AT the back of the cavity of the mouth to the right and left of the tongue there are two round lumpy excrescences called the tonsils. The existence of the tonsils is, as a rule, disregarded until there is a feeling of discomfort. The tonsils are small organs which are meant to swell and decrease like the glands at the side of the neck. If they become considerably enlarged they create an unpleasant sensation and they may make swallowing difficult.
When we have a feeling of physical discomfort we are apt to go to the doctor. If we complain about a sense of fullness and heat at the back of the throat, the doctor will look into our mouths and will say : The tonsils must come out.” Doctors and surgeons look upon local conditions as if they were purely local, as if they needed only local treatment, as if every part was an independent entity which led a life totally apart from the body as a whole.
Every year millions of tonsils are cut out by doctors and surgeons throughout the civilized world. That operation has become a mania very profitable to the medical profession but very disadvantageous to the people as a whole. Doctors and surgeons tell us that the tonsils are of no particular use and that they should be cut out as soon as there are indications of abnormality such as swellings and more or less unimportant septicity.
The tonsils are not unnecessary structures but they are apparently organs of elimination. If one rubs some Indian ink on the gums the black colour appears after a little while on the tonsils. The black substance has been absorbed by the gums, has gone into the blood stream and is excreted by the tonsils.
We know far too little about the functions of the tonsils. I have seen large numbers of people who have cursed the day when their tonsils were taken out. They have never felt well since. On the other hand there are people who enthusiastically proclaim that ever since they underwent tonsillectomy they felt in much better health and no longer suffered from colds, etc. Excisions of the tonsils, like so many other operations, are somewhat speculative. Sometimes they do good, sometimes they do harm.
At any rate it has become clear to many thinking doctors that the reckless excision of tonsils by the thousand is an outrage. I have seen doctors examine the mouths of children at school, and say in about fifty per cent. of the cases, “The tonsils must come out.” It is amazing that parents are foolish enough to obey these directions made without sufficient knowledge.
I have a very large clientele. I have seen an enormous number of patients who complained about enlarged or septic tonsils, but so far I have never found it necessary to have any tonsils cut out. In practically all cases the trouble can be cured without operation. After all, providence knew what she was doing when creating the human body. There is not a superfluous organ or structure. We do not know the exact functioning of the tonsils, and therefore tonsils are cut out with the same recklessness with which appendixes are operated upon.
There are specialists engaged in appendix operations who demand that the appendix should be cut out as a routine measure. There have been abdominal surgeons who have demanded that all colons should be cut out, there have been kidney specialists who have demanded that all kidneys should be stitched up, etc. Some specialists are a danger to the community.
I, personally, have had enlarged tonsils all my life. Occasionally they have given a little trouble, but they have always adjusted or re-adjusted themselves, and I have always disregarded the recommendations of medical men who have looked down my throat and have advised that a tonsillectomy should be effected.
Homoeopaths are not in favour of unnecessary operations. In most homoeopathic text-books we find directions how to cure enlarged or septic tonsils. It is quite an easy matter if we look at the body as a whole, not merely at the enlarged or septic tonsils. In some of the homoeopathic text-books I have read statements that 90 per cent. of all tonsils can be cured homoeopathically. I am inclined to think that the true proportion is either 99 per cent. or 99.9 per cent.
The average homoeopath looks only at the tonsils and recommends treatment in accordance with the symptoms observed in the tonsils. I have found it necessary in the case of diseased tonsils to study the condition of the body as a whole, and then one can deal successfully with tonsils of every kind however badly diseased they may be, and however emphatically their immediate removal is urged by distinguished throat specialists.