The alternative to “animal weights, etc.” is a matter of a doctors experiment on the patient as to what is a safe “personal dose”, based on the average dose recommended by some laboratory scientist. It is the old cry that orthodoxy tires how much drug it dare give in any case.

So many appeals having come directly to our notice, we are convinced of the necessity of presenting the readers of “HEAL THYSELF” with some homoeopathic help for this disease. The majority of these urgent requests have come from areas removed from homoeopathic medical help, whilst others have come from distant hot countries where dysenteries are very prevalent and quite serious.

A number of our tropical correspondents inform us that, whilst “Emetine”, in orthodox hands, appears to alter the bowel fluxes, the patients seem to drift at once into a condition if anything worse than the dysentery, for such cases go downhill steadily.

It is to be learned from orthodox standard literature that “liver abscesses” are a common sequel to dysentery when treated with “Emetine”, the much vaunted orthodox “specific” for this disease. This sequel seems almost to be expected by orthodoxy, for some reason or other.

If amoebic dysentery be treated with Ipecacuanha in homoeopathic hands, these liver “abscesses” are not to be expected, showing that the orthodox alkaloid of Ipecacuanha, “Emetine”, is not as efficacious as our homoeopathic Ipecacuanha, after the orthodox pharmaceutical chemist has done his scientific work for his masters.

It is with the view of directly aiding many isolated and distant world dwellers and workers that this information is given. It is hoped that British home readers will at once send a copy (or copies) of this Journal to their friends who are handicapped by their isolation and proximity to this disease.

Dysenteries are not unknown in Europe, and one of the five largest U.S.A. cities has been in the grip of amoebic dysentery for the past year. So this introduction to Homoeopathy will not be amiss even to those who live in temperate climates.

Readers are invited to compare the orthodox treatment with the more precise and safer method of homoeopathic medication, which follows. To those who wish to help their friends in hot climates it will be well to post them a small box of specially selected remedies likely to be needed in such type of cases, buying the chosen drugs in medicated pill form, which should only be obtained from special homoeopathic chemists advertising in the pages of this Journal. Medicated pills are the best for hot countries, as tinctures evaporate quickly, even though apparently well corked.

I have a relation, now in India, who has been in serious trouble with just this disease. He had to be treated by an orthodox man, who used the “routine specific Emetine,” but several subsequent letters point to an immediately following serious condition, to the extent that, although the amoebae were no longer to be found in the irregular and changing bowel evacuations, his heart became so gravely affected that he was ordered to stay in bed for some months, never being allowed to put his feet to the ground, while some lung complication, with bloody expectoration (profuse) also asserted itself.

This complication was at first diagnosed as “T.B.”, but my last letter received, written from a hill station, says that the patient has gained ten pounds weight in the matter of a few weeks. So I am forced to think it was not “T.B.” at all, but some revulsion of Nature following a suppressed dysentery, due to an overdose of the alkaloid Emetine..

From some study of orthodox literature it does not seem to be at all clear what quantity a “personal dose of Emetine” really is, for the drug is slow of being eliminated from the system, and again, the “personal equation of drug limit” varies remarkably in various patients, according to orthodox statements. This should be a warning to avoid alkaloids at orthodox hands, the dosage of which is often estimated on certain “animal weights” corresponding with “human weights” as worked out in the laboratory.

The alternative to “animal weights, etc.” is a matter of a doctors experiment on the patient as to what is a safe “personal dose”, based on the average dose recommended by some laboratory scientist. It is the old cry that orthodoxy tires how much drug it dare give in any case.

How different is the homoeopathic method of testing our drugs on volunteer human “provers” (experimenters) and subsequently we contemplate how minute may be our curative “stimulative” dose, instead of following the orthodox method of trying to discover how big a dose a human being can stand without apparent immediate damage to the patient. Please bear in mind that any surplus drug, more than the minute curative stimulation necessary, always succeeds in doing damage to the human organism, often amounting to an actual “drug disease.”

It is worth while to consider how orthodoxy pitched upon the strong alkaloid “Emetine”, bearing in mind that it is now given as a routine measure for anything that smacks of a dysentery, for probably not 50 per cent. of such cases obtain a laboratory report.

