Pueblo County Sheriff’s Office

10 Nov

Investigators Search For Escaped Mental Health Patient

10 Nov

Updated: Mon 6:09 AM, Apr 15, 2013

Authorities are searching for a mental health patient who is believed to be on the run after violating his condition of release.

William Labrum was granted conditional release in 2008 after serving almost 20 years at the Colorado Mental Health Institute in Pueblo. In 2011, he was granted permission to move from Colorado to Idaho, still under a conditional release order.

Labrum is now on escape status after going missing.

Authorities have not released a picture of Labrum at this time, but describe him as a white man, 5-foot-7 and 160 pounds, with blond hair and blue eyes. He was last seen driving a 1993 GMC conversion van, plates unknown.

If you know Labrum’s whereabouts, contact your local authorities.

Ways of Health • Homoeopathic Medicine

8 Nov

Homoeopathic Medicine

Assumptions About Health and Disease

Any system of medical practice takes its origin in a set of assumption about health and disease. Sometimes these assumptions are conscious and explicit. More often they are unconscious; the practitioner is unaware of them. The homoeopathic and allopathic approaches to therapeutics are based on sets of assumptions about disease, health, and curative process. Furthermore, these two sets of assumptions are opposed to one another in many important respects. The different therapeutic procedures employed by homeopathy and allopathy originate in different interpretations of observed physiological and pathological processes.

From Hahnemann* onwards, the homoeopathic physicians have characterized the processes of health and disease in vitalistic terms. They have talked of a “vital force,” “power of recovery,” or “natural force” in the body—a force which reacts to external stimuli. This reactive power is manifested in the symptoms of disease, just as it also makes its presence felt in the rhythmic alterations of the body’s functions in health; the alteration of sleep and wakefulness, the menstrual function in women, etc. Disease symptoms represent the form taken by this power when reacting to a morbific stimulus in the internal or external environment.

* From Homoeopathic Medicine (Falls Church, Va.: American Foundation for Homoeopathy, 1972). Reprinted by permission
Samuel Hahnemann (1755-1843). The founder of the homoeopathic system of medicine

The vitalistic assumption is of primordial importance for homoeopathic therapeutics, since it imposes a particular interpretation of the symptom. Regardless of how disagreeable of even painful it may be, the symptom is still the visible manifestation of the organism’s reactive power. And since this reactive power always strives for cure, for harmony in the functioning of the organism, and always strives to adjust the balance between the body and the outside environment, the symptoms are not the signs of a morbific, but of a curative process. . . .

Homoeopathy stresses the importance of the body’s natural discharges—urine, stool, menses, and especially skin eruptions. The organism’s natural tendency in health is to rid itself of waste substances through these natural outlets, and a similar process works in disease.

A little thought, will disclose two important aspects of modern allopathic medicine. One relates to the symptom as a sign of the body’s reaction to morbific environmental stimuli. Far from considering the body reacts dynamically to external stimuli, allopathic medicine tends to view the body as the passive recipient of blows delivered from the outside.

The other major tenet of allopathic medicine is the “disease entity” or clinical entity.” Knud Faber has written the physician “cannot live, cannot speak, cannot act, without [it].” **
Thus allopathic medicine operates with a relatively static group of discrete “diseases. . . .

Knud Faber, “Nosography in Modern Medicine,” Annals of Medical History, Vol. IV. 1922, p. 63.

The reader should not be mislead by the homoeopathic use of the expression, “vital force.” It in no way implies a “mystical,” “eighteenth-century ,” or “unscientific” approach to medicine. It does not imply any particular view of the essential nature of the organism but has a practical meaning in compelling the physician: (1) to take a humble view of his own ability to penetrate intellectually into the human body, and (2) to bear in mind at all times any treatment must be a treatment of the whole body, the whole man.

In thus stressing the ultimate unknowability of the body’s physiological and psychological processes, homoeopathy is in agreement with the most recent standpoint of theoretical physics and Jungian analytical psychology, both of which accept the ultimate indeterminacy of the phenomena investigated and call for a symbolic, “as if,” approach to their understanding

That the holism of the homoeopathic view of the organism is not without relevance for modern medicine is clear to anyone who has followed the discussion—during the last twenty years of so—of the typical defect of modern orthodox medical practice which is precisely that the physician fails to pay sufficient attention to the wholeness of the patient, fails to adjust his treatment to the whole man.

The Physicians Knowledge of the Organism and the Effects of Medicine

The physician’s first task is to know what his patient is suffering from. His second task is to cure this patient. Thus he first needs a key to understanding the organism and, secondly, a key to the effects of medicines.

Let us first take up the problem of ascertaining what ails the patient. The physician has two sources of knowledge. The first is sense-perception, defines as including (1) that which is perceivable by the physician and (2) that which is perceivable by the patient and which can be elicited from him by careful questioning. The second source of knowledge—defined, in allopathic medicine as “objective”—includes various tests which have been devised for measuring the chemical composition of the blood and other bodily tissues, for measuring blood pressure, for recording brain waves, and the like. Generally speaking, these data are not directly sense-perceptible, and this knowledge is not symptomatic knowledge. It is knowledge of the physiological and pathological changes occurring in the body during disease.

The homoeopathic and orthodox physicians take opposed views of the nature and importance of these two kinds of knowledge. The former attribute prime importance to sensory knowledge of the pateint’s symptoms and secondary importance to the so-called “objective” disease parameters. With the latter, this emphasis is reversed. Allopathic physicians attribute greater importance to the “objective” information and less to the “subjective” symptoms.

The difference stems from homoeopathy’s orientation toward the dynamic and changeable vital force, as opposed to allopathic medicine’s concentration on the static disease entity. This initial difference in approach leads to different views of the relative importance of the symptoms and the “objective” pathological or physiological data.

Ed., Sobel, D.S., Ways of Health-Holistic Approaches to Ancient and Contemporary Medicine (Harcourt, Brace, Jovanovich., New York and London ©1979) Homoepathic Medicine by Harris L. Coultier

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