Some years ago a patient of Dr. William Tod Helmuth, Sr., related the following to me: “I had been advised that I needed an operation and called on Dr. Helmuth to arrange for the same. After hearing my symptoms, the doctor said, There are two ways to cure you, one is by an operation; the other is by the homoeopathically indicated remedy. We will choose the latter”.
Our stumbling-block is not always the failure to select the right remedy, but our lack of faith in the power of the dynamized drug. Why should we be afraid to give potencies to our patients? Why should we speak in whispers of having made cures with high potencies? The chances are they will not be cures in the true sense unless we have used potencies.
Another long interval elapsed. Then Mrs. M. came to the office and told me she had passed at least a half a cup-full of gravel and had been free from all symptoms. The menses had ceased shortly after her visit in January without flushes or discomfort. She received one more dose of Sars. CM. on Jan.25, 1929. Unfortunately some of the urinary analyses have been lost.
The following proving of Ruta was made from collected observations. As with other potentised drugs I write up, under the different heads, my findings over a period of years, a mass of data is gradually built up. In passing I have often made a short proving on one human being. The health and well being of that person in always enhanced.
In the ancient wisdom the elements, and particularly the metals, have a special place, being connected with the planets. Many of the metals we use and stress – Aur., Arg., Hg., Ferr., Cupr. – but some which theoretically should be as important do not come into their own in our knowledge and prescribing. For instance, the subject of this paper, Stannum, or tin.
It was about eleven oclock and I thought I would go up. I gave a dose of Mercurius sol. CM., and I didnt hear anything more from him for about two weeks and then she called again and said he seemed to have a swelling over his right, that is, the first ear, that I hadnt seen, so I went up and sure enough there was a fluctuating swelling just above or just behind the ear and well up above the mastoid.
Among the list of patients sent was a very case of eczema, especially marked on the hands. The hands were a disgusting sight, cracked and oozing profusely a sticky gluey fluid. He was a printer by trade, also book binder, and his hands were blue with ink most of the time. Under Graphites 1M. he made a splendid recovery.
In this condition an ounce of prevention is worth many pounds of cure. Do not hurry the third stage of labor; wait for the spontaneous delivery of the placenta, do not puss on the cord or press the uterus in any fashion that might produce an indentation.
The principle or law of similars is simple and easy of demonstration and yet from Hippocrates to Hahnemann and from Hahnemann to our own time the antipathic mode of treatment has chiefly held sway, perhaps because it is attuned more closely to the innate contrariness of human nature.
Prostatic cases are so often referred to the surgeon because the doctor has failed to sufficiently relieve the patient with his remedies, and in cases of gonorrhoea they resort to injections and other drastic measures rather than depend on their potentized remedy. Surgery today is not so uniformly bad as it was in the day when the whole gland was removed.