Susceptibility:                    “ man’s meat is another man’s poison..” –

 Are we all really pre-destined to live out a life as programmed by our genetics (DNA code)? Do we just accept things (our fate) and make do with the best we have? This seems way too restrictive to me. Then why are we given this so-called “free will” if we don’t actually have a choice in the matter….

Yes, absolutely we incarnate into a chosen physical manifestation. The whole esoteric concept of “choosing” who/what we are going to be in this life on earth is beyond the scope of this article. There are many resources out there, but I really enjoy reading “The Law of One” series of books. We manifest in a physical/matter form so that the soul can experience creation. It is a learning and a game/challenge. Genetic code is only a starting point, but it was thought at the beginning of the genetic sciences that it determines everything about us and what we are. New studies and understanding are dramatically changing this viewpoint. Work by Bruce Lipton around “epigenetics” is showing that it is our environment that is important and that actually influences our genetics. Our genes are antennae that respond to the external environment. It is our environment that determines who we become.

 I see an analogy between homeopathic miasms and genetic inheritance (and then subsequently environmental stimuli). A person’s susceptibility to external stimuli (ie. disease) is determined by the combination of both parent’s miasms during conception. Many contemporary homeopaths support this concept. Even from Hahnemann’s days it was suggested that both parents be treated miasmatically before conceiving a child. What is a miasm? There are as many definitions as there are homeopaths on the planet. Realistically and practically, times have (drastically?) changed since Hahnemann’s era. Many interpretations of Hahnemann’s “miasm” have been published, that differ from the many modern definitions for the miasm. Even the original master homeopaths could not come to a consensus regarding an agreed upon definition.

My understanding (influenced by?) of miasm resonates with the explanation given under the Sensation Method. It is an indication of how we respond to any situation. We as individuals respond to the same situation in our own unique way. This response/defence mechanism is evident in all situations in the individual’s life. It is this response mechanism that also makes us susceptible to that particular miasm’s pathological manifestations. Miasms do not stand alone though, they form part of the totality of symptoms.

 A good analogy is explained by Luc de Schepper whereby the miasm lays down the roots. The weeds then subsequently grow from these roots into all directions. This is the susceptibility we have to particular manifestations, depending on the overriding miasm. He says that susceptibility is the capacity of the living organism to react to external and internal stimuli – it reflects the reactivity of the Vital Force. The susceptibility therefore determines the potency of the remedy (Aphorism 281).

..We feel pain on being pinched, we feel morose when something bad happens to us, excited when something good happens, etc. The idiosyncratic susceptibility of people is frequently seen when they are exposed to varying climates: one person will thrive in warm weather while others become sick. Altitude will affect some individuals very little and others adversely. Being at the seashore improves one person’s condition while it makes another person sick. Mountainous regions are desired by some while avoided by others.

The power of assimilation and nutrition is another expression of susceptibility. And of course, certain people are able to make wonderful contributions to a homeopathic drug proving when given a particular remedy whereas other provers will show no reaction whatsoever to the same substance. All these responses have to do with susceptibility…”

 Susceptible people (who have a higher Vital Force) are more effective provers. Susceptibility to a particular remedy will cause the organism to react in a stronger secondary curative reaction. The exaggerated reaction or “throwing out” of symptoms is what the homeopath will use to find a remedy. Only the simillimum can satisfy the susceptibility, anything else will palliate or perhaps even suppress. The greater the patient’s susceptibility, the higher the selected potency (in general). Artificially producing passive immunity through vaccinations and antiseptics destroys normal susceptibility. Fever is an example of the body’s natural defence mechanism – nature’s way of protecting the organism. A person becomes easily vulnerable to diseases that are linked to causative factors to which he is particularly susceptible, ie. Cold, wind, dampness, etc.

 “Margaret Tyler taught us that patients who boasted of never having had childhood diseases often fell victim to serous illnesses, including cancer, in their prime of life. Apparently something about the cancer miasm made these children non-susceptible to the childhood illnesses, a condition which in turn increased their susceptibility to cancer later in life because their Vital Force never had a chance to decrease its miasmatic burden through the outlet of the childhood diseases. Thus we now recognize this phenomenon as marker for the cancer miasm.” – Luc De Schepper

 “Thus we see that susceptibility and reaction are basic principles, and are very closely allied to the problems of immunization. A proper concept of these principles is something that the homeopathic physician must seriously consider; the interplay of these principles must become as second nature to him, if he wishes to use the forces of nature in healing the sick. The similar remedy, or the similar disease, satisfies susceptibility and establishes immunity.” – H.A. Roberts

 Contagious disease thrive in childhood because of the extreme susceptibility of the miasmatic influence. It is better for the child to get and work through a disease, thereby building up life-long immunity. The first line of defence of the cell is inflammation.

 Louis Pasteur lived in the era of the “germ theory”. The story goes that he himself said on his deathbed that disease lies in the soil (ie. the body/environment), not the germ…. Causes cannot be its own consequence – this concept goes against universal laws of nature. Hence the end result (the germ) cannot also be the cause of the disease. The germ comes afterwards, depending on the susceptibility.


  •  The Law of One (five books in the series), Rueckert & McCarty
  • Biology of Belief, Bruce Lipton
  • Sensations in Homeopathy, Rajan Sankaran
  • Advanced Guide for Professional Homeopaths, Luc De Schepper
  • Hahnemann Revisited, Luc De Schepper
  • The Principles and Art of Cure by Homoeopathy, H.A. Roberts
  • Organon of the Medical Art, Samuel Hahnemann, (Wenda Brewster O’Reilly translation)
  • Comprehensive Study of the Organon, Nagendra Babu
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