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- Acids General - Level 2 to Homeopathics - Level 1
(General) Collective Characteristics
Definition An acid (from the
Latin acidicum meaning sour) is traditionally considered any
chemical compound that, when dissolved in water produces a
hydrogen.ion activity grerater than water i.e. a pH less than 7.0.
In simpler terms acids are any of a class of substances whose
aqueous solutions are characterized by a sour taste, the ability to
turn blue litmus red, and react with bases and certain metals to
Background Many biologically important
functions depend upon acid molecules including:-
Nucleic acids such
as DNA and RNA which contain the genetic code that determines
much of an organism's characteristics, and is passed from parents to
offspring. Hundreds of thousands of proteins exist inside each one
of us to help carry out our daily functions. These proteins are
produced locally, assembled piece-by-piece to exact specifications.
An enormous amount of information is required to manage this complex
system correctly. This information, detailing the specific structure
of the proteins inside of our bodies, is stored in a set of
molecules called nucleic acids.
Amino acids are the
building blocks for proteins. The 20 amino acids that are found
within proteins in the human convey a vast array of chemical
information predetermined by the encoded DNA molecule. The
precise content, sequencing and arrangement of each amino acid
determines the biological activity of the protein.
Humans can metabolise 10 of the 20 amino acids. The other 10
which the body is unable to metabolise are termed Essential Amino
Acids (EAAs) and need to be supplied via the food. Essential amino
acids must be supplied in the diet on a continuous daily basis as
they are not stored in the body for later use like fats and
Fatty acids are acids
produced from metabolised fat or oil. They are considered good fats,
are insoluble in water and contain both carbon and hydrogen
molecules. They are an important part of a healthy diet in that they
provide a source of energy and in particular facilitate the
transport of oxygen through the bloodstream to all parts of the
body. Additionally they aid cell membrane development, strength, and
function, and are necessary for strong organs and tissue.
Acids refer to the two fatty acids (Omega-3 and
Omega-6) which cannot be metabolized by the body from the diet and
are consequently called Essential Fatty Acids (EFAs).
They are required to support the cardiovascular,
reproductive, immune and nervous systems, cell membranes
maintenance, the production of prostaglandins, regulation of heart
rate, blood pressure, blood clotting, fertility, conception
andimmune function. It is worth noting that most Western diets are
deficient in Omega-3 and consequently supplementation
Gastric acid In humans
and many other animals contains hydrochloric acid (secreted within
the stomach) the functiuon of which is to help hydrolyze proteins
and polysaccharides as well as facilitate pepsin production.
Equilibrium This refers to the pH balance
(ie the degree of acidity/ alkalinity) of the body. This is measured
on a pH scale which ranges from 1.0 to 14.0 such that an acid
solution has a pH value below 7.0 whilst values above 7.0 are
alkaline. Solutions with a pH value in the middle of the scale (ie
pH 7.0) are considered neutral.
Body fluid concentration
must be maintained in conditions of mild alkalinity (ie a pH of 7.35
to 7.4) for optimal function. A deviation from the level of mild
alkalinity whether higher (alkalosis) or lower (acidosis) will
result in severe malfunctions. When due to acidic conditions these
malfunctions are manifested by slower enzyme reactions and reduced
vitamin/ protein/ ATP/ energy synthesis. The major effect of
acidosis is thus depression of the central nervous system.
Conversely the major effect of alkalosis is extreme nervousness and
over-excitability of the central nervous system leading to
convulsions, spasms, and tetany.
Classification of Acids The
classification of acids depends upon whether they are derived from
either of the respective organic or mineral kingdoms. There are many
acids in nature but only a few of them have impacted homeopathy.
Some of them are listed below.
between Mineral and Organic acids Mineral
acids produce an irritability of fibre together with weakness and
prostration or what might be termed an irritable weakness whereas
Organic acids produce weakness without irritability.
