[ Read before I.H.A., Bureau of Materia Medica, June 6, 1935.].
Cancer, “Chief banqueter at (deaths) feast”, the Grim Reapers most faithful ally; this is the tragic subject chosen for the paper. The star tragedian in the playhouse of disease stalks on as yet unconquered. Has no therapeutic Saint George arisen to slay this morbid pathological dragon, who strikes with relentless malevolence regardless of person ? The mighty voice of Tamagno, the greatest of all tenors, was forever silenced by the vulturous claws of this hideous monster, sinking its poisonous talons into the very organ that held countless audiences spellbound with its clarion notes.
Grover Cleveland, a truly great President, was secretly operated on aboard a private yacht in Long Island Sound in order that his highly efficient services at the chief executor could be continued. Alas, this rugged individualist, who believe in upholding the traditions of a government “by the people, for the people”, survived only a few short years.
General Ulysses S. Grant, who saved the Union, fell by the attack of this more deadly foe than he had ever encountered in battle. Dr. William Tinninghast Bull fought with his scalpel this demon of scourges for many years. He himself fell by the hand of the powerful antagonist he had failed to conquer.
Can nothing be done for those suffering from this dread disease? Although, as I said before, this malady is as yet unconquered, much can be done to relieve, and sometimes even to cure, this dreadful enemy of mankind.
Surgery, X-ray and radium are practically the only therapeutic measures used by the majority of the medical profession today. The hundreds of so-called “cures” investigated by the various cancer hospitals have proved impotent.
Surgery says operate early, at the very incipiency of the disease. Then and only then is there hope of recovery. If operated later a return of the growth is almost certain. Operations on gastrointestinal cancers, under the most favorable conditions, can promise only about two short years of life.
X-ray and radium have the power to destroy the cancer cell in the superficial epithelial variety. It is significant that they are capable of destroying lesions similar to those that they produce. They are therefore homoeopathic. If we apply a weak emanation, as would happen with a deeply situated growth, conditions would be made worse. Small doses stimulate, large doses destroy (Arndt-Schultz). After the disease has extended to the surrounding tissues and the lymph nodes have become involved, neither x-ray nor radium therapy holds out hope of curability.
It is the object of this paper, however, to tell what homoeopathy can accomplish to combat this horrible spectre which hangs over thousands of otherwise happy homes. We must be careful to make no false claims or exaggerated statements. To do so would defeat the very object that we have in view, to show that in homoeopathy lies the greatest hope of eventually conquering this disease.
We lack remedies which are capable of producing growths similar to true carcinoma. Recently three chemicals have been discovered which have produced in mice tumors similar to malignant growths. No homoeopathic provings or verifications have been made, however. I may be in a position to discuss these in a later paper. We, as homoeopaths, can do much to palliate, to prolong life, and possibly to cure some cases with the remedies already at our disposal. Many patients are seen during thirty- four years practice. The following are selected in the way of illustration.
The first set of cases comprise those in which a definite diagnosis of cancer could not be given. It has been my personal opinion that many patients successfully operated have been of this class. We could have cured them without an operation.
CASE 1. Female, age 37. Lump the size of a marble under left arm. Discovered eight months previously. Cured in six months by Phytolacca 3x.
CASE II. Female, age 45. Hard lump in left breast of two years duration. Subjective symptoms: Melancholy, depressed, trembling of the limbs, fluttering in the epigastrium, awaking suddenly at night with feeling of suffocation., etc. Lump disappeared in less than two months under Natrum mur. 30x four times daily. Lump returned in a little over a year. Conium 3x followed by Phytolacca 3x cured completely in three weeks.
CASE III. Female, age 52. Lump in breast characterized by stony hardness. Cured by Conium 3.
CASE IV. Female, age 41. History of a blow on the left breast, followed by indurated lumps. Cured in three weeks by Conium 3.
CASE V. A young lady appeared at my office in a most apprehensive state of mind. Her father had died of duodenal carcinoma. Her own doctor, an excellent prescriber, was out of town. I concentrated to treat her until he returned. She presented a lump the size of a small plum in the right breast. Considerable pain of a spreading character. I prescribed Conium 30 four times daily. I saw her again in two weeks. The pain had ceased after the first day under the remedy and the lump was much smaller. She continued treatment under her own physician.
CASE VI. Female. Lump in left breast about two inches long and one and a half inches wide. Cured in a few months by Conium 3 followed by Calcarea fluorica 6x.
