SOME years ago I treated a youth of eighteen years of age suffering with exceptionally severe fits of asthma. He had been a sufferer in this way from early years-before he was of school age. During that time he has been treated by many medical men, but with no improvement. On day in great distress the parents came to me and asked if I would give homoeopathic treatment. I administered the known remedies, but with no success.
I again talked with the mother and tried to discover the history of the case. She was emphatic in stating that no one in the family had suffered from asthma. I asked her about the age when her child had the first attack. She could not give me the exact age, but knew it was before he was old enough for school, and then added: “It was about three or four months after he had recovered from diphtheria.”
I ascertained he had been treated with serum injection. As the mother spoke, it occurred to me the lad was hyper-sensitive to the diphtheria serum, and the attacks were only a sign of anaphylaxis. I therefore gave the boy the diphtheria serum ( 8th homoeopathic dilution), to be taken several times a day for five days.
The treatment surpassed my most sanguine expectations. On the second day the patient expectorated a great quantity of brownish phlegm. The breathing rapidly improved. By the time the second bottle was taken, the asthma had entirely disappeared. Several years have passed and there has been no further trouble.
In gratitude the parents have sent on to me several patients. One of them was on old German soldier suffering from severe asthma. The origin of his trouble, he said, was the cold and damp during the War. He never had asthma before. He implored me to cure him as I had cured the young lad. I found he had never suffered from diphtheria, but had been treated with vaccine against typhus and cholera many times.
I decided to work as before, ordering from a well-known homoeopathic chemist the 8th decimal dilution made from the typhus vaccine lymph. He responded immediately to the treatment. I then had prepared a homoeopathic medicine made from the cholera vaccine. This was equally successful.
Since then I have treated old soldiers suffering from asthma (whose illness originated during the War) in the same manner with admirable result. I have not distinguished any difference as to results between the cholera vaccine and the typhus vaccine.
I have come to the conclusion that the disease is not to be attributed to the different kinds of microbes but the vaccine material and this is the same in both cases.
For the benefit of old soldiers of every country suffering from asthma brought on during the War I pass on this experience with assurance.