CASE I-REVERSE PERISTALSIS AND STOPPAGE OF THE BOWELS.
My wife, aged 79, has been critically sick with stoppage of the bowels, intense nausea and faecal vomiting. This began about six weeks ago. Several times she vomited two quarts of faecal matter with fluid. No stool for over two weeks. No food at all by mouth for over two weeks. Three different times we all thought she was passing out. I called in a local doctor who suggested normal salt solution with glucose injections in the thighs. This I feel sure sustained her, supplied liquid to the system and food, and saved her life, but did nothing toward relief of the severe trouble. Opium, though it is the only remedy Kent gives in black faced type under faecal vomiting, did no good at all.
Nux vomica and other carefully selected remedies were likewise useless. The books gave no help which is usual in such cases not commonly met with. I searched and studied everything. I went through old books (generally the best) and journals. Finally I found under Cocculus indicus “reverse peristalsis”. It has stoppage of the bowels, nausea and vomiting, but not faecal vomiting. I gave her the 9M (F), four doses and lo! a miracle. Nausea and vomiting stopped at once and has not returned since. After a few hours she felt something give way in the abdomen and move down with relief of the bloat, and relief in general.
After a few hours the bowels called for action and she passed thin fluid with flakes of faecal matter. The bowels have continued to move with the help of enemas. She has had no faecal vomiting since, and only once slight nausea from food. She did pass a lot of gas from time to time. Finally I gave her syrup of pepsin with excellent results. She is now very much better, her mind running on food, which is very hard to select as her stomach and bowels are very sensitive.
I add to Kents list of faecal vomiting Cocculus indicus.
In sixty years of practice I have never seen such a case, although i have had cases of faecal stoppage of bowels from constipation, usually easily remedies. The right remedy acts promptly and surely and frequently saves life with one foot in the grave and the other near the edge. Never give up the ship, keep studying and searching as you may find the right remedy. The consulting doctor and all who saw the patient said nothing could be done, that death was inevitable, but the right remedy did the trick and saved the patients life. My wife is now up and about and nearly normal. It was really a miraculous cure.
CASE II- IMPETIGO CONTAGIOSA.
ADAM F. WEISS, M.D.
On Sunday evening, July 18, 1931, the writer was called by phone about 10 oclock. The party at the other end of the line talked excitedly and stated that her baby was seriously ill and was dying, and that the doctor who had been attending the child was out of town. The sick baby, 10 months of age, was in a fine state. The entire face, neck, portions of the scalp, cervical region of the back, chest, ears, parts of the arms and thighs were covered with crusts and dried blood, to which had been applied a black ointment which I presume was ichthyol. My allopathic friend should have known better and at least have made use of ammoniated mercury.
The nose was hardly discernible due to the crusts. A brilliant red stain was left behind on the skin by the eruption, a symptom noticed on the following day. The baby was also receiving pills and a liquid medicine. I have forgotten the dosage of these, but its small body was being overwhelmed by large doses of medicine. On further examination the pulse was found to be 160, respiration 40, temperature 99.2 degrees. The baby was crying and fretting, perspiring and worse from sleep. It also picked its nose and face.
The mother stated that the baby had eczema on the face and neck at the age of four months. Due to the black ointment I was unable to make a diagnosis. Having ascertained that there was no immediate danger the mother was told to discontinue all medicines and clean the child well with soap and warm water. I left two powders of Saccharum lactis, one to be given that night and one in the morning and promised to return the next morning. The eruption had been present for four days and was gradually spreading.
On the following morning a true picture presented itself. The parts affected were covered with thin, yellow, lamellated crusts, the color of which could not be seen the previous evening. There was little itching and no inflammation. When these crusts separated a slightly excoriated surface remained with a a brilliant red stain. There was still a moderate fever. On questioning the mother told me that the eruption appeared in crops and was vesicular, that the vesicles grew and were concerted into flat, slightly umbilicated pustules varying in size, some of which were observed. In a few days they dried up with yellow crusts. The babys condition was worse at night, it did like milk, had cold feet, the pulse was 176, with respirations at 40.
This condition did not seem to be eczema as the pustules are deeper, more confluent, excite intense itching and are associated with inflammation and infiltration of the surrounding skin. The pearly white scales or eczema were not in evidence.
