A “HEAL THYSELF” CASE.
THE two articles on “Colitis” and “Garlic as a Remedy,” which appeared in the August and September numbers of “HEAL THYSELF”, form the main object in my writing of this account of a case which came my way and in which the only medicine which I prescribed, apart from food, was garlic.
It is now more than a year since one of the teachers from our school approached me, asking whether I could possibly prescribe a remedy for her niece, who for two years had been suffering from colitis. During these two years she had changed from a bonny child to one who was thin and wasting. The account of the illness was given me as follows. More than two years previously the child had suddenly seemed unwell, and a doctor had been called in. He diagnosed colitis and told the mother that a long time might elapse before a cure could be pronounced.
For two years the child was treated without success. The child was worse and the doctor suggested that she should be sent to Bournemouth for a change of air. The mother suspected that the doctor was anxious to get rid of the case, and, being herself desirous of a change of treatment, she came to me. An assorted collection of bottles of medicine was brought to me, but I was more anxious to see the diet sheet which was produced for my inspection.
I noticed that meat-extracts and fish figured prominently in it, whereas juicy fruits were absent. Seeing this, I prescribed the following diet for the next few days. For the first twenty-four hours the child was to have only wear with a drop of garlic juice in each glass.
If six hours passed without any ill-effect resulting, then the number of drops of garlic juice per glass was to be increased and thereafter garlic juice was to be added to each glass of water till the colitis had disappeared. At the end of the twenty-four hours juicy fruit was to be placed on the breakfast table, and the child was to be allowed to eat it at will. She was allowed nothing but fruit, water, with scarcely enough garlic to make its taste perceptible, and buttermilk or sour milk.
The mother agreed to the diet with misgivings, and, poor soul, sat up the whole night, expecting the worst. In the early hours of the morning she fell asleep, only to be awakened by the sound of her childs cheery voice. There was no doubt about it, the child was better, everything pointed to it.
They went down to breakfast, and this time there were honey, figs, dates and other fruits, together with sour milk, the sourness of which had been toned down with honey. The lunch of the second day was a little salad with olive oil. She was still allowed fruit.
On the third day, the mother took the child to Bournemouth. On that day and thereafter the last meal consisted of boiled onions. At the end of the week she could have a small quantity of fish or meat. I had decided that fruit should predominate in the diet, salad coming next, with a little potato baked in the skin.
My reasons for giving raw garlic and onion were that they are natures own and best antiseptics.
In order that I might claim a cure I have waited for more than twelve months. Just before beginning this article, I called at the school to ask if any illness had followed. The aunt, however, informed me that only once in the year had the doctor been to see the child, this visit being the result of an attack of hiccoughs.