2019
DOI: 10.1055/s-0039-1692162
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Correlation between Vitalism and Genetics According to the Paradigm of Complexity

Abstract: Background In homeopathic philosophy, vital force is a non-material substrate that is responsible for maintaining the body's sensations and functions and where homeopathic medicines act. In genetics, the body's vital functions are controlled by biochemical information, which is contained in the cell genome and consists of a protein encoding portion (exome) and another that regulates this encoding scheme (epigenome). Both the philosophical vital force and the genome present properties of complex and dynamic sel… Show more

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“…In correlating the characteristics of the organic vital force with those of the genome, we highlight analogies between them, such as: the vital force and the genome are the fundamental substrates for the emergence and maintenance of life (vitality of living beings); the vital principle is responsible for maintaining the balance of the body's sensations and functions, just as the genome stores the biochemical information which will produce the proteins responsible for maintaining vital processes and developing organisms; diseases generally occur due to dystonia of the vital principle, as well as genomic changes which promote disease (the primary cause of diseases); the vital force and the genome are both affected by the influences of the same external and internal etiopathogenic factors, among others. 2 Furthermore, in correlating the characteristics of chronic miasms with those of epigenetic alterations, we highlight analogies between them, such as: most chronic diseases have a miasmatic (psora) or epigenetic cause which predisposes their appearance and prevents their natural resolution (fundamental cause of chronic diseases); the latency or manifestation of psora and the silencing or activation of disease-promoting genes are triggered by similar etiopathogenic factors; both chronic miasmas and disease-promoting epigenetic alterations are transmissible to future generations, and can be reversed by antimiasmatic drugs or epigenetic treatments, respectively. 1 Since 1997, Khuda-Bukhsh [17][18][19] and other researchers 20,21 defend the hypothesis that homeopathic medicines act in the genome, modulating disease-promoting gene expression.…”
Section: Philosophical-scientific Correlations Between Vital Force and Genome And Between Chronic Miasms And Epigenetic Alterationsmentioning
confidence: 99%
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“…In correlating the characteristics of the organic vital force with those of the genome, we highlight analogies between them, such as: the vital force and the genome are the fundamental substrates for the emergence and maintenance of life (vitality of living beings); the vital principle is responsible for maintaining the balance of the body's sensations and functions, just as the genome stores the biochemical information which will produce the proteins responsible for maintaining vital processes and developing organisms; diseases generally occur due to dystonia of the vital principle, as well as genomic changes which promote disease (the primary cause of diseases); the vital force and the genome are both affected by the influences of the same external and internal etiopathogenic factors, among others. 2 Furthermore, in correlating the characteristics of chronic miasms with those of epigenetic alterations, we highlight analogies between them, such as: most chronic diseases have a miasmatic (psora) or epigenetic cause which predisposes their appearance and prevents their natural resolution (fundamental cause of chronic diseases); the latency or manifestation of psora and the silencing or activation of disease-promoting genes are triggered by similar etiopathogenic factors; both chronic miasmas and disease-promoting epigenetic alterations are transmissible to future generations, and can be reversed by antimiasmatic drugs or epigenetic treatments, respectively. 1 Since 1997, Khuda-Bukhsh [17][18][19] and other researchers 20,21 defend the hypothesis that homeopathic medicines act in the genome, modulating disease-promoting gene expression.…”
Section: Philosophical-scientific Correlations Between Vital Force and Genome And Between Chronic Miasms And Epigenetic Alterationsmentioning
confidence: 99%
“…1 Therefore, we can correlate the intrinsic characteristics and properties of the homeopathic vital principle to those of the genome (exome plus epigenome), suggesting the hypothesis that this is the representation or biological substrate of that according to the biomedical model. 2 On the other hand, disease-promoting epigenetic alterations would be the representation or biological substrate of chronic homeopathic miasmas. 1 In short, in homeopathic terms, the genome would be the simillimum of organic vital force and the disease-promoting epigenetic alterations would be the simillimum of chronic miasmas.…”
Section: Philosophical-scientific Correlations Between Vital Force and Genome And Between Chronic Miasms And Epigenetic Alterationsmentioning
confidence: 99%
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