German New Medicine

As a wholistic psychotherapist working in the field of mind, body and soul medicine for over 15 years, I have found that the accuracy and precision of Dr. Hamer’s discoveries is the most effective tool in my practice. GNM therapy gently and affirmatively brings a patient’s whole life back into alignment with healing. – MTK

Dr. Hamer’s Medical Paradigm

© By Caroline Markolin, Ph.D., Vancouver, Canada


On August 18, 1978, Dr. Ryke Geerd Hamer, M.D., at the time head internist in the oncology clinic at theUniversity of Munich, Germany, received the shocking news that his son Dirk had been shot. Dirk died inDecember 1978. A few moths later, Dr. Hamer was diagnosed with testicular cancer. Since he had never beenseriously ill, he immediately surmised that his cancer development might be directly related to the tragic loss ofhis son.

Dirk’s death and his own experience with cancer prompted Dr. Hamer to investigate the personal history of hiscancer patients. He quickly learned that, like him, they all had gone through some exceptionally stressful episodeprior to developing cancer. The observation of a mind-body connection was not really surprising. Numerousstudies had already shown that cancer and other diseases are often preceded by a traumatic event. But Dr.Hamer took his research a momentous step further. Pursuing the hypothesis that all bodily events are controlledfrom the brain, he analyzed his patients’ brain scans and compared them with their medical records. Dr. Hamerdiscovered that every disease—not only cancer!—is controlled from its own specific area in the brain and linked toa very particular, identifiable, conflict shock. The result of his research is a scientific chart that illustrates thebiological relationship between the psyche and the brain in correlation with the organs and tissues of the entirehuman body (the English Scientific Chart of GNM is in the works).

Dr. Hamer came to call his findings The Five Biological Laws of the New Medicine, because these biologicallaws, which are applicable to any patient’s case, offer an entirely new understanding of the cause, thedevelopment, and the natural healing process of diseases. (In response to the growing number ofmisrepresentations of his discoveries and to preserve the integrity and authenticity of his scientific work, Dr.Hamer has now legally protected his research material under the name German New MedicineÆ (GNM). Theterm New Medicine could not be copyrighted internationally).

In 1981, Dr. Hamer presented his findings to the Medical Faculty of the University of T¸bingen as a post-doctoralthesis. But to this day, the University has refused to test Dr. Hamer’s research in spite of its legal obligation to doso. This is an unprecedented case in the history of universities. Similarly, official medicine refuses to approve hisdiscoveries despite some 30 scientific verifications both by independent physicians and by professionalassociations.

Shortly after Dr. Hamer submitted his thesis, he was given the ultimatum to renounce his discoveries or have hiscontract renewal at the University clinic denied. In 1986, even though his scientific work had never beenimpeached, much less disproved, Dr. Hamer was stripped of his medical license on the grounds that he refusedto conform to the principles of standard medicine. Yet he was determined to continue his work. By 1987 he wasable to extend his discoveries to practically every disease known to medicine.

Dr. Hamer has been persecuted and harassed for over 25 years, in particular by the German and Frenchauthorities. Since 1997, Dr. Hamer has been living in exile in Spain, where he carries on with his research andwhere he continues to fight for official recognition of his New Medicine. But as long as the University ofT¸bingen’s medical faculty maintains its delay tactics, patients all over the world will be denied the benefit of Dr.Hamer’s revolutionary discoveries.


Dr. Hamer established that every disease is caused by a conflict shock that catches an individual completely offguard (First Biological Law). In honor of his son, Dr. Hamer called this unanticipated stressful event a Dirk HamerSyndrome or DHS. Psychologically speaking, a DHS is a very personal incident conditioned by our pastexperiences, our vulnerabilities, our individual perceptions, our values and beliefs. Yet, a DHS is not a merelypsychological but rather a biological conflict that has to be understood in the context of our evolution.

