Digestive function is under control of the reflex nervous system; it has no relation to the intelligence or will. When this function has been out of commission for several days through fasting, it can be restored only slowly to functional activity, and only the lightest burden should be placed upon it at that time, and very gradually increased from day to day.
Unfortunately the homoeopathic physician receives cancer patients as a rule only when it is too late. The cancerous are as a rule rushed to the surgeon and in innumerable cases the disease is terribly aggravated by surgery in every form. I have not seen a single case in which radium has produced a cure, but I have seen a large number in which radium has driven the previously local disease all over the body.
Who wishes to control his prolongation of life, ought to have intimate information of the finest machinery the world knows, namely of the human organism which everyone owns himself. The way for a successful treatment is open, when a connoisseur of his constitution carefully considers and describes the early stages of his troubles and their courses of beginning up to the present stage.
Limitation of food intake is the principal and most scientific method of weight reduction, but if there is any suspicion of existing organic disease, such a method should never be undertaken without first consulting the doctor. I emphasize the need to start early with dietetic limitation, for if this is carried out the temptation to indulge in drastic starvation cures will be avoided and incidentally the results achieved will be much more lasting.
The Hay diet may possibly be of value to some people here and there, but it is far too difficult to manage for the average person. Dr. Hay is a man of considerable enthusiasm which has helped him in his propaganda and his theory is plausible. One of his predecessors was Mr. Horace Fletcher who flourished greatly on minute quantities of food chewed for hours.
These products are generally what are relied upon to preserve the acid-base equilibrium of the blood. It is, therefore, a practice to be strongly recommended to make one meal a day to consist solely of raw fruits.
There is an excellent reason why, in all countries of the world, the insane are called lunatics. In olden days, lunatics were called “money”. This little book deserves commendation. Unfortunately the arrangement of the material is not very clear, there is no index and it is therefore very difficult to use.
Insistence should thus be placed on the importance of carrying the head and body erect as a positive means to the desired goal. Now although many other excellent exercises have been devised, yet only those described above can easily be carried out from time to time during the day.
The same remark applies to accidents of all kinds. Every doctor knows how great the risk is, with a broken arm, leg, or fractured ribs or collar bone, or even only knees with most of the skin removed. The vegetarian should return to his ordinary occupation in record time, but if the patient happens to be a barman or a brewers drayman, the doctor knows he is likely to have a big job on.
The same law is at work in the realm of the mind as in that of matter. The mind, both conscious or subconscious, only acts as it is trained to act. Even in the matter of remembering names, lines of poetry that strike us, correct spelling, or anything else, we only have to treat any such matters as unimportant and not worth troubling about, and the mischief is done.
The great advantage of the peroral regenerative cancer treatment on basis of nutrition and metabolism is the fact that it is entirely harmless. Whoever prefers in advanced cases to be treated by surgery and ray-treatment, can combine these methods with a nutritional and digestive regeneration by a pre-treatment of this kind.
The applications are made three times a day, and atropine is used as well if the disease would normally require it. The treatment appears to reduce the number of necessary attendances. Mr. Bernard Chevasse has also been using the oil with very satisfactory results, especially in blepharitis and general soreness of the lids. The treatment is harmless, and can be used in conjunction with other remedies.
The mental effect of this treatment was remarkable, especially in severe chronic diabetes. Joie de vivre and efficiency for the daily round were regained. It is suggested that actual regeneration of the islets is produced, and this suggestion is supported by the absence of relapses of patients on these high carbohydrate diets.
The case of this patient was a comparatively recent one, but one can treat homoeopathically also cases of long standing. A little boy of 6 years old had injured his knee several months ago and had been treated by an orthodox doctor without any result. No special remedy was indicated and therefore I gave in alternation the two remedies which so often had proved helpful.
During the actual surgical procedure the anaesthetist commented on the outpouring from the mouth of a quantity of coffee-ground- coloured fluid, and attributed this to gastric ulcer. But there were no signs or symptoms of ulcer of the stomach. Other than this the operation proceeded as is customary. Anaesthesia was induced by a duplicate form of spinal and general anaesthetic.
The woman has accumulated a certain amount of extra mineral material during the preceding weeks with a view to nourishing a possible embryo. When this is not required the calcium and some other elements are eliminated in the menstrual flow. Modern discoveries of the endocrine complex of the sex-apparatus has tended to divert peoples minds from the simple facts associated with sex.
There is no nutritive science. He who tries to regulate his intake by means of the fatuous information supplied by the professors of dietists, will fail. Three of the highest nutritional authorities I know suffer all three from serious digestive troubles. One has had serious gastric and duodenal ulcers, and has undergone a short circuit operation, and the other two are in a singularly deplorable state.
The skin symptoms are in relation to menses or uterine diseases. Calcarea has leucorrhoea of a copious, milky, sometimes purulent character with sweat on labia. Graphites has perhaps even more copious leucorrhoea, but it is more watery, and sometimes gushes out, especially mornings or during the day.
The Repertoriser will, no doubt, be welcome to those who are of a studious and mechanical turn of mind, and who are very conscientious and who are bewildered by the masses of information contained in the printed Repertory. Of course when a drug corresponds to the patients symptoms, the prescriber must not prescribe the indicated drug blindly.
The book under review removes that difficulty. Little fault can be found in the way in which the author presents his technique. The book is refreshingly free from the sweeping condemnation of orthodox methods which characterizes most of the literature emanating from the unorthodox school.
In this case, also, the fatal issue was evidently determined by a massive infection of the blood strain. How to avoid such tragedies in the future? Dr. Beckman has no sovereign remedy. He admits that it is difficult enough to diagnose an infectious disease during the incubation period, but he thinks it likely that “through examination of the blood, some of the unsuitable donors would be disclosed.
Inoculate with owl lymph To stimulate the brain, Inoculate with monkey glands To make us young again. Inoculate for bunions, Inoculate for mumps, Inoculate for bald heads, And for nervous slumps. But some fine day the laity Will move in self-defence To inoculate the doctors With a little common sense.
The best way to deal with the menace of unqualified practice is to incorporate into orthodox medicine all that is good in it and to improve the teaching of therapeutical methods to students and graduates so that there will be a diminishing necessity for members of the public to have recourse to unqualified practice because of the failure to obtain relief from orthodox medicine.
To this end how essential to know the history of the parents and relatives, and to link the symptoms of childhood and youth with those of old age. To advise in matters of diet as well, so that a properly balanced ration may prevent nervous diseases in the early part of life or the hardening of arteries and uncontrollable conditions in the aged.
A scientific furlough devoted to a book on the pathological anatomy of flat feet helped to finish the book but not the carbolic eczema of my hands. On the contrary it grew worse at the slightest irritation, and developed into a regular idiosyncrasy against any antiseptic, whether carbolic, sublimate, or iodoform. I was to learn that I was absolutely unfit to be a surgeon in the Lister era.
There were ups and downs in his condition, but on the whole he improved. On July 25th the patient reported: “One evening last week pressure to urinate came very frequent. I had to go to a meeting that night of an hours duration. I attended to myself before going in; I had to go out in about ten minutes, and again in a half-hour, and immediately the meeting closed.