Under all the present opposition, taunting sneers, etc., homoeopathic physicians must stand their ground, meet critics on a high level of competence, with no slinking away, no sense of inferiority. They must stand up, be counted and take the lead that is theirs. Early Homoeopaths did that and in the early days there was more appreciation and admiration for what these doctors could do.
TWO CHRONICS. Appetite gone again. Mouth open good deal of the time. School work hard for her. Growing tall fast. Dark circles under the eyes. Features small, mouth small. Chilly; feet and hands cold in bed. Desire sour things. Cough dry, hacking. Yellow thick mucus from nose. Head congested all over, voice thick. Quantities very thick yellow mucus which gets with difficulty and comes out in thick chunks; hard to blow nose, this seems so thick.
UNLOCKING A SUPPRESSION. On tension most of the time; does not know how to relax. Sleep poor. Deep depression spells; blames himself for anything. During them; gets angry easily, but soon over it lately; used to be angry a long time. Remorse follows and then threat of suicide; this better recently. Headache severe for many years, various locations. Few night ago severe pain occipital so could not move, better gradually. This 3 times night. Next day soreness there.
MORE CASES. Last two years noticing increasingly that vision not so good, especially in right eye; now must tip what is reading side ways in order to make out the letters. Sparks and flashes before eyes. Worse twilight. Oculist made thorough exam and says “progressive macular degeneration involving the retina.” Must look forward to increasing blindness; hope for ability to get about as long as lives but not to read, etc. Two other oculists agree.
ONE MORE “CHRONIC”. Homoeopathic physicians are urged to provide for the preservation of their homoeopathic libraries, many volumes of which are out of print and practically unobtainable. The Board of Trustees of the American Foundation for Homoeopathy suggests that homoeopathic physicians bequeath such libraries to the Foundation, making provision in their wills not only for the bequest itself but for the cost of transporting the libraries to the Foundation headquarters.
WHAT IS THE MATTER WITH HOMOEOPATHY. First let us consider some of the oft-repeated reasons for the failure of Homoeopathy. One of those most frequent voiced is that it has no scientific background, it must fail by all scientific tests; another is that there is no proof of its truth; another that it has not held in the progress of medicine; again, that the number of its adherents must lessen as time goes on; and, finally, that it can have no place in modern medicine in the present kind of medical education.
ON EVALUATING OUR REMEDIES. Young students are apt to regard remedies as of equal value. When Homoeopathy is comparatively new to them, they think of remedies as one would think of so many apples shaken up in a basket. These differ in size and shape but one is as important as all the rest in food value, and that is what apples are for.
THOUGHTS CONCERNING TEMPERAMENTS OF HOMOEOPATHIC CHILDREN. The hardest and best part of such work is done in the first year or two of it. I have had the privilege of watching the fruition in a goodly number of these cases, but for now let us consider the initial effort in very early childhood, to learn what we may from observation of a small group of nine children.
CLINICAL CASES. A six or seven years fell down a hay chute, the cover coming down on top of him. Later a chair was pulled from under him; this followed by headache and nausea; had headache every Monday for a long while. Over twenty years ago, could not stand artificial light, this gone later and now for years been working with figures.
HOMOEOPATHIC PHILOSOPHY A COMPREHENSIVE SURVEY. A Membership Drive has been started in the last year for any number of members all over the country, doctors and laymen. For a 10 a year membership each member receives the twelve issues of the magazine for laymen. The Layman Speaks, reports of what the Foundation is doing and what members are doing and can do.
RESULTS TO DATE USING DR TYLERS METHOD WITH NOSODES. I suppose delving into the need for these nosodes is quite on a par with investigating nosodes for the chronic miasms. Of course the chronic miasmatic remedy is bound to come up for consideration in all the puzzling exanthem cases, but the exanthem nosode itself may bring starting results in clearing a mixed-up case and then, perhaps, going on to cure it.
RELATIONSHIP OF THE BEHAVIOR OF CHILDREN TO HOMOEOPATHIC PRESCRIBING. Far be it from the mind of any homoeopathic physician to feel that he is wholly equal to the task. When failures come, he must analyze them and endeavor to do better next time; he should not be discouraged for the goal is ever beyond him and its value to the patient and the patient’s descendants is so great as to be incomprehensible to any one thinker.
