This book review is reprinted from Volume 96 Number 4 Winter 2003-4 edition of American Journal of Homeopathic Medicine with permission of the American Institute of Homeopathy
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Biological, Chemical, and Nuclear warfare - Protecting Yourself and your Loved Ones: The Power of Digital Medicine
By Savely Yurkovsky, MD
Science of Medicine Publishing. Chappaqua, NY. 2003. ISBN:0-9726346-0-6. Paperback. 258 Pages
Reviewed by George Guess, MD, DHt
I found this book quite interesting. It's an enjoyable read, a good source of compiled homeopathic scientific research and homeopathic history, and it offers a somewhat compelling view into the domain of isopathic treatment as mediated by what Dr. Yurkovsky terms "Bio-resonance Testing." First, though, one has to get past the cover, which is reminiscent of a B science fiction movie. I would encourage a reworking of the cover art for any future editions. That done, interesting information awaits inside.
The purpose of the book seems twofold - one, to introduce the public to homeopathic and isopathic medicine, and, two, to educate the public about the capabilities of these two forms of medicine in tackling the potential scourge of biological, chemical, and nuclear threats, whether wielded by terrorists or otherwise. The book offers a satisfactory explanation of homeopathic medicine, its mechanisms and precepts, providing a very large number of scientific studies. It's a quite thorough explanation and covers classical, causative and complex homeopathy, as well as autoisodes. It then proceeds to make its case for the efficacy of these therapies by citing a large body of research and historical evidence documenting cures of a wide range of infectious and toxicological disorders.
One chapter is devoted to a discussion of so-called "digital" remedies, a reference to the apparent observation that the information frequency of homeopathic remedies can be transmitted electronically into water and subsequently onto a CD; a remedy can then, apparently, be "cloned" from the CD back into water for utilization. The author asserts that the physiological effects of the CD-prepared remedy have been demonstrated to mimic those of the traditionally-prepared homeopathic remedy. If this is true, a means exists to quickly mass produce remedies and vaccines when they are needed for a catastrophic epidemic resulting from a terrorist assault.
Chapter 6 details the development of radionics and EAV (Electroacupuncture according to Vohl) diagnosis and treatment methods, along with the perceived shortcomings of the latter method. The chapter then goes on to describe a refinement of energy testing utilizing adaptations of Applied Kinesiology and EAV, and resulting in the method termed "Bio-resonance Testing:' Numerous case histories follow which provide some impressive examples of both disease causation diagnosis and treatment by this method; such as, a case of diabetes attributed to dental amalgams and cured when given an isopathic remedy prepared from the constituents of the amalgam, a case of cardiomyopathy attributed to cadmium and mercury toxicity, a case of arrhythmia diagnosed as a side-effect of one of the cardiac medicines the patient was taking, etc. Clinical studies of Bio-resonance Testing (BRT) are also provided, as are further clinical experiences where BRT helped identify the correct single conventional homeopathic remedy and potency. Some classical homeopaths will recoil from the whole idea of BRT as a means of selecting a homeopathic remedy. I am reminded, though, of three of our forebears, splendid classical homeopaths all, who were given to employ somewhat similar methods (radionics, dowsing) in their practices-Arthur Grimmer, Guy Buckley Stearns and Edward Whitmont. It's enough to make one think.
Chapter 9 begins the self-care portion of the book wherein methods for preparing isodes and autoisodes are described. Again, several clinical case examples are provided, some of which are really quite impressive. Quite remarkable to this reviewer were the instances where the author diagnosed patients with peculiar complaints as suffering from nuclear radiation effects. At the time such a diagnosis seemed highly unlikely. The author's treatment based upon this diagnosis was successful. Only subsequently was it revealed in a newspaper article that a nearby nuclear power plant had leaked nuclear emissions into the air earlier.
Based on the evidence provided in this book, it is clear that Dr. Yurkovsky is well versed in classical homeopathic approaches as well as isopathic and autoisopathic ones, which to my mind, lends additional credibility to his assertions. His apparent skill in performing BRT is also impressive.
Chapter 11 begins the author's coverage of specific bioweapons, specifically anthrax and small pox. He provides a good rendering of the diagnostic characteristics, a fairly thorough differential of conventional homeopathic remedies for each disease, and a detailed protocol for treating these illnesses with autoisodes (blood for anthrax and skin lesions for small pox).Treatment of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and physical trauma is also discussed.
Finally, the book closes with an engaging encapsulation of the history of homeopathy in the United States.
The book is indexed and thoroughly referenced.
I recommend this book to anyone interested in expanding their diagnostic and therapeutic capabilities beyond those of solely classical homeopathy. Even if committed to the pure application of classical homeopathy, the information contained in this book at the least expands the reader's awareness of other potentially effective approaches, ones that might have special relevance in the setting of terrorist assaults.