Some Important Hints on Treatment.
As I have stated previously, the homoeopathic doctor and the wise lay practitioner is not much concerned with the name of the disease or disorder of which the patient complains, but with the causation of the trouble. The causation of the trouble is all important.
A nervous girl can be given bromide or luminal or some other sedative, but the sedative, however carefully chose, will be of little avail if the girls nervousness is due to grossly faulty menstruation, to self-reproaches or to0 the fact the she dances half the night and embraces herself up with cocktails, strong tea and coffee, and innumerable cigarettes.
It is useless to give reducing medicines to the obese if they eat too much or eat the wrong food. I remember a woman telling me, with tears in her eyes, that she was getting stouter and stouter although she ate so very little. I asked her: ” What do you have for breakfast ?” She sobbed, and said: ” A dry roll. ” ” What do you have for luncheon ?” She wept, and told me: “Another dry roll.” Ten I asked her what she took in the way of liquid. She took in bed two large cups of tea with plenty of milk and four or five lumps of sugar in each cup.
She took another two large cups of tea with her breakfast, another two at eleven o clock, another two with her second dry roll at luncheon. Altogether she had twelve to fifteen cups of tea with an incredible quantity of milk and a pound of sugar. I then asked her what she took between meals. It came out that she took large and expensive ices in the course of the morning, rich chocolates, etc. She had been given thyroid by her doctor, but naturally that medicine had only upset her heart.
There are some only common causes of ill-health and disease which are only too frequently disregarded by prescribers. One of the most common causes of health trouble lies in chronic constipation, which is almost universal among the civilized. The average doctor disregards this factor. If appealed to, he orders his favourite laxative. Constipation is not a triviality but is an extremely serious matter. Doctors do not take much notice of it because most doctors are themselves constipated, and therefore pooh-pooh the complaints of their patients with regard to this matter.
Constipation leads only too frequently to autointoxication, to self-poisoning. The bowel swarms with disease products, with the organisms of putrefaction cannot always be detoxicated by the body. If the trouble is very acute, the defensive mechanism breaks down, the organisms of putrefaction enter by way of the bowel finally into the blood stream and poison the whole system. The resistance of the bowel wall is considerable, but laxative and purgative are true bowel irritants. They weaken the bowel wall, and further weakening takes place if unsuitable food is eaten which weakness the power of repair.
Everyone knows some of the consequences of constipation, because the manufacturers of laxatives tell us in their advertisements that constipation leads to degeneration of the skin, a poor colour, anaemia, jaundice, pimples and diseases and disorders, malfunctioning of the liver, deep depression, pyorrhoea and forth and so on. It cannot be doubted that numerous diseases and disorders are entirely due to constipation, and it stands to reason that every disease and disorder know to medical science is bound to be greatly aggravated if the patients blood is thoroughly fouled by organisms of putrefaction.
Hippocrates, the father of medicine, stated 2,300 years ago, that insanity was frequently due to constipation, and that insane patients could be cured by vigorous laxatives. The most important section in mental hospitals is that containing those individuals who suffer from melancholia. Melancholia is almost invariably due to chronic constipation and auto-intoxication. The odour in the wards of the mental hospitals tells its own tale. When the brain cells have been destroyed by the organisms of putrefaction, then a cure is hopeless or almost hopeless, at least to the orthodox medical practitioners.
One can cure innumerable diseases and greatly relieve patients by correcting the faulty condition of the bowel. Cancer patients suffer almost invariable from bowel poisoning. As soon as the bowel is regulated patients of every kind, including cancer patients, feel greatly relieved. They become cheerful, their jaundice or pallor disappears, they become merry, gain weight, and are full of hope.
Many skin diseases can be cured by bowel regulation. In cases of inflammation of the bladder. auto-intoxication from the bowel is responsible in the great majority of cases. Instead of washing out the bladder, an idiotic procedure favoured by doctors and bladder specialists, the patient should be put on a lacto- vegetarian diet, and his chronic bladder inflammation will disappear rapidly, especially if he is given plenty of liquid.