Ellis Barker J


TOBACCO, is a poison. Dogs, cats and other animals have a verit…

TOBACCO, is a poison. Dogs, cats and other animals have a veritable horror when one blows tobacco smoke upon them. However, tobacco is a great solace to the nerves; it is a pleasant poison and there is a veritable craving for tobacco among most smokers. Prisoners will lie and steal to get a little tobacco. Tobacco used in moderation is obviously useful as a sedative and preferable to bromide and other more dangerous sedatives.

On the other hand, over-indulgence in tobacco is extremely dangerous; it leads to severe gastric disturbances, affections of the liver, jaundice, and worst of all, it leads occasionally to what is called “amblyopia” a form of blindness which is very difficult to treat and often incurable. Tobacco poisoning may come on quite suddenly; tobacco abuse is apt to produce giddiness and very likely hardening of the arteries.

Inhalation of smoke is undesirable; those who draw smoke into the lungs are liable to the possibility of lung cancer.

The taking of snuff seems to be very useful for those who have very dry noses and are liable to colds beginning in the nose. It is an excellent disinfectant of the nasal passages.

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.