Gave more Sac. lac. and went home to study the case. The symptoms which stood out were the sore, raw parts, the crossness of the child, the persistent picking of the nose and face until the parts bled. In this case the significant symptoms appeared to be the brilliant red stain left behind by the eruption, which symptom finally decided the remedy. Nitric acid, Arsenic, Merc. cor., and Arum triphyllinum were studied. The General Analysis and A Synoptic Key of the Materia Medica by Dr. C. M. Boger was consulted.
While at the home the mother telephoned that she had two vesicles, one on either wrist, which showed the eruption to be contagious. This was later borne out as a little girl, age 7, contracted the same eruption from handling the baby. A diagnosis of impetigo contagiosa was made. Arum triphyllinum MM was given, seven doses, one night and morning. The mother was distinctly told to apply nothing to the childs skin.
One week later I saw the child again, a new child. The affected parts had almost all cleared up, leaving behind the brilliant red stain. However, as some new vesicles had made their appearance, six further doses of Arum triphyllinum MM, night and morning, were given. In four days, July 31, 1931, no further signs of the eruption were present although the skin was still slightly red in parts.
There has been no further recurrence, but I have been told that the old eczema has again appeared on the childs and neck.
CASE III-IMPETIGO CONTAGIOSA.
This seven year old girl, above mentioned, was infected by the above baby. The eruption appeared on the right forearm, right ring finger and left leg. The history and appearance of the eruption made the diagnosis easy. I saw this girl four days after beginning treatment on the baby, July 19, 1931. Other symptoms were: Perspiration around the head in bed at night, fidgety, unable to concentrate, poor appetite and a craving for meat. She received six doses of Arum triphyllinum MM, night and morning. I saw her again July 27. The eruption was still present on the right forearm and right ring finger. The left leg was clear but six large boils had appeared on the lower flexure of the left knee. She received six further doses of Arum triphyllinum MM, night and morning.
On August 8, 1931, she came back with a large sore on the right forearm, flexor surface, having the appearance of a ring worm and two new spots of impetigo on the left forearm, flexor surface, and on the left palm. The right knee appeared to have a ring worm eruption. A small eruption was developing on the skin below the lower lip. the boils on the flexure of the left knee were clearing up. At this time she received Sac. lac. In about two weeks time all the old eruption had disappeared but there was now an eruption around the lips consisting of light yellow glistening crusts. She was kept on Sac. lac. and in about ten days all signs of eruption had vanished.
CASE IV-FACIAL ERYSIPELAS.
OTHON JOHNSON, M.D.
Mrs. S.B.de G., 22 years old. On June 9, 1931, I was called to attend her on confinement. She had a very fine boy half an hour later. Five days before delivery she had developed a facial erysipelas. Two days after delivery she began with symptoms of puerperal sepsis. There was high fever, filiform and rapid pulse, foetid lochia, chills beginning in the legs, extreme anxiety, pains augmented by movement. I at once prescribed Pyrogenium 30.
The temperature began to go down, but two days later she began with a peritoneal reaction. Hypersensibility and fiery heat of the abdomen, temperature very high, abdominal tympanitis, hiccough, face bright red and carotids pulsating, etc. I prescribed Belladonna 60. These symptoms disappeared the next day and i went back to Pyrogenium.
In less than fifteen days, all symptoms had entirely disappeared. She has since been confined twice normally.
CASE V- UTERINE FIBROID.
MRs. M.B.R., 35 years old. On Oct. 18, 1928, she came over to see me with a fibroid uterine tumor. She had been told by several well known allopathic gynecologists that an operation was necessary and that she would probably lose her uterus. One of my clients who had been treated for a small ovarian tumor had told her to see me. She did not believe in homoeopathy but was afraid of the operation and so was willing to try our system of treatment.
She had very painful and profuse menses, which appeared every eighteen or twenty days, profuse leucorrhoea, like the white of an egg, colic, a blown-out feeling and diarrhoea before the menses but very constipated during menses. She had had two babies, the last one eight years ago.
I examined her and found sycotic excrescences on her genitals, the cervix ulcerated and a fibroid tumor about the size of an apple. She told me she had been vaccinated several times so I prescribed Thuja 30, twice a day.
Oct. 20. The warty excrescences were disappearing. I repeated Thuja 30.
Oct.28. The warty excrescences had entirely disappeared, her blown out feeling was worse, so I prescribed Bovista 3, frequently, and repeated it several times.