Suppression of emotions due to oversensitiveness to criticism, also due to unhappy home life; combined with suppression of gonorrhoea with strong drugs used locally; combined with disappointment in the one thing he wanted to do for a living. It went on into delusions of persecution and a general nervous break which changed him prematurely into an old man and made it seem as if a hospital for the insane lay just ahead.
SEEKING THE HEART OF HOMOEOPATHIC PRESCRIBING. Physical symptoms in consequence of these mental suffering; chill, faintness, profuse cold perspiration and especially accumulation of gas in stomach and intestines; tendency to walk faster and faster when nervous. Endurance low; sleep much disturbed.
It is certainly closely related to all three of the chronic miasms, an anti-syphilitic, anti-sycotic, anti-psoric. It deserves careful study and quick recognition when indicated, for it will bring relief and peace to many a sufferer. This may be said to be true of the acid group of remedies in general, but Nitric Acid is much better known than most other acids, having had thorough proving and good clinical testing.
In this month of October the parents decided to take her to Johns Hopkins as the oracle of last resort. She stayed there in hospital for a week of observation and testing. Then the parents were given a letter signed by two heads of clinics stating the diagnosis, progressive muscular dystrophy, the prognosis, “no known cure,” a few years to live, not beyond ten years of age probably during which time she would become helpless and progressively weaker.
In conclusion I would like to say that it is my firm belief that this is the medicine of the future. I say medicine because a patient must be classified as to whether he needs medicine or surgery or mechanical treatment or only advice. If he needs medicine and most people do then the deep study of pure Homoeopathy becomes the medicine of the new age now dawning.
In a poor country like India it has got a special importance in as much it is of immense benefit to the poor masses who cannot afford the luxury of a costly treatment. As a matter of fact, beneficiaries of the homoeopathic system of treatment among the poorer classes of the people are by no means less, if not more, than those of other recognised systems.
One of my pits is deep chronic abscesses would form in subcutaneous tissues but under tough tendons and fascia where, instead of the speedy pointing and discharging, we would like to see, the suppuration had the chance to spread widely and burrow deeply.
Here is where the headaches come in. He had been a great sufferer from migraine since childhood but had been so ill with the ulcers he had barely mentioned them and, of course, the chronic trouble was suppressed by the acute for the time being. After the x-ray treatments he had no headache for nearly a year, then they returned with great severity, often preceded by half vision.
That the new world which is in the making may have strong, clear minded spiritually well developed men and women, free from the many inherited handicaps which now prevent effective, constructive work from the majority of our citizens, it is necessary that children be freed from inherited tendencies to chronic disorder.
No wonder Kali carb. fits into many situations and no wonder it is not used as often as it should be. We have Kali Carb. patients all around us; we meet them in daily life. If we can keep in mind the genus of this wonderful remedy we may turn back to health many a poor, broken, irritable human being.
He went on improving beautifully until about the middle of May when there was some return of these scabs at the edges of the hair and base of the neck. I gave him another dose on May 25, but I was not satisfied with its action, and when I came up here to Montreal, he was clamoring for help because he was afraid that it would come back again.
Belonging to reasonable and rich parents, but inheriting deep miasmatic tendencies from both, she acted to me like a child emotionally imprisoned, suppressed in her real nature. She is a delicate-featured, beautiful child to look at, so these evidences of emotional unbalance were more striking. Her mothers case worked out to Zinc and I decided to try it on her. The result is a truly wonderful transformation and her parents are most grateful.
It was repeated in another week and acted well both times. After three weeks Bell. 10M. was given because of a sudden exhaustion returning. This time there was no reaction and ten days later she was given her old chronic remedy, Zinc., once more.
Once in a long while a case that seems in the beginning solely medical and curable, goes just so far and no farther under the best homoeopathic prescribing one knows. It would seem as if the goal were missed by one step. To be sure these are serious cases when they end in surgery, but plenty of serious cases are cured medically.
In Hahnemanns time, which was more than a century ago, doctors assumed that the special focus of sickness was the blood and other body fluids. So they drained people, sometimes quite to death, in the endeavor to drain off sickness. Was the man then sick? No, they thought the fluids of his body were sick.