Animals experience these biological shocks in concrete terms, for example, through a sudden loss of the nest orterritory, a loss of an offspring, a separation from a mate or from the pack, an unexpected threat of starvation, or adeath-fright. Since over time the human mind acquired a figurative way of thinking, we can experience thesebiological conflicts also in a transposed sense. A male, for instance, can suffer a territorial loss conflict when heunexpectedly loses his home or his workplace; a female nest conflict may be a concern over the well-being of anest member; an abandonment conflict can be triggered by an unforeseen divorce or by being rushed to thehospital; children often suffer a separation conflict when Mom decides to go back to work or when the parentssplit up.

By analyzing thousands of brain computer tomograms (CT) in relation to his patient’s histories,Dr. Hamer discovered that the moment a DHS occurs, the shock impacts a specific, pre-determined area in the brain, causing a lesion that is visible on a CT scan as a set of sharpconcentric rings (In 1989, Siemens, the German CT scanner manufacturer, certified that thesering formations are not artifacts of the equipment). Upon impact, the affected brain cellscommunicate the shock to the corresponding organ, which in turn responds with a particular—predictable!—alteration. The reason why specific conflicts are indissolubly tied to specific brainareas is that during our historical evolution, each part of the brain was programmed to respond instantly toconflicts that could threaten our survival. While the old brain (brain stem and cerebellum) is programmed withbasic survival issues that relate to breathing, eating, or reproduction, the new brain (cerebrum) is encoded withmore advanced themes such as territorial conflicts, separation conflicts, identity conflicts, and self-devaluationconflicts.

Dr. Hamer’s medical research is firmly tied to the science of embryology, because whether the organ responds toa conflict by a tumor growth, by tissue meltdown, or by functional impairment is determined by the embryonicgerm layer from which both the organ and corresponding brain tissue originate (Third Biological Law).

GNM’s Ontogenetic System of Tumors illustrates that old-brain-controlled organs, which derive from theendoderm or the old-brain-mesoderm, like the lungs, liver, colon, prostate, uterus, corium skin, pleura,peritoneum, pericardium, breast glands, etc., always generate cell proliferation as soon as the correspondingconflict occurs. Tumors of these organs therefore develop exclusively during the conflict-active phase (initiated bythe DHS).

Let’s take lung cancer, for example: The biological conflict linked to lung cancer is a death-fright conflict,because in biological terms the death panic is equated with being unable to breathe. With the shock of the death-fright the lung alveoli cells, which regulate breathing, instantly start to multiply, forming a lung tumor. Contrary tothe conventional view, this multiplication of lung cells is not a pointless process but serves a very definitebiological purpose, namely, to increase the capacity of the lungs and thereby optimize the organism’s chance ofsurvival. Dr. Hamer’s brain scan analyses demonstrate that every person with lung cancer shows a distinct targetring configuration in the corresponding area in the brain stem, and that each patient had suffered an unexpecteddeath panic prior to the onset of cancer. In the majority of cases the death scare was triggered by a cancerdiagnosis shock that the person experienced as a death sentence. Given that smoking is on the decrease, thissheds new light on the enigmatic increase of lung cancer (The #1 Killer) and calls into question whether smokingis per se an actual cause of lung cancer.

Glandular breast cancer, according to Dr. Hamer’s findings, is the result of either a mother-child or a partnerworry conflict. These types of conflict always impact the old brain in the area that controls the milk-producingglands. A female can suffer a mother-child worry conflict when her offspring is suddenly injured or seriously ill.During the conflict-active stress phase, the breast gland cells continually multiply, forming a tumor. The biologicalpurpose of the cell proliferation is to be able to provide more milk for the suffering offspring and thus speed uphealing. Every female human and mammal is born with this age-old biological response program. Dr. Hamer’smany case studies show that women, even when not breast feeding, developed a tumor in the breast glands fromobsessively worrying about the well-being of a loved one (a child who is in trouble, a parent who is ill, or a dearfriend who is a cause for concern).

What has been said about lung cancer and breast cancer equally applies to all other cancers that originate in theold brain. Each is triggered by a specific conflict shock that activates a Meaningful Special Biological Program(Fifth Biological Law) which allows the organism to override everyday functioning and deal physically with theemergency situation. For each type of conflict there is a brain relay from where the particular biological program iscoordinated.

