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Understanding the Roots of Disease

In 1987 Dr. Jeff Levy started the homeopathic treatment of a cat diagnosed with feline leukemia. Five years later, after several intense crisis periods, the cat tested negative for the disease.

"If I hadn’t understood the nature of miasms," Dr. Levy told us in a recent interview, "I wouldn’t have understood why the cat kept going into these crises. But when you understand how deeply ingrained miasms are, then it’s not surprising."


What are miasms? According to Samuel Hahnemann, the father of homeopathy, they are an "infectious principal" (Dictionary of Homeopathic Medical Terminology) which expresses itself in the specific diseases we see in people and animals. Another definition, according to Dr. Levy, is "chronic disease hat is inheritable." Species, families, and cat breeds can pass miasmatic tendencies across generations, though it is important not to confuse this with genetically passed conditions.

Miasms can also be created through the use of suppressive medicine or other environmental factors.

Miasms are an energetic understanding of disease that transcends our commonly held assumption that all illness is explicable in purely physical terms. "The virus doesn’t cause the disease," Dr. Levy told us, "The disease belongs to the cat. That’s a hard thing for people to understand until they learn to think homeopathically."

George Vitoulkas, the author of The Science of Homeopathy, states that "disease is a result of a morbific stimulus which resonates with a particular level of susceptibility of the organism." In other words, the disease and the creature are vibrationally linked. A miasm, in light of this definition, is a weakness in the creature’s Vital Force which allows an opening to form, letting in the morbific stimulus. "The miasm is part of the being," Dr. Levy told us.

There are three basic miasms described by Hahnemann. The psoric miasm is the most fundamental level, The Mother of All Chronic Diseases. Hahnemann maintained that all psoric disease could be traced back to a simple skin itch. On a mental/emotional level fear is a major part of this miasm. Susceptibility to any other miasm depends on the presence of psora. The second miasm, the sycotic, is characterized by warts and tumorous growths. The third miasm, the syphilitic, is not often seen in animals, but a fourth miasm, the tubercular, is associated with the wasting away and can be seen in the symptoms of feline leukemia and similar diseases.


"In order to understand feline miasms," Dr. Levy told us, "you need to understand the differences between cats and people on a very fundamental level.

"Cats have a lot of energy at a high level, they’re very psychic and seem to be able to communicate directly on the level of thought. This ethereal quality and sensitivity is in a sense a purer energy, and on a physical level this is expressed in their claws which can be used with surgical precision. They make a living by hunting with speed and precision.

"But at the same time they have energy on a very base level, a very grounded level. These surgically precise claws are used to hunt for food. Cats are carnivorous, pure predator.

"Where I see miasmatic problems arising is when the unity of the higher and lower energies is separated. It creates an opening, a tear in the middle, for disorder and disease to come in. Right now, my understanding of this process is on a philosophic level and it is difficult for me to express it in terms of symptoms."

We asked Dr. Levy if he felt this split in the cat’s soul came about through domestication.

"No, it’s not because of domestication, it’s because of the vaccinations, the poor quality food, the toxins in their environment. It’s what we’ve done to them, including all the inbreeding associated with pure bred cats. These breeding practices tend to amplify the miasmatic elements that are there."

One of the major disease issues for cats arises out of their sensitivity to toxins. According to Dr. Levy, "this relates back to the purity of energy cats need to maintain. One place you see this a lot is in the kidneys which are cleansing organs and which are overtaxed on a physical and energetic level."

Another major area of disease for cats is the entire digestive tract, seen in everything from gum disease to hepatitis to inflammatory bowel disease. This is where the nutrients are absorbed and the elimination of toxins occurs.

But it is with feline leukemia that we see the obvious creation of a miasm from suppressive medical interference.

"I believe that feline leukemia," Dr. Levy told us, "evolved because of vaccination for panleukopenia. And then with vaccination for feline leukemia the cat just came up with a different disease, F.I.V. (also known as feline AIDS). You can see this in cats who are vaccinated and later turn up with the symptoms of feline leukemia but still test negative.


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