If for instance bacteria are solely the cause of say, tetanus- gonorrhoea-tuberculosis-diph.- cold and so on-then it would be only a matter of exposure always to produce disease. And this you know is not the case-by any matter or means.

Now let us try and correlate all this. The reason for disease is obviously not as simple as one is led to believe. It seems in fact quite a complicated affair. So many things have got to be taken into account that it is foolish to think one could place a finger on this or that and say here is the cause of the disease. Now, it is difficult to reduce so complex a business to something simple enough to allow you to follow the thesis.

It would seem that there are at least two main things that go to cause disease. The first is conditioning the victim. He must first be made sensitive enough to be able to react. He must become allergic. Once the victim is sensitized then, and then only, can he react. It is this state that forces a victim to react-he cannot help himself. If the reaction stops short at the stage of sensitization only-then this reaction is what we call allergy. It means that the stage has exceeded a mere conditioning, it has exceeded a sort of passive affair.

Now each individual will have his own particular threshold. The vast majority never cross it, and some probably remain in their sensitive condition for many years, and it is fairly certain that the degree of sensitivity itself will probably very continually in the same individual. It is matter of coincidence for an individual to get caught in a high degree of sensitivity at the very moment some outside factor comes to bear on him.

When this happens the victim reacts to show signs and symptoms that will make up a definite picture peculiar to that outside factor. And it is the totality of these signs and symptoms in the physical-mental-and psychological fields that produce the manifestations we interpret as some disease or other.

Now it is a matter of another coincidence just what outside factor happens to be present at the crucial moment. The actual variety of disease will be a direct reflection of this particular outside factor. If it is one kind of bacteria it will be one thing, but if it be another kind, then, it will be another. If it be fatigue or worry it will be one thing, and if it be sunlight or some item of food it will be another. The point is that the sensitized individual must be in a particular phase of sensitivity before any disease can manifest, and the kind of disease will directly depend on what the actual outside factor happens to be.

We see then that in principle two things are necessary before disease can happen. The first is some subjective process, some inside factor and the other is an objective process caused by some outside factor.

Perhaps the commonest sensitizing factor is a hereditary one but it could be one of a series of factors ABCDEFG, say each having the power to sensitize a certain type of individual. Because any of these can do so-means that they all must act through a common factor, lets all it K. Once that individual is on his threshold to K or is just past it-the stage is set for any of a series “outside” factors to act.

Let us call these PQRST. Now these have no power to cause any reaction on anyone until threshold K is passed. But, once this happens, then, it is also possible that some, say F and G for the first series can, if the victim be continually subjected to its activity-be as effective in producing disease as any of the second series. And of course, any combination or either or both series is possible. So disease production becomes really a very complex and complicated business.

Let us see what happens if K be antidoted. This then immediately raises the threshold of sensitivity-or destroys it completely. When this happens no factor from whatever series is able to cause any reaction. it has not the slightest effect, there is no reaction, i.e. disease: the person remains healthy. Or if he be already sick-and K be antidoted-then that patients own mechanism can de-sensitize his sensitive state.

When this happens the factors causing disease slowly but surely lose their ability to cause disease and that patient starts to get well. It does not matter what the disease is-the process and the end is the same-provided the patients has still power to react. There are some patients who reach such a low state of vitality before they are helped that they no longer have this power.

Now the whole essence of the rationale of the homoeopathic method of therapy is the antidoting of K. When you get a disease picture P-it is very real and very definite. This is what the homoeopathic school is wholly concerned with and sets about to cure. I emphasize this point because in the ordinary school it is so different.

A. Taylor Smith