In every case of nerve weakness we must carefully enquire not only into the occupation of the patient, his inheritance, etc., but also carefully study the patients diet. In most cases it will be found that the diet is a highly artificial one, that the patient lives principally on refined foods from which the essential elements have been abstracted, with a view to making the food more attractive to the eye, more easy to chew, etc.
The conquering soldiers of Rome and Sparta, the athletes and wrestlers of Greece, also abstained from flesh meat, and thousands of vegetarians of long experience in this country can testify that they are happier, healthier and more vigorous than when they fed on animal flesh, not forgetting the wonderful testimony of Sir Issac Pitman, the inventor of phonography, one of the hardest worked men of the last century, who at the time of his death had abstained for fifty eight years.
Consumption is curable in its early stages, but delay may be fatal. Some forty years ago a young man, living in the neighbourhood of Wakefield, showed all the signs of consumption. Since he was bleeding from the lungs Ferrum phos. was prescribed and the bleeding was immediately stopped. His strength was recovered and soon he became a picture of health.
Fifteen tablets of Silicea 100x to each quart of water was sprayed over and under the leaves, and some round the roots. Within fifteen days the evidence of improvement was apparent. No further brown tracery appeared, new growth accelerated. The plants are now tall and upstanding with those springy full leaves that denote health, and they are my husbands pride.
Owing to the insufficient quantities of lime in the human body, for which the modern refined foodstuffs and the calciprivic drinking water are responsible, the cells of the glands do not contain enough calcium, leading to degeneration of the gland structure, especially in young persons. If the requisite mineral substances, more especially lime salts and silicium salts, are supplied sufficiently early, an improvement in the physical condition will become manifest promptly.
Fasting is probably the most potent treatment of the nature curer. A strict and prolonged fast is extremely searching. The body, which is deprived of food, melts down the substance of the patient, but it does not do this indiscriminately. It singles out those parts of the body which are more or less useless. If an individual is fasting, the superfluous fat is melted down to keep the body alive.
Could I discover which remedy was indicated ? I was told that the pains came on before the period was due; they were so bad that the girl could not go to work, could neither eat anything nor sleep; she cried with the pain and rolled about the floor in agony. On further questioning I learned that the pains were left-sided and began to get better once the flow was established. My mind flashed back to the case of which I had read of being cured with Lachesis.