ON the 14th March, at a meeting of the Academie De Medicine in Paris, Dr. Gosset read an interesting lecture on the use of serpent poisons in the treatment of cancer and of cancer pains, in which he described as a novelty the use of the poison of the rattlesnake and of the Indian hooded cobra. Every homoeopath is familiar with the use of Crotalus and Naja, the rattlesnake and cobra poisons.
Dr. Constantine Hering started experimenting with Lachesis and other snake poisons in 1828, and described a number of his cases treated in 1835. It has taken the medical profession a century to “Discover” the use of serpent poisons which thousands of homoeopaths have used for decades.
In October 1930, Drs. Monaelesser and Taguet told Dr. Gosset that serpent poisons might prove valuable in treating cancer pain. They were advised not to rush into print, but to experiment thoroughly with these poisons on a large number of cases and in due course 115 cancer cases were handled by them. The most important medical discoveries are due to chance or accident.
Dr. Monaelesser, of New York, was told in 1929 that a leper living in Cuba, who suffered with terrible neuralgia, was bitten by a tarentula and that, after the bite, the pain disappeared. Every homoeopath knows the use of tarentula for nerve pain. The two doctors went to the Pasteur Institute, which gave them every facility and furnished them with poison of the cobra and of the rattlesnake, dissolved in glycerine. These poisons were first tried on a patient with facial neuralgia, caused by a lympho-sarcoma.
Radium treatment had given no relief. The unfortunate individual was given subcutaneous injections of cobra poison, and it was found that they led to the disappearance of the pain and to the shrinkage of the tumour, so that the sufferer was again able to swallow without pain and could sleep in bed instead of in a chair. Two years later he was operated upon in New York for enlargement of the prostate, and died under the operation.
In consequence of the successful use of cobra poison (Naja), in this case it was resolved to try these poisons on a large number of cases. On Professor Calmettes advice a solution of one in 80,000 was used, and in the way frequently employed by allopaths, the doses were gradually increased with increasing tolerance. Of the 115 cases reviewed, 25 were cancers of the breast, 20 of the uterus, 15 of the stomach, 15 of the rectum, 10 of the prostate, 5 of the tongue, 5 of the liver, etc.
The two doctors did not select easy cases, but took cases as they came along, patients who had been operated upon recently or long ago, inoperable cases, cases with recurrences, cancer sufferers who has been treated with X-ray and radium without success, surface cancers and internal cancers. The majority of the patients died because they were too far advanced, but “in nearly all cases the pain was relieved”.
In other cases the progress of the disease was brought to a standstill during several months while “in others we have seen the shrinkage of the cancerous growth and in some cases there has been a complete cure by the formation of scar tissue. We have now under treatment patients who were first injected in October 1930.”
Summarizing results, Drs. Monaelesser and Taguet stated:.
“As a rule pain is relieved between the fourth and fifth injection. Injections are made very three or five days. Sharp cries of pain come to an end. We have treated a case of cancer of the spinal column in which the pain disappeared completely, but in this instance it took several months to cause its disappearance. We have also noticed great relief in cancer of the vulva, which is terribly painful.
At the moment we are treating a case of cancer of the skull, in which the pain was greatly relieved after the third injection. On the other hand, in certain cases of advanced cancer of the bladder, rectum, womb, swallowing tube, liver and pancreas, no benefit was obtained.
“As regards cancerous growths, progress was slackened by the treatment and often the position became stabilized, progress of the disease coming to a standstill, while in a few cases healing by the formation of scar tissue was observed. A man in the sixties with ulcerative cancer of the tongue and a growth as large as a 2s. piece, was taken in hand after cancer had been diagnosed by microscopic examination of an excised section. As the patient refused treatment by operation or radium, we used serpent poisons.
on him from October 1930. In July 1932 the lesion had healed by the formation of scar tissue and treatment was stopped. Two months later there was an outbreak of cancer on the floor of the mouth. Serpent poisons were used again. The growth receded, but then the patient had a secondary infection of the salivary glands under the tongue, which we are treating at this moment. Until recently the patient has had no pain.
“A lady with cancer of the right breast had been operated upon three years previously for a tumor of the womb and one year previously for a tumor of the stomach. Her right breast contained a mass of nodules which ad ulcerated, while the left breast contained many deep-seated hardnesses with retraction of the nipple. Our treatment was followed by the disappearance of the hardness and the healing over of the abscesses. Our patient gained weight, but died from pneumonia after two years treatment.
“A third case of ours was a case of cancer of the spine with fearful permanent pains radiating into the nerves. Besides, there was a secondary infection of the urinary organs with bacillus coli, and there was great falling off of weight. After six months treatment there was freedom of movement and gain of 30 pounds in weight, while the pain had disappeared.
“We believe that treatment with cobra poison is helpful in all pains and particularly in those produced by benign and malignant tumours, and that the progress of cancer is impeded thereby.”.
Professor Calmette, the head of the Pasteur Institute, in winding up the proceedings, mentioned the case of a cancer patient, who was treated by Dr. Dye, of New Orleans. He was bitten by a poisonous snake. The bite did not prove deadly but it was followed by the recession and disappearance of growth. Snake poisons had a wide range of utility.
He himself had experimented with rattlesnake poison (Crotalus of homoeopathy), with favourable results in treating epilepsy as far back as 1914. Dr. Gosset, in closing the discussion, made the important statement that the use of snake poisons made the employment of morphia injections unnecessary among the cancerous.