SOME years ago a Mrs. S. L. came to me and told me that she had fearful pain in the gallbladder region that she had been urged to undergo an operation, but that she had refused it. She had lost two stone, she came form very unhealthy stock, her parents had had twelve children, of whom only two had survived she was deeply depressed and terribly jaundiced and she imagined that she suffered form cancer of the gallbladder.
Judging by her appearance, there was some justification for that belief. Under dietetic and homoeopathic treatment she improved and became a happy smiling woman once more. Having experienced the benefits of the new art of healing, she sent me her husband.
Mr. L. had been slender and a great athlete in his youth. He had been poor but had prospered greatly and likes so many retired athletes, had become obese. He complained about weakness of the chest, frequent attacks of bronchitis, pleurisy, pneumonia in a very severe form and he head much trouble with his stomach and bowels. I took careful note of all his complaints in the usual way, and I asked him to mention any peculiar symptoms, the more peculiar and the more unusual the better.
He told me, getting red in the face, that he could not empty his bladder if anyone was near. He would, for instance, go into a public lavatory, and was unable to act if there were people about. If there was no one beside himself, the urine began to flow, but it stopped as soon as somebody entered. Had he consulted a leading specialist, he would probably have been told : ” Do not behave like a silly girl”, and he would have been given either a tonic or a sedative or a mixture of the two.
I happened to know that this curious inability is one of the leading symptoms of Natrum muriaticum, or common salt. I gave him a box of sugar pills saturated with Natrum muriaticum in the thirtieth potency, a dose containing a decillionth of a grain of salt. I had selected that remedy not by because of the peculiar symptoms mentioned but also because there were strong constitutional symptoms pointing to that drug, and I looked keenly forward to the effect of the treatment.
A few days later Mrs. S. L. called me to the telephone, and told me excitedly : “A miracle has happened with my husbands eyes.” I replied : “I do not understand what you mean. He never complained to me about his eyes.” She said : “Of course not. He would speak about his eyes only to an occulist or optician.”
She then informed me that for a very long time her husband had been completely unable to read in artificial light, that he had consulted numerous occulists and opticians, who had supplied him with reading glasses of various kinds, which had proved completely useless. Being very domesticated, he spent the evening in his home shielding his eyes and unable to read. “But now he can read in artificial light without glasses ! It is a true miracle !”.
A year afterwards Mr. L. called on me. He looked very well was very cheerful, and he told me that his troubles of chest, stomach and bowel had disappeared. With considerable hesitation I enquired about his eyes, and he told me : “They are all right, too.” “Can you still read in artificial light without glasses ?” “Yes, quite easily.” “And what about your little difficulty when you go to a lavatory ?” “That has vanished as well.” A trouble which numerous occulists and opticians had tried in vain to cure was rapidly and permanently cured by a homoeopath who had not been told of the existence of that trouble and who had not examined the patients eyes.