I could give more similar cases, but these will suffice. Were they cancer? “Ah ! theres the rub.” They were saved from operation, however.
The following are cases in which positive diagnosis of malignancy were established.
CASE 1. Female, age 60. Hard swelling in left breast with retraction of the nipple. Thin exudation. Prescribed Conium 3 four times daily. Prompt and continued improvement, lump diminished in size and the lymphatics did not become involved. Remedy discontinued and resumed as indicated. In six months the tumor was greatly reduced in size. Phytolacca was then indicated.
The growth was very much smaller in six weeks, but I detected another in close proximity. Perhaps I had overlooked this before because of the swelling. I prescribed Iodine tincture, gtt. v in quarter glass of water, two teaspoonfuls q.i.d. A profuse discharge resulted with complete disappearance of the growths. This condition of apparent cure was interrupted by slight relapses These were controlled by Conium 2x, Baryta carb. 2x and Kali iod. 2x as indicated. Later I prescribed Conium 30 with marked success.
I did not see her for some time. During the interval she yielded to the advice of “friends” and was operated. What remained of the original tumor was removed. The pathological examinations proved it malignant.
The indicated remedy caused marked improvement for seven years which only ceased when she discontinued treatment. Her general health was always benefited by the medication. If the treatment had not been interrupted, might not a complete cure have resulted without an operation? There has been no return of the trouble, now twenty-two years later.
CASE II. Female, age 65. Indurated tumor size of a small egg, involving nipple. I decided to remove this growth to learn its true character. I made a rapid enucleation. The axillary nodes were not involved. The tumor proved to be a scirrhus. Almost as rapidly as the heads of the seven-headed Lernaean hydra reappeared after being severed by Hercules, another growth manifested itself in close proximity to the situation of the first.
I prescribed Conium 3 in repeated doses on the indication of stony hardness. The tumor disappeared rapidly. If this was simply senile degeneration, why did not the original tumor degenerate? There never was a return. She died many years later of senile cardiac insufficiency.
CASE III. Female, age 72. Inoperable mammary carcinoma of five years duration. She had been under the care of a fine homoeopathic prescriber. The growth was indurated and showed signs of breaking down. It was the size of an orange. She suffered from sharp, lancinating pains. Conium 3 stopped the pain completely. Later, the growth broke down, profuse haemorrhages appeared. Millefolium tincture, gtt. x in half glass of water, teaspoonful every five minutes.
The blood would drop after the first dose, and cease after the second. Sloughing then developed. The characteristic odor was intolerable. External deodorants (used by the family) proved valueless, Kreosote 6, later 3x, prescribed on the indications, ulceration with thin discharge and bluish color of the parts, completely removed the odor and checked the ulceration.
The patients general health would improve after each prescription. The last few weeks of her life were spent in a well-known cancer hospital. They were surprised at the result of the treatment, especially the power of Millefolium to control the haemorrhages. I treated her until the last. She died in her eighty-third year, over fifteen years after the growth was first discovered.
CASE IV. Female. Carcinoma of liver. Symptoms: Great weakness, emaciation, hunger, thirst, constipation, etc. . I prescribed Natrum mur 30x several times daily. She gained weight and improved so much that the family thought she would recover. This continued several months. I told them that no cure was possible, but that I could relieve her suffering. Finally, no remedy would improve her condition and she passed on to the inevitable end.
CASE V. Female, age 70. Severe lancinating pain in the left hypochondrium with profuse bright red haemorrhage. Nodular mass present. Kali carb. 30 controlled pain and bleeding.
CASE VI. Cancer of face. Morphine, given before I treated the patient, no longer relieved the intense burning pain. The pain was relieved by heat. Arsenicum alb. 30 brought complete relief which lasted until the end.
CASE VII. Female, age 72. Cancer of the liver. Nodular growth in the abdomen. Large doses of codeine given by previous physician produced unpleasant results. Chelidonium tincture, gtt. vii in half glass of water, teaspoonful in repeated doses, completely relieved the pain.
I improved the general condition of another liver case with Hydrastis 3x. The characteristic mucous discharge from the nose and throat was present.
CASE VIII. Female, age 65. Very malignant carcinoma just above the left breast. Constitutional involvement, no hope of recovery. Had x-ray treatments. Various remedies were given at different times according to indications. The lancinating pains were controlled by Conium 3. Aconite 3 often relieved the intense fear and restlessness. Later, when she became weak, Arsenicum 3 accomplished the same.
