Ontogeny isn't really a word tossed around in everyday conversation, but it's actually a fascinating topic, and a key to several of life's greatest mysteries, including the mystery of how and why disease and healing occur.
In fact, a basic understanding of the ontogenetic system of diseases reveals that the processes of disease and healing are actually very precise and completely consistent from one person - and one species - to the next.
The beauty of the knowledge of this, the third biological law (the system of ontogeny), is that even the most terrifying medical diagnosis and prognosis now can be put into a meaningful frame of reference - which takes most of the fear right out of it. For this reason alone, it's absolutely worth learning about ontogeny and its role in the development of all diseases. So I'll get started with a definition of ontogeny.
The word ontogeny comes from two parts: ontos, meaning "to be," and genesis, meaning "creation." So "ontogeny" means "to be created." The word ontogeny is used to describe all the steps and stages that we go through in our physical creation, from the moment of conception until our creation ends...
...when we exhale our last breath.
When you think about it, it makes complete sense. We learn every day of our lives, we have experiences every day of our lives, and we act on those experiences and learnings every day of our lives... so why shouldn't our physical forms also be participating in that ongoing process, just as they did when we were little embryos and newborn babies?
Ontogeny is the study and description of this process of our biological form growing and developing and being created every day of our lives. And the findings of ontogeny studied with a German New Medicine® perspective reveal an explanation for every disease symptom we ever experience!
The Ontogeny System of Diseases: Every disease, originating from a conflict-shock experience, is "managed" by a psyche-brain-body-function system that has evolved specifically to deal with that particular type of conflict-shock experience.
This is a biological law of nature, impossible to break, which applies without exception to every symptom that takes place in our bodies, whether physical, mental, or emotional.
Human Ontogeny Briefly Summarized
Immediately after we become a fertilized ovum - a few moments after conception - we get busy with our ontogeny. First, the fertilized egg divides into two almost identical cells. Whether the fertilized egg divides to the left or to the right determines our handedness for the rest of our lives.
Within days, the fertilized egg has divided and divided so many times that it has become a little ball of cells (called a morula or a blastula). This ball of cells, as it continues to grow, begins to divide itself into layers, four of them altogether (though in standard texts, the two middle layers are referred to as a single layer called "the mesoderm").
All of this happens before Mom even knows that you're on the way.
Ontogeny continues: these four layers develop greater and greater complexity. But for the rest of your life, they remain their own distinct layers with their own distinct functions, almost like your body is made up of four different bodies that all work together throughout your life, but are distinct entities.
By this, I mean that each of these four layers sticks only to its own functions for the rest of your life. The inner layer that eventually develops into your digestive tract, lungs, middle ear, and kidney collecting tubules... that part of your body never takes on the tasks of the outer layer that eventually develops into your outer skin, your coronary arteries, and your eyes.
Each of these four layers of our bodies and the functions that they perform are controlled by their own brain parts. In a way, in addition to your body being made up of four distinct bodies that all work together, you also have four different brains that all work together to run those four sets of body functions!
And it is very important to note that the brain(s) run every single function of the body(ies). Brains are not just for sitting around thinking up physics equations. Our brains run everything from breathing to blood chemistry to emotions. Everything in the body is directed by the brain - or, more specifically, by its own related brain.
Functions of the Four Brains and Their Related Body Systems
Most ontogeny studies pretty much leave off before you get to the part about the brain(s). Ontogeny has become a bit of a muddled subject over the past few decades because of a controversy over a theory that was proposed in 1866 that suggests that the process of human ontogeny repeats all the stages of evolution that "led" to modern humans. The argument is in part based on the controversy about whether humans arose and arise out of the same processes as other animals, or whether we are a special creature dropped onto the planet later, to rule it - a very heavy philosophical debate as you can imagine, and not one that will be solved on this web page.
Nevertheless, the controversy has raged so much that even the word "ontogeny" seems to have become tainted as a result. For this reason, if you speak to a medical doctor or even most holistic health practitioners about ontogeny, or about the role of the brain in running the different layers of the body, you'll probably get not much more than a blank stare.
1. Brainstem-Led Functions: Basic Survival
The innermost layer of the tiny embryo grows and develops into the body parts devoted to our most basic survival. These parts of our organism are devoted to getting food, water, air, and other types of "morsels" such as light and sound into and out of our bodies. This part of the brain is called the "old brain," and its functions are the most basic functions that have always been undertaken by animals since the very earliest animals ever existed.