While old-brain-controlled organs generate a tumor growth during the conflict-active phase, the opposite is thecase with all organs that are controlled from the cerebrum (new brain). Concerning the embryonic germ layer, allcerebrum-directed organs and tissues (ovaries, testicles, bones, lymph nodes, epidermis, lining of the cervix,bronchial tubes, coronary vessels, milk ducts, etc.) originate from the ectoderm or the new-brain-mesoderm. Themoment the conflict occurs, the biologically corresponding organ tissue responds with cell degeneration.Necroses of the ovaries or testicles, osteoporosis, bone cancer, or stomach ulcers, for example, are conditionsthat only occur while a person is in a state of emotional distress in regards to the related conflict. As is to beexpected, the tissue loss has a biological significance.

Let’s take, for example, the tissue of the milk duct lining. Since the squamous epithelial lining of the milk ductsdeveloped at a much later time than the milk-producing glands, this younger tissue is controlled from a youngerpart of the brain, namely, the cerebral cortex. The biological conflict of the milk duct lining is a separation conflictexperienced as if my child [or my partner] was torn from my breast. A female mammal can suffer such a conflictwhen her offspring is lost or killed. As a natural reflex to the conflict the tissue of the milk duct lining starts toulcerate. The purpose of the tissue loss is to increase the diameter of the ducts, because with enlarged ducts themilk that is no longer used can drain off easier and doesn’t get congested in the breast. Every woman’s brain isprogrammed with this biological response. Since the female breast is, biologically speaking, synonymous withcaring and nurturing, women suffer such a conflict by unexpected separation from a loved one they intensely carefor. There are virtually no physical symptoms during the conflict-active phase, except occasional light pulling inthe breast.


Dr. Hamer also discovered that, provided there is a resolution of the conflict, every disease proceeds in twophases, (Second Biological Law). During the first, or conflict-active phase, the entire organism is geared todealing with the conflict. While a meaningful cell alteration runs its course on the physical level, the psyche andthe vegetative autonomous system also try to handle the unexpected situation. Switched into a stress state(sympathicotonia), the mind becomes completely pre-occupied with the conflict contents. Sleep disturbances andlack of appetite are typical symptoms. Biologically speaking, this is vital, because the focus on the conflict and theextra waking hours provide the right conditions for working through the conflict and finding a resolution. Theconflict-active phase is also called the cold phase. Since the blood vessels are constricted during stress, typicalsymptoms of conflict activity are cold extremities (particularly cold hands), the shivers, and cold sweats. Theintensity of the symptoms is naturally dependent on the magnitude of the conflict.

If a person remains in an intense conflict-active state over a long period of time, the condition can be fatal. But Dr.Hamer proves beyond reasonable doubt that an organism can never die of cancer, in and of itself. A person candie as a result of mechanical complications of a tumor that, for example, occludes a vital organ such as the colonor the bile ducts, but in no way can cancer cells, as such, cause death. In German New Medicine the distinctionbetween malignant and benign cancers is entirely meaningless. The term malignant is an artificial construct(the same applies to tumor markers) that simply indicates that the activity of cell reproduction has exceeded acertain arbitrary limit.

If a person dies during the conflict-active phase, it is usually because of energy loss, weight loss, sleepdeprivation, and emotional and mental exhaustion. Often, it is a devastating cancer diagnosis or a negativeprognosis—You have six months to live!—that throws cancer patients (including their loved ones) into a state ofdespair. With little or no hope, and deprived of their life-force, they waste away and eventually die of cachexia, anagonizing process that conventional cancer treatments only accelerate.

