In 1972, Dr. Hamer completed his specialization in internal medicine and began to work at the University clinic in Tuebingen as an internist in charge of cancer patients. At the same time, he ran a private practice with his wife Dr. Sigrid Hamer, whom he had met during their studies in Tuebingen. He also showed an extraordinary talent for inventing medical devices. Among others, he owns the patent for a non-traumatic scalpel (Hamer Scalpel) which cuts twenty times sharper than a razor blade, a special bone saw for plastic surgery, and a massage table that automatically adjusts to the body's contours.
His inventions provided Dr. Hamer and his family with the financial means to move to Italy, where he realized his plan to treat the sick in the slums of Rome free of charge. On August 18th, 1978, while in Rome, the Hamers received the shocking news that their son Dirk had been accidentally shot by the Italian Prince Victor Emanuel of Savoy. On December 7th, 1978, Dirk succumbed to the injuries and died in his father's arms. Dirk is buried under the city wall at the pyramid in Rome.
At the time head internist of a cancer clinic at the University of Munich, he began to investigate his cancer patients' histories and soon learned that, like him, they all had experienced an unexpected shock of one sort or another. But he took his research even further. Pursuing the hypothesis that all bodily processes are controlled from the brain, he analyzed his patients' brain scans and compared them with their medical records and personal histories. To his amazement, he found a clear correlation between certain type of “conflict shocks”, how these shocks manifest themselves on the organ level as specific symptoms and how all this is connected to the brain. Until then, no studies had examined the role of the brain as the mediator between the psyche and a diseased organ.
Dr. Hamer established that every disease originates from a shock or trauma that catches an individual completely by surprise. The moment the unexpected conflict occurs, the shock strikes a specific, predetermined area in the brain causing a lesion (later called Hamer Focus or HH - Hamerscher Herd), visible on a brain scan as a set of sharp concentric rings. Before Dr. Hamer identified these ringed lesions on a brain scan, radiologists considered them as artifacts created by a glitch in the machine. But Siemens, a manufacturer of computer tomography equipment, certified that these target lesions cannot be artifacts because even when the tomography is repeated and taken from different angles, the same ring formation always appears in the same location.
The brain cells that receive the shock (DHS) send a biochemical signal to the corresponding body cells causing the growth of a tumor, a meltdown of tissue, or functional loss, depending on which part of the brain is involved. The reason why specific conflicts are irrefutably tied to specific areas in the brain is that during the development of the human organism each brain area was programmed to respond instantly to situations that could threaten survival. While the brainstem, the oldest part of the brain, is programmed with primordial conflicts related to breathing (death-fright conflicts) reproduction (procreation conflicts) and food (morsel conflicts), the cerebrum, the youngest part of the brain, correlates to more advanced matters (separation conflicts, territorial conflicts). Dr. Hamer also discovered that every disease progresses in two phases: first, a conflict-active phase, characterized by emotional distress, a lack of appetite, and sleeplessness, and then, provided the conflict can be resolved, a healing phase. This is the period in which the psyche, the brain and the affected organ undergo the phase of recovery, an often difficult process marked by fatigue, headaches, inflammation, “infections”, and pain.
Firmly anchored in the science of embryology and in full accordance with evolutionary logic, Dr. Hamer called his findings “The Five Biological Laws of the New Medicine”. Over the years, he was able to confirm his discoveries with over 40,000 case studies.
Dr. Hamer's research radically upsets the many existing theories of conventional medicine. His explanation of disease as a meaningful interplay between the psyche, the brain and the corresponding organ refutes the view that disease occurs by chance or as a result of a mistake of Nature. Based on sound scientific criteria, German New Medicine shatters the myths of malignant cancer cells or of malevolent microbes and identifies “infectious diseases” as well as cancerous tumors as age-old emergency measures designed to save the organism and not, as we have been taught, to destroy it. Diseases such as cancer lose their frightening image and are recognized as meaningful biological survival programs every human being is born with.
