Die moderne Medizin: ein weiterer Grund, warum heutzutage kein Hahn mehr nach der Orgonomie kräht

Es wird beklagt, daß Reich angesichts seiner schweren Herzerkrankung (beängstigende Tachykardien seit spätestens 1947, Herzinfarkt 1953, Herztod 1957) nie zum Facharzt gegangen ist. Dabei wird vergessen, daß es bis zu Reichs Tod so etwas wie Medizin im heutigen Sinne noch gar nicht gab! (Heute würde man beispielsweise ohne viel Aufhebends routinemäßig und nebenwirkungsfrei einen Stent setzen.) Eine vernünftige Bildgebung und zielgerichtete Medikation hat sich erst in den letzten fünfzig Jahren entwickelt. Man nehme nur Reichs ureigenstes Fach, die Psychiatrie. Die Ära der Psychopharmaka fing erst kurz vor Reichs Tod an und erst seit den 1980er, wenn nicht sogar 1990er Jahren kann man sie guten Gewissens verschreiben. Ich kann mich noch erinnern, daß hier in der Psychiatrie Ochsenzoll nur roboterartig erstarrte Gespenster durch das Krankenhausgelände staksten, während man den Schizophrenen heute den Gebrauch der modernen Antipsychotika gar nicht mehr ansieht.

In den 1940er und 1950er Jahren waren Allgemeinärzte echt verzweifelt, da sie Krebspatienten allenfalls „Radiumnadeln“ in den Tumor rammen konnten (Radiumnadeln, wie Reich sie im ORANUR-Experiment verwendete); Psychiater waren ebenfalls hilflos, weil sich die damals dominierende Psychoanalyse als praktisch wirkungslos erwies. Hier waren Reichs Orgonenergie-Akkumulator und die psychiatrische Orgontherapie für junge Ärzte eine echte Alternative. Heute winken die gleichen Leute angesichts der medizinischen Orgonomie nur gelangweilt ab, – ähnlich wie Reich über die damaligen „Kardiologen“ nur lächeln konnte.

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7 Antworten to “Die moderne Medizin: ein weiterer Grund, warum heutzutage kein Hahn mehr nach der Orgonomie kräht”

  1. Peter Nasselstein Says:
  2. Robert (Berlin) Says:

    „Hier waren Reichs Orgonenergie-Akkumulator und die psychiatrische Orgontherapie für junge Ärzte eine echte Alternative. Heute winken die gleichen Leute angesichts der medizinischen Orgonomie nur gelangweilt ab“

    Gar nichts hat sich verbessert. Menschen mit Tabletten vollstopfen, mag die Pharmakologie noch so weit entwickelt sein, löst keinen Fall einer psychisch bedingten Psychose. Nur bei erblich bedingten Krankheiten hat die Pharmakologie ihre volle Daseinsberechtigung. Dass Psychologen über die sexuelle Genese nichts wissen wollen, ist kein Fortschritt, sondern the same procedure as every year.

    • claus Says:

      Zweifellos ist die medikamentöse Therapie besser geworden. Es ist durchaus so, dass Patienten in Psychiatrien einst wie Automaten herumliefen und heute Nebenwirkungen abgenommen haben (am deutlichsten sichtbar ist für mich im Gerontobereich das Gesabbere). Und jede Verbesserung ist auch bei nicht erblich Bedingtem wünschenswert. Man muss keineswegs immer auf ‚die Ursachen‘ abzielen. Ob Orgontherapie bei Psychosen noch viel bingt, ist ja ohnehin fraglich.

    • Peter Nasselstein Says:

      Man muß auch immer daran denken, daß die Entwicklung wellenförmig ist, denn was insbesondere Psychopharmaka betrufft, gibt es seit 20 Jahren keine wirklichen Fortschritte mehr – und es ist fraglich, daß es in Zukunft noch wirklich besseres gibt. Jetzt richtet sich der Fokus natürlichweise auf die NACHTEILE der modernen Psychopharmaka: zwischen dich und die Welt wird eine Art „Milchglasscheibe“ geschoben.