If the patient has not undergone any conventional treatment (especially chemotherapy or radiotherapy), GNM hasa success rate of 95 to 98 percent. Ironically these statistics for Dr. Hamer’s remarkable success rate weredelivered by the authorities themselves. When Dr. Hamer was arrested in 1997 for having given three peoplemedical advice without a medical license, the police confiscated his patients’ files and had them analyzed.Subsequently, one public prosecutor was forced to admit during the trial that, after five years, 6,000 out of 6,500patients with mostly terminal cancer were still alive. With conventional treatment the figures are generally justthe reverse. According to epidemiologist and biostatistician Dr. Ulrich Abel (Germany), Success of mostchemotherapies is appalling…There is no scientific evidence for its ability to extend in any appreciable way thelives of patients suffering from the most common organic cancer… Chemotherapy for malignancies too advancedfor surgery, which accounts for 80% of all cancers, is a scientific wasteland. (Lancet 1991).


The resolution of the conflict signals the beginning of the second phase of the biological program. Our emotionsand our organism switch immediately into a healing mode assisted by the vegetative system’s switch intovagotonia. During the healing phase the appetite returns, but we are very tired (we might not even be able toget out of bed). Rest and supplying the organism with nutrients are essential while the body is trying to heal. Thesecond phase is also called the warm phase, as during vagotonia the blood vessels are enlarged, causing warmhands, warm feet, and warm skin.

With the resolution of the conflict there is also an instant change at the organ level. Cell proliferation (old-brain-controlled tumor growth) or cell meltdown (new-brain-controlled tissue loss) immediately comes to a halt, andthe appropriate repair process is set in motion. An area that necrotized or ulcerated during the conflict-activephase is now being refilled and replenished with new cells. This is usually accompanied with potentially painfulswelling, caused by an edema that protects the tissue while it is healing. Other typical repair symptoms arehypersensitivity, itching, spasm (if muscle tissue is involved), and inflammation. Examples of diseases that onlyoccur in the healing phase are: certain skin disorders, hemorrhoids, laryngitis, bronchitis, arthritis, atherosclerosis,bladder or kidney disorders, certain liver diseases, and infections (see below).

Based on the observation of cell multiplication (mitosis) and the standard distinction between benign andmalignant tumors, conventional medicine interprets the natural cell production of healing tissues as amalignancy. In GNM we likewise distinguish two types of tumors. But the tumors are not divided into good andbad ones; rather they are classified according to their tissue type and the part of the brain from which theyoriginate and are controlled. There are those tumors which develop exclusively during the conflict-active phase(lung tumor, colon tumor, liver tumor, uterus tumor, prostate tumor, etc.) and, conversely, those that result fromthe natural repair process. As with old-brain-controlled cancers, the tumor growth is neither accidental normeaningless since the cell proliferation stops as soon as the tissue is mended. Testicular cancer, ovarian cancer,lymphoma, non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, various types of sarcoma, bronchial and laryngeal carcinoma, and cervicalcancer are all of a curative nature and are exclusively phenomena of the healing phase. Provided that the healingprocess is not interrupted through medication or a conflict relapse, these tumors eventually degrade during thecompletion of the healing phase.

The second type of breast cancer, the ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS), also falls into this category. While aglandular breast cancer is an indication that a woman is in the active phase of a worry conflict, an intra-ductalcancer is a positive sign that the related separation conflict (torn from my breast) has been resolved. A womandoesn’t develop breast cancer without a reason! Neither does she develop breast cancer by coincidence inprecisely her right or left breast.


Dr. Hamer found that our laterality determines whether a disease, like cancer, develops on the right or left side ofthe body. This is the rule: a right-handed person responds to a conflict with his/her mother or children with the leftside of the body, but responds to a conflict that relates to a partner, e.g., father, sibling, relative, friend,colleague, etc., with the right side. For left-handers it is the reverse. There is always a crossover relation from thebrain to the body, because each hemisphere of the brain (excluding the brain stem) directs the opposite side ofthe body.

The simplest way to identify our biological laterality is the clapping-test. The hand on top is the leading hand andindicates whether we are right-handed or left-handed. Thus, a breast cancer in the right breast, an ovarian cyst onthe left ovary, a skin disorder on the right or left side (or both), a motor paralysis on the left side (e.g., after astroke), give us a first indication who was involved when the original conflict took place. Concerning moreadvanced conflicts (and brain regions), the hormone status also has to be taken into account for an accurateassessment.


