How do some people get the flu and others don’t in one family? How do some people have a predisposition to depression and others are predisposed to happiness? If we viewed the world as disease is merely obtained through bacteria and viruses invading the body, we would all eventually succumb. There are many thoughts on this subject and a main cause is hereditary. It’s well known that certain diseases, like cancer, heart, diabetes, alcoholism tend to run in families. It’s quite rare that a young child can manifest a serious chronic illness if the family history is all healthy. Other factors in susceptibility include infectious illnesses that were very powerful, allopathic drugs, and in some cases, vaccinations. If the parent’s vital force is weak at the time of birth, that child can also be weakened.
Susceptibility is a type of yielding or receiving an impression from a stimuli. We can yield to an influence, positive or negative, on a mental, emotional or physical nature. We measure susceptibility by how strong the reaction is to a powerful stimuli. How the organism responds tells us how strong the vital force is. Deficient or insufficient reaction indicates we have to build the vital force of the individual. A strong reaction, even if viewed as negative, can be a good sign. When giving the body certain treatments through foods, supplements, herbs or homeopathy, we look for responses on the three planes, mental, emotional and physical. Things that can affect the level of vital force one has is age, temperament, environment, pathological conditions presently, and previous uses of medicines. All these factors go into account as to the best methods of healing and probability of cure and sustained optimal health.