ON Mat 25th 1938, I was visited by Miss M.T. of london, a lady 50 years old, who complained of deafness and various other troubles. One of the most peculiar features in her case was that she could not digest fruits. In my take anything acid or alkaline because these cause an oozing eruption in the palms of your hands,”.
She had suffered from fruit intolerance ever since earliest childhood. Her father, a kind-hearted man, had arranged that as soon as fruit came on the table all the other children were to get underneath the table and there they had to eat fruit so that the child who suffered from fruit intolerance should not suffer by seeing the others eat the fruit she loved to eat and which upset her.
From time to time she had tried to eat fruit. It had always upset her completely and aggravated a very disagreeable rash, especially in the palms of her hands.
She had come to me primarily because of deafness, but I meant to treat the body as a whole before starting specific steps designed to improved her hearing provided this was possible. She was much too stout and I managed to reduce her. She has been treated with X-ray which had upset her badly. She had whooping cough terribly which had made her ill for a year, and she therefore needed Coqueluchinum.
She lived on an unsuitable diet, very largely because fruit and salads were quite intolerable to her. I gave her various medicines, particularly ARsenic 3, a dose to be taken night and morning. Arsenic is frequently indicated if there is intolerance of fruit, salading and possibly vegetables of every kind.
The day that she visited me she showed me the palms of her hands, which were covered with a nasty rash. She took up my treatment with enthusiasm. To her hesitation, and only owing to my constant urging, she tried a little fruit such as a strawberry or a fragment of apple. To her amazement the fruit agreed with her, and after a few weeks she could eat any quantity of raw and cooked fruit, even the most acid, such as gooseberries, agreed with her. After fifty years of suffering and of deprivation of the fruit she loved she was able to eat it.