All Homoeopathic physicians learn a great deal about suppression in the course of long practice; they cannot help it, if they would, in this day of great wear and tear, hurry and worry, strong drugging, injection treatment. When the effects show viciously in little children the spectacle is truly pathetic, even tragic.
Times change. Twenty years ago, few indeed in the profession favored acquainting laymen deliberately with much of the why and wherefore of medicine. Patients, too, were content with faith in their doctors, and not inclined toward curiosity. But recently physicians have been giving the matter serious thought, and laymen have been newly discovered as eager and not inept pupils when the subject touches their own health.
We associate pain with disorder. A man can have spiritual pain, mental pain and physical pain. We associate all kinds of nervous distresses with illness. A man can be terribly distressed spiritually, mentally and physically. We think of disordered secretions, excretions, eruptions accompanying many sicknesses.
Inveterate asthma from babyhood in a child now twelve years. Convulsions, vicious catarrh, great nervousness and irritability preceded and the asthma was very severe. Constant motion of the feet during the paroxysm pointed to Zinc. and results to date are fairly good. This case is not yet cured.
The tumor grew larger for the best part of the first year, then gradually smaller. Haemorrhages diminished rapidly and were gone in a few months, leaving a normal, regular menstruation. The tumor at the umbilicus ceased to bleed but would turn bluish and extremely sore during her periods.
The trend of such treatment is toward organic and mental troubles. It explains much of the increase in deep nervous disorders, focal infections, tuberculosis, cancer and insanity in these days. The disorder, for which small doses of concentrated, compound drugs were given, is still there progressing insidiously toward the inner man.
Homoeopathy prescribes for people and not for ailments as such. Homoeopathy prescriptions, to be successful, must suit the individual characteristics of the patient; therefore, the location of the chief ailment and the symptoms connected with it become of secondary importance to general conditions.
The action of the remedy is usually prompt, but, in cases under chronic treatment, the constitutional remedy shortens convalescence to a minimum. The above would would seem to show that influenza is an acute expression of underlying chronic miasms rather than a contagious disorder implanted on an otherwise healthy organism.
No man can practice homoeopathy until he comes to a proper meaning of that word. It does not mean the drug. We see that in the drug which God put there for the relief of the sick and suffering, not the drug; experience has fully demonstrated this as a fact; it is not that which makes them sick, it is the immaterial forces which prevail.
Then there are the homosexual and other sexual idiosyncrasies which control the live of their victims. Here comes hero worship, tendency to defy humans, also the desolating tendency to control entirely the life and affections of another, as vamping kind of hold on a supposed friend.
In the realm of metaphysics the same painstaking progress appears. Students are busy interpreting the esoteric into terms of modern thought in order to give us clear understanding and working equipment. One school of thought is showing us oriental teachings in terms of the Christian Bible and so opening up new appreciation of that wonderful collection of books.
The president in deep chronic states learns by experience to keep one eye and ear open for such characteristic symptoms and must resist temptation to see and hear them when they are not clearly present. perhaps this last is not wholly true, for I do think that the need for a certain nosode comes to an experienced prescribe more by feeling or intuition than by conscious study of symptoms.
Some will say that this merely shows that the remedy under discussion belongs to the potash group. It does show this, but discharges are important in indicating the kind of patient who needs the remedy and the kind of discharges listed here points to a patient with deep chronic tendencies toward organic disease.
In Washington the epidemic remedy was and is Kali bichromicum, for fresh cases are still presenting themselves. I grew really ashamed of prescribing Kali bi. so often and told myself I was becoming an empiricist. Then I would use another remedy, given on a few of its characteristic symptoms, and come to grief. The patient would grow worse and would show clearer indications for Kali bi. next day.
In two former papers before this Association, I tried to give rather full notes, with detailed symptoms, of each member of the family which formed the subject of the study. This allowed definite conclusions to be drawn concerning the miasms lying behind the symptom lists in each case. The family under consideration this time is known to the writer not in the intimate relationship of physician and patient, but from an excellent opportunity to observe many members of it and ask questions about the others.
Criminologists have measured the babys head and published statistics concerning its probable social status in adult life. Babies have been the basis for many studies of the psychologists and educators. Homoeopathically considered, these precious bits of humanity have not made a bow to the world at large, however important they are to a small group of physicians.