by Francine Kanter, CCh, RsHOM(NA)
For a long time, most conventional physicians thought stomach ulcers were psychosomatic disorders, primarily triggered by stress. However, in 1982, two Australian physicians, Barry Marshall and Robin Warren, stumbled upon a dogged, virulent, tiny bacterium called Helicobacter pylori, and won the Nobel Prize in 2005 for their discovery of its role in gastritis and peptic ulcer disease.
As so often happens following a novel breakthrough, a new body of research began to croon a different tune—that eight out of ten individuals infected with Helicobacter pylori never got ulcers. This led some researchers to investigate emotional factors as the root of ulcer distress.
The Journal of the American Medical Association featured studies showing that people who faced intense life stresses were more prone to develop peptic ulcers within the next two decades. The Archives of Internal Medicine also reported that the incidence of ulcers in people who were severely stressed was twice that of those who did not have such stress. In addition, epidemiological studies suggested that the incidence of ulcers seemed to rise after natural disasters, such as a hurricane or earthquake.
The rediscovery of the role stress plays in ulcers was no surprise to homeopaths. Homeopathy has long held the view that the true “source” of ulcers resides in both the mind and the body. This information reaffirms that Homeopathy can be the answer to healing disease that comes from not only the physical but the emotional and mental levels.
Francine Kanter, CCH, RsHOM(NA), Board Certified Homeopath Practitioner, has experienced firsthand how emotional, psychological, and physical stressors play a critical role in any disease. This is precisely why Homeopathy will always analyze the most likely underlying cause of any illness, including the given individual’s unique symptom-picture, personality, temperament, and also idiosyncrasies, in accordance with the Homeopathic principles. For this topic and other health issues, reach Kanter at 754-484-7988, [email protected], FKanterHomeopath.com. See ad page 57.