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.”.

It will be noticed that there was a favourable effect immediately upon starting the medicinal treatment, although dietetic regulation had not even been attempted. On April 2nd I replied to him:.

“It seems to me that on balance my treatment has done you good. As regards diet, I want you to leave off flesh, fish, fowl and everything made of them. Replace meat by eggs, or egg dishes, cheese, nuts and such like things. You can take dandelion or fig coffee which I personally dislike intensely, and you can take, as far as I am concerned, weak China tea, which will not do you any harm.

You may not think of drinking between meals, but you should drink between meals, taking considerable quantities of the weakest China tea with the minimum of sugar, or lemon water with or without sugar, home-made barley water, and particularly parsley decoction made of fresh or dried parsley, a handful or two to the teapot, which you should infuse like tea, or let it simmer for a minute or two.”.

The patient fell in with my suggestions and benefited greatly. Of course it is extremely awkward to treat an individual whom one has not seen. Mr. R.J. was in the printing trade, and there was the possibility of lead poisoning. I could not examine him for lead poisoning. There is, of course, the well-known blue lead line along the gums, and I could not very well ask him whether in his case there was any lead poisoning because the suggestion might have produced very unfavourable symptoms.

The patient carried out my directions, reformed his dietary completely and took an abundance of liquid from which he had abstained previously. People who have bladder trouble usually restrict fluid to their harm. If they have difficulty or pain in making water, they drink as little as possible, and then they produce very concentrated and irritating urine much to their disadvantage. People with urinary difficulties would do well to increase their intake of liquid greatly so that their urine should become bland and thin, and the irritability and inflammation of bladder and prostate will diminish.

Shortly afterwards the patient complained about rheumatism and catarrh, and for this I sent him Rhus toxicodendron 3x and Kali bichromicum 3x to be taken alternatively. Then I gave him Aurum iodatum 4x for his prostate instead of Kali iodatum which he had had in the beginning. The urinary difficulty was worse at night, and the peculiarity of Aurum is that it produces and therefore cures troubles which are worse at night than in the day time. Rhus toxicodendron 3x improved his rheumatism, for he wrote on June 4th:

“My knees are not so painful. Left knee is practically relieved, but right knee still a little painful on movement”.

He complained about weakness of the joints, so I gave him Arnica montana 3x and Xanthoxylum 1x. He was to continue with Aurum iodatum and Kali iodatum in alternation to reduce the size of his prostate.

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.