What makes me feel I must write to you is this. I have lost only this week another old friend of mine. He was suddenly afflicted by stoppage of the urine and the doctor said that nothing could be done except an operation. He was operated upon and next morning he was dead. He had been a strong healthy man and was 65 years old.

ACCORDING to the orthodox text books there is no cure for enlarged prostates except operation. These prostate operations are extremely risky and a very considerable number result in death. If a patient is inoperable or refuses the operation for some reason or other, the specialists generally tell him that nothing further can be done for him. Prostate operations are becoming more and more numerous.

Some are successful, at least temporarily. In other cases the operation is followed earlier or later by very undesirable developments and in a very large percentage of cases death ensues. The operation is not an easy one.

Every good homoeopathic doctor should endeavor to treat prostate cases by diet and medicine. After all, the enlarged prostate is very frequently the local manifestation of a constitutional fault. It may be compared to the gouty toe of those who indulge to excess in alcohol. The obvious cure for an inflamed and exquisitely painful gouty toe is not to cut it off but to cut off the port wine, stout, beef, game, etc., which may be responsible for the gouty condition.

In order to illustrate the way in which an enlarged prostate can be cured, I would give an example.

On June 23rd, 1933, Mr. L. G., of D., wrote:.

“I have an enlarged prostate gland. I am 71 years old and I do not want to be operated upon. My general health is very good. I am troubled with my water. I have to wait before it will start and run at all, especially when I wake after being asleep about two hours. If I over-sleep and go for four hours when emptying my bladder I am generally troubled. I cannot very well travel by train or motor for hours and therefore cannot visit you because I should then have little chance of emptying my bladder.”.

In a subsequent letter Mr. L. G. wrote:.

“I have had the enlarged prostate for ten years. My doctor says that he could take it away by operation but, as two of my friends did not survive that operation, I do not feel like taking the risk, especially as the greater part of my income is a pension which my wife would lose if I should die first.”.

On June 28th, 1933, I wrote to him asking him for full details regarding his diet, condition of bowel, whether he had had gonorrhoea, etc., and concluding my letter with the words: “I would advise you to keep your bowels open by taking one or two tablespoonfuls of liquid paraffin three times a day before meals, and to live on a diet from which flesh, fish, fowl and everything made of them, condiments, including salt, alcohol and tobacco, are strictly eliminated.

You can take any quantity of the weakest of weak China tea, half milk if you like, and parsley tea, which is excellent for the bladder, made as follows: Get one or two handfuls of parsley, cut fine, fill with it a thoroughly heated teapot, pour boiling water on it, let it draw for ten minutes, and drink all day long. These measures will give you vast relief.”.

I gave him Sulphur 6x, a dose to be taken night and morning.

On June 27th Mr. L. G. told me that he had never had gonorrhoea, had never been laid up and had no idea of the cause of the enlargement of the gland. He took much meat, had been constipated all his life and took considerable quantities of Cascara. Cascara, while clearing the bowel, produces considerable irritation, which, conceivably, may affect the prostate. I have no doubt that heating foods like meat, fish, fowl, condiments, strong coffee and strong tea are very unfavourable to the prostate.

On July 8th, after only about a weeks treatment, Mr. L. G. wrote:.

“Your advice has done me good and I am much better.”.

After some considerable time I had all the information I required. On July 17th I had all the necessary facts and i sent him my directions in which I told him:.

“Your diet should be cooling, and you will do well to take plenty of liquid because otherwise concentrated strong urine will irritate the gland, and keep it large or make it larger.” I recommended him to have three motions a day, with the help of liquid paraffin, to take an abundance of bran and to live on a diet of wholemeal bread and milk, extremely weak China tea with plenty of milk, an abundance of raw juicy fruit, salads, dressed with oil and lemon juice, vegetables boiled without salt or soda, potatoes boiled or baked in their skins, meagre egg or egg and cheese dishes, etc.

He was to take Sulphur 6x, first and last thing, in alternation with Silica 12x. As the gland was hard Silica was obviously indicated.

On July 18th Mr. L. G. wrote: “I am pleased to say that I am already a lot better for following your advice. In fact I have only had one bad bout during the last fortnight, and that was probably my own fault. I am decidedly better.” On July 23rd he wrote: “I am keeping wonderfully better, have no more trouble whatever and I have a distinct feeling that the gland is reduced.” On August 1st he wrote: “I am better than I have been for years.

J. Ellis Barker
James Ellis Barker 1870 – 1948 was a Jewish German lay homeopath, born in Cologne in Germany. He settled in Britain to become the editor of The Homeopathic World in 1931 (which he later renamed as Heal Thyself) for sixteen years, and he wrote a great deal about homeopathy during this time.

James Ellis Barker wrote a very large number of books, both under the name James Ellis Barker and under his real German name Otto Julius Eltzbacher, The Truth about Homœopathy; Rough Notes on Remedies with William Murray; Chronic Constipation; The Story of My Eyes; Miracles Of Healing and How They are Done; Good Health and Happiness; New Lives for Old: How to Cure the Incurable; My Testament of Healing; Cancer, the Surgeon and the Researcher; Cancer, how it is Caused, how it Can be Prevented with a foreward by William Arbuthnot Lane; Cancer and the Black Man etc.