Nature is always trying to rid herself of unhealthy products, and manipulation, by encouraging movement in congested parts, assists the blood to throw off the poison which infects it, and drives it for refuge to the surface, which it will then try to burst through….


(This article may be taken as illustrating the Kellgren philosophy and treatment of disease.)

“In a previous issue we have endeavoured to give some idea of the nature and object of medical exercises, and we are now anxious to show the nature and object of treatment by manipulation for the cure of disease.

“In the first place, it must be remembered that all alternation in the normal condition of the body, that is to say, all forms of disease, cause the formation of morbid substances of some kind or another. The nature of these morbid products, together with the conditions which give rise to them, are too technically scientific to be dealt with in this article,-suffice it to say, that these products are, roughly speaking, either what is commonly known as matter and gas.

The formation of these naturally cause obstruction in the parts affected, to the detriment more or less of the whole system. It is equally obvious, therefore, that these obstructions must be got rid of before health can be restored.

” Where matter has formed, as in the case of wounds, abscesses, etc, it may be removed by working it to the surface and giving it an outlet there, and by dispersion.

” Most people can see the value of gently pushing matter towards the wound or boil, but many are apt to regard dispersion with disfavour. If matter formed, they say, it is far better to encourage it to tend towards the one centre, where it can discharge, than to spread the evil all over, the body by `backening’ it. It must be remembered, however, that matter is not a foreign body which has been somehow introduced into the system; on the contrary, it is a collection of legitimate products (in the first instance) which have become disorganized. As dirt has been defined as `matter out of place,’ so the morbid products of the body are legitimate constituents of the organism unlawfully congregated together. The white corpuscles of the blood, for instance, form bad matter, although they are healthy and necessary constituents of the blood when they move in a legitimate manner.

To disperse these, and to force them back to their proper spheres, is not to spread matter over the body, therefore, but to dissolve it into its original elements. Where morbid products have been formed for some time, however, processes of putrefaction ensue which render it impossible to disperse it, because the elements themselves become diseased, and it is then necessary to cause their discharge from the body. The task of deciding which method of treatment to apply is not so difficult as may be supposed, since Nature to a great extent decides the question herself. Where a wound or abscess is already formed, and shows itself plainly, it is probable the putrefaction has taken place, and, therefore, the great aim should be to promote its discharge; but if this stage has not been reached, it is sufficient simply to manipulate the place affected, thus causing movement in the obstructed tissues. If the elements of which the matter is composed are still healthy, the manipulation will loosen them from their position and drive them to their proper places; but if putrefaction has already begun, it will drive it to the surface, where it has the best chance of getting free.

It must be borne in mind that Nature is always trying to rid herself of unhealthy products, and manipulation, by encouraging movement in congested parts, assists the blood to throw off the poison which infects it, and drives it for refuge to the surface, which it will then try to burst through.

” In most diseases it is gas and not matter which forms the obstruction. This gas, which, like matter, is also a natural product of the body, increases too much in volume, and is altered in its nature by any deviation from the normal state of health, and forms a swelling, often imperceptible, in that part of the body where the disease has originated. This swelling can easily be detected by trained fingers, and is very sensitive to the touch. This power of detecting where a disease lies with the fingers is of the utmost value, because pain in often reflex, and gives no clue to the real seat of the malady. It also stands to sense that if a cure by manipulation is to be effected, the manipulator must be allowed to use his or her own discretion as to the places which are to be worked upon. It is nonsense for a patient to say, `work on my head for headache, or on my limb of rheumatism; there is no occasion to touch any other part of the body, as I am quiet well otherwise.’

James Compton Burnett
James Compton Burnett was born on July 10, 1840 and died April 2, 1901. Dr. Burnett attended medical school in Vienna, Austria in 1865. Alfred Hawkes converted him to homeopathy in 1872 (in Glasgow). In 1876 he took his MD degree.
Burnett was one of the first to speak about vaccination triggering illness. This was discussed in his book, Vaccinosis, published in 1884. He introduced the remedy Bacillinum. He authored twenty books, including the much loved "Fifty Reason for Being a Homeopath." He was the editor of The Homoeopathic World.