      Praktisch handelt ein Orgonom unideologisch. Wenn etwa jemand aus der Psychiatrie kommt werden erstmal die verbrecherischen Megadosen (mit denen die Patienten als „geheilt“ entlassen werden) auf ein vernünftiges Maß reduziert. Dann versuht man auszuschleichen, soweit es geht. Wenn es nicht geht, dann ist es halt so. Jeder Fall ist anders. Ich HASSE „Reichianer“, die über Orgonomen herfallen, die ihren Patienten Psychopharmaka verschreiben. Sektierer, gemeingefährliche!

    • claus Says:

      Es gibt ja auch erstaunliche Fortschritte bei der Minimierung von Nebenwirkungen in den gängigen Krebstherapien. Wenn einer in meiner Familie nun während einer Chemo nicht annähernd so leidet, wie es vor zwanzig Jahren der Fall gewesen wäre (und er es damals schon mal erlebt hatte), werde ich mich nicht darauf beschränken, eine mangelnde Orientierung an orgastischer Potenz und Biopathienbeseitigung zu beklagen.

  3. Tzindaro Says:

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    To some degree, at least, though possibly not as much as it should have, orgonomy has moved on from the point at which Reich left it, and the terms, „Reich“ and „orgonomy“ are no longer synomymous. Some of the developments have been in the wrong direction, at least in my opinion, but they are there. So it is, nowadays, entirely possible to agree with Reich while disputing many elements of contemporary orgonomy, which is divided into several mutually hostile factions.

    Such disputed elements include the assertions of supremacy in the field by the American College of Orgonomy, the de facto self-anointed leadership role of James DeMeo, the efforts to broaden orgonomy to include various mystical theories, the use of orgonomic concepts to bolster conventional right-wing political positions, the uncritical incorporation of orgonomically irrelevant UFO data based on observations by people unfamiliar with orgonomy, and many others.

    Orgonomy is no longer a unified field with a single set of concepts and a single world-view.
    It is a hap-hazard collection of disparate rival factions, some of which have only a superficial resemblence to each other.

    Regarding Reich himself, I could write a long list of things Reich claimed that I consider either wrong or unverifiable. Among them would be

    that he was a subject of Soviet espionage,

    that the FDA legal case against him was instigated by communists,

    that the US Air Force was trying to help him,

    that Eisenhower was secretly aware of his work,

    that the lights he saw in the sky were space ships from another world,

    that the unnamed assistant who convinced Einstein to not help Reich get funding was Leopold Infeld and was acting on orders from Moscow,

    that an assistant, William Washington, was kidnapped,

    that orgonomic psychiatric therapy actually helps patients,

    that a psychiatrist can make a psychiatric diagnosis of millions of individuals he has never met solely by knowing their political affiliation,

    that the word, „God“, as used by Christians, refers to an intutively perceived orgone energy field surrounding them,

    that the Christian idea of the „devil“ comes from a subliminal perception of orgone in their bodies distorted by being filtered through muscular armoring,

    that the character of Jesus Christ, as described in the Christian bible, is an accurate depiction of an emotionally healthy human being,

    that writers who wrote articles mocking Reich and his work were motivated by communist sympathies,

    and a long list of other statements Reich made at one time or another that I consider incorrect.

    I think Reich’s ventures into metaphysics, theology, and philosophy were naive, his knowledge of cultural anthropology sketchy, his tendency to consider his personal political opinions as „scientific findings“ highly unscientific. Much of his socio-political writings should be disregarded.

