“What have doctors to do with souls? We are concerned only with bodies and their ailments”.
Doubtless some such querulous remark will be made, sotto voce, by more than one of my readers on glancing at the title of this paper.
The retort in kind, Yankee fashion, might be: “what has a plumber to do with the tenant of a house in which he is making some badly needed and rather expensive repairs?”.
“Who engaged the plumber to do the job? who watched him rip up his walls and floors, fumble around in dark passages, cut out and replace pieces of damaged piping clean out filth from obstructed traps and flush them, repair leaky faucets, etc., all the while wondering how much his bill will be and whether his bank account will stand it?”.
The querulous one, thinking he has me there, will probably say with a triumphant twinkle in his eye: “Much obliged for the apt analogy. It suits me to a T. Judging from their lofty ways and the size of their bills, plumbers pay just about as much respect to tenants and their proprietary rights in their dwellings as doctors do to their patients souls. Theyre very much alike, in my opinion. They both ignore the tenant, and thats my argument”.
I shall have to grant the argument, change my tactics, but stick to my proposition, to wit: that there is a tenant in the house- a soul in the body-and that his rights and feelings should be respected. Stated thus, I hope I am in position to maintain my thesis. I have at least established an analogy, thanks to my unseen friend, and that is the real purpose of this article.
Would it not be a good idea for both of them, the doctor and the plumber, to take a long look ahead and do a little serious thinking about the part played by Tenants-of the “house not built with hands,” as well as the dwelling at No. 3 New York Avenue?.
It might lead physicians to pay more attention to the subjective and functional phenomena of the individual, which, from a technical standpoint, is much needed.
In spite of their assumption of authority and independence they are both-doctors and plumbers-merely hired servants of the owner or tenant of the house, and it is he with whom they will have to reckon in the end. He foots the bills and his rights must be respected. Back of him, actually and metaphorically, stand Public Opinion, the Government and the Courts to enforce righteous laws and impose the penalties for their violation. He is a wise servant who knows his real master and treats him with due deference and consideration.
Plumbers and doctors alike, backed by their “trade unions” and favored by class legislation, form organizations which tend to become presumptuous, overbearing and tyrannical. Feeling strong in their traditions, their associations and their legal and institutional intrenchments, they think they can do pretty much as they please. Organized, or “official” medicine, dominated always from “the Inside by a few crafty politicians, avid of “power, place and self,” has steadily crept on, year after year, towards its goal of STate Medicine and complete control of the people; which means force, violence and compulsion.
That goal is nearer today than ever before, although few realize it, even in the medical profession. If any one wants confirmation of my statement let him read Senator William L. Loves recent address before the New York State Homoeopathic Medical Society.
At the same time, however, and virtually at an equal pace, The Opposition forms, organizes and grows. “Every evil contains within itself the germs of its own destruction.” The intelligent, thinking conservatives of all schools of medicine are neither blind nor asleep. They already lead and influence perhaps as large a proportion of the “unthinking” populace as do the older and more closely organized forces of “compulsory medicine.” Their power and influence are rapidly increasing, and the medical despots are very well aware of it.
The general drift of the people away from the medical profession is great and very rapid. Surveying the field covered by all the “no-drug,” non-medical, anti-medical, religious and sectarian bodies and cults, and by the various newspapers and periodicals devoting more or less space to the subjects of health, hygiene and physical culture, it has been estimated that there are now more than thirty million people in the United States who have abandoned the medical profession within the last twenty-five or thirty years. That is something to think about.
Within the medical profession itself there are large numbers of physicians who not only resent and oppose the dominance of the little cliques of political schemes who rule their organizations, but sense with alarm the danger to the true healing art inherent in the vast aggregations of capital invested in huge “medical centers,” hospitals, clinics, “research” laboratories, institutes and foundations.
They perceive more or less clearly that such institutions tend toward that pernicious state of centralization, standardization and fossilization which is the greatest obstacle to real scientific progress, and is destructive of personal liberty. With these opposing forces organized medicine is waging a constant warfare and must continue to do so. Victory for either is “in the lap of the gods,” but who can doubt than in the end American ideals will prevail?.