February 20, 1929. The blown-out feeling had entirely gone, the diarrhoea before menses had disappeared, the leucorrhoea was diminished, the tumor was a little smaller, there was less constipation, but she had hard colicky pains. I prescribed Colocynthis 6, every two hours.
March 2. The pains had disappeared and the tumor was still diminished, but the blown-out feeling and diarrhoea before the menses had come back, so I went back to Bovista 3. I repeated Bovista several times and the bowels began to work freely again.
April 28. The tumor was diminishing, the blown-out feeling was going away rapidly, the leucorrhoea had increased and changed color and I kept on with Bovista.
July 31. I was called to see her at her home, she had a profuse haemorrhage, which increased at the least movement. I gave her Trillium pend.3.
August 2. The haemorrhage had entirely disappeared. She had a heavy headache and thought the skull was going to burst, extreme debility, roaring sound in both ears. I prescribed China off.3.
August 10. Blown-out feeling worse and the leucorrhoea had come back profusely, but the tumor had diminished and I went back to Bovista, which I repeated several times.
Sept. 29. She had a sick headache and was very constipated, on awaking she vomited, was hungry with aversion to food, so I prescribed Nux vom.3.
Oct. 10. Bowels work freely, no vomiting, no headache, appetite good, tumor the size of an egg. I went back to Bovista, which I repeated several times.
December 6. She came over to see me and told me that the day before she had had very terrible labor pains and a feeling as if something was coming out of her uterus. She went to the toilet and passed something which she brought to show me. It was small fibroid tumor ths size of a pigeons egg. There was a small haemorrhage when she passed the tumor and her cervix was open.
On November 29 i was called to attend her on confinement.
Two allopathic doctors, members of her family, were periodically examining her and they were surprised that homoeopathy could accomplish such a miracle. I expect to be able to convert at least one of them to homoeopathy.
Mr. P.R., age 38 years. He is a miner and came to see me on April 15, 1930. My diagnosis was pulmonary tuberculosis. His symptoms were: Hollow, dry cough, with bloody, mucous expectoration, dyspnoea, emaciated and rapidly falling away. He had gone down four kilograms in less than two months. There was high fever from six oclock in the afternoon until midnight, with profuse sweating, insomnia, pulse 95. On examination I found that the apex of the left lung did not expand and the vesicular breathing was diminished. He had difficult breathing. I prescribed Bacillinum 500, a dose every fifteen days.
May 16. The dyspnoea had diminished, the expectoration showed no blood, he had slept well lately, the fever had gone down considerably and he was feeling constitutionally better. I repeated Bacillinum 500.
June 2. The dyspnoea had disappeared, the expectoration was scanty, the cough less and there was no fever. I repeated Bacillinum.
July 1. I found the vesicular breath sounds and the expansion of apex normal. He coughed only when he breathed cold air in the evening and sometimes on rising from the bed. There was no fever, no pain and no expectoration.
The next day he went back to the mine. Some of relatives tell me lately that he has gained from five to six kilograms and that he feels another man.
One should be extremely careful in making a diagnosis of pulmonary tuberculosis on cases of such short standing without the confirmatory evidence of the microscope and x-ray. ED.
CASE VII-HYPERTROPHIC CIRRHOSIS OF THE LIVER.
CARLOS ROJAS S., M.D.
Mr. J.G., age 45 years, a railroad watchman. He had been drinking hard for many years, so much so that he was drunk at least twice a day. I was called to see him on October 21, 1927. He had a severe pain in the hepatic region, his liver pressed out the false ribs, the conjunctivae were slightly yellow, there were flushes of heat to the head and sometimes all over the body, anorexia, sinking feeling in the stomach, haemorrhoids with violent itching, diarrhoea and constipation alternating, and scanty urine. A diagnosis of hypertrophic cirrhosis of the liver was made, and I prescribed Sulphur 200.
On November 3rd he came to see me again. The pain in the hepatic region was better, his liver was still large, the flushes of heat had disappeared, the anorexia still persisted, the sinking feeling in the stomach was better, the haemorrhoids were better, there was no diarrhoea but he was very constipated and every time he evacuated the bowels he was not satisfied, the urine was less scanty. On account of the alcoholic origin of the trouble I prescribed Nux vomica 30.
On November 3rd he came to see me again. The pain in the hepatic region was better, his liver was still large, the flushes of heat had disappeared, the anorexia still persisted, the sinking feeling in the stomach was better, the haemorrhoids were better, there was no diarrhoea but he was very constipated and every time the evacuated the bowels he was not satisfied, the urine was less scanty. On account of the alcoholic origin of the trouble I prescribed Nux vomica 30.
