THE HYDROGENOID AND OXYGENOID.
[It will be noted that while the cause may be found in the digestive organs, Grauvogl draws graphic pictures of the bodily conditions resulting therefrom. These studies are complementary, it would seem.]
Hydrogenoid. I always recognize this constitution of the body (distinguished by too great a proportion of water, or by hygroscopic blood) by the circumstances accompanying any disease, and for these I always inquire as soon as the patient has told his complaints:
If he feels worse in cold and damp weather and in rain, then I know I have to choose among the remedies similar to his disease, e.g., such as contain a greater percentage of O with C and H, consequently that produces more heat and thereby diminishes the influence of water.
The symptoms of disease in this hydrogenoid constitution are aggravated by everything that increases the atoms of water in the organism; by baths, for example, whether they are mineral baths or simple water baths, or whatever increases the attraction of the organic molecules for water, as, for example, the eating of fish, etc.
All diseases in this constitution are increased by cold, also by cold and cooling food and drinks, for example, sour milk, hard eggs, even cucumbers and mushrooms, but chiefly by living near water, especially near standing water.
This knowledge is to me of inestimable worth, for I have cured simply and solely on this experience many, very many, patients who have for years been sent by other physicians from one bath to another, and where thy never found any relief, but often the most marked exacerbation of their sufferings.
Another sign that a disease has occurred in such a bodily constitution I find in the periodicity of its phenomena, and chiefly in its irregular and paroxysmal course. For even the nervous system, which, next to the brain in proportion to other parts of the body, possesses by far the greatest percentage of water, reacts upon a plus of water with an energy commensurate with that which it carries over its reflex influence upon the blood and other organic formations. [The experiences of Rademacher and Hahnemann agree with this also and should stand much higher in the estimation of practicing physicians than the researches of experimental physiology.] I do not mean by periodicity one, two, three, four or eight day exacerbations and remissions, but even those periods during which, for a still longer time, no disease seems to exist, and this extends even over months. Hence for the sake of brevity, I distinguish this constitution of the body, according to its causes and conditions, as the hydrogenoid.
[These people (and children) will suffer most in wet, cold years. The description of the carbo nitrogenoid constitution is omitted, being less definite in the young. The interested reader is referred to text book of Homoeopathy, Vol. II, p. 270. Every scientific physician should read that great work of Dr. Von Grauvogl. T. C. D.]
Oxygenoid. Our organism first changes nutritive substances into other chemical combinations, and then effects their combustion. What is no longer oxidizable is excreted. The substances of our bodies the least oxidizable are milk and semen. These stand so low in the scale of oxidation that they are not only used for the nutrition, but even for the formation of other organism.
There is always more C and H given off from the organism in the form of CO2HO, or other combinations, so that products richer and richer in it remain. The last and richest in Nitrogen is urea. The Carbo hydrates are soon changed into Glycogen, Grape sugar, Inosit, etc., and transformations of that sort are well known. The neutral atmospheric oxygen finds sufficient points of attack only when our food and the constituent parts of our bodies, similar thereto, have undergone further transformation. Hence even blood supersaturated with oxygen cannot make more active the destruction of the body. Yet this occurs at once, as soon as processes are introduced, willingly or unwillingly, by which the transformation of food into those combinations more accessible to combustion is more fully brought about. ( 27.)
The constitutional conditions to final diseases, in consequence of the increased influence of oxygen, cannot hence arise from an absolute excess of oxygen in the atmosphere, but rather from the resistance of the organic structures against the influence of the oxygen being so much diminished that these structures, from a deficient absorption of oxygen, especially in consequence of the already weakened organs of respiration, are consumed in a far higher degree than in the normal condition of life.