Another aspect of Dr. Hamer’s research has been the role of microbes during disease development. This, in brief,is what he found (Fourth Biological Law): Microbes such as fungi, bacteria, and viruses are only active during thehealing phase, and the manner in which they operate is fully in accordance with evolutionary logic. Tubercularbacteria, for example, populate only old-brain-controlled tissues. There function during the repair phase is todecompose tumors that are now superfluous, e.g., lung tumors, colon tumors, kidney tumors, prostate tumors,uterus tumors, breast gland tumors, melanomas, and mesothelioma. Tubercular bacteria are essential forbreaking down the buildup of disposable cells that proliferated for a biological reason during the conflict-activephase. If the required bacteria are not available, due to vaccination, overuse of antibiotics, or chemotherapytreatment, the tumor cannot disintegrate properly. As a result, it stays in place and encapsulates harmlessly.Detected in a routine check-up, however, such an encapsulated growth can lead to a cancer diagnosis and,potentially, new conflict shocks with new symptoms. By understanding the biological laws of disease developmentthis prospect can be virtually eliminated.

While bacteria break down tumor cells that are no longer needed, viruses appear to be involved in the healingprocess of—exclusively—cerebral-cortex-controlled tissues (e.g., bronchia, nasal membrane, stomach lining,lining of the bile ducts, and epidermis). Hepatitis, pneumonia, herpes, influenza, and stomach flu, are indicationsthat a virulent but natural healing process is running its course. Concerning the role of viruses, Dr. Hamerprefers to speak of hypothetical viruses since lately the existence of viruses is called into question. This wouldbe in line with Dr. Hamer’s earlier findings that the reconstruction and restoration process of ulcerated ornecrotized tissue still occurs, even if the tissue-related viruses are not present.

The dilemma in which conventional medicine finds itself is that by failing to recognize the two-phase pattern ofevery disease, the first, conflict-active phase, routinely gets overlooked. Since microbes are only active during thehealing phase, and since the activity of microbes is typically accompanied by swelling, fever, pus, discharge, andpain, microbes are considered malevolent and the cause of infectious diseases. But microbes do not cause thedisease. After all, it is our organism that employs the microbes to optimize the healing process. Microbes can, ofcourse, be transmitted, but they remain dormant until the person is in the healing phase of the same type ofconflict.


Based on GNM’s Ontogenetic System of Tumors, the widely propagated theory of metastasis that suggests thatcancer cells travel through the blood or lymph vessels and cause cancers at new sites is, in Dr. Hamer’s words,pure academic fiction. Cells in general and cancer cells in particular can under no circumstances change theirhistological structure or cross the germ layer threshold. For example, a lung tumor cell, which is of endodermalorigin, controlled from the brain stem (old brain), and which proliferates during the conflict-active phase cannottransform itself into a bone cell, which is of mesodermal origin, controlled from the cerebrum (new brain), andwhich deteriorates during a conflict-active decalcification process. In the scenario lung cancer metastasizes intothe bones, the lung cancer cells would actually be creating a hole (i.e., cell meltdown!—the reverse of a cancer)in some bone in the body. We also have to ask ourselves why cancer cells rarely spread to the closestneighboring tissue, e.g., from the uterus to the cervix. If cancer cells travel via the blood stream, why is donatedblood not screened for cancer cells? Why are there not multitudinous tumors found in the walls of the bloodvessels of cancer patients?

Two years ago, on August 19, 2004, the Canadian newspaper Globe and Mail published an article entitled,Researchers Chase Breast-Cancer Blood Test, containing the revealing statements, The hunt for tumour cellsin the blood stream has taken 10 years… , and, until recently no technology existed to reliably pluck out the oddtumor cell from the millions of red and white blood cells contained in a single vial of human blood. Besides thefact that the chase is far from over (as the article indicates), doesn’t this imply that the metastasis hypothesiswas misinforming the public and was scaring millions of cancer patients to death for over four decades?