Those now-extinct creatures are called the "ring-formed creatures," and in very oldest forms they were just little worm-like tubes rolled into a circle. Bits of food would go in one end of the tube, all the way round the circle, then turn around and go back out the way they came in. The incoming and outgoing food went through the same portal!
Later, more sophisticated creatures could encourage food to go into their gullets, and out a different way. This was a more efficient use of the "morsels" that they obtained. A little nerve plexus guided the process. Later still, creatures used that little nerve plexus to help get food into the gullet by developing light and sound sensitivity. That little nerve plexus, called a "brain" in more sophisticated creatures, is also responsible for getting oxygen in and out of the body, and water, too.
In the modern world, all animals have this brain. It's our brainstem and midbrain, sometimes referred to as the "reptilian brain."
The "old brain," or pons of the brainstem, directs all of our organs that are responsible for taking in, biting off, digesting, and eliminating the various physical substances our bodies need to function optimally, which include food, water, air, light, and sound. The associated organs include the intestines, the bottom part of the stomach, salivary and other glands, the swallowing muscles of the throat and esophagus, our lung alveoli, our liver, the innermost part of the kidneys, part of the bladder, the uterus, the middle ears, and the irises of our eyes.
If we have a DHS (conflict-shock experience) that relates to not being able to get something we need or to get rid of something we need to get rid of, the symptoms of that experience will manifest in a brainstem-governed body part. The symptoms will worsen until we resolve this conflict. During the conflict-active phase, more and more tissue will be added to that part of the body, to help it to perform its function better. The extra tissue will be eliminated by your body when the conflict is resolved.
2. Cerebellum-Led Functions: Physical Integrity and Protection of the Body
The very oldest creatures whose fossils have been found each had a membrane around their single-celled bodies. This membrane not only kept the cell contents from floating away in the ocean, it protected the little organism from unwanted substances entering the cell.
More complex creatures, multicellular animals such as ourselves, have a more complex version of this protective skin. It envelops our entire body, and this skin also envelops certain vital organs, to give them extra protection. This "corium skin" of our body is directed by the cerebellum part of our brain.
This function of animal bodies has been present since the earliest life forms. The cerebellum is therefore also an "old brain," and usually lumped in with the so-called "reptilian brain," but it is sometimes called "the mammalian brain," because of an (incorrect) theory that this is where emotions come from. (This theory is linked to a theory that only mammals experience emotions)
Cerebellum-led body parts include the deepest layer of skin covering our entire body, the sac that lines our chest cavity surrounding our heart and lungs (called "the pleura"), the sac that surrounds our heart (called "the pericardium"), and the sac that surrounds an unborn baby (the amniotic sac).
If we have a DHS that relates to our body not being able to protect itself properly, such as from a bad cut or a burn, the symptoms of that conflict will manifest in a cerebellum-governed body part. In the area closest to the "point of attack," more and more tissue will be added to the skin in that area, whether it's our deep body-covering skin or one of our inner skins like the pleura. The tissues will continue to thicken and get stronger until the conflict is resolved, at which time your body will eliminate the extra, unnecessary tissue.
3. Cerebral-Medulla-Led Functions: Physical Activities and Capabilities
Life existed for a long time on this planet without being able to physically move or do much beyond simply opening and closing its gullet or gills to get needed substances in and out of the body. Much of the life on the planet - all plant forms, for example - still can't wander around and build things and consciously modify its own environment.
These activities are newer in the Community of Life's repertoire of activities. The parts of the body that carry these functions out for us - our bones, muscles, ligaments, and the veins and lymphatics that supply them, as well as a few specialized "doing" organs such as the meaty part of the kidneys and our testicles and ovaries, are led by the "new brain" cerebrum.
The cerebrum is the great big part of our brain, much bigger in humans (and whales and many other mammals) than the old brains - pons of the brainstem and the cerebellum. There are two parts of the cerebrum: the cerebral medulla, or "white matter," and the cerebral cortex, which is the big wrinkly "grey matter" layer that wraps around the cerebral medulla.
