A FRIEND of mine has often a tilt at science. He is a man of more than ordinary intelligence and a keen Bible student. He believes, however, that the scientist, although multitudes accept his statements, is not to be trusted and a veritable enemy of the Christian faith. Indeed, he holds that the drift from the churches is largely due to rationalism and the effusions of popular writers.
It is difficult to convince my friend that science is simply systematized knowledge. True, it is often associated with unproven theories, yet the two are distinct entities. Unfortunately, multitudes do not discern the difference between fact and theory and so opponents rise up to condemn seekers of truth whose enthusiasm often them their life.
Rudolph Virchow, the worlds greatest cellular pathologist, regarded as unscientific the medicine of his day. In a lecture to his medical classes he stated that the human body was simply a collection of cells and that the treatment of disease should be directed to the individual cells. This statement, at the time, was revolutionary. It, however, set professor Moleschott and Dr. Schussler to investigate.
They found that the body contained organic salts, the presence of which essential to health and vigour. These were vital-the lack of any caused disease. On the other hand, that by supplying these missing salts enabled the cells again to function and restored the system to a healthy condition. Thus the foundation of biochemistry was laid. It was not a mere theory and was bound to impress futures students of medical science.
Of course, biochemists do not disregard “conditions”. All practitioners know the importance of sunshine, open air, diet, baths and other methods for keeping the body in health. Even the leaders of so-called “Nature cure”- Dr. Lindlater and Dr. Stanley Davidson- however, recognized its inadequacy in many cases and did not hesitate to use homoeopathic and biochemic remedies.
It might be argued that since the twelve tissue salts are minerals they are injurious to the system. By trituration they are made colloidal and the system can appropriate them without any injury. If they were in any way poisonous the iris would indicate the fact in a similar fashion in which it reveals Mercury, ARsenic and other drugs. The iris proves conclusively that neither homoeopathic nor biochemic medication is poisonous and perfectly safe though given to a child.
Again, it might be said, “How can twelve tissue salts remedy the numerous diseases to which we are liable?” Schussler would answer, “Because they are essential and all other medication is simply palliative or suppressive.” We can go farther to-day and point out that even plants require practically the same elements as ourselves for the building up of new tissues.
Professor Parsons in his excellent book entitled “The Materials of Life”, shows it is possible to grow plants in water by adopting the following formula:.
Potassium nitrate. 1.0 gram.
Sodium chloride (Natrum mur.) .5 gram.
Calcium Sulphate.. .5 gram.
Magnesium Sulphate .5 gram
Calcium Phosphate .5 gram.
Ferrum Chloride a trace
(Enough if an iron nail in the solution.)
Water 1 3/4 pints.
A two-pound jam-jar is a convenient vessel in which to carry out the experiment. A plant of any kind can be used, but a young wallflower seedling is suitable.
It is not denied that minute particles of copper, zinc and other elements get into the tissues of all organisms. But they do not affect healthy cells. A distinguished biochemist in a recent publication remarks that even antimony and arsenic are useless for cell-building and have no effect than toxic on the human organism.
Are the clinical results of biochemists more effective than those of orthodox medicine? Decidedly. Several patients have come under my own treatment who for two, three and more years have had the “best advice” of Harley Street physicians and specialists who have failed to give relief. As a last resort these patients- chiefly belonging to the professional classes-have sought the help of biochemistry and after a few weeks treatment have given fulsome praise of the tissue salts.
Moreover, Dr. Carey states that “hundreds of eminent physicians” have given time and experience to make his text-book complete. Their records are most striking. In short, biochemistry is the logical and scientific way of assisting Nature with its own materials to build up a healthy body and in the future the system is bound to secure the acceptance of every unprejudiced investigator.