A] Mentals & Generals (1.) Acid weakness This is not a simple muscular weakness as a result of strain or
such as might result from a loss of body fluids following a bout of
acute diarrhoea or a general tiredness as a result of overwork.
Rather acid weakness is a debility of the mind, emotions and body
which arises from a disease situation in which blood poisoning and/
or organ affectation feature prominently such as the exhaustion
which follows a prolonged indulgence in drink or drugs or the
prostration of a chronic convalescent or the malaise associated with
intense emotional trauma.
Restlessness Physically overactive. Exhausted yet wants
to do a lot. In turn this only exacerbates
(4.) Extrovert Emotionally
aware, extrovert, optimistic with an aura of freshness,
Frustration The depressed mental symptoms contrast with
those of the emotional and physical resulting in acute frustration
and on occasions displays of anger.
Apathy The net result is that people and friends stay
their distance not understanding the vagaries of the patients moods.
In turn the patient feels isolated, separated and
(7.) Generalities: Location:
right side Temperature: cold Physique: fair,
Particulars (1.) Anti dyspeptic Acids decrease
acid secretions. Citric and Hydrocyanic acids will diminish symptoms
of excess gastric juice and reduce the feeling of sourness, nausea,
acid reflux and heartburn.
Enhancement At the same time Citric acid will increase
alkalinity by increasing saliva secretion. For example at times of
fever the mouth is parched and dry the tongue cleaves to the palate.
In such cases an acidulated drink will increase saliva and provide
(3.) Anti Haemorrhagic Haemorrhage resolution is a quality that belongs to nearly all
acids. Acetic acid is useful in checking haemorrhages especially
after child birth. A cloth dipped in vinegar and placed over the
pubes will in many cases be successful. Citric acid will both
produce and cure haemorrhage as also do Phosphoric, Sulphuric and
Conditions Inflammatory conditions of lungs. Hoarseness,
dryness of mucus membranes, in spite of profuse mucus
(5.) Other Physical
Chasracteristics include Gouty conditions, with
inflammation of synovial membranes. Anemic
conditions. Increased sexual desire. Complaints of a Sycotic
or Tubercular nature.
Connection During the 21st centuary we are
clearly about to witness one of the most crucial changes in the
history of man.
Traditional fossil fuels will be replaced
by renewable ones like Hydrogen.. Hydrogen has already been
harnessed as a source of powering the automotive industry where
millions have been invested in devopment of Hydrogen powered
There is also a parallel with Hydrogen
and Homeopathy which has been the subject of recent provings by
Jeremy Sheer and the Dynamis team providing us with a finger print
for this first of all elements.
Our definition of an acid has already
established the connection of Hydrogen in that an acid is considered
any chemical compound that when dissolved in water produces a
hydrogen.ion activity grater than water.
Samuel Hahnemann the founder of
Homeopathy some 200 years ago established the principle of
potentised remedies based on dilution with water. The Hydrogern
molecule contained in these Homeopathic dilutions provides the
vitality and energy for each remedys healing function. This
principle of Hahnemann remains valid today just as much as it did
200 years ago and forms the bed rock of modern Homeopathy.
It will become evident as we compare
Homeopathic acids with reference to the Materia Medica of
Hydrogen that this prime element has left its own indelible but
distinct imprint on each acid..