November 28. Everything a little better. Nux vomica repeated.
December 23. No pain at all in the hepatic region, liver nearly normal in size, no sinking feeling in the stomach, appetite good, haemorrhoids better, evacuation of the bowels every day but still a little constipated, urine normal. Sick headaches had appeared, so I repeated the Nux vomica 30.
January 19, 1928. Has felt well since the last medicine but two days ago he had had a sick headache, blurred vision, had appetite, burning sensation along the digestive tract with coldness of the whole body, mouth and tongue felt scalded. The liver was normal in size and slightly sensitive to touch. Iris versicolor 30.
He later reported that he had had no more trouble with his liver had given up drinking.
CASE VIII-CERVICAL ADENITIS.
J.M., a boy of 9 years, came to see me July 10, 1928. There was a scrofulous diathesis. His cervical glands were enlarged and indurated, they felt soft and movable. There were no other symptoms. Lapis albus 12.
August 2. The glands were reduced one-half in size and were less indurated. Since the last visit he had had night sweats, sour eructations, stomach hard and distended, craving for undigestible foods, diarrhoeas with undigested stools. Calc.carb.6.
September 5. His mother said that after a week the glands, diarrhoea, sour eructations and sweats had disappeared, but she wanted a tonic for him as his nutrition was impaired. Calc.carb. 30, once a day.
March 1929. He came to see me for a cold. I scarcely knew him he had improved so much.
Miss M.R., age 18, came to see me May 2, 1930. She was a chloro-anaemic girl with marked plethora. Her limbs were always cold, her face hot and flushed. There were congestive headaches with a hammering sensation, and she always felt extremely tired. Her menses were always very profuse and lasted too long, intermittent only for a few days sometimes. She had a profuse milk leucorrhoea which was corrosive. Ferrum met. 30.
June 8. Feeling much better. Limbs less cold, flushes nearly disappeared, last menstruation less profuse and appeared three weeks after the previous one but lasted only four days, leucorrhoea the same. Repeated Ferrum met.
July 11. Less tired. Last menstruation on time, leucorrhoea a little less, limbs scarcely ever cold, no hot flushes. The last menstruation, however, was very painful and she had neuralgic pains in her ovaries and a rheumatic pain in her back. Bones very painful and very nervous. Actaea racemosa 30.
August 11. Last menstruation normal, no pain at all, and she felt like a new girl. Two days before she had an attack of diarrhoea probably due to eating too much pork. The stool changed color every time her bowels moved, and she had and evacuation after eating. Her mouth was dry but she was not thirsty, the tongue was white. Pulsatilla 6.
Since this time she has been perfectly well.
J.W. WAFFENSMITH, M.D.
On the occasion of my recent visit to Guadalajara, Mexico, in 1931, my attention was directed to several specimens of a small worm in alcohol, about one inch in length and the thickness of a hat pin. The name of the worm was Arlome. The information given herewith was supplied by Drs. J.F. Gonzalez and Ignacio Montoya of Guadalajara.
Being of the same color as the leaves upon which found, it can be discovered only at night through the phosphorescent glow when stepped upon. The sting results in certain delayed death, and the only known antidote is a native herb growing in the same locality and called “Yerba contra Arlome” (Herb against Arlome). The leaves of this herb are steeped by the natives and applied locally. If this is done promptly a cure is assured. When the poisoning is advanced no remedy has been found to cure.
A trituration of nine, Arlome worms was made with one-half ounce of sugar of milk, the entire amount given to a dog, and convulsions and death resulted within an hour.
This worm is found in humid and obscure places and in the higher altitudes in a nearby range of mountains. It is of a pale yellow color and has some moisture which is quickly absorbed by the skin and at once the burning and itching begins. A red spot appears, increasing in circumference and in intensity of itching. In six or seven days the inflammation has become severe. Chills and constant fever are found, and headache. In ten or twelve days yellowish pus forms. There is a rosary formation of phagodenic ulceration, gangrene and sloughing of the affected part, great pain, burning and paralysis. If not treated early with the Yerba contra Arlome certain death results.
The entire worm has been triturated and potentized by Boericke and Tafel. I had mislaid the above information at this time and Boericke and Tafel labelled it Mexican Bug.
NEW HAVEN, CONN.