Sometimes Ignatia 3x was given for the hysteria. Mental symptoms developed. I prescribed Stramonium 3 with perfect success. The chief symptoms were great loquacity and desire for light, she wished the light left on all night. She gradually grew weaker but did not suffer. The homoeopathic remedy prevented this. Finally she passed peacefully to her final rest.
Some years ago it was believed, by many that cancer developed more readily in those suffering from acidosis. This conception has been reversed, those suffering from alkalosis are more prone to the disease. A slight acidosis is beneficial. I read an interesting article in the January, 1934, number of the Medical World on the acid treatment of cancer.
In conclusion, I wish to assert that although we cannot claim a universal cure for cancer, much can be done therapeutically for those suffering from this disease. Dr. Buckley, for many years connected with the New York Skin and Cancer Hospital, believed in treating the patient rather than operating. Although not a member of our school, he possessed considerable knowledge of the homoeopathic principles. He had a vast experience with cancer.
DR. GRIMMER: I want to commend the Doctors position. I am in agreement with him, especially in the proposition that homoeopathic treatment and remedies are the only things that will help to solve the cancer question.
The Doctor paints an entirely different picture from our friends of the old school. He does bring hope; at least if the case is so far advanced that we may not cure them, we can relieve their sufferings and give them a peaceful ending, without the massive doses of morphine or drugging, or the other methods the old school has to employ.
We should not criticize them for giving the things they do, when they havent the weapons we have to deal with. The only criticism I have to offer against the old school is the position they take in the face of their dismal failures. They still brand anybody else who is practicing differently, who doesnt subscribe to their methods, as a quack and a charlatan, until one wonders just who the charlatans are.
The question of potency does not need to disturb us so much. There is no doubt cures have been made with remedies from the tincture to the highest potencies. It is the question of the remedy, and every doctor must be the best judge of what he prefers to use from his experience in this work.
I think that some of our homoeopathics, notably Dr. Stearns and others, are on the road to increasing our valuable remedies for these conditions. I think we will get more searching remedies, remedies that will probably take care of cases farther advanced than we now can hope to do with our present group, because with this work we are dealing more directly with the vital processes which are, after all, more important than any chemical change that can take place, or any change of tissue.
That is where it begins; that is where the beginnings of this work are in the vital forces, and even the old school has become convinced of the inherited tendencies of families. There can be no question that cancer is an inherited condition that is handed down from generation to generation and some families are much more susceptible to the influence.
Now, the homoeopathic remedy is the only one that can reach down into the germ of the chromosomes and change inherited tendencies.
There is one more thought I want to leave and that is the power that homoeopathic remedies have if we could get our patients early enough. The real cure, the real future of homoeopathy is putting that patient in such a state of health that cancer cannot attack him, and I believe that is possible. I know it is possible from my observations, personally, and from talking with a great number of good prescribes who keep records. I know there isnt one case in a thousand who has the advantage of good homoeopathic prescribing, that will develop cancer, even in cancer families.
DR. V. E. BALDWIN: Dr. Grimmer has given you an incentive to give homoeopathic remedies. Perhaps I can recall to him several years ago I had a case with osteosarcoma behind the ear, developing secondary to an operative mastoid. I used at his recommendation Calcarea natrum fluor.
The girl had been an invalid and had spasms of a serious type and following the operation had a growth around the mastoid; that patient got sound and well and since then has been married and become the mother of children, and is in rugged health; although she has a hole back there where the old operator left, it, the other part is well.
In the last ten years I have had, I expect, as large an opportunity as anyone in my territory to prescribe for these patients because they have stayed by me. I will not take up your time but will tell you remedies and I have pictures and records with me at my hotel, of some hundred or more patients I have treated for cancer, who are at least on the way to Wellville; some are dismissed and consider themselves well.
The remedies I have used; Calcarea iodide, and I want to say this: In any type of malignancy that as hardness or involvement of glands, that case nearly always needs some form of the iodide, Cadmium iodide, Calcarea iodide, Aurum iodide, Conium and Phytolacca, for these types with glandular involvement, and especially a great deal of hardness in it.
Then there is Cadmium sulph., Calcarea fluor., and Calcarea sulph. and Hepar sulph., and Phytolacca, especially for those who have softer tissue, especially in the abdomen or along the alimentary canal.