MENTALS Sensations Strangeness,
isolation, unreal situations, separation, out of reality, changed
perceptions Spacey, out of body, lighter, clearer, airy,
numbness, released-catharsis, "left myself behind," nothing is
normal, "life doesn't fit." Extraordinary awareness as well as
emotional numbness Sympathetic, generous, being relaxed and
difficult concentration, poor focus, forgetful, mislaying things,
irresolution, absent-minded, mistakes left and right, mistakes in
writing, mistakes with names, mathematical mistakes, messy, clumsy,
accident prone, Confusion over sexual identity Of death -
dead things / killing / suicide/ particularly of throwing oneself
from a height/ cut wrists/ old age and death. Of irritable,
anger, quarrelsome nature Of fear - in stomach / insanity, Of
anxiety about money Of both exhilaration, as well as lack of
self-confidence, vulnerability, self doubt, insecurity. Of
everything being fun, laughs at ordinary, serious things,
"everything seems ridiculous," Of conflict between the unreal and
the real world. Of a need for greater unity and oneness and to
work to that end. Of loving the whole wide world in
oneness. Of a belief that everything is good and
no way out, inability to cope. Lack of direction, purpose,
focus Mood swings, suicide thoughts, Panic/ paranoia Talks
to oneself Affectations of the full moon
Delusions Feels too
large or too small Distance seems further or nearer than it
is Distortion of time too long or too short
GENERALS Worse from wet weather,
better from fresh air, better from warmth. There are sensations
of heat, hot flushes, or chilliness. Also, a tendency to take
cold is common. Weakness, fatigue or lethargy are strong
characteristics of the remedy. There is trembling, pulsating
pains and a predominance of right-sided complaints. Many local
complaints are characterised by a "sensation of pepper" (eg in the
nose, mouth, and throat).
SUMMARY In short there are 2
conflicting symptom sets. One of intense joy and loving oneness and
the other of suffering/ loss/ separation and fall from
Background These 9
drawings were done by an artist under the influence of LSD -- part
of a test conducted by the US government during it's dalliance with
psychotomimetic drugs in the late 1950's. The artist was given a
dose of LSD 25 and free access to an activity box full of crayons
and pencils. His subject is the medico that jabbed
Picture 1 20 mins after dose Doctor Patient chooses to start drawing with
charcoal. Artist Condition normal... no effect from the drug yet.
2 85 mins after
dose Doctor The patient seems
euphoric. Artist I
can see you clearly, so clearly. This... you... it's all ... I'm
having a little trouble controlling this pencil. It seems to want to
3 21/4 hrs after
dose Doctor Patient appears very focused on the business of
drawing. Artist Outlines
seem normal, but very vivid - everything is changing colour. My hand
must follow the bold sweep of the lines. I feel as if my
consciousness is situated in the part of my body that's now active -
my hand, my elbow... my tongue'
4 21/2 hrs after
dose Doctor Patient seems
gripped by his pad of
paper. Artist 'I'm trying
another drawing. The outlines of the model are normal, but now those
of my drawing are not. The outline of my hand is going weird too.
It's not a very good drawing is it? I give up - I'll try
5 23/4 hrs after
dose Doctor Patient follows
quickly with another
drawing. Artist 'I'll do
a drawing in one flourish... without stopping... one line, no
6 3 hrs after
dose Doctor Patient tries to
climb into activity box, and is generally agitated - responds slowly
to the suggestion he might like to draw some more. He has become
largely non verbal. Artist 'I am... everything is... changed... they're calling... your
face... interwoven... who is...' Patient mumbles inaudibly to a tune
(sounds like 'Thanks for the memory). He changes medium to
7 41/2 hrs after dose Doctor
Patient retreated to the bunk, spending
approximately 2 hours lying, waving his hands in the air. His return
to the activity box is sudden and deliberate, changing media to pen
colour. Artist 'This will be the best drawing, Like the first
one, only better. If I'm not careful I'll lose control of my
movements, but I won't, because I know. I know' - (this saying is
then repeated many times).
8 53/4 hrs after
dose Doctor Patient continues to move about the room, intersecting the
space in complex variations. It's an hour and a half before he
settles down to draw again - he appears over the effects of the
drug. Artist 'I can feel
my knees again, I think it's starting to wear off. This is a pretty
good drawing - this pencil is mighty hard to hold' -
9 8 hrs after dose Doctor
Patient sits on bunk bed. He reports the
intoxication has worn off except for the occational distorting of
our faces. We ask for a final drawing which he performs with little
enthusiasm. Artist 'I
have nothing to say about this last drawing, it is bad and
uninteresting, I want to go home now.'