Dominated by a coldly materialistic underlying philosophy which does not give a thought to the soul of man, and using the analytical methods of modern physical science, medicine today dismembers, dissects and disintegrates the human body into its material elements to such an extent that all sense of human form and individuality is lost. Chemists rob the body of its form and reduce it to a few pathetic little piles of earthy substances “earth to earth and ashes to ashes.” They may also secure a jar or two of invisible gases, but the life principle, the man himself, the form and soul of him, eludes them.
“For of the soul the body form doth take;.
For soul is form, and doth the body make.” Spenser.
Histologists tear and tease organic tissue to tatters, and under the microscope scan its cells and fibers, but never succeed in bringing their formative principle into view nor in gaining any knowledge of its nature. Lacking imagination, the see connective tissue but are blind to connective principle. They clutch at the shadow but do not find or see the substance.
The habitual mode of approach to man himself is so cold-blooded, so precipitate, so essentially rough and brutal, that he is frightened away. He may submit his body for examination, but his soul retires into its citadel and refuses to reveal its secrets.
A physical examination nowadays is a fearsome thing. No wonder the average mortal dreads it. It is so complex and technical that no one man can perform it. To do it to the complete satisfaction of the directors of the Gotham Diagnostic Institutes or the Life Elongation Societies requires the use of a large building, an appalling array of equipment, and a crowd of nurses, attendants, “experts” and technicians, none of whom, you may be sure works for the love to it. Like the witty Irishman in the trench who was asked by a simpleton what he was digging for, most of them might truthfully reply as he did, “Digging for dollars, “.
From the outsiders standpoint, or even for some who are “on the inside,” there is a ludicrous side to this, as there is to everything which is carried to extremes. Much of its is totally unnecessary for the real physician, mere “grandstand play,” staged for the purpose of drawing the crowd and increasing the receipts at the box office.
Observe how, as they hustle him through the various departments, or “side-shows” of this diagnostic circus, they undress a man, inspect him, auscultate, palpate and percuss him; lay hold of and throw him down bodily; stick their fingers, probes and specula into his orifices and passages; light up his cavities and interiors and peer into them; flash a dark lantern” on him like the old-time highwayman, holding him up before a fluoroscope to watch his private internal actions; steal samples of his blood, his secretions and his excretions; ram a rubber tube down his throat and despoil his stomach of a tantalizing “test meal,” etc.; all without the slightest apparent regard for his dignity, his feelings or his pocketbook.
In short they treat him much as the inspectors of an African diamond mine treat a native laborer before he is permitted to leave the stockade at the end of his contract period. He may or may not have picked up and attempted to secrete a precious stone some-where on or in his naked, shiny person. He is considered guilty until he is proven innocent. Some of the things done to him must be left to the imagination. Suffice to say that when the inspector gets through with him, the poor wretch knows something about a “thorough examination.” He may even be a candidate for the hospital.
Funny, isnt it, when you look at it that way? Especially when you recall (if you are a followed of Hahnemann) that many of these showy, elaborate, painstaking and frequently pains giving procedures yield nothing that is of value or use in selecting the curative remedy.
The objection here, of course, is not so much to the examination itself as to the manner and spirit in which it is done, to the use made of its findings, and to the ignoring of subjective phenomena- in a word, of the man himself.
Physicians and surgeons have so long looked upon man as a machine, a physical, chemical and mechanical laboratory, than many of them have become callous. They have lost sight of the soul of man, of the individual ego, of Life and its processes, and hence have gone far astray and failed to find the key to the problem of real healing. Whether they are aware of it or not, they are denied access to the inmost citadel of life, which they try to take by force, and are baffled in their efforts.
Regarding the body only with the purblind eyes of the anatomist, the physiologist or the pathologist, they do not see the man himself at all. Nevertheless instinct tells them he is there, somewhere. They address him, talk to him, listen to him (with a stethoscope) and order him about as if they had him completely in their power and knew all about him. But the fact is they have come nowhere near him and now next to nothing about him. Pretending a skill and know next to nothing about him. Pretending a skill and night which they do not possess, they try to hide their deficiencies in true knowledge by a display of manual and instrumental dexterity which thus becomes essentially cruel and violent. It is like vivisecting a bird to learn the secret of its song.
After diagnosis comes treatment. And here, as we turn the pages of history, we are introduced into a veritable “chamber of Horrors,” from which one is fortunate to escape with his life and a whole skin, to say nothing about his internal organs, his purse and his jewellery.