Our physical "doing" functions are carried out using our bones, muscles, ligaments, and so on, led by the cerebral medulla "white matter" part of our cerebrum. If we have a DHS that relates to any kind of inability to perform, any kind of "self-devaluation" issue such as "I can't do this," "I can't handle this," or "I am no longer able to do this," the symptoms of that conflict will manifest in a cerebral-medulla-governed body part.
What will happen is that the tissues in the relevant part of the body will begin to deteriorate. The white matter of the brain will direct those tissues to deteriorate and erode away until the conflict is resolved. Once the conflict is resolved, your body will rebuild these tissues, usually to a state significantly bigger and stronger than before the DHS.
4. Cerebral-Cortex-Led Functions: Territorial Control and Relationships
Our grey matter, the great and wondrous cerebral cortex that is so large in human beings (and whales and dolphins, as well as most primates) has a very specific set of functions, just like our other three brains.
These cerebral cortex functions developed much, much later in evolutionary history than the functions of basic survival and physical protection, so this part of the brain definitely qualifies as "new brain." In fact, the biggest part of our amazingly-large human brains is called the "neo-cortex" because it's such a new thing in the history of life on Earth.
The function of the cortex is to sense and act on millions and millions of subtle signals from our immediate environment. This part of the brain is very large in all social mammals, especially the primates and the cetaceans (whales and dolphins).
The reason the cortex is so large among social animals is that social animals get their living by working together. To do this, they have to have relationships with each other. To do that, they have to keep track of a million details about one another, including who loves who, who hates who, who is the alpha and who is the peon and who is a stranger and who is a very special member of the group - and how the dynamics change over time, and how to deal with an attack from a different group.
Consider the implications. In a group of twenty, if a new member joins the group, this is not one new relationship for each of the twenty individuals to keep track of - it's twenty new relationships to keep track of because the new individual has to form relationships with each of the twenty existing members of the group, and everyone has to keep track of all those new relationships and their own new places in the pecking order.
What a gigantic amount of information to keep track of - no wonder the cortex is so large in social animals!
But, as I said earlier, ontogeny never stops until creation stops. So, the functions of the new brain still follow all the biological laws.
The parts of the body that are led by the cerebral cortex all have to do with sensing the subtleties of our environment and the other individuals around us (in your case, mostly human individuals, but also loved pets or feared predators) - and then doing something to change the situation such as taking physical action, or resisting physical action. For this reason, the cerebral cortex works very closely with the cerebral medulla - many DHS experiences involve both brains at once.
The cerebral cortex related body parts are all of our sensory apparatus - the outer skin, the ability to smell, our eyes, our hearing, and all of our speech/language functions, as well as our motor cortex and our blood sugar regulation. The cerebral cortex also controls our body functions that relate to competition, through our coronary arteries and our bronchial apparatus; our need to "mark" our boundaries, through our urinating and defacating equipment; and our lovemaking, through our gentialia and the whole process of orgasm.
Virtually everything that we associate with individuality and personality - the ego takes place in the cerebral cortex...
If we have a DHS that relates to a problem in our functional environment, which usually means our relationships or something unsafe in our immediate environment, the symptoms of that conflict will manifest in a cerebral-cortex-governed body part or body function. The conflicts relate to experiences of being rejected, of being disrespected, or of missing another person or situation - or of wanting the opposite, such as wanting to be rid of someone, wanting to not experience a situation, or wanting to resist a situation.
In other words, every kind of egoic attachment or avoidance...
Like the cerebral-medulla-led body parts, cerebral-cortex-led body parts lose tissue during the conflict-active phase, or lose functionality. Tissues or functionality are increasingly deteriorated and eroded away until the conflict is resolved, at which time the cerebral cortex immediately gets to work on rebuilding the lost tissue or function.
Summary of the Third Biological Law - Ontogeny as the Underlying System of Disease
In our development from fertilized ovum to full maturity (at death), Nature creates and builds four interrelated body systems, each led by their own part of the brain. Each of these four body systems deals with a specific set of functions, according to our need.
Should there be any kind of situation in our life that we cannot immediately deal with, the body system that is supposed to deal with that kind of situation will respond by either building tissue or by deteriorating its functionality in order to respond to the "emergency" situation.
Each of these four body systems has a specific and completely predictable way of responding to conflict situations. Each of these four body systems has developed to work the way it works, because that is what is best for us.
Following resolution of the conflict situation, the appropriate brain area will immediately set to work reversing the effects of its activities during the conflict-active phase of the disease.
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