Pneumonia is a seasonal as well as sporadic and epidemic disease. The incidence of pneumonia rises with the onset of colder weather, shorter hours of daylight, heartier meals and more frequent banquets. Outdoor activity is radically cut and indoor amusements, frequently under crowded conditions, are corresponding stepped up. “Good nourishing food” is stressed often to the point of overburdening the digestion and encumbering the blood stream. A cold is contracted and in very toxic individuals pneumonia may follow as a radical cleansing effort on the part of the constitution.
Cold germs and pneumonia germs are often unjustly accused. The blame needs to be placed where it belongs, on the shoulders of the misinformed and misguided public and, in the last analysis, upon the shoulders of the medical profession and other duly appointed custodians of the public health.
Pneumonia is almost wholly if not absolutely a preventable disease. There is almost no excuse for a case of pneumonia.
No serum or vaccine is ever needed as a prophylactic against this disease (or any other for that matter). Sane, well balanced living is all that is required in most instances and so, of course, pneumonia will continue its sporadic and epidemic visitations for many years to come.
Constitutional homoeopathic treatment is a tremendous protection against this, as well as against other forms of acute and epidemic diseases.
Sudden chilling when overheated is just the kind of exposure that will bring on pneumonia in tired, overfed individuals. Pneumonia takes a terrific toll of valuable lives every year and when a patient dies of this disease it is important that his family and his physician should know that really caused his death.
Given a case of pneumonia of any type whatever, death results generally from one or more of the following errors in the treatment and management of the patient.
4. Chilling or exposure during the attack.
The pneumonia patient should be given no food whatever except perhaps a little raw freshly expressed unsweetened fruit juice or fresh raw vegetable juice. He may have water or cracked ice to quench his thirst but he should not be forced to drink any specific quantity of water, as it might seriously overloaded and water-log his tissues and even increase pulmonary stasis and exudation.
Drugs, with the exception of the indicated, potentized remedy, can do nothing but harm. Laxatives should not be employed. Enemas may be used conservatively if necessary. Absolute rest in bed is indicated. Occasional change of position should be encouraged, but never forced except perhaps in cases of hypostatic pneumonia. Treatment and case management must be tailored to fit the needs of the individual patient. Desires, aversions and preferences must be respected within reasonable limits.
A death rate of more than five percent in pneumonia is absolutely inexcusable. Under careful homoeopathic prescribing plus sane and sensible case management, the death rate falls to definitely less than one percent and many of the cases are aborted. The patient is well so soon that nearly every one comes to the conclusion “he didnt have it”. It is the only way they can laugh it off. – E.U. JR.