German New Medicine (GNM) is a set of healing principles discovered by German medical doctor Geerd Hamer between the late 1970s until his death in 2017.
The core idea of GNM is that traumas cause the body to respond in primal ways to help us survive. In other words, symptoms that we think of as disease are often attempts by the body to help us, including joint pain, headaches, autoimmune disorders, infections and even cancer. Each symptom relates to a particular trauma.
Dr. Hamer also made the significant discovery that there are two possible phases for each trauma: the stress phase when we are still shocked by an event, and the healing phase after the trauma is resolved—IF it is resolved. Some traumas are never resolved over a lifetime, only suppressed or managed.
In addition, Hamer found that when we are hit by a trauma, there are clear marks visible on a brain cat scan. These concentric circles are evolving in appearance as we heal.
This changes a lot in how we can choose to treat illness.
First, we associate each symptom with specific responses to trauma, not the type of trauma itself. We look for the emotional response, i.e., fear, anger, etc. and the mental thoughts about the event, i.e. “I am worthless”, not the fact of a separation, accident or another shock. For example, stomach ulcers are triggered by territorial anger, a reaction to feeling threatened in a place that is ours, i.e. home or work.
Secondly, we determine whether the person is in the stress or healing phase by their symptoms. If they are in the stress phase, we need to help them identify and resolve their shock. If they are in the healing phase, we need to educate them about the predicted course and help them navigate it.
Thirdly, GNM can be effectively combined with other therapeutic tools once we understand how the body and mind are attempting to help us. We can either support these attempts or moderate them, so the healing path is easier.
Not everyone is suited to use German New Medicine.
Over the years, we have found that there are certain essential conditions for successfully using GNM.
At this point, my practice is a combination of naturopathic medicine, Ayurveda and GNM, and I am currently supervised by GNM expert Ilsedora Laker.
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Dr. Katherine Willow ND. has been practicing since 1983 as a fourth-generation naturopathic doctor via her family in Europe. Her specialty is the integration of German New Medicine (GNM) into her practice. In this new paradigm one can connect biological shocks with conditions and determine whether a person’s symptoms are in the stress or healing phase of the shock.
Another favourite of Dr. Willow’s is old-style naturopathic medicine, which approaches disease with the simplicity of nature cure therapies: sun, air, water, earth and plants. There’s nothing more satisfying than seeing complicated cases resolve as a person’s body and mind receive what they need to heal.
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Dr. Willow graduated from National College (now University) of Naturopathic Medicine in Portland, Oregon in 1983 and is registered with the Canadian College of Naturopaths of Ontario (CONO).