Cadmium sulph. has been remarkable in the recovery developments in most any types of malignancy that involves the alimentary canal. It hardly ever fails to give you some help and relief along that line, especially if the liver is involved.
You will be surprised how much Chionanthus will help you, in a higher potency, by the way, or Chelidonium, beginning in the lower potency and going upward. It has been tremendously helpful and I believe I have positively cured cases with the use of these remedies.
I want especially to mention this matter: So many patients come to you sent by other men, or from other institutions who claim to have cancer, who really dont have cancer. They have some form of tertiary syphilis or some outbreak of a syphilitic miasm, and in several instances I have had patients referred to me who were positively cured by Syphilinum.
Then there are Arsenicum iodide. and Phytolacca, and Asterias rubens, in those cases where you suspect malignancy, which may not be that, but tuberculosis.
I have a picture of a patient with me, here. This patient came to me with a whole breast involvement, not deep, superficial, clear out under the arm and across the breast bone. You could never two or three layers with your hand. She had been to Indianapolis and was tested out at a laboratory and they said she had cancer. She got well on Asterias rubens. It took two years, but I stuck to it to the end, and she was cured finally by the action of that remedy.
I have a patient coming to me who had radium used over the abdomen and developed a radium burn which the doctor who had been using the radium said he thought had turned into cancer. This is over two years ago. This patient got Phosphorus C.M. in the beginning, with some improvement.
I learned something in working on that patient. She wanted something to relieve the burning. She had become intolerant to the touch of her clothes over it, and Phosphorus didnt relieve it at all, so I tried several kinds of ointment. Every time I tried an ointment with a mineral in it, I dont care what it was, it irritated the surface and made the trouble worse.
I finally saturated cloths with pure tincture of Calendula, and you would be surprised what happened. She got along fine and a little later I gave her a series of radium from the 30 up to CM., and that woman is perfectly comfortable, the redness is gone and she seems to be recovered.
DR. GRIMMER: Cadmium iodide will take that out.
DR. BALDWIN: Maybe I am giving the credit to the radium. I gave her Cadmium iodide and following the Phosphorus, and since then radium– nearly a year.
DR. GRIMMER: The three remedies I find the best antidotes to compare with for radium burns are Phosphorus, Fluoric acid, and Cadmium iodide.
Dr. BALDWIN: She has practically recovered from her inconvenience and trouble.
Dont forget Hydrastis in those stomach cases, especially where there is lots of burning and disposition to vomit, and intolerance to food, especially more suffering when hungry, how much Hydrastis will relieve them.
I am especially interested in cancer and anything that can be given me here while I am here, that will be a help to my patients I will appreciate and anything I can give to you while I am here I will be mighty glad to be of service.
DR. BOGER: I want to mention that I havent heard this touched on here — it is one thing to remove a cancerous growth, and it is something better possibly to remove the toxemia which remains afterward.
As has been hinted, a good many cases of so-called cancer are syphilis, especially with cancer blood. I had a case a few years ago in the left ear like the one you mentioned. It did not do well. I am satisfied today it was a case of syphilis, because she had a child and the child was an imbecile.
I prescribed a few times for the child and didnt make progress to suit me; and I came to the conclusion that it needed a dose of Syphilinum. The child has been getting better ever since and making wonderful progress on the Syphilinum. I am satisfied I should have had the blood examined for syphilis instead of trying to cure for cancer.
DR. BALDWIN: I want to show you a picture to illustrate that point. You see how that mans nose is eaten out –a case sent from the laboratory for cancer is often nothing but syphilis, and Syphilinum and Calcarea iodide, and Aurum iodide saved that man for nearly ten years.
DR. ALFRED PULFORD: I have a little article here that I am sure will interest everybody interested in cancer. I will be brief.
“Readers of the Truth Teller will doubtless be glad to have the opinion of the Medical Times (London), April, 1935, on the subject of cancer research, which is as follows:.
“We submit that cancer research is being conducted on wrong lines. Our opinion is confirmed rather than shaken by a perusal of the Eleventh Scientific Report of the Imperial Cancer Research Fund which has been recently issued. We agree with Dr. Lockhart Mummery, the well known surgeon, when he says that a very real danger to the best interests of cancer research is a tendency for animal experimentalists to get out of touch with the surgeon and pathologist who are dealing with the disease in human beings.”.