Read before the Homoeopathic Forum, held at Glendale, Calif., Feb. 1, 1943, and sponsored by the Homoeopathic Laymens Association of Southern California. Reprinted from the April, 1943, Pacific Coast Homoeopathic Bulletin.
Mr. Chairman, members of the Southern California Homoeopathic Laymens Association, and friends of homoeopathy:.
I am happy to have the privilege of appearing on this program for a few minutes to tell you something about a fascinatingly simple, yet scientific method of helping you recover your health when you are ill, and, if used as an “ounce of prevention,” to keep you well. I refer to the procedure of medical treatment known as homoeopathy.
Some of you are well acquainted with homoeopathy and what this type of medical treatment, without the use of any strong drugs, has meant to you and your family; but to many others, the name is unfamiliar. In the past twenty-five years many fads have come and gone, and their LACK of permanency is proof that there was nothing worthwhile in them. So it is with many things relating to our health and the preservation of it.
Homoeopathy is not a fad. This year it will celebrate its 163rd anniversary, and physicians all over the world are deeply conscious of the fact that the homoeopathic procedure of treatment is essentially the same as it was when first discovered. The fact that its basic principles have withstood 163 years of usage among the sick of all ages and nationalities is incontrovertible proof that homoeopathy utilizes a natural law of Cure which is as changeless as the law of gravity.
Some may say, “But what isnt enough, I want the latest things in medicine.” Did you ever stop to think what the latest things would be if compared to firmly established facts? For example, is the multiplication table any better today than it was a hundred years ago? Is there a “latest way” of multiplying two times two to get a better answer than a man did a hundred years ago? May I suggest that it would be better to say, “I want only unquestioned medical truths applied to the treatment of my difficulty, because I realize that the latest fad may be a dangerous generalization and cause me more harm than good”.
What is the word “homoeopathy” and what does it mean? In view of the fact that this is called a “Homoeopathic Forum,” it should be doubly fitting that your attention be directed toward its derivation and meaning. It is derived from two words meaning “like” or “similar” and “disease” or “affection.”It means that it is a system of curing human ills with medicine, which when tested, proved to affect the HEALTHY body as if it were already diseased. Hence, the phrase “likes cure likes” was coined, which is really based on the fundamental Law of Cure or Law of Cure or Law of Similars. In other words, only a medicine capable of producing an ARTIFICIAL disease in a HEALTHY person can ever cure a SICK person suffering from a NATURAL disease which affects him in the same way as the medicine did when it was tested on the HEALTHY person.
Homoeopathy works just as dependably today as it did when first discovered and is recognized as a complete system of medical treatment. There is an interesting story surrounding its discovery by Dr. Samuel Hahnemann which runs something like this: Among Dr. Hahnemanns many gifts was that of mastery over languages, including even some of then more or less forgotten ones, such as Sanskrit. Hence, he often would find some priceless discovery in the course of his studies which he would immediately translate into other languages, and so contribute much to sciences of his day. By the way, he was born in 1755, making him twenty-one years of age when the American Declaration of Independence was signed, which will give you an idea of the age in which he lived.
One day, while translating a very fine work on medicine, he was struck by a thought in the chapter dealing with quinine — that since this medicine made anyone sick who carelessly handled it or worked with it, to such a degree that one thought the sufferer had malaria, this must explain why quinine was so often able to cure malaria, since its action on the body was similar to the action of the disease called malaria.
This started Dr. Hahnemann to thinking and planning. What do you suppose he decided the discovery on himself, and so began taking small but definite dose of quinine, though he was perfectly well at the time. The result was to him amazing in that he developed the typical malaria symptoms–though, mind you, not because of becoming infected with malaria, but solely from the testing or proving of the quinine upon himself.