In October 1981, Dr. Hamer submitted his research to the University of Tuebingen as a post-doctoral thesis. The objective was to have his findings tested on equivalent cases so that the New Medicine could be taught to all medical students and that patients could benefit from the discoveries as soon as possible. But to his great surprise, the University committee rejected his work and refused to evaluate his thesis. This is an unprecedented case in the history of universities! There was yet another surprise. Shortly after he had handed in his thesis, Dr. Hamer was given the ultimatum to either deny his findings or his contract would not be renewed. It was extremely difficult for him to understand why he was being expelled from the clinic for presenting well-substantiated scientific findings. Dr. Hamer stood his ground. After his dismissal, he retreated to his private practice where he continued his research. Several attempts to open a private clinic failed because of concerted efforts opposing it. Letters of Dr. Hamer's patients to health officials remained unanswered or were returned with the comment: “Not applicable!”. To this day, the firm position of the authorities has not changed.
In 1985, after 29 years of marriage and the raising of four children, Sigrid Hamer died. She had never really recovered from the grief over the death of her son and the relentless intimidation by the Savoy family.
The harassment of Dr. Hamer culminated in 1986, when a court sentence stopped him from practicing medicine. Despite the fact that his scientific work had never been disproved, he lost, at the age of 51, his medical license on the grounds that he refused to renounce his findings on the origin of cancer and to conform to the principles of official medicine. Deprived of a medical license, Dr. Hamer now relied on other doctors to obtain brain scans and patients' records. But he was determined to continue his work. By 1987 Dr. Hamer had already analyzed over 10,000 cases and was able to expand his discovery of the Five Biological Laws to practically all diseases known in medicine. Meanwhile, the press and the medical establishment stopped at nothing to attack him and his work. Tabloid journalists and medical “experts” portray Dr. Hamer as a charlatan, a self-proclaimed miracle healer, a cult leader, an irrational outsider, or an insane criminal who denies cancer patients the ‘life-saving’ conventional treatments.
As a result of the ongoing concerted effort to suppress Dr. Hamer's medical discoveries, doctors as well as the populace at large have not been given a chance to benefit from the knowledge of GNM, and - for over 30 years- millions of patients have been denied to be treated according to German New Medicine with its humane, non-invasive approach.
In 1997, Dr. Hamer was arrested and sentenced to 19 months in prison for having given three people free medical information without a medical license. By contrast, in 1991, thirteen years after he had killed Dirk Hamer, Victor Emanuel of Savoy had been sentenced to a mere 6 months probation for the illegal possession of a weapon. When Dr. Hamer was arrested, the police searched his patient files. Subsequently, one public prosecutor was forced to admit during the trial that after more than five years, of 6500 patients with mostly ‘terminal’ cancer, 6000 were still alive. And so, ironically, it was his opponents that provided the actual statistics attesting to German New Medicine's remarkable success rate. Yet, to this day, the University of Tuebingen refuses, despite court orders in 1986 and 1994, to test Dr. Hamer's scientific work. Similarly, official medicine refuses to endorse GNM despite its numerous verifications by both physicians and professorial associations.
On September 9th, 2004, Dr. Hamer was arrested at his home in Spain. Following a European extradition order, Dr. Hamer was extradited to France, where he was held in the French prison Fleury-Mérogis. He was sentenced to three years in prison without probation. The charges: “fraud and the complicity in the illegal practice of medicine”. He had been charged and found responsible for the deaths of French citizens due to the availability of his publications in French. It should be mentioned that Dr. Hamer had never spoken to any of the individuals in person. He was released from his unjustified incarceration in February 2006.*
In March 2007, Dr. Hamer was forced to leave his Spanish exile. He went to Norway, where he was safe to continue his life’s work. Following a stroke, he died on July 2nd, 2017, in his home in Sandefjord at the age of 82. He is buried in Erlangen, Germany, where he got married to his beloved wife Sigrid.
*Details in Caroline Markolin's letter to the International PEN