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.

DISEASED and degenerate prostates are becoming more and more numerous. Every day we read of distinguished men who have been operated upon for this complaint. President Hindenburg of Germany and President Poincare of France died of it, and many distinguished Englishmen succumbed to the dangerous operation for this complaint, among them Lord Curzon and Lord French. On the other hand, a considerable number of cases are on record in which the operation has been more or less successful. I know several cases of men who had their prostates taken out when 80 or older and who lived for a considerable number of years.

However, the excision of the prostate is not a satisfactory operation; it is risky and very frequently cripples the patient for a very long time. Naturally it should be avoided if it is avoidable. Unfortunately the average doctor knows of no treatment for enlarged prostate except operation, and sends patients to the surgeon, and the surgeon, of course, has nothing to do with medicinal or dietetic treatment, and takes out prostates indiscriminately, occasionally with very unpleasant results for the patient.

On March 20th, 1936, I received a letter from Mr. R. J., of a highly intelligent and very superior working man engaged in the printing business, who be it noted, had been interested in homoeopathy for many years, and had some knowledge and experience of homoeopathic treatment. He wrote to me:.

“I have been troubled for a good many years, say eight or so, when I had as a rule, to rise to micturate early in the morning. During the day on a railway journey I sometimes had to take of four hours duration, I could not retain water more than an hour; but I put it down to nerves as I had before me conference meetings, at which I would likely be speaking. But since over two years the trouble has greatly increased, till at present it has come to be unbearable.

I got homoeopathic treatment, but have not been benefited. Since a year back I tried to help myself from reading an article in the November issue, 1933, of HEAL THYSELF. I got some help from various remedies, so that I had not to get up so frequently during the night, but not a cure. Belladonna helped me for a week and then failed. Thuja and Pulsatilla were stand-byes, but they also failed. I also got Sabal serrulata, but cannot say I was helped. The doctor said in 1933 it was the prostate gland which was swollen.

“I have lately been worse than ever. I had powders about a month ago, and for nine nights I got little rest, so that I felt completely done. I thought of keeping bed on the ninth occasion, but thought it was hopeless as I would not be able to remain quiet.

“I manage during the day fairly well, and can retain water for about two hours, sometimes longer. When I am pressed I have no control.

“When I retire at night, I will sleep for an hour or two hours, then up every hour, half-hour, and so on. Generally I cannot pass anything till I walk backwards and forwards for a minute or so.

“There was a burning sensation in the penis when passing water, but since taking Belladonna a week or so ago I was relieved a bit. I am 73 years last month. Have been a hard worker all my life. I am in the printing line, in charge of case room. I have had no serious illnesses save cold or flu, and rheumatics, till gall-stone trouble afflicted me, but happily I got helped under homoeopathy and was free entirely for eight years till 1935 when I had several attacks of pain, the last on January 12th this year”.

It will be noted that the patients condition was serious and that Belladonna, Thuja, Pulsatilla and Sabal serrulata which he had tried, on his own, had failed. It will also be noticed that the poor fellow had to get up during the night every hour or half-hour to make water, and that the emission of urine was so difficult that he walked the floor in despair until the bladder functioned.

On receipt of his letter I sent him Kali iodatum 1x, a dose to be taken first and last thing, and Apis 3x, a dose to be taken every two hours in between. Kali iodatum, like many of the iodium compounds, is apt to reduce swellings in the body, and Apis is an excellent remedy for bladder irritability.

People who are stung by bees get swellings of mucous membranes and get bladder urging. Therefore the potentized bee poison is curative of this condition on the principle of similarity. Mr. R.J. received my medicines on March 21st and he reported to me on April 1st after nine days treatment: “Since taking your medicine I have had good nights till last night, but my long day of work, 7.45 a.m. till 12 night, may have accounted for that. I was up at 4, 5, 6 and 7. From experience of last week, I am quite hopeful of being cured.”.

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.