Dr. Hamer does not, of course, dispute the fact of second cancers, but these subsequent tumors are not causedby migrating cancer cells that miraculously transform into a different cell type, but rather by new conflict shocks.New DHSs can be initiated by additional traumatic life experiences or through diagnosis shocks. As alreadymentioned, an unexpected diagnosis of cancer, or being told that it is metastasizing can trigger a death-fright(causing lung cancer) or any other type of diagnosis-related shock, causing new cancers in other parts of thebody. In many cases these patients don’t make it into the healing phase, because the severe state of stressweakens them to a point where they have very little chance of surviving the highly toxic chemotherapy treatment.

The second most frequent cancer after lung cancer is bone cancer. Dr. Hamer found that our bones arebiologically linked to our self-esteem and our self-worth. Thus, being told one has a life-threatening illness,especially one that allegedly spreads like wildfire through the body, is equated with: now I am useless, and thebone(s), next to where we feel useless start to decalcify (in the case of breast cancer often in the area of thesternum or the ribs). Just as with a fractured bone, the purpose of the biological program (of the disease)appears at the end of the healing phase. When the repair phase is completed, the bone will be much stronger atthat site, thus assuring that we are better equipped for the eventuality of a new self-devaluation conflict.


Once the conflict has been resolved, the brain lesion—along with the psyche and the organ—also enters thehealing phase. As with any wound that is being repaired, an edema (excess fluid) develops to provide protection ofthe recovering neural tissue. On the brain scan the changes are clearly noticeable: the sharp target ringssubmerge in the edema and appear now as blurry, indistinct and dark.

At the height of the healing phase, when the brain edema has reached its maximum size, the brain triggers a brief,strong push that expels the edema. In GNM terminology, this counter regulation is called the Epileptoid Crisis(EC). During this crisis, the entire organism is thrust briefly into a state of sympathicotonia, i.e., re-living the typicalsymptoms of the conflict-active phase such as cold sweats, cold extremities, a fast heartbeat, and nausea. Theintensity and duration of this pre-programmed crisis is determined by the intensity and the duration of thepreceding conflict. Heart attacks, strokes, asthma attacks, and epileptic seizures are just a few examples of thiscrucial turning point. The type of crisis always depends on the nature of the conflict and the precise brain areainvolved.

After the brain edema has been pressed out, neuroglia, which is brain connective tissue that provides structuralsupport for neurons, assembles at the site to restore the function of the nerve cells that were affected by theconflict shock (DHS). It is this natural glia accumulation that conventional medicine labels as a brain tumor, withoften dire consequences for the patient. Dr. Hamer established already in 1981 that a brain tumor is not adisease in itself, but symptomatic of a healing phase that runs parallel in the organ (controlled from the correlatedarea of the brain that is simultaneously undergoing the repair phase). Metastatic brain cancers, therefore, do notexist either.

GNM THERAPY (in a nutshell)

The very first step in GNM therapy is to provide an understanding of the biological nature of a symptom, e.g., acertain cancer, in relation to its psychical cause. A brain scan and a thorough medical history are vital todetermine whether the patient is still conflict-active or is already healing. If still in the active phase, the focus is toidentify the original DHS and to develop a strategy to resolve the conflict. It is crucial to prepare the patient for thehealing symptoms and for potential complications. These symptoms are very predictable! Dr. Hamer’s findingsprovide us—for first time in the history of medicine—with a reliable system that allows us not only to understandbut also to predict the development and symptoms of each and every disease. This is real preventive medicine,an aspect of German New Medicine which can hardly be emphasized enough. True prevention requires anunderstanding of the real cause of a disease, and that is what Dr. Hamer’s research supplies in splendid detail.By understanding the Five Biological Laws of the cause and healing process of disease we can free ourselvesfrom the fear and panic that often come with the onset of symptoms. This knowledge is more than power, it cansave lives.

About the Author

Caroline Markolin, Ph.D., is a full-time German New MedicineÆ teacher,trained and approved by Dr. Hamer. She is living in Canada and offers GNMweekend seminars on a regular basis in Montreal and Vancouver.

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This article was first published in: EXPLORE! Vol. 6 /Nr. 3 – May 2007

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