    On the other hand, I think he also was right on target with many other claims and statements he made, including

    the descriptions he gave of child development,

    psychosomatic unity and identity,

    muscular armoring,

    the causitive role of early sexual abstinence in later development of cancer

    the formation of living bions from both dead and inorganic materials and their subsequent organization into one-celled organisms,

    the formation of solid particles of organic material from frozen orgone-charged distilled water and the further development of living one-celled organisms from those particles,

    the existence of a field of biologically active energy in the atmosphere

    the characteristics of that energy field

    and the biological effects it has,

    the concentration of that energy in the orgone accumulator

    and the effects it then has on patients,

    the biopathic concept of disease

    the description he gave of the effects of radioactivity on the atmospheric orgone fields,

    the effects the atmospheric orgone field has on radioactive material,

    the effects of man-made radioactivity in the environment on epidemics commonly ascribed to viruses, such as polio and AIDS

    the effect of atmospheric conditions on mass behavior such as riots and uprisings

    the effect of the cloudbuster on the atmosphere,

    the nature of the aurora borealis

    the source of the sun’s energy

    the reason for planetary motions

    the causes of weather formation and activity, especially huricane formation

    the characteristics of melanor and several other pre-atomic substances discovered by Reich,

    the effects of orur on the atmosphere,

    the growth of grass from bare sand without any seeds under certain conditions

    and many other statements on physics and biology.

    I am convinced the orgone motor did perform as claimed, as a proof-of-principle device, but I am not convinced that it could be scaled up and made reliable enough to be a practical power source. That remains to be demonstrated.

    In short, with so many claims and pronouncements, it is not possible to just say „Reich was right“ or „Reich was wrong“ without specifying what particular claim one is refering to.

    Reichian cultists who cannot think of anything they consider Reich wrong about need to re-examine their reasons for accepting what they have been told. But the „skeptics“ are equally dogmatic and uncritical in their obstinate refusal to examine the evidence. Roger Wilcox, for example, ignores any testimony by all the many other people who have replicated and confirmed Reich’s findings and tries to treat everything Reich said as if it was only Reich who had said it. He presents no contrary evidence from his own experiments, since he has not done any, only assertions that according to conventional scientific theory, these statements by Reich could not be true. This is an „argument from authority“ and carries no scientific weight.

    Bernard Harrer, who did do experiments, actually did find in every case that the results were what Reich said they would be. But he then went on to interpet these results according to conventional theory, despite the long-standing principle of Ocam’s Razor, which would lead one to consider the single explanation of orgone energy far more probable than a new, ad hoc explanation for each separate result. Especially since there would still remain several observations that could not be explained away by conventional science and would still require the orgone theory to account for them.

    Having met a 60-year-old man who has been in Reichian therapy for 22 years and still feels he needs more, I think I would have reached the opposite conclusion, namely that it is not working and it would be better to give it up and try something else instead. Therapy is the most accepted part of the orgonomic system, the only one at which it is possible to make a living, and there are at least 2,000 therapists making their living from it. I have met a lot of their patients and ex-patients, and I am frankly not impressed with the results. They need to make an effort to test it out and gather some statistics instead of relying on the subjective opinions of patients and therapists. If they ever do so, based on my observations of the Reichians I have met, I would expect the results would show the methods Reich invented are not significantly more effective than any other method of psychiatry and success depends more on the personality of the therapist than on the techniques being used.

    I also think there are some things Reich may or may not have been right about, but there is not yet enough evidence one way or the other to say for sure, so I reserve judgement on those points until there is more evidence. The most important of these is the claim that adolescent sex life is a predictor of adult political ideology. The claim that postponing sex for several years after puberty will cause later tendencies to fascism is testable and should be tested. It looks good on paper, but I would like to see some solid statistics.

    And there are some things Reich said that I simply do not understand at all, such as his system of mathematics, orgonomic functional equations, called orgonometry. I have read the articles on it by Reich and the book by Jacob Meyerowitz, and still have no idea what he was talking about.

    I consider his so-called „work democracy“ unrealistic and unworkable.

    And I would still like to know why fish bother to reproduce since there is no superimposition of bodily orgone fields in their mating, and according to Reich, the superimposition of orgone fields is the biophysical basis for sexual attraction. Obviously there is some room for improvement in the orgonomic understanding of biology on this point.

    I hope this clarifies my current but hopefully still evolving position on orgonomy.

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