found in the Old Testament, in the Jewish Talmud, and in other cultures of the world, the German physician Samuel Hahnemann in the late 18th and early 19th centuries was the individual responsible for codifying the practice of homeopathy as it is currently done throughout the world. It is based on the concept of Similia similibus curantur (“let likes be cured with likes”), and focuses on discerning what the true medicinal properties of a particular substance are via scientific observation of its effects upon healthy people, and not by hypothetical speculation. By cataloging the symptoms produced in healthy individuals, we then can see what types of ailments it could be useful for in sick people with similar symptoms. Because Phosphorus produces many of the same symptoms in healthy people that my patient Teresa was experiencing when ill is precisely why I chose it and why it worked so beautifully in its highly diluted form. Teresa, who is now gladly living life drug-free, was so impressed with homeopathy that she could only remark “That’s incredible!” Indeed it is.