While some acute conditions of disease may have been mitigated by chlorinization of water it has indisputably increased to an alarming degree many forms of chronic sickness, including the more alarming and difficult conditions such as Brights disease and cancer. For proof of the aforementioned statements we need only cite the reports of the various boards of vital statistics, State and Federal, showing the alarming increase of those diseases.

Read before the December 1935 Meeting of the Chicago Homoeopathic Medical Society.

Synonym-Chlorinum. Symbol-Cl.

Common Name-Chlorine. Atomic Weight-35.5.

CHLORINE is one of the elements, but does not exist free in nature. It occurs in saline springs and in sea-water in combination with sodium, magnesium, potassium and calcium and in the solid form there are found in the earth vast deposits of sodium chloride or common salt.

Preparation. Chlorine is produced when a chloride is decomposed by an acid in the presence of some body whose attraction for the hydrogen of the acid is greater than that of chlorine. Inorganic bodies which easily part with their oxygen are used for this purpose. Hydrochloric acid and granulated manganese dioxide when heated together give off chlorine readily: the reaction is shown by the following equation: (H Cl)4 +Mn O2 = Mn Cl2 + (H2 O20 + Cl2.

The gas is obtained more continuously when a mixture of two equivalents of sodium chloride, two of sulphuric acid and one of the manganese dioxide are heated together in a flask. The reaction is exhibited as follows: (NaCl)2 + (H2SO4)2 + Mn O2 = Mn SO4 +Na2 SO4 + (H2 O)2 + Cl2. The process is conducted as follows: the materials are placed in a flask standing in sand- bath over a gas furnace. The cork of the flask is provided with s safety-tubes as well as a delivery tube.

From the delivery tube passes of the long bottle containing a few inches of strong sulphuric acid through which the gas bubbles as it comes over and by which it is rendered dry. From the bottle it is brought by another tube to a long receiver where it simply accumulates by its specific gravity, displacing the air; or if chlorine water be needed the gas is led into a partially closed receiver containing cold distilled water. The saturation of the water with the gas will be known by closing the bottle or receiver tightly and agitating it; until saturation is effected a partial vacuum is produced by the shaking.

Properties. Chlorine is a yellowish-green gas possession a peculiar suffocating odour and an astringent taste. It is wholly irrespirable. Its specific gravity is 2.46. At IIC. (51.8F.), one volume of water dissolves nearly three volumes of the gas. This solution is known as chlorine water and has essentially the properties of the gas. Chlorine water is a greenish-yellow, transparent liquid, which upon exposure to light begins to undergo decomposition, hydrochloric acid and oxygen being produced.

Chlorine decomposes many organic matters by its strong affinity for hydrogen, and secondarily, by the oxidizing power of the oxygen liberated at the same time; these facts explain its powerful action as a bleaching agent and it strong disinfecting properties.

Tests. As it should only be used for homoeopathic preparations when absolutely fresh, it is not necessary to offer any tests of its purity. If the gas has been made from hydrochloric acid some of the latter may have come over in the process. A small portion of the chlorine water may be shaken with mercury in excess as long as the Odour of the chlorine can be detected, when if hydrochloric acid be present blue litmus paper will be reddened by the liquid which remains.

It was first proven by Dr. Hering.

Preparation for Homoeopathic use. The freshly prepared chlorine water, according to above formula, contains about three per cent. of chlorine gas; we take one part of it by weight and mix it with two parts by weight of distilled water.

Amount of drug power, 1/100.

Dilutions must be prepared as directed under Class V-B.

This element has been proved in form of chlorine water and tested clinically.

Clarke says, “it produces spasms and convulsions, coryza and catarrh”. Its most specific action is on the larynx producing great difficulty in exhaling. Inspiration is easy, but the air cannot be exhaled in the likeness of a typical chlorine attack.

Clinically this remedy has cured severe cases of aphthae, asthma of a specific type, catarrh, chlorosis, colds, convulsions, croup, complaints of dentition, diphtheria, gastritis, haemoptysis, impotence, laryngismus, phthisis, pleurisy, sore throat, typhus and ulcers.

Rapid emaciation is a general condition observed in the provings, also a change in the character and number of the red blood cells is produced; convulsive attacks while cutting the eye teeth, inflammation of mouth and gums rapidly going to ulceration is a feature. Acute rheumatic pains have been cured. Extreme sensitiveness of the skin with various forms of eruptions, inflammations and even ulcerations are produced and cured with this remedy. Malignant pustule, carbuncle, nettle rash with fever; skin becomes dry, yellow and shrivelled. Some striking mental states have been noted.

A. H. Grimmer
Arthur Hill Grimmer 1874-1967 graduated from the Hering Medical College (in 1906) as a pupil of James Tyler Kent and he later became his secretary, working closely with him on his repertory. He practiced in Chicago for 50 years before moving to Florida. He was also President of the American Institute for Homoeopathy.
In his book The Collected Works of Arthur Hill Grimmer, Grimmer spoke out against the fluoridation of water and vaccinations. Grimmer wrote prodigeously, Gnaphalium, Homeopathic Prophylaxis and Homeopathic Medicine and Cancer: The Philosophy and Clinical Experiences of Dr. A.H. Grimmer, M.D.