In olden times when a man got sick they shut him up in a tightly closed room, smothered him beneath blankets in a bed surrounded with heavy draperies, denied him water to quench his thirst, leeched him, bled him white, poulticed and blistered him, put moxae and setons in his quivering flesh, purged him, puked him and filled him up with all kinds of fantastic compounds of deadly drugs. It was a miracle of medical art if he came through, and “a dispensation of Providence” if he did not.
Later they subjected him, amongst many other methods, to the aqueous processes of the hydropathic system. They hot and cold- packed him, not and cold-douched and sprayed him, sitz-and foot- bathed him flooded him within and without, fully persuaded that they were cleansing him of all his impurities.
Nowadays the patient is submitted to other forms of medical assault and battery. All the batteries and resources of “modern medical science” are turned upon him. He is X-rayed, violet rayed, infra-red-rayed and solar-rayed. He is radiumized, electrified and all but electrocuted. He is chlorine gassed, poison-sprayed, malignant-germed. He is immunized, proteinized, pollenized, endocrinized, serumized, inoculated and vaccinated. He is injected, scraped, scarified, and punctured with hypodermic needles. He is baked, boiled and “roasted.” He is drugged, doped and-deluded, for when all is done he is not cured, and has actually or virtually become an “addict” of one kind or another.
If these diagnosticians and doctors were as humane as the surgeons, who mercifully anaesthetize their victims before operation and studiously refrain from drugging them afterward, one could feel a little more charitable toward them. But they do not. The medical patient must “take his medicine” with as much fortitude as he can summon, smile if he can, and go his way, a victim to violence and misdirected energy. REgarding disease as an entity, something material or tangible, and not a state of imbalance, of dynamical dysfunctioning, they naturally treat it by similar means, chemically, mechanically, materially, forcibly.
The basic idea, the fundamental therapeutic principle of “Allopathy,” or orthodox medicine, is force, or violence, a maximum of means, employed in opposition and resistance.
Again this stands Homoeopathy, the therapeutic science and art of Vital Dynamics, based upon the idea of power, properly directed and flowing gently and smoothly along the lines of least resistance, in accordance with the laws of nature, using always a minimum of means directed toward the removal of opposition and obstruction and the restoration of harmony and balance.
The whole story of the failure of orthodox medicine, like that of all other divinely uninspired efforts of man to overcome the evils of humanity, may be clearly read in Genesis, one of the most ancient documents of the world. Whether it be regarded as history, drama or allegory, the truth is therein written. There we have the account of the introduction into the world, long before the dawn of history, of force, or violence, as the ruling principle of human affairs.
The writer of Genesis places the scene just outside the Garden of Eden, with Cain and Abel as the actors. Into that first”brotherhood” death entered through the passions of anger, envy, jealousy and greed, personified in Cain. He, yielding to them in the murder of his brother Able, became the prototype of violence, the personification of fear and the representative of materialism. From that primeval day to this, violence has been the ruling principle of unregenerate man and the foundation of all human law and government. From his primarily, arose all the evils, pains and penalties of humanity.
There came a time, the Record tells us, when “it repented the Lord that he had made man upon the earth, and it grieved him at his heart. The earth also was corrupt before God and the earth was filled of all flesh is come before me; for the earth is filled with violence through them; and behold I will destroy them from the earth”.
Then came the Deluge, that the ways and laws of God might be justified.
So it has been continuously down through the ages; man forever rebelling against or denying God and refusing to listen to the divine voice within his own soul; forever fearing, envying and hating his brother; forever murdering him and being destroyed by the deluge of pain, disease and death which he vainly tries to oppose by the employment of force and violence. This was and is the ground of his condemnation; that he fills the earth with violence.
No physical force that man can exert or employ, no dam or levee he can erect can hold back the rushing, all-engulfing waters of the mighty Mississippi in flood. He can only cases resisting, take to his ark and float to safety, balanced, suspended, as it were, between heaven and earth until the waters subside.
Infinitely less is man able to resist by violence and physical force the flood of sin, crime, disease and death. He exerts himself mightily in opposition, but in vain. He builds courthouses, prisons and jails. He erects gallows, guillotines and electric chairs. He appoints judges, juries and policemen. He organizes armies and navies. He builds colleges, hospitals and asylums.