How did orthodoxy first get the idea of using “Emetine”? The homoeopathic doctors of Brazil, which country stands in the first ranks of our school, having at Rio a Homoeopathic College supported by the Federal Government, whose graduates are eligible for any Federal post our doctors there have had such remarkable successes in curing amoebic dysentery for the best part of a century, as this disease is “endemic” (always present) in that country, that the orthodox profession was obliged to take notice of our successes, as the laity soon realized that the homoeopathic doctors of Brazil practically saved every case they treated, whilst orthodoxy was not “enjoying” such results.

However, it is to be supposed that the simple Ipecacuanha tincture (alcoholic whole plant extract), nor did they like to “copy-cat” exactly. Anyhow,their chemists evolved the alkaloid “Emetine”, which, whilst ridding the gut of its amoebae, did not somehow cure the patient quite satisfactorily, for orthodoxy very often has woeful sequellae to its cases.

They report that these amoebae are to be found in the livers of the “cured” dysenteric cases, causing terrible “abscesses”. They even burst through into the lungs (far from a pleasant affair); such things are not found in homoeopathically treated patients.

Laboratory pharmacy is not as safe as it is cracked up to be; it is not as simple as the Law of Similia, Homoeopathy, which medicates on purely personal symptoms of every patient, irrespective of the diagnosed name of any disease, thus avoiding the chance of a “mistaken diagnosis”. We study, for the purposes of a prescription, the peculiar symptoms of Tom, Dick, Harry or Mary. Sir William Osler has stated that 45 per cent. of obscure case are wrongly diagnosed, and many dysenteries are “mixed” infections.

Orthodoxy states that any case of dysentery “mal-treated at first, may be driven from the bowel into the liver, with resulting abscesses, and then beyond the liver into the lungs, with what is known as an anchovy sauce sputum” (disintegrated blood). Orthodoxy claims that their “Emetine” is a parasiticide (kills germs), but what avails it if the germs transfer their work from gut, to forming “liver abscesses” and “anchovy sauce”, etc.?.

Though this article is written to help cases of amoebic dysentery, one must at the same time bring into consideration the bacillary form of dysentery, especially because orthodox standard works state that it is frequently impossible to decide with any certainty which form is causing the trouble, without most exact laboratory help.

For your intelligent aid I am presenting the “personal symptomatic prescribing” of Homoeopathy, in order that you, the laity, and the orthodox profession, may at once learn to help the sick more surely, and I am trying to put things so simply that any of the laity may be able to prescribe safely and easily in times of urgent call, when no professional help is at hand. The intent of this Journal is to carry help to people who demand Homoeopathy, yet who cannot obtain homoeopathic doctors.

There seem to be human “carriers” of the disease, therefore wherever the laity attempt to treat what seems to be any dysentery, and far removed from medical help, they must see that all stools (earth closets, mere holes in the ground, etc.) are chemically treated, when it is suspected that there are cases about, arranging things so that flies cannot carry germs to food. If anyone is so placed that strong chemicals are not to be obtained, all dejecta should at once be deeply buried, frequently changing the public or private latrines.

Cases of amoebic dysentery vary extremely in intensity, but even very light “walking cases” find eventually that their health is slowly and surely being destroyed; they find general weakness, loss of flesh, inability to eat, followed by anaemia and jaundiced complexion. Light cases report about six stools daily. In acute bacillary dysentery stools run up to thirty or more in twenty-four hours.

Cases of either type can relapse after orthodox “Emetine” treatment, and many cases persist for year, on and off. Cases may be of “mixed infection” presenting at one time both amoebic and bacillary invasion. This emphasizes the value of the “personal symptomatic” prescribing of Homoeopathy, rather than a routine employment of a “specific such as “Emetine”.

Ethelbert Petrie Hoyle
BIO: Dr. Ethelbert Petrie Hoyle 1861 – 1955 was a British orthodox physician who converted to homeopathy. He served as editor of the International Homeopathic Medical Directory and Travelling Secretary to the International Homeopathic Society.