ACCORDING to the textbooks of orthodox medicine, disseminated sclerosis, formerly called creeping paralysis, is quite incurable. The unfortunate victims of this disease are perfunctorily treated with electricity, massage, injections, Arsenic, etc., which do no good; or they are told, very gently, that nothing can be done for them. Homoeopathy does not know incurable diseases, not does it know “specifics” for every disease. Each case is treated on its merits, without regard to the name of the disease or the specific for that disease recommended in the textbooks.
On December 26th, 1934, Mrs. J. E. wrote to me from a town in Gloucestershire in a shaky and almost unreadable hand:.
“I am a widow alone in the world, having lost all my relations, my sons in the War, my only daughter and husband. I am very ill indeed and in great trouble. I am suffering in the fifth year with what the doctors here say is called disseminated sclerosis of the spine, and the pain in waist part of the back is terrible and incessant. I am highly nervous, suffer from troubled nights through insomnia, and cant take Bromide, which makes my head terrible. I am weak and very very depressed. Will you help me ?”.
The woman was poor and ignorant, and sent me her photo. From the fact that she was particularly troubled at night, I concluded that the degeneration of the spinal cord might be due to syphilis, for syphilis produces terrible sufferings due to the ravages of the spinal cord, with pronounced aggravation at night. Without going into her case in any way, I sent her immediately four doses of Syphilinum, a dose to be taken once a week.
On January 18th, three weeks after the receipt of her letter, she wrote to me in a totally different, firm, clear handwriting:.
“Please accept my very very grateful thanks. I have taken three doses of your medicine, and have one dose still left for next week. I feel better, brighter, clearer and cheerful, sleep better, but still have the rheumatism or whatever it is in my spine, which is very weak, and I cannot sit upright either in bed or on a chair, but the pain is not so severe since I had the pills, but it has gone upwards towards the shoulders and head. Your pills have bucked me up somehow and made my brain clearer. They purged me only ordinarily. I wish so much you will not forsake me until I am well enough to work”.
Her next letter, dated January 25th, told me :.
“I am ever so grateful to you for making me feel better, and I hope sincerely you will not leave me without help till I am quite cured, as each day makes such a difference. I sleep so soundly since I have had the pilules. The doctors had given me nasty drugs, which were making me worse, such as Bromide and Salicylate of soda. They were no good at all. I have had five years with wrong drugs, and now feel quite normal in myself except for the remains of pain in the back and the weakness of same. I am singing each day after silence for six months and longer, just to forget my past sufferings. I am very grateful”.
This poor woman had been treated brainlessly with Bromide for pain and with Salicylates for rheumatism or arthritis, produced by the degeneration of the spine, obviously caused by syphilis. Had her doctors diagnosed syphilis, they would, of course, have given her by the book Mercury in enormous quantities and injections of 606, etc., to her injury. This little cure shows the advantages of Homoeopathy over orthodox medicine.
Science has much to deplore from the multiplication of diseases. It is as repugnant to truth in medicine, as polytheism is to truth in religion. The physician who considers every different affection of the different systems in the body, or every affection of different parts of the same, system, as distinct diseases, when they arise from one cause, resembles the Indian or African savage, who considers water, dew, ice, frost and snow, as distinct essences.
The sword will probably be sheathed for ever, as an instrument of death, before physicians will cease to add to the mortality of mankind by prescribing for the names of disease.–Dr. BENJAMIN RUSH, Yellow Fever.