He creates Health Commissions, Carnegie Foundations, and Rockefeller Institutes-all founded upon and representing, in the last analysis, the idea of force, or violence. In medicine we have the forcible palliation of pain by powerful drugs and narcotics, the attempted destruction by physical or chemical forces of the supposed material causes of disease, and “immunization” by forcibly injecting into the circulation serums, vaccines and antitoxins derived from diseased organisms.
Man makes many wonderful discoveries and does many wonderful things. For a time, in some parts of the territory, he seems to succeed and is mightily puffed up over it. Actually or metaphorically he impounds this little stream, dams that river, alters the channel of another, builds higher levees on the greatest of all, and thinks he has conquered. But the heavens are opened, the rains descend, the fountains of the great deep are broken up and all his works are destroyed in the twinkling of an eye.
There is as much crime, disease and death in the world today, proportionately and in the aggregate, as there ever was. Their forms change but the things remain, while War, the Satanic apothesis of violence, continually racks, mocks or menaces our boasted civilization in one form or another. Violence has failed and always will fail in any constructive work, for violence is always destructive.
“Men must reap the things they sow,
Force from force must always flow,
Or worse; but tis a bitter woe
That love or reason cannot change.” Shelley.
The Spirit of God by the “Still small voice” within, by the warning dispensations of Providence and by the highest attainments of true science, teaches that Love is the greatest power in the universe; that the mild power rightly directed is the most effective; that nature always accomplishes her constructive purposes with the least expenditure of force; that the Infinitesimal applied at the decisive moment is the mediating agent in every action and transformation in nature, and that the Law of the Least Quantity of Action is the corollary of the Law of the Conservation of Energy.
It seems superfluous, but may be permissible, to point out that medicine has its Noah and it “Ark of Safety” represented by Hahnemann and Homoeopathy. Hahnemann saw the futility and danger of the medical methods of his day, listened to the warning voice and proceeded to build his ark. He abandoned the idea of destroying disease by violent measures. He perceived and taught (in his vital-dynamic theory) that the solution of the problem of disease lay in the recognition of, and co-operation with, Life as the sole formative and governing principle of the organism. He recognized that life is spiritual, not material.
He taught the necessity of studying the individual as a living, thinking and feeling being; of watching his natural, vital or physiological actions and reactions to external agencies of all kinds, and of noting and using his subjective, as well as his objective, responses to medication. He took the normal, healthy organism as his standard of comparison and field of experimentation with medicines. He collected, classified and correlated his observations carefully and logically and developed a materia medica and system of pharmacotherapeutics on scientific principles.
He did his work cautiously, gently, humanely, using the smallest quantities of drugs two which the organism would react. He did not violently invade the precincts of life, making breaches in its outer walls and breaking down its defences. He sought and gained entrance to its citadel through its natural portals. He came as the ambassador of peace and harmony and was admitted without armed resistance. LAst, and not least, he discovered the principle of Dynamization and the power of the infinitesimal dose, represented today in the chemico-electrical theories of Ionization and Infinite Dilution. This made forever unnecessary the use of large dose of crude and dangerous drugs for curative purposes.
But like Noah, his primeval prototype, Hahnemann met with doubt, derision and disrespect. His orthodox medical brethren denounced him for his temerity, ridiculed his ideas, ostracized him, hampered, opposed and persecuted him in every way, seeking to destroy his influence and crush him. A few, however, entered the ark he had build and rode the waters of the deluge in safety.
The principles which Hahnemann labored and suffered to establish have been perpetuated. They have stood the test of time and experience. Slowly but steadily his ideas have permeated medicine, to be acknowledged openly or tacitly by some, appropriated without credit to their originator by others, and perverted by still others.
In his work and that of his loyal and competent followers in the field of medicinal therapeutics, coupled with the work of humane, conservative surgeons, sanitary engineers and representatives of the various non-medicinal, mechanical, mental or psychical therapeutics systems, and with hygiene, dietetics, physical culture and human morphology, lies the hope of the world for health and healing so far as it depends upon the professions. These, individually and collectively, represent “the Opposition” to the Medical Oligarchy which has so long arrogated to itself all power, privilege, wisdom and authority in medicine, and has forced upon the people methods and measures of medication which violate every principle of true healing, and lead to the physical degeneration of the race.